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01/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2020 18:57

The Weekly Roundup, January 17, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020 | What's Doing in Lafayette?

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, City Offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020.

This Tuesday: Terraces of Lafayette Joint Commission Meeting

Back on June 15, 2018, the O'Brien Land Company formally asked the City of Lafayette to resume processing the original 2011 Terraces of Lafayette Project. This came after the no vote on Measure L. Processing by the City is underway. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Transportation & Circulation Commission will be held to present the updated Traffic Impact Study Report to the commissions. Transportation-related matters involving the project will be discussed, although no final action on the application will be taken at this meeting. Interested parties can read information about the project on the City's website,, including the initial application submittal materials, and the Draft EIR and the Final EIR certified by the City Council on August 10, 2013. The staff report and Traffic Impact Study Report have been published on the City's Website. Email inquiries and comments should be directed Planning & Building Director Greg Wolff. If you cannot make the meeting but want to follow the proceedings, you can tune-in to the live stream on the City's YouTube Channel. To accommodate the expected large turnout, video of the meeting, which will be held in the Library's Don Tatzin Community Hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m., will also be streamed in the Arts & Science Discovery Room and the Library lobby.

This Year's Councilmember Assignments

At Monday's City Council meeting, the Council Member approved an exhaustive list of their assignments for the coming calendar year. Below is a breakdown of which assignment each Council Member has for 2020. The Council Member named first has the primary assignment and the second named Council Member is the alternative.

  • Code Enforcement Appeals Board: Cam Burks, Steven Bliss
  • Crime Prevention Commission: Cam Burks, Teresa Gerringer
  • Design Review Commission: Susan Candell, Mike Anderson
  • Emergency Preparedness Commission: Cam Burks, Susan Candell
  • Parks, Trails and Recreation: Teresa Gerringer, Mike Anderson
  • Planning Commission: Steven Bliss, Mike Anderson
  • Senior Services Commission: Cam Burks, Teresa Gerringer
  • Transportation & Circulation Commission: Susan Candell, Teresa Gerringer
  • Youth Commission: Teresa Gerringer, Mike Anderson
  • Banner Advisory Committee: Cam Burks, Steven Bliss
  • Capital Projects Assessment Committee: Steven Bliss, Mike Anderson
  • Community Center Foundation Committee:Steven Bliss, Teresa Gerringer
  • Creeks Committee: Mike Anderson, Cam Burks
  • Downtown Public Works Committee: Susan Candell, Steven Bliss
  • Downtown Street Improvement Committee: Mike Anderson, Teresa Gerringer
  • Environmental Task Force: Susan Candell, Steven Bliss
  • Public Art Committee: Teresa Gerringer, Mike Anderson
  • Engineering/Public Works Subcommittee: Susan Candell, Mike Anderson
  • Finance Subcommittee: Mike Anderson, Susan Candell
  • Legislative Subcommittee: Steven Bliss, Cam Burks
  • Library Aesthetics Subcommittee: Steven Bliss, Cam Burks
  • Personnel Subcommittee: Susan Candell, Cam Burks
  • Public Safety Subcommittee: Cam Burks, Steven Bliss
  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG): Susan Candell, Teresa Gerringer
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART): Steven Bliss, Cam Burks
  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA): Teresa Gerringer, Susan Candell
  • Chamber of Commerce: Mike Anderson, Susan Candell
  • 2020 U.S. Census Liaison: Teresa Gerringer, Mike Anderson
  • East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD): Steven Bliss, Cam Burks
  • Homeowner's Council: Mike Anderson, Susan Candell
  • Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation: Steven Bliss, Cam Burks
  • Lamorinda Fee & Financing Authority (LFFA): Teresa Gerringer, Steven Bliss
  • Lamorinda Program Management Committee (LPMC): Teresa Gerringer, Steven Bliss
  • League of California Cities: Teresa Gerringer, Steven Bliss
  • Mayor's Conference: Mike Anderson, Susan Candell
  • Marin Clean Energy (MCE): Mike Anderson, Susan Candell
  • School Bus Joint Powers Authority: Susan Candell, Teresa Gerringer
  • School Districts: Teresa Gerringer, Susan Candell
  • Solid Waste Authority: Mike Anderson, Teresa Gerringer
  • Southwest Area Transportation Committee (SWAT): Teresa Gerringer, Steven Bliss

LHC's Community Meeting 'Issues Night'

Thursday, February 6, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m. and probably lasting until around 10:00 p.m., or so we are told, will be a meeting in the Sequoia Room of the Lafayette Community Center and all Lafayette residents are welcome. The room isn't huge, so you may want to arrive a little early to assure a seat. The Sequoia Room is at the south end of the Community Center building, 500 St. Mary's Road, next to the office and south parking lot. Parking can be found near the Sequoia Room in front, to the rear, and to the north of the buildings, near the hockey rink.

And what exactly is the meeting?

Well, it's the Lafayette Homeowner's Council issues meeting. Not to be missed, the evening will feature Mayor Mike Anderson, who will provide an evaluation of the financial state of the City, review the impact of recent legislation on growth management, and will outline the procedure and focus for the 2020 update of the Lafayette General Plan. The second speaker will be Lafayette School Board Superintendent Richard Whitmore, who will provide a financial review of the Lafayette School District. Third, and last, will be longtime resident and former mayor and City Council member, Don Tatzin. Don will help us learn about opportunities to improve commutes on our local roads. A lively Q & A will follow each segment of LHC's program. Find out more about LHC on their website.

A Call for Artists from the Public Art Committee

The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee invites artists living or working in the Bay Area to submit proposals for exhibitions in the Library Art Gallery located at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in downtown Lafayette. The Library Gallery at the LLLC was created to support rich and diverse artistic expression and to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts in the community. It provides an exciting opportunity for local artists to display their work in Lafayette's cultural center. Applications are being accepted now through February 29, 2020. Beginning in the fall of 2020, four exhibitions will be presented each year: October to December, January to March, April to June, and July to September. Wouldn't you like your work featured in one of the exhibits? Apply now!

And a Call for Lamorinda High School Student Artists

The Lamorinda Arts Council welcomes high school students who attend schools in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga, including private schools, home schools and public schools in the Acalanes Unified High School District, or who reside in Lamorinda and attend schools outside Lamorinda, and invites them to enter this juried art competition. Sponsors include Lafayette Partners in Education, Moraga Education Foundation and the Educational Foundation of Orinda. Enter in 4 categories: 2D, 3D, Photography and - new this year - the Lamorinda Arts Alliance sponsored Digital Art Category. All artwork entered into the competition will be displayed from Feb. 4 to 27 in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Win Cash!! $2900 in prizes will be awarded by professional judges. Check out contest rules, registration details and other info. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 30, at midnight. Artist reception and awards ceremony is Tuesday, February 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

More Art: Spotlight on Our Versatile and Talented 3D Artists

Clay, bronze, concrete, wood, stone, firing, pouring, bending, and finishing. That doesn't even say it all. Sculptors are coming down from the North and up from the South. Take advantage of this chance to hear more intimately about their work and inspiration at [email protected] Bank's pop-up location in Lafayette, the old World Savings building, 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd., corner of Moraga and Mt. Diablo Blvd. There will be two chances to talk with 3D artists: January 15, 7:00 p.m., with Patty Taylor, Paula Bellacera, and Fred Yokel, and January 22, 7:00 P.M., with Doug Heine, Mary Oros, and Michael Rizza. Doors open for both these free events at 6:30 p.m. RSVP now here: RSVP Jan 15 and RSVP Jan 22.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley Pursues Social Media Awareness

Contributed by Betty Miller

Since 1967, the Assistance League of Diablo Valley has improved the lives of those in need in Contra Costa County. Its ten hands-on philanthropic programs serve all age groups with over 450 dedicated member volunteers who work to assess the League's programs, do research, and stay aware of an ever-changing community. To that end, Jeff Heyman, the City of Lafayette's Communications Analyst, shared insights at the Assistance League of Diablo Valley's Regular Meeting on January 8. Mr. Heyman launched his presentation with the term 'Communitarianism,' which calls for civic and business leaders to create a city, such as Lafayette, that instills a community-based spirit. Mr. Heyman added that social media is one of the most effective vehicles nowadays to achieve 'communitarianism.'

Tailoring his remarks for the Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Mr. Heyman suggested that member volunteers take the initiative by serving as media ambassadors and reach out to community members. He provided a list of media activities that the City of Lafayette uses to keep residents, business owners, and local officials informed. They include The Almost DailyBriefing, The Weekly Round Up, and Lafayette's YouTube channel and photo gallery, to name a few. Mr. Heyman also opined that Twitter, despite its quirks that appeal to a specific audience, has become most effective in reaching decision-makers and journalists, and is perceived as a preferred vehicle of informing people. Mr. Heyman concluded his presentation by stating, 'We are all responsible for keeping people informed.' The reason is obvious, in that social media is replacing the newspaper. To learn about the philanthropic programs that the Assistance League Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn funds, please visit the League's website. Pictured above: Arlita Smith, VP Marketing/Communications, thanks Jeff Heyman, City of Lafayette's Communications Analyst, for presenting insights concerning present-day social media at the January Regular Meeting.

Town Hall Theatre to Perform a Staged Reading of Incognito by Nick Payne

Town Hall Theatre's In the Wings staged reading series presents a one-night-only performance of Incognito, a compelling brainteaser of a play by Nick Payne. Incognito's single performance will be Monday, February 3, 2020, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, Tickets are $10 general admission and free to subscribers, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at

Gold Coast Players' Czech Marks

The award-winning Gold Coast Chamber Players continue their 20th Anniversary Season with Czech Marks, a stunning concert steeped in Czech and Moravian influences. Violinist Axel Strauss, a winner of the coveted Naumburg Award, leads an all-star ensemble in chamber music of Dvořák, Novák, and Janáček. In addition, there will be an onstage reception with the musicians. It all happens Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 7:00, at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Get your tickets now. Learn more about Gold Coast Chamber Players on their website or by calling (925) 283-3728

Park District's Hands-On Youth Job Fair Is Coming

For the sixth consecutive year, the East Bay Regional Park District will host Youth Job Fairs designed to raise awareness of employment opportunities for youth in the East Bay. Locally, the Youth Fair will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane, in Pleasant Hill. The Fair offers attendees an opportunity to learn about the specific Park District jobs available and interact with current employees to get insight into what it's like to work for the Park District. Positions include Interpretive Student Aides, Public Safety Student Aides, Recreation Leaders, Lifeguards, Gate Attendants, Park Services Attendants, Student Laborers, Field Interns, and Interns.

The Youth Job Fairs also include general information sessions on resume writing, application submittal, and job interviewing for youth looking to enter the workforce, whether at the Park District or elsewhere. The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest employer of youth in the East Bay, hiring over 400 Bay Area youth each year to work in the District's 73 regional parks and ten visitor centers. The Youth Job Fairs are key to filling seasonal summer positions, especially Recreation Leaders and Lifeguards. Find out more now about youth job opportunities.

Read All About It: Events at the Library

At the Lafayette Library & Learning Center is the Lafayette Historical Society's Speaker Series with a new talk, How Eminent Domain Saved Lafayette, on Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2 -3:00 p.m., at the Don Tatzin Community Hall. Join speaker Stuart Swiedler as he discusses the history of eminent domain in Lafayette. A donation of $10 is requested from LHS members and $15 from non-members. Kids under 14 are free. For questions or reservations, please call (925) 283-1848 or email [email protected]. Remember: 'Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!'

Lafayette's Citizen of the Year - Nominations Now Being Accepted!

The online nomination form is now available for Lafayette's Citizen of the Year. While completing the form, please provide as much information as possible to allow the selection committee to make the most informed decision possible. Criteria for Lafayette's Citizen of the Year is that the nominee must not be a current elected, paid or non-paid member of any city council, school board or commission. They must be a current Lafayette resident and must be someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop. The nominee must be someone who models excellence in everything they do and be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community. A celebration dinner will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa to honor the winner. The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, February 5.

And here are the past citizens of the year: W.B. Ellis, Ralfe Miller, Margaret Bainbridge, Mel Nielsen, John R. Jacques, M.H. Stanley, C.R. Turner, Theron Nelson, William Zion, Stanford White, Jack Hageman, Lou Repetto, Jop Van Overveen, Vern Odegard, Jack Marchant, Donn Black, Charles Franklin, Chris Adams, John Kennedy, Clifford Feiler, James Lloyd, Boardman Moore, Robert Augenthaler, Percy Whitten, Barbara Bupp, Irene Graff, Ed Stokes, Robert Fisher, Ernie Marriner, Ken Clifford, Don Young, Irene Thomas, Ned Robinson, Alice Johnson, Hirsh Morton, Sue Cross, Tom Cleveland, Herb Joyce, Skid Thomas, Su Stauffer, Tom Courtright, Lynn Hiden, Avon Wilson, Bill Wakeman, Richard Holmes, Guy Atwood, Connie & Mike Collier, Judy Garvens, Anne Grodin, Ellen Peterson, Norma Evans, Robert Wood, Mary McCosker, Budd MacKenzie, Kathy Bowles, Ivor Samson, Gwen Watson, Judy Carney, Jeanne Ateljevich, Team Library, Karen Mulvaney, Gayle Uilkema, Greg Moeller, Toni McShane, Marechal Duncan, Tom Steuber, Dick & Robin Holt, Donovan Jenkins, and Don Tatzin.

Preparedness Tips and Tasks

The Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commission is charged with preparing the city and residents for all hazards. Each week they present a tip or a task that can make you more prepared for a wildfire, an earthquake, or other disaster. This week's Task: Make a lost pet poster. A ready-to-go lost pet poster is a must-have for any pet owner whose pet goes outside. A template in Microsoft Word is available for download. Simply, replace the photos and data with your own (of course). Make sure you include photos of you (and your spouse) with the animal to prove the connection. A couple of things to keep in mind: Do not include the pet's name. You don't want people to get too comfortable with your pet. Remember to include your cell phone number or other contact information. Include your Out of State contact phone number (last). Save the file to a thumb drive that is in your Go Bag. Also, print out a copy on heavy paper and keep it with you in your car. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to [email protected].

And Don't Forget…

  • Call for Artists & Writers: Sunday, January 19, Lamorinda Art Council's Art Embraces Words, Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Room, 2-4:00 p.m. The Lamorinda Arts Council invites writers and artists to participate in Art Embraces Words program. Find out more:
  • Jennifer Perlmutter was named the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Marquis Business Person of the Year. The Marquis Business Person of the Year Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The evening also includes the introduction to the Lafayette Chamber's 2020 Board of Directors, our incoming President John McCormick (Lamorinda Music), and the 'State of the City' address by Mayor Mike Anderson. Please join us for this celebration.

Next Week's Public Meetings

Monday is usually public meeting night in Lafayette, but this Monday we will be observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, so no meetings will be held. Please also note City Offices will be closed Monday as well. To view next week's public meetings please visit our full calendar.

  • Planning Commission and Transportation & Circulation Commission, Tuesday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda and staff reports.

Photo for the Week

SCIENCE! Yes, Science. The kids at Parks, Trails & Recreation's After School Awesome got to see and do several science experiments all week. Pictured is the classic Coke & Mentos 'experiment.' After School Awesome registration for the 2020-21 School Year opens April 6. Mark your calendars now.

Quote for the Week

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

-Nikola Tesla


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