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City Manager’s Summary – Lafayette, California

Here is the latest in what’s going on in Lafayette from City Manager Steve Falk. Steve does an informative weekly roundup on Friday’s that we follow closely. We found this blog extremely informative and thought we’d pass it along. If you would like to subscribe to the City Manager’s Blog, please visit the City of Lafayette website at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us and on the front page you will see a link for the City Manager’s Updates. Click on this and then look for the link to the City Manager’s Friday Summary. You tool will be better connected to this wonderful City!


From the Engineers:  Big Closures and Potential Backups This Weekend

Remember when Los Angeles had “carmaggedon”?  Well, Lafayette may have its own version this weekend because Reliez Station Road will be closed all day Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for final paving.  To make things worse, PG&E will also be completing the last phase of its gas line testing this weekend and will have lane closures at the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard/Moraga Road starting tonight and running all day Saturday until at least 5PM.  What this all means is that, with Snake Hill closed and Moraga Road under construction, tomorrow will be the finest day of all to not be in Lafayette.  Enjoy Santa Cruz!  Hello Mendocino!  Meanwhile, if you’re determined to stay in town, grease up that bicycle chain or lace up the walking shoes.  This could be bad, but the crews are trying to get the work done now before school starts.

Chief Christensen 

Notes from Chief Christensen:  It’s Back to School Time!

Speaking of school, it just seems like yesterday that the school year ended and now it’s time to start up again.  Where has the time gone?  Kids are excited about the new challenges and seeing their friends.  Parents, meanwhile, are stressed about getting the kids where they need to be while at the same time meeting the challenges of their full-time jobs.  For us at the police department, it’s also a change of season.  As you’d expect, you’ll see the officers spending more times in the neighborhoods of the schools, setting the tone for the new school year.  You’ll see the radar trailers urging people to slow down, and you’ll see friendly officers on motorcycles waving to the kids while handing out warnings and citations to the parents who drive on the sidewalk to get to the front of the line because they’re late for work.   We can predict with certainty that some people will stop in the middle of the intersection and block the road; not a problem, we know how to deal with that.  We’ll have the parents who get so frustrated that they yell at others and hit their cars with fists and purses, and of course we’ll have the neighbors who complain about the speeding cars going to and from the school, the increased traffic, and the congestion in the downtown area.  You can mark it on the calendar and set your watch to it.  It’s a Broadway show that comes to town, same time every year.  We can handle it; this is what we do every autumn.  And again, like clockwork, this is our reminder to you that we’ll be out in force to make sure the kids and everyone is safe around the schools.  Please you plan ahead and give yourself enough time.  If you do, we’ll stay out of your hair.


Recreating at the Community Center

As the Summer season winds down, Lafayette Recreation prepares for Fall.  The Fall Recreation Guide has been published and there are exciting new programs including an “Over 68 Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League” (yes, you read that correctly), a variety of “After School Enrichment Classes” at all four elementary school sites, and a “Back Care Yoga Workshop.”  The Guide also includes Fall Special events:  Fall Recreation Guide.

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Lafayette Then In the Now

We got inspired this week by that amazing the collaboration between the Poy Family, Branagh Construction, Craig Semmelmeyer, SZFM Architects and the City of Lafayette to restore the old stores along Plaza Way to their original condition.  Curious to see how true the new buildings are, we cranked up the Photoshop machine and inserted the old photos into new images of what’s out there today, and the result was surprisingly satisfying.  So satisfying, in fact, that we fished out several other old pictures and also dropped them into their current setting.  My, how Lafayette has changed.  Or, perhaps, hasn’t.  Can you identify these Lafayette locations?:

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Next Week at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

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Quote for the Week

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –  Robin Williams

This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steve Falk for the Lafayette City Council and staff. 

Reliez Station Road Construction Update – Lafayette

Photo: Lamorinda Weekly/C Tyson


We are so excited that Reliez Station Road is reopened! Here’s the latest update on the construction from Lafayette City Engineer Tony Coe:

“The contractor has completed work on the utility structures early, so the road is now open and will remain open until further notice.The next phase of work is the final paving, striping, and other finishing work that would take about five days to complete. The asphalt plant appears overbooked, so at this time it is unclear when it will be able to deliver materials for the final paving. Tentatively, the contractor is targeting a 5- day period during the first couple weeks of August. When this work happens, the road will again be closed. We will post the dates on the electronic signs when we know, and you will also receive an update from me at that point.

The contractor is next moving onto St. Mary’s Road to work on the section north of Hope Lane. The road remains open during work, but there will be flagmen doing traffic control. Depending on when you may be traveling through that area, please expect traffic delays.”

Enjoy the Lafayette Reservoir – A True Lamorinda Jewel

photo credit: sean o’steen

The Lafayette Reservoir is an ideal destination for the entire family. There are a number of activities to enjoy on a daily basis at this remarkably beautiful and serene recreation area in Contra Costa County. The 26 acre reservoir offers residents and visitors 928 acres of year-round open space for fun activities including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, paddle boating and picnicking. You can even bring your pet along with you, but keep in mind that they must be kept on leash and they’re not allowed either in boats or in the water.

photo credit: mh ryle

Hours of Operation

January 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
February 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
March 6:30 am to 6:30 pm/7:30 pm* April 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
May 6:00 am to 8:30 pm June/July 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
August 6:00 am to 8:30 pm September 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
October 6:30 am to 7:00 pm*/6:30 pm

*Daylight Savings Time

Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades and scooters are allowed only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until closing and on Sundays from opening to 11 a.m. on the paved lakeside trail and roads. The hours in November and December are from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The Visitor Center restrooms and the office close 21⁄2 hours before the park closes.

Parking is $7 per day. Annual parking passes are available at the Lafayette Reservoir Visitor Center.

photo credit: george kelly

Lafayette Reservoir

3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA

email: lafres@ebmud.com
phone: (925) 284-9669

For more information including fees and additional activities, visit the Lafayette Reservoir website at ebmud.com

Campaign to Support Measures A & B Passes in Lafayette!

We are so excited to share that both Measures A and B, the Parcel Taxes to support our Lafayette Schools, passed with 72.8% ‘Yes’ votes for Measure B and 74.5% ‘Yes’ votes for Measure A! This is a true reflection of the importance our community places on education and will help ensure that our property values remain high! Once again, I’m proud to be part of this amazing community.


Read more about these local Measures at http://www.yesonaandb.org/

2014 Save Mount Diablo Scholastic Photo Contest

 ”I believe we should save Mt. Diablo because Mt. Diablo is incredibly beautiful and has animals who depend on their home there.” – Annie McClain (Lafayette resident and Stanley Middle School student)


Annie McClain is my niece and I’m super proud of her. Mt Diablo is a huge draw to the East Bay and something that makes everyone smile often. In real estate, amazing views of Mt Diablo are proudly picture framed in windows and can add a great deal of value to a home. Our recent pending on East View is a perfect testament to this!

Learn more about the 2014 Save Mount Diablo Scholastic Photo Contest HERE

Read the entire Inside Bay Area article HERE


(Photo: Heather Mary Clary)

Dana Green is an award winning Realtor. Born and raised in Lafayette, CA, she continues to live in Lafayette with her husband and children. This blog focuses on topics of interest to people who live in Lafayette and its neighboring cities -- from real estate to lifestyle. Please... join the conversation!

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