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Thanksgiving 2015: Grateful, Thanks to You

This Thanksgiving – as always – I am grateful to live and work in a community I adore and have spent my entire life in. And I am grateful for you.

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Your support allows me to give back to my hometown! I am proud to be involved with these amazing non-profits that enhance our lives daily:

Lafayette Chamber

3-Year Sponsor of the Annual Holiday Lights and Celebration

Lafayette Juniors

Multiple-Year Marble Sponsor of the Annual Kitchen Tour

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE)

Platinum Partner (Since Inception)

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Discovery Sponsor, Night at the Library

Sustainable Lafayette Sponsor

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Children’s Advisory Council, Executive Board, and Sponsor

All the best for a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family!

“It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Event & Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec 4

The 3rd annual “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration and tree lighting to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 4, from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California.

Lafayette Holiday Event + Tree Lighting 2015


Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

The Dana Green Team is honored to sponsor this popular Lafayette tradition again this year, along with Branagh Development and the Lafayette Chamber. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Campolindo High, Happy Valley Elementary & Del Rey Elementary Win the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award

It’s no secret that the number one reason families move to Lamorinda is our amazing public schools. You’ll find many of these schools consistently listed among California Gold Ribbon Schools  and California Distinguished Schools.

This week, three of our schools are in the national spotlight!

Del Rey Elementary Banner + Blue Ribbon School Logo

Congratulations to Happy Valley Elementary (Lafayette), Del Rey Elementary (Orinda) and Campolindo High School (Moraga) for winning the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award

These distinguished Lamorinda schools are 3 of the 33 California schools among only 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide who won this coveted National Blue Ribbon Award for 2015.

Lamorinda Blue Ribbon School Award Winners 2015 - Campo, Happy Valley + Del Rey

In congratulating the California schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said: “We celebrate these models of excellence as they shine in the national spotlight. I congratulate all the hardworking students, teachers, parents, staff, and administrators who made this recognition possible.”

So do we! 

Sunday in Lafayette: Free Lafayette Safety Fair at Stanley Middle School on 8/30/15

Lafayette Safety Fair - August 30, 2015Whether you live here or are planning to be in town touring Lafayette homes for sale, consider making time to take your family to the Lafayette Safety Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School Street. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention Commissions and Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Safety Fair is designed to be fun and educational, and includes various safety activities and demonstrations of interest to people of all ages. These include a chance to see police dogs and East Bay Regional Parks horses and speak with their handlers.

What’s in it for the kids? Besides the animals (always a winner!), and a fun bike rodeo that also helps teach safety skills, children will be allowed to climb on the emergency vehicles on display, including helicopters, armored car, fire engine and police cars.

Sounds like fun family photo ops all around!

Lafayette Open House Sundays – Plan to Explore the Lafayette Lifestyle, too!

Sunset Magazine-Sept 2015 coverWe really love the well-deserved attention Sunset Magazine gives Lafayette and some of our locally owned businesses in the magazine’s September 2015 Inside Bay Area column!

“This mellow East Bay enclave has fashioned itself into a charming hub of its own, thanks largely to residents taking it upon themselves to open independent shops and restaurants they tired of longing for,” the article states. “Now it’s a melting pot of locals and day-trippers seeking good food without the lines, and handcrafted goods minus the hype.”

There is no question that almost all families start looking to buy homes in Lafayette because of our wonderful public schools. Close access to our vibrant and continually improving downtown, though, is one of the many reasons most of us stay long after our kids have left for college.

Things to Do in Lafayette CA

Even if you haven’t yet moved to Lafayette, I recommend you get a jumpstart on living the Lafayette lifestyle by budgeting time to explore our wonderful downtown when you are in Lafayette touring homes for sale.

All four of the businesses Sunset Magazine highlights are open 7 days a week so you can plan to stop by before and/or after Sunday open houses: Venture Goods (Sunday: noon-5pm), Farmyard Darlings (Sunday: 10am-4pm), Rancho Cantina (Sunday: 10am-4pm), and Smitten Ice Cream (Sunday: noon-9:30 pm).

There are many other wonderful Lafayette restaurants and stores, too! I personally do most of my shopping and dining locally. If you are looking for something in particular, please don’t hesitate to email if you want a recommendation.

Lafayette Homeowners – Schedule a CYES “Green” House Call to Receive Free Conservation Upgrades

This summer, the Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program is offering Lafayette homeowners and other Lamorinda residents no-cost energy and water conservation services through a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), our local towns, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

What is the CYES Green House Call?

Rising Sun Energy LogoAccording to the CYES website, the CYES Green House Call with their friendly and professional youth Energy Specialists consists of:

  • A walk with you through of your Lamorinda home to look for energy saving opportunities
  • Replacing all incandescent bulbs with FREE energy-saving compact fluorescent versions (which use about a 1/4 of the energy!)
  • Installing FREE high-efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads (all the pressure without the water waste!)
  • Inspecting all toilets for efficiency and leaks
  • Checking the attic insulation of your home
  • Installing a FREE retractable clothesline to reduce dryer use or a FREE power strip to reduce phantom load from electronic devices
  • Installing FREE hot water pipe insulation
  • Providing energy and water conservation education
  • Emailing you a customized report after the CYES appointment

This CYES Green House Call program Lafayette homeowners and other Lamorinda residents runs through August 6 and, as of this writing, there were still appointments available. Call (925) 388-6049 or sign up online to schedule your no-cost upgrade.

For more information about Rising Sun and its programs, visit

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Are you considering selling your home? Our “Free Green House Call” is available all year round. Contact Dana Green at or 925.339.1918 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the value of your home and steps required to ensure you earn top dollar when you sell it.

Check Out This Little Free Library in the Lafayette Valley Estates Neighborhood

Perched on the edge of a well-manicured lawn on Lafayette’s Florence Drive (where it intersects North Lucille Lane) sits something worth smiling about – a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library - Lafayette Valley Estates

I stopped by on my way home from Tuesday’s Broker’s Tour of our new listing just a few blocks away, at 3341 Betty Lane.

Selection no doubt varies. Tuesday there seemed to be something for almost anyone, regardless of age, including a children’s book of poetry. Just scanning the titles was fun!

This one-door, two-shelf “take a book, return a book” mini-library is part of a neighbor-to-neighbor book sharing movement that is now international. The Florence Drive branch is one of two official Little Free Libraries in Lafayette you’ll find listed on the website. The other is located at the Lafayette Community Garden on Mt. Diablo.

There are many reasons to love living in Lafayette Valley Estates, a cluster of streets that some call the “Ladies’ Streets” because of its street names – Lucille, Florence, Betty, Helen, Mildred, Fredericka.

A big reason to love living here is the close proximity to some of Lafayette’s best family lifestyle amenities, including the Lafayette-Moraga Trail, Lafayette Community Center, Lafayette Community Park, and the easy access to local schools, ball fields, and local pools.

The Little Free Library may not be the number one reason to move into Lafayette Valley Estates, but it represents something really important families who move here discover. Short on shelf space, the Florence Drive Little Free Library is long on old-fashioned neighborly friendliness. Lafayette Valley Estates at its best. Again.



Sneak Peek Photos: Lafayette’s Rancho Cantina Set to Open Monday, March 30

Early votes are in: Looks like Lafayette has another winner of a restaurant!

Rancho Cantina, co-owned by Lafayette resident Julie Mitchell, is scheduled to open next week. A California-Mexican restaurant, Rancho Cantina describes its food as “wood fired California spirited cuisine”.

Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA


Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA - 2

Kelly Wood, a member of our Dana Green Team, received a lucky invitation to attend Rancho Cantina’s soft opening Thursday. She came away raving about the food, the decor and the margaritas!

Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA - 3


Located at 3616 Mt Diablo Blvd, Rancho Cantina is scheduled to open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., starting on Monday, March 30. In the meantime, we thought you might want to see these “sneak peek” photos!

To learn more about Rancho Cantina, go to



Going Green in Lafayette: Q&A with Sustainable Lafayette Co-Founder, Steve Richard

It’s hard to look at Sustainable Lafayette’s 2014 achievements without feeling a swell of community pride!

Sustainable Lafayette - 2014 Highlights

Highlights include our thriving Lafayette Community Garden, the well-attended 9th Annual Earth Day Festival, special educational events and outreach, and growing partnerships with the City of Lafayette, BikeLafayette, the Lafayette Chamber, Lafayette School District, Republic Services and others. Click here to download the details of these 2014 highlights or click the photo to the right to expand the image and read online.

Lafayette-resident Steve Richard is the co-founder of Sustainable Lafayette and serves as Board President. Since Steve has been involved with Sustainable Lafayette from the beginning, we reached out to him with a few questions to better understand the journey Sustainable Lafayette has been on – and where it is headed.

Q: When you first started Sustainable Lafayette, what did you hope could be achieved — and how does it compare to where it is today?

Steve: When Bart Carr and I started Sustainable Lafayette we simply wanted to create a way for residents to learn from and be inspired by each other’s efforts to make their homes more green. So, it was primarily about creating a web site that hosted sustainability success stories submitted by residents. Now, it feels like one of the most active and most vital non-profits in Lafayette that is doing everything we can to lead the community toward a future that is highly sustainable and an amazing place to live. So, our role in the community now feels much more strategic.

Sustainable Lafayette Co-founders -  Bart Carr and Steve Richard

Q: When you look at the 2014 Sustainable Lafayette achievements, what are you personally most proud of?

Steve: While there were many, many achievements in 2014, as shown on our annual highlights summary, I’m the most proud of the growing number of people and organizations involved in and supporting Sustainable Lafayette’s efforts, including our board, committees, Community Garden, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, etc. We work really hard behind the scenes to maintain a fun, positive, can-do culture and compelling vision and I think that’s key to why more and more people are getting involved.

Q: What are Sustainable Lafayette’s top priorities for 2015? Any obvious challenges?

Steve: We develop our goals and priorities for the year during the first two months of the year. One thing that will be a big deal this coming year is that Lafayette will be switching over to a new garbage/recycling service with everything handled by Republic Services (between March and June). We have been working with Republic Services closely and this will be a tremendous opportunity to make further strides in reducing our community’s waste and getting closer to the city’s goal of reaching a 75% waste diversion rate (currently at 62%). The ultimate goal is to have zero waste.

Q: You moved to Lafayette in 1999. What drew you here then — and how do you think Sustainable Lafayette helps improve Lafayette’s attractiveness as a place to live?

Steve: My wife and I moved to Lafayette in 1999 primarily because of the schools and believing that it would be a good place to raise our kids. Just in the past couple of years we’ve realized that most of Sustainable Lafayette’s initiatives are directly enhancing the community and quality of life in Lafayette. When I first walked my mom through the Community Garden she said, “I wish I lived in a community that had a garden like this.”

I think that same statement could be made about all the projects that we’re working on: “I wish I lived in a community that was working so hard to green their schools, or promote biking, or reduce waste, etc.”

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Sustainable Lafayette's 2014 Board Members

Thank you to Steve Richard, Bart Carr and all the people actively involved with Sustainable Lafayette. I am proud to be a Sustainable Lafayette 2015 business sponsor.

Studying the Sustainable Lafayette’s website and all that’s been accomplished thus far made deciding to support Sustainable Lafayette easy. Sustainable Lafayette is making a difference in our community.

As you consider where you want your outreach dollars and energy to go in 2015, please take a closer look at Sustainable Lafayette.


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Lafayette Reservoir’s Holiday Tree: The Lafayette Tradition the Birds Love, too!

As a lifelong Lafayette resident, it’s not surprising that I have many Lafayette holiday memories, including long standing community traditions that I love. What I like is that there are often new ideas to add to my family’s list, like the annual It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette holiday community celebration that debuted in 2013.

Lafayette Reservoir Holiday Tree - Bird Feeder Ornaments


The Lafayette Reservoir Holiday Tree

One of my favorite things to do in December is stopping by the Lafayette Reservoir’s holiday tree, a community decorating tradition that didn’t exist when I was young but has now been part of my family’s holiday traditions for years.

Located on the far side of the Lafayette Reservoir, this tree is decorated by Reservoir walkers each holiday season. Did you have a chance to hang an ornament this year? My favorites are the creative ornaments that also feed the birds, so you can imagine I was thrilled to see one of those birds enjoying its holiday treat long enough for me to snap a photo with my iPhone.

Are you new to Lafayette and want to learn more about the Reservoir’s holiday tree? Click here.

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The #1 Reason for Low Home Inventory in Lafayette? People (Thankfully!) Don’t Want to Move

It often feels like people talk about Lafayette’s relatively low inventory of homes for sale as if this is somehow a Bay Area economic issue that just might correct itself, if not this season, then hopefully next.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dana Green 2014Economics impacts buyer demand and price, and both play an undeniable role in real estate. The real issue with Lafayette inventory, though, is lifestyle.

The single biggest reason Lafayette is experiencing this current low inventory of homes for sale is the very reason that so many people want to move here: Lafayette is a great place to live.

Yes – many young families initially move to Lafayette for our wonderful public schools. Most, though, quickly learn the real secret of Lafayette: It’s a great place to live no matter how old you are!

Barring unexpected life events, decades may pass before a homeowner considers selling the family home. By then, grandkids may be at the Thanksgiving table.

Thankfully, this tends to happen at different times for different people, and that helps keep a steady stream of new families moving in and falling in love with the Lafayette lifestyle, too.

Luke Green 2014

The end result is a healthy mix of ages in our neighborhoods and an authentic commitment to community that encourages civic pride and strong volunteer energy.

As a lifelong Lafayette resident with kids in college and no plans to ever move from Lafayette, it is hard to argue that this housing trend is anything but a good thing, even if the constrained Lafayette home inventory can try homebuyer patience and makes being a Lafayette Realtor challenging!

Mostly, I’m just thankful to be lucky enough to live and work in Lafayette.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating the Lafayette Library and Learning Center: Our Library Turns Five

Congratulations to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on celebrating five fantastic years. I hope that everyone is planning to stop by the Library’s Literary Festival on Sunday, November 2, from 11am-3pm, being held in celebration.

Looking back to the years leading up to the opening of the library is a nostalgic feeling for me as my son did his Troop 204 Eagle Project (which is always a family affair!) to help raise funds to build it.


Power of YOUth Lafayette Library and Learning Center Fundraising Photos


This morning I pulled out Brad’s Eagle Book. In it, he wrote:

Brad Green Eagle Project 2009 - Power of YOUth“For my Eagle Project, I created and coordinated the Power of YOUth campaign titled, “Read, Recycle, Resell” for the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center. My goal was to raise awareness amongst Lafayette youth for the new library. We first formed a committee and strategized the best way to reach as many students as possible. We decided to collect gently-used books at the various school registration days across town. Later, we sorted, priced, and re-sold the books at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival. Over 6,000 books were collected and over 450 volunteer hours were logged. We collected more books than could be sold over the two day event. The extra books were donated to Lafayette teachers, “The Friends of the Lafayette Library,” and to Shelter Inc. to help with a new library another Eagle Scout was creating.  This project was a positive experience for me. I learned how important it is to be prepared and communicate often with your team.”

Reading Brad’s words five years later still makes me smile. We are so lucky to live in Lafayette and enjoy our beautiful Lafayette Library and Learning Center, a true modern model for life-long learning. My family will always remember when it was built and Brad’s contribution with pride!

From its earliest beginnings, the building of our wonderful Library was a community effort, with lots of grass roots fundraising by our community’s adults and youth. I can only imagine how many others walk through its doors and smile knowing that they personally helped make it become a reality.

That’s a community builder truly worth celebrating not just this Sunday, but every day!

Google Maps Goes 3D in Lafayette


Thank you to the City of Lafayette City Manager’s Friday Summary for sharing this interesting information below. Visit and sign up for their wonderful and useful updates HERE


On Tuesday, Google enabled 3-dimensional mapping in Lafayette, which is good news for the Planning Department because it will allow us to do more sophisticated site planning analyses of development applications.  Check it out  here.  Cool technology – but we got to wondering how they were doing it.  Is somebody really sitting at a computer in Mountain View and making 3D models of entire cities?  Nope.  Turns out that Google has automated the making of these city models using a tool called stereophotogrammetry.  As we understand it, Google has a fleet of planes that fly over cities that shoot high-resolution images at 45 degree angles, from directly overhead, and from multiple directions.  Using stereophotogrammetry, computers compare the various aerial photos to calculate the geometry of the buildings and trees and landmarks and create a textured 3D mesh of the entire city, including not only the buildings, but also trees and plants.  The result is a pretty accurate 3D representation of the city and its surrounding area.  The buildings and structures are accurately placed, and the quality, lighting and shadows are consistent over the entire model. And because it’s automatic, it can be rapidly rolled out to cover large areas.

Lafayette Burger Wars!


A little known fact….Lafayette has some of the best burgers in the area!  Here at Dana Green Team, we can’t decide which one is the best out of the list below, so you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious options. Also, please let us know if your favorite isn’t listed here and we’ll be sure to go check it out!

Chow Lafayette  Their burger on baguette is amazing!

Roam Burger  We love the “French and Fries” style…

Metro Lafayette  Tip!  They will make their delicious burger even if it is not on the menu…just ask!

Lafayette Park Hotel Bistro  There’s a new chef taking over and we’re curious – has he updated their signature burger?

Cooperage American Grille  The newest challenger is the Cooperage burger giving the rest a run for their money.


Photo: Flickr/Kennejima,

Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!

The Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!


Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School.  Lafayette Partners in Education was founded in 1980 as Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation (LASF). They have a long, proud history of enriching the education of Lafayette school children.


Lafayette Partners in Education’s mission is to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools through a broad community-based effort.


See how you can get involved, donate and make a huge difference HERE.


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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 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!







Saranap Village

Today, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development issued the Draft Environmental Impact Report associated with the Saranap Village Mixed-Use Project, located in unincorporated Contra Costa County just east of Lafayette (many may know the neighborhood as home to Morucci’s famous delicatessen).  The project includes redevelopment of an area surrounding the intersection of Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue into a mixed-use village with up to 235 multi-family residential units, up to 30,000-square feet of street-level retail and restaurant uses, 14,200-square feet of amenities, and off-street structured parking.  The buildings will range from 46-feet to 80-feet tall.  The project also includes improvements to Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue including reducing the vehicular lanes from four lanes to two lanes, a roundabout, and traffic calming elements.  The Draft EIR identifies potentially significant environmental impacts in aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, greenhouse gas emissions and energy, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, transportation and traffic, and utilities and service systems.  Comments on the Draft EIR are due to the County Department of Conservation & Development by November 17th at 5:00 p.m.  A copy of the Draft EIR may be reviewed online  Questions about the project should be directed to William Nelson at (925) 674-7791 or


Business Brief

Back to the Table Cooking School & Production Kitchen is a local cooking (& baking) school started by Lafayette sisters, Leslie Pease and Lisa Evaristo, with a passion for food and entertaining.  The school offers classes that range from sauces and sautéing, to Korean grill, to Oktoberfest, to a Downton Abbey Dinner Party.  Classes are offered for children, teens, and adults.  In addition to classes, the facility has a full production kitchen, with state-of-the-art equipment, that may be rented.  Back to the Kitchen, located at 271 Lafayette Circle, may be reached at (925) 284-1120 or online at  Make sure you come by this weekend at the Art & Wine Festival to meet and purchase food from the amazing food vendors that work in the production kitchen.


Lafayette Maps

Would you like to know where Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) are located in Lafayette?  The City recently released an inventory of all known Wireless Communications Facilities.  This inventory consists of a map depicting the physical locations of each facility accompanied with a photographic inventory of each site.  In addition to this map, the City maintains a Map Room at that contains a vast array of maps, from trails, to zoning designations, to a street sweeping schedule.  They are available on your web browser, or you may download directly to your computer for quicker viewing.  Additionally, there’s an interactive mapping service where you can simply enter in a location of interest into the search bar, and the interactive map will take you there and provide you with basic information such as, zoning, parcel size, etc.  Check them out!

Chief Christensen

Notes from Chief Christensen:  The Best Detective is ALWAYS Mom

Last week we had what seems to be a common occurrence as of late.  A child rides their bike to school and forgets to lock the bike in the rack.  Mom comes to pick the child up and leaves the bike in the rack, unlocked, overnight.   The next morning, the bike is missing!  Mom contacts the school and speaks with a wonderful administrator who locates video of the suspect riding away on the bike.  Now, in most TV episodes, that’s when the case gets turned over to the police, but not in this episode.  Mom, angry that someone took her kid’s bike from the rack, scours Craigslist for the bike – and ACTUALLY FINDS IT, offered for sale from a seller in Pittsburg.  She reports the theft, provides a description of the bike and provides the officer with the Craigslist posting.  A couple of texts from our secret drug phone. . . a meet is set-up to buy the bike. . .and soon officers are knocking on the door of the suspect.   First question from the suspect is “Are you here to buy the bike?”  “Well, kind of,” the officer replies.  Twenty minutes later, after a full confession about the theft, the bike is loaded into the police cruiser and delivered back to the Chief of all Detectives, Mom.  I’ve always said that Moms solve more cases than the police ever will – no rules, no civil rights, they just go rogue.  While we’re happy to take the stat for another case solved, they’ll certainly be an asterisk next to this number – a tip of the hat to Mom.


Leeches!  In Lafayette!

On Monday, September 15th the City of Lafayette participated in The American Red Cross City Challenge Blood Drive, and it was a huge success. Councilmember Mark Mitchell represented the City Council and donated, and we had two local business who donated as well.  Susie Cakes came through with their very popular and delicious Red Velvet Mini-Cupcakes, and Powell’s Sweet Shoppe generously gave three gift cards that were used as raffle prizes. This event far exceeded the expectations of the Red Cross employees. While our final numbers are not known at this point, we were told we far exceeded their expectations. So a huge thank you to those who turned up and to our local businesses for their support. We are already looking forward to our 3rd Annual Blood Drive next year.


After School Pilot

An After School Enrichment Program, piloted by the City of Lafayette’s Parks, Trails & Recreation Department, offers an engaging variety of activities to our elementary school aged children.  Our staff and the respective PTA’s/PFC/PC selected sixteen different classes from dance, music and chess to French, drama and technology.   With 250 children enrolled at four elementary school sites, the program is off to a good start.


Plant a Seed.  Literally.

Native wildflower seeds are now available at the Lafayette Community Center.  Fall is the time to plant California wildflowers and seed packets are available at the Community Center thanks to summer seed collecting from all the native flowers that bloomed this year.  These plants are very drought tolerant.


Free Money for Worthy Causes!

The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) is accepting grant applications from local non-profits for its Fall grant cycle.  LCF invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational and environmental health of Lafayette and beyond.  ALL Applications must be received through the online application form- please go the Lafayette Community Foundation Website  and click on “apply for a grant.”  Note:  the deadline is September 30th!


Dr. Happy Inducted into Happiness Hall

We don’t make this stuff up.  It turns out that Lafayette’s own own “Dr. Happy” –– Dr. Bob Nozik – is being inducted into Stanford’s Happiness Hall of Fame along with baseball

Hall Of Famer Reggie Jackson, NBA player and broadcaster Jim Barnett, three time Super Bowl winner and TV analyst Bubba Paris, and others.  Dr. Nozik leads Lafayette Senior Services’ group Positive Living Forum, AKA the “Happiness Club”, and authored the book, “Happy 4 Life: Here’s How to Do It.”


Lafayette Creek Day

Do you want to learn about your local creeks? Or volunteer to help keep them healthy?  Come join us at Lafayette Creek Day!
Sunday September 28th
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lafayette Community Park Ball fields
(480 St. Mary’s Road, 1,500 feet south of the Community Center)


There will be talk about trash cleanup and invasive plant removal, informational displays, educational talks,  creek tours, giveaways, and food and drinks for sale.  Come have lunch and celebrate the beautiful creeks of Lafayette


Las Trampas 5th Annual Walk & Roll

Gather your family and/or friends and join in on the Las Trampas 5th Annual Walk n’ Roll on Saturday, September 27, 9am-12pm. Meet in the Las Trampas parking lot at 3460 Lana Lane to check in and pick up your T-shirt, then head out to the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. The 5k run stretches from Las Trampas to Stanley School, return past Las Trampas to Olympic Blvd, then back to campus. The 1-mile trail is to Hawthorne Drive and back. On campus, wander the exhibits to learn about Emergency Preparedness, talk with ham radio operators, win prizes with KKDV, and enjoy refreshments and snacks, carnival games and more in our courtyard.   Registration is $25 to participate or to sponsor a client. Click here to register on line or call (925)310-2363. Or for more

Date: 9/27/2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: $25.00

Location: Las Trampas Campus Parking Lot
3460 Lana Lane
Lafayette, California

October is earthquake preparedness month

Thank you to Ca.Gov for sharing this important earthquake preparedness information with all of us.

10 Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared

  1. Identify Your Risk – What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault, or in a high fire danger area? Are you prepared for an unexpected human-made disaster that can strike any time? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan?
  2. Create a Family Disaster Plan – Your family needs a plan that tells everyone: where to meet if you have to evacuate; who you’ve identified as an out-of-state “family contact”; how to get emergency information in your community; and how to take care of your family pets.
  3. Practice Your Disaster Plan – After you have sat down with your family and written your plan — practice it. Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home — like you would after a fire or after the shaking stops. Know how to respond in the event of any disaster — whether to stay put indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood by car. If your family needs to evacuate, know the proper evacuation procedures and routes as determined by your local OES office.
  4. Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home – If you are stranded in your car or have to be self-sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you.
  5. Prepare Your Children – Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes.
  6. Don’t Forget Those with Special Needs – Infants, seniors and those with special needs must not be forgotten. Make sure that supplies for your infant are in your kit and that you have items such as medications, oxygen tank, or other medical supplies that seniors or those with special needs may require. Check out Cal EMA’s tips for preparing the elderly.
  7. Learn CPR and First Aid – Contact you local chapter of the American Red Cross today and get trained on basic first aid and CPR. Your training could save the life of a loved one or neighbor following a disaster.
  8. Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and the Workplace – You must secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during shaking from an earthquake or from an explosion.
  9. Understand Post-9/11 Risks – Disaster preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
  10. Get Involved, Volunteer – Donate blood, join a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), educate your neighbor, or volunteer with your local American Red Cross.

Learn how to create your own emergency kit at:

Photo Credit: Flickr/ForestFolks

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 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.

Then and Now 

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.”

2014 Summer Swimming Meets in Lamorinda

Photo Credit: Lafayette Swim Conference

When it comes to swimming, it’s a huge beloved sport in Lamorinda. Residents of all ages participate and attend the meets. It’s a time of fun and friendly competition and camaraderie for the entire community. This summer, there are three huge meets coming up. If you’ve not attended before, this is your chance to experience a popular past time of  living in wonderful Contra Costa County.


Contra Costa County Swim Championships

When: August 16 and 17

Where: Acalanes High School, Heaston Aquatic Center

See more details at:


The OMPA Championship

When: August 8 and 9

Where: Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga

See more details at:


Lafayette Conference Meet

When: August 2 and 3

Where: Acalanes High School

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