Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  April 6, 2015 News & Events
Today - Monday, April 6 - Lamorinda Village Launches and Ribbon Cutting

If you can imagine a community where seniors age in place, where a network of trustworthy people are there to fix the plumbing , clean out the gutters, and change the lightbulbs, then you can imagine Lamorinda Village. Today - Monday, April 6 - you can learn more about it and celebrate its launch from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr. This will include a Ribbon Cutting around 2:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Lamorinda Village is a local nonprofit enabling older residents of Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga to age in their own homes by providing and facilitating access to services, programs, and community connections. More information about the event and Lamorinda Village can be found at the Village website:

Today - Monday, April 6 - EBMUD Pipeline Project on Lafayette Circle Begins

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure you are aware of the EBMUD project that begins today - Monday, April 6. The main water line that runs from Mt. Diablo Blvd. south to Brook St. along Lafayette Circle/Hough will be replaced. The project will run through June 2015, maybe longer. Last Wednesday, the Chamber, many of the businesses owners and property owners met with EBMUD management and our City engineers to discuss the impacts of this project. EBMUD will be excavating and installing a new water main and then transfer service to the businesses along Lafayette Circle.
* The first week will involve cutting the asphalt and removal. It will be loud and a little dusty.
* They will begin at Brook St. and Hough and work their way North along the East side of Lafayette Circle.
* Traffic will be controlled by a "flagman" and will move "one way" north towards Mt. Diablo Blvd. 
* They will allow delays of up to 10 minutes
* They will work every other Friday
* Work time will by 8:00am-5:00pm. Road closures will begin at 7:00am
* As the project progresses there may be some early start times if agreed upon by the city for special needs such as connection to the new line.
* 949 Moraga Rd. (city owned parking lot) will be used to store the trucks and some equipment at night and on weekends.
* Most of the pipe will be stored down on Brook St.
* Metal plates will be placed over open cut areas

Each Monday morning EBMUD manager will meet with the Chamber to discuss what to expect for the week. The Chamber will post a report in their weekly email blast.
If you have questions or concerns about the project, you can contact Stan Polite - 510-774-6266 or George Wells 510-385-6688 from EBMUD. And feel free to call the Chamber as well - 284-7404.

Tonight - Monday, April 6 - Planning Commission Meeting - 7:00pm - Lafayette Library and Learning Center

City of Lafayette logo The Planning Commission will take its first look at "The Homes at Deer Hill" Terraces of Lafayette Alternative project tonight - Monday, April 6 - at 7:00pm in the Community Room of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.  Proposal to construct 44 single-family residences and community park facilities including a multi-purpose athletic field, playground, multi-use trail, dog park and associated parking at 3312 & 3233 Deer Hill Road.  City staff will give an introduction and the applicant, O'Brian Homes will make a presentation.  This item will be continued at a future date for discussion.  For more information you can contact Greg Wolff at, 299-3204 or Dave Baker at, 876-9150.
Monday, April 6 - Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Join Congressman Mark DeSaulnier as he reports out on his first 100 days in office on Monday, April 6.  Check in begins at 6:00pm. Listen to a presentation and update, and share your thoughts about issues important to you and your family.  For more information, please email or call 925-933-2660. The Town Hall Meeting will be held at Concord City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr., Concord.


This Month's Sponsor
Connect  Like us on Facebook View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter
In This Issue
Today - Monday, April 6 - Lamorinda Village Launches
Today - Monday, April 6 - EBMUD Pipeline Project on Lafayette Circle Begins
Tonight - Monday, April 6 - Planning Commission Meeting - 7:00pm
Monday, April 6 - Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Tuesday, April 7 - 10:00am - Water Shortage Discussion on KGO - 810AM
Saturday, April 11 - Dogtown Downtown
Wednesday, April 15 - "Easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop
Tuesday, March 31 - Deadline fo Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) Grant Applications
Welcome Our New Members!
Thursday, April 16 - Second Community Conversation Meeting
Friday, April 17 - Locally Recognized Women of the Year Honored
Water Restrictions - How will your business be affected?
Project LPIE Needs Judges
Call for Artists, 2015-16 Exhibition Season
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

Join Our List

Join Our Mailing List

Tuesday, April 7 - 10:00am - Water Shortage Discussion on KGO - 810AM

EBMUD Supervisor John Coleman will be a guest on the Ronn Owens Show tomorrow morning - April 7 -  at 10:00am. The hour discussion with the public calling in will deal with everything related to our current drought and all issues water. With the Governor's move for a mandatory 25% reduction in water usage this year, it is leaving many people wondering what more they can do to reduce water usage, and how penalties will be applied. The Chamber has reached out to EBMUD and Sustainable Lafayette for any new material that can help us all conserve. We will continue to post new information as it becomes available.

Saturday, April 11 - Dogtown Downtown

Join us for our second annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 11 from 10am-1pm. Dog Parade at 10am from the Lafayette Plaza Park to the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.  Activities at the library include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and dog adoptions. There will also be contests for: best team tricks, best costume, looks most like owner, waggiest tail and best of show (enter you dog in any/all contest - Free registration starts @ 9am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center).

Wednesday, April 15 - "Easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop

Join us for this free "easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00am. Lets put your local business on the Google Map for Local Search. In this workshop, we'll explain how to use the Google Your Business dashboard to claim & optimize your Google Plus Local business profile. If you've claimed a profile on "Google Maps" or "Google Local" in the past, it's time to review & update! Workshop location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Arts & Science Classroom, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (Enter from Plaza, off First Street).

Free, but Limited Seating - Reservations Recommended
Online Registration:
Or Email:
Questions? Call Robin @ (925) 451-3069
Thursday, April 16 - Entrepreneur's Club
E-Club Logo

On Thursday,  April 16 the Entrepreneur's Club will hold their monthly meeting at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room. This month's speaker is Leslie Ellis of Savvy Selling NOW! and her topic is "The Three Mistake Entrepreneurs Make When Selling Their Product or Service". Please park on the street.  Lafayette Chamber members - free; non-members - $10.

Welcome Our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from March 30 - April 5:

Central Valley Gourmet Nut Company - Gourmet Foods / Food Products
Click Scan Share - Photographic Imaging Services

Thursday, April 16 - Second Community Conversation Meeting

The City is convening a series of Community Conversations to find out what kinds of projects (if any) you'd like to see in Lafayette between now and 2034. You still have time to join the Community Conversation! 

1. Fill out the survey found in the Vista newsletter and mail it to the City.
2. Fill out the survey online.
3. Send a letter or email that reflects your priorities to
4. Attend a Community Conversation meeting in your neighborhood & make your voice know.

There are two more Community Conversation meetings both at 7pm - April 16 at the Lafayette Community Center and May 14 at Oakwood Athletic Club. Childcare will be provided - to reserve a spot email City Clerk Joanne Robbins at


Friday, April 17 - Locally Recognized Women of the Year Honored

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla and local community organizations will honor our locally recognized Women of the Year on Friday, April 17 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. A reception will be held to bring women's organizations and their honorees from the District together for a culminating event to honor these accomplished women and name the 14th Assembly District Woman of the Year. The event will take place at The Courtyard of Salvio Pacheco Square, 2151 Salvio Street, Concord. For more information, contact Suzette Adkins at 521-1511 or email her at 


Water Restrictions - How will your business be affected?

Governor Brown asked Californians for a 25% statewide reduction in water use last week. There will no doubt be multiple mandatory actions asked of you. EBMUD will be reviewing this and will present recommendations to their board shortly. What can you do now. Consider reviewing the materials at:


Project LPIE Needs Judges

Project LPIE is an opportunity to recognize the talented Acalanes High School students for their project-based learning with a unique community twist! The students compete in any of the 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum. Project judging is done by professional business people with extensive expertise in the various categories. We are busy recruiting judges for Project LPIE (judging is done week of April 13 or 20). We need help with the following categories: Entrepreneu, Digital Design, and Video Production.

Interested? A description can be found on Judges application can be found at For more information you can contact Myrna Kimmelman, Lafayette Partners in Education Executive Director, 925.299.1644 or email:
Call for Artists, 2015-16 Exhibition Season

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. Individuals and non-commercial groups based in the Greater Bay Area may exhibit. Priority consideration is given to those in Contra Costa County.  There is no cost to apply for review or to exhibit in the LLLC.  Potential exhibitors must submit a complete a LLLC Gallery Exhibition Application to the City of Lafayette, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 210, Lafayette, CA  94549.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the Public Art Committee.  The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month.  For more information, contact Juliet Hansen at 925-299-3216 or


What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Tuesday, April 07 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center.Contra Costa Master Gardeners: Gardening in Small Spaces. This talk, presented by Master Gardener Terry Lippert, will inspire you to grow your own fruits and vegetables with limited space or other gardening challenges. It will cover the basic elements you need for any garden, including how to grow fruits and vegetables in containers, how to make light weight, water retaining soil mixes, and how to water and fertilize container grown edibles. For apartment dwellers and others with no garden space, the talk will give you the dirt on creating your own plot in a community garden. Join us for sage advice to maximize what you can grow in a small garden! Free; sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library.To reserve email:

Wednesday, April 08 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Community HallWonders of the World Lecture Series: deYoung Museum. Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, this exhibition includes works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Some, including Sandro Botticelli's Virigni Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490), have never before been seen in the United States. This presentation includes 55 works from the three institutions that form the National Galleries of Scotland: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Free; register at


Always check out the latest events at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Upcoming Chamber Events 

April 22 - Mixer at Merrill Gardens at Lafayette - 5:30pm - 1010 Second Street

April 24 - Business Forum - 8:00am  - Chamber Conference Room - sponsored by PG&E

April 26 - 10th Annual Earth Day Festival - 11:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

April 28 - Green Committee - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

May 19 - 13th Annual Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm - Plaza Park & Downtown Lafayette - Purchase tickets online.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103
Lafayette, CA 94549