Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  May 9, 2016 News & Events
The Results Are In! People Very Satisfied But Want Further Improvements
City of Lafayette logo In a recent scientific survey, four out of five Lafayette residents said they were satisfied with the job that the City is doing.  That's a nice vote of confidence! But it gets better:  Two-thirds went on to say that they would vote for a sales tax increase if the funds were used for purposes such as protecting open space and smoothing traffic flow.  Regular Vistas readers will recall that, last spring, the City Council spent several evenings roaming around town, hosting a series of Community Conversations. About fifty residents attended each of those public meetings and, in combination with online participants, described their dreams for how the Lafayette community could be improved.  Over several months, they told the Council they'd like to see more downtown parks, better open space protection, more police patrols, a revitalized Park Theater, and improved downtown parking opportunities.  While the input was helpful, the Council couldn't be sure if the participants represented the entire community because they were self-, rather than randomly-selected, which could bias the results.  To confirm or deny the outcomes from the Community Conversations, the City hired Godbe Research to conduct a statistically significant public opinion poll.  During a ten-day period in March, surveyors made telephone calls and collected online opinions from 436 residents that were carefully selected to mirror the population of people who are likely to vote in a Lafayette election.  The results have a 4.62% margin of error.  When the surveys were completed and the numbers all tabulated, Godbe informed the City that 81% of Lafayette residents are either somewhat or very satisfied with the way that Lafayette provides municipal services.  Only 5% indicated that they were very dissatisfied.  Furthermore, about 65% of likely voters signaled that they would support a sales tax increase if 100% of the funds were guaranteed to stay in Lafayette and that the money would be used to increase the City's quality of life.  Since a general sales tax measure requires a simple majority to pass, the news is encouraging to those who favor placing a measure on the November ballot.  In addition to testing whether the general idea of a sales tax has merit, Godbe probed to find out which specific programs people support.  All of these received positive responses:
*    Protect open spaces
*    Smooth traffic flow
*    Increase downtown parking
*    Enhance police protection
*    Revitalize the Park Theater
*    Build more bike and pedestrian paths
*    Create new downtown parks
The City Council will receive and discuss these results tonight.  Interested?  See you at the Lafayette Library at at 7pm on Monday, May 9.  If you have opinions or questions about this matter, please send them to
Thursday, May 12 - Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day More than a million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplaces, an ideal distance for cycling. Give it a try on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 12. There will be three "energizer stations" in Lafayette this year:
1) the Plaza on the southeast corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd and Moraga Road, 6-8:30am;
2) the BART station, 6:30-9am and 4-6pm;
3) EBRPD staging area at Pleasant Hill Rd and Olympic, 3:30-6:30pm

For more information visit
Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 - Lafayette Circle Construction
Work on the sidewalk and crosswalk at the corner of Lafayette Circle and Mt. Diablo Blvd. (west) will be held on Thursday and Friday this week. There will be flaggers and no planned water outages.
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In This Issue
The Results Are In! People Very Satisfied But Want Further Improvements
Thursday, May 12 - Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 - Lafayette Circle Construction
Things to do this Weekend!
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette
Wednesday, May 18 - Social Media Workshop
Solicitation - No Affiliation to the Lafayette Chamber
Survey of Stores & Services in Moraga
Upcoming Member and Non-Profit Events
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Things to do this Weekend!
Concert at the Res Saturday, May 14 - Concert at the Res - 11am-3pm
An afternoon of music at the Stage at the Lafayette Reservoir. FREE. Presented by the Rotary Club of Lafayette. More info here.

Lafayette Juniors Saturday, May 14 - Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour - 10am-3pm
Tour six Lafayette kitchens for a good cause benefiting Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet's PEEK Outreach Program, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Tickets are $40 and available at and Lafayette's Premier Kitchens.

Moraga Community Faire Saturday, May 14 - Moraga Community Faire & Car Show - 11am-4pm - Rheem Valley Shopping Center
Free to attend, the Moraga Community Faire & Car Show is organized and sponsored by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit

Short Docs Film Festival Sunday, May 15 - ShortDocs Film Fest - 1pm - Lafayette Library Community Hall
Tickets on sale now! Film festival featuring short documentaries from filmmakers of all ages!
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm-9pm - Lafayette Plaza Park
Just over one week away!  Get your tickets now for the Taste of Lafayette, Tuesday, May 17.  Remember we sold out last year! 
We have a great line up of restaurants for you to taste this year. Starting with savory appetizers from The Park Bistro and Bar, Bonehead's Texas BBQ, The Hideout, Lantern Catering, T's Indian Restaurant and the Whole Foods plus wine reception in the plaza 5:30pm-6:30pm. Music is sponsored by Red House Studios.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate the support.
Wine Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontics and Republic Services along with Wine Thieves pouring
VIP Passport (ticket) Sponsor: Tom Stack, Coldwell Banker Realtor
Ticket Sponsor: Oakwood Athletic Club
Shuttle Bus Sponsor: Diablo Foods and Lindsay Olives

The restaurant tastings will be from 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy: Amarin Thai, Amphora, Bistro Burger, Coffee Shop, Floral Arts, La FinestraMangia, Panache Caffe,  Patxi's, Pizza Antica, Postino, Powell'sRancho Cantina, REVE Bistro, The Cooperage, Roundtable PizzaRustic Tavern, Sideboard, Smitten Ice CreamSusieCakes Bakery, Uncle Yu's, Yankee Pier.

Coffee and dessert reception back in the plaza from 8-9pm with Huckleberry Cafe, Millie's, Vitality Bowls. A raffle and auction to benefit the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Lafayette Chamber.

There's some great dining and getaway prizes that include:
  • Year of Dining at Lafayette's Finest Restaurants Packages (Two Separate Packages)
  • Weekend at a Charming Carmel Cottage (Includes a Concord BMW rental to get you there)
  • Lafayette Park Hotel Staycation (Includes Deluxe Room and Dinner)

Raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100 & can be purchased at the Lafayette Chamber office, at the Taste or via email at  Need not be present to win.

Event tickets on sale now. Remember we sold out last year. Don't miss out!  
Wednesday, May 18 - Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today - 8am-9:30am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Social Media Icons Join us for our May Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today on Wednesday, May 18 at 8am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Presented by Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. This workshop is free but registration is requested.
Solicitation - No Affiliation to the Lafayette Chamber
Every once in a while, outside companies will find a way to gather local emails from websites like the chamber site and then send out an offer that sounds like it is endorsed or associated with the chamber. If you received an email from New Start Media LLC, please understand there is no connection between them and any local business or the chamber. We do not and will not promote their offer. The Lafayette Chamber has no affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well. We are sorry your business was targeted!
Survey of Stores & Services in Moraga
Moraga Chamber In partnership with the new owners of the Rheem Shopping Center, the Moraga Chamber has created a survey soliciting community input of stores, restaurants and services they would like to see at the Rheem Shopping Center. An added bonus of completing the survey is being eligible for one of eight $25 gift certificates. The results of the survey will be turned over to U.S. Realty Partners to consider as they move forward to improve this shopping center. Take the survey here.
Upcoming Member and Non-Profit Events
Sunday, May 22 - Much Ado About Nothing First Look - 7pm - California Shakespeare Theater's beautiful Bruns Amphitheater
Free, public event on Sunday, May 22 at California Shakespeare Theater's beautiful Bruns Amphitheater, celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Orinda! Ever wonder what it looks like on California Shakespeare Theater Way? Get a free First Look into Cal Shakes' first production of the summer season, Shakespeare's sharpest comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and find out what lies just beyond Highway 24! Enjoy the eucalyptus-lined picnic  groves on a Sunday evening. Artistic Director Eric Ting moderates a Q&A session with Much Ado About Nothing director Jackson Gay, followed by a portion of technical rehearsal open to First Look attendees. Bring a picnic, snacks, or enjoy something from the on-site café and see how all of the elements of a show come together at the Bruns.  Grounds open at 6:30pm; Q&A is at 7:00pm. To RSVP for this FREE event, click here.

Saturday, June 4 - Loaves and Fishes "A Night Under The Stars" - 5pm - Hacienda de las Flores
A night of dinner and dancing featuring a meal prepared by The Cooperage's Chef Eric Hopfinger and served by the first graduating class of the Loaves and Fishes Culinary Career Pathway Program. Dance under the stars to the rock and roll rhythm of the "The Sun Kings". Live and Silent Auctions. Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga at 5pm. Click here for tickets.

Check out our May Events Not To Be Missed email blast for more community events.
September 17 & 18 - The countdown continues ... 131 days until the 2016 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

The volunteer planning committee met last Thursday. Thanks to the 25 members that joined us for Cinco de Mayo! Thankful to our sub-committee heads for quick informative updates: Tom, Pamela, Jeremy, Fred, Robin, Travis and of course our Chairperson Brian who kept us on track. And a special shout out to WELCOME our newbies: April, Heidi, Kerry, Rinata, Sherrie, Shiva and Vangie. We are thrilled to have you join the team!

Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of this year's festival! We still have a few offerings available at nearly every sponsorship level. If you want to get involved, contact Sara at or 925-284-7404.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
The following businesses have recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, May 1-8.

Happy Closets - Organizing Services
Coffee Shop - Coffee

Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Wednesday, May 11 - Wonders of the World: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - 2:00 PM-4:00 PM - Community Hall
This lecture features the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which just moved to a brand new 21st century facility adapted from the old UC printing plant in downtown Berkeley. Come learn about the merging of the old with the new, the collections, and programs of this visual arts center of UC Berkeley that houses almost 20,000 works of art and over 15,000 films and videos. Learn more here.

Thursday, May 12 - Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws - 1:00 PM-2:00 PM - Homework Center
Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for the first of a monthly nature journaling workshop series. See the possibilities of what a journal can be and how to make journaling and drawing a life changing habit. If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies. Learn more here.

Saturday, May 14 - ComicFest 2016 - 1:00 PM-4:00 PM - Community Hall
The Lafayette Library will be presenting ComicFest 2016. It will be a veritable cavalcade of artists and their work, along with workshops, crafts, cosplay, photobooth, scavenger hunt, raffles, prizes and more! Learn more here.

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Upcoming Chamber Events
Tuesday, May 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12noon-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for our next Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

Wednesday, May 25 - Mixer at Lace & Bustle - 5:30pm-7pm
Join us for our monthly mixer on Wednesday, May 25 at Lace & Bustle from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Lace & Bustle is located at 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite E.

Thursday, May 26 - Ribbon Cutting at Oakbay Chiropractic - 10am-10:30am
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Chamber member and Lafayette business - Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda on Thursday, May 26 at 10:00am. This new time will include a KKDV92.1 Free Ultimate Coffee Break! Dr. Mylo Magtoto will be interviewed for radio streaming of the event during the event. We will commence to the ribbon cutting ceremony with full tummies and lots of coffee. Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda is located at 1080 Carol Lane.

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - Chamber Office will be Closed

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about these and other upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cel phone number to Sara at

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar. 
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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