December 5, 2016 News & Events
It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette It_s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette was a Huge Success!

Santa came to town on the original fire truck, Old Betsy, escorted by the Lafayette Police and a parade of classic cars (thank you Blodgett's Flooring and Mo Levich!) A large crowd of enthusiastic families were there to greet them and take photos.

The new Snow Globe was another fun photo opportunity for all! If you missed it, check out the photos in our Facebook Album here. The live music was great!  Thank you to Lamorinda Theater Academy who led the sing-a-along after the tree lighting. Thanks to Stanley's Opportunity Knocks students who helped with art and crafts. This event takes planning and team work to pull it all off.

We are most appreciative of our event co-sponsors The Dana Green Team and The Branagh Development Team. Thank you to Double Perks Drive Thru for providing complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and hot cider to all. Thank you to Mandy's Art and Soul for offering free face painting to children in the Santa line. Thanks to NCL Acalanes Charity mother-daughter teams for serving pizza and soft drinks and helping Santa. Thanks to Norma Evans for the delicious popcorn. Thanks to our busy bartenders: Karen Blodgett, Reid Edwards, Kathy Merchant and Tom Schnurr. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 204, Christina Alba and Travis Johnson for helping with set up and take down.

Happy Holidays to all of you from the Lafayette Chamber!

Bank of the West The Chamber's Annual Holiday Mixer at Bank of the West
Wednesday, December 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Join us for our Annual Holiday Mixer on Wednesday, December 7 at the Bank of the West from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy food from award winning restaurants and caterers. $10 for members; $20 for non-members or bring at least 3 canned food items for Food Bank and the admission is free.

Thank you to the restaurants and caterers that have generously offered to donate a sample dish for tasting - Chow, Diablo Foods, La Finestra Restaurant, Lantern Catering, Mangia, Millie's Kitchen, Patxi's, Reve Bistro, Rustic Tavern, Sideboard, The Great Wall, Uncle Yu's, Vitality Bowl, and Yankee Pier.

The Bank of the West is located at 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd. We'll see you there!
Stone Creek Tile Ribbon Cutting at Stone Creek Tile
Thursday, December 8, 5pm-5:30pm

Stone Creek Tile is a family owned business offering all types of flooring, including natural stone, slab, porcelain, glass, ceramic, and hardwood - even hardwood as tile. They offer kitchen cabinets, custom countertops, and radiant underfloor heating. Come explore over 2000 sq. ft. of many different materials of tile and stone from all over the world at their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Catered by Kabab Burger. Stone Creek Tile is located at 2764 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek.
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Branagh Development 

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Thank you to Branagh Development & The Dana Green Team for sponsoring Lafayette's twinkle lights!

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EBMUD Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Construction Update December 2016

EBMUD The 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect to the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant is now completely installed in Mount Diablo Blvd. The pipeline was pressure tested and connected to the water distribution system last week. Mount Diablo Blvd. will be patched paved this week. After that time, there will be a break in road work on Mount Diablo Blvd. There is some additional median island work that must be completed in early 2017 that will require limited traffic control followed by final paving and striping.
Looking forward: The new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant located at the corner of Mount Diablo Blvd. and Mount Diablo Ct. now has some above-ground walls visible. Over the coming months, you will see the remaining above-ground walls and roof for the new pumping plant take shape followed by electrical and mechanical work inside the new pumping plant.
Once the new structure is complete, electrical and mechanical systems will be tested and the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant will be placed online to pump water to your community. The old pumping plant on mount Diablo Blvd. near Carol Ln. will then be taken out of service and demolished and a new City parking lot will be constructed in its place.
Construction is anticipated to be completed in fall of 2017.

About the Diablo Vista Pumping Plant: The existing Diablo Vista Pumping Plant, located at 3305 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, is a critical facility that serves the communities of Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. EBMUD is constructing a new pumping plant at the southwest corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Mt. Diablo Court, next to the cemetery in order to maintain reliability of your water infrastructure.
If you have any questions about the Diablo Vista Pumping Plant replacement Project, please contact Sharla Sullivan, or call (510) 287-7208. To learn more about the project, please visit and scroll to Lafayette.
If you have questions about the unrelated Lafayette Park Terrace development project that is taking place at the end of Mount Diablo Ct., Please contact Larry Babli, or (408) 677-2977.

The Happy Valley Parking Program Starts on December 1

A pilot project that will reserve 40 parking spaces under the freeway on Happy Valley Road for Lafayette residents is set to launch on December 1. Residents can apply for a permit online to participate. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be issued to all Lafayette residents who apply. Consideration will be given to making the program permanent if spaces are fully occupied during the six months that the pilot project is scheduled to run. You may contact project planners Adam Foster at or 925-299-3207 or Sarah Allen at or 925-299-3208 if you have any questions.

New Overtime Rules Take Effect in December

On December 1, 2016, about 4.2 million workers who were previously classified as "exempt" could become eligible for overtime pay due to modifications to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and many small businesses have been scrambling to comply with the new rules. Click here for a summary of why the changes were enacted, and what they may mean for both workers and employers. Specifically, the new rules increase the minimum salary that an executive, administrative, and professional employee must earn to be considered "exempt" from overtime pay. On December 1, the annual salary threshold rises to $47,476 ($913 per week), more than double the previous amount of $23,660 ($455 per week) established in 2004. Learn more here. Or contact Jane Louie at

City of Lafayette Lafayette City Council Vacancy

On November 9th, Brandt Andersson resigned from his position as Lafayette City Councilmember.  The City Council will appoint a qualified applicant to fill Councilmember Andersson's seat until the next regularly scheduled election in November 2018.
To apply for this position, please fill out and submit the COUNCIL VACANCY APPLICATION and return it by 5PM on Friday, December 9th.  Applicants must be available for interviews between December 13th and 20th.  If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk, Joanne Robbins at or (925) 299-3210.

Chamber Member News & Announcements

Town Hall TheatreExclusive Lamorinda Chambers Holiday Offer from Town Hall Theatre
Are you a small or medium-sized business looking to hold a special and unique holiday event for your employees and their families this year? Town Hall Theatre's 2016 Holiday Package has got you covered! Reserve a block of seats for your group for our holiday presentation of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Or, rent out the Theatre Lobby for your Christmas Party. One Hour Rental available for Pre-show Dinner/Lunch or Cocktail Party.  For more information and details contact: Dennis Markam at, (925) 283-6673 or Linda Drucker at, (415) 298-8226.

Roughing It Day Camp Holiday Donations
Roughing It Day Camp is currently accepting donations for One Warm Coat, Toys for Tots, and also a Food Drive. Roughing It Day Camp's Camp Office is located at 954 Mountain View Dr., Lafayette.  Call for more information (925) 283-3795.

Bradley School of Music Special Holiday Concert
The first show on December 22 has SOLD OUT! So, we've added a second show on Dec 23 at 7. Enjoy a night of music with Lucy Clearwater, Patrick Bradley, Jason Heninger and Orestes Vilato. Lucy is a singer/songwriter trained at the Bradley School of Music. Lucy became an instructor at BSM before recently moving to LA to pursue her dream as a professional artist. She is visiting they Bay Area for a special Holiday Concert. Enjoy a night of great music with her and the other instructors at BSM!  Register here.

Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation Science Cafe presents Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 PM, Library Community Hall
Smith, who spent 21 years as a wilderness and park ranger, will discuss his latest book, Engineering Eden. When a visitor to Yellowstone National Park was killed by a grizzly bear during the Park's hundredth anniversary festivities, a civil trial ensued that engaged famous wildlife biologists in a fierce scientific dispute over controlling nature, how to repair nature when we damage it, and who is responsible for the unintended consequences when we get it wrong. Tickets $10, Students Free with ID. To register click HERE.

Hour of Code is coming!
Monday, December 5 through Thursday, December 8, Two sessions every day in the Technology Lab, 3:00-4:00 PM and 4:00-5:00 PM
Learn computer programming! Students of all ages, from elementary through middle school, can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials that work on any modern browser, tablet or smartphone. Tutorials feature Mine Craft, Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, Angry Birds, and more. Free. To register click HERE and search 'Hour of Code'.

Folk Art Workshop: Straw Figures
Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 PM, Homework Center
Intricate designs and figures made from straw have been found around the world. Learn how to weave and braid your own straw figures in this workshop led by local folk art teacher Evie Michon. Free, for 3rd grade up to Adults of all ages. To register click HERE.

STEAM: Programming for Kids
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Arts & Science Discovery Center
Learn computer programming! Elementary school students can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials that work on any modern browser, tablet or smartphone. Tutorials feature Mine Craft, Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, Angry Birds, and more. We will also have programmable robots! Free. To register click HERE.

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Happy Holidays from the Lafayette Chamber!

The Lafayette Chamber office will be closed Thursday, December 22 at noon through Monday, January 2 - reopening Tuesday, January 3 at 9am.

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What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director