Council to take up keeping residential chickens
The City Council on Monday is set to decide whether to amend the definition of "livestock" in the city code, in the name of keeping a "limited number of small farm animals" on parcels within single-family residential zoning districts.
This comes after a number of local residents have called for tweaks in the city code that would allow them to keep backyard chickens.
According to a city report, chickens fell under the city's regulations governing the keeping of livestock, defined as "domestic farm animals such as horses, cows, sheep, goats, etc." The city's livestock regulations were written for large farm animals (horses, cows, sheep, goats) and didn't allow the keeping of animals like chickens or rabbits.
The proposed changes would allow "small farm animals" like chickens and rabbits in single-family-zoned neighborhoods, in numbers based on the size of the parcel; for instance, a maximum of four animals could be kept on a parcel of between 6,000 and 20,000 square feet. Animals deemed to produce "undue noise" -- including roosters and peacocks -- wouldn't be allowed, and suitable shelters would be required.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Plenty of city commission, committee openings
You say you've always wanted to serve on a city commission and help give back to the community? Here are a number of opportunities.
The city is looking to fill openings on the following commissions and committees -- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Circulation Commission, Community Center Foundation, Capital Projects Assessment Committee, Creeks Committee, Design Review Commission, Downtown Street Improvement Master Plan Implementation Committee, Environmental Task Force, Parks, Trails, & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Public Art Committee, Senior Services Commission and Youth Services Commission
A Lafayette representative to the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging, and an alternate representative to the Contra Costa County Library Commission, are also sought.
For more information, go to the city's homepage at http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us/ and click on "Commissions and Committees."
Loaves & Fishes garden party June 29
The Loaves & Fishes "Food For Thought" Summer Garden Party will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga. Tickets are $75.
Enjoy fantastic food from local chefs, including Jeff Asadi from La Finestra, Stewart Beatty from Postino, John Townsend of Orinda Country Club, Kevin Weinberg of Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Gary Rust from Rustic Tavern, Eric Hopfinger of The Cooperage American Grille, Adam Carpenter of The Park Bistro & Bar, and James Porter, head chef at Loaves & Fishes.
Generations in Jazz will provide music. Register at www.loavesfishescc.org or call 925-687-6760.
'Buy a Rocket' campaign for July 4 fireworks
The town this year is again seeking contributions to help pay for the fireworks show that is part of the Fourth of July Celebration at Moraga Commons Park.
Donate $50 or more to the annual fireworks fundraising campaign to help keep this Moraga tradition alive. The goal is to again raise $24,000; donate online, or send checks (payable to Town of Moraga) to Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Rocket!, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga CA, 94556
The Fourth of July celebration also will include fun runs (including a 5-miler), a pancake breakfast, community booths, a kids bike parade, food booths and entertainment by Busta Groove.
Festivities at Moraga Commons run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; fireworks are set to start approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.ci.moraga.ca.us/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=115649.
The standard big Fourth of July festivities planned
Orinda's 31st annual Fourth of July celebration is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. on Independence Day, with a pancake breakfast and include a run/walk, the popular parade (featuring the Orinda All-Volunteer Marching Band) classic cars, live music and plenty of other activities for the family.
The All-Volunteer Marching Band is open to any musician with an instrument and a willingness for adventure; its first practice is one hour before the parade begins.
The pancake breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. That will be followed by the Roadrunners' Fun Run and Haley's Run for a Reason.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. by the Orinda Theatre and travels under the freeway to the Orinda Community Center. The parade features floats, various marchers and musicians, (including the All-Volunteer band). It ends about 11:30 a.m., when a wide variety of activities begin at the Orinda Community Center Park. The Educational Foundation of Orinda Jazz Band will play while children enjoy the petting zoo or Jeremy the Juggler. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, a balloon toss, carnival games and two bounce houses. The Miramonte High School Varsity Football returns to run its popular football toss; and there will be food booths and many nonprofit booths.
For more information, go to go to www.orindaassociation.org or call 925-254-0800.
Capital Improvement Plan approved
The City Council on Tuesday greenlighted updates to the city's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
Changes include $20 million in additional road and drainage funds from the freshly successful Measure J Bond, as well as $1 million per year from Orinda's previous Measure L sales tax measure.
The total CIP budget for 2015 is $14.6 million, with 91 percent of that -- $13.3 million -- earmarked for road and drainage improvement projects. The total CIP budget through 2018 is $38.1 million.
Police department adopts neighborhood network
The Orinda Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor to help local neighbors stay in touch with the rest of their neighborhoods and with police, in the name of preventing crime.
The goal is for residents and police to better work together to improve safety and strengthen Neighborhood Watch efforts.
Through Nextdoor, Orinda residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets. The police department can post safety tips and crime alerts on Nextdoor websites within the city.
City hosts blood drive June 25
The city will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center.
Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be made, as well. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and type "Orinda" in the box at the top of the face page that says "Give blood, find a blood drive."
Police department sets up email for tips
The police department has an email address for anonymous and non-anonymous crime tips.
The department is accepting tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Police are providing the service for nonemergency investigative information only, and say the line will not be used to generate radio calls or send police to reporting locations.
For more information, contact the police department at 925-254-6820.
-- Jennifer Modenessi, Hilary Costa and Sam Richards