Multifamily housing smoking ban eyed
Lafayette officials are eyeing changes to the city's municipal code to address the effects of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings and other multiple dwelling units.
On May 13, the City Council will hear options ranging from a total smoking ban in existing and proposed multifamily projects to a phased-in program. The new rules will "address and mitigate the effects of secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings and other areas," according to a city notice.
The municipal code would be revised only after council approval. The changes could impact businesses, multifamily residential properties, residents and property owners.
The move follows state legislation introduced in February by Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael that would ban smoking in multifamily dwellings except in designated areas.
Las Huertas home hearing set for May 20
A hearing that could determine the fate of a house some Lafayette residents would like to see become a historical landmark has been rescheduled for May 20 to accommodate officials unable to attend previously scheduled meetings and those who have recused themselves.
The owners of the Las Huertas Road property are requesting reconfiguration of two lots that will facilitate improvements to one lot and allow them to demolish a 1930s-era house on the other. Some neighbors and other residents are criticizing that idea and are planning to seek historical recognition for the house.
Three planning commissioners have recused themselves from the project: Jeanne Ateljevich, who lives near the property; Rick Humann, who prepared the land survey; and Patricia Curtin-Tinley, whose firm is representing a neighbor.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall.
'Taste of Lafayette' caters to foodies May 21
Taste of Lafayette, the annual tour of 28 of Lafayette's finest eateries and caterers that lets participants sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant, takes place Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Plaza downtown.
There, diners will check in, listen to live music, enjoy a glass of wine sponsored by Wine Thieves, nosh on appetizers, and get a chance to join in on a raffle to raise money for the projects that the Lafayette Community Foundation will fund. Diners will then stroll down Lafayette's Restaurant Row on Mt. Diablo Blvd. or board the shuttle bus (sponsored by Diablo Foods) that will run up and down the boulevard. There is a "taste" at each of the 28 stops. After two hours of squeezing in as many "tastes" as possible, participants gather back in the park to enjoy coffee and dessert.
May is Restaurant Row month in Lafayette, in honor of the city's award-winning restaurants. To view Taste of Lafayette on YouTube, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r74ISEvnQsI.
Tickets for the event will be available through the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103. Visit www.lafayettechamber.org or call the chamber at 925-284-7404.
Operation Paws fundraiser Saturday
A pet wash fundraiser whose proceeds will go toward spaying and neutering unwanted pets that will be put up for adoption is being held Saturday at Pet Food Express in Lafayette as well as locations in Pleasant Hill, Danville and Concord.
One hundred percent of the pet wash proceeds will go to the all volunteer group Operation Paws Rescue, which is run through Contra Costa Animal Services. The group transports dogs from Contra Costa Animal Services to other shelters around the country in need of adoptable dogs.
Self-service wash tokens are $15 at the store. Tokens for use at other times are also available through volunteer Baker Sharp, an Orinda Intermediate School 7th grader participating in the fundraiser. Contact him at email@example.com.
The event runs from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at 3600 Mt. Diablo Boulevard. For information, contact Sharp or Debbie Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the program is on the group's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shelterpaws.
Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Hacienda
The town's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held Sunday at the Hacienda de las Flores and will feature live mariachi music and authentic Mexican food and drinks.
The event, which begins at 3 p.m., will also feature children's activities including piñatas, jump houses, and handmade tortilla-making. Free parking and a shuttle will also be available.
Admission is $5 for adults and proceeds will benefit the Hacienda Foundation for Moraga. For information, visit www.haciendafoundation.org.
Community Faire May 11
The Moraga Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community faire Saturday, May 11S at the Rheem Shopping Center.
The event will feature wine tastings, music and food and more than 70 businesses, nonprofits and artists will be on hand. The faire will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit the Chamber website at www.moragachamber.org.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards