100-unit Arroyo Apartment project moving forward

At a special meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 18, the Planning Commission will consider adopting a "mitigated negative declaration" for the Arroyo Apartment project.

Hall Equities Group seeks a conditional use permit to build a 100-unit multifamily apartment complex on a 1-acre lot at 1250 Arroyo Way. The project calls for the current 12,400 square-foot office building to be razed. The proposed six-story structure includes four floors of apartments and two floors of parking with 135 parking spaces.

A copy of the mitigated negative declaration, used when environmental concerns arise but solutions are made part of the proposed project, can be found at City Hall in the Community Development Department, 1666 N. Main Street. The public comment period for the declaration is now through Oct. 18. All comments should be sent to Sandra Meyer, director, City of Walnut Creek, Community Development Department, 1666 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

Breakfast with Congressman Miller Oct. 18

The Hispanic Chamber of Contra Costa County will host a "Legislative Breakfast" with Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

The breakfast will focus on federal updates, where Miller will address the top three issues to the small businesses of the Hispanic Chamber members, according to the release. The topics are increased cost of health insurance, access to capital and the effect of federal regulations like ADA Compliance Issues.

The event will take place at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, 1333 N. California Blvd., in Walnut Creek. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non members.

City Attorney gets pay raise

The City Council approved a pay raise for the City Attorney at its Oct. 2 meeting.

The council recently completed a performance evaluation of City Attorney Bryan Wenter and decided to give him a 1.75-percent salary increase. This matches what the council recently agreed to when it gave other members of the city's executive team the same pay raise.

The city attorney and the city manager are the only two employees who have employment contracts directly with the City Council. An outside lawyer was hired to draft Wenter's revised employment agreement.

The raise went into effect Sept. 21. His salary is now $193,325 a year.

Applicants sought for county commission

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff is accepting applications for a District 4 resident to serve as a commissioner on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission.

Applicants for this position must live within the county supervisorial district six boundaries. District 4 includes the communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton and parts of Walnut Creek. To verify which district you live in, call 925-521-7100.

There is one opening on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission. The appointment will be made to complete an existing term, which will complete on Aug. 16, 2014. The Commission meets monthly on the first Monday evening of the month. Commissioners are also encouraged to serve on a subcommittee, which may regularly meet once a month.

All meetings are held at the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission Main Office at 1485 Enea Court in Concord.

Applications are available on the county's website at www.cccounty.us/index.aspx?NID=3418.

For additional information, or to request an application be sent to you contact Lia Bristol in Mitchoff's office at 925-521-7100.

Plant sale at Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden will host a plant sale Oct. 13. Admission is free all day. There will be a members only pre-sale and silent auction from 9 to 10 a.m. and memberships can be purchased at the door. The public hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale includes 30 percent off retail prices for selected plants, rare heirloom iris's will be available form Ruth's private garden and gardening books will be available.

Docents will be on hand to give advice on the low-maintenance, drought tolerant plants.

Go to www.ruthbancroftgarden.org or call (925) 944-9352 for more information.

Invitational golf tournament, walkathon

On Oct. 8 the Wellness City Challenge is hosting "A Day of Health: Invitational Golf Tournament and Walkathon" in Rossmoor. Every dollar raised from this event will be supporting the "Food for a Healthy Community" pilot program at Mt. Diablo High School and planting the seed at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

Restaurant owner (and now teacher) Cindy Gershen is leading the efforts to pilot the new food and sustainability curriculum.

The golf tournament begins at 12:30 p.m., with registration at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Nongolfers can enjoy a walkathon led by Mayor Bob Simmons at 10 a.m. There will also be a healthy dinner at 6 p.m. catered by the students of Mt. Diablo High School. All-day events includes speakers, videos, healthy eating guidelines, cooking demonstrations, recipes, massages and raffles.

Sponsorships are still available. A foursome in the tournament will cost $600 and the walkathon costs $25. Go to www.adayofhealth.eventbrite.com for more information.

Lee to be honored by peace center

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will honor Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, at its Peace Awards Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 27. Lee will be given the "Peacemaker of the Decade" award for her vote against the bombing of Afghanistan and her "voice for peace," according to a news release.

Lee has consistently opposed calls for military action around the world and challenges the proportion of federal revenue committed to military action, weaponry, intelligence gathering and U.S. covert operations.

She has also offered legislation in support of public health and education, the fight against HIV/Aids and poverty, the rights of LGBT community, criminal justice reform, living wage jobs and affordable housing.

She will give a talk on "Working for Peace in the War Economy" at the event. Tickets are $85 and are available by contacting the center at 925-933-7850 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/274969

The event starts at 6 p.m. in Bortin Hall at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. For more information call Crystallee Crain 925-933-7850 or at crystallee@mtdpc.org.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum to hold gala

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum will hold its annual "Fall For Our Wildlife Gala" 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Held at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, there will be live entertainment, auctions and former Contra Costa Times columnist and museum curator emeritus Gary Bogue will be honored.

The museum cares for 80 native California wild animals and treats more than 5,300 injured or orphaned animals each year in its rehabilitation hospital.

The price for tickets at the gala starts at $200. To buy tickets or for more information go to http://wildlife-museum.org/gala.

Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi and Sam Richards.