Secondhand Smoke ordinance at council June 18

The City Council on June 18 will consider a proposal to limit exposure to secondhand smoke by restricting smoking in specific areas. The meeting was originally scheduled for June 4.

If approved, outdoor smoking will be banned downtown; in commercial areas throughout Walnut Creek; at public events; and, in city-owned parks, recreation and open space areas.

Indoor smoking would be banned inside all new multifamily residential units, in addition to common areas, balconies and patios, and near entry ways and operable windows.

In existing multifamily housing, smoking would still be allowed inside units, but prohibited in all indoor and outdoor common areas; individual balconies and patios; and within 20 feet of exterior entry ways and operable windows. Designated smoking areas would be allowed.

The council is set to take up the issue during its regular meeting 7 p.m. June 18, 1666 N. Main Street.

Last fiscal sustainability meeting on July 2

The City Council will continue its work toward fiscal sustainability at its July 2 meeting (it will not be discussed at its June 17 meeting).


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To deal with a $2 million year deficit the programs, services and facilities Walnut Creek provides to the community will no longer be possible at current levels beginning with the 2014-16 budget. The council has held a series of public meetings to consider the city's service priorities. Issues discussed have ranged from library hours to civic arts programs. On July 2, the council will receive updates on the performing arts and aquatics programs.

Fun Run for Peace and Justice Center

Runners, walkers and even those who simply stroll are invited to the June 30 Fun Run to support peace and justice.

This Alamo run is a 5-K and will follow a circular route along Danville Boulevard and the Iron Horse Trail next to downtown Alamo. Proceeds from the $35 entry fee will go to supporting the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

No trophies or medals are planned for the event; however, the top male and female in each age group will receive either a gift certificate from local merchant, or free dinners from local eateries.

Participants will assemble at the intersection of Stone Valley Road and the Iron Horse Trail. The starting gun will fire at 8:30 a.m., but anyone signing up that morning should arrive before 8 a.m. The cost for registration on day of race is $40. Free T-shirts will be given to those registering by June 20.

Online registration is available on the Active.com. To register by mail, contact the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at 925-933-7850. For questions, call Bob Hanson at 925-944-3366.

Contra Costa Centre part of pilot carpool program

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority has launched a smartphone-aided carpooling pilot program in partnership with the Contra Costa Centre Association adjacent to Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.

Using the Avego smartphone app, the 5,000 employees working in and around the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village can find carpool matches in real time or in advance by searching for other Avego users at the village. If two people are going in the same direction at about the same time, the software helps them find each other, and also facilitates carpooling.

The transportation authority, as part of a three-county pilot program funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, is offering education and support to Contra Costa Centre employees to encourage their use of the Avego app.

"Real time software is the future of carpooling," said transportation authority Executive Director Randy Iwasaki.

Brady Campaign president to discuss gun control efforts

At the June 19 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club Sandra Ruliffson, president of the Contra Costa Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will discuss local, state and national efforts to reduce gun violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

"The Brady Campaign initiates policy and programs to decrease gun deaths and injuries," according to a news release on the event. "It promotes policies that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people and public health and safety programs to inspire safer attitudes and behaviors around the nearly 300 million guns in U.S. communities. It has called for universal background checks of gun purchasers and accountability for irresponsible gun dealers."

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org

DeSaulnier to lead Health Care Reform meeting

California state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, invites you to attend a Health Care Reform Town Hall meeting to learn more about how Californians will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the council chamber at Walnut Creek city hall, 1666 N. Main St.

Learn about how the Affordable Care Act and the Covered California Health Benefits Exchange will provide expanded coverage, with the goal of improving affordability and health outcomes for all Californians.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP at https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/SurveysDirect.php?district=SD07&;survey=3387& For more information, call 925-943-6082.

Wine Walk to make sixth annual appearance

Enjoy tasting wine while strolling through downtown Walnut Creek from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, with the event's formal starting location being Pro Home Systems, at the corner of Locust Street and Civic Drive.

Tickets are $30 per person in advance, or $40 at the event (at Pro Home Systems). They are available online through June 18; if bought online before midnight Friday, June 14 they'll be mailed (tickets purchased after midnight on Friday, June 14 will be available at Will Call). To order online, go to http://www.walnutcreekdowntown.com/ and go to "Upcoming Events" on the right edge of the page. Tickets are also available at the Walnut Creek Downtown offices, 1615 Bonanza St., Suite 213.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi