Welcome to the December 2023 edition of the "Backyard Brief." In this newsletter, you'll find information about all of the City's upcoming holiday events, including ways to support local businesses this holiday season. You'll also learn about a Dublin Police Services toy drive; the annual Deputy John Monego Tree Lighting ceremony; how to be safe while shopping this season; an upcoming "Coffee with a Councilmember" event; and much more.
Overnight Closure of a Portion of Dublin Boulevard Required, December 2 - 3, for Iron Horse Trail Bridge Work
A full closure of a portion of Dublin Boulevard, from Dougherty Road to Hacienda Drive, will be required from Saturday, December 2, at 11:00 p.m., to Sunday, December 3, at 7:00 a.m., in order for crews to pour the concrete walkway on the new Iron Horse Trail bridge. Detour signs will direct traffic south to Pleasanton. Local vehicular and pedestrian access will be allowed to travel up to the road limits of Scarlett Drive and Sterling Street.
Please be aware that there is a possibility, due to unforeseen circumstances, that the dates and times of the closure may change. Any updates to the schedule can be found on the City’s website at: https://www.dublin.ca.gov/2585/Notice-of-Road-Closure.
The bridge is expected to be open in Spring 2024, as additional work requires construction of touchdown landings with graduated ramps on the north side of Dublin Boulevard within Don Biddle Park, and on the south side of Dublin Boulevard within the existing Iron Horse Trail right-of-way.
Support Dublin Businesses This Holiday Season!
The City of Dublin's 2023 Holiday Gift Guide is now available for all of your holiday shopping needs. Support our local economy by shopping in Dublin this season.
The 2023 Holiday Gift Guide was also mailed to Dublin and Pleasanton residents in the November Your Town Monthly magazine. Copies of the Holiday Gift Guide can also be found at the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza) and at the City's upcoming holiday events.
The Holiday Gift Guide features gift suggestions and specials from many Dublin businesses including eateries, stores, and services.
Another way to support Dublin businesses is to shop with The Dublin Marketplace. There are new ways to earn extra Dublin CityDollars during the Holidays with the Dublin Marketplace.
Friday Celebrations - Earn Dublin CityDollars through Friday, December 22.
• Fresh Offers: Check the app for brand new opportunities to earn Dublin CityDollars.
• Extra Earnings: Earn an extra five (5) Dublin CityDollars on every promotion available.
• Stress-Free Shopping: Spread out your shopping and enjoy your crowd-free rewards.
The app is currently for use only on the iPhone, but will soon be available on Android devices in early 2024. Learn more.
Enjoy Coffee and Conversation with Councilmember Kashef Qaadri
Residents and business owners are cordially invited to enjoy coffee, pastries, and conversation with Councilmember Kashef Qaadri on Saturday, December 9, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., at Peet's Coffee (4620 Tassajara Road, Dublin).
Stay tuned for additonal opportunities to engage with the Dublin City Council.
City Council Term Limits to be on November 2024 Ballot
At its meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, the Dublin City Council approved adding a measure on the November 5, 2024, ballot to amend the Dublin Municipal Code to impose a combined term limit of 12 years for the Mayor and/or City Councilmembers, while retaining existing term limits for the current Mayor and City Councilmembers. The measure would also prohibit councilmembers and commissioners from accepting gifts from lobbyists and City contractors; prohibit lobbyists from sitting on City commissions; and require posting of all City contracts on the City’s website for public review.
Be Prepared for Winter Storms!
Last winter's storms were quite unprecedented in Dublin and the Tri-Valley. The storms were a reminder that it's never too early to prepare for the worst. As we head into the wet season, follow these safety tips to prepare yourself and your home in the event of a severe storm:
* Stay off the roadways if at all possible.
* If you must drive, stay in the center lane and do not proceed through standing bodies of water.
* Keep your car fueled or electric cars powered.
* Keep your cell phone charged. Have a car charger on hand.
* Check your emergency supplies (first aid kit, essential medicines, cash, food, water, non-electric can opener, portable radio, flashlights, and spare batteries) and ensure they are in air-tight bags and in handy locations.
* Clear debris from storm drains. Keep a rake on hand to clear debris that may clog storm drains during rainstorms.
* Secure or remove items that can blow around.
* Keep garbage cans and cars at least one foot from the curb to avoid blocking storm water flows.
The City of Dublin Public Works department offers free sandbags to Dublin businesses and residents who feel their property is threatened by flooding. During storms, sandbags can be picked up from the City of Dublin Corporation Yard, located at 5709 Scarlett Court. A self-serve, sandbag-filling station with sand, shovels, and bags is also available if the pre-filled sandbags are gone. The City requests that businesses and residents limit the number of sandbags taken to 10 or fewer. Alameda County Public Works Agency also makes sandbags available at their Maintenance and Operations Corporation Yard at 4825 Gleason Drive.
Join Dublin Police in Remembering Fallen Deputy John Monego
On December 12, 1998, Dublin Police Deputy John Monego was killed in the line of duty while responding to a robbery. On the 25th anniversary of his tragic passing, please join Dublin Police and Deputy Monego's family in honoring his memory at an annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 9, at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place in the lobby of Dublin Police Services (6361 Clark Avenue).
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Holiday Crime Suppression Campaign and Shopping Safety
Throughout the holiday season, Dublin Police will be deploying extra staff to highly traveled commercial areas to conduct a Holiday Crime Suppression Detail. The operation will target crime trends that are common during the holiday season. The increase in staff will include marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, and officers on foot patrol and bicycles. Additional patrols will also be on the lookout for those driving under the influence.
While shopping during the holiday season, it is easy to be forgetful about personal property and safety. As a result, people are vulnerable to theft and other crimes. Follow some easy steps to protect yourself and your property:
* Park your car in a well-lit area, as close as you can to the shops.
* Do not leave packages, shopping bags, or valuables in plain view in your car.
* Parked cars should have all windows tightly closed and all doors locked.
* Lock your packages and other valuables in your vehicle's trunk. If your automobile does not have a trunk, be certain that valuables are out of sight or concealed so they cannot be easily identified.
* Always be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious of strangers approaching you for any reason. Criminals often try various methods of distraction with the intent of stealing money or belongings.
* While inside stores, never place packages on the floor or counters, or leave them unattended when purchasing additional items.
* Always have your car keys readily available in your hand before you walk to your car; scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside.
* Women should carry purses under their arms, and men should carry wallets in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Whenever possible, pay for purchases with checks or credit cards.
* When you arrive home, remove all packages from your vehicle.
* Shoppers should report any suspicious activity to the police department by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line at 925-462-1212. If you see something, say something.
Also beware of "porch pirates" who steal a homeowner's mail or packages. Consider investing in a personal package locker or an Amazon locker for package deliveries, or have your packages delivered to your workplace. For mail delivery, consider purchasing a mailbox that can be locked.
Dublin Police Hosting a Christmas Toy Drive for Underprivileged Children
Please help underprivileged children in the Tri-Valley to have a joyful holiday this season by donating to the Dublin Police Services Toy Drive.
Toys can be dropped off at Dublin Police Services, 6361 Clark Avenue, in Dublin, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dublin Police will also hold a "Stuff the Cruiser" event on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 - 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Fallon Gateway Target store (2800 Dublin Blvd.). Shoppers can make the holidays a bit happier for those in need by purchasing a toy and dropping it in Police vehicle.
Donations will be given to the Hively Family Resource Center (Hively), which is now open in Dublin at 7066 Village Parkway. Hively provides a one-stop shop for families to obtain all the basic necessities they need, including diapers, food, clothing, children’s books, housewares, and more. All resources are provided free of charge to families in need.
Donations at Dublin Police Services will be accepted through December 15.
2023 Volunteer Recognition Award Nominations Now Open!
Each year, the City of Dublin recognizes a Citizen and Young Citizen (in grades 1 - 12) who have each made significant contributions toward enhancing the quality of life for residents of Dublin during the previous calendar year. Additionally, a non-profit organization that has provided services, which have substantially benefitted the residents of Dublin, is also recognized.
Those judging the entries for the 2023 calendar year will be looking at the individual or the organization's accomplishments in the past year, and how they have served the Dublin community; any extraordinary challenges they've faced in performing their service to the community; and support they may have received from the community to provide their service. If an individual or an organization has won the award in the past, they cannot be nominated again for three years following their previous win. If they've been nominated, but have not won the award, they can be nominated again. Those judging the nominations have no affiliation with any individual, family, business, or group in Dublin.
Three finalists from each category (Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; and Organization of the Year) will be invited on stage at the Volunteer Recognition Event. The winner of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year will each receive $300 for their organization of choice, and the two other finalists will each receive $200 for their favorite organization. The Organization of the Year will receive $500, while the other two nominated organizations (finalists) will receive $200.
The Volunteer Recognition Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at 6:00 p.m., at Shannon Community Center.
The deadline to submit a nomination form is Friday, January 12, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
The Wave to be Closed for Essential Maintenance, December 22 to January 5
Spots Still Available for "Breakfast with Santa"!
Santa Claus is coming to Dublin!
On Saturday, December 2, families are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus!
The "Breakfast with Santa" event benefits the Dublin High Music programs, which provide live music at this festive event.
Santa will pose for holiday photos following each breakfast.
Friends of the Dublin Library, Inc., Present a Holiday Book Sale
Friends of the Dublin Library, Inc., will hold a special Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 2, noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Dublin Library (200 Civic Plaza). You'll find a great selection of beautiful books in excellent condition, ideal for gift giving. Choose from adult and children’s books, holiday themed books, book sets, games, puzzles, and more. A special feature will include “A Book & a Buddy” – children’s books paired with matching stuffed animals.
Many items are specially priced to stretch your holiday budget. This is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts at bargain prices! Credit, debit, cash, and checks will be accepted. For more information, contact: Dublin Library, (925) 803-7252, or dublinfriends.org.
How to Recycle Your Live Christmas Tree After the Holidays
It's not too early to start thinking about how to recycle your live Christmas tree after the holidays are over. You can give your tree new life by recycling it! For a donation of just $10 per tree, local Boy Scouts Troop 905 will pick up holiday trees from Dublin residents on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please visit http://troop905.org/ after December 1. Reservations will be taken through 3:00 p.m. on January 5, 2024. Only clean trees will be accepted. No flocking or tinsel allowed. Please remove the tree base or stand.
Amador Valley Industries (AVI) will also provide special holiday tree pickup on your regular service day, January 8 - 31, 2024. You may place your holiday tree at the curb by 5:30 a.m. A truck exclusively for recycling holiday trees will collect the trees. Only clean trees will be taken (no flocking or tinsel). Please cut trees down to four feet or less in height and remove bases or stands. You may also recycle your tree in the green organics cart any time after the holidays. Your cart will be emptied on your regular service day. Tree branches and stumps must be cut up in lengths that will allow the lid to close securely.
Additionally, two large bins will also be available at the Dublin Sports Grounds parking lot (6700 Dublin Blvd.) beginning January 5 (end date TBA) for residents to drop off their trees for recycling. Only clean trees are accepted. Information on reservations and requirements can be found at https://amadorvalleyindustries.com/collection-schedule/.
Schedule Your January Textile Recycling Collection
Do you have old clothes, shoes, or blankets lying around? Would you like to begin the New Year with a fresh start? Amador Valley Industries is hosting their FREE quarterly textile pickup for Dublin residents during the first full week of January.
If you live in a single-family residence, call 925-479-9545 to schedule your pickup at least seven days in advance of your scheduled trash collection day. If you live in a multi-family residence, have your property manager call to schedule your pickup. Visit amadorvalleyindustries.com to learn more. Textile collections take place quarterly during the first week of January, April, July, and October.
Note: All textiles must be placed in a CLEAR plastic bag and set out on your curb by 5:00 a.m. the morning of your scheduled pickup. Textiles will be collected by a separate driver who may service your block earlier or later than regular trash collection vehicles.
* Clean and dry clothing for adults, children, and babies
* Stuffed animals, bedding, blankets, and towels
* Shoes for adults, children, and babies