Welcome to the December 2022 edition of "The Backyard Brief." Where did 2022 go? This year has been a year full of great achievements, wonderful events, and making plans for the future of our city. In this edition of "The Backyard Brief," you'll find important information about protecting yourself and your valuables during the holiday season; how to prepare for winter storms; Dublin Police community engagement opportunities; remembering a fallen hero; supporting Dublin businesses this holiday season; recycling your Christmas tree and used textiles; and the installation and recognition of Dublin City Councilmembers.
City of Dublin Breaks Ground on the Future Cultural Arts Center
On Tuesday, November 1, the Dublin City Council held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Cultural Arts Center at the Dublin Civic Center. With Dublin Police Services moved to its new home at the Public Safety Complex, plans were made to renovate the 13,000-square-foot space at the Civic Center and convert it into a Cultural Arts Center.
A needs assessment was conducted in 2016, and further input was provided by residents at a community workshop in early 2020. A concept plan was approved by Dublin City Council in May 2020, with the space to include an art gallery, a Black Box theater, and multi-purpose art and music classrooms. The $11.8 million project has a projected opening of Summer/Fall 2023.
Join the City of Dublin for City Council Recognition and Installation
Join the City of Dublin on Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m., for the installation of Mayor Melissa Hernandez and Councilmember Jean Josey and Councilmember-Elect Kashef Qaadri to the Dublin City Council. The event will take place during the Dublin City Council's regularly scheduled meeting.
During the meeting, outgoing Councilmember Shawn Kumagai will also be recognized for his years of thoughtful service to the Dublin community. Councilmember Kumagai was elected to Dublin City Council in November 2018.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the City of Dublin!
39th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
The City of Dublin has several plans in store for the holiday season. Tonight, December 1, beginning at 5:00 p.m., come out to Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza) for a new take on the traditional Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! Santa's elves have been busy decorating the Civic Center parking lot and turning it into Dublin's very own Winter Wonderland. Entertainment will include a Bollywood performance, a Chinese dance group, and other performances from the Stratford School, Quarry Lane School, Radiance Ballet, and more. Dinner may be purchased at one of the many food trucks available on site. The tree lighting, featuring a new 28-foot tree, will take place near the Civic Center clock tower at 7:00 p.m. Of course, children should be on the lookout for a very special visitor from the North Pole! Free to attend.
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to Dublin! On Saturday, December 3, families are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus! This event benefits the Dublin High School Music program, which will provide lively holiday music during the event. Santa will also pose for photos following each breakfast. There are three time slots available - 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 for residents/$18 for non-residents, per person, all ages. Register here.
"The Cobbler's Gift" Ballet
Join the City of Dublin and Radiance School of Ballet at a presentation of, "The Cobbler's Gift," on Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education (8151 Village Pkwy.) This Christmas ballet weaves the tale of a good and kind, yet poor cobbler, struggling to survive the holiday season. The story is inspired by the Brothers Grimm classic, "The Elves and the Shoemaker." Tickets are $17 - $26, and can be purchased at www.radianceballet.com.
"Deck the Homes" Holiday Decorating Contest
There's still time to register for the "Deck the Homes" Holiday Decorating Contest! This year's contest will feature the following categories:
* Seen from Space Award (Best Use of Lights and Color)
* Winter Wonderland Award (Best Use of Music, Movement, and Technology)
* Gingerbread House Award (Best Use of Homemade Decorations)
* Over Inflated Award (Best Use of Inflatables)
* Deck the Halls Award (Best Apartment/Condo/Townhome)
* Candy Cane Lane Award (Best Neighborhood) - Three or more homes on a neighborhood block, promoting cooperation in their efforts.
The deadline to apply is Friday, December 9, at 4:00 p.m. The Parks and Community Services Commissioners will serve as the judges, with judging taking place December 12 - 16, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The category winners, along with a grand prize winner, will be selected at the December 19 meeting of the Parks and Community Services Commission. Category winners will receive a yard sign to display, along with a $50 gift card to a local Dublin business. Winners will also be recognized at a January meeting of the Dublin City Council. A map showing all entries will be available in early December so that residents can visit the many decorated homes all around town. Enter the contest.
Celebrate the holiday season with friends at the City of Dublin's annual Holiday DancEscape on Friday, December 9, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). You'll dance the night away to the sounds of a live, big band orchestra. This event is for ages 21+.
Tickets are $10/residents; $13/non-residents. Register here.
Guests may also pay $15 at the door on the evening of the event.
Weekend Wonders: Winter Wreaths
Bring the kids out to Dublin Heritage Park and Museums on Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon, for "Weekend Wonders." This monthly program features fun, family-friendly activities and events on select Saturdays. Local history is discovered through guided activities, adventures, and crafts that spark exploration into the past and present. This month, families can create a winter wreath to display at home. Hot chocolate will be provided for all guests. Register here.
Holiday Tree Collection
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 Scout Troop 905 will pick up holiday trees from Dublin residences on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Reservations are required and accepted until 3:00 p.m. on December 31, 2022. To make a reservation, please visit https://www.dublintroop905.org. 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 2 - 13. Two large bins will also be available at the Dublin Sports Grounds parking lot between December 30 and January 16 for residents to drop off their trees for recycling. Only clean trees (no flocking or tinsel) are accepted. Information on reservations and requirements can be found at https://amadorvalleyindustries.com/collection-schedule/.
The 2022 Dublin Holiday Gift Guide Has Arrived!
The City of Dublin’s inaugural Holiday Gift Guide features gift ideas and promotions from more than 50 local businesses, and will be distributed to more than 34,000 households in Dublin and Pleasanton through the December Your Town Monthly publication. A digital version is now available, and printed copies will be available at the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza) while supplies last.
The Holiday Gift Guide is part of the strategic initiatives listed in the City’s Business Recovery Playbook to support local recovery efforts for the Dublin business community following the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Holiday Gift Guide
To support local businesses, the City of Dublin contributed to the overall cost of developing a local 24-page holiday gift guide to showcase the best Dublin has to offer. Local brick-and-mortar retail, restaurant, personal service, fitness, and entertainment small businesses were invited to purchase an ad at a significantly reduced rate.
Storm Preparedness Tips
The rainy season has arrived and the City of Dublin would like to provide residents with some safety tips to follow in the event of a significant storm.
* Keep your car fueled or, if electric, powered. If electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be operable.
* 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 rain storms.
* 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.
City of Dublin Public Works offers free sandbags to Dublin businesses and residents who feel their property is threatened by flooding. 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.
During times of heavy winds, rain, or possible flooding, there is a potential for power outages in the area. To report a power outage, please call PG&E at 800-743-5002. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately.
* Always treat low-hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware that trees, pools of water, and other objects that may be in contact with power lines. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report a downed power line.
* During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees, and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
* Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines.
* If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Dublin City Council Adopts 2023-2031 Housing Element
The State of California requires that the City Council adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for the physical development of the City. The Housing Element is one of seven mandated elements of the General Plan and must be updated every eight years to address existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the City. Housing need is determined through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process.
At its meeting held on Tuesday, November 15, the Dublin City Council adopted the 2023-2031 Housing Element and related amendments to implement the plan, including amendments to the General Plan, Eastern Dublin Specific Plan, Downtown Dublin Specific Plan, and amendments to the Planned Development Zoning for sites D-2 and E-2 at the Dublin Transit Center and Hacienda Crossings shopping center.
The Dublin City Council will hold a second reading of the necessary Planned Development Zoning Amendments for the 2023-2031 Housing Element at its meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.
SCS Property Proposal Moves Forward With Approvals by Dublin City Council
At its meeting held on Tuesday, November 15, the Dublin City Council certified the environmental impact report and approved amendments to the General Plan and Eastern Dublin Specific Plan for the SCS Dublin project. The SCS Dublin project calls for development of up to 265,000 square feet of commercial uses and up to 600 residential units on a 76.9-acre parcel, located north of I-580 between Tassajara Road and Brannigan Street and extending to the north of Gleason Drive.
The proposed project would implement the Preferred Plan for the SCS Property, approved by City Council on February 15, 2022. The Preferred Plan seeks to develop two types of retail experiences - a neighborhood main street experience called Finnian Square, which can accommodate up to 40,000 square feet of small retail shops; and Tassajara Place, which can accommodate between 155,000 to 360,000 square feet of commercial/retail uses, with a focus on entertainment.
In terms of housing, the Plan calls for a variety of housing types, including affordable housing and housing for entry-level buyers, while limiting the number of market-rate housing to around 500 units. A Grand Paseo would run the length of the properties north of Dublin Boulevard with fantastic views of Mt. Diablo.
At its meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 6, the Dublin City Council will hold a second reading of an Ordinance approving the Planned Development Rezone and a Development Agreement for the SCS Dublin project.
Dublin Police Services Community Engagement
As a result of the recommendations from the City of Dublin’s Community Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes and Dublin Police Services will be launching a Chief’s Advisory Panel (CAP). The Panel, which will start in January, will serve as an advisory resource that will provide feedback to the Chief on ways to enhance police-community relations. The CAP will consist of up to 12 members, appointed by Police Chief Holmes, who either live or work or own a business in Dublin. Recruitment is now open, with the CAP’s initial meeting to take place in January. Apply here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 29, at 5:00 p.m.
Dublin Police Services has also issued its 2021-2022 Annual Report. The document provides an overview of each unit in the department, as well as budget information, crime statistics, criminal investigations, community engagement, and more. You'll find data from 2019 through 2021. View the Report
Join Dublin Police Services in Remembering Deputy John Paul Monego
On December 12, 1998, Dublin Police Deputy John Monego was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a robbery. Each December, Dublin Police Services honors his memory at an annual tree lighting ceremony. Join Dublin Police and the City of Dublin on Saturday, December 10, at 5:00 p.m., to pay tribute to Deputy Monego and his family. The event will take place in the lobby of Dublin Police Services (6361 Clark Avenue). Following the tree lighting, light refreshments will be served.
Protect Yourself and Your Property This Holiday Season!
Dublin Police would like to remind the public to please be extra cautious and vigilant in protecting yourself and your property during this busy holiday shopping season. Shoppers should report any suspicious activity to Police by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line at 925-462-1212. If you see something, say something. Please follow the shopping safety tips to the right.
Throughout this holiday season, Dublin Police are 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.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
How to Avoid Package Theft
Package theft, also known as porch piracy, is a growing trend. It can occur anywhere in the distribution channel including theft of packages left at a household. Follow these suggestions to avoid package theft year-round:
* If ordering from Amazon, use Amazon lockers for package delivery. You'll be given a unique code, allowing you to retrieve your packages from these secure lockers. The Safeway store at 7499 Dublin Boulevard features an Amazon locker.
* Having your packages delivered to your workplace will greatly reduce the risk of package theft. First, make sure your company allows this practice and that there are co-workers to retrieve your packages. Ensure that packages are delivered during normal business hours.
* Require Signature Upon Delivery: Signature-required delivery should be strictly followed by couriers. If your package is delivered by UPS, Fed-Ex, or another courier, consult your sender and require a delivery confirmation signature.
* Put a hold on packages while on vacation.
While installing a security camera at your front door is often a great deterrent, recent videos have shown that thieves have become bolder and are not disuaded by a video camera. Try to find an alternative way to have packages delivered.
City of Dublin Seeking Nominations for the 2022 Citizen, Young Citizen, and Organization of the Year
The City of Dublin will accept nominations for the 2022 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Organization of the Year through Friday, January 13, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding individuals and groups who have contributed to the quality of life in Dublin in 2022. The Young Citizen of the Year recognizes the volunteer service of a Dublin youth currently in the 1st – 12th grade.
If an individual or an organization has won the award in the past, they cannot be nominated 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 entries will be looking at the individual or the organization's accomplishments in the past year, and how they have served the community; extraordinary challenges they've faced in performing their service to the community; accomplishments outside of the Dublin community; and support they may have received from the community to provide their service.
The Organization of the Year will receive a $500 cash prize, and a $300 donation is given to each of the Citizen and Youth Citizen of the Year’s favorite non-profit organization. The Mayor also selects a "Mayor's Award" winner for outstanding work done in the previous year; and the "Mayor's Legacy Award" for outstanding work done over a long period of time.
The winners will be announced at an event to be held at the Shannon Community Center in February/March 2023 (date TBA). To nominate an individual or an organization, visit www.dublin.ca.gov/vre.
The Wave to be Closed, December 23 - January 6, for Maintenance
Dublin Senior Center to Host a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
On Monday, December 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the City of Dublin will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, in partnership with Alameda County Department of Public Health and Haller's Pharmacy. The vaccine clinic will be held at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Boulevard). The clinic is for residents of Alameda County only.
Pre-registration is encouraged at my.primary.health/l/hallersvaccineclinic, but drop-ins are welcome.
• No ID required
• No insurance required
• Everyone must wear a mask
• Please wear a short-sleeved or a loosely fitted, long-sleeved shirt
Schedule Your Next Textile Recycling Pickup by December 22
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 pickups 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 pick-up.
* Clean and dry clothing for adults, children, and babies
* Stuffed animals, bedding, blankets, and towels
* Shoes for adults, children, and babies
Public Encouraged to Submit Ideas for Dublin Transit Center Parking Garage Public Art Project
Dublin community members are invited to submit ideas and photos of animals, birds, insects, and plants to include as small elements in the future public artwork for the Dublin Transit Center Parking Garage. All ages are encouraged to participate.
An Artist Selection Committee comprised of Dublin community members selected Bay Area artist Phillip Hua to create the artwork for the parking garage. Hua would like to collect over 100 ideas from the Dublin community.
About the Artwork:
The artwork features birds flying together through the sky, symbolizing movement and transportation in a natural form. This idea celebrates community members who are in motion, using the parking garage and traveling throughout the Dublin community and beyond. The design features a different bird on each floor including hummingbirds, northern flickers, great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, and egrets. The smaller elements within the overall design will be images submitted by Dublin community members.
From a distance, viewers will see an image of birds in flight. As they get closer, they will see that the image is made up of dots. As they get even closer, they will see the smaller images of animals, birds, insects, and plants representing the ideas submitted by Dublin community members.
To learn more and submit your ideas, visit bit.ly/DublinPublicArt. The deadline to respond is Wednesday, December 14. This public art project is managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. For more information visit arts.acgov.org or email [email protected].
Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Offers Resources to Help Keep Your Home Safe
The Healthy Homes Department of Alameda County is offering grants for home repairs. If your home is in disrepair or there are safety issues in your home which could adversely affect a member of your family, take advantage of the County's Minor Home Repair Program in order to maintain your property. The grants can be used for minor plumbing, carpentry, electrical repairs, railings, grab bars, toilets, doors, locks, water heaters, and more.
To apply, scan then QR code on the flyer to the left, or call (510) 567-8280.