Backyard Brief header - A monthly newsletter from the Dublin City Manager (on grass)

August 2023

Welcome to the August 2023 edition of "Backyard Brief." This newsletter features a link to the City of Dublin's 2022-23 Annual Report, as well as information on an upcoming Passport Fair, the 2023 street improvements project, "Small Business Night" at the Dublin Farmers' Market, a preview of Splatter, highlights from the Gaelic Games, and more.


View the 2022-2023 Annual Report

The City of Dublin recently published its 2022-2023 Annual Report, which can now be viewed online. The report has also been mailed to all Dublin households (inserted in the Fall/Winter Activity Guide). The Annual Report provides details of the City's budget, as well as all of the accomplishments made toward achieving the goals of the City Council, which were adopted on April 4, 2022, as part of the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan:


* Downtown Dublin and Economic Development


* Housing Affordability


* Infrastructure Maintenance and Reinvestment


* Organizational Health


* Safe and Accessible Community


View the Annual Report

City of Dublin Annual Report Cover - Fiscal Year 2022-2023; photo of a lone tree under a beautiful sunset.

Streets in West Dublin that will receive a slurry seal treatment in August/September.

Coming Soon: 2023 Slurry Seal Project

The City of Dublin will soon be awarding a contract for the 2023 Annual Slurry Seal project. This Alameda County Measure B/BB-funded project will include sealing of existing cracks, pavement repairs, new slurry seal, and pavement markings. The project is currently in the bid phase and expected to start construction in mid to late August 2023. The project will rehabilitate approximately 37 street segments and over 20,000 square feet of asphalt repairs, with over one million square feet of slurry seal installed. Additional work includes traffic striping and markings. During several phases of work for this project, parking and lane closure restrictions will be in place. (See the 2023 project list to the left.)


How will this work affect you as a resident or business?

On the day your street is noticed to be slurry sealed, it will be closed to traffic and you will not be allowed to drive, walk, or ride a bike on the asphalt street until the slurry seal has properly cured and the road is reopened. If you need to use your vehicle on the day your road is closed, please park it on an adjacent street not being sealed that day. Please look for the “No Parking” restrictions. It is very important that you do not drive or walk on freshly installed slurry. It will stick to the vehicle and will track onto sidewalks, driveways, carpet, and other flooring, damaging those finishes.


Parking Restrictions

While the work is in progress, the City’s contractor may need to prohibit parking on the street. The contractor will post “No Parking” signs a minimum of 72 hours (three days) in advance of the scheduled work on your street. Please be aware that, due to the possibility of unforeseen circumstances such as equipment breakdowns, the posted dates and times could change. You may continue to park on the street until the date and time shown on the signs. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the temporary ‘No Parking’ restrictions. If you are planning to be out of town during the time that the work is to take place, please arrange to park your vehicle(s) off the street to avoid having your vehicle(s) towed. Emergency vehicles will have access to the streets at all times.


Driving on the Street

During several of the construction activities for this project, street access may be intermittently restricted. Streets will be opened to traffic and access to driveways will be available at the end of each day.


Street Closure

During the slurry seal process, your street or a part of your street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of 4-6 hours to allow the material to be installed and to dry.


The City of Dublin apologizes in advance for any disruption caused by this work. Thank you for your cooperation as the City invests in maintaining your streets.

For more information, please contact the City of Dublin Public Works Department at (925) 833-6630.


City of Dublin to Hold Two Community Meetings to Discuss the Quarry Lane School Performing Arts Center Project

The City of Dublin will host two Community Meetings on Tuesday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday, August 9, at 6:00 p.m., to provide Dublin residents with information about the proposed Quarry Lane School Performing Arts Center project. Two different meeting dates and times are scheduled for your convenience. The two meetings will provide the same information, so attendance at both meetings is not necessary.


Dr. Sabri Arac on behalf of Quarry Lane School, submitted an application to construct a 13,800-square-foot performing arts center and approximately 126 additional parking spaces on the southern portion of the school property, located at 6237 Tassajara Road. The Project would provide a dedicated space for the existing performing arts program. No increase in total student enrollment or an expansion of existing school operations is proposed. Requested approvals include a Planned Development Zoning Amendment, Conditional Use Permit and Site Development Review Permit.


Please join City Staff at this Community Meeting to receive a short presentation about the proposed Quarry Lane Performing Arts Center project and development process.


For additional information about the project, please visit the City’s website at https://www.dublin.ca.gov/174/Development-Activity.


The Community Meeting will be held remotely via the following link: Zoom Video Communications.


If you have any questions regarding this Community Meeting, please send an email to Anne Hersch, Assistant Community Development Director, at [email protected] or call 925-833-6610.

Hazel Wetherford, Deputy City Manager, City of Dublin

City of Dublin Appoints Hazel Wetherford as New Deputy City Manager

Dublin City Manager Linda Smith has announced the appointment of Hazel Wetherford as the City’s new Deputy City Manager, effective July 31. Wetherford is currently serving as the City’s Economic Development Director.


In her redefined role, she will continue to oversee the City’s economic development with a specific focus on the creation of Downtown Dublin as well as the extension of Dublin Boulevard to Livermore. Wetherford will also oversee the City’s legislative and disaster preparedness efforts, among other duties assigned by the City Manager.


“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Hazel Wetherford to the position of Deputy City Manager,” said City Manager Linda Smith. “Hazel has proven to be an invaluable asset to the City over the years and has led much of the City’s economic recovery efforts during the pandemic. She’s an innovative thinker and has the drive to bring two of the City’s top priorities to the forefront – Downtown Dublin and the extension of Dublin Boulevard to Livermore.”


Wetherford has worked for the City of Dublin for more than 12 years. Prior to her appointment as Economic Development Director, she has served as the City’s Assistant to the City Manager, the Parks Business Manager, as well as a Senior Management Analyst. Prior to joining Dublin, she worked for the City of Brentwood, California, and at the California State Legislature. She has also served as President of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California and volunteers her time with the Local Government Hispanic Network, the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance for Communities, California Association for Economic Development, and the CalCities Diversity/Inclusion committee.


As previously mentioned, Wetherford will be spending the majority of her time implementing the Downtown Dublin redevelopment project, as well as the future Economic Development Zone, which will be established east of Fallon Road in Dublin, following the extension of Dublin Boulevard to Livermore. The Economic Development Zone will bring other sectors including life sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean/green technology, robotics, startups, and incubators to the area.

Ms. Wetherford holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, is an Accredited California Economic Developer, a Credentialed Government Leader, and has more than 20 years of experience in local government administration.


Join the City of Dublin for "Small Business Night" at the Dublin Farmers' Market!

Join the City of Dublin on Thursday, August 17, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., for Small Business Night at the Dublin Farmers' Market. Come discover unique products, support local entrepreneurs, and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere! You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of small and micro businesses, all in one place, while also getting the chance to connect with passionate business owners, learn their stories, and celebrate Dublin's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit.


Don't forget to visit the small business booths and complete your BINGO card for a chance to win Dublin CityDollars! Plus, be one of the early visitors to receive a complimentary tote bag (available on a first-come, first-served basis).


Mark your calendar and join us for an evening filled with local pride and community support.


Save the Date! Splatter Returns to Emerald Glen Park on Saturday, September 9

The City of Dublin's annual multi-cultural event, Splatter, returns to Emerald Glen Park on Saturday, September 9, noon to 9:00 p.m. Bands headlining the event include Pop ROCKS and Saved by the '90s. The Illeagles (a tribute to the Eagles) will be opening the festival at 12:00 p.m. on the Main Stage. Other musical and cultural groups performing this year include Thunder Kung Fu, RAPA, WeDance Chinese Ballet, and the Camp Parks Army Band.


The City of Dublin has partnered again with the Dublin Arts Collective to bring the "High Life" art exhibition (for exceptional high school students) to Splatter. The exhibition will take place inside The Wave at Emerald Glen Park from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


A tasting pavilion, featuring food and wine from the Tri-Valley, will be available for the cost of a tasting passport. Roaming entertainers, interactive art activities, a carnival, and art demonstrations will also be found throughout the festival. At the end of the event, a 200-lighted drone show will fill the skies above Emerald Glen Park.


Do you have a special talent that you’re eager to share with the community? Performances of all kinds, including the spoken word, music, dance, poetry, etc., will be considered. Submit a video up to three minutes in length by August 15, 2023, that highlights your performance, and you could be selected to perform at Splatter. Please note that all performances must be appropriate for a general audience and be 45-minutes in length. Contact Lauren Marriott at [email protected] for more information.

Splatter performances - a musical ensemble, ballet dancers, martial arts, and Chinese dragons.

Team of boys participate in the Gaelic Games at Emerald Glen Park.
Teen girls participating in the Gaelic Games at Emerald Glen Park.
Team of girls participates in the Gaelic Games.

City of Dublin Played Host to the 2023 Gaelic Games

From Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30, the City of Dublin hosted the Continental Youth Championships (CYC), a four-day series of sporting competitions featuring the Irish sports of Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie. The CYC brought together thousands of players, ages 6-18, from regional Gaelic Athletic Associations (GAA) across North America for over 250 separate matches in Dublin’s Emerald Glen Park. Dignitaries from Ireland, including the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations, Fergal Mythen, were also present at the four-day event.


Each year, a different location is selected to host this competition and Dublin, California, was chosen this year for its deep historical links with the Irish American community, its prime location in the San Francisco Bay Area, the availability of high-quality fields, and the city’s commitment to supporting high quality recreational events.

Dublin, California logo with graphic of grass and links to social media sites