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

July 2022

Welcome to the July edition of Backyard Brief. In this edition, you'll find information about an upcoming gala to celebrate the City of Dublin's 40th anniversary of incorporation; the loss of a beloved former City Councilmember; the City Council's adoption of the Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget; fireworks safety; fun at The Wave; and more!

Invitation to The Ruby Affair gala on Saturday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m., at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.  Invitation is dark blue with red and white roses and a string of white lights.

Join the City of Dublin in Celebrating its 40th Anniversary of Incorporation at a Gala Event, "The Ruby Affair"

On February 1, 2022, the City of Dublin celebrated its 40th anniversary of incorporation. Throughout the year, the City has been marking the occasion through a series of programs and events. The celebration will continue with a gala event, "The Ruby Affair,” taking place on Saturday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m., at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums (6600 Donlon Way).


The Ruby Affair will include appetizers, dinner, music, and dancing. The event will also feature the screening of a documentary that follows the City’s history from the beginning of the community’s incorporation efforts to present day. The story is told by residents who participated in the incorporation process and other Dublin leaders from the past 40 years.


The event is for adults, 21 and older, and cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at www.dublin.ca.gov/rubyaffair.

City of Dublin Mourns the Loss of Former City Councilmember Valerie Barnes

Valerie Barnes, a longtime member of the Dublin community and a leader of the GFWC Dublin San Ramon Women's Club, passed away on June 1, 2022, after a long battle with congestive heart failure and cancer. She is survived by two brothers and two sisters, all of whom reside in the Tri-Valley, and a large family of five children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Ms. Barnes served one four-year term on the Dublin City Council from 1994 to 1998, nine years on the Dublin Planning Commission, and over 50 years with the Women's Club. Throughout her life in Dublin, she was also involved with Scouting, Little League, Pop Warner football, St. Raymond's Church, and the Dublin Historical Society.


Family and friends are invited to a funeral mass at Saint Raymond’s Church on Friday, July 8, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life reception at Saint Raymond’s Moran Hall.


In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in Valerie’s honor to the Dublin-San Ramon Women’s Club or Habitat for Humanity.


Read her obituary, written lovingly by her family.

Former Councilwoman Valerie Barnes, dressed in a fuschia-colored shirt and black and white sweater.

Dublin City Council Adopts New Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget

At its meeting held on Tuesday, June 7, the Dublin City Council adopted the new Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget. The primary goals addressed in the budget cycle are:


1) Fully fund current City operations;

2) Fund future capital endeavors now through the setting aside of specific reserves; and

3) Maintain adequate operating reserves over the long term.


The budget includes citywide revenues of $139.0 million in Fiscal Year 2022-23 and $140.6 million in Fiscal Year 2023-24. Expenditure proposals total $141.6 million and $125.7 million in Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24, respectively (including capital funds and internal service funds). The total citywide fund balance is projected at $324.4 million and $339.4 million in Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24, respectively. All fund balances are projected in the positive, except for grant funds, which are reimbursed after expenditures are incurred, and the Public Facility Fees Fund, due to the timing difference in the collection of fees and the construction of parks and facilities.


The General Fund Budget is balanced in both years, with a projected addition to reserves of $3.7 million in the first year, and $11.6 million in the second year. The revenue increase is primarily attributed to continued growth in Property Tax and Sales Tax, and an increase in Charges for Services due to the recovery of recreation programs back to pre-COVID levels. Expenditures include increases in personnel costs and contract services, primarily for police, fire, and maintenance services.


While the General Fund operating budget is balanced in the two-year budget period, the 10-Year Forecast shows a projected operating deficit of $0.5 million in Fiscal Year 2029-30. As we prepare for the future, City Staff recognizes that the pace of revenue growth is not sustainable, and City’s contracted operational costs will continue to rise. As such, we remain committed to finding budget solutions that will ensure the long-term fiscal health of the organization.


For more information, visit https://dublin.ca.gov/265/Finance-Reports-Budgets-CIP-ACFR.

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Deadline Approaching to Submit Final Draft District Election Maps for Review by Dublin City Council

In November 2024, the City of Dublin will move to a district-based election system, in which the City will be divided into four separate districts of equal population. Each district will be represented by one Councilmember who resides in, and is chosen by, voters residing in that same district. The office of Mayor will continue to be elected at large by all voters even under a district-based election system.

At its meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m., the Dublin City Council will hold its fourth and final public hearing regarding the City's transition to district elections. At that meeting, the City Council will review the final draft district maps submitted by community members. The deadline to submit a draft map for consideration by the City Council at the July 19 meeting is Wednesday, July 6, at 5:00 p.m. The community is urged to participate in the map-drawing process. The most detailed way to view each draft map is using the interactive review map. The link takes you to a website where you can view all of the maps and zoom in and out to see the map details. Public mapping tools are available to assist the public in drawing maps. There are tools for different purposes and levels of technical skill and interest. It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria. An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district. Mapping tools, including an online map-drawing tool, are available at www.dublin.ca.gov/dublindistricts.


If you are unable to submit a map for review, we encourage residents to review the submitted maps available at www.dublin.ca.gov/dublindistricts and provide input on the maps. Please mail your comments to: dublindistricts@dublin.ca.gov.


Interested in Running for Local Office?

The next scheduled general municipal election will be held November 8, 2022, to fill the Mayor and two City Councilmember positions. The nomination period for the 2022 election will be open Monday, July 18, and close on Friday, August 12, 2022. If an incumbent for either of these offices does not file during this period, the nomination period for that position extends until August 17, 2022. Anyone who is 18 years of age and older, who is also a resident and registered voter in Dublin, may run for a seat on the City Council. For more information about running for office, please visit: www.dublin.ca.gov/elections.


The City Clerk’s Office will be taking in-person and online appointments during this period, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with the last appointment starting at 4:30 p.m.), to process nomination papers for those seeking elective office. An appointment is required with 24-hours notice.


The Mayoral position is a two-year term, while the two open City Councilmember positions are four-year terms.


Call the Dublin City Clerk’s Office at (925) 833-6644 or email city.clerk@dublin.ca.gov to make an appointment. More information is available at: https://dublin.ca.gov/68/Elections.

Dublin City Council Chamber
Dates and times that fireworks may be used at four parks in Dublin on July 4 - Alamo Creek, Dublin Sports Grounds, Emerald Glen, and Shannon Park
A list of parks and facilities where fireworks may not be used in the City of Dublin.

City of Dublin Urges Fireworks Safety on Independence Day

"Safe and Sane" fireworks are currently being sold in Dublin through Monday, July 4. The City of Dublin and its public safety departments urge extreme caution in their use while celebrating the Independence Day holiday. Those who purchase fireworks from local organizations should keep the following precautions in mind:


* Always read and follow the safety instructions.

* Never take fireworks apart to build your own fireworks.

* Never allow children to use fireworks without adult supervision.

* Only light one device at a time, and move to a safe distance after lighting the device.

* Never try to re-light or handle "dud" fireworks (faulty and unexploded fireworks).

* Fireworks should always be used in safe, open areas and away from buildings, combustibles, dry vegetation, and, especially, people and animals.

* A connected garden hose should be nearby, and a pail of water kept handy for disposal of spent fireworks and "duds."

* Pet owners should keep pets indoors on July 4, as many animals become extremely agitated by the sights and sounds of fireworks. Some of these pets will even run into the streets or run away to avoid distressing situations.


While Dublin homeowners may use their "Safe and Sane" fireworks at any time during the sales period, no fireworks of any type (including "Safe and Sane") are permitted at Dublin multi-housing units or at any undesignated Dublin park, other City facility, public school, or business parking lot. Residents should also check with their homeowners association (HOA), if applicable, for rules regarding the use of "Safe and Sane" fireworks. However, the City has four parks where the use of "Safe and Sane" fireworks are permitted in the parking lot on the 4th of July, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.:

  • Alamo Creek Park (Dougherty Road and Willow Creek Drive)
  • Dublin Sports Grounds (Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza)
  • Emerald Glen Park (Central Parkway behind The Wave)
  • Shannon Park (Shannon Avenue and San Ramon Road)

Illegal fireworks, which explode in the air or move along the ground, always pose a higher threat, as sparks from illegal fireworks may ignite a fire on dry vegetation or rooftops. Dublin will be increasing enforcement efforts, and there will be dedicated law enforcement and firefighters overseeing the parks, as well as other officers patrolling elsewhere throughout the city. Penalties for those caught selling or using these types of fireworks can include heavy fines and jail time.


To report the use of illegal fireworks, please call Dublin Police at 925-462-1212. You can report illegal activity anonymously.


The City of Dublin allows the sale of "Safe and Sane" fireworks to benefit local non-profit organizations. For more information, and to find the list of organizations and their booth locations, visit www.dublin.ca.gov/fireworks.

Be Prepared in the Event of an Emergency: Know Your Zone!

A map of emergency evacuation zones in Dublin through Zonehaven.

Last week, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire burning in the Sunol-Pleasanton area could be seen from Dublin. Through Zonehaven, an evacuation management platform, fire officials were able to notify and evacuate residents in that area quickly. As we face the potential of another season of wildfires, the City of Dublin and Alameda County Fire encourage residents to "know your zone," in the event of an emergency in Dublin.


Through the combined Zonehaven and AC Alert technology—and public participation— Alameda County Fire Department and other first-responder agencies are able to target emergency communication and the movement of people more effectively and efficiently during wildfires, earthquakes, and other types of natural and human-caused emergencies and disasters. The evacuation zones are created using factors that include weather, traffic flows, street design, historical disaster data, geography, and more. If evacuations are necessary, specific zones will be designated by first responders and broadcast through emergency alert systems.


What Do Residents Need to Do?

* Learn Your Zone! Residents can view their zone by entering their address at community.zonehaven.com. It is a good idea to bookmark this page so that you can refer to it easily.

* Sign up for AC Alert and Nixle to receive emergency notifications.

* Subscribe to City of Dublin news flashes and emergency alerts at https://www.dublin.ca.gov/list.aspx, and our social media accounts: Twitter (@DublinPIO); Facebook (@CityofDublinCA); and Instagram (@CityofDublinCA).

Dublin Civic Center with trees in bloom.

Apply Now to be Part of the City of Dublin's 2022 Leadership Academy, "Inside Dublin"

Inside Dublin, an annual leadership academy which provides community members with advanced knowledge of municipal operations and activities, will begin this fall. Residents interested in the program are encouraged to apply now to be part of the 2022 class.


The goal of the academy is to inform the participants about City services and the issues (present and future) facing the community, and to encourage community involvement at all levels. The program will include presentations on topics such as public safety, infrastructure, education, local government, and community services.


Inside Dublin is a seven-week program (six Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and one Saturday field trip) beginning Saturday, October 1, 2022. Class size is limited to the first 25 candidates. Candidates must be age 18 years or older, and currently live or work in Dublin.


Interested parties may contact Cierra Fabrigas, Executive Aide, at 925-833-6650, or complete the online application available on the City’s website at https://www.dublin.ca.gov/insidedublin.

Celebrate "National Night Out" with Dublin City Council and Public Safety Officials on Tuesday, August 2

The City of Dublin and its public safety departments are looking forward to celebrating "National Night Out" on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Residents are encouraged to gather with neighbors and friends in hosting ice cream socials, barbecues, and other family-friendly events to promote safety and celebrate community. Those who register their events will receive a visit from Dublin Police, Alameda County Fire, local CHP officers, and/or Dublin City officials. The deadline to register is Friday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m. Register your event here.


For more information about National Night Out, contact the Dublin Police Services Crime Prevention Unit at 925-833-6677 or 925-833-6686.

National Night Out logo in red, white, and blue, with red stars and eagle atop
A collage featuring families and children enjoying The Wave Waterpark.

Enjoy Summertime Fun at The Wave!

This State-of-the-Art Aquatics Facility is Right in Your Own Backyard!

Summer is in full swing, and now is the time to bring your family to The Wave for plenty of fun in the sun! The Wave Waterpark is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., through Sunday, August 7, and will then be open on weekends only, through Labor Day, September 5.


If you've never been to The Wave, now is the perfect time to go. This state-of-the-art recreation facility features a natatorium (indoor pool); an outdoor sports pool; a Splash Zone for the younger set, which features a boardwalk-themed water playground with a beach-style entry, two small waterslides, and an interactive play area; a 48-foot tall slide tower with six waterslides; a concession stand; and more!


The slide tower features six waterslides of varying speeds and turns. There are height and weight requirements for each slide. For the two speed slides, those requirements include a minimum weight and height of 45 pounds and 48 inches, and a maximum weight and height of 300 pounds and 76 inches. The “Shamrock Swirl” slide, with its bowl-style landing, also has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches and a weight range of 45 to 300 pounds. Riders on the other three slides must be at least 40 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 300 pounds.


Waterpark tickets, as well as cabana and lounge chair rentals, may be purchased in person at The Wave (4201 Central Parkway), or online at DublinRecGuide.com. Search "waterpark" to find the date you'd like to visit. A discount is given to military families. Those tickets must be purchased on site at The Wave.


For more information about The Wave, visit www.thedublinwave.com.

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