August 2022

Welcome to the August edition of Backyard Brief. We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer here in Dublin! This edition of Backyard Brief features news and information on happenings throughout the city. You'll find an update on the district-based elections process; a link to the City's 2021-22 Annual Report; and information on National Night Out, the return of Splatter, how to enjoy a free trip to The Wave, and more.

View the City of Dublin 2021-22 Annual Report

The City of Dublin recently published its 2021-2022 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 created in Spring 2020 as part of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan:

* Implement the City’s Adopted Preferred Vision for Downtown Dublin

* Explore New City Revenue Streams for Long-Term Financial Stability

* Create More Affordable Housing Opportunities

* Become a 24/7 City Hall to Enhance Resident and Business Engagement

* Large Land Tract Development and Open Space

Cover of the City of Dublin Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2021-2022 - sunrise over Dublin hills.
Dublin 2022 Districting Map 112

Dublin City Council to Vote on Final District Elections Map

At its meeting held on Tuesday, July 19, the Dublin City Council held its fourth public hearing to discuss the transition from at-large elections to a district-based election system. At the meeting, City Council directed Staff to bring back Map 112 with some adjustments to the boundaries between District 1 and 2, before voting on the final district map at the City Council meeting to be held on August 16. City Council also approved the election sequencing proposal, putting Districts 1 and 3 on the ballot in 2024, and Districts 2 and 4 on the ballot in 2026.

Beginning in April, the City of Dublin launched an extensive and robust outreach process to ensure that the Dublin community was engaged and empowered to participate in the districting process. Staff began by creating dedicated districting web pages on the City's website and expanded to a multi-media outreach approach. The City hosted two Community Workshops for the public, mailed a postcard to all Dublin postal customers, issued several press releases, sent emails to website districting subscribers, posted regularly to social media accounts, and made calls and sent emails to civic and community business organizations. Staff members were also present at each Dublin Farmers' Market for the months of May and June, speaking to residents about the process.

Join Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez and Councilmember Sherry Hu for "LIVE! With Dublin City Council" Tonight!

Join Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez for the next installment of "LIVE! With Dublin City Council," taking place tonight, Monday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m., via Zoom. Mayor Hernandez will be joined by Councilmember Sherry Hu for a discussion about the City's move to district-based elections in 2024.

These informal quarterly meetings will take place on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November, and provide residents an opportunity to learn about City projects and programs, as well as an open forum for residents to ask questions and share comments with Mayor Melissa Hernandez, a City Councilmember, and staff.

To offer suggestions for other "LIVE!" topics, please visit the City of Dublin website.

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City of Dublin Introduces the "Small Business Spotlight" Program

The City of Dublin has introduced a new program to highlight small businesses in Dublin, the Small Business Spotlight Program. This program will consist of a monthly video featuring different small businesses in Dublin.

The City acknowledges small businesses as the core of our economy and community. We value our small business and recognize the contributions and positive impacts felt and depicted throughout the City. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

Launched in July 2022, the Spotlight Program will feature various business establishments in Dublin, and introduce the community to their business, stories of what made them decide to start their business, and why they chose Dublin.

The Spotlight videos will be shared on the City's social media, newsletter, and website platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the Dublin Business Brief Newsletters.

If your business is interested in being featured in the Small Business Spotlight Program, please contact the Office of Economic Development by email or (925) 833-6650.


Outdoor dining set up at Casa Orozco restaurant in Dublin.

City Council Extends Outdoor Seating Capabilities for Dublin Restaurants

At its meeting held on Tuesday, July 19, the Dublin City Council approved City-initiated amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to extend the current regulations and continue to permit outdoor seating on a long-term temporary basis, with the approval of a Temporary Use Permit, until September 30, 2023, in order to aid in the economic recovery from the COVID-19. The first Temporary Use Permit was approved by Dublin City Council in June 2020, and was extended for the first time in July 2021.

City of Dublin Launches Taste the World in Dublin

The City of Dublin is launching Taste the World in Dublin, an online passport campaign, in support of local eating establishments. This campaign is intended to provide continued support to Dublin small businesses, as outlined in the City’s Business Recovery Playbook.

Local restaurants operate on tight margins on an everyday basis, let alone during recovery efforts from a pandemic. Supporting our local eateries during this time is important to the livelihood of our restaurant owners and their employees.

The launch of Taste the World in Dublin helps to promote those local food and beverage establishments as they try to recover from COVID-19. The campaign invites community members to sign up for a free mobile passport to take a geographical, culinary journey through Dublin. The program will run through October 28, 2022.

Taste the World graphic featuring a table of spices and a bowl of vegetables.

Passport participants will have the ability to check in to participating food and beverage establishments for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a local restaurant, while supplies last. Participants will need to check in to at least five participating establishments in order to receive the promotional gift card. Participants may also redeem promotional offers at select businesses, as applicable.

Those interested in participating in the Taste the World in Dublin program may sign up for a free event passport at It’s also not too late for businesses to participate. Businesses can join the program by simply sending a text message to 925-493-8256.

For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development at 925-833-6650 or via email at

Dublin Police Captain with two children at National Night Out.

Join Your Neighbors in Celebrating "National Night Out"

On Tuesday, August 2, the City of Dublin will join thousands of communities across the country in celebrating "National Night Out." The annual National Night Out campaign is designed to enhance police-community partnerships and strengthen neighborhoods by bringing together those who are committed to preserving the quality of life in Dublin. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Those who have already registered their gathering with Dublin Police Services will receive visits from Police, Fire, and City officials. While it is too late to register your gathering to receive a visit from public safety personnel, it is not too late to organize a get-together with your neighbors to enjoy the camaraderie and to create a sense of community and belonging in your neighborhood.

Learn more at

Enjoy a Free Trip to The Wave on Friday Morning, August 12

On Friday morning, August 12, KTVU's “Mornings on 2” news team will be filming a Dublin edition of "Zip Trips" at The Wave. The City of Dublin will be offering free admission to The Wave, if participants arrive by 8:30 a.m. The waterpark will be open until noon that day.

Ticket sales will begin at 8:00 a.m. For those who are not in line by 8:30 a.m., participants may enjoy The Wave at half-price. The half-price admission will be good between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Doors will close at 10:00 a.m., and all visitors must exit the park at noon.

The City of Dublin realizes that Dublin public schools will be in session on August 12. Unfortunately, this was the day which KTVU requested for its "Zip Trips" event in Dublin.

For more information about The Wave, visit, or call (925) 574-4800.

Little girl with long brown hair emerges from a waterslide at The Wave.

"Picture This" Art Exhibit Now on Display Throughout the Tri-Valley

"Picture This," a temporary public art exhibit, is now on display throughout the Tri-Valley. Local artists have painted 33 large frames, 6'x4', that have been placed in a variety of locations throughout Dublin, Danville, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.

The City of Dublin has placed eight (8) frames in notable locations for residents to visit. Residents are encouraged to find each frame, take a photograph inside the frame opening, and tag its location. Pictures can be shared on social media sites using #PictureThisTriValley and #PictureThisDublin. This public art project is sponsored by each city, in cooperation with Visit Tri-Valley.

For a preview of the Dublin frames and locations, visit

The exhibit runs through September 30, 2022.

Pictured: "Beauty of the Tri-Valley" frame by Rekha Joshi, on display at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums (6600 Donlon Way)

Splatter Returns to Emerald Glen Park on Saturday, September 10

The 2022 Splatter festival, Dublin's annual family-friendly, multi-cultural event, will take place on Saturday, September 10, noon to 9:00 p.m., at Emerald Glen Park. The event will feature entertainment on three stages; free art activities; a new "High Life" art exhibition, featuring the works of exceptional high school artists; children's carnival rides and games; delicious food and drink; and much more.

Look for a loud, lively party on the Main Stage, featuring several popular dance bands, plus a tribute to Santana, and an '80s party with Tainted Love; a variety of multi-cultural performances in the Amphitheater; and local acoustic musicians and performers on the Side Yard Stage. Enjoy demonstrations and participate in free art activities throughout the festival. Following the performance of Tainted Love on the Main Stage, around 8:30 p.m., a 100-light drone show will light up the sky above Emerald Glen Park.

A Hawaiian fire dancer on the stage at Splatter.
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