September 2021

Welcome to the September 2021 edition of "The Backyard Brief." In this issue, you'll find articles about the return of Splatter, the City of Dublin's annual end-of-summer event, and the annual Creek Cleanup event; how to prepare your family for an emergency during "National Preparedness Month"; community meetings on two development projects; a preview of Mayor Hernandez's "State of the City" presentation; and more!

The American flag, California flag, and City of Dublin flag all flying at half-staff at Dublin Civic Center.

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on September 11 in Memory of the 2,977 Lives Lost in 2001

Saturday, September 11, marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. To honor the 2,977 victims of the attacks, as well as the brave first responders, all flags will fly at half-staff on what is now known as Patriot Day. May we never again experience another terrorist attack on American soil.

Splatter, the City of Dublin’s end-of-summer festival, returns to Emerald Glen Park (4201 Central Parkway) on Saturday, September 18. The event, which celebrates food, wine, art, and music, begins at noon and will conclude with an evening dance party concert, beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by a drone light show. Admission to the festival is free; however, there is a charge for children’s carnival rides. Splatter is known for its fun, family-friendly art activities; unusual art installations; live, multi-cultural music and dance performances; and a craft and culinary marketplace.


This year’s festival will continue to showcase music, art, and wine, while also celebrating inclusivity and providing many culturally diverse elements. The festival will feature community performances including Bollywood, Chinese dance, and West African drum and dance groups. Guests will have the opportunity to shop in the World Craft Bazaar, featuring a unique and diverse array of goods from around the world.


In the area of the arts, there will be an art gallery featured in The Wave; interactive arts and crafts including a Chalk Art Competition with the theme, “But First Let Me Chalk a Selfie,” where community members of all ages and artistic skill levels are invited to purchase a sidewalk square for $5 and compete to win prizes; and an “I am Dublin” community mural to celebrate the many cultures that are represented in Dublin.


Festival-goers will be able to enjoy community group performances of multi-cultural music, dance, and other entertainment in the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, as well as performances in the areas of music, dance, poetry, and more from Dublin residents on the Side Yard Stage. The Main Stage will feature musical entertainment throughout the day and will become a “community dance party” in the evening, led by headliners Queen Nation (a tribute to Queen) and Wonderbread 5 (a high energy dance band). The festival will also feature roaming performers. Following the musical finale, guests will enjoy a 15-minute Polynesian fire dance and a 10-minute drone light show customized to celebrate Dublin and Splatter.


There will be plenty of food and drink at the festival, including a “Dine Around the World” area that will feature a vast array of international cuisines from Food Truck Mafia. The Rotary Club of Dublin will be on hand to serve local craft beer and wine.


Splatter is produced by the City of Dublin’s Parks and Community Services Department, with sponsorship support from local businesses. Those interested in being a volunteer, vendor, or sponsor should call (925) 556-4500 or visit www.dublinsplatter.com.


Join the City of Dublin at a Community Meeting to Learn About the Proposed East Ranch Development

The City of Dublin will be hosting two virtual community meetings to provide Dublin residents with information about the proposed East Ranch project near Croak Road in eastern Dublin. Trumark Homes proposes to develop a 573-unit residential project with six neighborhoods, two neighborhood parks totaling 11.5 acres, and a two-acre Public/Semi-Public site reserved for affordable housing. The 165.5-acre project site straddles the existing Croak Road with Jordan Ranch to the west, Positano to the north, and undeveloped land to the east and south with I-580 beyond. Requested approvals include a Planned Development Stage 2 Development Plan and Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 8563.


The community meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. A presentation about the proposed East Ranch project and development process will be provided at both meetings. The two meetings will provide the same information, so attendance at both meetings is not necessary. The meetings will be held remotely via Zoom Video Communications. Visit:

https://dublinca.zoom.us/j/84803874461?pwd=WWFIbHR5bnFaTFJBNXFIZFFwZG0rQT09 to attend either meeting.

A map of the proposed East Ranch development, depicting parks and housing.
A map of eastern Dublin showing the location of the SCS Property.

Community Meeting Recently Held to Discuss the Future of the SCS Property

A virtual meeting to discuss the future of the SCS Property in Dublin was held on Wednesday, August 25. The meeting included a presentation introducing the outreach process, and provided an overview of the property and background information. This was followed by three breakout rooms where a variety of land-use topics were discussed including regional context; public benefits; market demand; economics of development; connectivity; and housing. Approximately 40 Dublin residents and interested members of the public attended the meeting, as well as City staff and the consultant team. The meeting and the breakout rooms were recorded and have been posted on the outreach website: https://courbanize.com/projects/scsproperty/rsvp. The presentation and comments from the breakout rooms provided via a virtual whiteboard may also be downloaded from the website.

Applicants Sought for Commission/Committee Vacancies

The City of Dublin is seeking applicants to fill unscheduled vacancies on the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission and the Senior Center Advisory Committee.


The vacant position on the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission is the alternate position, with the term ending in December 2022. The Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission is an advisory body to the City Council and City Staff. This Commission is made up of seven members of the community who serve four-year staggered terms and one alternate who serves a two-year term. The Commission considers and makes recommendations to the City Council on historical, cultural, and artistic matters by:


* Ensuring historical preservation of the Heritage Center

* Generating public input concerning the arts

* Reviewing arts contract proposals


The Commission may also review and make recommendations regarding the City's budgets for arts programs, facilities, and the Heritage and Cultural Arts Long Range Plan for the community. The Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission Bylaws and Rules of Procedure govern the meetings and activities of the Commission.


The City of Dublin also has an unscheduled vacancy on the Senior Center Advisory Committee with a term ending in December 2024. The Senior Center Advisory Committee consists of five members who serve four-year staggered terms and two alternates who serve two-year terms. This Committee makes recommendations related to the operation and maintenance of an effective and efficient Senior Center for the residents of Dublin. The Senior Center Advisory Committee Bylaws and Rules of Procedure govern the meetings and activities of the Advisory Committee.


The deadline to apply for either position is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17. Visit www.dublin.ca.gov to apply.

September is National Preparedness Month,

September is National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Dublin encourages all residents to take time this month to prepare yourself and your family for what might occur in the event of a disaster. Emergencies that we might encounter - earthquakes, wildfires - come without warnings, so it is important to be prepared in the event of any type of disaster. The goal of Disaster Preparedness for both you and the City is survival of the event and a return of stability in a timely manner in the aftermath.


STEP ONE: Sign up for emergency notifications through AC Alert. When disaster strikes, every second counts, so it is critical that you stay informed on the latest public safety information. AC Alert is an ultra high-speed telephonic communication service that allows local authorities to telephone targeted areas during an emergency situation that requires immediate action, such as evacuation orders, utility outages, and more. Contact information for landlines is already built into the system; however, if you no longer have a landline phone at your home, you must register your mobile device and e-mail address with AC Alert in order to receive notifications.


Another emergency notification system used by Dublin Police Services is Nixle. Simply text "Dublin" or the City's zip code - 94568 - to 888777 to receive free emergency alerts on your mobile phone. You may also visit www.nixle.com and sign up to receive alerts and advisories (such as road closures) via e-mail.

STEP TWO: “Know Your Zone” in the event of an evacuation. Alameda County has partnered with ZoneHaven, an emergency evacuation platform, to help residents identify their evacuation zone on a map, stay up-to-date on their evacuation status, and follow incident progress. In addition to syncing with AC Alert, the platform models traffic and fire spread scenarios and provides real-time weather, traffic, and shelter information. To identify your evacuation zone, visit Zonehaven and type in your home address.


STEP THREE: Every member of the family should have an Emergency Preparedness "go-kit." These kits should be made or purchased for your home, car, and office to provide food, water, tools, and medical supplies for a minimum of 3-5 days following an earthquake or other major disaster. Learn what to put in your "go kit." Each family should also create a Family Emergency Communications Plan. Determine how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.


Later this month and in October, the City of Dublin and Alameda County Fire Department will be hosting FREE virtual Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Trainings. The training will help you and your family prepare for a disaster by helping you identify and minimize potential dangers in your home; compile an emergency kit; and develop a communications plan. Attendees will receive an "Emergency Go-Bag" to help in compiling an emergency kit. Space is limited. Please register here.


Be safe. Be prepared.

Join the City of Dublin for Creek Cleanup Day on September 18!

Registration is now open for Dublin's Annual Creek Cleanup Day, taking place on Saturday, September 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is the largest volunteer event in the United States. Volunteer efforts to help cleanup Dublin's creeks help to prevent litter from washing into local creeks and potentially hurting wildlife including the fish, otters, birds, and other animals living in the waterways of The New American Backyard. This year's designated cleanup sites in Dublin include:


* Alamo Canal Trail at Dublin Boulevard

* South San Ramon Creek behind Dublin High School

* Alamo Creek Trail between Iron Horse Parkway and Amador Valley Boulevard


Volunteers will check in with the site captain at their designated cleanup location at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of September 18, where tools will be provided for the cleanup. Volunteers should bring water, sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, and may also bring their own gloves and equipment, if they wish. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The City of Dublin also requires a signed waiver from all participants.


Additional instructions will be provided to all registrants in the days leading up to the event. For more information, contact the City's Environmental Services division at es@dublin.ca.gov or call (925) 833-6630.

A large crane with a small crustacean in its mouth stands in a Dublin creek.
A rendering of solar panels to be installed at The Wave.

City of Dublin Moving Forward with Citywide Energy Efficiency and Infrastructure Improvement Projects

The City Council has approved a turnkey contract with Willdan to deliver a citywide project that will result in $28M+ in utility savings over the next 25 years. These projects include, but are not limited to, facility LED lighting with smart controls; HVAC replacements and upgrades; wireless HVAC controls; replacement and installation of backup generators; solar panels installed at eight sites with battery storage; backup power for 22 City traffic signals; ballfield and park lighting; and street lighting. Over the next 18-24 months, the City will be implementing these improvements that align with our Climate Action Plan: 2030 and Beyond (CAP 2030 ). More information about these projects will be shared in the coming months. (Photo to the left shows a rendering of solar panels to be installed at The Wave.)

Save the Date: Dublin State of the City Address

Join Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce for the Annual State of the City Address. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Shannon Community Center (11600 Shannon Ave). The event includes networking and a sit-down luncheon.


During the "State of the City," Mayor Hernandez will report on such topics as Economic Development, Public Safety, Transportation, Environmental Sustainability, the Financial Health of the City, and more. Registration is available at https://bit.ly/2021DublinChamberStateofCity.

A flyer featuring a photo of Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez and information about the annual State of the City Address on September 22.

The Utility Box Art Program is entering its fifth year of beautifying Dublin’s sidewalks with the addition of 10 new public art installations throughout the city. Local artists are painting these industrial canvases to create works of art depicting birds, landscapes, fauna, and more. Selected artists have been hard at work in recent weeks on these new additions to the program’s collection. The artwork is set to be complete by early fall. A complete listing of utility box art locations is available online at www.dublin.ca.gov/utilityboxart.

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