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

April 2023

Welcome to the April 2023 edition of "Backyard Brief." In this issue, you'll meet Dublin's new Police Chief, Nate Schmidt. You will also discover information about The Dublin Marketplace, a new loyalty rewards program for shoppers; Dublin Pride Week activities; updates to the City of Dublin's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; a college scholarship named for a former beloved councilmember; and upcoming family events.

Three iPhones with images from Dublin Marketplace transactions.

City of Dublin Launches The Dublin Marketplace !

The City of Dublin is excited to announce the launch of The Dublin Marketplace, a loyalty rewards program designed to boost the local economy while rewarding users for shopping at participating merchants. The platform is powered by ReachPlaces and is now available for iPhone users in the Apple App Store.


The Dublin Marketplace offers users the opportunity to earn Dublin CityDollars for shopping at more than 40 local businesses, including specialty retailers, restaurants, fitness and recreational facilities, and service providers. More businesses are being added every month. With the app's ever-changing promotions and special offers, consumers can earn Dublin CityDollars and redeem them at any participating local business using the ReachPlaces Reward Mastercard within the app.

Enrollment is simple and free for users. To get started, users can download the ReachPlaces app from the Apple App Store and browse the app to see the promotions offered by local businesses. One of the goals of the Dublin Marketplace is to create a sense of loyalty and connection between the customer and the business, which can lead to increased sales and customer retention.


The Dublin Marketplace is an initiative of the City of Dublin's Business Recovery Playbook, approved by the Dublin City Council and is funded by the City's American Rescue Plan Act monies. For more information, visit https://dublin.ca.gov/2509/The-Dublin-Marketplace.

Dublin Police Chief Nathan Schmidt

Meet New Dublin Police Chief Nate Schmidt

Following the announcement that former Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes would retire in mid-March, Commander Nate Schmidt of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office was appointed by Dublin City Manager Linda Smith to head Dublin Police Services as the City’s new Police Chief. Commander Schmidt's appointment became effective March 19.


Chief Schmidt has over 23 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in September 1999. As a Deputy, he worked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and at Dublin Police Services as a Patrol Officer and, later, as a Detective. In December 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued at Dublin Police Services as a Patrol Supervisor and Detective Sergeant. After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 2011, he worked at the Glenn E. Dyer Jail in Oakland, and at the Eden Township Station before returning to Dublin Police Services as both the Operations Lieutenant and Administrative Lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in September 2016 and worked for a short time at the Santa Rita Jail before returning to Dublin Police.


In January 2023, Chief Schmidt was promoted to the rank of Commander and was assigned to the Law Enforcement Services Division. This included patrol for all unincorporated areas of Alameda County, AC Transit Police Services, Highland Hospital Police Services, Dispatch Services, and the Warrants and Records Division.


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chief Schmidt for many years. His experience, leadership, and working knowledge of Dublin Police Services makes him the natural choice to lead the Department,” said City Manager Linda Smith. “I am extremely pleased to welcome him back to Dublin.”


In his 23 years of working for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Schmidt has spent close to 18 years working in Dublin.

2023 High School Seniors Invited to Apply for the Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship

Team Dublin, a community service committee of City employees and contracted staff, invites all graduating high school seniors in Dublin to apply for a $1,000 college scholarship. Applicants must plan on attending a college or vocational school in Fall 2023.


The Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor longtime public servant Don Biddle, who served the Dublin community in various capacities for over 40 years, including the Dublin City Council, from 2008 until his death in 2018. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who demonstrates high scholarship and civic leadership through volunteerism or public service work, and who is interested in pursuing a career in public service.

Former City of Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle.

QUALIFICATIONS:


• Resident of Dublin, CA.


• Commitment to a career in Public Service.


• A high school student graduating in 2023, who is attending a Dublin public, private, or homeschool, with plans to attend a college or vocational school in Fall 2023.


The deadline to complete the application is Friday, April 14, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be emailed to [email protected], or mailed to or dropped off at the City of Dublin City Manager's Office at 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568. Final selection will be announced on Friday, April 28, 2023. The recipient will be notified by phone and an official letter will follow in the mail.


Instructions and Application:


2023 Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship Instructions


2023 Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship Application

City of Dublin to Form Sister City Focus Group

The City of Dublin is establishing a community focus group to help identify individuals interested in volunteering to develop a Sister City framework.


Sister City relationships are formal long-term partnerships between two communities in two countries. These partnerships often seek to enhance trade, business, educational, and cultural exchanges between the two communities. Sister cities are typically identified by finding commonalities between each city regarding their histories, economies, or other characteristics.


Sister city relationships are often developed and managed by a group of local residents, who volunteer their time and efforts to identify potential sister city relationships, outcomes, and fundraising opportunities. Since 1987, the City of Dublin has had an informal relationship with Bray, Ireland, a relationship originally cultivated by the former Dublin Sister City Association.


The Sister City Focus Group will help brainstorm potential objectives of a sister city program and help to develop the framework for selecting a potential sister city relationship.


The Focus Group will meet two to three times, with the first meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, noon to 1:00 p.m., at the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza). Lunch will be provided.


The City is looking for 8-10 people who either live or work in Dublin or own a Dublin business to participate in the Focus Group. If you are interested in participating in the Sister City Focus Group, please email your interest to [email protected] or call 925-833-6650 by Thursday, April 20.


Pictured: Mayor Hernandez and Melanie Corrigan, Councillor of Bray, Ireland, sign a reaffirmation document of the sister city relationship.

Mayor Hernandez and Lorriane Gallagher, District Manager of Bray Ireland, sign sister city reaffirmation.
Bicyclist riding in bike lane on Golden Gate Drive in Dublin.

City of Dublin Updates its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

In Dublin, many residents and visitors walk and bike for transportation and recreation. Walking and biking improves people's health and well-being and provides numerous environmental and economic benefits. Earlier this year, the Dublin City Council approved the City of Dublin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update, which is a critical planning, policy, and implementation document that supports City efforts to improve safety and attractiveness of biking and walking as a means of transportation and recreation. The project to update the Plan began in Fall 2020 with five goals: enhancing safety; increasing walking and biking; improving connectivity; enhancing accessibility; and prioritizing investments for future bicycle and pedestrian needs, including program support, operation, and maintenance. The process involved engagement with the community and stakeholders and included a detailed community survey and public workshops.


The Plan builds on, updates, and replaces the 2014 Dublin Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and makes recommendations for infrastructure, programs, and policies that support walking and biking in Dublin. It aims to enhance safety and develop a bicycle and pedestrian network that provides well-connected facilities for users of all ages and abilities.


View the 2023 Dublin Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Online Fireworks Application Now Available to Dublin Non-Profit Organizations

Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed to be sold by qualifying non-profit organizations in the City of Dublin just prior to Independence Day. An application to sell fireworks is now available online. Qualified non-profits may use the following link to begin the application process: https://citydocs.dublin.ca.gov/Forms/fireworksapplication.


A completed packet for entrance into the booth drawing is due by Friday, April 21, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Dublin Fire Prevention at 925-833-6606 or via email at [email protected].

TNT Fireworks booth with
Man with blue baseball cap and holding a shovel and young girl kneeling while holding a plant.

Join the City of Dublin in Celebrating Dublin Pride Week, April 22 - 29

Dublin Pride Week, the City of Dublin’s annual week-long series of events, which promotes volunteerism and environmental awareness, will be held Saturday, April 22, through Saturday, April 29. The theme of Dublin Pride Week this year is, “Dublin: Stronger Together!” Residents and groups interested in volunteering can visit the Dublin Pride Week website at DublinPrideWeek.com or call (925) 556-4500. Volunteers who help on Volunteer Day will receive a complimentary day pass to The Wave Waterpark, valid for the 2023 Season.


On Volunteer Day, April 22, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dublin residents are encouraged to give back to the community by pitching in to help clean up Dublin parks, trails, and schools. All ages are welcome to participate, but safety guidelines require that anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater for a light breakfast and to receive their volunteer assignments. They’ll return to Emerald Glen Park at noon for a community barbecue provided by the Dublin Lions Club. Volunteers may register here.


Other Dublin Pride Week events include:

Children’s Emergency Food Bank Food Drive – The community is called to help local folks in need by donating to the Children’s Emergency Food Bank during Dublin Pride Week. Food donation receptacles will be available at City of Dublin facilities including the Dublin Library, Civic Center, Shannon Community Center, and The Wave. The Children’s Emergency Food Bank will see that all food donations will help people in the Dublin community.

3rd Annual Plogging Challenge – The Plogging Challenge returns this year, providing the community with a fun activity that allows participants to get exercise, while also cleaning up the city. This activity entails jogging or walking throughout town, while making quick stops to pick up trash along the way. All registered participants will receive a complimentary Plog-n-Go kit. Registration information can be found at DublinPrideWeek.com.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Event Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 100 Civic Plaza - Hosted by Dublin Police Services, residents are encouraged to drop off unwanted pharmaceuticals such as prescription pills, tablets, capsules, and other solid forms of prescription drugs, no questions asked. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. Document shredding and e-waste services will also be available.


Poster and Essay Contest - The annual Dublin Pride Week Poster Contest is open to all K-12 students in Dublin. This contest is a project of the Dublin Pride Week Committee and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Dublin/San Ramon chapter. All Dublin students in grades K-12 are encouraged to participate. Visit dublinprideweek.com to learn more. The topic of both contests mirrors the overall theme, “Dublin: Stronger Together!”


Compost Giveaway – Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the parking lot along Gleason Drive at Emerald Glen Park. The City of Dublin has, once again, partnered with Amador Valley Industries (AVI) in offering Dublin residents free compost. This offer is limited to the first 500 residents.


For more information on any of the Dublin Pride events, visit our website at DublinPrideWeek.com.

Volunteer Recognition Winners - Yashas Shashidhara; Kristin Speck; Katie Cheng; Erik Bertelson; members of ABLE

City of Dublin Announces the 2022 Citizen, Young Citizen, and Organization of the Year

At a ceremony held at Shannon Community Center on Wednesday evening, March 1, the City of Dublin announced the winners of the 2022 Volunteer Recognition Awards.


Citizen: Kristin Speck


Young Citizen: Yashas Shashidhara


Organization: Above & Beyond Leadership & Education (ABLE)


Mayor's Award: Katie Cheng


Mayor's Legacy Award: Erik Bertelson


Each year, the City of Dublin recognizes a Citizen and Young Citizen (in grades 1 - 12) who have each made significant contributions toward enhancing the quality of life for residents of Dublin during the previous calendar year. Additionally, a non-profit organization that has provided services, which have substantially benefitted the residents of Dublin, is also recognized.


The Mayor’s Award is a special award that Mayor Hernandez presents to someone whom she believes has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Dublin community in the previous calendar year. The Mayor’s Legacy Award is an award that the Mayor presents to a group or individual to recognize extraordinary, long-term dedication to the Dublin community.

Award recipients were also recognized at the March 21, 2023, Dublin City Council meeting. The Organization of the Year received a $500 cash prize, and a $300 donation will be given to each of the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year’s favorite non-profit organization. Two other finalists in each of the categories also received a cash prize in the amount of $200 for their favorite non-profit organizations. Information on all of the nominated individuals and groups can be found on the City’s website at www.dublin.ca.gov/volunteers.

Spots are Filling up Quickly for the Annual Spring Eggstravaganza

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Bring your kids out to Dublin Heritage Park and Museums on Saturday, April 8, for the City of Dublin's annual Spring Eggstravaganza! Children will hunt for eggs, play games, meet Flopsy and Peter Rabbit, and enjoy arts and crafts. Registration is now open, and space is limited for each session.


Choose from one of three available time slots:

9:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.


Residents: $15 per child; Non-residents: $18 per child


We can't wait to see you there!

Enjoy Intergenerational Talent at the City of Dublin's 2023 Benefit Concert

Asian lady dressed in yellow costume and red shows dancing at Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater.

Join the City of Dublin on Thursday, April 6, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, for a wonderful family-friendly event that showcases intergenerational talent and raises funds for Dublin's Youth and Senior Fee Assistance programs.


The 2023 Benefit Concert will take place at the first Dublin Farmers' Market of the season. Acts may include music, dance, comedic, cultural, or other types of performances from youth and senior individuals or groups.


The event is free, but donations will be happily accepted.

Dublin Farmers' Market Returns to Emerald Glen Park on Thursday, April 6

African American man selling Bolani at the Dublin Farmers' Market.

The seasonal Dublin Farmers' Market will return to Emerald Glen Park on Thursday, April 6. The market will run each Thursday, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., through September 28, rain or shine. Come out to find your farmers' market favorites including locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, nuts, pasta, and more. Several hot food vendors will also be on hand for those who wish to pick up a delicious meal each week.


Beginning in mid-June, the eight-week Summer Concert Series will also take place every Thursday at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater during the Market. The concerts will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., June 15 through August 3. Visit the Summer Concert Series webpage for the full concert line-up.

Dublin Police Services Presents an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt - through April 21
Scavenger Hunt Checklist

Dublin Police Services Presents an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Dublin Police Services is hosting an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt through Friday, April 21. Visit a list of ten Dublin businesses and snap a photo with the displayed Easter egg at each business. Post the photo on Instagram, tagging Dublin Police (@dublincapolice). Drop off the checklist and printed photos at Dublin Police Service (6361 Clark Avenue) by Monday, April 24. A raffle will be held for those who complete the contest. Scavenger Hunt checklist

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