Welcome to the July edition of Backyard Brief. In this edition, you'll find information about community development activity in Dublin; how to safely celebrate Independence Day when using your Safe and Sane Fireworks; the latest on the coronavirus and where you can get your COVID vaccine; an update of the City's ADA Transition Plan; the return of National Night Out; Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training; and keeping cool this summer at The Wave.
Sign Up to Receive Information About Community Meetings for Major Development Projects in Dublin
If you are interested in participating in community meetings related to major development projects in the City of Dublin, sign up to be notified when meetings occur. Visit https://www.dublin.ca.gov/list.aspx and scroll through the "Notify Me" category to find the Community Meetings - Major Development Projects listing.
On Thursday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m., the City of Dublin is hosting a community meeting regarding the Amador Station Residential Project. BRIDGE Housing proposes to develop a 3.6-acre site located at 6501 Golden Gate Drive within the Downtown Dublin Specific Plan Transit-Oriented District, adjacent to the BART station. The Amador Station Residential Project consists of 300 units of affordable rental housing to be built in two phases of 136 units and 164 units, and includes ground floor retail, amenity space, and parking.
The Community Meeting will be held via Zoom Video Communications.
City of Dublin Appeals RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Allocation) Methodology
The State of California requires that the City Council adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for the physical development of the City. The Housing Element is one of seven mandated elements of the General Plan, which must be updated every eight years to address existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the City. Housing need is determined through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, where the State determines the Regional Housing Needs Determination (RHND) for the Bay Area, and then the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) develops a methodology to distribute the RHND to each jurisdiction. On May 20, 2021, the ABAG Executive Board approved the final methodology and draft allocations, which assigns 3,719 units of housing to the City.
At its meeting held on June 15, 2021, the Dublin City Council voted unanimously to appeal the City's draft allocation. Some of the arguments for the City's appeal include:
- Past Performance: From 2010 to 2019, Dublin's population increased by over 20,000, a 44% increase, making Dublin one of the fastest growing cities in California during that time frame. Significant steps were taken to facilitate the construction of both market-rate and affordable housing. During the current RHNA cycle, the City has thus far issued building permits for the construction of 4,396 dwelling units compared to our allocation of 2,285.
- Water Supply and Drought: In the recently prepared Draft of the Urban Water Management Plan, the Dublin San Ramon Services District acknowledged that Dublin could experience problems due to an expiring water supply contract; dependence on imported water sources; and increased demand. Drought conditions throughout California could have significant impacts on access to water resources for the Dublin community. Increased housing and the drought could exacerbate the problem.
- Population Decrease: While California's population dipped by approximately 182,000 residents last year, Dublin's population decreased from 65,161 to 64,695, a decline of more than 1.5 times the State average. If the declining population trend continues, it could translate to decreased households in 2050, which is a factor used for calculating the City's allocation.
- Land Use Authority: The City of Dublin does not have land use authority over the County of Alameda, Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (Camp Parks) or the United States Department of Justice. These locations should not be used in calculating Dublin's draft allocation.
SCS Property Community Outreach
In April, the City of Dublin formed a special Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to develop consensus on acceptable land uses and future development of the SCS Property, the vacant 76.9-acre property located north of I-580 between Tassajara Road and Brannigan Street and extending north of Gleason Drive. The CAC, made up of 14 Dublin residents and business owners, was formed to provide input throughout the outreach process.
The SCS Property Community Outreach also includes a two-pronged approach to solicit input on the future development of the property. The approach includes utilizing an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (ULI TAP) to create a foundation for future discussion, and a consultant team to assist in engaging the community. In a Special Meeting held on Tuesday, June 29, the Dublin City Council received a report from the ULI TAP regarding their exploration of the SCS Property.
For the second part of the outreach program, City Staff is working with ELS Architecture & Urban Design and their supporting multidisciplinary consultant team to work with the community, property owner, and other stakeholders to identify viable land uses and development options for the property.
Stay tuned for additional information and opportunities to provide feedback on the SCS Property.
A map and list of designated parks where Safe and Sane Fireworks are allowed to be used on Independence Day, July 4.
City of Dublin Urges Fireworks Safety
"Safe and Sane" Fireworks are allowed to be sold in the City of Dublin by local non-profit organizations. Fifteen local non-profit organizations will be running fireworks booths this year. The sales period began on June 28 and will run through July 4.
As is typical at this time of the year, our hillsides and vegetation are very dry. The City of Dublin and its public safety departments urge extreme caution in the use of safe and sane fireworks while celebrating the Independence Day holiday. Those who purchase fireworks 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 remain a safe distance away 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 ready 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 and away from distressing situations.
View this fireworks safety video prior to your celebration.
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 park. 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 on the 4th of July, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 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. As is standard practice, Dublin will be increasing enforcement efforts, and there will be dedicated public safety personnel 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 stiff fines and jail time.
Residents are encouraged to call Dublin Police at 925-462-1212 if they see illegal firework activity in their neighborhood. The more specific you can be, the better.
City of Dublin to Host Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
On Wednesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the City of Dublin will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). There is no cost for the vaccination, and neither insurance nor proof of citizenship are required. The Pfizer vaccine will be available for ages 12+. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for ages 18+. While appointments are not necessary, an appointment may be scheduled at cur.tv/dublin or by calling 888-702-9042.
Axis Community Health will also be holding vaccination clinics at the Dublin Library (200 Civic Plaza) on July 21 and August 11, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 925-462-1755, but walk-ins are welcome. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will also be available at the Axis clinics. The first 50 individuals who receive their first dose of the vaccine will receive a $25 gift certificate to DoorDash.
Over 83% of Dublin residents, ages 12+, have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine; over 69% of residents, ages 12+, are fully vaccinated.
For more updates and resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page.
Shelter-in-Place Order Rescinded by Alameda County Public Health Department
The Alameda County Public Health Department rescinded the Shelter-in-Place Order, effective June 15, in order to align with the State of California's "Beyond the Blueprint" framework. Physical distancing, capacities on businesses, colored tiers, and restrictive mask mandates were eliminated. The State and County, however, still require the wearing of masks in the following settings:
- On public transit and in transit hubs (airports, bus terminals, ferry landings, and train/subway stations)
- Indoors in schools and childcare/youth settings
- Healthcare settings and long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses and at mega events, as well as settings serving children and youth.
Changes to Mask Mandates in the Workplace
On June 16, 2021, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) voted to allow fully vaccinated employees to work indoors without wearing a face covering. Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated workers must continue to wear a mask indoors, unless alone in a room or vehicle. In order for employers to allow vaccinated employees to go without face coverings, they must document a worker's vaccination status. Workers do not have to provide documentation regarding their status, but can "self-attest" that they are vaccinated. Workers can decline to state if they are vaccinated or not, but they will be treated as if they are unvaccinated. Employers must make masks, such as the N95 mask, available for unvaccinated workers, if they request them.
No face coverings are required outdoors unless there is a COVID outbreak. If there is an outbreak, masks will be mandated for all workers, indoors and outdoors, if six-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of an employee's vaccination status, but employers can re-evaluate the need for barriers should an outbreak occur. Distancing barriers will be mandated if a major outbreak of 20 or more cases occurs.
Asymptomatic workers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested or quarantined if they are exposed to the virus.
Join Dublin Police Services in Celebrating "National Night Out" on August 3
On Tuesday, August 3, the City of Dublin will join thousands of communities nationwide in celebration of National Night Out. Residents are encouraged to gather with neighbors to host family-friendly events to promote safety and unity in Dublin. Those who register their community events, such as potlucks, barbecues, or ice cream socials, can receive visits from Police, Fire, and City officials throughout the night.
The 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. Groups that would like the opportunity to receive National Night Out visits from Dublin Police, Fire staff, and/or City officials should register their event online no later than Sunday, July 25, at 5:00 p.m. Visits will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on August 3.
For more information, please contact Dublin Police Crime Prevention at 925-833-6686 or 925-833-6677.
City of Dublin Adds Second Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Cohort
The City of Dublin is adding a second Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) cohort to educate residents about disaster preparedness and basic response skills to help assist neighbors and other members of the community following a disaster.
CERT is a nationally supported initiative, organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Locally, the Alameda County Fire Department will serve as the lead coordinator for Dublin's CERT Program. CERT programs are traditionally conducted in person during several classes with one additional "hands-on" skills class. Currently, the in-person classes are being conducted virtually, with the "hands-on" skills class to be taught at a later date.
The program will train participants on basic disaster response skills including:
* Emergency Preparation
* Team Organization
* Medical Operations
* Fire Safety
* Utility Control
* Search and Rescue (light)
* Disaster Psychology
CERT is a free program, open to Dublin residents who are 18 years or older, or to 14- to 17-year-olds with approval of a parent or guardian. Class size is limited, and those residents who are unable to participate in this cohort will be placed on a waiting list for a future cohort. Beginning July 6, residents who want to participate can register with the Alameda County Fire Department at www.ACFDCERT.eventbrite.com.
Selected participants will have between August 11 and October 8, 2021, to complete the 20-hour virtual course.
City of Dublin Seeking Input for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
The City of Dublin, in keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the community, is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluation and transition plan. The City is seeking input from the public and organizations that support individuals with disabilities. This community involvement will help the City with its self-evaluation process, and better enable us to address and prioritize current and future accessibility needs.
Comments can be provided by completing an online survey using the following links:
Printable versions of the surveys can be found at www.dublin.ca.gov/ada.
Please provide comments by Friday, August 20, 2021.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluation and transition plan update provides a comprehensive review of access for persons with disabilities to City facilities, parks, programs, services, activities, and events. The City will use the ADA transition plan data to determine where improvements can be made and how to incorporate the needed improvements into ongoing and future projects. Needed improvement will be prioritized based on a combination of the volume, type of use the facility sees, path of access between public facilities, and the severity of the issue.
Questions and comments can be addressed to the City of Dublin's ADA Transition Plan Project Manager, Sai Midididdi at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (925) 833-6630, and through California Relay at 7-1-1. Surveys are also available in alternate formats at www.dublin.ca.gov/ada.
Cool Off This Summer at The Wave!
Following the end of the State and County Shelter-in-Place Orders on June 15, The Wave Waterpark immediately reopened for the summer season. The Wave is now open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, hours of operation for specific attractions will vary:
* Slide Tower - 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
* Splash Zone - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Natatorium - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Sports Pool - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rebel Kitchen will be running a concession stand, open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, for your dining needs. No outside food or drink (except water) is allowed.
Please note that the Dublin Screamer slide is temporarily closed, but will reopen soon. The Emerald Plunge waterslide is closed for the summer.