November 2021

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of "The Backyard Brief." In this issue, you'll find articles about a Hometown Heroes celebration; the release of the Dublin Police Services Annual Report; community meetings to discuss the SCS Property and a senior affordable housing project; vacancies on City of Dublin boards and commissions; information about an upcoming documentary on Dublin's incorporation; how to register for holiday events; and more!

A graphic image promoting the Hometown Heroes Veterans Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Our Hometown Heroes!

Please join the City of Dublin and the Rotary Club of Dublin in honoring our local veterans at a Hometown Heroes Veterans Day luncheon on Wednesday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Shannon Community Center (11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin). The luncheon will feature a guest speaker and musical entertainment. This luncheon is an opportunity to give thanks to those who served and those who continue to serve our country. Individual tickets are $30 and may be purchased here.


Each November, the Dublin Senior Center also celebrates the dedication and bravery of local veterans with a photo display that runs through Veterans Day. Guests are invited to visit the Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), Monday through Friday, November 1 - 12, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to view the Wall of Heroes display and pay tribute to our local heroes. Please note that the Senior Center will be closed on November 11.

City of Dublin Continues Community Outreach for the SCS Property

A second Community Meeting for the SCS Property was held virtually on the evening of October 20. The meeting included a presentation of three land use concepts that have been developed based on background information collected, feedback received, and community input. The concepts demonstrate possible configurations of the public framework of streets, plazas, parks, and land uses. The presentation was followed by breakout rooms where the concepts were discussed. Approximately 14 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 project’s website.


On Tuesday, October 26, the Dublin Planning Commission received a report on the SCS Property. City of Dublin staff and the consultant team, led by ELS Architecture & Urban Design (ELS) and Urban Field Studio, provided a presentation on the initial land use concepts that have been developed based on background information collected and community input received thus far.


The City Council will receive a presentation on the SCS Property and potential land use concepts at the November 2 City Council meeting. Feedback from the City Council will help the consultant team prepare a preferred plan.

A map of eastern Dublin showing the location of the SCS Property.

Community Meetings Held to Discuss the Regional Street Senior Affordable Housing Project

City of Dublin Staff hosted two community meetings in October to discuss Eden Housing’s proposed Regional Street Senior Affordable Housing development. The meetings provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the proposed project and to provide feedback. Staff presented an overview of the City’s development review process, and summarized the project background and Eden proposal. Several residents asked questions about the timing of the project; age and income limits; and how to get on a wait list for a unit.


The proposed project is located on a 1.3-acre site located at 6541-6543 Regional Street in Downtown Dublin. The project will be 100% affordable and include 113 units, including 55 studio and 57 one-bedroom units to serve very low-income and low-income seniors, as well as a two-bedroom manager’s unit. It will also include outdoor amenity space and parking. The City Council authorized the commitment of $5,048,319 in Alameda County Measure A-1 Bond funds for the project. Additionally, the City was awarded a $3.3M Local Housing Trust Fund grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development for the purpose of funding an affordable housing project on this site.


The project is anticipated to be considered by the Planning Commission on November 9, 2021, and by the City Council on December 7, 2021.

Cover of the Dublin Police Annual Report with Dublin Police car overlooking the city.

Dublin Police Services Issues 2020-21 Annual Report

Dublin Police Services has issued its first Annual Report. The document provides an overview of each unit in the department, as well as budget information, crime statistics, criminal investigations, and more. Data from both 2019 and 2020 are presented.


View the Dublin Police 2020-21 Annual Report.

City of Dublin Seeking Applicants to Fill Board and Commission Vacancies

The City of Dublin is seeking residents to fill unscheduled vacancies on the Senior Center Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission, as well as a trustee position, representing Dublin on the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.


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 City of Dublin is seeking an individual to fill an alternate position, with a term ending date of December 2022. The application deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Complete the application.

The City of Dublin seal on the City Hall building with a tree in the foreground.

The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the City Council. The Planning Commission is made up of seven community members, including five Planning Commissioners who serve four-year terms, and two Alternate Planning Commissioners who serve two-year terms. The duties and powers of the Planning Commission are spelled out in Chapter 2.12 of the Dublin Municipal Code and include the power to perform duties in reference to Planning, Zoning, and land use, and to make recommendations, for City Council approval, of the following: A comprehensive, long- term General Plan for the physical development of the City and land within the City's sphere of influence; development plans which are consistent with the General Plan; and regulations, programs, and ordinances as required for the systematic implementation of the General Plan. The City of Dublin is seeking an individual to fill an alternate position, with a term ending date of December 2022. The application deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Complete the application.


The City of Dublin is also recruiting for the City of Dublin Appointee to the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, with a term ending January 2024. The District is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of fourteen members. One trustee is appointed by the City Council for each of the thirteen incorporated cities within the District, and the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County appoints one trustee representing the County-at-Large. Each trustee serves a two-year term. The Board of Trustees meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The application deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Complete the application.

Alameda County to Ease Masking Requirements for Fully Vaccinated People in Limited Indoor Settings

Beginning November 1, the County of Alameda will begin to ease masking requirements in certain indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated. Eligible settings are in controlled spaces not open to the general public, including offices; gyms and fitness centers; employee commuter vehicles; and organized indoor gatherings where a group meets on a regular basis, such as religious gatherings.


Under the Health Officer Order, participating businesses, organizations, or hosts must verify that all patrons, employees, and attendees are fully vaccinated before allowing people to go unmasked inside their facilities. Additionally, there can be no more than 100 people present at these facilities, and those present cannot have COVID-19 symptoms. Employers or hosts must be shown proof of one's vaccination status, and identities must be confirmed with government-issued identifications, such as a driver's license or passport.


Indoor masking requirements will remain in effect in other public settings, such as bars, restaurants, and retail establishments, and in indoor K-12 school settings. Businesses and workplaces can continue to require indoor masking of everyone in these non-public places if they choose, and employees and patrons can choose to wear a mask indoors if they prefer.


The State of California continues to require face coverings for all unvaccinated persons in indoor public settings, and for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in health care facilities, on public transit, and in adult and senior care facilties.


Read the full press release from Alameda County Public Health Department.

Where Were You in 1982?

While the history of Dublin can be traced back hundreds of years, Dublin was still an unincorporated area of Alameda County until 1982. Starting in the late 1960s, residents became increasingly unhappy with the lack of infrastructure and control over their community’s growth and safety. The Valley Community Services District, now known as the Dublin San Ramon Services District, provided sewer, recreation, and fire services, but it had limited taxing resources and no control over land use. After two previous efforts, the community voted in 1981 to incorporate as a city. The City of Dublin eventually came into existence on February 1, 1982.


To celebrate Dublin's ruby anniversary, the City of Dublin will be creating a documentary about milestones in Dublin's last 40 years, and how cityhood came to be. If you were living in Dublin in 1982 and would like to contribute to the documentary, please email: dublininfo@dublin.ca.gov.

An old chalkboard which shows the City of Dublin vote to incorporate and the votes for mayoral candidates.
Downtown Dublin Town Square Concept with people milling around and buildings around the square.

Downtown Dublin Preferred Vision Receives American Institute of Architects California Urban Design Award

The Downtown Dublin Preferred Vision received the top award by the American Institute of Architects California for their Urban Design Award. The jury voted unanimously in support of the project. One juror commented that it was the most impressive of the submissions. The project spoke to community outreach, and that the size and scale was well-integrated within the surrounding fabric. It creates identity and has a sense of unity and purpose, combining the nature of the mixed use with the surrounding environment.

The Downtown Dublin Preferred Vision, which was unanimously approved by the Dublin City Council in November 2019, provides a roadmap to improving the retail district of Downtown Dublin over the next 30-50 years and includes three main principles:


* Siting of the town square, an approximately one-acre park envisioned to become Dublin’s social center

* A new street grid network

* The Downtown character


The Preferred Vision for Downtown Dublin begins with creating the town square and extending Golden Gate Drive north of Dublin Boulevard within the Dublin Place shopping center (which includes Target, Hobby Lobby, and Burlington Coat Factory). The City is actively working with the majority property owner of the Dublin Place shopping center and expects to develop the new town square within the next five years.

City of Dublin to Host a Community Blood Drive on Friday, December 3

Join the City of Dublin in supporting the American Red Cross at a Community Blood Drive on Friday, December 3, at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza). Every donation received by the Red Cross saves three lives.


To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code, "DublinCommunity," or call 1-800-733-2767. Reservations are required in order to donate.


Despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 vaccine in our community, the Red Cross asks that those who feel unwell for any reason should postpone their donation.


For those who are wary of donating due to the coronavirus, the Red Cross has enhanced its sanitization process, and follows social distancing rules. The staff and volunteers sanitize in between every donor. Donors must have their temperature checked upon entry, and everyone must wear a mask. Any “guests” of donors (e.g., spouses, children) who are not donating, are not allowed in the room.


Donors may streamline their donation experience by visiting www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass on the day of the blood drive to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions.

Red Cross worker works with blood donor.
Holiday Craft Boutique flyer - event takes place November 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center

The Annual Holiday Craft Boutique Returns to the Dublin Senior Center

Start your holiday shopping early at the City of Dublin's Holiday Craft Boutique. The event will be held on Saturday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). Choose from a wide selection of handcrafted items by talented artists, artisans, and crafters.


For more information, please contact the Dublin Senior Center at seniorctr@dublin.ca.gov.

Join us at the 38th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Come out to the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza, Dublin) on Thursday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m., for the traditional Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy lively seasonal entertainment and a visit from St. Nick, along with cookies and hot cocoa following the musical performances.


This year's entertainment will feature a local choir and band ensembles.


This event takes place rain or shine.

Register Now to Enjoy "Breakfast With Santa" on Saturday, December 4

Santa Claus is coming to Dublin! Families are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus! This event benefits the Dublin High School music program, which provides live, festive music at the breakfast.


There are three time slots available to enjoy breakfast with Santa - 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Register early because this event is always a sell-out!


Santa will pose for holiday photos following each breakfast.

Love to Decorate for the Holidays? Enter the "Deck the Homes" Holiday Decorating Contest!

Registration is now open for the City of Dublin's annual "Deck the Homes" Holiday Decorating Contest. Category winners will receive a yard sign to display, along with a $50 gift card to a local Dublin business. The grand prize winner will receive a yard sign to display, along with a $100 gift card. Winners will also be recognized at a January meeting of the Dublin City Council.


Below are the categories for the 2021 Holiday Decorating Contest:


* Seen From Space Award (Best Use of Lights)

* Winter Wonderland Award (Best Lawn Display)

* Holiday Classic Award (Best Holiday Theme)

* Deck the Halls Award (Best Apartment/Condo)

* Gingerbread House Award (Best Neighborhood - coordinating three or more homes, either next door or across the street in the same block .)


The dealine to register is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10. Enter the contest.

Local Water Agencies Call for Water Conservation

Despite the rainfall that Northern California received in late October, Zone 7 water agency and Dublin San Ramon Services District are both still calling for a mandatory conservation of 15-percent from its customers, compared to 2020 usage.


On October 5, the DSRSD Board adopted Stage 2 Water Shortage rates, effective November 5. The rates will increase the cost of a unit of water from $1.32 per unit to $1.66. Without conservation, the average single family residence water bill is estimated to increase $3.40 monthly ($6.80 per bimonthly water bill). Additionally, outdoor irrigation is limited to occur between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to reduce evaporation, and is limited to no more than three non-consecutive days per week. Starting November 1 and lasting through February 28, outdoor irrigation is limited to one day per week.


The City of Dublin has aligned its municipal water use with DSRSD's new regulations.

City of Dublin Partnering with SunShares to Provide Residents with Energy Discounts

This fall, Dublin residents are eligible for discounts on solar panel installations and home battery storage with Bay Area SunShares, a renewable energy program available through the Business Council on Climate Change. Residents who sign up by November 30 will save 15% on solar and 10% on battery storage. The limited-time program pools the buying power of all nine Bay Area counties to negotiate discounts from pre-vetted, local solar installers.


SunShares will host an informational webinar on Monday, November 8. Register at bayareasunshares.org to learn more about your clean energy options.


The City of Dublin is working to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions under the "Climate Action Plan 2030 and Beyond," which provides a roadmap for the City's goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. Dublin can only reach its reduction targets if everyone plays a part.

A graphic of a solar panel with the SunShares logo, a white Leaf car, and a two-story home with solar panesl on its roof.
Dublin, California logo with graphic of grass and links to social media sites