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

June 2022

Welcome to this edition of Backyard Brief. This newsletter features information about adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit to your property; the introduction of a new COVID-19 rental assistance program; celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month; how and where to cast your votes on Election Day; registering for this year's National Night Out; summer events in the city; and much more!


City of Dublin Incentivizes the Building of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Interested in building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property? The City of Dublin has taken a number of steps to make the building of an ADU much easier for homeowners. The City's ADU website is a one-stop shop for information and resources to assist residents.


An ADU is a residential unit that provides independent living facilities that include a kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities. ADUs can provide living spaces for elderly parents or grown children, or a steady source of rental income. Two key resources on the website include an ADU Manual and prototype plans. The ADU Manual is a how-to guide for building ADUs, designed for homeowners who are not familiar with the development process. The City also prepared eight different permit-ready ADU prototype plans. This includes five ADUs designed to be either attached to the primary dwelling or detached, and three plans for converting a garage to an ADU, ranging in size from 224 to 909 square feet.


To incentivize ADUs, the City has:


* Streamlined the review process;

* Modified the development standards, such as parking;

* Developed prototype plans;

* Prepared an ADU Manual, a how-to guide for ADUs; and

* Waived permit fees for certain ADUs.


For more information, please visit the ADU webpage or contact the Planning Department at (925) 833-6610.

City of Dublin Launches Round Two of COVID-19 Residential Rent Assistance Program

The City of Dublin has launched a second round of the COVID-19 Residential Rent Assistance Program ("Program"), which is intended to reduce the potential risk of homelessness and preserve housing stability for existing Dublin residents. Eligible households may qualify for a maximum $6,000 or six-months’ rent, whichever is less.


The first round of the Program, opened in early 2021, was funded by the CARES Act through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and assisted 40 Dublin households through a total of $176,277 in awarded funds.


The second round of the Program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), began accepting applications on Monday, May 23, 2022. The deadline to apply for the rental assistance is Monday, June 20, 2022. Recipients will be chosen via a random lottery drawing if awards exceed available funding. The Program seeks to assist those who are suffering temporary financial setback due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and need help with delinquent rent payments. Funding must benefit lower-income households (at or below 120% Average Median Income).


Those interested in applying for the Program may visit the City’s COVID-19 Rent Assistance Program webpage or contact the City Manager’s Office at 925-833-6650 or via email at RentAssist@dublin.ca.gov.

Help Shape Dublin's Future by Participating in the District Elections Process

At its meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 21, the Dublin City Council will hold its third public hearing regarding the City's move to district elections. At that meeting, the City Council will review draft district maps submitted by community members and the City's demographer. The deadline to submit a draft map for consideration by the City Council at the June 21 meeting is Sunday, June 5, at 5:00 p.m. The second deadline to submit a map is Wednesday, July 6, at 5:00 p.m., to be considered by the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 19. The community is urged to participate in the map-drawing process.

Public mapping tools are available to assist the public in drawing maps. There are different tools for different purposes and for different levels of technical skill and interest. It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria. An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district. Mapping tools, including an online map-drawing tool, are available at www.dublin.ca.gov/dublindistricts.

City Staff will also be at the Dublin Farmers' Market every Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., through June to describe the district election process with community members. Paper maps are available for those who wish to draw a district map at the Market.

City of Dublin Celebrates "LGBTQ+ Pride Month"

At its meeting held on May 17, the Dublin City Council proclaimed June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, recognizing the importance of fostering acceptance for all residents and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


On June 1, the City Council is holding a ceremony to raise the Progress Pride Flag. The Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes for people of color, and baby blue, pink, and white to represent trangender individuals.


In celebration of Pride Month, to spread awareness, and showcase Dublin’s diversity, the City of Dublin will also celebrate LGBTQ+ Day at the Dublin Farmers' Market on Thursday, June 16. At the Market, there will be Pride craft projects; Pride giveaways; and local Pride clubs and organizations will be on hand to share information about their initiatives and activities. This event coincides with the kickoff of the Summer Concert Series. Performing in the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. will be the '80s cover band, the Spazmatics.

LGBTQ+ Progress Pride Flag hanging on flag pole with City of Dublin, California, and American flags.
2022 Military Banners hanging along Dougherty Road in Dublin.

Banners Honoring Local Members of the Military Now on Display

The City of Dublin's Military Banner Program, now in its fourth year, honors local veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Twelve local heroes are being honored this year. Banners will be on display along Dougherty Road through Veterans Day.


The banners, sponsored by community members, are located close to Camp Parks on Dougherty Road between Scarlett Drive and Amador Valley Boulevard. A "walking tour" map showing the location of each banner can be downloaded at www.dublin.ca.gov/militarybanners.


2022 Honorees:


Pablo G. Colon, U.S. Army (Active Duty)

Joshua Harris, U.S. Marine Corps (Veteran)

Jeffrey Hellman, U.S. Marine Corps (Veteran)

Jack Hyundo Kim, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Martin A. Korte, U.S. Navy (Veteran)

Connie Mack, U.S. Army (Veteran)

John Mercado, U.S. Army (Veteran)

Russell Parrington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

William R. Shoemaker, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Bronson L. Suyat, U.S. Coast Guard (Active Duty)

Janine Thalblum, U.S. Army (Veteran)

Ronald J. Wellendorf, U.S. Air Force (Veteran)​

Election Day is Tuesday, June 7

California's Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 7. All registered voters were sent a Vote-by-Mail Ballot. Voters will also have the option to go to a Vote Center. The list of Vote Centers is available on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters webpage. Voters may also drop their ballot off at 24-hour drop box locations. The City of Dublin maintains two drop boxes:


  • Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza
  • The Wave, 4201 Central Parkway

In Dublin, there will also be four Vote Centers, three of which be Four-Day Vote Centers, and one, 11-Day Vote Center. For locations and hours, please visit www.dublin.ca.gov/elections.


Interested in Running for Dublin City Council?

The next scheduled general municipal election will be held November 8, 2022, to fill the Mayor and two City Councilmember positions. The nomination period for the 2022 election will be open Monday, July 18, through Friday, August 12, 2022. If you are interested in becoming a candidate, the City of Dublin will be holding an in-person informational pre-candidate meeting on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:00 p.m., in the Regional Meeting Room at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza, Dublin) and a virtual meeting at 7:30 p.m. that evening via Zoom. Register for the Zoom meeting here: https://dublinca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lj_ZzHYpS0CtOhstfhciVQ


Anyone who is 18 years of age and older, who is also a resident and registered voter in Dublin, may run for a seat on the City Council. For more information about running for office, please visit: www.dublin.ca.gov/elections.

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National Night Out flyer - Tuesday, August 2, 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Dublin Police Invite You to Participate in "National Night Out" on Tuesday, August 2

On Tuesday, August 2, the City of Dublin will join thousands of neighborhoods nationwide in celebrating "National Night Out." Residents are encouraged to gather with neighbors to host family-friendly events to promote safety and celebrate community.


National Night Out was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in 1984 and began as a concept for generating greater crime prevention involvement among residents. What started with residents simply leaving their porch lights on soon progressed to something bigger: neighbors organizing cookouts, parades, contests, neighborhood walks, festivals, rallies, and community service events. Today, more than 35 million people and over 15,000 communities participate in National Night Out.


Dublin Police officers are excited to meet with residents during this year's National Night Out event on August 2, 2022. Those who register their events will receive a visit from Dublin Police, Alameda County Fire, local CHP officers, and/or Dublin City officials. Register your event here. The deadline to register is Friday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m.


For more information about National Night Out, contact the Dublin Police Services Crime Prevention Unit at 925-833-6677 or 925-833-6686.

The City of Dublin's Spring 2022 Dining Guide Will Tempt Your Palate!

From "A," as in "Afghan," to "Z" for "Zac's Cafe," you'll find every eatery, coffee shop, bar, family fun stop, and more in the City of Dublin's Spring 2022 Dining Guide. The Dining Guide features all 77 establishments in Dublin, with phone numbers and addresses for quick reference. In the mood for Mediterranean? Try Nick the Greek or Yafa Hummus. How about Mongolian? We have Happy Lamb Hot Pot. We can't forget all of the yummy dessert spots. Have you visited the newly opened Crumbl Cookies?


The Guide to Dining in the New American Backyard is updated each quarter and can be found on the City's website, www.dublin.ca.gov/dining.

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Six-foot wide green park bench with slatted back.

City of Dublin Creates an "Adopt-a-Bench" Program to Honor Special People in Your Life

The City of Dublin recently announced a new program in which residents may honor a family member, veteran, organization, or other individual by adopting a park bench in their honor. The Adopt-a-Bench program is designed to allow the public to honor special people or events in their lives and provide long-lasting beautification to Dublin parks. Through the program, any individual, family, business, or community group can provide a donation to adopt a park bench, which includes a personal message on an engraved plaque.


A donor would choose from one of two options, with City-specified bench designs, as follows:

Adopt an Existing Bench

Donation Level: $1,500 – Includes a customized plaque installed on an existing park bench within a City of Dublin park.


Adopt a New Bench

Donation Level: $2,500 – Includes a brand-new park bench to be installed, along with a customized plaque, in a City of Dublin park. Consideration would be given to replace an existing bench that has reached the end of its useful life.

Plaques

A bronze dedication plaque with a personalized inscription will be mounted to each adopted park bench. The standard dedication plaque measures 2" x 10". Sentiment on the plaque is limited to three lines, 30 characters per line (including spaces). Upon installation, all park benches and plaques will become the property of the City of Dublin and maintained by the Public Works Department. The donor does not have any claim to ownership of either the bench or the plaque.


Bench Maintenance

There is a 10-year bench maintenance and plaque replacement guarantee. Maintenance of all benches will be the responsibility of the City of Dublin to include graffiti removal and painting, as-needed. The bench will be kept in place if serviceable beyond 10 years. When a bench is no longer serviceable, applicants will be advised and given the opportunity to purchase a new bench under the terms and conditions then in effect. If it is not renewed, the commemorative bench may be rededicated by a new donor.


For more information on our Adopt-a-Bench Program, please contact the Parks and Community Services Department at (925) 556-4500.

The Wave Waterpark Opens for Daily Use on Saturday, June 4

Book a Summer Birthday Party at The Wave!

The Wave Waterpark re-opened for Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28. While little ones enjoyed the Splash Zone, bigger kids enjoyed the six speedy rides on the Slide Tower. The waterpark will open for daily use beginning Saturday, June 4, and will remain open through Sunday, August 7. Once school resumes in August, it will be open on weekends only, August 13 through Labor Day, September 5.


The Wave is also the perfect venue for the perfect summer birthday party! From June through August, birthday parties are hosted during waterpark hours (Monday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), with six different outdoor areas to choose throughout the park. Birthday parties must be booked at least seven (7) days in advance online. There is a minimum of eight (8) guests required, and a maximum of 32 party guests. To reserve your party or check availability, please visit our online booking system.


For more information, visit: https://thedublinwave.com/242/Summer-Birthday-Parties.

Birthday party set up featuring three brightly decorated tables and umbrellas in front of the children's splash area.
Concert-goers dancing to the music of The Purple Ones at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater.

City of Dublin to Host Free Summer Concert Series

Join the City of Dublin at the beautiful Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater every Thursday, June 16 through August 4, for the Summer Concert Series. Sponsored by Joya Yoga, the concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m. during the Dublin Farmers' Market. Pick up some dinner at one of the many Farmers' Market booths, help yourself to beer and wine tastings from the Dublin Lions Club, and stake out a spot on the lawn for the concerts. The schedule includes:


June 16 - The Spazmatics, an '80s cover band

June 23 - Zepparella, a tribute to Led Zeppelin

June 30 - Cisco Kid, a Lowrider tribute band

July 7 - Locked 'n' Loaded, a Premier Country Band

July 14 - Hip Service - Soul Music from the '60s to today

July 21 - Night Train - a rocking dance party band

July 28 - Tortilla Soup - A mix of Latin, Tex-Mex, R&B, and more

August 4 - Mustache Harbor - Classics from the '70s and '80s


All concerts are free. Guests should plan on bringing blankets or lawn chairs.

Dublin's Free Outdoor Movie Series, Picnic Flix, Returns to Emerald Glen Park

Three adults and four children, eating ice cream and standing on the grass in front of the blow-up movie screen at Emerald Glen Park.

Summer’s almost here, and that means outdoor movies in the park! The City of Dublin's free outdoor movie series, Picnic Flix, begins on Friday, June 17, with the showing of Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" (PG). The movie will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 - 9:00 p.m.) at Emerald Glen Park. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for fun games and food before the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring lowback chairs and/or blankets, and to dress warmly. Flashlights are also recommended for finding your way back to your car after the movie.

Sorry, but pets are not allowed.


The movie series features:


June 17 - Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)

June 24 - The Croods: A New Age (PG)

July 1 - Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG)

July 8 - Monsters University (G)

July 15 - The Jungle Book (2016) (PG)

July 22 - Luca (PG)

Take Your Family Camping in the New American Backyard!

Asian American mother and father posing with their two pre-teen daughters in front of a red camping tent.

Registration is now open for the City of Dublin's Family Campout events. Enjoy s'mores by the campfire and sleeping outdoors in the "New American Backyard." Space is limited for this popular activity, which provides a great weekend getaway for families, without all of the fuss! The Family Campout is also a great way to introduce camping to your little ones and novice campers. The Camp Staff will organize all of the activities and provide Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast... and, of course, s'mores! All campers must bring a tent, sleeping bag, plus chairs, flashlights, snacks, clothing, and personal items. The price to participate is $27 per person for Dublin residents and $30 for non-residents. Campouts will be held on the following dates at three Dublin parks:


June 11-12: Jordan Ranch Park (sold out)


July 16-17: Alamo Creek Park


August 6-7: Schaefer Ranch Park


Register today at www.DublinRecGuide.com.

Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums' "Weekend Wonders"

African-American girl with long, beautiful curly hair holding a corn husk doll.

Join the City of Dublin at Heritage Park and Museums for fun, family-friendly activities and events taking place in June, August, and September. Local history will be discovered through guided activities, adventures, and crafts that spark exploration into the past and present. Weekend Wonders is a year-round program that will take place monthly on select Saturdays. Register now for these upcoming activities:


Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Saturday, July 16

Get the scoop and learn how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Guests will make ice cream using a hand-crank machine and enjoy ice cream sundaes with all the fixings. Register here.


Make Your Own Corn Husk Doll

Saturday, August 6

Corn husk dolls are known to be one of the first toys made by Native Americans. Learn how to make traditional corn husk dolls in this fun, easy class. All materials will be provided. Register here.


All About Apples

Saturday, September 17

Enjoy apple-themed crafts, games, and snacks as we celebrate fall's favorite fruit! Register here.

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