Lafayette is at the center of the two cities, Lafayette and Orinda, and one town, Moraga, that form the region known…More as "Lamorinda." The city was incorporated in 1968, although settlement of the area began in 1848 and the Pony Express made a quick stop here in 1860.
Today, Lafayette is favored by long-term residents and new arrivals for its semi-rural charm, quality of life, top-rated schools, low crime rate, mild climate and oak tree-studded hills. Located between Berkeley and Walnut Creek, Lafayette has its own Bay Area Rapid Transit station (BART) and is only a 25-minute BART ride from San Francisco.
A "limited services" city with police and fire protection contracted to county agencies, Lafayette's administrative offices are responsible for human resources, finance and office operations. Code enforcement, engineering, parks & recreation, planning, and public works are headquartered at city hall.
The Police Services Division provides contract law enforcement services through a contract with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. Police Chief Mike Hubbard heads a team of 15 sworn officers, five reserve officers, a canine officer and five non-sworn officers.
Duties include crime suppression, investigation, traffic enforcement, youth services, vehicle abatement, and community outreach and education. The Public Safety function includes the school crossing guard program, with all costs shared with the Lafayette School District.
Call 925 284-5010 for 24-hour dispatch or 911 for emergencies.
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is located in the heart of the city, at the corner of Mount Diablo…More Boulevard and First Street. The library is within walking distance of Lafayette Elementary, Stanley Middle School, senior housing, the Lafayette BART station and the community's more centralized downtown neighborhoods. The brand new facility boasts an expanded collection of books and audiovisual materials, 43 public computers, a Technology Lab, separate teen area, Homework Center, Community Meeting Room, Art & Science Discovery Center, more than 80 on-site parking spaces and public art spaces.
The Lafayette Library is home to the Glenn Seaborg Learning Consortium, a "first-ever" collaboration of some of the Bay Area's most prestigious educational and cultural organizations. Through the Consortium, a wealth of collaborative learning workshops, exhibits, lectures, films and discovery centers are offered. The library also offers free tutoring in all levels of math, physics, chemistry every Tuesday 6-8pm with UC Berkeley Grad students and professional tutors on hand to help kids crunch those numbers. If board strategy is your game, the library hosts a free, monthly open chess club for all ages, all abilities. You can get a lesson, give one, and maybe find yourself up against a Grand Master. To join in the fun, stop by on the third Saturday of the month from 4pm to 5pm.