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  • Q:What is Measure C?

  • Q:How will Measure C affect Lafayette?

  • Q:The City touts its $8 million reserve fund and consistent budget surpluses so why did the City propose a measure for additional tax money?

  • Q:Is there a risk to Lafayette if the Measure does not pass now?

  • Q:Why is the tax for so long (29 years) and for so much (1%)?

  • Q:Will the sales tax be used to pay higher salaries and benefits to employees?

  • Q:Can’t the City protect open space by enforcing existing zoning codes and ordinances?

  • Q:Will the City borrow money against the new revenue stream?

  • Q:Are Measure C funds needed to construct new City offices?

  • Q:How will Measure C revitalize the Park Theater?

  • Q:What was the process that led to Measure C being placed on the November 8th ballot?

  • Q:Will anyone monitor the expenditures associated with the revenue that Measure C generates?

  • Q:What is OpenGov?

  • Q:How do I select the data I want to see?

  • Q:How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?

  • Q:Can I select options other than funds or departments?

  • Q:Can I see the data in a different graph?

  • Q:Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?

  • Q:Can I save the data I am looking at in OpenGov?

  • Q:Is government accounting different from other accounting? How do I learn more?

  • Q:How do I contact the someone if I have questions about Open Gov?

  • Q:What are the requirements for a second unit?

  • Q:What are the requirements to open a massage establishment?

  • Q:Are we wasting money by doing a chip seal instead of just fixing the road like it should be done?

  • Q:How much is needed to repair all the roads in Lafayette?

  • Q:Where does the money for road repair come from?

  • Q:Why did the City let the roads get this bad to begin with?

  • Q:What has been done so far about fixing the road funding problem?

  • Q:What are the permitted construction hours?

  • Q:What are my setbacks?

  • Q:I want to raise chickens. Can I keep them in my yard?

  • Q:How do I get a re-roof permit?

  • Q:How do I talk to a planner? What are the counter hours?

  • Q:Is my project subject to design review?

  • Q:Do my neighbors have a permit?

  • Q:Do I need a permit?

  • Q:Can I make an appointment to see a planner?

  • Q:What is my Assessor's Parcel Number (APN)?

  • Q:When will my street be paved/repaired?

  • Q:Is there a fee for creek setback review?

  • Q:If my proposed work is within the creek setback area, can I apply for an exception to proceed with the work?

  • Q:What is a creek setback area, and how is it determined for my property?

  • Q:What are "sharrows"?

  • Q:When do I need an Encroachment Permit?

  • Q:How do I get my Encroachment Permit deposit back?

  • Q:How do I get an Encroachment Permit?

  • Q:How much of my property taxes go to the City? Can we get a higher percentage?

  • Q:How many volunteer commissioners does the City have? How much does it cost the City?

  • Q:How many City employees are there? Why has the number of City employees grown over the last 40 years if the population has stayed relatively the same?

  • Q:Why would the City ever allow developments to exceed their zoned density limits?

  • Q:Why don’t we charge Moraga for the use of our roads?

  • Q:Why don’t EMBUD, PG&E, Comcast and CentralSan pay for the damage they do to the streets? Why doesn’t the City coordinate their street repairs with these agencies?

  • Q:Why does the City repave roads that are already in good shape?

  • Q:Why do we continue to contract with the County for police services? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient to have our own police force?

  • Q:Can we increase fines for speeding? Can we decrease the speed limit and enforce fines for even 5 mph over that limit?

  • Q:Can the Redevelopment Agency pay for an officer if is for a downtown beat?

  • Q:I am having problems with rats in my yard and home. Whom should I call?

  • Q:How do I report a problem with street cleaning, clogged culverts, a fallen sign, branches that need trimming, graffiti, and other maintenance problems?

  • Q:How do I get a copy of the municipal code?

  • Q:How do I get a business license?

  • Q:I have a bee swarm on my property. Whom do I call?

  • Q:How do I contact the mayor or a city council member?

  • Q:How do I contact the City Manager?

  • Q:Do you provide fingerprinting services to the public?

  • Q:Do I need a permit for a yard or garage sale?

  • Q:I have problems with mosquitoes on my property. Whom should I call?

  • Q:What can I do about the deer that keep eating my plants?

  • Q:If I have questions about garbage and recycling services, whom do I call?

  • Q:If I have questions about cable service, whom do I call?

  • Q:If I have problems with the sewer, whom do I call?

  • Q:I think one of my neighbors is in violation of city code or ordinance. Where can I report this problem?

  • Q:I received a parking ticket that I feel is unfair. How do I dispute the ticket?

  • Q:I live on a private road in Lafayette. Will the city repair the street?

  • Q:I have found a dead animal in my yard/on my street. Whom should I call?

  • Q:I am moving into Lafayette; whom do I call to set up my utilities?

  • Q:Where can I get a parking permit?

  • Q:Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of my home?

  • Q:Where is the chamber of commerce and what is their phone number?

  • Q:Where do I report malfunctioning traffic signals?

  • Q:Where can I register to vote?

  • Q:Where can I get building permit records?