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In August 2014, the Walnut Creek City Council approved the creation of the Shadelands Property & Business Improvement District ( PBID ), a unified group of Shadelands property owners who have agreed to assess themselves in order to enhance and improve the business climate, amenities, aesthetics, and value of Shadelands, and to create a thriving business and lifestyle center.

The original plan was for a five-year PBID, and that five years is up at the end of 2019. Recently the Shadelands Steering Committee (formed to oversee the PBID) issued ballots to the 70+ Shadelands property owners in an effort to renew the PBID for ten years and continue the partnership with the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and the City of Walnut Creek.

At the January 15 City Council meeting, city staff announced that 89% of property owners who responded to the ballots voted in favor of continuing the PBID. With that decisive show of support, City Council approved the Shadelands PBID for another ten years. This ten-year commitment on behalf of Shadelands property owners will provide the opportunity to undertake important long-term improvements to this Walnut Creek employment center.

The vote is also an acknowledgement of the success of the PBID and its mission. Since 2014, Shadelands property values have significantly risen in value—20-30%—while vacancy rates have declined, down from 40% to the high teens.

A few PBID achievements:

• In February 2015, Shadelands launched the free Pleasant Hill BART shuttle, County Connection #7, easily identified by the branded Shadelands bus wrap.

• In March 2016, the Walnut Creek City Council adopted major zoning amendments, proposed by the Shadelands Steering Committee, allowing greater zoning flexibility.

• In Summer 2016, the Walnut Creek Police Department opened a Shadelands police field office located on Shadelands Drive.

• In Summer 2018, the City of Walnut Creek and the Shadelands PBID initiated a comprehensive $200,000 Multi-Modal Study to improve getting into, out of, and around the 267-acre business center, focusing on vehicle entry and exit points, traffic flow, pedestrian and bicyclist routes and safety, and bus and shuttle routes and stop locations.
Easterseals Inc., America’s largest nonprofit health care organization, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Did you know Easterseals Bay Area (ESBA) , headquartered right here in Shadelands, has been serving the Bay Area for nearly as long? ESBA has been supporting local communities and people with autism, developmental disabilities, and special needs for 92 years!

ESBA provides clinical and family services and programs that enhance everyday living for individuals and families, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), skills groups, early intervention, speech therapy, respite care, PLAY Project™, and the Kaleidoscope Community Adult Program.

To help build on these programs, ESBA needs the community’s support. As an Amazon shopper, it’s easy to do. Use AmazonSmile and designate Easterseals Bay Area as your charitable organization of choice. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase proceeds to ESBA. And all you have to do is Smile !
Calicraft Brewing Company is one of more than 1,400 community-minded breweries across the country that brewed and sold Resilience Butte County Proud IPA , a craft beer created by Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to benefit victims deeply affected by the devastating November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County.
Calicraft began selling Resilience mid-December—at the same time Sierra Nevada released its beer—and ran out 10 days later, demonstrating extraordinary local support for the Northern California community struggling to recover from the fires. Funds from tap sales of Resilience, brewed locally with Calicraft friends at Hermitage Brewing Company, were donated to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund and totaled close to $17,000.

A great beer for a great cause .
2700 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Mike Hess Brewing is raising awareness and money for pediatric cancer research with the release of Beet Cancer , a special Belgian style wheat beer brewed with beets and purple potatoes. The release of Beet Cancer took place Friday, January 25, at all four Mike Hess Brewing locations, including three in San Diego County and the local Walnut Creek taproom in The Orchards.

The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2313 Oak Grove Road

Donations were collected for pediatric cancer research, with 100% of donations going to two nonprofits, The Truth 365 and Pablove , chosen because of their singular focus on funding pediatric cancer research.

Last August, Mike’s 12-year-old daughter Keely was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and is undergoing treatment. Mike discovered that only 4% of federal cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer and his hope is to raise $50,000 to kickstart larger grants.

The taproom will be serving Beet Cancer beer until the supply runs out. Visit Mike Hess Brewing, make a donation, and help Beet Cancer !
Ov er the 2018 holidays, generous readers of the East Bay Times contributed more than $220,000 to the news organization’s annual Share the Spirit campaign, a program administered by the Contra Costa Crisis Center that benefits the less fortunate in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Now in its 25th year, Share the Spirit is funded by individual, foundation, and business contributions. During the holiday season, the East Bay Times published stories about some of the people helped by nonprofits that received Share the Spirit grants. In all, grants went to 56 nonprofits benefiting 40,000 people.

“Showing readers what difference their money can make is the East Bay Times ’ special contribution to local nonprofit fundraising,” said Bert Robinson, managing editor/content for the news organization. “I marvel every year at how our journalists find emotional connections that resonate.”

Read the full
Share the Spirit story here .

Read Share the Spirit profiles here .
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Early Alert Canines for diabetics
Loved Twice
The East Bay Times , a longtime Shadelands community member since its days as the Contra Costa Times , has moved from its Lennon Lane location to new offices at 2850 Shadelands Drive, Building 6, Suite 101, in the Walnut Creek Executive Park, managed by The Koll Company.

Calling Shadelands home for more than 40 years, the newspaper chose to stay in Shadelands and move its advertising and editorial staff of 65 into new Shadelands offices to continue enjoying the business center's vitality and lifestyle amenities.

2850 Shadelands Drive, Suite 101
Walnut Creek
Visit East Bay Times offices for classifieds, legal advertisements, fictitious business names, and obituaries, and to pick up an extra copy of your morning paper.
A friendly reminder that the free usage of LimeBikes for Shadelands employees has ended. Users will be charged the normal trip price to their personal payment method on the LimekBike app when they take a ride.

Shadelands launched the bikeshare program in partnership with LimeBike a year ago. The bikes are popular, but it has become clear that LimeBike is unable to fully provide for that arrangement.

Shadelands is exploring other bikeshare options and we hope to have a new arrangement soon.
Looking for something fun and creative for your children ages 3-14 to do over Spring Break? Sign up for Camp Community Arts—Spring .

Shadelands Art Center is the place to be April 1 through April 5. Campers can take classes in music, dance, and visual arts, all taught by working artists. Register for full-day and half-day classes, with morning & after-care options. And, scholarships are available.

Visit Camp Community Arts or call 925.943.5846 for more information.

Shadelands Art Center
111 N. Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek
2866 Ygnacio Valley Road
The Orchards at Walnut Creek

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