Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 5:40 pm in Lafayette.
The man for whom the city of Lafayette is named turns 250 this year — and city leaders want to help throw him a party.
The City Council on Monday unanimously allotted up to $5,000 in next year’s budget for some initial birthday party planning, such as securing space and providing basic supplies.
Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, who fought in two revolutionary wars, was born 250 years ago on Sept. 6.
Twenty-one cities and counties across the country are named Lafayette, with the city in Lamorinda being the only one in California. At least two dozen more bear some other version of his name such as “Fayette” or “Fayetteville.”
The Consulat General de France a San Francisco has approached Mayor Carol Federighi to inquire about any birthday celebrations. In addition, local businesses and two Rotary Clubs are interested in organizing or participating in commemoration.
The Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club has raised the idea of a mural at the Lafayette BART station.
— Katherine Tam