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Lafayette news of the day: Burton Valley remodel redesigned again, and crime down for 2010

By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 4:35 pm in Crime, Lafayette.

Joe and Noelle Polichio, who’s proposed second-story addition to their Burton Valley home has run into opposition, have redesigned the project again. Just posted to the website:

LAFAYETTE — A Burton Valley couple looking to add a second story to their house have scaled their remodel back again. Whether or not they will get the chance to continue seeking the project’s approval remains to be seen.

Joe and Noelle Polichio have spent much of the past year trying to get the city’s OK to add about 1,800 square feet to their Lucas Drive house. Several neighbors have fought the addition, saying it would make the house unacceptably larger than others nearby.

In January, the City Council agreed with the neighbors and rejected the proposal.

The revised plans, which the city received from architect Ken Hertel on Feb. 4, would reduce the home’s total living area by about 200 square feet and move two upstairs bedrooms back to the first floor.

Here’s architect Ken Hertel’s letter to the city summarizing the changes: Ken Hertel letter. And here are the actual designs: Polichio revised project plans 2-4-2011. You can find the staff reports from the Jan. 24 meeting, which include designs for the project as they stood then, here (items 11A, B and C).

Also, from a story that will be in tomorrow’s Sun about crime taking a dip in 2010:

LAFAYETTE — The latest statistics from the police department contained good news for Lafayette, as crime fell in nearly every category from 2009 to 2010.

Police Chief Mike Hubbard presented the statistics in a report to the City Council on Monday.

Overall, calls for service were down 9 percent and arrests were down 8 percent, the report said.

Here are all the crime numbers for 2010, from the chief’s report:

Category 2009 2010 Change
Calls for service 22,816 20,547 -9%
Homicides 0 0 None
Rape 2 3 50%
Domestic violence 14 12 -16%
Narcotics 22 19 -13%
Robberies 7 7 None
Commercial thefts 40 39 -2.5%
Shoplifting 13 4 -69%
Residential thefts 106 95 -10%
Vehicle thefts 226 209 -7.5%
Stolen vehicles 40 54 35%
Stolen vehicle recoveries 21 26 24%
Arrests 284 261 -8%
DUI 107 84 -21.4%
Parking citations 11,062 10,593 -4.2%
Traffic citations 3,355 2,859 -14.7%
Traffic collisions (non-injury) 240 222 -7.5%
Traffic collisions (injury) 28 29 3.5%
Alarms 1,913 2,102 9.9%
911 calls 630 665 5.5%

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