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Published April 10th, 2014
MOFD Reaches Tentative Agreement with Firefighters
By Nick Marnell
"We have reached a tentative agreement with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in our labor negotiations," announced Vince Wells, Local 1230 president, at the April 9 meeting of the Lafayette Emergency Services Task Force.
The MOFD board meets April 16, and ratification ... read



Station 46 is on Fire
By Nick Marnell
Although the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District bypassed Lafayette in the deployment of additional firefighters made possible by the receipt of federal grant money, the city may soon benefit from the approval of proposed fire station 46 on the Orinda-Lafayette border.
"Rebuilding an organization is as emotional as taking it down," said ConFire chief ... read

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Volunteers helped customers pick out the perfect plants for their gardens April 5 at the Moraga Gardens Farm. Photo Andy Scheck
Time for Planting
Plant sales like this one at the Moraga Gardens Farm last weekend have been popping up throughout Lamorinda as residents prep gardens and yards for spring planting. While understanding how plants and trees ...read

Local Governments Stop PG&E Tree Cutting Project - For Now
By Sophie Braccini
Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials announced March 27 that they are putting a hold on tree removal related to the utility's Pipeline Pathways safety program in East Bay communities, except on private ...read
Sophomore Anthony Gonsolin singled and pitched in the loss to Pepperdine on Sunday. Photos Tod Fierner
New Coach, New Direction
By Scott Wu
With a new head coach and a strong regular season start, the Saint Mary's Gaels' (5-4 WCC, 13-17 overall) baseball program is up-and-coming. New head coach Eric Valenzuela brings experience and expertise to ...read

Now is the time to be planting fruit trees. Matt Cameron of the Moraga Garden Center shows a bare-root black mulberry tree to Hye Yeong Min of Orinda. She is curious about the roots. Photo Chris Lavin
How to Plant in Lamorinda's Microclimates
By Sophie Braccini
Y ou don't need a green thumb to know that we live in an area of microclimates, but observant local gardeners will you tell that sub-microclimates may exist on any single plot of land. Microclimates vary from ...read
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Editor:

We Orindans recently passed a sales tax that now raises about $1 million a year for road repairs; that is in addition to about $1 million annually from the city's general fund. But with a backlog of $40 million in road and drainage work that needs to be done, that $2 million isn't even enough to maintain the present condition of our roads, which already rank among the worst in the Bay Area.
A group of concerned citizens is once again coalescing ...


Editor:
Orinda's Roads Need Attention NOW!

Orinda is a great community. We have a great location, great weather, great schools and much more. What we don't have is great roads. We all use the roads and need them in good repair to access work, school, emergency services etc... We cannot put off fixing them any longer. We need to step up and take responsibility for the roads that are the lifeblood ...

Editor:

Deer wander by free as you please
Wild turkeys roost in old oak trees
Cattle graze on a green hillside
The town of Moraga is where ...

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Spacious Dog Park Proposed on Deer Hill
By Cathy Tyson
Although "Alternative Plan" documents of the redesigned Terraces of Lafayette housing project are still being reviewed by the city, there has been some discussion about the size and location of the proposed ...read

Possible Innovative Approach to Parking in Lafayette
By Cathy Tyson
As any resident knows, parking and traffic congestion are key issues in downtown Lafayette. City leaders are well aware of the on-going problem, plus the added dilemma of motorists attempting to park at BART, ...read

Update on the Old Library Reuse Task Force
By Cathy Tyson
It's hard to miss the giant signs in front of the old Lafayette library and the former doctor's office across the street. What to do with this pair of city-owned properties is currently in the hands of the Old Library Reuse Task Force that is seeking to evaluate and make a recommendation on the highest, best ...read
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Council Members Appeal Planning Decision
By Sophie Braccini
Moraga Town Council members Michael Metcalf and Dave Trotter appealed a March 3 Planning Commission decision to approve the Hetfield Estates General Development Plan and Conditional Use Permit. They acted ...read

Campolindo Neighbors Stop Cell Tower
By Sophie Braccini
They didn't have to put up too much of a fight; in fact, when Chris Learned, associate principal of the Acalanes Union High School District, heard the neighbors' vehement opposition to the school district's ...read

Alioto Recreation Center Takes Shape
By Sophie Braccini
People driving along St. Mary's Road or on the Saint Mary's College campus may find it hard to miss the large structure outlined by its steel frame on the northwest corner of the campus. It is the Alioto ...read
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Service Above Self
By Laurie Snyder
"Service above Self" - the motto of Rotarians worldwide, that simple phrase was the undercurrent running beneath Orinda's 2014 State of the City Address in late March. Delivered by Mayor Sue Severson before an ...read

Hilton House Named Orinda Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
By Laurie Snyder
"A lot of people like the idea of recycling upscale, name brand items," said Cyndi Hilton upon accepting the Orinda Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business of the Year Award on behalf of Hilton House Consign & ...read

Orinda's New Police Chief, Mark Nagel
By Laurie Snyder
"There hasn't been a day I've said I don't like my job," says Orinda's new police chief, Mark Nagel. A 14-year police veteran who worked his way up through the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department to his present ...read
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Quick links to stories issue April 9, 2014
Time for Planting
Local Governments Stop P&E Tree Cutting Project - For Now
Lafayette Police Blotter
Spacious Dog Park Proposed on Deer Hill
Possible Innovative Approach to Parking in Lafayette
Moraga Police Blotter
Council Members Appeal Planning Decision
Campolindo Neighbors Stop Cell Tower
Alioto Recreation Center Takes Shape
Community Workshop
Orinda Police Blotter
Service Above Self
Hilton House Named Orinda Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
Orinda's New Police Chief, Mark Nagel
business briefs
Station 46 is on Fire
ConFire Pitches to Acquire County Ambulance Contract
Letters to the Editor
Public Forum: Let's Be Smarter About How We Fund Public Works Projects
Sisterhood in Contra Costa County
Orion Academy's Community Service Club has Risen to New Heights
Girl Scout Gold Award Project Combines Love of Children and Music
Former JM Teacher Annually Travels to India as a Spanish Translator
New Eagle Scouts Honored
Acalanes Chapter of NCL Honors 2014 Graduating Class
Grace and Passion
A Quest for a Healthy World
Zippity Do It!
Learning Ways to Get Organic Food Direct From the Farm to Your Doorstep
Pride, Propaganda and Redemption
Debut of Downtown City Dog Party
The Intricacies of Art and Poetry
OIS Production of Peter Pan Opens May 1
Two Local Students Advance to State Geography Bee Finals
Los Perales Takes Second in Bay Area Chess Tournament
THE APP RAP
Second Semester Senioritis: Is It Real?
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Budget Basics for New College Graduates
All the Best in a Cookie
Buttered Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Egg Hunts, Bounce Houses, and Other Festive Fun
Lamorinda's Specialties of the House
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
How to Plant in Lamorinda's Microclimates
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
The Home Designer
Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian
Football Instruction from Winning Players
Lamorinda SUMMER CAMPS 2014#2
New Coach, New Direction
High School Lacrosse at Mid-Season
Softball Mid-Season Report
Cal Magic Earns Championship
Swimming at College
First Tournament, First Title
CLAM Aims for NCS
Success Starts Early
Serious Series
Performing in the Classroom, Pool
DFAL All-League Teams
Zippity Do It!
By Cathy Dausman
Fourteen Stanley Middle School student groups recently had fun not getting to the point. Rube Goldberg Machines are never designed to be quick. Students sported T-shirts proclaiming "I don't do simple" and ...read

OIS Production of Peter Pan Opens May 1
Submitted by Jeanette Lipp
Orinda Intermediate School's Bulldog Theater will present its spring musical, "Disney's Peter Pan Jr." in early May at OIS. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play is a modern version of ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 9, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, April 14, at 6pm
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High School Lacrosse at Mid-Season
By Marissa Harnett
As high school boys' lacrosse nears the mid-season point, all three Lamorinda teams sit in close contention. Acalanes has the slight edge with a 4-1 league record (7-1 overall). Campolindo and Miramonte are ...read

Softball Mid-Season Report
By Hannah Raslan
As spring sets in, softball players from Acalanes, Campolindo, and Miramonte grab their gloves and hit the field. In the 2014 softball season, the Lamorinda teams are made up of a mix of experienced players ...read

DFAL All-League Teams
By Caitlin Mitchell
Winter was a good season for the Lamorinda sports teams. Lamorinda recorded playoff berths in each sport and took the North Coast Section title for girls' soccer and girls' basketball. The Diablo Foothill ...read
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WomenSing– Upper Voiced Choirs Festival “Treble Voices Now” April 11-12 at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. Experience first-hand the process of creating and refining a new choral...

Authors and Athletes Family Series presents Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympian, athlete, artist, author, philanthropist, wife and mother from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11 in the Community Hall of ...

For those of us who love our walks on Mulholland Ridge, mark your calendars for the beautiful Mulholland Ride event to help protect this natural area ...

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Grace and Passion
By Laurie Snyder
"We absolutely heard it; we turned and looked, and there was a puff of smoke." Showering spectators with carpenter nails and ball bearings, a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs rocked Boylston Street on ...read

A Quest for a Healthy World
By Diane Claytor
Ask parents the world over what they wish for their children and the simple answer is bound to include health. Lafayette's Dr. Daniel Robbins has spent his career working to grant that wish both locally and ...read

Pride, Propaganda and Redemption
By Laurie Snyder
"Falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, to attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy. The ignorant and ...read

Debut of Downtown City Dog Party
By Cathy Tyson
Lafayette is going to the dogs. In what promises to be a howling-good Saturday to remember, for the first time ever, Lafayette is holding a party celebrating canines - from mutts to purebreds at Dogtown ...read
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