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Thalia's Capo, a Success Story
By Sophie Braccini
Thalia and Chris Bradley; Thalia's guitar sports a brand new capo. Photo Sophie Braccini
Entrepreneurship must be in Orinda resident Thalia Bradley's genes; how cool is it for a 12-year-old to be at the initiation of an invention, and the creation of a product that blew all expectations on Kickstarter? The most important thing Thalia discovered is that at the root of any invention is the identification of a need, and that needs are all around us in our everyday life waiting to be recognized and transformed into great ... read


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Santa Claus Came to Town
By Cathy Tyson
WWith Christmas right around the corner, the man in red made a special early visit to spread some holiday cheer in Lafayette and received a rock star welcome from little ones. Rolling up in the town's ...read

Lafayette Bans Plastic Bags and Styrofoam
By Cathy Tyson
Soon the familiar options of "plastic or paper" will be heard no more in Lafayette. The City Council formally adopted new rules Dec. 8 to ban single-use plastic shopping bags at 16 local establishments. The ...read

Higher Water Bills for Lamorinda?
That depends on Mother Nature
By Cathy Tyson
Prior to the first big storm of the winter season the East Bay Municipal Utility District's board of directors adopted measures in response to the drought, with the potential to raise customers' bills.
The utility is calling for increased customer conservation on a voluntary basis. Early this year, customers were asked to cut back 10 percent of their water usage. This suggestion was successful with all district customers combined - residential, commercial and irrigation - reducing their use by 12.6 percent compared to 2013. Now EBMUD ... read
To the State Finals!
By Michael Sakoda
The Campolindo Cougars (15-0) are one win away from a Division III State Championship as they'll continue their incredible season Saturday at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif.
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A Japanese maple brightens up the exterior of this home. Photo Jennifer Wake
Signature Trees Speak for Themselves
By Chris Lavin
While many homeowners take painstaking care to keep their lawns and properties in top curb-appeal condition - or at least make every attempt to keep them that way - sometimes it's the lone tree that takes ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
Editor:

It's so unfortunate how all parties involved in the "Vivian" OUSD residency case handled this issue. Clearly there are many potential factors at play here, and few of us have the whole picture. I strongly urge OUSD to take quick public action to clarify their policies. I would recommend the following:
- OUSD and AUSD should establish a joint task force to work on this issue. (Since most students in OUSD go on to an AUSD high school, it's important ...

Editor:

A Practical Housing Strategy for Orinda.
The Housing Element process has been one Orinda has been obliged to complete in 2014, but the conversation about affordable housing needs to expand to the renewal of downtown and the role of housing in its future development.
The City, acting in its own best interests - not because it may be required by the State, should pursue the development of housing, some of which ...

Editor:

City Ventures (CV) proposed development is too large for the land on Moraga Way. City Ventures often uses smoke and mirrors to violate the General Plan and disregard the residents.
CV claims it resembles the Moraga Country Club (MCC) houses. Seriously, all you have to do is look at the plan ...
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City Finances Look Healthy
By Cathy Tyson
"The city remains in good fiscal position," said Jennifer Wakeman, Lafayette's new financial services manager, during her audit presentation covering fiscal year 2013-14 at the Dec. 8 city council meeting. On ...read

Mayor Don Tatzin Shifts Positions
By Cathy Tyson
Now starting his astonishing 30th year serving the people of Lafayette, Don Tatzin gracefully wrapped up his sixth mayoral term and reflected on accomplishments of the past year.
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Welcome to Lafayette
Drivers descending the off-ramps at Acalanes Road and at the Central Lafayette exit off of Highway 24 will notice the new modern signage that recently replaced the older deteriorating plywood signs, which had ...read
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Park Street Residences
By Sophie Braccini
Applicant and architect Jerry Loving presented the Moraga Planning Commission with a plan for an infill development on the vacant 3-acre property next to the Rheem Theatre. The Dec. 1 meeting was a study ...read

Moraga's New Council Member - Teresa Onoda
By Sophie Braccini
The November election brought a new member to the Moraga Town Council - former planning commissioner Teresa Onoda. Passionate about plein air and open space, Onoda brings a fresh outlook to the town's ...read

New School Board Hits the Ground Running
By Sophie Braccini
A new school board took its place on the Moraga School District dais for the first time Dec. 9. Three of the five board members are brand new to the job - Heather O'Donnell, Jon Nickens and Jim Obsitnik; the ...read
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Orinda Housing Element Draft Headed to State for Initial Review
By Laurie Snyder
"I'm happy sending all the sites to HCD and pushing out the decision until we have a final EIR," said Orinda City Councilmember Dean Orr as the council's Dec. 9 meeting wound down. The 10th such public meeting ...read

For the Good of the City
By Laurie Snyder
"I started out this year calling it a year of teamwork and collaboration, and so here as we end the year, I would like to highlight in my Awards for Excellence those people who have exemplified that ideal of ...read

Orinda Thanks Severson for Years of Leadership
By Laurie Snyder
"Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Orinda City Council does hereby recognize Sue Severson for her service on the Orinda City Council for the past 8 years. Be it further resolved that the city council ...read
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Santa Claus Came to Town
To the State Finals!
Lafayette Police Blotter
Lafayette Bans Plastic Bags and Styrofoam
City Finances Look Healthy
Mayor Don Tatzin Shifts Positions
Welcome to Lafayette
Moraga Police Blotter
Park Street Residences
Moraga's New Council Member - Teresa Onoda
New School Board Hits the Ground Running
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda Housing Element Draft Headed to State for Initial Review
For the Good of the City
Orinda Thanks Severson for Years of Leadership
ConFire to Upgrade One-Third of its Fleet
Lafayette Participates in Regional Drill for Large Scale Emergency
Letters to the Editor
Thalia's Capo, a Success Story
business briefs
Photo Contest is Back for More
Higher Water Bills for Lamorinda?
Sand Bagged
'Knucklehead Santa' and 'Chaz' Deliver More Than Gifts
New Open Meditation Circle Widens in Moraga
The Tiptoes of Happiness
A Mermaid in Moraga
Free Spirit Van for Seniors
SMC Organizes Peaceful Protest Following Ferguson and NY Indictment Decisions
Girl Scout Helps Feral Kittens Through Gold Award Project
Orinda Juniorettes Join In The Spirit of Giving
Girl Scout Gold Award Project Brings Gift of Reading to India
Tis the Season of Giving
How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
Lynn's Top Five
Inspiring Craft Cocktails and Spirits Ignite the Senses
Fall's First Fire
FAIR Spirits Cafe Liqueur Bread Pudding
Lamorinda's Specialties of the House
In Memory
'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
Basketball Programs Look to Replace Graduated Talent
Girls Hoops Preview
National Recognition
Boys' Soccer Looks to Rebuild in Open DFAL
Acalanes Girls' Soccer Team Sets the Pace as Season Gets Underway
Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner
CYO Turkey Tournament Winners
Fastest of Them All
Comeback Kids
Top Tier Tennis Team
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last
Signature Trees Speak for Themselves
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
SMC Organizes Peaceful Protest Following Ferguson and NY Indictment Decisions
By Sophie Braccini
Approximately 200 Saint Mary's College students, faculty and staff joined the growing number of protests in the Bay Area that followed grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of ...read

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
By Elizabeth LaScala
This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and some students want to apply to 10 or more. ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan 14, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan 14, at 7pm

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

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
TBA
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Basketball Programs Look to Replace Graduated Talent
By Michael Sakoda
Tough preseason competition is getting the Lamorinda schools ready for an even tougher road through the DFAL.
Campolindo went ...read

Girls Hoops Preview
By Conrad Bassett
With the preseason well underway, the Lamorinda girls' basketball programs look ready for the DFAL season.
Last year, the Mats ...read

Boys' Soccer Looks to Rebuild in Open DFAL
By Spencer Silva
The 2014-15 soccer season is underway and the landscape of the DFAL has changed considerably. The Lamorinda boys' soccer programs have lost key players and will look to rebuild.
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WomenSing, the adventurous East Bay women’s chorus, offers a festive celebration of song accompanied by chimes and timpani – from traditional carols to Latin American spice at 8 p.m. on ...

Synergy Theater is back with two fantastic shows for the month of December: “Backer’s Audition” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 and “Spontaneous Combustion” on Sunday, Dec. 21 in ...

Join Julia Scheeres, Berkeley resident and New York Times and London Times bestselling author as she discusses her latest book, “A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown” at 7 p.m. ...

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'Knucklehead Santa' and 'Chaz' Deliver More Than Gifts
By Diane Claytor
From January through November, Lafayette's Alex Cox and Orinda's Alan Smith are like most other suburban husbands and fathers: they go to work every morning, attend sporting events, vacation with their ...read

New Open Meditation Circle Widens in Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? A solution could be just around the corner - the new Monday morning meditation circle housed at the Career Wisdom Institute in Moraga.
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The Tiptoes of Happiness
By Laurie Snyder
"When it all comes true
Just the way you planned
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A Mermaid in Moraga
By Cathy Dausman
Imagine working on a treadmill while holding your breath. Then complete your workout upside down ... and underwater.
Such ...read
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