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EBMUD Drops Water Use Restrictions
By Nick Marnell
Water - arguable the world's most valuable resource - will soon become more affordable. The East Bay Municipal Utility District board unanimously approved the suspension of mandatory restrictions on water use effective July 1. The board declared the drought stage at zero, meaning water supplies were normal and the water emergency is over. The 25 percent drought surcharge also ends, though a 7 percent rate increase approved by the board last year goes into effect July 1. "We asked our customers to cut back 20 percent. This April, ...read


 
Developer Agrees to Pay Fire Service Mitigation Charge
By Nick Marnell
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board May 4 authorized Fire Chief Stephen Healy to enter into an agreement with the Richfield Real Estate Corporation and the Bigbury Company, the developers of the beleaguered Palos Colorados project, to pay the district $180,000 as a fire service mitigation fee within 60 days of the issuance of the first building permit. The developer acknowledged in the agreement that its proposed 123-unit Moraga development places an increased fire service burden on the district, which plans to apply the mitigation fee toward the purchase of a new fire engine. Only director Fred Weil voted ...read


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Saint Mary's College students taped mouths with the slogan #EndtheSilence at a May 5 protest. Photo Andy Scheck
Saint Mary's Students Demand More Diversity
By Sophie Braccini
Questioning the world is at the core of a college student's life. Part of that involves questioning authority, often beginning with peaceful protests like the "End the Silence" protest held May 5 at Saint ...read

Photo J. Wake
Can Bullying Be Stopped?
By Jennifer Wake
Sending a child off to school for the first time can fill most parents with a sense of apprehension, but the anguish one Moraga mom felt over the course of two and half years when dropping off her son at a ...read
Tommy Henderson Photos Gint Federas
Acalanes Baseball Tops DFAL as NCS Looms
By Karl Buscheck
With a 20-2 record overall and a perfect 10-0 mark in league play, Acalanes is carving through the DFAL slate as the postseason approaches.
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A whimsical corner featuring wagon wheels, butterflies, and a grand mixture of petunias, roses, geraniums, sweet William, iris, and more. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
In My Sister's Garden-A Wistful Romp through a Drought-Resistant Oasis
"Spring is the time of the year, when it is summer in ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
Shop Local to Support our Communities
Dear Editor,

Although Lamorinda is made up of three very different cities with their own unique identities we do share a common commitment to our great schools, our beautiful neighborhoods and our shopping options. You must have noticed that all three local chambers of commerce have encouraged our residents to shop "local." It means so much to our cities and way of life. Shopping locally supports the small business owners that in turn
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Orinda's Roads are Hurting its Reputation
Dear Editor,

We moved from Chicago to Orinda just over a year-and-a half-ago and so far have loved it here. There is, however, one thing I do not love about living in Orinda: the roads. The roads here aren't just bad; their horrendous state has become a thing of legend that is impacting Orinda's reputation. This fact was brought to light for me during
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Renovate Roads Like We Do Our Homes
Dear Editor,

Our family has lived in Orinda for the past 29 years. Our experience living in Orinda has been our most fulfilling and enjoyable.
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Leigh Creekside Park Discussion Continues
By Cathy Tyson
The recommendation to amend the Leigh Creekside Park Master Plan to change its designation from a passive park to an active neighborhood park was discussed at the May 9 Lafayette City Council meeting. The ...read

Watch Out for Water Plant and Pipeline Construction
Local residents agree they want fresh water. But the construction process to get that water, such as with the installation of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Diablo Vista Pumping Plant at the corner of ...read

Sales Tax Measure Decision on Hold Until June
By Cathy Tyson
City leaders weighed the pros and cons of placing a 1 percent sales tax measure on the November ballot, after hearing opinion poll results and the recommendation of the Sales Tax Revenue Study Committee at the ...read
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Planning Commission Nixes Large New Home on Rheem
By Sophie Braccini
No harmony with the neighborhood, out of character on a scenic corridor - these were some of the elements found to be non- compliant by the Moraga Planning Commission for a 4,600-square- foot home proposed on ...read

Rheem Boulevard Reopened, For Now
By Sophie Braccini
The Moraga Public Works and Police departments were able to reopen Rheem Boulevard May 11 at the intersection of Moraga Road with two lanes - enough to get traffic through and avoid the sinkhole that formed ...read

Mike Metcalf Decides Not to Run for Re-election in the Fall
By Sophie Braccini
When councilmember Roger Wykle asked about a minor item on the May 11 Moraga Town Council meeting agenda - finding a replacement for Mayor Mike Metcalf on the Hillside and Ridgeline Steering Committee - and ...read
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In Orinda, Utility Work is the Harbinger of Repaving Season
By Victor Ryerson
This spring's spectacular show of flowers is not the only sign that summer is coming. If you live on an Orinda street that is slated to be repaved this year under the city's road repair plan, you may have ...read

Orinda City Council Declines Funding CCE Study
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda City Council stayed focused on its roads, not renewable energy, when it decided not to contribute funds to a proposed study of Community Choice Energy (CCE). After hearing a detailed review of ...read

City of Orinda Measure L: Five Questions Answered
By Victor Ryerson
Measure L, Orinda's latest request for voter approval of funds to continue its work of repairing the city's roads and storm drains, appears on the June 7 Presidential Primary Election Ballot. It reached the ...read
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Saint Mary's Students Demand More Diversity
Can Bullying Be Stopped?
Lafayette Police Blotter
Leigh Creekside Park Discussion Continues
Watch Out for Water Plant and Pipeline Construction
AUHSD Considers Graduation Requirement Changes
Pushing Pedal Power on Bike to Work Day
Moraga Police Blotter
Planning Commission Nixes Large New Home on Rheem
Rheem Boulevard Reopened, For Now
Mike Metcalf Decides Not to Run for Re-election in the Fall
Chamber Conducts Survey on Future of Rheem Center
Orinda Police Blotter
In Orinda, Utility Work is the Harbinger of Repaving Season
Orinda City Council Declines Funding CCE Study
City of Orinda Measure L: Five Questions Answered
Proposed Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase Would Benefit Local Transportation
Developer Agrees to Pay Fire Service Mitigation Charge
Orinda Residents Demand Fair Shake from MOFD
ConFire Board Approves Complete Rebuild of Fire Station 16
EBMUD Drops Water Use Restrictions
Letters to the Editor
Local Spots Celebrate National Parks' Centennial
business briefs
Sales Tax Measure Decision on Hold Until June
Stanley 'Stem-inists' are Building More Than Boxes
'Wish Upon a Star' Turns 10
Lynn's Top Five
2016 SUMMER CAMPS and Classes
Troop 212 Celebrates New Eagle Scouts
Spring Blooms at Moraga Garden Club Luncheon
Lafayette Girl Scout Troop Earns Silver Award
Lafayette's Troop 243 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts
New Eagle Scouts at Troop 303
Honorary 'Senators' See How Politics Works
Daisy Troop Visits with K9 Officer
An Art Exhibit for the Ages
'My Son Pinocchio!' is Geppetto's Story
Film Clips
Thoughtful Food
Savory Waffles
As Seen in Lamorinda....
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Acalanes Baseball Tops DFAL as NCS Looms
Acalanes and Miramonte Girls Share DFAL Track Title
Acalanes' Everly Places Second in NCS Singles Tennis Tournament
Campolindo Boys Golf Win 2016 DFAL Championship
Local Divers Compete in Regional Championship
Orinda Aquatics Swimmers Break Four Pacific Swimming Records
Lafayette Little League
DFAL Diving Finals Meet Held at Campolindo
CYO Presents Inspirational Award
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Feng Shui
East Bay Luxury Home Sales Rebound in March
AUHSD Considers Graduation Requirement Changes
By Cathy Tyson
How many and what kinds of classes are necessary to graduate from one of Lamorinda's high schools? Over many months, a 45-member-strong volunteer Graduation Requirements Evaluation Committee researched ...read

'My Son Pinocchio!' is Geppetto's Story
Submitted by Shiho Harada Barbir
Wagner Ranch Elementary School will present its annual spring musical, 'My Son Pinocchio!' on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.
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School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm

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

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, June 13, at 6pm
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Acalanes and Miramonte Girls Share DFAL Track Title
By Karl Buscheck
The Acalanes and Miramonte girls track teams ended up as the co-champions of the DFAL after the Dons edged the previously-undefeated Mats by 13 points at the league meet on May 13 in Moraga.
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Acalanes' Everly Places Second in NCS Singles Tennis Tournament
By Karl Buscheck
Acalanes senior Kyle Everly just missed out on claiming the NCS Division I singles tennis title, losing 6-3, 6-3 to Rishab Sardana of James Logan on May 3.
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Lafayette Little League
Submitted by Todd Bequette
May 3, 2016
Dodgers 3 Cardinals 0
Joe ...read
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Calendar, Event Listingsread all
Indian dancers, a ukulele group and Mandarin, German, French and Spanish music highlight a free Stanley Middle School International Concert performance at 6 p.m., May 25 outside, weather ...

Mark your calendars! The Miramonte Players proudly present “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s famous allegory of colonialism. This time, however, the play is set not on a magical island but in the ...

Lafayette’s Jazz Café at 6 p.m. June 3 in the Stanley Middle School Multi-Purpose Room. Lineup features Stanley Middle School’s Crusaders and Jazz Messengers, as well as the Campolindo ...

Life in Lamorindaread all
Stanley 'Stem-inists' are Building More Than Boxes
By Cathy Dausman
Lighthearted banter rises above the sweet smell of sawdust in the woodshop, along with sounds of scratching sandpaper, the tap-tap of hammers, the buzz of cordless drills and the occasional whine of a chop ...read

'Wish Upon a Star' Turns 10
By Cathy Dausman
An original live theater performance about a boy who never grows up is itself growing up.
The Peter Pan Foundation's "Wish ...read

Lynn's Top Five
By Lynn Ballou CFP(r)
Can you protect your biggest asset? I bet you think I'm talking about your home, or your retirement plan, right? However for many of you the biggest asset you have is the employment income you haven't earned ...read

2016 SUMMER CAMPS and Classes
Lafayette

Bentley Summer Music Theatre ...read
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