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MOFD braces for $1.5 million operating loss in 2021
By Nick Marnell
Facing its toughest financial year since the Great Recession, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District projected an operating loss of $1.5 million for fiscal year 2021, with nearly all of the deficit directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus pandemic. The district has not reported a loss so steep since 2013. "We have sufficient funds in our reserve to cover the deficit," President Steven Danziger assured district taxpayers. District revenue ...read


Kelly and Ben Rojas and their children enjoy their new raised beds full of vegetables. Linda Bowers raises 24 little chicks at her home for friends who want to start a new coop. Photos Sophie Braccini
Crisis brings revival of the homestead
By Sophie Braccini
It has become quite a hunting game to find some of the most coveted tomato plants or beneficial herbs at local nurseries. Growing vegetables or raising chickens in Lamorinda has definitely been on the uptick ...read

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Lamorinda weed abatement deadlines fast approaching
By Nick Marnell
Lamorinda fire agencies have ramped up their efforts to alert property owners to remove problem vegetation by the abatement deadlines before the weeds spark a community catastrophe. The Contra Costa County ...read
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Grant Harper - Leadership on and off the field
By Jon Kingdon
For every college bound student, it's very much up in the air as to what to expect next fall. For Grant Harper, a soon-to-be Campolindo graduate who will be attending UC Davis in the fall, the football ...read

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Feng Shui
By Michele Duffy, BTB M.F.S.
With the shelter-in-place orders still in effect and many of us working remotely from home, it's a perfect time to conduct a Feng Shui audit on the home office during this 2020 Metal Rat/Iron Mouse year.read
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Response regarding school closures

As a 19-year-old college student who's returned to Lamorinda due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel compelled to respond to Dave Cummins' recent letter to the editor and to note that his views don't express those of young people like myself.
First off: children are not "bulletproof." The very usage of the word "bulletproof" in the context of schools strikes me as alarmingly tone-deaf. Mr. Cummins ignores
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Orinda is Wasting Money on a Downtown Precise Plan

Orinda does not need a Downtown Precise Plan ("DPP"), which would amend the General Plan and existing zoning regarding downtown.
As a preliminary matter, it is important to understand that the unstated purpose is to increase density and increase height limits downtown. It is not about preserving ...

MOFD meeting coverage

I was stunned to read the story "covering" the recent MOFD meeting and see no mention of the fact that it had the biggest citizen participation in what may be a generation! There is a huge grassroots move afoot in Orinda to address our...


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Lafayette to seek more information before STR ruling
By Pippa Fisher
Lafayette city leaders voted unanimously to hold off and gather further information before making any decisions on the future of short-term rentals in the city. Although no action was taken, the discussion ...read

Distance learning - lessons learned
By Pippa Fisher
As the school year draws to a close, in a way no one could have ever imagined last August when it started or even a mere two months ago, lessons have been learned by school administrators, teachers, parents ...read

No decision on Lafayette's controversial 315 apartments; discussion continues
By Pippa Fisher
A marathon planning commission meeting to approve or deny the controversial Terraces development has been continued to mid-June. The meeting went into the early hours as the commission heard close to 90 ...read
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Campo seniors awarded scholarships in memory of former librarian
By Vera Kochan
Five deserving Campolindo High School seniors are the first recipients of the Carol L. Merlone Educational Foundation's pilot program, awarding an annual total scholarship of $50,000 ($10,000 for each ...read

Moraga focuses on safety in short-term rental discussion
By Vera Kochan
Hoping to avoid an incident like the 2019 shooting that occurred at an Airbnb in Orinda on Halloween night, the town of Moraga chose to take proactive measures regarding its short-term rentals.
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PG&E gas pipeline project to begin on St. Mary's Road June 1
By Vera Kochan
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company will undertake a gas pipeline replacement project beginning June 1 that should potentially last for the next 11 weeks. Saint Mary's Road will be closed from South Lucille ...read
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Orinda Council ponders tax increase, disaster-response coordinator position
By Sora O'Doherty
As Orinda tries to gauge the appetite of residents for increased sales taxes, one idea that is gaining ground is the addition of a permanent employee to coordinate the city's response in the event of a ...read

State housing pressure drives Orinda to adopt objective standards
By Sora O'Doherty
In response to a great deal of public comment, the Orinda City Council on May 19 removed from its consent calendar the award of a contract to draft objective design standards for the Downtown Precise Plan, but ...read

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May 3 - May 16
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Crisis brings revival of the homestead
Lamorinda weed abatement deadlines fast approaching
Lafayette to seek more information before STR ruling
Distance learning - lessons learned
No decision on Lafayette's controversial 315 apartments; discussion continues
Campo seniors awarded scholarships in memory of former librarian
Moraga focuses on safety in short-term rental discussion
PG&E gas pipeline project to begin on St. Mary's Road June 1
Moraga's public facilities and community events update
Virtual Town Hall Meeting scheduled to discuss status of town during pandemic
Orinda Council ponders tax increase, disaster-response coordinator position
State housing pressure drives Orinda to adopt objective standards
MOFD braces for $1.5 million operating loss in 2021
Letters to the editor
Lafayette Polics Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Veterinary visits in the time of COVID-19
MOFD and local municipalities create joint fire prevention committee
AUHSD makes graduation happen for seniors
Lamorinda celebrates its graduates
What will local schools look like when they reopen?
Quick, easy . and thoroughly sloppy!
The Saclan Indians - Lamorinda's first residents
Some emotional side effects from sheltering in place
THT shares some favorite productions online
Campo Student Library Project books arrive at Malawi school
Senior class of NCL Acalanes Area Chapter recognized for service
Teachers of the Year candidates announced
Photographer swaps portraits for cash to benefit MCC
Community comes together to benefit local nonprofits
John Nason Fisher
Mary Dorothy Nurre Broad
Grant Harper - Leadership on and off the field
Programs for Kids SUMMER CAMPS & Classes
Campolindo athletics named state champion by MaxPreps
Feng Shui
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
AUHSD makes graduation happen for seniors
By Sora O'Doherty
Mindful that high school graduation ceremonies are an important part of student life, the superintendent and principals at the Acalanes Union High School District have been hard at work to make something ...read

What will local schools look like when they reopen?
By Sophie Braccini
When Acalanes Union High School District Superintendent John Nickerson at the May 6 board meeting presented what the high schools will look like this fall, he did not lay down one, two or even three p ...read
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Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
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Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
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Campolindo athletics named state champion by MaxPreps
By Jon Kingdon
MaxPreps on May 1 awarded the "MaxPreps Cup" to Campolindo High School, signifying it as the top high school athletic program for the state of California. MaxPreps is a CBS Sports Division focused on high ...read

Grant Harper - Leadership on and off the field
By Jon Kingdon
For every college bound student, it's very much up in the air as to what to expect next fall. For Grant Harper, a soon-to-be Campolindo graduate who will be attending UC Davis in the fall, the football ...read

Programs for Kids SUMMER CAMPS & Classes
Adventure Day Camp
(Walnut Creek, San Ramon, & Alamo)
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Shakespeare’s joyous comedy of mistaken identity and thwarted love, “Twelfth Night” closed Town Hall’s 2010-11 season. The production was directed by Soren A. Oliver and featured Town Hall Managing Director Dennis Markam as Orsino, Assistant Technical...

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The Saclan Indians - Lamorinda's first residents
By Vera Kochan
Over 200 years ago, the Saclan Indians thrived within the area now known as Lamorinda. With tribal borders as far north as Highway 24, south to the Alameda County line, east through Burton Valley and west to ...read

Some emotional side effects from sheltering in place
By Margie Ryerson, MFT
By the time you read this, we all will have spent over two months sheltering in place, experiencing many real and potential consequences from this pandemic. It is a time of great worry and upheaval for just ...read

Quick, easy . and thoroughly sloppy!
By Susie Iventosch
Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite quick meals. They are like a burger with all the fixings, but all mixed together from the get-go. And they are super easy to make. You sautÇ the meat (I like to use ground ...read

Veterinary visits in the time of COVID-19
By Mona S. Miller, DVM
In October 2019, I wrote an article for this publication that in hindsight, I should have written for this month: Lamorinda Weekly, https:// www.lamorindaweekly.com/
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