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Inmate firefighters construct handline and crews from MOFD lay hose to secure the fire line. Photo courtesy MOFD Captain-Paramedic II Jacob Airola
Local fire districts appreciate value of using inmate firefighters during major California blazes
By Vera Kochan
The use of inmate firefighters may seem like a new concept to the public, given that the topic has been in the media more recently thanks to the state's drought resulting in high fire danger conditions and out of control blazes, but ...read

From left: assistant coach Andy Lindquist, assistant coach Megan Gentes, Shea Volkmer, Rachel Moen, Sloan Pullen, Makena Weberski, Caroline McCool, Ellie Buckley, Kate Kabenina, and head coach Chuck Woolridge Photo Rosalind Pullen
Campo girls' cross country competes in nationals
By Jon Kingdon
It was another banner year for the Lamorinda Cross Country teams led by Campolindo whose boys' and girls' teams won the Division III NCS championships and the girls won the state meet which qualified them for ...read

 
Lafayette council considers Gun Safety ordinance
By Jennifer Wake
The Lafayette City Council during its Nov. 28 meeting considered the issue of gun safety after the Crime Prevention Commission reported back on a proposed Safe Firearms Storage ordinance, following a request ...read
Lafayette author Ying Chang Compestine cooks in her kitchen. Photo provided
Local author's work focuses on courage, strength and resourcefulness
By Lou Fancher
To enter the Lafayette kitchen or the imagination of award-winning author, public speaker, editor and TV chef Ying Chang Compestine is to experience good fortune. An opportunity to observe Compestine wield a ...read

Christmas ornaments decorate Japanese maples. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"There is material enough in a single flower for the ornaments of a score of cathedrals." ~ John Ruskin
Like so many ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
MOFD board power play negatively impacts safety

The MOFD employees' union launched a final power play a few days before they lost control of our fire department's $30 million of annual tax revenue.
The three directors elected four years ago with $30,000 of union funding, at the last board meeting of their term, voted to hire six more union members at a cost of over $2 million a year; money that should be used for wildfire prevention.
The claim that an extra response team will increase our safety is ridiculous. We are already served by six paramedic response units answering 1,900 medical emergencies annually. That is less than one call per unit per day.
The claim that putting two response units in Orinda's station 45, instead of one, would reduce response times is unfounded. It will take just as long to drive to the top of Orinda Downs or El Toyonal as ever. What these neighborhoods need is brush clearing, not a superfluous medical response unit sitting around most of the day.
Shame on these directors. Thankfully they lost control of MOFD and cooler heads can reconsider how to maximize the community's safety.

Steve Cohn
Orinda

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Council makes difficult decision to focus development in downtown core
By Jennifer Wake
After 18 months of analysis, meetings, and lengthy deliberations, the Lafayette City Council found itself in an untenable position when faced with the decision to identify potential opportunity sites for the ...read

Regan takes the reins at Lafayette Chamber
By Diane Claytor
Sara Regan knew she had big shoes to fill when she took over as executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.ˇ After all, she was replacing the much beloved, much respected Jay Lifson, who had been ...read

Court upholds city of Lafayette's approval of Terraces of Lafayette development
By Jennifer Wake
After more than two years of litigation, the city of Lafayette's approval of the Terraces of Lafayette development has been upheld by the State Court of Appeal. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Court of Appeal ...read
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Planning Commission discusses HCD's comments regarding Housing Element working draft
By Vera Kochan
The town of Moraga submitted its working draft of the Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), which was received on Aug. 12. HCD had 90 days to review the content, ...read

Search for Town Manager takes shape with new recruitment brochure and Community Survey
By Vera Kochan
Ever since Town Manager Cynthia Battenberg submitted an Oct. 4 written notice to the town council of her plans to resign at the end of the year, the search for her replacement through an Ad Hoc Committee has ...read

Moraga racks up another finance-related award
By Vera Kochan
The town of Moraga has another reason to be proud - it just received its first ever Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget.read
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Planning Commission not yet ready to approve Chevron changes, although supportive of project
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda Planning Commission tried to hold a meeting on Nov. 22, but, for the first time, technology issues forced the meeting to be continued. When they met on Nov. 29, the commission found that they were ...read

Chabad of Lamorinda opens Bay Kosher grocery store
By Sora O'Doherty
Rabbi Israel and Tzipora Labkowski have opened a kosher grocery store in Lafayette in the building they acquired for the Chabad Center. Located at 3477 Golden Gate Way, formerly home to the Henderson Nut ...read

New free scanner offered at Orinda Library
By Sora O'Doherty
New public scanners have been added to the Orinda Library. Library Manager Michael Beller says that the large flatbed scanner is suitable for scanning books and in addition there is a very fast feeder ...read
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Campo girls' cross country competes in nationals
Lafayette council considers Gun Safety ordinance
Council makes difficult decision to focus development in downtown core
Regan takes the reins at Lafayette Chamber
Court upholds city of Lafayette's approval of Terraces of Lafayette development
Planning Commission discusses HCD's comments regarding Housing Element working draft
Search for Town Manager takes shape with new recruitment brochure and Community Survey
Moraga racks up another finance-related award
Moraga's Holiday Tree Lighting event just missed the rain
Planning Commission not yet ready to approve Chevron changes, although supportive of project
Chabad of Lamorinda opens Bay Kosher grocery store
New free scanner offered at Orinda Library
Local fire districts appreciate value of using inmate firefighters during major California blazes
Letters to the editor
Lafayette Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
First ever Tabor Sister City gingerbread house contest brings a big surprise
Local author's work focuses on courage, strength and resourcefulness
Pass the plate with these fabulously festive holiday crostini
Longtime Lafayette resident turns 100
What is a good college?
Lions announces Peace Poster contest winners
Joint efforts will light up the town this spring
Mechanics Bank donates $10K to support The Park Theater Renovation Capital Campaign
Marsha Healey Robinson
Successful football seasons end just short of state tournaments
Miramonte and Campolindo girls tennis teams conclude successful season individually and as a team
Miramonte Lady Matador golfers win league title and finish third at NCS D2
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Make this a magical and meaningful holiday season
What is a good college?
By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.
If you did a survey and asked people what characteristics define a good college, you might get 100 different answers. If there is so much variation just in what constitutes a good college, we know there is ...read

Lions announces Peace Poster contest winners
Submitted by Robert Murtagh
The Lions International Peace Poster contest for 2022-23 was titled "Lead with Compassion," and 75 students, age 10-13, from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette submitted entries. Annually, 55,000 students from ...read
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Campo girls' cross country competes in nationals
By Jon Kingdon
It was another banner year for the Lamorinda Cross Country teams led by Campolindo whose boys' and girls' teams won the Division III NCS championships and the girls won the state meet which qualified them for ...read

Successful football seasons end just short of state tournaments
By Jon Kingdon
At the conclusion of the regular football season, the Lamorinda football teams had a combined record of 25 and 5: Campolindo 10-0, Acalanes 9-1 and Miramonte 6-4, with Acalanes' only loss coming against ...read

Miramonte and Campolindo girls tennis teams conclude successful season individually and as a team
By Jon Kingdon
In the ever-competitive DAL tournament, Miramonte and Campolindo both qualified for the North Coast Section team tournament with Miramonte having representatives in the single and doubles tournament and ...read
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Local author's work focuses on courage, strength and resourcefulness
By Lou Fancher
To enter the Lafayette kitchen or the imagination of award-winning author, public speaker, editor and TV chef Ying Chang Compestine is to experience good fortune. An opportunity to observe Compestine wield a ...read

Pass the plate with these fabulously festive holiday crostini
By Susie Iventosch
`Tis the season for holiday gatherings and here are a few festive crostini ideas to pass around your crowd! I just love the colors in these little appetizers and the flavors are so good, but each very ...read

Longtime Lafayette resident turns 100
Submitted by Betty La Porte
Lafayette's Joseph M. Fox III celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 20.ˇ And he did it as he does just about everything - with vigor and enthusiasm.ˇ Talk to people who know Joe, and they all say the same ...read

What is a good college?
By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.
If you did a survey and asked people what characteristics define a good college, you might get 100 different answers. If there is so much variation just in what constitutes a good college, we know there is ...read
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