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Grand jury comes down on ConFire over fire inspections and record keeping
By Nick Marnell
A Contra Costa County grand jury issued a report in May recommending that the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District upgrade and periodically audit its record management system to maintain compliance with state-mandated fire inspection ...read


 
Reminder to drivers: yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles
By Vera Kochan
Code 3 may not mean much to the average driver, but to emergency responders, it's a term commonly used to mean "proceed immediately with lights and siren." During the recent Memorial Day weekend police chase of three Moraga Arco robbery suspects, two civilian vehicles in Lafayette did not pull to the right while Lafayette Police were in pursuit, but rather blocked the road by coming to a complete ...read

Many families came out to celebrate dressed in red, white and blue at last year's parade. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Family-friendly activities planned for Fourth of July
By Sora O'Doherty
For the past 35 years, community members have gathered along the parade route in downtown Orinda to cheer as marching bands, bagpipers, martial arts demonstrations, floats, stilt walkers, singers, dancers, and ...read

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Unincorporated Reliez Valley Road residents want influence in Lafayette
By Pippa Fisher
Despite a 4-1 vote from the Lafayette City Council at its May 28 meeting - with Council Member Susan Candell the only one opposing - to notify the Local Agency Formation Commission of its opposition to any ...read
Joe Hollerbach Photo Gint Federas
Miramonte baseball's senior captain and third baseman heads to Cornell
By Jon Kingdon
Coming off an 18-6-2 record in 2018, the Miramonte baseball team was approaching this past season with great optimism. However, as John Steinbeck once wrote: "The best laid plans of mice and men go awry." ...read

At home, the water element can be activated by placing a fountain in the 'Career' area of a front yard like at this Lafayette home. You can also add koi ponds, small waterfalls, lush vegetation and fragrant flowers. Photo provided
Feng Shui
By Michele Duffy
The Five Elements of Tibetan Bon and Chinese Taoist Feng Shui are involved in all dimensions and the role of the Five Elements is often an important detail that is missed with even the most well-intended ...read
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Electric power shutdowns

There has been broad reaction to the recent PG&E electric power shutdowns in Lafayette ... three in a row, June 1O, 11 and 12 for a total of 18 hours! Feelings by residents and our elected officials including my own range from surprise, intimidation, inconvenience, helplessness, and disappointment, to anger and hostility. Given the circumstances and potential dangers
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BART parking reductions in the name of art

In the 46 years I have lived in Lafayette there have been times I have failed to understand some of the decisions made by the City Council. The latest one to remove 19 spaces at the BART station takes the cake.
In a city which is parking challenged the last thing needed is the removal of parking spaces, even more importantly as they provide spaces for people who...

What more can I do?

Living in a time of great peril, as reported by the recent United Nation's Report on Climate Change, we continue, day after day, enjoying our marvelous quality of life in Lamorinda. However, the...

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No imminent crises in Lafayette financial condition, but ...
By Nick Marnell
The city of Lafayette projects a fairly solid financial picture for fiscal year 2019-20 as well as five years forward, but problem areas include high maintenance costs, mounting legal expenses and a shrinking ...read

Free community celebration marks Lamorinda Music's 10th anniversary
By Pippa Fisher
Lamorinda Music is throwing a huge, free four-hour party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
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Stevie Coyle entertains before the June 10 city council meeting
By Pippa Fisher
Stevie Coyle, self-described fingerpicking former frontman of whiz-bang string band The Waybacks and owner of Lafayette's Mighty Fine Guitars, entertained the city council before its June 10 meeting as part of ...read
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2019-20 budget: Moraga in cash flow crisis no longer
By Nick Marnell
The town of Moraga forecasts a financially stable 2019-20 fiscal year, having come a long way from the fiscal emergency and cash flow crisis the town operated under two years ago. The receipt of federal ...read

Town council approves purchase of more radar speed signs
By Vera Kochan
In response to the increasing number of speeding violations and reckless driving complaints, Moraga will add three new portable radar speed signs to its current roster of three.

Street lighting assessment to continue at $58 per single-family unit
By Vera Kochan
Anyone who pays property taxes in Moraga is levied a street lighting assessment on the tax bill. Although the description may read a bit ambiguous; the category is Moraga ST LT.
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Orinda adopts two-year budget, adjustments and Capital Improvement Plan
By Sora O'Doherty
At the June 18 city council meeting Paul Rankin, Orinda finance director, introduced a final proposed two-year budget, which was adopted by the council and will begin July 1 and continue for two years. ...read

Annual review of Wilder progress shows the development coming to life
By Sora O'Doherty
For decades it was just a dream: a large development in Gateway Valley, which became Wilder. Now, at last, Wilder is alive. Five play fields have been developed and turned over to the city of Orinda. The Art ...read

Orinda Garden Club displays exotic blooms at Bouquets to Art
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda Garden Club celebrated 35 years as a floral designer in the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the San Francisco Museums of Fine Arts. During the week of June 4-9, members of the club displayed floral ...read
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Family-friendly activities planned for Fourth of July
Unincorporated Reliez Valley Road residents want influence in Lafayette
No imminent crises in Lafayette financial condition, but ...
Free community celebration marks Lamorinda Music's 10th anniversary
Stevie Coyle entertains before the June 10 city council meeting
2019-20 budget: Moraga in cash flow crisis no longer
Moraga mayor proclaims June as Pride Month
Town council approves purchase of more radar speed signs
Street lighting assessment to continue at $58 per single-family unit
Day-long Fourth of July celebrations scheduled at Moraga Commons
Orinda adopts two-year budget, adjustments and Capital Improvement Plan
Annual review of Wilder progress shows the development coming to life
Orinda Garden Club displays exotic blooms at Bouquets to Art
Full-time staffing of MOFD Medic 45 not dead yet
Grand opening ceremony for Station 43
Grand jury comes down on ConFire over fire inspections and record keeping
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Bauer-Kahan not in step with Lamorinda on housing bills
Reminder to drivers: yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles
Letters to the editor
Working toward recovery
CAPA dance performance nets sizable donation to Childrenís Health Guild
Orinda students learn a bit of local lore on history tour
Lafayette Rotary helps New Day for Children
Day Trippin'
Artists show their talent at LLLC Bookmark Contest
Moraga Boy Scout Troop 212 Honors 10 New Eagle Scouts
Troop 234 Eagle Court of Honor
New Troop 237 Eagle Scouts
Robert Clark
The Pony Express - a Lamorinda connection
Moraga actor-playwright's one-man show opens in SF June 23
Local Youth Arts contest concludes successful 6th year
A perfect color combination for your Fourth of July celebration
Medications: The answer or the problem?
Miramonte baseball's senior captain and third baseman heads to Cornell
The Gael force of Saint Mary's to play in `The Basketball Tournament'
Staying Safe in the Heat
2018-2019 Girls DAL All League
Diablo Alliance 12U wins qualification tournament for National Junior Olympics
Acalanes Softball Champions
Oakland Strokes Rowing Club goes to Youth Nationals
Feng Shui
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Rattlesnake Advisory
Volunteers remove flammable French Broom from Nature Area
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Orinda students learn a bit of local lore on history tour
Submitted by Kathy Barrett
While driving along Orinda Way last month, people wondered about the gatherings of children outside Susan Leech's Orinda Village Antiques. Many locals don't know that this was the site of Orinda's first ...read

Local Youth Arts contest concludes successful 6th year
Submitted by Charlie Keohane
After receiving over 160 writing and photography entries from Lafayette middle schoolers, the winners received their prizes at the sixth annual Lafayette Youth Arts Society Awards Ceremony at the Lafayette ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, June 26, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
TBA

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Aug. 12, at 6pm
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The Gael force of Saint Mary's to play in `The Basketball Tournament'
By Jon Kingdon
The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is a winner take all tournament with a grand prize of $2 million. TBT began in 2014 with the winning team receiving the entire $500,000 purse. This year, there will be 64 ...read

2018-2019 Girls DAL All League
DAL All-League
Competitive Sport Cheer - 2018-19
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Acalanes Softball Champions
Submitted by Chris Palma
Acalanes Softball won 2019 Diablo Athletic League Valley Division going 10-0 in league play. Coached by Victor Silva, Melissa Brymner and Dennis Fink. ...read
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Art Embraces Words 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Arts & Science Room. Emerging writers will read excerpts from their works surrounded by ...

Lafayette’s Rock the Plaza series, now in its 14th season, takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday nights in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard ...

California Shakespeare Theater’s “The Good Person of Szechwan” by Bertolt Brecht; translated by Wendy Arons; adapted by Tony Kushner July 3 - 21 at the Bruns Amphitheater, ...

Life in Lamorindaread all
Working toward recovery
By Diane Claytor
Not many parents would say that watching the arrest of their 17-year-old son was the ìbest thing that could have happened.î But thatís exactly what Lafayetteís Ann Schiebert recently said, more than 30 years ...read

CAPA dance performance nets sizable donation to Childrenís Health Guild
By Vera Kochan
California Academy of Performing Arts in Moraga held its annual June Showcase at Campolindo's Performing Arts Center between June 10-15, with proceeds from their lobby sales of bottled water and flowers during ...read

Lafayette Rotary helps New Day for Children
Submitted by Matt Pease
The Rotary Club of Lafayette announced it has donated over $114,300 to New Day for Children (www.newdayforchildren.com/) as a result of fundraising by the club throughout the fiscal year. "We are delighted to ...read

Day Trippin'
By Fran Miller
It's natural to think of the Napa Valley as one place. But the 30 north to south miles that comprise this verdant valley feature distinct towns. There's Yountville with its chic tasting rooms, Rutherford with ...read
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