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New MOFD fire code on the books
By Nick Marnell
When the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors ratified the new Moraga-Orinda Fire District fire code Sept. 22, a nine-month process that included negotiations with district municipalities, and beset with COVID-19 delays, finally came to fruition. As a result, MOFD enacted its Ordinance 20-10, a document that outlines the elements of a new fire code which as of Oct. 1 became the new law of the district. "By adopting ...read

 
 
Local high school district pressured to return students to the classroom
By Sophie Braccini
As Contra Costa COVID-19 metrics improved, school districts were allowed to reopen schools to students as early as Oct. 13. But, according to the Acalanes Union High School District's staff, the transition could not be immediately implemented ...read
The process of hanging and lighting the fish Oct. 1 at JPG@TheBank in Lafayette took 12 hours. Photo Pippa Fisher
Something fishy going on at Lafayette art gallery
By Pippa Fisher
An aquarium has been installed high above the pop-up art gallery in downtown Lafayette, for those who look up as they pass by.
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Lack of consensus on school reopening causes angst for OUSD Board
By Sora O'Doherty
Teachers expressed their concerns at the first of two Orinda Union School District board meetings on Oct. 5 to consider returning to physical in-school teaching. The first meeting was designed to review ...read
Brady Aiello
Brady Aiello: From Acalanes to Oregon ... to the NFL
By Jon Kingdon
Transitioning to college from high school is hard enough. It becomes that much more onerous when you opt to play on a football team as well. It becomes exponentially more difficult when you are competing at a ...read

Eat apples right from the tree. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Too blessed to be stressed!" ~ Bumper sticker
Are you feeling more in touch with Mother Earth as we near the beginning of ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
A vote for Gina Dawson

When my wife of 18 years, Gina Dawson, expressed interest in running for City Council, I knew immediately her skills and energy were the right match for Lafayette
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Do not be fooled by Measure R

Measure R is a road maintenance tax masquerading as a fire prevention tax. The City plan is to ultimately spend 80-90 % of this tax's proceeds for the maintenance...

Prop 15 is Good for Contra Costa

When people buy a new home, the property is reassessed and the property tax increases. Corporations change ownership all the time, but due to loopholes...


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Planning ahead to prepare for emergency evacuations vital- especially for non-drivers
By Pippa Fisher
With major fires burning all over the state, some close to home, and smoke blanketing Lamorinda most days as a daily reminder, the practicalities of exactly how to evacuate are a concern for many, especially ...read

Civility and respect mark Lafayette city council forums
By Pippa Fisher
Election season means several candidate forums - opportunities for residents to hear the various opinions and plans of each of the candidates for city council. This year, because of COVID restrictions, all ...read

Lace up Lafayette! The 2020 Res Run is on . virtually
By Pippa Fisher
Not even a global pandemic can hold back the Lafayette Res Run! Even as just about every other city event has been canceled this year, the folks at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce are very happy to partner ...read
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Moraga Citizens Network holds online Candidates Night
By Vera Kochan
Adhering to county social distancing mandates, the Moraga Citizens Network held its Sept. 30 town council Candidates Night via Zoom. The public was encouraged to submit questions days beforehand regarding ...read

Human trafficking arrests in Moraga
By Vera Kochan
After receiving complaints for several months about suspected nefarious activity at a Miramonte Drive home in Moraga, investigators compiled enough information to obtain a search warrant and accompany a Contra ...read

Caregiver of aging Moraga couple charged with stealing over $360K
By Vera Kochan
According to court records, Heidi Suzanne Miller of Alameda was hired as a caregiver for a Moraga couple in their 70s who are suffering from early onset dementia. Miller was charged on Sept. 29 with access ...read
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Orinda hires consultant to assess economic aspects of housing on downtown development
By Sora O'Doherty
How much housing in downtown Orinda is needed to drive an upscale grocery store to open there? More restaurants? Other amenities? Those are some of the estimates that the Downtown Subcommittee found they ...read

Private proposal for mural art in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda city council heard an unusual proposal Oct. 6 under Items for the Good of the City: resident Kate Rittmann is suggesting a plan for artist Jane Kim to install large-scale mural art around the city. ...read

At long last, restoration of Moraga Adobe begins
By Sora O'Doherty
A project long in the works has broken ground, so to speak. J&J Ranch, the developers of a new housing development in Orinda, have begun the restoration of the Moraga Adobe. The historic building is the ...read
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Something fishy going on at Lafayette art gallery
Lack of consensus on school reopening causes angst for OUSD Board
Planning ahead to prepare for emergency evacuations vital- especially for non-drivers
Civility and respect mark Lafayette city council forums
Lace up Lafayette! The 2020 Res Run is on . virtually
Moraga Citizens Network holds online Candidates Night
Human trafficking arrests in Moraga
Caregiver of aging Moraga couple charged with stealing over $360K
Saint Mary's College fall semester - functioning through coronavirus
Rheem Theatre waiting for 'orange tier' designation to reopen
Orinda hires consultant to assess economic aspects of housing on downtown development
Private proposal for mural art in Orinda
At long last, restoration of Moraga Adobe begins
New MOFD fire code on the books
ConFire officials warn against complacency as fire season winds down
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
California 2020 Proposition guide
Letters to the editor
Special thanks to our firefighters
Lamorinda families back in the swing at outdoor playgrounds
Lynn's Top Five
Local high school district pressured to return students to the classroom
Saint Mary's Visiting Writers offer community lecture
Comfort food for cooler fall days
Assessing the financial stability of colleges
Rise in cyberbullying among adolescents during COVID-19
Cycle Recycle donation drive begins again
Moraga Rotary fundraiser and e-waste collection success
The Peter Pan Foundation hopes to keep the magic and music alive
Lafayette Troop 224 Scouts are staying healthy while having fun
Brady Aiello: From Acalanes to Oregon ... to the NFL
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
Local high school district pressured to return students to the classroom
By Sophie Braccini
As Contra Costa COVID-19 metrics improved, school districts were allowed to reopen schools to students as early as Oct. 13. But, according to the Acalanes Union High School District's staff, the transition ...read

Lack of consensus on school reopening causes angst for OUSD Board
By Sora O'Doherty
Teachers expressed their concerns at the first of two Orinda Union School District board meetings on Oct. 5 to consider returning to physical in-school teaching. The first meeting was designed to review ...read
 
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Brady Aiello: From Acalanes to Oregon ... to the NFL
By Jon Kingdon
Transitioning to college from high school is hard enough. It becomes that much more onerous when you opt to play on a football team as well. It becomes exponentially more difficult when you are competing at a ...read

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Shotgun Players presents “Citizen Brain” Oct. 16-17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days; Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.; Oct. 23-24 at 7 p.m. both days; Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.; Oct. 30-31 at 7 p.m. both days; Nov. 1 ...

As Saint Mary’s celebrates 50 years of women students, the Performing Arts Theatre Program proudly presents Clare Barron’s “Dance Nation,” a fierce, funny new play about girlhood, ...

Lafayette Physical Therapy is hosting a free Community Health Day on Nov. 11 (by appointment). We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways and it is putting ...

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Saint Mary's Visiting Writers offer community lecture
By Sophie Braccini
Every year the Saint Mary's College Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing invites visiting writers to mentor master students and give lessons on campus. Some of these craft lectures and readings are open to ...read

Comfort food for cooler fall days
By Susie Iventosch
This dish says "autumn"! Turkey or pork tenderloin roasted with apples, cabbage and onions is comfort food for cooler fall days. A touch of sage and country Dijon complement the sweet nature of the roasted ...read

Assessing the financial stability of colleges
By Elizabeth LaScala
COVID-19 related stresses are likely to hit hardest those institutions that were already weakened by existing market challenges, such as fewer state revenues earmarked for education and less affluent student ...read

Cycle Recycle donation drive begins again
Submitted by Bobbie Preston
For the 23rd year, Bobbie and Tom Preston will be holding the Cycle Recycle, collecting repairable bikes to be refurbished and given to charitable groups. To date, over 3,600 bikes have been collected. This ...read
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