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By Sophie Braccini
Elizabeth Perlman at her new location in Orinda's Theatre Square Photo Sophie Braccini
The first thing you see when entering the new Intuitive Writing Project location in Orinda's Theatre Square is a wall filled with pictures of women who have made a mark in history. The message above the picture mosaic is clear: "Heroines write their own story."
The Intuitive Writing Project is a place for girls...read

Non-Competitive Compensation Package Plagues MOFD Recruiting Efforts
By Nick Marnell
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District is struggling to recruit and retain qualified firefighter-paramedics, and both management and the rank and file have expressed concern that increasing staffing to handle this year's fire season will be a challenge.
Moraga and Orinda are two of the gold standard communities in Contra Costa County. The 35,000 residents, whose median home value exceeds $1.2 million and who earn some of the highest incomes in the Bay Area, allocate over 20 percent of their property taxes to their fire district, helping provide it with annual revenue of more than $18 million. The revenue funds the operation of five fire stations, above the National Fire Protection Agency 2013 fire department ...read

 

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From left: Vicki Breton, Valerie Briscoe, Maynrad Clark, Dudley Braun, Alise Gillman, Toni Lewis, Giulia Massari and Jim Scala Photo Andy Scheck
Lafayette Reservoir Walking Group's Focus on Fitness
By A.K. Carroll
Life can be stressful. That's no secret. But the solution can be as simple as getting up, getting out and taking a stroll. Author, biochemist and nutritional expert Jim Scala understands this. He recently ...read

Combined City Councils Ponder Public Safety in Lamorinda
By Laurie Snyder
Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda united for another Tri-Cities meeting Feb. 19. Focused on public safety, the combined council membership heard an update on emergency preparedness from Dennis Rein of the ...read
Kierra Krawec had five goals in the first round.
All Three Girls' Soccer Programs Advance
By Karl Buscheck
As soon as the seeds for the NCS Division II girls' soccer playoffs were announced, a matchup between No. 1 Acalanes and No. 5 Miramonte seemed inevitable. On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 Campolindo ...read

This round garden gate window echoes a Sleepy Hollow house front theme. Photo Cathy Dausman
Curb Appeal
By Cathy Dausman
Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder - and a good first impression is priceless. But when it comes to a home's curb appeal, a little fresh paint, new plantings and a bit of bark dust can often ...read
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Editor:

I voted for a Trotter, but I think I got a "can't-er." (Sorry, Dave; 'couldn't rein-in the horseplay.) Of course, Dave isn't the problem. He is simply one of tens of thousands of elected and selected officials across the country who (a) can't see the connection between the problems they deal with and America's perpetual population growth or (b) can't admit they see it, because they (c) can't see what they can do about it.
When we moved to Lamorinda in 1966, the population of the U.S., California, and Contra Costa County were approximately 197 million, 19 million, and 0.5 million, respectively. Today, the corresponding numbers are approximately 320 million, 34 million, and 1.1 million. In other words, Contra Costa County's population has grown approximately 55 percent in that period and Lamorinda's population is over 60 thousand and growing. Any wonder why Lamorinda commute times might be getting longer, parking spaces might be getting costlier, buildings might be getting bigger, open space might be getting smaller, water supplies might be getting tighter, and so on and on and on?
Perhaps it's time for all the "can't-ers" across the country - and in Lamorinda
...

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Quest for Dream House Approval Continues
By Cathy Tyson
Linda and Steve Wight have been on a seven-year quest for a permit allowing their dream home to be built. At the Feb. 9 Lafayette City Council meeting, it was apparent that there had been a change of heart ...read

Goodbye Art Room and Klein Gallery?
By Cathy Tyson
If all goes according to plan, the small house on Lafayette Circle that now contains the Art Room and Klein Gallery will be demolished. In its place, eventually, will be a new retail building.
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Homes at Deer Hill Start Review Process
By Cathy Tyson
The Design Review Commission had its first opportunity to review the proposed Homes at Deer Hill - 44 contemporary, craftsman-style single-family homes, along with public park facilities that include a ...read
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Chickens and Energy Efficiency
By Sophie Braccini
At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Moraga Town Council authorized the launch of a small farm animal ordinance study and accepted the participation of the town in a free energy efficiency assessment program for ...read

Historic Preservation Adopted After Tense Debate
By Sophie Braccini
The second and final reading of a new ordinance is often a formality, since the Town Council has usually finalized and approved the ordinance during the first reading. But at the Feb. 11 second reading of the ...read

Facelift for the Moraga Library
By Sophie Braccini
Simply drive along St. Mary's Road and you'll notice new landscaping that will make the Moraga Library even more appealing this spring. Revitalizing the library's large front garden was overdue. A few years ...read
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Orinda City Council Approves Mid-Year Budget Corrections
By Laurie Snyder
Orinda's conservative fiscal management is working, according to a Feb. 3 staff report to the Orinda City Council. The city's operating budget remains in the black despite the Manzanita Bridge replacement, the ...read

Orinda's Aging Storm Drains May Need $13.5 Million Fix
By Laurie Snyder
Drain failures are ugly, they're expensive, and they can upend the lives of those they impact for years as cities struggle to move from emergency response to cleanup and complete system overhaul. Just ask ...read

Texting and Driving Not Just a Teen Issue
By Laurie Snyder
"Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded." - National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationread
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Lafayette Reservoir Walking Group's Focus on Fitness
Combined City Councils Ponder Public Safety in Lamorinda
Lafayette Police Blotter
Quest for Dream House Approval Continues
Lafayette's Citizen of the Year Announced
Goodbye Art Room and Klein Gallery?
Moraga Police Blotter
Chickens and Energy Efficiency
Historic Preservation Adopted After Tense Debate
Facelift for the Moraga Library
Orinda Police Blotter
Orinda City Council Approves Mid-Year Budget Corrections
Orinda's Aging Storm Drains May Need $13.5 Million Fix
Texting and Driving Not Just a Teen Issue
Retired Firefighter Continues to Serve
Non-Competitive Compensation Package Plagues MOFD Recruiting Efforts
State Senate Special Primary Election Registration Deadline March 2
Letters to the Editor
Intuitive Writing Project Empowers Young Women
business briefs
Homes at Deer Hill Start Review Process
Campo Stage Director Living the Dream
Dark and Thought-Provoking Film 'The Verdict' Opens Feb. 27 in Orinda
Local Hyperrealist Photographer Presents 'California Oaks' at the Moraga Library
Looking to the Sky
Finding Beauty, Complexity and Meaning in Art
Donating My Brain to Science
Miramonte Senior Wins Oratorical Contest
Ethel Wentworth Lazaroff
Jean Denoyer
Troop 303 Honors Five New Eagle Scouts
New Eagle Scouts in Troop 204
Kiwanis Crab Feed a Huge Success
Campolindo High School Named 2015 East County Regional Academic Decathlon Champion
Orinda Community Foundation Celebrates 5 Years
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Vincent Price Day at the Rheem Theatre March 7
Roasted Mushroom Orzo: The Perfect Accompaniment
Lynn's Top Five
All Three Girls' Soccer Programs Advance
Campolindo to NCS Semifinals, Miramonte Knocked Out
All In
Campo, Mats Qualify for NCS Playoffs
Gaels Number "13" Retired
Game Within a Game
Training with the National Team
St. Monica's Wins Again
Big Celebration
Lamorinda Cheers on Cal Rugby
Curb Appeal
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Chinese New Year and Feng Shui
Digging Deep - Gardening with Cynthia Brian
Gardening for Bees
Campolindo High School Named 2015 East County Regional Academic Decathlon Champion
Submitted by Jonathan Lance
At the recent energy-filled Academic Decathlon Awards Reception, Campolindo High School won the 2015 East County Regional Academic Decathlon for the fifth straight year. Along with being the Regional winner, ...read

Miramonte Senior Wins Oratorical Contest
On Feb. 15 in Pacifica, Miramonte High School senior Sean McFeely, pictured with coach Sandra Maguire, won the Area 2 American Legion Oratorical Contest, which is designed to develop deeper knowledge and ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, March 11, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, March 9, at 6pm
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Campolindo to NCS Semifinals, Miramonte Knocked Out
By Karl Buscheck
Campolindo's boys' soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the NCS Division II Soccer Championship. The other program to qualify for the playoffs, Miramonte, lost in the opening round.
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All In
By Conrad Bassett
The Diablo Foothill Athletic League girls' basketball season finished last week and the NCS playoffs began last night. All three Lamorinda girls' programs earned playoff spots.
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Campo, Mats Qualify for NCS Playoffs
By Spencer Silva
Lamorinda is sending two basketball programs to the NCS Division III playoffs. Campolindo (23-3) is the No. 4 seed and Miramonte (13-13) the No. 7 seed. The Cougars hosted De Anza Feb. 24, while the Mats ...read
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The exhibit “Lamorinda Under Glass,” featuring watercolor landscapes by Moraga resident George Ehrenhaft, opens at the Moraga Library on March 3. Painted on location in Lamorinda, Ehrenhaft’s works ...

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Science Café presents: “The Future of Manned Missions to Mars” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Library’s Community Hall. Dr. Pascal Lee of Mountain ...

Orinda Recreation and Summer Camp Fair - The City of Orinda is providing community members an opportunity to meet summer day camp staff plus a variety of specialty class instructors during ...

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Campo Stage Director Living the Dream
By Diane Claytor
Several years ago, following another very successful Campolindo High School musical production, Stage Director Dave Pinkham was called on stage and introduced to the audience as a "man who was living a dream ...read

Looking to the Sky
By Chris Lavin
Tooling around Lamorinda on any given day, one might stop and see a bigger bird than usual perched atop a power line, a telephone pole or at the apex of a big tree. If it's not a crow or a raven, it's most ...read

Dark and Thought-Provoking Film 'The Verdict' Opens Feb. 27 in Orinda
By Sophie Braccini
This month in Orinda, the International Film Showcase presents "The Verdict" - a courtroom drama from Belgium not for the faint of heart. The film deftly raises issues about the legislative system, the power ...read

Donating My Brain to Science
By Cathy Tyson
Turns out the most difficult part of getting my head examined was not lying still in a snug MRI cave for an hour, but the traffic getting to the impressive facility at UCSF and back. To be fair though, I did ...read
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