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Lafayette Station 16 Rehabilitation Update
By Nick Marnell
Firefighters assigned to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District station 16 in Lafayette likely feared less for their lives entering a burning building than they did when they returned to the station. The building suffered possible mold contamination from rodent infestation, and the county pulled out the engine company and closed the distressed fire station in 2012. An on-again, off-again joint venture with the Moraga- Orinda Fire District to build a fire station in north Orinda crumbled in August when ConFire chose to rehab station 16. "I am almost embarrassed to say that I had been convinced that station 16 was condemned and could not be fixed," said fire chief Jeff Carman, ...read

Photos courtesy Bill Scanlin
Deer Hill Winery Takes Over Owner's Basement
By A.K. Carroll
Sometimes a little hobby turns into a big one, expanding its influence as it takes over your free time, your resources and even your home. This has been the experience of Lafayette resident and owner of Deer Hill Wines, Bill Scanlin, whose backyard vineyard turned ...read


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Brian Waters, foreground, and Reginald Barrett of Friends of Orinda Creeks look at debris at what is known as SP201, an East Bay Municipal Utility District "drop structure," or dam, that gets clogged and has prevented native rainbow trout from migrating upstream. Photo Chris Lavin
SP201 - Call It a Dam
By Chris Lavin
The recent rains are the bane of Friends of Orinda Creeks' (FOC) efforts to re-enable native rainbow trout ingress into Upper San Pablo Creek. They say that is because the East Bay Municipal Utility District ...read

Lamorinda Frustrations Mount Due to Bus Driver Shortage
By Sophie Braccini
A booming economy can have negative unintended consequences, such as the mounting difficulty to find bus drivers. The Lamorinda School Bus Program (LSBP) contracts with the largest company, First Student, ...read
Senior All-American Sabrina Ionescu (20), Aubrey Wagner (10) and Haley Van Dyke (11) Photos Gint Federas
Lady Mats Continue Undefeated March
By Karl Buscheck
The Miramonte girls' basketball team is still sporting an unblemished 17-0 record (5-0 in league), as the squad carves through the DFAL schedule and a daunting slate of non-league challenges.
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Story poles can help to visualize the impact of the development in an existing neighborhood Photo Cathy Dausman
Real Estate Dealings from the Ground Up
By Cathy Dausman
Residential real estate often comes in two varieties: move-in ready and do-it-yourself. In the former, the house is usually available for occupancy shortly after close of sale. Yet some clients prefer to ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
Editor:

I would suggest that the Town Council, and particularly the Planning Committee drive over to Camino Ricardo and take a long look at the behemoth houses now currently under construction there. I can only assume that the Planning Committee made obvious errors in determining height limitations in allowing the construction of these monstrosities.
Truckloads and truckloads of soil were scraped from the top of that beautiful orchard hillside. Day after day they lined up for their fill and trucked it away to somewhere. This was done, I assume, to bring things into agreement with ridgeline rules. In its place hotel-like houses are being built. These structures have no esthetic value and do not fit into the rest of Camino Ricardo's homes.
We used to consider Moraga as semi-rural. Recently I was told we are no longer a town, but a city. If that is so, I guess it doesn't matter that, as you drive down Camino Ricardo to the light, the distant hills are no longer visible. Does the Planning Committee

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Should the City Pursue a Downtown Park?
By Cathy Tyson
A rare opportunity for Lafayette presented itself when the owner of the vintage apartment building and adjacent large parking lot directly behind the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Golden Gate Way ...read

Lennar Project Jumps DRC Hurdle
By Cathy Tyson
Acknowledging that constructive comments at past meetings called for more than cosmetic changes, architect Chek Tang of Studio T-Square recently presented to the Design Review Commission the significantly ...read

Bond Feasibility Study Results Presented
By Cathy Tyson
Lafayette School Board members got a resounding "yes" when consultants at a Jan. 13 meeting held at Stanley Middle School presented the results of a bond feasibility survey to see if there was potential voter ...read
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Hard to Choose an Image for Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
Taking public surveys and having multiple meetings that go on for hours about the colors and symbols on new town wayfinding signs could seem frivolous to a misinformed outsider. But the matter is not trivial. ...read

Fundamental Shift Heralded at Moraga Business Symposium
By Sophie Braccini
Since the 1960s there has been a lack of integration and vision in Moraga's two shopping centers, but that may all soon change. At the Jan. 19 business symposium at Saint Mary's College, organized by the ...read

2016 Moraga Town Goals
By Sophie Braccini
Two community-proposed items rose to the top of the list of 2016 goals for the town of Moraga during the Jan. 21 council meeting: support the Rheem Theatre and implement a surveillance camera system in ...read
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Public Invited to Air Downtown Parking Concerns at Orinda Meeting
By Victor Ryerson
Orinda residents, members of the city's business community, and others are invited to attend a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 27 to discuss their concerns about downtown area parking issues. The ...read

The Orinda City Council Recognized retiring Orinda Chamber of Commerce Board
The Orinda City Council recognized retiring Orinda Chamber of Commerce Board President Sylvia Jorgensen, Secretary Patti Camras, and Executive Director Candis Kattenburg on Jan. 12. The council also welcomed ...read

The Orinda City Council Recognized Orinda Union School District Superintendent
The Orinda City Council recognized outgoing Orinda Union School District Superintendent, Dr. Joe Jaconette, at its Jan. 12 meeting. Jaconette, who served as the superintendent of Orinda schools since 2007, ...read
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Quick links to stories issue January 27, 2016
SP201 - Call It a Dam
Lamorinda Frustrations Mount Due to Bus Driver Shortage
Lafayette Police Blotter
Should the City Pursue a Downtown Park?
Lennar Project Jumps DRC Hurdle
2016 Citizen of the Year Nominations Requested
Bond Feasibility Study Results Presented
Moraga Police Blotter
Hard to Choose an Image for Moraga
Council Seeks Funds for an Elevator at the Hacienda
Fundamental Shift Heralded at Moraga Business Symposium
2016 Moraga Town Goals
Orinda Police Blotter
Public Invited to Air Downtown Parking Concerns at Orinda Meeting
The Orinda City Council Recognized retiring Orinda Chamber of Commerce Board
The Orinda City Council Recognized Orinda Union School District Superintendent
Lafayette Station 16 Rehabilitation Update
El Nino Preparedness: Listen and Learn
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration for Lamorinda Schools
Letters to the Editor
Deer Hill Winery Takes Over Owner's Basement
business briefs
Coyote Sightings on the Rise
One Orinda Student's Passion for Paper
Youth Homes Celebrates 50 Years of Service
Mardi Gras Gala Planned to Fund Crohn's Vaccine Research
Where's the Greed, Lamorinda?
Colleges You Ought to Know
Town Hall's "Angels in America" Wins Best Play Award
NCL Celebrates Volunteerism and Leadership Development
Troop 200 Honors New Eagle Scouts
Burton Valley AIM Class Shoots High to Raise Money for The Hidden Genius Project
The Moraga Historical Society Concludes its Celebration of 50 Years
Lafayette Rotary Continues Donation of Coats and Gifts to Families in Need
Grateful Moraga Couple Applauds MOFD Response
'A Brilliant Young Mind'
WILLIAM REGINALD SHEPHERD, JR., 83
'Kung Fu Panda' is Back!
Twist It Up for Super Bowl
Pretzels
Lady Mats Continue Undefeated March
Saint Mary's Beats Gonzaga For First Time Since 2012
LMSC Players Make U.S. National Team Training Programs
Wando's Magic
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Real Estate Dealings from the Ground Up
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
The Real Estate Year in Review
Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian
Colleges You Ought to Know
By Elizabeth LaScala
What makes a "good" college? Sometimes it's a school that has a familiar name. But often times it isn't. Students who are beginning their very first college search should keep in mind that some very "good" ...read

Lamorinda Frustrations Mount Due to Bus Driver Shortage
By Sophie Braccini
A booming economy can have negative unintended consequences, such as the mounting difficulty to find bus drivers. The Lamorinda School Bus Program (LSBP) contracts with the largest company, First Student, ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Feb. 8, at 6pm
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Saint Mary's Beats Gonzaga For First Time Since 2012
By Dean Boerner
In front of a deafening McKeon Pavilion crowd last Thursday, the Saint Mary's men delivered a dramatic victory over perennial powerhouse and conference rival Gonzaga, 70-67. With the win, the Gaels (17-2, 8-1) ...read

LMSC Players Make U.S. National Team Training Programs
By Emily Dugdale
Two Lamorinda Soccer Club (LMSC) players were invited to train with the youth U.S. National Teams in December. Forwards Cecilia "Ceci" Gee, 17, and Adrian Guzman, 13, were called into training programs for the ...read

Wando's Magic
Submitted by Greg Davis
US Men's National Team player, San Jose Earthquakes star, and Danville-native Chris Wondolowksi was the honored guest and keynote speaker at the Cal Magic season-end celebration of club and community. ...read
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Jennifer Perlmutter Exhibit - Collage and Mixed Media Paintings. In a collection of paintings by the artist, Jennifer Perlmutter uses ephemera and a variety of media ...

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Concert Series presents renowned jazz and blues vocalist Faye Carol, with Joe Warner on piano, in a program of tremendous variety, ...

Moraga Movers and the Moraga Library present “Book Talking” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. This program will take place in the Mosaic Room at the Hacienda ...

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One Orinda Student's Passion for Paper
By Diane Claytor
Repeatedly folding small squares of paper hour after hour may not sound like a good time for most pre-teens. But for 12-year-old Alex Meckes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Youth Homes Celebrates 50 Years of Service
By Adam Blake
As I sat down with Youth Homes CEO Stuart McCullough in his office he warned me that I was about to enter a world much different than my own. He painted a picture of a teenager who has grown up in a troubled, ...read

Mardi Gras Gala Planned to Fund Crohn's Vaccine Research
By Sophie Braccini
Planning a benefit gala is never easy, but as Orinda activist Hannabelle Hall puts it, "When it involves your kids, you just do it."
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Town Hall's "Angels in America" Wins Best Play Award
Submitted by Linda Drucker
Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette was honored with a record-breaking seven Shellie Awards, including an award for the Outstanding Production of the Year, for its 2015 production of "Angels in America: Millennium ...read
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