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Orinda police chief reports that cameras have led to arrests, convictions
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda has agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Flock Group, a Georgia-based company, that allows the Orinda Police Department to access data from community cameras stored in the Flock system. The ...read

Daughter Kylie (left) and Mother Kim Berry at their new Lafayette store. Photo Renee Sweeney
White Barn Home opens on Lafayette Circle
By Jenn Freedman
White Barn Home opened on March 16, taking over the former Farmyard Darlings space on Lafayette Circle across from Lafayette Square. Former Farmyard Darlings co-owner, Kim Berry, is teaming up with her daughter, Kylie, on this new venture to bring modern country living to Lamorinda. "Our goal is to make your home your favorite place to be ... your happy place," Kim Berry says. The ...read


A group of Moraga residents at their weekly cul-de-sac cocktails gathering. Pahoto Katherine Choi
Some pandemic perks have staying power
By Diane Claytor
Every Friday at 5 p.m., neighbors - now friends - grab their outdoor chair, beverage and glass, snack, mask and sweater, and head up the hill to the end of their Moraga street. Chairs are placed in a socially ...read

A package with a preprinted Lafayette address label delivered to a Saranap location had the city crossed out and the city of Walnut Creek written in pen by hand. Photo provided
Saranap address change causes confusion among some residents
By John T. Miller
In a surprise move by the U.S. Post Office, many residents of the unincorporated area of Saranap have had their Walnut Creek address changed to Lafayette. The zip code for them, at least so far, remains the ...read
Miramonte girls golf team Photo provided
Short but sweet seasons for the Lamorinda golf teams
By Jon Kingdon
Golf, like all other sports, had to make their concessions and adjustments due to the coronavirus. This year, the girls and boys shared the spring season. It was more of an adjustment for the girls, ...read

The hillside is lush with weeds, poppies, calendulas, geraniums, and other plants. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"You may know the world is a magical place when Mother Nature creates her own jewelry." ~ Maya Angelou
Spring is the most ...read
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Orinda Not Responsible for Creek Oversight

The letter from Bob Stoops (published Mar. 31) mischaracterizes the role of Orinda as alleged "floodplain manager." Contrary to his letter, the city is NOT responsible "for ensuring adequate flood protection for our downtown." I have confirmed with Orinda's Public Works Director that Orinda currently has no legal responsibility to do any study or do anything else regarding the creek. Moreover
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Housing Element challenges ahead

Every eight years, a state initiative known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation requires California's cities to plan for more housing. From 2013 to 2021, the state instructed Lafayette to plan for the development of 400 new units. From...


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City of Lafayette pays legal fees award following Brown Act violation
By Jennifer Wake
Following a Dec. 4, 2020 order by Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Edward Weil, the city of Lafayette on April 5 paid an award of attorneys fees totaling $113,118 (minus credit for costs) to a group of seven ...read

Orchard Nursery celebrates 75 years of community involvement
By John T. Miller
A longtime fixture on the western edge of Lafayette, Orchard Nursery recently celebrated its 75th anniversary on March 14.
The ...read

PG&E work continues in downtown Lafayette
By Jennifer Wake
Picnickers at Plaza Park in downtown Lafayette will have to wait a while longer before regaining access to the popular grassy area currently cordoned off with a black fence as Pacific Gas and Electric Company ...read
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Continuation of Canyon Road Bridge replacement begins this month
By Vera Kochan
A soft opening of the inbound traffic lane, held on Nov. 10, 2020, signaled the completion of Phase I of the Canyon Road Bridge Replacement Project. Part of the process involved the removal of the temporary, ...read

Town council gives staff a thumbs up on Laguna Creek's early design stage
By Vera Kochan
After input received from public meetings via Zoom, which included a Community Workshop, the Planning Commission and the Park and Recreation Commission, Moraga's town council was given an update by staff as to ...read

Free carwash in Moraga helps chase away the COVID blues
By Vera Kochan
On a recent Saturday, at the intersection of Moraga Road and Via Granada in Moraga, several young adults with hand-painted signs advertising a "Free Car Wash" were enthusiastically waving at all passing ...read
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Library extends feature to Orinda Community Park pending reopening
By Sora O'Doherty
Do your kids want to read a book, but still want to play in the park? Orinda has you covered.
The Friends of the Orinda ...read

Registration opens for Lamorinda Idol 2021
By Sora O'Doherty
Young singers may register to compete in the Lamorinda Idol 2021 competition until April 30. The competition, once again, will be virtual, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, with contestants submitting video ...read

Orinda police chief reports that cameras have led to arrests, convictions
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda has agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Flock Group, a Georgia-based company, that allows the Orinda Police Department to access data from community cameras stored in the Flock system. The ...read
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Some pandemic perks have staying power
Saranap address change causes confusion among some residents
City of Lafayette pays legal fees award following Brown Act violation
Orchard Nursery celebrates 75 years of community involvement
PG&E work continues in downtown Lafayette
LLLC offers lectures and author discussions online
Continuation of Canyon Road Bridge replacement begins this month
Town council gives staff a thumbs up on Laguna Creek's early design stage
Free carwash in Moraga helps chase away the COVID blues
Monarch Butterfly Habitat construction begins
Library extends feature to Orinda Community Park pending reopening
Registration opens for Lamorinda Idol 2021
Creativity required for LAC's SuperShorts movie competition
After 15-year hiatus, Orinda Garden Club plant sale is back
Orinda police chief reports that cameras have led to arrests, convictions
Letters to the editor
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
White Barn Home opens on Lafayette Circle
80 years growing, an Orinda garden hosted generations of one family
Dates, maple and pecans make this bar a perfect pick-me-up
GCCP Season Finale focuses on interconnectedness of cultures
Lynn's Top Five
What's in a name?
Seven simple ways to go greener at home (and save green too!)
Moraga Art Gallery revives popular tradition
Wagner Ranch fifth-graders place first in creative competition
Troop 204 honors 2021 Eagle Scouts
Summer Camps 2021
Short but sweet seasons for the Lamorinda golf teams
The Campo connection at UCLA
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
What's in a name?
By Vera Kochan
What's in a name? The phrase comes from Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet" - "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." A name is an arbitrary label, but when it ...read

Wagner Ranch fifth-graders place first in creative competition
Submitted by Regina Gordon and Ritu Goel
The Fifth Grade Team at Wagner Ranch Elementary in Orinda rose to the challenge amidst a pandemic year and placed first in their division at the Odyssey of the Mind SF Bay Regional Competition held in a ...read
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Short but sweet seasons for the Lamorinda golf teams
By Jon Kingdon
Golf, like all other sports, had to make their concessions and adjustments due to the coronavirus. This year, the girls and boys shared the spring season. It was more of an adjustment for the girls, ...read

The Campo connection at UCLA
Submitted by Moon Pak and Nadine Smith
Two Campolindo High School graduates, Audrey Pak and Sabrina Smith, closed out the winning match point for the UCLA women's volleyball team March 29. It was the last home match of the season and senior night ...read

 
 
 
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80 years growing, an Orinda garden hosted generations of one family
By Sora O'Doherty
A beautiful two-acre garden tucked away near Lake Cascade was the joy and work of its original owner for 80 years, and during her life, Nancy Shurtleff Miller enjoyed hosting events for her four children, ...read

Dates, maple and pecans make this bar a perfect pick-me-up
By Susie Iventosch
The combination of toasted pecans, dates, maple flavoring and a little Himalayan salt is delicious! A bit of fresh lemon sets off the sweetness, just right, too. These bars are kind of like Lara Bars or the ...read

GCCP Season Finale focuses on interconnectedness of cultures
Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen
Gold Coast Chamber Players conclude their virtual concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1 with Dvorak's America. Virtual links remain available for one week following the concert date. Q&A with the musicians ...read

Lynn's Top Five
By Lynn Ballou CFPr
Well, we made it to another tax season, and "surprise," it's still not quite business as usual. Let's review five things you may want to consider before filing your returns this year, and as you get set up ...read
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