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By Nick Marnell
Many who witnessed the mudslinging and the negative advertising before the election have little interest in running for elective office. But winning an election is not the only method by which citizens can participate in local government. In fact, membership on appointed civic commissions and committees sometimes allows for even more influence on the creation of public policy.
That is why Contra Costa County and the Lamorinda municipalities rigorously vet those who apply for these appointed posts. Roughly speaking, a commission has powers delegated to it and is assigned a specific task to perform, while a committee is typically a deliberative body that investigates and advises on a specific issue.
For filling Lamorinda positions, the work

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Mats Avenge Loss, Defeat Cougars in NCS Finals
By Spencer Silva
As time expired late Saturday afternoon, the Miramonte boys' water polo team, along with their fully-clothed coaches, jumped into the pool to commemorate their 10-8 victory over the No. 1 Campolindo Cougars. ...read

Shopping Small is Big in Lamorinda
By Sophie Braccini
The holiday gift lists seem to grow longer as the days get shorter. Black Friday is nearly upon us, for those inclined to participate in that bustling post-Thanksgiving tradition. Local retailers are hoping ...read
Three-Peat!
By Spencer Silva
The Campolindo girls' water polo team has become one of Northern California's most dominant sports programs. On Nov. 15, they capped their brilliant season (25-3, 5-0) with a hard-fought 7-4 win over archrival ...read

Jack Champlin of Lafayette repaired his deck so that his family would have a dining area while the kitchen was being renovated. Photo Chris Lavin
Hit the Deck
By Chris Lavin
Richard Houghton is a tall man with a big smile and an unusual passion.
"I could talk decks all day," Houghton said with ...read
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Editor:

MOFD's Audited Financials Lacking
On October 15th MOFD presented to its Board of Directors the audited financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. This 90 page document has reams of numbers, pages of text, and even some pictures. But the one item missing was the answer to the big question: "is MOFD going bankrupt?" The answer to this is usually found in the balance sheet but this year's balance sheet remains the same piece of fiction as it has been since the District went deeply "under water" in 2008.
The District wants us to believe that their assets exceed their liabilities by $10 million. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. While the District does have $10 million in capital assets, which it needs to provide us service, and $4 million in cash, its liabilities overwhelm these meager savings. (1) It has $17 million in unfunded retiree medical benefits. (2) It has $166 million in pension liabilities with only $126 million in pension assets as an offset. (3) It still owes $22 million on a bond it borrowed in 2005 when its pension was previously underwater. In total, it has $206 million of employee benefit liabilities offset by $126 million in pension assets.
But to add insult to injury, where the District has historically published the condition of its pension (assets and liabilities), albeit buried in a footnote to the audited financials, this year it has failed to do even that. In the last issue of the Weekly, MOFD Director Steve Anderson was quoted "Those charges affect our liability. Even though they are not required to be in our financials until next year, they should be publicized." So why aren't they? ....

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Proposed Saranap Village Project Concerns Lafayette Residents
By Cathy Tyson
Does Lafayette have much say about a project outside of its borders? That was the question before the City Council on Nov. 10 regarding the 4.6 acre proposed project on Boulevard Way in Saranap, an u ...read

Coming Soon: Parking Workshop and Thanksgiving Breakfast Event
Coming to Lafayette this week are a Parking Workshop, where the city hopes to gather residents' thoughts on parking strategies, and the annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast, organized by the Chamber of ...read

Transportation Planner Moving On
By Cathy Tyson
Having been on the job for 15 years and one week, beloved transportation planner Leah Greenblat attended her very last Circulation Commission meeting recently - judging by the outpouring of support and thanks ...read
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State of the Anniversary
By Sophie Braccini
The theme of the 40th anniversary State of the Town address was as poignant as ever: the more things change, the more they stay the same. For the 150 or so Moragans attending the Nov. 12 presentation by Mayor ...read

Town Accepts the Climate Action Plan
By Sophie Braccini
The Moraga Town Council accepted a climate action plan on Oct. 22 that was developed, over a year and a half, by a task force comprised of 18 volunteers working with a consultant. Moraga has many years of ...read

Moraga's New Planning Director: Ellen Clark
By Sophie Braccini
When Shawna Brekke-Read left her job as Moraga's planning director for a nice new gig in South Lake Tahoe, senior planner Ellen Clark was appointed interim director. It did not take long for Town Manager Jill ...read
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City Leaders Consider Historic Landmark Designation for Orinda's Frank Lloyd Wright House
By Laurie Snyder
"Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now." - Frank Lloyd Wright
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Orinda City Government Operates Smoothly First Day Following Elections
By Laurie Snyder
Despite claims by a handful of East Bay media outlets and issue-specific bloggers that Orinda's unsettled election results were causing upheaval or sweeping uncertainty within just a few hours of Election Day ...read

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Mats Avenge Loss, Defeat Cougars in NCS Finals
Three-Peat!
Shopping Small is Big in Lamorinda
Lafayette Police Blotter
Proposed Saranap Village Project Concerns Lafayette Residents
Coming Soon: Parking Workshop and Thanksgiving Breakfast Event
Transportation Planner Moving On
Moraga Police Blotter
State of the Anniversary
Town Accepts the Climate Action Plan
Moraga's New Planning Director: Ellen Clark
Orinda Police Blotter
City Leaders Consider Historic Landmark Designation for Orinda's Frank Lloyd Wright House
Orinda City Government Operates Smoothly First Day Following Elections
Letters to the Editor
County Supervisor Refuses Her Pay Increase
As seen in Moraga
Lamorinda Election Results
Transit Survey Needs Your Input
Problems with your Government?
Significant Deficit Spending Slated for High Schools
Keeping it Clean on Mulholland Ridge Trail
Lafayette Youth Arts Society Contest Kicks Off
Talented Lamorinda Students Perform with UC Berkeley Chorus
Cultural Differences Add to Lamorinda's Tapestry
Hail to the D'Backs Chief
Eukel Teacher Trust to Honor Contra Costa Teachers, Nov. 20
A Love Affair with Words
Lynn's Top Five
Orinda Academy Food Drive at Orindawoods a Huge Success
Girl Scouts Help Cambodian Family Get a Well
Local Middle School Winners of Lions International Peace Contest Announced
Boy Scouts Visit Atria Lafayette on Veteran's Day
Elementary Students Focus on Being Mindful
Local Teens Celebrate Three Years on Radio
Lamorinda's Specialties of the House
'Interstellar'
A Flavorful Crostata for the Season!
Pear-Cranberry Pistachio Crostata
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Lamorinda Football Dominates Opponents
NCS Rivalry Series Continues with Volleyball
Cal Magic Play Magician
JV Water Polo Perfect
Mats Sign Letters of Intent
First Place Finish
Swimmers Honored
Stanley Volleyball Wins Championship
Two Wins for the Title
East Bay Eclipse Competition
Cal Magic Scare Competition
Diablo Water Polo Team Wins Cup
Hit the Deck
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
Significant Deficit Spending Slated for High Schools
By Cathy Tyson
"The Local Control Funding Formula was not kind to the Acalanes Union High School District," said Chris Learned, associate superintendent of business services for the AUHSD.
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Eukel Teacher Trust to Honor Contra Costa Teachers, Nov. 20
Submitted by Alan Plutzik
Three teachers who educate and inspire with creative and effective teaching methods will be honored at the 23rd annual Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Awards Dinner. Stanley Middle School science teacher Michael ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Nov 19, at 7:30pm

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

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

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Dec. 8, at 6pm
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Lamorinda Football Dominates Opponents
By Michael Sakoda
After wrapping up the DFAL regular season the first week of November, all three Lamorinda football teams headed into the NCS playoffs last week. Campolindo (11-0, 6-0 DFAL) took the No. 1 seed in Division III. ...read

NCS Rivalry Series Continues with Volleyball
By Scott Wu
The girls' volleyball NCS playoffs are underway and the intensity is growing with every spike. All three Lamorinda high schools made this year's Division III playoffs. Campolindo (26-7 overall) earned the No. ...read

Mats Sign Letters of Intent
Submitted by Maya Cody
Miramonte High School seniors signed their National Letter of Intent/Likely Letter on Nov. 12.
Daniel Connor signed with UC ...read
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Calendar, Event Listingsread all
Treat yourself to a lively concert of up-tempo numbers, dance tunes, and instrumental and vocal jazz soloists of the SMC Jazz band under the direction of maestro John Maltester at 8 p.m. ...

The 36rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.  M.J. Marggraff ...

Orinda Community Event - Over 45 unique vendors from holiday decorations, hats and scarves, pottery, custom-made quilts, jewelry and much, much more! Free Santa visits, Scooter the clown, ...

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Keeping it Clean on Mulholland Ridge Trail
By Cathy Dausman
It's not unusual that Ted and Carol Gamble take an active interest in the Mulholland Ridge Trail; after all, the couple still lives in the house they built on the Moraga side in 1970. "It's a wonderful canopy ...read

Lafayette Youth Arts Society Contest Kicks Off
By Diane Claytor
With her long flowing hair and fashionably tight and torn jeans, 15-year-old Uma Unni looks like a typical teenager. But this Acalanes High School sophomore is not spending hours hanging out at the mall or ...read

Hail to the D'Backs Chief
By Nick Marnell
New Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale had every reason to be intimidated when he tried out for the Campolindo High School baseball team in 1980.
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Cultural Differences Add to Lamorinda's Tapestry
By Sophie Braccini
Lamorinda Asian-American residents have a diverse tapestry of origins, histories, and cultures that skillfully mesh with the rest of the population and contribute to its development. Yukyeong Kim, Yuriko ...read
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