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Local congressman attempts to boost quality journalism through legislation
By Nick Marnell
Feeling that quality local journalism is crucial to a strong democracy, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier introduced a House Resolution April 3 that would allow local news outlets to band together to negotiate terms of product distribution and compensation ... read

 
Mayor Cam Burks will continue to serve on the city council after he steps down as mayor April 20. Photo Pippa Fisher
Time to hit the trails - it's a springtime challenge!
By Pippa Fisher
It's spring in Lamorinda and the three Parks and Recreation Departments of Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette want nothing more than to see residents out enjoying the area's beautiful trails. For ... read
 
Egg hunters at the Moraga Commons Park last Saturday Photo Andy Scheck
Sunny skies for Spring Egg Hunt
By Vera Kochan
A big topic among the adults at the April 13 Spring Egg Hunt was the weather. Everyone remembered last year's rainy event and were grateful for the pause in the current rainy season.
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Mayor Cam Burks will continue to serve on the city council after he steps down as mayor April 20. Photo Pippa Fisher
Cam Burks steps down as Lafayette mayor
By Pippa Fisher
Mayor Cam Burks is stepping down from the mayoral role as of April 20. He will continue to serve out his term on the council. ...read
Grace Tehaney (2017) Photo Gint Federas
The secrets to success of Lamorinda water polo
By Jon Kingdon
On Saturday, April 6, the No. 1 ranked USC women's water polo team came to Berkeley and defeated the No. 5 ranked California Golden Bears by a score of 8-3. Each team had three Lamorinda players on their ...read

Ed McAlpine and Anne Chambers in their Moraga garden. Photo Sophie Braccini
When native plants share space with a mini-farm
By Sophie Braccini
Anne Chambers and her husband, Ed McAlpine, view the utility of a garden with different eyes. For Chambers it is a place where the local flora is nurtured for the pleasure of the eyes and to reminisce the many ...read
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Bean Counters 3, Visionaries 2

By a 3 to 2 vote last week the Moraga Town Council embarrassed the entire community and brought shame on local government by refusing to contribute a single dime to the John Muir Land Trust campaign to acquire the Painted Rock property.
JMLT has raised nearly $1.75 million-all private donations-toward a $2 million goal to purchase the 84-acre property for inclusion as the anchor of a 500-plus acre public hiking and nature preserve near the Rheem Shopping Center. JMLT was hoping the Town would contribute to partially close the funding gap-MUCH

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"Time is Running out"

Dear Lamorinda Neighbors
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a world-class outdoor recreation site in our neighborhood is at our doorstep, but time is running out. The John Muir Land Trust has been offered the 84-acre Painted Rock parcel at the corner of Rheem Blvd and Moraga Road for purchase. This site has panoramic views of Mt Diablo and the East Bay with abundant wildlife and spectacular wildflowers; if acquired, ...

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5G - It's coming, like it or not
By Pippa Fisher
The next generation of wireless is arriving in California and there is very little local government can do about it, thanks to Federal Communication Commission orders and federal laws that place procedural and ...read

Lafayette Earth Day Festival focuses on sustainable youth
By Pippa Fisher
The 14th Annual Earth Day Festival will be taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 along Golden Gate Way behind the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. This year's theme is "Taking Action.read

Burton Valley student pushes school to go green this Earth Day
By Pippa Fisher
Burton Valley Elementary School is ditching the use of plastic utensils in the lunchroom starting April 22, appropriately enough on Earth Day. As impactful as that is, it is all the more remarkable for being ...read
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Latest Rheem sinkhole update
By Vera Kochan
The current Rheem Boulevard/Center Street land movement which occurred during the last week of March, on private property, has undergone a video inspection. The town's concern was any possible impacts on a ...read

Small cell wireless facilities - the future is coming to Moraga
The term 5G (5th Generation) is the latest term for the next generation of cellular mobile communication. It targets high data rate, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reductions, higher system capacity and ...read

Moraga town council declines to donate towards Painted Rock fund; JMLT not giving up hope
By Vera Kochan
John Muir Land Trust has been working to raise funds to acquire the 84-acre property known as Painted Rock, named so because of the decades-old tradition of painting the huge rock that faces down onto the ...read
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Opinions vary on small cell 5G safety, but Orinda garners praise for handling
By Sora O'Doherty
Public opinions differ on the safety of small cell technology, known as fifth generation or 5G, but there was a broad consensus among speakers that Orinda is dealing with the situation as well as is possible. ...read

Quick thinking OUSD facilities director uses goats to save the day
By Sora O'Doherty
Last December a group of residents from Ivy Drive attended a meeting of the Orinda Union School District board to complain that the district was not doing enough to guarantee that the creek bed they share with ...read

Wilder Art and Garden Center up and running, or at least walking
By Sora O'Doherty
The public will once again have an opportunity to visit the Wagner Ranch Nature Area from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, for the 2019 Wildlife Festival. The nature area is located near Wagner Ranch ...read
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Sunny skies for Spring Egg Hunt
Cam Burks steps down as Lafayette mayor
5G - It's coming, like it or not
Lafayette Earth Day Festival focuses on sustainable youth
Burton Valley student pushes school to go green this Earth Day
Bunny to oversee Annual Candy Scramble
Latest Rheem sinkhole update
Small cell wireless facilities - the future is coming to Moraga
Moraga town council declines to donate towards Painted Rock fund; JMLT not giving up hope
Let there be light! (in Moraga Shopping Center)
Town council approves a joint Moraga-Lafayette pavement surface seal project
Opinions vary on small cell 5G safety, but Orinda garners praise for handling
Quick thinking OUSD facilities director uses goats to save the day
Wagner Ranch Nature Area Wildlife Festival offers public a glimpse of rare resource
Wilder Art and Garden Center up and running, or at least walking
ConFire financial picture stable for 2019-20
Lafayette Fire Station 16 reopening delayed until June
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Local congressman attempts to boost quality journalism through legislation
Gehling named MOFD battalion chief
Downtown businesses - comings and goings
Time to hit the trails - it's a springtime challenge!
Letters to the editor
Proclamation honors State Champs - Campolindo High School Boys Basketball Team
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with free events and giveaways
Lynn's Top Five
Lamorinda area job faire coming to Moraga Country Club
Lafayette's own come together for an evening of music at Community Music Festival
Orinda students deliver peace kits to Paradise students impacted by Camp Fire
Orinda Concert Series season finale features Brett Barrett
Habitat Gardening at Camino Pablo Elementary
Buy Nothing groups offer random acts of kindness
Scout installs barn owl nesting boxes to earn Scouting's Hornaday Award
Top honors awarded to Lamorinda teens at Contra Costa Science Fair
Kindness 'rocks' at St. Perpetua Parish
Donn L. Black
Campo's Academic Decathlon team takes fifth at state finals
Acalanes alumna plans to spend summer studying animals in Madagascar
THT's staged reading of Thomas Gibbons' `Uncanny Valley,' April 29
Chili Corn Hash hot off the grill
A day filled with promise for 200 middle school girls
The secrets to success of Lamorinda water polo
Lamorinda boys volleyball roundup
Weather creates soggy start to boys golf
Weather creates soggy start to boys golfAccolades keep coming for the Campolindo boys basketball team
When native plants share space with a mini-farm
Lamorinda home sales recorded
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian for April
Campo's Academic Decathlon team takes fifth at state finals
By John T. Miller
The Campolindo Academic Decathlon team won first place in their regional competition for the ninth year in a row, qualifying for the state finals where they finished fifth against 28 other schools in their ...read

A day filled with promise for 200 middle school girls
Submitted by Lynda Leonard
The morning began with speaker Danielle Feinberg, the director of photography for lighting on Disney-Pixar's Academy Award-winning films "WALL E," "Brave," and "Coco" who spoke to 200 middle school girls about ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, May 13, at 6pm
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Lamorinda boys volleyball roundup
By Jon Kingdon
Since Mason Mulvaney took over as the head coach at Acalanes in 2016 and took a 2-16 team in 2015 to a 13-13 record, the Dons have improved on their won-lost record each season and currently are 18-4 this ...read

Weather creates soggy start to boys golf
By Jon Kingdon
Once again the weather has proven to be a distraction to a set of teams in Lamorinda. In this case, it's the golfers who have had to adjust to the wet playing conditions, with rain forcing the schools to ...read

Weather creates soggy start to boys golfAccolades keep coming for the Campolindo boys basketball team
By Jon Kingdon
To the victors belong the spoils.
The town of Moraga and Mayor Roger Wykle declared April 10 as "2018-2019 Campolindo Boys ...read
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Calendar, Event Listingsread all
Taste of Lafayette - Lafayette’s Favorite Dinner Party! from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on May 14 in downtown Lafayette. The Taste of Lafayette stroll begins when ticket holders head out at their own  ...

15th Annual JF Kapnek 5/K Fun Run at 9 a.m. on May 5 at Miramonte High School. Along with a 5K run and a 1K children’s run or walk, event participants will enjoy music, ...

Town Hall Theatre Company presents “Uncanny Valley” - Town Hall Theatre’s staged reading series In the Wings is a one-night only reading of Uncanny Valley, a riveting new play about artificial ...

Life in Lamorindaread all
Lafayette's own come together for an evening of music at Community Music Festival
By Pippa Fisher
Once a year the Town Hall Theatre hosts a real treat for music-lovers - an evening when local musicians come together to play, donating their talents in a significant fundraiser for the theater. This year the ...read

Orinda students deliver peace kits to Paradise students impacted by Camp Fire
By Jenn Freedman
Local nonprofit Mindful Littles and the Orinda Union School District, under the OrindaCares program, offered a unique type of relief for students in Paradise, California, who were affected by the Camp Fire ...read

Habitat Gardening at Camino Pablo Elementary
By Jenn Freedman
As commercial and residential developments spread into wilderness areas, they infringe on the habitats that would otherwise supply the food, water, and shelter that wildlife species need to survive. Habitat ...read

Buy Nothing groups offer random acts of kindness
By Diane Claytor
An unused designer wallet, discovered in the back of a drawer, was handed over - for free - to a mom whose college-age daughter had been coveting one, but couldn't afford it. A PBK rocking horse, well-loved by ...read
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