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Published on October 14th, 2020
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2020 showed tremendous activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate versus the year ago quarter. This activity continues to be based upon both a buildup from the lower amount of second quarter closings and an exodus of people moving ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

Published on October 14th, 2020
Lynn's Top Five
As I watch the unprecedented fire storms surrounding us in NorCal affecting us all, it seems fitting to write this column focusing on what to do in the event you or your loved ones experience loss during these times.
By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on September 16th, 2020
Lafayette resident simplifies self-storage
A Lafayette resident has come up with a ...By Pippa Fisher

Published on September 16th, 2020
Parking lots evolve into active sites during pandemic
Public health restrictions on indoor gyms have hurt many local big and small fitness businesses. Several have migrated to Zoom to deliver classes over the internet to compensate for the revenue loss and make sure clients stayed active. Some are taking to the streets, ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on September 2nd, 2020
Restaurants and cafes turn to food trucks to expand reach
Many restaurants are going the reverse route to stay in business during coronavirus mandates. Finding that delivery, takeout and outdoor-dining-only isn't enough to sustain a business in these times, some restaurant owners are purchasing food trucks and hitting the ...By Vera Kochan

Published on September 2nd, 2020
Former MCF treasurer pleads guilty to criminal charges
In early September 2019, the Moraga ...By Vera Kochan

Published on September 2nd, 2020
Some outdoor offerings can now move in amid new guidelines
A recent drive around Lamorinda revealed a new business practice: operating in the open air. Fortunate to enjoy mild weather, and in the absence of recent smoke drift from California fires, Lamorinda residents were seen enjoying outdoor dining at local restaurants and ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on August 19th, 2020
New or old, Lamorinda real estate sales are on fire
One effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been that in recent months the real estate market has been exploding, particularly in the East Bay and more particularly in Lamorinda. New Lamorinda resident and financial analyst Brian Schwartz says, "I think the pandemic in ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on August 5th, 2020
Lynn's Top Five
Given all the economic uncertainty and volatility in markets, I knew it was time to focus this column on how we can keep our plans on track despite our current life experiences. In writing this piece, I was very fortunate to catch up with Adam Phillips, partner and ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on August 5th, 2020
Assembly member supports extended AB 5 waiver for newspaper carriers
Assembly Bill 5 was enacted Sept. 18, 2019 ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on July 22nd, 2020
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2020 was surprisingly ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

Published on July 22nd, 2020
PPP has saved downtown retail ... so far
Lamorinda businesses these past months have faced a difficult situation with opening, distancing, closing again, mask wearing and seeing a reduced number of clients than usual. With two waves of Paycheck Protection Program loans many are managing to keep their ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on July 22nd, 2020
Community Cup fundraiser helps COVID-19 affected businesses
Almost one month into the shelter-in-place mandate Moraga Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathe Nelson was contacted by Lindsey Lonergan, a junior at San Ramon Valley High School, who originated a fundraising idea dubbed Community Cup.
By Vera Kochan

Published on July 8th, 2020
Lynn's Top Five
I hope Sheryl Crow's lyrics are a truth, that we are a little bit closer. Closer to a cure, to a vaccine, to a recovered economy, to valuing all human life, to empathy. The last time I wrote for this, our wonderful community paper, I was already planning my next ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on July 8th, 2020
Orinda is open for business, cautiously
Gradually, businesses in Orinda are reopening, but not in a rush. Owners are happy to welcome customers back, but only in ways that are safe for customers and for owners and their employees. Government services are also slowly reopening. Parks and Rec ran its first ...By Sora O'Doherty

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