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A town on the brink
By Nick Marnell
Despite its declaration of a fiscal emergency, the town of Moraga has made little effort to reign in its spending and at its current rate is headed toward financial unsustainability. In a 2016 Community Priorities survey commissioned by the town, Moraga residents said that not maintaining storm drains was their second highest source of dissatisfaction ...
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Another setback with Fire Station 43 construction
By Nick Marnell
Frustration over the lack of progress with the construction of Fire Station 43 in north Orinda took on an added dimension when the Moraga-Orinda Fire District terminated its agreement with Federal Solutions Group, the second contractor the district had hired to do the job. "It's shocking," said ...
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Free horse-drawn carriage rides were a highlight of this annual event on Dec. 9. Photo Sora O'Doherty
'Holiday Magic' delights locals in Orinda's downtown
By Sora O'Doherty
It was a quiet but bright holiday night on Dec. 9 for the "Holiday Magic at Orinda Theatre Square" event. Locals lined up to patiently wait for free rides on an elegant old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, ...read

 
Eye-opening Lafayette Police Community Forum on ID theft and fraud
By B. B. Kaye
Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen shared important tips on how to avoid the latest identity theft and fraud scams before a large turnout Dec. 6 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center.
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John Torchio Photos Gint Federas
Campolindo falls to Milpitas in state regional game
By Jon Kingdon
In a back and forth game that at times resembled a heavyweight fight with each team taking their best shots, Campolindo fell to Milpitas by a score of 52-38. Though Campolindo stood in against the much bigger ...read

It's not a reindeer-its the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Photo provided
Up on the rooftop (...again!)
By Cathy Dausman
Colby Powell's rooftop features something that flies this December, but it is definitely not reindeer or a sleigh. It is a 28-foot-long model of a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter, better known to Star Wars ...read
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Orinda Must Chart its Own Course

The State of California recently passed Senate Bill 35 which expedites housing development approvals in cities like Orinda. It is one that Orinda residents should pay attention to. In short, it's the opening salvo by the state against cities like
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Who's bullying who?

The gun control advocates, Safemoraga.org, are perfectly entitled to voice their opinions. This is a constitutionally protected right. And as such, even if the remaining 98 percent of us believed that they should not be allowed to speak their...

Support for RVR stop signs

I appreciate that the City of Lafayette has added new stop signs and a cross walk on Reliez Valley Road. I used to walk and ride my bike to Springhill elementary and cars were always driving too fast. I support efforts to reduce the amount of traffic and the speeds on my road.

Mac Follmer
Lafayette

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Reliez Valley residents may soon resort to protests over congestion
By Pippa Fisher
With louder and more insistent voices, north Lafayette residents are demanding solutions to their everyday frustrations of congestion along Reliez Valley Road. At the end of their tether, the residents are ...read

Potential new city hall on Oak Hill Road
By Pippa Fisher
As Lafayette continues to explore options for buying new city offices as an alternative to renting, the city council gave the go-ahead to discuss further the possibility of building on Oak Hill Road and at the ...read

New parking lot finally in sight for East Enders
By Pippa Fisher
The east end of Lafayette will be getting a long-awaited new parking lot to be completed by August, helping to address what the city council recognized as a desperate need in that area. But it comes with a ...read
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Bob Priebe: 38 years serving Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
When Bob Priebe leaves his town manager office in a few days, he will leave behind 38 years of work history, a lifetime. Most of the manager's career developed in law enforcement until he was appointed town ...read

Transitions in Moraga - interim town manager to be hired on Dec. 13
By Sophie Braccini
When one asks Planning Director Ellen Clark or Administrative Services Director Amy Cunningham why they are leaving their management positions in Moraga, they give a similar response: a small staff does not ...read

Moraga will have access to more renewable energy in 2018
By Sophie Braccini
The Moraga town council voted in 2017 to join Marin Clean Energy, and 2018 will be the year residents become a part of this large local energy provider. By April of 2018, MCE will produce the electricity ...read
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New Mayor, Vice Mayor
By Sora O'Doherty
Amy Worth has been elected by the Orinda City Council as Mayor for 2018. She will be assisted by Vice Mayor Inga Miller. The election went smoothly, with only one nominee for each office; both candidates were ...read

Sinkhole team receives Orinda mayor's Award of Excellence
By Sora O'Doherty
In recognition of the tremendous amount of work, including many hours of overtime, put in by the staff charged with the physical and legal solutions to the Miner Road sinkhole, outgoing Mayor Eve Phillips ...read

Mayor Phillips completes the year of the sinkhole with kudos
By Sora O'Doherty
It was an exciting year for Eve Phillips, as she raised her baby daughter and transitioned to a new job at Google while continuing as mayor of Orinda. But perhaps the most significant thing to happen during ...read
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'Holiday Magic' delights locals in Orinda's downtown
Eye-opening Lafayette Police Community Forum on ID theft and fraud
A town on the brink
Reliez Valley residents may soon resort to protests over congestion
Potential new city hall on Oak Hill Road
New parking lot finally in sight for East Enders
It's a Wonderful Life starts the season right
Moraga Police Blotter
Bob Priebe: 38 years serving Moraga
Transitions in Moraga - interim town manager to be hired on Dec. 13
Moraga will have access to more renewable energy in 2018
Orinda Police Blotter
New Mayor, Vice Mayor
Sinkhole team receives Orinda mayor's Award of Excellence
Council clears the way for Moraga Adobe restoration
Mayor Phillips completes the year of the sinkhole with kudos
Another setback with Fire Station 43 construction
ConFire chief and his deputy share a special bond
Dispatch supervisor explains proper 911 call etiquette
Rescue One Foundation board of directors seeks applicants to fill vacancy
Letters to the Editor
Saranap factions come together to plan future
Diablo Writers' Workshop inspires Lamorinda writers
TK and Kindergarten registration for 2018-19 school year
Orinda urgent care center back in operation
Local Salvation Army volunteers ring in the season collecting kettle donations
Golden Gate Audubon Society celebrates 100th anniversary near Orinda
Local Middle School Arts Contest touts fifth year
Lafayette's Kathy Wharton - happiest when hiking
Feline fundraiser helps homeless kitties
Cycle Recycle Success
Moraga Girl Scouts repair park benches for Silver Award
Sizeable donation from local business supports LPIE
Children's Health Guild Holiday Boutique raises much-needed funds
Angel Tree program helps foster kids celebrate the holidays
Bethlehem event retells a timeless story
Orinda Junior Women's Club Announces Youth Ink 2018
Buche de Noel a holiday hit
Lynn's Top Five
California Cannabis for pets? Not yet . . .
Acalanes High School students participate in 2017 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge
Film Clips
Community builds the all-access playground in Moraga
Local artist exhibits
Frank Broad
Campolindo falls to Milpitas in state regional game
Campolindo wins NCS Championship, 42-7
Campolindo Girls Cross Country team wins state championship Acalanes and Miramonte reload
Miramonte JV Basketball wins tournament
Magic 2008 Girls BooCup Champions
Santa Maria 6th Grade National Boys Champions
Marcellini/Brill on Team USA at Youth World Sailing Championship in China
7th Grade St. Perpetua Boys Champions
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Up on the rooftop (...again!)
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Making your holiday parties bright
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
Acalanes High School students participate in 2017 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge
Submitted by Diane Dealey Neil
Nine students from Acalanes High School participated recently in the 2017 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 107 high school students from 14 schools from the Santa Cruz and Central ...read

Local Middle School Arts Contest touts fifth year
Submitted by Charlie Keohane
For the fifth year in a row, middle schoolers who live or attend school in Lafayette can enter the Lafayette Youth Arts Society Writing and Photography Contest. Students can submit their photographs and short ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7pm

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

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Jan. 8, at 6pm
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Campolindo wins NCS Championship, 42-7
By Jon Kingdon
It was dÇjÖ vu all over again, Groundhog Day and the more things change, the more they stay the same. To all these famous repetitions, we can now add Campolindo's performances in the playoffs. After three ...read

Campolindo Girls Cross Country team wins state championship Acalanes and Miramonte reload
By Jon Kingdon
With much of the focus in the athletic world on the major sports, it is very easy to overlook the accomplishments of the other less recognized athletes. There have been numerous books written about football, ...read

Marcellini/Brill on Team USA at Youth World Sailing Championship in China
Submitted by Margo Marcellini
Neil Marcellini (Acalanes graduate, Richmond Yacht Club, age 18) and crew Ian Brill (Mission Bay Yacht Club, age 17) won gold medals in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, 29er skiff fleet, in June in Corpus ...read
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WomenSing presents “Beginning With A Bang: Strike the Drum and Join the Chorus!” from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Church of Santa Maria, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. WomenSing ...

CAPA presents The Nutcracker - Snow falls onstage and the Christmas tree magically grows in the California Academy of Performing Arts presentation of a full-length, narrated Nutcracker. A beloved ...

Lamorinda Grand Menorah Lighting. Amazing Hanukkah Celebration. Share with Family and friends and come celebrate Hanukkah together at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Lafayette Plaza Park ...

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Local Salvation Army volunteers ring in the season collecting kettle donations
By Cathy Dausman
Jingling bells are part of the holiday season, especially when it comes to the Salvation Army. Six days weekly, eight hours daily, late November through Christmas Eve bell ringers work a bit of kettle magic, ...read

Golden Gate Audubon Society celebrates 100th anniversary near Orinda
By Sophie Braccini
Going on a hike in the East Bay hills with the Audubon Society is a treat on multiple levels: enjoying the sheer beauty of the trails traveled; observing surrounding birds and nature at a mindful pace; and ...read

Lafayette's Kathy Wharton - happiest when hiking
By Diane Claytor
What's your idea of a perfect vacation? Lying on a white sandy beach? Sipping cappuccino at a quaint outdoor Parisian cafe? Relaxing at a spa? Or maybe it's a family trip to Disneyland, watching the pure joy ...read

Bethlehem event retells a timeless story
By Cathy Dausman
Every two years or so, the Lafayette United Methodist Church transforms its Fellowship Hall, creating the illusion of a nighttime passage through the streets of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. The church's ...read
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