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New owner of Orinda Books, Pat Rudebusch, center, at city council meeting. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Outgoing and incoming Orinda Books owners honored by city council
By Sora O'Doherty
As history repeats itself Orinda Books is once again changing hands, and once again the new owner, Pat Rudebusch, has a history of working in the shop, which is an Orinda institution. Maria Roden similarly took over the bookstore after some years of working in it (and a little time working in another bookshop) in 2014. Roden's ...read



Back row, from left: Matthew, Les, Brett, and Executive Director Daniel Hogue; front row: Heather, Cat, Emma and Susan. Photo Pippa Fisher
Las Trampas state-of-the-art facility planned
By Pippa Fisher
There's excitement in the air on the Las Trampas campus, tucked away by the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Participants and staff alike are getting ready for big changes as they prepare to tear down the ...read

 
Scandal rocks Moraga Community Foundation
By Vera Kochan
Moraga Community Foundation announced in a Sept. 6 press release a potential embezzlement scheme perpetrated by F. Robert Fritzky while serving as MCF's treasurer.
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Claire Rowell, Acalanes
Continued success expected for Lamorinda Girls Water Polo
By Jon Kingdon
If there is one group of teams that can claim to be the most successful in Lamorinda, it would have to be the girls water polo teams. In the past two seasons, there have been two undefeated teams: in 2017, ...read

Photos Robert J. Schroeder Photography
Mighty oak comes crashing down
By Jennifer Wake
Bob and Sue Miller have had a magnificent Valley oak tree in their Lafayette backyard to enjoy since their house was built in 1954. "It stood close to 100 feet high, was beautifully symmetrical and was ...read
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Heartfelt thanks from a Stanley student

My name is Nick Dietsch. I am an eighth-grader who and has been attending Stanley Middle School since sixth grade.
When I came back this year, so many students were talking in halls about the new makeover at Stanley. We went through a whole year of construction and
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Steps to make a difference

Every day, more evidence arrives that Climate Change isn't just happening, but becoming a true, undeniable crisis. The Amazon is burning. Glaciers and snow packs are melting. Sea levels are rising. Temperatures are soaring. Animal...

Time for Express Commuter Bus Service to SF

Moraga and Orinda should collaborate and arrange for express commuter bus service to SF. I envision parking at the shuttered OSH parking lot, from which the bus would depart. It would make one stop at the existing bus stop at the Holy...

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Safety of 40-foot section of exposed pipeline in Briones questioned
By Pippa Fisher
Lafayette's recently formed Gas Safety Task Force has become aware of an exposed, 40-foot section of high transmission pipeline, which it says poses a "significant and imminent threat" in a populated, high ...read

Appraisal of Boswell's site approved for city offices consideration
By Pippa Fisher
The Lafayette City Council is moving forward cautiously with an appraisal of the former Boswell's property to look into the feasibility of purchasing the site for city offices.
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City council recognizes LPIE past president
By Pippa Fisher
Mayor Mike Anderson recognized past president of Lafayette Partners in Education Lisa Spiegler with a proclamation at the Sept. 9 city council meeting.
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Geographic Information System halfway to completion
By Vera Kochan
The ease of looking up neighborhood map information via the internet is fast approaching for the town of Moraga in the form of the Geographic Information System.
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Cattle do their part to keep the town safe during fire season
By Vera Kochan
The 260-acre Mulholland Ridge Open Space Preserve area has seen cattle grazing on it since the late 1970s. John Hoover's cattle have used the property for buffets even after the town acquired the land in 1999, ...read

Two scenarios for town development offered at MCSP meeting
By Vera Kochan
The Citizens Advisory Committee held its second meeting concerning the Moraga Center Specific Plan on Sept. 4 at Saint Mary's College. The Orinda Room at the Soda Center was chosen in order to accommodate an ...read
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Garbage rates to rise as recyclables market falls
By Sora O'Doherty

Although the news that garbage rates will rise because China and other countries have stopped taking in U.S. materials for ...read

Government and private citizens striving for inclusivity in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
In recent weeks, in response to a growing number of incidents in the country, as well as in Contra Costa County and the city of Orinda, people are acting to encourage inclusivity and diversity in the ...read

EBMUD work to bring months of disruption to El Toyonal area
By Sora O'Doherty
East Bay Municipal Utility District work in the El Toyonal/La Encinal area of Orinda will require several years to complete, and will cause partial road closures for months at a time. EBMUD Pipeline Engineer ...read
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Las Trampas state-of-the-art facility planned
Scandal rocks Moraga Community Foundation
Safety of 40-foot section of exposed pipeline in Briones questioned
Appraisal of Boswell's site approved for city offices consideration
City council recognizes LPIE past president
City council meeting gets off to a harmonious start
Geographic Information System halfway to completion
Cattle do their part to keep the town safe during fire season
Two scenarios for town development offered at MCSP meeting
Garbage rates to rise as recyclables market falls
Government and private citizens striving for inclusivity in Orinda
EBMUD work to bring months of disruption to El Toyonal area
Orinda Public Works staff honored at regional level
MOFD Station 41 rebuild will not happen this fiscal year
Western Lafayette finally gets its new fire station
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Outgoing and incoming Orinda Books owners honored by city council
Not a prime delivery method
Young Maker's Expo to be featured at 24th Annual Art & Wine Festival
MEF supports student wellness on school campuses
Live at the Orinda season opens Sept. 22
Lamorinda well-represented in Sustainable Contra Costa Awards
Reducing single-use plastics
Moraga Royale celebrates Grandparents Day
Jaeger receives conservation award
Moraga Rotary funds portable two-way radios for Moraga School District
BSA girls Troop 402G blazes new trails
Mindful Littles launches Healing Initiative in Paradise
Walk, roll or run for a good cause
Volunteers needed to fight fire blight in Moraga pear orchard
Edwin "Ted" Gunn
A perfect crust for Aunt Clara's Apple Crumb Pie
Family Focus
Continued success expected for Lamorinda Girls Water Polo
James Marvel - a major leaguer in every way
Campolindo leading Acalanes and Miramonte in water polo
Acalanes senior competes in Skyrunning World Championships
Tournament champions
LMSC 07 Navy Boys Champions
Mighty oak comes crashing down
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Feng Shui
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
MEF supports student wellness on school campuses
By Jenn Freedman
Most Moraga residents are aware that grants from the Moraga Education Foundation supplement state funding to ensure that Moraga schools can provide a high-quality, well-rounded education by using these grants ...read

City council recognizes LPIE past president
By Pippa Fisher
Mayor Mike Anderson recognized past president of Lafayette Partners in Education Lisa Spiegler with a proclamation at the Sept. 9 city council meeting.
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School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Oct.2, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, Oct. 7, at 6pm
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James Marvel - a major leaguer in every way
By Jon Kingdon
What little leaguer has not considered the possibility of playing professional baseball? With 576 of the 800 major league players born in the United States, the Wall Street Journal estimated that only one out ...read

Campolindo leading Acalanes and Miramonte in water polo
By Jon Kingdon
With 12 players that were either named first team, second team or honorable mention in the Diablo Athletic League last year, it's a constant and ongoing process for the Lamorinda Boy's Water Polo teams to ...read

Acalanes senior competes in Skyrunning World Championships
Submitted by Matt Owens
This past August the U.S. Youth Skyracing team selected Andrew Owens, a senior at Acalanes High School, to compete in the Youth Skyrunning World Championships. Skyrunning is growing in popularity in the U.S. ...read
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Youth Maker’s Expo at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival. Local young entrepreneurs ages 9-16 are encouraged to display and sell their products and services during  ...

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance will hold a one-day show and sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Lafayette Christian Church, just off St. Mary’s Road at 584 Glenside Drive, Lafayette. More ...

Orinda Starlight Village Players present Malcolm Cowler’s adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ “The Woman in White” through Sept. 26 at the Outdoor Amphitheater, Orinda Community ...

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Young Maker's Expo to be featured at 24th Annual Art & Wine Festival
By Pippa Fisher
It's the biggest party in town and, yes, it's almost time for downtown Lafayette to be transformed as neighbors stroll, sip, shop, chat and connect with community at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival ...read

Live at the Orinda season opens Sept. 22
Submitted by Michael Williams
The Live at the Orinda 2019-20 concert season opens Sept. 22 with world-renowned classical soprano and Broadway star Lisa Vroman. After making her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Aspects of Love," ...read

Lamorinda well-represented in Sustainable Contra Costa Awards
By Pippa Fisher
When it comes to sustainability, and more exactly to the Sustainability Awards, Lamorinda folks are killing it! Of the seven recently announced winners, four have close connections to Lamorinda.
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Reducing single-use plastics
By Garrett Leahy
With school now in full swing, lunches abound with single use plastic bags and containers. While single-use plastic items are convenient, they can take centuries to biodegrade, and or end up in the ocean and ...read
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