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Contra Costa County updates COVID-19 guidelines
By Sora O'Doherty
County government works as a conduit, adapting developments from the federal and state governments and passing along information, rules and guidelines to local governments, including the cities of Lafayette and Orinda and the town of Moraga. In addition, the county provides services to residents, including centers for COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and distribution of home test kits and other supplies. Lamorinda is within county supervisorial District 2, represented by supervisor Candace Andersen. Updates on COVID are processed almost daily by the county. As of Jan. 13, for example, the county published updated information for schools and childcare facilities. County health pointed out that, despite the concerns about children being in the classroom during a pandemic, the risk at school is actually lower than the risk outside of school. Updated guidelines from the state set forth the requirements for isolation and quarantine for K-12 settings. This is a subject that has caused considerable confusion, as was demonstrated by the national media at a Jan. 7 press conference held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...read

Recent tree mitigation work being done by Caltrans on Highway 24 near St. Stephens Drive, on El Miso Ranch Road. Photo courtesy MOFD
Dead trees along Highway 24 removed to promote safety
By Sora O'Doherty
Beginning in late December, Caltrans maintenance personnel have been removing potentially hazardous trees beside state route 24 between First Street in Lafayette and the Orinda exit. The trees were primarily ...read

Miramonte High School students head to cars and homes after regular school dismissal on the afternoon of Jan. 13. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Back to school in the time of Omicron
By Sora O'Doherty
Everybody is working hard to keep Lamorinda students in school, even as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sends positive tests in the schools up sharply. For administrators and parents, and maybe for ...read
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Lamorinda girls' soccer - positives on the pitch
By Jon Kingdon
Despite having to play outdoors in inclement weather, there were no complaints coming from any of the Lamorinda soccer teams. "With the short season last spring, everyone was looking forward to a normal ...read

The Real Estate Year in Review
By Conrad Bassett, Licensed Real Estate Broker and CRP, GMS-T
Last year was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda. Sales volume was solid with a minimal increase in supply matched by continued strong demand and desirable ...read
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Scott Parker for Mayor of Moraga

I've lived in Moraga for nine years now and I love and appreciate so many things about the community and the people that live here. That said, when you compare us to the neighboring towns that comprise Lamorinda, it's not hard to see why Moraga feels like it's stuck in third place in the 1980's.
For the last nine years, I've heard the same issues confront the town that, year after year, go unaddressed. The same storm
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Acts of Kindness

I would like to propose a resolution for 2022 that we all can keep. Perform one act of kindness every week. There are about 16,000 residents in Moraga. If we each did one kind thing a week for a year, that would be 832,000 acts. Yes, I'm including the kids.
Last summer the girls...


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Special joint session identifies arduous next steps in Housing Element process
By Lou Fancher
The council at a special joint session on Jan. 10 heard an update on the Housing Element of the city's General Plan from Jim Cervantes, a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC). Joining him and ...read

ARPA funds distribution comes into greater focus for Lafayette
By Lou Fancher
At the first city council meeting of 2022 on Jan. 10, recommendations for new, "immediate needs" allocations related to the distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds dominated an update from ARPA ...read

Business Person of the Year selection hits a high note with Lamorinda Music co-owner John McCormick
By Diane Claytor
Last year was a good year for Lafayette's John McCormick. The co-owner of Lamorinda Music completed his second term as president of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. His popular store was selected by Diablo ...read
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Moraga Town Council performs their version of Musical Chairs
By Vera Kochan
Moraga Mayor Renata Sos called a Special Meeting of the town council on Jan. 5 that was open to the public via Zoom, in order to discuss December's mayor and vice mayor selections. The move was prompted by Sos ...read

Local Agency Investment Fund designees for Moraga are updated
By Vera Kochan

Moraga is a participant in the Local Agency Investment Fund created in 1977, as an investment option for local governments and ...read

Town staff's analysis of Moraga helps to guide council's 2022 goals and priorities
By Vera Kochan
Department heads on the town staff came together to create a report to the town council discussing Moraga's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. With a cumulative 182 years of experience working ...read
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Inga Miller relies upon experience to be an effective vice mayor
By Sora O'Doherty
As she goes into her second term as vice mayor of Orinda, Inga Miller has three big priorities. First, she wants to keep working on responding to the climate emergency, improving the city's fire safety, ...read

City honors garden club for holiday wreaths, Boy Scout volunteers help
By Sora O'Doherty
Boy Scouts from Troop 237 on Jan. 9 assisted the Orinda Garden Club by taking down the 60 wreaths that had brightened downtown Orinda over the holidays, and on Jan. 11, the city council honored the club with a ...read

Contra Costa County updates COVID-19 guidelines
By Sora O'Doherty
County government works as a conduit, adapting developments from the federal and state governments and passing along information, rules and guidelines to local governments, including the cities of Lafayette ...read
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Dead trees along Highway 24 removed to promote safety
Back to school in the time of Omicron
Special joint session identifies arduous next steps in Housing Element process
ARPA funds distribution comes into greater focus for Lafayette
Business Person of the Year selection hits a high note with Lamorinda Music co-owner John McCormick
Moraga Town Council performs their version of Musical Chairs
Local Agency Investment Fund designees for Moraga are updated
Town staff's analysis of Moraga helps to guide council's 2022 goals and priorities
Inga Miller relies upon experience to be an effective vice mayor
City honors garden club for holiday wreaths, Boy Scout volunteers help
Contra Costa County updates COVID-19 guidelines
Wreaths Across America honors nearly 300 local veterans
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Local foodie family conducts annual taste-test tradition
Lafayette man heads international body of Rotarian pilots
JMLT campaign underway to save Harvey Ranch
Love and algorithms, 'I'm Your Man' from Germany an intelligent, romantic sci-fi film
Super healthy Mediterranean charcuterie board just in time for the Super Bowl
Did you visit older parents during the holidays?
BVE 4th and 5th graders AIM high to raise money for Afghan refugees
Campo girls basketball team surpasses goal, collects 1,600 shoes for Soles4Souls
Campolindo Leos and Moraga Lions donate to MEF
Campolindo Interact Club service project benefits foster children at Alternative Family Services in Oakland
Lamorinda girls' soccer - positives on the pitch
Local Karate athletes at Las Vegas International Karate Competition
Local 8th graders win Adrenaline Challenge Lacrosse Tournament
Lamorinda boys' soccer leading in competitive Diablo League
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
The Real Estate Year in Review
Back to school in the time of Omicron
By Sora O'Doherty
Everybody is working hard to keep Lamorinda students in school, even as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sends positive tests in the schools up sharply. For administrators and parents, and maybe for ...read

Campolindo Leos and Moraga Lions donate to MEF
Submitted by Bob Murtagh
During 2021 the Campolindo Leo Club and Moraga Lions Club were successful in conducting several fundraisers in spite of the COVID virus. On Dec. 16, 2021 both clubs met with Campolindo High School Principal ...read
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Lamorinda girls' soccer - positives on the pitch
By Jon Kingdon
Despite having to play outdoors in inclement weather, there were no complaints coming from any of the Lamorinda soccer teams. "With the short season last spring, everyone was looking forward to a normal ...read

Lamorinda boys' soccer leading in competitive Diablo League
By Jon Kingdon
Unlike the basketball teams that are at their busiest over the Christmas holiday and New Year's, playing in the various tournaments during that period, the soccer teams make it a point to avoid playing games ...read

Local Karate athletes at Las Vegas International Karate Competition
Submitted by Thomas Westernoff
A total of 10 Karate & Fitness USA Team Members of Lafayette returned home from the USA Open Karate Championships held in Las Vegas on Dec. 15 - 19 with over 30 medals. Ten athletes competed in Kata (Forms) ...read
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JMLT campaign underway to save Harvey Ranch
By Vera Kochan
Anyone who takes a hike along the trails within Harvey Ranch is met with breathtaking views of Moraga and beyond. Hoping to preserve a 143-acre section of the ranch and create a 15,500-acre natural area by ...read

Love and algorithms, 'I'm Your Man' from Germany an intelligent, romantic sci-fi film
By Sophie Braccini
In a not too distant future, Alma, an anthropologist and research director, is compelled to enter an experiment in order to get research funding: she is to evaluate a robot, human-looking, whose behavior and ...read

Super healthy Mediterranean charcuterie board just in time for the Super Bowl
By Susie Iventosch
Charcuterie boards are all the rage lately, and with good reason . they are beautiful, festive and delicious, with an assortment to please anyone's palate! I recently saw a board that was the size of a ...read

Did you visit older parents during the holidays?
By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC
Many people visited Mom and Dad this holiday season: a first visit in almost two years. What you observed might have been concerning and now you're back home and wonder "What support is appropriate and how do ...read
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