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Firefighters learn the ropes at Painted Rock
By Nick Marnell
Area firefighters participated in a low angle rope rescue training class held July 22 at Painted Rock in Moraga. The class included personnel from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and was conducted by Northern California Rescue Training, whose instructors are certified by State Fire Training, a division of the Office of the ...read

 
 
Adam Dolberg shows his Black Lives Matter rock garden at the trail entrance near Stanley Middle School. Photo Pippa Fisher
Stanley student undeterred in anti-racism effort
By Pippa Fisher
For one Lafayette boy who simply wanted to highlight Black Lives Matter with a rock garden along the trail near Stanley Middle School, his work has been turned into one of persistence and determination. That's ...read

 
Assembly member supports extended AB 5 waiver for newspaper carriers
By Sora O'Doherty
Assembly Bill 5 was enacted Sept. 18, 2019 by the state legislature in an attempt to protect workers in the "gig economy," such as Lyft and Uber drivers. However, the broad wording of the legislation caught up ...read
 
Change of sports seasons a challenge for all in Lamorinda
By Jon Kingdon
It's been about five centuries since the four seasons of spring, summer, winter, and fall were established. It has taken the coronavirus only five months to alter the Gregorian calendar for high school sports ...read

Plant red fruit or flowers near the front door. Photos Michele Duffy
Feng Shui
By Michele Duffy
The front door entry area to one's home remains, especially during a pandemic, the "Mouth of Qi" and one of the most powerful places to thoughtfully ignite healthy Feng Shui.
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COVID-19 and our business community

Like every city in every country in the world, we find ourselves at a "tipping point" where our actions will dictate our future. Change in the road ahead is imminent. How will we face down this pandemic is still ours to decide! Our business community has become a vital part of the fabric of life in Lafayette. Convenience,
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Happy Trails

Here we go again! Another group of homeowners is fighting the establishment of a trail or trailhead ["Outcry over proposed trail staging area.", Lamorinda Weekly, Wednesday, July 22]. In this case, it's the residents of Wilder.
Those residents fear that the establishment of a staging area will lead to the increase...

Thumbs Up for Downtown Momentum

In a landscape of doom and gloom for much 2020 thus far, there is a glimmer of positivity on the horizon. The City of Orinda has been slowly plugging away at a revised Downtown Precise Plan (DPP) that will address at long last a decades...


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Lawsuit win comes with hefty price tag for taxpayers
By Pippa Fisher
The California Supreme Court denied a Petition for Review, brought by a group of neighbors who alleged the city had used biased procedures including an improperly held closed session meeting in violation of ...read

PG&E reports on PSPS plans - council and community remain skeptical
By Pippa Fisher
In its presentation to city leaders Pacific Gas and Electric Co. sought to highlight several ways in which the utility says it is improving over its performance last year, specifically with regard to public ...read

New policing recommendations approved encourage transparency, public engagement
By Pippa Fisher
The city council voted unanimously July 27 to approve five recommendations addressing concerns and questions raised by the community regarding police policies and procedures for immediate implementation by the ...read
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MCSP update goes to Planning Commission after massive public input
By Vera Kochan
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 20 to consider the Moraga Center Specific Plan Implementation Project before giving its recommendation to the town council. The televised hearing drew ...read

Town council gets update on Laguna Creek Restoration Project
By Vera Kochan
The Hacienda de las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Dr., is owned by the town of Moraga and is the subject of the proposed Laguna Creek Restoration Project. Public Works Director/Town Engineer Shawn Knapp gave ...read

Moraga welcomes new planning director
By Vera Kochan
Coming from her previous duties as the city of Vallejo's planning manager, Moraga's new kid on the government block is Planning Director Afshan Hamid. "I started July 6," stated Hamid, "and that was the same ...read
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Public comment continues at third Orinda Downtown Precise Plan community workshop
By Sora O'Doherty
A joint meeting via Zoom teleconferencing of the Orinda Planning Commission and the city council downtown planning subcommittee was held July 28. This third workshop was intended to begin the conversation on ...read

Orinda considers body-worn cameras for police, advocates greater communication
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda City Council heard again from Orinda Police Chief David Cook and city staff as the city reviews its policing policies following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, ...read

Cal Shakes cuts costs and moves staff to Orinda
By Sophie Braccini
The California Shakespeare Theater decided to cancel its entire season as soon as the March 16 shelter-in-place order was issued, before rehearsals for the summer plays at the Bruns amphitheater in Orinda had ...read
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Stanley student undeterred in anti-racism effort
Assembly member supports extended AB 5 waiver for newspaper carriers
Lawsuit win comes with hefty price tag for taxpayers
PG&E reports on PSPS plans - council and community remain skeptical
New policing recommendations approved encourage transparency, public engagement
Racism, discrimination discussion; city leaders listening
MCSP update goes to Planning Commission after massive public input
Town council gets update on Laguna Creek Restoration Project
Moraga welcomes new planning director
Public comment continues at third Orinda Downtown Precise Plan community workshop
Orinda considers body-worn cameras for police, advocates greater communication
Cal Shakes cuts costs and moves staff to Orinda
Firefighters learn the ropes at Painted Rock
Grand jury directs fire agencies to update evacuation plans
MOFD board elections
10-year-old boy dies in Lafayette traffic collision
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
Lamorinda Village prepares for fire season with help from community
Fun and flavorful frittata beats the heat
Lynn's Top Five
Donald Frederick Thielke
Bookmark Contest winners announced
Lacrosse Against Hunger: Two Acalanes sophomores making a difference
Galleries revived: `Domesticated' and `Dark and Light' open
Sunflower dwarfs two Lafayette brothers
DAR awards Linus Eukel with conservation award
Change of sports seasons a challenge for all in Lamorinda
Feng Shui
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Bookmark Contest winners announced
Submitted by Kay Pekrul
The 2020 winners of the Friends of the Lafayette Library Bookmark Contest received their awards quietly this year without a gathering at an Awards Ceremony. The public can view the winning bookmarks in the ...read

Lacrosse Against Hunger: Two Acalanes sophomores making a difference
Two Acalanes Varsity Lacrosse players, Zach Appel and Owen Estee, have launched Lacrosse Against Hunger, to offer lacrosse coaching sessions to 7-14 year olds in exchange for a charitable donation to White ...read
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Change of sports seasons a challenge for all in Lamorinda
By Jon Kingdon
It's been about five centuries since the four seasons of spring, summer, winter, and fall were established. It has taken the coronavirus only five months to alter the Gregorian calendar for high school sports ...read

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Lamorinda Village prepares for fire season with help from community
By Pippa Fisher
Lamorinda Village has partnered with the National Charity League to put together 350 emergency go-bags for seniors. It is just one of the ways in which the Village is rallying to help the most vulnerable, with ...read

Fun and flavorful frittata beats the heat
By Susie Iventosch
This summer I was slated to be Discovery Bicycle Tours' camp "chef" for a couple of weeklong cycling adventures in Vermont. I was really excited about the idea of planning and cooking a camping menu for this ...read

Lynn's Top Five
By Lynn Ballou CFPr
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 ...read

Galleries revived: `Domesticated' and `Dark and Light' open
By Sophie Braccini
All is not scarcity in the world of art. Two local art galleries are opening their doors to patrons so they can enjoy new exhibits: Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette and Moraga Art Gallery in Rheem. The ...read
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