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MOFD unrestricted general fund deficit soars to $60 million
By Nick Marnell
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board unanimously approved revised financial reports from 2105 and 2016 at its March 15 district meeting, the MOFD financial reporting ad hoc committee having recommended a write off of $23 million for an incorrectly recorded prepaid item on the district balance sheet. But one director was furious that the committee failed to provide its information to the rest of the board members prior to the district meeting. ...read


The inside of Wild Magnolia in Orinda. Photos Travis Setterbo
Wild Magnolia Blooms in Orinda
By A.K. Carroll
Restaurant mogul Michael Karp is at it again. After scrapping the tequila passports, unstoppable guac and high-end Mexican entrees of Theater Square's Barbacoa and opening business casual taproom and comfort food eatery The Fourth Bore last fall, Karp has moved a few doors down and taken out six-year resident Table 24. Almost a year to the date since The Fourth Bore renovation, Karp closed his catchall neighborhood restaurant and reopened it as Wild Magnolia. ...read



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From left, Moraga Mayor Teresa Onoda, District II Supervisor Candace Andersen, EBMUD Ward 3 Board Member Marguerite Young, EBMUD General Manager Alexander R. Coate, EBMUD Director of Water and Natural Resources Richard Sykes and Executive Director of the John Muir Land Trust Lynus Eukel honor the Carr Ranch preservation. Photo Andy Scheck
EBMUD Celebrates Carr Ranch watershed acquisition
By Peggy Spear
With a backdrop of rolling green hills, local dignitaries, EBMUD officials and representatives of the John Muir Land Trust officially celebrated the preservation of Carr Ranch, the large expanse of land just ...read

Josie Cole Photo John T. Miller
Brazilian beach volleyball comes to Moraga Commons
By John T. Miller
A large dose of Rio de Janeiro arrived in the Lamorinda area recently when Fabio Ribeiro moved here to establish a Brazilian beach volleyball club. The club is called Carioca, which literally translates to ...read
Photo Gint Federas
Campo girls' basketball grabs spot in state title game
By Karl Buscheck
The Campolindo girls' basketball team clinched a berth in the D3 state championship, taking down No. 4 Saint Mary's of Berkeley, 78-56, on March 18 in the CIF Northern regional title game.
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Flowers of a magnificent magnolia tree in a Lafayette back yard Photo Andy Scheck
Lamorinda trees are bursting with color
By Diane Claytor
Driving or walking around Lamorinda in the weeks leading up to the first full day of spring has felt almost like stepping into a floral shop. The landscape is bursting with colors - the pinks, purples, whites ...read
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Why not publish editorials?

Dear Editor,
Having recently gone through a contentious dispute between Lafayette's city council and the property owners on three streets about to be repaved, it occurs to me that your newspaper could have provided an extremely valuable service to our community by editorializing the unfairness of Lafayette's Municipal code, Section 8-123.
Although that opportunity
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Sanctuary Cities effort is misguided

Dear Editor,
Your March 8 article highlighting the efforts by three young women to have "Lamorinda" designated for sanctuary status is an example of appeal to the heart, and not to the head. Early on, the article mentions that the three
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Leigh Creekside Park Welcomes Everyone

Dear Editor,
The recent decision to conduct a focused EIR for Leigh Creekside Park is being framed by playground developers as children vs. nature. Children and nature go together like a hand-in- glove. To pit children against nature is not fair to children or nature, especially future generations.
At the 2/27/17
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Hoping Moraga can act civilly

Dear Editor,
In response to Doug Home's letter to the editor last edition I wanted to give an alternative perspective on how I see the recent engagement in several town issues. Doug suggested that current voices at Moraga Town Council meetings
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Public art is coming soon to a roundabout near you
By Pippa Fisher
Lafayette continues to beautify its city with art. The city's public art committee recently reviewed proposals for the latest piece, to be installed on the new Pleasant Hill Road/Olympic Boulevard roundabout ...read

Timing is everything for Pleasant Hill Road corridor traffic signals
By Pippa Fisher
Traffic should continue to ease a bit on the southern section of a heavily traveled thoroughfare in Lafayette during commute hours.
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New Sufi Sanctuary opens in Saranap area
By John T. Miller
After four years of planning and debate and nearly five years of construction, Sufism Reoriented, located in the Saranap area, inaugurated its new sanctuary with a series of events over the last few w ...read
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Volunteers take on the restoration of Mulholland Ridge
By Sophie Braccini
For several years now former Moraga Mayor and Town Council member Lynda Deschambault has taken on the cleanup of the Mulholland Ridge open space area from invasive plants with groups of volunteers.
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A leading local philanthropist is chosen as Moraga's Citizen of the Year
By Sophie Braccini
The choice of Barbara (Bobbie) Preston as Moraga's Citizen of the Year is that of a woman who simply says yes to every opportunity she sees of making the life better for others.
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Merchants near Rheem sinkhole 'celebrate' first anniversary
By Sophie Braccini
It was with irony that merchants at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center gathered on March 13 to "celebrate" the first anniversary of Moraga's infamous sinkhole. In fact, the event was even featured on NPR on ...read
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Miner Road sinkhole repair to begin as property owners and city come to right-of-entry agreement
By Sora O'Doherty
Two months after Orinda suffered a serious sinkhole, the city has obtained a right-of-entry from the property owner adjacent to the sinkhole to perform repair work.
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Year of the Czechs in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
As part of the continuing Year of the Czechs in Orinda, the Orinda/Tabor Sister City Foundation hosted a screening of Antonin Dvorak's opera, "Rusalka" and offered a dinner of Czech cuisine at the Orinda ...read

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EBMUD Celebrates Carr Ranch watershed acquisition
Brazilian beach volleyball comes to Moraga Commons
LAC honors young local artists
Lafayette Police Blotter
Public art is coming soon to a roundabout near you
Timing is everything for Pleasant Hill Road corridor traffic signals
New Sufi Sanctuary opens in Saranap area
Moraga Police Blotter
Volunteers take on the restoration of Mulholland Ridge
A leading local philanthropist is chosen as Moraga's Citizen of the Year
Merchants near Rheem sinkhole 'celebrate' first anniversary
Skeletal remains found on Moraga hillside
Orinda Police Blotter
Miner Road sinkhole repair to begin as property owners and city come to right-of-entry agreement
Year of the Czechs in Orinda
MOFD unrestricted general fund deficit soars to $60 million
ConFire Station 16: Process defeating progress
Lafayette fire commissioner stepping down in June
Wild Magnolia Blooms in Orinda
Letters to the Editor
Lamorinda municipalities meet jointly on traffic, development
Mackenzie urges people to get 'Off the Couch' in new book
Complex U.S./Iran relationship explored in Saint Mary's exhibit
5 biographies of stars of Golden Age of Movies by Swindell republished
Troop 204 welcome new Eagles
Troop 224 Eagle Scouts Honored
Project Music Unlimited soars at Campolindo High School
Lamorinda teams advance in Odyssey of the Mind competitions
'Zucchini' is a poignant, real family film
Campolindo High School Presents 'Beauty and the Beast'
Teen Advisory Board offers students the chance to make a difference
Film Clips
This beautiful brioche is shaping up to be a great alternative to regular bread
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Campo girls' basketball grabs spot in state title game
Saint Mary's exits Big Dance following 2nd-round loss to Arizona Wildcats
Campolindo, Miramonte boys' hoops teams bow out of NorCals
Baseball squads use preseason slate to gear up for league play
Santa Maria 4th grade basketball team wins Diocese championship
Lafayette 5th graders win next level flag football championship
St. Monica's 4th grade boys are Oakland Diocese Champions
10 California Magic Soccer Players are NCS Champions
St. Perpetua 6th grade is diocese basketball champions
Lamorinda Arsenal 3rd-grade girls win at indoor soccer
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Lamorinda teams advance in Odyssey of the Mind competitions
Submitted by John Inouye
Many local teams competed in the Odyssey of the Mind Bay Area Regional Tournament at Concord High School on March 4. Four teams from Orinda and two from Moraga are advancing to the State Tournament at Heritage ...read

Project Music Unlimited soars at Campolindo High School
Submitted by Vivek Lashkari and Aman Malhotra
Project Music Unlimited is a group of students from Campolindo High School who work to spread the joy of music beyond our community to children without access to instruments or music programs.
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School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, April 19, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Monday, April 17, at 6pm
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Saint Mary's exits Big Dance following 2nd-round loss to Arizona Wildcats
By Karl Buscheck
Since the fall of 2013, the Saint Mary's Gaels have made a tradition of meeting the Arizona Wildcats for an annual preseason scrimmage.
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Campolindo, Miramonte boys' hoops teams bow out of NorCals
By Karl Buscheck
Following Campolindo's near upset of the favored Vista del Lago in the second round of the CIF State Boys Regional Championship, the Cougars were left to wonder what could have been.

Baseball squads use preseason slate to gear up for league play
By Karl Buscheck
The Miramonte baseball team has never cared much about what outsiders think of the program. Last spring, the Mats landed the No. 12 seed in the NCS Division 2 playoffs only to advance all the way to semifinals ...read
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Learn the art of making Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using a wax-resist and dye method in a three-hour workshop led by local folk art teacher, Evie Michon. Traditionally ...

Enjoy an evening of classical guitar with professional musician Glenn Staller beginning at 6:30 p.m. on March 28 at the Moraga Library. Staller specializes a range of styles from around the world. This hour long concert is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Moraga Library. ...

Check out new music of the 21st century with perhaps a flair of late night Thelonious — all this imaginatively created on stage by pianists. Come enjoy the Piano Composers’ concert at 7 p.m. on Friday April 7 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center ...

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Mackenzie urges people to get 'Off the Couch' in new book
By Sophie Braccini
There are experiences that change a person forever, and when Budd Mackenzie launched Trust In Education, that was one of those life-altering decisions.
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Complex U.S./Iran relationship explored in Saint Mary's exhibit
By A.K. Carroll
How is it that art can open up the creative process of a viewer to forge new associations with familiar iconic material?
This ...read

5 biographies of stars of Golden Age of Movies by Swindell republished
By Sophie Braccini
Forty-eight years ago, Larry Swindell published his first book, "Spencer Tracy: A Biography," about the legendary Hollywood actor who had starred in some 75 movies from "Captain Courageous" to "Guess Who's ...read

'Zucchini' is a poignant, real family film
By Sophie Braccini
This month the International Film Showcase offers a Swiss-French film, "My Life as A Zucchini, directed by Claude Barras. It's a beautiful animated movie that engaged the work of over 100 artists. This movie ...read
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