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Canyon resident Tom Llewellyn, left, and Michael Roemer of Lamorinda CERT in a Moraga parking lot April 23 during Canyon's practice evacuation in case of fire. Photo Chris Lavin
Canyon Emergency Drill goes better than expected
By Chris Lavin
The recorded call came from official fire department authorities at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning: "This is a warning. Evacuate immediately." It would have been a call to cause most people in Lamorinda to freeze. An impending fire, this time, very close. We gotta go. The difference was just about everyone in Canyon had been sipping their morning coffee that day and stayed calm: They knew the call had been coming. The evacuation drill was successfully ...read

Lafayette Community Garden co-founder Janet Thomas (second from right) with gardening team members Regina McGrath, Shirley Sigal, Jeanie Hill and Sue Scholtz. Photo Sharon K. Sobotta
Sowing the seeds of hope, cooperation at Lafayette Community Garden
By Sharon K. Sobotta
When Janet Thomas and the gardening team began planning for the Lafayette Community Garden nearly a decade and a half ago, they were planting the seeds to something much larger than a growing ground. "It's a ...read

 
EBMUD announces Stage 2 drought mandates
By Vera Kochan
The East Bay Municipal Utility District announced strategies to this year's drought emergency following its April 26 board of directors meeting. The decisions should come as no surprise to customers who have ...read
Campolindo Girls DAL Lacrosse Championship team Photo provided
Campolindo girls take DAL Championship
By Jon Kingdon
After a two-year break with no postseason tournaments, the Lamorinda girls lacrosse teams all competed in the Diablo Athletic League and North Coast Section tournaments. Campolindo, whose record now stands at ...read

The edible Jerusalem star known as salsify tips its purple flower towards the sun. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing Planet Earth. In the morning, I woke up with a sense of gratitude." ~ Earl Nightingale
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What is building electrification?

"Electrifying everything" and powering our lives with clean electricity is an essential way communities can respond to climate chaos (fires, droughts, poor air quality). In our homes and places of work, substituting natural gas appliances with new, highly-efficient electric alternatives effectively reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves health and safety, and lowers energy costs for residents. Therefore, the city of Lafayette is considering adopting policies to require newly constructed buildings
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Vision Zero in Lafayette

The Lafayette City Council has just approved improvements in the neighborhood of three of the local schools regarding traffic safety. This is said to be part of the Vision Zero program. Vision Zero is a series of activities said to improve safety as far as pedestrian and vehicular accidents go. It is not a prescribed program but rather a an amorphous series of steps to reduce auto-pedestrian collisions.
One thing is evident, Improvement does not come until the speed is reduced for vehicular traffic. When Lafayette...


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Beloved music director, Bob Athayde, to retire in June
By Lou Fancher
Walk almost anywhere in Lamorinda or stretch your arms wide at nearly every Bay Area location where jazz music is studied or performed, you're likely to bump into a person whose life bears the imprint of Bob ...read

Newly renovated Las Trampas facility reopens
By Jennifer Wake
After over two long years of construction, Las Trampas, the developmental care facility in Lafayette set alongside the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail was abuzz with excitement April 23 as dignitaries, donors, ...read

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Town Council gives staff direction regarding Five-Year Capital Improvement Program Budget
By Vera Kochan
The Moraga Town Council reviewed a report for a one-year budget authorization and a four-year forecast of dedicated revenues for specific projects regarding the Capital Improvement Program during its April 27 ...read

Planning Commission approves temporary Bay Area Ballplayers' enhanced outdoor facility
By Vera Kochan
The success of owner Steve Hammond's Bay Area Ballplayers, located at 1460 Moraga Road in Moraga, began in January 2019, when he took over the space formerly occupied by a Hallmark card store.
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Future use of Moraga's Measure K Funds
By Vera Kochan
Measure K appeared on Moraga's ballot in November 2012 and won with 70.5% of the vote. It is a 1% local sales tax that became effective on April 1, 2013, and was approved for general use purposes with a sunset ...read
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Capital Improvements and a new Director of Public Works for Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda's Department of Public Works and Engineering Services submitted to the city council its annual update of the Capital Improvement Plan on May 3. The council took the opportunity to welcome Senior ...read

Orinda bans sale of vaping and flavored tobacco products, no exception for hookah use
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda City Council moved to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within the city, as well as all vaping products, at its May 3 meeting. The ordinance will not affect the use of such products, as it ...read

Overhill Road closed through December for EBMUD pipeline work
By Sora O'Doherty
Overhill Road in Orinda will be completely closed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Dec. 30 weekdays to allow the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to construct a pipeline replacement ...read
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Sowing the seeds of hope, cooperation at Lafayette Community Garden
EBMUD announces Stage 2 drought mandates
Beloved music director, Bob Athayde, to retire in June
Newly renovated Las Trampas facility reopens
Town Council gives staff direction regarding Five-Year Capital Improvement Program Budget
Planning Commission approves temporary Bay Area Ballplayers' enhanced outdoor facility
Future use of Moraga's Measure K Funds
SMC responds to anonymous sexual harassment flyers
2022 Moraga Citizen of the Year, Karen Reed, honored at banquet
Capital Improvements and a new Director of Public Works for Orinda
Orinda bans sale of vaping and flavored tobacco products, no exception for hookah use
Overhill Road closed through December for EBMUD pipeline work
OUSD honors teachers and staff in May
Two pieces of art to be purchased for Orinda
Canyon Emergency Drill goes better than expected
MOFD takes to intersections for annual Fill The Boot fundraiser
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
GCCP's 'A Cultural Crossroads' features acclaimed flutist R. Carlos Nakai
'You Will Remember Me' - A touching reflection on transition and memories
This light and airy dessert highlights seasonal fruit freshness
Lily toxicity in cats
SMC transformed for Campo's high school junior prom
Wagner Ranch Elementary 4th-graders head to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Saklan students help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Maria
Creative writing contest winners announced
LPIE honors two dynamic individuals with new award
Chester Jung
Charles George "Pete" Sonne
James Arthur Field
Campolindo girls take DAL Championship
Miramonte boys win DAL Tournament; Campo advances in NCS
2022 Summer Camps
Miramonte leads way in return to DAL Championships
Lamorinda high school students compete at DAL track and field championships
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Fixing old fashioned doorbells
OUSD honors teachers and staff in May
By Sora O'Doherty
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic presented teachers with challenges never previously experienced in schools, the Orinda Union School District board of trustees resolved to proclaim May 11 as the ...read

Saklan students help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Maria
Submitted by Emily Williamson
At the end of March, The Saklan School's eighth-grade students traveled to Puerto Rico for a meaningful service-learning experience. The task at hand for the students while on the trip was to help rebuild ...read
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Campolindo girls take DAL Championship
By Jon Kingdon
After a two-year break with no postseason tournaments, the Lamorinda girls lacrosse teams all competed in the Diablo Athletic League and North Coast Section tournaments. Campolindo, whose record now stands at ...read

Miramonte boys win DAL Tournament; Campo advances in NCS
By Jon Kingdon

Coming into the Diablo Athletic League lacrosse tournament, the 17-2 Miramonte High School had the No. 1 seed and lived up to ...read

Lamorinda high school students compete at DAL track and field championships
Submitted by Doug Bockmiller
Lamorinda high school students sweep varsity women's pole vault finals at Diablo Athletic League (DAL) track and field championships on April 30. Miramonte sophomores Jessica Youn and Ell ...read
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GCCP's 'A Cultural Crossroads' features acclaimed flutist R. Carlos Nakai
By Lou Fancher
Past, present and future unite in Gold Coast Chamber Players upcoming performance of "A Cultural Crossroads, Black and Indigenous influences on Dvorak in America." Led by Artistic Director Pamela Freu ...read

'You Will Remember Me' - A touching reflection on transition and memories
By Sophie Braccini
The International Film Showcase starting May 13 at the Orinda Theatre features the Canadian film from QuÇbec, "You Will Remember Me," that poetically, yet realistically addresses the loss of memory and self ...read

This light and airy dessert highlights seasonal fruit freshness
By Susie Iventosch
The first time I ever had pavlova was when a friend and her Australian husband brought it to a dinner party at our house for dessert. I was blown away by how beautiful it was, with a fluffy cloud-like meringue ...read

Lily toxicity in cats
By Mona Miller, DVM
One of the most severe, and saddest, toxicities to cats comes in the form of beautiful flowers - the plants in the Lilium and Hemerocallis lily genus group. The Lilium genus includes imported or cultivated ...read
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