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MOFD board votes to maintain equal Moraga/Orinda six cent Fire Flow Tax rate
By Vera Kochan
Currently the Fire Flow Tax in both Moraga and Orinda zones are assessed at $0.06 per fire flow unit. That rate was originally capped in Moraga's FFT zone, which also includes portions of Orinda and unincorporated Contra Costa County. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District's July 21 board meeting agenda included an item involving the possibility ...read

 
First Mile Cycle Works owners Carey Platto and Dave Fraioli Photo Jeff Gomez
Building community two wheels at a time
By Jeff Gomez
It's a dream lots of people have: quit the corporate grind, team up with a good friend, and start a business devoted to something you love. With the recent opening of First Mile Cycle Works, a new retail and repair shop located on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, two Lamorinda dads ...read

One of Tim Wilbur's first excursion with his new show horse Dude was entertaining children at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento last December dressed as a very convincing Santa Claus. Yes, that's his real beard! Photo provided
A man and his show horse, Dude
By John T. Miller
Longtime Lafayette resident Tim Wilbur, who has owned horses since his first Shetland pony at the age of 6, recently purchased a retired show horse, originally trained by Cavalia, a world-wide traveling troop ...read

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Lafayette Council approves Samantha Townhomes construction
By Lou Fancher
The Lafayette City Council in an extended discussion July 26 worked to balance city approval of a new housing development, Samantha Townhomes, proposed for two vacant lots south of Highway 24 and East of ...read
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A difficult season and coaching changes in Lamorinda Wrestling
By Jon Kingdon
Despite all the chaos this past spring, the changes with the wrestling head coaches in Miramonte, Acalanes and Campolindo have brought stability for all three schools. After four years at Miramonte, Jason ...read

Daylilies bloom for a single day and are drought resistant. Photos Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"When the well is dry, we know the worth of water." ~ Benjamin Franklin
We turned on the spigot. A trickle. Seconds later, ...read
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The cost of service

I disagree with the statement "MOFD Fire Flow Tax quantifies the risk of fire to a parcel" in the article about the MOFD board considering a possible fire flow tax rate hike.
The formula for the Moraga tax was an attempt, back in 1992, to allocate additional revenue (above the funds provided by regular property taxes) needed to provide premium service to the residents of the Moraga Fire Protection District (MFPD). It was called a "fire flow tax" but since MFPD did not provide the "flow" (water) to put out fires, it did not really cost MPFD anything extra to put out a little fire or a big fire. What MFPD provided was the equipment and man-power; fixed costs.
They had two stations, two fire engines, and if they needed mutual aid to put out a big fire, adjacent stations provided that aid for no cost. The same is true today.
MOFD today receives most of its revenue, $29.3 million, from property taxes. Most of that is used for employee salaries and benefits and most of that
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Council approves ARPA funds timeline
By Lou Fancher
Lafayette city council members at the July 26 meeting heard a presentation about the American Rescue Plan Act and how the city plans to use the ARPA funds from Economic Development Manager Thomas Myers and ...read

'Our light is on' - Visitors welcome to the Lafayette Historical Society
By Grace Gonsalves
Walking down Mt. Diablo Boulevard, there were people on the sidewalk, a heartening sign that the library was open. Past the library, down some stairs, under soaring books and left on Golden Gate Way, the ...read

Lafayette citizen committee aims to make city more diverse, open
By Chris Rauber
Inspired by protest movements such as Black Lives Matter, the city of Lafayette is working to make the city - often criticized for its exclusivity - far more welcoming to a far more diverse population. read
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Town's mayor and vice mayor conduct 'Community Engagement Tour'
By Vera Kochan
Moraga Mayor Mike McCluer and Vice Mayor Steve Woehleke conducted a survey amongst members of the town's various civic organizations in order to form a better understanding of the community's issues and ...read

Valle Vista (Part Two) - Moraga's all but forgotten subdivision and its residents
By Vera Kochan
Subdivision No. 3, also known as Valle Vista, came to fruition in 1914, when the Moraga Land Company began selling 98 lots to anyone interested in building homes just beyond Canyon Bridge.
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Embezzlement case sentencing hearing continued
By Sora O'Doherty
A federal public defender for Francis Robert Fritzky, known in Moraga as Bob, who has pleaded guilty to charges of embezzling over $200,000 from the Moraga Community Foundation, told the court on July 30 that ...read
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Planning commission rejects bid for historic landmark designation, applicants appeal
By Sora O'Doherty
The decision on whether or not the residence at 12 Charles Hill Circle deserves to be designated as a historic landmark will now rest with the Orinda City Council, following the decision of the planning ...read

Once dubious, Wilder residents now wildly enthusiastic about preschool
By Sora O'Doherty
When somewhat over one year ago it was proposed to rent a portion of the Art & Garden Center at Wilder to a Montessori preschool, Wilder residents expressed concerns that this was another benefit for Orinda ...read

Live-ish theater returns to Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda Starlight Village Players are delighted to be back providing live entertainment in Orinda's Community Park, starting Aug. 6. Although the events will be in person, the plays won't be fully produced ...read
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A man and his show horse, Dude
Lafayette Council approves Samantha Townhomes construction
Council approves ARPA funds timeline
'Our light is on' - Visitors welcome to the Lafayette Historical Society
Lafayette citizen committee aims to make city more diverse, open
Town's mayor and vice mayor conduct 'Community Engagement Tour'
Valle Vista (Part Two) - Moraga's all but forgotten subdivision and its residents
Embezzlement case sentencing hearing continued
Planning commission rejects bid for historic landmark designation, applicants appeal
Once dubious, Wilder residents now wildly enthusiastic about preschool
Lamorinda communities participate in virtual evacuation drill
MOFD board votes to maintain equal Moraga/Orinda six cent Fire Flow Tax rate
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
The entrepreneurial endeavors of one local comic book creator
Tackle summertime sizzle with refreshing fruit-filled rosé sangria
Lynn's Top Five
Live-ish theater returns to Orinda
Moraga Art Gallery enlivens East Bay art scene
Moraga Rotary named the "Outstanding Club of the Year"
Fashion camp finale features fabulous designs
Hopscotch squares span nearly quarter mile, thanks to local girls' efforts
Building community two wheels at a time
A difficult season and coaching changes in Lamorinda Wrestling
CC United Wins National Junior Olympics
Mia Mastrov follows family footsteps to California
Lamorinda Water Polo Club celebrates its graduating seniors
Orinda Aquatics makes strong showing at USA Swimming Sectional Championships
12U Moraga Baseball team Champs
Dons Youth Football Camp
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Choosing the best disposal
Once dubious, Wilder residents now wildly enthusiastic about preschool
By Sora O'Doherty
When somewhat over one year ago it was proposed to rent a portion of the Art & Garden Center at Wilder to a Montessori preschool, Wilder residents expressed concerns that this was another benefit for Orinda ...read

Dons Youth Football Camp
Submitted by Jim Malmquist
The Dons Youth Football Academy was held at the Acalanes Football Field in July, for all kids in the Lamorinda community from fourth to eighth grade. This year's academy was exceptional, with over 90 kids ...read
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A difficult season and coaching changes in Lamorinda Wrestling
By Jon Kingdon
Despite all the chaos this past spring, the changes with the wrestling head coaches in Miramonte, Acalanes and Campolindo have brought stability for all three schools. After four years at Miramonte, Jason ...read

Mia Mastrov follows family footsteps to California
By Jon Kingdon
You would be hard pressed to find someone that was able to benefit in any way due to the onset of the coronavirus. Though she would have been willing to cancel the tradeoff, the University of California ...read

Orinda Aquatics makes strong showing at USA Swimming Sectional Championships
Submitted by Don Heidary
Orinda Aquatics finished third at the recent USA Swimming Long Course Sectional Championships in Roseville, California. The meet was comprised of 50 teams from Northern California, Southern California, and ...read
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The entrepreneurial endeavors of one local comic book creator
By Diane Claytor
As a boy growing up in Sunnyvale, Mel Smith, like most kids his age, read comic books. He liked them a lot. As an adult now living in Orinda, Smith still likes comic books. Actually, he more than likes them. ...read

Tackle summertime sizzle with refreshing fruit-filled rosé sangria
By Susie Iventosch
We love a good summery cocktail and there is almost nothing more refreshing for an afternoon in the backyard than a pitcher of fruity sangria. With hints of strawberry, orange, grapefruit, lime, cucumber and ...read

Hopscotch squares span nearly quarter mile, thanks to local girls' efforts
By John T. Miller
A pair of neighborhood girls drew a 1,000 square hopscotch pattern in the asphalt on their quiet street in Lafayette. Annie Andres, 11, and Fiona Greenaway, 12, used Crayola Sidewalk Chalk to draw the ...read

Building community two wheels at a time
By Jeff Gomez
It's a dream lots of people have: quit the corporate grind, team up with a good friend, and start a business devoted to something you love. With the recent opening of First Mile Cycle Works, a new retail and ...read
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