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In 3-2 vote, MOFD board moves to increase minimum staffing of firefighter paramedics by 2
By Jennifer Wake
By the end of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District governing board's special meeting on Nov. 16, it seemed that the issue of increasing minimum staffing of safety personnel/firefighter paramedics from 17 to 19 had once again been postponed after Directors Craig Jorgens and John Jex requested more information before moving forward. But in a surprising turn of events during the regular session, three board directors, Michael Donner, Steven Danziger and Gregory Baitx, voted to direct staff to engage in negotiations with United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County, IAFF Local 1230 ...read
 
 
 
Majority of union supported candidates for MOFD board poised to lose to challengers
By Sora O'Doherty
Two of the three candidates for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board who were supported by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1230 Political Activity Committee appear to have been defeated in the general election. While the results have yet to be certified by Contra Costa County Elections, Michael Donner is poised to lose his seat to challenger Michael Roemer in District 4, but is within striking distance ...read
Corregated metal pipe deterioration of invert near Donald Drive and Moraga Road.
State of some Moraga storm drains causes alarm
By Vera Kochan
As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words," and the condition of some of the town's storm drains speak volumes.
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Orinda takes an early lead on evacuation planning under new law
By Sora O'Doherty
Although not required by law to address the issue of evacuation planning until the update of the local hazard mitigation plan in a few years, Orinda decided to get an early start on the issue which has been ...read
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Miramonte and Campolindo make it to NorCal Tournament
By Jon Kingdon
Concluding their season with a 16-12 record, the Miramonte boys water polo team had a lot to hang their hats on. Following a 16-11 record last season which concluded with the Matadors falling to Sacred Heart ...read

A glut of gaga gourds and petite pumpkins. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Landscapes move us in a manner more analogous to the action of music than to anything else. Gradually and silently the charm carries over us: the beauty has entered our souls we know not exactly when and ...read
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City moves forward with potential purchase of downtown properties
By Lou Fancher
Administrative Services Director Tracy Robinson at the Nov. 14 city council meeting discussed progress made on the city's plan to purchase two downtown properties located at 990 Moraga Road, best known as the ...read

City Council revisits housing plan without BART parking lot property inclusion
By Jennifer Wake
After countless hours of deliberations on housing opportunity sites in the 6th Cycle Housing Element for Lafayette, which requires planning for an additional 2,114 units as part of the Regional Housing Needs ...read

LafSD and AUHSD school board elections favor incumbents
By Jennifer Wake
Following a contentious election season, with barbs and accusations flying over social media, school board incumbents for the Lafayette School District and Acalanes Union High School District look poised to ...read
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Interim Town Manager approved by council
By Vera Kochan
The Ad Hoc Committee, consisting of Mayor Steve Woehleke and Vice Mayor Renata Sos, wasted no time in searching for an interim town manager to temporarily fill current Moraga Town Manager Cynthia Battenberg's ...read

Some new faces join town council table come January
By Vera Kochan
There were three slots to fill in the Nov. 8 town council election race - two four-year terms and one two-year term (also referred to as a short term).
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Town hires new Parks and Rec director
By Vera Kochan
Just in time for the busy holiday season of community activities, Moraga's new Parks and Recreation Director Mackenzie Brady is happy to keep the town's traditions alive.
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Women candidates sweep Orinda City Council, school board, while adding diversity
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda City Council will start its next iteration with five women at the helm of the city. Incumbents Inga Miller and Darlene Gee will be joined by Latika Malkani from the Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight ...read

It's final: Wilder developer is in default, but still working with city to complete the project
By Sora O'Doherty
The Orinda City Council on Nov. 15 officially held that the developer of Wilder, OGLLC, is in default of the development agreement. The council has so held on a number of recent occasions, but this time, the ...read

Reception planned to honor Council Member Amy Worth, Dec. 4
By Sora O'Doherty
A reception to honor retiring Orinda council member Amy Worth will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 on the Upper Library Plaza, at 26 Orinda Way. Worth is retiring from the Orinda City Council after 24 ...read
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State of some Moraga storm drains cause alarm
Orinda takes an early lead on evacuation planning under new law
City moves forward with potential purchase of downtown properties
City Council revisits housing plan without BART parking lot property inclusion
LafSD and AUHSD school board elections favor incumbents
Input still needed for Lafayette Local Roadway Safety Plan
Interim Town Manager approved by council
Some new faces join town council table come January
Moraga School District to seat two new board members and one incumbent
Town hires new Parks and Rec director
Women candidates sweep Orinda City Council, school board, while adding diversity
It's final: Wilder developer is in default, but still working with city to complete the project
Reception planned to honor Council Member Amy Worth, Dec. 4
Bright Ideas Film Festival returns to Orinda Theatre, Dec. 2
Majority of union supported candidates for MOFD board poised to lose to challengers
In 3-2 vote, MOFD board moves to increase minimum staffing of firefighter paramedics by 2
Lafayette Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Lamorinda's historical societies join forces with a Caldecott Tunnel/Orinda blast-from-the-past event
Local bee expert writes enticing children's book
Saint Mary's College music program features three festive concerts in December
Get ready for cookie season with these over-the-top Oreo Krispie Treats
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Lamorinda holiday events to add sparkle to the season
Lions and Leo Club support Moraga Education Foundation
Kiwanis See's Candy fundraiser offers sweet way to support the community
'Holiday Giving Tree' fundraiser helps cats get much-needed care
Leonard Oliver Walde, Jr.
Stephen Soule Arnon
Miramonte and Campolindo make it to NorCal Tournament
Miramonte concludes second undefeated season with NorCal victory
MOL 7th grade 2022 Super Bowl champions
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
Learning to tap into the wonder of the natural world
LafSD and AUHSD school board elections favor incumbents
By Jennifer Wake
Following a contentious election season, with barbs and accusations flying over social media, school board incumbents for the Lafayette School District and Acalanes Union High School District look poised to ...read

Moraga School District to seat two new board members and one incumbent
By Vera Kochan
Election results for the Nov. 8 Moraga School District race, while not yet certified, have named Larry Jacobs, Martha White and Kristin Kraetsch as the winners as of Nov. 18. Candidate Hen King came in fourth ...read
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Miramonte and Campolindo make it to NorCal Tournament
By Jon Kingdon
Concluding their season with a 16-12 record, the Miramonte boys water polo team had a lot to hang their hats on. Following a 16-11 record last season which concluded with the Matadors falling to Sacred Heart ...read

Miramonte concludes second undefeated season with NorCal victory
By Jon Kingdon
Miramonte girls water polo extended two streaks, their second consecutive NorCal championship along with their second straight North Coast Sectional tournament a week earlier. The Matadors have now won 67 ...read

MOL 7th grade 2022 Super Bowl champions
Submitted by Melissa O'Brien
The 7th grade Stampeders marched to victory defeating the first-place Jets 26-14 in the MOL Super Bowl. Led by Blake Frechman, the Stampeders running game proved unstoppable. The running game opened up the ...read
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Local bee expert writes enticing children's book
By Diane Claytor
You won't find beehives, hive stands, honey extractors, veils or any beekeeper accessory in Melissa Edwards' Lafayette backyard. That's because Edwards, a talented landscape architect and self-taught bee ...read

Saint Mary's College music program features three festive concerts in December
Submitted by Ben Enos
The Saint Mary's College Music Program will wrap up the fall semester with several days of concerts from Dec. 1-4. Performances begin on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. with the "One True Joy" Choir Concert in the ...read

Looking Good in Lamorinda
By Moya Stone
Body Piercing is fast becoming a fashionable must have. Florence Pugh, who starred in Greta Gerwig's hit film "Little Women," was recently on the cover of Harper's Bazaar sporting a nose ring. Actors such as ...read

Lamorinda's historical societies join forces with a Caldecott Tunnel/Orinda blast-from-the-past event
By Vera Kochan
Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda's historical societies put their collective heads together and produced an event that drew an overflow crowd of history buffs from the Lamorinda area. Expecting an audience of ...read
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