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Emergency Preparedness plans involve tapping tech
By Jennifer Wake
Several of the steps being taken by Lamorinda fire districts, police departments, local utilities and residents for what could be another historic fire season were discussed at Lafayette's virtual July 14 Emergency Preparedness Commission. Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt outlined several technological initiatives that will help law and fire personnel during wildfire incidents. Police Services Assistant John Cornell said David Nielson, of O3 Apps, developed an app that alerts police and fire personnel on their smart phones or tablets of any fires identified through ALERTWildfire cameras in the local area. "It's still in beta mode," Cornell said, "and is currently just for first responders. David developed the app as a way to give back to the community." Cornell helped install 34 cameras ...read



Goalie Drew Holland Photo provided
Local water polo player takes the Olympic world stage
By Jon Kingdon
When Drew Holland made this year's United States Olympic Water Polo team as their goalie, he continued a much venerated tradition for Miramonte High School. Following in the footsteps of Drew McDonald, Rick ...read

Revelers enjoy Hacienda Nights food truck event July 15. Photo Vera Kochan
The food trucks are back for Hacienda Nights
By Vera Kochan
It was a breezy evening with a slight chill in the air, but that didn't stop folks from coming out to the first of two Hacienda Nights on July 15.
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Davis Diaz in 2018 Photo Gint Federas
Davis Diaz on the way to Vanderbilt or the Major Leagues
By Jon Kingdon
A few years ago, there was a baseball movie starring Kevin Costner called "For the Love of the Game." It's a title that could also be applied to recent Acalanes graduate Davis Diaz and his relationship to ...read

Blue agapanthus is a staple of summer gardens. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink, I farm the soil which yields my food, I share creation. Kings can do no more." ~ Chinese ...read
Lafayetteread all Moragaread all Orindaread all
A sincere apology

After the June 23 Town Council meeting, I had the opportunity to review the recording and in particular to observe what was undeniably my inappropriate demeanor and the improper tenor of my questioning of Susan Allison of the Mulberry Preschool.
I immediately wrote and sincerely apologized to Ms. Allison for my conduct the night before. I acknowledged to her
: ...

Moraga Garden Center

Kenny Murakami is an irreplaceable treasure!? I was shocked to open your paper and see that his nursery will close in the fall.
His farewell notice brought tears to my eyes.? Of course, it makes sense that he retire now, but his legion ...

Consider the bees

Thank god we have Amazon to ship products directly to our doors. Of the 177 people I have met this summer while canvassing to save the bees, many have had Amazon packages waiting for them. As customers of the largest online retailer, we should know that Amazon has made no move to stop the sale...


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Council approves Housing Element EIR budget augmentation
By Jennifer Wake
The Lafayette City Council at its July 12 meeting approved a budget increase of $161,248 to ESA's initial contract price of $312,400 to conduct an Environmental Impact Report for the 6th Cycle Housing Element, ...read

City discusses replacement procedures for council opening
By Lou Fancher
City Manager Niroop Srivatsa at the July 12 city council meeting outlined the process for filling the open position made available after council member Cam Burks announced his resignation on June 28. Burks ...read

Citywide Sidewalk Sale planned for end of July
By Lou Fancher
The Lafayette Citywide Sidewalk Sale July 31 welcomes shoppers back to downtown retail, service and food establishments and serves as a one-day warm-up for the city's biggest fall event, the Lafayette Art & ...read
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Town sends opposition letter to MOFD board regarding possible fire flow tax rate hike
By Vera Kochan
The Moraga Town Council at its July 14 meeting discussed an upcoming Moraga-Orinda Fire District board meeting agenda item, which involves the possibility of raising Moraga's Fire Flow Tax. Moraga's zone not ...read

The Valle Vista subdivision - Moraga's own Lost City of Atlantis
By Vera Kochan
More than 100 years ago there existed an area of land known as Subdivision No. 3 called Valle Vista. Originally owned by the Moraga Company, which is famously recognized as the agricultural firm responsible ...read

Rheem Theatre welcomes excited movie-goers back inside
By Vera Kochan
Ah, the smell of freshly buttered popcorn popping that wasn't made in your home's microwave. Yes, the COVID mandates have loosened further, and movie theatres have opened their doors wide, just in time for the ...read
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New Orinda Historical Society president looks toward the future; wins Fourth of July award
By Sora O'Doherty
The title of the report presented to the Orinda City Council, "a report from OHS president, Alison Burns, regarding the 2020-21 activities of the Orinda Historical Society (OHS), which operates in a room ('the ...read

Orinda Library reopens, but not on Sundays
By Sora O'Doherty
The city council heard the annual review of the library oversight committee on July 6. The library has reopened but, unfortunately, it cannot restore Sunday opening hours because the county library system has ...read

Sustained effort by Miramonte students results in polystyrene ban in Orinda
By Sora O'Doherty
An idea first brought to the Orinda City Council in January of 2020 has resulted in the adoption of an ordinance regulating the use of polystyrene food containers in the city, effective Aug. 20 of this year. ...read
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Local water polo player takes the Olympic world stage
The food trucks are back for Hacienda Nights
Council approves Housing Element EIR budget augmentation
City discusses replacement procedures for council opening
Citywide Sidewalk Sale planned for end of July
Town sends opposition letter to MOFD board regarding possible fire flow tax rate hike
The Valle Vista subdivision - Moraga's own Lost City of Atlantis
Rheem Theatre welcomes excited movie-goers back inside
New Orinda Historical Society president looks toward the future; wins Fourth of July award
Orinda Library reopens, but not on Sundays
New OUSD superintendent selected
Emergency Preparedness plans involve tapping tech
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Orinda Police Blotter
Lamorinda school buses to roll again, and, for the first time ever, will service Wilder as well
Sustained effort by Miramonte students results in polystyrene ban in Orinda
Letters to the editor
Janice Peacock: Author, artist, teacher
Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage in September
Hint of salt makes these bittersweet chocolate cookies sing
Headlands Brewing Co., a new family-friendly hangout
Kiku Sushi & Vegetarian offers fresh options for all
Having a Good Relationship with Your Adult Children, Part 2
Watermelon contest winner!
Orinda teens log over 3,000 volunteer hours amid pandemic
Davis Diaz on the way to Vanderbilt or the Major Leagues
Steven Dyer and Emmanuel Callas named Coach and Player of the Year
Karate Olympic hopeful ... super karate girl
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
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The Real Estate Quarter in Review
Lamorinda school buses to roll again, and, for the first time ever, will service Wilder as well
By Sora O'Doherty
After the difficult school year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, area schools are reopening with full schedules of academics, sports and other activities, and the Lamorinda School Bus Program will also return ...read

New OUSD superintendent selected
By Sora O'Doherty
Following an intensive search, the Orinda Union School District board of trustees has selected Aida Glimme to serve as the new superintendent of the district. Glimme, who comes to Orinda from the Acalanes ...read
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Davis Diaz on the way to Vanderbilt or the Major Leagues
By Jon Kingdon
A few years ago, there was a baseball movie starring Kevin Costner called "For the Love of the Game." It's a title that could also be applied to recent Acalanes graduate Davis Diaz and his relationship to ...read

Steven Dyer and Emmanuel Callas named Coach and Player of the Year
By Jon Kingdon
After taking over a Campolindo basketball team that was 14-14 in 2015-16, coach Steven Dyer has led the Cougars to four consecutive winning seasons with at least 20 wins. It took the coronavirus to break that ...read

Karate Olympic hopeful ... super karate girl
Submitted by Thomas Westernoff
Karate & Fitness USA Team Member Amaliya Nalitkina, age 13, of Lafayette and soon to be a freshman at Campolindo High School returns home with the Bronze Medal in Kumite (sparring) at the AAU (Amatuer Athletic ...read
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Janice Peacock: Author, artist, teacher
By Jeff Gomez
Lamorinda resident Janice Peacock is always challenging herself. Whether it's mastering techniques in glass art, writing a mystery series, or picking up computer skills thanks to COVID-19, she's always ...read

Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage in September
Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen
Named Best Concert Series of the East Bay in 2021 by Diablo Magazine, the Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage on Sept. 18 with a series of five concerts. Each performance is held at the Don Tatzin ...read

Hint of salt makes these bittersweet chocolate cookies sing
By Susie Iventosch
I have been eyeing this recipe in my old metal recipe box for a couple of years now, wondering who in the heck gave it to me. I don't recognize the handwriting and there's no one's name on it. Also, the 5x7 ...read

Headlands Brewing Co., a new family-friendly hangout
By Jenn Freedman
Headlands Brewing Co. opened its doors May 28 on the east side of Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, adjacent to Bonehead's Texas BBQ. The taproom features a 20-tap floating draught tower, two outdoor patios ...read
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