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Local residents urged to practice earthquake preparedness skills during the Great ShakeOut, Oct. 21
By Jennifer Wake
Recent small earthquakes in the Bay Area at the beginning of October underscored the importance of being prepared for a potentially larger, more damaging event. On Oct. 21, at 10:21 a.m., the Great ShakeOut will take place throughout California and Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is asking everyone to practice their earthquake preparedness skills at this time by ducking, covering and hanging on, and for those who have General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios, to use them to tell CERT you are "safe." GMRS is a licensed radio service for short-distance, two-way voice communications. According to the Great ...read


Michele and David Ledesma in front of their Orinda vineyard. Photo Sora O'Doherty
Backyard vineyards a labor of love in Lamorinda
By Sora O'Doherty
Tucked away, high on a sunny hill but minutes from downtown Orinda, Michele Smith-Ledesma and her husband David Ledesma are growing luscious Cabernet and Merlot red wine grapes in a small but prolific ...read

Photo David Rowland, Probono Photo
Lamorinda women take to streets to march for justice
By Diane Claytor
Approximately 250 people from throughout Lamorinda and nearby cities gathered in front of the Orinda Theatre on Oct. 2. The group was predominantly women, the majority were holding signs, many were wearing ...read
AnnaMaria DiGeronimo Photos Tod Fierner
SMC women's soccer open with strong start, crushing loss at WCC
By John T. Miller
After a successful preseason in which the Saint Mary's women's college team posted a 6-1-2 record, the Gaels opened the West Coast Conference with a 2-0 victory over USF Oct. 2 and a crushing 7-0 loss to No. ...read

Plant red or white clover for a greener, nitrogen-rich lawn. Photo Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
By Cynthia Brian
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
The earth trembled. The fires raged. The ...read
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Drought concerns regarding commercial development

Poor judgment has become the hallmark of the Orinda City Council. The Lamorinda Weekly (Sept. 29, 2021) reported that a . "retail development named 'The Station' is scheduled to break ground this fall."
The Station will be located at 25A Orinda Way, across the street from the Orinda Public Library.
Currently,
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Orinda Council considers raising height limit

The Orinda City Council will be considering whether to raise the height limit downtown from 35 to 55 feet. Why?
What do the consultants say? One consultant said the required additional housing could be accommodated with the existing height limit. I have a non-public email from our Planning Director, Mr. Buckley, saying that. (I obtained it via a public records act request.) Another consultant said a higher height limit would...


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Mail sorting issues resolved and address changes for Saranap clarified
By John T. Miller
After two community meetings, homeowners are overwhelmingly in favor of changing 465 Saranap area parcels from unicorporated Walnut Creek to unincorporated Lafayette in the County Assessor's database. All of ...read

Council agrees to fund joint tree assessment process between PG&E and city
By Lou Fancher
Seeking to resolve lingering litigation issues between the city of Lafayette and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over the removal of over 200 trees - and involving a separate, 2017 lawsuit brought against the city ...read

Res Run amid COVID challenges Chamber to find ways to bolster budget
By Lou Fancher
It's time to tighten your laces and participate in the 2021 Lafayette Res Run for Education. The annual event co-sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and theˇcity of Lafayette challenges runners on ...read
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Historic site of railroad's Moraga Station receives commemorative plaque
By Vera Kochan
There are no remnants of a train station, let alone any railroad tracks, to mark the existence of the Moraga Station. However, that fact did not deter Eagle Scout Mason Fara of Troop 212 from pursuing his ...read

Hacienda noise mitigation strategies re-examined
By Vera Kochan
Residents in the immediate vicinity of the Hacienda de Las Flores (2100 Donald Dr, Moraga) had experienced over a year of event-free quiet during the COVID-19 mandates for large gatherings. Now that many ...read

Town agrees to join United Against Hate Week movement
By Vera Kochan
The United Against Hate movement took root during 2017, after various extremists began protesting in Berkeley, Calif.; and the tragic incident in Charlottesville, Va., where a man willfully drove his car into ...read
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Orinda city council gets update on effects of SB 9 housing bill
By Sora O'Doherty
The city council has been briefed on what it will mean to Orinda when California Senate Bill 9, signed by the governor last month, becomes law on Jan. 1. Drummond Buckley, director of planning, presented the ...read

Orinda community park moves slowly toward enhancement
By Sora O'Doherty
Orinda staff brought the issue of updating the city's main park back before the city council Oct. 5 with the intention of getting ready to apply for additional grant funding. Plans for the park were last ...read

Miramonte's Kristen Plant named County Teacher of the Year
Submitted by Marcus Walton
County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced on Sept. 23 that high school teachers Kristen Plant of Miramonte High School (Acalanes Union High School District) and Michelle Wilson of Dougherty Valley ...read
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Backyard vineyards a labor of love in Lamorinda
Lamorinda women take to streets to march for justice
Mail sorting issues resolved and address changes for Saranap clarified
Council agrees to fund joint tree assessment process between PG&E and city
Res Run amid COVID challenges Chamber to find ways to bolster budget
Historic site of railroad's Moraga Station receives commemorative plaque
Hacienda noise mitigation strategies re-examined
Town agrees to join United Against Hate Week movement
Orinda city council gets update on effects of SB 9 housing bill
Orinda community park moves slowly toward enhancement
Miramonte's Kristen Plant named County Teacher of the Year
Local residents urged to practice earthquake preparedness skills during the Great ShakeOut, Oct. 21
Orinda welcomes new chief of police
Lafayette Police Blotter
Moraga Police Blotter
Letters to the editor
George Jedenoff reigns supreme as king at 3/4-century event
Children create crafty masks during annual Pear & Wine Festival
This spiced pumpkin butter is perfect for fall
Sundance Film Festival winner 'Luzzu' at Orinda Theatre for one week
College trends to consider for the classes of 2022 and 2023
AAUW-OML forges partnership with Saint Mary's College
Three fun events at Orinda Books on tap in October
Art of Mixology returns to Theatre Square, live, on Oct. 16
Orindan wins prestigious lifetime professional achievement award
Local nonprofit helps Afghan refugees in resettlement
Elizabeth "Betty" (Frazier) Karplus
SMC women's soccer open with strong start, crushing loss at WCC
CCU Water Polo alumni represent the USA at the Fina Junior Water Polo World Championships in Prague
Lady Mats tennis racks up wins
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
Lamorinda home sales recorded
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
Miramonte's Kristen Plant named County Teacher of the Year
Submitted by Marcus Walton
County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced on Sept. 23 that high school teachers Kristen Plant of Miramonte High School (Acalanes Union High School District) and Michelle Wilson of Dougherty Valley ...read

College trends to consider for the classes of 2022 and 2023
By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.
Understanding the reality of today's college application process is an important element in managing expectations. For instance, the notion that great grades and test scores will automatically guarantee entry ...read
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SMC women's soccer open with strong start, crushing loss at WCC
By John T. Miller
After a successful preseason in which the Saint Mary's women's college team posted a 6-1-2 record, the Gaels opened the West Coast Conference with a 2-0 victory over USF Oct. 2 and a crushing 7-0 loss to No. ...read

Lady Mats tennis racks up wins
By John T. Miller
After finishing up the preseason with a 6-1 record - their only loss coming to San Ramon - and opening the Diablo Foothill League (5-1), the Miramonte tennis team is poised to make a run at the DAL ch ...read

CCU Water Polo alumni represent the USA at the Fina Junior Water Polo World Championships in Prague
Submitted by Orinda resident
Junior National Team water polo players Brock Zamanian (attacker) and Dash McFarland (center), CCU Water Polo alumni and teammates at UCSB, competed in the Fina Junior Water Polo World Championships in Prague ...read
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George Jedenoff reigns supreme as king at 3/4-century event
By Sora O'Doherty
Perhaps they need a new event for George Jedenoff, one that celebrates folks active into their second century. At 104, Jedenoff is again king of the three-quarter-century event, held this year via Zoom on ...read

Sundance Film Festival winner 'Luzzu' at Orinda Theatre for one week
By Sophie Braccini
A crack appears in the hull of a small fishing-boat. Is it a simple case of maintenance or a call from destiny signaling that something more existential has to change?
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This spiced pumpkin butter is perfect for fall
By Susie Iventosch
Fall is in the air and that means it's time for pumpkin recipes! So how about some pumpkin butter? It's really just like apple butter, only made with pumpkin purÇe, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, spices, ...read

AAUW-OML forges partnership with Saint Mary's College
Submitted by Lynda Leonard
When Laura Wittenberg retired a few years ago, she found purpose and friendship by joining AAUW-OML. She has served in many roles, including as president, but it was when she volunteered at OML's STEM ...read
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