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Archive for April, 2007

Concerns about the crosses

Mike Zampa makes an argument in his upcoming May 4 column that it might be time to take down the Lafayette crosses:

“There’s nothing wrong with global exposure for little Lafayette. We’ve inserted ourselves into the world’s most troubling debate. Notoriety comes with the territory and we deserve it.

Trouble is discourse is moving away from the issue. We seem to have stopped talking about Iraq. Instead, we’re caught up in a thicket of side issues raised by opponents of the crosses to the City Council. The concerns include:

Do the crosses violate Lafayette’s sign ordinance?

Should they be made of inflammable material instead of wood?
Are weeds on the hillside a fire hazard? (Believe it or not, someone actually went out there to measure them).

This kind of bickering goes on all the time in small towns. But it usually involves neighbors complaining about the guy who won’t remove his recycling bin from the curb on garbage day.

What began as a comment about war, peace and maybe the First Amendment is now a back yard brawl. And reporters love it.”

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2007
Under: Crosses, Lafayette, Lamorinda | 3 Comments »

Seeking Lafayette guest editorial

The Lamorinda Sun is doing a special issue May 18 on the road measures on the June 5 ballot in both Lafayette and Orinda. We plan to feature pro and con statements and letters for each measure.

In Lafayette we’re still seeking someone to write a guest editorial opposing the measure. We already have lined up a guest editorial in support of the measure.

If you want to be the opposition voice in Lafayette, call 943-8163

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Roads | 1 Comment »

Lafayette man embarks on cross-country bike tour

Lafayette resident Len Holmes is fulfilling a dream he’s been harboring for three decades: biking across the country.
The 65 year old left Thursday morning for his solo cross-country journey, with 35 pounds of camping gear and supplies strapped to his bicycle. He plans to stop along the way to check out the sights and visit friends. He’ll arrive on the East Coast in September.
He’ll stop off at public libraries along the way and post updates, musings and photos to his online journal. You can check out his online journal here.

Katherine Tam

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2007
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Orinda looks at underage drinking

The Orinda City Council will be talking about its ordinance against “unruly private parties” at its meeting on Monday.

City staff is recommending ordinance changes that would make it easier to crack down on underage drinking, part of ongoing efforts in Orinda to address teenage drinking.

The proposed changes would reduce the number of underage revelers that constitute a party, and eliminate the cap on response costs that could be recovered from responsible parties.

The Orinda City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, 24 Orinda Way.

— Brooke

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2007
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

That Zampa Guy

From this week’s column by Mike Zampa:

THERE’S A DISTURBANCE in the animal kingdom. Last month a coyote climbed into the soft drink cooler at a Chicago Subway restaurant. Days before that a mountain lion was suspected of hiding in a Pleasanton basement.
Of the two incidents, the Pleasanton case was scarier because it turns out there was no mountain lion in the basement. Residents now think it was the cable guy. And worse, he may have had plumber’s crack.

No official explanation has been given for these obviously related wildlife anomalies. The suspicion, however, is that they’re the result of global warming. For instance, experts theorize that climate change disoriented the coyote, forcing him to seek refuge among bottles and cans of Diet Dr. Pepper.
If that’s true, it could happen to other species, too.

So here’s a tip: Open your own Subway. Because if global warming afflicts Pamela Anderson, she’ll be looking for a place to stretch out.

Of course it could be that global warming has nothing to do with all of this. In which case Pamela Anderson had better explain what she’s doing in your ice box.

But what then is bringing wild animals — not to mention TV repairmen — into our midst? The answer’s simple: They’re not in our midst, we’re in theirs.

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Moraga takes more time on noise rules

Moraga put off a decision this week to adopt an addition to its noise ordinance.

The town was considering amending the ordinance to ward off lawsuits like the one a resident filed recently contending that the summer concert series is too loud.

But instead, the Town Council asked staff to make sure there are no California Environmental Quality Act issues to address before it approves the amendment.

The town was considering adding language to the ordinance that would allow the sounds from community events to exceed 60 decibels at any time. That would help protect the town from future lawsuits.

Resident Joyceanne Beachem filed suit against the town and the Moraga Park & Recreation Foundation that runs the concerts, saying the noise was cutting into her quality of life. She dropped the suit in December, saying she hoped the groups would resolve the problems on their own.

Beachem objected to the proposed ordinance, because it exempted the concerts from noise rules.

Brooke Bryant

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Under: Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Police hunting for clues

From the Lafayette police log this week: A Boyer Circle resident reported that between 5:30 p.m. April 14 and 10:30 a.m. April 15, someone entered his unlocked car and removed two shotguns, a hunting vest and hunting gear. The missing items are worth $7,850

And now, a question from the peanut gallery : What are shotguns doing in an unlocked, unattended car?

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda | No Comments »

Lock it up

Lamorindans REALLY need to lock their doors_to the office, the car and the house..

The Orinda police log this week reveals that a Theater Square businessman reported someone entered his unlocked office and stole his Giants season ticket book, worth $10,000.

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lamorinda, Orinda | No Comments »

Moraga triathalon set for this weekend

Curious about all those runners and bikers Moraga residents are going to be seeing on Saturday?

That’s the first ever Moraga Treeline Triathalon.

The event will feature a 400-meter swim at the Campolindo High School pool, a 14-mile bike ride that sends bikers out to Canyon School and back, and a 3.1-mile run through the neighborhood around the high school.

The event gets under way at 5:30 a.m., and the first swimmer takes off at 7 a.m. All proceeds are going back to the town.

For more information, visit

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Under: Lamorinda, Moraga, Sports | No Comments »

Hot dog

From Michael Heller:

Thank you to all of you who helped with our hot dog stand (at last week’s groundbreaking for the new Lafayette library).

It was very impressive to see all those people there to witness the beginning of our
great library. Unfortunately we did not make any money this time but we
have a lot of supplies available for our next big event, The Concert at the
Res (on May 19)!

Thank you to Bob Aguilar, Bob Shusta, Jess Wellen, John Sherry, Dick
Holt, Dale Turner, President Tim McKinley, Bill Whitten, Lisa Cohen, Jay
Lifson and Bud Multhrop.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda | No Comments »