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Archive for April, 2007

Building a library

Watch the progress of the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center by clicking here. Reporter Katherine Tam says the view should be more exciting in a few months when the building starts to rise. Right now, workers are digging the underground parking garage.

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2007
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Moraga to hold traffic safety forum today

The newly formed Traffic Safety Advisory Committee is holding a public forum on traffic safety on today, April 23.

The committee was formed to make recommendations to the town about improvements that could make it safer to walk, bike and drive in Moraga.

The group reviews residents’ requests for safety improvements. Recent suggestions have included installing a golf cart crossing on Moraga Way and reducing speeding in various neighborhoods.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. in the Mosaic Room at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2007
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Miss Manners is horrified

Is nothing sacred? Someone on Friday let a half-empty paper coffee cup under a pew inside the Saint Mary’s College chapel in Moraga.

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2007
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Reaching out

Seen in Moraga at midday today: A middle-aged woman in a light blue minivan stops near Safeway to give food and clothing to a forlorn woman, wrapped in plastic, sitting alone on a bench. On the St. Mary’s College campus, two young men come to the aid of a frantic young woman whose red car has run out of gas and is blocking the Soda Center parking lot. Good samaritans all.

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2007
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Not so petty

From the Moraga police log:

Friday, April 13
PETTY THEFT — A Sanders Drive resident reported a petty theft from his vehicle. He had left his wallet and money clip in the center console of his unlocked vehicle at 6:30 p.m. April 12. When he returned at 10 a.m. April 13 he realized his wallet and money clip were missing. The total loss was about $95.

PETTY THEFT — Officers contacted two victims of petty theft at an Ascot Drive apartment building. Both victims had their cars broken into and their stereo/CD players were missing. While investigating the two thefts, officers discovered another car had been tampered with. The owner said no property appeared to have been taken.

Saturday, April 14
VANDALISM — Officers contacted the owner of a home on Warfield Drive at 3:19 p.m. The homeowner said that between April 7 and 14, someone vandalized her front irrigation system. They made six cuts to her 1/2 inch plastic drip line, destroying it. Damage was estimated to be under $100.

Sunday, April 15
PETTY THEFT — Three petty thefts were reported at Campolindo High School Soda Center. Wallets were taken from three separate gym bags.

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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A waterworld

The police log reveals that Friday the 13th was a nightmare at one Orinda home. A woman reported at 11:43 a.m. that someone had turned on the water main in her house, which was still under construction, causing the water from the second floor to overflow, soak the floor and run down the walls on the first floor. There were several contractors working on the project, and police could not determine if a crime had been committed. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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Let’s go fishin’

The Ninth annual OSCC Trout Derby is 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lafayette Reservoir, sponsored by Outdoor Sportsmen’s Coalition of California. The registration deadline is 6:30 a.m., Saturday on the grass above the reservoir store on the hill, 3849 Mt. Diablo Road. Fee includes prizes in four categories, tri-tip sandwiches for lunch. $25 ages 16 and older; $5 ages 5-15, accompanied by an adult. Contact: George, 925-372-6622, days.

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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Zander Drive claim settled

A Zander Drive resident who took the city of Orinda to small claims court over the conditions at a city-owned house on the street has been awarded a $1,575 judgment.

Joseph Moran argued that he deserved compensation for the “loss of enjoyment” of his neighborhood that he suffered because of the hazards at 106 Zander Drive — including rats, mosquitoes and trespassers.

City officials said they have largely addressed the problems at the house, which the city owns as the result of a lawsuit settlement.

They put an alarm on the home, hired a pest control company to trap rats, and had the county come in to deal with the mosquitoes. The city is also in the process of doing a geotechnical study on how to stabilize the slide-prone Zander Drive lot in the hopes of selling it.

Moran was asking for $7,500 plus court costs, and received a judgment for $1,575, according to court records.

— Brooke

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
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Fire destroys Lafayette garage

Firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 3600 block of Nordstrom Lane in Lafayette at 9:12 p.m. Sunday.

The fire started in the garage of the residence but firefighters from both the Contra Costa and Moraga-Orinda Fire Department put out the fire just as it started moving toward the rest of the house, said Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Dave George.

The fire destroyed the garage but no one was injured, George said.

It took firefighters 20 minutes from the time they were notified to get the fire under control, he said.

The steepness of the lane made access toward the house a challenge, George said.

_Janice De Jesus

Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2007
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Palos Colorados on the agenda again

Curious about what’s happening with the Palos Colorados project? The Moraga Planning Commission is tackling the topic once again at tonight’s meeting.

A study session is scheduled to provide the commission with a brief history of the project and explain the current processing of the tentative map and hillside development permit, as well as discuss potential conditions of approval.

Palos Colorados is a 123-home subdivision slated to be built off Moraga Road just south of Lafayette.

The project has a long and controversial history.

A 1999 lawsuit settlement scaled back the development, and promised some revenues from the planned golf course to Lafayette and Moraga. But developers dropped the golf course last year after running into difficulty getting federal and state approvals for the course.

Developers promised $14 million to Moraga to compensate for the lost benefits of the course. Lafayette then sued both Moraga and the developer, and the developer settled in February by agreeing to give the two communities an extra $5 million to split.

The development will include public access to four miles of trails, and 386 acres of open space.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. today in the La Sala Building at the Hacienda de la Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2007
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