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Archive for July, 2007

Orinda: Normal garbage service today

The city is reporting that Valley Waste Mangement, which picks up Orinda’s green waste and recycling, will operate on a normal schedule today.

The July 16 work stoppage created a backup that meant drivers weren’t able to complete their normal service routes on Monday. But VWM says that all routes that weren’t finished yesterday will be completed today.

If you have any questions or would like to report a complaint on this matter, please contact the CCCSWA office at (925) 906-1801.

Teamsters Local Union 70 and Waste Management will continue negotiations today in hopes of resolving the labor dispute in Oakland.

— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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Robber holds up Lafayette bank

The FBI is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Bank of the West in Lafayette on Thursday.

The robber entered the bank at 3538 Mt. Diablo Blvd. at 4:50 p.m. and filled out a deposit slip before threatening a teller with a small black handgun, police Chief Mike Hubbard said.

“It was very fast; no one was hurt,” Hubbard said.

The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running east on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Officers aided by police dogs and a helicopter searched for the robber for about 45 minutes.

He is described as a white man in his early 20s, between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown hair in a buzz cut. He was wearing a black shirt and dark-colored pants during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lafayette police at 925-284-5010.

— Malaika Fraley

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2007
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Earthquake kits

Are you prepared for the next quake? The Orinda Association might be able to lend a hand. It has been selling backpacks and duffle bags full of useful supples, for $65 and $45. Contact them at (925) 254-0800 to see if they have more.

And for quake coverage click here.


Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2007
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Everyone’s a victim, even PG&E

From the Orinda police log:

Tuesday, June 26
ID THEFT — A Knickerbocker Lane resident received a notice from WalMart that her application for a credit account had been denied — but she had never applied. She checked her credit, and found she had an outstanding balance of $1,000 on a Banana Republic account she had never opened. She put a fraud alert on her credit card.

Monday, July 2
THEFT — Police investigated a report that a man entered the Linda Vista home of his ex-wife, and stole $6,000 worth of jewelry.

Tuesday, July 3
THEFT — Someone stole tools and a Porsche 911 from a detached garage on Tahos Road.

Friday JUNE 13
THEFT — Someone stole $3,900 worth of equipment and tools from vehicles parked at a PG&E substation on Bear Creek Road.

Saturday, July 14
VANDALISM — Someone drew on a rental truck parked on Irving Lane. A peace symbol, a heart, the words “rock and roll” and an expletive were written in pink paint.

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2007
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Grand theft

From the Moraga police log;

Thursday, July 12
GRAND THEFT — Officers responded to a theft from the trunk of a vehicle on Ascot Drive. It was determined that between 7:30 and 8 a.m. someone had removed a small suitcase from the trunk of a parked vehicle. The trunk was open at the time of the theft. The suitcase contained women’s clothing and more than $150 in cash. The total loss is in excess of $800.

Friday, July 13
GRAND THEFT — Officers received a report of stolen golf clubs from an unlocked storage unit in a carport on Ascot Drive. The clubs were mostly the Callaway brand and replacement value was estimated at $1,800.

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2007
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Lock those doors

From the Lafayette police log:

Saturday, July 7
GRAND THEFT — A Sky Hi Circle resident reported someone entered her unlocked car while it was parked in her driveway and removed a bag and laptop worth $2,050.

Monday, July 9
STOLEN CAR — A Woodside Court resident who left his garage door open around midnight returned at 8 a.m. to find his 2003 BMW missing. He had left the keys in the car.

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2007
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Travolta film camp at St. Mary’s

THERE’S something about “American Bandstand”-style flicks that just seems to draw Travoltas. John Travolta’s cross-dressing turn in the new movie “Hairspray,” a musical comedy that revolves around a “Bandstand”-esque television show, has been making headlines lately. But John’s older brother by four years, film director Joey Travolta, just finished directing a slew of local teens in a very different version — a retro “American Grandstand” made during an unusual film camp at Moraga’s St. Mary’s College.

The two-week camp caters to teenagers with autistic spectrum disorders and their friends, though you’d have been hard-pressed to figure out who was who on the set. That, says Travolta, is exactly the point.

“I don’t see a difference,” says Travolta, “because I treat everyone the same.”

To learn more, click here.

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
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Lamorinda: Recycling and green waste service resumes

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority announced Tuesday that regular recycling and green waste pickups in Lamorinda are resuming as normal.

The service had been affected by picketers from a garbage service labor dispute in Alameda County. According to a press release, picketers were at the Walnut Creek headquarters of Valley Waste Management, which the authority contracts to collect green waste and recycling in Danville, Lamorinda, Walnut Creek and parts of unincorporated Contra Costa.

The authority is asking residents to set out the green and burgandy recycling carts on their normal service days.

Call CCCSWA with questions or concerns at 925-906-1801.

— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
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Library foundation seeks fundraising gurus

Supporters of the new $43 million Lafayette library under construction are putting out a call for people to serve on a new board that will raise funds, set goals and help the new venture succeed.

The new Library Foundation Board of Trustees will be tasked with raising $100,000 a year to support library operations, such as expanded hours. The library is budgeted to be open 40 hours a week, but supporters hope to raise enough money to open the facility 56 to 58 hours a week. In addition, the new foundation board will manage finances, set program goals, hire an executive director and collaborate with local groups for quality programs.

Residents can apply through Sept. 14. The board will hold up to 11 members. Interviews will be conducted throughout the summer as applicants emerge. Board members will be named by Oct. 1.

About the board:
TERM: Two years, unpaid
DUTIES: Raise funds, oversee budget, set program goals and policies, collaborate with community partners, develop and manage a strategic plan, select and evaluate an executive director
APPLYING: Job description and application forms available online at under “Get Involved” or Forms can be picked up at the Lafayette Library, city offices and Chamber of Commerce.
RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE: The 12-member committee consists of people representing different groups, genders, ages, backgrounds and parts of the city. They are Mary McCosker (Friends of the Lafayette Library/Historical Society), Mary Ann Hoisington (FLL/county library commissioner), Lois Laine (Lafayette Community Foundation/FLL), Cheryl Noll (LCF), Lafayette school board member Stephenie Teichman, Acalanes school board member Richard Whitmore, Councilman Brandt Andersson, Dennis Garrison (businessman and donor), Kathy Merchant (Library Foundation), Ann Grodin (LF/LCF), Jim Cunha (LF) and Ann Appert (at-large member, also on Lafayette school board).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 925-284-8214

Katherine Tam

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2007
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Lafayette Criterium comes to town

For coverage of the Lafayette Criterium bicycle event, click here

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2007
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