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Archive for November, 2007

Moraga skateboard park vandalized

The Moraga police log reports:

Tuesday, Nov. 6
VANDALISM — A Town of Moraga public works employee wanted to file a vandalism report. He said at 9 a.m. while walking through Moraga Commons park, he saw that someone had spray painted the skateboard park. The damage estimate is around $250.

TRAFFIC INCIDENT— Officers responded to a traffic collision on St. Mary’s Road north of Bollinger Canyon Road. Officers arrived and contacted the driver of a silver 2006 Toyota Camry. The driver said she started to drive onto the soft shoulder of the roadway and in her attempt to stop, accidentally pushed on the gas pedal. She lost control of her vehicle and struck the Town of Moraga wood sign and metal fence, destroying both and damaging her vehicle.

From the Orinda police blotter:

Friday, Nov. 9
RECEIVED STOLEN PROPERTY — A 25-year-old Oakland man was arrested after police found stolen items in his car. The man was arrested at 1:55 p.m. after police received a message about occupants of a vehicle caught looking through mail boxes. When police confronted the occupants at the intersection of El Toyonal and Alta Vista, several items were noticed that couldn’t be accounted for. Further investigation revealed the items were reported stolen and the Oakland man was on probation.

Saturday, Nov. 10
DISTURBING THE PEACE — A resident of the first block of Oak Road called police for back up after failing to disband a juvenile fund-raiser that got out of hand. Police arrived at 8:54 p.m. to find more than 300 teenagers at the house drinking alcohol. Moraga police were called for backup. The caller said the gathering was a fund-raiser for a local high school water polo team that got out of control when alcohol was snuck in.

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
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Police find stolen property in fleeing car

Lafayette police arrested a man Nov. 17 after he led officers on a short pursuit, and they found stolen property in the vehicle, authorities said.

Police got a call about 12:30 p.m. from a resident in the 3300 block of Woodview Drive who reported seeing someone looking into a vehicle, according to sheriff’s Lt. Charles Skuce and Lafayette police Chief Mike Hubbard.

The resident gave responding officers a direction of travel and vehicle description, Skuce said. Officers soon tracked down the vehicle, but the driver did not respond to their attempts to stop it.

The driver led officers on a short pursuit before crashing into two other vehicles at Olympic and Tice Valley boulevards, Skuce said.

Officers arrested Fernando Veliz, 32, of San Pablo, on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and felony evading. He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bail at the West County Detention Facility.

Property in the vehicle had been taken in four residential burglaries and from vehicles, Hubbard said. Officers found a lawnmower on the front seat, an electric guitar and miscellaneous tools, including a leaf blower. The items were returned to owners.

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
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Two neighborhoods battle over traffic calming

At Tuesday’s Lafayette City Council meeting, it seemed the residents of two adjacent neighborhoods might need to be separated by a demilitarized zone.

At issue: Traffic calming measures on Stanley Boulevard and Springbrook Road, which are to be put to a neighborhood vote starting after Thanksgiving.

On one side: Residents on or near the two streets who have been clamouring for traffic calming for years to protect pedestrians heading to nearby schools and parks.

Their opposition: Residents of Bacon Court and Bacon Way, whose only way in and out is along Springbrook Road. They are concerned about emergency response times to their homes.

In the culmination of a four-year process, residents will be sent a ballot on Nov. 26 asking if they want traffic calming along Stanley Boulevard and Springbrook Road, and if so, whether they preferred a design based on speed humps or based on islands, chicanes and other road-narrowing options.

_ Paul Thissen

Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Roads | 5 Comments »

Our readers talk turkey and send photos

Let’s talk turkey. It seems that all of Lamorinda is. And the Friday Sun reflects that.

We solicted reader photos of wild turkeys and scores of you emailed images of a seeming wild turkey invasion: Turkeys in the road, on the roof and in back yards throughout Orinda, Moraga and. Lafayette. Check it out in the Friday Sun,

Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2007
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Police seek man who approached Orinda boy

By Malaika Fraley
ORINDA — Police are looking for a man who approached an 11-year-old boy as the child was walking to Glorietta Elementary School this morning.

“We don’t know what his intent was, but we’re concerned about what it could have been,” Sgt. Steve Andrews said.

The boy was walking on Hillcrest Drive just before 8 a.m. when a man in white truck pulled beside him and offered him a ride, Andrews said.

When the child replied no, the man ordered him to “get in the truck now.” The boy ran to the porch of the nearest house and the truck sped away.

Andrews said the child reported the incident this afternoon to his family, who then brought him to the police station. The Orinda Unified School District sent out an email notifying parents of the incident.

The man is described as white, in his 40s, with blond hair and a scar on the right side of his face. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black cap. He was driving a white truck with a lumber rack on top and damage on the driver’s side behind the door.

The child described him as having a British accent.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Nate McCormack at 925-254-6820.

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
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A “green” thief in Moraga? Solar panels missing

From the Lafayette police log:

Oct. 22
AUTO THEFT — A locked 1989 Nissan Pathfinder was stolen from an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Second Street between 10 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday. The SUV’s license plate number is 2YYP927.
From the Moraga police log:

Wednesday, Oct. 24
GRAND THEFT — An officer telephoned a citizen about the theft of two solar panels. He said he went out at noon Oct. 24 and found that two of his solar panels were missing. The last time he remembered seeing them on the hillside behind his house was Oct. 19. The cost to replace the panels is around $2,000.

From the Orinda police log:

Monday, Oct. 22
GRAND THEFT — Some $3,000 in property was reported missing from a car parked in the first block of Don Gabriel Way. The victim notified police at 9:48 a.m.

BURGLARY — Some $700 in jewelry was reported missing from a house in the 100 block of Las Vegas Road after a forced entry into the house. The incident was reported at 2:06 p.m.

Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2007
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Things to be thankful for

From Mike Zampa’s column Friday:

“WHAT AM I THANKFUL for this Thanksgiving? Next Thanksgiving. The school board just gave it back.
If you have children at Acalanes, Campolindo or Miramonte high schools, you’re probably relieved. Our elected board members flip-flopped last month. They scrapped plans for a radically altered 2008-2009 calendar.

Instead, they voted for a more traditional school year. It’ll begin in late August. It’ll end in mid-June. And it’ll preserve the holidays we hold dear — President’s Day, New Year’s Day and Regis Philbin’s birthday.

Why did our school board do this? Because they listened to reason and their constituents. It was a first in American politics.
In fact, good-government wonks now hope that voting for things that make sense becomes a trend.”

Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2007
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