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Archive for December, 2007

Lafayette city staff, acting goofy on film

Many of Lafayette’s city staff members can now add “burgeoning movie star” to their resumes.

In response to City Manager Steve Falk’s interest in answering resident questions about municipal finance, they put together a 6-minute video, which is posted on the city’s Web site.

“I think the people are asking fair questions, but we need to kind of be more aggressive about getting our message out there,” Falk said.

To that end, his staff was willing to “embarrass themselves” by acting in the film, which cost the city $4,700.

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Roads | 1 Comment »

Turkey terrorizes Orinda hair salon

By Nargis Nooristani

ORINDA — The turkey on their plates, drenched in gravy and served alongside the stuffing, wasn’t the only one the ladies of Sison Salon encountered this past Thanksgiving.

Possibly an attempt at escaping a similar fate as its ill-fortuned brethren? Perhaps an act of protest against the November rituals that make any turkey quiver under its feathers? Whatever the reason, a turkey didn’t fly in to the Orinda hair salon — exactly one week before the national holiday of gluttony and indulgence — for a cut and color.

“We had the door propped open because it was one of those beautiful days” said salon owner Charlotte Peebles, recalling the day’s incident.

Peebles recalls sitting with her back to the door, leafing through a magazine while waiting for a client.

When the could-be Butterballbreezed past, her first thought was a dog from the neighboring pet store must have gotten loose and ducked into the salon.

Toni Mayell, Peebles sister and the salon’s co-owner, was in the middle of a haircut in a station near the back of the business.
“All of the sudden, half flying, half running, it flies right in and makes a direct b-line into the back room,” she said.

Perched atop a stack of stored beauty supplies, the bird got cozy in front of a full length mirror and didn’t move for more than an hour.

Word got out about the gobbling guest and neighbors in Village Square flocked in to take a peak, while the hairdresser and their patrons patiently waited for animal control.

All was quiet until hairdresser Marilyn Samuels showed up for work. With a client waiting for a color and the necessary tools stored in the turkey’s den, Samuels saw no way to avoid the store room any longer.

“I walked back slowly and it was just sitting up there. It was just ugly, sitting up the there with its long neck,” she said. “I walked very cautiously.”

But as she pulled open a drawer, the squeak spooked the bird.

“It jumped down, started to fly and hit the cabinet door next to me,” she said. “And I just screamed.”

The crashing and screaming echoed into the salon room, followed by the flapping of brown wings crashing into the walls and mirrors.

At that point, Mayell took charge.

Grabbing a couple of aprons, she began flapping the colorful fabrics together and chasing the bird toward the exit.

The visitor made its way to the front door and strolled out, leaving behind a few messes as a memento.

“Animal control never did show up,” Mayell said. “So it was good we took matters into our own hands.”

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007
Under: Lamorinda, Orinda | 1 Comment »

Citizens arrest in Lafayette

From the Lafayette police logs:

Sunday, Nov. 11
THEFT — A Walnut Creek taxi driver placed an Oakley woman under citizen’s arrest after she took a cab ride from Walnut Creek to Lafayette and then refused to pay. She was eventually arrested and taken to Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez.

Friday, Nov. 16
IDENTITY THEFT — A 41-year-old San Francisco man used his 81-year-old father’s identity to get a credit card. Son and father, who lives in Lafayette, have the same first and last names.

From the Orinda police log:

Wednesday, Nov. 21
GRAND THEFT — A resident in the first block of Martha Road reported a bicycle valued at $700 missing from inside her garage at 11:20 a.m.

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda | No Comments »