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Archive for March, 2009

A break in the rain

The seemingly never-ending flow of rain is finally taking a break this week. The forecast for Monday through Friday is sunny every day.

While the high Monday is only 54 degrees, it is expected to get into the low 60s starting Wednesday.

If you are looking for a weekend day to take a day trip or have a picnic, plan on having fun Saturday as the forecast shows that will be the last dry day for a while.

The rain is supposed to return Sunday and stick around through the week.

The area’s 10-day weather forecast

Posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2009
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Miramonte boys drop NCS basketball final in OT

The Miramonte boys basketball team will leave the 2008-09 season with a sour taste in their mouth despite winning the DFAL with a perfect 12-0 record and reaching the NCS Division III final.

The Matadors received a huge game from star player Eric Obeysekere, who finished the night with 28 points and 15 rebounds. He scored 14 of his points in a third quarter that saw Miramonte jump out to a 13-point lead.

Analy-Sebastopol High went on a hot streak for the rest of regulation though. They slowly closed the gap with clutch shooting and tied the game, 69-69, on a well-guarded three-pointer with only five seconds left to play.

The momentum heading into overtime was too much for the Matadors to overcome, as they fell by a final score of 76-73.

Posted on Saturday, March 7th, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Fewer layoff notices in AUHSD than previously expected

The Acalanes Union High School District Board has decided that the equivalent of 40.6 teachers, librarians and counselors will receive preliminary layoff notices, less than half of the previous number of layoffs expected. The original number of layoff notices to be handed out was the equivalent of 92.4.

The reason for the change is that the budget approved by state legislators cut less from the district than the original budget put forward by the governor did.

With the large amount of donations gathered by parents clubs and different foundations supporting the schools in the area, that number is expected to drop even further. Donations from these sources totaled $1 million last year and are expected to reach a similar amount this year.

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

NCS Division III Basketball Semifinal Results

The Miramonte boys basketball team kept their season alive Wednesday night by winning their NCS semifinal game against Piner High School, 61-52.

The number two seed Matadors were expected to meet number one seed Bishop O’Dowd in the final, but the five seed, Analy High School, knocked off Bishop O’Dowd.

Miramonte will face Analy Friday night at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s College for the NCS Division III title.

The other local high school basketball team that made it to the NCS semifinals, the Campolindo girls, saw their season come to an end Wednesday night. The Cougars were outmatched by the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, losing by a final score of 55-41.

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Orinda school parcel tax increase passes

Over 70 percent of the voters voted in favor of the parcel tax increase for the Orinda Union School District, which is more than the two-thirds majority needed for the measure to pass.

The parcel tax, which will increase $124 per year from $385 to $509, will never expire.

The passing of this measure will likely save many school programs that would have been cut if the district had faced the $1 million budget deficit expected without the parcel tax increase. The passing of the measure will also save the jobs of many employees who would have been let go as a result of the budget deficit.

Seniors who earn less than 50 percent of the county’s median income are exempt from the parcel tax.

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Orinda residents await results of school tax election

Orinda residents voted on the potential Orinda Union School District’s parcel tax increase today. The increase requires two-thirds of the vote. If passed, the $124 increase would bring the parcel tax to $509 per year.

In addition to potentially paying $509 for the OUSD’s parcel tax, Orinda residents also pay $189 per year for the Acalanes Union High School District’s parcel tax.

Supporters of the parcel tax increase claim the increase is necessary as the school district is set to face a budget deficit of over $1 million following state budget cuts. A $1 million budget deficit would force the school district to cut programs and let employees go.

As election results become available, they can be found here: March 3, 2009 Special Election Results

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Saint Mary’s student accused of rape out on bail

A 20 year-old sophomore at Saint Mary’s College being accused of rape was released from Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on Monday after he posted $100,000 bail.

The suspect, Blake Johnson, was arrested on campus Friday after being accused of rape by another student at the college. He was taken to County Jail in Martinez to be booked following the arrest.

The female student claims that  Johnson assaulted her Jan. 24 on campus.

The case is set to be presented to the district attorney’s office Tuesday.

Saint Mary’s College offers a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Sexual Assault Crisis Response Team to help with any services. All communications are confidential. The Sexual Assault Crisis Response Team can be reached by calling 925-878-9207.

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Under: Crime, Moraga | No Comments »

Miramonte, Acalanes win NCS soccer finals

The Miramonte girls and Acalanes boys soccer teams had a lot in common heading into their NCS finals Saturday afternoon. Both were the number two seed, and both were playing against the number one seed and host Bishop O’Dowd.

The Miramonte girls started the day by controlling their final from kickoff to the final whistle, winning by a final score of 4-0. Junior forward McKenna DeBack, who has led her team all year, scored three of the four goals for the Matadors.

This win was the Miramonte girls second consecutive NCS soccer championship.

The Acalanes boys were overmatched in their final, creating few offensive opportunities, but they managed to hold Bishop O’Dowd scoreless through regulation and overtime, forcing the game into penalty kicks to separate the two teams locked at 0-0.

Both teams made their first three penalty kicks. In the fourth round, the Dons put their shot away, but Bishop O’Dowd’s shot was saved by Acalanes goalie, Logan Spittler. Acalanes converted their fifth penalty kick as well, putting the NCS championship in their hands.

This was the Dons first NCS soccer championship since 1998.

Posted on Sunday, March 1st, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »