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Archive for October, 2009

Acalanes wins and Miramonte loses

Acalanes improved to 4-1 in the DFAL after their Friday night victory over Dublin, 35-21. The star of the game was the Dons’ running back Tyler Malley who rushed for 219 yards and scored three touchdowns. If Acalanes can finish the season strong, they could earn one of the top seeds in the NCS playoffs.

Miramonte suffered another DFAL defeat, losing on Friday night to Las Lomas, 35-21. With the loss, the Matadors drop to 1-3 in DFAL play and 3-5 overall. The Matadors are likely to miss the NCS playoffs this year.

Campolindo had a bye this week. Their next game is at Acalanes Friday night, Nov. 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 2009
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Veterans Day Vigil in Lafayette

On Nov. 11, starting at 5:15 p.m., there will be a Veterans Day Vigil at The Crosses of Lafayette. If you want to attend the vigil but somehow haven’t seen the crosses yet, they are located at the intersection of Deer Hill and Oak Hill Road.

The event will offer attendees the chance to grieve for those lost in war in a peaceful setting. There will also be some discussion as to how to put an end to the war in Iraq.

The event is being sponsored by Lamorinda Peace & Justice Group, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, The Crosses of Lafayette, and Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009
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Next Rancho Laguna meeting at Moraga library

Next week’s special Moraga Town Council meeting to continue discussion on the Rancho Laguna II project will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moraga library, 1500 St. Mary’s Road.

This meeting was called so council could have additional time to deliberate and provide direction to staff on what else they may need to make a decision (which likely won’t come until at least January). Council members had little time to discuss on Wednesday because remarks by the developer, those appealing the project and the public lasted until about 11:30 p.m. Mayor Dave Trotter told both the developer and appellants that Wednesday’s meeting would be short.

Here’s this morning’s story about this past Wednesday’s council meeting.

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009
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Lafayette Reservoir Run Results

The Lafayette Reservoir Run took place this past Sunday, Oct. 25, with hundreds of participants competing in the 5K and 10K races, as well as the Sports Basement Elite Mile. The winners of each age group are listed below:

5K Winners:

Overall: Shoshana Ziblatt
2-7: Sydney Kupsh
8-10: Katie Tang
11-13: Raea Gragg
14-18: Haley Shipway
19-29: Jenna Zack
30-39: Tasha McNamara
40-49: Diane Batchelor
50-59: Kim Naylor
60-69: Marilyn Modafferi
70-79: Rosemary Bredahl
80 & Over: Dee Farkas and Joan Bruzzone (tie)

Overall: Steve Zirkelbach
2-7: Spencer Gillen
8-10: Payson Newman
11-13: Mathew Whitman
14-18: Charlie Zamanian
19-29: Weston Dunn
30-39: Max Rodriguez
40-49: John Sun
50-59: John Pettinichio
60-69: Phil Murphy
70-79: Walter Schlehuber
80 & Over: Joe Lobianco

10K Winners:

Overall: Alison Zamanian
2-7: Colleen Dukes
8-10: Leslie Coulter
11-13: Helen Coleman
14-18: Elizabeth Zuniga
19-29: Alexandra Bettencourt
30-39: Katie Karst
40-49: Maryann Nelson
50-59: Susan Park
60-69: Connie Chiba
70-79: Barbara Robben

Overall: Rob Elia
2-7: Michael Laurenson
8-10: Thomas Domgeu
11-13: Dylan Foster
14-18: Keenan Byrne
19-29: Holland Smith
30-39: Kurt Schneider
40-49: John Foley
50-59: Keith Duncan
60-69: Dennis Tracy
70-79: Dennis Hassler

Garret Heath won the Sports Basement Elite Mile with a time of  4:08.3.

For complete results, visit

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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Tunnel vision

As a reverse commuter through the Caldecott from Oakland to Walnut Creek, I can’t wait for the fourth bore to open. That’s why I was happy too see some time made during last night’s Town Council meeting for an update. And I wasn’t the only one excited about the project.

Mayor Dave Trotter provided one moment of levity when he said how much his oldest son used to love driving through the Caldecott, and “He particularly liked the middle ‘tun-tun.'”

That would be the one I never get to use.

Trotter also prodded the Caltrans project manager giving the presentation on the tunnel for news about the Bay Bridge, and when she said she had none, he turned to Caltrans employee and Moraga Vice Mayor Ken Chew for an update.

No luck there, either. “No comment,” Chew said.

Full story on the Rancho Laguna II appeal coming later today.

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2009
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Orinda resident named Angler of the Year

Pro angler Zack Thompson, of Orinda, recently earned the title of 2009 Land O’Lakes Angler of the Year for the National Guard Western Division of the Walmart FLW Series. He won the honor by having the most combined points of any angler in the division during four qualifying events.

Due to Thompson’s success, he has qualified for the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, one of the biggest fishing competitions in the country. Thompson won’t be the only pro angler from Orinda heading to the Forrest Wood Cup though. Jason Cordiale’s points were enough to finish fourth in the overall standings, qualifying him for the Forrest Wood Cup.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Traffic woes, investment woes

There was a special Orinda City Council meeting last night, and although I was epically late, I was there in time to hear them discuss about $750,000 in notes they have invested in the investment firm CIT Group, which is trying to avoid bankruptcy. The city has to decide whether they want to sell the notes or hold on for a little while to try to get the best price for them. Full story coming later this week.

Of course, while I was sitting in gridlocked Walnut Creek traffic, I could at least be thankful I didn’t have to cross the Bay Bridge any time soon. Lamorindan bridge commuters, how did you find a way around the mess last night?

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Local sports registrations

The Lamorinda Baseball Club will be holding tryouts for their 10 and Under boys team on Nov. 7 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and on Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The tryouts will take place at Rudgear Field, located at 2250 Stewart Ave. in Walnut Creek. Visit for more information.

The Lamorinda Rugby Club is currently holding online registration for the upcoming season for boys ages 7-18. The last day to register is Nov. 11. For more information, visit

Registration is open for the Spring 2010 season of the Lamorinda Lacrosse Club. The Lamorinda Lacrosse Club is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Visit for more information.

Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
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High school volleyball in Lamorinda

I recently received some criticism from a follower of local high school volleyball for only covering high school football on this blog during the fall season. I agree that our local girls volleyball teams are worthy of some coverage, so here is my first high school volleyball post of the season.

The top of the DFAL standings are all Lamorinda with Miramonte in first, Campolindo in second and Acalanes in third.

Miramonte has been perfect in DFAL play, winning all nine of their matches. They are 16-1 overall and are a favorite to win the NCS Championships.

Campolindo’s main problem has been Miramonte, as the Cougars have gone 7-2 in DFAL play with both losses coming to the Matadors.

Acalanes is 5-3 in DFAL play and is trying hard to hold onto third place in the DFAL.

Campolindo and Acalanes are both likely to make the NCS playoffs where they will hope to get one more chance at knocking off Miramonte.

Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2009
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Draft Lafayette city charter online

For all you municipal home-rule buffs out there, now’s your chance to take a look at the draft Lafayette city charter. This is the document crafted by the city’s Charter City Committee which will be molded and revised by the City Council and, if they like the finished product, will be sent to the voters for approval next year.

The draft seems to accomplish one goal the council had when they gave direction to the committee a few months ago: Keep it simple. The draft charter is only two pages long and the language generally vague.

There are only two charter cities in Contra Costa County — Richmond and San Ramon — but all Lamorinda cities are taking a look at becoming one. A city’s charter essentially supersedes state law in areas the courts have rule to be “municipal affairs.” One thing they can do, for example, is directly elect their mayor (as in Livermore, where I grew up) or even designate districts for purposes of electing city council members (like in San Francisco or Oakland).

But the main reason why Lamorinda cities, including Lafayette, are looking at becoming charter cities is the ability to increase the property transfer tax, a levy that’s assessed whenever a piece of real property changes hands. General law cities (those that don’t have charters) get just 55 cents per $1,000 of property sold (another 55 cents goes to the state). Charter cities have the option to get more. Piedmont, for example, gets $13 per $1,000, resulting in an average of $2.5 million each year into the general fund.

Lafayette plans to survey residents about both the charter and the property transfer tax.

Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2009
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