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All for one?

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 11:17 am in Uncategorized.

From elsewhere in the Bay Area News Group universe, here’s a story about a proposal to unify the cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City into one municipality (in the process creating the 57th largest city in the United States).

The proposal isn’t likely to go to far, so it’s mostly wishful thinking from a former mayor who says the idea could save money. But the concept may not be entirely foreign to Lamorindans, who have occasionally heard whispers suggesting the unification of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda into the City of Lamorinda.

Something tells me any formal proposal to that end is likely to be dead about two steps into its proponents walk to the podium during a council meeting, but this reporter wouldn’t be telling the truth if he didn’t occasionally wonder what it would be like to have only one council and one staff to cover. While we’re at it, how about a Lamorinda Unified School District?

In one realm it could happen: Orinda and Lafayette are both looking at lower-cost alternatives to their current police services model, and both sets of options include setting up a private department with all three Lamorinda cities. But Orinda and Lafayette officials are still in the early stages of working through the proposals and seeing if Moraga would even entertain the idea.

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