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Archive for February, 2010

Meg Whitman speaks in Lafayette

Meg Whitman spoke at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Hall tonight as part of her campaign to become the republican candidate for governor. Whitman was brought to Lafayette to speak in front of the crowd, primarily composed of members of the Commonwealth Club.

Whitman spoke about how her prior experience, including being the former CEO of Ebay, will help her manage the problem-solving needed to handle some of California’s major problems.

Whitman is currently leading in the polls to be the Republican gubernatorial candidate and has recently drawn even with the likely Democratic candidate Jerry Brown.

The night did not go perfect for Whitman as there were some protesters outside of the Veterans Memorial Hall, including members of the California Nurses Association.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
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Moraga latest to put moratorium on pot clubs

A vote in Moraga last week means would-be medical marijuana dispensary operators have struck out thrice in Lamorinda, and if you also include Walnut Creek, they’re 0-4, which is called a golden sombrero and may be my most favorite baseball term ever.

The council voted to place a 45-day emergency moratorium on pot clubs opening within town limits. The ban can be extended up to two years.

For the record, Town Manager Mike Segrest said someone had merely approached the town about opening up a dispensary, a land use for which the which the town does not have any regulations.  It’s the type of situation these moratoriums, called “urgency ordinances,” are for. If a city feels they don’t have sufficient rules or regulations governing a particular use (in this case, a pot club), the urgency ordinance (which requires a four-fifths council vote) allows them to study the appropriateness of that use and come up with ordinances, while in the meantime preventing that use from coming into existence. Those ordinances can ban the use, or allow them while still regulating them.

Both Lafayette and Orinda have extended their bans to one year. Pinole and Martinez are the only cities in the county that allow pot clubs. Several cities do not have ordinances relating to pot clubs.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
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Campolindo Jazz Dinner Dance this Saturday

The Campolindo High School Jazz Band will be hosting their Jazz Dinner Dance this Saturday, Feb. 20., from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event will be at Temple Isaiah, located at 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

The event will feature a sit-down dinner including salad, a main entree, dessert and beverages. Wine and beer will be available for an additional purchase price.

The Campolindo Jazz Band will be playing throughout the night for guests to enjoy during dinner or to dance along to.

Tickets to the event are $50 for adults and $40 for students. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Campolindo Music Program.

For more information, contact Randi Pines at 925-283-5770.

Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

High school soccer NCS playoffs

The brackets for the 2010 NCS boys and girls soccer playoffs were released today.

On the girls side, Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte all earned a top-eight seed, which means they all get to host their first round game on Wednesday. Campolindo earned the fourth seed and will host St. Mary’s at 7:00 p.m. Miramonte is the fifth seed and will host Hayward at 7:00 p.m. Acalanes is the seventh seed and will host El Cerrito at 5:00 p.m. If Campolindo and Miramonte both win, they will face each other in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Acalanes boys earned the fourth seed and will host Concord at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Campolindo is the ninth seed and will travel to face host Las Lomas at 5:00 p.m. The Miramonte boys did not qualify for NCS.

Posted on Sunday, February 14th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Vote for Lafayette woman for Miss Chinatown USA

Long-time Lafayette resident Kristina Owyoung, 26, is one of 12 finalists in the Miss Chinatown USA 2010 competition.

The live competition will take place next Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the event range in price from $35-65 and can be purchased at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.

Owyoung grew up in Lafayette and attended Springhill Elementary School, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School. After going away to UCLA for college, she has returned to Lafayette where she currently lives.

Voting for the event’s TVB Choice competition is  being done online at Kristina is number eight on the voting website.

Posted on Saturday, February 13th, 2010
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Saint Mary’s misses out on chance to grab WCC lead

When Gonzaga fell to USF in an overtime game on Jan. 30, the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team knew that their game against Gonzaga on Feb. 11 would likely be for the lead in the West Coast Conference standings.

While both teams entered last night’s game with just one league loss, Gonzaga once again proved they are the team to beat in the WCC, as they dominated the second half against Saint Mary’s, winning by a final score of 80-61.

The win moved Gonzaga to 8-1 in WCC play and dropped Saint Mary’s to 8-2. Gonzaga also holds the tiebreaker by beating Saint Mary’s in both meetings this season. Saint Mary’s would need to win their remaining four WCC games and Gonzaga would need to lose two of their five remaining conference games for the Gaels to win the regular season title.

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010
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Karl Rove in Lafayette?

According to the Contra Costa Republican Party, Karl Rove will be in Lafayette on March 30 to promote his memoir titled Courage and Consequence.

Rove will discuss his memoir as part of a lunch event. The event will be sponsored by California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro’s website Political Vanguard, which can be found at

No details have yet been confirmed as to a time or location of the event. Ticket prices for the event have also not yet been released.

The national release date for Rove’s memoir is March 9. In the memoir, Rove discusses decisions he made while in the White House.

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010
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Fire service debate’s alphabet soup

Yet another pleasant-sounding acronym has been added to the debate over fire service in Orinda, with the formation of a group that hopes to counter claims that the city should break free of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and contract with the county.

OrindaCARES (Citizens Against Reducing Emergency Services) has been formed in response to FAIR (Fire and Infrastructure Renewal) in Orinda.

Are you fair or do you care? The choice is your’s, Orinda.

Here’s the OrindaCARES statement of purpose from their Web site:

OrindaCARES is a citizens’ group expressing concern that a proposal to dissolve the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD), and contract with Con Fire (fire) and AMR (ambulance) would:

  • Dismantle our  community based, High Quality Emergency Service
  • Relinquish long fought-for Local Control to our cash-strapped County
  • Dilute the Value of our local tax dollar toward emergency services

We recognize that Orinda’s infrastructure is badly in need of repair and that our community must address this problem. However, we highly value the fire, paramedic and ambulance services of MOFD and want to preserve them.

We in OrindaCARES appreciate the level of service that the MOFD provides.  We do not believe that “outsourcing” those services to Con Fire and AMR is a rational, cost-effective or safe alternative.

And in case you’re more FAIR than CARE, here’s the link to FAIR’s Web site. They sent out a response to the response, saying that they in fact share 90 percent of OrindaCARES’s goals, including the desire to not reduce fire service below where it’s currently at.

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010
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Campolindo boys basketball gets huge win

The Campolindo boys basketball team took a commanding lead in the DFAL race Tuesday night by beating second-place rival Acalanes by a score of 57-40.

The win continued Campolindo’s perfect league record and earned the team its second consecutive big win over a rival, as the Cougars beat Miramonte, 57-34, on Friday, Feb. 5.

The Cougars are 10-0 in DFAL play after the win over Acalanes and 20-4 overall. Because the loss pushed Acalanes to 7-2 in the DFAL, the Cougars only need to win one of their two remaining games, or have Acalanes lose one of their three remaining games to clinch the league title.

The Cougars play at Doughtery Valley this Friday and at home vs. Alhambra on Friday, Feb. 19.

Miramonte is currently sitting in third with a 5-4 DFAL record with three league games remaining, including a huge game against Acalanes on Tuesday.

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
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Gabriellis plead not guilty

The two young hosts of the Orinda party in May where Miramonte student Joe Loudon, 16, died have both entered not guilty pleas through their attorney for the charges against them of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The pleas were entered in Contra Costa Superior Court in Walnut Creek.

In addition to having their pleas entered, the judge in charge of the case requested that Alexandria and Patrick Gabrielli both be present for their next scheduled hearing on Feb. 23. Neither was in court on Monday after they each posted $5,000 bail.

Investigators believe that alcohol may have contributed to Loudon’s death, but his death has been ruled accidental.

Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »