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Archive for February, 2010

Health code violations at Moraga’s Jack in the Box

The Jack in the Box in Moraga is a favorite hangout for many of Moraga’s students and a place where families grab a quick bite to eat. It will be neither for the near future, as the restaurant was closed by Contra Costa Health Services.

Health inspectors noted a number of violations during their inspection on Feb. 1. Some of the violations were carried over from a previous inspection of the restaurant in October.

Violations included a “lack of diligent preparation practices” and “improper disposal of liquid waste.”

A summary of the report composed by Contra Costa Health Services can be viewed here:

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

CP students participate in world record attempt

As part of a world record attempt organized by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, more than an estimated 80,000 California students from over 350 schools jumped rope simultaneously at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1.

Camino Pablo Elementary School had 338 students jumping rope on their blacktop for a span of 10 minutes. During the 10 minutes, the students had to continuously jump without stopping for more than 10 seconds, in order for them to officially count toward the record.

If the estimated number of participating students is accurate, it would smash the old record of 59,000 previously set in Australia. An official count has not yet been released.

Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools | No Comments »

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at the Orinda Theatre

As part of the Orinda Classic Film Series, the California Independent Film Festival will be showing two screenings of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Orinda Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Mary Badham, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Scout, will be at the screenings to participate in a Q&A session following each screening.

Tickets for a combined screening and Q&A session are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Orinda Theatre Box Office or online.

For more information about the screening, visit the CAIFF’s website at

Posted on Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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Moraga next to ban pot clubs?

Someone must be bouncing from central county city to central county city trying to open up a medical marijuana dispensary. Here’s an item of note on the agenda for the next Moraga Town Council meeting:

Public Hearing and Consideration of an Interim Urgency Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of Moraga Adopting a Temporary Moratorium on the Establishment and Operation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Cities can, with a four-fifths council vote, ban certain land uses, including pot clubs, for 45 days, with a potential extension of up to 2 years, while they study whether those land uses are consistent with the city’s zoning guidelines. Lafayette, Orinda and Walnut Creek have already put a temporary ban on pot clubs.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda is a recommendation from the Rancho Laguna Park Commission on what the town should do about off-leash dogs at the park. This debate flared up last year when dog owners sparred with those concerned about the risks of mixing off-leash dogs and people, specifically children. The council asked that any solution include a physical separation between off-leash dogs and the rest of the park.

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010
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High school girls basketball update

The Miramonte High School girls basketball team currently finds themselves in a familiar position, at the top of the DFAL league standings. The Matadors are currently 7-1 in league play and 17-4 overall. Their lone league loss came in their last game against Dougherty Valley on Feb. 2 by a score of 47-46.

Campolindo’s girls basketball team is currently in fourth place in the DFAL with a 4-4 league record. The Cougars are 15-7 overall.

The Matadors and Cougars face off in their rivalry game tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Campolindo.

The Acalanes girls are just a game behind Campolindo in fifth place. The Dons are 3-5 in the DFAL and 13-8 overall.


Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Lafayette students become Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 219 recently awarded three of its members from Lafayette the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest honor a boy scout can receive. All three new Eagle Scouts are currently students at Acalanes High School.

In order to earn the honor, each scout had to complete a special Eagle Project.

Brendan Stuart, a senior at Acalanes, built a wall and installed a watering system at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.

Andrew Lindgren, also a senior, built bicycle storage for the residents of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, which provides housing for families in need.

Sam Lindgren, a junior at Acalanes, constructed three benches for the residents of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.

Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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Campolindo grad heading into space again

Moraga’s hometown astrounaut, Stephen K. Robinson, is preparing to head into space for the fourth time this Sunday when STS-130 lifts off. The scheduled lift-off time is 1:39 a.m.

This will be Robinson’s return trip to the International Space Station. He will serve as the flight engineer and intravehicular officer, which means he will help lead fellow astronauts during their spacewalks outside of the shuttle.

The crew will be taking Node 3 Tranquility to the space station, which will serve as the space station’s robotics control room.

Robinson graduated from Campolindo High School in 1973. He later went on to earn degrees at U.C. Davis and Stanford, while working at NASA Ames.

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools | No Comments »

Orinda crime statistics for January

Seventeen total arrests were made in Orinda during the month of January, which includes eight alcohol-related arrests.

Seven arrests were made for drunk in public, while one was made for driving under the influence. Seven arrests were made as a result of a warrant. One arrest was made for indecent exposure at Theatre Square.

During January, Orinda police responded to six reports of burglary: three auto, one commercial and two residential. There were two reports of grand theft and three reports of petty theft. One vehicle was reported stolen and was later recovered. There was one report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Five cases of vandalism were also reported.

The Orinda Police Department responded to 82 false residential alarms during the month.

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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Orinda planning quarter-century bash

How do you celebrate 25 years as a city? Lots of ways, apparently. Here’s the list of proposed anniversary activities that will be presented to the Orinda City Council tonight:

  • A city-sponsored float in the annual Fourth of July parade
  • A time capsule burial
  • Student writing and poem contest on the topic, “What Does It Mean to be an Orinda Resident?”
  • A “birthday cake in the park” event to coincide with concert in the park on July 29
  • A City Council proclamation
  • A highlight of city facts, events and photos in the Orinda Way newsletter
  • A 1980s themed dance for teenagers
  • A screening of Back to the Future (the highest-grossing film of 1985)
  • A look back at residents who have been named Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year over the past 25 years
  • A gallery of city council portraits from the last 25 years
  • Various 25th anniversary commemorative give-aways like key chains and pens

If Back to the Future were set today, Marty McFly would wind up in 1980.

The city has $5,000 set aside for anniversary events, so any of the above ideas would be paid out of that fund.

And just for kicks, here are some of the events that took a back seat to Orinda’s incorporation in 1985:

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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Problems facing AUHSD to be discussed Wednesday

On Wednesday night, the Acalanes Union High School District Governing Board will be holding its regularly scheduled meeting with the open session beginning at 7:30 p.m.

They will be discussing the state of the school district’s finances including the audit report for the 2008-2009 fiscal year and an update on Measure E.

The expected $4 million budget gap could result in the closure of the district’s continuation school, Del Oro High School, and another potential round of layoffs.

Although Del Oro is located in Walnut Creek, it serves many students who live in Lamorinda. For the report on the Del Oro situation, read Jonathan’s full story.

For more information on potential layoffs, read the agenda item.

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »