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Archive for April, 2010

Moraga police trying to stop man stealing copper

With the economy down and many jobless, stealing copper wire and pipes has become a popular way of making money illegally. While the majority of these crimes have been happening in urban areas, Moraga has a “copper robber” of its own.

The man has been seen on the roofs of several Moraga apartment buildings.

The Moraga Police Department does not have a ton to go on right now, but they are actively pursuing the case. They recently released a description of the suspect based on witness accounts. The man is believed to be white or hispanic and has been seen wearing coveralls and a beanie with a flame design on it.

If you have any information that could help police, give them a call at (925) 284-5010.

Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010
Under: Crime, Moraga | No Comments »

High school softball update

Acalanes recently proved they are the top softball team in Lamorinda by beating Campolindo, 8-0. The Dons are currently sitting in first place in the DFAL with a 3-0 league record. They have a 6-4-1 overall record.

Campolindo’s lone league loss was their game against Acalanes. The Cougars are 3-1 in DFAL play and sit in third place. Just two days before the loss to Acalanes, the Cougars beat Miramonte, 9-1.They are 7-4 overall.

Miramonte is struggling so far this season. The Matadors are winless in league play, losing all three of their league games. The Matadors have struggled in non-league games as well, as they currently have a 2-10 overall record.

Posted on Sunday, April 18th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Politicians discuss California budget in Lafayette

On Wednesday night, former Contra Costa Supervisor Sunne McPeak and current Berkeley Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner discussed some of their ideas for improving the current California state budget crisis. The discussion, which was titled “A Conversation about California’s Future,” was held at the Lafayette War Veterans Memorial Building.

McPeak and Skinner’s key point was that the process for how a budget is created must first be fixed. They suggested installing a two-year budget and making revenue projections as far as five years in advance.

Another key point was that new projects involving spending must include their funding source before being approved.

Posted on Saturday, April 17th, 2010
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4th Annual Moraga Community Faire is May 8

The 4th Annual Moraga Community Faire will be held on Saturday, May 8, at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. The Faire will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

One of the highlights will be the classic car show, in which about 40 classic cars will be on display by their local owners.

The highlight for the younger crowd will be the sidewalk chalk art contest. Participants must register, starting at 11:00 a.m., and then they will have until 2:00 p.m. to complete their art, depicting the theme “What I Love About Moraga.” Prizes will be awarded to the top art in several age groups.

Music will be played throughout the day by several local bands, as well as the Campolindo and Saint Mary’s jazz bands.

There will also be many other activities for people of all ages.

Posted on Friday, April 16th, 2010
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Film festival hits Orinda next Thursday

The Orinda Theatre will host the 12th annual California Independent Film Festival April 22-25.

The festival will begin on Thursday night with a reception starting at 5:00 p.m. A screening of the film, “Expecting Mary,” will show up after the reception at 7:00 p.m.

The festival’s awards gala, which costs $125 to attend, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Blackhawk Auto Museum.

Other films being screened at the festival are “The Lightkeepers,” “Logorama,” “Lovely, Still” and a group of 3-minute films that are the result of an Iron Filmmaker contest, in which filmmakers have 24 hours to produce a 3-minute film.

For more information about the California Independent Film Festival, visit the website Individual tickets and festival-long passes are available for purchase on the site.

Posted on Thursday, April 15th, 2010
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Beth Birnbaum passes away at 84

Elizabeth Birnbaum has died from ovarian cancer at the age of 84. She died on April 6 in her Orinda home.

Birnbaum was the principal violinist for the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra for over a decade, starting in 1997.

She dedicated her life to her art, playing violin in orchestras around the country. She also spent a large portion of her life teaching music at several locations including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Birnbaum and her husband, Jesse, moved to the Orinda Woods community in 1997. The couple has been married for 59 years.

To read the full Contra Costa Times obituary, it is posted online.

Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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New Lafayette group on Facebook

Lafayette is now represented on Facebook, the world’s largest social networking website, by a group called “Lafayette, California – We Love Lafayette.”

It appears that the Facebook group is being run by Dana Green, who also sponsors http:/

Similar Facebook groups for other towns and cities have become places for community members to find out what is going on through event postings and discussion.

While the group currently only has 39 “fans,” it is only a few days old, so that is sure to grow.

There is a great group for current and former Moraga residents called “I grew up in Moraga.” There is a lot of discussion among some of the 1,300+ members in that group about Moraga in the last 40 or so years.

Posted on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga | No Comments »

San Carlos council votes to dissolve joint fire district with Belmont

Read all about it here.

Posted on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Andy Warhol’s work on display at Saint Mary’s

The Hearst Art Gallery on the campus of Saint Mary’s currently has an exhibit featuring the work of Andy Warhol titled “Andy Warhol’s Quick Pix and Pop Icons.” The collection, which was given to the Hearst Art Gallery through the Warhol Foundation’s Photography Legacy Project, includes a 152 Polaroid photographs and 8 x 10″ black and white gelatin silver prints.

The exhibit will be featured until June 20. To see the exhibit, visit the Hearst Art Gallery any Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

There will also be a special lecture, “Warhol the Filmmaker,” on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m., by Professor David E. James of USC. Admission to the lecture is free to the public.

Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools | No Comments »

The week ahead: The Council Trifecta!

This week brings the very rare Council Trifecta, where all three city councils will be meeting in the same week. This is courtesy of the Orinda council, which usually meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month but because of vacations moved their meeting from last Tuesday to tomorrow. That puts them in the same week as Lafayette, which meets second and fourth Mondays, and Moraga, which meets second and fourth Wednesdays. Here’s your handy-dandy viewing guide:

Get your week started in Lafayette tonight at 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Hall. They’ll be getting the downtown plan’s “financial feasibility” report, which will give them an idea of how much development is realistic under the various height and density limits they’re considering for the downtown. They’ll also take another look at the city’s proposal to downsize a lot at Pleasant Hill and Deer Hill roads from multi-family housing to single-family only.

Orinda’s council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Orinda Library auditorium. They’ll receive a report from Jaime Rich, Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coordinator for the Center for Human Development as well as an update on the Eden Housing senior affordable housing project.

Complete the council tour in Moraga, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. They’ll consider a resolution that will bring some major changes to the way council meetings are run, including moving the start time from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They’ll also consider changes to how the town examines and adopts development agreements, something that will impact the Moraga Center Specific Plan.

If three council meetings just aren’t enough to satisfy your public agency cravings, the Tri-Agency Subcommitte (consisting of two members each from the Moraga Council, Orinda council and Moraga-Orinda Fire District board) will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Orinda City Hall. This will be their first meeting to discuss the proposal by FAIR to dissolve MOFD or detach Orinda from it, contract with the county for fire services and used the presumed savings to improve Orinda’s infrastructure. Members of OrindaCARES, which opposes the proposal, are sure to be in attendance as well.

Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »