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Archive for May, 2010

Anti-leaf blower video online

It’s less a documentary and more an advocacy piece, but here’s the public debut of the Quiet Orinda short film that was screened during the California Independent Film Festival. The group interviews several Orinda residents who explain why they’re hoping the city will ban leaf blowers.

Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010
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NCS Swimming & Diving and Track & Field Results

The Campolindo boys swimming & diving team continued their dominance by once again taking the NCS title. The Cougars won by earning 265 points, 55 points better than second place Monte Vista. Miramonte finished in fourth with 151 points, while Acalanes finished in fifth place with 150.5 points.

In girls’ swimming & diving, Campolindo was the top local finisher, earning third place with 200 points. Miramonte finished in 10th with 73 points, and Acalanes finished in 27th with 18 points.

At the NCS Tri-Valley Area Track & Field Championships, Campolindo was the top local finisher in the boys and girls championships.

The Campolindo girls finished in second place overall with 57.5 points. Acalanes finished in fifth with 35 points, while Miramonte finished in 14th with 11 points.

On the boys side, Campolindo earned sixth place with 30 points. Miramonte finished in ninth with 21 points, and Acalanes finished in 20th with 4 points.

Posted on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
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NCS volleyball and lacrosse update

The Campolindo boys volleyball team is proving that their number one seed is no mistake. They opened up the NCS playoffs with a three-set victory over Novato in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Cougars knocked off fourth-seeded Alameda in four sets. The Cougars are facing off against Sir Francis Drake High School at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Campolindo.

Although the boys and girls teams from Miramonte, Campolindo and Acalanes all earned spots in the NCS playoffs, all six teams have been eliminated.

On the girls side, Campolindo and Miramonte both suffered first round defeats. Acalanes made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost 8-7 to the second seed, Amador Valley.

The story was almost identical on the boys side, as Acalanes was the only team to win their first round game. The Dons beat Miramonte, 10-8, in the first round, but they fell 10-6 in the quarterfinals against Foothill, the number one seed.

Posted on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
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Residents holding rummage sale to fix potholes

fishing in potholeA group of Orinda residents has grown tired of waiting for the city to fix their potholes.

Crestview Drive residents will hold a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the community pool, 200 Crestview Drive.

The streets 124 families will be selling everything from golf clubs to kids clothing to ski equipment to bed frames. Neighborhood kids will be selling baked goods, lemonade and soda.

All proceeds will go to the Crestview Drive Repaving Project.

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Participate in the California Budget Challenge in Orinda

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and members from the nonprofit group Next 10 will be hosting a California Budget Challenge event on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Orinda Library Auditorium.

The California Budget Challenge is an event, in which attendees are given a clicker to vote on a variety of budget issues. The results are then posted on the screen immediately. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their opinions. The event will be much more of a discussion about the budget, as opposed to a lecture.

To learn more about Next 10 or to take the online version of the California Budget Challenge, visit Next 10’s website at

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Community meetings on senior housing project

Eden OrindaEden Housing will be hosting a pair of community meetings to discuss plans for a senior affordable housing development at the former Orinda library site, 2 Irwin Way.

The proposed three- and four-story building would have 70 apartments for rent to low- and very low-income seniors.

The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on June 3 and June 17 in the Fellowship Hall at Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda.

Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2010
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MOFD Fire Chief named to new NFPA committee

Fire Chief Randall Bradley, of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, will be a charter member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Wildland Fire Operational Advisory Committee. The committee has been organized to open discussion about the ongoing wildfire problem across the nation. The committee will also develop a plan to combat wildfires.

Bradley will participate in the committee for a three-year term along with nine other members from a variety of other local, state and federal fire organizations.

Bradley’s involvement in the national committee will broaden his knowledge of fighting wildfires, which will certainly benefit MOFD.

For more information about the National Fire Protection Association, visit their website at

Posted on Thursday, May 20th, 2010
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Moraga Town Council meetings to include speaker cards

At many town and city council meetings throughout the area and beyond, those from the community wishing to have their voice heard are asked to first turn in a speaker card with pertinent information.

The Town of Moraga has never required this before at their meetings, but they will be making the change as council members believe it would be beneficial to the town clerk ensuring proper spelling of speakers’ names. It was also noted that it would help to keep things organized at meetings where many people wanted to speak.

The one worry was that it could slow down the process of allowing people to speak. Council members wanted to ensure that everyone will be able to speak at meetings despite the change.

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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“American Graffiti” coming to Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre will have three special showings of the classic film, “American Graffiti,” this Saturday, May 22, at 12:45, 4:00 and 7:15 p.m. The showing is part of the monthly classic film series presented by the California Independent Film Festival.

In addition to each screening, there will be a Q&A session with Candy Clark, who earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Debbie Dunham in the film.

A VIP reception package will also be available for $30. The VIP package includes lunch at 12:30 and a ticket to either the 4:00 or 7:15 showing.

For more information or to buy tickets to the screenings, visit the CAIFF website at Tickets are also available for purchase at the Orinda Theatre Box Office.

Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
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Moraga to conduct community outreach focus groups

Starting this weekend, the town of Moraga will conduct focus groups designed to glean the public’s opinion of the various recommendations of the Revenue Enhancement Committee as well as learn more about what residents’ priorities are.

Town Manager Mike Segrest said there will be six groups of about 10-12 residents each. The participants were selected (mostly) randomly (mostly — Segrest said the town did try to get as wide a geographical representation as possible) from phone screenings — screeners grabbed the numbers from the voter rolls.

The meetings are not open to the public and will be facilitated by volunteers.

Among the Revenue Enhancement Committee’s recommendations were a special benefit assessment tax to improve roads, a property transfer tax to bolster the town’s general fund and a closer relationship with Saint Mary’s College to help with economic revitalization. You can read the committee’s final recommendations here.

Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010
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