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Archive for May, 2010

Lafayette School District wants your input

The Lafayette School District is administering its annual survey of parents, staff and community members. The district says the survey is designed to better understand the values and priorities of the community and get information on how the district is making progress on its goals.

“It is our intention to use the survey results — with other sources of input — to guide the decisions we make, the priorities we set, and the actions we take,” Superintendent Fred Brill said in an e-mail today.

The district is asking parents to either complete the survey considering their oldest child in the school district or complete a separate survey for each child. The survey takes about 10 minutes and is available at

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
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Multi-vehicle fire in Moraga over the weekend

A fire in a storage lot in Moraga burned a total of seven vehicles early Sunday morning. According to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, the seven vehicles were on fire when fire crews arrived on the scene.

The storage lot, which is located at 1300 School St., is owned by the Orinda Tow Company. The lot is located across the street and behind the Moraga Safeway.

No cause for the fire has been released by fire investigators, but an initial inspection resulted in investigators believing the fire was not suspicious.

Fire crews found out about the fire when someone driving by around 3:00 a.m. reported it.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
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Learn more about Lafayette’s history

The Lafayette Historical Society’s Annual Pot Luck Dinner is this Wednesday, May 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The dinner will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. Tom Crews of the National Pony Express Association will speak at the event.

A $10 donation is requested for attendance at the event. Reservations can be made by emailing or by calling 925-283-1848. Guests are asked to bring a salad or casserole. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

For more Lafayette historical information, visit the Lafayette Historical Society’s website or visit the History Room at the Lafayette Library, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, May 10th, 2010
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Ibrahim will face trial in death of fraternity brother

Haithem Ibrahim, of Lafayette, will face trial for the 2008 hazing death of a fraternity pledge, Carson Starkey, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The California Supreme Court denied a petition by Ibrahim’s lawyer to drop the case.

Ibrahim’s lawyer argued that Starkey chose to drink the alcohol that led to his death.

Ibrahim has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony hazing causing death and misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death.

Ibrahim’s next court appearance will be at San Luis Obispo Superior Court for a trial-setting conference on May 25.

Abraham Ellis, another fraternity brother, is facing the same charges as Ibrahim.

Posted on Sunday, May 9th, 2010
Under: Crime, Lafayette | No Comments »

High school softball update

The Campolindo girls softball team continued their successful season this week by beating Dublin, 10-0, on Tuesday and beating rival Miramonte, 11-0, on Thursday. The Cougars, who have won four straight, are in second place in the DFAL with a 7-2 league record. They are 12-5 overall.

Acalanes is also having a successful season thus far with a 5-2 league record and a 8-6-1 overall record. The battle with Campolindo for second place in the DFAL will likely be decided on Tuesday when the two teams face off. Acalanes won the first meeting, 8-0.

Miramonte continues to have one of the worst seasons in school history. The Matadors are 0-9 in league play and 2-17 overall.  They have given up 170 runs, while scoring only 54.

Posted on Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Lafayette Kitchen Tour next Saturday

The 11th Annual Lafayette Kitchen Tour will take place next Saturday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those attending the tour will receive a guide including information about each of the kitchens available for viewing.

Tickets are $35 ($25 of the price is tax-deductible). To purchase tickets, email Devon Lowery at or visit Douglah Designs or Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charitable organization, Brighter Beginnings, which provides services to families by promoting healthy births and child development.

The Lafayette Kitchen Tour is organized by the Lafayette Suburban Junior Women’s Club.

Posted on Friday, May 7th, 2010
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Future of Moraga concerts in doubt

The most recent lawsuit filed by neighbors of the Moraga Commons Park regarding the sound levels of concerts at the park has resulted in the court ordering that an Environmental Impact Report be done.

The court’s order threatens the future of the very popular summer concert series, which has become a regular event for many local families.

The Town of Moraga will file an appeal on the ruling. As a result of the appeal, the court’s decision will be stayed. Therefore, this upcoming summer’s concerts will go on as planned.

The Town of Moraga and the neighbors of the Commons have been battling since 2005 when the first lawsuit regarding the noise levels from concerts was filed.

Posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Music | 1 Comment »

Math in Measure A’s favor

My Measure A election story will be online later today and in the Sun tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here’s a bit of math for you (which is big for a journalist to offer, since we’re not known for our number crunching).

A total of 37,813 ballots had been counted as of Tuesday night. That includes 25,897 “yes” votes and 11,916 “no” votes, tilting the election toward Measure A 68.5-31.5.

That’s close enough that if there was a substantial amount of ballots still left to be counted (those the election office received on Tuesday), they could theoretically tip the election back the other way. A very slim possibility, but a possibility nonetheless.

But the number of uncounted ballots is not significant. County officials told me today there are about 2,300of them, or about 5 percent of the total ballots cast.

Using that round number of 2,300, that means about 40,113 ballots were cast altogether. That in turn would mean Measure A would need about 26,740 votes to pass.

In other words, if there are 2,300 uncounted ballots, at least 843 would have to be “yes” votes for Measure A to still pass. That’s a 37 percent approval rate, and it’s extraordinarily unlikely that the uncounted ballots would differ from the counted ballots so widely.

All that adds up to a victory for Measure A.

Posted on Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Measure A set to pass

The Acalanes Union High School District’s new parcel tax, Measure A, is ready to pass after receiving 68.5% of the votes received prior to Tuesday. Measure A needs two-thirds of the vote to pass.

Votes that were received by mail on Tuesday are in the process of being counted, but it is unlikely they will have enough effect to stop Measure A from passing.

Out of 37,813 votes received prior to Tuesday, 25,897 were in favor.

Measure A will add an additional $112 parcel tax annually for five years.

For election results, they can be found online at the Contra Costa Elections Division website.

Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »

High school baseball update

The biggest game of the Lamorinda high school baseball season will be this Thursday when Miramonte and Campolindo meet each other in a game that could decide the league champion.

The two teams are sitting atop the DFAL, as Miramonte is currently 6-2 and Campolindo is 5-2 in league play. Miramonte looked ready to run away with the league when they won their first six league games, but consecutive losses have given the Cougars a chance. The Matadors are 17-3 overall, and the Cougars are 14-5 overall.

Acalanes is currently fifth in the DFAL with a 3-4 league record; however, the Dons have played some of their best baseball in non-league games, as they have a 12-6 overall record.

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »