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Archive for June, 2010

Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Gallery currently has an exhibit called “Summer Daze” on display.  The exhibit, which will be up through Aug. 8, focuses on the bright colors of summer. Visit http://www.lafayettegallery.net for more information.

The Moraga Art Gallery is sticking right along with the summer theme with their exhibit called “Summer Hues.” The exhibit focuses on the work of local artists through a variety of different media including paintings, photography and jewelry. Visit http://www.moragaartgallery.com for more information.

The Orinda Library Gallery has a variety of “plein air” paintings on display through June 30. During the month of July, the Orinda Library Gallery will feature works from the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.

Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
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7-11 in Lafayette robbed

The 7-11 in Lafayette, located at 3347 Mount Diablo Boulevard, was robbed late Monday night by four suspects, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

The four suspects were described as Hispanic males dressed in all black clothing. The suspects, who were armed with guns, demanded money from the cashier. After fleeing from the store with an unspecified amount of money, the suspects hopped into either an Acura or Honda car.

The 7-11 located at 1248 Boulevard Way in Walnut Creek was also robbed late Monday night. The same suspects are believed to have committed both robberies.

Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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Segrest a finalist for South Lake Tahoe city manager job

Current Moraga Town Manager Mike Segrest is a finalist for a similar position in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports.

He was in South Lake Tahoe on Monday morning to meet with city commission representatives and members of the community, along with the other city manager finalist, Tony O’Rourke, the executive director of Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, according to the Tribune.

A community panel and the City Council are leaning toward O’Rourke, according to the Lake Tahoe News.

Segrest has announced he is leaving Moraga because his wife has developed severe allergies since moving to California. Many residents learned that Segrest may leave when EastBayDaze picked up on reports he was a finalist for the town manager position in Telluride, Colo., which ultimately went to another candidate.

On Wednesday, the Moraga Town Council will start the process of finding Segrest’s replacement. Consulting firm Peckham and McKenney, which conducted the search that led to Segrest’s hiring early last year, will conduct the new search at no charge to the town other than actual costs, estimated at around $5,500.

The firm hopes to recommend final candidates to the council in early September, and, in a letter to the council, says the names of the finalists will not be revealed to the public “so as not to jeopardize the current employment situation of finalist candidates.”

Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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This Facebook page rocks

Thanks to a colleague for passing this one along to me: Apparently the rocks of Moraga have a Facebook page. Check it out here and get all Web 2.0 with your fellow fans of painted geology.

Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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House fire in Lafayette

A fire at the home located at 3107 Sandalwood Ct. in Lafayette resulted in the evacuation of several neighboring homes last night.

The two-alarm house fire was reported around 7:40 p.m. Sunday night. Fire crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District were able to have the fire under control around 8:15 p.m.

Once the area was declared safe, the evacuated neighbors were allowed to return to their homes.

No injuries as a result of the fire have been reported.

Additional fire crews from other departments were initially called in to help CCCFPD firefighters, but they were quickly called off as the initial responding crews were able to control the fire.

Posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010
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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there from the Lamorinda Sun blog.

If you aren’t busy watching the World Cup and the U.S. Open, check out the Motorama World of Wheels car show in downtown Lafayette.

A lot of families will be heading out to the local parks to enjoy the nice weather. The forecast shows it will be sunny and in the 70s all afternoon.

Chevalier Restaurant, located at 960 Moraga Rd. in Lafayette, is also hosting a special Father’s Day dinner tonight from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. A special a la carte dinner menu will be available featuring “some of Dad’s favorites.”

Posted on Sunday, June 20th, 2010
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Multicultural music performance for charity

The non-profit group, Trust in Education, has organized a concert by the Shumba Youth Marimba Ensemble on Saturday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m. The concert will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette. The ensemble will perform a type of music called Shona from Zimbabwe.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by fax using an order form available on the Trust in Education website or by calling (925) 299-2011.

Trust in Education supports a number of projects in Afghanistan with their major focus on the growth of educational opportunities.

The Trust in Education website is located at http://www.trustineducation.org. More information about the Shumba Youth Marimba Ensemble can be found at their website: http://www.shumbamarimba.org.

Posted on Saturday, June 19th, 2010
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Premier Soccer League match Saturday in Orinda

Bring your vuvuzelas to Orinda tomorrow.

Roberto Osorio of the Bay Area Ambassadors adult soccer team sends along word that the ambassadors, which include several Lamorinda residents and SMC players) will play the Sonoma Sol at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Miramonte High School.

The Ambassadors are the 2010 National Premier Soccer League Region IV winners. The Sol are the 2009 NPSL national champions. Osorio says tomorrow’s game will determine who qualifies for the Northwest Division playoffs.

Bzzzzzzzzzz…….

Posted on Friday, June 18th, 2010
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Here it is: Lafayette’s draft city charter

(Reposting this since story on meeting will run in the CCT this weekend. Scroll down to take a look at the city’s draft charter.)

There was a lot of concern, and confusion, at last night’s Lafayette City Council meeting regarding the possibility of adopting a city charter. A charter is necessary in order for the city to ask voters to increase the real property transfer tax, which the city wants to do because they want the money to fix the roads.

So what’s a charter? Essentially a charter is a local constitution and adopting one gives a city control over what courts have determined to be “municipal affairs.” Cities that haven’t adopted charters are called general law cities and are bound by the state constitution even with respect to municipal affairs.

Or put another way, if a city law and a state law conflict on an issue that falls into that municipal affairs category, in a charter city, the city law trumps the state law.

What’s a municipal affair? That’s a little trickier. According to the League of California Cities:

The California Constitution does not define “municipal affairs.” It does, however, set out a nonexclusive list of four “core” categories that are, by definition, municipal affairs.

These categories are 1) regulation of the “city police force”; 2) “subgovernment in all or part of a city”; 3) “conduct of city elections”; and 4) “the manner in which … municipal officers (are) elected.” Beyond this list, it us up to the courts to determine what is and if not a municipal affair.

The ability to ask the voters to raise the transfer tax is, apparently, also a municipal affair and reserved exclusively for charter cities. Quote of the night nominee courtesy of Mayor Brandt Andersson: “If anyone out there knows why that is please tell us, but I don’t know anyone that does.”

Keep your eyes peeled for a story about the council meeting this weekend in the Times. The council will also be discussing the charter and transfer tax issue at the June 28 and July 12 meetings.

In the meantime, grab a cup of tea, get yourself to a comfy chair and call the children for a family reading of the city’s draft charter, link below.

Draft Lafayette Charter

Posted on Friday, June 18th, 2010
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Father’s Day event in Lafayette

Not sure what to do for Father’s Day this Sunday? The Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise has organized a car show called the Motorama World of Wheels.

The car show will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Postino’s and Clock Tower parking lots in downtown Lafayette.

In addition to being able to view classic cars, motorcycles and boats, event attendees will also be able to enjoy a live band, wine tasting and other food and beverages.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise, visit their website at http://www.lamorindasunrise.org. The event’s website is located at http://www.motorama.us.

Posted on Friday, June 18th, 2010
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