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Graduation Day 2010

The high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District will all be sending off the Class of 2010 in graduation ceremonies today.

The ceremonies at Acalanes and Campolindo will both start at 5:00 p.m. Miramonte’s graduation ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. All ceremonies will take place in each school’s football stadium.

If you plan on attending any of the ceremonies, make sure to show up at least 30 minutes early, as parking gets pretty crazy. If you want a good seat, show up an hour or two early.

If you aren’t planning on attending any of the ceremonies, make sure to avoid driving near any of the high schools tonight or you could get stuck in some unwanted traffic.

Posted on Friday, June 11th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Welcome to Moraga. Watch out for gators.

Seriously. CBS with the details.

Posted on Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Under: Moraga | 2 Comments »

Orinda crime statistics for May 2010

During the month of May, the Orinda Police Department made 16 total arrests. Five arrests were for driving under the influence, and four were for the possession of drugs. Four arrests were made for previous warrants. The four other arrests were made for failing to obey a traffic officer, forgery, commercial burglary and one miscellaneous misdemeanor.

In additional calls to service that did not result in any arrests, there were nine total reports of petty theft, ten reports of grand theft and two reports of burglary. Three cases of vandalism were reported to the OPD.

Officers also responded to 125 false residential alarms during the month of May.

Posted on Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Are you ready for some fútbol?

south-african-fansShout-out in today’s Times for Orinda’s Trattoria Lupetti in an article about good places in the East Bay to watch World Cup games. Not surprisingly, it’s listed as a great place for fans of Italy.

I’m not a huge soccer fan but I’ll be partly rooting for South Africa, not just because I spent a month there in college but also because they have a cool team nickname: Bafana Bafana. It’s a term of endearment that means “the boys.” See, you learned something today.

Anyway, Lupetti is planning on being open for 7 a.m. games and will serve breakfast. They’re also planning on having entrees each day based on what teams will be playing.

By the way, they’re at 65 Moraga Way in Orinda.

Posted on Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Under: Orinda, Sports | No Comments »

Michael Scott approves of this correction

pacheco assistant to the city manager

A reader e-mailed to point out that, technically, I did have Monica Pacheco’s job title wrong in my story Tuesday about the electrical accident in Orinda. The reader’s point is that an assistant city manager is akin to a lieutenant  governor or vice president — someone who’s job is to step in when the city manager is unavailable. Orinda, the reader wrote, has never had someone serving in that capacity.

I haven’t had the chance yet to formally look into City Hall job descriptions, but its worth pointing out that City Manager Janet Keeter is out of the office this week, so at least in terms of having a city presence during a meeting with the police and fire chiefs about Saturday’s incident, Pacheco was serving in the capacity of the city manager in Keeter’s absence. I actually had two sources Monday refer to her as the “interim city manager.”

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Campolindo and Miramonte baseball win NCS

Despite moving up to the Division 2 bracket of the NCS baseball playoffs, Campolindo proved they were one of the best teams in the area by beating Alameda, 7-0, in the championship game. The most impressive part of the game was the fact that the Cougars’ pitching was able to shut down an Alameda team that had scored 7, 11 and 16 runs in their first three playoff games.

With Campolindo in Division 2, Miramonte looked like the favorite heading into the Division 3 playoffs. After earning a first round bye, the Matadors advanced to the final with wins over Novato, 20-3, and Sir Francis Drake, 5-2. The final was one local baseball fans will not forget as Miramonte and El Cerrito battled into extra innings tied 0-0. At the end of the 10th inning, the game was suspended and had to be restarted two days later. It wasn’t until the 15th inning that Miramonte finally cracked the deadlock, scoring 3 runs, and eventually winning the championship, 3-0.

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

BART to hold community meeting in Lafayette

A public agency with a surplus? It’s true. BART says they’ll be in the black for the next fiscal year due to “unexpected funds received from the State of California.” Now, they’re asking riders for suggestions on how to use the money.

One of BART’s many meetings on the topic will take place in Lafayette, from 6:30-8 p.m. June 21 at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Among the things BART is asking the public to weigh in on are a possible reduction in fares as well as the definition of “major service change.”

You can find out all the meeting times and locations here.

Posted on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Under: Lafayette | No Comments »

Update on Moraga Road rubber cape seal repair

The failed “rubber cape seal” road repair along Moraga Road will be on the Moraga Town Council agenda Wednesday for an update.

The council awarded a $550,000 contract, with most of the money from the federal stimulus, to International Surfacing Systems.

Moraga residents know that the repair didn’t exactly work as planned. According to the staff report from Town Engineer Jill Mercurio, the contractor that did the repairs agrees the work has not been up to stuff and has been on site several times, but has not been able to repair the repair because of the late rainy season.

Mercurio says in the report that the town staff will be meeting with the contractor this week to discuss and plan the repairs.

Posted on Monday, June 7th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Roads | No Comments »

Weekend Lamorinda news roundup

In case you missed it:

Two men were severely burned after hitting a transmission line near the Orinda farmers market.

Lafayette inches closer to asking voters to up the property transfer tax, while Orinda decides to hold off.

The California Independent Film Festival Association is taking over and reopening the Rheem Theatre.

Seven cars were broken into on the same day in Orinda, all of them unlocked.

Moraga residents appear to be approving increases in the town’s street light fees.

District attorney candidate Mark Peterson found a creative way to comply with Moraga’s sign regulations.

Barbara Boxer stopped by Orinda to check on the new Caldecott Tunnel bore’s progress, tout the stimulus and slam Carly Fiorina.

Posted on Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Orinda’s 25th Anniversary Poetry Contest

Orinda’s City Council is accepting poetry submissions as part of the city’s 25th anniversary celebration of its incorporation. The poems should follow the theme of “What it Means to be an Orindan.”

A winning poem will be selected in four different age categories. The winning poems will then be included inside of a time capsule to be buried near City Hall.

The categories are kindergarten through second grade, third grade through fifth grade, sixth grade through eighth grade, and high school.

Submissions are due June 18 and should be less than one page double-spaced. They can be submitted at City Hall or via email to

Posted on Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Under: Orinda | No Comments »