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Drilling of fourth bore starts tomorrow

Construction crews will officially begin the drilling process of the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore in Orinda Monday morning. The first drill will happen during a commencement event to celebrate the occasion.

The fourth bore will be drilled using a boring machine called a “Road Header.” The machine is over 50 feet long and weighs 130 tons. Needless to say, you’ll likely notice it on your way into the tunnel.

While the drilling is starting on the Orinda side, it will eventually start on the other side of the hill as well. Because of the softness of the rock that crews will be drilling into, they will only be able to drill 10 feet per day, as they will have to stop every three feet to reset support.

Posted on Sunday, August 8th, 2010
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Lamorinda live music update

The Moraga Summer Concert Series continues every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Moraga Commons Park. On Aug. 12, rock and roll band littledog2 will be performing, while La Ventana, a Santana tribute band, will be the entertainment on Aug. 19.

On Aug. 14, at 2:00 p.m., the Golden Gate Boys Choir & Bellringers will perform their End of Summer Music Camp Performance at the Oakland Diocesan Youth Retreat Center, which is located at 1977 Reliez Valley Rd. in Lafayette.

The Orinda Library will host a performance by Celtic Sands at 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 25. The Celtic Sands are a folk quartet who play harp music.

All of these performances are free to the public.

Posted on Saturday, August 7th, 2010
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New Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 249 of Moraga has seven new Eagle Scouts, representing all three parts of Lamorinda. James Dawson, Rossin West and Kurt Linderman of Orinda, Cameron Bell and Riley Stevenson of Moraga, and Gregor Peirce of Lafayette became Eagle Scouts together, while Geoffrey Winegar of Moraga also became an Eagle Scout in a separate ceremony.

Boy Scout Troop 224 of Lafayette recently added three new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle Court of Honor. The three newest Eagle Scouts are Eric Lyman, Troy Roberts and Michael Bayer.

All of the new Eagle Scouts completed extensive community service projects, along with earning at least 21 merit badges.

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010
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Lamorinda weekend reading

the_candidateIn case you missed it:

Candidates. We’ve got candidates here.

Moraga council hears results of residents’ survey, looks to continue outreach effort

Tunneling for the Caldecott fourth bore will begin Monday.

Moraga tries to find pension parity

And finally, some very sad news: Longtime Sun columnist Harriet Ainsworth passes away at 95

harriet ainsworth

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010
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So close to being the final election update

Orinda Union School District is the holdout. Since no OUSD board incumbents have filed, challengers have until Wednesday to file. And the other school boards and fire board are reported by the county, which had not updated its list as of 5:20 Friday afternoon, so technically someone could have filed last-minute for those races.

But, with those caveats, here are your candidates, Lamorinda:

Lafayette City Council (two seats)
Brandt Andersson*, Don Tatzin*, Traci Reilly, Dino Riggio

Moraga Town Council (two seats)
Dave Trotter*, Ken Chew*, Dennis Wanken, Eleni Wanken, Seth Freeman

Orinda City Council (three seats)
Tom McCormick*, Amy Worth*, Sue Severson*, Dean Orr, Scott Zeller

Acalanes Union High School District board (three seats)
Tom Mulvaney*, Richard Whitmore*, Susie Epstein

Lafayette School District board (three seats)
Art Kapoor*, Theresa Gerringer*, David Gerson

Moraga School District board (three seats)
Charles MacNulty*, Kym Leserman, Kathy Ranstrom, Shari Simon

Orinda Union School District board (three seats)
Juliane Rossiter, Christopher Severson, Tyson Krumholz, Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert

Moraga-Orinda Fire District board (three seats)
Division 1: Frank Sperlng*
Division 3: Dick Olsen*
Division 4: John Wyro*, Bob Jungbluth


Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010
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Six new firefighters for MOFD

Six new firefighters joined the Moraga-Orinda Fire District on July 29 after taking the Oath of Allegiance at a graduation ceremony at Saint Mary’s College. The six new MOFD firefighters are Jason Ward, Matthew Lopez, Bill Reed, Jeremiah Dees, Andrew Hess and David Iman.

The six men were welcomed to the district after successfully completing an eight-week training academy conducted by the MOFD. The men were selected for the MOFD training course based on strong employment backgrounds filled with experience as firefighters and paramedics. The hiring of these men is another step toward ensuring that all MOFD firefighters are also trained paramedics.

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Orinda | 1 Comment »

DeSaulnier holding town hall event in Moraga

DESAULNIERState Sen. Mark Desaulnier will hold a “Mobile District Office Hours” event at Saint Mary’s College later this month.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the college’s Fillipi Academic Hall.

The event will provide constituents to share their ideas or their opinions about legislation affecting their cities or neighborhoods, according to DeSaulnier’s website. For more information, call 925-942-6082.

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
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Moraga Town Council: Dennis and Eleni Wanken are in

It took until the day before the filing period ends, but we finally have challengers in the Moraga Town Council race. Husband and wife Dennis and Eleni Wanken have filed papers and will try to unseat incumbents Dave Trotter and Ken Chew.

“With the challenges local governments are facing in these difficult times, (Dennis and Eleni) are running to help preserve the quality of life that brought them to Moraga decades ago,” said “Team Wanken” in a statement that just came to my inbox.

The statement highlights their prior electoral experience, Eleni with the Acalanes school board and Dennis with the Moraga school board.

Wanken ran unsuccessfully for Town Council in 2008.

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
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Moraga’s RECON presentation

You can find tomorrow’s Lamorinda Sun story posted here. Some supplemental reading material below:

Here’s the presentation the Town Council got last week: RECON Presentation

And here’s the original Revenue Enhancement Committee report from November: Revenue Enhancement Committee report

And in case you’re a real glutton for punishment, the town’s complete 2010-11 budget is in these three links: Moraga 2010-11 budget part 1, Moraga 2010-11 budget part 2 and Moraga 2010 budget part 3

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Roads | 1 Comment »

Orinda crime statistics for July

During the month of July, the Orinda Police Department made 13 arrests. Six of the arrests were for driving under the influence, while one was made for having an open container in a vehicle. There were two arrests made for possession of drugs and one arrest each for drunk in public, domestic battery, driving with a suspended/revoked license and for having a previous warrant.

Orinda police also responded to 11 reports of crime. There was one report of each of the following crimes: rape, armed robbery, a stolen vehicle, residential burglary, commercial burglary and petty theft. There were also three reports of auto burglary and two of vandalism.

Orinda police responded to 115 false residential alarms during July.

Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »