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Archive for September, 2010

Oasis Dance brings in police

When I posted about Saint Mary’s welcome back event, the Oasis Dance, last week, the big issue was the potential for noise complaints. Some neighbors even worried about drunk students making their way onto neighborhood streets.

While alcohol certainly became an issue with a few students, the much more serious crime of rape was allegedly committed on the dance floor during the event. A female Saint Mary’s student told police she had been assaulted with a foreign object and was able to give officers her account of what happened and a description of the alleged assaulter. The¬†Moraga Police Department is investigating the crime.

Posted on Thursday, September 30th, 2010
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Chateau Lafayette getting some upgrades

The senior housing development Chateau Lafayette recently received a grant, which will allow for the organization to make some much-needed improvements to the housing.

A grant of $28,712 came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, while the Lafayette Redevelopment Agency Board offered $22,420 toward the upgrades as well.

Chateau Lafayette will be getting 60 new ranges, a new water heater and a new roof on one of its buildings. All of the upgrades are being made with energy efficiency in mind.

Chateau Lafayette is a non-profit development and is home to more than 80 low-income senior citizens.

Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
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House fire in Orinda

A fire at a home on Valley Court in Orinda early Tuesday morning sent Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters racing to the scene.

A candle left out set fire to the deck, and eventually the roof, of the home. The resident of the home woke up to the sound of his dog barking shortly before 2:00 a.m. and immediately called for help upon smelling smoke and seeing the fire.

Firefighters were able to get to the home quickly and had the fire out in just over 20 minutes.

The resident of the home was the only person to suffer injuries. He suffered minor burns but refused treatment.

Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
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Lafayette fire station off brownout list for now

Contra Costa Fire Chief Daryl Louder found out today that just because Lafayette is not included on the district’s “brownout” list doesn’t mean Lafayette residents aren’t going to tell the board not to close that station anyway.

Here’s the news from today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, which I just watched online: The fire district, for now, is not considering closing fire station 16, on Los Arabis Drive, in Lafayette. The district does plan on browning out a station in Pittsburg as well as removing a unit from the downtown Walnut Creek station.

But Louder admitted that plan depends on the district obtaining new revenue in the near future through a parcel tax, special assessment or some other means. If that doesn’t happen, he said, “There will be draconian cuts in (fiscal year 2011-12).” And the board, without making any final decisions on what stations would be browned out, wants to have a study session to further look at the issue.

Mindful of that fact, a number of representatives from Lafayette Homeowners groups spoke to the board about the importance of Station 16.

“I’m not going to let that sit still because I know it’s not settled yet,” said George Figone.

Posted on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
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Did you miss summer?

If you had grown comfortable with the cooler September temperatures, today was a day that made sure you weren’t comfortable for too long. With temperatures reaching into the triple digits this afternoon, the heat was unwelcome for many residents of Lamorinda stuck in traffic or sitting behind their school desks.

The heat is expected to subside a bit as the week goes on, dropping to a nice “cool” high of 91 degrees Tuesday. The high is expected to drop five degrees Wednesday and five more on Thursday. By Sunday, the high is expected to be in the mid-70s, which is a bit closer to what is expected this time of year.

Posted on Monday, September 27th, 2010
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Too much coffee for firefighters?

A local citizen’s complaint to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District recently resulted in a more stringent policy relating to firefighters visiting local businesses.

The citizen complained that firefighters were spending too much time at Peet’s Coffee in downtown Orinda, claiming that the firefighters were in fact “loitering.”

Whether the firefighters were truly loitering or not, Chief Randy Bradley of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District made it clear that this was in fact a mistake by the firefighters working on the day in question, and that it would not happen again. Bradley met with firefighters to discuss and review district policies as a result.

Posted on Sunday, September 26th, 2010
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Campolindo, Miramonte stay perfect; Acalanes falls

Miramonte’s defense earned its second straight shutout, as the Matadors dominated visiting Liberty High School, 33-0. ¬†Quarterback Ross Anderson was the star, passing for 116 yards and rushing for 102 yards. The Matadors are 4-0 and will play at Acalanes Friday in their DFAL opener.

Campolindo proved to be too much for Oakland, as the Cougars won easily, 49-18. The Cougars took the lead early in the game and never looked back, amassing 270 yards rushing. The Cougars are 4-0 and travel to Dougherty Valley for their DFAL opener.

Despite allowing only six total points in their first three games, the dominant Acalanes defense showed weaknesses in their 44-13 defeat at the hands of Healdsburg. The Dons are 3-1 heading into their DFAL opener with Miramonte.

Posted on Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Hendrix in a new style in Moraga

The music of Jimi Hendrix will come to life in Moraga Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., but it won’t be in the typical rock fashion you would expect. The Turtle Island Quartet will be performing the music of Hendrix in their own mix of classical and jazz styles.

The concert will be performed in the Soda Activity Center on the campus of Saint Mary’s College.

Tickets to the show are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for students and $5 for Saint Mary’s students. Tickets can be purchased through the Saint Mary’s Performing Arts Department office, which can be reached at 925-631-4670.

Posted on Friday, September 24th, 2010
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Lamorinda weekend reading

Weekly prep football watch: 3-0 for all three teams.

Weekly epic-ness: Lafayette native with cerebral palsy scales El Capitan.

Neither the Dollar Tree nor Dollar Tree opponents are happy with the Planning Commission’s now-appealed approval of the store. (Maybe they’d prefer an In-N-Out?)

A gas leak in downtown Orinda late Wednesday night prompted the evacuation of 14 residents.

It’s a surprisingly quiet Moraga-Orinda Fire District election. Here’s some more info on the two people running.

Live near St. Mary’s? It might be loud tonight.

Posted on Friday, September 24th, 2010
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3rd Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce has organized the 3rd Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour, which will take place this Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Appetizers will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Theater Square, which will be followed from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by a sampling of many of Orinda’s downtown restaurants. Dessert will be served in Theater Square from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

A San Francisco trolley will take attendees from restaurant to restaurant during the tour.

Tickets to the tour are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 if purchased the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Chamber’s website. The Educational Foundation of Orinda will receive a contribution for each ticket purchased to the event.

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Under: Orinda, Restaurants | No Comments »