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Archive for October, 2010

Driver crashes into 7-11

Drivers running their cars into buildings seems to be as popular in Lamorinda these days as morning coffees, BMWs and political signs. The 7-11 in Moraga was the victim in the early hours of Friday, as a driver sped into the parking lot and continued to speed into the store’s support beams in the front of the store.

Supports beams and lighting fixtures broke as a result of the crash, but the driver quickly left the scene, leaving the mess for the store’s employees to clean up.

On the bright side, at least this driver didn’t drive all the way inside of a restaurant or a home.

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Under: Crime, Moraga | No Comments »

Former Orinda councilman files ethics complaint against Mayor Tom McCormick

TOM MCCORMICKStory just posted online here.

You can see the entire 29-page complaint, filed by former councilman Gregg Wheatland, here: McCormick FPPC complaint

McCormick first heard about the complaint when I asked him about it this morning. In addition to his comments to me, he also sent out this statement later in the day:

I think it interesting that Mr. Wheatland would chose to send a copy of his complaint to all the newspapers just before the election without my leaving me any ability to respond or even consider the matter.  It appears that Mr. Wheatland believes in playing dirty politics, by using the press to disseminate nothing more than an unfound allegation, something we have all tried to stay away from in Orinda.  (Mr. Wheatland lost his bid for re-election to Steve Glazer in 2004).

I need to review the complaint in detail and wait for the FPPC opinion letter I request sometime ago before I can fully evaluate the matter.  For now I can say, I have been advised that my past actions are not prohibited by the FPPC rules.  The recommendations by the Planning Process Review Task Force (PPRTF) covered all of Orinda – If council members could not act on items that involve the entire city in which they serve, then no council could ever take any action.  Further, the Orinda City Council has not yet taken any action on the PPRTF recommendations; therefore, I have not broken any rules.  Some time ago, I was advised that my acting on the Planning Process Review Task Force was not a conflict since it was a committee making a recommendation.  Recently, I was advised that before the matter comes to the City Council, which it has not yet, I should seek an opinion from the FPPC of whether my living within 500 feet of the downtown requires me to not participate in council discussions and voting on the matter.  I have called the FPPC many times with regard to the issues and have asked for a written opinion from the FPPC – long before Mr. Wheatland filed his complaint and decided to try to impugn me.

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Under: election, Orinda | No Comments »

Many Lamorinda students and citizens get hit by fake quake

At 10:21 this morning, students at local schools, employees at local businesses and citizens at our local BART stations all took cover as a giant earthquake hit. Well, there wasn’t an actual earthquake, but everyone did “drop, cover, and hold,” as a part of the “Great California Shakeout.”

The event, which happened throughout the Bay Area with many Lamorinda schools participating, was created as an earthquake preparedness drill to give people practice before “the big one” actually hits.

BART trains stopped for a minute to give commuters a chance to practice should they be on a train at the time of an earthquake, although BART riders were not as enthusiastic about the practice as students were.

Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »

DFAL to remain as is

In what has been a major hot topic in high school sports in the East Bay recently, the high school league/conference realignment turned out the way most Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte supporters wanted it to, as none of the schools will be affected.

The realignment ideas were mainly fueled by Castro Valley High School and Livermore High School, as both schools wanted to leave their current leagues. Despite seven different realignment proposals being submitted, only one received any real support, which was the proposal submitted by Acalanes.

In their proposal, they essentially left all leagues alone (including the DFAL where Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte play) and just had Castro Valley join the EBAL. This was the decision the NCS made, which leaves the local schools happy, as some frustration arose when proposals suggested that Livermore High or other schools in the Livermore area would join the DFAL, creating more distant away games.

Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Halloween events this weekend

The Lafayette Community Center will have a haunted house this Friday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 24. A “Not Too Scary” version will be open from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and a “Very Scary” version will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for ages 7 and under and $5 for ages 8 and up.

Glorietta Elementary School is having their annual Funfest this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Funfest will have carnival games, prizes, a raffle and much  more.

Campolindo will be hosting their 34th Annual Halloween Carnival this Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be carnival games, prizes, various activities and a pumpkin patch. Tickets are $5 for children.

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Moraga crime “lowlights”

On Sept. 3, a woman walked past the 24 Hour Fitness check-in area and headed into the locker room where she stole a member’s purse. The woman then stole the member’s car from the parking lot after finding the keys inside of the purse.

Also on Sept. 3, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School’s all-terrain vehicle was stolen from a locked shed.

In what can only be deemed as “scary news,” a 31-year-old Moraga man was arrested on Sept. 30, after police discovered the man had been driving his vehicle with a BAC of .16, or twice the legal limit. The man was initially pulled over for driving 62 mph in the 35 mph zone of Moraga Way.

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010
Under: Crime, Moraga | No Comments »

New Yorker story on Quiet Orinda is out

No, they did not get a cover treatment. But you can find the article here (subscription required).

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

Campaign updates from OUSD, Moraga

From Orinda Union School District:

Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert, who missed the Oct. 5 filing deadline for campaign finance statements, filed her paperwork on on Oct. 12. They show that from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 she has raised $7,594, spent $7,418 and has $176 cash on hand.

Also, video from last week’s school board candidates’ forum has been posted to YouTube. The videos (lots of short ones rather than one long one) have been posted here.

And from the Moraga Town Council race:

Seth Freeman has not responded to an e-mail inquiry about why he missed the Oct. 5 campaign finance filing deadline, but Town Clerk Marty McInturf said she is meeting with Freeman today and that Freeman has told her he does not intend to fundraise during his campaign.

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010
Under: election, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

The rain is here but not for long

The rain certainly brought back that fresh Lamorinda rain smell today, but it doesn’t appear that the rain wanted to stick around. The forecast for Monday through Friday never has the chance of rain above 10%.

The Lamorinda area should expect a sunny, although slightly cooler, week, as high temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s and upper 60s.

The forecast for next Sunday shows the rain will return and not for a short visit. As of now, there is a 60% chance of showers next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Get those umbrellas out!

Posted on Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Campolindo wins; Miramonte and Acalanes fall

The Campolindo High School football team is back on track, as the Cougars were able to get their first DFAL win of the season in a hard-fought 31-17 victory over Dublin. The Cougars are now 1-2 in DFAL play and 5-2 overall.

Miramonte was shocked Friday night by Las Lomas, 27-24. The previously undefeated Matadors allowed Las Lomas running back Marquis Waters to rush for 325 yards, which was the key to victory for Las Lomas. The Matadors drop to 2-1 in DFAL play and 6-1 overall.

Acalanes lost a tough game against Alhambra, 14-12, when the Dons failed on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game late. The Dons are 1-2 in DFAL play and 4-3 overall.

Posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »