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Dons down Cougars; Miramonte remains perfect

Acalanes pulled out a close game over Lamorinda rival Campolindo in Friday night’s DFAL battle. The Dons rushed for 227 yards in the game, which allowed them to control the tempo in their 24-20 victory.

The win improved the Dons’ record to 1-1 in the DFAL and 4-2 overall. Campolindo is now 0-2 in DFAL play and 4-2 overall.

Miramonte proved that they may the favorite in the DFAL, as the Matadors cruised to an easy victory over Daugherty Valley, 38-20.  The Matadors dominated the game from the start, taking a 24-0 lead into the halftime break. With the win, Miramonte improved their record to 2-0 in the DFAL and 6-0 overall.

Posted on Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Oktoberfest is Sunday in Moraga

Moraga will be celebrating Oktoberfest this Sunday, Oct. 10, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Drive.

Authentic German food and beverages will be available throughout the Oktoberfest. A polka band will be providing live entertainment. There will also be a ton of fun activities for children including bounce houses, chalk drawing and pumpkin painting.

Free parking for the event will be available at the Rheem Shopping Center with a shuttle going back and forth for the length of the event.

Moraga’s Oktoberfest is sponsored by the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga and the Town of Moraga.

For more information, visit the Oktoberfest website at

Posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Music | No Comments »

FAIR endorses Bob Jungbluth for MOFD board

Not exactly a surprise, but FAIR today officially endorsed Bob Jungbluth in the race for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors seat from Division 4.

Jungbluth is running against incumbent John Wyro, who has been on the board for most of its 13-year history.

That fact was not lost on FAIR, which in its endorsement said there have been relatively few elections in the district’s history and change is needed on the board.

“Bob is not ‘FAIR’s candidate’ for the board … but we have spoken with him and we think he is willing to question how MOFD is operated and do what is best for the citizens and taxpayers of Orinda and the rest of the district also,” the group said in a statement.

Jungbluth ran for Orinda City Council in 2006 and is currently and Orinda planning commissioner.

Posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010
Under: election, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde in Lafayette

Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre is home to the play “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” for the month of October. Shows will start at 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October, and there will be 2:00 p.m. matinée shows on Sundays. There will be a special 7:00 p.m. Halloween showing on Sunday, Oct. 31, to close out the play’s run at the Town Hall Theatre.

Tickets for night shows are $29.50 for adults and $26.50 for seniors and students. Matinée shows are $26.50 for adults and $22.50 for seniors and students. There is also a special offer of $15 rush tickets for students.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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Moraga candidates forum online

Courtesy of the good people at the Lamorinda Weekly. Lots of small videos instead of one long one. Find them here.

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Under: election, Moraga | No Comments »

Woman drives into Lafayette house

Just a little more than a month after an elderly woman accidentally drove her car through the front of Europa Restaurant in Orinda, an older woman drove her vehicle into a house in Lafayette.

The accident, which occurred around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, happened when the driver of a Lexus SUV did not properly make the turn onto Deer Hill Road at Highway 24’s Central Lafayette exit. The vehicle crashed into the home located at 1061 Laurel Dr.

All three people who were inside the home at the time of the crash were unharmed. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital, although her injuries are considered minor.

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
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Zeller out-raises Orinda rivals, with caveat

Scott Zeller technically has raised more money than his Orinda City Council rivals, according to campaign reports filed Tuesday. Why technically? Nearly two-thirds of his contribution total, $10,000, is from himself. Take that out, and Amy Worth leads by far. Numbers are for this calendar year through Sept. 30:

  • Tom McCormick: $2,547 in contributions, $2,836.04 in expenses and $1,548.84 cash in hand
  • Dean Orr: $9,713 in contributions (including $1,490 from himself), $3,640.66 in expenses and $6,072.34 cash in hand
  • Sue Severson: Filed a short-form report saying she has spent under $1,000. Severson also sent a letter to City Clerk Michele Olsen saying she has not accepted campaign donations and has spent $977.07 on signs, ads and fliers.
  • Amy Worth: $14,832 in contributions, $14,878.95 in expenses and $4,097.92 cash in hand. Worth also has a $3,817.29 outstanding loan from herself.
  • Scott Zeller: $15,020 in contributions, $9,493.63 in expenses and $5,526.79 cash in hand

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Reilly leads Lafayette money race

Traci Reilly has raised the most money in the race for Lafayette City Council, according to campaign reports filed with the city on Tuesday, followed by Don Tatzin. Reilly, Tatzin and Brandt Andersson all have significantly out-raised Dino Riggio. Here’s how the numbers break down (they’re for this calendar year through Sept. 30):

  • Brandt Andersson (i) — $4,220 in contributions plus a $500 personal loan, $2093.16 in expenses and $2,626.84 cash in hand.
  • Traci Reilly — $7,674 in contributions plus a $750 personal loan, 6,950.03 in expenses and $1,473.97 in cash on hand
  • Dino Riggio — $849 in contributions plus a $3,500 personal loan, $2,466.59 in expenses and $4,349 cash in hand.
  • Don Tatzin (i) — $6,674 in contributions plus a $1,000 personal loan, $2,198.49 in expenses and $5,475.51 cash on hand

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Under: election, Lafayette | No Comments »

Orinda council notes; Moraga forum non-notes

Relatively quiet Orinda City Council meeting last night. A couple highlights below.

Also, sadly there will be no notes from last night’s Moraga council forum at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, because if I had mastered the ability to be in two places at once, I’d probably have quit my day job by now.

Here’s some Orinda council quick hits:

  • Lots of presentations from various legislators community groups honoring the city on its 25th anniversary. Most brought resolutions and/or gifts to put in the city’s time capsule. City Manager Janet Keeter said there will be a time capsule ceremony at City Hall at 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
  • Plenty of members of anti-leaf blower group Quiet Orinda came to urge the council to put them on a future agenda. Nearly 19 of them planned to speak during public comment (which would have taken up about an hour) but just a few speakers in the council voted to put the issue on the Nov. 16 council meeting.
  • An update on the Retail Leakage Study report was postponed.
  • The council gave staff the go-ahead, as well as some direction, on crafting a downtown valet parking policy. A number of Theatre Square restaurants, led by new tenant Table 24, told the city they wanted to pool their resources and offer valet parking for their patrons, said Assistant to the City Manager Monica Pacheco.

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Orinda crime statistics for September

Orinda police made 14 arrests in September, including six for previous warrants. Three of the arrests were for driving under the influence. The remaining five arrests were for possession of drugs, being under the influence of drugs, drunk in public, commercial burglary, and domestic violence.

The Orinda Police Department responded to 21 calls for service in September, as thefts and burglaries were a common crime. There were seven reports each of petty theft and burglary, while five reports were made for grand theft. There was one report of domestic violence including the injury of a spouse. One stolen vehicle was recovered by police.

Orinda police also responded to 86 false residential alarms during September.

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »