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Archive for December, 2010

Enjoy the New Year’s celebration

The Lamorinda Sun blog wants to wish all of its readers a happy end to 2010 and a happy beginning to 2011!

The weather doesn’t necessarily want to agree with a celebratory mood for the New Year’s Eve parties. The Lamorinda weather is forecasted to be in the low 40s and raining tonight, so the local parties will probably be staying inside.

For those planning on going into San Francisco, it’s supposed to be in the high 40s and raining. If you can handle the rain though, it may be a good year to go out to the city. The rain will shrink the crowds a bit, making it easier to get around out there.

Posted on Friday, December 31st, 2010
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What are your top stories for 2010?

We’ve got our list of the top Lamorinda stories in 2010. You can read it here. But we’re interested in your thoughts. What do you think made the biggest news this year? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010
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St. Mary’s basketball off to another great start

The St. Mary’s College men’s basketball team is off to another great start, once again proving they are a legitimate power in college basketball.

The Gaels are currently 11-2 with wins over teams including St. John’s, Texas Tech and Mississippi State. Their only two losses came in back-to-back games against BYU and San Diego State, who are both expected to be tournament teams this season.

The Gaels play their next game tomorrow night at home at 5:00 p.m. vs. Hartford.

The Gaels will then start their West Coast Conference schedule on Jan. 6 on the road against Loyola Marymount. St. Mary’s and Gonzaga are expected to battle it out for the title once again this year.

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010
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MOFD Board’s new members and officers

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District recently swore in three members to its Board of Directors. The sworn-in members were John Wyro, Frank Sperling and Dick Olsen.

The Fire District also announced its officers for 2011. For 2011, John Wyro will serve as president. Frank Sperling, who was the 2010 president, will serve as the general manager in 2011. Dick Olsen will run for a seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission’s Board of Directors.

Other members on the Board of Directors, Fred Weil and Brook Mancinelli, will be vice president and treasurer respectively.

For more information, visit the MOFD’s website at

Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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Crime at Campolindo

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, one juvenile male was caught by Campolindo school employees stealing items from the locker room. The male, who was not a Campolindo student, was turned over to police. He was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, drunk in public and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Witnesses saw a second suspect in the locker room, but the second suspect fled the scene before being detained.

On the same day, a student reported that their Apple iPhone 3G had been stolen from their backpack during their P.E. class.

Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
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Table 24 co-owner talks valet parking

I was unable to connect yesterday with Table 24 co-owner Michael Karp for my article about valet parking in downtown Orinda, but I spoke with him for a few minutes this morning about the restaurant’s plans.

Table 24 is talking with parking companies, including Douglas Parking, which manages the Theatre Square parking garage, Karp said, and hopes to begin offering valet service in a couple of weeks.

The restaurant would validate its customers’ parking tickets to give them a discount on valet service, Karp said, and is open to partnering with other downtown businesses to share the cost. The city’s policy requires valet service be available to anybody, regardless of where they plan to shop or dine.

“We’re excited to sponsor (the valet) and to manage it and to have it as an added amenity to downtown Orinda,” Karp said. “We think that we’re part of  hopefully a growth or the next steps in what it’s going to take to develop that downtown retail comm, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

And for the record, the valet parking policy is to allow for the use of city streets for the valet service. As several pointed out at last week’s council meeting, Casa Orinda offers valet parking to its customers, but does so on-site and thus does not require a permit to do so.

Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
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Camino Pablo getting a new field

The project of putting in a new field at Camino Pablo Elementary School took a huge step recently when the Town of Moraga entered into a contract with a company called Callander Associates to design the field. The value of the contract is not to exceed $65,000.

Once a design is in place, Moraga will start taking bids for the construction phase of the project. Total costs for the project are expected to be over $700,000.

The final design is expected to be in place within a few months, so that the construction bidding can take place shortly thereafter. The actual construction phase is planned to begin once school is out for summer.

Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010
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Pair of Lamorinda residents up for LAFCO seats

Dick Olsen croppedECCTDTATZINTwo Lamorinda residents are in the mix for a couple of seats on the powerful Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission.

Per Times’ political editor Lisa Borderbrueggen:

Longtime Lafayette Councilman Don Tatzin (left) has been nominated for the Contra Costa Mayors Conference appointment to the commission. Tatzin has been the conference’s alternate for more than a decade.

Moraga-Orinda Fire District Director Dick Olsen, of Moraga, has been nominated to fill the Special Districts Association seat vacated by David Piepho.

You can read more about the LAFCO openings and nominations on Lisa’s politics blog.

Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010
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Christmas traffic in Lamorinda

The Lamorinda area experienced some major traffic on Christmas, as Highway 24 backed up in the eastbound direction.

According to the California Highway Patrol, two cars collided on eastbound Highway 24, near the Acalanes Road exit, around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Both cars experienced major damage, and there was at least one injury reported.

The two right lanes were blocked on eastbound Highway 24 as a result of the accident and backed up traffic. The lanes were reopened by 4:00 p.m., and the traffic soon subsided.

The weather, particularly the rain, also played  a part in creating holiday traffic in the area.

Posted on Sunday, December 26th, 2010
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Merry Christmas from the Lamorinda Sun

Merry Christmas to all of our readers from the Lamorinda Sun blog. While it might not be a white Christmas, it will certainly be a wet Christmas. The rain that is going on right now is expected to continue throughout the rest of the day and throughout the night. The temperature will hover around 50 degrees all day as well.

Please remember not to drink and drive. Also, drive safely in the wet conditions throughout the area.

Enjoy the day of celebration with your friends and family.

Posted on Saturday, December 25th, 2010
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