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Archive for December, 2010

Acalanes and Miramonte need coaches; Deaver commits

Acalanes is currently looking to hire assistant coaches for its varsity softball team. Contact Randy Takahashi at for more information.

Miramonte is looking to hire head and assistant coaches for its track and field program. Contact Vince Dellaquila at for more information.

One of Miramonte’s star water polo players, Nick Deaver, recently announced his commitment to play water polo in the Ivy League at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Deaver has been one of the keys for the Matadors the past few seasons. This past season Deaver was a pick to the DFAL first team and the All-NCS team.

Posted on Friday, December 24th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Grateful Dead music in Lafayette

Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre will be taken back in time to the music of the Grateful Dead on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 8:00 p.m. The music will be performed by the Grateful Dead cover band Cryptical.

Tickets for the show are $30. “Gold circle” tickets are $45. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Town Hall Theatre’s box office. The box office will only be open the day of the show, as it is currently closed for the holidays.

There will also be a silent auction that night with a variety of music memorabilia up for bid.

For more information, visit the Town Hall Theatre’s website at

Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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Lamorinda week (ish) in review: It’s a Festivus miracle!

festivusCouple of items from this week and a little from last week. If you’ve got a problem with that, save it for the airing of grievances.

The Lafayette council finalizes $500,000 in budget reductions. They also talk a lot about the sidewalks by CVS/Diablo Foods/Trader Joe’s.

Burton Valley homeowners appeal the Planning Commission’s rejection of their second-story addition.

A woman was pinned by a car at the Lafayette post office Tuesday.

Longtime Orinda teacher Sue Johnson dies.

Lamorinda’s new mayors say roads are a big priority for 2011.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas weekend!

Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Roads | No Comments »

Orinda looking for volunteers, too

Many apologies to Orinda City Clerk Michele Olsen for the omission of this information in this space. Yes, Virginia, it’s true: You can also volunteer to serve on a number of committees and commissions in the city of Orinda.

Positions are available on the following boards:

  • Planning Commission
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission
  • Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
  • Finance Advisory Committee
  • Art in Public Places Committee
  • Public Works Aesthetic Review Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee

Statement of interest forms are available at the city clerk’s office at city hall, 22 Orinda Way. Forms can also be downloaded at
For more information, contact Olsen at 925-253-4221 or

Completed forms must be submitted to Olsen by 5 p.m. Jan. 21. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview before the City Council on Jan. 29.

Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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Update on Lafayette post office crash

According to police, the woman who was struck by a car in front of the Lafayette Post Office on Tuesday was actually pushed by the car into the outside wall of the building, leaving her pinned until paramedics were able to get her out 20 minutes later.

A doctor who happened to be shopping in the area at the time of the accident helped to keep the woman stable until paramedics arrived on the scene.

The driver has been confirmed to be a man in his 60s who has not been cited or arrested by police. Police are investigating the accident.

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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Driver hits person and post office

With all of the vehicles that have gone smashing into restaurants, stores and even homes in the past few months in Lamorinda, the one positive always seemed to be that no one was injured. That changed today when a vehicle hopped the curb near the Lafayette Post Office and hit a woman around 5:20 p.m. tonight.

The woman who was struck by the vehicle suffered major injuries and is being treated at John Muir Medical Center, according to police.

According to a witness, the driver of the vehicle was an elderly person who mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Posted on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
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Moraga seeking volunteers for town committees

The Town of Moraga is currently seeking volunteers to fill a number of open spots on several town committees and commissions.

There are currently three spots open each on the Audit and Finance Committee and the Park and Recreation Commission. There are two spots open each on the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board. The ADA Advisory Committee is also seeking additional members.

For more information on each of the positions and for applications, visit the Town of Moraga’s website. To apply for the positions, a completed application, a letter of interest and a resume must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office by Jan. 11.

Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Burton Valley homeowners appeal Planning Commission’s rejection of second-story addition

UPDATE: The appeal is tentatively scheduled for the council’s Jan. 24 meeting, according to city planner Michael Cass.

As expected, the owners of a Burton Valley home have appealed the Planning Commission’s rejection of their second-story addition project.

David Bowie, attorney for Joe and Noelle Polichio as well as architect Ken Hertel, filed the appeal today. The matter will head next to the City Council.

The commission rejected the project last month, saying the proposal had not been scaled back enough to make it consistent with the surrounding neighborhood.

The Planning Commission’s hearing on the project was itself an appeal. The Design Review Commission approved the project in September, but two of the Polichios’ neighbors appealed that decision to the Planning Commission.

Click the link below to read the appeal letter. The city provided the letter to me in the text of an e-mail, which I copied and pasted into a word document because it was too long to copy and paste here. It has not been otherwise edited.

Polichio appeal letter

Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Moraga man named Superior Court Judge; new director of Moraga library

Thomas Rogers, 59, of Moraga, was appointed to be a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday.

Since 1976, Rogers has worked in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He first worked as a deputy district attorney and more recently was chief deputy district attorney. He also headed the Northern Division, based in Oakland.

The new republican judge will be happy to know that the annual salary for a Superior Court judge is $178,789.

Beth Girshman will be the new director of the Moraga Library. Girshman previously spent 28 years working at the Jones Library in Amherst, Mass.

Posted on Sunday, December 19th, 2010
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Family, friends and former students remember Mary Sue Johnson

Family, friends and former students of Mary Sue Johnson filled the Campolindo Performing Arts Center today for a memorial service honoring the teacher.

Johnson, who was 63 at the time of her death, was a popular teacher at Glorietta Elementary School in Orinda for years.

Johnson died Monday afternoon when complications arose following surgery. Johnson was having heart valve surgery at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Johnson’s family has asked that those wishing to honor her memory donate to the charity Donors Choose, which helps fund classroom projects, in lieu of gifts or cards. Their website is

Posted on Saturday, December 18th, 2010
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »