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Archive for December, 2010

A lot of cold BART riders

BART riders at both the Lafayette and Orinda stations stood out in the cold, rainy weather today a bit longer than they expected and certainly longer than they hoped for.

A major equipment problem near the Lake Merritt station in Oakland caused delays on trains heading into San Francisco from the Lamorinda stations. The delays began around 8:00 a.m. and many riders were actually told they may want to get back in their cars.

The problem was fixed around 11:00 a.m. While service resumed in that direction, there were still delays for much of the day.

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Orinda | No Comments »

High school basketball update

The local high school girls basketball teams are dominating their non-league opponents before the DFAL season tips off. Miramonte is leading the way with a 7-0 record. The Matadors have outscored opponents, 488-196. Campolindo is currently 6-0, outscoring their opponents, 428-254. While the Acalanes girls have only outscored their opponents, 168-138, it has been good enough to earn wins in all of their first four games as well.

Campolindo appears to be the best boys team thus far, compiling a 6-2 record early in the season. The Acalanes boys have experienced some success in non-league games with a 4-3 record currently. Miramonte is just 1-4 so far, but the Matadors have been close in all of their games against some strong opponents.

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

Christmas luncheon at Saint Mary’s

The Saint Mary’s College Guild is hosting their annual Christmas luncheon tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 16. A reception will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. , with the luncheon following at 12:00 p.m.

The luncheon is open to the public and costs $35 to attend. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Saint Mary’s student scholarship fund.

Entertainment will be provided at the reception and the luncheon by the Contra Costa Children’s Choir and Brother Martin, of Saint Mary’s.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Pat McEnaney at (925) 376-3306.

For more information about the Saint Mary’s College Guild, visit

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Under: Moraga, Schools | No Comments »

Keep those umbrellas close

The rain is expected to continue through the night, keeping the roads wet and the drive times long. The forecast shows that Wednesday and Thursday will be dry with some sunshine shining through the clouds throughout the days. Enjoy the clear skies while you can.

Starting Friday, the forecast shows rain every day for a week (as far as the weather can accurately be forecasted in advance). It’s not just a “chance of rain” either, as the “chance” of rain is forecasted 60-80% every day during that week. Get your umbrellas and raincoats out. It’s going to be a wet December.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Lafayette council notes LIVE!

It’s cupcake night in Lafayette.

Carl Anduri was appointed the city’s mayor, replacing Brandt Andersson. Carol Federighi was appointed vice mayor. Andersson was sworn into his second term on the council. Don Tatzin was sworn into his 1,356th term (roughly).

Council is now discussing the final 2010-11 budget, including about $500,000 in cuts.

Council members and staff (and reporters!) have been here since 4:30 p.m., when the council began discussion potential “streetscape” (don’t call it a sidewalk upgrade, says city engineer Tony Coe) improvements along Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Oak Hill Road and Mountain View.

Pretty much all of the debate centered on the south side of Mt. Diablo between Mountain View and Dewing. The property owners of the shopping center worried, among other things, that a proposed wall — designed to better separate the pedestrians on the sidewalk from the parking lot — would negatively impact their parking lots. And a number of residents were worried about a proposal to ban U-turns on westbound Mt. Diablo at Happy Valley.

The council directed staff to move ahead with designing the improvements for everywhere but the aforementioned section. On that section, they asked staff to come back with more barrier options as well as more options for the Mt. Diablo/Happy Valley intersection.

Timing is important on this project, Coe said, because the city must have the design approved by the beginning of February in order to be eligible for some $1.3 million in federal grants.

Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Roads | No Comments »

Polk’s murder conviction upheld

The second-degree murder conviction of Susan Polk has been upheld by a state appeals court. The 2007 conviction carried a prison sentence of 16 years to life.

Polk was convicted in the 2002 stabbing death of her estranged husband, Felix Polk, on their property in Orinda.

The appeals panel rejected all appeal arguments made by Polk and her attorney, Victor Morse.

The original 2005 murder case made national headlines when Pamela Vitale, the wife of Polk’s defense lawyer Daniel Horowitz, was murdered in Lafayette. In the 2006 retrial, the case made national news again when Susan Polk chose to be her own lawyer.

Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Art Gallery is currently displaying their Winter Wonderland Annual Holiday Exhibit. The exhibit is filled with artwork inspired by the holiday season with a variety of media including paintings, photographs, ceramics and ornaments. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

The Moraga Art Gallery’s current show is called “Fa-la-la-la-la!” and is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This show also features holiday-inspired artwork with media including paintings, photographs, jewelry and holiday cards.For more information, visit

Posted on Sunday, December 12th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Santa is coming to Moraga

Santa Claus is coming to Moraga early this year to drop off some Christmas joy and presents. The Town of Moraga is organizing visits from Santa Claus for kids the nights of Dec. 15, 16 and 17.

Santa’s visits will be 15 minutes long and can be scheduled on the half hour during the hours of 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. any of the three nights. Santa will stop by, talk to the children and give each child a small gift before he heads off into the night.

Visits from Santa are $50 and are only for Moraga residents. To set up a visit from Santa, contact and register with the Town of Moraga at 925-888-7045.

Posted on Saturday, December 11th, 2010
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High school soccer update

The Campolindo boys are undefeated with a record of 8-0-0 this season. The Cougars won the Winter Soccer Classic tournament and are currently first in the DFAL.

The Acalanes boys are 2-1-3 with their lone loss coming to Campolindo Friday night in DFAL play. The Dons finished fourth in the Winter Soccer Classic and are currently tied for fourth in the DFAL.

The Miramonte boys are 1-2-3 with ties against Acalanes and Dougherty Valley in DFAL play. The Matadors are currently in third place in the DFAL.

The Acalanes girls are 2-1-0 with a league win over Miramonte and a league loss against Campolindo.

The Campolindo girls improved to 3-1-1 with their Friday night win over Acalanes. Their lone loss came against Dougherty Valley on Wednesday.

Miramonte earned their first non-loss of the season Friday night with a tie against Dougherty Valley. The Matadors are 0-3-1.

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Chipotle coming to Lafayette

Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle is coming to Lafayette, according to City Manager Steven Falk’s “Friday Summary.”

I can already hear the celebrations at Saint Mary’s College.

Chipotle will go into the Plaza shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Nor-Ski and El Belazo, according to Falk.

I can already feel my wallet getting lighter.

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010
Under: Lafayette | 1 Comment »