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Time to register kids for kindergarten in Moraga

The Moraga elementary schools will be holding registration for their kindergarten classes on March 3 and 4. The registration will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days at Los Perales and Rheem elementary schools. It will be open 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. both days at Camino Pablo Elementary School.

In order for kids to register for kindergarten in the Moraga schools, they must turn 5 on or before Dec. 2, 2011.

For more information about kindergarten registration, visit the Moraga School District’s website at Call the individual school’s with questions about the registration process: Camino Pablo at 925-376-4435, Los Perales at 925-631-0105, and Rheem at 925-376-4441.

Posted on Saturday, February 12th, 2011
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Friday night high school basketball and soccer

The Acalanes boys basketball team used a fourth quarter comeback to beat Dublin, 51-50. The Acalanes girls basketball team also beat Dublin by a score of 41-30. The Campolindo girls beat Alhambra, 73-36.

In DFAL soccer, Acalanes gave up a late goal to Las Lomas that tied the game 2-2. The tie mixed with a Campolindo win on Wednesday resulted in a co-DFAL championship for the Acalanes and Campolindo boys soccer teams. Both teams are favorites heading into NCS. The Miramonte boys finished their season on a high note, beating Alhambra, 2-1. The Campolindo boys beat Piedmont 4-0 tonight in a non-league game. The Acalanes girls beat Las Lomas, 3-2, sending them into the NCS playoffs.

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011
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Tri-City Council meeting recap

Not a whole lot of news out of Thursday night’s Tri-City Council meeting. The meetings are held annually and primarily serve as a venue for the three councils to discuss and provide updates on issues of common interest.

The councils first received a presentation on Senate Bill 375, which calls for the creation of “Sustainable Communities Strategies,” land use and transportation plans designed to help regions meet new environmental standards by reducing the amount of greenhouses gas emissions from cars and trucks. The SCS will guide much of the Bay Area’s growth over the next 25 years.

Representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Association of Bay Area Governments told the councils about SB375 and the process for creating an SCS. You can learn more about the that process at

The three councils also discussed road/infrastructure repair as well as community development and downtowns. Some highlights:

  • Lafayette Mayor Carl Anduri said if his city seeks a parcel tax for roads, it will likely be on the November ballot. No polling would be done beforehand, and the tax would be under $100 and for a maximum of 10 years, he said.
  • Orinda City Councilman Dean Orr suggested the three cities could save money by bundling their infrastructure projects together, offering contractors a larger job and possibly an incentive to lower costs.
  • Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk hopes the Downtown Specific Plan will return to the council this summer.
  • In an effort to stave of another Dollar Tree-style battle, Moraga will develop a retail ordinance to better outline which types of shops and restaurants residents do and do not want.
  • Foodies: Moraga’s Mediterranean restaurant should open in less than a month, and Whole Foods will open in Lafayette this summer.

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011
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County supervisor calls out Lafayette RDA

UPDATE: I caught up with Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk at last night’s Tri-City Council meeting and asked him about Gioia’s remarks.  SeJohn Gioia 2010e below for Falk’s comments.

County supervisor John Gioia, right, who represents West Contra Costa, had some pointed words about Lafayette’s redevelopment agency Wednesday.

Gioia was attending, but did not speak at, a conference where many East Bay leaders railed against Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

Although he didn’t fully endorse Brown’s plan, Gioia told Bay Area News Group reporter Sean Maher the proposal is causing people to have discussions about redevelopment reform.

“I support the goals of redevelopment,” Gioia said. “But in its current form, is it the most effective way to get those things done? I voted to create redevelopment agencies in my county, but I’m willing to put them on the table if it means we’ll do better funding local schools, health programs and youth centers.”

In addition, Gioia said, “Redevelopment funds many good projects, but some are pretty questionable. Look at Lafayette. Why would there be blight in one of the highest-income cities in our county? We don’t need to be using redevelopment money to fund higher-end stores coming into town.”

Steven Falk, Lafayette’s city manager, said Gioia’s comments could be a case of “selective political amnesia,” as the vast majority of Lafayette’s redevelopment money was spent on the new library, built at the request of the county, and the new veterans hall, a joint project with the county for which Gioia voted.

“We’ve spent the vast majority of redevelopment money on efforts to promote lifelong learning and on projects for veterans of America’s wars,” Falk said.

Elsewhere Thursday in redevelopment news:

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011
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Campolindo continues year of winning

In a year where Campolindo seems to be winning title after title in sports, the Cougars added an academic title to their trophy case this week by winning the Contra Costa County Academic Decathlon.

In fact, two Campolindo Academic Decathlon teams finished in the top three in the county competition, as the Cougars’ Blue team placed third. The Red team won the title.

Acalanes, who had won the previous four county competitions, did not place in the top three this year. Miramonte’s Green Team finished in second place.

The winning Campolindo team will represent Contra Costa County at the state competition March 11-14.

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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Seniors getting a new “Spirit Van”

The riders of the popular “Lamorinda Spirit” van will get to ride in a brand new van soon thanks to a federal grant helping the program. The Lamorinda Spirit van is used to provide safe transportation for senior citizens in the area who need to make it to appointments, run errands, etc.

The Lamorinda Spirit van program is run by Lamorinda Senior Transportation, who is responsible for applying for the federal grant. Through the grant, the federal government will pay for 88.53% of the price of the van, leaving the city to only pay just over 11%, which equates to less than $10,000.

For more information about the Lamorinda Spirit van, call 925-283-3534.

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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“The Boy Friend” at Acalanes

The Acalanes High School Choral Department will be presenting their version of the Broadway show “The Boy Friend” from March 2 to March 5 with performances each night starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the show will be $15 for general admission and $13 for students and seniors. Tickets for the show can be purchased online via the Acalanes Web Store starting on Feb. 14, at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. on show nights, or at the school’s lunch break near the attendance office on Feb. 15, 17, 22, 23,24, 28 and March 1-4.

For more information about the Acalanes Choral Department, visit their website at

Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Tri-City meeting Thursday

For one night only, all 15 Lamorinda council members on the same stage!

The Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda councils try to do a joint meeting once a year, and this year’s “Tri-City” meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Saint Mary’s College Soda Center.

Generally, the meetings so the three cities can have the opportunity to discuss items of common interest. On this year’s agenda are discussions about implementing new state sustainability guidelines, road repair and community/downtown development.

The college is at 1928 St. Marys Road in Moraga.

Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | 2 Comments »

Head of Peace Corps Association to speak at SMC

The president of the National Peace Corps Association will speak at Saint Mary’s College this month to recognize the 50th anniversary of the volunteer organization.

Kevin Quigley’s lecture, “Peace Corps at 50: Realizing the Promise of the Next 50 Years,” will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the college’s Soda Activity Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

A visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Quigley will spend the entire week on campus meeting with students and visiting classes to discuss the Peace Corps anniversary, said Michael McAlpin, a spokesman for Saint Mary’s College.

President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961 to provide trained volunteers to developing countries and improve understanding between those countries and the United States. The NPCA provides mentoring and networking opportunities for returning Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the organization’s founding, 129 Saint Mary’s alumni have participated, McAlpin said. Some of them will meet with Quigley during his time in Moraga. Four alumni are currently serving in the Peace Corps, McAlpin added.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
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High school visual arts contest

The Orinda Arts Council is currently hosting their High School Visual Arts Competition for the eighth consecutive year. The competition is open to all high school students in the Lamorinda area.

All entries into the competition must be submitted to the Orinda Arts Council by Feb. 17. Accepted artwork must then be turned in Feb. 27 or 28. Entered artwork will be on display at the Orinda Library Art Gallery March 2-30.

An awards reception will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Orinda Library Art Gallery, to honor winning artwork. Winners will receive cash prizes.

For more information, visit

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »