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Archive for March, 2011

Polk’s appeal fails

One of the biggest news stories out of the Lamorinda area in recent years may finally be coming to an end, as the California Supreme Court refused to hear Susan Polk’s appeal for her 2006 second-degree murder conviction. A lower appeals court already upheld the original verdict in December.

Susan Polk is serving a sentence of 16 years to life for killing her husband, Felix Polk, in 2002.

The trial made national news when Polk chose to represent herself, questioning her own children on the stand. The case also drew attention based on the fact that the couple met when Felix was Susan’s therapist when she was just a teenager.

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
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Lamorinda Acalanes Union Film Festival

The Fifth Annual Lamorinda Acalanes Union Film Festival will take place on April 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Campolindo Performing Arts Center.

The film festival will screen approximately 20 short films, ranging from one to five minutes in length. Between 80 and 100 students will have films they worked on screened at the event. Students included in the film festival attend Acalanes, Campolindo, Miramonte and JM.

In addition to the films being screened, there will be a live music performance and DJs playing music throughout the night.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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Apartments at Lafayette’s ‘Christmas Tree Lot’?

From the story that just posted online:

LAFAYETTE — The owner of a hillside overlooking Highway 24 wants to build a 315-unit apartment complex there, despite the City Council’s request the land be used only for single-family housing.

The development, called “The Terraces of Lafayette,” would be set on a 22-acre lot at the corner of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette just north of Highway 24, known colloquially as the “Christmas tree Lot.”

The Dettmer family, which owns the property, submitted the project March 21. The city has not yet reviewed the application, said Lafayette Special Projects Manager Ann Meredith.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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2011 Sun & Fun Event

The Burton Valley PTA is set to present their 2011 Sun & Fun event on Thursday, April 28, at the Moraga Country Club.

The event starts with a charity golf tournament during the day. The golf tournament, which starts at 1:00 p.m., will feature 18 holes of scramble format. It costs $150 to enter, which includes the tournament, lunch, dinner and the party at night. Prizes for tournament winners will total $1,000.

At night, there will be a dinner party, which will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with happy hour. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., and then from 8:00-10:00 p.m., there will be live music and dancing. Tickets for the dinner party are $50.

Registration for the event is available online. If you have questions, email the Sun & Fun Committee at

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Community Service Day in Orinda

On April 16, the City of Orinda will be holding Community Service Day to try and clean up the city. The scheduled time for the clean-up is 9:00 a.m. until noon, but event organizers expect volunteers to help with projects throughout the day.

All members of the community are welcome and invited to take part in a variety of community service projects around the city. The first 300 people to register to volunteer to help out on projects will get a free t-shirt.

To register for the event, send an email to with names of people wanting to help and ages of any children helping. You can also email project ideas for the day to this address.

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011
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Sun on the way and then more rain

After tonight’s rain, the skies are supposed to clear up to bring the Lamorinda area back into more of a “spring feel.” The forecast shows sun Monday through Friday. While there will certainly be some clouds in the sky, the sun will be shining, and temperatures will pick up into the low 70s later in the week.

The rain won’t be gone for long though, as the forecast has it returning on Saturday along with the highs dropping back into the low 60s. Sunday is supposed to be sunny, but next Monday and Tuesday are forecasted to be the start to another rainy period.

Posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2011
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Student show raising money for Japan

Following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a group of local high school students came together to organize a show to use their talents for a cause. The show, “Inelegant Expression,” will include art displays and musical performances. There will also be a bake sale at the event. All proceeds will be donated to the relief effort in Japan.

The show will take place Saturday and Sunday this weekend and will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show will be in the Art Room at the Lafayette Gallery, which is located at 50 Lafayette Circle.

For more information about the Lafayette Gallery, visit their website at

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Citizen(s) of the Year

Tonight, I will be on hand at the Lafayette Park Hotel to help congratulate Karen Mulvaney as Lafayette’s 2011 Citizen of the Year. I was on hand March 11 to honor Steve Harwood as Orinda’s 2011 Citizen of the Year, and will be at Moraga’s “Citizen” event April 15 at saint mary’s College.

These are fun events, and pretty much always drive home that I could be doing more for my own community than I am. My hat’s off to all these fine honorees, and the nominees who ultimately aren’t chosen. They, too, often reinforce my inferiority complex ….

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Odyssey of the Mind — state meet Saturday

This Saturday, local schools will compete Saturday in the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament at Heritage High School in Brentwood.
Lamorinda teams come from Del Rey Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary (two teams), Sleepy Hollow Elementary (two teams) and Stanley Middle School, plus teams sponsored by Moraga Rotary and the Orinda Masonic Lodge.
These teams, along with others from Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon and Concord, qualified for the state competition at the SF Bay Area tournament in February. More than 180 teams from all over the state will convene in Brentwood, to compete for the opportunity to represent California in the World Championships at the University of Maryland in May.

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Saint Mary’s student allegedly exposed himself to local kids

The unfortunate string of sex crimes involving minors continues in the Lamorinda area. Moraga police arrested a 22-year-old Saint Mary’s College student Wednesday for allegedly exposing himself to two children.

The student, Pornthep Suvanasarn, was an employee at the 24-Hour Fitness in Moraga when he allegedly exposed himself to children at the gym’s child care center on March 14.

Suvanasarn is being held in County Jail in Martinez on $15,000 bail. He was booked for the crimes of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting children.

If you have any information on the crime or want to report additional victims, please contact Lt. Jeff Price at 925-888-7049.

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011
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