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Archive for June, 2011

Watch a movie outdoors in Lafayette

As an extended part of the rush to downtown Lafayette the Farmers Market has created, the City of Lafayette will be showing movies outside in Plaza Park on certain nights after the Farmers Market.

The movies, which are free to attend and open to the public, will start around 8:00 p.m., once the sun has gone down.

Moviegoers are welcome to bring a blanket or chairs to sit and watch the movie in the park.

Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown July 21, and Finding Nemo will be shown on August 18.

Plaza Park is located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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Lamorinda Water Polo wins state title

The 10th grade and under boys water polo team from Lamorinda Water Polo were named champions at the Cal State Cup Championship tournament.

The team beat out teams from all over the state in the weekend tournament held in Ontario, Calif.

The Lamorinda Water Polo club also recently had all of their teams successfully qualify for the Junior Olympics tournament, which will be held in Southern California at the end of July against teams from all over the country.

For more information about Lamorinda Water Polo, visit their website at

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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State legisture passes budget that includes controversial redevelopment measures

California has an on-time budget, although that’s hardly good news to cities and counties with redevelopment agencies, like Lafayette. A pair of laws would eliminate redevelopment agencies unless the agency agrees to make payments to other governing bodies. From Bay Area News Group Sacramento reporter Steve Harmon:

In the Legislature’s new plan, (redevelopment agencies) that agree to divert a certain amount of property taxes to schools, fire protection and transit districts can continue to exist as agencies.

For fiscal year 2011-12, which starts Friday, an agency would have to pay its portion of the $1.7 billion, and then starting in 2012-13, its part of $400 million annually.

The California Redevelopment Association estimates Lafayette’s payments, if the city were to maintain its redevelopment agency under the new laws, would be $416,786 for 2011-12 and $98.067 in 2012-13.

The CRA and the League of California Cities have vowed to file a lawsuit if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the redevelopment legislation as expected.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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4th of July Fun Run

Moraga’s 4th of July Fun Run is back again this year and is set to kick off bright and early Monday morning.

The entry form for the Fun Run can be downloaded at Runners should bring this completed form along with the $25 race registration fee the morning of the event.

Registration the morning of the event starts at 7:00 a.m. with the kiddie runs starting at 8:00 a.m. and the 5 mile run and 2 mile run/walk both starting at 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the registration fees go to the Campolindo Sports Boosters who fund many sports teams at Campolindo.

For more information, visit the Campolindo Track website.

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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Orinda teen injured in beach accident

Ryan Buchanan, a 17 year old from Orinda who attends Miramonte, was injured after he was buried under sand in a beach accident.

Buchanan and a friend had dug a hole approximately six feet deep at Sunset State Beach while on a church trip when the sand collapsed and buried Buchanan.

Lifeguards were able to dig Buchanan out, but he was not breathing when he was pulled out after being under the sand for 15 minutes.

Buchanan is currently in critical condition.

Buchanan’s church, The Creekside Community Church in Alamo, is holding vigils every night this week beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011
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The week ahead: June 27-July 1

calendar.jpgCity government happenings for the last week of June, plus a post-script:

Lafayette City Council: 7 p.m. Monday, Community Room, Lafayette library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

  • Relatively light agenda planned. The council will get an update from the city’s Emergency Preparedness Commission. Council members will also approve a new employee agreement for City Manager Steven Falk, which essentially extends the current agreement another three years. The agreement does not include salary information — the council decides that separately. The council will also vote on whether to essentially loan the city’s redevelopment agency $1 million from the “Insurance Fund,” which is part of the city’s reserves. A $1 million payment relating to the library means the RDA will be in the red by the time its bond payments are due in August, staff says. Agenda and staff reports here.

Lafayette School District Governing Board: Special meeting, 4 p.m. Monday, district offices, 3477 School St., Lafayette

  • The board will approve a new contract for Superintendent Fred Brill. Details are not available yet. Agenda here.

Acalanes Union High School District Governing Board: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1212 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette

  • The board will approve its 2011-12 budget, which assumes flat funding for the upcoming school year but sets aside $1.8 million just in case the state does cut education further. The board will also decide whether to allow MetroPCS to install a cell tower at the Del Valle campus in Walnut Creek.


Lastly, a quick note on last week’s article about the Orinda school board’s response to the Wagner Ranch petition. I’ve received a couple inquires as to why the online version of the article drastically changed from the time it was first posted on Tuesday to when it was updated later in the week. The article was, for space reasons, heavily trimmed for Thursday’s paper, and those cuts were reflected on the web when the online version received its final update late Wednesday night. The full version of the article has been restored online and you can read it here.

Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011
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Rain on Tuesday?

While the temperature outside dropping a bit isn’t a big surprise, rain at this time of the year might be. According to the weather forecast, there is a 50% chance of rain on Tuesday.

The high on Tuesday is only 67 degrees with overnight lows dipping into the low 50s.

As the week goes along, the temperature is expected to rise back up into the mid-80s, making the weather outside seem a bit more like summer.

Check out the 10-day weather forecast for the area for more information on the strange summer weather for Lamorinda.

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2011
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Orinda’s Summer Concert Series

While the summer concerts at the Moraga Commons Park get a lot of the local attention, Orinda’s Summer Concert Series is starting to draw a lot of local music fans and families as well.

The concerts in Orinda take place every Tuesday night through the end of July from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The concerts happen in Orinda’s Community Park, so those attending the concerts are encouraged to pack up a picnic dinner and enjoy the music.

Upcoming concert schedule:
June 28 – Cal Alumni Big Band
July 5 – Pacific Coast – Classic Rock and Pop
July 12 – Stone Soup – Classic Rock
July 19 – Orinda Idol performers
July 26 – Pladdohg – Celtic Rock

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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Moraga’s 4th of July fireworks

The Town of Moraga is once again planning to put on a fireworks show the night of the 4th of July and is still looking for more donations to ensure it is a show similar to those in the past.

The town’s goal is to raise $23,000 to cover the expenses of the show, and as of Thursday, only $12,474 had been raised.

To donate to the Town of Moraga’s 4th of July fireworks show, send a check to: Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Rocket, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556. You can also donate online at

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011
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Former Orinda police chief takes his talents to the North Bay

Chief William French mug.JPGRetirement apparently did not sit well with Bill French. The former Orinda police chief, who stepped down just over a year ago, has landed a job with the Cotati Police Department, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports:

William French, a 26-year veteran with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, has been hired as a police lieutenant, filling a position that has been vacant for several years.

As the department’s only lieutenant, French will be second-in-command to Chief Michael Parish. French will earn $88,000 a year. The small department has two sergeants and six officers.

French has been a watch commander and a contract Chief of Police in Orinda, and worked in undercover narcotics and with a special services team targeting high-crime areas.

With 7,265 residents, Cotati — just south of Rohnert Park and likely best known as where you get off the freeway on your way to Sonoma State University — is about half the size of Orinda and, I’m assuming, has fewer leaf blower problems as well.

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011
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