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Archive for August, 2011

Moraga All-Stars succeed in a big pond

Despite playing teams from much larger youth baseball organizations, Moraga’s 10U MBA Mustang All-Star Reds held their own throughout the summer. The team played 15 games over the course of the summer at a variety of tournaments, finishing with 11 wins and only four losses.

The boys were picked from the different MBA Mustang teams to represent the league as its all-star team.

The team’s players were Lucas Allen, Will Bishop, Luca Brown, John Campo, Luke Campo, Paul Gannett, Jonathon Gong, Connor Gregg, Adrian Hyatt, Nick Kronenberg, Jake O’Balle,  Tommy Raftis, Donovan Robles and Steffen Westphal.

Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2011
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Merrick going to trial

Michael Merrick, or Mr. Merrick as many in the community knew him for years, will face trial on 25 felony sex crime charges.

Judge Nancy Davis Stark determined in court today that the evidence against Merrick was enough to proceed to trial, citing DNA evidence, phone and text records, police reports and interview transcripts.

Merrick, who was a popular teacher at Stanley Middle School until his arrest, is facing charges related to his alleged sexual relationship with a student he was hired to tutor privately in his classroom.

The prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Johanna Schonfield, also made mention in court Friday that there may be previous victims of Merrick; however, no additional charges relating to another situation have been filed.

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011
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Help pick new design for BART

With the BART trains finally set for a makeover, the public is being asked for their opinion of potential designs.

BMW Group DesignworksUSA designed three different options for the interior of the BART cars, often creating more space for people to move around without subtracting the number of seats. There is also one design concept for the updated exterior of the trains.

BART is holding public meetings to seek input from BART riders on what improvements can be made.

For more information and to see renderings of the potential designs, visit BART’s website.

The one downside of the proposed upgrades is that they aren’t expected to happen until 2018.

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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CNN visits Lafayette

This segment appeared on CNN this morning highlighting Lafayette, which has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4 percent, and Delano, which has the state’s highest at 37 percent. The reporter does mention councilman Don Tatzin, who is retired, has “been out of work for more than three years.” Won’t someone please hire Don Tatzin?

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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Moraga man arrested for alleged sex with child

Unfortunately, the area’s recent black eye of sex crimes involving children has grown a bit darker, as Agripino Sanchez, 72, of Moraga, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of committing sexual acts with a child.

Sanchez was booked into Martinez County Jail and is facing $1 million bail.

According to the Moraga Police Department, a two-week investigation took place into allegations of the alleged sex acts before an arrest was made.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the alleged crimes call Lt. Jeff Price at 925-888-7049.

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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Fire district office update

The Moraga-Orinda fire board met in closed session last night to discuss possibly leasing office space at Orinda City Hall (the other option being purchasing an office building in Moraga) but did not take any reportable action. They have a regular meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, the 17th, but could conceivably call another special meeting before then.

The fire district did make a counter-offer to the city of Orinda’s original offer to lease 2,700 square feet of City Hall space for about $67,000 annually. The City Council on Friday lowered the price to $62,000 annually. A link to the city’s most recent proposal is below. The fire district has declined to disclose its counter-offers to the city, saying it is district policy not to negotiate in public.

Orinda counter-offer to MOFD, Aug. 5, 2011

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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OCC wins OMPA again

For anyone visiting Lamorinda during this past weekend, they would have found the overly painted car windows and cars with fins a bit strange; however, it has become tradition every summer when the OMPA swim meet comes around.

Nearly 2,000 swimmers and their families competed in 84 events over the course of the three-day swim meet at Campolindo’s Aquatic Center.

In the end, the Orinda Country Club won the meet with 3,774.5 points. Meadow Swim & Tennis Club (3,589.5 points) and the Sleepy Hollow Legends (3,280.5 points) stayed close to earn second and third place respectively.

The rest of the teams finished in this order:
4. Moraga Country Club
5. Moraga Ranch
6. Moraga Valley Pool
7. Orinda Park Pool
8. Campolindo Cabana Club
9. Miramonte Swim Club

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Under: Moraga, Orinda, Sports | 1 Comment »

Walk n’ Roll with Las Trampas

Las Trampas is hosting a “Walk n’ Roll” event on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, which will include 1 mile and 5K walks. Both walks will start and end at Las Trampas in Lafayette and will go along the Lafayette-Moraga Trail.

Registration is $25 per participant and can be done online through http:/ or by calling 925-284-1462 x239. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, other gifts, refreshments, participating in the event and the chance to win other prizes.

All proceeds from the “Walk n’ Roll” event will be donated to groups who support people with developmental disabilities.

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011
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Moraga Hacienda Foundation looking for board members

The Moraga Hacienda Foundation (MHF) is in the process of adding new board members and is ready to accept applications of interested people.

The MHF is particularly looking for those with backgrounds in engineering, architecture or contracting, in order for the board to have expertise that will help in building a plan for the future of the Hacienda de las Flores; however, all are welcome to apply.

For more information about the Moraga Hacienda Foundation, visit their website at

If you are interested in being on the board, click the “Contact Us” tab on their website and submit an email, or call Claire Roth at 925-376-1686.

Posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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Plaza Way parking meetings

With the news of Fentons Creamery potentially moving into the Lafayette Park Theatre, there has been a lot of discussion about parking in the area of Plaza Way.

Parking is already an issue in the area and would only become worse with the popularity Fentons is sure to have.

The City of Lafayette is working with business owners, property owners and community members to solve the parking problem through a series of meetings.

The meetings, which will all take place at 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, suite 240, will take place on the following schedule:

Aug. 8 – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 16 – 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 – 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 31 – 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 – 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Posted on Saturday, August 6th, 2011
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