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Archive for September, 2011

Quiet Orinda goes national — again

I had heard there had been some cameras following the Quiet Orinda folks around, so I asked the group’s founder, Peter Kendall, about it when I spoke with him earlier this week for my story about the group’s re-emergence. Kendall declined to fill me in on what was going on, only saying something big was happening and he couldn’t tell me what it was until he was sure it was going to happen.

Well apparently he’s sure. Quiet Orinda sent an email this evening saying they will be featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood this Sunday. The show airs from 6 to 7:30 a.m. If you’re counting, this is the second time the anti-leaf blower group has made national news — it was the subject of a feature in The New Yorker magazine last year. And then of course there was my groundbreaking interview on Australian radio on the subject last year.

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011
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See David Justice in Orinda tomorrow*

*David Justice not guaranteed to be the actual David Justice.

In fact, it is Stephen Bishop, the Moraga native and Campolindo High School graduate who plays former Oakland Athletics player David Justice in the movie “Moneyball,” who will appear at a special screening of the movie Saturday at the Orinda Theatre.

Bishop will be on hand to meet and greet theater-goers before the film’s 6:30 screening, will make a special appearance to introduce the movie and share insights and inside stories on the making of the movie after it is shown.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for seniors, students and children. The theater owners expect the event to sell out and suggest tickets be bought beforehand. The theater’s website is

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011
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Another small earthquakes rattles the area

Four days after a 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Lamorinda area, another earthquake struck. The earthquake that gave Lamorinda a little shake today struck at 4:47 p.m. and measured a magnitude of 3.3, according to the United States Geological Society.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries, but residents of Lamorinda did report feeling a noticeable shake that seemed larger than the magnitude indicated.

For more information about local earthquakes, visit the USGS’s website.

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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Saint Mary’s students respond to alleged sex crimes on campus

The campus of Saint Mary’s College was not its typically quiet self Wednesday, as more than 100 students and faculty members met for a rally responding to the two recent reports of rape of female students at the school.

The rally encouraged students to be more open with discussions about sexual assault, in order to help prevent further cases at the school and beyond.

Organizers of the rally hoped that the event would show the victims that they are supported. They also hoped that the event would help bring sexual assault education into the forefront of campus discussion.

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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Acalanes principal says report of gun unfounded

Putting everything together for Friday’s Lamorinda Sun kept me busy this afternoon, so thanks to Theresa Harrington for the assist on this news from Acalanes High School Principal Aida Glimme:

In response to rumors Tuesday that a student brought an unloaded gun to Acalanes High in Lafayette, police and school administrators conducted a search of the campus, Principal Aida Glimme said, in a Wednesday message to the community.

“Yesterday, Tuesday 9/27, Acalanes administration received a report of a possible weapon on campus,” Glimmer wrote. “In partnership with the Lafayette Police Department, a thorough search and investigation were conducted. A weapon was not found on campus.

The school’s safety procedures were followed and students were secure and safe on campus. We appreciate the partnership and aid of the Lafayette PD. We continue to encourage our students to keep the Acalanes staff informed of any safety risks to our students.”

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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Another rape reported at Saint Mary’s

The second reported rape has come out of Saint Mary’s College in the past two weeks. A female student called police around 6:00 p.m. Sunday reporting that she had been raped by a male student and a friend of the student. Police are conducting interviews and investigating the reported crime.

This report of rape follows a report of rape by another Saint Mary’s College female student. That female student reported being raped by a male student on Sept. 11. Police made an arrest in the case, but the suspect was let go, as the District Attorney is awaiting more evidence.

The Moraga Police Department is actively investigating both reported crimes.

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
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Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Gallery has an exhibit titled “What Makes Us Smile” on display through Saturday. The exhibit features the work of local artists depicting personal and universal pleasures through painting, prints and a variety of other media. The Lafayette Gallery, located at 50 Lafayette Circle, is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and is free to the public.

The Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art will open three new exhibits on Oct. 2, which will run through Dec. 18. The Hearst Gallery will have the exhibit “The Comprehensive Keith: A Centennial Tribute,” featuring landscape paintings by William Keith. The new galleries on campus will feature the exhibits “Masks and Costumes from the Ethnographic Collection” and “Reflections in Time: Photographs by Stanley Truman from the Permanent Collection.” The galleries are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011
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3.2 earthquake gives Lamorinda a little shake

A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Lamorinda area earlier tonight. The earthquake struck at 8:08 p.m. with the epicenter approximately three miles northwest of San Leandro.

Some residents of Lamorinda said they felt the earthquake for a few seconds, but that the shaking was not anything major.

No injuries or damage have been reported, which is common with an earthquakes of this size.

For more information about earthquakes in the area and beyond, check out the United States Geological Society’s website. Their earthquake maps show every earthquake that has struck recently, no matter how small.

Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2011
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Campolindo, Miramonte football remain perfect

Campolindo finished off their early season nonleague schedule with an impressive 55-20 victory over St. Patrick/St. Vincent in Vallejo. The Cougars are 4-0, outscoring opponents 157-47 in the process. They face Dougherty Valley on the road Friday in their DFAL opener.

Miramonte beat Liberty, 26-17, in their final game before league games start. The Matadors are also 4-0, outscoring their opponents, 146-96. The Matadors travel to Acalanes for a big DFAL opener for both teams Friday night.

Acalanes lost their second close game in a row, falling by a score of 8-7 to Healdsburg. The Dons are 2-2 after their early season nonleague games with Miramonte coming for the DFAL opener Friday.

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011
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Quiet Orinda is back

Quiet Orinda founder Peter Kendall holds a leaf blower up to a decibel meter during a demonstration at his home in June 2010.

And they’re ready to compromise.

Several Quiet Orinda members spoke during the public comment part of Tuesday’s Orinda City Council meeting, asking council members again to take heed of their complaints about leaf blower noise and pollution.

Rebuffed in their efforts to ban the devices last November, Quiet Orinda members are now asking the council to form a citizens committee that can look for ways to compromise on the leaf blower issue by, for example, limiting blower use to certain hours or days or banning only gas-powered blowers.

The group also wants to partner with the city on a “green gardening” initiative that would encourage residents to hire landscape companies that use environmentally sustainable gardening methods.

Because the request came during the meeting’s public comment period, the council was not allowed to discuss it. We’ll see if the topic shows up on a future agenda.

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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