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Lafayette Candidates Forum

The Lafayette Candidates Forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:00 p.m., in the Manzanita Room at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd.

The event, sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowners Council, will allow candidates for Lafayette City Council and Lafayette School District’s Board of Governors to speak to the public.

The five candidates for the three open spots on Lafayette’s City Council will be in attendance. They are Mike Anderson, Rob Lobron, Mark Mitchell, Traci Reilly and Yolanda “Jolie” Vega.

All four candidates for the two open spots on the Lafayette School District’s Board of Governors will also be in attendance. They are Jean Follmer, Quinlan Tom, Nancy Wallace and Don Wolf.

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Lafayette creek cleanup

The Lafayette Creeks Committee has organized a cleanup of Las Trampas Creek this Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Those interested in helping clean up the creek of trash and invasive vines should meet at Leigh Creekside Park, located at the corner of Moraga Boulevard and Fourth Street.

After the cleanup, a series of exhibits and presentations about the creek will take place in the park from noon until 1:00 p.m. Several educational speakers will also be offering creek tours and question and answer sessions until 2:00 p.m.

For more information about the event, visit

Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Acalanes Boy Scout collecting donations

Acalanes High School junior Max Mirner is currently collecting donations as part of his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 204.

Max is collecting items for the Family House at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. The Family House, located across the street from Children’s Hospital, is a place where families are able to stay for free while their children are in the hospital.

Items being collected include new and gently used socks, non-perishable food items and any paper goods, such as toilet paper and paper towels.

To make a donation, you can drop it off in the collection box in the office at Acalanes, or you can contact Max for other options at

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2012
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Lafayette community celebrates life of Brett Olson

Approximately 1,000 people gathered at Acalanes High School on Tuesday night to hold a vigil to celebrate the life of Brett Olson.

Olson’s body was found Sunday by people fishing in the Sacramento River nearly a week after he went missing during a Labor Day tubing trip with some of his friends.

Olson, a 2010 graduate of Acalanes High School, was remembered by friends and family as a kind, confident and fun-loving guy. Many in attendance at the vigil wore bright colors as a sign of celebrating Olson’s life rather than mourning his death.

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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Body of Brett Olson found

The body of Brett Olson, 20, of Lafayette, was found today by a fisherman in the Sacramento River approximately two miles downriver from where Olson was last seen.

Olson went missing last Sunday during a tubing trip with some of his friends near Chico State University. Olson’s family, friends and many volunteers have been assisting police and search and rescue teams to locate Olson all week.

Olson’s parents were near the river and identified their son’s body shortly after he was found.

Olson was a student at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and a graduate of Acalanes High School.

Acalanes High School will be hosting a vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night to remember Brett Olson.

Posted on Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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“West Side Story” at the Lafayette Library

There will be a special screening of the film “West Side Story” in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Community Hall next Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The screening is part of the “Dance on Film” Series sponsored by Diablo Ballet.

“West Side Story” won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is famous for its musical dancing scenes.

There will also be pre-screening and post-screening discussion and Q&A sessions with local film critic Beau Behan and Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Director Lauren Jonas.

The screening is open to the public and costs $5 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 925-283-6513 x101 or emailing .

Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Search for Brett Olson still on

Brett Olson, 20, of Lafayette, went missing over Labor Day weekend following a tubing trip on the Sacramento River while visiting friends at Chico State University.

According to the Glenn County Sheriff’s office, their information states that Olson was last seen on dry land. A massive search has taken place along the river since he was reported missing Monday, but Olson is still missing.

Olson’s friends and family have hit the streets with flyers and hit social media hard. More than 67,000 people are in a Facebook group dedicated to finding Brett:

Social media flyers searching for any information that can help find Brett have also been making  their rounds on Twitter and Instagram.

If you or someone you know has any information that can help in finding Brett, please call the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4900.

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012
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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival two weeks away

The 2012 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16. The festival will start at 10 a.m. both days and end at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

As always, the festival will be host to tons of vendors offering wine, beer, food and a variety of art. Live music will also be played for the entirety of the festival on four different stages, so everyone is bound to find something they like.

More than 50,000 people attended last year’s festival, so parking can get messy. Parking will be available at the Lafayette BART station where shuttles will be taking people to and from the festival.

Admission, parking and the shuttles from BART are all free.

Posted on Saturday, September 1st, 2012
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Mountain Lion at Burton Valley?

While seeing a ton of Bobcats on campus at Burton Valley (Go Bobcats!) is commonplace, seeing mountain lions on campus is not.

On Wednesday, a resident reported seeing a small mountain lion roaming on the back of Burton Valley’s campus.

Lafayette Police, the Department of Fish and Game, and some of Burton Valley’s staff set out on a search to ensure the area was clear and safe around 9:50 a.m. By 10:15 a.m., Lafayette Police reported that the area was safe and clear, and students were able to leave classes and get back to recess.

Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012
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Woman charged with embezzling from Lafayette employer

Kristie Gale Meyer is facing federal charges for allegedly embezzling money from her employer Ansil Realty & Investment Co. Inc in Lafayette and KLP Properties Inc. in Walnut Creek.

According to a new release from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Meyer embezzled funds by using company checks to pay her credit card bills and then destroying copies of the checks. She also made deposits of company funds into personal online gambling accounts. Meyer would make fake accounting entries to cover up the funds.

Meyer was indicted on Thursday and is expected back in court on Aug. 20.

Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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