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Home values on the rise

Home values in the Bay Area made a large leap in the second quarter, according to, which perhaps signals the turn of the housing market.

The Bay Area, as a whole, saw a 2.5% increase in property values, although Contra Costa County saw a slightly lower increase at 1.4%. While the report did not have a specific percentage increase for the Lamorinda area, an expert estimated the increase for the area near 2% for the second quarter.

As home values increase, more sellers will be willing to put their homes on the market, which will help turn the real estate market around.

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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Back to school donations being collected

Campolindo sophomore Sam Larson is collecting donations for a Back to School Giveaway Shop. The donated items become available for disadvantaged kids and families in the San Pablo area.

Any item that could be used by another kid or family is welcome; however, the items most needed include clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys and sports equipment. Donated items can be new or gently used.

Donations can be dropped off on the porch at 243 Paseo del Rio, Moraga, or you can call 925-284-8142 to set up a time for the donations to be picked up from your home.

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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Campolindo named California Division 3 Sports School of the Year

Campolindo was recently named the California Division 3 Sports School of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. The Cougars also won the award last year, making them repeat winners.

The Cougars athletic excellence from last year carried over with an improbable run by the football team that saw them crowned as NCS champions before narrowly falling in the CIF Division III State Bowl Game.

The Campolindo cross country teams each finished fourth in the state meet with Carrie Verdon winning the state’s individual honors.

Boys swimming, boys volleyball and baseball all won NCS titles during the spring season as well, with the boys swimming and baseball teams being ranked near the top in the state all season long.

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Meg Murray is California School Nurse of the Year

Lafayette resident Meg Murray was recently announced as the California School Nurse of the Year by the California School Nurses Organization. She also recently received an Excellence in School Nursing award at the National Association of School Nurses annual conference.

Murray is a co-founder of Contra Costa County School Nurse Group, a group that meets to discuss ongoing issues in the field of school nursing and offers support among the school nurses in the area.

Murray is also responsible for creating the nursing services department of the Lafayette School District during her time working with them in the 2000s.

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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Open seats in local government

The candidate filing period for most local governments in the Bay Area officially opens tomorrow and runs through Aug. 10. There are seats open on many Lamorinda councils, boards and commissions. To pick up a nomination form, visit the city/town hall or the county election office.

Open local seats in the upcoming election include:
Lafayette City Council (three seats)
Moraga City Council (three seats)
Orinda City Council (two seats)
Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District (three seats)
East Bay Regional Park District (two seats)
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (three seats)
Acalanes Union High School District (two seats)
Lafayette School District (two seats)
Moraga School District (two seats)
Orinda Union School District (two seats)

Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2012
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Graduation rates at local high schools

Graduation and dropout rates for 2011’s high school graduating class were recently released by the state, broken down by district and school.

The Acalanes Union High School District managed to improve their already high graduation rate from 95.4% in 2010 to 96.3% in 2011. The AUHSD dropout rate decreased from 3.3% in 2010 to 1.8% in 2011.

Campolindo had the highest graduation rate in the district at 99.39% for 2011, while Miramonte (97.92%) and Acalanes (97.21%) also had impressively high graduation rates, which has become expected of the district’s schools.

The dropout rate was equally impressive, as there were only two recorded dropouts total between the three schools with Campolindo and Acalanes having one each and Miramonte having  none for the class of 2011.

Posted on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
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Moraga-Orinda Fire District board seat nominations being accepted

Nominations for prospective Moraga-Orinda Fire District board members are being accepted through Aug. 10. Elections will be held in November for three districts including Division 3, which covers southwest Orinda, western Moraga and Canyon.

That seat was left vacant earlier this year by Dick Olsen, who stepped down in February. If elected, the candidate would finish out the remaining two years of the four-year term.

Seats are also up for Division 5, which covers north Orinda and was vacated earlier this year by Brook Mancinelli, and Division 2 covering north Moraga and Rheem Valley. That seat is currently occupied by board President Fred Weil.

The candidate filing period runs through Aug. 10. For information, contact the Contra Costa County Elections Division at 925-335-7800 or

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012
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Exchange students need homes in Lamorinda

The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is looking for host families for international exchange students who will be attending the school to improve their English skills. Families are required to provide a private bedroom and meals for the student and treat them as a family member. Host families will receive a $750 per month stipend. For more information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080 or

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is also seeking host families for international exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. These students are English speakers and are financially independent. Participating families can claim a charitable tax deduction. For more information, call 866-546-1402.

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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Upcoming public meetings in Lamorinda

Orinda Planning Commission: 7 p.m. July 10, Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way

Moraga Town Council: 7 p.m. July 11, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, 1010 Camino Pablo

Orinda Parks and Recreation Commission: 7 p.m. July 11, Orinda Community Center, Room 7, 28 Orinda Way

Lafayette Planning Commission: 7 p.m. July 16, Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Moraga Planning Commission: 7 p.m. July 16, Moraga Library, 1500 St. Marys Road

Moraga Parks and Recreation Commission: 7 p.m. July 17, Mosaic Room, Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive

Orinda City Council: 7 p.m. July 17, Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way

Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012
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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all of the readers of the Lamorinda Sun blog!

The festivities have already kicked off in Moraga and Orinda this morning with a pancake breakfast, a parade and a variety of games and activities for children.

The weather is great and supposed to stay this way all day for all of the events and barbecues.

One of the most traditional events in the Lamorinda area takes place tonight, as Lamorindans gather at the Moraga Commons and Moraga Country Club to enjoy picnic dinners and watch the fireworks show. The fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9:30 p.m., so make sure you go early and get a good seat.

Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
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