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Cunnane sues Moraga school district

By scarney
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 8:20 am in Moraga, Schools

Kristen Cunnane, 30, of Walnut Creek, sued the Moraga School District and three former administrators on Tuesday for their alleged negligence in reporting her being a victim of sexual abuse by two of their former teachers. The three retired administrators named in the lawsuit are former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School principal Bill Walters, former assistant principal Paul Simonin and former superintendent John Cooley.

Cunnane was raped by her former Joaquin Moraga P.E. teacher, Julie Correa. Correa is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for her actions. Cunnane was also sexually abused by her Joaquin Moraga science teacher, Dan Witters. Witters committed suicide shortly after i accusations against him came to the surface in 1996.

Cunnane has said that she is hoping the lawsuit will continue to bring about changes in the district that will ensure a similar situation won’t happen again.

Cunnane’s full lawsuit against the Moraga School District:

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BART delays this weekend

By scarney
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 10:46 pm in Lamorinda

BART’s Contra Costa County Crossover Project will be doing some testing starting at 9:00 p.m. this Friday night that will cause delays for Lamorinda riders.

The testing includes trains having to run “Road Manual” between the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations, which will cause 5-10 minute delays. As with any test, there are possibilities of issues arising, which could create longer delays.

Testing is expected to wrap up by Sunday night, barring any unforeseen issues arising.

For up to date information on BART train departure times, BART is encouraging its riders to use their online tracker this weekend:

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Relive the Giants World Series title and history in Lafayette

By scarney
Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 1:43 pm in Lafayette, Sports

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting the event, “Game of My Life, SF Giants Remember,” this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Community Hall.

Matt Johanson, the author of a book that shares the name of the event, will be on hand to share some of the stories from his book, as well as a photographic history of the Giants.

For those A’s fans out there, the A’s stadium announcer, Dick Callahan, will also be in attendance at the event.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. To reserve a spot, call 925-283-6513 x101 or email

Johanson will be signing copies of his book that will be available for purchase at the event.

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Saint Mary’s basketball under investigation

By scarney
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 10:13 pm in Moraga, Sports

According to an ESPN report, the Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball program is under investigation by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations.

Details are not being released by the NCAA or Saint Mary’s as to what alleged violations are being investigated, but both organizations have acknowledged the ongoing investigation.

The ESPN report confirms that former Saint Mary’s assistant coach David Patrick was interviewed by the NCAA. Patrick was the key recruiter in bringing in many of Saint Mary’s top players from Australia.

The Gaels have made the NCAA tournament four times since Coach Randy Bennett took over the program in 2001. They won the WCC title last season.

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Campo beats Acalanes in thriller

By scarney
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at 11:41 pm in Lamorinda, Sports

The Campolindo football team may have had some last year’s magic carry over in their game Friday night against Acalanes. In a high-scoring, back and forth battle, the Dons took a 39-34 lead on a touchdown with under four minutes left to play. The Cougars marched the ball down the field to have a third down play four yards from the endzone with the clock almost out. The Dons made the stop, but the Cougars rushed to the line and got the snap off for one final play, which the Cougars scored on to win the game, 40-39. Both teams are now 4-1 on the season.

Miramonte could not stop Dublin running back Ondre Rudolph. Rudolph rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns in Dublin’s 29-21 win over Miramonte. The Matadors are 2-3 this season.

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Lafayette Candidates Forum

By scarney
Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 1:44 pm in election, Lafayette, Schools

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.

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Police seeking suspect in suspicious activity near JM

By scarney
Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm in Crime, Moraga, Schools

Moraga Police are searching for a man seen near the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School campus asking students if they needed rides.

According to police, the male driver of a gold SUV, possibly with a broken back window, asked a male student at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday if he wanted a ride. When the student said no, the driver, who had been parked on Camino Pablo across from the school, drove off toward Canyon Road.

The same male student reported seeing the same vehicle parked near the school again after school on Thursday.

Police say that the description of the man matches one of a man who reportedly asked a student if they needed a ride two weeks ago near JM.

The suspect is described as a “clean-shaven, college-age white man with a buzz cut hair style.”

Call Moraga police at 925-284-5010 with any information or to report any sightings of the vehicle.

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Moraga 24 Hour Fitness employee sentenced

By scarney
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 1:04 pm in Crime, Moraga

Pornthep Suvanasarn, 23, of Danville, was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction of exposing himself to a 5-year-old boy while he was an employee at 24 Hour Fitness in Moraga. Suvanasarn was sentenced to 90 days electronic home detention and three years probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

Suvanasarn was a student at Saint Mary’s College on March 14, 2011, when the incident occurred. He was working as a part-time employee in the childcare center at 24 Hour Fitness when police say he exposed himself to one of the children.

At trial, he was acquitted of additional charges against him for allegedly exposing himself to another child.

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Moraga Skatepark getting a parking lot

By scarney
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 12:43 pm in Moraga

Last week, the Moraga Town Council approved the construction contract for a plan to build a parking lot for the Moraga Skatepark.

The construction company hired by the town, Bruce Corone Grading and Paving, will be putting in a one-way in and one-way out style parking lot with 29 angled parking spaces. Two of the parking spaces will be ADA compliant, allowing those with disabilities easier access to the park.

In addition to the new parking lot, some new landscaping  will be put in to complete the project.

Construction is scheduled to start in October and be finished within two to three months.

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Lafayette creek cleanup

By scarney
Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 1:03 pm in Lafayette

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

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