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Impasse in MOFD Firefighter Negotiations
By Nick Marnell
 
 
The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, announced Jan. 29 that the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors has declared an impasse in its ongoing contract negotiations with the firefighters union.
"We consider this action an insult," said Vince Wells
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Stat Med
An oasis of urgent care between Berkeley and Walnut Creek
By Sophie Braccini
From left: Dr. Armando Samaniego, Terri Fadelli R.N., and Dr. Stuart Shikora. Photo Sophie Braccini
A month ago Dr. Armando Samaniego and his partners opened the first Lamorinda urgent care facility in Lafayette, Stat Med. The clinic is open seven days a week, including holidays, with expert emergency medical staff ready to address any urgent medical need or to simply give a flu shot on the weekend.
"Our clinic is set up to handle any urgent condition people might have that is not a life threatening emergency," explains Samaniego, who has been an
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Jon Wake, 11, waits 'not so patiently' for his grandmother in Lafayette while brother, Jeff, and father, Dan, check their iPhones. Photo Jennifer Wake
Has Intimacy Suffered in the Information Age?
By Amanda Kuehn
The first iPhone made its debut Jan. 9, 2007. Seven years later, over nine million iPhones were sold in the first weekend alone after the release of the iPhone 5S, according to businessweek.com. Smartphones ...read

 
Two Parcel Taxes Likely on May Ballot Local schools looking for an extension of existing measures
By Cathy Tyson
The Acalanes Union High School District and the Lafayette School District are making plans to put measures on the May, 2014 ballot to extend exiting parcel taxes that will sunset next year. Voters in Moraga, ...read
James Walker (35) with a drive to the basket. Brad Waldow (00) is ready for a rebound. Photos Tod Fierner
Saint Mary's Rides Hot-Streak to Fourth Straight Win
By Michael Sakoda
Nearly midway through WCC league play, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team has had a season of hot and cold streaks.
The ...read

Discarded irrigation pipes are beautifully used for dreadlocks. Photo Chris Lavin
Sculptures Grow Like Flowers In this Orinda garden, art sprouts from the ground up
By Chris Lavin
To hear how artist Karen Wyse came to own her house, which she and her husband bought way back in 1974, is to take a trip back in time. Picture Berkeley, picture peasant skirts, bare feet, picture freedom and ...read
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Editor:

Thanks for your article on our dry year; I can't believe that photo - green vs. brown.
Wanted to follow up to let you know that our Board of Directors COULD request water rationing, not WOULD. They will be making decisions as the season progresses...

Editor:

The Emergency Service Task Force recently released a 2013 update to their 2012 report on MOFD service and finances which they posted on their web site www.OrindaTaskForce.org. A portion of the update reported on the funding of MOFD and in their cover letter to the Orinda Council, also on their web site, they focused on that element.
It appears that Orinda taxpayers are paying 60% more per firefighter than Moraga taxpayers and 20% more than what the firefighters cost MOFD....

Editor:

David Cummins received a traffic ticket for making a rolling right turn at the corner of (it happened to be ) Reliez Station Rd and Olympic Blvd. ... there is no left turn, only a right turn lane, and there are no pedestrians or cross traffic - like hundreds of other stop signs...

Editor:

It is difficult to take seriously Governor Brown's call for water conservation so long as he refuses to take seriously perpetual growth in the number of California water users.
It takes twice as much water, food, and energy to support two million people...



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City Council Approves Terraces Process Agreement
By Cathy Tyson
At the second of two meetings held to make a decision on the Process Agreement of the "Alternative Plan" proposed by developer O'Brien Land Company for the Terraces of Lafayette project, opponents came out in ...read

Support Growing for Campaign to Save Park Theater
By Cathy Tyson
A grassroots effort to re-open the Park Theater is just getting off the ground with Lafayette residents Chris and Natalie Lane spearheading the effort. Chris Lane grew up in Lafayette and has been very ...read

Preschool Gets Okay for New Location
By Cathy Tyson
After multiple public hearings in front of the Planning Commission, Building Bridges Preschool got a green light to relocate from Our Savior's Lutheran Church on Carol Lane to a home directly adjacent to the ...read
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Council Considers Wright House It's hard to build on a slope in Moraga
By Sophie Braccini
It's not that the architect James Wright didn't take the safest route. As he designed the creative, modern home he wanted to build on a steep slope at 1800 Donald Drive in Moraga, he worked with planning staff ...read

Does Moraga Need More Police Officers?
By Sophie Braccini
Frank Melïn is a persistent individual; the general manager of the Moraga Country Club came to the Moraga Town Council's goal setting session Jan.14 to ask, for the second year in a row, that police services ...read

Town Tribute to George and Julie Fisher The Fishers leaving Moraga is like the Founding Fathers leaving America
By Sophie Braccini
More than 200 people attended a banquet in George and Julie Fisher's honor at Saint Mary's College on Jan. 13. Many of the diners were members of the Moraga Movers who were joined by out of town friends, city ...read
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Orinda Mayor Steps Out to Help Shape Tomorrow's Leaders
By Laurie Snyder
"Mayor of Orinda Sue Severson here to speak to government classes," tweeted Adam Clark, principal of Miramonte High School. With a mere 108 characters, Clark advised locals that the mayor was on campus Jan. ...read

J Team Injects Dose of Burglar-Be-Gone into Orinda Neighborhoods
By Laurie Snyder
Criminals take note: Orinda's welcome mat has unceremoniously been rescinded. Orinda Police Chief Scott Haggard recently announced the arrival of new, no nonsense anti-crime crusaders. "Due to the spike in ...read

The Heart in Orinda's Art
By Laurie Snyder
Winston Churchill once asked, "What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we ...read
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Quick links to stories issue January 29, 2012
Has Intimacy Suffered in the Information Age?
Two Parcel Taxes Likely on May Ballot Local schools looking for an extension of existing measures
City Council Approves Terraces Process Agreement
Support Growing for Campaign to Save Park Theater
Preschool Gets Okay for New Location
Moraga Police Blotter
Council Considers Wright House It's hard to build on a slope in Moraga
Does Moraga Need More Police Officers?
Town Tribute to George and Julie Fisher The Fishers leaving Moraga is like the Founding Fathers leaving America
Moraga Chamber Seeks Businessperson of the Year Nominations
Orinda Mayor Steps Out to Help Shape Tomorrow's Leaders
J Team Injects Dose of Burglar-Be-Gone into Orinda Neighborhoods
The Heart in Orinda's Art
Remembering Longtime Lafayette Resident Ron Wilbur
Letters to the Editor
One Thousand Dollars A Page
Lamorinda Fire News Briefs
Stat Med An oasis of urgent care between Berkeley and Walnut Creek
business briefs
Orinda Library to Reveal California's Ties to Taishan
Food Bank Solicitation Scam
Orinda Troop 303 Announces Newest Eagle Scouts
Laugh and the Class Laughs with You
The Sound of Writing Youth Ink 2014 contest deadline is Feb. 18
Moraga's Own Hot Dog King
"Planet in Conflict" Authors look beyond politics to further economic growth, social equity and care for the environment
SMC 'Jan Term' Speaker Series Award-winning journalist discusses race, gender and the changing world of news
Stanley Students Get the Scoop about Writing for Our Local Paper
Novel Sheds Light on Female Civil War Soldiers Local author Erin McCabe will discuss her book Feb. 8
'Crosses' Photographs on Display at the Library
Parents, Get Ready for Kindergarten!
Campolindo Robotics Wins First Place at Regional Competition
Tamales - Corn Husks Full of Love!
Chicken-Tomatillo Tamales with Cilantro Lime Tomatillo Sauce
History of the Symphony Comes to LLLC Instructor shares his unique musical perspective
Part Two of the Leadership Seminar Series: Small Victories
Third Grader Wins Elementary Geography Bee!
Saint Mary's Rides Hot-Streak to Fourth Straight Win
Lamorinda Wrestling Mid-Season Report Wrestlers hard at work toward season goals
From World Cups to Whistles Star rugby player transitions to coaching
Most Frequently Viewed Stories From Our Last Issue
Gaels Off to 4-0 Start
LMSC Wins Title
Magic Versus Magic
Young Qualify for Olympic Pool
CYO Team Cheers on the Gaels
Sculptures Grow Like Flowers In this Orinda garden, art sprouts from the ground up
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
The Home Designer Fit For A Little King (or, Queen)
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for February
The Sound of Writing Youth Ink 2014 contest deadline is Feb. 18
By Laurie Snyder
"The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent.'" - Alfred Brendel
The incomparable Alfred Brendel gave ...read

Campolindo Robotics Wins First Place at Regional Competition
By Andrew Wang
The Campolindo High School Robotics Team 524, "Boss Bots," duked it out at Jefferson High School in Daly City Jan. 18 with 31 other teams from across the Bay Area in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb, 5, at 7:30pm

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
Wednesday, Feb 12, at 7pm

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30pm

Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
TBA
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Lamorinda Wrestling Mid-Season Report Wrestlers hard at work toward season goals
By Hannah Raslan
Looking into Miramonte, Campolindo, or Acalanes' gyms this season, spectators will surely find teams of hardworking, dedicated wrestlers practicing with an aim at the NCS title. All three teams are filled with ...read

From World Cups to Whistles Star rugby player transitions to coaching
By Clare Varellas
Thirty years ago this month, UC Berkeley freshman football player Gary Hein stood outside Memorial Stadium about to enter the locker room to begin his usual off-season workout. But before he could even begin ...read

Gaels Off to 4-0 Start
The Saint Mary's rugby team completed a five-day tour of Arizona, playing University of Arizona on Jan. 17 and Arizona State on Jan. 19. The Gaels ...read
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The Moraga Art Gallery’s new show “Good Looking: California Revealed” highlighting the beauty and wonder of California through watercolor paintings by resident artist George Ehrenhaft and oil paintings. ...

“Love at First Sight,” the new show at the Lafayette Art Gallery, celebrates the love of the visual and tactile world, and the multitude of ways artists express that love through the mediums of our art. ...

"Thinking About Ovid in the 21st Century: Metamorphosis, Myth, and the Carbon Cycle." Robert Hass is a world-renowned poet, environmental activist, educator, alumnus of Saint Mary's and former U.S. poet ...

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Laugh and the Class Laughs with You
By Cathy Dausman
With its rhythmic "ho, ho, ha-ha-ha," you might have thought Santa was back in the building. It wasn't Santa, but the Laughter Yoga class did elicit a room full of belly laughs when a small group gathered ...read

Moraga's Own Hot Dog King
By Diane Claytor
Moraga resident Stanley Roth knows hot dogs. And mustard, relish, sausage and sauerkraut. This year, Roth's business, Stanley's Steamers, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and if you're in San Francisco ...read

"Planet in Conflict" Authors look beyond politics to further economic growth, social equity and care for the environment
By Sophie Braccini
Local authors Raul A. Deju and Tapan Munroe wrote their book, "Planet in Conflict: Balancing Energy Needs, Economic Growth, and Environmental Quality," with a single purpose: to demonstrate that economic ...read

SMC 'Jan Term' Speaker Series Award-winning journalist discusses race, gender and the changing world of news
By Lou Fancher
Charging out of the swirl of another East Coast blizzard to headline a 2014 January Term Speaker Series event on Jan. 21, Emmy award-winning CNN producer Geraldine Moriba said change is a prerogative....read
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