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3¾ inches fell in Lafayette
Mildred Harris, of Lafayette’s ‘Millie’s Kitchen’ dies
A longtime cook and owner of a Lafayette institution combined the tried and true fare with a serving style that was ahead of the curve, seating neighbor next to neighbor before community seating was in vogue. “It’s always been like that — Millie did that forever,” says Jay Lifson, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
Falling trees threaten Lamorinda residents
A spate of falling trees in Lamorinda over the past month caused extensive damage and raised concern over future harm from overwrought trees.
AUHSD to implement new block schedule for schools
If you are noticing less rush in the Lamorinda rush hour this week, it might be due to the one-week trial of the new block schedule at all four high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District. The block schedule, which will be brought into all AUHSD high schools next fall, is being given a test drive from Feb. 6 through Feb. 10.
District Attorney drops duct tape case
The Contra Costa County District Attorney decided at the end of January not to file charges in the case that opposed a Moraga family against a Los Perales teacher, Millie Tang, and the Moraga School District.
Lafayette State of the City: Constantly moving forward
In his state of the city address at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award dinner, Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson spent little time patting the city on the back for what it has accomplished. Instead, he outlined what Lafayette can do better in 2017.
Plans for improved dog park unleashed at Lafayette’s Deer Hill development
Not only humans are debating the merits of a passive or active city park but canines may soon face the same quandary over a proposed park of their own.
Council: Still no decision on Leigh Creekside Park
A decision that some suggested would require the city council to channel the wisdom of Solomon may now force Lafayette lawmakers to exhibit the patience of Job.
Moraga to consider Gun Violence Prevention ordinances
During its 2017 goal setting session, the Moraga Town Council decided to consider ordinances aimed at protecting the population from gun violence.
Moraga Town Council meets to determine ‘17 goals
Moraga Town Council’s annual goal setting exercise was more creative this year than ever, opening new conversations about both topics and methodology, but did not lead to the gelling of a list. The process is resuming at an upcoming council meeting and may take more than one sitting.
EBMUD put on the spot for failure to address landslide on Augusta Drive
Moraga pedestrians used to be treated to a nice walk along Moraga Creek up to the crossing of the Lafayette-Moraga trail and Canyon Road. Nowadays when one ventures on the Canyon Bridge, the access to the trail is closed, and has been since January of 2016.
Long delays for emergency vehicles up the pressure for speedy sinkhole repair on Miner Road
Orinda raced to get sinkhole repairs underway as the unusual closure of Miner Road is adding 20 minutes to the response time for emergency vehicles, including to Sleepy Hollow Elementary School.
Orinda sets up Downtown Development subcommittee
With no regularly scheduled meetings, the newly formed Downtown Development subcommittee will meet on an “as needed” basis for the purpose of providing assistance to city staff as they move into the project.
Wet weather doesn’t dampen the spirits of young marchers on Inauguration weekend
The Kid’s Inauguration Day Response and March went off without a hitch in Orinda on Sunday, Jan. 22, despite bucketing rain.
Development heating up for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District
Fire Marshal Kathy Leonard runs the Moraga-Orinda Fire District inspection division and business is booming. “The growth is nice, but...” she said, and as she dug through her drawers of files and maps and pulled out two 4-inch thick environmental review documents for evidence, her nonverbal follow-up was clear: Leonard is very busy.
MOFD, ConFire chiefs update new Lamorinda lawmakers on concerns
The fire chiefs from the two local Lamorinda fire districts warned of their operational concerns and shared their goals with newly installed council members from each Lamorinda municipality at an orientation session held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Moragan organizes protest against ban
President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order keeping refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia out for three months prompted one Moragan to action.
Lafayette showcases its many wedding vendors with a unique ‘Bridal Crawl’
The winter months leading up to Valentine’s Day are when 75 percent of couples get engaged, so wedding season is just around the corner and brides are making big decisions this time of year.
Damage closes McCaulou’s in Moraga
The McCaulou’s department store in Moraga closed temporarily as of Thursday Feb. 2 because of rain damage. Store owner David McCaulou said that before reopening, the store will be remodeled and the roof repaired. McCaulou added that the rain will have to stop before work starts on the roof and that it will take several months before the store reopens. Windows display and lights should stay on during the closure.
Lafayette, Millie’s Kitchen will miss its founder as Millie Harris dies at 91
The old-fashioned street sign on Oak Hill Road reads “Millie’s Kitchen.” The sign was designed and contributed by a San Francisco policeman who was a restaurant patron. While the sign and the name remain, Millie Harris, original chef and owner of Millie’s Kitchen in Lafayette, died Jan. 29 at age 91.
Some supervisors want their City Hall parking to be free
San Francisco Chronicle
More parking at Dublin BART?
East Bay Times
Marin Headlands tourist spots closed to cars
Marin Independent Journal
Marin storm inflicts widespread flooding, damage, closures
Marin Independent Journal
CalPERS wants to keep investments in Dakota Access pipeline (The Sacramento Bee)
CalPERS wants to hold on to its stake in companies that may be doing business with the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite a proposal from an assemblyman that would compel the retirement fund to divest from the project. The California Public Employee Retirement System next week is scheduled to consider a bill from Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra of San Jose that calls on the system to cut its ties with any company funding or constructing the 1,100-mile pipeline. In September 2016, a section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is under construction near the town of St. Anthony, N.D. The California Public Employee Retirement System next week is scheduled to consider a bill that calls on the system to cut its ties with any company funding or constructing the 1,100-mile pipeline.
PG&E job-cut details arrive, along with higher bills (Mercury News)
PG&E on Tuesday disclosed details about hundreds of job cuts that it plans for March, and it braced for complaints from some customers about rising monthly bills. The utility, which became a convicted felon in January when it was sentenced for crimes linked to a fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno, filed announcements with state labor officials that it would eliminate about 265 jobs in the Bay Area and more outside of this region. PG&E is cutting 132 jobs in San Francisco, where it is headquartered, it said in documents filed with the state Employment Development Department. It is cutting another 112 jobs in the East Bay, including 94 in San Ramon. The PG&E job cuts are scheduled for mid-March, the documents said. In January, PG&E announced plans to eventually eliminate 450 jobs, although the net effect would be a loss of 390 positions after an estimated 60 workers are transferred to other positions within the company. In addition, the utility said it has outsourced about 100 information technology jobs out of 1,800 I.T. people. About 70 jobs are being outsourced to a site in India and about 30 to an I.T. third-party provider in the Bay Area, Hertzog said.
Spending in California's 2016 election hit $680 million," by SacBee's Jim Miller: "The total, based on end-of-year reports by dozens of candidate-controlled and ballot measure campaign committees, as well as hundreds of filings by outside spending groups, exceeds the estimated $420 million in total spending in state contests during 2013-14. That cycle featured eight ballot measures, less than half of the 17 on the Nov. 8 ballot." Story
"Oakland fire chief, criticized after Ghost Ship blaze, goes on leave," by Matier & Ross in SFChronicle: Story
"Despite Obamacare uncertainty, Covered California signs up 412,000 new enrollees," by SacBee's Claudia Buck: Story
"On Ronald Reagan Day, California Democrats get in their digs at Donald Trump," by SacBee's Alexei Koseff: Story
"Donald Trump vs. Steve Lopez: The Twitter 'war' is on!," by LATimes' Steve Lopez: Story
"Bay Area refugees find a home, and work, at new Berkeley cafe," by SFChronicle's Justin Phillips: Story
"Third anti-Islam incident in Sacramento region reported as tenderloins are left on Davis porch," by SacBee's Bill Lindelof: Story
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