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Post Date:11/14/2018 12:28 PM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



Bay Area schools limit outdoor time, adopt other changes amid poor air quality - Unhealthy conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise have forced a number of local schools around the Bay Area to move students indoors or cancel outdoor activities this week. (Walnut Creek Journal)

Alameda bans flavored tobacco products - The city of Alameda will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products after July 1, 2019. (BANG)

What Bay Area city is America’s hardest-working? - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who live in Walnut Creek are the hardest workers in the United States. (Walnut Creek Journal)

Meet the kneeling 49ers cheerleader  -Her Facebook page shows she went to Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., and she attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. (New York Post)


From the Lamorinda Weekly

Lafayette mourns unexpected death of Council Member Mark Mitchell -Lafayette City Council Member Mark Mitchell passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Nov. 5 at the age of 61.

Voters elect Candell and Gerringer to city council -Voters had their say Nov. 6, electing Susan Candell and Teresa Gerringer to the Lafayette city council.

Time Travel at Town Hall Theatre -Town Hall Theatre went back in time Nov. 3 at the Sun King’s concert celebrating 50 years since the release of the Beatles’ White Album.

Community Thanksgiving Breakfast, now in its 40th year -It is a sure sign that fall is in the air and the holidays are almost here in Lafayette when it comes time for the annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast. The event, now in its 40th year, will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

More coffee options coming to Lafayette with Philz -The signs are up, the tables are in and very soon residents will wake up and smell the coffee ... at the new Philz Coffee shop in Lafayette.

Smoke a reminder to plan ahead -Life, they say, is what happens when you’re making other plans.
But life in California - here and now - is defined by a new norm: year-round wildfires of unprecedented ferocity. “The weather has changed,” says Moraga-Orinda Fire District emergency preparedness coordinator Dennis Rein.

Sarah’s story - a Lamorinda connection across the pond -Life’s bizarre twists and turns occasionally change lives. So it was for the manager of a Lafayette shop, who found herself back in the country of her birth, having called the East Bay her home for 27 years.

McCluer and Woehleke secure two slots on Moraga Town Council -The three town council candidates, incumbent Mayor Dave Trotter, current Moraga Planning Commissioner Mike McCluer and former Planning Commissioner Steve Woehleke, found themselves running in a tight race on Nov. 6. Election Day results put McCluer in the top slot, with 3,544 votes, Woehleke second with 3,018 votes, and Trotter following at a close third with 2,832votes.

Veterans Day Tribute at the Commons -Veterans Day is meant to honor the service of all United States military veterans.

Does Moraga RecycleSmart? -Recycling has always been a bit confusing: Can glass jar lids be recycled? Does soiled cardboard go in the green bin or the blue bin? And what do the numbers on the bottom of plastic containers mean, anyway?  But when China enforced strict recycling sanctions through a 2017 policy called “National Sword” - which bans 24 types of solid waste ...

OSH closes its doors -It was a sad day, said Moraga resident John Anderson, who watched as this store fixture from Moraga’s Orchard Supply Hardware was purchased and hauled outside on the store’s final day of operation Nov. 3.

Phillips out, Worth, Fay, and Kosla elected; both school bonds pass -Although the results of the November general election won’t be certified until 30 days after the election, it appears that Orinda Mayor Amy Worth won re-election with the highest number of votes cast, followed by Dennis Fay.  Nick Kosla was the third top vote getter, but incumbent Eve Phillips was only about 300 votes behind, so that could possibly change before the count is finalized.

Hillcrest Drive residents get traffic to slow down, at least temporarily -Neighbors lined both sides of Hillcrest Drive on a bright autumn morning, holding up signs urging drivers to slow down. The cars did move through slowly, as drivers read the signs and were careful to avoid the parents and children standing by the side of the road on Nov. 5.  But in the following days, some drivers returned to their bad habits of speeding, Hillcrest residents report.

Litigation looms over 53 Rheem easement -Although the city of Orinda appears determined to reopen the easement across 53 Rheem Blvd., Associate Planner Adam Foster admits that litigation appears likely.  The city once again adopted the easement that allows children to walk to Glorietta Elementary School at its Oct. 30 meeting, after staff found that some modifications were needed to the resolution approved by the council on Oct. 16.

Orinda’s 42nd Annual Holiday Bazaar this weekend -For the past 41 years community members have been coming to the Orinda Community Center to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. This year’s 42nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, to be held at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.17, will feature items from over 55 vendors. Members of the public are invited to liven up their holiday shopping experience with handmade holiday decorations, clothing items, organic food items and more.

Lamorinda rebuilt fire stations heading to the home stretch -Helped by construction friendly weather, and no additional contractor drama, the new Lafayette and Orinda fire stations are well on their way to spring 2019 completions, according to fire district officials.

MOFD starts process to relocate Fire Station 41 -The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board authorized Fire Chief Dave Winnacker to enter into preliminary discussions with property owners as the first step in possible  relocation of Moraga Fire Station 41 and the district administrative headquarters, also located in Moraga.

Little decided in MOFD division races -The Election Day voter turnout gave few clues to the new composition of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District governing board.

AUHSD governing board election results -Local voters re-elected a pair of incumbents and one newcomer to the Acalanes Union High School District board of directors on Election Day Tuesday.

Scholarship named in memory of beloved educator -With the passing of Joe Anthony last June - a former Acalanes Union High School District teacher, counselor and administrator - the Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation has named a $3,000 scholarship in his memory.

Turkey Trot returns to MCC -Over 560 runners and walkers of all age groups, along with infants in strollers and pets, participated in the Turkey Trot Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning last year at the Moraga Country Club. This year is shaping up to be another resounding success, with a 5K Run/Walk scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m., and a 1.5-mile race starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Hip-hop musician and filmmaker discusses his film, as well as issues of race and activism at SMC -When people in the Bay Area think of Saint Mary’s College, a small private catholic college tucked away in the quiet cul de sac town of Moraga, funk-punk hip-hop musician and politically engaged independent filmmaker Boots Riley isn’t the first person who springs to mind.

Cycle Recycle returns -For the past 20 years, Moraga residents Bobbie and Tom Preston have been collecting repairable bikes to be refurbished and given to charitable groups to distribute at Christmas as part of Cycle Recycle.

‘The Addams Family Young@Part’ opens Dec. 6 at OIS -Orinda Intermediate School’s  Bulldog Theater proudly presents the musical, “The Addams Family Young@Part” Dec. 6-8 at OIS.

Scouts clean up after festival -More than 30 Scouts and adults from Moraga Boy Scout Troop 212 gave three hours of their time to serve their Lamorinda neighbors by cleaning up after the close of the 2018 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival.

Boy Scouts canvass Lamorinda neighborhoods for food drive -Youth from local Scouting organizations were observed canvassing Lamorinda neighborhoods on Saturday, Nov. 10.  The uniformed Scouts distributed informational door hangers to residences promoting the 2018 Scouting For Food program benefiting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Local child chefs land a winning title in Moraga Pear Recipe Contest -The 20th annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival was held on Sept. 22, celebrating Moraga’s pear history and offering plenty of fun for families including a pie-eating contest, music, wine tasting, face painting and inflatable bouncy houses. But, the activity that is always most dear to my heart is the annual Pear Recipe Contest. I just love to see all that pear creativity coming out of Lamorinda kitchens.

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ at Orinda Theatre -Sometimes life is stranger then fiction.  If your friends in Hollywood wrote a script about a popular author who starts forging signatures to pay her rent - no one would believe it.  So, this is where the real-life story comes in and makes the new film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” believable, interesting and enjoyable.


Smuin’s beloved ‘Christmas Ballet’ kicks off in Walnut Creek

RITUALS Opening Tomorrow at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

City Center Bishop Ranch Opens in San Ramon

Craft Fest at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek Nov 17h



More than a dozen people survived the Camp Fire by jumping into a nearby reservoir. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A new blaze began burning late Tuesday in Rialto, in San Bernardino County. (The Los Angeles Times)



San Jose to launch autonomous shuttles between downtown, shopping district (Mercury News)

More protected bike lanes coming to SF (ABC7)

California’s next governor wants to build 3.5 million new homes (Curbed)

Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning -As cities wake up to their housing crises, the problems with single-family-home residential zoning will become too egregious to ignore. (CityLab)



Pensions consume nearly half of Schaumburg's property tax levy  -In August, Peoria – where 85 percent of the city's property tax revenue goes to pensions – sent layoff notices to 27 municipal employees (Illinois Policy)

State to monitor underfunded Midland pension  -An underfunded pension plan has forced the City of Midland to take corrective action with the state. (Midland Daily News)

Corrective action plan approved at council meeting  -The Burton city council voted for an action plan in regards to the city's defined benefit pension retirement system. (Burtonview )



PG&E stock hammered on wildfire fallout…Story.

The weather and climate behind the California infernos that wrecked Paradise and torched Malibu…Story.

California wildfires start in the woods. Why do cities keep burning…Story.

California teacher pension fund pulls money out of immigrant detention centers…Story.

Woolsey fire destroys historic ranches, movie sets and open spaces in Santa Monica Mountains…Story.

Google signs massive SF office lease at former Salesforce headquarters…Story.



Lafayette Is Bursting With Visual Arts  -With so many opportunities to take in locally-made visual art in many mediums, this weekend is ideal for anyone artistically inclined or attuned.



‘We Are All Accumulating Mountains of Things’  How online shopping and cheap prices turned Americans into hoarders



School Biker Masked

East Bay Schools -- and students -- have adapted to the smoky conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Northern California. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)


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