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East Bay Congressman who represents San Ramon is first to quit presidential race -Rep. Eric Swalwell (D, CA-15) was the first candidate to drop out of the race for president. (Contra Costa Herald)
Memorial Tonight For Walnut Creek Physician Killed In Fiery Crash -When Walnut Creek resident Ethan Sellers was killed in a fiery crash in Dublin on the 4th of July (Patch)
A man who was shot by a police officer in Bodega Bay on July 4 is a YouTube engineer, the company confirmed. The authorities say the man, Betai Koffi, was in the midst of a violent, LSD-fueled rampage, in which he allegedly punched a woman in the chest, stabbed a man with a pencil and tried to run down three people with a truck. (The Mercury News)
Safeway confirms it will bring back the Andronico’s name - Safeway says it will bring back the former Andronico’s name to all of its Safeway Community Markets locations. (Berkeleyside)
Pleasant Hill battleground: humans vs. ground squirrels -Mere fences won’t keep determined ground squirrels out of yards and gardens, but a fence and shock wire will. (East Bay Times)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
Over 40 years of fun at Bottoms Up Meet -As a rule, being “odd” does not generally work in your favor and bottoms up is an invitation to take a drink. However, at the Bottoms Up Swim Meet held at Miramonte High School on June 30, being odd was an advantage for all of the swimmers and it had nothing to do with drinking.
MOFD conducts first controlled burn exercise in Moraga -Still frightened by the 2018 grass fire near Buckingham Drive, Moraga residents questioned the timing and the safety of a controlled burn conducted by the Moraga-Orinda Fire District on property recently purchased in the town by the John Muir Land Trust.
Here we go again - PG&E work to close St. Mary’s Road this summer -If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is the same as last year. Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be replacing sections of its natural gas pipeline between Rohrer Drive and South Lucille Lane. The utility expects to begin work in early July and continue until late August.
Tribute to the Troops to honor military -It is a Lafayette favorite - with a backdrop of the setting sun by the tranquil waters of the Lafayette Reservoir, the Tribute to the Troops concert will be taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to twilight on the stage located up to the east of the parking lot.
Temporary Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail Bridge Closure -The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail will be temporarily closed - south of the Glenside Bridge approximately 200 feet to Glenside Drive and north of the Glenside Bridge approximately 350 feet - for bridge replacement and safety improvements. Construction activities began on July 8. The bridge will be closed beginning July 15.
Free music and fun marks decade at Lamorinda Music -Lamorinda Music celebrated its 10th anniversary June 29 with four hours of free music, food and raffle prizes. The finale was a big band cover of Sweet Caroline by the complete lineup of all Lamorinda Music’s staff and teachers.
Community saddened as Nifty Thrift shuts after 40 years -For over 40 years the quaint little house on Golden Gate Way has been home to Nifty Thrift, a second-hand retail business. Operated under Futures Explored, the shop has served as a living classroom for developmentally disabled participants in its vocational program. But as of July 15 its doors will be shut for good.
Town of Moraga and EBMUD in talks to avoid litigation -During a Special Closed Session of the June 12 town council meeting, council members had authorized legal council to initiate litigation proceedings against East Bay Municipal Utility District, going so far as to commit $100,000 to get the ball rolling. But after a Special Closed Session meeting on June 26 concerning an update to the litigation proceedings, Vice Mayor Kymberleigh Korpus announced,
Broken water main causes minor detour on Canyon Road -Just when Moraga residents thought that the town’s underground woes were a thing of the past, on Monday, June 24, the Moraga Police Department initiated a detour off of Canyon Road near Sanders Drive.
Wildfire prevention and preparedness workshop offers fire safety tips -Campolindo High School hosted a community awareness workshop June 27 to further educate homeowners about wildfire prevention and preparedness. Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan sponsored the event, which was attended by approximately 70 of her Lamorinda constituents.
Grand opening of Art and Garden Center gallery curated by Lamorinda Arts Council -The public had the opportunity to meet featured artist Judy Chamberlin of Walnut Creek at the grand opening of the art gallery at the Art and Garden Center at Wilder on July 6. Chamberlin is well known for her large-scale oil and acrylic paintings including figurative work, such as portraits, animals, and murals, in addition to expressive biomorphic abstracts.
From Broadway to Opera, Orinda Rotary presents Opera in the Park -Solo Opera teams up again this year with the Orinda Rotary Club to present the club’s 11th annual Opera in the Park on Sunday, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Orinda Community Park. Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary, the free performance, which usually attracts at least 1,000 people, is an opportunity to hear professional opera singers perform favorite arias, duets, and ensembles, which organizers say will thrill even non-opera lovers.
Rheem easement is now a park -An easement that was used for decades to provide access from homes in the Rheem Boulevard area to Glorietta Elementary School has been reopened as an Orinda city park after the city settled its dispute with the owners of the adjacent property for $45,500. Although the owner has promised to build a fence to separate the property from the easement, the fence has not yet been installed.
Orinda icon loses lease for barn and pasture on PG&E land -Bobbie Landers, former mayor of Orinda who was instrumental in the incorporation of the city and founded the Fourth of July Parade, must find a new home for her 27-year-old horse, Nevada. For 33 years Landers leased land from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Originally she and her husband leased it jointly with another couple, John and Marylou Fazel, and they housed their two horses on it.
Fire prevention rises toward celebrity status at MOFD -To bolster its fire prevention efforts, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District bumped its fuels mitigation manager position from seasonal to year-round, increased the number of fire prevention aides from six to nine and plans to add a full-time administrator to support expanded fire prevention efforts.
Lafayette Fire Station 16: The long and winding road -Eight words from the deputy fire chief summed up the exhilaration and the exasperation of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District regarding the long-delayed opening of Fire Station 16 in Lafayette.
Fire districts prepare for PG&E planned power shutoffs -As they are for any hazard, the Lamorinda fire agencies are prepared for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Public Safety Power Shutoffs that the utility may implement in extreme fire danger this summer and fall.
Local artists’ work offers glimpses of our modern world -Taking their inspiration from the 19th century Impressionists, a pair of local artists will be showcased at the Orinda Library with their paintings titled “21st Century FlÉneurs.” The show will run through the month of July.
A bitter subject at Sweet Thursdays author talk -The topic at June’s Sweet Thursdays author talk at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center was anything but sweet. New York Times bestselling author and Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Flynn Siler discussed her new book, “The White Devil’s Daughters,” which chronicles the stories of several young Chinese women sold as sex slaves in San Francisco’s Chinatown throughout the 19th century, including after the abolition of slavery.
First Court of Honor for Lafayette Girls BSA Scout Troop -Nineteen girls from Lafayette Troop 402 celebrated a historic ceremony Thursday, May 23, as they participated in their first Scouts BSA Court of Honor Ceremony. This inaugural ceremony marked the beginning of a new troop and a new future of scouting.
STARS 2000’s ABBA-solutely fun production of `Mama Mia!’ -Stars 2000, which includes 15 Lamorinda cast members, will bring the storytelling magic of ABBA’S timeless songs and the enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship to the stage starting July 19 at the Diablo Valley Performing Arts Center.
Students perform at Music Teachers Association convention -Lamorinda piano teacher Katharine Austin had six of her students perform at the Music Teachers Association of California convention in San Jose over the June 29 weekend. The kids were among 250 selected from over 23,000 in the State of California to perform based on the quality of their Certificate of Merit evaluation that took place earlier in the year.
Democratizing Resilience Planning and Disaster Recovery in Northern California -Enterprise is developing Democratizing Resilience Planning and Disaster Recovery to provide a platform for information sharing, tools and technical assistance to better facilitate inclusive community-driven decision-making in resilience planning and disaster recovery. (Enterprise)
Assembly Bill 1482, a high-profile piece of housing legislation that would bar rent increases of more than 7 percent plus inflation and would make it harder to evict some tenants, moved forward on Tuesday. Here’s more about the proposal. (The New York Times)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
According to the revised final count, San Francisco’s homeless population actually grew by a stunning 30 percent from 2017 — not the 17 percent increase that was first reported. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Co-living Tower in SoMa Could Usher in Wave of Innovative Housing Projects -Over the past few years, co-living housing developments have sprung up in major cities across the country. More than 3,000 new bedrooms are offering a cheaper place to live in what some have called "dorms for adults" or "coed frats." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Phase 1 of $1-Billion Alameda Point Hits Construction Milestone -Alameda Point's Site A is a $1 billion transit-oriented waterfront development on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed over 20 years ago. Developers recently completed demolition of the 30-acre site and are 50 % complete with infrastructure construction. (ENR California)
Finding an Affordable Home? Tough Enough for Many amid Housing Crisis-but Can Be Even More Challenging for Disabled -or many, the dwellings can be affordable but inaccessible for wheelchair users - or they are accommodating but expensive. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
UNESCO Adds Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings to World Heritage List -Eight Wright buildings, located around the country, are the first American works of modern architecture that UNESCO deems “of outstanding universal value.” (CityLab)
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Tour guides dispute they're causing problems at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 –They do admit disturbing things happen at Lafayette and City council members say they will meet with the Mayor.
It pays for young people to move abroad. Workers under 35 get big raises and new skills as expats.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D, CA-15) was the first candidate to drop out of the race for president, when he made an announcement during a press conference at the Swalwell for American headquarters in his hometown of Dublin. See Local News, above. (Photo: Contra Costa Hearld)