Lafayette

Council approves partnership with Moraga-Orinda Fire District

City leaders approved this week a legal agreement with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District that will facilitate the purchase of a Lafayette property by the city on the district's behalf.

Mayor Mike Anderson, councilman Brandt Andersson and councilwoman Traci Reilly voted in favor of the "joint powers agreement" in which Lafayette will buy a parcel at 1035 Lorinda Lane using MOFD funds. The district is hoping to one day build a fire station there it hopes to share with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Vice mayor Don Tatzin and councilman Mark Mitchell were absent and did not vote.

The district was planning to close escrow on the $1.225 million purchase today.

MORAGA

Preservation guidelines in the works

An ordinance that would create guidelines for historic preservation and landmark status of buildings in Moraga is in the works, and will be heading to the town council for consideration at a future date after officials received public feedback on the idea at a meeting earlier this month.

If approved, the ordinance would allow the town to identify and protect certain buildings, sites and other resources including structures such as the Hacienda de las Flores, the Moraga Ranch and the Rheem Theatre. The council has discussed preserving the theater after code issues forced operators to close three screens earlier this year.


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Council, planning commission summer recess

The town council is taking a summer recess and will not meet again Aug. 14. Instead, the council will hold its next meeting Aug. 28.

The Moraga Planning Commission will also hold a recess in August and will not meet. The Aug. 12 Design Review Board meeting has also been canceled.

The planning commission will resume meeting in September.

Contra Costa

Local leads national convention

A Walnut Creek resident and president of The Blue Star Mothers of America will lead the group's annual convention in San Francisco. In its 71st year the convention will be held Aug. 13-17 at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco.

Pat Soler said, in a news release, that she expects 150 members who represent 220 chapters of the troop supporting group from around the country.

The Blue Star Moms is the oldest national support group for mothers with sons and daughters serving in military.

Looking for 1973 Del Valle graduates

Back in the day there was a Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek. And Class of 1973, it's time for your 40-year reunion.

Organizers want to make sure all their former classmates make it to the party to celebrate the now shuttered high school. The reunion will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Concord Hilton. Ticket information and details available at www.delvalle73.org. For questions e-mail dvhsreunion73@gmail.com, or write: Del Valle 40 Year Reunion, P.O. Box 309, San Geronimo, CA 94963

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards