Lafayette, Orinda

'Citizen' dinners coming up soon

"Citizen of the Year" dinners to honor 2014 winners in Lafayette and Orinda are coming up. The winners will be announced in the Sun Feb. 28.

The Orinda winner will be honored at a dinner March 14 at the Orinda Community Center. The new honoree will succeed 2013 winner Patricia Rudebusch, who spent many years on the Orinda school district board and has worked on campaigns for many local school-related bond measures and parcel taxes.

The Lafayette celebratory dinner will be held March 28 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. This year's winner will succeed Greg Moeller, the 2013 honoree known for his planting of daffodils around town, particularly in the Happy Valley/Upper Happy Valley area.

For Lafayette dinner reservations, visit www.lafayettechamber.org

LAFAYETTE

Annual crime report, surveillance camera discussion Monday

Police Chief Eric Christensen is scheduled to present the Lafayette Police Department's annual report at a city council meeting Feb. 24.

The discussion will be preceded by a presentation by the city's Crime Prevention Commission chair on a surveillance camera study requested by the city council last year. City leaders suggested exploring installing closed-circuit television cameras in public locations throughout the city to help reduce and solve crime.


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According to a city report, the group will discuss its analysis of three types of CCTV systems including monitored and unmonitored cameras mounted on poles at Highway 24 exit and entry points; automated license plate reading cameras and motion-activated still image cameras.

While the group is asking for additional time to continue its analysis, it is supporting the use of motion activated still image cameras at "strategic locations" in the city.

Town Center Phase III discussion

City leaders are set to review next week refined design plans for the third phase of the Town Center development, a 55-foot high residential building approved near the BART station downtown.

The council is scheduled to look over plans for building elevations compatible with proposed elevations submitted to the council in Nov. 2012. The plans have been looked over by the city's design review and planning commissions and must be reviewed by the city council before a building permit is issued. After the council's review, the plans will return to the design review commission for final review and the approval of detailed development plans, according to a staff report.

Developers have proposed the construction of 69 units ranging from 800 to 1600 square feet on four floors over two levels of underground parking. The development was approved by a majority of council members in 2012, and has been opposed by a number of residents opposed to the building's height.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette library auditorium.

ORINDA

City seeking commissioners, other volunteers

The city is still seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of commissions and committees.

Residents are needed to fill vacancies on the art in public places committee, the planning commission, parks and recreation commission, citizens' infrastructure oversight commission, traffic safety advisory committee, finance advisory committee, public works aesthetic review committee and historic landmark committee.

City liaisons are also being sought for the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging and the County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee. A trustee for the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District and a Contra Costa County Library Commission representative is also being sought. Statements of interest forms should be submitted to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

For information, contact City Clerk Michele Olsen at 925-253-4221 or molsen@cityoforinda.org.

Moraga

Police department hiring part-time community services officer

The Moraga Police Department is accepting applications for a part-time community services officer.

Applicants should e-mail a Town of Moraga application, current resume and a community services officer supplemental questionnaire to teixera@moraga.ca.us. Applications can also be mailed to Cheryl Teixeira, Assistant to the Chief of Police, Moraga Police Department, 32 Boulevard, Moraga, 94556.

Town of Moraga and the community services officer supplemental questionnaire can be downloaded at www.police.moraga.ca.us. More information can be found at that website.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 21.

Scholarship fundraiser dinner

Organizers of the Saint Mary's College Scholarship Fund are hosting a dinner with music, live entertainment and a silent auction March 9 at the college.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes an authentic Irish feast, a live performance by an Irish band and step dancers. The cost is $45 per person with proceeds benefiting scholarships for Saint Mary's College students.

For information, contact Billie Jones at 925-254-3645.

Contra Costa

Women's conference registration underway

Now in its ninth year the East Bay Women's Conference will be held March 3 and Journalist Cokie Roberts has been tapped to be the keynote speaker.

Registration is going on for the conference, which typically sells out.

Put on by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau the 2014 lineup also includes guest speakers, Rita Moreno and Leah Albright-Byrd.

The conference is held at the San Ramon Marriott. The cost is $195 per ticket, For more information go to www.walnut-creek.com.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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