Lamorinda

Tri-Cities council meeting April 7

Lamorinda leaders are set to meet April 7 at Saint Mary's College during the annual Tri-Cities Council Meeting.

City council members from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda will meet together at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary's College Soda Center, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga to discuss issues affecting their communities. Topics may include development, pavement repair and infrastructure and emergency preparedness

The event is free and open to the public.

Moraga

Council members appeal development application

A planning commission approval for seven single-family homes on a 52-acre site has been appealed by two town council members.

Councilmen Dave Trotter and Mike Metcalf filed appeals asking residents receive more opportunities to analyze the Hetfield Estates proposal and give their input.

According to town planning staff, the councilmen object to a condition that required dedication of an emergency vehicle access easement but didn't call for its construction. Metcalf also questions a reduction of on-site parking spaces.

A town council appeal hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 23.

'Citizen of the Year' nominations are open

Know anyone in Moraga who has made the community a better place to live, either for ongoing work in any number of arenas, or perhaps for a narrow but impactful accomplishment?

Nominate that person to be named 2014 Moraga Citizen of the Year. The chosen Citizen will be honored at a May 2 banquet reception at the Saint Mary's College Soda Center.

Nominations, with an explanation of why the nominee is worthy, can be sent by e-mail to srichards@bayareanewsgroup.com, or by letter to Sam Richards, Lamorinda Sun, 175 Lennon Lane Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. Deadline for nominations is April 10.

Moraga's Citizen of the Year event is sponsored by the Lamorinda Sun, Saint Mary's College, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce, Lamorinda Weekly and Kiwanis of Moraga Valley.

Lafayette

City to consider voter attitude survey

City leaders are set to discuss at a council meeting Monday whether to conduct a survey gauging voter attitudes and allocating $25,000 from the general fund for the analysis.

If approved, the survey would be the city's first in six years, and would tackle issues such as police contract costs, emergency response times and downtown development. Other possible topics outlined in a staff report include housing, downtown sidewalk and median improvements, budget priorities, and residents' satisfaction with the city's performance.

The city would work with a consultant to develop the survey, and a draft will be reviewed by the city council.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall.

Officials to discuss PG&E tree removal; joining other cities to retain legal counsel

Council members will discuss Monday joining a group of cities hiring an attorney as they challenge a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric to remove thousands of trees above gas transmission pipelines.

In a newsletter March 14, City Manager Steve Falk said the city had not been notified by the utility which trees would be cut in Lafayette as part of a program to clear a pathway above all of PG&E's gas transmission pipelines. But Falk suggested that according to a pipeline map, all of the trees on Mt. Diablo Boulevard west of Oak Hill Road are at risk. So are trees in Lafayette Plaza and those along Golden Gate Way. A total of 2,061 trees are proposed for cutting in Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasant Hill and Concord, according to the city.

Sheds, patios and other structures would also be removed as part of the clearing.

The discussion is scheduled to be held during the council/commission reports portion of Monday's council meeting.

ORINDA

'State of the City' addresses

The city will hold two "State of the City" addresses for residents delivered by Mayor Sue Severson this month.

The first event is a luncheon sponsored by the Orinda Rotary and Chamber of Commerce that will be held at noon March 26 in the Founder's Auditorium at the Orinda Community Center. Tickets are $20.

The second address is free and is slated for 7 p.m. March 27 at the Orinda Library Auditorium. More information about the March 27 address is on the city website at www.ci.orinda.ca.us.

Police department sets up new email for tips

The police department has a new email address for anonymous and non-anonymous crime tips.

The department is accepting tips at orindatip@cityoforinda.org. Police are providing the service for nonemergency investigative information only, and say the line will not be used to generate radio calls or send police to reporting locations.

For more information, contact the police department at 925-254-6820.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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