LAMORINDA

Solid Waste Authority selects recycling contractor

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, which includes all three Lamorinda cities, has contracted with Mt. Diablo Recycling as the area's new recycling processing company.

The March 27 decision came after months of consultants and bids for the $500 million, 10-year contract. The 12-member board decided in February to stick with Republic Services for its garbage hauling.

The authority manages the solid waste and recycling for the communities of Alamo, Danville, Lamorinda, Walnut Creek and a portion of unincorporated Contra Costa County.

Three companies were vying for the recycling portion of the authority contract. Pacific Rim Recycling, the current recycling contractor out of Benicia, and California Waste Solutions, a company headquartered in San Jose.

"Mt. Diablo Recycling is local, we respect our employees by paying a living wage and providing benefits for their families, with many of our team members having worked for us for over 30 years," said Jim Nejedly, a longtime Walnut Creek resident and general manager of Mt. Diablo Recycling in a news release.

Moraga

Hillside and ridgelines regulations community workshop April 16


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A public workshop will be held April 16 at Saint Mary's College for residents interested in helping the town of Moraga improve its hillside and ridgeline regulations.

The workshop will focus on a town council authorized study of existing regulations and policies, mapping updates and visual analysis of hillsides and ridgelines. Residents are invited to share issues and concerns which the town says it will use to "help guide the next steps of the study," including a consultant's analysis.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Hagerty Lounge inside De La Salle hall.

For more information, visit www.moraga.ca.us/hillsides.

Lafayette

Talent show to benefit education in Afghanistan is tonight

A talent show produced by Acalanes High School students supporting education efforts in Afghanistan will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the school theater, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette.

All proceeds from the show, being produced by the school's SAGE student group, will go to Trust in Education, a Lafayette-based nonprofit dedicated to education and other charitable work in Afghanistan.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For information, visit www.trustineducation.org.

'Dogtown Downtown' event slated for Saturday

A celebration of all things canine is scheduled for April 12 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center and Lafayette Plaza.

"Dogtown Downtown" kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade at Lafayette Plaza. Activities include demonstrations, workshops, lectures exhibits, a film festival and dog adoptions. Registration for contests, including best team tricks, best costume and best of show, begins at 9 a.m. For information, visit www.LLLCF.org/dogtown/

Council to revisit voter attitude survey Monday night

Lafayette leaders are set to continue a discussion Monday night about whether to finance a survey to gauge voter's attitudes on a number of pressing issues.

The decision whether to pursue the survey was postponed late last month at a council meeting during which Mayor Don Tatzin was absent. Proposed by Tatzin and City Manager Steven Falk, the voter attitude survey would query voters on topics such as fire and emergency services, road repairs and increasing police contract costs. The city has pitched hiring a consultant to help craft the poll and conduct the survey; the estimated cost could be up to $25,000.

The city has stated that the poll could be useful in understanding public priorities, including gathering information for a possible upcoming sales tax measure.

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

ORINDA

Orinda Action Day April 19

The city's annual volunteer cleanup day will be held April 19.

Volunteers can sign up for a number of improvement and beautification projects at various sites across the city including Wilder Park, the Camino Sobrante Trail and the St. Stephens Trail. Helpers are also needed for a variety of activities including creek and landscaping cleanups, painting and sanding projects and kid-friendly seasonal trail cleaning at the Wagner Ranch Nature Center.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information and to sign up, visit the Orinda Community Foundation website at www.orindafoundation.org.

Earth Day/Wildlife festival April 27

The annual Friends of Wagner Ranch Earth Day/Wildlife Festival takes place April 27.

The free event will feature a scavenger hike, composting workshops and cooking with solar ovens.

Festivities run from 1-4 p.m. at the Wagner Ranch Nature Area near Wagner Ranch Elementary, 350 Camino Pablo. Participants include Friends of Orinda Creeks, Parents for a Safer Environment and Orinda beekeeper Steve Gentry.

For information, contact www.fwrna.org

Orinda law firm offering internships for high school students

An internship program for local high school students is being offered this year at an Orinda law firm.

GJEL Accident Attorneys in Theatre Square is seeking applicants for their summer one-week internship program for high school students.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the legal profession and see firsthand what lawyers do.

According to the firm, students will experience daily law firm activities and learn about civil litigation while gaining insight into law careers.

The internship program begins July 21.

For information about the downloadable application, contact internship@gjel.com.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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