LaMORINDA

'National Night Out' crime prevention Aug. 5

All three cities are taking part this year in the National Night Out anti-crime event, this year set to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 in various neighborhoods.

Residents of any local neighborhood can be part of it, by planning a potluck, an ice cream social, a happy hour, a block party or barbecue -- any event that brings neighbors together helps build a stronger community. That, in turn, can lead to better defense against crime.

To learn more, go to natw.org, or e-mail local National Night Out representatives in Lafayette (lepccarol@gmail.com), Moraga (diana.graham@comcast.net) or Orinda (pattiyoung1@comcast.net).

New assistant principals named

Three new assistant principals have been appointed for the 2014-2015 school year at Acalanes High School District campuses.

Zachary Pinkerton will be an assistant principal at Acalanes High School; he had been in that position at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville.


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Karen Findlay will take an assistant principal spot at Campolindo High School in Moraga. Findlay had been district librarian before that.

Jon Campopiano will be a new assistant principal at Miramonte High School in Orinda. He is a former assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle School in Concord and at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, both in the Mt. Diablo school district.

Take out papers, starting now, to run for council

The filing period for those looking to run in local elections this season, including city council races in all three Lamorinda cities, have until Friday, Aug. 8 to file candidacy papers.

For races in which no incumbents run to keep their seats, the filing period extends to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

In Lafayette, the four-year terms of council members Don Tatzin, Mike Anderson and Brandt Andersson expire in November.

In Moraga, incumbents Dave Trotter and Ken Chew are up for re-election in November.

Similarly, the terms of Orinda council members Sue Severson, Amy Worth and Dean Orr expire in November.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

For more information, contact the Lafayette, Orinda or Moraga city clerks' offices.

Lafayette

City rethinks its street-sweeping strategy

The City Council on Monday considered changes to the city's street-sweeping operations, ultimately deciding to reject the current bids from Universal Building Services ($74,000, down from an original $88,697) and Clean Street ($60,000, down from an original $101,438).

Discussion about a reduction in services, with comparative examination of Orinda's sweep-every-day and Moraga's sweep-twice-a-year policies, prompted the council to ask Management Analyst Donna Feehan to investigate the impacts of a reduction in residential service. She will return to the council with revised bids.

City site named state's 'top public website'

The City of Lafayette's redesigned website LoveLafayette.org (also accessed at the longstanding http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us address) was awarded the California Association of Public Information Officers "Award of Distinction for Excellence in Communications for 2014." This is one of the top awards that a public website can receive in California.

The website was redesigned over the last two years by staffers from each of the City's departments, led by Administrative Services Director Tracy Robinson, and it was these features that apparently captured the jury's attention.

Agendas, staff reports, and minutes for all the city's public meetings are available on the site, as are streaming audio and archived recordings for council meetings.

The website's e-notification page allows users to control which agendas, emails, event notices, news releases, and city manager communications they wish to receive. Also, in what city officials believe is a first in California, the webite has an "Open Government" button on the homepage that links to a variety of information dedicated to transparency including budgets, audits, staff compensation, Fair Political Practices Commission forms and procedures for public records requests.

The city acquired user-friendly "www.lovelafayette.org" and "www.lovelafayette.com" URLs as a nod to the popular "Love Lafayette" bumper stickers distributed at community functions.

Assistance League programs support students

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving lives in our community through hands-on programs, many serving Contra Costa County students.

League student programs include "R.E.A.D./Listen," in which members read or listen to second graders and the chapter donates new books to school libraries and classrooms each year. "The Kids on the Block" is a nationally acclaimed program that provides life-sized puppets, directed by chapter members, to address such issues as learning differences, physical challenges and bullying.

Operation School Bell is another nationally acclaimed student program that provides new uniforms, clothing and shoes for elementary school students. Secondary level, college and foster students benefit from the chapter Scholarships program. Teacher Grants enable district teachers to enhance their curricula to benefit students.

Program funds are raised through proceeds from the Assistance League of Diablo Valley Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, and through individual and corporate donations, grants and bequests. Chapter offices are located at 2711 Buena Vista in Walnut Creek. Learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley at diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

Moraga

Town Council cancels meetings

The Moraga Town Council has canceled its July 23 and Aug. 13 meetings to provide what they call a "legislative break."

Following the July 16 special meeting, the next scheduled meeting is now Aug. 27.

Summer Concert Series continues

The Thursday night summer concerts at Moraga Commons Park continue this coming week with The Houserockers (rock) on July 24.

Subsequent concerts are set to be Summer of Love (Beach Boys tribute), July 31; Moonalice (60s classics), Aug. 7; Chris Gardner Band (country and western), Aug. 14; and Larry Lynch & the Mob (rock and roll), Aug. 21.

Code enforcement changes in place

The Town of Moraga has enacted changes in code enforcement designed to streamline the process, chief among them more direct involvement from town staff and less from the Town Council in declaring "public nuisance" situations.

The process will be streamlined, handled primarily by town staff, armed with additional enforcement tools. The council will now function mainly as an appeals body for residents who take issue with measures taken by town staff regarding code enforcement issues.

If a property owner fails to abate the nuisance in a set amount of time, a town compliance officer could organize the abatement by the town. If the resident appeals that abatement, the town manager would designate an impartial hearing officer to decide the appeal, or refer it to Town Council.

Courtesy calls, notices and written warnings of violations,to encourage voluntary compliance before issuing a citation will continue.

For more information, go to http://www.moraga.ca.us/news-1/code-enforcement-ordinance-update

Movoto says ... Moraga fifth-safest community

According to the real estate blog Movoto.com, Moraga is the fifth safest community in the state with at least 10,000 residents (There are 365 such cities and towns in California).

The website's rankings were reached by taking the FBI's 2012 Uniform Crime Report statistics on murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes were weighted and averaged to compile overall scores for each locale.

Hillsborough came out No. 1 using Movoto's formula, and Danville was No. 10.

Clayton came out at No. 12, San Ramon at No. 16, Lafayette was No. 35 and Dublin No. 48.

ORINDA

'Concert in the Park' series continues; second 'Movies in the Park' July 24

The Wednesday night "Concert in the Park" series picks up again this coming week with Pladdohg, purveyors of Celtic rock, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 at Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way.

Planned upcoming performances are July 27, Opera in the Park (this is a Sunday, 4-6 p.m.), Aug. 6 (The Crisis, blues/rock) and Aug. 13 (Littledog2, pop/rock). All performances are free.

New to Orinda is "Movies in the Park," with its second installment, "Muppets Most Wanted," set be shown July 24 at Community Center. The start time is approximately 8:30 p.m., or when it's dark enough to roll the movie.

Board-game Thursdays beginning Sept. 11

If you've got board games at home to spare, they can find a good home, with a new city Parks and Recreation program, "Thursdays Together: Games Galore!" set to begin Sept. 11.

Adults are welcome to drop in at the Community Center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon to play various games and meet new friends. Bring a game to play for the day or donate your gently used board games to the Orinda Community Center.

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