Anderson running for MOFD board seat
Orinda resident Steve Anderson has announced he intends to run for a seat on the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board.
Anderson hopes to represent Division 3, which covers southwest Orinda, western Moraga and Canyon.
The seat carries a four-year term. It was left vacant earlier this year by Brook Mancinelli, who stepped down in January.
According to a statement, Anderson hopes to provide "fiscal prudence, attention to detail and leadership."
Seats are also up for Division 5 which covers Moraga and parts of Orinda and is currently vacant, and Division 2 covering Moraga's Rheem Valley. That seat is currently occupied by board President Fred Weil.
The candidate filing period runs through Aug. 10. For information, contact the Contra Costa County Elections Division at 925-335-7800 or www.cocovote.us.
Spotlight on safety -- speed, distracted driving
Law enforcement officials from Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette are stressing safety during the "Slow Down Lamorinda" program, which runs through Aug. 31.
Police will focus weekly on specific areas within one city to target speed, distracted driving and other violations. The goal is to increase safety awareness and create tolerant drivers.
Residents are encouraged to sign a safe driving pledge and pick up free bumper stickers
Council nominations accepted beginning July 16
Nominations for prospective city council members will be accepted July 16 through Aug. 10. Elections will be held in November, and three council seats are up for grabs.
The incumbents are Mayor Carol Federighi, Vice Mayor Mike Anderson and council member Carl Anduri.
The nomination period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 10 but will be extended to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 if one or more of the incumbents does not fail by the deadline.
For information, contact city clerk Joanne Robbins at 925-284-1968.
Lively Friday nights at Plaza Park
It's movies in July and rock 'n' roll in August.
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lafayette are working again to make Lafayette Plaza downtown a hotspot for Friday night fun.
"Movies in the Plaza" nights, with the featured attractions starting at dusk, include "Field of Dreams" tonight, July 6; "Jaws" on July 13; "The Muppet Movie" on July 20; and "Iron Man" on July 27, all accompanied by a snack bar, compliments of Whole Foods.
This year's "Rock the Plaza" nights will feature The Floorshakers on Aug. 10; Mixed Nuts on Aug. 17; and Night Fever on Aug. 24. All three shows begin at 6 p.m. at the plaza.
Also, the Aug. 3 concert will be a Jazz Camp concert from 3 to 9 p.m. at Stanley Middle School.
The shows are produced and presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and are sponsored by Mechanics Bank, Whole Foods, itrim, C&M Party Props, Contra Costa Times, minuteman Press and Red House Studios.
'GoLafayette' transit website up and running
GoLafayette, a web tool and "community campaign" designed to help local residents compare trip transportation options, has been unveiled this week, following a month live online on a "preview" basis.
GoLafayette was created to help residents consider all transportation options -- walking, biking, carpooling, scooters, school buses, public transportation, etc. -- for trips of various lengths. The idea is to cut down on some car trips, which reduces traffic and cuts down on pollution.
"We believe more people will utilize alternative forms of transportation if they understand the ease, convenience, cost savings, and even health benefits of these choices," said Michael Dawson, GoLafayette project leader, in a news release.
The central feature of GoLafayette is its "Trip Planner," used by entering the starting point and destination for a planned trip. A viewer is then shown information about the distance, time, cost, fuel use, emissions, calories burned and recommended route for each available transportation mode.
GoLafayette received significant financial contributions from the Lafayette Community Foundation, the city of Lafayette and 511ContraCosta.org, a countywide transportation planning site.
Council election set for November
Nomination petitions will be available July 16 in the city clerk's office for those wishing to run for two city council seats in November.
Candidate statements not exceeding 250 words will be accepted and a $400 deposit is required to cover printing and distribution costs.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 10 but will be extended to Aug. 15 if an incumbent does not file by the deadline.
For information, call 925-253-4221 or visit www.ci.orinda.ca.us.
Council challenger nominations sought
The town will begin accepting nominations July 16 for those interested in challenging incumbents Mayor Mike Metcalf, Karen Mendonca and Vice Mayor Howard Harpham, whose council seats are up for election in November. The submission deadline is Aug. 10 but will be extended until Aug. 15 if an incumbent does not file by the deadline.
Interested candidates can contact the town clerk's office at 925-888-7022.
Family Theater Festival returns July 21
The Lesher Center's three theaters and lobbies, as well as surrounding outdoor areas and streets, will host plays and performances, plus a wide array of free activities at the Chevron Family Theatre Festival on July 21.
At 10 a.m., Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons and Chevron's Linda Padon will cut the ribbon to open the festival, immediately after a prince and princess parade will wind around the outside of the Lesher Center.
Performances that day include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Leslie Carrara (a Pleasant Hill native) of Sesame Street, best known for her character Abby Cadabby; Na Mamo No'eau Polynesian dancers; San Jose Taiko Drummers; Fantasy Forum's Dance Party; Grammy-nominated PapaHugs and Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom."
There will be lunch and dessert available for purchase.
Ticketed shows are $5 per person, run 30-60 minutes and are appropriate for all ages. Tickets will be available for purchase starting June 21.
For more information, go to www.lesherartscenter.org/theatrefestival/
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards