Measures K, L approved
Voters approved Tuesday a pair of sales tax measures whose proceeds officials say will fund road and storm drain maintenance and repair in Orinda and Moraga.
Seventy percent of voters in Moraga supported Measure K, which will raise the town's sales tax from 8.25 to 9.25 percent. The proceeds will go in the general fund and town leaders will issue bonds to fund immediate road rehabilitation and repair. The tax will sunset in twenty years.
In Orinda, 69 percent of voters backed Measure L, a half-cent spike that will increase the tax rate to 8.5 percent for ten years. The tax is the first part of a multiphase plan that includes two bonds measures or parcel taxes and an extension of the sales tax.
Measure L is expected to generate $540,000 in its first year, which will be applied toward the city's normal annual paving program.
City, town offices closed for Veterans Day
Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda city and town offices will be closed on Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. The offices will reopen Nov. 13.
Diablo Ballet set to open 19th season
Diablo Ballet, the award-winning Walnut Creek-based dance company, begins its 19th season with a program Nov. 16 and 17 at the Lesher Center for the Arts with a program featuring Shakespeare, a Latin fair and a world premiere.
The California Premiere of "Lento a Tempe a Appassionato" by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas features the music of Alexander Scriabin performed live. "The Moor's Pavane," by legendary modern dance choreographer Jose Limon, is brought to life in a coproduction with Diablo Ballet and sjDANCEco, capturing the intrigue and emotion of Shakespeare's "Othello."
Broadway choreographer Sean Kelly creates the world premiere of "A Swingin' Holiday," which mixes favorite holiday songs with swing dance and swing music, accompanied by a live 16 -piece big band under the direction of Diablo Ballet Music Director Greg Sudmeier.
Performances are Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets -- $36 to $52 depending on performance -- may be ordered by calling the Lesher Center box office at 925-943-7469 or visiting www.LesherCenter.org
Town Center complex hearing Tuesday
Officials will take another look Tuesday at a plan to place 72 condominiums next to existing shops and apartments near Lafayette BART.
The council voted in October to send plans for the third phase of the Town Center project back to the city's design review and planning commissions after discussing the building's design and mass. Developer KB Homes is seeking approvals for a smaller, four-story building than initially proposed and an amendment to the city's BART Block Specific Plan which sets building heights at three stories and 35 feet in an area of downtown.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
'State of the Town' address Thursday
The annual Moraga State of the Town address and volunteer recognition night will be held Thursday.
Mayor Mike Metcalf will talk about the town's achievements during the past year. He will also recognize volunteers who have completed their terms on the town's various committees, commissions and boards.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at the new Moraga Country Club building, 1600 St. Andrews Drive.
Veterans Day Ceremony at Moraga Commons Park
The town will host a Veterans Day ceremony honoring all vets Nov. 11, at Moraga Commons Park.
Speakers will include retired Navy Capt. John Haftner, retired Navy Rear Adm. Vince Anzilotti and Mayor Mike Metcalf.
The event is being hosted by the town of Moraga and Moraga Boy Scout troops 212, 234 and 246. It begins at 11 a.m. and will be held rain or shine.
Eden Housing financing update approved
City leaders approved this week a financing plan and development budget for the construction of a 67-unit senior housing project on Irwin Way.
Developer Eden Housing says it has secured $22.5 million in funding from federal, bank, city and other sources and will close construction financing in December. Construction is expected to begin in December and should be complete by spring 2014.
The project will provide housing for very-low to low income seniors.
Officials are also moving forward with updating the city's housing element after approving a $15,720 contract with planning consulting Barry Miller. The city is required to update its housing element and have it certified by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development to receive federal transportation funds through the One Bay Area program. They must also comply with the Complete Streets Act of 2008. Total transportation funding available to Orinda in the next cycle is $408,000, according to city data.
The city will spend $18,840 to update the housing element.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards