Injured firefighters leave hospital
Three Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters have left the hospital after being struck by a vehicle Sunday on Highway 24.
Fire Chief Randy Bradley said Wednesday that Capt. Michael Rattary, firefighter paramedic Kelly Morris and firefighter Stephen Rogness have been released following treatment of their injuries. Rogness will require surgery on a crushed foot and Morris will need leg surgery.
The firefighters were hit while responding to an accident east of the Wilder Road exit. A vehicle lost control, hit the side of a fire engine and rolled into the three firefighters as well as the driver of another vehicle.
Town Center wins formal approval
Mirroring their Nov. 26 vote to allow developer KB Home to build a condominium complex that exceeds three-story 35-foot height limits downtown near the Lafayette BART station, officials adopted a revised ordinance this week that will allow residences, instead of offices, and formally approved the project.
Mayor Carol Federighi and councilmen Mike Anderson and Carl Anduri supported the approval, which includes a number of conditions; Councilman Don Tatzin voted against it.
As they have for months, opponents spoke out against the project, including possible dangers of limited fire access and lengthy response times.
Conditions of approval include the review of construction plans by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, design review and seven on-site affordable- to moderate-income households.
Terraces of Lafayette environmental review finalized
The final environmental impact report for the proposed Terraces of Lafayette development is available for public review and will be discussed at a meeting Jan. 7.
Developers have proposed a 315-unit apartment complex on a 22-acre lot on Deer Hill Road. Planning commissioners will be deciding with whether the project's environmental review meets the requirements of California's environmental quality law.
Commissioners will not be reviewing the project's merits. The city released a draft report in May.
City Council reorganization slated for Monday
City leaders will swear in two new council members and a returning official Dec. 10.
Former planning commissioner Mark Mitchell and former Crime Prevention Commission chair Traci Reilly will officially join the City Council for four year-terms following their elections in November. Re-elected councilman and current vice-mayor Mike Anderson will also be sworn in.
Officials will also elect a new mayor to succeed outgoing Mayor Carol Federighi, who is ending her council service. A new vice mayor will also be chosen.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Planning Commission seeking new volunteer
The city is accepting applications for a new planning commissioner to replace Mark Mitchell, who was elected to the City Council on Nov. 6.
Applications are available on the city website at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us and are due Dec. 14. Interviews will be scheduled in January. Applicants must reside in Lafayette.
For information, call planning director Niroop Srivatsa at 925-299-3206 or Greg Wolff at 925-299-3204.
Mayoral elections set for Wednesday
The Town Council will swear in two new council members and elect a new mayor and vice mayor Dec. 12.
Officials will be welcoming Phillip Arth and former planning commissioner Roger Wykle, who were elected Nov. 6. Outgoing mayor and re-elected council member Mike Metcalf will also be sworn in.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School auditorium, 1010 Camino Pablo.
This year's 'Cycle Recycle' extended until Dec. 16
The "Cycle Recycle," now in its 15th year, is again collecting old, unused and outgrown bicycles to be repaired, refurbished and donated to groups which then give them to underprivileged kids.
The program is run by Tom and Bobbie Preston of Moraga, who each November collect gently used bicycles and tricycles to benefit Bay Area charitable groups.
This year, the collected bikes and trikes will go to Trips for Kids/The Recyclery in Marin County, and to the Marsh Creek Detention Facility near Clayton. The Recyclery repairs and refurbishes bike and trikes to sell at deep discount, to support their Trips for Kids and Safe Routes programs. The organization provides free bicycling trips for underprivileged kids.
The inmates at the low-security Marsh Creek Detention Facility for minor offenders repair and refurbish bikes, providing like-new models for the Sheriff's Department to distribute to charitable groups in the area to give to underprivileged kids.
Gently used repairable bikes and tricycles or usable bike parts will be accepted. They can be dropped off at the Prestons' home at 1307 Larch Ave. in Moraga. No scooters, skateboards or plastic bikes. Such drop-offs don't have to be arranged in advance, but for more information, call the Prestons at 925-376-8474.
Worth named new mayor
Orinda City Council members elected a new mayor and vice mayor this week after recognizing outgoing Mayor Steve Glazer for his service.
City leaders voted to advance Amy Worth from vice mayor to mayor, and selected Councilwoman Sue Severson as vice mayor. Their one-year terms begin immediately.
Worth extended her thanks and lauded city staff and the council for their hard work. She spoke of serving Orinda residents, and partnerships between the City Council and the various boards and commissions before looking ahead at the coming year.
"We're going to break ground on our senior housing project that we've been working on for almost two decades. With Measure L passing, we will have some more resources to put into our roads and when we complete our housing element, we will have some additional federal funds to be able to put into roads," Worth said. "A lot of exciting things are happening."
Glazer and Councilwoman Victoria Smith were also sworn in at the meeting.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards