Lafayette

'Terraces of Lafayette' review moved to March 4

Planning commissioners will resume a hearing March 4 that was originally scheduled for February on the possible impacts of constructing a 315-unit apartment complex on Deer Hill Road.

Officials took public comment Jan. 7 on an environmental review of a plan to build the Terraces of Lafayette on 22 acres formerly known as "the Christmas tree lot." Environmental consultants also made a brief presentation on the report.

Commissioners questioned staff and asked for more information about some issues raised before deciding to continue their discussion. Staffers have asked for more time to respond.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

ORINDA

Volunteers sought for bevy of committees

The City of Orinda seeks applications from resident volunteers to serve on a variety of city committees, including the Planning Commission and the brand new Public Safety Committee.

Five members are sought for that newly created committee.

Other openings are on the Planning Commission (3), the Art in Public Places Committee (2), the Citizens' Infrastructure Oversight Commission (3); the Finance Advisory Committee (2); the Historic Landmark Committee (1); the Parks & Recreation Commission (2); and the Public Works Aesthetic Review Committee.


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The city also seeks volunteer applicants to serve as the City Liaison to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee.

Statement of Interest forms are available from the Orinda City Clerk's Office, 22 Orinda Way. Also, you can go to www.cityoforinda.org and click on "city commission openings" on the homepage. Completed forms should be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and qualified rapplicants will be invited to interview before the full City Council on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2013.

For more information, contact Michele Olsen, City Clerk at 925-253-4221 or molsen@cityoforinda.org.

MORAGA

Crimes drop overall, but assaults spike

The total number of crimes in town dropped last year with the exception of assaults which jumped 135 percent, according to the Moraga Police Department.

Moraga saw a drop in the number of forcible rapes, burglaries, larceny and auto thefts in 2012, according to town data. The town also did not record any homicides or robberies.

But the number of assaults is on the rise. In 2011, police reported 17 assaults; that number leapt to 40 last year.

Town still seeking volunteers

The town is still seeking volunteers to serve on a number of boards. Applicants are being sought to fill openings on the ADA Advisory Committee, planning commission and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

Information is available on the town's website at www.moraga.ca.us.

Applications, supplemental questionnaires and resumes must be submitted to the town clerk's office by 4 p.m. Feb. 8.

College field lights appeal Feb. 27

The Town Council will hear an appeal Feb. 27 by Saint Mary's College of a Planning Commission directive to turn off its intramural field lights at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

Neighbors had expressed concerns with the lights and noise at the later hour.

Saint Mary's officials had asked the town officials for a delay in considering the appeal to allow college representatives to meet with campus neighbors. SMC to meet with neighbors. Commissioners had said they would consider reinstating the 10 p.m. lights-off time if the college could reach an acceptable agreement with nearby neighbors.

The college is working with an independent consultant to negotiate a solution with neighbors regarding the light and noise impacts.

Town office shuffle

The planning department has relocated to a new space on the first floor of the 329 Rheem Boulevard building. The town has also moved the administrative services department to the second floor, near the town manager, clerk and public works/engineering department which are also in new locations.

Officials are working to move all staffers into the remodeled town offices with the exception of the Parks and Recreation department, which will remain at the Hacienda de las Flores facility.

Contra Costa

Paint collection sites established

Several paint collection sites have been set up as part of the California Paint Stewardship Program, which requires paint manufacturers to develop a system to retrieve leftover paint from household and commercial consumers.

The program will be funded by a "recovery fee" attached to the purchase price of paint sold in California. That money will go to PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created to administer the state paint disposal and recycling programs. These fees go up to $1.60 per one- to -five-gallon container of paint.

Some collection sites include Kelly Moore, 2700 N Main St. in Walnut Creek; Glidden Professional, 2260 Commerce Ave. in Concord; Kelly Moore, 5600 Imhoff Drive in Concord; Sherwin-Williams, 1241 Diamond Way in Concord; Dunn-Edwards, 555 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill; and Kelly Moore, 1725 Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.

For more information about the California Paint Stewardship Program visit www.paintcare.org

'Peaceful Schools' conference Saturday

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek will hold its second annual Creating a Peaceful School Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Seven Hills School, 975 N. San Carlos Drive in Walnut Creek.

The conference is designed for anyone who works with young people in grades K-12, including parents, teachers, administrators, classroom aides, school personnel and after-school program providers.

The aim is to help participants develop the skills they need to make the classroom, the school and the community a more peaceful place.

The keynote speaker is Ron Claassen, a professor of peacemaking and conflict studies at Fresno Pacific University and director of the Restorative Discipline Project. The focus of the conference will be the use of restorative justice in the classroom setting.

Workshops and classes will cover a variety of topics.

Registration is $35 through Jan. 7, and $40 thereafter. A catered lunch is included. Continuing education credit will be available through Saint Mary's College for a small additional fee.

Full descriptions of presenters and topics and related information will soon be available online. For more information or to register, go to www.mtdpc.org; call 925-933-7850, or e-mail margli@mtdpc.org.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards