Community emergency response team meeting
Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen will discuss organizing responders and working as a team with a Command Post and leadership at the next Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team meeting March 11 in Orinda.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Orinda Library Garden Room. To reserves a space at Monday's meeting, e-mail Duncan Seibert, Lamorinda CERT program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.
'Citizen of the Year' dinner March 22
Greg Moeller, Lafayette's 2013 Citizen of the Year, will be honored at a celebration dinner Friday, March 22 at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.
Moeller, known and loved for his efforts to plant thousands of daffodils in the Happy Valley/Upper Happy Valley area each year, succeeds former County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema as Lafayette's Citizen of the Year.
Reservations for the dinner are required -- the reservation form is available on the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website (www.lafayettechamber.org) home page, or by calling the chamber at 925-284-7404.
The Lafayette award is sponsored by the chamber and the Lamorinda Sun.
'Walk for Noah' event March 16 at reservoir
The walk and picnic is held in memory of Noah Atticus Weber, the infant son of John and Jennifer McKay-Weber of Concord, who died of complications from biliary atresia, a rare childhood liver disease.
Funds raised through the event will benefit the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, an invaluable pediatric palliative care facility devoted to providing compassionate, comprehensive and life-affirming care to children with life-limiting illnesses.
This place became the Weber family's sanctuary at a time when life was so very dark. It is where they spent Noah's remaining days together as a family.
Last year, more than 200 people participated and $10,000 was raised, and expectations are to exceed that this year.
Have 'Coffee with the Mayor'
At "Coffee with the Mayor," residents can have an up-close and personal discussion with Mayor Mike Anderson and, unlike at city council meetings, speakers aren't cut off at the three-minute mark.
The next session is Friday, April 26 at the Lafayette Chamber Office, 100 Lafayette Circle, No. 103 beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
'State of the City' and Mayor's Luncheon March 20
Mayor Amy Worth will deliver the annual State of the City address during the mayor's luncheon March 20 at the Orinda Country Club.
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce will also present the Best Small Business Award to Flying A Gas Station and owner Allen Pennebaker. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda.
Tickets are $25.
For information, visit www.orindachamber.org/events.htm
'Live at the Orinda' comedy show tonight
For the fourth year, the Orinda Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Tommy T's Comedy Clubs, will put on the "Live at the Orinda" comedy show at the Orinda Theatre, this year featuring headliner Will Durst, one of the premier political comedians in the U.S., along with Kabeezy, David Van Avermaete and Arthur Gaus.
The show will start at 7 p.m. tonight, March 8, and feature no-host bars in the lobby and theater. Champagne, wine and mixed drinks can also be purchased during the performances, which begin at 8 p.m., with a mid-show intermission. Master of Ceremonies Wayne Coy, a 92.1 KKDV radio personality, will open the show and introduce the comedians.
"This lineup promises to be a great show geared to Orinda," said Rick Kattenburg, chamber vice president and the show's originator. "We have award-winning comedians. With our live video feed to the big screen, all seats are great ones."
Advance discounted and VIP tickets may be reserved until March 7 using credit cards at the Chamber website (www.OrindaChamber.org) or at First Republic Bank, 224 Brookwood Road. Tickets at the door (if available) will be $40 per person.
A portion of profits from this event will benefit local nonprofit organizations as well as the ongoing community work of the chamber. Advanced reservations are recommended.
Candace Andersen to address GOP women
District 2 County Supervisor Candace Andersen will address the Lamorinda Republican Women Federated at its next meeting, at 11:30 a.m. March 21 at the Orinda Country Club.
Andersen was elected to the board of supervisors last June. She previously served on the Danville Town Council from 2003 through June 25, 2012, including two terms as mayor.
Andersen, who also had served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990s, is also an attorney.
For luncheon information and reservations contact Elsie Euing at 925-254-8617 by March 15. The cost of lunch is $25. Men are always welcome.
'Old Yellow House' update March 20
The Orinda Historical Society will discuss on March 20 the ongoing preservation of one of the city's oldest structures.
Owner-architect James P. Wright will talk about efforts to preserve "The Old Yellow House" at the society's social and general membership meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church Fellowship Hall, 10 Irwin Way.
In October, Wright asked the city to recognize the building at 209 Moraga Way as a historic landmark. The application is still pending.
Council upholds Saint Mary's College lights decision
Town leaders have decided to uphold a decision requiring Saint Mary's College to turn off their intramural field lights at 9 p.m. Council members voted last week to deny an appeal by the college to shut the lights off at 10 p.m. as previously permitted by the town. Mayor Dave Trotter and council members Phil Arth and Roger Wykle backed the denial; councilmen Ken Chew and Mike Metcalf voted to overturn the planning director's decision.
The appeal came after an October decision by planning director Shawna Brekke-Read to direct the college to turn the lights off an hour earlier following additional complaints from neighbors about noise, brightness and glare. The town argued that while the college had addressed some of the complaints, more changes were needed. Brekke-Read exercised a condition of approval in which the town must turn off the lights at 9 p.m.
In upholding the decision, council members stated that they wanted to encourage the college to hire a lighting consultant and work with neighbors to reduce noise impacts. Town manager Jill Keimach said that the college can then return to the planning commission to get the later time reinstated.
Bollinger Valley Draft EIR up for review
A draft report on the environmental impacts of a proposed 126-home development in northeastern Moraga is up for public review.
The town will be accepting public comment on the Bollinger Valley draft EIR during a 45-day period following the draft's release. A copy of the report will be available for review at the town offices, the Hacienda de las Flores facility, the Moraga Library and online at www.moraga.ca.us.
The project's developer is asking for several appeals including a general plan amendment to build on the 186-acre site.
The planning commission will hold an informational hearing on the draft report April 1 and will make a recommendation on the general plan amendment to the town council.
Measure K oversight committee seeks members
The town is seeking volunteers for the Moraga Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee, which will review the use of Measure K revenue.
Candidates should have expertise in public sector finance and accounting; pavement management and engineerin; and capital project management.
Applications, supplements questionnaires and resumes must be submitted to the town clerk's office at 329 Rheem Boulevard by noon on March 20.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards