Fire board seat nominations being accepted
Nominations for prospective Moraga-Orinda Fire District board members are being accepted through Aug. 10. Elections will be held in November for three districts including Division 3, which covers southwest Orinda, western Moraga and Canyon.
That seat was left vacant earlier this year by Dick Olsen, who stepped down in January. If elected, the candidate would finish out the remaining two years of Olsen's four-year term.
Seats are also up for Division 5 which covers north Orinda and is currently vacant, and Division 2 covering north Moraga and 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.
Council nominations being accepted
Nominations for prospective city council members are being accepted 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
For information, contact city clerk Joanne Robbins at 925-284-1968.
Lively Friday nights at Plaza Park
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 "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.
Manzanita Drive bridge project gets approval
A plan to replace a seismically challenged bridge near the Orinda water treatment plant has received council approval, and staffers are gearing up to begin accepting bids for the project.
The city has been eyeing replacing the Manzanita Drive bridge for some time. Built in 1937, the structure has a deck within a flood zone and is seismically unsafe, among other issues. The replacement bridge is designed to avoid flooding and improve water flow and will feature a pedestrian sidewalk on one side. A temporary detour including a one-lane bridge, an asphalt concrete roadway, grading and drainage will be constructed north of the construction site.
The Manzanita Drive bridge provides access to 200 homes northeast of San Pablo Creek. The project will cost $3,022,653 and is budgeted in the city's Capital Improvement Plan. According to a staff report, Orinda will receive $2,479,198 in state grants to help cover costs.
City to host "Welcome Home" veterans event
An all-day transition social and lunch for recently returned combat veterans and their families will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 at the Orinda library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.
Returning Veterans of America, a newly founded Bay Area veterans group organized by recently returning combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, will host a two-part "Welcome Home" on two Saturdays, Aug. 11 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way.
The day's activities are made possible through a unique partnership of eturning Veterans of America and the Contra Costa County Library. Whole Foods Market in Lafayette will sponsor the event, with snacks, lunches, and health and wellness resource bags for the first 35 veterans.
On hand will be representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Contra Costa County, the greater community, Veterans Support Organization and RVA, whose staff is dedicated, motivated and high speed low drag real soldiers, who can act on your behalf and get things done.
For more information, contact RVA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices at 415-852-1642. To contact the Contra Costa County Library email Chris Brown at email@example.com or call 925-427-8390.
Council election set for November
Nomination petitions are available 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.
Saint Mary's rec center headed for design review
A 60,000-square-foot recreation center and other facilities to be built on the Saint Mary's College campus will come under scrutiny at a Design Review Board meeting Monday.
Officials will be reviewing architectural and landscaping plans for the center.
Several applications for the project, including one that would allow construction of a new parking lot on the college campus, were approved July 2 by the town's planning commission.
The Design Review Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Moraga Library meeting room, 1500 St. Mary's Road.
Council challenger nominations sought
The town is accepting nominations 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.
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards