Fire board 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.
Anduri decides against re-election bid
City Council member Carl Anduri announced this week that he will not run for re-election in November.
Anduri is the second incumbent to announce they will not seek a council seat this year. Mayor Carol Federighi announced plans to step away from city government earlier this month.
Anduri said increased demands from his day job factored into his decision to end his decade-long run. "It's been a
City leaders discuss emergency shelter
Plans to fulfill a state requirement that Lafayette identify a place where temporary housing for the homeless could be located got their first review from the city council this week.
Officials discussed parking requirements for the site as well as possible lengths of stay. They also heard from a resident who said she didn't want a shelter in her neighborhood.
Council members said there is currently no application for an emergency shelter and they are complying with state regulations. They also suggested setting a cap on the total number of beds in a future shelter.
The planning commission will review the matter once more before it goes back to the council for approval.
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 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 by the deadline.
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.
Tonight's "Movies in the Plaza" event features a screening of "Iron Man" and is 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.
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 returning 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.
Off-leash dog ban formally repealed
A law that would have ended offleash hours at Rancho Laguna Park and made it illegal to unleash dogs there except in a future fenced area has been officially repealed.
The council first voted to overturn the ban earlier this month after a group of residents submitted a referendum petition asking town leaders to rescind the law.
Leaders formally revoked the ordinance Wednesday in a 3-1 vote. Had the ban been upheld, voters would have been asked to weigh in on the issue in November.
Mayor Mike Metcalf and council members Dave Trotter and Howard Harpham supported revoking the ban while councilwoman Karen Mendonca cast the dissenting vote and said she believed the referendum should appear on the ballot. Council member Ken Chew was absent and did not vote.
The town will not be able to pass a similar ordinance until August 2013.
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.
Gold Rush exhibit now open in Martinez
A new exhibit on California's Gold Rush and its relationship with Contra Costa County is now open in Martinez.
An opening reception is scheduled at the History Center on Sunday, July 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.
This exhibit will focus on the early years of the Gold Rush, with special emphasis on Martinez, which became the county seat in 1850.
Included in the exhibit are gold pans, a long tom (a trough for washing gold-bearing deposits), a sluice box, mining equipment, general store merchandise, California memorabilia, a Wells Fargo box and an intriguing PBS video, according to the historical society.
"Early leaders of Contra Costa's communities who came for the gold and settled here will be featured," according to a society release.
Each third Saturday, docents will hold a talk with visitors.
The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and the third Saturday of each month at the Contra Costa County History Center, 610 Main St., Martinez.
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards