LAMORINDA

Town, city offices closed for holidays

Town and city offices will be closed for the holidays in Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga.

Lafayette city offices will close Dec. 24 for an office-wide furlough and reopen Jan. 2.

City offices in Orinda will close Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The police department dispatch at 925-284-5010 is available during the holiday.

In Moraga, town offices will close Dec. 24 and reopen Jan. 2.

Orinda

Forbes.com: Orinda one of the friendliest towns

Citing the city's low crime rate, high rate of homeownership and variety of neighborhood functions, Forbes.com has named Orinda one of the nation's friendliest towns.

The city snagged the number 2 spot behind Sammamish, Wash., a Seattle suburb, on the website's list of 15 towns it believes are "associated with a strong sense of community or that serve to promote good-feeling among neighbors."

Towns were ranked using U.S. Census and other data on percentage of owner-occupied homes; the crime rate; charitable giving and percentage of college graduates, according to Forbes.com.

MORAGA


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Saint Mary's College's 'Jan Term' speaker series

The theme of the 2013 January Term Speaker Series at Saint Mary's College is "Inspired,"and the featured guest speakers for the "Jan Term" lecture series explore black catholic gospel traditions, indie culture and the catholic church, modern day slavery and leadership to change the world.

Speakers include Jason Connell, who heads up Ignited Leadership, a dynamic Washington, D.C.-based human service organization dedicated to building a better world, one leader at a time,; Father Edward Branch, the Catholic chaplain for the Atlanta University Center; Kaya Oakes, the celebrated author of "Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture," with observations on popular culture and on how a lapsed Catholic rediscovers her faith; and humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine, author of "Slavery," who will share her stories about traveling the world for two years while documenting human trafficking and the horror of modern-day slavery.

The speaker series is an annual staple of Saint Mary's intense monthlong "Jan Term," when students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, explore new intellectual territory and take classes that often embody the Lasallian tradition of social action.

All lectures are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, will be in the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga.

Town seeks volunteers

The town is seeking volunteers for a number of committees. commissions and boards.

There are openings on the following committees: ADA Advisory Committee; Audit and Finance Committee; Design Review Board; Park and Recreation Commission; Planning Commission and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

Applicants for the planning and park and recreation commissions and design review board must be qualified electors in the town. All other positions require town residency.

Applications, a letter of interest and a resume may be submitted at the town clerk's office, 329 Rheem Boulevard and are due by 4 p.m. Jan. 11.

For information, visit www.moraga.ca.us.

Lafayette

Storm repairs on track

Residents living near the giant sinkhole that formed earlier this month on Mountain View Drive following a storm will be able to use the road with some delays by Dec. 25, City Manager Steven Falk said this week.

Falk gave city leaders an update Tuesday of the damaged road, which is being repaired by Rancho Cordova-based construction firm C.C. Myers, Inc.

Falk said crews have replaced the damaged storm drain that led to the sinkhole. The road way foundation has been installed and compacted and the first layer of asphalt has been laid down. Contractors were set to pour sidewalk Thursday afternoon.

Work remaining includes re-installation of water and gas utility lines, the construction of safety railing and final asphalt and striping.

Falk estimated construction costs will be about $750,000 and said while other costs are still being totaled, he is confident the entire project will come in under the $1 million cap established by the city council.

'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.

View the final review at www. ci.lafayette.ca.us. Submit comments to special projects manager Ann Merideth at amerideth@ci.lafayette.ca.us or at the January meeting.

Colleen McCormick Business Person of the Year

Colleen McCormick, co-founder of Lamorinda Music, has been chosen as the 2012 Marquis Business Person of the Year, and will be honored at a Jan. 26 dinner at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.

Colleen and John McCormick, who met playing in the UC Berkeley band, opened the store in July 2010. Their store has since tripled in size.

The dinner -- which also will include the State of the City address by Mayor Mike Anderson -- begins at 6 with cocktails.

California Magic soccer tryouts in January, February

Tryouts for the California Magic Soccer Club will be held starting in January at Bentley School in Lafayette, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, for boys and girls U8 (Jan. 1212), U9 and U10 (Jan. 19 and 26).

Tryouts for the U11 — U14 teams will be held in February, with specific dates and times to be determined.

For more information and specific tryout times, visit www.calmagicsc.com or email info@calmagicsc.com

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards