Lamorinda

Tri-Cities council meeting April 7

Lamorinda leaders are set to meet April 7 at Saint Mary's College during the annual Tri-Cities Council Meeting.

City council members from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda will meet together at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary's College Soda Center, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga to discuss issues affecting their communities. Topics include development, pavement repair and infrastructure and emergency preparedness

The event is free and open to the public.

Moraga

Campolindo students honored at academic decathlon

A number of Campolindo High School students were honored at the recent 2014 California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

Academic Decathlon team members who received awards include: Uma Gaffney with a Gold in Art; Sarada Symonds who won a Silver in art and a Gold award in language/literature; Marina Han who was awarded a Silver in language/literature and a Silver in essay; Tristan Caro and Christoph Steefel who tied for a Bronze in science, and Vikram Bhaduri, who nabbed a Bronze in interview. Steefel also received a perfect score in the Super Quiz, which tests students on a variety of subjects including science, art, economics and literature.

In addition to the individual awards, Campo's Academic Decathlon team placed 10th in the state and won the medium-sized school title. The team will compete in the online National Academic Decathlon in April.

The team was recently named the East Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Champions.

Brown, Crawford visiting Fellows at Saint Mary's

Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society for the PBS NewsHour, and his spouse, the renowned artist, educator and author Paula Crawford, will spend from March 31 until April 3 at Saint Mary's College as visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellows.

Brown and Crawford will speak with student groups and visit classes to address topics such as the changing media landscape, the evolution of the news business, the value of a liberal arts education, arts criticism and the importance of the arts in American culture.

The pair also will entertain questions and comments from the public about the state of the arts in the nation, the changing media landscape, and of course, politics, in this year's Woodrow Wilson forum "Turning the Tables: Your Chance to Interview Jeffrey Brown," at 7p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The forum is free and open to the public and will take place in Saint Mary's Soda Activity Center.

'Citizen of the Year' nominations

Nominations for the 2014 Moraga Citizen of the Year award are open until April 10, and the chosen Citizen will be honored at a May 2 banquet reception at the Saint Mary's College Soda Center.

Nominations, with an explanation of why the nominee is worthy, can be sent by e-mail to srichards@bayareanewsgroup.com, or by letter to Sam Richards, Lamorinda Sun, 175 Lennon Lane Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. Deadline for nominations is April 10.

The award is sponsored by the Lamorinda Sun, Saint Mary's College, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce, Lamorinda Weekly and Kiwanis of Moraga Valley.

Lafayette

Officials joining other cities to retain legal counsel in PG&E tree removal challenge

Despite urging from Pacific Gas & Electric not to pursue legal representation, council members agreed this week to join a group of cities hiring an attorney to help challenge the utility's plan to rip out thousands of trees above gas transmission pipelines.

Council members Mike Anderson, Mark Mitchell and Traci Reilly voted to join cities including Walnut Creek, Danville and El Cerrito seeking representation from the firm Meyers Nave. The cities want to force the utility to obtain local permits and obey local ordinances before removing any trees. The utility is arguing the California Public Utilities Commission allows them to sidestep the tree removal permit process.

Mayor Don Tatzin was absent and did not vote. Vice Mayor Brandt Andersson recused himself from the discussion.

The city has not received an inventory from PG&E listing which trees are targeted for removal in Lafayette. But according to the city, a pipeline map indicates all of the trees on Mt. Diablo Boulevard west of Oak Hill Road are at risk. So are trees in Lafayette Plaza and those along Golden Gate Way. Sheds, patios and other structures would also be removed as part of the clearing.

Downtown dog event slated for April 12

A celebration of all things canine is scheduled for April 12 at the Lafayette Libary and Learning Center and Lafayette Plaza.

"Dogtown Downtown" kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade at Lafayette Plaza. Activities include demonstrations, workshops, lectures exhibits, a film festival and dog adoptions. Registration for contests including best team tricks, best costume and best of show begins at 9 a.m. For information, visit www.LLLCF.org/dogtown/

ORINDA

Orinda Action Day April 19

The city's annual volunteer cleanup day will be held April 19.

Volunteers can sign up for a number of improvement and beautification projects at various sites across the city including Wilder Park, the Camino Sobrante Trail and the St. Stephens Trail. Helpers are also needed for a variety of activities including creek and landscaping cleanups, painting and sanding projects and kid-friendly seasonal trail cleaning at the Wagner Ranch Nature Center.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information and to sign up, visit the Orinda Community Foundation website at www.orindafoundation.org.

Earth Day/Wildlife festival at Wagner Ranch April 27

The annual Friends of Wagner Ranch Earth Day/Wildlife Festival takes place April 27.

The free event will feature a scavenger hike, composting workshops and cooking with solar ovens.

Festivities run from 1-4 p.m. at the Wagner Ranch Nature Area near Wagner Ranch Elementary, 350 Camino Pablo. Participants include Friends of Orinda Creeks, Parents for a Safer Environment and Orinda beekeeper Steve Gentry.

For information, contact www.fwrna.org

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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