Lafayette

Costs increasing for Manzanita Room project

Projected costs for the Manzanita Room Building Project at the Lafayette Community Center have now reached $2.29 million, including a recent increase of $440,000, Jennifer Russell, the city's Parks, Trails & Recreation Director, told the City Council Tuesday night.

The addition of windows, lighting, and other design details implemented during the design process generated pointed questions from council members. Questions centered on whether or not revenue from rentals and facility fees would offset the project's costs.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the revised design, but directed the committee to come back with information about upcoming building code changes, investigate possible cost-saving alterations, provide a detailed cash flow outline -- including how it impacted the Terraces, another project in the works -- and to proceed with gathering actual bids from contractors.

Moraga

PG&E tree removals on hold for now

PG&E's "Pipeline Pathways" project to remove trees and structures along its gas transmission lines will not begin in Moraga until the utility has discussed the situation in more detail with local officials.

Tree removal in Moraga is tentatively scheduled for late summer. PG&E has yet to inform Moraga leaders of the specific locations, properties impacted, and the potential trees at risk of removal, but local officials have told the utility that both public and private trees along the Saint Mary's Road corridor need to be protected.

The $500 million Pipeline Pathways project is an initiative to clear obstructions from the utility's 6,750 miles of underground gas lines from Bakersfield to Eureka. PG&E says it needs to remove the trees, shrubs and structures on private and public property to ensure pipeline safety.

Campo student wins congressional art contest

A Campolindo High School student has won the 2014 11th District Congressional Art Contest.

U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) announced this week that Saarah Shah-Sletcha, a senior, won with her photograph "Flawless," which will be displayed in Washington, D.C. She will be flown, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to Washington, D.C., to attend a national reception this summer for Congressional Art Contest winners from across the country. Her artwork will be displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel running between the U.S. Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building alongside pieces selected from each congressional district throughout the country.

A panel of local artists judged the 120 submitted pieces and chose Shah-Sletcha's work, a black and white photograph.

ORINDA

City hosts blood drive June 25

The city will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center.

Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be made, as well. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and type "Orinda" in the box at the top of the face page that says "Give blood, find a blood drive."

Early registration for fall soccer is Sunday

Early registration for Orinda Parks and Rec fall soccer period ends Sunday, June 1, and by registering early, parents pay a lower fee and ensure their child gets on a team with at least one requested friend.

Age divisions this year will match those outlined by the USA Youth Soccer guidelines, in the hope of decreasing injuries and increase competitive balance.

To register, go to www.cityoforinda.org.

Orinda, Moraga police given defibrillators

The Rescue One Foundation and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District have presented the Moraga and Orinda police departments with donated automated external defibrillators, to be placed in police cars and available to help save lives. Each city received four defibrillators, each valued at about $2,000.

Police department sets up new email for tips

The police department has a new email address for anonymous and non-anonymous crime tips.

The department is accepting tips at orindatip@cityoforinda.org. Police are providing the service for nonemergency investigative information only, and say the line will not be used to generate radio calls or send police to reporting locations.

For more information, contact the police department at 925-254-6820.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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