Lamorinda, Walnut Creek

'Operation Swingtime' coming to the Lafayette Reservoir

The Swingin' Blue Stars and The Big Band of Rossmoor will perform a USO concert July 19 at the Lafayette Reservoir, intended to honor veterans and salute active-duty military members.

The performance, sponsored by five Rotary Clubs from Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and Rossmoor, is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free.

Families and friends are invited to picnic along with veterans of all ages and

active-duty men and women from Travis Air Force Base, Camp Roberts (San Luis Obispo County) and other military installations.

The Big Band of Rossmoor and the USO are partnering to produce the show and

to bring the troops. Jeff Herndon, director of the Bay Area USO, said, "It is rare that troops are invited off base to be entertained."

The Swingin' Blue Stars are a women's vocal quartet specializing in songs from the 1940s and '50s.

The USO (United Service Organizations) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families, getting its start during the early stages of World War II. Bob Hope performed the first USO Show entertainment in 1941 from Camp Roberts. The USO has locations in 27 states; in the Bay Area, USOs are at Travis and in the San Francisco and San Jose airports.

Lafayette

Take out papers, starting now, to run for council

Nomination papers for two seats on the Lafayette City Council will be available at the City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 210, Lafayette, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.

The four-year terms of council members Don Tatzin and Brandt Andersson expire in November. If both file papers by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, that is when the filing period ends. If one or both of them do not file papers, the filing period extends to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

For more information, contact City Clerk Joanne Robbins at 925-284-1968.

City site named state's 'top public website'

The City of Lafayette's redesigned website LoveLafayette.org (also accessed at the longstanding http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us address) was awarded the California Association of Public Information Officers "Award of Distinction for Excellence in Communications for 2014." This is one of the top awards that a public website can receive in California.

The website was redesigned over the last two years by staffers from each of the City's departments, led by Administrative Services Director Tracy Robinson, and it was these features that apparently captured the jury's attention.

Agendas, staff reports, and minutes for all the city's public meetings are available on the site, as are streaming audio and archived recordings for council meetings.

The website's e-notification page allows users to control which agendas, emails, event notices, news releases, and city manager communications they wish to receive. Also, in what city officials believe is a first in California, the webite has an "Open Government" button on the homepage that links to a variety of information dedicated to transparency including budgets, audits, staff compensation, Fair Political Practices Commission forms and procedures for public records requests.

The city acquired user-friendly "www.lovelafayette.org" and "www.lovelafayette.com" URLs as a nod to the popular "Love Lafayette" bumper stickers distributed at community functions.

Moraga

Town Council cancels meetings

The Moraga Town Council has canceled its July 23 and Aug. 13 meetings to provide what they call a "legislative break."

The council meeting for July 9 was later cancelled as well; a special meeting July 16 was still on as of press time. After that, the next scheduled meeting will be Aug. 27.

Movoto says ... Moraga fifth-safest community

According to the real estate blog Movoto.com, Moraga is the fifth safest community in the state with at least 10,000 residents (There are 365 such cities and towns in California).

The website's rankings were reached by taking the FBI's 2012 Uniform Crime Report statistics on murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes were weighted and averaged to compile overall scores for each locale.

Hillsborough came out No. 1 using Movoto's formula, and Danville was No. 10.

Clayton came out at No. 12, San Ramon at No. 16, Lafayette was No. 35 and Dublin No. 48.

Summer Concert Series continues

The Thursday night summer concerts at Moraga Commons Park continue this coming week with Mania (Beatles tribute), July 17.

Other planned performances include The Houserockers (rock), July 24; Summer of Love (Beach Boys tribute), July 31; Moonalice (60s classics), Aug. 7; Chris Gardner Band (country and western), Aug. 14; and Larry Lynch & the Mob (rock and roll), Aug. 21

ORINDA

'Concert in the Park' series continues

The Wednesday night "Concert in the Park" series picks up again this coming week with the Lamorinda Idol Singer, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16 at Community Center Park.

Planned upcoming performances are July 23 (Pladdohg, Celtic rock), July 27, Opera in the Park (this is a Sunday, 4-6 p.m.), Aug. 6 (The Crisis, blues/rock) and Aug. 13 (Littledog2, pop/rock). All performances are free.

-- Sam Richards and Jennifer Modenessi

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