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					LAMORINDA WEEKLY                                                        Page: 6                                                          Happy Holidays from the Lamorinda Weekly Team!                                                                             Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Lamorinda Community,                                                                         Calendar, Agendas, Notes, News                                                                                                                                                 Orinda
                     Calendar                                               New Mayor for Orinda
City Council                                         7pm                    By Cathy Tyson
                                                                                t was standing room only at the                               five kinds of organic carrots,”              ing to benefit the Manzanita
Auditorium, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way
Tuesday, Dec 18
                                                                            I   Orinda Library Auditorium for
                                                                            the Annual Reorganization of the
                                                                                                                                              among others.
                                                                                                                                                     Another light moment
                                                                                                                                                                                           neighborhood, and as noted
                                                                                                                                                                                           above, improvements to the Safe-
                                                                            Orinda City Council. Former                                       came from a representative of the            way store.
Planning Comm.                                        7pm                   Mayor Steve Glazer had just fin-                                  Orinda Historical Society. Noting                   “Being the Mayor has re-
Auditorium, Orinda Library                                                  ished his year and was ready to                                   that he “has taken a lot of guff             ally been a gift to me in so many
26 Orinda Way                                                               make the transition to City Coun-                                 about the road situation,” she               ways, a gift that I’ll always treas-
Monday, Dec 17                                                              cil Member, but not before a little                               gave him a photo of the Cross-               ure,” summarized Glazer.
                                                                            good-natured ribbing from his                                     roads taken in 1936 as a gift.                      New Mayor Smith comple-
Hist. Landmark Comm. 3pm
                                                                            fellow City Council Members.                                      “The roads were worse then than              mented the former Mayor’s abil-
Gallery Room, Upper Level
26 Orinda Way
                                                                                   Former Mayor Pro Tem,                                      they are now, dirt.”                         ity to set a civil tone, to disagree
                                                                            and now current Mayor Victoria                                           According to Glazer, high-            without being disagreeable.
Tuesday, Jan 22 (no Dec meeting)                                            Smith started the festivities with,                               lights from his year as Mayor in-                   Smith has, “two key issues
Liaison               8:30am                                                “we’re here to roast, I mean                                      cluded: a 50% increase in road               to make progress on this year, one
Community Room at City Hall                                                 honor, Steve Glazer who has                                       spending over the past five year             is roads, two is downtown revital-
22 Orinda Way
                                                                            served the citizens of Orinda with                                average, a new City Hall with                ization.” She continued, “It’s
Monday, Jan 7                                                               great distinction.” Council Mem-                                  Emergency Operations Center                  time to stop taking pot shots and
check online:                                                               bers took turns with jibes, some                                  which       is     environmentally           start filling pot holes.” Finally,
Town of Orinda:                                                             serious and complimentary, some                                   friendly, a new police chief, Chief          she had two words for the holiday
http://www.ci.orinda.ca.us/                                                 true and downright funny.                                         French, the Pulte Pinegrove proj-            season, “Shop Orinda,” suggest-        Steve Glazer and Victoria Smith                   Photo Cathy Tyson
                                                                                   Just a few of the humorous                                 ect, the Shop Orinda campaign,               ing that revenue that stays in
• all meeting notes
                                                                            comments included, “red silk pa-                                  bringing Cal Shakes to Theater               Orinda will help the road situa-
• calendar updates                                                          jama flashbacks, trolling with the                                Square for their season kick-off,            tion.
     Chamber of Commerce:                                                   top down on his BMW to be                                         an all star year for the Arts Coun-                 Both Smith and new Mayor                           F O U N TA I N H E A D
                                                                            closer to his constituents, to bring                              cil with the library installation and        Pro Tem, Sue Severson were                                MORTGAGE
       http://www.orinda
           chamber.org/                                                     Orinda’s Safeway up to Moraga’s                                   Orinda Idol, improvements to the             elected unanimously.
        • local businesses                                                  standards, so residents can enjoy                                 water plant fencing and landscap-                                                              Strategic Mortgage Planners
      • upcomming events
                                                                            The Results are in for Mayor’s Architecture Award                                                                                                                       ° Residential Properties
                                                                            By David Anderson                                                                                                                                                       ° Equity Respositioning
                                                                                                                                   nominees whose                                          Beaconsfield Court designed by                           ° Commercial Properties
                                                                                                                                   work exemplified                                        Peter Golze of Berkeley and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ° Investment Properties
                                                                                                                                   an improvement,                                         Bott residence at 1 Dos Posos
Attempted Burglary, 12/5/07                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ° Debt & Equity Analysis
                                                                                                                                   “not just to their                                      designed by Jarvis Architects of
Someone forced entry in Yu                                                                                                         homes but to the                                        Oakland. The fifteen nomina-
Sushi, an Orinda Way restau-                                                                                                       whole neighbor-                                         tions exemplified a wide range                               Cory B. Reid, CMC
rant by smashing the front                                                                                                         hood.”                                                  of residential design including a
glass door. Suspect checked                                                                                                                                                                                                               2 Theatre Square, Suite 310 ° Orinda, CA 94563
                                                                                                                                          The Undlin                                       Colonial Mexican Hacienda, a
the cash register, which was                                                                                                                                                                                                                             p. 925.317.7601
                                                                                                                                   residence won in                                        Mediterranean Style Villa and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cbr@fountainheadmortgage.com
empty and a box of delivery                                                                                                        large part due to the                                   modern home described by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DRE Lic #01355782
receipts. No items were                                                                                                            relationship of their                                   designers as “Napa meets South
missing, no fingerprints were                                                                                                      home to the site on                                     of Market”.                            California ° Colorado ° Idaho ° Oregon ° Utah ° Washington
found.                                                                                                                             which it was con-
                                                                                                                                   structed (regarded
Actual Burglary 12/04/07 A                                                                                                         as the most impor-
Southwood Court resident                                                                                                           tant set of criteria).
                                                                                                                                   The second most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Superior Quality
parked her car in the garage
and went into her house for
nine minutes, leaving the
                                                                                                                                   important was ‘Ar-
                                                                                                                                   chitectural Expres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at Competitive Prices
                                                                            Homeowner Jesse Undlin           Photo David Anderson sion.’ This 1,800
garage open, vehicle un-                                                                                                           square foot multi-
locked, and keys in the center                                                                                                     level home with
console. Upon her return, the                                                     n Tuesday December 4th
resident saw her keys and
purse were taken. Partial la-
                                                                            O     The Orinda City Council
                                                                            awarded the first ever Mayor’s
                                                                                                                     shake siding is set back into the
                                                                                                                     hillside effectively utilizing the
                                                                                                                     property in the design of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Decks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jerzy Adamczyk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Owner/General Contractor


tent prints were found. $100.                                               Award for Excellence in Archi-           home. The residence is energy                                                                      Room Additions
cash and $350. in property                                                  tecture to Jesse and Laura Undlin        efficient with a radiant floor                                                                     Hardwood Floors                                        JAD Construction is a
were taken.                                                                 of 40 Barbara Lane. Designed by          heating system and a tank-less                                                                                                                      Lamorinda based company.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Door & Window Replacement
                                                                            William Simpson who is also of           water heater.                                                                                                                                       Family owned and operated
                                                                            Orinda, the Undlin’s new home                   Mayor Pro Tem Victoria                                                                      And More …
Car vs. Pole 12/02/07 The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               with over 20 years experience
pole won. At midnight, a 29-                                                won among a pool of fifteen              Smith describes the Undlin resi-
                                                                            nominees and two other finalists         dence as a “small but livable
year old Albany resident was
                                                                            to earn the honor.                       home that maximizes the use of
driving on Moraga Way and
somehow hit a P G & E pole.
                                                                                  Orinda Mayor Steve                 the (up sloping) lot,” adding that
                                                                                                                                                                                           Mobile: (925) 286-8685
                                                                                                                                                                                           JadConstructionGroup@gmail.com         (925) 254 - 4080                                       License #598907
                                                                            Glazer, who founded the award            “both the indoor and outdoor liv-
He continued driving south                                                  during his term this year, said in       ing areas are oriented so that they
for about 200 yards, when he                                                his statement to a packed house          don’t infringe on the privacy of
pulled over, and stood out-                                                 Tuesday night that he and his            the neighbors and the home is
side his vehicle. This may                                                  panel were “looking for a way to         appropriately sized for the neigh-
come as a surprise, but the                                                 recognize those who have gone            borhood.”
driver admitted to drinking                                                 the extra mile (in residential de-              Among the other finalists
prior to getting behind the                                                 sign)” and were looking for              were the Logan residence at 6
wheel.
                                                                            Artscape Orinda—A Unique
D.U.I ., 12/01/07 At just                                                   Exhibit Not to be Missed
after midnight, a La Espiral                                                Andrea A. Firth
resident changed lanes with-                                                      rtscape Orinda kicked off                                   City Hall admiring the sculp-
out signaling near Orinda
Way and Santa Maria. The
                                                                            A     last Sunday amidst cooler
                                                                            than typical winter weather with
                                                                                                                                              tures that comprise the year-
                                                                                                                                              long exhibit and mingling with
officer pulled him over, and                                                a private reception attended by                                   the artists on hand. The exhibit
noticed a strong odor of alco-                                              the artists, city council mem-                                    is sponsored by the City of                         • Affordable Monthly Rentals                         • Enrichment Programs
hol. Test showed a blood al-                                                bers, and many local patrons of                                   Orinda and the Orinda Arts                          • Newly Remodeled                                    • Computer Center
cohol level of .11, over the                                                the arts. As the music of the vi-                                 Council, and the artworks are on
limit of .08. The gentleman                                                 olinist wafted from the upper                                     temporary loan from the artists
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Private Patio/Balcony                              • Library with Cozy Fireplace
was released to the custody                                                 level of the Library Plaza,                                       and donors for the residents of                     • Gracious Restaurant Style Dining                   • Outdoor Sitting Areas
of his wife. Perhaps he was                                                 guests enjoyed wine and an                                        Orinda and the surrounding                          • Weekly Housekeeping                                • Covered Parking Available
not aware of the Avoid the 25                                               array of hors doeuvres as they                                    communities to learn from and
                                                                            walked around the Orinda City                                     enjoy.                                              • Scheduled Transportation                           • Pet Friendly Community
campaign.
                                                                            Library, Community Center, and                                          The sculptures are made
                                                                                                                                              from a variety of durable mate-
                                                                                                                                              rials and range in size from big
                                                                                                                                              to bigger and bigger still. Some
                                                                                                                                              are playful in design, others
                                                                                                                                              more austere, and a few require
                                                                                                                                              some reflection.
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