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Eyesore of the Day

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As you drive into Moraga from Lafayette and pass by these buildings you may wonder what barracks are doing in Moraga. That would be an insult to barracks. I’ve driven by plenty of times before, never noticing this. It turns out before this month there were dozens of tall trees hiding this eyesore. This is actually the face of Campolindo High School, one of the best performing high schools in Contra Costa County.

According to this Lamorinda Weekly article, “the trees were tall but frail and drought-affected”. I’ve been to Campolindo; the Soda Aquatic Center is first-rate, as is the gym and performing arts center. I would love to know the history of Campolindo and why they felt putting these buildings up facing Moraga Rd. was a good idea. Maybe they should put up a wall and have the students paint murals every year for art projects. I’d rather look at that driving by than this. What do you think?

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Sign of the Day (Fine Print Edition)

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Last month we learned that Sports Authority was closing in downtown Walnut Creek so of course the Closing Sale sign appears outside. What I find funny about this sign is not that it states “save up to” 50% off which means the entire store could have no discount at all, but that below it says, “SOME EXCEPTIONS APPLY“.

What possible exceptions could apply to this 0% – 50% off sale!?

Shopper: The sign says up to 50% off but this is 75% off.
Cashier: That is correct, as noted on the sign, it does state: “some exceptions apply”.
Shopper: Oh, I see, thank you for clearing that up.

This doesn’t make any sense! What am I missing?

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PG&E Works to Restore Service after Giant Sinkhole Appears in Moraga

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Photo from Moraga PD
Rheem Blvd. & Center St, Moraga

Check out the photo above from the Moraga police showing the massive sinkhole that appeared across the street from Nation’s Giant Hamburgers in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga. When I dropped by later in the day there was a huge PG&E presence with mobile command center in the 24 Hour Fitness parking lot.

From the Moraga PD:

The Town of Moraga and PG&E are continuing to work to repair the damage caused by recent sinkhole at Rheem Blvd. and Center Street. Beginning at around 1:00 PM today PG&E will be venting the small amounts of natural gas as the broken line is repressurized. There are approximately 25 vent sites in the Rheem Valley area that will be staffed with PG&E personnel. Residents may smell the odor of natural gas between 1:00 and 3:00 PM today. The natural gas odor will quickly dissipate and will not be harmful.

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Broadway Plaza doesn’t just Like Pedestrians, they LOVE them

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What do you think of these signs spotted at Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek? I would have said, “For your safety… Please use crosswalks”.

The sign actually says:

Broadway Plaza LOVES pedestrians
Please use crosswalks

Does Broadway Plaza LOVE pedestrians because they contribute to their bottom line, or do they LOVE them because they’re human beings and they don’t want them to get run over by a car?

Post a comment here changing the wording on this sign; favorite reply gets a Beyond the Creek t-shirt.

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Push the Door for Lock – Bathroom Door of the Day

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I finally dropped by Haleh Pastry for some desserts in downtown Walnut Creek, which were amazing by the way, when I encountered this situation in their bathroom. The sign inside says, “Push the door for lock”. I did a triple-take looking for a push-button, switch or any sign that the lock was engaged. Alas, there would be nothing but a written note that if I pushed the door it would lock. I thought to myself, “how hard do I have to push?” Would it be opened at the most inopportune time? Thankfully, nobody entered, but how would I know if the lock worked?

Fast forward a couple of weeks later. I ate some more delicious desserts and went to use the bathroom. Sure enough, the bathroom door was locked so if you find yourself in the Haleh Pastry bathroom, don’t worry, it really does lock. 🙂

 

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Parking Alert – Beware of Parking in Downtown Walnut Creek

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Having parked in downtown Walnut Creek for many years without getting a ticket or citation, it was finally my turn to get burned last year. At the Broadway Pointe parking garage, a free, private garage in downtown Walnut Creek managed by Park Smart / Regional Parking, there are two types of signs indicating how long one may park. One is the typical 3-Hour Limit sign. The other is a “3 hour Parking Maximum” sign. Whenever I looked at this sign I wondered what the point was. After all, if the standard 3-hour limit sign is there, then obviously the maximum is three hours, right?

One day last year, I parked in the morning to work out at Orangetheory on Locust St. and get a bowl of miso ramen at Ramen Hiroshi. In the evening, I headed back to downtown Walnut Creek for a rare night out with my wife and ended up having a great meal at Va de Vi. Unfortunately for me, I decided to park at the Broadway Pointe parking garage.  As we returned to the car that evening, I saw the dreaded parking citation. I wrote back to Park Smart / Regional Parking pointing out that these were completely separate trips with several hours in-between when I was not there. The parking spots were also different. A few weeks later I heard back about the denial:

The License Plate Recognition Vehicle scanned your vehicle on two separate visits; the daily maximum of 3 hours was exceeded: no receipts from Braodwav Pointe merchants were provided for “consideration.”

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