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No Joke – Adult Day Care Center Planned for Downtown Walnut Creek


1271 S. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

When I first read about this in the planning commission agenda I thought it was a joke but it’s true; an adult day care center is planning to open in downtown Walnut Creek where Baja Fresh used to be at the corner of S. California Blvd. and Botelho Dr. No word yet on who the first occupants will be. 🙂

From the agenda:

Trinity Center Temporary Adult Day Care Center Conditional Use Permit

The applicant is requesting approval of a use permit to allow temporary relocation of Trinity Center, currently located at 1860 Trinity Avenue, to a vacant 5,050 square-foot commercial building at 1271 S. California Boulevard, a 1.32-acre property located at the northwest corner of S. California Boulevard and Botelho Drive. The temporary relocation request relates to St. Paul’s Commons, a 45-unit affordable apartment project whose ground floor Trinity Center intends to occupy when the complex is completed in mid-2019. The applicant is proposing that the Conditional Use Permit to expire automatically on September 30, 2019.

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Man Rescued by Moraga FD as Fire Raged this Morning on Archer Circle

From the Moraga PD:

On 10/30/2017, 4:49 a.m., Dispatch received calls reporting a house fire on Archer Circle. Moraga Police and Moraga-Orinda Fire personnel responded to the scene and found the house at 9 Archer Circle fully engulfed with flames. Firefighters attached the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading to other houses.

Firefighters also rescued one of the occupants of the home. He was treated at the scene by Moraga-Orinda Fire paramedics and transported to John Muir Medical Center where he is being treated for burns. His condition is unknown. The other occupant of the home was able to escape without injury.

At least 9 fire engines and crews from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the Contra Costa County Fire District responded to the fire and worked to extinguish it. Fire personnel will be on the scene for most of the day to ensure the fire is out and to investigate the cause of the fire.

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West Commons Park Opens in Moraga


West Commons Park, Moraga

The new open space next to the Harvest Court development off Camino Ricardo in Moraga is now open. On the other side is Moraga Commons Park and the open space has been renamed, West Commons Park. As you can see in the photos after the jump there is an open space meadow, walking paths, four interpretative signs, and one picnic table. Currently it’s not possible to enter via Camino Ricardo so park in the Moraga Commons parking lot and cross Moraga Rd. to get in. When I dropped by over the weekend I even saw someone fishing for trout over the bridge.

More photos after the jump… Continue Reading

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Iron Horse Regional Trail Closures in October

Thanks to a reader for sending this photo pointing out various temporary Iron Horse Trail closures in October in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord.

From the East Bay Regional Park District website:

Sections of Iron Horse Regional Trail will be closed periodically during October 2017 for pavement maintenance. The segments of trail that will be subject to closure are Newell Avenue to Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, Las Juntas Way to Lisa Lane in Pleasant Hill, and Monument Boulevard to Concord Avenue in Concord. Check back for specific closure dates.

Sections of Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail and Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail will also be periodically closed during October 2017.

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How are the Solar Powered Garbage Bins Working out in Downtown Walnut Creek?

Earlier this year downtown Walnut Creek got solar power garbage bins which compact the trash every hour or so. I like how they come with a foot pedal to open but as you can see in the above photo there are potential problems. When I dropped by a few days later the front was completely removed. The other cans looked fine so I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. How do you like the new bins?

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Safety Issue in Downtown Walnut Creek

From an email:

I feel like a total weenie complaining about this, but tonight in downtown walnut creek my best friend and I were almost followed to our car by some creep that had been lingering around us near the little seating area near True Food Kitchen.

I noticed him skate toward us coming from the Broadway Plaza, and he saw us and was lingering near the SoulCycle doors, then came and sat next to us and oddly pulled his chair closer to us, then [my friend] said we should go, not even realizing he was creeping but just that he was staring at her – as soon as we got up, he got up too and followed us near the entrance and I slowed down before we got too far into the garage and quietly said “Is he following us” and [my friend] said yes, so we stopped walking and he immediately stopped too and realized that we noticed what he was trying to do, so he pretended like he was going to use the vending machine. Then we walked back to the seating area and some nice SoulCycle girls helped us get security to escort us to our car and by that time he had disappeared. Continue Reading