How the City is Conducting Business During Shutdowns, Shelter in Place

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)
The Orinda Community Center, like all city buildings, was deserted after events were canceled.

    Across the counter, face-to-face and in-person meetings halted March 16 when the initial order to shelter-in-place was issued by Contra Costa Health Services.
    City Council and Planning Commission: Meetings are held by teleconference via Zoom video conferencing. The schedules are listed at Non-essential meetings are cancelled while the shelter-in-place order is in effect. All meetings are open to the public.
    Planning Department: Staff are working remotely online and are accessible by email to answer general planning questions, accept planning applications, process permits and investigate code enforcement cases. Virtual appointments may be scheduled 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Email questions, applications and plans for review to
    Parks and Recreation: The department has cancelled all remaining Winter/Spring classes through May 29. Activities, events, and facility reservations are cancelled while the shelter-in-place order is in effect. Program refunds, credits and deposits are being processed with details of who is eligible for partial or full credits and refunds at
    Public Safety: For non-emergency matters, contact Orinda Dispatch at 925-646-2441. Call 911 for emergencies.
    Public Works: Only essential services are being maintained. Report urgent conditions to Orinda Dispatch at 925-646-2441. Call 925-253-4231 to report non-urgent issues.

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