Orinda News Briefs: What’s Happening Around Town – August 2022

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Election Results for Senator Steve Glazer’s Run for State Controller
    District 7 State Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, ran for California State Controller in the June 12 Primary Election. With election results certified statewide July 15, Glazer finished fourth with a bit more than 11% of votes cast. Lanhee Chen (Rep) with just over 37% of the vote will face off against Malia M. Cohen (Dem), who finished with just under 23%, on the November ballot to win election.
    Glazer ran with a pledge never to accept gifts or travel from special interests and with a platform highlighted by holding PG&E accountable for starting fires, taking on the gun lobby to ban assault weapons, protecting small business against on unfair practices of big lenders and banning big tobacco from marketing to children.

(Maryam Asgari, PHotographer)
Donors gathering at the Historic Olive Tree dedication ceremony.

Celebrating and Supporting a Historic Olive Grove in Orinda’s Backyard
    The Orinda Nature Area is home to one of the oldest olive groves in Contra Costa County, with approximately 50 olive trees first planted in 1882 by Theodore Wagner, the first Surveyor General of California.
    These trees continue to produce hundreds of pounds of olives. Lack of funding for tree maintenance and pruning, as well as specialized expertise and equipment, prevents these olives from being harvested routinely.
    This year, the Friends of the Orinda Nature Area in collaboration with support of the East Bay Tree Service (www.eastbaytreeservice.com) and Oleoscape Olive Oil, are working to restore the health and beauty of these heirloom trees by launching the Adopt a Historic Olive Tree program, aimed at raising funds for 
preservation.
    The Adopt-a-Tree program was the brainchild of U.C. Berkeley student Arman Marchiel, under the mentorship of U.C. Berkeley Emeritus Professor Dr. Reginald Barrett.
    There are roughly 24 trees available for adoption. For more information about adopting a tree or supporting the program, visit https://www.fwrna.org/donate.

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)
Last month, Claudine Wong (left), co-anchor for KTVU’s Mornings on 2, interviewed Sari Heyman (right), an Orinda resident first featured in The Orinda News, who, with the support of her Orinda neighbors, raised funds to help Ukrainian refugees.

The Orinda News Ukraine Story Grabs Local News Stations’ Attention
    “Local Resident of Ukrainian Descent Helps War-Weary Ukrainians,” a story published last month in The Orinda News, garnered the attention of KRON4, KTVU and NBC Bay Area on evening newscasts.
    The story featured Sari Heyman and her efforts to assist Ukrainian refugees on the ground. Heyman was also interviewed Sunday, July 10, on KTVU’s “Morning’s on 2,” and later picked up by Yahoo News. View the segment coverage here: https://www.ktvu.com/video/1091131.

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