Council Candidates to Answer a Myriad of Questions During Forum

Mayoral Candidates Darlene Gee, Latika Malkani and Inga Miller     The Orinda Association is hosting a virtual forum Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 p.m....

Local AAUW to Host League of Women Voters on 12 Propositions Oct. 13

(Contributed Graphic)     Election Day is almost here. In addition to choosing our next president, there are 12 propositions on the ballot, among them...

City Council Candidates Share Their Priorities and Concerns for Orinda

Mayoral Candidates Darlene Gee, Latika Malkani and Inga Miller     The five members of Orinda’s City Council are elected volunteers who set policy, give...

Downtown Precise Plan Focus on Residential, Mixed-Use Development

(Contributed Graphic)The Orinda City Council viewed proposed high-density projects such as this one on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, while considering proposed changes in...

Council Votes to Spend $18K for Body Worn Camera Equipment

(Contributed Photo)     Diversity, inclusion, racial and identity profiling, body worn cameras for police and establishing a public safety sub-committee dominated the topics of...

Seventh Inning Stretch on Wildfires

(Melanie Light, Photographer)Firewise members Kathleen Bain and Doreen Rau take out Scotch broom bush.     If we are not quite to the seventh inning...

Fire District’s Craig Jorgens Wants More Spending on Prevention

(Contributed Photo)Craig Jorgens.     Even before thousands of wildfires swept over 1.6 million acres and earned California a dubious place in the history books...

Volunteers Help Lamorinda Seniors Get Their Votes In

    Everyone should have received his or her Official Voter Information Guide. Please review it and get ready to vote! Mail-in ballots will...

Need-to-Know When Voting by Mail

(Contributed Photo)     Every registered California voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot with a prepaid postage return envelope for the Nov. 3 general election....

Farmers’ Market Closed Sept. 12

    Due to unhealthy air quality predicted for Orinda Sept. 11-12, the Orinda Farmers' Market will not be open this Saturday. The market...

U.S. Post Office Protest Rally in Orinda

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Madeline (left) and Sofia, with their father Chad Curran, hold signs they made for the rally.     A synchronized, national rally to...

Challenger Drops Out of MOFD Race

    Orinda business owner Sharon L. Girdlestone has decided not to challenge incumbent Craig Jorgens for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District 5...

Incumbents and Challengers Running for Local Offices Now Determined

(Photo Courtesy of City of Orinda)Contra Costa County is making voting easier by installing 15 outdoor dropboxes where voters can deposit their ballots any...

Local Businesses Pivot to Survive During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(Charleen Earley, Photographer)Owner Susan Leech of Orinda Village Antiques has reopened, allowing shopping by appointment-only for her loyal customers.     When life threw them...

Voters to Decide Fate of Sales Tax Increase, Measure R, In November

(Contributed Graphic)     Voters will decide to either to increase the add-on Transactions Use Tax (TUT) to one cent or continue with the current...

High Winds Spark Orinda Fire

(Mary Carrillo, Photographer)     On Aug. 16, the high winds and a crashing tree woke up Mary Carrillo and her husband at their home...

Wilder HOA Files Appeal for Memory Care Facility

(Contributed Graphic)     The Wilder Home Owners Association filed an appeal for the proposed 38-bed Countryhouse Memory Care facility at 1 Wilder Road. The...

Seasoned Shopper – September 2020

Time for Tomatoes     As fall approaches the market remains full of many summer delights, including strawberries and stone fruits. Now it’s time for...

MOFD’s Residential Chipper Program to Return Mid September

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Residents must hire a private company, like this one, until the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s free service returns.     Orinda’s popular residential wood...

Memory Care, Montessori School at Wilder Get Planners’ OK

(Contributed Graphic)A 3D render of the proposed Countryhouse Memory Care facility.     Countryhouse Memory Care, a 38-bed facility, and Montessori Impressions Academy passed muster...

School Boards Develop Hybrid Plan But Classes Must Be Virtual

(Contributed Graphic)The Orinda Union School District made hybrid schedules like this one for students who choose to attend classes partly on campus.    ...

Local, National Candidates Emerge as Election Deadline Approaches

(David Dierks, Photographer) Darleene Gee (L) and Inga Miller are seeking re-election to the Orinda City Council in November.     While Major League Baseball navigates...

Market Hall, Boutique Fitness, Courtyard Coming to The Station

(Contributed Graphic)An architectural rendering of The Station and courtyard.     If all goes as planned, The Station, a 19,350 square-foot mixed-use project at 25A...

MOFD Begins Fire Inspections: Here’s What to do if You Get a Citation

(Courtesy Moraga-Orinda Fire District)This illustration shows the correct and incorrect way to trim brush around a property.     The Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) has...

Comment on Housing Plan Due Aug. 10

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Monteverde senior apartments at 2 Irwin Way, formerly the site of the old Orinda Library, allowed Orinda to meet its low-income Regional...

All Fall High School Sports Postponed

(Henry Hill, Photographer)Football players take in a practice but with social distancing.     The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the governing body of California high...

Council OKs El Toyonal Closures; Mayor Opposes Housing Bill

(Contributed Photo)Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project     Traffic disruptions along segments of El Toyonal will last through October as EBMUD upgrades and replaces water...

Planning Department Survey Finds Discontent with Downtown

(Courtesy of City of Orinda) Part of city staff's presentation on the Downtown Precise Plan, this image show words which represent survey responses to what...

Sometimes it Takes a Village to Lower Cost of Home Insurance

(Ken Light, Photographer)Embers from the 2017 Tubbs wildfire in Santa Rosa blew from a nearby "very severe" wildland into this urban development, devastating it...

Virus Takes Bite Out of City Budget

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Empty playgrounds, canceled classes: The Parks and Rec programs sustained the most losses under the coronavirus.     The city is facing a...

City Wants to Recheck Voter Pulse on Sales Tax Ballot Measure

    In light of COVID-19, city leaders want to know what residents think now about extending the half-cent sales tax.    A pre-pandemic...

Hundreds Gather, Walk in Support of Black Lives Matter

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Protest organizers and Orinda residents Tatiana and Neil Pretlow(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Colleen and Landon Naldoza (Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) (Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Haley, Gracie and Jennifer Lafarce...

Looting in Orinda Village

(Morgan Weiss, Photographer)     Computer Software and Hardware had its front door and window busted, approximately 15 laptops, several larger computers and other items...

Local College Students Peacefully Protest

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)     Ariana, Emma and Aidan (no last names given) spent June 2 holding up protest signs in Orinda's downtown area. All...

City, Fire District Gear up for Fire Season as Inspections Loom

(Ken Light, Photographer)The Moraga-Orinda Fire District chipper crew works corner of Via Farallon and La Cuesta.     As fears about the upcoming fire season...

Private Effort Launched to Test all Lamorinda Senior Care Residents, Staff

(Mimi Bommarito, Photographer) A message on an Orinda sidewalk says it all.     An ongoing joint effort is underway in Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette...

Fire Prevention: How Homeowners Need to Get Ready for MOFD Inspections

(Melanie Light, Photographer)The result of a weekend of work – trimming trees and removing dead wood – is ready to be chipped and hauled...

City Council Approves New Accessory Dwelling Unit Rules

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) An accessory dwelling unit is under construction on Moraga Way.     Conforming to California state law, the City Council unanimously approved height,...

Orinda BART to be Closed Weekends Through July 5

(Contributed Photo)     Critical track components near the Orinda BART Station are being replaced, requiring weekend closures.    The Orinda BART station is scheduled...

Shutdown Takes Toll on Retailers, Restaurants

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Paul Jones and Ulises Santiago package vegetarian quinoa salads from Fourth Bore for delivery to John Muir Hospital staff.     An...

Fourth of July Traditions Fall Victim to Virus

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)The popular Fourth of July parade held in past years has become one of the victims of the coronavirus. Organizers are considering...

Making Masks and Other Ways Volunteers Find Ways to Help

Previous Next     Orinda residents of all ages mobilized their talents to battle the coronavirus pandemic, many making quite a departure from the skill sets...

Deadly Outbreak Hits at Home

    Orinda felt the wrath of COVID-19 when the Orinda Care Center, a nursing home with a history of recent infractions, suffered a...

Orinda BART Station Closures Planned

(Contributed Photo)     Critical track components near the Orinda BART Station are being replaced, requiring weekend closures.    The Orinda BART station is scheduled...

Check in with Chambers

    For information on businesses and other updates during shelter in place, contact your local Chamber of Commerce (click on the logo below):

Following the Virus

(Courtesy of Contra Costa Health Services)    Up-to-the minute information on COVID-19 cases in the state and Contra Costa County, as well as local resources,...

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...

Firewise: Yardwork During Shelter in Place

    Despite the shelter in place order, homeowners still need to get their properties ready for the upcoming fire season.     On...

Cartoon – May 2020

School Fundraising Groups Unite in New Foundation

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     After years of research, evaluation, and collaboration, the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) has agreed to join the parents’ clubs...
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