In Wake of Shooting Spree, Orinda City Council Proposes Ban on Non-Hosted Short-Term Rentals 

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) A large memorial to the victims of the Oct. 31 shooting in Orinda covers the old Theatre Square fountain at Brookwood Way...

Catching up With District 16 Assemblywoman Bauer-Kahan

Courtesy of Office of Assembly DemocratsAssemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (L) with Gov. Gavin Newsom (seated) and fellow legislators at the signing of the gun violence...

Powering Through the Power Shut-off

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Joe Garvey and his wife Linda (both standing center) brought their dog Barney along to Orinda’s energy center where electrical power was...

Police Blotter – November 2019

Sep. 22 through Oct. 5 Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 12 incidents. Accident Injury: 2 incidents. Accident Property: 3 incidents. Alarm, False: 41 incidents. Burglary, Auto: 1 incident. Burglary, Commercial: 3...

Meet the City’s New Police Chief

(Contributed Photo)New Orinda Poice Chief David Cook.     The city wasted no time in finding its next police chief when it tapped a former...

Private Road Maintenance Debate Heats Up as City Holds Workshop

    The politically and emotionally charged issue of private road maintenance heats up again in October as the city holds another facilitator-led workshop...

Police Blotter – October 2019

Calls for Service911 Hangup: 8 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 2 incidents.Accident Property: 7 incidents.Alarm, False: 59 incidents.Burglary, Auto: 6 incidents: El Nido Ranch Rd., Greystone Terr.,...

BART Delays, Closures to Continue Into October

(Courtesy of BART)     Delays, closures and service changes on BART are expected to continue through the end of October as the system undergoes...

Orinda in Search of New Police Chief as Nagel Leaves

(David Dierks, Photographer)Police Chief Mark Nagel (center) receives recognition for his years of service to Orinda from City Council members (L-R) Amy Worth, Darlene...

PG&E Unveils Power Shut-off Plan to Council

    Reeling from the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire caused by sparks from its equipment, Pacific Gas & Electric is rolling out...

Expect BART Delays, Highway 24

(Courtesy of BART)     BART riders beware: Expect delays, closures and service changes as the system undergoes repairs and upgrades to tracks between Orinda...

Associate Pastor Elizabeth Robinson Joins Orinda Community Church

(John Sarsgard, Photographer)New Associate Pastor Elizabeth Robinson has a background in creative writing and community service.     New programs and ideas are in the...

Police Blotter – September 2019

June 30 through August 10, 2019 Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 29 incidents. Abandoned Vehicle: 3 incidents. Accident Injury: 4 incidents. Accident Property: 6 incidents. Alarm, False: 143 incidents. Burglary, Auto:...

Private Road Maintenance: City Plans Workshop to Air Concerns

    For years, 1,500 families who live on about 30 miles of private roads have been meeting with city officials to discuss why...

Police Blotter – August 2019

June 2 through July 13, 2019 Calls for Service911 Hangup: 25 incidents.Accident Injury: 4 incidents.Accident Property: 5 incidents.Alarm, False: 117 incidents.Animal Cruelty: 1 incident: Bear...

Emergency Forum Aims to Prepare Residents for Devastating Fire

(David Dierks, photographer)The Orinda Association hosted an Emergency Preparedness Forum with (L-R) Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel, Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team program manager...

Acalanes Halts Out-of-District Student Transfers

    For the first time in some 20 years the Acalanes Union High School District is shutting its doors to students outside its...

Police Blotter – July 2019

April 28 through June 8Calls for Service911 Hangup: 23 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 3 incidents.Accident Injury: 3 incidents.Accident Property: 11 incidents.Alarm, False: 137 incidents.Animal Cruelty: 1...

Residents Get Another Chance to View ConnectOrinda Proposals 

    The Garden Room in the Orinda Library was buzzing with conversation as more than 50 community members attended a ConnectOrinda Celebration May...

Council Takes Stand on State Housing Bills

    Weighing in on proposals to build high-density housing in California, the City Council voted unanimously to support resolutions opposing three controversial state...

Police Blotter – June 2019

April 1 through May 11, 2019 Calls for Service911 Hangup: 17 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 4 incidents.Accident Injury: 2 incidents.Accident Property: 13 incidents.Alarm, False: 132 incidents.Assault with...

May 31 Event Planned to Address Wildfire Prevention, Preparation and History

    Is Lamorinda prepared for fire?       Realizing the potential for a devastating fire here, Lamorinda Village is sponsoring All About Wildfires, an...

Police Blotter – May 2019

Calls for Service911 Hangup: 55 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 3 incidents.Accident Injury: 1 incident.Accident Property: 12 incidents.Alarm, False: 122 incidents.Assault with Deadly Weapon: 1 incident.Burglary, Auto:...

May 16 Event on Vashell Way Aims to Bring ConnectOrinda Projects to Life

    For months, city staff, Fehr and Peers Transportation Consultants and Orinda residents have been considering a variety of projects that will beautify...

City Council Passes Resolution on 5G Small Cell Facilities

    An appreciative audience applauded the Orinda City Council last month when it unanimously adopted a resolution regulating the aesthetics of small wireless...

Educators Raise Alarm Over E-cigarettes as Use By Teens Soars

(Courtesy Of Contra Costa County Office Of Education)Here is a sampling of vaping items confiscated at local schools, according to Emily Justice of the...

City, Residents Weigh In On Impact of Small Cell Phone Towers

(Courtesy of EMF Safety Network)Residents in Santa Rosa show their disapproval of the small cells mounted on this pole in a Santa Rosa neighborhood....

Long-anticipated Wilder Park Art and Garden Center Opens

(Steve Ehrhardt, Photographer)The long-anticipated Art and Garden Center at Wilder is now open.     After years of planning, the Art and Garden Center at...

Police Blotter – April 2019

Calls for Service911 Hangup: 21 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 1 incident.Accident Injury: 1 incident.Accident Property: 10 incidents.Alarm, False: 120 incidents.Burglary, Auto: 8 incidents.Burglary, Commercial: 1 incident.Burglary,...

And Then There Were Eight: Council Narrows ConnectOrinda Projects

    After receiving thousands of comments and extensive public feedback on ways to beautify and improve travel through downtown, the City Council has...

East Bay MUD Unveils Plan To Build Solar Energy Facility in Orinda

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Part of EBMUD’s 43-acre parcel along Bear Creek Road, which already includes several PG&E towers and power poles.     As climate change...

ConnectOrinda Projects Come into Focus

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) This view of San Pablo Creek behind 23 Orinda Way could one day transform to a more pristine view from an outdoor...

Why These Five Locals are Being Honored this Month

    Most people around the city probably are familiar with the names of the five people who will be feted by The Orinda...

Residents Challenged to Discover Lamorinda’s Outdoor Gems

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) Working together on the Trail Challenge are (L-R) Orinda Parks and Rec Director Todd Trimble,Moraga’s Parks and Rec Director Breyana Brandt, Orinda...

POLICE BLOTTER – March 2019

January 1 through February 9, 2019 Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 27 incidents. Abandoned Vehicle: 2 incidents. Accident Property: 8 incidents. Alarm, False: 104 incidents. Barking Dog: 1 incident. Burglary, Auto:...

Orinda Woman’s Club 2018 Recipients

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     Orinda Woman’s Club Vice President Alison Kling (R) presented Scott Chavez (L) from Contra Costa Crisis Center and Gigi Crowder...

15th Annual Classic Car Show Set to Hit the Road in September

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) Chip Herman (2nd from left) turns over the keys to the car show, not to mention the Corvette, to Classic Car Show...

Orinda’s New Mayor Sets Priorities

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) Orinda Mayor Inga Miller was sworn into office Dec. 11.     On Dec. 11, Inga Miller was sworn in as Orinda’s 35th...

North Orinda Helped Refine Evacuation Procedures During January Drill

    On Jan. 26, from 7 – 8 a.m., the lower part of Miner Rd. became a one-way street as residents left their...

Newcomer Steven Danziger Named President of Fire District Board

(Contributed Photo)Steven Danziger is the new MOFD board president.     In November’s election, three new members were elected to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD)...

Police Blotter – February 2019

December 2, 2018 through January 12, 2019 Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 13 incidents. Abandoned Vehicle: 2 incidents. Accident Property: 7 incidents. Alarm, False: 47 incidents. Barking Dog: 1 incident. Battery:...

North Orinda Evacuation Exercise Planned for Saturday, Jan. 26

    In partnership with Orinda Police Department, the Moraga Police Department, and Lamorinda CERT, MOFD will be conducting a second Lamorinda evacuation exercise...

Downtown Streetscape Workshop on Jan. 29

    On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library Auditorium, the City of Orinda will conduct ConnectOrinda Downtown Streetscape Master Plan Workshop....

New Facade for Moraga Way Building Approved

KATTENBURG ARCHITECTS Conceptual drawing by Kattenburg Architects of the new facade for 37 Moraga Way.     Downtown revitalization, the topic of many local meetings and...

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club Raffles Off 1961 Vintage VW Bug

SALLY HOGARTY Raffle winner Steve Falk and his wife Nancy stand with their big prize, a beautifully restored 1961 VW Beetle, joined by members of...

New City Councilmembers Take Office

DAVID DIERKS City Clerk Sheri Smith swears in returning City Councilmember Amy Worth and new City Councilmembers Nick Kosla and Dennis Fay at the Dec....

Warm Coat Drive Exceeds Expectations

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Sleepy Hollow students (L-R) Back Row: Haley Hoskins, Eve Copeland, Annarose Smith; Front row: Sofia Blore, Emma Stokes help sort donations for the...

Police Blotter – January 2019

November 4 through December 8, 2018 Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 20 incidents. Abandoned Vehicle:1 incident. Accident Injury: 1 incident. Accident Property: 8 incidents. Alarm, False: 117 incidents. Barking Dog: 1...

Bauer-Kahan Wins In Close State Assembly Race

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Orinda resident Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is District 16’s newly elected state assemblywoman. This January, Orinda resident Rebecca Bauer-Kahan will be heading to Sacramento to represent...

Police Blotter, December 2018

Calls for Service 911 Hangup: 33 incidents. Abandoned Vehicle: 4 incidents. Accident Injury: 4 incidents. Accident Property: 16 incidents. Alarm, False: 114 incidents. Barking Dog: 1 incident. Battery: 4 incidents. Burglary, Auto:...
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