Serial ADA Lawsuit Filer Impacts Several Local Businesses

(Diane Earnes, Photographer)ADA lawsuits have struck Lamorinda businesses, including Orinda’s Genuine Goodness, resulting in temporary and permanent closures in the community.     Multiple...

Orinda Scouts Receive Coveted 2020 Mott Environmental Award

(Wade Barrett, Photographer) Eagle Scout Arman Marchiel’s Pond Turtle Reintroduction Project with protected turtle house. Mr. T. (above) enjoys his new home.     Since 1957,...

Virtual Evacuation Prepares Local Residents for Fire Season

(Courtesy of MOFD)During the virtual evacuation the morning of July 31, 26 first responder representatives attended the field portion of the exercise and learned...

4th of July Smaller Than Year’s Past, Large on Celebration

(Cindy Powell, Photographer) Thanks to the Hansen family and Van Laars for helping select this year’s parade award recipients.     Fresh out of 16 months...

Digital QR Code Tool to Access COVID-19 Vaccine Records

    In late June, California launched a digital tool for residents to access their COVID-19 vaccination records from the state’s immunization registry, adding...

First Saturday For Art Series

(Elana O’Loskey, Photographer)Christian Ehrhorn, pictured with his mixed media work, Peace And its Agents.     Christian Ehrhorn announces “First Saturday for Art,” an...

Off the Grid Food Responders Program Comes to Contra Costa

(Courtesy of San Francisco'a Off the Grid)Off The Grid is expanding their reach to Contra Costa County to help prepare for the upcoming fire...

MOFD Helps Homeowners Create Defensible Space for Themselves

(Dennis Reins, Photographer) Volunteer listens to Chief Winnacker at the onsite training for the Fire Adapted Community Ambassador program.     Despite all the information popping...

Nominations Now Open For The Orinda Citizen Of The Year 2020

    Do you have a person in mind to nominate for outstanding community service in 2020 in Orinda and/or over many years of...

Orinda Votes to Hold Parade Despite COVID-19 Concerns

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)The annual Fourth of July parade is back. With July 4 falling on a Sunday this year, the parade will start at...

Grab Your Chair, Hat and Mask: July 4 Promises Safety, Fun for All

(Contributed Photo)Michael Beller, who is walking in the parade with Orinda Library staff and volunteers with Friends of the Library, is patriotic from head...

Orinda and Moraga Residents Sign Petition for Baitx’ Recusal from MOFD

(Courtesy of MOFD)District 1 Board Member Gregory Baitx, an active firefighter and elected by Moraga residents of District 1, was asked to recuse himself...

Landmark Mental Health AB-988 Bill Passes Assembly this Month

    Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) mental health emergency crisis response legislation, AB 988, termed “landmark” by her staff, passed off the Assembly floor...

Orinda Library is Cooling Center

    Due to the excessive heat warnings, the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, has been designated as a cooling center for the next...

Lamorinda Citizens Upset About MOFD Board Discussion

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Lamorinda citizens were in an uproar of public concern when word got out that Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) Board of Directors allotted...

Want Your Powerlines Undergrounded? Read this First

(Chris Anderson, Photographer)Power lines are only the top wires on a pole. The lower lines are typically cable, phone, and Internet and are not...

Brookwood Road: Where Miscommunication Meets Fire Prevention Measures

(Tristan Shaughnessy, Photographer) A section of Brookwood Road after the city’s vegetation removal, compared to a 2019 Google Maps image.     In early May, Orinda’s...

Orinda July 4th Parade is Happening

    July 4, 2021 beginning at 11 a.m.    Save the date as The Orinda Association brings back Orinda’s popular hometown parade. Go...

Orinda Garden Club Launches Downtown Beautification Project

(Jane Wiser, Photographer)Orinda Garden Club members take a moment across from the Orinda Theatre before replanting pots and beautifying Orinda for spring. (L-R) Sue...

Moving Forward with Fire Prevention

(Ken Light, Photographer)Grant money in action: tree trimming and brush clearing on Via Farallon, organized by MOFD and the Orinda Firewise Council.     While...

Romantic Message Up In Lights

(Courtesy of Anonymous Contributor)     Contributed by an anonymous husband, who wrote, “I’ll bet some people are wondering about the meaning of the marquee...

Dick Burkhalter Helped so Many Experience the Joy of Giving

(Courtesy Of Bruce Burkhalter)Dick Burkhalter was honored in March as Rotarian of the Decade for his 31 years of service. He passed away on...

GoFundMe Campaign Delivered 1,000 Meals to Hospital Workers

(Courtesy of Lori A. Cheung)Volunteers met at the Orinda Library parking lot to load meals into this 1971 Ford fire engine owned by Michael...

David Biggs Hired as City Manager

(Courtesy of David Biggs)David Biggs named City Manager, effective April 5.     From a pool of 52 applicants, the Orinda City Council chose David...

And the Winners Are!

Previous Next     It may have been on a Zoom Webinar rather than the Orinda Theatre’s stage, but the winners of the Lamorinda Idol Winter...

City Council Presents Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Proclamation

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Mayor Amy Worth presents the proclamation declaring March as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month to the Peer to Peer Club co-president, Sophie...

Orinda School Children Finally Back on Campus

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)     After 11 months of distant-only learning, Orinda school children returned to school in a hybrid model that combines in-person and...

Orinda Essential Workers Chronicle Their Experiences

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) Within one minute of receiving a 911 medical emergency call, firefighter and paramedic Josh David (above) at Orinda Fire Station 45, dons...

Local Groups Honor Doctors and Nurses While Supporting Orinda Restaurants

(Lynn Kalmar, Photographer)Evie Kalmar, a 4th grader at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, colors a thank you card for inclusion in lunch packages to frontline...

Orinda City Council Names Ten to New Oversight Commission

(Contributed PHoto)Yasaman Lee     In response to the voter-approved half-cent sales tax increase effective April 1, the Orinda City Council announced the Supplemental Sales...

COVID Delays but Doesn’t Nix Black History Month Lessons

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Demonstrators at the June march and rally in Orinda to protest the murder of George Floyd and show people of color who...

Welcome New and Returning Office Leaders to Orinda and Moraga

(Courtesy Mayor Amy Worth)As newly elected Mayor of Orinda, Amy Worth said she will work with the Council and the community to implement the...

Defensible Space Clean-up Really Will Help Save Homes

(Courtesy of Cal Fire)More information about creating a defensible space can be found on the Cal Fire website at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go.     Just...

City Council Gives Green Light for Memory Care Facility at Wilder

Wilder Owners to File Law Suit (Contributed Graphic) A 3D render of the proposed Countryhouse Memory Care facility.     The Orinda City Council unanimously passed Resolution...

Accessory Dwelling Units: Granny Flats to Luxurious Digs

(Ben Munday - Connect Homes, Photographer)Ben and Sara Munday live in a Connect-Homes main residence with a detached accessory dwelling unit, used as an...

Community Concern for Orinda Cats

(Photo Courtesy of Billie Cummings)Isabella Honeyford of Pleasant Hill holds a litter composed of two sets of twins from Community Concern for Cats. She and...

Council Continues Memory Care Appeal

(Contributed Graphic)     Orinda’s City Council has continued the appeal by Wilder Owners’ Association on a 38-bed, 32,084 square-foot, congregate memory care facility to...

Apply to Serve on a City Commission or Committee

The City of Orinda is seeking applications from resident volunteers to serve on the City’s:     Planning Commission (2 positions)     Parks & Recreation Commission (3...

The New Year Brings New Orinda Association Board Members

    The Orinda Association (OA) begins 2021 with three new, highly qualified board members as well as its continuing group of dedicated volunteers....

Students Return to In-Person Learning Currently on Hold

(Contributed Photo)Members of Glorietta Elementary School’s Ensemble choir have been working with music directors Ron Pickett and Christina Holling and the ensemble choirs at...

Scouting for Food Safely During the Pandemic Benefits Food Banks

(Susan Persin, Photographer)Boy Scout Troop 57 and Cub Scout Pack 52 got ready at Del Rey School with masks and physically distancing themselves to...

Orinda Association Joins with Two Rotary Clubs to Help Others

(Contributed Photo)This 1974 Datsun 710 wagon was donated by Lou and Debbie Roessler. Debbie is a member of Moraga Rotary, one of the partner...

Orinda Author Making a Change in the World with Plastic-Free Living

(Contributed Photo) Orinda native and plastic pollution activist Sandra Ann Harris published "Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide For Plastic-Free Living" in October 2020...

Rescue One Foundation Seeks Applicants for Board Member Seat

    The Rescue One Foundation is looking for applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors.    This nonprofit organization has...

Wildfire and Fire Insurance in California Poses a Dilemma

(Contributed Photo)Virtual Homeowners’ Investigatory Hearing, held Oct. 19, 2020, where Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara heard public input to explore regulatory actions he should consider...

Orinda City Council Virtual Debate Hosted by The Orinda Association

(Contributed Photos)Sponsored by The Orinda Association and the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, the Oct. 8 forum features (top row) OA Board...

Measures R and X Tax Increases

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Julie and Jim Lee, who have been voting since the early 60s, take advantage of early voting and the convenient location of...

Race for a Seat on the MOFD Board

(Contributed Photo)Sharon McGinnis Gidlestone(Contributed Photo)Craig Jorgens Previous Next     What started out as a two-party race dwindled down to a one-party, unchallenged race and later switched...
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