Voters Can Learn More About Candidates at a Series of Public Forums

The Orinda Association will hold three public forums: City Council candidates (pictured above) - Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.; MOFD – Oct. 13 at...

Candidates for City Council Discuss their Priorities for Orinda

     The five members of Orinda’s City Council are elected volunteers who set policy, give direction to City Staff and make budget decisions. Besides...

Candidates for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Give Their Views

    The Moraga Orinda Fire District has a five-member board of directors representing five districts. Charged with providing strategic leadership, policy and direction and...

Candidates for OUSD Board Discuss Challenges for Schools

    The Orinda Union School District’s Board of Trustees functions as the legislative body of the district and establishes policies and goals by which...

County Office of Education Reaches Agreement with School Association

(Jeff Heyman, Photograher) Orinda’s Miramonte High School, which is part of the Acalanes Union High School District, is one of the schools operating under the...

Around Town: Orinda News Briefs

(Bonnie Fend, Photographer)The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette (OML) branch is collecting sneakers to raise money for local scholarships. Pictured above (L-R) Jill...

Alert Employee Thwarts Attempted Burglary at Siam Orchid Restaurant

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)James Bice, an employee at Siam Orchid, an Orinda Thai restaurant, thought a car parked outside the eatery in the middle of...

Orinda’s 76 Station to Feature County’s Second Hydrogen Fueling Pump

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)The Orinda Union 76 gas station, located at 67 Moraga Way, is set to join FirstElement Fuel, Inc.’s current operating network of...

The Annual Orinda Classic Car Show Returns with Vintage Makes, Modern Exotics and More

(David Dierks, Photographer)Lawrence Siegel’s 1948 Diamond T 201 One Ton Pickup appeared at the car show in 2014.     Everything from American muscle cars to...

Orinda’s Candidates for Contra Costa County Election Announced

(Courtesy of Amy Worth)Amy Worth has served the Orinda community for many years. She was first elected to the Orinda City Council in November...

Bay Area Rapid Transit, “BART” Turns 50-Years-Old this Month

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)It was 50 years ago, on Sept. 11, 1972, when the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system welcomed its service to riders...

Orinda Nation’s Restaurant Moving to Spacious, Updated Location

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)Nation’s Giant Hamburgers’ construction team is underway to move across the street from its current location to 65 Moraga Way, which was...

Pygmalion Finishes the Orinda Starlight Village Players Season

(Courtesy of Amy Cook)Amy Cook directs OrSVP’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.     The Orinda Starlight Village Players will close their 38th season in...

Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge: Earn Dinner and Points through Volunteer Work

    Earn points on the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge by volunteering at http://www.cleanercontracosta.org. The Sustainable Contra Costa’s (SCOCO’s) annual awards gala, where local sustainability...

City’s Draft Safety Element, Vulnerability Assessment Focuses on Wildfire Risk, Climate Stressors

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)A drafted update to Orinda’s safety element, as well as a vulnerability assessment focusing on evacuation route analysis within the city, were...

Attendees and Participates Enjoy Orinda’s 36th Annual Parade

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer) This year's 4th of July celebration was a rousing success starting with the fun run and pancake breakfast. The festivities continued with...

Dancing With The Cars – A Night in Havana: Fundraiser, Party and Auction

(Courtesy of Melissa Roeder)The Rotary Club of Orinda hosts its annual Dancing with the Cars fundraiser, a kick-off to the Orinda Classic Car Show weekend....

Orinda Chef Sharon Girdlestone Nourishes the Hopes of Ukrainians

(Sharon Girdlestone, Photographer)The “kitchen heroes” working hard to provide meals to Ukrainians fleeing the war. Sharon Girdlestone and her new lifelong friends assisted the...

Candidates for November Election Must File by Aug. 12

    Three is the magic number this November with the Orinda City Council, the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) and the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department...

Tax Committee, City Council Discuss Wildfire and Measure R Revenue

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)In a late June meeting, members of the Orinda City Council and the City’s Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (SSTOC) discussed both...

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

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...

Celebration for the Entire Family at Orinda’s Annual 4th of July Parade

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)(Charis Woo, Photographer) It wouldn’t be the 4th of July parade without Mel Silva and his horses with members...

Orinda’s Sales Tax Committee Discusses Measure R Expenditures

    In April, 2021, the voter-approved Measure R add-on sales tax began being collected in Orinda. According to the City’s records, year-to-date revenue from...

Safety Plans at all Orinda Schools

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)In the wake of the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, TX, Orinda Union School District maintains its response plan...

City in Nature Mural Adorns Orinda Library Wall

(Michelle Longosz, Photographer)Friends of the Orinda Library commissioned Jane Kim, Founder of Ink Dwell studio, to create the mural City in Natureon the south-facing...

First Person View of Russia’s Attack on Ukrainians’ Lives and Country

(Courtesy of Sasha Levin)Sasha Levin, from Ukraine, writes about living in a war zone.     It has been more than 110 days since Ukraine faced...

Back to Basics for Wildfire Safety

    Orinda has been really stepping up to the plate to make our town fire adapted. Kudos to us! Here’s a quick primer to...

Local Resident of Ukrainian Descent Helps War-Weary Ukrainians

(Courtesy of Sari Heyman)Sari Heyman, in a parking lot in Poland, after stocking up on food and toiletry items urgently needed by Ukrainian refugees. Her family left Ukraine two generations ago,...

Local Help for Ukrainian Refugees: Orindans Reach Out

(Courtesy of Grace Paik) At SFO, Grace Paik and their four-legged family member sent her husband Seung off to begin his journey to help Ukrainian...

My Experiences Living in Ukraine During Invasion

(Courtesy of Sasha Levin)Sasha Levin, from Ukraine, writes about living in a war zone.     I am Alexander Levin, but I go by Sasha. I...

Nominations Open for Orinda Citizen of the Year

    Do you have a person in mind to nominate for outstanding community service in 2022 and/or over many years of lifetime service?    Must...

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

(Andrew Lee, Photographer)Miramonte Varsity Tennis winners Liam Sullivan (left) and Leo Cardozo (center) won the Diablo Valley League (DAL) tournament in doubles, while Nishad...

Chevron’s Proposed Mini-Market

(Courtesy of Stantec Architecture)The Chevron located at 11 Orinda Way could see an update in the form of a new ExtraMile convenience market. The...

Lawsuits, Investigations and Violations Inside Orinda’s Troubled Nursing Home

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer) The Orinda Care Center, located at 11 Altarinda Rd, has spent the past two years in the headlines for accusations of negligence...

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

(Courtesy of Vanessa Hua)Scheduled for May 14, just in time for American Pacific American Heritage Month, Orinda Books welcomes Orinda book author, Vanessa Hua,...

Thursday Evening Food Trucks in Orinda Remain a Hot Topic

(Andrea Madison, Photographer)Taste of the World Market brings a variety of food trucks to the Orinda Community Center parking lot Thursday evenings.     Thursday...

City Council/MOFD Address Orinda’s Need for Wildfire Prevention Plan

    The Orinda Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (SSTOC), which was established by the City Council in 2021 to provide advice on Measure R...

Goat Weed Abatement Done Naturally

(Stacy Crinks, Photographer)     When it comes to weed abatement in the Orinda Oaks Park, the City is not kidding around. An organic alternative to...

Get Ready for Orinda Action Day

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)These enthusiastic youngsters cleaned the Village District during the 2018 Orinda Action Day.     With COVID cases on a downward spiral, the City...

Orinda Rotary Spring Egg Hunt

(Rodney Lal, Photographer)     Orinda Rotary and the City of Orinda hosts its annual Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12...

Around Town: Orinda News Briefs

(Courtesy of Orinda Academy) Nancy Rowland is Orinda Academy’s new Head of School for the 2022-23 school year. ONE Orinda Makes Progress Towards Helping Others   ...

Senator Glazer’s Bill SB 21 to Support Youth Mental Health

(Courtesy of Graham Wiseman) Taken in 2011, the Wiseman family (L-R) Graham, Nicole, Colin and Caroline at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI, was celebrating...

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan: Progress on Various Pressing Issues

(Courtesy of Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Office) Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan joins the Legislative Women’s Caucus on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento during a press conference...

Actor Marilu Henner Next to Perform at the Orinda Theatre

(Jeff Katz, Photographer)Live at the Orinda Concert Series features Marilu Henner, who brings her one-woman show, "Looking Back, Moving Forward" to the Orinda Theatre, March...

New Insurance Model Engages Both Insurers and Homeowners

    As extreme weather becomes the new normal, the insurance industry has been thrown into chaos all over the country. No one is a...

Around Town: Orinda News Briefs

Road Closures for Sewer Line Replacement on Camino Sobrante    Contra Costa County Sanitary District will close Camino Sobrante weekdays March 2-25 and March 28...

City Council Looking at Downtown Rezoning and Housing Needs

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer) Orinda Theatre Square is a hub of activity within the family-oriented city. Mixed-use and residential design standards will be established for the...

Around Town: Orinda News Briefs

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Shuttered since early 2020, Bank of America is permanently closing the Orinda branch and ATM March 22. Bank of America Officially Closes Orinda...

Food Bank Donations

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has a donation food bin located at the Orinda Library rotunda, which will...

Dennis Fay Takes Reins as Mayor Effective Dec. 14

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Dennis Fay was sworn in as Mayor of Orinda Dec. 14, 2021 and has set fire prevention as his number one priority.    ...
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