Orinda March 2020 Takeout/Delivery Service

(Charlie Jarrett, Photographer)Baan Thai offers delivery. Here is a list of Orinda restaurants offering takeout or delivery.(Prepared by City of Orinda staff after reaching out...

Orindans Spring Into Action in Face of Virus

(Contributed Photo)City officials, schools and local businesses have taken steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus by cancelling events and encouraging people to...

Residents Would Likely Back Sales Tax Increase, Survey Finds

(Courtesy of City of Orinda)Graph from Orinda Survey.     A survey of a sampling of Orinda voters found support for a one-cent, general-purpose sales...

Council Expected to Set ADU Rules

Courtesy of City of Orinda     The City Council could soon make some binding decisions on the hot-button issue of granny units after receiving...

Police Blotter – April 2020

Feb. 9 through March 7 Calls for Service911 Hangup: 15 incidents.Abandoned Vehicle: 2 incidents.Accident Injury: 1 incident.Accident Property: 4 incidents.Alarm, False: 89 incidents.Animal Control PD...

Volunteers Needed to Collect Leaves

    Calling all volunteer nature sleuths: The first weekend in May is your opportunity to collect and record locations of symptomatic bay leaves...

Virus Fears Prompt Cancellations, Precautions

(Contributed Photo)City officials, schools and local businesses have taken steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus but cancelling events and encouraging people to...

What Is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

*All Information in this section is taken directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from...

Orinda Citizen of the Year/William Penn Mott, Jr. Awards Postponed

The Orinda Citizen of the Year/William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award Ceremony scheduled for March 22 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled in...

Pads4Pets Founders Receive Award

(Contributed Photo)Pam and Gary Schroeder received a local Jefferson Award from KPIX.     Orinda residents Pam and Gary Schroeder who for seven years have...

School District Pondering New Tax

    Expecting to be operating in a deficit next year, Orinda school district officials are exploring the possibility of a new parcel tax. ...

City to Conduct Survey for Off-Site Parking for BART Commuters

    Hoping to offer some relief to BART commuters, the city is considering partnering with private entities and churches to use their empty...

Sales-Tax Survey Results Expected at Mid-March Council Meeting

    The results of a survey of 400 Orindans asking if a half-cent sales tax should be extended and raised another half-cent to...

New Bill Targets Short-Term Rentals

(Cindy Powell, Photographer)Sen. Steve Glazer (center) surrounded by city officials. (L-R) Police Chief David Cook, City Council Member Inga Miller, Vice Mayor Amy Worth...

EMBUD Pipeline Project Set to Begin

    La Encinal Road is expected to be closed from early April to early June as the year-long Westside Pumping Plant and Pipeline...

Grateful Donor Helps Expand Services at Adult Respite Center

(Contributed Photo)LARC benefactor Gina Vadnais says staff member Cookie Ragen (left) “has been such a vital part of the program” and motivated Vadnais’ husband...

EBMUD Plans Year-Long Road Closures for Upper El Toyonal

(Courtesty of EBMUD)This map shows the location of the future Westside Pumping Plant and Encinal Regulator, as well as the scope of the planned...

Senators Introduce Bills to Protect Sick, Elderly During Power Outages

    City officials are weighing in on a series of bills co-introduced by Sen. Steve Glazer that would, among other things, protect vulnerable...

Non-Hosted Short-term Rentals Banned at Least Until November

    Non-hosted short-term rentals are prohibited in Orinda at least until November while the City Council considers permanent regulations, including possible zoning code...

Farmers’ Market Now Year-Round

    Fresh vegetables and fruits, not to mention delicious crepes and jams, will now be available year-round as the popular Orinda Farmers’ Market...

Infrastructure, Sales Tax are Top Priorities of Orinda’s New Mayor

(David Dierks, photographer)Orinda’s City Council recognized the work of outgoing mayor Inga Miller as she handed the reins to fellow City Council member Darlene...

Planning Commission Postpones Vote on Wilder Memory Care Home

(Photo Courtesy of City of Orinda)This project area map shows the location of the proposed CountryHouse Memory Care facility in Wilder.     After more...

Chamber Explains What’s Next After Going Virtual

    Making use of technology and saving money were what led the Orinda Chamber of Commerce to suddenly shutter the group’s downtown office...

Orinda Icon Shares Health Secrets

(Sally Hogarty, photographer)Jeanne Dowell’s passion for yoga and teaching is shared with daughter Dana Dowell (standing), author of the book Yoga Girl.     While...

Businessman Receives Mayor’s Award

(David Dierks, photographer) Mo Mashhoon (L) received the 2019 Mayor’s Award of Excellence from Inga Miller for his efforts in jumpstarting the renewal of downtown...

Council Bans 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 Road...

Quick-thinking Family Foils Terrifying ‘Virtual Kidnapping’

    Kasey Byrne was home in Orinda on a Saturday morning when she answered her cell phone from an anonymous caller. She heard...

Fire Officials Conduct Controlled Burn at Wagner Ranch Nature Area

(Jason Wood, Photographer)MOFD firefighters drip fuel on a designated section of land as part of the controlled burn completed on oct. 20, the first in...

Orinda to Poll Residents on extending Half-cent Sales Tax

    Orinda plans to poll residents early next year to gauge support for extending a half-cent sales tax that was established in 2012.  ...

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...
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