Three Former Miramonte High School Students File Lawsuit Claiming Negligence and Sexual Abuse

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Jane Doe 2 is one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit recently filed against Miramonte High School and the Acalanes Union High...

Storm Waters Create Lake Cascade Waterfall

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)     Due to recent storms, Lake Cascade at Orinda Country Club (OCC) reached full capacity where, ultimately, club members released water, creating...

Meet The Orinda News’ New Executive Editor Kathy Cordova

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Kathy Cordova took the reins as executive editor of The Orinda News Jan. 1. She and her husband Jeff moved to Orinda a little...

New Local Office Electees Prepare for Upcoming Terms

(Kathy Cordova, Photographer)The City of Orinda honored outgoing councilmembers and welcomed newly elected councilmembers at a reception on Dec. 13 in the Orinda Community...

Possible Two New Firefighter Hires for MOFD but More Data Needed

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Captain-Paramedic II Michael Lacy (left) has worked with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District for 16 years, has been in the fire service for...

Facing Low State Funding, OUSD Considers New Parcel Tax

    Facing record national economic inflation and the second lowest per-student funding in the state, the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) is recommending a...

A Fitting Tribute to Orinda City Councilmember Amy Worth

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Orinda Mayor Inga Miller (far left), former Mayor Dennis Fay and City Councilmember Darlene Gee presented the City Council’s proclamation to Councilmember...

Housing Element and Downtown Precise Plan Move Forward

(Charleen Earley, Photographer)Orinda City Councilmembers started the city council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance on Nov. 1 via Zoom, before discussing the Housing...

Annual Hospice Tree of Lights and Parks and Rec.’s Holiday Tree Lighting

(Lou Landgraf, Photographer)Hospice East Bay members have cared for patients and their families in the Orinda community since 1977 and are proud to celebrate...

Amy Worth Retires from City Council

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Mayor Amy Worth in front of the Orinda sign at the Community Center.     Who would have thought fundraising for a children’s play...

Mixology Event Draws Hundreds to Orinda for Creative Cocktails

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Top winner Mixologist of the Year, Cynthia Songco from Casa Orinda, made the winning cocktail titled “Henny Penny” at table 13 at...

Edward Denny McClure Passes

    Edward “Ted” Denny McClure died of heart failure on Saturday morning, Nov. 5. Born May 16, 1947, he was the eldest son of...

Remembering the Late Laurie Rothermel’s Wonderful Life

(Terry Riggins, Photographer)Laurie Rothermel passed away Sept. 23, while vacationing in Portugal.     When longtime Orindan Laurie Rothermel hopped in the car to head to...

Remembering Stephen Arnon, Dedicated Public Health Physician

(Courtesy of Arnon Family) Dr. Stephen Soulé Arnon of Orinda, Oct. 14, 1946 – Aug. 17, 2022.     Dr. Stephen Soulé Arnon of Orinda died peacefully...

Long-time Community Advocate Pete Wilson Passes in November

(Courtesy of Wilson Family)A 58-year Orinda resident, Pete Wilson was instrumental in preserving Gateway Valley and establishing the Moraga Orinda Fire District. A passionate...

Will Rivers Run Through Us?

    A River Runs Through it was written by University of Chicago Shakespeare Professor Norman Maclean after his retirement. His memoir is a story...

Orinda’s City Council Candidates Respond to Issues in Public Forum

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Oct. 6, (L-R) Alex Drexel, Stuart House, Brandyn Iverson, Latika Malkani, Sunil Rajaraman and Janet Riley. Riley, who was recovering from COVID-19,...

Candidates for MOFD Speak on Issues Affecting District at Large

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Candidates for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) board of directors’ election spoke on Oct. 13 on topics relating to the district. (L-R)...

OUSD Candidates Vie for School District Seats at Public Forum

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)On Thursday, Oct. 13, the five candidates running for the three open seats on the Orinda Union School District’s (OUSD) school board...

Around Town: Orinda News Briefs – November 2022

(Courtesy of Steven Burchik)Author Steven Burchik presents “Compass and a Camera, A Year in Vietnam” for “The Vietnam War: Two Perspectives,” a free presentation...

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...
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