Council OKs El Toyonal Closures; Mayor Opposes Housing Bill

(Contributed Photo)Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project     Traffic disruptions along segments of El Toyonal will last through October as EBMUD upgrades and replaces water...

Planning Department Survey Finds Discontent with Downtown

(Courtesy of City of Orinda) Part of city staff's presentation on the Downtown Precise Plan, this image show words which represent survey responses to what...

Sometimes it Takes a Village to Lower Cost of Home Insurance

(Ken Light, Photographer)Embers from the 2017 Tubbs wildfire in Santa Rosa blew from a nearby "very severe" wildland into this urban development, devastating it...

Virus Takes Bite Out of City Budget

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Empty playgrounds, canceled classes: The Parks and Rec programs sustained the most losses under the coronavirus.     The city is facing a...

City Wants to Recheck Voter Pulse on Sales Tax Ballot Measure

    In light of COVID-19, city leaders want to know what residents think now about extending the half-cent sales tax.    A pre-pandemic...

Hundreds Gather, Walk in Support of Black Lives Matter

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Protest organizers and Orinda residents Tatiana and Neil Pretlow(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Colleen and Landon Naldoza (Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) (Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Haley, Gracie and Jennifer Lafarce...

Looting in Orinda Village

(Morgan Weiss, Photographer)     Computer Software and Hardware had its front door and window busted, approximately 15 laptops, several larger computers and other items...

Local College Students Peacefully Protest

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)     Ariana, Emma and Aidan (no last names given) spent June 2 holding up protest signs in Orinda's downtown area. All...

City, Fire District Gear up for Fire Season as Inspections Loom

(Ken Light, Photographer)The Moraga-Orinda Fire District chipper crew works corner of Via Farallon and La Cuesta.     As fears about the upcoming fire season...

Private Effort Launched to Test all Lamorinda Senior Care Residents, Staff

(Mimi Bommarito, Photographer) A message on an Orinda sidewalk says it all.     An ongoing joint effort is underway in Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette...

Fire Prevention: How Homeowners Need to Get Ready for MOFD Inspections

(Melanie Light, Photographer)The result of a weekend of work – trimming trees and removing dead wood – is ready to be chipped and hauled...

City Council Approves New Accessory Dwelling Unit Rules

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) An accessory dwelling unit is under construction on Moraga Way.     Conforming to California state law, the City Council unanimously approved height,...

Orinda BART to be Closed Weekends Through July 5

(Contributed Photo)     Critical track components near the Orinda BART Station are being replaced, requiring weekend closures.    The Orinda BART station is scheduled...

Shutdown Takes Toll on Retailers, Restaurants

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Paul Jones and Ulises Santiago package vegetarian quinoa salads from Fourth Bore for delivery to John Muir Hospital staff.     An...

Fourth of July Traditions Fall Victim to Virus

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)The popular Fourth of July parade held in past years has become one of the victims of the coronavirus. Organizers are considering...

Making Masks and Other Ways Volunteers Find Ways to Help

Previous Next     Orinda residents of all ages mobilized their talents to battle the coronavirus pandemic, many making quite a departure from the skill sets...

Deadly Outbreak Hits at Home

    Orinda felt the wrath of COVID-19 when the Orinda Care Center, a nursing home with a history of recent infractions, suffered a...

Orinda BART Station Closures Planned

(Contributed Photo)     Critical track components near the Orinda BART Station are being replaced, requiring weekend closures.    The Orinda BART station is scheduled...

Check in with Chambers

    For information on businesses and other updates during shelter in place, contact your local Chamber of Commerce (click on the logo below):

Following the Virus

(Courtesy of Contra Costa Health Services)    Up-to-the minute information on COVID-19 cases in the state and Contra Costa County, as well as local resources,...

How the City is Conducting Business During Shutdowns, Shelter in Place

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)The Orinda Community Center, like all city buildings, was deserted after events were canceled.     Across the counter, face-to-face...

Firewise: Yardwork During Shelter in Place

    Despite the shelter in place order, homeowners still need to get their properties ready for the upcoming fire season.     On...

Cartoon – May 2020

School Fundraising Groups Unite in New Foundation

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     After years of research, evaluation, and collaboration, the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) has agreed to join the parents’ clubs...

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...
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