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.    ...

Hillary Clinton Attends Dedication Ceremony for Caldecott’s Fourth Bore

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)California Rep. Ellen O'Kane Tauscher's new memorial sign greets drivers heading from Orinda toward the Bay.     For many Bay Area commuters, the...

Seniors Around Town Receives Mayor’s Award

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Since 2005, the volunteers of Seniors Around Town (SAT) program have been helping Orinda’s seniors get groceries and meet doctor appointments. They...

Future of the Orinda Theatre – Orinda’s Entertainment Jewel

(Derek Zemrak, Photographer)Spencer Day, #1 Billboard artist/Jazz vocalist, performed at the Dec. 5, 2021 Live at the Orinda! cabaret series at the Orinda Theatre....

Past Wildfire Lessons Guide Us

    We’ve been living with wildfire in California for a few years now. As the power and destruction of the wildfires has grown, clearly...

Tree of Lights Honors Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) In past years, crowds of local residents have gathered in Village Square to watch the tree lighting. Unfortunately, this year will not...

Orinda Ballet Returns with Nutcracker

(Patricia Tomlinson, Photographer)     Under the direction of owner and Artistic Director Patricia Tomlinson, the Orinda Ballet Academy announces their annual holiday ballet with a...

Orinda’s Most Visible Landmark Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Derek Zemrak with his new book on his favorite movies flanked by advertisements for current and upcoming movies showing the diversity offered...

Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner a Stormy Night to Remember

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Award recipients and presenters (L–R) Richard Westin, Tom Trowbridge, Melanie Light, Pete Hasselman, Candace Andersen, Sue Severson, and Amy Worth were named...

Hollywood Stars Join Local Author at Film Premiere

(Charleen Earley, Photographer) Kristine Carlson (right), formerly of Orinda, with actor Heather Locklear at the Orinda Theatre Thursday, Oct. 14. Locklear plays Carlson in the...

Newly Appointed Police Chief Ryan Sullivan Takes Helm in Orinda

(Sally Hogarty, PHotographer)Police Chief Ryan Sullivan settles into his new role as Orinda’s top cop.     Ryan Sullivan was selected by City Manager David Biggs...

City Council Tackles Need for Affordable Housing

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)With its striking architecture and commanding view of Orinda Village, Monteverde Senior Apartments exemplifies a development project that includes affordable housing.     On Sept....

Officer Kevin Mooney Honored

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     On Sept. 8, residents from Orinda and Moraga lined Moraga Way to honor Moraga Police Corporal Kevin Mooney, who died...

COVID-19 Keeping Orinda Schools on Its Toes

(Courtesy of OUSD) Orinda Union School District Superintendent Aida Glimme said they’re closely monitoring every COVID-19 case among their student and faculty population. COVID-19 cases...

Police Blotter – October 2021

Calls for ServiceAccident Injury: 1 incidentBattery: 1 incident: Paintbrush Ln.Burglary, Auto: 1 incident: Moraga WayBurglary, Residential: 1 incident: Crest View Dr.Carjacking: 1 incident: Orinda...

Save Your House from a Wildfire

(Courtesy MOFD)This shrub is in compliance with the fire code. It is placed two feet from the structure and there is one foot of...

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...
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