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 O rinda Outlook 

For the week of July 11, 2016

       By City Manager  

      Janet S. Keeter

Public Works and Engineering Services
2016 Annual and Measure J & L Pavement Rehabilitation Project
The contractor Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. and City staff continue the process of executing the construction contract related to this project. The City issued a pre-notice to proceed to allow the contractor to start necessary pre-paving activities before the complete execution of the construction contract. The type of activities the contractor can start at this time includes: potholing, full depth reclamation (FDR) samples, survey monuments mapping and/or preservation, arborist consultation and minor clearing and grubbing.
The City, contractor and construction management consultant met with PG&E personnel to discuss the coordination between the paving schedule and the schedule of PG&E activities in Orinda. Since 2015, City engineering staff and PG&E engineers have been meeting on a regular basis to coordinate so that PG&E lowers their shallow underground gas lines at all the streets that will be paved in 2016. PG&E has experienced delays in their work plan and needs to keep up the pace with the City's contractor's pace. This coordination effort with PG&E is ongoing. The coordination with PG&E for the 2017 paving project started in January 2016.
Full construction activities are expected to begin in late July 2016.
North Lane Storm Water Mitigation Project
The contractor Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. continued the excavation of the launching shaft at the south entrance of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water treatment plant. From this shaft, the contractor will launch, via jack and bore method, the new 60-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) under and across Camino Pablo to North Lane and under EBMUD property to San Pablo Creek. The photos below show the progress of this excavation as of Thursday July 7 th at 9:00 AM.
Additionally, The Davey Tree Expert Company removed a valley oak tree located in public right-of-way, in front of 1 North Lane. A tree removal notice was posted on the tree in early May 2016. The photo shows the tree removal progress as of Thursday July 7 th at 10:00 AM.
This week the contractor will install a temporary creek diversion at the San Pablo Creek, on EBMUD and Orinda Country Club property, and initiate jack and bore operations from the launching shaft under EBMUD property to San Pablo Creek.
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PG&E Removes Multiple Transmission Towers and Power Lines in Orinda
Clear skies and unobstructed views will be in store for local residents after Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) removes seven transmission towers and approximately 4,300 feet of power lines from the Orinda skyline in July. The approximately 85-foot steel towers and power lines once transmitted 115 kilovolts of electricity to local substations, but are no longer required. 

"When in use, transmission towers and power lines are vital tools for serving our Bay Area customers safe and reliable power. However, Orinda is one of the Bay Area's most scenic communities and we are pleased to safely remove this decommissioned equipment and restore the natural aesthetics of this area," said Vic Baker, senior manager of PG&E's Diablo Division.

Construction begins the week of July 11. The removal of the towers and cables requires use of cranes and helicopters to safely dismantle and transport the equipment.  The towers are located near the following streets: Brookwood Road, Longridge Road, Oak Road, Stein Way, Lloyd Lane, Moraga Way, Sunrise Hill Road. 
PG&E crews will work in the area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the duration of the project, pending safe weather conditions.  There will be occasional traffic breaks during the helicopter work and flaggers will be in the area providing traffic control.  "We remind drivers to stay safe and not be distracted by helicopters overhead," said Baker.  
The project is expected to be complete by the end of July.
For questions, or additional information, please contact: 
  Tara Mortimeyer, senior electric outreach specialist, @ or 415-257-3401

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 24,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and
From the Office of the City Clerk

  Highlights from the
Orinda City Council Meeting of July 5, 2016,
 the City Council:
  1. Discussed issues related to a proposed Policy for the Display of Banners on City Poles in the Downtown.  Staff was directed to review policies of other jurisdictions and to report back with additional information.
  2.  Received an update regarding Code Enforcement Rules and Procedures for responding to complaints of Code Violations and Nuisances.
  3. Discussed options for regulating Taxi service based on possible changes to State law and interest from some jurisdictions in Contra Costa County to develop a County-wide Program.  The Council directed staff to continue to follow Assembly Bill 650 regarding regulation of taxicabs and to determine the most cost-effective means for regulating taxis that provide service within City limits.
  4. Affirmed that the duties initially assigned to the Public Safety Committee are being accomplished through other means and as a result of the proactive works of the Police Department and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.  The Council agreed to sunset this Committee.
On the Election front:
The City received official June 7, 2016 Election Results on Bond Measure L.  Measure L, which will provide $25 million in General Obligation Bonds to repair roads and storm drains in the City of Orinda, passed with 5,441 (68.48%) votes in support and 2,504 (31.52%) votes in opposition.

The Measure required passage by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure.  The City Council will adopt a Resolution declaring these results at their meeting on July 19, 2016.
Anyone interested in running for one of the two open seats on the Orinda City Council  to be voted on at the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election may take out the required candidate nomination papers starting Monday, July 18, 2016   .  All nomination papers must be completed and filed in person with the City Clerk no later than Friday, August 12, 2016  at 5 p.m.  
For additional information and/or to schedule an appointment,  c ontact 
Sherry M. Kelly, Interim City Clerk, at 925-253-4221 or e-mail
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings 
Planning Commission
Tuesday,  July 122016,7:00pm
Library Auditorium, Orinda Library
26  Orinda Way, Orinda,CA 94563 
Citizen's Infrastructure Oversight Commission
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6:30pm
Sarge Littlehale Community Room, City Hall
22 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Parks and Recreation Commission
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00pm
Community Center Room 7
28 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Art in Public Places
Monday, July 18, 2016, 3:30pm
May Room, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
Monday, July 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Sarge Littlehale Community Room, City Hall
22 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Historical Landmarks Committee
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 3:00pm
Community Center Room 7
28 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563
Finance Advisory Committee
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:00pm
Sarge Littlehale Community Room, City Hall
22 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563

Orinda's Downtown Parking Study - Update
On Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:00pm at a public meeting in the Orinda Library Auditorium, the City's parking consultant, TJKM presented their findings of the data collection done in early spring of this year.  
T he presentation by TJKM was a public meeting to present the parking data collection, TJKM's analysis, recommendations and the results of the survey.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the community to weigh in on the findings in advance of a final report to the Orinda City Council. 

From the inception of the Parking Study process, we have found that our BART representative Nicole Foletta, a Principal Planner has been a great advocate and partner.  She was included in Stakeholder meetings from the beginning of the project, and most recently applied for a Grant with the support of the City Manager, to initiate a new carpooling program at the Orinda Station.
Although attendance at the meeting by residents was minimal, the meeting was planned well in advance, widely publicized and at the request of attendees at previous meetings and responses from community members, the meeting was live streamed, and recorded.   
On Thursday, July 7th, staff received the 1st DRAFT of the Study from TJKM.  It will undergo a review process and when completed, will be presented to the Council for their input, direction to staff and next steps.
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) Open House

The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) invites you to their Open House on Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their headquarters and treatment plant location, 5019 Imhoff Place, Martinez. The free, family-friendly event will include live music, free food, giveaways, games, exhibits, big truck displays, tours of the treatment plant, and much more!  For more information, please go online to .  
Planning Department    
                                           Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00pm

  • 34 Charles Hill Road:The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and consider Design Review, Elevated Deck Permit and Tree Removal Permit applications for a new multi-level, 5,626 adjusted square-foot (6,026 gross) single-family residence on a 54,191 square-foot lot.NOTE: This item is has been recommended for continuance to the next regular meeting of the Planning Commission on July 26, 2016 at 7:00PM.
  • Lots 232 & 233 (Sleepy Hollow Lane):The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and consider Design Review applications for new single-family residences on Lots 232 and 233, and a Tree Removal Permit application to remove one Coast Live Oak tree on Lot 233 to facilitate construction of the single-family residence at 120 Sleepy Hollow Lane. The existing residence and tennis court, located on portions of both Lots, would be demolished.
  • Special Meeting of the Planning Commission Scheduled: A Special Meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:30PM in the Library Garden Room located at 26 Orinda Way. The purpose of this meeting is to provide training by the City Attorney regarding procedures, rules, regulations, and laws relevant to the Planning Commission. Topics will including the Brown Act (California's open meeting law), the California Public Records Act, due process requirements, ex parte communication, guidelines for use of City email, guidelines for professionalism, the Fair Political Practices Act, and other rules governing conflicts of interest.
  • 115 Coral Drive: Proposed 393 square foot elevated deck located in the rear yard.
  • 635 Cross Ridge Terrace: Proposed removal of one 15" Coast Live Oak tree located within the Orindawoods common area.

The 2016 Leadership In Sustainability & Green Building Awards are coming!

Nominate an outstanding individual or organization

Deadline is July 15th, 2016!

For more information, visit the nominations page!

 Parks and Recreation  
Gymnastics Camp Added to the Camp Schedule
Gymnastics and More camp has been added to the Choose Your Own Adventure schedule. This camp is designed to introduce young children to the sport of gymnastics. They will learn beginning gymnastics and tumbling skills, bar work, low balance beams, mini-trampolines, vaulting blocks, barrels and incline mats. Strength and flexibility exercises with fun and challenging games will also be introduced. Each day children will also participate in other group activities, relay and circuit races, and during the child's rest time they will explore a variety of craft projects and other hands-on activities. 
This camp is for children 4 to 7 years of age and will be held the week of August 1 through August 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This camp is not currently listed in the Summer Camp Guide or the Spring/Summer Activity Guide. To register  click here  and search for barcode 21827 or call (925) 254-2445.
Upcoming Wisdom Workshop
Senior Peer Counseling is dedicated to providing individual counseling to offer emotional support through life's problems, and challenges such as depression, fear, loneliness, suffering the loss of a loved one, health changes, or isolation. It's available to individuals 55 years of age and older who live in Contra Costa County. Join presenter Joyce Martin, PsyD-Licensed Clinical Psychologist, during the Senior Peer Counseling Wisdom Workshop on Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Orinda Library, Garden Room to see how this program can help you, or someone you know. 

Dr. Joyce Martin has overseen this program for over 4 years. This program is under Contra Costa County Health Services and provides free and confidential counseling and can take place in your own home. Services are provided by trained volunteer counselors. The volunteers use their combined life skills and experience along with training received by professionals, to provide help and attention for issues or concerns with respect and confidentiality.  Senior Peer Counseling is also looking for volunteer counselors who can use their life skills and experiences to assist others. If you are facing challenges that are difficult to cope with on your own, attend this informative workshop. This workshop is free and open to the community; registration is not required.
Crime Prevention 
The Moraga Police Department will be sharing how you can best protect yourself and your home from residential crimes during the next Lunch 'n Learn. According to, in Moraga there is a 1 in 94 chance you will become a victim of property crime, and there is a 1 in 86 chance you will become a victim in Orinda.  

Residential Crime Prevention
is scheduled for Friday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hacienda De Los Flores in Moraga. Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is required. To register  click here and search for barcode 21355 or call (925) 254-2445.
Partnership with local High School Students will enhance programs for Seniors 
Juniors4Seniors is a group of high school students who volunteer their time by providing meaningful services to their communities with a focus on providing support for seniors.

The goal of this group of motivated students is to build connections with the community and create intra-generational relationships. Co-Managing Directors, Reagan Tierney and Mary Kate Henderson, will be on hand to assist seniors with computer skills, social media, arts & crafts, social events and much more here at the Orinda Community Center. Look for more information soon!
Summer Tunes in the Park 
Thank you to the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation, with support from the Orinda Community Foundation and City of Orinda, for providing the wonderful Tuesday evening summer entertainment.  What the Funk is up next with their R&B/Soul/Disco/Rock performance on July 12 with  Streetdogs Food Truck serving Chicago-style hot dogs to those with an appetite. Community members are invited to the Orinda Community Park, located at 28 Orinda Way, to relax and unwind with this wonderful evening entertainment.
July 3, 2016 to July 9, 2016
Calls for Service

For Information on Crime locations visit and type in Orinda

Residential Burglary - July 3, 2016 - Overhill Rd.
Report concerns unknown suspect(s) entering into victim's residence through an unlocked rear sliding door. The suspect(s) stole a TV, keys, and a gift card. The suspects fled the area in a blue or black Mercedes.
Vandalism - July 4, 2016 - Miramonte High School
Report concerns an anonymous citizen calling to say a window is broken at the front Administration building of the Miramonte High School. It is unclear what broke the window.
Arrest - Possess Controlled Substance - July 5, 2016 - Orinda Way
Report concerns the arrest of a suspect for possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglary tools.
BART Police Department  -   No Incidents Reported

Summer is here, but it's not too early to get your tickets to
fall's biggest community-wide party benefitting the
Orinda Starlight Village Players
and a variety of other Orinda charities! 
Dancing with the Cars
kicks off the Orinda Classic Car Show weekend
 on Friday, September 9th and will be held this year at the Orinda Country Club. 

The party theme is "The Italian Job," so naturally will feature an exclusive showing of hopped-up and heist-ready Mini-Coopers,
as well as some magnificent Mazeratis and fabulous Ferraris.   

Compari-infused cockails, a hearty Italian dinner, silent and live auctions,  
and dancing to Dino (of course!) is included.
Seating is limited and the party is always a sellout!   
Tickets are $110.00 per person until August 15 ($125.00 thereafter)  
bring your friends and purchase a table for 12
 at $1,200.00 until August 15 ($1,400.00 thereafter). 

Orinda Farmers Market
Morning Market & Music - Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2, 2016 
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. 
It furthermore provides an opportunity to bring people and police together.
Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts 
and other community events with safety demos, seminars,
 youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

Thousands of communities nationwide will be supporting the
"33rd Annual National Night Out" 
(NNO) emergency, crime and drug prevention events 
and getting to know your neighbors. 
Janet Keeter
City Manager
We would like to hear from you!
Send your comments or questions to:
or call 925-253-4291