City of Orinda est 1985
 O rinda Outlook 

For the week of July 4, 2016

       By City Manager  

      Janet S. Keeter

Public Works and Engineering Services
2016 Annual and Measure J & L Pavement Rehabilitation Project
Last week the contractor Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. and City staff executed the construction contract related to this project. This process requires that the contractor to provide evidence of insurance and City staff to review this documentation. It is expected that this construction contract will be completely executed by mid-July 2016.

Construction of this project is expected to begin in late July 2016.

North Lane Storm Water Mitigation Project
The contractor Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. began construction activities. The first order of work was to relocate several underground utilities at the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water treatment plant property to allow the excavation of a launching shaft. From this shaft, the contractor will launch, via jack and bore method, a new 60-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) under and across Camino Pablo to North Lane and under EBMUD property to San Pablo Creek.

This week the contractor will initiate excavation of the launching shaft at the EBMUD treatment plant and will install project signs. In addition, The Davey Tree Expert Company will remove 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 construction manager is ANCHOR Engineering.

Santa Maria Park & Ride Lot Stabilization Project
The City has advertised the Santa Maria Park & Ride Lot Stabilization Project for bids. At the May 31st City Council meeting, the Council authorized the advertisement of bids for this project.  The project consists of stabilizing a portion of the Park & Ride Lot on Santa Maria Way by installing concrete piers. The work also includes repaving part of the parking lot and re-configuring the handicap parking spaces to meet current standards. Bid opening will be on July 12th. Construction is expected to start in August or September and will last approximately 2 months.
City Council Meeting July 5, 2016 - Agenda Item Highlights:
  • Introduction of Carolyn Seaton, Orinda Unified School District Superintendent
  • Policy for Display of Banners on City Poles in the Downtown
  • Code Enforcement Update 
  • Taxi Regulations through a Contra Costa County-Wide Program
  • Public Safety Committee Status and Proposal to Affirm that Duties are being completed using other Resources and to Sunset the Committee
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings 
City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7:00pm
Library Auditorium, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563

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
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
From the Desk of Chief Nagel

Slowdown Lamorinda Campaign
The Slowdown Lamorinda campaign, is in full swing and officers have dedicated time in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga over the past few weeks in an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of speeding through narrow, windy and congested roads and overall traffic safety.

The recent Orinda operation resulted in 38 moving citations and one arrest for a driver with an outstanding warrant. As the summer continues, officers from all three cities will continue rotating jurisdictions. This cooperative effort has been successful in past years and has helped to improve overall safety.
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    
June 28, 2016  at 7:00pm
Orinda Library Auditorium
26 Orinda Way 
  • Lavenida Lane Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map 9260
    • Request for 24-month extension of the Lavenida Lane Vesting Tentative Map (VTM 9260) which is currently scheduled to expire on December 5, 2016.  If granted by the Planning Commission, the expiration of VTM 9260 would be extended to December 5, 2018.
      • ACTION:  The extension was granted by a majority.
  • 412 Camino Sobrante - 
    • A public hearing to consider a Design Review for
      demolition of >50% of walls on an existing one-story, 2,865 adjusted square foot residence, construction of a two-story 5,983 adjusted square-foot single-family residence and Tree Removal Permit for the removal of two protected Valley Oak trees.
      • ACTION: The Design Review and Tree Removal Permit applications were approved and the Statement of Official Action was adopted by a majority (3-2) vote.
  • 30 Charles Hill Circle
    • A public hearing to consider a Design Review, Elevated Deck, and Tree Removal Permit applications for a new 4,726 adjusted square foot single-family residence.
      •  ACTION: The Design Review, Elevated Deck and Tree Action was adopted by a unanimous (5-0) vote. Removal Permit applications were approved and the Statement of Official was adopted by a unanimous (5-0) vote.
  • 34 La Vuelta 
    • A public hearing to consider a Design Review, Elevated Deck, Exception, and Tree Removal Permit applications for a new multi-level, 3,402 adjusted square-foot, single-family residence. The proposed garage will be located 4 feet from the front setback, as measured from the right-of-way and not the front property line, where according to ยง17.4.7, Steeply-Sloping Front Yard, a minimum 15-foot setback is required for garages. The proposed development also involves the removal of 11 protected trees and a replacement of tree shrubs that are equivalent to 25 trees. 
      • ACTION: The Design Review, Elevated Deck and Tree Removal Permit  applications were approved. The front-yard setback and maximum retaining wall height exceptions were approved; however, the exception for building maximum height was denied, and the Statement of Official Action was adopted by a majority (4-1) vote. 
  • 68, 66, 62, 65,67 & 69 Windy Creek Way
    • A public hearing to consider Design Review applications for six new multi-level, single-family residences on Lots 186, 187, 188, 199, 200, and 201, and two Elevated-Deck Permit applications on Lots 200 and 201, in the Wilder subdivision
      • ACTION: The Design Review and Elevated Deck Permit applications were approved and the Statement of Official Action was adopted by a unanimous (4-0) vote.
The next Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00PM
 in the Library Auditorium located at 26 Orinda Way
  • 20 Irwin Way -  Historic Landmark Application to designate a California & Nevada Railroad Train Trestle as a Historic Landmark. This trestle is located on Orinda Senior Village property and marks where the first train to Orinda passed through.
  • Wilder Lots 174, 176, 177 (Monkeyflower Lane) Three new single-family residences ranging from 2,453 to 4,441 square feet (adjusted) on vacant lots in the Wilder subdivision. Two of the proposed residences (Lots 176 and 177) also include Elevated-Deck Permit applications.
  • 93 La Espiral T he applicant has applied for a Hillside Grading Permit in addition to the Design Review for an Encroachment into the Public Right-of-Way application and Exception Permit to replace failing retaining walls as well as widen and regrade existing driveway to improve access. The Hillside Grading Permit is required as grading is being done further than 30' from the existing residence on a lot with an average slope greater than 15%.
  • 81 Moraga Way
    - Master Sign Program to allow signage for the multi-tenant building at 81 Moraga Way. Two signs for the existing Supercuts and Smiley Nail Spa would be included in this program. The signs would read "Supercuts", and "Smiley Nail Spa", respectively. Both signs would be located above the building frontage for their respective businesses facing Moraga Way.
  • 630 Greystone Terrace -   Design Review and Elevated Deck Permitapplication for a 981 square foot addition to an existing single family residence, and expansion and change in footprint of an existing elevated deck from 1259.5 square feet to 1406 square feet.
  • 57 Bobolink
    Exception application to allow a 785 square-foot, single-story addition (which includes a 440 square foot garage) to an existing single-family residence, to be located up to 6 feet, 9 inches from the side yard property line with street frontage (Manzanita Drive), where 15 feet is the minimum required by Orinda Municipal Code Sec. 17.4.2.   
  • 61 & 63 Orinda Way (Annual Classic Car Show)
    Orinda Classic Car Show on Saturday, 
    September 10, 2016
    . The event will require the closure of Avenida de Orinda and Orinda Way between Camino Sobrante and the Country Club Plaza Parking Lot that day from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The car show will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day.
 Parks and Recreation  
Family Bonding in the Orinda Community Park
Continue your Fourth of July celebration with two fun-filled family evenings this week. The Floorshakers will perform Funk Soul/Rock N' Roll songs on July 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Park located at 28 Orinda Way. Enjoy tacos and more with the El Ranchero taco truck and wine tastings provided by the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association. Concerts in the Park are sponsored by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation, with support from the Orinda Community Foundation and City of Orinda.
The  second fun-filled family evening will be held on Thursday, July 7 with Hotel Transylvania 2 . Drac and his pack are backand this time they are trying to keep his daughter and grandson from leaving the hotel. The movie will begin at dusk in the Orinda Community Park and is presented by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation with support from the Orinda Community Foundation and the City of Orinda. many options for Teens this month
Each year, Summer OuTeens participate in a wide variety of adventures throughout the month of July. Teens will be participating in the Adrenaline Rush this week which includes trips to City Beach Rock Climbing, Six Flags and AT&T Park.
Don't miss the opportunity to get your teens out of the house this summer. Each week consists of 3 trips along with 2 days of camp at the Orinda Community Center playing games, working on art projects and having fun! Teens can register for either individual trips or attend camp the entire week. Review the information below to see what is planned for the rest of the month. For additional information about this program look for Teen OuTeens in the Summer Camp Guide or call (925) 254-2445. 
Week 2 - Splish Splash
Tuesday, July 12
Scandia Fun Center
Wednesday, July 13
SF Chinatown
Thursday, July 14
Week 3 - Under the sea
Tuesday, July 19
Jelly Belly Factory Tour
Wednesday, July 20
Oakland A's Game vs. Astros
Thursday, July 21
Week 4 - A Trip to outer space
Tuesday, July 26
Sky High
Wednesday, July 27
Fisherman's Wharf Tour
Thursday, July 28
Senior Outing to San Francisco
Explore ancient collections of art and artifacts during this month's Senior Trip to the Asian Art Museum on Friday, July 22.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to tour exhibits featuring Chinese Lacquerware, Extracted: A Trilogy by Ranu Mukherjee, and Emperor's Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The trip cost includes museum entry and transportation. Transportation for Senior Trips is generously funded by the Orinda Community Foundation. For more information click here and search for barcode 21352 or call (925) 254-2445. 
In a continuing effort to look for ways to reduce residential burglaries and property crimes, the Orinda Police Department is interested in ways that technology can provide assistance toward this endeavor. Over the past few years, Police departments have learned a very typical pattern burglars use when looking for a home and it usually starts at your front door. The pattern is to ring the doorbell or knock on the front door to see if anyone is home. When no one answers, that is a green light to walk around the back and break in. Statistics show that 80% of crime starts at the front door and most burglaries occur during the day when homes are unoccupied.
An ideal tool to combat these residential burglaries, package thefts and other types of suspicious behavior around your home are video camera doorbells. These cameras simply replace your doorbell button and can provide you with instant alerts when someone is at your front door even when you are not home. Plus, the recording capability allows Police to quickly identify suspects as they can be captured on video by using your home Wi-Fi as a connection. We have been very successful in the past in identifying and apprehending suspects based on security footage from camera devices in and around the home. Finally, having the ability to see who is at the door and speak through the speaker before opening the door is always a wise policy.
There are many makes and manufactures including Ring, SkyBell, August Doorbell, Ctronics and others. Do some research, read the reviews and consider all of the options. I have recently been advised Ring is offering a $25 discount by using a promo code "11orinda" should you be interested in that brand. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Orinda Police Department with any questions.

Crime Statistics
June 26, 2016 to July 2, 2016
Calls for Service

For Information on Crime locations visit and type in Orinda

Residential Burglary - June 26, 2016 - Ironbark Ct.
Report concerns unknown suspect(s) entering the victim's residence through an unlocked side door while they were sleeping. A wallet was taken from the kitchen area of the home. The suspect(s) left through the roll up garage door after rummaging through two unlocked cars, taking loose change and the garage door remote. The suspect(s) used V's credit card at several stores in Pleasant Hill and Concord.
Theft from Vehicle - June 28, 2016 - LaCuesta / Kite Hill Road
Victim was parked on La Cuesta and forgot to lock the vehicle. When the victim returned, it had been rummaged through. Approximately $256.00 worth of items was taken from the vehicle to include an Apple I-pod.
Auto Burglary - June 28, 2016 - W/B Hwy 24
Report concerns an auto burglary where items taken included a vehicle manual and insurance documents. The responsible(s) also tampered with the vehicle by cutting the hood release cable and electronic wiring harness for the fuel injection.
Grand Theft - Bicycle - July 2, 2016 - Theatre Square Parking Garage
Report concerns an unknown suspect(s) taking a bicycle from the bicycle rack on the back of victim's vehicle.
Auto Burglary - Orinda Station 7/2/16 1552 hours
A victim reported that entry was made via the rear window of her Honda CRV while it was parked in stall #851.

Reminder:   Be a good neighbor

With summer in full swing, Orindans are spending much more time outdoors working and     playing. To ensure that all can enjoy their properties in peace and quiet, the City established noise regulations that limit noise to 60 decibels with specific criteria and exceptions for: construction projects; yard work with power equipment; golf course maintenance and private clubs. The chart summarizes the days and times during which these activities are allowed to occur with the associated penalties for violating the code.  To report a violation of the noise ordinance, please call the Police Dispatch at 925-284-5010.

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
Janet Keeter
City Manager
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