City of Orinda est 1985
 O rinda Outlook 

For the week of April 18, 2016

       By City Manager  

      Janet S. Keeter

Public Works and Engineering Services
2015 Annual and Measure J & L Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Last week the paving contractor, Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc., completed paving activities on Valley Drive and Canon Drive, except for the turnaround pocket at Canon Drive that will be paved this week. The contractor also performed small repairs on Donald Drive and Woodland Road.

Also last week, the contractor started working on Camino Sobrante. The roadway treatment that is being applied to this street is Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) and small sections of Mill and Fill. Currently the street is down to base grade. This week the contractor will apply the first lift of hot mix asphalt (HMA) to Camino Sobrante. The paving activities on Camino Sobrante are scheduled to be completed the last week of April.

Camino Sobrante is the last street of the 2015 paving project. Once the treatment to this roadway is completed, the contractor will work on other items such as striping, AC dikes, utility cover adjustments, general clean up, etc.


Citizens' Infrastructure Oversight Commission (CIOC) -
The CIOC held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  At the meeting the Commission discussed and approved the 2015 Annual Report to the City Council and reviewed and approved the roads selection for the 2017 Annual Paving Project (funded by Gas Tax and County Sales Tax).  Both of these items will be presented to the City Council at the next Council meeting on April 19.
Roads and Infrastructure Web Page -  The City recently updated the Roads and Infrastructure tab on our website at The new page will make it easier to find current project status, the City's road and drains plan for the future and past studies and data on our roads and drains.  Click Here to access the new page!
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings 

Art in Public Places  Committee - CANCELLED
Monday, April 18, 2016 3:30pm 
May Room, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC)
Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Sarge Littlehale Room, City Hall
22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563 

City Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00pm 
Library Auditorium, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

City Council - Budget Study Session
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:30am 
Library Auditorium, Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Planning Commission - Special Meeting
 Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:00pm
Room 7 Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Citizens' Infrastructure Oversight Commission
  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:30pm  
Sarge Littlehale Community Room
City Hall, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563
Parks and Recreation Commission
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
28 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563    

An American Ascent : Internationally Acclaimed Documentary
Free screening at the Orinda Library Auditorium
April 20, 2016 at 7 pm
AN AMERICAN ASCENT is a feature documentary about the
First African American expedition to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali. 
In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy by encouraging inner city kids to get outside. An American Ascent is a feature documentary from producers Andy Adkins, George Potter and James Mills, about the first African American expedition to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali. 
Expedition member, Scott Briscoe, will introduce the film and speak about his on-going work with the National Outdoor Leadership School to help connect all Americans to the wild places that help to define our nation.
The nation's wild places from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas belong to all Americans.  But not all Americans use those resources equally. A staggering number of Americans do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. 
In 2013 the National Outdoor Leadership School set out to achieve an ambitious goal.  They aimed to put the first team of African-American climbers on the highest peak in North America, the Alaskan mountain called Denali.   Nine climbers set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color.  Their gripping beautifully filmed story is involving, challenging and worth viewing.
Free and open to the public. First come, first seated. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library, in partnership with the Orinda Association.
For more information, contact the library at 925-254-2184 or email

  This year, the Orinda Association (OA) is sponsoring its Second Annual
"Volunteer Fair" on Saturday April 23rd, from 9 am to noon, in the Orinda Library Plaza

 The OA is inviting anyone curious about volunteering to drop by the Library Plaza and connect with representatives of many Orinda services and nonprofit groups, including the Orinda Arts Council, the Orinda Junior Women's Club, the Orinda Historical Society and Museum, the Friends of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, Orinda Rotary, Orinda Chamber of Commerce, and many more.
These groups are seeking help from a wide range of potential volunteers, from high school students through seniors. Service groups like Orinda Rotary and Orinda Juniors will have membership information.
Plus, the OA will have information on its own Volunteer Center programs - including volunteering as a driver for its popular Seniors Around Town (SAT) program, the Fourth of July, as well as volunteer information on the many organizations throughout Lamorinda.
So come and drop by to check out volunteer opportunities here in Orinda!
Finance Department  


The City has several sources of revenue for its General Fund.  Property tax is the primary source but the City only receives seven cents (seven percent) for every dollar in property tax.  For example, an Orinda resident who owns a home assessed at $850,000 pays about $8,500 in annual property tax.  However, the City only receives about $595 of that property tax for City services.


The big news from Environmental Health this year is that placarding will begin April 15, 2016. Inspectors will post the placard when they conduct a routine inspection at a food facility after April 15. In approximately one year, we anticipate all food facilities will have received a placard.

More information about placarding, including videos about the placarding program and How to Get a Green, can be found by visiting the website:
Orinda Farmers Market
Morning Market & Music - Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm
Friends of Orinda Creeks for Orinda Action Day 2016
Help us clean up San Pablo Creek 

With your help, we will clean up trash and remove invasive plants along
San Pablo Creek in Downtown Orinda. 

When:   Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 
Where:  Meet at our booth in front of the Library. 
Wear:  Long pants and a hat. 
What to bring:  Bring gloves if you have them. Other tools will be provided. 

Planning Department    
    • Continued Public Hearings:
      • o   7 Oak Flat Road - A continued public hearing to consider Design Review, Tree Removal Permit and Elevated Deck Permit applications to allow a new two-story 4,170 adjusted square foot, single-family residence on a vacant 34,000 square foot parcel - ACTION: Design Review, Tree Removal & Elevated Deck permit applications were approved as well as the adoption of the Statement of Official Action by a majority (4-2) vote. 
  • New Public Hearings:
    •  Five (5) Lots at Wilder (Davidon Homes) - A public hearing to consider Design Review applications for new single-family residences on Lots 90, 91, 100, 101 and 102, and Elevated Deck Permit applications as part of the proposed new single-family residences on Lots 100, 101 & 102 in the Wilder subdivision - ACTION:
      This item has been continued to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission.
    • 50 Boeger Ranch Road - A public hearing to consider a Design Review application for a new, 4,840 square-foot, single-family residence, Elevated Deck Permit for proposed 508 square-foot elevated deck, and an Exception Permit application for a patio wall within the required front setback that is an average of six (6) feet in height, with a maximum of 13 feet in height, where four (4) feet is required, on Lot 72 of the Wilder subdivision -
      ACTION: Design Review and an Elevated Deck Permit application as well as an amended Statement of Official Action (to reflect the Planning Commission's  denial of the Exception Permit application) was approved by a unanimous (6-0) vote.
The Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Planning Commission will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Library Auditorium, located at 26 Orinda Way  
  • SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 7, Community Center located at 28 Orinda Way
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review and make recommendations to the City Council on the adoption of the proposed 7 th amendment to the 2005 Development Agreement (DA) for the Wilder Project. The proposed DA amendments include: (1) Revisions to the process for reviewing and acting on applications for Design Review Approval for new homes in the Wilder Project; (2) Incorporation of the provisions governing development of new homes in Wilder, which are currently set forth in multiple documents, into a single document, the Wilder Residential Development Standards; (3) Relocation of the Art & Garden Center to Wilder Park and associated amendments regarding costs for the facility and plan approval; (4) Permitting placement of soil from grading home sites on the current Art & Garden Center site and development of a trailhead respite area at this site;(5) Installing artificial turf on Playfield 4; and (6) Permitting development of second units in the Wilder Project.
    • 412 Camino Sobrante -
      Design review for demolition of >50% of walls on an existing one-story 2,685 adjusted square foot residence and construction of a two-story 5,983 adjusted square foot residence on a 0.59 acre parcel.  The application includes removal of two protected trees and an exception permit for home square footage that increases the floor area ratio to greater than 20%.  
    • 20 Via Las Cruces (Fire Station #43)
      Design Review, Exception Permit, Encroachment Permit, General Use Permit and Sign Permit applications for the replacement of existing Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) Station 43 with a new 5,002 square foot station. The project along with a Temporary Fire Station was conditionally approved (6-0) at the September 25, 2012 Planning Commission Hearing. The project application today does not include the Temporary Fire Station and has made changes to the project to satisfy the conditions set by the Planning Commission. Additionally, the Tree Removal Permit that was approved with the initial project application will be considered separately.
    • 12 Via Las Cruces -   General Use Permit and Sign Permit applications for a 1,080 square foot temporary fire station located in the northern parking lot of St. Stephen's Church. The temporary fire station will serve as the 24 hour operational fire station 43 located at 20 Via Las Cruces. This is a temporary structure for 12-18 months, and will keep a semi-fully functioning fire station in the neighborhood as the permanent fire station is under construction.  
    • 98 Diablo View Road Design Review application request for a 1,453 square foot addition. The addition will create a new 1,157 square foot second story above the existing garage, a 139 square foot hallway to attach the existing lanai, and a 127 square foot, ground floor addition for the stairs leading to the second story.
    • 30 Marston Road - The Planning Commission approved plans for a new 3,737 adjusted square foot single family home at 30 Marston Road on March 24, 2015. As a condition of approval, the Planning Commission required that the applicant submit a construction management plan to staff for review prior to issuance of building permits. The Planning Commission also required that neighboring residents be given 10 days to provide input on the construction management plan.
    • 27 Donald Drive - Revocable Encroachment Agreement and Exception Permit for the construction and maintenance of a 5-foot 11-inch high fence in the public right-of-way, located a maximum of two (2) feet beyond the front property line and setback approximately 8 feet to 9 feet from the Donald Drive edge of pavement.
    • 18 Ichabod Lane - Two-phase addition to existing single-story residence, including 500 square foot entryway and living room addition, and 933 square foot kitchen, bathroom, family room and dining room addition.
    • 20 Via Las Cruces - 33 Trees are proposed for removal for the construction of a new fire station at subject property. The majority of the trees to be removed are not protected trees, the one protected tree is a Redwood Tree located within a water channel setback on the south side of the proposed structure. The tree would likely suffer severe root loss as it is located near the proposed construction. Additionally, all but one of the trees proposed for removal have been previously approved for removal through permit application TRP-2012-009. The additional tree is a 6-inch Oak that is located near a proposed retaining wall and will be affected by grading.


Orinda Restaurant Tour - Dining Alfresco is back this Spring on Tuesday April 26, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm The event will be held throughout and about Theatre Square in downtown Orinda with most of the new and favorite Orinda restaurants providing samples of some of their finest offerings to tour participants who want to "taste" Orinda at its finest all in one, easy walking tour.    

Come enjoy your favorite places and discover the latest editions to Orinda dining scene. The event is also a social occasion with music, and mingling with friends. Dessert and coffee served starting at 7:00pm. The Tour is sponsored by the Orinda Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35 and will benefit the Miramonte Boosters Club, for more information, go to  

 Parks and Recreation  
Playground Improvements
City maintenance staff rep laced three separate  sections of playg round deck ing with  beautiful red wood boards. When you co me for a visit it will be easy to spot the new additions to the 2 to 5 year-old tot lot. There were a few young, captivated onlookers as this project progressed and they continued to remain interested throughout the  whole process.
Extended Trips Added to Trip Program
The Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to begin adding extended trips to the current trip program. City staff have started to collaborate with Premier World Discovery, an innovative company focusing on senior group travel. They are currently working with other communities throughout the Bay Area. 
Learn about a 2016 Sedona Holiday tour and a 2017 Spring Training trip to Arizona at an informational meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Orinda Community Center in Room 8.  A representative from the tour company will be here to share the tour highlights and answer any questions you may have. For more information please call (925) 254-2445.    
Instructor Spotlight with Rebekah Younger

Rebekah Younger began working with the arrangement of interiors, or interior decorating, from her interest in installation art and creating a setting to view her contemplative videos, while completing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College.  She noticed how a space is arranged affects how people feel in that space and how much attention they give to their experience.
Out of her desire to bring beauty and harmony into people's lives, she began her interior decorating business, inSite Contemplative Design. Her business provides home staging and interior decorating services, serving residences and businesses in the East Bay. She also began her more than 30 year professional art career as a picture framer and gallery owner, later developing her own line of knitwear, which she sold at fine craft fairs as Younger Knits. Working with color, proportion and placement has always been at the heart of her artistic practice. 
For fun, Rebekah likes to wander the streets, taking pictures of the beauty found in everyday life, along with the joyful practice of flower arranging. She is an avid Japanophile and has studied Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, for years.  She is currently a student of Soho Sakai.  In keeping with her lifelong love of the cultural heritage of Japan, she is also a Buddhist practitioner, though her current practice is within the Tibetan tradition. 
All these practices come together in how she teaches her classes, encouraging her students to bring an attentive and inquisitive mind to their experience and working with their materials. Enriching simplicity and appreciation of our world are part of the elegance she seeks to invoke through her classes and her work with clients.  It is possible to do so much with what we already have to enhance our homes and lives.  Students may discover the power of placement and attention to the details of their homes makes life a bit more enjoyable as a result of this class.
Rebekah Younger's Interior Decorating: The Fine Art of Arrangement begins the week of May 2.
This three-week course is the perfect inspiration to enhance your spring cleaning and create a whole new atmosphere in your home. Register for Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., reference barcode 21291, or Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., reference barcode 21292. Register online by clicking here and searching for the applicable barcode or call (925) 254-2445. To learn more about Rebekah visit her website at .
Orinda Chamber of Commerce and the Orinda Rotary present the
Orinda Trivia Bee
The Trivia Bee will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, located at 66    St. Stephens Drive.  The cost is $360 per team (up to 6 people per team), which includes a family style dinner. Doors open at 5:00pm and dinner will be served at 6:00pm,  the game is on at 7:00pm sharp!

Winners take a cash prize for the nonprofit of their choice. Reserve your table today, only 16 tables are available. Purchase your table online at For more information call 254-3909, or email
Orinda Police

April 10, 2016 to April 16, 2016 
Calls for Service
To see calls for service locations, please visit  
Theft from Vehicle - April 10, 2016 - 50 Block Berkeley Ave.
Report concerns unknown suspect(s) opening victim's unlocked vehicle and taking items totaling $885.00.
Auto Burglary - April 11, 2016 - 10 Block Camino Sobrante
Report concerns unknown suspects smashing the rear window of victim's vehicle and taking his briefcase containing an I-Pod touch.
Petty Theft - April 12, 2016 - 30 Block Orinda View
Report concerns unknown responsible(s) taking mail out of the mailbox. A nearby surveillance camera captured the associated vehicle, a silver Scion leaving the area.
Grand Theft - April 13, 2016 - 40 Block Singingwood Ln.
Report concerns unknown suspect(s) taking two packages off of the porch of victim's home. Approximately $1,084.99 worth of items were in the packages when taken.
Auto Burglary - April 14, 2016 - Rite Aid
Report concerns victim's passenger front window being broken in the Rite Aid parking lot in Orinda and a purse taken from front seat.
Warrant Arrest - April 14, 2016 - 10 Bevmo Parking Lot
Report concerns the arrest of suspect for an outstanding warrant out of San Francisco County. Suspect was contacted during a welfare check in the Bevmo Parking lot.
Theft from Vehicle - April 16, 2016 - 120 Block Goodfellow Drive
Report concerns unknown suspect(s) taking approximately $350.00 USD and a garage door opener from victim's unlocked vehicle as it was parked in the driveway.
None Reported
Drug Take Back Day

The Orinda Police Department is participating in the DEA National Take Back Initiative
designed to collect and safely dispose unused prescription drugs. 
The event will take place from
10:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the
Orinda Police Station located at 22 Orinda Way
The Take Back Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.
As well as participating in the Take-Back event, the Orinda Police Department/City Offices maintain a prescription drug collection bin at City Hall that can be used all year around.  The collection bin is accessible Monday through Friday during business hours. 

Orinda rated as 9th Safest City in California for 2016!

Janet Keeter
City Manager
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