Orinda Watch has submitted a formal opposition to the city council and staff’s $20M road bond. Our statement has been accepted as the ballot argument in opposition to the measure. You can review the full text of our opposition, and of the measure proponent’s ballot argument, at the bottom of this message.Read More
On Tuesday, March 4, your City Council voted to propose a $20 million bond initiative that, when combined with other financing sources, would be available to fund repairs to some of Orinda’s roads. While we agree that the city’s roads are in desperate shape, and the city must take steps to ensure that our roads are brought to adequate condition, for the reasons we detail below and will discuss further in subsequent newsletters, unless the city becomes more transparent and engages its citizens as we describe below, Orinda Watch cannot support the bond initiative, and we recommend you vote no on this on June 3.Read More
There are times when we don’t know whether to laugh or cry, or simply be profoundly troubled by our current city council and staff leadership and how they think about the public they serve. This is one of those times.
This past Thursday evening, several of us attended the “State of the City” address by Mayor Sue Severson in the Orinda Library auditorium. The lack of attendance had to be a terrible embarrassment for the city council and staff. Sadly, it also suggests the lack of trust Orinda’s public has in its current leadership. While we’ll share our observations of the setting and the talk itself below, what was astonishing was what went along with the talk.Read More
Bureaucratic planners are preparing to impose a high-density, one-size-fits-all way of life on Bay Area residents, claiming their plan is required by state law. It isn't.
The scheme is called Plan Bay Area, a strategy to squeeze up to 78 percent of new housing and 62 percent of new jobs into just 5 percent of the region's surface area, over the next two decades.Read More