Proponents' flyers state this tax is only for residential roads. Despite what Measure J supporters say, there is no contractual demand within Measure J stating this Bond money will only be used for residential roads.Read More
Over the past several weeks Orinda Watch has shared with our readers why we think Measure J is NOT the right way to fix the roads. It’s indisputable that the City Council / Citizen Infrastructure Oversight Committee (CIOC) have dropped the ball on this issue for years and their dereliction of their responsibilities has left our roads in terrible shape. We have been clear in all of our communications that we want to fix the roads and we understand that substantial costs are involved which regrettably for the most part will have to be borne by Orinda residents--likely through a variety of revenue sources.Read More
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