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The Icon, Volume 2, Number 1

The Icon, Volume 2, Number 1

Read the latest issue of The Icon: Bloody Broke on $200,000 a Year in Orinda – by Richard Colman Belly Fat & Movement – by Dr. Laura Pawlak Wine in Lamorinda? – By Richard Eber EDITORIAL: Bedeviled by Conflicts of Interest, Darlene Gee Should Resign from the Orinda City Council Read it all here in PDF form: The Icon Volume 2 Number 1

EDITORIAL:  Bedeviled by Conflicts of Interest, Darlene Gee Should Resign from the Orinda City Council

EDITORIAL:  Bedeviled by Conflicts of Interest, Darlene Gee Should Resign from the Orinda City Council

  Orinda’s voters must have elected officials who are free of conflicts of interest, especially any financial conflicts of interest. Sadly, Orinda City Council Member Darlene Gee has serious conflicts of interest that disqualify her from sitting on the city council. In view of these conflicts of interest, Ms. Gee should resign her seat on the city council immediately. During her 2016 campaign for a city-council seat, Ms. Gee, a vice president of the HNTB Corporation, an engineering firm, has…

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EDITORIAL: Local Control is Vital

EDITORIAL: Local Control is Vital

Doomed may be the best way to describe local control in Orinda and other California cities. For years, government forces in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. have been usurping power from local communities. Local control in Orinda is in such jeopardy that city-council member (and the city’s mayor for most of 2016) Victoria Smith, on May 26, 2016, wrote two members of the California State Legislature stating:  “The City of Orinda opposes the recently-released proposal by the Governor [Jerry Brown] to…

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Orinda is For Sale; High School is Overcrowded

Orinda is For Sale; High School is Overcrowded

By Richard Colman Piece by piece, the Orinda City Council has been approving the selling off of valuable land in the city. Powerful vested interests, using large sums of money, are destroying the semi-rural, village-like environment of Orinda’s cherished surroundings. New development is contributing to school overcrowding. Miramonte High School in Orinda is experiencing excessive enrollment.  The current school year has forced Miramonte teachers to share classrooms.  The Mirador, the school’s newspaper, reported on September 30, 2016, that ” ….

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Celebrate the Brain

Celebrate the Brain

By Dr. Laura Pawlak Thanksgiving and the many holidays that follow are joyful times to be with family and friends.  Holiday cheer, a positive emotion, can also provide the brain with healthful hormones and neurochemicals that improve brain function. Family traditions boost enjoyment of holiday gatherings.  In a recent series of studies in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, subjects described the customs they followed — along with those of their families — during holidays.  These activities were…

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Big Money May Have Influenced City-Council Race

Big Money May Have Influenced City-Council Race

By Richard Colman Relatively huge amounts of money were spent by the winners of Orinda’s city-council race. The winners, Darlene Gee and Inga Miller, spent, according to September 2016 and October 2016 reports released by the Orinda City Clerk’s office, more than twice as much as their opponents:  Bruce London and Linda Delehunt. Total candidate spending between the beginning Jan. 1, 2016, to Oct. 22, 2016, was $37,965, In percentage terms, 69 percent of the total city-council monetary contributions went…

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Bruce London, MD, Candidate for the Orinda City Council

Bruce London, MD, Candidate for the Orinda City Council

Bruce London, MD, Candidate for the Orinda City Council, Seeks More Openness In Government & Wants to Preserve Orinda’s By Richard Colman Bruce London, MD, now running for a seat on the Orinda City Council, wants more openness in city government. Dr. London, a 32-year resident of Orinda and a retired physician, says that Orinda is threatened by a “loss of local control.”  The State of California, he says, exerts too much control over local communities. During a late August…

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EDITORIAL:  Bruce London for City Council

EDITORIAL:  Bruce London for City Council

  “You have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing.  Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.  In the name of God go.” Those words were uttered by the English dictator Oliver Cromwell when he addressed the English Rump Parliament in April 1643. Cromwell might as well have been speaking about the majority of the Orinda City Council. With the notable exception of council member Eve Phillips, the city council, over the…

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Finding Felicity in Food & Work  

Finding Felicity in Food & Work  

By Dr. Laura Pawlak “Life Is Good.” These three words have blossomed into a worldwide slogan.  Why?  You feel good just reading the words. These days life elicits more worries than “happies.” Good times are short-lived and may be prone to addiction:  compulsive shopping with credit cards; eating comfort foods loaded with calories; drinking too much alcohol; or searching for drug dealers to soothe emotional or physical pain.  Sustainable happiness begins with the simple things:  the food you eat and…

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