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BIG MONEY AND ORINDA’S CITY-COUNCIL RACE; POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST EMERGES

BIG MONEY AND ORINDA’S CITY-COUNCIL RACE; POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST EMERGES

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 to Miller and…

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BIG-MONEY, PRO-DEVEOPMENT INTERESTS DOMINATE ORINDA’S CITY-COUNCIL RACE

BIG-MONEY, PRO-DEVEOPMENT INTERESTS DOMINATE ORINDA’S CITY-COUNCIL RACE

The traditional power brokers who have dominated Orinda politics for years have made substantial financial contributions to two candidates for the Orinda City Council:  Darlene Gee and Inga Miller. Contributions to Ms. Gee and Ms. Miller have come from individuals who are associated with real-estate development projects.  In addition, both Ms. Gee and Ms. Miller have received donations from contributors located outside of Orinda. Ms. Gee and Ms. Miller are running for two open city-city council seats.  Two other candidates…

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RUBBISH COSTS SOAR IN ORINDA

RUBBISH COSTS SOAR IN ORINDA

Victoria Smith will be leaving the Orinda City Council in December 2016. In August, Ms. Smith decided not to seek re-election to a fourth consecutive term on the city council. What will not be leaving along with her are the very high, garbage-collection fees that Orindans pay. In her 2012 campaign for the city council, Ms. Smith received contributions from special interests associated with garbage collection. Ms. Smith was elected to the city council in November 2004 and took office…

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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 last…

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BRUCE LONDON, MD, CANDIDATE FOR THE ORINDA CITY COUNCIL

BRUCE LONDON, MD, CANDIDATE FOR THE ORINDA CITY COUNCIL

SEEKS MORE OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT AND WANTS TO PRESERVE ORINDA’S SEMI-RURAL ENVIRONMENT 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 interview in a private Orinda home, Dr. London said that Orinda is…

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SPECIAL-INTEREST MONEY DOMINATED ORINDA’S JUNE ROAD-REPAIR BALLOT MEASURE

SPECIAL-INTEREST MONEY DOMINATED ORINDA’S JUNE ROAD-REPAIR BALLOT MEASURE

By Richard Colman Massive spending — more than $35,000 — by special interests and highly influential Orinda residents dominated a $25 million June 7 ballot measure to fix the city’s roads. The road-repair measure, known as Measure L, passed by obtaining a 68.38 percent “yes” vote out of 9,552 ballots cast.  To win, a 66.67 percent “yes” vote was needed. According to documents obtained from the Orinda City Clerk’s office, supporters of Measure L contributed $22,455 between January 1 and…

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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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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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