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Category: Volume 1 – Number 3

REPLACE THE PROPERTY TAX

REPLACE THE PROPERTY TAX

Toward the end of September, Orinda residents, as well as residents of other part of California, will be receiving their 2016-2017 property tax bills. What they will also be receiving is an example of economic tyranny. In Orinda, the property tax on a $1 million home is likely to be $117 to $220 more in 2016-2017 than the property tax of the previous interval (2015-2016). The higher tax rate is the result of Orindans’ passing Measure L, a $25 million…

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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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AND THE WINNER IS … THE GRAPE

AND THE WINNER IS … THE GRAPE

Nature introduced our ancestors to the first sampling of wine about 10 million years ago. As fruit ripened and fell to the earth, a natural process of decomposition occurred. Microbes in the soil turned fruit sugar into a simpler component, ethyl alcohol.  Some curious, hungry ancestor, eating the decaying fruit, probably rejected the taste, but loved the altered state of mind.  A sophisticated version of nature’s process, called fermentation, was perfected, producing wines that delight the palate as well as…

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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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