This website is designed to:

A) Inform Orinda residents of the status of their road system and the options to improve it.

B) Provide the resources to create a financing (tax) plan which will:

  1. Bring all of our roads, not just some of them, up to good condition in a reasonable time frame:
  2. Provide funds to maintain the system for a reasonable time period after they are repaired; securing the tens of millions of dollars spent on repairs.
  3. Provide tax funds in an equitable manner across the community; not put the majority of obligation on a subset of Orinda taxpayers.

The website is provided by Orinda resident Steve Cohn. It includes the collective thoughts of the Orinda Roads Action Group but opinions on the viability of the City’s June 2016 ballot measure for a $25 million bond are strictly that of the website owner.

The last survey of Orinda’s roads (December 2014) showed that out of 93 miles of roads in Orinda, 32 miles were in Very Poor (Failed) condition and 23 miles were in Poor condition. For one of the wealthiest communities in the Bay Area, this is unacceptable.

In November of 2015, the City set the goal that ALL roads should be brought up to acceptable (rated Good; in excess of a 50 PCI) conditions and estimated that it will cost $80 million to accomplish this by 2022. In addition, it was estimated that after the roads are repaired, it will cost at least $3 million per year to maintain them.

The City has raised $35 million of the needed funds but requires an additional $45 million to complete the repairs and $2 million more per year than the City has in its budget to fully maintain the system after the roads have been improved. 

At its February 16, 2016 meeting, the City Council agreed to a plan to ask the voters to approve an additional $25 million bond measure (Measure L) in June. This plan has many shortcomings and risks. It ignores many of the other options for funding repairs and maintenance. This website believes that the community should reject this proposal and demand a plan which will fix all the roads; maintain them after they have been repaired; and do so with a tax scheme which is fair to all tax payers.

The City still has funds (Measures J and L) to continue repairs for two more years. It has the time to take a breath and engage the community in designing a plan which will truly fix and then maintain our roads with taxes which are equitable and affordable.

This website describes how the City arrived at the cost estimate to repair and then maintain the roads; the pros and cons of four funding options available to pay for the repairs and maintenance; and gives a recommendation for an equitable and feasible funding plan. It also includes a survey for residents to voice their opinion on the direction Orinda should take to fix its roads after better understanding the options as presented in this web site.

We hope you find this site useful and gives you the information to engage the City in creating a community plan which will bring our roads to a condition we can be proud of. Feel free to submit questions or comments which will be posted in the Q&A section.