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Meeting notes: Orinda City Council

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 5:13 pm in Uncategorized.

Quick hits from last night’s long session at the Orinda Library…

Martin Engelmann of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority gave the council a presentation on the Plan Bay Area “Initial Vision Scenario.” As in Lafayette last month, staff, council members and some residents were not happy with the amount of new housing units proposed for Orinda: 1,920. Engelmann said he does not believe the IVS is feasible — it admittedly does not take local constraints into account, only capacity. The folks behind the One Bay Area plan, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, are working on developing five “detailed scenarios” that officials believe will represent a more realistic allocation of population growth over the next 25 years.

Councilwoman Amy Worth gave a final report on the year of discussions with Moraga and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District about the district’s funding. Folks from FAIR were there to encourage the council to form a citizen’s task force to continue looking into their claim that Orindans subsidize Moragans fire service. The council declines, with Worth the only member in favor of a task force.

Continued discussions on the budget. Here’s my story from earlier this week. Staff said the deficit in the second year of the two-year budget dropped by $89,000 after union representative Peter Finn found an accounting error during negotiations earlier that day. Finn told the council the error causes him to question the rest of the numbers in the budget and asks if an outside party can audit the budget. City employees repeated their position that they are willing to make concessions to help the city budget but only if there are no layoffs. That could become a sticking point in negotiations, as the city budget includes eliminating a planning staffer.

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