Massive distrust of the Orinda City Council is expressed in a new survey of Orinda residents. The survey, which was released on Dec. 15, 2013, shows that 63 percent of Orindans say they disapprove Orinda City Council performance. The survey asked Orindans: “Do you trust the members of the City Council to act with integrity in executing their responsibilities to serve the community?” Sixty-three percent answered “No.”
The survey was conducted by Orinda Watch, a group concerned with environmental and housing issues in Orinda. About 230 Orinda residents responded to the survey.
63% disapprove Orinda City Council
The survey asked Orindans to give their views on Plan Bay Area, a scheme to encourage local residents to move into high-rise, high-density housing (often called stack-and-pack housing) and get rid of their cars. In the same survey item, Orindans were asked to express their views on the Housing Element, a plan to construct 200 to 500 housing units for low-income individuals. Seventy percent of Orindans gave the city council a rating of “low” on this item.
On the matter of constructing luxury condominiums in downtown Orinda, 80 percent of survey respondents said they are opposed.
According to the survey, 53 percent of respondents said that crime is increasing in their neighborhoods.
More information about Orinda Watch can be found on the group’s Web site.