In Orinda, the City Council faces two key issues: Keeping the community financially afloat as city income dwindles and finding a way to fix horribly dilapidated roads the city inherited when it incorporated in 1985.
On both issues, the council regularly taps the knowledge of highly educated residents by forming advisory committees and then seriously listening to their suggestions. But, on roads, a minority of dissident voters has blocked progress.
Twice, the council has asked for approval to float bonds to fix the streets. Twice the vote fell just a few percentage points short of the required two-thirds approval. This election, the council is trying to jump-start the repairs with a sales tax increase.
It would be hard to fault this council's hard work, unless you're Linda Delehunt, an education policy advocate and three-decade city resident who has run a disappointing campaign of rumor-mongering without factual support. She's challenging incumbents Steve Glazer and Victoria Smith.
Delehunt also objects to the council granting city staff authority to approve public works contracts under $50,000 using an informal, state-approved bidding process. To us, it seems like a reasonable policy to hold down costs and speed completion of small repairs.
Orinda's City Council and municipal government function well and harmoniously. We recommend that voters re-elect Glazer and Smith to ensure that continues.
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