The Orinda City Council continues to ignore the condition that 30 miles of roads serving 1,560 Orinda families are not maintained by the City. This is despite the fact that the City has declared road and storm drain maintenance an Essential Service. This letter objects to the ongoing practice of preventing any road which agrees to provide public access being declared "public" and then funded with public tax dollars.
MOFD Director Greg Baitx is one of three MOFD directors with ties to the employees labor union who are negotiating employee salary and benefits. As long as MOFD continues to give every available dollar to the employees, who currently cost the district over $400,000 a year each, there will be no funds available for other services; namely wildfire prevention. And as long as MOFD does not fund wildfire prevention services, Orinda must, and will not have the funds to maintain its roads.