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Private security working in Wilder, but spill continues on Highway 24

Published on February 2, 2022
Private security working in Wilder, but spill continues on Highway 24

On January 24, Nick Kosla and Amy Worth, members of the Wilder subcommittee, heard updates on issues that are of concern to Wilder residents. closure of the road to the yet to be completed Red Hawk staging area at the end of Wilder Road.

Bruce Yamamoto, representing Wilder Developer Brook Street, spoke to the subcommittee about the progress being made in disposing of the remaining property to the City of Orinda. “We’re a bit on hold,” he said, because of the weather. Heavy rain caused damage to trails and fire roads. Once things are fixed and settled, some land will eventually be deeded to the Wilder Owners Association, City of Orinda, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), East Bay Regional Parks (EBRP), and Orinda Geologic Hazard Abatement District. (GHAD).

Also, there was a holdup as a new Parks District employee requested that the T28 trail be rerouted to bypass some significant geological formations. The new layout, Yamamoto said, is extremely difficult, requiring the clearing of very thick brush on a very, very steep slope. “We’ve hiked the trail six or seven times,” he said, but it’s nearly impossible to build a trail there.

It’s worth wondering if the formation is serpentine rock, which happens to be the state rock of California. “In my experience,” she said, “people who hike this trail are very respectful.” Yamamoto added that even though the trail is diverted, people tend to find the path of least resistance. He suggested that perhaps the problem could be solved by adding educational signage. He also told the subcommittee that the developer OGLI did not want to hand over the staging area until the trail was finalized.

One of Wilder’s biggest issues right now is their concern about spilled building materials along Highway 24 near Wilder’s entrance. Worth said she had been in contact with Caltrans about the matter and after the subcommittee meeting she told Lamorinda Weekly she had had further contact with Caltrans, who promised to remove existing debris and work with the city toward a long-term solution to the problem.

Worth said she got out and examined the debris and identified it as clearly from road construction work, as it included both cement and asphalt. She pointed out that Orinda uses deep salvage, in which existing road materials are crushed on site and used as the foundation for the new road. However, Worth noted that while the problem of illegal dumping is relatively new to Orinda, it has been a significant problem in the Bay Area and California for years. In 2004, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors attempted to address the issue through legislation and funding. The dumping of construction debris in Orinda is definitely a new development, and Worth pointed out that it was illegal activity.

On another topic, Yamamoto said the Wilders Owners Association requested that bollards be placed at the very bottom of the emergency vehicle access road. The request for the bollards was approved just before the meeting, Yamamoto said, and construction was expected to begin next week.

Wilder resident Robert Finch had questions about the staging area: Who will be responsible for security, especially in the evening? City manager David Biggs explained that the EBRPD will be responsible for park security, although it remains to be determined who will be responsible for locking the chain on the access road when the staging area closes. He noted that most parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., but Orinda and Wilder residents prefer dawn to dusk. The EBRPD has a new general manager, and Biggs thought it would be good to let her settle into the job before overemphasizing the opening hours of an establishment that is not yet finished or open. . Generally, security is shared between the parks and the city.

Biggs also mentioned that the city is trying to hire another part-time parking enforcement officer, but like other cities, Orinda is having trouble hiring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, also due to the pandemic, Orinda’s current parking enforcement officer has postponed joining the military for a while.

Following a report from Police Chief Ryan Sullivan, Finch responded that while he was pleased to hear about the low level of criminal activity in Wilder, it could be because Wilder now employs security. private. In December, he reported, task force security stopped 20 suspicious vehicles in the middle of the night and ordered them to leave the area. Lynn Trowbridge, another Wilder resident, explained that Wilder has implemented a neighborhood program with block captains, radio contact through the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT), and other precautions. It was suggested that it would be beneficial for the IGS to report regularly to the Orinda Police Department, which would like to work with the existing neighborhood program. A new OPD officer has just been appointed as the neighborhood watch coordinator and he will work with the various neighborhoods of Orinda.