I’m Latika. I’ve lived in Orinda for sixteen years, have guided three kids from Del Rey to Miramonte, and have both pride and gratitude for all that we enjoy in this incredible slice of the world that we call home.
Like many of you, I have spent countless hours volunteering and leading many Orinda community events—supporting the schools, swim teams, local baseball, scouting, local dance and arts, high school debate, and youth leadership and charitable organizations. In my professional life, I have served on boards of several nonprofit organizations, including six years serving on the Board of a large nonprofit health care organization with an annual budget several times that of our City. Practicing law for over twenty years has taught me that to be productive, one must engage all stakeholders in transparent solutions. As a business owner, I understand the need to budget and plan, taking action that is forward thinking and sustainable.
I’m running for Orinda City Council because I believe Orinda wants accountability, transparency, and community, and I am the candidate who most authentically offers a platform based on those values. Orinda may be a “small” city, but with creativity and will, we can thoughtfully expand our resources, our budget, our services, and our quality of life experience.
I favor smart, sustainable growth: creating a vibrant downtown that helps existing small businesses thrive, while cultivating attractive new businesses and community spaces that excites our residents to shop local and mingle downtown. I will prioritize wildfire mitigation and increased collaboration between the City and our local fire district, working together on a well-communicated plan to keep us safe. I will continue to build infrastructure, including fixing all our roads and drains, but with greater coordination between agencies so that residents are less inconvenienced. I support City Council accountability and transparency, with more town halls and other efforts to increase and welcome community engagement. Finally, but importantly, I believe that there is value to equity and justice, and I support data-driven, thoughtful reform of police practices and meaningful steps to build an inclusive, happier community.
I would be honored to represent you.