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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OrindaCandidate for City Council

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Inga Miller

Attorney/Business Owner
6,145 votes (34.03%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Renew Downtown in a way that retains Orinda's charm, improves parking and restores amenities.
  • Continued progress on the Orinda Roads and Drainage Repair Plan with a particular eye to assuring that drainage repairs are made to ensure road repairs last.
  • Maximizing resources for public safety and youth through strong fiscal oversight and collaboration with our school districts and our fire district.



Profession:Orinda Business Owner/Small Business Attorney
Attorney, Miller Property Law (2015–current)
Attorney, Timken Johnson LLP (2010–2015)
Parks Commissioner, Orinda Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2011–2013)
Newspaper Reporter, The Modest Bee (2003–2008)
Newspaper Reporter, Bay Area Newsgroup (2000–2003)


Southwestern Law School Juris Doctor , Two-Year, Accelerated SCALE Program (2010)
University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor of Arts, Politics (1999)
Miramonte High School High School Diploma (1995)

Community Activities

Board Member, Las Trampas School, Inc. (2015–current)
Board Member, Commercial Real Estate Women East Bay (2015–current)
Editorial Board Member, Contra Costa Bar Association (2016–current)
Graduate, Leadership Contra Costa (2014–current)
Deer Valley Law and Justice Academy Advisory Committee, Contra Costa Bar Association (2011–2014)


As a third-generation resident, I had the great fortune of growing up in Orinda and benefiting from its bountiful recreational opportunities and excellent schools. Returning after college, I have lived in Orinda nearly all of my life, have served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, and operate my law practice downtown.

Before becoming a lawyer, I was a newspaper reporter and covered local government for nine years. I tracked civic leaders, their decisions and the outcome of those decisions in the short term and in the long term.  That experience has equipped me with an appreciation for the fact that the devil in every decision is in the detail.

I bring that detail-oriented approach to my work as a member of the Board of Directors of Las Trampas School, Inc., serving our developmentally disabled community and as a member of the Board of Directors CREW East Bay, working to bring parity to women in the commercial real estate professions. This dedicated approach is necessary, not only for effective decision-making within our own city, but also to forge and foster relationships with our sister agencies, BART, our school districts and our fire district to assure that we are maximizing our transportation resources, assuring that Orinda continues to be a place where education thrives, and making Orindans as safe as possible both at school and at home.  

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times

Elected Officials (8)

  • State Sen. Steve Glazer
  • Orinda City Councilwoman Amy Worth
  • Orinda Mayor Victoria Smith
  • Orinda City Councilman Dean Orr
  • Acalanes Union School Board Member Susie Epstein
  • Orinda City Councilwoman Darlene Gee
  • Bart Director, District 3 Rebecca Saltzman
  • Orinda School Board member Carol Brown

Individuals (120)

  • Liv and Bruce Milan
  • James Brovelli
  • Bob and Maryett Thompson
  • Jackie and Gordon Smith
  • George Eckard
  • Pam and Chris Severson
  • Larry Mishkin
  • Judy and Jud Hammon
  • Elle Hoffnagel
  • Laura and Josh McDowell
  • Kirsten and Craig Larsen
  • Rebecca Verity
  • Alex and Emily Waterbury
  • Richard Westin
  • Bill Wadsworth
  • Mani Jeh Zarif Zadeh
  • Joanna Truelson
  • James Phillip Wright
  • John and Bobbie Wilson
  • Tom and Cinda MacKinnon
  • George and Marie Zizer
  • Molly and Ben Young
  • Scott Yancey
  • Wilson Wendt
  • Hollie Webster
  • Charles Vollmar
  • Lynn and Tom Trowbridge
  • Jeremy and Laura Tieman
  • Rich Thompson
  • Le Tran Thi
  • Carol and Tom Sueoka
  • Roger Squier
  • Andrew and Emily Stoddard
  • Jay Solmonson
  • Martin and Noelle Spittler
  • Wick Smith
  • Shauna Simmonds
  • Kenneth Silbert
  • Ralph Severson
  • Steve and Gena Schwartz
  • Pat and John Robertson
  • Kathie Rupert
  • Mark Roberts
  • Manoochehr Rahmanian
  • Peggy and Jim Quirk
  • Kit and Allan Prager
  • Carolyn Phinney
  • Kersti and Bill Peter
  • David Penskar
  • Ryan Pedroni
  • Carol and Mark Penskar
  • Laura and Nick Pavlovich
  • Norman and Janet Pease
  • Daniel Palmerlee
  • Julie Oliver
  • Michael Nevitt
  • Eileen Nevitt
  • Eartha Newsong
  • Terry Murphy
  • Marilyn and Mark Morris
  • Stefanie and Steve Murphy
  • Justin Michaels
  • Drew and Hadley Mickel
  • Gengxin Miao
  • Lindsay Mauceli
  • David and Pam McDowell
  • John Markley
  • Audrey Mao
  • Anthony Malutta
  • Jennifer and Jason Lurie
  • Peter Locke
  • Charles Levine
  • Dana Leahy
  • Larissa and Nick Kosla
  • Jim Landau
  • Kathleen Kolman
  • Leslie Johnson
  • Phyllis and Gilbert Jay
  • Cara and Tim Hoxie
  • Jackie and Bruce Horowitz
  • Ben and Sarah Holzemev
  • John Henstrand
  • Peter Hattersley
  • Darlene Hattersley
  • Helen and Peter Hasselman
  • Tish and Steve Harwood
  • Haydee Gustetick
  • John Goyak
  • Brent and Laurie Goetzl
  • Dennis Gee
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Kellyn and Glen Gagon
  • Kevin Friedman
  • Cassandra Forth
  • Monica and Graeme Fitzsimmons
  • Jill Fernald
  • Jessica and Ethan Elkind
  • Hap and Diane Eames
  • Alison and Eric Drasan
  • Linda Doran
  • Nancy Dickmeyer
  • Darien and Don Destino
  • Soshana Chazan
  • Susan and Richard Curry
  • Sylvia and Tim Carter
  • Karen and Robert Burt
  • Bruce Burrows
  • John Bower
  • Doris and Bob Bergman
  • Jordan and Lindsay Beck
  • Sandy Barnett
  • Ian Baird
  • Julie and Bob Athayde
  • Sandy and Dave Anderson
  • Former Orinda School Board Member Linda Landau
  • Former Orinda School Board President Pat Rudebusch
  • Former Orinda Mayor Tom McCormick
  • Former Orinda Mayor Bill Judge
  • Former Orinda Mayor Bobbie Landers
  • Former Orinda Mayor Sue Severson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Nine years as a journalist followed by law school and, finally, operating a law practice in Orinda and serving on the board of directors for both Las Trampas School, Inc. and CREW East Bay has equipped me with two skills above all others for effective leadership and management: Listening, followed by consideration of each perspective presented.  I am dedicated to bringing a balanced, thoughtful and objective ear to each issue Orinda faces because that is how good decisions are made.  

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