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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 5

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Victoria Smith

1,857 votes (47.07%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To return 2 dedicated paramedics to Station 45 in downtown Orinda in order to decrease response times in North Orinda.
  • To create a savings fund to pay current and future pension obligations.
  • Ensure implementation of the Lamorinda Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan.



Profession:Mayor of Orinda/Attorney
Real Estate Attorney, Law Office of Victoria Robinson Smith (1995–current)
City Council Member, City Council, City of Orinda — Elected position (2004–current)
Mayor (2008, 2010, 2016), City of Orinda — Appointed position (2008–current)
Board Member/Chair, Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority — Appointed position (2005–current)
Board Member, Contra Costa County Family and Childrens Trust Committee. — Appointed position (2000–2004)
Planning Commissioner, City of Orinda Planning Commission — Appointed position (2003–2004)


University of California, Berkeley and Univ. of California, Hastings College of the Law BA, Univ. of California, Berkeley. JD, Univ. of California, Hastings College of the Law., Political Science/Law (1981)

Community Activities

Registered Adult Leader, Boy Scouts of America (1992–current)
Board Member, Strive for Change Foundation (2015–current)
Member, Orinda Chamber of Commerce (2000–current)
Parishioner , St. Stephens Episcopal Church (1988–current)
President/Board Member, Women's Section, Contra Costa County Bar Association (1997–2000)



Victoria Smith grew up in Silicon Valley and graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law. As an attorney, Victoria assists individuals and businesses in real estate transactions and dispute resolution. Victoria has been married for 38 years to Wick Smith, and they are the parents of Will and Daniel.


Twenty-eight years ago, when their children were small, Victoria and Wick Smith decided to move back to his home town of Orinda. They became involved in Scouts, OYA sports, and the schools. Victoria was a Parent’s Club board member at Sleepy Hollow, Wagner Ranch, OIS and Miramonte. Victoria moved her law practice to Orinda and became an active member of the Orinda Chamber of Commerce. Victoria served as President of the Board of the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and on the Contra Costa County Family and Children’s Trust Committee, for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.


Victoria served on the Orinda Planning Commission, and is currently on the Strive for Change Board, supporting job training for the working poor in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.


In 2004, Victoria Smith was elected to the Orinda City Council, where she has served three times as, and is currently serving as, Mayor.  Working together with the Community and the City, Victoria has:


  • Implemented the plan to fix Orinda’s roads and storm drains

  • Secured Funding for the Orinda Library

  • Implemented Two-year budgeting

  • Balanced every budget

  • Strengthened the City’s financial investment and reserve policy, resulting in a AAA City bond rating

  • Brought playfields and playgrounds to Wilder and Orinda Grove

  • Provided funding to increase police technology and reduce crime

  • Increased traffic safety

  • Established Public Art in Orinda.


Victoria has also served as a representative to the League of California Cities, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Contra Costa Transit Authority, Lamorinda Fee and Financing Authority, Orinda Audit and Finance Committee, as Liaison to the Orinda Chamber of Commerce, the Chair of the Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference and the Chair of the Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority.


Victoria has served as the City Council Liaison to the Moraga-Orinda Fire Board, and has worked with the MOFD, the Town of Moraga and the City of Lafayette, to create the Lamorinda Emergency Disaster Plan.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • MOFD Division 5 Director Alex Evans
  • State Senator Steve Glazer
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Elected Officials (16)

  • Moraga Vice-Mayor Dave Trotter
  • Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff
  • Moraga Town Council Member Teresa Onoda
  • Bobbie Landers, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Moraga Mayor Mike Metcalf
  • Acalanes High School Board Member Susie Epstein
  • Orinda Union School Board Member Matt Moran
  • Orinda Union School District President Julianne Rossiter
  • Orinda City Councl Member Amy Worth
  • Orinda City Council Member Dean Orr
  • Orinda City Council Member Darlene Gee
  • MOFD Director Fred Weil
  • MOFD Director Kathleen Famulener
  • Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller Robert Campbell
  • Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen
  • BART Director Gail Murray

Individuals (21)

  • David LIbby, Member, Orinda Traffic Safety Advisory Commission & CCTA
  • Nancy Kaible, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Linda Landau, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Riki Sorenson, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Pat Rudebusch, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Pamela West, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Terry Murphy, Chair, Orinda Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Commission
  • Carol Penskar, Orinda Finance Advisory Commission
  • Bob Burt, Former Member, Orinda Finance Advisory Commission
  • Karen Mendonca, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Allan Tabor, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Gene Gottfried, Former President, MOFD
  • Brook Mancinelli, Former Director, MOFD
  • Richard Olsen, Former Director, MOFD
  • Pete Wilson, Former Director, MOFD
  • John Wyro, Former President, MOFD
  • Laura Abrams, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Bill Judge, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Joyce Hawkins, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Sue Severson, Former Mayor, Orinda
  • Dick Burkhalter, Commissioner, Orinda Public Works Aesthetic Review Commission

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