Other cities have hired specialists and consultants to address their out-of-control costs. What can Orland do? This post will make some observations and recommendations about Orland’s future financial management. It appears to me that the Orland City Council needs to make much better use of our very capable and knowledgeable …

16 May 2013  City Government

Great News!!! Dollar Tree Stores have given approval for their planned store in Orland. This is a huge step in the right direction, but there are still some details to work out.
The store is planned for the Stony Creek Shopping Center, alongside the new Grocery Outlet store. The decision by …

26 April 2013  Business News

After a recent post regarding Orland’s PERS “side fund” — the common name for the city’s debt obligation of more than $2 million — I received an email question from Angus Saint-Evens: How, when and why did this PERS side fund debt occur? Early in his career Angus was City …

26 April 2013  City Government

Finally, after more than a month with no activity, there has suddenly been a lot happening in preparation for a future opening at the ARCO am pm in Orland. Recently, I was taken on a tour of the remodeled building by Balwinder Mehroke, owner of the Orland ARCO am pm …

12 April 2013  Business News,City Government

In last week’s post, about the Orland City Council considering options for the vacant city-owned building at 824 Fourth Street, I concluded by saying that I hope our leaders focus on repaying Orland’s nearly $3 million in existing long-term debt. This week, at the 4/2/13 Council Meeting, Mayor Gee requested that I …

5 April 2013  City Government

Next Tuesday 4/2/13, the Orland City Council will discuss options for the vacant city-owned building at 824 Fourth Street, the former location of Scotty D’s Discount Market. These are the three options proposed by City Manager, Pete Carr: 1. Demolish the building and build a new 3,000-square-foot, $500,000 Orland City …

29 March 2013  City Government

Two days ago I met for coffee with Mauricio “Maurice” Salinas, prospective owner of Whiskey’s Lounge. Mauricio, better known as Maurice, came to America from El Salvador when he was 3 years old, and has spent most of his life in the Bay Area. His son Ernest graduated with a …

15 March 2013  Business News

A new pharmacy is opening soon in this space next to Andy’s Butcher Block in Orland.
Sav-Mor Shopping Center* and Sapphire Plaza in Orland were both owned by Savannah Investments, a Bay Area company that recently became involved in a foreclosure proceeding. Mike Donnelley, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Chico, advised me that …

8 March 2013  Business News

A new Orland restaurant featuring Chinese food will be located on Fourth Street in the building formerly occupied by Kountry Kitchen Cafe. For the past 11 years May Mai and her husband, Wei, have operated the Maple Garden (Fast Chinese Food to Go), next to Billy and Emily’s Donut Shop …

1 March 2013  Business News

A lot of people are wondering when ARCO am pm, across from Burger King, will reopen. They were supposed to open early January, but announced a delay until early February. They are still not open. Did the lease involving Mr. Mehroke, tenant, and Bob Fulton, landlord and owner of Dutch …

22 February 2013  Business News
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