Join Santa and his Moraga Youth Involvement Committee helpers on Thursday, December 4, for cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Rossmoor Community Chorus will entertain at 6:30 pm with the tree lighting at 7:00 pm. Please (click title for full story) help light the tree by donating to the Buy-a-Bulb Fundraiser. Please send checks payable to the Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Bulb, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556 or donate online. Thanks to everyone who helped SELL OUT the Santa Visits and Breakfast with Santa events!
Town Offices and the Hacienda de las Flores will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. The Town offices will re-open on Monday, December 1. All Town staff wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. (click title for full story)
On November 12, 2014, exactly 40 years after the Town of Moraga incorporated, Mayor Chew highlighted Moraga’s many ‘firsts’ in 2014, discussed the state of the Town, and gave a glimpse of changes (or lack of change) from the past to the present. At the (click title for full story) conclusion of the presentation, the Mayor toasted the Town and all sang Happy Birthday.
At its November 18 meeting, the Town Council reviewed presentations from both the Hacienda Foundation and Moraga resident Joao Magalhaes. The vision for increased community use of the Hacienda de las Flores included creating (click title for full story) a bed and breakfast, restaurant, multi-generational community center, spa and fitness facility, wine cave and/or expansion of an event center. Staff was directed to work closely with the visionaries to create a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, seeking potential architects to develop schematic designs for Council consideration.
At its November 18 meeting, the Town Council adopted a structurally balanced budget policy recommended by the Audit and Finance Committee. The new policy provides parameters for adopting and maintaining a balanced budget where recurring revenues fully support recurring expenditures. The use of (click title for full story) one-time revenues (e.g., proceeds from the sale of a property or reserves) to support ongoing expenditures is not desirable since the practice is not financially sustainable. The policy clarifies the parameters and allows exceptions for prolonged economic downturns and/or natural disasters. While the Town has always adopted structurally balanced budgets, this policy reinforces and strengthens the Town’s commitment to long-term financial sustainability.
On November 17, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) presented the Town of Moraga with the 2013 Best All Around Pavement Management Program award. MTC Programming and Allocations Director, Anne Richman, recognized the Town's pavement management team for their accomplishments with the (click title for full story) best pavement management strategy in the Bay Area after the passage of Measure K. Read more about the award online at MTC article.
On November 17, the Planning Commission approved (on a 5 to 1 vote) the Conceptual Development Plan for the Moraga Town Center Homes subdivision, and made a recommendation to Town Council to approve the rezoning of the project site to a Planned Development (PD) district and amend the (click title for full story) text of the Planned Development zoning district to create a classification for residential projects of 12 dwelling units per acre. The Moraga Town Center Homes project is 36 attached single-family homes on a 3.06-acre vacant site within the Moraga Center Specific Plan.
The Hillside and Ridgeline Steering Committee met on November 19 and recommended the Town Council move forward with the next steps to resolve key issues related to Moraga’s hillside and ridgeline regulations. The Steering Committee reviewed input received from the community workshops held earlier this year, as well as the final Background Report, and updated landslide hazard mapping. The Steering Committee recommended (click title for full story) a scope that will focus on the necessary analysis and policy changes for topics such as ridgeline protection, calculation of slopes, and preservation of the scenic qualities of Moraga’s hillsides. The Town Council will consider the recommendation at a meeting in January. For more information, visit the Hillsides webpage.
At the November 20 meeting, the Livable Moraga Road Town Advisory Committee (TAC) intends to finalize their recommendation to the Town Council for the overall corridor concept as well as short- and long-term configurations for Moraga Road Segment 3, between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive. The TAC, Planning Commission, Design Review Board and Park and Recreation Commission previously (click title for full story) recommended options for Segment 3 that would convert one vehicle travel lane to a two-way center turn lane, and add bike lanes, a multi-use path and sidewalk. More information on the options considered by the TAC can be found on the project webpage at Livable Moraga Road. The Town Council will consider the TAC recommendations at a meeting in January.
A reception to welcome and publicly swear in Edwin Navas, Moraga Police Department’s (MPD) newest officer, was held in the Hacienda de las Flores’s Fireside Room on Thursday, November 20, at 4 pm. The event was well attended and demonstrated the type of community support Officer Navas and the entire MPD enjoys and strives to maintain. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Officer Navas and his family while enjoying light refreshments in a relaxed setting. (click title for full story)
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should have utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call to 811 – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Hitting a utility line (click title for full story) can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
The Park and Recreation Commission is currently seeking volunteers to fill one vacancy for a term expiring March of 2016. Commission meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Hacienda de las Flores. (click title for full story) Interested residents should submit an application, questionnaire, a letter of interest and resumé to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga. Visit the Town’s website for more information.