On Saturday, September 27 the Town celebrated the annual Pear & Wine Festival and 40th Anniversary event, Toast to Moraga. Over 400 pear pies were sold, pear recipe contestants were crowned, local wines enjoyed and everyone had a PEARfect day. At the evening event, over 350 residents and guests (click title for full story)
celebrated the Town’s 40th Anniversary of Incorporation with a picnic dinner under market lighting in the Commons Park. The Toast for 40 great years and 40 more was provided by Mayor Ken Chew. Many thanks to the Campolindo High School Jazz Band for performing flawlessly and making the event another PEARfect show for all to celebrate!
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Honor our past, present and future Military Veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Commons Park Veterans Memorial Rock. (click title for full story) The ceremony is hosted by local Boy Scout Troops 212, 234 and 246.
On November 4, 2014, Moraga voters will elect two Councilmembers. Three residents filed papers to run for two open Council seats: Ken Chew, Dave Trotter and Teresa Onoda. (click title for full story)
SAVE THE NEW DATE - Sunday, October 26, at the Hacienda de las Flores, to attend Oktoberfest 2014, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Volunteers are needed! (click title for full story) For more information, email email@example.com. This event is presented by the Hacienda Foundation, and all proceeds will go towards Hacienda de las Flores improvements. Gemutlichkeit!
On October 7, Jon King was welcomed into our community at a reception at the Hacienda de Las Flores. Jon came to Moraga PD after 29 years as a police officer, sergeant and lieutenant with the East Bay Regional Parks Police Department. He has worked patrol, investigations, special enforcement, administrative services, managed (click title for full story) the air support unit and served as a tactical commander for their SWAT team. Throughout his career, he regularly worked with Moraga PD officers in joint investigations and patrol issues. Jon expressed his excitement about working in Moraga, stating “I am honored to work with this dedicated group of officers who help make this community one of the safest in the nation.” Jon is a St. Mary’s graduate and lives in Clayton with his wife Stacy, their children and dogs.
At their October 8 meeting, the Town Council was presented with an award of excellence from the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Town’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2013. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and the first received in Lamorinda. The CAFR is a comprehensive document (click title for full story) of the Town’s financial activities and is a significant improvement from the typical Basic Financial Statements, including trends and historical data. The CAFR also satisfies the annual Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure requirements related to the recent $7.72 million Certificates of Participation supported by Measure K. The GFOA Award of Excellence for Financial Reporting recognizes the Town’s commitment to provide full disclosure and transparency of its financial standing and management of public funds.
On September 29, about 50 Moraga residents attended a workshop to provide input on the corridor-wide concept and design options for Moraga Road Segment 3, located between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive. Participants provided comments on a range of options for the road, including the conversion of one southbound traffic lane into a center turn lane between Donald Drive and Corliss Drive and the addition of new pedestrian and bicycle facilities (click title for full story) connecting the full length of the corridor. Improvements to relieve congestion around Campolindo High School were also a priority for many. Next steps include review of the corridor concept and Segment 3 Options at a Joint Planning Commission, Design Review Board and Park and Recreation Commission meeting on October 21, and by the Town Council in January 2015. The design options are available for review on the Livable Moraga Road webpage, and comments and feedback are still welcome. For more information, or to submit a comment, contact Ellen Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a Special Town Council Meeting on September 29, Alexandra (Alex) Babcock was appointed to the Planning Commission to fill a vacancy expiring in March of 2015. Ms. Babcock most recently worked for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission as a legal intern. At the same meeting, Chris Crews was appointed to the (click title for full story) Design Review Board to fill a vacancy expiring in March of 2016. Mr. Crews has been a licensed architect since 1994, and has worked in the architecture and construction fields since the mid-1980s.
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.
One of Moraga’s large pear orchards, located adjacent to the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, is suffering from fire blight disease. Volunteers from Urban Farmers, Moraga Parks Foundation, and the community will prune the pear trees to remove (click title for full story) the diseased wood from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on October 25-26 and Nov 1-2. Anyone interested in volunteering, please visit www.theurbanfarmers.org.