The Hacienda is Moraga’s beautiful community center and local venue for all special events; weddings, birthdays, team building, reunions, showers, anniversaries, retirements, corporate events and more. Tranquil and secluded, with landscaped grounds and lawns with a central patio and fountain, this historic estate is perfect for any celebration. (click title for full story) The Hacienda de las Flores and Pavilion are located at 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga. Visit www.moragahacienda.com for additional information.
The second public workshop for the Livable Moraga Road project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, at 6:45 pm, at the Hacienda de las Flores. Following the meetings last fall that identified issues, opportunities and constraints, the project team has developed a set of three concepts encompassing a range of possible “building blocks” for a safer and better-connected Moraga Road. (click title for full story) This workshop will include a facilitated discussion to consider the pros and cons of these alternatives and help develop a recommended corridor concept. Check the project website for information and updates.
There is limited information currently available about the condition of the Town’s storm drainage system including approximately 30 miles of pipeline. Much of the existing storm drainage system in Town has aged and continues to deteriorate with few or no repairs since the Town’s incorporation. As a result of the Town’s deferred maintenance of its storm drains, (click title for full story) the Town has experienced two major failures resulting in sinkholes near Calle la Mesa in 2012 and on Center Street in 2006. Town Council approved a contract with Schaaf & Wheeler on February 26 to prepare a Storm Drain Master Plan. The project is a proactive approach to determine the needs, costs, and priorities associated with storm drain improvements. This information is critical for the Town to properly program future repair, replacement, and capacity of the Town’s storm drains.
At the February 26 meeting, the Town Council introduced an ordinance to approve a Development Agreement (DA) between the Town and SummerHill Homes, developer of the approved 26-lot Camino Ricardo project. Among the public benefits offered by the DA are the dedication and improvement of a 2.5 acre public open space/park and connecting trails, including (click title for full story) new trail connections between Moraga Road and Camino Ricardo. The DA also includes construction of a new sidewalk along Camino Ricardo, a public “outlook point” within the subdivision, and financial contribution for pedestrian improvements along Moraga Road. SummerHill Homes anticipates beginning grading work this summer, with construction of the first homes starting in 2015.
During the wind storm in late November, the solar panel on top of the southbound Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon at the crosswalk on Moraga Road at Woodford Drive was blown off and damaged. The solar panel powers the flashing beacon and until the solar panel is replaced, the flashing beacon will not operate. The Town contracts with the County (click title for full story) electrical maintenance division to repair/improve Town traffic signals and equipment. The Town has been in constant contact with the County and continues to be told that they are experiencing difficulty obtaining a new solar panel from the distributor. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (925) 888-7026 or email@example.com.
Neighborhood Watch is a program of mutual assistance among neighbors aimed at reducing crime in the community at the grass roots level. It involves getting to know one's neighbors and introducing them to the concept that good neighbors working together can look out for one another's interests. Neighborhood Watch is designed to (click title for full story) reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes by requesting your participation in the following manner: Know your neighbors and communicate with them; record car license numbers and descriptions of suspicious persons; have secure door and window locks, and use them; and never hesitate to call the Moraga Police Department, 925-284-5010 to report any suspicious persons or activities. Take the initiative and start a Neighborhood Watch program in your area. Call the MPD at (925) 888-7055, ext. 0, if you are interested in a home security audit or in hosting a Neighborhood Watch meeting. Burglars will generally avoid neighborhoods that are organized and actively participating in reporting suspicious activity.
The Town has initiated an update of Municipal Code Chapter 8.88, the sign ordinance, to more closely reflect First Amendment (freedom of speech) content provisions, make the code more user-friendly, and clarify sign permit procedures. Changes to regulations for (click title for full story) maximum sign area and for some sign types, such as portable and temporary signs, are also being considered. A draft ordinance will be presented to the Planning Commission on March 3 for discussion. Please visit the Planning Commission webpage to view the agenda, staff report and materials.
At its February 26 meeting, a presentation from Libby Seifel of Seifel Consulting was given to the Town Council regarding the Town’s current process of updating its development impact fee schedule, which was last updated in 2008. Impact fees are governed by state law to ensure (click title for full story) that new development pays its “fair share” of impacts to the Town’s facilities. The Town currently charges impact fees in five categories addressing parks, traffic, storm drainage, public safety and general government. The update will determine if the current development impact fees accurately reflect the cost of needed services and demand from new development, and, if necessary, to identify any needed amendments to the fee program. It is anticipated that the Town Council will discuss initial recommendations in May, with adoption of an updated fee program by the fall.
A series of five Leadership meetings are being held by the Saint Mary’s College (SMC) Leadership Center in partnership with the Town, Moraga Citizens Network, and Lamorinda Presents. The meeting of Lamorinda citizens will focus on small, short-term wins that each group defined to work and build momentum together. (click title for full story) The meetings are held in the Serbian Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga, at 6:30 pm. A $20 donation for the series would be appreciated. For more information, see flyer.
The newly-formed Joint Facilities Planning Subcommittee met on February 10. This subcommittee, consisting of representatives from the Town, Moraga School District, Saint Mary’s College and Campolindo High School, is tasked with inventorying existing resources and recommending ways to partner through joint use agreements and ways to improve and enhance sports fields/facilities within the Town of Moraga. The inventorying of existing fields (click title for full story) was started and the subcommittee discussed overall scope; shared joint use agreements; potential field improvements; and a concept of the Town of Moraga Park and Recreation Master Plan-recommended multi-generational community center. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of each month at the Hacienda de las Flores from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Contra Costa County Superior Court is currently accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury Service. The Grand Jury is made up of 19 volunteers who serve for one year, July through June, to monitor, review, and report on city and county governments. Jurors are expected to dedicate at least 20 hours per week to Civil Grand Jury service, and will receive a stipend. For more information (click title for full story) or to apply, go to Grand Jury or call 925-957-5638.
The Moraga Police Department (MPD) has an immediate opening for a part-time Community Service Officer (CSO) authorized by the Town Council on January 22. The job description and requirements can be found (click title for full story) on the MPD website. The CSO’s primary responsibility will be managing MPD’s property and evidence duties. The job flyer is posted on the MPD website.