After waiting over 60 days for Comcast to install the hard line internet connectivity and to do the prep work for the installation, the Moraga Road electronic sign is finally functional. The sign is available for weekly rentals for a nominal fee. (click title for full story) Usage requirements and a rental application can be found on Town's website. The sign will dim during the evening hours and go completely dark from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 am.
he Moraga Police Department (MPD) is pleased to announce that Angela Likos has completed her field training and is now working as a solo patrol officer, bringing MPD to full strength. Angela came to MPD after ten years of service as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and (click title for full story) K-9 Officer with the Pinole Police Department. Angela grew up in Martinez, graduated from College Park High School and served as a Police Explorer with Pleasant Hill PD. She graduated with a BS degree from CSU, Chico before beginning her career in Pinole.
Town Council certified the signatures verified by the County Elections Department for the referendum petition against Ordinance 252 which adopted zoning code amendments associated with the City Ventures Project on Moraga Way. After the property owners and developer (click title for full story) filed a lawsuit against the Town challenging both the procedural and substantive issues of the referendum, the Town Attorney recommended the Council take no action on whether to rescind the zoning ordinance or place the issue on the ballot until a court decides the merits of the legal challenge.
Town Council approved a Senior Construction Inspector position to oversee, monitor, and inspect the Project’s grading and construction; a contract with Woods Biological Consulting, Inc. for monitoring biological protections and mitigation measures; and a contract with (click title for full story) Ghirardelli Associates, Inc. for construction inspection services of roads and infrastructure.
Town Council introduced an Ordinance to amend the Loud or Unruly Party Ordinance which will extend the time between an initial warning and a subsequent response to the same address for a violation from 180 days to 12 months and increase the first fine from $100 to $250. (click title for full story) The amended Ordinance also makes property owners more accountable with citations issued to owners whenever a second response is required. The amended ordinance will be brought to Council for final adoption on September 9.
PG&E presented the Community Pipeline Safety Project to Town Council, noting that the project will enhance the safety of PG&E’s gas transmission pipelines and facilitate access to, and monitoring of, the pipeline. When completed, the project will clear vegetation above and adjacent to the gas transmission pipeline. The affected area is approximately (click title for full story) 6,800 lineal feet spanning from 1400 St. Mary’s Road to 2000 St. Mary’s Road. As part of the project, PG&E had originally proposed to remove 45 trees on public property and 165 on private property, but after further review, the number was reduced to 1 and 50, respectively. Additional pruning and brush removal were also proposed. Tree removal mitigation measures are in place to address the project’s impact.
Do you want to be inspired, educated, and celebrate diversity, human rights, and freedom of expression in a fun and dramatic way? Do you want to hobnob with one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars without leaving beautiful Moraga? If so, then come to CAIFF’s Opening Night on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 pm at the New Rheem Theatre to personally meet (click title for full story) Hollywood icon and legend Tab Hunter, then view the vast number of dramatic and comedic feature films, shorts and moving documentaries during the week of the film festival.
On September 17, at 7:00 pm, in Hagerty Lounge, De la Salle Hall, at Saint Mary’s College, the Town will host the third public workshop for the Hillside and Ridgeline project, to update the Town’s hillside and ridgeline regulations. At the workshop, participants will identify preferred options to address key issues, such as the meaning of “protect ridgelines from development,” steep slope (click title for full story) development restrictions, hazard remediation, and viewshed protection. For more information contact Ellen Clark at email@example.com or (925) 888-7041, or visit the project webpage.
Town Council authorized the acceptance of the donation of the Rheem Valley Manor sign to the Town and waived the Sign Permit Application Fee, Encroachment Permit Fee, and the Memorial and Donation Fee. The Council expressed support and appreciation for the spirit of the volunteers and their beautification efforts with the new sign and landscaping at Stafford Drive. (click title for full story)
Interested in public health or science? Ready to give back to the community? Apply to become Moraga’s Trustee for the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District. Funded through tax dollars, the District offers free services and is governed by an appointed Board of Trustees. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month at the District office in Concord. (click title for full story) For more information visit the Town's website or contact the Town Clerk.
The International Institute of Municipal Clerks has awarded Moraga’s Town Clerk, Marty McInturf, the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation. The CMC program is designed to enhance the job performance of Clerks in all municipalities. To earn the CMC designation, a Municipal Clerk must attend extensive educational programs and have pertinent experience in a municipality. The program prepares the participants to (click title for full story) meet the challenges of the complex role of Municipal Clerks by providing them with quality education in partnership with 47 institutions of higher learning. The Town of Moraga is pleased to recognize Marty for her six years of service and her recent achievement as a Certified Municipal Clerk.
Fall classes start soon with a wide variety to choose from! To learn to play an instrument, try a new form of exercise, or learn more about history, check out the new Activity Guide. The Town provides classes offering something for everyone, from newborns to those 80+. Try something new this fall season with (click title for full story) Moraga’s recreation classes. To view the activity guide and to register for classes, visit moragarec.com.
The Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) presented Laurie Sucgang, Senior Civil Engineer, the 2015 Professional Manager of the Year award in the category of Public Works Emergency Management for her work on the Laguna Creek Embankment Restabilization/Repair and Calle la Mesa Outfall Repair projects. The Town is pleased that Laurie’s professionalism and accomplishments in Moraga over the past 2.5 years have been recognized by APWA. (click title for full story)