On Saturday, February 28, the Moraga Baseball Association will have a parade to start their annual opening day ceremony. The parade will begin at 8:00 am at Camino Pablo School and end at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School with a reviewing stand located near the midpoint. (click title for full story) Camino Pablo will be closed at all intersections between Hodges Drive and Duarte Court until the parade is concluded.
The Town of Moraga is hosting a ballot box for the March 17, 2015, Special Primary Election (State Senate, 7th District). This is a drop-off location only, not a polling place. The ballot box is located at (click title for full story) the Town offices, 329 Rheem Boulevard, upstairs in the Town Clerk’s office, during normal business hours through March 17, 2015. Voters are encouraged to cast their ballots to be heard!
Thanks to all who attended the Mayor’s Welcome and Volunteer Appreciation event on Tuesday, February 10. The Moraga Country Club hosted and provided delicious food and wine for all attendees. Mayor Wykle provided highlights of Town accomplishments in 2014 and shared Town goals for 2015. The evening (click title for full story) concluded with recognition of all Council-appointed volunteers who serve on Town Committees, Commissions and Boards.
Unlike all the other ‘average’ communities in the country, Moraga, being ‘exceptional’ in every way, outdid itself once again. Service groups, nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce and many others under the leadership of the Moraga Citizens Network, volunteered to host a heartfelt and elegant lunch for all staff. Every volunteer (click title for full story) specifically stated why they appreciated Town staff. Fourth graders also made the banner to say thanks to Moraga Town staff for giving so much.
The Hacienda is Moraga’s beautiful community center and local venue for any type of special events; weddings, birthdays, reunions, showers, anniversaries, retirements, corporate events and more. Tranquil and secluded, with landscaped grounds and lawns bordering 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.
Town Council authorized funding for an ADA compliant remodel of the Moraga Library public restrooms. Staff will continue to develop bid documents for the project and select a qualified contractor. An October/November construction timeframe is anticipated. (click title for full story)
Town Council gave direction for staff to develop new regulations that would make it easier for Moraga residents to keep chickens and other small livestock. Many local communities have adopted similar regulations that allow raising small food-producing animals and provide rules to avoid negative impacts like noise and odors. Staff expects to work on the ordinance later this year. (click title for full story)
Town Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance that provides a process to nominate and designate historic landmarks in Moraga, based on certain criteria for historic significance. On a split vote, the Council decided owner consent for designation will not be required. In addition to (click title for full story) providing protections for designated landmarks, the Ordinance allows property owners to take advantage of incentives such as tax credits and special building codes.
Town Council approved a recommendation from the Park and Recreation Commission, extending the Hacienda de las Flores hours of operation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to 10:00 pm. The new hours will be effective immediately. (click title for full story)
n January 28, the Town Council considered an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the 36-unit Moraga Town Center Homes project on Moraga Way. The Council heard comments from the community and discussed issues including (click title for full story) neighborhood compatibility, traffic and parking, and scenic corridor impacts. The Council continued the hearing to a date uncertain, directing staff to work with the applicant and concerned parties. For additional information, contact Ella Samonsky.
Due to the lengthy agenda, the Town Council continued two items originally scheduled for January 28 as follows: (click title for full story) • Issues and Scope of the Hillsides and Ridgelines Project was continued to the March 11 meeting.
• South Camino Pablo Annexation Study Session, to consider the potential annexation and subdivision of a 28-acre portion of the Carr Ranch property, was continued to the February 25 meeting.