Enjoy a full day of food, parades, fun and games at the Commons Park on Saturday, July 4th! (click title for full story) The day starts with a fun run/walk, pancake breakfast, dog parade, children’s bike parade, old-fashioned kids’ games, magic show, jumpies, food booths, a free concert with The FUNdamentals and ends with a bang with FIREWORKS!
Continue the tradition and help raise $25,000 for the annual July 4th community fireworks! To date, $15,800 has been donated. Please contribute to the Buy-A-Rocket fund and help continue this event. (click title for full story) Donate online or send a check to: Town of Moraga, Parks and Recreation, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556, Attn: Buy-A-Rocket Thank you for your donations and enjoy the 4th of July!.
Approximately 75 Moraga residents and supporters met on Tuesday evening, June 23, and heard success stories on how both Lafayette and Orinda Community Foundations were formed to support numerous community projects. Citizens are forming a Community Foundation to raise funds to support a broad range of existing and new projects starting with saving the New Rheem Theatre. Attendees discussed (click title for full story) the need for both short-term operational funding to cover an increase in rent and a long-term goal of potentially purchasing the theatre. Orchestrated by Andy Scheck, the Moraga Community Foundation (MCF) has a State-approved entity name and has applied for non-profit status. In the meantime, the Lafayette Community Foundation has set up a separate fund for Moraga to use to accept donations. The following newly-selected board members: Edy Schwartz, Sam Sperry, Bob Fritzky, Bob Moore, Maridel Moulton, Rob Lucacher and Andy Scheck have each committed to personal annual financial support and Foundation fund raising to enhance the quality of life in Moraga and to support a wide variety of community groups and activities.
On Friday, June 26, a group of citizens submitted petitions calling for a Referendum to remove the 12 housing units per acre zoning associated with the 36-unit City Ventures project between Moraga Way and Country Club Drive. A Referendum allows the citizens to challenge the adoption of the zoning ordinance by (click title for full story) collecting valid signatures from 10 percent of the registered voters in Moraga. If the requisite number of signatures is deemed valid by the County Elections Division, the Town Council must decide at its next regular Council meeting whether to rescind its recent zoning ordinance or put the question on a ballot in an election. The County has estimated an election cost of approximately $50,000. The density for the project site was established through the 2010 Moraga Center Specific Plan, allowing between 12 and 20 housing units per acre. At 36 housing units, the density of the City Ventures project is 11.8 housing units per acre.
Summer is HERE and Moraga Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of camps for all ages and interests. Choose from educational, sports, art, dance, debate, and more. Sign up (click title for full story) online today. Camp Hacienda day camp has weekly themed activities for kids ages 5 to 10 and the new Breakaway Camp for 6th-8th graders offers daily trips to fun destinations throughout the Bay Area. For any questions about camps, call the Recreation Department at 925-888-7036.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be working in Lamorinda through fall to upgrade a major electric power line. The project will result in the upgrade of 27 miles of power lines and electric transmission towers between Antioch and Moraga, improving reliability and capacity. Helicopters are being used to modify the towers and pull new wire across the top of the towers, (click title for full story) completing the work in a safe and efficient manner. Use of helicopters also reduces equipment on the ground. Projects like this will increase electric capacity in growing areas and have helped PG&E deliver electric reliability to its customers. For more information, visit PG&E's website.
The new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant Commons Park pathway was completed just in time for the 2015 summer concert series. Pictured at left, it now provides improved access further up the grass hill for improved bandshell event viewing. Everyone can use and enjoy the cement pathway, but please let the new sod adjust to its new environment and take root for at least the next month before walking on it. (click title for full story)
Town Council approved the final map for the Rancho Laguna II development off of Rheem Boulevard. A final map is the legal document for five or more parcels establishing the property lines for each lot and easements within the subdivision. The next steps for the developer are to obtain all permits and approvals necessary to begin construction. Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2015. (click title for full story)
Thefts and burglaries from vehicles continue to occur in Moraga. These are easily prevented by taking a few precautions: lock all cars, even when in driveways; do not leave any valuables visible in cars (or anything that might look valuable – thieves will go after anything); and, report suspicious persons to the Police by calling 925-284-5010. Please be proactive and help stop thefts in Town. (click title for full story)
On June 3, the MCSP Implementation Project Steering Committee held its kick-off meeting with consultant team Opticos Design to discuss the elements of new zoning standards that will guide future development in the MCSP area. New zoning is (click title for full story) intended to create an attractive, compact and walkable mixed-use Town center consistent with the adopted Specific Plan. The Committee will continue to meet during summer and fall, with public meetings to follow. For more information, contact project planner Ella Samonsky.
CONTRA COSTA MOSQUITO AND VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT (CCMVCD) BOARD OF TRUSTEES (click title for full story)
The Mosquito and Vector Control volunteer should have an interest in public health, public policy, wetlands, farming, community education, finance, personnel or land development. For more information visit Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District website.