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On Monday, October 27, the Moraga Library, 1500 Saint Mary’s Road, will be treated for Field Roaches. (click title for full story)
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!
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)
The Council Chambers at 331 Rheem is moving into the construction phase after the Council authorized up to $232,000 to construct a new clay tile roof along the three visible sides of the building. After Design Review approval in April, the architectural and engineering plans (click title for full story) were completed and permits were issued by the Town and County in August. Although construction bids were higher than expected, Council chose to fully fund the approved design rather than limit the clay tile roof only to the front façade.
The Contra Costa County Transportation Authority (CCTA) has released the Draft Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP) for public review, with the public comment period open through November 3, 2014. CCTA is the agency responsible for (click title for full story) the planning and expenditure of Measure J funds, the voter approved half-cent sales tax measure. The CTP reflects CCTA’s long-range plans for transportation infrastructure throughout the County, accommodating all modes of travel. More information on the CTP and how to comment can be found on the CCTA website.
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.
The Moraga Police Department (MPD) reminds everyone that permits are required for anyone going door-to-door to peddle or solicit. Violators may be issued a citation per Moraga Municipal Code 9.10.030, requiring a base fine of $100 (plus county and state enhancements). To obtain a permit, one must submit to a (click title for full story) background check, pay $32 for a Live Scan, and pay a $30 permit fee to the Town. The permit must be worn while peddling or soliciting and will have the person’s photo on the permit (sample form as shown). Any residence with a sign posting “No Peddlers or Solicitors” must be obeyed by permit holders. Permits are not required for anyone engaged in canvassing or an “expressive activity,” such as sharing opinions, views, or ideas. Political candidates and supporters do not require a permit. Anyone concerned about a solicitor or peddler should call MPD at 925-284-5010.
At the Wednesday October 22 Town Council meeting, the Council will review and discuss a draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the Town. A CAP is a community’s long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The draft CAP contains strategies related to energy efficiency, land use, (click title for full story) transportation, water, wastewater and soil waste management that should reduce greenhouse gas emissions from daily activities of residents and local businesses.
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.