he annual SMC commencement weekend begins on Friday, May 22, with a Commencement Mass in the McKeon Pavilion. The undergraduate commencement will be held on Saturday, May 23, and the Graduate and Professionals programs will hold their commencement on Sunday, May 24. Visit (click title for full story) SMC Commencement for a full list of times and commencement-related activities. SMC has ample parking and is encouraging all visitors to park on campus to avoid impacting the local neighbors. For assistance on the day of the events, please contact SMC Public Safety, 925-631-4282.
The Hacienda Foundation of Moraga presents the 2015 Hacienda Wine Social, Art Exhibit and Sale on Thursday, May 28, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive. Captain Vineyards will pour their wines, and local artists affiliated with (click title for full story) Marianne Brown will exhibit their artworks. Entry is free and wine is $8 per glass. Visit haciendafoundation.org for additional information. Wine proceeds go towards renovation and restoration of the Hacienda de las Flores.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME with Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman, and the rest of The Lego Movie gang! The Moraga Youth Involvement Committee (MYIC) is hosting a free outdoor screening of The Lego Movie at the Moraga Commons Park, Friday, May 29. Bring friends and family, enter the raffle, and enjoy refreshments sold by the MYIC. (click title for full story) All proceeds help fund future projects and events benefiting the youth of Moraga. Movie begins at approximately 8:40 pm, depending on darkness. The Moraga Commons Park is located at the intersection of Moraga Road and St. Mary’s Road.
At a continued public hearing, the Town Council denied an appeal of the Planning Commission decision, and approved, by a 4-1 vote, the Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the 36-unit project on Moraga Way. The approved CDP incorporates a number of adjustments to the site plan and addresses (click title for full story) concerns about impacts to the scenic corridor and neighborhood compatibility, including further changes to building separations as directed by Council. The CDP is the first step of the development process, which will include more detailed project design review. For more information contact project planner Ella Samonsky.
Four volunteers are needed to serve on the PBMP Citizens Advisory Committee. All four should have an interest in making Moraga a walk- and bike-friendly community. Local residents are encouraged to apply! (click title for full story) Email the Pedestrian-Bicycle application, Resume and Letter of interest to the Town Clerk at email@example.com. To learn more about the PBMP Update and Wayfinding Plan, please visit Walk Bike Moraga or email Coleman Frick.
CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (CCTA) COMMITTEE (click title for full story)
The CCTA Citizens Advisory Committee provides citizen perspective and involvement in the CCTA’s $3 billion voter-approved Transportation Expenditure Plan. Volunteer should have an interest in transportation planning, growth and congestion, mobility and accessibility, and promoting a healthy environment and strong economy. Email the Citizens Advisory Committee application, resume and letter of interest to the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the CCTA Citizens Advisory Committee can be found on the CCTA website.
MORAGA ALTERNATE LIBRARY COMMISSIONER
The Moraga Alternate Library Commissioner serves as the back-up for the Library Commissioner, the Town’s representative on the County Library Commission, developing and recommending proposals to the County Board of Supervisors and County Librarian. The Moraga Alternate Library Commissioner would serve as the back-up for the Library Commissioner, the Town’s representative on the County Library Commission, developing and recommending proposals to the Board of Supervisors and County Librarian.
CONTRA COSTA MOSQUITO AND VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT (CCMVCD) BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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.
For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, visit the Town's website or email the Town Clerk at email@example.com.
Many thanks to the Moraga Rotary and the Moraga Chamber of Commerce for recognizing Marty McInturf as the April Employee of the Month. Marty has worked tirelessly as the Town Clerk for the past six years, serves as the liaison between Town government and the public, records all activities and decisions of the Town Council, (click title for full story) has produced over 120 About Town newsletters, and keeps the citizens of Moraga well informed on the latest Town information. Marty’s dedication and commitment to her duties are greatly appreciated by residents and all Town employees.
Town Council gave direction to staff to prepare a focused ZTA to allow very limited categories of for-profit recreational uses to be approved with a Conditional Use Permit in Moraga Open Space Ordinance areas. The request was made in conjunction with a proposal for (click title for full story) re-use of the former Moraga Tennis and Swim Club on Larch Avenue by Adventure Day Camp. Staff will bring the item forward for Planning Commission consideration at a future public hearing. For more information, contact project planner Brian Horn.
Hurry up and wait? Yes, sometimes, due to unusually lengthy manufacturing lead times and busy contractors, public bidding requirements for all project components, and even slight plan revisions needing County permit review. The process to bid project components separately has been a cost-effective, but time-consuming, strategy thus far. Upcoming exterior work will include: completion of (click title for full story) the brick pavers; placement of the bronze Town seal in the center of the plaza; installation of a stucco fence to match the building exterior; concrete pouring; and installation of lighting fixtures and landscaping, after necessary electrical work is done. While the exterior work has appeared to come in spurts, the interior framing is now complete and ready for installation of electrical and data. The project should start looking more complete toward the end of summer.
It’s that time of year when Town staff turns its attention to developing the budget for the next fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The budget includes the Operating Budget, Capital Improvement Program and Five-Year Financial Plan. (click title for full story) The FY 2015/16 Proposed Budget will be discussed at the Town Council meeting on May 27.
Both revenues and expenditures for FY 2014/15 are on target with budgeted expectations through three quarters of the year. Property tax receipts are projected at about 6% above last year’s receipts, an indication that Moraga has recovered from the economic recession. Expenditures are lower than expected mostly due to Police Officer vacancies. A year-end surplus is expected. (click title for full story)
Anthony Craig is Moraga’s newest Police Officer. He was hired on February 23, recently completed field training and is currently on patrol. Anthony was raised in Pinole and began his law enforcement career as a Police Explorer for the Hercules Police Department while still a student at Pinole Valley High School. Anthony was a Police Officer with (click title for full story) both Hercules and Clearlake Police Departments before coming to Moraga. The public is invited to welcome Anthony to Moraga at a reception and swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 pm at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga.