The Moraga Chamber of Commerce held its monthly mixer at the new Town Council Chambers and Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, November 17. Over 60 people shared appetizers, hot cider, sangria, and local cupcakes made primarily by Town staff. The new facility (click title for full story)
was remodeled with high-tech improvements for audience viewing and assisted listening and was landscaped with drought-tolerant grasses to give the facility a more civic appearance. Public meetings are now live-streamed from the Town’s website.
On November 18 and 19, the Regional Water Quality Control Board considered the next phase of its Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit mandating local government to regulate clean water. On November 18, Vice Mayor Metcalf attended the Board meeting and spoke on behalf of the Town of Moraga outlining (click title for full story) the Town’s concerns with the proposed regulations (read the complete statement). New unfunded mandates, imposed on limited-resource communities like Moraga, will make compliance difficult.
Join Santa and his Moraga Youth Involvement Committee helpers for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park while listening to the Rossmoor Community Chorus at 6:30 pm with the tree lighting at 7:00 pm. Please help light the tree by (click title for full story) donating to the Buy-a-Bulb Fundraiser. Please send checks payable to the Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Bulb, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556 or donate online. Thanks to everyone who helped SELL OUT the Santa Visits and Breakfast with Santa events!
Enjoy the Hacienda Holiday Faire at the beautiful Hacienda de Las Flores. Featuring over 40 local artisans from Lamorinda and the East Bay, all handcrafted, specialized items are ideal for gift giving. Offerings include: jewelry, local gourmet foods, ceramics and pottery, local wines, bath and body products, candles, handbags and accessories, floral decorations, garden items, toys, (click title for full story) cards and paper goods, hand-sewn and knitted items, pet gifts, clothing, and holiday decorations. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting hosted by Captain Vineyards on Friday night, December 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For hours and more information, visit Hacienda Foundation.
The Moraga Police Department (MPD) is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred on November 12 in the Campolindo neighborhood. The victims are believed to have been specifically targeted and are not suspected of any illegal activity. The suspects are described as three black male adults, wearing hooded sweatshirts, who were seen in a late model silver Toyota Camry sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 925-888-7055. (click title for full story)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has completed a year-long project to upgrade a major electric power line that spans from Antioch to Moraga. The work in Moraga concluded on November 4. In total, the utility upgraded 27 miles of power line and electric transmission towers, improving reliability and capacity. (click title for full story) PG&E used helicopters to complete this project in a safe and efficient manner, reducing the need for heavy trucks and equipment on the ground and minimizing environmental impacts. PG&E appreciates the community’s patience and cooperation.
The removal of the old striping, pavement base repairs and crack sealing, and the slurry seal portions of the work are complete. A slurry seal requires a minimum of seven days for curing before placement of the thermoplastic striping and markings. Temporary striping and markers were placed immediately after the curing time passed; (click title for full story) however, each time the striping crew was scheduled, it was cancelled due to rain. For up-to-date information, please visit the Project webpage.
Town Council introduced new zoning regulations to allow small farm animal keeping, including chickens, rabbits and bees in Residential, Institutional and Open Space zones, as accessory to an existing residential use. Although no special permit will be required, the new regulations set limits on the number of animals allowed based on property size, and (click title for full story) require setbacks for coops and other enclosures as well as keeping them sanitary and free of odors to avoid neighbor impacts. The second reading is scheduled for adoption by the Town Council on December 9.
Town Council provided direction to staff on development of new regulations for home-based winery businesses. The regulations are intended to allow Moraga’s existing small winery businesses to continue to operate, subject to compliance with limits on production, employees, special events, property rental, and Town and County standards for noise, crop spraying, and waste management to ensure compatibility with residential uses. The Town Council (click title for full story) did not support a suggestion to broaden the regulations to cover cottage food businesses or other limited commercial agriculture. Staff will continue to work with stakeholders to draft the regulations, which will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and Town Council in 2016.
Town Council established a new Art in Public Spaces Policy and an Art in Public Spaces Committee to guide efforts as Moraga seeks to secure public art to further enhance the natural beauty of the community. To learn more about (click title for full story) serving on a seven-member committee that will meet to review and recommend art pieces to Town Council, please contact Jay Ingram at 925-888-7034.
The City of Lafayette is in the first phase of a Downtown Congestion Reduction Study, and invites Moraga residents to participate in a public survey and contribute to a collaborative ‘pin’ map to share comments and ideas on how to improve the downtown transportation system. (click title for full story) Visit Lafayette Congestion to participate in the survey, which will remain open through the end of December.