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, $20,695 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!.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be working in Lamorinda through fall to upgrade a major electric power line. The project will help improve service reliability and ensure the East Bay has the power it needs to meet increasing demands. The project will result in the upgrade of (click title for full story) 27 miles of power lines and electric transmission towers between Antioch and Moraga. Helicopters are being used to modify the towers and pull new wire across the top of the towers, completing the work in a safe and efficient manner and reducing equipment on the ground. The general construction hours that PG&E has been following for this project are:
• Tower work: Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Line work: 11 days straight work, 3 days off, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please note that PG&E Tower crews plan to start working out of a helicopter landing zone, off La Salle Drive, next week, beginning Monday, July 6, 2015. They will be flying to towers in need of modification. Their crews will install crossing/guard structures where the line crosses roads, paths, or other power lines (these are temporary safety features). These activities will occur through the month of July. The line crews will not arrive in Moraga tentatively until September.
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; email ContraCostaMoraga@pge.com; or call PG&E toll free at 877-207-1245.
Established through statewide public opinion research, 98% of California households visit a local park at least once a year. To honor the many benefits parks provide, the Town Council proclaimed July as Parks Make Life Better month. The Parks and Recreation Department has (click title for full story) produced a July calendar full of local activities designed to get you and your family out and about.
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.
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.
The Moraga Police Department (MPD) and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District ask everyone to avoid all fireworks activity this summer. All fireworks are dangerous and negatively impact neighbors and pets. Current drought and extreme fire conditions create critically dangerous conditions that can destroy lives and property. Fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County. (click title for full story) If you see anyone with fireworks, please call MPD immediately at 925-284-5010 to report. Enjoy the annual 4th of July professional fireworks show at the Moraga Country Club and keep our community safe.
The Town offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day, reopening on Monday, July 6, 2015. (click title for full story)
Bay Cities Paving & Grading has been issued a notice to proceed to begin construction. To learn more about the project, including a three-week advance schedule that will be updated weekly, visit the (click title for full story) Town’s Pavement Program page. For daily construction activities, please follow the Town’s Measure K Facebook page.
Town Council authorized the Town Manager to execute a professional services contract with Amy Skewes-Cox, environmental consultant, to prepare the Saint Mary’s College (SMC) Campus Master Plan Environmental Impact Report. SMC is in the process of preparing an update of the (click title for full story) Campus Master Plan, which was approved by the Town of Moraga in 1990. Reports and documents will be posted on the SMC Campus Master Plan Update Project page as they become available.
Contractor bids are being sought for the collaborative project between the Town and the developer (SummerHill Homes) to remove and repair the landslide affecting the Rheem Boulevard roadway and the reconstruction of the pavement. A construction contract will be awarded after bids are reviewed by both parties. Once a construction schedule is determined, advance notification will be (click title for full story) provided to all potentially affected service providers, residents and the general community. Additionally, signs and electronic message boards will be placed throughout Town advising of road closures for the portion of Rheem Boulevard between Fay Hill Road and 591 Rheem Boulevard.
Town Council approved sending a letter of opposition to the Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding proposed amendments to the reissuance of the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit. New unfunded mandates imposed on limited-resource communities, like Moraga, will make compliance difficult. (click title for full story)
After discussion on the need to amend the Loud or Unruly Party and Noise Ordinances, Council directed staff to leave the Noise Ordinance unchanged, but bring back an amended Loud or Unruly Party Ordinance to increase fines, cite property owners whenever tenants are cited, and provide a longer time to issue a citation after a prior warning from 180 days to 12 months. An amended ordinance will be presented to Council in August or September. (click title for full story)
Town Council introduced an Ordinance amending by deletion and replacement, Chapter 3.06 - Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Act Procedures of the Town of Moraga Municipal Code to conform to the California Public Contract Code (CPCC). The Ordinance was last amended (click title for full story) on March 9, 2011 with financial thresholds specified to be consistent with the CPCC. Since then, the CPCC was revised, making the Town’s Municipal Code out-of-date and inconsistent. The updated financial thresholds will determine the type of process required for awarding public contracts.