At the Town Council reorganization meeting on December 10, re-elected Councilmember Dave Trotter and newly-elected Councilmember Teresa Onoda were sworn in by the Town Clerk following the certification of the election votes. Outgoing Mayor Ken Chew was recognized and thanked (click title for full story) by fellow Councilmembers past and present, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD), Saint Mary’s College, and State and County officials. The first item of business of the newly-seated Council was to elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor positions for 2015. The Council voted in Roger Wykle as Mayor and Mike Metcalf as Vice Mayor for the year.
Moraga depends on volunteers to serve on all of its Boards, Committees, and Commissions. Specifics on anticipated openings are available on the Town’s website. (click title for full story) Please submit your application, questionnaire, a letter of interest and resumé to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 23, 2015. There will be openings on the Audit and Finance Committee, Design Review Board, Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee, Park and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission.
For more information about serving on appointed committees, read the article Problems with your Government? which was written by Nick Marnell and published in the Lamorinda Weekly November 19, 2014.
The Town was fortunate the storm passed through with minor impact on residents and Town operations. Most required responses were wind-related resulting in trees and branches falling on roadways. There were a few water-related responses caused by drainage issues. Most were resolved immediately with (click title for full story) others to be dealt with in the future. The Town was able to provide sandbags for residents’ use during the storm. Many took advantage of this opportunity and the Town has a sufficient supply left to address future storm needs. The Town thanks MOFD and volunteers for providing the location behind Station 41 for sandbag supplies.
Local holiday shopping directly helps Moraga residents in two very important ways. First, local businesses thrive as did those that took advantage of national advertising by the Moraga Chamber’s “Small Business Saturday” after Thanksgiving. Secondly, dollars spent in Moraga, or online, benefit Moraga directly by (click title for full story) generating critical sales tax revenue to repair local roads. So, avoid driving and crowds, and visit Moraga’s diverse array of shops, restaurants and businesses this holiday season, or if you cannot find what you need in Moraga, stay home and shop online. Tax dollars spent in Moraga stay in Moraga!
This holiday season, the Moraga Police Department (MPD) is reminding everyone to be vigilant in protecting themselves and their property. Thefts commonly occur during this time of year as thieves prey on easy targets, and with the recent passage of (click title for full story) Proposition 47, the crimes carry lesser punishment, making the risk/reward more attractive for thieves. MPD has already received reports of mail and identity theft, so please try to arrange for mail and packages to be brought in as soon as possible. Track expected deliveries and try to personally accept them when delivered. If away, ask a neighbor to take delivery for you. Keep all doors and windows closed and locked; keep exterior lights on; use an alarm system if available; drive with extra caution; be aware of your surroundings at all times; park in well-lit areas; shop with a partner if possible; if carrying bags or purses, secure them tightly; and do not walk or drive while looking at your smart phone. MPD wants everyone to be safe and enjoy this special time of the year.
Thank you to everyone who attended the December 4 lighting of the Holiday Tree! The Buy-a-Bulb fundraiser continues through the holiday season and contributions in any amount are appreciated. The Town’s goal is to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of lighting the holiday tree. To-date only (click title for full story) $75 has been received. To continue this holiday tradition, please donate online or send checks to the Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Bulb, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556. Thanks to all!
The Planning Commission meeting of December 15 has been cancelled. At the next meeting on January 5, 2015, the Planning Commission will consider a recommendation to the Town Council for adoption of the 2014-2023 Housing Element Update, and review and comment on the Hillside and Ridgeline Steering Committee recommendation on the (click title for full story) scope of the next phase of the Hillsides project, in anticipation of the Town Council’s consideration of this item later in January.
On January 14, the Town Council, at the request of Mayor Wykle, will consider the Design Review Board approval of the Rancho Laguna II project, located on property northeast of the Rheem Boulevard and Moraga Road intersection. The design review addresses (click title for full story) project architecture and landscaping, single-family home designs, and a proposed trailhead on Fay Hill Road. A General Development Plan and Tentative Map were approved by the Planning Commission on April 21, 2014, and continue to allow for a maximum of 26 single-family homes within the 178-acre property.
An appeal of the Planning Commission approval of the Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the Moraga Town Center Homes project was filed on December 10. The CDP approved a 36 unit project including townhome and two-story “cottage” units on a vacant property adjacent to MOFD Station 41 on Moraga Way. The appeal addresses issues including (click title for full story) General Plan and Zoning consistency, traffic, parking and scenic corridor impacts. The Council will consider the appeal at a hearing in January. For more information, contact Project Planner, Ella Samonsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town offices will be closed Friday, December 19, through Friday, January 2, for the winter holidays, reopening on Monday, January 5, 2015. Happy Holidays to all! (click title for full story)
Jazz comes to the Rheem Theatre for Songs of Winter and The Holiday Season with Shanna Carlson on December 20, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. This is a perfect time for families of all ages to come together to share the spirit of the holidays in music. Admission is $15 general and $12 kids/seniors. Tickets (click title for full story) will be available soon on the Rheem Theatre website and at the theatre.