Multiagency wildfire meeting Wednesday
A multiagency meeting to discuss the challenges of a major wildfire in Canyon will be held Wednesday at the Canyon Elementary School.
Representatives from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Cal Fire and East Bay Municipal Utilities District are scheduled to attend the meeting. County supervisor Candace Anderson and staff from Congressman George Miller's office have also been invited.
The program will begin with a presentation about a fire in an isolated community and how the community was spared thanks to prior collaboration between residents and fire agencies. MOFD and Cal Fire will then discuss challenges of a fire in Canyon and staff from Miller's office will discuss grants for removing hazardous vegetation. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 187 Pinehurst Road.
Discussion of Bollinger Valley review response
Officials will discuss on Monday Lafayette's response to a Moraga plan to develop 126 single-family homes in the eastern part of that town.
City staffers have been analyzing the draft environmental review for the Bollinger Valley project which would place the homes in partial view of Lafayette residents, according to a staff report. The report also lists concerns such as traffic impacts to a number of Lafayette roads, stormwater runoff issues and the use of housing, traffic and population data city staffers believe is outdated.
The city council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall.
Moraga-Orinda Fire District spring open house
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will hold a spring open house Saturday at the Orinda Village fire station, 33 Orinda Way.
The event will feature child identification and fingerprinting, visits from "Smokey the Bear" and "Sparky the Fire Dog," a bounce house and raffle. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be available. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Greater Bay Area.
The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, visit www.mofd.org.
City to take annual look at Wilder project
Officials will take their annual look at the Wilder project Tuesday to determine whether the development's owners are in compliance with agreements made with the city of Orinda.
Officials will also consider approving a sixth amendment to the development agreement as well as an extension to an agreement with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District to continue using the Orinda Fields at Wagner Ranch. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Orinda library auditorium.
'State of the City' address April 15
Mayor Amy Worth will deliver a second "State of the City" address April 15 at the Orinda Library Auditorium.
The evening is scheduled to begin with dessert and coffee, followed by the mayor's address. Worth gave an address March 20 at an Orinda Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. The second address was scheduled to provide residents the option of attending an evening program, according to the city.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. at 26 Orinda Way. No RSVP is required.
Town clean up and triathlon volunteers needed
Volunteers are being sought for the upcoming town cleanup and annual triathlon.
Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Moraga Commons Park from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 during the "Moraga Beautiful" event. Participants should wear painting/work clothes. Groups, teams and individuals are welcome.
Volunteers are also needed during the Moraga triathlon April 27. Helpers are needed at Campolindo High School and throughout the town from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Participants will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Oversight committee members chosen
Town leaders have selected seven residents to serve on a committee that will oversee funds received by the town for road repairs.
The committee members are William Faoro, Robert Foxall, Benny Lee, Larry Rosenberg, Angela Seitz, Richard Socolich and Danny Yang.
The committee was created to provide objective, third-party oversight of Measure K, a sales tax measure voters approved in November. While the funds from the tax are considered a general tax and can be spent on any municipal activity, town leaders have promised to spend the money solely on road repairs.
Bollinger Valley Draft EIR up for review
A draft report on the environmental impacts of a proposed 126-home development in eastern Moraga is up for public review.
The town will be accepting public comment on the Bollinger Valley draft EIR during a 45-day period following the draft's release. A copy of the report will be available for review at the town offices, the Hacienda de las Flores facility, the Moraga Library and online at www.moraga.ca.us.
The project's developer is asking for several appeals including a general plan amendment to build on the 186-acre site.
The planning commission will hold an informational hearing on the draft report April 17 at the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium, 1010 Camino Pablo, and will make a recommendation on the general plan amendment to the town council.
Garden Farm plant sales through April 21
The Moraga Gardens Farm's annual plant sale continues on Saturdays and Sundays April 6-21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each sale day.
The timing of the sale is ideal, as it is optimum to wait until April 15 to plant vegetables outdoors in Lamorinda.
More than 2,800 organic plants grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides will be offered. Plants include many hard to find heirloomn varieties, which have proved to do well in Lamorinda -- 20 types of tomatoes, four kinds of eggplants, eight peppers and nine different herbs.
Cost of the 4-inch potted plants is $2, and of 1-gallon plants are $5. Proceeds will help pay for the operating expenses of running the farm.
Moraga Gardens Farm grows a variety of vegetables and fruits, which are shared by the volunteer members, local markets, and local charitable organizations that fed the hungry, including the Contra Costa Food Bank. The farm is located at 1370 Moraga Road, just south of the Moraga Fire Department.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards