Grade Your Hometown: This Week -- Moraga

Last month we asked you to grade Lafayette, and on average readers gave their city a solid “B.” Now it’s the “MO” in LaMOrinda’s turn to be put to the test.


This week, we’re making Moraga Patchers the teachers and asking you to give the town of Moraga a grade. Last month, our readers and   How does Moraga stack up in terms of livability? Government? Small town look and feel?

What’s it like to live in Moraga? What do you think of the Moraga Town Council? How are the roads? Most important, of course, how’s the food?

Moragans are no strangers to conversations about how to make their town better.

Most recently, a fight about Rancho Laguna Park and off-leash dogs had the town in an uproar. The from the ordinance that would ban off-leash dogs from the park, but people are still talking.

St. Mary’s College is looking to , which has raised questions about noise and traffic issues in the town, and of course there are those vacant storefronts.

So here’s your chance to chime in. What issues are important to you and how can they be fixed? What grade will you give Moraga?

Enter your grade in the poll below, and share any comments you have in the comments section. We ask that you use your own name if you do decide to comment, so people know who’s saying what about the town of Moraga.  

Next stop on our grading tour: the city of Orinda. 

Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop July 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The Town Council as constituted will fail us. There are recalcitrant members that condemn it to a kind of inertia, which if not corrected will wrench the remaining charm and sophistication out of it. We need a change of leadership.
Kevin Grabenstatter July 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
B. Fix the roads and spruce up the two commercial centers, and it's an easy A.
KFrances July 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Moraga's PDA is the Moraga Center for high density, low income stack and pack housing. Brekke Read is trying to re-zone Rheem so they can get 'free' money from the Feds to enact their Facsist vision: http://www.onebayarea.org/pdf/JHCS/PDA_Narratives.pdf The plan is to move or remove (you) - Don't let them destroy Moraga. There is no plan for school funding or fire/police services with One Bay Plan - say goodbye to the last good schools in the state. Stop One Bay Area Plan - U.N. OUT of USA - Agenda 21 OUT
no1uno1uno July 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I'm with Kevin on fixing up the shopping centers. The sign for the Moraga center is embarrassing. They have the same signage in front of Whole Foods in Lafayette and it looks great. I don't understand why the Moraga center won't spend a couple hundred to make it look nice again. I love Moraga, I wish the owners of the shopping center did too. B+
Carol Flowers July 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
As long as we're slinging the word around it's F-A-S-C-I-S-T
Andrew L. July 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Moraga is great except for the shortage of tin foil hats. I enjoy the 70s charm of the shopping centers.
CJ July 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Until the property owners have a hope for a positive ROI. That center will remain as it is with all its old skool charm. There will be NO big anchor tenants riding in on a white horse to save it for awhile. It is what it is. Maybe ABAG can mow it down and turn it into a Liberal Utopian Transit Village. We can then have a mile long line of Section 8ers signing up for the new low income pads? No1Uno- Do you really think the city/town has any say in "fixing" it up? I suggest more book learning is in order.
Jose July 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Try the dollar store, next to the tinsel.
no1uno1uno July 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
CJ, read my post, "...owners of the shopping center...". I know the city doesn't have a say in this matter. My comment was not related to city government but to the "livability" and "small town look and feel" of Moraga. I think when property owners (residential or business) stop caring about appearances it reduces the value of the town. General maintenance is all I'm asking for by the owners of the center.
CJ July 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Even monies for that may be in short supply. Generally in the land development game. Tenants, owners, general public all benefit when the ROI is healthy and vibrant. When it is not healthy then cuts are made in maintenance first (landscape, pavement, etc. as the pool of tenants may not be able to support the shared costs of just basic maintenance. As far as the populace here not caring? Do you really think that is even a possiblity? Have you been to hearings? Do you see the homes and the hyper busy body soccer moms around here. There is nothing more important to many of them than what EVERYTHING looks like. The problem is that current development costs have risen so much since that center was built it just will not ever support the kind of investment it would take to bring it back......unless major housing developments are greenlighted here to jack up the demos. People don't like to hear that reality.
KFrances July 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
typing too fast - of course - fascist....and it's mandated - so before anyone says anything about tinfoil hats - you should read about the high density infill on page 21 and non- vehicular circulation on page 20...and know that Executive Orders are changing everything from spying to zoning to permiting to drones and Eco Tryranny is a reality and it will be used against every single one of us...oh and you can use Google to calculate your carbon footprint and then pay a tax on it...or if you gain a pound with the new healthcare law... Please don't lose the forest through the trees !...remember who you are...!
KFrances July 19, 2012 at 09:48 PM
actually Google or a drone will calculate it for you...that's the plan anywyas...
Andrew L. July 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thx ... I did read it, Kfrances. Pls see my comment on the stoplight camera post. I do remember who I am and I am long on tinfoil.
KFrances July 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Oh good...I thought I was the only one...thank you...
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop July 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This area is super saturated with retail opportunities. Moraga lies on the periphery of the population mass and access roads. It is too isolated to support more than one commercial center. Rheem has always been a mistake. Rezone it as non-commercial with only Town government and services allowed. With one shopping center, Moraga would have every appearance of a healthy, flourishing, well-sized community. Seems pretty obvious. The current configuration has every appearance of a dying community, one on the way out.
Chris F. July 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Just think what Moraga would be like if they had built the UN headquaters here?
Chris F. July 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM
If I could go back to 1948 when Pops n Gma sold their family property (downtown Rheem) to Donald Rheem, I would give them a serious smack down!
Tyler Durden August 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Brekke Read as in Shawna Brekke-Read?
Michael Taylor August 08, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Tyler Durden as in Fight Clubs Tyler Durden?
Tyler Durden September 10, 2012 at 05:52 AM
The very same


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