Strong Arm Robbery at Camino Ricardo in Moraga


From the Moraga PD:

On 2/16/15 at approx. 1617 hours, a strong-arm robbery was reported on Camino Ricardo at Danefield Pl. in Moraga. Moraga Police responded and contacted the adult female victim, who reported that she had been walking on the sidewalk at the location when a vehicle pulled up and two suspects got out and accosted her. The suspects forcibly removed an over-the-shoulder style purse from her and fled the area in the vehicle, which was also occupied by another suspect. The suspects were all described as black males in their 20’s wearing black hoodies, and the vehicle was described as a black Mercedes with tinted windows. The victim, who had fallen to the ground during the incident, suffered minor abrasions but was otherwise uninjured. No weapons were displayed or observed during the incident. An extensive area check was conducted by Moraga, Lafayette, and Orinda police units but the suspects were unable to be located. The loss included cash and personal documents. The Moraga Police Department is actively following leads, including a report of a similar suspicious vehicle seen in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Brian South at 925-888-7052 or police dispatch at 925-284-5010.


Hollie’s Homegrown Now Available at Moraga and Walnut Creek Farmers Markets

Moraga Farmers Market

Moraga-based organic farm Hollie’s Homegrown recently started offering their culinary herbs/salts, herbal tea, honey, and healing oils for sale at the Moraga and Walnut Creek farmers market in the Shadelands business park. They can also be seen at the Fort Mason farmers market in San Francisco. Last week was their last day of the season but they’ll be back in Fall, 2015. Interestingly they are a finalist for the Martha Stewart “American Made” Awards. Check out their Facebook page here. I tried their lemon verbena tea leaves and it was really good!

From their website:

Hollie’s Homegrown is a small, organic family farm in Moraga, California (25 minutes east of San Francisco). We specialize in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and making herbal body & bath products. Grown to perfection in our own backyard (literally!), we keep a watchful eye on our precious plants like part of the family.


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SummerHill Homes Begins Development of 26 Houses off Camino Ricardo in Moraga – Available Fall 2015

Camino Ricardo, Moraga

SummerHill Homes has begun development of 26 single family homes encompassing over 14  acres off Camino Ricardo in Moraga. This development will be called Harvest Court. As you can see in the above photo the trees have been cleared and a sign posted about, “construction or air/dust related activities”. According to this press release SummerHill Homes gave $5,000 to the Moraga Education Foundation.


From their project website:

• 26 high-end single family homes
• A variety of elevation styles in approx. 2,700- to 3,700 sq. ft. two-story homes and two
single-story residences on lots averaging 12,600 square feet
• Surrounded by a nature 2+ acre park with trails and bridges over two creeks
• Nearby parks include Moraga Commons Park, and Hacienda De Las Flores Park
• Schools include Los Perales ES, Joaquin MS and Miramonte HS




Oktoberfest at Hacienda in Moraga this Sunday


Oktoberfest at Hacienda:

Hacienda de las Flores
2100 Donald Drive, Moraga
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
2:00pm – 6:00pm | $5

Oktoberfest 2014 will take place on Sunday, October 26, from 2 to 6 PM at the Hacienda de las Flores.  Music will be provided by a live oompah band, and bratwurst mit kraut, strudel and pretzels along with German beverages will be available.  Pumpkin painting and jumpy houses will entertain the children.   A $5 donation per adult is requested.  Under 21 is free.  Parking and a free shuttle to the Hacienda will be available from Donald Rheem School. This event is presented by the Hacienda Foundation, and all proceeds will go to improvements to the Hacienda.  If you’d like to help out with Oktoberfest, please send an email to  Gemutlichkeit!


Joaquin Moraga Sex Abuse Scandal Going National – 48 Hours Exposé Showing Tomorrow

The child sex abuse scandal from the 1990’s at the Moraga middle school Joaquin Moraga in which millions of dollars have been paid to settle multiple cases is about to get more national attention as the CBS documentary news show 48 Hours will be featuring this scandal tomorrow on a new episode:

A former middle school athlete kept quiet about years of abuse by a trusted coach. Can she now get the woman to admit to her crimes? Tracy Smith reports in an all-new “48 Hours” Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Check out this Contra Costa Times article for more information.


Saint Mary’s College Offers Leadership Programs for Working Adults



Sponsored By Saint Mary’s College:
Saint Mary’s College was founded in 1863 and is commited to social justice, respect for all persons, and the power of education to transform lives. It’s one of the oldest schools in the West, yet planted firmly in the 21st century on a foundation of strong values.

Saint Mary’s College of California Leadership Studies Program provides an innovative and practical education for students in the theories, perspectives and practices of leadership, which are responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Come meet our faculty, staff and alumni at our Open House event Saturday, October 18, from 10:00am-12:00pm! Find out how the M.A. and B.A. programs are catered towards adult learners and how school can fit into your present life. RSVP and bring a friend.