Regulation of the Day (Darth Vader Edition)


Recently I decided to run in Mulholland Open Space in Moraga (which has amazing views) when I encountered this regulation:

“Animals that are under a person’s control are permitted on the paved portion of Donald Drive without a leash.”

I can understand having leash rule, I can also understanding having a no leash required rule, but I cannot for the life of me understand a no leash required but must-be-in-control rule. Can someone enlighten me? This is done for legal reasons only, right?

Moraga Pear & Wine Festival on Saturday


Moraga Pear & Wine Festival:

Moraga Commons Park
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm | Free

The 16th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Moraga Commons Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This is a family friendly event with activities for all ages celebrating Moraga’s Pear history!  Join your friends and neighbors for:  entertainment with DJ RyanO, wine tasting with Lamorinda Winegrowers Association, grape stomping, pear pies, jumpies, food, local artist booths, community booths, and more!


10:00 am All Booths Open
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Entertainment with DJ RyanO
11:30 am Pear Recipe Submissions Due to Judging Table
12:30 pm Adult Pear Pie Eating Contest
12:45 pm Youth Pear Pie Eating Contest
1:00 pm Pear Recipe Winners Announced
1:15 pm Grape Stomping
4:00 pm Booths Close

Friday Question of the Day – What Should be Done About the Orinda/New Rheem Theatres in Lamorinda?

Rheem Theatre, Moraga

According to this Contra Costa Times article the The New Rheem theater in Moraga is not profitable to the owners so for a cool $4.75 million it can be yours for the taking. Moraga Councilman Dave Trotter noted that, “Over the past two decades, our community has mobilized and worked to save the Theatre and keep it open. It may now be necessary for the Moraga community to do that again, and I believe the Town government has a legitimate role to play in making that happen.”

Should these theaters be allowed to go the way of the Pleasant Hill Dome Theater and be demolished to make way for newer buildings or should the the city government get involved to help save these iconic theaters so they can continue hosting festivals such as the California Independent Film Festival?

Amphitheatre of the Day

Donald Dr, Moraga

Recently I happened to be checking out Mulholland Ridge open space in Moraga (amazing!) off Donald Dr. when I encountered the Cindy Waxman Trail. Peeking inside I noticed a semi-hidden amphitheatre. Anyone know if this is actually used?

According to the Moraga Parks Trail Guidebook:

On the other (uphill) side of the parking area is the start of the well-marked Cindy Waxman trail. That natural trail takes you up the hill through eucalyptus, oak and pine trees for about a quarter mile. It connects to Donald Drive at a gate. You can walk through the gate, turn left, and go up Donald Drive to Mulholland Ridge for a longer hike.


Prostitution Solicitation at Rheem Shopping Center Massage Parlor in Moraga


From the Moraga PD:

The Moraga Police Department conducted an investigation into possible illicit activities occurring at Wonderful Spa, a massage parlor located at 450 Center Street in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga

With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, an undercover operation on 8/28/14 at approx. 1656 hours resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Situ Li of San Leandro for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. Li was booked at the Moraga Police Department and released on a signed Promise to Appear. The incident is also being investigated for possible use permit violations against the business. Please contact Sergeant Brian South at 925-888-7052 for any inquiries.

home/made kitchen café & bakery Opens in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Earlier this month we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be opening soon in Moraga near 24 Fitness and they have now opened. I dropped by recently and tried their Chef’s Scramble (2 eggs, spinach, bacon, goat cheese), served with fruit and potatoes and it was delicious, as was their fig scone, yum! There is plenty of space both inside and out and the warm, natural lighting is a nice complement to the cozy atmosphere. For now they’re open for breakfast, brunch and lunch until 2pm with their coffee bar open until 4pm on weekdays. Check out their website here.


Check out photos of the inside including a closeup of the chef’s scramble and menusContinue reading

California Independent Film Festival Sept. 11th – 14th in Orinda and Moraga


California Independent Film Festival:

Orinda Theatre & New Rheem Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda/350 Park St, Moraga
Thursday, September 11th – Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Welcome to the 17th annual California Independent Film Festival! This year’s festival is expanding to San Francisco with screenings at the Castro Theater. Anyone who has not had a chance to see a movie in this beautiful venue should attend one of the events. The Castro is definitely worth visiting! This year, the CAIFF Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and I hope that you will take the opportunity to meet the filmmakers who will be in attendance, as well as the other festival attendees. There is a wide range and variety of films, so everyone should be able to find what they like.

For our schedule, please visit Thank you for participating with us in this great event!

Friday Question of the Day – How Young is Too Young to Head a Soccer Ball?

Photo by Flickr user heisnofool

The fall kids soccer season is about to begin. Earlier this summer I read about US women soccer stars getting the word out on the dangers of children heading soccer balls with, “guidelines calling for the elimination of heading the ball by players younger than 14″ due to the potential for brain injuries. The article notes that, “many soccer organizations in the United States suggest that coaches start teaching children to head the ball only after those players turn 10″. The American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) points out on their, Is Heading Safe, page, in bold that, “AYSO does not recommend heading below the age of ten. Coaches are not encouraged to teach or practice heading at these early ages”.

So imagine my surprise when my six year old kid comes home from soccer camp one day this summer and starts throwing the ball up in the air trying to hit it with his head. He told me that’s what they did at camp.

When I emailed the camp about their policy they replied with:

Heading is specially important because incorrect heading is not safe in the long run.
We adjust the intensity of all skills to be age-appropriate.  Heading skill is taught to the younger age by reducing the distant from where the ball is served to the player to reduce the power from the ball. This is in compliance with recommendations from all soccer organizations.

Now it turns out that the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is using this soccer organization to provide, “Professional trainers [...] working directly on the field with coaches and players” and “Separate “free” skills clinics with [...] trainers”. I emailed LMYA about their soccer heading policy and did not receive a reply.

Should young kids be practicing heading soccer balls? Do other soccer organizations in this area have policies on this?

Story Poles for Moraga Town Center Homes Next to Fire Station


Story poles have been placed recently at the Moraga Town Center Homes project next to the Moraga fire station on Moraga Way to show how tall the units will be. This project has been revised for 36 units, of which 21 will be 2.5 story townhomes with the remaining 15 units planned for 2 story cottage duplexes. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article noting the various problems placing homes next to a fire department training area.



home/made kitchen cafe & bakery Opening Soon in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Back in March of last year we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be moving from the Haceinda to Rheem Blvd. where Mondello’s used to be in Moraga (a few doors down from 24 Hour Fitness) and lots of progress is being made including what looks like a large patio area in front. According to their website they are planning for a summer opening. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

home/made kitchen brings something fresh to the table, literally. Many of our ingredients are sourced from organic, local, sustainable farms and everything is made in house. The result is authentic, inspired California cuisine.

Located at 337 Rheem Boulevard in Moraga, the cafe will open this summer with approximately 40 seats indoors and 20 seats outdoors. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. Breakfast will be served all day with lunch in the afternoon, as well as packaged take out meals for dinner.   – See more at: