Moraga

Shopping

Chase Bank Coming to Moraga


Moraga Way & School Street, Moraga

Wells Fargo will be getting a little more competition soon as a new Chase Bank is coming right next door near Safeway in Moraga. According to the Moraga town council news this is the, “first major new commercial construction in Moraga in several years, and will provide more convenient services for Chase’s approximately 3,400 Moraga account holders.” Presumably they’ll also want to increase that number being that they’re situated so close to Wells Fargo.

Gyms

Bay Area Ballplayers Opens in Moraga Shopping Center


Moraga Shopping Center

Bay Area Ballplayers, a new batting cage and sports training center, opened last month in the Moraga shopping center right near Loard’s Ice Cream. Check out their services here. Owner Steve Hammond was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 (6th Round), traded to SF Giants AAA in 2008 and played in Japan, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Check out his bio here.

From their website:

Bay Area Ballplayers is a 5,200 square foot athlete training facility equipped with functional fitness equipment, a 70 foot batting cage, 2 pitching mounds, the latest technology in performance tracking and data analysis, and a retail storefront with apparel & sporting goods.

Daily Life

Lack of Lighting at Moraga Shopping Center “Feels Very Unsafe”


Moraga Shopping Center

I dropped by the Moraga shopping center one night where Safeway is located and it turns out the email below is spot on. Dozens of lights are out, the lights that are on are not particularly bright, and some sections don’t have adequate lighting at all. The above photo shows one section of the parking lot with non-working lights circled in yellow. Anyone know who to contact about this?

From a reader:

I am a resident of Moraga and would like to know who to contact regarding the lack of lights at the Moraga Shopping Center. It is very dangerous and I have seen too many people trip due to the lack of light, drivers finding it difficult to see people in dark clothes or small children, and it feels very unsafe. How do I contact those that own and manage the Moraga Center and ask them to take responsibility for the unsafe environment they are creating by not maintain the lights in their parking lots. Someone is going to get hurt if they have not already. The town asks us to shop and support our local businesses but not at the expense of people’s safety.

Shopping

Natasha Grasso Jewelry Closes in Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga


Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

Natasha Grasso Jewelry, which opened a showroom three years ago in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga, has closed. According to their Instagram page it looks like they’re relocating to Roseville. Check out their online collection here and sign up for their BLING BOX monthly subscription service here.

Restaurants

Bagaan Replaces New Delhi Bistro at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga


Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

The owners of New Delhi Bistro in the Rheem Valley shopping center in Moraga have decided to switch gears and open a new vegetarian restaurant called Baagan. Check out their menu here. Note that the San Ramon location is a different owner. Although New Delhi Bistro is gone, Baagan will still feature dishes with Indian spices.

From their website:

We’re dedicated to providing scrumptious vegan dishes and drinks that will satisfy your cravings without compromising taste and nutrition. We use local, organic, fresh, seasonal, GMO-free and mostly gluten-free ingredients to make very delicious and healthy recipes. Our chefs cook hot food every morning. We use different spices to flavor food for therapeutic reasons. We focus on eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Shopping

See’s Candies Popup in Moraga until Dec 24th

Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

The annual See’s Candies popup shops opened in Moraga at the Rheem Valley shopping center, next to Starbucks, open until December 24, 10am – 5pm. Another popup is located at the Moraga Center between Loard’s Ice Cream and the Moraga Garden Center.

The Kiwanis Club’s See’s Holiday Shops are an annual, major fund-raising effort that benefits charities in Lamorinda and nearby communities. The club raises and distributes in total approximately $60,000 annually.

Crime

Man Arrested for Child Pornography in Moraga

From the Moraga PD:

On November 28, 2018, the Moraga Police Department, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, along with other task force investigators, served a search warrant at a residence on San Pablo Court in Moraga. Investigators were acting on a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a person at the residence was in possession of child pornography.

The investigation, including interviews and evidence collected at the scene, revealed that Ruben Nicholas Diaz, 21, who was currently living in Moraga, was in possession of hundreds of images of Child Pornography on multiple electronic devices. Diaz was arrested following the search warrant and booked at the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. Diaz’s bail was set at $100,000.

Moraga Police were assisted by investigators from the Contra Costa County Distric t Attorney’s Office, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the United States Secret Service, all of whom participate in the ICAC Task Force.

The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to contact Corporal William Davis at 925-888-7161 or via e-mail at davis@moraga.ca.us.