By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 3:39 pm in Uncategorized.
This reporter couldn’t help but laugh when, more than two hours into the Moraga Town Council meeting, Mayor Ken Chew said, “Next item, adoption of meeting agenda.”
Under the new order of things in Moraga, adoption of the agenda is actually the ninth thing on the agenda, following formalities like the roll call and not-so-formalities like presentations and the consent calendar.
Anyway, the reason why the meeting agenda was not adopted until 150 minutes into said agenda was the council got a rather lengthy presentation on the results of recently-conducted focus groups and surveys about residents’ knowledge and opinions of town affairs.
A lot of it wasn’t surprising. Residents like the town’s “semi-rural” environment and give high marks to schools and public safety. They also want to see more life pumped into the two shopping centers.
In the latter category, residents seemed to say they’re open to new businesses and even new development, but want it balanced with a respect for the “small-town” charm that draws so many people to Moraga.
Though few saw Saint Mary’s College as something they valued about the town, there were several comments that the town should partner more closely with the school and tap into its consumer base of some 4,000 students.
You can see the full presentation here: RECON presentation