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May 28, 2010

Measure A Passes, Programs Saved by Alex Seclow

On May 4, the Acalanes Union High School District won a major victory by passing Measure A. The measure, which narrowly surpassed the required two-thirds votes, will help save numerous school programs and many teaching and administrative jobs. This parcel tax is a temporary tax of $112 per year for five years. There was a 52.16 percent voter turnout with 68.5 percent supporting the measure. Co-chairs Joni Avery and Susie Epstein, along with volunteers Sarah Butler, Lisa Engstrom, Marian Shostrom and Matt Davis, as well as many other teachers and parents worked 26 phone bank nights to help make sure

the measure passed. Sandy Breber, Parents Club President, said, “Every school signed up for a night. Students, parents, teachers, and staff called people in the Lamorinda area to see whether or not they supported Measure A and if they had any questions about the measure. Measure A passing is very, very signficant. Now we can keep electives that complete Miramonte’s education.” Seven periods will be available next year as well. Principal Adam Clark said, “This gives our district $4.8 million dollars to fund programs. Ninety percent of this money will go to fund teacher salaries. If Measure A had not passed, Miramonte would have had to release about 12 teachers. The school would have no academic counselors,

no librarians, no leadership, and much more. We are so glad Measure A passed.” If the measure did not pass, the Acalanes Union High School District would have had to offset the $4.8 million deficit by possibly cutting 50 teachers, eliminating seventh period, and ending funding towards programs such as public speaking and journalism. In the Lamorinda Weekly article titled “Measure A Wins by a Nose” Acalanes Superintendent John Stockton said, “It’s not about what’s right for adults; it’s about what’s right for our kids. We just are fortunate to have a very supportive community that is willing to respond to the needs of our kids. We’re really a model district for the rest of the state.”

Joaquin Moraga Adobe Faces Development Del Rey residents and preservation groups strive to save the historic Joaquin Moraga Adobe by Hannah Tennant

Situated directly below Moraga Country Club’s golf course and atop the neighborhood surrounding Del Rey sits the Joaquin Moraga Adobe. Last year, the land was sold and the new owners and developers are trying to pass permits to place 13 houses on this 20-acre property. This development would affect the historic Adobe and the Del Rey neighborhood below the property. The Adobe was built in 1841, has been a California State Historic Landmark since 1954, and an Orinda City Landmark since 1995. In addition, the Adobe is the oldest landmark in the East Bay, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jose Joaquin Moraga was a part of the De Anza Party, an expedition that founded the Presidio in San Francisco in 1776. Jose Joaquin Moraga then went on to found the city of San Jose. His son, Don Joaquin Moraga, and nephew, Don Juan Bernal, received a land grant from the Mexican government for the area that now includes Orinda, Moraga and Canyon. They named the region “Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados.” The Adobe was built by 300 Native Americans from the local mission. In 2009, Michael Olson, along with partners Peter Branaugh and John French, purchased the 20-acre property. This team is also involved with the Wilder development. Their original plan involved building 16 houses on the land, but has since been modified to 13. Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe was founded in 2009 to combat these changes and protect the Adobe. The organization consists of 70 community members from both Orinda and Moraga. They are concerned that if the

land is developed, the historic integrity of the site would be jeopardized. Safe Streets Del Rey was recently founded to focus specifically on the issue of traffic and safety hazards that would affect the Del Rey community if this development would come to pass. According to the TJKM Transportation Consultants, “the proposed project is expected to generate approximately 153 daily trips on a typical weekday, with

Jim and Charlotte Smith live next to the road that leads up to the Adobe. On the edge of their property lies a large oak tree. The couple recently sent in an application to the city to protect the tree as a Heritage tree. When a tree receives this title, an arborist must be present if any grooming is done to the tree, or if any construction is done surrounding the tree. The roots and the limbs must remain protected. At a recent city council meeting, Branaugh stated that his plans would involve harming this tree’s root system during the process of building roads up to the Adobe. The application has been postponed, as it is “not in the convenience of the developer.” FJMA and Safe Streets Del Rey hope to spark community protest and halt this project. In Pleasanton, a similar adobe, built Photo: K. Long during the same time period, was facing Photo: K. Long a development. The surrounding Clockwise from bottom left: 1) The present day Adobe on the 20community rose up in acre property. 2) Developer Michael Olson meets with members of the Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe during a tour, April 2009. protest and stopped 3) The Adobe before its 1941 renovation. the development. The developer handed 12 trips during the a.m. peak hour over a portion of the property, and the community turned and 16 trips during the p.m. peak the site into an educational facility. The Alviso Adobe is hour.” The proposed development now a community park, where people can come and learn would include paving a road to about the history of the Adobe and the early settlement of connect both sides of Donna Maria California. Way, where a path currently lies. (Continued on page 4) An old barn that sat next to the Adobe has already Miramonte High School Non-Profit Organization Photo: H. Tennant been torn down, as well as a 750 Moraga Way US Postage Paid, Orinda, caretaker building that sat on Ca Permit #301 Orinda, CA 94563 the property. Neither of these buildings were historic landmarks, as they were built after the original Adobe. The barn was hastily demolished, as it was viewed as a fire safety hazard. In addition, three old eucalyptus trees that stood on the property were cut down. One was 72 inches in diameter, and although it wasn’t protected, it had historical value. It is estimated that this tree had been standing since the Gold Rush.


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