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Town of MoragaCandidate for City Council

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Jeanette Fritzky

Pharmaceutical Business Consultant
3,906 votes (22.19%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Town Resources – Even limited residential development can increase demands on our town - schools, infrastructure, town services and increased traffic. We must ensure that new development doesn’t outpace resources.
  • Hillsides and Ridgelines – Open space is central to Moraga’s identity and quality of life. Strengthening the Moraga Open Space Ordinance will help ensure that open spaces remain unspoiled, preserving Moraga’s natural habitat and scenic beauty.
  • Storm Drains - We need to develop financial means to fix failing storm drains and avoid additional sinkholes.



Profession:Pharmaceutical Consultant business owner/retired Biopharmaceutical Executive/retired Pharmacist
CEO, Founder, CAPTURE - Pharma Consulting (2006–current)
Chair, Moraga Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Committee Member, Art in Public Spaces — Appointed position (2016–current)
Commissioner, Moraga Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Vice President, Global Marketing, Chiron Corporation (2002–2005)
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Matrix Pharmaceutical, Inc. (2000–2002)
Executive Director, Oncology and Dermatology Business Unit, U. S., Roche Laboratories Inc. (1997–2000)
Director of Marketing/Global Strategic Marketing, Sanofi (1992–1996)


The A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University M. B. A.., marketing; strategy; finance; economics (1987)
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy B. S. Pharmacy, ;pharmacology; pharmaceutical sciences; communications (1977)

Community Activities

Vice President, NorCal Chapter of U. S. Lacrosse (501c)3) (2013–current)
Treasurer, Boy Scouts of America Troop 234 (2013–2015)
Team Administrator - Lacrosse, Campolindo High School (2012–2013)
Team Administrator - Cheer Leading, Campolindo High School (2011–2012)
Co-Chair, Cookie Sales, Orinda/Moraga Girl Scouts (2009–2010)


My name is Jeanette Fritzky.  I have been a resident of the Town of Moraga for 15 years.  We have raised our children in this wonderful community, from childhood schooling at Camino Pablo Elementary School, through adolescence while attending Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School and entry into adulthood through high school at Campolindo.

We are all neighbors in our Town.  We are a caring Town of volunteers, who reach out and step up to help.  I have met many of you through volunteering - Girl Scouts cookie sales, Boy Scouts adult committee, roller hockey in Lafayette, soccer, cross country; girls’ lacrosse, boys’ lacrosse and cheer leading at Campolindo; Moraga Parks Foundation, the Hacienda Foundation and Parks and Recreation celebrations, and many other activities that bring such fulfillment to our lives and spread the joy to others.

While I have been on the Parks and Recreation Commission, we have recently finished the trails mapping project and are on to naming the trails, supported the all-access playground at the Commons Park, and are solidifying the Commons Park Specific Plan that will guide our use of one of our town treasures for many years to come.  I am also a member of the Art in Public Spaces Committee whose mission is to bring art to public spaces in Moraga.  I am happy to say that by 2017, we should have some new additions for the Town to enjoy!  I so look forward to continuing my commitment to our wonderful Town in working with others.

I worked for most of my career in pharmaceuticals - starting as a pharmacist helping patients and families in a local pharmacy and later in a hospital.  From there, I went back to school to get my MBA, while I worked full time, managed a household, and raised two children on my own.  My efforts culminated in a successful career in biopharmaceuticals through which I learned many skills, the most important of which were listening, applying reason, making decisions and then taking action.  Experience also taught me about the richness of intellectual diversity and collaboration.

I need your vote.  I pledge to all my neighbors that I will do my best to support YOU.  I will do this by applying all I
have learned, and will learn in my role as a Town of Moraga Councilmember.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times
  • Suzanne Jones, Founder, Preserve Lamorinda Open Space
  • Kevin Reneau, President, Moraga Rotary Club

Elected Officials (2)

  • Phil Arth, Moraga Council Member
  • Mike Metcalf, Mayor Moraga

Individuals (48)

  • Edy Schwartz, Moraga Community Foundation Borad member, volunteer
  • Steve Woehleke, Moraga Planning Commissioner Chair
  • Steve Israel, Former Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 234, Boy Scout Emeritus
  • Robert Giomi, Moraga Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Robert Fritzky, Vice President, Moraga Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Adult Comm. Boy Scout Troop 234
  • Patti Ringlee, Campolindo School Advisory Council, Class Adviser and President’s Service Award Coordinator
  • Robin Fielding, Moraga Parks and Recreatoin Commissioner
  • Laszlo Bonnyay, Former Moraga Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Sanders Ranch Board of Directors
  • Don Aiello, President Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse
  • Christine Kuckuk, Moraga Planning Commissioner
  • Bobbie Preston, President of Chapter No One Left Behind
  • Bill Carman, Moraga Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Barry Behr, Former President of Moraga Kiwanis Club
  • Lindsay Carr
  • Nancy Schoenbrunner
  • Larry and Marjorie Zedaker
  • Ian Cook
  • James Wraith
  • Jan Taylor
  • Timothy and Caroline Tandrow
  • Todd Simi
  • Pam Reneau
  • Geoffrey Ringlee
  • Lane Ringlee
  • Stefan Amshey
  • Marc Biner
  • Jeanne Moreau
  • Joan Birke
  • Tina Brier
  • Mike Bullock
  • Lindsey Carr
  • Joseph Fielding
  • William E. Cosden
  • Zachary Carr
  • Ann Fritzky
  • Patrick Fritzky
  • Christopher C. Gerding
  • M'Liss Greenlee
  • Phil and Maryanne Hickman
  • Dave and Brita Harris
  • Mary Ellen Gustafson
  • Cathy Kantor
  • Jay Kerner
  • Gosia and Leszek Kossakowski
  • John Onoda
  • Blair Newell
  • Thomas Preston
  • David Ravinsky

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m running for Town Council to give back to this wonderful town which has given us so much. As a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I deeply value our parks and open spaces.

I listen and learn quickly, seeking factual, complete, and unbiased information, while being respectful of disparate views.  I will make conscientious and transparent decisions to ensure the prosperity of Moraga, financially and environmentally.

I have not developed a "political philosophy" preferring rather to listen, reason and act on the Town's behalf in a transparent means. I go into this endeavor not with a political frame of reference, but an eye and ear to gather input and much needed information to make well-informed decisions. I pledge to do my best, and believe that my past performance in school, work, family, and community not only serve me well, but prove I have what it takes to represent our Town - it's not just my Town and my opinions - it's citizens' opinions coupled with data that I will use to govern.

Position Papers

Town Resources


Even limited residential development can increase demands on our town - schools, infrastructure, town services and increased traffic.  We must ensure that new development doesn’t outpace resources, and that we have businesses in town that can support our needs for restaurants and quality shops.

Development may be inevitable, but our Town needs to have input on proposed and approved developments.  Current development (proposed or approved) includes:
  • Palos Colorados (75 acres of non-MOSO open space in the Las Trampas-Lafayette Reservoir wildlife corridor) was approved for development of 123 homes
  • Rancho Laguna II (now called Bella Vista) along Rheem Blvd, has begun construction on 27 houses
  • Camino Ricardo (Harvest Court) boasts 26 homes
  • Hetfield Estates includes 7 estates
  • Moraga Town Center Homes is under review for 36 units
  • Vista Encinos is approved for 10 housing units
  • Via Moraga is under construction for 18 homes
  • Moraga Country Club extension was approved for an additional 65 housing units many years ago
  • Another 600 acres in Bollinger Canyon and Indian Valley have the potential for development of up to another 350 houses
  • “Painted Rock” development originally proposed 15 houses, a performing arts center, “hospitality center,” athletic fields, and winery, but is currently on hold. 

Planned or proposed total housing units could add up to 1,200 units, which is a 21% increase in housing units vs the 2010 census.   People move to Moraga for its beauty, semi-rural community and excellent schools.  Since 2008, there has been a steady rise in enrolled students in our elementary schools, intermediate school and our high school.  Although we are well under the maximum student to teacher ratios as defined by the California Education Code, increases in student numbers due to new housing developments may impact the quality of education received in the future.   We have two wonderful, multi-use parks in Moraga - Moraga Commons in the center of town and Rancho Laguna Park at the far end of town. We have a new pocket park which is a "passive" park being developed as part of the Harvest Court development.  We are also lucky to have the historic Hacienda property. 
A marked increase in our population might suggest an increased need for open space to be dedicated to parks and recreation to support the needs of our children, adults and seniors.   Our library is utilized by many neighbors of all ages in Moraga.  The library staffing is funded through Moraga's contributions to Contra Costa County.  Increased demands will be placed on our partially volunteer-staffed library with more new residents.   The Moraga Orinda Fire Department (MOFD) is an essential service in our communitycomprised of 65 full-time staff, eight part-time staff, four paid on-call reserves, and 14  volunteers.  Formed on July 1, 1997 as an independent special district to provide more efficiency, MOFD provides fire protection and rescue, emergency medical, hazardous material response, ambulance, and any other services relating to the protection of lives and property.  The Moraga Police Department has 12 sworn officers, four reserve officers and two civilians who are available 24/7 to provide protection and emergency services to Moraga.  We must assess the impact of new housing units in Moraga on the critical response time or ability to fulfill obligations of MOFD and the Police with more development.   More residential development in Moraga will necessarily increase automobile traffic and make commute times longer to other areas, unless a marked effort is made to reduce in-town auto use.  In addition, increased auto use will increase emissions, our carbon footprint and wear-and-tear on our streets.  New development will exacerbate and potentiate traffic issues in our semi-rural town.  I will push for data-driven decisions that consider these issues.  With each new development application, I want to make sure we have fully assessed the impact on Town services and traffic to keep the semi-rural quality of our Town in tact.   Our schools are one of the most treasured assets to our town.  Although the Town does not regulate or manage the schools, we have a great deal of influence on their excellence – from volunteers who interface with students and staff, to supporting fundraising for the Moraga Educational Foundation, to engaging with educators on topics that effect our children.  Saint Mary’s College is also our neighbor, and is another asset to Moraga.

I believe we need to be proactive and inclusive in our broader plans for our town.  Likewise, I believe we will get reciprocation from the schools for our efforts. In the end, each party is responsible for making their own decisions, but I believe the decisions can be best informed with collaboration.

Our shopping centers (Moraga Center and the Rheem Shopping Center) as well as other retail, restaurants and services are vital to our community from many perspectives – a tax revenue base, a convenience for Moragans, and as a potential gathering place.  The Rheem Theater is a special place which has historic and sentimental value.  Although we do not own or manage these resources, we can create an environment that is conducive to revitalization and change that supports our community’s future, both aesthetically and economically.

With my experience in qualitative market research, I designed, analyzed, reported and presented the results of the recent Rheem Shopping Center Survey to help the Town and the Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to positively effect change in our community. 
The mission of the Chamber is to advance economic vitality by providing advocacy, information and services to their members and the Moraga community.  Over 360 community hours of input were given from a total of 1,084 respondents - a good mix of adults including Saint Mary's College students, younger parents with children, and our seniors. Thanks to everyone for their input and supporting potential change.  I believe that the conversations that have started and continue on all the above fronts can build successful thriving, businesses that benefit Moraga.   The General Plan, adopted in 2002 guides the development and conservation in our Town.  In California, the Plan is considered the "Constitution" of Moraga, not only setting forth a framework for zoning and other regulations, but also expressing the desires of the people in many aspects - environmental preservation, community design and character, mobility, shopping and services, housing, community facilities and services, public safety, community decision-making and land use regulation, balancing public good and property rights.

The Moraga Center Specific Plan was adopted in January, 2010 as the culmination of a seven-year planning process.  The plan addresses the need for infill development on 187 acres, including residential, commercial, suburban office and public facilities development to create a vibrant "downtown" area.  The area, bounded by Moraga Road, Camino Ricardo Road and Country Club Drive with a potential extension of School Street, surround the "Village" with a revitalized Moraga Shopping Center, residential and mixed office/residential areas and current residential and business areas.

Over the next four years, the General Plan and Moraga Center Specific Plan will face necessary changes and updates.  I
promise to ensure that they truly reflect Moragans’ values and vision for our town as they are updated and reviewed.


Storm Drains and Infrastructure


We need to develop financial means to fix failing storm drains and avoid additional sinkholes, as well as maintain our town's physical infrastructure.


It is estimated that our town's liability for repair and maintenance of storm drains in Moraga is $25 to $30 million today. This financial burden will only grow over time if we do not find solutions to address our old, failing storm drains.

In the early afternoon of March 13, 2016, an unexpected 15’ wide by 20’ long by 15’ deep sinkhole developed at the Rheem Boulevard and Center Street intersection.  A 4” gas line was exposed and then ruptured beneath the affected area of the sinkhole and as rains continued throughout the afternoon, a traffic signal pole, a PG&E electrical switch vault, and a portion of sidewalk fell into the expanding sinkhole.  The gas line rupture affected 2,600 PG&E customers.  Over sixty businesses were immediately closed.  (

Until our Town was deemed eligible for the emergency funding, we faced a budget crisis, trying to find over $3 million to fix the sinkhole.  When Contra Costa County was included in Governor Brown’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency on April 19, the Town became eligible to apply for FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) financial assistance.  On July 1, 2016 we were approved for funding that covers 88.53% of the estimated $3.2 million to repair the sinkhole. (as per Edric Kwan, P.E., Public Works Director, Town of Moraga, July 6, 2016 communication on Nextdoor).  Economic loss to surrounding businesses due to street closure and subsequent restorative construction has not yet been estimated.

Measure K has allowed our Town to initiate needed repairs to streets, culverts and other necessary infrastructure needs.  But funding from Measure K will not likely support all our infrastructure needs.

I pledge to make it a priority to find a financial solution that will allow us to tackle the problem of unattended storm drains before we incur another disastrous sinkhole and assure that our infrastructure maintenance and repair needs are critically considered.

HIllsides and Ridgelines


Open space is central to Moraga’s identity and quality of life. Strengthening the Moraga Open Space Ordinance will help ensure that open spaces remain unspoiled, preserving Moraga’s natural habitat and scenic beauty.

Anyone who lives in/or visits Moraga agrees that our stunning, natural hillsides and ridgelines are part of our property values, semi-rural community and our quality of life.  Not many communities can boast the beautiful, unadulterated open space that is home to wildlife and wild foliage which are an essential part of our outdoor home.

Moraga Open Space Ordinance (MOSO) was passed in 1986 to protect and preserve the Campolindo Ridge, Mulholland Ridge, Indian Ridge and Sanders Ridge. 

In 2008, a sequel, strengthening MOSO was put on the ballot against a heavily developer-funded anti-MOSO measure.  Both measures were defeated and as a result, no changes to MOSO were adopted.

"Moraga is now entering the critical final phase of this process:  the Planning Commission and Town Council will soon decide on new regulations governing development on steep slopes, massive grading of "high risk" areas, viewshed protection, ridgeline protection, maximum building sizes in scenic corridors, and other issues."  (

The Hillsides and Ridgelines Committee has been working since late, 2013 to define more specifically our vision for our hillsides and ridgelines, and our Town.  Clarifying what it means to “protect” our ridgelines and hillsides, protecting viewsheds along scenic corridors, defining “cell” shape for average slope calculation, allowing exceptions or changing grading regulations on hillsides, not allowing high-risk area remediation for the purpose of increasing housing unit density, assuring that development does not occur in flood plains, high fire-risk areas or high landslide-risk areas, taking into consideration the natural habitat and wildlife, natural hydrology and geologic science of the area  –  are all critically important considerations.

I pledge to all my neighbors to make sure that through open conversation and transparent decision-making, the vision for Moraga will reflect the desires of our Town to preserve our hillsides and ridgelines for future generations.

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