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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/17/2017 12:28 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


The strange, fun and fascinating origin stories behind Bay Area city names

Lafayette went through quite a few iterations before settling on its current name. 


Is Togo's Returning to Lafayette?

Bay Area sandwich franchise Togo's has ambitious plans for the region, telling the Business Times this week that it plans to open 15 to 20 stores locally within the next five years.  Togo's, which currently has close to 300 stores operating in six Western states, is now eyeing adding franchise locations in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Benicia, Rohnert Park, San Rafael, San Bruno, Oakland and San Francisco.


Radioshack will close 11 stores in the Bay Area as it files for bankruptcy again (video)

Almost a dozen local RadioShack stores will close as the retailer struggles with its recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan, its second such filing in two years.


CG Designs Opens in Lafayette

CG Designs, formerly Taylor & Jacobson, has opened in the El Diablo Forge building in Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Check out their website here.


Empty lots to posh pads: Concord, Walnut Creek luxury apartment boom

At least nine upscale apartment complexes are under construction or in the pipeline in Concord and Walnut Creek.


Burger Lounge picks Walnut Creek, Campbell for first Bay Area locations

The SoCal-based chain specializes in grass-fed burgers and organic ingredients.


Oakland's Embattled Fire Chief to Retire
A bitter end. 

A Look at Oakland's Financial Woes
All is not well, Daniel Borenstein writes. 

Malibu Joins the Sanctuary City Movement
Another one joins the list. 


"Raiders still need to hash out relocation fee, stadium lease in Las Vegas, NFL exec says," by San Francisco Business Times' Riley McDermid: Story





Learn more about legislation to fix road crisis
East Bay Times


Trump’s budget could threaten future Bay Area transportation projects
San Francisco Examiner


Trump Transportation Plan Could Derail Bay Area Transit Projects


Here are 16 big transit projects that could be out of luck under the Trump budget
Washington Post


Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?


Most agree Bay Area freeway cameras can help prevent shootings, paying for them is another matter
East Bay Times





California’s Legislative Analyst Claims NIMBYism Driving State’s Housing Crisis
In “Do Communities Adequately Plan for Local Housing?” the first central conclusion is that the process under which the state Department of Housing and Community Development works with cities and counties on their general plans to ensure adequate housing isn’t working. It cites little follow-through from many local governments on past promises and notes that many development plans are badly outdated and unusable.


Is California's housing market peaking? (Consumer Affairs)
California led the nation's housing recovery, with home prices in Southern California and the Bay Area zooming past their previous housing bubble highs. But now, there are signs suggesting that the market may have peaked, at least in terms of number of sales. In its monthly report, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) says February sales of existing, single-family detached homes fell 4.7% from January, while they were up compared to February 2016 sales -- which were the weakest of the year. CAR President Geoff McIntosh says the Fed's promotion of a rising interest rate environment could affect housing a couple of different ways. But over the long haul, higher interest rates will make California's already expensive homes even more costly. That's already being reflected in what buyers are willing to pay. In February, the median price of an existing, single-family detached California home fell below the $500,000 mark for a second straight month. That doesn't necessarily mean sellers are reducing the price of their homes, but more likely means buyers are increasing their purchase of less expensive homes.

Oakland: Downtown grows up with new residential towers, but who will afford them?
East Bay Times


Sen. Mike McGuire pushes $3 billion affordable housing bond
Santa Rosa Press Democrat


City of Berkeley should seek alternate housing solutions
Daily Californian


Lawmakers warn that Trump budget cuts will deepen California affordable housing crisis
Sacramento Bee


Father of Ghost Ship victim urges lawmakers to review building codes
San Francisco Chronicle





Trump's push to ease vehicle emissions rules takes aim at the foundation of California's air pollution fight
Los Angeles Times


Editorial: Trump’s vehicle emissions plan: Make California smoggy again
Los Angeles Times


Trump’s review of car fuel standards could lead to fight with California, environmentalists
Washington Post


Trump budget slashes funds for EPA and State Department
San Francisco Chronicle


$3 million in penalties for petroleum companies’ environmental violations
San Francisco Chronicle


Trump moves to roll back pollution standards for cars, setting up conflict with California
Sacramento Bee


Reversing course on fuel standards is bad for America
Sacramento Bee


California gas prices could rise if the state's cap-and-trade program is extended, legislative analyst says
Los Angeles Times


California Oil Sees Ally in Trump, Even If He Can’t Really Help Them


Study: California Has Some Of The World’s Dirtiest Oil
Capital Public Radio


Trump won't seek to roll back California vehicle authority




Berkeley sees S.F. efforts as guide to fighting homelessness (San Francisco Chronicle)
An ambitious plan to pull Berkeley’s burgeoning homeless population off the streets, first into sheltering mini-villages and then into permanent housing, got a big rollout by the city’s mayor Thursday — but one big question loomed. How will the city pay for it, especially when President Trump and the Republican Congress are trying to cut funding to social welfare ventures all over the country? For now, the costs are penciled in only as “significant,” and what Arreguin and Hahn have in mind before the plan goes to the City Council on April 4 is a lot of community discussion — and fishing around for buy-in from potential funders. The money required would probably crest into the millions, considering one element of it alone, a Navigation Center-style shelter, cost San Francisco $2 million to start up in 2015.




CalPERS terminates contracts, cuts benefits for defunct public agency

CalPERS voted Wednesday to terminate its contract with the East San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium after the consortium failed to make its full required contributions to the retirement system.


CalPERS Cuts LA Works Pensions: Who’s at Fault?
CalPERS board members voted this week to cut the pensions of about 200 former employees of a disbanded job-training agency known as LA Works, unless the four founding cities agree to make a $406,345 payment before July 1. The cities that formed the East San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium joint powers authority — Azusa, Covina, Glendora, and West Covina — have told CalPERS they will not pay because the pension contract is with the disbanded agency, not the cities.


Calpers slashes pensions for retirees of defunct agency

The California Public Employees' Retirement System on Wednesday approved cutting the benefits of a small group of retirees in the second such move in four months.


CalPERS Approves New Regulations That Set Strong Safeguards Against Pension Spiking - Pensionable ...

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration approved new draft pensionable compensation regulations that move pension reform forward another step.





"Trump v. California: Scoring the Bout," by CalMatters: "Don't expect a clean fight. On a wide array of issues, the Trump administration and California's Democratic leaders are prepping for protracted battle. ... The next four years look to be a slugfest. We'll help you keep score." Story


"Democratic and Republican legislative leaders join to fight campaign finance rule change," by LA Times' Patrick McGreevy: "In a rare bipartisan agreement, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the state Senate and Assembly have united to fight a proposal by the state's campaign watchdog agency to change the test for when a candidate controls a political committee." Story


"California's new education ratings tool paints a far rosier picture than in the past" by LA Times' Joy Resmovits and Sandra Poindexter: "The new system, which is color coded, grades on a curve and paints a far rosier picture in academics than past measurements, a Times analysis found. Nearly 80% of schools serving grades three through eight are ranked as medium- to high-performing in the new ratings, earning them positive colors on report cards sent to parents." Story


"Could San Francisco's universal health care model work for all of California?" by Sacramento Bee's Angela Hart: "Alice Chen sees a steady stream of patients here, at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center ... Through focusing on regular checkups and preventative care, Chen says overall healthcare costs have ticked down over the past decade, due in large part to the system's ability to divert patients away from costly emergency room visits and catch health complications before they escalate to severe illness and disease.." Story


"State Leaders Fill Three California Coastal Commission Seats,'' via LATimes' Dan Weikel: Story.


"Four-Year Degree Costs Drop At California Systems," by Inside Higher Ed's Rick Seltzer: Story


"Does it make sense to spend up to $289 million to repair the Queen Mary?" by LA Times' Hugo Martin: Story


"Borenstein: County hired social worker with domestic violence history," by Eas bay Times' Daniel Borenstein: Story


"Grieving California man: Trump called after crash blamed on five-time deportee," by Los Angeles Daily News: Story


"Can California repair damaged Delta reservoir within 45 days?" by Sacramento Bee's Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese: Story





Woman 'almost crashed car' when snake slithered from vent




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