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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/08/2017 11:17 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette off the hook in Deer Hill housing dispute

Lafayette City council to vote May 8 on settlement agreement over housing lawsuit


State investigating alleged campaign violations by Contra Costa Transportation Authority
East Bay Times


Injured hiker on Mount Diablo helicoptered to safety

A female hiker, whose age was not released, suffered a severely broken ankle and wasn’t moving when Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews requested help from the STARR 3 helicopter used by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.


Borenstein: Clang! Schaaf budget plan continues Oakland can-kicking

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s budget plan lacks a meaningful strategy for addressing the city’s mounting debts and future budget shortfalls.


Exclusive: Inside look at Ghost Ship party that witnesses say Oakland firefighters attended,'' via the Pulitzer Prize-winning East Bay Times team -- Matthias Gafni, David DeBolt, Aaron Davis and Thomas Peele: Story.





Initiative filed to repeal California gas tax increase
Sacramento Bee


Have scientists discovered the cure for potholes?
The Verge


Driverless airport shuttle bus may be ride of the future


Furor over gas-tax hike shows no sign of easing
San Francisco Chronicle


Winter lingers on Bay Area bike routes damaged by storms
San Francisco Chronicle


Gas-tax repeal? California lawmaker launches a ballot initiative
East Bay Times





Affordable housing drying up across Bay Area, report finds
San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Area’s housing recovery isn’t as universal as you think
East Bay Times


Bill that would allow cities to mandate more low-income rental housing clears Assembly
Los Angeles Times


Oakland clears out homeless encampment experiment
San Francisco Chronicle


Pressure grows to boost housing, opportunities for young homeless
San Francisco Chronicle


Nonprofit pledges $100 million to aid SF’s chronically homeless
San Francisco Chronicle


Take action for affordable housing in the Bay Area
San Francisco Chronicle


‘Housing crisis’ tops California’s legislative agenda this year
East Bay Times


My Word: Legislature must take bold action on affordable housing
East Bay Times





State of the Air: California and Bay Area cities among top 10 most polluted in nation
East Bay Times


Bay Area air hits healthy milestone thanks to tough wood-burning rules
Mercury News


Hundreds of dead sharks washing up on Bay Area shores
San Francisco Chronicle




Ventura council to look at rising pension costs (Ventura County Star)
No other cost will rise faster in the years ahead, which is prompting Ventura officials to explore how they can financially prepare for future pension growth. The City Council will take a closer look at the issue on Monday night. The discussion will focus on the unfunded accrued liability, which is money the city owes employees for hours they've already worked. Ventura is part of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, which pays benefits for retirees. As investments fail to hit targets and the number of retirees grows faster than workers contributing to the system, cities are increasingly making up the shortfall by paying more into the system. Ventura also significantly beefed up benefits for public safety and other workers after the state approved big enhancements in 1999.





He wants more public money to fight Trump for California," by SacBee's Jim Miller: "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had a message for the state Senate's budget writers Thursday: Carrying on the state's legal fight against President Donald Trump doesn't come cheap." Story


The GOP health bill's impact on Californians," by the SFChronicle's Catherine Ho: "The health care bill passed by the Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday could lead to millions of Californians losing health insurance, paying significantly more for coverage or receiving less generous health benefits. Here's why ... Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, roughly 13 million people, receive health insurance through the state's Medicaid program - including 4 million who enrolled after 2013 because California expanded the safety net program using billions of dollars from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act." Story


Planned Parenthood supporters slam Steve Knight for healthcare vote at Santa Clarita rally," by LA Daily News' Ryan Fonseca: "Supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied outside the office of Rep. Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita, Thursday afternoon, voicing their outrage after Knight voted in favor of the House bill, known as the American Healthcare Act." Story


OC Sheriff Wants to Expand Immigration Detention in County Jails," by the Voice of the OC's Nick Gerda: "Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is seeking permission from the Board of Supervisors to expand the number of federal immigration detainees who can be held in county jails." Story


Mayor rejects call by faith leaders to better protect undocumented immigrants," by the Fresno Bee's Carmen George: "Faith leaders have been calling for more protections for undocumented immigrants in Fresno through a city-supported legal defense fund and the creation of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, along with the dismissal of misdemeanor charges related to a protest march urging officials to make Fresno a sanctuary city. The short answer Wednesday from Fresno Mayor Lee Brand: No." Story


Palmdale mayor's former consulting job may have sparked investigation, search of City Hall," by the LATimes' Benjamin Oreskes, James Queally and Richard Winton: "A search warrant was served Wednesday night at the offices and home of Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford as part of an investigation involving his past employment with a consulting firm that paid him nearly $200,000, according to city officials and the mayor's former campaign manager." Story


Can state run on sun and wind alone? California weighs aggressive climate change measures," by SacBee's Dale Kasler: "Faced with a presidential administration that's dialing back climate change policies, California is getting even more aggressive on battling greenhouse gases." Story


'We are very, very sorry.' State water officials face frustrated Oroville crowd," by SacBee's Ryan Sabalow: "Cindy Messer apologized Tuesday to several hundred grim Oroville residents who had been ordered to run from their homes three months earlier. They sat rigidly in their seats inside the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at the first public meeting Messer's agency, the Department of Water Resources, has hosted in Oroville since the February crisis at the dam. Some sternly crossed their arms as they stared Messer down." Story


Why some experts say a court just created a new pathway to "tax" Californians," by CALmatters' Ben Christopher: "Could a few words buried within a recent court ruling make it easier for the state to raise money from Californians? Those words-contained within a decision affirming the constitutionality of California's policy of charging polluters-are causing a stir among some state budget experts, who wonder if the ruling could be used to could pry loose constitutional constraints that have long restricted lawmakers' ability to increase taxes." Story


Orange County family says they were kicked off Delta flight after argument over child's seat," by the Los Angeles Times' James Queally: Story


A new kind of L.A. coffee house welcomes pot smokers," by the Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian: Story


Sheriff whistleblower who testified in federal obstruction case gets $1.275-million settlement," by the Los Angeles Times' Richard Winton: Story


Man wins $620,000 verdict against Long Beach police in brutality lawsuit," by the Los Angeles Times' James Queally: Story


$84,000 a year now qualifies as low income in high-cost Orange County," by the Orange County Register's Jeff Collins: Story


Why this company's scanning technology is a smugglers' nightmare," by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Mike Freeman: Story


California: The state where people don't move: Federal tax data show California is the second-best state in terms of keeping its taxpayers,'' by LADailyNews Jonathan Lansner. Story.


Price Tag for State's Road-Wrecking Winter: $1.4 Billion and Counting,'' via Dan Brekke, KQED: Story.


The Bay Area is the largest contributor to California tourism,'' via SF Business Times: Story.


UC Santa Cruz agrees to all demands from black student group," by KSBW's Amy Larson: Story


UC secret salary fund sparks bill to curb autonomy," by SFChronicle's Nanette Asimov: Story.





Charges dismissed against man accused of stealing mom's stew



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