Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
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Walnut Creek’s Larkey Swim Center set to open after $4.8 million overhaul
The Larkey Swim Center will be back in business next month following a $4.8 million renovation. A free grand opening event will be held June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the public pool at 2771 Buena Vista Ave. Family activities are planned.
Separate fires displace 10 in Walnut Creek, damage Goodwill store in Pleasant Hill
Ten people were displaced in a two-alarm fire at a Walnut Creek apartment Tuesday, one of two fires in central Contra Costa County that firefighters put out within a couple of hours.
Measure D, state taxes help Martinez roads
Concord raises in-lieu parking fee for apartment projects
Multifamily housing developers whose downtown projects do not include the number of parking spaces the city requires will pay more under a new policy. The City Council recently voted 3-2 to raise the parking in-lieu fee from $1,572 to $25,000 per space for residential projects in the downtown parking district. The fee will increase to $12,500 on July 1 and to $25,000 the following year. Council members Ron Leone and Tim McGallian opposed the fee hike.
The life and death and rebirth of fried chicken in American cities.
Racial and ethnic diversity spurs economic progress; sameness spells economic segregation.
Republican Ed Royce: Timing of FBI director's firing 'raises many questions which deserve answers,'" by the Los Angeles Times' Sarah Wire: "Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) has questions about why FBI Director James B. Comey was fired, he said in a statement Wednesday. 'The timing of Director Comey's firing raises many questions which deserve answers. We now need a top-notch, independent FBI director put in place to finish the investigation of Russia's unacceptable meddling in our election,' said Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee." Story
Feinstein, Harris push for special prosecutor; McConnell says no," by SF Gate's Carolyn Lochhead: "California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, reiterated her call for a special prosecutor Wednesday, using her opening statement at a committee hearing to say she was "incredulous" about the chain of events leading to Comey's firing. She alluded to classified testimony Comey gave before the committee last month, in which the now-fired director outlined what Feinstein called a "substantial investigation" of possible ties between Russia and people associated with Trump's campaign." Story
ICE arrests increase under Trump showing 'gloves are being taken off,'" by the Los Angeles Daily News' Brenda Gazzar: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made 35 percent more arrests nationwide in roughly the first three months under President Donald Trump compared to the same period last year, though arrests were down 23 percent over 2014, according to government data. Nationwide, ICE made 41,898 arrests from Jan. 20 to April 29 compared to 31,128 in that period last year, according to ICE data. In addition, 26 percent of this year's arrests in that period were of people who had not been convicted of a crime, up from 14 percent last year. Story
ICE will no longer delay deportations for those with 'private bills' pending," by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kate Morrissey: "Immigration officials told Congress on Friday that they will no longer hold off on deportations for individuals who have special legislation pending that would give them legal status to be in the U.S. 'Private bills,' as they are known, affect a specific person or small group. About half of the 4,200 private bills introduced since 1983 have been to grant an individual legal immigration status in the U.S., according to data from Congress." Story
California governor to release revised spending plan," by the AP's Jonathan J. Cooper: "California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled Thursday to release his revised state budget amid lower-than-expected revenue and uncertainty about future federal spending on health care." Story
California set an ambitious goal for fighting global warming. Now comes the hard part," by the LATimes' Chris Megerian: "When Stanford University energy economist Danny Cullenward looks at California's policies on climate change, he sees a potential time bomb. The state wants to slash greenhouse gas emissions so deeply in the coming years that oil refineries and other industries could face skyrocketing costs to comply with regulations, driving up gasoline prices until the system loses political support. If that happens, an effort touted as an international model for fighting global warming could collapse." Story
3 UC campuses change responses in state auditor's survey," by the San Francisco Chronicle's Nanette Asimov: "Administrators at three University of California campuses changed their responses to a state auditor's survey to reflect more favorably on UC President Janet Napolitano's office after her staff directed them to make the changes, according to new documents obtained by The Chronicle that shed light on the controversy. State Auditor Elaine Howle surveyed UC's 10 campuses as part of her recent investigation of finances and spending at UC headquarters." Story
There were serious problems in 2016 for some California voters who don't speak English, new report says," by the Los Angeles Times' John Myers: "California voters with limited English language skills were too often left on their own when it came to getting help casting ballots last November, concludes a sweeping new survey based on eyewitness accounts logged by hundreds of election volunteers. The data raise significant questions about the effectiveness of a long-standing state election law designed to help those voters, and whether they will struggle more as counties are allowed to transition away from traditional neighborhood polling places." Story
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva calls for UC President Janet Napolitano's resignation," by the Los Angeles Times' Patrick McGreevy: "Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) on Tuesday became the first legislator to call for University of California President Janet Napolitano to resign, saying she has lost confidence in her leadership." Story
Exempt diapers and tampons from taxes? Nice idea but poor policy," by the Sac Bee's Dan Walters: Story
Fatal police shooting in Sunland marks first time LAPD fires from helicopter," by the Los Angeles Times' Kate Mather: Story
Buzz kill: California police work to detect drugged drivers," by the Associated Press' Don Thompson via The Union Democrat: Story
The Real Cause of Gentrification," by Oakland Magazine's Robert Gammon: Story
Evidence from hundreds of rape survivors' bodies sat in a Fresno police freezer for years," by the Fresno Bee's Rory Appleton: Story
Mystery girl found in coffin beneath SF home is identified," by GF Gate's Kurtis Alexander: Story
Raiderettes get payouts from $1.25 million settlement," by the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur: Story
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