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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/19/2017 10:55 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Record High Temperatures Set In The Bay Area

Sunday was a scorcher breaking nine Bay Area records, including one from 1918.


Heat will linger, then comes brief relief

Temperatures in the 90s will pervade Bay Area for the next few days.


Post-Ghost Ship: Despite mayor’s promises, Oakland city inspectors are telling residents to leave unpermitted spaces
East Bay Times


Vision for Concord Naval Weapons Station: How can we ‘get this right?’
East Bay Times


Local officials working to control cell tower growth, state leaders working to take control away (Lompoc Record)
Wireless devices have changed how many people see, share and interact with the world. As technology has changed, so have the rules, regulations and laws about how, where and in what form wireless networks are built. Though users have the freedom to walk, drive and even hike with their contacts and the internet at their fingertips, cellphones, tablets and other devices are tethered to a network, albeit invisible. To satisfy consumer demand for efficient and reliable networks, wireless communication providers need to construct towers, antennas and other structures -- and they come in many shapes and sizes.


Yes in my backyard, says housing advocate Brian Hanlon
East Bay Times


To Fight Climate Change, Cities Need to Battle Cars

It sounds obvious. But it requires changing the way we build.





An Idea That Sticks: Another Plunger-Protected Bike Lane Goes Permanent

Tactical urbanism projects are prompting cities to improve the bike-riding environment.


As autonomous cars come along, drivers dread letting go
San Francisco Chronicle


Business schools are loving the case study that is Uber
San Francisco Chronicle


BART riders deserve sanctuary within the transit system
San Francisco Chronicle


Google’s San Jose renewal plan: ‘Grand Central of the West’
East Bay Times


How driverless cars, drones and other tech will change the urban landscape of Southern California
Mercury News





The Hoarding of the American Dream

A new book examines how the upper-middle class has enriched itself and harmed economic mobility.


Eye on the State: Labor can bargain for broader housing needs
San Francisco Examiner


Think rent is high in California? Here’s why it probably will get higher
Sacramento Bee


Housing advocate: 'It's ridiculous to ask these families to pay this much.'
Sacramento Bee





450 tons of old Bay Bridge steel to get new life as public art
San Francisco Chronicle


Recycling centers continue to struggle, driving California recycling rates down
Mercury News


Pelosi sees forces aligning to retake House in 2018," by SFChronicle's Carolyn Lochhead: "Marking her 30th anniversary in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sees a peculiar alignment of history and politics taking shape. In the 2006 midterm election, that alignment made the San Francisco Democrat speaker of the House. In the 2010 midterms, it toppled her into the minority. These forces are again aligning - one party in control of Washington, led by a president with sagging popularity, in this case one with record unpopularity, facing FBI and multiple other investigations and an inability to enact the legislation he promised despite this party's control of the House and Senate. 'History is on our side,' Pelosi told The Chronicle last week in an interview in her offices just outside the House chamber." Story


Trump restored gun access for some accused criminals. California wants to take it away," by SacBee's Alexei Koseff: "Should someone with an outstanding arrest warrant face the same restrictions on owning a firearm as those convicted of a crime? Federal officials have disagreed for more than two decades over how strictly to interpret a gun control law for so-called 'fugitives from justice.' But four months after the Trump administration loosened the provision so that it applies only to people who have fled the state where their warrant was issued, California Democrats acted swiftly this week to create a replacement policy through the state budget." Story


Kamala Harris a politician now, but always a prosecutor," by Willie Brown in SFChronicle: "Supporters of Sen. Kamala Harris have been calling me to ask if she's coming across as too strident in her questioning of Justice Department officials testifying before the Intelligence Committee. 'You know, she seems kind of mean,' one caller said. 'She's not mean,' I said. 'She's just being Kamala.'" Story


Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: "It's been nearly four decades since a 25-year-old Frank Lindsay landed on California's sex offender registry after he pleaded no contest to improperly touching a girl under 14. He has not committed another crime since then, but state law requires Lindsay's name to remain on the registry, which the public can see on government websites, for the rest of his life." Story


This California budget gimmick stinks," by LATimes' George Skelton: "You probably thought a state budget divvied up all the Sacramento tax money and parceled it to a zillion programs. It does. But these days it also can do things that past legislators never dreamed possible." Story


Oroville Dam repair is huge, but so is residents' mistrust," by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: "The rush of workers and heavy machinery to the shore of Lake Oroville is so vast and unfamiliar it's fanning rumors across this rural region that the ruckus couldn't just be for a historic dam repair. Some say the around-the-clock clamor high above town must be a secret effort to mine undiscovered metal from the once-booming Gold Country outpost. Others suspect a missile silo is taking shape, not a new spillway to send water down the Feather River. At the least, many residents are skeptical that the unprecedented, deadline-driven project will restore their shaken faith in the nation's tallest dam." Story


The Budget's Done. What Now?," by Joel Fox in Fox&Hounds: "First, a few factors to consider about 2018 that may frame what happens in the remainder of the 2017 legislative session. Next year is an election year, which rarely produces major policy changes as legislators are leery of defending change to voters. Being a nearly one-party state, however, Democratic legislators may not fear election year retribution as their predecessors did. Still, anything major is more likely to happen before the legislature recesses for this year." Story


It shouldn't take a crisis to address mental illness. There's a better way," by Darrell Steinberg and Dr. Cameron S. Carter in SacBee: "As you gather with children this Father's Day weekend, consider how far you would go to ensure their well-being: If your child had cancer or diabetes, would you wait until the disease were critical before you called doctors to intervene? Of course not. And yet this year, as in every year, thousands of young adults will cross the threshold into serious mental illness and go untreated because of a health care paradigm that California must change." Story


How can California possibly make a new tax department in two weeks?" by SacBee's Adam Ashton: "California lawmakers debated for decades about whether they wanted to kill a long-troubled agency called the Board of Equalization that collects $60 billion a year in taxes and government fees. Now they're giving themselves just two weeks to strip the agency of almost all of its authority and its workforce." Story


No retirement talk from Dianne Feinstein, oldest US senator," by AP's Michael R. Blood: "The nation's oldest U.S. senator looks like she's sticking around. California's Dianne Feinstein turns 84 on Thursday and is displaying signs that she's headed for a re-election campaign, not a retirement party. While the Democrat has been coy when asked about seeking a fifth full term next year, her political committee, unambiguously titled Feinstein for Senate 2018, raised more than $650,000 in the first three months of this year in a cue she is looking ahead." Story


Poll numbers have good news for Oakland mayor, but not all good," by Matier & Ross in SFChronicle: "In spite of a bumpy ride at City Hall - including turmoil in the Police Department, the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people and the Raiders' move to Las Vegas - city voters still appear to be in her corner by a more than 2-to-1 margin, according to two recent polls." Story


KQED online broadcast, computers brought down in apparent hack," by SFChronicle's Marissa Lang: Story


Addiction treatment: The new gold rush. 'It's almost chic,'" by OCRegister's Teri Sforza: Story


Everyone loves L.A. - and that's the problem," by LATimes' Steve Lopez: Story


Startup success for Stanford students yields riches - and a return to the dorms," by BANG's Louis Hansen: Story


One of the LAPD cruisers allegedly stolen by cadets was driven more than 1,000 miles, sources say," by LATimes' Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Meg Bernhard: Story





Ohio woman reunited with lost tortoise after two-week search



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