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Several thousand white crosses dot a hillside in Lafayette, a bedroom community near Berkeley.
Senior transportation in East Bay on ‘GoGo’ thanks to pilot program
A $22,500 bequest from a former Lafayette resident who used Lafayette’s Senior Transportation Program’s Lamorinda Spirit Van has endowed the pilot phase of a public-private partnership between city and GoGoGrandparent. In a time when not everyone has crossed the landline-free divide — but plenty of seniors wish to age in place — GoGoGrandparent allows non-drivers to retain independence, according to Lafayette Transportation coordinator Mary Bruns. Plus, it’s simple, she adds, noting that riders call a phone number, select ride options, and operators place orders on behalf of riders.
Traffic from EBMUD project has Orinda neighborhood homebound, and it’s about to get worse
It’s 8:29 on a Wednesday morning, and all is calm along placid, secluded Orchard Road in Orinda. A half-mile-long and dotted with 37 homes, the enclave seems to be in its own blissful world, a place where neighbors bond and look out for one another.
Pleasant Hill Road traffic trials
The Lafayette City Council is supporting the continued exploration of ways in which to lessen Reliez Valley Road traffic woes as it considers the twofold problem of traffic either traveling at unsafe speeds or, during rush hours, barely moving at all.
Miwok tribe recreated in Lafayette
With the emphasis on Native American values of respect, honor and being connected to the earth, retired third-grade teacher and longtime Lafayette resident Peggy Magilen recreated a tribe within Lafayette for an intergenerational workshop teaching the ways of the local Saklan Miwok Native Americans.
Local residents can get a charge at three new Lafayette EV stations
Lafayette electric vehicle drivers have more choice in locations when powering up their green cars now since the city has installed three new ChargePoint stations.
An inconvenient liability, presented by Lamorinda public agencies
According to the latest audited financial statements, Lamorinda school districts, municipalities and the local fire district carry a combined net pension and retiree health care liability of nearly $200 million, more than $3,000 per Lamorinda resident.
Window of opportunity missed for fast permanent restoration
The work for restoring the sinkhole finally started on Rheem Boulevard, with the consequence of closing that arterial until October. Public Works Director Edric Kwan explains that the town had to wait over a year for the Federal Highway Administration - through the California Department of Transportation - to validate the restoration plan.
Moraga Road fatality underscores the importance of pursuing solutions to Lafayette’s traffic woes
With the start of a new school year right around the corner, drivers are urged to pay extra attention when traveling along busy Lafayette streets.
New book offers pictorial journey of Moraga’s history
At a recent meeting of the California Conference of Historical Societies, four Moraga residents received awards for their service to the Moraga Historical Society, a local institution that will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Among them, genealogist Susan Skilton was recognized for her recent completion of a book about the history of Moraga commissioned by Arcadia Publishing to be part of its “Images of America” collection.
License plate readers in sight for Moraga
A generous and anonymous Moraga family is offering a matching grant of $15,000 to the Moraga Community Foundation to complete the $60,000 in necessary funds to purchase video security cameras for the town. The foundation has through the end of August to raise the matching $15,000 from the community.
Hacienda Nights: Food trucks a big success again this year
Most cities that have food truck events sign a contract with a company that organizes it for them, such as Off The Grid or Taste of the World. No such company wanted to take the Moraga risk, however, so the Parks and Recreation staff decided to take it upon themselves and organized Hacienda Nights, Moraga’s own food truck event. These happenings started last year and continue to be a big success this summer.
Nightmare on Orchard Road
Residents of a tiny residential road in Orinda showed up in earnest at the Aug. 1 city council meeting to express concerns and to protest the use of Orchard Road as a detour from Moraga Way while the East Bay Municipal Utility District performs necessary repairs to water pipes. As rules prohibit the Orinda City Council from responding to matters raised in the public forum, members added the matter to the agenda for the next meeting on Aug. 15.
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Draft submitted; additional $1.75M needed to cover storm damage
In order to be eligible for FEMA mitigation funding, Contra Costa County has to submit a draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) by the end of August and Orinda’s part was due to the county on Aug. 7. Prepared by Planner Daisy Allen, the draft plan aims to address future risk from hazards and floods. The final draft for city council adoption is anticipated by late fall 2017.
Old yellow house opens to public for fourth Fandango for Moraga Adobe
Supporters of the historic structure, the Joaquin Moraga Adobe in Orinda, will be treated to tours of another historic building, known as the Old Yellow House in Orinda on Moraga Road. The Yellow House will be the site of the fourth annual Fandango at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.
MOFD board appoints interim chief, retains search firm
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors named Battalion Chief Jerry Lee as the interim fire chief effective Sept. 20, the day of Fire Chief Stephen Healy’s departure. The board also agreed to retain an executive search firm to assist in the recruitment of the new chief.
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District dispatched two engines and a water tender to the Aug. 2 vegetation fire that burned 20 acres deep into the hillside near Fish Ranch Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard. The fire was not far from the 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that killed 25, destroyed more than 3,000 structures and burned 1,520 acres.
There’s a new shop coming to Lafayette right next to the abandoned Park Theatre called r and t Bricks, The Lego Store.
Regional plan aims to ease traffic by boosting housing
Mountain View Voice
California should phase out gas-powered cars
San Francisco Chronicle
Caltrans to hire 1,100+ employees in next few months
San Francisco Chronicle
Ford GoBike’s had a rough roll-out in San Francisco, Oakland
East Bay Times
Oakland fills 5,200-plus potholes in repair blitz
East Bay Times
Speaker: Silicon Valley must address housing, traffic problems
Los Altos Online
In Brisbane, a battle between small-town and housing advocates," by SFChronicle's Lizzie Johnson. Story.
Climate Deal Swing Votes Among Top Oil Money Recipients," via AP: "California Assembly members considered swing votes on legislation to reduce carbon emissions by charging polluters were among the top recipients of donations from oil companies, campaign finance filings show. Records show oil companies in the Western States Petroleum Association and other industry groups donated more than $240,000 to Assembly members in the first half of 2017. Story.
New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters," by LATimes' Tony Barboza: "Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people's health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday... Some industry groups opposed the legislation, while cities backed it as giving air districts the tools they need to protect residents. Story.
Federal report sees human-caused changes to California’s climate
San Francisco Chronicle
Editorial: Trump should accept not suppress a sweeping report on climate change
San Francisco Chronicle
The number of retired public employees in the CalPERS system with annual pensions of $100,000 or more grew 63 percent since 2012
The average retiree who worked full-time for Riverside County gets an annual $66,400 through CalPERS.
LA leaders want city contractors to reveal ties to Trump's border wall," by LA Daily News' Elizabeth Chou: "The Los Angeles City Council backed a proposal Tuesday to require contractors to disclose whether they have been hired to help build a wall between the United States and Mexico, a barrier that President Donald Trump says would curb illegal immigration and tighten-up security along the border. Councilman Gil Cedillo said the city has been clear on opposing the border wall, which is why he wants current and potential city vendors to divulge any contracts they have that would help get it built." Story
California sheriffs and Gov. Jerry Brown in talks over possible changes to 'sanctuary state' legislation," by LATimes' Jazmine Ulloa: "Members of the California State Sheriffs Assn. say they have been in discussions with Gov. Jerry Brown in hopes of amending a state Senate bill that seeks to keep local and state law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws." Story
Hacking the Vote: Why Voting Systems Aren't as Secure as You Might Think," by KQED's Queen Sook Kim: "Defcon is the annual hacker conference in Vegas and the buzz this year centered around the Voting Machine Hacking Village... On the first day, three hackers attempted to figure out a password in order to get the list of voters. A day later, they succeeded, said Gil Brice, who helped set up the mock network. He said a few other hackers got into the database of the mock county voting office. Story.
Wells Fargo accused of denying loans to immigrants in DACA program," by SFGate's Bob Egelko: "A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo bank of denying loans to immigrants who came to the U.S. as youngsters and have been allowed to remain here. Denial of loans based on citizenship status violates a federal law, passed in 1870, and a California civil rights law, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney said Thursday in rejecting the bank's attempt to dismiss the proposed nationwide class-action suit. Story.
GOP Rep. Doug LaMalfa calls investigation of Trump campaign's ties to Russia a 'bunch of crap,'" by LATimes' Phil Willon: "After hosting a raucous town hall in Chico on Monday, Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa sat down with the Los Angeles Times for a brief conversation about President Trump and some of the most pressing issues in Washington. Story.
Los Angeles' 2028 Olympic bid will get state financial support, Assembly leader says," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "The city of Los Angeles' bid to host the 2028 Olympics will receive financial support from the state, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said in a letter to city officials Monday. Rendon said he would work with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Gov. Jerry Brown to pass legislation providing state dollars to subsidize the effort if the city goes over budget. Story.
'We don't feel OK here': Detainee deaths, suicide attempts and hunger strikes plague California immigration facility," by LATimes' Paloma Esquivel: "Alexander Burgos Mejia was in his bunk at the Adelanto Detention Facility on a Tuesday evening in July when he heard a guard scream. Walking into a common room, Burgos Mejia saw a man hanging from the second floor with a bedsheet around his neck, he recalled in an interview. A female guard was trying to lift the man, and Burgos Mejia ran to help before other officials arrived and cut the man down, he said. Story.
Watchdog says L.A. Sheriff's Department collects flawed data, reports inaccurate statistics," by LATimes' Maya Lau: Story.
UC Berkeley ex-chancellor to receive $434,000 while on leave," by SFChronicle's Nanette Asimov. Story.
San Diego sued over refusal to repeal sex-offender laws," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Karen Kucher. Story.
How Cambodian refugees found a new life - and crisis-proof wealth - in Southern California's jewelry market," by LATimes' Frank Shyong. Story.
California pension fund divests from coal as industry rebounds," by SacBee's Adam Ashton. Story.
This School District Asked Real Estate Agents to Help Rekindle Its Reputation," by KQED's Adolfo Guzman Lopez. Story.
Sea lions wash ashore in California amid return of toxic blooms, by SFChronicle's Peter Fimrite: Story.
Celebrities and tech execs, luxury campsites in tow, are flocking to Burning Man," by SFGate's Katie Dowd: Story.
Venice has become an epicenter of Los Angeles' struggle over short-term rentals. Call it the Airbnb problem," by LATimes' Robin Abcarian. Story.
2nd time unpaid taxes have come back to bite SF's gated enclave," by SFChronicle's Matier & Ross. Story.
Orange County man sues Heineken, saying he found two geckos in his beer can," by OCRegister's Kelly Puente. Story.
Ex-Poway schools chief John Collins faces 5 felony charges," by The San Diego Union-Tribune's Deborah Sullivan Brennan. Story.
Ex-LAUSD Food Director Faces Embezzlement, Perjury Charges," via CBS and AP. Story.
Deportation order splits Oakland family and highlights shift under Trump," by SFChronicle's Hamed Aleaziz: Story.
Yuba City father detained for deportation during regular ICE check-in," by SacBee's Anita Chabria: Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
A needle exchange service will open its doors Friday in a controversial location near downtown Lafayette.
AND FINALLY. . .
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