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Contra Costa County becoming a stronghold for this Latin cuisine
Meet Walnut Creek’s new city manager Dan Buckshi Aug. 29
A community reception for new City Manager Dan Buckshi will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, in downtown Walnut Creek. Buckshi, a former San Luis Obispo county administrator, was hired in May to succeed Ken Nordhoff, who last December left to take a job in the private sector.
A mountain of development: Take a look at how Walnut Creek is evolving
Developers are jumping into Walnut Creek, building a diverse crop of new housing, office, retail and hotel projects. The city has a total of 1,313 apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in its pipeline. In addition, 13 commercial projects are in the works, ranging from remodeling to new construction. Sandra Meyer, the city’s community and economic development director, said the focus of most of the new developments is on high-density housing and mixed-used complexes near the downtown and close to the BART station. “We do have to accommodate new residents,” she said.
Bay Area cities and towns should follow Danville’s lead on housing
Danville is the sort of well-ordered, upscale Bay Area enclave where density remains a dirty word, and large-scale development proposals typically go to die. The East Bay town of 44,000 has an average single-family home price well north of $1 million. It’s got a significant contingent of residents intent on keeping things just the way they are, with its General Plan waxing lyrical about “reinforcing the town’s unique small-town character, preserving its history and scenic beauty, and protecting the community’s outstanding quality of life.” It’s not a place, in other words, where meaningful action in response to the Bay Area’s housing crisis would reasonably be expected. So it’s worth highlighting that earlier this month Danville approved the largest housing development in its history: 150 apartments on a 3.7-acre site near its downtown. To do so, it had to face down a dedicated band of opponents who objected to its potential effect on traffic, schools, trees, air quality, a nearby creek and wildlife.
Concord recently paid $550,000 to settle three lawsuits involving police
In the past year, the city has paid more than a half million dollars to settle three lawsuits involving Concord police officers.
Does Togo’s owe you a free sandwich? East Bay prosecutor uncovers illegal coupon system
A Contra Costa fraud prosecutor’s love for Togo’s sandwiches led him to discover an illegal coupon system, resulting in a $45,000 settlement and a judge ordering the sandwich chain to halt the practice.
Here’s what the solar eclipse will look like in the Bay Area
East Bay Times
San Ramon Oversight Board decides that, given the expensive creek bank fixes needed for any commercial development to happen on the former Mudd’s Restaurant land, it may as well become part of Crow Canyon Gardens.
Editorial: Facing BART’s ‘existential’ troubles
San Francisco Chronicle
Tesla factory launches expansion that could double its size
East Bay Times
LA leader says time is up for ‘antiquated’ crosswalk laws
Los Angeles Daily News
Parks And Water Bond Linked To Housing Deal At California Capitol
Capital Public Radio
Immigration appeals court throws out deportation order for man detained by ICE after dropping daughter off at school," by LATimes' Andrea Castillo: "An immigration appeals court this week threw out the final deportation order for Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, who was detained in late February minutes after he dropped his daughter off at school in Lincoln Heights." Story
Conditions Worsen for ICE Detainees Following Hunger Strike," by Capital & Main's Robin Urivech: "Adelanto, Calif. - Nine Central American immigrants sat at a table in their dormitory at the troubled Adelanto Detention Center and asked an officer to deliver a list of their demands to higher-ups. The officer at the for-profit facility in the high desert, north of San Bernardino, refused and ordered them to return to their bunks for an inmate count. Instead, the men linked arms and refused to budge... "We were crying and the guards were laughing," said Omar Rivera Martinez, 37, also from El Salvador. Story.
California's Attempt A 'Massive Resistance,'" by Tony Quinn in Fox & Hounds: "In 1956, in response to the Supreme Court's 1954 school integration decision, the state of Virginia devised a theory that it had the right to defy a federal law it did not like and could retain its racially segregated public schools. This became known as Massive Resistance, state sponsored resistance to federal law. California now seems set to go down the same path with its Sanctuary State bill that tries to prevent federal immigration law enforcement. Story.
Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters?" by LATimes' Steve Lopez: "Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there's a threat to public health in your neighborhood? ... We'd all like to think so, but there's a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. Story.
To fix 'unfair' bail system, will California copy Kentucky?" by CalMatters' Samantha Young: "It's rare that a California lawmaker seeking a policy model would turn to Kentucky. But with the Legislature on summer recess, that's precisely what Sen. Bob Hertzberg is doing. Story.
Panel Weighed Orovill Spillway Failure in 2014 and Called It 'Highly Unlikely,'" by KQED's Dan Brekke: ""Unexpected failures have a way of waking people up and providing a much needed 'reality check' for both the engineers and the politicians," Rogers said. One of those who agrees is Assemblyman James Gallagher, who represents Oroville. He's proposed legislation, AB 1270, that would require more frequent and tougher dam safety inspections and subject them to periodic review by UC Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. Story.
These 578 voters want California to form an independent country," by SacBee's Alexei Koseff: "The California National Party is distinct from "CalExit," another effort to leave the United States and form a new country that has struggled so far to put that issue before voters. Members say they are interested in forming a more sustained political movement that can disrupt the two-party system. Louis Marinelli mounted the first campaign as a California National Party candidate last year, finishing third in the 80th Assembly District primary with about 6 percent of the vote, though the group says it never endorsed him. Story.
Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motel," by LATimes' Veronica Rocha. Story.
Man charged with murdering brother of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 1981," by LATimes' Nicole Santa Cruz and Kate Mather. Story.
S.F. charity ousts longtime director following Chronicle investigation," by SFChronicle's Karen de Sá, Cynthia Dizikes and Carolyne Zinko. Story.
Judge tosses suit challenging tourism marketing fee," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Lori Weisberg.Story.
UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope," by The Press-Enterprise's Mark Muckenfuss. Story.
Recordings suggest 'Suge' Knight discussed trying to bribe witnesses in his murder case, D.A. says," by LATimes' James Queally and Marisa Gerber. Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
A hole is seen in an Ash tree caused by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle in the parking lot Wednesday in Lafayette
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