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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/07/2017 2:04 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette Man – A Captain With Oakland Fire – Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Pornography Charge Wednesday

Lafayette police officers arrested 58-year-old Richard Chew of Lafayette on suspicion of possessing child pornography Wednesday, according to a release issued by the sheriff’s office.


Oakland fire captain charged with two counts of possessing child porn on laptop found at station

An Oakland fire captain was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of child pornography possession after investigators searching his fire house found illegal materials on his personal laptop and other storage devices, authorities said.  Capt. Richard Chew, 58, is being held in Contra Costa jail in Martinez on $200,000 bail for the two felony counts.


After almost 20 years, Walnut Creek transit village kicks off
East Bay Times


Did you see those fighter jets over East Bay? These folks did

The jet appeared to be an F-16 Fighting Falcon with air-to-air missiles attached 


Cookie dough craze: Once-risky treat takes off in the Bay Area

Move over, poke — edible cookie dough is the hot new food trend in the Bay Area


Real estate: Mortgage rates just hit a new low for 2017 — but they’re still higher than last year

Mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest point of 2017, but they remain up from a year ago.  Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to a year-to-date low for the third consecutive week. The average 30-year rate for a home loan now stands at 3.78 percent, down from 3.82 percent the week before — but up from 3.44 percent at this time last year.





BART Director to Run for SF Supervisor Seat (SFChron)


50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics – Sonja Trauss (


BART can’t afford its millions of dollars in free rides, director says
San Francisco Chronicle


Opinion: Toll increases are not the “answer” we deserve
East Bay Times


Preview electric vehicles at Berkeley farmers market event
East Bay Times


Lyft to unleash self-driving cars on Bay Area roads
Mercury News


Editorial: California legislators almost out of time on housing
San Francisco Chronicle


Renting in the Mission: What does $3,800 get you?
San Francisco Chronicle


Prominent Dublin developer slapped with federal charges, again
East Bay Times


Supes to consider rescinding sale of private SF street
San Francisco Examiner


Uber, Lyft and San Francisco’s congestion problem
San Francisco Examiner





Heat wave, fires, hurricanes bear the ‘fingerprints of climate change,’ scientists say
Sacramento Bee


With climate change upon us, where’s the safest place in California to live?
Sacramento Bee





Laurene Powell Jobs taps Ronald Reagan in first political TV ad in support of 'Dreamers,'" by Silicon Beat's Seung Lee: "Silicon Valley philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs is stepping into the political ring a day after President Donald Trump decided to end an Obama-era executive action that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Emerson Collective, a philanthropic group founded by Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be airing a political advertisement in select cities across the country advocating for legislation to protect the undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, better known as 'Dreamers.' For the Palo-Alto based organization, this will be its first political television ad." Story


Nunes vents anger at Sessions over subpoena, threatens to hold AG, FBI chief in contempt," by CNN's Tom LoBianco and Manu Raju: "Nunes, who despite stepping aside from directing the House Russia investigation had been leading his own separate investigation, accused Sessions and the FBI of stonewalling him repeatedly in a September 1 letter obtained by CNN. In the letter, he threatened to drag Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray before the committee for a public grilling and hold them in contempt of Congress -- a jailable offense -- if they don't hand over the documents." Story


Relations between US & Russia can get 'much better' - California governor to RT," by RT: "Relations between the US and Russia aren't at their best, but can become 'much better,' California Governor Jerry Brown told RT. He added that there is 'still room for trade' between Washington and Moscow, despite new sanctions against Russia." Story


Ryan sees compromise on immigration after Trump forces issue," by AP's Erica Werner: "House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he sees the possibility for compromise after President Donald Trump gave Congress six months to resolve the status of young immigrants living in the country illegally." Story


Here's one way to thwart Trump's DACA plan," by LAWeekly's Dennis Romero: "... Schiff said today that he planned to introduce legislation that would, according to a statement from his office, 'prohibit any funds to be used for the deportation of individuals granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.'" Story


The Suspense Files: California bills vanish almost without a trace," by CALmatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "Shortly after last year's presidential election, Democrats in the California Legislature drew headlines by introducing a flurry of bills attacking 'fake news.' They called for more resources to teach media literacy, so public school students could better discern facts from the kind of bogus stories that proliferated online during the campaign. Yet in the months since, all three of those bills have quietly met their demise, victims of the Legislature's appropriations committees." Story


Immigrant farmworkers in danger of being deported, California lawmaker says," by SacBee's Angela Hart: "A day after the Trump administration announced it would end an Obama-era program shielding 'Dreamers' from deportation, Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, is pressuring state lawmakers to help immigrant laborers he says also face 'increasing danger.'" Story


Meet the Assemblywoman who's fighting to lower the price of your tampons," by LAWeekly's Hillel Aron: "After two years in the state Assembly, Cristina Garcia was ready to quit. 'If someone would have challenged me for my first re-election, I would have just given them the job,' she says today. 'I hated it.' It wasn't that anything in Sacramento surprised her. She'd been told about the schmoozy culture of the state capitol, of its norms, that junior members were expected to know their place. What surprised her was her complete inability to cope with it." Story


Will Jerry Brown require public schools to provide free pads, tampons?" by SacBee's Taryn Luna: Story


California officers accused of 'sadistic and terrorizing acts' against prisoners," by TheGuardian's Sam Levin: "The felony assault charges against four Alameda County deputies, accused of victimizing eight prisoners, have provided a window into the violent abuse and misconduct that prisoners' rights activists say is still commonplace in some jails across the country, including in progressive regions that have pledged reforms." Story


Some of Fresno's elected Republicans are staying away from Sheriff Joe Arpaio event," by FresnoBee's Tim Sheehan: "Arpaio, convicted by a federal judge of criminal contempt for violating a court order over his Maricopa County department's questioning of Hispanic drivers and pedestrians during traffic stops, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Fresno County Republican Party's third annual '2nd Amendment Barbecue.'" Story


Why a trio of Democratic candidates for governor are dropping by a public union strike in Riverside," by LATimes' Phil Willon: Story


Heat wave, fires, hurricanes bear the 'fingerprints of climate change,' scientists say," by SacBee's Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow: Story


Wiener not giving up on 4 a.m. closing time bill," by SFChronicle's Matier & Ross. Story.


Man attacks Southern California shopper with hatchet after offer of kindness," by AP. Story.


Bennett alleges excessive police force after Mayweather-McGregor fight," by BleacherReport's Adam Wells. Story.


He suffered 3rd-degree burns while police held him on pavement. Now, he's due to report to jail," by SacBee's Cynthia Hubert. Story.


Manson follower Leslie Van Houten granted parole in notorious murders; Brown will make final decision," by LATimes' Matt Hamilton. Story.






Four places to get killer pulled pork in Lafayette

On a taco, in a sandwich or just by itself, restaurants in Lafayette offer a lot of different ways to enjoy pulled pork. 





Guinness records include long-tailed cat, old bodybuilder



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