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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/12/2017 5:28 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Moraga town manager is retiring

Robert Priebe spent 37 years on the Moraga police force before becoming town manager 


Editorial: In massive wealth transfer, $3 bridge toll hike subsidizes Silicon Valley
Bay Area bridge toll plan would shortchange East Bay and lacks adequate BART oversight. 


Contra Costa supervisors DA selection would be first African-American, woman in office history

Retired Judge Diana Becton will be the next Contra Costa DA, supervisors decided Tuesday.


Orinda regulates Airbnb rentals

Property owners must register with the city before offering their homes as a short-term rental.


1,200 Lightning Strikes Recorded In Bay Area

More thunderstorms are on the way with lightning, hail and high winds all a possibility.


Can City Hall Make a Music Scene?

Behind all those happening new bands, there might be some hard science.


BART Passenger Fights Off Robber

The intended victim refused to let go of his property — twice.


Alleged San Pablo gang member executed Richmond man as he begged for his life, DA says

In February 2014, an alleged San Pablo gang member ignored his victim’s pleas for mercy, and executed him at point-blank range outside of a Pinole bar, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of a murder trial Wednesday.





GM, Cruise unveil self-driving car ready for mass production
San Francisco Chronicle


Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show
Mercury News


California, 4 other states sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines
Mercury News


Smoking pot while driving or riding in a car in California will soon be punishable with a fine
Los Angeles Times $


Free rides for 17,000 — really, BART?
East Bay Times


Opinion: Legislation can fix ‘paying more for being poor’ in traffic fines
Mercury News


SF parking meters may soon feature Uber-like surge pricing
San Francisco Examiner


BART Turns 45 With A Challenging Future Ahead





California’s homelessness crisis moves to the country
San Francisco Chronicle





Green groups line up for state’s cap-and-trade cash
San Francisco Chronicle


10 teams selected to map Bay Area’s response to rising sea levels
San Francisco Chronicle


Report outlines steps to implement pollution reduction program
Berkeley News


Irma prompts cancellation of at least a dozen SFO flights
San Francisco Chronicle


East Bay water supplier eyes revamping rates to promote conservation
Mercury News





Federal court rejects part of Trump travel ban, by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: U.S. residents' grandparents, grandchildren and other close relatives who hail from six mostly Muslim nations can enter the United States during a legal challenge of President Trump's ban on travel from those countries, a San Francisco-based federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Story.


Pelosi urged Trump tweet on DACA, says president willing to sign Dream Act," from LATimes' Lisa Mascaro: "President Trump indicated that he was willing to sign the long-stalled Dream Act into law if it passes Congress, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, another sign that Trump may be uneasy about his decision to phase out DACA." Story


The Riggs Report: The DACA decision's fallout in California," by KCRA's Kevin Riggs: "The Trump administration's decision...guarantees an epic campaign fight next year in California in which a handful of Republican-held congressional seats will be squarely in the bull's eye." Story


Airbnb vows to be first company to defy Trump and keep employing Dreamers," by the Guardian's Sam Levin: "The plan, revealed in a statement to the Guardian, distinguishes the company from others in Silicon Valley, where the chief executives of corporations like Facebook and Microsoft have denounced the president's decision to rescind a program protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation, but declined to offer specifics of how they will resist." Story


More opioid prescriptions than people in some California counties,'' by SacBee's Jim Milller: "Trinity County is the state's fourth-smallest, and ended last year with an estimated population of 13,628 people. Its residents also filled prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids 18,439 times, the highest per capita rate in California. Story.


'Superficial' and 'Unreal': California Gov. Jerry Brown on American politics under Trump," by Time's Katy Steinmetz: "As Brown nears the end of an unprecedented fourth term as governor, many are looking to California to push back against a Republican agenda. And it is. Cities, counties and the state itself have filed lawsuits over everything from sanctuary city funding to energy-efficiency standards. After President Donald Trump decided to leave the Paris climate agreement, Brown happily jumped into the task of serving as America's global climate change crusader - a position that would not have been so available had Hillary Clinton won the election." Story


The California GOP's last gasp," by CNN's Maeve Reston: "It's easy to forget today that California was once a Republican state that sent Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to the White House. Their legacy remains in parts of Orange County, the Inland Empire and even pockets of suburban Los Angeles County that still send Republicans to Congress." Story


With climate change upon us, where's the safest place in California to live?" by SacBee's Shawn Hubler: "There's no place to hide from global warming, by definition. And until recently climate change wasn't supposed to be a given." Story


Forget mass deportation. Give California its own residency program," by Joe Mathews of Zocalo Public Square: "Residency is not ideal; it still leaves a sub-class who have full rights only in California. But it's the best that can be done until the day when a federal administration fully legalizes undocumented people. And residency is principled: Californians should decide who lives and works in our state - not a faraway federal administration that routinely slanders us." Story


California lawmakers vote to slim down bulky statewide ballot guides," by LATimes' John Myers: Story


'Is risk gone?' Confusion as dam crisis grew,'' by AP's Michael R. Blood and Ellen Knickmeyer: "A towering spillway at the nation's tallest dam was crumbling, and tens of thousands of people were fleeing for their lives. But as darkness fell, state officials realized dealing with the unfolding crisis in Northern California was about to get even worse: They couldn't see." Story.


Rep. Duncan Hunter's chief of staff steps down amid investigation into congressman's campaign funds,'' LATimes' Sarah D. Wire: "Rep. Duncan Hunter's chief of staff, Joe Kasper, is leaving the embattled congressman's office after 15 years on Capitol Hill. Kasper has been the Alpine Republican's voice throughout much of the congressional ethics and FBI investigations into whether Hunter misused thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses. Story.


Tom Steyer drops by a Riverside union rally, just like three of the top Democrats running for governor,'' by LATimes' Phil Willon: Story.


DNC chairman blasts Fresno GOP for fundraising with former Sheriff Joe Arpaio," by LATimes' Seema Mehta: "'It is shameful that the Fresno County Republican Party is fundraising off one of the nation's most notorious agents of racism and bigotry,' said DNC chairman Tom Perez, who oversaw federal prosecution of Arpaio when he led the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division." Story


Lineup at California GOP convention takes a hard right with Tom Cotton, Grover Norquist, Judge Jeanine Pirro," by LATimes' Phil Willon: Story


Hundreds face layoffs as Dole closes Watsonville operations,'' by Nicholas Ibarra in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Story.


Wildfires: Governor declares state of emergency in Madera, Tulare, Mariposa counties,'' by Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee. Story.


Second California road to be named after Obama," by The Hill's Robin Eberhardt. Story


California board grants parole for Manson ex-follower Van Houten," by Reuters. Story


Talking sense into the California Board of Education: Mission Impossible," by the OCRegister's John Phillips. Story


Judge opens door for lawsuit over girl declared brain dead," by AP. Story


Nationwide mall theft ring accused of shoplifting $20 million of high-end merchandise in past decade," by UT's Kristina Davis. Story


PETA, Photographer Reach Settlement In 'Monkey Selfie' Case before 9th Circuit," via CBSSF -- Story.


After 15 die in hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins sanitary street washing,'' via LATimes: Story.


GoFund Me for hot dog vendor raises more than $35,000 after video of UC Berkeley police seizing his earning goes viral," by NBC East Bay's Gillian Edevane. Story


Bomb threat prompts closure of Santa Monica Pier," by ABC7: Story


San Jose leads nation in share of co-borrowing on home loans - and size of down payments," by SiliconBeat's Richard Scheinin: Story


Collapsing thunderstorms cause bizarre isolated winds that whip San Francisco Bay Area," by SFGate's Amy Graff: Story


Into the flood: Chasing California rescue crews to Texas after Hurricane Harvey," by KQED's Alex Emslie: 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. 





Indiana farmer plants corn maize tribute to Carrie Fisher



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