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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/13/2017 11:25 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Saint Mary’s in U.S. News’ top 10 regional western universities

For the third year in a row, Saint Mary’s College of California is listed as one of the top 10 regional universities in the west, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “best colleges” rankings.


The challenges awaiting Contra Costa supervisors’ stunning pick for interim DA

Diana Becton will have to lead a building full of prosecutors having never worked their jobs, and has an instant adversary in Sheriff David Livingston, who advised supervisors to reject her candidacy based on charges of plagiarism.


CarMax referendum drive falls short in Pleasant Hill

Despite knocking on doors and hitting up populous spots around town, opponents of the CarMax Auto Superstore did not gather enough signatures to force a referendum on the $29 million project.


Contra Costa supervisors ask to review prisoner re-entry program contract

Calling for more discussion of a proposed prisoner re-entry program contract, Contra Costa County supervisors voted Tuesday to give a county panel until next week to set a meeting for that purpose.


Dar Williams on the Rise of Large Towns and Small Cities

In her new book, the singer-songwriter identifies her own recipe what makes a strong community.





Feds vow to clear road for self-driving car makers

San Francisco Chronicle


US updates self-driving car guidelines as more hit the road

Mercury News


Tesla, driver both to blame in fatal crash last year, NTSB finds

San Francisco Chronicle


Curious about construction projects in Concord? There’s a map for that

East Bay Times


Tales of a Second Transbay Tube

Bay City Beacon


Tales of a Second Transbay Tube (Part 2)

Bay City Beacon


A’s want to build new ballpark next to Laney College in Oakland

San Francisco Chronicle


Opinion: Get more California housing by closing Prop. 13 loophole

East Bay Times


California's housing costs are driving its No. 1 poverty ranking






Advocates blame oil giants for climate change, call Chevron No. 1 culprit

San Francisco Chronicle


Here’s how California plans to spend $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade money

East Bay Times


Opinion: Business leaders want 100 percent clean energy bill

Mercury News


California should go all in on clean energy

Sacrmento Bee


This is California’s next step to lead on climate change

Sacramento Bee


Democrats choose union over Tesla in California cap-and-trade deal

Sacramento Bee


Legislators wouldn’t penalize Tesla for operating in California. Would they?

Sacramento Bee





Progressive Democrats' counter-argument to Trump tax plan: a $1.4 trillion tax credit for the working class," by Casey Tolan of Mercury News: "Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, will introduce a bill Wednesday that would give low-income and working-class taxpayers a big tax credit - at a massive price tag. ... Economists say the increased credit would help compensate for the fact that working-class salaries have stagnated in recent decades even as the U.S. economy has continued to grow." Story


Prosecuting the president," by Oakland Magazine's Robert Gammon: "It turns out that being an ex-prosecutor-turned-Democratic-politician is the perfect career path in this moment of U.S. history, a time when a deeply unpopular Republican president is ensnared in a wide-ranging criminal investigation that grows more complex each day." Story


UC Berkeley gears up for Ben Shapiro speech as test run ahead of Milo Yiannopoulos talk," by Mercury News' Emily Deruy: "UC Berkeley is bracing for yet another showdown over a controversial conservative speaker scheduled to visit the famously liberal university this week, marking the first big test for new Chancellor Carol Christ's approach to handling the thorny issue of free speech on campus." Story


They helped clean up the wreckage of 9/11. Now they face the threat of deportation," by LATimes' Barbara Demick: "After more than three decades in the United States, Cardona was detained Feb. 28 after showing up for one of his regularly scheduled check-ins with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York. Days earlier, the Trump administration had issued a memorandum prioritizing the removal of immigrants in the U.S. illegally with criminal records." Story


These students planned a walkout over DACA. Their school district offered a unique solution," by Fresno Bee's Mackenzie Mays: "... But Fresno Unified school district officials met with the girls, along with fellow student activist Kathia Osuna, and offered a unique solution: to be a part of something interim Superintendent Bob Nelson says will be a 'historic moment' on Wednesday. The district - California's fourth-largest - will unveil its Dream Resource Center to support undocumented immigrants. While some colleges offer Dream centers, including Fresno State, Fresno Unified officials believe they are the first to open one in the K-12 system." Story


Promised parks still unbuilt as lawmakers seek to build more," by AP's Sophia Bollag: "Lawmakers are poised to vote this week on $725 million in bond funding to build new parks in underserved neighborhoods around California, even though a third of similar projects promised under the last parks bond in 2006 are incomplete." Story


Debate over early California primary is deja vu. And if it passes, it probably won't change a thing," by LATimes' Mark Barabak: Story


California's poverty rate remains nation's highest," by SacBee's Jim Miller: "One in five Californians lives in poverty, the highest rate in the country, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 'Supplemental Poverty Measure,' factors in cost of living and shows a stubbornly high share of Golden State residents in poverty even as the national rate has dropped slightly." Story


California sanctuary state law clears key hurdle," by The Hill's Reid Wilson: "The measure, which is likely to face votes late Thursday or Friday, would bar state law enforcement officials from enforcing federal immigration law, either by asking about someone's immigration status or detaining individuals based on requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The bill would also require California schools, hospitals, libraries and court houses to restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws on their premises." Story


'Winter is coming': What do climate scientists predict for California?" by Steve Scauzillo for Mercury News: "Several climate experts, flummoxed by the failure of a widely predicted El Niño to make a dent in California's drought during the winter of 2015-16, are saying they are unsure what this winter will bring." Story


Legislation to allow further review of CPUC records requests dies again," by Jeff McDonald of U-T: "For the third straight year, legislation to allow public records requests rejected or delayed by the California Public Utilities Commission to be heard in Superior Court has been defeated." Story


Unions could get a boost from California's cap-and-trade spending proposal," by LATimes' Chris Megerian: "If passed by lawmakers, the legislation would require state regulators to develop a process for determining whether automakers are "fair and responsible in the treatment of their workers" before vehicles can be eligible for the rebates. The change could take effect next summer." Story


Lawmakers block effort to allow 17-year-olds to vote in California,'' by LATimes' Mina Corpuz: The measure by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, would have made California the first state to lower voting age to 17. Story.


California Senate bill headed to Gov. Brown would limit mandatory sentences for some drug charges,'' by LATimes' Jazmine Ulloa. The legislation, by Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), would repeal the mandatory three-year sentence terms for each prior conviction.Story.


Researchers face backlash from LGBTQ groups over Stanford AI study,'' via NYPost: "A viral study that revealed artificial intelligence could accurately guess whether a person is gay or straight based on their face is receiving harsh backlash from LGBTQ rights groups. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Stanford University, reported that the AI correctly distinguished gay men from straight men 81 percent of the time and 74 percent of the time for women. Story.


Antonio Villaraigosa banks on historic Latino groundswell in run for governor, but concedes his time might be over," by Michael Finnegan of LATimes: Story


Fresno public agency won't release employees' names with salaries. Now a watchdog sues," by Fresno Bee's Lewis Griswold: Story


Berkeley Police get to use pepper spray at violent protests,'' by AP's Paul Elias: Story.


Weeks after Aliso Canyon reopening, several gas storage wells were taken out of service," by Nina Agrawal of LATimes: Story


El Cajon official who ran private chamber voted on issues affecting paying member," by U-T's Jeff McDonald: Story


Judge bars public from trial over Homeland Security contract for device to detect bioterrorism," by LATimes' David Willman: Story


California may slow revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: Story


California Assembly bill to protect tenants from deportation heads to Gov. Jerry Brown," by Jazmine Ulloa for LATimes: Story


'Revenge porn' victims will be able to maintain privacy in court under new law signed by Gov. Brown," by Jazmine Ulloa for LATimes: 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. 





Hunky cops photo prompts Facebook users to ask for arrests



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