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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/11/2017 3:52 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


PG&E power lines linked to Wine Country fires

As the first reports came in Sunday night of numerous fires that would grow into one of the most destructive wildfire disasters in California history, emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding.


Several possible causes of Wine Country fires

Another possibility is electric lines. They can start wildfires even when they don’t fall, if they become tangled with tree branches being blown by the wind and give off sparks. For example, the 70,868-acre Butte Fire in 2015 started because a pine tree in Amador County came in contact with a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line.


Wildfires have created ‘worst air quality ever recorded for smoke’

The Wine Country wildfires have created the dirtiest air ever seen in the Bay Area, regulators said Tuesday, as they intensified health warnings about the smoke.  “We are reporting the worst air quality ever recorded for smoke in many parts of the Bay Area,” said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “This is similar to what you see in Beijing China in bad air days there.”


Recent Fires In Lafayette, Pleasant Hill Caused By Cigarettes, Investigators Say

Despite the nearly constant presence of smoke from raging wildfires to our North and constant messages of caution from local fire professionals it appears the cause of two recent fires has been attributed to “improperly discarded smoking material.”


Wildfires Cause 'Unprecedented Levels' Of Air Pollution In Bay Area

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a health advisory and Spare the Air alert for Wednesday and Thursday.


Mt. Diablo Closed To Public Due To High Fire Danger

Our landmark mountain has been temporarily closed to the public due to the high fire danger threatening our area.


Ex-restaurateur in East Bay pleads guilty of failure to pay taxes

Akbar Arghandiwal, 46, of Clayton owned Casa Gourmet Burrito restaurants in Clayton, Lafayette and Danville.


Driving mistake sends BMW crashing through Orinda home garage

A driver escaped injury when a mistake sent her car crashing through the garage


New San Ramon city attorney hopes to carry on legacy

Martin Lysons comes over from Brentwood


Concord, Albany centers take in evacuated seniors from Santa Rosa

As thousands of people were forced to flee the wind-fueled flames bearing down on communities in Napa and Sonoma counties, an assisted-living center in Concord opened its doors to a group of seniors evacuated from the path of wildfires that destroyed one senior residential complex.


East Bay sex offender kidnapped woman and girl for human trafficking, force-fed them meth, DA says

Today, Jane Doe is a mother in her 30s who holds down two jobs to take care of her children.  But in 1995, when Doe was 12, prosecutors say she survived a near death experience at the hands of a man who now stands accused of shockingly similar crimes. Doe says she was kidnapped by three men, one of whom sexually abused her when the two were alone in an apartment.


Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs

A U.K. study finds a clear connection between density and obesity—and even rural areas fare better than suburban ones.


How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Who’s left behind in shrinking towns? For better or for worse, a constituency for transit.





Bay Area voters to decide whether to raise bridge tolls by $3
San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Area bridge tolls could rise another $3
Sacramento Bee


Brown signs two transit tax laws
San Mateo Daily Journal


Uber, Lyft reduce transit use, increase vehicle miles, report says
San Francisco Chronicle


Groundbreaking set for walking, cycling path in Alameda
East Bay Times


First hydrogen fuel station in Contra Costa County opens in San Ramon
Mercury News


More zero-emission vehicles will mean better air quality, Gov. Jerry Brown promises while signing new laws
Los Angeles Times





Opinion: Housing is healthcare, and a California law can offer it to more people
East Bay Times


Opinion: Limiting the supply of new family housing will only make Berkeley’s housing crisis worse


High Housing Costs, Scarcity Of Skilled Workers Slow Economic Growth
Capital Public Radio





Battle on to halt march of Northern California fires that have killed 17, destroyed 2,000 structures
San Francisco Chronicle


How you can help people affected by the North Bay fires (or get help if you are an evacuee)
San Francisco Chronicle


Maps show the devastating impact of fires in Sonoma, Napa counties
Santa Rosa Press Democrat


Wildfires have created ‘worst air quality ever recorded for smoke’
East Bay Times


On fire from Disneyland to Wine Country, California must rethink disaster risk
Sacramento Bee


A key change to a major state environmental law again misses a deadline
Los Angeles Times





Rohrabacher, Rand Paul Met To Discuss Assange Giving Up WikiLeaks Source To US Government,'' via The Daily Caller: "Rep. Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller about the meeting during a phone interview Tuesday. "Rand Paul says the president calls him every now and then. I wanted to make sure that when [Trump] calls him that [Paul] knew enough about the Julian Assange offer that I found something of value for the president to look at," Rohrabacher told TheDC.'' Story.


Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive delta tunnels project,'' by LATimes' Bettina Boxall: "Southern California's largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.  The closely watched vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward. Story.


Why hasn't Kamala Harris signed on to anti-sex trafficking legislation in the Senate?" by McClatchy DC's Emily Cadei: "Harris' public reticence on the issue is a departure from her time as California attorney general, when she made sex trafficking one of her signature issues and zealously prosecuted" Story


Big Oil pulls Democratic lawmakers through the revolving door," by CALmatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "Sacramento is full of termed-out or retired lawmakers who make second careers as lobbyists, strolling through a "revolving door" between government and the private sector. Current law prohibits ex-legislators from directly lobbying their former colleagues for one year after they leave the Legislature, and a measure on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk would slightly strengthen that by barring legislators who quit mid-term from lobbying during the remainder of that two-year-session, plus another year." Story


California doesn't have enough doctors, and this bad law isn't helping," by LATimes' David Lazarus: "By 2025, the state will be short about 4,700 primary-care physicians, according to a recent report from the UC San Francisco Healthforce Center. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts." Story


Sen. Dianne Feinstein once thought she might 'just walk away' from another race, she tells donors,'' by LATimes' Seema Mehta: "A day after announcing she would seek a sixth term in office, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Tuesday fundraiser that she had considered retiring but decided that she just couldn't because of President Trump. Story.


California separatist leader: 'We welcome the vocal support of Julian Assange'," by Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider: "'Ultimately the Calexit vote and its preceding debate will be up to Californians to decide but we welcome the vocal support of Julian Assange, as we would for any individual with the courage to stand up against and defy the powers that be in order to affect positive change in this world,' said Louis Marinelli, the cofounder. 'That's what our campaign is all about.'" Story


OC for Climate Action's public forum for 15 OC congressional candidates drew a full house this week, Kathleen Treseder, chair of the UC Irvine Dept. of Ecology, reports: "Omar Siddiqui, Democratic candidate for CA-48, drew one of the biggest laughs of the evening with his comment: "We will stop living on the planet as if we have another one to go to, which is not an option either, because Trump has cut NASA funding as well." Link to videos/photos.


Mickey Mouse candidate: Could Disney CEO Bob Iger be the next US president?" by The Guardian: Story


Trump campaign surrogate and soap star Kimberlin Brown announces run against Rep. Raul Ruiz,'' by LATimes' Christine Mai-Duc: Story.


California State Senator Newman recall effort uncertain as deadline for rescinding signatures passes,'' by KPCC's Mary Plummer: Story.


California permanently eliminates high school exit exam requirement,'' by SFChronicle's Melody Gutierrez. Story.


1-in-7 Southern California home sellers are gone," by Jonathan Lansner of OC Register: Story


California's breakup with the NFL," by Andrew Beaton of WSJ: Story


Who do the Dodgers want to play in the NLDS? Bill Plaschke breaks it down: Video


Dropbox taking entire building in Mission Bay - biggest lease in city history,'' via SFChronicle. Story.


Facebook, Google to donate $1.5 million to Wine Country fire relief,'' via SFChronicle: Story.


Billionaire Elon Musk in discussions with Puerto Rico about rebuilding storm-ravaged power grid," by Dolia Estevez for Forbes: Story


Google, Facebook, Twitter scramble to hold Washington at bay," by Mark Bergen, Sarah Frier and Selina Wang of Bloomberg: "It's a delicate balance for the companies, whose products reached massive scale because of their ability to transact advertising automatically, without much restriction. They must figure out how much responsibility to take and how much change to promise, without succumbing to costly regulation or setting a precedent that might be difficult to follow in other countries." Story


Zuckerberg slammed for tone-deaf virtual-reality tour of devastated Puerto Rico," by Maya Kosoff of Vanity Fair: "In a move that rivaled the president tossing rolls of paper towels, free-throw style, into a crowd of hurricane survivors, Mark Zuckerberg created his own completely avoidable public-relations disaster Monday when he chose to demonstrate Facebook's new Facebook Spaces app-which lets users explore real destinations as Wii-like cartoon avatars-in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico." Story


Harvey Weinstein scandal: USC rejects $5 million pledge for female filmmakers," by Brent Lang of Variety: "The school has faced blowback for the pledge. On Tuesday, Tiana Lowe, a student at USC, launched a petition, calling on USC to decline the funding from Weinstein. It received 175 signatures." Story






Lafayette family raised 17 children in this historic home

This historic home was built by Bozo and Milly Billeaud, who raised 17 children in the location.





School locked down after students fight, then parents brawl



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