Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Borenstein: Who runs Alameda, city manager … or the fire union?
City Manager Jill Keimach's job is on the line because she refused demands to hire a union leader as fire chief.
Rethinking the Suburbs Is Integral to California’s Housing Solution
Middle-class Californians increasingly want more urban living, but it can’t all be done in a handful of high-density cities or concentrated into existing working-class, inner city neighborhoods. It is time to re-think suburbia. From a public policy standpoint, we can’t afford to write off the suburbs — which have already paved over millions of acres of the California landscape in the last 50 years — as private investors have largely done since 2008. We need to reevaluate the potential of the suburbs for more multi-family development, especially suburban cities accessible to regional transit, for enabling the denser, more interconnected, more affordable, and more sustainable living that people are looking for.
Two decades after Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao, where does architecture stand?
The story of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain — a building that opened 20 years ago this week and changed the course of world architecture, the history of downtown Los Angeles and the career path of at least one American architecture critic — really begins on Aug. 26, 1983.
NORTH BAY FIRES
Massive wildfires continue to race through Northern California leaving a wake of ash and destruction.
Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing
The death toll rose to 23 on Wednesday night from the rapidly spreading firestorm in California wine country as firefighters were battling the return of dangerous winds that sparked new evacuations. All residents of Calistoga and Geyserville were ordered to leave their homes as firefighters braced for a tough fight overnight on numerous fronts of the fires. About 8:20 p.m., mandatory evacuations were also issued for parts of eastern Sonoma Valley, including Castle Road and 7th Street East north of Lovall Valley Road." Story
PG&E power lines explored as possible cause of Wine Country fires
The causes of the fires ripping through Wine Country and beyond have not been determined, but investigators are looking into reports that strong winds knocked down numerous Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines between 9:20 and 10 p.m. on Sunday, about the time that some of the most damaging fires broke out in Napa and Sonoma counties, officials said Wednesday." Story
Desperate calls to save those trapped by fire, but emergency alert system failed many
In Napa County - where at least three major wildfires, the Atlas Peak, Tubbs and 1,000-acre Partrick fire burned - the chaos was accentuated by a problematic alert system. Residents reported difficulties receiving fire alerts, an issue possibly caused by fire damage to cellphone towers, officials said Tuesday." Story
Smoke, ash from wildfires blanket California cities
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
San Rafael has worst air in nation as smoke pours into Marin
Marin Independent Journal
Wine Country fires smoke sickening people nearly 100 miles away
San Francisco Chronicle
Worst-ever wildfire smoke spreads across Bay Area
East Bay Times
Calistoga a ghost town after mandatory evacuation order
San Francisco Chronicle
Will wine country disaster push Congress to fix fire budget?
Here's how that looming DACA deadline changes the game for California's vulnerable Republicans," by LATimes' Christine Mai-Duc: "... Now, a March date for DACA's phaseout with hundreds of thousands of young livelihoods on the line is increasing pressure on Orange County Republicans: Royce, Walters, and Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa. They all face tough reelection campaigns, and protesters appear regularly outside their offices holding signs about healthcare and the Russia investigation. Depending on how members deal with DACA, immigration could become another galvanizing issue for Democrats there as the 2018 midterms approach." Story
-- "Bernie voters stay angry at Dem establishment," by Paul Mitchell and Jonathan Brown for Capitol Weekly: "There is strong support for how Sanders has continued to work as a senator. While the survey did not ask voters what they thought about him leaving the Democratic Party, it is clear that this issue, along with a number of other issues since last June, have not tarnished his support among his primary voters." Story
-- "Hillary Clinton's false claim on mass shootings," by Chris Nichols of PolitiFact: "Citing the Las Vegas shooting that killed 59 people and injured hundreds, Hillary Clinton urged the nation to do more to prevent gun violence during a speech at the University of California at Davis on Monday." Story
-- "Santa Clara County, employee union sues Trump administration over DACA," by SFGate's Bob Egelko: "The lawsuit, like others challenging Trump's decision, cited the president's remarks during the 2016 campaign that Mexican immigrants were rapists and that a federal judge who had refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Trump was biased because the judge was of Mexican ancestry. Nearly 80 percent of the 700,000 current participants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are from Mexico, and more than 90 percent are from Latin America." Story
CALIFORNIA AND THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR:
-- "California youths serving life will get possibility of parole," by SacBee's Christopher Cadelago: "As part of his quest to change California's justice system, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation outlawing the state from sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole." Story
-- "Gov. Brown Kills OC Supervisors Takeover Attempt of CalOptima," by Thy Vo in Voice of OC: "California Governor Jerry Brown has effectively killed efforts by Orange County supervisors to take control of the board of CalOptima, the county's $3.4 billion health plan for low income and elderly residents. Last Wednesday, Brown signed Senate Bill 4, which was introduced by State Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia and enshrines the existing make-up of the CalOptima board in state law, effectively blocking local attempts to restructure the board." Story
-- "A key change to a major state environmental law again misses a deadline," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "California lawmakers keep passing bills to ease the burden of environmental lawsuits against big developments. And they keep ignoring the fact that the deadline they set for the end of the litigation is never met." Story
-- "USC fundraising executive leaves post amid sexual harassment investigation," by Harriet Ryan of LATimes: "A USC administrator responsible for raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the university has left his post in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues, the latest blow to a campus already dealing with the arrest of an assistant basketball coach and the departures of two medical school deans accused of misconduct." Story
CAMPAIGNS 2018 AND BEYOND:
-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Democrat Andrew Janz is hitting Devin Nunes on Russia in a new digital ad in the contested Central Valley district: See it here
-- "Democratic candidates won't build digital campaigns. Silicon Valley is just going to do it for them," by Michael J. Coren: "Democrats are still running their campaigns as if it was 2004. Despite former US president Barack Obama's unprecedented use of the internet to rally donors and voters, the skill never trickled down. That's contributed to the near decimation of the party in many state and local elections. Silicon Valley is ready to take matters into its own hands by creating digital campaign infrastructure for progressives to win in 2018." Story
-- Elizabeth Warren hits Irvine to stump for Katie Porter in the 45th Congressional District. Watch her here.
-- "Editorial: No free ride for Feinstein's re-election," by the SFChronicle editorial board: "Leaders of an incumbent's party may prefer to avoid it, but competition is healthy. It compels incumbents to lay out their vision for a potential next term, and it allows challengers to make the case that their policies or personas are better suited to represent the state's ever-evolving interest." Story
-- "Political gears shift as Feinstein declares re-election bid," by Dan Walters of CALMatters: "... some leading Democratic politicians were, albeit secretly, hoping Feinstein would, after a quarter-century in the Senate, hang it up and give them a shot at a potential steppingstone to the White House. After all, Kamala Harris was being touted as presidential material even before she had adjusted her chair on the Senate floor." Story
-- "Lawsuit alleges fraud by California GOP in recall campaign against state Sen. Josh Newman," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: "A group of voters filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were defrauded when they were convinced to sign petitions to recall Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton based on claims that the petitions would repeal an increase in the state gas tax." Story
-- "Why California's wildfire are worse in fall," by Jonathan Erdman of Weather.com: Story
-- "New disclosure shows a casino guard alerted hotel to gunman before Vegas massacre began. So why did it take so long to stop him?" by Matt Pearce and Richard Winton of LATimes: Story
-- "High housing costs, scarcity of skilled workers slow economic growth," by Steve Milne of Capital Public Radio: Story
-- "Counties may regulate the location of gun shops, 9th Circuit Court rules," by Donna Littlejohn LATimes' Maura Dolan: Story
-- "LA County moves to add toilets, shower facilities near homeless encampments," by Donna Littlejohn of Daily Breeze: Story
-- "The inmate needed a wheelchair to get around. Doctor accused of taking it away," by Barbara Anderson of FresnoBee: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
This historic home was built by Bozo and Milly Billeaud, who raised 17 children in the location.
AND FINALLY. . .
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