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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:12/06/2017 11:32 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Bay Area housing: Sales dwindled in October and prices shot up — again

The Bay Area’s median sale price has climbed for 67 straight months — since April 2012 — and there has been double-digit appreciation for the past three months, according to a new report from the CoreLogic real estate information service.


Elderly man sues Pleasant Hill police for excessive force

An elderly man who allegedly spent four days in the hospital with broken ribs last year after a run-in with police is suing the city.  In October, Barry Lago sued Pleasant Hill and officers Mark Stiefvater and Christopher Kutsuris in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit claims the defendants violated Lago’s civil rights and used excessive force.


New roads, strong bonds emerge from last winter’s damage in Morgan Territory
East Bay Times


With Berkeley housing prices so high, school district ponders building homes for its teachers


Alternatives submitted for sheltering Berkeley homeless
East Bay Times


Oakland opens first 'safe haven' sanctioned homeless encampment," by Bay Area News' Ali Tadayon: Story


Therapy llamas make finals prep a little more bearable at Cal," by Emily Deruy of Bay Area News Group: Story


Oakland workers strike, bringing city services to a halt, with no end in sight," by Rick Hurd and Tammerlin Drummond of Bay Area News: Story


Editorial: Striking Oakland workers killing the goose that lays …

The city cannot afford union demands. Indeed, council members have already offered too much.


Heads up: Most BART rides will be more expensive come January," by Alix Martichoux for SFGate: Story


The Lines That Divide America

Americans are increasingly segregated by socioeconomic class—and have forgotten that all citizens deserve a shot at moving ahead.


When Millionaires Squabble Over a Private Street, There Are No Winners

The ongoing saga of Presidio Terrace is just depressing all around.





Will the GOP tax bill lower home prices in California?" by Bay Area News Group's Marisa Kendall: Story


Editorial: GOP tax plan is cynical wealth redistribution

Blue states like California will bear the brunt of massive transfer to corporations, the rich and red states that put Donald Trump in office.


What the Republican Tax Bill Means For Commuters, Renters, and Retirees

The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.


How Congress's Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade

The final tax bill that goes to the White House could have very little effect on housing affordability—or it could gut mechanisms for encouraging it.


California Republicans Push to Preserve Income-Tax Deduction," by WSJ's Rich Rubin and Siobhan Hughes: "Though the House and Senate have voted to repeal the deduction for state income taxes in Republican tax overhaul plans, it isn't dead yet. California Republicans are pushing for an income-tax deduction in the final tax bill being worked out by lawmakers in a House-Senate conference committee on tax legislation. ... California Republicans would like the $10,000 cap to be higher. And they want at a minimum to let taxpayers deduct $10,000 against either property or income taxes, said Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.)." Story.


Among the Tax Bill's Biggest Losers: High-Income, Blue State Taxpayers,'' by NYTimes' Alicia Parlapiano and K.K. Rebecca Lai: Story.


Top seven ways the GOP tax plan will affect Californians," by Bay Area News Group's Patrick May: "Californians, both because of their tech-driven innovation culture and perhaps because of their Democratic leanings, can expect to feel more of those impacts than, say, some guy and his wife living in Little Rock or Boise. Throw in some of the last-minute amendments that helped push the Senate bill through this past weekend by a 51-49 vote and you've got a whole mess of possible fallout coming our way." Story






Roadshow: Electric cars with diamond-lane stickers rule the road in the Bay Area
Mercury News


Uber in the sky? Now you can crowdsource a helicopter and get to the show on time
Mercury News


Plan to ban cars on Market Street moves forward this month
San Francisco Examiner


Traffic-plagued Yosemite Valley getting cleaner buses
San Francisco Chronicle


Traffic fatalities up since 2010 in Bay Area
San Francisco Examiner


Bay Area Traffic Fatalities Up Sharply Since 2010


Fatal Bay Bridge Toll Booth Crash Renews Calls To End Cash Tolls


CO2 Generation: Transportation versus Electricity
The Big Picture


Plan to set SF parking rates based on demand is approved
San Francisco Chronicle


Lyft reveals top 2017 Bay Area, U.S. passenger destinations
East Bay Times


Transit agency approves ‘surge’ pricing to lower and raise parking meter costs
San Francisco Examiner


Rider experience must be part of the public transit equation
San Francisco Examiner





America's future depends on the death of the single-family home

In California, the exemplar of the country's affordable housing crisis, Governor Jerry Brown passed more than a dozen new bills related to housing in September, many of which are aimed at speeding up new construction, especially in suburban neighborhoods.


S.F. today would be unrecognizable to a 1997 Rip Van Winkle
San Francisco Chronicle


SF mayor, supervisor feud over use of site for housing
San Francisco Chronicle


SF’s quiet Excelsior becoming affordable-housing hot spot
San Francisco Chronicle


Wine Country fires: In sad aftermath, for-sale signs go up on burned-out lots
San Francisco Chronicle


Artists are fleeing the Bay Area. Here's where they're going.
San Francisco Chronicle


Home prices nearly doubled in this surprising California city [Stockton]
Mercury News

Napa Valley Register

San Francisco rents finish 2017 by rising, breaking our hearts


Microsoft unveils big new Mountain View campus plans
Mercury News


Marin’s ‘housing crisis on steroids’ focus of San Rafael forum
Marin Independent Journal


Martinez Planning Commission Sends Housing Report To Council
Martinez Gazette


Special report: Can we build our way out of the housing crisis?
San Diego Union Tribune


Tax reform: Here are the housing measures Congress must reconcile


SF Mayor Lee aims for three temporary Navigation Centers, plus a special one
San Francisco Chronicle


One year after Ghost Ship, artists who lived at Bay Area's 'Burnt Ramen' want their home back
San Francisco Chronicle


Tenants, landlords slam Marin rent hike mediation plan
Marin Independent Journal


How Google’s future campus could be a game-changer for Silicon Valley





King tides bring Bay Area coastal flood warnings
San Francisco Chronicle


Rising seas may eventually submerge some important U.S. historical landmarks
Washington Post







Republican and Democratic governors alike shrugged off the former national security adviser's guilty plea to one felony count of lying to the FBI at a Western Governors Association meeting here, instead singing Christmas carol-inspired songs about one another before discussing wildfires, land management and workforce development at the Arizona Biltmore hotel. Story by POLITICO's David Siders in Phoenix.


Next step in GOP tax bill unlikely to deliver help to California,'' by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli and Kathleen Pender: "Now that the GOP-led Senate has passed a tax bill that will largely benefit the nation's biggest companies and wealthiest people, the next step is to merge that version with what the House passed last month - and the version that emerges is unlikely to be much different for most residents of California. Chances are, many state residents' tax bills will be higher in years to come." Story.


50 people who "changed the world" in 2017: by Bloomberg's Esmé E. Deprez: "If any doubt lingered about who would lead states' opposition against President Trump, Brown quashed it within hours of the White House's June announcement that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. "This is an insane move," the 79-year-old Democrat said. Story.


California Assembly hearing on sexual harassment policies leaves unanswered questions,'' by LATimes Jazmine Ulloa: Story.


Pentagon Evaluating U.S. West Coast Missile Defense Sites-Officials,'' via Reuters in Simi Valley: "The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. Story.


Could California be seeing onset of recession?,'' by Dan Walters in CALMatters: "Twice each year, once in January and again in May, Gov. Jerry Brown warns Californians that the economic prosperity their state has enjoyed in recent years won't last forever. Brown attaches his admonishments to the budgets he proposes to the Legislature - the initial one in January and a revised version four months later." Story.


'In Mexico, they made a new American dream - minus their kids,'' by LATimes' Kate Linthicum: "For decades, millions of Mexicans crossed into the U.S. in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. But stricter immigration enforcement and new opportunities in Mexico have reversed the trend. Now, many are returning to towns like Malinalco, a rural community southwest of Mexico City. But coming home, it turns out, can be complicated. Story.


Elon Musk releases plans for tunnel transportation system: Long Beach to Valley at 125 mph," via LADailyNews' Sandy Mazza: The three-dimensional tunnel network, called Loop, would run from Long Beach Airport to Sherman Oaks, parallel to the 405 Freeway. Short complementary routes from Los Angeles International Airport to Dodger Stadium, and out to the beaches in Santa Monica and the South Bay beach cities, also are in the plans. Story.


These maps show why some California Republicans are nervous about changes to the tax code,'' by LATimes Jon Schleuss: "California taxpayers would be hit disproportionately hard under the Republican tax plan because of changes to two popular tax breaks. Story.


The major parties just aren't cutting it for California voters,'' by LATimes' John Myers: "A statewide survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found 64% of likely voters agreed with the statement that the Democratic and Republican parties are doing "such a poor job that a third major party is needed." Story.


Maria Shriver for Governor?" -- Willie Brown in SFChronicle, always one for stirring the pot, throws out a new possibility in the governor's race: "Shriver is no longer a registered Democrat. She's among the 42 percent of California voters who are 'decline to state.' ... I don't want to make Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa or the other hopefuls nervous. But Shriver's question got me to thinking that she may be interested in running." Story.


They're leaving California for Las Vegas to find the middle-class life that eluded them,'' by LATimes' Steve Lopez: Story.


One year after the Ghost Ship fire, artists struggle to find housing in Oakland,'' by LATimes' Liam Dillon: Story.


Brock Turner Appeals Sexual Assault Conviction,'' via Reuters: Story.


You can now text an emergency message to 911 in Los Angeles County,'' by LATimes Andy Nguyen: Story.


San Francisco Advances toward launching a public bank,'' by SFExaminer's Joshua Sabatini: Story.


Stockton miracle: Home prices nearly doubled in this surprising California city


Prices shot up 92 percent over the past five years,'' via Mercury News: Story.


San Diego opens giant tent to contain hepatitis outbreak,'' by AP's Julie Wilson: Story.


The President Stole Your Land" -- Patagonia, the Ventura based outdoor gear firm, has launched a lawsuit -- and a campaign -- to stop President Trump's drastic reduction of national monument territories in Utah. See it here. Now, REI, North Face and other outdoor firms have joined the fight, via NYTimes.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wants to nix the alternative minimum tax system in the Senate tax bill, amid arguments that it could hurt the California tech industry's ability to invest in research and development, the Wall Street Journal reports. "That has to be eliminated because that would destroy R&D," McCarthy said in a CNBC interview Monday.


Legal status for Dreamers gets support of nearly 3 dozen House Republicans, '' by SFChronicle's Carolyn Lochhead: "Nearly three dozen House Republicans, including three from California, fired off a warning shot to Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday, saying they have enough votes to join with Democrats to pass legislation to protect young immigrants before Congress adjourns this year. Story.


Lawyers sue California because too many children can't read,'' by AP's Julie Watson: "The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its "literacy crisis." The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, the lawsuit said. Story.


Backlash ripples through California politics after women denounce sexual harassment,'' by CALMatters' Laurel Rosenhall: " With sexual harassment and assault allegations ricocheting through the state Capitol, two female lobbyists say they soon faced the consequences of speaking out-a state senator who suddenly wanted to avoid meeting with them. ... A client of theirs relayed that the senator wanted women excluded from a meeting at a nearby watering hole. The reason: The senator and some of his colleagues had decided that, with accusations of bad behavior mounting against their fellow legislators, it would be safer to simply stop having drinks with lobbyists who happen to be female." Story.


I finally understand why male politicians have been able to sexually harass women with impunity," by LATimes' Robin Abcarian: "There is no tracking system for complaints and investigations. There is no coordination with the state Senate. The policy calls for "zero tolerance" against harassment, but no one has any idea what that means." Story


CA State Senator Bob Hertzberg has suspended his longtime relationship with law firm now representing Harvey Weinstein and accused CA Assemblyman Matt Dababneh. Read his announcement here.


California, Inland Empire top U.S. in construction hiring: 7 trends you should know," Jonathan Lansner of OCRegister: "Here are seven construction job trends worth knowing from data for the 12 months ending in October." Story


Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California," by LATimes' Evan Halper: "California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state, according to new research led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory." Story


Kate Steinle shooting: Federal grand jury indicts Garcia Zarate,'' by MercNews' Casey Tolan: "A federal grand jury indicted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on Tuesday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and being an "illegally present alien" in possession of a firearm and ammunition, federal prosecutors announced in a statement Tuesday evening. Story.


Donald Trump impeachment effort gains steam with public. How it's helping Tom Steyer," by SacBee's Christopher Cadelago: "Has Steyer, who was agonizing over a run against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, after years of considering various elected offices, found a more fitting way to advance his advocacy?" Story


Crime rates down in California, up in L.A. County, during period of criminal justice reform,'' via LATimes' Makeda Easter: Story.


Gay then, gayer now. The new Palm Springs City Council marks a milestone in LGBT acceptance,'' by Barrett Newkirk, The Desert Sun: Story.


After Steinle verdict, DA Gascon's 2019 re-election vulnerable to challengers," by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez for SFExaminer: Story


Report blasts CalPERS' environmental and social 'activism'," by SacBee's Adam Ashton: Story


Public Pension Funds' Anti-Fossil Fuel Activism Raises Risks For Beneficiaries," by David Blackmon for Forbes: Story


California 18-year-old allegedly confessed to molesting 50 children after his mom turned him in," by Christine Pelisek for People: Story


Stanford University executive leaves job after huge data breach, by SFChronicle's Nanette Asimov: Story.




Lafayette again weighs allowing elected leaders to attend meetings remotely

Lafayette will renew discussions on whether to allow City Council members to attend meetings remotely, reviving a nearly 6-year-old idea as new leadership takes the reins of the city's agenda.





The search is on for Zippy, town's missing life-size elf



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