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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:12/07/2017 11:12 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California

 

Change Ahead In Little Moraga As Key Administrative Positions Open In Wake Of Resignations

It pretty much boils down to who you're talking with at the time. Some Moraga Town Watchers maintain the relatively recent departure of several key town officials is indicative of underlying pressures at the leadership level. 

 

Oakland workers enter third day of city strike
East Bay Times

 

Laney College board halts ballpark plans, leaving Oakland A’s shocked
San Francisco Chronicle

 

A’s thought they had a deal. They didn’t reckon on Laney’s faculty
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Peek inside the swanky IMAX theater at the Veranda in Concord

The 10-screen cineplex opens Dec. 14 at the Veranda shopping center on Diamond Boulevard in Concord.

 

City of Martinez set to begin transition to district-based elections

https://goo.gl/49hbkX

The City Council is poised to change local council elections from at-large to district-based, citing the threat of a lawsuit if the current system of all council members being chosen by voters from all parts of the city isn’t scrapped.

 

Borenstein: Feinstein calls for new bridge across the bay

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/07/borenstein-feinstein-calls-for-new-bridge-across-the-bay/
U.S. Sen. Feinstein and East Bay Rep. DeSaulnier call for a Southern Crossing and sharply criticize current plans to increase Bay Area bridge tolls.

 

Slusiewicz resigns from Laguna Niguel City Council after finding possible bullet hole in office window," by Spencer Custodio for Voice of OC: "His resignation letter was emailed about 6 p.m. to Laguna Niguel City Clerk Eileen Gomez and Slusiewicz's "Council Colleagues," roughly an hour before the scheduled start of the Dec. 5 council meeting. He said he didn't plan to attend the meeting. About 15 minutes before the 7 p.m. start of the meeting, a city staffer removed Slusiewicz's nameplate from the dais." Story

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Feinstein: Traffic is terrible. Build a new bay bridge
San Francisco Chronicle

 

BART races to make deadline for new cars
Curbed

 

Amid Rush to Deploy Driverless Cars, Federal Regulators Urged to Keep Hands on the Wheel
Fair Warning

 

 

HOUSING

 

New housing laws roil officials in Burlingame
San Mateo Daily Journal

 

Rents are down in Berkeley and Oakland, but still out of reach for many
Berkeleyside

 

24 new design guidelines hope to establish future look of San Francisco
Curbed

 

 

CALIFORNIA ON FIRE

 

100,000 evacuated, hundreds of schools closed amid fears of new fires, powerful winds," by LATimes' Ruben Vives, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Joseph Serna: "The magnitude of the wildfire siege in parts of Southern California continued to worsen Wednesday, with more than 100,000 people forced from their homes and authorities warning of the return of dangerous winds on Thursday. As predicted, the winds picked up Thursday morning, with gusts topping 50 mph in some areas. That pushed the various fires in different directions, forcing new evacuations in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

 

In anticipation of the heavy winds, all Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city's Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials said Wednesday afternoon. The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles." Story

 

Section of 101 Freeway closed as powerful winds force new evacuations," by LATimes' Sarah Parvini, Louis Sahagun and Cindy Carcamo: "The return of powerful winds Thursday pushed the destructive Ventura County fire closer to several communities, prompting new evacuations. Communities both on the coast and inland were under threat. At 4 a.m., officials closed the 101 Freeway between Routes 126 and 150. According to the California Highway Patrol, that left no open routes between Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Story

 

Firefighters race to save Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate from Bel-Air fire," by Melissa Etehad of LATimes: "About 1:30 p.m., a Los Angeles County firefighter drove by Murdoch's property and noticed a portion of his vineyards on fire with gray smoke filling the air. He quickly radioed in to other firefighters who within minutes showed up and pried open the gate. Six firefighters rushed in to assess whether to fight the flames, burning on a slope, from below or above." Story

 

Unlike in North Bay, Ventura County officials issued wide alert," by Lizzie Johnson for SFChronicle: "Everyone who was in a potential evacuation area - about half the county's 850,000 residents - got a text message similar to an Amber alert, McGowan said." Story

 

Northern California fire damage claims rise to unprecedented $9 billion
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Editorial: Southern California wildfires suggest a new normal for the state
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Unlike in Wine Country fires, mutual aid is rushing to Southern California
San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

 

It could get easier to bring a concealed gun into a California movie theater. Here's why," by CALmatters' Matt Levin: "Despite nearly a year of protests from prominent California Democrats that the bill would undermine the state's stringent gun control laws, House Republicans on Wednesday passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act on a near party line vote. Among California's representatives, all the Republicans voted yes and all the Democrats voted no except Julia Brownley of Ventura County, who nonetheless expressed opposition." Story

 

Los Angeles area congresswoman arrested during immigration protest on Capitol Hill," by Sarah D. Wire of LATimes: "Rep. Judy Chu was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a demonstration calling on Congress to find a legislative fix for the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought into the country illegally as children." Story

 

California's attorney general takes his attacks against the Trump administration to Washington," by Patrick McGreevy of LATimes: "California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra complained in a speech to journalists Wednesday that the Trump administration is failing to release documents that might explain its decisions on immigration and environmental issues." Story

 

Conservative student group accuses UC of denying free speech," Nanette Asimov for SFChronicle: "A group of conservative students at UC Berkeley, frustrated that administrators have so far denied them the privileges of a recognized student organization, has asked a federal judge to intervene in the campus dispute." Story

 

California legislators to introduce bipartisan bill to give victims of sexual harassment more time to file claims," by Melanie Mason: "The proposal, by Assemblywomen Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido), would give both public and private employees more time to come forward with a claim. A spokesman for Reyes said the legislators are working to determine what the new timeframe should be." Story

 

California lobbyist who spoke out against sexual harassment in the Capitol featured on Time's 'Person of the Year' cover," by LATimes' Melanie Mason: "Adama Iwu, one of the founders of the We Said Enough group that has called attention to sexual misconduct in state politics, is one of five women featured on the magazine's cover, which was unveiled Wednesday morning." Story

 

Supervisors order review of LA County's sexual harassment policies," by Mary Plummer for KPCC: "Four of the five Los Angeles County supervisors are female and their awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace emerged during a discussion Tuesday of how the county can improve procedures for its own employees filing complaints of inappropriate behavior." Story

 

Commentary: Sex scandal may erase Democratic supermajorities," by CALmatters' Dan Walters: "Supermajorities allow Democrats, at least in theory, to approve tax increases, urgency bills and constitutional amendments without Republican votes. However, such actions also require Democrats to remain unified, which has proven to be difficult." Story

 

Analysts worry Calif. climate change program is doing too well," by Ben Bradford of Capital Public Radio: "California is swimming in $1.5 billion in new money for clean energy programs and the high-speed rail project, after lawmakers extended the climate-change program, cap-and-trade. But analysts suggest the current boom could ultimately undermine the program's purpose of cutting long-term emissions." Story

 

Brown's environmental mixed bag," by Jessica Hice of Capitol Weekly: "In recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed groundbreaking legislation establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America, and he has been praised globally for his environmentalism and his efforts to curb global warming. But at home - and elsewhere - he faces opposition to some of his environmental policies." Story

 

California schools fail to teach children to read or write, suit says," by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: "California has broken its promise to millions of schoolchildren with an education system that is failing to teach students to read or write, advocates charged Tuesday in a lawsuit seeking a statewide right of 'access to literacy.'" Story

 

LA will become largest US city with recreational pot," by AP's Michael R. Blood: "The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after California launches its recreational pot industry in January." Story

 

More than 80,000 LAUSD students were 'chronically absent' from school last year," by Kyle Stokes for KPCC: Story

 

Plan to set SF parking rates based on demand is approved," by Michael Cabanatuan for SFGate: Story

 

San Diego boosts police pay up to 30 percent amid staffing crisis," by David Garrick for San Diego Union-Tribune: Story

 

Oakland city workers' strike to enter third day after City Council fails to reach deal," by Kimberly Veklerov: Story

 

That sales tax you pay on your meal? Some restaurants keep it, using illegal 'zappers'," by Stuart Leavenworth for McClatchy DC: Story

 

Armed robbers steal 600 pounds of pot from Yolo commercial grow, sheriff says," by Nashelly Chavez of SacBee: Story

 

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

 

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.

 

 

AND FINALLY. . .

 

Ice cream shop's cow derriere logo gets icy reception

 

 

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PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

Sun on the Water