Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Package Raiders Sting Lafayette Resident Once; Busted On The Return Visit Saturday
Bay Area residents and law enforcement agencies are battling mobile crews of package thieves picking off parcels almost as quickly as they arrive on the addressee’s doorstep. One such crew demonstrated how easy it is to make off with the property of others in Lafayette on New Year’s Eve – but paid a price when they returned for an apparent repeat performance Saturday morning.
New York Times
Marin County has long resisted growth in the name of environmentalism. But high housing costs and segregation persist
“They say they want to maintain the roots and characteristics of our county,” said Omar Carrera, executive director of the nonprofit Canal Alliance. “But what they really are saying is that they want to maintain it as white and wealthy.”
It’s “Fin” For The Rheem
Managers of the landmark Rheem Theatre in Moraga let their marquee say it all Sunday night.
Zucker's family members were booked on separate return flights to their hometown of Lafayette, California, with Zucker and her mother's girlfriend, Sheila Milosky, set for a Wednesday flight from Florence to San Jose, California.
Crash closed down stretch of Moraga Way in Orinda
Police re-opened a stretch of a major commute road Monday after a vehicle crash. No information on the crash was available immediately, but Orinda police put out a digital alert around 6:45 a.m. that they closed down a stretch of Moraga Way at El Camino Moraga, and that cars were being detoured near Ivy Drive. The crash damaged a pole, police said.
After months of darkness, iconic Orinda Theatre marquee shines bright
While the Rheem Theatre in Moraga goes dark tomorrow, the refreshed Orinda Theatre marquee will light up the night Saturday. The letters “O,” “R” and “I” on one side of the iconic sign had been out for about eight months when theater operator Derek Zemrak launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to replace the 76-year-old neon lights. Zemrak Pirkle Productions operates the Rheem and Orinda classic movie houses.
Martinez council’s second election ‘district’ hearing Wednesday
The City Council on Wednesday will hold the second of at least five public hearings on establishing election “districts” from which council members will soon be elected. Wednesday’s hearing will be the second of two “initial” hearings; the third hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
East Bay Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Schiff: 'We have a seriously flawed human being in the Oval Office,'" by POLITICO's Ian Kullgren: "The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that virtually every member of Congress has concerns about President Donald Trump's mental state, even if they won't say so publicly." Story
'Door of Hope' closed to cross-border hugs, weddings," by UT's Kate Morrissey: "Border Patrol will not re-open doors in the border fence at Friendship Park this year, ending a series of events that allowed chosen families to reunite briefly on the line between the U.S. and Mexico. The agency has cooperated with six door-opening events organized by local nonprofit Border Angels since 2013. A surprise marriage ceremony between a U.S. citizen man and a Mexican woman at November's opening placed the events under scrutiny after reports of the groom's criminal record surfaced." Story
California Dreamers say 'We can't wait,' as they plead for Congressional action," by Susan Ferriss in The Center for Public Integrity: "... the politics are complicated, and they're especially complicated here in California, home to at least a quarter of Dreamers. Most polling, from ABC to Fox News, shows that 60 to upwards of 80 percent of Americans think Dreamers should get a chance to stay and become legalized. In and around Porterville, Dreamers and their backers angrily question why McCarthy and fellow congressmen from California's Central Valley aren't vigorously pushing for a legislative fix - pronto - because so many Dreamers' lives hang in the balance." Story
Democrats' plan to help California taxpayers doesn't pass the smell test. They should still go for it," by LATimes' George Skelton: "Even for California government, this seems nutty: calling a state income tax payment a 'charitable contribution' so it can be deducted on a federal tax return. I recently wrote that the idea was cockamamie. Then last week, it was actually introduced as legislation by state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). On second thought, maybe the concept isn't so screwy." Story
The silver lining of Trump's 'war' on California," by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli: "For left-leaning Californians, there's a silver lining to the Trump administration's proposal to reopen the long-protected California coast to offshore oil drilling: They think it could help them win back Congress from the Republicans." Story
In about-face after legal threats, California's Legislature will grant new access to sexual misconduct allegation records," by LATimes' John Myers and Melanie Mason: "The California Legislature unveiled a new policy Friday that for the first time would reveal the identities of some who have been accused of sexual misconduct, two months after refusing to disclose detailed information about years of allegations." Story
'Be loyal to the idea of California,' says Gov. Jerry Brown," by LATimes' John Myers: On impeachment: "... 'I certainly wouldn't take that off the table. Let's see what we find out about his financial dealings. Make no mistake, Mr. Trump is a danger. Particularly in North Korea.... I think there are a lot of problems to handling him. This is a real dilemma, for America and for the world. And certainly for the Democrats.'" Story
Evacuations ordered below Santa Barbara burn zones as area braces for rainstorm," by LATimes' Alene Tchekmedyian: "Ahead of a strong winter storm that could trigger flash flooding and mudslides, authorities have ordered evacuations of Santa Barbara County neighborhoods that sit below areas recently burned by wildfires." Story
Severe flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs and a rising death toll in California," by LATimes' Soumya Karlamangla: Story
Judge rules Northern California wildfire suits to be overseen in San Francisco," by The Press Democrat's Paul Payne: Story
Thousands of Salvadorans in Los Angeles worry about Trump ending temporary legal status," by LATimes' Andrea Castillo: Story
Nooses and the N-word. Student at suburban high school says racism is rampant," by SacBee's Anita Chabria and Diana Lambert: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette attorney claims record $191.1 million jackpot on behalf of family partnership.
AND FINALLY. . .
The Almost Daily Briefing is an aggregation of links to news articles from local and regional newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and other internet sources. Its purpose is to alert readers to current issues and affairs that may impact Lafayette. The Almost Daily Briefing does not promote, favor, disfavor, support, reject, or endorse any position, candidate, campaign, or proposition, and nothing about the Daily Briefing, including the selection, presentation, arrangement, or content of the links presented should be construed as an advocacy position.
You can sign up to receive the Almost Daily Briefing by email here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY