Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
HOUSING AND SB827
Why 37 Major Progressive Groups from Los Angeles Oppose State-Level Housing Bill SB 827
The battle lines around the pro-development (and pro-gentrification) SB 827 are becoming increasingly clear, with 37 grassroots organizations from L.A. yesterday releasing a letter detailing their opposition.
The Bay Area’s future depends on its ability to figure out a solution to its housing crisis.
Bay Area rents have increased 43% over the past decade.
Trump infrastructure plan fails to impress Bay Area officials
San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area transit and planning gurus blast Trump infrastructure plan
San Francisco Business Times
Editorial: BART's new strategies prove officials finally listening to riders
San Francisco Chronicle
Transbay Transit Center misses key construction milestones
San Francisco Examiner
Self-Driving Car Safety Legislation Stalls in the Senate
Wall Street Journal
For the first time in years, CalPERS is stable enough that it no longer expects to run deficits into the middle of the century.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest US pension plan, lost more than $15 billion in assets under management from the day the stock market began to collapse on January 26, through February 9, 2018.
Then in December 2016, the CalPERS board lowered its expected investment return to a more realistic figure – a move that requires higher contributions from cities, phased in through 2024.
What the Trump Administration is requesting is not just alarming, it is illegal," Becerra said in a prepared statement. "The California Department of Justice is putting President Trump on notice: if a citizenship question is added to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire, we are prepared to take any and all necessary legal action to protect a full and accurate Census. This is clearly an attempt to bully and discourage our immigrant communities from participating in the 2020 Census count."
In a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the attorneys general argue a citizenship question would reduce response rates, harming the state. We detailed the issue previously here.
California has a plan to skirt the GOP tax law. IRS veterans say it is likely doomed." by WashPost's Jeff Stein: "California's plan to shield residents from a tax hike under President Trump's tax plan is likely to fail, said seven former high-ranking Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department officials." Story
Trump takes 'shackles' off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe," by WashPost's Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti: "As ICE officers get wider latitude to determine whom they detain, the biggest jump in arrests has been of immigrants with no criminal convictions. The agency made 37,734 "noncriminal" arrests in the government's 2017 fiscal year, more than twice the number in the previous year. The category includes suspects facing possible charges as well as those without criminal records." Story
Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test." by NYT's Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "At 77, Ms. Pelosi remains a dominant figure in the Democratic Party, its highest-ranking woman in the capital and the only woman ever to rise to House speaker. She is also a polarizing figure - increasingly even with Democrats - and as the budget vote indicated, she may be losing what was once an iron grip." Story
California's two health insurance regulators to investigate Aetna coverage decisions," by LATimes' Barbara Feder Ostrov: "Both of California's health insurance regulators said they will investigate how Aetna Inc. makes coverage decisions, as the lawsuit of a California man who is suing the nation's third-largest insurer for improper denial of care heads for opening arguments Wednesday." Story
State earns first royalty check after investing billions in stem cell research," by SFChronicle's Joaquin Palomino: "California, which has poured billions of public dollars into studying stem cells over the past decade, recently received its first royalty check for the investment - a development that will feed into a debate over whether to spend more taxpayer funds on such research in the coming years." Story
On anniversary of Oroville Dam crisis, California lawmakers pass bill increasing inspections," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "Under current law, state inspectors are required to examine the condition of dams, but don't have specified timelines. Last year, after strong rainfall across Northern California, the Oroville Dam reached capacity and its main spillway was severely damaged. The threat of the spillway's failure led to a sudden evacuation order due to fear of flooding and levee failures for miles around the dam." Story
Opioid epidemic rages, but California drug database lags," by SacBee's Billy Kobin: "As the opioid crisis rages across the country and in rural California, the California Department of Justice has not yet certified a database designed to prevent doctors from overprescribing the drugs, angering consumer and law enforcement groups that say it hurts efforts to prevent opioid abuse." Story
Getting homeless people off California streets is tough. One lawmaker has an idea." by SacBee's Angela Hart: "[San Francisco Assemblyman David] Chiu is making a major push this year for legislation and funding to address homelessness by fast-tracking housing, measuring public dollars spent by cities and counties to combat it and collecting data on services used such as emergency room visits and shelter stays." Story
BART's big fences keep homeless out, but Berkeley thinks they're too ugly," SFChronicle's by SFMatier & Ross: Story
Report: 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault could displace more than 200,000 people," by SFChronicle's Amy Graff: Story
Sewage-contaminated runoff forces beach closures near U.S.-Mexico border," by City News Service: Story
Here's the 'artful' way Sacramento is covering bad paint jobs on light rail trains," by SacBee's Tony Bizjak: Story
American Jamie Anderson overcomes wild winds to defend her slopestyle title," by LATimes' Nathan Fenno: Story
How San Diego Helped Name the Golden State Warriors," by KQED's Ryan Levi: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
A group of Lafayette artists are creating portraits for immigrants. The models are community members willing to share their story.
AND FINALLY. . .
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