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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/19/2018 10:37 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California

 

Growers Square office complex bought amid hot Walnut Creek market

https://goo.gl/Mzo7Zs

The price, according to Contra Costa County public records, was approximately $88 million, or $450 a square foot. That’s deemed to be a high value for a suburban office market in the East Bay.

 

Forensic accountant sues Contra Costa DA’s office, alleging anti-Muslim bias

The suit includes accusations that the plaintiff, who is Muslim, was told he was considered a threat for workplace violence because of the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino.

 

The Seductive Power of a Suburban Utopia

https://goo.gl/cHBjZo

Serenbe, an intentional community outside Atlanta, promises urban pleasures without the messiness of city life.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Editorial: To ease traffic, the Bay Area should vote yes on Measure 3
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Lyft tests monthly subscriptions starting at $199
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Roadshow: Rubberized asphalt will make Bay Area freeway less noisy
Mercury News

 

Federal agency’s shift away from allowing employees to telecommute could add to D.C. region’s congestion
Washington Post

 

 

HOUSING AND SB827

 

SF mayoral hopefuls, minus Breed, hold heated housing debate
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Assemblyman Chiu seeks $250 million in state money for decaying San Francisco Chronicle seawall
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Hundreds of vacant lots placed on the market after October wildfires
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

 

North Berkeley BART housing discussion gets big turnout, civil discussion
Berkeleyside

 

Dick Spotswood: Housing bill is going to raise cost for public services

Here's today's test: If SB 827, legislation introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, designed to up-zone most California suburbs is enacted, who's going to pay its costs? 

 

SF Planning Commission cringes at Wiener's transit-housing bill

State Senator Scott Wiener introduced his SB 827 bill, which would place restrictions on the kinds of height limits that cities can impose on parcels “within a half mile radius of a major transit stop or a quarter mile radius of a high-quality transit corridor” 

 

 

PENSIONS

 

CalPERS retirees are suddenly worried about their pensions. What happened?

Call it the Loyalton effect.

 

How pensions are clobbering small California cities like Santa Cruz

It has only about 70 percent of the money it says is needed to cover pension obligations

 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

 

Senate Judiciary Dem calls on Zuckerberg to testify before committee,'' by The Hill's Brooke Seipel and Ali Breland: "Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Saturday called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee following reports that a data firm took Facebook users private information for President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Story.

 

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions,'' by Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore and Carole Cadwalladr in the New York Times: Story.

 

The Oversight Storm That Could Paralyze The Trump Presidency,' -- "During the Obama administration, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took center stage as Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) wielded the committee's unique oversight authority to relentlessly investigate the Obama White House. I spent four years working as a spokesperson and advisor for the committee, working to create an environment that made our weekly hearings must-see TV." Story.

 

Trump complains about California taxes, but in SF, he's got a sweet deal,'' via SFChronicle's Matier & Ross: "One of Trump's properties is the famous Bank of America building in San Francisco. The Trump Organization owns a 30 percent stake of 555 California St. ..The four parcels that make up the Bank of America building site have an assessed value of more than $1.2 billion. The annual property taxes come to $14.4 million. That's hardly chump change, but it's still less than the Trump Organization would be paying in other states, according to the personal finance website WalletHub." Story.

 

Trump protesters appear outside Oakland cafe that refuses to serve cops" -- The cafe's social media account says: "We have a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves." Story.

 

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley,'' by Tracy Wilkinson and Alexandra Zavis Tribune Washington Bureau. Story.


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is having a moment. But will a war with Trump help or hurt her city?'' by LATimes' Mark Z. Barabak: When Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her most recent State of the City address, she moved the event from Oakland's City Hall to a location rife with symbolism, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. It was a way of sending a message, about openness and inclusion, that was characteristic of a mayor known more for the quiet details of policy planning than the clenched-fist politics of this urban liberal hotbed. Story.

 

California city weighs opting out of so-called sanctuary law,'' via AP: "LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - A Southern California city will consider an ordinance to exempt itself from a state law that limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents. The Orange County Register reports Saturday that the city of Los Alamitos will discuss the proposal at a meeting on Monday.'' Story.

 

Santa Cruz plots path into and out of city's dire fiscal straits,'' by Jessica A. York in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Story.

 

California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law,'' by Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times: Story.

 

Stashing cash for a rainy day isn't as easy as it sounds for California government,'' by LATimes' John Myers: Story.

 

In California's rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state, by Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times: "The two young, blond women in figure-flattering ball gowns hoisted whiskey and shotguns. An auctioneer rattled off bids. Above the stage in the banquet hall hung a green flag for the 51st state of Jefferson, with its pair of Xs called a "double-cross" representing a sense of rural abandonment. Story.

 

Company San Diego hired for power-washing overbilled county 20 out of 20 times, records show,'' by San Diego Union Tribune's Jeff McDonald. Story.

 

Assemblyman Chiu seeks $250 million in state money for decaying San Francisco Chronicle seawall,'' by SFChronicle's J.K. Dineen. Story.

 

Lufthansa's big plans for California: 9 ways the German carrier plans to expand in the Golden State,'' by SFChronicle's Chris McGinnis and Tim Jue: Story.

 

East Bay company's stock plummets 81% as drug for cystic fibrosis patients fails, by Ron Leury via SF Business Times: Story.

 

Called 'opioid' by the FDA, kratom is illegal in 7 states, but easy to find in the Bay Area,'' by SFGate's Filipa Ioannou: Story.

 

 

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

 

Lafayette police arrest man accused of brandishing sword

Lafayette police on Saturday night arrested a man they allege chased two people with a katana sword.

 

 

AND FINALLY. . .

 

Colorado firefighters pluck baby foxes from storm drain

 

 

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