Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Lafayette Rotary's Candy Scramble
Saturday, March 31, 10am, Lafayette Plaza Park (corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd)
This event is free and open to all children ages 2-through 2rd grade. The park lawn will be covered with candy for the kids to put in their baskets. The youngest are always given extra time to get their share! The Bunny along with the Police and Fire Departments will be there to take pictures with the kids. Please arrive on time. We start promptly at 10:00am. Join us for the fun. And don’t miss the Johnny’s Donut Dive (for adults only). Learn more here.
Instead of a Pedestrian Bridge, How About a Street That Works for Walking, Biking, and Transit?
When a hastily constructed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto Eighth Street at Florida International University, killing six people, it should have been a wake-up call for transportation officials.
HOUSING AND SB827
SB 827 is the blunt instrument needed to fix the problem.
SB 827 would allow developers to build more housing near transit stops—without adding parking spaces.
Opponents to the Wiener bill fear that SB 827 will undercut locals from having a say in how their city looks.
SB 827 aims to increase the amount of housing built near public transportation stops by adding a “transit-rich bonus” that pushes up height limits beyond what local jurisdictions have approved.
Opposing the "Wild, Wild, West" anarchy proposed by SB 827.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
Mohammed bin Salman in the USA: California Dreamin' via Morocco World News: "MBS will meet with leaders from technology industry giants like Google and Apple...It has been reported recently that the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, has been in talks with Google's parent company, Alphabet, to create data centers in the kingdom." In Hollywood, he'll promote Saudi Arabia as "an exotic location" for TV and film shoots. Story.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt dies; weighed in on Proposition 8, travel ban,'' by Laura Jarrett and Darran Simon, CNN: "Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a liberal federal appeals court judge who was part of a panel that rejected California's Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, died Thursday, according to a court spokesperson. He was 87. One of the last remaining federal judges appointed by then-President Jimmy Carter, nearly four decades ago, Reinhardt emerged as a staunch critic of the Trump administration's deportation policies and travel ban in the final years of his life. Reinhardt's passing leaves a progressive vacancy on the court for Trump to potentially fill with a conservative vote." Story.
Newly opened "Museum of Selfies'' in Glendale explores "the history and culture of the selfie, which has roots dating back 40,000 years,'' via The Guardian. Story in pix.
EPA about to loosen emissions targets, setting up clash with California," by SFChronicle's Carolyn Lochhead: "California and the Trump administration are barreling toward a clash over vehicle emissions standards that could limit the kinds of cars and trucks automakers sell in the state and undermine efforts to reduce the nation's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions." Story
Ted Lieu: Tackling Trump on Twitter," by Capitol Weekly's Lisa Renner: "Rep. Ted Lieu says he's surprised by how much reaction he's gotten nationally for his anti-Trump and other pointed tweets. ... The Southern California Democrat, whose district includes Beverly Hills and Malibu, said he's been tweeting since long before the president took office." Story
Rep Lieu and members urge FBI to look at alleged classified leaks from Kusher to Saudi crown prince," via Ted Lieu's website: Read the release
Records request suggests mistreatment of asylum seekers at border, Human Rights Watch sues for more info," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Kate Morrissey: "Under U.S. law, border officials are required to ask people arriving at the border who don't have documents for entry if they are afraid to go back to their home countries. If the migrants say, "Yes," then officials must process them as asylum seekers and allow them to speak with asylum officers to determine whether their fears are credible." Story
Orange County is the Trump insurgency of California," by Daily Beast's Elisha Brown: "'What we see in OC is a combination of local, conservative political elite and outside organizations who have been documented as having ties to white supremacist groups trying to manufacture a local fight over a wedge issue,' said [Annie] Lai of UC-Irvine." Story
Escondido, county may join federal lawsuit challenging state sanctuary laws," by San Diego Union-Tribune's J. Harry Jones and Joshua Stewart: "Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Councilman John Masson have put an item on the April 4 agenda that would authorize the city's filing of a legal brief in support of the federal government's lawsuit challenging three state laws enacted last year." Story
Former Disney Channel star joins White House press team," by ABC News' Meredith McGraw: "Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern... Prior to her internship at the White House, Caroline interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee, and the California Republican Party," White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said to ABC News in a statement. Story
"A dream displaced," by LATimes' Andrea Castillo, Brittny Mejia, and Joe Mozingo: "Across the country, the presidency of Donald Trump has put immigrants who lack legal status on edge. ... In Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood of more than 28,000 just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, that tension has become a part of daily life. A team of Times reporters spent months there last year to capture how one of California's oldest ports of call for immigrants has wrestled with the changing tone of the national debate - and made adjustments in day-to-day life." Story
A child left behind: SF student failed every class in high school," by SFChronicle's Jenna Lyons: "For more than a quarter-century, San Francisco's public schools have failed to close the achievement gap for black, Latino and Pacific Islander students. At a meeting where community activists urged the school board to make changes, Pat Scott told a shocking story." Story
Would today's California voters change Proposition 13?" by CALmatters' Dan Walters: "Changing (or repealing) the 1978 tax limit has been a Holy Grail goal for those on California's political left, particularly public-employee labor unions, for decades. But the anti-Proposition 13 forces have never been willing to take their cause to voters." Story
Coffee will now come with a cancer warning in California. It's official," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Abby Hamblin: Story
"Political Breakdown" with Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos interviewing attorney John Burris, one of the nation's most prominent civl rights attorneys. Listen.
Free-spirited family" with six adopted kids plunges off cliff on the California coast, by AP's Phuong Le and Tom James: Story
Killing homeless shelter plan was 'courageous,' Huntington Beach mayor says,'' by LATimes' Hannah Fry: Story.
Farm work is still the only way to the California dream for many Mexican immigrants," by Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric: Story
VW storing around 300,000 diesels at 37 facilities around U.S.," including a "sun-bleached desert graveyard in Victorville, California," by Reuters' David Shepardson: Story
Mayor Schaaf supports exclusive negotiating deal with Oakland A's on ballpark sites," by SFChronicle's Kimberly Veklerov: Story
Editorial -- "More unnerving news on San Onofre nuclear waste front," by San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette police said if you drive a moped, you may want to start locking it up.
AND FINALLY. . .
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