Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
The council adopted the new policy for members on its Planning Commission and Design Review Commission
Elderly woman drove car into Lafayette restaurant Saturday
A 96-year-old woman drove her car into a Lafayette restaurant Saturday evening, authorities said. Police and medical personnel responded around 5 p.m. to a report of a car crashing into Uncle Yu’s restaurant, located on Oak Hill Road, not far from the Lafayette BART station, said Contra Costa County sheriff’s Sgt. James Normandin. The woman hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, said Dan Horowitz, an attorney who happened to witness the incident.
What you should know about the protester hit by a sheriff's SUV at a Stephon Clark march,'' by SacBee's Ellen Garrison, Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis: Story
Why California may be destined for a downturn: This factor points to a future with less demographic and economic vitality in California,'' via CALMatters' Dan Walters. Story.
In fighting homeless camp, Irvine's Asians win, but at a cost,'' by LATimes' Anh Do: It was a big political victory for the diverse opposition from Irvine. But it also came at a price, with some accusing the residents of intolerance and simply wanting to keep the homeless out of their own cities without offering an alternative solution. Story.
HOUSING AND SB827
Our Take on the Great Housing Density Debate
SB 827 would allow heights of 45 to 85 feet, depending on distance from transit and the width of the street. It’s worth considering how to densify certain single-family home neighborhoods in a way that is more sensitive to local context and less likely to inspire a NIMBY revolt. Dan Parolek of Opticos and others have put forward “missing middle” designs that get over 80 units per acre with 25- to 30-foot buildings.
What would SB 827 really look like?
On January 4th, 2018, California State Senator Scott Wiener announced a series of proposed housing bills. By far the most attention has been directed at Senate Bill 827 (SB 827), which would override local zoning controls on height, density, parking minimums, and design review on properties within a certain distance of major public transit infrastructure.
How Might SB 827 Impact California? We Took a Deep Dive Into the Data.
To examine the bill’s potential impact, we selected three BART rail stations in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area: MacArthur, Rockridge, and Orinda. MacArthur and Rockridge are more urban stations while Orinda is more suburban, auto-oriented, and surrounded by single family housing.
Could a tax incentive pry empty nesters from their oversize homes?
San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood has shown all the economic signs of gentrification without losing its majority-Latino population.
Uber crash sparks talk of tighter rules for self-driving cars
San Francisco Chronicle
Muni Metro stop at Warriors’ new SF arena is one pricey platform
San Francisco Chronicle
Trade war escalates as China says it will impose tariffs on 128 U.S. exports, including pork and fruit,'' via Washington Post: A number of U.S. agriculture firms have warned they could be caught in the middle of a trade war, particularly if Trump follows through on threats against China and Mexico.
Trump's trade approach has been inconsistent, making it difficult for allies and foreign leaders to know what he plans to do. Trump has said his trade threats are meant as a way of negotiating. On Sunday - in Twitter posts - he threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement if Mexico doesn't do more to stop immigrants from entering the United States." Story.
H-1B visa lottery, despite changes, still leaves careers up to chance,'' by SFChronicle's Trisha Thadani: "The H-1B visa lottery will begin again Monday, after a dizzying year of rhetoric, memos and executive orders from an administration determined to crack down on any foreign-worker program that it feels threatens American jobs.
At processing centers in California and Vermont, the dreams will arrive by the truckload, applications representing tens of thousands of people seeking a shot at working in the United States for three years, maybe more. Once there, they will be whittled down and thrown into a lottery, from which only 85,000 will be randomly chosen. Story.
In Easter Sunday tirade, Trump says he will make no deal to help Dreamers, threatens again to scrap NAFTA,'' by LATimes' Laura King: Story.
Here's What You Need to Know About Where DACA Stands," via KQED's Leslie Berestein Rojas: Story.
Judge's death gives Trump the opportunity to overhaul the liberal 9th Circuit,'' By Washington Examiner's Melissa Quinn: "With Reinhardt's death, Trump will have the opportunity to fill seven vacancies to the San Francisco-based appeals court. "It's an incredible opportunity," University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said. "There are 29 active judgeships on that court. [Trump] can fill 1/4 of them." Story.
For GOP, Counting 'Every Person Living' Means Only Counting White People,'' by Kurt Bardella via The Huffington Post: "Let me reiterate, the resolution supported by some of the most conservative members of the Republican Party specifically called for the counting of "every person living in the United States." Story.
Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark's killing remain tense,'' by Washington Post's Rob Kuznia and Sawsan Morrar: "But amid the strain, signs of progress have emerged. Though the city has seen near-daily protests since Clark's death, there have been just two arrests, police Sgt. Vance Chandler said. The Sacramento Kings have launched an education fund for Clark's children, and Mayor Darrell Steinberg walked with Clark's family as they left his funeral last week." Story.
As China puts the brakes on overseas investment, Los Angeles' development boom takes a hit,'' by LATimes' Roger Vincent: Story.
Southern California Voters to Choose New Assembly Members: Los Angeles-area voters go to the polls Tuesday in special elections to fill three open Assembly seats,'' via AP's Sophia Bollag - "Los Angeles-area voters go to the polls Tuesday in special elections to fill three open Assembly seats. Two spots are vacant because lawmakers resigned amid harassment claims. But candidates say sexual misconduct at the Capitol isn't top-of-mind for most voters." Story.
New Yosemite leader Michael Reynolds faces challenges in valley he knows well,'' by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: Story
First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.,'' by LATimes' Jaweed Kaleem: Story.
Man carrying $10 million in U.S. currency arrested at Tijuana airport,'' by LATimes' Sandra Dibble: Story.
Here's the plan to ease crowding at Yosemite, from the park's new chief,'' by Fresno Bee's Aleksandra Appleton: Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
A legislative effort is underway to extend the Gen. Lafayette Trail in Massachusetts through Berkshire County.
AND FINALLY. . .
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