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Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
The storm bearing down on Lamorinda could drop record rainfall. Here's where to get sandbags.
New Moraga town manager from San Leandro begins duties
Cynthia Battenberg, the community development director in San Leandro, has been appointed as the new town manager, the Town of Moraga announced. Battenberg, who has extensive experience in local government including management, planning, public works, as well as economic and community development, began March 12 in her new role. She replaces Robert Priebe, the former Moraga police chief who became town manager last year. Priebe announced his retirement this past September. In an email, Battenberg described Moraga as a “great community, amazing quality of life and dedicated town staff.” She worked for the city of San Leandro for the past 16 years, and before that, was an environmentalist who began solid waste diversion programs, including a program with the city of Beverly Hills. Battenberg received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Orinda City Manager Steve Salomon gets raise
Steve Salomon took over as Interim City Manager when former City Manager Janet Keeter retired, which happened to be about a month after the Miner Road sinkhole occurred. The city council was so pleased with his performance that last October it offered him the job on a permanent basis, which he accepted with the proviso that he be allowed to work only 90 percent of full time as he commutes from Brentwood. His employment contract provides for the possibility of a raise of up to 3 percent after six months on the job. On March 20 the city council confirmed that Salomon would receive the full 3 percent raise. His performance review was conducted in closed session, and the result was reported to be "superb."
Deputy arrested for allegedly having sex with West Contra Costa inmates
A deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday evening after it was revealed he was having a sexual relationship with two county jail inmates, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Patrick Morseman, 26, a deputy employed at the West Contra Costa jail, is suspected of violating a state law that prohibits jail employees from having sex with inmates. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but county prosecutors plan to review the case against him and decide whether to file charges within days.
Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy arrested
Accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate at the West County Detention Facility
James E. Kroetch, 67, was recommended for disbarment for a misdemeanor child porn conviction.
HOUSING & SB827
Inside City Hall, the Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to oppose the bill. Outside, it was a fracas. The YIMBY group shouted over speakers. Those in the rally shouted “SHAME!” back. Supervisor candidate and BARF founder Sonja Trauss moved into the crowd and shook her protest sign in the face of an elderly Chinese man and, in turn, was allegedly shoved by a white woman from the anti-SB 827 crowd.
Although the bill isn’t likely to get very far, it’s reasonably good policy.
Gavin Newsom: “It's a crisis. We can't live on intentions. At the end of the day, if you want to move the mouse, you've got to move the cheese.”
The Bay Area cities where apartments are getting cheaper
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Looks to Create Low-Cost Housing Preference for Artists
San Francisco Examiner
Bay Area voters weigh $1 bridge toll hike for Hwy. 37 overhaul, other fixes
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Regional measure would raise bridge tolls to fund transit improvements
San Francisco Examiner
Pilot program will staff attendants to stop people from urinating in BART, Muni elevators
San Francisco Examiner
CITY MANAGER NEWS
Fremont City Manager To Retire
Fremont's City Manager, Fred Diaz, announced that he will retire sooner than anticipated. Click/tap here to read more.
Newport Beach City Council Denies Accusations of Effort to Force City Manager to Retire
Newport Beach residents lined up Tuesday to praise longtime City Manager Dave Kiff on the heels of his retirement announcement - and, in many cases, also excoriate the City Council with accusations that a faction had secretly worked to force out Kiff sooner than he would have liked. Click/tap here to read more.
Live Oak City Council and City Manager Agree to Separation
Live Oak Mayor Aleksander M. Tica announced Thursday morning that the Live Oak City Council has voted to remove City Manager Jim Goodwin from his post. Click/tap here to read more.
Atwater City Manager's Departure a Mystery; Interim Appointed
Atwater hit the reset button again Tuesday, hiring its fifth new city manager in two years, as Art de Werk, who was hired just three months ago, abruptly quit for reasons city leaders refused to discuss. Click/tap here to read more.
Federal law limits Trump's proposal to send troops to guard border,'' by Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune -- "President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hopes to send members of the military to guard the southwest border - an escalation in his push to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. But without sign off from Congress or Gov. Jerry Brown, federal law will likely block the president's plans, at least in California. Story.
Trump asks California to send National Guard to border. Will California say yes?,'' by SFChronicle's Melody Gutierrez: "The author of California's main sanctuary state law, state Sen. Kevin de León, urged Gov. Jerry Brown to reject the federal request. Brown's office directed questions to the head of the California National Guard, who said the state would answer once it had more details about what Trump wants." Story.
As China fires back in trade war, here are the winners and losers," by Thomas Biesheuvel: "President Donald Trump escalated tensions on Tuesday, proposing tariffs on a range of Chinese-made products worth about $50 billion with a focus on high-tech items. China wasted no time in firing back with 25 percent tariffs on imports of 106 U.S. products covering everything from soybeans, automobiles, chemicals and aircraft." Story
China finds California wine pairs well with a trade war," by NYTimes' Natalie Kitroeff: "China's imports of American wine reached $82 million last year - not including bottles entering duty-free through Hong Kong - a sevenfold increase in the last decade. But growing visibility may have turned Napa wine into easy prey." Story
Can Trump install troops on the California border? He faces obstacles, experts say," by LATimes' Kate Morrissey: "But without signoff from Congress or Gov. Jerry Brown, federal law will likely block the president's plans, at least in California." Story
Devin Nunes demands original document that prompted Russia investigation,'' via The Hill: "In a letter sent Wednesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Nunes threatened to take legal action if the agencies do not comply, noting that the committee issued subpoenas in August that "remain in force." Story.
Trump's delusional assault on the press should get him banned from the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Inviting Trump to attend an event celebrating the First Amendment makes as much sense as inviting Mike Pence to officiate a gay wedding." Story.
A Fence Away: Visiting Friendship Park on the U.S.-Mexico Border at Tijuana in the Time of Trump," by Dennis Romero in California Sunday Magazine: "The history of U.S. immigration policy can be told through a half-acre stretch of land where San Diego meets Tijuana. It was there that on August 18, 1971, Pat Nixon reached across the border to shake the hand of a man on the Mexico side who had come to witness the spectacle of the rare visit by a sitting first lady. ... "I hope there won't be a fence here too long," she had said.
Now, the agents impose a 30-minute time limit on visits and have shut down the adjacent Friendship Garden, where people could get a head-to-toe view of relatives as long as they stood 6 feet apart. The regulations also call for only ten people at a time to be at the fence (before, the limit was 24). Families on the U.S. side can no longer take photos or videos. Story.
Republicans find their voice as the resistance to the resistance,'' by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli: "Polls show "the intensity is off the charts" for the issue among Republican voters, said John Thomas, a strategist who is running a GOP congressional campaign in Orange County - center of a Democratic vs. Republican battle that could help determine which party controls the House next year. Thomas said his research is showing that when opposition to sanctuary laws is cast as supporting local law enforcement, it gains support among nonpartisan voters." Story.
Fountain Valley, with aid from Rohrabacher, backs federal lawsuit against 'sanctuary' laws,'' by LATimes' Hillary Davis: Story
Escondido votes to support Trump's suit against state's sanctuary laws,'' by San Diego Union Tribune's J. Harry Jones: "Following a contentious, three-hour meeting filled with name-calling and impassioned pleas, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government's lawsuit challenging the state's sanctuary laws." Story.
California's path to universal health care pits pragmatists against single-payer holdouts,'' by POLITICO PRO Health's Victoria Colliver: "It's the pragmatists versus the idealists in California's latest quest for universal health care. Increasing numbers of lawmakers and advocates are pushing for policy goals that realistically can be accomplished this year. But there's an unrelenting camp clinging to single-payer-or-bust.
The Golden State, which has been pushing back against the Trump administration on multiple fronts, is leaning toward the more incremental approach. This includes bills and budget items that would cover everything from insuring undocumented adults to preventing Medicaid work requirements and shielding the state from insurance products favored by the GOP, such as short-term plans." Story.
After Stephon Clark's death, California may limit when police can shoot,'' by VOX's P.R Lockhart: Police have wide latitutde to use lethal force. California lawmakers want to change that. Story.
Dubious overtime pay helped boost former LA Port Pilot's pension to nearly $375,000 a year,'' via Transparent California: "Former Los Angeles Chief Port Pilot Michael Rubino's $373,156 annualized pension has shattered the record for the highest pension received by any member of the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System (LACERS), according to just-released 2017 pension data posted on TransparentCalifornia.com.
More than a million undocumented immigrants have received California driver's licenses,'' by SacBee's Benjy Egel: " Story.
California needs to stop saying everything causes cancer,'' via Sara Chodosh in Popular Science: Coffee is just the beginning. Story.
As Trump leads a 'war' on California, who will lead California?" -- "Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat retiring after nearly half a century in public life, has been at the forefront of the fight, particularly on climate change. No one in the crowded field of candidates seeking to replace him enjoys Mr. Brown's level of national prominence; it remains to be seen if any has the political skills Mr. Brown has honed over his long career to take on this kind of complicated battle." Story
Ronald Reagan launched his political career at this Anaheim house, selling for 1st time in 6 decades," by OCRegister's Marilyn Kalfus: Story
Data dig: Big investment firms have stopped gobbling up California homes,'' by CALMatters' Matt Levin: Story.
Mexico earthquake was California's wake-up call," via LATimes' Rong-Gong Lin II:Story
A woman said an Ancestry.com DNA test told her she had a different father - her parents' fertility doctor," via Washington Post: Story
Marine helicopter crashes in California and kills 4," by CNN's Joe Sutton: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Mercedes-Benz has expanded to Lafayette, opening an AMG certified dealership - one they say is the first in the area.
AND FINALLY. . .
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