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Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Moraga: Town’s landmark Rheem Theatre will reopen — likely with new apartments, restaurants
The historic Rheem Theatre, which closed in January, has been saved. But when it finally does reopen, it will take on a decidedly different look, most likely with new restaurants and apartments. The Moraga Town Council approved a memorandum of understanding at its March 14 meeting. The agreement was reached following two months of negotiations among town officials, the nonprofit Moraga Community Foundation and Mahesh Puri, owner of the Rheem Theatre. Ownership of the theater would be transferred to the foundation for $150,000.
Health officials urge residents to get vaccinated.
The Joseph Molloy Award, named for a highly respected Anaheim police chief, is considered one of law enforcement's most prestigious honors
HOUSING AND SB827
Scott Wiener announced amendments to SB 827 on Tuesday, which scales back contentious provisions like high-rise buildings and requires more affordable housing
Amid Raging Public Debates, Weiner Injects More Nuance into SB 827
With essentially the entire state talking about — and arguing over — Senate Bill 827, Sen. Scott Wiener released Version 3.0 yesterday with some major updates.
Set off from the main house, there's a small, modern structure that his company, Cover Technologies Inc., hopes to build.
In more than half the land in both the Bay Area and the Los Angeles metropolitan region, single-family homes constitute 90 percent of housing.
Further, by legalizing apartments across The City, we can begin creating affordable housing in parts of San Francisco zoned for single-family homes.
SB 827 would essentially override local zoning laws to require multi-family development near transit across the state.
State Senator Scott Wiener's transit-based housing bill SB 827 has had a rough go of it in recent weeks as more California cities turn their noses up at the plan.
Tri-Valley mayors recently visited Sacramento to chat with legislators about their bills, with the main focus on SB 827 by Sen. Scott Wiener.
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CITY MANAGER NEWS
Newport Beach City Councilmember Says City Manager Was 'Ambushed'
“I have never quite witnessed a firestorm of irrationality and anger resulting from a retirement of a city manager as I've witnessed this time," one resident observed.
On April 9, from 4-6pm at City Hall, the public is invited to weigh in on the matter, and the topics for discussion will include, per the city's announcement.
The interim Atwater city manager who quit this week had filed a "hostile work environment" claim with the city's human resources department about two weeks before leaving, according to an agreement that settled his claim.
After the money ran out, the cities involved in the JPA decided to terminate the agency, wiping out the pension and benefits promised to the employees
How Paul Ryan's retirement will affect California politics," by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli: "Should Republicans retain control of the House - a big if - and McCarthy wins the job, 'it could mean more money for California. Kevin McCarthy has forgotten more about California than the previous speaker knows,' Brulte said." Story
-- "California's Kevin McCarthy expected to seek speaker position if Republicans keep the House," by LATimes' Sarah D. Wire: "With news that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) won't seek another term in 2018, Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy gets another chance - maybe his last - at the leadership post he has long coveted." Story
Does a rash of GOP retirements portend a Democratic wave in November?" by LATimes' Mark Z. Barabak and Ellis Simani: "Historically, it's proved easier to win an open seat than oust an incumbent, which heartens Democrats vying to seize control of the House. Faced with an unusually high number of retirements, Republicans will be defending far more open seats in November than Democrats, who need a gain of 23 to take over." Story
DOJ gives Nunes access to document that launched FBI's Russia probe,'' by Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju and Laura Jarrett, CNN: "House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' dispute with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to de-escalate Wednesday after Nunes was given access to the document that kicked off the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. Nunes had been threatening to hold Rosenstein and Wray in contempt -- and to potentially impeach them -- if the Justice Department didn't cooperate." Story.
Trump's trade war is about to screw over California's remaining Republicans," by Mother Jones' Tom Philpott: "Two-thirds of California's $5 billion almond crop go to foreign markets, and China is the second-leading destination after Spain. More than half of the state's $2.1 billion pistachio harvest is exported. China announced a 15 percent tariff on both nut crops last week, along with a range of other products it imports from the Golden State: wine, walnuts, table grapes, and raisins." Story
Progressive Democrats run California-yet it does more than many states to shield police from scrutiny,'' by CALMatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "It's a stark contrast to the state's "left coast" image...even with a statehouse controlled entirely by Democrats, California laws are friendlier to law enforcement-and less transparent to the public-than those in Wisconsin and Florida, states with Republican governors and legislatures. Story.
Trump's funding threats to San Francisco over sanctuary laws meet chilly response in court,'' by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: "Courts throughout the nation are considering President Trump's efforts to compel unwilling cities and states to help carry out his hard-line immigration policies. But his most far-reaching decree, a January 2017 order to cut off federal funds to San Francisco and other sanctuary cities, received an apparently chilly reception from a federal appeals court Wednesday. Story.
Are Exxon, Facebook in California's cross hairs? Top cop hints at investigations,'' by SacBee's Angela Hart: " State Attorney General Xavier Becerra did not say explicitly that he is investigating ExxonMobil, but in response to questions from The Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board, he suggested an investigation is underway. Story.
Orange, Newport Beach vote to support federal lawsuit challenging California sanctuary law," by ABC 7's Marc Cota-Robles and Eileen Frere: "The Newport Beach City Council voted 7-0 in a closed session Tuesday night to authorize City Attorney Aaron C. Harp to have the city join in support of the lawsuit." Story
Outside Disneyland, a reminder for governments to be careful what they wish for," by Governing's John Buntin: "Disney 'keeps talking about how it's the economic engine of the city and how we need to keep investing because we get so much in return,' says Jose Moreno, a California State University, Long Beach professor who was elected to the Anaheim City Council in 2016. 'But for every engine, there is exhaust, and there are parts of the city having to breathe that exhaust: the working poor.'" Story
California news media sue state to make public all portions of executions,'' by LATimes' Maura Dolan: Story.
L.A. County wants to help build guest houses in backyards - for homeless people," by LATimes' Gale Holland: Story
Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks, who's already cost the city millions, now accused of abusing former aide," by Juliette Goodrich via KPIX: Story.
San Pedro man expected to plead guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters," by City News Service: Story
Mom with 5 kids arrested at border - with 231 pounds of drugs hidden in car, officials say," by LATimes' Kristina Davis: Story
Border Patrol caught on tape trying to dump man over Calif. border because he 'looks' Mexican," by SFChronicle's Michelle Robertson: Story
Is a soda tax ballot measure coming to San Jose?" by Mercury News' Emily Deruy: Story
Here's why the feds thinks San Bernardino terrorist's friend is trying to game the system," by Richard K. De Atley for Mercury News: Story
California oil and gas firms had nearly 400 violations in 3 years," by AP: Story
Protesters for hire? Sacramento Sheriff provides no evidence for inflammatory claim," by PolitiFact's Chris Nichols: Story
Bold idea: homeless shelter at San Francisco public school for students, families," by SFChronicle's Jill Tucker: Story
Pacifica apartment owner faces $1.4 million penalty for blocking public beach," by Mercury News' Paul Rogers: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Drinking heavily and smoking for years are well-known features of an unhealthy lifestyle.
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