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Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Orinda Bank Robbery Suspect Tracked To Home In Lafayette; Arrested On Mt. Diablo Blvd. Wednesday
An armed robbery at the Citibank branch in Orinda Wednesday morning triggered a widespread search for a suspect who left the scene in an older model Mercedes, police said, and ended when that suspect left a home on Valente Drive in Lafayette and was taken into custody on the street outside.
Lafayette’s planning commission cranking back into action
The city has appointed its first replacement commissioner to allow the planning commission to get back to work.
PG&E to close St. Mary’s Road for the summer
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. informed the city of Lafayette and the town of Moraga that it would have to replace a mile of pipe under St. Mary’s Road in the coming months. The plan as it currently stands will completely close the arterial from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from June 7 to Aug. 17.
Green award winners educate and inspire others
Two Lafayette residents were recognized for their contributions to helping the city achieve its environmental goals.
Heyman joins city staff in new communications role
There is a new face at the city offices. Jeff Heyman has joined the city staff in its newly created role of communications analyst.
Lafayette’s strolling community dinner party coming soon
Now in its 16th year, Lafayette’s annual restaurant walk is coming up on Tuesday, May 15. The once-a-year chance to sip, stroll and socialize at Taste of Lafayette is a perfect opportunity to get together with friends and try out many of the city’s world-class restaurants in one night.
Time for annual free concert at Lafayette Reservoir
With the gorgeous backdrop of the Lafayette Reservoir, the traditional Concert at the Res is a lovely way to spend a spring day.
Deer Hill Road - Pros and cons of Measure L debated
Measure L, on the ballot for a special election June 5 to determine the future of the Deer Hill Road property, is currently the subject of heated discussion throughout Lafayette. Lamorinda Weekly asked spokespeople from both the Yes on L Campaign (Brandt Andersson and Vice Mayor Cam Burks) and the No on L Campaign (Michael Griffiths and Scott Sommer) for their responses to several questions on the issues.
Moraga should rescind its fiscal emergency, audit and finance committee recommends
The members of the Moraga audit and finance committee were reassured by the figures recently presented by staff indicating that the town’s reserve reached 28.5 percent of the operating budget in February - $2.5 million - and unanimously agreed to recommend that the town’s fiscal emergency be rescinded.
An experienced planner to direct development in Moraga
Derek Farmer was recently confirmed as Moraga planning director. The man, who was hired as senior planner a few years ago and promoted as interim director when Ellen Clark left, is now in charge. He has worked both in the public and private sectors, with universities, large cities, redevelopment projects and rowdy crowds, and is not fazed by the complex and often very lengthy Moraga processes; instead he is energized by what lies ahead.
Moraga community faire - get ready for May 12
The spring faire at Rheem has become a tradition that attracts crowds from all over the area. Kathe Nelson, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce executive director, says that the 12th Annual Community Faire and Classic Car show will feature not only the popular pony rides, climbing wall, food, classic cars, and Lamorinda wines and craft beers, but also music from local school and area bands, and many new booths and vendors.
Plans to open La Finestra Restaurant at the Hacienda move forward
Despite a somewhat confusing process, the town council approved authorizing the town manager to enter lease negotiations to rent the Hacienda de las Flores to restaurant operator Jeff Assadi. The opportunity appears to be a perfect situation to finally make the town-owned park an open amenity for the entire community, as well as less of a cost center.
EBMUD starts moving trench soil after slight delay
East Bay Municipal Utility District personnel, including Director Marguerite Young, Project Manager Stephanie Matula and Engineering Manager Carlton Chan appeared as requested before the Orinda City Council April 17 to explain why the city had received such short notice of a project that will have major impact - the removal through city streets of 200,000 cubic yards of trench soil that has been stockpiled near Briones reservoir for 15 years.
Free Pan-Asian Arts Festival in Orinda, Memorial Day weekend
From lion dances to fashion shows, from cooking demonstrations to Japanese anime film, music, art, dance and, of course, food trucks, the Pan-Asian Arts Festival should have something to interest everyone in the family. Sponsored jointly by Orinda Rotary and the Orinda Library, the festival will run for a day and a half in venues in and around the Library and the Community Center.
68th Annual Rotary Isola Field Day moves to Miramonte
For the first time, the Rotary will hold its Isola Field Day for elementary school students to compete in track and field events at Miramonte High School. Co-sponsored by the Miramonte track team, team members will be involved in helping to run the May 5 event and serve as role models for the younger participants.
Zoning and general plan amendments for Moraga Adobe parcel approved
Although adjacent property owners Charlotte and John Smith urged the Orinda City Council to withhold action on the zoning and general plan amendments for the Moraga Adobe parcel within the J&J Ranch project, the council unanimously adopted the zoning and general plan amendment ordinance and approved by resolution the final map for the J&J Ranch subdivision.
MOFD board splits over proposed Moraga stormwater fee measure
Despite pleas from Moraga stormwater fee measure proponents, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District declined to return a ballot on the stormwater fee proposed for its two town parcels, the board unable to justify using Orinda tax dollars to fund a Moraga capital expenditure.
Democratic Party of Contra Costa County honors Local 1230 president
Vince Wells, president of Local 1230 of the firefighters union, received the inaugural Robert Reich Award from the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County at the 2018 Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt President’s Award Dinner April 21 in Concord.
Teachers union and LAFSD reach two-year agreement
The Lafayette School District board approved a labor contract between the Lafayette Education Association and the district at its April 18 meeting. The two-year contract covers all district employees.
A Senate bill that would have helped relieve California's bleak housing situation has died in the Legislature. It was killed by anti-development groups and local governments that wish to continue dictating the rules of home construction
"The YIMBY movement has a white privilege problem," said Anya Lawler, a lobbyist with the Western Center on Law & Poverty
Gondak also pointed out that the lack of affordable housing in some areas makes daily commutes to work for many Bay Area residents longer.
As Bay Area rents soar, many can’t keep up
A new report highlights the grim reality of renters struggling to keep a roof over their heads in the midst of a tech-fueled economic boom: Many are losing the battle with the housing crisis.
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The board of California Public Employees' Retirement System is apparently going through some serious drama right now as members air their grievances with one another publicly.
A quiet offer of help to county officials to fight California's 'sanctuary' law," by LATimes' Jazmine Ulloa: "With California and the Trump administration locked in a legal battle over immigration policies, a state Republican leader and an illegal immigration critic are quietly offering to help communities fight the state's new 'sanctuary' law. County officials are scheduled to get advice on how to challenge the law at a private meeting scheduled next week in Fresno, according to a copy of an invitation from the Fresno County Republican Party chairman that was obtained by the Los Angeles Times." Story
California sanctuary law draws fire," by Capitol Weekly's Lisa Renner: "Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou and Kern counties have passed anti-sanctuary law resolutions. Cities that have done something similar include Orange County communities Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Yorba Linda and San Joaquin County town Ripon. In a Twitter post last week, President Trump said the actions amount to a 'revolution.'" Story
Here's what's important for land, sea and air in California's fight with Trump," by CALmatters' Julie Cart: "The latest skirmish is serious. The federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to unravel fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks not only threatens California's autonomy in setting its own emissions limits but also could derail the state's ability to reach its future greenhouse-gas-reduction goals." Story
How Mike Pence is trying to save California Republicans," by McClatchy's Emily Cadei: "The most consequential part of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Southern California wasn't his border wall photo-op in Calexico Monday morning, it's who he rubbed shoulders with behind closed doors later in the day." Story
Wrong man served 38 years for rape, murders; Golden State Killer link now sought," by SFChronicle's Peter Fimrite: "For 38 years, Craig Coley sat in a California prison, serving time for a rape and double murder he did not commit, while the man accused of being the Golden State Killer lived the normal life Coley should have had." Story
Voter fraud conviction inspires bill loosening oversight of lawmaker residency," by SacBee's Alexei Koseff: "Senate Bill 1250, which is set for its first hearing in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee this afternoon, would clarify that a domicile is determined solely by where an individual is registered to vote and no other factors - reverting to the longtime legal standard and overriding the precedent set by Wright's conviction." Story
Tony Mendoza's fundraising dries up after resignation amid harassment inquiry," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: "Political contributions to Tony Mendoza, who resigned from the state Senate under pressure amid sexual harassment allegations, have nearly dried up. New documents he filed with the state in his bid to reclaim the seat he once held show that his support has eroded." Story
Great white shark bill passes the 1st legislative vote; here's what it would do," by OCRegister's Laylan Connelly: "Researchers are one step closer to getting funding that would help them in their quest to learn more about great white sharks, a proposal that would also help improve public safety as an increase in the shark population has some beach-goers on edge." Story
California ruling to give more workers benefits, experts say," by AP's Sudhin Thanawala: "In a big win for labor advocates, the California Supreme Court on Monday limited businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors who can't receive key employment protections." Story
BART, Muni tackle sordid stench on elevators by hiring attendants," by SFChronicle's Michael Cabanatuan: "A BART elevator is usually something to dread or avoid - especially if it's at Civic Center station. But people who have no choice, like Lillie Hill Turner, who uses a wheelchair, have learned to hold their noses and steel themselves for the overwhelming stench of urine or feces as they climb aboard." Story
Ashley Judd sues Weinstein saying he wrecked her career," by AP's Andrew Dalton: Story
Another short salmon season means skimpy year, high prices," by SFChronicle's Tara Duggan: Story
Nestlé to draw power from 100 percent renewable resources at Sacramento water-bottling plant," by Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero: Story
Travel you no longer need a snorkel to see this Nevada ghost town," by SFChronicle's Anne Burke: Story
Here's how to watch the first mission from California to Mars," by SFChronicle's Bill Disbrow: Story
Starbucks asks top California court to axe 'trifling' unpaid labor claims," by Bloomberg's Edvard Pettersson: Story
L.A. school board poised to name Beutner as superintendent," by LATimes' Howard Blume: Story
California school first in the nation to be digitally mapped for first responders," by EdSource's David Washburn: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette's City Council on Tuesday approved a 90-day extension to the city's current fracking moratorium.
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