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Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Lafayette housing plan supporters’ contributions top opponents by nearly 10-to-1 ratio
Supporters of a controversial 44-unit housing plan north of Highway 24, which is up for a vote June 5, have received nearly 10 times the contributions compared with the opponents, according to the first campaign statements filed with the city of Lafayette. Voters will decide whether to accept or repeal a Lafayette ordinance that directly addresses the Deer Hill project, formerly a 315-unit apartment plan known as Terraces.
Lafayette schools forecast deficits in future years
The Lafayette School District is projecting deficits of more than $1 million through the 2017-18 school year and also in 2019-20 because of reduced state funds and rising pension and medical costs. “The Lafayette School District continues to face a very challenging budget,” Superintendent Rachel Zinn told the Lafayette City Council at a special joint meeting with the school board April 30. “Our school district funding is absolutely inadequate from the state. It’s not sustainable, and it’s very unpredictable. If many of you had to run your businesses as we have had to run a school district, I think you might throw up your hands and run away.”
Well, there is a rescue going on, on El Capitan. And it's me.
Ex-East Bay deputy pleads not guilty to illegal sex with inmates, will remain free pending trial
A former Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy who reportedly admitted to having consensual sex with two inmates pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Monday. Patrick Morseman, 26, appeared in court out-of-custody before Judge Benjamin Reyes II, who set his next court date for mid-June. Morseman is charged with four felonies that allege he had sex with two female inmates while working as a guard at the West Contra Costa Detention Facility, in Richmond. He faces five years in prison if convicted.
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Weak-kneed legislators bowed to political pressure and special interest groups, yesterday, and voted to advance Senate Bill 828 to the Appropriations Committee. As amended, the latest version of Senator Scott Wiener’s bill, which was heavily supported by development interests, would increase every city’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment quota for low income units by 25% of the existing requirement. More significantly, it also changes that quota from a planning goal to a mandatory housing production quota, with heavy penalties to cities that fail to meet it.
New Housing Law Empowers Renters Group to Sue Cities that Deny New Construction
The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, unlike other renters groups, sees increased housing production as key to bringing down rents. It is enforcing the Housing Accountability Act in cities that arbitrarily deny new construction.
In cities nationwide, efforts to redesign streets for bikes and pedestrians can face stiff resistance.
San Francisco Chronicle
Children likely to be separated from parents illegally crossing the border under new Trump administration policy," by LATimes' Joseph Tanfani: "The draconian new policy is expected to send a flood of deportation cases - and legal challenges - into federal courts. It also could put thousands more immigrants in detention facilities and children in shelters, and is likely to strain an immigration system that has struggled to keep up with a surge in enforcement under President Trump." Story
Pelosi says Democrats have cash and environment to win House," by AP's Thomas Beaumont: "House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that House Democrats have the fundraising, the issues and the political atmosphere on their side to win back the majority in November. These factors, and an activated party base that's helped Democrats win in special elections across the country this year are the 'small droplets of water' that create a wave, Pelosi said headlining a county Democratic Party banquet in Des Moines." Story
Immigration courts are deeply split on who can claim asylum over violence in home countries," by LATimes' David G. Savage: "The law in this area remains unclear, and the outcome of an asylum claim depends to a remarkable degree on the immigration judge who decides it." Story
Offshore wind farms coming to California - but the Navy says no to large sections of the coast," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Rob Nikolewski: "The military does not have the final say in the matter, as federal and state officials - as well as wind energy companies and at least one member of Congress - are working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a more flexible plan." Story
Solar panels on new homes soon could be required in California," by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: "The mandate, which would take effect in 2020, is expected to be approved by the California Energy Commission on Wednesday as part of the state's ongoing push to move from fossil fuels to renewable power." Story
This one stretch of river could decide the future of Shasta Dam," by SacBee's Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler: Story
California sees slowing population growth," by CALmatters' Dan Walters: "California's growth rate is now very close to the nation's and if the 2020 census confirms that trend, the state's delegation, now 53 seats, could drop by one." Story
Amid Stephon Clark autopsy controversy, doctors push bill to overhaul coroner's offices," by SacBee's Taryn Luna: "SB 1303 would require counties with a population of at least 500,000 to replace a sheriff-coroner's office with a medical examiner's office. Smaller counties would still have the option of sticking with the current system." Story
As gentrification escalates in Calif., people wonder: Where can the homeless go?" by Washington Post's Scott Wilson: "Many of the state's cities are thriving. But the gentrification that is taking place along the coast has made it far more difficult for local governments to afford housing options for those without homes. Hundreds of homeless people, now marooned in wealthy urban neighborhoods, have tested the patience of new residents, who have spent small fortunes on the condos and townhouses in the city centers." Story
Elk Grove lawmaker called out for accepting tobacco money," by SacBee's Taryn Luna: Story
Even the dead face a housing crisis in this California city," by SacBee's Don Sweeney: "Known for its extensive cemeteries, which serve most of the Bay Area, the city of Colma south of San Francisco will start running out of room for new plots in the next decade or so, according to KPIX. It's not an immediate crisis, but officials are worried about the future." Story
Thousands of University of California workers go on strike over pay," by CBS News: "The strike was called last week by AFSCME Local 3299, which represents 25,000 service workers, after the union and the university could not agree on a new contract and mediation efforts failed." Story
GOP whiffs on guv endorsement," by Fox & Hounds' Joel Fox: Column
Gavin Newsom says he was 'the first' to take on the NRA and win. Not quite," by LATimes' George Skelton: Column
California assemblyman shares vape pen with Melissa Etheridge," by Hayley Fox for Leafly: "The public display was planned-a photo op staged at Thursday's fundraiser for the state's 59th Assembly District representative. Still, it was a symbol of a broader message. Jones-Sawyer, part of the 'founding five' who drafted an overhaul of the state's medical marijuana market, said public officials need to start doing their part to destigmatize the drug, whether that means talking about personal use or, in this case, openly consuming." Story
How Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man, taught America to experiment," by Emily Witt for New Yorker: Story
How teacher strikes in other states help California unions make their case," by EdSource's John Fensterwald and David Washburn: Story
California's hottest surf spot is a Kelly Slater-designed artificial wave pool 100 miles inland," by LATimes' David Wharton: Story
In the Golden State Killer's path, terror still runs deep," by LATimes' Victoria Kim, Sarah Parvini, Hailey Branson-Potts, Ruben Vives and Joe Mozingo: Story
Where Southern California's many deadly vehicle crashes occur," by OCRegister's Hurt Snibbe: Story
Texas Produces Double The Renewable Power As California At Almost Half The Price -- Blame Regulation," by Chuck DeVore in Forbes: Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Robert Gibbs, a national voice in building urban retail centers, will be the guest speaker May 9 at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
AND FINALLY. . .
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