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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/16/2018 9:30 AM

Local News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

PG&E says Lafayette pipeline tree removal project will begin by early summer (East Bay Times) - PG&E plans to begin removing hundreds of trees in the city on top of natural gas pipelines within the next few weeks. ..Read More

 

LOCAL NEWS

Learning farm to table techniques - Like keepers of the secrets to survival, a small percentage of students at Miramonte, Campolindo and Acalanes high schools are connected to garden projects…Read More

Moraga digs its way out of fiscal emergency - The Moraga town council members  asked questions of administrative director Joe Tanner on May 8 before they agreed to support staff’s recommendation to rescind the fiscal emergency that the town declared 10 months ago…Read More

Fraudulent voter forms reappear in Lafayette - Anxiety flooded through Lafayette as reports of fraudulent voter information forms emerged, rekindling concerns of a similar situation that occurred during the 2016 general election…Read More

New memorial unveiled - The culmination of many years of work, the new memorial outside the Veterans Memorial Center was officially unveiled on April 29…Read More

Community canine capers in Dogtown Downtown - Is Lafayette going to the dogs? It certainly is, at least on Saturday, May 19 with the ever-popular Dogtown Downtown event…Read More (and see below)

It’s a wrap! - Observant Lafayette residents might have noticed a few random acts of art around town lately. Utility boxes around the city are now being disguised with colorful wraps, designed by Lafayette students to help celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary…Read More

Traffic dangers for students near schools - It was not an evening during which action would be taken, but the special joint meeting of the Lafayette City Council and the Lafayette School District board was nonetheless a good opportunity for dialog between the two bodies…Read More

City and schools work together for student safety on campus - The city and school boards continue to work hard collaboratively to ensure student safety, particularly with regard to school site security…Read More

Moraga Police Blotter…Read More

2018 Moraga town goals approved at almost mid-year - The town council approved at the end of April the goals staff has been working on since the beginning of the year…Read More

Joe Tanner: Moraga new administrative services director…Read More

Moraga School District votes yes for storm drain fee…Read More

Heated discussion on the dais about process - The approval of a legal fee for $23,000 started a robust discussion from Council Member Kymberleigh Korpus at the May 9 Moraga Town Council meeting…Read More

Orinda Police Blotter…Read More

Compromise reached: Orinda to pay $200,000, Wilder to get sidewalks…Read More

Recognizing that special spark - Orinda School District honors its teachers…Read More

Orinda’s Gilmore moves on - As a small city, Orinda functions as a stepping stone for staff to gain valuable experience for a few years before moving on to more challenging venues.  So it is that Tonya Gilmore, who has served as assistant to the city manager for five years, is moving over to Oakland to serve as assistant to Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth…Read More

Girls Makers Market showcases young entrepreneurs - About 60 girls from Lamorinda turned up at a Girls Makers Market at the Quarry House at Wilder on May 6 where a wide variety of handcrafted products…Read More

Questions arise over MOFD financial strategy - The amount of money the Moraga-Orinda Fire District proposes to pay into its pension and retiree health benefit stabilization funds came under scrutiny at a May 2 public workshop…Read More

Lafayette ambulance service unaffected by state bid-rigging allegations - Lafayette residents will notice no change in their emergency medical service as a result of allegations of anti-competitive practices made against Contra Costa County EMS by a state agency, according to Contra Costa County officials…Read More

Near-record attendance at MOFD Open House…Read More

Lafayette School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year receives special visit - Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Scott Westphal’s classroom at Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette. Westphal, a 34-year Lafayette School District teacher, was named by the district as their Teacher of the Year earlier in March…Read More

Goldsmith apprentices learn 3,000-year-old craft under close watch of master - An ancient art form is flourishing in a small shop in Lafayette under the watchful eye of a master goldsmith…Read More

 

OTHER NEWS

Judge scraps Oakland ban on coal shipments - U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Tuesday sided with a developer who wants to use a proposed marine terminal to transport coal from Utah to Asia... Read More

DA: Pittsburg man brought gun, ski mask to DVC campus - A Pittsburg man is facing felony charges after he allegedly brought a gun, 21 rounds of ammo, a ski mask, and a knife to DVC's Pleasant Hill campus... Read More

Assistant coach on Raiders’ first Super Bowl-winning team, dies at 89 - Joe Scannella played quarterback at Lehigh University, then worked seven coaching jobs in eight years before being hired by the Raiders... Read More

New Police Officers Graduate From Academy - They joined 14 law enforcement agencies, including the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office...Read More

Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll (New York Times) – If you have a keyless-ignition vehicle, please use extra caution when parking and double check that the ignition is off…Read More

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

California To Require Solar Panels On New Homes Starting In 2020 - The California Energy Commission unanimously voted for the panels, which will add to construction costs amid the affordable housing crisis...Read More

Mandate for solar panels raises fears of even higher housing costs in Ventura County - As it will increase costs, it will compound California's housing affordability crisis…Read More

 

PENSION FUNDS

'Crunch time' at CalPERS: Pension confidence drops among city managers (Sacramento Bee) - Want more news on pay, pensions and working conditions for California state workers? Sign up here for alerts and a weekly newsletter…Read More

Investment chief at pension giant Calpers will leave in 2018 (Wall Street Journal) - The investment chief of the nation's largest public pension says he'll leave his post by the end of the year, the latest in a series of executive departures Read More

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California,'' by AP's Christopher Weber in Los Angeles: The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year… Story

California moves to allow legal bets on 49ers, other sports teams, by SacBee's Angela Hart: The high court's decision allows states to pass laws legalizing betting on football, basketball and baseball, among other sports… Story

California Is Disenfranchising Thousands of Voters Based on Their Handwriting, by Slate's Mark Joseph Stern: How did California, of all states, wind up suppressing so many votes? The problem lies in the state election code's rules for counting absentee ballots.… Story

California's Brown Says Cities on Their Own as Pension Tab Rises, by Bloomberg's Romy Varghese: As California's cities flounder under the rising cost of public pensions, they shouldn't expect the state to extend a hand… Story.

Gov. Jerry Brown's parting gift to his successor: ship-shape state finances,  by LATimes' George Skelton:  Gov. Jerry Brown is massaging the final state budget of his long career, and his No. 1 priority is simple: Don't leave his successor the same mess he did the last time.  Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Have you registered for all the fun that Lafayette Recreation is offering this summer? Check out the great events and programs happening right here in Lafayette this summer…Read More

Also, don’t forget it’s Dogtown Downtown this Saturday (see story above). Join Mayor Don Tatzin, the Chamber of Commerce and the town’s hounds for doggie yoga, a parade and much, much more. Read all about it here.

 

AND FINALLY…

Parents urged to think twice about buying Amazon Echo Dot for kids - Some child advocacy groups are urging parents to consider privacy, marketing and other concerns about Amazon's newest smart home speaker.... Read More

 

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PHOTO OF THE DAY

One of our City’s signature events, Taste of Lafayette, was held yesterday. This annual event sells out each year. If you’d like to attend next year, it’s never too early to get tickets! Find out more here.