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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/24/2018 9:24 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

BART weighs major decision: Extend to Livermore or rejuvenate  Even as BART prepares to start service to Antioch this, the transit system’s leaders are considering another extension, this one to Livermore. But some BART officials wonder if the expansion would risk the health of the overall system. (SF Gate)

Concord BART Worker Snaps Photo Of Heroin Addicts Shooting Up   A fed up BART worker wants everyone to see the drug use at stations. There is only one police officer covering the six stations from Baypoint to Lafayette. (CBS San Francisco Bay Area)

Crashes Pile Up On Local Roadways Wednesday; Major Injuries Believed Averted  A number of crashes up and down our namesake 24/680 Corridor kept emergency crews and tow trucks busy Wednesday, creating some memorable moments for involved drivers but no serious or lasting injury as far as we could determine. (24/680 News)

2nd-Alarm Fire At Walnut Creek Safeway Friday; Store Evacuating  The Safeway store at 600 S. Broadway in Walnut Creek was evacuated Friday evening after a smoky fire broke out in a food preparation area, prompting firefighters to declare a second alarm shortly after the blaze was first reported at 8:15 p.m. (24/680 News)

Community Forums Set To Discuss Petroleum Pipeline Safety In Contra Costa County  The Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Commission and Alamo Improvement Association and the Pipeline Safety Trust will host three forums to discuss safety, oversight and other information for residents who live near petroleum and natural gas pipelines in the county. (24/680 News)

Concord weapons station plan gets major changes  Under the new proposal, the first phase would cover 2,300 acres instead of 500. (East Bay Times)

Black Angus Steakhouse Reopens in Pleasant Hill Black Angus Steakhouse, which closed last July in Pleasant Hill after a small electrical fire damaged the building exterior, has reopened with a similar interior and slightly revamped menu. (Beyond the Creek)

Author Event - Survivor Cafe  As survivors of many of 20th century’s most monumental events begin to pass away, author Elizabeth Rosner will answer the question: How do we carry those stories forward? (Event)

Makers Market Craft Fair at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek May 26th  Visit this highly curated craft fair in the beautiful shopping center of Broadway Plaza. (Event)

Batch & Brine Opening June 4th in Lafayette  A  new restaurant in Lafayette is planning to officially open on June 4th (Event)

Bebe Neuwirth at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 30th  Emmy and Tony Award Winning Actress, Bebe Neuwirth is best known for her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin on the hit television Sitcom Cheers and its spin–off Frasier. (Even)

 

OTHER NEWS

Pay cuts for misbehavior and dozens of dismissals: Is Cal Fire's crackdown going too far?  Firefighters can’t say they weren’t warned. A new professional standards program at Cal Fire is giving the department a mechanism to hand down. (Sacramento Bee)

Many of the state’s homeless veterans live solitary and nomadic existences  Some sleep in cars parked near V.A. facilities, under freeway overpasses or in public parks. (Capital & Main)

California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty  California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer backs the death penalty, a reversal of decades-long support that comes during a primary. (Sacramento Bee)

The Only City in California to Solve Veteran Homelessness Is on a Mission to Go Bigger  We have the success stories to prove that Housing First is the right policy for ending homelessness," Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey said. (CalMatters)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

California is paying for this housing crisis, and not just in mortgages and rents  The “California Dream” of homeownership is not yet dead, but it’s on life support. As housing prices continue to hit record highs, economic divisions. (Sacramento Bee)

Redwood City Adopts Inclusionary Housing Law  Multi-dwelling residential developments in Redwood City must now include affordable units at a mix of income levels after the City Council voted unanimously to adopt an inclusionary housing ordinance. (Dept. Of Housing & Community Development)

 

EDUCATION

State Sen. Skinner’s bill to boost student housing clears hurdle  The California Senate May 17 on a bipartisan vote passed state Sen. Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) Senate Bill 1227, aimed at making it easier to build much needed student housing. (East Bay Times)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Calpers CFO Becomes Latest Official to Exit Largest US Public Pension   The nation's largest public pension fund is wrestling with more turnover in the executive suite following the abrupt departure of its chief financial officer. (Wall Street Journal)

CalPERS sets questionable private equity course  Why it matters: CalPERS is the California Public Employees' Retirement System, which is the country's largest public pension with around $350 billion. (Axios)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

What Will Jerry Brown's Departure Mean for Criminal Justice in California?  Story

As California accelerates its efforts to reduce greenhouses gases over the next decade, experts are pointing to vulnerabilities in its celebrated cap-and-trade system.  Story

Legislature created the Department of Water Resources in 1956 for the purpose of managing the State Water Project, then in its early stages of planning.  Story

Several state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curb the University of California's power by limiting salaries and putting checks on the UC president's authority.  Story

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency's use of license plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records following multiple requests.  Story

Scooter-Sharing Brings a Weird Twist to the Gig Economy Story

Mountain View officials are contemplating a series of models, including one that could impose a tax of as much as $5.5 million a year on the largest employers in Mountain View, according to materials being prepared for a city council subcommittee meeting scheduled for Wednesday.  Story

Carlsbad's City Council waded into the national "sanctuary state" issue Monday evening, voting 4-1 to back the federal government's lawsuit against California.  Story

Proposition 70 is about money raised by California's cap-and-trade program to control climate emissions. Under that program, industries buy permits at a state auction allowing them to emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.  Story

Sen. Diane Feinstein will defend her status as the Senate's oldest member when she seeks re-election and her sixth term representing California in the U.S. Senate. A field of 32 candidates is competing in the June 5 primary.  Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Where is the pride for Lafayette? After living in other clean and beautiful cities around the US,  I am very disappointed to see how the city of Lafayette…

 

AND FINALLY…

A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes A Napa Valley winery partly owned by Representative Devin Nunes is being sued by a former employee over a wild party on a company-owned vessel. (Fresno Bee)

 

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