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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/29/2018 9:46 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

The Golden State Warriors are going to the NBA finals. The team beat the Houston Rockets 101-92 in game 7 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday in game 1. (Quartz)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Would-Be Laptop Snatcher Fended Off By Lafayette Coffee Shop Customers Monday - An apparent attempt to snatch a laptop from a customer at a downtown Lafayette coffee house did not end as expected for the would-be thief Monday. (News 24/680)

Lafayette Crash Draws Attention - Yes, we’ve had a couple of Thunder Runners trying to dodge police on our local highways and other tales of folks mixing it up in various ways over our Holiday. (News 24/680)

Pleasant Hill Police Find Gunshot Victim on Street; Car Flees Scene - Pleasant Hill police responded to Sunvalley Boulevard and Santa Monica Drive Friday after witnesses reported hearing gunfire, a man collapse on the street, and a small black car speeding away from the scene. (News 24/680)

BART Police Arrest Man For Possessing Stolen Car At Orinda Station - BART police officers arrested a 21-year-old Emeryville man at Orinda station Thursday after he was allegedly found to be operating a stolen car. (News 24/680)

Berkeley Psychologist – A Lafayette Resident – Sentenced For Child Pornography - A former child psychologist, and Lafayette resident, was sentenced to 78 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty of possessing child pornography. (Patch)

Willow sculptor leaving his mark at Walnut Creek’s Civic Park - The project comes courtesy a grant that the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts secured from the National Endowment for the Arts and will be on display until 2020. (BANG)

Developer wants to build soccer stadium in Concord - The soccer stadium would be a Division II team’s home, and could host other sports as well music and other events. (BANG)

‘Freaky Friday,’ the stage musical, makes its SF Bay Area debut - Based on Mary Rodgers' mom/daughter-body-swapping 1972 novel, "Freaky Friday," the stage musical, makes its Bay Area premiere in Walnut Creek. (BANG)

Minimum wage raise to $15 by January on table in Alameda - 'We are behind,' says vice mayor as council seeks to keep up with neighboring cities. (BANG)

Bay Area school, under fire over foreign students, gets warning - Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont says 'outside agencies' have validated its legitimacy but declines to name agencies. (East Bay Business Times)

37th Annual Art & Wine Festival -Music & Kids' Zone: Walnut Creek – Happening on June 2 (Event)

Eat your way through Italy at Rockridge Market Hall on June 7 - Italian culinary expert Elizabeth Minchilli will sample recipes from her new book "Eating My Way Through Italy." (Event)

 

OTHER NEWS

Californians paid their respects on Memorial Day. In San Francisco, residents marked the day with a cemetery walk and picnic at the Presidio. (AP)

6 charmingly quirky California movie theater experiences - Silent movies, Cheerios, cocktails and a Quonset hut? These Northern California movie theaters offer buttered popcorn and plenty of quirks, from the Alamo Drafthouse to a silent movie museum. (BANG)

Starbucks closes its US stores for racial bias training. Some 175,000 employees across 8,000 stores will receive the training, after a Philadelphia store manager called the police on two black men sitting in a store in April. (Quartz)

Starbucks’ closures for anti-bias training a first step ‘in a long-term journey’ - Starbucks has described Tuesday's anti-bias training as a "collaborative and engaging experience for store partners to learn together." (East Bay Business Times)

New sexual harassment policies on the way, California lawmakers say - The California Legislature's bicameral committee on sexual harassment pledged late last week to present recommendations for new policies. (Sacramento Bee)

California debuts ‘digital’ license plates. Here’s what they’ll cost you. - California’s dramatic new license plate is hitting the streets — a digital display board that allows changeable messages controlled by the driver. (Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

Sunnyvale’s most expensive single-parcel home sale yet — guess how much? - The five bedroom house on a 12,800 square-foot lot is the most expensive single-parcel sale ever recorded in Sunnyvale. (East Bay Business Times)

Bay Area home prices continue upward - Bay Area home prices set another record, with median sales in the nine-county region last month hitting $850,000. (BANG)

 

EDUCATION

Innovative Oakland high school for new immigrant students a model in California - The small alternative high school, which was the first of its kind in California when it opened in 2007, is one of 27 public schools or academies across the country that are part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools. (BANG)

 

PENSION FUNDS

California funds on separate paths to direct investment  - The $355.9 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento, would create a separate corporation known as CalPERS Direct. (Pensions & Investments)

  

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

IRS takes aim at California and other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit… Story

California Republicans can't stop talking about the state gas tax increase and how it's supposedly hurting their constituents. But they're somehow silent about the Trump-GOP tax law that will increase federal income taxes on 1 million Californians next year… Story

At California budget windfall should be used in part to boost monthly welfare grants, university funding and efforts to address the state's housing and homelessness crisis, state Senate Democratic leaders said Wednesday…  Story

An appeals court on Wednesday refused to block a court decision that said a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally… Story

California's elections officials have found themselves with an unexpected headache ahead of the June 5 primary: potentially thousands of cases where two voter registration forms were created for one person, errors caused by the state's 'motor voter' program that launched last month… Story

The University of California regents grilled top UC officials Wednesday about why they missed a critical deadline for complying with the recommendations in a 2017 state audit that uncovered $175 million squirreled away in President Janet Napolitano's office… Story

As a new poll found a majority of California voters want to repeal increases to the state's gas tax and vehicle fees, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun campaigning to preserve them, arguing the sacrifice is needed to fix long-neglected roads and bridges and improve mass transit… Story

The California military cemetery that became a national shame… Story

Your prenup might be in jeopardy as tax overhaul kills alimony break… Story

In Bay Area, six national sites would be threatened by offshore oil drilling… Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette installs traffic signals - Lafayette last week installed a set of traffic signals at the U.S. 287 and Lucerne Drive intersection, ahead of the eventual build-out of the city's new commercial development, Lafayette Promenade. (Boulder Daily Camera)

 

AND FINALLY…

In a Silicon Valley park, burrowing owls are dying and disappearing. Public records and a bit of snooping uncovered a path that led to Google and its feline-loving employees. (The New York Times)

 

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PHOTO OF THE DAY

Have you seen Lafayette’s Public Art? If not, take a look at some of it here: http://bit.ly/LafayetteArtWalk.

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