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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/31/2018 10:45 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette officials speak out on state and regional initiatives -The council unanimously slammed the door on an endorsement of AB 2923 (Lamorinda Weekly)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Editorial: On balance, Lafayette housing plan merits voter OK -One of the most difficult East Bay measures on the June 5 ballot asks Lafayette voters whether to approve a 44-home development. (BANG)

Fire chief supports pipeline access, mum on Lafayette tree removal  -Fire chief supports pipeline access, mum on Lafayette tree removal. (Lamorinda Weekly)

Lafayette officials speak out on state and regional initiatives -Lafayette officials speak out on state and regional initiatives. (Lamorinda Weekly)

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)

Walnut Creek couple’s health may have contributed to murder/suicide -Health problems may have been at the root of a homicide/suicide, police say. (BANG)

‘Point-to-point’ Gig Car Share program launches in Alameda -Members can rent available vehicles and end trips anywhere in designated areas in San Francisco, Albany, Oakland and Berkeley. (BANG)

East Bay: Ex-banker makes meditation mobile with PauseNow - Studio housed in bus visits hospitals, clinics, farmers markets, businesses all over Bay Area. (BANG)

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County – Help our firefighters (Event)

Dance pick: It’s story time at Oakland Ballet - Oakland Ballet presents "Scene & Heard," a new program featuring 5 storytelling new works, and hosts the East Bay Dance mini-festival (Event)

Stanley Middle School  presents Jazz Café on Friday, June 1 from 6pm -10pm.  This is a collaborative performance of Jazz student musicians from Stanley, Campolindo and Acalanes.  Support the fundraising efforts of the Stanley Middle School Jazz Program and enjoy a memorable evening of music. (Event)

 

OTHER NEWS

Newsom, Cox, likely to advance in California governor's race, poll says -A new poll shows San Diego Republican John Cox holds a seven-point advantage for second place among likely voters in the governor's election. (SacBee)

The world’s most famous speed-climbing record  -On the 3,000-foot Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite — was broken by two veteran climbers who shaved more than nine minutes off the old record. (SF Chroncle)

The State Senate passed a bill drafted by Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, to impose the strictest net neutrality protections in the country. The State Assembly must vote on the bill by the end of August. (CNET)

Cal Fire investigators found that four Northern California wildfires last year were caused by trees hitting PG&E power lines, and that PG&E had committed legal violations in three of them. (Greentech Media)

Apple leases Santa Clara offices, launches renovation - Cupertino-based Apple leased a 62,000-square-foot building in Santa Clara, a deal that suggests Apple's brisk efforts to expand its Bay Area operations have yet to slacken. (BANG)

Apple may owe you money if you replaced your iPhone battery last year - Anybody who paid full price for an out-of-warranty battery replacement at an authorized Apple service location before Dec. 28 last year is eligible for a $50 refund. (BANG)

In memoriam. René Yañez, 75, was a leader of the Bay Area Chicano arts movement and co-founder of Galería de la Raza. (SFGate)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

Sacramento's Attack on the 'Police Powers of Our Cities' -SB 827 stated: “The bill would declare that its provisions address a matter of statewide concern and apply equally to all cities and counties in this state. (City Watch)

Scott Wiener Thinks He Knows How to Fix California's Housing Crisis -This year, he became something of a national celebrity among urbanists by introducing S.B. 827, a bill that would override local zoning laws. (Governing)

Latest bill to ease boost housing statewide moves forward -SB 828 was drafted by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who also wrote the controversial SB 827 bill (Real Deal)

Pro-Housing Voters Must Get Political -Newsom could be a great governor on housing, and could potentially move a politically acceptable version of SB 827 over the finish line. (Beyond Chron)

Opinion: Alameda has no choice but to build more housing -Whether or not you believe trying to make a dent in the limited supply of housing for all segments of Alameda is the right thing to do, it is no longer an option. (BANG)

Editorial: BART housing bill exposes lots of hypocrisy -Scott Wiener's SB827, a sweeping bid to promote dense, transit-accessible housing that was killed in committee last month.  (SF Chroncile)

 

EDUCATION

Holy Names High students to visit counterparts in Kenya - Students from the historic, all-girls Oakland school over the summer will visit the Daraja Academy in Nanyuki, Kenya, an all-girls school boarding school that provides a free education to 120 girls who would not otherwise attend school. (BANG)

 

PENSION FUNDS

State worker unions need return to 'core functionality,' new leader says -At CalPERS, Southern California school administrator Margaret Brown ... new state workers choose between a 401(k) plan and a CalPERS pension. (Sac Bee)

Billion Dollar Hedge Fund Club Grows to $889B -Former members include the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the New York City Employees' Retirement System. (CIO)

Pension funds come out in support of SEC maker-taker fee pilot program  -CalPERS and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, in a letter endorsed by U.S. and Canadian public pension funds and asset owners. (Pensions & Investments)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Californians still support the concept of a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but after months of troubling disclosures about the project's cost and schedule, just 31 percent of voters across the state want to keep building it, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll… Story

The state's Fair Political Practices Commission has been dogged by growing talk of internal dysfunction…Story

Santa Clara County elections officials have acknowledged some additional staff errors led to some residents getting kicked off the voter rolls by mistake, but said other reports of canceled registrations either originated in other counties or were misunderstandings…Story

SF leaders pleased, homeless activists angered as large tent camps vanish… Story

When the charm offensive from Facebook just turns into being offensive…Story

Facebook tools are used to screen out older job seekers, lawsuit claims… Story

California Senate defies AT&T, votes for strict net neutrality rules… Story

California flight school staffers deny kidnapping a foreign student… Story

Tesla hits parked California police vehicle, driver blames 'autopilot'… Story

National City mayor blocks critic on Facebook, gets sued… Story

Liquor store owners are getting into the pot game… Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette's Round the Fountain Art Fair still thriving after 45 years -Artists come mostly from the Midwest, said Shook, with a few coming from as far away as California.

 

AND FINALLY…

Southwest Jet Bound For LAX Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Tries To Smoke Pot -A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing after reports that a passenger lit up a marijuana cigarette in a bathroom. Southwest says Flight 1250 from San Francisco to Los Angeles was diverted Wednesday afternoon.

 

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