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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/04/2018 9:43 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

60 Day Road Closure Planned In Lamorinda – St. Mary’s Road will be closed 6 days a week, 12 hours per day. (Lamorinda Patch)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Lafayette: Environmental planner Appointed - Anna Radonich, an environmental planner and 31-year resident of Lafayette, was appointed May 29 to the Lafayette Planning Commission. (BANG)

Shooting Plot; Pipe Bomb: Lamorinda, East Bay Police Log -A man was robbed in a Safeway parking lot and other stories. (Lamorinda Patch)

Fire in West Oakland spews thick, black smoke; no injuries reported - No injuries were reported in a fire Friday afternoon at a West Oakland live-work building. (BANG)

City honors funk band Tower of Power for forging ‘Oakland sound’ - Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf proclaims May 31 "Tower of Power day" to pay tribute to the funk superstars. (BANG)

Orinda Farmer's Market  -Good morning Orinda! Visit the farmer’s market (Event)

Moraga Farmers' Market  -Pick up some parsley at your local market (Event)

 

OTHER NEWS

Need a primer to understand the stakes of the races on Tuesday? (NYTs)

Here is an explanation of how the state’s unusual primary system works. (NYTs)

Need a voting plan? Five steps to casting a ballot in California's election. (SacBee)

Will voters rally behind a candidate for governor despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s long shadow? (NYTs)

Apple hosts its annual Worldwide Developers Conference - It’s expected to unveil software updates and maybe some new hardware, with rumors swirling that iPads will get a refresh and iOS will get a new “Digital Health” feature. (Quartz)

Facebook shutting down ‘trending news,’ a source of many of its woes - The section proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world. (BANG)

California is underreporting hate crimes to the F.B.I. -State lawmakers and the public, state auditors said. Even with the undercounting, the state’s reported hate crimes increased by more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2016. (AP)

Google blamed Wikipedia for search results that said the ideology of the California Republican Party included “Nazism.” -The House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, called the results a “disgrace.” (CBS)

Cries of “techsploitation” in San Francisco -Anti-Google protesters dumped scooters in front of private buses for tech workers. Scooters have become the latest flash point of anger against the tech industry in its hometown. (NYTs)

California’s electric utility companies will spend nearly $768 million - Charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses, under a series of proposals approved by state regulators. (SF Chron)

The State Senate approved a bill that would create a state bank for marijuana businesses -The proposed bank would also increase security at marijuana dispensaries, where stockpiles of cash can tempt thieves. (High Times)

The Californization of America  -California, which holds its primaries on Tuesday, has long set the national agenda on the economy, culture and technology. So maybe it was just a matter of time before it got back to driving the political agenda, as it did when Ronald Reagan launched his political career in the 1960s. But other things are happening as well. The state is a hub for immigrants, a testing site for solutions to environmental crises and a front line in America's competition with China. On all sorts of big issues that matter now and will in the future, California is already in the game. (NYTs)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

People are buying million-dollar condos that aren’t yet built in Walnut Creek - The developer has a list of people interested in the 12-unit project. Excavation has just started. (BANG)

Housing a defining issue in SF mayor's race -Scott Wiener's SB827, which would have given developers broad leeway to build multifamily housing complexes near public transportation. (SF Chron)

Skyrocketing housing cost causing South Bay exodus -The difference is small, and not enough to tip the housing affordability scales in favor of first time home buyers. (KTVU)

Facebook Vows More Involvement in Silicon Valley Housing Crisis -Facebook has waded into the acute housing affordability issue impacting Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area (National Mortgage Professional Magazine)

12 CA Homes That Don't Require A Tech Exec's Salary –Here are some California homes under a half-million dollars. (Patch)

 

EDUCATION

How Saint Mary’s College of California Is Empowering Students  -Interim dean Mary Kay Moskal tells Patch how the Kalmanovitz School of Education is innovating and inspiring students for social change. (Lamorinda Patch)

Orinda Academy  -Alumni update: Alaysia Sharma '14 earned her degree. (Lamorinda Patch)

 

PENSION FUNDS

The $120 million carrot: The Assembly is offering a $120 million carrot to help the University of California pay down its pension debt on one condition - It stop offering new employees the choice of signing up for traditional defined benefit pensions, or 401(k)-style retirement plans with an 8 percent match from the university. (CALMatters)

Yolo County faces rising pension payments in 2018-19 -Yolo County faces rising pension payments in 2018-19 to save $1 million over the next eight years in unfunded pension liabilities to CalPERS. (Daily Democrat)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Drought or no drought: Jerry Brown sets permanent water conservation rules for Californians… Story

The 7 big ways Prop. 13 has reshaped California… Story

Top Two Brought Campaign Wackiness… Story

In race for California schools chief, candidates are buoyed by big money from charter supporters and unions…Story

S.F. Voters Stare Down Big Tobacco... Story

Fully affordable housing fails to rise in SF's Mission…Story

UC Berkeley student's persistence helps win more liberal rules for in-state tuition… Story

Brown may leave with two big projects on the bubble… Story

Six crazy things that could happen in California's primary... Story

How 3 Races in California Could Cost Democrats Control of the House of Representatives…Story

Races for State Attorney General Revolve Around Trump... Story.

Schwarzenegger won't vote for leading GOP candidates for governor…Story

A closer look at some of the sources underwriting California's costly campaign season… Story

Nearly half of Bay Area residents want out, poll shows…Story

The largest wildfire in California's modern history is finally out, more than 6 months after it started…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Park overhaul: What massive project will look like -Five new development projects are heading to the Lafayette Park.  

 

AND FINALLY…

The Golden State Warriors are obsessed with chess. Shooting guard Klay Thompson got his teammates into the game (Quartz)

 

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