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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/05/2018 8:22 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Dwight Clark, former 49ers wide receiver, dead at 61 -Clark’s wife, Kelly, announced his death on Twitter. (BANG)

Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Raise $14,500 For Muscular Dystrophy -They held fill-the-boot campaigns in both communities. (Lamorinda Patch)

Walnut Creek Surgeon Dies While Kite Surfing Off Alameda – HE was pulled ashore by another kite surfer, but did not survive. (Lamorinda Patch)

Curtain Calls: Walnut Creek’s Center Rep ending season with ‘Freaky Friday’ - A slightly different yet very well done production for the company, the show is based on Mary Rodgers' comedic children’s novel. (BANG)

11 men arrested in Pleasanton prostitution sting - A prostitution sting Thursday in Pleasanton led to the arrest of 11 men, only one of whom was from Pleasanton, police said. (BANG)

Park It: Catch mine open house, see area artists’ work in Antioch, Oakley - At Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, works by local artists are on exhibit June 9-10, and at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, there’s a mine open house June 10. (BANG)

Wrong-Way Driver Killed In I-680 Crash In Walnut Creek – Crashed happened early Monday morning, closing four lanes of traffic. (Lamorinda Patch)

ATF joins investigation of mysterious Danville explosion - The ATF is on the case following a mysterious explosion in Danville. (BANG)

 

OTHER NEWS

California Polling Locations 2018: Where To Vote -Are you voting in Tuesday's primary? Find your polling place and hours, as well as where to drop off vote-by-mail ballots in California. (Lamorinda Patch)

Still haven’t cast your ballot in California’s primary election? Here’s what you need to know

Dangerous, massive fire-inspection backlog -A Bay Area News Group analysis of inspection records from some of the Bay Area's biggest fire departments shows that many are months or even years behind in their inspections, leaving scores of schools and apartment buildings vulnerable to serious fire hazards. (BANG)

Ex-49er, Raider boosting concussion safety plan -A Bay Area representative is hoping that recruiting some former NFL players who wonder about their own health will help get his bill passed to set national standards for schools on concussion safety. (BANG)

That political mailer on your kitchen counter isn't what it seems (SacBee)

Grant Fire Fully Contained, Hundreds Of Acres Burned – Cause of the fire is under investigation (Lamorinda Patch)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

Big money opposes repeal of Costa-Hawkins, returning real rent control to California  -Adding to the already dire affordable housing crisis in California. (San Francisco Bay View )

Foreign buyers no longer finding deals in California real estate - The run-up in Bay Area housing prices has many causes,  but foreign investment likely isn't one. Investment from overseas buyers in California real estate has dropped steadily from a peak of 8 percent in 2013 to 3.1 percent last year... (BANG)

AB 2923 (forcing cities to allow housing on BART land) -AB 2923 (forcing cities to allow housing on BART land) passed easily just last week (Hacker News)

Can a new mayor fix San Francisco's housing and homelessness problems? -Nor is housing affordability “merely a market problem that can be solved by the market.” (The Economist)

Is California's solar mandate a good move? -At a time when action is desperately needed to improve housing affordability, this requirement will make new homes in California even more costly. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Rising pension costs looming for Watsonville -But rising pension costs have threatened to put the city in the red. (Register Pajaronian)

Government employee pensions: Sonoma's ticking time bomb -Today's pension obligation represents less than 10% of unrestricted  funds, as reported by CalPERS, the entity managing the city's pension plan. (Sonoma Valley Sun)

SoPas Officials Unveil Balanced $27.4 Million Draft Budget -The CalPERS obligations project a deficit to the city. (South Pasadena Review)

More Mischief at CalPERS: A Staff Takeover of the Board? -You can probably guess the CalPERS Board went for Plan B. Should be taken seriously by the pension fund? (City Watch)

Taxpayer group sues to block California retirement accounts (SacBee)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

WHERE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE WILL WATCH THE RETURNS:

Lt. Gavin Newsom -- Verso in SF's Mission district, 1525 Mission Street, San Francisco

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- City Market Social House, 1145 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles

State Treasurer John Chiang: Westin Bonaventure & Suites, Los Angeles

Former Superintendent of Public Instructions Delaine Eastin: Hallmark Inn, Davis

Businessman John Cox-- San Diego Republican Party Election Night party, U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego.

Assemblyman Travis Allen -- A sign of throwing in the towel? Didn't respond to numerous inquiries about his election night event.

 

California Will Have Clues for the Nation: How to Watch the Primary… Story.

Reaching out to California voters, one handshake at a time -  In the waning hours of the California primary election campaign Monday, Antonio Villaraigosa campaigned for governor like he was running for mayor — chatting up voters in two languages in the Mission District and sidling up to BART commuters as he rode from San Francisco to Walnut Creek… Story

How Latino Voting Power Will Count in the California Primary… Story

Today is make or break for Democrats in California's House races…Story

60 California leaders discuss the future of the state…Story.

California campaign watchdog panel ends power struggle with sweeping changes to commission…Story

Huge amount of new San Francisco Transbay Transit Center's $113 million wiring may have to be replaced…Story

Las Vegas, New York Top List of Destinations for Workers Fleeing Large California Cities… Story

BART cited 1,300 fare evaders in 2 months. Only about 100 paid up…Story

Northern California ranch, nearly the size of San Francisco, listed for $31 million… Story

Bye, Bye to SF Scooters, at least for now…Story

California's Primary: The Races Hollywood Is Watching, via Variety… Story

Seymour Hersh's Memoir of Making the Mighty Sweat - He remembers a night in San Francisco during the 1968 presidential campaign, when he was working as the press secretary for Eugene McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy had never smoked pot, so Mr. Hersh produced a joint; joining the group was Jerry Brown, the future governor of California. "The stuff did little for McCarthy, so he said, but it did much more for Brown," Mr. Hersh writes. A spokesman for Mr. Brown, contacted for this article, called the anecdote "a complete and total fabrication." … Story

  

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

 Rampey named new head of LaFayette Police Department -Captain George Rampey of the LaFayette Police Department has been named the City of LaFayette's new chief of police.

  

AND FINALLY…

Private jets are hosting children’s birthday bashes. Companies like VistaJet offer high-altitude tea parties, in hopes of nabbing future customers. (Quartz)

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

On this Election Day, these banners on Mt. Diablo Blvd., in front of our Veterans Memorial, say it all.

 

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