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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/19/2018 9:16 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Developer resubmits plan for 315 apartments in Lafayette after voters nix modest alternative –When voters rejected a ballot measure earlier this month that would have allowed 44 houses on a parcel north of Highway 24, many probably thought the land was safe from construction. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Rheem Theatre Reopens -The Rheem Theatre in Moraga, California has reopened. The movie theater, located near the intersection of Rheem Boulevard and Moraga Road. (The BigScreen Cinema Guide)

Assistance League of Diablo Valley Awards $185K in Scholarships -“Thank you, thank you! We won’t let you down.” (Lamorinda Patch)

Person dies after being hit by BART train in Oakland -A person died Monday morning after they were hit by a BART train in Oakland (East Bay Times)

East Bay art theft: Senior living worker charged with stealing from elderly - A 36-year-old man was charged with embezzlement, grand theft, and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing from the elderly. (Walnut Creek Journal)

Controlled Burns Planned in Some Bay Area Counties - The live fire training in Contra Costa County will take place near Bear Creek Road north of downtown Orinda beginning around 10 a.m. (NBC Bay Area)

Lamorinda Wildland Fire Exercise: Video -The training exercise was deemed a success. (Patch)

Benicia FD puts out grass fire off Lake Herman Road -The Fire Department also received assistance from the fire departments in Vallejo, Cordelia, Contra Costa County and Suisun City. (Benicia Herald)

Don Quixote rides anew (on a bicycle!) in Cal Shakes world premiere  (Event)

On Tap: Stage Right, Broadway Rep presenting plays in Antioch, Walnut Creek (Event)

Walnut Creek Uncorked (Event)

Summerfest 2018 - Family Fun, Art Contest & Car Show: Danville (Event)

 

OTHER NEWS

California gains just 5,500 jobs in May; unemployment stays at record-low 4.2% -The California economy cooled a bit in May as employers added just 5,500 net jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at a record low of 4.2%, according to data released Friday by the state's Employment Development Department. (LA Times)

Video-game addiction -The World Health Organization announced that it is recognizing "gaming disorder" in order to encourage nations to study and figure out ways to combat compulsive video-game playing. (Mercury News)

Location data for 911 calls and responders coming to Apple this fall, if you have iOS 12 - Apple said Monday that when iOS 12 comes out this fall, it will include technology to give a caller's specific location data to first responders when a 911 call is made. (BANG)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

How to solve California's housing crisis: Influencers have ideas -Homeowners are commuting an hour or more to find a house they can afford. Middle-class workers are crowding into San Francisco apartments with multiple roommates. Twenty-somethings are back in their bedrooms at their parents' house. (SacBee)

Will stronger rent control spread across California? Here's what you need to know. -California voters are set to vote this November on an initiative that would allow California cities and counties to adopt stronger rent control laws, which limit how much landlords are allowed to raise rents each year. (HCD)

They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water? -It's like a new city springing to life: 11,000 homes and apartments, seven public schools, a pair of fire stations, a police station, a slew of office and commercial buildings and 1,000 acres of parks, trails and other open space. Expected population: 25,000. But will it have enough water? (SacBee)

One symptom of California's housing crisis? State agency says someone making $200K deserves house-buying help. -When the California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 in Governor Jerry Brown's first term, the mission was simple: help low- and moderate-income families buy their first home. More than 40 years later, amid skyrocketing housing prices and near-record low homeownership rates, that goal is getting harder and harder to attain. (HCD)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Risky gamble for pensions - The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is seeking a fix to the problem of its outstanding pension debt -- a borrowing-and-investment scheme that one expert describes as "we take out a loan on our credit card and invest in the stock market." (BANG)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states…Story.

Who gets Yosemite…Story.

It's a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor…Story.

California's state budgets represent a seemingly unstoppable rise in government spending… Story.

A California gas tax repeal would halt thousands of projects…Story.

Here's what the suicide epidemic looks like in California…Story.

Santa Monica tells scooter companies: You can stay …Story.

High cost of housing drives up homeless rates… Story.

Record-Low Clarity in Lake Tahoe Blamed on Unusual Weather Events…Story.

Breaking Up California Would Throw the Muni-Market Into Turmoil…Story.

California lawmakers call in a $1.2 billion wrecking ball for their offices…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette may extend development review process  -The city of Lafayette plans code changes this week that will add to the time needed by developers to complete their projects.

 

AND FINALLY…

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times - Fox says the war on drugs has been a failure since the days of former President Richard Nixon. What works, Fox says, "is your own free decision."

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

The Rheem Theatre has reopened, see local news above.

 

 

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