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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/20/2018 9:09 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Developer resubmits plan for 315 apartments in Lafayette – Note: At the request of the City, yesterday’s article about the Terraces Project was corrected to reflect that, although the EIR and the application has been completed, the project has not been approved by the City. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Walnut Creek sets rules regulating marijuana cultivation, allowing commercial delivery – City leaders Tuesday night approved an ordinance regulating personal cultivation of both recreational and medicinal marijuana and allowing local commercial delivery of medical cannabis. (East Bay Times)

Town of Moraga Receives Financial Reporting Award -Town of Moraga Receives Financial Reporting Award. (Town of Moraga)

Convicted robber charged in Alameda County bank heists - A man convicted of 2017 robberies in Contra Costa County has been charged in a series of Alameda County bank robberies. (Oakland Tribune)

The police say a Berkeley landlord shot a tenant over unpaid rent -The victim then ran to a cannabis dispensary where guards, police officers and paramedics saved his life. (KPIX)

Firefighters demonstrate the danger of a Fourth of July sparkler  -A captain for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District was demonstrating the danger of fireworks at a training exercise. (San Francisco Chronicle)

2-Alarm Brush Fire Burns Near Homes in East Bay -Firefighters have contained a two-alarm brush fire that burned 40 acres near ... Way and Ironwood, just east of San Ramon in Contra Costa County. (NBC Bay Area)

Contra Costa touts success in ‘Operation Broken Heart’ effort to catch child predators - County prosecutors highlighted their work on a national operation aimed at catching internet child predators. (BANG)

San Francisco has 39 high rises with a defect that makes them potentially vulnerable to collapse in a large earthquake. Check the list to see if your office is on it. (The New York Times)

Drivers too often pass on blind, curvy mountain road -Mt. Diablo has signs that say “Do Not Pass Bicycles on Blind Corners” which seems as obvious as “Do Not Hit Yourself in the Head with a Hammer. (The Mercury News)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Walnut Creek Downtown Walking Tour

Lamorinda July 4th Fireworks, Parades & More: 2018 Guide

Lafayette Res Run for Education 2018  

Lafayette Eat to End Alheimers (06/21/2018) - Eat to End Alzheimer's on June 21st. Local restaurants have committed to donate a portion of their proceeds on June 21st to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of "The Longest Day." The restaurants participating are: Gourmet 360 Burrito, Lafayette (11-8); Pizza Antica, Lafayette (11:30-9), Smitten Ice Cream, Lafayette (12-9) and Yalla Mediterranean, Walnut Creek (11:30-8:30). Valid for dine-in or take out. Restrictions may apply. Mention the Alzheimer's Association when you place your order.

 

OTHER NEWS

California Could Eliminate Daylight Saving Time -Tired of changing the clocks twice a year? Voters may be able to weigh in on the issue soon.  (Patch)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION

Cities Speak: In Dublin, California, an Affordable Housing Success Story -The Arroyo Vista public housing development, the only such venue in the city of Dublin, California, population 59000, was falling into disrepair. The costs to improve or rebuild the 150-unit development could not be borne by the city alone. (HCD)

We need to fast-track housing near public transit -City planners are increasingly alarmed by two trends: a growing shortage of affordable housing, especially in places with job growth, and a nationwide decline in public transit ridership. Local governments could respond by allowing more housing near transit lines, but there is an obstacle to this commonsense approach. Those who live in safe and walkable neighborhoods are often resistant to giving other people the same opportunity. (American Magazine)

Small fix for housing crisis -The city of San Jose is weighing rules that allow more homeowners to build "accessory dwelling units" behind their homes. You may know them as "granny flats " or "in-law units." (BANG)

The median price for a home in California has topped $600,000 for the first time. (Capital Public Radio)

Out in the Golden State -California is an expensive place to live. New residents of San Francisco face median monthly rents of around $4,000 per month, and median rents are cresting $1,900 even in Sacramento. Housing supply runs well short of demand, pushing up prices in more corners of the Golden State than ever before. Many residents are moving to cheaper locales like Idaho or Texas, while others are falling into California's growing homeless population. (City Journal)

 

EDUCATION

The California Lottery is breaking revenue records, and that should be good news for the state’s schools -Instead, contributions to education by the lottery are essentially unchanged from 12 years ago. (KPCC)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Yolo County Grand Jury says pension debts creating a crisis -Currently, Davis has only 64 percent of the funds invested with CalPERS that it will need to cover its pension obligations, and it has been falling. (Daily Democrat)

Belmont charts long-term strategies for tackling unfunded pension obligation -Lump sum pre-payments will be made to the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, each July. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Manteca Unified Budget -In real numbers the district last year paid $39.4 million to staff covered by CalPERS with an additional $5.4 million going into the retirement fund. (Manteca Bulletin)

CalPERS Reveals More of New Private Equity Model  -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is a major  is keen on using this direct model to better source. (Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Many coastal properties may be flooded out by 2045, climate report warns… Story

Climate-related disasters make it harder to buy home insurance in California…Story

Will stronger rent control spread across California? …Story

Where do the 'Three Californias' converge? A clothing-optional hot springs, of course…Story

Actor Mary McCormack shared a video of her husband's Tesla catching fire in LA…Story

Bay Area residents are inundating Sacramento new home websites. Is a coastal wave coming?...Story

  

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

City of Lafayette Purchased 52 Acres to Transform into New Recreational Facilities -The city of Lafayette building up facilities, trails and for seniors to have a safe place to go out.

 

AND FINALLY…

Mail scam: ‘I know about the secret you are keeping’ -The father of one of the City’s staffers recently got a letter like this in Walnut Creek. Be on the lookout for these letters and don’t get scammed. (Mercury News)

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 Bud 

The City of Walnut Creek has regulated the cultivation of marijuana. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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