Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Who Gets to Decide Where to Build Housing? -When state legislation designed to override local zoning laws and permit construction of apartment buildings in a half-mile swath around transit lines across California died earlier this year, opponents said the decision of where to build desperately needed housing should be left to local communities. (The New York Times)
Migrant children already in Bay Area -The Bay Area News Group has exclusively obtained records showing that at least two girls separated from their parents under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy have already been brought to a shelter in the East Bay, even as officials prepare to house thousands at a decommissioned Naval base nearby. (BANG)
Two members of San Jose's city council announced Monday that they were leaving the Republican Party over concerns about the treatment of migrant families. (BANG)
Fire burning at Newhall Park in Concord -Crews are responding to a grass fire at Newhall Park in Concord Tuesday morning, according to Contra Costa Fire Department. (KRON)
East Bay Firefighters On North Bay Fire Lines -Strike Teams with firefighters and equipment pulled from five different departments left over the weekend. (Patch)
The docks where tourists board boats for Alcatraz Island will be turned into a new welcome center as part of a $34 million overhaul. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Don't Be Alarmed When You Hear The Howitzers -The sound of cannon fire is not something that typically echos through the East Bay. (Patch)
Huge new redwood park -A Bay Area-based environmental group has closed a deal to buy 730 acres of ancient forest west of Santa Rosa to create a public redwood park that's even larger than the immensely popular Muir Woods, and features some trees more than 1,000 years old and taller than the Statue of Liberty. (BANG)
Reservoir plans -Santa Clara Valley Water District officials will today consider a land purchase that will allow them to build the largest new reservoir constructed in the Bay Area in the last 20 years. (BANG)
Lafayette's 50th Anniversary Celebration is Sunday, July 29! -The first 1,000 Lafayette residents to sign up will get special discounted meal tickets for a delicious Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner. Adult meals are $10 each and children $5. Regular dinner tickets after the first 1,000 will be sold at the event for $20 (adults) and $10 (children). Get your discounted tickets here.
Pacific Gas and Electric has already been blamed by state investigators for many of last October’s fires. Now it is warning that claims will probably exceed $2.5 billion. (The Sacramento Bee)
The Supreme Court ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence. (The New York Times)
It’s official: California voters will decide this fall whether to overturn a recent increase to state gasoline and diesel taxes after an initiative qualified for the ballot. (The Sacramento Bee)
Tesla’s big tent adds to the Model 3 circus -The circus has really come to town for Tesla, as the company has set up a big tent for assembly of its Model 3 cars. The company has set a goal of cranking out 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of June. (Fremont Argus)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
California Transit District Enters into Facebook, Plenary Development Agreement-The San Mateo County (California) Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors earlier this month entered into a development partnership with Facebook and Plenary Group, an agreement that could see major improvements to the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor connecting the social media giant's and other Silicon Valley-area workers to the east side of San Francisco Bay. (Construction Dive)
When Public Transportation Leads to Gentrification -Why transit-oriented development projects need to include affordable housing amid all those luxury condos and cafés. (Blog)
Housing in the U.S. Is Too Expensive, Too Cheap, and Just Right. It Depends on Where You Live.-This analysis investigates the distribution of neighborhood house price-to-income ratios across the U.S., focusing especially on locations with unusually high or low ratios. (Brookings)
For Cities with a Housing Shortage, a Modest-and Cheap-Remedy -San Jose officials are moving to alleviate the problem by scrapping rules that bar homeowners from building rental units on their properties. The goal: Help people draw more income from their homes -- by far the largest investment for most Americans -- while increasing the supply of available housing. (CBS)
Housing market health check -The Census Bureau will release its monthly report on new home sales. Analysts expect around 665,000 sales in May, up slightly from the 662,000 announced in April. (Quartz)
California lawmakers move closer to regional electric grid… Story
Prank robo calls plague California lawmakers, top Democratic campaigns… Story
The Median Home Price In California Now Exceeds $600,000…Story
Out with soda, juice and chocolate milk—California could become first state to restrict kids' meals… Story
Lawsuit alleges Inglewood broke law by choosing Clippers over affordable housing… Story
As Tesla races to meet Model 3 deadline, factory pressures and suspicions grow…Story
High pay, low test scores: Is California's largest school district too big to fail?...Story
With court case looming, California unions pack state budget with labor goodies…Story.
Cage-Free Egg Initiative Heads to California's November Ballot… Story.
To Survive as a Fruit Farmer in Silicon Valley, You Need to Grow Tastier Fruit…Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette says it will push back votes on new drilling regulations to August -As a city, we've been clear that industrialized oil and gas operations are not welcome in Lafayette," Lafayette’s Mayor said in a statement.
You only need to learn 50 foreign words to be understood. Bump it up to 800 and you will get through about 75% of all daily conversations abroad….story
PHOTO OF THE DAY
An early photo of a BART train nearing Lafayette. Should transit agencies be in the housing business? See Top Story, above. For more information on AB 2923, a transit-oriented development bill that could impact Lafayette, go here.
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