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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/02/2018 9:15 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Two fires are raging across Lake, Napa and Yolo Counties  -One of them, the County Fire, has scorched more than 32,000 acres. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Smoke From Yolo County Fire Drifting To Contra Costa County -Smoke from the County Fire in Yolo County is drifting over parts of western and central Contra Costa County (Blog)

Wildfire smoke looms over Bay Area as fire watch continues in Concord  -In Contra Costa County wind likely re-ignited a grass fire at Ygnacio Valley and Cowell roads in Concord. (KGO-TV)

Fire Danger Is High On Mt. Diablo, Other Local Open Space -The fire danger is high on Mt. Diablo and other local parks and open space. Please, do not light fires, do not use fireworks, do not fire a gun in the open. (Blog)

Walnut Creek Blaze Prompts Road Closure -Firefighters on Saturday knocked down a new, two-alarm vegetation fire on Ygnacio Valley Road near Oak Grove Road. (Patch)

Wildfire On Walnut Creek, Concord Border Burns 368 Acres  -A grass fire in Lime Ridge Open Space at Ygnacio Valley Road in Contra Costa County burned 368 acres (Patch)

Second Fire In Two Days Along Ygnacio Valley Road; Embers May Be Cause -Firefighters have knocked down a new, two-alarm vegetation fire on ... Road in Walnut Creek, according to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. (SFGate)

Man dies on BART train in Lafayette -A 54-year-old man died Thursday evening on a BART train in Lafayette, officials said Friday. (East Bay Times)

Thousands march to reunite families - Many Bay Area protesters said audio and video of weeping children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border prompted them to join the "Families Belong Together" rallies against the Trump administration's border policies. (BANG)

No Ghost Ship fire trials -Derick Almena and Max Harris, the defendants for the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in 2016, have reached plea deals and will avoid trial. The details of the plea deals will be announced Tuesday. (BANG)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Lafayette Celebrates its 50th Anniversary  -The City of Lafayette and the Chamber of Commerce presents Lafayette's 50th Anniversary of Incorporation at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on Sun., July 29.

5 fab French restaurants in the Bay Area for Bastille Day - On this holiday, vive la France!

 

OTHER NEWS

California cities and counties will be banned from creating taxes on soda and other sugary drinks for more than a decade under a measure signed by Governor Brown. (The Sacramento Bee)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is seeking permission to have a company build the world’s largest battery. (The Wall Street Journal)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Council adopts affordable housing strategy  -Housing Affordability: to ensure there is an adequate supply of housing to meet population growth and improve affordability (Blog)

Low-income tenants are appealing to Zuckerberg to save them from displacement, saying that Facebook and other tech companies have been the root cause of escalating Bay Area rent prices. (BANG)

The YIMBYs are coming: LA's pro-development groups are building momentum  -With SB 827 on the backburner, California YIMBY is focused on other local causes (The Real Deal)

Housing crisis requires some creative solutions -How government land combined with visionary policymaking can help make inroads in the fight against the housing affordability crisis. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Fannie Mae: Both renters and homebuyers feel pessimistic about affordable housing availability

An Argument Against A Housing Market Correction In The Next 24 Months -Last month, Zillow made headlines when it released a report predicting the next recession would begin “sometime in 2020.” (Forbes )

 

PENSION FUNDS

Editorial: Pension trust fund can work -Chico's unfunded pension liability is $120 million, representing what the city and Last year, CalPERS told Oroville to “tighten its belt” (Chico Enterprise-Record )

 Why California Is Losing Teachers and Laying Off Secretaries -This effective payroll “tax” charged by Calpers will increase to nearly 50 cents on the dollar by 2024. Retirement costs already equal 44% of teacher salaries. (Wall Street Journal)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Tech mobilizes against California privacy law… Story.

What California's Tough New Data Protection Bill Means for Tech…Story.

Online sales tax ruling could bring 'hundreds of millions of dollars' to California…Story.

Nearly 200 Guns Turned In During San Francisco Buy-Back… Story.

Tesla may have finally hit Model 3 target…. Story.

Facebook Reveals Apps, Others That Got Special Access to User Data…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Sheriff's sales tax bid would bolster budgets, but where are details to justify funding levels? Garber would split annual collections within the City of Lafayette, meaning about $14 million would go to the police department.

 

AND FINALLY…

Should the US should ditch its coins? America lost $69 million last year by making pennies…Story.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

Please be careful this wildfire season, conditions are critical. See Local News, above. (Photo: Mother Jones/AP)

 

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