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Three-alarm wildfire burning near Campolindo High in Moraga -Fire crews were slowly getting the upper hand on a ... Robert Marshall, fire marshal of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (East Bay Times)
Brush Fire Reported In Moraga -Firefighters were working Monday afternoon to contain a brush fire in Moraga. The blaze was reported in the 300 block of Moraga. (Patch)
Yolo, Solano and Bay Area issue air quality warning as wind carries County Fire smoke -Bay Area Air Quality Management District includes the nine counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay, which includes Contra Costa. (Sacramento Bee)
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office STARR 3 Helicopter Assists In Fighting Concord Wildfire -The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff's STARR 3 helicopter assisted in fighting the 368 acre vegetation fire in Lime Ridge open space. (Blog)
Keeping smoke at bay: For once, it's time to thank that low, cool marine air that normally means fog over the Bay Area. It's that moist air that's helping keep smoke from fires in the northern part of the state up high, where it's not significantly degrading Bay Area air quality. (BANG)
A major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of San Francisco, saying its members no longer feel safe. It’s the first time the city’s homeless situation has caused a cancellation. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Facebook creates three Bay Area job hubs of three million square feet - Social network giant Facebook is already expanding in a huge way in its home town in Menlo Park, has signed a mammoth lease in Sunnyvale, and now has signed major leases with Sobrato Organization and Peery Arrillaga totaling 18 buildings in a part of (BANG)
Capitol police arrest Berkeley man after threats to member of Congress - A man was arrested for allegedly making threats to an Oregon elected federal official, according to court records. (BANG)
Park It: Know the rules of the road out on East Bay trails - The speed limit is 15 miles per hour. With only a few exceptions, bicycles aren’t supposed to be ridden on the narrow-gauge trails or on the hiking or hiker/horse-only trails. (BANG)
Concord's 150th birthday includes statue for city founder Don Salvio Pacheco -A fundraiser after the statue unveiling will host a fireworks show at Mt. Diablo High School at the conclusion of the Home Town Picnic. (East Bay Times)
While Nobody Was Looking, the Drought Came Back -In just the last week, the percentage of California that the U.S. government considers to be “abnormally dry” has gone from just under 70 percent to more than 85 percent. (SF Weekly)
Google Could Face Head Tax on 23K Silicon Valley Workers -Alphabet Inc.'s hometown will get to vote this fall on whether to increase the business license fee that contains a head tax that would hit Google LLC on its 23,324 workers. (Bloomberg News)
California high court: Yelp can’t be ordered to remove posts - A divided California Supreme Court has ruled that online review site Yelp.com cannot be ordered to remove posts against a San Francisco law firm that a judge determined were defamatory. (BANG)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
California's Affordability Crisis Attracts Investors -Philadelphia-based LEM Capital is targeting class-B investment in Sacramento, Orange County and Los Angeles to capitalize on the State's need for more moderate-priced housing. (HCD)
Wells Fargo Contributes $250,000 for Bay Area Affordable Housing, Revitalization Efforts -Wells Fargo & Company today announced a total of $250,000 in donations for three local nonprofits to support affordable housing and youth and family programs in the East Bay Area. Local NeighborhoodLIFT grants and down payment assistance will help create about 280 homeowners. (BusinessWire)
Commission Backs New 'Granny Flat' Rules for Hermosa Beach -The Hermosa Beach Planning Commission unanimously supported a slate of rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at its Monday night meeting, bringing the city closer to compliance with a state law meant to alleviate the California housing crisis, while exposing ongoing friction with the state legislature over local control of land-use decisions. (Blog)
LA City Council Advances Plan to Change Development Rules Near Transit Stations -In an editorial calling for Los Angeles to "put up or shut up" on building more densely around transit stations, the Los Angeles Times estimated that the Expo Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan could add 14,300 jobs and 6,000 new apartments and condos along the corridor. (Smart Cities Dive)
San Diego Gets $30M for Bike Paths, Walkways -Research shows that people of modest means who live near public transit are more likely to use it, helping them save money and reduce greenhouse gases, which benefits all Californians," said Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. "Because these homes remain affordable for at least 55 years, multiple households will be served, allowing families the chance to access opportunities, break the cycle of poverty and begin to build wealth for future generations." (Fox)
The University of California, Berkeley will make it easier for clubs of all kinds to operate on campus under a legal settlement it has reached with conservative students. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Grand jury: Oakland short $860 million for retiree benefits - The shortfall could cause Oakland services to be cut in the future, the grand jury's report said. (BANG)
CalPERS wants PE revamp to move quickly -The 13 investment committee members for the California Public Employees' Retirement System were publicly ... I feel the weight it has on the pension plan but also the state and the cities,” said Dr Ashby Monk. (Blog)
California's new initiative process: A 'circus' or a 'good and healthy thing'?…Story
Online sales tax ruling could bring 'hundreds of millions of dollars' to California… Story
3 ways California is leading the country in digital rights… Story
Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy…Story
San Francisco's minimum hourly wage bumps to $15 on July 1… Story
Link California's clean energy to the rest of the west? Sounds great, but it's risky…Story
SF and Butte only California counties getting younger… Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
West Lafayette Chief Jason Dombkowski takes leave to campaign full-time for sheriff -Jason Dombkowski is in a renewed race.
A list of the 10 ZIP codes in America with the most expensive homes (no surprise that half the places are in California)…Story
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