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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/09/2018 9:11 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

All I-580 lanes reopen after East Bay brush fire -After discussions among fire officials, the CHP reopened westbound I-580 lanes at 9:12 p.m., but kept eastbound lanes closed until just after midnight (East Bay Times)

Three-Alarm Grass Fire Burns Eastward From Bruce Drive In Tassajara Sunday; One Structure Burned – Evacuations Made -A grass fire pushed by gusting winds consumed a structure in the 5900 block of Bruce Drive Sunday before moving to the east. (News 24/680)

Fire At Martinez Shell Refinery: Hazmat Health Advisory Issued  -Fire At Martinez Shell Refinery: Hazmat Health Advisory Issued. (Patch)

Congressman locked out -Rep. Mark DeSaulnier says that as soon as he found out children who had been separated from immigrant parents were being kept in the East Bay, he asked for a tour of the facility. A federal agency gave him permission to do so but has since backtracked. (East Bay Times)

No Charges Filed In Drowning Death Of Danville High Schooler -A month after the tragic death, the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office determined 15-year-old Benjamin Curry's cause of death to be asphyxia (Patch)

Rossmoorians Wake Up To New Water Feature At Their Front Gate Saturday - An unplanned meeting between a Prius and a fire hydrant resulted in a new fountain for the overheated community Saturday, the Prius coming out on top. (News 24/680)

Tesla offers Model 3 test drives for first time in Bay Area - Test drives of a premium version of the Model 3 started Friday at four Bay Area locations, with four more to be added Saturday. (BANG)

Horsies Visit The Roundup – We came up with a short poem to commemorate a visit made to the divey but beloved Roundup Saloon by some local Cayuses at the height of the celebration, two of them making their way inside, sidling up to the bar, and leaving their mark firmly stamped on local legend. (News 24/680)

 

OTHER NEWS

An initiative that would reverse California’s law that allows undocumented immigrants residing in the state illegally to obtain driver’s licenses has been cleared to begin gathering signatures for the 2020 ballot. (The Sacramento Bee)

The Klamathon Fire tore through 30,500 acres and threatened hundreds of homes as it crossed the Oregon-California border. Fire officials said on Sunday that the fire was 25 percent contained, but still spreading into the Klamath National Forest. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Are California gas prices ready for their seasonal decline? - California gasoline prices may have hit their peak for the year. (BANG)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Berkeley City Council to vote on new qualifications for vacancy fines -Introduced by Councilmember Kate Harrison, agenda item 28 is intended to help curb the city's housing affordability crisis. (Daily Californian)

Relative affordability keeps Vallejo area on hottest housing market list -No longer the hottest housing market in the United States, Vallejo nevertheless remained one of only two California areas in the top 10 in June. (The Mercury News)

Eastline project, bigger than Salesforce Tower, seeks to transform Oakland  -There are not too many development opportunities left on transit-oriented sites like this in the urban core. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A Bay Area developer’s innovative commute hack: live, work in one building - Planned project would combine work space, 400 small apartments, communal kitchens and other amenities. (BANG)

Is California's legacy environmental law protecting the state's beauty or blocking affordable housing? -A Challenge Every Step Of The Way'. Critics contend that CEQA is the most significant factor in California's housing-affordability crisis (CALmatters )

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Crews build containment around destructive California fires…Story

California's Vineyard Workers Already Faced Long Hours, Low Pay, and Harsh Conditions. Then Came Trump's Immigration Crackdown… Story.

California, Long a Holdout, Adopts Mass Immigration Hearings… Story.

Turnout climbed to 37% in California's primary… Story.

California isn't the only state hiking gas taxes…Story.

Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says…Story.

A billionaire hired a Brexit strategist to help divide California… Story.

A look at the battle over Privates Beach near Santa Cruz….Story.

Bay Area homicides plunge to historic lows in first half of 2018… Story.

Berkeley boy was 'Patient X' in first FDA-approved medicine derived from marijuana… Story.

Mark Zuckerberg Tops Warren Buffett to Become the World's Third-Richest Person…Story.

Curbs on Chinese investment could hit Detroit and Silicon Valley… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

New Maps Released of Potential Lafayette Council Rezoning  -It's been twenty-two years since the city of Lafayette has had its own city council. That all may change on Tuesday.

 

 AND FINALLY…

 “Architectural anomalies,” A new book looks at California’s quirkiest roadside attractions, from an owl-inspired ice-cream stand to a drive-in topped with a mega-donut…  Story

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

580 was closed due to a wildfire on Sunday evening. It is open now. See Local News, above. (Photo: Alameda County Fire)

 

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