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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/10/2018 9:43 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin announced at last night’s City Council meeting that after more than 30 years in elected office, he will not run again for a seat on the City Council in November’s election. You can read the Mayor's statement here.

LOCAL NEWS

The Contra Costa County sheriff is expected to announce today that he will cancel the county's contract with ICE to detain undocumented immigrants in a Richmond jail. (BANG)

Brakes on toll hikes?  A conservative anti-tax organization is filing suit on behalf of three Bay Area plaintiffs, seeking to have the recently passed Regional Measure 3 overturned. (BANG)

Crews fighting 56-acre grass fire in San Ramon -Firefighters are battling a 25 acre fire off Bruce Lane and Joseph Lane, east of San Ramon. (KRON 4)

Homeless camp fire burns 20 acres near Pittsburg -Homeless camp fire burns 20 acres near Pittsburg ... about 11a.m, said Steve Hill, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Walnut Creek Boy Abandoned In LA Last Week - His mother has been arrested and charged with abandoning the boy who is deaf, does not speak, and is possibly Autistic.  (Patch)

East Bay Lifeguard Helps Rescue Stranded Surfer Off Coast – The Coast Guard and a Bay Area lifeguard teamed up to help the man who was stranded on the rocks off the coast of Half Moon Bay.... More (Patch)

Behind the electric scooters that seem to be popping up all over the Bay Area is a new workforce: those making money by picking up, repairing and recharging the scooters. (BANG)

East Bay chef Charlie Hallowell, who already sold one restaurant as he faced accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen employees, is now selling Oakland's Penrose, as well. (East Bay Times)

Pleasanton: Police seek help in identifying suspect linked to indecent exposure events - Authorities are looking for community help in identifying a suspect linked to multiple incidents of indecent exposure in Pleasanton and Fremont in the past month. At least two and possible more incidents occurred in Fremont. (BANG)

USPS honors work of Bay Area photographer in new "O Beautiful" stamp series  - Stamps include "Spring Sunrise over Green Hills" near Orinda and "Sunset Light on Green” and the lush, fertile landscape surrounding Orinda. (KTVU)

Going to the DMV? Be prepared  -Dozens of residents from different East Bay cities wait in line outside the DMV office in Walnut Creek. (The Mercury News)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Curtain Calls: Family Theatre Festival returning to Walnut Creek's Lesher  -Presented by Chevron and produced by the Diablo Regional Arts Association, the city of Walnut Creek and the Lesher Center for the Arts (East Bay Times)

Walnut Creek's Festival Opera is back with 'Love, Lust and Laughter'  -Festival Opera returns from its hiatus this weekend with a concert marking the Walnut Creek-based company's 27th anniversary. (East Bay Times)

 

OTHER NEWS

The number of hate crimes in California jumped by more than 17 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to an annual report. That follows double-digit increases in 2015 and 2016, after six years of decline. (SFGate)

An environmental group filed a lawsuit with the California Supreme Court to block Proposition 9, the proposal to split California into three states. (Los Angeles Times)

Another district judge, John A. Mendez, dismissed the federal government’s lawsuit against California’s “sanctuary state” law, which is intended to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Caltrain's Downtown Extension Hindered by "Catastrophically Incompetent" Management  -In a city with extensive construction, development must be added as a transit-oriented development scheme. (Blog)

Explaining Land Use Implications of Autonomous Vehicles: Meet Dr. Jonathan Levine

Facebook founder's fund pledges $250000 to back affordable housing ballot measure -The bill would help finance affordable housing programs and grants, infrastructure work and transit-oriented development. (The Mercury News) 

 

PENSION FUNDS

Grand jury finds high risk in Santa Maria, Lompoc pension plans -Public employee pension plans in Santa Barbara County cities participate in the CalPERS. (Santa Maria Times)

What's with all the talk of California taxes? Do the math – it's pension costs -The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the ... Lodi also will place a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. (Sacramento Bee)

Californians need more candor about rising pension costs -The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) lost tens of billions. (The Mercury News) 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

A state ballot measure that would funnel money to affordable housing programs — and it's ponying up $250,000 to help make sure that happens… Story

39 Occupy ICE protesters in San Francisco arrested in camp raid… Story

Private prisons are California political players…Story

Changes on San Francisco Board of Supervisors a political challenge for new Mayor Breed… Story

Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle — but it's no longer doing any good… Story

With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette City-Parish Council to consider charter amendment for separate governing bodies : “I don't think any mayor, or any other elected official, should be the parish president. That's not fair.

 

AND FINALLY…

Owning an iPhone makes people think you’re rich. Researchers said it’s the number one signal of wealth in the US…Story

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Don Tatzin July 2018

Don Tatzin, Lafayette’s Mayor, announced he will not run again in November. See Top Story, above.

 

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