Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Lafayette council OKs rezoning Deer Hill site, hires outside counsel -Lafayette will go ahead and allow up two dwellings per acre at the much-debated Deer Hill 22-acre parcel near Highway 24, but the zoning change will not apply to an apartment project already proposed there. (East Bay Times)
Man accused of Contra Costa double murders found incompetent to stand trial -Marc Carr, 30, was found mentally incompetent to stand trial last week. (BANG)
Mystery of SFPD vice cop's killing in Walnut Creek 30 years ago remains unsolved -Mystery of SFPD vice cop's killing in Walnut Creek 30 years ago remains. Garnier was shot at close range while sitting in his car at a Walnut Creek . (KGO-TV)
“Immense growth” makes the Bay Area the world's 19th-largest economy, if it were a nation - The Bay Area economy is very much driven by Silicon Valley and San Francisco (The Mercury News)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
Tatzin not running for re-election-After 33 years serving on the Lafayette City Council, Mayor Don Tatzin has announced that he will not be running for re-election after his term expires in November. Tatzin made the announcement at the end of the July 9 city council meeting, noting that, by the end of his term, he will have served on the council for a third of a century, two-thirds of the city’s existence as an incorporated community and for half of his life.
Lafayette prepares for 50th anniversary celebration -Lafayette is getting ready to throw a big party to celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation. And a lot of people in the city are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the plans for the big bash.
Annual twilight concert honors active and former military - One of the best times to support and honor active military, reserves, veterans and Gold Star Families is on the heels of America’s most patriotic of holidays, when the country celebrates its independence. And what better venue in which to honor them, surrounded by community, than the Lafayette Reservoir during the annual “Tribute to the Troops” concert and picnic on July 14?
ADA complaints and lawsuits on the rise in Lafayette -Lawsuits against Lafayette businesses for violations of accessibility regulations have increased over the past two years, but there is one relatively simple fix a business can implement in order to decrease the odds of a complaint that could cost thousands of dollars, or even force a shutdown.
Modern Tones - unique recording facility opens in Lafayette-Tucked away, but still close to downtown, a world-class, musical gem has popped up in Lafayette. The Modern Tones Music Studios offers music instruction and so much more.
Baker recognizes Bill Lew, Veteran of the Year -This year’s Veteran of the Year, selected by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for District 16, is Lafayette resident Bill Lew.
Las Trampas partners with LAMA for the win in poker tournament -Proving that sometimes gambling can be a win-win for everyone, Las Trampas and philanthropic group Lamorinda Gives Back joined forces to host a “Cards for Humanity” charity poker tournament, raising more than $11,000 to benefit people with developmental disabilities.
Staff and council acknowledge maintenance and asset replacement systemic shortfall-The figures have not changed, but the attitude and framing may have. For years, budget presentations focused on the town’s balanced operating budget, minimizing the asset replacement needs. This year, however, Town Manager Cynthia Battenberg opened her presentation by indicating the cost of the shortfall - $1.5 million a year - and promised that staff would come back in the coming months with a strategy to fill in the gap.
Council prepares for legal battle over hillside and ridgeline development-During the June 27 Moraga Town Council meeting $250,000 from the Palos Colorados developer’s fund was transferred to the general fund for litigation purposes. After the meeting, members moved into a closed session with legal counsel to discuss the situation further. The subject of the legal proceeding is related to the hillside and ridgeline regulations that the town adopted last April.
Challenging summer commute in Moraga-Going through Moraga this summer has brought its load of frustration to drivers. Trouble starts on Canyon Road before reaching town coming from the south. As this roving reporter can attest, those arriving at the one lane Canyon bridge around 4:30 p.m. are typically met with a string of cars waiting for the light to turn green and grant passage - the first obstacle in the commuter’s quest to cross Moraga and reach Highway 24.
CIOC unanimously approves motion to form private road task force -The Orinda Citizen’s Infrastructure Oversight Commission held a special meeting June 27 to consider whether or not there should be a task force to address the issue of private roads and, if so, what the composition of such a task force should be. The meeting was attended by Public Works Director Larry Theis and Paving Program Project Manager Farah Khorashadi.
10th anniversary of Opera in the Park-The Orinda Rotary Club will present its 10th annual Opera in the Park in conjunction with Solo Opera. The free performance, which will feature professional opera singers performing favorite arias, duets, and ensembles, that organizers say will thrill even non-opera lovers, usually attracts at least 1,000 people. The concert will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at Orinda Community Park.
Central San honored for 20 years of perfect compliance-The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, which collects, treats and disposes wastewater for each Lamorinda community, has been recognized for continued success in its efforts to protect public health and the environment with a Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Grass fire destroys 45 acres in Moraga-A three-alarm fire burned 45 acres of dense vegetation near Campolindo High School on July 2, forcing the temporary evacuation of 20 homes along Buckingham Drive in Moraga. According to Moraga-Orinda Fire District spokesman Dennis Rein, crews from MOFD, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and Cal Fire contained the blaze by 6:30 p.m.
DeSaulnier talks environment at Campolindo Town Hall-It was hot in Moraga on the afternoon of July 2. A grass fire in the open space next to Moraga Road had seriously snarled traffic, but it was not enough to cancel Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s town hall at Campolindo High School - it was merely shifted by one hour, with residents from Lamorinda and beyond filling the high school cafeteria.
Having a field day at Field Day-Two dozen people started a conversation in Moraga Commons Park on a recent Saturday, kept at it for eight hours straight, and they still finished early.
Cycling for a cause-Longtime Orinda resident Rick Perez has been cycling since around 1990. “My rides have included numerous centuries, the coast of Oregon and the Ice Field Parkway in Canada from Jasper to Banff, a route I highly recommend to everyone, by bicycle or motorized vehicle, for its beauty and wildlife,” said Perez.
Lamorinda Safety Fair, Classic Car Show and Police Motorcycle Competition July 21- Children can once again enjoy hopping aboard helicopters, sitting in police cars to sound the sirens, and climbing aboard the county’s water rescue boat and armored truck at the Lamorinda Safety Fair, hosted by the Lafayette Police Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Saint Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Rd.
Flag retirement program offered in Lafayette-Oakmont Mortuary has launched its “Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.” Community members who are looking for proper flag disposal can bring their flags to Oakmont Mortuary located at 2099 Reliez Valley Road in Lafayette during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, dignified manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code.
Saklan science teacher on the move-Victoria Obenchain, a longtime science teacher at The Saklan School in Moraga, was selected last fall from over 400 applicants for the 2017-18 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, an international nonprofit organization.
Teen-run Arts Contest celebrates its fifth year-After months of waiting, a dozen eager middle schoolers and their family members gathered in the Lafayette Library’s Community Hall in April to claim their prizes in a local writing and photography contest.
Neighborhood fun on the Fourth-Organizing a Fourth of July neighborhood block party has become a popular way to commemorate our nation’s independence, and one of the most long-lasting and popular gatherings in the Lamorinda area has been the Ponderosa Lane Block Party in Saranap, which just celebrated its 40th annual bash this year.
Free Music, Movies In Walnut Creek Friday -Are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy this summer without breaking the bank? (Patch)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Is California’s Legacy Environmental Law Protecting The State’s Beauty Or Blocking Affordable Housing? -Redwood City approved more than a year ago the kind of affordable-housing project California desperately needs: a 20-unit building, downtown, near transit lines, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the state’s housing crisis is most severe. (Capital Public Radio)
Will Caltrain finally push for housing around its stations? -Lawmakers have clashed over how to encourage transit-oriented development to help alleviate the state's housing crisis. (San Francisco Business Times)
Burlingame set to tackle general plan – The general plan amendment, defining the city's future development targets, could make it an ideal location for transit-oriented development. (San Mateo Daily Journal)
How state funds schools pushes them near insolvency - It’s time to advocate for the full and fair funding required to help California schools deliver upon the promise of college and career readiness for every child. (BANG)
Pennsylvania state treasurer condemns $5.5bn pension fee 'waste' -After investing in a new reporting system, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), revealed in 2015 that it had paid $3.4bn (Financial Times)
Why California's fire season is off to the worst start in 10 years…Story.
PG&E Customers to Foot the Bill for Wine Country Fire Costs, Under Revised Bill… Story.
East Bay's Green Day 2004 hit "American Idiot" poised to hit #1 on British Charts as Trump Arrives… Story.
California malls are sharing license plate tracking data with ICE… Story.
No, Oakland residents did not protest ICE busting child sex traffickers… Story.
Tesla Announces Deal To Build Factory In Shanghai, via CNN…Story.
Apple and Google asked whether they secretly spy on users by US lawmakers… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette-Regional-Airport-announces-direct-flights-to-Orlando Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux talks about the new partnership between Frontier Airlines and the City.
Love is bad for dating apps. Advanced matchmaking technology means people fall in love and leave the service faster than new clients can be found…Story.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Lafayette City Council rezoned the site at Deer Hill this week. See Top Story, above.
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