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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/12/2018 9:35 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

LOCAL NEWS

Lightning, High Winds Possible: East Bay Fire Risk Elevated-The National Weather Service Warns that the East Bay is vulnerable. (Patch)

Some East Bay residents are reporting hearing a shocking anti-Semitic political robo-call made on behalf of a major-party congressional candidate. The candidate says he had nothing to do with the ads and condemns them -- but he also traffics in anti-Semitic language on his own website, and has been disavowed by his own party. (BANG)

A music festival that promised to bring Coachella-style revelry to the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds was abruptly canceled two days before it was to begin as questions swirled around organizers' preparations, musical acts dropping out and a connection to a slew of real-estate fraud. (BANG)

Big Brentwood retail mall is bought by Chicago investors - The Streets of Brentwood has been bought by Chicago-based Fairbourne Properties, a realty investment, development and management group, according to NKF Capital Markets, a real estate advisory group that arranged the purchase. (BANG)

60-year-old bicyclist killed in early morning crash in Concord -Concord police received a call from the driver of the vehicle at 12:05 a.m. and responded with medical personnel from the Contra Costa Fire Protection. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf signs letter calling for ICE to be abolished - Mayor Libby Schaaf was among more than 150 elected leaders who signed an open letter on Tuesday calling for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Oakland Tribune)

Fire tears through Antioch townhomes -According to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) Fire Marshal Robert Marshall, two children were treated on scene. (Blog)

East Bay woman charged in case of child abandoned in L.A. train station - A 31-year-old Walnut Creek woman was charged with child endangerment Monday after she allegedly abandoned her 6-year-old son at Los Angeles' Union Station last week, authorities said. (BANG)

Lost dog jumps into Walnut Creek patrol car, later reunited with family - A lost dog in Walnut Creek who found help by jumping into a patrol car, has been reunited with her family. (KTVU)

Purina Dog Chow working to help Walnut Creek ARF's Pets and Vets program -The Pets and Vets service dog program at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek could get up to $500,000 (The Mercury News)

 

OTHER NEWS

In terms of acres burned, California’s fire season is off to its worst start in years -Through Monday morning, 196,092 acres had burned since Jan. 1 — an area more than double the average by July 9 of the previous five years. (The Mercury News)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Approving 220 Housing Units Will Implement Ashton Suit Settlement -The city will approve the 220 units requested by the developer. The Transit Oriented District was for high density housing to link to BART. (Livermore Independent)

CEQA Racket Extracts 11th Hour Payoffs Amidst Housing Crisis -The challenger was advised that the developer had eliminated the sources of CEQA lawsuits. (San Jose Inside)

"YIMBY" Call to Build More Housing Divides Booming San Francisco -Some long-time affordable housing advocates in San Francisco "see the build-everywhere policy - which views those who resist luxury housing in minority urban neighborhoods with the same disdain as opposition to low-income housing in rich suburbs - as short-sighted and divisive." (Reuters)

A Defense of the Suburbs -An architect immerses himself in residential production housing to learn why people like it-and what it can teach Americans about the future of urban design. (The Atlantic)

Urban Planners Are Saving the Planet with Redesigned, Walkable Cities -The healthiest, most economically advantaged and sustainable cities on the planet share one trait: their walkability. (Greenmatters)

Apple, Tesla, Salesforce add huge sums to soaring Bay Area property rolls -The roll is the assessed value of all real and personal property in a county as of Jan. ... Contra Costa County's roll grew by 6 percent to $204.3 billion. (San Francisco Chronicle)

More Than $60 Million Heading to Communities Across California for Homeownership Assistance, Child Care Services, Senior Services, and More- Californians who live in smaller and rural communities across the state will soon benefit from $61.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). At a time when many Californians struggle to make ends meet, CDBG awards play a critical role, helping local governments turn around serious challenges facing their communities. Funds can be used for a wide variety of uses - from building senior daycare centers, fire stations, and medical clinics to assisting families in becoming homeowners.  (HCD)

Aligning Housing and Sustainability Goals in California -The researchers found that while it was encouraging that California policymakers were addressing the problems of housing affordability and climate. (Blog)

Fewer families affording, buying homes - The number of U.S. families with children owning homes fell by 3.6 million between 2006 and 2016, following a trend of high home prices pushing many families out of the market. The San Francisco metro area saw 31,000 fewer home-owning families during... Read More

 

EDUCATION

The University of California admitted its largest class of undergraduate students ever -- but that group continues a trend of declining enrollment among California students. (BANG)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CALPERS CEO and Sen. John Moorlach to Talk Socially Conscious Pension Investing -Frost is the CEO of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS), which is the largest public pension fund in the U.S. (Blog)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Sanctuary state battle rages on in Placer County after court ruling upholds law…Story

California hits 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal early… Story

California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners…Story

What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase…Story

California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No…Story

Native American tribes clash with UC over bones of their ancestors…Story

Oakland to pay $2.2 million to settle ex-Black Panther's claim… Story

Facebook to be fined £500,000 in Cambridge Analytica data scandal… Story

Uber lays off 100 backup drivers in self-driving unit…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

LaFayette Council answers concerns  -“As mayor of the city of LaFayette, someone in this group has knowledge that I'm not even aware of,” Mayor Barry Moody said.

  

AND FINALLY…

Police say a woman who set some 1,600 hay bales on fire in two Half Moon Bay incidents about a week apart told witnesses the crimes were linked to a "zombie apocalypse" and a cult massacre…Story

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

AccuWeather

According to the National Weather Service, lightening and high winds are possible today in the East Bay. See Local News, above. (Photo: AccuWeather)

 

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