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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/23/2018 9:17 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Police Capture Three Suspected Armed Robbers After Chase From Walnut Creek Into Lafayette Sunday -Police from Walnut Creek and Lafayette descended on a carload of individuals suspected of an armed robbery at the Tice Valley CVS store in Walnut Creek Sunday, chasing the car into Walnut Creek and arresting three people who fled from the vehicle. (News 24/680)

One dead, one critical after stabbing closes MacArthur BART station - The station was closed overnight while investigators processed the scene. It is now open. (BANG)

1 Dead In Police Pursuit On Highway 24 In Orinda -One person was killed after a car that officials say fled from an officer in Orinda, leading police on a chase, crashed on Highway 24. (Patch)

Car Fire on Westbound SR 24 at Camino Pablo Near Orinda -Contra Costa Sheriff officials were pursuing the vehicle before it crashed. One person in the vehicle appeared unresponsive. (NBC Bay Area)

Fallen Firefighters Honored At Memorial  -Contra Costa County fire leaders, employees and family members gathered Saturday morning to pay tribute to two firefighters who died 11 years ago. (SF Gate)

Weddings held at Frank Lloyd Wright Estate rankle Orinda neighbors -When Vogue magazine reported in 2016 that the Frank Lloyd Wright Estate in Orinda was available for weddings with up to 400 guests, news quickly spread among couples searching for that one-of-a-kind venue for their nuptials. (East Bay Times)

City Offering Free Lyft Rides For Seniors In Pilot Program -Walnut Creek's is the first program in the Bay Area to provide free rides for people 60 and older to general locations using a ride-hailing company. (SF Gate)

Walnut Creek CPA Convicted Of Tax Fraud -Evidence at trial showed that Berger, 67, of Walnut Creek, Calif., was a Certified Public Accountant and partner with a regional tax preparation firm. (Blog)

Walnut Creek's Kristina Lawson Reappointed to Medical Board of California -On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown announced several appointments which included Walnut Creeks Kristina Daniel Lawson. (EastCountyToday)

Hazardous materials dumped in Discovery Bay neighborhood -A deputy from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office responding to the incident found evidence that lead him to an address in Brentwood. (Press.net)

 

OTHER NEWS

State leaders want to create a single authority to manage the electric grid for most or all of the West. The plan promises to cut costs for consumers while helping to bolster use of carbon-free power sources. (The New York Times)

 A huge earthquake off the coast of Japan sent a tsunami crashing into a nuclear plant in Fukushima, setting off a nuclear crisis. Now a group of French nuclear physicists say they have stumbled on Fukushima’s signature in Northern California wine. (The New York Times)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Best & Worst CA Cities For First-Time Home Buyers -California cities ranked as some of the worst cities in the country for first-time home buyers, according to a new report. Do you agree? (Patch) 

Huge housing project: While many Bay Area communities remain locked in vocal fights over where and how to add housing, one small city is moving forward with a ballot measure that would essentially double the number of homes in the city. (BANG)

What is driving America's housing crisis? A long-read Q&A with Lynn Fisher -The United States is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis, especially in its high-productivity cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. (American Enterprise Institute)

San Jose BART transit village lands Safeway retail anchor -San Jose BART transit village,  a true mixed-use transit-oriented development. (The Mercury News)

 

PENSION FUNDS

How California’s public schools are grappling with growing pension costs - California’s public schools have enjoyed a remarkable restoration of funding since the bone-deep cuts they endured during the recession, but many now face a grave financial threat as they struggle to pay the escalating costs of teachers’ pensions. (BANG)

Martinez takes out line of credit to pay $4 million in overdue Social Security taxes  -The 2015 CalPERS audit report called the joint agency into question, and the city could not prove the agency did its job, or even ever met. (East Bay Times)

Council to vote on pension trusts at Tuesday's meeting -The Benicia City Council will hear an update on California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) actuarial issues at Tuesday's meeting. (Benicia Herald)

Public Pensions Are Earning More Than 8%—That's Unlikely to Go On Much Longer - But the systems, known as Calstrs and Calpers, aren't counting on that type of performance over the long term. (Wall Street Journal)

Calpers to hire legal advisers for PE  -The public pension fund, with $351bn in assets under management (AUM), is looking for 5-10 law firms for transactional work in several asset classes (Blog)

CalPERS fighting divestment review bill  -CalPERS is opposing a state bill that would establish a separate body. (Pensions & Investments)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California teacher pension debt swamps school budgets…Story.

Taxpayers foot big bill to keep California's statewide officers safe…. Story.

Yosemite West under mandatory evacuation order after Ferguson Fire grows to more than 29,000 acres... Story.

Payroll blunder affects almost all Oakland Unified School District staff…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

More Lafayette businesses speak out against tariffs  -“We've seen expansion and hiring of workers and investments of new equipment,” said Lafayette’s Mayor.

 

AND FINALLY…

Tortilla chips can spontaneously combust. A new, spicy product caught fire and burned down a Texas factory, then did it again three days later.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Lafayette Police helped arrest a carload of individuals suspected of an armed robbery at the Tice Valley CVS store in Walnut Creek. (Photo: CBS San Francisco)

 

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