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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/26/2018 8:55 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORIES

Latest Report: Wildfire burning near Mt. Diablo now 60 percent contained -Firefighters raced to Marsh Creek Road east of Mount Diablo to stop a four-alarm brush fire that consumed one home and three outbuildings Wednesday afternoon. (East Bay Times)

Marsh Fire: Firefighters gain ground, 100 homes still at risk - Firefighters started gaining control of a vegetation fire that broke out Wednesday evening near Clayton and threatened 100 homes, authorities said. (SF Gate)

Marsh Fire doubles to 225 acres in Clayton, burning one home, threatening others -Firefighters were battling a blaze near Clayton on Wednesday night that had grown to 225 acres and burned one house after breaking out in the afternoon. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Marsh Fire evacuations remain in effect, 2 Red Cross shelters open - CalFire issued an expanded evacuation order Wednesday evening for homes on Marsh Creek Road. (KTVU)

Fire Destroys Homes In Clayton, Contra Costa County  -Fire Destroys Homes In Clayton, Contra Costa County as air tankers are dropping retardant on the fire burning in Costra Costa County. (MSN)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Suspected driver charged in fatal Highway 24 crash following police chase - A 20-year-old man was charged with manslaughter following a police chase Wednesday. (BANG)

BART murder suspect questioned, awaits arraignment  -Murder suspect John Lee Cowell is expected to face a first-degree murder charge, among others, when he is arraigned by authorities. (The Mercury News)

Man Assaulted At Pleasant Hill BART Later Found Dead; Suspect In Custody –A  51-year-old Pittsburg man who suffered minor injuries during an assault at Pleasant Hill BART was found dead two days later – apparently from infection stemming from an injury suffered in the fight. (News 24/680)

13 Lululemon stores in Bay Area robbed in past 12 days  -Police believe the thieves in Fresno are also responsible for the robberies at stores in Berkeley, Gilroy, Walnut Creek, San Jose, and San Mateo.  (KGO-TV)

 

OTHER NEWS

PG&E wildfire plan blasted as bailout of “criminal” utility - The governor this week proposed a plan that could dramatically ease the potential wildfire-related financial burdens on large utilities such as PG&E by potentially shoveling more costs onto ratepayers’ shoulders, a scheme that has been. (BANG)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Palo Alto Online: Grand Jury Calls for Denser Housing -Santa Clara County cities challenged to form 'sub-regions' to solve housing crisis. (Blog)

Bay Area home sales down in June, but prices still climb - Fewer houses on the market and higher prices led to a slowdown in Bay Area home sales in June, although prices tied a record high. (BANG)

How San Francisco's District Boundaries Keep Housing Scarce -Last month, after finally being approved by the Planning Department after having to go through a historical study imposed on arguably tenuous grounds, the 75-unit housing project planned for the Wash Club Laundromat site at 2918 Mission Street faced yet another challenge the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 19, with an appeal brought against the project by the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District Council. (Bay City Beacon)

San Mateo Postpones Height Limits Decision -Facing a major decision on building height limits in San Mateo Monday night, the City Council opted to wait until its Aug. 6 meeting to weigh whether it will put to a vote in a special election this year a citizens-driven effort to extend building restrictions or wait to until November of 2020 to poll voters on the measure. (Daily Journal)

 

EDUCATION

Steps to Success for the College Transfer Student -A student recently wrote:  “My family can’t afford to send me straight to a four-year college.  My dream is to attend a community college and transfer to UC San Diego.  What are my chances of filling all the requirements, and holding down a part-time job and transferring in two years?  I know getting the right advice at the right time is very important.” (Lamorinda Weekly)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Tai chi, anyone? CalPERS partners up in effort to fight opioid epidemic  -In addition to internal actions within the pension system aimed at reducing prescription levels for drugs like Oxycodone and OxyContin. (Sacramento Bee)

California's public-employee pensions don't have the luxury of making political statements-Last year the state Legislature considered a bill pushing CalSTRS and CalPERS to divest from the companies that financed the Dakota Access. (Los Angeles Times)

 CalPERS' CIO Farland: Big Initiatives Coming  -Christian Farland, a 16-year veteran of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), was named Chief Information Officer. (Blog)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California could see little of $12 billion federal farm aid… Story.

California's powerful climate change agency would keep most of its leaders through 2020 under new plan… Story.

'Yosemite National Park visitors flee as Ferguson Fire grows 'quickly,' …Story.

Southern California home sales crash, a warning sign to the nation…Story.

Man Claiming He Destroyed Donald Trump's Walk Of Fame Star Turns Himself In…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette creates public trust focused on tech economy -The Lafayette Mayor has named five trustees, including himself, to helm a new entity broadly focused on building local tech.

 

AND FINALLY…

Flavored yogurt is a danger to health. One carton can contain as much sugar as a Pillsbury cinnamon bun.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

We have the latest coverage of the Marsh Fire in Clayton in Top Stories, above. (Photo: Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

 

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