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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/31/2018 9:29 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Contra Costa Teacher of the Year award down to four finalists - Four finalists for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year gave speeches before a panel of judges this week, but only two will be chosen for the award in September. Since 1972, the California Teacher of the Year program recognizes. (BANG)

Woman Has Purse Taken During Strong-Arm Robbery At Moraga Safeway Monday -Lamorinda police are searching for a newer model Audi SUV, black in color, with two men aboard Monday after one of the men snatched a purse from a woman at the Moraga Safeway store. (News 24/680)

Delta quake rattles East Bay, S.F. residents -The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit at 3:22 p.m. about 8 miles northwest of Hercules and Pinole, according to United States Geological Survey data. (Patch)

Coroner IDs Berkeley Woman Found Dead At Dublin BART Station -The woman’s body was found near the passenger pick-up/drop-off area and investigators suspect she may have overdosed. (Patch)

Lawyer: ‘It’s a free for all’ for criminals on BART - In at least the fifth lawsuit in 16 months, an East Bay man is alleging BART failed to keep him safe when he was assaulted and robbed on a train in November. (BANG)

Citing Health Reasons, Moraga Town Council Member Resigns -The town council will decide whether to appoint a successor or hold a special election. (Patch)

Women Caught on Camera Stealing $17k Worth of Lululemon Clothing: Police  -Police made arrests for the theft on July 12 at Lululemon's Broadway Plaza location in Walnut Creek but other stores continued to be targeted. (NBC Bay Area)

Several Close Calls On Mt. Diablo As Large Bus Crosses Double-Yellow Line - Several cyclists on Mt. Diablo recently had a close call with a large bus. The bus crossed several double-yellow lines, some near blind curves. (Blog)

Fantasy Studios, the famed Berkeley recording studios where artists such as Santana, Journey and Green Day produced some of their most iconic albums, will close in September. (SFGate)

 

OTHER NEWS

Eight people have been killed as wildfires continue to burn. Here is a look at the 17 active fires across the state, and what you need to know about each of them. (The Los Angeles Times)

Many of the 37,000 people who were forced to evacuate because of the Carr Fire have found temporary refuge in shelters in Redding. “All that matters is we’re alive,” one said. (The New York Times)

The celebrity chef Guy Fieri served food to emergency crews and evacuees in Redding over the weekend. (Redding Record Searchlight)

The active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup was added to California’s list of cancer-causing chemicals last year. But the state has been spraying it into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the nexus of California’s water system. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

California housing crisis collides with 2020 presidential race - Much as California elected officials love to tout the state's world-conquering economy, the state's vaulting cost of housing is also an issue they're under pressure to do something about. A ballot initiative is forcing some tough questions about the right response - and it's a debate that players will likely spend tens of millions of dollars to win. (Politico)

Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control? -Calls for urban growth boundaries, prohibitions on greenfield development and local metrics for emissions reductions on a per-capita basis over 85 percent below the historic baseline, backed by the force of state law, pose significant potential conflicts with traditional notions of land use control, historically the province of local cities and counties. (Blog)

Business Model for Public Transit, Housing Future, Safety Improvements -The planning department is currently analyzing changes in the city's housing stock over time, trends and factors affecting housing affordability. (Streetsblog San Francisco)

Electric Scooters Growing at "Unprecedented Pace," Finds New Transit Survey -A team of MIT and University of California at Berkeley scholars at the San Francisco-based transportation data and analytics company Populus has started to fill in the gaps with a new report assessing user attitudes around dockless electric scooter services. (Curbed)

Another barrier to building: The Bay Area has plenty of challenges to housing construction -- NIMBYism, labor costs, land prices, and more -- but is it possible that President Trump's tariffs could be adding to the difficulties? (BANG)

Paying for parking. As ride-sharing technology, improving public transit, and shifting population demographics alter urban lifestyles, the physical makeup of cities is failing to adjust. In CityLab, Richard Florida studies the costs of parking lots and concludes that we devote far too many resources and spaces to the vestigial structures (Quartz)

 

EDUCATION

California community college students to get 'guaranteed acceptance' at 36 private universities -Thirty-six private California colleges and universities signed an agreement to offer students guaranteed admission at a junior standing so long as the student meets certain academic requirements. (ABC 10)

 

PENSION FUNDS

The California Legislature passes the pension buck – again -The California Legislature passes the pension buck – again. (VVdailypress.com) 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California runs up huge firefighting bill early in season… Story

A $100 Billion Train: The Future of California or a Boondoggle… Story

Cell phones, landlines would be taxed more to pay for 911 upgrade under Jerry Brown's plan…Story

Drivers are fed up with the DMV. So are California lawmakers… Story

Possible new election twist for voters who want to rank more than 3 choices…Story

Facebook is sued after stock plunge 'shocked' market…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette ranks #4 in AARP's 2018 Most Livable Cities -Lafayette has worked hard to create and maintain a desirable and inclusive community, said Lafayette’s Mayor.

 

AND FINALLY…

Now or never? Elvis’ ‘Honeymoon Hideaway’ takes a $2.6 million plunge - The home once was listed at $9.5 million, and more recently at $5.9 million before the latest price chop.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

HorseyLane

Summer in the Suburbs: Lafayette Horses Demand Drive-Thru Lane (Photo: Sadie O'Neill via News 24/680)

 

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