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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/01/2018 9:25 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Bicyclists rally for safety changes after close calls near Mt. Diablo -Bicyclists are rallying for change following some close calls between riders and large buses on Mount Diablo. (KGO-TV)

Orinda Power Outage Affecting Hundreds Of Customers -Pacific Gas & Electric is reporting on their outage map that almost 1000 customers in Orinda are without power this morning. (Patch)

Bus bridge set for Oakland BART stations during weekend track work - Got plans involving taking BART through The Town over the next several weekends? It'll cost you a few extra minutes, but not a penny more. (BANG)

3 Teens Shot, 1 Fatally Near Antioch BART Station: Police -The Contra Costa County coroner's office has identified an 18-year-old shot and killed early Monday.  (Patch)

Carr Fire in Redding prompts concern for East Bay fire officials -We're scared" says Fire Marshal Robert Marshall with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (KGO-TV)

Pets from Carr fire-threatened shelter going up  -Elena Bicker, executive director of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, holds one of the dogs rescued Friday  (The Mercury News)

Card Skimmer Found at Alameda Bank ATM During Art & Wine Festival -Side-by-side photos of the intact and altered machines reveal how sophisticated thieves have become. (Patch)

Alamo Rotary Presents Community Service Above Self Award  -The first award was presented to San Ramon Valley Fire District Chief Paige Meyer and the second to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Haynes. (Patch)

 

OTHER NEWS

The Carr Fire is now the seventh most destructive in California history. Here’s some background on the blaze and a look at its current state. (The New York Times)

Parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed through Sunday because of the Ferguson Fire. The state has spent $125 million — or more than a quarter of its budget for the year — fighting fires in July. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Shasta Lake, a 10,000-person town, was accidentally evacuated after “somebody hit the wrong button.” (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Alameda housing project along Oakland Estuary wins approval - A proposal to build up to 589 apartments and condominiums in Alameda along the Oakland Estuary has won support from the city's Planning Board. (BANG)

Suburbs Bringing in Downtown Amenities -Creating vibrant walkable communities is now preferred over single office buildings. (GlobeSt)

Where do people get money to buy homes in California? Increasingly, it’s from Mom and Dad: Family-assisted down payments in many parts of the state outstrip the national rate of 26 percent. (KPCC)

Jump Can't Keep up with Bike-share Demand in Sacramento. A Major Fix Is Coming -Uber, the company behind Sacramento's Jump bike-share program, will bring another 200 cherry red electric bikes to the city this weekend. The bike popularity has caused some to complain about bikes parked in inappropriate places, such as on sidewalks. City rules require that the bikes be parked at bike racks, but city officials acknowledged they have not been fining people who lock them to poles or other stationary devices. They are not required to be returned to official charging stations. (Sacramento Bee)

 

PENSION FUNDS

The Pension Hole for US Cities and States Is the Size of Japan's Economy  -The public pension arose from the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. New York was the first city in the U.S. with a pension fund for injured police officers. (Wall Street Journal)

Colleges, Cities and Pension Funds Pressured to Cut ICE Ties -MacKenzie Murdoch says she was surprised to learn that her state's university system receives money from U.S. Immigration and Customs. (Governing)

Do Fossil Fuels Belong In Pension Portfolios?  -Public pensions are a right earned by state and municipal workers and retirees who have devoted much of their lives to protecting and serving the public. (The Chief-Leader)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history…Story.

California wildfires still 'growing faster than you can imagine… Story.

A 'unique' opportunity for investors spells mass eviction for tenants… Story.

California's $290 million tax-filing system stumbling in first big test…Story.

Home prices grew faster in Silicon Valley than anywhere else in U.S. last quarter…Story.

Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette restaurant wins big money on Food Network show -The owners of a local Lafayette restaurant are walking away with $16,000.

 

AND FINALLY…

There’s a giant Jeff Goldblum statue in London. The sculpture of the bare-chested, reclining actor celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Be careful when biking Mt. Diablo. See Local News, above. (Photo: Scott Hein via Save Mount Diablo)

 

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