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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/06/2018 9:25 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Pro and con arguments concerning AB 2923, a bill that, if passed, would give BART local control over development and zoning near its stations, were published over the weekend by the Bay Area News Group. The con argument was authored by Lily Mei, Mayor of Fremont, and Lafayette’s Mayor Don Tatzin, and signed by a number of Bay Area mayors and public officials. You can read both arguments below:

Pro: A bill badly needed for more Bay Area housing - It's no secret among affordable-housing advocates and experts that transit-oriented development is one of our most critical tools.

Con: Legislation would undermine city and county control  -BART could override local city or county zoning and adopt its own zoning standards.

 

LOCAL NEWS

Four of five victims in plane that crashed after leaving Concord were East Bay residents  -The pilot and three passengers of the Cessna 414 that crashed in the parking lot of a Southern California shopping center were from the East Bay, authorities said. (BANG)

Treasured Public Servant Killed In Lafayette Crash  -A bicyclist who was killed Thursday in a collision with a big rig truck in Lamorinda has been identified as 54-year-old Martin Nelis ... (Patch)

One person dead, two hospitalized after shooting on Bay Bridge, critical traffic alert issued - Three of the five lanes closed after the shooting were opened around 6:30 a.m., but the other two remained closed. (The Mercury News)

New harassment claims: Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer -- who just ran unopposed for re-election to the job he's held for 24 years -- probably sexually harassed two women in his department, according to an internal investigation. The county paid out $1 million to settle a similar complaint about Kramer in 2009. (BANG)

Violent crime up on BART; here's their safety plan -"Making BART safer, that is what we are all working on as directors and BART staff is working on this as well," said Debora Allen with the BART Board of Directors. (KRON 4)

One stop for all government services at Contra Costa Summer Block Party -Registering to vote, getting a library card and vaccinating your pet are tasks that normally would cut into numerous lunch breaks. (East Bay Times)

 

OTHER NEWS

Areas of Redding are barely recognizable after the Carr Fire. In this interactive, examine the damage in augmented reality. (The New York Times)

Not everyone was alerted of danger from the wildfires. Governor Brown responded to calls to improve the alert system, saying he would consider legislation. (The Sacramento Bee)

The construction of steel barriers to prevent suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge began over the weekend. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Bay Area mayors emphasize housing affordability at SF summit -Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the “affordability crisis” is about to “kill the Bay Area” during a discussion Wednesday with two other Bay Area mayors hosted by a technology company in the Mid-Market area. (San Francisco Examiner)

Agencies Accelerate Efforts to Build Transit-Oriented Development -Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not a new idea, but Bay Area bus and rail operators are increasingly pushing the approach (Bay Area Monitor)

Eber: AB 2923 faces fierce opposition in State Senate -After a contentious battle in the Assembly, they passed AB 2923 which allows the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to take on development. (California Political Review)

Scooter Company Bird Offers to Pay Cities to Build Bike Lanes -Bird, the scooter start-up that became a Silicon Valley unicorn seemingly overnight, wants to chip in to fund bike lanes in cities. (Streetsblog)

 

EDUCATION

Acalanes Online Registration is Open -All returning Las Lomas students and 9th graders pre-enrolled from our partner districts, click on the link below to begin registration process.

In Moraga, state teachers summit fires up educators for new year  -As a statistics and advanced geometry teacher for 15 years at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, the St. Mary's alumna said. (East Bay Times)

Novato, Marin County High Schools Ranked In 2019 Niche List  -Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego is California's best public high school, Alto and Miramonte High School in Orinda closed out the top five spots in the state. (Patch)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Sanders and DeMaio talk of teaming up on another pension measure  -The initiative ended pensions for most new city employees and created a 401(k)-style program for them instead. Police officers were exempted. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

CalPERS Wants to Hire New Real Estate Managers  -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is launching a new real estate strategy investing. (Chief Investment Officer)

Santa Maria officials contest part of grand jury's report on employee pensions  -The amount of money cities statewide have been required to pay toward employee retirement costs has risen dramatically (Santa Maria Times)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California's Legislature discloses an additional sexual misconduct report against a former top staffer… Story.

'It's the New Form of Affordable Housing': More People Are Living in Their Cars… Story.

How Trump's new rules for cars would hit California…Story.

Trump's challenge of California's emissions rules could zap its electric car industry…Story.

In the California desert, a farm baron is building a water and energy empire… Story.

Breed's first budget — SF's biggest ever — targets city's street problems…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette council poised to take up Home Rule Charter amendments on Tuesday -The council voted on July 10 to introduce amendments that would create two five-member councils, one will represent the City of Lafayette.

 

AND FINALLY…

10-Year-Old Clark Kent Beats Michael Phelps’ Old Swimming Record - A 10-year-old swimmer with sky-high dreams and a name to match them has toppled a record previously held by Olympian Michael Phelps.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

You can read pro and con arguments concerning AB 2923, a bill that would give BART control over development and zoning near its stations. The con argument was co-authored by Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin. See Top Story, above (Photo: Curbed SF)

 

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