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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/14/2018 9:40 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Saving The Historic Park Theater: Lafayette Explores Options  -An Oakland developer has an option to buy the Park Theater property. (Patch)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Teenagers killed in Walnut Creek crash identified -Two teenagers who were killed early Sunday after a vehicle plunged off a highway-interchange flyover in Walnut Creek have been identified. (The Mercury News)

Fund Honors Plane Crash Victims From Danville, Alamo And Diablo -A fund has been established for four people from Contra Costa County who were killed in a plane crash in southern California. (Patch)

Temporary Parking Changes at Lafayette Station August 2018 -We are continuing to make improvements to station access and the parking lots at Lafayette Station. (BART)

BART delays action on parts of controversial safety plan, following backlash -A car looks for an open space at the parking lot of the Lafayette BART station. (Vallejo Times Herald)

Suspect Mail Thieves Caught In Concord -Mail-theft suspects were arrested this week in Concord, and the stolen mail was returned to the residents of St. Matthew Place. (Patch)

Candidate Filing Deadline Passes, Many Races Extended to Wednesday  -With the Contra Costa County Elections filing deadline on Friday at 5:00 pm, some races are set for November showdowns. Many other races extended to Wednesday. (EastCountyToday)

Exhibitor registration open for Walnut Creek TradeFaire - The Walnut Creek Chamber Business TradeFaire on Sept. 24 at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Walnut Creek is a face-to-face marketing opportunity for small business operations, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. (Walnut Creek Journal)

A’s give $100,000 endowment to district that pulled plug on downtown stadium site - After a year-long search to identify a baseball stadium site, the A's settled on a 15-acre downtown location only to be rebuffed by the Peralta Community College board of trustees. (BANG)

‘Sully’ Sullenberger sells Danville home - Former airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has sold his Danville, Calif. home for $1.652 million. (East Bay Times)

 

OTHER NEWS

What's starting all these fires? We are -In the Bay Area, the portion of human-caused fires ranged from 93 percent in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties to 98 percent and 100 percent. (The Mercury News)

California will add 2 million jobs in the next decade, according to new projections. This interactive shows projected growth for each profession. (The Sacramento Bee)

California could become the first state to require that companies appoint women to their boards of directors. (TechCrunch)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

What's Berkeley Mayor Arreguin's Stand on BART Development Bill? Ten Bay Area mayors signed the No on AB 2923 op-ed in the East Bay Times. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín wasn't among them. Why not? (Berkeley Daily Planet)

Can AB 2923 be knocked out? AB 2923 is a bill that takes zoning and permitting rights away from local government and gives them to BART—which can then build what they want. (California Political Review)

Livable California supports BART Board Members in opposition to AB-2923-In a letter to the State Senate Appropriations Committee (below), Livable California urges a "OPPOSE AB-2923." (Blog)

‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain:’ Massive building boom tears through city - Oakland has permitted a staggering 9,710 new homes since 2016, more than twice as many as during the prior nine years. (Oakland Tribune)

Housing affordability hasn't been this bad since 2008 -Housing affordability in the US hit is lowest point for ten years in the second quarter of 2018 as house prices and interest rates increased. (Mortgage Professional America)

Where housing affordability in California is highest, and lowest  -Housing affordability in Santa Clara County has reached a 10-year-low, but perhaps even more concerning is that those same lows are now impacting the state (Cupertino Today)

These Bay Area cities are poised to break into the million dollar home market - A city once known as the murder capital of the U.S. is poised to become a city of millionaire homeowners. (BANG)

YIMBY taking on NIMBY for a Yes vote - YIMBY Qld is part of a growing global network of YIMBY groups, who we met at the world's first YIMBY conference in Boulder, Colorado, in 2016.

Some Southern California residents have taken matters into their own hands and are waging a guerrilla war against the electric scooters that have taken over their communities. (The Los Angeles Times)

 

EDUCATION

CA Colleges Named Among 384 Best By Princeton Review -The Princeton Review rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at the schools. (Patch)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS fires back against bill requiring liability calculations on Treasury rates -CalPERS officials have sent a letter of concern regarding a bill reintroduced in June by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (Pensions & Investments)

CalPERS Advisor: As Tech Startup Model Shifts, Direct Investment Model Makes Sense -A top advisor to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) says the retirement plan's proposed $13 billion direct investment. (Chief Investment Officer)

CalPERS Cuts Most of Its Forestland Investment Program -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest US public pension plan, has sold most of its poorly performing forestland investments. (Chief Investment Officer)

CalPERS Names Michele Nix As New Controller -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Michele Nix as the pension fund's new controller. (Exchange News Direct)

Cal Fire union leaders' pension-spiking gambit  -They then collected extra pay for the unused leave time and their lawyers are now asking CalPERS to let them count some of that extra income. (The Mercury News)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

PG&E is not victim — Legislature must not bail out utility… Op-ed

Customer bills could skyrocket if Legislature doesn't fix wildfire liability… Op-ed

California drivers pay growing cost for climate program…Story

A Fight Over Voter Rights in California... Story

Rent control foes hire California NAACP leader after her group opposes initiative…Story

In emergencies, cell phone alerts can be too slow to save lives…Story

It's an election year, and California's campaign watchdogs are busy fighting among themselves… Story

Students, unions demand UC divest from ICE-related companies… Story

California election officials are defending against cyberattacks…Story

Feds Say Immigrant Workers Forced to Build Luxury Condos in San Jose…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

 Lafayette to appoint new councilmember via interview - Mayor and City Council will interview candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Lafayette City Council.

 

AND FINALLY…

“Snapchat dysmorphia” is more than a beauty trend. Millennials accustomed to the way they look in filtered photos are seeking procedures to change their faces permanently.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

The City Council last night heard and discussed ideas aimed at saving Lafayette’s Park Theater. See Top Story, above.

 

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