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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/16/2018 9:09 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

TOP STORY

Housing on BART land has been a third-rail issue. Will this effort be different? -Nearly everyone seems to agree on the virtues of transit-oriented development, which would add vital housing stock and ease pressure. Assemblyman Chiu is pressing a bill that aims to fix the problem by requiring BART to zone its vacant property for housing and retail, and limiting cities’ ability to obstruct or delay that development. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Contra Costa Crime lab leaves no gun or shell casing behind -Contra Costa County used to be among the many jurisdictions underperforming in their use of NIBIN. Then, in 2015, things changed. (The Mercury News)

Earthquake Recorded Near Concord, Pleasant Hill -A 2.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded less than a mile from Concord Tuesday afternoon. The quake struck at 4:52 p.m. (Patch)

Danville council to discuss downtown development analysis at busy workshop -Development in and around the area of downtown Danville located north of Linda Mesa Avenue and south of San Ramon Valley High School, Tuesday morning. (Blog)

Mall Employees Carjacked By Masked Suspect With Fake Gun: Police -A masked man accused of using a replica firearm to steal a car at gunpoint was arrested on suspicion of carjacking. (Patch)

Walnut Creek Man Wanted in Multiple Vehicle Thefts -The Benicia and Walnut Creek Police Departments are seeking the location of a Walnut Creek man in connection with at least two vehicle thefts. (EastCountyToday)

Double Fatal Crash in Walnut Creek Involved Underage Drinking: CHP -In a weekend crash in Walnut Creek that killed two teens and seriously injured three others, the California Highway Patrol said. (NBC Bay Area)

John Muir Health-Concord Ranked Among CA's Best Hospitals -John Muir Health-Concord is one of four Bay Area hospitals ranked in the Top 15 in California. Topping the list in California is UCSF Medical Center. (Patch)

After student drowning, SRVUSD posting lifeguards at school pools, halting PE swimming -In the first action announced since the drowning of 15-year-old freshman Benjamin Curry in the San Ramon Valley High School pool last spring. (Pleasanton Weekly)

North Face is moving its headquarters out of the Bay Area, leaving hundreds of jobs at stake. (The Mercury News)

Exports from the Port of Oakland have decreased as the administration’s trade war with China escalates. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Recycling troubles: Bay Area companies struggle with China's new rules, tariffs -The problems are "piling up" for Bay Area recycling. (NBC)

Lamorinda Idol Finals at Orinda Theatre August 19th -Audience members are an important part of the voting and will have the chance to cast votes for their favorite Lamorinda finalists on August 19th. (Beyond the Creek)

 

OTHER NEWS

Yosemite Valley reopened on Tuesday after being closed for weeks because of the nearby Ferguson Fire, which is now 86 percent contained. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Trump administration’s tariffs on construction materials are expected to make rebuilding after the wildfires more expensive. More than a thousand homes have been destroyed across California. (ABC)

A coalition says it has enough signatures for a ballot measure to roll back Proposition 13, which lets many businesses avoid steep increases in property taxes. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

BART seeks developer for 20-acre East Bay plot -The transit-oriented development (TOD) project will join the city of Concord's larger 2012 Community Reuse Project Area Plan for revamping the area. (San Francisco Business Times)

Lime and Bird deactivated their electric scooters in Santa Monica in protest after a City Council committee did not recommend either of them for a pilot program. (The Los Angeles Times)

Scooters on strike: The latest battle in the micromobility war is playing out today in Santa Monica, where it’s suddenly a lot harder to find a scooter to ride to the beach. Lime and Bird have both cut off access to their e-scooters in the area, hoping it will elicit rider outcry about how much they rely on the service. The move comes ahead of a city council decision about who will get a permit under a new pilot program for shared scooters and bikes, and fear that Lyft and Jump will be favored. (The Santa Monica Daily Press)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

In California's new wildfire reality, facing the need for periodic fires to clear fuel… Story.

As California schools wait for state bond money, districts fume at sluggish payouts…Story.

One cop came forward to expose secrets in his own ranks. The revelation rocked the court system…Story.

It's no laughing matter — SF forming Poop Patrol to keep sidewalks clean…Story

A group in Los Angeles has attracted U.F.O. enthusiasts from all over the world…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

What's in a name? Here are Lafayette's top pet names -After reviewing the city of Lafayette's pet registration from the last ten years 2,008 pets shared 1,182 names.

 

AND FINALLY…

Hawaii’s coastline is getting longer. Constant lava flow from Kīlauea is adding between 50 to 150 cubic meters of land every second.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Mayor Tatzin was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on AB 2923, the transit bill that could, according to this map, impact the area around Lafayette’s BART Station. “Why does BART suddenly need this greater power?” asked Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin, who, like other critics, said he has no problem with development next to a BART station — he just doesn’t want BART to control the process. You can read the entire article in Top Story, above. (Graphic: SF Chronicle)

 

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