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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/20/2018 9:34 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

LOCAL NEWS

Yearly total of West Nile virus cases in Contra Costa jump by 50 percent in one week - The number of birds and mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus has increased by 50 percent in the past week, the county Mosquito & Vector Control District reported on Friday. (BANG)

More Animals Test Positive For West Nile In Contra Costa County -Ten groups of mosquitoes, eight dead birds and 13 chickens from Contra Costa County have tested positive for the virus.  (Patch)

Benicia police seek Walnut Creek car theft suspect - The Benicia and Walnut Creek police departments are both looking for a Walnut Creek man who created a dangerous situation in Benicia last month, Benicia police officials said. (BANG)

San Ramon CVS Pharmacy Robbery Under Investigation  -Just before 4 p.m., the duo walked into the CVS store located at 2455 San Ramon Valley Blvd. and allegedly forced the pharmacist to open the safe. (Patch)

New phone theft wave aboard BART trains - One theft this week was not listed in BART police's daily log, and a BART official was looking into its apparent omission Thursday. (Oakland Tribune)

Sunvalley Shopping Center Announces New Management Team Members  -Commercial property and retail operations professional David Palomo has been named general manager for Sunvalley Shopping Center. Additionally, Elaine de Lara has been appointed as the center's marketing sponsorship specialist. (Patch)

Fire burns 30 acres near Martinez  -The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District received an initial notification of a grass fire along the eastbound side of Highway 4 (Martinez News-Gazette)

Sig Alert On Highway 24 Canceled  -The CHP canceled a sig-alert on westbound Highway 24 in Oakland. A multi-vehicle crash just west of the Caldecott Tunnel. (Patch)

Orinda lawyer caught with 12,000 child porn files disbarred - An Orinda attorney convicted of child porn possession was disbarred, effective Aug. 22. (BANG)

Registration opens for free CERT classes -Training programs have spread throughout the Bay Area, including 14 in Contra Costa County. (Martinez News-Gazette)

Acalanes School Night  -Acalanes Back To School Night will take place Thursday, August 30th. (Acalanes Union High School District)

Deputy city manager of Hayward selected -Jennifer Ott has been named deputy city manager of Hayward, where her responsibilities will include redevelopment strategy and negotiations, overseeing community services and housing and economic development. (BANG)

Warriors Dance Teams To Hold Auditions In Walnut Creek  -The Golden State Warriors announced Wednesday that they are holding auditions next month for a new "Senior Dance Team.” (Patch)

Stephen Curry supports women's game by hosting girls camps in Walnut Creek  -For the first time, Curry hosted all girls for a free, Warriors-run camp Monday and Tuesday at Walnut Creek's Ultimate Fieldhouse (SFGate)

 

OTHER NEWS

A bill to radically overhaul the state bail system has advanced in the Legislature. The proposal would eliminate money bail as a condition for release. (The Los Angeles Times)

Almond growing in California is a $7.6 billion industry. It wouldn’t be possible without the 30 billion bees (and beekeepers) who keep the trees pollinated in the Central Valley. (The New York Times Magazine)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

California housing bills: Which survived the latest cut?  -The bill faces strong opposition from Alameda County and cities such as Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill. (The Mercury News)

BART Housing Bill Goes Down to Wire - “AB 2923 is an opportunity to expand on existing, successful transit-oriented development already surrounding BART stations. (California Political Review)

Threat to Local Control  -With two BART stations, Pleasanton is targeted by AB 2923, legislation which is likely to pass soon. AB 2923 gives development authority to BART. (Livermore Independent)

Affordable Housing Crisis: What You Must Know About The Housing Bubble -But the affordable housing crisis is preventing millennials and other Americans from settling down in top . But the Bay Area housing bubble has engulfed Alameda. California this spring saw an effort to seize control from localities. (Investor's Business Daily)

The Silver Tsunami Is Crashing Into Bay Area's Housing Crisis  -Seniors in the Bay Area already have limited options in a tight housing . The end of redevelopment in California also hit affordable housing. (Bisnow)

To endorse Prop. 10 or no? SF YIMBY faces soul-defining choice  -SF YIMBY is the local arm of the national YIMBY movement, pro-housing development agitators who agitate for our city officials to build more housing. (San Francisco Examiner)

Ben Carson Is a YIMBY Now and Everything's Confusing  “I want to encourage the development of mixed-income multifamily dwellings all over the place,” Carson told the Journal, citing YIMBY scripture. (CityLab)

Housing crisis prompts San Diego to pursue 'inclusionary' legislation opposed by developers -Local politicians, developers and environmentalists have supported nearly a dozen other housing affordability initiatives over the past two years. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

EDUCATION

School Rankings for the City of Lafayette, CA  -School Ranks, School Percentiles and a Color Coded Map for the city of Lafayette, CA. Districts and Schools. (California School Ratings)

Former Peralta College District watchdog urges voters to reject November parcel tax - The Peralta Community College District also faces a budget shortfall and was recently given a negative financial rating by a Wall Street firm because of weak management practices. (East Bay Times)

 

PENSION FUNDS

City explores tackling unfunded liability with additional payments -Winters has three types of unfunded liability debts, with the largest being the city's obligation to pay into six different CalPERS pensions (Winters Express)

CalPERS Consultant Defends Forestland Sale -A key consultant for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has defended the system selling most of its forestland portfolio (Chief Investment Officer )

CalPERS elects to keep same CEO incentive plan  -CalPERS on Wednesday voted to retain its current CEO incentive plan, which is the same for all executive staff. (Pensions & Investments )

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Documents Reveal Successful Cyberattack in California Congressional Race…Story.

Is Trump finally ready to turn his sights toward remaking the 9th Circuit Court?... Story.

Port of Oakland exports drop as trade war escalates…Story

As fire seasons intensify, California homeowners struggle to stay insured…Story.

How California hopes to halt the revolving door to the ER…Story.

Real ID isn't the only problem with California's DMV… Story

San Jose mayor will get tattoo of city's logo — under one condition…Story

These Bay Area cities are poised to break into the million-dollar home market…Story.

Best city to raise a family? This study has a curious California suggestion…Story.

H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

City council cancels meeting regarding beer by the beverage -We were elected to these chairs to look toward the best for the city of Lafayette, to work for that, a councilmember said. 

 

 AND FINALLY…

NASA is trying to wake up its Mars rover with a playlist. NASA engineers played Wham!’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ in an attempt to wake up Opportunity, a rover on Mars that has been radio silent for months. But even the lively spirits of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley failed to stir the rover, and NASA has been playing a different song each day ever since, in the hopes that Opportunity will soon say something back... Story.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

West Nile Virus, spread by misquotes, is increasing in Contra Costa County. See Local News, above. (Photo: Patch)

 

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