Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Bay Bridge sideshow shutdown part of escalating trend, authorities say - Sideshow that brought Bay Bridge traffic to standstill Sunday was latest instance of movement now fueled by the desire for viral video notoriety. (BANG)
BART is looking at a new way to stop fare evasion: replacing the system’s orange, pie-wedge gates. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Moraga PD, Other Jurisdictions Track, Arrest Juvenile Purse Snatch Suspect -Moraga police, spearheaded by the investigative work of Det. Kevin Mooney, joined other jurisdictions in tracking and arresting a serial robbery suspect after a July 30 purse snatching in Moraga. (News 24/680)
Gun Storage Rules On Orinda City Council Agenda -The Orinda City Council on Tuesday will discuss potential options for a future ordinance to regulate gun storage within the city. (Patch)
Bay Area Premiere Lauren Gunderson's THE REVOLUTIONISTS Opens Town Hall Theatre Season -Town Hall Theatre Company is located at 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA 94549. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 4:00 to 6:00PM. (Broadway World)
Moraga Mom New Owner Of Lafayette Gymboree -With three kids of her own, Moraga mom Tami Shaffer has plenty of experience with nourishing creativity. (Patch)
Prop. 13 could be partly undone in 2020 – here’s what you should know - This initiative would treat California commercial property different than residential property, a concept in the Prop. 13 wonk world known as “split roll.” (BANG)
PG&E wildfire liability shield declared 'dead,' for now -A downed power pole smolders during the Atlas Peak Fire in Napa County last October. Pacific ... Dodd is a Democrat whose legislative district includes parts of Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties. (Marin Independent Journal)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
'Valley Link' Planned to Relieve Bay Area Super Commuters -Planners are working quickly to refine a proposal for a $1.8 billion project connecting the 680 corridor in the East Bay Area to bedroom communities in the Central Valley. (Web)
South San Francisco Council Approves Linkage Fees -Officials last week unanimously approved a measure that will fund below-market rate housing with fees from new retail construction, commercial spaces, and hotels, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports. (Next City)
State's "Anti-NIMBY Law"` Will Bring More Housing to SLO, Whether Neighbors Like It or Not -For years, the state of California has tried to nudge cities and counties into approving more housing - a toothless effort that hasn't worked. Finally, the state has brought the hammer down. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
Pasadena Continues Wrestling with State for Control Over Local Development -A previous City attempt to curtail recent state laws that override city planning ordinances in favor of large and high-density residential developments stalled in April after City officials received a letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development warning that Pasadena's plan could potentially run afoul of state law. But the City isn't giving up. (Pasadena Now)
Oakland City Council Endorses Prop 10 to End Skyrocketing Rents -Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan said, "Proposition 10 will bring much needed local control back to communities to create stability for renters in Oakland and across California. I am proud that the Oakland City Council has stepped up and endorsed a much needed tool to help keep rents affordable and people from falling into homeless." (BusinessWire)
This 30-year-old commutes 4 hours, and 140 miles, every day so he doesn't have to pay $4500 -Other days, he'll drive from Dixon to the town of Pleasant Hill, and then take a train into San Francisco and walk the rest of the way (CNBC)
The University of California, Berkeley has suspended a prominent architecture professor for three years without pay for sexually harassing a graduate student. (The Associated Press)
California Gets Low Marks When It Comes to College Attainment -When it comes to higher education, California has not kept pace with changing workforce demands of the needs of the state's racially diverse populations. That's the finding of a new report by The Campaign for College Opportunity, a nonprofit that works to ensure that college-age students in California have the opportunity to go to college and succeed. (Web)
California unions win another pension lawsuit. Will their streak continue? -The state Supreme Court last Thursday struck down one of the biggest efforts yet to force California public employees into 401(k) plans (Sacramento Bee)
14000 CalPERS members and their families need to find a new 2019 health plan. Here's why -Changes at California's pension giant will force more than 14,000 CalPERS members and their dependents in the Sacramento region and Bay Area. (Sacramento Bee)
Fort Worth Lawmakers Mull Pension Fixes -Forth Worth, Texas, officials met Thursday for a budget workshop to discuss possible solutions for the city's ailing pension fund. (Chief Investment Officer)
CalPERS CIO Orders Active Risk Review -Ted Eliopoulos, the chief investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), says he is “disappointed.” (Chief Investment Officer)
CalPERS wants to turn its 'hole in the ground' into Sacramento's tallest building -CalPERS is ready to put up to $550 million into a long-vacant site on Capitol Mall, aiming to build what would become the tallest office tower in the city. (Sacramento Bee)
As country reels from new Catholic Church abuse allegations, victims group calls for California investigation… Story.
Catastrophic fire tornadoes: a terrifying new challenge… Story.
Delta tunnels cost soars to nearly $20 billion when accounting for inflation… Story.
California lawmakers reject marijuana banking plan and panic buttons for hotel workers in a frenzy of Sacramento action… Story.
Sacramento has been tracking license plates to monitor welfare recipients… Story.
Kids' meals would have to be marketed with water or milk under California bill…Story.
Driver in crash that killed CHP officer, motorist was on phone, officials say…Story.
San Francisco spends more money on alcohol than any other major city in U.S… Story.
SF may penalize Lyft, Uber for ride-hail misdeeds… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Many people in the Middle Ages believed lambs grew on trees. The mythical “lamb-tree” puzzled scientists and philosophers alike for centuries.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Sideshows that shut down freeways and even the Bay Bridge are trending. See Local News, above. (Photo: KRON)
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