Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
BART’s morning commute headache: Cracked rail, computer glitch, debris cause delays - Trains were single-tracked on the Fremont line between Hayward and Bay Fair stations for much of the early morning. (BANG)
Orinda Crash Caused By Speeding Driver: CHP -A speeding and possibly racing BMW driver nearly killed his passenger when he crashed into a Toyota Prius near Orinda (Patch)
Citywide Garage Sale This Saturday In Walnut Creek -Have you been looking for the perfect kitchen accessory, up-cycled furniture or gently-used kids clothes? (Patch)
Volunteers Needed For Lafayette Art & Wine Festival -Volunteers are needed to fill two or three hour shifts. (Patch)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
A last-chance glimmer of hope for Lafayette Park Theater ? Could a density transfer be an option for saving the Park Theater? Lafayette lawmakers have decided to take initial exploration of this as a creative solution further and plan to form a committee with the city, the developer and community organizations together with members of the public.
BART bill to head for senate vote -The controversial BART bill, proposing dense residential construction on BART-owned land, came a step closer to reality Aug. 16, with a 5-2 vote for the bill from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Now the bill is heading for a full senate floor vote within the next two weeks in order to be on the governor’s desk by Sept. 1.
Condos proposed for Lafayette Circle -Plans for the proposed mixed-purpose retail/condominiums development on Lafayette Circle are moving forward to the consent calendar for resolution and conditions of approval in early September.
Acalanes Class of ‘68 celebrates 50 years -They came of age listening to Elvis Presley to a backdrop of the Vietnam War and assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. It was Lafayette’s first year as a city. And now the Acalanes class of 1968 is preparing to celebrate its 50th high school reunion in the same year as the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.
Community-building on National Night Out -Sgt. Tom Rossberg and Police Records Supervisor Cathy Surges-Moscato encouraged youngsters at Lafayette Pointe to explore a police car as part of National Night Out Aug. 7 as neighbors engaged with police in three communities across Lafayette.
Moraga Town Center Homes project to start sales in spring -KB Home has now leveled the ground and started the construction of Moraga Town Center Homes, a 36-unit townhouse and condominium development with some three-story-high buildings located on a site between Moraga Way and Country Club Drive at the entrance of the town, next to the fire station.
Council slate set for November -Three candidates will compete for two seats on the Moraga Town Council in November, while two lawmakers announced their departure from the council.
With La Finestra coming to Moraga, owner still dreams of the Hacienda -After losing La Finestra Ristorante in a devastating fire, and having to walk away at the last minute from a deal for a replacement restaurant, Jeff Assadi could understandably feel a bit anxious over the challenges of reopening his business.
Moraga finance director departs -Barely lasting three months on the job, Joe Tanner, Moraga administrative services director, resigned on Aug. 3.
Orinda City Council election gets competitive - five candidates, three seats -The filing deadline for nomination papers was extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 when incumbent Dean Orr, who pulled nomination papers, failed to file. Orr was first elected to the Orinda City Council in 2010, and has served two terms. Prior to the city council, Orr served two terms on the Orinda Planning Commission. Melissa Roeder, who has been a frequent speaker at city council meetings this year, also pulled papers but did not file.
Run on the Wilder Side to benefit Orinda parks -In an effort to raise funds toward the renovation at the Orinda Community Park, the Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation will hold its first annual Run on the Wilder Side starting at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3. The course will extend through the Wilder development and consist of a 5k and 1.4-mile run.
State of the East Bay forum focuses on growth -Growth was the operative word Aug. 8 at the annual State of the East Bay forum presented by Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Wilma Chan and Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Mitchoff. Offering condensed versions of key county initiatives involving housing affordability, economic competitiveness, health care and more, updates, along with the supervisors’ “if-only” wish lists, were sent to approximately 150 people.
Downtown Development Subcommittee gears up for information gathering -The public continued to take a lively interest in the progress of the Orinda City Streetscape Master Plan, attending and speaking out Aug. 9 at the Downtown Development Subcommittee’s second meeting. The committee consists of Vice Mayor Inga Miller and Orinda City Council Member Eve Phillips. These meetings were the first steps in gathering the input of stakeholder groups.
MOFD firefighter suffers heart attack after wildfire deployment -A firefighter from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District who responded on a task force to a wildfire in Solano County has been released from the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Competitive MOFD board races shaping up -Two last-minute incumbent withdrawals and the addition of last-minute challengers in three divisions add intrigue to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board races for the November general election.
Fire Station 43: vertical movement at last -Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Dave Winnacker updated the board Aug. 15 on the Orinda fire station progress.
County Connection Transit Agency announces proposed fare and route changes -The County Connection Transit Agency is proposing changes to routes and fares effective March 2019.
Kiwanis contribute to clearing Lamorinda trails -Away from the public eye, the parks and recreation departments of the three Lamorinda communities, along with community groups, are now working on the creation of a Lamorinda Trails Challenge, a concept to get the communities moving and exploring. But the project has prerequisites, such as a comprehensive mapping system - something the agencies are close to completing - the creation of connector trails, and the clearing of existing ones.
Home Match a win-win solution for companionship and affordable housing -It’s a simple enough idea - match a senior homeowner who has a bedroom to spare with someone struggling with high Bay Area rent costs, who is prepared to help out around the home. The result? Companionship and extra income for the senior and affordable, stable housing for the home-seeker.
Lamorinda Idol finals showcase young vocal talent -Sunday night’s high-energy annual performance event featured young talent from across Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda who vied for votes from audience members and a panel of musically experienced judges, and eagerly waited to learn who would be crowned 2018 Lamorinda Idols.
Art deco Orinda theatre featured in award-winning short -Not every person who’s passionate about movies longs to walk the red carpet or find themselves in the pages of People magazine. Many, like Moraga resident and movie lover Julia Anderson, want to work behind the scenes. In fact, Anderson describes herself as “definitely a behind-the-camera type of person” who “loves the process” of developing and producing a video.
Art on the wild side -Some people in Lamorinda do not even know there is an art gallery in Moraga; with its front entrenched deep under a wide dark eave in the Rheem Shopping Center, it does not look like much to passersby. But don’t let the outside entrance fool you. The new Moraga Art Gallery exhibition that opened on Aug. 15 will tickle and surprise those who venture inside.
Four must-see documentaries at this year’s CAIFF -The 21st California Independent Film Festival starts this Friday, Aug. 24 at the Rheem Theatre with the World Premiere of “The Salzburg Story.” Over the weekend, Aug. 25 and 26, the festival will be held at the Orinda Theatre. It returns to the Rheem Theatre at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 through Aug. 30.
Prosecutors from six California counties are combining their cases against Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer. “I believe this is unprecedented, certainly in our state,” the Orange County district attorney said. (The New York Times)
A Republican congressman was charged with illegal use of campaign funds. Californian lawmaker Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret were indicted for falsifying records and using more than $250,000 in campaign money to pay for luxury vacations, dentistry, and expensive meals. (CNN)
Data throttling by Verizon slowed device speeds and hindered Santa Clara County firefighters’ response to the Mendocino Complex Fire, according to documents filed this week. (Ars Technica)
After an outcry over campsite reservations, the State Parks Department is changing its booking system. (Travel + Leisure)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
What's wrong with State Assembly Bill 2923 -If AB 2923 becomes law, its enactment is certain to prompt future legislation that grants land use authority to some of other special districts. (The Marin Post)
San Francisco Breaks New Ground on Accessory Units -As California confronts its housing crisis largely through traditional debates over the merits of infill redevelopment and greenfield development, the concept of "yes in my backyard" has taken on new literal meaning with the rise of accessory dwelling units. (CP&DR)
San Francisco Metro Area Has Lost 31,000 Home-owning Families in 10 Years -On the flip side, there was a 33 percent jump across the 10-year period in families renting, with an increase of 57,000 renter households. (San Francisco Chronicle)
When it comes to fuel efficiency and climate change, California’s car market is a paradox: Both S.U.V.s and electric cars are in demand. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California National Guard Troops Have Helped Border Patrol Arrest Immigrants…Story.
Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south… Story.
Behind Most Wildfires, a Person and a Spark: 'We Bring Fire With Us'…Story.
Water plan will 'decimate' economy; hundreds converge at Capitol for protest…Story
Californians are rich with home equity after market surge. Are you? … Story.
With an epidemic of mental illness on the streets, counties struggle to spend huge cash reserves…Story.
Will Contra Costa rape charges be added to Golden State Killer case?... Story.
Broken Bones And Missing Teeth: Scooter Injuries Are Becoming Common At Hospitals… Story.
Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November's U.S. midterm elections…Story.
Some Tesla Suppliers Fret About Getting Paid… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette Mayor, library issue statements on Drag Queen Story Time -A statement about the planned event was posted on the Lafayette Public Website and Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux has issued a statement.
The first customer complaint is 3,800 years old. The text, housed in London’s British Museum, is inscribed on a clay tablet and bemoans an incorrect copper delivery.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Yesterday’s commute was a real headache, especially for BART riders. See Local News, above. (Photo: Mercury News)
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