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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/24/2018 9:40 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

TOP STORY

Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin and Vice Mayor Cam Burks were featured in these two stories on AB 2923, the transit-oriented development assembly bill:

East Bay City Leaders Wary of BART Housing Bill-BART is at the center of a state bill geared toward easing the Bay Area's housing crunch. It envisions building thousands of new homes near BART stations but, as Maria Medina reports, some city leaders in the East Bay don't like it. (KPIX)

California Senate passes bill to build more housing at BART stations -Opponents, including Lafayette's mayor Don Tatzin and state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, say the proposal gives the transit agency unprecedented control. (Mercury News)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Utilities Work on Moraga Road -The Lafayette Police Department is advising drivers to expect lane closures on Moraga Road and School Street. (Patch)

Dangerous Air To Continue Through Weekend -Smoke from wildfires continues to choke our air (Patch)

Contagious measles case in Contra Costa County prompts warning from health officials (ABC 7)

Walnut Creek Police Seek Identity of Suspects in Downtown Property Crimes  The Walnut Creek Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying to suspects in regards to multiple property crimes. (Blog)

Gun safety advocates urge Orinda council to enact restrictions (East Bay Times)

Only 13 months to go, how is the Warriors’ new SF palace coming along? - Warriors president Rick Welts told the Bay Area News Group that Chase Center will open in Sept. of 2019 as planned. Welts admitted the arena is over budget and there could be some traffic hiccups. (BANG)

BIG to lead design for new Oakland Athletics baseball stadium  In the past, the A's were also considering a potential partnership with the Peralta Community College District nearby for a new standalone ballpark. (Web)

Are you into ‘pragmatic utopian’? Chances are you’ll love A’s new ballpark - Oakland A's president Dave Kaval recently traveled to Europe and Canada to visit ground-breaking construction projects before hiring firms to design a new ballpark (BANG)

Raiders return to Alameda signals a shift in focus to game prep - The Raiders have returned to the club facility in Alameda with two exhibition games remaining before opening the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Rams.(BANG)

Ballast Point, Mike Hess Brewing taprooms and more Bay Area beer news - There's more happening on the Bay Area's September beer scene than Oktoberfest. Ballast Point is eyeing San Francisco for its new taproom, there's a new brewery headed for Walnut Creek -- and don't get us started on hazy IPAs. (BANG)

First Look: Inside Mangosteen, Walnut Creek’s newest Vietnamese restaurant - Unexpected Vietnamese fare comes to the fore here. Think Lotus Stem Salad, Sizzling Crepe and other tasty finds. (East Bay Times)

Full-moon hikes planned in Oakland hills, Antioch - One of the programs starts Aug. 25 at Chabot Space and Science Center, and the other is Aug. 26 at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. (BANG)

7 fantastic SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, Aug. 24-26 - Looking for weekend inspiration? Here are seven fab ways to eat, drink, play and generally frolic around the San Francisco Bay Area, from a Botticelli  costume bash to Eat Drink SF, hot shows, cool concerts and more. (BANG)

 

OTHER NEWS

Home cooks are rallying support for a bill that would make California the first state to allow the small-scale sale of meals from home kitchens.

California is poised to become the first state to restrict the distribution of plastic straws at restaurants under a bill approved by lawmakers.

California Becomes First State to Pass Healthy Restaurant Kids' Meal Bill

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Lime extends equity program to its entire nationwide vehicle fleet  (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Busy Berkeley street to get flashing pedestrian signal—one day, soon. People are already complaining because “confusion” (Berkeleyside)
  • Bike Champions: An inexpensive way for companies to encourage more bike commuting (Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition)
  • Surprise! Scientists find that drivers just plain old aren’t looking for bikes (CityLab)
  • How Fresno won $70 million to clean up its air (Next City)
  • Gas tax opponents claim it’s not necessary, an argument based on solidly wishful thinking (CalMatters)
  • Where the gas tax goes (CalMatters)
  • San Diego Trolley cuts crime by sending security to ride train, issue tickets for fare evasion (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • SF’s new transbay transit center is not your average bus stop (CityLab)
  • We were warned: a still-relevant 1973 essay on how cars change the very fabric of our lives (Uneven Earth)
  • Electric buses good, but don’t neglect expansion, improvement of transit (Energy at Haas)

 

EDUCATION

Could Stockton lure a 24th California State University campus to town?

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS Wants to Construct Sacramento's Tallest Skyscraper

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Duncan Hunter overdrew his bank account an average of three times a week, every week for seven years…Story

Rep. Duncan Hunter says Democrats, 'deep state' behind indictment, says he's not resigning…Story

Kimberly Guilfoyle was once half of a liberal power couple. Now she's basically a Trump… Story.

The Green Economy: Is California's bid to lead the world on climate solutions paying off at home…Story 

L.A. Ethics Commission tables proposed ban on developer donations…Story.

Plan to strip H-1B visa holders' spouses of right to work hits final stage…Story.

California Wants to Unite the Western States Under One Power Grid…Story.

Union Square landmark hotel up for sale after Chinese owner seized by government…Story.

Contra Costa County at first buried assessor sex harassment case…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette neighborhood reports suspicious woman taking photos

 

AND FINALLY…

Sewage tells you a lot about drug use. Wastewater researchers discovered that Americans get lit during holidays and special events.

 

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Cam KPIX

Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin and Vice Mayor Cam Burks, pictured, were featured in our two top stories, see above.(Photo: KPIX)

 

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