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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/27/2018 10:49 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Walnut Creek Police to Crack Down on Distracted Driving -If you are using your cell phone while driving in Contra Costa County, chance are you'll get caught. (NBC Bay Area)

Transient Suspected Of Killing Woman In Concord: Police -A woman's body was found behind a Concord business Wednesday. (Patch)

Rattlesnake spotted on residential Walnut Creek sidewalk  -KTVU employee Jay Martinez spotted a two-foot long rattlesnake on his daily walk with his dog Vaya. (KTVU)

West Nile Activity Continues as More Mosquitoes Test Positive in East Contra Costa -The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting mosquitoes from Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Byron have tested positive for West Nile. (EastCountyToday)

Sycamore Valley Elementary briefly placed on lockdown Friday morning The lockdown lasted about 20 minutes before regular school activities continued, according to San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials. (Blog)

Armed Barricaded Subject Surrenders After Standoff with Antioch Police -Both AMR and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were requested to the scene as a precaution. (EastCountyToday)

Clayton bans homes for released inmates everywhere except for two areas  -Diablo Valley College professor Colleen Shipp said, “I walk at night by myself. My life is going to change if these parolees come to my neighborhood. (East Bay Times)

Crews Extinguish Fire On Mt. Diablo -Cal Fire officials said firefighters have extinguished a fire that started this afternoon on Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County. (SFGate)

Once gone, eagles flourish in Bay Area skies -East Bay hills: Los Vaqueros Watershed, Livermore; Maguire Peaks, Flag Rock, Sunol Regional Wilderness; Lime Ridge Open Space, Walnut Creek. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oakland: Grand Lake Theater’s longtime operator buys the building — and ensures its future as a movie theater - Allen Michaan, who took over a 95-year lease on the building as the theater's operator in 1980, bought the building from the nine owners last week for $3.75 million, ensuring a future for the theater as he knows it. (BANG)

 

OTHER NEWS

Newly proposed legislation would allow California utilities to sell bonds and pass on costs to their customers to help pay the debts they rack up when their equipment starts wildfires. (The Associated Press)

Facing heavy criticism for “throttling” firefighters’ equipment, Verizon has lifted its data-speed restrictions on all emergency personnel responding to wildfires. (The Sacramento Bee)

California Votes To Bar Soda As Default Drink With Kids' Meals  -Nine California jurisdictions, including San Francisco — as well as Baltimore, Louisville, and Lafayette, Colorado — have already passed laws. (Web)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

State Senate passes AB-2923: More housing could be built at BART stations  -Mei says AB-2923 also ignores the success of recent transit-oriented development such as the thousands of housing units slated to come online near BART stations. (KGO-TV)

Bill Would Force Cities to Use BART Standards on BART-owned TOD  -Glazer said that AB 2923 sets “a dangerous precedent” by encouraging Southern California transit districts to do the same thing with city planning. (Livermore Independent)

California Senate passes huge BART housing bill  - However, among the dissenting voices on the bill are several BART board members themselves. (Curbed SF)

Priced out: She broke baseball's glass ceiling, but she couldn't keep her Bay Area home -Sherry Davis has lived all over Northern California, but… (The Mercury News)

Living like a king?  “Transit-oriented development” concentrates on placing residences, businesses and even leisure space within walking distance of public transit. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

 

EDUCATION

Contra Costa Community College District waives tuition for first-time, full-time students  -The Contra Costa Community College District will provide free tuition for first-time, full-time students starting with fall 2018. (KRON)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Exclusive: An Inside Look at CalPERS's New Direct Private Equity Organization  -As the California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) direct private equity program begins to take shape, pension officials say. (Chief Investment Officer)

State bill would consolidate police, fire pensions -Mike DeForest, president of the city's Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees, said creating consolidated funds for downstate pensions. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

CalPERS Health Chief Wields The Power Of Data To Tame Costs  -Since she took over as chief information officer of CalPERS in 2013, Bailey-Crimmins has managed its wealth of data to analyze health care trends. (California Healthline)

Government pay watchdog wants CalPERS to name retirees with disability pensions - A nonprofit organization that publishes California government employee salary and pension data is suing CalPERS. (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS Hides the Ball on Disability Fraud -As we noted last year, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) lawsuit. (Blog)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

IRS moves to block California and other states from helping residents avoid new tax-deduction limit…Story

Jolting California officials, Trump administration looks to rewrite rules for Delta water… Story

ICE removes all its immigrant detainees from Contra Costa County's jail… Story

California fires: Governor proposes easing logging rules to thin forests…Story

The lost civilization of California wine…Story

Bill to Ban Paying Per Signature for Ballot Measures Passes…Story

Teamsters target tech buses in Castro District protest… Story.

No one could figure out how to charge Golden State Killer in rapes. Until one Contra Costa prosecutor thought outside the box…Story

West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires…Story

The rise of Burning Man…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette library board president not planning to interfere with drag queen reading event -Joseph Gordon-Wiltz, who serves as president of the Lafayette Public Library Board of Control, is an appointee of Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.

 

AND FINALLY…

Kalashnikov wants to compete with Tesla -The maker of AK-47 assault rifles is creating an electric car, with looks inspired by a 1970s Soviet hatchback.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Walnut Creek Police will be cracking down on distracted driving. See Local News, above (Photo: Kelley Insurance)

 

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