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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/28/2018 9:10 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette explores ‘last chance’ to reopen Park Theater - Encouraged by Moraga’s efforts earlier this year to reopen the Rheem Theatre, Lafayette is now exploring the possibility to reviving its landmark Park Theater, shuttered since 2005. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Lafayette Roundabout Walkers Asked To Fly The Flag When Crossing, Please - In for a penny, in for a pound, wot? Not only have rebellious Americans been asked to learn the ins and outs and round and rounds of a local roundabout in Lafayette. (News24/680)

BART gets $6.8 million safety boost following stabbings - The grant will help fund more patrols, digital cameras and new radio equipment. (BANG)

Orinda Launches Brookwood Road Pilot Residential Parking Permit Program - Due to the limited on-street parking in the area and use by BART commuters of on-street spaces for extended periods of time, displacing resident vehicles, Brookwood Road Residents have requested an on-street Residential Parking Permit Program. (News24/680)

Seven people displaced by Contra Costa house fire -Seven people were displaced when a fire Saturday night left a one-story house (BANG)

Grab-and-run thieves hit Apple store in Walnut Creek, police say  -Thieves targeted an Apple Store in Walnut Creek Saturday evening in a grab-and-run robbery (KRON)

At Risk Alamo Man Found Walking On Highway, Officials Say  -Javad Shafizadeh, 82, had been missing since Sunday morning, according to authorities. (Patch)

Student who made threats to shoot up East Bay school back in classroom  -It was a crowded room on Monday with parents using public comment to pressure the Mt. Diablo School District to expel one student. (KRON)

Berkeley Police Arrested Protesters and Tweeted Their Photos - Counter-protesters showed up at a far-right, “No to Marxism” rally in Berkeley, California. The Berkeley Police Department arrested 20 people. And then it put some of their names and booking photos on Twitter. (CityLab)

 

OTHER NEWS

Gas tax projects prompt Jerry Brown's pay raises for California highway engineers  -Don't miss a story on California pensions, state workers and dozens of ... PECG plans to send ballots for its members to vote on the contract next week. (Sacramento Bee)

Bad news from a new state report on climate change: Heat waves will get worse, wildfires will burn more of our forests, and the ocean will rise higher and faster. (The Los Angeles Times)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Why Should BART Be Offered Zoning Power? -Mayor Arreguín hasn’t vocally opposed Assembly Bill 2923, the state legislation that would remove zoning authority over BART stations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties from the host cities and give it to BART. (Berkeley Daily Planet)

Bay Area Weighing a Regional Transit-Oriented Upzoning  -A bill that passed the state senate last week could help the agency streamline the permitting process for even more transit-oriented development. (Next City)

Additional Building Won't Make City Housing More Affordable, Says Fed Study -The study is based on a simulation because there is a lack of hard data. Simulations could be wildly off. The focus is on the most expensive neighborhoods. Would adding housing in lower-income areas help on that end? (Forbes)

Revitalized Affordable Housing Unveiled in San Francisco -The units at Sala Burton Manor at 430 Turk St. have been rehabilitated to include modernized elevators, renovated interiors, plumbing and electrical enhancements, redesigned floor plans and increased accessibility. (Patch)

America's Housing-price Boom Appears to Be Losing at Least a Little of Its Oomph -New research released last week by Zillow found that 1 in 7 listings (14 percent) across the country saw a price reduction during June. In Seattle, 12 percent of listings got a price reduction in June, the highest rate since 2014. The city's median cut was 3.1 percent. (Washington Post)

Competition Heats Up in the Mobile Home Market -Investors are increasing exposure to more affordable niches-like workforce and low-income housing-and competition is heating up in the mobile home park market as well. Once considered a high-risk investment, investors are seeing more and more stability and NOI growth in mobile homes. (GlobeSt.)

California Paradox: SUVs Sell Briskly, but So Do Electric Cars -New registrations of light trucks and SUVs in the state rose 5.6 percent during the first half of 2018. Registrations of electric and plug-in hybrid cars account for more than 6 percent of the state's new car market. Nearly as many electric cars were registered in the first half of 2018 - 33,015 - as in all of 2015. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

 

EDUCATION

New Toyota mechanic program at Contra Costa College - The program could land them in a job at a Toyota dealership in two years. (BANG)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Woodland says it is dealing with pension problems as called for by Yolo County Grand Jury  -Overall, Woodland faces $86.9 million in unfunded accrued pension liabilities, CalPERS data and city annual financial reports show. (Daily Democrat)

NY, Other State Pensions Slow to Divest From Private Prisons -Public pension plans in New York, California, and Ohio are among the top 100 investors in Geo Group, CoreCivic and General Dynamics Information. (Bloomberg)

Here's how Chicago plans to fix its $28B pension deficit  -Here's how Chicago plans to fix its $28B pension deficit ... Short $28 billion in the pension fund that goes toward the police, firefighters and other ... of other cities, including Detroit, Stockton, California, and San Bernardino, California. (Fox Business)

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Tweet mix up gives City of Lafayette opportunity for diversity inclusion  -Tweet mix up gives City of Lafayette opportunity for diversity inclusion for taxpayer funded events, the mayor said.

 

AND FINALLY…

 WTF, Procter & Gamble? The company is trying to trademark internet slang acronyms LOL, WTF, NBD, and FML to market its cleaning products.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Lafayette Park Theater employee Kevin Major  installs new letters on the theater's marquee on Thursday, January 20, 2005. See Top Story, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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