Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
State Senate passes AB-2923: More housing could be built at BART stations - The State Senate passed a bill Tuesday to allow for housing to be built at BART stations throughout the Bay Area. Opponents say it would give the agency unprecedented land-use authority at a time when it should be more focused on running its trains. Supporters believe there's no time to waste as the region deals with a major housing crisis. (ABC7)
Concern growing over bill that could let BART override zoning laws -There are concerns in the East Bay that state lawmakers may give BART too much power when it comes to building housing at transit stations. (ABC7)
Lawmakers kickstart development of BART parking lots into retail, housing -Many of them touted the virtues of transit-oriented development, but said that cities should do it on their own time and their own terms, without BART. (SFGate)
Ex-Contra Costa judge's days on the bench are over; state censures, bars him in misconduct case -Embattled Contra Costa County Judge Bruce C. Mills, under fire by the state six times since 2001(The Mercury News)
New lead develops in Walnut Creek Apple store theft -A new development tonight in a theft at an Apple store in the East Bay. The crime happened this past weekend. (KRON)
Police seek Danville armed robbery suspects -In a statement, police said they responded to reports of an armed robbery. (BANG)
We Asked Bay Area Commuters to Give Us Their Best BART Stories - “I was on BART coming from the Montgomery Street station. When we got to Lafayette, it was just a madhouse because the trains were running 15 minutes late. (thebolditalic)
Contra Costa Elections Division wins national award for accessibility program - The Contra Costa County Elections Division has received a national award for its 90-minute classes that train poll workers to help voters on Election Day. (East Bay Times)
American Red Cross Blood Drive Tomorrow -Help your community by donating blood during the City’s upcoming Blood Drive, Thursday, August 30, from 10am to 4pm, at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, in Lafayette, in the Jennifer Russell Building. To find out more, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code LAFAYETTE, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. Remember one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives. The American Red Cross will be giving a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card to all who donate.
New S.F. transit center: What are people saying about the new San Francisco transit center. As imposing as the facility is, though, some riders think it missed a chance to make bus traffic more efficient. (BANG)
Firefighters, hazmat staff respond to Concord incident -Firefighters with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and members of the county's hazardous-materials team responded. (East Bay Times)
Silicon Valley’s other endangered vintage signs beyond Orchard Supply - Besides Orchard Supply's historic arrow sign, some of the South Bay's best examples of roadside architecture are disappearing or are in danger of doing so in the new future. (BANG)
The Raiders have donated $250,000 to the Oakland Unified School District, which had decided to cut 10 high school sports amid a budget crunch. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Santa Monica is in the middle of a 14-month experiment: The city is giving cash to seniors who are struggling to pay their rent. (KQED)
California has become the first state to fully abolish cash bail, a step that backers say will create a more equitable criminal justice system. (The New York Times)
Parts of Southern California were rattled by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake that was centered near La Verne, Calif. (The Los Angeles Times)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
"It's Not Just about Housing": Developments, Wage Disparities Advance Gentrification in Berkeley -Stratified labor market and a lot of high-income jobs aren't accessible to Blacks and Latinos, and it's connected to a history of discrimination. (Daily Californian)
Will Transit-Oriented Development Work in Your Community? -Your community can increase the success rate of generating transit-oriented development by employing these strategies. (Web)
How L.A. Can Gain Housing (and Transit Ridership) without Infuriating the Neighbors - Higher density will create more housing and increase transit ridership, but many homeowners view higher density as a bad neighbor. Consider "graduated density," which allows higher density while protecting homeowners from unwanted development. (Los Angeles Times)
The Costa-Hawkins Act Is Failing California -This fall, California voters have the chance to pass Proposition 10 and repeal ... fair and necessary way to help tackle the current affordable housing crisis. (Voice of San Diego)
The Last Time the Housing Market Did This Was in 2007 -Record low mortgage rates have caused an epic boom in housing prices in desirable West Coast housing markets, but the party is about to be over. Rising mortgage rates are a huge problem for Californian households, who have the highest debt levels in the United States. (Seeking Alpha)
Cars Are Banned along California Town's Main Drag-and Residents Rejoice -Playa Vista's city center, known as the Runway, is being remade as a pedestrian venue. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
Faced with declining ridership, Sacramento Regional Transit is cutting bus and light rail fares for the first time in its history. (The Sacramento Bee)
Carbon Offsets for Urban Trees Are on the Horizon -Austin, Texas, and King County, Washington, are testing carbon credits for planting and protecting urban trees. (CityLab)
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
International Overdose Awareness Day celebrated in Lafayette -To put that into perspective, that is about the same population size as the city of Lafayette.
There’s now a meat-vending machine for late-night steak cravings. One New York butcher shop plans to serve customers 24 hours a day.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Who voted ‘aye’ and who voted ‘nay’: The State Senate passed AB 2923 yesterday, which, if signed by the Governor, would allow BART to build housing at stations throughout the Bay Area. See Top Story, above.
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