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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/30/2018 9:18 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette plan to save Park Theater falls apart - Just two weeks ago, the Lafayette City Council formed a subcommittee to explore ways to reopen the theater. (East Bay Times)

Developer Runs The Numbers, Decides Against Lafayette’s Park Theater Purchase - A developer previously interested in purchasing Lafayette’s Park Theater, Madison Park Financial, informed the City late Monday that it has decided not to move forward with the purchase of the theater and instead focus on a smaller scale project on a property it owns in downtown Lafayette. (News 24/680)

Developer Not to Purchase Park Theater - Council to Discuss Theater’s Future Sept. 10 - Lafayette’s City Council has placed the matter on the agenda for its September 10 meeting and will discuss options for the future of the Park Theater then. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and provide comment to the Council. (City of Lafayette)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Man Robbed At Gunpoint In Danville - Police in Danville are investigating an armed robbery reported Tuesday night.  (Patch)

Photos of Walnut Creek Apple Store theft suspects released  -Police have posted images of suspects sought in connection with a brazen weekend theft of multiple devices from the Apple Store. (East Bay Times)

Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Permanently Barred  -A now-retired Contra Costa County Superior Court judge who was previously reproved for misconduct five times (Patch)

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District may charge for certain services  -The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District may begin charging to provide on-scene help during water rescues, vehicle incidents. (thepress.net)

Here’s how much of your life you actually lose commuting - Bay Area drivers are spending up to a year and a half of their just getting to work and back. (BANG) 

Fall Scorpion Hike at Mt. Diablo Sept 9th -Explore the habitat of local scorpions along the north face of Mount Diablo, starting at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center. (Beyond the Creek)

 

OTHER NEWS

A bill that would have limited the ability of police officers to use deadly force has stalled in the State Senate. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

And while urban areas may grapple with complaints about use of force, California’s rural counties face a severe shortage of law enforcement officers. (The Sacramento Bee)

City officials in Long Beach have outlined a plan to develop the entire waterfront and transform city skyline. (The Press Telegram)

 

EDUCATION

At Odds Over a Threat  -Faculty members at Diablo Valley College want the president to publicly denounce a threat to the physical safety of a colleague. (Inside Higher Ed)

A "real and urgent" housing shortage has pushed UC Santa Cruz to ask its employees to open their homes to students. Several hundred students remain on the waitlist for campus housing, and there aren't enough off-campus options to accommodate them. (BANG)

College towns often face housing affordability issues  -Mayor Chris Koos was helping family friends relocate when he found out just how expensive rental units were. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

 

ENVIRONMENT

California Wildfires Will Grow 77 percent as Climate Warms. Should Forests Be Thinned? -The state's fourth Climate Change Assessment released Monday estimates roughly half a million acres of additional wildfires would occur in an average year by the end of this century. (Sacramento Bee)

California Assembly Passes Bill Mandating 100 percent Clean Electricity -The state assembly on Tuesday passed S.B. 100, a proposal to transition California to 100 percent emissions-free electricity sources by 2045. Amid heavy lobbying from environmentalists and other groups, the bill passed, 43 to 32. (CBS)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

San Francisco's Park-Topped Transit Center Opens -In August, the two-block-long Salesforce Transit Center and its 5.4-acre rooftop public park opened after a decade of design and construction. (Engineering News-Record )

Closing the New Affordable Housing Gaps -Low-income housing tax credits survived the Republicans' draconian tax overhaul, but a lower corporate tax rate means investors have lost their appetite for the tax breaks that have helped build many of the country's affordable housing projects. (The American Prospect)

City Committee, Council Will Vote on Fee Developers Pay as Alternative to Including Affordable Housing Units in Projects -The Pasadena City Council's Finance Committee is set to conduct a public hearing Monday on proposed adjustments to the current rate of the City's inclusionary housing in-lieu fee, which developers pay to the City as an alternative to providing affordable housing within a proposed project that is subject to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. (Pasadena Now)

Wildfire Risk Doesn't Douse Housing Demand in the Wildland-Urban Interface -By University of Nevada, Las Vegas [8-27-18] // Out of sight, out of mind--that's the conclusion of a new UNLV study which found that real estate prices for homes in wildfire-prone areas fall relative to homes in low-risk areas immediately following a blaze. But the effect is only temporary: Sale prices in risky areas rebound within one to two years (YubaNet)

Is Homelessness a Crisis? Declaring It One Could Bring Money to Stanislaus County -County supervisors will hear an update Tuesday on local community responses to homelessness and a recent proposal for a low-barrier shelter in two former county hospital buildings at 830 Scenic Drive in Modesto. (Modesto Bee)

How Filtering Increases Housing Affordability -Good research indicates that building middle-priced housing increases affordability through “filtering,” as some lower-priced housing occupants move. (UrbDeZine) 

California Passes Bill to Coordinate EV Charger Planning -The California State Senate on Monday voted 38-0 to pass an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure bill (AB 2127), which would give the California Energy Commission (CEC) authority to issue statewide assessments of infrastructure needs. (Smart Cities Dive)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS voters choose between cop and pension board president -Longtime CalPERS Board of Administration member Priya Mathur has a challenger in her bid for reelection this fall, and it could be a close race. (Sacramento Bee)

SOA seeks comments on new mortality assumptions for public pensions  -Some state sponsors of public pensions have taken the initiative to update mortality tables in recent years. (BenefitsPro)

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Poised for Vibrant Tech Industry - Waitr executives Chris Meaux, Sonny Mayugba, and Jeff Bolante have a good feel for what Lafayette needs to take Acadiana’s tech sector to higher levels.

 

AND FINALLY…

The Pentagon has banned deployed personnel from using fitness trackers and dating apps. Geolocation features had inadvertently revealed their secret locations.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

park theater 2000

A developer pulled out of a deal to purchase Lafayette’s Park Theater, seen here in a photo from 2000. See Top Story, above.

 

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