Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Police: Woman 'grabbed' by masked suspects near Lafayette BART -Police are investigating a report of the battery of a woman near Lafayette BART this week. The woman was walking along the 3500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd. (News Blog)
John Muir Land Trust Announces Campaign to Save Painted Rock - To Save Painted Rock, an effort to acquire and permanently preserve the highly visible 84-acre hill located between Lafayette and Moraga. (Press Release)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
PG&E to address safety concerns at special meeting -The city will hold a special meeting Sept. 10 with officials from both PG&E and from the California Public Utilities Commission in order to address more than 150 safety concerns raised by local residents.
Developer pulls out - what’s next for Park Theater? -City staff learned late Aug. 29 that developer Madison Park has decided against going further with a deal involving the purchase of the Park Theater and a density transfer, that could potentially have been the answer for saving the historic theater. The city council has placed the issue on the Sept. 10 meeting agenda in order to discuss options.
Lafayette Art and Wine - a monster of a street party! -It’s almost Art and Wine time again - Lafayette’s biggest community party, a weekend-long opportunity for residents to stroll along Mt. Diablo Boulevard without traffic, wine in hand, listening to great music and browsing unique art with friends.
Class of ‘68 school spirit -The patio bar outside at El Charro was packed Friday Aug. 24 as the Acalanes High School class of ‘68 gathered in their usual tradition. The event, scheduled to run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. was still going strong late into the night. A couple of Acalanes teachers from 1968 even showed up.
First day of school at Happy Valley -It was all smiles - well, mostly all smiles - on the first day back at Happy Valley Elementary School Aug. 21.
Will Lafayette become a straw-free community? -When will Lafayette reach the final straw? For co-founders of Central Contra Costa’s Last Plastic Straw, Darby Witherspoon and Chloe De Lancie, they are hoping sooner rather than later.
Candidate appointment procedure approved for town council vacancy -The Moraga Town Council opted to appoint a candidate to fill the seat vacated by Council Member Jeanette Fritzky, who resigned in July due to health reasons. By appointing a candidate to fill the remainder of Fritzky’s term, the town saves the cost of conducting a special election, which could exceed $100,000.
Orchard Supply Hardware closure stuns Moraga employees and customers -Retail sales in Moraga took a major hit Aug. 21 with the announcement by Lowe’s Corporation that it will close all of its Orchard Supply Hardware locations by the end of the year. According to Lowe’s spokeswoman Jackie Hartzell, the Moraga store closing process will last until early November, with the business shuttered by the end of December. All OSH employees will receive priority status for new jobs within the corporation, Hartzell said.
Moraga police officers approved to carry Naloxone -Moraga Chief of Police Jon King announced at the Aug. 22 town council meeting that his officers have been approved by the emergency medical services director of Contra Costa Health Services to carry and administer Naloxone, medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Residents urge city council to enact gun control legislation -Although there was an outpouring of support from Orinda residents for two proposed gun control ordinances - one to require that firearms be secured with trigger locks or kept in locked containers; the other regulating the business of gun dealers - and only a few speakers against them, the Orinda City Council remained concerned about potential financial liability.
Orinda honors longest serving employee, ever -This August marks the 30th year of Jennie Flores’ employment with the city of Orinda. Although she has no intention of retiring, the city marked the anniversary with a proclamation presented to her at the Aug. 21 city council meeting.
OIS principal resigns -In order to spend time with his family and focus on other career opportunities, Orinda Intermediate School principal Michael Randall resigned from his position in the Orinda Union School District effective Aug. 24 after 13 years serving in that position. “We wish Mr. Randall well and thank him for his service,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carolyn Seaton in an announcement to the school population.
Firefighter strike teams face new challenges -The Bay Area firefighters returning from deployments at the recent California wildfires agree: The fire behavior that they have seen this year is unlike anything they have ever witnessed.
MOFD chief offers strategies to cope with PG&E power shutdowns -To allay concerns about power shutdowns that the Pacific Gas and Electric Company plans to institute during high fire-threat weather conditions, Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Dave Winnacker outlined steps residents can take to ensure that they always receive proper emergency notifications and evacuation alerts.
Wildfire evacuation talk fills Orinda auditorium -A neighborhood social media conversation about the use of outdoor sirens in Orinda as wildfire alerts sparked a public forum on electronic alerts and included detailed map updates of Orinda’s 25 evacuation zones. Attendees filled the seats in the Orinda Library auditorium Aug. 22 and additional chairs were brought in as residents heard from police, fire and emergency preparedness speakers.
MOFD hosts International Disaster Management Seminar -Disaster preparedness and response professionals from around the world converged on the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Aug. 20 seeking to enhance their ability to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. The district sponsored the final exercise of the 2018 U.S. Forest Service International Disaster Management Seminar, which included 29 participants from 21 countries all over the world.
The Music Coop fills a void in local musical training -The Music Coop, with studios in Walnut Creek and Lafayette, is filling a void in musical instruction caused by the closure of other venues and cutbacks in elementary music programs.
SMC students continue a colorful tradition -More than 650 first-year and 160 transfer students moved into their residence halls at Saint Mary’s College Aug. 23, with the day kicking off the College’s annual Weekend of Welcome for new and returning students.
Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Mozart - The Grandeur’ in Lafayette Sept. 15 -Members of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, touring soloists and chamber musicians who also appear in such prestigious groups as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, touring Broadway shows, and feature films recorded at Skywalker Ranch, will perform “Mozart - The Grandeur” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian, Church 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16...
League of Women Voters’ Volunteers Assist in Voter Registration -Members of the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley will stock voter registration forms weekly before the November election, at post offices, libraries, and other locations in Central and East Contra Costa County.
SMC student veteran awarded $12K scholarship -Elena Stofle, who is an accomplished student veteran at Saint Mary’s College of California, was awarded the Comcast NBCUniversal Scholarship, in partnership with Student Veterans of America. Elena is an active member of Saint Mary’s SVA chapter - successfully demonstrating the best in academic excellence and leadership potential of student veterans.
Gas tax: What Californians actually pay on each gallon of gas - The state gas tax may have risen 12 cents last year -- the amount targeted for repeal this November -- but that's far from all the taxes drivers pay on each gallon of gasoline. (BANG)
California High-Speed Rail Construction Update - The California High Speed Rail Authority has released an update. (StreetsBlog)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Michaels quest for new home hits snag -The Hillsdale Caltrain station in May 2011, when an ordinance passed that put the property into the city's Rail Corridor Transit-Oriented Development Zone. (San Mateo Daily Journal )
'Children belong in the suburbs': with more families in apartments, such attitudes are changing -This is particularly linked to arguments about housing affordability. People discussed higher-density housing as a “stepping stone” on the way to home. (The Conversation AU )
CalSTRS Takes First Steps to Restructuring Private Equity -The $350 billon plus CalPERS, the largest US retirement plan, also has the largest total of private equity investments in the US, $27 billion. (Chief Investment Officer)
As the legislative year ends, the #MeToo movement shows its influence… Story.
California bill requiring women on corporate boards spurs debate… Story
Pilot shortage has Cal Fire tankers sitting on runways during wildfires…Story.
D.A. Declines to File Charges Against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson, Steven Seagal… Story
El Niño fears grow as starving baby birds wash up on California beaches… Story.
Bay Area medical professionals indicted in kickback scheme for Medicare referrals…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette's Drag Queen Story Time: A timeline of events -Lafayette’s Mayor has issued a statement indicating he may try to have the event canceled or moved.
AI can predict a city’s obesity levels by analyzing its buildings. Using satellite images, Google Street View, and health data, researchers trained an algorithm to estimate obesity rates.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Police are investigating a report of the battery of a woman near the Lafayette BART station. The woman was walking along the 3500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd. at about 4:25 a.m., Tuesday morning. See Top Story, above (Photo: Lafayette Police)
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