Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Masked suspects try to pull woman into vehicle at Lafayette BART station - Two masked suspects attempted to pull a woman into their vehicle near the Lafayette BART station, according to Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt. (ABC-7)
Man arrested in attack of woman near Lafayette BART station -A 19-year-old Pittsburg man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy after an attack on a woman near the Lafayette BART station this week, a Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office official said. (BANG)
Man Arrested For Alleged Attempted Kidnapping Near Bart Station - Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies said a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a woman near the Lafayette BART station. (SF Gate)
Arrest made in apparent attempted kidnapping at Lafayette BART - An arrest was made in connection to an apparent attempted kidnapping Tuesday at the Lafayette BART Station. (KRON4)
East Bay Real Estate Agent Sentenced For Sophisticated Home-Sales Fraud -Robert Jacobsen, of Kensington and formerly of Lafayette, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney for one count of wire fraud and one count of carrying out a financial transaction with illegally obtained funds. (Bay Area News Service)
4 Arrested At Recent DUI Checkpoint In Concord -Four motorists were arrested for suspected impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs at Friday's checkpoint on Concord Avenue (Patch)
Danville council set to hear report on Marin Clean Energy -Danville residents interested in how the San Ramon Valley's switch to Marin Clean Energy as the region's energy provider. (DanvilleSanRamon.com)
Anxious tenants face more Bay Area rent increases - As a ballot issue on rent control looms in November, Bay Area renters are facing an unrelenting market as prices continue to climb. (East Bay Times)
Marin Passes Fair Housing Ordinance -Novato landlords will soon be prohibited from turning away prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers when a new ordinance becomes law. (Marin Independent Journal)
Two years ago, Richmond decided to try to bring the dozens of illegal cannabis facilities in the city into compliance. The policy was spearheaded by Mayor Tom Butt, who has profited from the compliance push. (The East Bay Express)
A large crack formed in a window at the sinking Millennium Tower in San Francisco over the Labor Day weekend. (NBC Bay Area)
Tens of thousands of Californians have been registered to vote incorrectly by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, including some who were assigned the wrong political party preference. (The Los Angeles Times)
California was a pioneer in embracing the Affordable Care Act. But the state’s size and diversity have made for some messy experiments. (California Healthline)
Californians No Longer Believe in 'California Dream,' Study Finds - More than half of working residents struggle with poverty, and the majority of California adults believe young people would have more opportunities elsewhere. (U.S. News)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Cool Grey City of Granny Flats -State and city officials are struggling to tackle the housing shortage by encouraging homeowners to build more backyard cottages-but the red tape is proving stickier than anyone anticipated. (Bay City Beacon)
Assembly Passes Todd Gloria Bill Permitting Higher Housing Density -Assembly Bill 2372 was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk on a 60-0 vote by the Assembly. The bill, dubbed California's Sustainable and Affordable Housing Act, would allow cities and counties to allow construction of housing units based on a new floor-area-ratio calculation. (Times of San Diego)
What Will Lower Housing Prices? -Generally, economists would not expect the change in the tax deductibility to have a major impact on house prices because several other factors have larger effects on home values than government tax breaks. Of course, those tax breaks can be a factor in buying a home or willingness to bid up the price--they just aren't the biggest factor. (Forbes)
Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.) -One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. (CityLab)
If you Want Less Displacement, Build More Housing - Slowing or stopping new development, particularly new housing development has exactly the opposite of the desired effect. It constricts the housing supply, drives up rents and fuels displacement. (City Observatory)
Are Older Rent-controlled Buildings in Trouble under LA's New Transit Density Policy? -A Hollywood project would add 24 new rentals near the intersection of Whitley and Franklin avenues-including three units set aside for residents earning under 30 percent of the area's median income-but it would require the demolition of a 1920s complex that sits across the street from the Whitley Heights historic district. (Curbed Los Angeles)
Poor in Rich Times: State Funding for Public Higher Education in California -San Francisco: How is it that the world's sixth largest economy can be so poor when it comes to supporting the single largest producer of California's workforce-the California State University? (Diverse Issues in Education)
CalPERS Hits It Big with Infrastructure Returns -Infrastructure investments resulted in the California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) best-producing returns in the latest fiscal year. (Chief Investment Officer)
Firefighters have shown willingness to reform pensions -It all began 15 years ago when a “special interest group” (the Illinois Municipal League) first proposed pension fund consolidation to firefighter pension. (Blog)
TPA Board mulls options to combat $600k unfunded pension liability -There are a number of unknowns surrounding the Tawas Police Authority (TPA) unfunded pension liability and the corrective action. (Iosco County News Herald)
State's most interesting contest is over education… Story.
California lawmakers OK a bill making it easier for them to live outside their districts… Story.
Levi Strauss to partner with gun control group…Story.
Paul Holes, the Golden State Killer investigator, signs true-crime TV deal with Oxygen…Story.
Oakland lining up lawsuit against Raiders, so team threatens to leave town early…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette City Council Lets Unincorporated Voters Decide On Creation Of New Fire District -The City of Lafayette is getting the shaft right now. This proposal is going to help the City of Lafayette recoup their funding and get a heck of lot more.
The FBI has found the million-dollar ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland’s famous shoes were stolen in 2005 from a Minnesota museum.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt told ABC-7 news that an arrest was made related to an attempt to pull a woman into a vehicle near the Lafayette BART station early Tuesday morning. See Top Story, above. (Photo: ABC-7)
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