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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/11/2018 10:00 AM

 

TOP STORY

PG&E's Tree Removal Plan Raises Concerns in the East Bay  -PG&E's plan to cut down scores of trees in the East Bay has landed with a thud as a number of residents in Lafayette want the utility to put away the chainsaws. Three reports: Bob Redell reports [pre-meeting]; Robert Handa reports [during meeting] and  Cheryl Hurd reports [post meeting]. (NBC Bay Area)

Lafayette residents ready to confront PG&E over trees -Lafayette residents say they're ready to confront PG&E over trees the utility company claims need to be cut for pipeline safety. (KGO-TV)

PG&E Plan to Clear Hundreds of Trees for Pipeline Project Sparks Controversy -An exposed pipeline, which some residents say is a much bigger safety risk than the trees. (KQED)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Road Rage Assault Under Investigation In Danville  -Police were searching for a man they want to question in connection with an alleged road rage assault Saturday afternoon (Patch)

Firefighters control two-alarm vegetation fire in Concord – The fire was in a part of the city just north of Concord, spokesman Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said. (The Mercury News)

Walnut Creek hospital reunites NICU babies with caregivers - Babies, toddlers and even teenagers reunited with caregivers from a Walnut Creek Hospital who helped save their lives. (KRON 4)

Berkeley Repertory Theater has chosen its first new leader in more than two decades: Johanna Pfaelzer, currently the artistic director of New York Stage and Film, who will return to her Bay Area roots. (The New York Times)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

September 20 is Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night -The Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC) is sponsoring its yearly Candidates Night on September 20, at 7pm, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. All residents are welcome! This year, five candidates will be on the November ballot for just two City Council seats. Lafayette School Board have also been asked to attend and introduce themselves and speak for 2-3 minutes regarding their views on schools and education in Lafayette. 

 

OTHER NEWS

223,654 solo HOV-lane drivers may lose carpool stickers Jan. 1 -Nearly 224,000 solo drivers will lose their green and white carpool stickers — permanently — on Jan. 1 in a seismic shakeup of new rules on HOV lanes now jammed with traffic. (BANG)

Solano County's Elderly Face Housing, Medical Challenges -Chronic elder homelessness in Solano County is placing hospitals and medical facilities in positions of having to make tough decisions. (The Reporter)

All of California’s energy will come from clean power sources by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown days before he will host a global climate change summit meeting in San Francisco. (The Los Angeles Times)

As many as 1.2 million homes will be built in high-risk fire areas by 2050 -But wildfires are destroying more homes now because of rapid growth in rural areas. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Bill Aimed at Increasing Affordable Housing for Students Passes in California State Legislature -SB 1227 (Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley) was passed by the California State Legislature on Tuesday. Developers building housing that is entirely for students will be able to qualify for a "density bonus," provided that 20 percent of the units are used for lower-income students. (Daily Californian)

What If All Community Development Started with Local Arts and Culture? -The report, "Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities," highlights creative placemaking work focused on reactivating vacant spaces (Report)

Housing Authority Breaks Ground on 90 Units -The project is designed for low-income seniors. (Santa Barbara Independent)

CEQA Abuse Delays, Frustrates Affordable Housing -We believe those who file should be required to pay costs on frivolous and unwarranted CEQA suits if they lose their cases. Then we can strike the right balance between protecting our environment and getting housing built for our most essential workers who are being forced out of our region. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

The New Housing Play: Helping Priced-out Renters Become Long-Distance Landlords - A San Francisco resident has bought eight houses in Texas as an investment and to off-set the cost of renting a San Francisco home to live in. (MarketWatch)

California Homes Are Still Affordable-with Help from Mom and Dad -When Melanie Gerber started working as a mortgage loan officer in Riverside seven years ago, she didn't see many first-time buyers hitting up their parents for help. Now she sees it all the time. (LAist)

Transit Report Card Shows Sub-par Performance in San Francisco -The analysis, posted on the city's website, compared San Francisco to 16 other transit systems: Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Long Beach, CA; Miami; Minneapolis; Oakland, CA; Philadelphia; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego; Seattle; and Washington, DC. (Smart Cities Dive)

How a Transportation Safety Net Could Keep More People Off the Streets - Access to reliable transportation is crucial to maintaining stable employment, reaching educational opportunities, caring for family and staying healthy, they said. But there is no consistent safety net to help struggling people meet that need. (Capital Public Radio)

 

EDUCATION

Tumult clouds East Bay college district tax vote  -Yet the debate this year over the Peralta Community College District tax and how it's being spent is anything but normal. (SF Chronicle via Press Reader)

 

PENSION FUNDS

City of Sierra Madre Reduces CalPERS Pension Obligations -CalPERS pension obligations have increased dramatically for local governments in California in recent years. (Siera Madre Weekly)

Institutional investors are axing timber allocations, but some question if the timing is right - Investors tired of poor returns, are getting out of timberland — at what some say is the wrong time. Leading the exit are CalPERS and Harvard. (Pensions & Investments )

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Global climate fight comes to SF with new resolve after US pullout…Story

Thousands Take to San Francisco Streets as Part of Worldwide Climate Change Marches…Story

Angry activists plan to crash Jerry Brown's San Francisco climate summit… Story

Inmates help battle California's wildfires. But when freed, many can't get firefighting jobs…Story

Homes in rural enclaves offer stunning views - and severe fire risk. Should they be built?...Story

Across much of Southern California, home prices are setting records. But the crunch still lingers for the Victor Valley... Story

Silicon Valley is getting so pricey a university is pleading with professors to house students… Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

City council debates future of scooters in Lafayette - In a short discussion at Monday's West Lafayette City Council meeting, the fate of Bird scooters was laid out before attendants.

 

AND FINALLY…

More teens would rather text their friends than hang out IRL. Experts believe texting allows self-conscious kids more control than face-to-face interaction.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

PG&E Pipeline

Lafayette was in the news yesterday as the City Council hosted a public meeting so that citizens could voice concerns and dialog about PG&E safety issues, like this exposed gas pipeline. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Save Lafayette Trees via KQED)

 

 

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