Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Hazmat Response At Orinda County Club -Chemicals were accidentally mixed together creating a strong odor. (Patch)
Moraga Police, County Coroner Investigating Death Of Child Tuesday - Moraga police confirmed Wednesday that their investigators and Contra Costa County Coroner’s deputies are looking into the death of a 18-month-old child found outside a Hardie Drive home Tuesday. (New 24/680)
Stripping, combative man closes down I-680 Pleasant Hill off-ramp -A man allegedly stripped and walked into oncoming traffic at the I-680 Monument Boulevard off-ramp in Pleasant Hill on Monday afternoon. (SF Gate)
Ex-public defender worker charged with murder in California -William M. Edwards appeared in court Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and murder in Contra Costa County Superior Court. (Sacramento Bee)
Former De La Salle football player guilty of raping Carondelet student; assault captured on video -A 16-year-old former De La Salle football player was found guilty of forcible rape and oral copulation on Tuesday in Contra Costa juvenile court. (East Bay Times)
Grass Fire Near Concord Extinguished -Grass fire on north side of Mallard Reservoir, north Concord now 50% contained thanks to the combined efforts of Con Fire, Moraga-Orinda Fire. (Patch)
Orchard Supply job cuts: more than 600 in Bay Area, 1,500 in California - The Orchard Supply job cuts total 620 in the Bay Area, including 406 in San Jose; 1,034 in Northern and Central California, including the reductions in the Bay Area and 249 in Tracy; and 481 in Southern California, part of 1,515 Orchard Supply jobs. (East Bay Times)
Historic Plaque Ceremony Set For Meenar Music Club In Danville - From Town of Danville: As part of Danville's ongoing efforts to recognize and commemorate community history. (Patch)
The truth behind Lafayette’s birdhouse-adorned stop signs -Mysterious birdhouses are purely decorative and entertaining, not so much useful to the birds. (East Bay Times)
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.
Mt. Diablo State Park Cleanup Set For Sept.22 Near Mitchell Canyon -Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to Mount Diablo State Park on Sept. 22 to help cut back vegetation and clean up areas (CLAYCORD.com )
A Bay Area choir director might seem an odd fit for a six-figure job on the state’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. But he’s a friend of Governor Brown. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Tesla will eliminate some color options for its electric cars to streamline production. Goodbye, “Obsidian Black” and “Metallic Silver.” (Reuters)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Plan to guide growth in Walnut Creek’s West Downtown area finally approved - After six years of hammering out the details, the Walnut Creek City Council voted unanimously this week to adopt a West Downtown Specific Plan that sets guidelines for transit-oriented, higher density growth in that area. (Walnut Creek Journal)
BART picks developers for huge housing and office development at Lake Merritt in Oakland -After a competitive process, BART selected a development team to build 519 homes and 517,000 square feet of commercial space at the Lake Merritt station in Oakland. (SF Business Times)
California takes bold action on housing — with the boldness removed -AB 2923 aimed to rezone the region's two dozen BART stations to advance taller, denser development near the Bay Area's most critical transit system. (SF Business Times)
Local Procedures Hamper Housing Development, Bay Area Legislator Says -California cities and counties need to give up some control of the housing approval process if the state is going to solve its housing shortage, state Sen. Scott Wiener said Thursday, Sept. 6, at a Realtor housing conference in Los Angeles. (East Bay Times)
Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing -A $1.1 million acquisition of 812 East 24th Street is just one of a dozen purchases Oakland Community Land Trust (OakCLT) has made so far this year. "As people move out and units turn over, the vacant units must be made available to low-income households," says Steve King, OakCLT's executive director. "It is certainly a victory for preserving community-serving space in Oakland." (Next City)
Caltrain Threatened Over San Mateo Housing Plan -Housing advocates want new developer, affordable units for Hayward Park Station. (Daily Journal)
Lawsuit Aims at Millbrae BART Development -A group of Millbrae residents claim in a lawsuit city officials improperly prevented them from filing a referendum seeking to stifle development of a new mixed-use development at the city's train station. (Daily Journal)
How To Turn NIMBYs Into YIMBYs: Just Listen, Developers Say -Earlier this year, when Lev represented Rising Realty at the Calabasas City Council hearing to place a sign on the corner of the company’s Park Calabasas office campus, there were 16 people lined up in the council chambers to speak out against the placement. (BisNow)
UC Berkeley Law looks to — mostly — exorcise association with racist figure - The legacy of John Boalt, a 19th century lawyer who not only supported the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 but inspired it, may soon be removed — mostly — from the UC Berkeley School of Law. The school has been associated with the racist figure for more than 100 years. (SF Gate)
As pension vote nears, police association urges City Council to honor its promises -Ahead of next week's vote on fixing the city's troubled pension system, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association began its social push Monday. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Central California city pursues pension obligation bond deal -The Central California city of Chowchilla is planning to issue pension obligation bonds to cover its $10.2 million unfunded liability. (Bond Buyer)
Another Hit to Retirement Plan Investors: Financial Transaction Tax -For example, using asset allocations in 2015 for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), as well as published data. (PLANSPONSOR)
The Godfather of California Organics is Optimistic About the Future of Food…Story.
I-5 reopens near Shasta Lake after lengthy shutdown by Delta Fire… Story.
Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash…Story.
iPhone 2018 launch: what to expect from Apple…Story.
Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette receives "Stormwater Award" -"We have a great team with Lafayette from the mayor to the board of works, the council and all of the employees.
Prince Charles expresses unease at artificial intelligence’s rise - "The thing I find hardest now is to cope with this extraordinary trend that somehow we must become part human, part machine, which I totally and utterly object to," the Prince of Wales told a magazine.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
There was a hazmat response reported at the Orinda Country Club Wednesday morning. See Local News, above. (Photo: Yellow Pages)
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