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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/13/2018 9:15 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette doesn’t give up idea of reopening Park Theater - Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk says "development parties" have since contacted the city about the theater. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Infant Left In Hot Car In Moraga Dies, Police Say -Lifesaving efforts were performed, but it was too late.  (Patch)

SUV driver flees after hitting EBMUD truck in Orinda; bullet hole found in SUV’s door -A freeway collision involving an East Bay Municipal Utility District truck ended with one person running across lanes to flee the scene — and an investigation into why one of the cars had a bullet hole, the California Highway Patrol said. (East Bay Times)

Caldecott Tunnel bore reopens after multi-vehicle crash blocks lane - A collision between a motorcycle and two vehicles led the California Highway Patrol to close a lane in a Caldecott Tunnel bore, authorities said Wednesday. (Oakland Tribune)

Paving Project On St. Mary's Road -The Moraga Police Department is warning drivers about a paving project. Paving on St. Mary's Road has traffic down to a single lane. (Patch)

Costco Phone Scam: DA's Office Issues Warning  -The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office issued a scam alert Monday to notify residents of the phone calls. (Patch)

Fire Roars Through Homeless Camp in Oakland -A fire at a homeless camp near Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland early this morning displaced about 37 people but no one was injured, a battalion chief said. (Patch)

Former Antioch Mayor James Davis appointed city treasurer - Jim Davis served in public office for 14 years, including as elected mayor from 2008-12. (East Bay Times)

Fuel issue forces Hawaii-bound flight to return to Bay Area - The Boeing 767 landed at Oakland International Airport without incident shortly before noon, and the 230 passengers and 10 crew members deplaned. (BANG)

Thousands of Sonoma County residents and visitors will soon receive emergency alerts during tests of the county’s warning system. Prompted by last year’s fires, the warnings will be some of the first of their kind on the West Coast. (The Press Democrat)

A climate change summit kicks off in San Francisco. Thousands of executives, politicians, and activists will gather to discuss the fight against global warming, a counterpoint to Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord. (Quartz)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre  -Orinda Theatre | 4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, CA. The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 6:30 pm on every second Thursday.

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. 

Register for Coastal Cleanup throughout East Bay - This year's Coastal Cleanup Day is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 15, and the East Bay Regional Park District will participate at nine regional parklands.

 

OTHER NEWS

A gunman went on a killing spree across Bakersfield, fatally shooting five people and stealing a vehicle before killing himself. (The New York Times)

You can get a job at Caltrans in two days. It still has 1,100 openings. (The Sacramento Bee)

Newly released federal estimates show California’s poverty rate remains the highest in the nation. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

With ‘McMansions’ in crosshairs, Fremont putting squeeze on two-story homes - At issue are so-called “mega-homes” or “McMansions,” that some residents say disrupt community character, block views and eliminate privacy. (Fremont Argus)

Bay Area Housing Crunch lacks Required Production -The housing crunch in California's nine-county Bay Area region is worsening as sluggish production is far outpaced by the strong labor market. (Mortgage Professional America)

Bills Supporting More, Fairer, and Infill Housing - Here, a description of bills that make changes to the way regions set and enforce housing allocations, that expand exemptions from the California Environmental quality Act, and that affirm fair housing rules. (Streetsblog CA)

Why Can't YIMBYs and Tenant Activists Get Along?  -Renter Groups Could Align for More Affordable Housing. A YIMBY activist with East Bay for Everyone recently tweeted support for a yard sign (Beyond Chron)

New California Program to Make Clean Cars Affordable for Lower-income Residents -The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched with a $5-million California Air Resources Board grant. The funding comes from Cap-and-Trade dollars via California Climate Investments. Twenty-four cars will be awarded to applicants. (Green Car Congress)

Why driverless vehicles should not be given unchecked access to our cities -In the longer term, if people are willing to travel further, homes and jobs might ... to be an acceptable walking distance in transit oriented development. (The Conversation AU)

 

EDUCATION

Hundreds of Bay Area students named National Merit Scholars semifinalists; see the list -Hundreds of Bay Area students are semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program that honors academic excellence. (The Mercury News)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Public needs to keep eye on pensions, but suit says CalPERS withholds core data  -In the preamble to California's Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's 1953 law governing the public's access to government meetings, the Legislature noted. (R Street Institute)

CalPERS disaster shapes bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown -Gov. Jerry Brown is considering a bill shaped by the worst example of a California public agency defaulting on the pension promises it made. (Sacramento Bee)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Tariffs glower over almond harvest…Story.

Can Southern California's electric bike companies survive Trump's tariffs?...Story.

Why 100 Percent Clean Energy in California is Gonna Be Tricky… Story.

Governor Brown signs foreclosure funds bill…Story.

Ex-public defender clerk charged with murder; Contra Costa DA says witness against Project Trojans gang was intended target…Story.

Man arrested after attempted switchblade attack on East Bay political candidate…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Developing downtown Lafayette: Lack of full-time residents, proper sewage capacity holding back -Another 68 apartments are envisioned for the old federal courthouse, per the proposal that the Mayor selected.

 

AND FINALLY…

The lightly worn pile of clothes in your bedroom has a name. “Chairdrobes” appear in 60% of millennial bedrooms, and cleaning companies are coming for it.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

6 Park Theater Historic (lores)

Efforts continue to revive Lafayette’s Park Theater, seen in this undated photo. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Lafayette Historical Society)

 

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