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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/17/2018 9:36 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette to pay $650000 to resolve Deer Hill housing lawsuit  -Although it's not listed as a party to the lawsuit, O'Brien Land Company is required to compensate the city of Lafayette for certain expenses and fees.  (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Power Restored To Hundreds In Alamo - Power has been restored to 297 customers in Alamo who woke up without electricity Friday morning, according to  PG&E. (Patch)

Pedestrian Injured In Concord  -A pedestrian was injured Friday when she was struck by a vehicle as she was walking on a sidewalk in Concord. (Patch)

Pleasant Hill's Community Service Day coming up -Shadelands Walnut Creek will host Made in the Shade, a free, fun, family-friendly community party in the Gathering Space at The Orchards of Walnut Creek. (East Bay Times)

High demand, low supply at new Walnut Creek senior living community -In Walnut Creek, where affordable housing is in short supply, a senior living community opened up. (KRON)

Inmate found dead at Contra Costa County jail in Martinez  -A 61-year-old man in custody as an inmate at the county jail in Martinez was found dead during a bed check on Saturday. (The Mercury News)

Tens of thousands of volunteers clean California on annual Coastal Cleanup Day - Volunteers gathered around the Bay Area and beyond Saturday to collect trash from California's beaches, creeks, parks and roads. (BANG)

Children’s Hospital Oakland at forefront of sickle cell treatment, research - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offers the largest, most comprehensive sickle cell program in the West. (Oakland Tribune)

First Look: Inside Walnut Creek's new Heritage Eats -Heritage Eats, the global-inspired fine-casual restaurant, has just opened its first location in the East Bay, inside Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza. (The Mercury News)

 

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. 

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

BART trading parking for housing, offices at Oakland's Lake Merritt Station -The goal is a transit-oriented development that includes a plaza and a pair of apartment and office high-rises — one 27 stories and the other 21 stories. (San Francisco Chronicle)

BART eyes TOD project at Lake Merritt Station –There is an agreement with a local joint venture to create a transit-oriented development (TOD) above the Lake Merritt Station in Oakland, California. (Progressive Rail Roading)

Accessory Dwelling Units are hard to build, even in San Francisco (Bay City Beacon)

Some solutions for pedestrian safety (World Bank)

Will Pasadena roll out scooters now that it’s given up on bike-share? (Pasadena Star-News)

Electric scooter riders would be allowed to forgo wearing a helmet if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill into law, alarming some physicians. (The Tribune)

E-bike-share in East Bay cities is hampered by exclusive contract—and by MTC (Berkeleyside)

Cycling Is Key to Safer, Healthier, More Vital Cities -In their new book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett use the example of the Netherlands to show how a cycling culture promotes community building and health. (CityLab)

California's Road to Carbon Neutrality Runs Through the State's Buildings -If we care about the climate, we all need to support transit-oriented development in our neighborhoods. (Greentech Media)

 

EDUCATION

First Time, Full Time, Free Tuition available at all Contra Costa community colleges  -Free tuition is now offered at Diablo Valley College because of the district's creation of their First Time, Full Time, Free Tuition program. (The Inquirer)

Academic Freedom resolution passes - For the past four months, the social science division at Diablo Valley College has been working towards advocating academic freedom . (The Inquirer)

Peralta Community College District: state elections complaint filed against trustee running for reelection - A complaint lodged with the state Fair Political Practices Commission alleges that Peralta Community College District Trustee Linda Handy violated campaign finance laws by not repaying loans from a political consultant and keeping inaccurate campaign records. (Oakland Tribune)

Stanford University will remove Junipero Serra’s name from two buildings and a mall because his legacy includes “harmful and violent impacts of the mission system on Native Americans.” (East Bay Times)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS CEO with no college degree: 'Integrity' or 'sad, sad circus?' -A coalition of public employee unions is doubling down on its support for CalPERS CEO Marcie Frost (Sacramento Bee)

Teacher, Firefighter, Police and Other Retirement Funds Flow Into Sanctioned Russian Companies -The nation's two biggest public pension funds include the California Public Employees' Retirement System. (Rolling Stone)

California's Degrees of Separation from Truth and Accountability -California's pension woes are constantly making news and the unfunded liabilities of the California Public Employees Retirement System. (The Beacon)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California Cities Lead the U.S. in Personal Income Growth… Story.

Court throws out California law raising money for hazardous cleanup…Story

CalPERS hired a CEO without a college degree. Now the public pension fund is explaining why…Story

Shooting rampage appears tied to gunman's domestic issues…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette's lack of a free skatepark leaves skaters in limbo, fundraisers look to help -The skates are high for a distinct group of relentless Lafayette citizens — and no, that is not a typo. The city of Lafayette seems to be well equipped.

 

AND FINALLY…

A Bug’s Death -RIP Volkswagen Beetle, the car that conquered the city.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Terraces Deer Hill

The O'Brien Land Company will compensate the City of Lafayette for certain legal expenses and fees related to the Deer Hill project. See Top Story, above.

 

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