Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
California Governor Jerry Brown signs BART housing bill into law -Assembly Bill 2923 would give BART greater control of its own land, 250 acres systemwide, potentially expediting the construction of 20,000 new units. (KGO-TV)
Governor Brown signs bill to ease development around BART stations -Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday to streamline housing development around BART stations and ease the Bay Area’s epic affordable housing problem at the expense of local officials’ decision-making powers over land use. (Mercury News)
California gives BART control over development at its stations - BART can draft plans to fill empty station parking lots with dense housing and shops, under a state law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Sunday. The bill empowers the transit agency to zone its properties — an estimated 250 acres of blank asphalt — and limits cities’ ability to delay or obstruct development. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing -The top official of the small and affluent East Bay city of Lafayette last week announced his resignation because of residents' intransigence on building housing. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Lafayette Police Officer Hit By Door Of Fleeing Suspect -A Lafayette Police officer was hit by the car door of a fleeing suspect and a second officer narrowly missed being hit Thursday (Patch)
A Deadly Year of Pursuits in Contra Costa County -Contra Costa Sheriff's deputies get in more pursuits that cause more injuries than most other agencies in California. This year the pursuits have led to more deaths. (East Bay Express)
BART more than doubles fare inspection staff, ramps up other security measures - BART's board on Thursday will consider vastly expanding its police department, doubling its fare inspector program and making it harder for people to enter the system without paying. (BANG)
Workers began preparing to shore up the new Salesforce Transit Center, where cracks were discovered in two steel support beams last week. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Former Walnut Creek middle school teacher sentenced to 25 years to life for molesting children -A former Walnut Creek middle school teacher pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child molestation and was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life. (San Francisco Chronicle)
County partners with CCTV, libraries and league to air election forums -The Contra Costa Elections Department wants voters to be informed, but recognizes that not everyone has the time to attend forums. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area home sales grinding down — could this be the top? - Bay Area home sales slowed in August, as more buyers decided to sit out the raging market. Existing home prices in the nine-county region climbed nearly 12 percent from last August. (BANG)
Possible Mountain Lion Sighting In Orinda -Orinda Police report a possible mountain lion sighting Wednesday evening in the area of La Cresta. (Patch)
Rollover Crash In Danville Sends 1 To Hospital -A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries Saturday when the car he was driving on Diablo Road outside of Danville. (Patch)
Gov. Brown signs bill requiring annual reports on fire safety inspections following newspaper investigation - Local fire departments will now have to make an annual report on how many state-mandated safety inspections of K-12 schools and apartment buildings they have conducted each year under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday. (BANG)
California electric utilities face new, tougher carbon-free mandate -California's utilities – some of which vigorously lobbied against the legislation. (Bond Buyer)
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed all Californians to serve in civil office regardless of immigration status. (The Los Angeles Times)
Seventeen people were charged in a series of Apple store robberies across California that totaled more than $1 million in losses. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Justice Department sued California to block a new net neutrality law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, one of the strongest efforts in the country to guarantee full and equal access to the internet. (The New York Times)
California became the first state to require its publicly held corporations to include women on their boards. (The New York Times)
OK to light up at California state parks and beaches, Jerry Brown says OK to light up at California state parks and beaches, Jerry Brown says. (Sacramento Bee)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Forty years ago, Berkeley and Santa Monica pioneered some of the strongest rent-control laws in the nation. Here’s what we can learn. (The Mercury News)
Will rent control kill California housing production? Not necessarily, data shows - Real estate interests argue — and gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox agree — that a return of the strong rent control laws of the late ‘70s and ‘80s would endanger home building when the state needs it most. (BANG)
So You Want to Change Zoning to Allow for More Housing -Additionally, Seattle has adopted an equitable transit-oriented development policy that intends to include local stakeholders' input. (Next City)
Ask a landlord: An owner's take on the housing crisis, Prop. 10 and good/bad tenants - Q How has the Bay Area's affordable housing crisis impacted your life? (The Mercury News)
Sacramento home prices plateau. But will they become affordable again? -Housing affordability hit a 10-year low this year throughout most of the state. Three out of four state residents could no longer afford a median-priced home. (Sacramento Bee)
A 'transit-oriented' success story -A test of whether a downtown high-rise apartment development in Evanston could succeed with limited on-site parking has turned out to be a success. (Evanston Now)
Five Takeaways from YIMBYtown -While the term “YIMBY” (Yes In My Backyard) is directly connected to building housing, the conference showed that most YIMBYs are equally engaged. (Smart Growth Online)
2 From Mt. Diablo Valley Unified District Named Teachers Of Year –Twenty-two deserving school teachers were named and a gala drew more than 400 attendees to the Hilton Concord. (Patch)
Commerce Department Gives $3M Grant To Peralta District The Administration is awarding a $3 million grant to the Oakland-based Peralta Community College District to boost workforce training pportunities.( sNEWSi is News)
Salinas' deficit could rise to $10.5M in ten years. Now, council is looking for solutions. -Driving issues of the city's fiscal gap are CalPERS pension rates and health care costs. Salinas has a total budget of $278.5 million. (The Salinas Californian)
Redwood City considering health benefits reduction -To address the city's pension challenges, a past council established a two-tiered system that required employees to contribute more of their salaries. (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Council approves first step in CalPERS bonding -The safety plan covers police officers and the miscellaneous other city employees. The city also has two other retirement plans. (Ridgecrest Daily Independent)
CalPERS has $360 billion to invest, but it can't figure out what to do with this blogger -By any measure, CalPERS has big problems. It's tens of billions of dollars short on what it owes to public employees and retirees. (Sacramento Bee)
What Is The Role Of Public Pension Plans In Proxy Voting? -Yet the largest public pension fund in the U.S., CalPERS, the leadership of CalPERS to fulfill their basic fiduciary responsibility. (Forbes)
3 city pension funds increase taxpayer obligation -City Council approved the minimum municipal obligation Thursday of about $4.5 million for police, fire and officers and employees pension funds. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
House passes aviation safety bill prompted by SFO close calls…Story.
Calpers Chief Faces Short-Term and Long-Term Liabilities… Story.
Curiosity, concern over mysterious rocket being built in East Bay…Story.
Oakland and Berkeley Homeless Sweeps May be Unconstitutional …Story.
Stanford to pay $155.8 million to lessen expansion's impact on housing crisis… Story.
As Millennium Tower sinks, legal fees keep on rising…Story.
Strict rent control has been banned in California for 20 years. Now voters could resurrect it…Story.
L.A. landlord tells tenants Prop. 10 is reason behind rent increase, pledges to cancel hike if measure fails… Story
A first in California: UC Berkeley opens large-scale universal locker room…Story.
Before Transbay center beam cracked, 2 contractors already mired in litigation…Story.
Southern California home prices rise 7%, though some say the market is slowing…Story.
Bay Area home sales plunge 10 percent in August to seven-year-low... Story.
In memoriam: Marty Balin, a founder, lead singer and songwriter of the groundbreaking San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane. He was 76.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law this weekend, including AB 2923, which will give BART housing development control on its property. See Top Story, above. (Photo: KVCR)
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