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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/09/2018 9:25 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

  

LOCAL NEWS

Contra Costa judge halts $42 million Caltrans contract over lawsuit - A Contra Costa County judge temporarily suspended a $42 million environmental testing contract that had been awarded by Caltrans, so that a lawsuit against the transportation department can proceed. (BANG)

Vacaville area fires force two highway closures; smoke drifts into East Bay -Smoke was reported to be drifting across Contra Costa County as a result of the blaze, and some dark ash was spotted in Walnut Creek and Concord. (The Mercury News)

Wildfire Smoke Prompts Air Quality Advisory In Bay Area  -Smoke from the Branscomb Fire in the North Bay, the 680 corridor through central Contra Costa County and south as far as San Jose. (Patch)

Driver Killed In Westbound 24 Crash In Orinda Sunday -Home NEWS Police/Fire Driver Killed In Westbound 24 Crash In Orinda. (News24-680)

Claim filed against San Ramon Valley schools after accidental drowning of student -A legal claim has been filed against the San Ramon Valley Unified School District after an accidental drowning of a student. (KRON 4)

Danville named California's safest city; numerous Bay Area cities make top 50, report says -"For the most part, that's why I live in the area, because I feel like it's very safe here," said Cheryl Maxie, a Pleasant Hill resident who spoke to KTVU. (KTVU)

A Whole Foods in Berkeley filed a restraining order against a group of vegan activists who have staged protests at the store for several years. (The Guardian)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

DVC Small Business Boot Camp If you are a veteran interested in growing your existing business, you’ll want to attend this event hosted by Diablo Valley College.

 

OTHER NEWS

The two candidates for governor — Gavin Newsom and John Cox — met for their only scheduled debate. Here’s what we learned. (The New York Times)

About 1,500 people may have been improperly registered to vote in California by the Department of Motor Vehicles. At least one, and perhaps many more, are legal residents who are not citizens. (The Associated Press)

The next governor will face a significant demographic shift: Seniors will be California’s fastest-growing population. (The Los Angeles Times)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

City of Sonoma names new planning director -In California, he has worked for the Town of Moraga as adjunct staff for almost 5 years and for El Dorado County. (Sonoma Valley Sun)

San Mateo parks and facilities plan shapes -Estimated to be two-thirds complete, the massive mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the former race track is home to 18 acres of parks. (San Mateo Daily Journal )

How Projects are Tackling the Density Issue  -Some of these projects include Innovation at Warm Springs in Fremont for Lennar Homes, a 110-acre transit-oriented master-planned community. (GlobeSt.com)

 

EDUCATION

Local college seeking planning participation -This fall, Contra Costa Community College District and Los Medanos College (LMC) will launch a countywide strategic planning process (thepress.net)

New VP, Mary Gutierrez makes her start at Diablo Valley College  -This Fall, Diablo Valley College was introduced to Mary Gutierrez, the new vice president of instruction, who has been described as a visionary. (The Inquirer)

Community colleges embrace prison-to-education pipeline  -In 2015, the Contra Costa Community College District designed a program so people recently free from incarceration have a chance to get an education. (The Advocate)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS President Loses Her Board Seat -The president of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) board has been unseated by a Southern California police officer. (Chief Investment Officer)

Yuba City takes proactive approach to CalPERS -To help address the issue of rising pension costs, Yuba City City Council members voted last month to advance an additional $750,000 to CalPERS. (Appeal-Democrat)

CalPERS to Review Whether International Stock Holdings Should Be Reduced -The $360 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) will be conducting a review of its decision a decade ago. (Chief Investment Officer)

How Public Pension Boards Are Making a Crisis Worse  - Chief of Largest U.S. Pension Fund Should Be Investigated. (Governing)

Sweeping retirement legislation is likely coming soon  -Relaxed requirements for multiple employer plans and legal authority. (InvestmentNews)

Fixing public pensions with private creativity  -New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the city of Philadelphia have massively underfunded pension plans that are sucking the life out of their budgets. (Philly.com)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Newly signed CA criminal justice reforms evoke hope, unease…Story

'We've got a mess on our hands': Millions of Californians still need Real IDs from DMV… Story

ACLU sues SF police, claiming unchecked racism in department…Story.

California Arrests 52 in Nation's Biggest Series of Illegal-Pot Raids…Story

Marriott Hotel Workers in San Francisco Walk Off the Job…Story.

Media Companies Could Run Afoul Of California Law Banning All-Male Boardrooms…Story.

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Bird electric scooters: Lafayette issues cease and desist, promises to impound  -Bird electric scooters: Lafayette has issued a cease and desist order.

 

AND FINALLY…

Fitness trackers think inanimate objects have a pulse. Xiaomi’s Mi Band 3 mistakenly detected a heartbeat on a roll of toilet paper.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Caltrans Slow (Caltrans)

A Contra Costa County judge will allow a lawsuit against Caltrans to proceed. See Local News, above.  (Photo: Caltrans)

 

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