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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/10/2018 9:42 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

BART safety worries remain high, prompt changes -I was riding BART from San Francisco International Airport to  Castro Valley recently when around 10:30 p.m. someone grabbed my iPhone and ran out the door at Glen Park. (East Bay Times)

Housing, revitalizing downtown dominate Orinda council race -Five candidates, including the city’s mayor, a council member and chair of the city’s Planning Commission, are in the race for two Orinda City Council seats this November. (East Bay Times)

New Moraga-Canyon Bridge Plan Update -The Moraga Town Council on Wednesday will receive a report on progress toward building a new bridge over Moraga Creek. (Patch)

Motorcyclist arrested after chase from Martinez to Orinda -A Concord motorcyclist initially stopped for an equipment violation in Martinez. (BANG)

Highway 24 Crash Victim ID'd  -A man who died in a solo-car crash late Sunday night on westbound state Highway 24 in Orinda has been identified. (Patch)

Concord Road To Close To Rebuild Apartments Following Arson  -A lane will be closed on a main Concord thoroughfare today and on five other days later this month and in November . (Patch)

'Not unlike a Ponzi scheme': Man sentenced for multi-million dollar fraud against Walnut Creek - A Florida man who stole millions from a Walnut Creek company as part of an elaborate fraud scheme was sentenced to 10 years. (The Mercury News)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Premium Book Sale At The Pleasant Hill Library

Free Movie – Beetlejuice at Orinda Theatre

Learn ‘How to Talk to Kids about Race’ in Orinda

48th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on Historic Main Street!

 

OTHER NEWS

PG&E blamed for another fatal October 2017 firestorm: state investigators - PG&E sagging power lines caused the Cascade Fire in Yuba County that started Oct. 8 and burned nearly 10,000 acres, destroyed 264 structures and killed four people. (BANG)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

Bay Area cities turn to startups to solve housing, traffic, other woes - Applications opened Tuesday for the San Francisco-based Startup in Residence program, which connects startups with government agencies to work on tough projects. (BANG)

California's 2019 Housing Laws: What You Need to Know - Another Wave of New Laws Shifts  -AB 2923 (Assembly Members David Chiu and Timothy Grayson) – Development on BART-Owned Land is a new law. (Press Release)

Eyes on the Street: Oakland’s New DOT Builds Some Sweet Protected Bikeways - Oakland held a “soft” opening of what will be new protected bike lanes along with west side of Lake Merritt (Streetsblog)

Public lands may be key to solving Bay Area housing crisis -While I opposed AB 2923, the transit-oriented development bill signed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Daily Californian)

US Housing Affordability Crisis Rooted in Urban Cores -The nation's worsening housing affordability challenge is, perhaps not surprisingly, largely centered in the country's urban centers. (Zillow)

Sebastopol seeks input on pedestrian safety (Sonoma West)

Scooter use is rising in major cities. So are trips to the emergency room -They have been pouring into emergency rooms around the nation all summer, their bodies bearing a blend of injuries that doctors normally associate with victims of car wrecks. (Washington Post)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Peralta's outrageous retirement debt bond scheme  -The Peralta Community College District entered into an irresponsible borrowing scheme to cover the cost of workers' retirement health benefits. (East Bay Times)

Will CalPERS finally focus on returns?  -The California Public Employees' Retirement System has unfunded liabilities of at least $168 billion, meaning it has just more than two-thirds. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

California's carbon-credit market often pays for greenhouse gas reductions that would've happened anyway…Story

High-speed rail routes veer uncomfortably close to home for some San Fernando Valley residents…Story

That California election ballot 'correction' you got for Prop. 6 isn't from the government…Story

How energized are California voters? Mail balloting will give an early answer…Story

California wildfire victims say cleanup crews add to woes…Story

California dioceses list 34 priests accused of sex abuse…Story

Hundreds of wild horses in California set for round up, possible slaughter…Story

Benioff comes out strong for homeless initiative, although Salesforce would pay big…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Approved Changes to Lafayette Street Park Plan  - The Deputy Mayor expressed satisfaction with the design of 80 parking spaces in the center of town.

 

AND FINALLY…

A Hawaii veterinary hospital found an unlikely “butt-dial” culprit. A rogue gecko was making calls with its feet on the director’s mobile phone.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

BART Police (Bay Area Council)

BART continues to have problems managing crime on its trains. See Local Story, above. (Photo: Bay Area Council)

 

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