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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/11/2018 10:24 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Five running for two Lafayette council seats  -Five candidates, who range in experience from an incumbent to a political newcomer, are competing for two seats on the Lafayette City Council this November. (East Bay Times)

BART wouldn’t build it, but new garage is going up anyway -The existing garage is usually filled before 8 a.m., and there is a 3,000-person waiting list for parking permits. (East Bay Times)

Whole Foods’ lease forcing Jade Garden to leave Walnut Creek shopping center after 31 years, restaurant owner says - The owner of Jade Garden says the shopping center where her Chinese restaurant has done business for 31 years is forcing her out next year because of the terms of a lease the center signed with Whole Foods. (BANG)

Large Oakland fire hits planned apartment complex -A large fire broke out Wednesday morning in an industrial warehouse in Oakland that housed a painting company on property set to become an apartment complex near BART’s Coliseum Station. (SF Gate)

Train nearly hit firefighters battling blaze at East Contra Costa County strip mall  -A very scary near miss for fire crews fighting an Oakley tire store fire this morning when they were almost struck by a train. (KTVU)

Dumbarton Bridge lanes reopen after Facebook bus, truck crash - A Sig-alert was issued at 2:39 p.m. advising commuters to avoid the area and seek alternate routes, with no estimated time of reopening. (BANG)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Lafayette Res Run for Education -The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette are co-sponsors of the Lafayette Res Run for Education

Town Hall Theatre Launches IN THE WINGS, A Staged Reading Series -PLACEBO will have one performance only on November 12, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA.

Astronomy Lecture: Telescopes help create model of the Universe  -Please join the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society for our October 23 general meeting featuring Professor Marusa Bradac.

Local Authors at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley -Local History Authors discussing their books at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.

 

OTHER NEWS

Battle erupts over how consumers pick electricity providers like PG&E - The state's Public Utilities Commission is focusing on how to create and nurture a fair marketplace for people who choose to leave utility behemoths such as PG&E in order to obtain power from alternative electricity providers, as well as those. (BANG)

A 28-year-old California man was sentenced to six months in prison for selling bank account information that helped Russia wage a campaign aimed at influencing the 2016 presidential race. (The New York Times0

Curtailing California’s inheritance tax break for vacation houses, rental property and even primary homes could raise $2 billion a year in property taxes, according to a new analysis. (The Los Angeles Times)

Another new study has found that California is vulnerable to an undercount in the 2020 census that could cost the state one of its seats in the House of Representatives. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

New Law Gives Californians Extra Time after Eviction - Under AB 2324 (David Chiu, D-San Francisco), signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Californians will have extra days to respond to eviction attempts. Or at least, maybe they will. It all depends on the timing of the eviction. (Curbed San Francisco)

California Cities Lead the U.S. in Personal Income Growth -Of the 50 largest metros, five of the 10 with the biggest income gains are located in California, where a diverse economy has been adding jobs across industries including construction, tourism and technology. No other state had more than one region in the top ten. (Wall Street Journal)

Two-thirds of Californians Would Advise Young People to Leave the State, Survey Finds -The Public Religion Research Institute's 2018 California Workers Survey revealed that many Californians are deeply pessimistic about the existence of the "American dream" in the state. (SF Gate)

 

HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

New BART housing law makes elections much more critical -Those of us opposed to AB2923 fully support transit-oriented development to ease the region's housing crunch and cut down on commuting times. (The Mercury News )

SF Residential Projects Languish as Rising Costs Force Developers to Cash Out -Construction costs and fees have led to approved projects remaining unbuilt or coming up for sale. Entitled projects stalling include 304-unit, 299-unit, 186-unit, and 220-unit buildings. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Berkeley Blocks Housing Project again, Citing Historic Value of Parking Lot Site -Even SB 35 can't get West Berkeley plans past city skepticism. (Curbed San Francisco) 

Napa County Agrees to Provide More Money for Redwood Grove Affordable Housing -The $15.9 million, 34-unit affordable housing project faces a $1.3 million funding gap because of rising mortgage interest rates. (Napa Valley Register)

Planning Director Says LA Could Hit the Mayor's Housing Goal Two Years Early -With building permits already issued for projects totaling 83,000 units, planning director Vince Bertoni believes Los Angeles will reach Mayor Garcetti's target of 100,000 new housing units by 2021 ahead of schedule. (Curbed Los Angeles)

States Are Losing Millions in Biking and Walking Funds - Hundreds of millions of federal dollars set aside to build desperately needed sidewalks, bike lanes or trails are instead being squandered by states through mismanagement, active disinterest or simply because they can, a new study reveals. (Streetsblog USA)

Gentle Density: Making Neighborhoods Transit-ready -Resistance is often high to allowing new building types in single-family neighborhoods. One incremental answer is "gentle density," a term used by Fayetteville, Arkansas, developer and council member Matthew Petty. Accessory dwellings can triple the density on a single-family lot. (Public Square)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Santa Clara Subject of State Pension Investigation  -The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) is investigating an ethics complaint against the City of Santa Clara. (The Silicon Valley Voice)

California Firefighters Make It Hard to Break Up With Russia  -The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, had about $460 million invested in Russian government bonds. (Bloomberg)

Soaring pension costs cause city to ask voters for a sales tax increase -But City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz told council at a July 23 meeting that the city's payments to CalPERS. (The Daily Post)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

As California struggles to house the homeless, some neighbors say 'welcome'…Story.

Oakland's woes may not be enough to spoil Schaaf's quest for second term…Story.

California Lottery cops questioned a $2 million jackpot. Then they lost their jobs…Story.

UC Davis investigating 'reprehensible' anti-Semitic posters found on campus…Story.

Reduced Sierra Nevada snowmelt runoff to threaten California agriculture… Story.

Salesforce backs new tax to support San Francisco housing…Story.

Facebook will soon rely on Instagram for the majority of its ad revenue growth… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

AT&T launches '5G Evolution' in Lafayette –Lafayette’s Mayor said in the release that he believes the upgrade will help to keep the city at the forefront of mobile connectivity.

 

AND FINALLY…

Millennials are killing American cheese. They’re opting for finer fromage, and restaurants are following suit.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Council Candidates

The five candidates for the Lafayette City Council pose with Carl DiGiorgio of the Lafayette Homeowners Council at right. The council hosted a candidates forum on Sept. 20 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. From left, are: Teresa Gerringer, Dave Smith, Ivor Samson, Susan Candell and Karen Maggio. See Local News, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

 

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