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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/15/2018 9:12 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

PG&E cuts power in 12 counties, citing fire risk -Power lines remain deactivated in a dozen Northern California counties Monday morning, part of an effort by Pacific Gas and Electric to raise the odds against conditions conspiring to create a wildfire on par with last year’s Wine Country firestorm. (BANG)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Additional Resources Deployed In Response To Fire Danger  -The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said it is deploying additional resources today as a result of dry, windy conditions. (SFGate)

BART fined $650,000 for 2 worker deaths -Regulators fined the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit agency $650,000 on Thursday for safety failures that led a commuter train to strike and kill two workers inspecting track five years ago during a union strike. (East Bay Times)

Crews Respond To 1-Alarm Fire Near Lafayette Landscape Supply Store -The blaze was reported about 2:55 p.m. at a building adjacent to Diamond K Supply, in the 3600 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard, a fire dispatcher said. (SFGate)

City of Walnut Creek Set to Declare 'Shelter Crisis' as Part of State Grant  -The Walnut Creek City Council is poised to declare on Tuesday a homeless "shelter crisis" in that city. (NBC Bay Area)

Live Fire, Responder Training Planned At Buchanan Field -Contra Costa County first responders will be at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord this week for live fire training. (Patch)

Fremont St. to reopen under closed S.F. transit center -Fremont Street will reopen to pedestrian and vehicle traffic Monday morning after crews’ work to investigate and repair cracked steel beams supporting the still-closed. (BANG)

CHP helicopter helps Concord police capture 'Peeping Tom' suspect  -According to CHP, the helicopter was dispatched around 10:14 p.m. to Walnut Creek and immediately located the suspect hiding next to a fence. (KRON4)

Trial begins for Walnut Creek man accused of ramming Concord police cars -Opening arguments began Friday in the trial of a Walnut Creek man accused of ramming three Concord police patrol cars. (The Mercury News)

Coroner IDs Elderly Alamo Man Killed In Crash Thursday  -A man who died after his car crashed into a ditch in Walnut Creek on Thursday morning has been identified. (Patch)

Kids play firefighter for a day in Contra Costa County  -"This is a chance for us to show them what their tax money is actually going to," said Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall. (The Mercury News)

Popular Chinese Restaurant In Walnut Creek Allowed To Renew Lease  -A popular Chinese restaurant in Walnut Creek learned on Friday it would be able to renew its lease. (KPIX 5)

Walnut Creek Teacher To Represent CA At National Competition  -Northgate High School teacher Rosie Reid will represent California in the National Teacher of the Year competition. (Patch)

 

OTHER NEWS

Californians will be among 19 million people worldwide who will participate in the Great Shake Out earthquake drills on Thursday. (New York Times)

A plan to revive the state’s rivers is facing opposition from an unexpected source: San Francisco. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Earthquake Warning System Will Come with Some False Alarms and Missed Alerts -California is getting closer to what scientists say will be the world's most sophisticated earthquake warning system, with officials this week announcing they were expanding the test program in the coming months in advance of a future public rollout. Even a few seconds' warning can save lives and prevent fires with shut-off of fuel lines. (L.A. Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

No BART to Livermore?  -With AB 2923 signed last weekend, those dreams are dashed. A BART station in Livermore, with local land use and zoning governed by BART. (Livermore Independent)

San Mateo explores future of downtown train station - Being it's a downtown and well-used Caltrain station, I see the possibility of having greater transit-oriented mixed-use development on that site. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Valley Link rail project approved for environmental and design funds  -Valley Link is a planned project that would connect the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor. (RailwayAge Magazine)

Healdsburg Voters to Consider Workforce Housing Measure - Sonoma County: Healdsburg voters next month will decide Measure P, which would amend the city's growth management ordinance to allow the construction of up to 150 multifamily and income-restricted rental units over three years. (Patch)

Bay Area Multifamily Completions Inch Forward -With job growth comes housing demand and this disparity underscores the fact that regardless of the need for housing that comes with job production, a market can't absorb product that isn't there. (Globe St.)

A Guide to CEQA: California's Environmental Law That Developers Love to Hate -As concerns about water quality and smog mounted in California, lawmakers sought to create a state bill that would supplement the new federal law with even stricter standards regulating pollution and preserving the natural environment. (Curbed)

Five Reasons to Believe That Housing Affordability Can Happen  -You'll hear again and again from each of them and together, that the housing affordability problem today has root causes. (Builder Magazine)

CAR Releases its 2019 California Housing Market Forecast - Outmigration, Which Is A Result Of The State's Housing Affordability Issue. (Sierra Sun Times)

Can L.A. Build New Parks and Public Spaces without Gentrifying away Low-income Residents? -Park, health-equity and environmental-justice advocates rightly applaud investments in bicycle paths and parks. The benefits of regular access to nature, recreation and public spaces are well established. But fear of "green gentrification" is also legitimate. (L.A. Times)

In LA, homes with price reductions hit a seven-year high -A recent report from Attom Data Solutions found that housing affordability in LA is at a 10-year low, factoring in rising mortgage interest rates. (Curbed LA)

Is Transit Doomed in the U.S.? -Two rival pundits face off over federal funding, the transit “death spiral,” and where all the riders have gone. (CityLab)

Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. -The limited transit service available in most American cities means that demand will never materialize-not without some fundamental changes. ... To this day, in most parts of American cities, it is all but impossible to get anywhere on a Sunday at 8 p.m. by transit, and if you miss the bus you might be waiting an hour or more for the next one. (CityLab)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Governor Jerry Brown appoints 33 judges… List

California man charged with threatening to kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein…Story

San Francisco is declared street poop capital of America by company that has made a map of feces…Story

Lung Cancer Deaths are 28 Percent Lower in California…Story

DMV fines almost 500 drivers caught misusing disabled parking placards…Story

A police legend with 37-year career fighting Asian gangs falls: Oakland Chinatown gang expert admits taking bribes…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette mayor, experts discuss role of arts in diversifying economies –Lafayette’s mayor and a group of experts discussed diversifying economies through supporting the arts.

 

AND FINALLY…

Sotheby’s sold the five most expensive bottles of wine ever. A 1945 vintage from Burgundy producer Romanée-Conti fetched $558,000.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

PGE Crew BANG

PG&E staff on Sunday night deactivated the power lines to nearly 60,000 customers in Northern California. See Top Story, above. (Photo: BANG)

 

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