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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:10/16/2018 9:13 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Miramonte’s “Coach” Blackwood Dead At 81, Service Planned Oct. 28 - Thomas Jerry Blackwood Jr, 81, of Lafayette, passed away peacefully on Sunday Sept. 16, 2018. (News 24/680)

Man Arrested For Vandalism At Lafayette BART Station - BART Police arrested a man for vandalism at the Lafayette station Monday evening. (Patch)

Thief Attempts To Steal Rolex During Craigslist Meeting At San Ramon Starbucks Monday -Police are looking for a man they say attempted to snatch a Rolex watch from its owner during an aborted Craigslist transaction at a San Ramon Starbucks Monday morning. (News 24/680)

Smoke Warning For Wed: Wildland Fire Training Scheduled -Firefighters will be lighting real fires as part of the training exercise, so expect to see smoke.  (Patch)

What you need to know about Diablo Winds and Bay Area wildfires -These winds are coming from the direction of Mt. Diablo, thus the name "Diablo Winds". (KGO-TV)

Bay Area strike teams on standby with wildfire threat  -"Pre-position allows us to have the resources there before the fire," according to Steve Hill with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. (KRON4)

Contra Costa County Officials Take Part in Aircraft Fire Training -Contra Costa County firefighters are learning how to respond to a plane fire on an airfield. (KCBS)

Homelessness Reaches 'Crisis' Stage In Walnut Creek  -The Walnut Creek City Council is poised to declare on Tuesday a homeless "shelter crisis" in that city. (Patch)

Oakland voters to weigh in on whether to tax empty properties to help homeless (Marketplace)

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Ski & Snowboard Swap at San Ramon Valley High School Oct 20th

Halloween family fun slated throughout Central, East Contra Costa

Lafayette Res Run for Education - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walnut Creek Oct. 20

San Ramon Valley Vets Invite Public To Come Look – And Learn

 

OTHER NEWS

Gov. Jerry Brown has been high-speed rail’s most persistent defender, but costs have skyrocketed since it was voted on in 2011. Experts are warning Governor Brown’s successor to proceed with caution. (The Modesto Bee)

UC prof breaks down the price of gas in CA - Lots of reasons it is high, including a “mystery surcharge” twice the size of gas tax increase (Post Bulletin)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

Free Electric Buses Win Sustainability Award  -Walnut Creek's Downtown Trolley has received a 2018 Sustainability Award by Sustainable Contra Costa. (Patch)

How SF innovation breeds transit inconveniences -San Francisco’s transportation woes can be boiled down to this: Every highly touted innovation seems to make everything else much, much worse. (SF Gate)

Electric scooters returned to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, but companies still have some work to do. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SF (finally) reveals bikeway plans for Embarcadero (San Francisco Bike Coalition)

San Diego Transit Board Approves New Housing Policy for its Parking Lots -Today the board of San Diego’s Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS) voted unanimously to update its policies on developing the parking lots it owns. (StreetsBlog)

FHFA Debuts New Housing Affordability Metric -According to the working paper detailing the new measure, the new index increases accuracy by including a detailed breakdown of affordability by income-level; the use of real data on income, debt and funds available for down payments; and the incorporation of a future looking component that factors in things that impact affordability after origination. (HousingWire)

 

EDUCATION

UC Davis Agrees to Build Housing for over 5,000-and Will Pay City if It Misses Deadlines -The university has agreed to build enough housing to accommodate 100 percent of any new enrollment growth among students who are guaranteed housing at the school, or nearly 5,200 beds by fall 2023. (Sacramento Bee)

 

PENSION FUNDS

San Diego will appeal costly pension ruling to US Supreme Court, citing former mayor's free - San Diego is the only city in California to discontinue traditional pensions. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Calpers did not notice price discrepancies in FX Cartel case  -Daniel Bienvenue, a managing investment director for global equity at Calpers. (FX Week)

CalPERS shake-up may delay PE plans  -The far-reaching changes the $365.5 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System plans for its private equity program still need final board approval. (Top1000funds.com)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

The New American Dream Home Is One You Never Have to Leave… Story

Millions of Californians' jobs could be affected by automation — a scenario the next governor has to address…Story

Major projects at risk if voters kill California gas tax hike, officials say…Story

California Tenants Take Rent Control Fight to the Ballot Box… Story

Children's Hospitals Again Cry For Help From Voters, But Are They Really Hurting…Story

Fire risk prompts PG&E to cut power to 42,000 homes in Sierra foothills - even more may go dark… Story

Companies Betting on Pot May Be Worse Off When the Smoke Clears..." Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Oatmeal 5K Walk/Run -Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Oatmeal 5K Walk Starts 9:30 am Sharp.

 

AND FINALLY…

Michigan’s massive mushroom is bigger and older than previously thought. Researchers say the “humongous fungus” weighs 400 tons and is 2,500 years old.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

WEB-Tom-Blackwood

Miramonte’s “Coach” Blackwood has passed away at 81. See Local News, above.

 

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