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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/07/2018 9:36 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette councilman Mark Mitchell dies suddenly at 61  -Lifetime Lafayette resident and councilman Mark Mitchell died unexpectedly Monday. He was 61. The city announced his passing in a statement. (Mercury News)

 

LOCAL NEWS

According to the Lamorinda Weekly, these are the preliminary election results for the Lafayette City Council race (two positions):

Susan Candell, 27.98%, 3,503 votes
Teresa Gerringer, 23.29%, 2,916 votes
Ivor Samson, 20.65%, 2,585 votes
Karen J. Maggio, 15.52%, 1,946 votes
Dave Smith, 12.55%, 1,571 votes 

The results are expected to be certified at the beginning of December.  You can review all the latest local elections results on the Contra Coast County Elections website. 

Fire Weather Returns: Red Flag Warning Issued For East Bay  -Highest threat areas in the hills of E Napa County, around Mt Saint Helena, Mt Tamalpais, and the hills around Mt Diablo. (Patch)

Man Dies At Walnut Creek BART Station  -A man died of apparent natural causes at the BART station in Walnut Creek Monday morning, BART Police report. (Patch)

Man dies trapped in car that caught fire after Highway 24 crash in Walnut Creek - A Concord man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, the CHP said. (BANG)

Suspect, Deputy In Danville Shooting Identified  -The man who died in an officer-involved shooting in Danville Saturday morning has been identified as a 33-year-old Newark man. (Patch)

Police Pursuit Ends With Car Crashing Into Alamo Business Tuesday   Breaking News: Police Pursuit Ends With Car Crashing Into Alamo Business  (News24-680.com)

Maternity Apparel Store Robbed At Gunpoint  -Someone called 911 at 5:38 p.m. to tell police about a robbery at Destination Maternity at 1604 Mt. Diablo Blvd in Walnut Creek. (SF Gate)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Victoria Sweet – Slow Medicine Talk at Lafayette Library Nov 15th

Walnut Creek on Ice Opens November 9th

In brief: Children’s Winter Festival on Saturday in Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

California counties have 30 days to count and certify votes, meaning congressional results may not be official until Dec. 7. The state switched in recent years to a mail-in ballot system aimed at maximizing turnout, at the cost of speedy results. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

Despite thorough debunking, neoliberal housing politics prevail in the Bay Area  -The YIMBY movement, an acronym for “Yes In My Backyard,” consists of developers, activists, politicians and a few political advocacy groups. (Salon)

What explains the rent affordability gap between Los Angeles and San Francisco? - In the city of San Francisco, 68 percent of its rental units were scored as affordable. (BANG)

Bay Area startup sees a rent-to-own housing solution — just not here - San Francisco startup Divvy Homes is purchasing houses in Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee and writing rent-to-own contracts for prospective buyers. It might help families with less-than-perfect credit buy homes. (East Bay Times)

Critical bicycle-pedestrian connection over highway in East Palo Alto set to open in spring (Palo Alto Online)

AAA buys autonomous vehicle testing site (San Francisco Business Times)

10 of the craziest, most futuristic ideas to fix traffic, transit in the Bay Area - Flying cars, a gondola spanning the bay and ferries carrying cars on freeways? (BANG)

 

ENVIRONMENT

Contra Costa County rewards environmentally benign commutes (East County Today)

 

PENSION FUNDS

$1 billion lawsuit over CalPERS insurance rates moves forward with trial date  -A class-action lawsuit that could cost CalPERS $1 billion is headed to trial in June, and many of the 122,000 retirees who bought an insurance plan. (Sacramento Bee)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Oroville Dam repairs aren't enough, feds warn. Should state be forced to plan for a mega-flood? …Story.

Bullet-train foes lose another round in court fight against construction in the Valley…Story

A San Andreas fault mystery: The 'slow-moving disaster' in an area where the Big One is feared…Story

Legoland California celebrates 20th anniversary with free admission for kids in 2019…Story

Temporary workers at striking SF Marriott hotel allege labor violations…Story

World's largest dorm-style 'co-living' apartment building coming to San Jose…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette homeowner tells Comcast to buzz off over new fiber optics line -Comcast says it has an existing franchise agreement with the City of Lafayette that gives it clear authority to access valid rights of way and easements.

 

AND FINALLY…

McDonald’s is recruiting grandmas to flip burgers. The tight labor market has led US fast-food chains to look for workers in retirement homes.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Mark Mitchell

Lafayette Council Member Mark Mitchell unexpectedly passed away on Monday. See Top Story, above.

 

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