Almost Daily Briefing
Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California
Of Life and Limb: Trees are falling, but not just from El Nino
Local trees, including mature oaks and pines, are falling and in need of removal, but the recent El Nino rain storms are only partly to blame. It is more apt to be a combination of events - call it the perfect storm - causing their demise.
Rent Moratorium Shelved for Troubled Complex
Noting the recent improvement in discussions between tenants and management of the 1038 on Second apartment complex, Lafayette City Council members, at their Jan. 25 meeting, wished them well and opted to continue to table the rent increase moratorium they had been considering. After taking over ownership of the aging development in February 2015, many long-term tenants faced steep rent increases along with additional new charges for water, ...
Greener Power Likely Coming to Lafayette
City leaders want residents to have a choice of where their electricity comes from. After weighing all the options, Lafayette City Council members voted to move forward with Marin Clean Energy - a nonprofit that procures electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and small hydro, then partners with PG&E to deliver it -
Implementing the Moraga Center Specific Plan
Recent controversy over developments in the Moraga Center Specific Plan (MCSP) area has shown that land use regulation without implementation rules can lead to projects that are compliant and hard to challenge, even if the residents disapprove of them. The town has decided to involve Moragans in correcting that by defining the feel and look that they want implemented in their downtown.
Moraga Inches Toward Enrolling in Community Choice Aggregation
The Moraga Town Council agreed to send a non-binding letter to Marin Clean Energy (MCE), indicating its preliminary interest in having Moraga join the nonprofit structure that competes with PG&E for generating electricity. Other nearby cities, such as Lafayette, are moving forward with MCE (see related story on page A3), while the county is looking into forming an East Bay structure that would generate and/or procure its own renewable energy.
Chief of Police Becomes Interim Town Manager
Chief of Police Bob Priebe turned in his uniform Feb. 1 to fill the position of Moraga town manager until a replacement for Jill Keimach can be found. Priebe, who has served on the police force for the past 38 years, welcomes the new challenge. Jon King will serve as acting police chief during this interim period, and Priebe will return as chief of police when a new manager is hired.
Community Outreach Meeting Kicks Off Downtown Parking Study
Orinda’s parking study consultant, TJKM, began public outreach efforts on its parking study of Orinda’s downtown area by conducting a public meeting for the city on Jan. 27. At that meeting the methodology for conducting the study was explained with a slide presentation, and public comments were received.
Survey Results Create Dilemma for Council
An evenly split Orinda City Council struggled with the question of whether to approach voters with a proposal to fund just another piece of the city’s ongoing Road Maintenance and Improvement Project, or shoot for the moon and seek the voter support necessary to cover the entire $47 million cost to complete the job.
New Planning Director Named
Orinda has selected Drummond Buckley as its permanent planning director, filling a vacancy that has existed since last September. Buckley succeeds Interim Planning Director Victor Carniglia. He will officially assume office on Feb. 29.
MOFD Revives Sophisticated Planning Tool
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District survived the Great Recession, a labor contract is in place and the station 46 negotiations have ended, and though the district is on its third fire chief since 2009, this one gives no indication that he is about to leave. So the district has committed to redraft its strategic plan, last updated seven years ago, at the time expected to posit as a vision and guideline for two years.
Lafayette Pack and Ship Brings Boutique Feel to Mail
”It has always been in the cards,” said Sue McKinlay, when I asked why she and her husband, Ian, moved from Denver to California, where they run the new Lafayette Pack and Ship, located on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Originally from London, the McKinlays had long been planning to pack up their Colorado shipping business (which they sold last February) in order to spend more time with their daughter and her family, who live in Orinda.
No Room at the Shelter
Increase in agency save rate results in congestion at county animal shelters
Due to an overload of animals, the Contra Costa County Animal Services Department temporarily stopped accepting owner surrendered animals at the Martinez and Pinole shelters Feb. 3. The agency also indefinitely closed its night surrender boxes.
Lamorinda Music Teacher Recognized for Life of Achievement
It’s strange to hear longtime music teacher Rick Meyer say he feels embarrassed about receiving the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Hall of Fame Award. After four decades teaching in Lamorinda, he’s more than used to a little recognition.
There was “yelling and screaming” between Santa Clara City Manager Julio Fuentes, who just celebrated his three-year anniversary, and a councilmember.
Mayor Jamie Matthews' name placard hung above the wooden City Council chamber doors Tuesday night.
City finance manager Stacie Plummer won a judgment against the city of Richmond on Tuesday that accused the city of passing her over for promotions and raises after she reported financial mismanagement.
LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION
The DOT’s $98 billion 2017 budget has a lot to recommend it, and virtually no chance of approval.
New express lanes on I-580 signal freeway revolution
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Bay Area's new 'Lexus lanes' will require a new FasTrak
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Bay Area housing squeeze: Millennials hurt the worst
Contra Costa Times
New express lanes opening on I-580
Contra Costa Times
State explores swap for gas tax
San Francisco Examiner
EL NINO AND DROUGHT
A new report shows reduced hydroelectricity generation, due to thedrought in California, has increased costs to electric ratepayers.
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