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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/09/2017 10:53 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


East Bay restaurant family to open Batch & Brine in Lafayette

A family of East Bay cousins is putting their 35 years of restaurant experience into a new concept that’s coming to Lafayette in 2018.  Batch & Brine, a farm-to-fork restaurant specializing in flavors from around the world, will take over the space at 3602 Mt. Diablo Boulevard (next to Pizza Antica) in Lafayette. The restaurant is set to open in March.  In a phone interview, co-owner Celina Gonzales explained that Batch & Brine is the culmination of 80 years of family recipes and ownership-operation know-how, including ownership of Mel’s Diner and Black Bear Diner locations around the Bay Area.  But Batch & Brine is no diner. Think organic, fresh ingredients for the restaurant’s artisan burgers, salads and sandwiches delivered daily. Gonzales feels so strongly about fresh ingredients that they’re building the custom kitchen without a freezer.  The team has also hired David Suarez, a French Culinary Institute graduate, to helm the kitchen. Originally from New York, Suarez worked with Thomas Keller, Anne Rosenzweig and Frank Crispo before spending 11 years as the Culinary Director for Rosa Mexicano, a New York-based Mexican restaurant concept. He moved to the Bay Area to open Rosa Mexicano in San Francisco.  For the Batch & Brine menu, expect hand-cut fries, hatch chiles brought in from New Mexico for a signature Hatch Chile Verde, and a specialty sandwich called the Lower East Side, which showcases their 13 day-brined pastrami.  Beverage offerings will include a rotating tap of more than 18 hand-crafted, locally-sourced beers. Wines, whiskies and other liquors will also have an artisanal, small-batch focus. You can expect boozy shakes and brunch on the weekends, too.  San Rafael-based Crome Architecture, the firm behind Barranco Cucina Peruano in Lafayette and all the Blue Bottle Coffee locations, is in charge of the build out, which will include a front patio. From Crome’s website:  “The exterior is wrapped in reclaimed wood with carefully placed sections of living wall. They are filled with indigenous succulents, festival lighting, a fire pit and comfortable seating, making this a unique outdoor seating experience.” Inside, expect a sculpted bar with concrete counter and wood face.


Moraga woman shot while in her car in Oakland

A 31-year-old Moraga woman was shot and wounded Monday night while she was in her car near Mosswood Park, authorities said.  The woman was hit multiple times but was able to drive herself to a nearby hospital. She was in stable condition.


Revenue needs spur El Cerrito to study charter city status
East Bay Times


Trial starts for East Bay man charged with coercing suicide, kidnapping, and torture

It is described as the worst human trafficking case in the county’s history, and is expected to last until early 2018.


Pine Meadow Golf Course land development, open space initiative still uncertain

Uncertainty still surrounds the fate of the 25.9-acre Pine Meadow Golf Course land


In City Hall, Women Make History

More women are on track to be elected mayor in the top 100 cities than ever before—in some major cities, for the first time. But not before overcoming some major hurdles.


Adelanto Councilman Facing Federal Arson and Bribery Charges
Adelanto Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright is accused of taking bribes and planning to burn down his business for the insurance money. 


Is L.A. Fudging Its Crime Statistics? Shocking Allegations Rock LAPD.
A captain with the LAPD has alleged a “complex and elaborate coverup” of crime statistics. Police Chief Charlie Beck calls the claim outrageous.


State's First Transgender Council Member Elected in Palm Springs
The Palm Springs City Council is now 100% LGBT.


Transgender candidate wins, makes history in California," by NBC 10News: "Lisa Middleton made history Tuesday night by becoming the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California, joining Christy Holstege, a young attorney, in victory to the City Council." Story





Self-operating shuttle bus crashes after Las Vegas launch
Mercury News


Mayor Lee creates Vision Zero ‘rapid response team’ following public pressure over pedestrian deaths
San Francisco Examiner





Charting the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis: $500,000 homes are becoming an endangered species
East Bay Times


A’s stadium: New poll finds big support for Peralta site
Mercury News


Berkeleyside special: Mapping Berkeley’s ‘housing pipeline’ with new city data





Wine Country fire victims struggle to find stability
San Francisco Chronicle


In wake of Wine Country fires, state proposes new utility safety rules
San Francisco Chronicle


Unburned portion of Trione-Annadel State Park now open
Santa Rosa Press Democrat


The global partnership fighting climate change expands. Is Trump helping the cause?
Sacramento Bee


Emissions fall under California's cap-and-trade program
Los Angeles Times


Air board broke law in adopting last-minute, industry-friendly smog measure, judge rules
Los Angeles Times


Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers,'' via The Guardian: "Wall Street has long been the industry people love to hate. But as big tech's reputation plummets, suddenly a job at Facebook doesn't seem so cool." Story.


Silicon Valley's 'gut-wrenching' year confronting its dark side," by CNN's Seth Fiegerman: "It's not simply the role social media has played in providing a platform for Trump, a president many leaders in the industry openly oppose. In the year since the election, there's been a steady drumbeat of damaging headlines about fake news, polarizing filter bubbles and Russian propaganda campaigns across social media." Story


Nancy Pelosi fundraising a double-edged sword for 2018 Democrats," by SacBee's Emily Cadei and Alex Roarty: "Pelosi's profilic fundraising is just one reason why many Democrats argue the party can't afford to cast her out. One year from the 2018 election, no one in the Democratic caucus is pushing to shake-up the leadership midstream. 'We are where we are,' says Ryan. 'At this point, we tap into the strengths of everybody in the caucus.'" Story


Sen. Dianne Feinstein reintroduces assault weapons ban legislation," by LATimes' Sarah D. Wire: "Feinstein indicated she knows the bill has little chance of moving in the Republican-controlled Senate. It is co-sponsored by 22 Democrats, including Feinstein's fellow California Sen. Kamala Harris. Feinstein said in a statement that she introduced the bill so 'the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote.'" Story


Central American immigrants worry after Trump signals end to program protecting them from deportation," by LATimes' Nelson Rauda Zablah: Story


Federal drone advisory panel knocked for 'lack of transparency and poor management,'' via the Washington Post: "San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee (D), in a sharply worded letter distributed to the group headed by Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich, cited the "lack of transparency and poor management" of one of the committee's subgroups. In January, the FAA gave that panel, known as Task Group 1, the difficult job of determining what role federal, state and local officials should play in regulating drones buzzing over communities at low altitudes." Story.


New Estimates Show How Far the Benefits of the House Tax Bill Tilt to the Wealthy" by Esi Hutchful via California Budget and Policy Center: "In spite of making some superficial changes to the previously released tax plan, the House tax bill is a fundamentally flawed proposal that would provide little or no benefit to low- and middle-income households while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to large corporations. What's more, this proposal would significantly increase the federal deficit, leading to budget cuts to many public services and systems that help low- and middle-income families and individuals to make ends meet." Link.


GOP tax plan could be 'devastating' for Bay Area and first-time homebuyers, economist says,'' by SF Business Journal's Kevin Truong: "Based on a Pacific Union calculation factoring current home prices and average mortgage terms, 70 percent of home sales are at a potential loss if changes to the deduction limit are passed." Story.


For Northern California fire victims, FEMA extends housing assistance," by Guy Kovner of Santa Rosa Press Democrat: "Scheduled to expire Friday, the program was extended for four weeks based on a request from state officials that cited "a lack of rental or other temporary housing space," according to a memo from FEMA assistant administrator Alex Amparo." Story


End may be nearing for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant,'' by SFChronicle's David R. Baker: "California's last nuclear power plant - Diablo Canyon - may be one step closer to closing, despite a vocal campaign to save it. The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday issued a proposed decision that would approve plans by Diablo Canyon's owner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., to shut it down when the plant's operating licenses expire, in 2024 and 2025." Story.


There's now an electric highway in California," by Sebastian Blanco via Forbes: "Set up by Siemens, the first electric highway in the United States is now available for specific trucks moving between the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach." Story


GOP candidate for governor Travis Allen donated to Gavin Newsom and other Democrats," by Casey Tolan of Bay Area News: "... before he was elected to the Assembly in 2012, Allen made a series of campaign donations to the Democrats he now denounces - including Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state Democratic Party and a congressman who has filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump." Story


California Republicans have to choose between their philosophy and their constituents," by Dan Schnur for LATimes: "There are fewer Republicans in the California congressional delegation than there are players on the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers. One half of the state's 14 GOP House members represent districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential campaign, which has Democrats salivating at the prospect of increasing their already considerable margin in our state's 55-member Capitol Hill delegation." Story


How California ranks in the nation's opioid epidemic via San Diego Union Tribune's Kristina Davis. Story.


Brown Booby Birds seen in California islands for first time," by AP: Story


Downtown Oakland ballpark plan is a hit with voters, poll shows," by SFChronicle's Matier & Ross: Story


United's final 747 flight from San Francisco becomes hot ticket," by Wayne Freedman of ABC7: Story


Google shares Los Angeles and San Francisco air pollution data from Street View cars," by Abner Li of 9to5Google: Story


L.A. considers making Playboy Mansion a historic monument," by City News Service: Story


Mysterious chunks of ice reportedly crash through Southern California roof," by SFGate's Alix Martichoux: Story


California approves rescue plan for shrinking Salton Sea," by AP: Story


Document: Man in university threat had 'nothing to lose'," by Michael Balsamo and Amy Taxin: Story


Facebook asks users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn," by Olivia Solon of The Guardian: "Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be "hashed". This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image." Story


Uber hasn't recovered its business in San Francisco and New York since #deleteUber," by Rani Molla and Johanna Bhuiyan: " While Uber's share in many major U.S. markets has failed to recover from that campaign, its sales overall have picked back up, according to credit card analytics company Second Measure." Story


Silicon Valley needs to change how it treats working mothers," by Alexandra Samuel for the Verge: "A 2013 analysis found that half of female STEM professionals leave the field within 12 years, compared with less than 20 percent of women in other professional fields. These women aren't switching to other fields; rather, STEM professionals are much more likely than other professionals to leave the workforce altogether after having kids." Story


Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers," by Olivia Solon of The Guardian: "Greg is one of many people working in tech who are increasingly self-conscious about how the industry - represented by consumer-facing tech titans like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Twitter and Uber - is perceived: as underregulated, overly powerful companies filled with wealthy tech bros and "brilliant assholes" with little regard for the local communities they occupy." Story


'We've probably hit peak Silicon Valley,' AOL founder says," by CNBC Arjun Kharpal: "Investors need to back more entrepreneurs from outside Silicon Valley to create jobs in areas of the U.S. that have felt left out by the advance of technology, AOL co-founder Steve Case told CNBC on Wednesday." Story





Lafayette bans oil and gas development for 6 months

The Lafayette City Council has approved a fracking moratorium while it overhauls its drilling regulations.





Germany: police detain man hiding python in his pants



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