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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:02/09/2018 9:26 AM


Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Packing up and moving out: Bay Area exodus continues
East Bay Times


Excitement abounds at all-access playground opening
A large crowd attended a sunny, balloon-festooned inaugural ceremony Jan. 28 for the new, all-access playground in Moraga Commons Park. Children thronged at the entrance, waiting for the moment a red ceremonial ribbon would be cut to officially welcome them in to play.

Lamorinda mayors balk at proposed CPUC resolution
Mayors Dave Trotter of Moraga and Don Tatzin of Lafayette have urged the California Public Utilities Commission to vote against implementing a registration process for new community choice aggregators, arguing that the registration process is an improper de facto freeze on CCA implementation.

First Orinda, now Lafayette considers LimeBike
Lafayette is joining neighboring cities in considering introducing dockless bike sharing for its residents.

Traffic solutions, all options still being explored
When it comes to addressing  downtown congestion, the Lafayette City Council agrees - every single option comes with a cost, and it’s not just financial.

The Chamber of Commerce is back, bigger and better than ever
There was quite a lively party lighting up Lafayette Circle on a recent, rainy weeknight as over 200 people came by the new Chamber of Commerce offices to help celebrate the grand opening of the new digs.

Don Tatzin delivers State of the City Address
Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin summed up the State of the City address in five words: “Happy birthday, Lafayette. Love Lafayette.”

Accessory dwelling units ordinance regulation change
Like many other municipalities, Moraga has now adapted its municipal code to make it easier for property owners to add secondary dwelling units to their residences. “Over the counter” permits will be given to build attached or detached units up to 800 square feet, unless the property is located in open space; conversion of existing space adding a new unit is permitted throughout the town.

Can this company encourage more college students to Shop Moraga?
LimeBike, a San Mateo-based bike-sharing company that is spreading across the U.S., pitched to begin operations in Moraga at the Jan. 24 town council meeting.

Property fee assessment for storm drains headed toward a special election
The Moraga Town Council decided to no longer kick the storm drains down the road. “It is important that the council speak unanimously on this issue,” Mayor Dave Trotter exhorted his council members Jan. 24, and Trotter got his wish.

Educational Foundation of Orinda opts for professional leadership
After almost 40 years of successful fundraising to benefit Orinda schools, the Educational Foundation of Orinda has decided to hire an executive director to drive donations higher than the current annual plateau of just over $1.5 million.  Over the course of its existence, the EFO has provided over $27 million to Orinda’s seven public schools, which are among the lowest funded in the state.

Orinda Community Foundation celebrates 8 years
The Orinda Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the life of all Orinda residents, will celebrate its eighth anniversary at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Heggie Plaza on the upper level of the Orinda library building.  The event will recognize the over $50,000 in grants this year to benefit the community.  All are welcome to attend.

Public can help choose Orinda’s summer movies in the park
Family movies will return to Orinda Community Park next summer, starting on June 14 and running every other Thursday through Aug. 9. “Movies in the Park,” which typically attracts around 100 people in normal circumstances, was started by Michelle Lacy and the Parks and Rec Department in 2014. It is the direct descendent of Danville’s Moonlight Movies, which was also started by Lacy during her tenure as Danville’s recreation manager.

Orinda library parcel tax increase likely to appear on June ballot
At a special Jan. 25 meeting of the Orinda City Council to receive the results of a poll on the acceptability of a ballot measure to increase the existing library parcel tax, the council agreed to place a measure on the June ballot.  The details of the ballot measure are yet to be fixed.

MOFD to add firefighters in time for fire season
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board authorized Fire Chief Dave Winnacker to hire six new firefighters, which, barring any sudden departures, will boost to 58 the number of district fire suppression personnel by the beginning of the fire season in July.

Down goes 16!
Lafayette Fire Station 16 bit the dust Jan. 31, one step closer to the opening of the new Los Arabis Drive station, scheduled for March 2019. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced another facilities change at the end of January, as the company headquarters will move from Pleasant Hill to north Concord effective Feb. 20.

Lafayette couple has a confection to make
Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin and his wife Ellen Reintjes have long been truffle makers. And a few times a year the talented couple share their knowledge and skills with residents by giving a truffle-making class at the library.

Smith’s still satisfying customers
Tucked in the rear row of businesses between two vacant office spaces and behind the Blue Ginko in the Lafayette Plaza, Madison Smith’s shoe repair shop has been serving the Lamorinda area since 1981.

Lafayette realtor Dana Green honored
At a packed dinner event Feb. 2, local realtor Dana Green received the award for Business Person of the Year, surrounded by family, friends, business associates and her entire “Green Team” on an evening she described as being truly special.

Group To Demand That San Leandro City Manager Be Fired Over Harassment Claim

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Supporters of the chief executive of a non-profit group that helps poor and disadvantaged people gain access to healthcare say they will come to the San Leandro City Council meeting tonight to demand the immediate firing of City Manager Chris Zapata. 





Borenstein: Ain’t seen nothing yet; pension cost rise just starting

Cities complicit as CalPERS cooks the books.





MTC Launches Online Survey For Public Input
San Francisco Chronicle


Uber’s partnership with Jump could put the future of stationless bikes in San Francisco at risk


California voters divided over proposed measure to repeal increase in gas tax, survey finds
Los Angeles Times


California lawmaker wants all Uber, Lyft cars to be electric by 2028
Los Angeles Times


California Today: Traffic Is Terrible, but Californians Keep Buying Cars
New York Times


SF has the worst traffic congestion in the U.S., and it may have cost us $10.6 billion last year
San Francisco Chronicle


California drivers are – believe it or not – putting down their cellphones
Sacramento Bee


Weigh In on the Future of Bay Area Transportation
Sonoma County Gazette


The Beautiful Bay Bridge Frank Lloyd Wright Never Got to Build






SCOTT WIENER, THE California state senator representing San Francisco, has a pretty good idea for how to save the world. In fact, sitting in a coffee shop in his city’s Financial District, Wiener seems downright perplexed that anyone would be against it. Here’s the idea: Build more housing.  So, with his fellow senator Nancy Skinner, he authored a bill, SB 827, that overwrites some metropolitan zoning—putting policies that had been in the hands of cities under the authority of state government—to allow medium-sized multistory and multiunit buildings near transit stops.


Mayor of Cupertino, home of Apple, says housing situation 'not dire,' critics disagree," by SFChronicle's Michelle Robertson: Story


Fewer Airbnbs means good news for SF; now address other short-term-rental problems
San Francisco Chronicle


Is California ready for a Proposition 13 overhaul?
East Bay Times


Prop. 13 fight looming over how California taxes business properties
Sacramento Bee


700-plus unit Marina project to come before Alameda’s Planning Board
East Bay Times


Alameda's Big Mistake: Alameda council turned down an offer for a free 8.5-acre waterfront park.
East Bay Times


Living with mom and dad in the Bay Area: a necessity, a luxury and sometimes a relationship ender
San Francisco Chronicle


American dream of homeownership declines in Bay Area as more people rent
San Francisco Chronicle


Bishop Ranch adds tenants for upscale San Ramon city center complex
East Bay Times


Brentwood holds off on decision about new Goodwill
East Bay Times


SF Giants’ 28-acre waterfront development nears approval
San Francisco Examiner





Air district issues notices of violation to Richmond scrapyard after fire
East Bay Times


Climate change is either upon us or it isn’t. California cities want it both ways
Sacramento Bee


While Oakland Is Worried About Getting Coal, Richmond Is Covered in It
East Bay Express


Federal judge who Donald Trump disparaged as 'Mexican' set to preside over US-Mexico border wall case," by Independent's Eli Rosenberg: "District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was targeted by the President while he was the judge of a class-action lawsuit against the President's now-defunct Trump University, will on Friday hear the case brought by the state of California, some environmental groups and representative Raul Grijalva, Arizona." Story


California joins other states to sue Trump administration over suspension of clean water rule," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: Story


California lobbyists could receive a four-year ban for sexual harassment under new legislation,'' by LATimes' John Myers: "Any California registered lobbyist found to have committed sexual harassment could be banned from similar work for up to four years under a plan introduced on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Los Story.


A serious push for free college in California," by Chuck Collins via The Nation: "Across California, students have begun the formidable task of collecting over 585,407 signatures from registered voters to put their "College for All Act" on the ballot for this November." Story


3 paths to universal health care in California," by KPCC's Michelle Faust: "'Despite improvements under Obamacare, nearly 3 million people in California still don't have insurance. From the WHO's perspective, even if the state gets everyone insured, we won't have universal health care so long as there are people who can't afford their out-of-pocket costs." Story


Thousands barred from owning guns in CA still have them,'' via AP: "Authorities have seized more than two dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from a California man, nearly five months after a judge signed an order prohibiting him from possessing firearms. Story.


Is California ready for a Proposition 13 overhaul?,'' by MercNews' Katy Murphy: " A new ballot initiative that takes aim at how commercial properties are taxed under California's Proposition 13 could raise $6 to $10 billion more each year for schools and and other programs and services, according to a new analysis by the Legislative Analyst's Office. Story.


Voters to decide on recall of judge in Stanford sexual assault case,'' by SFChronicle's Jenna Lyons: "Aaron Persky could become the first California judge recalled from the bench in 87 years if Santa Clara County voters sign off on his removal in June." Story.


SF safe injection sites expected to be first in nation, open around July 1," by SFChronicle's Heather Knight: "Barbara Garcia, director of San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said Monday that she's tending to the details, including where the facilities will be located. She's working with six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services, and two of them will be selected to offer safe injection on-site." Story


Cracker Barrel Opens First Store In California,'' via NBC San Diego: Story.


Yep, Los Angeles has the world's worst traffic congestion - again," by USA Today's Kevin McCoy: Story


US nail salons: the challenge to protect workers from toxic chemicals," by Guardian's Julia Carrie Wong: Story


Memory foam, privacy curtains, shoe bags and Melatonin-laced "Dream Water" -- "New luxe SF-LA bus service brings back comfortable overnight travel," by USAToday's Diana Kruzman: Story


"Is anyone in charge at L.A. City Hall?" by LATimes' Steve Lopez: Story


California drivers are - believe it or not - putting down their cellphones," by SacBee's Tony Bizjak: Story


While Oakland is worried about getting coal, Richmond is covered in it," by East Bay Express' Janis Hashe: Story


No vacancy: Residents of Tahoe tourist town seek to limit vacation rentals," by Sac Bee's Ed Fletcher: Story


Bioluminescent waves glowing in Big Sur," by's Amy Larson: Story






Missing Lafayette woman hasn't been seen in a week

Twenty-five-year-old Alicia Casillas-Faulkner hasn't been seen since Jan. 29, and Lafayette police are trying to locate her.





Missouri woman finds neighbor's dog riding pony



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