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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/12/2018 12:00 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Finalists named for $50,000 Simpson Prize for mid-career authors

The Simpson Prize is administered by the UC Berkeley English Department and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation


More Than One Way To Put More Butts In The Rheem’s Seats – Build Them An Apartment Complex Across The Street

Many Moragans – and others – say they want to keep the landmark Rheem Theatre in place and doing what it does best. The owner of the property says it was not financially prudent to keep the faded Neon Queen open, and has closed the theatre “temporarily.”


Martinez voters will face two proposals on open space use

If Martinez’s measure passes, there would be no public vote on the controversial 98-home development planned for the former Pine Meadow Golf Course.


Oakland Police Shoot Man Near MacArthur BART Station

The man died at the scene.





The density delusion of California's housing crisis

Nowhere, here or abroad, has densification materially improved housing affordability, whether for low income households or the larger number of middle-income households. 


Commentary: How would California’s next governor face the housing crisis?





California high-speed rail project facing more delays, higher costs
San Francisco Chronicle


High speed, high cost: Bullet train price tag reaches $77.3 billion, four years behind schedule
East Bay Times


At long last, Wi-Fi coming to BART, Caltrain — in 3 to 4 years
San Francisco Chronicle


Surprise choice? BART project command center lands in unexpected San Jose location
East Bay Times


Caltrans is desperate to fill thousands of new jobs
Sacramento Bee $





Ventura County taxpayer group joins state Supreme Court case challenging 'California Rule'

A union representing state firefighters, Cal Fire Local 2881, sued CalPERS, alleging a violation of the California Rule and, after losing in the lower courts, petitioned the state Supreme Court to hear it.





Trump's repeat attacks on Maxine Waters's IQ are familiar," by WaPo's Eugene Scott: "Jabs between President Trump and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) aren't new. But Trump's latest comments are a reminder of how often he will go out of his way to personally attack the black women who challenge him." Story


San Francisco leaders see big benefits in sanctuary. Trump administration sees danger," by SFChronicle's Hamed Aleaziz: "San Francisco prosecutors had a problem. They'd charged a suspect in a beating, but the key witness refused to testify, putting the case in jeopardy. Then came a break that prosecutors credited to good luck as well as the city's pro-immigrant sanctuary laws - which restrict cooperation between local authorities and federal deportation agents and have come under increasing fire from the Trump administration." Story


Steel tariffs bring vindication for Trump's feisty trade advisor Peter Navarro," by LATimes' Don Lee: "Minutes before President Trump entered the White House Roosevelt Room on Thursday to announce sweeping tariffs on imported metals, the president's economic A-team stood stone-faced near the president's podium - but not Peter Navarro. The 68-year-old former UC Irvine economics professor looked almost gleeful as he waited for Trump to issue final orders levying 25% duties on foreign steel and 10% on aluminum, all in the name of national security." Story


Despite California's immense wealth, the middle class is in decline," by KPBS' Anita Sharma: "Since 1970, California's share of the middle class fell from 60 percent to just over half the population, according to the Pew Research Center. The trend is similar around the country as well-paying manufacturing jobs give way to lower-paid service employment, but it has a particular twist here: In California, some have risen to the upper class, others have slid down. And some have left the state." Story


'Hamilton' tickets without the wait - or the cost? It helps to be an L.A. politician," by LATimes' Emily Alpert Reyes: "When 'Hamilton' came to the Pantages Theatre last year, Angelenos clamored for tickets to the celebrated musical. Some spent hours in line. Others ponied up hundreds or even thousands of dollars to scalpers for resold tickets. But for many Los Angeles politicians, getting into the hottest show in town was much easier. Instead of making them line up outside the theater, the Pantages came to them, offering each one a coveted pair of tickets to opening night. Most members of the City Council snapped up the two tickets. Some asked if they could get a few more: City Council President Herb Wesson ultimately accepted six tickets to the August show from the theater owner, a gift worth nearly $1,000, according to his office." Story


Garcetti gives L.A. police up to 5% raises with no change to controversial retirement program," by LATimes' Jack Dolan and Gus Garcia-Roberts: "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and key members of the City Council have agreed to give police officers raises of up to 5% with no change to a controversial retirement program that pays veteran cops and firefighters nearly double at the end of their careers." Story


Future of Pathway Home in question as investigators look into security, gunman," by SFChronicle's Sarah Ravani and Trisha Thadani: "The doors of the Pathway Home treatment facility in Yountville remained locked Sunday and may never reopen as directors of the program begin an exhaustive review of security protocols after a gunman held three caregivers hostage before killing them, a spokesman said." Story


Yountville killer Albert Wong hoped Pathway Home could help him. It couldn't," by SFChronicle's Kevin Fagan, Jenna Lyons and Lizzie Johnson: Story


California water use back to pre-drought levels as conservation wanes," by BANG's Paul Rogers: Story


Toys 'R' Us Considering Shuttering All Its US Stores," via CBS LA: Story


Sacramento developer Ali Youssefi, instrumental in downtown resurgence, dies at age 35," by SacBee's Ryan Lillis and Marcos Bretón: Story


Anita Hill talks about sexual harassment and politics in Oakland lecture," by SFChronicle's Rachel Swan: Story





Contaminated railyard rattles nerves at Lafayette meeting for interstate project

For two hours on Thursday night residents peppered public officials at a community meeting with questions and criticisms concerning the planned Interstate 49 extension through the middle of Lafayette.





Aging kangaroo to get cryotherapy treatment for arthritis



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