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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/13/2018 12:31 PM


LibraryLocal News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


How hard is it to build in Silicon Valley? Here’s one example

It’s not the only protracted fight by Bay Area residents against new development by a long shot. Neighborhood protests over re-development have stalled construction in Berkeley and other East Bay cities. In Lafayette, community protests convinced city leaders and developers to alter a plan to build a 315-unit apartment complex. A community group later sued to force a citywide referendum on the alternative plan — an upscale neighborhood with 44 homes, an athletic field and dog park known as The Homes at Deer Hill.


Walnut Creek police make arrest in construction site homicide

Shortly before 7 p.m., officers responded to a construction site


Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay to retire

City Manager Bill Lindsay, who is credited with helping to pull Richmond out of financial ruin, has announced he will retire later this year. Lindsay, 62, is leaving Richmond on July 31 and said he is not looking for another job.


Alameda City Manager Placed on Paid Leave

The usually divided Alameda City Council voted unanimously to sideline Jill Keimach.


Alameda city manager put on leave amid allegations of other officials meddling

City Manager Jill Keimach has been placed on paid administrative leave after the City Council received and reviewed an independent report over her allegations that the vice mayor and a councilman wrongfully interfered in her selection of the fire chief.  The action came Friday after the council held a closed session that began in the afternoon and stretched into the early evening. The council’s decision to place Keimach on leave with full salary and benefits was unanimous.


Rattlesnake bites man hiking in Lime Ridge Open Space in Concord

A man was recovering Monday, after a rattlesnake bit him during a weekend walk in the Lime Ridge Open space, officials said.  The 33-year-old hiker was out around 4:40 p.m. Sunday when the snake bit him, police said. He was on top of a hill and unable to get down.


Man Shot Dead In Downtown Oakland

The shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.





‘Bridges, not walls:’ Brown invites Trump to visit high-speed rail construction
East Bay Times


GM to launch Airbnb for your car
East Bay Times


The Goal of Seamless Urban Mobility





SF supervisors opposed to Wiener’s housing-transit bill soften stance a bit
San Francisco Chronicle


SF lawmaker threatens to sue state if transit-oriented development bill passes
San Francisco Examiner


Bay Area's housing crisis is forcing tenants out of the cities

The rents are getting higher, and housing units are becoming scarce.


Portland's 'Granny Flats' Get an Affordable Boost

A wind through the back alleys of the Alberta Arts District reveals an eye-catching assortment of little buildings behind homes: a low-slung converted garage, a wooden A-frame on a hitch, a “tiny house” with second-story sundeck.





Trump blocks Broadcom-Qualcomm deal, citing national security concerns," via CNBC: Both San Diego-based Qualcomm and Irvine-based Broadcom were ordered to immediately abandon the proposed deal. The order also prohibits Broadcom's proposed candidates for Qualcomm's board from standing for election. In a statement, Broadcom said it is reviewing the order, but "strongly disagrees that its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm raises any national security concerns." Story.


Court orders Trump administration to comply with clean air laws,'' by CALMatters' Julie Cart: "A court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency must identify regions of the country that exceed federal smog levels, giving another win to California and other states that sued to compel the regulator to enforce the Clean Air Act. Story.


House panel concludes Russia probe, finding no coordination with Trump campaign,'' by POLITICO's Kyle Cheney: "The Republican report - which has yet to be shared with Democrats on the committee - differs from the intelligence community's assessment last year that the Russian effort was intended to boost Trump's campaign and harm Hillary Clinton's. Story.


ICE spokesman said to quit over officials' description of 800 eluding arrest,'' by SFChronicle's Hamed Aleaziz: "The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned after the agency's recent Northern California sweep, believing Trump administration officials made false public statements about a key aspect of the operation, The Chronicle has learned. Story.


California secessionists are hoping for a Trump bump," by Mother Jones' Dave Gilson: "Since California joined the union in 1850, there have been more than 200 proposals to reconfigure it as its own nation or as multiple states. Secessionists nearly hijacked the state's 1879 constitutional convention; the final document pointedly declared that "The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America." Story


Two California public record laws: one for the Legislature and one for everyone else," by Beau Yarbrough: "Documents released in February, showing current and former California legislators had been accused of sexual misbehavior and other harassment, weren't released under the California Public Records Act.
"Instead, the Legislature has its own, more restrictive public records law: the Legislative Open Records Act." Story


Ending cash bail has another proponent in California," by SacBee's Bill Kobin: "[Billionaire activist Tom] Steyer will moderate a panel of criminal justice experts discussing California's cash bail system at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St. Following the discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m., Steyer's NextGen America will present a special screening of '13TH,' a 2016 documentary by Ana DuVernay on the history of racism in the American prison system." Story


Free cash handouts take a step closer to mainstream thanks to California Democrats," by CNBC's Catherine Clifford: "Free cash handouts - it's an idea Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg have all talked about. And now it's officially part of the California Democratic Party's 2018 party platform." Story


Empty homes a California rarity as vacancies at 13-year low," by Southern California News Group's Jonathan Lansner: Story


Southern California car wash mogul -- cousin to Trump's anti-trust chief -- cited for cheating 700 workers and destroying evidence,'' by OCRegister's Margot Roosevelt: "The U.S. Department of Labor has charged Delrahim and his managers with cheating some 700 workers at a dozen of his facilities in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties over a five-year period, failing to pay minimum wage and overtime. Story.


Warriors' Kerr joins gun control discussion at Newark high school,'' by SFChronicle's Jill Tucker: Story.


Army vet who killed caregivers in Yountville lost guard license amid troubles,'' by SF Chronicle's Lizzie Johnson, Melody Gutierrez and Kurtis Alexander: Story.


Dennis Rodman Pleads Guilty To Newport Beach DUI,'' by Ashley Ludwig via The Patch: Story.


California eyes 'right to repair' smartphone law, may join 17 other states," by ComputerWorld's Lucas Mearian: Story


Homeless encampment discovered on top of California Amtrak station," by Fox News' Travis Fedchun: Story





Credit card skimmers found hidden inside Lafayette gas pumps

The skimmers record credit card information when customers swipe their cards, Lafayette police Lt. Scott Galloway said.





Bizarre battle over body of Charles Manson won by grandson



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