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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/21/2018 3:33 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette officials react to the approval of Fire Station 16
When the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District board of directors unanimously authorized the execution of a $3.4 million contract for the rebuild of Lafayette Fire Station 16, there may not have been a more relieved human being in the county than Fire Chief Jeff Carman.

ConFire beefs up ambulance service with ALS interfacility transport capability
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District added a new service as part of its contract as ambulance provider in most of Contra Costa County when it began offering its patients advanced life support interfacility transport service.  The service is provided for patients who do not meet critical care transportation requirements but who need more than basic life support.

Fire chiefs want extra staffing up front to fight major wildfires
The state mutual aid system is unable to keep up with the unprecedented demands caused by larger and more frequent fires that have devastated California in recent years, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman.

Firefighters lobby Washington
Firefighters traveled to Washington in March to lobby Congress on various industry issues, including the continuation of federal grants for emergency personnel.  From left, Local 1230 President Vince Wells, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and MOFD engineer Dan Elbanna, a member of the Local 1230 executive board.


Art balanced on Lafayette’s roundabout
With a small group looking on, Lafayette’s latest piece of art was installed on a rainy afternoon in the middle of the new roundabout at the Pleasant Hill Road/Olympic Boulevard intersection.

Community uneasy about revamp of Orinda Community Park
Public resistance to a proposed master plan for Orinda Community Park at a recent council meeting focused on two elements: how the changes would affect the Orinda Starlight Village Players, and the relocation of the sports wall to facilitate the installation of three bocce ball courts. A number of public commenters argued that the changes to the park would be a death knell to the local theater group, currently in its 35th season.

Rheem Theatre to become a community asset: Agreement signed to sell to MCF
The Moraga Town Council agreed at its March 14 meeting to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mahesh Puri, owner of the Rheem Theatre, to create a new parcel containing the current Rheem Theatre, two retail spaces on the left and right of the theater entrance and an apartment unit upstairs, with its ownership to be transferred to the Moraga Community Foundation for $150,000.

Lafayette’s Police Chief moves on
Lafayette is losing one of its most popular public figures, as Chief of Police Eric Christensen takes up a position with the Oakley Police Department.

City continues to hash out conflict of interest policy
The conversation at the Lafayette City Council continues on how best to restore trust in local governance, specifically within the commissions.

Traffic relief in downtown inches closer
Lafayette is very close to adopting the remaining approved strategies for dealing with downtown congestion as the city council voted unanimously to approve all proposed strategies minus a previous proposal for a BART pedestrian bridge and with certain modifications to wording. To allow city staff time to work on language, the item will be placed on the consent calendar for the next meeting with no further discussion.

Residents raise flag to show city pride
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is selling special Lafayette city flags. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to show their Lafayette pride during this year of the city’s 50th anniversary by flying the flag proudly.

Council finalizes decision on hillside and ridgeline regulation
During a recent special meeting, the town council made its final decision regarding several important rules addressing hillside development and ridgeline protection. Visual separation standards, a Moraga Center Specific Plan exception, non-Moraga Open Space Ordinance  open space density and floor-area ratio guidelines for lots over 1 acre were debated.

Coming soon to your mailbox: the Moraga stormwater fee ballot
An opportunity to decide the future of Moraga’s infrastructure is on its way to your mailbox. In keeping with proposition 218 proceedings, the town can now send a ballot by mail to each property owner to decide whether or not to approve a stormwater fee.

‘More Moraga’ offers actionable items to support the business community
Bob Fritzky took the Moraga Chamber of Commerce presidency at the beginning of the year with the intention of creating with the board “More Moraga” - a series of tangible new opportunities supporting Moraga businesses.

Orinda garners more awards for sinkhole repair, street repaving
On the list of items for the good of the city at the March 6 city council meeting were two new awards won by Orinda staff for two projects that have already won other awards.

Host family sought for girl from Czech sister city
The Orinda/Tabor Sister City Foundation and the Tabor Czech Club reviewed 12 applicants and selected Marie Ruzickova as the new student. Ruzickova will come to Orinda and spend the fall semester studying at Miramonte High School.

Mayor delivers annual state of the city address
Mayor Amy Worth delivered the annual state of the city address March 7 at the Orinda Rotary Club meeting in the Orinda Community Center.  The mayor updated members and guests on the four P’s: public safety, planning, public works, and parks and recreation.  She highlighted the city’s awards for its rapid response to last year’s sinkhole on Minor Road and its full-depth reclamation process used in street repaving.

Construction site burglaries up
In recent weeks, the Orinda Police Department has received reports of theft at construction sites.



Editorial: Bullet train's moving target
San Francisco Chronicle


Editorial: Use caution, not hysteria, after Uber self-driving car fatality
East Bay Times





22 respected urban policy professors submit letter supporting #SB827 allowing more housing near transit



SF misses deadline on goal set by late mayor of bringing 1,000 people into housing
San Francisco Chronicle


Martinez Waterfront Park’s field to be turned into Clippers Field
East Bay Times


Hennessy: Silicon Valley’s housing and traffic woes put it at risk for replacement
Mercury News


California housing legislation proving to be effective
San Francisco Examiner





CalPERS bites new watchdog at her second public meeting

A school district administrator who pledged to be a watchdog on the board that manages the nation's largest public pension fund was censured before her second public meeting for allegedly allowing a friend to misuse government resources





Kamala Harris has been shopping a book and fueling 2020 talk," by Daily Beast's Gideon Resnick and Maxwell Tani: "A national book tour is a rite of passage for any potential White House aspirant. And Harris has a history of publishing shortly before making a campaign run. In 2009, she wrote her first book Smart on Crime before successfully running for California attorney general." Story


Trump, Sessions and ICE chief lambast CA, Dems again on sanctuary cities, saying their 'priority is to protect criminals' via Fox News: "Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., described sanctuary jurisdictions as "outlaw cities" while Rep. Martha McSally , R-Ariz., warned that if California continued its policies, "we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well." Story.


The only 'spectacular failure' is Sheriff Scott Jones forgetting who he represents,'' by SacBee Editorial Board: Sheriff Scott Jones went to the White House on Tuesday and "reported that California is rife with "spectacular failures" of law enforcement and beset by dangerous criminal immigrants who ought to be handed over to federal authorities by local law enforcement. Give us a break. This is the same Sheriff Scott Jones who last month reported that Sacramento County's crime rate dropped 24 percent over the last five years.". Story.


Anti-sanctuary push could spread far beyond Orange County city,'' by LA Daily News' Roxana Kopetman: "The County of Orange and several cities in Southern California soon might join Los Alamitos in its bid to opt out of a controversial state law that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials." Story.


Trump loses bid to kill lawsuit by woman who says he sexually assaulted her,'' by LATimes' Michael Finnegan: A New York judge ruled Tuesday that an Orange County woman who accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 can move forward with her defamation suit against him. Justice Jennifer G. Schechter of New York state court in Manhattan rejected a request by Trump's lawyers that she dismiss the suit filed last year by Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on his reality television show "The Apprentice." Story.


In the age of Trump, Schwarzenegger wants centrist GOP,'' by AP's Michael R. Blood: "The year was 1990 and Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson claimed his first term as California governor, replacing another Republican, George Deukmejian. Two years earlier, California voters helped send George H.W. Bush to the White House with a 3.6-point win over Democrat Michael Dukakis. Nearly three decades later, so much has changed. Story.


FAQ -- Single Payer Health Care: What Californians need to know,'' by CALMatters' Elizabeth Aguilera: "Those pushing single-payer care, for now or later, say it would cover everyone, streamline an unwieldy bureaucracy and bring down costs. Opponents say it could lead to unacceptably high taxes, a flight of doctors to other states and a rationing of care as patients' needs overwhelm providers. Consumers have questions. Here are some answers." Story.


California disclosure law for pregnancy centers faces skeptical questions in Supreme Court," by LATimes' David G. Savage: "A California disclosure law that requires pregnancy centers - even those that are faith-based and pro-life - to inform clients about abortion as an option faced sharp, skeptical questions in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and the court's conservatives said the law appeared to violate the 1st Amendment." Story


California housing problems are spilling across its borders," by NYTimes' Conor Dougherty: "And it's not just happening in Reno. Austin, Tex.; Boise, Idaho; Denver; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle have all seen a huge influx of home buyers from California, according to the real estate website Zillow. A common thread is that each of these cities faces a growing housing crisis that, while not as severe as California's, is setting off many of the same debates." Story


Thousands on California coast ordered to leave ahead of possible mudslides," by Reuters: Story


California plan will help low-income women train for construction jobs," by Stateline's Teresa Wiltz: "Women comprise less than 3% of the trade workforce, roughly the same portion as 30 years ago. The barriers are many. Sexism is a given - like the foreman who told Alvarez he didn't need her help on his job site, but sure could use her help in the bedroom." Story


San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," via SF Examiner. Story.


5 Things to Know About Toni Atkins, California's Next Senate Leader,'' by KQED's Katie Orr: "The California state Senate will get a new leader on Wednesday. Sen. Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, will succeed Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) as president pro tempore. Story.


Facebook Scandal Fuels Campaign To Protect Consumer Privacy: November ballot measure would safeguard Californians' data,'' by KCBS' Doug Sovern: The measure would also allow consumers to hold companies accountable for a data breach. "What we see going on now with Facebook is exactly why we need this law to pass. Cambridge Analytica is a horrible thing, but it's just the tip of the iceberg." Story.


Valley isn't forgotten, governor candidate Villaraigosa says at Fresno thrift shop,'' by Fresno Bee's Carmen George: "He vowed to be a governor for the entire state, not just "L.A. and San Francisco." Villaraigosa held a small news conference and then toured the shop, which is a job training facility. He talked to reporters about immigration, high-speed rail, water and health care. Story.


In San Francisco, Newsom policy reported undocumented youth to ICE," by Mercury News' Casey Tolan: "During his run for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's proud to represent a "sanctuary state," sparred publicly with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over immigration, and vowed he'd go to jail to protect undocumented immigrants. But a fight over sanctuary policy a decade ago when Newsom was mayor of San Francisco suggests that he wasn't always as strident a defender of immigrant rights." Story


Self-funded millionaires are forcing promising Democrats out of California primaries," by David Dayen for The Intercept: "The DCCC has not formally endorsed in this or any races in California, where a flood of candidates is trying to flip seven districts carried by Clinton in the last presidential election. But it has a longstanding preference for candidates who bring their own money to the table. And the 39th District is home to some of the biggest Democratic self-funders in the country." Story


Tahoe bears are breaking into homes with people inside. Should the animals be killed?" by SacBee's Ryan Sabalow and Ed Fletcher: Story


Black man shot by police was carrying cell phone, not 'tool bar,' when he was shot, department says,'' by Sac Bee's Benjy Egel, Nashelly Chavez and Anita Chabria. Story.


At these 8 California spots, spring shows up with a splash," by LATimes' Christopher Reynolds: Story


The backlash against those lime green bikes left all around CSUN's campus, explained," by LA Daily News' Elizabeth Chou: Story


Coronado to impound dockless bikes, fine companies," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Gustavo Solis: Story






Lafayette Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District could merge

The proposal comes months after Lafayette imposed a moratorium on new senior living development in the wake of an analysis indicating the facilities' strain on local emergency and fire services.





Austrian faces fine for calling police officers 'smurfs'




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