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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/23/2018 11:08 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette’s Rustic Tavern closing over lease dispute

But chef-owners are promising they'll be back with a new venture


Richmond's City Manager Will Retire This Summer
Talk about a legacy.


SF Supervisor Calls for Fire Chief's Ouster, Then Apologizes
Did Aaron Peskin jump the gun?


San Francisco Bans Fur
Animal advocates rejoice, while retailers lament the loss of $40 million a year.


Whispers and Warnings As More Cities Consider Opting Out of California's Sanctuary State Law
This could get ugly.


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

By unanimously authorizing the five-year license agreement with the Martinez Clippers Corp


Senior East Bay prosecutor quits to join with attorneys he opposed in Irish Mafia murder trial

The move came as a shock to many in the local legal community,





State bill could offer huge boost to affordable housing funding by reviving redevelopment agencies

Local redevelopment agencies could be resurrected under a new state bill, though in a more restrictive form than before.  Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, said his legislation, Assembly Bill 3037, would create another tool to address a severe affordable housing crisis in California.  “This bill is about making a serious, lasting commitment to affordable housing and infrastructure,” Chiu said. When the state shuttered local redevelopment agencies as part of the 2011-12 budget, it eliminated $1 billion in investment for such projects, he said.  Redevelopment agencies fell under the knife in part because of what Chiu said he’d agree were egregious abuses of the system. Redevelopment at that time meant borrowing against future property tax proceeds to pay for development on blighted properties. While affordable housing was one of the goals, redevelopment sometimes went to more dubious uses, such as retail and golf course development.

As before, AB 3037 would provide for borrowing from future tax revenue to finance projects now. But Chiu said the bill would also add additional oversight, in the form of proposal review by both the state’s Strategic Growth Council and the Department of Finance.  Review by the Strategic Growth Council would ensure any redevelopment project met the state’s requirements to address greenhouse gas emissions, while the finance department would look at the project’s necessity. The finance department’s OK would also be necessary to borrow against future school tax proceeds, in addition to proceeds for the jurisdiction proposing a project. Other future proceeds, for a county or special district, would likely be left alone. Chiu said other checks on redevelopment gone wild would include strict record keeping, annual audits, measures to prevent displacement of existing residents in redevelopment properties, and strict fines for agencies out of compliance. The bill would also increase, to 30 percent, the amount of redevelopment funds that would have to be used on affordable housing. Prospects for the bill are promising, Chiu said, pointing to support from legislators across a broad swath of the state. But while every major Democratic gubernatorial candidate supports the concept, current Gov. Jerry Brown pushed for closing redevelopment agencies seven years ago. If AB 3037 looks like it could end up on Brown’s desk, Chiu said, he looks forward to a conversation about how to make it something the governor can support.




In California, a green split forms over a density push

It’s an audacious proposal to get Californians out of their cars: a bill in the state Legislature that would allow eight-story buildings near major transit stops, even if local communities object.


San Francisco Has a People Problem

After decades of growth, the nation’s tech capital is losing more residents than it is attracting as housing costs force families to pack up and leave


What to know about the housing bill that has people freaking out from Marin to Compton

SB 827, sponsored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, tries to force cities to build more dense housing around public transit hubs


California bill aims to spur affordable housing for college students

Amid a torrent of state bills attempting to ease California's housing crisis, a new proposal aims to help one group that is struggling mightily: college students. Senate Bill 1227 hopes to spur the construction of affordable housing designed especially for students.


The Bay Area's housing crisis crosses the Sierras

Reno, Nevada, which bills itself as the "Biggest Little City in the World," is finding itself under increasing pressure to get bigger, as Californians fleeing the Golden State's housing crisis head east.








Feinstein to keep pushing for gun controls,'' by SFChronicle's Carolyn Lochhead in Washington: "For the second time in just over four months, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for tougher gun control laws - including a ban on assault weapons - while prosecutors, police chiefs and gun violence survivors stood by her side. Story.


Senators ask for probe into ICE spokesman's resignation,'' by SFChronicle's Hamed Aleaziz: California's U.S. senators and several Democratic colleagues called Thursday for an investigation into the resignation of a federal immigration agency spokesman who quit after a Northern California sweep for undocumented migrants, saying he was being asked to perpetuate false statements by Trump administration officials about the operation. Story.


Last-gasp try for immigration deal fell to partisan disputes," by AP's Alan Fram: "The effort failed, and Trump ended up getting just $1.6 billion for his wall and other border security steps, a year's worth of funds. That left prospects dim that Congress would act this year to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as Democrats eyeing a potential House takeover in November's elections become increasingly resistant to helping Trump build his wall." Story


Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing," by AP's Matthew Daly: "The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire-related accounts to pay for wildfire costs, which approached $3 billion last year." Story


Top Trump Official Should Face California Grilling in DOJ's Sanctuary Suit, Judge Says,'' by The Recorder's Cheryl Miller: "A federal magistrate judge says he intends to permit California to depose two officials-Thomas Homan, the Trump administration's pick to lead the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Todd Hoffman of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department-as part of the suit seeking to block California's immigration laws. The judge told U.S. Justice Department attorneys to make sure the officials bring documents with them to the depositions. Story.


When Trump Met Stormy Daniels: The Strange Story of Four Wild Days in Tahoe": An accounting of those four days in Tahoe ... reveals a strange period in the future president's life, a moment when he's laying the groundwork for not one, but three scandals. Indeed, looking back now, the portrait that emerges ... is one of a lonely Trump racked by private malaise, stumbling into a three-quarter life crisis that years later he would eventually try to resolve by launching a vanity campaign for president of the United States." Story.


New Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins pledges change in the Capitol on sexual misconduct,'' by LATimes' John Myers: "True culture change - holding ourselves to a higher standard - requires the active, everyday enlightened participation of every person who works in and around this Capitol," Atkins (D-San Diego) said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "And I pledge to you, that will be our mission and our mandate." Story.


People cause climate change, but don't blame big oil, industry tells judge,'' by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: "In a court hearing billed as one of the most far-reaching legal debates on climate change, attorneys for petroleum giants told a San Francisco federal judge Wednesday that human activities are clearly responsible for global warming, but that the science isn't sophisticated enough to point fingers at big oil.'' Story.


If Jerry Brown wants a satellite, these state scientists want a raise," by SacBee's Adam Ashton: " Story


Police fired 20 times at South Sacramento man fatally shot while holding a cellphone," by SacBee's Nashelly Chavez, Benjy Egel and Anita Chabria: "Department officials on Tuesday offered more details about what happened in the moments before Clark, 22, encountered officers in the backyard of the south Sacramento home where he was staying with his grandparents. Story


California utilities want customers to help pay wildfire damages. Will politicians oblige?,'' by CALMatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "The politicians' announcement that triggered the stock price increase was the product of months of lobbying by California's three investor-owned utility companies. The businesses are worried about possibly being held liable for billions of dollars in damages stemming from last year's catastrophic fires in northern and southern California. Investigations to determine the causes of the fires are still under way, and at this point no blame has officially been assigned to the power companies." Story..


Sacramento mayor asks city to 'remain peaceful' after fatal police shooting of black man,'' by SacBee's Ryan Lillis: "With his city on edge, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called on the "community to remain peaceful" four days after two police officers shot and killed an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard in Meadowview. Story.


'Show me your hands.' Police video shows death of Stephon Clark in a hail of gunfire," by SacBee's Anita Chabria, Benjy Egel, and Nashelly Chavez: Story


Family of south Sacramento man killed by police hires Trayvon Martin's family's lawyer,'' via SacBee: Story.


ACLU threatens Los Alamitos with suit on sanctuary cities ordinance,'' via Rafa Shimpu, the Los Angeles Daily Japanese News in Los Alamitos: "The American Civil Liberties Union will sue Los Alamitos if its council follows through with approving an ordinance exempting the Orange County municipality from the state's so-called sanctuary cities law, an ACLU attorney said Tuesday. The Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 Monday to approve the ordinance on first reading, following more than two hours of heated testimony from residents on both sides of the issue. The council is scheduled to take a final vote on April 16, ACLU attorney Sameer Ahmed said. Story.


Poll: Californians' support for stricter gun laws soars," by Mercury News' John Woolfolk: "The Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday found that likely voters favoring stricter gun laws climbed 15 percentage points - the most since the research organization began asking the question in 2015." Story


L.A. County has repeatedly violated state open records laws, L.A. Times lawsuit alleges," by LATimes' Jack Dolan: "Over the last year alone, county officials have refused to release information about the status of homicide investigations, allegations of sexual misconduct against prosecutors and even mundane information such as email addresses for Sheriff's Department employees, the lawsuit says." Story


In her historic rise to California Senate leader, Toni Atkins brings hope for a calmer era in the Capitol," by LATimes' George Skelton: "After 168 years of statehood, the California Senate finally agreed to be led by a woman. But, after all, women have only been allowed to vote in California for 107 years." Story


Slide disaster study details new storm risks," by Newsmakers' Melinda Burns: Story


In ruling for victim in UCLA attack, California Supreme Court says universities should protect students," by LATimes' Maura Dolan: "Citing the 2007 Virginia Tech killings, the state high court unanimously agreed that a former UCLA student who was stabbed by a classmate in a campus laboratory in 2009 should be able to try to show at trial that UCLA breached a legal duty to protect her from foreseeable violence." Story


Brown wants to keep more youth in juvenile detention, not prison," by SacBee's Billy Kobin: "Brown's 2018-19 proposed budget calls for $3.8 million to allow youth offenders longer stays in juvenile justice facilities, a step the governor and some advocates say would lead to lower recidivism rates and better outcomes." Story


Oakland cafe that won't serve police draws protests," by KQED's Devin Katayama and Vinnie Tong: "The owners of Hasta Muerte Coffee in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood posted their policy regarding police officers on Instagram in mid-February. The message first drew online protests, then became the target of demonstrations by Trump supporters on Sunday." Story


California Once Targeted Latinas for Forced Sterilization: In the 20th century, U.S. eugenics programs rendered tens of thousands of people infertile,'' via Story.


Your pension questions answered," by CALmatters' Judy Lin: Read it


Sierra foothills dam, part of San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy system, in danger of 'imminent failure,''' by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: Story


Some OC residents: We want to help the homeless - just don't put them in our neighborhoods," by LATimes' Anh Do:Story


Homeless mental patients given 'Greyhound therapy' from Las Vegas could get a payout," by SacBee's Cynthia Hubert: Story


36,000 Pounds of Cocaine Arrive in San Diego," by NBC San Diego's Danielle Radin: Story


Pico Rivera teacher who bashed military fired by school board, president says," by L.A. Times' Alene Tchekmedyian: Story


Northern California utility says it will start shutting power lines down when fire risk spikes," by SacBee's Dale Kasler: Story


California ranks 49th in per capita housing supply," by Politifact's Chris Nichols: Story


Irvine could blow a gaping hole in O.C.'s emergency response system," by OCRegister's Teri Sforza and Tomoya Shimura: Story


Inmate dead in cell for 2 or 3 days; staff blamed smell on sewer," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Teri Figueroa: Story


Commentary: Politicos can't pick and choose on civil rights," by CALmatters' Dan Walters: Column


Mental hospital patients bused from Las Vegas to SF, other cities to get day in court," by SFChronicle's Michelle Robertson: Story





'World-class' central park coming to Lafayette

A vision to bring a "world-class" central park to Lafayette is finally becoming a reality





Gone extinct: Animatronic T-Rex bursts into flames



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