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Post Date:03/26/2018 2:54 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette Announces Its Pick For Police Chief

Ben Alldritt is well qualified for this position.  He worked for the California Highway Patrol for four years before joining the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office in 2006.  After starting with the Sheriff, Ben worked in the Custody Services Bureau and then spent five years working patrol, traffic, and investigations for the Town of Danville.  As a Sergeant, Ben supervised the Sheriff’s Investigations Unit and the Homicide Unit.  Most recently, Ben has served as Watch Commander for Contra Costa County and is currently the Assistant Commander of the Patrol Division.


Lafayette: Acalanes school board caps interdistrict student transfers

Acalanes Union High School District will severely limit transfers from other districts beginning next year, capping the number to 50 students.  The district school board approved the change Wednesday night despite overwhelming opposition from students who packed the meeting. The superintendent proposed the limit because the state no longer reimburses the district for interdistrict transfers.  The board did agree to allow 50 interdistrict transfers for next school year, space permitting, and promised to reconsider the policy later this year. Superintendent John Nickerson suggested the cap of 50 transfers because that was approximately the number of interdistrict transfers accepted the past two years. All current transfer students will be allowed to continue attending classes in the district as long as they maintain their grades and stay out of trouble.  Moments after the board unanimously passed the change, several of the students who had stayed through the meeting to 10 p.m. on a school night said they had questions. Board President Bob Hockett called for a five-minute recess and was immediately swarmed by the students. Not all of the students felt they got good answers.


Rustic Tavern Closing March 24th in Lafayette

Rustic Tavern opened almost five years ago in Lafayette and March 24th will be their last day according to their Facebook page. According to this Mercury News article it was due to a “lease dispute”. Based on the post it looks like they may be back soon in a new location


Two injured in 7-vehicle collision in Caldecott Tunnel

Two people were injured in a 7-vehicle wreck Monday morning in a westbound bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.


Taxpayer giveaway or fair pay? Riverside mayor sues his own city over the city manager's contract

As Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey sees it, City Manager John Russo's new contract is a giveaway of taxpayer money.  Bailey tried to veto the seven-year pact last month after it was approved by the City Council, only to be told by the city attorney that he doesn't have that power. So Bailey has asked a court to set aside the contract unless the council overrides his veto.  "When is enough enough?" he said recently. "The new contract is beyond any other contract."  The new contract gives Russo 3% annual raises for satisfactory performance for an average base salary of $345,000. Including benefits, the total value will average about $462,000 annually.  In 2016, according to the most recent figures from the public-employee salary database Transparent California, the state's highest-paid city manager was San Jose's Norberto Dueñas, who has since retired. He made about $492,000 in pay and benefits, followed by David Cavazos, the former city manager in Santa Ana, who received $466,000.





Plan to dramatically increase development would transform some L.A. neighborhoods

Wiener’s bill forcefully tackles both the housing shortage and environmental concerns, said Marlon Boarnet, chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. “This is a bold vision,” he said.  Wiener’s legislation will almost certainly see further changes. Yet even if it is defeated, it will have shifted the conversation around housing in the state legislature, said Lisa Ann Schweitzer, an urban planning professor at USC’s Price School of Public Policy.  Until recently, the authority that cities and counties had over local development was unquestioned. With the state’s housing shortage more acute, policymakers are questioning that dynamic, she said.  “I think the writing is pretty much on the wall ... that local governments are not going to upzone voluntarily unless something radical changes,” Schweitzer said. “I think a lot of people are hoping that the state is the lever that unlocks the gridlock around zoning.”


Opinion: SB 827 will exacerbate California's housing crisis

Government-subsidized housing is twice as effective at stemming displacement than market-rate.


Experts say this is what's wrong with Bay Area housing — and how it can be fixed

No one solution will solve the housing crisis, experts agree, but numerous policy changes could create more homes and bring down costs for tenants.


Scott Wiener's housing bill would give state veto power over cities' plans

San Francisco Chronicle


Houses in SF sell nearly twice as fast as rest of nation, report finds

San Francisco Chronicle


Editorial: California can't afford neighborhood opposition to homeless housing

San Francisco Chronicle


The obscure California housing law almost everyone wants to fix

East Bay Times


Likely Berkeley voters say yes to affordable housing bond, survey says



As student numbers swell, UC Berkeley makes some, slow progress on housing



Plan to dramatically increase development would transform some L.A. neighborhoods

Los Angeles Times


Bay Area job market reaches record-high levels again

East Bay Times


October wildfires cost Napa County government $6.2 million

Napa Valley Register





Cheating commuters cost Bay Area $60 million a year

East Bay Times


Roadshow: FasTrak ‘beep’ going away on future toll lanes

East Bay Times


California to start permitting driverless cars next week

Mercury News


The lose-lose ethics of testing self-driving cars in public






Commentary: Local tax hikes cleverly packaged

Passing local tax measures has become big business, and California voters will face another barrage of proposals this year because cities are facing unprecedented fiscal crises, born mostly of rapidly increasing demands by the California Public Employees Retirement System.





How Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Is Outfoxing Trump," by POLITICO's Lorraine Woellert and David Siders: "On the day this week that he released a photograph of Stormy Daniels, his porn-star client, taking a polygraph, Michael Avenatti was pressed on CNN to explain the significance of a test that typically is inadmissible in court. 'Does it help your legal case, actually?' Anderson Cooper asked. Avenatti, a racecar-driving lawyer from California, met the question with a shrug. While it was unclear to Cooper, the audience in Stormy Daniels v. Donald J. Trump is sometimes not a judge or jury, but viewers at home." Story


Winemakers, renters, high-speed rail: all could take a hit in a Trump trade war," by Emily Cadei in SacBee: "President Donald Trump's intensifying trade dispute with China is starting to hit some of California's premier industries. Experts warn that if the conflict escalates, more and more of the state's businesses - and regular people - will feel the impact. On March 22, China threatened to slap tariffs on a handful of American products in retaliation for up to $60 billion in tariffs the White House levied against Beijing earlier in the day. Among the U.S. products facing a 15 percent tariff: wine and fruit, two of California' top agricultural exports." Story


California would be on front lines of US-China trade war," by SFChronicle's David R. Baker: "Chinese officials on Friday announced a list of U.S. imports they will target if their tariff dispute with President Trump erupts into a trade war. It's a list that places California on the front line ... The tariffs would be imposed in steps, and some of California's prime exports to China - including nuts, fruits and wine - would be among the first hit. Each would face a new 15 percent tariff." Story


Under pressure, California Assembly pitches alternatives to single-payer health care," by SacBee's Angela Hart and Taryn Luna: "California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is refusing to advance this year a controversial single-payer health care bill that would dramatically reshape the state's health care financing and delivery system. Instead, he's orchestrating an alternative, narrower approach that seeks to achieve universal coverage and make Obamacare more affordable." Story


Protesters rage at police, but not at their boss. Can he satisfy the community and the cops?" by SacBee's Anita Chabria: "Nearly a week after two Sacramento police officers fatally shot an unarmed black man, prompting angry protests, one cop has seemingly escaped the ire of those in the streets -- the chief of police." Story


L.A. may roll back ban on city travel to Arizona," by LATimes' Emily Alpert Reyes: "Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles lawmakers decided to protest an Arizona law targeting illegal immigration by barring city employees from traveling there on municipal business and urging city departments to avoid doing business with Arizona firms. Now the city is poised to roll back those restrictions. At a committee meeting Friday, council members recommended ending the boycott." Story


California courts paid at least $500,000 to resolve sex harassment suits against judges and employees," by LATimes' Maura Dolan: "California's court system paid more than $500,000 over seven years to resolve sexual harassment complaints against judges and staff, according to records released Friday. In response to a public records request by The Times, the Judicial Council, the rule-making body for the court system, said it paid $296,000 to resolve three complaints against judges for alleged sexual harassment and $225,000 to settle two lawsuits against court staff." Story


Why will Stephon Clark's death change nothing? It's written into California law," by SacBee editorial board: "... Here's what we don't know: Enough about the two Sacramento police officers who killed him. We don't know if either has been accused of crimes in this state in the past. We don't know if they have a history of using excessive force here. We don't know how many times - or even if - either has pulled a gun on or shot a civilian. And that's unlikely to change, because, thanks to the muscle of California's law enforcement lobby, the personnel records of peace officers are completely confidential, only to be discussed in closed-door hearings. The public isn't privy to information on promotions, discipline, annual appraisals or 'any other information the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.'" Story


Design flaw may lurk in nuclear waste canisters buried at San Onofre," by SCNG's Teri Sforza: "Four nuclear waste canisters with a potentially defective design have been loaded with spent fuel and buried in a "concrete monolith" yards from the beach at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station." Story


Al Sharpton says he plans to come to Sacramento for Stephon Clark's funeral," by SacBee's Don Sweeney: Story


Orange County leaders want to use mental health facility in Costa Mesa to shelter homeless," by LATimes' Luke Money: Story


Worried about being on top of an earthquake fault? New California maps will let you know on a smartphone," by LATimes' Rong-Gong Lin II: Story


SF happy to sue oil companies, but it's not so eager to sell its stock," by Matier & Ross in SFChronicle: Story


Squirrels have overrun some coastal cities and lost their fear of humans, officials say," by LATimes' Phil Diehl: Story





Hundreds gather in Lafayette to march for stronger gun reform

Millions of demonstrators across the nation are demanding stricter gun control, including some here in Lafayette.





Connecticut police warn walkers about ornery hawks



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