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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/28/2018 5:05 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette’s Planning Commission Gutted After Council Adopts New Conflict Of Interest Policy

A Lafayette City Council vote adopting a revised conflict of interest policy for Planning and Design Review Commissioners triggered the mass resignation of five of seven serving planning commissioners this week – making it impossible for the commission to achieve a quorum and leaving the city scrambling for a way to field a replacing body.  Commissioners Jeanne Ateljevich, Tom Chastain, Will Lovitt, Peter Gutzwiller, Patricia Curtin submitted their resignations immediately after Monday’s 3-2 council vote in favor of a policy requiring commissioners to resign from their respective commissions in the event of a potential conflict of interest scenario.  Mayor Don Tatzin and council member Mike Anderson voted against the policy.


Blazin Jayz Smoke Shop Opens Next to Learning Express Toys in Lafayette

A new electronic cigarette shop called Blazin Jayz Smoke Shop recently opened next to Learning Express Toys in Lafayette. They sell e-cigarettes, hookahs, vape juices with flavors such as apple e-juice, grape, banana cream, Hulk Tears, and more.


BART to crack down on LimeBikes left at stations

With the growing popularity of shared, dockless bikes in the Bay Area comes a new problem for BART: bicycles carelessly strewn at stations, discarded on platforms, or left in front of entrances.





How Would SB827 Affect Your Neighborhood

Supporters of #SB827 have released interactive statewide maps showing what areas might be upzoned, have parking eliminated, etc.


California's Housing Prices Need to Come Down

Shifting control of housing decisions from local to state oversight could be a way to slow the rise of California’s house prices. A newly proposed bill, SB 827, is a step in that direction.


A mile from Apple HQ, housing proposal for dying Cupertino mall sparks fight
San Francisco Chronicle


Facebok sued by housing advocates alleging discrimination
San Francisco Chronicle


SF complains PG&E is holding up major projects with unreasonable demands
San Francisco Chronicle


Cheaper California housing? One idea to lower costs makes candidates for governor uneasy
Sacramento Bee


SF Yimby campaign $40K in debt over delayed ballot measure
San Francisco Examiner





Electric scooters for grown-ups now available for rent in SF, San Jose
San Francisco Chronicle


Electrification expands from San Francisco streets to the Bay
San Francisco Examiner


California’s Ready to Retaliate If Trump Cuts Auto Rules, Sources Say





Orange County Supervisors Revolt Against California's Sanctuary Law,'' by NPR's Richard Gonzalez: The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to buck California's political leaders and join a federal lawsuit against that state's sanctuary law. That law, known as SB 54, limits the cooperation of local law enforcement agencies with federal immigration authorities. It was designed to help protect undocumented residents from deportation and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2017.Story.


The Justice Department welcomes Orange County's decision to support our lawsuit against California's so-called 'sanctuary state' policies. Orange County's residents have experienced firsthand the negative effects of SB 54, which mandates releasing criminal aliens back into their communities instead of into the custody of federal immigration authorities."


Citizenship question on 2020 census may result in undercount," by Xavier Becerra and Alex Padilla in the SFChronicle: Story


Trump administration's census plan would hurt California, state officials say. Can it be stopped?" by LATimes' Evan Halper: "The decision to ask a citizenship question on the census, which the administration announced late Monday night, may seem an obscure matter, but it could give the Trump administration another lever to shift power and federal resources away from blue states toward red ones, much as happened with the recent tax law changes that disproportionately favored voters in Republican regions." Story


ICE gained access to Santa Clara County inmates, breaching sanctuary policies," by SFChronicle's Hamed Aleaziz: "That incident prompted an apology from San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy. But while the recent ICE forays into the jails expose the growing tension between federal immigration authorities and many California leaders, the content of the interviews - and the potential consequences to the inmates - remains unknown." Story


Trump fundraiser turned to Foreign Affairs chair for help winning work in Romania," by McClatchy's Ben Wieder and Peter Stone: "Top Donald Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy sought help last summer from the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and lobbyist Rick Gates, a key figure in the Russia influence probe, as a Broidy defense company was trying to win business in Romania.


Broidy, a Los Angeles-based investment manager and venture capitalist , attempted to use a visit by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., who chairs the House panel, to Romania last August to help his defense firm Circinus and win points with some controversial political allies in Bucharest, according to emails and documents reviewed by McClatchy.


California's ready to retaliate if Trump cuts auto rules, sources say," by Bloomberg's Ryan Beene and John Lippert: "California intends to counter punch by revoking its so-called deemed to comply provision, two people familiar with the matter said. The obscure-but-important state rule declares that carmakers that satisfy the EPA's tailpipe greenhouse gas standards automatically fulfill California's rules too." Story


California AG to oversee investigation into fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark," by SacBee's Dale Kasler and Benjy Egel: "The state Department of Justice will also review policies of the Sacramento Police Department, Becerra said.  Becerra said his office would make sure the investigation would be 'based on the facts and the law - nothing less, nothing more.'" Story


Why police so rarely get charged for killing unarmed black men like Stephon Clark." Story.


How California taught China to sell electric cars," by Bloomberg's Mark Chediak, John Lippert and Ying Tian: Story


The private man at the center of California's very public debate over single-payer healthcare," by Kaiser Health News' Pauline Bartolone: "Fountain is the unlikely leader of a campaign to place an initiative on the state's November ballot that would make it easier to fund a single-payer system - one in which the state would set the rules and pay the medical claims for all California residents." Story


Hundreds protest homeless, sanctuary city law outside Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting,'' by Jordan Graham, Roxana Kopetman and Tomoya Shimura in the Orange County Register: "A crowd of hundreds showed up for the County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, March 27, as the governing panel discussed two hot button issues: homeless camps and sanctuary laws. Community members had started lining up by 7:30 a.m. to attend the 9 a.m. meeting. More were outside protesting as the meeting got under way." Story.


Chemotherapy-free 'cancer vaccine' moves from mice to human trials at Stanford," by SFChronicle's Ted Andersen: Story


Bonanza for schools as SF crypto king Ripple gives $29M to by SFChronicle's Jill Tucker: Story.


31 police handguns missing from Compton City Hall vault," by City News Service: Story


California grandma survives 10 days trapped in snow after wrong turn," by NY Daily News' Jessica Schladebeck: Story


A Mile from Apple HQ, Housing Proposal for Dying Mall Sparks Fight,'' via Wendy Lee, SF Chronicle: Story.





Take a Virtual Tour: Lafayette home built in 1880

When this home on Ferry Street in Lafayette was built, 12 states hadn't even joined the Union yet. Built in 1880, this $300K house has more than 3,500 sq ft of space that combines historic features with modern upgrades





Jersey man joins internet gambling, wins $194K on 1st spin




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