Latest News

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/04/2018 3:17 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Jeff Heyman to Join Lafayette as City’s First Communications Professional

Jeff Heyman, Peralta’s executive director of public information, communications, and media, announced his resignation March 16.  “Education has always been an important part of my life,” Heyman said in an interview with the Tower. “For nearly 19 years, I’ve taken very seriously the mission of the Peralta Colleges.”  His last day at the district is March 30. The Peralta veteran said he has accepted a new position as communications analyst with the City of Lafayette, Calif., where he will begin his new post April 6. “It seems like a lot of fun,” Heyman said about his new position. “Working in a suburban environment will be very interesting compared to an urban one.”


Home burglary in Lafayette ends with arrests of Oakland men in Canyon

Two Oakland men suspected of a house burglary in Lafayette Tuesday afternoon were arrested after they were chased by Moraga police for several miles into Canyon, where they crashed their car, authorities said.  Both suspects were injured and were hospitalized, authorities said. Their names have not been released, and their conditions were not known.


Anthony Marra wins $50,000 Simpson Prize for mid-career authors

He'll also be in a two-week residence in Lafayette and Berkeley in the spring of 2019.


The Studio Gym may be coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

The Studio, a Danville gym based on three types of fitness zones focusing on different components, is planning on coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Open Sesame currently is according to the latest La Fiesta Square leasing information. Find out more about the classes here.


Marin, SF clean power customers could pay more under PG&E proposal

A fast-growing number of California cities and counties, including San Francisco, are buying electricity for their citizens, taking over a job formerly filled by utility companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co.  Now the utilities have proposed a change in the way such civic power programs operate — a change that could raise costs for the new programs’ customers.


Bay Area trend – low earners move out, high earners move in

New residents to the Bay Area are earning far more than the people they’re chasing out, a new report says, pushing up home prices and highlighting the gap between owners and renters in Silicon Valley.  Lower income workers moving out of the Bay Area were being replaced by younger workers making about $12,640 more annually from 2005 to 2016, according to a national study released Wednesday by BuildZoom. The Bay Area income gap has accelerated from 2010 to 2016, with the average newcomer out-earning the typical former resident by about $18,700.





SF supes vote to oppose Wiener’s SB-827 housing proposal

San Francisco Examiner


Why artist housing is just another kind of affordable housing



Fires are out in the North Bay, but the scars aren't healing

San Francisco Chronicle


Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets Are “Largely Symbolic,” says ARB

Streetsblog California





San Francisco’s Central Subway is getting closer to completion

San Francisco Chronicle


City completes Central Subway excavation, but Chinatown still struggling

San Francisco Examiner


Tesla hits bumpy road in troubled week; believers undeterred

San Francisco Chronicle


Original San Francisco cable car is heading to Connecticut in trolley trade

San Francisco Chronicle


FlixBus to start California routes this summer



Highway 4 carpool crackdown nabs dozens: Roadshow

Mercury News


Only one company in California has applied to test truly driverless cars



The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

The Atlantic





DeSaulnier Urges CalPERS, CalSTRS, and Public Retirement Funds to Divest from Vehicle ...

On Tuesday, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) heightened his call for a national boycott of any vehicle company that fails to meet the standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).





Congressman speculates YouTube shooter was illegal immigrant,'' by New York Post's David K. Li: "Conservative stalwart Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) drew a link between gunfire at YouTube headquarters near San Francisco and sanctuary cities - communities that do not fully cooperate with feds to enforce immigration law. "You were going to discuss with me about sanctuary cities and the sanctuary state movement, and it fits right into what you're talking about right now," Rohrabacher told Fox Business Network. Story.


Community college trustee Sydney Kamlager wins Assembly special election, two other races go to June runoff,'' by LATimes' John Myers: Story.


BONNIE REISS, UC Regent and longtime adviser to Schwarzenegger, dies at 62,'' by LATimes' John Myers: "Reiss' devotion to Schwarzenegger's agenda was a testament to their close personal connection. The partnership between the Republican governor and his liberal Democratic advisor was rooted in a friendship that began four decades ago with Maria Shriver, California's former first lady who married Schwarzenegger in 1986. "She was where the action was," Shriver said.  Reiss had a leadership role in Schwarzenegger's efforts to boost after-school programs for children and was an advocate for environmental protection while serving in his administration. She most recently was a regent for the University of California and served as director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. As a regent, she was praised by colleagues for her focus on the needs of students from underserved and low-income communities." Story.


California should stand its ground on tailpipe rules," via Bloomberg View: "California has the right to establish its own car-pollution rules because the state was already setting limits on tailpipe emissions when Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1970. The state's Air Resources Board receives waivers from the federal EPA to enforce its own stricter regulations, most recently from the Obama administration." Story


Trump administration, seeking to speed deportations, plans to impose quotas on immigration judges," via Washington Post: "The Trump administration will pressure U.S. immigration judges to process cases faster by establishing a quota system tied to their annual performance reviews, according to new Justice Department directives." Story


San Francisco joins suit to fight Trump administration over census citizenship question,' by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: "The Trump administration's plan to add a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census drew an immediate legal challenge from California. Now a group of states and cities, including San Francisco, has gone a step further with bipartisan findings from census directors for more than four decades that show a citizenship question would reduce participation in the once-per-decade survey and undermine its accuracy." Story.


Trump, McCarthy look to cut billions from budget deal they just passed," by POLITICO's John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett: "White House officials are working closely with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the rescission package, said the sources. It's not clear which programs could be targeted or when the House would vote, although the White House had targeted dozens of programs in Trump's 2019 budget proposal. The White House also proposed nearly $15 billion in budget cuts as part of last year's hurricane relief package, which were never acted upon." Story


'It's wheelmageddon': San Francisco is being overrun by venture-backed scooters," by Vanity Fair's Maya Kosoff: "Depending on who you ask, the electric-scooter phenomenon is either an environmentally and economically sound way of getting around San Francisco ("It's cheaper than Uber or Lyft," one friend claimed), or a menace to pedestrians who dodge them on sidewalks ("They're harder in the city because where do they go? Should they be on sidewalks or in bike lanes? Do you need a helmet?" another said)." Story


Checking the facts on California's wealth and poverty," by Politifact's Chris Nichols: Story


California nurse claims hospital fired her over Stephon Clark comment," by Fox News' Ryan Gaydos: "'Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples house...why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid,' she allegedly wrote." Story


California launches system allowing driverless cars to ditch their backup drivers," by Washington Post's Michael Laris: "The rules require developers of the technology to certify that their vehicles have "been tested under controlled conditions that simulate, as closely as practicable" the types of conditions and circumstances they are designed for, according to the state DMV. That might include operating at night in the rain in a particularly busy geography." Story


Credit union sues San Francisco after taxi medallion market collapses," by SF Business Times' Riley McDermid: Story


SF firefighters say Supervisor Peskin "intoxicated" when he ripped into first responders at big North Beach fire,'' by SFChronicle's Matier & Ross: Story.


The most expensive condo at Millennium Tower -- aka "The Leaning Tower of Lawsuits" -- "just sold for $1 million under its asking price," by SF Business Times' Riley McDermid: Story


'Miraculous': Teen survives 12 hours in Los Angeles sewer system," by AP: Story


San Francisco advocates worry about Grindr sharing users' HIV status," by ABC7's Kate Larsen: Story


Hart children may have been abused before deadly California crash, authorities say," by NBC News' Alex Johnson: Story


Testing high-tech cameras where it counts: aimed at carpool-lane cheaters," by SFChronicle's Michael Cabanatuan: Story


British Airways is canceling flights to Oakland," via One Mile at a Time: Read it here





Mercedes-Benz expands to Lafayette

Mercedes-Benz has expanded to Lafayette, opening an AMG certified dealership - one they say is the first in the area. 





Out-of-control trash truck smashes vehicles in Philadelphia



The Almost Daily Briefing is an aggregation of links to news articles from local and regional newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and other internet sources.  Its purpose is to alert readers to current issues and affairs that may impact Lafayette.  The Almost Daily Briefing does not promote, favor, disfavor, support, reject, or endorse any position, candidate, campaign, or proposition, and nothing about the Daily Briefing, including the selection, presentation, arrangement, or content of the links presented should be construed as an advocacy position.


You can sign up to receive the Almost Daily Briefing by email here.




Briones Lafayette Ridge Hike28

Return to full list >>