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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/11/2018 11:23 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


ConFire Turning First Dirt For Station 16 In Lafayette Wednesday

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials and visiting dignitaries will be on hand for a golden shovel moment marking construction of the district’s newest station house on Los Arabis Road in Lafayette.


2 Lamorinda Auto Burglary Suspects Arrested

A sharp-eyed witness gave police a good description, aiding their search for the suspects.


Exclusive: Internal sheriff records show deputy suspected of rape, not ‘consensual’ sex

A Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy was arrested last week for alleged “consensual” sex with two jail inmates, but internal records show detectives suspected him of a far more serious crime: rape under color of authority.  The records, obtained by Bay Area News Group Tuesday, show that the same day 26-year-old Patrick Morseman was arrested on suspicion of illegal consensual sex with two inmates, a felony, a detective with the sheriff’s office wrote an affidavit saying there was probable cause to believe Morseman had committed “multiple violations” of rape, and oral copulation with threats by a public official.


Here’s how much Chevron pays its execs

John Watson, who was Chevron’s CEO during 2017, received $24.8 million in total direct compensation.


Two suspects in Pleasant Hill marijuana robbery killing arrested out of state

Keith Jones, 29, and Luther Lee, 24, both of Georgia, were arrested Monday; one in Arizona, the other in New Mexico following a 90-mile high-speed chase.


Editorial: Pick the prosecutor, not the plagiarist, for district attorney. 

Paul Graves is the only candidate for Contra Costa DA with meaningful experience as a prosecutor.


East Bay college trustee faced sex harassment probe when he quit

Contra Costa Community College officials tried to cover up Tim Farley’s drunken behavior.

After Months of Talk, Atwater's Interim City Manager Has Resigned. Here's What We Know.
Art de Werk has resigned as interim city manager of Atwater, continuing a long tradition of rocky relationships with city management.


Solano Beach Mayor Resigns
Virginia Marshall did not say why she had decided to step down.





California housing transit bill amended after concerns from critics

Most notably, the maximum height of buildings that could be built under the bill has been reduced to five stories from eight.  “The bill hasn’t been neutered,” says Wiener


Sen. Wiener Amends Bill To Enable More Housing Around Transit Hubs

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State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has again amended Senate Bill 827, legislation proposed to increase housing stock near public transportation.  The latest iteration of SB 827 would require at least some affordable housing units in every development "except the very smallest" to include between 10 and 20 percent low-income units or between 5 and 11 percent very low-income units. The bill would overrule local height restrictions in some cases, allowing developers to construct buildings up to 55 feet tall within a quarter-mile of rail and ferry stations and up to 45 feet tall within a half-mile. In order to be eligible for approval under SB 827, developments would have to be at least two-thirds residential by square footage, and implementation would be delayed until January 2021 so local jurisdictions have time to prepare.


High-rise apartments stripped from controversial California housing bill

Of the countless housing bills carried this year in Sacramento, SB 827 has hogged the limelight, energizing supporters with its potential to transform cities and suburbs up and down the state and cut driving commutes.


Should Cities Tax Huge Homeowner Profits From Stopping Housing?

SB 827 provides potentially huge additional value to property owners throughout the state without concurrent value capture.


Housing crisis: California bill aims to help the `missing middle'," by Mercury News' Katy Murphy: "As the state's costliest housing markets and high rents threaten to force all but the highest-paid workers into ever-longer commutes, California lawmakers have introduced a bill to help more teachers, firefighters and other middle-income workers live close to their jobs." Story


Buying a Bay Area home is even more difficult for black families
East Bay Times


Alameda County moves to sell Oakland Coliseum share to city
East Bay Times


Home values are rising by $800 a day in San Jose,'' via Bloomberg: Story.





As complaints roll in, San Francisco considers action over wave of motorized scooters
San Francisco Chronicle


Uber acquires e-bike startup Jump, expanding transportation options
San Francisco Chronicle


Uber purchase of JUMP bikes won’t impact SF pilot program
San Francisco Examiner


More Poorer Residents Are Driving Cars, Presenting New Issues for Transit Agencies


The Four-Letter Word Changing Daily Commutes [Toll]


Bay Area's transit agencies looking at fare cuts for low-income residents
San Francisco Chronicle


Editorial: S.F.'s scooter scourge
San Francisco Chronicle


Uber, Getaround partner for peer car rentals in San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle


Aerial tram floated as transportation to an Oakland A's Howard Terminal ballpark
San Francisco Chronicle





CalPERS may join union foes of 401(k) option

Most employees chose to put their contributions into their CalPERS pensions. But 40 percent (22,934) made no choice and their contributions defaulted into a Savings Plus 401(k) or 401(a)


San Carlos set to pay down pension debts

The city had an unfunded balance of approximately $57 million in August of 2017.





Jerry Brown undecided on whether to send National Guard to California-Mexico border," by SFChronicle's Melody Gutierrez: "Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to respond to federal officials on whether California will send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an effort by President Trump to stop migrants from crossing into the country." Story


H-1B visa applications reach cap, show ongoing demand for foreign workers," by Mercury News' Ethan Baron: "For the sixth year in a row, employers have deluged the federal government with so many applications for H-1B visas that the cap was reached within five days." Story


CBO report projects massive deficits during Trump administration," by LATimes' Cathleen Decker: "The Congressional Budget Office on Monday projected that deficits and the national debt will rise dramatically in coming years, beyond the already daunting levels anticipated before the Trump administration took office." Story


Chinese investment in U.S. plunges, with big implications for CA,'' by SFChronicle's David R. Baker: "No other state has received as much investment from Chinese companies, which since 2000 have sunk an estimated $21 billion into opening Silicon Valley technology labs, buying or funding local companies, and financing real estate development." Story.


Amid trade fight, Trump says he'll 'make it up' to farmers," by AP's Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire: "President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they 'will be better off than they ever were.'" Story


Vote on Southern California's investment in delta tunnel project could be a nail-biter,'' by LATimes' Bettina Boxall: "With the city of Los Angeles and Orange County on opposite sides, Southern California's role in financing a massive water delivery project is likely to hinge on a few smaller agencies. Story.


Gov. Jerry Brown urges 'yes' for both Delta tunnels. Will that sway crucial vote?,'' by SacBee's Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow. Story.


After Stephon Clark Shooting, Sacramento Police Can No Longer Turn Off Body Cameras,'' by Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford: "Sacramento police officers can no longer turn off their body cameras video or sound, according to an emergency memo recently sent to the force. Deputy Chief Ken Bernard told the Community Police Review Commission on Monday that officers no longer have that discretion." Story.


Re-configuring the proposition 13 legacy battles," by Fox & Hounds' Joel Fox: "With actions at the end of last week, the prospective battles to alter Proposition 13's future came into focus. A measure backed by the California Association of Realtors to enhance the benefits of Proposition 13 for seniors and thus offer a solution for the housing crisis submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot." Story


Newport Beach is latest O.C. city to consider opposing 'sanctuary state' law," by LATimes' Hillary Davis: Story


David Hoggs acceptance to UC Irvine after Fox News host Laura Ingraham made him the butt of a tweet -- and launched a boycott, via LATimes: Story


For many immigrants from Mexico, farm work is still the way to the California dream," by Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric: Story


OP-ED in Sac Bee via Doug Kaplan: "Don't let California lawmakers use the housing crisis to bring back the Frankenstein monster that was redevelopment." Story.


Power players map strategy to get $3 Bay Area bridge toll hike passed in June," by SFChronicle's Matier & Ross: Story


Los Angeles is short on parks, ranking 74th out of 100 cities," via KCET: Story


Burning Man founder Larry Harvey hospitalized after massive stroke," by Reno Gazette-Journal's Jenny Kane: Story


'It makes me never want to call 911 again,' neighbor says after Stephon Clark shooting," by Nashelly Chavez: Story


Wells Fargo reportedly facing huge fine for mortgage lending and auto insurance problems," by Jim Puzzanghera: Story


Court: Employers can't set different pay for men and women doing same job," by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: Story


Having a job (or two, or three) doesn't mean you can afford a place to live in California," by KQED's Amita Sharma: Story


California makes significant gain in reading on much anticipated national test," by EdSource's John Fensterwald: Story





LPD: Man arrested after attempting to rob Lafayette Olive Garden

Lafayette police have arrested a man after he was accused of demanding cash at the Olive Garden on South Street in Lafayette.





Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake



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