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Post Date:04/13/2018 11:37 AM


sidewalk patternLocal News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Updated: Alameda City Manager Wiretapped Councilors

Sources say Jill Keimach illegally recorded Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella without their consent.  An independent investigator has uncovered evidence that Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach unlawfully recorded two councilmembers and another city employee without their consent last year, according to two knowledgeable sources. Keimach’s alleged actions are the main reason why the Alameda City Council and Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer voted unanimously on March 9 to place Keimach on administrative leave, the sources said. Spencer and the council are scheduled to discuss whether to fire Keimach on Monday night.  Surreptitiously recording private conversations without the consent of another party is a violation of the California penal code punishable by a $2,500 fine per violation and a maximum of one year in jail.


Orinda: Community’s iconic Village Inn Cafe reopens with familiar owner

Chef Peter Leou, with deep roots in the Lamorinda community, has taken it upon himself to save the community’s iconic Village Inn Cafe from oblivion.  Owners Kurt and Kathy Bellows decided to call it quits after more than 30 years of serving up thousands of their signature beef brisket corned beef hash, waffles, scrambles and omelettes. On Jan. 28, the Bellows closed shop and put the cafe up for sale.


With market, bakery and cafe, Oakland Chow bites off more than it can chew

He tested the waters for his ambitious Oakland project when he opened Chow in Lafayette in 2003


Laptop Theft Thwarted; Skimming: Lamorinda, East Bay Police Log

An SUV was split in half during a dramatic crash, an injured bicyclist was rescued and other police and fire stories from across East Bay.





Why I oppose the Bay Area $3 bridge toll hike
East Bay Times


Gas prices at highest level since 2015 amid fears of another oil shock
Los Angeles Times $


Could granny flats help ease the state's housing crisis? Some advocates think so
Los Angeles Times $


Dispute over money emerges in campaign to repeal California's gas tax increase
Los Angeles Times $


Bay Area Bike to Work Day Is Coming May 10
Mass Transit





San Francisco evictions law struck down as violation of Ellis Act
San Francisco Chronicle


Court upholds SF law requiring landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers
San Francisco Examiner


Trump doesn’t ignore fair housing and public assistance programs — unfortunately
Washington Post


Rent Control Campaign in California Is Taken to the Streets
New York Times


Nearly 1 million signatures filed for initiative to strike Prop. 13’s ‘moving penalty’
OC Register





As a secretive hedge fund guts its newspapers, journalists are fighting back
Washington Post


San Francisco Bay ferries and tour boats soon to run on eco-friendly fuel
San Francisco Chronicle


That $12 parcel tax voters approved two years ago is about to revive SF Bay shorelines
San Francisco Chronicle


Marin sea-level rise planners earn national award for educational program
Marin Independent Journal


Trump targets smog standards, ordering EPA to make it easier for companies to comply
Los Angeles Times $


America’s Most Powerful Car Regulator Isn’t Going to Stop for Trump


Facing Widespread Opposition, Lawmaker Ends Effort to Increase Refinery Penalties





Split California into three states? Backer says he’s got the ballot signatures
San Francisco Chronicle


California exporters worry that 'scuffle' could become costly trade war with China," by SacBee's Mark Glover: "California businesses, farmers and trade experts are closely watching, and worrying, about the ripple effect set off last month when the Trump administration announced heightened import duties on Chinese steel and aluminum. Beijing responded with a 15 percent duty on products that are staples of California's nation-leading agriculture industry." Story


Delano police ask D.A. to investigate ICE statements about crash that killed 2," by Brittny Mejia: "The Delano Police Department has forwarded a report to the Kern County district attorney's office asking prosecutors to review whether federal immigration agents gave false information to police investigating a traffic crash that killed a couple who were in the country illegally." Story


McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker," by AP's Alan Fram: "One thing is clear: If the showdown between California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise for House speaker is a popularity contest, it will be tight." Story


GOP faction wants Ryan gone now," by POLITICO's Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan: "Several allies to speaker hopeful Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the majority leader, say House Republicans need to be united heading into the midterms, and that a leadership race could split the conference. Other Republicans are questioning whether having a lame-duck speaker at the helm of the Republican Conference will hurt their fundraising." Story


Brown's bid to finesse Trump's Nat'l Guard plan," by Calbuzz: "Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday yielded to President Donald Trump's request for troops to control the Mexican border, agreeing to supply 400 members of the California National Guard for 'targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state.'" Story


She has her eye on 2020 and Trump. But first this California senator is lending a hand in 2018," by Emily Cadei in SacBee: "Through the first quarter of 2018, which ended March 31, Harris has helped raise campaign cash for all 26 of the Senate Democrats up for reelection in November. She's also raised money for two Democrats gunning to unseat Republican senators in Arizona and Nevada. According to her staff, Harris' efforts - via her political action committee, her email list and by lending her voice to other Democratic party committees and groups - have brought in more than $3 million for her colleagues up for election this fall." Story


Garcetti says state money would 'accelerate' Los Angeles' homelessness plan," by LATim Liam Dillon: "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday the city needs more money from the state to combat increasing homelessness, even though local voters recently approved ballot measures designed to bring in more than $1 billion in funding to help build new housing and provide supportive services." Story


UC will guarantee admission to qualified California community college students," by Alexei Koseff: "UC and the California community college system on Wednesday announced an agreement to ease the often complicated process of transferring to a four-year school. It builds on a 2015 program that created "transfer pathways," clarifying what classes community college students should take to qualify for 21 of the most popular majors at UC." Story


Oil 'is killing us.' activists call on Jerry Brown to halt California drilling," by SacBee's Angela Hart: "Consumer and health care groups launched a campaign Wednesday, "Brown's Last Chance," calling on him to freeze all new oil and gas drilling in California and phase out current production." Story


California again ranks low in academic testing," by Dan Walters: "That's still below the designated "proficiency" level for the nation of 280 and while California's average scores for white and Asian students reach that level, those for black and Latino students are about 30 points lower, a gap that is fundamentally unchanged over the last 10 years of NAEP testing. Not surprisingly, eighth grade "English-learners" in California fall 50 points behind students deemed to be proficient in English." Story


These California counties have the most to lose in a China trade war," by Emily Cadei: "Most of the concern over the president's escalating trade conflict with China has centered on the fallout for farmers, particularly in the Midwest, a part of the country that disproportionately voted for Trump in 2016. But an analysis by experts at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan D.C. think tank, finds that California - and the West Coast, more broadly - have far and away the most jobs on the line in the tariff tit-for-tat between Washington and Beijing." Story


In secret recording, judge says licked envelope from HIV-positive murder suspect is 'gross'," by Brett Kelman, The Desert Sun: "Riverside County Superior Court Judge David. B. Downing, now retired, made these statements during the 2012 trial of Kaushal Niroula and Daniel Garcia, who were both later convicted and sentenced to life in prison, according to recently filed court records that confirm the judge's comments for the first time. The Desert Sun also obtained a copy of some of the recordings, which match the new court documents, on Tuesday." Story


Kaiser Permanente will start filling the vacuum in gun research with a $2-million study program," by LATimes' Michael Hiltzik: "The vacuum in gun violence research in America is slowly being filled by independent organizations. The latest to accept the responsibility for studying one of our most pressing public health crises is Kaiser Permanente, the giant healthcare system, which this week announced a $2-million program to study how to prevent gun injuries and deaths." Story


Faculty union says they don't want a new online community college," by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: Story


Potential fair housing violations you may not know about," by KPBS' Tarryn Mento: Story


What ice cream flavors can teach us about the changing California Dream," by CALmatters' Elizabeth Aguilera: Story


After Stephon Clark shooting, Sacramento devotes $500,000 more toward low-income kids," by SacBee's Ryan Lillis: Story


Putting up roadblocks when Waze and other apps send cars down your little street: Story


'Dangerous enemy aliens' were once imprisoned here. Now, a sign is 'evidence' of a dark history," by LA Daily News' Julia Wick: Story


City Council approves long-awaited people mover to LAX," by LATimes' Laura J. Nelson: Story


Bay Area still dominates U.S. venture capital industry but cracks may be showing," by Mercury News' Seung Lee: Story





Lafayette is the healthiest city in the state

Drinking heavily and smoking for years are well-known features of an unhealthy lifestyle.





Mother's obituary helps officers nab 1981 prison escapee



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