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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/17/2018 10:28 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette council OKs sale of Crosses of Lafayette site

The sale of the five-acre Crosses of Lafayette site — a prominent, controversial hillside memorial dedicated to U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and visible from Highway 24 — will go ahead after all.


Fallen tree knocks down power lines in Lafayette

PG&E crews restored power to a neighborhood Tuesday morning, but a road remained closed after a tree fell into power lines Monday, officials said.


Orinda voters to decide on library parcel tax in June

Orinda voters will decide in June whether to approve a parcel tax increase to continue maintaining services and programs every day of the week at its library, a source of community pride.


A La Finestra At Moraga’s Hacienda De Las Flores? What Could Go Wrong?

It would seem like a dream setup on its surface: Consider a resolution giving former La Finestra restaurant owner Jeff Assadi – who lost that business to a devastating fire last year – a portion of the town-owned Hacienda de las Flores property at 2100 Donald Drive in a mutually beneficial public-private partnership.


Moraga Man Arrested For Emeryville Auto Burglary

Police say he was already on probation for identity theft.


Sacramento made us do it: Cities blame lawmakers for unpopular housing decisions

Lafayette, an upscale East Bay suburb that also has been a flashpoint for housing development, will be expanding its social media presence and holding meetings to explain how the legislation could affect the city, said Steven Falk, a longtime city manager


Black Clouds, Hail, Thunder, Lightning, Crashes, Spills, Crooked Deeds And A Fight For Life In Walnut Creek

Just your usual morning in the 24/680, with heavy winds and hail making things slick for drivers; people waking up to find things they thought were theirs are gone and now belong to someone else; and fire and police fighting to save a young life from the grip of a Fentanyl OD.


3.9 Earthquake Hits South Bay

The earthquake was centered in the Alum Rock area of San Jose, but was widely felt.


Alameda city manager's job on the line over taping of two councilmembers

In the taped conversation, the council members also allegedly told Keimach that making the right pick would “avoid an incident similar to the one involving Raymond Zack,” a reference to the Alameda man who died from a suicide drowning off Crown Beach in 2011 while police and fire crews watched.


A day after Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach admitted to unlawfully recording two city councilmembers without their consent, Alameda City Attorney Janet Kern said she will ask the city council whether they want to refer the case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. A special closed session meeting is scheduled for this evening to discuss possible litigation against the city and firing Keimach. Keimach alleges that Kern was aware of her intentions to record Jim Oddie and Malia Vella and that her action was legal. (


Alameda city manager to remain on paid leave; DA’s office to review secret recording she made

City Manager Jill Keimach will remain on paid leave and a report on the investigation into her contention that she was politically pressured to select a union-backed fire chief will be publicly released next month, the City Council decided late Monday night.






Housing bill amended to reduce maximum heights of buildings from 85 feet to 55 feet

Palo Alto was one of the cities that is opposing SB 827.


Marin Voice: Housing — when 'local control' goes extreme

Scott Wiener's bill, SB 827, takes far too much local control from Marin, with its eight-story buildings. But we need to have a community conversation about how to give up a little bit of “local control” so that everyone contributes to a better society.


5 ways to solve California's housing crisis

 “We have just been fundamentally under-producing housing in California,” said Mark Stivers, a state affordable housing official who served 16 years as a consultant to the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.


Learn about Oakland’s economic divide today by peering into the past
San Francisco Chronicle


Faced with steep prices, buyers look to emerging East Bay neighborhoods


Sonoma County wildfire survivors turn to modular homes to accelerate rebuilding
Santa Rosa Press Democrat


SF homes ‘earn money’ seven times faster than average U.S. workers


Is Housing Inequality the Main Driver of Economic Inequality?

A growing body of research suggests that inequality in the value of Americans’ homes is a major factor—perhaps the key factor—in the country’s economic divides.






Opposition To Immigrant Sanctuary Spreading In California," by AP's Amy Taxin: "More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak. Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called 'sanctuary state' law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state's position." Story


Gov. Jerry Brown forms commission for 2020 census outreach," by LATimes' Melanie Mason: "... The commission's formation comes on the heels of a Trump administration plan to ask about citizenship status as a part of the census. State officials fear that such a question, which has not been asked in a census since 1950, could chill participation among California residents." Story


LA may make it illegal for landlords to reveal tenants' citizenship, or even ask about it," via City News Service: "A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a draft ordinance that would make it illegal for a landlord to disclose a tenant's citizenship status to third parties, or to inquire as to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or occupant." Story


Police reform experts say Trump administration left SF in the lurch," by SFChronicle's Kimberly Veklerov: "Policing experts tapped by President Barack Obama to devise reforms for law enforcement agencies across the country say the Trump administration has largely abdicated that responsibility - and that the federal absence is hurting cities such as San Francisco. Their remarks came during a three-day training session last week by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in Oakland, where Northern California police chiefs, commanders, prosecutors and - for the first time - community activists gathered to discuss police shootings, racial bias, immigration and other tough issues in law enforcement." Story


Three Reasons California Is Trump's Worst Nightmare in Clean-Car Fight," by Bloomberg's Laura Blewitt and Kevin Crowley: Story


US To Audit Grants Awarded To California Bullet Train," by AP's Kathleen Ronayne: "California's high-speed rail project is facing an audit from the U.S. Department of Transportation's as costs continue to climb. The inspector general's audit, announced Thursday, will examine the Federal Railroad Administration's oversight of nearly $3.5 billion in federal grant money awarded to the project." Story


SF robbery suspect still in jail despite major case on bail he initiated," by SFChronicle's Jill Tucker: Story


Michael Ferro sells stake in Times parent Tronc to McCormick family for $208.6 million," by LATimes' Andrea Chang and Robert Channick: Story


'Black men might be better off at home,' local columnist writes after Stephon Clark shooting," by SacBee's Anita Chabria: Story


Despite drop in distracted driving-related crashes across state, Southern California drivers use cellphones at higher rate," by Beatriz E. Valenzuela and Nikie Johnson in LA Daily News: Story


Airplanes may soon install sleeping compartments in the cargo area," by LATimes' Hugo Martin: Story


How much does your CEO make compared with you? Now, that ratio is public," by OCRegister's Margot Roosevelt: Story


Beutner emerges as a top pick for L.A. schools superintendent amid last-minute jockeying,'' by LATimes' Howard Blume: Story.


Should California force schools to reveal when teachers are accused of sexual misconduct?" by Mercury News' John Woolfolk: Story


Adidas: We want to sign Kaepernick to endorsement deal if he finds a team," by Hill's Rebecca Savransky: Story


L.A., long a destination for young people, is becoming increasingly out of reach, survey finds," by LATimes' Nina Agrawal: Story





Lafayette middle school students march to support DACA

While organizing a march to show support of DACA, Alejandro Arellano Ramirez, 13, said he hoped to change people's minds





2 men use signs to spread happiness



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