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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/19/2018 11:20 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California



Restaurant fire prompts downtown Walnut Creek street closures

Sauced BBQ & Spirits on Locust Street forced to evacuate after single-alarm fire Saturday evening





California’s housing shortage is the biggest in the nation, by far

State must build more than half the 7M housing units needed in US


Editorial: Defeat of California housing bill reveals a crisis of political courage

San Francisco Chronicle


California needs to recreate redevelopment to take on the housing crisis

San Francisco Chronicle


Don't bring back redevelopment to California

San Francisco Chronicle


Why did California’s major housing bill fail so quickly?

Mercury News



California Senate Bill 827, which was sponsored by State Senators Scott Wiener and Nancy Skinner, was formally defeated in committee this week. But this outcome was foreseen for months, with all of the last-minute lobbying on both sides not impacting the result.


What should SB827 v. 2 look like?

One of the sad things about the SB827 debate is that while YIMBY folks tried to keep the emphasis on housing, by the end I heard more general policy people describe the bill in terms of “Local control.” That became a problem. As I pointed out in a prior post, lots of people seem to equate local control with land use, and it is an important local government power. But I tried to point out there are other things that localities can still control, from public finance to amenity and service offerings, that don’t involve zoning.


In Oakland, this is gentrification when it knocks on your door

San Francisco Chronicle


Group tries to raise $4 million to preserve Carquinez-area open space

East Bay Times


Mountain View: Nearly 450 housing units planned near downtown

Mercury News


Community draws up alternative development plans for Vallco mall

Mercury News


Burned shell of a home sells for more than $900,000 in San Jose

Mercury News


Condemned house in Northern California [Fremont] sells for $1.23 million

Los Angeles Times





Bay Area bridge gets new peak-hour lane beginning Friday

San Francisco Chronicle


SF officials haul in 24 more illegally parked rental scooters

San Francisco Chronicle


These new express lanes should bring some relief to our congested roads

Mercury News


Muni planning pilot of battery-powered buses

San Francisco Examiner


Los Angeles could fast-track Elon Musk's first tunnel project in West L.A.

Los Angeles Times


Autonomous Boats Will Be On the Market Sooner Than Self-Driving Cars






Riverside City Manager John Russo Fired by City Council

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Riverside City Manager John Russo was fired Tuesday, April 17, by the City Council - less than 10 weeks after it extended the top administrator's contract and lavished praise on him.


Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach Keeps Her Job

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At a closed door session last night, the Alameda City Council decided not to fire embattled City Manager Jill Keimach.  


Alameda City Council to release report, refers Keimach recording to D.A.; she keeps job for now

Alamedans will finally get to view the contents of an independent investigator’s report into allegations by City Manager Jill Keimach that some councilmembers violated the City Charter by interfering with her selection of a new fire chief. The Alameda City Council, after yet another marathon special closed session meeting Monday night, unanimously voted to release the report on May 2.





SLO council approves plan to slash budget by $8.9 million to pay for risingpensions

San Luis Obispo finalized a multifaceted approach to fill its $8.9 million annual budget deficit over the next three years thanks to rising pension costs. 





Lafayette group wins license to run medical marijuana pharmacy

A longtime pharmacy owner and his partners were granted on Tuesday the sole license to operate a medical marijuana pharmacy in the Lafayette region, breaking a first-place tie between two applicants.





It's (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14



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