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Post Date:04/20/2018 12:58 PM

mop-l-collegenotes-col-0406Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette: City hires its first communications analyst

Jeff Heyman, the former chief of public information and communications at the Oakland-based Peralta Community College District, has joined the city of Lafayette as its first communications analyst, the city announced this week.  Heyman joined the city on April 9.  “I am very excited about the many possibilities that this new communications role offers and I am honored to have been tapped to fill this first-time position,” Heyman said.


New bill would allow BART to develop housing

Imagine stepping outside every morning and hearing: “The doors are obstructed, please stand clear of the doors”


Can BART Build Affordable Housing? - Pedestrian Observations

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A new bill could give BART the authority to speed up housing construction. Here’s how it would work.


Contra Costa DA: $1.1 million collected for victims of unpaid wages

Two companies were implicated in a countywide crackdown on wage theft of elder caretakers.


AAA Offers Free Tows On Pot Holiday 4/20 In Northern California

The automobile club in Northern California is offering free tows on April 20 to prevent people from driving while intoxicated.





Caltrans Releases Bicycle, Pedestrian Plan To Improve Transport
San Francisco Chronicle


SF's scooter skirmish: City escalates battle over the motorized two-wheelers
San Francisco Chronicle


San Francisco has no interest in banning electric scooters
San Francisco Chronicle


Electric scooters might revolutionize urban transport — if it wasn’t for stupid humans
Washington Post


Work begins on new I-680 carpool/express lane
East Bay Times





Yelp CEO calls on Google, Facebook to help housing crisis
San Francisco Chronicle


Scott Wiener's housing near transit bill may be on ice for now, but he's not done with housing laws this year

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s much-talked about SB 827, a bill that would have encouraged denser housing development around transit, died in committee this past week, but the lawmaker is not finished with housing this year.





Trump tariffs are more likely to kill U.S. jobs than create them, Fed economists say," by Bloomberg: "President Trump may hope his tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will create new jobs, or at least protect existing ones. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said the opposite outcome was more likely." Story


Trump's EPA argues more people will die in car accidents unless California fuel rules are weakened," by LATimes' Evan Halper: "Taking a cue from auto dealers and free-market think tanks skeptical of mainstream global-warming science, Trump's Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is tossing aside reams of federal and California data showing the fuel economy standards are perfectly safe. Instead, Pruitt's directive this month to potentially scale back the fuel standard says "an important factor" is the need to reexamine safety issues." Story


ACLU sues California city's move to exempt itself from state sanctuary laws," by Mercury News' Kelly Puente and Susan Christian Goulding: "The lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court comes two days after the Los Alamitos City Council approved a precedent-setting ordinance that exempts its police department from following the California Values Act, which limits police cooperation with federal immigration authorities." Story


Trump blasts 'breeding' in sanctuary cities. That's a racist term," by CNN's Z. Byron Wolf: "What exactly did President Donald Trump mean by "breeding" when he tweeted Wednesday about cities that will not cooperate with the federal government to deport the undocumented." Story


Gay 'conversion therapy' services would be banned under measure advancing in California,'' by LATimes' John Myers: "The California Assembly voted Thursday to add gay "conversion therapy" to the state's list of deceptive business practices, following a debate that focused on the personal experiences of several lawmakers and hinted at potential lawsuits to come. Story.


California leads nation in pushing back against Trump health policies," by by LATimes' Ana B. Ibarra: "In the nation's most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians - regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags." Story


If Prince Harry is going to have an L.A. princess, can California join the royal family?'' via SacBee: Story.


Giving gropers a break? How California state workers stay employed after big payouts," by SacBee's Marjie Lundstrom: Story


Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders," by AP's Michael Balsamo: Story


Anger spreads over police killing of black man in Walmart parking lot in Barstow," by LATimes' Richard Winton: Story


Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion U.S. fine," by NYTimes' Emily Flitter and Glenn Thrush: Story


2,000 new trees for San Francisco - and less carbon in the air, too," by SFChronicle's Dominic Fracassa: Story


Burned shell of a home sells for more than $900,000 in San Jose," by Mercury News' Marisa Kendall: Story






Festival a shot in the arm for Lafayette's struggling economy

 “When you run $50 million through a city over four or five days, that is a huge impact,” Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said.





Michigan couple gives 14th son creative middle name



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