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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/23/2018 11:21 AM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Contra Costa County budget on solid footing, though clouds loom on the horizon

Contra Costa Supervisors were presented with a balanced budget on Tuesday.


Time lapse of fastest-ever climb up El Capitan in Yosemite is insanely cool

The Nose, up its nearly vertical center, is the longest climbing route on the peak Hans Florine, 44, of Lafayette, Calif., heads up the lower face of El Capitan.


Rattlesnake Bites Hiker—Safety Tips

A hiker was airlifted to safety after being bitten several times by a rattlesnake in the Bay Area on Sunday.





Why Was California's Radical Housing Bill so Unpopular?

By forcing politicians and organizations to lay down their cards on restrictive residential zoning, SB 827 has neatly cataloged views over local control, affordability, transportation, and the environment in ways that observers sometimes had to project for themselves


Defeat of SB 827 leaves state housing crisis intact

Local planners can rest easy. Their zoning laws will not be overridden by legislative fiat.


SB827 Should Have Passed

The objective of this bill was to make it so that four and five story residential buildings could be constructed near train stations and bus stops.


Is SB 827 Really Dead?

It’s important to keep an eye on Wiener’s other major bill – SB 828, which would essentially require cities to double the amount of housing they zone for in order to account for the existing shortage of some 2 million housing units across the state.  Unlike SB 827, SB 828 is still alive. It may be just nerdy and obscure enough to pass – and that will change the world of housing even more, at least for local government planners around the state.


A little-known bill, SB828, could reshape housing development across California

A Bay Area lawmaker's housing proposal could expand the size and scope of home building efforts in California at an unprecedented scale.  The legislation, Senate Bill 828, from state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would require cities and counties to rezone land in their communities to permit many more homes than are currently in their plans.


Two Bay Area houses underline the housing crisis
San Francisco Chronicle


Bid to repeal rent-control limits in California could be headed to ballot
San Francisco Chronicle


Are you single? Good luck buying a home in California!
East Bay Times


If the California Legislature can't compromise on housing, rent control is in our future
Sacramento Bee





Rules in the works as city offers olive branch in scooter war
San Francisco Chronicle


The Uberization of e-scooters
San Francisco Chronicle


Nothing happens quickly at BART; Powell Street face-lift is no exception
San Francisco Chronicle


New, simpler plan for SF’s downtown rail extension
San Francisco Chronicle


Editorial: Regional toll hike addresses Bay Area traffic snarl
Marin Independent Journal


Planning Commission delays vote on construction project over concerns of displacement
San Francisco Examiner


Dr. Tracey Jones of Kaiser Permanente inspires cyclist as Sonoma County Bike Commuter of the Year
Sonoma County Gazette





Why a great year for CalPERS' investments wasn't nearly great enough

In 2017, the California Public Employees' Retirement System had one of the better years a giant pensionsystem has ever enjoyed.


Sales tax on your local ballot? California's pension crisis may have nominated it

California's public employee pension systems have immense gaps – called “unfunded liabilities” – between what they have in assets and what they will need to meet their obligations to retirees.


Opinion: Give public workers a 401(k) alternative to pensions

About 60 percent of 25-year-olds hired by the state in any given year will leave the state workforce within 15 years.





On SF stop, James Comey unites partisans - against him," by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli: "Fired FBI Director James Comey is doing something few Americans can boast about these days. He's bringing the left and right together - they're both nursing a grudge against him." Story.


Barbara Bush Is Gone -- As Are, Unfortunately, Some Bush-Era Traits,'' by Bill Whalen via Forbes: Story.


California and climate change: Jerry Brown's would-be successors make plans," by SFChronicle's Kurtis Alexander: "When Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office next year, California will lose a climate advocate who has carried the nation's fight against global warming as Washington has stood down. Story.


Bay Area falling behind on quake safety despite booming tech economy,'' by LATimes' Rong-Gong Lin II: "Property values are soaring to stratospheric levels. The tech economy is booming, fueling fast-paced development and spending on home renovations that ranks among the nation's highest. Story.


Can California fix its sexual harassment problem? State workers are trying,'' by Sac Bee's Marjie Lundstrom -- In late 2017, as the Me Too movement unleashed a torrent of daily news and revelations, a group of California state leaders began to meet. Harvey Weinstein was one thing. But how, they wanted to know, was the state of California dealing with these matters in its own workplaces? Story.


The dimensions of California's pension crisis,'' by Dan Walters via CALMatters: "California's public employee pension systems have immense gaps - called "unfunded liabilities" - between what they have in assets and what they will need to meet their obligations to retirees. Story.


Orange County anti-corruption task force collapsed amid infighting between federal and local investigators,'' by LATimes' Adam Elmahrek and Richard Winton: "The creation of the Orange County Corruption Task Force and its work were shrouded in secrecy. But nearly four years after it began, the joint operation quietly fell apart last year amid conflicts between local and federal investigators who had little to show for their work together, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation. Story.


Breaking up California should be much harder to do,'' by LATimes editorial board: Story.


The Top Four Reasons California Is Unsustainable,'' by Thomas Del Beccaro via Forbes: "California is a place unlike any other on the Globe. It boasts perhaps the greatest natural resources of any state along with shining high-tech industries. However, like many good economic stories, government policies threaten its future. Indeed, its government has made California unsustainable. Story.


Lawmakers question Gov. Brown's plan to overhaul funding for California's community colleges,'' by Mikhail Zinshteyn via EdSource. "The proposal calls for tying some money to student outcomes, moving away from a model that funds colleges largely based on how many students they enroll." Story.


Tijuana man crossed border daily to pursue aerospace engineering degree, career at NASA,'' by San Diego Union Tribune's Kate Morrissey: "Growing up in Tijuana, Sergio Sandoval didn't know how much his birthplace would affect his ability to reach his dreams." Story.


California man fatally stabbed, allegedly by homeless man, while dining with his daughter on his lap,'' by Nicole Chavez, CNN. Story.


Toxic soil went from SF's Hunters Point to state landfills, ex-workers say by SFChronicle's J.K. Dineen: Story.


Oracle CEO says Amazon 'given unfair advantage' in bid for $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract,'' via SF Business Times. Story.





Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Lafayette man

Police in Tippecanoe County are looking for a missing man from Lafayette





Elderly man calls police for ride to visit wife in hospital



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