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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/30/2018 5:50 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette, Moraga: PG&E’s plan to close main road raises alarms

A PG&E project to install more than 6,000 feet of new gas pipeline and shut down St. Mary’s Road — the main artery to St. Mary’s College — is raising concerns of a “nightmare” summer of traffic jams in and out of Lafayette and Moraga.  Pacific Gas & Electric is proposing to install 6,035 feet of new pipe — 1.1 miles — because of the area’s growing population and to replace the steel pipelines, which were installed along St. Mary’s Road in 1952 in Lafayette. The project is scheduled for June 7 through Aug. 21, with the full closure of St. Mary’s Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said the utility’s project team will be meeting with Lafayette and Moraga officials next week on traffic control proposals, including detours and alternative routes, “to make it the least disruptive project that we can.”


Moragans Brace For Summertime Closure Of St. Mary’s Road

This summer, PG&E will be undertaking the Installation of 6,035 feet of new gas pipeline to replace the aging existing pipe along St. Mary’s Road in both Lafayette and Moraga.


Marquis de Lafayette's Castle Lists For $2.89 million In France's Loire Valley

France's Loire Valley is 300-square-mile region called the “country of castles and wines.” Sometimes called, “The Valley of Kings,” the region has attracted the likes of Leonard da Vinci, the Médici clan, Joan of Arc, and revolutionary Général Marquis de Lafayette.


Dan Walters: Who'll control land use in California now that SB 827 has been crushed?

It's highly unlikely that California can deal with its housing crisis unless it somehow overrides local authority over land use to blunt NIMBYism.


Retired East Bay investigator tracked the ‘Golden State Killer’ to his door

The former Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office investigator spent decades investigating the serial killer 





To solve affordability crisis, Bay Area housing stock must grow 50 percent in 20 years

No wonder San Francisco has the lowest housing affordability in the nation, and almost one quarter of the population living below the poverty level when local housing costs are factored in.


Changing the politics of housing in California

San Francisco Chronicle


Two-bedroom Glen Park home sells for a shocking amount over asking

San Francisco Chronicle


Trump team’s plan to cut rent aid would devastate the poor, advocates say

San Francisco Chronicle


Are Bay Area residential towers too costly to build?

Mercury News


Calls for rent control surge in Bay Area suburbs

Mercury News





How to fix California’s roads, bridges, dams: Candidates for governor share views

San Francisco Chronicle


Even the SF Bay ferries are crowded these days

San Francisco Chronicle


BART reining in janitor overtime after public fallout

San Francisco Chronicle


BART votes to move forward with San Jose tunnel



Get ready for the most expensive driving season in years

East Bay Times


Oakland A’s gondola plan is pie in the sky

East Bay Times





US says border crossing didn't have room for asylum seekers," by AP's Elliot Spagat: "After traveling through Mexico with great fanfare for a month under the Trump administration's watchful eye, nearly 200 Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum in the United States were stopped in their tracks when border inspectors said that a crossing facility didn't have enough space to accommodate them. Trump vowed last week to 'stop' the caravan while Cabinet members said they would deliver a swift response. The asylum seekers held firm, setting up a possible showdown." Story


200 National Guard members headed to California-Mexico border next week," by LATimes' Alene Tchekmedyian: "The National Guard is heading to the California-Mexico border next week in what marks the first deployment under Gov. Jerry Brown's deal with the Trump administration to beef up border security. About 200 Guard members were expected to arrive at Camp Roberts in Central California Saturday for training before deploying to El Centro and San Diego in the middle of next week, Lt. Col. Thomas W. Keegan said in a statement." Story


Some people 'associated with' Central American caravan have entered U.S. illegally, federal officials say," by LATimes' Cindy Carcamo and Pauline Repard: "Some people associated with the Central American migrant caravan, which arrived in Tijuana this week, have crossed into the United States illegally in the last 24 hours, federal officials said Saturday. A pregnant woman and some children as young as 4 were detected entering the U.S. through a canyon that authorities described in a statement as dark, treacherous and 'notorious for human and drug smuggling.'" Story


Migrant caravan assailed by Trump arrives in Tijuana on asylum quest to U.S.," via LATimes: "About 345 people traveling in a migrant caravan sharply criticized by President Trump has arrived in Tijuana, the group's final destination in Mexico before approaching the U.S. border to ask for asylum. On Sunday, no more than 200 of the group will go to the Tijuana-San Diego crossing and request U.S. protection, according to Gina Garibo, project coordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the organization behind the caravan, which is made up of mostly Central Americans who say they had to flee their countries because they are too dangerous." Story


California Air Regulator to Pruitt: 'Call Me Maybe?'" by Mark Chediak, Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ryan Beene on Bloomberg: "California's top air-quality regulator took to Twitter Friday to engage Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt over the future of automotive pollution standards. 'I agree it's important we work together 'diligently & diplomatically' to maintain one national program for #cleanercars so like, call me maybe?' Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, wrote in a Twitter post." Story


California, Trump barrel toward showdown over fuel standards," by SFChronicle's David R. Baker: "The Trump administration reportedly may freeze fuel-mileage standards for cars and end California's ability to set its own auto-emissions rules, potentially gutting one of the country's most important climate change regulations and setting up a major legal battle with the state. Although President Trump has long talked about easing fuel economy standards, a set of reported proposals from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the federal Environmental Protection Agency would go further than previously discussed." Story


With new ideas to boost welfare grants, California lawmakers now must take on Gov. Jerry Brown," by LATimes' John Myers: "... Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to a few CalWORKS changes in the past, most notably an end to penalizing families that have more children. But he has rejected the more basic suggestion of recalibrating the grants with the cost of living. In the budget that lawmakers will send to Brown by June 15, Assembly Democrats are mulling a phased-in approach to increasing the grants for inflation, similar to the approach Brown embraced in 2016 to raise the state's minimum wage." Story


In reversal, Santa Clara Valley Water District may provide $650 million to Brown's Delta tunnels plan," by the Merc's Paul Rogers: "In a dramatic reversal of its stance just six months ago, Silicon Valley's largest water district has scheduled a vote Wednesday on a plan to commit up to $650 million to Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The shift comes amid questions over whether the Santa Clara Valley Water District struck a deal with the Brown administration to support the tunnels plan in exchange for the state funding a new dam that the San Jose-based agency wants to build near Pacheco Pass." Story


L.A. County politician sexually assaulted woman when she was 16, lawsuit claims," by LATimes' Dakota Smith: "A woman sued an unnamed politician in Los Angeles County on Friday, alleging the man sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager after he gave her an unusual-tasting drink. The politician, identified as John Doe, was in his early 40s and a 'public figure' at the time of the 2007 assault, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court." Story


Commentary: Who will control land use in California?" by CALmatters' Dan Walters: "The death of far-reaching-even revolutionary-legislation to facilitate housing development crystallized a conflict that's been simmering in California for decades: Who controls land use? Based on 'police powers' in the state constitution, cities and counties have, for many decades, regulated how land may be used." Story


'Golden State Killer' a crime relic as serial killings fade in mass shooting era," by BANG's John Woolfolk: "For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s, the arrest in the Golden State Killer case had the eerie feel of an old Adam-12 or CHiPs re-run, like a ghost from a bygone era." Story


This is what it's like to be a cross-country flight away from your constituents - and your family," by LATimes' Sarah D. Wire: Story


Larry Harvey, founder and leader of Burning Man, dies in SF," by SFChronicle's Sam Whiting: Story


For Justin Clark, 19, running for California Assembly isn't kid stuff," by LA Daily News' Kevin Modesti: Story


Possible toxic dirt taints SF Shipyard neighborhood dream for some," by SFChronicle's J.K. Dineen: Story


San Diego strippers say fee hike makes it hard for them to make ends meet," by David Garrick in LATimes: Story





Man drives through crowd in downtown Lafayette on Sunday; one woman injured

One woman received minor injuries when she was grazed by a car driving through the crowd in downtown Lafayette near the Children's Museum, behind Parc International, police said. 





Crews use noisemakers to try to rouse bear in tree near home


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