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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/01/2018 4:58 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California



Discord rules in contentious Lafayette development election

Accusations of misinformation abound in campaign surrounding Measure L.


New poet laureate in Orinda, Lafayette

Amy Glynn has been selected as the inaugural poet laureate for Lafayette and Orinda.


Calif. DA candidate under fire for saying cop killers shouldn't get death penalty

Darryl Kemp, a serial rapist who escaped one death sentence for murder when capital punishment was declared unconstitutional, was sentenced to death for sexually assaulting and killing Armida Wiltsey at the Lafayette Reservoir in 1978.


Tanker derails near Shell refinery in Martinez

Crews for Union Pacific worked to put wheels back on two train tankers and and get them back on the tracks near the Shell refinery after a derailment early Tuesday, an official said.





‘My Generation Is Never Going to Have That’

In Seattle’s red-hot housing market, a group of millennial techies is using data skills to alter the look, and affordability, of their adopted city.


The Promise of a Housing Policy Not Taken

The housing crisis in California cries for quick and effective action.


As Bay Area rents soar, many can't keep up

A new report highlights the grim reality of renters struggling to keep a roof over their heads in the midst of a tech-fueled economic boom


Failed California housing bill was 'not a bad idea,' Gov. Jerry Brown says

Los Angeles Times


Housing: What would the candidates for governor do?






Voters To Decide On Toll Increases For Bay Area Bridges

San Francisco Chronicle


BART, Muni tackle sordid stench on elevators by hiring attendants

San Francisco Chronicle


Self-driving cars’ shortcomings revealed in DMV reports

Mercury News


San Jose considering new rules for motorized scooters: Roadshow

Mercury News


Golden Gate Bridge towers get dizzying inspection

Marin Independent Journal


Learn to Ride E-bikes [feat. Ford GoBike, Bay Trail]



Cars Are Ruining Our Cities

New York Times





California voters won't give Trump a break,'' by SacBee's Taryn Luna: "Two-thirds of registered voters in the Golden State are dissatisfied with Trump's overall job performance and feel special counsel Robert Mueller's work to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election is important, according to a new UC Berkeley IGS Poll. Nearly two thirds of voters also said Mueller's work should be pursued "wherever it leads." Story.


Trump administration drafts plan to challenge California on auto emissions standards," by The Washington Post's Dino Grandoni: "Ever since California has been able to use the 2009 waiver under the Clean Air Act to set higher standards for what comes out of cars' tailpipes, automakers have built more fuel-efficient automobiles to maintain access to California's massive market. Withdrawing the waiver would hobble yet another of President Barack Obama's efforts to curb climate change." Story

All Californians would be able to serve on state boards - even people in the U.S. illegally - under new bill,'' by LATimes' Jazmine Ulloa: "Senate Bill 174, by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), comes as the state is locked in a broader legal battle with the Trump administration over state immigration laws and his call for mass deportations. Lawmakers point to what they say is the state's own discriminatory history as their basis for introducing the legislation." Story.


Controversial failed California housing bill was 'not a bad idea,' Gov. Jerry Brown says,'' by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "The bill, written by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), attracted national attention and a maelstrom of opposition in part because it would have eliminated single-family zoning near transit stops in favor of apartments or condominiums. Brown said that a relative of his who lives in West Portal, a low-density neighborhood in San Francisco, told the governor he was "horrified" by the bill." Story.


Who's On Second? CA Polling Is a Muddled Mess," by CalBuzz's Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine: "Here's what we know about the 2018 California races for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein will come in first in the June preliminary vote. If past polling and logic prove reliable, Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa and Kevin de Leon will come in second in those races and proceed to the November general election. But recent - and somewhat inexplicable - internet polling from Survey USA and Berkeley's IGS, combined with the unpredictable effect of new TV advertising, leave both races in doubt." Story


Thousands of California 'hipster succulents' are being stolen in plant poaching crisis," by Inhabitat's Lacy Cooke: "The dudleya, a California native succulent, has become a symbol of hipster lifestyle, according to The Guardian. But now so-called plant poachers are stealing the succulent by the thousand to smuggle to buyers in Asia, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has made several busts this year alone." Story


Yellow Fever" Restaurant at California Whole Foods Sets Off a Debate," by The New York Times' Matt Stevens: "When an Asian restaurant named Yellow Fever opened more than four years ago in the unassuming Southern California suburb of Torrance, some people were perturbed but kept their opinions to themselves. After all, they thought, how much harm could a single fast-casual restaurant do in a strip mall?" Story


Tolerant San Francisco fed up with dirty, smelly streets,'' by AP's Janie Har: Story.


Berkeley proposes tax on disposable food containers,'' by USNews & World Report's Gabrielle Levy: Story.


California distributes $2.6 billion for rail, transit work," by Progressive Railroading Staff: Story


See the Sights in the Southwest and California Like a Rock Star," by The New York Times' Elaine Glusac: Story


Another short salmon season means skimpy year, high prices,'' by SFChronicle's Tara Duggan: Story.


Scooters are the mess that San Francisco made for itself," by Mission Local's Joe Eskenazi: Story


L.A. budgets $430 million to help homeless, most of it long-term debt," by the Los Angeles Times' Doug Smith: Story


Calls for rent control surge in Bay Area suburbs," by The Mercury News' Louis Hansen: Story





 Antlers is closing because of the economic downturn.

Antlers, which opened in downtown Lafayette in 1921, was the oldest bar in the city, according to their website. 





Michigan police 'pawfficer' gets name, rank on force


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