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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/03/2018 4:26 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California



Towne Center Condominiums Completed in Lafayette

For the last few years we’ve been following the progress of the Towne Center condominiums in downtown Lafayette next to the BART station and as you can see in the above photo it looks basically finished. 


Chef Valentino Luchin Of Lafayette Booked For Robbing Orinda Bank Wednesday

An armed robbery at the Citibank branch in Orinda Wednesday morning triggered a widespread search for a suspect who left the scene in an older model Mercedes, police said, and ended when that suspect left a home on Valente Drive in Lafayette and was taken into custody on the street outside. Records indicate Valentino Luchin, 54, a celebrity chef who makes his home on Valente Drive, in Lafayette, was booked Wednesday afternoon for first degree robbery in connection with the crime.


Contra Costa DA releases new rules for listening in on phones

The Contra Costa District Attorney released its new protocols for being able to listen in on phone and text conversations.





A Tech Company Wades Into Housing Politics

“This may well be the beginning of tech firms deciding that they need to help solve this crisis,” said Brian Hanlon, California Yimby’s founder. “They don’t have a viable business model in California if the housing crisis continues unabated.”


6 ways small businesses are battling the Bay Area's housing crisis

They’re not waiting around for help from politicians and policy-makers. As their workforces struggle with rising housing costs, business owners are starting to take matters into their own hands


Housing high-rise breaks ground outside Oakland's MacArthur BART station

San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Area political events: Housing, voting how-to’s

San Francisco Chronicle


The fastest growing California city is in NorCal, but it's not where you'd think [it’s Sacramento]

San Francisco Chronicle


Why the Bay Area is the epicenter of California’s housing crisis

East Bay Times


Teacher housing coming to Los Gatos

Mercury News


Napa City Council says denser housing, new garage top priorities for downtown redevelopment area

Napa Valley Register


Why Silicon Valley can’t fix itself

The Guardian





Reviving SF's taxi industry: The city is looking at solutions

San Francisco Chronicle


Muni responds to San Franciscans' 'outrage' over new 'Dodger blue' logo

San Francisco Chronicle


More injuries from slipping on yellow curb buttons: Roadshow

Mercury News


Marin, Bay Area $3 toll hike awaits voters in June

Marin Independent Journal


Trump to Meet With Automakers as California Schism Grows



House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Steve Scalise contribute to initiative to repeal California's gas-tax increase

Los Angeles Times


Penniless Cities Offer Land to Host Hyperloop Tests in France






Conservative judges slam Ninth Circuit ruling on campaign finance,'' by SFChronicle's Bob Egelko: "Five conservative judges on the federal appeals court in San Francisco accused the court Wednesday of flouting U.S. Supreme Court protections for economic free speech by upholding a state's limits on political contributions. The case involved a Montana law, but the judges were inviting a new ruling by the high court that might also apply to campaign finance limits in California. Story.


Sanctuary state fight at local level may be more orchestrated than organic," by LATimes Jazmine Ulloa: "With California and the Trump administration locked in a legal battle over immigration policies, a state Republican leader and an illegal immigration critic are quietly offering to help communities fight the state's new 'sanctuary' law." Story


Paso Robles won't fight California's 'sanctuary state' law,'' by San Luis Obispo Tribune's Lindsey Holden: Story.


Trump litmus test hits House GOP primaries," by POLITICO's Elena Schneider: "In California, a Republican opponent of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is calling him a "hypocrite" on supporting Trump, as a super PAC runs digital ads using an old tape of Rohrabacher calling Trump 'a mean nasty SOB.'" Story


Donald Trump's business is booming In San Francisco," by Forbes' Chase Peterson-Withorn and Dan Alexander: "While several of Donald Trump's properties-particularly those in midtown Manhattan-remain in a retail market-induced slump, things are looking pretty sunny for the president in California, where his San Francisco skyscraper continues to benefit from a strong market for office space." Story


Wrong radio frequency. Wrong runway. FAA releases findings of SFO close-call investigations," by Mercury News' Matthias Gafni: "Following more than a year of close-call runway mishaps at San Francisco International Airport, the FAA has determined most were caused by pilot errors, including one potentially disastrous incident when an Air Canada flight crew failed to respond to repeated orders to abort their landing to avoid hitting another plane on the runway." Story


Three-eyed fish and two-headed turtles? The stench of this river spanning U.S.-Mexico border is legendary," by LATimes' Brittny Mejia: "The river, with skull-and-crossbone signs warning about the danger it poses, reminds Calexico resident Carlos Fernandez of a scene in 'The Simpsons Movie' where Homer Simpson disposes of pig feces by dumping them into a lake." Story


Splitting California," by K. E. Colombini for First Things: Story


Political x-factors can cut both ways," by CALmatters' Dan Walters: "... voters often make snap judgments based on ideological predispositions and unpredictable events that unfold during campaigns, what those in politics call 'x-factors.'" Story


Golden State Killer's shift to Southern California remains enduring mystery even after arrest," by LATimes' Richard Winton, Joseph Serna, Adam Elmahrek and Alene Tchekmedyian: "Why did the prolific attacker, who raped and killed in dozens of neighborhoods in Sacramento, the East Bay and the Central Valley, suddenly veer so far south, beginning anew in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties?" Story


A major California housing bill failed after opposition from the low-income residents it aimed to help. Here's how it went wrong," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "Two weeks before state lawmakers halted a plan to aggressively increase housing production near transit locations across California, dozens rallied outside San Francisco's City Hall to argue their sides. "When Chinese, Filipina and black tenant activists spoke to fears that expanding housing this way will displace residents of their communities, supporters of the measure drowned out their voices with chants of 'Read the bill.'" Story


Uber, Lyft and other gig jobs may face a shakeup under new California work rules," by LATimes' Andrew Khouri and Tracey Lien: "By toughening requirements for when a worker is actually an employee, the California Supreme Court won praise from labor advocates who say the move will put more dollars in the pockets of previously misclassified workers. Independent contractors are not subject to minimum wage, overtime or workers' compensation requirements. The ruling may force companies in certain industries, especially in the app-driven gig economy, to change their business model." Story


L.A. euthanized a homeless man's 18 pet pigeons. He can sue the city, court rules,'' by McClatchy's Jared Gilmour: Story.


Conservative Colorado ministry cancels California conventions over state bill that would ban gay conversion therapy,'' via the Denver Post. Story.


Facebook fires engineer accused of using his data access to stalk women online," by Bay Area News Group's Levi Sumagaysay: Story


H-1B abuse: Bay Area tech workers from India paid a pittance, feds say," by Mercury News Ethan Baron: Story


Nearly 400 miles of San Jose roads are in bad shape," by Mercury News' Emily DeRuy: Story


San Francisco gives cultural status to leather, gay district," by AP's Janie Har: Story


Classical music used to deter loitering in San Francisco," by Kron4's Maureen Kelly: Story





Police arrest 5 people after drug dealing investigation in Lafayette

Lafayette police arrested five people in connection with a drug dealing investigation. 





Neglected Oregon horse listed as $100K lawsuit plaintiff




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