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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/04/2018 3:24 PM

Local News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Lafayette chef arrested in Orinda bank robbery

A 54-year-old Lafayette chef has been arrested on suspicion of robbing an Orinda bank Wednesday morning of about $18,000, according to authorities and court records.  The suspect was identified as Valentino Luchin, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Martinez Detention Facility.


Lafayette Man Arrested For Orinda Bank Robbery

The accused robber is a chef and former restaurant owner in Walnut Creek.


Former Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Four Felonies – Unlawful Sex Acts Against Inmates

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced today that Patrick Morseman of Vallejo was charged with four felonies for unlawful sex acts involving two inmates at the West County Detention Facility. Morseman was a Deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the West County Detention Facility on the date the incidents occurred.


Designer Profile: Architect restores glamour to Queen Anne Victorian condo in Lower Pacific Heights

Drummond's practice typically does remodels, and the Lafayette native's portfolio features homes in Orinda, Lafayette, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Sonoma and San Francisco.


New BART parking garage approved for Dublin/Pleasanton station, without BART approval

Mercury News


State Funds Meant for “Transformative” Transit Projects Will Go For an Unwanted Parking Lot

BART came up with a less expensive, more environmentally appropriate way to accommodate riders at a terminus station, but the state said: nah, build another parking structure





SF to transportation startups: Play nice, get permits, share data

San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Bridge to test 24-hour bike and pedestrian path

San Francisco Chronicle


Shared bikes, e-scooters, ‘dockless jetpacks’: Open-ended SF permit could tackle all future e-transit

San Francisco Examiner


Bicyclists are about to get 'buffered.' Drivers might hit learning 'curb'

Sacramento Bee


Report: States should replace bus fleets with electric buses

Washington Post


UC Berkeley's plans for People's Park include five-story building plus memorial

San Francisco Chronicle


UC Berkeley confirms that a dorm for 1K students will be built in People’s Park



Stripe gives $1 million to pro-development YIMBY group tackling Bay Area housing shortage

Mercury News


Environmentalists Decry Chevron, Richmond Settlement Over 2012 Refinery Fire



California again goes to war with Trump






Trump to meet with automakers as California schism grows," by Bloomberg's Ryan Beene, Jennifer Jacobs, and John Lippert: "The meeting comes as the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are finalizing a proposal to overhaul vehicle efficiency standards enacted under President Barack Obama. The Trump administration announced in early April that vehicle fuel efficiency standards for model years 2022-2025 are too aggressive and must be revised." Story


Trump EPA's fuel economy plan could have far-reaching consequences for climate and clean air," by LATimes' Evan Halper: "The administration's blueprint, as detailed in a confidential draft that was leaked to lawmakers and the media last week, would propel Americans to consume up to hundreds of thousands of barrels of additional oil daily and spend billions of dollars more on fuel, and leave cars and trucks sending more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than they do today, according to a study released Thursday by Rhodium Group, a research firm that tracks the progress nations are making in meeting climate goals." Story


Signatures submitted for ballot measure to require panic buttons for Terranea and Trump golf club workers," by LATimes' Hugo Martin: "Hotel workers have submitted a petition to place before Rancho Palos Verdes voters an ordinance that would require the exclusive Terranea Resort and nearby Trump National Golf Club to provide panic buttons for its employees." Story


Trade war with China? So Cal jobs could be collateral damage," by OCRegister's Margot Roosevelt: "Some 41,000 people in Los Angeles County work in the vulnerable industries, along with 10,700 in Orange County, 8,400 in Riverside County and 6,400 in San Bernardino County, Brookings' county-by-county survey found." Story


Hope grows as more caravan immigrants enter United States," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Gustavo Solis and David Hernandez: "Caravan members have said they won't rest until every single one of them is in the United States. Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan leaders plan to go further, by having members of their legal team follow up with immigrants in the U.S." Story


Tuolumne County becomes third In state to oppose California sanctuary law," by Capital Radio's Rich Ibarra: "Tuolumne County supervisors passed a resolution to declare it not a sanctuary jurisdiction, becoming the third state county - and the first in Northern California - to oppose California's sanctuary law." Story


Crime Zodiac Killer case: DNA may offer hope of solving the mystery," by SFChronicle's Kevin Fagan: "Inspired by the apparent success of DNA searches in the Golden State Killer case, detectives at the Vallejo Police Department have sent decades-old letters from the infamous Zodiac Killer to a forensics laboratory with the hope of getting a genetic profile they can use to identify a suspect, investigators said." Story


California cap-and-trade shows the value of diverse climate solutions," by Ron Dizy for Axios: "The California debate illustrates a larger conflict within the environmental movement: Many insist upon the most aggressive climate change policies, but for both electoral and economic reasons, climate change can't be addressed solely by government fiat. " Story


Union, lawyers spar over wildfire 'shadow lobbying' at California Capitol," by SacBee's Taryn Luna: Story


Santa Clara Valley Water District delays $650 million vote on Brown's Delta tunnels project," by Mercury News' Paul Rogers and Jason Green: "After a five-hour packed public hearing, the board of Silicon Valley's largest water provider late Wednesday night put off a closely watched vote until next week on whether to provide up to $650 million to support Gov. Jerry Brown's $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water south." Story


Boys will be boys? Gender-neutral Scouting sparks debate within Boy Scouts as well as Girl Scouts," by LATimes' Joy Resmovits and Anh Do: "The Boy Scouts of America announced plans on Wednesday to change the name of its signature program for older youth, Boy Scouts, to the gender-neutral Scouts BSA." Story


Students stage another walkout over guns - this time in favor," by LATimes' Michael Livingston: "The demonstrations were significantly smaller than the National Student Walkouts March 14 and the March for Our Lives 10 days later, with participation in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands. The schools tended to be in rural areas, from Oregon to Pennsylvania." Story


California's power grid is changing fast, and 'we don't have a plan'," by SFChronicle's David R. Baker: "The last time California tried to reshape its electricity market, it ended in disaster."The state's bungled attempt at deregulation in the late 1990s led to market manipulation, soaring prices, blackouts, the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the recall of Gov. Gray Davis." Story


Former aide sues California Senate, saying she was discriminated and retaliated against after alleging sexual assault," by LATimes' Patrick McGreevy: Story


Doctor defends private Stephon Clark autopsy as lawyers release photo of corpse," by SacBee's Sam Stanton: Story


DA drops charges against one Stephon Clark demonstrator, but still pursuing case against second," by Capital Public Radio's Adhiti Bandlamudi: Story


LAPD chief calls for change to controversial retirement program," by LATimes' Gus Garcia-Roberts, Jack Dolan, and Ryan Menezes: Story


Strike looms at UCSD, hospital delays surgeries," by San Diego Union Tribune's Paul Sisson: Story


East Area Rapist suspect must provide DNA and allow photos of private parts, judge rules," by SacBee's San Stanton and Darrell Smith: Story





Chemical plant fire breaks out near Lafayette, closing I-10

Police say Interstate 10 was closed for a stretch, backing up traffic for miles as drivers sought to detour. 





Woman's gruesome cockroach-in-ear tale goes viral




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