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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/07/2018 3:27 PM


Then and NowLocal News Roundup for #Lafayette, California


Driver arrested for allegedly hitting car of cop investigating fatal crash

The driver, a 23-year-old Lafayette resident, stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities


From jail, celebrity chef claims he robbed Orinda bank

A 54-year-old celebrity chef in the East Bay is behind bars because he stands accused of robbing a bank in Orinda earlier this week.  Valentino Luchin talked with ABC7 News Friday from inside the Martinez detention facility. In that interview, he admitted robbing a Citibank in Orinda around 11 a.m. Wednesday saying, "I went inside and said 'good morning. Nobody move. This is a robbery.'"


Jailhouse interview: Bay Area chef talks about robbing an Orinda bank

The man is suspected in the robbery Wednesday of the Citibank branch in Orinda.


Lafayette Police Investigating Armed Robbery Downtown Sunday

Police in Lafayette are looking for a man who reportedly robbed another at gunpoint in the area of Lafayette Circle and Mt. Diablo Boulevard Sunday evening.


37 cars burglarized while College Park seniors were at prom

Police are looking for suspects who broke into 37 cars in the parking lot of College Park High School while seniors were off-site at senior prom. According to police, 37 cars were burglarized and there was 1 theft from an unlocked vehicle. 





Electric cars make inroads in California - but fast enough?

San Francisco Chronicle


Opinion: Regional Measure 3 improves Bay Area highways, transit

Mercury News


If people are fleeing the Bay Area for cheaper housing, why is it still so costly?

San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Area housing crisis brings new era for modular homes

East Bay Times


Priced Out



1,400 acres of Bay Area redwood forest will soon be opened up to the public

San Francisco Chronicle


The $5 million Google tax that could fix every Silicon Valley problem

San Francisco Chronicle


California now world’s fifth-largest economy, bigger than Britain

Sacramento Bee


The Pleasure and Pain of Being California, the World’s 5th-Largest Economy

New York Times


An Urgent Debate for California Republicans: How to Get Back in the Game

New York Times





If Not For The Scandals And Scattered Messaging, Trump Wouldn't Lack For Good News" -- "One thing we can say about this President: as much as he seemingly feeds off the daily chaos, it's getting in the way of what otherwise would be good news for him." Story.


From Bakersfield to DC, McCarthy's unlikely rise in GOP" Story.


Mail-in primary ballots arrive this week; here's what's happening,'' by LADaily News' Kevin Modesti: "Primary election day is June 5 in California and local communities. But balloting actually begins May 7 - this Monday. That's the start of voting by mail. For people who have avoided thinking about politics for as long as they could, time's up. Here's a refresher about what's at stake in the next month. Story.

California's most powerful voice on Wall Street? Its pensions,'' by LATimes' David Webber: "The fight over public pensions in California is almost exclusively described as a dispute between people worried about tax hikes and public servants wanting to get paid what they were promised. But this is only part of the pension story - one focused on the "liability" side of the balance sheet." Story.


The World's Fifth Largest Economy Is About to Require Solar Panels for All New Homes,'' by Hallie Detrick in Fortune: "California is about to become the first state in the U.S.-and possibly the first government in the world-to require solar power installations on all new homes.
The California Energy Commission will hold a vote on Wednesday, May 9, on whether to put the new standard into effect. Story.


Trafficked in America": "FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley tell the inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio." Story.


Controversial mural at California school shows Trump's head on a spear,'' by SF Gate's Alix Martichoux. Story.


'Extraordinary mission' to Mars: NASA launches spacecraft to red planet,'' via AP: NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the West Coast." Story.


A beloved taco joint run by an 81-year-old matriarch may get crushed to make way for Chipotle,' by LATimes' Steve Lopez: Story.


At tainted shipyard, is safe site really safe?" via SFChronicle's Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes: Story.





Urban retail expert to speak about downtown Lafayette

Robert Gibbs, a national voice in building urban retail centers, will be the guest speaker May 9 at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.





Harbor seal that made mostly wrong Super Bowl picks dies




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