Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Housing at stake in Lafayette homes-vs.-apartments ballot battle -The developer of a 315-unit apartment complex, which sparked a years-long political battle in the East Bay city of Lafayette, said he would bring it back (SF Chronicle)
Firefighters Halt 5 Acre Grass Fire In Moraga -Firefighters from three different departments battled a ... Forty firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire ... The crews had the fire under control by 12:20 p.m. Moraga-Orinda Fire. (Patch)
Fire crews extinguish wildfire near Campolindo High School in Moraga -Approximately 40 firefighters from the MOFD, California Department of Forestry and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District contained the blaze. (East Bay Times)
Sheriff's Department Searches For Suspect Who Fled From Lafayette -Sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect who fled on foot after abandoning his vehicle on Sessions Road in Lafayette (Patch)
Detour ahead! PG&E pipeline project will close road in Lafayette, Moraga -We're replacing 6,000 feet of line by removing the old pipes from 1952, part of our ongoing effort to modernize lines across Northern California. (KGO-TV)
Free Help For Seniors To Stay In Their Lamorinda Homes -Can't keep up with home maintenance tasks? The Rotary Club can help. (Lamorinda Patch)
Pleasant Hill boy's school shooting threat included anti-gay slur, picture of actress, police say -Valley View principal Lisa Sullivan released a statement Sunday, according to Mt. Diablo Unified School District spokeswoman Ursula Leimbach. (BANG)
Cal Fire: 49,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized in massive bust -Cal Fire announced that 49K pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated during the past two weeks in various locations throughout Northern California, including Oakland and Walnut Creek, one of the largest seizures in state history. (BANG)
Alameda sales tax increase could be on November ballot - Voters in the city of Alameda may be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax this November. (BANG)
Warriors land in Oakland, show off the hardware - Curry, Durant and the boys are greeted at airport by a couple thousand of their most adoring fans. (BANG)
Fans celebrate Warriors win with Downtown Oakland party -Fans flocked to the streets and danced, sang and cheered in celebration of the team's championship win. (BANG)
Are the Warriors the Bay Area’s greatest sports dynasty? - With three titles in four years, Warriors rubbing elbows with Joe Montana, Buster Posey and the Swinging A's. (BANG)
The Bay Area on Tuesday will host a parade to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ championship. This is what you need to know if you plan to attend. (NYTs)
Warriors parade: What you need to know (whether or not you’re going) - Wear sunscreen. Don't bring a cooler or fly a drone, and everything else you need to know for the Warriors' championship parade on Tuesday. (BANG)
Warriors parade: Here’s how fans can interact with players along the route - After the Golden State Warriors' NBA Finals sweep against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, the team and city of Oakland announced plans to hold the city's third victory parade in four years Tuesday at 11 a.m. (BANG)
The election for mayor of San Francisco was still too close to call with London Breed holding a slight edge over Mark Leno. Authorities said they still need to count 25,000 ballots, which will likely take up much of this week. (KQED)
Another BART delay -VTA officials are saying it's still possible BART could open its extension to Berryessa and Milpitas by March of next year, but they're also saying it could be delayed through September 2019. (BANG)
San Jose will be one of the test communities for an Airbnb initiative to build an emergency housing database for local residents before disaster strikes. (BANG)
Power lines and equipment were to blame for the wildfires that tore through Northern California’s wine country last fall. (Curbed San Francisco)
PG&E on hook for fires -The utility has been found to be at least partly responsible for 12 fires in Northern California last year, including blazes that led to a total of 18 deaths. The state's ruling on the Tubbs Fire, which devastated Santa Rosa, has not yet been completed. The findings could force the company to pay untold millions or billions of dollars in damages. (BANG)
Safest States: Here's Where California Ranks -The study considers factors including murders, assaults, climate disasters and law enforcement per capita (Lamorinda Patch)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION
Opinion: Alameda’s housing development plans now not state’s fault - California law does not mandate our current housing development policy, which is the product of decisions by our city's planner's department, the planning board and the City Council. (BANG)
Our view: Legislators' inaction speaks louder than words on housing -SB 827, a bold initiative by State Sen. Scott Wiener to effectively upzone urban areas near transit, was summarily rejected. (San Francisco Business Times)
Caltrans selling homes for as little as $150,660 thanks to dead freeway project -Suzanne Talbot waited 40 years to buy her house - for $150,660. The home's fair market value is $814,000. (BANG)
Oakland Uptown apartments grabbed by East Coast investors -The 80-unit apartment building, perched on the corner of Jefferson and 18th streets in Oakland, was bought for $44.6 million by Bell Partners, a North Carolina-based apartment investment and management company. (BANG)
Fortune: Low-income Households Could See 20% Rent Increase under Latest HUD Proposal -The latest proposal to raise rent for those living on housing assistance by HUD Secretary Ben Carson could cause some low-income U.S. households to see their rent skyrocket by at least 20%, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (HCD News)
Capital Public Radio: Housing Costs-More Than Tuition-Are Crushing California's Low-income College Students -In a little over a decade, the median rent in California has gone up 44 percent. Over the same period, the maximum financial aid award the state gives low-income students for non-tuition costs has gone up by only 8 percent, according to a recent report from the California Budget & Policy Center. (HCD News)
Affordable Housing Finance: Long-planned Development for Seniors and Vets Opens in Northern California -Perseverance was the special ingredient behind the 85-unit Tabora Gardens Senior Apartments in Antioch, California. (HCD News)
CALmatters: How We Voted on Housing Issues up and down the State -An interactive data map displays election results as it pertains to housing throughout the state. (HCD News)
Letter: Jerry Brown’s New community college funding plan improves equity -The plan helps students being left behind, rather than clinging onto an outdated system that just fills seats in classrooms. (BANG)
CalPERS tops meeting list of tough issues facing Solano supervisors -The Pension Advisory Committee will make recommendations on various pension contribution scenarios and ways to meet the board's goal. (Fairfield Daily Republic)
Rent control, data privacy and gas taxes for roads: Get ready for the next election…Story.
Why challenges to district attorneys in state fell short…Story.
More than 2 million California votes left to count in primary election…Story
What to expect in these crucial California congressional races…Story.
The library was closed, so they left ballots on the lobby floor. Will their votes count?... Story.
California Legislature could give boost to new Oakland A's ballpark…Story.
Google's culture wars spill over into shareholders' meeting… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
'Is plastic okay?' Local officials say think twice -Andrews said she began the push for #WaterWisdomWednesdays through the social media accounts of the City of Lafayette after noticing stray bags.
Why the US is not in the World Cup. A German soccer legend who promised to remake the US men’s soccer team wound up managing it to its worst showing in 32 years. But Jürgen Klinsmann didn’t do it alone. His tenure was enabled by the country’s soccer establishment. (Quartz)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The World Cup kicks off this week in Russia. Where is your favorite spot in Lafayette to watch the matches? Let us know at #LoveLafayette.
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