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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/13/2018 9:54 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



Back to the drawing board on Deer Hill Road, as voters reject Measure L -Although uncertainty due to uncounted last-minute absentee ballots swirled in the air in the day or two following the June 5 vote on measure L to determine the fate of the development of Deer Hill Road, by the following Friday evening it seemed certain that the “No’s” had won. (Lamorinda Weekly)



Advisory: Fire on Rancho del Hombre was extinguished. All roads are open.

Hillside Ablaze On Rancho Del Hambre In Lafayette - Ablaze On Rancho Del Hambre In Lafayette ( )

Fire destroys tiny house in Lafayette  -Contra Costa County firefighters responded to reports of the vegetation fire on Rancho del Hambre, where they found flames had engulfed a house (The Mercury News)

Pittsburg Resident Arrested at Lafayette BART Station for Robbery and Use of Tear Gas -On Monday June 11, Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested a Pittsburg resident for a robbery and using tear gas (mace) at the Lafayette BART Station. (EastCountyToday)

Update: At Least One Dead Following Two-Alarm Fire -Contra Costa Fire Captain Steve Aubert confirmed that two people had been transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. (SFGate)

One person killed overnight in Walnut Creek fire  -A person killed in a two-alarm fire at a home in Walnut Creek early this ... in Walnut Creek, according to Contra Costa Fire Protection District Capt. (KGO-TV)

News Headlines from the Lamorinda Weekly:

Did polling irregularities occur? -Vice Mayor Cam Burks is concerned that multiple voters in Lafayette were victims of voter suppression during the June 5 election and is calling for the county registrar to formally investigate.

Lafayette residents question city’s relationship with PG&E -As Lafayette Vice Mayor Cameron Burks spearheads a proposed public meeting for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company to polish its image in front of its Lafayette customers, some city residents say that Lafayette needs to repair its own image as well, claiming that recent actions between the utility and the city have been compromised by conflicts of interest.

And then there were five (planning commissioners) -The latest appointment to Lafayette’s Planning Commission is Anna Radonich, an environmental planner, bringing the total commissioners back up to five.

Lafayette School District has new top educator -The Lafayette School District governing board announced the appointment of Richard Whitmore to the position of Superintendent of Education. He will take over from outgoing Superintendent Rachel Zinn who is retiring after 12 years of service to LAFSD and 38 years as an educator.

Community converges for  Rheem Theatre reopening  -The Rheem Theatre is once again rising from the ashes and will reopen on June 14. Pixar has done the local historical venue a favor by releasing the movie “Incredibles 2” in Moraga one day ahead of the official June 15 opening date - and Paul Mendoza, Orinda resident, and Pixar supervising animator on “Incredibles 2,” will introduce the film.

Budget provisions for 2018-19 forecast replenishment of the town’s reserve -New administrative director Joe Tanner expects that by June 2019 the town will have restored close to a 50 percent reserve, thanks to an increase in property tax revenue and federal reimbursement. Meanwhile the town continues to suffer from a lack of asset replacement and capital improvement funds.

Proposed conversion of an office building into condominiums on School Street -The planning commission recently looked at a unique concept for Moraga: transforming an existing stand-alone office building into an eight-unit residential condominium. The construction of the units located at the western corner of School Street and Country Club Drive would not require a modification of the current building footprint.

Kwan gets first stab at reduced storm drain master plan -The defeated Proposition 218 storm drain fee measure sent Public Works Director Edric Kwan and his team back to the drawing board to design a new minimalist approach to storm drain maintenance in order to protect the town as well as possible against further infrastructure decay and catastrophic events.

Music comes to Moraga this summer-Music will definitely be in the air, jumpstarting the summer on the campus of Saint Mary’s College with the fourth annual Music on the Lawn concert event in front of the Chapel at 1928 St. Mary’s Road. Then the first of nine Thursday night concerts in the Summer Concert Series offered by the Moraga Park Foundation will open on June 21 at the Moraga Commons Park.

Town staff wants to tighten control over total legal expense-A surprisingly large amount of legal fees, over $130,000, was part of the accounts payable to be approved by the town council on May 21. Council Member Kymberleigh Korpus questioned the number, and Town Manager Cynthia Battenberg responded with town attorney Michelle Kenyon, explaining the numbers and laying rules for future expense. According to the new manager, surprises like these should not happen again.

Parks and recreation levels up with new online management system-Orinda Parks and Recreation has adopted new, cloud-based recreation management software that will allow citizens greater access to parks and recreation activities, classes, sports and youth leagues, with more convenient online registration and payment. It will also allow citizens to search online for availability of community facilities, such as fields, picnic areas, event space, and meeting rooms.

New HR Manager for Orinda-Ginger Staton has taken over as Human Resources Manager for the city of Orinda.  A Bay Area native, Staton was a business major at CSU Hayward.  She comes to Orinda from Zone 7 water agency in Alameda County.  She was connected with Alameda County for 13 years.  Before that she spent 18 years working for a private waste management company.

Orinda Starlight Village Players 35th season opens in the park-The amphitheater in Orinda Community Park will once again be the scene of summer theater as the Orinda Starlight Village Players produce their 35th consecutive season of plays. On Friday and Saturday evenings, and some Thursdays, playgoers will be able to enjoy three different plays from June through September.  Sundays will offer matinees.

Taking a walk through history-The deLaveaga Train Station was the last stop on a walking tour of historical sites at the June 5 meeting of the Orinda Historic Landmarks Committee.  From left, emeritus tour guide Kay Norman; Bobbie Landers, chair of the Historical Landmarks Committee; Drew Taplin, Orinda Planning Technician; and Alison Byrns, and Tania de Groot, members of the Historic Landmarks Committee.

Orinda Library Bond passes easily-Orinda voters approved by almost 72 percent Measure J, which increases the existing parcel tax to continue funding for the Orinda Library.  The total “yes” vote was 2,500, while the “no” vote was only 986, or 28.28 percent of the 3,486 total votes cast. The yes votes exceeded the two-thirds vote required for a tax measure.

MOFD Station 43 finally germinates-The contractor drilled and poured 36 reinforced concrete piers in May, each pier 20 feet deep and 2 feet wide. In this June photo, workers were placing reinforcing bars - rebar - along the foundation. Next up comes the pouring of the slab.

Time is running out to remove your problem vegetation-The Moraga-Orinda Fire District weed abatement deadline hits June 15, and the district plans to increase the number of property inspections the week following the compliance date.

Joy in Motion: an energetic addition to Moraga’s fitness hub-According to Tamra Aguinaldo, mother of two budding dancers, Joy in Motion is a place where children realize their dreams. Now the dance studio that started two years ago renting a place at Star Pilates is moving to a big standalone facility in Moraga’s fitness hub: the stretch of Country Club Drive between Canyon and School Street.



PG&E on fire watch: In the wake of a state finding that the utility is at least partly responsible for some of the wildfires that devastated California last year, PG&E is considering shutting down power  in high-fire-threat situations. (BANG)

California has billions in extra money. Why don't taxpayers get a refund? (SacBee)



Major Bills Move Forward in Sacramento around Housing, Homelessness, and Net Neutrality -Building housing near major transit hubs just makes sense, Chiu said in a statement. Transit oriented development is good for our environment (Bay City Beacon)

Proposed redevelopment of Alameda Marina reaches milestone -A proposal to dramatically transform the Alameda Marina with up to 760 townhomes and apartments was unanimously supported by the Planning Board on Tuesday. The City Council is expected to consider the project along the Oakland Estuary (Alameda Journal)



Pleasanton City Council OKs $28 million trust investment to address rising pension costs -The city's annual payments to CalPERS are also expected to increase each year before relatively leveling off in 14 years. (Pleasanton Weekly)

Grand Jury Report: Retirement plans to tally $336M in unfunded pensions  -This is due to inadequate earnings from CalPERS and CalSTRS investments and due to increased pension expenses over the past decade (The Union of Grass Valley)

CalPERS commits $300m to TPG's latest Asia buyout fund -CalPERS, the largest US pension fund, has committed $300 million to the new Asia-focused fund of global buyout firm TPG Capital Management (Wires)



Conditions Ripe for Drop in Local Gasoline Prices…Story.

Once a haven for refugees, California sees immigration dwindle under Trump…Story.

Second member resigns from California campaign finance watchdog panel…Story.

Maine Joins California In Issuing Gender Neutral Driver's Licenses… Story.

California high school valedictorian's mic cut off during graduation speech… Video.

Air Force officer missing for 35 years found living in California…Story.

Budget dispute hinders state crackdown on illicit marijuana market in California…Story.



Rudy Giuliani plans Lafayette fundraiser  -Rudy Giuliani, seen socially recently with political consultant Jennifer LeBlanc of Lafayette, will headline a fundraiser for her 3rd Congressional District candidate Josh Guillory at the Petroleum Club.



From Sperling's Best Places: The average commute for residents of Danville is 1.3% more than it is for residents of Lafayette. 176.5% more residents of Danville work from home and a lot more fun facts!



Missed the Warriors parade? Catch up on the celebration with the full video - So you missed the Golden State Warriors championship parade. Not everyone could skip a work day to celebrate with the Bay Area's newest dynasty. (Oakland Tribune, Photo: City of Oakland)



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