Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Concerning the property at 3233 Deer Hill Road, at special meeting last night, the Lafayette City Council passed an Urgency Zoning Ordinance enacting a 45-day moratorium on any uses that are inconsistent with the Low Density Single Family Residential General Plan Land Use designation for the property, pending its rezoning. You can read Ordinance No. 664 here. (City of Lafayette News)
Victim Confronts Alleged Car Burglar In Moraga -A 21-year-old woman from Hayward was cited and released in Moraga Tuesday afternoon. (Patch)
Electrical fire rips through attic of Lafayette home, two displaced -Electrical fire rips through attic of Lafayette home, two displaced (East Bay Times)
Fire Crews On Scene Of 1-Alarm Blaze -Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews are at the scene of a one-alarm fire in Lafayette early this morning, according to fire dispatch. (SFGATE)
Here’s who is moving into the old Toys R Us site in Pleasant Hill -A vacant site at a popular shopping center that formerly housed Toys R Us and Babies R Us will be home to a new chain retailer. (BANG)
Bay Area officials urge residents to prepare for wildfire season -"June 17 is actually the compliance deadline in Central Contra Costa County," said Fire Marshal Robert Marshall, "particularly during high wind events. (KGO-TV)
History in San Francisco With the Election of a Black Female Mayor -The election of London Breed as mayor of San Francisco, which was all but made official Wednesday when Mark Leno, the runner-up in the election, conceded defeat, was a remarkable victory. (The New York Times)
A report found that African-Americans are disproportionately involved in police use-of-force cases on Bay Area Rapid Transit. (The Mercury News)
A Melting Reputation -An investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata raises questions about the credibility of the accuser, Rose Padilla Johnson. (East Bay Express)
Vallejo area still among hottest real estate markets nationally -The Vallejo area remains one of only four California real estate markets still among the nation’s hottest, according to the most recent report from realtor.com. (East Bay Times)
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. (Alameda Journal)
Firefighters Uncover Marijuana Grow House in Antioch -At 5:10 pm Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire received reports of smoke and flames coming from a home in the 3500 block of Clayburn Road. (East County Today)
Summertime Outdoor Opera In The Park Concert -Orinda Community Park, 24 Orinda Way, Orinda (Event)
Coffee with the Mayor -Join us for Coffee with the Mayor in the Lafayette Chamber office, Friday, June 15, 8am-9am, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA 94549. (Event)
A radical plan to split California into three separate states has qualified to be on the ballot in November. (The Los Angeles Times)
Tucked away in the state’s 2018-19 budget is a $1.2 billion plan to replace lawmakers’ offices in Sacramento. (San Francisco Chronicle)
6 California bills aimed to curb plastic pollution and litter – where are they now? - A package of six state bills aimed at reducing plastic and cigarette-butt litter — with an emphasis on trash that ends up in the ocean — has met with a mixed fate, with half advancing and half dying in their legislative chamber of origin. (BANG)
California voting experts warn that the state’s voters are suffering from “voter fatigue.” (The Los Angeles Times)
California voters’ decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. (Los Angeles Times)
PG&E could shut off your power on purpose amid fire hazards -Embattled utility PG&E has posted warnings on its website that it might "for public safety" reasons be obliged to shut off power from time to time in certain neighborhoods. (BANG)
Tesla to cut 9 percent of its workforce, CEO Musk promises no Model 3 slowdown - About 3,800 workers are on the chopping block as Palo Alto electric car maker executes restructuring. (BANG)
Caltrans hopes to reopen next month the stretch of Highway 1 in the Big Sur area that was blocked last year by a massive landslide. (Associated Press)
Is California’s anti-business vibe killing the state’s economy? - While the state attracts an outsize portion of entrepreneurs and (venture capital) financing, there are flies in the tanning lotion,” writes Chief Executive magazine on California’s business climate. (BANG)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORATION
San Jose sites bought, one eyed as a village, one may be retail -A developer has grabbed two choice sites in San Jose, one ... Station, where Google has proposed a transit-oriented development. (The Mercury News)
Google venture buys downtown San Jose transit village sites, purchases reach $233 million -TC Agoge Associates, a realty venture of Google and Trammell Crow, acquired properties on North Montgomery Street and one site on West Julian Street, both located north of the SAP Center, paying $9.5 million, according to Santa Clara County public. (BANG)
Rent Control Would Do Major Harm to Sacramento's Future -One oft-looked-to solution is rent control. We need greater housing affordability. But the rent control measure being proposed for the November ballot. (Comstock's Magazine)
SB 827 Is Dead. But California Still Can—and Should—Build -Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: SB 827 Is Dead. But California Still Can—and Should—Build More Housing Near Transit (Supply-Side Liberal )
Santa Cruz City Council delays action on housing -Committee members highlighted five recommended project priority areas, including community engagement, granny flats, housing affordability. (Santa Cruz Sentinel )
Hawaii counties join Drive Electric Hawaii to promote use of electric vehicles -All-electric rail, increasing bike lanes, and ensuring that transit-oriented development allows people to avoid the expense of a car altogether. (Pacific Business News)
City shares creative housing ideas with mayors nationwide -It blends technology, people-centered solutions, considering more transit-oriented development. (BayStateBanner)
OUSD Backs Down After Charter School Threatens Lawsuit -Several OUSD directors want the district to formally oppose the city's sale of public land for a new charter school, but Aspire says the district is illegally interfering. (East Bay Express)
Community college professors in California are increasingly frustrated with changes pushed by the system chancellor, Eloy Ortiz Oakley. (The Sacramento Bee)
Solano County takes early payment step to reduce pension liability -Solano County takes early payment step to reduce pension liability ... The approved payment, also from CalPERS reserves, consists of $1.59 million. (Fairfield Daily Republic)
Bank seizes California Rep. David Valadao's family dairy farm over unpaid loans… Story.
The Trump appointee making Silicon Valley sweat…Story.
Californians turn to U.S. for money that environmental groups say doesn't do enough… Story.
Two Democrats sworn into office to replace California assemblymen accused of sexual misconduct…Story.
The mystery of the million-dollar California congressional candidate… Story.
7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs… Story.
Sonoma County to make over emergency operations after Tubbs Fire response blasted… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Unincorporated Lafayette Suffers From Lack Of Taxable Sales -Unincorporated Lafayette Parish has seen an 18.2% decrease in taxable sales, according to new figures from Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
A fan paid $3.3 million to have lunch with Warren Buffett. For the past 19 years, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has auctioned a meal with himself for charity….Story.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
A view of the property at Deer Hill. See our Top Story.
(Photo: Lamorinda Weekly)
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