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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/21/2018 9:20 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



All Kinds Of Snakes In Our Grass Lately – Some Biting, Some Stealing Things! - A veterinarian in Walnut Creek has treated four rattlesnake bites in the last 48 hours – and if you read this site you know our neighbors are finding the sometimes cranky critters in their yards and on their patios. (News 24/680)

Dangerous Fire Conditions Predicted This Weekend -Temperatures will soar over 100 degrees in interior areas. (Patch)

Contra Costa Fire Officials Remind Us of The Dangers of Fireworks  -Firefighters in Contra Costa County are telling residents that those so-called "safe and sane" fireworks are dangerous and illegal. (KCBS Radio)

A missing Walnut Creek man turned up at the White House, where he jumped a security barrier and was promptly arrested. (BANG)

Suspected Coffeehouse Laptop Thieves Arrested In Dublin -With assistance from witnesses and video surveillance, Dublin police investigators were able to identify 18-year-old Adam Uzelac and 18-year-old Khan Roadwall as the subjects responsible for the robberies. (News 24/680)

Suspect in ‘one-man crime wave’ arrested after Pleasanton, Fremont spree - Police say a Santa Cruz County resident confessed to the two-city crime spree. (Fremont Argus)



Summer Sounds Outside - Mariachi Mestizo (Walnut Creek)

First Summer Concert (Moraga)

Totally Trains (Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville)

2018 Soul "Ride" To End Alzheimer's (Walnut Creek)



 A bill advancing in Sacramento could make California the first state to restrict restaurants from offering anything other than water or milk with children’s meals. (CALmatters)

Internet protections stripped -A bill that would have enshrined net neutrality protections in California law was gutted in a committee meeting under the leadership of an Assembly Democrat who counts major Internet firms among his major donors. (BANG)

Instagram is increasing its video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube. (The Associated Press)



Ignoring the Problem of Housing Affordability Won't Make It Go Away -The building industry's only solution to the housing affordability crisis is to build anywhere and everywhere without any regard to smart planning. (Voice of San Diego)

Getting homebuyers in the door -Santa Clara County will spend $25 million to help 250 families secure a first house through a program that will finance most of a down payment as long as buyers can contribute a small portion up front. (BANG)

Big changes eyed near Five Wounds church, San Jose BART site - The proposal for a mixed-use transit village in San Jose calls for hundreds of new residential units as well as retail at the site, which is within walking distance of the BART stop that is planned near the intersection of North 28th and East Santa. (East Bay Times)

The Future of Transit-Oriented Development Breaks Ground in Seattle -Cathy Hillenbrand used to joke with her neighbors that the mixed-use housing development at the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station would be opened. (Next City)

Where to put affordable housing? On top of a light rail station  -We talk about transit oriented development – you can't get more transit-oriented than at the station. (Crosscut)

Why Affordable Housing Is So Important for Development Near Transit –To provide equitable transit-oriented development – TOD is the shorthand. (Streetsblog California)



Local Radio Station KGPC Threatened with Closure Due to Budget Cuts -On the FM dial at 96.9, KGPC is the Peralta Community College District's low-power radio station, which is facing potential budget cuts. (East Bay Express).



Santa Maria Council adopts two-year budget, uses reserve funds to cover deficit -Faced with years of budget deficits due to soaring pension costs, the city is projected to spend $11.7 on CalPERS. (Santa Maria Times)

See the 100 highest pensions in the CalPERS and CalSTRS systems  -How much does it take to make it into the 100 top-earning CalPERS or CalSTRS retirees? A pension of more than $219,000. (SacBee)

Calpers Votes to Pay Next Investment Chief Up to $1.77 Million -The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension, voted Tuesday to offer the next chief investment officer as much as $1.77 million. (Bloomberg)



Don't listen to the establishment critics. California's open primary works… Story

California Legislature sends more budget-related bills to Gov. Jerry Brown, final items could come next week…Story

Dockless scooters get laissez-faire treatment in San Diego as other California cities regulate emerging industry…Story

Is California's expensive housing scaring away job seekers?...Story

California lawmakers move closer to regional electric grid…Story



Anti-fracking protest forces Lafayette City Council to adjourn early, suspend vote on new drilling rules -Activists in Lafayette s City Council chambers on Tuesday after officials abruptly adjourned the meeting.



An original Winnie-the-Pooh map could fetch up to $200,000 at auction. Created by E.H. Shepard in 1926, it lays out A.A. Milne’s much-loved fictional world.



Rattlesnake(ABC7 News) 

During these hot summer months, be on the lookout for snakes. See Local News, above. (Photo: ABC7 News)



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