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News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Concord immigration center: Emergency meeting today -The public is invited to the hastily scheduled meeting about the proposed tent city that could hold up to 47,000 immigrant detainees. (East Bay Times)
Furor over immigrant families: Local officials spoke out against a Navy proposal to house thousands of immigrant detainees in the East Bay, citing both their opposition to detention policies and various logistical concerns that they say make the shuttered base unsuitable for such large populations. (BANG)
Police say they have found at least two more victims of the East Bay babysitter and teacher accused of child molestation. (BANG)
The Oakland Athletics are asking state lawmakers to pass a bill that would effectively shield the team from potential environmental lawsuits over construction of a new stadium. (The Sacramento Bee)
Vegetation Fire Prompts Closure Of Southbound Hwy 160 -A vegetation fire has shut down southbound state Highway 160 in Antioch this afternoon, according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. (SF Gate)
From the Lamorinda Weekly:
City rushes to rezone as developer pursues original 315-apartment project -While Lafayette city leaders address the rezoning of the controversial land on Deer Hill Road in order to bring it into compliance with the general plan, they also took the step of enacting a 45-day moratorium temporarily halting any development on that land.
La Finestra deal to lease Hacienda falls through -Fine dining at the Hacienda de las Flores will have to wait until at least 2019 after the La Finestra Restaurant pulled out of a potential deal to lease space at the Moraga landmark. Restaurant owner Jeff Assadi said the insurance liability was too high and that the required tenant improvements ran nearly double the original cost estimate.
New Lafayette parking lot promised by end of summer -The long-awaited and much-needed new parking lot on the east end of Lafayette is getting closer as the East Bay Municipal Utility District moves onto the next phase of work - the demolition of the old plant.
Lamorinda Spirit Van celebrates 12 years of service to seniors -This month sees the 12th anniversary of the Lamorinda Spirit Van. It is a remarkable achievement for any program but perhaps even more so in this case since the program is mostly operated by volunteers and is largely grant-reliant. The program is looking for additional volunteer drivers.
Rocking the Plaza in June -What gets Lafayette dancing in June? Rock the Plaza concerts every Friday night in June, of course.
Planning love fest for coming Canyon Club Brewery -It is no longer a rumor. Canyon Club Brewery is slated to open its doors in Moraga, which some say is the coolest news for the town retail scene since the opening of Town Bakery. The planning commission on June 18 approved unanimously and enthusiastically the project presented by Kevin Hamilton and Ken Markey to transform the triangular-shaped former bank located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Canyon Road and Country Club Drive.
Moraga pension and legal costs soar, service cuts continue -Unfunded pension liability payments for the town of Moraga are projected to more than double from three years ago, and the town’s legal costs will exceed half a million dollars, based on the 2018-19 budget presented to the town council June 13 by administrative services director Joe Tanner.
Mid-cycle budget approved; includes new library parcel tax -New Finance Director Paul Rankin presented his first mid-cycle budget to the Orinda City Council on June 12 as part of a two-year budget adopted May 2017, covering fiscal years 2017-19. According to the staff report, since the budget relies on estimates and projections, it is appropriate to periodically review the financial plan and make adjustments as necessary.
Community Park Master Plan rewrite responds to community concerns -The revised master plan for the Orinda Community Park adopted by the city council on June 12 appears to make everybody happy. When plans for revising the plan were brought to the council last March, there was a public outcry against some aspects of the plan, which would have basically ended the three-decades-long run of the Orinda Starlight Village Players and replaced the popular tennis wall with bocce ball courts.
Community gathers for movies in the park -There’s something magical about watching one of your favorite movies on fresh cut grass with a picnic dinner under the stars. Lamorinda residents can gather together at the Orinda Community Park this summer to watch some great films, starting with “Despicable Me” on June 28, starring the voice of Steve Carell as the supervillain Gru. Movies begin at dusk. Bring your minions to this magical event, and don’t forget your unicorn!
Eisen-Letunic wins streetscape master plan contract -With Council Member Eve Phillips casting the single vote against, the Orinda City Council on June 19 awarded a $250,000 contract to Eisen-Lutunic to create a Streetscape Master Plan for downtown Orinda. Phillips was skeptical about the ability of the group to be impartial in seeking and incorporating views of all types of Orinda residents. She cited some statements in the proposal that gave her concern, such as, ...
MOFD projects a strong fiscal year ahead -The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board approved the 2018-19 district budget at its June 20 meeting, and continuing along the same healthy financial track as many Lamorinda public agencies, MOFD projects a general fund balance of $5.9 million, the highest number in its history.
Nearly 200 fire code violations uncovered at Lamorinda schools -During the most recent fire inspections of Lamorinda public and private schools, fire officials discovered dozens of code violations that ranged from undocumented fire alarm testing and blocked exits to faulty wiring and improper storage of hazardous materials.
Cities vie with state of California over control of BART lands -The League of California Cities has recently taken a stand in opposition to Assembly Bill 2923, that would allow Bay Area Rapid Transit to construct housing on any land it owns within a half mile of a BART station free from local control. The bill was introduced by Assembly members David Chiu of the 17th District (mainly San Francisco) and Timothy Grayson of the 14th District (including Pleasant Hill, Concord and Martinez) ...
Cal Shakes’ ‘Quixote Nuevo’ a terrific, music-filled romp -Attending live theater performances at California Shakespeare Theater is risky business. First, there’s the possibility of sweating during a matinee in 100-degree temperatures or having to hunker under fleece at nighttime when Bay Area fog rolls over the Oakland Hills and it’s more than drama that sets the crowd shivering.
Spirit turned into art: a Moraga artist expresses her creativity -Dina Asna may walk with two crutches and struggle a bit over natural obstacles, but there is nothing weak about the woman. The painter and jewelry maker of Iranian origin was told by her father since she was a girl that nothing was impossible for her, even if she was stricken by polio at 18 months old. Her life took her to different countries, following the spirit that guides her and relying on her multiple talents. She now blossoms as an artist.
Orinda literary luncheons offer lively discussions with top authors -Although the guest of honor didn’t - and never could - show up, lunch with Eleanor Oliphant June 14 at Orinda Books was a surefire hit.
8th graders graduate in style -The Saklan School celebrated the eighth-grade graduating Class of 2018 with a formal dinner at the Lafayette Park Hotel on June 6. The class will go on to attend Athenian, Bentley, Campolindo, De La Salle, Las Lomas, Monte Vista and St. Mary’s College high schools.
Town Hall Theatre announces donor thank you event: ‘Gone Missing’ -Town Hall Theatre’s annual donor thank you event - a one-night only performance of the original and inventive documentary musical “Gone Missing,” created by The Civilians - will be held at 8 p.m. July 14 at Town Hall Theatre Company.
Final Haley’s Run for a Reason Color Run on Fourth of July -This year will be the last “Haley’s Run for a Reason Color Run” in Orinda. After organizing the event in support of the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation for the past 14 years, organizer Suzanne Tom has decided that it’s time to move on. But she is ending with her most colorful run ever. This year runners will be able to run through blue, magenta, purple and chartreuse color stations.
Leonard Maltin to be honored at the 21st California Independent Film Festival -The 21st California Independent Film Festival is less than two months away and planning is already in full swing. The dates for the festival are Aug. 24-30 in Rheem and Orinda Theatres and it will end on Sept. 1 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Fourth of July festivities in Moraga and Orinda -Looking for something fun to do on the Fourth of July? You won’t have to go far, with many wonderful activities offered in Moraga and Orinda to help you celebrate. Start the day off with a full day of parades, pancakes, fun and games, starting with a fun run/walk at 7:30 a.m., a dog parade at 9 a.m., and the ever-popular children’s bike parade kicking off at 10:30 a.m. at the Moraga Commons Park.
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Federal court: Wells Fargo must face Oakland's mortgage discrimination lawsuit -Wells Fargo must face a lawsuit brought against the bank by the City of Oakland, California, which sued the bank in 2015 for allegedly steering minority borrowers into higher-cost loans, thereby causing rampant foreclosures and neighborhood blight. (Housing Wire)
Lennar reports second-quarter earnings.- The second-largest US homebuilder is expected to be riding high on healthy housing demand buoyed by job growth and a robust economy. (Quartz)
Rent control bill is not the solution to state's housing crisis -Across the state, housing affordability is one of, if not the, most critical issue bearing down on California families. (The Bakersfield Californian)
Rent control debate returns to California Capitol -Supporters of a rent control measure slated to appear on the November ballot flooded a joint hearing to share their stories. The joint hearing of California's Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee comes nearly a week after Secretary of State Alex Padilla's office announced the Affordable Housing Act garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. (KCRA)
Supervisors Could Fast-Track Affordable Housing Projects -As the city battles a housing and homelessness crisis, affordable housing projects could soon receive a VIP pass through the development pipeline. The Board of Supervisors next week will vote on an ordinance that would fast-track affordable housing projects through the lengthy Planning Department process. (SF Weekly)
California Home Prices Hit Record-high in May as Sales Dip -Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 409,270 units in May 2018, according to information collected by C.A.R. The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2018 if sales maintained the May pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. (World Property Journal)
California is only the 44th most patriotic state in America…Study.
How social-media rolls turned U.C. Berkeley into a free-speech circus…Story.
California Considers Creating A "Fake News" Advisory Group'' …Story.
New Sexual Harassment Complaint Investigations Policy Approved By California Lawmakers…Story.
The eye-popping definition of what is 'low income' in the Bay Area increases again…Story.
Key approval for Cupertino housing, office, retail project near Apple…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette councilmen propose to split city and parish councils -Lafayette councilmen propose to split city and parish councils. While their plan calls for separate councils, it keeps the mayor and parish presidents.
Buzz Aldrin is suing his family for “elder exploitation.” The second man to walk on the moon wants to keep control over his finances and legacy…Story.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The City of Concord has hastily scheduled a meeting today about a proposed tent city to hold immigrant detainees at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)
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