Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin Won't Seek Reelection After 33 Years -The longtime elected leader was praised by colleagues for his dedication to the community. (Patch)
Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin Retiring After 33 Years In City Politics -Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin will not seek another term in November's election, ending a 33-year City Council run. (CBS Local/Bay City News Service)
Walnut Creek Councilman grateful for opportunity to serve - While I plan to go to the polls in November, my name will not be on the ballot in Walnut Creek. (BANG)
Bay Area Girl Undergoes First-Ever Pediatric Heart Transplant -It's been tough for 11-year-old Andrea to keep up with other students during gym class in Walnut Creek. Read the full story on CBS Bay Area. (Patch)
Medics rush to Concord crash scene after car reportedly hits tree -They rushed to a crash scene where a vehicle reportedly drove into a tree, a dispatcher for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said. (The Mercury News )
2-Alarm Apartment Fire Now Out In Rossmoor Area -The fire was burning in an apartment building in the Rossmoor area of Walnut Creek, according to a spokesman for the Contra Costa County. (SFGate)
Two-alarm fire rages in Walnut Creek neighborhood -Firefighters rushed to rescue at least one person from a two-alarm fire in the Rossmoor neighborhood Thursday (East Bay Times)
Pittsburg grass fire extinguished -At 6:31 p.m., fire crews responded to a report of flames in the 1900 block of Bailey Road. (East Bay Times)
Apple's modern new store in Walnut Creek, CA set to open on July 28th -Construction has been underway for well over a year at the Broadway Plaza outdoor shopping mall in Walnut Creek. (Blog)
Exodus From Bay Area Leads To Shortage Of Available Moving Trucks -The ongoing exodus of people leaving the Bay Area because of the high cost of living is contributing to a new problem. (Patch)
Paying PG&E's bills -A Bay Area assemblyman is defending his bill, which would allow the utility to potentially shift billions in costs associated with last year's wildfires to ratepayers. The company has been warning regulators and legislators that not spreading the cost around could put the utility in jeopardy of going bankrupt. (BANG)
PG&E installing weather stations to help predict future wildfires -The newly added stations are located in Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa and other counties. The information helps PG&E predict when and where fire threats will be. (Manteca Bulletin)
Highway 1 reopens at 10 a.m. Wednesday, allowing travelers to drive between Cambria and Carmel for the first time since the Mud Creek landslide in May 2017. (The Tribune)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Planned development in Fairfield earns merit award - The fact that the plan is part of the Fairfield Train Station Specific Plan and is a transit-oriented development is a game-changer for residents. (Fairfield Daily Republic)
Oakland officials propose ordinance to regulate shared scooters - Environmentally-friendly competition to Uber and Lyft has flooded cities across the country, but these scooter shares haven't come without problems. (BANG)
Regional group exploring housing solutions -But how about giving some money to Oakland and near transit? For underutilized units and parcels, especially in transit-oriented development areas. (Mountain View Voice)
Under US Housing Policies, Homeowners Mostly Win, While Renters Mostly Lose -This article explores the most important policies that currently shape U.S. housing markets, focusing particularly on how policies impact different families and housing market segments. Schuetz discusses the goals of three types of housing policies-taxes, subsidies, and regulations-and how each affects the efficiency and equity of housing markets. (Brookings)
San Francisco's Housing Crisis Puts Pressure on Historic Asian Enclaves -The soaring housing prices in San Francisco has led many low-income Asian Americans to live in overcrowded, single-room-occupancy hotels, also known as SROs. According to a 2015 report from SRO Families United Collaborative, the number of families living in SROs in San Francisco increased 55 percent from 2001 to 2014. (NBC)
California Will Be a Battleground for the Rent Control Debate This November -For years, 63-year-old Aminta paid around $1,000 for a 2-bedroom apartment in Huntington Park, south of Los Angeles. It was fine until Aminta's husband and primary breadwinner was deported, to Tijuana. Then came the rent increases. (Marketplace)
California Schools Still Have Low Vaccination Rates Despite Law -More than 100 schools in California have less than 95 percent of vaccinated students, the number needed to prevent outbreaks. (Patch)
A group of UC Berkeley police officers, who were found to be calling in phony reports that they were working while hanging out and even sleeping in a small math library for hours overnight, have officially been fired after an appeals board upheld their termination. The group had been on paid leave for months. (BANG)
UC Berkeley isn't saying much about how it is that a woman who pleaded guilty last year to bribing an official in a massive public-pension scandal is now working as a high-profile fundraising assistant to one of the school's deans. (BANG)
City buoyed by higher than expected CalPERS investment returns -At an 8.6 percent rate of return, the CalPERS administrators estimate that overall funding status of the system increased by 3 percent. (The Bakersfield Californian)
Calpers generates strong returns from PE programme -The pension fund's entire portfolio generated an 8.6% return during the time period. (Blog)
Orange County Congressman Rohrabacher met with accused Russian agent in St. Petersburg… Story.
Kimberly Guilfoyle laments Gavin Newsom's 'far left' turn, praises Donald Trump Jr. in interview… Story.
Pro-PG&E wildfire bill written by lawmaker whose son works at PG&E…Story.
Voter Registration for Non-Citizens Begins in S.F. School Board Election…Story.
Jerry Brown to Supreme Court: Hurry up and hear my pension law case…Story.
Assault weapon registrations in California are up 43% under new law…Story.
California's top court to decide what officers must do to escape liability in pursuit accidents…Story.
Massive tree die-off brings unprecedented danger as wildfire burns near Yosemite…Story.
What, no refund? A vacationer's guide to California fire season…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Is Lafayette's Utilities System for sale? -Lafayette Utilities System's electric division could be managed by or sold to an outside company for the right price, the mayor said.
AND FINALLY …
Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers - Selling stolen personal data is a big business for hackers: Somewhere on the dark web, your e-mail address and a few passwords are probably for sale (hopefully, old ones).
PHOTO OF THE DAY
There were a couple of new stories published overnight about Mayor Don Tatzin’s decision not to run for reelection in November. See, Top Stories, above.
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