Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Stay out of Discovery Bay’s toxic waters, officials warn -Routine water tests shows toxic levels of blue-green algae in some parts of in Discovery Bay prompting officials to warn against entering the water. (East Bay Times)
Contra Costa County Accused Of Rigging Ambulance Bids -Officials say allegations unjustified and state action will have no immediate impact on response to 911 calls. (Patch)
Sheriff's Termination of ICE Jail Contract Not a Win for Many Immigrant Families -The decision may result in relocating detainees further away from legal aid and loved ones while the mass incarceration of undocumented people continues. (East Bay Express)
Smoldering cigarette to blame for 2-alarm fire at Walnut Creek condominium -A cigarette that wasn't extinguished properly caused a two-alarm fire that damaged two units in a four-unit condominium, a fire. (East Bay Times)
Police Investigating Altercation At Pleasant Hill BART Station -Sheriff’s deputies arrested an individual found hiding in the brush behind 1173 Las Juntas Way in Walnut Creek at approximately 1:28 p.m. (News 24/680)
Police identify two arrested after Concord shooting -A 17-year-old boy from Walnut Creek also was arrested. He won't be identified because he's not 18 years old. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area terror case -An Oakland man who authorities say spoke of launching deadly attacks in San Francisco and Berkeley pleaded guilty to several charges on Wednesday. (BANG)
The fastest-growing Bay Area job zone isn't SF or Silicon Valley –It’s the Tri-Valley -The East Bay’s Tri-Valley region saw jobs grow 35 percent between 2006 and 2016, outpacing San Francisco and Silicon Valley. There's really a need to build transit-oriented development and walkable communities. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Del Valle reservoir, park in Livermore to get $5M overhaul -Executive Director of Save Mt. Diablo Ted Clement said, "Parks are the living classrooms.” (KGO-TV)
Protecting the East Bay's Water -The Mokelumne River has been designated wild and scenic, giving it permanent protection from future dams. (East Bay Express)
eBay Laying Off Hundreds Of Bay Area Employees -The company has filed a notice with the state that it is permanently laying off about 300 employees. (Patch)
MacArthur BART kicks off 2-year plaza redevelopment -The work is expected to last until the end of 2019. (ABC-7)
Fire At Martinez Storage Yard Halted -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews extinguished a one-alarm fire at a business in Martinez (Patch)
Sunol grass fire spurs I-680 traffic alert -Firefighters were responding to reports of a grass fire, leading the California Highway Patrol to issue a traffic alert Wednesday. (Patch)
The State Supreme Court blocked a ballot measure that would have divided California into three parts. (The Los Angeles Times)
Nearly 2,000 firefighters from around the country are battling the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park. More than 17,300 acres in Mariposa County have burned so far. (San Francisco Chronicle)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
How a station used 'deep listening' events to take on Sacramento's housing crisis – Responding to the crisis by spending the past year digging into the history, politics and economics of housing affordability in California's capital. (Blog)
We Don't Need More Affordable Housing, We Need More Housing So It Will Be Affordable -If we believe that cities provide economic opportunity, produce fewer carbon emissions per capita than urban sprawl, that cities are more energy efficient, that they have less impact on oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, that cities afford people of a wide variety of ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds to live close to each other and learn from one another, then we should believe that more people ought to be able to live in cities. (Forbes)
These Tax Laws Are Holding Back California's Housing Market -The state's efforts to save homeowners money are now keeping many of them locked in their homes - and potential buyers locked out. (Bloomberg)
Amid Crisis, Voters Will Confront Housing Options -As California rents and property values continue to rise, it should come as no surprise that three housing-related measures will face voters on the November ballot, targeting veterans' home loans, local rent control and housing construction for the homeless. (Capitol Weekly)
Berkeley Puts $135 Million Housing Bond Before Voters -Berkeley, California, will ask city voters to support a November bond measure to provide $135 million for affordable housing. City officials say the funds will be used to build new homes and protect existing affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area city. (Bond Buyer)
State Cap-and-Trade Program Not Benefitting Disadvantaged Communities -But a newly published study by San Francisco State University, the University of California, Berkeley and others comparing emissions before and after the program began in 2013 found that disadvantaged communities are not yet benefitting - and have actually seen an increase in pollutants. (Study)
The University of California proposed its first tuition decrease in nearly 20 years. The U.C. board votes Thursday on whether students will pay $60 less in the 2018-19 school year. (The Sacramento Bee)
Cost of pensions dangerous -Trends in the wrong direction could continue, according to the report, as uncertainty surrounds CalPERS cost projections and fund management. (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Calpers appoints Axa Rosenberg for $1bn 'sustainable' fund -Calpers, the world's fifth-largest pension fund, has recruited the French-owned asset manager Axa Rosenberg. (Financial News)
CalPERS to begin interviewing CIO candidates in August -California Public Employees' Retirement System in August will begin interviewing candidates to succeed Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos. (Blog)
California Almond Growers Struggle Amid U.S.-China Tariff Battle…Story.
San Onofre emails show history of private meetings between regulators, energy insiders and advisers to Gov. Jerry Brown…Story.
22 soldiers at Fort Hunter Ligget injured in California military base collapse… Story.
UC Berkeley, tight on money, to spend $30 million on women's sports facilities…Story.
40 Under 40 list of the most influential young people in business -- and again, California has a big footprint… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Two Lafayette candidates file for 3rd District seat on first day of qualifying -In Lafayette mayoral races, incumbent Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Charlotte Stemmans.
Quitting social media will help, not hinder, your career -The digital detox will reduce procrastination and strengthen mindfulness.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Don’t go in the water: Contra Costa health officials issue a warning on blue-green algae in Discovery Bay. See Local News, above. (Photo: Mercury News)
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