Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
3 BART Deaths In 3 Days, 2 Revealed After Random Stabbing -One suspect has been arrested. BART police have released photos of the 2 outstanding suspects. (Patch)
BART police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing of woman on platform-Law enforcement officers in at least two counties had searched Monday for John Lee Cowell, 27, a Concord transient with a long criminal history. (BANG)
Man Killed In Orinda Chase Identified -A second man in the vehicle chased by Orinda Police was arrested. (Patch)
Various commissions in Contra Costa District 3 accepting candidate applications -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commission ... intervention and treatment services to the Contra Costa Health Services (PressNet)
Martinez Sales Tax Measure On City Council Agenda -Placing a half-cent sales tax to help pay for basic local services. (Patch)
Trouble for bubble tea shops as San Francisco bans plastic straws -Tang, who said she brings a metal straw with her when she goes to bubble tea shops, adds that most of the plastic boba straws are wrapped in even more plastic. (SF Gate)
Bay Area’s Barbara Lee announces bid to lead House Democratic caucus - Lee is second lawmaker to jump into the race for the post, joining fellow Californian, Rep. Linda Sánchez. (BANG)
Cabinet visit to Bay Area: Two of the highest-ranking members of President Donald Trump's administration are in the Bay Area for talks with their Australian counterparts. Will the low-key meetings revisit a recent heated moment between the longtime allies? (BANG)
A Bay Area woman is suing Trader Joe's, claiming that the chain is selling a rare, expensive type of honey in diluted quantities while labeling it "100% pure. (BANG)
Why Your California Mobile Home May Not Be Properly Registered-and How to Fix the Problem -Not registering a mobile home properly triggers an invoice for past due taxes and penalties, but the state has created a program called Register Your Mobilehome California to forgive past-due bills. (Press-Enterprise)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development - “We can’t have a City Council that blithely rubber stamps developers’ projects all over town,” said a Protect Niles co-founder. (BANG)
Sen. Kamala Harris introduces tax cut bill for burdened renters -According to a report from UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing, America's affordable housing crisis has left too many families behind (Daily Californian)
AB-2923 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District: transit-oriented development - Related Docs for Bill Text - AB-2923 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District: transit-oriented development. (Blog)
Developers Have Filed for 1K+ Affordable Housing Units under City Program: Report -L.A.'s Transit-Oriented Communities program went into effect nearly 10 months ago, and in that time, it has helped put more than 1,000 affordable housing units in the pipeline. (The Real Deal)
City Building List of Affordable Housing "Time Bombs" -Councilwoman Georgette Gomez is spearheading an effort to create an inventory of the soon-to-expire affordable housing in the city. Advocates have been pushing the idea, too. But some city leaders say a list wouldn't be very useful, and that instead focus should be on acquiring funding to build new affordable housing projects. (Voice of San Diego)
Council's Tie Vote Pushes Housing Deadline to the Brink -After hours of public comment and about 10 minutes of councilmember discussion at the July 18 meeting, the council moved to vote on whether to approve the Housing Element in its current form. The vote tally on the screen flashed 2-2, with Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Tasha Boerner Horvath opposed. Councilman Mark Muir was absent. (Coast News Group)
College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in California 2018 -To identify the Best Colleges in California for 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results (Markets Insider)
Council approves loan to satisfy JFA settlement -CalPERS and the IRS began raising questions about the JFA, and the CalPERS Office of Audit Services (OAS) reviewed the situation (Martinez News-Gazette)
Public CIO pay getting renewed attention -CalPERS in 1997 was one of the first U.S. public funds to implement incentive pay for its CIO based on meeting or exceeding investment benchmarks. (Pensions & Investments)
California has sued the Trump administration 38 times…Story.
Data privacy rules have big beneficiary: lawyers…Story.
California hit its climate goal early — but its biggest source of pollution keeps rising…Story
California voters will decide in November if they want to set their clocks twice a year to save daylight hours…Story.
Tesla Asks Suppliers for Cash Back to Help Turn a Profit…Story.
Mountain View's unusual rule for Facebook: No free food…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
10 cities pass bill banning sugary drinks on kids menus -Overall, the City of Lafayette finds the sugary drink-free bill sweet enough to keep. But, there are other cities struggling to pass the bill.
Why Alexa can’t understand some accents: Voice assistants are meant to be helpful to all. But the technologies haven’t truly been designed with everyone in mind.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
BART has released information on three deaths at its stations in three days. See Local News, above. (Photo: ABC7 News)
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