Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Management changes and restructuring at ConFire -The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District reorganized its management and information technology departments in June. (Wire Service)
CHP car catches fire on Highway 24 in Lafayette, ammunition explodes -CHP car catches fire on Highway 24 in Lafayette, ammunition explodes .... The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District helped to douse the fire. (Morning Times)
Before arrest, BART murder suspect returned to crime scene - Suspect John Lee Cowell, a violent felon with a long criminal history, rode BART for at least 40 minutes from Coliseum station to Pleasant Hill before his arrest. He eluded police near the scene of the crime -- the MacArthur BART station. (East Bay Times)
Amber Alert: Teen Found Safe -She was found at the Pleasant Hill BART station. The suspect was stopped in his vehicle in another city. (Patch)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
Deer Hill Road, rezoned -In a unanimous vote at its July 9 meeting, minus Vice Mayor Cam Burks who was absent, the Lafayette City Council voted to rezone the controversial land along Deer Hill Road to R-65, bringing the parcel into compliance with Lafayette’s general plan and allowing 1.5-acre lots at 3233 Deer Hill Road.
Tatzin not running for re-election -After 33 years serving on the city council, Mayor Don Tatzin has announced that he will not be running for re-election after his term expires in November.
Lafayette puts ‘awesome’ into after-school care -In an attempt to address the dire need across the community for after school care providers, Lafayette’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Department will be taking their “awesome” brand of child care and offering five-day a week supervision and activities after school in the community center.
‘Day in the Life’ photo contest coincides with 50th anniversary party -By now most residents are aware of a major party happening in and around the Lafayette Library and Learning Center July 29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lafayette’s incorporation. But as residents head out to party they should remember to grab their cameras, since that is also the date for this year’s “Day in the Life” photo contest.
Performers provide harmony at city council -Providing somewhat more joy than has been seen lately in city council meetings, the Town Hall Theatre opened the meeting with sparkle and talent from its youth education program.
Two seats up for grabs on Lafayette City Council -The Nov. 6 general municipal election will fill two seats in Lafayette this year, vacated by Don Tatzin and Ivor Samson.
New downtown light panels complement dramatic sculpture -Among the latest additions to Lafayette’s public art are some panels installed along a stone wall under a walk way leading into the Town Center III condominiums, behind Panda Express and to the south of the walkway leading to the BART station. It is easy to miss them during the day, since they blend so well into the stonework. However at night, illuminated with blue light, the panels are striking.
Lafayette resident heads to Caltech -Lafayette resident Luc Davis, a recent Tilden Preparatory School graduate, will be heading to California Institute of Technology in the fall as a member of the Caltech Men’s Fencing Team.
Cameras installed in Moraga help capture crooks -It is quite rare to see an officer sit in front of video monitors showing Moraga’s live traffic captured in different town locations. Chief of Police Jon King is adamant that the police force is not “watching Moraga;” the cameras now operational all around town are used only when linked with a crime - and they have already proven their efficacy.
Update on election race -Positions on Moraga’s town council and school board will be open for election this November. On the council, Mayor Dave Trotter will be running for a fourth term. Vice Mayor Teresa Onoda’s seat in also up for election but she has not decided yet if she will run or not. She said that she has a lot of balls in the air and will decide after she has the information she needs to make a good decision.
Hacienda event highlights Moraga’s easy-going style -The success level of an event at the Hacienda de las Flores is often measured by the level of confusion created by cars jamming the parking lot of the historic property. In that regard, the first food truck event of the year was already a big success: it was really difficult to access even the drop-off at the public park.
Free summer events for kids at Orinda Theatre -The Orinda Theater is offering free programing for children this summer in the hopes of giving their parents a little down time. The following is a schedule of events for late July and early August:
Orinda adopts new fees and charges for business registration -Following a public hearing, the Orinda City Council adopted new fees for business registrations, which are now required under a law adopted last December. New registrations will cost businesses $50, and annual renewals will cost $35. No late fees will be charged through Dec. 1.
Orinda rejects regulation of temporary events; Frank Lloyd Wright home is only problem -It turned out that a rather complicated issue that came before the Orinda City Council was actually quite simple: the sole problem is that a property on Great Oak Circle is being used for weddings and large parties, giving rise to numerous complaints from surrounding property owners. The council had asked staff to look at the possibility of expanding the requirements for temporary event permits to cover private parties.
City council shocks private road residents by rejecting task force -Although private road residents had strongly sought a task force to examine how the issue of private roads in Orinda could be addressed, and although the Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Committee had made recommendations about the composition and role of a task force on private roads, the Orinda City Council on July 10 shut down the idea of a task force,
Pilot parking permit program adopted for Brookwood -Cars parked all day by BART commuters have been an especially difficult problem for residents of Brookwood Road, as well as for employees who work in downtown Orinda. Therefore the city has accepted the recommendation of the public works department and adopted a pilot program under which residents will receive permits that allow 24-hour-a-day parking, and the road will be limited to four-hour parking,
OUSD board moves forward with two school bonds -Two bond issues that together could raise $105 million to modernize Orinda’s kindergarten through 12th grade schools will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election. The Orinda Union School District board recently completed a comprehensive master facilities plan to update its four elementary schools, Orinda Intermediate School, and the Wagner Ranch Nature Area.
MOFD board races loading up with candidates -Three seats on the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board will be up for election this November, and if the early announcement period gives any indication, two of the races will be hotly contested this fall.
Tally Home: charming shop in quaint Orinda neighborhood -Four equestrian friends have decided to follow a retail dream by opening an Orinda shop for home decor called Tally Home. Megan Lindberg and Liz Peterson are both designers who grew up in Orinda, although Peterson now lives in Canyon. Anne Branagh, also from Orinda, is the bookkeeper, and Kerry Armidstead is the fourth partner, who shares in the running of the shop. Although Tally Home opened on May 1, its origins go back decades.
Lafayette business part of fundraiser for pet lifesaving equipment -A foundation that provides pet resuscitation equipment for fire, police and other medical first responders, and bulletproof vests for police K-9 units, raised over $150,000 in July to be allocated for pet lifesaving equipment among fire and police agencies in California.
Yosemite National park closing due to fire danger -Officials from Yosemite National Park announced Tuesday that Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at noon Wednesday to all visitors due heavy smoke and encroaching flames from a major wildfire. (BANG)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Addressing Housing Affordability Could Help With Wide Range of Social Ills - Solving a shortage of affordable housing could save tax dollars in a variety of other programs. (Radio report)
Housing Inventories Creep Higher as Prices Hit a New Record – Housing prices reach a new record high. (Wall Street Journal)
Data on America home sales. It’s getting more expensive to buy a home in the US thanks to dwindling supply and rising mortgage rates, so expect the National Association of Realtors to report a modest increase in existing home sales. (NAR Report)
California Teacher Pension Debt Swamps School Budgets -Sacramento City Unified knew that larger pension payments were coming, so did other districts. (KQED)
California DMV worker slept on the job for three years, audit says…Story.
California soon may be first state to require public universities to offer abortion pills…Story
California lawmakers use November's ballot guide to debate daylight saving time… Story
Could Russia hack California's elections? It would be hard, but not impossible… Story.
No more slurping through plastic straws in San Francisco…Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Tables turn in Lafayette town hall hosted by those opposed to City-Parish Council splitting -The proposed charter amendments spread three appointments among the two councils and the mayor.
California Will Pay You to Get High for Driving Study -Researchers are recruiting 180 people for the study, which will consist of having participants smoke varying amounts of marijuana or a placebo and then participate in driving simulations and cognitive tests.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Restructuring comes to ConFire. See Local News, above. (Photo: East County Today)
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