Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Walnut Creek and three other cities dissolve joint staffing agency in wake of state audit -After a year battling the findings of an audit by the state pension system, four Bay Area cities have all voted to dissolve a joint staffing agency that no longer has any staff. (East Bay Times)
Embattled Contra Costa County judge retires in face of misconduct case, but asks commission to clear his name -A Contra Costa County judge facing discipline for the sixth time told a commission of judges he had retired in June and asked them to clear his name. (BANG)
New BART line to Antioch packing in riders - The new BART to Antioch line has exceeded expectations far faster than anticipated. (The Mercury News)
Antioch: Council forced to reword sales tax ballot measure language -It was back to the drawing board Tuesday night for the Antioch City Council, which was forced to tweak a sales tax measure when election officials determined the wording was too long for the ballot. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area grocery chain to stop accepting Visa credit cards - The nation's largest supermarket chain announced that 21 stores in California will stop accepting Visa cards -- and the company might expand the ban. (BANG)
Contra Costa County and City of Walnut Creek Bring Services to Area Residents -That's the goal of the 2018 “Summer Block Party”, a collaboration between Contra Costa County and the City of Walnut Creek. (EastCountyToday)
Have You Seen Rose? If You Have, Please Call Pleasant Hill PD -Pleasant Hill PD are looking for an elderly woman who was last seen at 5 a.m. on August 1 at 40 Boyd Rd. Rose Hiott, 81, was last seen wearing jacket and pants. (News 24/680)
Hot July is fueling summer's wildfires -In Shasta County, the site of the huge Carr Fire, moisture content has fallen as it has in other counties, including Contra Costa. (The Mercury News)
Hundreds of firefighters arrived in Lake County to help battle the Mendocino Complex Fires. More than 80,000 acres have burned and 14,000 people have evacuated. (The Press Democrat)
PG&E spent $1.7 million over three months to lobby officials to reduce its liability for wildfire property damages. (Sacramento Bee)
Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering "Energy Justice" -California has the world's fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state's most disadvantaged communities. (Yale Environment 360)
Millions of Californians Are Poor, and They Don't Always Live Where You'd Expect -And no group of Californians suffers more from the effects of poverty than Latinos. ... As bad as the data is, researchers concluded that the overall poverty number would be worse - perhaps another 8% of the state's population - if not for a handful of social safety net programs. (Los Angeles Times)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
To Fix Its Housing Woes, Should California Look to Seattle? -Seattle has responded to its housing crisis much differently than its Bay Area counterpart, San Francisco: Seattle has built a lot more homes. (Podcast)
How Much Is Your Home Really Worth? Re-evaluating the American Dream, Ten Years after the 2008 Housing Crisis -It's time for America to start treating homeownership as part of an equitable social contract rather than just as commodity to be sold. (NBC)
YIMBY movement takes root in Somerville -Somerville's burgeoning “YIMBY” movement calls for increased housing development in the hopes that it lowers housing prices. (The Somerville Times)
Regulatory Fees Are Killing Housing Affordability -Affordability is an increasingly serious problem for home buyers and renters alike, a recent study by NAHB and the National Multifamily Housing noted. (Builder Magazine)
Cost of college went up for all students at Holy Names University -Tuition and fees rose 3 percent for 2017-18 at Holy Names University, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education. (California Business Daily)
CalPERS on the Hunt for Renewable Investments -The new investment sustainability director for the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is bullish on renewable energy power. (Chief Investment Officer)
City Manager Proposes Fix for Troubled Fort Worth Pension Fund -A plan to fix Fort Worth's troubled pension fund includes increased contributions from employees and taxpayers – and would also slash cost-of-living. (NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth)
Chicago budget gap shrinks again, but big pension debt looms -Emanuel in his first term tried to reduce the city's pension fund obligations, but the Illinois Supreme Court overruled the changes. (Chicago Tribune)
US-China trade war may cut Los Angeles' economic growth to zero, mayor Eric Garcetti warns…Story.
California GOP lawmakers lobby Trump to help farmers hurt by tariffs… Story.
The common thread in California's wildfires: heat like the state has never seen… Story.
If utilities don't get help on wildfires, California could be in another energy crisis…Story.
Quixotic effort to secede California from U.S. to get reboot…Story.
Fix California roads without the new gas taxes? Here's what it would take… Story.
Death Valley to post hottest month ever recorded on Earth, for the second July in a row…Story.
One thing you won't find in San Francisco's Chinatown: cannabis…Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Share your input on the Public Road Strategic Corridor Plan -Comments will be accepted through Noon on August 10, 2018. In February 2018, 17 Lafayette residents were chosen from a pool of 28 applicants.
The scutoid is geometry’s newest shape. Previously found in nature but unrecognized in mathematics, the scutoid looks similar to a bent prism.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
After an audit by the state pension system, four Bay Area cities, including Walnut Creek, have voted to dissolve a joint staffing agency that no longer has any staff. See local news, above. (Photo: MCE Clean Energy)
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