Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Three From Contra Costa Killed In Plane Crash Worked At Same Office -The Orange County coroner has identified the victims as Scott Shepherd, 53, and Lara Shepherd, 42, both of Diablo, Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville, Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles, and Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo. (Patch)
Key California housing bills enter the home stretch -And despite BART's neutral position, one BART director from Contra Costa County panned it as “a terrible bill.” (BANG)
BART Transit Security Plan -In the wake of the high-profile slaying of an 18-year-old woman, BART officials are rushing to implement a $28 million security plan -- but privacy advocates are questioning a dramatic increase in the use of "video analytics" technology. (BANG)
Concord police name, seek slaying suspect, missing vehicle - Police said Thursday they have a warrant for the arrest of an armed and dangerous man suspected in a homeowner’s recent slaying. (East Bay Times)
Wells Fargo in Concord robbed; police seek suspect - A man suspected of robbing a bank without showing a gun got away Wednesday, and police need the public’s help to find him.(East Bay Times)
Pleasant Hill crisis response classes to start - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is free and open to all Pleasant Hill residents ages 14 and older. This seven-week course provides knowledge on preparing for a disaster. (BANG)
In Moraga, state teachers summit fires up educators for new year - Arriving July 27 at St. Mary’s College and on dozens of college and university campuses across California, the fourth annual “Better Together: California Teachers Summit” was the perfect springboard into the 2018-19 school year. (East Bay Times)
Beer, Food Courtyard Vote Planned -The Walnut Creek City Council will on Tuesday consider approving a "food hall, beer garden and European courtyard.” (Patch)
Assistance League of Diablo Valley - Prospective Member Coffee -Find out why we are so proud of Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop and be a part of its success! (Patch)
California on fire: More than 14,000 firefighters are now engaged in fighting more than a dozen major wildfires up and down the state. The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in the state's recorded history. (BANG)
This map shows where California’s largest 10 fires have occurred since state officials began tracking in 1932.(The Mercury News)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Dublin BART station area will get big residential complex -A large transit-oriented residential and commercial complex is being built in Dublin. (The Mercury News)
Agencies Accelerate Efforts to Build Transit-oriented Development -Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not a new idea, but Bay Area bus and rail operators are increasingly pushing the approach because land they own near stations is ripe for creating affordable communities adjacent to job centers. (Bay Area Monitor)
BayArea's New Transit Station Reopens Parking Debate -Giant parking lots accompany sports arenas and retail centers, but placing them near popular transit hubs is still a sticking point among many city planners. (Next City)
Development interest springs across San Bruno -The site is in the area bounded by San Bruno's transit corridor plan, which promotes dense, transit-oriented development (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit -Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit for denser, more walkable neighborhoods (Curbed)
San Francisco health officials will now track electric scooter injuries. (The New York Times)
A shortage of charging stations for electric cars “threatens to become a critical bottleneck to mass adoption,” according to one recent study. (The Fresno Bee)
Walnut Creek High School Ranked In 2019 Niche List -Acalanes Union High School District was well represented in the Top 100 rankings. Miramonte High School in Orinda is ranked Number 5 (Patch)
Close California's Income Gap with a Clearer Path from Kindergarten to College Degree -Currently, a fourth-year high school math requirement for applicants is in the works for implementation by the CSU, a change that requires communication and planning between K-12 and higher education to protect equity of opportunity. (Sacramento Bee)
US pension fund suffers big losses on forestry land -Calpers, the biggest US pension fund, has lost hundreds of millions of dollars from mistimed investments in US forestry land (Financial Times)
California Supreme Court Rejects 2012 San Diego Pension Measure -In a win for public employee unions, the California Supreme Court has rejected a ballot measure in San Diego that cut retirement benefits for city. (NBC 7 San Diego)
Controversy simmering over gauging pension obligations -Representatives of public pension funds, including the $223.8 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System. (Pensions & Investments)
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)
It's time officials face the facts about public pensions -Transparent California released alarming data showing the growth of “promised benefits” in the Marin County Employee Retirement Association (Marin Independent Journal)
California's destructive summer brings blunt talk about climate change…Story.
It pays to work for City Hall: Hundreds of SF officials outearn governor…Story.
These 6 California highways are among the most dangerous in the nation…Story.
Fancy a home on a stone? Wedge of rock in San Francisco sells for US$1 million…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette supports strengthening federal background check system -Lafayette’s Mayor is asking state lawmakers to make it harder for violent criminals, mentally ill people and domestic abusers.
San Francisco has the oldest first-time mothers in the country -See how other counties compare in these interactive maps and charts.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Three of the five people who died in a plane crash in Southern California worked in the same real estate office in Danville. See Local News, above. (Photo: LA Times)
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