Almost Daily Briefing (UPDATED)
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Mt. Diablo State Park Implements Burn Ban Until Further Notice -After a discussion with CalFire officials about the shortage of local fire department staff, due to all the wildfires across the state. (Claycord)
Details emerge about 5 killed in nosediving plane crash in Southern California -The plane took off from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (CBS News)
Martinez moves ahead with cannabis dispensary -The Martinez Planning Commission approved a use permit for a pot dispensary at its July 30 meeting. (BANG)
Oakland Assistant City Manager Christine Daniel selected to fill Emeryville City Manager Role -Fremont's Deputy City Manager. Daniel's education background includes a Bachelor's degree at Mills College and a Doctorate in Law at U.C. Davis. (evilleeye.com)
Bay Area’s most established antiques and collectibles shows take place in August - The Bay Area's most established and popular antiques and collectibles shows take place in August, including the Peddler's Fair in Benicia, the Antiques and Collectibles Fair in San Juan Bautista and the Niles Antique Faire & Flea Market in Fremont. (East Bay Times)
Largest California Wildfire Won't Be Contained Until September, Officials Say -Officials in California are warning that it will likely be September before they are able to contain the Mendocino Complex Fire - the largest in the state's history that has already scorched an area the size of Los Angeles. (NPR)
DMV scrambles with triage measures to ease the rising wait times at offices -People wait in line outside the DMV office in Walnut Creek. (BANG)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Bay Area Developers Investing In Offices Along Transit Boast Higher Rents, Lower Vacancy Rates -Gridlock has led to an increase in office and multifamily development close to mass-transit hubs and developers are able to garner higher rent (Blog)
Big money pours into California’s rent-control initiative - Real-estate interests are writing big checks to defeat a November ballot measure on rent control -- and the initiative's backer responded this week with an infusion of its own. (BANG)
Higher Home Prices, Rising Interest Rates Depress California Housing Affordability, C.A.R. Reports -Housing affordability falls to 10-year lows, extending into traditionally more affordable regions. Twenty-six percent of California households could afford to purchase the $596,730 median-priced home in the second quarter of 2018, down from 31 percent in first-quarter 2018 and down from 29 percent a year ago. (Wire Service)
Building Momentum for Housing through Ballot -The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to refer a $140 million affordable housing bond to the November ballot. Voters now have the option of voting to support housing in Santa Rosa, Berkeley, Napa County, and Santa Cruz County. (Blog)
California Cap-and-Trade Is Working - for Other States -A new report indicates California's much-heralded carbon trading program may actually be harming the neighborhoods it was designed to protect. (PBS)
California Air Resources Board Releases Proposed Innovative Clean Transit Regulation -The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released its proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation and a Draft Environmental Analysis (Draft EA) for public comment. CARB will conduct a public hearing on 27 September in Sacramento to consider the proposed ICT Regulation. (Green Car Congress)
CalPERS to vote on coordinating consultants' contracts -CalPERS' investment committee is scheduled to decide whether to amend the contracts of its investment consultants so they expire on the same date (Pensions & Investments)
Pension Funds Are Boosting Bull Market Bets as Stocks Climb Higher -Calpers increased its public equities target to 50% from 46% as of July. Calpers's assets totaled $359 billion as of Aug. 3. (Wall Street Journal)
Trump's Inaccurate Tweet on California Fires Now Appears to Be Actual Policy… Story.
Trump administration moves to open 1.6 million acres to fracking, drilling in California…Story.
Southern California fire forcing evacuation of 20,000 may have been intentionally…Story.
The crisis facing California and what will happen next… Story.
California poised to require medication abortion on state college campuses…Story.
California unions win another pension lawsuit. Will their streak continue?...Story.
California's rent control ballot measure triggers $24M fundraising battle…Story.
Union City's police chief learned of a disturbing assault on a Sikh man…Story.
Steph Curry dedicates showcase game to BART victim Nia Wilson…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
With Lafayette charter amendments set for December ballot, battle looms over council split -The amendments would keep the Mayor-President's office consolidated.
Sending Your Kids to College Increases the Chances You'll Lose Your House -New research in the journal Demography shows that if you wanted to know where the wave of foreclosures would hit next from 2006 to 2011, you could start by looking for places which had just sent an unusual number of students to college.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Due to the heightened danger of wildfires, Mt. Diablo State Park has issued a burn ban. See Local News, above. (Photo: TripAdvisor)
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