Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
As wildfires burn, East Bay parks taking preventive steps - The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is on task year-round not only to monitor conditions but also to work proactively toward lessening potential fire hazards in the parks and their surrounding residential areas. (BANG)
Cal Fire bans outdoor burning in Bay Area counties -The California Department of Forestry and Fire ... the state is responsible for in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties,. (The Mercury News)
Firefighters control 5-acre blaze in Antioch; arson suspected -According to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill, investigators were assessing reports. (East Bay Times)
Air pollution warning issued over fires -However, conditions will significantly worsen over much of Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties as the day goes on. (Curbed SF)
Backing off BART plans: After a contentious hearing featuring residents clamoring for stronger security and others saying that a "video analytics" proposal involved serious civil-liberties concerns, BART officials chose to implement part of their hastily assembled security plan (BANG)
2 Sex Assaults At UC Berkeley Under Investigation -The latest victim met her attacker through an online dating site. (Patch)
All Felony Assault Charges Dropped Against Bike Lock Prof. He'll Serve Three Years Of Probation -California convicted former Diablo Valley College ethics professor Eric Clanton of misdemeanor simple battery, but dropped three felony assault charges (The Daily Caller)
Alamo Car Burglars Trigger A Home Surveillance Camera; Image Captured For Posterity -If you read us regularly you know that car burglaries are especially prevalent right now, with roving groups of thieves picking off computers and musical instruments and a whole bunch more as people sleep. (News24/680)
Shooting Suspect Arrested In Danville For Parking Lot Gunfire -A 37-year-old Nevada man was arrested Wednesday night in the East Bay in connection with multiple shots being fired at an SUV (Patch)
Walnut Creek T-Mobile Store Held Up; PD Searching For Suspect -A lone gunman robbed the T-Mobile store in the 2300 block of Oak Grove Road, apparently making off with cash and a bag of electronics. Police are maneuvering in their search for the suspect. (News24/680)
Suspect in fatal shooting outside Walnut Creek bar takes plea deal - A Bay Point man facing murder charges in connection with a shooting death outside of a Walnut Creek bar two years ago accepted a plea deal and a 16-year sentence on Aug. 3, prosecutors said. (BANG)
Richmond hires new city manager from East Palo Alto -East Palo Alto city manager Carlos Martinez has been selected to replace retiring Richmond city manager Bill Linsday, who is credited with helping to pull Richmond out of financial ruin. Martinez will start Nov. 1 with an annual salary of $260,000, according to his five-year contract. With benefits and allowances, Martinez’ total annual compensation will be about $358,000, the contract said. (East Bay Times)
It’s final: Antioch City Council approves one-cent sales tax measure for ballot -It took the Antioch City Council only 15 minutes on Thursday to unanimously approve a draft one-cent sales tax measure that has been plagued with mishaps for the past two weeks. (BANG)
Kids Shofar Factory Event In Lafayette Aug. 14 -4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Chabad of Lamorinda: Join us for the Kids Shofar Factory!!! Make & take home your own Shofar!! Games, Arts & Crafts Music and food! Tuesday August 14 4:00PM. Free/Fun for all ages. 790 Solana Dr. Lafayette.
On Tap: Free summer concerts and more in East County - Returning for its third visit, a cappella group Rockapella will be joined Aug. 11 on the Bankhead Theater stage by The Company Men.
How vulnerable is your home? Study looks at wildfire risk in each Calif. county - As a new study by Verisk Analytics, an insurance data provider, found, around two-thirds of homes in seven counties in Northern California are potentially in wildfire territory. (SF Gate)
California firefighters: nation’s largest force, No. 2 in pay - Let’s just say I’ve got California firefighters on my mind. Throughout the state, they’re doing heroic work to keep the loss of life and property to a minimum in a mind-boggling busy summer for wildfires. (BANG)
A secret DMV office near California Capitol serves lawmakers and their staff. (The Sacramento Bee)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
A bad week for the Yimby narrative -It is not a good week for the Yimby argument. A series of reports, studies, and articles, claim that all they are building are more housing for rich people. (48 Hills)
'Yes In My Backyard' Movement, YIMBY, Grows As Bay Area Housing Tightens -As soon as Alex Sharenko saw the zucchini, he knew it would go viral. At a Berkeley City Council meeting last year. (Here And Now)
Home affordability hits 10-year low in California. Same goes for Sacramento region -Housing affordability has hit a 10-year low throughout most of California, new data show, as three out of four state residents an no longer afford a home (Sac Bee)
Fewer than one in five residents can afford a home in the Bay Area. (The Mercury News)
New York City Just Changed the Uber Game -Cap’s lock: New York City just put the reins on ride-hailing. On Wednesday afternoon, the city council voted to impose a slate of first-of-their-kind regulations on transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft. (CityLab)
What Led To New York City's Legislation To Cap The Number Of Ride-Hailing Vehicles -New York City passed legislation that caps the number of ride-hailing vehicles for Uber and Lyft. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Wired writer Aarian Marshall about the change. (NPR)
CalPERS earmarks $4.8bn for real estate despite market competition -California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) plans to invest up to $4.8bn (€4.1bn) in real estate over the next 12 months. (IP Real Estate)
California Lawmakers Slam DMV Over Soaring Wait Times…Story.
California Passed $15 An Hour Two Years Ago -- How's It Working?...: Story.
California Just Named September 20 the Most California Holiday Ever…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Sagamore Parkway Construction And Downtown - Ask The Mayor, a study shows more housing units will be needed in the downtown Lafayette area in the next few years.
The Ojai Valley is moving toward joining the “dark sky” movement, extinguishing lights that are not essential in the popular tourist and wellness mecca. [The Ventura County Star]
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The East Bay Regional Park District is taking steps to guard against wildfires. See Local News, above. (Photo: TripAdvisor)
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