Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
PG&E, Lafayette tree-removal opponents gear up for meeting -PG&E and the grassroots organization devoted to saving trees from being uprooted for the utility's pipeline project are preparing to present their cases at a Lafayette City Council special meeting on Sept. 10. (East Bay Times)
Lafayette homeowners group to hold Candidates Night on Sept. 20 - This year five candidates will be on the November ballot for two City Council positions. Each candidate will have five minutes to introduce him- or herself and speak regarding their individual positions on various issues regarding our city. (Walnut Creek Journal)
BART ends emergency police patrols it started after wave of violent attacks -BART has ended emergency police patrols that it began after the fatal ... said Director Debora Allen, whose district runs from Lafayette to Concord. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Former Contra Costa DA accused of scuttling criminal probe into assessor Gus Kramer - Two prosecutors say they wanted to explore whether the assessor had engaged in questionable land deals and dodged taxes. (BANG)
San Ramon physician’s assistant gets federal prison in pill deals - Mark Allen Flores was sentenced to 37 months in a plea deal with federal prosecutors. (BANG)
Three suspected of stealing clothes from two East Bay Victoria's Secret stores arrested -Two women and a man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of Victoria's Secret clothing items at a stores in Walnut Creek (East Bay Times)
Heritage oak tree falls in Pleasant HIll -- who is responsible? -A Pleasant Hill homeowner is dealing with a huge mess and a lot of questions after a 350-year-old heritage oak tree fell and damaged seven cars. (KGO-TV)
Rodent infestation closes Sunvalley mall restaurants again - One of the affected restaurants was one of six restaurants that had already closed temporarily earlier in the month because of rodent infestations. (BANG)
Earthquake Rattles Contra Costa County -A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck Saturday in Crockett. The earthquake was felt as far as Concord and Vallejo, according to USGS. (Patch)
Danville Woman Suspected Of DUI After San Ramon Crash -A 43-year-old Danville woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing her car into a median strip. (Patch)
No Cause Given For Crash Of Plane From Concord Airport -A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released today on a Southern California plane crash earlier this month. (Patch)
Where are the Bay Area’s most vulnerable places for wildfires? - At least 15 percent of the Bay Area's residential land lies in what CalFire deems a "very high risk" zone for wildfires. (BANG)
Despite an aggressive advertising campaign by the state to promote earthquake insurance, only 13 percent of homeowners have it. (The New York Times)
CHP Arrests 969 Drivers For Suspected DUI -During Labor Day weekend, California Highway Patrol officers are ramping up efforts to nab drunken drive. (Patch)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Santa Clara County wants you — yes you — to help solve the housing crisis - Santa Clara County is asking homeowners to turn their spare bedrooms into affordable housing for low-income renters. (BANG)
Oakland voters are being asked to approve the state’s first tax on privately owned vacant properties in order to fund homeless services and other needs. (KQED)
Alameda council to consider big Oakland Estuary housing project - A much-discussed major proposal to add up to 589 apartments and condominiums along the Oakland Estuary, marking major changes to the shoreline, will come before the Alameda City Council next month as it ends its summer break. (BANG)
The University of California, Santa Cruz is asking professors and staff to open their homes to students because of a housing shortage (BuzzFeed)
Trustees back plan to build 70 apartments for Alameda school employees - Teachers and other employees of the Alameda Unified School District may get a bit of help with finding housing in the Bay Area's pricey real estate market. (Alameda Journal)
US pension funds 'must consider climate-related risks' -It requires the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System. (IPE)
Retired employee asks Hesperia to 'right a wrong' -Retired City Director of Development Scott Priester has asked the City Council to “right a wrong” regarding a CalPERS issue (VVdailypress.com)
CalPERS' Board Election Approaching; Ballots Mailed - Challenger Perez Faces Incumbent Mathur -CalPERS active public agency members can expect a blue envelope in their mailboxes in the next few days that contains their ballot. (Exchange News Direct)
CalPERS affirms confidence in CEO amid questions on educational background -"We hired her two years ago based on her expertise and background in pension administration, and on her outstanding leadership abilities.” (Pensions & Investments)
New Private Equity Model Could Push CalPERS Up in Global Ranks -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest private investor in the US, would likely move up in the global ranks. (Chief Investment Officer)
California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy California's Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that's ravaging their state… Story.
Trump administration warns California against 'safe' opioid injection sites…Story.
Francisco, rich and poor, turns to simple street solutions that underscore the city's complexities…Story.
‘Predatory behavior': Priest sex abuse report reveals secret Bay Area case...Story.
With thousands of Californians living in vehicles, lawsuit aims to stop cities from towing their homes… Story.
State prison officials investigating inmate construction of Victorian-style "family playhouse" for state prison official's grandkids…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette mayor: Lafayette named best city to start a career – This is according to Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, citing the career services site Zippia.
With new iPhones on the horizon, Apple anxiety heats up again - It's September, so it must be Apple launch time.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Lafayette’s City Council will hold a special meeting at 4pm on Monday, Sept. 10, to examine PG&E safety issues. See Top Story, above. (Photo: KQED)
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