Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Alternate plan may be discussed over PG&E’s tree removal project in Lafayette - An alternative plan may be in the works for PG&E’s highly debated pipeline project that calls for uprooting hundreds of trees in the city. (East Bay Times)
East Bay leaders urge veto of BART housing bill -A coalition of city leaders from Alameda and Contra Costa counties gathered at the Dublin BART station to send a loud, last-ditch message to Governor Jerry Brown. (KGO)
BART Faces Backlash Over Bill Giving It Authority To Develop New Housing At Stations - There’s a backlash to BART plans for new housing at some of its stations around the Bay Area. Suburban communities are worried they could get “big-timed” by the transit agency. (CBS Local)
Oakland imposes new rules on E-Scooter companies -The E-scooter companies will now have to obtain permits from the City of Oakland. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area's Runaway Housing Market Taps the Brakes. Will the Lull Last? -Local agents blame an increase in inventory, buyer fatigue, rising mortgage interest rates and over-eager sellers inflating their prices higher than even the region's turbo-charged market can support. (Mercury News)
Skimming Suspect Caught On Camera: Police -Police say the skimming operations have been reported in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties and could be an international ring. (Patch)
California fire department feeling the squeeze; decides to charge hundreds per hour for services -The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District board voted 8-1 last week to begin charging fees for some services rendered by the department. (The Blaze)
Water Main Break Causes Pleasant Hill Street Closure - A broken water main in the area of Masefield Drive and Hawthorne Drive, in the Poets Corner neighborhood (Patch)
Marc Benioff buying Time Magazine for $190 million - Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, are billionaire philanthropists who say they "are honored to now have Time as part of our family impact investment portfolio."(East Bay Times)
September 20 is Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night -The Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC) is sponsoring its yearly Candidates Night on September 20, at 7pm, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. All residents are welcome! This year, five candidates will be on the November ballot for just two City Council seats. Lafayette School Board have also been asked to attend and introduce themselves and speak for 2-3 minutes regarding their views on schools and education in Lafayette.
SF Bay Area photographer Bill Owens relives classic ‘Suburbia’ with 2 exhibits -As a staff photographer for The Independent newspaper in Livermore, Owens says he set out “to show who we are. What do we eat? What holidays do we celebrate? What does it mean to be American?”
George Takei’s internment camp story comes to East Bay stage -There have been a flurry of plays in the Bay Area in the last year or so about the U.S. government’s move in World War II to force Japanese-Americans into internment camps, for a couple of obvious reasons.
More than 200,000 drivers could lose the clean-air decals that allow them access to the car pool lane. (The Los Angeles Times)
California police, cities fight statewide marijuana deliveries - A growing dispute over where legal marijuana can be delivered in California is unsettling the nation’s largest pot market. (BANG)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Planners To Consider Downtown Apartment-Retail Project -This would be a larger version of a project first proposed in November 2016 by Walnut Creek-based developer Browman Development Co. (SF Gate)
Oakland councilman champions tiny homes for homeless students -Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen is temporarily moving into a tiny home Tuesday to highlight a potential solution to student homelessness. (SF Gate)
Why Building Apartments Next To Suburban DC Metro Stations Doesn't Always Work -Developers see suburban Metro stations as some of the most prime real estate for transit-oriented projects. (Bisnow)
Affordable Housing a Growing Problem in San Joaquin County -For about five years, Toni McNeil shared a home with her grown daughter near University of the Pacific with rent set at a tolerable $1,195 a month. (Recordnet)
How Los Angeles Is Trying to Address Its Housing Shortage, Short-Term Rental Problems -Short-term rentals are a problem for places like Los Angeles. The city is trying to ease its housing shortage with an ordinance that regulates them, much to the dismay of some apartment owners. (NPR)
Seniors Continue to Struggle to Find Affordable, Appropriate Housing in Long Beach -A $200-to-$500 rent increase, a protest by tenants who fear they may end up homeless and a landlord acting within the bounds of the law by raising rent have recently fueled discussions in a city full of affordable-housing facilities with year-long waitlists. (Signal Tribune)
Short-term Rentals Prompt Questions over Land-use Authority -While awaiting the outcome of a writ of mandate that will determine the California Coastal Commission's control over land-use issues in Del Mar, City Council at the Sept. 4 meeting extended the forbearance period on short-term rentals in residential zones. (Coast News)
Year One of L.A.'s 'Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentives Program' - After one year in action, the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentives Program has enabled a rare feat in Los Angeles: new development. (Planetizen)
Teacher Wages Are Lower Than Ever -It’s not just that paychecks are shrinking. It’s that the advantages teachers once had are reversing. (CityLab)
A prominent architecture professor who was suspended from Berkeley for sexually harassing a student and abusing his power has resigned from the university. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
CalPERS turns focus to board diversity in proxy voting -CalPERS voted against 438 directors at 141 companies based on the companies' failure to respond to CalPERS efforts to urge greater board diversity. (Pensions & Investments)
Calpers' Bet on Sacramento's Planned Tallest Tower Splits Board -Sacramento officials are cheering a decision by the California Public Employees' Retirement System to build what would be the tallest tower. (Wall Street Journal)
CalPERS Hits It Big with Infrastructure Returns -Infrastructure investments resulted in the California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) best-producing returns in the latest fiscal year. (Chief Investment Officer)
CalSTRS Takes First Steps to Restructuring Private Equity -The investment committee of the nation's second-largest retirement plan, the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), is expected to take steps to restructure private equity. (Chief Investment Officer)
NYC Pension Funds to Double Green Investments -The $195 billion New York City Pension Funds will double its green investments over the next three years, Comptroller Scott Stringer said. (Chief Investment Officer)
Santa Barbara City Council OKs Pension Changes for Police Managers The police managers agreed to pay an additional 4 percent into the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS (Web)
Pension Costs Underlie Tax Increases in Seven OC Cities -Those costs are only expected to grow in the coming decade, as recent policy changes by CalPERS, the state pension agency. (Voice of OC)
A $15-billion mystery: Who's to blame for California's most destructive fire?... Story.
Posting information like this is irresponsible.' ICE says raid fliers are fake…Story.
Facebook is hiring a director of human rights policy to work on "conflict prevention" and "peace-building... Story.
SpaceX to announce passenger for private moon flight Monday… Story.
Lawmaker Presses Trump Official On Banning Canadians From US…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Discover Lafayette podcast: Terry Huval with LUS talks about the nearly 10 years since Lafayette began providing high-speed internet -Terry Huval, Retired Director of Lafayette Utilities Systems, Discusses high-speed internet in the City.
Scientists identify four personality types: reserved, role models, average and self-centered -Sophisticated psychological algorithm confirms that some people are jerks.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Alternative plans for PG&E’s proposed pipeline safety project are being discussed. See Top Stories, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)
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