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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/20/2018 9:47 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



Red Flag Warning Issued For East Bay Hills: -Officials warn of 'critical fire weather conditions' this week. (Patch)



County Judge John Laettner Faces Misconduct Charges The nine charges of judicial misconduct include sexual harassment of women lawyers and improper treatment of defendants. (Patch)

The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland -The East Bay has seen a widening gap between rich and poor and the displacement of people who are low-income and of color. But it doesn't have to be this way. (East Bay Express)

How the housing crisis segregates the Bay Area - Soaring housing prices are more likely to displace Bay Area families of color than white residents of the same income bracket, according to a new report. (BANG)

From the Lamorinda Weekly

Lafayette City Council candidates answer questions ahead of the November election -Lamorinda Weekly reached out to the Lafayette City Council candidates and posed four questions on key topics pertaining to Lafayette. Responses were limited to 50 words due to space constraints.

Residents make their case for saving trees and pipeline safety at special meeting -Dialogue is set to continue and chainsaws appear to be set aside, for now at least, following a special meeting which saw top executives from PG&E facing a variety of tough questions and concerns from residents.

Perfect weather for Lafayette’s 23rd annual Art and Wine Festival -By lunchtime on Saturday the festival was already bustling with crowds browsing the booths such as the one shown here - Tsalt, an Oakland-based gourmet seasoning company started by Cole and Tsatsaa Campi.

Mayor proclaims Gold Star Mothers’ Day in Lafayette -The Lafayette City Council issued a proclamation to declare Sept. 30 Gold Star Mothers’ Day - a day for residents to acknowledge and honor the sacrifice of gold star mothers and families.

Outdoor jazz concert in Lafayette -There’s something simply sublime about soft jazz in an outdoor setting and Lamorinda residents will have an opportunity to experience just that at the annual Big Band Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Lafayette Christian Church Courtyard Patio in the Grove, featuring The Lafayette Studio Big Band - a 17-person Count Basie, Frank Sinatra-style jazz orchestra.

Restricted access on reservoir trail while EBMUD repaves -Runners and walkers who rely on pounding the pavement on the loop around the Lafayette reservoir will have to adjust their plans as the East Bay Municipal Utility District will be closing first one side and then the other to allow for repaving of the trail known as the Lakeside Nature Trail.

Lamorinda EBMUD directors project continued water rate increases -The Lamorinda board members for the East Bay Municipal Utility District ran unopposed in the 2018 general election, so John Coleman and Marguerite Young will retain their seats for the next four years, a period in which they foresee water rates continuing to rise for their customers.

Candidates to fill Fritzky’s council seat to be interviewed last week of September -Eleven candidates, nine of whom filed on the last possible day, applied to fill the Moraga Town Council seat vacated by the August resignation of Jeanette Fritzky. The position will be filled immediately upon the appointment of an applicant, and the term of office will expire in December 2020.

Plan for fun at annual Pear and Wine Fest -The Town of Moraga will celebrate its 20th Annual Pear and Wine Festival this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moraga Commons Park. Admission is free to the public.

Edy Schwartz leaves deep mark on the town of Moraga -When Edy Schwartz passed away on Sept. 8 after a year struggling with brain cancer, the town of Moraga lost not only a former Citizen of the Year, activist, and visionary, but also a woman of rare quality, a seeker of wisdom. During the Sept. 12 town council meeting where she was honored, her friends and people who worked with her described her as a force that had changed many lives and influenced the town.

Moraga Auto Row may be on its way out of town -Moraga residents who want to purchase a used car can wade through social media postings, click on automobile websites like AutoTrader or stop along the west side of Moraga Way between School Street and Viader Way and literally kick the tires of a handful of cars for sale.

Orinda amends private street policy - residents unhappy; Gee votes no -The city council adopted a revised policy on accepting private streets on Sept. 4, with Council Member Darlene Gee casting the only negative vote and Council Member Eve Phillips recusing herself as a new homeowner on a private street. Many private street residents spoke at the meeting in opposition to the revised policy and of 34 written submissions, only two supported the revised policy.

OUSD welcomes new board member Liz Daoust as Rossiter exits -As Liz Daoust was the only person nominated to run for the open seat on the Orinda Union School District board; no election was necessary and the district was spared the expense.  She will take her seat in December for a four-year term, along with returning members Carol Brown and Jason Kaune, who supported her by running with her as a slate.

MOFD welcomes Truck 44 into its apparatus fleet -That head-turning, bright red, articulated fire truck that has been on training runs in Moraga and Orinda streets for the past few weeks was put into service Sept. 10 at Moraga-Orinda Fire District Station 44.  The $1.2 million truck is part of a major apparatus purchase approved by the district board in 2017.

Moraga Police Department investigates death of child stranded in vehicle-A 19-month old toddler died Sept. 11 after being left unattended in a car on Hardie Drive for several hours by a family member.

Moraga Town Council candidates square off on complex local issues Curated -Incumbent Dave Trotter and challengers Mike McCluer and Steve Woehleke, all vying for two open seats on the Moraga Town Council, discussed various local topics with the Lamorinda Weekly.

Candidates for Orinda City Council comment on current issues -The Lamorinda Weekly posed questions about issues that are likely to come before the Orinda City Council during its upcoming term to the five candidates running to fill the three positions that are on the ballot in November: Amy Worth, Eve Phillips, Nick Kosla, Kathleen Jenkins, and Dennis Fay.   Owing to space limitations, candidates were limited to only 50 words per answer.

Paintings from Spain -Allison McCrady has been a fixture of the Lamorinda art scene for many years, creating plein-air and abstract paintings and owning the AMFA Art Gallery that offered interesting art in the Theatre Square gallery for many years. Then she hung up the keys, packed her bags and flew to Spain where she let the brilliant Mediterranean sun flood her canvas.

Tradition lives on for longtime Moraga family -Two-and-a-half-year-old Clark Frazier loves playing with the wheelbarrow at St. Mark’s Nursery School in Orinda; his sister, Marley, 4 and a half and a recent St. Mark’s graduate, loved playing in the nursery school’s lofted doll house.

Gold Coast Chamber 19th’s season: a story of collaboration -The Gold Coast Chamber ensemble and its artistic director Pamela Freund-Striplen are an integral part of the new wave of chamber music companies that present powerful public programs incorporating different sets of musicians coming from a larger pool of professionals. Freund-Striplen has created the 2018-19 season in collaboration with several different groups, curating the programs with them and bringing to Lafayette world-class performances.

Volunteer visits help seniors stay in their homes -Iris Timmerman, a former nurse, has difficulty hearing, so socializing in groups is too difficult, but thanks to a program offered through John Muir Health, Lafayette volunteer Leonora Holmes, age 63, has been making a difference in Timmerman’s life for nearly a year now.

Cancer survivor brings comfort to UCSF pediatric oncology patients -Acalanes senior Colby Suppiger, a Life Scout rank in Troop 224, is a cancer survivor who chose to give back a “whole big bunch” and then some, working tirelessly on his Eagle Scout project, which took over his entire garage and house, and involved over 45 people and 165 hours to make 250 blankets for children who will be undergoing chemotherapy at UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital in San Francisco and Oakland.

Magic returns to the Rheem Theatre for two shows on Sept. 22 -Time flies when magic is involved.  It has been over a year since illusionist Timothy James has performed at the Rheem Theatre in Moraga.  James’ shows in 2017 amazed Lamorinda residents with six sell-out performances.   His sleight-of-hand artistry, knack for reading thoughts, predicting futures, and uncovering strange coincidences that defy explanation, will astonish all in attendance.

‘Black odyssey’ back at Cal Shakes -Last year Cal Shakes created a premier of Marcus Gardley’s play, “black odyssey,” re-set in Oakland. The epic story of Ulysses Lincoln, on his long journey home from the war in Afghanistan, was an all-time success both with the public and critics, winning the company numerous awards.

Cadets with a cause -Girl Scout Troop 33134 began their first year at Stanley Middle School on the heals of completing their Bronze Project and graduating to Cadets.


Tonight: September 20 is Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night -The Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC) is sponsoring its yearly Candidates Night on Sept. 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. 

Please note: The City of Lafayette has scheduled a community meeting to talk about the potential for a Park Theater Revival. The meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, at 6pm, at City Offices in Room 240. Mayor Tatzin & Vice Mayor Burks will attend. City Offices are located at 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd and the meeting room is on the second floor.

Please note: Lafayette City Office-Staff Meeting Closure -Lafayette City Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday, Sept. 26, for an All Staff Meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience.



The Mendocino Complex Fire — the largest recorded in state history — is now fully contained. (The Sacramento Bee)



Sen. Glazer, Assemblywoman Baker & East Bay Officials Call on Governor to Veto AB 2923 –Urge Brown to veto AB 2923, which passed the Legislature in the final days of the 2018 session. (EastCountyToday)

Tri-Valley leaders oppose BART housing bill -As of Tuesday afternoon, the governor has taken no action on AB 2923. (Pleasanton Weekly)

Can Transit Improvements Lead to Gentrification? Scott Wiener's SB 827, which would have set statewide height minimums for zoning near transit, and AB 2923, which would give BART zoning control. (East Bay Express)

San Jose: Deals clear way for 300 affordable apartments downtown -Google is planning a mixed-use, transit-oriented community of offices, homes, shops, restaurants and open spaces. (The Mercury News)

Why do so many affordable-housing advocates reject the law of supply and demand?  - “Let's talk about California, and specifically our region,” Zelda Bronstein, a former Berkeley planning commissioner, wrote in 2016. (Washington Post)

When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders -For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy. (CityLab)

Oakland to crack down on e-scooters - The e-scooter companies will have to get permits from Oakland and follow the rules. (BANG)

Adults in California will be able to ride motorized scooters without a helmet after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that scrapped the requirement. (San Francisco Chronicle)



Unions are putting thousands into a CalPERS election. Will workers actually vote? -Mathur, a financial analyst for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, has been endorsed by State Controller Betty Yee. (Sacramento Bee)

Calpers Ups Pressure on Companies Over Executive Pay, Harassment  -Calpers, which for years has talked with companies about topics it considers important, also voted against 438 directors (Bloomberg)

Council to discuss bonding CalPERS unfunded liability today  -According to a staff report, the city currently has an unfunded actuarial liability to CalPERS of approximately $18,810,484. (Ridgecrest Daily Independent)

NYC pensions told not to worry about yield curve flattening  -The flattening of the U.S. Treasury yield curve can be a misleading signal of recession, New York City's Bureau of Asset Management said. (Bond Buyer)

Fort Worth approves budget. Why a tragedy has temporarily put pension fix on hold  -If nothing is done to shore up the Fort Worth Employee's Retirement Fund, ... The city has 4,009 general employees with 2,082 hired since 2011. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

Little room for error when it comes to Cincinnati's pension fund, officials say  -Cincinnati Retirement System officials say that the 2015 pension changes approved by the city, retirees and the federal courts will ease the system's burden. (Cincinnati Business Courier)



Sidewalk vending is decriminalized across California…Story.

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products…Story.

Berkeley city council resolution requires vegan food to be served at city events and meetings once a week… Story.

Bay Area motorists lead the state in hitting wild animals…Story.

Speier pushes for federal funding to help preserve San Francisco Bay…Story.



Lafayette Oatmeal Festival Is Toast  - This according to Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Director of Events and Marketing.



Cathay Pacific spelled its own name wrong on a plane. The Boeing 777 flew to Hong Kong emblazoned with the name “Cathay Paciic.”



Fire Danger High Patch

Be vigilant and protect against the chance of wildfires during this current Red Flag Warning. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Patch)



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