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Post Date:09/24/2018 12:15 PM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect until 5 PM PDT Tuesday.  Area includes the East Bay Hills. Fire weather zone 511 which includes all locations above 1000 feet for the East Bay and  Diablo Range of Santa Clara county including Mt Hamilton.



Lamorinda small businesses survive hardships, still standing  -Sorrow felt in concert by two independent business owners who hardly know each other has been met and followed with courage and conviction. (East Bay Times)

Large House Seriously Damaged By Fire - A fire seriously damaged a large house today at 301 Castle Glen Road off Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek near Rossmoor, the Contra Costa. (SF Gate)

Lindsay Wildlife Experience explores potential move after 63 years in Walnut Creek - Executives at the nonprofit say they need more space to grow their operations. (Walnut Creek Journal)

Grab-and-run thieves hit Concord T-Mobile store - Three men are sought in the grab-and-run theft of thousands of dollars worth of items taken Monday night from a Concord T-Mobile store. (BANG)

UC Berkeley employee arrested in notorious NorCal Rapist cases -He is suspected in 10 sexual assaults in six counties, including a Halloween Night attack in Martinez in 1996. (BANG)

Groundbreaking for new fire station in Oakley -A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Oakley for a new fire station for the East Contra Costa County Fire Department. (SF Gate)



Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would have barred middle schools and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m. (San Francisco Chronicle)

California became the first state to ban plastic straws in restaurants unless they are requested by the customer. (The Los Angeles Times)



Introducing the softest politicians in the Bay this week -Yet YIMBY Action voted not to endorse Prop 10. Even though she's not Pope of the YIMBYs, she is their Jesus. Trauss' only record of public leadership. (San Francisco Examiner)

California's “Yimbys”  -Yimbys present themselves as insurgents; in fact, their position accords with the housing policies espoused by the American Planning Association. (Dollars & Sense)

Policymaker Profile: Chiu Chooses Housing  -His face hardly budged as he responded to criticisms in the legislature, both houses of which eventually passed AB 2923 by wide margins. (Bay City Beacon)

A Dallas man who died after an electric scooter accident earlier this month was killed by blunt force injuries to the head, county officials said Thursday — a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing adult riders in California to forgo wearing a helmet. (The Washington Post)

The Global Mass Transit Revolution - A new report confirms that the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in mass transit. (CityLab)

Like Uber, but for Cartographers -Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.) (CityLab)



New Contra Costa program aimed at curbing unemployment - Ten local groups have partnered with the county to form the Workforce Collaborative, the only model of its kind in California. (BANG)

Lack of crime reporting blurs transparent environment  -Roughly one year ago, Contra Costa Community College District Police Services changed the way information about crimes on campuses. (The Advocate)

Move to 16-week schedule provides shorter semesters, long winter intersession -The Contra Costa Community College District has been working on implementing this kind of block schedule for more than a decade. (The Advocate)



The Opportunity Created by California's Overly-Generous Public Pensions  -Americans are facing two very different pension outlooks. Most private sector workers contribute to 401(k) plans. (Forbes)

Report: CalPERS finds lead candidate for chief investment officer  -A former employee of the California Public Employees' Retirement System now working as an official in China is the top candidate. (Sacramento Business Journal)

Former San Gabriel Valley agency employees who saw their retirements slashed get tiny bit restored  -Al Darby, president of the Retired Public Employees' Association. (The Pasadena Star-News)

CalPERS puts $2.65bn into core real estate separate accounts -California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) has approved $2.65bn (€2.25bn) of commitments to its existing core US real estate. (IPE Real Assets)

Richard Costigan - Exemplar of What's Wrong with the CalPERS Board  -Since 2011, Richard has served on the board of CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in North America. (City Watch)

Investor rethink on creating environment for ethical investing  -CalPERS, US' largest public pension fund, is also overhauling its private equity model in spite of the financial success it has had. (Livemint)



In deadly fires, many residents never got emergency phone alerts. New law aims to fix that… Story

New California law: Garage doors need to work in a power outage… Story

Can California's next governor fix the state's problems? It depends on Palo Alto… Story

What ignited many of California's worst wildfires a mystery…Story

BART equipment failure fills Civic Center Station with smoke…Story

At UC-Berkeley, a Plan to Welcome Underserved Students Provokes the Ire of One Asian-American Group… Story

California regulators open another investigation into Tesla's factory after getting a report that an employee had part of a finger amputated during a workplace accident…Story



Lafayette School System first to launch financial transparency website in state -The Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) is the first local government entity to have a transparency website.



Spotify is creating playlists based on people’s DNA. The streaming platform is collaborating with Ancestry to suggest songs based on the cultures your ancestors came from.



Another Red Flag Warning has been issued through tomorrow. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Patch)


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