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News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
At the beginning of last night’s City Council meeting Steven Falk announced that he would be resigning as Lafayette City Manager at the end of the year. We will post more about this story later today here. At the Council meeting, Steven made the following statement:
It has been the great privilege of my professional career to serve Lafayette for twenty-eight years, and I am proud of our many accomplishments on behalf of this splendid city. Our residents are engaged; the city council is a model of civility; and the professional staff is brilliant in every way. The time has come, however, for Lafayette to hear a new voice from the city manager’s office and for me to discover my unexplored potential. I hereby resign the position of Lafayette City Manager, effective at the New Year. In the meantime, I will assist the organization in every way as it makes the transition to a new city manager. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this extraordinary community for so many years. I will always Love Lafayette!
Library Meeting Hall Renamed For Retiring Councilman -The Lafayette Library and Learning Center, at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., opened in 2009. (SF Gate)
Grayson Bill to Reduce Wildfire Risk Signed Into Law by Governor – On Thursday, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed AB 2091, authored by Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (EastCountyToday)
San Ramon Brush Fire Burns 10 Acres -Seventy-five firefighters from three departments kept flames away from a nearby housing tract, a San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District official said. (Patch)
Rattlesnake bites linked to weather, says Stanford research -Bites have been reported in recent years on Fremont's Mission Peak, Mt. Tamalpais and a residential area of Clayton near Mount Diablo. (East Bay Times)
The satellite radio provider SiriusXM will buy the Oakland-based music streaming service Pandora Media for $3.5 billion. (The New York Times)
Telltale Games, the San Rafael-based developer that championed narratives in video games, laid off most of its staff on Friday. (The New York Times)
Grass-chewing goats used in fire prevention get loose in Oakland hills - The goats were rounded up by firefighters and their herder and were soon back to work. (BANG)
Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to be carbon neutral by 2045. San Luis Obispo is aiming for 2035. (The Tribune)
Red-flag warnings were issued across Northern California as dry conditions and strong winds elevated the risk of fire. (The Press Democrat)
California is the only state that gives private accreditors a lead role in overseeing surgery centers, resulting in laxity, an investigation found. (The Desert Sun)
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles after controversy over long wait times, aging technology and improper voter registration. (The Sacramento Bee)
HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Walnut Creek City Council Expected To Rule On '1910 Noma' Project Appeal -The Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday could affirm a recent city commission approval of a proposed mixed apartment/commercial complex (SF Gate)
In Apple's hometown of Cupertino, a debate over the fate of an old mall epitomizes Silicon Valley's -Richard Mehlinger, a nearby Sunnyvale resident who's affiliated with the pro-housing group YIMBY, spoke to Recode. (Recode)
Cupertino approves controversial Vallco plan, sets stage for showdown - City leaders have made clear they don't want this plan built, but their hands are tied under state law. (BANG)
You asked: What to do about California's housing shortage? -New research on the skyrocketing costs in the Bay Area suggests that California must meet the demand side of the affordable housing crisis. (Sacramento Bee)
PRO/CON: Would Prop. 10 help or hurt California's housing crisis? -Policy Department at Occidental College, says the initiative provides local communities a tool to address housing affordability and homelessness. (Marin Independent Journal)
Portion Of Naval Weapons Station Set For University, School? – The Concord City Council is looking to evaluate their options for setting aside 120 acres on the shuttered Naval Weapons Station . (Patch)
CalPERS Rejects Pay Packages for 43% of US Companies -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has gotten tough on executive compensation at US companies (Chief Investment Officer)
Calpers Ups Pressure on Companies Over Executive Pay, Harassment -The largest U.S. public pension fund is taking a tougher line over executive pay. (Bloomberg)
Capitol lawsuit hints at the limits of #MeToo laws…Story.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill holding retailers jointly liable for trucker abuse…Story.
Anti-Proposition 6 campaign launches TV ad saying repeal of gas tax would put public safety at risk… Story
Voters want a gas tax repeal. Many California leaders call it a horrible idea… Story.
Audit: San Jose Should Slash Car Impound Fees by 80 Percent… Story.
Rough waters for California's not so public beaches… Story.
Wells Fargo to cut 10 percent of workforce over next 3 years…Story.
Instagram's Co-Founders Said to Step Down From Company…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
A Lantern Festival is Ringing in The Fall Equinox in Lafayette -Tomorrow is the first day of fall which signifies the approach of seasonal event for Lafayette Parks, Recreation and Open Space.
Scrabble said “OK” to “yowza.” Losers will “facepalm” after a “beatdown” while victors reach a state of “zen” using newly approved words.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Steven Falk, Lafayette’s longtime City Manager, announced his resignation at last night’s City Council meeting. See Top Story, above.
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