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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:09/27/2018 10:00 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



Longtime Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk Announces Resignation Effective January 2019 - At last night’s City Council meeting, Steven Falk, the longtime City Manager of the City of Lafayette, announced that he is resigning his position effective January 2019. At the Council meeting, Falk, 56, who has worked for the City of Lafayette since 1990, and has held the City Manager position since 1996. (City of Lafayette)

Lafayette City Manager Falk announces resignation  -Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk cited voters' rejection of two recent measures and BART's current plan for housing as key reasons. (East Bay Times)

Lafayette City Manager Announces Resignation  -On Monday night, Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk announced his resignation during the City Council meeting. (East County Today)



Search On For Suspect In Police Chase From Lafayette To Orinda Thursday -An apparent attempt to contact an individual in his car in Lafayette at around 6:35 a.m. Thursday sparked an apparently aggressive, high-speed chase that eventually went to ground when the suspect abandoned his Nissan on Highway 24 near the CalShakes Theater in Orinda and fled into the area on foot. (News 24/680)

The new Salesforce Transit Center will remain closed through next week after a second cracked steel beam was discovered during an inspection. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Salesforce Transit Center Scrutinized After Discovery of Cracked Beam  -The 1.2-million-sq-ft hub is the core of a transit-oriented development district, rezoned for office and residential towers. (Engineering News-Record)

Worker at Walnut Creek private school arrested in child molestation case - After Contra Costa Sheriff's detectives received a report alleging acts against a female minor and an investigation confirmed her allegations, Enrique Pina was taken into custody at his home and booked into Martinez county jail. (BANG)

Orinda PD Checking La Cresta Road After Mountain Lion Sighting -Police have suspended their search for this critter and a sheriff’s helicopter orbiting the area has moved along. So has the cat, apparently. (News 24/680)

Moraga Police Warn Of Mail Thefts -They urge residents to sign up for Informed Delivery through the US Postal Service. (Patch)

Trio Arrested In Connection With Alamo Bank Robbery -An Auburn woman and two men — one from Walnut Creek and one from Martinez — are accused of the robbery. (Patch)

Arsonist Who Started Fires In Danville, Blackhawk Arrested -Two people have been arrested on suspicion of felony arson in connection with a series of four vegetation fires. (Patch)

House Fire Under Control, No Injuries Reported -The fire was brought under control by 5:30 p.m., according to a Tweet from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (SFGate)

Fire Reported At St Mary's College -The grass fire was above the stadium. (Patch)

Short-Term Rentals: Regulations Under Review In Contra Costa Co. -Limiting number of guests, enforcing quiet hours, requiring business licenses are among plans under consideration by supervisors. (Patch)

New East Bay Ikea store rejected by city, for now - Dublin's Planning Commission did not recommend a new Ikea project at its Tuesday night meeting. (BANG)

Suspects arrested in Bay Area Apple Store thefts, report says - According to an Oakland police statement Wednesday, officers assisted another police agency in arresting multiple people sought on criminal warrants. (BANG)

Bird Causes Power Outage In Oakley -Nearly 4,900 PG&E customers briefly lost power in the area of Oakley in Contra Costa County this morning, a utility spokeswoman said . (Patch)



Southern California is entering its most destructive fire season as the Santa Ana winds, record heat and dry conditions add to extreme risk. (The Los Angeles Times)

Opponents of the gas tax measure filed a new ballot initiative to stop Governor Brown’s $77 billion high-speed rail project. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Refugee resettlement is at a historic low under the Trump administration. That is changing the makeup of California’s melting pot. (East Bay Times)

Political turmoil and voter preregistration have galvanized California teenagers, but many of them will be voting for independent candidates. (The Mercury News)



Walnut Creek housing project near BART beats back appeal -Danville-based developer Blake Griggs' site is an ideal transit-oriented site.  (San Francisco Business Times)

Mega jobs hub, huge office complex, hundreds of homes, eyed at San Jose BART site -Developers have proposed a transit village near a community of offices, homes, shops, and restaurants. (The Mercury News)

Voters in San Jose, CA to decide on affordable housing referendum -The bond document alone indicates the measure is not enough to completely counteract San Jose's housing affordability crisis. (Smart Cities Dive)

Supportive Affordable Housing Project Garners Funding from Housing Trust Silicon Valley -The property is located within the Lawrence Station Area Plan and the development will be considered transit-oriented. (The Silicon Valley Voice)

Transit-Oriented Community, Passage at San Mateo, Submits SPAR Application to the City -Transit-Oriented Community, Passage at San Mateo. (The Registry)

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)

What would a rent control fight in Mountain View mean for the rest of California? [The Los Angeles Times)

What YIMBYs Should Learn From New York's Hasidic, Chinese, and Bangladeshi Enclaves -For millennials working to expand the housing stock (the “YIMBY,” or “yes in my backyard” crowd), they offer lessons in pro-growth politics that work . (Slate Magazine)

FHFA debuts new housing affordability metric  -The Federal Housing Finance Agency just debuted a new housing affordability metric that aims to build upon the data already provided. (Housing Wire)



New sex ed program faces changes in Contra Costa County schools -Mt. Diablo Unified School District will go through some changes, thanks to a vote by the district Board of Education Monday night. (Blog)

U.C. Berkeley’s new universal locker room is believed to be the first of its kind in California. (Berkeleyside)



Calpers Chief Faces Short-Term and Long-Term Liabilities -Calpers, which oversees $360 billion in assets for 1.9 million police officers, firefighters and other public workers, is dealing with challenges. (Wall Street Journal)

Meriden officials consider retirement incentive offer to cut costs -The city is considering offering a retirement incentive program to employees in an effort to “reduce some short-term costs.” (Meriden Record-Journal)

Treasurer Calls For Investigation Of CalPERS Chief's Education -CalPERS board members have told the Sacramento Bee Frost was forthcoming about lacking a degree when she was hired in 2016. (CBS San Francisco)

How to solve public pension underfunding  -States and cities plagued by underfunding of their public employee pension funds are starting to link them to revenue producing. (Bond Buyer)



Gas-tax repeal backers to launch new campaign to halt California's bullet train…Story

Transbay Transit Center closed after crack found in steel beam…Story

NTSB: Air Canada pilots lack of awareness led to SFO near-disaster…Story

Inspector inches down face of SF's Millennium Tower to check cracked window…Story



Lafayette audit positive: City shows little debt, good standings for 2019 -City shows little debt, good standings for 2019. It’s easier to sleep at night when you have little to no debt, said the Mayor.



Vaccination rates in rich Los Angeles schools are as low as South Sudan’s. LA parents are filing for “personal belief exemptions,” while South Sudanese ones are dealing with a civil war.



Falk Announcement

City of Lafayette staff members react to City Manager Steven Falk’s retirement announcement at this week’s City Council meeting. See Top Story, above.


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