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Post Date:10/03/2018 9:22 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



San Ramon ranks as No. 1 place to raise family in Bay Area, study says  -The San Ramon Valley School District is consistently ranked at the top among California cities. (East Bay Times) 

More Than 2 Dozen Concord Families Face Displacement after New Owner Wants to Repair Complex -For seven years, Crystal Chandler and her daughter have lived in the Parkside Gardens complex in Concord. Now, she is among those who must vacate by the end of October. She is having trouble finding affordable housing to replace her current $1200/month unit, and earning $2600 a month as a dental assistant disqualifies her from receiving governmental assistance. (KTVU)

Oakland’s creative homeless housing solution expands to popular local hangout - Oakland on Tuesday unveiled its third Tuff Shed community, which will house 40 of the 65 homeless camping around Lake Merritt. (BANG)

Bay Area Man Arrested For Role In Charlottesville Riots  -Four California men were arrested in connection with the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters last year. (Patch)

DA charges Walnut Creek school groundskeeper with 12 child molestation counts  -Contra Costa County prosecutors filed a 12-count criminal complaint against a groundskeeper at a Walnut Creek private school. (East Bay Times)

Assessor Gus Kramer sues his own county over sexual harassment censure -Embattled Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer has sued his own county. (The Mercury News)


From the Lamorinda Weekly

Longtime Lafayette city manager resigns -In a stunning statement at the Sept. 24 Lafayette City Council meeting, City Manager Steve Falk announced that he will depart at the end of the year.

City settles with Save Lafayette for $650K to cover legal fees -In a settlement agreement approved by the city council, Lafayette agreed to pay $650,000 in legal fees to the attorney representing Save Lafayette, a nonprofit that supports slow growth and the preservation of the city’s semirural character.  The settlement capped a legal fight over the Deer Hill Road housing development that has gone on for years.

Hardware problems delay major intersection technology upgrade -Signaling improvements to the major Lafayette intersection that everyone loves to hate have been pushed back indefinitely until the city receives and calibrates the proper hardware from an outside vendor.

City to name LLLC Community Hall after Don Tatzin -Upon the recommendation of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the endorsement of the Lafayette Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission, the Lafayette City Council Sept. 24 approved the naming of the LLLC Community Hall in honor of outgoing Mayor and Council Member Don Tatzin.

No election for the Lafayette School District board -This year will see no race for Lafayette School District governing board members as the four candidates take the four open spots on the board with no contest.

A quick Q&A with County Superintendent of Schools candidates -Lamorinda Weekly reached out to Lynn Mackey and Cheryl Hansen, who will be facing each other in the upcoming Nov. 6 election for County Superintendent of Schools, about various topics involving education.

Moraga community groups sponsor mayoral candidates forum -Preserve Lamorinda Open Space, Viva Moraga, We WILL and Safe Moraga facilitated a standing-room-only city council candidates forum - with audience members ranging in age from toddler to retiree - at the Moraga Library Sept. 17. The three candidates running to fill two positions on the Moraga Town Council are incumbent Dave Trotter, Mike McCluer and Steve Woehleke.

Council fills Jeanette Fritzky’s vacant seat with commercial litigator -The Moraga Town Council Sept. 26 appointed lawyer and former planning commissioner Renata Sos to fill the vacancy created by the July resignation of Council Member Jeanette Fritzky,  who passed away on Sept. 28. The makeup of the council will now include three lawyers: Mayor Dave Trotter, Council Member Kymberleigh Korpus and Sos.

Bullying Prevention Month in Moraga -Mayor Dave Trotter issued a proclamation at the Sept. 26 Moraga Town Council meeting declaring October as Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying comes in many forms, including physical, verbal, sexual and emotional. Research has shown that it affects millions of American children and adolescents. Bullying has a wider reach now that cell phones and the internet are used as weapons to promote hurt and hate.

Update for Rheem Sinkhole and Temporary Canyon Bridge Reimbursement -Cynthia Battenberg, Moraga town manager, confirmed the reimbursement of $1.5 million toward the Rheem Boulevard Sinkhole Project. The payment from the Federal Highway Administration “has fully repaid the Palos Colorados Account, as well as, replenished $1.4 million to the town’ s General Fund,” she says. With a remaining $115,000 yet to be received, it brings the reimbursement up to 88.8 percent of costs.

Owner hopes for quick sale of Orinda eyesore -Following a rather long and difficult path, the property at 6 Linda Vista in Orinda may soon be sold as a teardown.  Built in 1939, the small two-story cottage occupied a wooded, nonconforming lot in the Orinda hills, on a little over a quarter of an acre.  The home was occupied for many years by one owner, who passed away at the age of 93 in 2012.

Upcoming EFO fundraising Read-A-Thon -Celebrate literacy with Orinda’s first-ever all ages Read-A-Thon from Oct. 6-12.  Sponsored by the Educational Foundation of Orinda and The Friends of the Orinda Library, the event is a fundraiser for the library as well as Orinda school libraries. Participants are asked to find sponsors who agree to donate for each minute read. There will be a variety of prizes for most minutes read and most money raised.

City Council pauses to consider action on trail easement and closure-It was a packed house at the Sept. 17 Orinda City Council meeting, due to a controversy regarding a 10-foot-wide trail easement that runs across the parcel that is now 53 Rheem Blvd., providing a trail connection from Rheem Boulevard to Parkway Court.

ConnectOrinda launch continues downtown development effort -The ConnectOrinda launch party - intended to offer multiple efforts to get all Orindans involved in the process of improving the downtown area, consisting of the Village, the Theater District (also known as Crossroads), and the area between them, including the BART station - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Library plaza.

Friends of Joaquin Moraga Adobe delivers second deposit to J&J -The Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe moved one step closer to ownership of the oldest surviving building in Contra Costa County when FJMA President Kent Long handed over a check for $25,000 to Matt Branagh of J&J Ranch Partners LLC on Sept. 24.

MOFD and the firefighters union come to tentative labor agreement -After nearly six months of negotiations, which included discussions with a state-appointed mediator, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and Local 1230 reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year labor contract. The union ratified the tentative agreement on Sept. 18.

MOFD open house features fire prevention exhibits and activities -Fire prevention has everyone’s attention, with some areas within the Moraga-Orinda Fire District lying in what Cal Fire calls a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.  MOFD Fire Marshal Kathy Leonard offers advice for all Lamorinda residents, whether living in a high danger zone or not, through this year’s Oct 7-13 Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

State Assembly candidates Baker and Bauer-Kahan woo Lamorinda voters -Incumbent Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, and challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, are running for State Assembly in the 16th District, and the candidates discussed what they plan to do in Sacramento for the Lamorinda area.

Four strong women featured in THT’s ‘The Revolutionists’ -It was an especially hard time for women in revolutionary France - when a woman was still considered a second-class citizen, and could still be beheaded for her political opinions. Playwright Lauren Gunderson chose to give a glimpse of the life of four remarkable women of that time, and for us to ponder what fighting for women’s rights really meant when one’s life was on the line.

Welcome to fall -I recently popped into Wayside Thrift Shop in Lafayette and met with Thrift Shop co-chair Arlita Smith and Clothing Team Chairman Jamie Peters for a chat and a tour. Wayside raises money for Assistance League Diablo Valley and is named for the historic inn, which it is located on Golden Gate Way.

Beloved children’s book author speaks at local Rotary meeting -Renowned children’s author and playwright Joanna H. Kraus spoke at the Lafayette Rotary meeting last week, entertaining the members with her recently published children’s books.

An historical look back at commercial aviation in Lafayette, 1965 -It may seem difficult to imagine today, but in the early 1960s the idea of helicopter airline service connecting Bay Area hub airports and some distant suburban communities was hot. Commercial airlines had not yet been deregulated and demand for passenger service was high throughout the nation.


A record number of Californians have registered to vote before the midterm elections. (The Tribune)



Huge BART housing bill becomes law  -This new law will allow us to simultaneously address housing affordability & traffic congestion in the Bay Area. (Curbed SF)

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Giving Bart Influence On Housing Near Stations  -Officials from Walnut Creek, Fremont, Livermore, Hayward, Lafayette and other city officials have said they don't want BART making local decisions. (SF Gate)

 Gov. Brown Signs Bill on Affordable Housing -A court had ruled that charter cities could eliminate affordable housing requirements. SB 1333 ensures that charter cities will not be exempt from meeting their regional housing needs. (Newark Patch)

 Affordable-housing Project Wins Key Zone Change -Housing advocates scored a rare victory in Palo Alto on Wednesday night, when the city's first truly affordable-housing development in seven years scored a key zoning victory in front of the Planning and Transportation Commission. (Palo Alto Online)

Better Car Design Could Prevent Pedestrian Deaths, Says NTSB Report -American buy UVs because they're safe. But they're more likely to kill people who aren't in cars. (Curbed)

Working from Home More Common Than Taking Transit to Work -Telework now ranks second behind only driving as the most common means of "getting to" work. (Planetizen)



SRVUSD to hold hearing on sufficiency of student textbooks, instructional materials  -Textbook quality and availability will be discussed at Tuesday evening's San Ramon Valley Unified School District meeting. (

California students’ test scores were stagnant for the second year in a row. By some estimates, it could take a generation for disadvantaged students to close the achievement gap with their peers. (CALmatters)



CalPERS to Review Whether International Stock Holdings Should Be Reduced  -The $360 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) will be conducting a review of its decision a decade ago. (Chief Investment Officer)

Lake Forest takes formal step to pay off only remaining debt  -Lake Forest is the largest of eight cities in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) that is current with its payments. (Orange County Breeze)

California Retirement Systems Can Continue To Invest Millions Of Dollars With Turkish Government  -CalSTRS and CalPERS can continue to invest millions of dollars with the Turkish government. (CBS Sacramento)



5 Takeaways From Brown's Last Bill Signing Session…Story

California is requiring more women on boards. It may not stand up in court…Story

DOJ's Lawsuit May Delay California's New Net Neutrality Law…Story

Martins Beach: U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal of billionaire Vinod Khosla…Story.

San Francisco ranks No. 1 in US in property crime… Story.

Alameda County Sheriff's Office shared inmate info with ICE hundreds of times last year…Story

BART's new fare evasion problem: One whole county exempt from crackdown…Story.

Northern California Tribe Treks 300 Miles to Save Its Salmon… Story.



 'Insane' cat population booming, Lafayette lures spay-neuter clinic -“I was just blown away.”



The most dangerous celebrities online, according to McAfee - Ruby Rose is most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware, according to McAfee's annual list. 



San Ramon Wikipedia

San Ramon was ranked the best place in the Bay Area to raise kids. See Local News, above. (Photo: Wikipedia)


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