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Post Date:10/04/2018 9:23 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette




Construction begins on 11-mile ‘express’ toll lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek -Construction began on a new 11-mile express lane expected to be completed by 2021. (East Bay Times)



Lafayette woman missing in Kings Canyon National Park found safe -A hiker who went missing in Kings Canyon National Park has been safely located, according to park officials. (KGO-TV)

Woman Missing At Sequoia National Park Turns Up OK  -Diane Salmon, 63, of Lafayette, California, was seen by other hikers on her way to the South Lake Trailhead in Inyo National Forest. (National Parks Traveler)

Cell phone thieves hit four East Bay stores within minutes -Police said they were asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who they believe carried out snatch-and-grab thefts at multiple cell phone stores Tuesday night, including two in Concord only steps apart. (East Bay Times)

La Fiesta Square Planning Expansion to Corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Moraga Rd. in Lafayette - Last year we learned that Wells Fargo closed at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd. in downtown Lafayette and there are plans for La Fiesta Square to expand all the way from Luxe Home by Douglah Designs to this corner. (Beyond the Creek)

Contra Costa Fire Chief Named Chief of the Year by CalChiefs Contra Costa County Fire Protection District today announced the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs) has named its head the Chief of the Year. (EastCountyToday)

1985 Danville Cold Case Murder: Suspect Identified  - For 33 years the rape and murder of 57-year-old Virginia Vincent was unsolved. Now, her killer has been positively identified through a DNA match, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. (Patch)

New numbers show just how close most Bay Area renters are to financial disaster as they struggle to keep up with housing costs.

Tesla to face charges that it threatened to deport workers if they reported injuries - A federal judge in San Jose rules Tesla must face charges over its treatment of foreign workers at its Fremont plant. (Mercury News)

The first robotic farm in the U.S. opened in San Carlos, where fully articulated robots lift containers and maneuver around crops. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Have your chimney swept yearly for safety and comfort - If you own a fireplace and use it regularly, fall is the time to give serious thought to hiring a chimney sweep, before you light your first fire. (BANG)



Historic Aircraft Display  -Visit Concord: Historic Aircraft Display by the Mount Diablo Pilots Association. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for admission. First Friday of every month.

Discovering Eugene O'Neill's San Francisco -The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is in the former train depot, built in 1891.

‘Old Survivor’ film documents Oakland’s last original redwood - Using footage shot in the parks, the short movie celebrates city history, educates about forest ecology and promotes the outdoors and its stewardship.



California’s war against the Trump administration is costing the state millions in fees related to 44 lawsuits. (The Sacramento Bee)

The attorney general’s office quietly canceled its inquiry of a law prohibiting government-funded travel  to states with policies that California leaders view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. (The Sacramento Bee)

A court decision in favor of Huntington Beach, which aimed to exempt itself from California’s sanctuary state law, hints at the escalation of a legal standoff. (Pacific Standard)



New law could spur thousands of new housing units near BART stations  -Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law bill AB 2923, which seeks to simplify the process for Bay Area Rapid Transit to develop the land it owns. (San Francisco Business Times)

Big downtown San Jose residential complex on tap after land deal - Seattle-based Intracorp has bought a site in downtown San Jose where the developer has approvals for the construction of about 300 to 400 high-density homes, according to Santa Clara County property documents. (BANG)

SPUR's Regional Strategy report uses a scenario planning process to look at four uncertainties that the Bay Area will contend with over the next 50 years: the economy, housing, transportation and the physical form that growth takes. (SPUR)

US Sec of Transportation Elaine Chao ceremoniously formalizes grant to expand I-5 in Santa Clarita Valley (Signal SCV)

Riding electric bikes is not “cheating” (Forbes)

Bicycling violations don’t compare to driving violations (Outside)

SF Supervisors question city’s process for choosing among scooter companies (SF Examiner)

Wait, why can’t kids ride e-scooters? (Curbed)

Self-driving cars are coming, but so is plenty of parking (LA Times)



Redwood City proposing reductions in retiree benefits to address rising costs -In response to sharply rising public pension costs, Redwood City is proposing to reduce benefits for retirees hired after Sept. 1, 2018. (Climate Online)

Taxpayer advocate says pensions are 'bankrupting' Illinois -The pension system has bankrupted the state of Illinois. (Peoria Journal Star)

Worried about CalPERS? Three new laws could protect workers, governments -By the time they heard from CalPERS, their former employer had long since quit paying its bills and set up an inevitable decision for the pension fund. (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS Names 12 Firms not to Divest over Iran, Sudan -The California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) investment committee has named 12 firms it says should not be considered. (Chief Investment Officer)

Votes For CalPERS Board Election Counted On Thursday  -All voted ballots will be tabulated on Thursday, October 4, for the public agency member election for a seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration. (Exchange News Direct)



 San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón decides not to seek re-election…Story.

In the Mayor's Race, Will Oakland Become the Next Boston?...Story.

California to alter road construction signs that gas-tax repeal supporters see as improper political advocacy…Story.

Marissa Mayer, ex-CEO of Yahoo, riles up neighbors with plan to turn Palo Alto's oldest mortuary into a private club for working women and their families… Story.

Could Al Gore replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman? … Story.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds…Story.



Drilling activists, planning commissioner among 10 vying for vacant Lafayette council seat -In order to increase inclusivity and diversity, the City of Lafayette must make a commitment to increase affordable housing.



Students with acne get better grades. It makes them more likely to prioritize studying over socializing.



Freeway BANG

Construction is to begin on new express lane for 680 between Martinez and Walnut Creek. The project is slated to be completed by 2021. See Top Story, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)


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