Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Streets closing for the 26th Annual Reservoir Run -The Course runs on Mt. Diablo Blvd. between Moraga Road and Lafayette Reservoir. Mt. Diablo East Bound will be closed at Paulson Court. (FOX 15)
Grass fire near Chevron pipeline in Bay Point, 1,400 homes evacuated -Pittsburg police and Contra Costa sheriff's deputies are helping to carry out evacuations near the pipeline's location at Poinsettia and Suisun avenues, ConFire spokesman Steve Hill said. (East Bay Times)
Orinda adopts tougher gun storage restrictions -The Orinda ordinance specifies a violation will amount to an infraction. (East Bay Times)
Storm drains, roads, retail emerge among key issues in Moraga council race - Storm drains, roads, retail emerge among key issues in Moraga council race. (East Bay Times)
County asks for further investigation of Clayton Valley Charter High School, will refer to the district attorney - After a contentious discussion that lasted roughly two hours, the Contra Costa County Board of Education decided Wednesday night to continue investigating the possible misuse of funds at and alleged mismanagement of Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord. (BANG)
'Masked Bandit' On The Loose In Concord -Announcement from the Concord Police Department: Masked Bandit Captured on Video. (Patch)
Delta’s largest wetlands restoration project kicks off in Oakley -The project is part of the state’s California EcoRestore, an initiative to restore 30,000 acres. (BANG)
San Francisco area has the worst roads in the nation, per new report -The Bay Area has the worst roads in the nation, according to a new report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group, that seeks to bolster a campaign by California transit officials to preserve the state’s recent gas tax hike. (SF Gate)
Higher California gas tax only a tiny reason for higher prices - In case you didn't know, parking on an off-ramp or along the shoulder of a freeway is not only dangerous but it's for emergencies only. (BANG)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING
District Weighs Plan to Convert Schools to Teacher Housing - San Jose Unified school district has drafted a plan to convert aging buildings or schools with declining enrollment into housing for area teachers. Residents oppose the plan, wishing to preserve the schools. (NBC)
Public Works Site Transformed Into Affordable Housing -Paradise Creek brings 201 units to San Diego County, with 92 affordable homes available for families earning between 30% and 50% of the area median income. (Affordable Housing Finance)
Council Lauds Rise of "Accessory Dwelling Units" -Buoyed by a recent boom in accessory dwelling units, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Monday to make further revisions to the city's zoning laws, with the goal of encouraging even more such units at a time when other housing types are in short supply. (Palo Alto Online)
Bay Area Permitted More Housing in 2017, but Acute Shortfall of Affordable Housing Persists -New Association of Bay Area Governments data reveals that Bay Area cities and counties permitted 27,103 new housing units in 2017, more than either 2016 (20,868) or 2015 (20,495); but only 18 percent of these units were for very-low-, low- or moderate-income residents-far below the 58 percent required by CA Housing and Community Development Department. (PR Newswire)
Breed to Announce Search for Director to Slash Housing Permitting Times - SF Mayor London Breed wants to speed housing production, so she's going hire someone to steer projects through San Francisco's famously cumbersome permitting process. (SF Chronicle)
The dispute over a homeless housing complex in Fullerton is just one example of “not in my backyard” battles playing out across the state. (SCPR)
A long-term solution for e-scooter shares (The Atlantic)
Report finds that half of the congestion in SF is from Uber, Lyft (SF Examiner)
The housing crisis in Oakland: too little, too late? (UC Berkeley)
New York’s empty storefronts could be a warning for others (CityLab)
What Local Climate Actions Would Have the Greatest Impact -In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast. (CityLab)
As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in "Cycle" of Damage and Repair -An examination of projects across the country's ever-expanding flood zones reveals that decisions to rebuild in place, often made seemingly in defiance of climate change, have at times left structures just as defenseless against the next storm. (New York Times)
Retirement fund switch cost Amesbury employees thousands of dollars -For decades, the city has offered employees a chance to invest in an interest-earning program overseen by a national company. (The Daily News of Newburyport)
City increases guarantee for firefighter pension fund -The city has an agreement with the Firefighters Relief Association where if the association is unable to fund the pension benefit. (Bemidji Pioneer)
NAACP leader opposes rent control bid while taking real estate money… Story.
In East Bay Assembly race, differences in approach overshadow agreement on policy…Story.
Drugmakers Funnel Millions To Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus…Story.
Public Art Proposal Was the Last Straw for Environmentalists…Story.
The new hotness for tech billionaires? Do-gooder investments they can write off on their taxes…Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette City Hall getting ready for 3rd move in 5 years -The Mayor said it will be a big benefit for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation.
Instagram has a big sexual harassment problem. The home of aspirational and positive content has an ugly underbelly of toxic behavior.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Res Run for Education is this Sunday. See street closure information in Top Story, above. For more information visit https://lafayettechamber.org/resrun/
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