Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Massive fire guts Oakland townhomes under construction - The large blaze at the multi-story complex at West Grand Avenue and Market Street started at 1:59 a.m.; there were no reported injuries. (East Bay Times)
East Bay housing development fire marks fifth blaze in two years - East Bay housing officials are rightly on edge after Tuesday morning’s fire in West Oakland marked the fifth massive blaze of an under-construction development in the last two years. (SF Gate)
Walnut Creek council candidates stake out positions on downtown, employee pensions -Though all five candidates for two open seats on the Walnut Creek City Council agree a balance in downtown development is needed and a growing employee pension debt has to be tackled, their approaches to those and other challenges somewhat differ. (BANG)
San Ramon mayor facing challenger in final re-election bid -Mayor Bill Clarkson, who is seeking re-election to his fourth and final term, is facing challenger and engineer Sanat Sethy in the November election. (BANG)
Four candidates vying for two seats on San Ramon City Council -The four candidates for the San Ramon City Council sparred over the hot-button issues affecting the growing city — whether to build more housing, how to alleviate congestion and protect open space — at a forum. (East Bay Times)
Martinez voters to decide on tax measures, city leadership in November -An overview of the local measures and candidates Martinez voters will decide on in November 2018. (BANG)
Oakland’s mayor, Libby Schaaf, ordered the police to end a policy that required job applicants to disclose whether they had been sexually assaulted. (The New York Times)
DA: Alameda city manager’s secret recording of councilmembers did not break laws - The 11-page report released late Friday concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove any criminal wrongdoing by former City Manager Keimach, who recorded Councilman Jim Oddie and Councilwoman Malia Vella without their knowledge on Aug. 16. (BANG)
'Vino' Found Wandering In Danville, Rescued By Police -An adorable puppy found wandering around near the Danville Police Department last week has been reunited with its owner. (Patch)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING
Bay Area tops U.S. in new office space, but lags in housing starts - The region is expected to open 18.2 million square feet of office space in 2018 -- tops in the nation and more than New York City and Dallas combined -- while home and apartment building has grown modestly. (East Bay Times)
Will San Francisco vote for a YIMBY? -Trauss, who moved to the Bay Area in 2011, hasn't been shy about speaking up about the local affordable housing crisis. Founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters' Federation (SFBARF) and a pioneer for ... Currently, there are 600 localities in California, and only, like, 16 have rent control at all. (California Sun)
Could Your Backyard Help Ease the Affordable Housing Crisis? -Part of the solution to housing affordability in booming Cascadian cities could be hidden in plain sight. (Sightline Institute)
California has a housing crisis, and Californians seem confused about how to solve it -Here's just one tidbit from California's housing affordability crisis, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. (American Enterprise Institute)
San Francisco Pension System Approves Divestment of Five Fossil Fuel Companies -It is one of the first actions of its kind by a US public pension plan. (Chief Investment Officer)
How Wall Street Drove Public Pensions Into Crisis and Pocketed Billions in Fees -The public pensions loophole helps explain why we read a lot more about underfunded state or municipal pensions teetering on the edge of default. (The Intercept)
Washington State Investment Board Returns 10.04% -The investment board's returns beat bigger rivals like the $360 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System. (Chief Investment Officer)
Why is CalPERS still a top investor in Russia's sovereign debt? -As of the end of June, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or CalPERS, held $460 million in Russian government bonds. (Los Angeles Times)
Experts say California needs to build a lot more housing. But the public disagrees…Story.
The campaign to repeal California's gas tax increase is sputtering. That's because voters don't know about it…Story.
Pay-to-play ballot measures are flourishing'… Story.
In Liberal San Francisco, Tech Leaders Brawl Over Tax Proposal to Aid Homeless… Story.
More than 1,000 striking hotel workers march through San Francisco…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette's Fate Ale House seized by city over unpaid taxes -Management is working diligently with the City of Lafayette to remedy our oversight and once again maintain our good standing with city officials.
Taylor Swift is smart not to let her shows sell out. The pop star made a lot more money by ensuring that only her real fans, not scalpers, were buying tickets.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
A massive fire broke out at 2 a.m. this morning near the intersection of West Grand Avenue and Filbert Street in Oakland. It is the fifth blaze of an under-construction development in the East Bay in the last two years. See Local News, above. (Photo: KTVU)
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