Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Contra Costa DA vows transparency, to release reports on all fatal police encounters when no charges filed -Vowing transparency, the Contra Costa County district attorney has directed her office to publicly release reports on all officer-involved fatal encounters if no charges are filed, the office announced Monday. (East Bay Times)
The Warriors must pay the estimated $40 million debt incurred by Oakland and Alameda County for renovations to Oracle Arena, an arbitrator ruled. (San Francisco Chronicle)
BART rider filmed waving chainsaws around train car - "We've never seen anything like this before," BART said in a tweet. (East Bay Times)
Antioch EBART To Get More Parking -The Bay Area Rapid Transit District has good news for riders who catch trains in eastern Contra Costa County. (KCBS)
City seeks ways to discourage illegal sideshows -Scars where sideshow drivers were “doing doughnuts” in Pleasant Hill and Concord shopping center parking lots and in Martinez. (Martinez News-Gazette)
Californians: Everything to Know before You Vote CALmatters has created a guide of candidates and propositions in text, video, and other multimedia tools to help inform voters. Election Day is November 6. (CALmatters)
Highest Poverty Rate in the Nation: California's Self-Inflicted Crisis -San Francisco was sued for blocking the construction of an apartment building near public transit and with 10 percent of the units designated for below-market price, affordable rents. The proposed building's offense: It would cast a shadow. (Western Journal)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING
Election Could Unlock Billions of Housing Dollars, Ramp up Bay Area Development -Prop. 1 and 2 could bring up to $6 billion for affordable housing. If passed, the measures would fund a variety of state housing initiatives -building and renovating multifamily rental units for families making 60 percent or less of the area median income, for example, and to help low and moderate-income home buyers make down payments on their first home. (Mercury News)
Sonoma County Embraces Denser Urban Developments - Sonoma County supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a slate of policy changes intended to pave the way for new types of housing, encourage the construction of smaller, more affordable units and help simplify development in certain areas after last year's wildfires destroyed more than 5,300 homes. The new policies only apply where sewers are available. "Cottage Housing" is a new provision. (Press Democrat)
Experts Say California Needs to Build a Lot More Housing. But the Public Disagrees -Academic researchers, state analysts and California's gubernatorial candidates agree that the fundamental issue underlying the state's housing crisis is that there are not enough homes for everyone who wants to live here. a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey found that just 13% of eligible California voters believe that too little home building is a primary contributor to the state's affordability issues. Lack of rent control topped the list of responses to the affordability question with 28%. (L.A. Times)
Transit-Oriented Development Under Attack In New York Suburbs? -This isn't transit-oriented development. It's the opposite of transit-oriented development. (Streetsblog New York)
San Francisco may approve dockless bike-share expansion (SF Examiner)
Coast Rail Coordinating Council will work to improve train service between L.A., San Francisco (Santa Maria Times)
Driverless cars won’t help congestion, but autonomous transit could (WRALTechWire)
California's for-profit college watchdog fails to police as feds back down…Story.
San Francisco is allowing noncitizens to vote, but few will… Story.
Undeveloped acreage with spectacular Golden Gate Bridge views seeks $110 million…Story.
Auto burglaries in SF down 14 percent so far this year…Story
Oakland inspector took bribes from building owners, ethics probe finds…Story
A.I. Is Helping Scientists Predict When and Where the Next Big Earthquake Will Be…Story
Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids…Story
Huge Cluster of Octopuses Observed Southwest of Monterey… Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
NCIS TV-show filming will include simulated gunfire near Lafayette Cemetery -NCIS TV-show filming will include simulated gunfire near Lafayette.
Legal AIs beat out lawyers in a robot-human face-off. The bots found more flaws in legal documents than the humans, in a fraction of the time.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Contra Costa County district attorney, Diana Becton, has directed her office to publicly release reports on all officer-involved fatal encounters. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)
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