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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/13/2018 9:26 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette City Council Member Mark Mitchell – Services Sunday -The City of Lafayette is mourning the loss of Council Member Mark Mitchell, who passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday. (News 24/680)

City Mourns Sudden Passing Of Councilman Mark Mitchell -"Mark was a thoughtful and dedicated public servant and we are all saddened by his passing," said Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin. (SFGate)

Lafayette Council Member Mark Mitchell Dies -A memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday in Lafayette.  (Patch)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Bollinger Valley Project Up For Council Vote Wednesday -The proposed 126-home tract has drawn concern. (Patch)

With and Without Face Masks, Shoppers Brave Smoky Air in Walnut Creek  -So much smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County flowed into the Bay Area that staying outside all day was like smoking a half dozen cigarettes. (CBS San Francisco)

Here’s how to cope with the smoky, hazy conditions in the Bay Area - There are steps you should take to cope with the dirty air and hazy conditions brought to the Bay Area from the Camp Fire, including staying indoors and running your air conditioner on recirculate. (BANG)

NFL considered moving Raiders-Chargers game to Dallas - If the air quality in the East Bay was much worse, the NFL was considering a plan to have the Raiders postpone Sunday's game and fly to Dallas to face the Chargers on Monday night. (Oakland Tribune)

Veterans Day Vigil At Hillside Crosses  -The event will include speakers, interfaith prayers and reflection, music and poetry, according to the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center. (SFGate)

Drop off bikes in Moraga for Cycle Recycle program - To date more than 3,600 bikes have been collected. (Walnut Creek Journal)

Two-car rollover crash in Pleasant Hill's Crescent Plaza sends at least one to hospital  -At least one person was hospitalized after a two-car crash in the Crescent Plaza area, police said. (Mercury News)

3.7-magnitude quake rattles East Bay, Vallejo -A 3.7-magnitude earthquake struck near here just before noon Saturday, and was felt throughout the Bay Area.The quake struck about one mile north-northwest of Crockett. (East Bay Times)

One week after election, many Bay Area races still too close - With thousands of mail-in ballots still to be counted in the Bay Area, the results remain up in the air. (BANG)

New energy provider begins this month in Alameda County - East Bay Community Energy is launching this month in Alameda County. (East Bay Times)

Six “suspicious” fires in 24 hours prompted the police to increase their presence in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. (SFGate)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Walnut plans Christmas antique walk, trees festival

 

OTHER NEWS

California’s deadliest wildfire grows to 125,000 acres -Air quality across the Bay Area remains unhealthy Tuesday, and is expected to remain that way until at least Friday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. (East Bay Times)

PG&E reported problems with one of its Butte County power lines around the same time the Camp Fire ignited in the hills near Pulga. (The Sacramento Bee)

Utility Companies Investigated - The California Public Utilities Commission has launched investigations into California’s two largest utility companiesafter both PG&E and Southern California Edison Company reported that their electrical infrastructure suffered malfunctions near ground zero of two deadly blazes raging across the north and south of the state. (BANG)

Stocks tumbled on Monday amid unease over tech shares, with Apple declining by 5 percent. PG&E’s shares fell by a third, reflecting concerns about the utility’s liability in the Camp Fire. (The Fresno Bee)

California has the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but the shooting in Thousand Oaks has left some wondering if it’s enough. (The New York Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

Burlingame officials examine general plan details -In the northern areas, officials are hopeful to capture the opportunities presented through transit-oriented development by allowing new homes. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Housing affordability remains at 10-year low  Housing affordability stayed at a 10-year low during the third quarter amid modest increases in interest rates and home prices. (Mortgage Professional America)

Home affordability hits lowest point since housing bubble burst  -Continuing home price appreciation and rising interest rates coupled with persistent labor shortages are contributing to housing affordability concerns. (National Mortgage News)

Can Chicago's Gentrifying Neighborhoods Grow Without Leaving Longtime Residents Behind - Like Oakland, Chicago is facing its own affordable housing crisis. (Block Club Chicago)

Lime recalls some scooters after reports they can break apart during use - Riders in cities around the country regularly report on social media that they've seen Lime scooters broken in half, often where the baseboard meets the stem. (BANG)

Electric scooters, bikes may be coming to Fremont next - The city would work with Lime during the one-year period to learn more about how the services are used in the city, officials said. (Fremont Argus)

 

PENSION FUNDS

City makes effort to save nearly $600,000 -In a move to save $592,000 in interest, the Portola City Council is making a lump sum payment of $400,000 to its CalPERS obligation. (Plumas County Newspapers)

California Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments on Public Pension Rights -The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 5 in a case with potential national implications as whether pension benefits. (Chief Investment Officer)

CalPERS Can't Find Enough Private Equity Commitments  -A consultant's review of the California Public Employees' Retirement System's $27.6 billion private equity portfolio has found that the current. (Chief Investment Officer)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

World's largest air tanker joins CA fight…Story

California wildfires threaten Hollywood sets and celebrity homes… Story.

State Sen. Jerry Hill says he is looking into legislation that would break up the state's investor-owned utilities or make them public following reports that Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison equipment may have been connected to the Camp and Woolsey fires burning at either end of the state... Story.

Will the Bay Area quietly lose another Fortune 500 headquarters to Texas…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette, too, is getting a new airport terminal… The city of Lafayette and the people of Lafayette have stepped forward to an economic vision which has Lafayette as a major city. 

 

AND FINALLY…

Satanists are worried Netflix’s Sabrina reboot is damaging their image. The Satanic Temple says the show is “promoting asinine satanic panic.”

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Mourners gathered at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette on Sunday for a memorial service honoring City Council Member Mark Mitchell. See Top Story, above.

 

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