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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/15/2018 9:16 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette Tries Out A Second Right-Turn Lane At Moraga Road And MDB - The pilot will evaluate whether adding an additional turn arrow for right-turn movements in the middle northbound lane on Moraga Road can effectively reduce traffic congestion farther upstream (News 24/680)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Air quality in South Bay worsens, “unhealthy” levels throughout Bay Area -Thursday at 5 a.m., air quality levels across the majority of the Bay Area (East Bay Times)

Parents look for indoor activities to keep kids out of unhealthy air -The hazy sun in the East Bay silhouetted trees and shrouded Mt. Diablo on Monday. The fire has pushed out not only smoke, but evacuees. (KTVU)

Butte Fire: Poor air quality forces cancellation of Bay Area high school football games -This includes games at San Ramon Valley versus Monta Vista, Bishop O'Dowd versus Benicia, California at San Leandro and more. (KGO)

ConFire Sending Resources To Butte County To Help Fight The  -ConFire is sending a pre-positioned task force and a wildland fire engine to help fight the wildfire in the Butte County Town of Paradise. (Claycord)

20-acre grass fire burning in Hayward regional park is no longer spreading -Firefighters stopped the spread of a grass fire burning in Garin Regional Park and expect full containment Thursday, authorities said. (East Bay Times)

Firefighters extinguish Concord grass fire caused by model rocket -Firefighters extinguish Concord grass fire caused by model rocket ... Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokeswoman Tracie Dutter said. (East Bay Times)

Danville killing highlights growing tension over cops shooting into vehicles -When a Danville police officer fatally shot a fleeing driver near that city’s downtown last weekend, department officials quickly said the officer opened fire out of fear that the vehicle would run him down. (SFGate)

East Bay babysitter ordered to stand trial on molestation, child porn charges -A former private high school teacher and local babysitter was ordered to stand trial Wednesday. (BANG)

Bay Bridge bike path on west span would offer ‘breathtaking views’ — and a huge price tag - Despite an estimated price tag of between $341 million to nearly $429 million for the three-mile path, advocates are optimistic it may be possible -- one day. (BANG)

San Jose metro is nation’s 9th most prosperous: report - With a majority of its residents in comfortable neighborhoods, the San Jose metro area is the 9th most prosperous in the nation. But just 40 miles away, some neighborhoods in Oakland remain at risk, even after years of post-recession economic. (Oakland Tribune)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Philz Coffee Opening Nov 19th at Lafayette Mercantile

Harper Greer Opens in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

Great Expectations at Town Hall Theatre

Christine O’Brien: Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing at Rakestraw Books in Danville Nov 15th

Santa Claus is Coming to the Buchanan Airport

 

OTHER NEWS

Stagnant weather in Northern California has held smoke from the Camp Fire in place, causing stores to sell out of respirator masks and sending some of the most vulnerable to the hospital. (The Washington Post)

Retired Brentwood fire captain escorted caravan to safety in Paradise  - John T. Foster fought fires for 30 years in East Contra Costa County (East Bay Times)

A musician from San Francisco who loved California. An influential figure in the early days of Silicon Valley. These are the stories of some of the victims. (The New York Times

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

New developer takes on Walnut Creek BART apartment project, adding to its big Bay Area pipeline - Amenities in the project include a rooftop lounge, views of Mt. Diablo, community room with a kitchen, gym, courtyard with a pool, spa, and barbecue area. (San Francisco Business Times) 

135 New Apartments: Construction Set To Begin In Walnut Creek  -The current Walnut Creek BART station is being transformed into a BART Transit Village, featuring 27,000 square feet of retail space. (Patch)

How YIMBYs wiped out in San Francisco  -Last Tuesday, the Bay Area's nascent YIMBY (“yes in my backyard”) movement made its first big play in San Francisco politics. (Curbed SF)

The end of cash tolls — even toll plazas — in the Bay Area? - If approved, a system of all electronic tolling, similar to the Golden Gate Bridge, or open-road tolling, which removes the toll plazas, could be implemented in the next two to three years. (BANG)

At Bike East Bay’s Biketopia, Berkeley Mayor Promises to Pilot a Milvia Street Protected Bike Lane -At Biketopia–Bike East Bay’s annual fundraiser—Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin committed to an accelerated timeline to pilot parking-protected bike lanes on one of the city’s busiest bike boulevards. (Streetsblog)

Leading the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition can be a perilous ride (SF Examiner)

Lime launches car-sharing service: Seattle first, California city next - In addition to Seattle, Lime is talking to an as-yet-unnamed California city as a second LimePod car-sharing market. (BANG)

Jump bikes extend services in Sacramento (State Hornet)

BART still building parking, still ignoring 2/3 of its riders (Systemic Failure)

San Diego mayor proposes reforms to city parking requirements (KPBS)

Environmental impact of EVs depends on how much people drive them (Energy at Haas)

San Diego needs a lot more charging stations for electric vehicles (San Diego Union Tribune)

Head of CARB looks to a future of electric vehicles (San Diego Union Tribune)

Uber, which is moving toward an initial public offering next year, said its net loss was more than $1 billion in the third quarter. (The New York Times)

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

How One City Kickstarted the Ozone’s Recovery-In 1987, two dozen countries agreed to take steps to protect the atmosphere. For Irvine, California, that wasn't enough. (CityLab)

The United States could store enough carbon in natural landscapes to offset all the cars and trucks on the road, a new study found. California is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in programs to restore degraded wetlands and forests and in efforts to reduce the risk of severe wildfires through improved forest management. (The New York Times)

 

EDUCATION

Some Bay Area colleges cancel classes due to Camp Fire smoke - Residence halls, dining commons and student health centers will remain open at San Jose State and Cal State East Bay campuses. (East Bay Times)

Domestic violence cases up on campus -The annual Campus Crime Awareness Report for the Contra Costa Community College District was released in October. (The Advocate)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS slashed their pensions. Now they're trying to get their money back -The first California retirees to lose a cut of their pensions because of financial mismanagement by a local government are suing CalPERS. (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS shifts gears on private equity investment plan  -CalPERS is tweaking its new private equity investment proposal, switching to two ... senior portfolio manager, told the pension fund's investment committee on Tuesday. (Pensions & Investments)

New CalPERS CIO Can't Start Until January  -The new chief investment officer for the $361.1 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) won't be starting until sometime in January. (Chief Investment Officer)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

FBI: Hate crimes in U.S., Calif. surge in first year of Trump's presidency…Story.

US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan…Story.

Tough food-stamp requirements, help for CA growers at stake in Congress…Story.

Enrollment of new foreign students at U.S. colleges slows again in Trump era…. Story.

Cost of Building Southland Section of Bullet Train could jump by $11 billion, documents show…Story.

Google's San Jose Campus Triggers Lawsuit Over Deal's Secrecy…Story.

Waymo to roll out first driverless car service next month: report…Story.

Airbnb vows $5 million to fight homelessness in SF…Story.

Judge Rules in Favor of California Cannabis Home Growers…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette officials pitch need for rural fire tax in town hall meeting  -I want to have the same quality of life and same good (property insurance) rates the city of Lafayette has” said an unincorporated-area resident.

 

AND FINALLY…

The IRS is tired of getting bags of cash from weed companies. Last year, the tax agency collected $4.7 billion in taxes from legal cannabis firms, most of which can’t open bank accounts.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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There’s a new (test) traffic lane in town. See Top Story, above. (Photo: News 24/680)

 

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