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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/19/2018 9:27 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Wind, rain from first storm of season to bring air quality relief to Bay Area -The Bay Area’s first storm of the season will bring up to 2 inches of rain in the North Bay, about 1 inch in San Francisco and half an inch to an inch in the East Bay, forecasters expect. (BANG)

 

LOCAL NEWS

16-year-old girl killed, 1 firefighter and 2 others hurt in Orinda house fire  -A 16-year-old girl was killed in a house fire Sunday morning in Orinda, according to fire officials. (KGO-TV)

Baker Concedes, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Set to Become District 16 Assemblywoman - In a tight election, Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan will prevail after updated election results showed Bauer-Kahan with a 2,170 vote lead against Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. (EastCountyToday)

BART gears up to build the biggest change to Bay Area transit in decades - “I think this (megaregion) thinking needs adjustment,” said Debora Allen, a BART director who represents San Ramon, Walnut Creek and other areas. (San Francisco Business Times) 

Lafayette beauty supply store offers Camp Fire donation service  -Lafayette Beauty on Mt. Diablo boulevard is accepting toiletries and other items that will delivered to Hope Center Shelter in Oroville (KTVU)

Walnut Creek animal shelter taking in pets from Camp Fire zone  -The Camp Fire is not just a human crisis, but animals are being affected as well. (KRON4)

Fire In Morgan Territory Near San Ramon Extinguished  -Firefighters extinguished a vegetation fire near San Ramon Thursday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said. (Patch)

Firefighters Getting New Vehicle Extrication Kits With State Grant -The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be getting a set of Hurst eDraulic extrication tools for their rescue squad. (SFGate)

CONFIRE Announces Aerial Firefighting Grant from California Fire Foundation and PG&E  -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) today announced receipt of a $12,500 grant from the California Fire. (EastCountyToday)

Homeless camp along I-880 burns  A small homeless encampment along Interstate 880 near Hegenberger Road burned Saturday morning, sending a large column of smoke into the already smoke-hazy East Bay sky. No injuries were reported. (BANG)

  

OTHER NEWS

At least 77 people have died in the Camp Fire, making it by far the deadliest in California’s history. Trace how it started with this interactive map. (The New York Times)

California Firefighters Battle Exhaustion From Perpetual Blazes -Said fire Captain Richard Hiatt and his crew from the Cosumnes Fire and Jeff Carman, chief of the Contra Costa department (Wall Street Journal)

President Trump visited the fire zone on the weekend and suggested that forest management was a “very big problem” in California’s wildfire crisis. (The New York Times)

PG&E shares rocket higher after PUC boss says utility will be kept afloat amid wildfire uncertainties - The state Public Utilities Commission has decided to open an investigation into PG&E's role, responsibilities and liabilities in connection with the disastrous Butte County inferno. (East Bay Times)

PG&E alerts state regulators of second power line failure near Camp Fire mystery ‘second start’ -PG&E’s second alert to state regulators of a power line failure is in the vicinity of a “second start” that Cal Fire said they were investigating just east of Concow reservoir. (BANG)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

BART announces plans for a second bay crossing (Curbed)

California Housing Becomes More Affordable -The group's Traditional Housing Affordability Index shows that 27% of California households could afford to purchase the $588,530 median-priced housing (Builder Magazine)

Butte County Lacks Housing Capacity for Those Displaced by Camp Fire -Nearly 6,500 homes have been destroyed by the fire - and the county does not have enough units available for all of those former occupants. Before the fire leveled the town of Paradise, the housing vacancy rate in the county was somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 percent. (Chico Enterprise Record)

California Awards Nearly $73 Million to Veterans Housing Projects -Fifteen developments in California have been awarded $72.9 million to help provide housing for the state's homeless veterans. The Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention program is a collaboration of the California Departments of Housing and Community Development and Veterans Affairs and the California Housing Finance Agency. (Affordable Housing Finance)

Santa Rosa City Council Considers Requirement for New Homes to Be Independent of Natural Gas -Santa Rosa may soon require that new homes be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift city leaders hope could cut carbon emissions and lend momentum to green-building designs gaining favor after last year's destructive wildfires. (Press Democrat)

Paso Doesn't Have a Place for Its Homeless. Now, the City Has Declared a Shelter Crisis -Paso Robles leaders recently declared a homeless shelter crisis, making the city eligible to apply for aid funding from the state. Paso Robles has no permanent overnight space. The daily meals served in town are distributed in an empty lot. (SLO Tribune)

 

EDUCATION

Bay Area schools closed Monday, Nov. 19, because of smoky conditions -Dangerous air quality and this week’s Thanksgiving holiday break has led to closure of some schools in the Bay Area on Monday, Nov. 19 and beyond.(East Bay Times)

Some Colleges Will Reopen, But Smoke Will Keep Others Closed  -Those closures include Contra Costa College in San Pablo, and Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. (SFGate)

Seeking Applicants for Measure G & A Oversight Committee  -Applications due December 7, 2018. Online Application · Download Paper Application.

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS Global Equity Program Gets a 'B' -CalPERS was also without a permanent person in the number two spot in the investment officer, the COIO, for five months after the early January 2018. (Chief Investment Officer)

Developer files plans to fill CalPERS 'hole in the ground.' What's next? -A plan to build the tallest building in Sacramento took a step forward Thursday when developers submitted an application to the city. (Sacramento Bee) 

Council approves refinancing CalPERS unfunded liability -The Ridgecrest City Council on Nov. 7 voted unanimously to approve financial documents (Ridgecrest Daily Independent) 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

After Camp Fire, cops patrol a ruined Paradise: 'There's really no one to watch over…Story.

Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and Into Fire Zones… Story.

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide… Story.

U.S. Regulators Ease Banking Rules in Light of California Fires…Story.

Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year…Story.

Brown Picks Joshua Groban, Appointments Advisor, for Supreme Court… Story.

California's budget could be on its way to a $29-billion cash reserve, legislative analyst says…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Council approves alcohol sales, still shaping budget  -Alcohol sales will be officially allowed in Lafayette on Sundays after 12 p.m. The Mayor agreed that was an important item.

 

AND FINALLY…

Llamas may unlock a cure for the flu. Scientists are using llama blood to produce a new antibody therapy that may work against all types of flu.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Rain Over Mt Diablo - Stephen Joseph Photographic Gallery

Wind and rain are coming to the East Bay this week and should alleviate smoky conditions. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Stephen Joseph Photographic Gallery)

 

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