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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/20/2018 9:18 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette


Worst-Case Evacuation Drill Planned For Part Of Moraga Dec. 15 - If Lamorinda has a devastating wildfire, like the Camp Fire in Butte or the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma, how well could we evacuate? We have evacuation plans but we’ve never tested them. (News 24/680)

3 Solid Days Of Rain Forecast For Lamorinda -Are you hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday? (Patch)

Bay Area rain: How much wet stuff is expected this week? -The majority of rain from biggest storm to hit Northern California in seven months will fall Wednesday with a brief period of heavy rain possible, according to the National Weather Service. (BANG)

Hours after teen dies in East Bay fire, fundraising page raises nearly $100,000 - A social media fundraiser seeking $100,000, reportedly for a family in mourning, nearly reached its goal by 4 p.m. Monday. (East Bay Times)

Carjacking And Neighborhood Chase In Pleasant Hill Monday - Monday, Pleasant Hill police successfully tracked and arrested a suspect carjacker who allegedly stabbed one victim for his car and who was attempting to steal another when apprehended by officers. (News 24/680)

Danville police fatally shot man in car over 'skin color,' claim alleges  -Attorney John Burris made that statement in a claim his office filed Friday with the Danville city attorney's office. (SFGate)

Contra Costa County Probation Department To Monitor High-Risk, Repeat DUI Offenders -The County of Contra Costa has been awarded a $328,181.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to the Probation Department, ensuring that high-risk, repeat DUI offenders with suspended or revoked licenses are complying with all court orders. (News 24/680)

Silicon Valley wages have dropped for all except highest-paying jobs: report - Nine out of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less now than when Netflix first launched in 1997, despite one of the nation's strongest economic booms and a historically low unemployment rate that outpaces the national average. (BANG)



Johnny Was Opens at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ sure to amaze you



PG&E transmission line eyed in Camp Fire had collapsed during 2012 storm -In 2012, the Caribou-Palermo transmission line had multiple towers fall down during a storm. That same line is now being investigated in the Camp Fire. (East Bay Times)

Chico Houses Selling Fast as Camp Fire Residents Seek New Homes - One real estate professional said it's possible that by next week there will not be one house still listed on the Multiple Listings Service in Chico. (KRCR)

Deadly California Fire Could Worsen State's Homeless Crisis -Jeff Hill lost his home and all he owned in the Camp Fire, which officials believe destroyed up to 90 percent of the housing stock in the town of Paradise, California. His employer, the Paradise Irrigation District, told him and his coworkers that they would be out of work for the foreseeable future because it would take weeks, even months, to get the utility up and running again after most of the town's infrastructure was destroyed. (NBC)

The decision to start construction on the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley without first securing land contributed to $600 million in cost overruns, a report state auditor found. Those overruns could require an additional $1.6 billion. (The Sacramento Bee)



San Rafael Exploring Options to Address Housing Shortage -Faced with a state directive to build 1,007 living units by 2023, San Rafael officials are pondering ways to streamline housing developments, avoid delays and encourage more housing. See San Rafael's housing report for details. (Marin Independent Journal)

A Comparison of Affordable Housing Policies -The general consensus by the Davis planning commissioners was that the previous 35 percent affordable housing policy was not feasible, and the only question was going to be whether the city could even make a 15 percent requirement work. (Davis Vanguard)

San Bernardino Declares Shelter Crisis, but Will Continue Enforcing Homeless Regulations -San Bernardino this week followed San Bernardino County and Redlands in declaring a shelter crisis, allowing city officials to sign letters of support for local organizations seeking millions of dollars in state homeless funding. (Sun)

City Council Votes 5-4 to Proceed with Housing Navigation Center -The San Diego City Council voted, 5-4, Tuesday to proceed with a proposed Housing Navigation Center that will offer services and programs to help homeless residents find housing and obtain medical care, mental health treatment, job training and other supportive services. (KUSI)

An Area That Once Built Its Way out of a Housing Shortage Searches for Solutions -Redwood City: Pam Dorr - who helped design prototype $20,000 cottages for Alabama's rural poor - had some idea about the housing shortage before she decided to move back to the Bay Area in 2017. (Climate Online)

Proposed rec center at Bay Meadows Park  -This is a transit-oriented development which is supposed to discourage automobile use. Residents are expected to walk or bike more. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Google to build massive transit village in downtown San Jose (Mercury News)



An affirmative action critic sued the U.C. system for access to admissions records just two weeks after the Harvard discrimination suit. (The New York Times)



How One City Uses a Trust to Control Pension Costs  -While this all sounds negative, the city, whose pension plan is managed by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. (CitiesSpeak)

'CalPERS Direct' Isn't Exactly Direct -It's called “CalPERS Direct,” but the California Public Employees' Retirement System won't own or direct the investments of the two planned entities. (Chief Investment Officer)

CalPERS' PE reform uses familiar model -The pension fund has taken these ideas off the table in the CalPERS Direct pillar of the new portfolio and states that it now plans to invest directly. (

Fort Worth City Council Tables Vote on Pension Fix Until December -The Fort Worth City Council voted Tuesday night to table a vote on changes to the city's pension system. (NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth)

City pension funds under scrutiny  -City Councilors agreed last Wednesday to review where city pensions are currently invested and to potentially divest retirement funds from companies. (BayStateBanner)



The mystery Camp Fire 'second start': Was it captured on firewatch camera?... Story.

What started as a tiny brush fire became the state's deadliest wildfire. Here's how…Story

California isn't built for 21st century wildfires—here's what the state could do about that… Story.

California Firefighters Use Supercomputers to Forecast Wildfires… Story.

Troops at U.S.-Mexican border to start coming home…Story.

California should spend $1.6 billion more next year to combat its child poverty crisis, new task force finds…Story.

SF voters just kicked the YIMBYS right in their backyards. Where do things go from here?...Story.

The Bitter Fight For Equal Pay At One Of The World's Biggest Surf Contests…Story.

Berkeley Law School Dumps 'Boalt Hall' Name Over The Whole 'Virulent Racism' Thing”… Story.

Thieves snap up rental scooters in SF… Story



Habitat building neighborhoods in Lafayette -The grant will be used to turn an adjudicated property donated by the city of Lafayette into a community space for meetings and a business incubator.



Every city should have a toy library. In the 1930s, the idea of the “toyery,” a public place for children to play with toys, gained some traction in the US. For the Atlantic, Alexandra Lange explains their history and argues for more of them, noting: “Spaces in which to play, and a constantly renewable source of things to play with, are essential to improving early childhood outcomes.”




A wildfire evacuation drill is planned for Moraga. See Local News, above. You can find Lafayette’s Wildfire Evacuation Plan here:


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