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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/26/2018 9:38 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette


Bay Area rain: ‘Steady soaking’ expected this week - But the rainfall will be consistent from Tuesday through Saturday, so no flooding is expected, forecasters say. (BANG)

Driver arrested after Walnut Creek traffic collision injures three  -A pick-up truck driver was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, police say. (East Bay Times)

Carjacking, Stabbing In Pleasant Hill Leaves 3 Injured: Police  -A man was arrested Monday in Pleasant Hill after allegedly carjacking and stabbing a man and then attempting to carjack. (Patch)

Oakland arson fires: Suspect in custody on one blaze, authorities looking for links to others - An Oakland man who said he has ties to the Bey family was in custody at Santa Rita Jail Wednesday night after his arrest on suspicion of criminal conspiracy in connection with one of several West Oakland arson fires last month (BANG)

PG&E Crews Restore Power After East Bay Outage -PG&E crews have restored power in Contra Costa County late Wednesday morning after an outage. (CBS SF)

Miramonte Students Mourn Teen Girl Who Died In Orinda House Fire -Emily Turner reports on students and school administrators heartbroken by tragic death of Miramonte student in a fatal Orinda fire. (CBS SF)

White Pony Express sends meals, cash to Paradise fire victims White Pony Express sends meals, cash to Paradise fire victims, although they principally serve Contra Costa County. (Martinez News-Gazette) 

Share the Spirit: Hope, joy abounds for Assistance League recipients and volunteers who help them  -The Assistance League of Diablo Valley volunteers provide service to those in need or at risk in the community. (The Mercury News)

CHP air unit, ConFire ladder help Concord police arrest man on roof  - A ladder truck from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District was brought into help officers make their way to the roof. (East Bay Times)

Confire Crew Rescues 7 People From Boat In Delta  -A Confire rescue boat crew was training near Sherman Island about 11:45 a.m. when they were flagged down by people in a nearby vessel (SFGate)

Concord Mobile Home Fire: Crews Spare 'Several Priceless Guitars' -A mobile home caught fire Thursday night in Concord, prompting evacuations while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. (Patch)

Stephen Curry, hero to Golden State Warriors fans, was uninjured in a multicar crash on Highway 24 in Oakland on Friday. He has, however, been recovering from a groin injury. Team officials said he could start practicing again this week. (KGO-TV)



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After claiming at least 85 lives, burning more than 18,000 structures and raging for more than two weeks, the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, has been fully contained, officials said on Sunday. But they warned about coming rain. (The New York Times)

This Black Friday was a historic one for e-commerce. Over a third of sales happened on smartphones.



San Jose mayor wants affordable housing mandate near Google development - The San Jose City Council will push Google to offer a range of community benefits. (BANG)

Can feds help ease housing crisis in the Bay Area and beyond? - As housing costs spiral up faster than worker incomes, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier thinks federal housing policy could use a shot of Silicon Valley innovation. (BANG)

Report: To Sonoma, housing is No. 1 concern  -The council has decided to focus on housing affordability and at a meeting later this month, we'll put together the steps we'll take to pursue housing. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)

Ruling mostly clears plan to upzone Seattle neighborhoods for affordable housing  - The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) policy is supposed to harness market-rate development to help generate rent-restricted apartments. (The Seattle Times)

Amtrak ridership through the San Joaquin Valley declined for a fifth straight year, despite adjusted schedules. It’s still one of Amtrak’s busiest corridors. (The Fresno Bee)



Menlo Park council studies options to address rising pension costs  -CalPERS has made a number of policy changes in the last several years that are increasing pension costs for cities across the state. (The Almanac Online)

CalPERS Starts Fiscal Year with Burst of New PE Commitments  -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has committed almost $2 billion to six new private equity funds in the first three years. (Chief Investment Officer)

US Pension Funds Turn to Riskier Real-Estate Bets  -U.S. public pension funds are taking on more real estate, and Calpers had an 8% target allocation for real estate in 2006. (Wall Street Journal)

City Seeks Residents' Opinions About Solving Unfunded Pension Liability  -The city has dubbed citizen participation in finding a fix the “CalPERS Challenge.” A website designed specifically for residents to research the liability has been created. (



Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be California's 'first partner.' Her agenda is cultural change…Story.

Defeat of water bond measure bodes disaster for the desert community of Borrego Springs…Story.

Oakland Catholic diocese delays release of priest sex abuse list until next year…Story.

California man shot 8 times, dies after checking on concerned neighbor's house…Story.

Longtime San Francisco journalist Ray Taliaferro missing in Kentucky…Story.

A dying mall near Apple's headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley's soul… Story.

San Joaquin River salmon make big gains, but don't call it a comeback yet…Story.



Lafayette City Council Approves Deal To Convert Old Federal Courthouse Into Apartments -The old federal courthouse has been vacant for more than two decades, but that is about to change.This after the Lafayette City Council approved the contract to sell the building.



We’re better at remembering people than we think. When we forget someone’s name, we have already recognized their face using a different type of memory.



Rainy Day East Bay Times

Plan to get wet the rest of the week, as rain is forecast for the East Bay. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)


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