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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:11/27/2018 9:31 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

LOCAL NEWS

BART rides getting quieter with repairs to steel wheels -As recently as last year, the ride between BART’s Glen Park and Balboa Park stations was a screeching cacophony, as the rail system’s old cylindrical wheels scraped on its corrugated rail. (SF Chronicle)

Bay Area Transit Agency Thinking About a Second Transbay Tube -The International Railway Journal reports that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) board of directors took up the subject of a second tunnel under San Francisco Bay at its Nov. 15 meeting. (Next City)

Three separate storms to hit Bay Area this week starting Tuesday -The initial storm is anticipated to start showering the city about 2 p.m., and though it will be weak, it will make roadways wet for the afternoon and evening commute, said Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. (SF Gate)

Walnut Creek PD Releases Pictures Of Phone Snatcher’s Van -Investigators in Walnut Creek are looking for a man they say caused a juvenile to fall from his scooter, making off with his cell phone while the youth was on the ground. (News 24/680)

Library Lines: County system offers wealth of digital resources -The Contra Costa County Library system offers so much more than just books. Your library card gives you 24-7 access to all the digital resources available at ccclib.org, and it’s all free. (East Bay Times)

Two Nabbed After Wild Dash For County Line Monday -Two people in a stolen car led police from several local agencies on a hairy chase out Camino Tassajara towards Dublin Monday and were taken into custody after crashing into a power pole and fleeing on foot.  (News 24/680)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Santa Coming In For Early Landing At Buchanan Field

Vans Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

Seniors hike, other events on tap at Berkeley’s Tilden

The Lash Lounge Opens in The Orchards at Walnut Creek

Concord to light up holidays at Todos Santos Plaza

 

OTHER NEWS

It’s officially O.K. to eat romaine again — as long as it wasn’t grown on California’s north or central coast. (The New York Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

The Bay Area's most controversial housing projects - Despite the fact that the region is starved for housing stock that doesn’t mean that developers’ proposals for new homes pass quickly or smoothly. (SF Business Times)

As Housing Pressures Increase In The Bay Area, Multifamily Developers Focus On Contra Costa  - “We always wanted to be in Walnut Creek,” Bay Rock Multifamily CEO Stuart Gruendl said during Bisnow's Future of Contra Costa County event. (Bisnow)

Concord Rent Review Program On City Council Agenda  -The Concord City Council will hear feedback Tuesday from city staff and residents regarding programs for physical inspections (Patch)

The Homeless Crisis Is Getting Worse in America's Richest Cities -It was just after 10 p.m. on an overcast September night in Los Angeles, and L. was tired from a long day of class prep, teaching, and grading papers. (Bloomberg)

Why are cities so unaffordable? A crowdfunded film finds out  -Governments are under pressure to boost housing affordability and fix the growing problem of urban homelessness. (Reuters)

 

EDUCATION

Gift of $26.8 million from real estate mogul and wife biggest in SFSU history -Half a century after graduating from San Francisco State University, a pair of alumni are giving their old school $26.8 million. (SF Chronicle)

LAUSD to Explore Housing and Wraparound Service Provision for its 17,000+ Homeless Students -In response to the problem of homelessness among youth in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the school board approved a resolution directing Superintendent Austin Beutner to “explore innovative solutions to provide permanent and or interim housing for homeless students and their families,” (Streetsblog California)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Who's Going to Pay for LA's Unsustainable Pension Plans? - The City's two pension plans had a 9.75% return on its investment portfolio of $36 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 (City Watch)

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 )

Outgoing California governor seeks court decision on pension reform  -Teachers, school districts, and state taxpayers are shelling out more each year to try to salvage California's teacher pension program. (Education Dive)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

In Trump administration's third visit to Paradise, the message remains clear: Thin the forests…Story

California Firefighters Recount Historic Blaze: 'There Wasn't Anything That Wasn't on Fire…Story.

Billion-dollar deal: Google pays $1 billion for huge Mountain View business park…Story.

Oakland teachers, without a contract for more than a year, threaten to strike…Story

Scott Wiener says he'll reintroduce bill to combat auto burglaries…Story.

Pricey Real Estate Prompts Scammers To Target Senior Homeowners… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Tree Lafayette Plants 3000th Tree  -Tree Lafayette met with several city legislators to plant and dedicate their 3000th tree which was planted in front of the City of Lafayette Municipal  Building.

 

AND FINALLY…

Star architects create amazing pet homes. Designer pet furniture can include stylish dog houses, bird cages, and even chicken coops.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

BART Train SF Gate

Quiet ride: BART is starting to repair its screeching steel wheels. See Local News, above. (Photo: SF Gate)

 

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