Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Lafayette Mourns Death Of Ed Stokes – Founder Of Diablo Foods -It is with great sadness that the City of Lafayette has learned of the death of Ed Stokes, the founder and patriarch of the independent family-owned Diablo Foods, who passed away peacefully after spending the day surrounded by family, friends, and loving caregivers. (City of Lafayette statement via News 24/680)
Lafayette considers ban on flavored tobacco products -Calling it “a serious public health crisis in our city,” Lafayette Vice Mayor Cameron Burks is urging the city to move toward banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. (East Bay Times)
Three races remain undecided in Contra Costa County -Three races in Contra Costa County are still undecided as election officials near the end of the count — and only three votes separate the candidates in one contest, with another currently tied. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area soaked by overnight rain; hail, showers, thunderstorms still expected - Although the heaviest rains have passed through the Bay Area, the system is expected to deliver intermittent showers throughout Thursday, with the possibility of hail. (East Bay Times)
Moraga Man Busted For Child Porn: Police -The 21-year-old reportedly was found to have hundreds of images on multiple electronic devices, officials said. (Patch)
Lawsuit: Danville teacher appears to be looking at cell phone when student drowned -Benjamin Curry struggled to tread water in his San Ramon Valley High swim class before sinking below the surface. (The Mercury News)
Owners of East Bay sushi restaurants charged with $1 million tax evasion - The married owners of sushi and barbecue restaurants in Pleasant Hill, Manteca, and Tracy have been charged with 30 felony counts, including conspiracy, related to alleged payroll tax evasion and fraud, court records show. (BANG)
A’s settle on a ballpark site and a futuristic stadium - The Oakland Coliseum, where the A's have played since 1968, will be remade into a tech hub, affordable housing and a youth sports complex. (East Bay Times)
San Jose’s chief innovation officer wrote about why the city filed a lawsuit against a Federal Communications Commission order aimed at “speeding broadband deployment.” Basically, she argued, it leaves behind lower-income Americans who need internet access. (City Lab)
The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is hurting Monterey County growers and workers. (The Salinas Californian)
Ex-Assemblyman Indicted For Alleged BART Coffee-Shop Fraud -Some $685K raised to build two Peet's at area stations was spent on personal expenses, a girlfriend and a NY project, prosecutors said. (Patch)
Eric Bauman, the head of the California Democratic Party, made crude sexual comments and engaged in unwanted touching and physical intimidation, 10 people told The Los Angeles Times. The allegations had not been previously disclosed. Mr. Bauman said he would seek treatment. (The Los Angeles Times)
After years of protests and packed hearings, Los Angeles city leaders finally moved to legalize and regulate street vending. (The Los Angeles Times)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Land makes the housing market different, so changing planning rules won't fix affordability -Therefore, policy that focuses on managing demand factors offers much more hope of improving housing affordability than do changes to planning. (The Conversation AU)
Palo Alto Housing's Randy Tsuda Talks Affordable Housing, Partnerships And Projects -Since 2010, Silicon Valley employment has increased by 29%, yet housing has increased by only 4% — a major factor in the housing affordability. (Bisnow)
'Generation Priced Out' wants San Francisco to legalize apartment buildings -There are a lot of things to blame for the housing affordability crisis in the Bay Area — we talk about a shortage of housing. (KALW)
Housing Crunch Is Discriminatory -A NIMBY group may be satisfied with stopping a housing project in their neighborhood, but I wonder if they realize that their efforts are discriminatory - creating displacement and relegating people of color to areas of greater poverty. (Fox & Hounds)
In East Palo Alto, Residents Say Tech Companies Have Created "a Semi-feudal Society" - This poor city is surrounded by the temples of the new American economy that has, in nearly every way imaginable, passed it by..."Amazon Google Facebook - SOS," reads a painted bedsheet draped from an RV parked off Pulgas Avenue, one of dozens of trailers where families have come to live rent-free along a gravel path that leads from the city to the San Francisco Bay. (Washington Post)
Jump Bikes Service Area to Nearly Double in Sacramento -The electric bicycle sharing service launched six months ago in Sacramento and will expand its service area from 14 to 25 square miles. It is also adding 2.7 square miles to its service area in West Sacramento and 2 square miles in Davis. (Sacramento Business Journal)
DVC partners with Sentinels of Freedom for small business boot camp -There are roughly 600 veterans currently enrolled at Diablo Valley College. Just two years ago DVC opened up the Student Veteran Center. (The Inquirer)
City of Salinas receives fiscal report that shows long-term budget woes if not addressed -Employees could choose more expensive CalPERS insurance, but they'd ... from the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS. (The Salinas Californian)
Pension Politics: Should States Be Investing in Controversial Companies? -Association members regularly attended CalPERS meetings 430 miles away in Sacramento. (Governing)
CalPERS Strives for Sustainability with New Direct Platform -As pension plans across the country struggle to meet their distribution requirements, they are seeking creative approaches to strengthen their systems. (Middle Market Growth)
Nancy Pelosi won the Democratic caucus vote to become her party's nominee for speaker, emerging triumphant from a stretch of post-election maneuvering… Story.
SF politician wants to remove Mark Zuckerberg's name from public hospital…Story.
Abused then arrested: inside California's crackdown on sex work… Story.
Camp Fire: PG&E issues report explaining why it didn't shut down power… Story.
The smoke's gone, but hearts and lungs still may be in danger months after wildfires…Story.
Federal Judge Says Oakland Can Close Homeless Camp on City-Owned Property…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Construction on Lafayette landmark set to begin soon -Exterior construction of the Caretaker's House is the first step of the overhaul.
The world has a new kilogram. For almost 130 years, it was defined by an actual physical cylinder made of platinum and iridium, stored in Paris. But then its weight started to fluctuate. A shifting standard is no good for precision tech, so scientists have spent years trying to tie the kilogram to a universal constant. Finally they’re done, with the help of an elaborate scale and the world’s roundest object.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The founder of Lafayette’s Diablo Foods, Ed Stokes, died yesterday and the store paid tribute to his life as customers and employees remembered his kindness and commitment to the community. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)
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