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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:12/03/2018 10:23 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

TOP STORY

Civic Leader, Businessman Ed Stokes Dies  -Stokes' death was announced by the city of Lafayette, which said his "generosity knew no bounds." He launched Diablo Foods in the city 50 years ago. (SFGate)

Diablo Foods founder Ed Stokes, 96, remembered for generous, friendly spirit  -Stokes was known for his commitment to public service and served as president of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Town Hall. (East Bay Times)

In Memory: Ed Stokes, Founder Of Diablo Foods, Lafayette -The founder and patriarch of Diablo Foods in Lafayette, Ed Stokes, passed away Wednesday morning (Patch)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Concord Lawmaker Supports CA Ban Of Flavored E-Cigs, Tobacco -Six California state legislators, including Sen. Steve Glazer, a Democrat who represents Concord. (Patch)

55th “Eye of Diablo” Beacon Lighting Ceremony  -The ceremony will be held in the Oak Room of the Library Building at the California State University, East Bay Concord Campus. (Livermore Independent)

Alameda’s vice mayor facing recall effort -Vice Mayor Malia Vella is again facing a possible recall effort stemming from allegations that she put pressure on the former city manager over the hiring of a fire chief. (East Bay Times)

Longtime Bay Area radio host Ray Taliaferro found dead in Kentucky _Longtime Bay Area radio host Ray Taliaferro, who had been missing for several weeks in Kentucky, has been found dead, according to his family and authorities. (BANG)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

'It’s A Wonderful Life' & Tree Lighting 2018: Lafayette

Philz Coffee: Ribbon cutting at new Lafayette location, Saturday, December 8 at 9am

Pearl Harbor remembrance dinner Dec. 7 in Pleasant Hill

Holiday Tree-Lighting & Santa Visit 2018: Moraga

Downtown Holiday Stroll 2018: Walnut Creek

Elf Workshop With Crafts & Santa Photos For Ages 1-9: Danville

Reggie Steele & Comedy with Liz Grant & Friends: Danville

 

OTHER NEWS

Legalizing marijuana was supposed to slow illegal activity in California. It hasn’t - Thousands of marijuana businesses who started the year hoping to join the state's new regulated market have discovered they have no pathway to get licensed due to local bans, zoning rules, pricey fees and more. (BANG)

Sunset Magazine was about the next great stage of American development. Now, the magazine is struggling, and staff members have described turmoil. (The Los Angeles Times)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base between 10:32 and 11 a.m. Monday. It will be carrying the cremated remains of 100 people. (CNN)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Affordable Housing for Seniors Approved by Berkeley Zoning Board -Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) is working with the church to develop the new facility, to feature four stories of 34 below-market-rate rental units for seniors above a lobby and parking garage. The property will also have a manager's unit and two units for use by the church. (Berkeleyside)

Placer County Amps up Housing Efforts -Karen Hernandez works with a number of families who struggle to afford a home. "There is a lack of affordable housing and larger rentals available for these families in Placer County," she says. "And it's not just a few families, but more than I can count." (Comstocks)

Burlingame Green-lights Loosened Building Rules -In step with an effort to facilitate more housing development in the northern stretch of Burlingame, officials agreed to allow higher density residential construction along El Camino. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

California Mayors Call for More State Leadership on Homelessness Crisis -"There must be a statewide strategy and approach," Sacramento Mayor Steinberg said during a forum hosted by a group of nonprofit media organizations. He and Oakland Mayor Schaaf said the state can do more to prevent rent gouging. L.A. Mayor Garcetti said millennials are attending public meetings asking for housing they can afford. (Los Angeles Times)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Why California pension changes are needed to avert financial crisis -Brown tells the Supreme Court in his legal brief that “California's pension plans are dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefits. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Retirement funds spike for county agencies  -California Public Employees' Retirement System manages pension funds for ... CalPERS invests the funds so they can grow from long-term interest. (Eureka Times Standard)

A grand experiment in retirement savings gets under way in California -Zachary Davis, who with a partner owns a small ice cream plant, two ice cream shops and a cafe in Santa Cruz, started offering a health care plan to employees. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Retirement funds spike for county agencies -Retirement funds have rapidly increased for a number of civic entities in Humboldt County, including the city of Eureka and the county itself. (Eureka Times Standard)

CT Treasurer Proposes Using Lottery to Fix Pension Fund  -A Cheiron analysis shows that the median return expectations of all California public pension plans over the next three decades was 7.2% (Chief Investment Officer)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Public employees won't recover union fees after court ruling… Story

Huge Delta water deal backed by Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy…Story

Could this obscure California agency derail Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels?...Story.

Military couple's fee to return to Oakland home unlawful, suit says…Story

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Q&A: Proudly progressive Lafayette mayor jousts  -The Mayor is fully engaged environmental activist and green-energy advocate; is a hard-charging, small-city mayor who is duking it out with the oil and gas.

 

AND FINALLY…

A 4,000-year-old pot spent years as a toothbrush holder. The owner of the cheap flea-market find had no clue it dated back to the Indus Valley civilization.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Ed Stokes in Store BANG

Lafayette icon, and "Honorary Mayor," Ed Stokes was remembered fondly by local media. See Top Story, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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