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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:12/05/2018 9:25 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



Deadly Mushrooms Growing In The East Bay -These mushrooms are one of the most toxic species on earth and they've popped up after our winter rains. They will kill people and pets. (Patch)

Contra Costa supervisors ask state to ban gun shows at fairgrounds -Deciding that gun shows don’t belong at the county fairgrounds, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ask the state to ban them. (BANG)

McKesson, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributor, is moving its headquarters from San Francisco to a Dallas suburb. It follows other corporate giants, which have looked for cheaper places to build offices. (The Dallas Morning News)

No date to fix SF transit terminal as Clipper kiosks return -No one is saying anything official, but the Metropolitan Transportation Commission this week made a move that indicates repairing the cracked support beams at the new, $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center could take a lot longer than initially thought. (SF Gate)

“It’s so much better here”: Tenants who followed Bay Area landlord to Colorado aren’t looking back -The first snow dusted Colorado Springs in late October. Tony Hicks -- San Jose resident for 37 years, Colorado Springs landlord for 4 months -- didn't take it as a sign he made the wrong move. (East Bay Times) 

Cannabis dispensary can open near martial arts studio in Alameda -The City Council has helped clear the way for a cannabis dispensary to open next door to a kung fu studio where more than 80 percent of the students are under age 18. (BANG) 

Uber co-founder’s new company grabs downtown San Jose historic building - A property purchase by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick suggests a widening group of well-heeled investors hunger for properties in downtown San Jose amid Google's heightened quest for a transit-oriented community of office buildings, shops. (BANG)



Breakfast with Santa Benefit at Sideboard Lafayette on Dec 9th

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

'May The Magic Be With You' Holiday Festival 2018: Pleasant Hill

Downtown Holiday Stroll 2018: Walnut Creek

Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees & Market Hall Stroll 2018: Rockridge

'A Christmas Carol' by Center REPertory: Lesher, Walnut Creek

100 Artisan Workshops & Galleries: A Free Self-Guided Tour

Get Merry at Montclair Village’s Annual Holiday Stroll!



California’s new car-pool lane stickers are part of a system burdened by competing goals. Here’s everything you need to know about them. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Safety systems running late as railroads, including Caltrain, request extensions -A new system designed to make train travel safer after a string of crashes is being delayed again as railroads across the country — including the Bay Area’s Caltrain — ask for extensions of up to two years. (SF Chronicle)



A state senator, Scott Wiener, of San Francisco, is trying again to get a bill passed that would boost housing density near transit. An earlier version failed after facing opposition from local governments and advocates for low-income residents. This time, he’s made some tweaks. (The Los Angeles Times)

California Lawmakers Tackle Housing Crisis in First Day of New Session California Lawmakers Tackle Housing Crisis in First Day of New Session. (Courthouse News Service)

California's new legislators aim to reshape state housing policy -The efforts are geared toward developing a comprehensive solution for easing the state's housing affordability crisis (The Architect's Newspaper)

California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit  -The proposal he says is necessary to address the state's housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened. (

California YIMBY Sets High Goals For Housing In 2019 - Brian Hanlon is the president and CEO of California YIMBY, a statewide organization that advocates for solutions to the housing crisis. (KPBS)

SLO County supervisors approve housing affordability plan -The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the three-year housing affordability plan. (KSBY San Luis Obispo News)

Should SLO County spend millions of dollars building affordable homes? These groups say yes -The housing affordability crisis is a countywide community challenge. (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)

Most people say there is a housing affordability crisis -Three out of four Americans say there is a housing affordability crisis according to a new poll by the National Association of Home Builders. (Mortgage Professional America)

California's Three Biggest Problems? 'Housing, Housing and Housing' -Assemblyman Todd Gloria addressed the future of the “missing middle” in San Diego County during a hearing on housing affordability in San Diego. (Voice of San Diego)



Concord School Awarded $5K 'Step Up To The Plate' Grant -Mt. Diablo High School was among 28 Bay Area schools awarded grant funding. (Patch)



Brown's pension plan goes before state high court -Jerry Brown's pension law scaled back a range of pension benefits, and pensions costs are climbing because CalPERS is billing cities more money. (The Mercury News)

Belmont OKs pension strategy  -Ira Summer, a public pension expert consulting with the city, also suggested councilmembers may regret choosing the retro mimic option if CalPERS. (San Mateo Daily Journal)



New proposal would allow California to issue bonds for wildfire prevention efforts…Story

Enrollment in California's exchange this year is down more than 11 percent…Story

There's going to be a lot of very nervous public employees:' Court to hear pension case…Story

Free community college could soon be a reality in California…Story

Northern California's recent wildfires have burned homes at a greater pace than developers are building them…Story

San Jose City Council approves sale of land to Google in meeting marked by arrests, protests…Story

In 'Worst Bike City In America,' Law Passed To Make Biking Safer Is Rarely Enforced…Story

A plea to save the Oakland Coliseum…Story



Mother files missing person report nearly 18 years after son left Lafayette -Jerry Shephard, call your mother. Shephard, who is now 46 years old, left Lafayette in 2001 to go to California.



The CB radio was once a disruptive technology. As Hollywood glamorized the trucking industry, the open communication medium surged in popularity in the US and abroad. Even today, no technology exactly replaces it.




Don’t eat the mushroom: Poisonous mushrooms grow in the East Bay, so be careful not to gather them unless you know your fungi. See Local News, above. (Photo: Patch)


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