Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
A Walnut Creek wildlife hospital has seen an alarming increase in animal shootings. And that’s not just bad for the wounded or killed animals — it could result in lead poisoning of scavengers. (The East Bay Times)
Lafayette Killer Found Dead In San Quentin Cell -A death row inmate who was convicted of a murder during a robbery at a home in Lafayette in 1998 died in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Tuesday night, state prison officials said. (Patch)
Firefighters Battled 2-Alarm Structure Fire In Canyon Tuesday Morning -Firefighters were called out to a residence in the 100 block of Pinehurst Road in Canyon (south of Moraga) early Tuesday morning, arriving to find an outbuilding burning heavily and setting adjacent vegetation ablaze. (News 24/680)
Bay Area may allow buses to drive on freeway shoulders during heavy commute times - Next year, the California Transit Association along with the Valley Transportation Authority, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and other planning groups will seek statewide legislation to bring this once unthinkable practice to everyday. (BANG)
Two men are dead after separate officer-involved shootings in the Bay Area. In the first case, the police in Napa haven’t yet determined whether the man was armed. They initially responded to a report of a man with a handgun assaulting a woman. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Sexually violent predator, subject of 2015 Bay Area controversy, back in custody -A registered sexually violent predator whose placement in Contra Costa County was the subject of an intense controversy three years ago has been sent back to a state hospital after violating the terms of his release, records show. (East Bay Times)
The San Francisco Symphony landed Esa-Pekka Salonen, a disruptive and highly sought-after figure, as its next musical director. The move solidifies the West Coast’s position as the center of American orchestral experimentation. (The New York Times)
Why did fire investigators remove piece of PG&E transmission tower in Camp Fire probe? -Cal Fire investigators removed a cross arm from the PG&E transmission tower that malfunctioned minutes before the Camp Fire ignited, an attorney said Wednesday, raising questions about whether the tower’s age may have caused the failure and possibly sparked the state’s deadliest and most destructive fire. (BANG)
Federal judge asks California attorney general if PG&E committed state crime -California’s attorney general was asked by a federal judge Wednesday to weigh in on whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. committed a state-level crime if it maintained its equipment poorly, sparking the Camp Fire. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California migration: Where do we move to? What states do we come from? - California is curiously alluring to those east of the Mississippi River. (BANG)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Developers plan more than 1000 homes in outer East Bay near BART -The Antioch BART station opening has transformed that part of east Contra Costa County into more of a transit-oriented development node. (San Francisco Business Times)
San Mateo County Plans 100-plus Affordable Apartments, Child Care Center -San Mateo County has begun working toward building at least 100 affordable housing units, a child care center, and community-serving commercial space between Atherton and Redwood City. (The Almanac)
A Judge May Force San Diego's Most Housing-Averse City to Allow New Homes -Encinitas has the lowest percentage of multifamily units in San Diego County. The city's efforts to maintain that status is "testing the limits of local control while a statewide housing crisis unfolds." (Voice of San Diego)
For Californians Living in Their Cars, a Church Parking Lot Can Briefly Be Home -In the two years that John slept in his car on the streets of San Francisco, he saw some scary things. (Washington Post)
In communities across the Midwest, chains like Walmart, Target, and others are effectively weaponizing the over-abundance of vacant and repurposed big box stores to reduce the value of their open, successful locations. The tactic poses a significant threat to local tax bases, and it’s spreading around the country. (CityLab)
Why We Need to Invest in Transformative Placemaking -After decades of sprawl and suburban dominance, U.S. cities are experiencing rebounding populations, growing employment, and new public and private sector investments in infrastructure, real estate, and placemaking. (Brookings)
Alameda to come up with rules for e-scooters - The city of Alameda is looking to develop a shared scooter program. (BANG)
California Regions 'Moving in the Wrong Direction' to Meet Climate Goals, Agency Finds -The state's housing shortage forces many residents to live far from where they work, increasing the time Californians spend driving. Emissions from transportation are the largest source of greenhouse gasses. (Sacramento Bee)
California Efforts to Reduce Transportation Emissions Are Not Working -S.B. 375 required regions to add "Sustainable Communities Strategies" (SCS) to their regional transportation plans. There were no enforcement measures, and until last year's S.B. 150 there wasn't even a requirement that progress be measured. (Streetsblog CAL)
Grand jury investigating USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of patients…Story
Alex Glazer, daughter of Democratic state Sen. Steve Glazer, mourns the defeat of GOP state Assemblywoman Catharine Baker…in an op-ed in the East Bay Times
Kamala Harris aide resigns after harassment, retaliation settlement surfaces…Story.
California officially becomes first in nation mandating solar power for new homes…Story.
Some are aghast that the Los Angeles Times building could be razed… Story.
California card club owners fear new gambling regulations could force them to fold on blackjack-type games…Story.
California woman puts million-dollar apartment sale on hold to house wildfire victims…Story.
Target illegally dumped hazardous waste in California. Now, it has to pay $7.4 million…Story.
Controversial L.A. police and fire retirement plan more expensive than promised to voters…Story.
California lawmaker proposes bill to ban fur sales statewide… Story.
Sunset magazine, a California icon, struggles as advertisers turn away from print… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Arguments amplify over amendment on Saturday's ballot to split Lafayette City Council -There is opposition to splitting the Lafayette City Council into separate bodies.
Startups aren’t cool anymore. Millennials, saddled with debt and scarred by the financial crisis, have become jaded with the romance of entrepreneurship.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
So far this year, Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek has treated 29 animals that have been shot, a sharp increase over years past. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)
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