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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:01/07/2019 9:38 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Golden Globes: Oakland’s Mahershala Ali wins acting award for ‘Green Book’ - Mahershala Ali, who was born in Oakland, raised in Hayward and attended Saint Mary's College in Moraga, win a supporting actor award for "Green Book." (BANG)

Gov. Brown Appoints Six New Judges To Bay Area Courts  - Lame duck Gov. Jerry Brown, who leaves office on Monday, appointed six new superior court judges to Bay Area courts this week, including two in Alameda County and one each in Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Solano counties.. (SFGate)

Rain and wind blanket Bay Area, with more storms on the way - After a blustery storm Saturday, the first of at least three more storm systems moved in Sunday, kicking off what looks like a wet week. (BANG)

Stretched BART police pick up slack as station agents call in sick -BART officials are reviewing employee attendance records after managers closed Lafayette, Concord and North Concord stations. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oakland International Maggie Gee Airport? It could happen  -Tiffany Miller of Walnut Creek observes with dismay that in the 115-year history of aviation, not one major American airport has been named for a woman. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Concord Lawmakers To Decide Fate Of Proposed 18000-Seat Soccer Stadium -The Concord City Council is set to decide Tuesday night whether to continue evaluating a proposal from a Walnut Creek firm. (CBS San Francisco)

Square will keep its headquarters in San Francisco. But its deal to move up to 2,000 employees into Uptown Station across the Bay will still make it the biggest tech company in Oakland. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Lantern Light Festival 2018-19: Alameda Co Fairgrounds Pleasanton

Walnut Festival's Annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed 2019: Pleasant Hill

 

OTHER NEWS

California Today: What to Expect at Gavin Newsom’s Inauguration -Monday: A new governor takes the reins; what you need to know. (New York Times)

How cities took the lead in a new law requiring California pet stores to sell shelter animals only - State law comes after many cities already had banned commercial sales of pets in retail stores. (BANG)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Big downtown San Jose housing towers, retail, restaurant complex pushes ahead -Near the Diridon train station downtown, Google has proposed development of a transit-oriented community of office buildings, homes, and shops. (The Mercury News)

The Fight to Keep Teachers in Tech Hubs From Being Priced Out -Educators in expensive cities are turning to radical solutions, from subsidized, district-owned apartments to mortgage assistance funded by charity. (New York Times)

Regional planners mount a quiet coup to promote developers and attack vulnerable communities -Public money finances secret meetings of powerful group—to encourage the Growth Machine with no protections for tenants and no barriers against displacement, all in the name of solving the housing crisis. (48 Hills)

Sonoma County homeless population among the biggest nationwide -Manuel Santiago, a 52- year-old Pomo Indian, has been homeless for many years. He's lived in tents, RVs, motels - anywhere but a shelter. In and out of state prison since 1979, Santiago said his many years behind bars include several stints in solitary confinement. (Argus Courier)

As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt -If Walmart, Lowe’s and other companies win their property tax appeals, homeowners and small businesses will have to pay more or live with smaller town budgets. (New York Times)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Glendale's rising pension costs drive projected $4M budget deficit -Glendale's rising pension costs drive projected $4M budget deficit . At the time, CalPERS was “super funded,” or had more assets than liabilities. (Los Angeles Times)

Alabama pension fund now sole owner of local newspaper chain -Alabama's employee pension fund, with nearly 360,000 members, is the owner of a local newspaper chain.  (Tri-City Herald)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, fresh off pitching a big early childhood funding infusion, is proposing to fund two years of tuition-free community college…Story.

What's different about Gavin Newsom's inauguration? More stars, no broken legs…Story.

California's new first family: Meet Gavin Newsom's relatives… Story.

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It…Story.

As Fires Ravaged California, Utilities Lobbied Lawmakers for Protection…Story.

Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets…Story.

Lawmaker Sees 'Lack of Transparency' in PG&E Plan to Sell Off Assets…Story.

Disneyland Resort tickets and parking prices are going up again, as much as 25%...Story.

Gender inequality in California auto insurance rates will no longer be allowed…Story.

Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Three candidates qualify for City Council seat  -Election officials with the City of Lafayette have announced that three candidates have submitted their statement of candidacy to fill a vacant seat.

 

AND FINALLY…

The IRS is turning to social media to catch tax cheats. Budget cuts have the agency hunting for online businesses that contribute to $400 billion in unpaid taxes.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Mahershala Ali BANG 

East Bay native and St. Mary’s College alum Mahershala Ali captured a Golden Globe last night. See Local News, above. (Photo: BANG)

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