Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Bay Area storm could bring heavy winds, thunder, rock slides and big waves -A storm expected to douse the Bay Area on Tuesday evening could bring heavy winds, thunderstorms and potential rock slides to the region, forecasters said. (SF Gate)
Contra Costa prosecutor sues to get paid for running office three months -The former second in command of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office has taken legal action to recoup wages he says he is owed for the three months he ran the office after the last DA’s resignation. (East Bay Times)
Gov. Brown Appoints Moraga Man To Judgeship -He will serve as a judge in Alameda County Superior Court. (Patch)
Contra Costa youth soccer coach arrested in child sex sting - A 28-year-old youth soccer coach here was arrested in an undercover police sting targeting adults who try to sexually abuse children they meet through the internet, according to authorities. (BANG)
Contra Costa Co. battalion chief arrested for controlled substances -According to Contra Costa County Fire, Richard Stephenson was arrested by Martinez Police on the morning of Jan. 6. (KTVU)
A Cal football player died after being hospitalized for what was described as a medical emergency. The cause of death was unknown. (The Daily Californian)
Orinda Sales Tax: Increase, Stay The Same, Or Expire -The Orinda City Council on Tuesday will discuss first steps in deciding whether to extend, or increase, a half-cent general sales tax. (Patch)
“The country is watching us. The world is waiting on us. The future depends on us.” Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in on Monday before thousands sitting in rain-soaked tents outside the state capital. In his speech, he left little doubt that he has a broader view of government than his predecessor. (The New York Times)
California’s PG&E was cut to “junk.” S&P lowered the rating on the utility’s bonds amid regulatory pressure and billions in insurance claims from wildfires that raged in California in 2017 and 2018. Facing huge potential liabilities if its equipment is found to have played a role in the blazes, PG&E is reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy protection. (Quartz)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
SF's Housing Boom in Home Building to Slow in 2019 -Development of market-rate housing in San Francisco will slow to a trickle in 2019, because a combination of higher construction costs, escalating fees, a softening market and increased interest rates has persuaded many builders to wait on the sidelines, developers and industry analysts say. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Green Apartment Building Proposed for San Leandro -The solar-powered 45-apartment building in the Estudillo Estates neighborhood would have a rooftop deck with landscaping, storm water bioswales, a bicycle storage space and a refrigerated locker room to accommodate grocery deliveries for tenants. Two units would be designated as affordable. (East Bay Times)
Exploring the Senior Co-Housing Trend -Did "The Golden Girls" have it right all along? (U.S. News & World Report)
Making It in San Diego: California ranked last for family housing affordability -Californians trying to raise happy and healthy families are finding affordability a challenge, a study shows. (KGTV)
Seattle City Council opens up discussion on upzoning measure -The legislation, known as Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), would enact requirements for building affordable housing, and taller residences (MyNorthwest.com)
Lawsuit accuses Centene of concealing Health Net problems from shareholders -Two pension funds that own shares in Centene Corp. are suing the health insurer. (Sacramento Business Journal )
At least 3 new faces will join the CalPERS board in 2019. What's ahead for your pension? -Costigan was one of the more outspoken CalPERS board members, sometimes rebutting criticism of the pension fund in editorials. (Sacramento Bee)
CalPERS No. 2 Investment Officer Resigns -Elisabeth Bourqui has resigned just seven months after she was hired by the California Public Employees' Retirement System as its chief. (Chief Investment Officer)
New governor hires climate expert with Steyer ties… Story.
The economy is booming. Why are so many California schools broke?...Story.
PG&E Dives as Utility Giant Plays Dangerous Game With State…Story.
Will the lights stay on? Will customers pay more?... Story
Here are the new laws affecting California drivers in 2019… Story.
California storm brings power outages, shuts down highway… Story.
Study: Number of monarch butterflies in California declined by 86 percent in one year…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette announces changes to sanitation routes -According to a press release, the mayor appreciates the efforts of the sanitation personnel and is pleased with this solution.
France’s naked restaurant is closing. The growing popularity of naturism didn’t translate into enough reservations at O’Naturel, so the Parisian restaurant will close its doors in February, 15 months after opening.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The rain and strong winds will continue. See Local News, above. (Photo: Mercury News)
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