Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Lafayette council picks two finalists for vacancy -The Lafayette City Council will choose either former Councilman Ivor Samson or Planning Commission Vice Chair Steven Bliss on Thursday to fill the vacancy created by the November death of Councilman Mark Mitchell. (East Bay Times)
Walnut Creek murder defendant pleads insanity in bludgeoning - A man accused of brutally beating his colleague to death pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday. (East Bay Times)
Concord Home Depot Theft Suspects Crash While Evading Police: PD - An innocent bystander was hospitalized Tuesday after a couple's failed attempt at stealing an expensive powertool . (Patch)
Oakland Unified scrambles to identify as many as 24 schools that could be closed in next 5 years -Oakland Unified scrambles to identify as many as 24 schools that could be closed. (East Bay Times)
San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of the Giants, will now be Oracle Park. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Planning to fly? You may need a passport beginning Jan. 22 — thanks to government shutdown - If California doesn't get certified as compliant with the REAL ID requirements, travelers may have to present a passport to fly even though the deadline for REAL IDs doesn't kick in until October 2020. (BANG)
The government shutdown has halted firefighter training, some brush clearing and other wildfire prep. Things could get worse, too. (The Sacramento Bee)
A federal judge is weighing whether to order Pacific Gas and Electric to inspect its entire electric grid and turn off power during windy weather if the company hasn’t determined everything’s safe. The moves come as the utility faces scrutiny and ailing finances over its role in devastating wildfires. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Would you live inside these fantasy BART apartments? -The ongoing discussion about housing at BART stations, like AB 2923, also helped an artist envision his whimsical housing solution. (Curbed SF)
Burlingame OKs general plan update -With an eye on accommodating transit-oriented development near the Millbrae BART and Caltrain station, officials are hopeful to establish a new plan. (San Mateo Daily Journal )
San Francisco Employees' Retirement System Becomes Major ESG Force -The changes follow years of disagreement between the city of San Francisco's governing body, the Board of Supervisors, and the retirement system. (Chief Investment Officer)
Gavin Newsom deploys strike team to fix 'chronically mismanaged' California DMV…Story.
California Senate pays $350,000 to settle workplace discrimination lawsuit from former employee...Story.
Newsom inherits a 'whole bunch of headaches' despite last-minute water deals by Brown…Story.
Feds allege utility violated terms of its criminal probation in the San Bruno explosion, judge sets hearing… Story
California police unions are preparing to battle new transparency law in the courtroom…Story.
To Prevent Fires, One California Town Says 'Goat Fund Me'"…Story
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette scrambles to deal with scooters Lafayette’s Mayor said Tuesday at a City Council meeting that his legal staff is working to determine how best to deal with the problem.
Arborists are bringing the “dinosaur of trees” back to life. They’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest and longest-lived trees to create redwood “super groves” that can help fight climate change.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
At tonight’s special meeting, the Lafayette City Council will decide which of two finalists will fill the vacancy created by the death last year of Councilman Mark Mitchell. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)
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