Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Here's where snowfall has been confirmed around the Bay Area (and there's more to come) -Mount Diablo: Multiple reports, including video footage from ABC 7. (SF Gate)
Former anti-poverty agency leader suing Alameda County for $20 million - The former agency head says she and her husband faced a "politically motivated criminal prosecution" over misspent federal money. (East Bay Times)
Southwest tests flight between Oakland and Hawaii - Southwest Airlines, getting ready for a launch of air service between the Bay Area and Hawaii, tested a flight out of Oakland with a destination of Honolulu.(BANG)
From the Lamorinda Weekly
Lafayette on the hook for legal fees that PG&E does not pay -One ramification of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Jan. 29 bankruptcy filing is that the company will likely no longer be able to reimburse the city of Lafayette for legal bills in its defense of a lawsuit brought against the city and the utility by a local citizens group.
Lafayette officials fire back at regional housing recommendations -Lafayette officials largely denounced an action plan developed by a regional committee that would spur housing growth in the Bay Area by raising $1.5 billion annually through revenue sources like a vacancy tax, parcel tax, increased sales tax, gross receipts and head taxes on employers, and the issuance of general obligation bonds.
Proposed Citizen Gas Safety Task Force moves one step forward -The principals of Save Lafayette Trees formally requested Jan. 28 that the Lafayette City Council form a Gas Safety Task Force, and though the city has been sued by the grassroots organization, the council members agreed to agendize the item for its last meeting in February.
Lafayette takes steps to become an Age-Friendly Community -Lafayette is taking proactive steps toward supporting its older residents as it kicks off the AARP/World Health Organization “age-friendly community” initiative with a meeting hosted by the Senior Services Commission Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. All are welcome.
Community comments on potential changes to downtown Orinda -The Orinda Library Auditorium was packed to overflowing on Jan. 29 as residents gathered to participate in the ConnectOrinda workshop. Director of Planning Drummond Buckley and Associate Planner Adam Foster gave a brief introduction, with Buckley saying he felt like a kid on Christmas, and Foster agreeing that he was equally excited.
Housing trends exposed at Home Expo -Every current or prospective homeowner has heard or at one time experienced a residential remodeling or home improvement nightmare story. The narratives range from shady contractors to unreliable or uncommunicative construction or design firms to inflated estimates with hidden costs that spring out of nowhere like phantoms-or to the horror of simply existing in the fragile space-time warp of a project-that-will-not-end.
Moraga’s town goals and public suggestions for 2019- While Moraga’s council members and supporting departments have many goals for 2019, the public also gave voice to a few concerns for the upcoming year during the Jan. 23 town council meeting.
Chamber honors Moraga Business of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year -In a departure from past procedures of naming a Business Person of the Year, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce decided to change things up by honoring a Business of the Year. And, since three of the nominations were nonprofits, a separate category, Nonprofit of the Year, was added.
Work to begin for safer intersection this summer -Improvements to pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Canyon Road and Camino Pablo are coming this summer. Funds from One Bay Area Grant and funds augmented from Measure K have set the wheels in motion on the project first proposed in 2016. Public outreach meetings will be scheduled for February or early March when construction strategies are presented to the town.
Town discusses use of upcoming injection of Palos Colorados funds -The Palos Colorados Funds, also known as Fund 100 - One Time Developer Fees, are on the verge of a cash injection this June. If all stays on track, the town’s bank balance will increase to $2.5 million.
Council continues moratorium on accessory structures -A moratorium put in place in July will remain in place until the rules governing accessory structures are changed. The rules that allowed accessory structures to be built within five feet of the property line became controversial when the owner of 71 Meadowview built two such structures with the announced intention of renting accommodations through Airbnb.
North Orinda fire evacuation drill runs smoothly -The early morning hours on Saturday, Jan. 26 saw many Orinda residents being alerted to a practice fire danger and evacuating their north Orinda neighborhoods. Fire Station 45 served as the command center for the drill, where representatives of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, the Orinda Police Department, Cal Fire, the Orinda City Council and others gathered to monitor the drill.
Orinda Police use GoFundMe to buy a drone -Somewhat surprised Orinda city council members were treated to a first-ever indoor flight of a drone in the Library Auditorium as Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Officer Joe Ladner gave a demonstration with a drone similar to the one that is proposed for the Orinda Police Depart-ment.
Wells elected to California Professional Firefighters executive board -Vince Wells, president of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, has been elected the 4th District vice president for the California Professional Firefighters organization. Wells took office Jan. 25.
New mileage markers relieve the mystery of driving on Pinehurst Road -In order to allow quicker access to the area for emergency vehicles, and to help drivers navigate a remote and tortuous road, mileposts along the six miles of Pinehurst Road in Contra Costa County have been upgraded thanks to the efforts of the Canyon community, the county and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.
Luck Women’s Boutique opens in Lafayette -Lafayette gained a new luxury women’s (and girls) clothing boutique Jan. 8 when local mom Lorin Platto opened Luck. A recent East Bay transplant from San Francisco, Lorin was inspired to bring some of the city’s boutique culture to Lamorinda. “I have loved fashion all my life and have always wanted to open a boutique ... and I am not getting any younger!”
The Peter Pan Foundation moves into new Lafayette Location -The Peter Pan Foundation - a 12-year-old Lafayette nonprofit organization that inspires children of all ages to reach their full potential by encouraging confidence, character, and creativity through music and theater, while instilling the value and benefits of community outreach - celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting with the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce at its new location, 3355 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette on Jan. 10.
Moraga schools excel in the Greatest Kindness Challenge -The 19th century novelist Henry James was quoted as saying, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
The question of cows -A recent spat of postings on a Saranap social media site addressing the issue of cows in the open space has brought attention to the risk of injury versus the benefits of grazing cattle. It’s safe to say the community is divided on the matter.
‘What Will People Say’ - a film that resonates close to home -The second movie by Norwegian director of Iraqi origin, Iram Haq, “What Will People Say” (“Hva vil folk si”) is a suspenseful drama, sometimes difficult to digest, that shows how social pressure and traditional thinking of the Pakistani community living in Norway can push people to terrible extremes, such as kidnapping or forced marriage.
Catherine Jolivet's legacy in the service of French culture -She was known simply as "Madame" to her students and their parents. Catherine Jolivet, a quintessential French woman who created and ran the French immersion school "French For Fun", recently died of cancer. Her family and friends organized a celebration of her life and legacy on Jan. 27 in Lafayette that highlighted the uncommon impact the woman had on her community.
Hands-on access to STEM activities at LLLC Hackathon -Free form, digital learning "the kind with no homework!" is on tap Feb. 23 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. "Hack the Future 23" is a free, all-day extravaganza for youth ages 10-19 that offers demonstrations and hands-on access to STEM activities led by tech industry professionals.
Campolindo student musicians help teach the teachers for a day -Before dawn on a recent Saturday morning, the Campolindo Symphonic Band and their music director Johnny Johnson boarded buses headed for San Jose State University. Their destination was a workshop for the Bay Section of California Music Educators who had gathered to hone their craft and gain new skills.
Cantor’s Concert ‘Coming Together: Songs of Unity and Community’ at Temple Isaiah -Temple Isaiah's Cantor Leigh Korn presents ‘Coming Together: Songs of Unity and Community,’ featuring a stellar cast of cantors from across the country at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Temple Isaiah Sanctuary in Lafayette.
Boys Team Charity supports homeless families through Grateful Gatherings -The Lamorinda chapter of Boys Team Charity - a volunteer service organization dedicated to developing civic service in young men through active participation in their communities - annually participates in Adopt-a-Family. This year, BTC Lamorinda partnered with Grateful Gatherings to bring joy and hope to six families in need.
Hard work brings beauty to Moraga hillsides this spring -Spring is almost here and daffodils, which this year include flowers from 2,000 additional bulbs, are sprouting along Moraga Road near the Commons Park.
A map circulated on social media shows where Camp Fire survivors have ended up: Spread across 29 states and more than 245 communities, and counting. (The Chico Enterprise-Record)
Do some of these unclaimed billions belong to you? - State Controller Betty Yee is urging folks to search California's online database for unclaimed property, where more than 48 million items worth $9.3 billion await their rightful owners. (BANG)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
From Streetsblog California
Pedestrian deaths are a public health crisis (MNN.com)
New study shows pollution from traffic affects student’s test scores, school performance (CityLab)
Self-driving cars could more than double San Francisco traffic (SF Chronicle)
US Postal Service begins acquiring electric vehicles in Central Valley (PR Newswire)
S.B. 100 is moving CA cities towards zero-emission futures (CityLab)
Sacramento will soon get Jump scooters (Sacramento Bee)
It’s been The Year of the Scooter (The Drive)
San Jose gives $100 million to eleven affordable housing developments (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
Soon it will no longer be illegal for homeless people to live in cars in San Diego (San Diego Union Tribune)
CalPERS and other big pension funds are getting more conservative, report says -A new survey of public pensions suggests the financial health of California's largest pension system is roughly in line with that of the majority of funds. (Sacramento Bee)
Trump to nominate Bernhardt as Interior secretary…Story
California Attorney General Refuses to Release Police Misconduct Files Despite New Law… Story.
All too often, California's default mental institutions are now jails and prisons…Story
New Laws Forced Sex Workers Back On SF Streets, Caused 170% Spike In Human Trafficking… Story.
Here's how much California is spending to put electric cars on the road… Story
California to thrash out gig worker status in upcoming bills…Story.
Bay Area restaurant workers collect lost wages as California strengthens protections… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette council selects Alexandra Lynch as mayor -Lafayette leaders on Monday evening unanimously appointed Councilwoman Alexandra Lynch to serve as the city's mayor until the fall election.
The Swedish crown jewels may have been found on top of a garbage bin. A security guard located what appears to be the nation’s missing treasure in a Stockholm suburb.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Beautiful views of a snow-capped Mt. Diablo abounded on local social media feeds. The forecast is for possibly more snow. See Local News, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)
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