Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Caltrans postpones building permanent East Bay bridge -A backlog of work at Caltrans has postponed until 2020 the start of construction of a permanent, two-lane Canyon Road Bridge, according to Moraga officials. (East Bay Times)
Minor Injuries For Lafayette Pedestrian After Near Miss Tuesday -Chief Ben Alldritt confirms that a woman pedestrian was struck by a car at Moraga Road and School Street, suffering minor injuries to her lower legs, and that she was transported to a local hospital for observation/treatment. (News24/680)
Lafayette Church Blessed After Toppled Oak Tree Causes Little Damage -Lafayette Church Blessed After Toppled Oak Tree Causes Little Damage. (CBS Local)
Transbay Tube Service Impacts: What You Need to Know -Beginning Monday, BART will start service at 5 a.m. on weekdays, an hour later than usual. The change will affect about 2,900 riders and last for three and a half years to accommodate a crucial seismic retrofit of the Transbay Tube. (SF Gate)
East Bay Regional Park District Announces 2019 Board Of Directors Officers -The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2019. (News24/680)
$26K worth of jewelry stolen at open house in Walnut Creek -Two suspects stole $26,000 worth of jewelry from an open house in Walnut Creek, according to police. (KRON 4)
A gas line explosion shot a massive fireball into the street, and knocked out power for thousands in San Francisco on Wednesday. Workers for an unspecified contractor hit the line while they were digging to install fiber optic cables. All of the workers were eventually accounted for. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was investigating. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Big day for PG&E: Utility must provide wildfire mitigation plan - PG&E and other state utilities must submit wildfire mitigation plans Wednesday as part of a new state law. (BANG)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Picket fences to steel bars: More U.S. arrests are happening in the suburbs -As U.S. arrest rates fall, suburban areas are getting a growing share of policing attention, according to a new data tool from the Vera Institute of Justice. (CityLab)
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County Receive $900K State Grant to Help Homeless -Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County are among the recipients of the first round of grants from the California Emergency Solutions and Housing program. California HCD said a total of $914,745 was awarded to the city and county, which jointly serve as the continuum of care for the area. (Lompoc Record)
Report Tells a Tale of Two Sonomas and the Missing Middle -A report analyzing the state of working in Sonoma County forecasts an ongoing struggle for low-wage employees. In particular, the report shows a dominance of jobs in the service industry with low pay and few opportunities to move up. (Sonoma West)
Financing Deal to Renovate and Keep Antioch Apartments Affordable -The Antioch City Council approved the California Public Finance Authority's issuance of up to $31 million in housing revenue bonds to help The Reliant Group Inc. finance and rehabilitate Villa Medanos Apartments and keep it as an affordable housing project. (East Bay Times)
California Housing Workforce Shortage in 2019 Is a Barrier to Affordability -California needs at least 200k new residential construction workers - but the pay is not competitive, working conditions are risky, training is scarce and the labor pool is shrinking. (California Newswire)
Danger zones: the deadliest places to walk in America - In the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have climbed 35 percent since 2008. And federal traffic safety regulators aren’t at work, thanks to the government shutdown. (CityLab)
CalSTRS 2018 Calendar Year Results Are in Negative Territory -CalSTRS's neighbor in Sacramento, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), did even worse than CalSTRS. (Chief Investment Officer)
County's Pension Costs Will Crowd out Funding for Services -A major influence on pension costs is CalPERS' investment performance, which county officials have long complained has lagged the markets. (MyNewsLA.com)
Barack Obama, Steph Curry and John Legend to star in 3-day Oakland event…Story.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom selling $5.9M Marin County home… Story.
California elections officials will investigate whether DMV voter registration errors changed the outcome of races… Story.
3 billion is needed to address California's doctor shortage, task force says… Story.
Oakland teachers vote to authorize strike over pay, class size… Story.
For people who call vehicles home, SF supe wants to provide safe haven…Story.
California storms to get a rating from 1 to 5, like hurricanes… Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette street crew works overtime to fill potholes after irregular weather -The City of Lafayette truck slowed down as it thudded over a pothole at the corner of Teal Road and 18th Street. "Oh yeah, that's a bad one.”
Silicon Valley Landlord Rents $1,500 Studio to 2 Cats -Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month kitchen-less studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where rents are skyrocketing.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Moraga Police Chief Jon King finishes a final walk through prior to the opening of a temporary bridge on Canyon Road in Moraga in 2017. Caltrans says building the permanent bridge is now postponed. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)
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