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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/11/2019 11:51 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORIES

Lafayette to Vote on Banning Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products- Lafayette could become the next California city to put a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in hopes of curbing their use among the young. (KQED) 

East Bay group pushing for PG&E pipeline safety task force - The grassroots group against PG&E’s plan to uproot hundreds of trees in Lafayette is now pushing for the city to create a pipeline safety task force. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

SRVUSD, teachers union announce tentative agreement on contract to avert strike -San Ramon Valley school district officials and teachers union representatives have reached tentative agreement on a new contract. (DanvilleSanRamon.com)

'It could happen here': East Bay community moves to shield itself from mega-fire- It has residents and local fire officials both nervous and hopeful, said Contra Costa Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Walnut Creek East Bay Women’s Conference strikes hopeful note - The Chamber of Commerce event attracted more than 560 people excited to herald strides to come and honor past successes. (BANG)

See How Rising STD Rates Have Affected Contra Costa County -A new analysis of CDC data shows which states and counties are the most affected by STDs. (Patch)

Measles vaccination rates increase in Bay Area children - Health officials have confirmed a measles outbreak in three Bay Area residents. But unlike 2015, when an expanding outbreak was blamed on California’s permissive vaccine law, now more children are vaccinated. (East Bay Times)

More details about racist graffiti revealed, students remain unnotified -As the investigation continues regarding racist graffiti found on March 6, students at Diablo Valley College are still not aware of the situation at hand. (The Inquirer)

Bay Area train service resumes after systemwide shutdown -The system's 121 miles of track and 48 stations connect the San Francisco Peninsula with Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek and other cities in the East Bay. (KSBY)

Magnitude 2.8 earthquake shakes East Bay - Temblor struck along notorious Hayward Fault. (BANG)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Film Night with Sustainable Lafayette and Town Hall Theatre

Real Estate 101

The Egg & I: 'Backyard Chickens For Everyone' Class: Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

Here’s how much recent rains have washed away California’s drought - "This seems like one of those very good, above-average years," said Jay Lund, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. "But there’s always going to be another drought. And another flood. Right now, we are in a happy territory between. (East Bay Times)

Medieval diseases are infecting California’s homeless. Illnesses like typhus and tuberculosis have flared up in recent years, turning a homelessness crisis into a public health crisis. (Quartz)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

San Francisco opens new affordable housing building for low-income, previously homeless families -Bay Area group brainstorming to speed up affordable housing. What's changing the way San Francisco deals with its affordable housing crisis. (KGO-TV)

 

PENSION FUNDS

California Public Pension Reformers Win A Battle, Not The War -As context, the California Rule refers to California case law which has established the idea that pension benefits are contractually guaranteed. (Forbes)

Tax critics calling for pension reform after retired state worker gets $400000 for unused vacation -Taxpayer advocates are blasting the state pension system for letting employees' bank years of unused vacation time. (KGO)

More plans want a place at co-investment table -After several years of no co-investing, executives of the California Public Employees' Retirement System are making it part of its new private equity plan. (Pensions & Investments)

Exclusive: CalPERS Aims to Advance Private Equity Plan -The investment committee of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) could approve the plan. (Chief Investment Officer)

City Budget Deficit Revealed in Detail, Pension Costs Driving Cuts & Taxes -As with all cities in California, South Pasadena is burdened by increasing pension costs from CalPERS. (South Pasadena Review)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Plant smugglers take 'massive' toll on California's Dudleya farinosa succulent species…Story.

In Silicon Valley, Plans for a Monument to Silicon Valley…Story.

Trump administration denies California repair funds… Story.

California's ambitious plan to stop deadly wildfires may not be enough, experts say…Story.

Will daylight saving time bill set the sun on clock changes in California?... Story.

California bill would seal 8 million criminal convictions…Story.

California employers add only 3,000 jobs in January… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Ribbon cutting ceremony held Saturday at Lafayette's newest helicopter assembly site -On Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined CEO Andreas Löwenstein of Kopter Group AG, and Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux for the ceremony.

 

AND FINALLY…

The tardiest telegram ever. A Michigan man who graduated from college in 1969 finally got a congratulatory message sent by family friends at the time, a mere 50 years later.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Council

The banning of flavored tobacco products and a safety task force are on the Lafayette City Council agenda this evening. See Top Stories, above.

 

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