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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/12/2019 2:28 PM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette


Lafayette Moves Closer to Ban on Flavored Tobacco -The Lafayette City Council late Monday voted unanimously to establish an ordinance banning flavored tobacco and related products. The next step is having city staff craft an ordinance to spell out the ban. (NBC Bay Area)



East Bay Fire Districts Propose Critical 14-Mile Fire-Break To Protect 500K+ Residents -If the plan is approved for the Lamorinda area, the fire-break would protect 30 East Bay communities and more than half a million people. (CBS San Francisco) 

Con Fire To Rededicate Updated Fire Station 19 In Briones Monday  -The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's latest effort to enhance its response to fire and medical incidents in Briones. (

13 Bay Area parents and Stanford sailing coach implicated in college admissions bribery scandal -More than a dozen wealthy Bay Area parents — among them CEOs, a winery owner and a doctor — were implicated Tuesday in a nationwide college-admissions cheating and bribery scheme, with prosecutors alleging the parents paid large sums of money to ensure their children got accepted to top colleges including Stanford. (SF Chronicle)

Oakland teachers strike infuses union talks at districts across Bay Area -Because of the high cost of living, many San Ramon Valley teachers have long commutes and some live with their parents. (SF Chronicle)

Oakland councilwoman learns of son’s slaying as trial of her ‘grandson’s’ alleged murderer nears end - Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney was attending the trial of her grandson's alleged killer, before learning of the death of her son in Los Angeles on Sunday. (BANG)

Warriors won’t practice in Oakland next season but will leave downtown facility in hands of youth programs - The Golden State Warriors announced Monday they won't stick around to practice in their downtown Oakland basketball facility next season as they make their move to the under-construction Chase Center in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. (BANG)



Tonight: Wildfire Documentary, Discussion

Author Robert S. Murillo presents “The Make-Up Room” at Orinda Books March 13th

Vintage Fashion Faire Spring Show coming to Alameda Point

Astronomy Lecture: Sending a Micro Spacecraft to Alpha Centauri




Split Pacific Gas & Electric into separate gas and electric companies? Become “wires only”? Leaders know the troubled-but-massive utility needs to be reformed. But how to do it is the hard part. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

One in three Americans has a criminal record, which makes it almost impossible to get some jobs. But California might start shielding rap sheets to help former offenders return to the work force. (The New York Times)

They’re calling themselves the Committee of Senior Unsecured Noteholders. The group includes some of the biggest names in distressed debt — and they’ll be trying to get back $12.5 billion in PG&E’s bankruptcy process. (Bloomberg)

Bill Would Allow Homeless Students to Park Overnight at Community Colleges -In the Peralta Community College District in the Bay Area, for example, 84 percent of students experienced housing insecurity during the 2016-17 school year. (California Health Report)

Thanks to a backlog of applications, temporary cannabis business licenses across the state could expire before longer term licenses can be issued, which could hamper the legal supply of marijuana. But lawmakers are moving to address the problem. (North Bay Business Journal)



NIMBY. YIMBY. Now PHIMBY? The Housing Debate's Newest Slogan -Fights over housing policies in the Bay Area often include these two sides: The NIMBYs (not in my backyard) and the YIMBYs (yes in my backyard). (KQED)

San Mateo County officials weighs SB 50 support -Proposed last year to loosen building regulations in areas adjacent to transportation hubs as a means of incentivizing transit-oriented development. (San Mateo Daily Journal)



Retiring CalPERS executive looks back on 17-year career -From tackling the opioid crisis to health care costs, Kathy Donneson has pioneered a new way of thinking about health plan benefits in California. (Sacramento Business Journal)

CalPERS Direct-Style Private Equity Plan Comes Up for a Vote March 18 -California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) officials are moving ahead with their plan to create a direct-style private equity investment. (Chief Investment Officer)

Calpers seeks investment consultants -California Public Employees Retirement System (Calpers), the $353bn pension scheme, has issued a tender notice searching for private equity. (Unquote) 



Trump Pressure on California Water Plan Excludes Public, Rushes Science, Emails Show…Story.

Thousands of New Millionaires Are About to Eat San Francisco Alive…Story

Newsom faces pressure from labor and consumer groups to spend billions more on health expansion…Story

Scooter startups are ditching gig workers for real employees… Story.

Measles Strikes California Residents After Flight With Sick Passenger…Story.

University Of California Keeps Tuition Unchanged For Next School Year…Story.

Archeologists find hidden tunnels below Alcatraz prison…Story.

Gov. Newsom gas tax penalty plan on housing won't kick in until 2023…Story.

California wants to reform PG&E, but just how is uncertain… Story.

Tesla Raising Prices on Most Cars and Scaling Back Store Closings…Story.

Two East Bay teachers lead lawsuit against teachers' dues… Story.



Annual International Acadiana Petanque Festival starts Wednesday in Lafayette -Events will be held across in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Thibodaux, said Ben Berthelot, president and CEO of Lafayette Travel.



A high-school teacher won $10,000 for reading the fine print. A travel insurance company buried the prize to encourage customers to pay attention.



Jay Lifson at Council NBC Bay Area

Jay Lifson, Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, was among those who spoke at last night’s City Council meeting regarding a proposed ordinance that would ban flavored tobacco products in Lafayette and implement a tobacco retailer’s license program in the City. The Council voted unanimously to proceed with drafting the ordinance. See Top Story, above. (Photo: NBC Bay Area)



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