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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:03/14/2019 10:01 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Lewis Broschard named new fire chief of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District -A longtime deputy fire chief within the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has been tapped to run the show. (Latest daily news)

Con Fire Presents Medal To Local Woman Who Rescued A Neighbor From Fire -Con Fire was honored to present the Hero Medal to Samantha Olive Barnhouse on behalf of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission at today’s Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Board of Directors meeting. (News 24/680)

John Muir Land Trust making push to save Moraga’s Painted Rock -The John Muir Land Trust, which announced a $2 million campaign last year to save Moraga’s beloved Painted Rock property, will be presenting plans Thursday for a new park and making a push to raise $550,000 by May 31. (East Bay Times)

Easy Rider Making Trail Users Uneasy In Walnut Creek; PD On The Case -Police in Walnut Creek say they have received several complaints about a two-wheeled terror riding a black mini-motorcycle in the areas of Perada Dr, Citrus Ave, Oak Grove Rd and Ygnacio Valley Rd. (News 24/680)

Car Slams Into Danville Restaurant -A car hit a building in the Danville Town and Country Shopping Center early this morning, town officials said. (Patch)

Shooting On Highway 24 Caused Closure Tuesday -Lanes had to be closed so investigators could search for evidence. (Patch)

Dublin Teachers Schedule Strike Authorization Vote -In scheduling Tuesday's voting, the DTA noted that teachers in neighboring San Ramon Valley Unified School District had reached a tentative agreement. (Patch)

Oakland isn’t even close to meeting its lofty low-income housing goal - Oakland is on track to blow past its goal of building 17,000 new homes by 2024, but is way behind on its affordable housing quota. (BANG)

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. (BANG)

Walnut Creek Office Worker Who Spotted Missing Pet Bird Cries Foul Play -A pet bird missing since the weekend was found Monday at a Walnut Creek office building. (CBS San Francisco)

Oakland Raiders Coliseum vote set for Friday - The negotiations for the Raiders to play at the Oakland Coliseum this season -- and next if the team's new Las Vegas stadium isn't ready -- had been delayed while the sides hashed out details. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Campolindo Choral Music presents The Phantom of the Opera

Lemon Gift Shop Coming to Park Plaza Shops in Lafayette

Poets Gathering In Orinda March 24

Connected Horse: Therapeutic Equine Program

Art Ambassadors Exhibit & Reception: Library, Orinda

ENroute Closing at the Avalon in Walnut Creek

New bus transit center at Walnut Creek Station to open 3/23

Any Mountain Closing Next Month at Willows Shopping Center in Concord

 

OTHER NEWS

California governor places moratorium on executions -The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. (SF Gate)

Pacific Gas & Electric won’t face criminal prosecution in counties, including Sonoma and Napa, that were hardest hit by fires in 2017. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

California Defensible Space Bill Clears Committee  -The bill is co-authored by a bipartisan group of Assembly members consisting of James Gallagher, R-Yuba City; Tim Grayson, D-Concord, and others. (Sierra Sun Times)

Sea level rise could cause damage equivalent to 6.3 percent of the state’s G.D.P., new research found. That’s worse than the worst earthquakes and wildfires. (The Los Angeles Times)

In an unrelated college admissions cheating scandal, five California residents are accused of helping Chinese nationals cheat on English language exams to get student visas to attend colleges like U.C. Riverside, U.C.L.A. and Columbia University. (LA Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Senator Wiener makes sweeping changes to transit-housing bill (Curbed)

Why lawsuits against cities for unsafe conditions aren’t making much of a difference (Planetizen)

A history of Berkeley’s racist zoning laws (Berkeleyside)

Local Motors releases first crash test footage of self-driving bus (The Verge)

Support for Tech Helping Pay for Dumbarton Rail (EastBayTimes)

Reaction to Proposed Navigation Center Near Bay Bridge (SFExaminer)

How fast can California switch from diesel to electric trucks? (San Diego Union Tribune)

L.A. considers taxing Uber and Lyft to reduce congestion (LA Times)

San Diego may shift to denser development (LA Times)

Planners in Portland are trying out the argument that a wider highway is better for the environment (Slate)

Turns out those chunks of concrete on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge really are a problem (Marin Independent Journal, SF Chronicle, Napa Valley Register)

Bay Area is (still) working on getting transit data all in one place (Government Technology)

Why U.S. cities are becoming more dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians (The Conversation)

Street Story gives Californians a way to report bike and pedestrian collisions, near-misses (Berkeleyan)

EV programs need to remember disadvantaged communities (Future Structure)

Marin transit is happy with one-year results of on-demand shuttles (Marin Independent Journal)

UCLA forecasters see a “cooling” of California’s housing market, despite huge need (CNBC)

Where housing construction is up, and where it’s down (Governing)

The Boeing crash is a warning to drivers of autonomous cars (Slate)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CalPERS Says No to Legislation Forcing It to Divest from Private Prisons -Investment officials of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) are opposing state legislation. (Chief Investment Officer)

Rising Tide of Pension Costs Threatens Government Services: is “Underwater” Unavoidable? -Rising pension costs will require cities over the next seven years to nearly double the percentage of their general fund dollars they pay to CalPERS. (Climate Online) 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Newsom can grant reprieves, but other steps might face legal challenges, experts say…Story

Appalling, disgusting, horrific: Families speak out against death penalty reprieve…Story.

Anchor Beer Workers Win First Union at a U.S. Craft Brewery…Story.

Southern California Edison power lines sparked deadly Thomas fire, investigators find…Story.

PG&E bankruptcy judge raises prospect of government running company…Story.

One of Silicon Valley's most prominent voices for ethical investing is implicated in a college admissions bribery scandal… Story.

We Know Them. We Trust Them.' Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech's Next Wave… Story.

California's super bloom attracts swarms of migrating butterflies… Story.

Stanford sailing team implicated in college admissions bribery scandal; coach to plead guilty… Story.

Which Bay Area parents paid to grease their kids' entry to elite colleges?...Story.

How the college admission scandal that hit Hollywood and Stanford got its start in Sacramento…Story

Sonoma, Napa counties won't criminally prosecute PG&E over 2017 fires… Story.

California's Teachers Are Finally Going After the Original Sin That Wrecked the State's Public Schools… Story.

Bay Area Cambodians face deportation amid Trump administration crackdown… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette approves tax abatement for revolutionary low income apartment complex -Lafayette's Economic Development Commissioner spoke on behalf of the project at the LRC meeting.

 

AND FINALLY…

Has the pink restaurant trend run its course? Is monochrome the new pink?

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

ConFire Chief Louis Broschard Twitter

Longtime deputy Lewis Broschard has been tapped as the new fire chief of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. See Local News, above. (Photo: Con Fire)

 

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