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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/10/2019 9:44 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Lafayette Mayor Burks stepping down -In a surprise announcement at Monday night's City Council meeting, Mayor Cameron Burks said he was stepping down as mayor. (East Bay Times)

Mayor Cam Burks Stepping Down, Will Remain On Council -Lafayette Mayor Cam Burks announced Monday night that he will be stepping. "It has been a sincere honor and a privilege to serve Lafayette,” he said. (SFGate)

Lafayette Mayor To Step Down After 4 Months  -Lafayette Mayor Cam Burks announced Monday night that he will be stepping down. (Patch)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Power Outage Darkens About 3000 Homes In Lamorinda, Walnut Creek -Local Scene Power Outage Darkens About 3,000 Homes In Lamorinda, Walnut Creek (News24-680)

Public Defender Calls for Case Review After Revelation of Walnut Creek Officer's Dishonesty -There are serious concerns over the work of a Walnut Creek police officer who filed more than two dozen false reports over two years. (KQED)

Contra Costa Co. Fugitive Arrested In San Francisco Warrant Sweep -Seventy people were arrested the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, as well as the cities of Redwood City, Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Santa Rose, Eureka and Belmont, for a wide variety of suspected charges. (Patch)

Governor Appoints New Commissioner Of Business Oversight -"Manuel Alvarez, 38, of Lafayette, has been appointed Commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight. (The National Law Review)

Get ready for gas at $4 a gallon in the Bay Area - Experts say $4 a gallon could be coming by Memorial Day, the first time since 2014 pump prices have reached that frustrating and sure-to-get-noticed figure. (BANG)

Richmond’s mayor pranked constituents on April Fools’ Day by saying that the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge would close and might need to be replaced. Then, after the bridge needed emergency repairs for the second time this year, a state legislator called to make the prank a reality. (Curbed San Francisco)

Bay Area allergy season is bad and it’s about to get worse - Suffer from allergies? Beware the grass. (BANG)

Destination Weddings On Mt. Diablo Summit Being Offered By Contra Costa Clerk -The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder is opening the summit of Mt. Diablo to couples for destination weddings. (CBS San Francisco)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Bounty Hunter Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

Blaze Pizza Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

Barnes & Noble Opening Soon at The Veranda in Concord

Just Be Yoga Relocating to Prime Downtown Walnut Creek Spot

Easter Egg Hunts & Bunny Brunches: East Bay 2019 Guide

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Roughly 28,200 people were homeless across the Bay Area, according to point-in-time counts in 2017. That was the third largest population in the country, after New York (76,500) and Los Angeles (55,200). The next largest overall number was 11,600 in Seattle and King County. (Report via the New York Times)

Are in-law units the secret solution to California’s housing shortage? - But for all the big-picture housing legislation that has actually become law over the past few years, the solution that’s proved most immediately effective at providing new housing has been rather small in size. (East Bay Times)

East Oakland welcomes new 110-unit apartment complex - New 110-unit development is one of a few new housing developments to go up in East Oakland. (BANG)

Sen. Scott Wiener advocates for more housing with Senate Bill 50  -The event was co-sponsored by Santa Cruz YIMBY, Santa Cruz County Business Council and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Bills in California and Washington Address Homeless College Students -More low-income students, some homeless, now enroll in college than middle-income ones. New legislation in California and Washington state aims to help them. (CityLab)

Los Angeles: A Hollywood Ending for its Housing Crisis? -Los Angeles’s problem has been the enormous political clout of two constituencies that benefit from rising housing prices: Big Real Estate and homeowner groups. Both are much more powerful than their counterparts in San Francisco. (Beyond Chron)

The jobs/housing imbalance in Burlingame -This kind of transit-oriented development is essential to creating the vibrant, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods of the future. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

Cities and States Working Together on Affordable Housing -McFarland cites Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance. MHA offers zoning changes that increase capacity. (The MReport)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Why Cities and Pension Funds are Suing Big Banks (Again) -Baltimore has filed two antitrust lawsuits in eight days, alleging price-fixing by big banks and hoping to turn both procedings into class action suits. (Governing)

States Need to Spend on Infrastructure. Pension Shortfalls Are Getting In the Way. -Unfunded liabilities of state pension plans total $5.96 trillion. (Barron's)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Rep. Eric Swalwell jumps into presidential race…Story.

Felicity Huffman and other parents agree to plead guilty in college admissions scandal…Story.

Gerrymandering? California doesn't, but that doesn't mean voting maps are easy… Story.

22 ways California could make health care more affordable and accessible… Story.

How a tiny California school district sparked calls for a charter crackdown… Story.

Why Juul is thriving despite the crackdown on youth vaping… Story.

Senior Alameda prosecutor resigns amid sexual harassment allegations, documents show…Story.

BART reopens two stations after train hits and kills person in El Cerrito…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Mineral law attorney Patrick Ottinger on the Discover Lafayette podcast -Attorney Patrick S. Ottinger leaped into Lafayette's oil and gas heyday. Ottinger spoke with Jan Swift with the Discover Lafayette podcast.

 

AND FINALLY…

Kid repeatedly enters wrong password, locks dad’s iPad until 2067 - A photo of the iPad's screen noted the device was disabled. It also had this mind-blowing message: "Try again in 25,536,442 minutes."

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Cam Announcement Meeting 04-08-19

The announcement that Cam Burks, shown at Monday's meeting, was stepping down as Lafayette’s mayor but remaining on the City Council generated a number of news stories. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

 

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