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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/11/2019 9:24 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

Around Lafayette: Introducing the city's new column -Welcome to the new Around Lafayette column. Each month I’ll bring you news about Lafayette, where the hills are green and the schools are great. First, let me introduce myself: I’m Lafayette’s first communications analyst. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Missing From Walnut Creek: At-Risk Woman -Walnut Creek police are asking for help locating a woman who went missing late Tuesday morning, police said. (Patch)

Residents urge supervisors to reconsider closure of Pleasant Hill Library - Even though it wasn’t on Tuesday’s agenda, the planned closure of the Pleasant Hill Library while its replacement is built prompted several residents to show up and tell the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors what a bad idea that is. (East Bay Times)

Sewer Rate Increases On Tap In Contra Costa County -Come July 1 thousands of homeowners will begin paying more to rinse, shower and flush if new rates. This year the District plans to rehabilitate or replace nearly six-and-one-half miles of sewer pipes in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek. (Patch)

East Bay superintendent hired to lead Peninsula school district -Nellie Meyer, superintendent of Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Contra Costa County since 2013, announced in a letter to the community Tuesday. (USA Breaking News) 

Scammers Scare, Extort Millions From Bay Area Aging Parents -Con artists are targeting aging residents in California and across America to defraud them of billions of dollars. (Patch)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Myara Children’s Boutique Opens at Lafayette Clocktower

New Day 5K Freedom Fundraiser at Lafayette Reservoir April 13th

Free Movie – The Goodbye Girl at Orinda Theatre April 11th

Squeeze Juice Bar Coming to Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga

Monthly Bird Walk

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

Spring Contra Costa Crystal Fair

Diablo Symphony & Diablo Ballet present “Family Concert: DANCE!"

 

OTHER NEWS

PG&E says ‘every bolt’ will be checked before next fire season - PG&E also gave a short presentation on PG&E’s ramped-up efforts to increase safety, including adding real-time monitoring, new safety measures and system hardening techniques. (BANG)

California has some of the strictest vaccination laws in the country. But doctors have broad authority to grant medical exemptions — and some are wielding that power for cash. (California Healthline)

State may ban groups from selling appointment times for DMV: Roadshow -My wife needed an appointment to renew her license. In late January we tried to find an appointment and finally found one before her birthday. (East Bay Times)

For 148 years, a glacier in Yosemite National Park has helped experts learn about the earth’s history. Now, it’s almost gone. (California Sunday)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Pasadena to revisit bike-share and scooters (Pasadena Now)

A modest congestion price would drastically cut traffic in L.A. (Planetizen)

Judge tosses lawsuit against Bay Area bridge toll hikes (Press Democrat)

More on Transit Housing Bill (Curbed)

More on Housing Authority Takeover (SFExaminer)

San Leandro to Keep Red Light Cameras (EastBayTimes)

What if BART Went to In-N-Out? (SFGate)

An illustrated guide to some of the 200 housing bills being discussed this legislative session (Medium)

Lawsuit tries using CEQA to block San Diego’s removal of parking requirements (NBC)

Way to go, Concord police! To make the streets safe, tickets issued to dangerous pedestrians (and some drivers) (ABC7)

The oldest active school bus driver in California still loves his job (School Transportation News)

More on Supervisors Opposing Transit Housing (Curbed)

More on BART Police Chief’s Retirement (SFChron)

Delays for Last Major Transbay Tower (SFChron)

Push to Ban Cell Phones While Driving (EastBayTimes)

Resolution to Oppose Housing Density Moves Forward (SFExaminer)

Court Says Cities Can Consider Aesthetics of Utility Wires (SFExaminer)

Napa County suburb, sick of congestion, wants wider roads and more of them (Napa Valley Register)

25 reasons widening freeways is a bad idea (CityCommentary)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

How Gov. Newsom's revised high-speed rail plan would link 'train to nowhere' to somewhere…Story.

How much would it cost to house the Bay Area's homeless? Try $12.7 billion…Story.

A pay disparity is at the heart of the Sacramento teacher's strike. Can the district change?...Story.

California Real ID requirements updated due to changes by federal government…Story.

Hikers missing for 5 days in California mountains found safe…: Story.

'A fiasco from the beginning' — Caltrans' costs soar on $1.1 billion San Francisco tunnels…Story.

Hackers attacked California DMV voter registration system marred by bugs, glitches… Story.

PG&E now faces criminal probe in Camp Fire, victims' lawyer says…Story.

Sexual Assault Allegations 'Proven to Be True' Against Famed S.F. Yoga Teacher…Story.

Audit of California Lottery finds over $305,000 in improper or dubious spending…Story.

California gas prices on track to hit $4 a gallon for first time since 2014… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette school board names 2 superintendent finalists; interviews set for April 24 -Irma Trosclair, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Bart Thibodeaux, special education director, were the only candidates.

 

AND FINALLY…

A suspected burglar turned out to be a trapped Roomba. Deputies responding to a 911 call from an Oregon woman found the shadowy figure in a locked bathroom was a little robot doing a “very thorough vacuuming job.”

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Jeff BANG Mugshot 2

Lafayette’s Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, has a new column, “Around Lafayette,” in the print edition of the Lamorinda Sun and online with the East Bay Times. He’s pictured here in the “mugshot” that will accompany the print column. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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The Almost Daily Briefing (ADB) is an aggregation of links to news articles from local and regional newspapers, magazines, websites, and other news sources. Its purpose is to alert readers to current issues and affairs that may impact Lafayette. The ADB does not promote, favor, disfavor, support, reject, or endorse any position, candidate, campaign, or proposition, and nothing about the ADB, including the selection, presentation, arrangement, or content of the links presented should be construed as an advocacy position. Please note: At times, the ADB features articles from sites that limit access for nonsubscribers. If you have questions about the ADB, please contact the City of Lafayette's Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at jheyman@ci.lafayette.ca.us. You can subscribe to the ADB and learn more about Lafayette’s publications and social media sites here.