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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:04/15/2019 9:34 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette



BART General Manager Grace Crunican to retire in July -BART director Deborah Allen, who represents Walnut Creek, calls Crunican a strong leader and says she had no idea the retirement was coming. (KGO-TV)



BART Track Closures Set Between Pleasant Hill, Concord -A free bus bridge will be made available between the two stations during the upcoming weekend closures, BART said. (Patch)

BART board considering different options for adding security -Who do you think should be keeping an eye out for BART riders and their safety? BART officials are considering proposals to add more armed police. (KGO-TV) 

PG&E Inspectors Find Hundreds of Safety Issues on Electrical Towers –Safety were issues discovered in recent inspections that involved climbing the towers. (NBC Bay Area)

Pair of Small Earthquakes on Hayward Fault Shake East Bay -A 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the Berkeley hills around 8:45 a.m. Saturday, and just a few hours later, a 2.7 quake hit near Mills College. (KQED)

City Council Set To Choose Emergency 'Standby' Substitutes -Tuesday night, the Walnut Creek City Council is scheduled to vote to appoint "standby officers" who could assume the duties of elected council members should something dire -- an enemy attack, natural disaster or other local emergency -- render some, or all, of the electeds unable to do their jobs. (SFGate)

Concord Pepper Spray Incident Leaves 25-30 People Sickened – Approximately 25 to 30 people—infants, children and adults—at a popular indoor play space were sickened Saturday night. (CBS SF)

Alleged Arsonist Arrested After Starting One Fire, Attempting Another -A Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. said he was trying to light bushes on fire next to Rasputin Music and the corner of Contra Costa Boulevard and Taylor in Pleasant Hill. (SFGate)

Ex-Kaiser claims investigator charged in embezzlement scam - A man who worked for a decade and a half at Kaiser Permanente faces a single count of mail fraud in connection with nearly $7 million worth of coordinated over-billing for investigative efforts. (BANG)

Hayward council member Aisha Wahab runs for Eric Swalwell's open congressional seat -She got her bachelor's degree in political science from San Jose State University and her master's in business administration at Cal State East Bay. (The Mercury News)



UC Master Gardeners Pomegranate-Growing Workshop: Lafayette

Town Hall Theatre Presents Women on The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown

Free Family Fun Day 2019: Theatre Square, Orinda

Natives garden tour returning soon to Central Contra Costa



President Trump said his administration was “strongly considering” releasing migrants detained at the border in so-called sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, Representative Nancy Pelosi’s hometown. Department of Homeland Security officials have pushed back against the idea. (The New York Times)

Trump Announces 5G Plan as White House Weighs Banning Huawei -President Trump on Friday announced a new wireless spectrum auction intended to speed the rollout of the next generation of wireless communications networks. (The New York Times)

Gov. Gavin Newsom asked a special “strike force” to make recommendations about how to mitigate the state’s wildfire risk. In the report that resulted, the governor asked lawmakers to “get something big done,” and laid out possible strategies, including ones that would shield utility companies from liability. (The San Francisco Chronicle)



Concord apartment project rejected; 5 affordable units out of 310 -The City Council has rejected a proposal to build a 310-unit apartment building on a long-vacant city property because the developer failed to include more than five affordable units or to use union workers for more than 15 percent of the construction jobs. (East Bay Times)

Gavin Newsom partnering with Chico for affordable housing on state property -“Between budgets pledging billions for housing and housing affordability, it is clear this governor is committed to housing. (Chico Enterprise-Record)

First Central Valley Town Hall Meeting on housing Monday in Farmersville -As California faces the fast rising cost of housing and homelessness, the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA) will join the City of Farmersville to address the issue on Monday April 15 in the City of Farmersville Council Chambers from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Leading the discussion panel will be State Assembly member Devon Mathis, State Assembly member Rob Bonta of the Bay Area, and other leaders. (Porterville Recorder)



Oxnard's latest budget shortfall shows mismanagement dating back to '90s -Last year, the city was billed nearly $240,000 from CalPERS because four of these employees worked enough hours. (Ventura County Star)

Council agrees to put $3 million toward fire pensions – The City Council made a consensus to move forward with putting $3 million toward its fire pension fund in the hopes of saving money. (SaukValley)

Brown releases plan to offset rising school pension costs -Oregon Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a plan on Friday to pay down rising debt from the state's public pension costs, which have ballooned. (Tri-City Herald)

What Maryland can learn from Michigan's successful public pension reform -That's because city officials had shortchanged its pension system for years and neglected its growing liabilities. (Washington Post)



For one week, high-capacity ammunition magazines were legal in California. Hundreds of thousands may have been sold"…Story.

No more working for free: Here's what Bay Area lawmakers pay their interns…Story.

Participation in California's Paid Family Leave Program is Growing, But Who's Benefiting?... Story.

Vape and Switch: How Martha Coakley Joined Up with Juul… Story.

How Tesla and its doctor made sure injured employees didn't get workers' comp…Story.

$350,000 in cash? California marijuana taxes still make growers — and tax collectors — nervous…Story.

As teachers strike, Sacramento schools superintendent focuses on avoiding 'nuclear option…Story.



Lafayette murder and arson investigation crosses state lines A murder and arson investigation in Lafayette has now crossed state lines.



A Chinese blogger was fined $30,000 for criticizing buildings’ feng shui. A court in China sided with the developer, who argued the criticism made it harder to rent spaces in the Beijing project.



Grace Crunican - SF Gate

BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced that she will be leaving her post in July. See Top Story, above. (Photo: SF Gate)



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