Almost Daily Briefing
News Roundup for #LoveLafayette
Tesla Crashes Into Lafayette Business -The building and equipment inside sustained significant damage. (Patch)
Tesla smashes through front of Marshall Steel Cleaners laundry service in Lafayette -A Tesla smashed through the front of the Marshall Steel Cleaners laundry service in Lafayette on Wednesday morning. (KGO)
Tesla Crashes Into Dry Cleaners -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters joined police. (SFGate)
Tesla Plows Into Dry-Cleaning Store in Lafayette -The crash happened at Marshall Steel Cleaners located at 960 Moraga Rd. No injuries were reported, Contra Costa County Fire officials said. (NBC Bay Area)
Heavy police presence at California High in San Ramon after threats -Amid threats made toward California High School, San Ramon police showed a heavy presence at the school Thursday morning. (Patch)
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control: What to do if you see a Swarm of Bees -The Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association can also be an important resource for bee swarms, particularly those on private property. (EastCountyToday)
Residents Take the Reins on Air Quality -State's air pollution measure moves forward in Richmond. (East Bay Express)
San Francisco’s city attorney is investigating whether a doctor was writing fake medical exemptions from vaccines for students. It’s an unusual step that comes amid a historic measles outbreak. (The Mercury News)
The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into Pacific Gas & Electric’s accounting for losses after devastating wildfires. It’s the latest in a series of investigations into the troubled utility’s practices and culture. (The New York Times)
Marc Benioff, the billionaire chief executive of Salesforce, donated $30 million to U.C. San Francisco to study homelessness. He also pumped millions into supporting a measure aimed at taxing large companies like Salesforce to pay for homeless services. (The Associated Press)
Coveting local control, City Council opposes state bill to boost housing density -They voted 8-0 to oppose Senate Bill 50, a bill authored by Bay Area lawmaker Scott Weiner that could strip local municipalities of some control. (Long Beach Post)
Is this a solution to California’s housing crisis, or a threat to single-family homes? - Changes to a comprehensive housing bill would open up most single-family home neighborhoods to small apartment buildings with up to four units. California is following the lead of Minneapolis city leaders, who eliminated exclusive zoning for single. (East Bay Times)
What the housing density bill might do to historic neighborhoods -It is called SB50; its author is State Senator Scott Wiener from San Francisco and it would allow four to five story apartment buildings in neighborhoods. (KCRW)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
The Trump administration is not talking to California about high-speed rail anymore (Capital Public Radio)
Here comes a dangerous idea: 30-mph electric shared bikes that a “loophole” will allow in California (Electrek)
Water bikes are coming this summer to the East Bay–but maybe don’t use them to cross the rough bay waters (ABC)
Couldn’t have been difficult: Santa Clarita Valley sheriffs cite 375 drivers in April for distracted driving (Signal SCV)
Another problem for would-be home buyers: competition from hedge funds using algorithms (Houston Chronicle)
San Francisco’s quickest protected bike lane yet (SF Bicycle Coalition)
Modesto considers trying out e-scooters (Modesto Bee)
Bird Scooters struggling (LA Times)
Lyft is fighting to avoid having to accommodate people with disabilities (Politico)
Inside California’s fight against pollution (The Hill)
San Bernardino gets federal loan to build toll lanes on the 10 freeway (Daily Bulletin)
Court rejects plan to widen Highway 101 through redwoods (Courthouse News)
Status report on high-speed rail in the U.S. (Curbed)
Report examines feasibility of expanding SMART in Northern California (Progressive Railroading)
City dwellers don’t like congestion pricing, until they do (NPR)
Drive vs. Public Transit Commute Times (KGO)
Oakland Shifting Funds to Streetlighting (SFChron)
SLO city retirees receive average pension of $90000 a year -San Luis Obispo, like all other cities in the county, is part of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and must make payments. (Cal Coast News)
Judge orders PG&E directors to visit Paradise, six months after Camp Fire wiped out town…Story.
San Francisco to ban credit-only stores… Story.
For working moms, California leaves a lot to be desired… Story.
A war is brewing over lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley… Story.
Real Estate's Latest Bid from Zillow…Story.
San Francisco supervisors change tune on Big Tech: City is 'not just a place to be mined…Story.
Deleted texts and 'show stopper defects': California tech official raced to launch Motor Voter… Story.
Uber and Lyft have made San Francisco's traffic much worse, study says…Story.
Fremont Cops Fail to Produce Records, Then Launch Site That 'Spins' Shootings… Story.
Beloved San Francisco teacher on medical leave forced to pay for her own substitute…Story.
Sacramento City Unified to lay off more than 170 staff members amid budget crisis…Story.
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Architect selected to begin designing new Lafayette animal shelter -When the Mayor took office in 2016 he temporarily shelved the idea of building the new shelter.
Random stock picks are better than expert ones. The Wall Street Journal’s investments, selected by throwing darts, beat a portfolio chosen by the best professional investors.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
A Tesla crashed into a Lafayette dry cleaners yesterday – and generated a lot of news coverage. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Lafayette Police Department)
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