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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:05/14/2019 2:04 PM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Traffic alert on I-680 in Walnut Creek after big rig jackknifes -The CHP issued a Sig Alert for severe traffic Tuesday after a big rig jackknifed on southbound Interstate 680 at the South Main Street exitin Walnut Creek. (East Bay Times)

Summer Service Program To Help Lafayette Nonprofit -Students in the program will earn 55 volunteer hours for college. Nonprofits in Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill will be helped. (Patch)

Moraga Student To Graduate With Behavioral Neuroscience Degree -Julia Giovanni of Moraga is set to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. (Patch)

The Bay Area's best high schools -You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know the Bay Area is home to some of the best high schools in the nation. (Milpitas Post)

Contra Costa explores an alternative to sending kids to juvenile hall -It is the fourth county in the state to adopt a restorative justice program. (BANG)

Oakland explores possibility of opening safe injection site -Oakland officials are exploring building a safe injection site for illicit-drug users in hopes of lowering open-air drug use on city streets. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 Port of Oakland clears the way for A’s to pursue ballpark plan at Howard Terminal -The Port of Oakland on Monday gave the A’s dibs on the 50-acre Howard Terminal to build their proposed 35,000-seat stadium and adjoining housing. (East Bay Times)

hhat’s in a name? The Oakland Coliseum is about to find out for the fifth time - RingCentral Coliseum would be the stadium's fifth corporate moniker. Do you remember the others? (BANG)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Support for Local Business Downtown Vibrancy (Objective 4) Subcommittee

City Council Transportation & Circulation Commission Subcommittee

Formula 3 Gym Opens at La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

Hope Walk at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek May 18th

 Smuin Ballet’s dazzling ‘Dance Series 02’ in Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

Gavin Newsom's California budget spends big and saves more in 'extraordinary moment' -It also adds $150 million for teacher retirement plans, adding to the $7.8 billion in supplemental ... “It is a stain on the state of California,” Newsom said. (Sacramento Bee)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

New SB 50 chart will help you make sense of California’s transit-housing bill -Still stymied by Senate Bill 50, State Sen. Scott Wiener’s major proposal to increase housing along some of California transit hubs? (Curbed SF)

California could bring radical change to single-family-home neighborhoods -The proposal was recently added to Senate Bill 50, legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that also would allow midrise apartments. (Los Angeles Times) 

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

New study challenges Wiener’s approach to housing -Eminent economic geographers say that deregulation and upzoning will make gentrification in cities like SF much worse. (48 Hills)

Burlingame eyes bulging budget -Scott Wiener's Senate Bill 50 pass, Keighran suggested the city may need to hire more planners to manage the influx of expected development (San Mateo Daily Journal) 

Are Cities’ Housing Policies Making a Difference? As U.S. cities address rising unaffordability, it’s time to ask: are their policies making a difference? Here is our assessment of leading progressive cities, many of which have accepted an inadequate middle ground.  (Beyond Chron)

Backlash over UC Berkeley plan to build housing, classroom in place of parking lot -The prospect of losing parking is not sitting well with instructors, who also have expressed concern about the university taking on more debt. (BANG)

Balancing resident input, Berkeley wades into developing North Berkeley BART station -Under California law AB 2923, passed in September 2018, BART was given the authority to set its own transit-oriented development guidelines. (Daily Californian)

City kicks in extra money to expand planned affordable housing complex in Concord -The city council voted this week to devote more funds to enlarging an affordable housing. (East Bay Times)

Fight over Santa Rosa oak trees lands $586K fine for homeowners -Property now on the market for millions after owners lose conservation battle. (Curbed SF)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Rising pension costs, declining sales taxes punch hole in Torrance's $322 million budget -Declining sales tax revenues and rising pension costs again are putting a strain on Torrance city finances, according to a two-year spending plan. (The Daily Breeze)

Seattle workers pension plan is short by $1.2 billion -Seattle's auditor says the city's employee pension plan is underfunded by $1.2 billion . In a report on the city's financial condition. (KUOW)

City takes last step for $3 million boost to fire pensions –The City Council finalized the last step needed before boosting its fire pension fund by $3 million. (SaukValley.com)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

A world-famous chef was stopped as he brought 40 piranhas through LAX…Story

Trump plan to allow new fracking on California coast, Central Valley moves forward…Story.

Trump administration eyes mandatory employment checks for immigration plan… Story.

They Got Rich Off Uber and Lyft. Then They Moved to Low-Tax States…Story.

Mystery surrounds 1,000 guns seized at Bel-Air mansion linked to Getty family…Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Revival coming this summer for downtown Lafayette's scrapped jazz and blues fest -Uptown Jazz and Blues was one of two downtown Lafayette summer festivals.

 

AND FINALLY…

Just thinking about coffee can help you focus. The effect only works for people who associate coffee with alertness, ambition, and productivity.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Big Rig Pile Up

A big rig driver emerged uninjured after losing control and jackknifing on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek on Tuesday, causing major delays. See Local News, above. (Photo: CHP)

 

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