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Post Date:05/15/2019 1:47 PM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette


Forecaster: ‘Leave work early’ if you’re in the Bay Area -The leading edge of an atmospheric river the National Weather Service is calling "unseasonably potent" swept into the San Francisco Bay Area overnight, and the weather activity is expected to intensify through the day Wednesday and linger into Thursday. (SF Gate)

San Francisco became the first major American city to ban the use of facial recognition software by the police or other agencies. While the technology has been useful in identifying some suspects, civil liberties advocates are concerned that the risks of abuse outweigh the benefits. (The New York Times)

The shared bike and scooter industry often leaves out people with disabilities — but Oakland is changing that - Oakland on Saturday became the first city in the Bay Area and one a few in the country to offer a shared bicycle program for people with limited use of their arms or legs. (East Bay Times)

From the Lamorinda Weekly

The Terraces - next step: environmental review -The Don Tatzin Community Hall was packed for a special meeting of the Lafayette City Council and the Planning Commission April 29 as city staff gave an update on the Terraces, a 315-unit apartment project on Deer Hill Road, specifically discussing how to proceed with the environmental review.

Lafayette’s old library - final days -The old library’s days are numbered. The building is slated for demolition at the end of the month. As sharp-eyed residents will already have noticed, there is an ongoing flurry of activity behind the newly erected fences around the old library, which sits next to Lafayette Elementary School on Moraga Road.

Local author examines family’s experience with mental illness -Lafayette Library and Learning Center is featuring Lafayette resident Mark Lukach for the May author talk. Lukach’s internationally bestselling memoir “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” seems particularly apt at this time - this May is the 70th year that Mental Health America has been observing Mental Health Month as a way to educate and increase public awareness.

Lamorinda divers score big at NCS; three head to state meet -Taking a dive is generally a pejorative term when it refers to sporting events.  It was just the opposite for the Lamorinda divers in the North Coast Section Diving Championships May 7 at the Concord Community Pool.  Of the 29 girls and 26 boys who qualified for the NCS, six were Lamorinda divers.

MOFD makes history with all-female engine company -For the first time in the 22-year history of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, an all-female crew was assigned to a shift, with acting Capt. Janet Brandi-Routt partnering with acting engineer Julie Murphy and firefighter-paramedic Katy Himsl.  The landmark engine company worked out of Fire Station 42 in Moraga on May 8.

New Town Treasurer commits to third term for Moraga -Robert Kennedy was unanimously chosen during the April 24 town council meeting to serve as town treasurer for a nonconsecutive third term following a recommendation by the Audit and Finance Committee. Kennedy initially served as treasurer from 2006 to 2009, and once again from 2011 to 2013.

Behind the scenes of Moraga Library events -Most patrons appreciate the variety of events that the Moraga Library has to offer, but aren’t aware of the process behind providing interesting programs for young and old alike.

Moraga Parks and Rec reduces rates for Hacienda facility rentals -The Parks and Recreation Department will reduce facility rental rates for the Hacienda de las Flores effective July 7. According to Parks and Recreation Director Breyana Brandt, the decision to lower hourly rates was made “to boost revenue and keep the space activated.” The event rental season has also been expanded to include the month of April.

The Moraga Community Faire - an unofficial marker for the start of summer -Moraga residents came out to the Community Faire on May 11 to soak up the sun and partake of a little bit of town camaraderie.

City to revise financial policies for 2019-20 fiscal year -The Orinda City Council authorized Finance Director Paul Rankin to update the city’s general fund reserve policy and to create a retiree health care trust as part of the staff preparation of the 2019-20 city budget.

Orinda homeowner seeks historical landmark status for Neutra home -The Orinda City Council May 7 took the next step toward designating the Nelson House, 511 Miner Road, as a city historical landmark. The structure features a distinct 1950s design by architect Richard Neutra, known for his geometric but airy structures that symbolized a west coast variation on the mid-century modern residence.

Del Rey Elementary School installs colorful shade sails courtesy of a grant -Thanks to the dedication of a former Orinda dermatologist and the ingenuity of Orinda Union School District’s Director of Facilities Stuart House, Del Rey Elementary School has installed shade sails to create an outdoor learning space adjacent to the school’s new modular classroom buildings.  The OUSD was the recipient of a $8,000 grant from the American Academy of Dermatology.

MOFD honored by Bay Area Red Cross -With all of the media coverage of the potential for wildfires, at least one organization wants to remind residents that fires can also ignite inside the home, and urges preparation on that level as well.

McAlister appointed ConFire deputy fire chief -When former Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman departed in March, he praised his relationship with Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard, who succeeded Carman as fire chief. “I hope he gets a deputy chief that he can count on as much as I have,” Carman said at his retirement ceremony.

Artisanal bakery rises in Moraga -Taking a leap of faith, Tom Kelly has quit his corporate job in financial services and started a bread business out of his home in Moraga.  But Kelly looked before he leaped, for two years taking classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute on bread and viennoiserie (baked goods containing yeast).  The school offers classes for students who wish to bake professionally.

Hassle-free transportation information event for commuters -In an effort to save Lamorinda commuters time and money with transportation options, the Moraga Chamber of Commerce is planning a Transportation Information Event from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at the Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive in Moraga.

Event focuses on fire prevention and evacuation strategies -Lamorinda Village, a nonprofit support network for seniors, will host a workshop May 31 outlining the history of wildfires and their impact on the local area.

Cal Shakes’ new season opens May 22 -As the days become longer and the Orinda woods more enticing, Cal Shakes actors get ready to take over the verdant space of the Bruns Amphitheater for its 28th season. Executive Director Eric Ting and his team offer four plays this season, exploring traditional and modern classics through the lens of modern themes such as gender bias or climate change.

The history behind the cork oaks on SMC campus -Enquiring minds have wondered: How did there come to be 20 mature cork oak trees lining the entryway into Saint Mary’s College, providing shade on the large expanse of lawn in front of the Chapel?

Pacific Chamber Orchestra: `Beethoven - The Heroic’ this weekend -Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kohl, performs Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony No. 3, Coriolanus Overture and the “Triple” Concerto with Trio Foss as soloists May 18-19.

Rossmoor Scholarships awarded to local students -A pair of Acalanes students, Ashley McClusky and Unubold Munkhold, won $3,000 scholarships from the Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation to assist them with their college expenses.

Local WWII hero to be interned at Arlington -Arlington National Cemetery has approved the internment, with full military honors, of Joe H. Warren, Lt. Col., United States Air Force.  Warren, who was a long-term resident of Lafayette, passed away on April 18, 2018.  In World War II, he served as a P-47 Fighter Bomber Pilot and he flew 82 combat missions over Europe in support of allied troops.

Acclaimed film `Never Look Away’ showing at Orinda and Rheem -The movie being shown as part of the International Film Showcase this month is certainly one of the best of the year - one to remember, one to savor, like a work of art. “Never Look Away” is a historical saga developing over a large part of the 20th century, rich in emotions, reflections, metaphors.

Authors, artists invited to join inaugural `Art Embraces Words’ event -Artists paint with color; writers paint with words - together they enrich our community. Emerging writers can read from their works, surrounded by visual art from local artists, at the Lamorinda Arts Council inaugural event, “Art Embraces Words,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Lafayette Community Center.

Lafayette Police Blotter        Moraga Police Blotter       Orinda Police Blotter


City Council Transportation & Circulation Commission Subcommittee

Traffic Congestion & Improving Mobility Strategy (Objective 5) Subcommittee, & Transportation and Circulation Commission-Special Meeting

Creeks Committee

Night at the Library June 1st in Lafayette

Downtown Concord Bay Area KidFest | May 25 - 27



In response to worries that its equipment could spark more wildfires, Pacific Gas & Electric has a plan to cut power on high-wind days. But that means residents who need it could be going without power. (Bloomberg)

How much are your neighbors paying in state taxes? Get a look at the average tabs for residents by ZIP code. (CALmatters)



Wealthy Bay Area suburbs could have a whole new look under California housing bill -It's just not neighborhoods near major transit stops that could be transformed. Provisions in the bill that have gotten far less attention would essentially eliminate single-family zoning in the state by allowing any home or vacant lot in a residential area to be converted to up to four units. (SF Chronicle)

Clayton looks for local control in addressing housing crisis -But there is a housing crisis in the region, which resulted in the Bay Area-wide CASA compact. (Concord Clayton Pioneer)

The affordable housing crisis, explained -Blame policy, demographics, and market forces (Curbed)

The Beauty Premium: How Urban Beauty Affects Cities’ Economic Growth -A study finds that the more beautiful a city is, the more successful it is at attracting jobs and new residents, including highly educated and affluent ones. (CityLab)

A Smart City Is Rarely Smart Enough to Account for People’s Feelings -Smart cities are efficient, but tech can’t account for human emotion. In the Mission District of San Francisco, officials are learning to bridge the gap. (CityLab)

Washington state lawmakers move to address housing affordability and homelessness -Despite this year's progress, more will have to be done on homelessness and housing affordability, said Jim Baumgart, a policy adviser. (Seattle Times)

Is It More Affordable to Buy a House in California Lately? Realtors Think So -Housing affordability for condominiums and townhomes also improved in first-quarter 2019 compared to the previous quarter. (NBC Southern California)

Despite opposition from city planners, San Jose elected leaders advanced Santa Clara University's plan to build affordable teacher housing. But a similar idea two years ago proved to be controversial. (San Jose Spotlight)



Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund Provides $2.0 Billion Positive Impact to Illinois Economy -Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund Provides $2.0 Billion Positive Impact to ... impact that CTPF has on the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago. (Yahoo Finance)

After a Two-Year Search, CalPERS Finally Hires Private Equity Head -The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) concluded a two-year search at its Monday board meeting. (Chief Investment Officer)



In Latest Roundup Herbicide Defeat for Bayer, Jury Awards California Couple $2 Billion…Story.

 Los Angeles Fire Season Is Beginning Again. And It Will Never End… Story.

California has filed its 50th lawsuit against the Trump Administration, this time disputing union dues policy…Story.

X Prize contest aims to spark innovation in fighting California wildfires… Story

While the exemption would provide savings to families with young children, the LAO suggests the state could more directly benefit families in need another way: lowering the cost of child care… Story.

Raid on San Francisco reporter's home condemned as an attack on 1st Amendment…Story.

California could bring radical change to single-family home neighborhoods…Story.

Here's the list of California's 2019 crop of National Merit Scholarship winners… Link.

State parks standstill: Why California hasn't opened a new state park in 10 years…Story.

California might triple number of marijuana shops across state… Story.

Vaccine opponents tap social media to fight new California exemptions bill…Story.

The End of the Warriors as We Know Them…Story.

California on track to lose at least one congressional seat after 2020 Census…Story.

Record Imports at Port of Oakland, Partly Due to Companies Trying to Beat Trump's Tariff Increase…Story.

As seismic retrofits loom, SF restaurateurs wonder whether they can survive…Story.

BART development in North Berkeley could yield hundreds of housing units…Story.



Attorney: Lafayette charter lawsuit appeal coming -Voters approve home rule charter amendment creating separate city of Lafayette and parish of Lafayette councils.



Bay Area millennials wonder how their friends afford those Instagram trips -A third of those polled said they are influenced by all those cool posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to spend money on experiences.



Rainy Day East Bay Times

Today’s unseasonably heavy storm is predicated to intensify later this afternoon and this evening. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)



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