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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:06/11/2019 10:03 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Power outages & broken a/c units during heatwave in the East Bay -“The problem is we just can't help customers,” said Lynda Onnar, who works at the Dutch Girl Cleaners along Mt. Diablo Blvd. (KTVU San Francisco)

Smoky Haze From Outlying Fires Prompts Dozens Of Inquiries From Edgy Residents Monday -Drift smoke from fires in outlying counties and a fresh 25+ acre fire on Willow Pass Road in Concord dumped large amounts of smoke into the 24/680 area. (News24-680.com) 

Brush fire in Concord threatened homes - The Willow Fire burning in Concord Monday has been contained after burning 25-acres. (KRON4)

What Bay Area firefighters are doing to prepare for fire season and how you can help -"Because of these winds, the rate of spread is fairly rapid uphill," said Steve Hill, with the Contra Costa County Fire Department. (KGO-TV)

Excessive heat in Bay Area is breaking records — and BART -Smoke from the Sand Fire in Yolo County, along with other small brush fires burning in Marin and Contra Costa counties could continue to impact air quality. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Extreme heat causes major delays on Caltrain and BART trains for commuters -On the third day of a record-breaking heat wave, even the Bay Area’s public transportation systems were struggling to adapt. (East Bay Times)

Walnut Creek Leaders To Consider New Regulations For Sidewalk Vendors – In response to a new state law significantly limiting cities in how they regulate sidewalk vendors. (CBS San Francisco)

Divers retrieve wreckage of small plane from Delta waters near Antioch -Divers from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department are retrieving wreckage from a plane that crashed Sunday in the Delta, just north of Antioch. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Focused Community Workshop Discussion of AARP Domain of Livability- Bonus: Emergency Preparedness

Downtown Objective Standards Subcommittee

9 Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness Opening in Lafayette beginning of July

Manakish Oven & Grill Coming to Walnut Creek

Thursday Music & Market - Summer Concert Series 2019: Concord

 

OTHER NEWS

California’s largest utility shuts off power to thousands of customers in areas with high wildfire risk, and the prolonged outages are driving interest in residential batteries. (Sacramento Bee)

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders reached a deal for a budget that gives boosts to funding for health care — including for undocumented residents — and early childhood education. It does not include a proposed water tax. (Capital Public Radio)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Building group still hopeful for a few state bills to pass -Senate Bill 50, which would've encouraged denser projects around jobs and transit, didn't move forward partly because of NIMBY attitudes. (Sacramento Business Journal)

California Bill to Allow Prison Inmates To Decide Their Own Sex -A bill by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener would allow prison inmates to decide their own sex, how they want to be addressed. (California Globe)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

6 in 10 Californians want to end single-family-only zoning near transit and jobs, poll says -The question mirrored the policy proposed in Senate Bill 50, now-shelved state legislation that would have allowed for four- to five-story apartments. (Los Angeles Times) 

More money to fight homelessness, less for youth services in proposed City budget -Starting next fiscal year, the city will begin making payments on the $448 million it owes the state pension fund, which fell into crisis after the recession. (Santa Monica Daily Press) 

Density Bonus: Can the South Bay learn to love more housing? In the South Bay, concern over density has become even greater than usual lately, thanks to a controversial piece of state legislation. (Easy Reader)

 

PENSION FUNDS

California retirees' pensions restored — at least partially — after CalPERS cuts -The Sierra County town of Loyalton has reached a settlement agreement with three retired city workers who sued the town and CalPERS. (Sacramento Bee)

SLO has $150 million in unfunded pensions. Now it has a plan to wipe out that burden -San Luis Obispo is hoping to wipe out its massive unfunded pension ... CalPERS calculates the funding it needs from cities. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

Foster City aims for strong budget: Revenue up, but salary and pension obligations remain -However, because the city has a wave of employee salary and pension obligations that will take up a large chunk of its budget. (San Mateo Daily Journal) 

More money to fight homelessness, less for youth services in proposed City budget -Starting next fiscal year, the city will begin making payments on the $448 million it owes the state pension fund, which fell into crisis after the recession. (Santa Monica Daily Press) 

Budget to add $500k to pension payment, $75k for grant -The two-year general fund budget — the budget that covers all of the city core services. (Coast News)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Magic Mountain evacuated as fast-moving brush fire burns nearby…Story.

To stop a virus, California has euthanized more than 1.2 million birds. Is it reckless or necessary?... Story.

White House rejects carmakers' plea for a deal with California on emissions… Story.

PG&E leaders tour Paradise in secrecy… Story.

California, feds want to narrow retirement gap. They can't agree on how…Story.

Homelessness Grows in California Despite New Government Spending… Story.

California court says convicts must pay restitution, even if crime is minor… Story.

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette officials react after severe weather  -In Lafayette, we have increased flooding because our landscape.

 

AND FINALLY…

Nonprofit jobs can pay off. Average compensation at a nonprofit is almost $8 per hour higher than what for-profit workers earn in some sectors.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Power Outage - East Bay Times

Power outages plagued homes and businesses in the East Bay yesterday. See Local News, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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