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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/09/2019 9:21 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

TOP STORY

East Bay Regional Parks trail to temporarily close for bridge repairs -Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail closure begins July 15 and project will take a month to complete. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Making Lafayette More Senior Friendly: Effort Continues -Many seniors would dearly love to "age in place," but may need help with transportation, shopping, and more.  (Patch)

Flurry Of Coffeeshop Snatch-And-Grab Thefts In Lafayette, Walnut Creek Friday -Neighbors savoring a little down-time in their local coffee shop ended up chasing after thieves who made off with a purse and a laptop in separate thefts in Walnut Creek and Lafayette Friday. (News 24/680)

Walnut Creek Police Arrest Man For Grand Theft -Police say he was nabbed in their BAIT program. (Patch)

Stealth Closures Further Rattle Unsteady Local Restaurant Scene -Pick your reason: unforgiving landlords, an unforgiving and fickle public, changes in the national diet, corporate pressure on franchisees – the restaurant business, already tough, seems to be getting even tougher. (News 24/680)

PG&E helicopter slated to continue work in East Bay Hills this week -Some were concerned it was there for a crime scene, others pointed out the noise pollution was not particularly appreciated over a holiday weekend. (Berkeleyside)

Low-flying PG&E helicopters survey Bay Area power lines for fire risks -The utility is inspecting power lines in the high-fire threat areas of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. (San Francisco Chronicle)

PG&E Holding Open House Events On Wildfire Safety Program -A series of open house events on wildfire safety and emergency preparedness will be around the Bay Area in July and August by PG&E. (SFGate) 

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Special Meeting Trails Subcommittee

Free Movie – Viva Las Vegas at Orinda Theatre July 11th

Pho Saigon Closes at Newell Promenade in Downtown Walnut Creek

abercrombie kids Opening at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek August 16th

Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill July 18th

 

OTHER NEWS

PG&E seeks legislative help to resolve 2017 and 2018 wildfire claims -PG&E Corp. wants California lawmakers to let it finance its 2017 and 2018 wildfire ... including customers and traditional utility investors such as pension plans. (San Francisco Chronicle)

California Fishermen Report the Biggest Salmon Season in a Decade -California commercial fishermen are reporting the biggest king salmon season in a decade, on the heels of three years of disastrously low catches because of the drought. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Bill to strengthen anti-rent-gouging legislation -Assembly Bill 1482 would cap annual rent increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus seven percent and give tenants added eviction protections. (Vallejo Times Herald)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Why U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Are at Their Highest Level in Almost 30 Years -U.S. pedestrian deaths are at their highest level since 1990. Possible explanations include wider roads, sprawling cities, heavier traffic in residential areas due to navigation apps and increasing distractions from digital devices. (PBS News Hour)

California Residents Turn to 'Granny Flats' as a Small-Scale Solution for Housing -The games are over. This infill housing that we're all talking about that needs to be done, it's going to happen suburbia. (NPR)

Single-Family Zoning Versus the City, Mapped -Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui have released a mapping project for the New York Times that maps U.S. cities by single-family zoning and all other forms of residential zoning. The article includes historical detail about the rise of single-family zoning in the 20th century the recent trend toward ending urban single-family zoning. (Planetizen)

First Parking Site for People Living in RVs Opens in Oakland in Bid to Ease Housing Crisis -City officials say the RV parking program, a six-month pilot, will support between 30 and 50 vehicles. The site, a city-owned lot located next to the Oakland Coliseum, features wash stations, garbage service and a weekly shower van, plus 24-hour security. Residents must be over 18 years old with RVs in driving condition. (KQED)

Homeless People Protest SF Collecting Their Belongings -City cleanup crews pick up needles, furniture and debris cluttering the sidewalk, but homeless people and their advocates demand that the city return tents, clothing, photographs, medication, and a bike trailer. (San Francisco Chronicle)

BART's End of the Line Surges with Homeless as Misery Plays out Each Night -"There's people in the Bay Area who don't have any homes, so they just ride the trains," said BART spokesman Jim Allison. "Are they living in the transit system? Well, that's subjective." (San Francisco Chronicle)

North Bay Gets $29 Million Financial Boost to Build Housing for Homeless with Mental Illness -The money comes via the first round of awards from the state's No Place Like Home program and will fund two projects in Santa Rosa and one in Napa. (Press Democrat)

East Palo Alto to Add Affordable Homes, New Transit Connections with $20M Grant -Funds will be used to add 91 additional affordable housing units to Light Tree Apartments and expand transit services with three zero-emissions buses, California Strategic Growth Council announced on Friday. (Palo Alto Online)

Stanford Commits to $4.7 Billion for Housing, Transit, Public Education -Stanford University is offering $3.4 billion to build 575 affordable housing units and 1,597 market-rate units plus $1.3 billion for transit and public education benefits as it faces pushback over a proposed 2.3 million-square-foot academic expansion over the next two decades. (San Francisco Chronicle)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Not All Cities Have A Pension Problem -In contrast to the top group of cities which have fully funded pensions, Fresno, California, is the largest city with an overfunded pension position. (MuniNet Guide)

Workers in California are one step closer to retirement security -California's state-sponsored retirement program, called CalSavers, is now out of the pilot phase and officially available to the public. (MarketWatch)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Californians' Alert Apps Didn't Sound for 2 Big Earthquakes. Why Not?,

California's big PG&E wildfire bill: What you need to know

Wanting to ease utility wildfire costs, Newsom faces biggest test yet with lawmakers

California cities, counties spent $4 billion on overtime in 2018

Ting bill would ramp up clean car rebates, then taper off  

Tiny homes and floating apartments: California mayors reply to the growing homeless problem  

Before you buy cannabis, brush up on California laws and safety precautions 

Growing pains, housing crunch strain town-gown relations in Berkeley, Palo Alto

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Some Lafayette Homes To Be Demolished -Lafayette Consolidated Government has over 1,000 properties, mostly in the city of Lafayette, that have recurring problems.

 

AND FINALLY…

Judges are struggling to interpret emojis. Their multiple meanings are complicating court cases in the US.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

EBRP Bridge 

The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail will be closed beginning July 15 for about a month for bridge replacement and safety improvements, according to the East Bay Regional Park District. (Photo: East Bay Regional Park District)

 

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