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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:07/11/2019 9:14 AM

News Roundup for #LoveLafayette

 

LOCAL NEWS

Wildland Fire Training Exercise Planned Thursday -Firefighters from Moraga-Orinda Fire District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, East Bay Regional Parks, Contra Costa County Fire and Cal Fire will conducted the training. (Patch)

Town, EBMUD in settlement talks over landslides -Legal action delayed against utility over damage caused to bridges (East Bay Times)

Thousands Of Books Being Given Away By Contra Costa Co. Library -The book giveaway will be located in the shipping and receiving area behind the Pleasant Hill Library. (Patch)

Concord to consider new rules on cannabis after temporary ban - As the city considers whether to allow cannabis retail stores and small-scale cannabis cultivation, distribution and manufacturing companies to open up shop in Concord, it is seeking residents’ input on the kinds of rules those businesses should follow if permitted to operate. (East Bay Times)

Park District Gets 2216 Acres At Concord Naval Weapons Station -A public event is set for Saturday to celebrate the East Bay Regional Park District's historic acceptance of 2,216 acres. (Patch)

Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina to retire in December - Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the year. (East Bay Times)

Bay Area cities want to split and run parts of PG&E; a new bill would make that harder - With Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. in bankruptcy amid billions of dollars in wildfire liability claims, some California cities are considering buying off pieces of the utility's assets and running parts of the power system on their own. (BANG)

Necessary innovation to prevent fare evasion or weird guillotine-like contraption that won’t help? BART’s new double-decker fare gates are getting mixed reviews. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Santa Clara lawmakers cleared the way for a massive new residential development that will include 1,565 apartments, with 10 percent -- or about 157 apartments -- considered affordable. (San Jose Spotlight)

Over 500 artists and academics protest SF mural destruction -Most of the signature are from artists or faculty at schools like Stanford, Mills College, UC Berkeley, and the New York Academy of Art. (Curbed SF)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Environmental Task Force Meeting

'7-Eleven Day' Free Slurpee Bash 2019: All Stores In CA

PG&E Wildfire Program Meeting: Walnut Creek

Snickerdoodles Closes in Danville

Toy Story 4 Director, Josh Cooley at Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary

 

OTHER NEWS

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that Pacific Gas & Electric knew for years that much of its massive system was dangerously outdated, but didn’t make necessary repairs. (The Wall Street Journal)

California ranks as one of the worst states to retire, report says -How bad is the quality of life in California that New Jersey beat us? (BANG)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

SF leaders protest provisions in state wildfire bill -Scott Wiener opposed the bill in large part because it would constrain the ability of local governments to create or grow municipal utilities. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Lawmakers weigh legislation that would create a $21 billion fund to help utilities pay for wildfire damage. (The New York Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Bus Service to Resume to Transbay Saturday (NBCBayArea)

Scooters are the Future of Urban Mobility? (CNBC)

And Housing is Still Insane (CBSLocal)

Now Helicopter Hailing? (EastBayTimes)

The Fate of Old San Francisco Ferries (SFChron)

23 governors join California in opposing federal rollback of clean car standards (LA Times)

The law insists that you drive a car (The Atlantic)

Electric bikes are better for cities than electric cars (Electrek)

Freeways transferred wealth out of cities (Plan Philly)

Bike lanes make cities safer for everyone, not just bicyclists (Outside)

Riverside considers raising its transportation sales tax (Press Enterprise)

Bill would require cities to create safe parking programs for homeless (CBS)

Could a rewards system get more people to ride transit? (KQED)

High speed rail authority chooses routes to S.F. Bay Area (ABC7)

CA lets Waymo test autonomous taxis (Transport Topics)

Don’t count on regulators to make self-driving cars safe for pedestrians (Slate)

California’s climate policies are making a difference, especially fuel standards (The Hill)

Yet, despite growth in electric cars, emissions are rising (CALmatters)

CTC allocates SHOPP money for state highway projects: pavement, signals, more (SCV News)

Placer county gets grant to plan traffic, parking management and trails (Sierra Sun)

Freeway under/overpasses for animals are crucial for their survival (Press-Enterprise)

No buses, but S.F.’s new transbay center does have a gondola (Mercury News)

OSHA tells employers to ban texting while driving (Business Journals)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Appeals court sides with city in lawsuit over pension bond election -The city used the bond sale to issue funds to its police and municipal employee funds, cementing Turner's pension reform package. (Chron.com)

California union urges Montana board to avoid investing in hotel owner involved in labor disputes -They also said hotels in Irvine and Redwood City, owned by CBRE Global Investors. (KTVQ)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Ridgecrest earthquake mystery: Why so little destruction from huge temblors?

Thousands of Families Could Lose Housing in California Under Trump Proposal

Gavin Newsom signed a law changing the definition of beer in California

Judge orders PG&E response to WSJ, ABC10 stories

California's second largest pension fund says Trump's tweets are a market risk

California to Consider US Plan to Kill Farallon Islands Mice

Desperate to get rid of homeless people, some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers

40,000 San Jose students to automatically receive library cards

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

YWCA of Greater Lafayette celebrating 90 years of service -Something that West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said is helping police officers.

 

AND FINALLY…

Metallica is for kids. The heavy metal band’s illustrated children’s book, called The ABCs of Metallica, will be published in November.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 Wildfire Training MOFD

You can expect to see smoke on Thursday in the Lamorinda area. A live-fire training exercise will be held on Bear Creek Road from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. See Local News, above. (Photo: MOFD)

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