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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/08/2019 9:31 AM



Lafayette council to appoint interim city manager to permanent job -“I am so pleased that the City Council is considering Niroop Srivatsa as Lafayette's next City Manager,” Mayor Mike Anderson said in a statement. (East Bay Times)



Fast-moving fire burns 58 acres; evacuations lifted in Oakley -About 4,600 customers in the area were briefly without power after a “precautionary power shutdown” requested by firefighters. (East Bay Times)

‘Trapped’ residents ‘evacuated’ to safety in Berkeley’s first-ever wildfire drill -Fortunately for everyone, the disaster was only a drill. Sunday’s one-hour exercise was the first of three planned events in the city in August. (Berkeleyside)

'Chief Risk Officer' Convicted Of Embezzlement Used Money For Golf, Gambling -A Walnut Creek Man employed as the chief risk officer for an East Bay construction firm was found guilty Friday of four felonies. (SFGate)

SRVUSD Celebrating Ribbon Cuttings At 2 Schools -The ribbon cuttings will celebrate the new San Ramon Valley High School building, and expansion and upgrades at Stone Valley Middle School. (Patch)

Safeway store in North Oakland has liquor license suspended because of sales to minors - A North Oakland Safeway store had its liquor license suspended for 60 days for selling alcohol to minors, state officials said. (BANG)

Historic East Bay school to reopen after $60 million upgrade -Historic Alameda High School will officially reopen on Thursday. (East Bay Times)



City Council Meeting

Design Review Commission

Environmental Task Force Meeting

Rheem Theatre Sold to Cinema West – Closed for Now

BLOW UP II at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek through Sept 15th

Role Players Ensemble to Stage The Glass Menagerie

Polished Perfection Coming to Lyric in Downtown Walnut Creek



Chico proposal for curfew during PG&E outages called 'a hard sell' -Twenty residents showed up at Chico's City Council to speak against a curfew during PG&E shutoffs. (The Mercury News)

HMB residents warned about possibility of long outages -Coastside residents should prepare to be without electricity as PG&E aims to reduce fire danger by preemptively shutting off electrical power. (Half Moon Bay Review)

Officials in Marin Gird for Wildfire Outages -Marin could face a blackout lasting a week or more if Pacific Gas and Electric Co. implements a plan to switch off power to avoid a wildfire. (

Ukiah hosts meeting on preparing for power shutoffs -Ukiah hosts meeting on preparing for power shutoffs focused on getting ready for the power outages expected to occur. (Ukiah Daily Journal)



Lyft Fined for Not Having Enough Bikes (KQED)

Landlords to Annex Oakland Street (KQED)

Sue the Suburbs for Housing (MarinIJ)

State Threatens to Sue Cupertino on Housing (SFChron)

Sonoma Affordable Housing Has Lots of Parking (KPIX)

Contra Costa Plans for Transportation Future (EastBayTimes)

CA’s low carbon fuel standards can help increase adoption of electric vehicles (GreenBiz)

CA struggles with climate change, while some push for more sprawl (Bloomberg)

How much traffic do Uber and Lyft generate? Now we have a better idea (CityLab)

High rents, nowhere to go: how the housing crisis is playing out in Modesto (Modesto Bee)

Breaking Down the Housing Crisis (ABCNews)

More on Wiener, the Election and Housing (48Hills)

San Bruno Housing Project May be Revived (SFChron)

Downtown San Jose to Add High-Rise Housing (CBSLocal)

Target Missed for Busing Homeless (SFExaminer)

In the U.K., drivers who kill while using a phone will face life sentences (The Telegraph)

How much parking? Too much parking (Strong Towns)

San Bruno rejected a housing project, but state says: not so fast (SF Chronicle)

Getting electric vehicles to pay a share of road maintenance (Planetizen)

Maybe you should stop flying? (Vox)

In bankruptcy, PG&E renegotiates contracts with solar, wind energy providers; won’t abandon CA’s clean energy goals (Sacramento Bee)



In SF, NAACP Leaders protest removal of George Washington mural

Give Up Your Gas Stove To Save The Planet? Banning Gas Is The Next Climate Push

California failing on Medi-Cal access to care, audit finds

One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees

Take note, California: San Diego is showing progress on housing

Palm Springs Sets New Heat Record, California Records Hottest July Ever

'Emoji house' feud erupts as frustrated residents urge Manhattan Beach to take action

Tech millionaire fined $3.76M after destroying wetlands for winery

Riverside student hacks into school computers and changes grades, authorities say



West Lafayette gets 'Turtle Xing' sign thanks to boy's plea -A second grader in West Lafayette is making a difference in his community. Jack Wietbrock noticed an area in the city where turtles were seen crossing and wanted to make sure they could get to where they're going without harm.



Yosemite is sporting pink snow. The coloring at high altitudes is a defense mechanism against heat and UV rays.



Niroop Small 

Niroop Srivatsa will be considered by the City Council on Monday for appointment as Lafayette’s new City Manager. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)




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