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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/12/2019 9:48 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORY

Lady Gaga meets Lafayette? Well, almost -Lady Gaga meets Lafayette? Well, it’s actually her Born This Way Foundation. The foundation is asking the Lafayette City Council to recognize Sept. 1-21 as “BeKind 21” in Lafayette. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Stolen Bike Quickly Recovered In Danville, Arrest Made -A young Danville resident, who had his bike stolen. Within 24 hours of the theft, Mark Linn, 49, was arrested in Lafayette. (Patch)

Diablo Ballet will open a dance school in Pleasant Hill -Diablo Ballet, the Walnut Creek-based company that has been a mainstay of the East Bay dance scene for a quarter of a century. (The Mercury News)

Bore 1 reopened after car fire in Caldecott Tunnel -At 10:36 a.m. Sunday, a Subaru Forester stopped in eastbound Bore 1 of the tunnel and caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. (East Bay Times)

Distressed Hikers In Las Trampas, On Mt. Diablo Rescued -A Contra Costa Sheriff's Office helicopter was dispatched twice Saturday to rescue stranded hikers, according to the agency. (Patch)

Hey Berkeley: Are you ready for up to 8 days without electricity?  Could a public safety power outage affect you? If you live anywhere in PG&E's service territory your electricity could be shut off for longer than 48 (Berkeleyside)

San Leandro: Commission denies Aguilar’s fence modification request. Will he appeal City Council? -A controversial request by San Leandro Councilmember Victor Aguilar, Jr. to approve a fence he constructed without a permit was denied by the San Leandro Planning and Board of Zoning Commission last week, setting up the possibility of a contentious appeal of the decision to the City Council in coming months. (EB Citizen)

Oakland Ethics Commission fines Schaaf for campaign finance violation -Oakland's Public Ethics Commission recommended a $1,000 fine against Mayor Libby Schaaf's 2014 mayoral campaign on Monday night for violating the city's campaign finance rules. (EB Citizen)

Oakland Coliseum executive resigns amid controversy - The executive director and CEO of the public agency overseeing the Coliseum and Oracle Arena resigned Friday amid questions over a stadium naming rights deal worth $3 million. (East Bay Times)

The San Francisco school board is reconsidering a decision to destroy a series of historic murals after complaints of censorship. The murals, which depict slaves and a dead Native American, were painted in the 1930s. (The New York Times)

Delivery robots are finally coming to SF -But only for tests, not for service—yet. (Curbed SF)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

City Council Meeting

Design Review Commission

Trains Rolling At The Museum Of The San Ramon Valley

Music & Movies Under the Stars 2019: Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

Vegetation Management in High Fire-Risk Areas - In December 2017, the CPUC adopted new vegetation and fire safety standards that require power companies to maintain greater vegetation clearances to increase the safety of overhead power lines in high fire-threat areas. (Sonoma County Gazette)

PG&E pledges to release clearer outage plan as Sonoma County puts forward blurred map -PG&E officials say they will provide a clearer picture of how planned power cuts to prevent wildfires could affect Sonoma County. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat_

PG&E launches new resource for customers to prepare for wildfires -Learn how to open your garage door manually in case the power is shut off for safety or if there is an emergency outage. (Record Bee)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

California housing crisis: Development fees unpredictable, stifle construction - A new report found developer impact fees can stifle residential construction and raise costs on new homes and apartments. The study suggests changing fee structures if state lawmakers want to encourage more development. (BANG)

California housing affordability dips in second quarter 2019 -Higher home prices negated the lowest interest rates in more than a year and reduced Californians' ability to afford a home. (Napa Valley Register)

Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools - As the Bay Area housing market cools, rates of bidding wars plunge. (BANG)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Gov. Newsom Appoints Lendistry's Stacie Olivares-Castain to Board of CalPERS  -With a market value of $377 billion, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is the nation's largest public pension fund. (MENAFN.COM) 

CalPERS considers board confidentiality rules ahead of private equity rollout -The plan includes creating two “CalPERS Direct” funds, one to focus on late stage venture and another on long-hold investments. (PE Hub)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Rent Control Could Arrive In Sacramento As Backers Of Ballot Measure Agree To Compromise

PPIC: Brown's LCFF misses low income students in wealthy districts

PG&E hedge fund owners propose $15 billion bankruptcy investment

Police arrest 2 amid rash of catalytic converter thefts, mainly from Priuses

San Francisco fentanyl overdose deaths soared in 2018 with 89 dead

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette will look into charging homeowners in unincorporated areas for fire response -The state provides a rebate to the city of Lafayette for fire protection based on population.

 

AND FINALLY…

J.D. Salinger’s unseen handwritten works are being digitized by his son. The reclusive author saw publishing during his lifetime as an invasion of privacy.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation will be asking the Lafayette City Council tonight to recognize Sept. 1-21 as “BeKind 21” in Lafayette. See Top Story, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)

 

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