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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/13/2019 10:00 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORY

Around Lafayette: Srivatsa taking helm as new city manager -The big news this month is that Lafayette has a new city manager. (Lamorinda Sun)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Wildcat Canyon Road is closing this week in East Bay hills -Closures include portions of San Pablo Dam Road and Inspiration Point, according to a release from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and Contra Costa County Public Works Department. (East Bay Times)

Senator Steve Glazer Announces Re-Election Bid -Senator Steve Glazer today (August12, 2019) announced his intention to run for re-election to the California State Senate. In a strong show of support, more than 50 county Supervisors, Mayors and City Council Members announced their endorsement of Glazer for a new four-year term. (EastCountyToday)

Safe parking program for homeless residents gets green light in Walnut Creek -People struggling with homelessness could find some safety at night in the form of a new program. (East Bay Times)

Bad Apples: Walnut Creek Police Looking For This Trio After Sunday Apple Store Theft - Three females entered the Apple store on S. Main St. in Walnut Creek and stole 16 iPhones, reportedly shoving an employee on their way out of the store and fleeing in a silver 4-door Honda Civic. (News 24/680)

New guidelines for Contra Costa County residents for wildfires, other emergencies -The Contra Costa Fire Protection District is out with a new, online guide designed to help residents prepare for wildfires. (KGO)

Thirteen charged in cross-bay drug trafficking conspiracy – A complaint describes drug dealers housed in the East Bay and carpooling across the Bay Bridge who distributed heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in the Tenderloin. (Contra Costa Herald)

Who’s A G’boy? Bear – And He’s Just Joined The DA’s Office To Assist Crime Victims -The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is excited to announce a facility dog “Bear” will be helping victims of crime during all aspects of a criminal case, especially children. (News 24/680)

East Bay's Maggie Steffens, Melissa Seidemann Claim Gold In Peru -The U.S. Women's National Water Polo Team continued its dominant run, defeating Canada 24-4, to claim gold at the 2019 Pan American Games. (Patch)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

SRV Exchange Club's Luncheon Speaker John Place: Danville

Woodstock Tribute - 3 Concerts: Todos Santos Plaza, Concord

Astronomy Lecture

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Sextet: Art Blakey’s Centennial Year at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Aug 24th

 

OTHER NEWS

'Absolutely catastrophic': Northern California braces for more PG&E shut-offs -The impacts may be extreme and unprecedented, cutting entire cities off from the electric grid for several days in the worst-case scenarios. (SF Chroncile)

PG&E is accused of trying to dodge wildfire responsibilities - PG&E -- already a convicted felon for federal crimes it committed before and after a fatal gas explosion in San Bruno -- is under fire because of the company's attempts to convince a U.S. bankruptcy judge to predict what how a jury would. (East Bay Times)

County updates public on plans for potential PG&E scheduled power outages -Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo recently provided an update on the county's plan in case of a planned PG&E shutoff of power. (Ukiah Daily Journal)

Morgan Hill survives internet, cell outage -Many residents and businesses in Morgan Hill spent most of the day and evening Aug. 8 without Wi-Fi or cellular service. (Morgan Hill Times)

More than 37,000 Kaiser workers in California vote to authorize a strike - Kaiser has made an offer that includes raises and preserves a pension plan, but employees say co-pay increases wipe out a chunk of their raises. (BANG)

U.C. Irvine nabbed the top spot in Money magazine’s college rankings, which were based on a range of factors that point to value and quality of education over prestige. Seven other U.C. campuses, Cal State Long Beach and Caltech also ranked highly. (Money)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

State lawmakers returned on Monday after a monthlong break. Here’s the legislation they’ll be looking at. (CalMatters)

Housing, charter schools, vaccines: Lawmakers return to Capitol with a big to-do list -Senate Bill 50 would have rewritten zoning regulations across California and required local jurisdictions to make room for housing. (Sacramento Bee)

Will California Protect Tenants? -Assembly member David Chiu’s AB 1482 provides statewide rent caps and just cause eviction. Governor Newsom is on board. It would be an historic win for tenants, whose state agenda has been strangled by Big Real Estate. (Beyond Chron)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Oakland Dominates SF in Housing Production -Builders in Oakland are on course to create more new housing units than San Francisco this year, leading to-at least temporarily-a renters' market in Oakland. Currently, 9,304 units are under construction. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Permits for New Homes Sink in Santa Clara County -Santa Clara County issued permits for 2,781 housing units from January through June this year, a precipitous drop from the 3,808 permits issued over the same period in 2018. (Mountain View Voice)

Huge Rejected Housing Project May Be Revived Due to Pressure from State Officials -Facing possible lawsuits and state fines over its recent rejection of the 425-unit project, the San Bruno City Council will meet privately in the coming weeks to consider its options for the proposed development. (San Francisco Chronicle)

New Oregon Law Encourages Affordable Housing Options -Under the new law, cities in Oregon with more than 10,000 residents must now allow for the construction of some type of what's known as "missing middle housing," or housing types that are somewhere between high-rise apartments and single family homes. (KTVZ)

Before Google Maps and Waze told drivers how to get around Los Angeles, thousands of families kept a Thomas Guide in their back seats or glove compartments. Now, with the apps’ “egocentric” routing, have we lost the ability to see L.A. as a whole? (CityLab)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Six people wanted to help cut $3.5 million from budget -Cities around California now have to make up the missing pension funds. Santa Monica will be paying down its unfunded liability over the next 13 years. (Santa Monica Daily Press)

City Council to vote on response to grand jury report -The city concurred with a finding that changes in health plan rates announced by CalPERS were not brought before the council or public. (TheReporter.Com)

America's Pension Funds Fell Short in 2019 -Public pension plans fell short of their projected returns this year. (Wall Street Journal)

US Pension Returns Trail Targets for First Time in Three Years -U.S. public pensions posted their weakest performance in three years. (Bloomberg)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Audit finds DMV double-registered nearly 84,000 voters

State DOJ: Sausalito charter school intentionally segregated students

Police fear 'suicide by cop' cases. So they've stopped responding to some calls

California home builders are pulling back, deflating hopes for housing relief

A cliff collapse. Three deaths. More bluff failures expected with rising seas

This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True

As summer camps turn on facial recognition, parents demand: More smiles, please

Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Events announced around 2019 elections in Lafayette -KATC will be airing the Lafayette Mayor-President debate/ forums.

 

AND FINALLY…

Pompeii had sorcerers. A box full of colorful crystals and symbolic objects was found alongside a group of women in one house.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Niroop Appointed

Lafayette has a new City Manager this morning. Last night, a contract for Niroop Srivatsa (left in photo) to take the helm was unanimously approved by the City Council. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

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