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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/19/2019 9:35 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORIES

East Bay official says she won't recuse herself from discussing apartment project - After recusing herself in February from discussions about a planned 315-apartment unit project, Lafayette Vice Mayor Susan Candell has reversed course, now saying she’ll be participate in those talks. (East Bay Times) 

Lafayette names interim city manager to permanent job -It's official — Niroop Kasthuri Srivasta is Lafayette's new city manager. (East Bay Times) 

 

LOCAL NEWS

Thousands of PG&E customers without power in Contra Costa County — Thousands of residents are without power Friday night in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. The preliminary cause of the outage is weather. (KRON)

San Jose Residents Upset After Several PG&E Outages During Heat Wave -The heat wave in the Bay Area is continuing to knock out power in several neighborhoods and many residents are annoyed by the outages. (NBC Bay Area)

PG&E Investigating Cause Behind Power Outage In Marin County -This was not a public safety power shutoff situation,” Contreras said. “We are still investigating how this happened. We restored power within 2.5 hours. (CBS San Francisco) 

East Bay travelers see significant delays as BART conducts weekend track work -Travelers experienced significant delays Sunday as BART shut down lanes of Highway 24 near the Lafayette BART Station. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Wildfire Prep, Evacuation Guide Released By County Firefighters -The guide contains tips for dealing with the extended power outages PG&E is planning to use this fire season. (SFGate)

Security video shows thief take employee's purse from Walnut Creek hair salon -Security video from a Walnut Creek hair salon shows a woman wearing a baseball cap and apparently snatching a purse. (KRON)

Mt. Diablo Unified gets new superintendent -The Mt. Diablo Unified School District has a new leader — Robert Martinez. The district's school board unanimously selected Martinez. (East Bay Times) 

Under investigation Contra Costa College President VanderWoude resigns -The Governing Board of the Contra Costa Community College District (District) and Dr. Katrina VanderWoude have agreed that she will resign as Contra Costa College (CCC) President effective on August 14, 2019.  A resignation agreement was approved by the Board at a special meeting on August 14. (Contra Costa Herald)

Students to patrol for fires at Oakland college with failing alarms - City fire inspectors found failing alarms, code violations, and unsafe conditions. Merritt College is the second school in the Peralta Community College District to be put on notice and forced to pay thousands of dollars for people to periodically look for signs of smoke or flames. (KTVU)

Bay Area renters could see relief from sky-high prices -Just three cities in the region saw month-over-month growth of more than 1 percent. (BANG)

A landlord in Alameda has worked to evict an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor from his home of 17 years. His ailing son, who lived with him, died fearing that he would be cast into the street. (The Guardian)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Downtown Objective Standards Subcommittee

Creeks Committee

Transportation & Circulation Commission

Tableaux a la Russe with Pianist Robyn Carmichael : Lafayette

California Independent Film Festival 2019: Orinda

 

OTHER NEWS

California wildfires down 90 percent this year -An average recent year sees nearly ten times the acreage burned. (Curbed SF)

Coastal Commission frowns on trenching idea for rail tracks atop oceanfront bluffs -A proposal to place the railroad tracks in a trench at the edge of the bluff in Del Mar raises “serious concerns” about erosion and access to the beach, according to the California Coastal Commission. (LA Times) 

Hiker on solo trip who disappeared in Northern California mountains is found dead -Daniel Komins, a 34-year-old hiker who had gone missing in the Trinity Alps in Northern California, was found dead Sunday morning, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office said. (SF Gate)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Facebook money pushes Chiu housing bill -Only the Nimbyism factor is accompanied by specific examples: “a lawsuit brought against the City of Lafayette for denying what would have been a 315-unit moderate-income development in favor of a significantly lower density proposal aimed at higher-income households, and the City of Brisbane’s rejection of any housing units as part of its proposal to accept eight million square feet of new commercial and industrial development.” (48 Hills)

California Legislature should recognize that housing is a right, not a Wall Street commodity -For example, a stripped-down version of Chiu's Assembly Bill 1487 seeks to gain approval for a 2020. CALmatters)

As home construction sputters, Gavin Newsom calls for rent caps and less red tape -He also said he hopes lawmakers pass Senate Bill 330 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which would suspend some local development rules. (Sacramento Bee)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Huntington Beach council to review previously denied Ellis Avenue condo development -Six letters supporting the proposed condos — including from the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, which is San Francisco-based. (Los Angeles Times) 

Governor Gavin Newsom Highlights Major Actions Taken to Confront Housing Crisis. -I've long said that California must use every tool in its toolbox to confront the housing affordability crisis, and that's what this administration will do. (Imperial Valley News)

"Sue The Suburbs" group puts apartment-denying Los Altos, California on notice The four-person California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, or CaRLA, has one reason for being — to sue cities that reject housing. (Archinect) 

 

PENSION FUNDS

California Governor Says Citing Decisions to Save For a Rainy Day, Major Credit Agency -This includes $3 billion to CalPERS and $2.9 billion to CalSTRS on behalf of the state, and $3.15 billion to CalSTRS and CalPERS. (Sierra Sun Times)

Amid Concerns of a Recession, Pension Plan Returns Fall Short -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest plan in the nation, has reported a 6.7 percent return for the year. (Governing)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Cal Channel to end broadcasting after three decades

Gig-worker bill: Gavin Newsom keeps his distance from California's big fight

Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020

California now has the biggest legal marijuana market in the world. Its black market is even bigger

He did not perform any work': former CSU professor loses 10 years of CalPERS service credit

 Ex-Dublin superintendent paid nearly half a million in departure from district

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette's twinning with Moncton in 1970s caused 'ruckus' - The mayor of Moncton at the time had strong opinions on some things, one of them being the language issue.

 

AND FINALLY…

Plant-based eggs are starting to compete with the real thing. They’re made from mung beans, sold as a liquid, and apparently convincing in both flavor and texture.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Susan Candell

Lafayette Vice Mayor Susan Candell reads a statement about her decision not to recuse herself in the proposed Terraces of Lafayette apartment project at the Aug. 12 Lafayette City Council meeting. See Top Stories, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette via East Bay Times)

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