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Almost Daily Briefing

Post Date:08/20/2019 9:21 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community



Affluent, mostly white East Bay school district works hard to tackle racism - When some Campolindo High School water polo players texted the N-word last fall, school officials moved quickly to deal head-on with the problem on the mostly white, suburban campus in Moraga. The Acalanes Union High School District includes the affluent cities of Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette. (Milpitas Post)



Orinda PD Chief Announces His Retirement- Orinda Chief of Police Mark Nagel has announced his retirement after 20 years with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, with the last six years as the Chief of Orinda. (News 24/680)

BART Director Considering Ban On Panhandlers -BART Director Debora Allen says that among the areas of dissatisfaction for riders is panhandling. (KPIX 5)

Sex Offender Sweep Helped By Walnut Creek PD Nets 8 Arrests –A sweep to check compliance of registered sex offenders in the county included the efforts of the Walnut Creek Police Department. (Patch)

Cannabis Delivery In Pleasant Hill: City Council To Discuss -The Pleasant Hill City Council on Monday night will consider approving ordinances to allow "delivery only." (Patch) 

Cannabis In Concord: Latest From City Council  -The Concord City Council debated loosening cannabis regulations to allow more testing and manufacturing operations in the city. (Patch)

San Ramon ranked California’s safest city to raise a child -Other Bay Area cities on the national list were No. 30 Pleasanton and No. 47 Sunnyvale. (East Bay Times)

Contra Costa County Fire Increases Staffing on Busiest District Firetrucks -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) this week announced three firetrucks across the District are now staffed with four firefighters. (EastCountyToday)

Unemployment Rates Below 5 Percent Across All Bay Area Counties -Unemployment rates were below five percent in all nine San Francisco Bay Area counties last month. (Patch)



Town Hall Theatre Opens 75th Season  

Sharetea Coming Soon to Orinda

Broadway Princess Party 2019: Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

Tomato/Wine/Beer/Cheese Tasting Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Round Table Clubhouse Opens in Former Giuseppe’s Spot in San Ramon

Dave & Busters Opening Sept 2nd at The Veranda in Concord



PG&E craters on risk of up to $18 billion in California wildfire lawsuits - The California utility giant fell as much 30% to $10.05 in New York on Monday, the biggest intraday decline since the company signaled plans to file for bankruptcy in mid-January. PG&E’s bonds also declined. (BANG)

New California Law Tightens Rules for When Police Can Use Deadly Force -Law enforcement will face more restrictions on when they can use deadly force. (KQED)



Faced with threat of litigation, Cupertino promises to follow housing law - In a letter to state officials, Cupertino's city manager said the city will make sure it meets its housing goals, even if a key project falls through. (BANG)

A City Planner Makes a Case for Rethinking Public Consultation -Warren Logan, a Bay Area transportation planner, has new ideas about how to truly engage diverse communities in city planning. Hint: It starts with listening. (CityLab)

Partners Break Ground on Workforce Housing in San Francisco -Forge Development Partners and Bridge Investment Group recently broke ground on TL 361, a workforce housing project located in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. The project will feature two buildings comprised of 240 micro-units. (Multifamily Executive)

In Central Valley, studies show job growth is far outpacing housing growth -Infographic illustrates how housing construction hasn't kept up with job creation. (Modesto Bee)

Gentrification is changing California's iconic gay communities -Experts say neighborhoods that emerged as havens for gay Californians are now feeling the effects of rising home prices, shifting cultural norms and new ways of connecting. (CALmatters)

Do you remember downtown Santa Clara? Most people don't. It was demolished decades ago in the name of "urban renewal" -- but redevelopment never happened. Now a group is determined to bring it back. (San Jose Spotlight)




US equities, fixed income give boost to public plans -Thus far, we have seen one of the biggest systems in the country, CalPERS fall a bit shy of its return target. (Pensions & Investments)

No, Public Pension Reform Experiments Have Not Failed -Switching from a defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution or cash plan. It is entirely possible for a state or city to properly fund a Defined Benefit Fund. (Forbes)

Amid Concerns of a Recession, Pension Plan Returns Fall Short -Some pension plans didn't miss by much. The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest plan in the nation, has reported. (Governing) 



California's Biggest Cities Confront a 'Defecation Crisis

The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?

PG&E Stays in Charge of Mega-Billion-Dollar Bankruptcy Exit Plan

Audit: 60 former Sacramento city staffers may have kept using city fuel after jobs ended

Rising Sea Levels Leave Coastal Cities With Hard Choices

Feds open investigation into SF affordable housing policies

California cracks down on poaching in marine protected areas, but small-time anglers slip under the radar

Camp Fire Victims Plead With AT&T: My House Burned Down, Stop Billing Me!

Former Palm Springs mayor indicted in bribery scheme

One more big push, then just say cheese!: High-end photographers enter delivery rooms



Judges, court employees plead with Lafayette council members for more money -The council will consider the requests as an amendment to the Mayor's proposed 2020 budget.



An auctioneer made a $70 million pronunciation error. Sotheby’s failed to sell the world’s oldest “Porsche” after the disappointed crowd realized the bidding was actually at $17 million.




Superintendent Amy McNamara passes questionnaire sheets to high school students. Acalanes Union High School District is called ‘exceptional’ in its work on racial, equity issues. See Top Story, above. (Photo: East Bay Times)


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