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Almost Daily Briefing, September 5, 2019

Post Date:09/05/2019 9:41 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORY

Developer confident major East Bay apartment project will be built -Since the development was first proposed in March 2011, it has been marked by controversy. (East Bay Times)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Firefighters Battle Stubborn Fire In Pleasant Hill Wednesday - Passersby reported seeing significant smoke and flame from a window of the building and firefighters battled the blaze for some time before declaring it under control. (News 24/680)

MDUSD to hold final community forum on maps for by-trustee elections Sept. 11 -Mt. Diablo Unified School District invites families, students, community and business leaders, and other stakeholders to attend a newly-scheduled forum. (Concord Clayton Pioneer)

Woman Shoots Self In Front Of San Ramon Police Officers Wednesday; Dies At Hospital - San Ramon police say a distraught woman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound fired as officers attempted to talk her into dropping her weapon in a parking lot outside 4000 Executive Parkway Wednesday. (News 24/680)

Toxic algae warnings issued for some Bay Area lakes -Officials say cyanobacteria can sicken humans and kill animals. (BANG)

DeSaulnier introduces private bill to protect Concord woman receiving medical treatment, and family from deportation -Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the introduction of a private bill (H.R. 4225) to allow Maria Isabel Bueso, a resident of Concord, California, to remain in the United States to continue to receive treatment for her rare, life-threatening disease. (Contra Costa Herald)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

City Council Meeting-Performance at 6:30

Design Review Commission

Sustainable Sunday in Lafayette

Broadway Star Adam Pascal 2019: Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

Advanced Estate Planning and Asset Protection Workshop

TruFusion Opens at Plaza Escuela in Downtown Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

Where can you afford rent in California? Here’s an interactive map that shows you. (The Los Angeles Times)

Wildfire threats prompt PG&E power shutoff, restoration drills in California - The PSPS efforts are part of an expansion to PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program, implemented after the damaging 2017 and 2018 wildfires. (Daily Energy Insider)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A hard-fought bill that would restrict vaccine exemptions for school children cleared the Legislature, but Gov. Gavin Newsom said he wouldn’t sign it until it’s changed more. (The Sacramento Bee)

Bill to Create Statewide Database of Land Available for Development Goes Before the Assembly -The advancement of SB 4, SB 5, and SB 6 also comes after a more sweeping housing bill by Senator Scott Wiener. (California Globe)

California governor strengthens bill for statewide rent control -Gavin Newsom and Assembly and Senate leadership announced a deal to strengthen Assembly Bill 1482. (Curbed LA)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

LA sued over plan to add denser housing near transit (Curbed LA)

BART’s New Digital Signs (Curbed)

BART Ending Paper Ticket Sales at Powell (SFWeekly)

Deaths from red light running are at a ten-year high (NPR)

Nevada to collect mileage data on every motorist in a seven-year pilot (Planetizen)

E-bikes are allowed in national parks (Electrek)

CA High Speed Rail Authority celebrates milestone: 3,000 construction jobs (Sierra Sun Times)

Teslas–and electric cars–won’t save the world (The Week)

Bill to increase incentives for electric cars sidesteps a chance to discourage gas fueled vehicles (Planetizen)

San Rafael OKs a Dense Building by SMART Train (MarinIJ)

Plungers in San Luis Obispo demonstrate need for protected bike lanes (New Times SLO)

Cable Cars to Stop Running (SFExaminer)

New Pedestrian Bridge in Pacifica (KPIX)

Oakland Paving Forgotten Side Streets (SFChron)

Ferry Building to Undergo Restoration (Curbed)

Menlo Park to Require More All-Electric Buildings (Almanac)

SF Planning Director to Retire (BizTimes)

 

PENSION FUNDS

SEC Charges 'Guru' in Alleged Fraudulent Digital Token Offering -With a funding status of only 71%, CalPERS, the largest US pension plan, is short almost $140 billion in pension obligations it needs to pay long term. (Chief Investment Officer)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Bay Area restaurateurs want to charge diners for using credit cards. But they're scared

Gov. Newsom signs law making California the 1st state to ban fur trapping

Amid L.A.'s housing crisis, developers are demolishing affordable homes to build upscale hotels

SF 'cafeteria ban' will likely not happen anytime soon

Sonoma County shuts down 63,000 cannabis plant grow site

SLO council passes policy to make new buildings all-electric

Judge lets man sue after DMV rejects specialty license plate

San Francisco Officials Designate NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization

UC Davis shuts down student-run marching band. Investigation found binge drinking, harassment

Tesla Autopilot was engaged before 2018 California crash, NTSB finds

58 Arrests at Burning Man, up 23% From 4-Year Average

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Proposed $500000 budget increase for Lafayette City Parish Jail budget -With the final adoption for the Lafayette City Parish budget on the horizon, the council is waiting for details from the outgoing Mayor.

 

AND FINALLY…

Squirrels eavesdrop on bird conversations. Shrieks or chirping by birds help the furry animals make sure areas are clear to search for food.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 Dennis O'Brien-BANG 

Dennis O’Brien of O’Brien Homes at the proposed site of the Terraces of Lafayette, a project he began when he was in his 60s that may not be built until he’s in his 80s. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Bay Area News Group)

 

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