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Almost Daily Briefing, September 10, 2019

Post Date:09/10/2019 9:45 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORY

Grand opening ceremony for new fire station in Lafayette –‘Having this resource staffed within the hills of Lafayette will allow us to get to fires when they are small and keep them small," said the Contra Costa Fire Protection Chief. (KTVU)

Fire Station 16 to Hold Grand Opening in Lafayette -On Monday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will open Station 16, a new fire station, in the City of Lafayette. (EastCountyToday)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Power Outage Affects Hundreds In Lafayette, Pleasant Hill -PG&E reports that a power outage is affecting 1314 customers in Lafayette and Pleasant Hill. (Patch)

Exposed gas pipeline alarms grassroots group-PG&E, the California Public Utilities Commission, Lafayette, Save Lafayette Trees and residents have been meeting as a task force since September. (The Mercury News) 

PG&E Outage: 1500 Without Power in Walnut Creek County, California after Power Lines Fall Down -Nearly 1,500 people were without power in California last night due to an issue with a PG&E transformer. (Newsweek)

BART tracks near Hwy 24 to be open during Fleet Week -Getting to the Bay Area's annual Fleet Week in October just became a bit easier, as did commuting to Lafayette's annual Art and Wine Festival. (East Bay Times)

BART Track Work Ahead Of Schedule -BART officials said Monday that some planned track closures near the Lafayette station on upcoming weekends are no longer needed. (Patch)

Lafayette’s ex-City Manager Falk hits ground running on same role in Richmond -Meeting with department heads, union chiefs a first order of business at interim post. (East Bay Times)

Longtime prosecutor files political retaliation complaint against Contra Costa DA - Mary Knox, the former head of the DA office's gang unit, accused her boss of political retaliation and gender discrimination. (BANG)

Contra Costa County Fire To Teach CPR To Teenagers -Contra Costa County fire officials want to teach 10-thousand teenagers how to perform CPR. (KCBS)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Lamorinda School Bus Agency

Plaza Way Overlay Subcommittee

Sustainable Sunday

Contra Costa Co. Substitute Teacher Job Fair 2019: Pleasant Hill

Contra Costa 3-Day Greek Festival 2019: Concord

Mangosteen Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

‘Murder for Two’ in Walnut Creek

 

OTHER NEWS

On Sunday evening, fires were burning across parts of Northern California, prompting some evacuations. (The Sacramento Bee)

Mill Valley considers bending noise ordinance for generator use. The proposed policy comes as residents prepare for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s planned power outages. (Marin Independent Journal)

So Cal Edison shuts off power to customers West of Goleta, due to fire risk - Southern California Edison Co. has decided to shut off power Saturday evening to customers from west of Goleta. (KEYT) 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

17 New CA Laws Just Signed By Governor Newsom -Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen bills into law this week. Read about each one here. (Patch)

Realtors Play Hardball in Fight Against Rent-Protection Bill -California Realtors are going all out to defeat AB 1482, which imposes statewide rent caps/just cause eviction laws. The floor votes are this week. Much of the business community, including the CA Business Roundtable, is strongly backing the bill. (Beyond Chron)

State Senator Reports California Legislature Approves SB 330, “Housing Crisis Act of 2019” -Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. SB 330 will accelerate housing construction in California by cutting the time it takes to obtain building permits. (Sierra Sun Times)

 

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Coast Guard Land Still Eyed For New Concord Housing Development -After five years of discussions and negotiations, the City of Concord and the federal government are getting closer to an agreement. (Patch) 

Future of San Bruno's Mills Park is unclear -Furthermore, the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund sent a letter in late July suggesting legal action. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

 

PENSION FUNDS

CA Taxpayers Paying Wildly Inflated Costs for Public Employees' Health Plans -LA Metro ($21,757) and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District ($19,449) would have saved $63.5 million and $33.5 million. (California Globe)

CalPERS retirees have an election this fall. Check out candidates at Tuesday forum -CalPERS retirees will get a chance Tuesday in Sacramento to hear from the two candidates vying for their votes in the pension fund's Board. (Sacramento Bee)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Trump's tariffs made California's housing crisis worse: A 'perfect storm of the wrong kind

Layoffs planned after fire tax fails in rural California — on same day firefighters are injured

A 'Cat and Mouse Game': PG&E's long record of run-ins with regulators and courts

Richmond police union votes 'no confidence' in chief of police

San Francisco makes $2.5 billion offer for PG&E electric system

Regulators: PG&E 'Impaired and Delayed' CPUC Probe of San Jose Accident

Mayes tables PG&E bond bill until January

Some retired public employees' pensions bigger than their salaries were

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette's Buchanan Garage stands empty, condemned as symbol of development debate -Elected officials are split between representing the interests of the City of Lafayette and representing outlying areas.

 

AND FINALLY…

Robots are revolutionizing religion. Machines are delivering sermons, performing sacred rituals, and doling out blessings.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 Push In Imate

Lafayette’s new Fire Station 16 will be opening soon after a ‘push-in’ ceremony yesterday. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

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