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Almost Daily Briefing, September 11, 2019

Post Date:09/11/2019 9:37 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

Production Note: Due to a staff member being out of the office, the Almost Daily Briefing will not be published tomorrow.

 

TOP STORY

East Bay school district seeks federal grant to combat vaping -Lafayette Vice Mayor Susan Candell and district Associate Superintendent Amy McNamara recently met with U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier on the issue. (East Bay Times) 

 

LOCAL NEWS

Around Lafayette: County's newest fire station open for business -If you haven't yet ventured out, fall is a great time to participate in the Lamorinda Trails Challenge. (Lamorinda Sun)

BART Says Track Work Near Lafayette, Highway 24 Ahead of Schedule -BART officials said Monday that some planned track closures near the Lafayette station on upcoming weekends are no longer needed. (CBS SF)

Lamorinda Moms Co-Director Kristin Kraetsch talks about Lamorinda Moms organization -Kristin is an Orinda Mom and Co-Director of Lamorinda Moms. This well-known organization provides emotional and social support to new moms in Lamorinda. (Podcast)

Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown has resigned after the local police union voted "no confidence" in him. (East Bay Times)

6 Potential Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Reported in Bay Area -The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday said it has identified 62 potential cases since late June of acute lung disease in people with a recent history of vaping. (KQED)

Bay Area super-commuting growing: Here’s where it’s the worst - Alameda, Contra Costa counties continue to lead the way in the worst Bay Area commutes. (BANG)

What you need to know about delays at SFO — and how to possibly avoid them -Is it worth it to switch your flight to another airport? Here are details of the timeline and how airlines are accommodating change requests. (BANG)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Cheesesteaks Burgers and More Coming to Lafayette

Piccolo Napoli Under New Ownership in Orinda Theatre Square

Row House Opens at Ygnacio Plaza in Walnut Creek

Wireless Expert to Speak in Walnut Creek Sept 14

Hacienda Nights Food Trucks, Games, And More: Moraga

 

OTHER NEWS

Thousands of PG&E customers will be without power during planned North Coast shutdown -The work is not part of PG&E's official Public Safety Power Shutoff program, but is part of the utility's safety strategy. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

California Hospitals And Nursing Homes Brace For Wildfire Blackouts -In a controversial move approved by state regulators, Pacific Gas & Electric, which provides power to 16 million people in Northern and Central California, plans to be more aggressive in cutting power to broad regions of the state when the chance of wildfire is high. (California Healthline)

California Legislature Approves Power Shutoff Protection Bill -The Legislature on Friday approved a wildfire-inspired proposal from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help low-income people who rely on life-support equipment to receive backup power during electric transmission line de-energization. (Sierra Sun Times)

SF state senator moves to curb PG&E's week-long blackout plan -Scott Wiener just introduced a new bill, SB 378, that would limit blackout plans. (Curbed SF)

California’s top insurance regulator has apologized for taking campaign donations from the industry after he said he wouldn’t. He said his campaign had set up meetings. But newly released records show he knew he was meeting with insurance industry representatives for fund-raising purposes. (The Sacramento Bee)

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A landmark rent cap and eviction protection measure, Assembly Bill 1482, has almost made its way through the Legislature. The bill has been negotiated at length and landlords have opposed it fiercely. (The New York Times)

California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft - “A.B. 5 is going to pass,” said State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, Uber and Lyft's hometown, who supports the bill. (The New York Times)

Housing Crisis Act passes through California State Legislature -SB 330, known as the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 — a bill that aims to speed up housing development and protect low-income housing — has passed. (Daily Californian) 

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

San Mateo weighs housing requirements -In light of an expected increase in the number of housing units San Mateo will be required to build by state mandate, city officials voted against forming a San Mateo County subregion for the Regional Housing Needs Allocation out of concern the city may face challenges in meeting its own increased demand for housing in the coming years. (Daily Journal)

Huge housing and retail redevelopment of UCSF's Laurel Heights campus gets key SF approval -Plans to transform the UCSF Laurel Heights campus into a 744-unit housing and retail complex passed a major hurdle Thursday with an approval from the Planning Commission. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Pacific Grove retools granny flats to help affordable housing -Reading the writing on the wall, the Pacific Grove City Council Wednesday eliminated fees charged to builders of granny flats on their property, hoping to stimulate more rentals in the city. (Monterey Herald)

San Jose to consider forgivable loans for backyard cottages -Dubbed by some lawmakers as a "Yes In My Backyard" initiative, the program would provide property owners a forgivable loan up to $20,000 for planning, permitting and other pre-development costs associated with building accessory dwelling units (San Jose Inside)

 

PENSION FUNDS

Unions pour cash into CalPERS election, use mailer to highlight sexual harassment complaint -One of California's largest unions is spending big money to prevent one of its former leaders from winning a seat on the CalPERS Board. (Sacramento Bee)

California pension mistakes would cost cities — not retirees — under proposed law -Under current law, when CalPERS determines it is paying a retiree too much, the retiree loses the difference, and can be held responsible. (Sacramento Bee) 

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

Controversial Facebook post circulates after Newsom health care leader resigns

Gray withdraws vaping bill, will pursue new e-cigarette tax in 2020

California's poverty rate among highest in nation once again, new census figures show

Davis declared a fiscal emergency to avoid 'drastic effects' of not collecting tax money

National Rifle Association Sues San Francisco Over Terrorist Declaration

Mayes expects to get $10M in homelessness funds for Palm Springs

FDA warns Juul for marketing with unproven safety claims

California Bill Puts Recycling Onus on Plastic Manufacturers. They're Not Happy About It

Apartment complex sold for 'record' price in super-commuter haven Modesto

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to close temporarily for repairs beginning Monday -On Monday, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in the Garden District is scheduled to close temporarily for maintenance and repairs.

 

AND FINALLY…

Ghost crabs have terrifying stomach rumbles. The crustaceans scare off enemies with noises from within their gut, freeing their claws for fighting and defense.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Council Sept 2019 

The Lafayette City Council decided at its Monday meeting to send a letter supporting the Acalanes Union High School District, which has the highest e-cigarette rates in Contra Costa County, in a federal grant application to combat vaping. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

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