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Almost Daily Briefing, October 7, 2019

Post Date:10/07/2019 9:25 AM

News for the #LoveLafayette Community

 

TOP STORY

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Delivers $300000 Budget Win for New Construction in Lafayette's Brook Street Park -With it, Lafayette's Brook Street Park will be a safer and much more fun destination for our children and their families to enjoy,” said Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson. (Assembly Democratic Caucus)

 

LOCAL NEWS

Neighbors Relieved After Crews Contain Fast-Moving Grass Fire In Danville -Firefighters from San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Alameda County Fire, and Cal Fire contained the fire to about four acres. (CBS San Francisco)

Clayton man accused of setting fires near trail, homes -The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has charged him with three counts of arson and one count of recklessly starting a fire. (The Mercury News)

A magnitude-3.9 earthquake struck the Bay Area on Saturday morning. Here’s a refresher on what you need for an earthquake preparedness kit. (New York Times/Curbed SF)

'Toxic secret': Trial opens for renowned ballet teacher accused of raping, molesting East Bay students -It was a dream opportunity for the aspiring ballerina. Her parents bought her $75-an-hour lessons at a studio in Walnut Creek. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Walnut Creek woman arrives home to find stranger inside -A woman received an unwelcome surprise Wednesday night, when she showed up to her home and found a man inside. (East Bay Times)

Walnut Creek Woman Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Mail Theft -A Walnut Creek woman was sentenced on Wednesday to more than two years in prison for breaking into mailboxes in a San Francisco apartment. (NBC Bay Area) 

U.S. Coast Guard commander indicted for alleged drug trafficking - A U.S. Coast Guard commander was indicted for allegedly importing drugs into the United States, and he has pleaded not guilty. (East Bay Times)

Contra Costa Hills Club founder honored at Sibley - Harold French's work also helped establish the East Bay Regional Park District in 1934. (East Bay Times)

Walnut Creek Man Reels In 1st Place Win In Delta Fishing Tourney -Blake Dyer of Walnut Creek took first place in the pro division at the recent, three-day Costa FLW Series on the California. (East Bay Times) 

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Planning Commission

Transportation & Circulation Commission

Zoning Administrator

Live Animals At The Library: Lafayette

Beautiful Filoli: Its History and Images: Lafayette

San Francisco Fleet Week

 

OTHER NEWS

Vaping deaths shine light on California’s dark cannabis underworld - As health officials seek the missing link between vaping and illness, California’s cannabis community is blaming untested products and devices sold on the state’s sprawling black market. (BANG)

A deadline for wildfire victims to file claims is less than three weeks away. As many as 70,000 Californians who suffered losses linked to PG&E’s equipment could be left out. (The New York Times)

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

A Marin County lawsuit may test the constitutionality of inclusionary zoning, which local jurisdictions rely on to expand the supply of affordable housing. (CityLab)

California in-law units could be cheaper, easier to build under new bills - New housing bills awaiting approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom would make it easier and cheaper to build granny flats. (BANG)

Bay Area housing, traffic issues have Facebook looking elsewhere for expansion - In Q&A with Facebook employees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg cites region's infrastructure woes as a hindrance to growth. (East Bay Times)

The new face of Sacramento's affordable housing crisis: College students forced to drop out -Nearly 40% of Sacramento-area college students struggle to find affordable housing. (Daily Press) 

Even high-earners are feeling the pinch after housing affordability declines -In the second quarter of 2019, the median price of a single-family home in the U.S climbed to a record high, reaching $266,000. (HousingWire)

 

PENSION FUNDS

San Jose taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $1.4 million to fight a lawsuit filed against the city by a group of high-profile retirees who say they were shortchanged in their pension plans. (San Jose Spotlight)

Calpers Retirees Re-Elect Henry Jones to Pension Giant's Board -Incumbent Henry Jones defeated challenger JJ Jelincic for a seat on the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System. (Bloomberg Law)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

What we'll lose at the water's edge

Newsom signs bill revamping charter school law with unions, charters on hand

PG&E, PUC investigators propose settlement in false gas records case

Extent Of Health Coverage Gains From California Gig Worker Law Uncertain

Silicon Valley pioneered self-driving cars. But some of its tech-savvy residents don't want them tested in their neighborhoods

Sprinklers and gadgets won't save your home from a wildfire. What your neighbor does might

  

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

 Lafayette sees a significant rise in bank robberies since last year -The city of Lafayette has reached its record for the number of bank robberies within the last five years.

 

AND FINALLY…

Theresa May is mulling a murder mystery. The former UK prime minister said she’d rather write a novel about an ill-fated Alps expedition than a political memoir.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Lafayette’s Brook Street Park received $300,000 in state funding for improvements. See Top Story, above, and see more photos of the acceptance ceremony here. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

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