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Almost Daily Briefing, October 31, 2019

Post Date:10/31/2019 9:08 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

Published news articles from local, regional, and national media on topics of interest to the #LoveLafayette Community 

Publication Note: The Almost Daily Briefing will not be published the week of November 4-8, 2019. 



Busy Skies Over Lafayette Sunday -Lafayette resident Richard Usinger had a ringside seat for the aerial ballet played out in the skies over his city Sunday, air tankers of various sizes and description called in to help fight a devastating fire. (News 24/680)



PG&E equipment may have started fourth Bay Area fire Sunday, utility tells state regulators -“PG&E has become aware that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is investigating PG&E facilities as a potential ignition point for the Cypress. (San Francisco Chronicle)  

Contra Costa County Issues Proclamation of Local Emergency - Contra Costa County has issued a proclamation of local emergency due to severe weather conditions. (East County Today)

East Contra Costa Fire Says PG&E Equipment Identified as Cause of Bethel Island and Oakley Fires - East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was dispatched early Sunday morning on October 27, 2019 at 3:08 A.M. (East County Today)

Contra Costa County Fire Investigators Release Video of Power Lines Sparking -East Contra Costa fire investigators have released a new video of what they said caused a fast-moving fire this weekend on Bethel Island. (NBC Bay Area)

Martinez Hit With Widespread Outage Not Related To PG&E Shutoff -We will share more details as they become available," officials with Contra Costa County wrote on Twitter. (Patch)

Danville residents launch petition to impose term limits for Town Council -While the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and San Ramon City Council do not contain term limits for their seats. (

School district member apologizes for being in dark about East Bay high school -A Mount Diablo Unified School District board member apologized to Northgate High parents. (East Bay Times)

Alameda County bans mutton-busting; Haggerty votes no, tells proponents to eat salad- Mutton-busting is no longer allowed at Castro Valley's Rowell Ranch after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors banned the rodeo event in which young children ride sheep like a bronco. (EB Citizen)

Say ‘I Boo’ with a Halloween ‘scare-amony’ in Contra Costa County -Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder will have costumed officiants to tie the knots on Halloween. (East Bay Times)



California parents and educators help students cope with fire trauma, again -Sonoma State University, located south of the Kincade fire, evacuated the ... Alameda, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties due to power shutoffs. (EdSource)

Couple Accused Of Burglarizing El Dorado County Home During Public Safety Power Shutoff -Two people are accused of using the rolling power shutoffs as the opportunity to steal from a home. (CBS Sacramento)

PG&E refunds planned only for one big intentional blackout, power restorations widen- Because of an array of blunders by PG&E in connection with a massive power shutdown that began on Oct. 9. (East Bay Times)



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Way Side Inn Thrift Shop’s Thanksgiving & Ski Clothing Event  



SF to more than double office construction fees -Fee spike will pay for affordable housing in plan to offset effects of job growth. (Curbed SF)

City continues to work toward affordable housing project here -State Sen. Jim Beall, representing San Jose, authored Senate Bill 5 or “Redevelopment 2.0.” (Half Moon Bay Review)

Menlo Park: Caltrain protesters call for agency to pass affordable housing policy -According to the Housing Leadership Council, the Caltrain Board of Directors has been talking since 2016. (The Almanac Online)

Special Podcast: Sizing Up California's Housing Shortage -Scott Weiner, the author of Senate Bill 50, which would allow for increased density near transit. (Voice of San Diego)

Urban and Suburban Lifestyles Are More Similar Than You’d Think -A new study finds strong similarities in how residents of U.S. cities and suburbs spend their time—with one, counterintuitive difference. (CityLab)

Halloween treat coming to top of Salesforce Tower again -All eyes on the skyline this All Hallow’s Eve. (Curb SF)




California pension funds should focus on improving funded ratios, not politics -Amidst growing pressures from special interest groups, CalPERS—the nation's largest public pension system. (OCRegister)

CalPERS raises materiality concerns over SEC disclosure reforms -CalPERS is concerned about how companies would treat materiality in their regulatory disclosures under SEC plans to modernize corporate reporting. (Corporate Secretary)



Pitched battle to save Reagan Library as Easy fire reached its doorstep

PG&E grid still vulnerable despite wildfire-focused checks, new data shows

California's blackouts could make fighting climate change even harder

How state-funded charter schools are avoiding vaccine requirements

Doc groups press White House for full ban of vape flavors

Four commanding officers of California Navy base die in unusual string of cancers

Former Juul exec alleges company shipped tainted products

California Democrat wants to make PG&E pay more taxes if it gives executive bonuses

PG&E to state: 2 Lafayette fires linked to electrical malfunctions

These Santa Rosa residents just rebuilt their homes. Then came the Kincade fire

California utilities — not lawmakers — are calling the shots on power outages to prevent wildfires

While California Fires Rage, the Rich Hire Private Firefighters

Newsom announced the appointment of 11 state Superior Court justices Friday

California to start first-in-the-nation training to help transgender voters

Is your city ready for California's next recession?

Ahead of renter protection law, reports of an eviction rush

July earthquakes reveal 15-million-year-old fossil in Simi Valley thought to be small whale

These longtime San Francisco businesses all died this year



Lafayette Police Department gives tips for a safe Halloween -The Lafayette Police Department has released some tips ahead of Halloween to keep those enjoying the night safe in the City of Lafayette.



A Halloween event in an empty NYC store shows creativity. Landlords are using pop-ups and short-term leases to fill space.




Lafayette resident Richard Usinger took some spectacular photos of air tankers that helped control the fire along Highway 24 on Sunday. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Richard Usinger via News 24/680)



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