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Almost Daily Briefing, November 27, 2019

Post Date:11/27/2019 10:10 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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


Production Note: The Almost Daily Briefing will not be published tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day.



Thanksgiving Travelgeddon: Power outage at Oakland airport foils some holiday travelers' plans -A power outage at Oakland International Airport is creating delays Tuesday night during one of the busiest travel days of the year. (KTVU) 

Rain wreaks havoc on Bay Area; more to come -Flooding, power outages and road closures reported as storm soaks the region. (East Bay Times) 

Thieves Steal Salvation Army Kettles In Contra Costa County -Two Salvation Army kettles have been stolen in Contra Costa County in recent days, including an attack on a bell ringer in Concord. (Patch) 

St. Mary's Students Protest Over False Shooter Threat -Students at St. Mary's College are demanding changes after a terrifying scare on campus last week. (NBC Bay Area) 

Pleasant Hill Woman Nabbed In Alamo Following Overnight Police Search -An undercover Danville Officer was working burglary suppression in the Black Bear Diner and Rose Garden Center parking lots located at Camino Ramon and Sycamore Valley Road.  (News24/680) 

Antioch Carjacking Suspects Arrested In Pleasant Hill -Suspects in a Sunday afternoon carjacking in Antioch were apprehended in Pleasant Hill after their stolen car collided. (Patch) 

Fate of San Ramon’s oldest historical house could be determined next month -The oldest house in the San Ramon Valley — with historic ties to the discovery of gold and the California Gold Rush — has fallen into disrepair, but could be saved if a property owner can get the city to agree with his plan. (East Bay Times) 

From the Lamorinda Weekly

PG&E no-show at Lafayette city council meeting -Despite multiple urgings from council members and city staff to engage with and hear the public, Pacific Gas and Electric Company declined an invitation from the mayor to attend the Nov. 12 council meeting to explain its plans for a major project to upgrade a gas regulator station at the intersection of Reliez Station Road and Olympic Boulevard in Lafayette.

Safety and circulation issues cited as car wash proposal is nixed -The Lafayette City Council unanimously agreed to deny a controversial car wash proposed next to the Acalanes High School on appeal, overturning previous approval by the planning commission, and directed city staff to prepare a resolution of denial which will be voted on as a consent calendar item at the Dec. 9 city council meeting.

Fall Citizens’ Police Academy class graduates applauded -Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt congratulated the graduating Citizen’s Police Academy fall class at the Nov. 12 city council meeting.

Hillside Memorial vigil honors those who served -As the sun went down Nov. 11, members of the community joined together beneath the imposing swath of crosses at the Lafayette Hillside Memorial to hold a vigil marking Veterans Day with poetry, music and reflection.

‘Tis the season to be wary -The holidays are just around the corner, and scammers are gearing up to separate generous donors from their money and more. While scamming is always in season, the holidays are more rampant with nefarious individuals that make The Grinch look down- right affable.

SMC SEBA Case Competition utilizes Painted Rock as this year’s focus -The Moraga Chamber of Commerce and Saint Mary’s College have once again partnered for the second annual case competition. The School of Economics and Business Administration was tasked with developing a strategy for making Moraga a prime hiking destination in the East Bay thanks to the recent acquisition by John Muir Land Trust of the 84-acre Painted Rock area.

Kwan leaves Moraga after seven years on the job -Director of Public Works Edric Kwan announced his resignation to a stunned town council during the Nov. 13 meeting. He begins his new career in January with the County of Alameda as Deputy Director of Public Works, overseeing a staff of approximately 100 in the Engineering Department. His new position will allow him to solve problems on a grander scale due to Alameda County’s resources, staff and funding.

Orinda council responds to resident concerns, amends urgency ordinance on short-term rentals -The urgency ordinance banning non-hosted short-term rentals in Orinda was adopted by the city council on Nov. 19, but with some changes in response to issues raised by the public.  The ordinance is effective immediately. One significant change in the ordinance imposes a two-night minimum rental requirement for short-term rentals.

Orinda accepts final ConnectOrinda plan -The Orinda City Council unanimously welcomed the final ConnectOrinda plan Nov. 19.  Mayor Inga Miller praised the plan as “very Orinda,” calling it “a special, special document that allows us to dream about how we can make these things happen.” Acceptance of the plan had been continued from the previous Nov. 5 city council meeting due to the emergency consideration of an urgency ordinance addressing short-term rentals after the Halloween ...

Lamorinda teams assist in county-wide emergency drill -On Saturday, Nov. 16, as the Bay Area was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake, a gas station in Moraga fell into a sinkhole.  Well, not really, but Lamorindans with active imaginations reported this and other casualties as part of a county-wide emergency drill.  Members of Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) joined many other CERT organizations throughout Contra Costa County...

Suspects arrested in ongoing investigation into Orinda shooting -The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff on Nov. 21 served additional arrest warrants and search warrants in multiple locations, including Martinez and Vallejo, in connection with the Oct. 31 Orinda shooting. Law enforcement agencies had served arrest warrants and search warrants in several Bay Area counties and arrested five suspects on Nov. 14, but the Contra Costa District Attorney ...

Painted Rock charred after second MOFD controlled burn -The Moraga-Orinda Fire District continued its aggressive wildfire mitigation program in November by completing a controlled burn on the east side of Painted Rock in Moraga and a 12-acre controlled burn on the east side of San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda.

How to properly store water for emergencies -After the last round of unpredictable power outages, miscommunications and unreliable utility usage, it became increasingly clear that residents must do all they can to take emergency survival matters into their own hands.

When schools go dark during PG&E outages -The Acalanes Union High School District on Oct. 29 sent out a message to parents and students at Miramonte, Campolindo, and Acalanes high schools announcing that they had decided to keep schools open the following day despite power outages and poor air quality in the preceding three days. At the time the message was sent many students and staff had been without power for up to 72 hours, many without cell service and hot water.

Fifth-grade students enjoy First Thanksgiving event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area -A part of the fifth-grade curriculum at Orinda elementary schools is a “First Thanksgiving” event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area.  On different weeks, the students join naturalist Toris Jaeger in the event, during which they prepare a Thanksgiving feast, along with enjoying sports and crafts that Native Americans would have practiced.  On Nov. 21, it was the turn of the students from Wagner Ranch Elementary School.

Local bands entertain to combat cancer at Roundup -Lafayette’s iconic Roundup Saloon will once again be holding a fundraiser on the night after Thanksgiving featuring The Ripplers and many other bands, this time to benefit the American Cancer Society. The music is set to start at 8 p.m. on Nov. 29. This fun musical evening for a great cause could be the perfect answer for turkey coma.

Seventh annual ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ kicks off the holiday season -It’s one of the official signs that the holiday season is here; the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce will be taking place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The free, fun, family-friendly celebration includes the tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-longs and, of course, Santa himself.

Son of Moraga’s vice mayor is medal-winning gymnast -Eleven-year-old Benjamin Korpus took to gymnastics at a much later age than is typical. Before trying his hand at the sport, he played soccer. At the age of 8 he trained in parkour, the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. Mom, Kymberleigh Korpus, said, “He was always like a monkey climbing everything he could find.”

Kiwanis See’s Candy Holiday Shop opens at Rheem -As part of an annual, major fundraising effort that primarily benefits local children’s charities, the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley will once again operate a See’s Candy Holiday Shop in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga, next to Starbucks.  The Shop will feature all of See’s major selections and will be open every day (except Thanksgiving), from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., through Dec. 23.

‘Be the Star You Are!’ charity honored by California legislature -The volunteers of local Moraga charity, Be the Star You Are, were honored with a Certificate of Recognition for 20 years of dedicated community service by the California Legislature Assembly. As a top rated 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing literacy, improving positive media messages, and providing tools for living for women, families, and youth, Be the Star You Are has no paid ...

GivingTuesday gives matching opportunity to area nonprofits -St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County is joining the GivingTuesday movement on Dec. 3, and hopes to raise funds to help support its’ holistic approach to assisting Contra Costa residents overcome the challenges of poverty. Currently, the SVdP Family Resource Center is host to multiple programs, including a free medical clinic and dental program for the uninsured, a ...

NCL service honored -The Lamorinda and Acalanes Area Chapters of the National Charity League (NCL) hosted its second annual joint Ticktocker meeting Oct. 6 at Miramonte High School. There were almost 250 members in attendance. Each member brought donations for their philanthropy service project with the Blue Star Moms, a nonprofit organization that supports members and their sons and daughters who serve or have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.

All stars art exhibit - real people at the ballpark -More than just art that appeals to baseball fans (although it does), the unique exhibit hanging in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is a celebration of relationships - of people to teams, to towns, to each other and even to pets by local artist Ellen Reintjes. A special reception was held for the public Nov. 12 to give people a chance to meet the artist and several of the faces featured in the artwork.

Amigos holiday fundraiser kicks off -Amigos de las Americas will hold its annual fundraising over the holiday season, selling Texas Ruby Red grapefruit ($30 a box), locally grown florist quality poinsettias ($15 each), and organic, fair-trade coffee from Latin America, whole bean or ground ($15 a pound). The grapefruit can be bought and donated back to a local food bank, while the poinsettias can be donated to a care facility of choice. 

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Are California's Renewable Generators at Risk From Preventative Blackouts? -Now these generators may face a new threat from PG&E's massive public safety power outage (PSPS) events. (Greentech Media)



Thanksgiving Holiday-City Offices Closed

It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration

Moraga Country Club Turkey Trot 2019: Moraga

Diablo Ballet's 'A Swingin' Holiday' & 'The Nutcracker Suite'

Breakfast With Santa Benefit For Lafayette Historical Society, Dec. 15

‘Cinderella’ in Lafayette

Diablo Women’s Chorale Fall Concert “Winter’s Light,” Dec. 8



Santa Cruz Bicycles will give away $1 million for projects that improve mountain biking (Bicycle Retailer)

Trail advocates sue U.S. Forest Service for allowing e-bikes on Tahoe trails (Bicycle Retailer)

Palo Alto moves forward on bike bridge (Palo Alto Online)

Tax credits for transit agencies who buy electric buses, maybe (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Newsom blocks pending fracking permits, plans to strengthen rules on oil extraction (LA Times)

Homeless mothers take over a vacant house (Mercury News)

Official federal count of S.F.’s homeless population is dwarfed by city database (Curbed)

Zillow sees more homes becoming available as boomers downsize, die (Zillow)

We can’t get people to fly less when we keep expanding airports (Curbed)

Those big billboards mounted on cars? They’re collecting data (CityLab)

San Francisco is still studying congestion pricing (Smart Cities Dive)

Skeptic wonders how bikes can become the preferred form of travel in San Francisco – where a lot of people already ride them (SF Chronicle)

Sonoma County’s Habitat for Humanity suspends home building (Press Democrat)



CalPERS, Just Missing Target, Broadens Its Investment Strategies -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) recently re-tooled its investment policies to enhance liquidity. (Chief Investment Officer) 

Big Pharma companies sue CalPERS, state prisons to block disclosure of drug prices -CalPERS could be on the hook for attorneys' fees after a Los Angeles County judge ruled that pharmaceutical companies don't have to provide public information. (Stock Daily Dish)



Lafayette's 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Convivio -Celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and other civil rights heroes during Lafayette's annual Cesar Chavez "Convivio."



Russia’s Retro Lenin Museum Still Runs on Decades-Old Apple II Computers -The same machine that popularized “The Oregon Trail” was secretly imported just a few years before the USSR collapsed.




Not going anywhere anytime soon. Blackouts, severe weather delay Bay Area flights. See Local News, above. (Photo: KTVU)



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