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Almost Daily Briefing, December 2, 2019

Post Date:12/02/2019 9:35 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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


Sheriff steps up patrols in Lafayette, Orinda after home invasions -It was a frightening ordeal for a man who suddenly saw three suspects, armed with a pistol inside his home. (KRON)

Lafayette police search for three home invasion suspects -Lafayette police are looking for three people who allegedly entered a home Tuesday evening with a pistol and restrained two residents before stealing valuables and personal items. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Sheriff’s office increases patrol efforts in Lafayette and Orinda -The day after a home invasion robbery injured two Lafayette residents and weeks after a party at a rented Airbnb house in Orinda resulted in the shooting deaths of five people, Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston announced Wednesday he’s increasing patrols in both cities. (East Bay Times)


Please note that there will be a special meeting of Lafayette’s Public Safety Subcommittee on Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mount Diablo Boulevard, in Lafayette. Items to be discussed include an update from Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt, and a discussion of recent crime in Lafayette and ideas for community involvement to augment crime prevention. You can read the full agenda here.



'We're here to rob you': Concord man describes being tied up, robbed during home invasion -Seventy-three-year-old John Panieri says he was tied up and robbed at his Concord home on Wednesday night. (KRON) 

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in Concord: Police -A Contra Costa Fire District official confirmed two people were taken from the scene to a hospital. Their conditions were not provided. (NBC Bay Area) 

Orinda says PG&E power shut-offs cost city nearly $60,000 - PG&E’s October power shut-offs took their toll on more than Orinda residents’ nerves and patience. (East Bay Times) 

Danville to select new mayor and vice mayor after community service awards -The San Ramon Valley High School choir will also make a return appearance to serenade attendees with holiday classics during the Meet and Greet. (



Much of Northern California was under a winter storm warning as snow continued to pummel the Sierra and snarl roads. (The Sacramento Bee) 

Judge keeps California law on utilities paying fire damages -Judge keeps California law on utilities paying fire damages. (KPIC News) 

PG&E Admits to More Than 200 Damage Incidents That Could Have Started More Wildfires -Post-blackout inspections showed 218 cases of busted equipment that could have made this autumn’s wildfires a lot worse. (SFist) 



It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration

“What Sweeter Music” - Diablo Symphony Holiday Concert

Christmas Open House (Free)

Hospice East Bay: Tree of Lights

Walnut Creek Concert Band: Holiday Concert

Cinderella: A Fairytale in Lafayette

'Once Upon A Christmas' Ballet 2019: Lesher Center, Walnut Creek



Of the 9,304 units under construction in Oakland, fewer than 7 percent — a total of 628 — are subsidized affordable projects. Oakland’s new housing development is outpacing San Francisco’s. It’s complicated. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

When he became California's governor, Gavin Newsom set a bold goal of solving the state’s 3.5 million-home shortage by 2025. But cities are only planning for 2.8 million new homes, a shortage gap that won't be closed without rethinking traditional zoning trends, according to one national nonprofit. (San Jose Spotlight) 

San Jose, other charter cities can't flout state housing law, appellate court finds -After the San Mateo City Council denied a developer's proposal to build 10 homes on W. Santa Inez Avenue, CaRLA sued. (Lake County Record-Bee) 

City officials could seek more power to regulate ride-hails -Scott Wiener said he would talk with Tumlin, SFMTA's new director. (San Francisco Examiner)



Gavin Newsom's climate order focuses on pensions and roads. What does it mean for taxpayers? -Unless the governor is willing to take even more $$$ from over-taxed California citizens, Newsom should step back. (Sacramento Bee)

Pension Giant Calpers Buys Apple, Intel, Uber, Lyft Stock -The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, as the pension is known, significantly increased its investments in Apple. (Daily Stock Dish)



Disgraced Oakland cop linked to Chinatown underworld implicates another officer

Gavin Newsom wants to close a California state prison. It won't be easy

UC outsources thousands of jobs to private contractors. Is that a good idea?

California higher education hangs in the balance as UC, Cal State search for new leaders

PG&E Loses Challenge to Law Holding It Liable for Fire Damage

Is California's most controversial new housing production law working?

Bay Area disability advocates speak out against paper-cup bans

Why downtown Oakland is booming



Council to consider $860,000 increase to Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office amid layoffs -Two items on Tuesday's Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting agenda would provide an increase to the sheriff’s office.  



 Vinyl, book, and magazine sales are up. Despite the digital doomsayers, people still like owning physical things.



Cam on KRON

“Our police chief and our entire department is working around the clock to try to get to the bottom of it,” said Cameron Burks, Lafayette Council Member who chairs Public Safety Sub-committee, in an interview with KRON regarding Tuesday night’s home invasion. There will be a special meeting of the Public Safety Sub-committee on Wednesday to discuss recent crime in Lafayette. See Top Story, above. (Photo: KRON)



The Almost Daily Briefing (ADB) is an aggregation of links to news articles from local and regional newspapers, magazines, websites, and other news sources. Its purpose is to alert readers to current issues and affairs that may impact Lafayette. The ADB does not promote, favor, disfavor, support, reject, or endorse any position, candidate, campaign, or proposition, and nothing about the ADB, including the selection, presentation, arrangement, or content of the links presented should be construed as an advocacy position. Please note: At times, the ADB features articles from sites that limit access for nonsubscribers. If you have questions about the ADB, please contact the City of Lafayette's Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at You can subscribe to the ADB and learn more about Lafayette’s publications and social media sites here.