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Almost Daily Briefing, January 8, 2020

Post Date:01/08/2020 8:52 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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



Board Of Supervisors Installs New Leadership; Andersen, Burgis Sworn In Tuesday -The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors held a swearing-in ceremony for Supervisor Candace Andersen as Board Chair and Supervisor Diane Burgis as Vice Chair at its January 7, 2020 Board meeting. (News 24/680) 

Anger over affordable housing crisis disrupts press conference in Oakland -At Oakland City Hall today, what was supposed to be a press conference about SB 50 to build more housing quickly devolved into chanting and a shouting match over affordability that drowned out the message. (KGO)


From the Lamorinda Weekly

PG&E attempts to reduce wildfire risk in El Toyonal area by hardening equipment -Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials, including project manager Tony Chan, came to the Dec. 17 Orinda City Council meeting to explain how a project intended to harden equipment to reduce the risk of wildfire will impact Orinda residents.  The company has sent out over 440 letters to residents who will be impacted by the closure of El Toyonal at various dates in the future.

Anderson spells out 2020 goals for the city -Though recent operational reports show the city of Lafayette in good overall shape, Mayor Mike Anderson pushed the city for more as he presented his major goals for 2020 at a December city council meeting.

Lafayette battalion chief charged with grand theft and misappropriation of public funds -The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges in December against former fire district Battalion Chief Lou Manzo, who was charged with 12 counts of grand theft and misappropriation of public funds. Manzo had been assigned to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Battalion 1, which includes Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, since 2014.

Moraga Police Department celebrates 40th anniversary -Congratulations are in order to the Moraga Police Department for keeping the town one of the safest cities in California.

Construction management contract awarded for Canyon Bridge project -After receiving proposals from six firms, the field was narrowed to three by the Moraga Public Works Department in regards to awarding a time and materials contract toward the construction of a new Canyon Bridge slated to begin in the spring.

2020 Census workers needed from Lamorinda -Since 1790, when the first United States census was conducted, every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five United States territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands) is constitutionally mandated to be accounted for to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Miller gives Mayor’s Award of Excellence to Mo Mashoon -Mo Mashoon may be the first person to spend significant money improving downtown Orinda in the past 30 years.  The owner of Mash Petroleum Inc. has not only completely renovated the gas station at 1 Bryant Way, but has moved his corporate headquarters into the beautifully renovated building at 37 Moraga Way in the Theatre District.

New library manager is a familiar face -Michael Beller is a colorful, friendly academic type who has been the interim manager of the Orinda library since mid-October 2018. Now the wish of the Friends of the Orinda Library has been granted, and Beller is the new, permanent manager of the library. He grew up in Berkeley, son of a faculty member at UC Berkeley, and attended Berkeley High School.

Orinda’s new mayor has legislative agenda -Stepping up from vice mayor to mayor of Orinda on Dec. 13, with, as she put it, the most experienced vice mayor, Amy Worth, in the history of Orinda, Darleen Gee has decided that she has four key priorities during her year as mayor.

Lamorinda homeowners receive break from California Department of Insurance -Residential property owners in ZIP codes 94563 and 94549, which include the cities of Orinda and Lafayette, will benefit from a state insurance directive that protects regions recently affected by wildfires.

Community shows it cares after  burglary at Lafayette business -Having a business next to Johnny’s Donuts has its perks.  On the Saturday before Christmas, Lafayette Vogue Cleaners  and Alterations owner Minoo Montlagh grabbed her reusable coffee cup (since she’s environmentally conscience) and headed next door to grab a coffee.  Unfortunately, she left the store unlocked and while she was gone, someone came into the store and stole all the money from her cash drawer.

Lamorinda board elections shatter tradition and protocol -The reorganization of several Lamorinda public governing boards has been anything but routine the past two years.

Seasonal Blues: Feeling depressed, but only in winter? -The holiday season brings with it a myriad of emotions and social gatherings. These are typically tied to positive experiences and uplifting memories, but for some, the holiday season can bring up emotions that are difficult to deal with. During the holidays people may struggle with the pain of loss and grief, or less than perfect interactions with family members.

Comedic production raises money for charity -The air buzzed with irreverent energy. The noise echoed around the small theater as people made their way to their seats. As the clock struck seven, the lights dimmed and the stage was filled with a soft, wide spot light. Taking a cue from the lights, the audience settled down and four teenagers made their way to center stage.

Campo Leo Club members spread holiday cheer -Present and former members of the Campolindo Leo Club presented gifts and sang Christmas Carols Dec. 20 to the residents of Moraga Post-Acute nursing home. This is the 20th year that the Campolindo Leo Club has visited the nursing home.

‘Journey of Peace’ poster contest winners -Each year the Lamorinda Lions Club joins 49,000 Lions clubs around the world in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest. The contest encourages young people, ages 11 to 13, worldwide to artistically express their vision of peace. This year the theme was “Journey of Peace,” and the Lamorinda area had over 230 entries submitted. The winners at each school are:

Moraga community comes through for Toys for Tots -Community members in Moraga dropped toys to the State Farm office on Moraga Road as part of its annual Toys for Tots drive.

Ex-Marine buys multiple tickets, wins Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary motorboat raffle -When Matt Morrow left his house in Pittsburg to attend the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival last September, he had no idea that as a result he would become the owner of a restored motorboat being raffled there as a fundraiser by Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary. 

Lafayette Police Blotter      Moraga Police Blotter     Orinda Police Blotter


California To Examine Effects Of PG&E Blackouts On Communication -AT&T spokesman Steven Maviglio said the company is experienced in managing large-scale outages. (CBS San Francisco) 

California power outages fueling interest in home batteries -Much of the new demand for solar-plus-storage across the U.S. is driven by the impact of PG&E's planned power outages in California. (Energy News Network) 

Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California kids will include screening for toxic stress. That could involve questions about sensitive topics like divorce or a parent who struggles with alcoholism. Here’s what you need to know. (California Healthline)



Environmental Task Force Meeting

Lafayette Creek Native Planting Event 

Prickly Pear Cantina Closes After Nearly A Decade In Danville



State Senator Scott Wiener announced a third attempt to pass legislation that would allow denser development in an effort to add to the state’s housing supply. Here’s a look at what’s different this time. (CalMatters) 

State Senator Scott Wiener tries to save housing bill with local control change -State Senator Scott Wiener is hoping for a better reception as he reintroduces a bill aimed at building more apartments. (KGO)  

To improve housing affordability, we need better alignment of zoning, taxes, and subsidies -Housing costs are rising across the nation, and faster than most incomes. While poor renters have long faced an affordability problem. (Brookings Institution) 

California housing bill offers local control to Sonoma County, cities statewide to boost homebuilding -With the statewide housing affordability crunch worsening, California lawmakers are taking another crack at passing landmark legislation to force cities. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat) 



Active fund managers pray for turnround as exodus continues -Calpers is ditching most of its external equity fund managers, cutting the number from 17 mandates to just three, and slashing their allocation. (Financial Times)



Barbara Boxer joins D.C. lobbying firm

California cops might have to turn over more sex assault records under proposed law

The Oakland women who took over a vacant lot to house the homeless

Troubling' audit reveals state failure to test millions of babies for toxic lead

SF city attorney orders rebel e-scooter company to shut down immediately

Hundreds of San Jose mobile home residents get eviction warning



Lafayette Police community relations committee remains intact -Lafayette Interim Police Chief Scott Morgan tonight says he contacted the committee and informed them that “the decision was made.” 



A Japanese fashion mogul is giving millions of dollars to his Twitter followers. Yusaku Maezawa says it is a “social experiment” to see if the money boosts their happiness.




County Administrator and Clerk of the Board, David J. Twa, swears in new Board of Supervisors leadership, Candace Andersen as Chair and Diane Burgis as Vice Chair. See Local News, above. (Photo: News 24/680)




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