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Almost Daily Briefing, January 9, 2020

Post Date:01/09/2020 9:45 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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



Bay Area weather: High winds, slick roads on morning commute - The National Weather Service said King Tides will also arrive Friday morning and possibly impact low-lying areas. (East Bay Times) 

Walnut Creek Holds Community Forum To Discuss Solutions To Homelessness  -The city of Walnut Creek held a community forum Tuesday night to discuss solutions to homelessness in the city. (KPIX 5) 

BART Police Work Through Night To Remove Person On Tracks In Concord -Fire crews and police as well as the Contra Costa County Sheriff were on the scene for the rescue operation and to assist with navigating a bus bridge. (KPIX 5)  

Mortgage broker exposed clients' personal info after bad Yelp reviews  -Revenge is proving costly for one California mortgage broker accused of attacking disgruntled clients. (CBS NEWS) 

Police transparency: Contra Costa sheriff releases deputies disciplinary records a year after they were requested - A Contra Costa County deputy sheriff lied to police in another county when they arrested him for DUI in 2016 and nearly lost his job for it before reaching a “last chance” deal with Sheriff David Livingston to save his job, records released under. (East Bay Times) 

Multi-city rash of car break-ins hits the Bay Area - Law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area have made little headway in combatting the persistent rise in smash-and-grab auto break-ins. (BANG) 

Berkeley’s new disposable cup law is now in effect, but here’s why you might not realize it yet – Depending on where and how they order, Berkeley café goers may have noticed an increase in the cost of their drinks. Some cafés are complying with a new law requiring a 25-cent charge on all disposable cups, but many are not. (Berkeleyside) 

Forget plastics when it comes to restaurants in our city, Alameda officials say - City of Alameda leaders have weighed in behind a proposal to ban disposable plastic knives and forks, cup lids and similar items at Alameda County restaurants. (Alameda Journal) 

Here’s what the giant 150-foot ferris wheel coming to Golden Gate Park will look like -In honor of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary in 2020, a large (but not that large) observation wheel will go up in the Music Concourse section of the park and the outdoor plaza near the de Young Museum. (Curbed SF)



Cellular companies testify on service outages in PG&E power shutoffs – For the first time ever, cellular companies such as Verizon and AT&T testified at the State Capitol. (KRON) 

State Senator Mike McGuire Introduces Bill to Prevent Cell Phone Outages During Power Shut-offs -Mike McGuire from the North Bay introduced a bill today that would require telecommunication companies to have at least 72 hours of backup power. (KCBS)  

Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to release a proposed budget that will feature major spending on homelessness initiatives, including an effort to help people into supportive housing and a push to house people in state-owned trailers. (Politico) 

State to pay county $500000 for power shut-offs -To better prepare the county for future PG&E planned power shut-offs, the state is offering funding. (Half Moon Bay Review)



Environmental Task Force Meeting

Lafayette Creek Native Planting Event 

Annual Shellie Awards returning to the Lesher

San Ramon Valley nonprofits to host crab feeds for charitable causes



New 2020 laws: The housing crisis takes center stage -Nancy Skinner, a Democrat who represents the East Bay, authored Senate Bill 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. (Los Altos Town Crier) 

And a new bill would allow low-income housing projects and shelters to bypass the California Environmental Quality Act. (The Los Angeles Times) 

Scott Wiener's SB50 housing-bill fix gets chilly reaction from key lawmaker -State Sen. Scott Wiener's latest attempt to pass a bill to boost housing around public transit and in wealthy suburbs met a hostile reaction. (San Francisco Chronicle) 

California Lawmakers to Debate Reformed Housing Bill -California lawmakers will debate—for the third time—a resurrected Senate Bill 50. (The MReport) 

Group Of Neighbors In Less Dense SF Neighborhood Sues to Block High-Density Housing Project -Another week, another NIMBY effort in San Francisco — despite all the groundswell of support for the idea that the city needs more housing, not more hemming and hawing over it. (SFist) 

Academy of Art Forced to Pay $38 Million for Eliminating Affordable Housing -The $38 million sounds like a lot, but considering that they’d previously blown off paying a $58 million settlement, it seems like the Academy of Art is getting off pretty easy. (SFist) 

New State Housing Laws Begin to Take Effect in Pasadena -According to a report prepared by the City Manager's office, SB 330 will prohibit any reduction of any city's housing development capacity. (Pasadena Now) 

California granny flat frustration: lobbying, new laws and a long wait - Fixing up backyard apartments still a headache in Silicon Valley (Vallejo Times-Herald) 

How to Restore the California Dream -This Golden Fleece report dares to state an unavoidable truth: housing. (The Beacon)



Workers File Petition Against CalPERS System -Lawyers representing government workers and retirees statewide filed a petition in Los Angeles Tuesday against the California Public Employee Retirement System. ( 

Money from Fired CalPERS Equity Managers May End Up in Direct Lending -Now, a good portion of the more than $30 billion that the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) removed from them may end up in direct lending. (Chief Investment Officer)



A Mars settlement prototype in California may train astronauts to live on the red planet. Tourists could go for $6,000 a week

A Massive Project Sheds Light on California's Criminal Cops

Gavin Newsom hasn't appointed a homelessness czar. The Legislature might force his hand

SF's high rents drive even a big business group out of its building

Homeless women who took over California home gain support

California could mandate backup power at cell phone towers

Sonoma County airport site nixed from homeless camp search due to unexploded World War II military ordinance

Sacramento McDonald's plays bagpipes 24/7 to keep homeless from sleeping nearby

Kaiser teams with SEIU-UHW union to train 10,000 for health care jobs over next four years

San Francisco Bay could triple threatened otter population, study says



Lafayette City Council meets for first time in 23 years -Tuesday marked a milestone for Lafayette. A City Council exclusively representing residents of the city of Lafayette met for the first time since 1996.



Air filters in classrooms helped raise test scores. An economist found that improving air quality in schools boosted student performance.



King Tide - SF Chronicle

King Tides are predicated  beginning tomorrow and through the weekend – and coastal areas may be impacted. See Local News, above. (Photo: SF Chronicle)




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