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Almost Daily Briefing, January 13, 2020

Post Date:01/13/2020 9:47 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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



State lawmaker warns Lafayette about huge apartment project -Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland, said that Senate Bill 330 and Senate Bill 167 “may impact a project that is currently before you: the Terraces of Lafayette. (East Bay Times) 



East Bay Teacher Arrested in Sex Abuse Case -A 54-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having inappropriate relationships with students at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. (NBC Bay Area)  

Las Lomas High Student With Loaded Handgun on Campus Arrested: Police -A Las Lomas High School student was arrested after being found with a loaded handgun on campus, Walnut Creek police said. (NBC Bay Area)

Lamorinda Burglaries: 2 Men Arrested, Charged -Two men have been arrested for a string of East Bay burglaries, including at least six in Orinda and Alamo. (Patch)

East Bay neighborhood on edge after thieves kick-in door, burglarize home -Roberta Sutherland says two brazen burglars kicked in the front door of her Walnut Creek home Wednesday morning and quickly went to work. (KGO-TV)

BART names new police chief as department puts more officers on trains - BART unveiled a plan to have a dozen standard, armed police officers ride trains and patrol platforms on nights and weekends. (East Bay Times)

Contra Costa Supervisors To Consider Clerk-Recorder Applicants -The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to consider choosing from among 22 applicants for the vacant county clerk-recorder's position whom to interview. (SFGate)

Veterans’ Voices to host veteran authors and authors who explore veterans’ issues on Contra Costa TV Monday  -On January 13th from 7:00-8:00 pm, we will talk with authors about the experiences and inspirations that shaped their literary works.  Authors Steven Burchik, Bill Nelson, Jerry Whiting, Shauna Springer, and Jason Roncoroni will discuss their work, and take live call in questions. (Contra Costa Hearld)

Bridges up? Alameda is considering license plate readers at island’s entry points -Alameda elected officials backed early consideration for a proposal to could bring mounted automated license plate readers at entry and exits points around the island, including bridges, tunnels, and some intersections. Some Alameda police vehicles have been fitted with license plate readers since 2014. (EB Citizen)



Federal officials say if they can’t get $4 billion from Pacific Gas & Electric as part of the resolution of the troubled utility’s bankruptcy, they’ll bill wildfire victims. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Here’s what Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $222 billion proposed budget for this year — which he released on Friday — says about the state’s priorities. (CalMatters)

Californians' home mortgage deduction would be capped under new bill -Under AB1905, about 175,000 taxpayers would lose their mortgage interest deduction for second homes and owe approximately $1,000 more on their taxes. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

California's largest private giant sequoia stand saved from development -The long-awaited purchase of a vast grove of giant sequoias once targeted for homes and a ski resort has been completed by the San Francisco conservation group Save the Redwoods League, which plans to open trails and eventually make the 530-acre Alder Creek Grove a federal park. (The San Francisco Chronicle)



City Council Meeting

Design Review Commission

Youth Commission Meeting

Earth Hour-a lights-out event for our planet

Staged Reading of Incognito Announced At Town Hall Theatre

SOS Winter Workshops

Beloved Alamo Bakery Closing After 33 Years Of Business



A little-noticed new law could upend a key argument against rent control -To anyone glancing at SB 330, its language focuses mainly on easing development standards by prohibiting cities from using a wide variety of tricks. (Mountain View Voice)  

Six housing-related policies that impact builders and developers -Loosening zoning regulations, boosting affordability, eliminating homelessness, and increasing density make up a short list of the usual suspects. (Builder) 

Bay Area's largest planned housing project could die due to union fight -A high-stakes dispute between unions and the developer of the Concord Naval Weapons Station is threatening to derail the Bay Area's biggest housing project, a 13,000-unit redevelopment of the former military base in Contra Costa County. (S.F. Chronicle) 

California's Wildfire Insurance Impacting Housing -Lauralee Green, co-owner of Z Group Real Estate in Pollock Pines, California, told The Wall Street Journal that she now requires prospective buyers to submit an insurance quote before making an offer. (DS News) 

California Bill Aims to Expedite Removal of Homeless Camps -Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Brea) on Wednesday introduced assembly bill 1908, which would require the Department of Transportation to establish the Homeless Encampment and Litter Program on department property. (CBS Sacramento) 

California business cited after setting up tent for the homeless -Modesto: James and Lynette Scott put up a tent behind their store, but they are taking it down on Friday after being cited by the city for their effort to try to control the homeless crisis on their property. (ABC) 

Electric moped rentals now available in Oakland -The company plans to roll out 1,000 of its black and baby blue mopeds, which have a top speed of 30 miles per hour. (BANG)



Social Security, Warren Buffett, and Marijuana Stocks: How All 3 Fit Into Your Retirement Plans -In 2018, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) invested in several marijuana stocks for the first time. (Motley Fool) 

She says her pension should be bigger. CalPERS says she was a bad boss -After she retired, CalPERS determined the bonus wasn't pensionable and reduced Liu's pension by about $10,000 per year, to about $93,000. (Sacramento Bee)



Why did the new SF DA fire seven prosecutors on his second day in office?

Split at Santa Rosa City Hall over two top women candidates led to selection of white male councilman

Newsom shakes up staff, appoints homelessness adviser

Homeless Californians Adapt To Camp Sweeps And 'The Caltrans Shuffle

The delta's sinking islands

Newsom proposes new Department of Cannabis Control, simplified tax collection

Behind the blitz: Falun Gong practitioners spend millions on Shen Yun ads. How do they do it?

Huntington Beach must observe state's sanctuary law, SB 54, appeals court rules



Lafayette's landmark Greenbush Cemetery in line to be first with historic protection -Before her death in 2011, a Greenbush Cemetery met with Lafayette’s Mayor.



Scientists find the source of global humming. First reported in the 1970s, these low-frequency sounds are apparently the result of magma rising to form an undersea volcano. 




State Sen. Nancy Skinner sent a letter to the City of Lafayette, saying the city “likely” violated new housing laws when it downzoned the 315-unit Terraces apartment project. Councilmembers will discuss Skinner’s letter at tonight’s City Council meeting.  (Photo: BANG)



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