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Almost Daily Briefing, January 14, 2020

Post Date:01/14/2020 8:34 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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


Lafayette council outraged, objects to lawmaker's letter on big housing project -Councilman wants state Sen. Skinner investigated, but decision on response is postponed. (East Bay Times)



Suspects Abandon Stolen Car After Vehicle Pursuit, Flee Into Lafayette Monday -A second suspect was found on the second floor of an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and detained at gunpoint. (News 24/680) 

Stolen car driver evades deputies on foot after vehicle pursuit -Deputies reported spotting the stolen car at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Pacheco Boulevard in the unincorporated area between Pleasant Hill and Martinez. (SFBay) 

Judge rejects group’s claim that Contra Costa County sales tax measure deceives voters -A judge rejected arguments that the ballot materials are ‘misleading.’ (East Bay Times) 

Rain arrives in Bay Area, more potent system to follow -Highest peaks in East Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains could see up to 3 inches of snow. (East Bay Times)



Sonoma Valley school district eyes energy microgrids - Sonoma Valley Unified School District lost seven instructional days in October due to PG&E power shutoffs and fire threat. (Sonoma Index-Tribune) 

Marin assemblyman's bill seeks stronger PG&E oversight – Could modify PG&E's decision regarding how wide an area to de-energize during a public safety power shutoff. (Marin Independent Journal) 

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s homelessness task force called for a “legally enforceable mandate” to push cities to house homeless Californians. (CalMatters) 

Scott Wiener Takes More Real Estate Money Than Any Other Politician In The California Legislature -The numbers have been crunched: State Senator Scott Wiener received more money in campaign donations from the real estate industry. (Knock LA) 



City Council Transportation & Circulation Commission Subcommittee - Special Meeting

Earth Hour-a lights-out event for our planet

Staged Reading of Incognito Announced At Town Hall Theatre

Women's March Contra Costa

Pier 1 Imports Closing End of April in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek's Bedford Gallery opens “Great Wave” exhibit

The Prickly Pear Cantina Closes at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville



Why Are Local Politicians Denying Housing to the Middle-Class? -Opponents of CA’s SB50 claim that cities must choose between “affordable” and “middle-class” housing. They also claim any unsubsidized housing is “luxury.” But this denies housing in cities to the librarians, nurses, public employees, union construction workers and others in middle-class jobs. (Beyond Chron) 

Palo Alto mayors talk about everything that's wrong with Bay Area housing -Most recently, both split over Senate Bill 50, SF-based State Sen. Scott Wiener's sweeping (and divisive) transit-housing bill that faces a looming. (Curbed SF)

Emissions Report: Cars Are Still Our Biggest Problem -Underlying the push for increased density in SB50, MA’s Housing Choice, Austin’s land use reform and other bills is the need to build housing on transit corridors to reduce driving. (Beyond Chron) 

Millbrae pushes for more transportation coordination –The move will eventually compound an expected shortage of spaces once ground breaks on BART's sweeping transit-oriented development. (San Mateo Daily Journal) 

California tries to save law it calls crucial tool in housing crisis -The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, one of the organizations that sued, has asked Miram to grant a new trial. (San Francisco Chronicle) 

The Bill That Could Make California Livable Again -Still, California Senate Bill 50, winding its way through the state legislature again this month, could generate tens of thousands of new jobs and billions. (The Atlantic)



Pension Plans Will Boost Hedge Fund Investments in 2020, Study Says -Pension funds will increase their allocations to hedge funds in 2020. (Chief Investment Officer)



California bill protecting intersex infants dies in committee

Plans to move California's homeless population into centralized facilities gain steam

How AB5 affects gig rivals: One gets more business, one exits California

How much PG&E customers will pay to shut down California's last nuclear power plant 



Lafayette Mayor launches law firm after winning election -Lafayette Mayor Josh Guillory opened a new law practice after winning election in November as a potential workaround.



Go to a concert on your own. Hip-hop and K-pop gigs sell the most single tickets, so you wouldn’t actually be alone. 




At last night’s meeting, the Lafayette City Council objected to a letter concerning the Terraces of Lafayette project sent by State Senator Skinner. Councilmember Cam Burks called for Skinner to be investigated. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)



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