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Almost Daily Briefing, February 11, 2020

Post Date:02/11/2020 8:30 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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


City of Lafayette’s Trial Court Victory Affirmed By Court of Appeals -California’s First District Court of Appeal affirmed the City of Lafayette’s trial court victory in a case filed by a small group of Lafayette residents alleging that the City Council improperly held closed session meetings and violated the California Constitution. (City of Lafayette)



Report of county’s first possible coronavirus case at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center raises concerns, questions - In an announcement on the Contra Costa Health Services website, the department said Contra Costa residents are at low risk of becoming infected. (Contra Costa Herald) 

San Ramon teachers union votes to authorize strike -San Ramon Valley Education Association President Ann Katzburg said that 98.2 of the association’s 1,688 members voted to authorize a strike. (East Bay Times) 

School district to pay $8 million settlement to parents of Danville boy who drowned during swim class -- The San Ramon Valley Unified School District agreed to pay the parents of a 15-year-old Danville boy who drowned during his high school swim class $8 million in a settlement, the attorney for the student’s parents said Monday. (San Francisco Chronicle) 

Danville Could Get a Townwide Bike Plan -The Danville Town Council gave the go-ahead for the town to solicit a bicycle master plan from Oakland-based Alta Planning. (Patch) 

Report: Ten California cities rank in 99th percentile for residents' high credit scores-Ranking first were Los Altos and Saratoga with a median credit score of 782; Laguna Woods, with a score of 781; and Lafayette, with a score of 778; (The Center Square) 

Need help on BART? Team of ‘ambassadors’ starts work -- BART’s new team of ambassadors started work Monday afternoon, patrolling selected trains and wearing blue polo shirts and affable expressions during the afternoon and evening commute. (San Francisco Chronicle) 

Chevron Refinery Conducts Flaring, Briefly Evacuates Employees -Something went down Monday morning at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, and it led to some flaring — the practice of safely burning excess hydrocarbon gases. (SFist) 

Mohammed Nuru, the powerful San Francisco Public Works director accused of fraud in a widening corruption scandal, resigned before he could be fired. (The San Francisco Chronicle) 

‘Huge shortage’: Bay Area clinics seek supplies of masks for coronavirus -- In late January, as the coronavirus continued spreading across the globe, the Foothill Community Health Center in San Jose had a problem. (San Francisco Chronicle) 


At a make-or-break time for Juul, the e-cigarette maker based in San Francisco, employees are questioning the company’s leadership and thinking about quitting. (Buzzfeed News) 

PG&E wants more money to ‘harden’ California against wildfire. But your bill could go up -- PG&E Corp. is asking for more rate hikes as it continues to wrestle with the fallout from California’s devastating wildfires and the risks of new fires. In a pair of filings late last week with the California Public Utilities Commission, the troubled utility asked for permission to charge ratepayers $1.4 billion for over the next two years. (Sacramento Bee) 

Texas sues California over state travel ban, dismissing LGBT protection law as ‘political’ -- The lawsuit targets a 2017 California law known as Assembly Bill 1887. The law, enforced by the California Attorney General’s Office, prohibits public agencies and colleges from spending state money on travel to states that reduce protections for gay and transgender people. (Sacramento Bee) 

NPR and California public radio stations are collaborating on a new statewide newsroom aimed at reporting on areas that have seen local news coverage diminish. (NPR)



Plaza Way Overlay Subcommittee

Lafayette Social and Lauren Herpich of Local Food Adventures at Amphora Nueva

Australian Wildfire Benefit / 10th Annual Orinda Jazz Festival

Pleasant Hill art gallery hosting 'Fire!' exhibit all month

Moni Coffee & Tea Opens at Sprouts Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Friday Foreign Film Series

Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers & Climate Change

Valley of the Newts Walk at Las Trampas



Housing Discussion Takes Center Stage at ABAG Annual Meeting -Housing in the Bay Area and throughout the state is a topic that has dominated headlines, most recently during last week's battle in the Legislature over Sen. Wiener's Senate Bill 50, which sought to promote production of more homes near transit. (Yahoo Finance) 

Granny Flats, Backyard Cottages, ADUs: The Tiny Home Revolution In Bay Area Backyards -Housing may be the biggest challenge facing the San Francisco Bay Area -- and for solutions, some enterprising builders are thinking small. (NBC Bay Area) 

Newsom offers vacant land across California for homeless shelters. But local officials are worried: Who will pay? -- It was two hours after dusk in Santa Ana, and the temperature had dropped 10 degrees since sundown. A line of men and women bundled against the chill curled past the National Guard Armory’s entrance, around the side of the building and into the parking lot. (Calmatters) 

San Francisco planning to build affordable housing for teachers-The San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution on Wednesday to provide affordable educator housing-550 units by 2030. (WDRB) 

Study: Prop. 13 reform could add $1.2B in Santa Clara County revenue - A new report from University of Southern California researchers breaks down estimated local benefits of an upcoming ballot measure to reform Proposition 13, including $1.2 billion in Santa Clara County - assuming county assessors can handle the momentous task of implementing the changes. (San Jose Spotlight) 

Raleigh Wants to Raze and Rebuild the Community Meeting -Facing a housing shortage, the North Carolina city is dismantling its Citizen Advisory Councils, which have shaped development decisions since 1974. (CityLab) 

How Cars Make Life More Expensive-Even If You Don't Own a Car -Auto-dependence starts with land use, and zoning codes ensure everyone pays for the privilege only available to some. (Planetizen) 

Across the Globe, Urban Sprawl Is Spreading -Satellite images dating back to 1975 map how millions of cul-de-sacs and dead-ends have proliferated in street networks worldwide. (CityLab)



San Francisco City & County Employees allocates $430 million -San Francisco City & County Employees' Retirement System disclosed four commitments and investments totaling $430 million in a report. (Pensions & Investments) 

Foster City has $6.8M surplus -Foster City is enjoying a general fund surplus of $6.8 million that city staff is recommending be spent on pension debt and infrastructure projects. (San Mateo Daily Journal) 

CalPERS walking its own path on asset allocation -As CalPERS officials guide the plan toward a new four-year asset allocation cycle in 2022, a Pensions & Investments' analysis reveals. (Pensions & Investments) 

CalPERS Critic Left Off Investment Committee -The most vocal CalPERS board member is no longer on the $400 billion-plus pension system's investment committee under a board restructuring. (Chief Investment Officer)



Disney CEO apologizes for 'Lion King' fee, says he'll donate to Berkeley school himself

The Battle for California's 20 Million Voters Came Early This Year

California's multibillion-dollar problem: the toxic legacy of old oil wells 

With one California recycling bill already dead, will this be the year the state tackles its waste crisis?

Buffing up San Francisco's historic piers to survive sea level rise

SF hotels, restaurants see slowdown as Chinese tourists dwindle

Tartine Bakery workers plan to unionize as SF favorite expands

Breed to transform Tenderloin parking lot into SF's first drug sobering center



Lafayette mayor appoints former local news anchor as new chief communications officer –Lafayette’s Mayor has hired Jamie Angelle as his administration's communications officer.



Netflix uses as much power as 40,000 US homes. The streaming giant’s energy use leapt 84% last year, but executives promise they have carbon offsets to match. 



 Court of Appeals

California’s First District Court of Appeal affirmed the City of Lafayette’s trial court victory in a case filed by a small group of Lafayette residents. In its order, the Court found there was no evidence that anyone at the City of Lafayette – Councilmembers, staff, or the City Attorney – was biased. See Top Story, above. (Photo: Wikipedia)



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.