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Almost Daily Briefing, February 13, 2020

Post Date:02/13/2020 10:21 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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

  

TOP STORY

Around Lafayette: Area officials go to Sacramento to talk housing, other issues -So off they went to Sacramento this month, Lafayette's Mayor Mike Anderson and City Manager Niroop Srivatsa, to talk with legislators and their staff. (East Bay Times)

  

LOCAL NEWS

Crew Arrested In Lafayette After Earlier Theft In Moraga Wednesday -Lamorinda police descended on a car containing four people suspected of an earlier theft at the TJ Maxx store in Moraga Wednesday. (News 24/680) 

A Danville Ballot Measure Sparks Debate Over Open Space -Measure Y would allow for development and public access to trails on property owned by the Magee family. (KQED) 

New plan will protect open space near Clayton -The red area shows the approximate boundary of the perpetual conservation easement that Save Mount Diablo plans to acquire. (Concord Clayton Pioneer) 

Con Fire Adds 30 New Hands-Free CPR Devices -Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced the deployment last week of 30 new portable, easy-to-use CPR devices. (Patch) 

Minimum Wage in Hayward to Rise to $15 in July -Plus, Schaaf recommends interim city administrator [Steven Falk] in Oakland, and Emervyille to reconsider license plate readers. (East Bay Express) 

Hundreds of Berkeley high school students walked out of class to protest what they described as an administration that doesn’t adequately protect students from sexual assault. (Berkeleyside) 

KPFA’s building in Berkeley set to be auctioned off for non-payment of taxes -KPFA’s iconic building on Martin Luther King Jr. Way is set to be auctioned off March 20 because of the non-payment of taxes. (Berkeleyside) 

Barranco Basking In Favorable Press -Are you looking for a restaurant recommendation? Diablo Magazine has labeled Barranco in Lafayette a Critic's Choice. (Patch)

 

OTHER NEWS

Drought conditions returning to California, new report shows -Driven by week after week of unusually dry weather, the federal government on Thursday classified nearly 10% of California as being back in a drought for the first time since last year. (BANG) 

Former PG&E attorney to head EPA West Coast office - The Environmental Protection Agency has named a former attorney for the nation's largest utility to head its West Coast office, replacing the regional director ousted from the post last week. (BANG) 

PG&E to Customers: Let Hearts Soar on Valentine's Day, Not Metallic Balloons -If the balloons float away and make contact with power lines, they can short transformers, melt electric wires and cause power outages. (Yahoo Finance)

 

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Planning Commission

Coffee with the Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson

SMC's BSU presents Black Light Dance: "Ice Me Out"

Assistance League Thrift Shop's Asian Event Approaching

What’s Going on with Hartz Cafe in Danville?

New Delhi Bistro Reopens at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga 

 

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

Review: ‘Golden Gates’ tackles US housing crisis through San Francisco (SFChron)

Drop in Off-Peak BART Ridership (SFChron, SFGate)

How Much Should BART Parking Cost? (EastBayTimes)

More on Bay Bridge Bus Lane (SFChronCBSLocal)

BART Passenger Attacked with Chain (SFChron, EastBayTimes)

New Bills to Allow More Housing (SFWeekly)

Will other cities follow San Francisco’s example and ban cars from certain streets? (LA Times)

How to fix public meetings (Curbed)

Why Moms4Housing is such a big deal (California Magazine)

SF’s wealthiest renters are having trouble paying for housing (Curbed)

Pittsburg High, in CA, updates shop class to repair and build autonomous electric vehicles (East Bay Times)

Could Berkeley’s Telegraph Ave be car-free? (East Bay Times)

Could Valencia Street be the next to go car-free? (Curbed)

And the city is moving towards bike-friendly streets everywhere (Eltis)

Initiative to expand rent control in CA will be on November ballot (AP)

West Contra Costa Express Bus Plan (DailyCalifornian)

 

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

This 26-year-old became a small-town California mayor. Then a jet dumped fuel on her snakebit city

Largest school bond in California history would throw $15 billion at fixing schools

Rising seas already overwhelm the Bay Area. Time is running out for California to act

CDC confirms 13th U.S. case of coronavirus in California

The hellish experience of getting your Real ID at the DMV: Long lines are just the beginning

California bullet train adds another $1.3 billion to projected price tag

The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law

BART has lost nearly 10 million riders on nights and weekends. Can it lure them back? 

 

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Civil Service Board advised to remove unearned severance pay rule from books -The Lafayette City-Parish Civil Service Board met Wednesday night to discuss the legality a rule that grants unearned severance pay to employees who leave LCG at the start of a new administration.

 

AND FINALLY…

Something in space is sending radio bursts to Earth at regular intervals. Scientists are still debating what is creating the waves, which follow a steady 16-day cycle. 

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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The City’s column in the Lamorinda Sun and the East Bay Times, Around Lafayette, featured a recent trip to Sacramento by Lafayette’s Mayor Mike Anderson and City Manager Niroop Srivatsa, seen here with Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Brandon Bratcher, her legislative assistant. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette via East Bay Times)

 

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