Almost Daily Briefing, June 29, 2020
The Almost Daily Briefing
Published news articles from local, regional, and national media on topics of interest to the #LoveLafayette Community
Bay Area hospitalizations outpacing rest of California, which is also rising rapidly -Hospitalizations are on the rise statewide, as the seven-day average hits a new high and the test-positivity rate nears 6% after weeks of below 5%. (East Bay Times)
Newsom Asks CoCo To Keep Bars Closed As Coronavirus Rebounds -Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday recommended that eight counties, including Contra Costa, close all bars. (Patch)
Uptick in COVID-19 cases could delay July 1 reopening in Contra Costa County - It was a busy Saturday at Main Street Kitchen in Walnut Creek – well, as busy as it could be with limited tables and outdoor seating. (KTVU)
Pleasant Hill July 4th Fireworks 2020 Canceled -Independence Day events across the country will not look the same this year. (Patch)
Contra Costa DA Bans 'Carotid Restraint' Neck Hold – The Contra Costa County District Attorney said Friday she would ban the controversial carotid restraint chokehold among investigators. (Patch)
Supervisors, protesters overlook Grand Jury report calling for increased Sheriff, police staffing in Contra Costa -While critics of Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston and his department again blasted the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors with complaints over the $2.8 million in proposed increased funding. (Contra Costa Herald)
George Floyd protests merge with Pride on 50th anniversary San Francisco weekend – Social justice protests demonstrations this weekend merged with the 50th anniversary of San Francisco Pride. (SF Chronicle)
California's 17-year-olds may get right to vote in primary elections -A bid to allow 17-year-olds to vote in California primary elections is headed for the November ballot, 16 years after it was first introduced in the Legislature. (SF Chronicle)
PG&E changes leaders for a post-bankruptcy era fraught with challenges -Crimes previously committed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. hung over Bill Johnson for the entire time he was chief executive of the parent company PG&E Corp. Effective Tuesday, Johnson will retire, handing control of California’s largest utility to a successor who also faces a new set of problems. The task of the next top executive, Bill Smith, is to keep the company stable while beginning to steer it away from its catastrophic past. (SF Chronicle)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
BART highlights transit-oriented development -A new transit-oriented development project at the Coliseum Station is being highlighted by BART. The site is a mixed-income property. (Bay Link)
California landlords begin testing state eviction ban -Suits across the state threaten broad tenant protections. (East Bay Times)
Tenants fear eviction as UC Berkeley plans student housing project -Natalie Logusch reeled as she read the letter taped to the front door of her downtown Berkeley apartment in mid-April. UC Berkeley proposed “to undertake the development of the property you currently occupy,” it said. “If you are displaced for the Project, you will be eligible for relocation assistance.” It provided contact information for a relocation company. (SF Chronicle)
Secondary Cities Are Paying To Relocate Workers Tired Of Living In Pricey Shoeboxes -Now that remote work has proven to be a viable option for millions of American workers and the companies they work for, a migration from more expensive places to less pricey ones has begun. (Bisnow SF)
Boarded-Up Windows Provide Canvases for Artistic and Political Expression -Plywood lining U.S. city streets is the backdrop for an urgent era of civic art. (Curbed SF)
Despite Criticism, CalPERS Moves to Increase Leverage for more Exposure to PE and Credit -The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is making bold moves. (Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute)
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory issues public mask requirement -Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory ordered new restrictions Friday across the parish, including a prohibition on gatherings of more than 200 people.
NASA needs your toilet ideas. The US space agency is soliciting thoughts from the public on the best way to build a bathroom on the Moon.
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