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Almost Daily Briefing, June 30, 2020

Post Date:06/30/2020 10:10 AM

The Almost Daily Briefing

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



Lamorinda, Contra Costa Coronavirus Cases -Contra Costa County reported 166 new cases Monday, almost six times the number of new cases 2 weeks ago. Also on Monday: 2 new deaths. (Patch)

CoCo Delays Reopening Plan Amid Coronavirus Resurgence – Contra Costa officials on Monday delayed the county's planned July 1 reopening for more businesses, as COVID-19 appears to be rebounding. (Patch)

Newsom's bar-closure order signals California far from through with COVID-19 -You can hear that eagerness in the outgoing phone message of Lafayette's Round Up Saloon. “Our projected opening is July 1,” the recording says. (Mercury News)

Chicken Coop Heater Suspected Cause Of Moraga House Fire Sunday -Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection district firefighters battled fire at a home in the 200 block of Deerfield Drive in Moraga Sunday - believed sparked by a short-circuiting chicken coop heater. (News 24/680)

Cindy Darling Announces Council Run -Cindy Darling, a former Walnut Creek planning commissioner, has announced she is running for a seat on the Walnut Creek City Council. (SF Gate)

Fires Along Iron Horse Trail Trigger Hunt For Arsonist Monday  -The fires was subsequently determined not to have been responsible, according to a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. (News24-680)

Chef Rodney Worth closes two more Contra Costa County restaurants -Tri-Valley restaurateur Rodney Worth has closed Worth Ranch in San Ramon and the 10-year-old Prickly Pear Cantina in Danville. (East Bay Times)

Berkeley mayor proposes cutting Police Department budget by $9.2 million – The proposed $9.2 million in cuts represent 12% of the Berkeley Police Department’s total budget. It would shrink police overtime and cut 14 department positions.  (SF Chronicle)

Alameda County health officer receives Sacramento appointment – Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan will become California’s state epidemiologist, the Alameda County Public Health Department said Monday.  (Fremont Argus)

BART board member calls Confederate leader an 'exemplary general' -A BART board director called the leader of the Confederate Army an “exemplary general” in a public meeting Thursday — an abrupt and controversial statement that briefly derailed a discussion on Black Lives Matter and policing. (SF Chronicle)

Marin Voice: Before COVID-19, pension demands put San Rafael budget in vise -The San Rafael pension plan has been taking up huge amounts of the ... The funding of these pensions is a huge part of every budget in California. (Marin Independent Journal)



Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $202 billion state budget that was very different from the one he thought he’d be signing. It included billions of dollars in cuts forced by an expected $54 billion deficit driven by the pandemic. (The Sacramento Bee)

Seven more weeks of unemployment bennies in California's new budget plan -Millions of unemployed Californians could wind up with more weeks of jobless benefits as part of the budget deal Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders reached this week. (Sacramento Bee)

PG&E Says 2020's Shut-Offs Won't Be As Disruptive. Businesses Are Skeptical. -It would be a specialty coverage that you might buy separately, but generally speaking most businesses are not covered for planned power outages. (Bisnow)

PG&E Flying, Training for Public Safety Power Shutoffs -The pre-PSPS flights are designed to gather information that helps PG&E understand the amount of time it takes to safely complete the patrol. (Redheaded Blackbelt)



Planning Commission - Special Meeting

City Council Diversity & Equality Task Force

Lafayette Business Assistance Program

Lafayette Strong

Open Businesses Open in Lafayette

Latest Covid-19 Information & Resources



Low Mortgage Rates Key to Housing Affordability This Summer -  Because the RHPI adjusts for house-buying power, it also serves as a measure of housing affordability.(Business Wire)

Galvanized by coronavirus fears, California lawmakers push bills on homelessness -Currently, cities are required to designate certain areas where shelters can established. (The Mercury News)

Big office north San Jose office buildings are bought by Florida investors - Miami-based Exan Group has bought two North San Jose buildings from KBS, a real estate investment and development firm. (East Bay Times)

Lake Tahoe: $14 million deal to preserve wild lands, forests, remote lake near Truckee - The purchase of almost 3,000 acres, including Frog Lake, was funded in large part with donations from Silicon Valley technology leaders. (BANG)

California mandates big increase in zero-emission trucks -The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035. (LA Times)



Pension Fund Sues Facebook Over Timing of Stock Buybacks - Margaret Brown claims she was wrongly punished 'to silence one of the only watchdogs.” (Chief Investment Officer)



California cities begin embracing cannabis in desperate search for cash

Politicians Demand John Wayne Airport Changes Name Over Actor’s Racist History

Blacks are only 7% of the Bay Area, but 27% of those killed by police

Bay Area charter schools tap tens of millions in federal small business loans

Failed ‘experiment‘ to house homeless in trailers cost San Jose $1.3 million

California Senate passes rent relief bill



Lafayette groups celebrate Pride, solidarity despite government ambivalence -Mayor-President Josh Guillory, in his pledge, spoke against recognizing any kind of government-sponsored Pride Month,



“Wild swimming” is on the rise. With pools closed, bathers in the UK are diving into natural bodies of water to get their aquatic fix.



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