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12/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 12:40

Almost Daily Briefing, December 3, 2019

The Almost Daily Briefing

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

TOP STORY

Lafayette's Chief Alldritt To Update Residents On Recent Crimes Dec. 4; Special Meeting Also Gives Public Time To Speak -There will be a special meeting of Lafayette's Public Safety Subcommittee on Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mount Diablo Boulevard, in Lafayette. (News 680/24)

LOCAL NEWS

Police Dog Helps Nab Alamo Burglars Thanksgiving Morning -Two suspects accused of carrying out a burglary in Alamo early Thanksgiving day were interrupted and subdued. (Patch)

Porch pirates bring more holiday stress to the Bay Area - Online shopping leads to more porch piracy. (East Bay Times)

Ribbon-Cutting For 178-Unit Vaya Apartments In Walnut Creek Dec. 3 -Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva, several Council Members and other officials will join developer-owner Blake|Griggs Properties for a ribbon-cutting at the region's newest transit-oriented development housing, the 178-unit Vaya Apartments at 1800 Lacassie Ave. (News 24-680)

East Bay city to mull $30,000 hiring bonus for police officers - The Alameda Police Department could offer a $30,000 hiring bonus for officers who come from agencies in other cities or counties. (Alameda Journal)

Contra Costa College celebrates groundbreaking for science center - 'It wouldn't be happening but for the support from our taxpayers,' said John Marquez, board member for the Contra Costa Community College District. (Richmond Standard)

Kiwibot, Berkeley's pioneering robot delivery startup, is ending service -Berkeley food delivery startup Kiwibot (formerly Kiwi), familiar to many by its robots that roam the streets of the city, is shutting down. (Berkeleyside)

SF Car Burglary Rise Prompts Calls for Crackdown -Scott Wiener introduced the legislation at the request of the San Francisco district attorney's office. (Crime Report)

OTHER NEWS

PG&E Withheld Information About Medically At-Risk Customers Ahead Of Major Power Shutoff < /a>- PG&E refused to give numerous counties access to a database of medically vulnerable customers ahead of a power shutoff that impacted millions of Californians. The utility insisted local governments needed a non-disclosure agreement in place in order to receive the information before the October 9 shutoff, despite the California Public Utilities Commission's directions to release it. (Capital Public Radio News) Were PG&E's unprecedented public safety blackouts effective? The wildfire burned pristine vineyards and wineries in the Alexander Valley, and it happened during one of PG&E's controversial Public Safety Power Shutoffs. (KRON4)

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Public Safety Subcommittee

APC Parent Education Event: Make Vaping History

29th Annual Santa's Bag Boutique in Lafayette

Woman's Club Christmas House Tour is Dec. 8

'What Sweeter Music' - Diablo Symphony Holiday Concert

Mt. Diablo beacon lighting ceremony to honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Saturday

'Christmas Carol' in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek On Ice

Walnut Creek Concert Band: Holiday Concert

Contra Costa Wind Symphony: Winterfest

HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING

California Can Force Priority for Low-Cost Housing on Public Land -Seen as a major victory for those hit hardest by the state's affordable housing crisis. (Courthouse News Service)

A state appeals court ruled that San Jose and other charter cities cannot make up their own rules when it comes to making surplus city-land available for low-income housing. San Jose led the legal challenge after it was sued over its policy, but Mayor Sam Liccardo said the ruling won't have a major impact. (San Jose Spotlight)

Berkeley program puts students seeking housing in the homes of older adults -Marcia Garcia, 29, moved to the Bay Area in August, admitted to UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy for a master's degree. Searching for housing, she quickly learned that options were scarce-and expensive. (Berkeleyside)

SF traffic survey tests the waters for congestion pricin g -Scott Wiener previously backed a pilot program in SF and LA and may take up the matter again in the future. (Curbed SF)

Supes to vote on expanding eviction protections for tenan ts -Newly signed Assembly Bill 1482, from Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will provide rent control and just cause-eviction protections. (San Francisco Examiner)

The 'Amazon effect' is flooding a struggling recycling system with cardboard (The Verge)

Malls are dying. The thriving ones are spending millions to reinvent themselves. (Washington Post)

PENSION FUNDS

Corporations Are Agreeing More to CalPERS Diversity Dema nds -Review of the California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) corporate governance program. (Chief Investment Officer)

Government officials face pension c osts -Acknowledging CalPERS's projections that the $3.1 billion in pension costs paid by its member cities in the 2017-2018 fiscal year will nearly double. (San Mateo Daily Journal)

'Peak' Private-Equity Fears Are Spreading Across Pension World - 'When you have so much liquidity available, naturally the price for illiquidity will come down,' Calpers Chief Investment Officer Ben Meng said. (Financial Advisor Magazine)

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE

How California is rewriting the law on online privacy

Bay Area super-commuters take to the skies in planes, helicopters

'It's a basic human need': In a first, SF gives out diapers to people on food stamps

Housing shortage: Southern California listings plunge 20% as new escrows surge

Statewide police reporting project wins First Amendment Coalition award

San Francisco Bay dredging fuels an unexpected concern: climate change

SF advances eviction protection measure, closing loopholes in new state law

THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE

Lafayette students using cell phones, geographic data mapping to tackle parish litter p roblem -Coy LeBlanc, Fenstermaker GIS and environmental field specialist, got the idea at a GIS conference in California.

AND FINALLY…

Only 9% of 15-year-olds can tell the difference between fact and opinion. Students often fail to pick up on 'implicit cues pertaining to the content or source of the information.'

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt, pictured right at a Police Department open house last year, will provide an update on crime in the City at a meeting Wednesday evening at the Veterans Memorial Building. See Top Story, above. (Photo: City of Lafayette)

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