Everything on today's menu is low-fat and high-fiber. Consume as much as you want:
"My brother is a BART driver and takes a 'sick' day off each week, then works the sixth day at overtime pay. One year he was able to game the system to a tune of a $120,000 salary."
Maybe cutting down on overtime will counteract the regular wage giveaways.
The Terraces at Lafayette, proposed as a 315-unit apartment complex with 569 parking spaces, has been considerably downsized (208 units, 375 parking spaces) because -- drumroll, please -- the Lafayette Design Review Commission refused to endorse the developer's original plans.
In Lafayette, at least, local decision-makers still determine what will and what won't be built.
The scattershot approach -- bans in some cities, not in others -- is also apt to produce unwanted results. When Pittsburg's law kicks in next year, for instance, won't shoppers who want the convenience of plastic bags simply take their business to Antioch?
Walnut Creek may have shown the greatest wisdom, endorsing two state bills -- SB 405 and AB 158 -- that would impose standard restrictions throughout the state. If plastic bags really are a threat to the environment, piecemeal solutions hardly seem the best way to handle it.
"We understand the factors that contribute to street crime -- poverty, unemployment, racism, education, public health -- but street violence starts in the home. We're not going to effectively address street gangs and shootings until we can create environments in people's homes that are safe and people resolve conflict in a peaceful way."
Magnus shared the Rollie Mullen Award, recognizing commitment to STAND!'s mission, with colleague Capt. Bisa French, who said domestic violence calls once meant only breaking up fights. Officers now do follow-up calls, referring victims to social welfare advocates and counseling services.
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