Rep. McNerney to Hold Rally Opposing “WaterFix” Tunnels Plan



To call attention to how California Governor Jerry Brown’s “WaterFix” tunnels plan would devastate the fragile ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the way of life and economy of the Delta region, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will join Delta stakeholders and advocates to hold a rally on October 5th in opposition to this ill-advised plan. The Congressman will highlight these concerns, and discuss why the plan is not the right solution for managing California’s water supply.

“I’ve repeatedly said that the Governor’s ‘WaterFix’ is not the right solution to our water crisis. Not only would these tunnels do lasting damage to the Delta ecosystem and farmers, families, and businesses in the region, the plan would waste billions of dollars without creating any new water. Those of us in the Delta community must stand up and make our voices heard. We must also advocate for innovative solutions that boost resiliency and efficiency across all communities, protect the health of existing water supplies and improve our ability to respond to droughts in the future,” said Rep. McNerney.

Rep. McNerney will host the rally in coordination with Restore the Delta. The rally will occur as the public comment period on the “WaterFix” environment review documents remains open through the end of October 2015.

The rally will take place in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Speakers will include Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, and Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at University of the Pacific, among other regional stakeholders.

WHEN: Monday, October 5th

10:00 a.m.

WHERE: The west end of Eight Mile Road

Stockton, CA

Directions from I-5:

Take the exit for Eight Mile Road and drive west until you hit the end of the road. Take a left and drive until you see signs for the event. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.


Earlier this week, Rep. McNerney, along with Northern California House Democrats, sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown concerning the California “WaterFix” tunnels plan. The letter argues that the multibillion-dollar tunnels fail to increase water supply, devastate an already fragile Delta ecosystem, and divert funding from more effective statewide water solutions for California.

In July of this year, Congressman McNerney voiced his concerns over the irreversible damage the “WaterFix” plan would cause to the Delta region.

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The Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation are asking for Donations

foo imageAs we approach the holiday season The Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation, needs help reaching its goal of providing a Christmas basket, which includes a dinner and toys for children 0-17, for 300 Oakley families who are in need of help this Christmas.

The Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community. Without these donations, serving those in our area would not be possible.

Since our organization relies on the generosity of individuals like you, we ask you to consider a donation to our cause. Send a special gift today of $25 or more. Remember that your gift may be tax-deductible!

There are a number of ways to contribute:

You can mail your donation to –

Friends of Oakley
2063 Main Street #250,
Oakley, CA 94561





Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Pay off traffic tickets at a reduced price


Do you have a suspended license? Are you still making payments on an old traffic ticket?

You may qualify to have your fines lowered and your license restored through the Traffic Ticket/ Infractions Amnesty Program.

Starting October 1, unpaid tickets may be eligible for a 50% or an 80% discount. Parking tickets, DUIs and reckless driving citations are not eligible under this program.

Don’t miss the chance to clear your debt at a reduced price. To find out if you qualify, visit my website

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Chickens in Oakley and bird in Danville Test Positive for West Nile Virus. Fogging for Adult Mosquitoes is Scheduled for Thursday evening in Oakley.

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed today that two sentinel chickens from Oakley and one dead bird from Danville have tested positive for West Nile virus. Fogging for adult mosquitoes is scheduled for Thursday evening in Oakley.

“To quote the late Yogi Berra, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over,'” said Steve Schutz, scientific program manager for the District referring to the mosquito season. “West Nile virus is still active, there is still a risk of contracting it from mosquitoes, and we all still need to take the necessary precautions to control mosquitoes and their bites.”

The area to be treated is bordered on the north by Fetzer Lane and Monet Drive; on the east by Merganser Drive; on the south by West Cypress Road and East Cypress Road; and on the west by O’Hara Ave and Soda Rock Place (area to be fogged is highlighted in orange). Due to the high numbers of mosquitoes and the detection of West Nile virus in the area, the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District will be fogging by truck to control adult mosquitoes on the evening of October 1, 2015 between 6:50 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., weather permitting


The insecticide to be used is Pyrocide 7067 applied at a rate of .75 ounces per acre by truck-mounted ultra low volume (ULV) sprayer.

Fogging schedules can be accessed via the District’s website.

Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:

  • Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can’t begin their lives without water.
  • Defend yourself against mosquitoes by using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.
  • Report neglected swimming pools by calling 925-771-6195 or visiting Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away.
  • Report dead birds to the state hotline: 1-877-968-2473. All reports are crucial, even if the bird does not meet criteria for testing.

Since 2005, 54 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 2006, two people died from the disease. Recent studies have shown that the majority of cases are not diagnosed and are grossly underreported. For 2015, a total of three groups of mosquitoes, eight birds, and 14 chickens have tested positive for the virus.

Visit the District’s website or click on these links for current West Nile virus activity or to receive automatic emails for when the District fogs for adult mosquitoes.

Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord. Call the District to report mosquito problems at (925) 771-6195 or visit their office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.

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Community Service Opportunity – East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy

Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho is seeking motivated candidates to serve on the following county advisory committees:

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The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy is a joint exercise of powers authority formed by the Cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Oakley and Pittsburg and Contra Costa County to implement the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP or Plan). The HCP/NCCP provides a framework to protect natural resources in eastern Contra Costa County, while improving and streamlining the environmental permitting process for impacts on endangered species. The Plan will allow Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the East Bay Regional Park District and the Cities of Brentwood, Clayton, Oakley, and Pittsburg (collectively, the Permittees) to control endangered species permitting for activities and projects in the region that they perform or approve. The Plan also provides for comprehensive species, wetlands, and ecosystem conservation and contributes to the recovery of endangered species in northern California. The Plan avoids project-by-project permitting that is generally costly and time consuming for applicants and often results in uncoordinated and biologically ineffective mitigation.

The East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy seeks one (1) individual or organization representative to serve on the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide input on the implementation of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP or Plan) to the Conservancy’s Governing Board.

The PAC is composed of members representing a variety of interest groups, including three members from the development community, three representatives from the conservation community, three private landowners and/or agriculturalists, three representatives of suburban and/or rural residents within the Plan area, as well as staff members from interested public agencies. There is currently an opening for one (1) private landowner and/or agriculturalist from the Plan “Inventory Area” (see attached map).

Completed applications must be received by Friday, October 16th, 2015. Applications may be mailed or emailed to the following address:

East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy
30 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Attn: Maureen Parkes



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The drought, a historical perspective – from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Lake Oroville showing The Enterprise Bridge looking down the South Fork on September 5th, 2014.

Lake Oroville showing The Enterprise Bridge looking down the South Fork on September 5th, 2014.

By Jay Lund

California’s ongoing drought will continue to break records and grab headlines, but it is unlikely to be especially rare from a water policy and management perspective.

Estimates of the current drought’s rarity range from once in 15 years to once in 1,200 years (Griffin and Anchukaitis 2014), depending on the region and indicators used (precipitation, stream runoff, soil moisture or snowpack). In the Middle Ages, large parts of California had droughts far worse than this one, some lasting more than a century (Stine 1994). The probability of California experiencing a once in 1,200-year drought during a short human lifetime is extremely low.

The chance that this dry period is a “new normal” is probably small. Many parts of Australia are paying for expensive desalination plants built when a severe drought was misinterpreted as a new normal. If this drought is as unusual as once in 1,200 years, then why pay heed beyond just getting through it? We are unlikely to see the likes of it again.

The obsession over El Niño and the California drought masks the reality that the atmospheric condition is poorly correlated with stream flows in Northern California, where 75 percent of the state’s water supply originates.

East Coast news media should keep this perspective: Every summer California has a drought far drier and longer than the eastern U.S. has ever seen. This explains California’s extensive water and irrigation infrastructure (and why people move to California).

The uniqueness of an individual drought is fascinating. Each drought is unique in area, persistence, dryness, temperature, internal pattern and how it ends. California’s current drought is unusually severe, and certainly the worst since 1988-1992. Groundwater in the Tulare basin is probably lower than at any time in human history. This drought also has been unusually warm, leading to it having the lowest snowpack in 500 years and driest soil in 1,200 years). In precipitation or stream flow, this drought so far is between the third and eighth driest years on record for most big rivers.

By focusing on unique aspects of a drought, any drought can become an incredibly rare event. Becoming engrossed in the superlatives, however, can distract from the business of managing water shortages and preparing longer-term solutions.

What’s more relevant for water policy and management is the banality of drought. We should expect to see droughts in California of severity similar to the current drought about once or twice in a generation. Given climate change and the growth in expectations and values for diverse water uses, it seems reasonable to expect such droughts a bit more frequently than in the past. The warmer temperatures in this drought seem likely to become normal for future droughts, with disproportionate effects on ecosystems and small streams.

Agencies, cities, bankers, insurers, farmers and residents should prepare for greater regularity of droughts as harsh as the current one. Severe drought in California should be reclassified from a rare “act of God” to something more like a business cycle swing that recurs several times in a lifetime or career.

California is managing pretty well under the current drought in most areas (Howitt et al. 2015; Hanak et al, 2015) and can survive much more severe and prolonged droughts, if managed well (Harou et al, 2010).

It is more important to focus on managing the dry event and preparing for future ones than understanding the fascinating intricacies of drought origins and statistics. But we probably will continue to obsess about drought statistics and El Niño anyway.

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Highway 4 Construction Work – Week of September 28, 2015

The SR-4 corridor construction area is a 55 mph zone and a double fine zone so remember to slow for the cone zone!

Full Freeway Closures

There are no eastbound full freeway closures planned for this week.

There are no westbound full freeway closures planned for this week.

State Route 160:
There will be a full freeway closure of State Route 160 in the northbound direction between the State Route 4/State Route 160 connector ramp and Main Street on Sunday through Thursday evenings from10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

160 closure

Highway Lane Closures

State Route 4:
There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Railroad Avenue and Loveridge Road on Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Bailey Road and Loveridge Road on Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 12:00 pm.

State Route 160:
There will be highway lane closures in the northbound direction of State Route 160 between the State Route 4/State Route 160 connector ramp and Main Street on Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Ramp Closures

State Route 4:
There are no ramp closures for State Route 4 planned for this week.

State Route 160:
There are no ramp closures for State Route 160 planned for this week.

Local Street Closures

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of Contra Loma Boulevard/L Street between Lemon Tree Way and Saint Francis Drive on Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.



Questions or comments can be directed to the Highway 4 widening hotline at (925) 756-0721 or visit our web site at

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