Monthly Archives: April 2009

The State Budget Process

The State Constitution has two main provisions related to the state’s overall level of spending: Spending Limit. There is a limit on the amount of tax revenues that the state can spend each year. In recent years, however, the limit … Continue reading

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Driving Under the Influence in Oakley

Last Saturday night, April 18, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) had its annual California Law Enforcement and Community Recognition Event in Sacramento, honoring officers who had gone the extra mile to keep drunks off the highways. One of the honorees … Continue reading

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Disposing of Sharps

I had a friend, with MS (multiple sclerosis), ask if I knew where she could properly dispose of the needles she uses for drug-therapy. I had her call Oakley Disposal to for an answer. Delta Household Hazard Waste takes used … Continue reading

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Fire District Review – Oakley’s Options

If the recommendations from the MSR are enacted by LAFCO what are the options available for Oakley? The first recommendation, to expand and contract the SOI for the district, will not have much of an impact on Oakley. The second, … Continue reading

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Fire District Review – Recommendations

The Municipal Service Review (MSR) for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) provided a number of recommendations. The first is to adjust the sphere of influence (SOI) of the district. It needs to expand and contract. The expansion … Continue reading

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Fire District Service Review

One of the major planning task for the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is the establishment of “spheres of influence” for the various governmental bodies within their jurisdictions. As described by Section 56076, the sphere is to be “a plan … Continue reading

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The saga of Oakley’s missing War Memorial comes to an end

At last nights meeting of the Contra Costa County Fair Board the Board of Directors denied Oakley’s request to return the Memorial to Oakley. It appeared that we were doomed from the start. As I have stated in a previous … Continue reading

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Weed Abatement

Spring has arrived. The days are longer and warmer. The flowers and trees are starting to bloom. The grass and in some cases the weeds are waking from their dormant state. On the larger unimproved parcels the weeds will quickly … Continue reading

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Painted Ladies on the move

The flashes of orange, white and black that glide by seemingly caught in the wind and with no particular distination are hundreds of thousands of the brightly colored butterflies making their way north and west from their breeding places in … Continue reading

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