Monthly Archives: October 2009

Biodiesel – What is it?

I borrowed this information from a handout provided by the National BIODIESEL Board What Biodiesel is: Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources such as plant oils, animal fats, used cooking oil and even new … Continue reading

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Fire Department – Is a New Governance in the Future?

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) recently completed a state-required Municipal Service Review (MSR) for all Fire and Emergency Service Providers in Contra Costa County. This review included the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD). ECCFPD operates eight staffed … Continue reading

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Making Changes to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance

California law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a general plan. The general plan is a “blueprint” for development. It is a document that is required to address land use, circulation (traffic), housing, conservation, … Continue reading

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October 17 was a fabulous day for a ballgame

On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 p.m. a magnitude 6.9 earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. The epicenter was located at 37.04° N. latitude, 121.88° W. longitude near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, … Continue reading

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E. Cypress Irrigation Ditch Clean Up Completed

Concerned over the growing debris in an irrigation ditch located near the Contra Costa Canal led BROAKLEY, a local blogger, to ask for a cleanup in a post on his blog in April. It took longer than expected to find the … Continue reading

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California Water Rights – In the Beginning

The Central Valley of California is one of the world’s greatest, both in production and in size. Its 50-mile width is tucked between two notable mountain ranges; lengthwise the valley stretches 600 miles north and south, dotting the countryside with … Continue reading

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Sales Tax – Buy Local

The California sales and use tax is one of the primary sources for financing local governments. When taxable purchases are made locally, Oakley receives 1% of the sale. Purchases made outside of Oakley generate no revenue for the City. So, … Continue reading

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