Monthly Archives: June 2017

Skills Mismatch and High Housing Costs Driving Jobs Slowdown

The Beacon Employment Report California’s job growth has continued to slow this month, according to an analysis released jointly by Beacon Economics and the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. Although the latest numbers from the … Continue reading

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Farms + Data: California’s farms are smaller than the US average, but they’re big on diversity – and productivity

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture California is America’s agricultural leader, providing $54 billion in crops and commodities in 2014. In a word, California’s farms are diverse. We grow approximately 400 crops and commodities, from almonds to zucchini. … Continue reading

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The California Budget: A Primer

From California City News California lawmakers approved a $183.2 billion budget Thursday, an all-time record. Cal Matters has an excellent breakdown of California’s spending plan here. In the meantime, some highlights: EUCATION DOMINATES THE SPENDING PLAN Public schools command one-third … Continue reading

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First Transit Signs Exclusive Partnership with GoMentum Station for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation and Research

First Transit announces that it has signed an agreement as the exclusive transit operator partner at GoMentum Station. The partnership will foster research and innovation in the field of shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) application and technology research. First Transit will … Continue reading

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Harmful Algal Bloom Season Beginning in California’s Waterways

With the summer season nearing and recreational activities on the state’s waterways set to increase, the State Water Resources Control Board is asking the public to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in lakes and reservoirs, and to keep … Continue reading

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New transparency initiative increases public’s access to BART crime data

The BART Police Department is now sharing reports of Part 1 crimes with the website CrimeMapping.com. The site will process the crime data with its advanced mapping engine to show where the crime has occurred within the BART system. The … Continue reading

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Will You Spray my Yard for Mosquitoes?

A Closer Look at the District’s Residential Mosquito Service The District does not spray or fog residential yards for adult mosquitoes. Since mosquito problems are rarely limited to a single property, fogging for adult mosquitoes is usually conducted at a … Continue reading

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Why We Need Your Mosquito Sample

Swat a mosquito and save it for us If you are a Contra Costa County resident and are being bitten by mosquitoes, you can contact the District at 925-685-9301 or visit us online to request a free inspection. We need … Continue reading

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The Devil Is In The Details: Another Crucial Petition to Stop the Tunnels!

The hardest part of our job is encouraging you, our members, to respond to government processes that induce weariness in even the hardiest public policy geeks in California. But that is what the Brown Administration, Metropolitan Water District, Kern County … Continue reading

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Managing Floods in California

Recent years have shown how variable California’s weather and hydrology can be. The four-year stretch of 2012 through 2015 was the driest since statewide record-keeping began in 1896. Just a year later, 2017 is on track to be among the … Continue reading

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