Monthly Archives: October 2018

I-680/SR4 Interchange Improvements – Phase 3

The contract has been awarded, construction should start this year and be completed spring of 2022. The 680/4 Phase 3 project will widen State Route 4 in the median to provide a third lane in each direction from Morello Avenue … Continue reading

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CPUC acts to Further Protect State from Wildfires Related to Utility Electric Facilities

PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2018 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today acted to further protect the state from wildfires related to electric facilities by setting the framework to provide guidance on initial utility wildfire mitigation plans, … Continue reading

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More Parking at Antioch BART on the Way

BART to Antioch revenue service began in May 2018 and the demand for the new service has doubled the original forecast with around 3,050 daily exits at the Antioch Station. The success of the new service has resulted in full … Continue reading

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Dutch Slough Tidal Restoration Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

This past Wednesday, October 17, I had the opportunity to participate in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration. The Dutch Slough project will be the Delta’s largest restored fresh water tidal marsh. The tidal marsh … Continue reading

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Two arcane ballot measures show need for reform

By Dan Walters | Oct. 11, 2018 | Commentary, Dan Walters There’s a symbiotic relationship between two of the 11 statewide ballot measures facing voters next month, Propositions 8 and 11. Both would have voters decide very narrow union-management conflicts … Continue reading

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California’s 50 Safest Cities of 2018 The 50 Safest Cities in California 1–25 1. Danville Region: Northern California Population: 44,897 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.20 Property crimes per 1,000: 8.13 Total crime: 2.47% violent, 97.53% property 2. Murrieta Region: Southern California Population: 111,043 Violent crimes … Continue reading

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Can Chocolate Be Good For You?

From The American Cancer Society It’s been reported in the media for years that eating chocolate is heart-healthy, helps prevent cancer, and is a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. But is that really true? We do know that flavanols in … Continue reading

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You, Me, We = Oakley! Wins International Award 

We are proud to announce that “You, Me, We = Oakley!” (YMWO) has been honored by the  International City Management Association (ICMA) as the recipient of the “Community  Diversity  &  Inclusion  Program  Excellence  Award”  for  outstanding  local  government  programs. The award recognizes communities for building or celebrating diversity and inclusiveness.  Oakley was one of just three recipients nationwide, winning in the category of cities with  populations from 10,000 to 50,000. YMWO is a grant‐funded program that aims to create opportunities for Oakley’s diverse  residents to come together and better understand one another, appreciate each other’s  stories and recognize their common desire to build a stronger, safer and more vibrant  community. There are seven outcomes that YMWO works to accomplish, which can be summarized by  increased civic involvement across all demographics and strengthened relationships. The program began in 2011, with unanimous support of partners including the City of  Oakley,  the  local  school  districts,  church  congregations,  and  community‐based  organizations. YMWO has received over $600,000 in private grants. Recent activities made possible through YMWO include: quarterly citizenship drives, the  Heart of Oakley Festival’s cultural and entertainment subcomponents, dinning dialogues,  citizens’ leadership academy, translation of City forms/policies, informational workshops  such as “Becoming American” or “Dia de los Muertos,” implicit bias training and related  follow‐up trainings that equip City Staff to offer impartial services to all residents. The ICMA award acknowledges the work done by the many volunteers and community  … Continue reading

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A century ago the Spanish flu killed 50 million—and then we forgot about it

I received my flu shot this last week. Popular Science by Eleanor Cummins The Spanish influenza was unusual in more ways than one. There’s its universality: Between 1918 and 1919, the particularly aggressive H1N1 virus infected 1 in 3 people … Continue reading

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Oakley is One of the Top 50 Cities to Raise a Family in California!

Oakley has placed in the Top 50 cities in California to raise a family. Oakley ranks Number 48 in the study from WalletHub of over 500 cities. Winners were evaluated by income, family-friendly activities, and affordable housing among other factors. … Continue reading

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