Monthly Archives: December 2018

Fifty years ago come December 24 (Christmas Eve), 1968, the Apollo 8 mission changed how we see the earth and ourselves forever.

Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968 and took nearly three days (68 hours) to travel the distance to the moon. The three astronauts aboard were Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr., and Bill Anders. The latter was the mission photographer. … Continue reading

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9 Astonishing Numbers On The Bay Area Housing Crisis In 2018

From KCBS/ KPIX 5 With home prices and rents continuing to rise, affording a place to live continued to be one of the biggest issues of Bay Area life in 2018. There were so many jaw-dropping figures over the last … Continue reading

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Dutch Slough Project Creates Richer Habitat for Delta Fish and Wildlife

From California Department of Water Resources Editor’s note: The following article is part of a continuing series highlighting the California EcoRestore Initiative, which seeks to restore 30,000 acres of habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by 2020. California EcoRestore is an … Continue reading

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The Great California Divide

Bay Area Plays Key Role in Pushing Housing Bond Measure to Victory, and Anti-Gas Tax Measure to Defeat Results from the November 6, 2018, statewide election show that the nine-county Bay Area Region played a crucial role in solidifying the … Continue reading

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Orange and White: The Colors of (Express Lane) Construction Season

  Just as orange poppies and trees with bursts of white blossoms herald the advent of spring in the Bay Area, the sudden appearance of orange fencing and white K-rails signals the start of improvements along the region’s freeways; and … Continue reading

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State Water Board Adopts Bay-Delta Plan Update for the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta

SACRAMENTO — The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted a plan designed to restore water flows through the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries—the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. The plan sets a starting point for increased flows but … Continue reading

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Earthquake Guides Show Ways to Lessen Damage

From Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) An online tool is now available to help residents identify potential earthquake-related damage to their homes and provides information on how to gird against the next big temblor. The Earthquake Home Quiz can … Continue reading

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Bay Area Cities Permitted More Housing in 2017, Acute Shortfall of Affordable Housing Still Exists

From Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) New data on housing reveals Bay Area cities and counties permitted 27,103 new housing units in 2017, more than either 2016 (20,868) or 2015 (20,495); but only 18 percent of these units were … Continue reading

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Homeless Point in Time Count Volunteer opportunity

We’re gearing up for our annual homeless Point in Time Count for late January and we are seeking volunteers to help us  conduct this very important project!  Each year in late January, Contra Costa’s homeless Continuum of  Care (CoC), conducts a federally … Continue reading

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