Monthly Archives: November 2019

10 tips for safe online shopping on Cyber Monday

From Malwarebytes Labs Shoppers familiar with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday circus know they’re stepping into the lion’s den. The Internet has always been a lawless place, but it becomes particularly rough during the holiday shopping season. In preparation … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving – 2019

In January 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had just been re-elected for a third term. After nearly 10 years of double-digit unemployment and economic stagnation, the Great Depression was abating. War had engulfed Europe, and before year’s end the United States … Continue reading

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WalletHub’s recent holiday studies

Over 12% of items at major retailers will be more expensive on Black Friday than their current Amazon.com prices. Jewelry will offer the most value on Black Friday 2019 relative to its current prices, while consumer electronics are expected to … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline

By the editors of Cook’s Illustrated Timeline Strategies Once you have designed a menu, you should build a custom timeline. Figure out what you’re going to do when. What can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen? What must … Continue reading

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7 Turkey Myths That Could Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Reader’s Digest Alyssa Jung 11/3/2016 Myth: Always wash the turkey thoroughly Don’t let old-time turkey lore wreck your big meal: Learn the truth behind some of the most common turkey preparation myths before you start cooking. Experts say scrubbing down … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 11/24/19

The following links are just news items and opinions that pass my desk throughout the week. I don’t necessarily support or advocate any of the items, they are just interesting reads. Why the world is running out of sand – … Continue reading

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California Unemployment hits another record low

From Beacon Economics Job Growth, Labor Force Continue Expansion; Annual Labor Force Growth Still In Negative Territory The latest figures released by the California EDD reveal that nonfarm employment in California expanded at a steady pace in October, growing by … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 11/17/19

The following links are just news items and opinions that pass my desk throughout the week. I don’t necessarily support or advocate any of the items, they are just interesting reads. The Witnesses – What, exactly, did the Navy encounter … Continue reading

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Concord Hills Regional Park Update

Updated Concord Hills Land Use Plan Available for Review On October 18, 2019, the East Bay Regional Park District published a final Land Use Plan for the new Concord Hills Regional Park. Once implemented, the adopted plan will provide a … Continue reading

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Veterans Day – 2019

Today marks the 101st Veterans Day, when we pause at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honor of all American veterans. Our national Veterans Day observance originated as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 11/10/19

The following links are just news items and opinions that pass my desk throughout the week. I don’t necessarily support or advocate any of the items, they are just interesting reads. Blackouts, Fires, High Gas Prices: Who Wants to Live … Continue reading

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See Where Your Food Comes From on This Map

By Megan Konar, The Conversation My team at the University of Illinois just developed the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain. Our map is a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S. – grains, fruits … Continue reading

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Both Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Plan Bay Area 2050 Processes Begin

RHNA Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) is a state-mandated process that requires local governments to take certain actions to plan for housing production at all income levels. ABAG, acting on behalf of the region’s local governments, leads the RHNA allocation … Continue reading

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Fire Hazard of Every Building in California: An Interactive Map

Do you know your home’s wildfire hazard classification? California residents can now see all fire hazards in their neighborhood with the help of an interactive map from UCLA Geospatial. The map shows all buildings in California, with classifications from CAL … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Package Thieves- Here are Some Tips to Prevent Theft

It’s a problem year-round –  crooks patrolling our neighborhoods looking for packages that have been left in the front of our homes. However, the deluge of packages delivered during the holiday season provides these “Porch Pirates” more incentives. They often … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 11/03/19

The following links are just news items and opinions that pass my desk throughout the week. I don’t necessarily support or advocate any of the items, they are just interesting reads. PG&E equipment blamed for 6 fires in the last … Continue reading

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State of the Estuary Report 2019

The San Francisco Estuary is a large and diverse system. Hundreds of miles of coastline stretch from the wide valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers to the steep headlands of the Golden Gate, with vast agricultural fields in … Continue reading

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WalletHub’s 2019’s Best Small Cities in America

WalletHub Urbanization might be the trend for much of the population, but not everyone craves the bright lights and crowded spaces of big cities. In fact, city growth is slowing down while suburbanization is rising. Small-city life can be best for those who … Continue reading

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