Monthly Archives: April 2020

Updated – Hiking and Biking in Oakley

This is an updated version of one written in 2008. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Rd. Oakley, a 1,648-acre mostly-offshore piece of the Delta is one of the newest additions to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). … Continue reading

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Updated: States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus – WalletHub Study

Today’s unemployment numbers show that roughly 26.5 million Americans have lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, completely wiping out the 22.7 million new jobs created since the Great Recession and adding another somber milestone to the … Continue reading

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McDonald’s “Thank You” Meals for First Responders and Health Care Workers

Inspired by the heroes we continue to serve, starting Wednesday, April 22, through Tuesday, May 5, all first responders and healthcare workers are eligible for a free “Thank You Meal” via drive-thru and carry-out at participating McDonald’s locations by simply … Continue reading

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California Is the State 7th Most Slowed Down by COVID-19 – WalletHub Study

With many industries in the U.S. ground to a halt because of the coronavirus social distancing restrictions, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Slowing Down the Most During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as accompanying videos. In … Continue reading

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Young Skunks are Out and About

Each year, skunk activity peaks twice a year–in the winter during mating season and during the spring when young skunks are born and start to venture out into the world. Right now, those young skunks are exploring their surroundings and … Continue reading

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April 17th, National Bat Appreciation Day

Each year on April 17th, National Bat Appreciation Day reminds us of the roles bats play in our daily lives. April is also the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from … Continue reading

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States with the Most Affected Small Businesses due to Coronavirus – WalletHub Study

Coronavirus has dealt a heavy blow to small businesses in the U.S., as many “non-essential” businesses have been forced by state governments to shut their doors until the pandemic passes. With most of the U.S. under some form of lockdown, … Continue reading

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California has the 17th Smallest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus – WalletHub Study

With the U.S. losing over 22 million jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus, along with accompanying videos. To identify which states’ workforces have … Continue reading

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Its Bee Swarm Season

What to do if You See a Swarm It’s springtime and that means bees are on the move. According to the UC Davis Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, warming temperatures prompt a queen and a group of worker bees to … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Small Restaurants

From the Federalist By Hans Fiene Keeping small restaurants open during good times is hard enough. For a huge percentage of them, the Wuhan coronavirus shutdown will be lethal. According to Business Insider, “[T]he restaurant industry lost an estimated $25 billion … Continue reading

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Swimming pools, Covid-19 and the risk of mosquito-borne disease

It’s Time to Dump and Drain After the Rain; Tick Service is Suspended For many homeowners with swimming pools on their properties, spring is the time of year to transition from winter’s lack of pool use to the clear blue … Continue reading

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Mosquito control is in our hands… and yours

The first thing county residents can do to protect public health is let us know what you are seeing by requesting service. The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District provides public health services to reduce the risk of harm or disease from mosquitoes, … Continue reading

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Oakley Park and Ride Public Information Meeting

Due to the shelter in place, we have canceled the in-person public information meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 and April 7, 2020 and will hold our meeting in a virtual format. Please send any comments or questions regarding construction … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Read the strict new Bay Area lockdown, essential business order issued March 31, 2020

One quick item to note – When grocery shopping don’t be surprised if they reject your reusable bag. Prevent customers from self-serving food items, have staff hand out lids and food-bar items, prohibit customers from using bulk food bins or … Continue reading

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Oakley Rainfall Totals through March, 2020

From the unofficial Romick rain gauge

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