Monthly Archives: April 2020

Coronavirus Shopping Survey: 58 Million Americans Are Spending More Money While Social Distancing

About 58 million Americans are spending more money while social distancing, according to WalletHub’s Coronavirus Shopping Survey, released today. This nationally representative survey asked a range of questions, from whether Americans’ spending has increased to what types of non-essential items they … Continue reading

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Update to Delta Bridge closures and other traffic advisory notices

Caltrans is alerting motorists that the Isleton, Steamboat Slough, and Paintersville bridges are scheduled for daytime intermittent closures due to maintenance. All bridges remain safe for travel. The schedule is April 20 through September 20 with intermittent closures Monday through … Continue reading

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A barber’s tips on keeping your quarantine mane in check

Andrew Tarantola, @terrortola in Engadget As we enter our sixth week of coronavirus quarantine, many of you guys are beginning to resemble Mr. Burns during his Spruce Moose phase. And while letting your locks flow free during this time of physical … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Clean Cloth Face Masks and Coverings During the Coronavirus Outbreak

BY AMANDA GARRITY Apr 17, 2020 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING A cleaning expert weighs in on the CDC’s guidelines, including if you should wash fabric masks after use. Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC now recommends wearing a face mask or covering any … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading 04/26/2020

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. Tip-toeing in a dark house – Imagine you wake up … Continue reading

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City of Oakley Now Hiring for Engineering Tech

The City of Oakley is now hiring for the position of full-time Engineering Technician. Under general supervision of assigned supervisory or management staff, this position performs a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Public … Continue reading

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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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We need you to be counted in the 2020 Census!

The U.S. Census happens every 10 years. It is meant to give a snapshot of the current number of people in each community. The Census will decide how much state and federal dollars are sent to our area for a … Continue reading

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Face Coverings Required at BART

County health orders in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo now require all riders to wear face coverings inside BART stations and on-board trains. The orders also require BART to take reasonable measures to remind the public that … 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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Sunday Reading 04/19/2020

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 Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow – … Continue reading

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Intermittent Daytime Bridge Closures Along the Sacramento River

Caltrans is alerting motorists that the Isleton, Steamboat Slough, and Paintersville bridges are scheduled for daytime intermittent closures due to maintenance. All bridges remain safe for travel. The schedule is is April 20 through September 20 with intermittent closures Monday … Continue reading

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Contra Costa Health Officer Issues New “Cover Your Face” Order effective Wednesday, April 22

Friday, April 17, 2020 A new health order in Contra Costa County requires anyone working at or visiting an essential business, such as a grocery store or gas station, to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. … 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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Critical rail replacement coming at Orinda Station; weekend track closures start in May

BART is moving forward with a track replacement project near the Orinda Station, which will require five weekend track shutdowns between the Lafayette and Rockridge stations.  Preliminary work is already underway on the effort to replace critical track components that … Continue reading

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