Monthly Archives: September 2020

Even Though It’s Fall, Mosquito Season Isn’t Over

Act Now to Reduce the Risk of West Nile Virus by Avoiding Mosquito Bites Just because it’s fall, it does not mean mosquito season is over because mosquitoes, and West Nile virus (WNV) in particular, thrive in warm temperatures. And … Continue reading

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Where’s My Ballot?

Tracking your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted—has never been easier. The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Powered … Continue reading

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Tri Delta Transit Announces Participation in Nationwide Public Transportation Industry “Health and Safety Commitments” Program

Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit) announced Wednesday that it has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments” Program, the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking necessary … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 09/27/2020

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. Forest Fires Aren’t at Historic Highs in the United … Continue reading

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Final Environmental Impact Report Released for the Valley Rail Sacramento Extension Project

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, has prepared and released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Valley Rail Sacramento Extension Project. As you may recall, the Valley … Continue reading

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2020 Census: Where To Count Yourself If You Haven’t Responded Yet

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2020’s Best & Worst States for Teachers – WalletHub Study

With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teachers having to implement social distancing or online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Teachers, as well as accompanying … Continue reading

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How to tell if the air around us is safe to breathe

From Engadget The West’s 2020 fire season has been absolutely brutal, with more than 7,600 blazes spreading the length of coast, killing 35 people and charring 3.1 million acres to date. Autumn winds arrived early this year, reducing humidity and desiccating undergrowth … Continue reading

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Unemployment Claims in California – Claims paused for 2 weeks

from CalMatters Planning on applying for unemployment benefits? Well, you won’t be able to do so for the next two weeks. California’s beleaguered unemployment department is putting a pause on new claims until Oct. 5 to give it time to … Continue reading

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Rail Safety Week 2020

Believe it or not, a person or vehicle in the U.S. is hit by a train about every four hours. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness, encourage rail safety education and empower the public to make … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 09/20/2020

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. Wildfire Hype, and Hope – It’s impossible to say … Continue reading

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Build the ultimate emergency preparedness kit

September is National Preparedness Month. This month serves as a reminder for all Californians to ensure they have a plan in place in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, such as a large flood or wildfire. To learn … Continue reading

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WNV Risk in Contra Costa County Continues as More Birds and Sentinel Chickens Test Positive

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) has confirmed two sentinel chickens and three dead birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Two birds are from Brentwood, one is from Concord. This is the first bird … Continue reading

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Every Four Hours Someone is Hit by a Train – National Rail Safety Week Sept. 21-28

Every four hours in America, either a person or a vehicle is hit by a train, and too many of these incidents happen at grade crossings. Roadway-rail crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles totaled 168 in 2017, an increase of 7% over 2016. … Continue reading

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September 17th is the 233rd observance of the adoption of our Constitution

September 17th is the 233rd observance of the adoption of our Republic’s founding contract — that date in 1787 when our Constitution was signed by by 38 of 41 delegates present at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. As dictated by … Continue reading

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East County Integrated Transit Study Underway

In a continued effort to connect the eastern part of Contra Costa County (East County) to the rest of the county and the Bay Area, CCTA is beginning its study of the transit service alternatives along the newly upgraded State … Continue reading

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2020’s Best & Worst Places to Retire in California – WalletHub Study – Oakley is #9

With California having the fourth-highest cost of living in the nation and being one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Places to Retire in California. To determine … Continue reading

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California Election 2020 Voter Guide

In California every active, registered voter living domestically will be mailed a ballot no later than 29 days prior to Election Day. Military and Overseas voters will be mailed their ballots 45 days before Election Day. With the November election … Continue reading

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Updated: California Is the State with the 2nd Most Coronavirus Restrictions – WalletHub Study

With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files. … Continue reading

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California Is 2020’s Most Diverse State in America – WalletHub Study

With racial equality being a hot-button issue in 2020 and Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Diverse States in America, as well as accompanying videos. To determine where the … Continue reading

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