Monthly Archives: October 2020

Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline Virtual Dedication Event

The event highlighted Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline, named after East Bay civic and environmental leader and former Park District Board member John Sutter, which is located at the eastern touchdown of the Bay Bridge and provides spectacular views of … Continue reading

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Coming this weekend – A Rare full moon on Halloween and an extra hour of sleep

October will end with a rare full moon on Halloween, called the blue hunter’s moon. This will be the first full moon to fall on Halloween since 2001. The moon won’t actually look blue, rather, the “blue” name means it’s … Continue reading

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Counting the Votes; When is it over?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This year every registered voter in California is receiving a vote-by-mail ballot. Vote-by-mail ballots may be returned by mail (no stamp required) or dropped in an official vote-by-mail drop box. You can still … Continue reading

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Contra Costa County Advances in California’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan

California today reassigned Contra Costa to the less-restrictive orange tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing for larger local gatherings for indoor worship services and dining, and the reopening of indoor pools, bars and bowling alleys. Counties in the … Continue reading

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2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters – WalletHub Study

With the 2020 election a little over a week away and voters’ influence varying from state to state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters, as well as accompanying videos. WalletHub … Continue reading

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Link21 – New Transbay Rail Crossing

The Northern California megaregion, consisting of the 21 counties between Monterey, San Francisco, Sacramento, and the northern San Joaquin Valley, is the 16th largest economy in the world. The San Francisco Bay Area and much of the Sacramento and Central … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 10/25/2020

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. When will my ballot be counted? The perks of … Continue reading

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Is it My Imagination? Are Yellowjackets More Aggressive, This Year?

The Change in Seasons Does Have an Impact on Yellowjacket Behavior You’re in your backyard, doing a little weekend barbecuing and wham… out of nowhere yellowjackets are all around. You start waving your arms and some start stinging you. What’s … Continue reading

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PPIC: Who is losing ground in distance learning?

BY NIU GAO, JULIEN LAFORTUNE and LAURA HILL The resurgence of COVID-19 over the summer and the predicted fall increase in cases means that many districts will continue some form of distance learning for months to come. To help districts refine … Continue reading

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Golden Rules for Living

My mother sent an email with a link to the website “A Psychiatrist with Lewy Body Dementia”, that listed these rules for living. If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you unlock … Continue reading

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2020’s Best Small Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With the COVID-19 pandemic spurring some Americans to migrate out of big cities, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Small Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos. To help Americans put down roots in places offering … Continue reading

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School reopening battles heat up

From CalMatters Tensions in the battle over school reopenings are reaching a fever pitch, with influential teachers unions digging in their heels and demanding improved safety measures as increasingly frustrated lawmakers and parents push for a return to campus. The two groups’ arguments evoke the chicken-or-the-egg … Continue reading

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The Wildfire West: Where Housing Sprawl and Wildfire-Prone Areas Collide

By Priceonomics Data Studio Ranking the places out West with the most building in wildfire prone areas. As the world is still in the midst of a global pandemic, we are now entering fire season in the American West. After years … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading 10/18/2020

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. Barnes & Noble confirms hack exposed customer details – … Continue reading

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California Is 2020’s 9th Most Energy-Efficient State – WalletHub Study

Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With residential electricity consumption increasing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States, as well as accompanying videos. To gauge the financial impact … Continue reading

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Working from home? Protect your neck and back with these 4 tips.

Are you sitting up straight? Is your monitor at eye level? When’s the last time you got up? Or stretched? Due to COVID-19, it feels like screen time is at an all-time high — especially for those working from home. … Continue reading

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Be Fire Safe In Parks- October Peak Fire Season

Though already catastrophic this year, the height of fire season is typically in October when the heat of summer has dried out vegetation, and hot, dry Diablo winds from the east create dangerous fire conditions. Now is the time to … Continue reading

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PG&E outages starting Wednesday could impact most Bay Area counties, including thousands in Oakland

PG&E outages starting Wednesday could impact most Bay Area counties, including thousands in Oakland  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Monday said that about 50,000 homes and businesses across its service territory, nearly half of them in the Bay Area, … Continue reading

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Drop Off Your Ballot at City Hall

Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming Tuesday, November 3rd Presidential Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide provide convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election … Continue reading

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NHTSA Confirms What You And I Already Know, People Are Driving Like Idiots

From Autoweek Traffic fatalities dropped with COVID-19, but fatality rates soared BY MARK VAUGHN  OCT 2, 2020 Last Saturday I was driving to work westbound on the 134, traveling with the flow of traffic around me. In my rearview mirror, I … Continue reading

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