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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday Reading – 10/11/2020

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. Why California had rolling blackouts – Mainly: poor planning … Continue reading

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Electric Bicycle Rebate Pilot Program Launches in Contra Costa County

Residents of Contra Costa County can now receive cash rebates for new electric bicycles (ebikes) through a pilot program launched by 511 Contra Costa (511CC). A limited number of $150 rebates ($300 for low income residents) are available for residents … Continue reading

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Incoming: mail-in ballots

Don’t forget to check your mailbox this week, because today, counties are required to begin sending out mail-in ballots for the November election. It’s the first time in California history that a mail-in ballot will be sent to every active registered voter … Continue reading

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“Your Delta, Your Voice” Community Survey Launched Take the Survey Today!

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 10/04/2020

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. Video: Non-verbal autistic boy says his family’s names for … Continue reading

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Simple One-Time Toll Payments with FasTrak

With cash toll collection at the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MTC and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) invite drivers who have received a toll notice to use the toll payment … Continue reading

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The final say: Gov. Newsom has decided which of these 2020 bills will be California law

From CalMatters In a year when the coronavirus pandemic upended every aspect of normal life, the impact in the California Capitol was also dramatic. Lawmakers took an unprecedented two-month pause in the spring, when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order for … Continue reading

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