Monthly Archives: October 2020

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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Saturday, October 17 – Saturday, October 24 – Delta Flood Preparedness Week Be aware. Be Prepared. Take Action.

The risk of flooding in the Delta is a complicated issue, as over 1,100 miles of levees might imply – but there is more to it. In other regions, levees are dry all year and only hold back floodwaters – … 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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Happy Birthday U.S. Navy – 2020

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 2, 2020) Aircraft from Nimitz Carrier Strike Group fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is an intensive exercise designed to fully integrate … 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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The Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Tuesday, October 13

A The Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Tuesday, October 13

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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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Join Us for a Fun Halloween Drive-Thru Event

The City of Oakley will be hosting a “Halloween Drive Thru” event on Saturday, October 31st from 12noon – 3pm.  Admission is FREE and guests must pre-register to attend.   The event will be limited to no more than 200 vehicles … Continue reading

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Management Plan Advisory Committee for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

The Delta Protection Commission is creating a 15-member volunteer body, the National Heritage Area Management Plan Advisory Committee (NHA Advisory Committee), to provide the Commission with recommendations on the development of the Management Plan and to seek input from diverse … Continue reading

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2020’s States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day – WalletHub Study

With WalletHub’s National Voter Representation Index at 87 percent and very different demographic groups supporting Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report examining the States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day. To … Continue reading

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What’s Different About Voting in California This Year?

From KQED Carly Severn Sep 25 Leer en español The COVID-19 pandemic means that there are several big changes to how you’ll vote in the 2020 election — and honestly, there are some you might not be aware of at … 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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