Monthly Archives: November 2020

Small Business Saturday is on November 28, 2020.

Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday that celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. The holiday aids small businesses by drawing attention to their importance in our economy. It also … Continue reading

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2020 Holiday Budgets by City + Free Holiday Budget Estimator – WalletHub Study

With 54% of merchants expecting increased holiday spending in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020 Holiday Budgets by City report, as well as accompanying videos, along with its free tool that calculates personalized holiday budgets for … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving – 2020

In January 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had just been re-elected for a third term. After nearly 10 years of double-digit unemployment and economic stagnation, the Great Depression was abating. War had engulfed Europe, and before year’s end the United States … Continue reading

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2020’s Best Places to Shop on Black Friday – WalletHub Study

With Black Friday sales starting earlier this year and most consumers planning to shop online rather than in-store, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Places to Shop on Black Friday, as well as accompanying videos. WalletHub surveyed … Continue reading

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2021 fishing licenses now available for sale

California anglers can now purchase 2021 fishing licenses and related items directly through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website or authorized license agents. (Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, license sales counters at CDFW offices remain temporarily closed … Continue reading

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Oakley PD Receives Grant for Traffic Enforcement

The safety of everyone on our roads is the focus of a grant that was recently awarded to Oakley Police. The $34,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will assist in Oakley Police efforts to reduce traffic … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 11/22/2020

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. 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites – Here’s an … Continue reading

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#OptOutside for Ridge Trail Month

Every year, REI closes its doors on Black Friday and encourages would-be shoppers to #OptOutside instead. This year, more than ever, it seems especially prudent to skip the crowds. November is also “Ridge Trail Month”. Now, it’s your turn to … Continue reading

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Stop Arguing—Start Preventing and Preparing

We’re asking the wrong questions about the California wildfires. Sashi McEntee November 18, 2020 City Journal Here in Northern California, the fire seasons have been getting worse. In my small city, Mill Valley, nestled in the middle of the redwood forest, … Continue reading

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Public Comment Period for RHNA Proposed Methodology Ends Nov. 27 at Noon

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)’s Executive Board at its October meeting passed the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) proposed methodology. The proposed methodology is a mathematical formula by which the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)’s … Continue reading

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Most Charitable States for 2021 & Best Charities for 2021

With the U.S. ranked as the most generous country over the past 10 years by the World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on Most Charitable States for 2021 (with accompanying videos), in addition to its picks for Best Charities for 2021 and … Continue reading

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BART App Now Offers Customized Notifications

Riders can now opt-in to customized in-app notifications about BART service and announcements using the official BART app. Riders can personalize what type of information they get through the app based on when and where they ride BART and what … Continue reading

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Oakley PD Receives Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The Oakley Police Department recently received a $20,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that focuses on the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.Grant funds will be used for a variety of activities promoting bicyclist and pedestrian safety, … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading 11/15/2020

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. OC couple has been married 71 years and, together, … Continue reading

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When They are Available California Grocers to Administer Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the CDC.  However, this pharmacy partnership is being established in anticipation that … Continue reading

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Bay Area Health Officials Issue Tips for Safer Holidays and Travel

Health Officers from the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz, and the city of Berkeley issued joint guidelines for staying safe during the holidays. The fact sheet covers gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to … Continue reading

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Oakley’s Virtual Pet Talent Show

Does your doggy dance, your kitty sing, your bird break dance? We’d love to see your pet’s special talent! The Oakley Recreation Department invites you to enter your lovable pet in the “Pet Star Talent Show.” This contest is open … Continue reading

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Veterans Day – 2020

Today marks the 102st Veterans Day, when we pause at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honor of all American veterans. Our national Veterans Day observance originated as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Update: Surging Cases Find Contra Costa, Santa Cruz Counties Moving Back To Red Tier

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — State health officials on Tuesday announced that two greater Bay Area counties — Contra Costa and Santa Cruz — have backslid due to rising COVID-19 cases, moving from the orange tier to the more restrictive … Continue reading

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2020’s Best Cities for Veterans & Military Money Survey – WalletHub

With Veterans Day approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic leading to an increase in veteran unemployment, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live (as well as accompanying videos and audio files). The report … Continue reading

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