Monthly Archives: February 2021

Sunday Reading – 02/28/2021

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. Oakley to appoint one school trustee, discuss four other … Continue reading

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Do You Believe Science?

First published in AREO 18/02/2021 7 minute read John McLaughlin Science is all the rage at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a unique window into how scientists carry out research into the basic mechanisms of disease; how … Continue reading

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CA Assembly propose a $6.7 Billion Climate Resiliency Bond vs CA Senate introduces “their” $5.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Bond

From the Assembly The Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022 Here’s the Press release Here’s the actual bond language (AB 1500) It will require a 2/3rds vote of the legislature … Continue reading

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2021’s Property Taxes by State – WalletHub Study

Each year, the average American household spends $2,471 on real-estate property taxes plus another $442 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes. With such high costs, it’s no surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes … Continue reading

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Bike Highway Study

A bike highway is a high-quality, uninterrupted, long-distance bikeway that reduces barriers to destinations that people want to travel to and from, especially places which may normally be difficult to bike to. Bike highways may consist of a mix of … Continue reading

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Extended Closure for Paintersville Bridge

From February 23 to March 19 Caltrans is alerting motorists that beginning Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 AM the Paintersville bridge on State Route 160 near Courtland will be temporarily closed for an extended period. Additional construction is needed to maintain and keep … Continue reading

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The Shop Oakley Coupon Book is Now Online!

The Shop Oakley Coupon Booklet is digital for 2021! The digital Shop Oakley coupon booklet is FREE to consumers and is easy to access. Simply visit the link below and display the coupon on your digital device to collect your … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 02/21/2021

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. Gavin Newsom recall – An effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was … Continue reading

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Contra Costa Extends COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers

Teachers, grocery workers and other frontline essential workers who live in Contra Costa County can now sign up to receive safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to them.  Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) today updated its eligibility policy for … Continue reading

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Would you like to serve in the Measure X Community Advisory Board?

The Community Advisory Board was established on February 2, 2021 following passage of Measure X – a countywide sales tax measure providing general purpose revenue for County programs estimated to generate at least $81 million annually. The Contra Costa County … Continue reading

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California Is 2021’s 2nd Most Sinful State – WalletHub Study

Every state has virtues and vices, and vices are especially hard to conquer during the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 … Continue reading

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School Openings in California – Map reveals disparities

From CalMatters It’s the question on everyone’s minds: When will Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers announce a school reopening deal? Though Newsom said he hoped to unveil a plan last week, Friday came and went without any mention of an agreement — … Continue reading

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Extended Closure for Real McCoy II Ferry

Caltrans has announced the State Route 84 (SR-84) Real McCoy II ferry will be out of service until February 25, 2021 for its required 5-year U.S. Coast Guard inspection. The Delta’s companion ferry, the State Route 220 (SR-220) J-Mack ferry … Continue reading

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Beware of CORONAVIRUS Scams!

Today scammers are preying on people’s desire for COVID-19 vaccinations. They may email, text, or call you requesting personal or financial information, telling you that you can pay to get the shots early or to have your name put on … Continue reading

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States That Had the Quickest Weekly Unemployment Claims Recovery – Updated WalletHub Study

Despite the fact that the U.S. has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year, new unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on February 1, and were 88% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 02/14/2021

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. The Decade in Review: A Political Earthquake in California … Continue reading

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Preliminary Grape Crush Report for 2020

A news release from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service SACRAMENTO, CA – February 10, 2021 – The 2020 crush totaled 3,542,038 tons, down 13.9% from the 2019 crush of 4,115,413 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share … Continue reading

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Where California Stands in the Vaccine Rollout

From CalMatters California is slated to launch on Monday its new vaccine distribution system helmed by Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente — one that will inherit longstanding concerns over supply, equity and speed. Here’s a closer look at where things … Continue reading

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California is the 13th Most Expensive State for Car Insurance – WalletHub Study

With Presidents’ Day approaching and with COVID-19 causing drastic changes in people’s driving habits and personal finances, WalletHub today released a new report on the States with the Cheapest & Most Expensive Car Insurance, along with a review of California’s Best Cheap … Continue reading

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Take BART to get vaccinated at the Oakland Coliseum site and get a free ride home

BART is prepared to support the large-scale vaccinations at the Oakland Coliseum and for a limited time will offer a free BART ride home for those who have been vaccinated at the site. The vaccination site, which opens on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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