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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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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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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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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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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Contra Costa Transportation Authority East County Integrated Transit Study

Why study transit, and why now? East County’s population is growing! East County’s population has grown by over 100,000 people in the past decade. There has also been a surge in super-commuters – people whose commute is more than 90 … Continue reading

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One Meal Isn’t Enough!

They may be your neighbor, your teacher in high school, the guy who fixed your first car, or even a family member. They are seniors who contribute so much to our community but because they are now homebound and isolated, … Continue reading

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98 Million Americans Expect their Partner to Spend Less on V-Day + Best Places for Valentine’s Day 2021 – WalletHub Reports

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and America’s sweethearts planning to spend $21.8 billion on the holiday even with COVID-19 limiting celebrations, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best Places for Valentine’s Day, as well as accompanying … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 02/07/2021

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. Could Gavin Newsom Really Get Kicked Out of Office? … Continue reading

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Connecting Underserved Communities to the Outdoors

California State Parks is seeking public feedback on draft guidelines for $19 million in outdoor program grants to create new or expand access to outdoor programs in underserved communities. Input from the public will help State Parks establish a new grant … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal Affirms Two-Thirds Majority Not Required for Voter-Led Special Tax Initiatives

The California First District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that special taxes do not require a two-thirds majority to pass when they’ve been placed on the ballot through a voter’s initiative. The original decision was handed down last … Continue reading

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Report card: How we graded every city, county in California on meeting RHNA housing permit goals – Orange County Register

Every city and county in California is required to plan for adequate housing across income levels. But how many actually issue enough permits to meet their state-mandated construction goals? For the second year, the Southern California News Group has created … Continue reading

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Rainfall Totals, in Oakley, for January 2021

Rainfall totals in Oakley for January 2021, from the unofficial Romick rain gauge, was 3.17″. A little over the average of 2.68″ putting us at just less than 65% of normal for the year.

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