Monthly Archives: March 2021

California’s unemployment insurance debt is mounting

From CalMatters California’s unemployment rate fell to a pandemic low of 8.5% in February, the Employment Development Department announced Friday — even as its jobless benefits fund sank deeper into the red, imperiling economic recovery. The Golden State recovered nearly 91% of … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 03/28/2021

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. Brace yourself—the globe faces another epic toilet paper crisis … Continue reading

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55 Years and Up

1. Register with the State of California at: myturn.ca.gov to be notified when you are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. 2. Make an appointment with Contra Costa County:Vaccine Appointments for Residents 55+Click here to request an appointmentVacunación para los Residentes de 55+ … Continue reading

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Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA

Ever since the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for two new vaccines, employers, schools, and other organizations are grappling with whether to require Covid-19 vaccination. While organizations are certainly free to encourage their employees, students, and other members to … Continue reading

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County Extends Vaccine Eligibility to 50 and Older

Thanks to an increase in supply of COVID-19 vaccines, Contra Costa County today is extending vaccine eligibility to anyone who is 50 and older and lives or works in the county, regardless of whether they have an underlying health condition. The move … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 03/21/2021

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. What School Shutdowns Have Wrought – In the early days … Continue reading

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Report on the 2012-2016 California Drought

Excerpts from the Executive Summary California’s drought between Water Years 2012 and 2016 was one of the most severe in state history. A string of five dry winters left some rural communities without water, interrupted surface water deliveries to some … Continue reading

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Here’s why your electricity prices are high and soaring

BY LAURENCE DU SAULTMARCH 12, 2021 in CalMatters California’s electricity prices are among the highest in the country, new research says, and those costs are falling disproportionately on a customer base that’s already struggling to pay their bills. PG&E customers pay about 80% … Continue reading

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Caltrans 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

But despite the difficulties we’ve faced, I believe we’ve crafted a Plan that, as our mission statement states, will “provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.” The Strategic Plan recognizes that, to … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 03/14/2021

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. World at ‘peak twin’ as birth rates reach historic … Continue reading

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Rain Followed by Sunny Days = Mosquitoes

Now’s the time to dump out rainwater to prevent mosquitoes later Last weekend, a Contra Costa County resident sent the District a picture of a mosquito that had landed on his leg. The resident was surprised mosquitoes were out already; … Continue reading

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Go Hug a Vaccinated Person Right Now

Since the first COVID vaccines were authorized and started going into people’s arms, there’s been a maddening debate about what being vaccinated against the coronavirus would allow people to do. Thanks to confusing coverage — and equally confusing public-health guidance — about vaccine … Continue reading

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Oakley Goodwill Store Among 8 Slated For Closure

Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay will close eight local stores and layoff dozens of employees, the nonprofit announced over the weekend. Describing the closures as the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit will shutter stores in … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 03/07/2021

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. Oakley interim board appoints one new trustee, decides to … Continue reading

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CPUC Acts to Help Ensure Summer 2021 Electricity Reliability

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities to make sure they have contracts in place for enough energy resources that can be used if California has more extreme weather similar to the record-setting … Continue reading

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MTC-led Bay Area Pedestrian-Bicycle Safety Group Holds First Meeting

The MTC-led Vision Zero Working Group recently met for the first time to exchange ideas on how to make the Bay Area a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists and others. A panel of about 40 Bay Area officials from cities, counties, transit agencies, universities … Continue reading

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How to stop robocalls: Every way we know to prevent the annoying ringing

First published in c|net Jason CiprianiFeb. 25, 2021 10:18 p.m. PT Putting an end to robocalls isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight, but there are steps you can take to silence those annoying, and sometimes dangerous, calls. The past … Continue reading

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2021’s Best & Worst States for Women – WalletHub Study

With March being Women’s History Month and women experiencing 55% of the net job losses since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Women, as well as accompanying … Continue reading

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Celebrating PI day

Every March 14th, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi Day. Pi is the mathematical constant π (3.14), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Another recent tradition added for Pi Day is to eat pie! In … Continue reading

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Who has the power to reopen California classrooms?

Increasingly exasperated that most public schools remain closed even as coronavirus cases plummet nearly a year into the pandemic, California parents are taking to the streets. They’re protesting in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. They’re trying to recall school board members in San Francisco and San … Continue reading

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