Monthly Archives: March 2021

Updated: California Is the State with the 4th Worst Unemployment Rate Recovery – WalletHub Study

With the U.S. gaining 379,000 jobs in February and the national unemployment rate at 6.2% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak during the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Rates … Continue reading

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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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Contra Costa Crisis Center Training Opportunities

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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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2021’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI – WalletHub Study

Americans have looked at taxes with especially high scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 74% think the government hasn’t handled their tax dollars wisely during this crisis, according to WalletHub’s Taxpayer Survey. We do know, however, that taxpayer return on … 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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Isleton Bridge Closure and Paintersville Bridge Closures

Caltrans is alerting motorists that beginning Monday, March 29 the Isleton bridge on State Route 160 near the town of Isleton will be temporarily closed through April 23. Additional construction is needed to maintain and keep the bridge operational. Adverse weather conditions could … 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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145 Million Americans Cannot Afford Another Year Like 2020 – WalletHub

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s finances, around 145 million Americans say they cannot afford another year like 2020, according to WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Money Survey, released today. This survey illustrates some of the ways in which … 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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March 20, 2021 – First Day of Spring

  The countdown is nearly over to the first day of spring – which is marked in the northern hemisphere by the Vernal Equinox. It means the daffodils are turning the parks yellow, blossom is lacing the trees and Easter … 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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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Scavenger Hunt – March 20 to April 11, 2021

Spring is a wonderful time to get outdoors and explore your local wetlands. The Yolo Basin Foundation is hosting a family fun scavenger hunt! Find your way around the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area using the provided Scavenger Hunt Map, labeled … Continue reading

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Join the Delta Protection Advisory Committee

Applications are now availableApply by Friday, April 23 The Delta Protection Commission is advised by a Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC), a 15 member volunteer body consisting of representatives of diverse interests within the Delta. Members are appointed by the Commission … 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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BART Schedule Change Begins March 22

RELEASE DATE: 3/16/2021 BART will make some minor adjustments to its schedule effective March 22, 2021. While service hours will remain unchanged for now, BART staff will closely monitor ridership and demand as the region begins to reopen.   The … Continue reading

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Paintersville Bridge Remains Closed

Caltrans is reminding motorists the Paintersville Bridge will remain closed through April 2. Adverse weather conditions could delay the reopening date. Signage has been placed at the bridge and motorists are encouraged to use the Steamboat or Walnut Grove Bridges … Continue reading

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California Is the State with 2021’s 7th Most Medicaid Coverage – WalletHub Study

Having reliable and affordable healthcare is more important now than ever as the U.S. faces the COVID-19 pandemic, and as of September 2020, over 70 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid. President Joe Biden is also looking to expand the program, and … 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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