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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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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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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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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March 14 – Daylight savings time begins

Daylight saving time 2021 begins at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 14, meaning you’ll set your clock to 3 a.m. at that point. Contrary to popular opinion, daylight saving time doesn’t last for half the year. Rather, it stretches approximately eight months and … Continue reading

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States with Highest Tax Rates – WalletHub Reports

With Tax Day looming and 74% of people disapproving of how the government has used tax dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub today released its 2021 Taxpayer Survey, as well as its yearly report on the States with the Highest & Lowest … 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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