Monthly Archives: April 2021

April 17, 2021 – It’s National Bat Appreciation Day

Each year on April 17th, National Bat Appreciation Day reminds us of the roles bats play in our daily lives. April is also the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. The Bay Area … Continue reading

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When it comes to California’s big problems, big money isn’t always enough

From CalMatters Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom will signed into law a $536 million wildfire prevention bill lawmakers sent to his desk on Monday. But even as the state Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the bill — which includes $280 million for projects … Continue reading

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On The Anniversary Of The Titanic, Remember The Cruel Depths And Noble Heights Of Their Final Hours

From The Federalist On the morning of April 15, 1912, the survivors of the Titanic were pulled from the icy North Atlantic by the Carpathia. The night before, at 11:40 p.m., the ship had struck an iceberg in a glancing-but-fatal … Continue reading

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Report Dead Birds to Protect Public Health

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) has been protecting public health since 1927. By reporting dead birds, Contra Costa County residents can take an active role in protecting public health as well. And now reporting dead birds … Continue reading

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Contra Costa Health Services Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

To ensure that every dose of COVID-19 vaccine provided in our county is safe for patients, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will today temporarily pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine while federal regulatory agencies examine new … Continue reading

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Reduce the Risk of Dog Heartworm by Preventing Mosquitoes Now

Springtime, with its warmer weather, tends to draw Contra Costa County residents outdoors. After all, there’s nothing like a sunny day to take the dog on a walk. It turns out these same sunny, warmer days are exactly what the … Continue reading

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Weekly unemployment claims in California increased by 301.27% compared to the same week in 2019 – WalletHub

California is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims, with last week’s claims higher than at the start of 2020, according to WalletHub’s updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.  … Continue reading

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Election calendar crunch – Census data is late

From CalMatters California election officials are running out of time. Let’s work backwards through the process:  Before the state holds its primary election in 2022, it has to give candidates the opportunity to file to run; Before that, it has … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 04/11/2021

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. Forbes’ 35th Annual World’s Billionaires List: Facts And Figures … Continue reading

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Public Input Requested for the Update to Vision 2030 – Delta Protection Commission’s Strategic Plan

Comment period open through Friday, April 30 Vision 2030 is the Delta Protection Commission’s strategic plan. Adopted by a vote of the Commission in 2015, Commission staff and the Delta Protection Advisory Committee have been reviewing Vision 2030 strategic theme objectives over … Continue reading

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Youth Art Contest for Invasive Species Week

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has announced the opening of the 2021 Youth Art Contest for California Invasive Species Action Week. The contest is open to grades 2-12 and entries are due May 5. The theme is “Be an Invasive Species … Continue reading

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The Drought is Back. Some Parts of California Will Have it Far Worse Than Others.

From California City News Drought conditions are returning to California, but the impacts will be highly variable across the state. Dairy farms in Sonoma County and the Central Valley are already struggling. More than half of Sonoma is in a … Continue reading

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California to Lift Most Coronavirus Restrictions on June 15 and Move Beyond Its Tier System

California will move away from its four-tier system for reopening June 15 and fully reopen its economy if certain conditions are met, marking a major pandemic milestone for the nation’s most populous state, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. The state’s color-coded Blueprint … Continue reading

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Isleton Bridge temporarily closed through April 23

Caltrans is alerting motorists that 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 delay the reopening … Continue reading

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Contra Costa Moving into the Orange Tier

Starting Wednesday, April 7, several business sectors and community services can reopen or expand capacity:  Amusement parks: Overall park capacity and indoor capacity will be limited to 25%, including indoor dining.  Bars: Outdoors with modifications; no meals required to be served … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 04/04/2021

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. One dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines was 80% … Continue reading

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Why Easter Is Called Easter, and Other Little-Known Facts About the Holiday

By Brent Landau April 13, 2017 Today Christians are celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date of celebration changes from year to year. The reason for this variation is … Continue reading

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More wild recall rules

From CalMatters Candidates seeking to run against Newsom in a likely recall election later this year could have as little as 24 hours to enter the race — just another quirk of California’s unique recall rules, which could also cause Newsom … Continue reading

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Fighting Invasive Aquatic Species in the Delta

California State Parks’ Division of Boating & Waterways recently started herbicide treatments to help control several invasive aquatic plants species found in the Delta. These plants are known to form dense mats of vegetation, creating safety hazards for boaters, obstructing … Continue reading

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Rainfall Totals, in Oakley, for March 2021

Rainfall totals in Oakley for March 2021, from the unofficial Romick rain gauge, was 0.51″. The average for March 2.09″ putting us at 48% of normal for the year.

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