Monthly Archives: April 2021

The long-awaited iOS 14.5 update is finally rolling out with a new privacy tool

From Vox By Rebecca Heilweil  Apr 26, 2021, 10:52am EDT On Monday, Apple is rolling out a long-awaited privacy feature for iOS. The latest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 14.5, will prompt iPhone and iPad users to opt out of tracking … Continue reading

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An easier way to pass taxes?

From CalMatters The California Supreme Court may have just made it a lot easier to pass certain kinds of taxes. The state’s highest court on Wednesday declined to review an appeals court’s ruling permitting San Francisco to fund child care and early … Continue reading

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Tri Delta Park and Ride starts construction in Oakley

The proposed project will construct 172‐space park and ride lot along with bus bays and a kiss and ride loop. The project will encourage carpooling and transit use in east Contra Costa County. Buses will shuttle riders from the park … Continue reading

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How dry is California? From the California Water Blog

By Jay Lund, UC Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering California is in the second year of a drought. Governor Newsom (last) week made his first drought declaration.   Just how dry is this drought, so far?  What are … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 04/25/2021

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. More taxpayer rebates on the way? – California is so … Continue reading

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As dry conditions persist, drought impacts in 2015 provide insights — from the California Farm Water Coalition

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It’s Earth Day and California Is 2021’s 5th Greenest State – WalletHub Study

It’s Earth Day and the U.S. having experienced a record number of billion-dollar natural disasters in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Greenest States, as well as accompanying videos. In order to showcase the states doing right … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom takes action to respond to drought conditions

by CDFA’s Office of Public Affairs With much of the West experiencing drought conditions and California squarely in a second consecutive dry year, Governor Gavin Newson today directed state agencies to take immediate action to bolster drought resilience and prepare for … Continue reading

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How To Use Clipper on Your iPhone and Apple Watch

Now you can pay for transit easily with your iPhone and Apple Watch. Please ensure you have an iPhone 8 or later, Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and the latest versions of iOS and watchOS respectively. You cannot transfer … Continue reading

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2021’s Most Diverse Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With the U.S. needing to stamp out hatred after anti-Asian hate crimes spiked by nearly 150% in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Most Diverse Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos. To determine the places … Continue reading

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Concord Naval Weapons Station Concord Reuse Project Area Plan Implementation

The City of Concord Local Reuse Authority (LRA) seeks Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified Master Developer real estate teams (Respondents) to respond to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of approximately 2,350 acres (Development Footprint) comprising a … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 04/18/2021

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. Booze and corruption: A brief history of the Bay … 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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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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