Monthly Archives: June 2021

Hummingbirds and Spiders – A Unique Bond

Earlier this year I was in the backyard finishing the spring cleanup. The backyard was active, birds flying between the feeders and baths, lizards sunny themselves on the fence and hummingbirds drawing nectar from the red salvias that start early … Continue reading

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Robocalls are out of control. But that could change after June 30

Marguerite Reardon June 27, 2021 8:08 a.m. PT A big deadline in the fight to beat back those annoying robocalls is coming June 30. As of that date, every major voice provider in the US, including phone companies AT&T, Verizon … Continue reading

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Do Bug Zappers work on Mosquitos?

District technician Heidi Budge says she’s noticed an increase in the number of bug zappers she’s seen in Contra Costa County since last year. Subsequently, she’s been spending a lot of time explaining to county residents that bug zappers really … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 06/27/2021

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. Water shortages: Why some Californians are running out in … Continue reading

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Updated: California Is the State with the 6th Worst Unemployment Rate Recovery – WalletHub Study

With the U.S. gaining 559,000 jobs in May, falling short of expert predictions, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most, along with accompanying videos and audio files, to illustrate which areas of the country … Continue reading

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June 21 to June 27, 2021 is Pollinator Week!

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership, and fourteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of … Continue reading

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The new science of sleep: Everything we know about how it affects your health and brain

Our 24/7 society seems to be slowly robbing us of our slumber, but at what cost? Sleep expert, professor of neuroscience and author of Why we sleep Dr Matthew Walker explores all the ways sleep can benefit our brains and our health. … Continue reading

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State releases digital vaccine tool

From CalMatters You can now obtain a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card using a tool state health officials launched Friday, a few months after they said California wasn’t planning to develop its own vaccine passport. Newsom last week hinted a vaccine verification … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 06/20/2021

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. U.S. charitable giving hit record $471 billion in 2020 … Continue reading

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2021’s Best States to Live in America – WalletHub Study

With nearly 15 million people having moved last year, many of them influenced by COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best States to Live in, as well as accompanying videos. To help Americans settle down in the … Continue reading

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Tips on staying safe in extreme heat from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the occasional extreme heat streak (like this week). While some of the warmer weather comes with the summer territory, high record temperatures can lead to emergency situations. By following a … Continue reading

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Are you ready for a “Flex Alert”

Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve electricity. A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening hours when solar … Continue reading

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Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 Released

After three years of public discussion and technical work and an unprecedented outreach effort, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 Document and Implementation Plan for public comment … Continue reading

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Real hot weather – How to stay cool and sleep at night

Weather.com forecast Tuesday – forecast 90 record high 110 Wednesday – forecast 102 record high 114 Thursday – forecast 109 record high 117 Friday – forecast 105 record high 110 Saturday – forecast 99 record high 102 Creative Ways to … Continue reading

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Recalling a California governor, explained

California is one of 19 states that allow voters to remove state officials before the end of their term. No reason is necessary — the only requirement to put a recall on the ballot is enough voter signatures. That number must be … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 06/13/2021

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. Masks at work? California can’t decide – Masks at … Continue reading

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Bears in Oakley

Last Friday morning a video of a black bear wandering an Oakley neighborhood near Marsh Creek on the north side of E. Cypress Rd. was captured by a ring doorbell system. According to East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) wildlife … Continue reading

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$56.5B Drop in Credit Card Debt during Q1 2021 & Cities with the Biggest Paydowns – WalletHub Reports

After a record-setting year for credit card debt reduction in 2020, U.S. consumers maintained their strong performance during the first quarter of 2021, paying off $56.5 billion in credit card debt, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub’s latest Credit Card Debt … Continue reading

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FDA approves Biogen Alzheimer’s treatment

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Summer 2021 – All Fireworks Are Illegal in the City of Oakley!

Summer is nearly here, Sunday, June 20, and Fourth of July celebrations are just around the corner. Please be reminded that the use, possession, manufacture, and sale of fireworks is illegal in the both the City of Oakley and the … Continue reading

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