Monthly Archives: January 2022

Why owning a car in the S.F. Bay Area will only become more expensive this year

In 2021, gas prices in the Bay Area and California soared to all-time highs and have shown few signs of tapering. The cost to buy a new or used car also reached record highs to end the year, partly due … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 01/30/2022

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 happens when millions of electric car batteries get … Continue reading

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East Contra Costa Community Connect

EastContra Costa Fire Protection District has been working closely with technology partner First Due to release Community Connect, an application focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster. Community … Continue reading

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No-cost COVID-19 home test kits now available for every household

To ensure that all Americans have access to timely COVID-19 testing, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Postal Service have launched COVIDtests.gov, a new site for requesting free home test kits by mail. Every address in … Continue reading

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California is the 2nd Safest State During COVID-19 – WalletHub Study

With around 64% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but the omicron variant on the rise, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the Safest States During COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.   In order to find out the … Continue reading

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Cities with the Highest Increase in Homicide Rates During Covid – WalletHub Study

With the homicide rate having spiked by an average of 37% in 50 of the biggest U.S. cities between Q4 2019 and Q4 2021, WalletHub today released its report on the Cities With the Highest Increase in Homicide Rates During COVID, … Continue reading

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2022’s Best States to Retire – WalletHub Study

With 27% of all nonretired adults having no retirement savings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best States to Retire, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 01/23/2022

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. After the Violent Eruption in Tonga, Is More to … Continue reading

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California Is 2022’s 4th Worst State to Drive in – WalletHub Study

With traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers an average of 36 hours and $564 during 2021, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States to Drive in, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. To determine the … Continue reading

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California has a massive budget surplus. How would you spend it? Create your own state budget

from CalMatters Newsom may have just unveiled his priorities for spending California’s massive budget surplus — and state lawmakers have their own ideas — but what would you do? Well, you can now turn your vision into (virtual) reality by playing this super-fun Surplus Spender … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Report: 2022’s States with the Most Racial Progress

With today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day and half of adults saying a lot more needs to be done to ensure equal rights for all Americans, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s States with the Most Racial … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 01/16/2022

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. California budget confronts climate change, homeless, crime – California … Continue reading

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Smoking Costs the Average California Smoker $2,688,526 Over a Lifetime 

With the economic and societal costs of smoking totaling more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on The Real Cost of Smoking by State, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. To encourage the estimated … Continue reading

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Bay Trail Website Moves to MTC

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has launched a new Bay Trail section to its website at mtc.ca.gov/baytrail. Featuring refreshed content and the latest news about the Bay Trail, a planned 500-mile regional trail along the shoreline of 47 Bay Area cities, these … Continue reading

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Bay Area Streets Pavement Quality are Considered Fair

Overall pavement conditions on the Bay Area’s nearly 44,000 lane-miles of local streets and roads landed once again in fair territory last year, with the typical stretch of roadway showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon. Data released … Continue reading

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30×30 California

In October 2020, Governor Newsom signed his Nature Based Solutions Executive Order N-82-20, elevating the role of natural and working lands in the fight against climate change and advancing biodiversity conservation as an administration priority. As part of this Executive Order, … Continue reading

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State Route 239 Project News – Public Scoping Open House

READY FOR VISITORS – SR 239 ONLINE PUBLIC SCOPING OPEN HOUSE Caltrans has released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the State Route 239 project and is seeking your input. We continue to engage … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – 01/09/2022

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. Sacramento gas price could soar above $5 per gallon … Continue reading

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Go the (400 mile) distance in 2022 – Bay Area Ridge Trail

With 400 miles of Ridge Trail… Challenge yourself to explore them all! A new year means new challenges, as well as new possibilities ahead. With 400 miles of Ridge Trail now open to explore, why not hike, run, bike or ride the entire Ridge Trail as … Continue reading

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Where’s the Bacon

Proposition 12, California’s Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, was approved in 2018 with 63 percent of the vote. The voters enacted Prop 12 for the stated purposes of treating farm animals humanely and taking precautionary measures to promote food safety by … Continue reading

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