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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rainfall Totals, in Oakley, for February 2021

Rainfall totals in Oakley for February 2021, from the unofficial Romick rain gauge, was 0.45″. The average for February 2.36″ putting us at 54% of normal for the year.

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Do You Believe Science?

First published in AREO 18/02/2021 7 minute read John McLaughlin Science is all the rage at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a unique window into how scientists carry out research into the basic mechanisms of disease; how … Continue reading

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CA Assembly propose a $6.7 Billion Climate Resiliency Bond vs CA Senate introduces “their” $5.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Bond

From the Assembly The Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022 Here’s the Press release Here’s the actual bond language (AB 1500) It will require a 2/3rds vote of the legislature … Continue reading

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California is the 13th Most Expensive State for Car Insurance – WalletHub Study

With Presidents’ Day approaching and with COVID-19 causing drastic changes in people’s driving habits and personal finances, WalletHub today released a new report on the States with the Cheapest & Most Expensive Car Insurance, along with a review of California’s Best Cheap … Continue reading

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One Meal Isn’t Enough!

They may be your neighbor, your teacher in high school, the guy who fixed your first car, or even a family member. They are seniors who contribute so much to our community but because they are now homebound and isolated, … Continue reading

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Living with Coyotes in Oakley – Breeding Season

Before Highway 4 was rerouted I would love to stay after late summer Council meetings, then held at Freedom High, and listen to the coyotes bark and howl at each other in the open fields and hills to the west … Continue reading

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From PG&E – Tips To Prepare for Winter Storms

Winter storm season is here. Are you prepared for wind, rain and snow that can potentially cause temporary power outages? Here are some tips to consider this winter: Do you have an emergency kit ready? — Stock an emergency supply … Continue reading

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Top Mental Health Apps: An Effective Alternative for When You Can’t Afford Therapy?

What do you do when you can’t afford therapy but are struggling to handle your mental illness alone? You could download an app. In recent years, there’s been a proliferation of mental health apps available to smartphone users. These reasonably-priced, … Continue reading

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Rainfall Totals in Oakley through November 2020

From the unofficial Romick rain gauge

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