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Current and Upcoming PG&E Work in Oakley

PG&E will be undertaking several projects in the City of Oakley as part of their gas distribution system improvements. These gas line improvements will ensure the community will have a functional and reliable gas distribution system. Prior to the start … Continue reading

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What to do if you receive a new stimulus payment

As part of the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, the federal government will begin to provide a second round of stimulus payments to eligible recipients. If you’re eligible to receive a payment, you may receive the funds in one … 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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Winter Spare the Air Alert – A Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Tuesday, December 22

It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood or manufactured firelogs in fireplaces, woodstoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits, or any other wood burning devices. Concentrations of particulate matter pollution are forecast to be … Continue reading

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Contra Costa Moves to Implement the State’s New Regional Stay Home Order, Not Waiting Until Local Hospitals Are Near Crisis to Act

Rather than waiting until Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed availability reaches critical levels and delaying closures that are inevitable, the Health Officers for the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara as well as the City … Continue reading

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Winter Spare the Air Alert – Saturday December 05

A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Saturday, December 5, in the Bay Area. Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors on Saturday, for the full 24 hours. Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It … Continue reading

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Vaccine doses on the way

From CalMatters Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a regional stay-at-home order Thursday after nearly a week of anticipation — but the state’s strictest measure in months doesn’t currently apply to any of California’s counties. The order, which goes into effect Saturday afternoon, stipulates that if a … Continue reading

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California Is 2020’s State with the 3rd Worst Elder-Abuse Protections – WalletHub Study

With as many as 13 out of every 14 elder-abuse cases going unreported and seniors especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections, as well as accompanying videos. … 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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Small Business Saturday is on November 28, 2020.

Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday that celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. The holiday aids small businesses by drawing attention to their importance in our economy. It also … Continue reading

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2021 fishing licenses now available for sale

California anglers can now purchase 2021 fishing licenses and related items directly through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website or authorized license agents. (Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, license sales counters at CDFW offices remain temporarily closed … Continue reading

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Most Charitable States for 2021 & Best Charities for 2021

With the U.S. ranked as the most generous country over the past 10 years by the World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on Most Charitable States for 2021 (with accompanying videos), in addition to its picks for Best Charities for 2021 and … Continue reading

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When They are Available California Grocers to Administer Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the CDC.  However, this pharmacy partnership is being established in anticipation that … Continue reading

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Bay Area Health Officials Issue Tips for Safer Holidays and Travel

Health Officers from the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz, and the city of Berkeley issued joint guidelines for staying safe during the holidays. The fact sheet covers gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to … Continue reading

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2020’s Best Cities for Veterans & Military Money Survey – WalletHub

With Veterans Day approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic leading to an increase in veteran unemployment, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live (as well as accompanying videos and audio files). The report … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’ s and Wandering

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month I first posted this in 2013 and have edited since. Last Sunday morning Oakley Police Officers took a missing person report. An 80 year subject with dementia left her residence to an unknown … Continue reading

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The ‘greatest aerial show on Earth’ arrives in California

It’s that time of year when California hosts what the outdoors writer Tom Stienstra has called “the greatest aerial show on Earth,” as millions of migratory birds travel south down the Pacific Flyway in search of food for the winter. Along the way, they … Continue reading

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Firewood awareness tips from CDFA

by Office of Public Affairs With the weather changing and Californians beginning to think more about heating their homes, CDFA is providing a video on the invasive species risk of moving firewood as well as tips from our Division of Measurement Standards for … Continue reading

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Counting the Votes; When is it over?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This year every registered voter in California is receiving a vote-by-mail ballot. Vote-by-mail ballots may be returned by mail (no stamp required) or dropped in an official vote-by-mail drop box. You can still … Continue reading

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