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2020’s Best Small Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With the COVID-19 pandemic spurring some Americans to migrate out of big cities, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Small Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos. To help Americans put down roots in places offering … Continue reading

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School reopening battles heat up

From CalMatters Tensions in the battle over school reopenings are reaching a fever pitch, with influential teachers unions digging in their heels and demanding improved safety measures as increasingly frustrated lawmakers and parents push for a return to campus. The two groups’ arguments evoke the chicken-or-the-egg … Continue reading

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The Wildfire West: Where Housing Sprawl and Wildfire-Prone Areas Collide

By Priceonomics Data Studio Ranking the places out West with the most building in wildfire prone areas. As the world is still in the midst of a global pandemic, we are now entering fire season in the American West. After years … Continue reading

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California Is 2020’s 9th Most Energy-Efficient State – WalletHub Study

Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With residential electricity consumption increasing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States, as well as accompanying videos. To gauge the financial impact … Continue reading

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Working from home? Protect your neck and back with these 4 tips.

Are you sitting up straight? Is your monitor at eye level? When’s the last time you got up? Or stretched? Due to COVID-19, it feels like screen time is at an all-time high — especially for those working from home. … Continue reading

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Saturday, October 17 – Saturday, October 24 – Delta Flood Preparedness Week Be aware. Be Prepared. Take Action.

The risk of flooding in the Delta is a complicated issue, as over 1,100 miles of levees might imply – but there is more to it. In other regions, levees are dry all year and only hold back floodwaters – … Continue reading

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PG&E outages starting Wednesday could impact most Bay Area counties, including thousands in Oakland

PG&E outages starting Wednesday could impact most Bay Area counties, including thousands in Oakland  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Monday said that about 50,000 homes and businesses across its service territory, nearly half of them in the Bay Area, … Continue reading

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Drop Off Your Ballot at City Hall

Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming Tuesday, November 3rd Presidential Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide provide convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election … Continue reading

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NHTSA Confirms What You And I Already Know, People Are Driving Like Idiots

From Autoweek Traffic fatalities dropped with COVID-19, but fatality rates soared BY MARK VAUGHN  OCT 2, 2020 Last Saturday I was driving to work westbound on the 134, traveling with the flow of traffic around me. In my rearview mirror, I … Continue reading

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The Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Tuesday, October 13

A The Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Tuesday, October 13

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Electric Bicycle Rebate Pilot Program Launches in Contra Costa County

Residents of Contra Costa County can now receive cash rebates for new electric bicycles (ebikes) through a pilot program launched by 511 Contra Costa (511CC). A limited number of $150 rebates ($300 for low income residents) are available for residents … Continue reading

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2020’s States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day – WalletHub Study

With WalletHub’s National Voter Representation Index at 87 percent and very different demographic groups supporting Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report examining the States with the Best & Worst Representation on Election Day. To … Continue reading

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What’s Different About Voting in California This Year?

From KQED Carly Severn Sep 25 Leer en español The COVID-19 pandemic means that there are several big changes to how you’ll vote in the 2020 election — and honestly, there are some you might not be aware of at … Continue reading

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The final say: Gov. Newsom has decided which of these 2020 bills will be California law

From CalMatters In a year when the coronavirus pandemic upended every aspect of normal life, the impact in the California Capitol was also dramatic. Lawmakers took an unprecedented two-month pause in the spring, when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order for … Continue reading

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You don’t want to miss Mars shining bright this fall

from Space.com Mars is lighting up the night sky as the planet heads toward an unusually close approach to Earth on Oct. 6. If you look low in the eastern sky on any clear evening this week, soon after darkness … Continue reading

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Where’s My Ballot?

Tracking your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted—has never been easier. The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Powered … Continue reading

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2020 Census: Where To Count Yourself If You Haven’t Responded Yet

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2020’s Best & Worst States for Teachers – WalletHub Study

With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teachers having to implement social distancing or online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Teachers, as well as accompanying … Continue reading

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How to tell if the air around us is safe to breathe

From Engadget The West’s 2020 fire season has been absolutely brutal, with more than 7,600 blazes spreading the length of coast, killing 35 people and charring 3.1 million acres to date. Autumn winds arrived early this year, reducing humidity and desiccating undergrowth … Continue reading

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Unemployment Claims in California – Claims paused for 2 weeks

from CalMatters Planning on applying for unemployment benefits? Well, you won’t be able to do so for the next two weeks. California’s beleaguered unemployment department is putting a pause on new claims until Oct. 5 to give it time to … Continue reading

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