Caltrans memorial honors fallen workers

Reminder to motorists to “move over” and slow for the cone zone SACRAMENTO – Eight days after two of its employees were killed by a rockslide while working to protect the traveling public, Caltrans honored its 180 employees who have lost their lives on the job at its 23rd Annual Workers Memorial May 2nd at […]

Measure D helps fund new school in Dougherty Valley

District Moves Ahead with Location and Design of New Elementary School Passage of Measure D and public-private partnership pave the way for construction of new school in Dougherty Valley The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education recently approved the preliminary design for the District’s newest elementary school in the Dougherty Valley community […]

Department of Justice investigation leads to arrest

Caltrans Tip Leads to Arrest of Newspaper Advertising Contractor by CA Department of Justice SACRAMENTO – Caltrans and the California Attorney General’s office today announced that 43 year-old Eric Blaine Hodgson, the owner of Phenix Print & Image of Elk Grove, has been arrested on 22 counts of grand theft following a California Department of Justice […]

Developer asking for 30-acre adjustment of urban limit line

Big win for conservationists as developer withdraws illegal “New Farm” project New “Tassajara Parks” proposal needs careful scrutiny Conservation leaders from Contra Costa County celebrated their recent victory over the “New Farm” project and the withdrawal of the proposed 187-unit, 771-acre suburban development in the rural Tassajara Valley.  They expressed concern, however, about a new […]

Chevron Submits Root Cause Analysis Report

The Contra Costa Health Services Hazardous Materials Division has received a final root cause analysis report from Chevron on what Chevron’s findings are regarding the  August 6, 2012 fire at its refinery in Richmond. The report talks about what Chevron’s investigation covered, factors that led to the incident, management systems that failed and the corrective […]

Gone to seed

By Judy Adler:                      “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” —Henry David Thoreau I […]

California Condor recovering from near extinction

By James Hale, Wildlife Biologist:             The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) was nearly extirpated due to human activities. The population dipped to a low of nine individuals living gin the wild in 1985 and through the help of humans has made a remarkable recovery. Several factors contributed to their demise […]

Bats common and beneficial in Contra Costa

By James Hale:                                      With the recent report of a death from rabies caused by contact with a rabid bat in southern Contra Costa county, we asked James Hale to give us some background and information on bats […]

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