The California Red-legged Frog a local endangered species

by James Hale: The California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) is endemic to California, and ranges from extreme northern Baja California, Mexico through the northern half of the state. It is most common in the Coast Ranges and occurs in isolated, disjunct populations in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is apparently absent from […]

Contra Costa County Library launches enki Library!

An eBook platform developed by libraries, for libraries.             Contra Costa County Library and the Califa Library Group are pleased to announce the beta launch of enki Library (enkilbrary.org), a library-driven and library-developed open source eBook platform which expands the Douglas County (CO) model to serve multiple libraries in California.  Frustrated […]

County Library hosts Memories of a Lifetime

New Facebook page includes Interactive local history:                   Contra Costa County Library recently launched a new Facebook page called Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County. The page allows residents and anyone interested in the history of Contra Costa County to contribute to a fun and interactive local history initiative […]

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 […]