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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