REGIONAL, CA — Alameda County officials on Tuesday, Feb. 23, considered the idea of combining solar facilities with agricultural production for proposed developments in the region’s vacant lands.

REGIONAL, CA - Debit cards loaded with money for the U.S. Treasury’s second economic payment designed to stimulate spending in the COVID pandemic economy were sent to millions of people.

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REGIONAL, CA — Alameda County recently joined forces with Stanford Healthcare-ValleyCare (SHVC) and Sutter Health to launch a new COVID-19 vaccine location on the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

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Following President Joe Biden’s order, cities around the Tri-Valley have joined the nation and U.S. embassies in lowering flags to half-mast through Friday, Feb. 26, in memory of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

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REGIONAL — Campaign and elections attorney Barry Fadem, who in the past has represented groups in the Tri-Valley, is a voice in the national conversation on the U.S. election system.

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REGIONAL — Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell said this week that although the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection on the capital, he and his fellow House Managers won their case and have effectively prevented Trump from ever holding office again.

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REGIONAL — As schools in the Tri-Valley and throughout California prepare for a return to the classroom, the state aims to provide virtual assistance with the planning process.

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REGIONAL — The Alameda Creek Alliance and Ohlone Audubon Society recently joined other environmental organizations in opposing the Aramis Solar Energy Generation and Storage project proposed for agricultural land in North Livermore, along Cayetano Creek.

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Pacific Gas & Electric and East Bay Community Energy announced last week that 400,000 Alameda County residential power customers will be charged based on when they use electricity beginning in May.

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REGIONAL — Line cooks are in the riskiest post-pandemic occupation, according to a deep study by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that compared pre-pandemic and post-pandemic death statistics for 25 groups of occupations in a wide variety of fields.

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REGIONAL — A state agency that investigates workplace safety has fined the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) $2,440 for allegedly violating COVID-19 safety requirements possibly related to the death of a deputy who worked in the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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REGIONAL — A group of transportation officials on Thursday touted a massive rail project plan that would add a crossing from Oakland to San Francisco, add lines to allow commuting throughout Northern California, create 377,000 jobs and provide a $145 billion boost to the economy.

Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the historical contributions of Black people in the United States. Too often, however, this history focuses on Black men, sidelining Black women and diminishing their contributions.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has lifted the current shelter-in-place order, which has been in place since Dec. 7. Alameda County will move back to the restrictive Purple Tier in the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" (https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/) as of 11:59 p.m. tonight, Jan. 25.

REGIONAL — In a recent letter submitted to the county, attorney Robert Selna — representing Save North Livermore Valley (SNLV) — stated the loss of acreage from the Aramis solar project should require the applicant to resubmit a conditional use permit (CUP) application.

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The Alameda County library system, including the Dublin branch, has launched a countywide program designed to get residents reading and discussing the same book.

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REGIONAL — The race to inoculate as many people as possible is on, but doses of the two COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use remain extremely limited, leading to health system bottlenecks and frustration for some trying to reserve a place in line.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced that he submitted his 2021 to 2022 state budget proposal to the legislature – a $227.2 billion fiscal blueprint that provides funding for immediate COVID-19 response and relief efforts where Californians need it mos,t while making investments for an equi…

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UPDATE: The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) issued a press release Friday, Jan. 8, indicating the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order will remain in effect until lifted by the state.