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Killer Bees Invade Reliez Valley in Lafayette

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SFGate is reporting that Africanized honeybees, aka killer bees, have been found in the Bay Area for the first time, specifically in Reliez Valley in Lafayette. Although the article notes that, “people should not be too concerned” and that there could be benefits since they could replace the European honeybees that are dying out, Brian Johnson, a honeybee researcher at UC Davis emphasized that, “the bees do pose danger wherever they are present.”

At the bottom of the article is a section titled, “How to get away from attacking bees”. What struck me the most was this:

Don’t jump in a swimming pool or bodies of water to get away. They have been known to wait for people to surface.

I thought I only had to worry about mountain lions and now this!?

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Walnut Creek Police Opposes Proposed Winter Homeless Shelter – City Council Meeting this Evening to Discuss

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Last week we learned about concerns over a proposed winter homeless shelter at the Armory near Civic Park and the Iron Horse Trail in downtown Walnut Creek and it turns out that the Walnut Creek police opposes the location of this shelter. Read the complete police memorandum here (click the link and then attachment 6a at right) to find out why they are “concerned that the project will negatively impact our ability to protect the community.”

This evening, Sept. 8th,  at 7pm, the city council will hold a, “special meeting to consider the Trinity Center’s request that the City enter into a license agreement with the State Military Department so Trinity Center may operate a winter nights homeless shelter at the Armory adjacent to Civic Park”.

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Concerns about Proposed Walnut Creek Homeless Shelter


From a reader:

Are you aware of the proposed homeless shelter at the Armory located at 1800 Carmel Drive in Walnut Creek?  I hope you can help raise aware of this proposal as I am shocked City leaders have not taken extra efforts to ensure the residents most impacted by the proposal were properly notified and given opportunities to voice concerns. I feel that more effort should have been made to make this proposal transparent.

I have been a resident of Walnut Creek on Carmel Drive for over 5 years…I paid a premium for my property because I felt the neighborhood was safe, and because I value the walkability of downtown.

Having reviewed the proposal on the Trinity Center website (, I have several concerns: Continue Reading

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Poison Oak Alert – Beware!


The other day I went on a tarantula trek in Mt. Diablo State Park and in addition to seeing tarantulas and scorpions, we also learned about poison oak. I’ve heard a lot about poison oak but never definitively encountered any until our guide helpfully pointed it out. Take a good look at the above photo. That is definitely poison oak.

According to Wikipedia:

The leaves are divided into three (rarely 5, 7, or 9) leaflets, 3.5 to 10 centimeters (1.4 to 3.9 in) long, with scalloped, toothed, or lobed edges. They generally resemble the lobed leaves of a true oak, though tend to be more glossy. Leaves are typically bronze when first unfolding in February to March, bright green in the spring, yellow-green to reddish in the summer, and bright red or pink from late July to October.

Unlike tarantulas, which are harmless to humans, poison oak, “causes itching; then evolves into dermatitis with inflammation, colorless bumps, severe itching, and blistering”. So stay away from poison oak, and remember these photos to remind you what to look out for.