So This Happened...Weekly news summary for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1

So This Happened…Weekly news summary for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1

So This Happened...Weekly news summary for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1CONTRA COSTA COUNTY—In case you’ve been hibernating and somehow missed all the hype (so, so much hype), Tuesday is Election Day.

And here’s another news flash: California law allows people time off to vote. It’s too late to mail in your ballot, but you can vote in person or use one of the many drop-off sites throughout the county.

Questioning city flier: A Concord resident filed a Fair Political Practices Commission complaint against the city and the Yes on Measure V campaign, claiming a city-sponsored mailer was campaign-related communication. Tobias Lester said the “style, timing and tenor” of the flier appeared coordinated with the Yes on Measure V committee. However, Mayor Tim McGallian countered: “We firmly believe that the city has complied with the law.” Read the full story.

Orange isn’t just for pumpkins: With Contra Costa County moving into the Orange Tier on the coronavirus scale, businesses including indoor pools, bars and bowling alleys are beginning to open. The tier also allows for larger indoor gatherings for worship and dining. But, health officials are urging residents to remain vigilant about safety protocols. Read the full story.

Fire season reminder: And that attention to your surroundings should extend to your outdoor adventures – especially until we hit the rainy season, Ned MacKay reminds in his East Bay Regional Park column. Read the full story.

Coping during the holidays: As the calendar flips over to November, the holiday season is clearly in sight. But for those who have suffered a loss, it isn’t always such a jolly sign. That’s why Hope Hospice is offering online grief support workshops on Nov. 12 and Dec. 7. Read the full story.

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