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    New Water Conservation Rule: Takes Effect June 16

    The State Water Resources Control Board passed an Emergency Regulation last week. The SWRCB has released a FAQ on the order.  The new requirements are as follows: Commercial, industrial, and institutional decorative grass should not be watered, including HOA developments Give all trees just what they need: avoid overwatering Follow the local requirements of your water supplier Urban water suppliers should implement all Level 2 demand reduction actions by June 10, 2022  

    • Date: 6/7/2022

    Alameda County Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

    Alameda County will require masks in most indoor public settings again starting midnight Friday, county health officials said Thursday.  It is the first Bay Area county to reinstate an indoor mask order, which had ended in February once the worst of the omicron-fueled winter surge in cases subsided.   Other Bay Area counties are not bringing back mask requirements. Contra Costa, San Mateo, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties on Thursday said they are not considering mandatory indoor masking — though they strongly urge residents to do so on their own, with high-quality masks such as N95s, KN95s and KF94s.

    • Date: 6/2/2022

    Oakland City Council Unanimously Places Final, Unified Progressive Business Tax on November Ballot

    At a Special City Council meeting on Thursday, May 26, Oakland City Council voted unanimously to place a measure on the November ballot to establish a progressive business tax structure in which businesses that make more, pay more. Voters will consider the proposal – first introduced and led over the last two years by Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Fife, Thao, and Kalb – to modernize Oakland's outdated business tax structure (last updated in 2005), which would raise nearly $22M annually in new general fund revenue to strengthen critical city services to address homelessness and keep our streets clean and safe. See Council President Bas' summary presentation today to learn more about the measure.

    • Date: 5/27/2022

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