Contra Costa County to impose water restrictions, surcharge amid statewide drought

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Contra Costa County to comply with Governor’s order on imposing drought restrictions

Contra Costa County, along with numerous other Bay Area counties are complying with Governor Gavin Newsom’s order for increased water conservation, asking residents to reduce water usage by 15% compared to levels used in 2020, East Bay Times reports.

Newsom issued the order three weeks asking state water agencies to impose rules that haven’t been in place since the middle of California's last drought six years ago.

Contra Costa County also announced customers should expect a 15% water surcharge starting July 1. The surcharge is intended to curb water usage and help recoup lost revenue, amounting to approximately $8 more a month per household.

In addition, the East Bay Municipal Utility District has scheduled a vote for next Tuesday to decide if drought restrictions will be heightened.

“It’s all about getting through the summer and making sure we are in as good a place as we can be in case next year is dry,” said East Bay MUD spokesperson Andrea Pook.

East Bay MUD serves roughly 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Unidentified person struck and killed by Amtrak train
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An unidentified person on Thursday was struck and killed by an Amtrak Capitol Corridor train, according to authorities, East Bay Times reports.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:10 a.m. near 34th and Wood streets in Oakland. The train was headed to Sacramento from San Jose.

Authorities from various agencies, along with the Oakland Fire Department, responded to the scene. However, the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s bureau did not make the person’s identity public pending notification of the next-of-kin. No one aboard the train was injured during the incident.

Quarterback who led Raiders to first Super Bowl appearance dies at 80
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Daryle Lamonica, the quarterback who led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1967, died Thursday at his home in Fresno at the age of 80, East Bay Times reports.

Lamonica died of natural causes, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Buffalo traded Lamonica to Oakland in 1967, proving quickly to be the perfect fit for the vertical offense of Al Davis’ Raiders, passing deep to receivers Warren Wells and Fred Biletnikoff. Lamonica and the Raiders went 13-1 that season before losing to Green Bay 33-14 during the Super Bowl.

He spent six seasons with the Raiders as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the game, wrapping up his career with 19,154 yards passing and 164 touchdowns.

Lamonica was born in Fresno and attended college at Notre Dame.

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