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The Monday Morning Budget


G’morning News24/680 People – New and Old!

We say that because a lot of new folks have joined us in recent days and they’re asking questions and that’s good – we like people who ask questions. Perhaps some of you veterans will help the newbies along when they post – we know you’re probably tired of hearing us jabber.

MORNING BUDGET: Not a financial budget but an old newspaper term for a list of things showing up on our radar this morning. Burglaries. Last week it was car burglaries and we heard from a BUNCH of folks in Pleasant Hill who found out we meant what we said about raiders working vulnerable cars parked along Ellinwood in your city and we’re sorry because we know that is no fun at all. Today? Commercial Burglaries, i.e., office buildings and businesses in office parks. Reports are still coming in as people arrive to find the telltale signs of crowbars and shattered glass but we’re mapping these crimes so you may drop us a line as to location, method, etc. if you’re of a mind to. We boil that info down and put it out to others in hope of heading off more crime.

Let’s see, what else is on the list? Spy Balloon – check, done. Fentanyl? Here and killing people but really, really quietly because no one wants to talk about it. Got it. But it’s here.

On other fronts: Orinda’s Chef Charlie is cooking things up and sharing his recipes with us from time to time and that Clam Chowder recipe went over big with the troops looking for something to warm the cockles. We’re also looking for stuff to watch during Sinatra’s “wee small hours” – our only time to actually watch something fun – and we’ll admit we were hooked by the latest episodes of The Last of Us with that one “Bill and Frank” standalone story hitting home. Some nice writing and acting, in our opinion, hopefully they’ll survive the Fungus Heads.

Huge Quake Shakes Turkey – bringing buildings down around sleeping residents and killing dozens. The relief effort should be ramping up as we speak but the first images out of the stricken country were not good.

Looks like we’re in for a period of dry weather and we’re looking forward to drying out a little after yesterday’s rain apparently triggered a series of crashes throughout the day. We’re waiting to see what they days ahead have in store for us. Perhaps we’ll all find that out together.

Welcome Newbies! Time for morning coffee, News Veterans!


  1. 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Some of these deaths were attributed to fentanyl mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, with many users unaware they were actually taking fentanyl. – CDC

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