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CA Election Deadlines, Walnut Creek’s Inclusivity Leap & Krispy Kreme’s Super TWOsday Treat!

Issue #034

In this Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue…

❓ Spotlight Hook Trivia

☁️ Walnut Creek, CA Weather

 📅 Monster List of Events (Monday - Wednesday)

 🥞 Who Has The Best Pancakes In Walnut Creek? (Week Long Poll - Vote Below)

🗳️ California’s Election Day Guide: Deadlines, Rights, and Tracking

 🌲 Walnut Creek Advances Inclusivity with Major DEIB Contract Approval

 🍩 Super TWOsday" at Krispy Kreme: A Treat for Voters and Non-Voters Alike

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Question: What unique feature did Krispy Kreme introduce in some of its stores to show customers when fresh doughnuts were available?

A) A doughnut-shaped balloon flown above the store

B) A “Hot Now” neon sign

C) A special doughnut scent sprayed outside

D) A doughnut mascot dancing at the entrance

(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

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California’s Election Day Guide: Deadlines, Rights, and Tracking

Today is Election Day! Here's a quick guide to ensure your vote counts.

Please ensure your ballot envelope is signed and dated before returning it.

Secure Drop Boxes:

  • Your completed ballot can be returned at a secure drop box location until 8:00 p.m. today. Locate a drop box at caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov.

In-Person Voting:

  • You can drop off your ballot at any polling place, vote center, or your county elections office from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today. Find in-person voting locations at caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov. If you're in line by 8:00 p.m., you're entitled to vote.

Mail-In Voting:

  • Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by today, March 5, 2024, and received by county elections officials no later than March 12, 2024.

Track Your Ballot:

  • Enroll at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov for notifications on your ballot's status via email, text (SMS), or voice call.

Voting Rights:

  • For information on the Voter Bill of Rights, visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-bill-rights. If you encounter any denial of these rights, threats, intimidation, election fraud, or misconduct, contact the Secretary of State's confidential Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

Thank you for participating in the democratic process!

Walnut Creek Advances Inclusivity with Major DEIB Contract Approval

Walnut Creek is on the brink of endorsing a pivotal contract valued at nearly $200,000 with ReadySet, a consultancy firm, to elevate its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). This initiative, expected to be ratified on Tuesday, aligns with the city's strategic goals for 2023-2024, underscoring a dedication to nurturing an environment where diversity is not just welcomed but celebrated. ReadySet, distinguished for its expertise in fostering inclusive workplaces, will lead this ambitious project.

The scope of work under this contract is extensive, focusing on the audit and improvement of organizational culture, crafting a detailed DEIB program along with a welcoming ordinance, and facilitating continuous training for city employees. The essence of this project is to integrate DEIB values throughout Walnut Creek's community practices, ensuring that these principles are implemented effectively and sustainably.

Chosen from a competitive pool of thirty-three contenders, ReadySet's proposal was lauded for its thoroughness, inclusivity, and strategic approach. The consultancy, notable for its diverse leadership and comprehensive understanding of DEIB challenges, promises to deliver significant advancements in how Walnut Creek addresses diversity and inclusion. Led by local resident Rachel Marcuse and Dr. Char Brown-Griffin, the team is set to make substantial contributions to the city's DEIB efforts.

The city anticipates providing updates on this DEIB venture in September 2024, January 2025, and upon the project's completion, projected to be within 18 months. These updates will detail the initiative's milestones, including survey insights, educational progress, and the development of a lasting DEIB framework. Through this endeavor, Walnut Creek aims to further solidify its reputation as a community deeply committed to diversity and inclusion.

Super TWOsday" at Krispy Kreme: A Treat for Voters and Non-Voters Alike

In a delightful blend of sweets and civic engagement, Krispy Kreme has announced an enticing offer for Super Tuesday. On this day, the renowned bakery chain is set to distribute two Original Glazed doughnuts to each visitor, entirely free of charge. This initiative, dubbed "Super TWOsday" by the company, aims to add a dash of sweetness to the day without requiring any purchase or proof of voting. Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme's global chief brand officer, emphasized the brand's desire to make Super Tuesday a bit more enjoyable for everyone, regardless of whether their state is holding an election. The promotion is nationwide, allowing anyone to claim their free doughnuts in-store or through the drive-thru, underscoring Krispy Kreme's commitment to spreading joy and encouraging civic participation.

Tuesday’s Weather: A cloudy day is on the horizon with a high of 63°F. Expect a steady S wind at 10 to 15 mph. The UV index is low at 2, so minimal sun protection is needed. As night falls, temperatures will drop to a cool 47°F, under considerable cloudiness with light and variable winds. A calm day and evening ahead. ☁️🌗

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B) A “Hot Now” neon sign

Krispy Kreme is famous for its "Hot Now" neon sign, which lights up to indicate that the doughnuts coming off the line are freshly made. This iconic sign has become a hallmark of the Krispy Kreme experience, enticing customers into the store with the promise of warm, freshly baked doughnuts. The idea behind the sign is to let customers know the best possible time to purchase doughnuts, ensuring they get them at their peak freshness and warmth. This strategy not only enhances the customer experience by providing them with the freshest doughnuts possible but also creates a sense of urgency and excitement about getting Krispy Kreme doughnuts right out of the oven

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