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By Monith Ilavarasan

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About this blog: My parents, brother, and I moved to Pleasanton when I was in the seventh grade. I then graduated from Amador Valley High School, went to college at UC Davis and started out a career in tech. After several years working in large co...  (More)

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Where our water goes
Apr 13, 2022 8:29 am
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Another year, another drought. Last Tuesday the Pleasanton City Council voted to enact Stage 2 drought water rates for the city. This will result in an extra charge... More
Dealing with change
Mar 16, 2022 8:47 am
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When Jeremy Walsh and Gina Channell Wilcox from Embarcadero Media approached me about the opportunity to write a weekly blog for the Tri-Valley on a topic of my... More
When heroes organize
Apr 27, 2022 8:33 am
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Throughout the COVID pandemic health care workers have been called heroes. There were stories written about them in the paper, there were signs posted in yards thanking... More
Back to earth
Mar 30, 2022 9:21 am
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Last year, as spring rolled around, my partner had the brilliant idea of starting a garden. We had just come back from the farmers market and were... More
Finding home
Apr 6, 2022 8:06 am
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In the 1980s Zarina Kiziloglu immigrated to the Bay Area as a refugee of the Soviet-Afghan war. Her family came over with a few suitcases having sold all their property... More
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