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COUPLE'S NET

Where is Your Focus?

Readers, please follow along with this exercise: 1. Off the top of your head, jot down the 3-5 immediate answers that popped into your head. 2. Now, look at...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 17, 2022
Last comment by MyFeelz, on Sep 21, 2022 at 2:26 pm | 2 comments | 4001 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The state of mental health care

On August 15th, the National Union of Healthcare Workers launched a strike with the principal goal of reducing the workload for the nearly 2,000 mental health clinicians...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 21, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2210 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton housing market slows dramatically

If you think the real estate market locally has slowed, you’re right. David Stark, the chief public affairs officer for the Bay East Association of Realtors,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 15, 2022
Last comment by DublinMike, on Sep 19, 2022 at 10:19 pm | 5 comments | 2811 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The Bay Area is a big place

When people ask me where I’m from, I instinctively tell them I’m from the Bay. I’ve always thought of myself as a Bay Area native. Someone who grew up here...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1835 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Hiring Part-Time College Application Readers

With the recent surge in college applications, schools have begun to outsource the work of their admission counseling staff (aka admission officers) by hiring part-time...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1800 Views

TIM TALK

Foster explains how Strategic Defense Initiative won approval in two days

Johnny Foster, the fourth director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has learned quite a bit during his 75 years in and about the United States’ national...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 13, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Sep 13, 2022 at 9:53 am | 2 comments | 1217 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the power go out during this heat wave?

Our local power providers and our grid operator (CAISO) are asking us to conserve electricity over the next few days as record-breaking heat and heavy use of air...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 4, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm | 34 comments | 8678 Views

TIM TALK

Will voters buy the online gaming arguments?

If you want a clue to how lucrative online betting will be in California, just check out the expenditures for the competing propositions, 26 and 27. Through Aug....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 8, 2022
Last comment by dknute, on Sep 12, 2022 at 10:28 am | 28 comments | 2468 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Beating the heat

Last week my wife flew out to Ohio to meet up with some close college friends at a lake house. Having this long weekend to myself, I had originally planned a camping...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 7, 2022
Last comment by John, on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 1538 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Lost Your Mojo?

What do you do when you’ve lost your Mojo? Readers, you may not know it, but aside from writing this column for you, I went through a dry spell in my writing...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 2, 2022
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Sep 9, 2022 at 8:10 am | 2 comments | 4017 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about University of California-Davis

Welcome to the second in a series of articles about the University of California system. In a deliberate step away from those omnipresent rankings and instead going...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 9, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1896 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

There should be no barriers to getting an education

I’m one of the lucky ones in that I graduated college without any debt. I worked a few jobs throughout college, but the real reason I graduated without debt was...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 31, 2022
Last comment by Gary Ulrich, on Sep 7, 2022 at 7:15 am | 16 comments | 2130 Views

TIM TALK

Oops, electric grid is in trouble, don't charge your car

California is teetering on the edge of rolling electrical blackouts for the first time in six years. It’s so bad that the state’s grid operator has...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 6, 2022
Last comment by Dirk Svensen, on Sep 6, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 6 comments | 2331 Views

TIM TALK

Toting up the damage the Legislature wrought

As we start our day this fine Thursday morning, check out your favorite website and/or publication to see what damage the Legislature has wrought on its final day...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 1, 2022
Last comment by MichaelB, on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:08 am | 11 comments | 2382 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 1, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2082 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

We need more doctors

A few weeks ago I helped my brother move to Chicago where he started medical school. Amongst the things my brother and I talked about on the trip was the U.S. healthcare...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 24, 2022
Last comment by Raj Sri, on Aug 31, 2022 at 4:52 pm | 1 comment | 2146 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Tool to fight RHNA?

At the end of the July 26 Pleasanton City Council meeting, there was a topic brought by Councilmember Julie Testa about the city joining a coalition of other municipalities...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 29, 2022
Last comment by Michael Austin , on Aug 30, 2022 at 6:05 pm | 4 comments | 3020 Views

TIM TALK

High-speed rail boondoggle continues to stagger forward

Taxpayers in California suffered through another dubious milestone this month when the board charged with constructing the high-speed rail approved environmental...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 30, 2022
Last comment by paul, on Aug 30, 2022 at 12:15 pm | 1 comment | 1918 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter

Every month I send Palo Alto Utilities a photo of my gas and electric meters and they bill me a few days later. (1) That has worked fine until this year. In...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 28, 2022
Last comment by SRB, on Aug 30, 2022 at 11:54 am | 8 comments | 6875 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Living with a Heat Pump Water Heater

This is going to be a pretty short blog post because it turns out it’s not all that interesting living with a heat pump water heater. It works, it’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 21, 2022
Last comment by Sam Li, on Aug 30, 2022 at 3:48 am | 27 comments | 18266 Views
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