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DOING COLLEGE

Advice for Incoming Seniors: Don't Kick Back and Relax This Year

Most college-bound students wish that they could finish their most difficult courses as juniors and ease up a bit when they enter their senior year. After all, they...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 15, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1230 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Try this for healthier, more drought-resistant plants

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a local landscaper. At one point I asked about mixing organic amendment into the soil. “Oh no,” she replied,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 31, 2022
Last comment by Scott Denny, on Aug 13, 2022 at 2:17 pm | 8 comments | 8344 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Rekindling my love for Indian movies

I recently watched the uber popular Telegu film RRR and it was one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve had all year. Director S.S. Rajamouli’s...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 10, 2022
Last comment by Enrique, on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:26 am | 2 comments | 1657 Views

TIM TALK

Three recent decisions involved major Tri-Valley companies

Two Monday afternoon update newsletters demonstrated just how the economy and changes reach our backyard here in Pleasanton. One story in the San Francisco Business...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 9, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm | 3 comments | 1819 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Aug 6, 2022 at 8:29 pm | 21 comments | 3353 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

What it takes to become a teacher

I recently hung out with a family friend that I’ve known forever. We both grew up together as kids in Fremont and our families would spend holidays together every...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 3, 2022
Last comment by anusree, on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:57 am | 1 comment | 1787 Views

TIM TALK

Two measures to re-invigorate Livermore Valley wine country headed to November ballot

For decades people opposed to residential growth in the Tri-Valley tried to restrict development by limiting and controlling basic infrastructure. That’s...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm | 1 comment | 1802 Views

TIM TALK

State open meeting act requires update after Dublin school trustees' actions

When the legal counsel for the Dublin school district decided that three members did not violate the state’s open meeting act during discussion of new election...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 2, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Aug 4, 2022 at 12:37 pm | 1 comment | 1445 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

TIM TALK

Legislature moving ahead to add recycling fee to wine and spirits

The Legislature returns to Sacramento next week for the final month of the session. Among the bills on the agenda is SB 1013 carried by Senate leader Toni Atkins...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 28, 2022
Last comment by Ndna Jnz, on Aug 1, 2022 at 1:41 pm | 7 comments | 2289 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Emissions Intensity of California's Electricity Grid

Sometimes California’s electricity is powered almost entirely by gas turbines. Below is an example from January 12 of this year at 6 pm, when there was little...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 24, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 31, 2022 at 5:52 pm | 22 comments | 8710 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Passion (fruit)

These are passion fruit flowers. They generally bloom for a day, and I haven't seen them this close to one another before. It feels like an amazing visual representation...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 30, 2022
There are no comments yet. 5165 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Driving from St. Louis to Chicago with my brother

Last week I flew to St. Louis to help my brother move to Chicago. Earlier this year he got into medical school at Loyola which was quite unfortunate for me. It solidified...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 27, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Jul 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm | 2 comments | 1628 Views

TIM TALK

Times change and so do benefit packages for teachers

What once was a big financial win for Pleasanton teachers has become a liability. Back in the late 1980s when voters approved the Pleasanton and Dublin school districts...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 2, 2022
Last comment by Janet, on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:01 am | 4 comments | 2496 Views

TIM TALK

What an unusual market for cars

This week we bought out the lease on our 2019 Honda Accord. We were in-and-out of Dublin Honda a couple of times and were struck by just how empty the vast parking...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 26, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Jul 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm | 2 comments | 2051 Views

COUPLE'S NET

I Think This Photo Says it All!

Hello Readers. I'm in moving chaos, and will get back to writing for you soon. ...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 21, 2022
Last comment by MyFeelz, on Jul 23, 2022 at 4:44 pm | 1 comment | 5581 Views

TIM TALK

NFL coach Greg Olson shares how it is in the NFL with Jon Gruden

Football fans and ESP\N are counting down the days until the National Football League opens it season in September. For pro coaches, who work 12-hour-plus days,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 21, 2022
Last comment by D, on Jul 22, 2022 at 7:47 am | 2 comments | 1691 Views

TIM TALK

Robots Stony and Robby saving thousands of steps for servers

Residents of Stoneridge Creek in Pleasanton have been served since October by robots in their dining room. Zachary Ziegler, the director of food and beverage at...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 19, 2022
Last comment by Pat Trisham, on Jul 19, 2022 at 3:39 pm | 1 comment | 1580 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto is #1! (in water costs)

Are water rates in Palo Alto high? You bet. It’s not just that we charge a lot. Our tiers are also very steep. As a result, tree-friendly Palo Alto charges...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 17, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 18, 2022 at 4:15 pm | 7 comments | 7712 Views

TIM TALK

Some comparisons between Oregon and California

Having just returned from a week in the vacation paradise of Central Oregon, some observations are in order. Chatting with one business owner, he observed that...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 14, 2022
Last comment by Jake Waters, on Jul 15, 2022 at 7:27 am | 4 comments | 2178 Views
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