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Special session to tackle two key issues

With a comfortable budget behind them, lawmakers and Gov. Brown will turn their attention to two critical programs that are chronically under-funded in a special...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 30, 2015
Last comment by Bill, 48 minutes ago | 2 comments | 195 Views


Hacienda Business Park evolves to meet demand

Since it was approved in the 1982, Hacienda Business Park has consistently evolved to accommodate changing market conditions. As General Manager James Paxson told...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 10, 2014
Last comment by Albert, 19 hours ago | 2 comments | 58791 Views


Legislature debates spending tax windfall

It takes a real political insider with a commitment to dig down into the weeds to follow some of the machinations in Sacramento, Washington D.C. and with various...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 11, 2015
Last comment by Gail Georgiana, on Jun 29, 2015 at 3:10 am | 3 comments | 673 Views


Interesting choice by Pleasanton school trustees

When Pleasanton schools chief Parvin Ahmadi departs next week for the top job at the Castro Valley school district, there will be a familiar figure at the helm...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 25, 2015
There are no comments yet. 462 Views


Very different budget debates in Oakland vs. Sacramento

Talk about a tale of two budgets. The debate in Sacramento has been all about how much more money to spend based upon conservative or more optimistic revenue estimates....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 17, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Jun 24, 2015 at 7:55 am | 5 comments | 653 Views


Wise shift by Summerhill

The decision by Summerhill Homes to switch its planned apartment complex to for-sale condominiums is good news. Pleasanton needs more variety of housing options...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 23, 2015
There are no comments yet. 525 Views


Just what is an "extreme" position?

Congressman Eric Swalwell sent out an email last month that tested the waters for various Democrat themes for the 2016 election. The one-question survey asked:...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 16, 2015
Last comment by Hugh Mayne, on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:58 am | 13 comments | 826 Views


Major change due to higher education

With the costs of higher education soaring faster than health insurance costs, look for disruptive changes across the higher education establishment. Many will...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 17, 2013
Last comment by jangnara, on Jun 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm | 18 comments | 4849 Views


Pleasanton council wisely reverses course

Good call, upon further review, by the Pleasanton City Council last week. The council, when apprised that the advisory election on planning for the eastside could...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 9, 2015
Last comment by oldtimer, on Jun 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm | 4 comments | 830 Views


"Swirling" to earn college credit

When Las Positas President Barry Russell spoke to the Pleasanton Men's Club this month, I learned a new term "swirl." It describes students, struggling to earn...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by Babs Johnson, on Jun 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm | 5 comments | 860 Views


Stanford concludes welcome takeover of ValleyCare

The Tri-Valley, with its high percentage of residents with health insurance, is an area where virtually all California health providers want to do business. And,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 4, 2015
There are no comments yet. 1076 Views


Public votes are pleasing politics but poor policy

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne seemed to make the large crowd happy last week when he suggested an advisory vote on whether to proceed with plans for East Pleasanton. The...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 28, 2015
Last comment by Yes on a vote!, on Jun 3, 2015 at 9:28 am | 9 comments | 1220 Views


Time to move on

Call it the five-year itch or maybe seeing the writing on the wall, but it should have been little surprise that Pleasanton schools' chief, Parvin Ahmadi, is moving...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 2, 2015
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jun 2, 2015 at 7:43 am | 1 comment | 1530 Views


Regents wrestling with tuition increase tomorrow

The University of California regents will face up to a challenge tomorrow—do they directly deal with students and Governor Brown—or do they continue to...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 18, 2014
Last comment by JohnUnger, on May 27, 2015 at 1:32 am | 4 comments | 2234 Views


Mark Twain drinking wine?

Politicians and pundits alike love to bring Mark Twain's name into the debates about water here in California. Speaking to water managers earlier this month in...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 26, 2015
There are no comments yet. 735 Views


Drought forcing water agencies to tap emergency supplies

The four-year California drought is forcing water agencies to dip deep into their reserve and emergency plans. Last week, the East Bay Municipal Utilities District,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 14, 2015
Last comment by WritersPerHour.com, on May 21, 2015 at 1:55 am | 2 comments | 801 Views


Election day is here, at last

Hurray. Election Day is finally here for the 7th Senate District and our mail boxes and telephones can use a break when those who choose to vote will decide which...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 19, 2015
There are no comments yet. 985 Views


Pleasanton Rotary celebrates 50 years of service

Current and past members of the three Rotary Clubs gathered Friday night at Castlewood Country Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the downtown...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 12, 2015
There are no comments yet. 852 Views


Bikes have replaced locomotives on Iron Horse Trail

Having observed the valley's political and government scene for more decades than I care to remember starting before Danville, Dublin and San Ramon were incorporated,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 7, 2015
Last comment by Doug Miller, on May 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm | 2 comments | 1598 Views


Expensive legislation pending in Sacramento

The Democrats in the state Legislature are preparing to double down on some very expensive programs. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 5, 2015
There are no comments yet. 733 Views
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