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Share your warmest, funniest or most touching holiday experience

In the midst of the holiday busyness of baking, shopping, decorating and socializing, my mind often drifts back to some memories that make me smile, laugh or cringe....

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 13, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Nov 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm | 1 comment | 2747 Views

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Veterans Day quest: Find photos of fallen Vietnam vets for 'Wall of Faces'

My father has never told me much about his time in Vietnam. What he has told me has to do with being assigned to the "reefer" (short for refrigerator) while everyone...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 4, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1533 Views

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Any questions for Pleasanton mayoral, council candidates?

The Pleasanton Weekly and TV30 will host two free and public forums for Pleasanton mayoral and City Council candidates starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. We...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Oct 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm | 5 comments | 1950 Views

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Bandwidth and the spinning wheel: Net neutrality

Have you seen it? As you've been perusing your favorite websites today, have you noticed the "spinning wheel of doom?" Today is "Internet Slowdown Day," initiated...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Sep. 10, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Sep 12, 2014 at 10:14 am | 4 comments | 3626 Views

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When those covering the news become the news

Hats off to my friends and former colleagues at the Napa Valley Register! The building that has housed the Register for decades...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 27, 2014
Last comment by Oliver Heaviside, on Sep 1, 2014 at 9:00 am | 1 comment | 1533 Views

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Weekly, TV30 to host Pleasanton mayoral, city council candidates' forum

The Pleasanton Weekly and TV30 will co-host a free public forum for the Pleasanton City Council mayoral and city council candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 30, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm | 2 comments | 4698 Views

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CPRA: Balancing privacy, public's right to know

I have had an opportunity recently to file a lot of requests through the California Public Records Request Act, otherwise known as CPRA. While writing two recent...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 20, 2014
Last comment by been there, on Aug 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm | 3 comments | 2149 Views

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Be a sport: Send us your youth sports news, scores and photos

Sorry I haven't written a blog in a while, but I actually have been doing a lot of writing ... and submitting a lot of

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Aug 16, 2014 at 8:13 am |
2 comments | 1619 Views

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Citizen editors: New solution to an old problem?

I've heard of citizen journalists, and now there are citizen editors. Or at least that's the descriptor I'm using for the folks in a program Delinda Fogel, publisher...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by John, on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:56 am | 49 comments | 14192 Views

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Unsung no more: 2013 Tri-Valley Heroes award recipients named

The Tri-Valley Heroes selection committee had a very difficult task selecting only one recipient per category. Again this year the committee had an opportunity...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 12, 2013
Last comment by Tri Valley, on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:30 am | 1 comment | 18377 Views

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Happy birthday Pleasanton Weekly!

The Pleasanton Weekly will celebrate its 14th anniversary Jan. 28. In today's media environment, that is quite a notable accomplishment. Jeb Bing, the Pleasanton...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm | 5 comments | 3052 Views

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The business of news

Rep. Henry Waxman of California's 33rd District did something that amazes me, intrigues me and irks me all at the same time. Waxman has sent two letters to Tribune...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 8, 2014
Last comment by Roz Rogoff, on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm | 4 comments | 1854 Views

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Fails and flubs: Notable mistakes and corrections of 2013

As we start a new year, it's time to make plans and set goals. It's also time to reflect on last year, and one of my favorite year-end reviews is the best (of the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:36 am | 2 comments | 4473 Views

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Anonymity: Good for bringing issues to light or only a license to troll?

The lead from a recent Associated Press story caught my attention. The author, Barbara Ortutay, wrote, "Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 26, 2013
Last comment by Right, on Jan 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 68 comments | 4811 Views

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The Brown Act is not black and white

Two days after I moved to California from Illinois, I received a phone call from someone accusing a local city council of Brown Act violations. Feigning knowledge,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 19, 2013
Last comment by Alabaster Schwarz, on Dec 21, 2013 at 7:29 am | 1 comment | 6108 Views

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Word!

"Selfie" was named word of the year for 2013 and it is officially part of the Oxford dictionary. Oxford defines the word as: "(n.) a photograph that one has...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 11, 2013
Last comment by Biff, on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm | 3 comments | 4583 Views

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A Thanksgiving recipe for disaster

Howdy from Tennessee, where I'm visiting family for Thanksgiving. I have my parents, my daughter and just about all my aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time family...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 27, 2013
Last comment by Dave, on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:08 am | 11 comments | 8498 Views

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Special holiday memories about family and traditions; do you have one to share?

A Facebook friend posted a photo on Black Friday that I found poignant and disturbing. It was titled "Perspective," and the text said, "A missionary points out the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 7688 Views

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Honor those who have served and those currently serving

When I was in elementary school, one assignment I could always expect is the essay on "What my country means to me" or something along those lines, usually in conjunction...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm | 4 comments | 8232 Views

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107 volunteers rally to create Holiday Shop in their leader's absence

Monda Wiseman has spent 17 years helping make the Discovery Shop in Pleasanton successful. Now the volunteers are helping...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 30, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6185 Views
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CIA’s Five Stages of Woe
By Tom Cushing | 32 comments | 1,635 views

Where's the wind?
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 684 views