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RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Prop 46: Two Bridges Too Far

The insider's view of Prop writing must present a tantalizing panorama of options. There has to be a temptation to glom several, directionally-related concepts...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, 15 hours ago | 22 comments | 2062 Views

TIM TALK

A second half of life exceptionally well lived

Reporting more to prepare an obituary on David Mertes of Livermore, I was struck by how well he served people both locally and in areas around the world. He retired...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 21, 2014
Last comment by Michael Austin, 15 hours ago | 1 comment | 273 Views

TIM TALK

Interesting split in newspaper endorsements

There's an interesting split in endorsements for the 16th Assembly District where incumbent Joan Buchanan of Alamo is termed out after six years. The local papers,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by BobB, on Oct 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm | 12 comments | 991 Views

THE OBSERVER

Not Endorsements

I'm writing this blog about the upcoming election. I'm not endorsing anyone, but I am saying whom I plan to vote for and why. I'm calling this blog "Not Endorsements,"...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 18, 2014
Last comment by Not a Comment, on Oct 20, 2014 at 11:41 am | 6 comments | 925 Views

TIM TALK

The valley loses a distinguished and humble leader

The Livermore Valley lost one of its distinguished leaders last week when David Mertes died at the age of 83 on Oct. 9. David accomplished much in his professional...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 16, 2014
Last comment by Harry Sachs, on Oct 20, 2014 at 8:54 am | 3 comments | 1378 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Should Your Sophomore Take The October PSAT? And More on Standardized Testing...

In March, The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT (once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now simply known as the SAT), announced plans...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 12, 2014
Last comment by Carole, on Oct 18, 2014 at 12:59 am | 2 comments | 3430 Views

THE OBSERVER

My secret identity is revealed!

I received the following email via LinkedIn on October 5th. "Hi Rosalind, I sent you a LinkedIn request because I'm looking for the composer of the song...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 15, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Oct 17, 2014 at 1:38 am | 2 comments | 1134 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Prop 45 and Health Insurance Rates

==I It's E-lection time again – you will deceive me, I can hear those nasty code words in your ads. I can tell by the 'on' you 'shine' me, darlin', That we...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Derek, on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:14 am | 9 comments | 1601 Views

THE OBSERVER

Water Woes

I attended Assembly Woman Joan Buchanan's presentation on California's Water Woes Wednesday night. The presentation was held upstairs at the San Ramon Library....

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 11, 2014
Last comment by Bill, on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:42 am | 9 comments | 1129 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Lurching Toward Equity *

Today, the gay community stands somewhere between "Change Is Gonna Come" and Psalm 13 ('How long wilt thou forget...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 6, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm | 26 comments | 1394 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The As Season Wrap-up: Baseball as Greek Tragedy

Billy Beane is Oedipus, the King. In Sophocles' great play, the protagonist was a man of considerable ability. He had a noble soul -- exiling himself from...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 2, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm | 11 comments | 1571 Views

TIM TALK

Reflections on a road trip

Last week, I drove to Memphis with my daughter who is moving here to join friends who are planting a non-traditional Christian church. We did the 2,000-plus miles...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 7, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 9, 2014 at 11:35 am | 2 comments | 975 Views

TIM TALK

Decision time for ValleyCare members

Ballots are now in the corporate members' hands after the ValleyCare Health System board announced that it has finalized its agreement to affiliate with the Stanford...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 9, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1165 Views

THE OBSERVER

Fair Trade or Direct Trade

October is Fair Trade Month. Fair trade is a practice where suppliers and producers of products, components, or ingredients,...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 7, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1342 Views

TIM TALK

New turf grass for landscaping?

Given the brown lawns that abound in Pleasanton, it was stunning Tuesday afternoon to see lots of fresh green turf being laid in front of what will be a...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 7, 2014 at 10:14 am | 4 comments | 1359 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1855 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

November Ballot Prop 2 Devils or Angels in the Details?

This year's Prop 2* is proof that there's no good, simple idea that can't be made complicated if you study it long enough. Former Speaker/Prop author Perez claimed...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 27, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm | 10 comments | 1802 Views

THE OBSERVER

Who wants to move to San Ramon?

I received a phone call yesterday from a Real Estate Agent who asked me if I know anyone who wants to move to San Ramon. That question is a little bit like "Who...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Oct 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm | 1 comment | 1766 Views

THE OBSERVER

The Troll

Dictionary.com defines "Troll," used as a noun, as "one of a class of supernatural creatures that dwell in caves or mountains and are depicted either as dwarfs...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 2, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Oct 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm | 2 comments | 1369 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

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 | 1659 Views
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Prop 46: Two Bridges Too Far
By Tom Cushing | 22 comments | 2,062 views

The valley loses a distinguished and humble leader
By Tim Hunt | 3 comments | 1,378 views

My secret identity is revealed!
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 1,134 views