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THE OBSERVER

Earthquake Insurance

I've written before that I tend to be a late owl. I stay up to 2 am and sleep until 10 am. More recently I've been staying up to 3 or 4 am. Yup I was on my computer...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Aug. 26, 2014
Last comment by LT Resident, 56 minutes ago | 1 comment | 477 Views

TIM TALK

New heights for NIMBYs

Many San Ramon Valley residents are taking NIMBY (Not in my back yard) attitudes to new heights. An estimated 450 people gathered last weekend to protest against...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Herman Glates, 1 hour ago | 7 comments | 331 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

Early Decision is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student's commitment...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Cato D. Younger, 3 hours ago | 1 comment | 557 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

PG&E: How does the piper pay?

Corporations are people, except when they're not. Four years after a natural gas inferno immolated eight people in their San Bruno homes, the Pacific Gas & Electric...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by vas, 20 hours ago | 18 comments | 7036 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

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
There are no comments yet. 398 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Never Say Never -- the Perry Indictment

I'm not sure I've ever expressed it aloud, but I can say with certainty that I never thought I'd write a blog in support of Texas' all-star all-hat/no-cattle...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 19, 2014
Last comment by Watcher, on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm | 10 comments | 1082 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton's water use matches Las Vegas

Pleasanton water department staffers have received lots of feedback—that's greatly understating it—since the City Council established the policy that every...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 31, 2014
Last comment by Paul , on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm | 18 comments | 2296 Views

TIM TALK

Harvest time in the vineyards

The aftermath of Sunday morning's earthquake has produced plenty of news stories about the impacts on the Napa Valley wine industry. Seeing barrels toppled from...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 412 Views

THE OBSERVER

Backpacked with care is back

I'm turning over my blog this week to Esther Lucas, Gary Lucas, and Nicole Blazin for their Backpacked with Care Project. I've donated backpacks and school supplies...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jul. 23, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm | 4 comments | 775 Views

TIM TALK

Job growth is driving housing prices

Tuesday's post about the 11,000-unit River Islands in Lathrop reflects the long term view that homebuilders and developers are taking when it comes to job growth...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by john, on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm | 3 comments | 1125 Views

THE OBSERVER

Jim Kohnen Post Office Signed into Law

Congressman Eric Swalwell's bill to name the Dublin Post Office after Jim Kohnen was signed into law on August 8, 2014 by President Obama. Here's a link to

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Tom F, on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:45 am |
6 comments | 1352 Views

THE OBSERVER

Sentinels of Freedom Newsletter

I'm turning over my blog today to Jenny Howard, Program Director for Sentinels of Freedom. I've followed Sentinels of Freedom since its origination in San Ramon...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Aug. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 822 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

” … and my friend here will have the kibble."

Sutter Brown strikes again. Hounded by pet lovers' dogged determination,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 22, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm | 12 comments | 1344 Views

ART SPACE

Five Will Get You Fives

To paraphrase Rogers and Hammerstein, the local hills and valleys are alive with the sound of music: Danville Band, San Ramon Symphonic Band, Contra Costa Wind Symphony,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Doug Earl , on Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 am | 2 comments | 242 Views

TIM TALK

The drought drives lawmakers to action

The ugly drought the state is enduring coupled with the reality that voters were scheduled to decide on a water bond finally moved the governor and Legislature to...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 14, 2014
Last comment by Knut, on Aug 21, 2014 at 6:31 am | 13 comments | 1614 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

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 | 1446 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Preserving Disorder

Chicago's Mayor Malaprop, Richard Daley the Elder, earned a kind of fame in 1968 for announcing "…the policeman isn't...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 14, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Aug 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
73 comments | 2308 Views

THE OBSERVER

Bi-Polar Disorder

I've been bi-polar most of my life. I was diagnosed with depression when I was eight years old. The Principal of my elementary school told my mother that I seemed...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Aug. 13, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Aug 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm | 25 comments | 1947 Views

TIM TALK

Patience and very deep pockets can pay off

Newspaper advertisements for the past couple of weeks have touted the new community in Lathrop of River Islands. Lathrop is one of the San Joaquin Valley cities—like...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 19, 2014
There are no comments yet. 661 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

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 | 722 Views
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Sentinels of Freedom Newsletter
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 822 views

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions
By Elizabeth LaScala | 1 comment | 557 views

Harvest time in the vineyards
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 412 views

When those covering the news become the news
By Gina Channell-Allen | 0 comments | 398 views