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THE OBSERVER

Vote YES on Measures 45, 46, & 47, NO on 48

This would be my Monday blog, but I'm posting it sooner because the election is a little over a week away and some voters are voting early by mail. Measures...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 25, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, 5 hours ago | 9 comments | 429 Views

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DMV and other auto related tales (Part III)

This Wednesday morning Livermore Ford called that my Focus was ready. There wasn't an oil leak, it was coming from the transmission and was part of the recall...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 24, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Oct 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm | 2 comments | 206 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 San Ramon Observer, on Oct 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm | 9 comments | 1275 Views

THE OBSERVER

DMV and other auto related tales (Part II)

On Wednesday morning I was ready to leave for the DMV again. When I opened the door to the Focus the car honked at me. The message window said I needed an oil...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 23, 2014
There are no comments yet. 277 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 Tom Cushing, on Oct 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm | 11 comments | 1690 Views

TIM TALK

Endorsement thoughts

There is an Interesting, although not surprising split, in endorsements in the 16th Assembly District where Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti (Democrat) is facing off against...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 23, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:28 am | 1 comment | 650 Views

THE OBSERVER

The DMV and other auto related tales (Part I)

Last August I received a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that my Driver's License would expire on my birthday this year. My birthday was more...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 22, 2014
There are no comments yet. 353 Views

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, on Oct 21, 2014 at 10:21 am | 22 comments | 2866 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, on Oct 21, 2014 at 9:32 am | 1 comment | 690 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 | 1050 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 | 1556 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 | 4269 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 | 1248 Views

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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 | 1197 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 | 1503 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 | 1592 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 | 1100 Views

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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. 1209 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. 1464 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 | 1388 Views
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A second half of life exceptionally well lived
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 690 views

Vote YES on Measures 45, 46, & 47, NO on 48
By Roz Rogoff | 9 comments | 429 views