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THE OBSERVER

A new way to adopt an animal

My readers know I have been active in animal rescue groups. I was a cat foster for Tri Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) for several years. A group of cat fosters split...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 103 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Cuba libre?

Well, no – not by a long shot. It will take years for the recent announcement of a thaw in the western hemisphere's deepest diplomatic freeze to take full hold....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 21, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, 7 hours ago | 1 comment | 260 Views

TIM TALK

What to do with your buckets of water

Following up on my Pineapple Express stories, what do you do with the water you collect in the shower now that Mother Nature has blessed us with so much rain that...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 18, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, 14 hours ago | 3 comments | 801 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

CIA’s Five Stages of Woe

This hasn't been a proud week for most Americans. We will forever chase our ideals, of course – aspiring to them is our cherished, shared bedrock value. We expect...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 11, 2014
Last comment by Doug Miller, on Dec 20, 2014 at 10:47 am | 34 comments | 1710 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.

Obscured within a mother lode of trivia that makes up the daily data deluge, I almost missed the fact that the earth lost one of its giants recently. Ironically,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 17, 2014
Last comment by Derek, on Dec 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm | 2 comments | 1065 Views

THE OBSERVER

The Golden Days of Television

My father bought our first TV in 1949. It was a black and white Magnavox table model with a round 9" screen. It had a blond wood cabinet and cost over $500. We...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 19, 2014
There are no comments yet. 559 Views

TIM TALK

Pineapple Express memories

Last week's torrential rainfall supplied by the "Pineapple Express" from the Hawaiian Islands recalled two previous atmospheric rivers that caught my family on ski...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 16, 2014
There are no comments yet. 425 Views

THE OBSERVER

Chanukah & The Bill of Rights

Yesterday, Monday December 15th, was Bill of Rights Day. I didn't know there was a Bill of Rights Day until I saw it in my digital planner. To find out more about...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 16, 2014
There are no comments yet. 490 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Two Views of Race in America: where you stand depends on where you sit

Two articles bearing on race caught my eye this past week – even before the deluge of mostly righteous anger that has followed the Garner killing non-indictment....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 8, 2014
Last comment by steve, on Dec 15, 2014 at 11:29 am | 28 comments | 1431 Views

TIM TALK

Las Positas Foundation CEO Ted Kaye announces his retirement

Las Positas College is losing one of its key advocates next June when foundation CEO Ted Kaye re-retires after 10 years at the helm. Ted, who retired from the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 11, 2014
Last comment by Ed, on Dec 15, 2014 at 9:58 am | 4 comments | 1137 Views

THE OBSERVER

Where's the wind?

I usually have some breeze blowing through my back yard from the West, but on Thursday when 50 mph winds were predicted, there was nothing, not even a zephyr....

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 13, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Dec 14, 2014 at 11:26 am | 2 comments | 775 Views

TIM TALK

Cheryl Cook-Kallio served Pleasanton well

The City Council welcomed former Arne Olson to its ranks last week and said farewell to Cheryl Cook-Kallio. Arne has big shoes to fill as he steps into the seat...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 9, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Dec 13, 2014 at 9:43 am | 6 comments | 716 Views

THE OBSERVER

The Giving Season

A few weeks ago I wrote about receiving calendars from organizations asking for donations....

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 22, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm | 5 comments | 1255 Views

THE OBSERVER

A hot scoop or not?

I received an email from a source that County Supervisor Candace Andersen announced her plans NOT to run for re-election in 2016. This sounded like it could be...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 9, 2014
Last comment by Messenger, on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:59 am | 4 comments | 1155 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 Tom F WISHES he was up here in the Wood!, on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:53 am | 19 comments | 2892 Views

TIM TALK

No Frosty in Pleasanton

Bah, Humbug in Pleasanton hit the media this week. Johnny Moore, who has sold Christmas trees at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for years, was notified by a city...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 4, 2014
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm | 4 comments | 1412 Views

DOING COLLEGE

5 TopTips to Tackle The UC Essays

Seniors all over the country are busy writing their college application essays. Juniors will be doing the same task next year. Students applying to the UC are...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 6, 2012
Last comment by HowardMeraz, on Dec 9, 2014 at 3:01 am | 1 comment | 2281 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Pork Politics

Save the Jersey 9,000! No, those victims of unspeakably cruel imprisonment are not of our species, nor are they even Jersey cows. They are, however, animals as...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Dec. 1, 2014
Last comment by Herman Glates, on Dec 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm | 34 comments | 2292 Views

TIM TALK

Baker sworn into office; Buchanan to run for Senate

Monday was transition day in Sacramento when new legislators were sworn in and others departed. For Catharine Baker of Dublin, it was a wonderful day when she...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 2, 2014
Last comment by Harald Paul Arthur Balle, on Dec 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm | 1 comment | 1059 Views

THE OBSERVER

An Unexpected Windfall

I got a phone call on Wednesday from a man named Dave who wanted to buy a couple of domain names I registered 14 years ago. Back in early 2000 I was trying to...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 5, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Dec 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm | 4 comments | 1286 Views
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Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.
By Tom Cushing | 2 comments | 1,065 views

What to do with your buckets of water
By Tim Hunt | 3 comments | 801 views

The Golden Days of Television
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 559 views

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 364 views