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Bonus Blog Why I hate Halloween!

When I was a kid I loved Halloween. I could dress up as a cowgirl or a princess or even an adult. One year I went as an old lady and even fooled one of my neighbors,...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 31, 2014
There are no comments yet. 73 Views

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The Vranesh situation heads to court

The vexing challenge faced by the Pleasanton school district got more difficult this month when former Walnut Creek Grove Principal Jon Vranesh filed a law suit...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 28, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, 6 hours ago | 9 comments | 760 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

And now, for Something REALLY Scary ...

o A couple and their young sons are traveling the highway, on their way to hike the local wildflowers – an annual family event. He has cash to buy a used car...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 31, 2014
There are no comments yet. 173 Views

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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, 9 hours ago | 32 comments | 2225 Views

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Is Catharine Baker against Proposition 2?

It makes sense to save money when you have it, so you will have it when you need it. That's the premise behind Proposition 2. I support and endorsed Prop. 2. I...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 30, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, 10 hours ago | 12 comments | 595 Views

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My Ditzy Cat Day

I don't handle stress well. I either overreact or underreact or do something totally goofy like phoning Mayor Bill Clarkson in the middle of a City Council meeting....

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 28, 2014
Last comment by San Ramon Observer, on Oct 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm | 3 comments | 384 Views

TIM TALK

Big money flowing in selected primaries

This week we should learn how voters regarded the big money poured into the heated primary campaign to succeed Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan in Sacramento. She is...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 3, 2014
Last comment by Andrew, on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm | 1 comment | 905 Views

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A good plan for downtown, but can city officials get it approved?

The city has grand plans to integrate the Firehouse Theater into the two downtown parks on First Street—Lions Wayside and Delucchi to enhance the green spaces...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 420 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Prop 47: not perfect, just preferable.

Prop 47 on criminal sentencing is a policy wonkboy's delight. It's complicated, dealing with legal arcana and impacts on several levels. It's obscure, having been...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 27, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm | 2 comments | 905 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 lll, on Oct 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm | 2 comments | 1335 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 | 277 Views

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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 | 1366 Views

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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. 327 Views

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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 | 1804 Views

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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. 410 Views

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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 | 3192 Views

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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 | 781 Views

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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 | 1112 Views

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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 | 1600 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 | 5061 Views
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Vote YES on Measures 45, 46, & 47, NO on 48
By Roz Rogoff | 32 comments | 2,225 views

Prop 47: not perfect, just preferable.
By Tom Cushing | 2 comments | 905 views

The Vranesh situation heads to court
By Tim Hunt | 9 comments | 760 views