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State budget continues to increase school funding

Gov. Brown continues to prioritize k-12 schools and the community colleges in his revised budget. The result for the Pleasanton school district is likely to be...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 25, 2017
Last comment by local, 4 hours ago | 1 comment | 135 Views


Media malpractice

Listening to the radio Monday afternoon and then reading the Tuesday morning East Bay Times, I was struck at just how low the standards of journalism have fallen. Monday...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 18, 2017
Last comment by dhara, on May 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm | 48 comments | 1140 Views


Livermore trustees demonstrating wisdom

Congratulations to the Livermore school trustees for not taking the bait and jumping into the immigration battles. Unlike Pleasanton and Dublin trustees, who heeded...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by Sebastian M., on May 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm | 8 comments | 796 Views


The Great Divide, and What’s Next?

The depths of our political schism were made personal to me recently in a phone conversation with my boyhood BFF in Florida, with whom I’ve stayed in-touch...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on May. 21, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on May 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm | 38 comments | 772 Views


Material Matters

By Bill Carmel Consumerism is a capital experience. People shop all over the world and purchase items needed to keep body, mind, and spirit alive. The stuff...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 23, 2017
There are no comments yet. 114 Views


There's a reason kids are so cute

Kids are cute for a reason. They say completely absurd things, like to destroy whatever they can get their hands on, and have a deep attachment to the word 'no.'...

Original post made by Sierra Rhodes on May. 28, 2013
Last comment by elina, on May 22, 2017 at 3:39 am | 2 comments | 7635 Views


The great political divide

Based on the two candidates who ran against Rep. Eric Swalwell in the primary, I will compare political stereotypes of the two political parties and why they can't...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jul. 30, 2014
Last comment by Brettres, on May 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm | 8 comments | 5368 Views


My New Letter to President Trump

The original text of this letter was provided by Oxfam, an international rescue organization that I support financially. I made some changes to the Oxfam version...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Mar. 27, 2017
Last comment by Rose92, on May 19, 2017 at 2:45 am | 18 comments | 2806 Views


Midsummer Musings on Next Gen Careers

We're back from a summer respite in the mountains, where the tribulations of Egyptian democracy, American democracy and (gasp!) ARod's plunking seemed temporarily...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 19, 2013
Last comment by Brettres, on May 19, 2017 at 12:18 am | 4 comments | 15136 Views


Copying, Stealing, Homage

A friend who recently attended the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA expressed astonishment that Diebenkorn’s Nude on a Blue Ground (1966) was in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 16, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on May 18, 2017 at 9:34 am | 2 comments | 264 Views


Jump Start The College Admission Essay

Dear Dr. LaScala, We enjoy reading your column. We are the parents of twin girls who will be seniors in high school this fall and both plan to apply to the UC...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 26, 2011
Last comment by Donovan9, on May 17, 2017 at 5:59 am | 5 comments | 6884 Views


Fairgrounds racing families face uncertain future

The effects of the state Horse Racing Board’s decision last fall to close the auxiliary training track at the Alameda County Fairgrounds continue to ripple...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 16, 2017
There are no comments yet. 635 Views


Happy New Year

All the best for a healthy and blessed 2015....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 1, 2015
Last comment by smileyash, on May 13, 2017 at 5:03 am | 2 comments | 6396 Views


Dan Hancock led Shapell to build quality neighborhoods

There are a few people who through their business activities changed the face of the Tri-Valley. For business parks, there’s Alex Mehran at Bishop Ranch in...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 11, 2017
Last comment by Gary Kirkpatrick, on May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm | 2 comments | 1082 Views


City Council makes the right decision for Valley Trails

It was great to see the City Council unanimously approve Ponderosa Homes’ application to replace the Evangelical Free Church in Valley Trails with homes that...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 9, 2017
Last comment by Joseph190, on May 11, 2017 at 3:44 am | 3 comments | 1023 Views


Weaving a Story

Well the Yanks hate the Reds And the Greeks hate the Turks I really hate to say it But they're all a bunch of jerks – “Piss on the Wall,” J....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 7, 2017
Last comment by SHAUN TAIT, on May 9, 2017 at 1:01 am | 2 comments | 527 Views


Being offended goes with life

Condoleezza Rice has a simple message for the 19-year-old students she teaches at Stanford. “You do not have a constitutional right not to be offended.” Amen. There...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 1, 2017
Last comment by Nanny state, on May 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm | 29 comments | 1334 Views


What's up with lung association rankings?

Two news stories about air pollution caught my eye recently. The first announced that the Bay Area Regional Air Quality Control Board had adopted stringent new...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 4, 2017
Last comment by Michael Austin, on May 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm | 3 comments | 916 Views


State budget hinges on earnings of the 1 percent

A majority of the state’s voters easily approved continuation of the temporary income tax surcharge on the rich that Gov. Brown convinced voters to approve...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 6, 2016
Last comment by this website, on May 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm | 8 comments | 3772 Views


Mertes' legacy will live on at Las Positas

There’s something right about putting your money where your heart is. The late David and Barbara Mertes did just that in their will, leaving $6.85 million...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 27, 2017
There are no comments yet. 940 Views
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The Great Divide, and What’s Next?
By Tom Cushing | 38 comments | 772 views

Material Matters
By John A. Barry | 0 comments | 114 views


2017 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The 2017 Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

Find Camps Here