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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

A picnic by Lake Chabot

It was my birthday this past weekend and my partner had an idea of throwing a small party. I’m normally not one to make a big deal out of birthdays, however my...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 28, 2022
There are no comments yet. 96 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification

Six years ago Palo Alto set a goal to reduce city emissions to 80%...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 25, 2022
Last comment by Larry, 13 hours ago | 15 comments | 4335 Views

TIM TALK

Collaboration center opens to foster new partnerships for lab and university

Monday was a day to celebrate for Director Kim Budil and her “partner in crime” June Yu an eight-year journey to bring a stronger academic linkage to Lawrence...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 27, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, 22 hours ago | 1 comment | 412 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Comfort, communication -- and the lack of both

Danielle Solito was justifiably upset when she spoke about her daughter’s “extremely uncomfortable” experience at school. Solito said her 15-year-old daughter...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Sep. 17, 2022
Last comment by katingthem, on Sep 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm | 18 comments | 1775 Views

TIM TALK

Understanding how PG&E failed with gas lines and transmission lines

It is stunning to learn that the part that failed on a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. high-voltage transmission tower to spark the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 22, 2022
Last comment by Long Time Pleasanton Resident, on Sep 26, 2022 at 12:43 pm | 6 comments | 1438 Views

TIM TALK

The blind rush to green power

California regulators, legislators and the governor continue to blindly push the state toward zero carbon emissions without any regard for the big picture. Gov....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 20, 2022
Last comment by JJ, on Sep 25, 2022 at 7:21 pm | 9 comments | 1275 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How my 80-year-old parents electrified their Foster City townhouse

My parents Eileen and Max live in a 52-year-old townhouse in Foster City. Up until a few years ago they drove a gas car, heated their home with a gas-powered furnace,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 18, 2022
Last comment by eileen , on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:58 am | 12 comments | 10425 Views

COUPLE'S NET

How Much Time do You Spend Outdoors?

I’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors, walking, exploring and going on adventures. I’ve noticed I feel better physically and emotionally since...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 24, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1748 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about UC-Irvine

Welcome to the third in a series of articles about the University of California system. For the sake of fairness, going alphabetically, the first article was all...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 22, 2022
There are no comments yet. 904 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

We should not be operating our power grid via text alert, and other observations from the past few days

Well, that was an interesting few days. Our electric service should work quietly in the background. Instead it made headlines nearly every day. At times it appeared...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 9, 2022
Last comment by Westbrook, on Sep 21, 2022 at 10:34 pm | 19 comments | 4402 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Where is Your Focus?

Readers, please follow along with this exercise: 1. Off the top of your head, jot down the 3-5 immediate answers that popped into your head. 2. Now, look at...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 17, 2022
Last comment by MyFeelz, on Sep 21, 2022 at 2:26 pm | 2 comments | 2389 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The state of mental health care

On August 15th, the National Union of Healthcare Workers launched a strike with the principal goal of reducing the workload for the nearly 2,000 mental health clinicians...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 21, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1380 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton housing market slows dramatically

If you think the real estate market locally has slowed, you’re right. David Stark, the chief public affairs officer for the Bay East Association of Realtors,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 15, 2022
Last comment by DublinMike, on Sep 19, 2022 at 10:19 pm | 5 comments | 2156 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The Bay Area is a big place

When people ask me where I’m from, I instinctively tell them I’m from the Bay. I’ve always thought of myself as a Bay Area native. Someone who grew up here...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1066 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Hiring Part-Time College Application Readers

With the recent surge in college applications, schools have begun to outsource the work of their admission counseling staff (aka admission officers) by hiring part-time...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1252 Views

TIM TALK

Foster explains how Strategic Defense Initiative won approval in two days

Johnny Foster, the fourth director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has learned quite a bit during his 75 years in and about the United States’ national...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 13, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Sep 13, 2022 at 9:53 am | 2 comments | 765 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the power go out during this heat wave?

Our local power providers and our grid operator (CAISO) are asking us to conserve electricity over the next few days as record-breaking heat and heavy use of air...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 4, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm | 34 comments | 6974 Views

TIM TALK

Will voters buy the online gaming arguments?

If you want a clue to how lucrative online betting will be in California, just check out the expenditures for the competing propositions, 26 and 27. Through Aug....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 8, 2022
Last comment by dknute, on Sep 12, 2022 at 10:28 am | 28 comments | 1869 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Beating the heat

Last week my wife flew out to Ohio to meet up with some close college friends at a lake house. Having this long weekend to myself, I had originally planned a camping...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 7, 2022
Last comment by John, on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 1115 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Lost Your Mojo?

What do you do when you’ve lost your Mojo? Readers, you may not know it, but aside from writing this column for you, I went through a dry spell in my writing...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 2, 2022
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Sep 9, 2022 at 8:10 am | 2 comments | 2806 Views
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Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification
By Sherry Listgarten | 15 comments | 4,335 views

How Much Time do You Spend Outdoors?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,748 views

Understanding how PG&E failed with gas lines and transmission lines
By Tim Hunt | 6 comments | 1,438 views

The state of mental health care
By Monith Ilavarasan | 0 comments | 1,380 views

Tell Me More about UC-Irvine
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 904 views