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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Try this for healthier, more drought-resistant plants

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a local landscaper. At one point I asked about mixing organic amendment into the soil. “Oh no,” she replied,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 31, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 7, 2022 at 9:28 am | 7 comments | 4495 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Aug 6, 2022 at 8:29 pm | 21 comments | 1821 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

What it takes to become a teacher

I recently hung out with a family friend that I’ve known forever. We both grew up together as kids in Fremont and our families would spend holidays together every...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 3, 2022
Last comment by anusree, on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:57 am | 1 comment | 923 Views

TIM TALK

Two measures to re-invigorate Livermore Valley wine country headed to November ballot

For decades people opposed to residential growth in the Tri-Valley tried to restrict development by limiting and controlling basic infrastructure. That’s why...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm | 1 comment | 1141 Views

TIM TALK

State open meeting act requires update after Dublin school trustees' actions

When the legal counsel for the Dublin school district decided that three members did not violate the state’s open meeting act during discussion of new election...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 2, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Aug 4, 2022 at 12:37 pm | 1 comment | 1040 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Don't Wait Till Your Child is 42 to Say "I'm Proud of You."

I was looking through old journals just now. Some of it was painful to remember, some was joyful. One item I came across was a card from my mother congratulating...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on May. 21, 2022
Last comment by Alex Johnson, on Aug 3, 2022 at 7:30 am | 7 comments | 4355 Views

TIM TALK

Legislature moving ahead to add recycling fee to wine and spirits

The Legislature returns to Sacramento next week for the final month of the session. Among the bills on the agenda is SB 1013 carried by Senate leader Toni Atkins...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 28, 2022
Last comment by Ndna Jnz, on Aug 1, 2022 at 1:41 pm | 7 comments | 1930 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Emissions Intensity of California's Electricity Grid

Sometimes California’s electricity is powered almost entirely by gas turbines. Below is an example from January 12 of this year at 6 pm, when there was little...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 24, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 31, 2022 at 5:52 pm | 22 comments | 6525 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Passion (fruit)

These are passion fruit flowers. They generally bloom for a day, and I haven't seen them this close to one another before. It feels like an amazing visual representation...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 30, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2267 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Driving from St. Louis to Chicago with my brother

Last week I flew to St. Louis to help my brother move to Chicago. Earlier this year he got into medical school at Loyola which was quite unfortunate for me. It solidified...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 27, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Jul 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm | 2 comments | 1312 Views

TIM TALK

Times change and so do benefit packages for teachers

What once was a big financial win for Pleasanton teachers has become a liability. Back in the late 1980s when voters approved the Pleasanton and Dublin school districts...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 2, 2022
Last comment by Janet, on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:01 am | 4 comments | 2099 Views

TIM TALK

What an unusual market for cars

This week we bought out the lease on our 2019 Honda Accord. We were in-and-out of Dublin Honda a couple of times and were struck by just how empty the vast parking...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 26, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Jul 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm | 2 comments | 1481 Views

COUPLE'S NET

I Think This Photo Says it All!

Hello Readers. I'm in moving chaos, and will get back to writing for you soon. ...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 21, 2022
Last comment by MyFeelz, on Jul 23, 2022 at 4:44 pm | 1 comment | 3265 Views

TIM TALK

NFL coach Greg Olson shares how it is in the NFL with Jon Gruden

Football fans and ESP\N are counting down the days until the National Football League opens it season in September. For pro coaches, who work 12-hour-plus days,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 21, 2022
Last comment by D, on Jul 22, 2022 at 7:47 am | 2 comments | 1371 Views

TIM TALK

Robots Stony and Robby saving thousands of steps for servers

Residents of Stoneridge Creek in Pleasanton have been served since October by robots in their dining room. Zachary Ziegler, the director of food and beverage at...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 19, 2022
Last comment by Pat Trisham, on Jul 19, 2022 at 3:39 pm | 1 comment | 1278 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto is #1! (in water costs)

Are water rates in Palo Alto high? You bet. It’s not just that we charge a lot. Our tiers are also very steep. As a result, tree-friendly Palo Alto charges...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 17, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 18, 2022 at 4:15 pm | 7 comments | 5596 Views

TIM TALK

Some comparisons between Oregon and California

Having just returned from a week in the vacation paradise of Central Oregon, some observations are in order. Chatting with one business owner, he observed that...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 14, 2022
Last comment by Jake Waters, on Jul 15, 2022 at 7:27 am | 4 comments | 1898 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Kreycik search revealed ‘best of humanity’

While most think of a community as a group of people living in the same area, the community that came together last year to search for a missing runner transcended...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Jul. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1780 Views

COUPLE'S NET

How Did You See Your Parents Treat One Another?

If you want to know how your partner will treat you under stress, watch how his/her parents treat each other. So, why am I asking you this question? Because...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 8, 2022
Last comment by OnCouch, on Jul 14, 2022 at 4:50 am | 1 comment | 3324 Views
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Gun violence shatters sense of safety
By Gina Channell Wilcox | 21 comments | 1,821 views

Two measures to re-invigorate Livermore Valley wine country headed to November ballot
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 1,141 views

What it takes to become a teacher
By Monith Ilavarasan | 1 comment | 923 views