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TIM TALK

Frustrated local officials push BART

Mayor Jerry Thorne and other Tri-Valley elected officials have grown increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of BART’s efforts to extend lines to Livermore. As...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 16, 2017
Last comment by screen23, on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:59 am | 1 comment | 2693 Views

TIM TALK

Charter school leaders face District Attorney's investigation

The Livermore Valley Charter schools formally moved to close up shop this month after its board declared bankruptcy and prepared to go out of business. Meanwhile,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 20, 2017
Last comment by jenny, on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:57 am | 9 comments | 1625 Views

TIM TALK

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 William, on Jul 4, 2017 at 6:19 am | 8 comments | 1118 Views

ART SPACE

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Toward that end, I’ve festooned my bike o’ the month with names of inspirational women in such fields as Sciences...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 22, 2017
Last comment by lenacharles, on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:58 am | 7 comments | 585 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Fido, Fifi feline, Fireworks and The Fourth

What do you do when a public servant looks you right-in-the-eye and tells you the sky is green? About ten years ago, I thought I had a plan to address...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 1, 2017
Last comment by Animal lover, on Jul 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm | 3 comments | 719 Views

TIM TALK

Local beef steaks headed to China

Local ranchers are cheering the progress the Trump Administration has made with China in terms of trade. Chatting with long-time Tassajara Valley rancher Gordon...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 22, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm | 2 comments | 679 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

“These are our friends. These are our families. These are our neighbors.”

==B “These are folks who are worth fighting for,” Gov. Sandoval said of the 210,000 Nevadans who obtained Medicaid coverage under the Affordable...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 25, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:19 am | 13 comments | 1119 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Mendacity of “Hope”

Last week’s Comey testimony and ensuing Romanian press conference* set up a black-and white confrontation between the former FBI Director and the current...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jun 24, 2017 at 10:51 am | 45 comments | 1782 Views

ART SPACE

Adult Ed

The physical and intellectual pacing may have been more deliberate and deliberative, but the adults in their 60s and 70s were kids at heart as they...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 19, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm | 6 comments | 1853 Views

THE OBSERVER

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green

The lineup for President 2016 appears to be set. Donald Trump, Republican, Hillary Clinton,...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jul. 27, 2016
Last comment by Joseph190, on Jun 23, 2017 at 3:41 am |
6 comments | 3559 Views

ART SPACE

Speed Painting

How do you get 40 second, fourth, and fifth graders to create a 7 x 11 foot painting in less than two hours, using Razor scooters as their "brushes"?...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by John A. Barry, on Jun 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm | 13 comments | 2690 Views

TIM TALK

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 Joseph190, on Jun 22, 2017 at 8:13 am | 10 comments | 4173 Views

TIM TALK

Main Street cattle drive opens the fair in style

Alameda County Fair leadership and the Pleasanton Downtown Association have hit a home run with the cattle drive to open the fair today. There were plenty of people...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 15, 2017
Last comment by olivesmith, on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:24 am | 6 comments | 1506 Views

TIM TALK

The Spotorno land saga drags on

The seemingly endless saga of the Spotorno Ranch continued last month when the Planning Commission reviewed the latest plans. The family has owned the parcel in...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 13, 2017
Last comment by Jeffrey smith, on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:28 am | 2 comments | 631 Views

TIM TALK

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 check cashing , on Jun 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm | 14 comments | 2109 Views

TIM TALK

Opening East County courts is necessary

Later this year, Alameda County finally will achieve what should be significant savings in transporting inmates from Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin to courts around...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 8, 2017
Last comment by Sam, on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:49 am | 10 comments | 1114 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Details: Devils or Angels?

Last week, we learned that there is, indeed, now a fundamental right for individuals to keep and bear arms, supplied by the US Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010 (the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 31, 2013
Last comment by MichaelB, on Jun 11, 2017 at 9:14 am | 14 comments | 7134 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

We’ll Always Have Paris

Without some putative 'bad hombre' to oppose, this President is lost. If one does not exist, it must be conjured. So it was that phantom demons were invoked...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 2, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 10, 2017 at 7:29 am | 62 comments | 1900 Views

TIM TALK

Don't miss Kevin Laue's story

Last week was a good one for heartwarming stories in addition to the usual spate of breaking news. My wife, a long-time teacher at Amador Valley, invited...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 29, 2013
Last comment by Istiqomah Herbal, on Jun 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm | 2 comments | 11255 Views

THE OBSERVER

Send a ShelterBox to the Philippines

We've all seen the news of the terrible destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. You may have already made a contribution to the Red Cross or some...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 14, 2013
Last comment by , on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:19 am | 1 comment | 6820 Views
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A different perspective on Spotorno Ranch development
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 330 views

Don’t Get Cute with Me
By John A. Barry | 1 comment | 61 views