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TIM TALK

A bad week for BART executives

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for BART executives and directors. Last week, BART released results of its biannual survey that showed satisfaction with the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 2, 2017
Last comment by jenifer, on Jul 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm | 5 comments | 2713 Views

TIM TALK

Swalwell crosses the aisle to support Kate's law--UPDATED

Josh Richman, the communications director for Rep. Eric Swalwell, reached out to me to point out that this was the first time Kate's law came to a vote. In the prior...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 11, 2017
Last comment by DKHSK, on Jul 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm | 10 comments | 995 Views

THE OBSERVER

Monday is Wash Day

I finally tried out my new rainwater laundry system today. The barrels were about 15% full from the last two or three rains. The electric point-of-use tankless water...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Dec. 7, 2009
Last comment by Moody, on Jul 10, 2017 at 9:37 pm | 7 comments | 6463 Views

TIM TALK

Can Pleasanton school district afford another elementary school?

Hurray for Pleasanton school trustee Mark Miller who asked his colleagues to investigate the costs associated with building another elementary school. The district...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 6, 2017
Last comment by Kathleen Ruegsegger, on Jul 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm | 4 comments | 1527 Views

TIM TALK

Celebrate July 4th by remembering our forefathers and their declaration

Happy Fourth of July. I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Please take a moment to remember the meaning of the fireworks and holiday. In...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 3, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, on Jul 6, 2017 at 10:12 am | 4 comments | 935 Views

THE OBSERVER

San Ramon City Council: Then and Now

I scheduled a meeting on Thursday afternoon with Sabina Zafar, one of the two new candidates running for City Council. Right before the meeting my brother phoned...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 6, 2016
Last comment by pebri, on Jul 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm | 18 comments | 5243 Views

TIM TALK

More craziness in Sacramento

The California Senate has rushed into uncharted waters with stunning and irresponsible haste last week. The Senate, on a largely party line vote, passed unprecedented...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 6, 2017
Last comment by screen23, on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:02 am | 14 comments | 1541 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 | 2003 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 | 680 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 | 986 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 | 1430 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 | 2084 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 | 1948 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 | 3780 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 | 2762 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 | 4472 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 | 939 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 Cholo, on Jun 17, 2017 at 11:53 am | 2 comments | 2021 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 Joseph190, on Jun 15, 2017 at 2:59 am | 1 comment | 8056 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 | 1460 Views
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Central Oregon population is soaring with former Californians
By Tim Hunt | 7 comments | 615 views

What Exactly Is FAFSA and Why Should You Complete It?
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 184 views