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Notes on the Valley

By Monith Ilavarasan

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About this blog: My parents, brother, and I moved to Pleasanton when I was in the seventh grade. I then graduated from Amador Valley High School, went to college at UC Davis and started out a career in tech. After several years working in large co...  (More)

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Take a hike
Apr 20, 2022 8:30 am
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Over the pandemic my partner and I got sick of being stuck inside all day. A few months in we made a pact. We would go on at least one outdoor... More
Where our water goes
Apr 13, 2022 8:29 am
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Another year, another drought. Last Tuesday the Pleasanton City Council voted to enact Stage 2 drought water rates for the city. This will result in an extra charge... More
Finding home
Apr 6, 2022 8:06 am
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In the 1980s Zarina Kiziloglu immigrated to the Bay Area as a refugee of the Soviet-Afghan war. Her family came over with a few suitcases having sold all their property... More
Back to earth
Mar 30, 2022 9:21 am
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Last year, as spring rolled around, my partner had the brilliant idea of starting a garden. We had just come back from the farmers market and were... More
Relationship with faith
Mar 23, 2022 3:25 pm
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Over the past year, I’ve been working with various religious and secular institutions on making sure their values are reflected in local public policy. I myself... More
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