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About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and...  (More)

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Hanging up my hat - no not yet

Uploaded: Mar 8, 2016
I was thinking about hanging up my hat, er blog, by the end of this month. I finished teaching a workshop on Learning Teams last week and accepted two New Student Orientation Workshops for next week. After my driving debacle I decided to retire from teaching and emailed the scheduler to give those workshops to someone else. I'm ready to retire from teaching and blogging.

Well I was for about a day but changed my mind. Why? It's 2016 and an election year. I can't resist the opportunity to write about the upcoming Presidential election and related elections for Congress and the Senate. One of our Senators is retiring. I'm sure I don't need to say who it is, but it is Barbara Boxer. Boxer is considered a liberal, so it will be interesting to see who replaces her and how that might change California's direction in the Senate.

Our Congressman, Eric Swalwell, is running for his third term. He has been moving up in the Democrat ranks in DC. Now that he is a solid incumbent he will be more difficult to beat. I don't know who his opponent will be, or even if he will have a serious Democrat or Republican contender.

We have a San Ramon City election coming up too. If it seems awhile since the last City election, that's because we switched from odd years to even years in 2013, and this is the first even year election since San Ramon switched to odd years after the city was incorporated

Mayor Bill Clarkson is up for reelection this year. In 2003 the Mayor's office was changed from being rotated among City Council members to an elected office limited to four two year terms. Clarkson has served two terms, and can run again two more times.

Our local elections were changed from odd years to even years in 2013. It seems longer ago than that, but 2016 is the first time in over 30 years the Mayor and City Council members will face an election in an even year.

It's hard to believe we just switched to even years, which is why the Mayor and City Council members served an extra year. This year the Mayor and City Council members will be elected to their regular two or four year terms. So with such an important election in San Ramon this year, I will continue writing my blogs until the end of 2016. Then I'll be ready to retire my blog and hang up my hat.
Local Journalism.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Melvinchunter, a resident of Village High School,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:45 am

Melvinchunter is a registered user.

Keep doing awesome would like to see more blog entry on the site. I have not been this thrilled by a blog entry for a long while! You have it, whatever that implies in blogging. I like to share these types of blog to my friends who like to read the blogs for gaining good thoughts and information.

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, a resident of Danville,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Roz, Your colleagues at DanvilleSanRamon.com and Pleasanton Weekly are glad you aren't ready to hang up your hat yet!

Posted by beach bum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm

I know the good Congressman has been busy at work crafting an alternative to Kate's Law......<crickets chirping>

Seriosuly - glad you're still blogging Roz!!

Posted by Tom, a resident of Danville,
on Mar 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Roz, my guess is you and I will not vote for any of the same candidates but blog as long as it is fun for you. When it is no longer fun then stop.

Wishing you nothing but the best from across the political asile,


Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.

Thank you all for your encouraging words and support. Since the DMV suspended my driver's license, I'm trapped in my house with nowhere to go. So I might as well spend my time writing my blog.


Posted by Paul Mitchell, a resident of another community,
on Mar 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Best of luck, Roz, wherever you choose to live! (from the forests of Southern Oregon)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:07 am

As long as I'm alive in retirement, I'm just as happy as I can be!

I'm not ready to be dead...and I mean it!

Posted by Roz Rogoff, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.


I'm not ready to be dead yet either. I'm too young. My mother is 100 and she isn't ready to be dead yet either.

However I believe the assisted suicide law is necessary for people who are suffering and ready to be dead. No one should be forced to suffer because of someone else's religious beliefs.


Posted by Beverly Lane, a resident of Danville,
on Mar 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

Several of us are providing a program on Women in San Ramon History which is probably a first. On March 17 at the Dougherty Library at 7 pm, former mayors Beverly Lane (Danville), Mary Lou Oliver (San Ramon) and Pat Boom (San Ramon) will relate some seldom-told stories. The new San Ramon Chronicles history book will be available for purchase as well.
Thanks Beverly

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