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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The sticker shock from electricity bills

As a kid power outages were an exciting experience. My parents would light candles throughout the house and it would feel like we were on a mystical adventure. As...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 22, 2023
Last comment by Jennifer, 7 hours ago | 14 comments | 1255 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Sharing That Just Works

Many years ago when I was working at Google, some of the executives were upset about how difficult it was to share things. It’s supposed to be easy to share...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 26, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 26, 2023 at 12:22 pm | 3 comments | 1168 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Bay Area to begin phasing out gas heaters this decade

In a momentous and likely highly influential vote at the end of a six-hour meeting on Wednesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) voted to...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 15, 2023
Last comment by Hinrich, on Mar 24, 2023 at 6:44 pm | 28 comments | 6236 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Home Again: Couples and Caregiving

Due to the success of Professor Doctor Bertagnoli’s surgery on my husband, he’s not going to end up paralyzed! Woohoo! Here’s his new neck: {IMG...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Mar. 15, 2023
Last comment by John Charles, on Mar 23, 2023 at 5:38 pm | 2 comments | 2411 Views

TIM TALK

Traffic congestion worsens with weather-related problems and return to the office

If you are an unfortunate commuter using Interstate 680, it’s become clear that traffic levels are climbing back to pre-lockdown levels. Interstate 580 already...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 23, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1165 Views

TIM TALK

Bad consequences can follow bad decisions in Pleasanton

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Jack Balch spoke to the Pleasanton Men’s Club last week and strove to wear that hat, instead of a more partisan councilman’s who often...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 21, 2023
Last comment by V, on Mar 21, 2023 at 2:51 pm | 1 comment | 1310 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

(Updated 3:00 pm) The Bay Area votes to phase out sales of gas heaters

NEW: See new blog post with a summary of the vote. On...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 14, 2023
Last comment by Paly02, on Mar 17, 2023 at 8:59 pm | 23 comments | 5850 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

A brief history of trains and their connection to the Tri-Valley

It’s hard out here for a freight train lover these days. This past month we witnessed a catastrophic train derailment in the midwest. The derailment released over...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 15, 2023
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Mar 17, 2023 at 12:28 pm | 2 comments | 980 Views

TIM TALK

The pile of bad City Council decisions keeps growing

The majority of the Pleasanton City Council continued its pattern of what Weekly Publisher Gina Channell Wilcox correctly termed “ill-logical” decisions...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 16, 2023
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Mar 16, 2023 at 1:45 pm | 1 comment | 1214 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More About University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

The University of California-San Diego (UCSD) first opened its doors in 1960. Since then, it has grown to become one of America’s leading research universities,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 16, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1507 Views

TIM TALK

High-speed rail costs continue to soar

Just what will it take for California’s biggest public works boondoggle—the so-called high-speed rail—to finally die. One of the few times Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 14, 2023
There are no comments yet. 947 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto's tortuous e-bike discussion

I am grateful that Palo Alto’s City Council decided not to allow e-bikes on unpaved trails in our two nature preserves, the

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 5, 2023
Last comment by Gerd, on Mar 13, 2023 at 6:15 pm |
20 comments | 10873 Views

TIM TALK

Tri-Valley GameChangers who have changed their industries

Tuesday’s blog post about the Sestina sale and its serial entrepreneur leadership reminded me of the upcoming GameChanger Awards March 29 presented by the Innovation...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 9, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1566 Views

TIM TALK

Bad decisions in both Pleasanton and Oakland by new elected majorities--updated

There are unfortunate parallels between the abrupt actions of the majority of the Pleasanton City Council such as blowing up a decade-long process to renovate and...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 7, 2023
There are no comments yet. 2056 Views

TIM TALK

Robson Homes presenting its plan for the Barone's site

Pleasanton’s Planning Commission and City Council later this year will decide on the project proposed by Robson Homes to redevelop the site of the closed Barone’s...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 2, 2023
Last comment by V, on Mar 6, 2023 at 12:47 pm | 18 comments | 1876 Views

TIM TALK

New Year's Eve flood still impacts Foothill Road and Castlewood

I went exploring further down Foothill Road last week after talking with John Medlock, Jr. of the Alameda County Public Works Dept. Foothill has been formally...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 14, 2023
Last comment by Joe Jackson, on Mar 6, 2023 at 8:43 am | 1 comment | 1537 Views

TIM TALK

BART's employees are paid staggering amounts of overtime

A reader wrote me a thoughtful email commenting about my blog about BART stopping its capital projects amid declining ridership, dismal finances once the federal...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 28, 2023
Last comment by Maskedman, on Mar 2, 2023 at 8:55 am | 4 comments | 1570 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Four College Visit Must Dos

There is no better way to find out if a college is a good match for you than by scheduling a campus visit. Today’s busy families make sacrifices in time and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 2, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1579 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Snow days

This past week the Bay Area was treated to a white Friday. Many mountaintops and high elevation areas were blanketed with snow. This might have seemed magical to...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 1, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1140 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Couples New Year Resolutions (Including Sexually)

We will: - Prioritize our partner/relationship/marriage over everything: • Doing so will create a secure foundation and roof over the head of your kids. You...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Dec. 31, 2022
Last comment by Alinalopez, on Feb 23, 2023 at 8:48 pm | 3 comments | 7912 Views
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Bad consequences can follow bad decisions in Pleasanton
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2023 guide to summer camps

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