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TIM TALK

School trustees facing decisions based on educated guesses

Pleasanton school trustees and senior staff members are starting to wrestle with a most challenging budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It amounts to educating...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 2, 2012
Last comment by Kathleen Ruegsegger, on Feb 2, 2012 at 8:21 am | 1 comment | 13917 Views

ART SPACE

Three Generations of Artists Together (from Shanghai to Danville)

Danville artist Leslie Ruth comes to painting by way of her mother and grandmother, both artists in their own right. "I'm the third generation of artists in...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jan. 30, 2012
There are no comments yet. 6003 Views

TIM TALK

Key decision pits BART to Livermore against transit subsidies

Extending and doubling the sales tax for transportation in Alameda County will face one of its key decisions this afternoon when the county transportation commission...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 26, 2012
There are no comments yet. 14360 Views

TIM TALK

Affordable housing is good for Pleasanton

Now that the Pleasanton City Council has rezoned land for affordable housing in response to a successful law suit by Urban Habitat and then-state Attorney General...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 24, 2012
Last comment by Kathleen Ruegsegger, on Jan 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm | 6 comments | 13515 Views

DOING COLLEGE

College Admissons: Apply Early to Secure the Best Financial Aid Package

Dr. LaScala, We read your column all the time on Tuesdays and find your advice helpful. Can you give us some guidance about financial aid? We hear that it may...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 23, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9864 Views

TIM TALK

Life lessons on the golf course

I had the privilege of attending the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am media day Tuesday and playing the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Golfers—if you ever...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 19, 2012
Last comment by LMAO, on Jan 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm | 2 comments | 17150 Views

TIM TALK

Cleaning up redevelopment

Pleasanton and Dublin officials are probably resting easier today than their counterparts in Livermore, Danville and San Ramon. The latter three all are faced...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 16, 2012
There are no comments yet. 13371 Views

TIM TALK

California's nanny state

The nanny state of California continues to expand government's reach into our lives. Gov. Brown showed some common sense with vetoes last fall on over-reaching...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 12, 2012
There are no comments yet. 12727 Views

TIM TALK

The governor's dice roll

Gov. Brown's budget popped up six days early on the Dept. of Finance web site last week so the bad news broke early as officials scrambled to brief the media after...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 9, 2012
Last comment by GX, on Jan 10, 2012 at 6:28 am | 1 comment | 12762 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Are Early College Applications Right for Me?

Hi Dr. LaScala, I am a junior at San Ramon High and I want to ask you about early admission. It seems confusing, but next year I know I will need to decide if...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 9, 2012
There are no comments yet. 10271 Views

TIM TALK

Pivotal Pleasanton election in 2012

Happy New Year. Long after I posted the Tuesday's blog, I realized that I'd jumped right into commentary without saying properly saying hello. That written, 2012...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 5, 2012
Last comment by Kathleen Ruegsegger, on Jan 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | 2 comments | 14461 Views

TIM TALK

Permanent transportation tax should be rejected

Alameda County elected officials and transportation advocates have been negotiating the projects to be included when they ask voters to extend the county's half-cent...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 2, 2012
Last comment by GX, on Jan 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm | 2 comments | 14087 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Hurry Up and Wait for College Admissions!

Dear Dr. LaScala, All of my son's college applications now are submitted. He is on tenterhooks about the outcome of his applications, and I have to admit to...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 26, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9936 Views

ART SPACE

"Skaint" Ain't in the Dictionary

The portmanteau neologism "skaint" (verb) means "to apply paint to a canvas or other flat surface with the wheels of quad or inline skates." Skainting: nominal,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Dec. 13, 2011
There are no comments yet. 7554 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What Every Engineering Applicant Should Know

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am serious about studying engineering in college. How can I start to build a strong college application now, while I still have time to take...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 12, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10574 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What's Wrong with The Best Fit College?

Hello Dr. LaScala: My oldest child thought there was something wrong with her because she never felt the magic of finding the "right fit" college. She attended...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 28, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10215 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What Activiites Really Count on College Applications?

Dear Dr. LaScala, Our son has just started high school and we are wondering about extracurricular activities. How much do they really count on the college application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 14, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10468 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Avoid the Top Online College Application Mistakes!

Dear Elizabeth, My daughter is a senior and is preparing her college applications. I guess that a lot of this gets done online now. I'm fairly computer literate,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 31, 2011
There are no comments yet. 11323 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What's A College Degree Really Worth?

Dear Dr. LaScala: What are the best majors to pursue in terms of job opportunities and earnings? There seems to be much unemployment or underemployment among...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 17, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10249 Views

ART SPACE

Turbanism Makes Slow Headway

The Turbanism movement, about which I wrote back in April, has not exactly taken the art world by storm. As an iconic image, however, this exotic headwear has....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 5, 2011
There are no comments yet. 5610 Views
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