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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Baharat banana bread with molasses butter

Hey folks, I’m going to try something different with this post. In light of the holiday season I’m going to share a go-to recipe I...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2294 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More About University of California-Merced

Located near Yosemite National Park in the San Joaquin Valley, two hours from San Francisco, UC-Merced is the smallest and newest campus in the University of California...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1754 Views

TIM TALK

Learning the rest of the Monthly Miracles story

One of the great joys of life is seeing things come full circle. I was told of two such incidences last week when talking to people about Operation Christmas Child....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 22, 2022
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Nov 22, 2022 at 7:56 pm | 1 comment | 1939 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Residents of multi-family housing should have access to EV charging

“California is a leader on climate.” We hear this all the time, and it’s true. California has led the country on clean fuel standards, clean power...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 20, 2022
Last comment by Matt Passell, on Nov 22, 2022 at 11:26 am | 8 comments | 10960 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Why net metering is such incredibly bad policy

Are any of you getting sticker shock when shopping for holiday flights? Yeah, me too. It made me wonder what it would be like if California ran an airline the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by PH, on Nov 20, 2022 at 11:07 am | 33 comments | 12330 Views

DOING COLLEGE

10 Most Important Factors in Selective College Admission

The single, most common question I hear as a college advisor is some version of “What does it take to get into a highly selective college?” Here are...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 17, 2022
Last comment by Clay Peterson, on Nov 19, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 2 comments | 2785 Views

TIM TALK

Successful measures should enhance Livermore Valley wine country

In Livermore, it was notable to watch the shift in both county and local policies as demonstrated at the ballot box. By margins of way over 60%, Livermore voters...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 17, 2022
Last comment by Compoundinggal, on Nov 17, 2022 at 10:36 am | 1 comment | 2107 Views

TIM TALK

Livermore school bond defeated, Pleasanton close to passing

The final numbers are still not in but it appears that the school bond issues in PLeasanton and Livermore could end differently. Livermore voters rejected the bond...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 15, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1890 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Learning to appreciate art

This past weekend I found myself back in Chicago. My partner and I flew out to go to a friend's wedding and we ended up spending a few days there. On our final day...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Oct. 20, 2022
Last comment by newyearwiki, on Nov 15, 2022 at 4:50 am | 7 comments | 2066 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The power of protest

On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, I attended the 2022 Global Energy Forum at Stanford, a biennial gathering focused on the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 6, 2022
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Nov 13, 2022 at 8:14 pm | 8 comments | 8797 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton council now dominated by slow-growth faction

Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown will have plenty of like-minded colleagues on the City Council when the election is certified later this month. Incumbent Councilwoman...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 10, 2022
Last comment by Kevin, on Nov 12, 2022 at 6:33 pm | 2 comments | 2142 Views

TIM TALK

Mayor Brown insists she's "worth it"

Election Day seems an appropriate time to consider what amounted to Mayor Karla Brown’s hissy fit at last week’s City Council meeting. She is unopposed...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 8, 2022
Last comment by PtownRes, on Nov 10, 2022 at 9:01 pm | 1 comment | 2367 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA has been called America’s finest urban public university. With easy access to the beach, mountains, and Hollywood glitter, it’s no wonder that UCLA...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 10, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 10, 2022 at 10:47 am | 1 comment | 2578 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Who's to judge

When I sat down to finally fill out my ballot I thought I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to vote. I zipped through the first page dedicated to the elected...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 9, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1941 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Chevron says "We are just meeting demand". So are they blameless?

One afternoon when I was about nine years old, I was standing in the front yard with my younger brother trying to blow bubbles. We didn’t have any store-bought...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 23, 2022
Last comment by Abe, on Nov 8, 2022 at 10:07 pm | 28 comments | 9623 Views

TIM TALK

Celebrating 40 vintages of Concannon Petite Sirah

Twenty-one years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a “once in a lifetime event,” a vertical tasting of 20 years of Concannon Vineyards’...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 3, 2022
Last comment by Greg Pelican, on Nov 8, 2022 at 11:00 am | 8 comments | 2322 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is housing bad for the environment?

I got an email recently from a resident expressing concern about the environmental impacts of building more housing. He writes: ==I “The construction of...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 30, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 6, 2022 at 9:37 am | 21 comments | 10590 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

I felt the earth move

Last Tuesday I was in my company’s San Francisco location on a fluke. I rarely visit, but on that particular day I was meeting up with an old co-worker who...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 2, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm | 5 comments | 2093 Views

DOING COLLEGE

How to Impress My Interviewer During a College Admission Interview?

It’s easy to impress a college interviewer – if you are willing to do a little work in three areas: know yourself, know the school, and tap into the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 3, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1844 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Are You Laughing at My New Phone?

I hope so. It makes me laugh, too. Fortunately, the Banana Phone works, too. It was easy to set up and use. The “multipurpose” button...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Oct. 28, 2022
Last comment by Cynthia, on Nov 2, 2022 at 12:32 am | 1 comment | 6973 Views
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2023 guide to summer camps

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