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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

There should be no barriers to getting an education

I’m one of the lucky ones in that I graduated college without any debt. I worked a few jobs throughout college, but the real reason I graduated without debt was...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 31, 2022
Last comment by Gary Ulrich, on Sep 7, 2022 at 7:15 am | 16 comments | 1677 Views

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Gun controls won't solve everything, but we must start there

When I saw the very first news alert about a possible shooting in Uvalde I scrolled right past it. I have started feeling desensitized to the news around shootings....

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 1, 2022
Last comment by JJ, on Jun 12, 2022 at 4:52 pm | 13 comments | 2750 Views

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Where our water goes

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...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 13, 2022
Last comment by Erlinda , on Apr 20, 2022 at 9:33 am | 12 comments | 4459 Views

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Why this district attorney race matters

There has never been an election like the one we are going to have on June 7th. Four candidates are running for Alameda County District Attorney, and none of them...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 18, 2022
Last comment by Malcolm Hex, on May 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm | 4 comments | 2616 Views

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Beating the heat

Last week my wife flew out to Ohio to meet up with some close college friends at a lake house. Having this long weekend to myself, I had originally planned a camping...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 7, 2022
Last comment by John, on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 1099 Views

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Dealing with change

When Jeremy Walsh and Gina Channell Wilcox from Embarcadero Media approached me about the opportunity to write a weekly blog for the Tri-Valley on a topic of my...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 16, 2022
Last comment by Praveen, on Mar 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm | 3 comments | 4134 Views

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Memories of July 4th

The first fireworks show I remember watching was on my parent’s Magnavox tube television. We huddled around the 27 inch screen on July 4th to witness our very...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 6, 2022
Last comment by Cal Morton, on Jul 11, 2022 at 12:40 pm | 3 comments | 2032 Views

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Take a hike

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...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 20, 2022
Last comment by Butler, on Apr 22, 2022 at 10:29 am | 2 comments | 3543 Views

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Driving from St. Louis to Chicago with my brother

Last week I flew to St. Louis to help my brother move to Chicago. Earlier this year he got into medical school at Loyola which was quite unfortunate for me. It solidified...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 27, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Jul 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm | 2 comments | 1623 Views

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Rekindling my love for Indian movies

I recently watched the uber popular Telegu film RRR and it was one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve had all year. Director S.S. Rajamouli’s...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 10, 2022
Last comment by Enrique, on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:26 am | 2 comments | 1655 Views

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Back to earth

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...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 30, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:23 pm | 1 comment | 3201 Views

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Return to office

When remote work first started, I remember I promised myself that I would never be one of those guys who showed up to a meeting in pajamas. Two years later I found...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 29, 2022
Last comment by eledge, on Jul 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm | 1 comment | 2302 Views

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What it takes to become a teacher

I recently hung out with a family friend that I’ve known forever. We both grew up together as kids in Fremont and our families would spend holidays together every...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 3, 2022
Last comment by anusree, on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:57 am | 1 comment | 1785 Views

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We need more doctors

A few weeks ago I helped my brother move to Chicago where he started medical school. Amongst the things my brother and I talked about on the trip was the U.S. healthcare...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 24, 2022
Last comment by Raj Sri, on Aug 31, 2022 at 4:52 pm | 1 comment | 1766 Views

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The Bay Area is a big place

When people ask me where I’m from, I instinctively tell them I’m from the Bay. I’ve always thought of myself as a Bay Area native. Someone who grew up here...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 14, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1046 Views

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Relationship with faith

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...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3486 Views

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The state of mental health care

On August 15th, the National Union of Healthcare Workers launched a strike with the principal goal of reducing the workload for the nearly 2,000 mental health clinicians...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 21, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1252 Views

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Finding home

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...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 6, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3360 Views

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When heroes organize

Throughout the COVID pandemic health care workers have been called heroes. There were stories written about them in the paper, there were signs posted in yards thanking...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 27, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3319 Views

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Searching for a way to live where you work

Over the past year of advocating for affordable housing I met Heather (I changed her name at her request for privacy protection). Heather has been a Pleasanton resident...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 4, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3063 Views
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