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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the power go out during this heat wave?

Our local power providers and our grid operator (CAISO) are asking us to conserve electricity over the next few days as record-breaking heat and heavy use of air...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 4, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm | 34 comments | 8488 Views

TIM TALK

Will voters buy the online gaming arguments?

If you want a clue to how lucrative online betting will be in California, just check out the expenditures for the competing propositions, 26 and 27. Through Aug....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 8, 2022
Last comment by dknute, on Sep 12, 2022 at 10:28 am | 28 comments | 2405 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

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 | 1494 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Lost Your Mojo?

What do you do when you’ve lost your Mojo? Readers, you may not know it, but aside from writing this column for you, I went through a dry spell in my writing...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Sep. 2, 2022
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Sep 9, 2022 at 8:10 am | 2 comments | 3853 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about University of California-Davis

Welcome to the second in a series of articles about the University of California system. In a deliberate step away from those omnipresent rankings and instead going...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 9, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1837 Views

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 | 2074 Views

TIM TALK

Oops, electric grid is in trouble, don't charge your car

California is teetering on the edge of rolling electrical blackouts for the first time in six years. It’s so bad that the state’s grid operator has...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 6, 2022
Last comment by Dirk Svensen, on Sep 6, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 6 comments | 2265 Views

TIM TALK

Toting up the damage the Legislature wrought

As we start our day this fine Thursday morning, check out your favorite website and/or publication to see what damage the Legislature has wrought on its final day...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 1, 2022
Last comment by MichaelB, on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:08 am | 11 comments | 2325 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 1, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2021 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

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 | 2091 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Tool to fight RHNA?

At the end of the July 26 Pleasanton City Council meeting, there was a topic brought by Councilmember Julie Testa about the city joining a coalition of other municipalities...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 29, 2022
Last comment by Michael Austin , on Aug 30, 2022 at 6:05 pm | 4 comments | 2961 Views

TIM TALK

High-speed rail boondoggle continues to stagger forward

Taxpayers in California suffered through another dubious milestone this month when the board charged with constructing the high-speed rail approved environmental...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 30, 2022
Last comment by paul, on Aug 30, 2022 at 12:15 pm | 1 comment | 1852 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter

Every month I send Palo Alto Utilities a photo of my gas and electric meters and they bill me a few days later. (1) That has worked fine until this year. In...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 28, 2022
Last comment by SRB, on Aug 30, 2022 at 11:54 am | 8 comments | 6645 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Living with a Heat Pump Water Heater

This is going to be a pretty short blog post because it turns out it’s not all that interesting living with a heat pump water heater. It works, it’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 21, 2022
Last comment by Sam Li, on Aug 30, 2022 at 3:48 am | 27 comments | 17656 Views

TIM TALK

City Council to consider process for redeveloping Stoneridge mall area

Even pre-pandemic, it’s been clear that the economic viability of Stoneridge Shopping Center has shifted. The city was tracking declining sales tax revenues before...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 11, 2022
Last comment by Coral, on Aug 27, 2022 at 1:43 pm | 4 comments | 4062 Views

ART SPACE

Emigrés

By John A. Barry The careers of playwright Eugene O’Neill and visual artist Salvador Dalí intersected during the twentieth century. O’Neill’s...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Aug. 26, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1453 Views

TIM TALK

President Biden tries to "buy" votes from young people

President Joe Biden touted keeping a campaign promise Wednesday when he unilaterally declared that the federal government would forgive $10,000 to $20,000 of student...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 25, 2022
Last comment by Malcolm Hex, on Aug 26, 2022 at 9:52 am | 11 comments | 2472 Views

DOING COLLEGE

College Profile: Tell Me More About UC-Berkeley

Many schools are compared to Harvard, among them the University of California-Berkeley (UC-Berkeley), fondly known as “Cal.” The first institution of...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 26, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3087 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Blackhawk’s ‘first lady’ leaves a lasting legacy

Patricia “Pat” Behring, considered the “First Lady of Blackhawk,” leaves a legacy that stretches around the world and a void in the hearts...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 19, 2022
Last comment by Kelly Winslow, on Aug 24, 2022 at 10:40 am | 1 comment | 2479 Views

TIM TALK

Spinning the Livermore school bond issue

When it comes to putting a spin on for voters, the Livermore school district leadership is rivaling the spinmeisters in the Biden White House. Similar to the Pleasanton...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 23, 2022
Last comment by Livermore Taxpayer, on Aug 24, 2022 at 10:30 am | 3 comments | 1951 Views
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