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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What to do if you get a noisy Rheem/Ruud heat pump water heater

One of the reasons that people have favored the Rheem/Ruud heat pump water heaters is because they are quiet. Rated at a low 49 dB, you could install one in most...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 22, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 20, 2022 at 2:04 pm | 20 comments | 19760 Views

DOING COLLEGE

5 Things Communications Programs Can Do to Help You Succeed

Careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations are among the most desired by college students. However, early success in these...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 19, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2276 Views

TIM TALK

Zone 7 water needs new Delta conveyance

Sixty years ago, the State Water Project opened and providing potable water to millions of Californians as well as surface water to San Joaquin Valley growers and...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 18, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1750 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Finding ways to stay active

I recently went to go shoot some hoops at Fallon park with a few friends. Although none of us were ever on a high school or college basketball team, we had been...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 17, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1502 Views

TIM TALK

Gov. Newsom tries to split the baby on nukes and electrical power

It’s been interesting to watch His Highness Gov. Gavin Newsom try to dance on the head of a pin as he embraces and pushes full green policies while simultaneously...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 16, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 16, 2022 at 10:16 am | 1 comment | 1701 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Advice for Incoming Seniors: Don't Kick Back and Relax This Year

Most college-bound students wish that they could finish their most difficult courses as juniors and ease up a bit when they enter their senior year. After all, they...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 15, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1515 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Try this for healthier, more drought-resistant plants

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a local landscaper. At one point I asked about mixing organic amendment into the soil. “Oh no,” she replied,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 31, 2022
Last comment by Scott Denny, on Aug 13, 2022 at 2:17 pm | 8 comments | 9754 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

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 | 1989 Views

TIM TALK

Three recent decisions involved major Tri-Valley companies

Two Monday afternoon update newsletters demonstrated just how the economy and changes reach our backyard here in Pleasanton. One story in the San Francisco Business...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 9, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm | 3 comments | 2119 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Aug 6, 2022 at 8:29 pm | 21 comments | 3723 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

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 | 2315 Views

TIM TALK

Two measures to re-invigorate Livermore Valley wine country headed to November ballot

For decades people opposed to residential growth in the Tri-Valley tried to restrict development by limiting and controlling basic infrastructure. That’s...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 4, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm | 1 comment | 2254 Views

TIM TALK

State open meeting act requires update after Dublin school trustees' actions

When the legal counsel for the Dublin school district decided that three members did not violate the state’s open meeting act during discussion of new election...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Aug. 2, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Aug 4, 2022 at 12:37 pm | 1 comment | 1746 Views

AROUND THE VALLEY

Gun violence shatters sense of safety

The sense of safety is as fragile as glass. I realized this when I made a trip to Stoneridge Mall recently, by myself, at dusk. As I parked, I thought of all...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Aug. 4, 2022
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

TIM TALK

Legislature moving ahead to add recycling fee to wine and spirits

The Legislature returns to Sacramento next week for the final month of the session. Among the bills on the agenda is SB 1013 carried by Senate leader Toni Atkins...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 28, 2022
Last comment by Ndna Jnz, on Aug 1, 2022 at 1:41 pm | 7 comments | 2571 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Emissions Intensity of California's Electricity Grid

Sometimes California’s electricity is powered almost entirely by gas turbines. Below is an example from January 12 of this year at 6 pm, when there was little...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 24, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 31, 2022 at 5:52 pm | 22 comments | 10073 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Passion (fruit)

These are passion fruit flowers. They generally bloom for a day, and I haven't seen them this close to one another before. It feels like an amazing visual representation...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jul. 30, 2022
There are no comments yet. 7125 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

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 | 1884 Views

TIM TALK

Times change and so do benefit packages for teachers

What once was a big financial win for Pleasanton teachers has become a liability. Back in the late 1980s when voters approved the Pleasanton and Dublin school districts...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 2, 2022
Last comment by Janet, on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:01 am | 4 comments | 2892 Views

TIM TALK

What an unusual market for cars

This week we bought out the lease on our 2019 Honda Accord. We were in-and-out of Dublin Honda a couple of times and were struck by just how empty the vast parking...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 26, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Jul 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm | 2 comments | 2794 Views
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