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Paul Krassner (1932-2019) An Appreciation

By John A. Barry When Paul Krassner was referred to as the “father of the Yippie (Youth International Party) movement," his response was, “I...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jul. 24, 2019
Last comment by Cholo, on Jul 28, 2019 at 11:49 am | 1 comment | 3261 Views


A huge heart for disadvantaged children living in difficult situations

Marina Marinushkina demonstrates her amazing heart for disadvantaged kids. After she came to know Jesus Christ at 18 in Russia, she spent her Sundays after church...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 11, 2021
Last comment by Margo, on Nov 15, 2021 at 11:53 am | 3 comments | 3256 Views


Workers are scrambling in the aftermath of Caldor Fire

We got away to South Lake Tahoe last week during what’s truly a shoulder season—no snow for skiing, golf courses closed for the year (except in the Carson Valley)...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 18, 2021
There are no comments yet. 3254 Views


Pleasanton housing market slows dramatically

If you think the real estate market locally has slowed, you’re right. David Stark, the chief public affairs officer for the Bay East Association of Realtors,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 15, 2022
Last comment by DublinMike, on Sep 19, 2022 at 10:19 pm | 5 comments | 3214 Views


Points to ponder

Did it strike you as unusual when three high-ranking U.S. cabinet members met with the Mexican president last week over the border crisis, but Vice President Kamala...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 12, 2021
Last comment by Kevin, on Oct 16, 2021 at 11:38 am | 6 comments | 3210 Views


Council members wish busy holidays to senior staff

Just before Christmas, Pleasanton City Council members had lots of their mind after 4 hours of their Dec. 21 meeting. The last item at Pleasanton City Council meetings...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 4, 2022
Last comment by Nida Ayers, on Jan 11, 2022 at 11:23 pm | 1 comment | 3167 Views


Pleasanton leaders struck out on planning for East Pleasanton

The city of Pleasanton twice has had the opportunity to masterplan 1,100 acres east of Busch Avenue to the city limits. That chance, thanks to city inaction, has...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 16, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Jun 17, 2022 at 9:47 am | 1 comment | 3160 Views


The Perfect Landscape Painting

by Bill Carmel, MFA The painting begins late morning with a hike up a path to a view so splendid, wondrous, and arresting that walking stops. I sit...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sandra Roe, on Feb 28, 2021 at 4:23 am | 1 comment | 3158 Views


White House insiders views on 9/11 20 years later

Prior to viewing the Alameda County 9/11 remembrance at the Alameda County Fairgrounds last week, I watched a Hoover Institution program, “Reflecting on September...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 16, 2021
Last comment by Lahommed, on Sep 16, 2021 at 9:41 am | 1 comment | 3146 Views


The Evolution of ‘Vanity’ Publishing

By John A. Barry The ads were omnipresent. I remember seeing them in theNew York Times, the Boston Globe, and even in my hometown paper in...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 6, 2019
Last comment by avakin life on pc, on Mar 25, 2019 at 4:28 am | 2 comments | 3140 Views


Celebrating America's heritage

How delightful it feels today, July 4th, as I write this blog for Tuesday to see that America is again celebrating its birthday with gusto. We are in Central Oregon,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 5, 2022
Last comment by Theo Layne, on Jul 7, 2022 at 7:49 am | 9 comments | 3135 Views


3 Valleys Foundation strives to serve our area

John Sensiba has led organizations significant to the valley for many years. He was the catalyst that led ValleyCare to join Stanford Health, a move that saved...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 23, 2021
Last comment by Kevin, on Nov 26, 2021 at 6:46 pm | 4 comments | 3134 Views


UC Berkeley ruling awakens legislators to need for reform

There’s been little question that the California Environmental Quality Act needs to be amended. The well-intentioned act passed the Legislature in 1970 and was...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 8, 2022
Last comment by Kevin, on Mar 9, 2022 at 10:22 pm | 1 comment | 3124 Views


City Council's misguided view of police "oversight"

There’s a serious misunderstanding of what role City Council members should have in dealing with the police department. Last week, the council heard a biannual...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 26, 2022
Last comment by Kevin, on Apr 30, 2022 at 10:54 pm | 16 comments | 3122 Views


Transforming Stoneridge mall

Stoneridge Regional Shopping Center stood as the gem among centers in the East Bay for decades since it opened in 1981. Originally opened with Macys, Emporium...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 12, 2023
Last comment by Dave, on Jan 16, 2023 at 8:46 pm | 19 comments | 3120 Views


Chance of rain? This isn't time for city to dip into rainy day reserves

Unexpected rainy days happen. Less than two weeks ago we experienced a rare and unexpected June rain. Let’s hope the City of Pleasanton doesn’t...

Original post made by Gina Channell Wilcox on Jun. 14, 2022
Last comment by Jarred, on Jun 17, 2022 at 6:43 am | 3 comments | 3119 Views


Smart pivot by fairgrounds leadership

Congrats to the Alameda County fairgrounds leadership for innovative pivots required by the Covid-19 virus. The fair was cancelled last June when state mandates...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 20, 2021
Last comment by Lahommed, on Apr 20, 2021 at 9:48 am | 1 comment | 3103 Views


Letters of Evaluation (LOE) for Medical School

One of the most important and often least carefully considered components of the medical school application are letters of recommendation, called letters of evaluation...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2021
There are no comments yet. 3081 Views


San Francisco recalls progressive DA, Contra Costa re-elects its progressive DA

San Francisco voters made national news again Tuesday when they overwhelmingly recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin by a 60-40 margin. That result followed the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 9, 2022
Last comment by Malcolm Hex, on Jun 11, 2022 at 10:08 am | 8 comments | 3050 Views


Campaign spending limits coming to Pleasanton

The Pleasanton City Council majority is wasting little time in trying to put its stamp on the city. Their latest move is moving to establish campaign contribution...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 15, 2021
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Apr 20, 2021 at 1:04 pm | 6 comments | 3049 Views
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