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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 | 2837 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 | 2152 Views

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A wedding to remember

Last Saturday I found myself having one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I was standing on the corner of Taylor and Sacramento street in San Francisco...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 13, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3769 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 | 3376 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 | 3634 Views

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Bored Games

I spend most of my waking hours in front of a screen. My job pushes me to be on a laptop all day either on video calls with fellow teammates or heads down getting...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 3329 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 | 3298 Views

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A bike ride to Domenico's

Years ago I ate at this deli in Danville called Domenico's. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my life. However, because I don’t really have any reason...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 25, 2022
There are no comments yet. 5176 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 | 3292 Views

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Made in home

After my IKEA cutting board started splintering I was in the market for another cutting board. Every time I decide that I need to get something...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 11, 2022
There are no comments yet. 4254 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. 3929 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. 3978 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 | 4955 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 | 5536 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. 4425 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 | 4144 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. 4045 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 | 5142 Views

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Thanksgiving day blues

My partner’s family takes Thanksgiving very seriously. I’ve been over for a few years now and each year the dinner is great. This Thanksgiving my...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 30, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1368 Views

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Why the Sheriff's department matters

Something I never learned back in high school history class was that Santa Rita Jail had a very famous visitor on Jan. 14, 1968. On that fateful day Martin Luther...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 15, 2022
There are no comments yet. 2835 Views
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