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TIM TALK

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads

The anti-oil folks in Richmond and Berkeley are preparing to battle against trains carrying fracked oil to refineries in California. Richmond and Contra Costa County,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 15, 2014
Last comment by Peter Kluget, on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42 am | 50 comments | 3571 Views

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Obamacare is rotten at its core

Forget about the incompetent feds trying to fix a web site, it's the reality of the law that now is hitting home that is the over-riding concern. Incidentally,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Barry, on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:38 am | 32 comments | 31851 Views

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Mission creeping for Bay Area air board

When discussing the Alameda County StopWaste government organization, I mentioned "mission creep" taking place when the organization has succeeded in its basic mission...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 8, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am | 26 comments | 11774 Views

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A necessary, but large budget hit for schools

School districts received a healthy boost in funding with the 2014-15 budget that Governor Brown signed last month. There was another important change so teachers...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 10, 2014
Last comment by Arnold, on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm | 25 comments | 1277 Views

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News and notes

Were you surprised that the Dept. of the Interior and the National Park Service released a survey results that touted the economic benefits of the national...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Mar. 20, 2014
Last comment by Ms. bunny, on Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 am | 24 comments | 2057 Views

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BART contract still needs work

The BART strike finally has ended and pundits—including yours truly—are asking who won. That still will be a matter of debate, but it's no question...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 24, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm | 20 comments | 24133 Views

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High-speed rail reality check

Writing in the Saturday Wall Street Journal, Tom Zoellner states that trips of one to three hours are ideal for true high-speed rail. Zoellner adapted his...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 4, 2014
Last comment by Huh?, on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:23 am | 20 comments | 3764 Views

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Bright state revenue forecast obscures major financial issues

California revenues are booming, but so are expenses. Governor Jerry Brown announced earlier this month that the May revision of his January budget proposal would...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 29, 2014
Last comment by john, on Jun 3, 2014 at 9:03 am | 20 comments | 1616 Views

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More changes coming to ValleyCare

Sitting down for the first time with new ValleyCare CEO Scott Gregerson why the board liked him become very clear. Very intelligent; very high energy and clear...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by John, on May 7, 2014 at 9:05 am | 19 comments | 1666 Views

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Tuesday thoughts

The memorial service for former Mayor Ken Mercer drew more than 500 people to a standing-room-only event at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Political colleagues...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 28, 2014
Last comment by Huh?, on Feb 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm | 18 comments | 6970 Views

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Taxpayer-funded universal preschool is no panacea

Democrats ranging from President Obama to California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg to progressive New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have all been pushing ahead with...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 3, 2014
Last comment by Ms. bunny, on Apr 10, 2014 at 9:38 am | 18 comments | 7203 Views

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ValleyCare board chair speaks out

John Sensiba, chairman of the board of ValleyCare Health System, sat down this for an interview about the system and the recent departure of long-time CEO Marcy...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 13, 2014
Last comment by Lucy, on Apr 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm | 14 comments | 9594 Views

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Racing starts at the county fair

Alameda County Fair racing officials joined with state horse racing board representatives last week to introduce the Oak Tree Racing Association before the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 18, 2014
Last comment by Michael Austin, on Jun 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm | 14 comments | 1593 Views

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Major change due to higher education

With the costs of higher education soaring faster than health insurance costs, look for disruptive changes across the higher education establishment. Many will...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 17, 2013
Last comment by Louisiana Curly, on Jan 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm | 13 comments | 3260 Views

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Planning the "Pleasanton way"

The government approval process in Pleasanton has been notorious as "the Pleasanton way." Sometimes, that results in good projects—other times the seemingly...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 17, 2014
Last comment by Farmerly Don from PC, on Apr 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm | 13 comments | 1980 Views

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Soaring assault rate in Livermore

When the Pleasanton Weekly ran the 2012 crime stats for Tri-Valley communities, the numbers for Livermore jumped out. In same categories, Livermore had substantially...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 9, 2013
Last comment by Pweekly reader, on Jul 14, 2013 at 12:47 am | 12 comments | 2876 Views

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Tough new rules on water are necessary

Media reports abounded this week after the state water board established firm new regulations to put some teeth to its message that the state is locked in a drought...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 17, 2014
Last comment by Tim Hunt, on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:48 am | 12 comments | 1229 Views

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Disconnects in Sacramento

Consider that the budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor relies on voters passing a significant temporary tax increase in November. The measure,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jul. 10, 2012
Last comment by Marcia, on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | 11 comments | 3918 Views

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Primary voting season begins soon

Mail-in ballots for the June primary will start arriving in mail boxes next month so those newspapers that recommend candidates are announcing their choices. The...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 29, 2014
Last comment by spcwt, on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm | 11 comments | 1451 Views

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Tough times for ranchers mean premium prices for beef

Sunol rancher Tim Koopman is a little recognized neighbor to the thousands of commuters who use Interstate 680 south of Pleasanton. His family has run cattle...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 15, 2014
Last comment by Right, on May 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm | 11 comments | 1326 Views
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‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?
By Tom Cushing | 33 comments | 1,102 views

Political posturing about water
By Tim Hunt | 4 comments | 787 views

Backpacked with care is back
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 489 views