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THE OBSERVER

Vaudeville is Alive and Well

Does anyone remember those old Judy Garland movies where she and Mickey Rooney were two talented kids putting on a show? Usually those shows were filled with old...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Oct. 8, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Oct 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm | 2 comments | 1683 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Voter Info: it’s finally here, folks!

I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: this is an extraordinarily consequential election, and after this brutal campaign, voting will not only...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 11, 2016
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 12, 2016 at 7:54 am | 2 comments | 1345 Views

TIM TALK

Legislature ducks on the two important issues

Last Friday was the final day for Gov. Brown to act on bills passed by the Legislature. Notably missing were any actions to deal with the state’s very...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 4, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Oct 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm | 1 comment | 2194 Views

TIM TALK

Friends of Livermore functions like a Super PAC

The national Super PACS (Political Action Groups) have nothing on the Friends of Livermore. The Livermore group has mastered going around the city’s strict...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 8, 2016
Last comment by Resident, on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:17 am | 6 comments | 5687 Views

THE OBSERVER

Tax Day

April 15th, also known as Tax Day, is coming up soon. If you haven't filed your 2014 Federal and State Income Tax forms by Wednesday, you will need to file...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Apr. 13, 2015
Last comment by Fred321, on Oct 6, 2016 at 3:53 am | 5 comments | 5159 Views

TIM TALK

The president and the governor are right about housing crisis

It’s not often that I agree with either Gov. Brown or President Obama, but they are both right when they point out the need to build more housing closer...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 29, 2016
Last comment by res1, on Oct 5, 2016 at 11:13 am | 3 comments | 2169 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Corporations to California town: Drop Dead (of thirst).

One of the great books of the 20th century, according to others, was Marc Reiser’s “Cadillac...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Oct. 2, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:44 am | 3 comments | 2709 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Wells Fargo circles the wagons

This century has really been ‘the best of times and the worst of times’ for big businesses in this country. There have been, by turns,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 29, 2016
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Oct 4, 2016 at 8:16 am | 4 comments | 2280 Views

TIM TALK

A rare demolition in Pleasanton

Seeing buildings remodeled for different tenants has been common in Pleasanton for the last number of years, but seeing one torn down is unusual. That's the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan. 29, 2015
Last comment by Urooshi, on Oct 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm | 5 comments | 7888 Views

THE OBSERVER

Saving Water

As some of my readers know I have a rainwater collection system for watering my drought tolerant front yard in the summer and for washing laundry year-round. I...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jul. 16, 2014
Last comment by RowanWebb, on Oct 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm | 6 comments | 6434 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Props 62 and 66: To Kill or Not to Kill, those are The Questions

The first in a series on this year’s crop of Props Capital punishment is a tug-n-pull issue for California. Its terms have been invalidated,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 27, 2016
Last comment by Cholo, on Sep 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm | 10 comments | 2632 Views

THE OBSERVER

Who Won the Debate?

I watched the Clinton/Trump debate twice tonight -- first when it was broadcast live on MSNBC and again when it was replayed on CNN. After the debate the pundits...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 27, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm | 33 comments | 5390 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Next Up, The Election Props -- but first this word: We’re Number One!

Here is a quick announcement of some unadorned good news: Golden Gate University was recently ranked first.in.the.nation as a university for adult learners....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 20, 2016
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Sep 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm | 5 comments | 2376 Views

TIM TALK

First Amendment under attack

It’s no secret that the 2nd Amendment has been under attack for decades. What’s truly troubling is how the 1st Amendment now is coming under...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 22, 2016
Last comment by DKHSK, on Sep 24, 2016 at 9:11 am | 9 comments | 3400 Views

TIM TALK

Mark Davis clearly is serious about Sin City Raiders

When Oakland Raiders’ owner Mark Davis trademarked the Las Vegas Raiders name, it became even more obvious how serious he is about moving the franchise...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 20, 2016
Last comment by les mahler, on Sep 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm | 2 comments | 3347 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

My Former Student for President

… of Afghanistan. One of the several pleasures of teaching at the graduate level is seeing students you once had in-class do great things –...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Sep. 16, 2016
Last comment by Walter H, on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:38 am | 6 comments | 2803 Views

THE OBSERVER

Thanksgiving (Originally published in November, 2006)

I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. Living in San Ramon, which was almost an accident, is certainly one of them. This place is like a refuge from the real...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 27, 2013
Last comment by Ricky, on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:54 am | 7 comments | 6499 Views

THE OBSERVER

Too good to be true

There's a saying that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn't. It's one of those warnings against falling for a con job, like a pyramid...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 12, 2013
Last comment by pixelgun, on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:50 am | 5 comments | 6201 Views

TIM TALK

Dreaming marketers and drive times

It’s no secret that the tech industry in the Bay Area has driven the robust economic gains over the last six years. The return of new construction,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 21, 2016
Last comment by diamondfdk, on Sep 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm | 9 comments | 2124 Views

TIM TALK

Look out for the "Coercive power of government"

Grab your wallet and prepare for much more government intervention in your life. Gov. Jerry Brown directly said so last week when he signed SB 32, the re-written...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Sep. 13, 2016
Last comment by DKHSK, on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:22 am | 4 comments | 2590 Views
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ValleyCare closes Livermore thrift store
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 1,109 views