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By Monith Ilavarasan

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About this blog: My parents, brother, and I moved to Pleasanton when I was in the seventh grade. I then graduated from Amador Valley High School, went to college at UC Davis and started out a career in tech. After several years working in large co...  (More)

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The sticker shock from electricity bills
Mar 22, 2023 8:17 am
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As a kid power outages were an exciting experience. My parents would light candles throughout the house and it would feel like we were on a mystical adventure. As... More
A brief history of trains and their connection to the Tri-Valley
Mar 15, 2023 7:22 am
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It’s hard out here for a freight train lover these days. This past month we witnessed a catastrophic train derailment in the midwest. The derailment released over... More
The forever chemicals
Mar 9, 2023 8:35 am
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Last week the Pleasanton City Council once again talked through solutions for an issue that has been affecting the city for a few years. In 2019, the city shut down... More
Snow days
Mar 1, 2023 7:46 am
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This past week the Bay Area was treated to a white Friday. Many mountaintops and high elevation areas were blanketed with snow. This might have seemed magical to... More
The local chocolate factory
Feb 23, 2023 7:44 am
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Every time we had visitors from out of town our family would pack up and do the standard Ilavarasan San Francisco tour. This would involve driving to San Francisco,... More
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