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RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Mendacity of “Hope”

Last week’s Comey testimony and ensuing Romanian press conference* set up a black-and white confrontation between the former FBI Director and the current...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 12, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, 13 hours ago | 45 comments | 1451 Views

TIM TALK

Charter school leaders face District Attorney's investigation

The Livermore Valley Charter schools formally moved to close up shop this month after its board declared bankruptcy and prepared to go out of business. Meanwhile,...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 20, 2017
Last comment by Cholo, 13 hours ago | 7 comments | 1099 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Jump Start The College Admission Essay

Dear Dr. LaScala, We enjoy reading your column. We are the parents of twin girls who will be seniors in high school this fall and both plan to apply to the UC...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 26, 2011
Last comment by Jolene, 22 hours ago | 8 comments | 7149 Views

TIM TALK

Local beef steaks headed to China

Local ranchers are cheering the progress the Trump Administration has made with China in terms of trade. Chatting with long-time Tassajara Valley rancher Gordon...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 22, 2017
Last comment by Michael Austin, on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm | 1 comment | 277 Views

THE OBSERVER

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green

The lineup for President 2016 appears to be set. Donald Trump, Republican, Hillary Clinton,...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Jul. 27, 2016
Last comment by Joseph190, on Jun 23, 2017 at 3:41 am |
6 comments | 3394 Views

TIM TALK

State budget hinges on earnings of the 1 percent

A majority of the state’s voters easily approved continuation of the temporary income tax surcharge on the rich that Gov. Brown convinced voters to approve...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 6, 2016
Last comment by Joseph190, on Jun 22, 2017 at 8:13 am | 10 comments | 3996 Views

TIM TALK

A great Leap Day idea moves forward

It is remarkable to witness the progress of Sunflower Hill has made toward its goal of providing long-term housing solutions for adults with special needs. Swapping...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Feb. 14, 2017
Last comment by Joseph190, on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:03 am | 3 comments | 2067 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton Costco appears headed to crowded November ballot

There’s quite a tale of two big box stores developing in Dublin and Pleasanton. A Costco, slated for Johnson Drive in Pleasanton as part of the economic...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 23, 2016
Last comment by claren, on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:31 am | 13 comments | 4409 Views

TIM TALK

Main Street cattle drive opens the fair in style

Alameda County Fair leadership and the Pleasanton Downtown Association have hit a home run with the cattle drive to open the fair today. There were plenty of people...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 15, 2017
Last comment by olivesmith, on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:24 am | 6 comments | 1196 Views

AROUND TOWN

March Madness and TV30

If your Uncle Harry in Chicago needs a breath of spring air after the 10 inches of snow that city received this week, have him tune in to TV30 for a look at Arden...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 15, 2013
Last comment by phumyford, on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm | 2 comments | 5219 Views

TIM TALK

The Spotorno land saga drags on

The seemingly endless saga of the Spotorno Ranch continued last month when the Planning Commission reviewed the latest plans. The family has owned the parcel in...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 13, 2017
Last comment by Jeffrey smith, on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:28 am | 2 comments | 417 Views

TIM TALK

Livermore trustees demonstrating wisdom

Congratulations to the Livermore school trustees for not taking the bait and jumping into the immigration battles. Unlike Pleasanton and Dublin trustees, who heeded...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 23, 2017
Last comment by check cashing , on Jun 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm | 14 comments | 1921 Views

TIM TALK

Opening East County courts is necessary

Later this year, Alameda County finally will achieve what should be significant savings in transporting inmates from Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin to courts around...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 8, 2017
Last comment by Sam, on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:49 am | 10 comments | 850 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

The Details: Devils or Angels?

Last week, we learned that there is, indeed, now a fundamental right for individuals to keep and bear arms, supplied by the US Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010 (the...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jan. 31, 2013
Last comment by MichaelB, on Jun 11, 2017 at 9:14 am | 14 comments | 7005 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

We’ll Always Have Paris

Without some putative 'bad hombre' to oppose, this President is lost. If one does not exist, it must be conjured. So it was that phantom demons were invoked...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jun. 2, 2017
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jun 10, 2017 at 7:29 am | 62 comments | 1693 Views

TIM TALK

More craziness in Sacramento

The California Senate has rushed into uncharted waters with stunning and irresponsible haste last week. The Senate, on a largely party line vote, passed unprecedented...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jun. 6, 2017
Last comment by DKHSK, on Jun 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm | 13 comments | 943 Views

TIM TALK

Don't miss Kevin Laue's story

Last week was a good one for heartwarming stories in addition to the usual spate of breaking news. My wife, a long-time teacher at Amador Valley, invited...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Oct. 29, 2013
Last comment by Istiqomah Herbal, on Jun 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm | 2 comments | 11095 Views

THE OBSERVER

Send a ShelterBox to the Philippines

We've all seen the news of the terrible destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. You may have already made a contribution to the Red Cross or some...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Nov. 14, 2013
Last comment by , on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:19 am | 1 comment | 6703 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

Virginia Tech tragedy

I am horrified by the events surrounding the tragedy in Virginia. And that includes everything from the failure of the administration, parents, classmates to stop...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 19, 2007
Last comment by anonymous, on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:19 am | 4 comments | 13238 Views

THE OBSERVER

Government Health Care - Not so bad

I was laid off from my job at 60 years old. I took COBRA coverage. As I got older the payments increased until it was costing me almost $700 a month. I turned...

Original post made by Roz Rogoff on Sep. 6, 2009
Last comment by , on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:12 am | 1 comment | 6155 Views
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Charter school leaders face District Attorney's investigation
By Tim Hunt | 7 comments | 1,099 views

How to cut the cost of elective medical expenses
By Jeb Bing | 0 comments | 366 views

 

2017 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The 2017 Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

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