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TIM TALK

Economist opines on root causes of today's problems

Chris Thornberg, the founding principal of Beacon Economics, is a familiar face to those of us who pay attention to the East Bay economy. His firm prepared the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Dec. 6, 2022
Last comment by Rich Buckley, on Dec 7, 2022 at 11:34 am | 7 comments | 1614 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What Is a Good College?

If you did a survey and asked people what characteristics define a good college, you might get 100 different answers. If there is so much variation just in what...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 7, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1552 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton officials sprint to approve housing plan

The Pleasanton City Council and staff are going to be hitting it particularly hard during the holiday period in a sprint to finish the city’s updated housing...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 29, 2022
Last comment by John, on Dec 5, 2022 at 10:41 pm | 7 comments | 2036 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Student Loans That Make Sense

Student loans are often viewed negatively, in part because they are associated with the rising cost of higher education. Yet many students could not go to college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 1, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1600 Views

TIM TALK

Success stories continue at CityServe

CityServe of the Tri-Valley celebrated its 10th anniversary Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast in Pleasanton Monday. Tim Sbranti, a board member and the emcee for the...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 24, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1411 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Baharat banana bread with molasses butter

Hey folks, I’m going to try something different with this post. In light of the holiday season I’m going to share a go-to recipe I...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1980 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More About University of California-Merced

Located near Yosemite National Park in the San Joaquin Valley, two hours from San Francisco, UC-Merced is the smallest and newest campus in the University of California...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 23, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1552 Views

TIM TALK

Learning the rest of the Monthly Miracles story

One of the great joys of life is seeing things come full circle. I was told of two such incidences last week when talking to people about Operation Christmas Child....

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 22, 2022
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Nov 22, 2022 at 7:56 pm | 1 comment | 1692 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Residents of multi-family housing should have access to EV charging

“California is a leader on climate.” We hear this all the time, and it’s true. California has led the country on clean fuel standards, clean power...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 20, 2022
Last comment by Matt Passell, on Nov 22, 2022 at 11:26 am | 8 comments | 9906 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Why net metering is such incredibly bad policy

Are any of you getting sticker shock when shopping for holiday flights? Yeah, me too. It made me wonder what it would be like if California ran an airline the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by PH, on Nov 20, 2022 at 11:07 am | 33 comments | 10678 Views

DOING COLLEGE

10 Most Important Factors in Selective College Admission

The single, most common question I hear as a college advisor is some version of “What does it take to get into a highly selective college?” Here are...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 17, 2022
Last comment by Clay Peterson, on Nov 19, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 2 comments | 2241 Views

TIM TALK

Successful measures should enhance Livermore Valley wine country

In Livermore, it was notable to watch the shift in both county and local policies as demonstrated at the ballot box. By margins of way over 60%, Livermore voters...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 17, 2022
Last comment by Compoundinggal, on Nov 17, 2022 at 10:36 am | 1 comment | 1919 Views

TIM TALK

Livermore school bond defeated, Pleasanton close to passing

The final numbers are still not in but it appears that the school bond issues in PLeasanton and Livermore could end differently. Livermore voters rejected the bond...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 15, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1686 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Learning to appreciate art

This past weekend I found myself back in Chicago. My partner and I flew out to go to a friend's wedding and we ended up spending a few days there. On our final day...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Oct. 20, 2022
Last comment by newyearwiki, on Nov 15, 2022 at 4:50 am | 7 comments | 1883 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The power of protest

On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, I attended the 2022 Global Energy Forum at Stanford, a biennial gathering focused on the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 6, 2022
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Nov 13, 2022 at 8:14 pm | 8 comments | 7860 Views

TIM TALK

Pleasanton council now dominated by slow-growth faction

Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown will have plenty of like-minded colleagues on the City Council when the election is certified later this month. Incumbent Councilwoman...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 10, 2022
Last comment by Kevin, on Nov 12, 2022 at 6:33 pm | 2 comments | 1966 Views

TIM TALK

Mayor Brown insists she's "worth it"

Election Day seems an appropriate time to consider what amounted to Mayor Karla Brown’s hissy fit at last week’s City Council meeting. She is unopposed...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Nov. 8, 2022
Last comment by PtownRes, on Nov 10, 2022 at 9:01 pm | 1 comment | 2109 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA has been called America’s finest urban public university. With easy access to the beach, mountains, and Hollywood glitter, it’s no wonder that UCLA...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 10, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 10, 2022 at 10:47 am | 1 comment | 2298 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Who's to judge

When I sat down to finally fill out my ballot I thought I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to vote. I zipped through the first page dedicated to the elected...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 9, 2022
There are no comments yet. 1780 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Chevron says "We are just meeting demand". So are they blameless?

One afternoon when I was about nine years old, I was standing in the front yard with my younger brother trying to blow bubbles. We didn’t have any store-bought...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 23, 2022
Last comment by Abe, on Nov 8, 2022 at 10:07 pm | 28 comments | 8761 Views
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