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California High School took first place at the competition. Photo provided by Contra Costa County Office of Education
Lindsey Welch March 2, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Your article has the wrong placement of the teams. Northgate came in 3rd and Doughtery Valley cameRead More in 4th. This is reflected on the Contra Costa County Office of Education's Mock Trial website.
The Acalanes Union High School District board of education discusses a proposed parcel tax measure on Monday night
Jojo Potato January 29, 2014 at 09:10 am
I had a look at my property tax bill on the most excellent CC county assessors site. I see that IRead More am currently paying two parcel taxes for the Acalanes district. $189 for measure G, no sunset and $112 for measure A as noted above. Also there are three bond issues still being paid off for a total of $421. That's a more than $700 per year for that district. I think that's enough and I will be voting no and urging my neighbours to also vote no on the upcoming mail ballot.
Jojo Potato January 29, 2014 at 09:17 am
Whoops! I forgot, property tax bills are for six months, so that total is really more than $1400Read More per year for Acalanes district. More than enough. Be sure to watch for the envelope and return it with your no vote.
mlm2013 January 29, 2014 at 09:30 am
I agree - we will be voting no also - AUHSD is "banging their tin cup" one more time. NoRead More sunset or future review? That's crazy. My husband turns 65 this year, after paying these taxes for so many years, we will now opt out. How about parents "donating" their tax deduction for each child to the school district? I'm wondering how many parents pay up to the school the missing tax dollars when they take their kids out for vacation.
Parents and children who live along Newell Avenue show some of the signs they use to try to get drivers to slow down
mlm2013 January 10, 2014 at 01:44 pm
The County just doesn't care about the safety of residents. At south-bound Cherry Lane andRead More west-bound Treat, the no left turn restriction that has been in place for over 20 is most likely going to be removed this month or next BECAUSE John Muir Medical wants it removed. Residents have raised their voice to Supv Karen Mitchoff, but it appears she has not heard them. It will be interesting to see what she announces at the January 21 Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting. Cherry Lane already carries approx 1000 cars per day - this is a 22 foot wide, no sidewalks & no shoulders lane. The County just doesn't care about what we need in order to live safely on our streets. The traffic studies they conduct are just a bunch of BS - criteria? what criteria? Isn't it enough that residents do not feel safe on their street? Oh don't get me started. If anyone is interested in attended the next MAC meeting, leave a comment and I'll post the info - take care and be safe.
Johnny Jerico January 12, 2014 at 01:51 pm
First--Idlewood Drive doesn't even show up on Google Maps. Why? Because its a driveway. YouRead More don't realize how good you have it until you live in metro areas outside WC. The communities along the 680 corridor do an excellent job planning and preventing traffic from commuting or taking shortcuts through residential areas. btw, the plan to change west bound traffic into a bike lane is a joke.
Parkmead Elementary School parents show some of the signs they've made to encourage traffic to slow down on Newell Avenue
Mom of the Horde December 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm
I drop off kids at 3 different schools in Walnut Creek (with afternoon pick up at those sameRead More schools, just in a different order), and I've come to the conclusion that a lot of drivers simply don't care. It also doesn't help that there are a lot of pedestrians that just assume cars will stop for them. Drivers need to slow down, put their dang phones down, be courteous and pay attention.
mlm2013 December 11, 2013 at 08:49 pm
We have this same issue up on Cherry Lane and Treat. The latest is Supervisor Karen Mitchoff isRead More working with John Muir Medical to eliminate the left turn restriction from WB Treat to SB Cherry. This restriction has been in place since 1988. This is a 22 foot wide windy road with no sidewalks and barely any shoulders. Supervisor Mitchoff claims there would not be a "significant impact" on traffic is the turn restriction is removed. This street already has approx 1000 cars per day traveling SB & NB, some have been clocked at 51 MPH and we've seen cars passing cars on Cherry. We had a Dodge Ram drive thru our front yard and TOTAL a Range Rover and a big ol' Ford pickup. Then a couple of years ago, a drunk driver ran off the road - if my husband and I had been facing the other way, we would have been killed. Neither the City nor the Supervisors listen to what the residents of these neighborhoods say - in our case, John Muir will get their way I am sure, regardless. They don't care, after all, they have a business to run, we are just trying to live our lives. Don't get me started!!! Thanks for listening and good luck to the Parkmead residents - my heart is with you.
Johnny Jerico January 12, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Doesn't CA have the yellow signs with blinking lights that say "15 mph when childrenRead More present?" or something like this: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3008350/stock-photo-sign-for-school-speed-limit-when-children-are-present.html
Dick Weyand in his office at Parkmead Elementary School in Walnut Creek
Adina Holland November 26, 2013 at 10:02 am
Mr. Dick is WAY more than custodian, he is the SOUL of Parkmead. He treats each and every studentRead More and their family as his own. He steps up in ways that most adults don't. It is extremely evident how much he cares for the families at Parkmead. He shows us everyday. Thank you just doesn't seem like big enough words.
Shari November 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm
My son Stephen is 20 now, and still counts Mr. Dick as one of the dearest friends in his life. WhenRead More Stephen was at Parkmead, and WCI, and Las Lomas, he looked forward to his Wednesday guitar lessons with Dick. As a single mom, I couldn't have asked for a better role model, friend, and sounding board for my son. Even though Stephen has gone to Monterey for college, he still drops in on Dick when he's home -and so do I. I truly believe one of the reasons Stephen turned out to be such a fine young man is because of Dick's influence. As Adina said, thank you just isn't enough.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Nadja Adolf November 16, 2013 at 04:11 pm
My personal view is that cursive needs to be taught. It is invaluable for field and laboratory notesRead More in locations where carrying a mobile device is difficult or will distract the species being observed. Future generations will be unable to read our historical documents, such as the Constitution. It is useful for writing while being free to use the other hand - as in a laboratory. An unmentioned point is that studies have shown that more of the brain is engaged when writing in cursive than when key boarding. It has also been found that students retain more when their notes are taken in cursive than when they are entered using a keyboard.
Credit: Livingston Patch
Diane Kern November 6, 2013 at 08:09 am
Values- a top down approach and a bottom up approach. The top down approach is to directly teach aRead More value system. Parents reveal their values, the values that are imbedded in their cultural traditions, etc. A bottom up approach involves engaging your child's critical thinking skills. In the spirit of a philosophical discussion articulate a hypothetical situation; eg, a friend is doing something harmful to self -say having someone else do their homework. Ask them to list 2 or 3 ways it might be handled in the best interest of their friend. This more innocuous hypothetical situation is easier for them to address. They are less likely to quickly spit out a 'right' answer. As a young person becomes comfortable with such discussions more serious issues may be discussed. The bottom up approach is more likely to prevail over time as 1) it is a product of the young persons own critical thinking process and 2) it is less likely to become attached to the not uncommon step away from family values that might characterize what might be characterized as 'adolescent rebellion'.
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One more time with feeling October 3, 2013 at 06:22 pm
The earlier in life the homework habit is created - and made a good time - the easier it will beRead More later. Are you planning to send excuse notes when your child gets into the college of *your* choice and can't hack the curriculum?