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CommentaryApril 28, 2009  

Past Commentaries

Past Commentaries on City Center Plans  

The Observer is Dead, Long Live the Observer


I've been writing the San Ramon Observer since January 18, 2002.  About six months ago I decided I didn't want to be a lone wolf watch dog anymore. There were times when I was at a City Council meeting and looked around, and I was the only person there not being paid.  I've been very busy teaching online classes over the last two years, and I didn't have the time or the interest to continue being the San Ramon Observer.


I contacted Embarcadero Publishing, which publishes the Danville Weekly and Pleasanton Weekly and has several online news and information websites.  Now it's official. In May the San Ramon Observer will morph into a blog on the new San Ramon Express. 


So I shall continue writing my observations on San Ramon, but I will be surrounded by real news people. I've been impressed with the quality of the reporting in the two local weeklies, and even though daily newspapers are struggling local weeklies are doing well. 


The Contra Costa Times and San Ramon Valley Times are shot (spell it with an i).  The new owner fired all of the seasoned, good reporters and kept Jimmy Olsen and the Cub Reporters, only there's no Superman to save them from the cliff these newspapers have fallen off of. 


So you will see a smiling photo of me in my Tilley hat in the new San Ramon Express starting on May 4, 2009.  I'll fill you in on how I became the Observer (well, I was bitten by a radioactive spider, oops, that's not it), and where the Observer will go from here.   



Rosalind Rogoff

Editor & Webmaster


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Commentaries on Past and Present City Center Plans


  • City Center Petitioners (2/13/08)
  • The Elephant in the Room (12/24/07)
  • City Center Done Deal - by Jim Gibbon, my reply and interview with Alex Mehran (11/7/07)
  • Afterthought & What Chevron Wants (9/15/07)
  • Contentment or Apathy (9/5/07)
  • City Centers Past and Present (4/20/07)
  • Shopping Center not City Center (4/10/07)
  • Big City Center (3/17/07)
  • Valley Children's Museum (5/6/06)
  • 2 + "2" = 3  (5/20/05)
  • Child's Play (4/7/05)
  • Whose City Center Is It (8/27/04)
  • City Center Feedback for 2003
  • Conversation with Perkins (12/26/03)
  • Library Dilemma (10/17/03)
  • Know When to Hold 'Em (7/14/03)
  • Goldilocks and the Three Theaters (3/29/03)
  • Downtown (2/16/03)
  • City Center Schemes (1/18/03)


    Commentaries on Zoning Ordinance & San Ramon Blog


  • Jabba the Hat Strikes Back (8/11/06)
  • Pitching Fouls (8/3/06)
  • Annomous Activism (6/29/06)
  • To RV or Not to RV & More on RVs (6/14/06)
  • History of GPA 95-003 (6/1/06)
  • A Heliport Next to a Park? (5/23/06) Perkins reversed his position when the Zoning Ordinance was approved.
  • Why Did They Do It? (4/27/06) - My later commentary on History of GPA95-003 adds and corrects information that I didn't have when I wrote this. 
  • New Blog in Town (3/18/06)
  • Fixing the General Plan & Letter from Joe Miller (2/27/06)
  • Zoning Whiners (2/8/06)
  • Zoning Zingers - Part II (1/31/06)
  • Zoning Zingers (8/10/05)


    Past Commentaries

    (I have been asked to add dates to past commentaries.  The dates are when the PDF was created, which is about 1-2 weeks after the commentary was written. Commentaries written in the first half of 2002 were not converted over until August of that year. )


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