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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Albertsons/Safeway to sell 168 stores in 8 states as part of merger agreement

Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. and Boise-headquartered Albertsons announced Friday that they have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission, to sell 168 stores across eight states to four buyers.

Saturday, 9:27 AM | 1 comment

Friday, December 19, 2014

An early visit with Santa in Pleasanton

Santa Claus is everywhere these days, but at some point most parents take their children for "the visit" -- a chance for a one-on-one with jolly old St. Nick.

Friday, 7:28 AM | No comments yet
Deck the Halls: All five senses enjoy the holiday season

Preparing a home for the holidays involves all the senses -- sight, sounds, scents, taste and touch.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Arizona woman injured at Livermore outlets died Tuesday

A 61-year-old woman who was injured Dec. 9 in a suspicious incident at the Livermore Premium Outlets parking lot died Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

Friday, 7:23 AM | 2 comments
Ken Mano named Pleasanton Weekly's Man of the Year

Meet Ken Mano, Pleasanton Weekly's "Man of the Year" for 2014.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility earns magazine's award

Physics World, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility's (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 "Breakthroughs of the Year."

Thursday, 7:39 AM | 2 comments
Nurses at San Ramon Regional, other Tenet-owned hospitals voting on new 4-year contract

Registered nurses at six Tenet Health hospitals from Northern to Southern California, including at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, are voting this week on a new four-year agreement with the hospital system that protects health coverage and provides for pension and economic gains.

Thursday, 7:33 AM | 2 comments
Council votes to move forward on East Side development planning

Following through on their campaign pledges, newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted to approve a preliminary plan for development of roughly 400 acres of largely vacant land on the city's east side.

Thursday, 7:04 AM | No comments yet
Pedestrian killed in crash Wednesday on Stoneridge identified as Livermore resident

A pedestrian who was killed Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle has been identified as 24-year-old David Reardon of Livermore, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Thursday, 6:51 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Council votes to move forward on East Side development planning

Following through on their campaign pledges, newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council voted last night to approve a preliminary plan for development of roughly 400 acres of largely vacant land on the city's east side.

Wednesday, 7:59 AM | 23 comments
Fremont Bank makes $5,000 grants to 18 charities

Fremont Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Pleasanton's and the Bay Area's Fremont Bank, has chosen to support 18 local nonprofits that serve food or distribute food baskets year-round with financial grants to help them provide extra food and basic necessities to local low-income residents and families.

Wednesday, 6:56 AM | 1 comment
Callippe Preserve Golf Course management wins top environmental award

CourseCo, the San Francisco Bay Area-based golf management and development company which oversees Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, has been awarded an Environmental Leader in Golf Award (ELGA) for superior environmental stewardship at two Bay Area golf courses, including Callippe.

Wednesday, 6:55 AM | No comments yet
Housing starts in U.S. fall 1.6% in November

Following an upwardly revised rate in October, housing starts in November slipped 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wednesday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Missing Stoneridge Creek man found safe

Pleasanton police announced this afternoon that Rudy Johnson, who was reported missing late yesterday, has safely returned home.

Tuesday, 11:27 PM | 2 comments
Preliminary plan for East side on Pleasanton Council's agenda tonight

The Pleasanton City Council will get its first look at a preliminary plan for the future development of the city's east side tonight at its final meeting of 2014.

Tuesday, 7:50 AM | 4 comments
Double Racing Festival returns to Pleasanton Sunday

The third annual Pleasanton Double Racing Festival is set for this Sunday, with the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation listed as the race beneficiary.

Tuesday, 6:56 AM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Jennifer Hosterman spearheaded city achievements

Some of us thought that Jennifer Hosterman traveled a lot when she was Pleasanton's mayor, a post she left just two years ago when she was termed out of office after more than 10 years on the City Council, including eight as mayor.

Tuesday, 6:54 AM | 3 comments
Sister City Association seeks exchange students for summer in Mexico

The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is opening applications for its youth cultural exchange summer program next year.

Tuesday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet
2 high school seniors win Community of Character $1,000 scholarships

Two high school seniors have been chosen as recipients of the 2015 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship by the Community of Character Coalition.

Tuesday, 6:49 AM | 1 comment
Woman killed in Livermore crash last Wednesday identified

A woman who was killed in a collision on I-580 in Livermore last week has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 36-year-old Erica Halter of Dublin.

Tuesday, 6:39 AM | No comments yet

Monday, December 15, 2014

Safeway declares quarterly dividend as Albertsons take-over nears completion

Pleasanton-headquartered Safeway, Inc.s board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share, payable on Jan. 2 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 26.

Monday, 7:32 AM | 6 comments
Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

A report by Sandia National Laboratories shows that large-scale storage of low-pressure, gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications offers several advantages over above-ground storage.

Monday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet
TV30 airing Pleasanton Holiday parade, tree lighting tonight, Thursday

If you missed last week's Holiday parade in Pleasanton, TV30 taped the event and will broadcast it at 10:30 p.m. tonight and again at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Monday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton North Rotary Club to hold speech contest for high school students Jan. 2

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton North will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest Friday Jan. 2 at its 12:15 p.m. meeting at Handles Gastropub in the Pleasanton Hotel on Main Street.

Monday, 6:41 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pleasanton's OutRageOus wins Tournament of Champions

The U12 Flight OutRageOus team finished its season with Pleasanton Rage by winning the recent Fremont Tournament of Champions, scoring in the closing seconds of overtime in the final match to clinch the title.

Saturday, 2:53 PM | No comments yet
Jewish Chanukah festival starts at 6 p.m. tonight at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Members of the Chabad of the Tri-Valley will mark the start of Chanukah from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight with its 10th Annual Chanukah Wonderland in the center court at Stoneridge Shopping Center, with the menorah lighting at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, 2:52 PM | 3 comments
Recently termed-out Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan to seek State Senate seat

Former State Asemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) announced this week that she will seek a soon-to-be-vacated seat held by 7th District State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), vowing to run a "strictly positive campaign" in the yet-unscheduled special election.

Saturday, 2:16 PM | 6 comments
Congregation Beth Emek hosting nutritional forum on diet, health tonight

Pleasanton's Congregation Beth Emek will host an informational forum at 7:30 p.m. tonight during which author and nutrition expert Dr. Robert Lustig will discuss how the American diet impacts health.

Saturday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet

Friday, December 12, 2014

Foothill alum looks to NFL after record-setting college career

Scan the list of all-time Pac-12 passing leaders, and it reads a lot like a who's who of some pretty good National Football League quarterbacks.

Friday, 7:51 AM | 5 comments
'My Son Pinocchio Jr.' at Amador Theater through Dec. 21

"My Son Pinocchio Jr.," is now being presented at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton through Dec. 21 by the Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre.

Friday, 7:50 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fatal crash on I-580 at Vasco Road snarls Pleasanton traffic

Pleasanton streets were clogged Wednesday night during commute hours as motorists in backed-up traffic on the I-680 and I-580 freeways cut through city streets in search of another way home.

Thursday, 9:26 AM | No comments yet
League of California Cities chooses Scotts Valley councilwoman as its new president

Stephany Aguilar, a Scotts Valley councilwoman, has been elected president of the League of California Cities.

Thursday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet
Common Core math workshop, instructional materials fair set for January

The Pleasanton school district is scheduled to host a Math Workshop and Instructional Materials Fair on Jan. 10.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | 13 comments
Brown names 2 to Alameda County Superior Court

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Thomas E. Stevens and NoŽl Wise to judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment
Chick-fil-A coming to Pleasanton

Chick-fil-A, a national chain known for its lineup of grilled chicken entrees, will open a Pleasanton restaurant in mid-2015 with both inside eating and drive-through service.

Thursday, 7:54 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pleasanton police launch 'Hide It, Lock It' campaign to reduce thefts

The Pleasanton Police Department is launching a new crime prevention campaign aimed at reducing the number of preventable property crimes in the city.

Wednesday, 6:41 AM | 10 comments
Weather service issues hazardous weather warning for today

The National Weather Service is expecting hazardous weather conditions today, with the major storm heading into Pleasanton about noon.

Wednesday, 6:36 AM | 2 comments
Holiday safety tips from Pleasanton police

The Pleasanton Police Department is offering residents safety tips for this holiday season.

Wednesday, 6:09 AM | No comments yet
Popular clothing brand CEO speaks to Foothill students

The Foothill High School DECA club gave students the opportunity to hear from the CEO and co-founder of the popular clothing brand Pink Dolphin.

Wednesday, 6:07 AM | No comments yet
New mortgages available again with just 3% down

The National Association of Home Builders yesterday commended government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for instituting new loan guidelines that will allow creditworthy borrowers to obtain mortgages with a down payment of 3%.

Wednesday, 6:06 AM | No comments yet
Laursen, Miller sworn in at Pleasanton school board meeting

Newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton school board were sworn in Tuesday, with the board unanimously voting Trustee Valerie Arkin as board president and Trustee Chris Grant as vice-president for the 2015-16 term.

Wednesday, 6:05 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

IRS pension update: New limits for 2015

Is it ever too late to plan for retirement? No, as long as you're willing to be thrifty and extend your working years and be mindful of your individual and employer-based retirement savings options.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Postal service adds extra Saturday/Sunday holiday services, but not in Pleasanton

The U.S. Postal Service says it "wants the season to be merry and bright for customers this year," but apparently not so much for Tri-Valley residents.

Tuesday, 7:51 AM | 13 comments

Monday, December 8, 2014

12 stores offering Christmas discounts through Friday in downtown Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) is sponsoring a discount of the day offer from one of 12 retailers through next Friday, Dec. 19.

Monday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Photos highlight crowds, floats, marchers at Saturday's Holiday Parade

Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade drew near-record -- and possibly a record -- crowd Saturday as thousands lined Main Street to watch floats, bands, and scores of Scout and other organization groups pass by.

Monday, 7:54 AM | 2 comments
'Evening with Howard Hughes' to lead off 2015 Museum on Main presentations

Pleasanton's Museum on Main will start its fifth year of monthly lectures at the Firehouse Arts Center Jan .13 with "An Evening with Howard Hughes, one in a series of presentations portraying famous historical individuals that is part of the Ed Kinney Speaker Series for 2015.

Monday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet
Housing affordability slightly lower in 3rd quarter

Firming home prices in markets across the country contributed to a slight dip in nationwide housing affordability in the third quarter of 2014.

Monday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet

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