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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Man convicted of 1984 murder of Foothill High freshman

Steven Carlson was convicted of first-degree murder today for stabbing a 14-year-old Foothill High School classmate 44 times in 1984, when he was 16 years old.

Thursday, 4:34 PM | No comments yet
Vandalism at Walnut Grove causes safety, privacy concerns

Some recent events involving minor vandalism to cars parked at Walnut Grove Elementary School have caused the school and Pleasanton school district to make some changes, said Walnut Grove Principal Jan Steed.

Thursday, 3:50 PM | 4 comments
Mayors, regional leaders celebrate completion of 1st phase of widened Highway 84

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne joined other city, civic and regional leaders this week in officially marking the completion of the first phase of widening State Route 84 between the I-580 and I-680 freeways.

Thursday, 7:46 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pleasanton police, schools observing Red Ribbon Week

The Pleasanton Police Department and Pleasanton Unified School District are participating in Red Ribbon Week.

Wednesday, 7:51 AM | No comments yet
2 meetings scheduled next week on Alviso Adobe strategic plan

The city of Pleasanton will host two upcoming community meetings next week regarding the Alviso Adobe Strategic Plan.

Wednesday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
Common Core math parent forums scheduled for November

The Pleasanton Unified School District is hosting two Common Core math parent forums in November.

Wednesday, 7:33 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton closes 2013/14 fiscal year budget with optimism

The Pleasanton City Council has closed the books on its 2013/14 fiscal year operating budget, revising projections for the current year upward based on better-than-expected revenue.

Wednesday, 7:33 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police open 24-hour prescription drugs disposal site

The Pleasanton Police Department and the city of Pleasanton, as well as the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), have opened a new pharmaceutical disposal site at the Pleasanton Police Department, 4833 Bernal Avenue.

Wednesday, 7:23 AM | 1 comment
Board will revisit textbook, instructional materials sufficiency

After holding a public hearing on the sufficiency of textbooks, instructional materials and laboratory science equipment Tuesday, the Pleasanton school board agreed to hold off on deciding on the issue until the next school board meeting.

Wednesday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amador Valley High's marching band hosting a 'March-A-Thon'

The Amador Valley High School marching band and its 330 student members are hosting a March-A-Thon this week to raise funds for the band's 2014 competitive season.

Tuesday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
California ranks 48th best (or 3rd worst) on business taxes

California has the 48th best (or third worst) tax climate in the U.S. according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this week by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Tuesday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton men arrested in connection with First St. stabbing

Pleasanton police detectives have arrested two Pleasanton men in the investigation of a stabbing that occurred in the Pleasanton Plaza parking lot on Oct. 20.

Tuesday, 4:29 PM | 3 comments
Supermarket workers' union reaches agreement with Lucky, Save-Mart stores

UFCW 8-Golden State, the union that represents supermarket workers in Northern and Central California, including Raley's and Safeway, has reached a tentative contract agreement with Save-Mart Supermarkets, a Modesto-headquartered company that also owns Luck Stores in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
Hearst Elementary teacher struck by vehicle Monday morning

A school resource teacher was struck Monday by a slow-moving vehicle in the crosswalk area near Hearst Elementary's multi-use building, Hearst Principal Elias Muniz said in a notice sent out Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, 11:57 AM | 5 comments
Mediocrity marks local streets and roads survey in Bay Area cities

The quality of the pavement on the Bay Area's nearly 43,000 lane-miles of local streets and roads is stuck in "fair" condition, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon.

Tuesday, 8:09 AM | 5 comments
'Innovate Pleasanton' opens today in Hacienda Business Park

Tri-Valley Capital will open its new "Innovate Pleasanton" office Thursday in Hacienda Business Park.

Tuesday, 7:50 AM | 4 comments

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deadline passes for campaign-related Letters to the Editor

The deadline passed at 5 p.m. Monday for submitting Letters to the Editor related to the November 2014 election campaign for publication in the Pleasanton Weekly print edition. The final publication date for campaign-related letters will be this Friday's paper.

Monday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Luncheon today to focus on Tri-Valley poverty

Concerns over poverty in the Tri-Valley will be discussed at a luncheon today sponsored by Hacienda Helping Hands, Kaiser Permanente, the East Bay Community Foundation and the East Bay Leadership Council.

Monday, 8:15 AM | 1 comment
Today is last day to request Vote by Mail ballots

Today is the last date voters can request Vote by Mail ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election.

Monday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
TV30 broadcasting new episode of 'Tri-Valley Youth'

A new edition of Tri-Valley Youth View, a special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended TV30's Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30 and TV28.

Monday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 26, 2014

State calls Anthem Blue Cross small group policy rate increases 'excessive, unreasonable'

In a blistering attack on Anthem Blue Cross, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Wednesday that the health insurer's average 9.8% premium increase on 120,000 members in small group health insurance policies is unreasonable.

Sunday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
A feline's playground in Pleasanton

Pleasanton teen Nagisa Smalheiser tied her love for animals and crafting skills together to build a new feline attraction for a hometown no-kill shelter.

Sunday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
School board to hold public hearing tonight on instructional materials sufficiency

The Pleasanton school board will discuss and hold a public hearing Tuesday on the sufficiency of textbooks, instructional materials, and availability of science laboratory equipment for science courses.

Sunday, 7:58 AM | 44 comments
Pleasanton police arrest 2 in attempted catalytic converter theft

Pleasanton police made two arrests Saturday after one was spotted apparently trying to remove a catalytic converter from a car in an apartment complex near the Zone7 Arroyo pumping station.

Sunday, 7:57 AM | 11 comments

Friday, October 24, 2014

7 injured as car plows into Dublin restaurant

Seven people were injured in Dublin Thursday evening when a woman drove her car into a busy restaurant, according to police.

Friday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet
Local international dance festival to be held today in Livermore

The Del Valle Folk Dancers of Livermore are hosting a free international dance festival specifically geared towards new dancers Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Livermore Veterans Hall, 522 South L St.

Friday, 6:07 AM | No comments yet
Presenting Tri-Valley Heroes 2014

The Pleasanton Weekly has presented eight awards to community members and organizations whose dedication to bettering our communities and the lives of local residents has helped make the Tri-Valley a wonderful place to live and work.

Friday, 6:03 AM | No comments yet
Lacrosse festival comes to Pleasanton today

Pleasanton Lacrosse Club and Pleasanton Pride Girls Lacrosse are teaming up for their inaugural joint New Player Fall Festival today at Hart Middle School Sunday.

Friday, 6:02 AM | 2 comments
Suspected prostitutes arrested for robbery

Two females and a male were arrested Wednesday after Pleasanton police responded to a possible robbery at Motel 6 on Hopyard Road.

Friday, 5:51 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3 good men gone within days of each other

Three well-known Tri-Valley leaders died within days of each other this month. They'll be long and well remembered for the good work they did.

Thursday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
School board takes no action at special closed-door meeting

The Pleasanton school board did not take any action at Wednesday night's special closed board meeting.

Thursday, 12:52 PM | 19 comments
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade set for Sunday in downtown Pleasanton

The annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade will be held starting at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Pleasanton with more than 100 marching, walking and motorized units to make it the largest observance in Northern California.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 2 comments
Pleasanton Chamber endorses Republican Baker for Assembly

Republican Catharine Baker has been endorsed for election to the 16th State Assembly by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Political Action Committee.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 5 comments
School board candidate forum at Harvest Park

Harvest Park Parent Teacher Association will be sponsoring a school board candidate forum tonight.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
City of Pleasanton recognizes business anniversaries

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday recognized local companies for achieving 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of business in Pleasanton.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Capping 31-year career, Livermore-Pleasanton fire chief Miguel retiring

In an emotional farewell to the Pleasanton City Council last night, Fire Chief Jim Miguel announced that he will retire Nov. 7 as the head of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, capping a 31-year career in fire services including the last four in the top position here.

Wednesday, 7:41 AM | 25 comments
Zone 7 approves rate increase for wholesale water

Zone 7's Board of Directors approved Oct. 15 the rate increase for wholesale treated water, with a 3% increase for 2015 and again in 2016 to keep pace with inflation.

Wednesday, 6:09 AM | No comments yet
U.S. housing starts top 1 million for 3rd time this year

For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wednesday, 6:08 AM | No comments yet
Dublin post office named for James Kohnen

The Dublin Post Office was named Tuesday for the late James Kohnen, well-known public figure in Dublin and 30-year Army veteran who died May 29, 2012.

Wednesday, 6:07 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

School board calls special closed-door meeting tonight on Vranesh lawsuit

The Pleasanton school board has scheduled a special closed-door board meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight where it will discuss with legal counsel and possibly take action on the lawsuit filed by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh against the Pleasanton school district.

Tuesday, 2:38 PM | 11 comments
Ex-principal files lawsuit against Pleasanton school district

Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh has filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Unified School District but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.

Tuesday, 2:25 PM | 66 comments
Former principal files lawsuit against Pleasanton school district

Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh has filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Unified School District but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.

Tuesday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Man stabbed in Pleasanton Plaza parking lot

An unidentified man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed in the Pleasanton Plaza parking lot on First Street Monday night with police continuing to search for his assailant.

Tuesday, 8:35 AM | 1 comment
Property tax bills in the mail, due starting Nov. 1

More than 428,000 property tax bills for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 amounting to $3.06 billion have been mailed by Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector Donald R. White to all property owners of record in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.

Tuesday, 7:49 AM | No comments yet
ValleyCare hosting breast cancer symposium today at Palm Event Center

ValleyCare Health System, along with Valley Medical Oncology Consultants, will present a free Breast Cancer Symposium from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palm Event Center on Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 7:47 AM | 2 comments
40th annual Foothill Band Review on today rain or shine

The 40th annual Foothill Band Review, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast, got underway at at 8:30 a.m. today for a full day of music festivities with middle and high school bands and concert groups from around the Bay Area participating.

Tuesday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Livermore Lab researchers link proteins to drug side effects

New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions, but the process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year.

Tuesday, 7:33 AM | 1 comment

Monday, October 20, 2014

Construction starts on new $12-million Axis Community Health center

Construction has started on a new center for Axis Community Health that will double capacity for primary and mental health care in the Tri-Valley.

Monday, 7:43 AM | 5 comments
Reggae is the way for Amador Valley grad

Harrison Stafford was only 7 years old when he heard the distinctive one-drop rhythm of Bob Marley coming from his older brother's room. He was hooked.

Monday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Art League honors Las Positas College student

The Pleasanton Art League (PAL) awarded a local college student with a scholarship during its annual exhibit reception last month.

Monday, 7:04 AM | No comments yet
Memorial service today for retired Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for Bill McCammon, retired Alameda County Fire Chief who died in his sleep Oct. 13. He was 61.

Monday, 6:53 AM | 1 comment

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Prop 47: not perfect, just preferable.
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The Vranesh situation heads to court
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