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Friday, February 5, 2016

Pleasanton school board to vote on 2016-17 instructional calendar

Pleasanton's school board is set decide whether to change the district's instructional calendar and debate hiring a survey firm to gauge public interest in a possible bond measure during its meeting Tuesday night.

Friday, 2:33 PM | No comments yet
Big events tomorrow could mean record BART ridership

Big events in San Francisco and Oakland tomorrow could make for record-breaking ridership on BART.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 2 comments
Lund Ranch referendum petitions due at 5 p.m. tonight

Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch have until 5 p.m. tonight to gain signatures from 10% of the city's registered voters -- 4,124 people -- and turn the petitions into city clerk Karen Diaz.

Friday, 7:39 AM | 16 comments
Local art exhibit explores texture and color

Joanna Crawshaw's abstract art, which explores texture and color, is being shown at Wente Vineyards in an exhibit that features a series of paintings she created for its small lot Artist Series.

Friday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet
Home sales in the West catapult 23.2% in December

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year.

Friday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
Making phased retirement work for you

Phased retirement is gaining steam. But before you sign on, it's important to understand how "phasing out" may affect your long-term finances.

Friday, 7:18 AM | 1 comment
AVHS cheer team competes in Southern California

Amador Valley High cheer team took its school spirit to the Regional USA competition in Yorba Linda in Orange County last month, finishing fourth in its division.

Friday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet
PUSD opens donation closet, new media center at Village High

As the ribbon was cut on Pleasanton Unified School District's new donation closet last week, Debra Miller cheered. The donation closet was more than a place for low-income residents to get free clothes, although that is a huge aspect. It's also a place where special-needs students like Miller's son can get ready for retail jobs one day.

Friday, 7:16 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks win division crown at Winter Sectionals

On the strength of dominating relay performances, the Pleasanton Seahawks took first place in the large team division at the Speedo Champions Series CA/NV Winter Sectionals in Southern California.

Friday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet
From the heart: Students make cards for soldiers overseas

Hart art teacher Jane Maker said her students make between 500 and 600 cards a year, which have a heartfelt message on one side and a drawing on the other, to send to servicemen and servicewomen in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Sister City group looking for Pleasanton students interested in summer exchange

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is recruiting students and families interested in taking part in the organization's annual summer exchange program with students from Mexico.

Friday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Repertory company presenting 'The Little Mermaid'

"The Little Mermaid" has arrived at the Firehouse Arts Center. Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) is kicking off 2016 with the Disney musical that has captured hearts with the story of Ariel and songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Friday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Sacrificing for Success: Unseen struggles

The average household income in Pleasanton was $145,000 in 2014, and the median single-family home was $732,000. Many believe everyone who lives in Pleasanton is as rich as those U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate or is on their way to becoming so.

Friday, 7:12 AM | 9 comments

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Metropolitan Opera star at Las Positas College tomorrow night

Opera fans only have to go to Las Positas College to enjoy "A Night at the Met." Metropolitan Opera star mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will perform onstage and will also mingle with guests at a special event that begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, co-hosted by the Las Positas College Foundation to benefit Livermore Valley Opera.

Thursday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Referendum opponents complain to City Council about strong-arm tactics of signature gatherers

Opponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Pleasanton's southeast hills complained vigorously Tuesday night about what they called strong-arm tactics by those seeking signatures to hold the referendum.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | 24 comments
California real estate economist to speak this morning in Pleasanton

Leslie Appleton Young, vice president and chief economist for the California Association of Realtors (CAR), will speak about prospects for the real estate industry at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the weekly meeting of the Valley Real Estate Network (VREN).

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment
Rainbow over Main Street makes for spectacular photo

As Pleasanton merchants and restaurant owners say, it pays to come downtown frequently.

Wednesday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Missing San Ramon 8-year-old found safe in Pleasanton

An 8-year-old non-verbal autistic boy was found safe in Pleasanton yesterday, two hours after being lost near Rancho San Ramon Community Park in San Ramon.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 1 comment
Local CPA chief installed as chairman of Pleasanton Chamber

Matt DePretis, a Pleasanton business consultant and tax adviser, has been installed as this year's chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, 7:03 AM | No comments yet
Search firm hears from 253 in survey of what public wants in new school superintendent

In a brief public meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasanton school board heard an update on responses to a public survey about qualities the community would like to see in the next superintendent.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tomorrow's Livermore Lab lecture series to focus on women in science

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture presentations return Saturday with the focus on woman in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tuesday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet
Girl Scouts kick off 'Cookie' sales in time for Super Bowl

The Girl Scouts of Northern California kicked off their cookie season early this year in time for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

Tuesday, 6:42 AM | 1 comment
Registration opens for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education

Registration for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education is now open.

Tuesday, 6:31 AM | No comments yet
TV30 to cover tonight's Foothill vs. Monte Vista game

TV30 will cover the boys varsity basketball game tonight between Foothill High School and Monte Vista.

Tuesday, 6:31 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pleasanton Weekly turns 'Sweet 16'

Last Friday marked the beginning of the Pleasanton Weekly's 17th year covering the local news, features, events, opinions and sports our readers crave.

Monday, 1:22 PM | No comments yet
Lady Falcons tie for second in EBAL girls basketball

The Foothill High girls' basketball team pulled into a tie for second in the East Bay Athletic League with a pair of wins last week.

Monday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Police seeking gunman who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive

Police are seeking a suspect who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive near Hopyard Road at gunpoint Saturday night, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Monday, 7:24 AM | 12 comments

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pleasanton Police Department warns residents to not 'Be Like Bill'

The Pleasanton Police Department sent out a notification Jan. 27 on social media to not "Be Like Bill" and share your personal meme online due to security risks.

Friday, 7:04 AM | 4 comments
Pleasanton market supplies 'Harvest of the Month' seasonal produce for education program at Gingerbread Preschool

Every month, a bushel or crate of fresh, seasonal produce from New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton is delivered to Gingerbread Preschool on Black Avenue in support of the school's participation in the state's "Harvest of the Month" program.

Friday, 7:03 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 28, 2016

East Bay luxury home sales up 32% with Pleasanton home selling for $4.8 million

Luxury home sales in the East Bay closed out 2015 on a high note with sales climbing 32% in December from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | 1 comment
Foothill DECA takes top honors in managerial competition

Foothill's entrepreneur program, DECA, won high honors at a recent San Ramon career skills competition.

Thursday, 7:54 AM | 1 comment
School district to cut ribbon tonight on new media center, donation closet

The Pleasanton school district will cut the ribbon on its donation closet at 6:30 p.m.tonight, opening Village High School's first media center that will also serve as a donation center for "anyone who has a need."

Thursday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
I-580 Express lanes to open in mid-February

Drivers will now be able to ease through traffic as I-580 Express Lanes are set to open mid-February of this year, with the exact date pending due to weather conditions.

Thursday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Backers of measure to stop Lund Ranch development face Friday deadline

Backers of a proposed referendum to overturn the City Council's approval of a housing development on Lund Ranch will be at high-traffic locations this week in their final push to collect enough signatures from registered voters to put the measure on the June ballot.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | 43 comments
Valero gas station on Santa Rita Road robbed during mid-day business

A suspect posing as a customer robbed a Valero gas station in Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, 6:41 AM | 2 comments
School board moves forward with bond measure consideration

As a first step toward putting forward a bond measure for school funding, Pleasanton's school board voted to do a survey to gauge community support.

Wednesday, 6:20 AM | 65 comments

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Local girl scout troop collects coats for homeless

Fifth-grade Pleasanton Girl Scout Troop 31497 organized a coat drive for homeless individuals in Oakland over the holiday season.

Tuesday, 8:39 PM | 1 comment
Local water board officials confirm re-election bids

While many may be focusing on the presidential primaries in June, a local race is also set to take place during summer elections.

Tuesday, 8:38 PM | No comments yet
California homes sales improving at start of new year

Home sales in California last month continued to improve from a year ago with solid gains, positioning the market for a modest increase in home sales in 2016.

Tuesday, 8:34 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Y honors 3 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award

More than 200 supporters of the Tri-Valley YMCA filled the ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pleasanton last Monday to salute three Legacy Award winners and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, 8:17 PM | 6 comments
Teenager killed after falling from car on I-680 in San Ramon

A teenage boy died when he apparently leapt out of a moving vehicle Friday night on I-680 in San Ramon.

Tuesday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet
Livermore police searching for porch package thief

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a woman who took a package off of a porch earlier this month in Livermore.

Tuesday, 6:26 AM | No comments yet
Hacienda ends 2015 with positive year of growth

Hacienda, the largest mixed-use development of its kind in Northern California, saw another year of continued growth in its business park last year.

Tuesday, 6:20 AM | No comments yet
PDA to host special events day before Super Bowl

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is sponsoring special events Feb. 6 in recognition of Super Bowl Sunday the following day.

Tuesday, 6:19 AM | 3 comments

Monday, January 25, 2016

Foothill varsity girls edge Amador in soccer, then lose to Livermore High

Needing a win to get back on track, the Foothill varsity girls' soccer team got just that, edging rival Amador Valley 1-0 last Tuesday.

Monday, 5:37 PM | 1 comment
New TV30 series features Tri-Valley advantages

"About the Tri-Valley," TV 30's new series on people, events and organizations in the region, is now airing on Comcast TV Channel 30 and AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.

Monday, 1:58 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton squeezing smokers out of their puffs

Smokers are gradually being squeezed out of their puffs in public places in Pleasanton by more rules aimed at encouraging them to abandon their habits or take their smokes into back alleys where they're still allowed.

Monday, 7:07 AM | 18 comments

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pleasanton school district to host parent workshop today on better supporting students

The Pleasanton school district will host a workshop for parents and guardians Saturday to assist them with strategies to help their children overcome barriers to their educational experience.

Sunday, 7:47 AM | 3 comments
World audience for local miniatures

Livermore artist Barbara Stanton goes small in her paintings but is about to go large in her audience. She will be the first American artist featured on the Australian television show "Colour in Your Life!" with host Graeme Stevenson.

Sunday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet
Slight uptick in statewide unemployment, but drops in some Bay Area counties

The state's overall unemployment rate increased slightly last month but many Bay Area counties showed improvement, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

Sunday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet

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Pleasanton school trustees move toward a school bond
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