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Sunday, January 25, 2015

YMCA breakfast to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow

Community leaders will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow at the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast hosted by the Tri-Valley YMCA.

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Air quality district orders 22nd wood burning ban of season for today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 22nd Winter Spare the Air Alert for today.

Sunday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Significant changes to the state's initiative process.

New legislation signed into law last September made significant changes to the state's initiative process.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finding a fresh perspective with life coaches

When Caroline, 42, welcomed a woman into her home, courtesy of Airbnb, the two ended up having some good conversations. The guest noted all the decorative candles that Caroline had placed throughout her tasteful condo and suggested she light them for herself.

Friday, 8:08 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton teen talks about 'American Idol' audition

A Pleasanton teen is set to appear on Fox television next week as part of her audition for the 14th season of "American Idol" in San Francisco.

Friday, 7:42 AM | 4 comments
Pleasanton police see increase in daytime home burglaries

Pleasanton police put out a warning Thursday through Nixle about an increase in daytime residential burglaries.

Friday, 7:41 AM | 24 comments
Zone 7 urges everyone to keep conserving water use

Despite all that rain in December, serious drought conditions persist and Zone 7 urges everyone in its service area to continue to conserve.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 2 comments
ValleyCare auxiliary donates $250,000 for equipment upgrades

The ValleyCare Auxiliary has given the ValleyCare Health System $250,000 as a donation to be used for hospital equipment upgrades.

Friday, 7:33 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Police dispatcher retires after 32 years

Pleasanton police dispatcher Denise Lakner has retired after 32 years of service with the Pleasanton Police Department.

Thursday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet
Bonilla, Buchanan debate at State Senate candidate forum

Two Democrats hoping to become the region's next state senator shared their views on key topics while making their cases to constituents in their party during a public forum Monday night in Dublin.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | 5 comments
Homeowners' surveillance leads to arrest in Pleasanton Meadows mail thefts

A 46-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday as part of a Pleasanton police investigation into several thefts of mail from the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood.

Thursday, 7:41 AM | 7 comments

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pleasanton temporarily suspends drought billing penalties

In a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the Pleasanton City Council suspended the billing penalty component of the city's emergency drought mandate for a period of 90 days.

Wednesday, 9:39 AM | 15 comments
Pleasanton Council gives thumbs up to new $2.45 million firefighters contract

With the clock approaching 10 p.m. and only two men -- both firemen -- left in the room, the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night tentatively approved a new 3-1/2-year contract with unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department that provides 3% pay increases each year over the next four years.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton names new finance director

Tina Olson has been named the new Finance Director for the city of Pleasanton, succeeding Emily Wagner, who is retiring but will stay on in a temporary position until Oct. 1 on special financial assignments.

Wednesday, 7:36 AM | 3 comments
Foothill cheer teams rank high at SoCal competitions

Foothill High School's competition cheer teams placed in the top ranking last weekend at the United Spirit Association (USA) regional competitions in Southern California.

Wednesday, 6:30 AM | No comments yet
Today is 'Day of giving blood' by blind and visually impaired

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired will join the American Red Cross in holding a one-day, special blood drive in Pleasanton today.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DSRSD, Pleasanton water customers cut water use in 2014

Customers of Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD)responded effectively to the drought by using 24% less potable water in 2014 than in 2013, a reduction of 882.6 million gallons.

Tuesday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Firefighters to get 3% raises in each of next 4 years

Unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department are being offered 3% pay increases each year over the next four years in a new contract proposal that will be considered by the Pleasanton City Council tonight.

Tuesday, 7:54 AM | 29 comments
Michelle Obama urges Pleasanton Council to listen to Obama's speech tonight

Although the Pleasanton City Council has a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, President Obama's wife wants its members to be sure to tune in to her husband's 6 p.m. "State of the Union" address first.

Tuesday, 7:34 AM | 35 comments
New Leaf, customers donate poultry, cash to Alameda Food Bank

New Leaf Community Markets and partner Smart Chicken donated 695 pounds of chicken to the Alameda County Food Bank during the store's holiday food drive, held Nov. 4 to Dec. 31.

Tuesday, 6:57 AM | No comments yet
Rotary holding spaghetti feed, family carnival at 4 p.m. today

Pleasanton North Rotary will offer a fun-filled afternoon and evening for parents and children from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at its third-annual Spaghetti Feed & Family Carnival at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St.

Tuesday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill to host 'Special Needs' planning symposium Jan. 31

Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton based nonprofit organization for families and individuals with special needs, has scheduled its second annual financial planning symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday Jan. 31 at Las Positas College.

Tuesday, 6:53 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 19, 2015

Government offices, schools closed today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schools and government offices will be closed today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Celebrated pianist returning to stage in Pleasanton with new partner tonight

Renowned concert pianist Tamriko Siprashvili will return to the Amador Theater for an 8 p.m. performance Saturday, playing a two-piano benefit concert with her new partner Temirzhan Yerzhanov.

Monday, 7:44 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks shine at Winter Sectionals

The Pleasanton Seahawks achieved a third place victory in the recent Speedo Champions Winter Sectionals meet in Los Angeles with two of its swimmers setting new records and coach Steve Morsilli earning Coach of the Meet honors.

Monday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Nanette Farag named Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Baker

State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Pleasanton) has filled key staff positions for both her Sacramento and district Offices.

Monday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 18, 2015

California's housing market returning to normalcy

California's regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half.

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Swalwell to have Afghan interpreter as guest at tonight's 'State of the Union' address

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) will have as his guest at President Obama's "State of the Union" speech tonight an Afghan interpreter who served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Sunday, 7:21 AM | 4 comments
Nurses' union says settlement ends its dispute with Kaiser Permanente

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United reported yesterday that it has agreed to a tentative contract for its 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics.

Sunday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kaiser mental health care workers strike for patient care

About 200 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers marched Friday morning through Oakland to Kaiser's corporate headquarters to demand the company increase its staff of mental health workers.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Granny Smith, Gala apples recalled due to Listeria

Granny smith and gala apples are being recalled nationwide after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing
facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 15 comments
20th 'Spare the Air' day alert of season issued for Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 20th winter spare the air alert of the season for today, Saturday.

Saturday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 16, 2015

Taylor Family Foundation celebrates 25 years of giving

The Taylor Family Foundation, founded in 1990 by Barry and Elaine Taylor, is kicking off a year-long celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary and 15th year of camp.

Friday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen reaches national Punt, Pass and Kick finals

Harvest Park Middle School eighth-grader Collin Travasos competed in the National Football League (NFL) Punt, Pass and Kick national finals last weekend in Washington state, earning a fourth-place finish in his age group.

Friday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Ballistic United U12 team wins State Cup

The Ballistic United U12 Premier boys soccer team has won the Blue Division State Cup, capping its run with a 4-1 victory over San Ramon Azuri in the final played in Hayward.

Friday, 7:36 AM | No comments yet
49ers defensive line coach promoted to head coach

The San Francisco 49ers choice to succeed former head coach Jim Harbaugh is the coach who immediately preceded him.

Friday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Thanks for giving to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Friday marked the close of the Pleasanton Weekly 2014 Holiday Fund, and it's also a time to say thank you to the 335 contributors whose donations totaled $71,410.

Friday, 7:24 AM | No comments yet
O'Malley to be honored at TV30 gala tonight

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will be honored as "Citizen of the Year" Saturday at a dinner hosted by the Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation at Garre Vineyards in Livermore.

Friday, 7:22 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Commuter Alert: Protests underway in Oakland, BART's Montgomery Street station

Protests are underway this morning in Oakland and at BART's Montgomery Street station, affecting rapid transit service and also leading to jam-packed traffic on freeways heading into San Francisco.

Thursday, 8:07 AM | 4 comments
49ers defensive line coach promoted to head coach

The San Francisco 49ers choice to succeed former head coach Jim Harbaugh is the coach who immediately preceded him.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
18th winter 'Spare the Air' day alert issued for today

A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Thursday, banning wood burning for the 18th time this season.

Thursday, 7:51 AM | 1 comment
10 Livermore Lab researchers named 2014 APS Fellows

Ten Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 1 comment
Four arrested in Pleasanton shooting

Pleasanton police arrested four people this week on suspicion of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy related to a shooting incident at The Kensington apartment complex on East Gate Way on Tuesday morning.

Thursday, 7:30 AM | 15 comments
With flu season here, Stanford doctor talks about new strain

It's that time again when many Americans are ringing in the new year with a fever, sniffles and extreme fatigue – otherwise known as the flu.

Thursday, 7:15 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Public preview of proposed math instructional materials starts today

The Pleasanton school district will be having the proposed K-12 math instructional materials available for public preview starting today and remaining on display until Feb. 13.

Wednesday, 6:34 AM | 1 comment
Governor schedules 7th Senate District special election

Gov. Jerry Brown has scheduled the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate vacancy for the 7th District, which includes Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 6:32 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board rescinds modified lite calendar

The Pleasanton school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to revert back to the traditional calendar starting the 2015-16 school year.

Wednesday, 6:25 AM | 99 comments

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Volcanos partly explain global climate warmng 'hiatus,' Livermore Lab says

The "warming hiatus" that has occurred over the last 15 years has been partly caused by small volcanic eruptions.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
O'Malley launches campaign to stop human trafficking

Posters marking National Human Trafficking Awareness Month are being placed on billboards and in bus shelters throughout the Bay Area as part of a campaign launched by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley.

Tuesday, 7:51 AM | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' streak ends after 11 straight days

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking the public to voluntarily forego burning wood or other solid fuels on Tuesday, but it's not mandatory.

Tuesday, 7:50 AM | 10 comments
San Jose's fire chief moving to top fire department post here

Ruben Torres, currently the fire chief in San Jose, has been hired as chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, succeeding Jim Miguel, who retired.

Tuesday, 7:41 AM | 37 comments

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pleasanton house fire causes about $200,000 in damages

A house fire on Touriga Drive in Pleasanton Sunday caused about $200,000 in damage.

Monday, 7:15 AM | 8 comments
'Make a Difference Day' starts at 10 a.m. today in Pleasanton Library

Is one of your new year's resolutions to give back? Then check out the Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival 2015, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Public Library.

Monday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley home builders heading to Las Vegas for Jan. 20 show

The National Association of Home Builders will kick off its three-day 2015 International Builders' Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center Jan. 20 during the annual Design & Construction Week

Monday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet
Police arrest 2 in Pleasanton, Richmond in walk-in bathtub scheme

A father and daughter from Danville were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a 60-count criminal case involving walk-in bathtubs that were misrepresented to elderly victims, officials said.

Monday, 6:53 AM | No comments yet
Golden Gate Bridge reopens after weekend closure

The Golden Gate Bridge reopened Sunday evening more than six hours ahead of schedule after crews installed a moveable concrete and metal barrier.

Monday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet
11th consecutive 'Spare the Air' day alert issued for today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the 11th consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert for today.

Monday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet

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Swalwell running for Congress again, will pass on Senate campaign
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