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Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Firehouse 'Fiddler' wows audience on opening night

Continuing a 50-year tradition, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" brought the audience to thunderous applause on opening night last Friday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Friday, 6:44 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton deals with the drought

In a recent interview, Pleasanton's operations services director and the city's water czar Daniel Smith talked in-depth about what the city and its residents can do to continue saving more water, in light of a possibly longer drought and the new water reductions.

Friday, 6:42 AM | 15 comments
Honoring those who change the world

This year's recipients of the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards are Dolores Bengtson and John Sensiba.

Friday, 6:41 AM | No comments yet
Readers Choice 2015 voting now underway

It's time once again to cast your vote for the best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Pleasanton. The online ballot is available from 8 a.m. April 24 until 5 p.m. May 25.

Friday, 6:40 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton police nab suspects in South Bay robbery, kidnapping

Police in Pleasanton helped identify two suspects accused of the robbery and kidnapping of a man who met the pair in Cupertino through an online advertisement earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, 6:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AVHS students win 'Honorable Mention' for Common Core film

A film documentary produced by three Amador Valley High School students has won "Honorable Mention" in the C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition.

Thursday, 7:22 AM | 7 comments
Pleasanton man arrested following Lydiksen Elementary School lock down

A 27-year-old Pleasanton resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and making criminal threats, which caused Lydiksen Elementary School to be placed on lock down.

Thursday, 7:20 AM | 7 comments
New director named to Alameda County Fair board

Rose Johnson, a Pleasanton resident and chief executive officer of the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro since 1991, has been selected to serve on the board of the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association.

Thursday, 7:18 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Settlement recipients, third claim revealed in Vranesh hearing

On Tuesday, the first day of the hearing in former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh's appeal of his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District, the identities of two district employees who received financial settlements were revealed, along with existence of a third settlement.

Wednesday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Police briefly lock down Lydiksen Elementary

Pleasanton's Lydiksen Elementary School was put on lockdown briefly Wednesday afternoon as police searched for a potentially armed man.

Wednesday, 2:23 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Council reinstates penalties for excess water users

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night reinstated stiff monetary penalties for businesses and residents who fail to reduce their water consumption by at least 25% 's water czar starting May 15 and through most of the year.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | 30 comments
Councilman Pentin, 2 others take seats on Wheels bus system board

Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Pentin and two others have been appointed to the board of directors of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels bus system.

Wednesday, 7:12 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Penalties for excess water use could be reinstated by City Council tonight

The Pleasanton City Council will be asked tonight to reinstate monetary penalties for businesses and residents whose use of water exceeds the mandated 25% reduction based on comparable water bills in 2013.

Tuesday, 7:53 AM | 24 comments
Pleasanton school board to hold special meeting tonight on anticipated litigation

The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to confer with legal counsel about anticipated litigation.

Tuesday, 7:41 AM | 14 comments
Last day for free E-Waste recycling at Pleasanton's Vintage Hills Center parking lot

The public is invited to take unwanted electronic items to the parking lot at New Leaf Community Markets today for free recycling.

Tuesday, 7:29 AM | 10 comments
'Run to Remember' registration open

The California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) is inviting the public to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty by participating in the 7th annual "Run To Remember 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk" on May 9.

Tuesday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet
Student career fair set for April 30

A "Career Discovery Fair," hosted by Pleasanton-based Career Track Plus, is set to take place on April 30 at the Robert Livermore Community Center from 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, 6:55 AM | 1 comment
Regional park board votes to purchase key Mt. Diablo property

The East Bay Regional Park District board has voted to buy a pristine, wooded 260-acre property on the eastern flank of Mt. Diablo that will ultimately help connect thousands of acres of open space, miles of trails, and major wildlife corridors in eastern Contra Costa County.

Tuesday, 6:50 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dublin Farmers' Market opens at 4 p.m. today

The Dublin Farmers' Market will open its fifth season today at Emerald Glen Park. The Market will run each Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. through Sept. 24.

Monday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Police, firefighters save woman from jumping off Livermore overpass

Livermore police and firefighters grabbed a woman who was hovering over a bridge 30 feet above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks Friday before she could jump or fall from her perch outside a protective fence.

Saturday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
San Jose asks U.S. Supreme Court to overturn baseball league's antitrust exemption

An antitrust lawsuit filed by the city of San Jose against Major
League Baseball in 2013 began its expected final chapter last week with the city's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Saturday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
'Fiddler' at Pleasanton Firehouse for 3 days this weekend

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is performing "Fiddler on the Roof" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 3 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Saturday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 17, 2015

Milfleur in downtown Pleasanton to host Sunflower Hill Day today

Milfleur, a home decor and gift shop in downtown Pleasanton, will host a special shopping day today to benefit a local non-profit organization, Sunflower Hill.

Friday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

No drought for local home sales

With the spring home-selling season off to a robust start, California's drought appears to be having little impact on buyers and sellers who continue to close pricey deals with multiple offers.

Thursday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
Tony Dennis named 'Teacher of the Year' in Pleasanton school district

Tony Dennis has been named the Pleasanton Unified School District's 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.

Thursday, 5:27 PM | 4 comments
Body found in Sunol Wilderness believed to be missing hiker

A body found in the Sunol Regional Wilderness Thursday afternoon is believed to be a 70-year-old Palo Alto man who was reported missing after he never returned from a hike there on Wednesday.

Thursday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
Sarah's swimathon tomorrow to benefit Children's Hospital

Sarah Banholzer and her friends are donning their bathing suits in Pleasanton Sunday for their second annual swimathon to benefit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Thursday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
PPIE 'Run for Education' raises $96k

The third annual Pleasanton Run for Education, a fundraiser for the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, raised a record $96,000 that will benefit the PPIE Giving Fund.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | No comments yet
Zone 7 reminds Tri-Valley to 'stay the course' during drought

Due to high levels of water conservation in Zone 7 Water Agency's customer service area, the community is already in a position of meeting California's first-ever mandated reduction in water use, according to agency officials.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | 3 comments
Housing production edges up 2% in March

Nationwide housing starts rose 2% to 926,000 units in March from an upwardly revised February reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Thursday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Comcast expanding Ethernet service to Pleasanton Valley Business Park

Comcast Business has announced an expansion of its multi-gigabit Ethernet service to business parks in Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont.

Wednesday, 5:21 PM | 2 comments
Kathleen Kelly named interim General Manager at AC Transit

The AC Transit Board of Directors has appointed Kathleen Kelly as the agency's Interim General Manager.

Wednesday, 5:03 PM | No comments yet
Mason-McDuffie named one of top lending firms in U.S.

For the second year in a row, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. has been recognized by Mortgage Executive Magazine as one of the top 100 lending firms in the country.

Wednesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The month of April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Wednesday, 4:57 PM | No comments yet
Scholarships for Foothill High seniors available through today

Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards scholarships to Foothill High School graduating seniors, and this year's three $1000 scholarships will go to three active and involved seniors who have left a positive mark on the community.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | No comments yet
STEAM preschool proposal approved by school board

A proposal for a STEAM Preschool was unanimously approved by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during its board meeting.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pleasanton students shine at science, engineering competition

Over 20 Pleasanton Unified School District students participated in the annual Synopsys Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair -- with seven students taking home high honors and five receiving "Honorable Mention" or a "Special Award."

Tuesday, 7:12 PM | No comments yet
Services at noon today for George Farrell, 54, who died while riding bicycle

Services will be held at noon today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for George Farrell, a 25-year employee in the city of Pleasanton engineering department, who suffered a fatal heart attack March 24 while riding his bike in Del Valle Park in Livermore.,

Tuesday, 3:26 PM | 4 comments
School board to consider STEAM preschool tonight

The Pleasanton school board is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve district staff's proposal for a STEAM Preschool during tonight's board meeting.

Tuesday, 7:09 AM | 14 comments

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hearings continue today for Vranesh, Pleasanton school district

Former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh is appealing his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District at hearings now underway at the Office of Administrative Hearing in Oakland, 1515 Clay Street, Ste. 206.

Monday, 3:58 PM | 28 comments

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lady Cavaliers earn spot in nationals

The Pleasanton Lady Cavaliers rugby team is headed to the National High School Rugby Championships next month in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sunday, 5:21 PM | 2 comments
Workday expands into new offices in New York City

Pleasanton-based Workday, Inc.is expanding its New York operations.

Sunday, 5:19 PM | No comments yet
Albertson's management team takes control of Safeway

Bob Miller, current Executive Chairman of Albertson's, Inc., the new owner of Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc., has been appointed to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Safeway's former CEO Robert Edwards.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | No comments yet
PDA receives 2015 national Main Street accreditation

The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sunday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet
Las Positas College to celebrate 40th anniversary today

Las Positas College will celebrate its 40th anniversary today.

Sunday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton ValleyCare opens breast cancer boutique

ValleyCare Health Library of Pleasanton held the official grand opening of its new breast cancer boutique this week.

Sunday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet

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