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Monday, July 28, 2014

What's in your house?

Tricia Hoekwater returned home from work one day in 2000 to find that her house had been robbed.

Monday, 6:33 AM | No comments yet
Seniors living well: Activities keep minds, bodies well-tuned

Once over the hill, we pick up speed -- so the joke goes. This may be so, but seniors today aim at slowing down the process, by eating right and exercising their brains as well as their bodies.

Monday, 6:32 AM | No comments yet
Banana spill on I-580 causing 3-hour backup into Pleasanton

A big-rig crash on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore is causing serious traffic delays this morning, up to three hours as of 6:30 a.m.

Monday, 6:26 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Safeway shareholders approve Albertsons merger

In a move that could have far-reaching implications for Pleasanton, Safeway shareholders voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve the acquisition of the Pleasanton-based supermarket chain by an affiliate of Albertsons, another national supermarket firm that has its corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

Sunday, 7:56 AM | 6 comments
BART awarded $17.4-million fedeeral grant to better secure Transbay Tube

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and a group of others in Congress have led a successful effort to obtain a $17.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security secure the Transbay BART Tube that connects the East Bay and San Francisco against a potential terrorist attack.

Sunday, 7:23 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pros and cons for adopting a new pet

When Gail Ruvalcaba met Puddles at the Valley Humane Society, she knew he was the purrfect pet for her. She was seeking to provide a good life -- and a good ending -- for a cat, and Puddles, although less than 2 years old, has a limited life expectancy.

Saturday, 10:12 AM | 2 comments
New racketeering charges against suspended state Sen. Yee, others

A federal grand jury in San Francisco issued an expanded corruption and organized-crime indictment Friday that includes new racketeering charges against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown
association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and others.

Saturday, 10:09 AM | No comments yet
Lewd acts charges lead to arrest of Livermore soccer facility coach

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child in Livermore.

Saturday, 9:54 AM | 4 comments
Students produce one-hour special of local interviews for TV30

Tri-Valley Youth View, a one-hour special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended the TV30 Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30.

Saturday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 25, 2014

Shadow Cliffs beaches closed due to E. coli levels

Shadow Cliffs beaches have been closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria measurement.

Friday, 1:16 PM | 6 comments
Great Bull Run, Tomato Royale at Fairgrounds today

The Great Bull Run and Tomato Royale come to the Alameda County Fairgrounds today, but the events are not for the faint-hearted or those with coveted clothes.

Friday, 8:11 AM | 7 comments
Spare the Air alert issued as Pleasanton heads for near 100-degrees today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today with Pleasanton temperatures to near the triple-digit level with low winds.

Friday, 7:54 AM | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Relay for Life takes steps forward in fight against cancer

Pleasanton's annual Relay for Life event last weekend brought out 26 registered teams, 62 cancer survivors and 236 individual participants, equipped with walking shoes and water bottles to fight against cancer.

Friday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet
High levels of E. coli in Shadow Cliffs causes partial closure

The south beach of Shadow Cliffs Lake closed Wednesday afternoon due to an extremely high E. coli bacteria measurement, according to the East Bay Regional Park District website.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 10 comments

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Opinion: Say No to unnecessary growth

Pleasanton residents have repeatedly shown overwhelming support for slow, balanced growth.

Thursday, 8:06 AM | 9 comments
Guest Opinion: City of Planned Progress: Fighting for local land use control

As your Mayor, I would like to provide you an informed perspective regarding the issue of growth, state-mandates and growth management.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | 8 comments
Low interest rates perk up California home sales

Lower interest rates and stabilizing home prices combined to boost home sales in June, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
Principal quits job at Alisal Elementary School

Alisal Elementary School principal Terri Quesinberry has resigned.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | 25 comments

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two Pleasanton school board seats up for grabs

Two Pleasanton Unified School District board seats are up for election this November, and both incumbents, plus one challenger, have declared their candidacy thus far.

Wednesday, 4:28 PM | 43 comments
3 now in race for Pleasanton City Council

Three candidates are now in the race to fill two available seats on the Pleasanton City Council in next November's municipal election.

Wednesday, 4:26 PM | No comments yet
ValleyCare to hold annual meeting tonight

ValleyCare Health Systems board of directors will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the ValleyCare Medical Center cafeteria, 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County earns 7 awards at national conference

Thanks to its technology and imaginative approaches to addressing key challenges, Alameda County came away with seven Achievement Awards at the National Association of Counties (NACO) conference this month.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | No comments yet
Foreign buyers claiming 14% of home sales in California

Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers to the U.S. to purchase properties and make real estate investments.

Wednesday, 7:19 AM | 12 comments
Pleasanton Hilton takes the name DoubleTree

The Pleasanton Hilton Hotel has been renamed DoubleTree in a move by the hotels' parent company to increase the use of the DoubleTree name at its suburban facilities while keeping the Hilton name for its upscale hotels in larger cities.

Wednesday, 7:18 AM | 6 comments
Water restored to Pleasanton apartment complex

After four consecutive days without water, residents of Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments now have their water supply restored.

Wednesday, 7:05 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Cross blood drive in Pleasanton tomorrow

To help prevent a summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross is holding blood drives throughout the Bay Area, including one tomorrow in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Ellie Mae makes Pleasanton its corporate headquarters

Ellie Mae, a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, announced Monday that it has signed a long-term lease for more than 100,000 square feet of office space that will be the site of its new corporate headquarters in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes

The Pleasanton Weekly is seeking nominations and sponsorships for the Tri-Valley Heroes awards program, our salute to the individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Shrieking sound keeps Pleasanton residents awake at night

Distressing, unnerving and strange sounds have roused Pleasanton resident Keli Martinez in the middle of the night for several years, but she said she and her family finally solved the mystery while walking the dog earlier this month.

Tuesday, 7:24 AM | 25 comments

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pleasanton apartment complex tenants without water for 4 days

Residents at Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments have been experiencing their own drought since Friday afternoon when the apartment's main high-pressure water pipe broke.

Monday, 4:25 PM | 20 comments
'Taste Our Terroir' at local wineries today

Livermore Valley winegrowers are presenting their annual premier food and wine affair, Taste Our Terroir today, celebrating and educating wine lovers with a "taste of the land."

Monday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Builder confidence keeps rising in West, U.S.

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Monday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
The New Christy Minstrels to perform in Livermore tonight

The New Christy Minstrels will be performing at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Monday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Plein air exhibit at Harrington Gallery ends tomorrow

This is the final week to view the current exhibit at the Harrington gallery, "Jade Fon Retrospective & Plein Air Painters," which closes tomorrow.

Monday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet
Governor signs bill aimed at easing sexual assault victims' access to counseling

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday aims to ease the process for sexual assault victims to receive counseling services.

Monday, 7:28 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 18, 2014

Picnic while enjoying arias today at Retzlaff Vineyards

Livermore Valley Opera singers will perform classic arias today at their 22nd annual operatic fundraiser at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore.

Friday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
Cuisine creations

In the Safeway Culinary Kitchens in Dublin, executive chef Jeff Anderson and his team explore new ways to bring food to the table and establish farm-to-table avenues for fresh products.

Friday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Theater adds 2nd show tonight after 'Comedy@Firehouse' sells out

Firehouse Arts Center has added a second show at 10 p.m. tonight after the 8 p.m. show sold out for Comedy @ Firehouse Presents: Rocky LaPorte of "Last Comic Standing" fame.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
700 expected at Tri for Fun event today at Shadow Cliffs

Nearly 700 triathletes with a wide range of experience are set to participate starting at 5 a.m. today in the second of four triathlons in the 27th annual Tri for Fun triathlon series at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Downtown park renamed to honor Pleasanton Rotary clubs

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday agreed to spend $420,000 to improve a relatively obscure public park at the end of Main Street and to rename it Rotary Park in celebration of the 50th anniversary next May of the chartering of the first of Pleasanton's three Rotary clubs.

Thursday, 7:48 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New citizens' coalition seeks to halt high-density housing projects in Pleasanton

A group seeking to halt the construction of additional high density housing in Pleasanton asked the City council Tuesday night stop planning for more growth during shortfalls in water, school space and other infrastructure needs.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 114 comments
Livermore staging 'Tree Sweater Forest' benefit for Valley Humane Society

Thirty knitter spots have been booked just three days after the Livermore Commission for the Arts and Livermore Downtown announced their "Tree Sweater Forest" in the city's downtown.

Wednesday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Builders see immigration reform as way to add to workforce

An organization representing home builders this week praised Congressional efforts to develop an immigration policy that would help provide workers developers need in construction.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | 6 comments
Public invited to forum on Pioneer Cemetery's future tonight

A committee looking into ways to improve Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening to consider concepts and costs and to hear suggestions from the public.

Wednesday, 7:23 AM | 23 comments
Free workshop today on adapting landscape to drought conditions

A water conservation expert will hold a free workshop for Pleasanton residents and business representatives from 10 a.m. to noon today on adapting landscape to drought conditions.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 12 comments
Report highlights Safeway's progress on environmental, lifestyle goals

Pleasanton-based Safeway this week released its sixth annual sustainability report, called the "Heart of Safeway,"which highlights progress the company has made Safeway made in the areas of environmental sustainability, community impact and responsible business practices.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thorne pulls papers to seek re-election as mayor

Mayor Jerry Thorne took out nomination papers Monday in his bid to seek re-election in the municipal election on Nov. 4.

Tuesday, 7:55 AM | 19 comments
Pleasanton Harvest Festival back at Fairgrounds in September

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds Sept. 19-21 with a wide array of unique arts and crafts, entertainment, kids activities, live music, and specialty foods.

Tuesday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Firehouse features cabaret seating for July 27 performance

The Firehouse Arts Center Theater will transform itself from traditional row-style seating into a cabaret/club setting Sunday, July 27, for "Sing a Song of Sondheim," a tribute to the songs of the iconic American musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

Tuesday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet

‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?
By Tom Cushing | 33 comments | 1,133 views

Political posturing about water
By Tim Hunt | 5 comments | 812 views

Backpacked with care is back
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 514 views