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Friday, April 18, 2014

'Every 15 minutes' program stirs emotions at Foothill High

Every 15 minutes someone in the country dies from an alcohol-related traffic accident, and Foothill High School students Olivia Hartjen and Marissa Khoury deserve our thanks for the work they've done over the past year or so to stop these tragedies, at least locally.

Friday, 7:47 AM | 2 comments
Workshops promote clowning around

Many children, at one point, dream of running away with the circus but they usually lose interest by the time they finish elementary school.

Friday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pleasanton teen accepts plea deal for fatal crash that killed Dublin bicyclist

A Pleasanton teen has accepted a plea deal in the criminal case stemming from a high-speed crash on Foothill Road that killed a Dublin bicyclist last June.

Thursday, 4:23 PM | 23 comments
Reining in prom expenses

If you've got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be.

Thursday, 6:34 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here come the Easter eggs!

Vintage Hills Elementary School kindergartners, joined by dozens of their parents and supporters, took part in a class-wide egg drop assignment April 9, well before the Easter egg rolls that are underway this week.

Wednesday, 10:31 AM | 2 comments
AC Transit's CFO charged with stealing church funds

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit's chief financial officer has been charged with four felony counts of grand theft for allegedly taking more than
$500,000 over a six-year period from one of Oakland's largest and most prominent churches.

Wednesday, 8:06 AM | 1 comment
Plane loses power, lands in field instead of Livermore Airport

The pilot of a single-engine plane performed an emergency landing in a field near Livermore after the plane lost engine power late Tuesday.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Humane Society cancels garden tour because of drought

The Valley Humane Society has cancelled its annual Hidden Gardens of the Valley tour scheduled for later this spring because of current drought conditions.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oakland, San Jose post offices to stay open late for tax filers

While post offices will not be keeping different hours on tax day, two post offices in the Bay Area are open late in case any late filers cannot
make it during regular retail hours today.

Tuesday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton real estate firm to celebrate grand opening today

Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty's Pleasanton Office will hold a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting event starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon.

Tuesday, 7:00 AM | 1 comment
Smarter balanced assessment tests underway in Pleasanton schools

The Pleasanton school district, along with other districts throughout the state, is participating in a field test of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program that will replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting System, also known as the STAR program.

Tuesday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet
Hart Middle School plans launch of engineering academy

Hart Middle School will host an open house April 29 in preparation for its launch of an engineering academy in the 2014-15 school year.

Tuesday, 6:47 AM | 7 comments

Monday, April 14, 2014

IRS renews phone scam warning after receiving 20,000 complaints

The IRS today renewed its warning last fall about a pervasive phone scam that continues to target people across the U.S.

Monday, 2:39 PM | No comments yet
State revenue totaled totaled $6.4 billion in March, state controller reports

State Controller John Chiang said Friday that revenues for March totaled $6.4 billion, surpassing estimates in the 2014-15 Governor's budget by $470.9 million, or 7.9%.

Monday, 8:09 AM | 15 comments
ValleyCare auxiliary exceeds 1.6-million hours in volunteer service

Since their origination in 1958, even before Valley Memorial Hospital opened, the ValleyCare Auxiliary has given 1,6 million hours of volunteer time and has been responsible for raising more than $6 million to expand facilities, programs and services.

Monday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Jack-in-the-Box worker stabbed, Dublin woman seized

An employee at a Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant in Pleasanton was stabbed multiple times early Sunday by a woman customer.

Monday, 6:54 AM | 4 comments

Friday, April 11, 2014

HEALTH ALERT: Locally harvested anchovies, sardines, crabs may be dangerous

The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat anchovies or sardines caught in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties due to dangerous levels of domoic acid that have been detected in the fish.

Friday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton planners OK CarMax Auto Superstore in Staples Ranch

The Pleasanton Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve plans by CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side.

Friday, 7:55 AM | 16 comments
49ers announce Santa Clara game plans as some players face legal problems

The San Francisco 49ers' first-ever home game at the planned $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium will be a preseason contest in mid-August against the
Denver Broncos.

Friday, 7:29 AM | 1 comment
BART managers get 3.7% raise, hire consultant to help them deal with unions

BART directors voted unanimously Thursday to give raises totaling about 3.7% this year to General Manager Grace Crunican and other top officials at the transit agency

Friday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pleasanton school board reviews ethics, finances

Trustees became students at Tuesday night's meeting of the Pleasanton Unified School District board, with back-to-back workshops on ethics and finances.

Thursday, 7:58 AM | 18 comments
Public art walk at 8:30 a.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Public art contributors Nancy and Gary Harrington will lead a free public art walk of the south end of downtown Pleasanton starting at 8:30 a.m. this morning.

Thursday, 7:10 AM | No comments yet
Cash tolls on Golden Gate Bridge now at $7

Motorists are paying one more dollar to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge after new toll rates went into effect Monday.

Thursday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet
Northern California gas prices jump 14 cents over past month

The average price for a gallon of gas has gone up 14 cents in the past month, the American Automobile Association of Northern California announced Tuesday.

Thursday, 6:53 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shoppers Alert: Walnut Creek doubles downtown parking rates

Parking meter rates in downtown Walnut Creek jumped from $1 to $2 per hour Monday as the city also moved to a seven-day-a-week metering system
in an attempt to free up street parking downtown.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet
Traveling abroad? Get 2 measles doses 28 days apart

Health officials are advising people planning international travel to take precautions against measles due to a high incidence of the disease in
California this year.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet
Services at 10 a.m. today for Pleasanton Little League coach Brian Chinn

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. this morning for popular Little League baseball coach Brian Chinn, who died March 26. He was 57 years old.

Wednesday, 6:57 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton nonprofit leader named to college post

Arnoldo Avalos, the founder and chief executive officer of the Pleasanton-based Avalos Foundation, has been appointed to the California Community Colleges board of governors by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Wednesday, 6:57 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giants back at AT&T Park today for S.F. opener

The San Francisco Giants are opening their 15th season in AT&T Park today beginning with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tuesday, 8:39 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board holding 'workshop' meeting tonight

The Pleasanton school board will hold a special workshop meeting starting with an opening ceremony at 6:15 p.m. tonight at school district headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

Tuesday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet
Patelco names Susan Makris as Senior Vice President

Pleasanton-based Patelco Credit Union has hired Susan Makris as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Tuesday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
State returns $27.6 million in security deposits to 5,000 businesses

The California Board of Equalization began returning approximately $27.6 million in cash deposits to more than 5,000 businesses in California and out-of-state this week.

Tuesday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Registration underway for Pleasanton's teen leadership program

Registration is now underway for Pleasanton-sponsored leadership training program for students who will be in high school starting next August.

Tuesday, 7:45 AM | 2 comments

Monday, April 7, 2014

OPINION: PG&E's arrogance shows again

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agreed last week to hold off on implementing its plan to cut down hundreds of trees, including 390 along major thoroughfares in Pleasanton, as part of its robust effort to improve natural gas pipeline safety.

Monday, 7:40 AM | 7 comments
Fire department offering emergency response training in May

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) will once again offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training on Wednesday evenings, starting May 7.

Monday, 7:31 AM | 2 comments
Commission to consider renaming Sports Park for Ken Mercer tonight

The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet tonight to consider a proposal to rename the city's Sports Park for the late Mayor Ken Mercer.

Monday, 7:31 AM | 10 comments
Youth Commission to vote tonight on banning electronic cigarettes

The Pleasanton Youth Commission will consider a proposal at its meeting tonight to include
electronic cigarettes within the definition of "smoking," which would have the effect of banning them wherever tobacco smoking is not allowed.

Monday, 7:30 AM | 1 comment

A Norman Rockwell Town
By Roz Rogoff | 7 comments | 1,346 views

David Brooks at his Best and Worst
By Tom Cushing | 10 comments | 882 views

Anti-fracking folks rail against railroads
By Tim Hunt | 27 comments | 800 views