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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Suspected burglar fatally shot in chase outside Specialty Sales Classics

A man fleeing the showroom at Specialty Sales Classics auto sales at 2 a.m. today was shot and killed by Pleasanton police who had responded to a burglar alarm at the dealership.

Sunday, 2:38 PM | 24 comments
Arabian Cup to draw field of 10 horses today at final races at Alameda County Fair

The $47,000 Sheikh Zayaed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup will draw a field of 10 horses Sunday for the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

Sunday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair closes today after 19-day run

It's the final day for the Alameda County Fair after a 19-day run that saw record-high crowds last night for a spectacular fireworks show.

Sunday, 7:44 AM | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Great Wall

Pictured are Carly and Maggie on the MuTianYu section of the Great Wall, reading a December 2004 issue of the Pleasanton Weekly with their family on the cover.

Sunday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Local athletes combine for 10 medals at karate tourney

Five young students from Pleasanton-based Tri-Valley Karate earned 10 total medals at the Northern California Invitational Karate Tournament in Cupertino earlier this season.

Sunday, 7:11 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton man named to Ducks Unlimited board

Pleasanton resident Dave Hinman was elected to the Ducks Unlimited national board of directors during the nonprofit organization's annual convention in Milwaukee.

Sunday, 7:10 AM | No comments yet
Sierra Club says new electric rates will cost majority more

A San Francisco-based conservation group said a new electricity rate plan passed Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission will raise rates on majority of customers and make the air dirtier.

Sunday, 7:07 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dennis Miller's racing picks at Oak Tree races Saturday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

A pair of stakes races highlight the Oak Tree at Pleasanton card for the final Saturday of the 12-day race meet.

Saturday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
Downtown Livermore fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. tonight

A "low level" fireworks show will be held starting at 9:30 p.m. tonight from atop the downtown Livermore parking garage on Railroad Avenue.

Saturday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet
Brush fire near Sunol Regional Wilderness extinguished

A 45-acre brush fire that started Friday morning in Alameda County is now 100% contained.

Saturday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dublin swim center open today, rest of city facilities closed

All city of Dublin facilities will be closed today in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Friday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Local baseball team wins N.Y. tournament

The local Headfirst 10U Bercovich baseball team took home the division championship in the league's week-long Cooperstown N.Y. Tournament, finishing off its 8-1 tourney record with a 9-5 victory in the title game June 18.

Friday, 7:36 AM | No comments yet
Annual Fourth of July festivities at Lions Wayside Park at noon today

Pleasanton's annual Fourth of July concert and picnic at Lions Wayside Park on First Street will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. today.

Friday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's picks for Friday's races at the Alameda County Fair

Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair today, July 3.

Friday, 7:27 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Man on probation arrested in slaying of Amador Valley grad

Police have arrested a man on probation out of Texas who is accused of killing a 32-year-old Amador Valley High grad in broad daylight near the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday.

Thursday, 4:59 PM | 30 comments
Judge denies Pleasanton-based balcony builder's restraining order

A judge Thursday denied a bid by the Pleasanton-based company that built a Berkeley apartment complex where six people died earlier this month for a temporary restraining order to prevent prosecutors from testing the balcony and other evidence without company representatives being present.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Brush fire burning in Sunol regional wilderness

A 20-acre brush fire is burning in the Sunol Regional Wilderness
this morning.

Thursday, 8:40 AM | No comments yet
Racing picks at Oak Tree races Thursday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

This year we are having a unique challenge between Pleasanton Racing's publicist/handicapper Dennis Miller and this year's Oak Tree at Pleasanton intern Randy Olson.

Thursday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet
RADD Roadrunners earn Special Olympics medals

Three members of Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) Roadrunners team combined to win seven medals at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games in Davis last weekend.

Thursday, 6:55 AM | No comments yet
Woman with ties to Pleasanton fatally shot in San Francisco

San Francisco police have detained a "person of interest" in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday that took the life of an Amador Valley High grad on Pier 14 in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood.

Thursday, 6:53 AM | 17 comments
70,000 expected at Fair's spectacular fireworks show tonight

It's the closing weekend for the Alameda County Fair, with a wide range of features features that include the Junior Livestock auction, Demolition Derby, the last shows of the concert series and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Thursday, 6:34 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pleasanton streets, freeway restrictions in place for County Fair traffic today

The city of Pleasanton has put in place a unique and highly-restricted traffic plan designed to coordinate a safe and efficient way for the more than 70,000 fairgoers expected to attend the Alameda County Fair and its fireworks show today.

Wednesday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet
Gov. Brown signs controversial vaccination bill

Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed a controversial bill eliminating personal belief exemptions from vaccination requirements for students attending California schools.

Wednesday, 8:11 AM | No comments yet
Governor signs controversial vaccination bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a controversial bill eliminating personal belief exemptions from vaccination requirements for students attending California schools.

Wednesday, 8:07 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton-based balcony builder seeks restraining order against prosecutors

The company that built a Berkeley apartment complex where six people died earlier this month when a balcony collapsed is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the Alameda County District Attorney's Office from testing evidence without company representatives being present.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Tie a knot for veterans at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday tonight

Hope Hospice is asking the public to tie a knot for veterans tonight at Pleasanton's First Wednesday Street Party that starts at 6 p.m. on downtown streets.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | 2 comments
Baker, colleagues introduce $6-billion transportation proposal

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), whose district includes Pleasanton, joined Republican colleagues Monday to announce a transportation plan which aims at dedicating $6 billion in new funding to address the state's transportation needs without any new taxes or fees.

Wednesday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
Red Cross asks for blood donations now to avoid summer shortage

The American Red Cross is asking eligible blood and platelet donors to step up and donate now before they go on vacation to avoid a summer shortage.

Wednesday, 7:47 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge tolls raised by 25 cents Wednesday

Toll rates at the Golden Gate Bridge were raised by 25 cents Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 7:05 AM | 3 comments
Treatment district opens new recycled water fill station in Dublin

The Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, has opened its second residential recycled water fill station located at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex, 6363 Clark Ave.

Tuesday, 6:48 AM | 14 comments

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleasanton hires new Community Development director

Gerry Beaudin currently the zoning administrator for the city of Mountain View, has been hired as Pleasanton's new director of Community Development Director, succeeding Brian Dolan, who has been named Assistant City Manager.

Monday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Fair hosting 'Drop Zone' drive today to send 'care' packages to deployed troops serving in Middle East

The Alameda County Fair will host a drive today by the local Blue Star Moms, a group that sends care packages to deployed U.S. Troops in the Middle East.

Monday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton offering free movies in the park starting July 9

Pleasanton residents are invited to enjoy free movies during six Thursday evenings this summer, on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6 and 13.

Monday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve $2.7 billion budget for new fiscal year

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to approve a $2.7 billion budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 that closes a $65 million funding gap without significant program reductions or staff layoffs.

Monday, 6:38 AM | No comments yet
BART police implement policy governing interactions with transgender individuals

BART police have become one of the first police departments in the country to implement a specific policy governing interactions with transgender individuals.

Monday, 6:19 AM | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales up 22% in May

The East Bay's luxury housing market closed out the spring home buying season on a roll with sales climbing more than 22% last month from a year ago.

Monday, 6:19 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Racing picks at Oak Tree races Sunday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

This year we are having a unique challenge between Pleasanton Racing's publicist/handicapper Dennis Miller and this year's Oak Tree at Pleasanton intern Randy Olson.

Sunday, 3:04 PM | No comments yet
New York-based Kiehlıs opens today in Stoneridge Shopping Center

Kiehl's, a New York-based skin and hair care retailer, will open its newest location at noon today in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Sunday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet
Governor unveils revised approach to fix Delta water system

Governor Jerry Brown and federal officials have announced a revised dual approach to securing water supply reliability and restoring ecosystem health in the Delta.

Sunday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair Saturday, June 27.

Saturday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Judging at the Fair Snackdown

On the Grandstand stage of the Alameda County Fair, three judges and I faced off with platters of French fries bathed in peanut butter and jelly, pork belly bound in bacon and sour pickles soaked in tropical punch Kool-Aid.

Friday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
2015 Readers Choice winners

2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton Winners

Friday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
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Friday, 9:50 AM | No comments yet
Tesla Road grass fire destroys barn, vehicle Thursday night

A grass fire east of Livermore spread to 53 acres and destroyed several structures Thursday evening before it was fully contained, according to Cal Fire.

Friday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
County D.A. considering charges in fatal balcony collapse at Berkeley structure that Pleasanton firm built

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said Thursday that involuntary manslaughter charges could result from a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse in downtown Berkeley June 16 that killed six people and injured seven others.

Friday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet
Swalwell praises Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) Friday released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Friday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Readers Choice winners

With 29,764 confirmed votes in the 2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton contest, our loyal readers gave their input about which businesses, professionals and places are the best of the best in categories within beauty and style, epicure, health and fitness, home and vehicle, kids and pets, rest and recreation, and services.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 22 comments
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair today, June 26.

Friday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 25, 2015

'Shakespeare in the Park' performance again tonight in Pleasanton

William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" will be performed at 7:30 p.m.tonight at Amador Valley Community Park, another in a series by Free Shakespeare in the Park Production that will run Saturdays and Sundays through July 12 (except July 4) and also next Thursday, July 2.

Thursday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Lab teams up with CalCharge in fast-growing battery industry

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has joined CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage technologies.

Thursday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Motorcyclist critically injured in crash with vehicle in Hacienda

A motorcyclist was critically injured Tuesday night after crashing into a vehicle at the intersection of Stoneridge and Chabot drives.

Thursday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Update: Pleasanton care facility owner defends practice

The owner of a group of Pleasanton residential care facilities who was ordered to pay $176,000 in unpaid back wages to live-in caregivers this week said Wednesday that she had been following general industry practices and called for federal officials to do "more education rather than enforcement."

Thursday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Harvest Park interim principal announced

The Pleasanton school district has appointed Pleasanton Middle School vice principal Jill Butler as the interim principal for Harvest Park Middle School effective July 1 -- replacing Ken Rocha, who was appointed director of education for the city's middle and high schools.

Thursday, 7:15 AM | 1 comment
Intruders party in Castlewood home, take vacationing owners' bacon, liquor, jewelry

A Pleasanton family had an unwelcome surprise waiting for them Tuesday when they returned home from vacation to find their liquor cabinet raided, some personal items stolen and five pounds of bacon pilfered.

Thursday, 7:13 AM | 31 comments

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Person dies on tracks at West Dublin/Pleasanton station

One person died this morning after being found under a BART train at the West Dublin/Pleasanton station, which reopened late Wednesday morning after an Alameda County coroner's investigation.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
East Bay Realtors join Zillow in having access to all property listings

The Bay East Association of Realtors and the Contra Costa Association of Realtors have jointly signed a listing distribution agreement with the Zillow Group that will give brokers the ability to market their clients' properties to the more than 140 million monthly unique users who visit Zillow Group's consumer brands, including Zillow and Trulia.

Wednesday, 6:48 AM | 10 comments
Livermore fire burns home, displaces occupant

Firefighters extinguished a fire that burned a Livermore home Monday afternoon.

Wednesday, 6:20 AM | No comments yet
Nonlead ammunition requirements for hunters start in some areas July 1

Nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state starting July 1.

Wednesday, 6:17 AM | 15 comments
Local care facilities ordered to pay over $100K in back wages to employees

A group of Pleasanton residential care facilities have been ordered to pay employees more than $176,000 in back pay and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company that manages them had failed to pay them the federal minimum wage or legally required overtime.

Wednesday, 6:15 AM | 8 comments
New home sales reach 7-year high across U.S.

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 2.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000 units in May, according to newly released data from the federal Housing & Urban Redevelopment agency (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wednesday, 6:09 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board discusses homework survey results

The Pleasanton school board heard a report on the 2015 homework survey results Tuesday night, the last meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

Wednesday, 6:08 AM | 29 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thousands turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

More than 2,000 runners and their families turned out last Sunday for the 21st annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet
New Sandia director is first woman to lead a national security lab

Jill M. Hruby has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country's largest national lab with headquarters in Albuquerque and its major California lab in Livermore.

Tuesday, 6:15 AM | No comments yet
REACH names home for disabled for retiring 22-year board member

REACH, a Tri-Valley nonprofit that provides housing and other services for developmentally disabled adults, has dedicated one of its homes to Norm Guest for his many years of service to the organization.

Tuesday, 6:14 AM | 1 comment
35 new stores opening in August as Livermore's Outlet center expands

Livermore's outlet center at El Charro Road and I-580, now renamed San Francisco Premium Outlets, will open a new 185,000 square-foot addition Aug. 13, with 35 new stores coming to the new section before the Christmas holidays.

Tuesday, 6:13 AM | No comments yet
Retired Amador Valley High principal Hansen appointed interim superintendent

During a special closed session meeting, the Pleasanton school board appointed Jim Hansen as the interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year, replacing outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who will become the new superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District effective July 1.

Tuesday, 6:12 AM | 17 comments

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