If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Capping 31-year career, Livermore-Pleasanton fire chief Miguel retiring]]> In an emotional farewell to the Pleasanton City Council last night, Fire Chief Jim Miguel announced that he will retire Nov. 7 as the head of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, capping a 31-year career in fire services including the last four in the top position here.]]> <![CDATA[Zone 7 approves rate increase for wholesale water]]> Zone 7's Board of Directors approved Oct. 15 the rate increase for wholesale treated water, with a 3% increase for 2015 and again in 2016 to keep pace with inflation.]]> <![CDATA[U.S. housing starts top 1 million for 3rd time this year]]> For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin post office named for James Kohnen]]> The Dublin Post Office was named Tuesday for the late James Kohnen, well-known public figure in Dublin and 30-year Army veteran who died May 29, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[School board calls special closed-door meeting tonight on Vranesh lawsuit]]> The Pleasanton school board has scheduled a special closed-door board meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight where it will discuss with legal counsel and possibly take action on the lawsuit filed by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh against the Pleasanton school district.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-principal files lawsuit against Pleasanton school district]]> Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh has filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Unified School District but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.]]> <![CDATA[Man stabbed in Pleasanton Plaza parking lot]]> An unidentified man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed in the Pleasanton Plaza parking lot on First Street Monday night with police continuing to search for his assailant.]]> <![CDATA[Property tax bills in the mail, due starting Nov. 1]]> More than 428,000 property tax bills for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 amounting to $3.06 billion have been mailed by Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector Donald R. White to all property owners of record in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.]]> <![CDATA[ValleyCare hosting breast cancer symposium tomorrow at Palm Event Center]]> ValleyCare Health System, along with Valley Medical Oncology Consultants, will present a free Breast Cancer Symposium from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palm Event Center on Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton.]]> <![CDATA[40th annual Foothill Band Review starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Pleasanton]]> The 40th annual Foothill Band Review, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast, will get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday on Main Street in Pleasanton with middle and high school bans from around the Bay Area participating.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Lab researchers link proteins to drug side effects]]> New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions, but the process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year.]]> <![CDATA[Construction starts on new $12-million Axis Community Health center]]> Construction has started on a new center for Axis Community Health that will double capacity for primary and mental health care in the Tri-Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Memorial service tomorrow for retired Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon]]> A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for Bill McCammon, retired Alameda County Fire Chief who died in his sleep Oct. 13. He was 61.]]> <![CDATA[Services Saturday for David Mertes, former head of state community college system]]> A Celebration of the Life of David Mertes will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Livermore Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore.]]>