Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 24, 2010

News digest

Local pipeline on 'risky' list

PG&E officials released a list Monday of the company's 100 riskiest sections of gas pipeline, following the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno on Sept. 9. The line closest to Pleasanton is between Vasco Road and Sunol and runs roughly along the Vallecitos Road corridor and south of Ruby Hill.

Citing a potential for ground movement, PG&E noted that it would "evalutate the potential replacement of 7,000 feet of pipe located on steep slopes from the North Livermore Valley to Vasco Road."

PG&E engineers use the list to plan future preventive maintenance and monitoring, PG&E president Christopher Johns said at a news conference in San Francisco.

Fred LaCosse on CTV30

Legendary broadcaster Fred LaCosse, a veteran news anchor, reporter and talk show host in the Bay Area for past 45 years, is serving as guest host for "Tri-Valley Community Focus" on Tri-Valley TV in September and October. The show airs on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 30.

"My goal is to try to make sure that the guests are as comfortable as they can be so they can get their information out to the public," said the Emmy-winning LaCosse. "You don't try to be a star, you're a facilitator."

The Tri-Valley Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves the communities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Sunol and San Ramon.

RV show at the Fairgrounds

With interest in traveling in motor homes on the rise, attendance at the 16th annual Northern California Fall RV Show could reach pre-recession levels when the exhibits opens today.

"RVing remains one of the most economical ways to take a trip now and for years down the road," said show organizer Mike Nohr, who noted that the recession delivered the worst blow to the RV industry in his 35 years in the business.

The show is being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds through Oct. 3. Cost is adults, $7; seniors (62-plus), $6; children 15 and under, free.

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