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Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 4, 2011

News digest

The 65-foot cell phone tower disguised as a pine tree that Verizon hoped to erect at Koll Center Parkway is no longer on the horizon. Last week the Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny the appeal to override city staff's decision not to allow the tower, based on the city's wireless ordinance.

The ordinance states that towers cannot be located within 300 feet of schools or parks and the Arroyo del Valle trail, which is zoned Public Health and Safety, falls inside that area.

"This was a fairly straightforward decision," said Planning Commission Chairwoman Kathy Narum.

Verizon can appeal the decision to the City Council but had not done so by press time.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," returns tomorrow and runs through March 5. This year's topics include using proton therapy for cancer; harnessing the wind for energy needs; withstanding climate change; and the search for the end of the periodic table.

The free lectures will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore. Lectures highlight cutting-edge LLNL science presented by leading Lab researchers joined by master high school science teachers. Seating is on a first-come basis.

Tomorrow's lecture will discuss the role radiation plays in the treatment of cancer.

The Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City group is starting the 2011 selection process for its 27th Student Exchange Program. Interested teens can meet for more information at lunchtime at their school's Spanish Club location. Amador Valley High will meet Feb. 9; Foothill, Feb. 14. In addition, there will be informational meetings for students and parents at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the School District Office, and at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Amador.

To be eligible, students must be at least 15, a sophomore or junior in high school, and have a minimum of two years of Spanish. Candidates go through an extensive interview process that is judged on a point-scale.

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