Are your kids planning to visit Santa? If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write "Santa photo" in the subject line, and we ask that photos be at least 500K.
Also send the names of the children in the photo, the names of the parents, where you ran into Santa, where you live, where the children attend school, and anything else you think might be interesting in the caption.
We plan to use the photos in our Dec. 21 issue.
And, yes, we are also interested in photos of pets with Santa.
City provides free sandbags
With the rainy season upon us, the city of Pleasanton reminds local residents and businesses that free sandbags are available to those concerned about flooding. Residents can pick up free sandbags at the city's Service Center, 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton. The sandbags are located in the parking lot under a brown tarp and can be picked up at anytime. The sandbags are not available to contractors seeking sandbags for work sites.
City crews cleared culverts and drains ahead of the rainy season, and residents are encouraged to clear leaves from neighborhood drains. Report flooded areas between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays to the Operations Services Department at 931-5500. Report flooding to the Police Department at 931-5199 on weekends, holidays and between 3:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays.
BART plans for holidays
BART is operating longer trains this week the day before Thanksgiving and on Sunday to help passengers get to and from the airports and is significantly increasing the number of seats today, Nov. 23, for shoppers to carry their new purchases onboard.
For Christmas travelers, from Saturday, Dec. 22, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, BART will make 475 additional parking spaces available for airport/long term parking reservations. Customers must get to the parking lot before 10 a.m. to be guaranteed a spot.
Visit bart.gov/parking for more information or to make your reservation.