Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offered 600 employees a voluntary separation in May, and 399 of them accepted, with most concluding their employment last week, said spokeswoman Lynda Seaver. The Lab now employs just under 6,200 people.
The program was offered to address budget challenges in fiscal year 2014, and the departing employees came from all different departments, said Seaver. As part of their package they each received one week of pay per year of continuous service, up to 26 weeks.
"What we're doing now is to step back and assess where we are, our skills mix," Seaver said. To fill any gaps, employees will be moved within programs or across programs, she said; the Lab will not be hiring externally.
In 2008, the Lab also offered voluntary layoffs, which resulted in 215 departures; that year, it also laid off 440 involuntarily.
Library goes pre-historic
The Pleasanton library was extra busy this week as children began the summer reading program, "Pre-Historic Pleasanton." The children's area has been enhanced with dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, ancient sea creatures and cave men.
Children of all ages can become "junior paleontologists" and pick up a game board to track the time they spend reading, with prizes for every 10 hours. Other activities for library junior paleontologists include weekly movies, story times and crafts.
Last year, when the theme was the Olympics, nearly 4,000 Pleasanton youngsters signed up to participate. For more information, visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us or call the Children's Desk at 931-3400.
Lecture on Lincoln
Historian Gerald Henig will deliver a free talk on "Abraham Lincoln and the Struggle against Slavery and Disunion: A Sesquicentennial Perspective" in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," which is at Museum on Main, 603 Main St., through July 28. By focusing on Lincoln as emancipator, commander-in-chief, political leader, architect of Reconstruction and an uncommon common man, Henig, emeritus professor of history at CSU East Bay, will separate fact from fiction.
The talk begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 23, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.