News digestSpecial election
The nomination period to fill a Pleasanton City Council vacancy at a special election began Monday and closes at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8.
The vacancy was created when Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected to the office of mayor in November. The person elected to the fill the vacancy will hold the office for the unexpired term, which ends November 2014.
Pleasanton residents will vote to fill the vacancy at a special vote by mail election to be held Tuesday, May 7. Prospective candidates are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the City Clerk by calling 931-5027.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is presenting a free community seminar on the risks, signs and symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and advanced medical and minimally invasive surgical treatments, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30. Left untreated, GERD can damage the esophagus, and may increase the risk for esophageal cancer.
The seminar will be held in San Ramon Regional Medical Center's South Building in the South Conference Room, 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. Reservations are required. Call (800) 284-2878 or visit www.OurSanRamonHospital.com.
Free Excel classes
The Pleasanton library is offering free Excel classes during the month of February.
Microsoft Excel is one of the hottest skills needed for job advancement.
Classes include the following:
* Beginners Excel on Feb. 5;
* Intermediate Excel, Feb. 20; and
* Expert Excel (includes VBT Programming), Feb. 28.
Classes will be taught by a finance professional with 10 years of experience.
Registration is required, as space is limited. Ask at the Reference Desk or call 931-3400, ext. 7. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave., and its programs are open to everyone.