News digestZone 7, which supplies water to Pleasanton residents, approved a 5% increase last month, which will mean an additional $1.88 to the monthly water bills of typical households.
Board members said the raise was necessary to keep service reliable and for infrastructure investments. Zone 7 has 40 miles of pipeline, nine municipal wells, three water treatment plants and a groundwater demineralization facility, all built more than 40 years ago.
Zone 7's operating budgets for this fiscal year and for 2012-13 are $2.2 million and $2.5 million, respectively, less than for 2010-11, the board reported. The district is also setting aside funds for water-quality improvements such as taste- and odor-control projects and demineralization to reduce water hardness.
Goodguys is holding its 22nd annual Autumn Get-Together at the Alameda County Fairgrounds tomorrow and Sunday. It's the final event of the Goodguys' season and will feature more than 2,500 souped up American cars of all years, makes and models. Among the highlights will be a display featuring two generations of the Batmobile, an indoor truck exhibit featuring "The Patriot" Monster Truck and other specialty vehicles.
Other attractions include a Goodguys AutoCross, which is an electronically timed vehicle agility course, a swap meet and car corral, vendor exhibits and a pin striper's "brush bash" featuring pin stripe artists.
Goodguys has teamed with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to conduct a "Toys for Tots" toy drop tomorrow. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and get $2 off general admission. Toys will be distributed as holiday gifts to local children in need.
On Sunday, Goodguys, along with J. Rockcliff Realtors and CBS5, will give away a 1969 Chevelle muscle car.
Veterans will be outside some businesses Nov. 11-12 distributing Buddy Poppies. Donations made in exchange for the poppies will go to the VFW Orphans Home in Michigan.
Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) is holding his fifth annual "Holiday Cards for Our Troops" program after collecting 7,000 cards last year. The cards will be sent to troops stationed overseas in packages organized by East Bay Blue Star Moms, Pleasanton Military Families, Packed with Pride and Summerset Veterans Club, as well as to veterans in hospitals.
Cards should have salutations such as "Dear Service Member" and be signed. Leave cards unaddressed and envelopes unsealed at McNerney's office at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Suite 175, in Pleasanton by Dec. 15. Do not include inserts such as photographs.