News digestDistrict OKs plan for Ridge
The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously OK'd the new land use plan for the Pleasanton Ridge at its meeting Tuesday after reviewing comments received at public meetings. The plan will add 2,360 acres to the 4,172 acres of parkland currently open to the public, plus develop picnic areas, interpretive programs and campsites for backpackers.
The plan includes two new staging areas, Garms with 75 parking spaces and Tyler Ranch with up to 90 parking spaces; adds 20 parking spaces to the Foothill staging area and one new trailhead at the Devany Canyon entrance; and a system of trails that can support multiple uses.
Although the land use plan has been approved, there is no timeline for the improvements, which will depend on funding.
New principal for Donlon
Stephanie Ceminsky has been selected to be the new principal at Donlon Elementary School in Pleasanton. She will succeed Amy Simione, who resigned the position to relocate to the East Coast.
Ceminsky, who served as an assistant principal at Amador Valley High School this past school year, has more than nine years of experience as a school administrator. She has served as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and as a summer school principal for grades 5-8. Her teaching experience includes elementary and middle school, as well as special education.
She has a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Mary's College in Moraga.
Fast & Furious on Main
The Fast & Furious Festival is coming to Pleasanton on Sunday, Aug. 5, for a second year. A 5K Run/Walk Race will take place in the morning, with the criterium-style bicycle races through downtown scheduled to start at 10:50 a.m. and conclude with the women's and men's championship races at 5:20 and 6:30 p.m.
The event is an all-day wellness and lifestyle festival, and will benefit ALS Therapy Development Institute.
A sub-headline in last week's Pleasanton Weekly about a San Ramon attorney pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge was incorrect. It should have read a claim has been filed.