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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Point-Counterpoint: Chabad land-use restrictions

With the Pleasanton City Council set to decide land-use restrictions for the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road next week, the Weekly asked the separate appellants to explain the different reasons each appealed the Planning Commission's June 27 permit conditions.

Thursday, 3:19 PM | No comments yet
Chabad: What's the fuss?

In what could be one of its longest, most intense meetings of the year, the Pleasanton City Council will be asked Tuesday to decide if the Chabad Jewish organization should have unrestricted use of its recently acquired property on Hopyard Road or be kept hemmed in as some of its backyard neighbors are demanding.

Thursday, 3:19 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Seniors and technology

In a progressively more automated world, technology can offer significant life enhancements. And for the senior community, a community growing due to increased longevity and other factors, technology can be a vital tool for empowerment and independent living.

Thursday, 2:04 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Your friend, not enemy

In an effort to focus public attention on the dangers of the President Donald Trump's attacks, we join in an unprecedented coordinated expression of concern by newspapers across the country.

Thursday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Berkeley PD officer is final candidate for Pleasanton City Council

The Pleasanton City Council election is set to feature four candidates vying for two seats this fall after local resident Joseph Ledoux joined the fray by filing candidacy papers on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:36 PM | 7 comments
Blues and jazz at Bankhead

Blues-rock band Indigenous, featuring second generation bluesman Mato Nanji, will take The Bankhead Theater stage at 8 p.m. Friday night, joined by guitarist Chris Duarte and his "ferocious blues" style.

Wednesday, 2:43 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Real estate buying and selling tips for seniors

Taxes, family and doorways are just some of the important factors senior homeowners and homebuyers need to consider before making a move or deciding to stay put.

Wednesday, 12:50 PM | No comments yet
After student drowning, SRVUSD posting lifeguards at school pools, halting PE swimming

In the first action announced since the drowning of 15-year-old freshman Benjamin Curry in the San Ramon Valley High School pool last spring, school district officials have hired lifeguards to work at school pools to enhance safety when students are in the pools, a program that began with the start of school Monday.

Wednesday, 11:08 AM | 3 comments
Harvest Park library in recovery after fire

Cleanup and repairs continue after the fire that erupted in the Harvest Park Middle School library in early July, and the project to put in a temporary space is moving quickly forward, according to district staff.

Wednesday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
School overcrowding an urgent issue, PUSD staff say

Enrollment talk featured prominently at the three-hour-plus Pleasanton Unified School District board meeting Tuesday night, as trustees received the most updated enrollment data and confronted the district's rising student population at the dawn of the new school year.

Wednesday, 7:06 AM | 17 comments

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Water-wise landscaping workshop in Dublin

Ecologically-minded locals looking to landscape are invited to a free "water-wise gardening" workshop in Dublin this weekend.

Tuesday, 5:26 PM | No comments yet
Bail reform bill considered by California Legislature

SB 10 leaves many details of risk assessment implementation to each county. The same score -- received through the same assessment -- could have different results depending on how a county implements the tool.

Tuesday, 4:31 PM | 1 comment
Zone 7 board to select president, VP

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to choose a president and vice president to serve for the upcoming year at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 3:45 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Longtime bus driver retires after 40 years with LAVTA

And as a longtime staple in the Tri-Valley, Farner has seen plenty of transition, from bus technological developments to change with her passengers as she watched them grow from her bus-driving days within school districts, to her time with Wheels.

Tuesday, 3:12 PM | 1 comment
Coroner IDs teen killed in rural crash outside Livermore

A young man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road in unincorporated Alameda County outside Livermore on Sunday morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 19-year-old Jon Gullette of Tracy.

Tuesday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Football season begins amid head-scratching changes to EBAL

Believe it or not, we have arrived at the start of the high school football season as both Amador Valley and Foothill start their campaigns this Friday night. (Our 2018 football preview issue will run on next Friday.)

Tuesday, 10:24 AM | 9 comments

Monday, August 13, 2018

BART board approves $20M in security upgrades

Responding to the public outcry over safety raised by the killing of Nia Wilson and other recent crimes, BART's Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $20 million plan to expand the transit agency's network of digital cameras and install emergency call boxes on station platforms.

Monday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
Circus Vargas coming to fairgrounds

Don't be surprised by the blue and yellow Big Top hoisted over the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend -- the circus is coming to town, with a piratical twist.

Monday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
County completes assessment roll, seeks applicants for appeals board

The Alameda County Assessor's Office recently released its 2018-19 local property assessment roll, announced at $300.1 billion, reflecting a $19.9 billion or 7.11% increase above last year's assessment roll.

Monday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: The poet of Stoneridge Creek

Marilyn Slade calls herself an "Exaggerator-in-Chief." It all started in grade school, when she wrote about her first airplane flight for a class assignment, trying to capture the thrill and terror of the expedition. Her teacher liked the story, reading it aloud to the rest of the class.

Monday, 1:00 PM | 1 comment
Packed schedule for first PUSD board meeting of school year

The Pleasanton school board is set for a busy meeting Tuesday night, with enrollment, Measure I1 bond updates, the district budget and an update on the Harvest Park Middle School library repairs on the agenda, among a handful of other items.

Monday, 10:43 AM | 13 comments

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Election: Pleasanton mayor, school board unopposed; candidacy deadline extended for City Council

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and school board members Joan Laursen and Mark Miller stood without any challengers in their re-election bids when the candidacy deadline expired Friday afternoon.

Sunday, 6:25 PM | 4 comments
Zone 7 releases maintenance project map

The Zone 7 Water Agency has released an interactive map identifying the progress and impacts of flood control channel maintenance going on this summer.

Sunday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Beware of scams

Older folks are a vulnerable audience for unscrupulous contractors, financiers and other con artists, according to the National Council on Aging, and financial scams are considering the "crime of the 21st century."

Sunday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Revisiting JDEDZ now is city's best option, given circumstances

The City Council reversing its decision from last year to approve the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone would be a smart move.

Sunday, 5:21 PM | 26 comments
Teen dies in crash outside Livermore

A 19-year-old Tracy resident died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road outside Livermore in rural Alameda County on Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sunday, 5:21 PM | No comments yet

Friday, August 10, 2018

Four arrested in connection with Livermore armed robbery

Four suspects were arrested Thursday in Livermore in connection with the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store.

Friday, 10:28 AM | 5 comments

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Seniors Series: New joint replacement procedures at San Ramon Regional

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is now offering new cutting-edge technology for knee and hip replacement surgeries with the Mako robotic arm assisted surgery, which hospital staff say will greatly improve patient care.

Thursday, 1:27 PM | 1 comment
Dublin: Transient man convicted of sexually assaulting woman he met on BART

A transient man from San Francisco was convicted July 20 of two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of rape for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in San Leandro who he met at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

Thursday, 1:22 PM | 2 comments
Bankhead: Musical matinee -- a cappella style

Two male vocal groups will take the Bankhead Theater stage for "an unrivaled and joyful musical performance" at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

Thursday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering Sandi Thorne

Pleasanton's First Lady -- Sandi Thorne, wife of the mayor -- will be laid to rest Friday after a remarkable 80 years of life that touched thousands of us along the way.

Thursday, 1:18 PM | 1 comment
Traffic safety tips for back to school

The new school year is just around the corner, with Pleasanton Unified's first day of classes this coming Monday.

Thursday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Staying active in Pleasanton

Pleasanton seniors choose many different arenas to move their muscles, from fitness classes at the local senior center to casual tennis matches with friends. Some exercise alone, while for others, community is critical to staying active.

Thursday, 12:55 PM | 1 comment

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

National Night Out in Pleasanton

Neighborhoods and police in Pleasanton joined thousands of other communities across the country in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Chamber's community vision

When retiring Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Raty reflects on his most recent tenure here, he quickly points to the community vision that the chamber has developed.

Wednesday, 2:39 PM | No comments yet
Glitzy Golden Follies at Firehouse this weekend

The glamorous Golden Follies gals are bringing their glitz and sensational style to the Firehouse Arts Center again this year with "There's No Biz Like Show Biz!" in two shows, at 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Camp Arroyo fundraiser to feature legendary band

The Taylor Family Foundation is holding its 28th annual Day in the Park fundraiser Aug. 26 at Camp Arroyo with a legendary lineup of entertainment.

Wednesday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet
Investigation continues into Pleasanton police in-custody death

A multi-agency investigation continues into the death of a Pleasanton man who died at a local hospital while in police custody one week ago after allegedly acting erratically in a grocery store and then attacking officers who were trying to detain him.

Wednesday, 2:17 PM | 18 comments

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Stoneridge Mall welcoming new shops

The Stoneridge Shopping Center announced five new fashion spots and two new eateries coming to or expanding within the Pleasanton mall.

Tuesday, 4:24 PM | 9 comments
Local donation drive for students displaced in Carr Fire

This weekend, a group of Pleasanton residents will be collecting donations for those affected and displaced by the recent Carr Fire, which has wreaked havoc around Redding.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Falcon Track Club stars compete at nationals

The Falcon Track Club recently returned from the U.S. Track and Field Association's National Junior Olympic Championship meet that was held in Greensboro, N.C. at the end of July.

Tuesday, 12:58 PM | No comments yet
BART general manager announces $28M plan to boost safety and security

In the wake of three recent homicides and other violent crimes on the BART system, BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced Monday that she's asking the transit district's board to approve a $28 million comprehensive safety and security plan.

Tuesday, 12:02 PM | 8 comments

Monday, August 6, 2018

Coroner IDs Tri-Valley residents killed in SoCal plane crash

The five people who died in a plane crash in Southern California on Sunday afternoon after taking off from an airport in Concord have been identified as four Tri-Valley residents and a man from Los Angeles.

Monday, 10:45 PM | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill honors city of Pleasanton with Rainmaker Award

In its second year bestowing the award, Sunflower Hill has named the city of Pleasanton as recipient of the nonprofit's 2018 Rainmaker Award.

Monday, 5:39 PM | No comments yet
Structures inspire art at Harrington Gallery

"Cities and Structure, Side 1" by Monika Meler, "Balboa Park" by Sarah Newton, and "Cascading Light" by Anne Subercaseaux (each shown at right) are part of "Underpinnings," an exhibit opening at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Monday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Lab's laser system sets new record

Lawrence Livermore's National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently set a new record by firing 2.15 megajoules of energy into its target chamber - a 15% improvement over its design specification.

Monday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton 9-year-old heads to college

Kairan Quazi, one of Las Positas College's newer students, probably has a lot in common with his fellow, intellectually curious classmates. He loves to talk politics, he practically lights up when you mention gravitational forces and don't get him started on dystopian connections between George Orwell's "1984" and current events.

Monday, 4:15 PM | 4 comments
Weekend Sunol fire completely contained

A fire near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County was 100 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

Monday, 12:08 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Parched trees in P-town

People and pets aren't the only things wilting in the summer heat. High temps are tough on many plants.

Sunday, 6:56 PM | No comments yet
Activists hold vigil for two people who died at or near Santa Rita Jail

A vigil and rally for two people who recently died at or near the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was held in front of the jail Friday evening.

Sunday, 6:55 PM | No comments yet
Crews battle wilderness fire in Sunol over weekend

The Sunol Fire currently burning near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County is now 75% contained, according to Cal Fire. It has burned at least 30 acres but is no longer threatening structures.

Sunday, 6:45 PM | 1 comment
The state of the local real estate market

David Stark, public affairs director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, has been very busy this year trying to tamp down what he describes as "a war against homeowners on the Alameda County's I-880 corridor."

Sunday, 6:42 PM | No comments yet

Friday, August 3, 2018

Sandra Roy Thorne, wife of Pleasanton mayor, passes away unexpectedly

The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of Sandra "Sandi" Roy Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne's wife, who died unexpectedly early last Friday morning from complications during cancer treatment. She was 80.

Friday, 11:48 AM | 13 comments

Couples: Drop Your Keyboard!
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 7,592 views

Scott Raty bows out as CEO of Pleasanton Chamber
By Jeb Bing | 0 comments | 255 views


Nominations due by Sept. 17

Pleasanton Weekly and are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

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