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Monday, February 19, 2018

Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys shock Dublin to win EBAL basketball title

What a week it was for the Amador Valley boys basketball team. The Dons followed a Senior Night victory over rival Foothill with two playoff wins, including the EBAL championship game Saturday at top-seeded Dublin.

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MTC releases Bay Area planning survey

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released an online survey to get input from the public, partner agencies and others as the commission prepares its next Public Participation Plan.

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Four-star Manilow tribute at Firehouse

"This One's for You: The Songs of Barry Manilow," a cabaret tribute to the pop legend, will be presented by music and theater veterans Kyle Martin, Tielle Baker, Nikita Burshteyn and Andrea J. Love at a special matinee concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

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Capt. Bretzing retiring from Pleasanton PD

The Pleasanton Police Department is getting ready to say goodbye to one of its longest-tenured members, Capt. Jeff Bretzing, who is retiring from the department on Friday.

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New Glazer bills take on state pensions, renter support, pet safety

Tri-Valley State Senator Steve Glazer introduced three bills last week aimed at addressing issues on the minds of people across the state: public pensions, rental costs and pet safety.

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Pleasanton council to talk impacts of recent state housing legislation

The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive a recap from city staff Tuesday about the local impacts of the so-called "housing package," a group of state legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall to address housing availability and affordability across California.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pleasanton hosting Improv Face-Off 2018

Bay Area teen improv teams will compete against Pleasanton's own Creatures of Impulse in this pro-wrestling-themed run of shows, which has five performances, five different bouts, and an interactive format that gives the audience a chance to win prizes, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

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Man acquitted in Steinle killing pleads not guilty to federal gun charges

An undocumented Mexican immigrant who was acquitted of state charges of murdering Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to two federal gun charges.

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City, Costco opponents make first court appearance in lawsuit

Last week marked the first court appearance in the lawsuit challenging the city's environmental clearances for its new Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), a rezoning that paves the way for Costco, two hotels and other businesses to potentially be developed near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

Sunday, 3:49 PM | 4 comments

Friday, February 16, 2018

PUSD: Foothill searched after threat that was actually tied to Bakersfield school

Pleasanton's Foothill High School was searched by police and cleared of danger Friday morning after a phone call alerting authorities to a threatening social media post was soon determined to have actually pertained to a different Foothill High School.

Friday, 3:24 PM | 4 comments
Planning Commission approves new car wash on Stanley Boulevard

A new car wash is on its way into town after the Pleasanton Planning Commission on Wednesday signed off on a proposal from Surf-Thru Express Car Wash to build its first Bay Area station at a long-vacant property along Stanley Boulevard.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

U.S. Navy Band coming to Bankhead

The Navy is coming to Livermore, one of 12 cities in three states to host a performance by the U.S. Navy Band during its 2018 tour.

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Editorial - Black History Month: Knowledge is imperative to creating inclusive society

Black History Month, which celebrates achievements and contributions of African-Americans in our nation's history, is commemorated around the country every February since President Gerald Ford made it official in 1976.

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Beatles vs. Rolling Stones in Livermore

Which band was better -- the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The two legendary bands will engage in an onstage musical "showdown" at the Bankhead Theater on Feb. 21, courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction-The International Rolling Stones Show.

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Unity of Tri-Valley welcomes new minister

Unity of Tri-Valley in Dublin has announced the hiring of a new senior minister, Rev. Dinah Chapman, who will start in her position this Sunday.

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Local AAUW steers girls toward STEM careers

Girls! You, too, can thrive in science, technology, engineering and math. The local branch of the American Association of University Women does not just speak this message; its members are passionately involved in three programs each year to encourage and nurture young females in these areas.

Thursday, 12:14 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cal High: Removal of anthem from pep rally sparks controversy, national attention

San Ramon's California High School has been cast into the national spotlight in the past week after a decision by the school's student leadership class to not play the national anthem during last month's pep rally.

Wednesday, 5:07 PM | 26 comments
Sandia donates $25,000 to Valley Children's Museum

Sandia National Laboratories has donated $25,000 to the Valley Children's Museum in Dublin, a grant made possible through Sandia's gifts and grants program.

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Livermore: Pair arraigned for stabbing of 19-year-old woman found on Tesla Road

A 19-year-old man and 25-year-old woman from Modesto were arraigned Wednesday on a murder charge for the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Tracy woman in unincorporated Livermore early Monday morning.

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PUSD sets public input sessions on Facilities Master Plan update

The Pleasanton school district has three public input meetings coming up to garner resident feedback for its Facilities Master Plan update, which will include Measure I1 bond project prioritization and funding allocation.

Wednesday, 1:08 PM | 3 comments
Celtgrass: We Banjo 3 coming to Firehouse

We Banjo 3 will return to the Firehouse Arts Center from Galway, Ireland, for two performances as part of its "Earth & Sky" tour this weekend, at 8 p.m. Feb. 17, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 18, joined by Scottish band Talisk.

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Honoring Chinese New Year

As the Chinese Year of the Dog begins, Towne Center Books on Main Street and the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center are presenting free events with author and artist Irma Grant this weekend.

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Amador, Foothill headed to 'We the People' national finals

The competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are heading to Washington, D.C. in April, representing California for the "We the People" national finals.

Wednesday, 11:12 AM | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board considers new assessment system

A possible new assessment model was the main item of the night for the Pleasanton school board at a sparsely attended meeting Tuesday.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Woman arraigned on murder charges for double-fatal crash on Stanley

A Livermore woman was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a crash near Livermore last November that claimed the lives of a Village High School student and a 25-year-old woman.

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Victim, suspects identified in fatal stabbing outside Livermore

A 19-year-old Tracy woman found with fatal stab wounds early Monday morning in unincorporated Livermore in eastern Alameda County has been identified by sheriff's deputies as Lizette Andrea Cuesta.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | 1 comment
Alameda County Fair wins industry awards

The Alameda County Fair was recently awarded top honors for innovation and excellence in a variety of competitive categories from two industry associations for its efforts and accomplishments during 2017.

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Pleasanton mayor delivers 2018 State of the City address

2017 was filled with achievements throughout Pleasanton, and city leaders are positioning themselves for another year of highlights in 2018, Mayor Jerry Thorne said during his State of the City address Tuesday afternoon.

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill hires Haubner as new football coach

When replacing an iconic coach at any level or sport, continuity can be of the utmost importance. It looks like the Falcons have done just that with the hiring of Foothill teacher Greg Haubner to guide the football program that Sweeney built.

Tuesday, 11:08 AM | 1 comment

Monday, February 12, 2018

Pleasanton school board talking new student assessment model

The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss a new student assessment model to be possibly implemented in local schools Tuesday night.

Monday, 4:48 PM | 4 comments
Man accused of recording customer inside Pleasanton store fitting room

A 45-year-old San Lorenzo man was arrested at Stoneridge Shopping Center for allegedly hiding a camera inside a store fitting room and recording a woman trying on clothes inside.

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Bankhead hosting discussion on state's water situation

Livermore's Bankhead Theater is set to host a presentation this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by Roger Bales from the University of California at Merced, discussing what was learned from the 2011-15 drought and what steps need to be taken to secure the state's water future.

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Services set for Pleasanton native, decorated ACFD dispatcher

Family, friends and colleagues will remember Genevieve Giordano, an Amador Valley High School graduate and emergency call dispatcher in the area, during a memorial service at Cedar Grove Community Church in Livermore this weekend.

Monday, 1:12 PM | 1 comment
Zone 7 board candidates can file running papers starting this week

Candidates hoping to win one of four seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors up for election this June can begin filing nomination papers this Tuesday.

Monday, 12:05 PM | 1 comment
Jump and jive: California Feetwarmers performing at the Firehouse

Travel back to 1920s New Orleans with the Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers as its seven members jump and jive to ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, with horn-heavy rags, banjo stomps and happy traditional jazz.

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Woman dies after being found stabbed on Tesla Road

Two teens have been arrested in Modesto in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Tracy woman who was found stabbed on Tesla Road in rural unincorporated Livermore in eastern Alameda County early Monday morning, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Monday, 9:51 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fairlands Elementary commemorates Black History Month with 'living museum'

Thurgood Marshall, Barack and Michelle Obama, Willie Mays and Oprah Winfrey all made appearances in Pleasanton on Thursday morning, as fifth-graders at Fairlands Elementary School assumed the roles of famous African-Americans for a "living museum" in honor of Black History Month.

Sunday, 4:56 PM | 4 comments
Symphony: 'Wild Water and Wonder'

Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 55th regular season with "Wild Water and Wonder" on Feb. 24 at the Bankhead Theater, with music director Lara Webber conducting. The concert will feature Ottorino Respighi's "Fountains of Rome" and Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes."

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Castlettes raise funds for Hope Hospice

The Castlettes -- the Castlewood Country Club women's nine-hole golf group -- recently presented a ceremonial donation check to local nonprofit Hope Hospice for $5,700, funds raised as part of the Castlettes' annual charity holiday luncheon.

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Around Pleasanton: Local veteran, 96, has reason to be proud

Army veteran Manuel Moreno, now 96, has reason to be proud. He served 21 years in the Infantry and the Military Police, receiving two Purple Hearts in World War II. Then, he served another 21 years on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's security detail.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

LAVTA changes schedules for buses serving local BART stations

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is implementing schedule adjustments to most Wheels and Rapid bus routes effective Monday morning.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Driver charged with murder for crash that killed Pleasanton teen, Livermore woman

A Livermore woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated stemming from the late-night rollover crash just outside Pleasanton on Thanksgiving eve that killed two people, including a Village High School student.

Thursday, 6:03 PM | 16 comments
LPFD fire captain earns Bronze Star Medal

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Capt. Ken Atkinson was recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service and dedication as a U.S. Army Green Beret deployed in Afghanistan last year.

Thursday, 2:06 PM | 3 comments
Pleasanton volunteers pack 50,000 meals for families in need

Some 400 volunteers showed up to Inklings in downtown Pleasanton last week to participate in a meal-packing event for the Pleasanton-based nonprofit Kids Against Hunger Bay Area.

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Editorial: A bright day for Sunflower Hill

The Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch residential community for adults with special needs just got one step closer to becoming a reality.

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My Valentine: Pleasanton couple's love spans 60 years, 5 states and 435 kids

To Pleasanton's Deana and David Mitchell, love isn't a passing emotion or a fleeting thought. "It's something you depend on, something you grow into," Deana said. "It's not a fly-by-night thing. It's something everlasting."

Thursday, 12:46 PM | 1 comment
'Golden Strings' coming to Bankhead

Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Lawrence Kohl, will present "Golden Strings" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

San Ramon: 10 new retail, dining tenants coming to City Center

Ten new lifestyle and dining tenants have officially have signed leases to be among the inaugural tenants at San Ramon's City Center Bishop Ranch, set to open later this year.

Wednesday, 9:24 PM | 5 comments
Tri-Valley mayors return from summit in DC with optimism

The Tri-Valley's five mayors recently traveled to the nation's capital to advocate for regional priorities with federal officials and receive insights from their peers from across the country as part of the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Tri-Valley artist featured in galleries nationwide

Tri-Valley watercolorist Robin Purcell's landscape paintings have been selected by four prestigious art organizations for their juried exhibits across the country.

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Get married at county office in Dublin on Valentine's Day

The Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office is again taking reservations this year for couples who want to get married on Valentine's Day.

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Swalwell introduces bill to protect journalists from physical harm

Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation on Monday that would make certain attacks on news reporters a federal crime.

Wednesday, 12:17 PM | 35 comments
Rally for Love in Livermore

The second annual Rally for Love will be held this weekend to celebrate the vibrant diversity in the Tri-Valley, and show solidarity with those who feel vulnerable.

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City Council approves Sunflower Hill plans, plus financial support

Sunflower Hill could be in position to begin building Pleasanton's first-ever residential community for adults with special needs by the end of the year after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the design plans and signed off on almost $9.4 million in financial support for the project.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mayor Thorne reaches settlement with FPPC over Costco stock disclosure

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne has acknowledged failing to formally inform state regulators about selling his Costco stock in 2016, an admission that comes as part of a proposed settlement agreement with the Fair Political Practices Commission up for final approval next week.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | 8 comments
Chorale fundraiser presents concert pianist

Valley Concert Chorale's fundraiser this month will offer "A Tribute to French Composers," performed by concert pianist Daniel Glover, who has been the group's accompanist since 1998.

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Couple at center of San Ramon Valley human trafficking ring found guilty

A couple has been convicted and sentenced for operating a large-scale sex trafficking ring centered in the San Ramon Valley, two and a half years after their initial arrests.

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls remain well-positioned in EBAL soccer race

The Foothill High girls soccer team started its final stretch of the regular season with a pair of ties last week.

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Couples: Engaged on Valentine’s Day! Topics to Discuss
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Great rankings for Pleasanton high schools
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Livermore veteran, 96, has reason to be proud
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