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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Art of Peace: New project turns dismantled firearms into 'beacons of light'

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, in partnership with the Robby Poblete Foundation, has announced a project entitled "The Art of Peace -- Alameda County."

Thursday, 5:02 PM | No comments yet
Building a bridge: Tri-Valley Asian Association hopes to help local immigrants raise their voices

Sylvia Tian wants to be a "bridge" for new Asian immigrants in Pleasanton. To build a platform for them to become active community members and have their voices heard.

Thursday, 4:52 PM | 7 comments
'Untamed Australia' presentation at Livermore Library

Journalist-writer-photographer April Orcutt will present a slideshow about the untamed Northern Territory of Australia, at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Livermore's Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

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Editorial: Don't tune out; turn out for the June 5 primary

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, voter turnout in the June primaries hit an all-time low in non-presidential primary year of 2014. Lack of interest and time constraints were the top two reasons given by registered voters who said they do not always vote.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | 4 comments
Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle dies after brief illness

Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle, who was serving in his 10th year on the Dublin City Council, died late Wednesday night after battling a brief illness. He was 80.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'In a New World'

"I became an American citizen last Wednesday." Those were the opening words of Robin Hwang's speech that won the annual American Legion Post 237 oratorical contest held last month in Pleasanton.

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Around Pleasanton: Thorne launches bid for re-election as mayor

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne launched his campaign for re-election to a fourth and final term as mayor at a sold-out fundraising breakfast last week at the Alameda County Fairgrounds' Palm Pavilion.

Wednesday, 1:29 PM | 2 comments
DA O'Malley announces plans to dismiss old marijuana convictions

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced this week that her office plans to dismiss nearly 6,000 old marijuana cases in the wake of a new state law that legalizes the possession and recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older.

Wednesday, 12:51 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton council discusses impacts of recent state housing legislation

The Pleasanton City Council received a recap from city staff this week about the probable 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.

Wednesday, 10:07 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lady Blue Devils capture gold, silver medals in San Jose

The Lady Blue Devils -- the Tri-Valley's all-girls ice hockey club -- competed in several age groups at MLK Girls/Women's Ice Hockey Tournament in San Jose and returned home with one championship title and a silver medal.

Tuesday, 4:52 PM | No comments yet
Triptych special in Firehouse lobby

The large-scale triptych "Imperial Woodpecker" -- 6 feet by 12 feet -- by Korean-American artist Sarah Lee, a resident of Dublin, will be on exhibit at Harrington Gallery Grand Atrium Lobby of the Firehouse Arts Center now through March 10.

Tuesday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Museum holding discussions on photo exhibit

The Museum on Main is holding two "Discussion with ..." lectures relating to its current exhibit, "Black and White in Black and White."

Tuesday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
City OKs partial street closure to curtail cut-through traffic

Drivers soon won't be allowed to turn from Dublin Canyon Road onto Laurel Creek Drive after the Pleasanton City Council this month voted in favor of the move after hearing complaints from residents in The Preserve about speeding commuters cutting through their neighborhood.

Tuesday, 3:08 PM | 30 comments
Interpretive pavilion planned for Shadow Cliffs

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area -- the 266-acre park on Stanley Boulevard in east Pleasanton -- just keeps getting better. Water enthusiasts enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and beaches at the 80-acre lake. The park's variety of trails are frequented by hikers, bikers and horses.

Tuesday, 12:42 PM | 8 comments

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.

Monday, 3:52 PM | 2 comments
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.

Monday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 3:29 PM | 4 comments
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.

Monday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 3:29 PM | 1 comment

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.

Sunday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
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.

Sunday, 3:50 PM | No comments yet
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 | 57 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.

Friday, 1:07 PM | 9 comments

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.

Thursday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
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.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | No comments yet
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.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | No comments yet
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 | 34 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.

Wednesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
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.

Wednesday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
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.

Wednesday, 12:56 PM | No comments yet
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.

Wednesday, 12:55 PM | No comments yet
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 | 5 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.

Wednesday, 6:54 AM | No comments yet

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.

Tuesday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
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.

Tuesday, 5:54 PM | No comments yet
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.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
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 | 5 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.

Monday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
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."

Sunday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
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.

Sunday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
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.

Sunday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet

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