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Friday, May 25, 2018

BART votes down Livermore extension; regional authority could take lead on project

The BART Board of Directors narrowly voted against building a full BART extension to Livermore, but by also not selecting a preferred project alternative Thursday night, the board left the door open for the new Tri-Valley regional rail authority to take the lead on the proposed project.

Friday, 8:39 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Community of Character Awards

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative honored the four winners of the 2018 Juanita Haugen Awards during a luncheon at the Veterans Memorial Building on Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
30 delegates from Mexico visit Pleasanton

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association celebrated its 35th anniversary last month when 30 association members from Tulancingo visited Pleasanton.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | No comments yet
Strong showings for RADD teams at regionals

Pleasanton RADD athletes earned a variety of medals earlier this month during the Special Olympics Northern California's Regional Spring Games at Amador Valley High School.

Thursday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Swingin' Blue Stars to salute veterans

The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet are bringing their annual Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans to the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. this Sunday.

Thursday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Vintage aircraft open for tours and flights

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be flying its vintage aircraft into Livermore airport this weekend for tours and flights from Sunday through Tuesday.

Thursday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley projects receive state, federal grants

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) recently announced that it was awarded a $440,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration for capital improvements at the Livermore Transit Center.

Thursday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Memorial Day 2018: From somber observances to weekend of fun

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are among the best places to spend this Memorial Day weekend. Pleasanton will observe Memorial Day with an outdoor ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday next to the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

Thursday, 11:42 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Principal, VP departing Amador Valley High

Amador Valley High School will see some leadership changes next year. Principal Michael Williams was promoted to the district office and vice principal Mario Hurtado is moving to a principal post in Dublin.

Wednesday, 3:59 PM | 5 comments
Foothill: Threatening graffiti found in bathroom deemed not credible

Graffiti mentioning a possible threat found in a Foothill High School bathroom Wednesday morning but was later determined to be not credible and instead an apparent joke, according to principal Sebastian Bull.

Wednesday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: July 4 fireworks halted at fair, this time for good

The popular and long-traditional Independence Day fireworks show at the Alameda County Fair has been canceled, and this time it's probably for good.

Wednesday, 2:04 PM | 31 comments
Art and Wind Festival returning to San Ramon

The free festival at San Ramon's Central Park will feature fine arts, crafts, specialty food vendors, three entertainment stages headlining international music, children's puppet shows and of course, kites.

Wednesday, 1:55 PM | 1 comment
Transit-oriented neighborhood planned around Isabel BART station

The Isabel Neighborhood Specific Plan, a transit-oriented neighborhood in the area surrounding the proposed BART extension to Isabel Avenue, is dependent on a vote by BART directors Thursday.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 3 comments
PUSD highlights students, programs at final 2017-18 board meeting

The Pleasanton school board wrapped up its last regular meeting of the school year with a flurry of recognitions and presentations Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 8:25 AM | 9 comments

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Foothill VP to become principal at Sacramento middle school

Marcel Baker has announced that he will be leaving his post as vice principal of Foothill High School to take a middle school principalship in Sacramento.

Tuesday, 3:52 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley hospice pioneer Dr. Peter Wong dies at 74

Dr. Peter P. Wong, an early founder of Hope Hospice and a pioneer in the Bay Area in the medical fields of cancer treatment, hospice services and palliative care, died peacefully April 16, according to family. He was 74.

Tuesday, 3:45 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton educators, staff honored for impacting students' lives

Twenty Pleasanton Unified teachers and staff were honored earlier this month as this year's Excellence in Education Award Winners.

Tuesday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: First Tee provides comfort for grieving former Amador golfer

Life has come full circle for former Amador Valley golfer Natalie Baylock when it comes to the First Tee of the Tri-Valley.

Tuesday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 21, 2018

Danville man killed after car crashes into pond off Crow Canyon Road

Danville resident Keith Leung, 34, died after his Tesla Model S vehicle was found in a pond off of Crow Canyon Road just outside San Ramon on Sunday night. Leung worked as an engineer in Bay Point and as an active member of the Danville Community Band.

Monday, 9:29 PM | No comments yet
Kottinger Gardens ceremony marks Phase 1 opening, Phase 2 groundbreaking

Approximately 100 community members attended the ceremony Wednesday to recognize the new housing project that has been under construction just outside downtown Pleasanton since March 2016. Once Phase 2 is complete, Kottinger Gardens will add 185 new low-income housing units for seniors.

Monday, 9:26 PM | No comments yet
Amador senior named state champion for National History Day competition

A senior from Amador Valley High School was named a state champion in the National History Day 2018 state competition and will now move on to nationals.

Monday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Another Facilities Master Plan update for school board

The Pleasanton school board is set to consider another update to the Measure I1 Facilities Master Plan on Tuesday night.

Monday, 12:12 PM | 4 comments
Pleasanton: Journey through history of nation's music

Music director Eileen Chang will lead Cantabella Children's Chorus through an American journey of music from 1850 to the present at its spring concert, "America the Beautiful," this weekend.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
PUSD: Graffiti threat at Pleasanton Middle School found to be not credible

Pleasanton Middle School saw increased police presence on campus last week due to threatening graffiti discovered in a bathroom, but nothing happened, district officials say.

Monday, 11:43 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Zone 7 board opts to leave McGrail's seat vacant until election

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors commemorated late director Jim McGrail, who died last month after a recent illness, with an official moment of silence at Wednesday night's meeting, and then formally decided to leave his board seat vacant for the remainder of his unexpired term next month.

Sunday, 8:05 PM | No comments yet
Bankhead: Celebrate dance -- and spring

Valley Dance Theatre will celebrate the beauty of dance around the world with its annual repertoire production, "Spring Rep," at the Bankhead Theater on May 26-27. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Pleasanton Community Band.

Sunday, 7:51 PM | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Dublin agencies partner for new school site

The Dublin City Council has partnered with the Dublin Unified School District to start to address school overcrowding on the east side of the city.

Sunday, 7:51 PM | 8 comments
Former Livermore police officer publishes children's book

That's the main purpose of his new children's book, "Officer M.N.O.P. and Me." To dispel misconceptions about police officers and educate youth.

Sunday, 7:51 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 17, 2018

'An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony'

Museum on Main welcomes historical actress Miriam Reed as the famous suffragette in "An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony" at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Thursday, 8:09 PM | No comments yet
BodyTraffic -- contemporary dance

The innovative contemporary dance company BodyTraffic will perform cutting edge works by four leading choreographers at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, 8:00 PM | No comments yet
Lynnewood celebrating new gateway

The Lynnewood community will celebrate the completion with a public dedication ceremony this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the church courtyard.

Thursday, 8:00 PM | No comments yet
British blues at Firehouse

The James Hunter Six will perform original blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll sets with vocals and guitar chops both gritty and beautiful at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater in Pleasanton.

Thursday, 7:59 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Benefit to feature music for dancing

Valley Concert Chorale is holding a special benefit show Sunday, and it challenges the audience to sit still during the performance.

Thursday, 7:59 PM | No comments yet
Juanita Haugen Award recipients announced

Recipients of this year's Community of Character Juanita Haugen Awards have been named for exhibiting these values, and the three individuals and one nonprofit organization will be honored at a luncheon Tuesday.

Thursday, 1:30 PM | 1 comment
The bird counter at Shadow Cliffs

Unseen by many a Pleasanton resident, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is home to a burgeoning civilization: a waterbird colony. And there you'll often find citizen scientist Bill Rose.

Thursday, 1:20 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: PUSD summer courses, Zone 7 election special, Livermore Street Fest

For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

Thursday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill names first executive director

Nonprofit leader Edie Nehls has been hired as the first-ever executive director of Sunflower Hill, a Tri-Valley organization focused on residential and vocational opportunities for local adults with special needs.

Thursday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

City holding developer fee workshop

Pleasanton city officials are hosting a public workshop Thursday evening to receive feedback from residents as part of the city's effort to update the development impact fees charged for new housing and commercial projects in Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 12:54 PM | No comments yet
Senior Support laments loss of funding for free screenings

The Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is scrambling to save its free preventative health screenings after recently being informed that federal funding administered through Alameda County won't be available for the local program anymore due to federal budget cuts, according to the Pleasanton nonprofit's executive director.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
PUSD schools join others in Bike to School Day

Schools in Pleasanton Unified School District joined others across the Bay Area in Bike to School Day on May 10.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Weekly endorsements for June primary

It's election time once again, and although these midterm primary campaigns haven't generated as much intrigue as we'd see in a presidential election year, there are nonetheless a handful of important topics on the ballot for Tri-Valley voters this June.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | 7 comments
Council backs Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

The Pleasanton City Council threw its support behind plans from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its apprentice training facility on Santa Rita Road on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ash tree falls into Christesen's sign in downtown Pleasanton

Overnight or early Tuesday morning, a city-owned Modesto ash tree fell onto the sign above Christesen's western apparel shop in downtown Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 6:58 PM | 2 comments
Castlewood could consider selling Valley Course for new housing

Members of the Castlewood Country Club are facing some difficult decisions this summer. General Manager John Vest said Castlewood staff and the Board of Directors are exploring all options to address costly ADA-compliance concerns with the Castlewood clubhouse.

Tuesday, 5:16 PM | 28 comments
Zone 7 talking $2.8M contract for flood control facilities repairs

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to consider approving a contract to repair the agency's flood control facilities Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 3:37 PM | No comments yet
Livermore council likes mixed-use Legacy development concept

The Livermore City Council supported moving the proposed Legacy at Livermore project forward by authorizing staff to begin negotiating a development agreement.

Tuesday, 12:38 PM | 2 comments
Improv going 'Totally Tubular'

Pleasanton's teen improv troupe -- Creatures of Impulse -- continues to outdo its own performances at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Tuesday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball ends regular season on 7-game winning streak

The Foothill softball team extended its winning streak to seven games with victories over Livermore and Amador Valley last week.

Tuesday, 12:13 PM | No comments yet

Monday, May 14, 2018

PUSD offering summer enrichment courses for all ages

For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

Monday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
Memorial hike at Del Valle raises spirits -- and funds

Friends, families, co-workers and solo hikers are invited to Hope Hospice's eighth annual Hike for Hope on May 19 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

Monday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
Council to debate Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to discuss a proposal from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its training facility on Santa Rita Road.

Monday, 4:05 PM | 3 comments
PUSD launches inaugural stakeholder survey

As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, parents, guardians, students and staff are asked to participate in the Pleasanton school district's inaugural "stakeholder survey."

Monday, 2:31 PM | 1 comment
Retired Zone 7 general manager dies at 86

Mun Mar, who served as general manager of the Zone 7 Water Agency for 33 years until retiring in 1990, died May 6 at the age of 86.

Monday, 2:30 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Amador student places third in Swalwell's Congressional Art Competition

Third-place finalist Shangxi Wu, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, placed with his pastel painting, “Old Man in Costume."

Sunday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Council election: Olson won't seek re-election, Narum running for second term

The Pleasanton City Council will have at least one new member this fall, with Vice Mayor Arne Olson confirming Friday he will not seek a second term in the November general election.

Sunday, 5:29 PM | 2 comments
Harvest Park principal announces resignation

Robin Munsell, principal of Harvest Park Middle School, announced last week that she would be resigning from her post at the end of the school year.

Sunday, 5:20 PM | 64 comments

Lab scientists find better ways to ID individuals who die in catastrophic events
By Jeb Bing | 2 comments | 397 views

Harding Park honors one of Pleasanton's best
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 393 views