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Friday, October 19, 2018

Zone 7 narrowly approves water rate hikes

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors approved new water rate increases for the next four years in a 4-3 vote at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Visiting the villains

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus is going to explore the darker side of Broadway, movies, opera and Disney next week in "Villains of Stage and Screen."

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'Nightmare' comes to life at Firehouse

Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's award-winning teen improv troupe, is providing a "Nightmare" for audiences next week, gathering them around a "campfire" to follow their suggestions to create a dark and stormy night at the Firehouse Arts Center.

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Halloween Fun Night at tennis center 'just grew and grew'

What started out in 2005 as a fun Halloween-themed tennis party for a dozen young players has turned into an extravaganza of spooks, costumes, games and candy that draws hundreds -- the Pleasanton Halloween Fun Night.

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Tim Talk: Bringing great burgers to downtown Pleasanton

When Todd Utikal and his wife celebrated life milestones at Skip Hinsley's Girasole restaurant, he never imagined that years later they would be business partners in downtown Pleasanton's newest restaurant.

Thursday, 10:07 AM | 13 comments
Historic homes: Stories etched into century-old houses, and the measures to preserve them

It's just one of dozens of historical homes scattered around Pleasanton, homes that are deemed to have historical and architectural significance in the ways their structures have been preserved. And they serve as a reminder of decades past, harkening back to horse-and-buggy days when the city was just emerging.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Firehouse comedy: Heartbreak and humor of divorce and dating

Anne Marie Scheffler shares insights of her "MILF Life Crisis" in a comedy show that explores the new kind of relationships she observed when newly divorced with kids, at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

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Clubhouse, downtown's newest restaurant, opens in Pleasanton Hotel

Ed Westmoreland was joined by an enthusiastic crowd Monday as he cut the ribbon and opened his new Clubhouse restaurant in the Pleasanton Hotel at 855 Main St.

Wednesday, 1:48 PM | 12 comments
Las Positas awarded state grant to support veterans

The award comes after the college's Veterans First Program applied for a Veterans Resource Center state grant through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

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Editorial: Re-elect Baker for Assembly, Swalwell for Congress

We reached our endorsement decisions for regional representative seats after meeting with the candidates or questioning them during a public forum.

Wednesday, 1:26 PM | 65 comments
Remembering Kristallnacht

Eighty years ago, Nazis in Germany swept through the country on the night of Nov. 9 and attacked its Jewish citizens, vandalizing synagogues, businesses and homes, and killing nearly 100 people.

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Pleasanton council endorses Valley Link

The Pleasanton City Council threw its support Tuesday behind regional officials' initial concept of creating a commuter light rail system, dubbed Valley Link, to extend public transit service east between the Dublin-Pleasanton BART stop and the North Lathrop ACE Train station.

Wednesday, 12:38 PM | 5 comments

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Small plane crashes into fence at Livermore Airport

A small World War II-era plane ran off the runway and veered into a perimeter fence at the Livermore Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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The Pothole Report: Pleasanton recognized for quality road maintenance

A recent study of the 43,000 miles of road found in the Bay Area -- almost double the distance it takes to circumnavigate the globe-- has recognized Pleasanton as having some of the best maintained and highest quality streets in the region.

Tuesday, 5:10 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Haugen scholarship deadline Nov. 12

The Community of Character Collaborative invites high school seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

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Zone 7 board set to vote on proposed water rate increases

After a series of public meetings on the subject, the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on proposed water rates for the upcoming four years at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 5:01 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum inducted into UC Davis Hall of Fame

Betsy Sedlak, a graduate of Foothill High, was recently inducted into the University of California, Davis Hall of Fame following her incredible volleyball career.

Tuesday, 3:05 PM | 1 comment

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pleasanton's Sears store to close amid company's bankruptcy

On Monday shortly after announcing that their company was filing for chapter 11, Sears Holdings officials announced that Pleasanton's Sears in the Stoneridge Shopping Mall would be closing along with 141 other Sears and Kmart locations nationwide, before the year's end.

Monday, 4:06 PM | 36 comments
Remembering World War II

Milt Feldman, 94, and his wife Renee were special guests recently at the world premiere at Stoneridge Creek of a documentary featuring his experiences during World War II when he was a German POW, "A Soldier's Dream: The Milt Feldman Story."

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Tri-Valley native joins Pleasanton PD as newest officer

Pleasanton Police Department and city officials welcomed San Ramon native Nickolas Skaggs as the department's newest police officer during a ceremony last week.

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CPUC approves higher electricity fees for customers who buy from local program

The California Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday approved a revised fee calculation that will result in higher charges to customers who choose to buy their electricity from local governments instead of investor-owned utilities.

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Classic film musicals at the Bankhead

The Classic Film Musicals Series continues at the Bankhead Theater with MGM's "Showboat," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. The star-studded classic was released in 1951 with big dances and songs including "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol' Man River," with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner.

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Council to talk Valley Link concept, Zone 7 rate hikes; Chabad hearing postponed

The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss taking positions on the Valley Link commuter rail system and proposed rate increases from the Zone 7 Water Agency on Tuesday, but the hearing on the Chabad Center for Jewish Life -- the night's most-anticipated debate -- has been postponed.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

BART fined $1.3M for safety violations resulting in worker deaths in 2013

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued a $1.3 million fine to BART for safety violations that led to the death of two workers who were struck by a train between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations in 2013.

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County, jail guards sued for alleged assaults on inmate at Santa Rita

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office and four current and former deputies were sued Monday by a former jail inmate who alleges that the deputies allowed another inmate to spray him with urine and feces multiple times and then broke his arm.

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Las Positas College presents 'Arcadia'

Las Positas College Department of Theater Arts will explore the nature of evidence and truth in the context of modern ideas about love, attraction, mathematics and physics in Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia." It will play at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 19-28 at the Black Box Theater in the Mertes Center for the Arts.

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Tim Talk: Pleasanton firm Deep Sentinel prepares product launch

Pleasanton-based Deep Sentinel is breaking new ground in the home surveillance industry and, like many other innovative solutions, hopes to completely disrupt it.

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Congressional hopeful Peters' candidate statement left out of Contra Costa voters guide

U.S. House of Representatives hopeful Rudy Peters (R-Livermore) saw his campaign hit a bump in the road late in this election season, when the Contra Costa County Elections Department failed to include his candidate statement in the original voters guide sent to San Ramon residents in Congressional District 15.

Sunday, 5:27 PM | 1 comment

Friday, October 12, 2018

Contra Costa officials break ground on new I-680 express lane north of Valley

Transportation officials in Contra Costa County held a groundbreaking ceremony last week on a $127 million project that will add 11 miles of a southbound carpool express lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek, a move they hope will shorten drive times along Interstate 680 by 10 to 15 minutes.

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News Digest: Zone 7 water rates, Starry Night, Jewelry fundraiser, Shepherd's Gate benefit

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to take its final vote on proposed water rate increases next Wednesday at the board's regular meeting, after much discussion at a series of public community meetings held since August.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Harringtons set for final Pleasanton art walk of year

Nancy and Gary Harrington from the Harrington Art Partnership are hosting their final public art walk of 2018 this Saturday in the downtown area.

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PPD marks Coffee with a Cop Day

The Pleasanton Police Department met with residents in a less-formal setting last week as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

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Parents of teen who drowned on campus file claim with SRVUSD

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been hit with a claim from the family of 15-year-old Benjamin Curry, who drowned in the San Ramon Valley High School pool in early May.

Thursday, 1:23 PM | 6 comments
Around Pleasanton: Council candidates find campaigning hard work, expensive

Win or lose, the candidates in the Nov. 6 municipal election -- incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Narum, Joseph Ledoux, Joe Streng and Julie Testa -- deserve credit for the hundreds of hours they're spending on the campaign trail.

Thursday, 1:22 PM | 1 comment
Head of the Class: Solorzano making the rounds at Amador

Alberto Solorzano's path to Amador Valley principal is full of "accidents," he said. Starting with his foray into teaching.

Thursday, 12:13 PM | 6 comments
General election 2018

While many eyes in the Bay Area will no doubt be glued to out-of-area contests, Pleasanton voters can have their voices heard on the range of representative positions and state propositions on their ballots. Offices such as State Assembly, Congress and California governor, and ballot issues like gas tax repeal, another water bond and veteran housing funding -- to name a few.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Officials break ground on Dublin-Pleasanton BART parking structure

In an effort to mitigate the traffic congestion and parking headaches that have plagued the area, local and regional leaders came together on Tuesday afternoon to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of a multi-platform parking garage for the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

Wednesday, 3:30 PM | 24 comments
Pleasanton: Take part in Day of the Dead

The Pleasanton Public Library is looking for 20 individuals or groups to pay homage to an ancestor by creating an "ofrenda" in his or her honor as part of a community celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

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South African storyteller performing at Pleasanton Library

South African-born musician and writer Toby Tobias will give an uplifting and engaging program from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

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ArtWalk in Livermore this weekend

ArtWalk, a community celebration of the arts, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Livermore this Saturday with hundreds of handmade and original works displayed by their artists, ranging from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, potter to jewelry and mixed media.

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Big band celebrates 40 years

From there, Eshelman's life has followed a rhythm built around music, to California and beyond and back again to keep the beat at colleges and to found Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band in 1978. A Pleasanton resident for 11 years, the trombonist/composer/teacher invites everyone to a gala concert at Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.

Wednesday, 12:26 PM | 1 comment
Editorial: Vote Narum, Streng for Pleasanton City Council

We think Narum and Streng are the right community leaders to guide the City of Planned Progress through the next four years.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 36 comments
PUSD talks new bond potential

The Pleasanton Unified School District board discussed next steps for financing of the Measure I1 facilities bond at its first regular meeting of October on Tuesday night, particularly honing in on the possibility of asking voters to pass another $124 million bond in 2020.

Wednesday, 7:21 AM | 19 comments

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Piscotty bobblehead supports ALS research

A new, limited-edition Stephen Piscotty Oakland Athletics bobblehead has been released, with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit the GoFundMe created by A's Community Fund to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute in memory of Stephen's mother.

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Pleasanton walks and rides to school

And Pleasanton schools are joining in the celebration by hosting rotating events at sites district-wide on Wednesday mornings throughout the month, in order to encourage students to walk, ride or roll to school.

Tuesday, 6:25 PM | 1 comment
Tri-Valley leaders meet to discuss traffic problems and solutions

Regional leaders gathered last week to discuss traffic congestion at the 2018 Transportation Solutions Summit in Pleasanton, and while many solutions were offered, leaders agreed the best way to tackle the issue was through continued collaboration between local municipalities.

Tuesday, 4:28 PM | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Dons poised for NCS playoffs while Falcons miss key players

Seven weeks into the season, the teams are mirror opposites of each other. Amador Valley sits at 5-2 overall, while Foothill is at 2-5. Both teams are coming off losses, as the Dons fell 35-23 to Granada and Foothill lost 14-3 to California.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Tri-Valley creek cleanup

Residents and officials across the Bay Area volunteered their time and energy on Sept. 15 for the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest statewide and international effort to clean trash and debris from beaches, bays, creeks, rivers and lakes.

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Photos sought for Bankhead exhibit

The Livermore Art Association (LAA) is calling for entries for a photography show it is sponsoring with the Bankhead Theater from Nov. 6 to Jan. 7.

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All about succulents: Expert to share worldwide varieties with garden club

Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club's October meeting will focus on "Succulent Tidbits from Around the World."

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Multiple projects coming up for Zone 7 Water Agency

And just as the district is preparing for the upcoming winter, they are also in the midst of repairs from previous years' storms, along with other projects on their radar.

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PUSD talks new CTE facilities at Foothill

The Pleasanton Unified school board Tuesday night will consider approving applications for state grant money to be used for new Career Technical Education facilities at Foothill High School.

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