News Digest: Holiday parade floats, cricket tournament, new county judge


Holiday parade floats

It's that time of year again. The city is now accepting applications for entries and volunteers for its annual Hometown Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Celebration, which is set for the evening of Dec. 1 downtown.

"Join the fun and submit a parade entry, or come share your time working behind the scenes to help make this a successful event for the entire community," city officials said.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 21. Register online at

Cricket tournament

Cricket for Cubs is hosting its second annual Thanksgiving week youth tournament in the Tri-Valley, and this time around the competition is international, with a team from Malaysia participating against teams from the Tri-Valley and other locations.

The tournament will be contested Nov. 17-24 at Patelco Sports Complex in Pleasanton, Fallon Sports Park in Dublin and Rancho San Ramon Community Park in San Ramon. There are 16 teams on the schedule among U12, U14 and U16 age groups, set to play 38 games in all. Visit for more details.

Making HW work

The city's Community Education Series continues next Wednesday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. with a presentation for parents and guardians of students in kindergarten through eighth grade, entitled "Making Homework Work."

The lecture will help attendees learn how to support their children without stifling their sense of responsibility and autonomy, minimize homework stress and establish healthy homework habits, city officials said.

The event is free; registration recommended. Go to and enter course code 11486.

New judge

Alameda County deputy district attorney Jason B. Chin was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court.

Chin, who completed his undergrad at UC San Diego and earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law, had worked as a county prosecutor since 2004 and also had a one-year stint in the state Attorney General's Office in 2011.

Chin, 42, of Alameda is registered to vote without party preference. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Vernon K. Nakahara.

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