News Digest: Outcomes hold steady, California wildfires & Ugly sweater time


Outcomes hold steady

While the specific vote totals continue to fluctuate, the outcomes in the Pleasanton City Council election are holding just as steady as they did on Election Night, with incumbent Kathy Narum and challenger Julie Testa comfortably in the two winning positions.

Alameda County election officials are finalizing counts with pending vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, but the leads for Narum and Testa appear insurmountable.

As of Wednesday, Narum is over 3,100 votes ahead of the pack in first place with 33.51%.Testa is second with 25.77%, almost 1,950 votes ahead of former parks commissioner Joe Streng in third (20.99%). Joseph Ledoux, a Berkeley police officer who lives in Pleasanton, remains in last at 19.44%.

California wildfires

Two large, destructive wildfires continue to burn in California, with the threat still high for the risk of another blaze starting amid dry and windy conditions in much of the state.

In Pleasanton, poor air quality has been ever-present since the Camp Fire broke out in Butte County last week on Nov. 8. Among the local impacts has been cancellation or postponement of outdoor school activities, including playoff sports games,

The Camp Fire, now deemed the most deadly wildfire in California history, destroyed much of the town of Paradise and killed at least 48 people, with dozens more still reported as missing, as of Wednesday's count.

Pleasanton residents have launched various support efforts, or joined others already in progress, to help fire victims statewide. Check out Pleasanton Weekly social media and other community forums for specifics.

Heroes on TV30

Tri-Valley Community Television is now airing the video-recording of the Pleasanton Weekly's seventh annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards ceremony. Broadcast times include today at 11 a.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. See for the full schedule.

This year's recipients were the Eugene O'Neill Foundation (Arts & Culture), Cricket for Cubs (Community Spirit), Sarah Banholzer (Courage), Bryan Ware of The Crayon Initiative (Environmental Stewardship), Ruchir Baronia (Innovation), Meachelle Lum (Rising Star), Doug Miller (Role Model) and Dr. Marshall Kamena (Lifetime Achievement).

Ugly sweater time

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is encouraging residents to put on their favorite ugly holiday sweater for the annual Spirit & Sweater Stroll, set for this Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

Event guests can partake in spirits and craft cocktails at over 20 downtown locations throughout Main Street. Participants must be 21 and older. The event will be held rain or shine; no refunds. For tickets, visit

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