News Digest: State of the City tickets, Jurassic Tour & Lions Club crab feed


State of the City

Registration is underway for Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne's State of the City address, being presented by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pleasanton at the Club on Feb. 26.

Thorne, who just started his fourth and final term in office, typically updates attendees about the city's fiscal situation, public safety, and key public and private projects from the past year, as well as a look at initiatives for the year ahead.

The event opens with networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the State of the City address from noon to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets cost $40. Sponsorships are also available. To learn more, visit

Jurassic Tour

Dinosaurs abound at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Jurassic Tour makes its return to Pleasanton.

Billed as the ultimate family dinosaur adventure, the traveling show features more than 50 moving, breathing and walking dinosaurs (the "most realistic" replicas available, organizers say), in addition to hands-on educational activities, virtual reality experiences and the chance to ride a 12-foot-tall T-Rex.

The dinosaur showcase is open this weekend only, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $28 for kids 3-12 years old and $23 for people 13 and older, with $3 discounts available for seniors and military IDs. Visit

Lions crab feed

The Pleasanton Lions Club is hosting its annual crab feed fundraiser next Saturday (Feb. 2) in the Young California Building at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Tickets, which include the full crab dinner, cost $70 per person (or $65 per with purchase of 16 tickets or more). The event will also feature a casino night, dessert roulette wheel, cornhole, photo booth, silent auction and no-host bar. Proceeds will benefit charities and people in need served by the Lions Club.

For more information, contact Steve Grimes at 484-3524 or Greg Aynesworth at 336-6069, or visit

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Posted by Matt Sullivan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

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The State of the City Address should be given at City Hall, should be open to the public, and should be free to attend. The fact that the Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event every year, charges you $40 to attend, and many years is held at a private club such as Ruby Hill, speaks volumes about the City of Pleasanton. This is not democracy. Maybe we should change the name and call it the State of the Chamber address. After all, they're essentially one in the same.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 24, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Double-tree is ruby hill? What am i missing here other than you sensationalizing this?

$40 for a ticket - not unreachable for those interested.

Why dont you put this effort into bond measure dollars for a 4th and 5th grade?

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Posted by Juanita
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Juanita is a registered user.

If I understand correctly, the event is sponsored by the Chamber and attended primarily by business owners of companies. The focus is on economic health of the city and activities to attract businesses.
Instead of critizing the Chamber, the prior poster should ask that the City hold a Community presentation for residents which would address things of general interest to residents like road improvements, park improvements, the downtown, etc.
I don’t see the need or constructive purpose of making accusations and otherwise posting negatives. We have enough of that these days.

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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:12 am

David is a registered user.

Matt Sullivan once again shows his conspiracy paranoia and that he craves the city council spot light. I am disgusted when people like him make accusations by posting and writing one sided comment letters. Sullivan must admire the President because he sure acts like him which is ironic because Sullivan still lives in the 1960’s Berkeley era.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:20 am

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Comparing Matt to the President is not accurate. He's more like TMZ. His track record is pretty good. He was the one saying that the Costco deal wasn't done properly... And as it turned out, the Costco deal wasn't done properly...

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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:11 am

David is a registered user.

Dear Jack, Sullivan nit picked the CostCo EIR on technicalities to delay the process. That is what he does. He did the same on the Stoneridge Drive extension. If I recall,the plant he said was endangered turned out to be a common weed.
I don’t understand why people think he is our savior watch dog when he is really just an obstructionist who makes nasty accusations about any one he disagrees with. Again, sounds familiar to the Oval Office

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 6, 2019 at 8:28 am

Jack is a registered user.

David... I don't study this stuff, I'm not a city planner, nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn last night... But I did read the Johnson Drive document. The financial package offered to Costco was based on Costco generating 44% of the traffic in the area! A church, Patio World, Dog Dynasty, Black Tie, and "Consumer Learning Center," together get charged with 44% and two new hotels 12%.
Drive by those 5 businesses and then drive by any Costco and explain to me how they are going to generate equal amounts of traffic. By definition Black Tie generates nothing. A church is heavy for a few hours on weekends, and I for one shop for patio furniture, uh, never...

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