News Digest: Bubbles & Bacon, Count those birds, Swalwell named chair


Bubbles & Bacon

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its inaugural Bubbles & Bacon event on and around Main Street next weekend.

The event will feature bacon-inspired food paired with a sparkling adult beverage at 15 downtown shops and restaurants. Tickets will include the tastings and commemorative champagne flute.

Set to occur rain or shine, Bubbles & Bacon will run from 4-7 p.m. next Saturday (Feb. 23). Tickets cost $45 and are available for purchase on the PDA website, If not sold out, remaining tickets will be offered for $50 cash on event day at the check-in point, the Museum on Main.

Bubbles & Bacon ticket proceeds will benefit the PDA, a nonprofit focused on promoting the economic vitality and hometown character of downtown Pleasanton.

Count those birds

East Bay birding enthusiasts are joining peers worldwide this holiday weekend in participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

The program calls on people to count the birds they see for 15 minutes on one or more days of the project, and then enter their checklists at Its an annual effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society in partnership with Bird Studies Canada.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton is one of two East Bay Parks sites taking part in this year's count. Naturalist Ashley Adams will coordinate the Shadow Cliffs bird count from 9-11 a.m. this Sunday (Feb. 17).

Another count will be coordinated from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley, with naturalist Cat Taylor.

Swalwell named chair

Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has been elevated to a new leadership position, being named chair of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee.

The subcommittee oversees overall management of the intelligence community, including policies and programs focused on making sure that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have the workforce, infrastructure and services they need. Key focus areas include personnel management, security clearance reform and information technology modernization.

Swalwell, 38, is serving his fourth term representing California's 15th Congressional District, which includes Pleasanton. In addition to serving on the House's Intelligence and Judiciary committees, Swalwell also sits as co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

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