News Digest: Lunch with author, Art competition & City's new PIO


Lunch with author

Steven Rowley, author of "Lily and the Octopus," will be the guest at Towne Center Books' "Read It and Eat" event on April 5. Rowley will talk about his latest book, "The Editor," a funny poignant novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor (Jacqueline Kennedy) changes him forever as a writer and a son.

Lunch and the book are $35; lunch only is $15. Social hour is at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon, at the book store, 555 Main St. Reservations are required. Go to the store, call 846-8826, or visit

Art competition

Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell is calling all high school art students in his district to show him their talents and enter into his 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

Open to high-schoolers living anywhere in the 15th Congressional District (which includes Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon in the Tri-Valley), the competition allows teens to show off their original artwork for a chance to have their work displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

Submissions are due by 4 p.m. April 19. A full list of rules and regulations can be found at

City's new PIO

The city of Pleasanton recently welcomed a new public information officer, Cindy Chin, who will act as city administration's public spokesperson.

A familiar name and face in the Tri-Valley public sector, Chin had served on the staff of former assemblywoman Catharine Baker, including as chief of staff up until Baker's term ended in the fall.

Chin's other prior experience included time working for a nonprofit public policy research think tank, a member of the U.S. Congress and another member of the State Assembly. She was also a Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellow.

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