News Digest: Swalwell qualifies for DNC debate, Bike to Work Day & Vintage Hills traffic meeting

Also: Livermore State of the City, 'Broadway Treasures' & County arts awards nominations

Swalwell in presidential debate

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2020, announced this week that he has qualified to participate in the Democratic National Committee's first presidential debate by breaking through the polling threshold in a third DNC-recognized poll.

The 38-year-old Tri-Valley native, considered among the more unheralded candidates in the deep Democrat field so far, cleared the 1% threshold in recent polls by Monmouth University (surveying Iowa voters), University of New Hampshire (New Hampshire voters) and CNN nationally.

"I'm grateful that I'll have a place on the debate stage to discuss ending gun violence, providing affordable healthcare for all while finding cures in our lifetime, ensuring all communities have top-notch schools, and making sure student loan debt isn't a lifetime burden," Swalwell said.

The DNC will host the first presidential debates of the 2020 election on June 26-27 in Miami.

Bike to Work Day

The city and school district are among the public and private organizations taking part in Bike to Work Day (and Bike to School Day) activities next Thursday (May 9).

The day encourages students, families and commuters to travel to school or work on their bicycle as a clean, fun and healthy alternative to driving.

The city is partnering with Bike East Bay and other groups to put on "energizer stations" Thursday to offer refreshments and merchandise to Bike to Work Day participants. For a full list of locations, visit

For PUSD, Donlon Elementary, all three middle schools and Foothill High will host a celebration 30-45 minutes prior to the start of school for those who bike to school.

'Broadway Treasures'

Valley Concert Chorale invites everyone to an enjoyable evening of songs from Broadway musicals, a spread of food and wine, and a silent auction at "Broadway Treasures Then and Now," taking place at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.

Musical selections will include Lerner and Lowe's "Camelot," "Paint Your Wagon" and "My Fair Lady." Contemporary Broadway hits will be music from "Beautiful, The Carole King Musical," and Disney favorites "Frozen," "The Lion King" and more.

The silent auction items will include vacations, restaurants gift certificates, fine wine, handcrafted items and fine art. Tickets are $45 at the door. For more information, go to or call 866-4003.

Livermore State of the City

Livermore Mayor John Marchand is set to deliver his State of the City address later this month at a luncheon hosted by the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Marchand is expected to report on the city of Livermore's progress in meeting citizen and stakeholder expectations while supporting a vibrant and sustainable economy, according to chamber officials.

The event will also feature the graduation of this year's class of the Leadership Livermore program.

Pre-registration is required, with tickets costing $55 per seat for chamber members, $65 each for non-members. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 23 at the Robert Livermore Community Center (4444 East Ave.). Visit

Vintage Hills traffic meeting

The city of Pleasanton is hosting a neighborhood meeting for residents in the area of Vintage Hills Elementary School to discuss traffic concerns.

Some residents have raised concerns about student and pedestrian safety at the intersection of Concord Street and Grillo Court near the school, and they've asked the city to consider adding a crossing guard there.

The city meeting is set for 6-7 p.m. May 13 in the council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-5677.

County arts awards

The Alameda County Arts Commission is accepting nominations until May 15 for the 2019 Arts Leadership Awards.

The annual program allows the commission to recognize one person from each of the five supervisorial districts for outstanding achievements and contributions impacting the arts community.

Nominees must be residents of Alameda County and involved in an arts discipline such as music, dance, visual arts, literature, theater, film and video, traditional crafts and folk arts, and new media. They must be affiliated with an Alameda County arts organization through their role.

For complete details, or to submit a nomination, visit

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13 people like this
Posted by steve
a resident of Country Fair
on May 2, 2019 at 10:19 am

Great that the entire nation can hear Eric thump his chest on what a great job he has done for his constituents in the Tri City. Maybe he'll find his female VP at the debate. hahaha

13 people like this
Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 3, 2019 at 4:53 pm


There are now 22 candidates.

22 complete losers.


6 people like this
Posted by We The People
a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Seriously and with all respect and open ears. What has Swalwell ever accomplished? Honestly, besides going on every network he can to continue to say that the “president is acting as an agent of the Russian government” by the way that’s a quote so don’t kill the messenger, other than that narrative has been totally debunked. Really, what has the guy done to deserve to be the President of the United States. Simply a stunt for greater name recognition and while he’s busy campaigning and getting paid handsomely for it what will he be accomplishing back home.

11 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm

The latest Swalwell gaffe, catering for votes on twitter, he went on a rage about there is no women word in the constitution. Twitter users responded, there is no man word in the constitution.

Swalwell, Is more becoming a local doofus, then congressional representative. What an embarrassment Swalwell is for all of us.

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