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 www.BikeEastBay.org.
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.
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 www.valleyconcertchorale.org 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 www.livermorechamber.org.
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 www.acgov.org/arts/awards.