News Digest: Concerts in the Park, PG&E wants rate hike & Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne


Concerts in the Park

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's popular annual Concerts in the Park series returns starting next week for another summer for weekly Friday night entertainment.

Retroactive will perform the opening concert for 2019, bringing their renditions of pop hits from the 1960s through today to the stage at Lions Wayside Park at First and Neal streets next Friday (June 7).

The free concert series, which draws hundreds of people to neighboring Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks downtown each week during the summer, will run from 7-8:30 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 30.

For more information and the full series lineup, visit

PG&E proposes rate increase

The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday announced a series of public meetings in July to obtain comment on PG&E Co.'s request to charge customers nearly $2 billion more in the next three years to help pay for wildfire safety improvements and other costs.

The meetings will be held in San Francisco, Stockton, Chico, Oakland, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Bakersfield and Fresno. Members of the public can also send comments by email to

The request submitted by PG&E in December would give the utility $1 billion above current rates in 2020, $454 million more in 2021 and $486 million more in 2022.

The 2020 increase would raise the monthly gas and electric bill for the typical PG&E residential customer by $10.47, according to the CPUC.

PG&E provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in northern and central California.

The locations and dates of Bay Area meetings are:

San Francisco, July 9, 1 p.m., CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave. A webcast will be available at:

Oakland, July 24, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St.

San Jose, July 25, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Alfred E. Alquist State Office Building Auditorium, 100 Paseo de San Antonio.

Santa Rosa, July 31, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. A webcast can be viewed at or

-- Bay City News Service

Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Museum on Main is presenting famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at the Firehouse Arts Center as part of its Ed Kinney Speaker Series. The evening performance is sold out, but the matinee still has seats available.

Remembered today for his novels "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House of the Seven Gables," Hawthorne focused on tales and short stories for the majority of his career.

Due to his reclusive nature, Hawthorne never offered a public reading and, in fact, often scorned his fame. But now this is changing, as literary historian Rob Velella is travelling from Massachusetts to portray Hawthorne for the Pleasanton community, reading some of his short works that explore the dark side of human nature.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors/students, and $10 for Museum on Main members. Go to, the Museum at 603 Main St., or call 462-2766.

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