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News Digest: Downtown plan heads to commission, Meet Churchill & Donations for Tri-Valley Haven

 

DSP to commission

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the draft update to the city's Downtown Specific Plan during its regular meeting on Wednesday (June 26) at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

The draft is the culmination of work by city staff and the Downtown Specific Plan Update Task Force over the past 2-1/2 years to update the policy document that outlines city rules and objectives for commercial, residential and public properties throughout the 307-acre downtown planning area.

As the process has winded down, the debate took another turn last month when the task force voted 4-3 to reject the City Council's review and direction on several key policy issues to further restrict residential development and height in the area -- in favor of its own draft plan instead.

Planning commissioners will be asked to receive public input and then offer their own comments before making a final recommendation to the council, which is expected to weigh final adoption in late summer or fall. For more information, visit https://ptowndtown.org.

Meet Churchill

The upcoming show in the Museum on Main's Ed Kinney Speaker Series, "An Evening with Winston Churchill," on July 9 at the Amador Theater still has tickets available for the 2 p.m. matinee, though the evening show is sold out.

The famed British statesman will be portrayed by scholar and actor Kevin Radaker, who is traveling from Indiana to share his talents and insights about Churchill with the Pleasanton community.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (65+)/students (with valid ID), and $10 for museum members. Go to www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2766.

Museum officials reminded attendees that the main Amador parking lot on Santa Rita Road is closed for the solar panel project.

A helping hand

Summer can be an especially difficult time for homeless people in the Bay Area, as soaring temperatures often present serious health issues and other concerns.

To help ease the burden, local nonprofit Tri-Valley Haven has organized a special donation drive through Monday. They are looking for items such as water bottles, Gatorade, visors, Ensure, Power Bars, water, sleeping bags and one-person tents.

Donations are still being accepted, Friday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tri-Valley Haven offices at 3663 Pacific Ave. in Livermore. To learn more, email ralph@trivalleyhaven.org.

Opera arias at Firehouse

Renowned bass baritone Ao Li will present "An Evening of Favorite Arias" at 8 p.m. next Saturday (June 29) at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Li, a San Francisco Opera Merola Program Scholar and Adler Fellow, has performed major roles in "The Barber of Seville," "Don Giovanni" and "The Magic Flute." He placed first in 2013 in both the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition and in the World Opera Competition in Verona, Italy.

Tickets $25 $35. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848 or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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