News Digest: Old Stanley closure, Paratransit fees rise, 'Under the Rainbow' & Apply for teen poet laureate


Old Stanley closure

Developers of The Homestead at Irby Ranch neighborhood will be conducting major roadwork on Old Stanley Boulevard between First Street/Stanley Boulevard and Promenade Way throughout July.

That means starting Monday, Old Stanley will be closed at the main intersection, so local traffic will gain access from Main Street while thru-traffic will be detoured around the closure via either Ray Street or Valley Avenue.

City officials said the closure is the most efficient approach for Meritage Homes to ensure the work gets done before school goes back into session Aug. 12.

Paratransit fees rise

Starting Monday, ride fees will increase for Pleasanton Paratransit Service, which provides special bus service for seniors 70 and older and ADA-qualified adults in Pleasanton and Sunol.

The new rate schedule per-trip for residents is $3.50 in-town and $4 out-of-town (50 cents more for non-resident), and the punch card will become $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Current punch cards will be honored through their expiration dates at the new rates.

The city will continue to offer its fee assistance program that provides qualifying riders with a 75% discount.

'Under the Rainbow'

Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton is hosting a conversation with Dublin City Councilman Shawn Kumagai at 7 p.m. this Sunday called "Somewhere Under the Rainbow."

Free and open to all, the event will focus on inclusion as "we all live somewhere under the rainbow of sexual orientations and gender identities," church officials said.

Kumagai, who is openly gay, will share his personal story and offer his perspective on what living respectfully with difference means, what the rainbow flag stands for and what the role of faith communities can be in building a Tri-Valley that is welcoming to all. For more info, email

Teen poet laureate

The city of Pleasanton is recruiting for its next teen poet laureate, with the application deadline set for 5 p.m. July 13.

Open to incoming high school juniors and seniors who enjoy writing and inspiring others, the teen poet laureate serves as the city's teen literary representative in the community during the 2019-20 academic year.

Applications for the volunteer post are available on the Pleasanton Public Library website or by emailing Teresa Parham at

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Posted by Old Stanley
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:56 pm

I've lived here over 20 years but didn't know what the constuction signs were saying when they referred to "Old Stanley". There are no street signs with "Old Stanley" on them. With all of the new people that live here, I'm sure they are baffled by "old Stanley".

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