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News Digest: Tri-Valley Heroes nominations, Watch the stars & ACTC's financials

 

Tri-Valley Heroes

The Pleasanton Weekly is continuing to solicit nominations for the eighth annual Tri-Valley Heroes program.

The 2019 Tri-Valley Heroes will honor standout residents in eight award categories, open to all who live or work in the Tri-Valley communities: Arts and Culture, Community Spirit, Courage, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation, Rising Star, Role Model and Lifetime Achievement.

The program aims to honor residents or organizations in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo who exemplify characteristics such as perseverance, strength, character, kindness, conscience and selflessness.

The nomination deadline is Sept. 16, and the award ceremony will be held Oct. 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton at the Club.

The Weekly is also seeking sponsors to provide vital financial support for the annual program. To learn more or submit a nominee, visit the Heroes webpage.

Check out the stars

Summer is an ideal time for stargazing, with milder evening temperatures while constellations, planets, galaxies and nebulae parade across the evening sky, according to East Bay Parks officials.

A chance for some summer astronomy is set for this Saturday from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Arroyo Road Staging Area of Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore. The Tri-Valley Stargazers Club will be there with telescopes to enhance the viewing.

The program is free. The Arroyo Staging Area is at the end of Arroyo Road, which is the extension of South L Street in downtown Livermore. Call 510-544-3249.

ACTC financials

Credit rating firm S&P Global recently reaffirmed the AAA rating for the Alameda County Transportation Commission's Series 2014 sales tax revenue bonds (limited tax bonds).

The bonds of approximately $137.1 million were sold in March 2014 and are secured by Measure B, Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax measure, and have a scheduled final maturity date of March 1, 2022.

"The issuance of these bonds has enabled ACTC to deliver critical voter-approved transportation infrastructure improvement projects efficiently, reducing project costs while creating local jobs and fulfilling promises to voters,"ACTC officials said.

The agency also was recently awarded with a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2017-18 comprehensive annual financial report.

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