News Digest: Livermore tobacco referendum clears hurdle, Friends of Pleasanton Library sale & Soccer parade downtown

Also: Open Heart Kitchen fundraiser, City commission openings, Harassment training & LAVTA award

Tobacco ban referendum

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office on Tuesday confirmed enough signatures were collected on the referendum petition seeking to overturn Livermore's new city ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, as well as severely restrict businesses from selling vaping paraphernalia and establish a city tobacco retailer license program for the first time.

The petition, backed by Bay Area vapor product company JUUL Labs, needed 5,269 valid signatures to compel the council to consider either canceling the ordinance or putting the issue on the ballot citywide.

The council is tentatively scheduled to discuss the tobacco referendum petition during its Sept. 9 regular meeting, according to city clerk Sarah Bunting.

Soccer parade downtown

The Pleasanton Youth Soccer Parade is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 24) in downtown, with street closures in effect from about 6:30-9:30 a.m. around the event.

The parade, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is an annual showcase for Pleasanton RAGE and Ballistic United Soccer Club leagues.

"The first Pleasanton Youth Soccer Parade took place in 1969 and we are very excited to continue this tradition for its 50th anniversary," RAGE officials said on their website. "The parade has become a fun event for all Pleasanton families to enjoy and we hope you will all join us in this great chance to bond as one community."

Friends of Pleasanton Library sale

The Friends of the Pleasanton Library will hold a weekend-long "Book and Media Sale" from Friday through Sunday at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

Volunteers will present thousands of well-organized, nearly new books of all genres as well as CDs, DVDs and other fun items after months of organizing donations from the public. The selection includes popular recent novels and thousands of books for kids as well as books in various languages.

The sale begins 6-9 p.m. Friday, with entry reserved for members of Friends of the Pleasanton Library. Memberships will be available at the door.

The Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open to all. On Sunday, the sale runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features books by the bag.

Supporting Open Heart Kitchen

Open Heart Kitchen will host the Heart of California Party, a benefit dinner and auction, on Sept. 13 at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave. Proceeds will be used to continue OHK's mission of feeding the hungry in the Tri-Valley.

A sangria reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner by Beets Hospitality and live auction at 7 p.m. Autonomous Region will provide live music for dancing.

Tickets are $125 each or $1,250 for a table of 10 and available at

City commission recruitment

The Pleasanton City Council is currently recruiting applicants for positions available on local advisory groups.

There is one adult position on the Youth Commission, four regular vacancies on the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Committee and four spots open on the Economic Vitality Committee (business at-large, commercial real estate broker, commercial real estate developer and financial services).

Applications are due next Friday (Aug. 30). Contact the City Clerk's Office at 931-5027.

The city is also searching for its next literary arts ambassador, a volunteer position that works closely with the civics arts division. Applications are due Sept. 3.

LAVTA award

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence Award in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 23rd year in a row.

The award recognizes LAVTA's efforts related to its 2018 comprehensive annual financial report.

The association's program assesses whether the financial statements of participating agencies provide the detail necessary for users of the information to adequately evaluate the financial health of the organization. To read LAVTA's financial report, visit

Harassment prevention seminar

The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance is offering a sexual harassment prevention seminar from 8:30-11:15 a.m. next Thursday (Aug. 29) at the Hively offices at 6100 Owens Drive in Pleasanton.

Starting this year, all for-profit and nonprofit organizations statewide with five or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training for their employees, and this seminar satisfies that requirement. The training is also open to nonprofit volunteers and board members.

To learn more on Thursday's session, visit

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