Hidden Canyon development
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is scheduled to hold an initial public workshop, a scoping session focused on the environmental impact report, for the housing project on the so-called Lester property on the edge of the city off Dublin Canyon Road next week.
Dubbed the "Hidden Canyon Residences and Preserve Project" by developer Ponderosa Homes, the proposal is to annex, rezone and subdivide 128.5 acres to build 31 detached single-family homes and associated infrastructure while dedicating 115.6 acres of permanent open space, including 69 acres for East Bay Parks.
Residents can comment on the scope and content of the EIR for the proposed gated community now through Sept. 23, including the commission meeting next Wednesday (Sept. 11) at 7 p.m. at the Pleasanton Civic Center.
City officials said they would specifically "like to know public views related to potential environmental issues, reasonable project alternatives and mitigation measures."
ACE Saturday service
The Altamont Corridor Express is launching a one-year pilot program offering Saturday trains starting this weekend, expanding service beyond the typical weekday schedule for the commuter rail system.
Saturday service will include the usual stops between the San Joaquin Valley and Silicon Valley, for weekend commuter and leisure travelers alike. Two morning westbound trains (arriving at Pleasanton at 8:38 a.m. and 9:53 a.m., respectively) and then two late-afternoon eastbound trains (at Pleasanton, 4:41 p.m. and 5:51 p.m.) will be offered.
"For the current ACE rider, Saturday service offers commuters the flexibility to work on Saturday without the need to drive. For leisure travelers, the new service provides a safe and scenic ride to their destination," officials said.
The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, which operates ACE, is offering the pilot program with funding from SB 1 through its State Rail Assistance Program. For ACE monthly pass holders, Saturday service will be an included day of travel at no additional cost. To learn more, visit https://acerail.com.
Taste of Pleasanton
The Pleasanton Lions Club is set to hold its ninth annual Taste of Pleasanton restaurant and shop walk fundraiser downtown Sept. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Attendees can sample sweet and savory bites and beverages from nearly 20 participating businesses while strolling and shopping in downtown.
Funds raised by ticket sales benefit local charities and projects supported by Lions Club. Tickets cost $25 apiece, available online at pleasantonlionsclub.bpt.me.
Referendum petition filed
Livermore city clerk Sarah Bunting said proponents of a referendum seeking to overturn a council-approved development agreement with a hotelier for downtown submitted their petition with her office on Aug. 28 -- confirmed after the Weekly went to press last week.
The petition was delivered the next day to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office for random-sampling signature verification by Oct. 10. The document included 10,203 unverified signatures; 5,269 valid names, representing 10% of registered Livermore voters, are required.
If confirmed, the referendum petition could prompt dueling ballot measures over downtown Livermore redevelopment, with the "Central Park Plan" initiative (an alternative to the city-approved plan) already set for the November 2020 election -- though it would up to the City Council this fall to decide when to place the referendum on the ballot.
VA mobile outreach
The Pleasanton Public Library is set to host the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Mobile Medical Outreach Team and the Alameda County veterans service officer on Thursday (Sept. 12) to facilitate free examinations, consultations and referrals for veterans, as well as provide other information about VA resources.
Veterans uncertain of their benefits eligibility are encouraged to visit as requirements have changed, and VA health care may complement current medical coverage. Veterans should bring military discharge papers (Form DD-214) and a list of current medications.
Thursday's event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Contact library officials at 931-3400, ext. 4, or [email protected]
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore will be wrapping up its 60th anniversary celebration with the burial of a time capsule this Sunday.
The myriad of anniversary activities for the North Vasco Road church also saw members and friends taking a "Walk Down Memory Lane", attending a gala celebration and printing a 48-page commemorative book.