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News Digest: Weekend wind wreaks havoc, Granada grad wins Oscar & Join grand jury


Windy weekend

High winds wreaked havoc in Pleasanton and across the Bay Area earlier this week, knocking down trees, large branches, power lines and roadside signage, among other impacts, particularly last Sunday.

The city's Operations Services Department received 30 incident reports from the consistent high winds and larger gusts on Sunday, "ranging from fallen debris, to traffic signals, and two water-related issues," according to Cindy Chin, the city's public information officer.

City crews were out Sunday and Monday working to resolve all of the reported incidents, as well as performing additional cleanup around city parks and other public areas for debris that might not have been reported, Chin said.

Social media was also a flutter with residents' photos, videos and stories from the high-wind event, which extended into Monday morning -- from trees falling onto houses and other damage to signs toppling to power outages to just attempting routine activities amid the gusts.

Utility disruptions were prevalent Sunday as well; namely PG&E reported roughly 65,000 customers lost power at different times during the windy weekend.

Granada alum wins Oscar

Filmmaker Josh Cooley, a Livermore native, won his first Academy Award last weekend as part of the "Toy Story 4" team that took home the Best Animated Feature trophy.

A Granada High graduate in the class of 1997, Cooley is a director, animator and screenwriter who made his directorial debut with "Toy Story 4," which was released last June by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures and grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

Cooley, 40, collected his Oscar onstage with producers Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera during the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night in Hollywood.

Join the grand jury

Court officials are looking for residents interested in serving on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The official recruitment period opened last month and will continue into March; reps say they're particularly looking for applicants from Livermore, Hayward, Union City and Fremont though all communities can be represented.

Alameda County Superior Court officials will review the applications and select 30 finalists, from whom the final panel of 19 jurors will be picked via random draw. To apply or learn more about the service requirements, visit, email or call 510-272-6259.

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