Why you might smell gas in Dublin
If anyone smells something funny in the Tri-Valley on Friday, it might just be because of the new "smart pigs" coming into town.
PG&E will replace a 40-foot segment of its 16-inch gas transmission line in the Tri-Valley area with new, improved pipe that's compatible with in-line robotic inspection devices known as "smart pigs."
The devices can detect small anomalies in the pipeline that require repairs quickly and safely without service disruptions.
People in Dublin may smell natural gas, or hear it being vented from PG&E's system, on Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as utility crews vent gas necessary for its work, near the junction of Hacienda Road and Interstate 580. PG&E says the gas isn't harmful and will quickly dissipate into the atmosphere.
The replacement of the 40-foot section should be completed on Friday.
People concerned about natural gas odors around their home or business can call PG&E at 800-743-5000.
-- Tony Hicks, BCN Foundation
Rotary District 5170 has selected the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton as the host site for its annual Avenues of Service conference, an all-day event that will be held this Saturday and will be open to the public.
"Both current and prospective Rotary members will learn about the numerous projects undertaken by the district's 61 clubs along Rotary's five avenues of service -- club, vocational, community, international and youth service," local Rotarians said.
"We are especially reaching out to young community leaders who are looking for opportunities to make a difference in addressing the major social and economic issues that affect the region, state and world," they added.
For more information on the event, visit www.rotarydistrict5170.org.
Mail ballots for all
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Monday to make permanent the state's pandemic-era process of mailing an election ballot to every active registered voter in the state.
The law, Assembly Bill 37, will continue the state's mail voting practice that began during the November 2020 election and continued to this month's failed election to recall Newsom from office.
California joins Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Vermont and Hawaii as state's that send a ballot to all registered voters by default.
Voters will still have the option to forfeit their mail-in ballot if they want to vote in person. State residents can register to vote at https://registertovote.ca.gov.
-- Eli Walsh, BCN Foundation
Pleasanton-based nonprofit Hively is shining a spotlight on the struggle many families have in affording diapers and wipes for their babies, putting the issue at the forefront in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week, which was this week.
One in three families in Alameda County have had difficulty fulfilling their diaper needs since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Hively.
The nonprofit expects to distribute 45,000 diapers to over 300 families in need this month alone. To donate, visit behively.org.