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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Flagship Lucky California store opens in Pleasanton

After years of development and months of construction, a new-concept Lucky California grocery store has opened its doors in Pleasanton, serving as the flagship location for the company's reimagined shopping experience.

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Dublin honors community's best from 2020 at award ceremony

Dublin city leaders recently celebrated the winners of the 2020 Citizen, Young Citizen and Organization of the Year and Mayor's Award with a live broadcast ceremony featuring the honorees and local volunteer organizations.

Thursday, 4:20 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: The family that brews together...

He has been a home beer brewer for years and wanted to continue, even as the stores carrying the ingredients closed. He also wanted to keep seeing his folks and thought they might help with the endeavor.

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Virtual Pleasanton Art League show highlights young artists

Pleasanton Art League took a new approach this year with its 2021 Youth Art Competition, "PAL's Pals," allowing students to 'enter an art show like a pro.'

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Back in business

With statewide COVID-19 restrictions loosening and weather heating up, the Livermore Valley wine industry is welcoming visitors back for tastings, special events and live music after lying mostly dormant for over a year.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Suspect in Vallejo homicide arrested in Livermore

A 20-year-old suspect was arrested in Livermore last week in connection with the September murder of an Oakland man last year, Vallejo police said.

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Livermore men charged with murder in killing at motel

Two men from Livermore face first-degree murder and gun charges, as well as potential enhancements for prior convictions, in the wake of the shooting death of another local man at the Motel 6 in town last Friday.

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Livermore bringing Downtown Makers Market back this weekend

The Livermore Downtown Makers Market street festival returns this weekend, revamped to be COVID-compliant. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, festival-goers can expect retail, artist, and craft-maker booths on First Street.

Wednesday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton man faces attempted murder charge in connection to stabbing at Mountain View bar

A Pleasanton man was arraigned Wednesday on one count of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a bar patron at the Sports Page Bar and Grill, attacking the victim with a knife after what was described as a verbal confrontation.

Wednesday, 4:42 PM | No comments yet
Livermore company develops new rapid saliva COVID-19 test

Local company KAYA17 has found that there is still very much a need for quick and accurate coronavirus testing and has dedicated itself to developing the first-ever rapid saliva COVID-19 test.

Wednesday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Dublin school board appoints Funk as next superintendent

Dublin Unified School District's leadership has turned a new page with the Board of Trustees unanimously appointing San Jose area administrator Chris Funk as the district's new superintendent at Tuesday's meeting.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Focus on the future: Pleasanton City Council finishes drafting work plan

After more than seven hours of discussion spanning two meetings, the Pleasanton City Council recently wrapped up business on the city's draft work plan for the next two years that is now headed for ratification.

Tuesday, 10:57 PM | 2 comments
Alameda County added to drought emergency proclamation

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that his proposed state budget includes a $5.1 billion investment in water infrastructure and drought resilience as he added Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the statewide emergency proclamation.

Tuesday, 7:20 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Driver arrested after car hits house on Pimlico Drive

A Livermore man was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI after clipping a parked car and then crashing his sedan against a house in Pleasanton last Friday evening, according to police.

Tuesday, 6:44 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Getting back on the mic for a high school basketball game

Without a doubt, my favorite thing to announce is a basketball game. That being the case, it was a joy last week to finally be back behind the mic for the boys basketball game when Foothill hosted Dublin.

Tuesday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet

Monday, May 10, 2021

Dublin Unified School District close to confirming its next leader

After more than two years without a permanent leader, Dublin Unified School District is expected to confirm the appointment of its next permanent superintendent at the Board of Trustees regular meeting on Tuesday, starting 7 p.m.

Monday, 10:50 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton man accused in stabbing at Mountain View sports bar

Police arrested a 29-year-old Pleasanton man in connection with a stabbing that took place early Sunday morning at the Sports Page Bar and Grill in Mountain View, officials said.

Monday, 10:15 PM | No comments yet
Two Livermore men arrested in connection with killing at motel

Two men from Livermore were arrested on suspicion of killing another local man at the Motel 6 in town in what police said was likely a gang-related shooting late Friday night.

Monday, 3:31 PM | 1 comment
Fatal crash on Stoneridge

The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic collision on Stoneridge Drive east of Santa Rita Road this morning. Check the Weekly website throughout the day for updates on the case.

Monday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet
Police: Man walking dog fatally struck by vehicle crossing Stoneridge Drive

A Pleasanton man was killed and his pet dog injured when they were hit by a vehicle while trying to cross Stoneridge Drive from a neighborhood east of Santa Rita Road on Monday morning, according to police.

Monday, 9:15 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Dublin: Tax help available to Santa Rita Jail inmates

Santa Rita Jail inmates can get professional help filing their taxes so they can get economic stimulus payments they are entitled to, sheriff's and social service officials said Thursday.

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Local Red Flag Warning extended to Tuesday

The National Weather Service on Sunday extended a Red Flag Warning to Tuesday evening for the North and East Bay hills and the East Bay valleys due to weather conditions that pose a risk of wildfires.

Sunday, 7:39 PM | No comments yet
Pediatricians can bypass MyTurn as they vaccinate children

California health officials say they will allow pediatricians to obtain doses without going through the state's problematic registration site. Children ages 12 to 15 may become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines this week.

Sunday, 7:39 PM | No comments yet
PG&E faces additional scrutiny for allegedly violating conditions of probation

PG&E's latest round of legal troubles got underway in federal court in San Francisco at a hearing convened to consider whether the utility company was in violation of the terms of probation imposed following its criminal conviction.

Sunday, 7:38 PM | No comments yet
Gardening talk to create a buzz

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will feature beekeeper Peter Schumacher, a member of the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association, at its next Zoom meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday (May 13).

Sunday, 6:28 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified aligns instructional minutes for all elementary sites

Pleasanton Unified School District is aligning instructional minutes at its nine elementary schools, but the Board of Trustees declared that each site will still have the flexibility to decide their own bell schedule.

Sunday, 6:28 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton actress stars in new film, 'It's What's on the Inside'

'My character's inner struggle with her mental health and self-isolation is on full display in this film, and my hope is that it validates anyone going through similar struggles because they're not alone and there is hope,' she said.

Sunday, 6:15 PM | No comments yet
Air district encourages reduction in vehicle use as smog season begins

The Bay Area's agency overseeing regional air quality recently announced the beginning of Spare the Air smog season, encouraging residents to reduce or eliminate their commutes using personal vehicles.

Sunday, 6:11 PM | No comments yet

Friday, May 7, 2021

Livermore: Granada High advises parents about positive COVID-19 case; no spread to date

Granada High School in Livermore notified members of the campus community on Thursday that a student participating in on-site learning has tested positive for COVID-19. There will be no changes to school activities at this point.

Friday, 6:38 PM | No comments yet
Remembering Stephen Kalthoff, former Zone 7 board member and local vintner

Stephen Kalthoff, a former four-term director for the Zone 7 Water Agency and a third-generation vintner in the Livermore Valley, died earlier this spring at the age of 80.

Friday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon woman killed in Wednesday crash was longtime teacher and mother

A longtime PE/special education teacher who lived in San Ramon died in a three-car crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads on Wednesday afternoon. Susan Guinee worked for years at Arroyo High School.

Friday, 2:27 PM | 1 comment
Officials issue Red Flag Warning for East Bay

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for the North and East Bay hills and the East Bay valleys from Friday night through Monday morning due to weather conditions that pose a risk of wildfires.

Friday, 2:23 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 6, 2021

What a Week: Pleasanton Unified wants to hear from you

Or at least that's what I took away from the pair of press releases district officials issued in recent days. PUSD publicly launched its annual 'School Quality Stakeholder Survey' days after unveiling its new 'Let's Talk!' platform.

Thursday, 6:13 PM | No comments yet
PDA names Stone interim executive director

The Pleasanton Downtown Association has elevated Rochelle Stone internally to serve as interim executive director while the PDA board continues to recruit for a permanent leader going forward.

Thursday, 6:11 PM | No comments yet
'What in the World?' Museum puts obscure objects on display for fun visitor challenge

This week Pleasanton's Museum on Main opened its newest exhibit, 'What in the World? Unusual Objects from the Museum on Main Collections.'

Thursday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Happy Mother's Day: Lookalike contest celebrates lifelong joys of motherhood

Varupi Gupta says her daughter Pareena, now 12, did not always look like her. But the older she gets, the more the resemblance shows. 'I'm really happy my daughter looks like me, and I am glad people compliment us,' Varupi said.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | 1 comment
Dublin school board picks San Jose leader Funk as finalist for superintendent

The Dublin Unified School District trustees on Thursday publicly identified Chris Funk, a school leader in the San Jose area, as their top choice as the district's next superintendent, pending successful contract negotiations.

Thursday, 10:43 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

PUSD may switch course on temporary grading policy

Pleasanton Unified School District may extend its Credit/No Credit temporary grading policy for middle and high school students that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 9:46 PM | 9 comments
Las Positas College holding first Literary Arts Festival

Las Positas College is holding an Literary Arts Festival all day Saturday, a free virtual event that will feature national and internationally recognized authors including best-selling memoirists, a Hollywood screenwriters and more.

Wednesday, 5:45 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Next Courtyard Concert to feature local singer

The Bankhead Theater is hosting its second live Courtyard Concert at 5:30 p.m. May 14, opened by Bay Area comedian John Lehre and featuring singer/songwriter Lauryn Marie.

Wednesday, 5:44 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County vaccination site at Oakland Coliseum to close May 23 with demand falling

The COVID-19 vaccination sites at the Oakland Coliseum will close later this month after a rapid reduction in demand for first-dose appointments, Alameda County announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:38 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council confirms new fees for Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone

The Pleasanton City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to charge transportation fees on new development in the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), which should help cover the cost of traffic improvements in the area.

Wednesday, 4:47 PM | 19 comments
Dublin Unified to fill board vacancy by appointment

The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees has opted for a direct appointment, rather than calling for a special election, to fill the Area 3 vacancy on its dais created by the sudden death of trustee Catherine Kuo.

Wednesday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Foothill, Amador Valley named 2021 California Distinguished Schools

Foothill and Amador Valley high schools are the most recent Tri-Valley schools to join this year's crop of California Distinguished Schools awardees, a designation given to schools throughout the state for outstanding education.

Tuesday, 7:03 PM | No comments yet
New flags to be hoisted during hazardous fire weather at county stations

Starting this month, two dozen fire stations around Alameda County will hoist flags during dangerous fire weather conditions.

Tuesday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
State bill to preserve remote access to public meetings met with resistance

One of the silver linings of the pandemic was that more public meetings of local jurisdictions were streamed online, allowing more residents to tune in and participate without having to make time to go in-person.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | No comments yet
Livermore council switches contractors for Livermorium Plaza

The Livermore City Council has switched direction on which contractor to use to develop Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park, after the initial firm couldn't meet the city's insurance requirements.

Tuesday, 6:09 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Pleasanton represented well in second round of NFL Draft

Jevon Holland, who was raised in Pleasanton, went to the Miami Dolphins at 36th overall, with Aaron Banks -- a former Pleasanton Junior Football League player -- going to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 48.

Tuesday, 5:28 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Search for missing teen Sydney West continues as family increases reward to $25,000

Seven months later and the search continues for former Pleasanton resident Sydney "Syd" West, whose family (despite the length of her disappearance) remains hopeful and has increased the reward for her safe return to $25,000.

Tuesday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet

Monday, May 3, 2021

Livermore keeps Stein on Planning Commission, orders special training after his 'ghetto' comments

The Livermore City Council voted 4-1 to not expel Planning Commissioner John Stein contingent upon several conditions, including meeting with the city's Human Services Department, after his divisive comments on affordable housing.

Monday, 10:29 PM | 1 comment
Study says addressing racial inequity could reduce homelessness in Alameda County

Alameda County could make dramatic reductions in homelessness in three years by prioritizing programs that promote racial equity -- and investing $824 million -- according to a report released last week by the county.

Monday, 10:09 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton council to revisit transportation fee for Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone

The Pleasanton City Council is set to revisit a proposed transportation fee that would be paid by developers who build in the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone during its meeting Tuesday night.

Monday, 10:09 PM | No comments yet
Feds extend Real ID compliance date to May 2023 due to pandemic

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended its full enforcement of Real ID-compliant driver's licenses from Oct. 1, 2021 to 2023 due to the pandemic, DHS officials announced last week.

Monday, 4:41 PM | 2 comments
News Digest: Contra Costa County opens vaccines to all | HPMS teacher wins award | 'Backyard Brief' debuts

Contra Costa County officials announced Monday that the county now has enough COVID-19 vaccine supply to make doses available to anyone, regardless of whether they live or work in the county.

Monday, 3:14 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: DA declines to file charges against pair arrested in Lil Yase homicide

A local couple arrested by police last week in connection with the shooting death of rapper Lil Yase in Dublin in November has been released from custody after prosecutors declined to file formal charges for evidentiary reasons.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 2, 2021

'To Tri-Valley With Love' program seeks to spur local spending

To help keep more Tri-Valley businesses afloat amid a teetering economy during the coronavirus pandemic, tourism advocacy group Visit Tri-Valley has launched a program to encourage residents to invest in their local business community.

Sunday, 8:10 PM | No comments yet
Outcry from parents, kids for cricket fields in Pleasanton leads public comments in council priorities workshop

Nearly 100 Pleasanton residents weighed in and asked the Pleasanton City Council to prioritize a variety of projects listed in the city's draft work plan during a special meeting and workshop on Wednesday that lasted six hours.

Sunday, 7:58 PM | 2 comments
Livermore: Equity and inclusion working group projects underway

The Livermore City Council heard an update from city staff during its April 26 meeting about the work of the Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, including various projects being developed by members of the working group.

Sunday, 7:52 PM | No comments yet
Recent internet outage sparks demand for local ISP alternatives

Public interest in building a fiber optic network throughout the city has increased recently, after a Comcast outage last month left several hundred homes in Pleasanton without internet service for much of a day.

Sunday, 10:48 AM | 7 comments

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