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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Tree removal along Highway 84 part of Niles Canyon Road safety project

Caltrans will be performing tree removal along Highway 84 between now and the spring of 2021 as part of the Niles Canyon Road safety project, according to a Caltrans spokesperson.

Sunday, 2:38 PM | No comments yet
Women making an impact

Impact 100 East Bay is on a mission. Since 2016 it has united women in the community to each contribute $1,000 every year, which adds up to a substantial annual grant to help people in need.

Sunday, 11:05 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County housing program seeks landlords

Setting some "ambitious targets" to ensure affordable housing and eliminate homelessness in Alameda County, the county is looking for landlords to match with local residents in need of a home as part of its Vision 2026.

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Dublin: City partnering with American Red Cross for blood drive

The American Red Cross and city of Dublin are teaming up for a community blood drive at the Dublin Senior Center this week.

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Harvest Park library ready after year-long rebuild

After more than a year of construction, the Harvest Park Middle School library recently finished being rebuilt. Work on the building was needed after it was damaged by a fire in 2018.

Sunday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas welcomes new vice chancellor of business services

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District welcomed its new vice chancellor of business services, Jonah Nicholas, to his first day on the job this month.

Sunday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
LAVTA's self-driving cars now carrying passengers

Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is driving change on local roads and inviting the public to hop aboard its shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) for the first time earlier this month.

Sunday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Zone 7 to continue environmental planning for Delta Conveyance Project

The Zone 7 Water Agency will remain a part of the Delta Conveyance Project for the next two years, following a 5-2 vote by the Board of Directors earlier this month.

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Tri-Valley reimagines holiday shopping for 2020

Holiday shopping around the Tri-Valley looks much different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowd-drawing traditions are transitioning to curbside pickups and health-conscious experiences.

Thursday, 8:05 PM | 1 comment
Valley Views: Resilience important for these holidays

Here I am healthy and with much to be thankful for, so I expected to enjoy this Thanksgiving, too, even if my only "gathering" was a short visit to my daughter's backyard to share, physically distanced, my traditional homemade pie.

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Holiday Happenings 2020

Celebrate the holiday season at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon as the lifestyle center lights up with festive community activities and sparkling decorations. See that event, and many others, on the docket across the Tri-Valley.

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On the road again

Neither flat tires nor mangled bikes nor pandemic can keep the Gagnon family from loading up their RV to travel cross country to revel in the glory of its national parks.

Thursday, 7:58 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

PG&E announces Patti Poppe as next CEO

PG&E Corp. announced last week that Patricia "Patti" Poppe has been appointed as the utility's new chief executive officer.

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Livermore subcommittee, working group aim to foster equity and inclusion

The Livermore City Council is working to integrate equity and inclusion into the fabric of the community through its newly formed subcommittee and subsequent working group.

Tuesday, 9:21 PM | 6 comments
Foothill student is first female Eagle Scout in Tri-Valley

Lauren Swenson-Lennox of Pleasanton has become the Tri-Valley's first female Eagle Scout, completing her Board of Review on Oct. 30. She is a founding member of Troop 998G formed in February 2019.

Tuesday, 9:20 PM | No comments yet
Christmas Toy Drive benefits PUSD families struggling during pandemic

Community members and local service organizations are partnering to collect and donate holiday gifts to more than 900 students in Pleasanton Unified School District during the Pleasanton Christmas Toy Drive, which runs through Dec. 11.

Tuesday, 9:19 PM | No comments yet
COVID-19 case rate continuing to rise in Alameda County

While Alameda County's rate of new coronavirus cases continues to rise, the county is not seeing the same level of hospitalizations as it did earlier this year, the county's health officer said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 9:18 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Decision to postpone high school sports again makes me 'as mad as hell'

With high school sports, at least the kids had Dec. 7 as the carrot to point their hopes toward. Now that is gone and who knows when they will have another hope to cling to, if one even arises. So, where do we direct our anger?

Tuesday, 4:53 PM | 5 comments
Thorne presents his final Mayor's Award; leaders praise city's outgoing mayor

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne handed out the final Mayor's Award of his four-term tenure during a virtual ceremony that also included Thorne's peers offering special recognition to the city's outgoing mayor.

Tuesday, 4:45 PM | 1 comment
CSU faculty, administrators at odds over ethnic studies requirement

California State University took another step last Tuesday toward requiring students to take an ethnic studies class as part of their lower-division coursework, a move that would also have significant implications for the state's...

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BART board OKs incentivizing early retirements to address budget woes

The BART Board of Directors voted Thursday to forge ahead with an incentivized retirement program intended to help mend the agency's ailing financial outlook due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet

Monday, November 23, 2020

Passing on the memories

Selling the old family home is hard -- especially when it is a stunning Victorian on Second Street in Pleasanton -- but it helps when the buyer is the young family across the street...

Monday, 8:48 PM | 1 comment
Foothill DECA pushes to new heights during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Foothill High School's DECA members showed off their business savvy during Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual event that prepares high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Monday, 5:49 PM | No comments yet
Leaders look to local solutions for Pleasanton's Climate Action Plan 2.0

Pleasanton's long-term outlook for addressing climate change could entail local solutions such as the city producing its own renewable energy and investing in green infrastructure, according to local leaders and environmental activists

Monday, 5:46 PM | 2 comments
Castlewood rebrands as The Club at Castlewood ahead of extensive remodel

Pleasanton's historic Castlewood Country Club now has a new name to herald its $16 million remodeling and upgrading project that will launch next spring. It is now called The Club at Castlewood.

Monday, 4:35 PM | 1 comment
Local J. Rockcliff acquired by Silicon Valley brokerage

J. Rockcliff Realtors, with offices in Pleasanton, Danville and a number of other East Bay communities, was recently acquired by Sereno Group.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Dublin again ranks as best conditioned roads in entire Bay Area

The average overall state of the Bay Area's local roadways has held steady over the past five years and is described as "fair" in a report released Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Monday, 2:13 PM | 1 comment
Livermore PD responds to death in public

The Livermore Police Department is investigating after a local man was found dead on the property of Las Positas College on Friday in an apparent suicide in public.

Monday, 12:23 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 22, 2020

PUSD trustees approve 2.75% pay raises for cabinet members

After postponing a vote on the matter earlier this spring, the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved pay raises for the district's executive cabinet at their Nov. 12 meeting.

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Zone 7 offering rebates for self-adjusting 'smart' irrigation controllers

Swap out your outdated irrigation system controllers for new self-adjusting "smart" controllers and save both water and money with Zone 7 Water Agency's "Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate Program."

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Livermore: Quest Science Center plans livestream STEM panel

Educators, innovators and advisors will share their stories and insight to inspire future scientists and engineers during a Dec. 1 livestream event hosted by Quest Science Center in Livermore.

Sunday, 5:24 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Public advocates seek $166M penalty against PG&E over power shutoff notifications in 2019

A $166 million penalty against PG&E is being sought by advocates for ratepayers for failures related to three 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

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Supervisors appoint Dr. Moss as county's permanent health officer

Dr. Nicholas Moss, who has served since July in an interim role, is the new health officer of Alameda County, supervisors agreed Tuesday.

Saturday, 9:50 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County to receive $4.1M in settlement with Apple over iPhone batteries

Alameda County will receive $4.1 million in a settlement with Apple Inc. over alleged misrepresentations about its iPhone, the California Attorney General's Office said Wednesday.

Saturday, 3:46 PM | No comments yet
Livermore work crew triumphs in quest to find wedding ring flushed down toilet

A Livermore woman who accidentally flushed her wedding ring down the toilet thought her chances of ever seeing it again had also gone down the drain, but with a lot of luck and hard work on behalf of the Public Works Department ...

Saturday, 3:39 PM | No comments yet

Friday, November 20, 2020

Livermore: Defendant in cold-case sexual assaults dies from self-inflicted injuries

A Livermore man facing charges for two cold-case sexual assaults in the East Bay died Thursday from injuries sustained in a suicide attempt that occurred one week earlier in the hours after the crimes' survivors testified against him.

Friday, 4:14 PM | 1 comment
Police: Playgrounds set on fire at two Pleasanton parks

Playground equipment at two Pleasanton parks were set on fire in a pair of apparent arson incidents this month, police said on Friday.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Pleasanton: Council doubles assistance for renters struggling during COVID pandemic

Pleasanton residents who have struggled to pay their rent during statewide COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will get some relief after the City Council unanimously increased funding for a city-run rental assistance program.

Thursday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
2020 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

This marks the beginning of the 2020-21 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, a fundraising campaign that will provide vital financial assistance to six core Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

Thursday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Free flu shots for vets, Geocache game in Livermore & Rise Against Hunger

The Pleasanton Public Library is set to host the VA Palo Alto Mobile Medical Outreach Team on Monday morning to facilitate free flu shots for veterans.

Thursday, 3:40 PM | No comments yet
Governor implements nightly curfew for non-essential activities in Alameda County

The order is for counties in the purple or most-restrictive tier, including Alameda County, in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan and will order all non-essential work and gatherings to stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Thursday, 3:20 PM | 9 comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Livermore: Pianist, fiddler join lineup for Bankhead benefit gala

Renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu and Celtic fiddler Natalie McMaster will join the artist lineup for the "Best of the Bankhead" virtual benefit for Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m., this Saturday (Nov. 21).

Wednesday, 10:09 PM | 1 comment
Livermore: 'Handmade for the Holidays' art fair goes online

Handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts by nearly two dozen artists are for sale at the new "Handmade for the Holidays" online art fair, which opened Nov. 13 and runs through Dec. 24.

Wednesday, 10:08 PM | No comments yet
PDA encourages residents to 'Shop Small -- Support Local'

The Pleasanton Downtown Association, in collaboration with the city of Pleasanton, has unveiled a new program to encourage Pleasanton residents to shop, dine and otherwise support local businesses this holiday season.

Wednesday, 10:08 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley nonprofit food providers adapt to help supply holiday meals

Nonprofit groups that traditionally provide large in-person meals during the holidays have been forced to find creative ways to help feed families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 10:07 PM | 1 comment
Livermore: Gordon-Hagerty out as NNSA administrator

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty resigned this month as the U.S. Department of Energy under secretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees both national labs in Livermore.

Wednesday, 5:16 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Hernandez wins mayor seat; Hu, McCorriston on council

Following a historic election year and crowded City Council race, Dublin's next mayor and two council members said they are ready to lead Dublin through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery in just a matter of weeks.

Wednesday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

County's purple tier regression all but halts PUSD's Jan. 4 elementary reopening plan

PUSD now anticipates not being able to reopen elementary school campuses for in-person classroom instruction on Jan. 4 in light of new guidance from health officials after Alameda County was reverted back to the purple tier.

Tuesday, 7:40 PM | No comments yet
Wang, Guzmán aim to bring 'positive change' to LVJUSD

Two newcomers with ambitious goals celebrated wins in a five-candidate election for the Livermore school board: public policy advocate Kristie Wang and former Tri-Valley teacher and parent volunteer Yanira Guzmán.

Tuesday, 5:55 PM | No comments yet
Officials: Keep holiday get-togethers small, short, stable and safe

While Thanksgiving is typically a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other's company, Bay Area health officials are imploring residents to celebrate responsibly and help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, 3:35 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton's announces virtual holiday festivities

The city of Pleasanton has unveiled the schedule for its weeklong virtual holiday celebration early next month that will culminate with the Dec. 5 debut of its tree-lighting ceremony video recently recorded downtown.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet

Monday, November 16, 2020

Pleasanton council to consider additional COVID relief for renters

The Pleasanton City Council may increase funding for a city program that's been helping struggling Pleasanton residents pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic at their upcoming Tuesday night meeting, starting 7 p.m.

Monday, 9:47 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Applications open for Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship

The Community of Character Collaborative invites all high school seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

Monday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton North Rotary funds scholarship for veterans

The Las Positas College Foundation will administer a new annual $500 scholarship endowed by the Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) Foundation in the memory of two of its past presidents, David Cherry and Ed Golden.

Monday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Glazer backs audit efforts of BART inspector general

Tri-Valley State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) recently shared his support for BART's first inspector general mission to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the regional public transit agency.

Monday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County moving to purple tier Tuesday

Alameda and Contra Costa are among counties moved to purple tier as governor pulls "emergency brake" on reopening plans. "We are seeing (COVID-19) community spread broadly," Newsom says. Read full coverage on our website.

Monday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Alameda, Contra Costa among counties moved to purple tier as governor pulls 'emergency brake' on reopening plans

Most of the Bay Area's counties will move into more-restrictive reopening tiers this week as the state attempts to extinguish its current rise in new coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

Monday, 1:20 PM | 21 comments
Pleasanton: Judge rules in favor of city to effectively end latest lawsuit over proposed Costco store

A judge last Friday ruled against the petitioners suing the city of Pleasanton for a second time over environmental approvals for the proposed Costco and JDEDZ, potentially ending the lawsuit and clearing the way for the project.

Monday, 11:53 AM | 13 comments

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