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Friday, July 30, 2021

Driver charged with felony manslaughter for May crash that killed teacher from San Ramon

An Antioch man has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a daytime crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads that killed San Ramon resident and teacher Susan Guinee in May.

Friday, 7:49 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 29, 2021

How California plans to deter costly special education disputes

The threatened deluge of post-pandemic special education litigation may be averted -- or at least minimized -- by a new initiative in California encouraging parents and schools to resolve disputes before heading to court.

Thursday, 11:28 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Movie theaters, where wrinkles loom large

I found it invigorating to see actresses I had watched for decades advancing into their mature lives alongside me. But the wrinkles! I've been enjoying movies on small screens at home so to see those lovely faces magnified was a shock.

Thursday, 11:28 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley youth hold forum on future of campus police officers

Tri-Valley youth led a virtual community forum last week to discuss police presence on local school campuses and the future role of school resource officers (SROs).

Thursday, 11:27 PM | 1 comment
New 'Livermore Valley Made' initiative aims to increase visibility for local artists, creatives

Livermore Downtown Inc. is launching a new business assistance program called 'Livermore Valley Made' geared toward artists, makers and creatives to promote up-and-coming small businesses in Livermore.

Thursday, 11:27 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton community steps up to support missing runner's family

Pleasanton residents, businesses and officials continue to offer their help and support to friends and relatives of a man who disappeared earlier this month at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | 2 comments
Tri-Valley REACH celebrating 30th anniversary

For the past three decades, Tri-Valley REACH has worked to support the community by providing housing opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities so they can pursue independent living.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Pleasanton: Family extends $25,000 reward in Sydney West case in honor of her birthday

The family of former Pleasanton resident Sydney 'Syd' West, the college student who has been missing since last being seen in San Francisco last September, has extended the $25,000 reward in the case in honor of her 20th birthday.

Wednesday, 8:29 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: 'Kinky Boots' screening at Bankhead

Bankhead Theater and the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre are co-presenting a screening of "Kinky Boots" at 8 p.m. this Friday (July 30).

Wednesday, 8:18 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified seals deal with classified union

Pleasanton Unified School District signed off on an agreement at a special Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday that gives classified employees a one-time cash infusion on top of salary and medical benefit contribution increases.

Wednesday, 2:10 PM | No comments yet
New CDC advice: Most vaccinated Californians should wear masks indoors

Under the CDC's new mask recommendations, vaccinated people in 45 California counties -- all of its most populous areas -- are advised to wear masks in public indoor places.

Wednesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Livermore council accepts all 10 Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee recommendations

Livermore City Council agreed to move forward with a list of 10 recommendations presented by the city's Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee during its regular meeting Monday.

Wednesday, 11:03 AM | No comments yet
Livermore: Lab workers strike amid contract negotiations

Trade workers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began a three-day strike Tuesday after their workplace allegedly required on-call hours without negotiations.

Wednesday, 8:30 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Livermore police confirm cause of May fatal fire

The Livermore Police Department has completed its investigation into the fatal house fire on Westminster Way from May.

Tuesday, 6:13 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Planning Commission to debate mandating more 'active' business uses along Main Street

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to consider proposed modifications to the Downtown Specific Plan on Wednesday, including requiring more "active" businesses in ground-floor units on Main Street.

Tuesday, 5:19 PM | 6 comments
Guest Opinion: Please reject Main Street retail mandate

Main Street cannot support the kind and quantity of retail the planners are proposing to require. The building spaces are too small, the parking is far away and there are not enough customers to support that much retail downtown.

Tuesday, 3:45 PM | 4 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Fairgrounds takes advantage of bad situation to create Pleasanton Equestrian Center

Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Hoban and his team at the fairgrounds deserve major props for the project that promises exciting, regularly scheduled events that promote the beauty that is equestrian competition.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 26, 2021

Quest Science Center to host Tri-Valley Innovation Fair at fairgrounds

This year's Tri-Valley Innovation Fair is set to be held by the Quest Science Center at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in September, the nonprofit recently announced.

Monday, 10:10 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified, classified union reach tentative agreement

Pleasanton Unified School District is expected to finalize a recent agreement with unionized classified workers at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, 10:08 PM | No comments yet
State employees, health care workers must show proof of vaccination

Amid climbing numbers of hospitalizations and a test positivity rate of 80% for the COVID-19 delta variant, state employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination, state officials announced Monday.

Monday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Volunteers needed for Culinary Angels

Culinary Angels volunteers Michelle Bradley and Nafisa Lillie show off the colorful and healthy results of the kitchen skills they use to help prepare nutritious meals at no cost for those undergoing chemotherapy or serious illness.

Monday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
PG&E expands resources for customers affected by planned power outages

PG&E is expanding its resources for customers at risk of being affected by planned power outages as California's wildfire season rages on. Public Safety Power Shutoffs are part of PG&E's efforts to prevent wildfires that could happen.

Monday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pleasanton: Chabad closes day camp for summer after COVID-19 cases among attendees

Chabad of the Tri-Valley has canceled its summer day camp for the rest of the season after five youth attending the camp tested positive for COVID-19. No other cases had been confirmed to date, including among staff or volunteers.

Sunday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Advocacy group sues East Bay Parks over feral cat abatement policy

A cat advocacy group filed a lawsuit last week against the East Bay Regional Park District for a controversial policy allowing feral and abandoned cats to be killed or relocated to help protect endangered animal species at EBRPD parks.

Sunday, 4:50 PM | 2 comments
One millionth Alameda County resident receives COVID-19 vaccine

One million Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or two-thirds of the county population, public health officials said Friday.

Sunday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Livermore council to hear final update from Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee

The Livermore City Council is set to receive the final report and recommendations from the city's Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee and citizen working group on Monday evening.

Sunday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
BART reports being ahead of schedule on bond-funded infrastructure projects

More than one-quarter of the infrastructure projects on which BART is working with Measure RR funding have now been completed, exceeding the agency's timeline projections from when the measure went before voters in 2016.

Sunday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
Harrington Gallery open with new exhibit

The Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center is open for business with 'Women Artists Show and Tell' now on display. An opening reception will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday (July 31).

Sunday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet
Swalwell's newest bills address pandemic response, homicide victims' families

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) recently introduced a bill that aims to give more rights to families of homicide victims as well as two other bills with the goal to better prepare the federal government to handle pandemics.

Sunday, 3:54 PM | 1 comment

Friday, July 23, 2021

Livermore removes totem pole from Centennial Park for 'maintenance evaluation'

The city of Livermore shared a social media post Thursday informing the community that a maintenance evaluation required the removal of a well-known local art landmark.

Friday, 3:39 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Contra Costa among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy

As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.

Thursday, 10:39 PM | 5 comments
Valley Views: Newcomers and old-timers

The Pleasanton Newcomers club, originally designed for folks who had recently found their way to our lovely burg, changed its rules to let members continue past the previously mandated three years, plus began to welcome everyone.

Thursday, 10:35 PM | No comments yet
NFL assistant coach Greg Knapp dies from injuries sustained in San Ramon traffic collision

New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died on Thursday from injuries sustained five days earlier in San Ramon when a vehicle and his bicycle collided while traveling on Dougherty Road. He was 58.

Thursday, 3:37 PM | 3 comments
California rugged

A mention of the Diablo Range in the Tri-Valley is likely to draw the response: 'What range? Do you mean Mount Diablo?' The range runs from the Carquinez Strait south through 12 counties for a total of 150 miles to the Antelope Valley.

Thursday, 2:14 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Korean War armistice anniversary | TV30 episode on Livermore Lab COVID-19 response | Tri-Valley Haven donations

The groups will honor and recognize the sacrifice of American forces during and after the Korean War during a special event, 'The Unforgotten War for Peace,' this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Vintage Hills Shopping Center in Pleasanton.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tri-Valley Conservancy names Antrim as new executive director

The Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) has appointed Laura Antrim as its new executive director, following the recent retirement of Laura Mercier.

Wednesday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Family claims child with autism abused at school, still seeks answers 2 years later

A Livermore family has been on a journey for more than two years trying to find out how mysterious burn marks ended up on their son's back in 2019.

Wednesday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Four Tri-Valley projects earn federal funding

Four local initiatives have been granted federal funding, including two Livermore-based projects, an Iron Horse Trail bridge design in San Ramon and the mental health urgent care services pilot program in the south Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley police ready for National Night Out

Tri-Valley police departments are preparing for National Night Out, an annual community event promoting safety and unity, that will take place Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, 12:02 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council allows pop-up parklets to remain downtown through December

Pleasanton City Council members voted to extend downtown's outdoor parklet program through the end of the year during its regular meeting on Tuesday, where they also directed staff to design plans for potentially permanent parklets.

Wednesday, 10:53 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Museum ready for 2021 Family Days

After the Museum on Main temporarily paused Family Days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular community education program is returning this weekend on the museum lawn in downtown Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 2:49 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

San Ramon: Cyclist hospitalized after collision ID'd as New York Jets assistant coach

Family and police have confirmed the cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a vehicle on Dougherty Road over the weekend was Greg Knapp, a longtime assistant coach in the NFL currently working for the New York Jets.

Tuesday, 5:48 PM | No comments yet
Judge orders Danville police officer to stand trial for manslaughter in on-duty shooting

Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall will stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the 2018 shooting death of Laudemer Arboleda, but a judge threw out a charge of assault with a semi-automatic weapon for lack of proof Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | 13 comments
Pleasanton: StopWaste executive Sommer retires after 30 years with agency

After three decades of public service, Pleasanton resident and StopWaste Executive Director Wendy Sommer stepped down from her longtime leadership role this month. Her deputy Timothy Burroughs was selected as the new lead executive.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Friedl starring for Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate

For 2013 Foothill High graduate T.J. Friedl, he has faced his fair share of adversity and has persevered -- now holding a spot and playing well for the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.

Tuesday, 2:55 PM | 1 comment

Monday, July 19, 2021

Pleasanton: Caribbean favorites breeze in for live show at Firehouse

Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center is offering patrons a chance to beat the heat with a night of cool performances starring trumpeter Jeff Bordes & His Caribbean Jazz All-Stars at 8 p.m. Saturday. Joining them is Duvone Dwayne Stewart.

Monday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
Man arrested after van catches fire at end of police pursuit from Pleasanton to San Ramon

A Tri-Valley man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after allegedly leading Pleasanton police on a chase that ended when his van caught fire shortly after driving over a spike strip in San Ramon.

Monday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet
Dublin council to decide on signage for new Cambria Hotel project

Dublin City Council members will revisit the Cambria Hotel project on Tuesday, likely approving a new monument sign to the city's southwest entrance. They are also expected to formally rezone the area where Emerald High will be built.

Monday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet
East Bay Parks receives $13.5M from state for forest management, wildfire prevention

The East Bay Regional Park District received $13.5 million from the state last week to improve its ability to fight wildfires and remove fuels like dead and dying trees, district officials said Thursday.

Monday, 12:00 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to debate fate of downtown parklet program

After outdoor dining exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pleasanton City Council is set to consider creating a longer-term public parklet program to help boost local businesses and enhance vitality in the downtown area Tuesday.

Monday, 11:48 AM | 4 comments
Pleasanton: No new leads on missing runner after 'massive' weekend search

Authorities said they found no new leads Sunday after an eighth day of searching for Philip Kreycik, who has been missing since July 10. Sunday's search involved the largest effort thus far, including 169 professional searchers...

Monday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Red flag warning canceled as weather conditions improve

The thunderstorms anticipated Monday in the Bay Area are now unlikely to show up at all. As a result, the National Weather Service has canceled the red flag warning.

Monday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Former police officer pleads not guilty in Alameda County fatal shooting case

Now-retired San Leandro police officer Jason Fletcher entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning in Oakland to criminal charges in the death of a man at a Walmart store in April of last year.

Sunday, 6:40 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County Superior Court reinstating mandatory mask requirement

Alameda County Superior Court officials on Friday announced they are reinstating a mandatory mask requirement for anyone entering a county court facility, regardless of their vaccination status.

Sunday, 6:40 PM | No comments yet
Connected Horse enriches lives of dementia patients

This is where Connected Horse comes in. The program brings people newly diagnosed with dementia together in nature with horses, along with their care partners, benefiting all of them.

Sunday, 6:36 PM | No comments yet
More than $7B in rent, utility relief now available for Californians

More than $7 billion is now available for California residents behind on their rent and utility payments after state officials approved the funding last week.

Sunday, 12:16 PM | 1 comment
Alameda County doing work on unincorporated Livermore roads

Livermore residents and commuters can expect road closures, detours and other driving impacts at a number of unincorporated roadways beginning later this month due to the Alameda County Public Works Agency's chip seal program.

Sunday, 12:16 PM | No comments yet
Thunderstorm forecast prompts red flag warning for Bay Area hills, mountains

A red flag warning for the Bay Area's drought-parched hills and mountains remains in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening.

Sunday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet

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