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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dublin: Santa Rita Jail has its first inmate testing positive for coronavirus

An inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, the first inmate at the jail to do so, an Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman said Saturday.

Saturday, 9:27 PM | No comments yet
Livermore police officer tests positive for coronavirus

A police officer with the Livermore Police Department has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the department announced on Friday.

Saturday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet
State's snowpack still below average despite wet March

While California's snowpack in March was in better condition than it was in February, the month's precipitation was not enough to offset the state's dry winter, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Saturday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Friday, April 3, 2020

Bauer-Kahan organizes online forum on parenting during COVID-19 crisis

In order to help parents and their children grapple with the isolation brought on by the county's shelter-in-place order, State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is inviting residents to a conversation on parenting during COVID-19.

Friday, 5:25 PM | 1 comment
Election certified: PUSD's Measure M bond falls 2.6% short at the polls

Pleasanton residents voted down PUSD's Measure M bond, with Yes in the majority but short of the required 55%, per newly certified election totals. Meanwhile, Dublin narrowly passed its Measure J bond & Sunol voters defeated Measure O.

Friday, 4:29 PM | 11 comments

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Health officials urge residents to cover nose, mouth when outside

Bay Area health officials on Thursday recommended that residents use a cloth to cover their nose and mouth when leaving their homes to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus pandemic brings about changes for Dublin farmers' market

The Dublin farmers' market opened for another season this week but it "will look and feel a lot different" than previous years, according to the city of Dublin.

Thursday, 7:14 PM | No comments yet
LAVTA Accessible Advisory Committee seeks nine members

LAVTA, which operates Wheels and Dial-A-Ride services in the Tri-Valley, is currently seeking applications to fill nine seats on the Tri- Valley Accessible Advisory Committee (TAAC).

Thursday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Local high-risk residents hunker down during shelter-in-place order

While many residents feel increased stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19, those feelings have been heightened for residents with family members who have pre-existing auto-immune issues.

Thursday, 3:07 PM | 1 comment
Children's online 'playborhood' to help keep kids' minds active

To help keep kids occupied during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, the Bay Area Children's Theatre has launched an online "playborhood," theatre executives said Monday.

Thursday, 3:06 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Coyote believed to have bitten young girl is fatally shot

A coyote that's believed to have attacked and bitten a 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon was located and fatally shot with a rifle early Thursday morning, state officials said.

Thursday, 2:22 PM | 1 comment
Coroner IDs man killed in I-580 crash in Pleasanton

A man who was killed in a single-car collision on Interstate 580 in Pleasanton on Tuesday was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 68-year-old Sentaws Sentaws of Danville.

Thursday, 2:02 PM | 1 comment
Livermore: Eric Lessard, Kyle Moore earn Eagle Scout rank

Cousins Eric Lessard and Kyle Moore of Livermore worked toward their Eagle Scout rankings at the same time, have both passed the Board of Review, and plan to share their Eagle Scout Court of Honor at a future date.

Thursday, 1:47 PM | No comments yet
Fremont: Tennis coach arrested on suspicion of lewd acts against minor

Police in Fremont last week arrested a private tennis coach suspected of lewd acts with a girl who was one of his students.

Thursday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD Superintendent Schmitt retiring at end of school year

Superintendent Rick Schmitt announced publicly Thursday that he will retire at the end of the school year in June after four years at the helm of the SRVUSD and 40 years in education overall.

Thursday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
Coyote bites 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park

A coyote bit a 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park on Wednesday, according to East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.

Thursday, 3:03 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dublin, Pleasanton school boards hold remote meetings

Tri-Valley schools have been dismissed since mid-March and there doesn't seem to be any sign of things changing soon.

Wednesday, 8:45 PM | 4 comments
Property tax relief available for Alameda County residents

Alameda County taxpayers experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic can apply for property tax relief under the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector's (TTC) COVID-19 financial relief effort.

Wednesday, 4:53 PM | 2 comments
New stimulus-related loan program could aid small business

Two low-interest loan programs that are among the myriad measures in last week's $2.2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Wednesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
Virtual poetry slam provides creative outlet for Tri-Valley teens

Tri-Valley teens are invited to share their original poetry works through the city of Pleasanton's first ever virtual Poetry Slam.

Wednesday, 12:45 PM | No comments yet
Status update on Bay Area COVID-19 developments

The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

County probation officer concerned about lack of infrared thermometers

Alameda County Chief Probation Officer Wendy Still told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that she's concerned about a lack of infrared thermometers at the county's juvenile hall in San Leandro.

Tuesday, 8:58 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly earns nine awards in statewide contest

The Pleasanton Weekly took home nine awards among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category in the California News Publishers Association's (CNPA) 2019 California Journalism Awards.

Tuesday, 6:11 PM | 1 comment
LAVTA to cut bus service even more starting next week

Citing a 25% drop in passengers last week, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) announced that bus services will be reduced even further starting Monday (April 6).

Tuesday, 5:21 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley residents creating homemade masks amid national shortage

Amid a shortage of medical-grade face masks felt by institutions and communities throughout the country, some Tri-Valley residents are stepping up to help improve the local stock for personal use by producing homemade masks.

Tuesday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier 'showing progress,' in critical but stable condition in hospital

U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier is "showing progress" during his third week battling serious pneumonia in the hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition, his sons said in a statement on the Tri-Valley congressman's birthday.

Tuesday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
PG&E won't pay $4M Camp Fire fine from $13.5B wildfire victims' fund

PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5 billion trust to compensate wildfire victims.

Tuesday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
Governor announces statewide hotline for seniors to access services

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a statewide hotline Tuesday to help the state's 5.3 million residents older than 65 connect with state and local services during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
Pet owners urged to plan for care of pets in case of hospitalization

Animal shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties have urged pet owners to develop an emergency plan in the event they are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus and cannot care for their pets.

Tuesday, 2:20 PM | No comments yet
Positive tests confirmed for Open Heart Kitchen volunteer, Castlewood member

Situations of potential exposure to the novel coronavirus in Tri-Valley settings continue to come to light, as a volunteer with Open Heart Kitchen and a Castlewood Country Club member have each confirmed as testing positive.

Tuesday, 1:40 PM | 3 comments
Bay Area shelter order extended through May 3 with new restrictions, clarifications

Health officers in several Bay Area counties and cities on Tuesday extended a shelter-in-place order through May 3 to try to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the region.

Tuesday, 12:27 PM | 67 comments
Go Green Initiative switching to online-only paid internships this summer

To provide Pleasanton high school and college students the opportunity to continue building their resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Go Green Initiative is now accepting applications for paid e-internships this summer.

Tuesday, 10:42 AM | 1 comment
Annual Pleasanton plant sale goes online

When this year's April plant sale was canceled, members of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club had a problem to deal with besides losses from their annual fundraiser. What could be done with the plants?

Tuesday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 30, 2020

Remote town halls: Glazer sets small business conference call; Swalwell hosting medical specialist

Sen. Steve Glazer and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell are hosting separate remote town hall meetings to discuss and inform local residents about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this week.

Monday, 9:27 PM | No comments yet
County public defender blasts Judicial Council's moves as 'denying due process'

The Alameda County public defender has condemned actions taken Saturday by the Judicial Council of California he views as dramatically restricting speedy trial rights in California during and after the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency.

Monday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Governor announces program to expand state's number of health care workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide program Monday to expand the number of active health care workers as hospitals and medical centers face overwhelming numbers of novel coronavirus patients.

Monday, 4:53 PM | No comments yet
Livermore park district declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District's Board of Directors has declared a state of emergency to make it easier for the district to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Monday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Quilt of Valor for Bill Danko

William "Bill" Danko Jr. recently received a Quilt of Valor, at the "Beer, Brats & Bingo" fundraiser at the Pleasanton VFW Post #6298, presented to him by Karin Linforth.

Monday, 4:20 PM | 1 comment
Pandemic forcing addicts to seek help by phone, online

If you are an addict struggling with sobriety how do you reach out for help in the face of today's virus environment of "social distancing" and "stay in place" isolation?

Monday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet
DSRSD welcomes aboard new assistant general manager Jan Lee

The Dublin San Ramon Services District recently brought Jan Lee on board as the new assistant general manager. In part, Lee is tasked with expanding DSRSD's variety of water supply.

Monday, 4:13 PM | No comments yet
Details emerge about fatal motorcycle crash on Vasco Road in Livermore

A motorcyclist was killed after crossing into the opposite lane and slamming head-on into an SUV on North Vasco Road in unincorporated Livermore on Sunday night, according to the CHP.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 12 comments
Bay Area shelter-in-place order to be extended until at least May 1

Seven jurisdictions in the Bay Area plan to extend the current shelter-in-place order due to the novel coronavirus pandemic until at least May 1.

Monday, 2:14 PM | 1 comment
Looking for a new home activity? Start keeping a journal

Try something new during these strange times. Consider journaling: This writing can be good for body and soul, whether one is already adept at the written word or uses it only to compile grocery lists.

Monday, 12:34 PM | No comments yet
Fire damages Sabio on Main in downtown Pleasanton

Sabio on Main is closed down due to damage from a fire that broke out in the kitchen area before the restaurant opened for takeout brunch service on Sunday morning.

Monday, 12:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Separate fatal crashes reported in Livermore on Sunday

Two fatal crashes occurred in Livermore on Sunday, one in the morning involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 580 and the other at night on North Vasco Road in the unincorporated area.

Sunday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton city officials provide coronavirus update in video, newsletter

The city of Pleasanton released a "COVID-19 Update" newsletter via email and social media on Friday, letting the community know more about the city's coronavirus response plan and key services available during the crisis situation.

Sunday, 8:42 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, March 28, 2020

District: Three people at San Ramon schools are presumptive positive for coronavirus

Three individuals with ties to different San Ramon schools recently reported testing positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), though the results still need to be confirmed by county health officials, SRVUSD officials said.

Saturday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet

Friday, March 27, 2020

Zone 7's Arroyo Mocho flood project delayed by COVID-19

Public works projects are deemed essential under the shelter-in-place order currently in effect in seven Bay Area jurisdictions but some have been unable to avoid the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Friday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Reading recommendations for armchair escape during COVID-19 shelter order

The shelter-in-place order has inspired many to reach for an escape through reading. Fight the cabin fever and take flight with your imagination this week, as we travel to various places and points in history with these books...

Friday, 1:21 PM | No comments yet
Message from our publisher: An appeal for your support of good journalism

Local newspapers all over the country face similar or worse challenges, and scores have had to shut down. We are determined to not let that happen here.

Friday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly launches annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest

Mother's Day is May 10 this year and the Pleasanton Weekly is again holding its popular Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest, with photos due by April 9.

Friday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Livermore High senior wins Rotary speech contest

Zoey Bost, a senior at Livermore High School, was awarded top honors at the Rotary speech contest in Pleasanton earlier this month.

Friday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
Spreading cheer: Christmas lights back up amid coronavirus

So, McDermott took on another project. She decided to join in a burgeoning effort to boost community morale by putting up Christmas lights where they could be spotted by neighbors.

Friday, 10:58 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Valley Views: Working from home is different now

I have been working from home for six years now, and let me first state the obvious: there are many positives to WFH. But from the outset, I saw the downside as well.

Thursday, 3:23 PM | 1 comment
Kaiser Permanente scuttles plan for $900M office tower in Oakland

Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday that it is scuttling its $900 million plan for a new headquarters complex in Oakland.

Thursday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
Photo series: Residents steer clear of downtown Pleasanton amid shelter order

With the shelter order keeping residents home, downtown Pleasanton has been left largely empty, with the exception of some individuals walking their dogs and employees at businesses still open.

Thursday, 2:49 PM | No comments yet
Nearly 25% of COVID-19 results positive at new public testing center in Hayward

About one-fourth of the 207 people who were tested on the first day of operation for the city of Hayward's new COVID-19 Testing Center on Monday had positive results for the novel coronavirus, city officials said Thursday.

Thursday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley teen organizes TikTok prom; 'Good Morning America' takes notice

In response to her prom being abruptly canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, San Ramon Valley High School junior Natalie Reese took to the internet and started her own virtual TikTok prom and is encouraging others to join.

Thursday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair announces concert lineup

Editor's note: Fair officials announced the initial concert list before the coronavirus crisis hit, but the 2020 Alameda County Fair remains on as scheduled for a June 19 opening, as of March 26.

Thursday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
End Polio Now campaign in Pleasanton

Rotary Clubs in the Tri-Valley are having a flash campaign now through April 30 to End Polio Now and asking people from Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley to help by donating directly online.

Thursday, 2:08 PM | No comments yet
Santa Rita Jail nurse is presumptive positive for COVID-19

A nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail, according to jail officials.

Thursday, 2:06 PM | No comments yet
DA, sheriff ask people to report coronavirus-related scams, price gouging, non-compliance

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and county sheriff's officials are asking people to report novel coronavirus-related scams, price gouging and non-compliance with health orders.

Thursday, 2:01 PM | 7 comments
Power restored after overnight outage in Pleasanton

A PG&E power outage reported in Pleasanton late Wednesday night, affecting more than 4,000 customers, was caused by failed underground equipment and all customers had power restored within a few hours.

Thursday, 9:09 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

East Bay Parks announces new closures to limit crowds amid coronavirus

New closures of East Bay Regional Park District areas were announced Wednesday to limit overcrowding and help keep the public and park staff safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 10:45 PM | No comments yet
Team Dublin accepting applications for Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship

Team Dublin, a community service committee of city employees and contracted staff, invites all high school seniors in Dublin to apply for the $1,000 Don Biddle Memorial Scholarship.

Wednesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board wraps up business before lockdown

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees wrapped up some routine business during what turned out to be its final regular meeting before all 15 district sites were unanimously dismissed for months.

Wednesday, 4:57 PM | No comments yet
Coronavirus focus of upcoming Swalwell virtual town hall

Tri-Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) is hosting a Facebook Live town hall on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for constituents in the 15th Congressional District this Thursday.

Wednesday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
Keeping the beat at 80

Even as he has aged, Sun hasn't missed a beat and he enjoys ballroom dancing. He especially likes Latin dancing, which he teaches twice a month at Stoneridge Creek. He also volunteered to hold classes for five years at senior centers.

Wednesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: $20,000 donation from 'bottle that benefits'

Darcie Kent Vineyards recently presented a $20,000 donation check to Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, funds generated from sales of the Livermore winery's 2019 Dog Day Cabernet.

Wednesday, 3:06 PM | No comments yet
Danville three-peats as safest community in California; Pleasanton ranks 40th

For the third consecutive year, the town of Danville has been recognized for its efforts to cultivate a safe community, earning the designation as the safest community in California...

Wednesday, 2:13 PM | 10 comments
Coroner IDs San Ramon man killed in crash on I-680

The coroner's office has confirmed the identity of a man who died after his car crashed into a guardrail and rolled over along southbound Interstate 680 in San Ramon on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school closures extended through May 1

Local school closures and student dismissals will be extended through May 1, the Alameda County Office of Education announced Wednesday. The decision is part of a "unified approach" to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wednesday, 12:05 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

More COVID-19 infections among younger adults than any other group, county says

Alameda County health officer Dr. Erica Pan told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the largest group of people who've tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus so far is those 20 to 44 years old.

Tuesday, 9:15 PM | No comments yet
Coronavirus testing difficult to come by for exposed deputies, inmates at Santa Rita

A homeless woman who was booked over the weekend for misdemeanor intoxication by Pleasanton police was also tested for coronavirus. Kelly said the sheriff's office is still waiting on her test results.

Tuesday, 5:44 PM | No comments yet
LAVTA service levels to be reduced

With declining ridership attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) announced that its bus services will be reduced starting Thursday (March 26).

Tuesday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
Chief justice suspends jury trials statewide for 60 days

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Monday evening ordered all jury trials in the state superior courts suspended for 60 days in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Alameda among counties ordering labs to report more data from COVID-19 tests

Seven Bay Area governments Tuesday ordered all commercial and academic medical labs to begin expanding the kind of data they report from tests involving the novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, 5:31 PM | No comments yet
County board votes to approve moratorium on evictions in unincorporated areas

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve an urgency ordinance providing a temporary 30-day moratorium on evictions in the unincorporated parts of the county due to special circumstances caused by COVID-19

Tuesday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County reports second death caused by coronavirus

The Alameda County Public Health Department on Tuesday reported the county's second death caused by the novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier's sons give update on his health status, thank community for support

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier's sons have released a statement providing a new update on the Tri-Valley congressman's health status amid a difficult battle with pneumonia -- and also thanking the community for "the outpouring of support."

Tuesday, 3:23 PM | 5 comments
Alameda County wins Beacon Award for environmental practices

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) honored Alameda County with the prestigious Beacon Award, recognizing the county for its comprehensive and exemplary efforts to locally combat climate change.

Tuesday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon man killed in I-680 crash

A man died Tuesday morning after his vehicle crashed through a guardrail along southbound Interstate 680 in San Ramon and rolled over, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 23, 2020

Property taxes still due to county by April 10 -- unless state changes deadline

The deadline to submit property tax payments without penalty remains April 10, a seemingly reluctant County Treasurer-Tax Collector Henry C. Levy said in an advisory that reminded residents only the state can change the due date.

Monday, 5:42 PM | 21 comments
BART ridership down nearly 90%; new service hours take effect

BART's ridership losses remained mostly steady last week as the agency plans to roll out reduced service hours Monday and until further notice amid the Bay Area's shelter-in-place order due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Monday, 4:20 PM | No comments yet
State now deems farmers' markets as essential; Pleasanton's remains 'temporarily closed'

The state has since deemed farmers' markets as essential food sources that may remain open. But a number of weekend markets in the Bay Area, including those in Concord, Pleasanton and Danville, remain "temporarily closed."

Monday, 4:20 PM | 10 comments
Alameda County reports first death related to coronavirus

The Alameda County Public Health Department on Monday announced the county's first death caused by the novel coronavirus.

Monday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Swalwell leading push to allow House members to vote remotely

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell and other members of Congress requested a temporary change to House Rules on Monday to allow remote voting by congressional members during national emergencies like the COVID-19 outbreak.

Monday, 3:45 PM | No comments yet
Remote learning for Pleasanton Unified launches this week

In the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Pleasanton Unified School District has turned to remote learning to keep students engaged and continue learning at home while the entire state remains under a shelter-in-place.

Monday, 2:03 PM | 1 comment
PUSD cancels upcoming public meetings during coronavirus crisis

Pleasanton Unified School District has canceled a number of upcoming meetings in compliance with the statewide executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom for residents to shelter in their homes until at least early April to stop COVID-19.

Monday, 12:44 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area movie houses, filmmakers try novel ways to reach people during shutdown

As movie theaters shutter and Bay Area film festivals ponder the next steps and new dates for some unknown time post-coronavirus, studios and indie distributors are breaking with their own traditions and moving their original features

Monday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
Union announces agreement with Safeway on extra worker protections

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 union announced Monday an agreement with Safeway on a suite of new protections and rights Monday for grocery store workers during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Monday, 12:31 PM | No comments yet
PG&E pleading guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter for Camp Fire, pay $4M fine

PG&E Co. announced early Monday morning that it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting a fire in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire that ravaged Butte County.

Monday, 9:37 AM | 3 comments

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