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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alamo man dies after skydiving accident near Lodi

An Alamo man died Friday from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident near the Lodi Airport the day before, officials confirmed.

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Cyclists, pedestrians to be given morning of sole access to Niles Canyon Road

Alameda County and regional agency officials are working together later this month to once again open a portion of Niles Canyon Road to full access by hikers, runners and bicyclists only.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

County recognizes Pleasanton arts leader

Pleasanton resident Catherine Ndungu-Case is one of eight county residents being recognized for their achievements impacting the arts community at next week's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland. They are recipients of the 2017 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards, representing each county district.

Wednesday, 2:08 PM | 1 comment
LAVTA buses pass inspection

For the 14th consecutive year, the California Highway Patrol has inspected the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority bus system and found no safety violations, according to a press release from LAVTA.

Wednesday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Most inmate arraignments moving from Dublin back to Oakland

Alameda County court officials announced Tuesday that starting next Monday in-custody arraignments of inmates from the northern part of the county will again be held in Oakland instead of at the county's new courthouse in Dublin.

Wednesday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Racist graffiti posted on school district truck in Castro Valley

Alameda County sheriff's officials said they are investigating the posting of racist graffiti on a school district truck in unincorporated Castro Valley as a hate crime.

Wednesday, 1:15 PM | No comments yet
Westbound I-580 cleared after big rig acetone spill

Westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton has fully reopened after acetone spilled from a big rig Wednesday morning, partially blocking the roadway for hours.

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State Senate approves Glazer bill on school districts' rainy day reserves

Legislation co-authored by local State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) that would loosen restrictions on school districts' rainy day reserves has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown following unanimous approval from the State Senate.

Wednesday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton QA firm acquires Bay Area crowd-testing company

QASource, a leading quality assurance service provider for the software industry with its headquarters in downtown Pleasanton, recently announced the purchase of MyCrowd QA, a three-year-old San Francisco crowd-testing company.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tri-Valley paratransit study moving forward

Work is progressing on a study to evaluate paratransit services in the Tri-Valley and consultants are on track to release recommendations for improvements early next year, according to a project update presented to the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday night.

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Report: I-580 in Pleasanton continues to see less congestion than in past

For the second year in a row, Interstate 580 through Pleasanton did not make the top 10 list of most congested Bay Area freeway segments, according to an annual ranking compiled by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Tuesday, 3:49 PM | 9 comments
Vegetation fire on Livermore lab property fully contained

Alameda County firefighters are battling a 40-acre vegetation fire at a test facility owned by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the Alameda County border near Tracy.

Tuesday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police release photos of card theft suspects

The Pleasanton Police Department in recent days released photographs on social media showing people who allegedly used cards stolen from Pleasanton to make purchases elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Tuesday, 1:22 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball dominates East County Invitational

The Foothill girls volleyball team had a great run last week, racking up a perfect 8-0 mark including a sweep through the East County Invitational.

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Pleasanton, Dublin residents among plaintiffs in BART lawsuit over mob attacks

Six BART passengers who were beaten, threatened or robbed by mobs of young people in three separate incidents in March and April filed a lawsuit late last week against the transit agency, accusing it of failing to protect its passengers.

Tuesday, 12:17 PM | 10 comments
Authorities identify victim of fatal Sunol motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist who died Monday morning after a crash on Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol has been identified by the county coroner's bureau this morning as 22-year-old Fremont man Eric Rich.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

City Council OKs roadwork financing agreement with Costco

The Pleasanton City Council has given its formal endorsement to a plan for funding key roadwork around where Costco wants to add its third Tri-Valley warehouse store, a highly visible spot near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

Monday, 10:43 PM | 22 comments
Pleasanton RADD athletes bring home gold

Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes returned from the Special Olympics Northern California softball regional competition last month with four gold medals and one team bronze.

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Pleasanton council to hear update on paratransit analysis

The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive an update Tuesday on an ongoing study to evaluate public transportation services for adults with disabilities and seniors in the Tri-Valley.

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Officials encourage residents to be ready for emergency

From Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and wildfires in the western United States, recent disasters are serving as a reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness.

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PUSD seeking feedback on novels from students, alumni

Pleasanton Unified School District is looking for input from current students and alumni on novels that middle and high school teachers are considering for classroom instruction.

Monday, 12:21 PM | No comments yet
Sunol: Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-680

A motorcyclist died after crashing into the center divider on Interstate 680 near Sunol on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

PPD: Gas station cleared after report of suspicious device

Authorities closed off a Pleasanton gas station for several hours on Saturday while investigating a suspicious item that the local bomb squad eventually determined was a harmless anti-theft device.

Sunday, 10:12 PM | 2 comments
A cappella adventure at St. Augustine

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is hosting Chanticleer, known around the world for its seamless blend of 12 male vocalists, at its St. Augustine campus, 3999 Bernal Ave., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Zone 7 board OKs new program, more project funding in wake of creek erosion

In the wake of significant erosion in Pleasanton's Verona Reach neighborhood earlier this year, Zone 7 Water Agency has started a new program offering administrative support to private landowners who could use help with flood protection-related projects.

Sunday, 9:59 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton man lends voice to prostate cancer initiative

Just over a decade ago, Allen Larson went to the doctor for his physical and learned through a blood test that he had prostate cancer. What made the diagnosis all the more frightening was that Larson, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, was only 41 with his first child's birth a month away.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Children's theater presents 'James and the Giant Peach Jr.'

Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company is partnering with Bay Area Children's Theatre to open their 2017-18 season with Roald Dahl's popular children's tale, "James and the Giant Peach."

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Cultivating community: Val Vista Park gardeners enjoy growing, sharing produce

"Fall is here!" It's a few days after Labor Day and Patti Joki is taking in the signs of autumn evident around the community garden at Val Vista Community Park.

Thursday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Council should endorse JDEDZ roadwork financing deal with Costco

It's the right deal at the right time. The Pleasanton City Council should give its final endorsement to the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone roadwork financing agreement with Costco on Monday night.

Thursday, 2:17 PM | 10 comments
Woman displaced by garage fire in Dublin

A woman was displaced from her home after a fire broke out in the garage Wednesday evening in Dublin, according to Alameda County fire officials.

Thursday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton residents pack 59,000+ meals for hurricane relief

Some 240 local residents young and old gathered at the Kids Against Hunger facility in Pleasanton last weekend to support fellow Americans in need in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey -- to the tune of over 59,000 meals.

Thursday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area Pet Fair comes to Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend

The Bay Area Pet Fair is coming to the Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend for those looking to adopt or who just want to check out more than 1,500 animals and enjoy related activities.

Thursday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Traffic snarled after deadly crash on I-580 west of Pleasanton

All lanes of westbound Interstate 580 have reopened Thursday afternoon after a pair of big-rig collisions that turned fatal and blocked traffic for nearly 10 hours near Castro Valley in unincorporated Alameda County.

Thursday, 10:36 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stage set for decision on city-Costco roadwork financing deal

The Pleasanton City Council is set to give final direction Monday to city staff on an agreement with Costco for how to pay for $21.47 million in roadwork necessary to accommodate the proposed Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), which is expected to include the wholesale retail giant's third membership store in the Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, 3:04 PM | 24 comments
Opinion: Time to defeat a bad bill on bridge tolls

It is unusual to see a federal official weigh in on actions being taken in Sacramento, but Congressman Mark DeSaulnier felt compelled to do exactly that as the State Legislature considers a bill to raise Bay Area bridge fares during the final week of its session for 2017.

Wednesday, 2:42 PM | 2 comments
Museum on Main offering Taste Africa Family Day

The Museum on Main Street is holding a Celebrate Community Family Day this Saturday, partnering with the Cheza Nami Foundation to bring Taste Africa to its front lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Deputies arrest man accused of beating pit bull puppy

A 9-month-old pit bull is in serious condition and set to undergo surgery after she was beaten Monday, according to Alameda County sheriff's officials.

Wednesday, 1:44 PM | 12 comments
Retired judge selected to serve as Contra Costa's interim DA

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint recently retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton to serve as interim district attorney, making her the first woman and first African-American to hold the position in the county.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Commission to review proposed six-home subdivision on Foothill Road

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to hold a workshop Wednesday to discuss a landowner's proposal to split their Foothill Road parcel into six lots with new houses.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | 14 comments
School board discusses PUSD properties, new school at facilities workshop

Splitting grades K-5 between Donlon Elementary and a new school on the property and finding a parcel near Hart for a new elementary school were among the ideas generated by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during a study session on current and future district facilities.

Wednesday, 5:12 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pleasanton developer accused of illegal donations to Swalwell campaign

A prominent East Bay developer and Pleasanton resident was arraigned Monday on federal allegations he made illegal campaign finance donations to current U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's congressional campaign in 2012 and 2013.

Tuesday, 4:54 PM | 25 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons start water polo seasons out with strong wins

The Foothill varsity water polo teams opened their seasons with impressive wins last week, with the boys averaging 15 goals in their first two games and the girls overcoming an early four-goal deficit against Livermore.

Tuesday, 3:53 PM | 2 comments
Valley Humane Society celebrating 30 years

Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society is marking its 30th anniversary with a birthday bash for humans and animals alike next week

Tuesday, 1:13 PM | No comments yet

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hooked on books? Check out Friends of Pleasanton Library sale

Looking for that next novel to read? Don't miss the Friends of the Pleasanton Library book sale the weekend of Sept. 22-24.

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Sworn in: 28 Pleasanton residents become U.S. citizens

Twenty-eight Pleasanton residents representing nine countries, including Canada, Iran and India, were sworn in as United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Pleasanton Library Monday.

Monday, 4:37 PM | 3 comments
Chabad of Tri-Valley buys masonic lodge on Hopyard Road

The Chabad of the Tri-Valley completed its $2.5 million purchase of the former Pleasanton Masonic Lodge on Hopyard Road last week, giving the Jewish organization its first dedicated, permanent home in Pleasanton since beginning services in the founders' living room more than a decade ago.

Monday, 4:22 PM | 1 comment
Study session on PUSD facilities set for Tuesday evening

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will hold a study session on current and future district facilities beginning at 7 p.m., with a separate agenda for regular business starting in open session at 6 p.m.

Monday, 2:47 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Harrington Gallery: Portraits express places

Harrington Art Gallery is presenting a special art exhibit, "The Faces of Oakland," with Bay Area urban landscape and portrait artist Michael Manente through Oct. 7.

Sunday, 6:56 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police, firefighters free dog trapped in vent

Emergency personnel helped a local dog escape a jam -- literally -- earlier this month after the small dog found itself trapped in a vent in its house.

Sunday, 6:53 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 8, 2017

PPD: Baby formula theft leads to discovery of drug sales operation

After catching two shoplifters in the act, undercover detectives uncovered an apparent heroin sales operation Tuesday evening, according to Pleasanton police.

Friday, 5:14 PM | 13 comments
LPFD stations mark 9/11 anniversary

Monday is the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department marked the occasion with brief remembrance ceremonies at each of its 10 fire stations.

Friday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet

Central Oregon population is soaring with former Californians
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