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Monday, June 1, 2020

Hundreds of demonstrators close streets in non-violent protest in Dublin

Hundreds of protesters shut down the streets in central Dublin on Monday afternoon, as Tri-Valley residents joined the numerous communities throughout the country that have risen up in protests against police brutality.

Monday, 8:57 PM | 2 comments
Livermore grads to receive a socially distanced send-off this week

Livermore's Class of 2020 will pay their campuses one last visit to receive their diplomas during a "unique, socially-distanced individualized graduation ceremony" this week, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District announced.

Monday, 8:38 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County issues weeklong nightly curfew to quell unrest

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office issued a countywide curfew on Monday that goes in effect starting 8 p.m. following several nights of civil unrest across the Bay Area.

Monday, 5:11 PM | 5 comments
Schools should encourage but not require students to wear face coverings, draft guidance says

Students should be encouraged but not required to use face coverings when California schools reopen for classroom instruction, according to a draft of "interim guidance" from the state obtained by EdSource.

Monday, 2:13 PM | No comments yet
Dublin Rotary honors local teachers with inaugural Educator of the Year

A dozen of Dublin's most esteemed public school teachers were recently honored as the inaugural winners of the Rotary Club of Dublin's Educator of the Year awards.

Monday, 2:12 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Tri-Valley police prepare amid looting around Bay Area

Police agencies in the Tri-Valley braced for potential looting attempts in local communities amid similar cases around the Bay Area during the weekend. No incidents had occurred in the Tri-Valley as of late Sunday night.

Sunday, 8:23 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Counties have latitude on when to reopen, Newsom says

Gov. Gavin Newsom reiterated Friday that county public health departments will have a large amount of latitude in reopening their economies amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet
Court: Agencies can't charge public for cost of deleting confidential information from electronic records

The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that government agencies can't charge the public for the cost of deleting confidential information from electronic records, such as videos and emails, sought under the CPRA.

Saturday, 6:23 PM | No comments yet

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sunflower Hill benefiting from upcoming fun run gone virtual

Sunflower Hill, a local nonprofit that supports adults with developmental disabilities, has been selected as the beneficiary of the fairgrounds' Sun's OUT Fun's OUT Virtual Fun Run this month.

Friday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library kicks off virtual summer reading program

Pleasanton's Library and Recreation Department is kicking off its free Online Summer Reading Program this Saturday with the same annual goal of making it fun, engaging and accessible for all.

Friday, 3:44 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 28, 2020

COVID-19 testing site at fairgrounds to remain open another week

The COVID-19 regional testing site for Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore residents at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will now remain open for another week, until June 5, a Pleasanton city spokeswoman confirmed late Thursday.

Thursday, 10:54 PM | No comments yet
'Medical miracle': DeSaulnier recounts harrowing experience with near-fatal pneumonia

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier shared the story of his critical hospitalization in his own words and reflected on the imprint that the near-death experience has left on him and how it will influence his public service going forward.

Thursday, 10:22 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Simple tributes around town touch the heart

In these extraordinary times, this resident takes photos on her walks to document the creative little ways so many Pleasanton residents are making the world a better place.

Thursday, 4:42 PM | No comments yet
BART's projected budget includes more than $100M in cuts

With substantial ridership and sales tax revenue losses due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, BART's current projected fiscal year 2020-21 budget includes more than $100 million in cuts while avoiding layoffs and furloughs.

Thursday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton man killed in crash off cliff in Santa Clara County

A man who was found dead in a vehicle that went over a cliff northeast of Mount Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 60-year-old Pleasanton resident James Yacorzynski.

Thursday, 3:53 PM | 3 comments
Swalwell town hall covers COVID-19 resources for Bay Area veterans

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) is holding another online event on Friday covering COVID-19 resources for Bay Area veterans. VA Palo Alto Health Care System Director Thomas Fitzgerald is the special guest.

Thursday, 3:03 PM | 5 comments
Raising 'resilient' adolescents while sheltering in place

Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) will host a virtual town hall on Friday from 1-2 p.m. about "raising resilient teens and tweens during COVID-19."

Thursday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

COVID-19 testing site at Pleasanton fairgrounds winding down this week

Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore residents have two more days to access the COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, 11:10 PM | 18 comments
ValleyCare Charitable Foundation receives $50,000 donation for pandemic efforts

Earlier this month, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation announced a donation matching gift of up to $50,000 from the Stupski Foundation "to support the Tri-Valley community's health."

Wednesday, 9:53 PM | No comments yet
Tolls to resume next week for express lanes on Tri-Valley freeways

Tolls will resume on express lanes in the Bay Area next week as traffic volumes have increased amid the easing of restrictions in the region's shelter-in-place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTC said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9:36 PM | 2 comments
DSRSD proposes board veteran to fill late director's vacant seat

A proposed appointment to complete the term of late DSRSD Director Madelyne "Maddi" Misheloff will be up for a vote at next week's regular board meeting.

Wednesday, 9:16 PM | No comments yet
'Reimagine the world of dining out' during Glazer's virtual town hall

Learn about how local restaurants are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they're adjusting to the shelter order during a virtual town hall with State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) on Thursday.

Wednesday, 8:40 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton pizza parlor closing until next week after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Management from Porky's Pizza Palace announced Wednesday that the restaurant on Hopyard Road will temporarily shut down until at least next week after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wednesday, 2:43 PM | 6 comments

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

PUSD board approves pay bump for classified staff, postpones vote on cabinet raises

Pleasanton Unified School District staff will see a 2.75% pay raise after the trustees finalized a labor contract last week, but they tabled the matter of salary increases for executive cabinet members until next month.

Tuesday, 10:31 PM | 4 comments
Pleasanton Weekly to resume print edition on June 5

With businesses slowly restarting operations over the next few weeks, the Pleasanton Weekly will resume its weekly print edition next Friday, June 5, Weekly Publisher Gina Channell announced today.

Tuesday, 9:38 PM | 3 comments
Governor says hair salons can reopen in 47 counties; Alameda not on list

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that 47 counties across the state, including Solano and Napa counties, can reopen hair salons and barbershops with strict public health and safety guidelines. Alameda County is not on the list.

Tuesday, 5:59 PM | 15 comments
Pleasanton: Planning Commission to debate new five-lot subdivision on Sycamore Road

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to consider endorsing a property owner's proposal to split a 3-acre-plus parcel on Sycamore Road into five residential lots with four new houses.

Tuesday, 5:40 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton plans explosive celebration for Class of 2020

Pleasanton Unified School District will honor the senior Class of 2020 this week, starting with virtual graduation ceremonies for Foothill, Amador Valley and Village high schools on Friday night, followed later by a fireworks show.

Tuesday, 4:09 PM | 10 comments
Tri-Valley entrepreneur receives $100,000 deal on 'Shark Tank'

A Danville local dove into the "Shark Tank" last week, and came out with a $100,000 investment after a successful pitch on ABC's entrepreneurial reality show.

Tuesday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet

Monday, May 25, 2020

New details emerge in Pleasanton arson case

Pleasanton police confirmed new information about last month's house fire on Paseo Navarro, with the recent completion of the fire investigator's final report into the arson case.

Monday, 10:38 PM | No comments yet
New Pleasanton police chief set to start job this week

New Pleasanton Police Chief David Swing is set to join the department this Wednesday, more than a month later than originally scheduled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Monday, 9:28 PM | No comments yet
State issues new guidelines on religious service gatherings

The state of California announced new guidelines Monday allowing places of worship to resume operating during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 7:39 PM | No comments yet
Livermore police investigating suspicious death at hotel

The Livermore Police Department has deemed a 24-year-old man's death as suspicious after he was discovered unresponsive in a hotel room on the north side of the city on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, 5:24 PM | 1 comment
Governor announces statewide COVID-19 contact tracing campaign

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign for the state's COVID-19 case investigation program.

Monday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Back to Business: Memorial Day live-stream focusing on reopening Livermore

Livermore Downtown Inc. is hosting a special online event Monday evening bringing community stakeholders together to discuss plans for reopening Livermore.

Sunday, 9:51 PM | 1 comment
Head-on collision leaves several injured on Highway 84

Several people were injured Sunday night in a head-on collision involving two vehicles on Highway 84 in Niles Canyon east of Fremont, the California Highway Patrol said.

Sunday, 9:31 PM | No comments yet
Air quality district issues year's first Spare the Air Alert for Memorial Day

The first Spare the Air Alert of the year has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, with light winds, high temperatures and vehicle exhaust forecast to make air quality unhealthy.

Sunday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Asian Americans bear brunt of blame for COVID-19

As some people blame the rise of coronavirus on China, where it originated, the FBI has warned about a possible rise in hate crimes against Asians in the United States. Businesses owned by Asian Americans are being vandalized.

Sunday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
Relief fund announced for East Bay artists affected by pandemic

A new $625,000 relief fund has been launched for artists and art workers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open through June 5 at 5 p.m.

Sunday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Alameda County Superior Court to reopen court functions remotely

Alameda County Superior Court announced Wednesday it will resume or expand several court functions remotely beginning June 1.

Saturday, 5:04 PM | No comments yet
ACT/SAT tests no longer required for admission to UC schools

Required standardized testing has been suspended until at least fall 2024 for all freshman applicants to the University of California, university officials announced Thursday.

Saturday, 5:04 PM | 6 comments
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group talks business during pandemic

While the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent economic downturn have severely stressed the capacity for businesses to operate, a group of local industry leaders have not shied away from the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Saturday, 1:11 PM | No comments yet
Road to reopening Pleasanton schools remains unclear

What the upcoming school year will look like was the lingering question at an online meeting of the Pleasanton school board on Thursday that stretched until the stroke of midnight.

Saturday, 12:05 PM | 29 comments

Friday, May 22, 2020

Fiscal forecast will prompt PUSD to 'make significant changes'

A special online study session of the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. will cover a review and discussion of Gov. Newsom's May budget revision and forecasted reduction in K-12 funding.

Friday, 6:18 PM | 19 comments
Police: Four local juveniles facing murder charge in Butler slaying

Four teenage boys from the Tri-Valley were arrested Friday on warrants for murder and kidnapping during a robbery in connection with the fatal stabbing of Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler last month, police said.

Friday, 12:26 PM | 29 comments

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pleasanton: Residents deliver piles of PPE for frontline workers

Personal protective equipment donations are arguably the most trending form of charity in the Tri-Valley, and Pleasanton resident Winnie Liu and her neighbors might be some of the biggest local influencers right now.

Thursday, 10:41 PM | 1 comment
Dublin Unified honors its most exceptional employees of 2020

Dublin Unified School District recently celebrated its most outstanding faculty and staff members of the year, recognizing those serving more than 12,900 students at all levels of learning from preschool through adult education.

Thursday, 10:16 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Specialty's Café gives away cookies as farewell

Pleasanton-based chain Specialty's Café and Bakery closed its doors this week, but before the business bid its final farewell, it offered one last treat to its customers Thursday at its warehouse in Redwood City.

Thursday, 4:52 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: This, too, shall be a memory

In years to come we will be sharing memories with the next generation of how we lived, loved and survived during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

Thursday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD selects Toronto's top administrator as superintendent finalist

The SRVUSD Board of Education has identified Toronto director of education John Malloy, Ed.D., as its preferred candidate to succeed retiring Superintendent Rick Schmitt, pending final approval at a board meeting.

Thursday, 2:58 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Domestic violence, theft, burglary reports lead Pleasanton police call logs

The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available in its online police blotter for April 25 to May 15.

Wednesday, 9:13 PM | 18 comments
Pleasanton police welcome three new officers

The Pleasanton Police Department announced three new officers have joined the city's police force: Officers Justin Dabill, Rogelio Gonzalez-Reyes and Nicole Olah.

Wednesday, 5:48 PM | 15 comments
Swalwell launches political action committee targeting key election races for Democrats

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) has announced the launch of a political action committee that aims to register new voters and win 10 key races around the country.

Wednesday, 5:15 PM | 107 comments
Bauer-Kahan bill aims to close the 'digital divide' in California schools

A bill authored by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan aiming to close the "digital divide" among California students moved out of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation with unanimous bipartisan support on Monday.

Wednesday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Special downtown display honors this year's high school grads

The Pleasanton community rallied around early Wednesday morning (with social distancing) to celebrate and honor this year's crop of graduating high school seniors with a special surprise.

Wednesday, 12:54 PM | No comments yet

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