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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Emotional hearing as Livermore woman sentenced to 15 years to life for double-fatal DUI crash

A Livermore woman with a history of impaired driving was sentenced during an emotional court hearing on Tuesday to 15 years to life in state prison for a violent DUI crash that killed two passengers along Stanley Boulevard in 2017.

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Guest Opinion: Zone 7 encourages Tri-Valley to step up water conservation efforts

Much work remains for all Californians in seeing our state through this historic drought. Conservation is an important component, and Zone 7 is optimistic that the Tri-Valley residents will heed the call in the remaining months of 2021

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Hope 100 Golf Marathon sets fundraising record

Returning after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, this year's Hope 100 Golf Marathon last month raised a record amount ($155,217) for Tri-Valley nonprofit Hope Hospice.

Tuesday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame

The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of...

Tuesday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pleasanton council set to review Housing Element draft report

A draft preliminary report on the city's sixth cycle Housing Element, as well as results from an annual community survey and a proposed resolution with a city workers' union, will be heard by the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday.

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State officials encourage flu shots as flu season begins in earnest

State public health officials urged residents this week to get a flu vaccine, especially if they are part of a high-risk group such as those age 65 and older.

Monday, 9:32 PM | 5 comments
Scary Art Show in Dublin

Dublin Arts Collective and the F. CO. Gallery held an opening Thursday night for their Scary Art Show, the first of the kind to be held in Dublin, which runs through the end of October.

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Tri-Valley man among four arrested in catalytic converter theft ring

Police in Fairfield arrested a Danville man and three others suspected to be involved in a catalytic converter theft ring, after a chase last week into Napa County.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Livermore: Notable artists returning to Bankhead

Bankhead Theater continues its live entertainment with blues guitarist Robert Cray, who returns for his fifth performance on Oct. 21, and jazz master Branford Marsalis and his quartet on Oct. 25.

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BART to require all employees get vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 13

All BART employees and contractors will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or prove their full vaccination status by mid-December under a policy the agency's board adopted Thursday.

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Dublin: Eco-Hero urges youth to enter her film fest

Dublin resident Romal Mitr, a junior at Quarry Lane, believes in the power of film as passionately as she cares about the environment and so is holding a film festival, 'Earth Unfiltered: Bay Area's Environmental Youth Film Festival.'

Sunday, 2:49 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, October 16, 2021

2.8 magnitude quake hits Livermore

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Livermore Valley early Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Livermore

In an effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy, the city of Livermore recently declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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BART: South Bay extension still on track for 2030 opening

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is expected to issue its first two major contracts next summer for the construction of BART's extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, BART officials said Thursday.

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Are immigrants getting left out of California's rent relief?

Non-English speaking immigrants face some of the biggest hurdles to receiving California rent relief. Advocates say informal leases, lack of technology access and language barriers are getting in the way.

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California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law

Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began enacting bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.

Saturday, 1:49 PM | 1 comment
FDA advisory panel recommends Moderna booster for vulnerable groups

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine as a booster shot against COVID-19 on Thursday, paving the way for possible approval.

Saturday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society hosting spooky Tails at Twilight gala

Valley Humane Society supporters are pleased they can again gather in person for the seventh annual Tails at Twilight gala, from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 29.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

'Back to Broadway' at Firehouse

The Broadway spirit is set to take over the Firehouse Arts Center next weekend as David Burnham & Friends are performing at the downtown Pleasanton venue.

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County recognizes Dublin Arts Collective founder

The Alameda County Arts Commission recognized six individuals, including Dublin resident Vanessa Thomas, for their achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and county residents at the Board of Supervisors' meeting.

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News Digest: PPIE's 'Week of the Stars' | SCS Property meeting in Dublin | History of Sunol Regional Wilderness

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) is hosting its 'Week of the Stars' event from this Saturday through Oct. 24 to generate support for Pleasanton Unified School District students and educators.

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Pleasanton: Chamber honoring community award winners

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is set next week to recognize recipients of its 57th annual Community Service Awards, over a year later than originally planned after the onset of the pandemic canceled the first ceremony in March 2020.

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What a Week: Remembering Bob Butler, former Pleasanton mayor and councilman

Many with long ties to the Pleasanton community are mourning after the recent death of former mayor and councilmember Bob Butler. He was a central figure during crucial times in the city's evolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Thursday, 5:56 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton teachers union votes 'overwhelmingly' to authorize strike

After months of tense labor negotiations, members of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers 'overwhelmingly' authorized a strike in internal balloting last week, leadership for the teachers union announced on Thursday.

Thursday, 2:21 PM | 32 comments

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Alameda County judge denies motion to dismiss manslaughter case against police officer

A judge denied a motion Tuesday morning to dismiss voluntary manslaughter charges against former San Leandro police Officer Jason Fletcher for the death of a shoplifter last year.

Wednesday, 9:26 PM | No comments yet
PUSD annual stakeholder survey returns after one-year lapse

Following a one-year lapse, Pleasanton Unified School District's annual school quality stakeholder survey returned this spring and will be the focal point of discussion at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, starting 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 9:25 PM | No comments yet
Las Positas College requiring COVID-19 vaccine for in-person classes this spring

CLPCCD announced that for the upcoming spring semester, students attending in-person classes or any other activity at Las Positas College in Livermore must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof.

Wednesday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton skate park plans are on a roll

Seven years after Pleasanton city officials and residents started planning to build out the current skate park at Ken Mercer Sports Park, two proposed design schemes were unveiled to the Pleasanton City Council last week.

Wednesday, 4:26 PM | No comments yet
Dublin police earn $65,000 grant for traffic enforcement, education program

Dublin Police Services is poised to introduce a traffic program aimed at deterring dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of collisions, according to a department spokesman.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Newsom's vetoes: Why did the governor block California bills?

Gov. Gavin Newsom had his reasons for blocking California bills passed by the Legislature: cost, duplication and some politics. Overall, he signed 770 bills into law and vetoed 66, or about 8%.

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Fun for everyone: Pleasanton council reviews design options for all-abilities playground

After months of public input on two design concepts for Pleasanton's planned first all-abilities playground at Ken Mercer Sports Park, the City Council gave their own feedback last week.

Tuesday, 10:36 PM | 1 comment
Police release preliminary IDs for man and woman found dead in car in Pleasanton last month

Pleasanton police have preliminary identifications for the two people who were found dead last month in a car parked on Pimlico Drive that had apparently gone unnoticed for weeks before the bodies were discovered.

Tuesday, 6:58 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial'

Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.'

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Housing officials launch program to ease building of in-law units in unincorporated Alameda County

Housing officials in Alameda County have launched a program that aims to add 18 affordable housing units in unincorporated areas and to simplify the process of adding in-law units to single-family properties.

Tuesday, 10:23 AM | 1 comment

Monday, October 11, 2021

New poll finds 71% of Bay Area residents think quality of life has declined

Bay Area residents grappling with the high cost of living, growing homelessness and high taxes say the quality of life has sunk in recent years, with a record number looking to leave the region altogether, according to a new survey.

Monday, 10:07 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: To protect youth from COVID-19, San Ramon must take action on e-cigarette epidemic

While often seen as a problem of far away, the youth e-cigarette epidemic still rages locally. It is time for the San Ramon City Council to take a proactive public health stance on vape products.

Monday, 10:02 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Picnic with the Pops

Livermore-Amador Symphony and Element 116, a Livermore teen jazz band, invite music lovers to bring picnics and blankets or seats to enjoy a free Pops Concert on the lawn in front of the Bankhead Theater, starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 23.

Monday, 10:01 PM | No comments yet
Sunol: Train of Lights tickets on sale

Niles Canyon Railway has opened ticket sales for its 2021 Train of Lights, a holiday delight for many who enjoy the evening 13-mile round trip between Sunol & Niles with refreshments, music and holiday lights aboard antique coaches.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

New election boundary process gets underway at DSRSD

Dublin San Ramon Services District kicked off the process for drawing up new election division boundaries with the first of three public meetings last Tuesday night.

Sunday, 8:47 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County supervisors to discuss A's ballpark proposal later this month

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is planning to discuss later this month possibly crucial financing for a proposal by the Oakland A's for a new baseball stadium at Howard Terminal in Oakland.

Sunday, 8:44 PM | 1 comment
Red Flag warning issued for area due to gusty winds

Forecasters issued a Red Flag warning for Sunday night into Tuesday evening, when gusty north winds and dry conditions are in store for the Bay Area.

Sunday, 8:33 PM | No comments yet
Tesla to move headquarters from Palo Alto to Texas; Fremont factory to 'increase output'

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., confirmed Thursday afternoon what many have long suspected: The electric vehicle and energy storage company plans to move its Palo Alto-based headquarters to Austin, Texas.

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Longtime Livermore Valley Opera volunteers retire from roles

Jim and Bonnie Schmidt, longtime volunteers with the nonprofit Livermore Valley Opera, recently retired from their positions as board president and production manager, respectively.

Sunday, 6:35 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Drought: Water rates for DSRSD customers to increase next month

With reservoir levels shrinking during another 'critically dry year, Stage 2 water shortage rates will go into effect next month for customers in the Dublin San Ramon Services District's service area.

Thursday, 8:57 PM | 1 comment
ArtWalk Livermore returns this weekend for 20th anniversary

This Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is transforming the city's downtown into an 'art district for the day' for its 20th annual ArtWalk event.

Thursday, 3:48 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Come back, customer service

It all started with the gas pumps ... OK, I adjusted to pumping my own gas. Now my challenge is self-checkouts in the grocery stores. They beg the question: Whatever happened to customer service?

Thursday, 3:31 PM | 3 comments
How to spend Dublin school bond money

Several aging schools at Dublin Unified will be getting facelifts after the board recently approved millions of dollars for various upgrades. But many parents said they are still upset as a longstanding community rift has reemerged...

Thursday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Comic Con is back in Pleasanton | Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit | City website refresh

Powerhouse Comic Con is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this Saturday with pop culture and comic entertainment for fans of all ages and a special nod to the 55th anniversary of Ultraman.

Thursday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
Plan for lifting mask mandate announced by Bay Area health officers

The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the City of Berkeley plan to lift the indoor masking requirement in public spaces when a series of criteria are met, they announced.

Thursday, 10:27 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Sunflower Hill selects interim executive director

Sunflower Hill will have a new leader after Executive Director Edie Nehls announced she will be stepping down this month from the Tri-Valley nonprofit that aims to provide residential and vocational opportunities for adults with...

Wednesday, 9:48 PM | No comments yet
Pastel artist in Alamo

'Livermore Fall Vines,' an 18-by-24 pastel, is the creation of Pleasanton artist Debbie Wardrobe, who will be the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Alamo Danville Artists' Society on Oct. 12, at the Alamo Women's Club.

Wednesday, 9:42 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Holiday parade looking for entrants

Pleasanton city officials announced the return of its annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on the first Saturday in December, and they are looking for residents, businesses and community groups to sign up.

Wednesday, 5:55 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County education board clears Tri-Valley rep in Oregon residency allegations

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) Trustee Yvonne Cerrato, who represents the Tri-Valley, was cleared by her colleagues from allegations that she resides in Oregon, following an investigation by county officials.

Wednesday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton mandates 15% water reduction as community faces worsening drought

Pleasanton residents and businesses are now required to cut their potable water usage by 15% compared to last year, after the City Council unanimously declared a local drought emergency, along with imposing the use reduction mandate.

Wednesday, 11:16 AM | 28 comments
Take tour of UC Botanical Garden with Livermore-Amador Valley club

'Berkeley's Unexplored Treasure: The UC Botanical Garden' will be the topic of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club at its online meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 14).

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