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Saturday, February 27, 2021

'But the poets still write...'

Much has been lost this last year, although some things have continued. As nationally renowned Tri-Valley poet Connie Post puts it in "COVID 19 Shelter in Place"...

Saturday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Remembering my friend, Scott Kinney

This is one of those things that sets the Kinney family apart. They decided not to hide from the moment. They wanted the truth to be told after Scott's death -- to help others.

Saturday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Who gets a California stimulus check? When?

California will send out roughly 5.7 million Golden State Stimulus payments of $600 to residents struggling during the pandemic. For most recipients, the funds could come in as soon as a month.

Thursday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Gotta be ghosts at O'Neill home

If you have never been to playwright Eugene O'Neill's home in the west hills of Danville, it should be at the top of your list of things to do after the pandemic. Meanwhile, its newest online offering is 'The Ghosts of Tao House.'

Thursday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Holiday Fund raises $88,215 for safety-net providers

We are grateful beyond words to report that readers stepped up to the challenge and raised $88,215.84 for the 2020-21 Holiday Fund campaign -- surpassing last year's total by more than $12,000.

Thursday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Flags at half-staff for COVID victims, State of the City tickets & Golden Sneaker Contest

In response to President Joe Biden's proclamation on Monday, public agencies' flagpoles across the Tri-Valley, their flags lowered to half-staff through in memory of the 500,000-plus Americans who have died from COVID-19.

Thursday, 4:47 PM | 1 comment
Sunflower Hill advances on new Lafayette housing project

Building on the success of its recent residential community in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley nonprofit Sunflower Hill this week announced that its second affordable housing complex for adults with special needs has been OK'd in Lafayette.

Thursday, 4:46 PM | No comments yet
Ace Hardware coming to vacant storefront in Livermore

Livermore will again have a midsize hardware store in town as a new Ace Hardware location is set to open this spring, replacing the Orchard Supply that closed in 2018 and has remained empty until now.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Pleasanton: East Bay Holocaust Education Center aims to honor, enlighten

The newly formed East Bay Holocaust Education Center (EBHEC) in Pleasanton is using creative programs and outlets to teach Tri-Valley residents about the history and lessons from the Holocaust, as well as honor its victims.

Wednesday, 9:37 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified proposes new temporary grading policy

The Pleasanton school board is set to consider another proposed temporary grading policy for middle and high school students during this semester at its regular online meeting on Thursday, starting 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 9:37 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton council confirms ban on new two-story ADUs

In a repeat of last month, the Pleasanton City Council voted at its Feb. 16 meeting to prohibit the construction of two-story accessory dwelling units (ADUs) along with amending the city's master fee application process.

Wednesday, 6:04 PM | No comments yet
Taste Tri-Valley

After months of closures and reduced business due to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of local Tri-Valley restaurants have come together to participate in the region's first-ever 'Taste Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.'

Wednesday, 5:28 PM | 1 comment
DA O'Malley sponsors state bill for rape kit tracking website

A bill recently introduced in the State Senate and co-sponsored by Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley would require the state to create an online portal to allow sexual assault survivors to track the status of their evidence kit.

Wednesday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Coroner IDs pedestrian killed on Johnson Drive

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified a man who died after being struck by a car while walking on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton last Friday evening as Michael B. Watson, 53, of Dublin.

Wednesday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Film Club welcomes new members

The San Ramon Arts Foundation invites everyone to join its Film Club, a virtual series with everyone watching the movies on their own and then joining co-hosts Dave Owens and Patrick Gutierrez for a discussion.

Wednesday, 8:53 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dublin: Families, teachers rally to continue upgrades on elementary schools

Dublin Unified School District parents, teachers and students rallied on Tuesday to urge the Board of Trustees to continue with facilities upgrades on two elementary schools, in the face of a $184 million budget shortfall.

Tuesday, 10:31 PM | No comments yet
Company unveils new habitat conservation plan for Livermore solar project

The developer behind a proposed solar energy plant in Livermore currently under appeal with the county government has announced plans to seek voluntary state and federal permits as part of a new habitat conservation strategy.

Tuesday, 7:56 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Plane lands on Isabel Avenue, strikes vehicle; no injuries

An airplane with engine trouble landed on Isabel Avenue and collided with a vehicle, resulting in no injuries but causing a significant road closure early Tuesday evening, according to Livermore police.

Tuesday, 6:29 PM | 2 comments
Fremont police arrest man accused of brazen crime spree across Bay, including Pleasanton

Fremont PD last week revealed details about the recent arrest of a man accused of committing a slew of burglaries, vandalism incidents, thefts, police evasions and more over four months across the Bay Area, including in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet

Monday, February 22, 2021

Tri-Valley teens invited to share 'My Story, My Vision'

Tri-Valley Writers is holding its 10th annual high school writing contest, "My Story, My Vision," for students in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon.

Monday, 9:58 PM | No comments yet
Dog dies in residential fire in Dublin

An apartment unit was seriously damaged after catching fire in Dublin on Monday morning, displacing a family and killing their pet dog, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

Monday, 9:54 PM | No comments yet
Dial 9-8-8: Bauer-Kahan introduces new bill addressing mental health emergency calls

Californians reporting a mental health crisis would be connected with trained counselors instead of police dispatch through a new hotline under proposed legislation introduced last week by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

Monday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Science, art, nature

"Sketches in Code: Randomness & Patterns in Science and Art" opened last week at the Bankhead Theater Gallery and will run until May 2. The exhibit explores how the intersection of mathematics, science, art and computers can be...

Monday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Bay East recognizes best in local real estate from 2020

Tri-Valley real estate professionals joined their peers from across the East Bay virtually last month to honor the local industry's top accomplishments during a uniquely challenging 2020.

Monday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 21, 2021

State to reserve 10% of vaccine shipments for teachers as school reopening debate continues

California will begin reserving 10% of its weekly coronavirus vaccine shipments for the state's educators in an effort to resume in-person classes across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

Sunday, 12:15 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley lawmakers introduce wildfire safety bill

A state law requiring local fire districts be notified by electrical utility companies about fire safety-related activities in high fire risk areas was introduced by Tri-Valley state legislators and fire officials last week.

Sunday, 12:13 PM | No comments yet
Vaccinations of local law enforcement start at sheriff's office training center in Dublin

Employees with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the county's local law enforcement agencies received their first of two coronavirus vaccines Thursday during the first of several clinics in Dublin intended to vaccinate police.

Sunday, 12:13 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Danville rep appointed to Oakley school board as county takes over temporarily after hot mic scandal resignations

After the resignations, county Board of Education President Annette Lewis appointed herself and fellow county board rep Mike Maxwell (Danville) to serve as temporary members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board.

Saturday, 4:52 PM | No comments yet
State allows outdoor youth sports to resume amid declining COVID-19 cases

Outdoor youth sports will soon be allowed to resume in California counties that meet a threshold for coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday.

Saturday, 4:34 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Pedestrian killed in collision on Johnson Drive

A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Johnson Drive on Friday evening, according to Pleasanton police.

Saturday, 3:47 PM | 4 comments

Friday, February 19, 2021

Pleasanton school board votes to reopen for in-person learning on March 4

Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its closure, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to have students return to Pleasanton Unified School District for in-person instruction starting next month.

Friday, 7:05 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, February 18, 2021

News Digest: Taste Tri-Valley starts this weekend, Highway 84 work & New staff for Glazer

35 restaurants in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville are participating in the first Taste Tri-Valley, 10 days of special outdoor dining, delivery and take-outs.

Thursday, 5:04 PM | No comments yet
What a Week: Time to think redistricting

Should be a straightforward process, right? Not so much. Arduous is more like it. And that's just the literal process of creating mathematically fair district maps -- let alone factoring in community boundaries and avoiding politics.

Thursday, 10:22 AM | 1 comment
Newsom, lawmakers agree to $600 stimulus checks plus boost for undocumented workers

California has worked out a plan to provide more cash for struggling residents, particularly undocumented families left out of federal aid.

Thursday, 10:21 AM | 3 comments
Dublin's new city historian urges preserving 'today'

Photos and artifacts from today should be set aside for future historians, points out Dublin's newly named city historian, Steve Minniear. At this time, the most requested photographs are those from around 1918, the last pandemic.

Thursday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Black History Month in 2021

Even with pandemic restrictions, Black History Month celebrations carry on here, taking shape virtually through webinars on video conferencing platforms and social media campaigns to disburse educational material and pay tribute.

Thursday, 10:17 AM | 1 comment
DA launches pilot program for mental health, substance use diversion in low-level crimes

The Alameda County DA's Office is partnering with several city police departments to institute a pilot program to redirect certain low-level suspects into behavioral or mental health support systems instead.

Thursday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Alameda County announces grants for the arts

The Alameda County Arts Commission has announced the 2021 ARTSFUND Grant Program for county-based nonprofit arts organizations. The deadline to apply is March 31 for the grants, which are $1,000 to $2,500 each.

Wednesday, 10:17 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Teens tested in 'Traitor in the Realm'

Two teenage foster siblings find themselves trapped in a treacherous magical world in "Traitor in the Realm," a young adult fantasy novel by Patricia J. Boyle that was released last month.

Wednesday, 10:16 PM | No comments yet
PUSD board to consider reopening schools early next month

Pleasanton Unified School District will resume discussion about possibly reopening next month at a special Board of Trustees virtual meeting on Thursday, starting 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10:13 PM | No comments yet
Officials unveil new 'mega' vaccination center at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Local and regional officials gathered for the official unveiling of the new 'mega' coronavirus vaccination center located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Wednesday...

Wednesday, 5:57 PM | No comments yet
Goodguys, Livermore Rodeo announce cancellations

Goodguys has canceled two of its Get-Together car shows originally scheduled for 2021 at the Pleasanton fairgrounds, an announcement that came days after officials confirmed the 2021 Livermore Rodeo would be called off amid pandemic.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton face mask mandate fails

To increase community awareness and encourage more people to wear face masks in public, the Pleasanton City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to enhance public messaging instead of issue citations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 12:38 PM | 31 comments

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Officials launch vaccination site at Oakland Coliseum with capacity for 3,000 shots per day

The Oakland Coliseum coronavirus vaccination site opened Tuesday with the capacity to administer some 3,000 doses per day, according to state and federal officials.

Tuesday, 7:31 PM | No comments yet
Oakland-based KaiserAir presents plan to relocate to Livermore Municipal Airport

The Livermore Airport Commission has given its stamp of approval to a plan that would relocate the corporate offices of Oakland-based charter airliner KaiserAir to the Livermore Municipal Airport, including at least one Boeing 737.

Tuesday, 6:57 PM | 1 comment
Bauer-Kahan urges governor to prioritize return of outdoor school sports

Tri-Valley Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) last week called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials to prioritize guidelines to allow more outdoor school sports to restart 'as soon, and as safely, as possible.'

Tuesday, 2:29 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Some high school sports finally kick off their season

It was nice over the last weekend to see photos of East Bay Athletic League athletes competing against each other -- and doing so locally! Cross-country, golf, tennis and swimming have all been practicing, with some already playing.

Tuesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: COVID-19 vaccination center opens at Alameda County Fairgrounds

The Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton has been designated a COVID-19 vaccination site by ACPHD, and eligible residents can now schedule appointments through their health care provider to receive a vaccine.

Tuesday, 12:31 PM | 1 comment

Monday, February 15, 2021

Guest Opinion: How long will California economy languish?

The answer depends on two unpredictable factors -- when and if vaccinations can tame COVID-19 and whether President Joe Biden and Congress pump additional billions, or even trillions, of borrowed dollars into the nation's economy.

Monday, 3:06 PM | No comments yet
Tina Hand picked for second term as Bay East president

Pleasanton real estate leader Tina Hand is serving another year as president of the Bay East Association of Realtors after being sworn into a second straight term during an installation ceremony held virtually late last month.

Monday, 3:05 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to debate face mask enforcement

After several prior attempts to agendize the matter earlier in the pandemic, the Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to consider ways to encourage and enforce the wearing of face masks in public amid the coronavirus.

Monday, 3:04 PM | 17 comments
Free food available every month at Las Positas College

Las Positas College students, employees and the greater community can partake in a free food distribution program on campus this week.

Monday, 2:51 PM | No comments yet
Foothill DECA team earns 167 awards at regional conference

Foothill High School students swept a total of 167 awards and took home the prestigious glass at the DECA Northern California Career Development Conference last month.

Monday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley clinic battles food allergy crisis

A more silent crisis of food allergies has also been on the rise in the U.S., and Bay Area-based Latitude Food Allergy Care has dedicated itself to caring for patients dealing with food hypersensitivity.

Monday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet

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