PleasantonWeekly.com https://www.pleasantonweekly.com If it is local and useful, it is on PleasantonWeekly.com. en-us Copyright 2021 PleasantonWeekly.com PleasantonWeekly.com https://PleasantonWeekly.com/art/top_logo.png https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Livermore: Granada High advises parents about positive COVID-19 case; no spread to date]]> Granada High School in Livermore notified members of the campus community on Thursday that a student participating in on-site learning has tested positive for COVID-19. There will be no changes to school activities at this point.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Stephen Kalthoff, former Zone 7 board member and local vintner]]> Stephen Kalthoff, a former four-term director for the Zone 7 Water Agency and a third-generation vintner in the Livermore Valley, died earlier this spring at the age of 80.]]> <![CDATA[San Ramon woman killed in Wednesday crash was longtime teacher and mother]]> A longtime PE/special education teacher who lived in San Ramon died in a three-car crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads on Wednesday afternoon. Susan Guinee worked for years at Arroyo High School.]]> <![CDATA[Officials issue Red Flag Warning for East Bay]]> The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for the North and East Bay hills and the East Bay valleys from Friday night through Monday morning due to weather conditions that pose a risk of wildfires.]]> <![CDATA[What a Week: Pleasanton Unified wants to hear from you]]> Or at least that's what I took away from the pair of press releases district officials issued in recent days. PUSD publicly launched its annual 'School Quality Stakeholder Survey' days after unveiling its new 'Let's Talk!' platform.]]> <![CDATA[PDA names Stone interim executive director]]> The Pleasanton Downtown Association has elevated Rochelle Stone internally to serve as interim executive director while the PDA board continues to recruit for a permanent leader going forward.]]> <![CDATA['What in the World?' Museum puts obscure objects on display for fun visitor challenge]]> This week Pleasanton's Museum on Main opened its newest exhibit, 'What in the World? Unusual Objects from the Museum on Main Collections.']]> <![CDATA[Happy Mother's Day: Lookalike contest celebrates lifelong joys of motherhood]]> Varupi Gupta says her daughter Pareena, now 12, did not always look like her. But the older she gets, the more the resemblance shows. 'I'm really happy my daughter looks like me, and I am glad people compliment us,' Varupi said.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin school board picks San Jose leader Funk as finalist for superintendent]]> The Dublin Unified School District trustees on Thursday publicly identified Chris Funk, a school leader in the San Jose area, as their top choice as the district's next superintendent, pending successful contract negotiations.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD may switch course on temporary grading policy]]> Pleasanton Unified School District may extend its Credit/No Credit temporary grading policy for middle and high school students that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Las Positas College holding first Literary Arts Festival]]> Las Positas College is holding an Literary Arts Festival all day Saturday, a free virtual event that will feature national and internationally recognized authors including best-selling memoirists, a Hollywood screenwriters and more.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore: Next Courtyard Concert to feature local singer]]> The Bankhead Theater is hosting its second live Courtyard Concert at 5:30 p.m. May 14, opened by Bay Area comedian John Lehre and featuring singer/songwriter Lauryn Marie.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County vaccination site at Oakland Coliseum to close May 23 with demand falling]]> The COVID-19 vaccination sites at the Oakland Coliseum will close later this month after a rapid reduction in demand for first-dose appointments, Alameda County announced Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council confirms new fees for Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone]]> The Pleasanton City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to charge transportation fees on new development in the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), which should help cover the cost of traffic improvements in the area.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin Unified to fill board vacancy by appointment]]> The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees has opted for a direct appointment, rather than calling for a special election, to fill the Area 3 vacancy on its dais created by the sudden death of trustee Catherine Kuo.]]> <![CDATA[Foothill, Amador Valley named 2021 California Distinguished Schools]]> Foothill and Amador Valley high schools are the most recent Tri-Valley schools to join this year's crop of California Distinguished Schools awardees, a designation given to schools throughout the state for outstanding education.]]> <![CDATA[New flags to be hoisted during hazardous fire weather at county stations]]> Starting this month, two dozen fire stations around Alameda County will hoist flags during dangerous fire weather conditions.]]> <![CDATA[State bill to preserve remote access to public meetings met with resistance]]> One of the silver linings of the pandemic was that more public meetings of local jurisdictions were streamed online, allowing more residents to tune in and participate without having to make time to go in-person.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore council switches contractors for Livermorium Plaza]]> The Livermore City Council has switched direction on which contractor to use to develop Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park, after the initial firm couldn't meet the city's insurance requirements.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Pleasanton represented well in second round of NFL Draft]]> Jevon Holland, who was raised in Pleasanton, went to the Miami Dolphins at 36th overall, with Aaron Banks -- a former Pleasanton Junior Football League player -- going to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 48.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Search for missing teen Sydney West continues as family increases reward to $25,000]]> Seven months later and the search continues for former Pleasanton resident Sydney "Syd" West, whose family (despite the length of her disappearance) remains hopeful and has increased the reward for her safe return to $25,000.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore keeps Stein on Planning Commission, orders special training after his 'ghetto' comments]]> The Livermore City Council voted 4-1 to not expel Planning Commissioner John Stein contingent upon several conditions, including meeting with the city's Human Services Department, after his divisive comments on affordable housing.]]> <![CDATA[Study says addressing racial inequity could reduce homelessness in Alameda County]]> Alameda County could make dramatic reductions in homelessness in three years by prioritizing programs that promote racial equity -- and investing $824 million -- according to a report released last week by the county.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council to revisit transportation fee for Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone]]> The Pleasanton City Council is set to revisit a proposed transportation fee that would be paid by developers who build in the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone during its meeting Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Feds extend Real ID compliance date to May 2023 due to pandemic]]> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended its full enforcement of Real ID-compliant driver's licenses from Oct. 1, 2021 to 2023 due to the pandemic, DHS officials announced last week.]]> <![CDATA[News Digest: Contra Costa County opens vaccines to all | HPMS teacher wins award | 'Backyard Brief' debuts]]> Contra Costa County officials announced Monday that the county now has enough COVID-19 vaccine supply to make doses available to anyone, regardless of whether they live or work in the county.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin: DA declines to file charges against pair arrested in Lil Yase homicide]]> A local couple arrested by police last week in connection with the shooting death of rapper Lil Yase in Dublin in November has been released from custody after prosecutors declined to file formal charges for evidentiary reasons.]]> <![CDATA['To Tri-Valley With Love' program seeks to spur local spending]]> To help keep more Tri-Valley businesses afloat amid a teetering economy during the coronavirus pandemic, tourism advocacy group Visit Tri-Valley has launched a program to encourage residents to invest in their local business community.]]> <![CDATA[Outcry from parents, kids for cricket fields in Pleasanton leads public comments in council priorities workshop]]> Nearly 100 Pleasanton residents weighed in and asked the Pleasanton City Council to prioritize a variety of projects listed in the city's draft work plan during a special meeting and workshop on Wednesday that lasted six hours.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore: Equity and inclusion working group projects underway]]> The Livermore City Council heard an update from city staff during its April 26 meeting about the work of the Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, including various projects being developed by members of the working group. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent internet outage sparks demand for local ISP alternatives]]> Public interest in building a fiber optic network throughout the city has increased recently, after a Comcast outage last month left several hundred homes in Pleasanton without internet service for much of a day.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD breaks ground on Hart science building project]]> One of many projects putting Measure I1 bond money to use in Pleasanton schools, Hart Middle School marked the start of work for its new science building with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin: Controlled burns scheduled at Camp Parks]]> Dublin officials have announced that San Ramon Valley firefighters will conduct controlled burns at Camp Parks this Sunday (May 2) and next Thursday (May 6) for wildfire training purposes.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Weekly selected to participate in national journalism project]]> Like news organizations across the U.S., Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com) has been working to reinvent itself as the traditional newspaper business model of advertising has declined.]]> <![CDATA[Glazer targets wildfire safety and student representation]]> With a potentially dangerous fire season ahead this year, local State Senator Steve Glazer's proposal to create a pilot program that would give former inmates the opportunity to mitigate wildfires has recently gained traction.]]> <![CDATA[California loses Congressional seat for first time]]> After months of delay, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new population estimates for each state. The bad news for California: It loses a seat in Congress, down from 53 House districts to 52.]]> <![CDATA[Valley Views: Pen pal connections]]> I've written stories about pen pals who've managed to build and sustain long distance friendships for decades, even between continents, and finally meet in person. Now, Sunflower Hill Irby Ranch is starting a pen pal program to help...]]> <![CDATA[Spring Real Estate: Eager homebuyers heat up Pleasanton market]]> Homes in Pleasanton are selling for significantly more than their list price and in record time. Is this sustainable? One local real estate expert says yes.]]> <![CDATA[Additional ACE train service resuming Monday]]> The Altamont Corridor Express, a commuter rail service connecting Stockton and San Jose while running through the Tri-Valley, announced the reactivation of ACE train 05 westbound and 06 eastbound that will begin operating again Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford to absorb ValleyCare Charitable Foundation]]> The ValleyCare Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees has announced that the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Tri-Valley hospital will dissolve and merge with Stanford, pending approval of the foundation's corporate members.]]> <![CDATA[Glazer to host town hall on coronavirus pandemic's mental health impacts]]> State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) on Thursday will be hosting a town hall meeting on Zoom to discuss mental health impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[BART amends rider code of conduct to prohibit sexual harassment]]> The BART Board of Directors unanimously voted Thursday to amend the agency's customer code of conduct to prohibit sexual harassment.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin: Two facing murder charges in shooting death of rapper Lil Yase]]> Dublin police announced Wednesday morning that a local couple were arrested this week in connection with the murder of rising San Francisco rapper Lil Yase last November.]]> <![CDATA[Police identify suspect, motive still unknown for neighborhood gunfire]]> Pleasanton police on Tuesday publicly identified the local man arrested after allegedly firing around 100 gunshots from inside his home last weekend, with some of the bullets entering nearby condos but neighbors avoiding injury.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: PLAY Foundation raises funds with concert]]> PLAY Foundation held its annual PLAY Youth Fundraising Concert virtually on April 10, raising $10,000 for Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE), San Ramon Foster Youth & Homeless Services, & Pleasanton Foster and Kinship Support.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore commissioner apologizes, faces expulsion after referring to downtown affordable housing as 'ghetto']]> Livermore Planning Commissioner John Stein issued a public apology during the City Council meeting Monday night for referring to a proposed downtown affordable housing project as a 'ghetto' during a city discussion last week.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council ready for priority-setting workshop]]> The Pleasanton City Council is set to review the city's draft work plan for the coming years during a special meeting and workshop on Wednesday, starting 5:30 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Amador distance medley relay beats boys' school record]]> The Amador Valley boys track team came into a competition at Campolindo on April 17 with a plan. The mission? Break the 20-year-old school record for the distance medley relay (DMR).]]> <![CDATA[CHP investigating after body found in public in Livermore]]> The California Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances of a woman being found dead Monday in an arroyo area not far from a shopping center and freeway in Livermore.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton woman accused of charging up credit cards stolen from older residents]]> A Pleasanton woman was arrested earlier this month after police allege she illegally charged purchases to credit cards stolen over the past five months, taking the wallets of unsuspecting victims after striking up conversations...]]> <![CDATA[Livermore: Coroner IDs man killed in rollover down I-580 embankment]]> The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the passenger who died soon after being airlifted to a local hospital following a crash down an embankment on Interstate 580 outside Livermore over the weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Hart Middle School to mark start of work for new science building]]> Pleasanton Unified School District will break ground on the first phase of the new science building at Hart Middle School at a virtual ceremony scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening.]]> <![CDATA[Castlewood breaks ground on multimillion-dollar renovation project]]> The Club at Castlewood in Pleasanton celebrated the groundbreaking of its multimillion-dollar renovation project on Friday, where members of the Board of Directors and Remodel Committee were on hand to mark the occasion.]]> <![CDATA[Proposed Niles Canyon Trail would link Sunol and Fremont]]> Tri-Valley residents may one day be able to travel on foot or bike through Niles Canyon on a nearly six-mile proposed trail that would link the eastern end of Fremont and the unincorporated community of Sunol.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Understanding the Tri-Valley's water supply]]> As we face a significant spring drought, I want to share key information about the state of water in the Tri-Valley and how Zone 7 is working collaboratively with local partners to secure reliable sources of water for our future.]]> <![CDATA[Preliminary BART budget forecasts 7% ridership increase, heavy use of relief funding]]> BART's preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year projects a 7% increase in ridership but remains heavily supported by federal relief funding, the transit agency's budget officials said Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[City Council expected to switch contractors on Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park]]> The Livermore City Council on Monday will likely ditch the contractor it hired last fall to build Livermorium Plaza at Mills Square Park and hire the project's next lowest bidder, after Integra Construction Services couldn't meet...]]> <![CDATA[UC, CSU systems expected to require students, staff to get COVID-19 vaccine before fall term]]> Students attending a University of California and California State University campus in the fall will likely be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before accessing campus facilities, the two university systems announced.]]> <![CDATA[Six-vehicle collision briefly closes Highway 84 in Livermore]]> A collision involving six vehicles Saturday night in rural Livermore closed Highway 84 and sent three people to the hospital.]]> <![CDATA[CDC, FDA lift stay on Johnson & Johnson vaccine]]> Federal authorities have lifted a "pause" on the use of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, potentially opening thousands of appointments for COVID-19 shots in the coming weeks.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD starting process for adjusting elementary enrollment boundaries]]> The Pleasanton Unified School District is moving forward with plans to change its enrollment boundaries for elementary school sites after the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a strategy for the public review process on Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Stanford professor to speak on building resilience]]> The Alan Hu Foundation is presenting a webinar with Stanford professor Dr. Victor G. Carrion next month to address the impact of traumatic stress from a biological, social and psychological perspective. ]]> <![CDATA[Visit Tri-Valley prepares to launch 'Promise Pass' program]]> To help promote regional businesses and encourage residents to shop local, tourism advocacy group Visit Tri-Valley is getting ready to launch a free savings passport program that will function similar to a free coupon book.]]>