If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2021 <![CDATA['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"...]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.']]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.']]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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...]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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...]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.']]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]>