PleasantonWeekly.com https://www.pleasantonweekly.com If it is local and useful, it is on PleasantonWeekly.com. en-us Copyright 2020 PleasantonWeekly.com PleasantonWeekly.com https://PleasantonWeekly.com/art/top_logo.png https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Bay Area officials urge residents to stay safe, stay home on Fourth of July]]> With Fourth of July fireworks shows and parades being canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, Bay Area officials are asking residents around the region to safely celebrate at home during the holiday weekend. ]]> <![CDATA['Mask up, Pleasanton' -- City Council video urges face coverings amid COVID-19]]> Pleasanton city officials are urging residents to wear face masks in public after a week of halted reopenings and an increase of COVID-19 cases locally and countywide.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Tri-Valley man dies in 'tragic' family accident in Pennsylvania]]> A Danville man died after being accidentally hit by a car driven by his brother at a park in eastern Pennsylvania last weekend, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley Haven's Juneteenth display]]> Tri-Valley Haven commemorated Juneteenth with a special display at outside its community building in Livermore, inviting people to leave a sign describing what they celebrate about diversity and what they can do to help end racism.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County Fair holds 2020 competitions -- online]]> The Alameda County Fair was canceled this year due to the coronavirus but its beloved competitions were still held, garnering more than 4,000 entries in categories from stitching to baked bread to fine arts.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: No trust in trustees, no unity in Dublin Unified]]> Unfortunately, with the current board -- which can graciously be described as a dysfunctional train wreck -- it will be extraordinarily difficult to find someone able to lead DUSD into the future who is actually willing to take it on.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore grass fire causes delay for I-580 motorists]]> A grass fire that broke out on the south side of Interstate 580 in Livermore on Thursday morning is impacting motorists traveling east through the area.]]> <![CDATA[Young Tri-Valley writers recognized]]> To encourage the endeavors of young writers, each year the Tri-Valley Writers, the local branch of the California Writers Club, holds a contest that includes nonfiction, poetry and short stories.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Public information hard to come by in juveniles' case in Butler homicide]]> The Weekly tried unsuccessfully during the past week to receive a status update on the criminal case against four teenage boys charged with murdering Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler due to the defendants' juvenile status.]]> <![CDATA[Horse racing weekend at Pleasanton track]]> Live horse racing continues this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, with a regular racing slate scheduled for Friday and Sunday, and special stakes races on Saturday for the Fourth of July.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin school board reverses course, approves agreement with teachers' union]]> The Dublin Unified Board of Trustees has approved a tentative contract agreement with the Dublin Teachers Association for the upcoming school year, following a particularly tense week in the school community.]]> <![CDATA[DMV office in Pleasanton closed for repairs; temporary location opening at mall]]> The California DMV field office at 6300 W. Las Positas Blvd. closed last week for renovations, an estimated two-month-long project to include roof, furniture and HVAC replacement. A temporary office is opening at Stoneridge Mall.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Fourth of July picnic won't be held this year]]> Pleasanton's Fourth of July celebration held at Lions Wayside Park is canceled this year due to the pandemic, said W. Ron Sutton, founder of Make A Difference for Pleasanton, which hosts the annual noontime event.]]> <![CDATA[MTC allocates $46.8M for Valley Link project]]> An infusion of $46.8 million in funding to prepare for the Valley Link project's next stage was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission last month.]]> <![CDATA[The social distancing summer]]> With the coronavirus pandemic still ever-present, officials at the Alameda County Fairgrounds have pivoted from hosting their usual summer activities to ones that provide residents with safer, spread-out entertainment.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Lab to expand current facility with supercomputer upgrades]]> Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has broken ground on its Exascale Computing Facility modernization project to provide advanced supercomputer services through expansion on the campus.]]> <![CDATA[Report finds Zone 7 drinking water exceeded standards in 2019]]> Tri-Valley residents might be happy to know the quality of their drinking water met, and often exceeded, all state and federal standards last year, according to the 2019 Annual Consumer Confidence Report for the Zone 7 Water Agency.]]> <![CDATA[Las Positas College prepares for hybrid learning next semester]]> Las Positas College in Livermore will be offering online classes in the upcoming semester combined with some in-person services because of COVID-19 safety guidelines.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore school district schedules candidate workshop]]> An informal workshop on the role and responsibilities of public service for potential candidates seeking two open seats on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education will be held in person next week.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD to rely on state deferrals for fiscal relief]]> Pleasanton Unified School District will be able to avert cuts to programs like special education and career and technical education through state deferrals but must contend with both repayment and an uncertain financial future.]]> <![CDATA[Glazer calls for more protections for those vulnerable to COVID-19]]> Local State Sen. Steve Glazer on Monday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to do more to protect seniors and medically vulnerable people during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Museum on Main cancels remaining talks for 2020]]> The Museum on Main announced last week that it is postponing the remaining 2020 Ed Kinney Speaker Series, after each of the last four monthly performances were closed one by one.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Amador alum Partridge accepts assistant coach post at Ferris State]]> Some learn and nurture their coaching style as a high school coach then move on to coaching in college, hoping to learn from an established collegiate coach. Such is the case for 2002 Amador Valley High graduate Ryan Partridge.]]> <![CDATA[Golden State Killer: Man pleads guilty to slew of murders, rapes -- including San Ramon Valley crimes]]> The man known as the "Golden State Killer" pleaded guilty Monday to 13 murders, 13 kidnappings and dozens of other crimes, some in the Bay Area including the San Ramon Valley.]]> <![CDATA[19 cases of COVID-19, including one death, at Livermore veterans facility]]> One resident has died from COVID-19 complications, and there have been 18 other confirmed cases of the virus among residents and employees, at a military veteran care facility in Livermore, VA officials confirmed on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for the 2020 wildfire season]]> With the upcoming fire season, fire department officials in the Tri-Valley area are notifying residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of wildfires.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Farmers' Market selects new manager, slated to reopen July 9]]> Livermore Downtown Inc. has officially reached agreement with a new manager for its farmers' market, selecting Foragers Market to lead operations and put the twice-weekly market in position to return next week. ]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County delays reopening timeline indefinitely]]> The Alameda County Public Health Department announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been on track to return in July, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County Public Health delays reopening timeline indefinitely]]> ACPHD will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been on track to return in July, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.]]> <![CDATA[Las Positas College introduces two new business certificates]]> Las Positas College in Livermore now has two new tuition free, noncredit business certificates: customer services and small business management. ]]> <![CDATA[Council rejects 77-acre At Dublin development proposal]]> The Dublin City Council denied the At Dublin project last week, rejecting the proposed retail and housing development spanning 76.9 acres in eastern Dublin that has been a source of contentious discussion in the community for years.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton school board gets more clarity on reopening plans]]> The final implementation plan for reopening PUSD schools to students in fall is still emerging, but it became clearer how that strategy might look and operate at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday evening.]]> <![CDATA[Valley Views: Shelter cats getting back their 'mojo']]> This new training helps cats get back their mojo, reducing their stress levels so they even feel comfy going to the front of the cage to "meet" potential adopters. Outgoing kitties can even learn to give high-fives.]]> <![CDATA[Drive-by shooting injures one in Livermore]]> Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured one person at a home in central Livermore late Saturday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Suspects in San Jose carjacking arrested after crash in Pleasanton]]> Three people accused of carjacking a vehicle in San Jose led multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit on the freeway until ultimately crashing in Pleasanton and getting arrested earlier this week.]]> <![CDATA[No-cost meal service at PUSD available during summer break]]> Pleasanton Unified School District is offering no-cost meal service to families in need in July and August, as well as the rest of this month. The district was recently approved to continue serving meals for the remainder of summer.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19 crisis clouds real estate crystal ball in Tri-Valley]]> Working from home is a new normal for residents in the Bay Area and is also making it harder to predict the future of real estate.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County Grand Jury report is out]]> The Alameda County Civil Grand Jury's 2019-20 final report has now been released online. ]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Five homes chosen for 2020 Heritage Preservation Awards]]> The Pleasanton Heritage Association has named five homes chosen by its membership to be honored with 2020 Heritage Preservation Awards.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: The time for the first community debate on policing in Pleasanton is now]]> This precursor meeting some time in July, where the council will apparently try to limit public comment to only the draft action plan, seems unnecessary in concept and untenable in practice. Just start the full conversation now. ]]> <![CDATA[Horse racing returns to Pleasanton track]]> Though the Alameda County Fair is canceled this year due to the pandemic, live horse racing is back this summer -- without fans in the stands -- at the Pleasanton fairgrounds.]]> <![CDATA['Safe and Sane Fireworks' back in Dublin, with some changes]]> "Safe and Sane Fireworks" are going to be sold in the city of Dublin starting this weekend by approved nonprofits, like they are every year, but city officials have implemented new limitations on the use of the fireworks due to COVID.]]> <![CDATA[Most families ready for Pleasanton schools to reopen, survey finds]]> Several options for reopening Pleasanton schools in August will be presented to the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees at their regular online meeting on Thursday night, starting 7 p.m.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Dublin man dies after vehicle hit by lumber truck on I-280 in Woodside]]> A Freeway Service Patrol driver from Dublin died Tuesday afternoon in a crash on southbound Interstate 280 in Woodside, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said. ]]> <![CDATA[Assemblywoman Bauer-Kahan holding midweek virtual office hours]]> Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), who represents the Tri-Valley region, is inviting constituents to attend her virtual office hours on Wednesday (June 24) from 10 a.m. to noon. ]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council OKs rental assistance program amid pandemic]]> Pleasanton residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could be eligible to receive city money to help with their rent after the City Council last week endorsed establishing a new emergency rental assistance program.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund distributes $60,000 in donations to local service providers]]> The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund recently announced its first distribution of $60,000 to regional service providers on the front lines of the pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Superintendent Dave Marken abruptly resigns from Dublin Unified]]> Dublin Unified Superintendent Dave Marken has handed in his resignation to re-retire, marking the second year in a row the board and district have faced a superintendent's surprise departure.]]> <![CDATA[Superintendent Marken abruptly resigns from Dublin Unified School District]]> Superintendent Dave Marken has handed in his resignation to the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees, marking the second year in a row the board and DUSD have faced a superintendent's surprise departure.]]> <![CDATA[Staying Healthy: Entrepreneur from Danville on mission to prevent skin cancer]]> When she was at San Ramon Valley High School in the 1980s, Christie Covarrubias worshipped the sun as much as any California teen. But as an adult, when her cousin Renee died at age 32 of melanoma, the dangers of sun exposure hit home.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Remembering Mike Rounds, Amador alum behind a Pleasanton phenomenon]]> Sometimes those memories are jarred with the unexpected death of a friend. Such was the case last week when I learned of the sudden passing of Mike Rounds, a 1980 graduate of Amador Valley High School.]]> <![CDATA[Swalwell introduces federal whistleblower protection law]]> The "Enhancing Protections for Whistleblower Anonymity Act," a proposed federal bill that would better safeguard the anonymity and security of whistleblowers, was introduced by Tri-Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) this month. ]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley policing practices put under the microscope]]> The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month has initiated vigorous nationwide discussion recently about racial injustice and police brutality, and presented new challenges and opportunities for local law enforcement.]]> <![CDATA[Stoneridge Shopping Center reopens with new health protocols in place]]> Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton reopened for business over the weekend as property managers pledge to enforce their new COVID-19 exposure control policy guidelines to ensure the safety of mall-goers.]]> <![CDATA[Staying Healthy: San Ramon high-schoolers target plastic pollution]]> Local high schoolers recognized the influence that environmental health issues like plastic pollution have on human communities. Their business, Reusii, aims to change this.]]> <![CDATA[Finance professional Michael McCorriston launches bid for Dublin City Council]]> Dublin resident Michael McCorriston, who works in finance and serves as an alternate on the city's Human Services Commission, has announced his intention to run for Dublin City Council this fall. ]]> <![CDATA[Narum confirms she won't run for Pleasanton mayor]]> Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum has decided not to run for the open mayor's seat this November because of COVID-19 impacts on her "day job," managing her family's commercial property business in Iowa.]]> <![CDATA[Zone 7 board postpones 6.7% water rate increase, citing economic downturn]]> The Zone 7 board has held back on implementing a previously approved 6.7% water rate increase for 2021, aiming to provide some relief to Tri-Valley ratepayers in light of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Crews battle open space fire near Morgan Territory]]> Multiple agencies worked to knock down a vegetation fire in open space near Morgan Territory between Livermore and the San Ramon Valley on Sunday afternoon.]]>