If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 <![CDATA['In a New World']]> "I became an American citizen last Wednesday." Those were the opening words of Robin Hwang's speech that won the annual American Legion Post 237 oratorical contest held last month in Pleasanton. ]]> <![CDATA[Around Pleasanton: Thorne launches bid for re-election as mayor]]> Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne launched his campaign for re-election to a fourth and final term as mayor at a sold-out fundraising breakfast last week at the Alameda County Fairgrounds' Palm Pavilion.]]> <![CDATA[DA O'Malley announces plans to dismiss old marijuana convictions]]> Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced this week that her office plans to dismiss nearly 6,000 old marijuana cases in the wake of a new state law that legalizes the possession and recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council discusses impacts of recent state housing legislation]]> The Pleasanton City Council received a recap from city staff this week about the probable local impacts of the so-called "housing package," a group of state legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall to address housing availability and affordability across California.]]> <![CDATA[Lady Blue Devils capture gold, silver medals in San Jose]]> The Lady Blue Devils -- the Tri-Valley's all-girls ice hockey club -- competed in several age groups at MLK Girls/Women's Ice Hockey Tournament in San Jose and returned home with one championship title and a silver medal. ]]> <![CDATA[Museum holding discussions on photo exhibit]]> The Museum on Main is holding two "Discussion with ..." lectures relating to its current exhibit, "Black and White in Black and White."]]> <![CDATA[City OKs partial street closure to curtail cut-through traffic]]> Drivers soon won't be allowed to turn from Dublin Canyon Road onto Laurel Creek Drive after the Pleasanton City Council this month voted in favor of the move after hearing complaints from residents in The Preserve about speeding commuters cutting through their neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Interpretive pavilion planned for Shadow Cliffs]]> Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area -- the 266-acre park on Stanley Boulevard in east Pleasanton -- just keeps getting better. Water enthusiasts enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and beaches at the 80-acre lake. The park's variety of trails are frequented by hikers, bikers and horses.]]> <![CDATA[Capt. Bretzing retiring from Pleasanton PD]]> The Pleasanton Police Department is getting ready to say goodbye to one of its longest-tenured members, Capt. Jeff Bretzing, who is retiring from the department on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD: Foothill searched after threat that was actually tied to Bakersfield school]]> Pleasanton's Foothill High School was searched by police and cleared of danger Friday morning after a phone call alerting authorities to a threatening social media post was soon determined to have actually pertained to a different Foothill High School.]]> <![CDATA[Planning Commission approves new car wash on Stanley Boulevard]]> A new car wash is on its way into town after the Pleasanton Planning Commission on Wednesday signed off on a proposal from Surf-Thru Express Car Wash to build its first Bay Area station at a long-vacant property along Stanley Boulevard.]]>