2010

Police arrest 15 so far in county-wide search for DUI suspects

Avoid the 21 program seeks to keep those already charged off the roads this weekend
Law enforcement officers in Alameda County have arrested 15 people so far as part of a county-wide drunken driver warrant sweep, a spokeswoman for the county's Avoid the 21 program said.

December 31, 2010 | 2 comments
San Francisco, Pleasanton BART trains ready for huge crowds tonight

Police will be out in force to make sure party-goers have a safe, fun time
Large crowds are expected converge on San Francisco's waterfront tonight for New Year's Eve celebrations, and the city's Police Chief George Gascon is encouraging everyone to stay safe while celebrating the holiday.

December 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Reminder that the Farmers Market is closed New Year's Day

The Pleasanton Farmers Market is closed tomorrow, New Year's Day. There will be a musical performance by Damond Moodie when the market re-opens at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8. The market is located at Main and W. Angela streets. For more information, visit pcfma.com.

December 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Last opportunity to see Casa del Pomba' light display

Visit the 28th annual free Christmas display from 6-9:30 p.m., until Jan. 1, at Casa del Pomba, 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, with over 325,000 lights plus a new walk-through display. Visit casadelpomba.com.

December 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Northbound lanes of Vasco Road re-opened after fatal crash

Dodge Caravan, diesel truck collided
All northbound lanes on Vasco Road have been re-opened after a fatal vehicle crash earlier this morning, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton-Sunol Road blocked Wednesday morning by fallen tree

Falls across both lanes during a heavy windstorm
A large tree fell onto Pleasanton Sunol Road south of Pleasanton early Wednesday, shutting down the roadway for about five hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

December 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Bay Area transit agencies offering free service, extended hours for tonight's revelers

Tri-Valley's publicly-financed Wheels bus service opts out of special 'deals' for local riders
Transit agencies across the Bay Area--except for the Tri-Valley's Wheels bus service--are offering tonight's New Year's Eve revelers free rides and extended service to help them celebrate without having get behind the wheel.

December 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Power out in Castro Valley, other areas due to last night's storm

PG&E reports 40,000 were temporarily without power in Bay Area
Crews are still working to restore service to roughly 5,400 PG&E customers in the Castro Valley area who are without power this morning due to poor weather conditions, a PG&E spokesman said.

December 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Community bible study meets Thursday mornings

The Gospel of Luke is the topic of study for the CBS Women's Class, for women of all ages and children up to 5 years old, which meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursdays, at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Call 399-5072 or visit communitybiblestudy.org.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Rotary club meets for lunch on Thursdays

Rotary Club of Pleasanton hosts a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit pleasantonrotary.org.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Boys lacrosse accepting players of all levels

Pleasanton Lacrosse Club fields boys teams for all levels of skill in each age group for, U9, U11, U13, U15, and high school JV club. There is a place for every boy; new, experienced, or A level competitive. Register online for the 2011 spring season at pleasantonlacrosse.com.

December 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Ball at the Mall starts at 9 p.m. tonight Stoneridge

North Rotary will sponsor the first annual New Year's Eve Ball at the Mall tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. The gala event will feature a live band, DJ, a piano bar, cocktail foods and no-host bars. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit children in the community. Champagne in commemorative glasses will be served at midnight. Call 877-543-7852 or visit theballatthemall.org.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Unmarked Pleasanton police cars causing public concern

Town Square commentators worried by traffic stops by white van, officer wearing civies
If you're a bad guy in Pleasanton, don't be surprised if you get pulled over by an unmarked police car.

December 28, 2010 | 47 comments
PALL registration is open

Registration for Pleasanton American Little League's Spring 2011 season is now open to all children ages 5-18. To register and for more information, visit pleasantonamerican.com or e-mail registrar@pleasantonamerican.com.

December 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Sports Final on TV30

Back for its sixth season of covering team and individual high school sports in the Tri-Valley, Ian Bartholomew and George "Dr B" Baljevich will present commentary and footage covering this season of football and girl's volleyball. The show will air at 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and is available via Video on Demand at trivalleytv.org.

December 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Donate new pajamas for foster kids

Donate new pajamas for foster kids at any Sleep Train location. The nearest store is located at 6050 Johnson Dr., Ste C. For more information, visit sleeptrain.com or call (800) 378-BEDS (378-2337).

December 29, 2010 | No comments yet
DUI arrests down during Christmas holiday period in Bay Area, across state

One traffic death compared to 15 for holiday period a year ago, police report
Arrests for driving under the influence and traffic deaths over the holiday weekend are down compared to last year, according to numbers released by the California Highway Patrol Monday.

December 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Appellate Court delays hearing on state buildings sale until after Schwarzenegger leaves office

Unless state Supreme Court overturns ruling, incoming Gov. Brown will make decision
A California appeals court in San Jose Monday set a Jan. 26 hearing on the disputed $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings and blocked the sale of the buildings for the time being.

December 28, 2010 | 3 comments
Try-out for the NorCal Grizzlies

The NorCal Grizzlies are currently evaluating players ages 9U thru 14U for its 2011 spring tournament baseball season. The season runs through July and includes 13 local tournaments, one tournament in SoCal, two weekly practices at an indoor training facility and outdoor fields and complete uniform package. Call 606-1605 or e-mail tomg@norcalgrizzlies.org.

December 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Tickets on sale for the 'New Year's Eve Ball at the Mall'

North Rotary announces the first annual New Year's Eve Ball at the Mall from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday, Dec. 31, at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. The gala event will feature a live band, DJ, a piano bar, cocktail foods and no-host bars. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit children in the community. Champagne in commemorative glasses will be served at midnight. Call 877-543-7852 or visit theballatthemall.org.

December 28, 2010 | 3 comments
Casa del Pombo Christmas light display open until Jan. 1

Visit the 28th annual free Christmas display from 6-9:30 p.m., until Jan. 1, at Casa del Pomba, 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, with over 325,000 lights plus a new walk-through display. A new theme every year tells a story. This light display is open every night, weather permitting. Visit casadelpomba.com.

December 28, 2010 | No comments yet
San Ramon plans quick action to replace City Manager Moniz, who's retiring

At $359,669 a year, he's highest paid city manager in state
San Ramon's City Council plans to move quickly to replace retiring City Manager Herb Moniz, who will leave the job in three months.

December 27, 2010 | 13 comments
Ball at the Mall offers New Year's Eve partying at its best

Event provides funds for Tri-Valley charities, music, entertainment without leaving Pleasanton
Those still looking for a place to go for a New Year's celebration might consider the Ball at the Mall, a charity event at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Flying east? Check with airline before heading to airport

Many flights canceled yesterday with passengers here re-booked for today
Airport officials are advising that all departing passengers check with their airlines before heading to San Francisco International Airport as dozens of flights were canceled yesterday due to bad weather in the Northeast.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
S.F to mandate 20% local hiring for city-funded construction projects

Could affect contractors in Alameda County, on Peninsula
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has declined to veto a local hiring ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

December 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Windy, rain in forecast today for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

90% chance of 1 inch of rain, Weather Service predicts
A wind advisory is in effect for Chrisstmas Day in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as a sharp cold front advances on the California Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

December 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Give to the Holiday Fund

Sunset Creek Lane neighbors did
Jacqueline and Audriana Templeman and their friend Hayden Jolley wanted to help those in need during the holiday season so they sold some of the gifts they already had in a neighborhood fundraiser.

December 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Post-Christmas sales also time to watch your surroundings, police say

Extra precautions needed during busy week for retailers, shoppers
As shoppers head back to the stores for post-Christmas sales in what is traditionally one of the busiest weeks of the year, Pleasanton police are urging motorists and shoppers to take extra precautions to protect their safety in public places.

December 24, 2010 | 2 comments
Oakland raises parking meter fines to $58

In spirit of Christmas, city delays higher fee until Jan. 3
Heading to Oakland after New Year's Day? Better take along extra cash to make sure you feed the parking meters.

December 24, 2010 | 3 comments
49ers announce deal to stay at Candlestick through 2014

Team still plans to move to Santa Clara in 2015 although Newsom wants new stadium in S.F.
The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday that a tentative deal has been struck with the city of San Francisco to keep the team playing at Candlestick Park through at least 2014.

December 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

Hear us sing as part of the 'Hallelujah' chorus at Stoneridge Shopping Center
A crowd took over parts of the Nordstrom department store and Stoneridge Shopping Center the other day, singing and shopping through the mall.

December 23, 2010 | 8 comments
New law to crack down on online impersonators

State senator calls it 'the dark side of the social networking revolution'
A new law that will go into effect on Jan. 1 could bring online impersonators heavy fines or even jail time.

December 23, 2010 | 1 comment
Monday's lunar eclipse escapes cloud cover

Monday night was not only the longest night of the year but a night of beautiful celestial activity. During the lunar eclipse, the earth's shadow covered the full moon, creating a red shadow that was visible by the naked eye. The eclipse lasted for about two hours.

December 22, 2010 | No comments yet
PDA director Laura Olson gives birth to baby Charlotte

Charlotte Grace Olson was born at 11:42 a.m. yesterday. She is the daughter of Erik and Laura Olson of Pleasanton. At birth, she weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

December 21, 2010 | 7 comments
Schwarzenegger asks court to OK state building sales

Plan would raise $2.3 billion for 'desperately needed revenue'
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed an emergency appeal asking the California Supreme Court in San Francisco yesterday to lift a lower court stay on the planned $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Charges filed in 2008 Angela Street arson

Suspect also faces forgery charge
In a case that took more than two years to investigate, the former co-owner of a home on Angela Street has been charged with arson.

December 21, 2010 | 4 comments
Family Place Library Workshop information

U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services will present a six-week, get-down-on-the-floor series for parents and their children ages 1-3. The program emphasizes play and the role of parents as their children's primary teachers. The group will meet from 10-11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; and March 2 and 9, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Registration is required and participants must attend all six sessions. Call 931-3400, ext. 8.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
'Twelve O'clock High' will be shown at the library

Enjoy a classic film series that is hosted by Dr. Candy Klaschus, Coordinator of the Humanities Program at Las Positas College at 7 p.m., on the first Thursday of every month, at the Pleasanton Public Library, meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This month's movie is "Twelve O'Clock High." This event is free. Call 931-3405.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Register for the homebuyer education class

Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center will host a Homebuyer Education Class from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Dublin Library, Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza. Cost is $30 to cover the cost of materials. Seating is limited and registration is required. To sign-up, call Nai 373-3130, ext. 302.

December 27, 2010 | No comments yet
ASL worship translation tonight at First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church of Livermore will provide an ASL sign language interpreter at its Christmas Eve candlelight service tonight at 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. The church is located at 2020 5th St., Livermore. Call 447-2078.

December 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Casa del Pomba Christmas light display

Visit the 28th annual free Christmas display from 6-9:30 p.m., until Jan. 1, at Casa del Pomba, 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore, with over 325,000 lights plus a new walk-through display. A new theme every year tells a story. This light display is open every night, weather permitting. Visit casadelpomba.com.

December 24, 2010 | No comments yet
The story of 'Miracle on Main Street' on stage tonight

The children of Centerpointe Church will present their Christmas musical "The Miracle on Main Street" tonight at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24, at Centerpointe Worship Center, 3410 Cornerstone Ct. The musical asks the question, "What would happen if you received a wrapped present with no gift inside?" This event is free. Call 846-4436 or visit

December 24, 2010 | No comments yet
'The Horse, of Course!' exhibit on display

Alviso Adobe Community Park is hosting the "The Horse, of Course!" exhibit and is open daily from dawn to dusk, now through Jan. 31. "The Horse of Course!" exhibit is located in the Dairy Barn on the property, where visitors are welcome to take park self guided tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The park buildings are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and City of Pleasanton holidays. Call 931-3483 or e-mail enicholas@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

December 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Fourth annual Festivus Jubilee tonight at Bunjo's

Celebrate the fourth annual "Festivus" as declared by Frank Costanza tonight from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, at Bunjo's Comedy Lounge, 6513 Regional St., Dublin. The "Festivus Jubilee" will feature four or five of the best comedians in the bay area for a jam packed 90-minute show. Call 264-4413 or visit bunjoscomedy.com.

December 23, 2010 | 1 comment
A Chanticleer Christmas' on stage tonight

Enjoy an unique evening of inspiring and joyful music brings the power and mystery of the season and includes rich interpretations of traditional holiday music at "A Chanticleer Christmas" tonight at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets range from $12-$62. Call 373-6800 or visit bankheadtheater.org.

December 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Last nutrition and cancer seminar

ValleyCare Health System will host a free education seminar about "Nutrition and Cancer" today from 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, at ValleyCare Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Call 416-3525 or visit valleycare.com.

December 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man arrested for 'inappropriate interaction' with handicapped 4-year-old girl

Arrest caps three-month investigation into lewd acts
A Pleasanton man has been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor for committing lewd acts and "annoying or molesting" a four-year-old handicapped girl, according to a police report.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
ASL worship translation at First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church of Livermore will proivde an ASL sign language interpreter at its traditional worship services at 10:30 a.m. The church will also provide an interpreter on Christmas Eve for its 9 p.m. candlelight service. The church is located at 2020 5th St., Livermore. Call 447-2078.

December 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Purchase your 'Lucky Poop' raffle ticket now

FUNDaFIELD will host a fundraiser called "Your Lucky Poop" contest where the group divides a cow pasture into 1,000 squares on Sunday, Jan. 9, at . Betsie the cow will be let loose in the pasture and wherever she will deliver a 'lucky poop!' The winner of the square wins $1,000 and ten winners will receive $50. Each square costs $10 and comes in a gift bag, with the lucky poop square number and an edible cow pie. This is the perfect stocking stuffer. Proceeds benefit FUNDaFIELD which provides funding for soccer fields in Africa. Visit fundafield.org.

December 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Downtown salon closes, blaming poor economy

Euphoria Nail & Body Bar opened in 2008 on Main Street
Euphoria Nail & Body Bar, which promoted itself as Pleasanton's "upscale nail boutique, has closed its doors at 660 Main St. due to a lack of business.

December 21, 2010 | 34 comments
Frosty steps inside Pleasanton Library to greet children

Rylan Decoite, 2, seems surprised to discover a snowman in the children's section at the Pleasanton Library -- and he's not even melting!

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Tron: Legacy'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Twenty-eight years is a long time to wait for a sequel. Released in 1982, the original "Tron" film boasted groundbreaking graphics and established a tech-savvy fan base. But "Tron: Legacy" arrives about 15 years too late. The once-groundbreaking graphics are now standard fare, and former "Tron" enthusiasts are well past their Disney-viewing prime. -- TH

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Fighter'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Hollywood's school Christmas pageant has arrived, and it's called "The Fighter." Everyone knows that show you attend a little out of obligation and a little out of a genuine desire to support the performers. It's not so much about art as about showing off, and you might as well roll with it, or it's going to be a long night. -- PC

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Toybox exhibit at the museum

Toy aficionados will share their collections at the third "Treasures of the Tri-Valley" exhibit from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, until Jan. 30, at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. There will be toy-making crafts and opportunities to meet the collectors. Call 462-2766 or e-mail education@museumonmain.org.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Interested in joining a chess club?

Residents are trying to start a Pleasanton Chess Club, primarily for kids. Anyone interested can e-mail PleasantonChess@yahoo.com and provide e-mail address, name, phone number and USCF rating, if any.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
ClubSportToastmasters last meeting is tonight

Toastmasters at ClubSport club will meet for the last time of the year tonight from 7:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21, at ClubSport Pleasanton, 7090 Johnson Dr. It helps professionals to become the speakers they want to be with Toastmasters International. Drop by to find out more. ClubSport members and non-members welcome. Call 640-9246 or visit clubsports.com/pleasanton.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Last day to send greeting cards for arrival before Christmas

Monday's busiest day of year for post office with 40% increase over average daily volume
The U.S. Postal Service is preparing for the busiest mailing day of the year today when more than 800 pieces of mail are expected to enter the system.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
BART back on schedule this morning after Transbay Tube problem fixed overnight

East Bay-bound trains halted Sunday due to electrical failure
BART trains are back on schedule this morning after crews worked overnight to repair an electrical problem that crippled the transit system Sunday, a spokesman said.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Former TV news anchor named president of Golden Gate Bridge authority

'We have some very difficult fiscal challenges ahead of us,' Janet Reilly says
Janet Reilly, a former TV news anchor and unsuccessful candidate for San Francisco supervisor last November, was chosen president of the Golden Gate Bridge's governing authority Saturday.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
San Ramon Presbyterians to host Handel's 'Messiah' tonight

Full orchestra, Masterworks chorus, professional soloists on tap for 7 p.m. performance
Handel's Messiah featuring the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Masterworks Chorus and four professional soloists will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight in the San Ramon Presbyterian Church sanctuary.

December 19, 2010 | No comments yet
AAA survey finds number of holiday travelers increasing

3% more Californians, or 10.6 million, will travel to their destinations by car this season
More people in California and across the nation are traveling over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, according to the latest AAA Northern California survey.

December 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Former TV news anchor named president of Golden Gate Bridge authority

'We have some very difficult fiscal challenges ahead of us,' Janet Reilly says
Janet Reilly, a former TV news anchor and unsuccessful candidate for San Francisco supervisor last November, was been chosen president of the Golden Gate Bridge's governing authority yesterday.

December 19, 2010 | 1 comment
Lions donate $300 to holiday fund

Contributions still being acepted
Amador Valley Lions Club has given $300 to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2010 Holiday Fund, which will contribute the proceeds with matchng funds from the Tri-Valley Community Foundation to five Tri-Valley beneficiaries.

December 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Outdoor clothing retailer REI to open new store, hire 50 employees in Dublin

'Dublin store will bring us closer to more than 42,500 active REI members in area,' CEO says
National retailer REI has announced that it will open a new store in Dublin next fall, taking over the space once occupied by a Honda automobile dealership.

December 18, 2010 | 8 comments
Cities announce holiday closings for city governments

Dublin closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2; Pleasanton out 2 days for Christmas, 1 day for New Year's holidays
The city of Dublin offices and facilities will be closed over the holiday break from Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through New Year's Day weekend. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

December 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Lions donate $300 to holiday fund

Contributions still being acepted
Amador Valley Lions Club President Roland Smith (right) presents reporter Glenn Wohltmann with a check for $300 for the Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund.

December 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Club 40 students empowered by helping others

Lydiksen Elementary gets in the holiday spirit by giving
A classroom at Lydiksen Elementary was abuzz Wednesday as members of Club 40 gathered to present goodie bags they'd made to Shepherd's Gate for children in its transitional housing. They also collected enough non-perishables for the Alameda County Food Bank to overflow five large barrels.

December 18, 2010 | 1 comment
BART board picks Franklin to head agency, Pleasanton's McPartland as vice-president

Priority for 2011 to start replacing aging fleet of train cars, Franklin says
Bob Franklin, who worked for BART for six years in its finance and planning departments, has been chosen as president of the agency's board of directors for 2011, became the first former BART employee to serve in that top position.

December 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger appoints 2 Alameda County prosecutors as Superior Court judges

Both have decades of experience as deputy district attorneys
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two veteran Alameda County prosecutors to be judges on the county's Superior Court bench.

December 23, 2010 | 2 comments
Appeals Court shortens deadline in state building sale case

Protestors have until Thursday to argue against Schwarzenegger's plan to sell 11 buildings to raise $2.3 billion
A state appeals court in San Jose shortened its deadline Thursday for receiving written arguments on whether it should continue a stay blocking the $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Rain's here and cities help residents prepare for possible flooding

Gusty winds and rain expected through the weekend
Tri-Valley cities are gearing up for possible flooding with a wet weekend in store, making sandbags available for residents. Pleasanton residents and businesses concerned about flooding can pick up free sandbags at the City of Pleasanton Service Center.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Pet of the Week: Timmy

When Timmy, a 2- to 3-year-old terrier mix, came into the East County Animal Shelter as a stray in late November, he was a little on the shy side. Since then, has warmed up to volunteers, and has shown everybody that he is an awesome pup just waiting for a great forever home.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Lights, camera, Christmas

Pleasanton is aglow with holiday happiness
Decking the halls is alive and well in Pleasanton. Even the grumpiest Scrooge must smile driving through town these days -- from the charming downtown fare to the neighborhoods, not to mention the mall with its Santa centerpiece.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Outdoor clothing retailer REI taking over closed Circuit City store in Dublin

Membership store will have 50 on payroll when it opens next fall
National retailer REI has announced that it will open a new store in Dublin next fall, taking over the space once occupied by Circuit City in the Amador Plaza.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
It's back to work at Pleasanton City Hall today; Dublin still closed

It's back to work today for most office workers and also those at Pleasanton City Hall.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
24 Hour Fitness opens 'Super-Sport ' club in Pleasanton

Mayor joins others in ribbon-cutting ceremonies
Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and other city and business leaders will joined in ceremonies Friday officially opening 24 Hour Fitness Pleasanton's new "Super-Sport Club," which is located in the former Tri-Valley Herald newspaper building at 4770 Willow Road.

December 17, 2010 | 9 comments
Register for the 'Nutrition and Cancer' seminar

A free education seminars about Nutrition and Cancer will be held from 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, at ValleyCare Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. To register, call 416-3525 or visit valleycare.com.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Clutterless self help group meets tonight

Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m., every Monday, at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Room 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Lunch program at the senior center

The lunch program sponsored by Spectrum Community Services is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Lunch is served at noon. Suggested donation is $3.25. Reservations are required a day in advance by 1 p.m. Call 931-5385.

December 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Fri: Get the 'Kennedy Details' from JFK's Secret Service agents

JFK's Secret Service agents will reveal the inside story of an American tragedy with author, Gerald Blaine, a former agent, who will tell his story at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This event is free. Call 931-3405.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
The story of 'Miracle on Main Street' on stage

The children of Centerpointe Church will present their Christmas musical "The Miracle on Main Street" twice during the holiday season. Performances will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, and at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24, at Centerpointe Worship Center, 3410 Cornerstone Ct. The musical asks the question, "What would happen if you received a wrapped present with no gift inside?" which is equivalent to celebrating the Christmas season without Jesus. This event is free. Call 846-4436 or visit centerpointechurch.info.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
German 'Winterwald' event

Enjoy children from the German school performing German Christmas songs, homemade German food and cookies tomorrow from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at Thomas Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Rd. Small donations will be accepted. Call 273-4100 or visit sanramonvalleygermanschool.com.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Experience the 'Light Within Advent Christmas' in concert tonight

Experience the voices of more than 150 choir members of children, teen and adults at a popular holiday program from chants to jazz to gospel tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. Concert is free. Come early to get great seating. Call 639-7832 or visit ccopmusic.org.

December 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, rain is heading our way

Pleasanton, Tri-Valley to see strong winds, heavy rain through next Wednesday, Weather Service says
Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today, but that could be the last of the sunshine for quite a while.

December 16, 2010 | 2 comments
New Pleasanton school board members take oath of office

Bowser, Laursen succeed veteran members Kernan, Ott, who stepped down
Newly-elected Pleasanton school board members Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen were sworn in as official trustees in the district Tuesday by State Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-10th).

December 16, 2010 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley's Chevron to spend $5.4 billion on Caspian pipeline

'Important achievement' made possible with support of Russia and Kazakhstan, chairman says
Tri-Valley-based Chevron Corporation said Tuesday that its shareholders and the governing bodies of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) have unanimously approved a $5.4 billion expansion of the Caspian pipeline.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Mother sues McDonald's for using toys to market 'Happy Meals'

Suit claims promotion 'exploits very young children'
A Sacramento mother and daughter sued McDonald's Corp. in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday, accusing the company of engaging in illegal deception by using toys to market its fast-food meals to children.

December 16, 2010 | 29 comments
Farmers Market at the mall tomorrow

Island Earth's farmers market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays in the parking lot between Macy's and Sears at Stoneridge Shopping Center. It features organic produce, artisan wares, fresh flowers and more. Call (510) 769-1525 or visit islandearthfarmersmarket.org.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the 'Virtually Speaking Toastmasters'

Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m., every Thursday, at Polycom, 4750 Willow Rd. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Afghan Star' film tonight at the library

Pleasanton Library will host a free viewing of "Afghan Star" at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), Thursday, Dec. 16, at the new Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The documentary that follows the three-month process of filming a Pop Idol-style TV series from the regional auditions to the final in Kabul. Behind the scenes at all times, the filmmakers gain unprecedented access to the lives of contestants, fans and producers alike. Call 931-3405.

December 16, 2010 | No comments yet
3 armed men rob Union Bank on Hopyard Road, escape in stolen car

Bank customer injured as robbers make getaway with undisclosed amount of cash
Armed men held up the Union Bank in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Hopyard Road just after noon yesterday, with one jumping over the counter and emptying teller drawers.

December 15, 2010 | 13 comments
Service for Daniel Shoemake scheduled for tomorrow

Former Amador Valley graduate, classmate died in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego
A funeral service for Daniel Shoemake, 21, will be held in Pleasanton's St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

December 15, 2010 | 7 comments
Armed men 'take over' bank in robbery

Two men enter Union Bank with gun while one waits in car
Armed men held up a Pleasanton bank today, with one jumping over the counter and emptying teller drawers. Pleasanton police and the FBI are investigating what Lt. Mark Senkle called a "takeover robbery" at Union Bank at the Crossroads Shopping Center in the 4700 block of Hopyard just after noon.

December 14, 2010 | 4 comments
Services planned here tomorrow for Amador Valley graduate Michel David, who died Friday in San Diego

22-year-old was due to graduate this week from San Diego State University
Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow for Michel Rose David, 22, who died last Friday in San Diego.

December 14, 2010 | 9 comments
See the 'Celebrations Around the World' art exhibit

Harrington Gallery will host Paintbrush Diplomacy's international children's art exhibit, "Celebrations Around the World," until Jan. 12, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The gallery is open noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A donation of $2 is suggested. Paintbrush Diplomacy seeks to promoting peace and understanding through the universal language of art and encourages awareness of international issues through art exchanges and exhibits of works by children ages 5-18. Call 931-5340 or visit www.paintbrushdiplomacy.org.

December 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice to host 'Critical Conversations' workshop today

Kathy Padro, Communications Coordinator from Hope Hospice, will host a free workshop on "Critical Conversations: How to get Your Loved One's Wishes in Writing" today from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Call 973-3250.

December 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans to hear the 'Light Within Advent Christmas' holiday program

Experience the voices of more than 150 choir members of children, teen and adults at a popular holiday program from chants to jazz to gospel from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. It is recommended that you come early for good seats. This concert is free. Call 639-7832 or visit www.ccopmusic.org.

December 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Services planned here Saturday for Amador Valley graduates who died Friday in San Diego

Michel David, Daniel Shoemake were students at San Diego State University
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday for Michel David, 22, and Daniel Shoemake, 21, who both died last Friday in San Diego. Both were students at San Diego State University.

December 14, 2010 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Middle School Cheer wins regional competition

Team will compete in Northern California contest in February
The Pleasanton Middle School cheer team placed first in the United Spirit Association regional competition last Saturday in Tracy.

December 13, 2010 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley players to compete in all-star football game

5th annual Holiday Classic set for Dec. 26 in Sacramento
There's a new rivalry in town -- one that doesn't involve Falcons, Dons, Grizzlies or Wolves.

December 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Rotarians bring Christmas cheer, turkey dinners to Pleasanton seniors

Capacity crowd of 325 fill Senior Center for downtown club's annual holiday event
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton served a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings Sunday to a capacity crowd of 325 at its annual holiday celebration for seniors.

December 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Big turnout for Pleasanton soldier returning from Afghanistan

City Council, veterans' organizations praise Army specialist with ribbons, commendations
About 75 family, friends and other Pleasanton well-wishers welcomed home Army Specialist Liberato Vallavicencio Saturday night.

December 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Amador Valley High graduates dead in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego

Police say ex-boyfriend gunned down 22-year-old Michel David outside her apartment
Michel David, 22, and a man believed to be her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Shoemake, 21, who both grew up in Pleasanton, died Friday in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego.

December 11, 2010 | 37 comments
Foothill Cares: changing the world one student at a time

Weeklong effort promotes compassion at the school
You can change the world.

December 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Prop. 8 still waiting at the altar

No decision yet, but judges may be leaning toward marriage equality
Ann Gaffney Shores knows that only fools try to predict judicial rulings. But the Corte Madera lawyer left this week's federal appeals court hearing on the constitutionality of a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban optimistic that marriage equality moved a legal step closer to becoming a permanent reality in California.

December 11, 2010 | 21 comments
Our reporter finds Santa's not always a big hit with her own children

'Scoops up' crying kids from Santa's lap at Stoneridge Mall
A visit with Santa can go a couple of different ways: either with a happy ending with candy cane in hand, or a young mother scooping up her crying kids from Santa's arms.

December 11, 2010 | 2 comments
Court rules Schwarzenegger can sell 11 state buildings to private investors

Sale could raise $2.3 billion though state will now have to rent back the space
A San Francisco Superior Court judge Friday refused to block the planned $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings to a group of private investors.

December 11, 2010 | No comments yet
For good TV viewing, watch community Christmas parades, tree lighting ceremonies on TV30 this week

Festive celebrations include those in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon
Tri-Valley TV, the community's public broadcast system, will televise recent Christmas celebrations in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon this week.

December 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Tourist'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Saying what we're all thinking, Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and sighs, "You are the least down-to-Earth person I have ever met." It's one of the precious few notable moments in "The Tourist," a talent-squandering "comic" "adventure" positioned as a shopping-break movie for the holidays. -- PC

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Black Swan'

(Three stars)
No one can be blamed for finding "Black Swan" overwrought or ridiculous: It's both. But those who meet director Darren Aronofsky halfway can get off on this exercise in dichotomy: the ballet film wedded to Grand Guignol, an exploitation picture granted a big star (Natalie Portman), "Showgirls" transplanted to Lincoln Center. -- PC

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Hosterman names City Council colleague Cook-Kallio as vice mayor, but not everyone pleased

Sullivan argues 2nd most important elected position should be rotated so others can serve, including him
Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio was appointed Pleasanton's vice mayor for 2011 Tuesday, but not everyone is pleased with the choice.

December 10, 2010 | 15 comments
Santa stops at Pleasanton's Gingerbread preschool

Santa made a quick stop Friday at Pleasanton's Gingerbread School, surprising and thrilling youngsters and many of their parents who were caught by surprise as they were enjoying the school's annual Holiday Cookie Social.

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Buy books online and support Friends of the Library

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

December 14, 2010 | No comments yet
See the Tri-Valley Sports Final on TV30

Back for its sixth season of covering team and individual high school sports in the Tri-Valley, Ian Bartholomew and George "Dr B" Baljevich will present commentary and footage covering this season of football and girl's volleyball. The show will air at 3:30, 7 and 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and is available via Video on Demand at www.tri-valleytv.org.

December 14, 2010 | No comments yet
AVHS winter concert tonight

Amador Valley High School Winter Concert features its four award-winning concert bands and the Jazz B Ensemble and will perform tonight at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. The Marching Dons recently made school history earning its highest scores ever in the WBA 5A Championships. Call 461-6100 or visit www.amadormusic.org.

December 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Hosterman names City Council colleague Cook-Kallio as vice mayor, but not everyone pleased

Sullivan argues 2nd most important elected position should be rotated so others can serve, including him
Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio was appointed Pleasanton's vice mayor for 2011 Tuesday, but not everyone is pleased with the choice.

December 9, 2010 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Military Families mobilize to get packages to troops in war zones

Record 260 boxes are mailed to provide holiday cheer
Have you ever put together a care package for a son or daughter at college? Multiply that by 260 and you can begin to comprehend the undertaking of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group for the holiday "pack out" for troops deployed in war zones.

December 9, 2010 | 2 comments
Jury selection continues in Castlewood murder case

Trial for Ernest Scherer III could begin in January
Attorneys in the murder trial of accused Castlewood killer Ernest Scherer III continued their long process of selecting jurors for the case this week, with an eye to actually starting the trial in January. Scherer was charged with the murders of his father, Ernie Scherer Jr., 60, and his wife, Charlene Abendroth, 57, in February 2009, nearly a year after the brutal killings occurred.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
City honors outgoing school board members Kernan, Ott

Kept budget cuts 'far from classroom' while also seeing gains in student achievements, Cook-Kallio says
Outgoing Pleasanton school board members Pat Kernan and Jim Ott were honored for their community service Tuesday night by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and the City Council.

December 8, 2010 | 4 comments
Hosterman, Thorne, Cook-Kallio take seats again as mayor, City Council members

All three starting final terms with same five continuing on council for two more years
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne were sworn into office for their final terms as mayor and council members Tuesday night at the start of a meeting that may have been the longest one this year.

December 8, 2010 | 8 comments
Possible confllicts of interest to lead public discussion by Pleasanton school board 4-hour meeting today

New board president to be chosen Tuesday after newly-elected trustees sworn into office
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting starting at 9 a.m. this morning to discuss governance -- how the board is run -- and to get information from an expert on possible conflicts of interest.

December 8, 2010 | 47 comments
See a 'rockin' holiday show' tomorrow night

"Ho Ho Hoey's Rockin' Holiday Show" continues to grow new fans each year. Gary Hoey will be performing at 8 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday, Dec. 10) at Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge, 2300 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $15. Call 373-0325 or visit www.sapphirelivermore.com.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
'Princess and the Pea' opens this weekend

Conniving henchman, Ratatouille, and Princess Victoria, dressed as a boy, have their own plans to take the throne from the vain, deceptive Queen Grossioso in "Princess and the Pea," which opens this weekend. See it at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. The performance is also scheduled for the same times next weekend, Dec. 17-19. A special Firehouse Kids performance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10-$18 for adults and $6-12 for seniors and children. Purchase online at www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Garden club will host guest speaker Jenny Papka tonight

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will host guest speaker, Jenny Papka, co-director of Native Bird Connections, who will talk about "Inviting Birds into the Garden" tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Alisal Elementary School, 1454 Santa Rita Rd. The potluck will start first with the program will starting at 7 p.m.

December 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton American Little League registration information

Registration for Pleasanton American Little League's Spring 2011 season is now open to all children ages 5-18. To register and for more information, visit www.pleasantonamerican.com. If you have questions regarding registration, e-mail registrar@pleasantonamerican.com.

December 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Register now to volunteer at the American Red Cross

Tour the donation center of the American Red Cross and learn ways to greet, inform and thank our community's blood donors or help post flyers and key locations. A volunteer orientation class will be held tomorrow from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Advance sign-up is required. Call 510-594-5165 or e-mail blackstonea@usa.redcross.org.

December 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Candlelight vigil tonight in front of the museum

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will sponsor a candlelight Vigil tonight at 7 p.m. tonight in front of the Museum On Main, 603 Main St. There will also be a Peaceful War Protest at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the corner of First and Neal streets. Call Cathe Norman at 462-7495 or e-mail Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com.

December 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Swearing-in ceremonies tonight for re-elected Mayor Hosterman, City Council members Thorne, Cook-Kallio

All three starting their final terms as council sees same 5 for 2011-12 sessions
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne will be sworn into office tonight after winning re-election November 2.

December 7, 2010 | 3 comments
Foothill High cheer team takes 2nd place in USA regional competition

Squad competed in 'difficult Intermediate' skill level category.
Foothill High School's JV competition cheer squad took 2nd place in the Intermediate JV Show Cheer division at the first USA Regional competition held at Washington High School in Fremont.

December 7, 2010 | 5 comments
Community Concert Band honored for 35 years of service

Commemorative plaque given by local artist Charlotte Severin, who started it all
Local artist Charlotte Severin presented a commemorative plaque to the Pleasanton Community Concert Band Sunday following a musical performance at the Firehouse Arts Center.

December 7, 2010 | 2 comments
Environmental groups, energy company reach agreement on wind turbines

Turbine upgrades should reduce number of migratory birds killed each year
In an effort to decrease the number of migratory birds killed each year by wind turbines in the Altamont Pass, the attorney general's office Tuesday announced an agreement between environmental groups and one of the area's major wind energy producers to upgrade its facilities with safer, more efficient turbines.

December 7, 2010 | 7 comments
Chorkie reunited with owner after two-day search along freeway

Small dog wandered off after traffic accident near Castlewood
The little 1-year-old Chorkie dog that wandered away from its owner after her car was in an accident on I-680 on Saturday, has been found.

December 6, 2010 | 15 comments
Register now for a class on nutrition and cancer

ValleyCare Health System will host a free education seminar about nutrition and cancer from 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22, at its facility at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. To register, call 416-3525 or visit www.valleycare.com.

December 7, 2010 | No comments yet
See Taylor Eigsti perform from 'Lucky to Be Me' tonight

Taylor Eigsti's past few years have been building on the momentum of releasing one of the most talked about records, "Lucky to Be Me," which was nominated for two Grammy awards. He will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $12-$40. Call 373-6800 or visit www.bankheadtheater.org.

December 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice's last 'Lights of the Valley' tree lighting tonight

Hope Hospice will host its annual "Lights of the Valley: A Celebration of Light" at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, South Building, 7777 Norris Canyon Rd. The Quail Run School choir and San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Singers will perform. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com/lov.

December 7, 2010 | No comments yet
GOP's Harmer issues concessionary statement in loss to McNerney in 11th Congressional District race

'It has been an honor to serve as your nominee,' Harmer tells supporters
San Ramon attorney and Republican David Harmer has conceded defeat in his bid to unseat Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) as the 11th Congressional District representative.

December 6, 2010 | 18 comments
Amador Valley frosh take 2nd place in weekend basketball tournament

Lose to De La Salle 56-35 in championship game at Newark High
The Amador Valley High School freshman basketball team finished second in a weekend tournament at Newark Memorial High School, losing to De La Salle in the championship game.

December 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Prop. 8 hearing drawing crowds outside Federal courthouse in San Francisco

3-judge panel deciding on appeal of earlier ruling banning measure's enforcement
A large crowd has gathered this morning outside a federal courthouse on Seventh Street in San Francisco, where a three-judge appeals court panel will hear arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8.

December 5, 2010 | 12 comments
Winners in Pleasanton PTA Council arts competition advance to finals

310 young artists from eight Pleasanton schools submitted entries
The Pleasanton PTA Council has announced the winners of its eighth annual Reflections Arts Recognition Program.

December 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Downtown streets jammed for Saturday night's Hometown Holiday parade, tree-lighting

Turnout of thousands in parade and watching from the sidewalks could have been largest ever
Thousands turned out for Saturday night's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony in downtown Pleasanton, with the crowd possibly the largest ever for the three-hours of marching bands, floats, walking elves and, of course, Santa.

December 4, 2010 | 25 comments
Harmer concedes; congratulates McNerney on re-election to 3rd term as 11th District's congressman

San Ramon Republican tells reporter he 'has no plans to run for public office gain'
David Harmer, a San Ramon attorney and Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th District, conceded defeat Friday in a brief telephone call to Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

December 3, 2010 | 14 comments
Former Danville Scout leader guilty in child porn case

Could face up to 10 years in federal prison
The former leader of a Cub Scout den in Danville charged with possessing child pornography will be sentenced in February after changing his plea to guilty in federal court Friday. Michael Vawter of Danville was indicted in October by a federal grand jury on one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Services scheduled today for music teacher, musician Elliott Charnow

Long-time Pleasanton resident had retired as Chabot College dean of Humanities
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today in Placerville for long-time Pleasanton resident and well-known musician and teacher Elliott Allen Charnow, who died last Saturday at the age of 68, succumbing to a long battle with emphysema.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
"Nutcracker " producers offer free performance tomorrow for local nonprofits

Valley Dance Theatre production scheduled for this weekend at Bankhead
Members of major Tri-valley non-profit organizations will be treated to a free performance of Valley Dance Theatre's annual full-length production of the Tchaikovsky's classic The Nutcracker Wednesday tomorrow at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

December 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Cool Tones at Pleasanton library today for free performance

Big band music will highlight December concert that's open to the public
The Cool Tones, a big band favorite during Pleasanton's Concerts in the Park summer series, returns to town today for a free performance at the Pleasanton Public Library.

December 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Senior Support Program needs drivers

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is looking for volunteer drivers to transport seniors to their medical appointments. This program supplements existing public and paratransit services by providing rides via volunteer drivers. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, a registered vehicle, carry automobile liability insurance, and have a clean DMV record. Contact Jennifer Cullen for more information at 931-5387 or e-mail ja.cullen@yahoo.com.

December 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Casa del Pomba's Christmas light display has opened

Casa Del Pomba presents its 28th annual free Christmas display with over 325,000 lights plus a new walk-through display, from 6-9:30 p.m., every night (weather permitting) until Jan. 1, at Casa del Pomba, 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore. A new theme every year tells a story. For information, visit www.casadelpomba.com.

December 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Interested in joining a chess club?

Residents are trying to start a Pleasanton Chess Club, primarily for kids. Anyone interested can e-mail PleasantonChess@yahoo.com. Please provide email address, name, phone number and USCF rating, if any.

December 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Alameda County receives 3 awards from California State Association of Counties

Programs helping thousands of teens throughout region, County Administrator Muranishi says
Alameda County has received three top awards from the California State Association of Counties in its annual awards program for 2010.

December 30, 2010 | No comments yet
'Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland' holiday home tour information

Valley Humane Society presents its holiday home Tour "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland" from 11 a.m-3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 4444 Railroad Ave. Each of the featured homes on the tour is unique and is located near downtown. Tickets are $35 and proceeds go to support the programs of Valley Humane Society. Call 426-8656 or visit www.valleyhumane.org.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Hanukkah celebration information

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore. There will be a secular candle-lighting ceremony as well as games and crafts for kids and adults. Bring a potato to grate so you can make latkes and play dreidel. Call 596-0416.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Celebrate the holidays at the Hometown Holiday Parade

Downtown Pleasanton will come alive for the holidays at the Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow night at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Call 931-5352 or visit wwww.hometownholiday.com.

December 3, 2010 | No comments yet
'Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter's Tale' tonight

Creatures of Impulse will stage "Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter's Tale" tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The show includes audience interaction during the first act which will inspire holiday-themed games and scenes. The winning short scene will advance to the second act. Cost is $5 for students with valid student I.D.; $10 for general admission. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org

December 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Deadline for paying Alameda County property taxes is Friday

10% delinquent penalty if 1st installment not paid by deadline
The first installment of the 2010-2011 Alamaeda County property taxes must be paid by Friday or a 10% delinquent penalty will be added, the county's tax collector said today.

December 2, 2010 | No comments yet
San Ramon Chamber hires former Pleasanton businessman as its new CEO

Stewart Bambino has served as interim executive since March
The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce has appointed Stewart Bambino as its president and chief executive officer. He has served as the Chamber's interim executive director since March 2010.

December 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Amador freshmen play Fremont team at home

The Amador Valley High School Freshman basketball team played American High School's team Tuesday, Nov. 30. Amador hosted the Fremont team. Amador won the game, 47 - 24.

December 2, 2010 | No comments yet
It's over! McNerney wins re-election to a 3rd term

Final vote counts by 4 counties show congressman with 48% vs. Harmer's 46.9% support
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington, now the official winner of the Nov. 2 election that saw him gain a third term in office with a full 1% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer.

December 1, 2010 | 44 comments
2-hour appeals hearing set for Monday on constitutionality of Prop. 8

'Protest Marriage' group seeks to overturn earlier ruling against voter-approved initiative
Three federal appeals court judges will hold a two-hour hearing in San Francisco Monday on an appeal by Proposition 8 sponsors of a trial court ruling that struck down the voter initiative.

December 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Air Quality agency bans use of wood burning fireplaces today

Those who choose to 'flout' wood burning ban could face hefty fines
Weather conditions forecast for today are expected to create unhealthy air quality and have prompted officials to declare the first winter Spare the Air Day of the season.

December 1, 2010 | 7 comments
Holiday Boutique today at Walnut Grove Elementary

Walnut Grove Elementary School will hold its annual holiday boutique with more than 40 vendors with a variety of holiday goodies today from 2-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at the school, 1999 Harvest Rd. Call (510) 913-9629.

December 1, 2010 | 1 comment
See 'Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter's Tale' on stage

Creatures of Impulse will stage "Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter's Tale" and audience interaction during the first act will inspire holiday-themed games and scenes. The winning short scene will advance to the second act. See it tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 or at the same time, Friday, Dec. 3 at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Cost is $5 for students with valid student I.D., $8 for general admission in advance or $10 at the door. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org

December 1, 2010 | 3 comments
Hope Hospice tree lighting tonight

Hope Hospice will host its annual "Lights of the Valley: A Celebration of Light" to honor and remember those we love. Attend Pleasanton's ceremony that will feature the Foothill High School Women's and Chamber Choirs tonight at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Heritage Bank of Commerce, 300 Main St. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com/lov.

December 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Thousands here starting today for swim meet, soccer games, holiday shopping, parade and tree-lighting

Traffic flow plan in place to avoid congestion on Santa Rita Road, Black Avenue
The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim team will host a three-day swim meet starting today at the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center with the event continuing through Sunday on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

December 2, 2010 | 6 comments
Pleasanton PTA Council to recognize young artists tonight

Program at Firehouse Arts Center features 60 entries from 8 Pleasanton schools
The Pleasanton PTA Council will hold its eighth annual Reflections Arts Recognition Program today at the city's Firehouse Arts Center.

December 1, 2010 | No comments yet
A lot of smoke but no fire at Main Street restaurant yesterday

Case of the pot being left on the stove too long
Sometimes when there's smoke, there's actually not a fire. That was the case Tuesday morning around 5:40 a.m., when a kitchen fire at Pho Saigon in the 800 block of Main Street was called in to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

November 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Register the kids for a Cheer Clinic or Mini Cheer Camp

Elementary and middle-school aged students are invited to spend a fun-filled day with the Amador Valley cheerleaders from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at AVHS Small Gym, Santa Rita Rd. Parents can spend their day doing some holiday shopping while students will learn a cheer and a dance from Amador's nationally ranked competition squad. Cost is $50. Call 600-7810. Also, the Foothill High School competition cheer teams will host a Mini Cheer Camp from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the High School Small Gym, 4375 Foothill Rd. Participants will learn new moves, dances and cheers from FHS' nationally ranked cheer squads. Registration open to grades K-6; includes class, T-shirt, certificate and mystery gift. Registration is $50; call 699-1149.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
'Celebration of Light' is tonight in Dublin

Hope Hospice will host its annual "Lights of the Valley: A Celebration of Light" to honor and remember those we love tonight at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Dublin San Ramon Services, District Building, 7051 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. The Dublin Schools Children's Choir will perform. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com/lov.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Rotary Christmas dinner ticket distribution this morning

Seniors are invited to the Rotary Christmas Dinner ticket distribution this morning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Proof of residency (driver license/ID/mail with name and address) is required and tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis (one ticket per person). Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Four 11th Congressional District counties must report final vote count today

McNerney's lead over Harmer stays at 1%, Secretary of State says
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington for the final session of the 111th Congress and prepared to start his third term when the new 112th Congress is seated in January.

November 30, 2010 | 6 comments
U.S. Appeals Court names judges who will hear Prop. 8 arguments

2-hour hearing planned next Monday on constitutionality of measure
The three federal appeals court judges who will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, were announced by the court in San Francisco on Monday.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
12 students at Village High making Washington trip with lots of help

Donations, pizza and a limo ride send them on their way
The school has been doing this trip for years, but the 12 students from Pleasanton's Village High School who left for Washington D.C. last week traveled in style, courtesy of some local businesses.

November 30, 2010 | 16 comments
On a rainy day, here's a good way to spend the afternoon

Library, Towne Center Books to host Secret Service agent's report on Kennedy assassination today
Former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine will be at the Pleasanton Public Library this rainy day afternoon to talk about President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 and his years as one of the agents responsible for protecting the president.

December 14, 2010 | 4 comments
'Balloon' menorah to be lit today in Stoneridge Shopping Center to mark start of Chanukah

Tri Valley's Jewish community joins to celebrate 8-day 'festival of lights'
The Chabad of the Tri-Valley will host its 6th annual "Chanukah Wonderland" from 5:30-7:00 p.m. today in the Stoneridge Shopping Center in a public festival that will include holiday games, crafts, live music and Chanukah treats and activities.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
First 'Lights of the Valley: Celebration of Light' ceremony tonight

Hope Hospice will host its annual "Lights of the Valley: A Celebration of Light" to honor and remember those we love. A ceremony featuring the Cantabella Children's Chorus and Asbury Ringers will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. Future events include: Dublin Schools Children's Choir will perform at Dublin's ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Dublin San Ramon Services, District Building, 7051 Dublin Blvd.; Pleasanton's ceremony will feature the Foothill High School Women's and Chamber Choirs at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Heritage Bank of Commerce, 300 Main St.; and Quail Run School Choir and San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Singers will perform at San Ramon's ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, South Building, 7777 Norris Canyon Rd. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com/lov.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Audition for the 30th annual Melodrama

Love to act? Come out and audition for Sunol Repertory Theater's 30th annual Melodrama tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Sunol Glen School, 11601 Main St. Performance dates will be on a Friday and Saturday in March. If you love to act come out and join the team where people love to hoot, holler and hiss. Visit www.sunol.net or e-mail Morkat67@hotmail.com.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Deadline to order gingerbread cookies is tomorrow

More than 300 volunteers will bake, decorate and package thousands of gingerbread boys, girls and babies to raise funds to support Tri-Valley Haven, which helps abused and homeless adults and children. Each 7-inch gingerbread boy and girl is hand-decorated, with names inscribed, for only $5 each. A bag of 13 gingerbread babies is $5. The deadline to order cookies is today, Dec. 1. To obtain an order form, visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call 449-5845.

November 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Valley Humane to sponsor 'Winter Wonderland' home tour today

Selected downtown homes on display for December fundraiser
Valley Humane Society will sponsor a "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland" holiday home tour and fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton.

December 1, 2010 | 2 comments
McNerney back in Washington after election results give him 1% edge over opponent

Harmer wants all votes counted first before he responds to results
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) returned to Washington this morning for the final session of the 111th Congress and prepared to start his third term when the new 112th Congress is seated in January.

November 29, 2010 | 15 comments
Pleasanton Marine hurt in machine gun attack In Afghanistan

Jesse Pearson calls parents to report he's OK, faces surgery on elbow injury
Marine Corporal Jesse Pearson, son of Dorothy and Eric Pearson of Pleasanton, suffered an arm injury after being shot while conducting a building search near Sangin, Afghanistan Thursday afternoon. He was medivaced to Bastion Hospital in Afghanistan where he underwent surgery.

November 28, 2010 | 4 comments
Amador boys freshmen win Monte Vista Diablo Classic

Dons compete against 15 teams in drizzle, muddy field conditions in Danville event
The Amador Valley High School freshmen boys soccer team won the 13th Annual Monte Vista Diablo Classic tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend at Monte Vista High School in Danville.

November 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Concert Band plans free holiday program this afternoon

'Christmas Flourish,' 'Journey through Orion' among melodies in program
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present a concert of special Christmas music at 2 p.m. today in the downtown Firehouse Arts Center.

December 2, 2010 | 2 comments
McNerney wins re-election but opponent won't concede

Harmer wants all votes counted first; says recount possible
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has clearly won his re-election bid against Republican challenger David Harmer, finishing a full 1% ahead of Harmer with almost all absentee and provisional votes counted in the four counties the district covers.

November 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Thanksgiving DUI arrests through Saturday up in Bay Area, state with 11 traffic deaths so far

Enforcement period continued through midnight yesterday
Statitics reported Saturday--and not updated since then--show that the California Highway Patrol has arrested more people for driving under the influence in the Bay Area this Thanksgiving holiday weekend compared to the same time last year.

November 27, 2010 | 12 comments
Review: 'Tangled'

(Three stars)
The familiar Disney princess formula (i.e. "Cinderella") gets a contemporary rinse and perm with this delightful adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale "Rapunzel." Impressive CGI animation and a company of incredibly appealing characters help make "Tangled" one of the year's best family films. -- TH

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Stoneridge busier than ever over these four days of Thanksgiving weekend shopping

Mall celebrates 30th anniversary with new stores, coming New Year's Eve 'Ball at the Mall'
Stoneridge Shopping Center is celebrating its 30th year as a premium regional mall with new store openings and what's expected to be its busiest four days of shopping ever over this Thanksgiving Day weekend.

November 26, 2010 | No comments yet
New stores, fitness centers opening in Pleasanton

Pet Food Express opens next Saturday
New stores and fitness centers will be opening in Pleasanton in the coming weeks, including a second grocery store in the Rose Pavilion and a pet food store in the Safeway Supermarket complex on Santa Rita Road at Valley Avenue.

November 26, 2010 | 18 comments
Court blocks Schwarzenegger's plan to sell 11 state buildings--for now

Lawsuit claims sale to private investors would be illegal, unconstitutional
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has been ordered to hold off on the planned $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings until a hearing can be held next month.

November 25, 2010 | 1 comment
McNerney wins re-election but opponent won't concede

Harmer wants all votes counted first; says recount possible
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has clearly won his re-election bid against Republican challenger David Harmer, finishing a full 1% ahead of Harmer with almost all absentee and provisional votes counted in the four counties the district covers.

November 24, 2010 | 17 comments
Happy Thanksgiving from the Pleasanton Weekly

Culinary presenter says table centerpiece almost as important as the meal
The looks of a Thanksgiving table are almost as important as the turkey and other dishes that go on it.

November 24, 2010 | No comments yet
School district looks at student stress, homework

Movie, forums, educational days part of the process
A months-long look into whether Pleasanton expects too much from its young people began Nov. 17 with a showing of the movie "Race to Nowhere."

November 24, 2010 | 26 comments
Would-be robbers flee in two separate incidents

Both victims slightly injured, but with belongings intact
Police in Pleasanton are following up on two robbery attempts that occurred last week.

November 24, 2010 | 3 comments
Castlewood management, union farther apart than ever

Workers parade through Pleasanton as lockout continues
With the lockout at Castlewood County Club now well into its ninth month, the 57 full- and part-time workers are reminding people they haven't given up. The workers, union representatives from UniteHERE local 2850 and some local officials held a parade Sunday through Pleasanton, complete with a marching band, a horse-drawn carriage and an inflatable turkey.

November 24, 2010 | 39 comments
Secret Santa Toy Drive information

In an effort to make sure every child enjoys a bright holiday season, Sleep Train is collecting new, unwrapped gifts for foster children. Become a "Secret Santa" and make a donation until Dec. 12 at Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Drive, Suite C. Call (800) 378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
'From Idea to Entrepreneur' workshop today

Come to a free seminar and learn how to protect an idea for development, how to make and market-test a prototype, and how to open a business. The first seminar, "How to Protect an Idea," covers the differences and requirements of patents, copyrights and trademarks, will be held tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 600-7342 or visit www.gotabrightidea.com.

November 28, 2010 | 1 comment
Audition today for 'All Shook Up'

Auditions for "All Shook Up" will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Ln., #303. Call-backs will be by invitation only. Prepare a brief song (16-32 bars), be prepared to dance and bring sheet music; a accompanist will be provided. Also bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Call 462-2121 or visit www.trivalleyrep.com.

November 28, 2010 | No comments yet
See guitarist Roger McGuinn perform

Roger McGuinn, along with Clark and Crosby who formed the rock band "The Byrds," will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $25, $30 and $35 for adults; $12 for children; and $30 for seniors. Purchase online at www.firehousearts.org or by phone at 931-4848.

November 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Cat and train shows at the fairgrounds this weekend

Enjoy seeing beautiful rescued or pedigreed cats compete in different categories for awards and titles at the Fog City Cat Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 27-28, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children 12 and under (children 6 and under are free). Call (707) 338-1261 or visit www.fogcitycatclub.com. Also, the Great Western and Atlantic Train Show will also be held this weekend from Nov. 27-28, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. This national traveling show caters to the model railroad enthusiast. Call (630) 383-2017 or visit www.greattrainexpo.com.

November 25, 2010 | No comments yet
David Lanz will perform tomorrow night

David Lanz will perform selections from his latest CD, "Liverpool," which spotlights two of his greatest role models, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, tomorrow at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $18, $22 and $27 for adults; $12 for children; and $22 for seniors. Purchase online at www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.

November 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Reservations are due today for Christmas party

Members of the Calpers Retirement Program are invited to attend a Christmas party at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Emil Villa's, 3064 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Cost is $14, including tax and tip. Reservations are due today, Nov. 26; call Muriel Springer at 447-1920.

November 25, 2010 | No comments yet
See the 'toybox' exhibit at the museum

Toy aficionados will share their collections at the third annual "Treasures of the Tri-Valley" exhibit that is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, until Jan. 30, at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Call 462-2766 or e-mail education@museumonmain.org.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton must trim employee benefits or face citizens' initiative, council warned

Resident cites 'exploding entitlement expense' facing city
A Pleasanton man has asked the City Council to make employee pension and health care reform a top priority in 2011 or face a citizens' initiative that could force major changes in municipal employee benefit plans.

November 23, 2010 | 107 comments
Two nabbed in attempted Pleasanton break-in

Alert woman sees suspicious SUV, calls cops
Pleasanton police may have a break in a string of robberies over the last couple of weeks -- with the help of a local mom. According to a police report, early Monday afternoon an alert Pleasanton woman noticed a suspicious dark-colored SUV outside her home on Brianne Court and called police.

November 23, 2010 | 7 comments
Court blocks Schwarzenegger's plan to sell 11 state buildings—for now

Lawsuit claims sale to private investors would be illegal, unconstitutional
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office was ordered Monday afternoon to show cause of the $2.3 billion sale of 11 state buildings in a hearing scheduled for December.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Jury deliberating Oracle's $1.7-billion suit against German rival SAP

SAP acknowledges 'mistakes,' but says damage claim is 'vastly overstated'
Jurors began deliberating Monday in a closely watched lawsuit in which Oracle Corp. of Redwood Shores and Pleasanton accused German rival SAP AG of copyright infringement by improperly downloading millions of files.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Oakland, Richmond rank near top in list of most dangerous cities in country

But U.S. Conference of Mayors calls report 'a premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities'
A crime ranking survey released Monday lists Oakland as the fifth most dangerous city in the U.S.

November 23, 2010 | 6 comments
Firehouse Arts Center hosts international children's art exhibit

Paintbrush Diplomacy artwork seeks to promote peace
The Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery is hosting an exhibit of international children's art, "Celebrations Around the World," from the permanent collection of Paintbrush Diplomacy.

December 10, 2010 | No comments yet
First ever 'Stuff the Bus'

Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) operator of the Wheels bus system will hold its first "Stuff the Bus" Holiday Food Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Lucky's Supermarket, 2000 Portola Ave., Livermore. The goods will benefit Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry and Open Heart Kitchen to help families in need this holiday season. Call 455-7500 or visit www.wheelsbus.com.

November 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Meditation study group information

Practice new meditation methods which is based on teachings of Shinzen Young by using audio, video and handouts from 7:15-8:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, at Tri-Valley Unity's Gathering Place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
'The Hall' is open for students

Valley Community Church hosts 'The Hall' from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until Dec. 17, at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. The help is for high school and middle school students to work on homework. Adult supervision and a snack is provided free of charge. Books from Amador and Harvest Park schools are also available for use. Call 846-6622.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio warns Senate bill could eliminate high schools' We the People program

Urges supporters to call, email Feinstein, Boxer to urge defeat of Sen. Coburn measure
Just as East Bay high school "We the People" competition civics teams are preparing for rehearsals tonight at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, a Congressional amendment is being considered that would strip federal funds that have been a mainstay of this national competition.

November 22, 2010 | 23 comments
Tully's Plaza developer set to do it again on south Main Street

Semmelmeyer plans retail shops, restaurant in abandoned building
South Main Street is about to get a major face lift with new retail stores and a restaurant in an empty building abandoned after Guaranty Bank declared bankruptcy in August, 2009.

November 22, 2010 | 24 comments
BART to run longer trains this week to SFO, but commuters face tight parking conditions

Busiest shopping day of year next Friday expected to be BART's busiest day, too
Travelers using San Francisco International Airport for Thanksgiving week travel will be able to use longer BART trains and more long-term parking spaces for the busiest travel days of the year.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
'Earlier than the Bird' shoppers' extravaganza fills downtown streets before the storm

Crowds came for 7 a.m. specials, tasty treats, neighborly fun
More than 1,000 shoppers came downtown Saturday starting at 7 a.m. for a special pajama party extravaganza that filled many restaurants and stores until showers hit Pleasanton about 10 a.m.

November 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Cloudy weather causes up to 50-minute delays at SFO

A ground delay program will be in effect for most of the day today for flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport due to reduced visibility, an airport duty manager said.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: '127 Hours'

(Three stars)
Not since Sisyphus has a boulder-versus-man tale gotten so much attention. "127 Hours" dramatizes the survivalist story of hiker Aron Ralston, as told in his book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." In the process, James Franco positions himself for a Best Actor Oscar nod. -- PC

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Playtime is over. The boy wizard who has captivated audiences since his literary introduction in 1997 is at last ready for his final curtain call. And from the onset it is clear "Hallows" is a darker, more intense offering than past installments. -- TH

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Holiday fun downtown tonight, pajama party tomorrow

Back-to-back holiday extravaganzas to showcase downtown shopping specials, tasty treats
Even if it rains, Pleasanton downtown's festive "Magical Holiday Evening" will get under way at 6 p.m. with the street, stores and even some of the merchants dressed up for Christmas.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly launches 2010 Holiday Fund

Give now to help others in our community
Five nonprofits have been selected as this year's recipients of the eighth annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, the community-wide campaign that started Friday to provide needed funding for vital local nonprofits.

November 19, 2010 | 3 comments
Latest vote count still shows McNerney leading Harmer by less than 1%

County registrars still have several thousand absentee, provisional ballots to count
Votes in the protracted ballot count in the 11th Congressional District apparently stopped late Friday, with results late that day continuing to show only a slight increase in the totals for the three candidates: Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-California), his Republican challenger David Harmer, and American Independent Party candidate David Christensen.

November 19, 2010 | 6 comments
8% tuition hike for UC students passes with 5 regents voting against

Fees will rise to $11,124 annually starting next fall
In a move that disgruntled many students, the University of California Board of Regents has approved an 8 percent tuition hike for schools system-wide.

November 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Westbound lanes of I-580 to close tonight at midnight for 3 hours

Traffic will be diverted onto local streets at new Isabel overpass
The westbound lanes of I-580 will be closed from tonight at midnight to 3 a.m. Friday as crews put temporary structures in place for overpass work at Isabel Avenue.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Homes, businesses hit in weeklong string of burglaries

5 Laptops stolen in separate incidents
Computers and camera equipment were among the items stolen in 13 Pleasanton burglaries last week. A $500 laptop was reported stolen from Collier's International in the 5000 block of Hopyard Road between 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7:15 p.m. Nov. 7; on Nov. 8 between 10:25 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. a Gateway laptop valued at $500 was stolen from Amplify Research in the 7900 block of Stoneridge Drive.

November 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Police Report

The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available. Under the law, those charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Gingerbread Project information

The Gingerbread Project Project benefits abused and homeless adults and children and more than 300 volunteers will bake, decorate and package thousands of gingerbread boys, girls and babies to raise funds to support Tri-Valley Haven. Each 7-inch gingerbread boy and girl is hand-decorated, with names inscribed, for only $5 each. A bag of 13 gingerbread babies is $5. The deadline to order cookies is Monday, Dec. 1. To obtain an order form, visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call 449-5845.

November 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Food donations are still being accepted

JL Consulting is coordinating a holiday food drive benefiting people in need served by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Donations of nutritious non-perishable foods can be dropped off at 1024 Serpentine Ln., Suite 105, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 10. Call 846-1859 or e-mail info@jlcpa.net.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Donate your old cell phones

With the holidays approaching and so many of our nations' young men and women serving in remote locations away from family and friends, a phone call is a huge reminder of home. Donate your old cell phones to remind our troops that they are not forgotten and help them communicate with their families. Donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them and the money from recycling the cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that we send to troops in need. To donate or for more information, visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/locateDropoff.asp.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Holiday Boutique at Faz on Friday

Faz Restaurant in Danville will host a Holiday Boutique from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., this Friday, Nov. 26, at the restaurant, 600 Hartz Ave., Danville. The woodburning brick pizza oven and bar will be open. This event is free. Call 469-1600, ext. 22.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet author and resident Leslie Baker at her book signing

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Conference will host author and resident, Leslie Baker, who will sign copies of her inspirational children's book, "Healing Feelings: A Healing Story for Children Coping with a Grownup's Mental Illness," tomorrow from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 West Las Positas Blvd. "Healing Feelings" is a warm, rhythmic story that brings hope for healing to children living with a grownup who is dealing with a mental illness. The story explores the process of healing feelings and opens up the opportunity to dialogue with children about this challenging topic. Call (888) 361-9473.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy 'capoeira' performance tomorrow at the library

Experience the unique dance (or is it a martial art?) of "capoeira" from Brazil tomorrow from 3-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. From slaves fighting for their freedom to an internationally recognized art form of grace and athletic skill, see ABADA-Capoeira of San Francisco perform in their first visit to Pleasanton. This event is for all ages. Call 931-3400, ext. 8, or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/library/.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
'May the Force Be with You' exhibit

Fans are invited to the premier of the Star Wars Fine Art Collection tomorrow from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at Alexander's Fine Art Gallery, 608 Main St. It features all your favorite characters. Special guest will be Steve Sansweet from Lucasfilms. Feel free to wear a costume. RSVP at www.alexandersfineart.com.

November 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Country Folk Art Craft Show this weekend

Country Folk Art Craft Show will feature thousands of home and hand-made quality items by top artisian-crafters from across the country. The show will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Admission is $7 ($6 with online discount coupon). For more discounts and directions, visit www.countryfolkart.com.

November 18, 2010 | 2 comments
ValleyCare wraps up its Christmas Tree Lane fundraising event today

Annual fundraiser benefits cancer resource center, children, hospital emergency room expansion
ValleyCare Health System's signature fundraiser Christmas Tree Lane 2010 continues today at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton where dazzling decorated Christmas trees, exquisite silent auction gift baskets, gourmet fare and visits with Santa should ignite everyone's holiday spirit.

November 18, 2010 | 3 comments
Vote count goes on in 11th Congressional District race—or does it?

Secretary of State reports exactly same ballot count figures two days in row
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported yesterday that Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has the same 0.9% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer as on Tuesday even though county registrars in the four counties the 11th District represents are supposed to be still counting ballots.

November 18, 2010 | 19 comments
Jury selection to start Nov. 29 in Castlewood murder trial

Judge bars testimony from 'jailhouse snitch' because it could violate accused killer's rights
A jury trial for a man charged with killing his parents in their Castlewood home nearly three years ago is expected to get under way after Thanksgiving.

November 17, 2010 | 2 comments
Cell phones in Pleasanton: Better reception or no new towers?

Council, planning staff to weigh in on updating old, pre-4G regulations
Even before the city's Planning Commission votes on a bid by Verizon Wireless to build a 65-foot-high cell phone transmission tower in Pleasanton, the City Council agreed Tuesday night to take a new look at regulations that restrict these towers in many parts of town.

November 17, 2010 | 13 comments
Meet psychic and author tonight

Psychic Irma Slage will host a book signing of her new book, "Psychic Encounters - A Guide to Having Your own Spirit Contact," tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, at Little Valley Winery, 739 Main St. The night will include wine tasting and free psychic questions answered. Call 862-9006.

November 17, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Between the Folds' tonight

Pleasanton Library is hosting a series of free documentary films at the new Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. See "Between the Folds" tonight which starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), Thursday, Nov. 19, at the library, 400 Bernal Ave. The film tells the stories of 10 fine artists, theoretical mathematicians and intrepid scientists who have abandoned conventional jobs and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees - all to forge lives as modern-day paperfolders. Dr. Lang, an Alamo physicist/artist, will introduce the film. Call 931-3405.

November 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Don't forget to enjoy the Christmas Tree Lane

ValleyCare Health System will host Christmas Tree Lane 2010 from Nov. 18-20, at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave. The event includes a Family Stroll, Christmas teas, a holiday dinner and a gourmet luncheon. Costs vary for each activity. This event is a fundraiser for the hospital's Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program; FitKidsRx and Emergency Room Expansion. To buy tickets, call 373-4560 or e-mail sdespota@valleycare.com.

November 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Free field show performance by local high school marching bands

Amador Friends of Music and the Foothill Band Boosters invite music lovers to enjoy a free field show performance tonight from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Foothill High School's football field, 7375 Foothill Rd. Amador Valley High School Marching Dons and the Foothill High School Marching Band will both be performing. Call 699-7921 or visit www.amadormusic.org. performance tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, on the Foothill High School football field. This event is sponosred by Amador Friends of Music and the Foothill Band Boosters organizations.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
'Handling the Holidays' workshop today

Learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one during the holidays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin. This workshop will provide ways to manage grief at events, explore fears and strong emotions, and more. If you can't make it today, there will be another workshop held from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2. These workshops are free. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Reservations due today for AVHS reunion

Amador Valley Class of 2000 will host its 10-year High School Reunion at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, at Taverna Aventine in San Francisco which is close to BART in the Financial District. Tickets are $66 and must be purchased in advance by today, Nov. 17 (no tickets will be sold at the door). To purchase your ticket, visit http://amadorvalley2000reunion.eventbrite.com. Also, there have also been 30 hotel rooms blocked off at a special rate of $119 per night at Le Meridien, at 333 Battery St., San Francisco. To reserve your room, call (415) 296-2900 (group name is Amador Valley). For questions, e-mail Candice MacDonald at cmacdonald5@gmail.com or call 989-6558.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Harmer, McNerney still in Washington as 11th Congressional District ballot count goes on

Harmer asks supporters to contribute to help pay cost of possible recount
Both 11th District Congressional candidates in the Nov. 2 General Election are still in Washington, D.C. even as the voter registrars in the four counties the district covers continue counting ballots.

November 16, 2010 | 35 comments
Re-live the days of S.F.'s thrilling Playland at the Beach in show today at Pleasanton Library

Author, photos capture scenes, memories of famous amusement park
Those who remember Playland at the San Francisco beach can refresh their memories and possible retrace their steps in a special free public presentation on the long-gone amusement park at the Pleasanton Public Library at 2 p.m. today.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Slide show of art of the Impressionist movement on tap Sunday

Pleasanton library presentation will include 100 works
Artist Marlene Aron will offer a free slide presentation of more than 100 works of art by artists of the Impressionist Movement at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pleasanton Public Library.

November 30, 2010 | No comments yet
PGSL registration for 2011

Registration is open for all divisions in the Pleasanton Phantom Girls Softball League (PGSL) for 2011. All girls (grades K-high school) living in Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol are eligible to play. For registration details and additional information, visit www.pleasantonsoftball.org.

November 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Resume and cover letter writing workshop today

Are you currently looking for a job? Attend this free event presented by a professional job counselor to learn how to write a resume and cover letter today from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza. Call 803-7286 or visit www.aclibrary.org.

November 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Poetry and prayer panel discussion will be held today


A panel discussion will be held today on "Poetry as a Language of Faith" from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman will host a panel discussion with several Tri-Valley clergy from various faiths about the role that poetry plays in their religious traditions. Cost is $5 for adults; free for students.

November 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Fraser retires as Pleasanton police chief after 30 years on the force

Two captains to serve as interim 'chiefs' on rotating basis
Police Chief Michael Fraser was saluted Friday night at a packed reception at the Veterans Memorial Building where City Manager Nelson Fialho praised his service over the last 30 years, including the last three years as chief of the police department.

November 15, 2010 | 7 comments
Group opens Tri-Valley Toy Box exhibit at Museum On Main

Show features toys of region through Jan. 30
Supporters of Pleasanton's Museum On Main and even 11th District Congressman Jerry McNerney and his wife joined in the opening of the "Tri-Valley Toy Box," an exhibit that runs through Jan. 30 at the city's downtown museum.

November 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Both McNerney, Harmer in Washington as 11th Congressional District vote count continues

McNerney takes his seat in 111th Congress; Harmer at orientation for new members
Both 11th District Congressional candidates in the Nov. 2 General Election are now in Washington, D.C.

November 14, 2010 | 17 comments
East Bay Regional Park District picks new general manager

Assistant GM Robert Doyle to succeed Pat O'Brien, who is retiring
The East Bay Regional Park District's Board of Directors announced this week the selection of the district's new general manager.

November 14, 2010 | No comments yet
McNerney still less than 1% ahead of Harmer as vote count continues

It's like you've reached your due date and doctor says you have to wait another 3 weeks or so, Harmer's wife says
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has declared victory in his bid for re-election to a third term in Congress even as thousands of ballots are still being counted and with a winning margin of less than 1 percent over his Republican challenger David Harmer.

November 13, 2010 | 2 comments
If you like pirate music along with real live pirates, Pleasanton offers it all this afternoon

Community Concert Band features 'Band at Sea with Pirates' at Firehouse Arts Center
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present "The Band at Sea with Pirates," a free public concert starting at 2 p.m. today at the Firehouse Arts Center.

November 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Feeling lousy after surgery? State agency report might explain why

UCSF, California Pacific among 12 hospitals blamed for mistakes, including surgical objects left inside patients
Two well-known San Francisco hospitals—UCSF Medical Center and California Pacific Medical Center--are among 12 medical centers that have been slapped with administrative penalties by the California Department of Public Health for violations of health code ranging from improper medication distribution to leaving foreign objects inside surgery patients.

November 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Newsom vetos 'Happy Meals' toy ban, but S.F. Sups could overturn

'Unnecessary government involvement,' mayor says
Legislation to ban "Happy Meals" toys that could be copied by other Bay Area cities was vetoed yesterday by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom who called it "unwise and unprecedented governmental intrusion" into private choices.

November 13, 2010 | 13 comments
BART adding longer trains this afternoon for Cal-Oregon game fans

Downtown Berkeley station is just short walk from Cal's Memorial Stadium
BART trains will have additional cars this afternoon from Pleasanton to take on an influx of college football fans going to the University of California at Berkeley game against top-ranked University of Oregon.

November 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Strong winds but sunny today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather service warns to take precaution with backyard barbecues, outdoor furniture
Strong winds began blowing across the Tri-Valley this morning as a wind advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for much of the region that will be in effect until Monday morning.

November 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Fair Game'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Political junkies already know the tale of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. Those who don't know about the sordid affair are the target audience for Doug Liman's film "Fair Game," based on Plame's memoir "Fair Game" and Wilson's "The Politics of Truth." -- PC

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Unstoppable'

(Two stars)
For their fourth collaboration, in 2009, director Tony Scott and star Denzel Washington made a train-themed thriller. For their fifth collaboration, in 2010, Scott and Washington made a train-themed thriller. Who says there are no new ideas in Hollywood? -- PC

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
McNerney still less than 1% ahead of Harmer as vote count continues

Congressman insists that trend line shows he has an 'insurmountable' lead
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has declared victory in his bid for re-election to a third term in Congress even as thousands of ballots are still being counted and with a winning margin of less than 1 percent over his Republican challenger David Harmer.

November 12, 2010 | 15 comments
McNerney says he's won 11th Congressional District race

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) declared victory yesterday in his bid for re-election to a third term in Congress even as thousands of ballots are still being counted and with a winning margin of less than 1 percent over his Republican challenger David Harmer. (See story in adjoinng column.)

November 12, 2010 | 9 comments
McNerney declares victory as counties continue to count votes

Trend line shows he has an 'insurmountable' lead, congressman says
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) declared victory yesterday in his bid for re-election to a third term in Congress even as thousands of ballots are still being counted and with a winning margin of less than 1 percent over his Republican challenger David Harmer.

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Consulting firm survey shows Pleasanton voters might OK a $98 annual parcel tax for schools

New school board could schedule vote as early as next May
Pleasanton will support a $98 parcel tax -- if it's marketed right -- experts who surveyed likely voters told school board members Tuesday.

November 11, 2010 | 67 comments
Holiday food drive information

JL Consulting is coordinating a holiday food drive benefiting people in need served by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Donations of nutritious non-perishable foods can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, until Dec. 10, at 1024 Serpentine Ln., Suite 105. Call 846-1859 or e-mail info@jlcpa.net.

November 14, 2010 | 2 comments
Roundtable event for accounting professionals

Join the SVA roundtable discussion on improving your accounting close from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at La Vite Restaurant, 3037-G Hopyard Rd. See the Accelerated Financial Reporting Management (AFRM) solution in action. There is no charge for this lecture. Visit www.svacpa.com.

November 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about home energy efficiency upgrades tonight

A panel of experts will discuss the new Energy Upgrade California Program tonight from 6-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The panel will address solutions to make homes more comfortable, energy efficient and the available rebates. This event is sponsored by the NorCal US Green Building Council and the City of Pleasanton. This event is free with registration. Visit www.usgbc-ncc.org.

November 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society names new executive director

Steve Glavan takes post as organization undertakes major expansion
Steve Glavan, who has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organization and private sector management, has been named executive director of the Valley Humane Society.

November 12, 2010 | 1 comment
'Band at Sea with Pirates' free concert

Pleasanton Community Band will present "Band at Sea with Pirates" concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. It will feature music from Jack Tar March, Zampa Overture, Pirates of the Caribbean; Symphonic Suite, The Pirates of Penzance, Jolly Robbers and more. If you like pirate music, this is the concert for you. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 846-5897 or visit www.pleasantonband.org.

November 11, 2010 | 1 comment
Goodguys Autumn Get-Together Car Show this weekend

Attend the Goodguys 21st annual Autumn Get-Together Car Show this weekend from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13; and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. The show includes an indoor and outdoor car show featuring over 2,500 vehicles, automotive swap meet, cars for sale area, Autocross, vendor exhibits, great food and beverage, arts and crafts. General admission is $17; $6 for children ages 7-12. Call 352-5132 or visit www.good-guys.com.

November 11, 2010 | No comments yet
AAUW Dinner and Theater event tomorrow night

Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin Branch AAUW will host a dine and theater night starting with dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Armadillo Willy's BBQ, 4480 Tassajara Rd., Dublin. Then will continue to see a performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" at 8 p.m., at the new Las Positas College Theater, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. Cost is $8 for seniors; $12 for adults. Call 484-3321 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

November 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Expanded adoption hours this weekend

In an effort to increase cat and kitten adoptions, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will expand its adoption hours starting today from 3-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at PetSmart, 6960 Amador Plaza Rd., Dublin. Call 519-9898 or visit www.tvar.org.

November 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Coast Guard gives military institute cadets access to its facilities

Cadets who marched here Sunday to gain enhanced education, physical fitness opportunities
Cadets from the Oakland Military Institute, who won loud applause along the downtown Pleasanton parade route Sunday as they marched in the Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade, have just been granted access to the Coast Guard's athletic facilities in Alameda.

November 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Cal State East Bay, other state universities, hiking student fees 15% next fall

Half of students will still pay nothing thanks to financial aid
Officials at California State University have received approval to hike tuition fees a total of 15 percent by fall 2011, sparking complaints and debate among students and university officials.

November 14, 2010 | 7 comments
Counties can't 'opt out' of sharing fingerprints of those arrested with federal immigration officials

Program 'makes innocent people afraid of law enforcement,' Santa Clara County supervisor says
Federal immigration officials have rejected calls by San Francisco and Santa Clara counties to opt out of a controversial program that shares the fingerprints of arrestees with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to representatives for both counties.

November 21, 2010 | 2 comments
Quan defeats Perata to become next mayor of Oakland

Will be first Asian American woman elected mayor of major American city
City Councilwoman Jean Quan has been named the unofficial winner in Oakland's mayoral race, a spokesman for the Alameda County Registrar of Voters said Wednesday.

November 11, 2010 | 7 comments
New Bay Bridge from San Lorenzo?

'Southern Crossing' span back on planners' study plate
The Bay Area Toll Authority's oversight committee voted Wednesday to spend up to $400,000 to conduct another study about the possibility of building a new bridge across the San Francisco Bay between the East Bay and the Peninsula.

November 10, 2010 | 10 comments
$49-million I-580 eastbound carpool lane opened to traffic

Hacienda-Portola Avenue section completed below budget, year ahead of schedule
The completion of the second phase of a new, 11-mile carpool lane on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 between Pleasanton and Livermore was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony near the highway yesterday.

November 10, 2010 | 12 comments
AVHS's Class of 2005 reunion information

Amador Valley's Class of 2005 will be host its 5 year reunion, Friday, Nov. 26, at the Sunshine Saloon in Pleasanton. There will be drink specials and prizes. Celebrate and see what your classmates have been up to the last five years. For more information, contact Caitlin MacDonald at 899-4667 or caitlin@rapleaf.com.

November 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about 'Winterizing the Garden' tonight

Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will host guest speaker, Jacquie Williams-Cartwright of Alden Lane, who will talk about "Winterizing the Garden" tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Ln., Livermore. Call 449-4870 or visit www.lavgc.org.

November 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Free U-Jam classes in November on Thursdays

Have you heard about U-Jam? It's a fitness dance class that unites world beats with an urban flavor. Enjoy free classes from 5-6 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 11 through Nov. 25, at ClubSport, 7090 Johnson Dr. It's an intense cardio workout designed to burn calories and tone your body! Call 344-4273 or visit www.clubsports.com/pleasanton/current-specials.do?action=detail&id=7157.

November 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill, Amador Valley meet tonight in annual cross-town football duel

Game moved from Friday night to provide Veterans Day tribute
The Amador Valley Dons will host the Foothill Falcons tonight in the city's annual cross-town football competition.

November 10, 2010 | 7 comments
McNerney's lead grows in 11th Congressional District race; campaign manager claims victory

Lead over GOP challenger is 498, or 1,681, depending on source
The Secretary of State's office reported yesterday that Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is now leading his Republican challenger David Harmer by 498 votes.

November 10, 2010 | 25 comments
'Happy Meals' may disappear in San Francisco

Supervisors vote 8-3 to ban toys with meals they consider 'unhealthy'
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance that would force fast-food restaurants to make the meals they market to children healthier.

November 10, 2010 | 11 comments
Oakland mayor's race still undetermined

Registrar says it's taking longer to count several thousand ballots than expected
The question of who will be Oakland's next mayor remains unsettled with Alameda County Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald saying it's taking longer than expected to count several thousand provisional ballots.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
AC Transit, bus drivers' union reach contract agreement

Weekend service cuts called off because of pact
The arbitration panel in the AC Transit labor negotiation has reached a decision between the transit district and the union representing its 1,750 bus drivers and mechanics for a new three-year contract.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
The library is closed today

Just a reminder that the Pleasanton Public Library is closed today in observance of Veteran's Day. The library will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 931-3400.

November 10, 2010 | No comments yet
AVHS's Class of 2000 reunion information

Amador Valley Class of 2000 will host its 10 Year High School Reunion at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, at Taverna Aventine in San Francisco (which is close to BART in the Financial District). Tickets are $66 and must be purchased in advance by Nov. 17 (no tickets will be sold at the door). To purchase your ticket, visit http://amadorvalley2000reunion.eventbrite.com. Also, there have been 30 hotel rooms blocked off at a special rate of $119 per night at Le Meridien, 333 Battery St., San Francisco. To reserve your room, call (415) 296-2900 (group name is Amador Valley). For questions, e-mail Candice MacDonald at cmacdonald5@gmail.com or call 989-6558.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Make reservations to meet historian James Smith tomorrow

Historian James Smith will introduce his latest book, "San Francisco's Playlands at the Beach, the Early Years," tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. The book is a photographic journey of the park and construction in the late 1920s to it's heyday in the '30s and '40s. Reservations are helpful for setup; call 846-8826.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Teens are invited to meet author Annie Fox today

Teens, particularly middle schoolers, are invited to attend a workshop with author, Annie Fox, today from 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. She will lead a discussion about what it means to be a real friend and how to cope with changing relationships. She will also be selling and signing her books. This event is free and is for teens only. Call 931-3404.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Trial for accused murderer of Castlewood couple to start Nov. 29

Pretrial motions continued yesterday
Jury selection is expected to begin Nov. 29 for Ernest Scherer III, the son of a couple brutally killed in their Castlewood home in March 2008.

November 9, 2010 | 4 comments
UC president seeks 8% tuition increase to $12,150 annually

Plan will go to Board of Regents for decision next week
Blaming under-funding by the state, UC President Mark Yudof is proposing raising student tuition by 8% and reducing pension benefits for future employees.

November 9, 2010 | 10 comments
Review: 'Megamind'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
DreamWorks Animation conjures up its history of conceptual rip-offs with the sometimes diverting, sometimes dull "Megamind." Luckily, kids have short memories, but it's still no sure bet they'll respond to the latest animated entry in the post-ironic "Shrek" vein. -- PC

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Become a volunteer for the American Red Cross

American Red Cross will host a volunteer orientation from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at its Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Tour the center and learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors or help post fliers at key locations. Advance sign-up is required; call (510) 594-5165 or e-mail blackstonea@usa.redcross.org.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about osteoporosis and bone health today

Learn what osteoporosis is and how to improve bone health through exercise and nutrition from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet the 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' author tonight

John Gray Ph.D., author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus," will be introducing his new book "Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice" tonight at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $30 for adults; $12 for students under 21 years. There will be a Q&A and book signing after his presentation. Call 918-1045 or visit www.bankheadtheater.org.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
All westbound lanes of I-580 at Hacienda now open following injury crash

All lanes of westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton have been reopened this morning following a multi-vehicle crash, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Amador Valley defeats SRV Wolves 24-21; see it tonight on TV30

Highlight is Osterholt's game-winning field goal in final minute of play
TV30 will broadcast last night's exciting game between Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley high schools at 7:30 p.m. tonight, including the Dons' Alex Osterholt game winning field goal with just over a minute left to play.

November 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Santa visiting with children at Stoneridge Shopping Center through Christmas Eve

2-story tree, jolly old Santa help kick off holiday shopping season
Santa arrived at Stoneridge Shopping Center Saturday, where he's taken his seat at the foot of the mall's colorfully-decorated two-story Christmas tree in the center's Grand Court.

November 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Hula dancers sway their way into Pleasanton

The 21st Annual Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival was held this weekend at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill High students hear about holocaust from Czechoslovakian survivor

Describes events leading up to Nazi Germany regime's atrocities
Never again. Holocaust survivor Susan Greenwald told a Foothill High School honors English class that they need to remember the past to prevent it happening again.

November 9, 2010 | 5 comments
Mehserle sentenced to two years in prison for Oscar Grant shooting

City officials in Oakland are preparing for street protests after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sentenced former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle to two years in state prison today for involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III.

November 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Oakland officials assessing damage from protests over Mehserle sentencing

152 arrests made with more than one-third living outside Oakland
Oakland officials hit the streets of their city this weekend to assess the damage to the community resulting from protests that started after former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for fatally shooting Oscar Grant III.

November 5, 2010 | 17 comments
Burglar nabbed in string of Pleasanton thefts

Linked to at least 10 burglaries
A Castro Valley man has been arrested in connection with a string of local burglaries.

November 5, 2010 | 7 comments
Volunteers needed to help with Pleasanton Hometown Holidays parade

The city of Pleasanton is looking for good Samaritans to help with its Hometown Holidays parade and tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 4.

November 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Online advisor to meet with teens, parents today at Pleasanton library

Separate discussions planned for both groups to improve parent-teen relationships
Educator and online advisor Annie Fox will be at the Pleasanton Library on today speaking to teens and their parents in separate sessions.

November 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Proposed six-story-tall cell tower camouflaged as a pine tree goes to Pleasanton planners tonight

'Faux pine' tower would be installed next to Bernal Corporate Park, I-680
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is expected to decide tonight if a contractor for Verizon Wireless can install a 65-foot-tall cell phone tower next to Bernal Corporate Business Park.

November 9, 2010 | 11 comments
Register now for a free acupressure seminar

ValleyCare Health System will host a free "learn at lunch" event on acupressure from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at ValleyCare Health System Women's Center, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Conference Room 240, Pleasanton. All cancer patients and their families are welcome to come as well as community members. All registered participants will receive a free boxed lunch. To register, call 734-3319.

November 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Watercolor art is on display at the Firehouse Arts Center

Four signature members of the National Watercolor Society, Karen Frey, Carolyn Lord, Robin Purcell and Micheal Reardon, have their work exhibited at the Firehouse Arts Center until Dec. 2. The center is open from noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and the art is on display in the Harrington Gallery. Admission is free to performing arts ticket holders one hour before performances and during intermissions and on Wednesdays. Otherwise there is a $2 donation per person 12 and over to enter. The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. Call 931-4849 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

November 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Have coffee and conversation with author Nina Lesowitz

Meet Nina Lesowitz, author of "Living Life as a Thank You," this morning at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Her latest book is "The Courage Companion: How to Live Life with True Power." Nina will read from her book, share some background, and have a lively conversation over some light refreshments. Reservations are helpful; call 846-8826.

November 7, 2010 | No comments yet
YMCA mentoring program workshop tonight

Learn about YMCA Mentoring, a one-to-one program that helps build a better future for youths by matching them one on one with an adult mentor, tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the Tri-Valley YMCA, 4725 First St., #200. Find out how you can have a positive impact on a child in the community. Call 475-6109 or visit www.trivalley.ymcaeastbay.org/programs/building-futures-mentoring-program.

November 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Veteran's Day Parade details

Don't miss the 14th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, in downtown Pleasanton. Nearly 100 different military units will be marching on Main Street to honor our nation's Veterans of past and current wars. The Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corps will be one of the bands performing. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

November 4, 2010 | 1 comment
Enjoy a festive and free concert on Sunday

Students of the Sarah Sloan Vocal Studio, and students from Amador, Foothill and Dublin high schools will perform an evening of festive songs with duets and solos from 7-8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd. This concert is free. Call 719-4984 or visit www.sarahsloan.net.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Adopt a cat or dog at the SPCA adoption event

East County SPCA will host a cat and dog adoption event tomorrow from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital, 3059-B Hopyard Rd. If you are ready for your newest family member, come by to meet these pets in need of a new home! Call 462-7750 or visit www.pleasantonvet.com.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Foreclousure prevention workshop will be held tomorrow

Dublin Library will host a Foreclosure Prevention Workshop tomorrow from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 6, at the library, Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. This workshop is presented by and in partnership with the Tri Valley Affordable Housing Committee (TVAHC), the Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond (CHDC), the Tri Valley Housing Opportunity Center (TVHOC) and Housing Economic Rights Advocates (HERA). This workshop is free. Individual counseling with attorneys and/or housing counselors will be available. Bring paystubs, recent utility bill, bank statements, loan documents, letters from your bank and foreclosure notices to get advice and help on-site. For more information, call (510) 271-8443, ext. 304 or e-mail inquiries@heraca.org.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Veterans Day parade despite intermittent showers

14th annual Tri-Valley parade, ceremony honor Navy veterans, those still serving
Despite intermittent showers, several hundred turned out yesterday for the 14th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade on Pleasanton's Main Street.

November 4, 2010 | 4 comments
Grief and support group meeting will be held tonight

The holidays you have dreaded are approaching and at every turn, you are faced with heartache and loss. Learn how to face the holidays even with a broken heart at a grief and support group meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. All are welcome. Call 484-5020.

November 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Walk-thru registration will be held tonight for PGSL

Pleasanton Girls Softball League (PGSL) representatives will be available to register players and answer questions tonight from 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at Round Table Pizza, 530 Main St. For more information, e-mail Christine Tanis at christine.t@pleasantonsoftball.org.

November 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Watch 'Stagecoach' tonight at the library

"Stagecoach" will be shown tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This movie stars John Wayne and Claire Trevor. This event is free. Call 931-3405.

November 3, 2010 | No comments yet
In Pleasanton's 11th Congressional District, the wait goes on

McNerney still leads Harmer but uncounted ballots make the race 'too close to call'
It could be weeks before the results of the 11th Congressional District are known.

November 3, 2010 | 61 comments
Nadia Lockyer wins Alameda County supervisor's race covering Sunol, other parts of District 2

Wife of state treasurer handily defeats former state Senator, Assemblywoman Liz Figueroa
Voters in Alameda County's District 2 chose youth over experience on Tuesday by electing county Family Justice Center Executive Director Nadia Lockyer with 64 percent of the vote.

November 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Bowser, Laursen win seats on Pleasanton school board

Budget issues remain top focus
It was an early victory for two of the three Pleasanton School Board candidates, Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen, who campaigned together. The pair took the lead early and never looked back, handily defeating Sandy Piderit.

November 3, 2010 | 5 comments
Hosterman, council members Thorne, Cook-Kallio re-elected

Incumbents win new terms in fiesty election
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and city council incumbents Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne were re-elected yesterday, ending a months-long effort to unseat them by a coalition seeking to gain control of Pleasanton's governing board.

November 2, 2010 | 42 comments
Register now for tomorrow's fertility workshop

San Ramon Regional Medical Center will present a free community educational seminar on "Everything You Need to Know about Conceiving" tomorrow from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, at San Ramon Regional Medical Center's South Conference Room, 7777 Norris Canyon Rd. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, reproductive endocrinologist, will discuss the causes of infertility and what a couple can do to help improve their chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Registration is required by calling 800-284-2878 or visit www.oursanramonhospital.com.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
'Shifting Gears' seminar tonight for parents and high school seniors

Las Positas College invites high school seniors and their parents to learn about "Shifting Gears" from high school to college tonight from 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore. Faculty and staff will be available to speak with students and parents. There will also be presentations about majors, transfer academic programs and student support services. Call 424-1421 or visit www.laspositascollege.edu.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Bring your 'stash' in exchange for money today

Bring the kids and the leftover Halloween candy to Dr. Dhaliwal's office and earn $1 per pound (5 pound maximum per child) today from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the office, 18080 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 108, San Ramon. The candy will be donated to the troops. For updates and pictures, visit www.facebook.com/Guri.S.Dhaliwal.DMD.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
USS Arizona survivors to speak at Las Positas College

Wednesday symposium part of college's Veterans Day observances
Las Positas College will hold a free history symposium featuring three survivors of the USS Arizona tomorrow as part of its Veterans Day observances.

November 2, 2010 | 1 comment
McNerney may need these 5 votes

Only 121 votes put him in lead over Republican challenger David Harmer
The McNerney family voted along with thousands of others in Pleasanton and millions across the country yesterday in mid-term elections that saw major shifts in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

November 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Organized groups work to get voters to the polls today

Efforts made to register at least 40,000 state college students before Election Day
Janitors, politicians, teachers, and others are working hard to encourage people to vote in today's election.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Ticker tape parade in San Francisco today to celebrate Giants World Series victory

Parade to follow same route team took when it first came here from New York in 1958
The city of San Francisco will hold a ticker-tape parade and civic celebration starting at 11 a.m. today for the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants.

November 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Fans celebrate Giants' World Series victory

4-1 win over Texas Rangers gives Giants 1st title since team was the New York Giants
Thousands of San Francisco residents celebrated the city's first-ever World Series title this evening as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the series.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Campaign signs stolen from front yards, business districts on eve of today's election

'It looks like they cleared out the neighborhood,' homeowner says
Call it the case of the disappearing signs. Somebody -- or maybe several somebodies -- has been stealing political signs off lawns around Pleasanton.

November 2, 2010 | 25 comments
Giants game to be broadcast on Jumbotron tonight at S.F. Civic Center

San Francisco buildings to feature orange lighting until World Series ends
Giants fans can watch Game 5 of the World Series tonight on a Jumbotron screen at the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
City Council meeting is cancelled

City Council meeting that was planned for tonight is cancelled. The council's next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-5027.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Holiday Boutique at the senior center today

Pleasanton Senior Center's Peddler Shoppe is holding a Holiday Boutique today from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The Shoppe features one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by local seniors. All proceeds go back into the community. Call 922-0454.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet Cal Berkeley alumni author Maria Murnane

Tri-Valley Cal Alumni invites you to meet Cal grad, Maria Murnane, author of the award-winning comedy "Perfect on Paper," tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Wine Steward, 641 Main St. Maria shares her inspiring story about ditching the rat race and how her adventures led her to write this humorous book. Wine and appetizers are include in the pre-payment price of $20 that is required. Call 730-3862.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Merchants sponsor a fun weekend for families

Murphys Paw hold annual contest for best Halloween costumes for dogs
There may not have been 101 Dalmatians there (to borrow the title of a famous children's movie), but there clearly were that many other dogs and more in Murphy's Paw's downtown pet store for its annual best Halloween-dressed dog.

November 1, 2010 | No comments yet
'Bomb-type' device causes BART delays Sunday between Pleasanton, San Francisco

Police find package in car's trunk near Coliseum, San Leandro, Bay Fair stations
A "bomb-type device" found in the trunk of a car in San Leandro Sunday morning was determined not to be a genuine explosive device, a police spokesman said.

October 31, 2010 | 2 comments
9-year-old takes home top prize in downtown pumpkin carving contest

Judged best hand-carved pumpkin and 'not too scary'
Taylor Potter, 9, took home top honors Saturday at the annual pumpkin carving contest sponsored by downtown Pleasanton merchants.

October 31, 2010 | 3 comments
TV30 to broadcast Monte Vista-Foothill game tonight

Mustangs move into 3rd spot in EBAL as result of last night's 38-14 win over Falcons
TV30 will broadcast last night's football game between Foothill High School and Monte Vista High where the Mustangs pounded the Falcons 38-14 to take third place in the East Bay Athletic League football, behind co-leaders De La Salle and California High.

October 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Fall Festival starts at 10 a.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Pleasanton's second annual Fall Festival will be held today in downtown Pleasanton.

October 30, 2010 | 1 comment
More Letters to the Editor

As Election Day draws near, we continue to receive Letters to the Editor regarding the candidates.

October 29, 2010 | 9 comments
Home Depot, Kidde join forces this week in carbon monoxide safety campaign

Gas injures more than 20,000 individuals each year
Alameda County residents can learn more about household sources of carbon monoxide and how to detect this odorless, colorless and tasteless gas by visiting Pleasanton's Home Depot store this week.

November 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill, Amador Valley high school marching bands holding free field show at 7 p.m. tonight

'It's the perfect event for Pleasanton families,' sponsor says
The Foothill and Amador Valley high school marchng bands will hold a free field show performance at 7 p.m. tonight on the Foothill High School football field.

November 16, 2010 | 5 comments
Voting Yes or No on Prop. 22: Depends on who you talk to

Cities vs. counties over state's right to 'borrow' municipal funds
City and county representatives are sparring over the benefits of Proposition 22, the Nov. 2 measure that would block the state from borrowing or appropriating funds from city treasuries and redevelopment districts.

October 29, 2010 | 2 comments
Multiple districts mean different ballots for Pleasanton voters

City has 2 congressmen, 3 state assembly districts
Pleasanton voters will go to the polls Tuesday along with others across the country, but with some differences in the candidates they're considering for a city this size.

October 29, 2010 | 4 comments
Giants fans celebrate as World Series Game 3 moves to Texas

Rangers battered again last night in 9-0 loss
Thousands of San Francisco Giants fans celebrated in the street last night after their team routed the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating Texas 9-0.

October 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Boxer doles out $6 million in federal funds to AC Transit

Part of $27 million in new federal aid to California transit systems offering more efficient buses
AC Transit, the financially beleaguered service operated by the Bay Area the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, has been awarded $6 million in federal funds for its fuel cell energy system that will provide on-site hydrogen production to power its transit fleet.

October 31, 2010 | 8 comments
Fraser to retire as Pleasanton police chief

30 years on the job, including last 3 years as chief
Police Chief Michael Fraser will retire Nov. 12 as head of the Pleasanton Police Department after 30 years on the job, including the last three as chief. He's Pleasanton's fifth chief of police, appointed to the position in 2007 by City Manager Nelson Fialho and succeeding Chief Tim Neal, who retired that year.

October 29, 2010 | 6 comments
Tri-Valley cities holding workshop today for those concerned about home foreclosure

Housing Advocates group hopes to educate endangered mortgage holders on services available
With the current economic situation affecting so many across California, the four cities in the Tri-Valley and the town of Danville are offering a seminar today on ways to prevent foreclosure.

October 31, 2010 | 1 comment
ClubSport Pleasanton adds 5 new youth tennis courts

Launches 'Quick-Start' tennis program for players 10 and under
ClubSport Pleasanton is the first tennis facility in the San Francisco East Bay to create new regulation size courts for kids and launch a "Quick Start" tennis program for players 10 and under.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Fraser to retire as Pleasanton police chief

30 years on the job, including last 3 years as chief
Police Chief Michael Fraser will retire Nov. 12 as head of the Pleasanton Police Department after 30 years on the job, including the last three as chief.Fraser is Pleasanton's fifth chief of police, appointed to the position in 2007 by City Manager Nelson Fialho and succeeding Chief Tim Neal, who retired that year.

October 28, 2010 | 5 comments
BUSINESS:: Valley Community Bank reports 3rd quarter results

Bank continues to produce quality net income, CEO Loupe says
Pleasanton-based Valley Community Bank, in announcing results for the third quarter, reported net gains from the sale of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans totaled over $477,000 for the quarter.

November 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Teen group's 'Nightmare' on stage tonight at Firehouse Arts Center

Performance features Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's own teen improv troupe
Those seeking a unique Halloween experience won't want to miss "Nightmare, a Terrifying Night of Improv," which is being presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 28, 2010 | 2 comments
100 years young

Centenarian attributes longevity to physical activity
Lillie Rotta was surrounded by quite a crowd when she turned 100. She attributes her longevity to the physical jobs she did growing up and the walking she did all her life. Plus she never smoked.

October 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Early registration discount for the Lacrosse Club ends today

Registration is open for spring 2011 season for new and returning players for age groups: U9, U11, U13, U15, and high school. To avoid the $50 late fee, registration is due today, Nov. 1. Tryouts for team placements will be held Dec. 4 and 11. Register for the new player clinic on Nov. 14 at Hart Middle School. For more information, e-mail mdcranney@gmail.com.

October 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Community HU Song event will be held tonight at the library

Everyone is invited to attend a community HU Song, a gathering to sing HU which is an ancient love song to God, tonight from 7:30-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. HU can be sung by anyone of any religion which is not to change one's religion, but to enhance it. Visit www.eckankar.org/hu.html.

October 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Secret Santa Toy Drive starts today

In an effort to make sure every child enjoys a bright holiday season, Sleep Train is collecting new, unwrapped gifts for California's 80,000 foster children. Become a "Secret Santa" and make a donation from Nov. 1 through Dec. 12 at Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Drive, Suite C. Call (800) 378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

October 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Halloween activities for all ages

Valley Community Church presents "yesterFEST," an old time autumn festival, that will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. There will be food, activities, games and entertainment. Admission is free with a canned food donation. Call 846-6622, ext. 10, or visit www.valleycommunitychurch.org. "Dead Time Dreams" Haunted House will be open from 7-10 p.m., until Oct. 31, at Stoneridge Shopping Center, located in the parking lot near Macy's and Sears. Admission is $10. Pirates of Emerson-Haunting Fields will also be open until Oct. 31 and is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Admission is $20 and is not recommended for children under 13. Call (510) 657-2121 or visit www.PiratesofEmerson.com. Spooky poems will be read by teens followed by a special reading by a guest poet from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Open mic will follow (spooky poems welcome); Halloween costumes are optional. Cost is $5 and students free with ID. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Fall Festival will be held downtown tomorrow

Pleasanton's second annual Fall Festival will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, in downtown Pleasanton. There will be a Spooky Scavenger Hunt starting at 10 a.m. for kids who come in costume (register at the Museum On Main, 603 Main St.); and there will be a carved pumpkin contest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., also at the Museum. Enjoy a Sweet and Savory Tasting Contest with various restaurants and bakeries for only $10 (limited to the first 200 participants). Call 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

October 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Harvest Festival will be held tonight

Harvest Valley Church's Harvest Festival will feature food, games, inflatable, puppets and live music tonight from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Harvest Valley Church, 3200 Hopyard Rd. Call 484-2482 or visit www.harvestvalley.org.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
'Nightmare' Improv starts tonight

"Nightmare," a terrifying night of improv as presented by the Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's teen improv troupe, will perform starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 29-30, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 444 Railroad Ave. This is a dramatic Halloween experience you won't want to miss. Participants can help create the story, setting and characters for fun, in an interactive and completely unscripted theater setting. Tickets are $5-$8. Call 931-4828.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
September home sales show strong gain nationally over August

But down 19% from year ago
Existing-home sales rose again in September in much of the country, affirming that a sales recovery has begun, according to the National Association of Realtors

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Red hot kitty cat

Chili Pepper is a big cat with a big personality to match, who would love to rule your home! But don't worry, this big boy is quite affectionate and rules with a velvet paw. Even though he's a senior, he doesn't act like one, and still has an active and friendly demeanor. He loves getting his back and head scratched, purrs a lot, and won't hesitate to make himself right at home with you.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Woman killed in I-580 crash Tuesday was San Ramon resident

Alyssa Frantozzi died after her Honda became trapped under big-rig
The Alameda County coroner's bureau today identified a 22-year-old woman killed in a crash on Interstate Highway 580 Tuesday afternoon.

October 27, 2010 | 6 comments
MerchantArts Walks begin on Main

Downtown becomes an art gallery as shops offer exhibits
MerchantArts Walk kicked off its monthly events in downtown Pleasanton last week with 10 businesses displaying exhibits within their stores and the organizers in front of the Main Street arch handing out maps and offering refreshments. "The event was a big success," said John Trefethen, head of MerchantArts Walk.

October 28, 2010 | 1 comment
Six-week 'Beginning Bridge II' class starts today

Once you've learned the basics of the game of Bridge, the best way to improve is to play. This class provides a chance to practice in a relaxed, friendly environment and will meet for six weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 28 through Dec. 16, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. It introduces supervised play (pre-dealt hands and analysis) to reinforce bridge concepts. Also suitable for players that need a refresher. Cost is $40 is for residents and $45 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
PC User Group will meet today

The PC User Group's next meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The group is combined of all skills and levels. Call 931-5365 for more information or see the agenda at sites.google.com/site/pleasenior.

October 27, 2010 | 1 comment
'Faz for a Cause' fundraiser will be held tonight

Help fight breast cancer tonight at "Faz for a Cause" from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd. There will be music, pink drinks, food, and raffle prizes. Call 460-0444.

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Quirky over-achievers face off in 'Spelling Bee' this weekend

Unlikely subject makes for entertaining musical
Tri-Valley Rep's new production is a w-i-n-n-e-r with a cast of nine super-talented actors who sing and dance their way through "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
BART adds longer trains, a bit of Giants cheers for rides to China Basin again today

Fans urged to use public transit, buy round-trip tickets to get to first two games
As tens of thousands of baseball fans surge into San Francisco's China Basin to watch Game 2 of the World Series, BART is stepping up its game by running longer trains and allowing employees to sport a bit of black and orange.

October 27, 2010 | 3 comments
SPORTS: BUSC Under 11s defeat Sacramento United 4-2 in 'Boo Fest' tournament

Rain, muddy fields don't stop Pleasanton team from 1st place finish
BUSC's U11 Premier soccer team battled muddy fields and rain last weekend to go undefeated in all four games it played at Sacramento's Boo Fest tournament. The Premiers were named champions for their age group.

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
McGovern campaign aide 'desperately in need of letters' of support to send to newspapers

'Last chance' to affect outcome of mayor's race, email appeal states
Margo Tarver, who is handling publicity for Councilwoman Cindy McGovern's campaign for mayor, sent out an email to the candidate's supporters and others Tuesday asking that they send her letters that she can forward to local newspapers, including this one.

October 26, 2010 | 43 comments
Climate Action Plan Project meeting will be held tonight

Climate Action Plan experts will provide an overview of the city's Climate Action Plan project, then lead participants through a presentation, Q&A session, and group work sessions to discuss goals and targets tonight from 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Call 931-5506.

October 26, 2010 | 18 comments
Nutrition and cancer seminar will be held today

A free education seminar about nutrition and cancer will be held today from 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at ValleyCare Health System, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. To register, call 416-3525 or visit www.valleycare.com. If you can't make it today, there will be two more free education seminars held on Nov. 24 and Dec. 22.

October 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Donate your old cell phones to support our troops

With the holidays approaching, so many of our nations' young men and women are serving in remote locations away from family and friends, a phone call is a huge reminder of home. Donate your old cell phones to remind our troops that they are not forgotten and help them communicate with their families. The donated cell phones will be sold to a company that recycles them and the money from recycling the cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that will be sent to troops in need. To donate or for more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/locateDropoff.

October 26, 2010 | 3 comments
Today is Hope Hospice's annual Community Service of Remembrance day

Come honor the lives of loved ones with poetry, music, and ceremony of remembrance tonight from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin. This event is free. Refreshments will be served. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

October 26, 2010 | No comments yet
H.G. Wells' sci-fi thriller 'The Time Machine' opens Friday at Ohlone College

Spend Halloween weekend (and until unlucky Friday, Nov. 13) in eerie world of Eloi
The Ohlone College Theater Department will present H.G. Wells' classic sci-fi thriller "The Time Machine – or, Love Among the Eloi" from Friday through Nov. 13 at the college's NUMMI Theater, 43600 Mission Boulevard in Fremont.

October 27, 2010 | No comments yet
AC Transit to cut service again on Sunday

Back-to-back schedule reductions to save agency $21 million
Part two of a planned 15 percent reduction in bus service will take effect on Sunday when AC Transit adjusts service on nearly 70 bus lines.

October 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Local veterans offer support for McNerney

100 Veterans for McNerney group joins others in backing congressman
One hundred local veterans offered their strong endorsement of Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) Monday, forming the 100 Veterans for McNerney group in support of his re-election.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
GROWCalifornia conference showcases Pleasanton, Tri-Valley to venture capitalists, business leaders

Participants say they 'had no idea how much is going on here'
More than 200 early stage company executives, business investors and entrepreneurs joined in the two-day GROWCalifornia conference in Pleasanton this week, a first-time event here that showcased the advantages of relocating or starting up a business in the Tri-Valley.

November 14, 2010 | No comments yet
'Reducing the Nuclear Stockpile' lecture tonight

Former Secretary of Defense, William Perry, and LLNL Director Emeritus, Michael May, will talk about "Reducing the Nuclear Stockpile" tonight from 7:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore. They will talk about the potential for and the issues associated with reducing American and Russian nuclear weapon inventories to zero. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for students. Call 918-1045 or visit www.bankheadtheater.org.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Breast cancer support group will meet tonight

A breast cancer support group, hosted by LifeStyleRx and run by the American Cancer Society, will meet tonight from 7:30-9:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at LifeStyleRx, 1119 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. This is an opportunity to receive and give support, share experiences and to obtain educational materials. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 833-2784.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Elections forum will be hosted by CRIL today

Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) will host an Elections Forum today from 3-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave. Learn about propositions related to the state budget and about candidates that are running for governor. Call (510) 881-5743 or visit www.cril-online.org.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Are you scared yet?

Lots of local opportunities for shivers down your spine
Yaargh! It's Halloween season, the traditional time of year to get your scare on, and the 13th scariest attraction in America (yes, there are apparently people who keep track of these things) has come to the Tri-Valley.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Stimulus transportation funds heading to Iron Horse Trail

Project chosen over a thousand other applications
More than $10 million is headed to the area to help complete the Iron Horse Trail, coming from the TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, part of President Obama's stimulus package.

October 25, 2010 | 11 comments
Bay Area home sales lowest since 2007

Sales in Alameda County drop 27%; Napa only county to see an increase
Home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area have dropped for the fourth consecutive month as of September, according to MDA DataQuick, a real estate information solutions company based in San Diego.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Some dried seafood products recalled

Tomi brand products potentially contaminated with bacterium
Consumers should check their refrigerators and pantry shelves after a food distributor issued a voluntary recall of certain dried seafood products this week.

October 25, 2010 | 2 comments
County registrar adds Saturday hours for early voters

Voters already able to cast ballots on weekdays through Nov. 2
Alameda County residents who want to vote before the Nov. 2 election but can't do so during the week can vote at the Registrar of Voters office on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
National Watercolor Society exhibit at Firehouse Arts Center

Presentation represents the best of water media painting
The Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery is hosting a traveling exhibit of the National Watercolor Society today through Dec. 2.

October 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Cellists to hold matinee performance today to honor Larry Granger

Known as 'Mr. Cello,' Granger died in 2009
Pleasanton's newly-opened Firehouse Arts Center will host A Ceremony of Cellos in memory of Larry Granger at 3 p.m. today.

October 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Dublin bank robbers still at large

'Small account of cash' taken from Chase bank Thursday
Dublin police are still searching for two suspects who robbed a bank Thursday and fled on foot, police Lt. Steve Brown said today. The two men robbed the Chase bank at 4520 Dublin Blvd. at 5:45 p.m.

October 22, 2010 | 4 comments
Review: 'Inside Job'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Sometimes a good documentary is one for the history books. "Inside Job" -- written, produced and directed by Charles Ferguson -- may end up being that sort of film. -- PC

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hereafter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Hereafter" is deep and deliberate. It requires patience and emotional maturity from its audience. Those willing to give it will be rewarded with a cinematic experience that is complex, heartfelt and spiritually uplifting. -- TH

October 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Green Scene Fair draws vendors and visitors

First time event for Pleasanton
Perhaps part of it was preaching to the choir, but Pleasanton's first-ever Green Scene Fair Thursday has been pronounced a success.

October 22, 2010 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Willie Mays fan rooting for Giants to win again today

Parkview resident had 'thrill of a lifetime' as special guest at recent game
Everyone has Giants fever now but Vivian Fuller, a resident at Parkview Assisted Living in Pleasanton, has been a fan forever. She attended a game recently as a guest of the Giants.

October 21, 2010 | 3 comments
Buy books on Amazon and support Friends of the Library

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year-round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

October 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Military Families Support Group

Pleasanton Military Families Support Groups' mission is to provide support and comfort to the families of Pleasanton residents whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. This group has monthly meetings and other events such as the upcoming Christmas/Holiday "pack out" of comfort and care items to be sent to these deployed members of the armed forces on Dec. 5. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where these personnel have yellow streamers displayed with their name, rank and branch of service. For more information, contact Chairman Pat Frizzell at PleasantonMilitaryFamilies@gmail.com or Chris Miller at millercj3@gmail.com.

October 24, 2010 | 1 comment
Fire stations plan 'open houses' today to promote home safety

Livermore-Pleasanton fire department to give away smoke detectors, batteries
Fire houses in Pleasanton and Livermore will be opening their doors today to promote fire safety.

October 22, 2010 | 8 comments
Golfers will have to 'chip' in more at Callippe

'Drive' to raise more money for equipment, costs
For the first time in five years, Pleasanton residents will see a bump in greens fees at Callippe Golf Course.

October 26, 2010 | 2 comments
Library book club will discuss 'Stones into Schools' tonight

Pleasanton Library Book Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This month's selection is "Stones into Schools" by Greg Mortenson. The author of "Three Cups of Tea" offers the continuing story of his humanitarian efforts to promote peace through education. Call 931-3400 ext. 7 or visit www.pleasantonlibrarybookclub.wordpress.com.

October 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Blue Star Moms drop-zone will be held tomorrow

Bay Chapter 101 Blue Star Moms will host a drop zone tomorrow from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at WalMart, 4501 Rosewood Dr. The group will be collecting donations for its Summer Fun 2010 Care Package mailing. Come say hello, sponsor a care package mailing ($12.50 per box), make a postcard or two, or drop off a donation to tell the troops thank you for their service. Call 336-0882 or e-mail smsperl@aol.com.

October 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill High School Band Review tomorrow

The top high school bands in Northern California and Nevada will compete in Pleasanton for the Foothill Band Review. The parade, with 50 bands performing, will start tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m., in downtown Pleasanton. The field show will held from 4-10 p.m., at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd. For more information, visit www.foothillband.org.

October 21, 2010 | 2 comments
Celebrate Halloween early at the Alviso Adobe

Imagine the ghosts of Francisco Alviso or milkmen-past from the old Meadowlark Dairy. City Naturalist, Eric Nichols, will walk you around Alviso Adobe Community Park during 20-minute tours starting at 6:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 22-23, at the park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd. Learn about nocturnal animals and some of the eerie myths that surround the site, and participants will make a Halloween craft. Cost is $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Call 931-5340.

October 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet Reina Telemeier today at the library

Reina Telemeier, best known for her adaption of four of Ann M. Martin's "Baby-Sitters Club" books into a graphic novel series, will be speaking today at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Her new original story, "Smile," has received critical recognition and has broad appeal for all readers. Call 931-3400, ext. 8.

October 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Gunmen rob diners, employees at Denny's Restaurant here

Pleasanton police searching for 3 men who fled, seeking public's help
Police are looking for three armed men who robbed employees and customers at a Denny's restaurant in Pleasanton Wednesday night.

October 21, 2010 | 45 comments
Whitman rolls into Pleasanton in her "Take Back Sac" tour bus

Republican gubernatorial candidate shakes hands, poses for pictures, holds brief news conference
That commotion on Main Street late Wednesday afternoon was just a typical day for Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor who rolled into Pleasanton just before 5 p.m. in her big green bus, the "Take Back Sac Express."

October 21, 2010 | 44 comments
Taking candy from babies?

A Pleasanton dentist is hoping to help prevent cavities by buying back candy from kids, and sending it to our troops overseas.

October 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Foothill Band Review as rain holds off

65 high school bands in Pleasanton for parade, concerts and field show competitions
A light drizzle stopped early Saturday morning just in time for the 36th annual Foothill Band Review to get under way with a parade on Pleasanton's Main Street.

October 21, 2010 | 3 comments
Amador Valley High School Drama AIDS Benefit is tonight

This evening of performance art created by Amador Valley High School (AVHS) Advanced Drama Students which will include dance, music and thematic exploration, tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at AVHS Second Stage, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. "Performance Art" is theater that uses various media to visually deliver a theme with a theatrical "punch." Donations will be accepted for UCSF AIDS Health Project. Call 461-6100, ext. 6197, or visit www.amadordons.com.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Watch the documentary film 'Babies' tonight

Pleasanton Library will host a free viewing of the documentary film "Babies" tonight at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), Thursday, Oct. 21, at the new Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. The movie follows four babies around the world from birth to their first steps. This event is free. Call 931-3405.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
The haunted house opens tonight at the mall

"Dead Time Dreams" Haunted House opens tonight from 7-10 p.m., Oct. 21 and will remain open with the same hours through Oct. 31, at Stoneridge Shopping Center, located in the parking lot near Macy's and Sears. The haunted house is rated PG-13. Cost is $10. E-mail gravensteine@gmail.com.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Council OKs new Safeway superstore despite Sullivan's objections

'Lifestyle' market, outdoor complex to include other retail stores, restaurants, pharmacy
The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve plans by Safeway to build one of its new "Lifestyle" supermarkets in Pleasanton with a scheduled opening of November next year.

October 20, 2010 | 38 comments
Weekend's 'Spelling Bee' tickets are 2 for 1 if ordered by 6 p.m. today

Musical is hilarious tale of overachievers' angst
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is making a special offer for its new production, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which opens tomorrow at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

October 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Candidate forum: Incumbents cite performance while challengers promise to be responsive

Questions range from pensions to cemetery
With plenty of empty seats, last week's candidate forum conducted by the League of Women Voters of the Livermore-Amador Valley may have shown either a lack of interest in the Nov. 2 municipal election or that many voters have already cast their ballots.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to keep good financial records

Learn the importance of good financial record keeping at a class that will take place today from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. The accompanying workbook provides you with a comprehensive record detailing the value of your assets and where to find important papers. Cost is $2 at the door. Call 556-4511 or visit www.DublinSeniorCenter.com.

October 19, 2010 | 4 comments
Reservations are due today for Widow/Windowers annual picnic

The Widow and Widowers of Northern California invite everyone to their annual picnic at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Eleanor's home, 3649 Chelsea Ct. Back 40 Texas BBQ; bring your own beverages. This is an open event for all who want to attend. Cost is $11 for members and $17 for non-members. Reservations are due today to Ruby at 462-9636.

October 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to use Quickbooks tonight

Learn how bookkeeping with QuickBooks can help your careers as administrative professionals tonight from 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr. Learn about how to set-up company or personal accounts including writing checks, making deposits, printing out statements and basic accounting. Cost for dinner and the program is $25; $5 for the program only. Call 294-8451 or visit www.iaap-laspositas.org.

October 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Tea Party rally at Fairgrounds urges conservatives to barnstorm for grass-roots candidates

Harmer, Wilson, others use assembly to fire up voters ahead of Nov. 2 election
Several hundred attended the Pleasanton-NorCal Tea Party's Golden State Rally for America, held Saturday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

October 19, 2010 | 42 comments
Safeway, Clorox plans for new jobs, development go to City Council tonight

Both firms seek approvals for new buildings as they expand their Pleasanton presence
The Pleasanton City Council, in its final meeting before the Nov. 2 municipal election, is expected to approve to measures tonight that promise to bring hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in development to the city next year.

October 19, 2010 | 1 comment
Recari, at 23, ushers in a fresh face after winning LPGA Challenge tour

Spanish starlet becomes a golfer's favorite in Danville competition
Beatriz Recari, who captured the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge Sunday, has ushered in a fresh new face on tour. The Spanish starlet has been competing on the professional circuit since she turned 18.
Now, at age 23, she has become one of golf's rising young stars.

October 19, 2010 | No comments yet
County officials urge no vote on Prop 22

Proposition supported last week by local city officials
Proposition 22, which last week was endorsed by a number of local officials, including Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel is now running into opposition from county supervisors. The proposition is meant to keep money for redevelopment, transportation and local projects and services in the hands of local government.

October 19, 2010 | 7 comments
Young vets talk to congressmen, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Discussion centers on how to help new generation of veterans
Two congressmen and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki met this morning with veterans of all ages for a roundtable discussion on issues affecting the new generation, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and the need for educational benefits.

October 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks conditioning sessions

Pleasanton Seahawks Fall Swim Program conditioning sessions run until Dec. 31. Fall Swim programs feature professional coaches, individual instruction, daily pool time and regular USA Swimming swim meets. Call 426-8222 or visit www.pleasantonseahawks.org.

October 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support group tonight

American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at LifeStyleRx, 1111 East Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 833-2784 or visit www.valleycare.com.

October 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the Socrates Cafe group tonight

Socrates Cafe club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at Peets Coffee, corner of Valley Ave. and Hopyard Rd. They discuss modern philosophical questions using the Socratic method. No politics involved. Call 249-1865 or visit www.digiassist.com/SocratesCafePleasanton.html.

October 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Several Alameda County school districts seeking voter approval on bonds, parcel tax measures

Tri-Valley districts absent in this election's bids for more funding
School districts throughout Alameda County are asking voters for additional funding on the Nov. 2 ballot, which includes seven school bond or parcel tax measures.

October 17, 2010 | 8 comments
Wente family estates achieves 'Sustainable Winegrowing' status

Statewide program is first available to both wineries and vineyards
As a testimony to what has been a long-held tenet of the country's oldest continuously owned and operated family winery, Wente Family Estates has received certification for its sustainability with respect to vineyard, winery and company practices with the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation.

October 26, 2010 | 2 comments
Nurses' strike at Children's Hospital over, but still no settlement

125 replacement nurses brought in to keep facility operating during 3-day work stoppage
Everything was back to normal Friday at Children's Hospital in Oakland after a three-day strike by hundreds of nurses ended Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

October 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Former Danville Scout lead pleads not guilty in pornography indictment

Charges moved from Superior Court to federal court where penalties are greater
The former leader of a Cub Scout den in Danville pleaded not guilty in federal court in Oakland Friday to two child pornography charges, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors.

October 16, 2010 | No comments yet
All westbound lanes open on San Mateo Bridge as repairs completed

Cracked steel beam fixed in time for heavy traffic expected for today's 49ers-Raiders game
Caltrans crews completed construction work on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge this morning and reopened the far right-hand lane that was closed after inspectors identified a structural flaw Thursday.

October 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Local golf champs Creamer, Kim wrap up competition at Blackhawk today

2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge is year's final American contest
Two Bay Area locals are playing in front of hometown fans today at the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge at Blackhawk Country Club.

October 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Weekly endorses McNerney for Congress; Abram Wilson for 15th Assembly District

Favors two over challengers Atty. David Harmer, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for re-election on Nov. 2 and at the same time endorsed San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson for election as the 15th State Assembly District's new representative.

October 16, 2010 | 4 comments
New Safeway 'Lifestyle' store goes to council for final OK tomorrow

Retail complex across from Fairgrounds could open before Thanksgiving, 2011
The City Council is expected to approve final plans tomorrw for a new super-size Safeway "Lifestyle" supermarket across from the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

October 16, 2010 | 16 comments
Review: 'Nowhere Boy'

(Three stars)
'Tis the job of the biopic to psychoanalyze its famous subject and sketch connective lines between the past and the future, the personal and the public. In tackling the subject of John Lennon's formative years, "Nowhere Boy" is no exception. -- PC

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Red'

(Three stars)
If you're looking at your local multiplex today for the "Red" that won Best Play at this year's Tony Awards, you're going to be very confused. The movie "Red" isn't about a relationship between an artist and his art; rather, it's a lighthearted shoot-'em-up based on a comic book. -- PC

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton bat tests positive for rabies

City offers tips to prevent confrontations with wild animals
The Pleasanton Police Department Animal Services Unit reports that a live bat collected from a Pleasanton residence on Oct. 8 has tested positive for the Rabies virus, marking the second positive Rabies test from a bat in the region this year.

October 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Free Green Scene Fair on Thursday

Learn the latest green practices, at Hacienda Business Park
Looking for ways to "go green"? The city of Pleasanton and Hacienda Business Park will present a free Green Scene Fair for local employees and residents from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the CarrAmerica Conference Center.

October 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Teacher training highlighted at school board meeting

State budget and Hearst mold project also discussed
While teachers across the country have been getting lambasted for poorly performing students and failing schools, their counterparts in Pleasanton have been addressing the problem for nearly a decade.

October 15, 2010 | 27 comments
Pleasanton Weekly endorses McNerney for Congress; Abram Wilson for 15th Assembly District

Favors two over challengers Atty. David Harmer, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
The Pleasanton Weekly today endorsed Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for re-election on Nov. 2 and at the same time endorsed San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson for election as the 15th State Assembly District's new representative.

October 15, 2010 | 40 comments
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at 2-day national water conference hosted by Pleasanton

Keynote speaker calls for national program similar to FDR's 'New Deal'
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is many things: professor, attorney, author and political activist. But it was his passion, the environment, that brought him to Pleasanton Thursday.

October 15, 2010 | 17 comments
Memorial service this morning for Derek Allen, 2006 Amador High grad

Died in bicycle accident in S.F. Oct. 7
The life of Pleasanton resident Derek Allen, 22, will be celebrated by friends and family at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Road.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
A living lesson in history

Tuskegee Airman tells students about life in the '40s -- and as a prisoner of war
Foothill students could have watched a video or read about a chapter in American history. Instead, some 550 kids, along with some teachers and parents, got to hear about World War II and segregation from someone who lived it.

October 18, 2010 | 4 comments
The perfect 10

Pleasanton's Morgan Buenz was a perfect 10 when she was born 10 minutes after 10 on the 10th day of the 10th month in 1990 plus was the 1,010th baby born at Eden Medical Center that year.

October 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Now THAT'S a pumpkin

Foothill freshman's 823-pound pumpkin something to see at Half Moon Bay festival
Harkening to the call of the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, Quentin Martin, a freshman at Foothill High School, planted a quarter-sized seed earlier this year then protected and nurtured the gourd as it grew -- and grew and grew.

October 15, 2010 | 5 comments
Street closures today in Dublin due to high school homecoming parade

Village Parkway closure starts at 2:30 p.m. with parade starting at 3:45
Village Parkway closure starts at 2:30 p.m. with parade starting at 3:45

October 15, 2010 | 3 comments
Boys Lacrosse Club is now accepting registration

Registration is open for spring 2011 season for new and returning players for age groups: U9, U11, U13, U15 and high school. Register before Nov. 1 to avoid $50 late fee. Tryouts for team placements will be held Dec. 4 and 11. Register for the new player clinic on Nov. 14 at Hart Middle School. For more information, e-mail mdcranney@gmail.com.

October 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Clutterless self help group meets tonight

Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Room 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org.

October 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Lunch program details at the senior center

The lunch program sponsored by Spectrum Community Services and is avaiable from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Lunch is served at noon and the suggested donation is $3.25. Reservations are required by 1 p.m. a day in advance. Call 931-5385.

October 17, 2010 | No comments yet
'That's Amore' fundraiser for TVAR

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue is holding its 11th annual "That's Amore" from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Goal Line Productions, 5959 Coronado Ln. Funds raised go directly toward TVAR's mission to rescue homeless animals in the Tri-Valley area. Cost is $75. Call 803-7043 or visit www.tvar.org.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Activities and shows at the fairgrounds this weekend

Visit more than 75 vendors selling everything you could imagine for your pets from Oct. 16-18 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Call 455-4158 or visit www.dvdc.org. Also, try and buy the latest clubs, $1 million golf inventory blow-out from Golf Mart, receive tips from local pros and more at the Bay Area Fall Golf Show from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. First 1,000 each day receive a free round to Spring Valley; first 500 each day receive a free sleeve of Bridgestone balls. Admission is $10. Call (888) 367-6420 or visit www.bayareagolfshow.com. Lastly, the Bay Area Travel and Leisure Show will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and 12 years and younger are free. Show your AAA card for a $3 discount. Call (206) 367-2420, ext. 1223.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
'Bon Appetit' Toasts and Tastes of Fall event tomorrow night

PPIE Foundation presents its seventh annual culinary event "Bon Appetit" tomorrow night from 6:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at CarrAmerica, 4400 Rosewoood Dr. The event will feature 15 culinary teams, comprised of a school principal, a local chef and a sponsor, plus a martini Bar, auction and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit PPIE programs for Pleasanton schools. Cost is $65. Call 846-5620 or visit www.ppie.org.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
'Get Goosebumps' tour arrives tomorrow at Stoneridge Mall

"Get Goosebumps" Tour Arrives at Stoneridge at the Stoneridge Shopping Center offering Halloween family fun tomorrow from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Grand Court in the Stoneridge Shopping Center, One Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton. Activities will include starring in and sharing their own custom "Get Goosebumps" video, playing the "Goosebumps HorrorLand" Wii game, taking pictures as a Goosebumps Horror and more! Call 737-4100.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Expect delays on San Mateo Bridge

Emergency repairs under way due to damage in westbound lane
Commuters should expect delays on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge this morning due to emergency repairs being done on a westbound lane, Caltrans officials said.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Thor is a friendly dog that is working on his manners

Meet Thor, a handsome male pit mix currently up for adoption at the East County Animal Shelter. From what we have seen, this lovable, big fellow is good with other dogs and very friendly with people. Sometimes he gets so excited when he meets new people that he forgets his manners!

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Another look at Tuesday's Whitman-Brown debate

Brokaw uses broken ankle to describe state of California condition
Leaning on crutches, Tom Brokaw hopped into the center of the stage at Dominican University in San Rafael Tuesday night to open the third and final televised gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. Before the cameras began rolling, the newscaster and debate moderator used his broken ankle as a metaphor for the condition of the Golden State.

October 14, 2010 | 7 comments
Attend a 'Spirit Talk' tonight

Museum On Main presents the next 2010 Ed Kinney lecture series with a "Spirit Talk" tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Welcome the many spirits that surround the life of Pleasanton local, Terri Carlson. Tickets are $5 for members and seniors; $10 for non-members; and $3 for students or teachers with ID. Visit www.museumonmain.org.

October 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet tonight

Barry Hoffer of the Maples for All Seasons Nursery, widely known as "The Maple Guy," will speak at the Garden Club meeting tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, at Alisal Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1454 Santa Rita Rd. He will focus on the pruning of Japanese maples, his specialty for the past 15 years. Call 449-4870 or visit www.LAVGC.org.

October 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Attend the Travel and Leisure Show this weekend

Looking for ideas for your next vacation? Visit the Travel and Leisure Show this weekend from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, 12 years and younger are free. Show your AAA card for a $3 discount. Visit www.batravelshow.com.

October 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Added postage needed for votes by mail

Ballots will require 78-cents to reach county registrar's office
Alameda County voters have so many races and measures to vote on in the Nov. 2 election that they will have to include additional postage if they are voting by mail, according to the county's registrar of voters.

October 14, 2010 | 6 comments
3-day strike at Children's Hospital in final day

'Everything at the hospital is going just fine,' hospital spokeswoman says
A three-day strike by hundreds of nurses at Children's Hospital in Oakland is in its last day, but no settlement is imminent between the two sides, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Third time's a charm for Brown, Whitman at Dominican University

No love lost between gubernatorial candidates at rendezvous in San Rafael
While it may not be any clearer who'll get the most votes for California's governorship in November following their third and final debate Tuesday, at Dominican University, one thing's for sure: Jerry Brown won't be voting for Meg Whitman, and she won't be voting for him.

October 13, 2010 | 3 comments
Local officials urge yes vote on Prop 22

Millions from local government taken by state policy, they say
A crowd of local officials gathered Tuesday to protest a state practice that's shifted billions from city budgets to the California budget, and to ask voters to approve Proposition 22.

October 13, 2010 | 6 comments
State tax receipts up but paybacks on IOUs soften October benefit

Outstanding bills because of state budget delay total $8.3 billion
Tax receipts for September came in at $1.1 billion--or 15.3%--above the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's May Revision estimates, State Controller John Chiang has announced.

October 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Towne Center Bookclub will meet tonight

Towne Center Bookclub meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday the month at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com for the current selection.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Youth Commission will meet tonight

Youth Commission acts as a liaison between Pleasanton's youth community and the City Council, advises the Council on youth-related issues, and promotes an understanding and appreciation of community affairs among the youth of Pleasanton. The commission will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Gingerbread Preschool, 4333 Black Ave.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Attend a grief support workshop tonight

Explore ways to move through your grieving process at a workshop tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin. In this presentation you will directly experience how sound therapy, guided imagery and body movement can assist you in unleashing your own innate healing abilities. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Attend the NOW chapter meeting tonight

The next Alameda County Tri-Valley NOW Chapter meeting will be held tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Round Table Pizza, 530 Main St. ACTNOW in welcoming Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock from the Alameda County District Attorney's "HEAT Watch" Program. HEAT stands for "Human Exploitation And Trafficking" and is a collaborative effort with other agencies to stop the sexual exploitation and trafficking of minors. Call (510) 388-5665 or e-mail kwoof@cccfpd.org.

October 12, 2010 | 2 comments
Cleaning up Town Square

When the Town Square forum rolled out as a part of our updated sites in early 2007, we weren't exactly sure how the community would respond. Designed to be a digital version of a local meeting place for people to discuss issues and comment on stories, it has since grown to become a topic offline as well.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Cleaning up Town Square

Our Town Square forums are getting cleaned up as a part of an effort of the editorial staff to create a more thoughtful and welcoming place for community discussion.

October 12, 2010 | 38 comments
Hitting the campaign trail

Behind the scenes with the candidates for Assembly
Politics aside, the two candidates for California's 15th Assembly District have a lot in common. Both incumbent Joan Buchanan and challenger Abram Wilson have a history in local government, Wilson as San Ramon's mayor since 2002 and Buchanan as an 18-year member of the San Ramon Valley school board. They're of similar age; Buchanan is 57, Wilson, 63, both old enough to have lived through the civil rights and counter-culture movements of the 1960s.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
8 become citizens aboard USS Pinckney as Fleet Week draws to close

6-day event on San Francisco waterfront attracts thousands
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Section Chief Bill Cass administered the oath of citizenship to eight military members on the flight deck of the USS Pinckney, (DDG-91) during Fleet Week, which has attracted thousands of visitors and ends today.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Highs in the 90s are back today, tomorrow in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Forecast of 96 degrees for mid-day could tie record set in 1971
It's Columbus Day and Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are facing a high temperature of 96 degrees by mid-day, which would tie the 96-degree record high on this date set back in 1971.

October 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Weather service issues fire watch for Bay Area as temperatures stay high

Pleasanton, Tri-Valley to see continued dry conditions, highs in the 90s by tomorrow
High temperatures, dry conditions and strong evening winds prompted the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch last night for the Bay Area today and Tuesday.

October 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Intro to diabetes lecture today at the senior center

Pleasanton Senior Center will host a lecture on an introduction to diabetes today from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the senior center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Learn about what diabetes is, what the symptoms of high and low blood sugar are and the basics of eating well with diabetes. Bring your questions to this interactive session. The class is taught by a certified diabetes instructor who has diabetes. Cost is $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

October 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Diabetes self-management class starts today

Diabetes Self-Management classes begin today and will continue from 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 23, at The Groves at Dublin Ranch, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. The seven-week series teaches you to eat the foods you love, how and why to check your blood sugar, the effects of exercise and emotions on blood sugar, medications and more. Call (510) 383-5185 or e-mail Marisa.Cataldini@ac.gov.org.

October 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Entry forms due today for Halloween Cupcake Contest

Compete in the Halloween Cupcake Contest by attending a cupcake decorating demonstration class at noon, Saturday, Oct. 16, at Pans on Fire, 310-B Main St. The results of the Halloween Cupcake Decorating Contest will be announced. Competition is open to adults and juniors, ages 8-16. Entry forms must be completed at Pans on Fire and they are due today, Tuesday, Oct. 12. Call 600-7267.

October 11, 2010 | No comments yet
LPGA continues today

CVS/Pharmacy presents the LPGA Challenge until Oct. 17, at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville. Tickets can be purchased at CVS/Pharmacy stores in Danville and San Ramon. Also, there will be free skin cancer screenings by Dr. Sonia Badreshia and the Women's Derm Society during the event; the booth will be at the Exhibitors Fan Village, next to the 18th green. Visit www.cvslpga.com.

October 11, 2010 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Rage defeats Mill Valley Rockers 1-0

Select U-19 tops Advanced 2-1 in Al Caffodio league action
The U12 Rage White played a solid game in their 3-1 victory over the Mill Valley Rockers at the Pleasanton Sports park Saturday.

October 10, 2010 | 1 comment
Tax bills in the mail to property owners in Alameda County

1st of 2 installments due by Dec. 10 of taxpayers face 10% penalty
More than 424,000 secured roll property tax bills for the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 amounting to $2.61 billion have been mailed by Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector Donald R. White to all real property owners of record in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Feds, state, banks close today for Columbus Day observance

But no holiday for businesses, schools, city governments
Federal, state and some county offices will be closed today in observance of Columbus Day.

October 10, 2010 | 1 comment
Amador junior earns president's award for volunteer service

Jeremy Howald, a junior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, received the President's Volunteer Service Award last Sunday from Rev. Lucas Hergert of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has canceled its meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton plans special city events for Halloween

Broad range of fun, spooky, affordable activities on schedule
For those planning Halloween parties and events, the city of Pleasanton has a broad range of fun, spooky and affordable activities to consider.

October 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Green Scene Fair at Hacienda Business Park today

75 vendors will show advantages of healthy living, going green
The city of Pleasanton and Hacienda Business Park will present a free Green Scene Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to provide demonstrations and information on green building and landscape design, solar power and energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, financial incentives, and much more.

October 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

(Three stars)
There's nothing funny about teenage stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. In "It's Kind of a Funny Story," the writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ("Half Nelson") addresses these serious issues in an approachable, viewer-friendly way. -- ST

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Historic characters come to life

100 years later, saloon portraits are gathered in a book
Caricatures combine with history for an informative and enjoyable book that celebrates the men who lived in the Valley 100 years ago -- from merchants and laborers to ranchers and city fathers. Historians Anne Marshall Homan and Richard W. Finn have put together portraits by artist Vasco Loureiro, who sketched patrons in Livermore's Hub Saloon, which was located on First and Lizzie streets near the flagpole.

October 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton men get prison time for Feb. BB gun assault

Victim, a learning disabled man has recovered
Two of the three Pleasanton residents charged with shooting a learning disabled man 20 or more times with BB guns will be doing time for the crime. Jonathan Fala pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and will receive one strike in California's three-strike system for his role in the crime.

October 9, 2010 | 17 comments
Attorney General asks banks to suspend foreclosure actions

Brown wants institutions to first demonstrate they're complying with state law
Following his office's negotiations with the state's top loan servicers and Friday's announcement by Bank of America that it is temporarily halting foreclosures nationwide, Attorney General Jerry Brown has called on the state's other lenders to halt foreclosing on California homes until the banks can demonstrate that they are complying with state law.

October 8, 2010 | 6 comments
BUSINESS NEWS: Ross Stores sales up 6% from year ago

Pleasanton-based company reports dress, home goods sales led early fall gains
Pleasanton-based Ross Stores, Inc. today reported that sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 2 increased 6% to $666 million from $629 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 3 last year.

October 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorses Joan Laursen, Jeff Bowser for school board

With new superintendent, board needs experience, expertise these 2 candidates offer
The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed former PTA Council president Joan Laursen and businessman Jeff Bowser for election to the Pleasanton school board on Nov. 2.

October 8, 2010 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Weekly endorses Hosterman for mayor; Cook-Kallio, Thorne for council

Accomplishments, city's fiscal strength make incumbents best choices on Nov. 2
The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne for re-election.

October 8, 2010 | 26 comments
City tweaking green building code

Planners address issues with local, state requirements
Pleasanton was in the forefront of going green, with requirements for new commercial buildings enacted in 2002 and expanded four years later to include residential. Now the city is planning to change the requirements, at least slightly, in light of the state's new standards.

October 8, 2010 | 2 comments
Audition for 'Bat Boy' tonight or tomorrow night

Auditions for the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre production of "Bat Boy" will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12, at TVRT Studio Theater, 1048 Serpentine Ln., #307. Prepare 16-32 bars of up-tempo pop or Broadway. Bring your own sheet music; accompanist provided. No tapes, no a capella. Call-backs by invitation only, at noon, Saturday, Oct. 16. Call 462-2121 or visit www.trivalleyrep.com.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn at Lunch program will talk about cancer survivorship today

Speakers Anne Moselle, MS, RD, and Jon Specht, CSC, will talk about "Cancer Survivorship: Exercise for Wellness" at the Learn at Lunch Program today from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, at ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Free boxed lunch and drink will be provided to all registered guests. Cancer patients, their loved ones and staff are welcome to attend. To register, call 734-3319 or visit www.valleycare.com.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge starts today

CVS/Pharmacy presents the LPGA Challenge from Oct. 11-17, at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville. Tickets can be purchased at CVS/Pharmacy stores in Danville and San Ramon. Also, there will be free skin cancer screenings by Dr.Sonia Badreshia and the Women's Derm Society during the event; the booth will be at the Exhibitors Fan Village, next to the 18th green. Visit www.cvslpga.com.

October 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Support a great cause while attending the 'Cupcake Battle'

Bakers, warm your ovens! Attend the first ever Cupcake Battle from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Dr. If you are interesting in battling, submit 24-36 cupcakes in one of three categories: kids 14 and under; best tasting; or best presentation. For people with a sweet tooth, come and purchase tickets to eat cupcakes and enjoy an evening of treats and games. Cupcakes will be available: $5 for two or $10 for five. Proceeds go to Belize Dental Mission. Call 426-2492.

October 7, 2010 | 1 comment
Listen to a 'poisonous' panel discussion from mystery authors

Hear the trade secrets of murderous mystery writers at the Poisonous Panel Discussion at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The poisonous panel will include mystery writers Rhys Bowen, author of "Royal Blood;" Hailey Lind, "Arsenic and Old Paint;" Terry Thayer, "False Impressions;" and Penny Warner, "How to Crash a Killer Bash." Call 931-3405.

October 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Attend 'Deaf Nation' tomorrow at the fairgrounds

Deaf Nation is the foremost touring trade show for and about deaf people, providing exhibitions and entertainment around the United States, and will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. The show will include exhibitions, entertainment, seminars, workshops, children's activities and more. Admission is free. Visit www.deafnation.com.

October 7, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'James and the Giant Peach' starting this weekend

Civic Arts Stage Company presents "James and the Giant Peach," the story of young James, who lives with his nasty aunts, Spiker and Sponge, at 2 p.m. Oct. 10, 16 and 17; and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets $10-$18 for adults, and $6-$12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.firehouse.org.

October 7, 2010 | No comments yet
PROPOSITION NEWS: S.F.'s Newsom opposes Prop. 23 that would curb greenhouse emissions law

Supporters 'disingenuous about meaning well for California,' mayor says.
An initiative on the November statewide ballot that is funded by two Texas-based oil companies and would roll back California's air pollution regulations drew condemnation Wednesday from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

October 7, 2010 | 10 comments
PROPOSITION NEWS: Assemblyman says taxing marijuana sales would raise $1.4 billion

Bill proposes taxing cannabis if Prop. 19 gains voter approval Nov. 2
A new bill introduced by a San Francisco state assemblyman could generate annually about $1.4 billion in revenue from taxing marijuana, officials said Wednesday.

October 7, 2010 | 23 comments

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Coats needed for foster children in need

New coats in every shape and size that will go to foster children can be donated at any Sleep Train store until Oct. 31. The Pleasanton store is located at 6050 Johnson Dr., Ste. C. Call (800) 378-2337.

October 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans to audition for 'Bat Boy'

Auditions for the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre production of "Bat Boy" will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12, at TVRT Studio Theater, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Ste. 307. Prepare 16-32 bars of up-tempo pop or Broadway. Bring your own sheet music; accompanist provided. No tapes, no a capella. Call-backs by invitation only, at noon, Saturday, Oct. 16. Call 462-2121 or visit www.trivalleyrep.com.

October 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Dublin Falcons will dedicate games on Saturday to breast cancer awareness

Dublin Falcons Football and Cheer will dedicate its Oct. 9 games against the Tracy Raiders as the "Breast Cancer Awareness Game" in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness, this month. The game will be played at Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave. All fans attending the games will receive a "Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon" and during half time at each game, donations will be accepted to benefit the "Susan G. Komen – For the Cure" foundation. Donations of $5 or more will receive a coupon for two free Dublin Falcons special carne asada tacos from the Falcons concession stand. Visit http://trivalleyfalcons.com.Dublin Falcons Football and Cheer will dedicate its Oct. 9 games against the Tracy Raiders as the "Breast Cancer Awareness Game" in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness, this month. The game will be played at Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley. All fans attending the games will receive a "Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon" and during half time at each game, donations will be accepted to benefit the "Susan G. Komen – For the Cure" foundation. Donations of $5 or more will receive a coupon for two free Dublin Falcons special carne asada tacos from the Falcons concession stand. Visit http://trivalleyfalcons.com.

October 6, 2010 | 2 comments
Trial to start Nov. 1 in Castlewood slayings case

Ernest Scherer III stands accused of murdering his parents
A trial date for accused killer Ernest Scherer III has been set for Nov. 1 in Alameda County court.

October 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Quick City Council action gives Clorox OK to move to new Pleasanton campus

Former WaMu five-building center will now house six buildings, 1,100 Clorox employees
It may have been one of the fastest land use approvals ever in a city known for its methodical, sometimes painstakingly-long reviews of new developments, but Clorox was officially welcomed here as the city's newest major corporation Tuesday night by an enthusiastic City Council in a 5-0 vote that said come ahead.

October 6, 2010 | 6 comments
'It's the economy, stupid!'

Mayors agree it's the No. 1 issue facing Tri-Valley
It's the economy, stupid! Those weren't the exact words but that was the message from all five Tri-Valley mayors Tuesday to a question about what's their biggest concern for their cities in the year ahead.

October 6, 2010 | 1 comment
Las Positas College invites community to open house, building dedication

New Arts center to be named for Barbara Mertes
Las Positas College will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. today to show the public projects made possible through the Measure B general obligation facilities bond which voters passed in 2004.

October 10, 2010 | 10 comments
Pleasanton Newcomers Club information

Pleasanton Newcomers Club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. For a list of the club's events, visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com/events.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Human Services Commission meets tonight

City of Pleasanton's Human Services Commission will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the City Council Chambers, 200 Old Bernal Ave. For a copy of its agenda, visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/pdf/hs-agenda-101006.pdf.

October 5, 2010 | 1 comment
Today is 'Uncanny X-Force Day'

Celebrate Marvel's Uncanny X-Force Day Party today from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Heroes & Villains Comics, 264 Main St. Stop in to receive a free limited edition print. Call 399-5352 or visit www.heroesvillainscomics.com.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Fleet Week offers weekend treat on San Francisco waterfront

Week-long event includes Blue Angels, Pier 39 concerts, ship parade, tours
San Francisco's annual Fleet Week offers a special day-long get-away for Pleasantono residents this weekend as the show continues on the city's waterfront.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Fleet Week starts Thursday on San Francisco waterfront

Flight crews arrived Monday at San Francisco International Airport
in preparation for the city's annual Fleet Week air show, which officially
launches Thursday and runs through Oct. 12.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Clorox move to Pleasanton expected to gain City Council OK tonight

Oakland-based firm would transfer 700 to 26-acre corporate campus near Stoneridge Drive, Hopyard Road
The City Council tonight is expected to approve construction of an additional sixth office building on a 26-acre site in northwest Pleasanton that is being acquired by the Clorox Corporation.

October 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger vetoes bill to require public disclosure by groups operating on college campuses

Governor says law could cut donations by those not wanting to be identified
In one of the last actions taken before the deadline to sign or veto bills, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed SB 330 by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco).

October 5, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton City Council will meet tonight

Pleasanton City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m., for a special meeting; and at 7 p.m., for its regular meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Council Chamber at 200 Old Bernal Avenue. All council meetings are open to the general public. Call 931-5027.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
'Write Your Life Story' workshop today

Do you wish your ancestors had written a life journal or book? You could have learned so much more about them if they had. Vi Parsons, family historian and author, will share basic writing techniques to transform everyday life events into a treasure of special memories, today from 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
'Walk to School' week kicks off today

Participate in the 10th annual "Walk to School" week starting today, Oct. 5. Donlon and Walnut Grove elementary schools will walk today, Alisal, Hearst and Lydiksen schools on Wednesday, Mohr and Valley View schools on Thursday and Fairlands and Vintage Hills elementary schools will walk on Friday. For more information, go to the special website: www.pleasantonschoolpool.org, which assists parents in forming schoolpools at their school, or contact Lisa Adamos at 931-5039.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Mayors Summit is today

Tri-Valley Mayors Summit will be held today from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Cost is $35 for chamber members; $45 for non-members. Call 846-5858.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Winners of the 2010 Mayor's Award: Nancy and Gary Harrington

Retired educators and philanthropists Nancy and Gary Harrington, who live in Ruby Hill and have contributed extensively to public art in Pleasanton, stand with the prestigious Mayor's Award for meritorious service that they won Friday next to entrance to Harrington art gallery in the new Firehouse Arts Center.

October 4, 2010 | No comments yet
'Walk to School' days under way at selected Pleasanton elementary schools

Parents urged to walk children to school, enjoy pre-school refreshments
Pleasanton elementary schools are joining hundreds of schools throughout the country by participating in the International Walk to School Week.

October 4, 2010 | 10 comments
Harringtons win 2010 Mayor's Award at Firehouse Arts Center gala

'Pleasanton has given much to us,' Ruby Hill philanthropists say in announcing more donations to come
Retired educators and philanthropists Nancy and Gary Harrington, who live in Ruby Hill and have contributed extensively to public art in Pleasanton, have won the prestigious Mayor's Award for meritorious service to the community.

October 4, 2010 | 4 comments
Obamacare-related bills create California exchange for health care

Schwarzenegger signs legislation that allows health insurance purchases regardless of medical history
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday signed two bills that together will enact the first health benefit exchange in the U.S. after new health reforms became law in March.

October 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Anti-truancy initiative signed into law

Makes parents responsible for making sure children attend school
A state bill influenced by an anti-truancy initiative in San Francisco was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

October 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger vetoes county's right to hike marriage fees to fund domestic violence programs

Rejection comes at time of increased calls for help, proponents say
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Thursday night veto of legislation that would help fund domestic violence prevention programs has vexed a state senator and worried shelter providers statewide.

October 2, 2010 | 1 comment
Rates, debt main concerns at DSRSD open house

Agency owes $50 million
Although some people have been complaining about hikes in their water and sewer services, it seemed most of those who turned out at the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) open house Thursday night were looking for information, not someone to blame.

October 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Bill cracking down on human trafficking signed into law

Legislation strengthening California's effort to end human trafficking was signed into law Thursday.

October 2, 2010 | No comments yet
'Ice Cream and Opera' on stage today at Bankhead Theater

Children's production follows Livermore Valley Opera's 19th season opener of "Don Giovanni"
"Ice Cream & Opera," a Children's Opera Learning Adventure production of the Livermore Valley Opera, will be performed at 2 p.m. today at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore

October 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Never Let Me Go'

(Three stars)
For starters, say this for "Never Let Me Go," the new film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's celebrated novel: You haven't seen anything like it at the movies this year. Ishiguro's dystopian, alternate-universe science-fiction melodrama gets a rendering from director Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") that's austere to a fault. -- PC

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Social Network'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
There's a lot to "Like" about "The Social Network." The riveting film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defines a generation, a la "Easy Rider" and "The Breakfast Club." Director David Fincher helms with a deft touch; the script by Aaron Sorkin is beautifully crafted; and the acting is exceptional. -- TH

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
San Ramon investment banker stands up for practices, despite SEC charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a San Ramon-based investment adviser for not disclosing a conflict of interest to investors that resulted in the receipt of $400,000 in excess commissions. The adviser, however, said that it was profitable to clients and that no complaints were received.

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Optic is looking for love

Did this cutie catch your eye? If so, meet Optic! As his name implies, he is just looking for love. Optic, along with his siblings Lash and Iris, are adorable kittens awaiting forever homes. Playful, captivating and eye-catching describe these kittens perfectly.

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
PUSD offers supplies for needy students

First-time giveaway for Pleasanton
Gary Taylor, Pleasanton school district's Lead Warehouse/Buyer shows supplies to be given to students in need. It's the first time Pleasanton schools have done the giveaway, although Alameda County has had the program in place for years.

October 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Neighbors protest proposed cell phone tower

65-foot 'faux pine' would be ugly health risk, they say
Searching for better reception for its clients, Verizon Wireless hopes to install a 65-foot tower disguised as a pine tree in a city-owned pump station facility off I-680 in the northwest corner of the Bernal Corporate Business Park on Koll Center Parkway. But neighbors of the business park are objecting.

October 1, 2010 | 36 comments
Buy tickets now for 'A Conservation Affair'

Tri-Valley Conservancy sixth annual gala fundraiser "A Conservation Affair" will be held from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave. The evening will include hosted cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and live music. The winning wines from the "Livermore Valley Uncorked" wine competition will be tasted and the "Best in Show" winner will be announced. Tickets are $95; buy tickets now at www.trivalleyconservancy.org or call 449-8706.

October 3, 2010 | No comments yet
DSRSD sets open house in Dublin today to gain comments on debt

Rate hike and repayment of temporary increase also to be discussed
People who get their water or sewer services from the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) will get their chance today to comment on how the agency should pay off its $50 million debt and how they want that money eventually repaid.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Library needs volunteers

Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers for its Homebound Service, which provides homebound residents with library books, videos and CDs to community residents. Also, the library hosts the Pleasanton Reads Project that needs volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language to residents over 18. Students and tutors usually meet once per week at a mutually convenient time and place. Tutoring and all necessary materials are free of charge. Contact Jan Bauman at 931-3411 or jbauman@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

October 3, 2010 | 3 comments
College admissions informational seminar is tonight

Hear how colleges evaluate applicants and the latest in college admissions trends at a seminar tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This seminar will be presented by Diane Keller, certified college consultant. Call 963-2932 or e-mail drkellercc@yahoo.com.

October 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet the mother/author of 'Raising Mario Twice'

Christine Scharmer will talk about her book, "Raising Mario Twice," at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Her book is about the first seven years of recovery for her son Mario who in 2002 at the age of 18, under the influence of alcohol, drove into a light post at 60 mph. Call 931-3405.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Meat sale for Foothill Athletic Boosters tomorrow

Foothill Athletic Boosters will be selling a variety of USDA inspected choice meats tomorrow from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd. Meats (NY steaks, rib eye, filet mignon) and seafood (shrimp and scallops) are purchased directly from wholesale suppliers. Proceeds support all Foothill Athletic teams. Call 989-2036 or visit www.foothillsports.com.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Rummage and sports sales tomorrow at AVHS

Assistance League of Amador Valley will host a gigantic rummage sale tomorrow from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Amador Valley High School Parking Lot, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. Items will include furniture, household goods, books, toys, children's items, gardening, sporting goods, jewelry, plus Christmas decorations. Proceeds benefit the needs of children, teens and seniors in Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton. Call 484-1354. Also, a sports sale to benefit AVHS Winterguard and Winter Percussion ensembles will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. Call 699-7921 or visit www.amadormusic.org.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
'Haunting Fields' are open

Award-winning pirates are bringing thrills and chills to Pleasanton at the Pirates of Emerson-Haunting Fields which are now open, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. With over four acres of haunted houses, theater, games and a fiery pirate ship the grounds will be open until Oct. 31. General admission is $20. Not recommended for children under 13. Call (510) 657-2121 or visit www.PiratesofEmerson.com.

October 3, 2010 | 2 comments
Used children's clothing and equipment sale this weekend

Twin Valley Mothers of Twins Club (TVMOTC) will host its fall Used Clothing and Equipment Sale from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The doors will closed at 1 p.m. to prepare for the half-off sale and will re-open at 1:45 p.m. Cost is $1, including the half-off portion of the sale. Visit www.tvmotc.org/cesale.

September 30, 2010 | 3 comments
Finances, test scores among topics at PUSD

With no state budget, district unsure about funding
Three months into the Pleasanton school district's fiscal year and a month into classes, and there's still little word about how much the state will actually be giving schools.

September 30, 2010 | 38 comments
New uniforms for Amador band

Give me an A! Give me a V! Members of the Amador Valley High School Marching Band showed off their new uniforms for the school board Tuesday night with band director Jonathan Grantham.

September 30, 2010 | 7 comments
Prop. 8 trial judge to leave post Dec. 31 to retire

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ends 21 years of service after overturning state's same-sex marriage ban
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco, who struck down California's Proposition 8, announced Wednesday he will retire from the court in February. Walker also said he will step down as chief judge on Dec. 31.

September 30, 2010 | 3 comments
State Assembly bill would help Oracle, San Francisco bring next America's Cup event here

By winning last race, BMW Oracle Racing team can choose next site
State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) is authoring a bill to provide financing powers to the Port of San Francisco to develop part of the city's waterfront in its bid to host the next America's Cup.

September 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Kidango closes daycare facility so employees can rally in Oakland

Agency says state budget impasse threatens child care centers statewide
Employees and others representing Kidango, a private, nonprofit child development agency that offers daycare on Pleasanton school district property at Bernal Avenue and First Street, rallied in front of Oakland City Hall yesterday to protest the state's budget impasse, which they say threatens the futures of hundreds of child care centers across the state.

September 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Make an appointment to donate blood

Donate blood from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, at the American Red Cross Bus, which will be at Jamba Juice, 4555 Hopyard Rd. To schedule an appointmen, call 847-8525.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Buy tickets now to see 'The Boardinghouse'

Welcome to the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal with a zany cast of boarders. This play is a comedy full of colorful characters and villains, and will have you laughing from beginning to end. See it from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1; and 2-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 2-3, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $9 for residents and $10 for non-residents in advance, or $10 for residents and $11 for non-residents at the door. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

September 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Friends of the Library online book sale information

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice children's support group starts tonight

Children that have experienced the death of a loved one can be overwhelmed with their grief. This support program offers a safe and nurturing environment to help them understand emotions and learn healthy coping skills and will meet from 4:30-6 p.m., every Thursday, Sept. 30-Nov. 11, at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin. With guidance children explore feelings with music, games, writing, and art. This support group is free. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Baseball axed as varsity sport at UC Berkeley

Gymnastics, women's lacrosse also cut in effort to save $4 million in subsidies
It's been said that baseball is as American as apple pie, but men's baseball will no longer be a varsity sport at UC Berkeley under a cost-cutting plan announced by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau Tuesday.

September 29, 2010 | 19 comments
Brown, Whitman show differences on how they would govern in Tuesday's debate

Still, next governor will face difficulty because of 2/3rd majority rule, Santa Clara professor says
State Attorney General Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Meg Whitman clashed in their first gubernatorial debate Tuesday night over who voters can trust to get a difficult job done.

September 29, 2010 | 18 comments
'Only' 100 degrees today as Pleasanton, Tri-Valley start cooling off

Temperatures will moderate through weekend
It's expected to "cool off" today in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with temperatures reaching only 100 degrees by mid-day, some 5 degrees cooler than yesterday's record-breaking, early fall heat.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
California Cleanup includes Pleasanton creeks

Volunteers cart out 280 pounds of trash, 53 tires from local sites
Volunteers pulled more than 280 pounds of trash and recyclables and 53 tires out of creeks in Pleasanton on Saturday morning, as part of the 26th annual California Coastal Cleanup.

September 29, 2010 | No comments yet
City's new Housing Element task force needs volunteers

Chance to guide public participation in planning for new developments
The city of Pleasanton is currently accepting applications for five at-large members of a new Housing Element Task Force that will guide the public participation component of the Housing Element Update of the city's General Plan.

September 29, 2010 | 6 comments
City offers relief from the heat

Cooling Center will be open from noon-9 p.m.
The city of Pleasanton is activating its public Cooling Center for those seeking relief from the heat as temperatures rise past the century mark today.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about Hitler's Germany with author Ruth Gasten tonight

Ruth Gasten, known for parenting classes, will be sharing the story of her life in Hitler's Germany, tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Towne Center books, 555 Main St. Her book, "Accidental American," relates the events through the eyes of a young girl who later escapes to the United States with her parents. Call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com/events.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to rewire your sales mind tonight

Learn innovative ways to engage and win over your audience or customers at a meeting of the Mt. Diablo chapter of ASTD tonight from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Redcoats, 336 St. Mary St. Come early for this lively discussion and network in a casual and fun networking forum. Cost $10 for members and $30 for non-members. Call (408) 219-8639 or visit www.mtdiabloastd.org.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'In the Shadow of the Raven: Edgar Allan Poe' tonight

Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson brings his talent and fascination for Edgar Allan Poe to life in this unique one-man play tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Using a combination of biographical information and the dramatic interpretation of Poe's literature, Hudson provides an in-depth theatrical experience of the life and works of one of America's best-known and enigmatic personalities. Call 931-3405 or visit www.duffyhudson.com.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Iron Horse Trail community meeting tonight

East Bay Regional Park District and the city of Pleasanton are hosting a second community meeting to discuss the 1.6 mile extension of the Iron Horse Trail from Santa Rita Road to the Pleasanton/Dublin BART Station. The meeting will be held tonight from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 301 Main St. Call (510) 544-2611 or e-mail sdougan@ebparks.org.

September 28, 2010 | 4 comments
Record heat today with 107 degrees possible by mid-day

Pleasanton, Tri-Valley could see hottest day of year, well over 1958 record of 102 degrees
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are expected to see temperatures as high as 107 degrees by mid-day today, far surpassing the record high of 102 degrees for this date set at the Livermore Airport in 1958.

September 28, 2010 | 6 comments
Alameda County judge bars Target stores from illegal dumping of hazardous wastes

District Attorney O'Malley among officials claiming company uses unregistered haulers to transport wastes
An Oakland judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Target Corp. and employees at its 244 stores in California from illegally dumping hazardous waste into the environment.

September 28, 2010 | 3 comments
Bill proposed to give public more information on gas pipeline locations

'Are the lines too old? Are they safe?' state legislator asks
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier today will propose legislation intended to change natural gas pipeline safety standards and increase public knowledge of locations of gas transmission lines, Speier announced Monday.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Regional survey shows drop in confidence among local business leaders

Only 41% think economy is better now than it was 6 months ago
The number of Bay Area executives who think the economy is better now than it was six months ago has decreased by 17% since May, according to a quarterly survey by the Bay Area Council.

September 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Group files brief in support of Prop. 8 law banning same-sex marriages

'We are fighting for the soul of Western civilization,' institute president says
The Pacific Justice Institute has filed an amicus brief with the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Prop. 8, the law that bans same sex marriage in California.

September 27, 2010 | 2 comments
Make reservations now to meet Ruth Gasten tomorrow

Ruth Gasten, known for parenting classes, will be sharing the story of her life in Hitler's Germany, tomorrow at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Towne Center books, 555 Main St. Her book, "Accidental American," relates the events through the eyes of a young girl who later escapes to the United States with her parents. Reservations are not necessary but always helpful; call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com/events.

September 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Teen support group starts today

Teens who have experienced the death of a loved one can be overwhelmed with their grief. This support program offers a safe and nurturing environment to help them understand emotions and learn healthy coping skills. The group meets from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 9 at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin. With guidance teens explore feelings with music, games, writing and art. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

September 27, 2010 | No comments yet
College planning workshop today

High school seniors and families interested in exploring the last steps of college planning workshop is tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Tri-Valley YMCA Office, 4725 First St., Ste. 200. Independent college counselor, Judi Flannery guides you through the final steps of college selection, financial aid, campus security and more. Register at 475-6110.

September 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Teachers' union endorses Bowser, Laursen for election to Pleasanton school board

3 candidates campaigning for 2 available seats in Nov. 2 election
The Pleasanton schools' teachers union has endorsed Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen for election to the school board on Nov. 2

September 27, 2010 | 54 comments
Pleasanton Chamber endorses Hosterman, Cook-Kallio, Thorne for re-election

McGovern, who declined interview bid, Brown, Watson fail to gain business group's support
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council incumbents Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne for re-election on Nov. 2.

September 27, 2010 | 45 comments
Ski boat, trailer go up in flames on Paseo Santa Cruz

Fire investigators believe fire was deliberately set
Pleasanton police are investigating a ski boat and trailer fire they believe was caused by arson.

September 27, 2010 | 10 comments
3rd consecutive 'Spare the Air' day declared today for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Tri-Valley temperatures could reach 102 by mid-day
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today in Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area.

September 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Civic Arts manager to be honored today by Alameda County Board of Supervisors

Andy Jorgensen, 5 others to receive 2010 arts leadership awards
Andy Jorgensen, Pleasanton's Civic Arts manager, will be recognized by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors today with the county's 2010 arts leadership award for his achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County.

September 25, 2010 | 6 comments
'Walk to School' days start Tuesday at selected Pleasanton elementary schools

Parents urged to walk children to school, enjoy pre-school refreshments
Pleasanton elementary schools will be joining hundreds of schools throughout the country by participating in the International Walk to School Week staarting Tuesday.

September 26, 2010 | 10 comments
Stoneridge Shopping Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Facebook fans can share mall memories, compete for gift card
Stoneridge Shopping Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a major regional mall in Pleasanton.

September 25, 2010 | 2 comments
Streetwise: What do you like about cooking?

I don't about you, but my favorite part about cooking is eating. Streetwise report Stan Wharton went to Charlotte Wood Middle School's sixth grade cooking class to ask, What do you like about cooking? To see the responses, click on the photos. As always, feel free to answer this week's question in the comments below.

September 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Police searching for four suspects in armed robbery at Home Consignment store Friday

Suspects use pepper spray on employees, customers
Police are searching for four suspects believed to be involved in an armed robbery at the Home Consignment Center in Danville yesterday where an undisclosed amount of jewelry was taken and employees and customers were sprayed with pepper spray.

September 25, 2010 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air Day' declared as temperature heads to 97 today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Smog levels expected to reach unhealthy conditions
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is declaring today this year's sixth Spare the Air Day as the National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 97 degrees in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

September 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Opera star pulls a 'Candid Camera'

Mozart goes modern in new production of 'Don Giovanni'
What if your waiter suddenly launched into an aria? This is exactly what happened recently when baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, who plays the title role in the Livermore Valley Opera's "Don Giovanni," posed locally as a server. The cafe patrons were further surprised to learn it was being filmed. The result is a montage of candid episodes posted on YouTube.

September 27, 2010 | 3 comments
Review: 'The Town'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Ben Affleck is all grown up. The Adonis actor whose career launched so promisingly with "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and "Chasing Amy" (1997) before nose-diving thanks to critically lambasted films like "Gigli" (2003) demonstrates his fortitude with this beautifully executed action/drama. -- TH

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Jack Goes Boating'

(Three stars)
Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut offers an alternative for those tired of the conventions of Hollywood romantic comedy. Arguably, it replaces one set of conventions for another -- those of the typical Off-Broadway dramedy -- but I'll take shaggy weirdness over cynical slickness every time. -- PC

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
What a night of music as Pleasanton concert band opens fall season at Firehouse Arts Center

New auditorium vibrates with Mexican, American marching songs,
Visitors from Pleasanton's sister-city of Tulancingo, Mexico joined local delegates and scores of good band music fans Thursday night at a foot-stomping, drum beating performance by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band at the city's new Firehouse Arts Center.

September 24, 2010 | 1 comment
Officials warn residents of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in the Delta area

Officials are warning boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts visiting Contra Costa County's Delta area to take steps to prevent mosquito bites after a group of mosquitoes from Brentwood recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Ernie's a purr machine

Meet Ernie, a five-month-old male Tabby with beautiful markings and an affectionate purr-sonality! He would be a fun and loving addition to any family. Visit the East County Animal Shelter and you will find that love comes in many colors.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
State's poverty rate in 2009 highest in 11 years

More than 1 in 7 Californians has incomes below federal poverty line, Census data shows
The state's poverty rate in 2009 was the highest in 11 years, according to a nonpartisan public policy research group.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
'Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse on tap at Senior Center at 2 p.m. today

Pleasanton Senior Players production stars Anne Pearson, Jeanne Lane
The story of the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal, will be presented at 2 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Coat drive for foster children starts today

New coats in every shape and size that will go to foster children are being accepted at any Sleep Train store. The drive starts today, Sept. 27 and lasts until Oct. 31. The Pleasanton store is located at 6050 Johnson Dr., Suite C. Call (800) 378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

September 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library Book Club will discuss 'Sag Harbor' tonight

Pleasanton Library Book Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., to review "Sag Harbor" by Colson Whitehead. The book is a warm and funny autobiographical coming of age story set in the African-American community of Sag Harbor. October's book is "Stones into Schools" by Greg Mortenson. Call 931-3400, ext. 7, or visit www.pleasantonlibrarybookclub.wordpress.com.

September 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Fall Mom's Workshop series starts today

Christian mothers will explore themes such as self-esteem, friendships, stress and everyday spirituality at a seven-week workshop starting tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 27-Nov. 8, at St. Elizabeth Seton's Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Take some time for yourself and meet other moms with similar interests. All denominations are welcome. Cost is $20. Call 462-2088 or e-mail kim-rice@sbcglobal.net.

September 26, 2010 | No comments yet
AAUW Welcome Tea will be held tomorrow

The Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin Branch American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a welcome tea for current and prospective members from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Information available about interest groups, activities, and AAUW programs to further women's education. Call 484-3321.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
'Bark and Brew' and Adoption Faire details

Enjoy a cocktail-wagging evening in downtown with other local dog lovers at the Bark and Brew tonight from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St. Enjoy drinks and refreshments for you and your canine companion. Donations benefit Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com. Also, there will be an Adoption Faire from noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, at the East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin. Janice Tan, a professional dog trainer, will be available to evaluate dogs and assist adopters. Dog adoption comes with three free private classes valued at over $200, bed, collar, leash and food; cat adoption comes with free toys and goodies bags. Visit www.tvar.org.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Fall book sale at the library this weekend

Friends of the Pleasanton Library is holding its fall book sale to raise funds for the Pleasanton Public Library this weekend from Sept. 24-26, at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Friday hours are 6-9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday night is "members only" and membership can be bought at the door. The sale features over 40,000 items with most books priced from 50 cents to $1. No strollers or scanners, please. Call 918-1195.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Alameda Fairgrounds activities this weekend

Multiple RV dealers will show hundreds of manufacturers and lines at the 16th annual fall RV Show and Sale from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Cost is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and free for 16 and under. Call 931-1890 or visit www.RVShows.net. Also, the Kidsfaire, America's Family Expo, will be held this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 25-26, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Featuring over 250 interactive exhibits and non-stop family entertainment, including the Wiggles, and elephant rides. Call 866-8600 or visit www.thekidsfaire.com.

September 23, 2010 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Concert Band plays tonight at new Firehouse Arts Center

Sister-city delegation from Tulancingo to be honored at free public event
The first major city-sponsored event will take place at the new Firehouse Arts Center tonight at 7 p.m. with a special free performance by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band for the Sister City delegation from Tulancingo, Mexico.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
AC Transit board votes to slash weekend, overnight bus service

'We are faced with keeping this agency in business,' board president says
AC Transit's board of directors Wednesday night voted unanimously to slash night and weekend bus service in an effort to tackle its projected budget deficit and save more than $11 million.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
State transportation commission OKs $20 million for BART tramway to Oakland Airport

Construction could start next year on four-year project
BART's proposed 3.2-mile elevated tramway between the Oakland Coliseum station and the Oakland airport moved closer to becoming a reality Wednesday when the California Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve $20 million in state funding for the project.

September 23, 2010 | 5 comments
Keeping in touch with the residents

Tri-Valley mayors communicate with constituents in different ways
Tri-Valley mayors reach out to their residents in different ways but they all agree on one thing: If people are unhappy about something they don't hesitate to tell the mayor.

September 23, 2010 | 5 comments
Video marks anniversary of musician's death

Friends remember 38-year-old family man
Friends of Michael Gable, 38, who died suddenly last year on Sept. 17, chose that anniversary to launch the Michael Gable HCM Awareness video and new Segue album on the Internet.

September 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Foothill grad hopes to make it big with TV pilot

'Keeping Up with the Guptas' premieres in Beverly Hills tonight
Armed with an idea, a video camera and a little help from his family, a recent Foothill High School grad is ready to make his mark in Hollywood. The red carpet premiere of his film, "Keeping Up with the Guptas," will take place Friday night at the Tanzore Lounge in Beverly Hills.

September 23, 2010 | 7 comments
Candidates address senior issues, schools at Ridge View

Each gives introduction, then asked same three questions
Six candidates, five minutes and three questions. That was the format Tuesday when Pleasanton mayoral and City Council candidates met with about 30 seniors at Ridge View Commons.

September 23, 2010 | No comments yet
'Colon Health' seminar tonight

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is offering a community seminar on Colon Health tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, South Conference Room, 7777 Norris Canyon Rd., San Ramon. Register at (800) 284-2878 or visit www.oursanramonhospital.com.

September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Food pantry is open today at Valley Bible Church

The Food Pantry at Valley Bible Church has open pantry hours from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, at 7106 Johnson Drive. Since opening in March 2008, the pantry has served over 200 families and passed out over 50,000 items. Local churches, scout groups, 4H clubs and schools help keep the pantry stocked. E-mail smchew@sbcglobal.net for details.

September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club will meet today

Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m., every Thursday, at Polycom, 4750 Willow Rd. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660.

September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the Rotary Club of Pleasanton for lunch

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has been established since 1965 and has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www.PleasantonRotary.org.

September 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Clorox to move 1,100 workers to new research facility in Pleasanton

Planning Commission mum on tenant as it approves major change to Johnson Drive complex
The Clorox Company, a landmark business with a long history in Oakland where it is headquartered, plans to move much of its workforce into the empty 26-acre campus of the former Washington Mutual Bank call center in Pleasanton next year, the Weekly has learned.

September 22, 2010 | 8 comments
Pleasanton council axes ice rink for this year's holiday season

Both San Jose Sharks, city lost money as rink failed to attract sponsors, enough skaters
As expected, the Pleasanton City Council voted 4-0 last night to suspend for at least a year the holiday ice rink operation that occupied part of the public library parking lot for six weeks over the past Thanksgiving-to-New Year's period.

September 22, 2010 | 6 comments
Police seeking information on motorcycle crash

Pleasanton police are looking for witnesses to an early Sunday crash on Hopyard Road that left a motorcycle rider with extensive injuries.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
'Parent Project' helps with teen years

Course starts next week, to deal with destructive behavior
Calling all parents with troubled teens: There is light at the end of the tunnel. So says Teresa LeMay, who is teaching an 11-week parenting course beginning Sept. 28, called "Parent Project: Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior."

September 24, 2010 | 3 comments
Registration is open for Lacrosse Club for boys

Registration is open for spring 2011 season for new and returning players for age groups: U9, U11, U13, U15 and high school. Register before Nov. 1 to avoid the $50 late fee. Tryouts for team placements to be held on Dec. 4 and 11. Register for the new player clinic on Nov. 14 at Hart Middle School. For more information, e-mail mdcranney@gmail.com.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Peaceful war protest is planned tonight

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will host a Peaceful War Protest tonight from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the corners of First and Neat streets. Call Cathe at 462-7495, e-mail Matt at mjs7882@gmail.com or visit www.pleasantonians4peace.org.

September 21, 2010 | 13 comments
Meet author May Ngai this morning

Towne Center Books will host May Ngai, author of "Author of Lucky Ones: One Family the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America," today at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept, 22, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Cost is $30 for book and lunch; $15 for lunch only. Reservations are required; call 846-8826.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Workshop tonight on what to eat while grieving

Hope Hospice will host a free workshop on "What to Eat When You're Grieving" tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Hope Hospice offices, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin. Learn about how we eat, think about and prepare food can be impacted when we grieve. This workshop will provide ideas for nutritious eating habits that can help you through this difficult period. OPTIONAL: Bring a favorite easy-to–prepare, healthy recipe to share. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Bay Area home sales last month yield lowest August numbers since 1992

Sales down 1.1% from July, 10.9% over August 2009.
San Francisco Bay Area home sales last month were the lowest for any August in 18 years, according to a real estate information service.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
PG&E releases list of 100 riskiest gas pipeline sections

Line closest to Pleasanton is south of Ruby Hill along Vallecitos Road
As part of PG&E's efforts to restore public trust in the company following the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, PG&E officials released a list yesterday of the company's 100 riskiest sections of gas pipeline.

September 21, 2010 | 5 comments
Seniors are invited to 'Tech Tuesday'

A new computer class with Las Positas College student volunteers will guide you through various programs, applications and answer computer questions. Class is from 10-11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $5 for residents, or $6 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Comedy tonight performed by humorous speakers

Watch six of the most talented humorous speakers perform tonight from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. No charge, but seating is limited. For more details go to http://d57toastmasters.org/events.htm.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Retired Teachers to learn about Von Trapp family this morning

California Retired Teachers Association, Tri-Valley Division No. 85, will have its next luncheon meeting today at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at IBEW, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. "The Von Trapp Family Before, During and After the Sound of Music" will be presented by Leonard Cooper. Cost is $13. Call Pat Williams at 846-0211.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about property rights tonight at a special forum

Dr. Michael Coffman will speak at a community forum sponsored by the SF Bay 912 Project about "Property Rights" tonight from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Cattlemen's Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore. This event is for anyone who owns property and shares concerns about the rapid expansion of government control over individual decisions. Tickets are $15 in advance. E-mail 912calgal@gmail.com.

September 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Council could cancel outdoor holiday ice rink tonight

Library parking lot location, warm weather blamed for weak attendance
The City Council tonight is expected to agree with a recommendation by City Manager Nelson Fialho and his staff to put the outdoor holiday skating rink on ice for this season.

September 20, 2010 | 31 comments
Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery gravesites go on sale Oct. 1 at prices up to $10,198 for double plots

400 graves for full burial, cremains to hold 800 individuals in cemetery's final expansion
Gravesites will go on sale at Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard starting Oct. 1, with 400 plots available until they're all sold.

September 20, 2010 | 3 comments
Walnut Creek hires San Rafael's city manager for $220,000

Ken Nordhoff, 49, to succeed Gary Pokorny, who is retiring
The appointment of a new city manager was announced Friday by Walnut Creek Mayor Sue Rainey.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Concert Band plays tonight at new Firehouse Arts Center

Sister-city delegation from Tulancingo to be honored at free public event
The first major city-sponsored event will take place at the new Firehouse Arts Center tonight at 7 p.m. with a special free performance by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band for the Sister City delegation from Tulancingo, Mexico.

September 19, 2010 | 14 comments
Prop. 8 sponsors file appeal arguing trial judge 'invented' right to same-sex marriage

No fundamental right to marry a person of the same sex, group says
The sponsors of California's Proposition 8 have urged a federal appeals court in San Francisco to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that a trial judge who struck down the measure last month "invented" a right that doesn't exist.

September 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Public open house starts at 10 a.m. today at Pleasanton's new Firehouse Arts Center

Event includes dedication ceremony, artists' demonstrations, children's activities, performances
The city's stunning, new $10 million Firehouse Arts Center opens at 10 a.m. today with a full day of artist demonstrations, live music, theater performances, art activities for children and refreshments--all free to the public.

September 17, 2010 | 16 comments
Bay Area's first "freeway" toll lane operating without a hitch on I-680

FasTrak readers required to use carpool lane to gain faster drive time in 14-mile stretch
A new 14-mile-long toll lane went into operation this week, allowing solo drivers the opportunity to use the new dual-use carpool lane by paying a toll electronically with FasTrak.

September 17, 2010 | 36 comments
School board candidates agree on key issues, differ in solutions

Budget, teacher retention, communications among key issues in forum
If the answers to questions posed to them at last night's school board candidates' forum are any indication, voters will have a tough choice deciding which two of the three they should vote for.

September 17, 2010 | 21 comments
Services this morning for Jill Brierley, well-known school, church leader

Foothill High IT manager stayed active despite 4-year battle with cancer
Visitors from Pleasanton's sister-city of Tulancingo, Mexico joined local delegates and scores of good band music fans Thursday night at a foot-stomping, drum beating performance by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band at the city's new Firehouse Arts Center.

September 17, 2010 | 6 comments
'Gentle Chiropractic' workshop will be held tonight

Learn about gentle chiropractic techniques, nurturing the whole person emotionally, mentally and physically that can impact your overall health, tonight from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Presented by Dr. Andrea Pritchett and Dr. Nicole Valega. Call 519-3003 or visit www.holisticmoms.org.

September 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Club will host Democratic candidates tonight

TriValley Democratic Club will host Democratic candidates that will be on the Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore November ballots tonight from 7-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, at IBEW 595 Hall, 6250 Village Pkwy., Dublin. The candidates will address the club and there will be a Q&A discussion. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Call 831-8355 or visit www.trivalleydems.com.

September 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Audition for the Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is seeking experienced singers with sight-reading skills. Auditions are by appointment only from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and L streets, Livermore. Call 462-4205 to schedule an appointment.

September 19, 2010 | No comments yet
'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra' this weekend

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents "My Way: A Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 17-Oct. 10 at Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Ln., Suite 309. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $20 for students. Call 462-2121 or visit www.trivalleyrep.com.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center grand opening tomorrow

The new Firehouse Arts Center will have its grand opening tomorrow from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18 at 4444 Railroad Ave. Following the dedication the public is invited to view the facility, which features a performing arts theater, art gallery and arts classrooms. The free open house will have music, refreshments, drawings and activities for children. Call 931-5340 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Local Yom Kippur services this weekend

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will hold a non-religious short ceremony and a series of workshops for adults and children from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. The ceremony will include readings, music and a memorial. Adult workshops on guilt, forgiveness, charity and social change. Bring canned or boxed food for food bank. Cost $10 for non-members 13 and over. Call 485-1049 or visit www.Tri-ValleyCulturalJews.org. Also, Jewish TriValley will host a warm and welcoming atmosphere with melodic prayer and meaningful insights at different times, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 17-18, at the Doubletree Hotel, 720 Las Flores Rd., Livermore. There will also be specialized youth programming for children of all ages. For a schedule of all activities, visit www.JewishTriValley.com.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
38th Annual Harvest Festival this weekend

The 38th Annual Harvest Festival, the original Art and Craft Show, is the largest such offering on the West Coast, and will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Sept. 17-18, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Tickets $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for youth 13-17, and children 12 and under are free. Call (415) 447-3205, www.harvestfestival.com.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Harvest Festival's final day at Fairgrounds

Music, crafts, entertainment highlight this year's art and craft show
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival opens today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a three-day run.

September 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Cemetery plots going on sale

Pleasanton residents get first pick
People who live in Pleasanton and non-residents with a spouse or partner buried at Pioneer Cemetery will have first option to purchase plots starting Oct. 1.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton library to host Fall book sale starting Friday

40,000 donated books, including bestsellers, children's picture books available at bargain prices
Boost your private book collection at the Fall Book Sale 2010 hosted by the Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library this weekend at the library's large meeting room.

September 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Officials seeking input on proposed Iron Horse Trail extension

The East Bay Regional Park District and the city of Pleasanton are hosting a second community meeting Sept. 29 to discuss the 1.6-mile extension of the Iron Horse Trail from Santa Rita Road to the Pleasanton/Dublin BART Station. Closing this gap will complete the Iron Horse Trail through Pleasanton.

September 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Lecture series continues with an American Soldier from 1846 tonight

Museum On Main presents the next 2010 Ed Kinney lecture series tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. An American Soldier of 1846, reenacted by Ernie Manzo, will recall both defeats and victories in the American takeover of California. Tickets are $5 for members and seniors; $10 for non-members; and $3 for students or teachers with ID. Visit www.museumonmain.org.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
School Board Candidates Forum tonight

Pleasanton PTA Council, the League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley, and the Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin branch of the American Association of University Women are co-sponsoring a School Board Candidates Forum, tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Pleasanton Unified School District offices, 4665 Bernal Ave.

September 15, 2010 | 7 comments
U.S. Appeals Court OKs DNA samples of felony defendants awaiting trial

'Another step down a really slippery slope,' public defender says
A U.S. appeals court in San Francisco Tuesday upheld a federal law that allows the collection of DNA from defendants who have been charged with a felony and released while awaiting trial.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Jockey severs spine during race at Golden Gate Fields

24-year-old known in Northern California horseracing community
A 24-year-old jockey is in critical but stable condition at Highland Hospital after severing his spinal cord in a fall during a race at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley on Sunday, track physician Dr. David Seftel said Tuesday.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Human remains found in Yosemite might be those of Livermore man

Disappeared while on solo hiking trip in 2003
Human remains found in Yosemite National Park earlier this month might be those of a Livermore man who went missing while on a hike in the park in 2003, a park spokeswoman said yesterday.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Federal stimulus money headed to Pleasanton schools

Still no word on state funding for the district
About $3 million in federal stimulus money could be in the Pleasanton School District's bank account before the end of the month, but school officials aren't going to be spending any of it right away."For the federal jobs bill, the requirement is a simple one," Luz Cazares, assistant superintendent of business services told the school board Tuesday. "It can be used for compensation."

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools perform well in state testing

Four schools drop but still well above state average
Pleasanton schools did well on the state's Academic Performance Index (API) tests, but some areas still need work, according to state documents and local officials.

September 14, 2010 | 10 comments
Help save someone's life by donating blood

A public blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Safeway, Employee Fitness Facility, 5858 Stoneridge Mall Rd. To schedule an appointment, call 738-1365. Or if you can't make it today, there will be a blood drive from 1-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at Best Buy, 4820 Dublin Blvd., Dublin. To schedule an appointment for the Dublin drive, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: BESTBUYDUBLIN). One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
'Awaken Your Catholic Faith' workshop starts today

'Awaken Your Catholic Faith' six-session series will includes topics such as "Spirituality: What's the Buzz?" and "Can the Mass Make My Life Meaningful?" Learn and ask questions in a friendly and confidential setting with other Catholics. Classes start today will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 15-Oct. 20, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr. Call Father Joseph at 846-4489.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Job search secrets will be revealed in a workshop today

Lost your job? Looking for a job closer to home? Job search secrets will be provided today from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Community Learning Center, 1st United Services Credit Union, 5900 Gibraltar Dr. Learn how to answer online employment ads, preparing your resume, and answering those tough interview questions. Bring your resume for an assessment. Space is limited and reservations required; call 846-4763.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Registration is now open for 'Learn and Play with me Today'

Pleasanton Public Library will host a six-week workshop "Learn and Play With Me Today" for parents and children ages 1-3 from 10-11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3 and 10, at the Pleasanton Public Library, Library Meeting Room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The program will emphasize play and the role of parents as their children's primary teachers. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3400 ext. 8.

September 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Deadline is today for student art contest

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Tri-Valley Haven invites all area students to help raise awareness through participating in its 14th annual Student Art Contest. This year's theme is "Changing the world plus Respect equals Love." Art work must be original, up to four colors and no larger than 14x14 inches. Deadline for submissions is today, Sept. 15. Call 449-5842.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Federal judge in San Francisco upholds city's instant runoff voting system

Ranked-choice voting aimed at reducing costs of run-off elections
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg issued a summary judgment last week dismissing a challenge filed by six citizens, including former San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate Ron Dudum.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Boxer, Feinstein call on federal agency to inspect California pipelines

PG&E also under orders to inspect its share of 12,000 miles of state-regulated lines
California's senators urged a federal agency Monday to immediately order inspections of interstate natural gas pipelines -- like the one that ruptured Thursday night in San Bruno -- with a priority on those near residential areas.

September 14, 2010 | 4 comments
Guitar superstar

Pleasanton player is finalist in competition
Guitar Player magazine has named Dan Kumar, 20, of Pleasanton as one of the 10 finalists in its sixth annual Guitar Superstar Competition taking place Saturday in Livermore. He is the youngest finalist in this year's competition and one of the few who have not already been performing professionally for many years.

September 13, 2010 | 3 comments
Reservations are due today for Widow and Widowers happy hour

The Widow and Widowers of Northern California will host a happy hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd. Reservations are due today to Marge at 828-5124. Cost depends on choice of food and beverage.

September 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about DMV's Ombudsman program this morning

A representative from the DMV Ombudsman program will speak today from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The program represents the interest of public safety for all Californians and assists as a go-between to ensure that senior drivers are treated fairly and consistently with the laws. Cost is $1.75 for residents or $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5369.

September 13, 2010 | No comments yet
'Big Sister Big Brother Party' will be held today

Dianne Danzig, author of "Babies Don't Eat Pizza," will join and help kids to celebrate their status at the Big Sister Big Brother Party today at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. The event will include games and practice caring for babies using dolls. Call 846-8826 to make a reservation or e-mail orders@towncenterbooks.com.

September 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Candidates disagree on local government's direction

Oak Grove, hillside development continue as issues on campaign trail
Candidates for mayor and City Council sparred Tuesday over the question about the direction of the municipal government in Pleasanton with very different and blunt answers.

September 13, 2010 | 50 comments
3 of those Injured Vasco Road crash weren't wearing seat belts

12-year-old thrown from vehicle losing part of one arm
A single vehicle accident in unincorporated Contra Costa County on Friday night severely maimed one boy and caused five other people to be transferred to local hospitals, the California Highway Patrol said.

September 12, 2010 | 7 comments
I-680's weekend toll lane restriping should be finished by this morning's commute

Restricted lanes scheduled to open Sept. 20
A carpool lane on southbound Interstate Highway 680 has been re-striped in preparation for a new express toll lane on that roadway, the California Department of Transportation announced.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Friends step up to help out former Amador Valley track star with cancer

Tailgate party, raffle planned
A former Amador Valley High School track star is in a race for her life, this time against brain cancer, but she's got her friends cheering her on.

September 13, 2010 | 4 comments
Pleasanton's soccer season 2010 opens with parade on Main Street

Hundreds parade in colorful costumes in traditional start to BUSC, RAGE games
Hundreds of youngsters paraded down Main Street in Pleasanton Saturday to mark the opening day of games among the Ballistic United Soccer Club for boys and the Pleasanton RAGE for girls.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Six injured in Vasco Road crash Friday night

12-year-old suffers serious arm injuries when vehicle drifts off roadway
Six people sustained minor to major injuries in a solo vehicle crash on a windy road in unincorporated Contra Costa County Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Broadcasting legend Fred LaCosse to host TV30's 'Community Focus' series

First show starts Friday with programs continuing through October
Legendary broadcaster, Fred LaCosse, a veteran news anchor, reporter, and talk show host in the Bay Area for past 45 years, will serve as guest host for "Tri-Valley Community Focus" on Tri-Valley TV in September and October.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Safeway donates $25,000, food, gift cards to San Bruno fire victims

Company also sent bagged lunches, water to first responders as fires raged following gas pipe explosion
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. has announced that its philanthropic arm, The Safeway Foundation, is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help people affected by Thursday's tragic natural gas explosion and fire in San Bruno.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
No one to be left out of school sports because of need, officials say

Despite privacy concerns, donations will be accepted
Families that can't pay for the physicals required to play sports needn't be worried -- Pleasanton schools have money set aside so no one gets left out.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Could it happen here? officials ask after San Bruno disaster

Local pipeline safety checks come as Red Cross asks for financial donations to help those displaced by explosion
Officials from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will be taking a close look at gas lines throughout the area in the wake of the disaster in San Bruno on Thursday night. In fact, Fire Chief Jim Miguel said his department has already begun a review. (Photo by Harry Arruda / Armed Images)

September 10, 2010 | 13 comments
Golf event raises more than $340K for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

A summer day of golfing, a gourmet dinner and a concert from Super Diamond led to raising more than $340,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

September 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Buchanan to kick off her 15th Assembly District re-election campaign this morning

District includes part of northeast Pleasanton
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, a Democrat who represents Pleasanton's 15th Assembly District, is starting off her campaign by hitting the streets.

September 10, 2010 | 3 comments
Valley Humane Society breaks ground on new Nevada Street center

'Marks beginning of a new era' –Board chair Lori Rice
Friends and members of the Valley Humane Society have joined in groundbreaking ceremonies for the organization's new 5,200-square-foot building where construction is actually already under way on Nevada Street next to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters.

September 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Cafe Tapioca opens in the Rose Pavilion

Refreshment center is newest store in Pleasanton's fast-growing shopping center near I-580
Cafe Tapioca, a 1,200square-foot refreshment center, has opened in the Rose Pavilion Shopping Center, which is located at the northwest corner of Santa Rita Road and Rosewood Drive.

September 10, 2010 | 9 comments
Job's Daughters will meet tonight

Job's Daughters Bethel No.14 meets at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at Pleasanton Masonic Lodge, 3370 Hopyard Rd. It is for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 who have a Masonic relationship. It teaches the girls team work, leadership and public speaking. Call 683-5401.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Student art contest submissions due by Wednesday

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Tri-Valley Haven invites all area students to help raise awareness through participating in its 14th annual Student Art Contest. This year's theme is "Changing the world plus Respect equals Love." Art work must be original, up to four colors and no larger than 14x14 inches. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. Call 449-5842.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Auditions will be held today for the Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is seeking experienced singers with sight-reading skills. Auditions will be by appointment only tonight from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13 and also at the same time on Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and L streets, Livermore. Call 462-4205 to schedule an appointment.

September 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Fife and Drum Corps will perform at the Farmers Market tomorrow

The Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corps will play patriotic music tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 11, at the downtown Farmers Market. They will play in three sets of 15 minutes at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. This group is a Pleasanton-based parade band dedicated to perpetuating the music and history of the American Revolution of 1776. It hosts free drum or fife (flute) lessons from 6:30-8 p.m., every Friday in Pleasanton. For more information, call 484-0265 or visit www.youngamericanpatriots.com.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet photographer David Stark Wilson at the library

Photographer David Stark Wilson will present a nature slide show at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. California's "Fourtenners" -- Mount Whitney, Mount Shasta and the loftiest peeks of the High Sierra -- have long teased the imagination and challenged the fortitude of mountaineers. Call 931-3405 or visit www.davidstarkwilson.com.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy the 'Great Catsby' casino night

The Great Catsby Casino Night will be an evening under the stars to benefit the Valley Humane Society which will take place tonight from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at the home of Becky and Murray Dennis, 838 Gray Fox Circle. Tickets are $65, including dinner, two drink tickets, valet parking and gambling chips. Tickets are available online at www.valleyhumane.org or at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St. Call 426-8656.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Fri: Meet four mystery writers this morning

Four mystery writers will speak today at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, at Towne Center books, 555 Main St. Authors include Penny Warner, Margaret Grace, Hailey Lind and Simon Wood. There will be coffee, conversation and fun. Reservations are helpful; call 846-8826.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
State Supreme Court hears arguments on governor's power to declare furlough days

Unions say action violates contracts, Legislature's 40-hour work week measure
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's power to furlough state workers for two or three days per month in response to the state's budget crisis was argued before the California Supreme Court in San Francisco Wednesday.

September 9, 2010 | 4 comments
BART tramway to Oakland Airport back in the planning map

Regional transit agency OKs $20-million in state funding for project
BART's plan to build a 3.2-mile-long elevated tramway between its Oakland Coliseum station and the Oakland airport cleared another hurdle in its long history Wednesday when a regional transit agency voted 6-2 to approve to approve $20 million in state funding for the project.

September 9, 2010 | 2 comments
Schwarzenegger to sign Chelsea's Law measure today in Southern California

Legislation tightens sex offense parole guidelines, requires lifelong tracking
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign legislation today in San Diego's Balboa Park that requires a life sentence without the possibility of parole for forcible sex acts against minors. It would also tighten sex offense parole guidelines and require lifelong tracking of certain sex offenders.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Old Blues Eyes comes to Pleasanton

'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra'
Fans of Frank Sinatra -- or just great songs -- are in for a treat with the new offering from the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre: A music revue featuring 56 songs recorded by "Old Blue Eyes" that is currently playing to packed houses throughout the country.

September 9, 2010 | No comments yet
More than 900 drivers stopped at checkpoint

Pleasanton police made one arrest last Friday night of a driver under the influence at a checkpoint on Stoneridge Drive and Johnson that kicked off the Labor Day weekend, said Traffic Sgt. Robert Leong.

September 8, 2010 | 11 comments
Hitting the road for a good cause

Foothill High grad working to help Uganda's 'Invisible Children'
While many Foothill High School graduates prepared to head off to college or join the workforce, Jaymie Shearer, 18, had an atypical plan for the next five months -- to be a "roadie" to spread awareness about child soldiers and the war in Uganda.

September 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Applications are due tomorrow for BPTC

Applications to serve on the new Bicycle Pedestrian and Trails Committee (BPTC) are due in the City Clerks office by 5 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 10. Postmarks will not be accepted. For more information, call the City Clerks office at 931-5027.

September 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Ribbon cutting at Valley Humane Society today

Valley Humane Society will host a ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3670 Nevada St. Construction is under way on the new animal care facility, which will allow the program to triple the number of lives it saves each year. The public is invited. Call 426-8656.

September 8, 2010 | 4 comments
Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club meets tonight

Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Rd. Troy McGregor of Garden Natives will describe plants that do well in the Tri-Valley and suggest how to add them to existing landscapes.

September 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to cook healthy

Six "Healthy Cooking" classes will start tonight and will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9 through Nov. 4 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Topics include eating for health; stocks, soups and stews 101 (two classes); salads; appetizers; Thanksgiving side dishes; and desserts. Cost is $40 for residents (per class), and $45 for non-residents; plus a $12 supply fee. For a detailed schedule, visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org or call 931-5365.

September 8, 2010 | 2 comments
Stoneridge Creek retirement community, new auto mall win City Council's OK

Staples Ranch could be annexed into city late this year with projects starting in early 2011
The City Council last night gave its final approval to multi-million-dollar development projects on Staples Ranch that will be the largest Pleasanton has seen since Hacienda Business Park was developed in the 1980s and 1990s.

September 8, 2010 | 14 comments
L.A. law firm hired to defend Pleasanton against Oak Grove developers' lawsuit

City Council unanimous in supporting legal battle over 51-home development bid
Fresh off a settlement agreement that cost taxpayers nearly $2.5-million in legal fees, the city of Pleasanton is back in the courts again, this time hiring a Los Angeles law firm to defend the city against a lawsuit by property owners in the southeast hills who want to build 51 luxury homes there.

September 8, 2010 | 73 comments
RV show returns to fairgrounds along with public's interest in recreational travel

Industry survey indicates sales rising from recession lows
With interest in traveling in motor homes and RVs on the rise, attendance at the 16th Annual Northern California Fall RV Show could reach pre-recession levels when the exhibits open to the public Friday, Sept. 24.

September 7, 2010 | 3 comments
Join M.O.M.'s 'Reading Time' this morning

M.O.M.'s Reading Time is a literacy program designed to introduce preschool-aged children to books and activities about unique people, cultures and events in their community will take place this morning from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Today's theme is "Autumn Harvest." Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

September 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Rosh Hashanah services tonight

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will present a non-religious Jewish New Year program of readings and music, followed by an apples and honey reception tonight from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. Children are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring canned or boxed food for the food bank. This event is free to members; $10 for adult non-members ages 13 and over. Call 485-1049 or visit www.Tri-ValleyCulturalJews.org.

September 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Wellness and EAP Panel today at lunch

Discover how to get a Wellness and EAP program started at your company today from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at ADP, 4125 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton. This event is $25 for NCHRA members; $35 for the general public. Visit www.nchra.org.

September 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Vigil tonight by Pleasantonians 4 Peace

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will sponsor a candlelight vigil tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Call Cathe at 462-7495, e-mail Matt at mjs7882@gmail.com or visit www.pleasantonians4peace.org.

September 7, 2010 | No comments yet
McNerney bags it for Safeway's MDA Fundraiser

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) works with checkout associate Maria Montes to bag groceries for customers at Safeway's supermarket in Pleasanton to help raise funds for Safeway Foundation's Muscular Dystophy drive. See story in adjoining column.

September 7, 2010 | 12 comments
McNerney, Hosterman, Pico join in Safeway's Labor Day fundraiser

Santa Rita supermarket hosts 'celebrities,' cheerleaders to support Muscular Dystrophy research
Two mayors and a congressman bagged groceries for more than an hour yesterday at Safeway's Pleasanton supermarket to help the Safeway Foundation raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), an organization that helps more than one million Americans affected by neuromuscular diseases.

September 7, 2010 | 18 comments
990 motorists arrested statewide in early count of weekend DUI enforcement results

'Increased enforcement' period ended near midnight last night
Police in the Bay Area have arrested 167 drivers since Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol, up slightly since 2009.

September 6, 2010 | 5 comments
State Supreme Court to consider Schwarzenegger's furlough order tomorrow

Ruling could decide if governor has power to mandate unpaid days off for state employees
The California Supreme Court is set to grapple at a hearing in San Francisco tomorrow with whether the governor has the power to furlough tens of thousands of state workers in response to the Golden State's budget crisis.

September 6, 2010 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Tri Valley Babe Ruth All Stars 14s win championship

Defeat Tallahassee 1-0 to earn 2010 title
By Ron Dronkers

The Tri Valley Babe Ruth All Star 14's beat Tallahassee, Florida 1-0 to earn the 2010 World Series Championship title. This makes Tri Valley the best 14 year old Babe Ruth team in the nation.

September 5, 2010 | 5 comments
It's campaign time: Here come the signs

Saturday marked 1st day political signs could be placed in front yards
If you like a wide variety of political campaign signs, look out your front window this morning. You're likely to see quite a few.

September 5, 2010 | 14 comments
Sacramento woman killed when car crashes into CHP vehicle on I-580 in Livermore

Driver suffers moderate injuries after losing control of car in westbound lanes
An out-of-control Honda Accord crashed into the back of a California Highway Patrol car that was stopped along Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore Saturday morning, killing a passenger in the Honda, a CHP spokesman said.

September 4, 2010 | 2 comments
Deli meats stacked in Wal-Mart sandwiches part of nationwide recall

Contaminated products used in a variety of store's 'Grab-and-Go' items
Approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat products distributed nationwide have been recalled by its New York state producer after learning the meats are potentially contaminated with a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious health problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.

September 4, 2010 | 4 comments
Survey shows Smart Meter complaints coincided with recent heat waves

Independent study says new meters OK, but PG&E's customer service has problems
The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday received the results of an independent report on PG&E's SmartMeter program before holding a commission meeting in San Francisco where more people came to criticize the controversial meters.

September 3, 2010 | 4 comments
Another city faced with mounting budget deficits disbands police force

San Mateo County sheriff's office takes over San Carlos' law enforcement duties
The San Carlos City Council Thursday night voted unanimously to disband the city's police force and contract out police services to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office beginning in October.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Livermore police ask for help in finding boy who attacked, injured elderly woman

Beating occurred after school as victim walked near L Street, Arroyo Road
Police are asking for the community's help identifying a juvenile suspected of beating an 89-year-old woman Tuesday on a walking path, according to the Livermore Police Department.

September 3, 2010 | 7 comments
Livermore mother pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Accused of committing sex crimes against two teenage boys, she's due back n court Oct. 14
A 42-year-old Livermore woman pleaded not guilty Friday to 67 felony counts alleging she committed sex crimes with two teenage boys.

September 3, 2010 | 4 comments
Volunteer at the new Firehouse Arts Center

Orientation meetings Sept. 11 for ushers, gallery docents
The new Firehouse Arts Center, which will open to the public Sept. 18, has opportunities for volunteers, including theater ushers and visual arts gallery docents for seniors and retirees, adults, youth ages 16 and over, and for community service volunteers.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Going the Distance''

(Two stars)
Extra! Extra! Hip People with Cool Jobs Have Relationship Problems! Or so we "learn" in "Going the Distance," the debut fiction feature from documentarian Nanette Burstein ("American Teen"). -- PC

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The American'

(Two stars)
Style is a tricky thing. If a director lays on the atmosphere too thick, a film can unintentionally slide into self-parodic territory. Sober and slightly silly, Anton Corbijn's "The American" resembles that remark. -- PC

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
If you like political campaign signs, enjoy the view

Front yard and fence signs going up everywhere as candidates move to solicit votes
Political campaign signs are everywhere after Pleasanton began allowing the signs to be posted in front yards and at other locations starting Saturday.

September 3, 2010 | 14 comments
29th annual Harvest Wine Celebration wraps up this afternoon

More than 40 wineries offering tastes of their best, newest wines
The Livermore Valley's 29th annual Harvest Wine Celebration wraps up today with wine, food, art and music from noon to 5 p.m.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police to stop motorists at checkpoint starting at 7 p.m. tonight

Checks aimed at finding drivers impaired by alcohol, drugs
The Pleasanton Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint between 7 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Saturday on a roadway known for its DUI problems.

September 2, 2010 | 10 comments
Have you signed up for 'Good Reads?'

On average more than 170,000 books are published annually in the U.S. It makes the task of keeping up with new titles seems overwhelming, doesn't it? Now there's a way to keep up through "Good Reads in your InBox" which is a free e-newsletter service. To subscribe, visit http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/addnluser.html?sid=7010.

September 6, 2010 | 6 comments
Buy tickets now for VPC's golf tournament

The third annual Valley Pregnancy Center "Golf Fore Life" event will be held from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sept. 13, Monday, at Castlewood Country Club. It will raise funds for this nonprofit organization, which offer counseling, pregnancy-related medical services and compassionate support for women and families in the Tri-Valley area. Event includes a Hole-in-One Prize Toyota RAV4, prize drawings, auction and awards dinner. Cost $195 includes golf, lunch and dinner. Buy your tickets now, call 828-4458 or visit www.valleypregnancycenter.org.

September 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Make an appointment to donate blood tomorrow

American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at State Compensation Insurance Fund, 5890 Owens Dr. Schedule an appointment today by visiting www.redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: STATECOMP). One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

September 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks fall swim program starts tomorrow

Pleasanton Seahawks Fall Swim Program starts its conditioning sessions tomorrow, Sept. 7, which will run until Dec. 31. Fall swim programs feature professional coaches, individual instruction, daily pool time and regular USA Swimming swim meets. Call 426-8222 or visit www.pleasantonseahawks.org.

September 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Today is the last day of the Harvest Wine Celebration

Livermore Valley Wine Country will celebrate its Labor Day weekend tradition while hosting the Harvest Wine Celebration from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6, at area wineries. Wineries will offer special activities to festival guests today. For more information and pricing, call 447-9463 or visit www.lvwine.org.

September 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Celebrate Labor Day by shopping at the Antique and Art Faire

Discover Danville Association will host an Antique and Art Faire today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6, at the Railroad Avenue parking lot in Danville. There will be an appraisal clinic at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. For more information, call 339-8330 or visit www.discoverdanvilleca.com.

September 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy music from 'New World Jazz Ensemble'

New World Jazz Ensemble will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Melanie O'Reilly will be the vocals, piano by Ben Anjo and guitars by Mike Ramos. This event is free. Call 931-3405 or visit www.newworldmusicacademy.com.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet author and hospice nurse Ellisa Al-Chokhacy tomorrow

Ellisa Al-Chokhacy, a hospice nurse who wrote "Miraculous Moments: True Stories confirming that Life Goes On," will talk about her 20 years of working with the dying and bereaved tomorrow at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Reservations are helpful. Call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Everyone is Scottish this weekend

The 145th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games will take place this weekend from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Activities include piping and drumming, a Highland Dance Competition, Celtic Country Dancing, and the Children's Glen, along with a fantastic Grandstand show. Also, the U.S. Marine Band San Diego, some 45 musicians strong, will march as a precursor to the 145th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, starting today at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, from Old Bernal Rd. to St. Mary St. Call (800) 713-3160 or 443-4700 or visit www.caledonian.org.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to the sounds of 'Public Eye' tonight

Enjoy great rock 'n' roll music from Public Eye tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). This concert is free. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
S.F. again asks to opt out of fingerprint program it fears targets illegal immigrants

But Brown disagrees, saying policy 'advances law enforcement objectives'
San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey and immigration rights advocates Wednesday renewed their call to allow San Francisco to opt out of a new federal fingerprint reporting program aimed at criminals suspected of being in the country illegally.

September 2, 2010 | 4 comments
AC Transit could cut weekend bus service due to budget woes

Labor demands blamed for major reductions in operations
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit officials are proposing to cut weekend bus service nearly in half and make other reductions to improve the
agency's bleak financial outlook.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Travel agent testifies she fears airline merger will reduce flights, increase fares

A Nevada travel agent who sued United and Continental airlines to block their merger testified in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday that she joined the case because she feared higher fares and reduced flights.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Food, wine and equine fun to help SonRise foundation

The fourth annual Wine and Equine Festival will bring together Esin Restaurant and Wente Vineyards, Murietta's Well and Drake's Brewing Company to raise money for SonRise Equestrian Foundation. It takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Charles Wilhelm Training Center in Castro Valley, will also include demonstrations and a horse show.

September 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Sen. Boxer, Republican challenger Fiorina face off at St. Mary's College debate

Economy, stimulus bill highlight one-hour televised debate
Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina squared off Wednesday night on jobs, global warming, immigration reform, gay marriage and other issues in their first—and likely only-- senatorial debate.

September 2, 2010 | 20 comments
Scottish games ending this afternoon at fairgrounds

145th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games drawing to a close
The 145th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games are wrapping up their two-day run yhis afternoon at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, an annual event presented by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco.

September 2, 2010 | 1 comment
Valley Humane Society to break ground for new digs

Facility will triple number of animal lives saved each year
The Valley Humane Society is holding a groundbreaking and ribbon cutting for the public at its site on Nevada Street at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, although work is already under way on the new 5,000-square-foot animal shelter.

September 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Gym headed for Vintage Hills

Facility would be available for members 24/7
A new fitness facility planned for Vintage Hills Shopping Center will be accessible to members around the clock, using security systems including a dedicated 911 line and the option for exercising patrons to wear necklaces that send out distress signals.

September 7, 2010 | 4 comments
Food pantry is open today at Valley Bible Church

The Food Pantry at Valley Bible Church has open pantry hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 7106 Johnson Drive. Since opening in March 2008, the pantry has served over 200 families and passed out over 50,000 items. Local churches, scout groups, 4H clubs and schools help keep the pantry stocked. Email smchew@sbcglobal.net for details.

September 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Have lunch with the Rotary today

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton hosts a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www.PleasantonRotary.org.

September 1, 2010 | No comments yet
New bridge weekly classes start today

Classes designed for new bridge players will take place weekly starting tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 2-Oct. 21, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Bridge has been proven to increase short term memory and increase one's immune system. Cost $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

September 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Sample Livermore Valley's best wine this Labor Day weekend

The Livermore Valley Wine Country's annual Labor Day weekend Harvest Celebration is back for its 29th year. From noon to 5 p.m., Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5 and 6, sample the wine, food, art and music that the more than 30 wineries are offering.

September 1, 2010 | 4 comments
Candidates for mayor, City Council share views on how they'd govern Pleasanton in years ahead

Senior housing issues dominate 1st forum as Stoneridge Drive, other long-time concerns fade
Candidates for Pleasanton mayor and City Council in the upcoming municipal election on Nov. 2 took to the stage for the first time Monday to publicly talk together about their views on the challenges facing the community and how they would handle them if elected.

September 1, 2010 | 28 comments
Union contract leading to cutbacks, revenue losses at AC Transit

Weekend bus service endangered because of budget shortfall
Describing its financial situation as bleak, AC Transit officials said that because its drivers' union failed to compromise in contract negotiations, the bus system is being forced to consider a proposal that will eliminate almost half of its weekend bus service along with other cutbacks.

September 12, 2010 | 2 comments
Cal State East Bay boosts regional economy by $415 million, report finds

Study shows 23-campus CSU system generates $17 billion in economic activity
A recent report on the California State University system's statewide economic impact reveals that California State University, East Bay contributes $415 million annually to the regional economy: a return of more than $5 for every state dollar invested.

September 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Victorious 'Devils' from Amador Valley

Eleven students from Amador Valley High School were among the 140-plus members of the 2010 Blue Devils B Corps drum and bugle corps based in Concord who won this year's championships in Indianapolis.

September 1, 2010 | 4 comments
Bookleggers program need volunteers

Pleasanton Public Library is looking for volunteers for its Bookleggers program that presents books to children in Pleasanton classrooms, grades K-8. For more information, call Chris Spitzel at 931-3400, ext. 26.

August 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Celebrate Pleasanton tonight at the last First Wednesday Party tonight

Pleasanton Downtown Association will host the last First Wednesday Street Party of the season by celebrating Pleasanton tonight from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton. "Finding Stella" will perform classic rock and pop spirit of the '70s and '80s in the beer and wine garden. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 31, 2010 | 2 comments
Cook-Kallio launches re-election bid at downtown park rally

High school history, government teacher wants Pleasanton to keep attracting business
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio combined her birthday celebration with a campaign for re-election Sunday at a festive ice cream social at Lions Wayside Park.

August 31, 2010 | 21 comments
DSRSD says recently approved worker bonuses not likely

Payments would be made only if there's money left over in tight budget year
Even though the Dublin San Ramon Services District board of directors recently approved plans to award workers with bonuses - some as high as $30,000 - they say it doesn't necessarily mean any of the district's employees will be receiving any.

August 31, 2010 | 5 comments
Judge allows S.F. workers' pension, health care reform to go on Nov. 2 ballot

Measure would raise employee pension contributions by up to 10%
A San Francisco Superior Court judge Monday agreed to let a city pension and health care reform measure promoted by Public Defender Jeff Adachi onto the city's November ballot.

August 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Register for Hope Hospice's community training class

Hope Hospice will host community training classes that will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 2-Oct. 21, at the Hope Hospice Offices, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin. Hospice will offer comprehensive information on the practice and philosophy of providing hospice care. Cost $75 general registration for class materials or $120 for CEUs, class and materials. Call 829-8770.

August 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans for the Scottish Games and Gathering this weekend

The Scottish Games and Gathering will take place this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Activities include piping and drumming, a Highland Dance Competition, Celtic Country Dancing, and the Children's Glen, along with a fantastic Grandstand show. Call 1-800-713-3160 or 443-4700 or visit www.caledonian.org.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Friends of the Library online book sale

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Today is the last chance to adopt a cat for free

Adopt an adult cat at East County Animal Shelter, and the adoption fee will be paid by Tri-Valley Animal Rescue until today, Aug. 31. Cats are available from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin. All you need to pay for is the spay/neuter fee, if needed. Call 803-7040 or visit www.tvar.org.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board candidate Joan Laursen ready to work for change

Offers lengthy experience as volunteer in the district
Pleasanton school board candidate Joan Laursen said the experience she already has working with schools makes her "uniquely qualified" for the board.

August 31, 2010 | 15 comments
Bowser prepared for difficult school board race during difficult times

Decision to run for board was a family choice
Pleasanton school board candidate Jeff Bowser is hoping to bring his educational and business experience to the district. Bowser, who lost the race in 2008, said deciding to run again was a difficult decision.

September 1, 2010 | 17 comments
School board candidate Sandy Piderit wants new ways of thinking about education

Proposes grant writing, review of programs to see what's working
Concern for the future of education in Pleasanton led Sandy Piderit to run for the school board, she told a small crowd at her kickoff event Friday.

August 28, 2010 | 55 comments
Thousands jams Goodguys' 24th annual car show at Fairgrounds

Colorful classic cars of all makes and models filled the Alameda County Fairgrounds over the 3-day-long Goodguys' 24th West Coast Custom car show that closed yesterday in Pleasanton.

August 27, 2010 | 3 comments
Learn about Green Vehicles Alternatives at special event today

Pleasanton Committee on Energy and the Environment is offering free lectureat 2 p.m. at Senior Center
The city of Pleasanton and its Committee on Energy and the Environment will present the second of its free lecture series, focused on the topic of Green Vehicle Alternatives, at 2 p.m., today at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

August 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Planners OK new Safeway 'Lifestyle' store near Fairgrounds

58,000-square-foot supermarket, to open late next year, will be city's largest
The Pleasanton Planning Commission Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to plans by Safeway to build one of its new "Lifestyle" supermarkets in Pleasanton with a scheduled opening of November next year.

August 27, 2010 | 31 comments
BART to delay scheduled fare increase in 2012

Minimal inflation, unexpected state funds allows postponement of planned hike
BART directors voted Thursday to delay the agency's next regularly scheduled fare increase in 2012 after receiving unexpected funding from the state earlier this year, spokesman Linton Johnson said.

August 27, 2010 | 2 comments
Investigators link body found near Niles Canyon Road to East Palo Alto disappearance

Tests under way to determine if victim was same as man attacked in armed robbery last February
Investigators are trying to determine if a decomposed body found in unincorporated Fremont is that of a 27-year-old East Palo Alto man who was reported missing in February, an Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman said Friday.

August 27, 2010 | 4 comments
New DUI policy could revoke licenses for 10 years

State Assemblyman calls pending law 'a major victory for public safety'
Drunken drivers might sober up in September over a bill that aims to revoke licenses from repeat offenders who drive under the influence.

August 27, 2010 | 11 comments
Livermore soccer coach jailed on child pornography charges

With search warrant in hand, police find graphic images on man's computer
The head coach of a Livermore youth soccer team was arrested Thursday afternoon and locked up in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of the possession and distribution of child pornography after police detectives discovered the lewd material on his computer, police said.

August 27, 2010 | 14 comments
Supervisor calls for state measure to track skydivers to safe landings

Action sought after jumper falls to death, but nobody knew
A Contra Costa County supervisor is calling for reforms to the skydiving industry after a Martinez resident took a fatal dive last week from Byron Airport.

August 30, 2010 | 17 comments
Tri-Valley Chabad to dedicate new Torah Scroll today

Public invited to festive Jewish celebration marking completion of seven-month effort
The last three lines of a new Torah Scroll written in Pleasanton for the Chabad of the Tri-Valley will be added by members of the congregation along with a scribe at 1:30 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Senior Center with a dedication of the work to take place at 2:30 p.m. with a grand procession.

August 26, 2010 | 2 comments
Local girl goes native in The Gambia

2005 Amador graduate serves as Peace Corps ambassador in Africa
Imagine living in a small village in Africa, staying in a mud hut, sleeping on a grass mat, using an outdoor pit latrine and, occasionally, chasing baboons from the local garden. Now imagine doing it by choice. Clearly, it's not for everyone, but it's a dream job for 2005 Amador Valley High School graduate Joanna LaFrancesca.

August 27, 2010 | 7 comments
Going natural

Farmer Shawn harvests 5 acres of organic produce for local consumption
Farmer Shawn Seufert, who has fields in Pleasanton and Sunol, sells his organic produce to local restaurants and at farmers markets but mostly to members of his Community Supported Agriculture program.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Bunny art show at the SPCA

Buy a lovely work of art and adopt the bunny too! A Bunny Art Show with over 45 original paintings featuring East Bay Rabbit Rescue's bunnies is on exhibit through October at East Bay SPCA, 4651 Gleason Dr., Dublin. Artwork is by 10 Bay Area artists and children; 20 percent of proceeds goes to the East Bay SPCA. Call 449-6368 or visit www.eastbayrabbit.petfinder.com.

August 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Volunteer opportunities for teens are available at the library

Pleasanton Public Library offers Volunteer Information Meetings for teens in high school that may volunteer at the library at various times of the year like the Friends of the Library Book Sale or help with the Children's Summer Reading Program. Students (not parents please) will need to visit the blog at www.ptownteenlib.blogspot.com to find out when new volunteer training dates are available before e-mailing Teresa Parham at tparham@ci.pleasanton.ca.us. Also, middle school students are invited to help run the library's summer reading program by becoming a "Kid Power Volunteer" to help children sign up for and play the summer reading game, as well as distribute prizes. For more information, call the Children's Desk 931-3400, ext. 8.

August 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Overwhelmed by clutter?

Clutterless Self Help Group will help you learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary and St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Rm. 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org.

August 29, 2010 | No comments yet
'Lowdown on the High Holy Days' on Sunday

Learn about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from leading Bay Area Jewish scholars and artists, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Ct., Pleasanton. This day of learning, fun and inspiration offers activities for all ages. Deli lunch will be available. Register at www.bethemek.org/lowdown or call 443-4567.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about green vehicle alternatives tomorrow

A lecture and panel discussion about green vehicle alternatives will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The subject will include compressed natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, and other transportation options such as natural gas operated scooters and Segways. Vehicles will be on display. This is the second in a free lecture series by Pleasanton's Committee on Energy and the Environment. Call 931-5500.

August 26, 2010 | 3 comments
24th annual West Coast Nationals car show this weekend

Goodguys 24th West Coast Nationals is the largest automotive event in the Western United States and will be held this weekend from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-29, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. More than 3,500 hot rods and customs through 1972 vintage, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live music, seminars, cruising, model car show and miniature engine exhibit, arts and crafts and more. Cost is $18 for adults, $6 for children ages 7-12. Call 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Live music this weekend starts tonight

Enjoy great music "Ruckatan" featuring latin rock music tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). Next Friday will feature Rock 'N Roll music from Public Eye on Sept. 3. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net. Also, "What's Up Big Band" will perform the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Harry James and more from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The Big Band era will come alive with the 17-piece What's Up Big Band. Call 931-3405.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
24th West Coast Nationals wrap up Pleasanton show today

Goodguys add 'muscle cars' for popular event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds
If the phrase "four-speed dual quad posi-traction 409" means more to you than a line from a Beach Boys' song, you might want to cruise over to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton today.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Wildfire near Mount Diablo 90 percent contained

A 375-acre wildfire burning in a remote area near Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County was 90 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
New chief justice nominee confirmed

Cantil-Sakauye's name now goes on Nov. 2 state ballot for voter approval
A state commission in San Francisco Wednesday unanimously confirmed Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to be California's next chief justice.

August 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Big day for kindergartners

Becky and Ingo Kustermann say goodbye to 5-year-old Kaeden as he heads off to his first day of school at Walnut Grove Elementary Wednesday morning.

August 25, 2010 | 6 comments
School trustees takes first step toward parcel tax

Board members promise not to pursue without support
The Pleasanton school board has taken its first official step toward getting a parcel tax on the ballot in the spring.

August 26, 2010 | 72 comments
Bunny Art Show is on now at the SPCA

Buy a work of art and adopt the bunny, too! A Bunny Art Show with over 45 original paintings featuring East Bay Rabbit Rescue's bunnies is running through October at East Bay SPCA, 4651 Gleason Dr., Dublin. Artwork is by 10 Bay Area artists and children; 20 percent of proceeds goes to the East Bay SPCA. Call 449-6368 or visit www.eastbayrabbit.petfinder.com.

August 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Shop and help seniors at the Peddler Shoppe

The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It's a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings; and 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday monthly.

August 25, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'The Princess and the Frog' in the park tonight

Residents are invited to enjoy "The Princess and the Frog" at dusk Aug. 26 at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. The park features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Services tomorrow for John McWilliams

Lifetime Pleasanton resident loved to share his memories
Services for John Brendan McWilliams will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton.

August 25, 2010 | 3 comments
Staples OK'd

Pleasanton council gives its unanimous approval to 124-acre development, eventual extension of Stoneridge Drive
The Pleasanton City Council unanimously approved a an agreement last night that will allow for multi-million-dollar residential, commercial and recreational developments on Staples Ranch along with extending Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore.

August 25, 2010 | 25 comments
Fires in Mt. Diablo area as temperatures hit near-record highs

'Cooler' today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley with a high of only 100 degrees by mid-day
Hundreds of firefighters battled a 375-acre wildfire charring ground near Mount Diablo State Park in a rural, unincorporated area of Contra Costa County late yesterday as an excessive heat wave brought temperatures to a near-record high of 106 degrees in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

August 25, 2010 | No comments yet
July existing home sales fall as expected, but prices rise

27.2% drop puts sales nationally at the lowest level since Realtor group's accounting
Existing-home sales were sharply lower in July following expiration of the home buyer tax credit but home prices continued to gain, according to the National Association of Realtors.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Tips for selling your home in this fall

With fewer homes on the market, this could be the best time of the year to sell
Summer is coming to an end which means the leaves will start changing, the weather will begin cooling and we'll all be spending more time inside our homes.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Ballistic U15 Select crowned champions in Soccer by the Bay tournament

Seahawks finish 2nd in Far Western Long Course swim meet
The Ballistic U15 Select team took first place in its age group last weekend at the Soccer by the Bay tournament, the largest soccer tournament in Northern California.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger's chief justice nominee goes before confirmation hearing today

If confirmed, Appeal Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye would need voter approval on Nov. 2
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee for California's next chief justice will go before a confirmation hearing in San Francisco today with a State Bar group's highest rating.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
The library is looking for volunteers

Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers for its Homebound Service, which provides homebound residents with library books, videos and CDs to community residents. Also, the library hosts the Pleasanton Reads Project that needs volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language to residents over 18. Students and tutors usually meet once per week at a mutually convenient time and place. Tutoring and all necessary materials are free of charge. Contact Jan Bauman at 931-3411 or jbauman@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 24, 2010 | 3 comments
'Imagination Expressed 2010' art exhibit on display

The Pleasanton Art League and Museum On Main present their fourth art exhibit "Imagination Expressed 2010" which runs until Oct. 17, at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The show features the work of 35 PAL members. The museum is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m., Sundays. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Support group for women with ADHD will meet tonight

A support group for women, mothers and daughters living with ADHD or executive function challenges meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at DeLatti's Ice Cream, 5424 Sunol Blvd. Call 872-8728 or email kathryn@bellamenti.com.

August 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Back to school! Foothill High, all other Pleasanton schools ready and waiting for students

Aerial view of Foothill High shows school set for Class of 2011
This aerial photo of Foothill High School by photographer Mike Sedlak shows the bright red roof of Foothill High and surrounding neighborhoods that are ready and waiting for just under 2,300 students to arrive for the first day of classes this morning.

August 24, 2010 | 3 comments
Tri- Valley Real shows great strength in season's 1st tourney

Under 16 team makes it to finals, but then loses the big one
Entering their first tournament of the season, Tri Valley Real had great play in five matches last weekend at the BUSC's Summer Classic in Pleasanton.

August 24, 2010 | 7 comments
Council to consider response to Oak Grove lawsuit at special meeting this afternoon

Public meeting to start at 4:30 p.m. with closed-door session following
The Pleasanton City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. this afternoon to review a lawsuit filed by landowners of 562 acres in the city's southeast hills who are seeking a court order to allow them to develop 51 large lots on a part of their property for custom homes.

August 24, 2010 | 42 comments
English conversation groups meets tonight

Pleasanton Library English Conversation group meets from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. It also offers free English conversations classes from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Call 931-3411.

August 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Donate school supplies to children in need

Sleep Train is collecting school supplies for children in need until Sept. 9 at all its stores. The Pleasanton store is located at 6050 Johnson Dr., Ste. C. Call 1-800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

August 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Make reservations now to meet Thomas Wilmer on Saturday

Celebrate with author Thomas Wilmer at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. His book is the first exclusive guide to a little-known wine region, introducing adventurous wine lovers to more than forty wineries, the owners and winemakers, and their superb wines. Reservations are recommended; call 846-8826.

August 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police investigate 2 armed robberies, gunshots at Rose Pavilion, Nation's Restaurant

San Ramon man captured on attempted murder charge as cops search for 3 other suspects
Pleasanton police captured a 19-year-old San Ramon man after shots were fired in an armed robbery in the Rose Pavilion parking lot Thursday night and are searching for a man and woman suspected of robbing Nation's Restaurant Saturday night at Hopyard Road near I-580.

August 23, 2010 | 17 comments
Pleasanton's Beth Emek congregation to host talk by McNerney tonight

Congressman to focus on issues affecting U.S.-Israel relationship
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will host a meeting in Pleasanton tonight for Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court.

August 23, 2010 | No comments yet
106 degrees forecast today for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather Service says this could be the last of 100-plus degree days in 2010
It'll be hot today with possibly record-breaking heat tomorrow as the National Weather Service predicts temperatures reaching 99 degrees in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley by mid-day and 107 degrees tomorrow.

August 23, 2010 | 6 comments
Pleasanton police investigate 2 armed robberies, gunshots at Rose Pavilion, Nation's Restaurant

San Ramon man captured on attempted murder charge as cops search for 3 other suspects
Pleasanton police captured a 19-year-old San Ramon man after shots were fired in an armed robbery in the Rose Pavilion parking lot Thursday night and are searching for a man and woman suspected of robbing Nation's Restaurant last night at Hopyard Road near I-580.

August 22, 2010 | 6 comments
Robbery, shooting outside CVS Pharmacy in Pleasanton's Rosewood Pavilion

Police report made public Saturday on 'unusual event' that occurred Thursday night
A 19-year-old San Ramon man is in jail after allegedly robbing a man and then attempting to shoot him in a Pleasanton parking lot Thursday night, according to police.

August 21, 2010 | 9 comments
Salmonella concerns continue over some Iowa-produced eggs in local markets

Stores posting notices, removing brand names, plant numbers of egg cartons at risk
State officials this week provided a list of stores and product numbers related to the distribution and recall of eggs from an Iowa farm that might have been infected with the salmonella bacteria.

August 21, 2010 | 3 comments
CHP stopping tour buses today in Bay Area-wide check

Inspections to make sure drivers, vehicles comply with state safety regulations, requirements
A special California Highway Patrol task force will be targeting tour buses traveling through the Bay Area today with inspections to confirm the buses and bus drivers comply with safety requirements and regulations.

August 21, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Nanny McPhee Returns'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Nanny McPhee Returns" invites us back to the franchise commanded by ever-clever Emma Thompson, who scripted, stars and executive-produces. One is always in good hands with Thompson, even in this kiddie franchise loosely adapted from Christianna Brand's trilogy of "Nurse Matilda" novels. -- PC

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Switch'

(Three stars)
Sincere relationship dynamics, solid writing and a strong performance by leading man Jason Bateman ("Couples Retreat," TV's "Arrested Development") help propel this sweet romantic comedy. Despite a relatively predictable plot and inconsistent pacing, "The Switch" scores thanks to a perfect balance of humor and heart. -- TH

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Alleged child pornographer arrested in Pleasanton

Accused of 7-month involvement with 13-year-old girl
A Nebraska man already under federal indictment for child pornography is facing new charges involving an underage California girl following a traffic stop by Pleasanton police. Todd Tackwell, 35, of Hastings, Neb., was arrested after the stop when police became suspicious of a 13-year-old passenger.

August 20, 2010 | 30 comments
Meet the artists today at the Museum On Main

Pleasanton Art League opening 8-week-long downtown exhibit
The Pleasanton Art League and Pleasanton's Museum On Main will open an 8-week-long exhibit today, called "Imagination Expressed 2010" and featuring works by 35 PAL members.

August 20, 2010 | No comments yet
SPORTS: BUSC U10 Select opens season with great team play

Four matches mark start of busy soccer season
Ballistic United's U10 Select team started off the season's first tournament last weekend with some great team play in four matches at the Walnut Creek Summerfest tournament, finishing off with two wins and two losses.

August 19, 2010 | 9 comments
DUI arrest leads to revoked probation for man linked to fatal crash

Convicted last year of providing alcohol to minors at Pleasanton party
The man who provided the alcohol that led to the death of Laurel Williams will serve the remainder of his sentence after a recent DUI arrest.

August 19, 2010 | 3 comments
Plane stopped in SFO after phone threat; two passengers questioned

Passengers booked onto other flights, officials to search plane
Passengers have been removed from a plane that was grounded at San Francisco International Airport this morning because of a phone threat, and two people have been detained for questioning, authorities said.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Flight held at SFO due to threat

Police sweep plane for bombs, question passengers
If you or any of your friends are flying out of the area today, you may want to check before heading to the airport. A plane is being held on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport because of a phone threat against an American Airlines flight, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The threat was made against American Airlines Flight No. 24, which was destined for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, TSA officials said.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board meets tonight as students get set for classes Wednesday

Opening day will also bring changes in leadership
The Pleasanton school board meets tonight and public schools open Wednesday as campuses across the city hum with students and their parents, teachers and staff.

August 19, 2010 | 21 comments
Oakland union members stage protest at corporate offices in Pleasanton

Claim 38 workers illegally fired
Health care workers who say they were illegally fired from their jobs in Oakland took their complaints to the company's Pleasanton headquarters Wednesday.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks fall swim program

Pleasanton Seahawks conditioning sessions start Sept. 7 and runs until Dec. 31. Fall swim programs feature professional coaches, individual instruction, daily pool time and regular USA Swimming swim meets. Call 426-8222 or visit www.pleasantonseahawks.org.

August 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Friends of the Library online book sale

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

August 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library Book Club will meet tonight

Pleasanton Library Book Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The book this month is "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. The Sept. 27 book is "Sag Harbor" by Colson Whitehead. Call 931-3400 ext. 7 or visit www.pleasantonlibrarybookclub.wordpress.com.

August 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to the sounds of 'Aloha' on Sunday

Patrick Landeza, famed slack key guitarist, will perform "The Sounds of Aloha" from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Landeza is considered to be a leading force behind Hawaiian slack key guitar, or ki ho'alu. Call 931-3405.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Doll and Teddy Bear Show tomorrow at the fairgrounds

This show and sale will feature more than 130 tables of dolls and teddy bears tomorrow from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Doll repair dealers will be at the show to discuss your needs. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-14. Call 947-1572 or visit www.hermanshow.com.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Help Kids Against Hunger at a garage sale tomorrow

More than 3,000 clothes and pairs of shoes will be for sale at $1 each, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-21, at Vineyard Christian Church, 460 N. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Proceeds benefit Kids Against Hunger-Pleasanton. Bring shopping bags. Visit www.kidsagainsthunger.org.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to rock 'n' roll tunes from the Cocktail Monkeys tonight

Enjoy great music the Cocktail Monkeys tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). Come back next Friday for latin rock from La Ventana on Aug. 27. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Councilman Thorne earns National League of Cities award

Recognized for achieving Bronze level in organization's leadership program
Pleasanton Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne will be recognized by the National League of Cities (NLC) for reaching the Bronze level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program, it was announced Friday.

August 21, 2010 | 17 comments
Pleasanton Concert Band to play in Livermore next Thursday

Variety of music on tap for 2-hour performance at city's Farmers Market
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will perform at the Livermore Farmer's Market at Fourth and J streets from 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday.

August 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Schools, students get set for classes next week

Opening day next Wednesday also brings changes in leadership
School doesn't start until Wednesday, but campuses across Pleasanton were humming this week with students and their parents, teachers and staff.

August 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Two men charged in FedEx holdup due back in court next month

Victim, suspects and key witness in holdup all FedEx employees
Not only were the victim and at least two of the men involved in last week's robbery FedEx employees, but court records show that the key witness in the case also worked for the company.

August 19, 2010 | 3 comments
Local youths urged to turn off their 'social networking' this weekend

Foothill High senior gains support for 3 days without high tech
Some Pleasanton teens may be white knuckling it this weekend as they step away from cell phones, texting, the Internet, iPods and even TV and radio.

August 19, 2010 | 9 comments
Food and wine expert to speak at Tri-Valley CVB's luncheon today

'Foodie tourists' making regions such as ours a travel destination, new report says
The Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will hold its 15th Annual Partnership Meeting and luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. today at the Blackhawk Museum.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Council signs off on agreement to scuttle housing cap, build more affordable housing

Unanimous vote also authorizes legal payments of $1.9-million to housing coalitions
The Pleasanton City Council agreed Tuesday to pay $1.9 million in legal fees to two affordable housing coalitions in a 4-0 vote that also scuttled the city's voter-approved 1996 housing cap that was designed to prevent runaway residential growth.

August 18, 2010 | 31 comments
CHP, local police planning Bay Area crackdown today on drivers using cell phones

More than 900 citations issued on last campaign Aug. 10
Bay Area residents who text while driving are in for a wake-up call on Wednesday when authorities plan to crack down on the violators, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

August 18, 2010 | 24 comments
Pleasanton Police ID armed robbery suspect

Faces similar charges in string of armed robberies
Pleasanton police have identified a suspect in a months-old armed robbery at Check N Go store in the 2700 block of Hopyard Road.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Suspects in armed robbery of FedEx truck last week headed back to court in September

Victim, suspects and key witness in holdup all FedEx employees
Not only was the victim and at least two of the men involved in last week's robbery FedEx employees, but court records show that the key witness in the case also worked for the company. The two men charged in the holdup so far will be back in court Sept. 9 when they're set to enter pleas.

August 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Sheriff's Office investigates skull, other bones found near Pleasanton

There's no way to tell the age of bones recently discovered in the hills near Pleasanton, according to a spokesman from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. "They've been there a while," said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

August 17, 2010 | 5 comments
New BART seats mean cleaner ride

Cushions make commute more comfortable, too
Notice anything different on BART? Fifty-one railcars out of BART's 669-car fleet are being outfitted with new cobalt blue seats, replacing the sagging, dingy cushions from the metal frames. The money is coming from $750,000 in projected surplus funds for train cleaning and seat replacement.

August 18, 2010 | 14 comments
Listen to the John Palowitch Trio tonight

The John Palowitch Trio will perform tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. John Palowitch will be on saxophone, Jonathan Stein on bass, and Jeff Marrs on drums. They play in the traditional jazz horn trio setting while reaching to influences from modern jazz, classical musical, pop-rock and beyond. This event is free. Call 931-3405.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans to hear from a panel of ranchers tomorrow

Museum On Main presents the next 2010 Ed Kinney lecture series with ranchers of the Amador-Livermore Valley tomorrow night at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. A panel of local ranchers will discuss the history and practices of ranching in the Amador-Livermore Valley. Tickets are $5 for members and seniors; $10 for non-members; and $3 for students or teachers with ID. Visit www.museumonmain.org.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Watch 'Star Trek' under the stars tonight

Residents are invited to watch "Star Trek" tonight at dusk, Thursday, Aug. 19, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. The park features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Workshop for mothers and middle school-aged daughters today

Mothers and their middle school-aged daughters are invited to attend an uplifting workshop about "Maneuvering the Middle School Years Together" today from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. Cost is $75 per pair and includes take-home materials. Call 858-0702 or visit www.fab2bfem.com.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
McNerney hosts grants workshop

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) will host a grants workshop to provide information about the availability of federal and foundation grants and how to apply for them today from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at the San Ramon Senior and Community Center, Alcosta Room, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. The workshop is targeted at government, educational, and non-profit organizations and will have a representative from the Foundation Center. This event is free, but reservations are required by calling 737-0727 or e-mail mcnerney.rsvp@mail.house.gov.

August 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Do you want to bowl without lifting a heavy ball?

Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
'Open Practice' computer class for seniors will be held today

Pleasanton Public Library will host a computer class for seniors on "Open Practice" today, Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Boost your career with 'Chamber Chatters'

Grow professionally at Chamber Chatters, a Toastmasters club, that meets from noon to 1 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Visit www.chamberchatters.wordpress.com.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Livermore police to give away 200 donated backpacks to school children

Volunteers will meet tonight to sort donations, stuff them with school supplies
A handful of Livermore police officers spent the weekend greeting shoppers at local big-box retailers and collecting school supplies for their second annual "Stuff the Cruiser" backpack drive.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Same-sex marriages on hold as appeal on Prop. 8 moves forward

Federal appeals court grants stay in case that challenges California ban
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has granted a stay that will block gay and lesbian couples from getting married until at least December while a case that challenges California's ban on same-sex marriage moves forward.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair seeking applications for its Youth Advisory Committee

Group provides input on programming, youth-oriented activities, entertainment
Alameda County Fair enthusiasts between ages 14 and 19 are being invited to apply for volunteer positions on the fair's Youth Advisory Committee. The committee is looking for new members to join the group this fall.

August 17, 2010 | 2 comments
Livermore mother remains held on sex charges involving underage boys

Next court appearance set for Sept. 3
A Livermore woman accused of 67 counts of sexual assault will remain in Santa Rita Jail until Sept. 3.

August 17, 2010 | 9 comments
Bocce ball's Bernardi headed for 'fierce' world competition

U.S. Under-21 champ competing in Rome in September
Pleasanton's Joey Bernardi, U.S. Under-21 bocce ball champ, is headed for the International Championships being held in Rome starting Sept. 27. He expects intense competition from other countries, especially Italy, Brazil, Canada and China.

August 19, 2010 | 7 comments
GOP congressional candidate challenges McNerney to public meetings

Harmer seeks series of Town Hall 'discussions' in Pleasanton, 5 other cities
Republican candidate David Harmer has challenged Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton to a series of "town hall" meetings in the 11th Congressional District.

August 17, 2010 | 7 comments
Learn about Big Sur Wild California today at the library

Mature adults are invited to a program lecture about "Big Sur Wild California" today at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. National Geographic presents a comprehensive view of the spectacular California coastal area known as Big Sur - through the eyes of three intrinsically connected native creatures. Call 931-3405.

August 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Make reservations now for Happy Hour with the Widowed Men and Women

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite you for Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd. RSVP to Marge by Aug. 17 at 828-5124. Cost is your choice of food or beverage.

August 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Workshop at SRRMC about sports concussions tonight

San Ramon Regional Medical Center (SRRMC) will host a free community seminar on "Your Brain: Protecting Your Greatest Asset from Sports Concussions" tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (tour of the Sports Performance Institute will be held from 7-7:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the hospital, 6001 Norris Canyon Rd., San Ramon. This seminar is free, but reservations are required; call (800) 284-2878.

August 16, 2010 | No comments yet
SPORTS NEWS: Seahawks set new swim times at Stockton meet

Lady Hustle Fastpitch to hold tryouts Saturday
The Pleasanton Seahawks raised the bar at the club's recent meet in Stockton with swimmers ending the season on a high note.

August 16, 2010 | 7 comments
Pro-Mehserle rally draws 20 supporters in Dublin

4 counter-protestors at rally take photos to post online
A rally Sunday in support of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was peaceful despite a small number of counter-protestors, a police spokesman said.

August 15, 2010 | 12 comments
Camino Tassajara facelift begins Monday

The drive down Camino Tassajara is getting some changes as a part of a $5.2 million project to repair and resurface five miles roadway.

August 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Internet impersonation law passes state Legislature

Bill outlawing 'e-personation' awaits Schwarzenegger's signature
A bill that would make it a misdemeanor to maliciously impersonate someone on the Internet was passed by the state legislature this week.

August 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Prop. 8 opponents ask court to allow same-sex marriages now

Supporters, though, want a stay on judge's anti-Prop. 8 ruling pending their appeal
Opponents of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage that was recently struck down by a federal judge, submitted motions on Friday in an effort to allow couples to wed beginning this week.

August 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Haag sworn in as new U.S. Attorney for Northern District of California

San Francisco law firm partner is first woman to hold position in 90 years
Melinda Haag was sworn in Friday as the new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, making her the first woman to hold the position in 90 years.

August 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Second arrest in armed robbery of FedEx truck in Pleasanton

Second man also FedEx employee
Pleasanton police have arrested the second of four suspects believed to have use a sawed-off shotgun to rob packages from a FedEx driver at Hacienda Business Park this week.

August 13, 2010 | 6 comments
School trustee's daughter-in-law dies

Memorial service set for tomorrow
Memorial services will be held this morning for Susanne Kristina Mullfors-Kernan, the daughter-in-law of Pleasanton School Board Member Pat Kernan. She died Aug. 6 at the age of 37.

August 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Review: 'Eat Pray Love'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
I suspect that Ryan Murphy has made the best possible movie out of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir "Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia." Julia Roberts and voluptuous production values contribute to this ultimate of wish-fulfillment tales. -- PC

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Audacious director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") throws a jolt of energy into the summer movie season with this imaginative romp. Rock-music, video-game and comic-book sensibilities collide for a refreshingly unique blend of action and comedy. -- TH

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Staples Ranch retirement community, auto mall expected to win Pleasanton City Council approval tonight

Opponents, proponents agree to final plan for multi-million-dollar development after five years of debate
Development of the 124-acre Staples Ranch property at Pleasanton's northeast corner could get under way early next year following an agreement by the city, environmental groups and Alameda County, which owns the land, over issues that have been debated over several years.

August 13, 2010 | 11 comments
2 men rob Shell station in Dublin

Employee shocked with stun gun in Wednesday night attack
Two men robbed a Shell gas station in Dublin Wednesday night and shocked a gas station employee with a stun gun, a police lieutenant said Thursday.

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Same-sex marriages to resume in California Wednesday unless 9th Circuit Court says no

SF Federal judge today declines to block gay and lesbian marriages after ruling Prop. 8 illegal
A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday declined to block gay and lesbian weddings as a court battle over California's ban on same-sex marriage moves forward, but put the marriages on hold by extending a temporary stay until Aug. 18.

August 12, 2010 | 3 comments
Volunteer opportunities are available at the library

Pleasanton Public Library offers Volunteer Information Meetings for teens in high school that may volunteer at the library at various times of the year like the Friends of the Library Book Sale or help with the Children's Summer Reading Program. Students (not parents please) will need to visit the blog at www.ptownteenlib.blogspot.com to find out when new volunteer training dates are available before e-mailing Teresa Parham at tparham@ci.pleasanton.ca.us. Also, middle school students are invited to help run the library's summer reading program by becoming a "Kid Power Volunteer" to help children sign up for and play the summer reading game, as well as distribute prizes. For more information, call the Children's Desk 931-3400, ext. 8.

August 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn the three stages of effective communication today

To effectively communicate with children, one needs to adapt, based on their physical, emotional and cognitive developmental stages. Family mediator Sharon Tom will speak about the "Three Stages of Effective Communication" tonight from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Call 519-3003 or visit www.ohanaresourcegroup.com.

August 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Last chance to ballroom dance with Christopher Li

Take a ballroom dancing class with bronze finalist at the USA Dance National Championship 2010, Christopher Li, today from 1-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Teens through seniors are welcome. Call 931-3405.

August 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Sister City Barbecue tomorrow

Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City group is holding a fundraiser tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Ivy Glen barbecue area, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Enjoy a social hour, silent auction, barbecue dinner, live auction and dancing under the stars. Cost is $35 at the door per adult and $10 per child. Call 600-8414.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
E-cycle event to benefit Open Heart Kitchen tomorrow

E-Cycle for Open Heart Kitchen tomorrow from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Rd. Recycle televisions, monitors, laptops, flat screens, cell phones and extension cords (wire), with a $5 per item charge for computers, stereos, telephones, printers, copiers, DVD/VCR, fax machines, and $15 for microwave ovens. Proceeds benefit Open Heart Kitchen. Checks payable to Open Heart Kitchen and cash donations accepted. Call 570-1543.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Murphy's Wag and Walk is tomorrow

Enjoy an hour-long dog walk in downtown at Murphy's Wag and Walk tomorrow from 9-10 a.m. Aug. 14 at Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St., then return to the store for free Peet's coffee, just in time for a beautiful farmers market. Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com.

August 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Concert in the park tonight

Enjoy great pop rock music from "Finding Stella" tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). Come back for some rock 'n' roll with the Cocktail Monkeys next Friday, Aug. 20. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 12, 2010 | 1 comment
Police make arrest in Hacienda Business Park holdup

One of four masked men with shotgun taken into custody
A FedEx employee has been charged as one of four men involved in a gunpoint holdup of a driver for the same company, as he made deliveries in Pleasanton on Wednesday morning. Detectives from Pleasanton and San Leandro arrested 20-year-old Dominique Hamilton as he arrived for work late yesterday afternoon.

August 12, 2010 | 15 comments
Livermore mother held on $4.3-million bail on sex charges involving underage boys

42-year-old dentist's wife scheduled to enter plea on 67 felony charges Monday in Pleasanton court
A woman arrested last Thursday for having sex with two boys is expected to enter a plea Monday in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton on 67 felony charges.

August 12, 2010 | 14 comments
Judge orders Wells Fargo to pay customers $203-million for 'unfair' overdraft fees

Bank to appeal ruling that says practice cost California consumers 'huge amounts of money'
A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo Bank said Wednesday the institution will appeal a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco requiring it to pay California customers $203 million for unfair overdraft fees.

August 12, 2010 | 3 comments
5-hour stand-off has Livermore neighborhood on edge before suicide threat ends

Police chase ends when suspect crashes car into neighborhood fence, barricades himself in house
A five-hour standoff between Livermore police and a man threatening suicide ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon, police said.

August 12, 2010 | 1 comment
Little damage in Acadia Court attic fire

Neighbors call fire department
Quick response, quick action and a quick knockdown by fire crews are being credited with stopping an attic fire on Acadia Court before it spread.

August 12, 2010 | 3 comments
Stand Down at Fairgrounds helps hundreds of homeless vets

Doctors, dentists, vision care specialists volunteer services at biannual event
Hundreds of volunteers turned out over the weekend to help 700 needy veterans at the biannual East Bay Stand Down at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

August 11, 2010 | 1 comment
First Friday in December becomes California Civics Day for Teachers

Assemblywoman Buchanan's resolution wins Legislature's approval to become law
A resolution establishing an annual "Civic Day for the Teacher" and sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) was signed into law Monday.

August 11, 2010 | 4 comments
O'Brien to retire from East Bay park district after 22 years in office

Led acquisition of 38,000 acres of new parklands as general manager of regional agency
East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Pat O'Brien announced today that he will retire at the end of the year after 22 years in office.

August 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Carden West School names Mark Neal as its new principal

Castro Valley school administrator has 14 years' experience in education posts
Mark E. Neal has been named principal of Carden West School, a private, nonprofit toddler-middle school in Pleasanton.

August 11, 2010 | 6 comments
Food and wine expert to speak at Tri-Valley CVB's luncheon Thursday

'Foodie tourists' making regions such as ours a travel destination, new report says
The Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will hold its 15th Annual Partnership Meeting and luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Blackhawk Museum.

August 17, 2010 | 1 comment
Hubbs due in court Monday to enter plea on sexual assault charges

Allegedly began attempt to seduce 14-year-old who was dating her daughter
The Livermore woman recently arrested for having sex with two boys is due in Pleasanton Superior Court on Monday to enter a plea on 67 felony charges. Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 42, is currently in jail for the alleged sexual assault of two boys which police said began in December 2008. Hubbs was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with the underage boys since December 2008, police said.

August 11, 2010 | 22 comments
Computer classes are available for seniors

Pleasanton Public Library hosts Computer Classes for Seniors including Beginning Internet on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Beginning E-mail on the second Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Open Practice on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month; Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of every month, at the Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Computer classes are designed for mature adults. Registration is required; call 931-3400.

August 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers

Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers for its Homebound Service, which provides homebound residents with library books, videos and CDs to community residents. Also, the library hosts the Pleasanton Reads Project that needs volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language to residents over 18. Students and tutors usually meet once per week at a mutually convenient time and place. Tutoring and all necessary materials are free of charge. Contact Jan Bauman at 931-3411 or jbauman@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Watch 'Hairspray' tonight at the park

Residents are invited to enjoy "Hairspray" tonight at dusk Aug. 12 at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. The park features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 11, 2010 | 2 comments
Wii Bowling today at the senior center

Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for nonresidents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Towne Center Bookclub meets tonight

Towne Center Bookclub meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday the month at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com for the current selection.

August 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Candlelight Vigil tonight

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will host a candlelight Vigil tonight at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The group reflects on the human and monetary costs of the war, honors veterans who have sacrificed, and visualizes ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Call 462-7495; or e-mail Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com.

August 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Livermore charter schools to hold open campus tours today at new facilities

Schools acquire favorable financing to acquire empty office buildings near Costco
Two charter schools in Livermore--Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School (LVCP) and Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS)—are offering a public preview today of their future campuses in Livermore.

August 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Tonight's special Pleasanton school board meeting is canceled

Contract award for repairs at Hearst Elementary will have to wait
The Pleasanton school board has canceled the special meeting it scheduled for tonight to review and possibly accept a bid for improvements to Hearst Elementary School.

August 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton North Rotary to hold fundraiser Friday for ailing Robert Harrison

Popular Pleasanton baseball, soccer coach undergoes 2 life-saving liver transplants
The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will hold a benefit fundraiser Friday night to raise money for Robert Harrison, a Pleasanton resident who has undergone two life-saving liver transplants in the span of three weeks to treat a medical condition known as HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasias).

August 10, 2010 | 2 comments
Local junior golfers chosen to play in Labor Day Pebble Beach champions tour

Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open to be televised nationally
Three junior golfers from The First Tee of Tri-Valley have been selected to play in the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be held September 3-5 during Labor Day weekend and televised nationally on the Golf Channel.

August 10, 2010 | 2 comments
Register for tomorrow's Red Cross volunteer orientation

American Red Cross will host a volunteer orientation from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, at its Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Tour the center and learn about ways to greet, inform and thank our community's blood donors or help post fliers at key locations. Advanced sign up required; call 510-594-5165 or e-mail blackstonea@usa.redcross.org.

August 10, 2010 | 1 comment
Adult relaxation workshop will be held this afternoon

Deep breathing and relaxation are proven to stimulate brain health, increase energy and improve sleep. An Art of Living instructor will help reduce stress, enjoy life and step into a worry-free this afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3400.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Meditation study group will meet tonight

Practice new meditation methods, based on teachings of Shinzen Young, using audio, video and handouts tonight from 7:15-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Tri-Valley Unity's gathering place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. If you can't make it tonight, this group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Contact Gayle at gstaehle@comcast.net.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to live jazz music tonight in Sunol

Enjoy live jazz music of the '20s, '30s, and '40s perform by Chris Bradley's Jazz Band tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Sunol Jazz Cafe, 11986 Main Street, Sunol. Cost is $5. If you can't make it tonight, this band plays at the care on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Call 510-825-0746 or visit www.sunoljazzcafe.com.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Cancer Care 101 class this morning

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer and do you feel confused by recent health care changes? A lecture, "Cancer Care 101," will be held this morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. by Dr. Kankipati, who specializes in hematology and oncology with a focus on breast and gastrointestinal cancers. She will discuss current treatments along with questions to ask your physician. Cost is $1.75 for residents or $2.25 for nonresidents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Forum to celebrate success of summer jobs for youths

Video will be shown on Summer Youth Employment Program
Nearly 200 Tri-Valley young people were employed over the past two summers in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), conducted by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), and Las Positas College. Leveraging economic stimulus funding, this year's program targeted young people in families hit hardest by the current economic downturn.

August 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Air Quality District earmarks $5-million in public funds to pay for electric car charging stations

Accessible charging sites part of 'Spare the Air' program, officials say
Electronic car owners in the Bay Area may soon have easier access to charging stations as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved $5 million in taxpayer-financed funding last week to go toward developing a regional electric vehicle charging infrastructure program.

August 9, 2010 | 8 comments
Oak Grove developers sue Pleasanton to force housing project OK

Claim opponents failed to include development agreement in referendum aimed at overturning City Council approval
In a move that could impact voter turnout and preferences in the Nov. 2 mayoral and City Council election in Pleasanton, landowners of 562 acres in the city's southeast hills are asking the Alameda County Superior Court to rule that they can proceed with plans to develop 51 large lots on a part of their property for custom homes.

August 9, 2010 | 71 comments
First-time homebuyers can still cash in with California tax credit

State tax board sets midnight Aug. 15 as time it will stop accepting applications
California residents have just over a week left to apply to the state's first-time buyer tax credit program, the Franchise Tax Board announced Friday.

August 7, 2010 | 1 comment
Hubbs due in court Monday to enter plea on sexual assault charges

Allegedly began attempt to seduce 14-year-old who was dating her daughter
The Livermore woman recently arrested for having sex with two boys is due in Pleasanton Superior Court on Monday to enter a plea on 67 felony charges. Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 42, is was booked into Santa Rita Jail for the alleged sexual assault of two boys which police said began in December 2008.

August 7, 2010 | 2 comments
Stand Down at Fairgrounds serving those who served

Thousands of volunteers helping hundreds of needy veterans for weekend event
Pleasanton has a village inside its borders today with a population that may top 2,000. The biannual East Bay Stand Down at the Alameda County Fairgrounds has drawn more than 700 needy veterans, some of whom waited at the gate for the event to open Thursday as others arrived by bus.

August 6, 2010 | 1 comment
Review: 'Middle Men'

(Two stars)
Oh, Hollywood. You're always messing with our heads. The opening titles to "Middle Men" say it's "Inspired by a True Story," but the end titles say, "This film is, in its entirety, a work of fiction." Those statements aren't technically contradictory, but I guess the truth is somewhere in the "middle." -- PC

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Other Guys'

(Three stars)
This "Police Work for Schmucks"-type film is often guffaw-out-loud funny, despite a few dead spots. As detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make unlikely partners. Ferrell and Wahlberg play off each other with spirit, although some jokes as well as some episodes are stretched a bit thin. -- RP

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Temp workers say they were bilked by local staffing firm

Employees say paychecks slowed, then stopped coming
A Pleasanton-based staffing company is being criticized by workers who say they're owed money for work they did but were never paid for.

August 6, 2010 | 6 comments
Cook-Kallio files for re-election to City Council

Karla Brown, Thorne, Watson also in the Nov. 2 race with 2 seats available
Councilwoman and Fremont high school teacher Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed her candidate papers this week to seek re-election to a second four-year term on the Pleasanton City Council.

August 6, 2010 | No comments yet
7th East Bay Stand Down now under way at Fairgrounds

Group's goals is to end homelessness among veterans
Hundreds of Bay Area veterans are at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where a four-day event is under way that offers free services to local veterans, their families -- and even their pets.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Harmer staff unaware of Castlewood lockout when booking event

32 booked for $2,400-a-plate luncheon while 25 picket
Republican congressional candidate David Harmer's crossing picket lines of locked-out Castlewood Country Club workers was not a deliberate act, according to Harmer's campaign manager. Other groups have canceled events until the dispute is settled.

August 5, 2010 | 35 comments
Kernan opts out of school board race

Three so far have filed to run for two open seats
Longtime Pleasanton School Board Member Pat Kernan confirmed Thursday that he will not seek re-election.

August 5, 2010 | 13 comments
Caregiver Support Group meets today

Caring for a loved one is challenging physically and emotionally. Join this support group to explore resources and generate problem solving ideas from 1-3 p.m., on the second Monday of every month, and from 7-9 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month, at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Call 931-5389.

August 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Job's Daughters will meet tonight

Job's Daughters Bethel No.14 group meets at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at Pleasanton Masonic Lodge, 3370 Hopyard Rd. It is for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 who have a Masonic relationship. It teaches the girls team work, leadership and public speaking. Call 683-5401.

August 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Ballroom dancing class offered today at the library

Christopher Li, a bronze finalist at the USA Dance National Championship this year, will host a ballroom dance class today from 1-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Teens through seniors are welcome. If you can't make it today, there will be another class held on Aug. 16. Call 931-3405.

August 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Auditions for 'The Spelling Bee'

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for "The Spelling Bee" tonight at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, and at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 315 Wright Brothers Ave., Livermore. Callbacks will be by invitation only on Aug. 12. Prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music; capella auditions are discouraged. Visit www.trivalleyrep.com.

August 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Two fundraisers to benefit great causes this weekend

Pleasanton Community Band will perform at an old-fashioned ice cream social from noon-4 p.m. Aug. 8 at Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. The band will play a variety of musical styles appropriate for the 1800s and 1900s. Call 846-9497. Also, Museum On Main will host a fundraiser event "Brothels, Bar Rooms and Bandits" tomorrow night from 7-11 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Go back in time to 1890 when Pleasanton was a "desperate" town and enjoy dinner, gambling and entertainment in the 1890s "saloon" as a guest of Sen. George Hearst and his wife Phoebe. Cost $40, including dinner. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Free Concert in the Park tonight

Enjoy great Motown R&B music from the "Top Secret Band" tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). Come back next Friday for some pop rock with "Finding Stella" on Aug. 13. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Last weekend of free Shakespeare

SF Shakespeare Festival presents "Two Gentlemen of Verona" this weekend at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8, at Bernal Park, off of Valley Ave., South of Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. These events are free. Call (415) 558-0888 or visit www.sfshakes.org/park/index.html.

August 5, 2010 | 3 comments
Looking to adopt a new furry friend?

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will host "Kittens a Go-Go" this weekend and kitten and adult cat adoptees will receive waived adoption fees this weekend from noon-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8, at PetSmart in Dublin or Pet Extreme in Livermore. Call 803-7043 or visit www.tvar.org. Also, there will be a Bunny Art Show and Adoption Event from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 7 at East Bay SPCA, 4651 Gleason Dr., Dublin. Rabbit adoptions will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with an artist reception from 4-5 p.m. Visit http://eastbayrabbit.petfinder.com.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Dellums bows out as Oakland mayor after 4 years on the job

Served 27 years in Congress before elected mayor in June 2006
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election in November.

August 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Prop. 8 supporters file appeal of judge's order against state's same-sex marriage ban

U. S. District Court Judge Walker to decide Friday on holding off on his order pending appeal
Supporters of Proposition 8 have filed an official notice of appeal of Wednesday's ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that struck
down California's ban on same-sex marriage.

August 5, 2010 | 32 comments
Judge strikes down Prop. 8 same-sex marriage ban

But immediately issues a stay of his order as proponents plan appeal
A federal judge in San Francisco today struck down Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that it violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal treatment.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton pooches parade proudly at this week's First Wednesday street party

Dogs are crowd-pleasers, from chihuahuas to mastiffs
Doggies were mellow Wednesday evening at Lions Wayside Park as they entered the 2010 Pooch Parade at First Wednesday, this month themed "Dog Days of Summer."

August 4, 2010 | 2 comments
Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" on tap next Sunday

Centennial Park presentation offers chance to picnic while enjoyng late afternoon performance
Love, deception and honor are all themes in Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" and Woman's Will" as the Bay Area 's all-female Shakespeare Company takes center stage at Centennial Park in Pleasanton next Sunday.

August 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Guess, 4 other new stores opening at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Simon names veteran executive as new manager of mall
Stoneridge Shopping Center will open five new stores before the end of the year, including Guess, a retailer of luxury American name-brand clothing line.

August 4, 2010 | 18 comments
Museum announces first Heritage Awards

Recipients to be honored at 'Brothels' fundraiser
Museum On Main has announced the first recipients of its new Heritage Awards, established earlier this year to recognize efforts to preserve the community's history. The Board of Directors felt that recognizing people for their often unsung work is a central part of the museum's mission.

August 4, 2010 | 1 comment
Hundreds join in National Night Out festivities here

36 neighborhoods participate in program with potlucks, ice cream socials and music
Hundreds turned out Tuesday night in 36 different Pleasanton neighborhoods for the city's annual participation in National Night Out, an event that took place across the country.

August 4, 2010 | 2 comments
Federal judge may rule today on Prop. 8 challenge

Case is first federal trial on California same-sex marriage ban
A federal judge in San Francisco is scheduled to rule today on whether Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, violates the U.S. Constitution.

August 4, 2010 | 7 comments
Karla Brown, who helped stop Oak Grove development, announces run for Pleasanton City Council

18-year resident is president of homeowners' group, Realtors' council
Karla Brown, a real estate broker associate and an 18-year Pleasanton resident, filed paperwork Monday with City Clerk Karen Diaz to become a candidate in the Nov. 2 election for City Council.

August 4, 2010 | 38 comments
Developer announces new 69-home subdivision in Dublin

Dubbed Livorno at Positano, construction planned for October in city's eastern hills
K. Hovnanian Homes is planning a new neighborhood of single-family homes at Positano, a master-planned community in the rolling hills along the eastern edge of Dublin.

August 14, 2010 | 3 comments
State Controller requires cities, counties to report salaries of government officials

Information will be posted publicly on state Website starting in November
State Controller John Chiang has announced new reporting requirements for all California cities and counties, directing them to clearly identify elected officials and public employees' compensation. The information will be posted on the Controller's website, starting in November.

August 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Rotary Club meets on Thursdays

Since 1965, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton has been a leader in the community in helping make it a great place to live. The group has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www.PleasantonRotary.org.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Watch 'Casablanca' tonight in the park

Residents are invited to enjoy "Casablanca" at dusk Aug. 5 at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. The park features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to cook food that your kids will love

Learn to cook organic foods that your kids will love with Suzanne Aziz, a certified educator and holistic chef, from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Bring your favorite knife and cutting board. Cost is $40 for residents; $45 for non-residents, plus a $12 supply fee. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Join the Pleasanton Newcomers Club

The Pleasanton Newcomers club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com or call Ruby M. at 462-6404.

August 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Blood drive today at CARR America

American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 4 at CARR America, 4400 Rosewood Dr. Call 800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: CARR) to schedule an appointment. One donation may help save the lives of up to three people.

August 3, 2010 | No comments yet
'Dog Days of Summer' street party tonight

Tonight's First Wednesday Street Party's theme is "Dog Days of Summer" and the annual Pooch Parade will take as a part of the party, tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 4. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First St. and Neal). Enter your pooch, any size, in any of the seven categories for great prizes. The entry fee is $10 per category to benefit Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For details and registration, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org or call 447-6202.

August 3, 2010 | 6 comments
LAVWMA cancels next 2 monthly meetings

Water management agency's board will meet next on Oct. 20
The regular meetings of the Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA) scheduled for Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 have been canceled.

August 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Concert band offers free concert today in Livermore

Noontime performance will feature variety of music from composers of last two centuries
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will play a variety of music from noon to 4 p.m. today at a free concert at the Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore.

August 7, 2010 | No comments yet
AC Transit drivers' union wins court order to block reduced-wage contract

'It immediately puts the district in the red,' bus agency says
A judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday against AC Transit overturning a new contract that the bus agency imposed on its employees on July 18 after contract negotiations collapsed.

August 3, 2010 | 5 comments
Water leak damages main office at Mohr Elementary

School library will serve as temporary office space
A water leak discovered Sunday at Mohr Elementary School will keep the main office closed until well after the start of the school year Aug. 25.

August 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Review: 'Charlie St. Cloud'

(Two stars)
Though it's hard to feel sorry for Zac Efron (even knowing that he'll get lots of reviews like this one), it's also hard to take the baby-blue-eyed teen idol seriously as he takes baby steps into more adult fare. Even his love interest in "Charlie St. Cloud" is liable to agree that he's the prettier of the two. -- PC

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Dinner for Schmucks'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
There are two types of comedies: the "it's funny because it's true" variety and the absurdist variety. "Dinner for Schmucks" is the latter, though it taps into an impulse most of us can recognize: to belittle others in order to reassure our own egos. -- PC

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Haggerty honors fire fighters, sheriff's deputies at Fairgrounds rally

Hundreds jam pavilion for supervisor's annual barbecue
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty recognized three fire fighters from the Alameda County Fire Department and two deputies, one retired and one active, from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office as the recipients of the 2010 Fire Fighter and the 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards at Haggerty's 14th annual barbecue Friday night.

August 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Diabetes self-management class start tonight

Diabetes Self-Management classes are being held to help you understand and learn to manage your Type 2 Diabetes, from 6-8 p.m. starting today, Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This is a seven-week series that teaches about eating the foods you love, how and why to check your blood sugar, the effects of exercise and emotions on blood sugar, medications and more. Registration required. Call (510) 383-5185.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Blood drive today

American Red Cross is holding a public blood drive today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Life Technologies, 6055 Sunol Blvd. Call 800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: LIFETECH925) to schedule an appointment. One donation may help save the lives of up to three people.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Are you looking for a new pet?

Adopt an adult cat at East County Animal Shelter, and the adoption fee will be paid by Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. The promotion is available until Aug. 31, at the East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin. All you need to pay for is the spay/neuter fee, if needed. Call 803-7040 or visit www.tvar.org.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Haggerty honors fire fighters, sheriff's deputies at Fairgrounds rally

Hundreds jam pavilion for supervisor's annual barbecue
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty recognized three fire fighters from the Alameda County Fire Department and two deputies, one retired and one active, from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office as the recipients of the 2010 Fire Fighter and the 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards at Haggerty's 14th annual barbecue Friday night.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio to speak at Bar Association conference

'We the People' leader to talk about value, importance of civic education
Pleasanton City Councilwoman and Fremont high school government teacher Cheryl Cook-Kallio will be a panelist Saturday on the value and importance of civic education in schools at the American Bar Association's annual national conference.

August 2, 2010 | 4 comments
Now there are 3 in this year's school board election

Business executive Jeff Bowser joins Laursen, Piderit in November race; Kernan still undecided
Jeff Bowser, who ran unsuccessfully for the Pleasanton school board two years ago, announced Sunday that he will try again in what is becoming a highly competitive race to fill two seats on the board in the Nov. 2 election.

August 2, 2010 | 62 comments
Police charge 23-year-old with 5 hit-and-runs in Danville Sunday

Booked into jail on 4 counts of DUI
An allegedly drunk, unlicensed driver made a total of five hit and run collisions Sunday, hitting a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a truck, a light pole, and then a Sports Utility Vehicle, according to the Danville Police Department.

August 1, 2010 | 9 comments
Alisal Elementary volunteer to seek school board seat in November

Becomes 2nd candidate for two open board positions in this fall's election
Sandy Piderit, a Pleasanton resident since 2008, has announced that she will seek a seat on the Pleasanton school board in the Nov. 2 election.

July 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Fundraiser this weekend for police K-9 teams throughout Bay Area

'Cover your K-9' effort pays for bullet-proof vests, medical care for police dogs
Law enforcement agencies in the Tri-Valley are holding a "Pet Wash" this weekend at the Dublin Pet Food Express store to raise funds for their K-9 teams.

July 31, 2010 | No comments yet
Saddle up for junior rodeo fun today at Castro Valley's Rowell Ranch

48th annual Junior rodeois free, fun, exciting for all age groups, sponsors say
Pleasanton resident Ingrid Cuffe, 16, is reigning as Rowell Ranch Jr. Rodeo Queen today, where she is also competing.

July 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Popular online jobs search engine offline for repairs

Trivalleyjobs.com suddenly stops working, but IT engineers hope to resume service shortly
Trivalleyjobs.com, the Tri-Valley's popular local online search engine for available jobs, is offline temporarily.

July 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Mayors on U.S. Water Council to meet here in October

City to host national conference that Hosterman co-chairs
Mayors from around the country will converge on Pleasanton in mid-October for a meeting of the Mayors Water Council to discuss national and state water issues and the funds that will be required to meet future needs.

July 30, 2010 | 6 comments
Are PG&E's 'Smart Meters" hurting us? Anti-wireless group thinks so

State commission hears concerns over possible electromagnetic radiation exposure
Just before Josh Hart stepped into Thursday's California Public Utilities Commission meeting to join a group of people protesting PG&E's ongoing installation of SmartMeters, Hart sold his cell phone.

July 30, 2010 | 4 comments
Immigrant groups urge Atty. Gen. Brown to declare new fingerprint law 'an outrage'

Gubernatorial candidate earlier ruled California would comply with federal mandate
Immigrant rights groups stirred by opposition to Arizona's new immigration law turned their attention Thursday to a federal program newly begun in San Francisco that they say is terrorizing their community.

July 30, 2010 | 7 comments
2 found guilty in attack during H.S. house party

Charges stem from an incident in March 2009
Two men have been found guilty of misdemeanor charges in an attack in Pleasanton last year that left the victim beaten and unconscious.

August 3, 2010 | 13 comments
Fife & Drum Corps to lead parade of dogs at tonight's First Wednesday Pooch Parade

More than 200 families to escort pets in annual event in downtown Pleasanton
The Pleasanton Fife & Drum Corps will lead tonight's First Wednesday street party, starting at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

July 30, 2010 | 5 comments
2010 Readers Choice Pleasanton winners

2010 Readers Choice Pleasanton Winners

July 29, 2010 | 8 comments
Pleasanton schools fill principal, vice principal posts

Harvest Park Middle School, Mohr Elementary get new leaders
Ken Rocha has been named principal of Harvest Park Middle School, succeeding Jim Hansen who has been promoted to principal of Amador Valley High School. Rocha has been vice principal at Hart Middle School.

July 29, 2010 | 13 comments
Amador High musician joins jazz summer tour

Monterey Jazz Festival sponsors performances in four cities
Traveling to four cities in 10 days and playing with a prestigious jazz band comprised of talented high school performers sounds like an entertaining way to start the summer. Amador Valley High School junior Chris Palowitch, 16, did just that.

July 30, 2010 | 4 comments
3 East Bay cities seek voter OK in November for higher sales taxes

San Mateo County board votes against asking for tax hike
Three East Bay cities are asking voters to approve sales tax increases on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot to help reduce municipal budget deficits at the same time San Mateo County supervisors failed to get enough votes for a sales tax increase of their own.

July 29, 2010 | 5 comments
Summer laptime storytime for toddlers

Pleasanton Public Library will host Summer Laptimes for Toddlers today at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 2, in the library's meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This program is for children ages 18–36 months. Children will enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. This event is free. Call the Children's Desk at 931-3400, ext. 8.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Camp 'I-Wanna-Read' ends on Friday

Pleasanton Public Library is hosting "Camp I-Wanna-Read" until Friday, Aug. 6. Children read or are read to, and log their reading time to win prizes as they enjoy "summer at camp." For information, call 931-3400, ext. 8 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Chair Pilates class starts today

Incorporate the core principles of Pilates to improve your posture and increase your mobility, flexibility and energy at a Chair Pilates class that starts today, Aug. 2. Classes are from 3-3:45 p.m. starting Aug. 2 for five weeks at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Sign up the Friday prior to the first class. Cost is $20. Call 556-4511 or visit www.DublinSeniorCenter.com.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Children's watercoloring workshop starts today

The Pleasanton Art League will host a two-day workshop for children 9 years and older starting today from 2-4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2 and will continue the same time until Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Cultural Arts Center, 4455 Black Ave. Students will learn the basics of watercolor painting. Cost for the workshop is $35 per child and includes all materials. Call 462-7964 or e-mail mtellis@pacbell.net.

August 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Seeking help for next week's 'Stand Down'

Volunteers Rich Ghera and Dan Soria show one of the ditty bags colored by school children over the last few months as gifts for homeless and needy veterans at next week's East Bay Stand Down.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Sycamore Fund not a source for loans, former superintendent says

Schools special fund has dropped nearly $2.4 million since 2001
The Pleasanton school district's Sycamore Fund was never intended to be the source for revolving loans that it has become, according to the superintendent in charge of the district at the time.

July 29, 2010 | 15 comments
6-year-old drowns in Castro Valley pool

Lifeguards pull boy from 4-feet of water but fail to resuscitate him
A 6-year-old boy drowned at the Castro Valley High School Swim Center on Monday during a trip with his daycare, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

July 29, 2010 | 10 comments
San Jose pulls initiative for new ballpark from November ballot

Major League Baseball yet to decide if Oakland As could move there
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed withdrew his request Wednesday to place a downtown ballpark initiative on the November ballot.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
'Bark and Brew' tonight

Enjoy "yappy hour" with drinks and refreshments for you and your canine companion at "Bark and Brew" tonight from 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 30, at Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St. Donations benefit the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com.

July 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to the House Rockers tonight

Enjoy great music from the House Rockers tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 30, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal streets). Enjoy rock and soul tonight and then come back to hear Motown R&B from the "Top Secret Band" on Aug. 6. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

July 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Free Shakespeare in the Park continues this weekend

SF Shakespeare Festival presents "Two Gentlemen of Verona" this weekend at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 31; 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, and at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7-8, at Bernal Park, off of Valley Ave., South of Bernal Ave. These events are free. Call (415) 558-0888 or visit www.sfshakes.org/park/index.html.

July 29, 2010 | 1 comment
LDS church holding concert tonight to benefit Tri-Valley Food Bank

Performance at Bernal-Vineyard avenue ward starts at 7 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a free concert starting at 7 p.m. tonight as part of its benefit for the Tri-Valley area food bank.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
AC Transit cancels some routes as driver absenteeism continues

Union negotiator blames agency for 'creating havoc' in service
A high rate of employee absenteeism is continuing to plague AC Transit 10 days after it imposed a new contract on its employees, a bus agency spokesman said.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Food pantry is open today

The Food Pantry at Valley Bible Church has open pantry hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 7106 Johnson Dr. Since opening in March 2008, the pantry has served over 200 families and passed out over 50,000 items. Local churches, scout groups, 4H clubs and schools help keep the pantry stocked. Email smchew@sbcglobal.net for details.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Barton Reading Program to benefit from garage sale this weekend

A fundraiser garage sale to help reinstate and fund the Barton Reading Program in Pleasanton middle schools will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 31, at 1636 Holly Circle. Come and support the event as a buyer or helping to sell items. Call 596-1600 or e-mail penny@EastBayAreaHomes.com.

July 28, 2010 | 3 comments
Blood drive today

American Red Cross will host a public blood drive today from 1:30-6:30 p.m. July 29 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. One donation may help save the lives of up to three people. Sponsor Code: PLEASANTON925 to schedule an appointment. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Hotel for Dogs' tonight

Residents are invited to enjoy a free movie, "Hotel for Dogs," tonight at dusk July 29 at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. The park is centrally located and features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
LAVWMA set to OK $3-million-plus contract for pipeline work

Board also to meet today to approve canceling next 2 monthly meetings
The Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA) will hold a special meeting today where directors are expected to approve a $3 million contract to K.J Woods Construction to complete its western terminus pipeline project.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
State awarded major federal Charter Schools grant

California asked for $300 million although exact amount of grant not yet determined
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced Tuesday that the California Department of Education (CDE) has been awarded a major federal Charter Schools Program grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.

July 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Oakland to give voters choice of 3 new taxes in effort to close $50-million deficit

Parcel tax of $360, $1.99 phone tax or 10% tax on cannabis sales: Take your pick
The Oakland City Council voted Monday night to put three tax measures on the November ballot that if approved would help close the city's budget gap, which is projected to reach $50 million next year.

July 27, 2010 | 3 comments
Lawyer who specializes in suing businesses elected president of California attorney regulatory agency

SF law firm partner will head 228,000-member State Bar which licenses attorneys, disciplines them
A San Francisco lawyer who specializes in business litigation has been elected president of the State Bar of California for 2010-11.

July 27, 2010 | 4 comments
Cooler today with a high temperature of just 79 degrees

But Weather Service predicts warmer days ahead with high 80s for weekend
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are expected to be sunny but cooler today with a high temperature of just 79 degrees by mid-day. Variable winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
High court allows cities, counties to use private lawyers with contingency fees to pursue suits

Alameda County, 8 others support Santa Clara in case that could cost paint companies billions of dollars
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of local governments led by Santa Clara County can use private lawyers paid with contingency fees to pursue a 10-year-old lawsuit on lead-based paint.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Boost your career at Toastmasters

Grow professionally at Chamber Chatters, a Toastmasters club that meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, 777 Peters Ave. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Visit www.chamberchatters.wordpress.com/.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
ADHD support group for women will meet today

A support group for women, mothers and daughters living with ADHD or executive function challenges meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at DeLatti's Ice Cream, 5424 Sunol Blvd. Call 872-8728 or email kathryn@bellamenti.com.

July 27, 2010 | 1 comment
Wii Bowling today at the senior center

Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents; $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

July 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Hear Chris Bradley's jazz band play tonight

Enjoy live jazz music from the '20s, '30s and '40s from Chris Bradley's Jazz Band from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sunol Jazz Cafe, 11986 Main St. Cover is $5.

July 26, 2010 | No comments yet
English Conservation class today

Pleasanton Library hosts the English Conversation classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays; noon to 1 p.m., Wednesdays; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3411.

July 26, 2010 | 5 comments
Cycle Tuesday

ClubSport will hold Cycle Tuesday tonight from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, at 7090 Johnson Dr. This indoor class simulates outdoor cycling taught in a class setting with an instructor and music to motivate you to ride with the group. Arrive 15 minutes prior to class for bike selection and set up. Call to reserve space. Call 344-4273 or visit www.clubsports.com.

July 26, 2010 | No comments yet
Raquel's brand products recalled due to contamination in hummus salads, wraps

Bacteria in products could cause serious problems
The California Department of Public Health is alerting consumers who have purchased prepackaged hummus salad, wraps and sandwiches to be aware that the products may be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious health problems.

July 26, 2010 | 1 comment
Pride of Lions

It's been 80 years of service for Pleasanton club
Lions are among us. Not the prowling, roaring, claws-and-fangs type. These are the two-legged variety whose motto is, "Together we serve." They are members of the Pleasanton Lions Club, proud to have benefited this community for 80 years.

July 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Long-delayed trial of Barry Bonds now set for March

Bonds, who turns 46 today, accused of lying to federal grand jury
The long-delayed federal trial of former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds on charges of lying to a grand jury will probably take place in March.

July 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Monday's weather forecast for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

High of 83 forecast, well below record 109 set July 25, 1933
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are expected to be warm and sunny today with a high temperature of 83 degrees by mid-day. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

July 24, 2010 | No comments yet
3.5-magnitude earthquake yesterday shuts down BART, SF surface trains briefly

Quake centered about 3 miles north-northwest of Daly City
A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck just offshore from Daly City Friday afternoon, causing brief shutdowns of BART trains and San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicles.

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Workers in Bay Area highest paid in country, study shows

Survey reports pay here 20% higher than national average in 2009
Workers in the Bay Area were the highest paid on average in the nation last year, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

July 23, 2010 | 8 comments
Review: 'The Kids Are All Right'

(Four stars)
What's refreshing about "The Kids Are All Right" is that the two-mom family and various interracial relationships are presented without a wink or a blush. That all seems ho-hum enough in our corner of the country, but it may prove eye-opening elsewhere. -- RP

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Salt'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
In her new action thriller "Salt," Angelina Jolie doesn't just play a spy. She doesn't just play a superspy. She plays a sooooperspy. As you might imagine, the approach of Jolie, director Philip Noyce and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer has its merits. -- PC

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
BART board takes another look at Oakland Airport connector

$484-million project would build elevated rail system from Coliseum station
BART directors Thursday approved spending more of the transit agency's own money to finance the Oakland Airport Connector project after federal stimulus funds were taken away earlier this year following a civil rights complaint.

July 23, 2010 | 3 comments
Safeway ready to start construction on new 'Lifestyle' market here

Store will anchor 12-acre retail center at Valley, Bernal, near I-680
Safeway announced this week that it will build a one of its new "Lifestyle" supermarkets in Pleasanton with a scheduled opening of November next year.

July 22, 2010 | 31 comments
Pleasanton neighborhoods to join in National Night Out festivities tonight

Goal is to strengthen neighborhood spirit, generate support for anti-crime programs
National Night Out is taking place tonight in Pleasanton neighborhoods that are holding block parties to raise crime awareness and send a message to criminals that communities are fighting back.

August 2, 2010 | 10 comments
Losing 70 pounds in 70 weeks

'Even my feet got smaller,' says Kathy Narum
It took one hour with a trainer for Kathy Narum to see the possibility of fitness. She stuck with the program and lost a pound a week for a total of 70 pounds.

July 23, 2010 | 4 comments
'Amazing Dreamcoat' opens at 2 p.m. today at Bankhead

Performances scheduled for three days each weekend through Aug. 8
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre will continue its production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starting at 2 p.m. today at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

July 22, 2010 | 2 comments
Support group meets tonight

Tri Valley Support Group for Fibromyalgia, Lupus and all forms of Arthritis will meet tonight from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, July 26, at Tri Valley Support, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. If you can't make it today, this group meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Call 875-0960.

July 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Reservations due today for Widow and Widowers luncheon

Widows and Widowers of Northern California will host an outing, Lunch & Antique Collection event, at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, at Rising Loafer Bakery, 428 Main St. After lunch you are invited to the hostess' home to view her doll and toy antique collections. Cost your choice of menu item. Reservations are due today, July 26, to Louise; call 846-8372.

July 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Ballroom dancing class offered today at the library

Ballroom Dancing classes will be offered today by Christopher Li from 1-3 p.m., Monday, July 26, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Teens through seniors are welcome. Social ballroom instructor, Christopher Li, was a bronze finalist at the USA Dance National Championship 2010. If you can't make it today, he will also host classes on Aug. 9 and 16. Call 931-3405.

July 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Free 'Shakespeare in the Park'

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" is a comedic story of youthful love. The play will be presented starting tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 24, and will continue at the same time, Saturdays and Sundays, July 24-Aug. 8, and family day is at 6 p.m. July 31, at Bernal Community Park, 6700 Koll Center Parkway. Appropriate for all ages. Call 931-5340 or visit www.civicartsliterary.org.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Relay for Life starts tomorrow and ends Sunday morning

Relay For Life is a fundraiser for cancer research that brings together the community to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back against the disease. It starts tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 24, and ends 9 a.m., Sunday, July 25, at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. Call 833-2784 or visit www.relayforlife.org/pleasantonca.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Free concert in the park tonight

"Tommy and the 4 Speeds" will perform oldies tonight at Concerts in the Park from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 23, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal Street). Come back to hear rock and soul from House Rockers next Friday, July 30. Visit pleasantondowntown.net.

July 22, 2010 | 2 comments
Comedy fundraiser tomorrow night

Enjoy a night of great comedy at "Comedy Uncorked on the Lawn" with Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier and LynnRuth Miller at 7:30 p.m., (doors open at 6 p.m.), Saturday, July 24, at Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 South Livermore Ave., Livermore. Proceeds benefit Open Heart Kitchen. For more information, visit www.comedyuncorked.com.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
City, civic, park district leaders lead more than 100 in opening 520-acre Dublin Hills Regional Park

East Bay Regional Park District addition offers scenic views, regional trail
The Dublin Hills Regional Park opened late yesterday as more than 100 city, civic and park district leaders dedicated the new 520-acre park.

July 22, 2010 | 5 comments
SPORTS: Lifestyle Rx team scores wins in Saturday meet

The Lifestyle Rx TigerSharks Summer Rec team competed fearlessly against the Sunset Swim Team in their meet together last Saturday.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
With 14 weeks to go, Pleasanton's election is already heating up

2 now seeking mayor's post, 4 running for council
Pleasanton's municipal election is still 14 weeks off, but already it's shaping up as a humdinger.

July 22, 2010 | 23 comments
Council approves plan to scuttle housing cap, open up more land for low-income housing

Thorne warns state taking control away from cities on land use decisions
The City Council Tuesday approved a tentative settlement agreement with two affordable housing coalitions and the state attorney general's office that will scuttle Pleasanton's 29,000-unit housing cap and set aside undeveloped acreage for high density housing for low-income residents.

July 22, 2010 | 55 comments
Candy bomber drops into Danville

'Uncle Wiggly Wings' recalls Berlin Airlift
"Candy bomber" Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, now 89, kept the audience spellbound Sunday evening as he recalled the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 and his part in it. Not only was he one of the pilots who defied freezing weather and a rickety landing strip to deliver 2 million tons of supplies to Berliners in the Western sector, he decided to airdrop candy to the city's war-weary children.

July 21, 2010 | 1 comment
State unemployment drops to 12.3 percent in June

California's jobless rate continued to show very slight improvement in June, dropping another 0.1 percent to 12.3 percent, according to a report issued today by the state Employment Development Department.

July 21, 2010 | 5 comments
McGovern announces she will run for mayor against Hosterman

Ally Karla Brown also pulls papers in bid for one of two available seats on City Council
Pleasanton Councilwoman Cindy McGovern, the longest serving elected official in Pleasanton, announced Tuesday night that she will run for mayor in the Nov. 2 municipal election in a bid to unseat Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.

July 20, 2010 | 46 comments
LaRouchers campaign in Pleasanton against Pelosi

Two men from the LaRouche Party manned a table in front of the Black Avenue post office Tuesday, campaigning to elect Summer Shields to represent the 8th District in the U.S. Congress, the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

July 20, 2010 | 17 comments
Friends of the Library meeting tonight

Friends of the Library will meet tonight for its general meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, July 26, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The Friends support and supplement library services and materials. The Friends have two major book sales per year, mend books, process and shelve magazines, and are docents for the genealogy collection. For information, call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

July 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet speed climber Hans Florine tonight at the library

Pleasanton Public Library will host Hans Florine, a speed climber, tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 22, at the library's large meeting room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. He holds the record-setting speed climber of Yosemite's El Capitan and won the first 16 speed climbing events that he entered. This event is free. Visit www.hansflorine.com.

July 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans for the 'Concert in the Park' tomorrow night

Enjoy oldies with "Tommy and the 4 Speeds" tomorrow night at the Concerts in the Park series from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 23, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal Street) for great music! Come back to hear rock and soul from House Rockers next Friday on July 30. Visit pleasantondowntown.net.

July 21, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' tonight

Residents are invited to enjoy a free movie "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" tonight at dusk, Thursday, July 22, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. Giant screen that measures 26 feet diagonally! The park is centrally located and features picnic and barbecue facilities, two play structures, and plenty of open space and ample parking. Call 931-5044 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

July 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Last 'Kids Night Out' tonight

First- through sixth-graders are invited to Harvest Valley Christian Church's last "Kids Night Out!" tonight from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the church, 3200 Hopyard Road. Cost is $5. Contact Valerie at 484-2482, ext. 106 or e-mail children@harvestvalley.org.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Excel workshop tonight

Vicky Austin of Las Positas College will host a workshop about things every user should know about Excel and tips for power users tonight from 5:45-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at Hilton Pleasanton, 7050 Johnson Dr. Cost is $25 for dinner and the program; $5 for program only. Visit http://iaap-laspositas.org.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about investing in foreclosures tonight

A perfect storm of economic events has made investing in California foreclosure properties an incredible opportunity. Learn from a foreclosure expert tonight from 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the Hyatt Place, 4950 Hacienda Dr., Dublin. This event is free, but registration is required; call 272-4142 or visit http://foreclosuresmeeting.eventbrite.com.

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Group rallies in bid for City Council to act on Staples Ranch

Thousands of dollars in deposits await completion of retirement community there
After nearly five years of delays in the approval process for the development of Stoneridge Creek, a continuing life retirement community on the Staples Ranch site, 35 Pleasanton seniors took matters into their own hands this week, rallying in front of the Civic Center and signing a petition asking the City Council to approve the project.

July 20, 2010 | 34 comments
Court allows AC Transit to impose new contract until judge decides on union bid for injunction

Agency, transit union ordered into binding arbitration to settle pension, overtime, other issues
A new contract imposed on an AC Transit employees' union will be in effect until at least the end of next week after a judge delayed deciding on an injunction sought by the union Tuesday that would have blocked the contract.

July 20, 2010 | 6 comments
Council, affordable housing coalitions, expected to settle legal battle for $1.9 million tonight

Housing cap scuttled, more land to be set aside for low-income housing
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to agree to a court order tonight that scuttles a 29,000-unit housing cap law approved by voters in 1996 and to provide more affordable and workforce housing to meet future state housing requirements here.

July 20, 2010 | 8 comments
SPORTS: Pleasanton's Creamer in France after winning Oakmont Open

Pride of Castlewood drains 2 birdie putts to take title
By Bob De Witt
Special to the Pleasanton Weekly

July 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Dogwash benefits canine cops

Dog owners caught a break Sunday as their canine partners were pampered at Dogtopia of the Tri-Valley to benefit the Alameda County Sheriff's Office K-9 Association.

July 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Livermore Safeway to host wine event today

Safeway in Livermore will be hosting a special champagne event for customers starting at 3 p.m. today.

July 22, 2010 | No comments yet
'Tech Tuesday' computer class today at the senior center

A new computer class with Las Positas College student volunteers will guide you through various programs, applications and answer computer questions. The class will be held today from 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. If you can't make it today, this class is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Cost $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

July 19, 2010 | No comments yet
'Cycle Tuesday' at ClubSport

An indoor class that simulates outdoor cycling taught in a class setting with an instructor and music to motivate you to ride with the group. The class will be held today from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, at ClubSport, 7090 Johnson Dr. Arrive 15 minutes prior to class for bike selection and set up. Call to reserve space; 344-4273 or visit www.clubsports.com.

July 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Fundraiser at Mama Rosa tonight

Help Relay for Life by having lunch and/or dinner at Mama Rosa today from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 20. The restaurant is located at 6770 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Mention "Relay for Life" and 20 percent of your entire bill (pre-tax) will be donated to Relay for Life for the Hope West Coast team. Call 469-MAMA (469-6262).

July 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Thorne files for re-election to City Council as campaign season gets under way

First to seek re-election to municipal post; Hosterman, Cook-Kallio expected to file soon
Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Thorne filed papers Friday with City Clerk Karen Diaz to seek re-election to a second term on the council.

July 19, 2010 | 3 comments
I-580 freeway closed most of Sunday as police check for bombs after shootout

Thousands of motorists weave their way through Berkeley to reach SF, I-80 destinations
All lanes of I- 580 between Hwy. 13 and downtown Oakland exits were reopened Sunday night after being closed for hours following an early-morning shootout with CHP officers, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

July 19, 2010 | 2 comments
520-acre Dublin Hills Regional Park opens Thursday

East Bay Regional Park District addition offers scenic views, ample parking
The Dublin Hills Regional Park will open Thursday with a kickoff event hosted by East Bay Regional Park District and Dublin city officials.

July 18, 2010 | 4 comments
Walnut Creek pedestrian killed in DUI accidents Saturday was Kathleen Moorhead , 57

Pickup truck driver jailed after Saturday night crash
A woman who was fatally struck by an alleged drunken driver while walking on a sidewalk in Walnut Creek on Saturday evening has been identified as 57-year-old Kathleen Moorhead.

July 18, 2010 | 1 comment
Amador senior in Washington for week-long leadership summit

Bank of America picks 230 high school students, recent graduates for Capitol Hill session, non-profit internships
Rahael Elizabeth Borchers, a senior this fall at Amador Valley High School, has been chosen as one of five East Bay high school students and former students to attend a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. starting today.

July 18, 2010 | 4 comments
New carpool lane segment opens for eastbound I-580 motorists

Rest of 11-mile-long stretch of new HOV lane could open this fall, a year ahead of schedule
Driving east on I-580 became easier over the weekend as Caltrans and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency opened an additional 2.9 miles of the new carpool lane from Airway Boulevard to past Portola Road in Livermore.

July 18, 2010 | 1 comment
AC Transit expects bus service to continue today despite court order to send drivers' contract dispute to arbitration

District also plans to impose its final contract offer starting today
AC Transit buses are expected to keep serving passengers today despite a ruling Friday by an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that the agency and drivers' union must send their contract dispute to arbitration.

July 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Concert Band at Alden Lane this afternoon

Free public concert offers music from famous composers
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will be performing an afternoon program called "Art under the Oaks" from 2:30 to 4 p.m. this afternoon at Alden Lane Nursery.

July 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" follows the Jerry Bruckheimer tradition of big stars and big special effects, often at the expense of truly compelling characters or a believable plot. But then, in a movie so confident in its own insanity, who really cares about making sense? -- RM

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Inception'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Director Christopher Nolan's ("Memento," "The Dark Knight") visually stunning and exceptionally cast "Inception" is a cinematic marvel -- a rare film inspired by imagination rather than potential box-office return. Although the big-budget flick features persistent and impressive visual effects, it is also thought-provoking and poignant. -- TH

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Commemorative bricks being installed at Firehouse Arts Center

Fundraiser is popular way to memorialize people or groups
A contractor has started laying commemorative bricks at the Firehouse Arts Center, which will open in Setpember.

July 16, 2010 | 1 comment
CORE funds guaranteed for tech hours at elementary, middle schools

Move allows schools to begin their own fundraising efforts
The Pleasanton School Board has accepted a guarantee that will bring half-time tech support to the district's elementary and middle schools.

July 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Cops go undercover to nab bike thief

Pleasanton man arrested after victim finds stolen bicycle adverstised online.
A Pleasanton man has been charged with possession of stolen property after the victim of a bicycle theft went online and was able to find his bike for sale on Craigslist, a police report said.

July 16, 2010 | 15 comments
Fernando's holds benefit today for breast cancer research

Pleasanton fundraiser follows event yesterday at Hopyard Grill for Avon Foundation
A downtown Pleasanton restaurant is sponsoring a fundraiser today to benefit breast cancer research.

July 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Not your traditional Y

Today's YMCA focuses on services and programs
The Tri-Valley YMCA may not have a traditional setting, with the typical health club and swimming pool, but it's found a place in the community.

July 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Council may settle affordable housing litigation issues Tuesday

Staff report says city would pay $1.9 million in legal fees, scuttle housing cap law
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to agree to a court order Tuesday that scuttles a 29,000-unit housing cap law approved by voters in 1996 and to provide more affordable and workforce housing to meet future state housing requirements here.

July 16, 2010 | 22 comments
Record crowds expected for mid-summer sales today at Farmers Market

Downtown event follows PDA's sell-out wine stroll, jammed Friday night concert in ther park
Farmers Market in downtown Pleasanton is expecting a near-record number of shoppers today for its mid-summer sales of fresh produce, vegetables and other staples.

July 16, 2010 | 2 comments
Man rescued as fire destroys garage, contents in northwest Pleasanton

House spared because of quick fire department response, good construction
An 86-year-old man escaped harm after the garage of his Pleasanton home caught fire Wednesday afternoon.

July 15, 2010 | 5 comments
A profound romance with the Alameda County Fair

Pleasanton resident offers her reflections on annual rite
I didn't expect to feel the way I do about our local county fair. I look forward to the three-week summer festival as I would anticipate the arrival of a long-lost best friend or my kids returning home from college.

July 16, 2010 | 3 comments
Peddler Shoppe open today

The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. It's a great place to buy gifts. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues the same hours through Friday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings; and 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday monthly.

July 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Writing art workshop for children today at the library

Designed for children entering second to fourth grade, the writing art workshop will combine writing, geography, world literature and fun, creative activities from 2-4 p.m. July 19 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. They will write and illustrate two poems in a light-hearted session led by award-winning poet Sherry Weaver Smith. Registration is required. Call 931-3400 ext.8. For more information, call Pleasanton Library Childrens' Desk.

July 18, 2010 | No comments yet
School supply drive starts today

Sleep Train is collecting school supplies for children in need starting today, July 19 through Sept. 9, at all its stores. The closest store is located at 6050 Johnson Dr., Ste. C. Call 1-800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

July 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Charity dog wash on Sunday to benefit K9 Association

Dogtopia is holding a dog wash fundraiser for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office K9 Association from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18 at its store, 7132 Johnson Dr. For $15, local canines will be bathed, towel-dried and spritzed while their human counterparts enjoy food, games and other activities. The K9 Association is a nonprofit group that raises money for K9 equipment and the medical care and funeral expenses for retired K9's. Call (847) 945-1300.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Tri-For-Fun Triathlon tomorrow

First-timer, few-timer and many-timer triathletes will take part in the On Your Mark Tri-For-Fun Triathlon Series, which starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 17, at Shadow cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd. Entry fee for each of the three Tri-For-Fun events is $55 in advance. Check in begins at 5 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m. There will be another Tri-for-Fun on Aug. 21.Call (209) 795-7832 or visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
'Grandparent and Me' event at the Senior Center this morning

Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren ages 2-6 today for fun activities from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 16, to the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. There will be storytelling, summer crafts and a snack. Pack a lunch and plan to stay and eat on the patio or in the park. Cost $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to some country rock music live tonight

Enjoy country rock music by Dave Crimmen at Concerts in the Park tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First and Neal Street) for some great music! Come back for some oldies with Tommy and the 4 Speeds on next Friday, July 23. Visit pleasantondowntown.net.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton cheerleaders take top honors in SoCal competition

Amador Valley and Foothill high school cheerleaders just returned from cheer camp, where they learned new routines, cheers, dances and stunts.

July 15, 2010 | 6 comments
Want a UC Berkeley degree? Go online

Regents want to close budget gap by offering popular classes on Internet
The University of California Board of Regents expressed overwhelming support Wednesday for an experiment that involves exchanging some of the university system's brick-and-mortar classrooms for cyber ones in an attempt to close a projected $4.7 billion budget gap and usher higher education into the digital age.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
State Chief Justice George announces his retirement

Schwarzenegger must nominate a replacement by Sept. 16 in time for November ballot
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George announced in San Francisco today he will retire in January after 14 years in the post, giving Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger what could be his final opportunity to appoint a successor to the high court.

July 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Mehserle sentencing pushed back from August to November

Faces 5-14 years for shooting unarmed man on BART platform
Court officials have pushed back the sentencing date for former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed passenger early in the morning on Jan. 1, 2009.

July 15, 2010 | 1 comment
Animal shelter closure overwhelms Dublin facility

TVAR sponsors adoption fair Sunday, July 18
Budget cuts led to the closure of the Fairmont Animal Shelter in San Leandro at the end of June, meaning about 13 dogs, 17 cats and 5 other animals were moved to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. In order to alleviate some of the overcrowding, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) is sponsoring an adoption faire on Sunday.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Former employees suing NUMMI as new management seeks to re-open plant

Legal Aid Society, others claim some workers left out of work without compensation
Apparently not everyone is happy with the prospect of the NUMMI plant reopening under new management.

July 13, 2010 | 5 comments
Holy cow! A hole in one

Alex Chin, 11, who attends Pleasanton Middle School, hit his first hole in one on the 15th hole at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore on July 2.

July 14, 2010 | 9 comments
Museum drama on Pleasanton's advance from its rowdy days to modern times on tap tonight

'From Brothels & Bar Rooms to the City of Planned Progress' takes a look at changes in community
The Museum On Main's Ed Kinney Lecture Series will present "From Brothels & Bar Rooms to the City of Planned Progress" at 7 p.m. tonight, starring long-time residents Gene Pons and Phil Henry.

July 14, 2010 | 2 comments
McNerney helps steer $5.2-million to San Joaquin transit district

Funds earmarked for improved bus service in Stockton area
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) said yesterday that the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will receive a $5.2-million dollar grant from the Department of Transportation to improve bus service in the region.

July 14, 2010 | 30 comments
Proponent of a new marriage initiative gets OK to start process for putting measure on state ballot

Would eliminate law allowing married couples to divorce
Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Tuesday that the proponent of a new initiative that would eliminate the law allowing married couples to divorce can start collecting petition signatures for his measure.

July 14, 2010 | 9 comments
Chiang says state's cash position stable despite slight drop in June revenue

Lack of urgency could lead to 'completely avoidable' cash crisis, controller says
State Controller John Chiang, in releasing his monthly report on California's cash balance, said June revenues came in below estimates by $54.6 million, or 0.5 percent.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Fair wrap-up: 79,882 corn dogs consumed

Fair competed well against World Cup, heat, weak economy
The 2010 Alameda County Fair was a success, reports the fair association, with attendance at more than 418,000, an increase of 19 percent over 2008 although 3 percent down from last year's record-setting numbers.

July 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Viewing of 'The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers' tonight

This riveting story of one man's profound crisis of conscience that shook a nation, its courts, its free press and its presidency to the core will be shown tonight at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The exclusive Tri-Valley screening is a piercing look at the world of government secrecy in wartime as revealed by the ultimate insider. Call 931-3405 or visit www.firstrunfeatures.com.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Red Cross volunteer orientation today

Pleasanton Blood Donation Center of the American Red Cross will host a volunteer orientation today from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, July 15, at 5556-B Springdale Ave. Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank our community's blood donors or help post flyers at key locations. Advanced sign-up required. To learn more or sign up, contact Anne at (510) 594-5165 or e-mail BlackstoneA@usa.redcross.org.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
NCHRA networking meeting tonight

If you made it to the NCHRA's Summer Social, here is another great chance to network with your peers, at the NCHRA Tri-Valley Third Thursday tonight from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, July 15, at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd. Meet with like-minded folks in an informal setting. Admission is free, but there will be a no-host bar. Call (415) 291-1992 or visit www.nchra.org.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Team in Training information meeting tonight

Walk, run, cycle or hike with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT), and begin with a meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. TNT provides coaching, support and inspiration to help raise funds to help fight blood cancer. Call 800-78-TRAIN (800-788-7246) or visit www.teamintraining.org/sf.

July 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Widows and Widowers Grief Recovery support group starts tonight

Have you or someone you know experienced the death of a spouse within the last few years? Find hope, support and successful ways to process this significant life event as we share our experiences during a 10-week class, 7-9 p.m. July 14 through Sept. 15 at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy. Registration is required. Cost is $10. Call 833-9013 or visit www.valleycommunitychurch.org.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Practice relaxation tonight

Deep breathing and relaxation are proven to stimulate brain health, increase energy and improve sleep. There will be a workshop tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. There will be an afternoon class from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10 and another evening class from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11. Call 931-3400.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Blood drive today

American Red Cross will host a public blood drive today from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 14 at the Safeway Employee Fitness Facility, 5858 Stoneridge Mall Rd. One donation may help save the lives of up to three people. Call 738-1365 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Vigil tonight in front of Museum on Main

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will sponsor a Vigil tonight at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor veterans who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Call Cathe at 462-7495 or visit www.pleasantonians4peace.org.

July 13, 2010 | 5 comments
Simpkins named new Danville police chief

Following a thorough selection process, Steve Simpkins rose to the top of the applicant pool and was named police chief Monday. The 16-year veteran of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is expected to start this post in August. This would make the fifth police chief in Danville's 28-year history.

July 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton in top 100 of Money Magazine 'best cities' survey

City gains a ranking of 63rd as only Bay Area city to earn annual national honors
Money Magazine, in its annual survey of the best places to live in the U.S., ranks Pleasanton 63rd nationally and third in California, citing the city's good climate, low crime, excellent schools and superb recreational programs and facilities.

July 13, 2010 | 11 comments
Pleasanton in top 100 of Money Magazine 'best cities' survey

City gains a ranking of 63rd as only Bay Area city to earn annual national honors
Money Magazine, in its annual survey of the best places to live in the U.S., ranks Pleasanton 63rd nationally and third in California, citing the city's good climate, low crime, excellent schools and superb recreational programs and facilities.

July 13, 2010 | 8 comments
Oakland officials, police end talks, dismiss 80 officers

Police union 'essentially didn't respond' to the city's last offer, city adminisrator says
Oakland City Administrator Dan Lindheim said talks aimed at averting looming layoffs for 80 of the city's 776 police officers were broken off late Tuesday and that 80 officers were dismissed from the force yesterday.

July 13, 2010 | 6 comments
Dublin pregnancy center, others targeted by pro-choice organization study

Report by California group says CPCs make false claims about pregnancy risks
A pro-choice organization released the results of a two-year undercover investigation Monday examining more than 200 unlicensed and unregulated pregnancy centers across the state.

July 13, 2010 | 17 comments
Despite sluggish economy, Alameda County Fair had 2nd highest attendance in 20 years

Even a weekend of blistering temperatures didn't stop 418,000 from enjoying fastest growing fair in U.S.
More than 418,000 fairgoers decided to "Come Out and Play" at this year's Alameda County Fair.

July 12, 2010 | 2 comments
School community examines the expulsion process

Schools must balance safety with the interest of the student
The Pleasanton school board, principals and vice principals from every school in the district met in June to discuss new ways to deal with the district's expulsions and suspensions.

July 13, 2010 | 33 comments
Drug and alcohol use leads to more expulsions from Pleasanton schools

33 students expelled during 2009-10 school year
An increase in drinking and drugs on campus has led to 33 expulsions and 604 suspensions in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

July 13, 2010 | 13 comments
Harmer claims fundraising momentum increasing in his congressional campaign

GOP donors uniting behind candidate in bid to unseat McNerney, aide says
David Harmer, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th District that includes Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley, raised $402,244 between April 1 and June 30, ending the quarter with $233,046 in available cash on hand, his campaign spokesperson said today.

July 12, 2010 | 22 comments
Listen to live jazz music tonight in Sunol

Chris Bradley's Jazz Band will perform live jazz music of the '20s, '30s, and '40s tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, at the Sunol Jazz Cafe, 11986 Main Street, Sunol. Cost is $5. The band performs on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Call 510-825-0746 or visit www.sunoljazzcafe.com.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans to have dinner at Sweet Tomatoes to benefit VPC

Valley Pregnancy Center is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. July 14 at Sweet Tomatoes, 4501 Hopyard Ave., with the restaurant donating 15 percent of the sales from everyone who orders a salad and a drink and has a flier. Go to www.valleypregnancycenter.org/events.html to print the flier. Call 828-4458 or visit www.valleypregnancycenter.org/events.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Pee Wee Art Time classes start today for preschoolers

Children ages 2-4 are invited to art classes that are a perfect introduction to preschool this morning from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, July 13, at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Ave., Livermore. This is a four-week group that meets on Tuesdays and activities include, circle time, games, songs, crafts, and stories. An adult must accompany child. Cost is $80, including the craft fee. Call 462-5915 or visit www.sites.google.com/site/peeweeplaytime.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about inheritances this morning

Attorneys from an estate planning law firm will share insights and lead a discussion about things parents should think about as they prepare their children to receive an inheritance. The event is this morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 13 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Business council hosting jobs program sessions for employers

Tri-Valley effort using local, federal funds to find jobs for area's unemployed
The Tri-Valley Business Council is hosting two complimentary information sessions tomorrow and Wednesday for locals to learn more about the American Family Recovery, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project led by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

July 12, 2010 | 4 comments
Livermore pedestrians recovering after being hit by student driver

One woman undergoes surgery to repair 2 broken legs
A woman who was among a group of pedestrians struck by a student driver while crossing a street in Livermore on Saturday underwent more surgery today to repair two broken legs, a Livermore police collision investigator said.

July 12, 2010 | 2 comments
Grass fire extinguished after burning 25 acres near Altamont Pass

Alameda County, Tracy firefighters battle blaze for 2 hours
A grass fire near the Alameda County/San Joaquin County border early this morning consumed about 25 acres of vegetation but didn't damage any structures, a Cal Fire dispatcher said.

July 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt caps races in Pleasanton with three stakes wins

Del Mar's $100,000 'Real Good Deal' stakes next on busy summer schedule
Every year there seems to be someone who steps up and takes control of the stakes races at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

July 12, 2010 | 4 comments
Learn to take control over clutter tonight

Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending this support group, which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Rm. 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org.

July 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Practice yoga basics tonight

Beth Fox, certified yoga instructor, teaches Yoga Basics, a yoga class that is open to the public and meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Supplies are available for class. Cost is $12. Call 200-4060.

July 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Luckarack gets lucky, winning Everette Nevin Stakes at fairgrounds

After sitting 4th a break, jockey Alvarado pulls California-bred 2-year-old into lead
Luckarack just kept surprising trainer Steve Specht and jockey Frank Alvarado.

July 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Business News: June sales up for Ross Stores

Pleasanton-based retailer sees 5% growth, compared to 1% a year ago
Off-price retailer Ross Stores has reported increases in comparable store sales for the month of June.

July 12, 2010 | 3 comments
Discovering nature

Ridge Runners camp opens up new worlds to children
Six and 7-year-olds up to their necks in creek water, forcing themselves to be quiet to keep the scene as naturally serene as possible. Children silently tiptoeing through Arroyo del Valle creek trails, looking for signs and tracks to lead them to natural treasures. Spending time in the great outdoors and seeing more than just a mass of green foliage. This is Ridge Runners nature camp.

July 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Golf tournament today will help pay expenses of double-lung transplant

'Hope for Kaitlin' tourney, dinner being held at Blackhawk Country Club
A golf tournament will be held today at the Blackhawk Country Club to help the family of Kaitlin Fleming, 20, cover expenses for a double lung transplant she had in May.

August 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Now showing: Movies in the Park

Bring your own popcorn but leave your wallet at home as you enjoy free weekly Movies in the Park with family and friends, starting July 22. The city of Pleasanton will air the movies at dusk on six consecutive Thursday evenings at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., on a giant screen that measures 26 feet diagonally.

July 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Review: 'Predators'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Perhaps it's best that "Predators" keeps its ambitions humble, but a dearth of inspiration makes this fifth "Predator" film dangerously close to a rehash of the first film. Producer Robert Rodriguez would rather you think of it as "back to basics," thank you very much, but, y'know, "tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to." -- PC

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Despicable Me'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
If your kids have fully recovered from "Toy Story 3," you can safely proceed to "Despicable Me," a CGI-animated comedy that weds a Charles Addams drollness to Looney Tunes one-upmanship (in 3D!). Steve Carell voices Gru, an Eastern European supervillain plotting to reverse a slump by stealing a shrink ray and, subsequently, the moon. -- PC

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Berkeley group drops lawsuit against ValleyCare Health System

Patient-Physician Alliance decides against pursuing claim 2 days before court hearing
An organization calling itself The Patient-Physician Alliance has dropped its lawsuit against ValleyCare Health System that charged the Pleasanton-based nonprofit with lacking a sufficient number of physicians to care for patients and focused on costs, not patients.

July 9, 2010 | 8 comments
Miguel sworn in as new chief of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

Former Modesto fire chief brings 27 years of experience to new post
James Miguel was sworn in as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Thursday, succeeding former Fire Chief Bill Cody, who retired last October.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
All BART stations open this morning

All BART stations are open this morning and the first trains of the day are running on time, an agency spokesman said.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Calm returns to Oakland after night of protests over Mehserle verdict of involuntary manslaughter

Units from the Pleasanton PD, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department joining in backup efforts that quelled violence
Police arrested about 83 people in Oakland Thursday night and this morning as officers responded to protests following the Johannes Mehserle verdict, Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts said.

July 8, 2010 | 20 comments
'The Frisky Frolics' will perform at the library on Sunday

The Frisky Frolics are "hotcha," up-to-date in the latest '20s style and will perform at 2 p.m. July 11 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Enjoy alley-era classics as "Cake Eatin' Man" and "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes." You are invited to wear vintage clothing to further enhance the magic of the long-lost musical treasures. Call 931-3405.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy a 'Day at the Races' tomorrow

Foundation for Axis Community Health will sponsor "A Day at the Races" tomorrow from noon-6 p.m. July 10 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Tickets for $50 include admission to the fair, a buffet luncheon, a lesson on placing bets, an afternoon of horseracing, a "Best Hat" contest, prize drawings and a no-host bar. Purchase tickets at www.axishealth.org. Call 426-2347.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
'Tale as old as time'

Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy presents the culmination of its four-week performing arts camp with presentations of "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 9; and at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 10 at Livermore High School, 600 Maple St., Livermore. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call 413-8161 or visit www.TriValleyYPA.org.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Rooster's Teeth' perform tonight

Enjoy a free concert in the park tonight from 7-9:30 p.m., Friday, July 9 at Lions Wayside Park (at the corner of First and Neal St.) for some great music! Enjoy some rockin' blues tonight and then come back on July 16 for country rock from Dave Crimmen. Visit pleasantondowntown.net.

July 8, 2010 | 1 comment
New fire chief for Livermore-Pleasanton to be sworn in today

Former Modesto chief James Miguel has 27 years of fire service experience
James Miguel will be sworn in as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department today, succeeding former Fire Chief Bill Cody, who retired last October.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Bay Area titans named for induction into California's Hall of Fame

Schwarzeneggers' announcement includes former Gov. Pat Brown, father of current candidate Jerry Brown
Current and former Bay Area titans of politics, business and art were among those announced Wednesday as the latest group chosen to be inducted into the California Museum's California Hall of Fame.

July 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Mehserle found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

BART packed as people try to arrive home before verdict
Johannes Mehserle has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, it was announced in the Los Angeles County Superior Court shortly after 4 p.m. Fourteen local firefighters and two Pleasanton police sergeants left for an emergency staging area in San Leandro to be ready for any trouble that might break out.

July 7, 2010 | 44 comments
Flag back on Sunol Grade, but still without a permit

Caltrans will seek 'suitable location' after Schwarzenegger protests its removal
There will likely be at least one permanent mural of an American flag in the vicinity of the Sunol Grade section of Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol, California Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday.

July 7, 2010 | 12 comments
DUI arrests up slightly in Bay Area, by 16% statewide over Independence Day weekend

Injuries reported in San Mateo, Sonoma counties, but none locally during intense DUI enforcement period
Bay Area law enforcement agencies reported a slight increase in the number of arrests during a DUI enforcement campaign over the Independence Day holiday weekend as DUI arrests increased across the state.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Team brings home the gold

Debbie Ayres, coach of the USA Under-21 Women's Deaf Basketball Team, proudly announced that her team brought home the gold from the 2010 Deaf World Basketball Championships in Lublin, Poland, late last month. Her players were each presented with a gold medal plus a huge trophy that she's toting around Pleasanton.

July 6, 2010 | 5 comments
Rotary Club of Pleasanton will meet for lunch today

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has been a leader in the community in helping make Pleasanton a great place to live. It has a luncheon meeting from 12:15-1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at Hap's Restaurant, 122 W. Neal St., Pleasanton. Cost for lunch is $17. For information, visit www.PleasantonRotary.org.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
NARFE picnic is today

National Active and Retired Federal Employees and Retirees are invited for food, and fun today at noon, Thursday, July 8, at the Farm Bureau Building, 638 Enos Way, Livermore. The NARFE annual picnic is a social event for members and perspective members to meet the officers and leaders of the local chapter. Enjoy a silent auction and bingo party. Call 922-0667.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Register now for Parent Loss Support Group

Hope Hospice will host an eight-week support group is a Parent Loss Support Group and will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, July 15-Sept. 2, at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin. Program will include sharing our stories, models of the grieving process; exploring memories; coping with loneliness, depression, sadness, guilt and anger; various activities designed to educate and heal; discovering hope and feeling better. Cost is $40 for Eight sessions. Call 829-8770 or visit www.hopehospice.com.

July 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Kids night out tonight

First- through sixth-graders are invited to a Kids Night Out! from 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday until July 21 at Harvest Valley Christian Church, 3200 Hopyard Road. Each week features a different theme. Cost is $5 per night. Contact Valerie at 484-2482 ext. 106 or visit children@harvestvalley.org.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the Newcomers Club today

Pleasanton Newcomers Club is a great way for new and established residents to make new friends. It meets for coffee on the first Wednesday of every month and for lunch on the second Wednesday of every month. The group has activities like hiking, walking, Bunco and more. Visit www.pleasantonnewcomers.com or call Ruby M. at 462-6404.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
First Wednesday Street Party tonight

Get into the spirit of Independence Day at the First Wednesday Street Party tonight from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, in downtown Pleasanton. There will be live music performed by "Night Fever." This event is free. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net/events.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton names Emily Wagner as its new finance director

Former investment banker has vast finance experience in private, public sectors, including in Pleasanton
Emily Wagner, economic development fiscal officer for the city of Pleasanton, has been named the city's Finance Director starting today, succeeding Dave Culver who has taken a similar position withthe city of San Mateo.

July 6, 2010 | 6 comments
Jury deliberations suspended in Mehserle trial due to juror's illness

Another goes on vacation so jury will start from scratch when it resumes
Jury deliberations in the murder trial of former BART police
Officer Johannes Mehserle were suspended today because one of the jurors is sick.

July 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Perfect Curls 'blows past' every horse in lane to win Fair's Gonzalez Memorial Stakes

$50,000 Alamedan Handicap on tap at Alameda County Fair track today
The last time trainer Cliff DeLima ran Perfect Curls, the horse won a maiden race at 4-1/2 furlongs. So when DeLima entered Perfect Curls in the 32nd running of the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at 5-1/2 furlongs Saturday at the Alameda County Fair, he felt pretty comfortable.

July 5, 2010 | No comments yet
BART, local agencies prepare for any 'civil unrests' as Mehserle jury resumes deliberations tomorrow

Some stations may need to close temporarily, BART says
With the jury in Los Angeles resuming deliberations tomorrow in the Johannes Mehserle trial, local agencies are making sure they're prepared for any civil unrest following the announcement of the verdict.

July 5, 2010 | 11 comments
Trainer sees Run-It grab title at Sunday's 45th running of Alamedan Handicap

'These were Fourth of July fireworks we were looking for,' Patterson says
Most trainers will take a look at the past performances of the horses they are facing in a particular race and form a visual of how the race will play out.

July 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Eastbound I-580 to close late tonight between Foothill-Hopyard for BART work

Pedestrian bridge to be installed from new station to Pleasanton
Drivers alert: A portion of eastbound I-580 will be closed late tonight in the vicinity of the new BART station near Foothill Road.

July 9, 2010 | 1 comment
Pleasanton celebrates Independence Day at downtown park today

12trh annual public picnic to include band music, special entertainment
"Cherish Your Heritage" is the theme of this year's 12th annual Fourth of July community picnic and Independence Day celebration in Lions Wayside park at Neal and First streets, traditionally one of the best family events in the Bay Area.

July 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Perfect Curls 'blows past' every horse in lane to win Fair's Gonzalez Memorial Stakes

$50,000 Alamedan Handicap on tap at Alameda County Fair track today
The last time trainer Cliff DeLima ran Perfect Curls, the horse won a maiden race at 4-1/2 furlongs. So when DeLima entered Perfect Curls in the 32nd running of the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at 5-1/2 furlongs Saturday at the Alameda County Fair, he felt pretty comfortable.

July 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Yellow jackets sting more than 70 during Alameda County Fair's fireworks show

Pleasanton Weekly reporter helps one girl 'who got stung three times'
More than 70 people were stung by yellow jackets at the Alameda County Fair last night after a ground nest was apparently disturbed during a fireworks show.

July 3, 2010 | 6 comments
It's the Fourth of July: Where to watch the fireworks tonight

Although many cities across the country have cancelled Fourth of July fireworks displays this year because of budget woes, the festive celebrations in the sky are very much alive in the Bay Area, including here in the Tri-Valley.

July 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Expect delays on some major Pleasanton streets

Paving projects to affect Santa Rita, Stoneridge and West Las Positas
Pleasanton drivers can expect traffic delays along several major thoroughfares as street improvement projects get under way.

July 3, 2010 | No comments yet
All fireworks illegal in Pleasanton--even sparklers

To see fireworks, go to a public display, police say
The Pleasanton Police Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, in a joint bulletin issued Friday, reminded residents of Pleasanton that all fireworks, including those labeled "Safe and Sane," are illegal in the city of Pleasanton.

July 3, 2010 | 11 comments
OBITUARIES: Charles Robert Hokanson, Sr.

Charles Robert Hokanson, Sr.
Resident of Pleasanton
June 11, 1930 – June 15, 2010

July 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair closes tonight

Perfect weather for enjoying this 98th annual Pleasanton event
The 98th annual Alameda County Fair ends its 17-day run today with an assortment of fair festivities and a multitude of events and shows.

July 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Governor calls removing flag mural 'unconscionable'

Flag painted after 9/11 but state just realized it was on government property
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he's unhappy that the California Department of Transportation has painted over a mural of an American flag on a concrete slab near the Sunol Grade section of Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol.

July 2, 2010 | 31 comments
Fireworks tonight at Fairgrounds

Although many cities across the country have cancelled Fourth of July fireworks displays this year because of budget woes, the festive celebrations in the sky are very much alive in the Bay Area, including here in the Tri-Valley.

July 2, 2010 | 6 comments
County fair ride that malfunctioned reopens after repairs, safety inspection

Loose, dangling chain hit seven riders, causing minor injuries
The "Wacky Worm" roller coaster ride at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton reopened Friday afternoon, a day after injuring seven people when it malfunctioned, according to fair spokeswoman April Mitchell.

July 2, 2010 | 1 comment
Do your kids like to place chess?

Residents are trying to start a Pleasanton Chess Club, primarily for kids. Anyone interested can e-mail PleasantonChess@yahoo.com. Please provide e-mail address, name, phone number and USCF rating, if any.

July 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Prayer circle tonight at Tri-Valley Unity Church

Tri-Valley Unity Church hosts prayer, meditation, study and sharing from 7:15-8:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of every month, at the church's gathering place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. Meet with them tonight, Tuesday, July 7. For information, e-mail Bob at hardyco1@comcast.net.

July 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn how to relax

Deep breathing and relaxation are proven to stimulate brain health, increase energy, and improve sleep. Six workshops with an Art of Living instructor will help reduce stress, so you can enjoy life and step into a worry-free tomorrow. There will be a class this afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Other classes will be held from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10; 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 14 and Aug. 11. Call 931-3400.

July 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Diabetic self-management class today

A class to help you understand and learn to manage your Type 2 Diabetes will be held today from 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 6, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. This is a seven-week series that teaches you to eat the foods you love, how and why to check your blood sugar, the effects of exercise and emotions on blood sugar, medications and more. Registration is required; call (510) 383-5185.

July 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Take the kids to the pool today

The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center will be open today from 1:30-5 p.m., Monday, July 5. The pool is located at 4455 Black Ave., within the Amador Valley Community Park complex. Entrance fees are $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth ages 6-17, $3 for children ages 3-5 years old. Call 931-3423.

July 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Public Library closed today

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Pleasanton Library is closed today, but will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 6. The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3400 or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/library.

July 4, 2010 | No comments yet
First 5 California Hands-On Health Express today

First 5 California Hands-On Health Express will start today at 10 a.m. July 2 at the Alameda County Fair, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Kids can participate in educational activities promoting healthy development while parents learn about available resources in Alameda County. Sid the Science Kid also makes a special appearance on July 2.

July 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy fireworks early!

Experience the Fair's spectacular fireworks display at approximately tonight 9:30 p.m. July 2 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Best viewing location is from the Grandstand area. Visit www.alamedacountyfair.com.

July 1, 2010 | 6 comments
Concert in the park tonight

Enjoy Blues music from Burton and Co. tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal Street for some great music! Then come back on July 9 for Rockin' blues with Rooster's Teeth.

July 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Fourth of July Concert and Celebration

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the band, which played its first concert in the Lions Wayside Park bandstand. Vocalist Ward Belding, as "Uncle Sam," will be featured to celebrate the Fourth of July from 12:30-2:00 p.m. July 4 at Lions Wayside Park (corner of First & Neals Streets). Providing the music will be the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams. Pleasanton Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman has composed an original poem for the occasion, entitled "Boots on First." Special guest will be award-winning speaker Ann Collins, whose presentation is entitled "Cherish Your Heritage." Master of ceremonies is Ken McDonald. Call 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

July 1, 2010 | No comments yet
With filing date still 12 days away, Oakland already has 3 candidates for mayor

Kaplan throws hat in ring while Mayor Dellums stays mum
Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan emphasized creating jobs and revitalizing the economy Wednesday as she formally announced she's running for mayor in the November election.

July 1, 2010 | 4 comments
Long backups at Bay Bridge as new tolls go into effect

Toll authorities hoping more commuters will take mass transit because of toll hikes
Traffic backups were extensive and visibly irritating Thursday for motorists waiting to pay higher and new tolls on the Bay Bridge, the first day varying fees took effect.

July 1, 2010 | 3 comments
Correction

Robert Magoon, charged with running a methamphetamine lab out of his home was ordered to serve six months in jail on a violation of California Health and Safety code. Information about his sentence was incorrect in last week's Pleasanton Weekly.

July 1, 2010 | 6 comments
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for today, July 11

By Dennis Miller

June 30, 2010 | 4 comments
Harvest Park principal tapped for Amador Valley High post

Jim Hansen to move after 11 years at middle school
Parents of Amador Valley High School students have gotten their wish.

June 29, 2010 | 15 comments
Brown launches investigation into foreclosures that affect renters

Call tenants 'forgotten victims of collapse of housing market'
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday launched an investigation aimed at protecting the rights of the "forgotten victims" of the housing market collapse -- the tens of thousands of tenants facing eviction from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks.

June 30, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Police Department report: June 20-26

The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available for actions taken from June 20 to June 26.

June 29, 2010 | 8 comments
County's DUI crackdown program named best in state

More DUI crackdowns planned for Independence Day weekend
Avoid the 21, Alameda County's law enforcement crackdown on drunk driving, has been named best multi-jurisdictional effort in the state for 2009 by the California Law Enforcement Challenge.

June 30, 2010 | 4 comments
Axis Community Health holds 'Day at Races' benefit today at Fairgrounds racetrack

Proceeds will help Axis serve growing patient base of more than 14,000 without adequate health insurance
The Foundation for Axis Community Health will sponsor "A Day at the Races" from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fair.

July 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Clothing drive still accepting new clothes for foster kids

Sleep Train is holding its annual Clothing Drive for Foster Kids from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until July 11. Drop off new clothing items at Sleep Train, 6050 Johnson Dr. Ste. C. Donations will be distributed among Sleep Train's partner foster care organizations. Call 800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

June 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Artist reception for Cliff Garten tonight at the Civic Center

Artist Cliff Garten will unveil his sculpture design for the BART Station at a reception tonight at 6:45 p.m. July 1 at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to complete a comment card on the art. Call 556-4500.

June 30, 2010 | No comments yet
Listen to some gypsy jazz tonight at the library

Paul Mehling and Le Jazz Hot will play Gypsy Jazz tonight at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Gypsy jazz was born of the exquisite guitar playing of Django Reinhardt, heavily influenced by Gypsy tradition and American Jazz. Call 931-3405. The program is free and open to all.

June 30, 2010 | No comments yet
McNerney introduces bill to stop U.S. jobs from going overseas

'It's time to get tough with those who...outsource good American jobs,' congressman says
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has introduced legislation to stop American jobs from going overseas.

June 29, 2010 | 66 comments
Play Wii bowling this afternoon at the senior center

Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents and $2.25 for nonresidents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Let the kids have a night out tonight

First- through sixth-graders are invited to a Kids Night Out from 7-9 p.m., every Wednesday until July 21 at Harvest Valley Christian Church, 3200 Hopyard Road. Each week features a different theme. Cost is $5 per night. Contact Valerie at 484-2482 ext.106 or visit children@harvestvalley.org.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Coastal earthquake nothing to be shaken up about

3.3-magnitude quake 'common for the area,' Geological Survey reports
Monday morning's 3.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of San Francisco is common for the area and nothing to be shaken up about, U.S. Geological Survey earthquake geologist David Schwartz said.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Preakness Stakes winner comes home for a day to watch Alameda County Fair races

Martin Garcia's rise to jockey fame started in Pleasanton
Martin Garcia, winner of the 135th Preakness Stakes, came back to Pleasanton for a day to sign autographs and watch races where he got is start at the Alameda County Fair racetrack.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
Want to appeal your tax assessment? Go online

County offering applications at special Website starting Thursday
Beginning Thursday, Alameda County will offer a new online application process for assessment appeals applications.

June 29, 2010 | 1 comment
Police Report for week of June 14

Police Report for week of June 14

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Tomorrow is the last day of the life-like sculptures in downtown Pleasanton

Tomorrow, June 30, is the last day of the interactive art exhibit by internationally-known sculptor J. Seward Johnson at sidewalk locations in downtown Pleasanton, which has been on display since April 1. Eleven life-size, three-dimensional bronze sculptures depict the everyday activities of people who may be found anywhere. Call 931-5355 or e-mail jfinegan@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

June 28, 2010 | 16 comments
Melody Minstrels Jam Band to perform today

Join musicians and singers for some harmonizing fun today from 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 29 at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. We have piano, guitar and ukulele players. Bring your voice or musical instrument. Songs are taken from Broadway, Hollywood and the Great American Songbook. Cost $1.25 activity fee. Call 556-4511 or visit www.dublinseniorcenter.com.

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Adult relaxation workshop tonight

Deep breathing and relaxation are proven to stimulate brain health, increase energy and improve sleep. There will be a workshop held tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Future workshops will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. July 6 and Aug. 10 and evening classes are from 7-8:30 p.m. July 14 and Aug. 11. Call 931-3400.

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Last ClubSport Toastmasters meeting tonight

Toastmasters at ClubSport will meet tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 at ClubSport Pleasanton, 7090 Johnson Dr. It helps professionals to become the speakers they want to be with Toastmasters International. Drop by to find out more. ClubSport members and non-members welcome. Call 225-2433 or visit www.clubsports.com/pleasanton.

June 28, 2010 | No comments yet
Talk about a bad hair day!

There's much more at the Alameda County Fair than rides and tasty food as Cassandra Gutschall, 25, shows Sunday after getting her hair "styled" at the exclusive Fair Hair booth.

June 28, 2010 | 1 comment
County fair race honors Dee Wilson, long-time Pleasanton business, civic leader

Remembered as 'pillar in community' in winner's circle ceremonies at fairgrounds
DeWitt Wilson, the long-time Pleasanton businessman and developer, who died earlier this year at the age of 90, was honored at the Alameda County Fair Sunday when the fourth horserace of the day was named in his honor.

June 28, 2010 | 2 comments
Power outage shutters businesses Sunday in Rose Pavilion, other northeast Pleasanton areas

Trader Joe's, other nearby businesses affected by 2-hour shutdown
A widespread power outage closed businesses just as they were about to open Sunday morning in much of northeast Pleasanton and farther east along the I-580 corridor in Livermore.

June 27, 2010 | 6 comments
Miss Pleasanton wins Fillies and Mares Handicap at Alameda County Fair

Quite a day for jockey Chad Schvaneveldt
Saturday didn't start out as the best of days for jockey Chad Schvaneveldt.

June 26, 2010 | No comments yet
County sups OK $2.4 billion budget that cuts jobs, services

But most positions being cut are already vacant
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Friday to approve a $2.44 billion budget for fiscal 2011 that closes a $150 million budget gap by cutting 105 jobs and reducing services.

June 26, 2010 | No comments yet
I-680 Express lanes due to open this fall

Drivers will decide if they want to pay to avoid backups
A new toll system for solo drivers who want to use the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes on Interstate 680 is set to open Sept. 20.

June 26, 2010 | 17 comments
One of two brothers pleads guilty in Pleasanton meth lab case

Charges dismissed against second brother
Robert Magoon, one of two brothers accused of running a meth lab out of his Pleasanton home has accepted a plea deal that calls for no jail time.

June 28, 2010 | 16 comments
Review: 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Watching the new documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," one has to concede that comedian Joan Rivers has been an important figure on the stand-up scene, and especially important to women in a male-dominated field. But we also learn that Rivers is ruthless in her self-preservation, and I don't mean just the surgery. -- PC

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Knight and Day'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Tom Cruise returns to form in this entertaining action-comedy from director James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma"). Cruise and co-star Cameron Diaz are an effervescent on-screen pair, but a silly plot and excessive runtime make "Knight and Day" more suitable for the Netflix queue than a cineplex excursion. -- TH

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library Book Club also meets today

The Pleasanton Library's Adult Book Club will meet tonight from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 28, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. If you enjoy reading and talking about books, join our group. This club meets on the fourth Monday of every month, except December. For more information visit www.pleasantonlibrarybookclub.wordpress.com. Call 931-3400 ext. 7.

June 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Towne Center Books book club meets tonight

Great Books of Pleasanton book club will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 28, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. This club meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Call Sadie at 846-1658.

June 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Country western barbecue at the Senior Center today

The Pleasanton VIP Club will present its 10th annual barbecue today from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Michael Paul Band will be performing. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. Cost $10 includes barbecue and the show. Call 931-5370.

June 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Kids summer treasure challenge starts today

Kids throughout the community, ages 5-12, are encouraged to keep fit and active over the summer with this free 7-week program "ClubSport Kid's Summer Treasure Challenge" which starts today, June 28 and ends Aug. 15. Navigate along a treasure map by completing fun fitness activities and win prizes along the way. Includes a free weekly kid's fitness class and student's schools get a donation from ClubSport. This program is free. Call 463-2822 x570 or visit www.clubsports.com.

June 27, 2010 | No comments yet
Services today for Jack Fiorio, longtime Pleasanton businessman

Owner of Fiorio's Market and Meat Service dies at 88 years old
A memorial service is planned for this afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center for Jack Fiorio, a lifetime resident here who died June 18. He was 88.

June 25, 2010 | No comments yet
Woman charged in multiple crashes well over legal limit, court records say

Arrest stems from Valley Avenue crashes on April 22
A Pleasanton woman facing multiple charges following a multiple hit and run in April had a blood alcohol content of .28 -- three-and-a-half times the legal limit for driving, court records show.

June 25, 2010 | 32 comments
Enjoy live latin music at the library tomorrow

Rafael Manriquez and Ingrid Rubis, who specialize in Latin American music from the past and the present, will sing and play guitar, charango, quena and zamponas, tomorrow at 2 p.m. June 26 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. This event is free. Call 931-3405.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Got E-Waste?

Bring that old computer that's been lurking in your garage from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26 at 4150 Dorman Rd. Turn that old relic into cash for homeless pets. These items are free to recycle: monitors, televisions, laptops, flat screens, wires, and cell phones. Other electronics are subject to a $5 fee but all the cash goes to Valley Humane Society. Call 570-1543.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Bark and Brew tonight

Enjoy a cocktail-wagging Friday evening in downtown Pleasanton with other local dog lovers tonight from 6-9 p.m. June 25 at Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St., with drinks and refreshments for you and your canine companion. Donations benefit the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. It's Yappy Hour! Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Friday Night Funnies at Bunjo's

This jammed packed 90-minute show features some of the best veteran and upcoming stand up comedians in the Bay Area tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. June 25 at Bunjo's Comedy Lounge, 6513 Regional St., Dublin. Many of them have been on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Leno, Letterman and more! There is usually anywhere from four to six comedians performing. Cost is $10, plus two-item minimum. Call 264-4413 or visit www.bunjoscomedy.com.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for today, June 27

By Dennis Miller

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Safeway enlists eclectic mix of local celebs for fundraiser

Congressman, mayor, Elvis impersonator, mascot help out
Take an Elvis impersonator, add one congressman, a local mayor, three cheerleaders, a high school mascot, a principal, a DJ and a columnist; mix in a dash of humor and a good cause. Throw liberally at unsuspecting shoppers.

June 24, 2010 | 4 comments
5 Girl Scouts awarded top honors for helping others

Gold Award is highest achievement in Girl Scouting
Five Girl Scouts have received their Gold Award, a feat only 1 percent of all Girl Scouts achieve and is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

June 24, 2010 | 3 comments
Casey says goodbye as school board splits on funding programs

Arkin, Hintzke reject borrowing plan for new high school textbooks
A farewell to retiring Superintendent John Casey and wrangling over money took up the bulk of Tuesday night's school board meeting in Pleasanton.

June 24, 2010 | 20 comments
Horse racing's all-time leader a highlight at Alameda County Fair

Thoroughbred Hall of Famer enjoying annual summer tour
While some horse racing purists may look down their noses at California's Summer Fair circuit, no less an authority than Russell Baze, horse racing's all time leader in wins and a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, enjoys the annual summer tour.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Racing is back at the Alameda County Fair

New, returning jockeys battling it out on the track
While some horse racing purists may look down their noses at California's Summer Fair circuit, no less an authority than Russell Baze, horse racing's all time leader in wins and a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, enjoys the annual summer tour.

June 24, 2010 | No comments yet
Daughter of Sen. Feinstein named head of San Francisco Superior Court

Katherine Feinstein to serve two-year term as presiding judge
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein, a member of the bench for 10 years, was elected by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as presiding judge of the court

June 23, 2010 | 6 comments
Pleasanton receives funding to continue downtown paratransit service

More stops added to fixed-route, same-day service
Pleasanton's paratransit service has been granted an extension on a gap grant from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) that will allow for continued service of the popular downtown route shuttle.

June 29, 2010 | No comments yet
May home sales up 19% nationwide over 2009 numbers

Realtor group says tax credits, low interest rates helping to stabilize market
Existing-home sales remained at elevated levels in May on buyer response to the tax credit, characterized by stabilizing home prices and historically low mortgage interest rates, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Gains in the West and South were offset by a decline in the Northeast; the Midwest was steady.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
New FCC rules on wireless microphone could affect local users

Some bandwidth involving intercoms, audio instrument links now restricted by federal law
New Federal Communication Commission rules bearing on the use of wireless microphones that went into effect last month affect similar devices such as wireless intercoms, in-ear monitors, audio instrument links and cueing equipment, according to the Pleasanton Police Department.

July 25, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers

Pleasanton Public Library needs volunteers for its Homebound Service, which provides homebound residents with library books, videos and CDs to community residents. Also, the library hosts the Pleasanton Reads Project that needs volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language to residents over 18. Students and tutors usually meet once per week at a mutually convenient time and place. Tutoring and all necessary materials are free of charge. Contact Jan Bauman at 931-3411 or jbauman@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Seniors Free Thursdays at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair is open today from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, June 24. Admission for seniors 62 years and older is free on Thursdays; regular fair admission is $10 for adults ages 13-61; $6 for children ages 6-12; and children under 6 years old are free. Parking is $8. Visit www.alamedacountyfair.com/2010fair.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Food pantry is open today

The Food Pantry at Valley Bible Church has open pantry hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 7106 Johnson Drive. Since opening in March 2008, the pantry has served over 200 families and passed out over 50,000 items. Local churches, scout groups, 4H clubs and schools help keep the pantry stocked. E-mail smchew@sbcglobal.net for details.

June 23, 2010 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair opens today

The 98th annual Alameda County Fair opens today, Wednesday, June 23, and will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. This year's fair will offer special admission prices, including "Kids Free Fridays," "$3 Wacky Wednesdays" and "Seniors Free Wednesdays." The fair is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday (closed Tuesdays). Visit www.alamedacountyfair.com/2010fair.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Women with ADHD support group will meet tonight

A support group for women, mothers and daughters living with ADHD or executive function challenges will meet tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at DeLatti's Ice Cream, 5424 Sunol Blvd. This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 872-8728 or e-mail kathryn@bellamenti.com.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Water forum tonight

A special statewide series of water forums will be held to educate community leaders on the many aspects of the recently enacted California Comprehensive Water Package, and what it means to the state. California's Comprehensive Water Package Informational Forum will be held today from 1-3:30 p.m. June 23 at CarrAmerica, 4400 Rosewood Dr. To reserve your place, visit www.acwa.eventready.com/events/waterpackageinfoforum or call 916-441-4545.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Kids night out tonight

First- through sixth-graders are invited to a Kids Night Out tonight from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at Harvest Valley Christian Church, 3200 Hopyard Rd. Cost is $5 per night. Kids Night Outs will happen every Wednesday until July 21 and each week will feature a different theme. For more information, contact Valerie at 484-2482, ext. 106 or e-mail children@harvestvalley.org.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
89 degrees today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Expect a hot summer day today as the temperature in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley soars to 89 degrees by mid-day with clear skies and no sign of rain in the forecast. Variable winds of 5 to 20 mph are expected.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Public invited to talk to the artist today about his tribute to 4 slain Oakland police officers

Intricately designed leather mural on display at Alameda County Fair
Alameda County Fair-goers will have a unique opportunity starting today to talk with artist of an intricately designed leather mural of four Oakland police officers who were slain last year in the line of duty.

June 22, 2010 | 1 comment
'Red carpet' treatment awaits those seeking permits in Pleasanton

City opens new permit center to streamline delivery of building permitting services
Pleasanton has re-opened its building permit center at 200 Old Bernal Ave. following a three-month remodel.

June 22, 2010 | 19 comments
Listen to live jazz music tonight in Sunol

Enjoy live jazz music from the '20s, '30s and '40s performed by Chris Bradley's Jazz Band tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, at the Sunol Jazz Cafe, 11986 Main St. Cover is $5. This band plays on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Widowed Men and Women's lunch today

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite others to join them for lunch today at 1:30 p.m. at Mimi's Cafe, 4775 Hacienda Dr., Dublin. RSVP to Sylvia by June 22. Cost is your menu choice. Call 510-568-6542 or email hskoog@comcast.net.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Iron Horse Trail meeting tonight

The East Bay Regional Park District with the city of Pleasanton is hosting three community meetings to discuss the 1.6-mile extension of the Iron Horse Trail from Santa Rita Road to the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station. The first meeting is scheduled for tonight from 6-8 p.m. June 22 at Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. Call (510) 544-2611 or e-mail sdougan@ebparks.org.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Rides, food, Neverland appealing to thousands at fairgrounds

98th annual Alameda County Fair open for 17-day run
A year after Michael Jackson's death, fairgoers at the Alameda County Fair can take a spin on two rides once featured at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

June 21, 2010 | 4 comments
Summer starts today with temperatures in the mid-80s in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today will see temperatures rising to at least 85 degrees today as summer officially begins. West winds of 5 to 15 mph are expected.

June 21, 2010 | No comments yet
Tracy man stabbed in fight Sunday night on Vineyard Avenue

18-year-old checks in at ValleyCare ER for treatment as police search for suspects
A Tracy man was stabbed in Pleasanton Sunday evening and police are looking for more information related to the incident.

June 21, 2010 | 19 comments
Pleasanton woman fights off motorist who grabs her on Andrews Drive

Escapes man's grip as driver flees scene Friday morning
A 24-year-old woman walking to work was grabbed by a man who had pulled alongside her in a vehicle in Pleasanton Friday morning, but he drove away after the woman fought back, a police sergeant said.

June 20, 2010 | 3 comments
Bay Bridge tolls rise to as much as $6 during peak hours starting Thursday

FasTrak users get a break, but once-free carpool lanes to be charged $2.50
The Bay Area Toll Authority is reminding drivers of toll increases to the region's seven state-owned toll bridges effective Thursday, July 1.

June 25, 2010 | 11 comments
Westbound I-580 lanes open as walkway installed to new BART station from Dublin side

Pleasanton side next in mid-July as station readies for opening at year's end
All westbound lanes on I-580 alongside the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station near Foothill/San Ramon roads re-opened at 9 a.m. Sunday morning as scheduled after crews installed the first of two pedestrian walkways to the station, which is located in the middle of the freeway.

June 20, 2010 | 5 comments
Summer-like temperatures are back, just in time for summer

Weather Service calls for 78 today, mid-80s for week ahead in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley
Summer-like temperatures start returning in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today with a high of 78 degrees forecast by mid-day and hotter temperatures ahead. Winds of 10 to 20 mph are anticipated.

June 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Westbound I-580 lanes open as walkway installed to new BART station from Dublin side

Pleasanton side next in mid-July as station readies for opening at year's end
All westbound lanes on I-580 alongside the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station near Foothill/San Ramon roads are expected to re-open by 9 a.m. after crews installed the first of two pedestrian walkways to the station, which is located in the middle of the freeway.

June 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Brrrr! A cool 69 degrees may be the high today for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

80s due to come back starting Monday as summer starts
Temperatures more winter-like than for mid-June will reach only 69 degrees today in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as a cold air front passes by.

June 19, 2010 | No comments yet
Aiming high

Basketball coach, player headed for Deaf World Games
Coaching a deaf basketball team is different from coaching a hearing team, says Debbie Ayres, who has coached college and high school teams for almost 30 years.

June 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Pleasanton's 'other' graduates celebrate, too

Opportunities and challenges await Horizon, Village grads
While most of Pleasanton's class of 2010 was still getting ready for graduation -- putting the final touches on a speech, thinking about graduation parties or making final plans for the weekend -- two graduation ceremonies were being held.

June 19, 2010 | 3 comments
Review: 'Jonah Hex'

(Two stars)
Action and eye candy are the main ingredients in this shallow adaptation of the edgy DC comic about Civil War-era gunslinger Jonah Hex. Compelling plot and character development get lost somewhere between explosion No. 1 and explosion No. 78, but the film certainly satisfies the popcorn quotient for summer cinema. -- TH

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Toy Story 3'

(Four stars)
I don't know what's in the water over there at Pixar Animation Studios, but I'd sure love a cup. Pixar's storytelling masterminds serve up yet another exceptional film -- this one the third in the uber-popular "Toy Story" franchise -- packed with humor, imagination, adventure and emotional resonance. -- TH

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
S.F. wants PG&E to halt 'SmartMeter' installations until accuracy can be checked

Gas module believed cause of incorrect readings cited by hundreds of customers
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera asked a state commission Thursday to halt PG&E's SmartMeter program until an investigation into the accuracy of the meters is complete. The meters have been installed throughout Pleasanton.

June 18, 2010 | 21 comments
Golden Gate Bridge district manager quits to take key transit job in Seattle

Chance at 'operating multiple rail modes too intriguing to pass up,' Kupersmith says
Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District General
Manager Celia B. Kupersmith has announced she is leaving to take a job as Deputy Chief Executive Officer with Sound Transit in Seattle.

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Homes sales up 18% in Bay Area

Highest number of sales in May since 2006
Bay Area home sales in May increased by 18 percent from the previous month, but sales fell in many affordable inland areas in the region due to a dwindling inventory of low-cost foreclosures, according to the real estate information service MDA DataQuick

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Only 72 degrees today at start of cool weekend for Father's Day

Spirit Run participants could face mid-60s as Sunday's event gets under way
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will see a high temperature of only 72 degrees today with mostly sunny skies. Brisk winds of 10 to 25 mph are expected.

June 18, 2010 | No comments yet
Practice yoga tonight in two different places

Enjoy a beginning Yoga class tonight from 7:15-8:45 p.m., Monday, June 11, at Downtown Yoga, 220-B Division St. Ages 16-76 welcome. Drop-in classes are $14 or $10 for teens and seniors $10. Call 819-9983 or visit www.pleasantonyoga.com. Also, Beth Fox, certified yoga instructor, teaches Yoga Basics, a yoga class that is open to the public. Meet with her tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 21, at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Supplies are available for class. Cost is $12. Call 200-4060.

June 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Explore gentle chiropractice care tonight

Explore how these gentle touches can impact not only the physical body, but even more importantly the mental and emotional aspects of ourselves, tonight from 7-9 p.m., Monday, June 21, at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Understand how a holistic approach can optimize your full potential and well being. Visit www.holisticmoms.org.

June 20, 2010 | No comments yet
Make reservations for 'The Power of Yum'

As part of the 18th annual Celebration of Life, noted chef and nutritionist, Rebecca Katz, MS, will speak on how food can support health during cancer treatment and recovery from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton. This event is free, but reservations are required by today, June 21; call 833-2784, option 3 (leave name and group size).

June 20, 2010 | No comments yet
'Spirit Run' this weekend

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton presents its 17th annual Spirit Run starting at 8 a.m., Sunday, June 20, in downtown Pleasanton. There is a race or walk event for every member of the family. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag as well as refreshments and a ticket to a after race drawing. Cost is $10 for children; $25 for students K-8; $35 for high school students and adults. Check-in and race-day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Call (209) 795-7832 or visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Yard Sale for the Bears tomorrow

A huge yard sale with just about everything you can think of will be held to benefit the Good News Bears, which provides teddy bears to hurt, traumatized or abused children as well as adults. The sale will take place tomorrow from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 19, at 2043 Altair Ave., Livermore. Call 373-7982 or visit www.goodnewsbears.org.

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Tri-For-Fun Triathlon tomorrow

First-timer, few-timer and many-timer triathletes will take part in the "On Your Mark Tri-For-Fun Triathlon Series" which starts tomorrow at 7 a.m., Saturday, June 19, at Shadow cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd. Entry fee for each of the three Tri-For-Fun events is $55 in advance. Check in begins at 5 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m. Future triathlons will be held on July 17 and Aug. 21. Call (209) 795-7832 or visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'Fresh County' pop band perform tonight

One week after Jessica Caylyn's high school graduation, her "Fresh Country" pop band is performing for the first time tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, June 18, at the Farmer Restaurant, 855 Main St. Come see and listen to this young, cute performer and her four very talented musicians with decades of experience. Visit www.jessicacaylyn.com.

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
New transit fare card now good on most Bay Area systems

Re-branded as 'Clipper,' reloadable cards can be linked to bank account, credit card
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and several major Bay Area transit operators--but not the Wheels bus system locally-- have unveiled a re-branded, all-in-one transit fare card called the Clipper card.

June 17, 2010 | 2 comments
Review board finds UC unprepared for protests that damaged campus last November

Calls chancellor, staff response 'center-less' in taking charge of situation
An investigative panel has found that UC Berkeley administrators and police did a poor job of planning for a protest last November that resulted in the takeover of a building and more than 40 arrests,

June 17, 2010 | No comments yet
Federal judge hears final arguments in Prop. 8 case, but will announce decision later

Suggests 'tipping point' for allowing same-sex marriages might have been 1967 Supreme Court decision
Attorneys made their final arguments this week in San Francisco in a federal trial over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state two years ago.

June 17, 2010 | 13 comments
Staples delayed despite pleas from seniors

Late notice forces council to move hearing to Aug. 24
Plans to develop Staples Ranch stalled Tuesday when a scheduled public hearing on the development had to be postponed by the Pleasanton City Council because notification of the meeting had not been handled on time to meet legal requirements.

June 17, 2010 | 40 comments
Oakland Airport to test emergency response preparedness today

Multiple agencies to simulate 'victim' rescue proficiencies
Passengers and others at Oakland International Airport today could find emergency response teams at work on the field. But it will only be a test.

June 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Study shows voters not swayed on same-sex propositions by campaign rhetoric

Foundation's report comes on eve of today's federal court hearing on Prop. 8
A San Francisco-based foundation released a study Tuesday that shows that voters nationwide don't change their minds during the course of an election campaign on whether to approve a ban on same-sex marriage.

June 16, 2010 | 22 comments
I-580 to be closed starting at 11 p.m. tonight at new BART station

Crews will connect overhead pedestrian walkways from station to Dublin side of freeway
After being delayed more than a year by engineering problems, contractors will be back at the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station tonight to connect the aerial pathways that will link the station to Dublin and Pleasanton.

June 16, 2010 | 15 comments
'Walk in the Wild' at the Oakland Zoo next weekend

Oakland Zoo will host "Walk in the Wild" with a Wine, Dine and Stroll from 5-8 p.m. and Dancing and Dessert Under the Stars from 8-10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. Experience this unique evening event by mingling with friends while listening to live music and enjoy good food and a great atmosphere. Cost is 125 for members; $150 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the Oakland Zoo's conservation, education, and animal enrichment programs. To make reservations, call (510) 632-9525, ext. 154 or e-mail jmoore@oaklandzoo.org.

June 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Healthy cooking classes start tonight

This six-week course is from 6-9 p.m. beginning June 17 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. It emphasizes the use of S.O.U.L. (seasonal, organic, unrefined, local). Classes will cover heart health, healthy food kids will love, farmers market tour, cancer prevention, healthy appetizers, healthy desserts. Instructor: Suzanne Aziz. Cost is $40 for residents and $45 for non-residents, plus $12 for supplies. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 16, 2010 | No comments yet
'Dead in the Sierra' lecture tonight

The Museum On Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series presents filmmaker Warren Haack, for a screening and discussion of his narrative film, "Dead in the Sierra: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta and Joaquin Valenzuela," at 7 p.m. June 17 at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Admission is $5 for members and seniors, $10 for non-members, and $3 for students and teachers with ID. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

June 16, 2010 | No comments yet
Register now for the Spirit Run this weekend

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton presents its 17th annual Spirit Run starting at 8 a.m. June 20 in downtown Pleasanton. There is a race or walk event for every member of the family. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag as well as refreshments and a ticket to a after race drawing. Preregistration for children is $5; day of race, $10; students K-8, $20; day of race, $25; high school students and adults, $30; day of race, $35. Check-in and race-day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Call (209) 795-7832 or visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
English conversation group will meet today

The Pleasanton Public Library's English Conversation class will meet today from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, June 16, at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The group also meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Call 931-3411.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Seniors are invited to play Wii Bowling every Wednesday

Play Wii Bowling on the big screen from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost $1.75 resident and $2.25 nonresident. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Brain Learning Book Club will meet tonight

Brain Learning Book Club will meet tonight from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Non-fiction book club for folks interested in reading about neuroscience and learning. This club meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Call 872-8728 or email kathryn@bellamenti.com.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Kansas City mayor praises Hosterman for work at U.S. mayors conference

Calls her 'a dynamo' in role as co-chair of national water council
Mayors from throughout the country are gathered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City, including Pleasanton's Mayor Jennifer Hosterman who is being publicly praised as a "dynamo."

June 15, 2010 | 36 comments
U.S. Supreme Court to review order to reduce state's prison population

Schwarzenegger appeals ruling to trim overcrowding by 40,000 inmates
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a lower court order requiring the state of California to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by 40,000 within two years.

June 15, 2010 | 4 comments
Tuesday's forecast calls for high of 80 degrees today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather Service calling for moderate temperatures for rest of week
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will see a high temperature of 80 degrees today with west winds of 5 to 20 mph.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Hot weather prompts warnings about wildfires

Tall, thick grass crop means extra danger, fire battalion chief says
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) is telling local residents to get ready: it's wildfire season.

June 15, 2010 | No comments yet
Scavenger hunt

Be part of The Weekly's scavenger hunt, be entered to win fair tickets
Think you know downtown Pleasanton? Participate in the Pleasanton Weekly's annual scavenger hunt and you might win four tickets to the Alameda County Fair.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Lab helping sea lions

Newly developed diagnostic device being used to help marine mammals
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center are working together to diagnose several diseases that have struck California sea lions and harbor seals.

June 22, 2010 | No comments yet
Police searching for suspect in last week's armed robbery

Victim punched and robbed -- receives minor injuries
Pleasanton police are searching for a young man in connection with an armed robbery and assault around 10 p.m. June 13 near the intersection of Foothill Road and Deodar Way.

June 14, 2010 | 28 comments
After high of 88 degrees today, temperatures will start moderating in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather Service calling for low 80s, even high 70s in week ahead
Temperatures will start moderating today in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with the National Weather Service calling for a high of 88 degrees by mid-day and forecasting the low 80s--even the 70s--for the week ahead. West winds of 5 to 20 mph are expected.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn at 'Tech Tuesday' this morning

A new computer class with Las Positas College student volunteers will guide you through various programs, applications and answer computer questions. Class is from 10-11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Happy hour tonight for windowed men and women

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California invite others to join them for Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 17 at Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd. Cost is your choice of beverage and food. RSVP to Marge by June 15 at 828-5124.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
Free lunch and learn program today

There will be a breast cancer information seminar today on updates in screening mammograms today from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Guest speaker will be Ruby Chang, MD. Call 734-3319 or visit www.valleycare.com.

June 14, 2010 | No comments yet
School district urges parents to check vaccinations before classes start

CDC recommends specific immunizations for pre-teens to protect student's health
The Pleasanton school district is asking parents to make sure their pre-teen students have all the vaccinations recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before school starts next month.

July 25, 2010 | 3 comments
Sullenberger 'back to work' to ignite passion in young people about aviation,

Danville pilot made famous in 2009 Hudson River landing helps at Hayward Airport program
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, the Danville man famous for the January 2009 safe landing of a plane in the Hudson River in New York after a flock of birds disabled both of its engines, retired earlier this year after nearly 30 years as a commercial pilot.

June 13, 2010 | 2 comments
Opportunities bring responsibilities, say this year's grads

Here's full list of Pleasanton's 2010 high school graduates
They stand on the bridge, with one foot in Pleasanton and the other poised to step into the future. College and careers await some of the 2010 graduates; others will likely head off to work or into military service. Some may roam the world, while others stay close to the comforts of family and home.

June 13, 2010 | 8 comments
Sunday's weather forecast calls for 95 degrees today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Fire dangers continue in East Bay hills as dry conditions intensify
It'll be another hot one today for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with the National Weather Service calling for a high of 95 degrees by mid-day.

June 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Economic report shows UCSF now 5th largest employer in Bay Area

With 39,100 jobs in region, school driving $6.2-billion industry output
An economic impact report released Friday morning indicates that the University of California in San Francisco has tripled its revenues since 2001, and now drives $6.2 billion annually in industry output for the Bay Area.

June 12, 2010 | 4 comments
Weather service warns of high fire risks in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley hills

Temperatures expected to soar into mid-to-high 90s today, tomorrow
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of the Bay Area this weekend including the wooded hills in and around Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as dry weather conditions are expected to elevate fire risk.

June 12, 2010 | No comments yet
BART approves $582-million budget, eyes possible fare cuts later in year

3 directors vote against fare drop, calling it political move in advance of election
BART directors have approved a $582 million operating budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 that includes the possibility of a 3 percent fare reduction for four months later this year.

June 12, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Solitary Man'

(Three stars)
Michael Douglas plays a character who learns he has a "heart irregularity" in the new independent drama "Solitary Man." In the context of the story, the concern is literal, medical, but it's also a diagnosis of his social ill. In a way, it also describes the winning idiosyncrasy of the film, which resists comforting sentiment. -- PC

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'The A-Team'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Cue the theme song: It's another TV remake for the big screen. The title "The A-Team" refers to an "alpha unit" of elite Army Rangers, but the only thing top-of-the-line about Joe Carnahan's stupefying action movie is the budget. That budget can buy you a star of the caliber of Liam Neeson, but it can't make him do good work. -- PC

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Union continues protest at Castlewood on 100th day of its member workers' lockout

Country club using temporary help agency after contract negotiations fail
Demonstrators from the union that represents unionized hourly workers at Castlewood Country Club who have been locked out of their jobs for more than 100 days protested in front of the club's lower golf course over the weekend to demand that the Club end the lockout and return to the bargaining table with the union they represent.

June 13, 2010 | 41 comments
Oak Grove landowners vow to proceed with development despite defeat at polls

Lins claim they have 'legally-binding Development Agreement' with Pleasanton
The Oak Grove landowners who saw their plan to build 51 homes in their southeast hills property above Pleasanton's Kottinger Ranch scuttled in Tuesday's Measure D referendum say that they remain committed to developing th

June 11, 2010 | 55 comments
87 degrees forecast for high school graduations today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather Service also calls for a hot 94 degrees tomorrow, Sunday
Clear skies and a temperature reaching 87 degrees by late afternoon are in the forecast for high school graduation exercises today in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. The National Weather Service is also calling for mild breezes with northwest winds of 5 to 10 mph.

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
1,100 jam Main Street for Father's Day Spirit Run

Kids, parents and a 90-year-old first-timer join in the races
An estimated 1,100 runners participated Sunday morning in the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's 17th annual Spirit Run on Main Street including a 90-year-old who said it was his first time to join in the event..

June 14, 2010 | 5 comments
Continuing the Iron Horse Trail

Residents to help brainstorm on best path for new section
Plans are being made to close the gap in the Iron Horse Trail from the Pleasanton BART station to Santa Rita Road, and officials want to get ideas from the public.

June 11, 2010 | 8 comments
Special program offered for new kindergartners with no pre-school experience

City, school district partnering with county's 'Every Child Counts' plan
The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District are partnering with Alameda County's "Every Child Counts" program to offer a free pre-Kindergarten program this summer at Valley View Elementary School.

June 14, 2010 | 2 comments
Special Olympics Torch Run relay starts today

Summer games open June 25 at UC Davis
More than 500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies will be running the Special Olympics' Flame of Hope through Northern California starting Monday and lasting through June 25.

June 11, 2010 | No comments yet
Foster City man dies in I-680 crash

Witnesses saw car drift off freeway into eucalyptus tree
A 70-year-old Foster City man died Wednesday evening after his car drifted off the road on southbound Interstate Highway 680 in San Ramon and hit a eucalyptus tree, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
49ers chief hails approval of new stadium in Santa Clara

Newsom calls deal 'shaky,' that S.F. 'stands ready to welcome its 49ers home' when Peninsula funding falls apart
San Francisco 49ers president Jed York Wednesday hailed Santa
Clara voters' approval of a ballot measure to relocate the team to that city with a new $937 million stadium, while San Francisco's mayor issued a statement warning that funding for the project is destined to fall apart.

June 10, 2010 | 7 comments
CHP offers summer driving tips as hot weather heads our way

Car owners can avoid vehicle's overheating, prepare for breakdowns
The California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be aware of
several ways to prevent cars from overheating as the weather gets warmer this summer.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Lacrosse ends on high note for Pleasanton high schools

Foothill High varsity lacrosse team prevailed against Amador Valley, 8-4, in the North Coast Section semifinals held at Foothill the evening of May 26. Two days later the Falcons faced De La Salle in a hard-fought championship game that ended 11-10 in favor of the Spartans. Photos by Chris Scott/www.CalSportsPhoto.com.

June 9, 2010 | 8 comments
Finance reports show new high in Pleasanton campaign spending

More than a half-million dollars spent by would-be Oak Grove developer
Campaign finances in the battle over the Oak Grove development show two totally different types of approaches. The would-be developer of the property, operating under the name "Frederic Lin Family For Oak Grove," pumped in money – more than $514,000 – in six months, while the No on D campaign was a grassroots effort.

June 10, 2010 | 26 comments
San Jose driver injured in crash at I-680 off-ramp at Sunol Boulevard

Second crash at interchange in as many days
A San Jose woman was seriously injured this morning when she drove in front of another car while attempting to make a left turn in Pleasanton, police said.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Harmer, happy with GOP lead for 11th Congressional District nomination, calls it a night

McNerney, unopposed in Democrat's bid for 3rd term nomination, heads back to Washington
Although Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), facing no opposition for the Democrat Party nomination for election to a third term in office, left town at 7 a.m. Tuesday to return to Washington, it was quite a different story for the Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination.

June 9, 2010 | 32 comments
Study shows voters not swayed on same-sex propositions by campaign rhetoric

Foundation's report comes on eve of today's federal court hearing on Prop. 8
A San Francisco-based foundation released a study Tuesday that shows that voters nationwide don't change their minds during the course of an election campaign on whether to approve a ban on same-sex marriage.

June 10, 2010 | 8 comments
Union that represents locked-out Castlewood workers strikes Hyatt Regency hotel

Unite Here! Local 2 says 3-day San Francisco strike aimed at hotel's annual meeting
About 400 hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco are walking off their jobs Tuesday to highlight months of contract disputes, according to union representatives.

June 9, 2010 | 33 comments
Football training center 'well under way' at UC Berkeley

Still, more legal challenges to site once occupied by tree-sitters
The construction of a sports training center next to the
University of California's football stadium in Berkeley, on a site once occupied by tree-sitters, is now "well under way," according to UC spokesman Dan Mogulof.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Bay Area election results of interest to Tri-Valley voters, commuters

Santa Clara voters approve funding plan for new 49ers stadium
Voters have approved a measure on Tuesday's ballot to construct a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, according to complete unofficial election results.

June 9, 2010 | 5 comments
Voters reject southeast hills development plan

Fremont Vice Mayor Bob Wieckowsk wins Democrat nomination in Pleasanton's 20th Assembly District
A plan by landowners' Frederic and Jennifer Lin to build 51 custom homes in Pleasanton's southeast hills was scuttled Tuesday when voters strongly rejected a development plan for their project called Oak Grove.

June 9, 2010 | 139 comments
Ex-boyfriend sets fire to East Angela home

A police officer on routine patrol at 7:45 a.m. this morning in the 400 block of East Angela Street discovered a home fire that was allegedly set by one of the inhabitants.

June 8, 2010 | 5 comments
ELECTION NEWS: Tea Party supporters gathering in Pleasanton

Melson says number of candidates to stop by, but won't say who
A group of local tea party members are gathering will in Pleasanton this evening to watch the primary election results trickle in.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Ayala votes in state primary, MeasureD referendum

Turn-out seems light for statewide contest
Former Councilwoman Kay Ayala takes her granddaughter Elliot along to vote this afternoon at the polling place at Trinity Lutheran Church.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
ELECTION NEWS: Measure D failing by 700 votes in early returns

Just 4 of 44 precincts reported since polls closed at 8 p.m.
Measure D opponents took an early lead in their effort to block a 51-home development called Oak Grove in Pleasanton's southeast hills.

June 8, 2010 | 29 comments
Quarry Lane School to hold 1st high school graduation ceremonies tomorrow

Founded in 1991, Dublin-based private school now has classes in all grades
Dublin's private Quarry Lane School will hold its first high school commencement tomorrow with former Mayor Janet Lockhart delivering the commencement address.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Candlelight vigil tonight to remember Kyle Manning

2005 Amador Valley High grad died in his sleep Sunday
Family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil tonight, a wake Friday and a funeral Saturday to celebrate the life of Pleasanton resident Kyle Manning, 23, who died unexpectedly Sunday in his sleep. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 2005.

June 8, 2010 | 6 comments
One injured in two-car wreck yesterday on Sunol Blvd.

Traffic diverted back onto I-680 northbound
A two-car accident at about 9:15 Tuesday morning blocked traffic exiting Interstate 680 southbound onto Sunol Boulevard.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Buy books online to support Friends of the Library

Did you know you can buy books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.com? The Friends have a year-round magazine and paperback book sale in the library and have two major book sales a year. To buy books, visit www.amazon.com/shops/ptwnfriends or call Nancy Bering at 462-4368.

June 13, 2010 | 1 comment
Sign up to be apart of the READ Project

Pleasanton Library offers the READ Project for people who would like to be a literacy volunteer or to be tutored. For more information, call 931-3411.

June 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Job's Daughters will meet tonight

Job's Daughters Bethel No.14 will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Monday, June 14, at Pleasanton Masonic Lodge, 3370 Hopyard Rd. It is for girls between the ages of 10 and 20 who have a Masonic relationship. It teaches the girls team work, leadership and public speaking and meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Call 683-5401.

June 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Ed Kinney Awardees reception tonight

Family and friends are invited to this year's Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awardees Champagne Reception tonight from 5:50-7 p.m., Monday, June 14, at Museum On Main, 603 Main St. The night will honor this year's recipients: Brad Hirst, Dave Wright and Rosalind Wright. Call 462-5164.

June 13, 2010 | No comments yet
Learn about dinosaurs tomorrow at Alviso Adobe Park

Where did the dinosaurs go? Come and meet them and hear about all the great old ones and what their world was like, tomorrow from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 12, at Alviso Adobe Park, 3465 Foothill Rd. Cost is $5 for residents; $8 for non-residents. Call 931-3483 or e-mail enicholas@ci.pleasanton.ca.us.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Murphy's Paw will host another 'Wag and Walk' tomorrow

Embark on an hour-long dog walk in downtown Pleasanton tomorrow from 9-10 a.m., Saturday, June 12, starting at Murphy's Paw, 410 Main St. Then it's back to Murphy's Paw for free Peet's coffee, just in time for farmers market. Call 600-8925 or visit www.murphyspaw.com.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Hear the Pleasanton Community Concert Band play in S.F. tomorrow

The Pleasanton Community Concert Band continues to celebrate its 35th anniversary by playing at the Golden Gate Park Band Festival. The Pleasanton band is scheduled to play at noon tomorrow, Saturday, June 12. Visit www.friendsofggpband.org.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon starts tomorrow

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue is a proud participant of Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon June 12-13. Dog and cat adoptions will be free to qualified homes. For adoption locations and information, visit www.tvar.org or call 803-7043.

June 10, 2010 | No comments yet
Culver resigns as city's finance director to take new position in San Mateo

Pleasanton's Finance Director Dave Culver has resigned his post to accept the same job with the city of San Mateo starting July 6.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Feds offer $19 million 'emergency grant' to help unemployed NUMMI workers

McNerney says unemployment rate in parts of his district now at 24%
East Bay elected officials yesterday welcomed a $19 million emergency grant from the federal government to help workers affected by the recent closure of the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont.

June 8, 2010 | 17 comments
BART directors to meet today on possible fare cuts

18 public meetings planned to hear from public on proposed change
BART will hold a public hearing today that is the first in a series of 18 community meetings over the next 12 days to get the public's input on a proposal to temporarily reduce fares.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Cool today, cooler tomorrow in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

A warmer 81 degrees forecast for Friday, graduation day
Partial sunshine and cooler temperatures are in store for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today. The National Weather Service is calling for widespread low clouds with a high of 77 degrees and variable winds of 5 to 20 mph.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's 99 Ranch Market offers 3% of today's sale to help local schools

As CORE fundraiser ends, local merchants step up effort with discount coupon books
The CORE (Community OutReach for Education)
campaign is winding down, but there are a couple of last-minute ways to help out.

June 7, 2010 | 6 comments
Graffiti 'artists' becoming more visible

Charges pending against one local graffitist
Despite recent complaints about graffiti, Pleasanton police say there's not more -- it's just more visible. However, a recent arrest has put the tagger known as "REZIST" out of business.

June 7, 2010 | 9 comments
Park and Recreation Commission will meet tonight

The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at the City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave. This commission meets on the second Thursday of the month.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
LAVGC will meet tonight

Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) will meet tonight from 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Ln., Livermore. The meeting will include a Q&A segment from selected members focusing on gardening problems and solutions. The next monthly meeting will be Sept. 9 with the location to be determined. Call 461-1725 or visit www.orgsites.com/ca/lavgc.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Red Cross volunteer orientation today

Attend an orientation for American Red Cross volunteers to learn about ways to greet, inform and thank blood donors or post fliers at key locations, today from 4-6 p.m. June 10 at Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave. Advance sign-up required. Call (510) 594-5165 or visit blackstonea@usa.redcross.org.

June 9, 2010 | No comments yet
Pleasantonians 4 Peace candlelight vigil tonight

Pleasantonians 4 Peace sponsors a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The group reflects on the human and monetary costs of the war, honors veterans who have sacrificed, and visualizes ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com; or visit www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org.

June 7, 2010 | 6 comments
Towne Center Bookclub meets tonight

Towne Center Bookclub will meet tonight at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call 846-8826 or visit www.townecenterbooks.com for the current selection. This club meets on the second Wednesday the month.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Fun with Kindermusik at the library this morning

Preschoolers will have a rollicking time of music, movement and all-out fun with Kindermusik instructor, musician and gymnast Andrea Gaspari, this morning from 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 9 at Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. For ages 18 months-4 years. Call 931-3400, ext. 8, or visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/library.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
M.O.M.'s Reading Time this morning

"The Centennial Light" is the topic for the M.O.M.'s (Museum On Main's) reading time, this morning from 10-11 a.m. June 9 at the Museum On Main, 603 Main St. This free literacy program is designed to introduce preschool-aged children to books and activities about the unique people, cultures, and events in their community. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

June 8, 2010 | No comments yet
Meditation Study Group will meet tonight

Practice new meditation methods, based on teachings of Shinzen Young, using audio, video and handouts tonight from 7:15-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, at Tri-Valley Unity's gathering place, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd., #120, Dublin. This group meets at the same time and place on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Contact Gayle at gstaehle@comcast.net.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Meet with the Toastmasters today

This Toastmasters club will meet tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, at ClubSport Pleasanton, 7090 Johnson Dr. It helps professionals to become the speakers they want to be with Toastmasters International. ClubSport members and non-members are welcome. If you can't make it tonight, this group will meet every Tuesday until June 29. Call 225-2433 or visit www.clubsports.com/pleasanton.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Volunteer for the CHP senior program

The California Highway Patrol's Senior Volunteer Program provides seniors an opportunity to make definitive contributions toward improving public safety and service. Learn more about this program and get involved in the field of law enforcement, today from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Cost is $1.75 for residents; $2.25 for non-residents. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 7, 2010 | 5 comments
Monday's weather forecast for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will be sunny today with a high of 84 degrees by mid-day and west winds of 10 to 20 mph expected.

June 7, 2010 | No comments yet
Letters

Following are letters on Measure D and June 8 primary candidates that arrived too late for the Pleasanton Weekly print edition on June 4.

June 6, 2010 | 26 comments
View from the top

Mayor Hosterman leads effort to approve Oak Grove
The view from the top of Pleasanton's southeast hills is magnificent. Down below to the north is the 215-acre Kottinger Ranch subdivision, which was the first part of the southeast hills that was peeled off from land bought by Jennifer and Frederic Lin and their family in 1977. Bought from the Lins by a developer, Kottinger Ranch today holds 156 custom homes.

June 6, 2010 | 28 comments
Sunday's weather forecast for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Weather service predicts clear skies, high 70s for graduation day on Friday
The temperature in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will reach 87 degrees today with light winds of winds of 10 to 20 mph.

June 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Near 90 today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley as late spring temperatures head towards summer

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley will remain warm today with sunny skies and a high temperature of 89 degrees by mid-afternoon. Northwest winds of 5 mph will kick up to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon, providing some relief for the late spring heat.

June 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Pricey pens purloined in Pleasanton

High end pens, some valued at as much as $440, were reported stolen from a Stoneridge Mall store last weekend, according to Pleasanton police. Twenty-nine Mont Blanc pens worth a total of $7,860 were taken from VIP Luggage.

June 5, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Splice'

(Three stars)
Playing God and playing house converge in the weird, wild new horror film "Splice." Co-writer/director Vincenzo Natali ("Cube") has in "Splice" a demented combination of "Frankenstein" and "Species" wherein a large part of survival of the fittest means being sexy. -- PC

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Review: 'Get Him to the Greek'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
We're all enablers when it comes to entertainers, whose most potent drug is an audience. That's one of the points to take from this new comedy, in which Russell Brand reprises his breakout role of mercurial rocker Aldous Snow. -- PC

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Partly cloudy skies today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley, but hotter days are ahead

Weather Service calls for high-to-mid-80s for the weekend, early next week
Partly cloudy skies are forecast for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today with a 30 percent chance of occasional rain and a high temperature of 78 degrees. West winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

June 4, 2010 | No comments yet
Signature gatherers want to impeach President Obama

Seek support from Pleasanton voters in front of Black Avenue post office
Two members of the Larouche Party were near the Pleasanton Post Office on Black Avenue yesterday asking voters to sign a petition to impeach President Barack Obama. Pleasanton police said they'd received a handful of complaints, but explained that as long as the signature seekers didn't block traffic or pedestrians, their booth could remain on the sidewalk.

June 3, 2010 | 77 comments
More than 900 swimmers, spectators jam Pleasanton's aquatic center for weekend meet

Seahawks host Junior Plus 2010 event with 10 hours of competition both days
Pleasanton Seahawks' swimmer Jia Perry s competes in the boys Individual Medley Sunday as the Northern California's Junior Plus 2010 swim meet draws to a close.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Clutterless self help group will meet tonight

Overwhelmed by clutter? Learn how to deal with it by attending the Clutterless Self Help Group that will meets from 7-8:30 p.m., every Monday at St. Mary and St. John Coptic Orthodox Church, 4300 Mirador Dr., Rm. 7. Call 200-1943 or visit www.clutterless.org.

June 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Peddler Shoppe open today

The Peddler Shoppe in the lobby of the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., offers the handmade wares of talented local senior artisans. The Shoppe is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings; and 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday monthly.

June 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Enjoy a yoga class tonight

Beth Fox, certified yoga instructor, teaches Yoga Basics, a yoga class that is open to the public and meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. Supplies are available for class. Cost is $12. Call 200-4060

June 6, 2010 | No comments yet
Hook and Ladder Run this weekend

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation and Wente Vineyards will host the second annual Hook and Ladder Run on June 6 starting with the kids fun one-mile run at 6:30 a.m., kids one-mile run at 9:30 a.m., and both the 5k and 10k runs at 8 a.m., at Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. No dogs and no picnicking. Water and refreshments will be provided at the end of the race. Wente Vineyards will have additional food and wine tasting for purchase. For more information and to register, visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Tag Sale tomorrow at Heritage Home

Pleasanton Heritage Association will host a Tag Sale fundraiser tomorrow from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 5, at Heritage Home, 303 Neal St. Sale of antiques, vintage items, art, toys, household items, tools, moldings, windows, doors, clothing, bikes, donated by the community and neighborhood. Funds raised will benefit garden awards, historic preservation awards, and disaster preparedness events. For information, e-mail krichbaumf@aol.com.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Second annual 'Paint the Town' tomorrow

Museum On Main will host the second annual Paint the Town from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, June 5. This is a day for artists to come together and paint the sights of Pleasanton. Wet paintings will be judged and a silent auction will take place at the museum, 603 Main St., from 4-6 p.m. Call 462-2766 or email education@museumonmain.org.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Goodguys Custom Car Show this weekend

Over 2,500 hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks of all makes and models will be on display this weekend at the Goodguys 17th Summer Get Together Custom Car Show from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 6 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. There will also be a high-speed autocross road course, vendor exhibits, automotive swap meet, cars for sale corral, kids entertainment, arts & crafts and lots more. General admission is $17; $6 for children 7-12 years old. Call 838-9876 or visit www.summergettogether.com.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
Holiday weekend sees more DUI arrests, fewer deaths

1,541 arrests statewide, 144 in Alameda County
Bay Area law enforcement agencies reported more arrests and fewer traffic fatalities compared to last year in their DUI enforcement campaigns over the Memorial Day weekend.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
A week of temperatures in the 80s starts today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are expected to see mostly sunny skies today with a temperature of 80 degrees by mid-day. West winds of 5 to 15 mph are anticipated.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
School cuts have human faces

One tech faces uncertain future as hours get whittled
Sixteen teachers and 45 classified employees will either be losing their jobs or have their hours cut again under the proposed 2010-11 budget from the Pleasanton Unified School District.

June 3, 2010 | 83 comments
Science extravaganza

Teens share the excitement of chemistry with younger students
It was hard to tell who was having more fun at Amador Valley High School's fourth annual Spring Science Extravaganza - the elementary school students from across the district or the high school students putting it on. The two-day show featured interactive events for the kids, everything from making slime, like the green gloop that's a Nickelodeon staple, to looking at rocks beneath a microscope to being inside a soap bubble.

June 3, 2010 | 14 comments
'The Heidi Chronicles' opens in Pleasanton for 3-week run

Pulitzer Prize=winning drama a production of Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opened "The Heidi Chronicles" last night for a three-week run in its Studio Theatre on Serpentine Lane. Published in 1989, "The Heidi Chronicles" received the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as the Tony and New York Drama Critics' Circle awards for best play.

June 3, 2010 | No comments yet
New immigration rules will send fingerprint information on arrests to feds

Atty. Gen. Brown rejects S.F. request to 'opt out' as sanctuary city
Despite protests from immigrant rights groups, it appears a new
sheriff's booking program that will allow more information to flow between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities will move forward in San Francisco, though a week later than previously thought.

June 2, 2010 | 7 comments
Brownies chip in cookie proceeds to CORE

Campaign at 46 percent of its goal
If you bought a box of cookies from the Vintage Hills Brownies this year, you helped support the Community OutReach for Education (CORE) campaign.
Every year, Troop 32920 gives away a third of the money they raise selling cookies to a good cause. The brownies -- 16 in all -- were given the opportunity to choose from a number of charities, and it came down to two choices: the Humane Society or CORE.

June 2, 2010 | 4 comments
ACE trains stopped for training exercise cause concerns

Tuesday's training for law enforcement set to run all week
If you saw the police and firefighters on the ACE (Altamont Commuter Express) trains Tuesday morning -- don't worry, it's just a training exercise, and it'll be going on all week.

June 1, 2010 | 3 comments
Artists 'Paint the Town' in festive show of talent in downtown Pleasanton

Photos by Chuck Deckert offer look at success of Museum On Main-sponsored event
Artists took over Pleasanton's downtown this weekend for the second annual Paint the Town, sponsored by the Museum on Main, as these photos by Chuck Deckert show.

June 4, 2010 | 4 comments
Vote for Valley View Elementary

Valley View Elementary is the only Pleasanton school in the race for a $50,000 grant from the PEPSI Refresh Project. Vote online until June 30 at www.refresheverything.com to support this local school without money. Each e-mail address can vote once a day every day. Call (510) 773-3810 or e-mail jollysox@earthlink.net.

June 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Make plans to audition for the Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County (YOSAC) will hold auditions for the 2010-11 season from 11-3 p.m., Sunday, June 6, at Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. String, brass, wind (except sax) and percussion are all welcome to audition. Weekly rehearsals start in September. Must have appointment. Sign up online or by phone. Call (510) 483-1163 or visit www.yosac.org.

June 2, 2010 | No comments yet
Groovy fundraiser to support the arts tonight

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host the Austin Powers Movie and '60s Era Costume Party tonight at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3, at the Vine Cinema & Alehouse, 1722 First St., Livermore. Cost is $20, including the party, lounge cover charge, movie and unlimited popcorn. Call 373-6100 or visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org.

June 2, 2010 | No comments yet
See 'The Great White Hope' tonight

Film stars James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander star in "The Great White Hope" directed by Martin Ritt which will be screened tonight starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 3, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Call 931-3405.

June 2, 2010 | No comments yet
English conversation group will meet today

Pleasanton Library English Conversation group offers free conversation classes from noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The group usually meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Call 931-3411.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Register for this weekend's volunteer orientation

Do you love animals? Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will hold an orientation for new volunteers at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 6, at East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Dr., Dublin. Come and learn about volunteer opportunities like fostering dogs, cats, socializing shelter animals, helping at adoption events and fundraisers. Age 18 and over. Cost is $10 cash or check to help cover the cost of materials. Call 803-7043 or visit www.tvar.org.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
First Wednesday Street Party tonight

First Wednesday Street Party will be held tonight from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, in downtown Pleasanton. Cocktail Monkeys will be playing live music in Round Table Pizza's parking lot. Call 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 1, 2010 | No comments yet
Wednesday's weather forecast for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are expected