2012

Happy New Year from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly!

December 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Les Miserables'

(Three stars)
"Les Miserables" has never been known for its subtlety, with its storytelling in all-caps and its music thunderously repetitive. And like so many movie musicals, this one's a mixed bag of suitable and not-so-suitable choices.

December 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Man shot to death near Livermore's Springtown golf course

Jogger finds victim near course and Galaxy Court
A 28-year-old man was found shot to death near a golf course in Livermore Sunday morning, police said.

December 31, 2012 | No comments yet
123 Bay Area DUI arrests by CHP so far during 4-day New Year's Day weekend, no vehicle fatalities

Totals down from last year, when 161 drivers arrested for DUI, with 2 deaths in same period
The California Highway Patrol reports that there were no fatal collisions and 123 DUI arrests on CHP patrolled roads in the Bay Area during the first two days of the New Year's holiday weekend.

December 31, 2012 | No comments yet
BART will run until 3 a.m.tomorrow morning

Train service extended to accommodate New Year's Eve revelers
New Year's Eve revelers who don't want to drive to San Francisco events tonight can travel back to Pleasanton and nearby communities on BART until 3 a.m. New Year's Day.

December 31, 2012 | 1 comment
Road to the Rose Bowl: Stanford's Hogan excels in 'school of Luck'

Led Cardinal team to 4 consecutive first-half touchdown drives after coming off bench
The evolution of the quarterback position at Stanford has been the story of its Rose Bowl season.

December 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Tornado damages greenhouses, other structures near Watsonville

One of only 7 tornadoes to hit Bay Area counties over the last decade
A small tornado in Santa Cruz County near Watsonville last Saturday lasted only three minutes but knocked down walls of some greenhouses
and uprooted trees in its path, a spokesman for the National Weather Service
said.

December 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Rainforest Action Network director drowns while swimming on Mexican vacation

Rebecca Tarbotton worked to preserve endangered rainforests and rights of their inhabitants
The executive director of the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network died last Wednesday while vacationing in Mexico, according to the environmental advocacy organization.

December 29, 2012 | No comments yet
S.F. shopper arrested for shoplifting at Stoneridge Mall also charged with having counterfeit money

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Dec. 24
A San Francisco woman was arrested for four felonies and one misdemeanor after a Dec. 19 shoplifting incident at Nordstrom, according to police reports.

December 29, 2012 | 10 comments
Pleasanton attorney admits forgery, lying to IRS

Forged client's name to deeds, denied when questioned
A 72-year-old Pleasanton attorney could see up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for tax fraud. William A. Hirst pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of making a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service, according to US Attorney Melinda Haag.

December 29, 2012 | 17 comments
Review: 'Les Miserables'

(Three stars)
"Les Miserables" has never been known for its subtlety, with its storytelling in all-caps and its music thunderously repetitive. And like so many movie musicals, this one's a mixed bag of suitable and not-so-suitable choices. -- PC

December 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Django Unchained'

(Three stars)
Brace yourselves for Quentin Tarantino's latest provocation, the spaghetti western-cum-slavery epic "Django Unchained." "Django" is always audacious and entertaining, frequently funny and, at times, juvenile and repellent. -- PC

December 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Those who paid high interest rates for 'payday' loans eligible for repayments

Cincinnati-based Check 'n Go agrees to pay $4.3 million in refunds
California residents who paid exorbitant interest rates for online installation loans may be eligible for repayment over the next three months
in a refund drive announced Thursday by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

December 28, 2012 | 7 comments
S.F.'s Muni transit service offering free rides today to celebrate its centennial

All buses, light-rail lines, cable cars free from 5 a.m. today through 5 a.m. Saturday.
San Francisco Municipal Railway service will be free today to celebrate the agency's centennial anniversary.

December 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Oakland seeks help from Massachusetts-based agency, ex-L.A. police chief to solve growing crime problem

Mayor, police chief say they're turning to two crime-fighting experts for 'fresh ideas'
Looking for fresh ideas to solve Oakland's growing crime problem, Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan announced Thursday that they're turning to two crime-fighting experts for help.

December 28, 2012 | 2 comments
Bird watchers fan out for annual Audubon Society count

125 volunteers in 18 teams take part in listing as many birds as possible in one-day effort
Bird enthusiasts fanned out across the Bay Area yesterday to take part in the Golden Gate Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.

December 28, 2012 | 6 comments
Dungeness crab season won't start before Jan. 15

The commercial season for Dungeness crab in Northern California has been pushed back to Jan. 15, delayed a third time by the California Department of Fish and Game after quality tests revealed the crabs' body weight has less than 25% meat. Originally set for Dec. 1, the harvest was set to be ready by Dec. 31.

December 28, 2012 | No comments yet
S.F.'s Exploratorium offers free admission today before it moves to new location

After decades of educating students, tourists and Bay Area residents about the wacky ways of biology, physics, chemistry and more, the Exploratorium will be closing its doors at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco Wednesday, Jan. 2, then reopening April 17 in new facilities. The interactive science museum, located at 3601 Lyon St.,is moving to a new location at San Francisco's Pier 15. On its last day on Lyon Street, admission will be free with hours that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 28, 2012 | 4 comments
Reusable bag ordinance goes into effect tomorrow in Pleasanton, but not San Ramon

New Alameda County law bans plastic bags, require shoppers to pay 10 cents for each paper bag stores provide
Starting tomorrow, New Years's Day, the reusable bag ordinance is in effect which states that grocery stores, mini-marts, and other stores selling packaged food in Alameda County must provide bags made of recycled paper with a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag. The countywide ordinance is intended to save valuable natural resources, reduce litter and reduce the cost to the public of litter cleanup. Shoppers in Pleasanton can carry their own reusable shopping bags to the stores to avoid the 10-cents-per-bag charge. Or they can shop and have their merchandise bagged as usual in San Ramon and other Contra Costa County stores since the new law only affects Alameda County merchants.

December 28, 2012 | 46 comments
Road to the Rose Bowl: Stanford starts festivities at Disneyland for today's game

Game matches what may be the two best running backs in the nation: Stanford's Stepfan Taylor and Wisconsin's Montee Ball
Stanford's charter plane touched down in sunny Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday. But the Cardinal did not truly arrive for the Rose Bowl Game until that afternoon when coach David Shaw and several players burst through the entrance to Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

December 28, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's City Council duties go well beyond Tuesday nights

Mayor, 3 others on council now have 31 other assignments
Future Pleasanton City Council candidates who think that serving on the council means two Tuesday nights a month on the Civic Center dais might want to look at the newly-published list of additional duties before throwing their hats in the ring.

December 28, 2012 | No comments yet
U.S. Appeals Court overturns order requiring Wells Fargo to pay back debit card customers

Justices rule practice was 'a pricing decision authorized by federal law'
A federal appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday overturned a lower court order requiring Wells Fargo Bank to pay its California debit card customers $203 million restitution for allegedly excessive overdraft fees.

December 27, 2012 | 4 comments
CHP reports drop in Bay Area DUI arrests over Christmas holiday period, but increases statewide

23 fatal collisions reported statewide, including 3 in Bay Area
Over the Christmas holiday weekend, DUI arrests were down, but fatal collisions were up in the Bay Area from a year ago, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 27, 2012 | 2 comments
Good Samaritan pays for kids' haircuts in memory of Newtown massacre

Twenty youngsters received free haircuts Christmas Eve thanks to a good Samaritan who said he wanted to do something nice in memory of the 26 children and adults killed in the Newtown, Conn. school massacre earlier this month.

December 27, 2012 | 3 comments
Upscale, high-density apartment project planned for Bernal-Stanley corner

Development would include some four-story buildings for total of 350 units, small retail center
A 16-acre site at the southeast corner of Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard where Home Depot once proposed to build a second Pleasanton store is now likely to be developed with 345 high-end apartment units and a 39,000-square-foot retail center.

December 27, 2012 | 20 comments
Two women beaten in Dec. 24 mall attack

Victims struck 'repeatedly' with cell phone
A Christmas Eve dispute over manners apparently led to the beating of a mother and daughter by two other women at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

December 27, 2012 | 18 comments
Price steps down at San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

Operations chief will act as interim chief
After nearly seven years with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Chief Richard Price will officially step down to run the PulsePoint Foundation.

December 26, 2012 | 18 comments
Nurses end Christmas Eve strike at Eden Medical Center, 7 other Bay Area hospitals

Hospitals call in replacement workers to handle patients during walk-outs
A 24-hour Christmas Eve strike by union nurses at eight Bay Area hospitals ended this morning at 7 a.m. with no reported incidents, according
to a spokeswoman for one of the hospitals.

December 26, 2012 | No comments yet
First responders, Naval Academy midshipmen offer Christmas Day help to needy

Toys distributed to S.F. children, hot meals dished out to 4,000 at St. Anthony's dining room
Many San Francisco firefighters and police officers spent Christmas morning distributing new toys to thousands of the city's children, including more than 7,000 toys collected at Lefty O'Doul's annual Christmas Eve toy drive.

December 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly.

December 25, 2012 | No comments yet
A holiday off at last for ValleyCare's Dr. Camacho

Dr. Ralph Camacho, who retires this week as ValleyCare's veteran gastroenterologist, has probably seen more of us from top to bottom than we'd like to admit, but he's also been a lifesaver to hundreds in Pleasanton.

December 25, 2012 | 4 comments
Nurses at 9 Bay Area hospitals start Christmas Eve strike

Alta Bates, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley among union's targets
Nurses represented by the California Nurses Association started a Christmas Eve strike at nine Bay Area hospitals over contract disputes.

December 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Glide Memorial Church, other charities providing hot meals for needy on Christmas Day

4,300 meals will be distributed to homebound people without family today at Glide.
Many people in need in San Francisco will have the opportunity to have a hot meal during the holiday.

December 25, 2012 | 1 comment
On final day of 2012, Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund needs your help

10 nonprofits will benefit from contributions to this year's campaign
On the last day in 2012, what better time is there to consider turning your thoughts to supporting local nonprofit agencies and services that care for those in need not only during the holiday season, but year round.

December 25, 2012 | 12 comments
Retirement plan limits Increase in 2013

Annual contribution you can make to workplace 401(k) increases by $500 to $17,500.
Benjamin Franklin once declared, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Although I don't have any updates on the former, where taxes are concerned I do have news.

December 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Luck sets rookie passing record in Colts' 20-13 win

Stanford grad and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck set the record for yards passing by a rookie when he threw for 123 in the first half of Sunday's game against the host Kansas City Chiefs. Then he led them into the playoffs.

December 24, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Library's Excel classes start toay

The Pleasanton Library will offer Microsoft Excel classes in beginner, intermediate and expert levels starting Jan. 8. The classes will be taught by a finance professional with nine years of experience. Those interested can sign up for one, two, or three sessions that will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library. The beginners' class will be held on Jan. 8, the intermediate class on Jan. 15, and the expert level class on Jan. 22. Registration is required, as space is limited. Ask at the Reference Desk or call 925-931-3400, extension 7. The Pleasanton Library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

December 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Donations to Dublin's annual holiday toy drive can be made until late today

Dublin's annual Christmas holiday toy drive to spread cheer for children and families in need is continuing through late today. The collection campaign is being sponsored by the city of Dublin, the Alameda County Fire Department and the Alameda County Fire Fighters Association. The public is urged to donate new unwrapped toys or give gift cards, cash or checks to any Dublin fire station.
The Holiday Toy Drive helps to supplement efforts by the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, Tri-Valley YMCA, Tri-Valley Haven and Shepherd's Gate in Livermore.

December 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Dungeness crab in season delayed again in Northern California

Quality tests reveal crabs' body weight has less than 25% meat
The commercial season for Dungeness crab in Northern California has been delayed a third time, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

December 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Post office open today until noon

In Pleasanton, Dublin and throughout the country, post offices will be open for anyone needing to send mail, or expecting a package, today, Christmas Eve, or next Monday, New Year's Eve, the Postal Service said.

December 24, 2012 | No comments yet
State Highway 84 closed at Palomares Road

State Highway 84 is temporarily closed near Palomeres Road due to a large rock slide, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Air Quality district urges residents to avoid fireplace fires--on Christmas Day!

Santa Claus probably agrees
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking Bay Area residents to skip the fire in the fireplace on Christmas Day to keep neighborhood air quality healthy on this holiday.

December 24, 2012 | 7 comments
S.F.'s Exploratorium moving to Pier 15 in April

Jan. 2 is last day of operation at Marina District location
After decades of educating students, tourists and Bay Area residents about the wacky ways of biology, physics, chemistry and more, the Exploratorium will be closing its doors at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at the start of the new year.

December 23, 2012 | No comments yet
51 DUI arrests, 1 fatality in 1st day of holiday police enforcement period

The California Highway Patrol reports that 51 people were arrested for driving under the influence in the Bay Area and one person was killed in a fatal collision during the first day of the Christmas holiday weekend.

December 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford's Stephens declared ineligible to play in Rose Bowl

Senior nose tackle missed Stanford's final two games
Stanford's Terrence Stephens was declared ineligible to participate in the Rose Bowl Game due to a secondary violation of NCAA rules regarding his rental of off-campus housing.

December 22, 2012 | 10 comments
San Ramon-based Chevron moving 800 jobs to Texas

Relocation to affect one-quarter of its headquarters staff
San Ramon-based Chevron Corporation will move 800 jobs in the Bay area to Texas, the oil giant told employees on Thursday.

December 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Shoppers, rain combine to snarl traffic Saturday; today turning out to be even worse

So far, North Bay, Pacifica area getting brunt of strongest winds, heaviest rain
Although the rain and high winds tapered off Saturday in the Tri-Valley, the wet weather along with crowded shopping at Stoneridge Shopping Center and other retail centers continued to snarl traffic throughout Saturday.

December 22, 2012 | No comments yet
2 in custody after shots fired at Livermore bank

Livermore High, St.Michael's school locked down as police search for for suspects
Two Livermore schools were locked down Friday afternoon and two suspects detained after shots were fired into an occupied vehicle.

December 22, 2012 | 4 comments
Review: 'This Is 40'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
There's hubris in the title of Judd Apatow's latest dramedy. No movie is liable to live up to such a pronouncement, much less this one, which presumes 40 is an upper-middle-class dysfunctional marriage with kids. -- PC

December 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Jack Reacher'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Look, "Jack Reacher" is by no means a good film. But the thing does have two fistfights, a car chase and a shootout. So if you're on the run from three-hour awards-season dramas, "Jack Reacher" may fill the bill. -- PC

December 21, 2012 | No comments yet
State rules PG&E can charge ratepayers for part of $2.2 billion needed for pipeline upgrades

Customers will pay roughly 55% with utility's shareholders funding the rest
The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved a plan that will allow PG&E to charge ratepayers for more than half of a $2.2
billion project to upgrade its natural gas pipelines.

December 21, 2012 | 3 comments
Welcome home ceremony planned tomorrow for Livermore Marine.

Marine Lance Corporal Anthony Fernandes will be welcomed home from a deployment in Afghanistan in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in front of his family home at 323 Adelle St. in Livermore. Fernandes is a 2009 graduate of Granada High School. The ceremony is being hosted by the Livermore Military Families organization.

December 21, 2012 | 3 comments
Judge Feinstein, daughter of the senator, retiring from bench Feb. 1

Now presiding judge, Katherine Feinstein has served on San Francisco Superior Court last 12 years
San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein has announced that she is retiring from the bench.

December 21, 2012 | No comments yet
SFO braces for bad weather today, heaviest travel day of holiday season

Snow, turbulent weather east of Rockies already causing delays with rain expected here shortly
San Francisco International Airport is about to get a lot busier, with the heaviest travel day of the holiday season today.

December 20, 2012 | No comments yet
2 new BART directors take their seats, including youngest ever to serve on agency's board

San Francisco director Radulovich named president, Brentwood's Joel Keller takes No. 2 post
Two new BART directors were sworn in Thursday, and the BART board also elected a new president and vice president.

December 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore crash injures motorist, blocks traffic in front of downtown post office

South Livermore Avenue in downtown Livermore was closed to traffic for more than two hours Thursday morning as police investigated a crash that sent one person to a hospital.

December 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Gov. Brown calls for statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday for Newtown victims

Public asked to remember the 20 children,6 adults who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for a statewide moment of silence on Friday to honor the victims of last week's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

December 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Special election set for May 7 to fill vacant Pleasanton Council seat

Lawmakers also want to shift back to appointment option to save money, time
Voters will be asked to choose a candidate for the Pleasanton City Council May 7 in a special election that will be by mail-in balloting only.

December 20, 2012 | 17 comments
Pleasanton school leaders: Schools are safe

Procedures in place for emergencies
In the wake of last week's school shooting in Connecticut, the Pleasanton school district and school administrators are doing their best to let both parents and students know that schools here are safe, both physically and emotionally.

December 20, 2012 | 39 comments
Robbery team may be behind recent string of holdup and holdup attempts

At least two men involved
Pleasanton police suspect a crew is involved in a string of holdups and holdup attempts in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.

December 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Pickering quitting Alameda County Fair post to take top job at Cal Expo

Headed county fair in Pleasanton during period of phenomenal growth, profitability
Long-time Alameda County Fair CEO and Bay Area Boy Scout executive Rick Pickering has been hired as the new general manager of the California State Fair, also known as Cal Expo.

December 19, 2012 | 6 comments
Alameda County Arts Commission set to award 2013 grants

Offers workshops in January with applications due by March 1
The Alameda County Arts Commission will award grants next year to programs and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life in the county by nurturing a thriving environment for the arts, promoting economic opportunities for local artists and arts organizations.

December 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg donates $500 million to foundation that supports Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Gift of stock is largest ever to Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that he is giving nearly $500 million in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation -- its largest donation ever.

December 19, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton schools start Christmas break today after half-day of classes

Public schools in Pleasanton will start their Christmas break when classes end at noon Friday, with schools re-opening Monday, Jan. 7. The district's offices at 4665 Bernal Ave. will be closed to the public starting Christmas Day and will re-open Wednesday, Jan. 2.

December 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Feinstein to Introduce updated assault weapons bill in new Congress

Would stop sale of more than 100 assault weapons, yet protect gun owners
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), author of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004, announced this week that she will introduce updated legislation early next year to stop the sale of assault weapons and ammunition.

December 18, 2012 | 16 comments
Amador Valley High helping needy students

Counselors accepting gift cards today to give to 'less fortunate'
Counselors at Amador Valley High School will accept gift cards from the public today to give to students and their families who are less fortunate this time of year.

December 18, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Chamber closing for holidays starting at noon today

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will close its offices starting at noon Friday and lasting through the holidays. The offices will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

December 18, 2012 | 2 comments
Vigil for Connecticut victims, families set for tonight in Pleasanton church

The Pleasanton View Church of Christ will hold a community-wide candlelight prayer at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, to honor the families and victims of the Connecticut tragedy. The vigil, which is open to the public, will be held in the church sanctuary at 11300 Dublin Canyon Road. For more information, contact Nia Wright at 925-984-2528.

December 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Application deadline for open position on LAFCo is next Monday

The Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is accepting applications through Monday, Jan. 7, from individuals wishing to be considered for appointment as the alternate public member. The Commission is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local governmental
boundaries, conducting special studies that review ways to reorganize, simplify and streamline
governmental structure, and establishing planning Spheres of Influence for each city and special
district within the county. For an application and supplemental questionnaire, contact the
Commission Clerk, Sandy Hou, at (510) 271-5142 or Sandra.Hou@acgov.org, or write to Alameda
LAFCo, County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Suite 555, Oakland, CA 94612.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton City Council members to interview commission, committee applicants today

The Pleasanton City Council has called special meetings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to interview applicants for vacant positions on city commissions and committees. The interviews will be held in the City Manager's conference room in City Hall, 123 Main St.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Walgreen's ordered to pay $16.5 million as settlement for illegal waste disposal

Dumped products included pesticides, bleach, paint, aerosols, other hazardous waste, Alameda Superior Court says
An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ordered the Illinois-based pharmacy company Walgreen Co. pay $16.57 million as part of a settlement for apparent environmental violations.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon City Council votes down fireworks for Independence Day 2013

Commission says it will continue to look at alternatives
At its Tuesday meeting, San Ramon's City Council voted to confirm a recommendation not bring back fireworks in next year's July Fourth celebration without much fanfare. Council chambers were nearly empty for the final decision, after holding many meetings, public hearings and an online survey.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

(Three stars)
Fantasy fans hungry for a second breakfast of Tolkien-fueled fare can get their fill with this visually sumptuous feast.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Gasoline prices continue to fall across Bay Area

California's average price for gallon of regular unleaded gasoline now $3.62, down 23 cents since mid-November.
Gas prices in the Bay Area and across the state continued to fall in December, with every metro area in Northern California registering a decrease at the pump since last month, an American Automobile Association spokeswoman said.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Postal service expects its busiest mailing day of season today

655 million cards, letters, packages will be processed nationwide, postal service says
Of the 18 billion letters, cards and packages mailed using the U. S. Postal Service during the holiday season, today will be the busiest mailing day, according to the postal service.

December 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Chasing Ice'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Jeff Orlowski's documentary feature uses emotional appeal and a measure of science to provide what it characterizes as definitive evidence of global warming. -- PC

December 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

(Three stars)
Fantasy fans hungry for a second breakfast of Tolkien-fueled fare can get their fill with this visually sumptuous feast. -- TH

December 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Counselors stationed at all Pleasanton elementary schools today to help students cope with Sandy Hook tragedy

Teachers won't initiate conversations but can refer troubled students to counselors at their schools
The Pleasanton school district will have a counselor or a psychologist at every elementary school today to help students who may be having a hard time dealing with last Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

December 14, 2012 | 6 comments
Tri Valley Rotary to distribute cold-weather clothing to needy tomorrow

Members of Tri Valley Rotary this weekend will distribute cold-weather clothing they have been collecting to local school age children whose families may not be able to afford coats and other clothing needed as temperatures drop to winter-time lows. The distribution is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, contact info@trivalleyrotary.org or call Bonnie at (925) 443-5450.

December 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Stark to speak today at Pleasanton North Rotary meeting

David Stark, public affairs director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, will speak today at the noon luncheon of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North.

December 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin Safeway robbed, third pharmacy holdup attempt in two days

Store locked down for about an hour
Safeway in Dublin was locked down for about an hour Thursday afternoon, from about 12:40 to 1:40 p.m., after the pharmacy was robbed, witnesses said. A Salvation Army volunteer outside the store said police told her to move her kettle and stay away from windows during the lockdown.

December 13, 2012 | 9 comments
Police log: Scams net more than $7,500 from two victims

Two residents were victims of the same scam on Dec. 5, losing a total of $7,540, according to police reports. The scam, in which a person claims to be the victim's grandson, in trouble and outside the U.S., has been growing in popularity with thieves.

December 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Nov. 6-16 and in San Ramon for Nov. 16-26.

December 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Mortgage applications up 4.5%

Refinance share of mortgage activity climbs to 83% of total
Mortgage applications increased 4.5% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Nov. 30.

December 13, 2012 | No comments yet
'King tides' hitting coast, shoreline today, offering amateur photographers special viewing opportunities

Ocean specialist says tides especially high, gives Web site for updated locations
The Bay Area can expect higher tides than usual along the coast, giving local photographers a chance to capture scenes that may be a wave of the future.

December 13, 2012 | 6 comments
Gov. Brown being treated for prostate cancer

'Prognosis is excellent,' doctor says as governor continues on full schedule
Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Wednesday that the governor is being treated for prostate cancer.

December 13, 2012 | 9 comments
Livermore church presenting live nativity production through tonight

Trinity Church Livermore is presenting its 22nd annual Live Drive-Through Nativity production of the story of Jesus' birth "Through Mary's Eyes" through tonight.

December 13, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton school board OKs new deputy superintendent position at nearly $200,000 on 3-2 vote

Move to keep headhunters away 'sets a bad a precedent,' board member Arkin says
On a split vote, the Pleasanton school board Tuesday decided to give a promotion to the district's assistant superintendent of business services to keep her from being hired away by another district.

December 13, 2012 | 69 comments
There's still time to have the Taylor Foundation wrap your gift to help children

Station at mall benefits The Taylor Family Foundation
This time of year, just about every place you look, there's a person ringing a bell, exchanging the cheery ring and greeting for a donation. A local group is just as happy to take your money, and gives you something in return.

December 13, 2012 | 3 comments
Kaiser Permanente gives $5 million to Children's Hospital

Donation aimed at helping nonprofit medical center's rebuilding, modernization efforts, Kaiser says
Kaiser Permanente gave a $5 million grant to Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Tuesday to assist the nonprofit medical center's
ambitious rebuilding and modernization efforts and improve the quality of care it provides to children.

December 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Contra Costa County to close 4 fire stations after voters reject parcel tax measure

Closures leave Walnut Creek with only three stations
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a plan to shutter four fire stations a month after voters rejected a parcel tax measure meant to prevent the closures.

December 12, 2012 | 11 comments
12/12/12 - It's last sequential day, month, year in our lifetime

2 billion could see, hear special 12/112/12 concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden
It's Dec. 12, 2012 or 12/12/12, the last time we will experience a sequential day, month, and year combination in our lifetimes. The next time will be 10/10/10 in 2110.

December 11, 2012 | 16 comments
Teen with contentious yearbook photo arrested for hashish possession

Spotted after hours at city park
The Amador senior who made news last week for a controversial yearbook photo is back in the news, this time with a felony arrest for possessing hashish. Kenton Koos, 18, was with a young woman at Bernal Community Park after hours on Dec. 8, according to a police report. An officer on patrol spotted the pair and smelled marijuana when approaching them.

December 11, 2012 | 94 comments
Builder confidence gains nationally in November

New home construction under way across country, including in Pleasanton
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for November, the NAHB reported this week at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

December 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Count the joys of Christmas with Tri-Valley Cantabella Children's Chorus this afternoon

Enjoy the music of the Tri-Valley's Cantabella Children's Chorus winter concert, Counting the Joys of Christmas, at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore.

December 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Niles Canyon Road cyclist killed when bike hits rock

John Perkins, 66, was engineer at Cisco Systems
The bicyclist who died Saturday after crashing into a rock near Fremont was an engineer at Cisco Systems, the giant networking equipment company based in San Jose.

December 11, 2012 | 4 comments
Pleasanton school board set to promote top administrator to deputy superintendent at $188,864 annual salary

Luz Cazares' promotion among organization changes planned at tonight's school board meeting
Pleasanton school board members tonight will consider a contract that will promote Luz Cazares, currently assistant superintendent of business services, to a new position of deputy superintendent, making her second in command of the school district and one of its highest paid administrators.

December 10, 2012 | 107 comments
Chabot College hosting concert tonight in memory of Elliott Charnow

Chabot College will host a concert in memory of Elliott Charnow at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 12, which will also mark the second year since his death. A well-known musician and teacher, Mr. Charnow died Nov. 27, 2010 at the age of 68. In 1971, he began teaching music at Chabot College in Hayward, and ended his career there as Dean of Humanities, retiring in 2000. Tickets are $10 for the concert only and $50 for the concert and a reception that will follow. For more information contact Catherine Powell at (510) 723-6829 or at cpowell@chabotcollege.edu.

December 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Rotary Club serves early Christmas dinners to 275 Pleasanton seniors

31st annual event fills Pleasanton Senior Center with festive dinner, entertainment
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton welcomed 275 seniors last Sunday to its 31st annual free Christmas dinner at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

December 9, 2012 | 1 comment
8th annual Chanukah Wonderland set for late today at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Chabad of the Tri-Valleyto light its large menorah in observance of Jewish holiday
In observance of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah that's now under way, the Chabad of the Tri-Valley will host its 8th Annual Chanukah Wonderland at Stoneridge Shopping Center from 5:30-7 p.m. today with its large menorah to be lit at 6:30 p.m.

December 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Rains bring growth of wild mushrooms that prove fatal if eaten, state health officials warn

1,602 cases of mushroom ingestion reported in California over last 2 years with 5 deaths reported
With wild mushroom growth prompted by seasonal rains, the California Department of Public Health has issued a warning this week to discourage consumers from precariously collecting and eating wild mushrooms.

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Navy reservist scores $195,000 Lotto ticket in San Ramon

Winning ticket bought at Fast & Easy in San Ramon
A Navy reservist who returned to the Tri-Valley from Afghanistan last month has even more reason to celebrate this holiday season after winning $195,000 of the California Lottery's Fantasy 5 prize this week.

December 7, 2012 | 4 comments
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Prop. 8 case

Court's review, decision may not come before June, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, according to a court spokeswoman.

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hitchcock'

(Two stars)
Many can relate to the childhood experience, as at Disneyland or the department store, of getting wise to fakery. Well, film fans may feel a pang of deja vu when they sit down to "Hitchcock." -- PC

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Playing for Keeps'

(Half star)
"Playing for Keeps" is entirely undemanding, mostly unrealistic, not at all funny, and curiously disconnected, with supporting characters that are plot functions rather than people. -- PC

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
ValleyCare surgeon provides free hip, knee replacements on 2 patients as part of national aid program

Pleasanton hospital is one of 4 in California that joined in 'Operation Walk'
Dr. Aaron Salypongse, an orthopaedic surgeon at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, performed free hip and knee replacement surgeries Friday for two patients as part of Operation Walk USA 2012.

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
County property taxes due by today

Alameda County property owners have until today to pay the first installment of their 2012-2013 property taxes that officially came due on Nov. 1. Payments postmarked after Dec. 10 will include a 10% penalty. Taxes can be paid online, although a processing fee will be added.

December 7, 2012 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Chamber holds ribbon-cutting today for new bakery at Safeway's Gateway Center

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. today to officially open The Corner Bakery, a new cafe located in the Safeway Gateway Center at Bernal and Valley avenues. The new bakery's address is 6770 Bernal Ave.

December 7, 2012 | 4 comments
'Puss In Boots' musical at Amador Theater in final performances this afternoon

Puss In Boots, a musical by local playwright Kate Hawley, will close its holiday performances this afternoon at Amador Theater in Pleasanton.

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Fire marshal to talk about holiday safety at Pleasanton North Rotary Club meeting today

Pleasanton Fire Marshal Scott Deaver will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club today, Dec. 7, Deaver will discuss holiday safety and emergency preparedness issues. The meeting, which is open to members, their guests and those considering joining Rotary starts at noon at the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel.

December 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Work dispute at Ranch 99 market ends with felony arrest

Plus, other Pleasanton police news through Dec. 4
A Dublin man was arrested at his home after he was fired from his job in Pleasanton, then returned to his former workplace and punched another worker in the nose.

December 7, 2012 | 3 comments
Builder confidence gains nationally in November

New home construction under way across country, including in Pleasanton
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for November, the NAHB reported today at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

December 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Oct. 25-Nov. 7 and in San Ramon for Nov. 8-19.

December 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Mall owner buys Paragon Outlets in Livermore

Strips 'Paragon' name from center to call it Livermore Valley Premium Outlets
It could be a case of if you can't beat them, buy them, but the owners of Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton and Paragon Outlets in Livermore are now one and the same.

December 6, 2012 | 18 comments
County Transportation Commission calls off Measure B1 recount

Despite receiving 66.53% of the vote, Measure B1 did not meet threshold for passage, agency concludes
The Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) informed the Alameda County Registrar of Voters yesterday that it accepts the certified election outcome that shows the Measure B1 sales tax proposal failed to gain the two-thirds majority vote to pass.

December 6, 2012 | 4 comments
Mt. Diablo beacon lit today as Bay Area marks 71st anniversdary of Pearl Harbor attack

Summit's light turned on to remember those who served
One night a year, a beacon atop Mount Diablo is lit at sunset and shines all night in memory of Pearl Harbor Day.

December 6, 2012 | 3 comments
Planning Commission to hear bid tonight for 7-Eleven convenience store in downtown district

Store would be part of restructured Union 76 gas station at First, Ray streets
The Pleasanton Planning Commission will consider a bid tonight by the owners of the Union 76 gas station at First and Ray streets to tear down the station building there now and add a 7-Eleven convenience store with new fueling pumps and storage tanks.

December 6, 2012 | 28 comments
Over the top yearbook photo OK'd for Amador Valley High publication

Senior picture originally banned by school's principal
An Amador Valley High School senior will be allowed to have his "distinctive" photo in the school's yearbook after all.

December 6, 2012 | 47 comments
Abduction ends at Pleasanton Walmart

Man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, heads to Reno
A kidnapping that began in South San Francisco ended up with an arrest of a 25-year old man at Walmart in Pleasanton on Dec. 3. Brent Rosard Kipp was arrested at about 11:22 p.m. Dec. 3 in the 4500 block of Rosewood Drive on a host of felonies and misdemeanors.

December 6, 2012 | 5 comments
Crowds cheer Pleasanton's new mayor, City Council members as they take office

Festive reception, formal installation proceedings seat Jerry Thorne as mayor, Jerry Pentin and Karla Brown on council
The installation of Pleasanton's new mayor and two newly-elected members of the City Council played to a full house Tuesday night, first at an hour-long reception at the public library and then during standing-room-only ceremonies in the council chambers.

December 5, 2012 | 9 comments
Jerry Thorne to be sworn in as Pleasanton's new mayor tonight

Newly-elected Karla Brown, Jerry Pentin also will take oaths of office as new City Council members
Councilman Jerry Thorne will be sworn in tonight as Pleasanton's new mayor along with two newly-elected members of the City Council, Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin.

December 4, 2012 | 1 comment
U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Prop. 8 today

Sponsors of measure appealing 9th U.S. Appeals Court ruling against voter-approved initiative
The U.S. Supreme Court is due to take another look today at whether it should review the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

December 4, 2012 | 12 comments
High court takes no action on Prop 8 so far

No news out of U.S. Supreme Court is the news for today
The U.S. Supreme Court took no action today on Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

December 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Santa stops in Pleasanton for Saturday's holiday parade

Santa made a brief and early stop in downtown Pleasanton Saturday to wrap up the city's annual Hometown Holiday Parade.

December 3, 2012 | 3 comments
CHP car flips over during high speed chase on I-580 east of Livermore

2 officers suffer minor injuries with fleeing motorist, passenger seized near Tracy
Two California Highway Patrol officers suffered minor injuries after their patrol car overturned during a high-speed pursuit Monday morning in Livermore, a CHP officer said.

December 3, 2012 | 19 comments
Thousands turn out for festive Pleasanton holiday parade, tree lighting

Heavy rains stop in time for parade to proceed, then start again after it's over
Thousands turned out to watch Pleasanton's popular Hometown Holiday Parade Saturday night with heavy rains ending in mid-afternoon before starting up again shortly after the parade ended and tree-lighting festivities ended at 8 p.m.

December 3, 2012 | 2 comments
Flood alerts in North Bay as heavy rains moderate in Tri-Valley

Napa, Russian rivers to reach flood stage late today, Monday
Just as heavy rain storms moderated in the Tri-Valley enabling the Pleasanton Holiday Parade to proceed during a brief dry spell Saturday night, emergency crews prepared for major flooding in the North Bay during the night and into Sunday.

December 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County agency to pay for recount of votes on narrowly-defeated Measure B1 transportation tax

Transportatiohn Commission says it's funding recount on 'behalf of 66.53% of voters' who supported measure
The Alameda County Transportation Commission has submitted a recount request for Measure B1 to the county's Registrar of Voters and anticipates a recount will begin as soon as Monday.

December 1, 2012 | 11 comments
Livermore church to hold area's first Christmas concert today

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore will present one of the first Christmas concerts of the season at 4 p.m. today.

December 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford heads to Rose Bowl after 27-24 win

Jordan Williamson makes 36-yard field goal with 6:49 left to play
Jordan Williamson made a 36-yard field goal with 6:49 left to play and the Stanford defense made it hold up as the Cardinal earned a berth in the Rose Bowl game for the first time since 2000 with a 27-24 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship game on a rainy Friday night in Stanford Stadium.

December 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Free LED holiday light exchange under way today in Hacienda Crossings

The city of Dublin is hosting a free LED holiday lights exchange from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina located at Hacienda Crossings.

December 1, 2012 | 5 comments
2,800 PG&E customers still without electricity as of late last night

About 2,800 PG&E customers in the Bay Area were still without power Friday evening because of storm-related outages, a utility spokesman said.

December 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Supreme Court will not announce Prop 8 action until Monday or later

The U.S. Supreme Court will not announce until at least Monday and possibly later whether it will review the case of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

November 30, 2012 | 11 comments
Flooding, outages, flight delays

Rain to continue through Saturday
In the first of what may be a series of rain-related incidents, firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department were called early this morning to help out when a home began to flood.

November 30, 2012 | No comments yet
10th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni soccer game set for Jan. 5.

Four decades of soccer players from Pleasanton schools will be playing in the 10th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games on Saturday, Jan. 5. A game at noon will feature women, and another at 2 p.m. is for men, all soccer players from the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s. To register to play, send $20 (checks payable to RGSF) along with name, email address, high school team, year of graduation, and whether male or female to Curt Gordon, 205 Heritage Lane, Pleasanton 94566. Registration is also accepted at All Star Sports, 3037A Hopyard Road in Pleasanton.

November 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Power out in much of upper Vintage Hills, other parts of Bay Area as storm lashes region

Schools still openng on schedule, including Vintage Hills and Valley View elementary schools
Heavy winds continue to drench Pleasanton this morning with power outages reported in parts of the city, though mostly in the upper Vintage Hills and surrounding neighborhoods east of downtown.

November 30, 2012 | 1 comment
All lanes re-open after big-rig crash on westbound I-580 at I-680

All lanes have reopened on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in
Pleasanton after a big rig overturned earlier this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

November 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police offer delivery safety tips

Parcels stolen from at least two homes recently
In the wake of the thefts of some Christmas packages that had been delivered to unattended homes, the Pleasanton police department is offering some tips to keeps deliveries safe. Parcels were stolen from two homes in recent days, and only discovered when a church employee contacted police after finding empty boxes in the church parking lot.

November 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Send us your Santa photos

Are your kids planning to visit Santa? If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to us at dciardelli@pleasantonweekly.com. Photos are due by Dec. 14.

December 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Oct. 16-26 and in San Ramon for Nov. 2-9.

November 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Shoplifters out for the holidays

At least eight incidents of shoplifting were reported around the Thanksgiving holiday, including a pair of women who came back for a second round of thefts at the Stoneridge Shopping Center, according to police reports.

November 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Cal High basketball coach 'forced to resign,' implores school board to change policies

Petition calling for public apology has over 300 signatures
In a tearful, impassioned speech to San Ramon Valley Unified's Board of Education on Nov. 13, California High School's Bob Donovan implored the school district to change its policies regarding parent complaints. Donovan, who coached men's varsity basketball for the past two years and from 1983-1990, was allegedly forced to resign amid unsubstantiated accusations.

December 1, 2012 | 16 comments
Cardinal football team takes on UCLA for the Pac-12 Championship at 5 p.m. tonight

Fans will have to weather some tough parking
For those planning on driving to Stanford today to watch either the women's volleyball team open NCAA Tournament play at home or the Cardinal football team take on UCLA for the Pac-12 Championship, well, it could be a perfect storm when it comes to parking.

November 29, 2012 | 2 comments
New mayor to speak at Leadership Pleasanton breakfast tomorrow

Newly-elected Mayor Jerry Thorne will speak at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast of Leadership Pleasanton alumni Friday, just three days after being sworn into office. The breakfast, sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and graduates of its Leadership program, will be on of the first public appearances by Thorne after being sworn into office Tuesday night in the City Council chambers, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

December 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Refinery CEO to talk about recycling cooking oil at today's Rotary Club meeting

Stig Westling, chief executive officer of Oakland-based Sirona Fuels, will talk about how his firm is using waste cooking oil to produce high-quality biodiesel fuel at a noon luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. Julie Lewis, club president, said the meeting at Hap's Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton, is open to Rotarians and those considering joining the Rotary Club.

November 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Forecast for more rain affects holiday events planned in Dublin, Pleasanton

Sandbags available at service centers in both cities
Rain will continue to pound the Bay Area throughout the weekend, according to a National Weather Service forecaster threatening both tonight's Holiday tree lighting in Dublin and Pleasanton's Holiday parade Saturday evening.

November 29, 2012 | No comments yet
10th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer scheduled for Jan. 5

Games benefit high school soccer programs
Four decades of soccer players from Pleasanton schools will be playing in the 10th Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games on Saturday, Jan. 5.

November 29, 2012 | 3 comments
New $34-million elementary school being considered in Pleasanton

Bond issue, buying school site, expanding schools or building new one all options under review by board
The Pleasanton school board will have to decide whether to build a new elementary school at an estimated cost of $34 million or spend an equal amount to expand other schools, according to a draft report presented Tuesday by a consultant group doing a district-wide facilities master plan.

November 29, 2012 | 25 comments
Council OKs splitting downtown into 2 new districts

'Core' district businesses can stay open late, have louder entertainment; 'Transition' district businesses can't
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night approved a new plan to split downtown businesses into two districts to promote more late-night entertainment in the Main Street area but curb noise and operating hours for businesses closer to downtown homes and apartments.

November 28, 2012 | 48 comments
Pleasanton police officers association launch gift drive

The Christmas season is quickly approaching and the Pleasanton Police Officers Association is again giving back to the community of Pleasanton with its Annual Giving Tree Program. The PPOACF is now collecting gifts for local families in need of special care this upcoming Holiday season. The PPOACF not only provides to families in need, but also to many senior citizens that are often overlooked. If you are interested in donating to a needy family or senior in Pleasanton, gift tags can be picked up at the Pleasanton Police Department. These tags list the gifts requested by those families and seniors in need. For more information, contact Officer Ryan Dawson, Officer Michael Rossillon or Dispatcher Betsy Jones at the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.

November 28, 2012 | 2 comments
Stabbing suspect arrested in Manteca

Police received tip man was staying with sister
The Livermore man wanted in a Nov. 14 stabbing at Las Ventanas apartments in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton has been arrested. Jesse Serpa, 33, was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. Nov. 26 near his sister's home in Manteca

November 27, 2012 | 10 comments
Prepare to get soaked

Bay area to receive up to eight inches of early-season rain
A series of powerful rainstorms is expected to hit the Bay Area beginning this morning, dumping up to 8 inches of rain on parts of the region, a National Weather Service forecaster said today. The storms will start around the time of the morning commute and continue through the weekend.

November 28, 2012 | 4 comments
Foothill High School Competition Cheer squad to hold Mini Cheer Camp for Kids tomorrow

Join Foothill Competition Cheer for a fun-filled day of cheerleading from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Foothill High School Small Gym. Its nationally ranked teams will teach the latest moves, fun dances and cool new cheers. Cost is $50. Contact Marti Scalise at Mjscalise2@comcast.net. Visit www.foothillfalcons.org.

November 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County Supervisor Haggerty to host holiday Open House in Pleasanton

All are welcome at Heritage House district office on Alameda County Fairgrounds
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will open the doors of his Pleasanton district office Dec. 18 for a public holiday reception.

November 28, 2012 | 5 comments
Air Force jazz ensemble to play at Las Positas next Monday

The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, will present a free public concert Dec. 10 at Las Positas College. The concert is being sponsored by the college's Veterans First Program. Under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Rick Thorp, The Commanders, based at Travis Air Force Base, carry on the American musical tradition of great traveling big bands. This energetic group of highly-trained professional airmen-musicians plays everything from traditional jazz, cool, bop and swing, to Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms, and patriotic music.
The Commanders will perform in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Mr. Todd Steffan at (925) 424-1571 or tsteffan@laspositascollege.edu.

December 3, 2012 | No comments yet
'Sprinkle diet' product banned by district attorneys in Alameda, 8 other counties

Company's claim about clinical study debunked
District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced the settlement Monday of a false advertising lawsuit filed in Santa Cruz County by the District Attorneys for the counties of Santa Cruz, Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma against a Delaware company, Intelligent Beauty Inc., the makers of "Sensa."

November 27, 2012 | 1 comment
Survey under way for new parks, recreation plan for Pleasanton

A survey group commissioned by the city of Pleasanton has started a telephone survey of residents to seek input on a new comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Susan Andrade-Wax, the city's director of Parks and Community Services, said the new plan "is intended to be a significant planning tool to help the city plan for the changing scope of recreational activities." The random telephone survey is being conducted by Network Ltd., a consumer research firm. Additional information regarding the Parks and Recreation Master Plan can be downloaded at http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/recreation/prmpoverview.html.

November 27, 2012 | 7 comments
Tri Valley Rotary sponsoring coat drive for needy children

Club plans distribution Dec. 15
Tri Valley Rotary is collecting and distributing coats to local students whose families may not be able to afford warm coats for their children. Carol Vander Meulen, the club's secretary, said donations of new or gently used coats for children ages 2-16 will benefit those in need. Coats for adults and infants are also needed. Collection locations for the coats in Pleasanton are:
Bank of America's downtown Pleasanton branch on Main Street
• ClubSport Pleasanton, 7090 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton
• Coffee Co., 5424 Sunol Blvd., in the Raley's Shopping Center
• Hairlights Salon, 4307 Valley Ave, Suite F, Pleasanton
In Livermore, the collection locations are:
• Casse Croute Bakery, 50 S. Livermore Ave., near First Street
• Pacific Coast Seed, 533 Hawthorne Place, Livermore

Donations must be made by Dec. 14. The Rotary Club will distribute the coats on Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, send an email to info@trivalleyrotary.org.

November 27, 2012 | 3 comments
S.F. hospital seeks $1.2 million from L.A. Dodgers to pay for Giants' fan's treatment

Bryan Stow's family also suing team in connection with 2011 attack
San Francisco General Hospital is seeking more than $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers for outstanding medical bills in the case of Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan severely injured in an attack after the team's season opener in Los Angeles last year.

November 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Parks & Rec telephone survey now under way

Answer that ringing telephone; it may be a survey of Pleasanton residents asking what you would like the city to provide in its facilities and programs.

November 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Village High principal taking new job in Cupertino

Parents and students asked to participate in replacement process
Principal Greg Giglio is leaving Village High, the district's alternative school, after seven years at the helm to take a position as principal at a Cupertino high school in January.

November 26, 2012 | 4 comments
Facilities master plan goes before school board tonight

Trustees to meet in special public study session from 6-9 p.m.
The Pleasanton School Board will get a comprehensive look at what needs to be done at schools following a year-long evaluation by a consulting firm.

November 27, 2012 | 7 comments
Creatures of Impulse presents Holiday Shorts Thursday

Join Pleasanton's teen improv group, Creatures of Impulse, for a holiday tradition. Your suggestions will inspire holiday-themed games, scenes and audience interactions in the first act. The audience will then vote for which short scene Creatures of Impulse will make into an entire improvised play in the second act. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton, with another performance scheduled for the same time Friday.

November 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Last-minute ways to trim your taxes

Charitable contributions, including Holiday Fund donations, must be made by Dec. 31
From now until New Year's is probably when you have the least amount of time to spare on mundane financial bookkeeping tasks. But if you can dedicate a few minutes to review your benefits and tax paperwork, you might be able to shave hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars off your 2012 taxes.

November 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Taylor helps Stanford run past the Bruins to clinch North title

Pac-12 Championship game to be played at Stanford at 5 p.m. Saturday
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and scored two touchdowns in three quarters of playing time as the 11th-ranked Stanford football team qualified for the Pac-12 championship game with a 35-17 victor over host UCLA in a Pac-12 season finale Saturday night.

November 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Shopping frenzy expected to continue today as 'Black Friday' weekend ends

Parking lots, I-580 still crowded as sales move into 4th day of holiday weekend
From Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton to Westfield centers in San Francisco and San Jose, thousands of shoppers have crowded into malls and businesses throughout the Bay Area so far this weekend with the last day of "Black Friday" sales ending today.

November 25, 2012 | 4 comments
Traffic fatalities, DUI arrests up in Bay Area this holiday weekend

DUI arrests down statewide, but fatalities up
Three people have been killed in traffic collisions on Bay Area freeways this holiday weekend and 159 arrested for driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol.

November 25, 2012 | No comments yet
It's 'Small Business Day' in downtown Pleasanton today

Cash Mobs returning in January 16 to continue all year
The city of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Hacienda Business Park are working together to encourage the public to shop in Pleasanton on Small Business Saturday today.

November 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Mall, Paragon Outlets see eager Black Friday crowds

I-580 again backed up in both directions as motorists try to reach new Livermore discount outlet center
From Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton to Westfield centers in San Francisco and San Jose, thousands of shoppers crowded into malls and businesses throughout the Bay Area yesterday in search of Black Friday bargains.

November 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Council to vote on downtown guidelines at special meeting tonight

New rules would allow bars, restaurants to stay open later, offer more entertainmen
The Pleasanton City Council will consider new rules governing entertainment in the city's downtown district at a special meeting it has called for tomorrow night.

November 24, 2012 | 15 comments
Black Friday today, Small Business Day tomorrow

The city of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Hacienda Business Park are working together to encourage the public to shop in Pleasanton on Small Business Saturday tomorrow, Nov. 24. The campaign is aimed at helping Pleasanton businesses promote themselves on this special shopping day devoted to small businesses.

November 23, 2012 | No comments yet
DUI arrests rise from last year during Thanksgiving weekend

CHP reports 50 arrests compared to 39 at same time a year ago
The California Highway Patrol has reported a rise in DUI arrests in the Bay Area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

November 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Mall opens to crowds of anxious shoppers at midnight

'Black Friday' sales setting popular buying pace today, all weekend
Stoneridge Shopping Center gave shoppers an early start on their holiday buying today by opening the mall at 12 midnight as the clock turned to the festive, frenzied 'Black Friday."

November 22, 2012 | 7 comments
TV30 broadcasting Amador Valley, Foothill, 2 other high school games today

Experience the excitement of the local high school football games on Thanksgiving Day.

November 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Shoppers tackling crowds as 'Black Friday' sales under way

Stoneridge Mall opened at midnight; downtown stores to join in "Small Business Saturday
Stores at many Bay Area retailers have been filled since late yesterday as "Black Friday," a day of shopping deals the day after Thanksgiving, officially gets under way this morning.

November 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly.

November 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Energy saving tips for the holiday season

Start self-cleaning cycle immediately taking the turkey out to take advantage of pre-existing heat.
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season today and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) offers the following energy-saving tips to help customers save energy and money.

November 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton fights federal lawsuit against its Police Department

Cites dozens of questions about circumstances
The city of Pleasanton is asking that a federal lawsuit against the Police Department and one of its officers be dismissed.

November 21, 2012 | 11 comments
New apartment complex planned for West Las Positas Boulevard

Affordable housing structure would have 4 stories, 168 units
Another in a series of developers interested in building affordable high density apartment complexes in Pleasanton has had a favorable reception from the city's Planning Commission in a bid to build a 168-unit, three- and four-story structure on West Las Positas Boulevard near Stoneridge Drive.

November 21, 2012 | 6 comments
Tickets go on sale today for S.F. Giants 2013 games

Single-game seats starting as low as $8 available through Dec. 24
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants will add a little orange to Black Friday when they put single-game tickets for the 2013 season on sale during the upcoming popular day of shopping.

November 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Want to move into your own small apartment? Try one with 220 square feet of space

San Francisco lawmakers approve building code change to allow mini-units
If you feel scrunched up in your one bedroom apartment in Pleasanton where rents can run $2,000 and higher, consider this new opportunity to tighten up the space a bit and live in San Francisco.

November 21, 2012 | 4 comments
57% of homes on market now getting multiple offers

High demand, shortage of homes making California housing more competitive
Favorable home prices and record-low interest rates, combined with high demand and a severe shortage of available housing, have created a highly competitive housing market in California with nearly six in 10 home sales receiving multiple offers.

November 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Oct. 6-17 and in San Ramon for Oct. 26-Nov. 5.

November 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes awards go to 8 'dedicated' community leaders, organizations for service throughout region

Families, supporters jam Pleasanton Hilton Hotel ceremony for presentations by Pleasanton Weekly, online publications
The Pleasanton Weekly and its sister online publications -- Dublin Tri-Valley Views, San Ramon Express and Danville Express -- presented their first-ever Tri-Valley Heroes awards Monday night as nearly 100 family members and community supporters cheered those receiving the special honors.

November 20, 2012 | 6 comments
San Jose man arrested as suspect in robbery of Old Navy store at Hacienda Crossings

Fleeing suspect stopped on I-580 near Castro Valley
A San Jose man suspected of thefts throughout Northern California was arrested earlier this week after allegedly robbing an Old Navy store in Dublin, police said Friday.

November 20, 2012 | 13 comments
Builder confidence for construction of new homes shows major gains nationally in November

New home construction under way across country, including in Pleasanton
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for November, the NAHB reported today at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton artist to be an exhibitor at Walnut Creek Artists' Market this weekend

Pleasanton artist Kurt Fehlberg will be one of 50 plus artists at the annual Artists' Market in Walnut Creek. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and then starting at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. His works will be part of the Artists' Market to be held in the Shadelands Campus, 111 N. Wiget Lane and Civic Park, 1313 Civic Dr. in Walnut Creek.

November 19, 2012 | 1 comment
Pleasanton providing free sandbags in case of heavy rain

The city of Pleasanton is providing sandbags free of charge to local residents and businesses to use in case of heavy rain in the coming weeks. Residents can pick up free sandbags at the city's Service Center at 3333 Busch Road. The sandbags can be picked up at anytime, and are located in the parking lot under a brown tarp. The sandbags are for Pleasanton residents only and are not available to contractors seeking sandbags for work sites.

November 19, 2012 | 5 comments
Review: 'Lincoln'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
To many, British-born actor Daniel Day-Lewis represents the pinnacle of thespian prowess. Director Steven Spielberg is considered among Hollywood's best and has the Oscar gold to back it up. And Abraham Lincoln is one of the most important figures in U.S. history.

November 17, 2012 | 13 comments
Today's Stanford-Oregon game is much like Pac-12 championship contest

Oregon is best team in conference
Stanford football coach David Shaw's eyes are blurry after watching hours of tape on Oregon. Even after all of that, he's still has more questions than answers. How do you stop the top-ranked Ducks powerful, lightening-fast offense?

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton stabbing victim identifies suspect as Livermore man

Man stabbed in chest atLas Ventanas apartment complex
Pleasanton police have identified a suspect in a Wednesday night stabbing at Las Ventanas apartments in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue. The stabbing victim has identified the man who stabbed him as Jesse Serpa, a 33-year-old Hispanic man from Livermore, according to a police news report.

November 16, 2012 | 11 comments
Survey shows housing market improving across U.S.

Housing recovery gaining momentum, Home Builders Association reports
The number of U.S. housing markets showing consistent improvement in three key measures of strength expanded by 22 in November to a total of 125, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) released this week.

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Weather permitting, Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday parade still on for tonight

Parade status will be announced, updated every hour starting at 2:30 p.m at (925) 931-5352.
Periodic sunshine and then showers are making for a day of uncertainty on whether Pleasanton's's popular Hometown Holiday Parade will kick off at 5 p.m. today as scheduled.

November 19, 2012 | 3 comments
Former police officer charged with elder abuse

Pleasanton man charged, police still seek wife, also facing charges
A Pleasanton man and former police officer has been arrested and police are searching for his wife in a scam that involved taking advantage of an 82-year-old Pleasanton resident.

November 16, 2012 | 8 comments
Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2'

(Two stars)
A misty tree line by a river. Rising peaks. A waterfall. A CGI wolf. Heavenly shades of night are falling: It's "Twilight" time ... again. -- PC

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Lincoln'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Lincoln" has more in common with Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" than "Schindler's List." Still, Spielberg and his team deserve a wealth of credit for embracing a monumental task and succeeding admirably. -- TH

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly's 2012 Holiday Fund now under way to help 10 beneficiaries

Financial need is greater than ever for those still hungry, lacking medical care in Tri-Valley
The Pleasanton Weekly's 2012 Holiday Fund campaign is now under way, a time when the public is asked to turn its thoughts to supporting local nonprofit agencies and services that care for those in need year round.

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Wet weather expected in Pleasanton, Tri -Valley through weekend

Thanksgiving Day forecast to be cloudy, but without rain
Anyone in the Bay Area expecting to go outside this weekend should be prepared for wet weather, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Lawsuit: Santa Rita Jail discriminates against people with disabilities

Jail lacks access to toilets, showers, educational and rehabilitation programs, suit says
Advocates for people with disabilities filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Alameda County of engaging in systematic discrimination against inmates with disabilities who are incarcerated at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

November 19, 2012 | 27 comments
Man stabbed in fight at apartment complex in Pleasanton

Chest injury not life threatening
A Livermore man is recovering after being stabbed in an altercation at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night at Las Ventanas apartments in the 3800 block of Vineyard Avenue. The 30-year-old man, who was not identified, suffered a single stab wound to the chest and was taken to Eden Medical Center.

November 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Woman robbed of purse in 9 a.m. hold-up on Pleasanton's Main Street

Plus, other police news through Nov. 13
A woman told police she was held up at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 10 in the 300 block of Main Street, near the Bank of America. The woman said a $200 purse was taken from her, along with a $20 wallet and miscellaneous credit cards.

November 16, 2012 | 21 comments
Tri-Valley Heroes awards to go to 8 'special people' at Pleasanton ceremony tonight

Awards are salute by Pleasanton Weekly to Tri-Valley heroes
The Pleasanton Weekly and its sister online publications -- Dublin Tri-Valley Views, San Ramon Express and Danville Express -- are presenting their first-ever Tri-Valley Heroes awards tonight.

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Replacement specialist is also a hair loss survivor

'I'd rather lose an arm or a leg,' says one client
When Ethel Grigorovici, 35, began to lose her hair a few years ago, she was alarmed and didn't know where to turn.

November 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Large turnout for Pleasanton Chamber mixer at Hilton Hotel

Last event of 2012 attracts business groups, representatives from throughout area
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce held its final Business Tradeshow and Mixer of the year Wednesday night with several hundred jamming a section of the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel where scores of businesses touted their merchandise, services and culinary offerings.

November 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Be a volunteer driver

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. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, a registered vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and a clear DMV record. Contact Jennifer Cullen at 931-5387 or jcullen@ssptv.org.

November 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Over 55? California property tax relief

Real Estate Matters
Homeowners over 55 are often reticent to downsize, lest they incur severe property-tax penalties. Several changes in state law in the last few years have eased that burden.

November 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Movie 'Flight 'offers dizzying journey into fear.

Reviewer gives it three stars
Hollywood has given us "Bad Santa" and "Bad Teacher," but are you ready for "Bad Pilot"? "Flight" puts Denzel Washington in the driver's seat -- with director Robert Zemeckis as his co-pilot -- for a dizzying journey into fear. -- PC

November 15, 2012 | 3 comments
Real Estate Matters

Getting a loan in today's market
It was just five years ago that I learned that Michael, my favorite waiter at my favorite local Mexican restaurant, had bought his first house. I was thrilled for him! Worried but thrilled. How could he have bought a house on an income of approximately $30,000 a year? How could he make the payments?

November 15, 2012 | No comments yet
New Cal State University chancellor cuts salary by 10% to $410,000

Makes move because 'there remain grave economic issues to solve'
The incoming chancellor of the California State University system was granted his wish yesterday to have his future salary reduced by 10 percent.

November 15, 2012 | 1 comment
Prop 30 passage avoids cuts to Pleasanton school year

No unpaid furlough days for employees, and possible nest egg for district
The passage of Proposition 30 won praise from district staff and school board at its meeting Tuesday night.

November 15, 2012 | 26 comments
Pleasanton woman loses $408 through 'in-home' computer-fix visit by scam artist

Fraudster claimed to represent Microsoft
Someone claiming to be a representative of Microsoft scammed a resident of the 7400 block of Stonedale Drive in a scheme that began with a call warning of a virus, according to police reports.

November 15, 2012 | 15 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Oct. 2-9 and in San Ramon for Oct. 20-29.

November 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Be a volunteer driver

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. Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, a registered vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and a clear DMV record. Contact Jennifer Cullen at 931-5387 or jcullen@ssptv.org.

November 14, 2012 | No comments yet
County Registrar's vote tally shows Measures B1, A1, I failing to gain 2/3rds majority votes to pass

B1 raise Alameda County transportation sales tax to full 1-cent
A measure that would have doubled Alameda County's transportation sales tax to a full 1 cent appears to have been defeated.

November 14, 2012 | 6 comments
Raley's strike ends, pickets removed as management, striking unions settle

'An important accomplishment for our members, retirees,' union leaders say
The strike against Raley's and Nob Hill stores ended yesterday when a tentative agreement was reached between Raley's management and two unions of the United Food and Commercial Workers in Northern and Central California.

November 13, 2012 | 19 comments
Pleasanton Chamber hosts trade show and mixer tomorrow

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host its final Business Tradeshow and Mixer of the year from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow at the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel. The event will feature an evening of culinary samplings from exhibitors, including high-end Mexican cuisine from Blue Agave Club, a signature dish from Valley Catering, Bundt Cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, sushi from Zakuro Japanese Bistro and Sushi Bar, and Indian/Pakistani food from Anarkalee Restaurant.

November 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Chamber offers free document shredding at its final trade show of year tonight in Pleasanton

Over 30 exhibitors, culinary samplings being offered at event open to public
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host its final Business Tradeshow and Mixer of the year from 5-7 p.m. tonight 14 at the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel.

November 13, 2012 | No comments yet
B1 transportation sales tax measure loses by fraction of percent needed to achive 2/3rd majority approval

Final count shows measure failed by 0.14%: 66.53% favorable votes against 33.47% opposed
Alameda County Registrar David Macdonald reported today that final results of the Nov. 6 election show that the hotly contested Measure B1 transportation tax lost by a fraction of a percent in a final tally of all votes cast.

November 13, 2012 | 16 comments
Veterans share stories of World War II

'I was four years in the Marine Corps, I'm alive, I'm a happy guy'
Veterans were celebrated at the Parkview senior assisted living facility Monday as two members of Odyssey Hospice visited to hand out certificates and pins, one by one, in gratitude for their service.

November 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Gas leak near Dublin's new Target store, BJ's restaurant causes temporary evacuation Monday

PG&E crew hit gas line at nearby construction site
Dublin's new Target store and a nearby restaurant were evacuated Monday morning because of a gas leak.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
'Confrontations: Artists and the Natural World' exhibit now open at Firehouse Arts Center

Harrington Gallery presentation to be on display through Dec. 15
The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center is presenting an innovative new exhibit, "Confrontations: Artists and the Natural World," through Dec. 15. The exhibit includes sculpture, photography, large format oil painting, and ceramic by artists Arthur Comings, Ralph Holker, Daniel Kasser, Andrew Roberts-Gray and John Trefethen. The Harrington Gallery is located at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; and one hour before most performances and during intermissions. Admission for this exhibit is free; donations are accepted.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Attend a healthy sleep and stress management seminar tonight

San Ramon Regional Medical Center invites you to a free educational seminar on healthy sleep and stress management from 7:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center (7777 Norris Canyon Road, South Conference Room in the South Building). Family medicine physicians Renu Deshpande, M.D. and Viktor Novikov, M.D. will speak. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 800-284-2878 or visit www.sanramonhospital.com.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Attend a fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Three restaurants in Blackhawk Plaza will hold a fundraiser tonight for victims of Hurricane Sandy. A percentage from the proceeds from lunch and dinner at The Little Pear, The Prickly Pear Cantina and Ferrari's Cucina Italiana will be donated directly to the relief agency Convoy of Hope.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
2012 peak wildfire season ends

Cooler temperatures, rain allow firefighters to reduce wldfire priorities
The 2012 peak wildfire season formally ended yesterday in Alameda County.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Talks resume between Raley's, its butchers union that's on strike

'Our success in diverting customers to other stores will bring the company to its senses,' union says
Contract talks between workers, including its striking meat department workers in Pleasanton, and the management of Raley's and Nob Hill Foods grocery stores have resumed although pickets remain outside the company's Pleasanton supermarket on Sunol Boulevard.

November 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Prop. 8 challenger predicts U.S. Supreme Court will overturn state's same-sex marriage ban law

Att. David Boies discusses prospects as he receives award Friday from USF law school
David Boies, a lawyer for two couples challenging California's Proposition 8, predicted in San Francisco Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case and will eventually rule in his clients' favor by a greater than 5-4 majority.

November 10, 2012 | No comments yet
'Race to Nowhere' is showing tonight at Valley Community Church

"Race to Nowhere," an award-winning documentary that highlights the unintended consequences of our pressure-cooker culture and education system, will be shown in Pleasanton at 6:30 p.m. tonight, sponsored by the Amador Valley High School PTSA Wellness Committee and the AVHS Challenge Success Team. The screening will take place at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway. The event is open to the community.

November 9, 2012 | 12 comments
Pleasanton teen visits U.N. with Girl Up

Amador senior becomes teen advisor to help others but enjoys meeting renowned leaders
Not every day does an American teen get to meet the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but last month Sri Muppidi, 17, was happy to make the acquaintance of the renowned South African social activist.

November 11, 2012 | 1 comment
Prop 30 passage means no furlough days for Pleasanton teachers, staff

District awaiting additional information from state
Pleasanton school administrators are breathing a sigh of relief with the passage of Proposition 30. A statement from PUSD superintendent Parvin Ahmadi notes that the district, among other things, will not have to implement the four furlough days agreed to by both the teachers and school employees unions.

November 11, 2012 | 31 comments
Pleasanton North Rotary Club to hold speech contest for high school students Jan. 4

The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest on Friday Jan. 4 at its 12:15 p.m. meeting in the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel. This contest is a great way for local high school students to hone their speaking skills in a friendly and competitive environment. Successful students in the past have come from Drama, Debate, English and Speech programs. If you know a Pleasanton high school student who would be serious about participating, have them register. This year's theme is "Peace Through Service." For more details about the contest, including registration, contact Speech Contest Chair Kevin Greenlee at kygreenlee@gmail.com or (925) 381-7315.

November 9, 2012 | No comments yet
'Beauty and the Beast' on again tonight, over the weekend at Firehouse Arts Center

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre will present "Beauty and the Beast" at the Firehouse Arts Center again this weekend, starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 9, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $17-$33; Call 931-4848; visit www.firehousearts.org or go to the Firehouse Center's box office at 4444 Railroad Ave. in downtown Pleasanton. Two performers, Lauren Bratton-Kearns (Silly Girl) and Joy Sherratt (Belle), are from Pleasanton.

November 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Passage of Prop. 30 leads CSU to cancel tuition increases, UC Berkeley could be next

Higher taxes to raise $6 billion annually for school systems throughout state
The passage Tuesday of a state measure to increase taxes to fund education drew swift reactions Wednesday, with the California State University system saying it will cancel fee hikes and UC Berkeley students demanding immediate tuition rollbacks.

November 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Walnut Creek Chick-Fil-A opens its doors to crowds, protests

Despite controversy, customers set up tents overnight to be among first to dine when restaurant opened
The Bay Area's newest Chick-fil-A restaurant opened its doors in Walnut Creek Thursday morning, ushering in hungry patrons while protesters outside continued to demonstrate against the company's stance on same-sex marriage.

November 9, 2012 | 4 comments
See hot rods and cool classics at Good Guys autumn car show

The Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton) will host the Good Guys autumn car show from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. See more than 2,500 hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks, plus vendor exhibits, automotive swap meet and kids' entertainment. Tickets are $6-$17 and free admission is given to all current active duty military personnel, as well as retired military personnel on Sunday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.

November 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters

Over 55? California property tax relief
Homeowners over 55 are often reticent to downsize, lest they incur severe property-tax penalties. Several changes in state law in the last few years have eased that burden.

November 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Goodguys honoring veterans today at Autumn Get-Together at Fairgrounds in Pleasanton

Show is last of Goodguys events this year
The Goodguys 23rd Autumn Get-Together is honoring veterans today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds where the final show of the year for this Pleasanton-based Rod & Custom Association and Specialty Sales Classics is under way.

November 9, 2012 | 1 comment
Home holdup reported at Oak Vista Way

Plus, other Pleasanton police reports through Nov. 6
Pleasanton police are investigating a Nov. 1 robbery at a home in the 1500 block of Oak Vista Way. The holdup was reported at about 8:45 p.m.; additional details were not immediately available.

November 9, 2012 | 4 comments
Review: 'Skyfall'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Here's a tip for audiences headed for "Skyfall": The code word is "game" ... as in playful. Indeed, the most conspicuously repeated word is "game," the most dangerous of which James Bond typically is, pursues or plays. -- PC

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Paragon outlet opening stalls I580 traffic

Drivers beware: The opening of the Paragon Outlets in Livermore has stalled traffic in both directions on Interstate 580. Drivers are reporting delays of up to 40 minutes approaching El Charro Road, the exit that accesses the new outlet mall. Currently 511.org shows a backup on Westbound I-580 that stretches past Interstate 205, and eastbound delays that begin at Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton.

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Traffic congestion affecting I-580, Isabel, many side streets as shoppers try to reach Paragon Outlets

Holiday traffic was as bad as peak rush hour jams normally seen on weekdays
Traffic was backed up yesterday and for most of the three-day holiday weekend on I-580 as shoppers tried to reach and exit from Paragon Outlets, an outlet mall that opened Thursday with the only access off El Charro Road and Jack London Boulevard from Livermore.

November 8, 2012 | 42 comments
Paragon Outlets opens in Livermore today

Armani, Burberry, Coach, Prada and Kate Spade are among the brands selling bargain wares at Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley, a 130-store outdoor mall that kicks off a four-day grand opening today. The Tri-Valley area anticipates a big economic boost from the upscale outlet mall that will creates 2,000 permanent jobs and hundreds more seasonal ones. The $150 million, 543,000-square-foot center is the first outlet mall to open in California in 11 years and one of only five opening in the U.S. this year. It sits on former farmland where Livermore adjoins Pleasanton and Dublin, along the Interstate 580 corridor.

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
10 arrested in gang-related narcotics raid in Livermore

Chestnut Street residence allegedly used for drug sales, gang activity
Ten people were arrested during the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a possibly gang-related residence in Livermore Wednesday afternoon, according to Livermore police.

November 8, 2012 | 7 comments
Pooches take center stage today to celebrate Paws to Read program

Library, Valley Humane Society celebrate 10 years of popular activity
A Pooch Parade tomorrow -- from Veterans Plaza Park at 550 Peters Ave. to the Pleasanton library a few blocks away -- will kick off a free event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its popular Paws to Read.

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Happy 106th birthday, Tula

Pleasanton resident Stamatina (Tula) Chlentzos recently celebrated her 106th birthday with her family, including her great-grandson James Argiros, a 2012 graduate of Amador Valley High School.

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Giants' celebration costly to PUSD

Parents asked to reimburse district for taking kids to parade
Celebrating the San Francisco Giants' victory in the World Series will cost the Pleasanton School District more than $13,000 unless parents come up with the cash to pay for the day they took their kids out of school.

November 8, 2012 | 68 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Sept. 28-Oct. 3 and in San Ramon for Oct. 12-23.

November 8, 2012 | No comments yet
See 'Lyle, the Crocodile' on stage near you

Bay Area Children's Theatre of San Ramon presents "Lyle, the Crocodile" on Nov. 10 and 11 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Find out what the Primms do after they move to a new house and discover a crocodile in their bathtub! For more information, call 973-3200 or visit www.SanRamon.CA.gov/parks. This event requires registration or ticket purchase. The theater is located at 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon.

November 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Californians have 10th longest commute times, report says

Californians have the 10th longest commute times in the country, according to reports. Americans spend an average 23.7 minutes getting to work. More than three-quarters of them drive alone, nearly 1 in 10 carpool and 5% take public transportation. Californians are less likely to drive alone, although 73% do, and are more likely to carpool (11.4%) or ride public transit (5.2%). The report was prepared by California Watch.

November 7, 2012 | 2 comments
Transportation tax measure still failing as Oakland Zoo measure loses

A measure that would double Alameda County's transportation sales tax to a full 1 cent was still narrowly trailing in updated election results released shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

November 7, 2012 | 2 comments
Jerry Thorne plans to 'hit the ground running' when he takes office as mayor Dec. 4

Wants to move bulk of public comments to end of council meetings so those on night's agenda can be heard on time
City Councilman Jerry Thorne, who was elected mayor of Pleasanton Tuesday, said Wednesday that he wants to restructure council meetings by moving part of the time allotted to public comments to the end of the meetings so that those whose issues are on the agenda can be heard on time.

November 7, 2012 | 8 comments
Jerry Thorne elected mayor of Pleasanton

Defeats challenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio, who will remain on the City Council
City Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected mayor of Pleasanton yesterday, defeating his challenger and fellow council member Cheryl Cook-Kallio.

November 7, 2012 | 42 comments
Bay Area Democrats celebrate Obama's re-election; Republicans regroup

Feinstein hopes country can come together to support president
Bay Area Democrats celebrated in San Francisco on Tuesday night after hearing that President Barack Obama had been re-elected.

November 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Swalwell wins 15th Congressional District

Stark unseated in tight contest
Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell has unseated Pete Stark for the 15th Congressional district. As of early Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Swalwell held a lead of 6,332 votes. Swalwell received 74,007 votes, 52.23% of the total vote to Stark's 67,675 votes, about 47.2%.

November 7, 2012 | 8 comments
Buchanan headed for third Assembly term

Says she's excited about new district, which includes Pleasanton
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan was part of a jubilant crowd at Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek on Tuesday night, shortly after President Obama's reelection had been confirmed at the Central Contra Costa Democratic Campaign Election Party.

November 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Brown, Pentin win seats on City Council

Mike Harris, who dropped out in September, pulls in nearly 13% of vote
Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin won election to Pleasanton City Council handily, with Brown garnering 8,919 votes -- about 37% -- and Pentin winning with 7,577 votes -- about 31.5% as of late Tuesday night. Erlene Demarcus received 4,436 votes, nearly 18.5%, while Mike Harris, who dropped out of the race in September, pulled in nearly 13%, receiving 3,522 votes.

November 7, 2012 | 3 comments
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier leading with 60%

Thankful senator looks forward to continuing his work
In California's 7th Senate District, Democratic incumbent Mark DeSaulnier was winning the election over Republican challenger Mark Meuser with about 60% of the votes late Tuesday evening, as he traveled from Benicia to Pleasanton to Walnut Creek to celebrate with his campaigners.

November 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Early returns show Thorne holding commanding lead in Pleasanton mayor's race

Pentin, Brown appear headed for victory in bid to capture two available seats on City Council
City Councilman Jerry Thorne held a commanding early lead Tuesday night in his bid for election as mayor of Pleasanton with 6,455 votes against 5,088 cast for Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio.

November 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Voter turnout appears to be significantly less than in 2008

Voters, poll workers, even candidates plan to party once polls close tonight
Early indications on Election Day are showing that turnouts at polling places throughout the Bay Area are significantly less than the 2008 election.

November 6, 2012 | No comments yet
5,000 turn out for Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade

Area's largest salute to veterans includes marching bands, special tributes at Veterans Memorial Building
More than 5,000 spectators lined the sidewalks along Main Street in Pleasanton Sunday for the 2012 Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade and a patriotic program of music and messages that followed at the Veterans Memorial Building.

November 6, 2012 | 11 comments
Voter turnout lower than in 2008 presidential election

78% of registered voters cast ballots in 2008 in Alameda County, with only 50% Tuesday, though that could change
Although many vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have yet to be counted, Bay Area counties are projecting strong voter turnout for Tuesday's presidential election, however numbers are expected to be below those from the 2008 race.

November 6, 2012 | 4 comments
Despite warm weather, the winter 'Spare the Air' season is now in effect

Fines start at $100, keep rising for violators
Despite the warm weather expected for much of the week, the four-month Winter Spare the Air season has started, making it illegal to burn wood on days when an alert is called. Bay Area Air Quality Management District representatives said winter Spare the Air alerts are issued when dry, stagnant weather conditions trap pollution close to the ground and air district officials deem it unhealthy. During the last winter season ending in February, the air district issued a record 15 alerts. Starting this season, first-time violators will be encouraged to take a wood smoke awareness course to learn about the health impacts of the pollution. Those who choose not to take the course will face a $100 ticket.

November 6, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Weekly endorsements for today's state, local election

For the 50% of you who haven't yet voted by mail -- saving that special privilege for Election Day today at the polling place -- many of us will be patiently joining you in lines that could be extraordinarily long. It pays to carry along your Sample Ballot to read once again before marking your ballot.

November 5, 2012 | 17 comments
Striking butchers rallying in front of Pleasanton Raley's supermarket although other workers in store aren't unionized, aren't on strike

Operations appear to be unaffected by large group of strikers urging customers to shop elsewhere
Members of the butchers union are demonstrating along the front walkways of the Raley's Supermarket on Sunol Boulevard, asking shoppers to take their business elsewhere while they strike against reduced benefit changes the company is seeking.

November 5, 2012 | 29 comments
Livermore Lab, Las Positas College team together on science program today

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists George Caporaso and Steven Hawkins will be the speakers at a 6 p.m. discussion during the Las Positas College annual Science and Engineering Seminar Series. The program will be held in room 2420 in the college's Lecture Hall on Thursday, Nov. 8. There is no charge for admittance but visitors are reminded that the campus has a $2 parking fee. Daily tickets are available from vending machines in the campus parking lots. For more information, contact Biology Professor Nan Ho at 925-424-1344.

November 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Bay Area Red Cross sending more emergency response vehicles to East Coast

Each of 3 vehicles capable of serving up to 3,000 meals a day
The American Red Cross Bay Area is sending another three emergency response vehicles capable of serving up to 3,000 meals a day to New York, beefing up previous deployments of volunteers and supplies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

November 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Union says Raley's grocery workers on strike

Walkout hits stores in Northern and Central California although Pleasanton store is operating normally
Thousands of unionized grocery workers walked off their jobs at Raley's supermarkets this morning, citing management's unlawful implementation of takeaways and unfair labor practices.

November 4, 2012 | 9 comments
Young People's Symphony Orchestra kicks off 76th season tonight

Concert features 'A German Requiem' along with the 120 members of Oakland Symphony Chorus
The 76th season of the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) kicks off with its fall concert at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church tonight, and its 95 musicians will include three from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

November 3, 2012 | No comments yet
All lanes now open on I-680 near Stoneridge Drive after jackknifed big-rig accident yesterday

Crash snarls traffic for miles on freeways, main streets in Dublin, Pleasanton during Friday afternoon rush hour
All lanes were reopened late yesterday on southbound I-680 just south of the Stoneridge Drive overcrossing after a big-rig tractor-trailer jackknifed across the median barrier of the freeway.

November 3, 2012 | No comments yet
All lanes now open on I-680 near Stoneridge Drive after jackknifed big-rig accident yesterday

Crash snarls traffic for miles on freeways, main streets in Dublin, Pleasanton during Friday afternoon rush hour
All lanes were reopened late yesterday on southbound I-680 just south of the Stoneridge Drive overcrossing after a big-rig tractor-trailer jackknifed across the median barrier of the freeway.

November 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

(Three stars)
It's not easy being 9 feet tall and 643 pounds. And that's not even the hardest part about being "Wreck-It Ralph" (voice of John C. Reilly), the leading character of Walt Disney Animation's 52nd feature. -- PC

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Flight'

(Three stars)
Hollywood has given us "Bad Santa" and "Bad Teacher," but are you ready for "Bad Pilot"? "Flight" puts Denzel Washington in the driver's seat -- with director Robert Zemeckis as his co-pilot -- for a dizzying journey into fear. -- PC

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
One southbound lane has reopened on I-680 after a bigrig overturned south of Stoneridge Drive. All northbound lanes are open.

One southbound lane has reopened on I-680 after a bigrig overturned south of Stoneridge Drive. All northbound lanes are open.

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Southbound I-680 closed near Stoneridge after bigrig flips

Southbound I-680 closed near Stoneridge after bigrig flips

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
I-680 southbound traffic getting by on shoulder after big rig jackknives near Stoneridge

CHP expects freeway to reopen around 4 p.m.
A big-rig driver who lost control when he drifted and crashed into the Interstate 680 center divide in Pleasanton late this morning has shut down all southbound lanes and one northbound lane of the highway for hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

November 2, 2012 | 6 comments
Pleasanton-Dublin trail link opens under I-580

Project ahead of schedule, under budget
Bikers and hikers will no longer be blocked by Interstate 580 when traveling between Pleasanton and Dublin. The new Alamo Canal Trail link under the freeway was opened last Saturday, connecting the Centennial Trail in Pleasanton with the Alamo Canal Trail that ended just north of I-580 near the Dublin Library.

November 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Small fry have Giant celebration

Vintage Hills students and teachers wear orange and black to celebrate the Giants World Series win -- and hometown hero Brandon Crawford.

November 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Hosterman endorses Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor

Mayor praises both candidates; gives reasons for favoring Cook-Kallio over Jerry Thorne
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman Friday endorsed Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor.

November 2, 2012 | 30 comments
Brown urges voters to pass Prop. 30 tax measure, but poll shows it's failing

Governor says $6 billion of new taxes raised annually would go to schools
Gov. Jerry Brown, seeking to promote his Proposition 30 tax initiative, is telling voters that while "the California dream is still vibrant," the tax increase is needed to keep it that way.

November 2, 2012 | 26 comments
Last performances of 'West Side Story' this weekend at Bankhead Theater

"West Side Story," staged by the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, will conclude its Livermore performances this weekend with shows at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The performances are at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets cost between $28 and $38. For more information, call 373-6800 or visit www.trivalleyrep.org.

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Walthers out as president of Las Positas College

'Handful' of students, staff, faculty blaming him for 'unfavorable budget cuts'
Kevin Walthers, the popular president of Las Positas College, is looking for a new job just 16 months after the Chabot-Las Positas College Board of Trustees hired him in the second of two cross-country searches.

November 2, 2012 | 13 comments
Bay Area orchestra features local teen as concertmaster

Young People's Symphony Orchestra kicks off 76th season this weekend
The 76th season of the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) kicks off with its fall concert at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church tomorrow, and its 95 musicians will include three from Amador Valley High.

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Harrington Gallery to present 'Confrontations' starting tomorrow

Artists to talk at free, informal reception Thursday night
The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center is presenting an innovative new exhibit, "Confrontations: Artists and the Natural World," from Wednesday through Dec. 15.

November 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man arrested on federal warrant alleging child pornography

Plus, other police actions through Oct. 29
A Pleasanton man has been taken into custody on a federal warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography.

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
September home sales show slight improvement nationally

But market slows in West where fewer homes are for sale
Pending home sales were little changed in September but remain well above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors.

November 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Tight housing market softens California sales

Prices rising as number of available homes shrinks
A continued shortage of available homes for sale lowered California home sales in September, while the median price reached the highest level in more than four years.

November 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Sept. 26-Oct. 1 and in San Ramon for Oct. 4-15.

November 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Winter 'Spare the Air' season now under wa7y

Fines start at $100, keep rising for violators
The four-month Winter Spare the Air season started this week, making it illegal to burn wood on days when an alert is called.

November 1, 2012 | No comments yet
RotaCare Bay Area executive to talk about philanthropic work of organization at Pleasanton North Rotary Club today

Tammy Janosik, executive director of RotaCare Bay Area, will speak at the luncheon meeting today of the Pleasanton Rotary Club North at the Hilton Hotel. RotaCare Bay Area is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free primary, quality healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care. They are entirely volunteer driven and supported solely through locally based philanthropy. The meeting starts at noon and is open to members, those considering membership and guests.

November 2, 2012 | No comments yet
These cheerleaders helped make a difference

Hundreds turn out for city's annual Make a Difference for Pleasanton Day
These five cheerleaders and their classmates at Pleasanton Middle School helped make a difference last weekend.

November 1, 2012 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade steps off at 1 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Area's largest salute to veterans includes marching bands, special tributes at Veterans Memorial Building
The Pleasanton-based Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and American Legion Post 237 will host the 2012 Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade starting at 1 p.m. today, with a patriotic program of music and messages following at the Veterans Memorial Building.

November 1, 2012 | 4 comments
Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival starts today at Fairgrounds

The 32nd Annual Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival will be held this weekend starting at 3 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 2, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The festival will feature both solo and group Hula competitions, arts and crafts vendors from California and Hawaii and "local style" food booths. Festival times are from 3-10 p.m. today, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Adults, $12 on Friday; $15 on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free of charge.

November 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Sinatra fan, researcher to speak at downtown Rotary Club meeting today

Phil LaScola, a fan and scholar of Frank Sinatra for many years who has collected all of his recordings and researched Sinatra's life, will speak at today's luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at Hap's Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton and is open to members, those considering membership and guests.

November 1, 2012 | 1 comment
Is it graduation time already?

Talon Talk, the newsletter for Foothill High School, reports that orders are due starting today, Nov. 1, for graduation caps/gowns, graduation announcements and class rings. Orders will be taken during lunch at the school's outdoor quad today and again next Tuesday, Nov. 6. Makeup orders will be accepted Tuesday, Nov. 13. Students were given order packets at the school, according to Zoe Francis, who edits the online publication.

November 1, 2012 | 5 comments
Pleasanton school district awaits Tuesday's election results to learn about funding

Two competing ballot measures could mean future cash or new cuts
The Pleasanton school district is ready for the potential loss of $7 million in state funding should both funding proposals on next week's ballot fail.

November 1, 2012 | 10 comments
Police ID woman whose body was found in garbage can

Arrest made in death of Stockton woman
The woman whose body was found inside a garbage can in Pleasanton in May has been identified, and police arrested her alleged killer Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | 5 comments
Hundreds turn out for Rotary Club's Halloween Spirit Run

Funds being contributed to designated Pleasanton scshool, club's Wheelchairs for the Needy program
Hundreds of runners, walkers and spectators turned out Sunday for the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's second annual Halloween Spirit Run.

October 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab, Las Positas College team together on science program Nov. 8

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists George Caporaso and Steven Hawkins will be the speakers at a 6 p.m. discussion during the Las Positas College annual Science and Engineering Seminar Series. The program will be held in room 2420 in the college's Lecture Hall. There is no charge for admittance but visitors are reminded that the campus has a $2 parking fee. Daily tickets are available from vending machines in the campus parking lots. For more information, contact Biology Professor Nan Ho at 925-424-1344.

October 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Giants celebration starts at 11 a.m. today at foot of San Francisco's Market Street

S.F. school superintendent tells kids to stay in classes, skip parade
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Giants president and CEO Larry Baer Tuesday highlighted more details about today's parade that will honor the
team on its World Series title.

October 31, 2012 | 2 comments
Bay Area responding to Eastern Seaboard disaster

National Guard units, firefighters, PG&E crews head to New York, New Jersey, other states
After post-tropical cyclone Sandy made landfall Monday evening and continued to wreak havoc along the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to Massachusetts, cutting power to millions and flooding homes and streets, the Bay Area is responding to the natural disaster.

October 31, 2012 | No comments yet
'Beauty and the Beast' opens to full house at Firehouse Arts Center

Two actors with Pleasanton ties featured in major roles
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre opened its season at the Firehouse Arts Center with "Beauty and the Beast" Friday night with performances continuing through Nov. 18 and featuring two stars from Pleasanton.

October 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio taking calls from Pleasanton voters tonight

Mayoral candidate's telephone 'Town Hall' starts at 7 p.m.
Pleasanton Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio will take questions live starting at 7 p.m. tonight on a telephone "Town Hall."

October 30, 2012 | 5 comments
Jurors convict woman for murder whose victim was found near Pleasanton

Giselle Esteban found guilty in death of nursing student Michelle Le
Giselle Esteban was convicted Monday of first-degree murder for the death of nursing student Michelle Le, her former friend and high school classmate, in May 2011 whose body was fund near Pleasanton four months later.

October 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade set for Sunday

The Pleasanton-based Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and American Legion Post 237 will host the 2012 Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, exactly one week ahead of the day the country will celebrate Veterans Day this year. The annual event will feature military and veteran color guards, marching bands, horses, jeeps, Humvees and other military vehicles, and other patriotic units.
The parade will start at 1 p.m. Nov. 2, with the parade route starting at the Veterans Building on Old Bernal Road and continuing north to St. Mary Street. For more information, call David Ham at (925) 580-6661.

October 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Dublin plans 'Hometown Heroes' celebration next Saturday

A public celebration of local veterans will be held next Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Dublin Senior Center. Called "Hometown Heroes," the event will include presentations by local military and city officials and a concert of patriotic music. There will also be a special exhibit on the Seabees in World War II. Those going to the event are asked help support active duty military by bringing a donation of new white socks, travel size toiletries or individual powdered drink packages for the local branch of S.A.M. (Support All Military), whose mission is to send care packages to those serving overseas.

October 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Bay Area Red Cross units send personnel to help East Coast storm victims

Others waiting for storm to clear before heading to help in shelters
Local members of the American Red Cross have been sent to the East Coast to help in the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, with more on standby and others taking donations here to help with hurricane relief, Red Cross officials said.

October 30, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon commission recommends no fireworks in 2013

Las Positas College could be only event with fireworks on Independence Day if continued
At its Tuesday meeting, the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission officially recommended that the city not bring back fireworks during Independence Day events in 2013.

October 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Hear jazz at the San Ramon library Friday

Jamie Davis will come to the San Ramon Library (100 Montgomery St.) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 for the fourth of the 2012 "Jazz at the Library" concert series. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students and may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door. Visit www.sanramonjazz.org for details.

October 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Become a hike leader

Do you love hiking and bringing people to your favorite places around Mt. Diablo? Then you might be interested in becoming a Save Mount Diablo hike leader. Learn more on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Save Mount Diablo offices (1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 320, Walnut Creek). No experience necessary. Food and refreshments provided. RSVP is required, so call 947-3535 or email George at gphillips@savemountdiablo.org.

October 29, 2012 | No comments yet
S.F. to hold ticker tape parade tomorrow for Giants

36 arrested after unruly celebrations Sunday night, including setting $1-million bus on fire
San Francisco will hold a ticker tape parade and civic celebration in honor of the San Francisco Giants tomorrow but police are taking measures to prevent a repeat of Sunday night's destructive celebrants.

October 29, 2012 | 1 comment
East Coast flights cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy

Airlines stop flights to 6 cities, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C.
More than a dozen flights to and from the East Coast have been cancelled this morning as Hurricane Sandy moves toward that part of the country, a San Francisco International Airport duty manager said.

October 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Halloween-themed music to highlight free concert today by Pleasanton Community Concert Band

Performance starts at 2 p.m. at Firehouse Arts Center
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present a special, free performance today of Halloween-themed music including classics, funeral marches and theme music from TV shows.

October 28, 2012 | No comments yet
S.F. to broadcast World Series game 4 live at Civic Center

Everyone urged to don the Giants' colors of orange and black today
Following the San Francisco Giants' 2-0 victory last night against the Detroit Tigers in the third game of the World Series, San Francisco city
officials are planning to broadcast Game Four live in Civic Center Plaza starting at 5.p.m today.

October 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Make A Difference Day celebration starts at 10 a.m. today in Pleasanton

Festival will highlight how to help in Pleasanton -- and beyond
Can one person make a positive difference in the world?

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Pirate-themed Halloween display to raise cash for schools today

Special effects include fog, black lights, and a video display
It's Halloween and today PPIE means Pleasanton Pirates in Education.

October 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Cloud Atlas'

(One star)
Pacific Ocean, 1849. London, 2012. Cambridge, 1936. Neo Seoul, 2144. San Francisco, 1973. Big Isle, 106 Winters After the Fall. Wait, when am I? Where am I? Hang on, let me look that up in my "Cloud Atlas." -- PC

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Chasing Mavericks'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
These days, the typical teen movie panders with sunny fantasy or naughty raunch, but as a sports movie concerned with the physical, emotional and moral development of a young man, "Chasing Mavericks" fruitfully aspires to the likes of "Breaking Away." -- PC

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Rotary's Halloween Spirit Run set for Sunday on Main Street

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its second annual Halloween Spirit Run on Sunday with proceeds to benefit the club's Wheelchairs for the Needy program, in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation. The club also will donate $5 of each registration to a designated Pleasanton school or school club. To date, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton has donated more than $1 million dollars to various charities. The Oct. 28 event, patterned after the club's popular Father's Day Spirit Run, will include a 5K "Run & Walk," starting at 9 a.m.under the Arch on Main Street, and a "Kids' Challenge," starting around 10:15 a.m.

October 26, 2012 | 1 comment
Governor meets with business leaders to push for Prop. 30 tax measure

Bay Area Council endorses proposition that would hike state sales, income taxes
With the Nov. 6 election just 12 days away,Gov. Jerry Brown met Bay Area business leaders Thursday and then moved on to Salinas as part of a late push to gather support for the passage of his statewide tax measure on the ballot.

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Mothers With A Purpose takes a stand against drug abuse

More than 40 turn out for candlelight vigil
More than 40 people turned out for Pleasanton's second candlelight vigil Thursday night in memory of those lost to drug abuse and those still suffering from addiction.

October 26, 2012 | 11 comments
Students, alumni, parents honor Amador band director

Grantham also named district Teacher of the Year
It's been a great month for Amador High School's band director Jon Grantham. Not only has he been honored as the district's Teacher of the Year, but he was the center of attention on Oct. 13 for a celebration called "Thanks a 1000."

October 26, 2012 | 2 comments
Prudential agents off today to work on community projects

Realty closes all Northern California offices for Community Service Day
Prudential California Realty is closing all of its offices across Northern California today, including Pleasanton's, to allow agents to participate in the brokerage's annual Community Service Day.

October 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Sept. 21-27 and in San Ramon for Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

October 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Shoplifting team nabs $5,000 in pricey purses

An organized shoplifting crew made off with high-end handbags worth more than $5,000 in an Oct. 21 incident, according to a police report.

October 26, 2012 | 5 comments
Halloween spirits this weekend

Learn about bats and other creatures that go bump in the night
From one end of Main Street to the other, downtown Pleasanton has a reputation for ghosts. People sensitive to disembodied spirits have seen or sensed them in the older shops along Main Street and upstairs at the Pleasanton Hotel as well as at the Old Kottinger Barn, now Millfleur, on Ray Street.

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools fail to meet 'No Child Left Behind' standards

District posts big gains in test scores, still placed into federal program improvement status
Despite increasing its Academic Performance Index score by nine points, from 906 to 915 over the last year, and better test scores for nearly every minority group, the Pleasanton school district has joined a lengthy list of schools that don't meet federal standards. Pleasanton school board members learned Tuesday night that the district has been placed into program improvement status because math scores haven't improved enough to meet federal standards known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

October 26, 2012 | 10 comments
S.F mayor, Nancy Pelosi make bets with their Detroit counterparts that Giants will win World Series

Both off to a good start after last night's crushing victory over Tigers
Another San Francisco politician, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, is placing a bet with colleagues in Detroit over the World Series after Mayor Ed Lee earlier Wednesday bet that city's mayor while also engaging in some good-natured trash-talking.

October 25, 2012 | 2 comments
Ballistic partners with English soccer club

Local players will be able to showcase their soccer skills overseas
Pleasanton's Ballistic United Soccer Club, which has programs for boys to develop their skills to play at the highest levels, has announced its first partnership with Sheffield Wednesday.

October 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Meet the Pleasanton Weekly's publisher, editor and other staff members

First Pleasanton Weekly Night Nov. 8 at Gene's Fine Foods
The Pleasanton Weekly publisher, Gina Channell-Allen, and editor, Jeb Bing, will be on hand to talk with guests at the first Pleasanton Weekly Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Gene's Fine Foods, 2803 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.

October 24, 2012 | 9 comments
'West Side Story' doesn't miss a beat at Bankhead Theater performances

Dancers are the stars as well as the ill-fated lovers
Can "West Side Story" really be 55 years old?

October 24, 2012 | 1 comment
38th annual Foothill Band Review now under way on Pleasanton's Main Street

Annual spectacular drawing 62 schools for downtown parade, concert competition, field show
The 38th annual Foothill Band Review is now under way with a parade down Main Street along with concert competitions at the Amador Theater and then a field show later today.

October 25, 2012 | 5 comments
Real Estate Matters

New buyer dynamics: builders, end users and outliers
It used to be that when a builder bought property on which he was going to build a house (or houses) he wanted to feel that he already made a profit on the day he closed the escrow.

October 24, 2012 | No comments yet
TV30 to broadcast last night's Foothill vs. Livermore High football game tonight

Want to watch your favorite high school football game in the comfort of your own home?

October 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade set for Nov. 4, a week before the holiday

Coming 2 days ahead of General Election, event gives politicians a chance to wave to constituents along Pleasanton's Main Street
The Pleasanton-based Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and American Legion Post 237 will host the 2012 Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 4, exactly one week ahead of the day the country will celebrate Veterans Day this year.

October 24, 2012 | 2 comments
No rate increase anticipated for Zone 7 customers until 2014

Annual budget cut by $4 million since 2009-10
Zone 7 water users won't see a rate hike until 2014, thanks to ongoing cost-cutting measures from the water agency.

October 23, 2012 | 1 comment
Paragon Outlets holding job fair today in advance of Nov. 8 opening

Paragon Outlets, the 120-store shopping complex scheduled to open Nov. 8 at the southeast corner of I-580 and El Charro Road, is holding a jobs fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Oct. 23 at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue in Livermore. Robert A. Brvenik, a partner in the development, said more than 2,000 jobs are being filled as Paragon Outlets gets ready to open to the public.

October 23, 2012 | No comments yet
New Leaf to open market at Vintage Hills Center next year

Old Romley's store vacant for last 15 years
New Leaf Community Markets, an independently-owned grocer known for carrying locally grown, organic foods, will open a store at the Vintage Hills Shopping Center in mid-2013, replacing a store once occupied by Romley's Market that has now been empty for 15 years.

October 23, 2012 | 20 comments
Backers of Prop. 34 to repeal death penalty say current system 'too costly to keep going'

Measure would replace death penalty with life imprisonment without parole
Proponents of a measure on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty in California said Monday the state's current system is far too costly to keep going.

October 23, 2012 | 31 comments
All lanes now open on northbound I-680 after big rig crash near Sunol Boulevard

All lanes are open following a big rig collision on northbound I-680 just south of Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton this morning.

October 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district moves emails to new system, seeks to recover lost messages, data

For more than a week, it was back to 20th century with phones, faxes, one-on-one meetings providing communications
The Pleasanton school district's email system was down for nearly a week, between Oct. 16 and 22, but the district has moved to the clouds to get a new system up and running.

October 22, 2012 | 11 comments
Candlelight vigil against drug abuse starts at 7 p.m.tonight on Main Street

Mothers With A Purpose, in conjunction with the National Coalition Against Drug Abuse, will host a candlelight vigil starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct 25, in front of the Museum on Main as part of a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of substance abuse and to remove the stigma associated with addiction. The Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Intervention organization (NOPE) is supporting these vigils in communities across the country.

October 24, 2012 | 3 comments
Today is last day to register to vote in next month's General Election

State now allows online voter registration for those whose signature is on file at DMV
Today is the deadline to register to vote in next month's General Election.

October 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Rotary Club's Halloween Spirit Run on Main Street this morning

Event to benefit local schools, Wheelchairs for the Needy program
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its second annual Halloween Spirit Run this morning with proceeds to benefit the club's Wheelchairs for the Needy program, in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation.

October 22, 2012 | 4 comments
Pleasanton police cracking down on cyclists violating bike helmet laws affecting those under 18

Campaign started Thursday to enforce state law mandating helmets for young cyclists
Pleasanton students riding bicycles without wearing helmets can expect to get pulled over by police and could be issued courtesy citations.

October 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Rain today and for much of the week in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Record high of 90 degrees was set on this date in 1964
Rain is expected in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley this morning, with a chance of showers again this afternoon. Highs are likely to be in the upper 60s.

October 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford takes 115th Big Game from Cal, 21-3

Stanford can become bowl-eligble with a victory at home over Washington State next Saturday
Stepfan Taylor rushed for a career-high 189 yards and scored a touchdown and Josh Nunes threw for 214 yards and another touchdown as No. 22 Stanford downed host California, 21-3, on Saturday in the 115th edition of the Big Game.

October 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district email system down again today for 6th consecutive day

Thousands of "sent" emails may be lurking in the system, to be delivered all at once when repairs are made
The email system for the entire Pleasanton school district has been inoperative since last Wednesday, and was still down this morning despite assurances from the district's IT specialists that it would be up and running by the time schools opened on Monday.

October 19, 2012 | 20 comments
Pleasanton police cracking down on cyclists violating bike helmet laws affecting those under 18

Campaign started Thursday to enforce state law mandating helmets for young cyclists
Pleasanton students riding bicycles without wearing helmets can expect to get pulled over by police and could be issued courtesy citations.

October 19, 2012 | 5 comments
San Francisco mayor joins 49ers in bid for 2016 Super Bowl at team's new Santa Clara stadium

'I'm not one to sit and mope about what we lost," Lee says about 49ers leaving Candlestick Park
After it was announced earlier this week that the San Francisco 49ers are in the running to host Super Bowl L in 2016, San Francisco and team officials Thursday launched their campaign to win the bid.

October 19, 2012 | No comments yet
A new date, but same Big Game challenge for Cal~Stanford at noon today

Cardinal in Berkeley to take on Bears at noon in earliest-ever season game between rivals
With No. 22 Stanford (2-1, 4-2) in Berkeley today to take on California (2-2, 3-4) for the 115th annual Big Game, it's pretty clear someone else may be in as soon as the second play.

October 19, 2012 | No comments yet
San Mateo Bridge now open, no more weekend closures, Caltrans says

Crews finish enough of needed repairs to avoid once-scheduled closure again next weekend
All lanes in both directions of the San Mateo Bridge are opened at 4 a.m. this morning after crews completed major resurfacing and other repairs over the weekend.

October 19, 2012 | 1 comment
Ro Khanna to speak at Pleasanton North Rotary Club meeting today

Ro Khanna, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, will speak at today's luncheon meeting of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club, which meets at the Hilton Hotel starting at 12:15 p.m. Kahn, who has expressed an interest in running for Congress, is the author of "Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future."

October 19, 2012 | No comments yet
East Bay gay Boy Scout delivers petitions signed by 400,000 demanding he be given Eagle Scout award

Moraga youth uses Internet to gain supporters after being kicked out of Mount Diablo troop because of sexual orientation
A local Boy Scout who has drawn national attention after recently being kicked out of his troop because he is gay delivered a petition with more than 400,000 signatures to troop leaders Thursday demanding he receive the Eagle Award he earned.

October 19, 2012 | 33 comments
Jewelry worth more than $55,000 stolen from 2 nearby Pleasanton homes

Plus, other police reports through Oct. 15
Two homes less than a half mile away from each other were hit by a thief or thieves the same day and near the same time, according to police reports.

October 19, 2012 | 16 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Sept. 5-24 and in San Ramon for Sept. 21-28.

October 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Housing starts rise 2.3% in August on strength in single-family

Big gains in Southern, Midwestern states offset by 4.3% decline in West
Nationwide housing production rose 2.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from the Housing and Urban Development office (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Free dog show closes today at Fairgrounds

Even with the rain, Harvest Moon Cluster's all-breed show continues, hosted by the Del Valle Kennel Club
Hosted by the Harvest Moon Classic Dog Cluster, one of the Bay Area's largest dog shows draws to a close at 6 p.m. tonight after a five-day run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

October 19, 2012 | 7 comments
County Registrar reminds voters to add extra postage when mailing ballots

Cost to Pleasanton voters is 85-cents postage though ballots can be dropped off at City Clerk's office at no charge
Dave Macdonald, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, is reminding voters that additional postage is required to mail in Vote-By-Mail ballots in all parts of the county due to the fact that voters are being asked to complete multiple ballot cards for the November 6 General Election.

October 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Stratford School opens 17th campus in Pleasanton

Private school, founded in Danville, now serves preschool, elementary students throughout Bay Area
Stratford School, an independent private school serving children from preschool through the 5th grade, showed off its new 17th campus in Hacienda Business Park last week to more than 100 parents, educators and business leaders.

October 18, 2012 | No comments yet
2 aging senior housing complexes to be razed, rebuilt, expanded

Council signs agreement with developer to replace Pleasanton Gardens, Kottinger Place
Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens, two of city's aging, subsidized affordable housing developments for qualified older residents, will be torn down in phases over the next two years and replaced with larger, upgraded apartment buildings that will accommodate nearly twice as many who live there now.

October 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Judge questions reliability of key witness in 1984 murder of Foothill High freshman

Rules, however, that DNA evidence ties Steven Carlson to slaying of Tina Faelz
A judge Wednesday questioned the reliability of a key prosecution witness in the murder of 14-year-old Pleasanton high school student Tina Faelz in 1984 but ruled that there's still enough evidence to have the suspect in the case stand trial.

October 18, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton's downtown Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. today

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its weekly meeting starting at 12:15 p.m. today at Hap's Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. The club, one of three Rotary clubs serving Pleasanton, welcomes visitors who have an interest in becoming Rotarians.

October 18, 2012 | 1 comment
Large meteor streaks across Bay Area, thrilling stargazers

Orionid meteor shower expected to peak over Saturday night, Sunday morning.
A large meteor streaked across the night sky last night and was seen and heard throughout the Bay Area.

October 18, 2012 | 2 comments
Park District accepting bids on waterslides at Shadow Cliffs regional park

Proposals due Dec. 20, probably too late for 2013 season
Wanted: Experienced concessionaire to develop, maintain and operate the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.

October 18, 2012 | 1 comment
City Council OKs new Housing Element, ending 7-year legal battle at cost of $3.9 million

State certifies city's General Plan for first time since 2001, protecting city from more suits
The Pleasanton City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to add a new Housing Element commitment to the city's General Plan, a move that ended seven years of debate, law suits and confrontation with state authorities and an affordable housing coalition.

October 17, 2012 | 16 comments
Make A Difference Day set for tomorrow

The 'Make A Difference for Pleasanton' festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

October 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Harvest Park Cheer to hold Holiday Boutique at 6 p.m. today

Harvest Park Middle School's Cheer group will host a Holiday boutique from 6-9 p.m. today, Oct. 19. The event, to be held at the school, 4900 Valley Ave., will include Christmas and Hanukkah cards and other offerings to raise funds for the Cheer team to participate in the USA Jr. Nationals competition in Anaheim later this year.

October 17, 2012 | No comments yet
'Financial Fitness' expo set for 9 a.m. tomorrow in Pleasanton

The city of Pleasanton will host a free financial fitness expo for those 55 and older Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. This event will feature objective information geared to older adults on how to obtain the financial fitness necessary for a long and sustainable retirement. It includes workshops by experts in their fields and exhibitors with information about services and products to help navigate retirement planning. This event will feature objective information geared to adults ages 55 and older on how to obtain the financial fitness necessary for a long and sustainable retirement. It includes workshops by experts in their fields and exhibitors with information about services and products to help navigate retirement planning. The keynote speaker will be Steve Wilcox, talking on the topic of "You're Retiring, Your Money Can't" at 9:15 a.m. Wilcox is a founding partner of Summit Financial Group in San Ramón. A second presentation at 1:15 p.m. is entitled "Strategies for Maximizing Retirement Income.

October 17, 2012 | 1 comment
Federal lawsuit filed against Pleasanton police officer, Alameda deputy and San Ramon attorney

Pleasanton man asks for $3 million in damages, claims city and county did little to stop illegal actions
A Pleasanton man has filed a $3 million federal lawsuit against a local police officer, an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy and a San Ramon Attorney. Brian Lancaster is asking for a jury trial, claiming, among other things, of false arrest and false imprisonment.

October 17, 2012 | 20 comments
Alleged killer in 1984 murder of Foothill High freshman in court for preliminary hearing

'Let me kill you like I killed her,' former friend testifies
Days after Tina Faelz was stabbed to death in April 1984, her accused killer Steve Carlson threatened to kill another "like I killed her," according to testimony at Carlson's preliminary hearing. Faelz, a 14-year-old freshman at Foothill High School, was wounded 44 times in the fatal attack, stabbed in her back, chest, neck and torso.

October 17, 2012 | No comments yet
City Council faces full agenda tonight as current terms draw to close

Housing Element, new senior housing at Kottinger Place, Pleasanton Gardens among key measures
It's a full agenda for tonight's meeting of the Pleasanton City Council where key housing, growth management and consideration of a public peace commission will go before the local lawmakers.

October 16, 2012 | 4 comments
New law to increase transparency in campaign financing

Affects independent expenditure committees that fund ads for candidates, measures, especially local ones
A State Assembly bill now signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown will go into effect in January 2013, requiring more transparency by independent expenditure committees that fund ads for candidates and measures, especially local ones.

October 16, 2012 | 3 comments
Foothill Band Review starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow

The 38th annual Foothill Band Review starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, with dozens of bands marching down Pleasanton's Main Street. The parade competition ends at noon with awards given at the school stadium at 1:15 p.m. Concert competitions are held throughout the morning at Amador Valley High School from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The colorful field show competition starts at 2:45 p.m. at the Foothill stadium. This is one of the largest and most prestigious reviews on the West Coast. The parade and concerts are free. Admission to the field show is $10.

October 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley College Fair set for tonight at Granada High

Granada High School in Livermore will host a Tri-Valley College Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this evening, Oct. 16,at its campus at 400 Wall St., Livermore. Students and parents will be able to meet with representatives of dozens of colleges, both public and private, from California and beyond that will have booths set up to hand out information and answer questions. All of the top colleges will be represented. Also on hand will be the military, career tech schools and apprenticeship schools. This event, to be held in Granada High's small and large gyms, is open to students in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore. It routinely draws more than 3,000 people. Participants are urged to pack plenty of patience since there are usually long lines at booths staffed by the most popular colleges.

October 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Stratford School hosting ribbon-cutting, tour of its Pleasanton facilities at 10 a.m. today

Stratford School, a new Pleasanton private school, will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony at its campus at 4576 Willow Road at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The school's principals Sanny Figueroa and Jessie Channey will be joined by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at the public event. The school serves students in preschool through the 5th grades.

October 15, 2012 | No comments yet
PDA mixer scheduled for tonight

The Pleasanton Downtown Association will hold its Fall Mixer and Volunteer Appreciation party Tuesday, October 23, a date that was changed from the event's previously scheduled Oct. 10. The location and time stays that same: 5-7 p.m. at Main Street Brewery in downtown Pleasanton. Admission is $5 and includes two wine tickets and appetizers. For more information, email Events@PleasantonDowntown.net.

October 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Moody's may downgrade Danville's credit rating

Approximately $14.3 billion of debt affected
Danville is one of 32 California cities that may see its credit rating downgraded by Moody's Investors Service, one of the nation's leading credit rating agencies.

October 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Home sales, job creation could rise with sensible lending standards

Realtors say economy would see 'enormous benefits' with safe, sound policies
New survey findings, combined with an analysis of historic credit scores and loan performance, show home sales could be notably higher by returning to reasonably safe and sound lending standards, which also would create new jobs, according to the National Association of Realtors.

October 15, 2012 | 3 comments
Mayors make friendly wager as first game between Giants-St Louis gets under way

Even their Titter profile picture facing an alteration
Before the first game of the National League
Championships Series between the Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals started at 5:15 p.m. tonight, the mayors of both cities wagered on the outcome.

October 14, 2012 | No comments yet
BART ridership soars along with surge in fans attending local sports competitions

Oct. 11 was 5th busiest day in BART's 40-year history, agency reports
BART ridership, which set a new record last week, has continued to soar this month, in part due to the success of Bay Area sports teams during the week and now the National League championship games at AT&T park.

October 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Weekly endorses Cook-Kallio for mayor; Pentin, Brown for City Council

The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed Cheryl-Cook-Kallio for mayor and Planning Commission chairman Jerry Pentin and businesswoman Karla Brown for election to the City Council in the current municipal election.

October 13, 2012 | 17 comments
Lottery ticket worth $220,648 bought here last month remains unclaimed

Winning ticket purchased at Cole's Market on First Street
A Mega Millions ticket sold in Pleasanton last month worth $220,648 remains unclaimed, California Lottery officials said yesterday.

October 13, 2012 | 2 comments
Livermore Valley Opera closes out 'La boheme' at 2 p.m. today at Bankhead

Outreach by Livermore Valley Opera helps to spread the word
Livermore Valley Opera, which has one more performance of "La boheme" at 2 p.m. today at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, has attracted large crowds through its promotional effort.

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Home sales, job creation could rise with sensible lending standards

Realtors say economy would see 'enormous benefits' with safe, sound policies
New survey findings, combined with an analysis of historic credit scores and loan performance, show home sales could be notably higher by returning to reasonably safe and sound lending standards, which also would create new jobs, according to the National Association of Realtors.

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 28-Sept. 6 and in San Ramon for Sept. 11-24.

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Seven Psychopaths'

(Three stars)
As written and directed by playwright Martin McDonagh, "Seven Psychopaths" investigates the absurdity of Southern California, where movie crime shares real estate with real crime. -- PC

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Argo'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
In 2010, when I reviewed Ben Affleck's sophomore directorial effort, "The Town," I wrote: "Ben Affleck is all grown up." Affleck doubles down on that statement with his third -- and best -- directorial undertaking, "Argo." -- TH

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
State Senator Ellen Corbett to run for Congress in 2014

'It's in her blood,' says Realtors group chief where she made announcement
State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10th) has announced to members of the Valley Real Estate Network that she plans to seek the congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark in 2014.

October 12, 2012 | 14 comments
Student performance continues to climb in Pleasanton schools

API shows subgroups slated for improvement make big gains
Pleasanton schools continue to perform well above the state standards, according to data released by the California Department of Education.

October 12, 2012 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Youth Basketball registration is under way for season start on Dec. 8

Registration is currently underway for the city's largest youth basketball program, Pleasanton Youth Basketball (PYB), operated through the Community
Services Department of the City of Pleasanton. PYB is a recreation-based sports league for boys and girls in grades 1-12 in which teams are organized by gender and grade level. All teams are guaranteed eight (8) games of play through the season, which runs from December to March, depending on the grade of the player. Games are held on Saturday's at all three Pleasanton middle school gyms. Each team has one game and one scheduled practice per week. Game play for boys in grades 1-4 will begin during the week of December 8, and ends on February 23, to avoid an overlap with baseball season in the spring. The remaining teams, both boys and girls, will commence the season during the week of January 12, 2013.

November 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Weekly endorses Cook-Kallio for mayor; Pentin, Brown for City Council

The Pleasanton Weekly today endorsed Cheryl-Cook-Kallio for mayor and Planning Commission chairman Jerry Pentin and businesswoman Karla Brown for election to the City Council in the current municipal election.

October 12, 2012 | 16 comments
Rotary Club's 'Spirit Run' set for Sunday

Event to benefit local schools, Wheelchairs for the Needy program
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its second annual Halloween Spirit Run on Sunday, Oct. 28, with proceeds to benefit the club's Wheelchairs for the Needy program, in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation.

October 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Discover Genealogy at Pleasanton Library tomorrow, Sunday

Have you wanted to discover your own family heritage but don't know where to start?
Volunteer docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pleasanton Library
to assist you in beginning your personal family history research. Please bring any information you may have about the town or country your grandparents were living in circa 1920 to 1940.

October 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Lawrence Livermore Lab heats up cold cases

New procedures could help police in identifying bodies more quickly
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher and a team of international collaborators have discovered a multidisciplinary approach to identifying the remains of missing persons.

October 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Safeway's Russ Jackson named to HR publication's honor roll

Developed program to recruit returning veterans for key company jobs
Russ Jackson, senior vice president of Human Resources at Safeway Inc. in Pleasanton, has been named by Human Resource Executive magazine to the influential 2012 HR Honor Roll. Jackson was recognized Tuesday by the publication at a black tie awards dinner at the University Club of Chicago.

October 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Amelia's Deli closes its downtown restaurant

Search on for new tenants at Amelia's, also Domus on Main Street
Amelia's Deli, a popular downtown daytime restaurant at 55 W. Angela St., has closed after the number of patrons slackened due to weak economic conditions.

October 10, 2012 | 41 comments
CVS planning two new drug stores in Pleasanton

New buildings at opposite sides of town will dwarf Walgreens, which is building its new store in Livermore
CVS Pharmacy, one of the country's largest drug store chains, plans to build two new retail outlets in Pleasanton with stores in the Safeway Gateway Center and the Rose Pavilion opening in 2013.

October 10, 2012 | 17 comments
Sheriff Mirkarimi keeps his job, gets back pay after 9-month suspension by San Francisco mayor

Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge after grabbing wife's arm during argument
Ross Mirkarimi will be reinstated as San Francisco's sheriff after the city's Board of Supervisors fell two votes short of upholding official misconduct charges against him Tuesday night

October 10, 2012 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Weekly candidates forum airs tonight on Channel 29

The Pleasanton Weekly candidates forum will be broadcast at 7 p.m. tonight on public television's Channel 29 and again at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 30. Melissa Tench-Stevens, TV30's executive director, said the 90-minute debate will be broadcast at other times through Election Day as time permits on the community television channels.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to host Fire Safety Expo tomorrow

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) joins the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in recognizing Fire Prevention Week will host a free Fire Safety Expo on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The event will be held at the Fire Training Tower located at 3301 Busch Road in Pleasanton from 8 a.m. to noon.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
2 Oregon farmers win top prizes at 39th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

'It must be something in the soil up there,"winning farmer says
An Oregon man has won the 39th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off held in downtown Half Moon Bay Monday morning.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Community workshop on parks, recreation master plan slated for next Monday

Plan will serve as guideline for changing scope of parks, recreation activities
The city of Pleasanton will host its first community workshop next Monday to develop a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Family distraught over theft of dog

'I just miss my dog so much,' daughter says
The break-in and theft of a family pet Monday morning has left a 15-year-old Pleasanton girl heartbroken.

October 9, 2012 | 12 comments
Brown moves to ease fuel regulations, possibly leading to lower gas prices

Early switch to winter blend could increase supply 8-10%
The California Air Resources Board has announced that it is easing some restrictions on gasoline production in response to a directive issued by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 9, 2012 | 4 comments
Plans for northbound I-680 express lane between state routes 237 and 84 to be aired tonight

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in cooperation with the Alameda County Transportation Commission will hold a public scoping session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hearst Elementary School multi-purpose room, 5301 Case Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in the northbound direction of I-680 from to the Hwy. 84 exit just north of the Sunol Grade.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Cal vs. Stanford: Big Game will arrive early and be played early

First game not played in November.December since 1892
The 115th Big Game between Stanford and Cal on Oct. 20 will begin at noon, as announced Monday by the Pac-12 Conference.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Woman killed in Pleasanton crash Sunday identified as Vallejo resident

Car veered off freeway into ditch, ejecting driver
A woman who was killed in a car crash in Pleasanton Sunday morning has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Office as Leslie Flores, 21, of Vallejo.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Tuesday morning news from around the Bay

President Barack Obama arrived in the Bay Area for a visit that
included two fundraisers in San Francisco Monday afternoon.

October 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to hear latest state funding estimates at tonight's meeting

Awaiting election, state budget numbers in November
The Pleasanton School board will get an update on the latest financial news from the state at its meeting tonight. The update has been scheduled to take only about five minutes.

October 9, 2012 | 31 comments
Pleasanton Youth Basketball registration is under way

Registration is currently underway for the city's largest youth basketball program, Pleasanton Youth Basketball (PYB), operated through the Community
Services Department of the City of Pleasanton. PYB is a recreation-based sports league for boys and girls in grades 1-12 in which teams are organized by gender and grade level. All teams are guaranteed eight (8) games of play through the season, which runs from December to March, depending on the grade of the player. Games are held on Saturday's at all three Pleasanton middle school gyms. Each team has one game and one scheduled practice per week. Game play for boys in grades 1-4 will begin during the week of December 8, and ends on February 23, to avoid an overlap with baseball season in the spring. The remaining teams, both boys and girls, will commence the season during the week of January 12, 2013.

October 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Chamber to host speakers advocating tax increases at its Wednesday forum

Art Dao, executive director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission and Kevin Walthers, president of Las Positas College, will speak Wednesday at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's "Pleasanton 2015" forum. Dao will provide facts about Measure B1, a proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot that would raise the current half-cents sales tax for transportation by another half-cents. Walthers will talk about Measure I, a parcel tax also on the Nov. 6 ballot for the college. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Chamber's offices at 777 Peters Ave.

October 8, 2012 | 1 comment
PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Erlene DeMarcus

City Council candidate helped bring BART to Pleasanton
Erlene DeMarcus is a recognized transportation expert who has spent a career working for the betterment of our community.

October 8, 2012 | 24 comments
BART ridership hits new record over weekend

Major events in San Francisco, high gas prices boost ridership
BART ridership hit a new record high on Saturday and was expected to spike again yesterday when the numbers are reported, the transit agency announced.

October 8, 2012 | No comments yet
All lanes open after fatal crash on I-680 near Sunol Boulevard exit

Car veers off roadway into ditch, killing driver
All lanes are open this morning in I-680 in Pleasanton after a crash killed one person, according to the California Highway Patrol.

October 7, 2012 | No comments yet
New Cal State University chancellor to earn $421,500 plus $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation

Timothy White replacing Chancellor Charles Reed in December
Timothy White, now head of UC Riverside, will take over as chancellor of the California State University system in late December with an annual salary of $421,500, with a CSU standard benefits package and a $30,000 supplement from CSU Foundation sources.

October 6, 2012 | 8 comments
Pleasanton students 'walk and roll' as part of international event

Kindergartener Anthony Sowul and his mom Agnes (left) look over treats offered to students from Alisal Elementary as part of the International Walk and Roll to School Day.

October 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools post gains in meeting 'No Child Left Behind' goals

California Standards Test shows Asians, whites, Filipinos above 78% proficiency requirements
Pleasanton schools are making progress in teaching English language learners and economically disadvantaged students, according to an accountability report presented to the school board at its most recent meeting.

October 6, 2012 | 9 comments
Review: 'Taken 2'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Obviously, no one goes to "Taken 2" for an allegory of international relations, and it should be said that the picture plunks down 90 stupid but ruthlessly efficient minutes. -- PC

October 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Frankenweenie'

(Three stars)
By reaching back into his own past and movie history, the recently fumbly Tim Burton has gotten a grip with "Frankenweenie." -- PC

October 5, 2012 | No comments yet
'Get What You Want' author will talk to book fans today at Towne Center Books

Tony Burroughs, author of "Get What You Want," will talk about his life and life-long mission to guide others in the art of manifesting the best in themselves at 11 a.m. today at Towne Center Books in downtown Pleasanton. The tenet of the book is simple, powerful and profound: "that which you are reaching toward is also reaching out toward you." Burroughs is an author, storyteller, and a co-founder of The Intenders of the Highest Good, a grassroots community movement with Intenders Circles in countries all over the world. Also today, the Brain Quest Challenge will meet at the bookstore at 8 p.m. This is a free event sponsored by Workman Publishing and Chrysler. All ages are welcome but this event is especially geared for ages 8-12.

October 5, 2012 | No comments yet
TV30 to broadcast Pleasanton Weekly's candidates forum tonight

90-minute debate gives candidates ample time to tell voters how they would govern city if elected
A 90-minute candidates forum hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly and featuring those seeking election as mayor and to the City Council will broadcast by Tri-Valley Community Television on Channel 30 at 7 p.m. tonight.

October 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Riverside educator named chancellor of Cal State University system

Takes over in late December from Charles Reed, who is retiring
California State University officials named a new chancellor yesterday.

October 4, 2012 | 3 comments
At-risk missing adult located by Pleasanton police

20-year-old gone overnight from home, found Friday
The Pleasanton Police Department has located Diane Taylor who was reported missing on Oct. 4.

October 4, 2012 | 4 comments
Memorial service today for Robert Lee Vannatter Jr., 91, WWII paratrooper

Awarded French Legion of Honor last year for his heroic efforts
Robert Lee Vannatter Jr., 91, who parachuted into Europe with the 507th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment, died Aug. 27, and his life is being celebrated from 1-4 p.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton.

October 4, 2012 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Council OKs county waste collection plan, nixes final housing settlement

2-2 vote fails to adopt measure that would end state confrontation
With only four City Council members at their meeting Tuesday and with Mayor Jennifer Hosterman traveling, a measure giving more authority to a waste management agency passed 4-0 but a housing element amendment failed to gain approval with a split 2-2 vote.

October 4, 2012 | 10 comments
PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Erlene DeMarcus

City Council candidate helped bring BART to Pleasanton
Erlene DeMarcus is a recognized transportation expert who has spent a career working for the betterment of our community.

October 4, 2012 | 24 comments
With Halloween coming, Museum on Main books horror film reviewer for tonight's lecture

John Stanley to discuss 1950s monster movie boom
TV horror host John Stanley will talk about the movie monster boom during the 1950s and discuss his recent publication, "The Gang That Shot Up Hollywood" tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

October 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Home sales continue to improve across U.S.

Sales up 8.3% in West, with median price 16.3% higher than August 2011
Home sales in many parts of the country continued to improve in August with the national median price rising on a year-over-year basis for the sixth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors, an industry trade group.

October 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 24-28 and in San Ramon for Sept. 5-12.

October 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Robbery fails at Chase Bank in Pleasanton, succeeds at a Chase branch in Livermore

Plus, other Pleasanton police reports through Oct. 2
It was a zero-sum game for Pleasanton police and two would-be bandits who attempted to hold up Chase Bank Tuesday. The suspects failed to get any cash and, so far, also got away.

October 4, 2012 | 9 comments
PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Karla Brown

Council candidate says she is only one endorsed by Sierra Club
By Karla Brown
I am a Pleasanton businesswoman and 20 year resident of Pleasanton. Together with my husband Tim, we have raised three daughters in Pleasanton. I earned a Business degree from San Jose State University and have earned many awards and accolades in my business career.

October 3, 2012 | 26 comments
Tri-Valley Heroes

Recognizing Excellence in our Community this Holiday Season
We are happy to announce that we will recognize the true, yet often anonymous, Tri-Valley Heroes this holiday season through a series of feature articles honoring eight individuals or groups for their positive influence on the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents. We will feature two Heroes each week beginning Nov. 23 and concluding Dec. 14.

October 3, 2012 | No comments yet
PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE~Jerry Pentin

By Jerry Pentin

This election is very important to the future of Pleasanton, as it will bring significant change to the city council. We need strong leadership to help sustain the healthy, safe and vibrant community that we all enjoy.

October 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to give its final approval tonight to a plan by the Hendrick Automotive Group to demolish an existing building at 3932 Old Santa Rita Road and construct in its place a 6,260-square-foot structure to provide automotive detailing services. The city's Planning Commission approved the plan Aug. 22 and the council earlier gave its approval on Sept. 18. Tonight's action is to approve the ordinance affecting the Hendrick plan a second time, as required by city rules. The City Council meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

October 2, 2012 | No comments yet
World War II combat airman, 91, to tell his story at Las Positas College today

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (Ret.), 91, will discuss his experiences as a member of the "greatest generation" at a public lecture at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Las Positas College. He received his pilot's wings in July 1944 and was based in Ramitelli, Italy. While on his 18th combat mission on August 2, he was shot down over southern France. After being held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland he was freed by General George Patton's Third Army. He is best known as a member of the 332nd P-51 Red Tail Fighter Group, celebrated as the "Tuskegee Airmen," and as the author of "Red Tail Captured-Red Tail Free" - his personal World War II story. He will be speaking in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts.

October 2, 2012 | 4 comments
Studio Seven to display Hines art collections through Nov. 5

Studio Seven Arts, the top destination for fine art, handcrafted jewelry, and custom framing in downtown Pleasanton, is hosting a new figurative art exhibition featuring Hines. His latest collection of figurative paintings, the Totems collection, represents an allegorical aspect of paintings providing a deeper meaning. Hines' paintings will be on display through November 5 at the arts studio, which is located at 400 Main St.

October 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Adolescent isues

This is the fourth in our series on suicides
With more young adults dying from suicide than from cancer, the Pleasanton school district is paying attention to the problem and is encouraging others to as well.

October 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Survivor's stories

This is the third in our series on suicide
While the bulk of people who attempt suicide are suffering from depression or another treatable mental illness -- 90 percent, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness -- that's not always the case. Caitlin Coblentz, now 22, attempted suicide in 2004 during her freshman year at Amador Valley High School. She was 14.

October 4, 2012 | 1 comment
Those left behind

This is the second in our series on suicide
While those who commit suicide hope to end their own pain, the suffering they leave behind can last family members and friends for the rest of their lives. Akio Takami's son, Satoshi, committed suicide in April 2009 after several prior attempts. He'd been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder.

October 2, 2012 | No comments yet
New book club meets tonight to deal with challenges of success

Parents of teens invited to first meeting Tuesday night -- even if they haven't read book
A new book club is meeting at the Pleasanton library tonight to discuss "The Price of Privilege" by Dr. Madelyn Levine, a book that explores whether teens from affluent families have more problems than expected.

October 1, 2012 | 1 comment
Drivers of buses for handicapped children threaten to strike today in Pleasanton

Bus strike could affect riders in Pleasanton school district
The Pleasanton school district is gearing up for a possible strike by bus drivers for physically-challenged students.

October 1, 2012 | 47 comments
Accused Oikos University shooter's case suspended, mental evaluation ordered

2007 foothill grad among victims in April 2 shooting
A judge has suspended criminal proceedings against a man accused of killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oakland's Oikos University earlier this year after the man's lawyer questioned his mental competency to stand trial. Among the seven shot to death was Grace Eunhea Kim, 23, a 2007 graduate of Foothill High.

October 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Mayor's Award for 2012 goes to 'Kids Against Hunger' director Sherri Leal

Organization has delivered one million meals in past two years
Sherri Leal, director of the satellite branch of "Kids Against Hunger" in Pleasanton since 2010 that has delivered one million meals to children in Haiti, the Philippines and Somalia, was presented with the Mayor's Award by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman Friday night.

October 1, 2012 | 7 comments
World War II combat airman, 91, to tell his story at Las Positas College Wednesday

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (Ret.), 91, will discuss his experiences as a member of the "greatest generation" at a public lecture at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Las Positas College. He received his pilot's wings in July 1944 and was based in Ramitelli, Italy. While on his 18th combat mission on August 2, he was shot down over southern France. After being held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland he was freed by General George Patton's Third Army. He is best known as a member of the 332nd P-51 Red Tail Fighter Group, celebrated as the "Tuskegee Airmen," and as the author of "Red Tail Captured-Red Tail Free" - his personal World War II story. He will be speaking in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts.

October 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Valley Montessori School sponsoring Harvest Festival tomorrow

Valley Montessori School in Livermore will host a Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at its facilities at 1273 North Livermore Avenue in Livermore. The event will feature free activities for all ages, including live music by "Bones," a scarecrow garden, a petting zoo, game booths and gym activities. Lunch will be available "on the grid" from local food trucks including Lobster Shack. Games and activities will support various local charities chosen by VMS students, and teachers. Non-perishable food will be collected for donation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Valley Montessori School is located at 1273 North Livermore Avenue in Livermore.

October 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Congregation Beth Emek launches fall lecture series Wednesday

The fall 2012 lecture series at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton starts Wednesday with an exploration of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and concludes on Dec. 5 with a discussion of contemporary Tel Aviv. The in-between presentations will focus on Jewish resistance during World War II and the Middle East's non-proliferation challenges that will confront the next presidential administration. Admission to all four of the lectures is $36. Individual admission is $10. All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm. Congregation Beth Emek is located at 3400 Nevada Court in Pleasanton. For more information, call (510) 318-6453

October 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Temperature could reach 103 degrees today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Another Spare the Air day called for Monday
Air quality in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today is forecast to reach unhealthy levels for a third day in a row, prompting another Spare the Air alert for Monday, according to Bay Area air quality officials.

October 1, 2012 | 7 comments
Two local organizations endorse Thorne for Pleasanton mayor, Pentin, DeMarcus for City Council

Recommendations follow meetings of Bay East Realtors, Pleasanton Chamber's political action committee
The political action committee of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Friday endorsed City Councilman Jerry Thorne for mayor in the upcoming municipal election on Nov. 6 and Planning Commission Chairman Jerry Pentin and transportation consultant Erlene DeMarcus for election to the Pleasanton City Council.

October 1, 2012 | 22 comments
2nd consecutive 'Spare the Air' alert issued for today as hot weather stays in Tri-Valley

Temperatures could soar near 100 degrees by mid-afternoon
Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for a second day in a row in the Bay Area today, prompting another Spare the Air alert for Sunday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

September 30, 2012 | No comments yet
19 veterans sue government leaders for failing to protect them against rape, sexual assaults

'Victims are put on trial and told they have asked to be raped,' San Mateo congresswoman charges
Lawyers for 19 veterans of the U.S. Army and Air Force filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco yesterday alleging that top government officials failed to protect them against rape and sexual assaults while they were on active duty.

September 29, 2012 | 6 comments
UC Berkeley to honor slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya at today's game against Arizona State

Chris Stevens earned bachelor's degree in history at Berkeley in 1982.
The University of California at Berkeley community will hold a moment of silence at today's home football game for slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

September 29, 2012 | No comments yet
S.F City college, facing financial, accreditation problems, to close some facilities

High salary increases, generous benefits for employees cited as major problem
City College of San Francisco officials on Thursday voted to close three facilities as part of a move to turn around the community college's
finances and save its accreditation.

September 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Pitch Perfect'

(Three stars)
Some films make you weep; others make you squirm. Then there are those that simply make you smile. "Pitch Perfect" falls into the third category thanks to its strong script, charming cast and catchy soundtrack. -- TH

September 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Looper'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made quite a trek since "3rd Rock from the Sun." But of all the quality projects Gordon-Levitt has been involved with, "Looper" may well be the catalyst for his launch into superstardom. -- TH

September 28, 2012 | No comments yet
'World Walk to Wellness' hosting walk through Sunol tomorrow

A group called "World Walk to Wellness," which is open to the public, will walk through Sunol tomorrow for both exercise and to see the community just south of Pleasanton. To join in the walk, meet Ron Sutton, the World Walk organizer, at 9 a.m. at Sunol's town park for the hour-long walk. The group will end the walk with a no-host breakfast at the Railroad Cafe in Sunol. For more information, email www.walks@worldwalktowellness.org.

September 28, 2012 | 2 comments
PLEASANTON MAYORAL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Jerry Thorne

Councilman says qualifications for mayor include 17 years of public service, 40 years in key corporate positions
By Jerry Thorne
It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as your Council member and three terms as vice mayor since I was first elected in 2005. You honored me by reelecting me in 2006 and 2010 with more votes than any other candidate for local office in Pleasanton.

September 28, 2012 | 19 comments
Lockout ends: Castlewood workers will return to work Oct. 16

Country club agrees to end lockout, negotiate new contract
The lockout of Castlewood workers is over. Workers will return to their old jobs at the country club Oct. 16 under terms of their old contract, according to a news release from UNITE HERE Local 2850.

September 27, 2012 | 30 comments
Suicides: more common than murder

10th leading cause of death for adults, 3rd for young adults
Seventeen-year-old Tricia Martin may be Pleasanton's latest casualty in an ongoing trend that claims nearly 34,000 people every year in the United States. Martin, a senior at Village High School, was one of two people found dead in a Newark motel on Sept. 14, in what police describe as a double suicide or murder-suicide.

September 30, 2012 | 16 comments
Senior Players presenting cast of kooks at 2 p.m. today

Pothole leads to lots of laughs in comedy at Firehouse Arts Theater
If you like to smile, chuckle and laugh out loud, check out the Firehouse Arts Center this afternoon.

September 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Police dispatcher busted for drug possession

Search of home turned up 'illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia'
A police department employee has been placed on administrative leave after a search of her home turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.

September 27, 2012 | 26 comments
Home builders' awards contest deadline nears

Awards to go to firms, professionals who have improved safety in their industry
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now accepting applications for the 2012 NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award For Excellence.

September 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Baby changing station at downtown Pleasanton park set on fire

Police officer spots smoke, puts out blaze with patrol car extinguisher
A baby changing station in the women's room at DeLucchi Park in downtown Pleasanton was set on fire Sept. 21, according to police reports.

September 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Watch the presidential debate tonight at 6 p.m., then come over to see the Pleasanton candidates debate live tomorrow night

2 seeking mayor's post and 3 for Pleasanton City Council to face voters at free, pubic debate
Be sure to watch presidential debate starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time tonight, and then come over to the Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave. tomorrow night for the Pleasanton Weekly's free, live, community-wide debate for candidates in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

September 27, 2012 | No comments yet
PLEASANTON MAYORAL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Cheryl Cook-Kallio

Councilwoman urges voters to choose her as Pleasanton's next mayor
by Cheryl Cook-Kallio
Twenty-five years ago I chose to raise my family in Pleasanton because it was a safe, vibrant city with excellent schools and a strong sense of community. Pleasanton retains these outstanding qualities.

September 27, 2012 | 36 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 16-22 and in San Ramon for Aug. 25-30.

September 27, 2012 | No comments yet
TVCF files for liquidation bankruptcy

Owes more than $150,000, including debts to local groups
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy with more than $153,000 in debts, and leaving some charities without funds owed them, according to bankruptcy documents filed Sept. 24. Among the debts left behind by the TVCF is $33,000 owed to the Tri-Valley Rotary Club; $25,000 owed to Amador Valley Education; and $11,000 owed to the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, court records show.

September 27, 2012 | 4 comments
Livermore man and woman plead no contest in drug lab explosion death

Plea deal avoids longer prison sentence
A Livermore couple who had been charged with murder for a drug-related explosion that killed a man last year have pleaded no contest to lesser charges and avoided lengthy prison terms.

September 27, 2012 | 4 comments
PPIE's 'Bon Appétit' fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 6 at California Center

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education will host Bon Appétit, its 9th annual culinary event, from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the California Center, 4400 Rosewood Drive, Pleasanton. Tickets cost $65 and are being sold every Wednesday, including today, at elementary schools throughout the city. Whichever school sells the most tickets will receive a $200 cash prize that will go to its parents' club. Proceeds from the Oct. 6 event will support PPIE's fundraising efforts and its Pleasanton school district grant program for students and faculty.

September 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Comcast closing California call centers, including Livermore's, due to state's high cost of doing business here

1,000 get pink slips as jobs move to Oregon, Washington, Colorado Nov. 30
Comcast will close its three call centers in California before Christmas and move the 1,000 jobs to Oregon, Washington and Colorado. One of the centers is in Livermore.

September 26, 2012 | 65 comments
Not registered? Do it on Election Day and vote same day

'Voting, a sacred right of every citizen, should be 'simple and convenient,' Brown says
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a bill that makes it easier for Californians to vote by allowing same-day voter registration.

September 26, 2012 | 10 comments
Brown signs bill that seeks to halt underage drinking on charter buses

New law comes after 19-year-old died in car crash after being served alcohol earlier on 'party' bus
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 45 into law Sunday, too late for 19-year-old Brett Studebaker, who died in a 2010 drunken-driving crash, but hopefully before others served drinks on a party bus suffer the same fate.

September 26, 2012 | 5 comments
49ers new Santa Clara stadium already 200-foot-high steel skeleton with 50-yard line in center

15% done with opening game set for 2014 season
The new San Francisco 49ers Stadium in Santa Clara is already a towering steel skeleton that rises nearly 200 feet high above a large lot near the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and Tasman Drive.

September 26, 2012 | 2 comments
USE1008112~Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club meets Thursday

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11, in Alisal Eelementary School's multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Charles Harder, a member of the Valley Bonsai Club, will explain and demonstrate techniques of the art of Bonsai. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Bev at 925-485-7812 or visit 222.lavgc.org.

September 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly's candidates' forum starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight

Doors open at 6 p.m. for free, public debate in City Council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave.
Candidates for mayor and the Pleasanton City Council will respond to voters' questions and tell the community how they would govern the city at tonight's Candidates Forum starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the City Council chambers, an event hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly.

September 25, 2012 | 2 comments
Council candidate Karla Brown to host fundraiser later today

Event planned for her downtown office at Prudential California Realty
Pleasanton City Council candidate Karla Brown will host a wine and cheese fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. today in the ground floor offices of Prudential California Realty, 4725 First St.

September 25, 2012 | 20 comments
Mayors play a bit of Jeopardy at annual public gathering together

Hosterman urges voters to approve Measure B1 sales tax measure on Nov. 6
Tri-Valley mayors played Jeopardy in front of more than 300 of their constituents at their annual Tri-Valley Mayors Summit, but it was hardly the fun and game version that's popular on TV.

September 25, 2012 | 3 comments
Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter

Concerns about possible salmonella contamination force grocery store to recall Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter
Trader Joe's has issued a recall of its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter out of concern that it could possibly be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday.

September 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore homeowner shot during drug-related robbery

Police say home invasion on Paseo Laguna Seco was 'isolated incident'
Police detectives have determined that a home invasion robbery that ended in a shooting Saturday night in Livermore was drug-related.

September 25, 2012 | 1 comment
More than 1,000 fill Pleasanton park for animal welfare festival

4-hour-long Paws in the Park event offers Frisbee tosses, other games, contests for different breeds, all sizes of dogs
More than 1,000 filled Amador Valley Community Park in Pleasanton Sunday for the Valley Humane Society's second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival today to raise money to support animal shelter and community services.

September 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Foothill's 21-14 win over Monte Vista adds to Sweeney legacy

Crowds fill Sweeney Athletic Complex to celebrate Matt Sweeney's victory, 25 years as school's football coach
Foothill High defeated Danville's Monte Vista Mustangs 21-14 Friday in a game that also marked Foothill coach Matt Sweeney's 25 years as head coach of the Falcon football team.

September 24, 2012 | 3 comments
Southbound I-680 reopened after fatal crash closed freeway at Stoneridge at 3:30 a.m. today

Traffic snarled back to Alcosta as southbound commuters were diverted onto Foothill Road
A stretch of southbound interstate Highway 680 in Pleasanton was closed for more than three hours starting at 3:30 a.m. today due to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian at the Stoneridge overpass.

September 24, 2012 | 8 comments
Copper wire theft affects Hayward High's football program

Lights, scoreboard, even snack bar no longer have power
Hayward High School's football program suffered a blow this week when the copper wiring was stolen from the field where the team plays its games.

September 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Funeral service at 4 p.m. today for former Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Bob Wright

Retired electrician active in civic, city affairs; ran for City Council in 2002
A service celebrating the life of Robert Allen (Bob) Wright, a 31-year resident of Pleasanton, will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Pleasanton Senior Center.

September 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Unemployment rates drop in Bay Area, but remain high in Alameda, Santa Clara counties

Unemployment rates fell in the Bay Area and in California as a whole in August, according to a report released today by state employment
officials.

September 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Study continues on reopening waterslides

Park District getting ready to ask for project bids
A report on the Shadow Cliffs waterslides has concluded that the popular facility could be reopened after repairs are made to the electrical equipment, decks and fences, plunge pools and to the slides themselves.

September 25, 2012 | 3 comments
Raeside out as Tri-Valley Convention Bureau chief

Announcement made quietly Sept. 11 without notice to media
The Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that Grant Raeside resigned from his position as president and chief executive officer effective Sept. 10.

September 21, 2012 | 3 comments
Review: 'Trouble with the Curve'

(Two stars)
Slogging through the first 75 minutes of "Trouble with the Curve" is akin to watching a scoreless baseball game that doesn't get exciting until the ninth inning. But several solid performances and the presence of iconic actor Clint Eastwood offer some relief. -- TH

September 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Master'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The film's unequivocal pleasures are Mihai Malaimare Jr.'s photography (shot on rare, extra-sharp 65mm film), brilliant period production design by David Crank and Jack Fisk, and the performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. -- PC

September 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board meets tonight after postponing Tuesday session

The Pleasanton Unified School District will meet starting at 7 p.m. tonight after postponing its regular Tuesday night meeting this week in observance of the Jewish religious day of Yom Kippur. As usual, the meeting will be held in the Board Room at 4665 Bernal Ave.ill begin at 7 p.m., with closed session at 5 p.m.

September 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society holding animal welfare festival Sunday in Amador Valley Community Park

The Valley Humane Society will hold its second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival to raise money to support animal shelter and community services from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at Amador Valley Community Park, located behind the aquatic center. The Pleasanton Weekly is a sponsor of the event.

September 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Mohr Elementary posting pinwheels today as part of International Day of Peace

Mohr Elementary School is taking part in an
International Pinwheels for Peace art and literacy project today with students "planting" pinwheels with messages of peace in the park that adjoins
the campus. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two
art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as for students to express their feelings about what's going on in
the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21, Students at Mohr are creating pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, and writing thoughts about
"peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their
feelings. Families are welcome to make their own to add to the collection.

September 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Green Scene energy event brings in more vendors and more consumers

1,000 turn out, despite construction work that blocked traffic
Pleasanton's Green Scene environmental fair is growing, with its highest attendance so far, about 1,000 people who turned out for the lunchtime event, despite roadwork on Hopyard Road that made it difficult to reach. Part of the high turnout is a change in the focus of the event, according to Laura Ryan, the city's energy and sustainability manager.

September 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Federal parolee arrested in Sept. 11 Bank of America robbery

Seized while driving on Black Avenue in car spotted at robbery site
An Oakland man on federal parole for bank robbery was arrested Wednesday as a suspect in last week's robbery of the Bank of America branch at 6005 Stoneridge Drive at Hopyard Road Sept. 11.

September 20, 2012 | 11 comments
Home sales drop across state, but prices rise

Housing supply down 30% from 2011, Realtor group reports
California home sales declined in August but continued to maintain a strong pace, recording five consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains while the median price reached a four-year high, the California Association of Realtors reported this week.

September 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 16-22 and in San Ramon for Aug. 25-30.

September 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Registry check at Pleasanton's Motel 6 nets prostitution arrest

Police find ad soliciting sex for money posted on website
A Sacramento woman was arrested for prostitution at about 2:04 a.m. Sept. 16 after a routine registry check at Motel 6 in the 5100 block of Hopyard Road, according to police reports.

September 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Free Green Scene Fair at Hacienda Business Park today

The city of Pleasanton and Hacienda Business Park companies will present the third annual Green Scene Fair on Thursday, September 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at Hacienda West, 3825-3875 Hopyard Road, located at the northeast corner of Hopyard Road and West Las Positas Boulevard in Pleasanton. This comprehensive Green Scene Fair will feature more than 100 exhibitors specializing in green practices, products and services. Exhibitors will provide demonstrations and information on green building materials, landscape design, solar power and energy efficient products, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, health and nutrition products, locally sourced food, commute and transportation options, and more.

September 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Everything on sale at Domus as popular Main Street store shuts down, again

Owner says it's time to retire, spend more time with her Los Altos family
Domus, the popular kitchen and home accessories retailer on Pleasanton's Main Street, is now open with a store-wide sale and deep discounts on everything including fixtures as owner Margaret Smith prepares to close the store, again.

September 20, 2012 | 24 comments
ACLU seeks ban on police taking DNA samples of felony arrest suspects

'Forced search and seizure,' lawyer tells 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday to block a California law requiring police to collect a DNA sample from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.

September 20, 2012 | No comments yet
City College of S.F. on brink of insolvency, state takeover

Has twice as many full-time faculty as at similarly-sized community colleges, study shows
City College of San Francisco could be on the brink of insolvency because of high spending that is at odds with ongoing funding cuts from the
state level, according to a financial review of the school released Tuesday.

September 20, 2012 | 6 comments
Enjoy free ice cream, bundt cakes as BART celebrates 40th anniversary

Transit system launches give-away of 40,000 free rides for Bay Area students starting today
This month marks 40 years of BART service and the transit system is ready to celebrate with ice cream giveaways, free field trip tickets for
school children and plenty of vintage BART photos to reminisce.

September 20, 2012 | 3 comments
Valley Humane Society holding animal welfare festival today in Pleasanton

4-hour-long Paws in the Park event starts at 11 a.m. in Amador Valley Community Park
The Valley Humane Society will hold its second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival today to raise money to support animal shelter and community services.

September 21, 2012 | 1 comment
Dublin hires new Community Development director

Nationwide recruitment leads to Luke Sims, who has same job in San Leandro
Following a nationwide recruitment, Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo has appointed Luke Sims, Community Development Director for the city of San Leandro, to the position of Community Development Director in Dublin.

September 20, 2012 | 2 comments
Cheers and checks at Walmart grand opening

Foundation gives $21,000 in grants to community organizations
A large crowd of eager shoppers gathered early Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of San Ramon's first Walmart Neighborhood Market, which filled a vacant storefront at 9100 Alcosta Boulevard.

September 20, 2012 | 9 comments
Basket-making traditions and more on tap today at Musuem on Main

Event being held in conjunction with Indian Basketry exhibit
Learn more about basket making by the early Bay Area Indians at a special event this Saturday being hosted by the Museum on Main. Experts will make presentations on regional basket-making traditions, the uses of various types of baskets and the ceremonies surrounding basket making.

September 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Mike Harris drops out of Pleasanton City Council race

Decision comes too late to take his name off Nov. 6 ballot
Mike Harris, a Pleasanton resident and software engineer, said Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign for the Pleasanton City Council for "personal reasons."

September 19, 2012 | 1 comment
BART hearing today will look at environmental issues affecting extending service to Livermore

4.8 mile route would add tracks along I-580 to new station at Isabel
BART officials will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. tonight on its plan to extend train service to Livermore.

September 19, 2012 | 5 comments
Council OKs $15-million Bernal Community Park project

New fees, reserves, East Bay Park District seen as major sources of funds for new sports fields, wooded enclave
The good times are back, or so it seems in Pleasanton.

September 19, 2012 | 29 comments
Space Shuttle Endeavour flyover pushed back an hour to give fog time to burn off

Chabot Space & Science Center to open at 8 a.m. to provide 'close-up' views of piggybacked shuttle
The Space Shuttle Endeavour's once-in-a-lifetime flight over the Bay Area this morning has been pushed back an hour to give more time for fog to burn off.

September 19, 2012 | 4 comments
Haggerty, 2 other Alameda County supervisors, endorse for Cook-Kallio Pleasanton mayor

Candidate's list of supporters includes former Pleasanton mayors, council members
Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty, Richard Valle and Nate Miley have endorsed Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor.

September 19, 2012 | 35 comments
Pans in Fire celebrates new store opening starting today

Pans on Fire, a boutique kitchen store that offers cooking classes and parties, will hold a grand re-opening celebration starting today, Sept. 20, and running through Sunday, Sept. 23. The store recently relocated from downtown Pleasanton to a larger, redesigned store at 3059-JK Hopyard Road, in the Hopyard Center at Valley Avenue and Hopyard Road.
Owner Linda Wyner said the store will have demonstrations, drawings and deals, and a special gala reception on Friday evening. For more information, call the store at (925) 600-7267.

September 19, 2012 | 1 comment
Walmart to open San Ramon Neighborhood Market, five others today

Pleasanton store will open in mid-2013 at former Nob Hill market, Walmart says
San Ramon's Walmart Neighborhood Market will open at 7:30 a.m. today in the grocery space vacant since 2010 at the Country Club Village Shopping Center at 9100 Alcosta Blvd., with its new Pleasanton store scheduled to open next year.

September 18, 2012 | 27 comments
Livermore Valley Opera will perform highlights of La Boheme at free event tomorrow

Friends of the Livermore Library underwriting performance at city's library
Professional singers of the Livermore Valley Opera will perform highlights of their upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

September 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore woman killed in crash near city's airport

Collision at Isabel Avenue, East Jack London Boulevard results in 3rd Livermore traffic fatality this year
A Livermore woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Livermore Monday morning, police said.

September 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Callippe hosting 3rd annual Pro-Am fundraiser today

Golfers to raise funds for Amador Valley High School 'Living Skills' program
The 3rd annual Callippe Preserve Golf Course Pro Am Fundraiser is being held today, a benefit for Amador Valley High School's "Independent Living Skills (ILS)" program.

September 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Presbyterians to host Pleasanton candidates forum tonight

Centerpointe Presbyterian Church will host a "Meet the Candidates Night" starting at 7 p.m. tonight at its church, which is located at the intersection of Busch Road and Valley Avenue. Candidates for Pleasanton mayor and City Council will speak and take questions from the audience. The candidates are council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne for mayor, and Karla Brown, Erlene DeMarcus, Mike Harris and Jerry Pentin for City Council. For more information, call Howard Neely at (925) 462 3346.

September 17, 2012 | 32 comments
East Bay Stand Down wraps up its 4-day event as homeless veterans head back to where they were

Group's goal at Fairgrounds event was to provide needed services, a bit of cheer
Hundreds of Bay Area homeless veterans are back to wherever they were a week ago after four days of special care during the East Bay Stand Down at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 15, 2012 | 11 comments
Review: 'Arbitrage'

(Three stars)
The "having it all" lifestyle of the CEO played by Richard Gere in "Arbitrage" may not be very relatable, but his nightmare scenario of losing it all should ring a bell for most people. -- PC

September 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Youth & Government rummage sale set for tomorrow

Search for treasures at the Tri-Valley YMCA Youth and Government Program's rummage sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Tri-Valley YMCA, 6693 Sierra Lane, Dublin. Lots of great items and all at bargain prices! Call 263-4444 or visit www.trivalleyymca.org.

September 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Sleep Train's dollar drive to provide funds for foster children

To help make sure all foster kids get the chance to experience the wonderful life events that shape us all, Sleep Train is hosting its Dollar Drive through Nov. 4. Dollar donations can be made online at www.secure.sleeptrain.com/donations.aspx or at any Sleep Train store. Call 800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

September 17, 2012 | No comments yet
New publisher, owner for Embarcadero Media's Pacific Sun

Award-winning Marin County weekly acquired by long-time executive of Pleasanton Weekly's parent company
Marin County's Pacific Sun newspaper, a weekly journal that has chronicled the life and politics of the region for almost 50 years, has been acquired by one of the shareholders of the current owner.

September 14, 2012 | 1 comment
Pentin campaigns for City Council seat at Sunol estate fundraiser

Tells voters he has experience needed to address issues 'very important to future of Pleasanton'
Pleasanton City Council candidate Jerry Pentin's supporters joined in one of this year's election season's more elegant fundraisers Thursday night at the Bella Rosa estate of Marlene and Bill Rebello on Foothill Road in Sunol.

September 14, 2012 | 10 comments
6 arrested at suspected drug house in Livermore

Narcotics-related search warrant at Coronado Way home leads to multiple charges against suspected gang members
A newly formed Livermore police unit led an arrest of six people Thursday at a home that is part of an ongoing drug investigation, Livermore police said.

September 14, 2012 | 1 comment
3 in Pleasanton victims of identity theft in past week

Also, police actions through Sept. 11
Three residents were the victims of identity theft over the last week, according to Pleasanton police reports.

September 14, 2012 | 2 comments
Dublin Elementary locked down while police searched for burglars

3 suspects jailed by police who spotted them in near Rhoda Avenue home
A Dublin elementary school was on lockdown for about an hour Tuesday while police searched for three suspected burglars who were eventually arrested, Dublin police said.

September 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Search for burglars leads to Dublin school lockdown

Three captured after K-9 search
A Dublin elementary school was on lockdown for about an hour Tuesday while police searched for three suspected burglars who were eventually arrested, Dublin police said. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving near Southwick Drive and Bloomington Way around 11:45 a.m.

September 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Weekend volunteers needed

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is a volunteer run resale shop in Pleasanton. They accept donations 7 days a week of good quality, gently used, clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, and other household items. They invite
you to bring your talent, time and energy to help them out. American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1987 Santa Rita Road. Call 462-7374 or email Monda at Monda.wiseman@cancer.org.

September 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board backs two competing education funding bills

Grant: 'If either one passes, public education wins'
The Pleasanton School Board decided Tuesday night to hedge its bets and back both competing education spending plans up for a vote in November.

September 13, 2012 | 39 comments
Annual Pleasanton Art League show now open at Firehouse Arts Center

Harrington Gallery exhibits regional talent
The Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery is showcasing the region's artistic talent with the annual exhibit of Pleasanton Art League (PAL) members' works, which opened Saturday and is running through Oct. 20.

September 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Janet Liang dies after bone marrow transplant

Leukemia patient raised awareness of need for Asian American donors
The young Pleasanton woman whose impassioned plea for help on Youtube led to thousands of people signing up as potential bone marrow donors has died. Janet Liang, who graduated from Amador Valley High in 2005, died Tuesday, six days after receiving a transplant from a near perfect match.

September 12, 2012 | 8 comments
Brown signs bill on broker's license requirements

College-degreed applicants must have major/minor in real estate
Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that closes a loophole in an applicant's experience requirements for a real estate broker's license in California.

September 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 9-17 and in San Ramon for Aug. 17-28.

September 12, 2012 | No comments yet
The Bookstore offers $1 deals as it closes its doors

Owner decides to become personal trainer
The Bookstore on Hopyard Road at Valley is closing after 26 years, said owner Lisa Kelly, but she is excited about the new chapter opening in her life: She is becoming a personal trainer.

September 14, 2012 | 16 comments
Jewish New Year under way with special kosher wine produced by Pleasanton's Mitchell Katz winery

'Bringing together local wine culture, local Jewish community,' rabbi says
Rosh Hashanan, a Jewish holy day that marks the beginning of 10 days of repentance and spiritual renewal, began at sundown last night.

September 12, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Planning Commission to consider downtown entertainment plans tonight

The Pleasanton Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to consider, among other issues, changes in rule governing downtown entertainment facilities, programs and hours. The meeting will take place in the City Council chambers at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

September 12, 2012 | 2 comments
Stoneridge Drive BofA robbed, suspect escapes

'Threatening note' handed to teller
The Bank of America in the 6000 block of Stoneridge Drive was robbed yesterday by a man who entered the bank at around 1:35, handed the teller a note, took the money and escaped.

September 11, 2012 | 9 comments
Service scheduled at 2 p.m. today for Patricia Martin, 17

Village High School teenager died last Friday
A service celebrating the life of Patricia Martin, 17, a Village High School student who died last Friday, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Graham-Hitch funeral home, 4167 First Street in Pleasanton.

September 11, 2012 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Weekly to hold community-wide forum for municipal candidates on Oct. 4

Free, public debate will take place just 4 days before voters can start casting ballots by mail
A free, community-wide forum for candidates for Pleasanton mayor and City Council will be held Thursday evening, Oct. 4 in the Pleasanton Civic Center.

September 11, 2012 | 12 comments
Pleasanton-based Workday files for $400 million IPO

Could be largest initial public offering since botched-up Facebook offering
Pleasanton-based Workday, which provides human resource software for businesses, plans to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering of its Class A common stock, it was reported this week.

September 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Pentin for Pleasanton City Council fundraiser set for Thursday

Pleasanton City Council candidate Jerry Pentin will host a fundraising event at the "Bella Rosa" Estate on Foothill Road on Thursday. A donation of $100 is suggested from those attending. "Colonel" Fred Rutledge, known for his portrayal of Col. Theodore Roosevelt, the country's 26th president, will perform at the event. The fundraiser is being hosted by Marlene and Bill Rubello at their home at 10579 Foothill Road. For more information, contact Pentin's campaign chairman Herb Ritter at 925-997-5939 or by email at herb@ritterclan.com.

September 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton/Livermore HR commissions holding joint meeting tonight

The Livermore and Pleasanton Human Services Commissions are holding a joint meeting starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, September 11, to discuss items they are collaborating on related to the Eastern Alameda County Human Services Needs Members of the public will be given up to three minutes to address the commissioners at the start of their meeting, which will be held in the Livermore City Council Chambers at 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore.

September 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley, nation remember 9/11

Special ceremony in Pleasanton pays tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders
It has been 11 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, and yesterday Pleasanton and the Bay Area marked the somber milestone with a variety of memorial events ranging from the traditional to the creative.

September 11, 2012 | 3 comments
State to create new K-12 history, social science curriculum

Current textbooks don't mention 9/11 tragedy or election of Barack Obama as president, state senator says
The California Department of Education will develop new history and social science lessons for K-12 classes after Gov. Jerry Brown signed new
legislation authorizing the move Saturday.

September 11, 2012 | 13 comments
Campaign signs posted throughout Pleasanton as election efforts get under way

Yard signs go up Saturday, first day they're allowed, with council, mayor races to be decided Nov. 6
So-called yard signs supporting candidates for the Nov. 6 municipal election for Pleasanton mayor and City Council went up Saturday, the first day these signs could be publicly posted.

September 10, 2012 | 10 comments
Festive downtown parade marks start of 2012 youth soccer season

Hundreds of young soccer players joined their teams last Saturday for the 44th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade before moving on to Pleasanton Sports Park to start the 2012 season.

September 10, 2012 | 1 comment
Harvest Festival ends 3-day run at Fairgrounds in Pleasanton at 5 p.m. today

24,000 handmade arts, crafts featured at Fairgrounds event
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show comes to an end at 5 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds where it's been holding its 40th anniversary tour since Friday.

September 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Main Street parade to kick-off Pleasanton soccer season starting at 7:30 this morning

The 44th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. today in downtown Pleasanton.

September 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore motorcyclist suffers severe leg injury in crash Thursday

Accident occurs at South Vasco Road, Preston Avenue
A motorcyclist suffered a severe leg injury in a collision in Livermore on Thursday morning, police said.

September 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Black Avenue residents talk traffic

City forming committee to address concerns
Concerned residents of Black Avenue packed the City Council chamber Wednesday evening for a meeting held by Pleasanton to address traffic problems.

September 7, 2012 | 19 comments
Review: 'The Words'

(Two stars)
Identity theft gets a fresh spin in "The Words," an ensemble drama exploring moral crimes in the literary sphere. Despite the Russian-nesting-doll structure, "The Words" is a fairly straightforward yarn with bluntly articulated themes. -- PC

September 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Compliance'

(Three stars)
Fair warning: "Compliance" will make you squirm. This psychodrama of ill-advised behavior may leave you feeling dirty as well, for what you've watched helplessly and perhaps for what you've countenanced as an American citizen. -- PC

September 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Volunteer orientation for The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross will be holding a volunteer orientation at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advanced signup required. Contact Tami at 408-577-2006 or email tambra.wethern@redcross.org.

September 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club meets tonight

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Alisal School, 1454 Santa Rita Rd. Guest speaker is Trish Hildinger, a leader in gardening workshops in Santa Cruz, to discuss winter gardening. Visitors are welcome. Call Bev at 485-7812 or visit www.lavgc.org.

September 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Mark Pitta at Firehouse theater tomorrow to open season's comedy series

Mark Pitta, who emerged on the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene in the 1980s, will open this year's Firehouse Arts Center Comedy Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $15. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

September 11, 2012 | No comments yet
DMV ombudsman program for seniors planned for today

Hear from one of four Ombudsmen with the DMV assigned to the state from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The program addresses the concerns of senior drivers. Ombudsmen can assist as a "go-between" to ensure that senior drivers are treated fairly & consistent with laws and regulations and with the dignity they deserve. There is no charge for this event. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

September 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Candidate dropped bid for Pleasanton school board to focus on class size reduction

Former English professor says he will work to put parcel tax on ballot next year
The short-lived fourth candidate for Pleasanton school board says he dropped out of the race to dedicate his time to reducing class size in the district.

September 7, 2012 | 63 comments
Chamber hosting candidates forum this morning

Early morning event at Veterans Memorial Building downtown
With election season right around the corner, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidates Forum starting at 7:30 a.m. today for those seeking election as mayor of Pleasanton and to the City Council.

September 7, 2012 | 4 comments
Lucile Packard Children's hospital breaks ground on $1.2-billion addition

Renowned facility to double space, add 150 more patient rooms
After years of plans, negotiations and design work, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital officials celebrated a major milestone Thursday in their effort to expand and upgrade the hospital.

September 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Funeral services held today for CHP Officer Youngstrom

Hundreds fill Vacaville church for ceremony
Funeral services for California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was killed during a traffic stop on I-680 near Alamo, were held this morning in Vacaville.

September 6, 2012 | 6 comments
Pleasanton police interrupt home burglary on Blacow Court, arrest 3

Plus, other police actions through Sept. 4
Three young men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in an apparent attempted residential burglary in the area of Blacow Street and Valley Avenue.

September 7, 2012 | 12 comments
Coldwell Banker adds new marketing VP, field manager

'Will help our Realtors stay at forefront of marketing for themselves, their clients,' says firm's president
Pleasanton-based Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has named Lisa Norman as the company's new regional vice president of marketing.

September 6, 2012 | No comments yet
July home sales, prices post strong gains

Bay Area leads in state's strengthening housing market
California home sales and prices both posted strong gains in July, with the sales pace showing positive year-over-year growth for the fourth straight month and the median price reaching a near-four-year high, the California Association of Realtors reported this week.

September 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton candidates show support for new senior housing

1st forum takes 2-1/2 hours to accommodate Chinese translations
For Chinese unable to speak or understand English, Pleasanton's first candidates' forum was the place to be.

September 6, 2012 | 31 comments
Out-of-state retailers must start paying state sales taxes starting Saturday

Tax should show up on consumers' bills after Sept. 15
Out-of-state retailers including Amazon.com will have to start paying California sales taxes on merchandise sent here starting Sept. 15 and there already are reports of heavy orders to beat the system.

September 6, 2012 | 10 comments
CHP officer shot during traffic stop on I-680 dies from injuries

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, dies from injuries at John Muir Hospital hours after his attacker also dies
A California Highway Patrol officer shot during a traffic stop on I-680 near Alamo on Tuesday died last night in John Muir Hospital from the severe injuries he sustained.

September 5, 2012 | 6 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for Aug. 5-10 and in San Ramon for Aug. 14-20.

September 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Rosh Hashana Celebration

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will host a Rosh Hashana celebration, beginning with an optional walk to Anyo Creek, followed by a potluck dinner, a secular humanistic ceremony, and a reception. The event, which takes place from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, at Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore, will include music, readings, apples, honey and honeycake. Bring food bank donation and a dish to share. Cost is $15 for non-members. Call 485-1049 or visit www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.

September 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Enter the world of guitars this weekend in Livermore

Festival features concerts, clinics, contest and latest equipment
Guitar Fest LIVE! returns to the Tri-Valley for a three-day run at the Bankhead Theater in Livermnore starting Friday with free workshops and concerts, and a chance for acoustic guitar players to share their skills before audiences and judges.

September 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Main Street parade to kick-off Pleasanton soccer season tomorrow morning

The 44th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, in downtown Pleasanton. BUSC and RAGE teams will be staged by age group and club from St. Mary's Street and Main Street, and along Peters Avenue. The parade will proceed down Main Street. Email Ben Castro at marketing@busc.org or visit www.busc.org/p/parade.php.

September 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin Library book sale this weekend

Friends of the Dublin Library is holding its semiannual used book sale from 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, for members only; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15; and from 1-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, at 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Most prices are $1 or less. Funds go toward purchasing library materials and supporting its programs. Call 828-1315 or visit Friends of the Dublin Library.

September 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Crooked Jades bluegrass band concert at Pleasanton Library Sunday

The Crooked Jades bluegrass band will perform at a free one-hour concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Pleasanton public library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The group is considered to be one of the Bay Area's pre-eminent bluegrass bands, which keeps true to its old-time string band heart, yet exaggerates the aura of rural pre-radio era music. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Pleasanton Library. For more information, call 931-3405.

September 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Public invited to free guided tour tomorrow to look at downtown Pleasanton art

World Walk to Wellness, a local free Saturday morning walking group, is hosting another of its walks starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Those interested should meet in the Pleasanton Civic Center parking lot at 200 Old Bernal Ave. Art walk leaders Gary and Nancy Harrington will escort the group on a guided tour of public art downtown. Allow at least 90 minutes for the Art Walk tour. For more information, email walks@worldwalktowellness.org.

September 7, 2012 | 1 comment
Pleasanton council OKs gas station, new Starbucks drive-through coffee shop next to Safeway

Construction will start next month with both facilities to open in early 2013
Safeway was given the OK by the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night to start construction on a self-serve gas station and a new Starbucks coffee shop with drive-through service next to its Lifestyle supermarket at Valley and Bernal avenues.

September 5, 2012 | 20 comments
Out-of-state retailers must start paying state sales taxes this month

Tax should show up on consumers' bills after Sept. 15
Out-of-state retailers will have to start paying the sales tax due to the California jurisdiction their goods are being sent to starting Sept. 15.

September 5, 2012 | 4 comments
BART schedules hearing on extending service to Livermore

4.8 mile route would add tracks along I-580 to new station at Isabel
BART officials will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, on its plan to extend train service to Livermore.

September 5, 2012 | 6 comments
East Pleasanton task force plans field trip late today

The East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. this evening, Sept. 6 in the Mohr Elementary School multipurpose room, 3300 Dennis Drive, to start a field trip over portions of the 1,000-acre site it is charged with analyzing and making land use recommendations with regard to future development. The mostly undeveloped parcel, called Pleasanton's "last frontier," extends east of the Valley Avenue and Busch Road intersection to the Livermore city limits.

September 5, 2012 | No comments yet
CHP officer in critical condition after being shot during I-680 traffic stop where suspect was killed

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom is seven-year state police veteran
A California Highway Patrol officer critically wounded in a shooting that followed a traffic stop on I-680 Tuesday morning is Kenyon Youngstrom, the CHP confirmed Tuesday.

September 5, 2012 | 17 comments
Amador Valley Quilters meeting Saturday to feature Hawaiian quilt artist

Hawaiian quilt artist Carrie Fondi will show and talk about her modern and contemporary quilts at the Amador Valley Quilters meeting from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 8 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. Her patterns can be traditionally or machine appliqued. Fondi has studied with Hawaiian quilters. The meetings are free. For more information, call (510) 209-1187 or visit www.amadorvalleyquilters.org.

September 5, 2012 | No comments yet
'A Starry Night' annual auction and gala set for Sept. 29

A Starry Night is an annual evening gala with dining, dancing, silent auction and charitable giving. Hosted this year by KTVU Channel 2's Mark Ibanez. The event is from 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Funds benefit RAGE soccer, First Tee of The Tri-Valley, School of Imagination. Tickets are $150. Call 462-6007 or visit www.astarrynight.org.

September 6, 2012 | No comments yet
AAUW 'Welcome Event' planned for Saturday

Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin Branch American Association University Women hosts a Welcome Event from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd., Pleasanton. Guests are welcome. Park tour led by Eric Nicholas, City Naturalist; interest groups; meet new members; light refreshments. Call 426-9957 or visit www.lpd-ca.aauw.net.

September 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Thorne, other selected candidates to speak at Tri-Valley Republican Women's group tonight

The Tri-Valley Republican Women's organization will meet with selected state and local candidates vying for votes in the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election at a dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 at Cattlemen's Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore. The invited candidates are Jerry Thorne for Pleasanton mayor; Elizabeth Emken for Senate; Ricky Gill for Congress; Mark Meuser for State Senate; Al Phillips for State Assembly; David Haubert for Dublin City Council, and Steve Cho for Dublin mayor. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations and information, call Phyllis Couper at 462-4931 or email coupclan1962@pacbell.net.

September 5, 2012 | 3 comments
Nissan connected with I-680 CHP shooting found

Freeway still closed after 8:20 a.m. incident
Authorities have located a Nissan Maxima they were seeking in connection with an incident on Interstate 680 this morning in which a California Highway Patrol officer and a suspect were shot.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Firefighters to honor 9/11 victims this morning at Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters in Pleasanton

Public ceremony to include ringing of the bell, playing of the bagpipes
The anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be observed in a brief ceremony hosted by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department at 9:45 a.m. today in front of its headquarters at Nevada Street and Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton.

September 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Officer wounded, suspect dead in I-680 shooting

Freeway at standstill after 8:20 a.m. incident in Alamo
A Highway Patrol officer is hospitalized with critical injuries and a suspect is dead after a morning shoot-out on Interstate 680.

September 4, 2012 | 1 comment
Doctor to lead discussion today on thyroid issues

Dr. Michael Ruscio is guest speaker at 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Tri-Valley YMCA, 6693 Sierra Lane, Dublin. He will be discussing Thyroid problems. Learn how to improve your energy, mood, weight, and more. This is free to anyone but you must RSVP. Call 263-4443.

September 14, 2012 | 1 comment
Teen seat belt use reaches all time high in California

Surveys show both adults, teens now wearing seat belts at 96% levels
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) today announced that seat belt use for teens jumped over two percent in the past two years, from 94% in 2010 to 96.1% in 2012.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
USE 9/5~Pleasanton launches new website for teens, families

The city of Pleasanton has unveiled a new website, Ptownlife.org, for teens and families with children of all ages, to let them know about activities, services and resources, jobs and volunteer opportunities. Teens guided the site's design and content, and now students report on new and interesting things happening in the community, take photos, and write articles to post. For more information, visit www.Ptownlife.org or call Nicole Thomas at 931-3474.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Students ride free on Wheels buses starting today

Wheels is offering middle and high school students free unlimited rides from Sept. 4-17, including weekends, to encourage them to take a bus to school, work, the mall and anywhere they want to go. The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is offering the Wheels Try Transit to School promotion on all of its regularly scheduled bus routes so students can see the convenience of riding the buses around town, which helps to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. New schedules and maps are available online and in the new Wheels Bus Book. Call 455-7500 or visit www.wheelsbus.com.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
State sales taxes narrowly exceed expectations in July

'Sky is not falling in California,' state official says
George Runner, a member of the State Board of Equalization, has reported that sales and use tax revenues received by the state in July narrowly exceeded budget projections.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Poll workers needed for Nov. 6 General Election

Alameda County needs poll workers to help with the November 6 General Election. County Registrar Dave MacDonald said poll workers earn between $110 and $180 for their service. Applicants must be registered voters and attend a mandatory training class prior to Election Day. High school students (16 years of age or older) are also eligible to work as poll workers through Alameda County's Student Poll Worker Program. Students must be in good academic standing, receive faculty permission and attend the mandatory training session. Sign on to the registrar's website at http://www.acgov.org/rov/workers.htm for more information and to fill out an application, or contact the Registrar of Voters office at (510) 272-6971.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Dumbarton Bridge reopens 10 hours early after seismic work completed

Retrofit leaves 10% remaining with final work to be completed in early 2013
The Dumbarton Bridge reopened last night after being closed for most of the weekend for construction work.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council set to OK gas station next to Safeway with drive-through Starbucks coming next

New CVS store, pharmacy also planned for Pleasanton Gateway Center site
A new Starbucks coffee shop with drive-through service is now planned for a vacant site next to Safeway's recently opened Lifestyle supermarket along with a gas station where construction is already under way after being approved by the Pleasanton Planning Commission.

September 3, 2012 | 16 comments
Dumbarton Bridge closed today; should re-open by 5 a.m. tomorrow

Caltrans officials say seismic retrofitting work proceeding on schedule
Caltrans officials said Sunday that work on the Dumbarton Bridge
is on track and the bridge is expected to reopen by tomorrow morning as scheduled.

September 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin man arrested after allegedly abusing juveniles

Police say he was housing teens from South Korea who want to study here
Dublin police arrested a man earlier this week after San Ramon police notified the department that he had possibly been involved in the child abuse of a 16-year-old victim.

September 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Clean Water Action group endorses Stark

Grass routes organization cites congressman's commitment to environmental issues
The Clean Water Action organization has endorsed Congressman Pete Stark's re-election to the newly established 15th District.

August 31, 2012 | 9 comments
Review: 'Sleepwalk with Me'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
In association with WBEZ Chicago, it's this American life: Mike Birbiglia's. The comedian brings his best-known story to the big screen in "Sleepwalk with Me," an indie comedy-drama co-written and co-produced by Ira Glass. -- PC

August 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Lawless'

(Three stars)
Down where the willows weep, in rural Virginia, three brothers made names for themselves as moonshiners. Their story comes back to life in "Lawless," a fact-based crime drama that's as tough-minded as they come. -- PC

August 31, 2012 | No comments yet
USE 9/5~Livermore-Amador Symphony needs string players

The first rehearsal of the Livermore-Amador Symphony will be on from 7:30-10 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 at East Ave. Middle School, 3951 East Ave., Livermore. They need string players, especially violas and cellos. Concerts begin with the Pops, Nov. 2, at the Livermore Community Center followed by 4 concerts: Dec., Feb., March, and May given at the Bankhead Theater. Call 447-8789 or visit www.LivAmSymphony.org.

September 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Bring out the bagpipes: the Scottish Games are on again today

Everyone is Scottish this weekend at the 147th Highland Gathering & Games
Don your plaid -- if not a kilt -- and head to the Fairgrounds today for an adventure in everything Scottish, from bagpipes to whisky.

August 30, 2012 | 3 comments
With Luck gone, a new era gets under way at Stanford

Nunes to take first snap tonight when the Cardinal opens its football season against San Jose State
The quarterback comparisons will be inevitable and Josh Nunes knows all he can do it play his game.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
'Sneak Peek' shows Paragon Outlets nearing completion

Developer plans four-day celebration on opening day Nov. 8 with prizes, special store discounts
The developers of Paragon Outlets led the media and selected guests on an hour-long "sneak peek" of the 120-store shopping complex scheduled to open Thursday, Nov. 8 at the southeast corner of I-580 and El Charro Road.

August 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Police out in force for final day of Labor Day weekend

State, county, local police on 'high alert' for irresponsible drivers
Officers from the Dublin, Castro Valley, Hayward and Oakland area commands of the California Highway Patrol are on high alert for impaired, reckless and irresponsible drivers today as motorists crowd the highways on the last day of the Labor Day weekend.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
National Association For Mental Illness (NAMI) meets tomorrow

NAMI Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group meets twice a month for parents with children to age 17 diagnosed or suspected of having bipolar or other mood disorders. It meets from 7-9 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 114, Pleasanton. The group is drop-in, no registration required and is free. For more information contact Suzi Glorioso at 443-1797 or email glorios4@comcast.net.

September 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Scottish Gathering & Games

Caledonian Club of San Francisco is presenting its 147th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8 a.m. Tickets at gate are $22 for adults; $27 for two days. Youths, seniors are $12; ages 11 and under, military, free.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
U.S. Marines to perform before tonight's Concert in the Park

The United States Marines will invade the Friday evening Concert in the Park from 6:30-6:55 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at Lyons Wayside Park on the corner of First and Neal streets. The 11 member band is part of the full marching band that will take part in the 147th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games at the fairgrounds Sept. 1 & 2. The musical interlude of talented musicians replaces the March Under the Arch that had been presented prior to the Scottish Games in the past. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Empty homes need additional insurance

Unoccupied, vacant homes considered higher risk, insurance agent says
If your home is going to be unoccupied for months at a time, you should be sure to call your insurance agent before walking out and locking the door.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Homeowner claims 15,000 worth of jewelry stolen from their Paseo Catalina home

A Pleasanton homeowner has reported to police that $15,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from their home in the 6700 block of Paseo Catalina last Sunday.

August 30, 2012 | 4 comments
Regional leaders back Cook-Kallio for mayor at fundraiser

Councilwoman also praised for leadership by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Supporters of City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio joined her for a festive 58th birthday celebration and a campaign fundraiser in her bid for election as mayor of Pleasanton.

August 30, 2012 | 28 comments
Country singer Mindy Smith at Firehouse next month

Join Mindy Smith, known for her rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," as she celebrates the release of her first independent album, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. "Come to Jesus" was Smith's second single and biggest hit, receiving airplay on country music, Christian and adult contemporary radio. Tickets are $18-$28. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Harvest Wine Celebration continues through 5 p.m. today

Wineries plan special activities in their tasting rooms
Tri-Valley area wineries are offering Livermore Valley's best wine, food, art and music from noon to 5 p.m. today during the annual Harvest Wine Festival.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Military Families Support Group

Formed in 2003 this group provides support and comfort to the Pleasanton families whose loved ones are deployed in the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has monthly meetings and other events such as "pack outs" of comfort and care items for deployed members of the armed forces. The group also sponsors the Yellow Streamer program on Main Street where streamers are displayed with the name, rank and branch of service of Pleasanton military personnel. Learn more at www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org.

September 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin Senior Center offering Latin Line dance classes tomorrow

The Dublin Senior Center is offering beginning classes in Latin Line dancing starting tomorrow. The class runs from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and cost $12 for four classes per month or $15 for five classes per month. Beginning line dance classes also are offered from 10:25-11:25 a.m. Thursdays. Other classes also are offered. For more information, call the Dublin Senior Center at 556-4511. The center is located at 7600 Amador Valley Blvd.

September 2, 2012 | No comments yet
'Wherever there's a fight' exhibit at Museum on Main

Learn about the stories of California's unsung heroes and heroines at the Museum on Main's new exhibit, "Wherever there's a Fight," at 603 Main St., Pleasanton, running through Sept. 9. The exhibit is based on Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi's book, "Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California." Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Call 462-2766.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
School supply drive continuing through next Sunday for foster kids

Sleep Train is hosting its annual School Supply Drive for Foster Kids through Sept. 9. Drop off needed supplies such as backpacks, pencils, paper, calculators and more at any Sleep Train store. Call 800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hit and Run'

(Two stars)
Gearheads unite! Others disperse. To paraphrase the archetypal patrolman, there's nothing to see here in "Hit and Run," a chase comedy from Dax Shepard. Nothing, that is, but a lot of yee-haw stunt driving, much of it performed by the movie's real star: a black 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible. -- PC

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Robot & Frank'

(Three stars)
The Bard wrote that drama's purpose was to hold "the mirror up to nature," a notion given a high-tech spin in Jake Schreier's "Robot & Frank." Cold-staring with a black, reflective visor, a robot helps a fading old man to see life, and himself, more clearly. -- PC

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Bay Area Red Cross volunteers in Gulf Coast to help those affected by Hurricane Isaac

Group setting up shelters, providing other aid as needed
Sixty-one Bay Area volunteers with the American Red Cross have been dispatched to five states near the Gulf Coast to assist those affected by Hurricane Isaac, a Red Cross Bay Area spokeswoman said.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Oakland-based MTC, other agencies, get OK to move to San Francisco

State auditor finds MTC within its rights to use bridge tolls, other revenue to buy S.F building
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), am Oakland-based regional tax-supported agency which has been criticized for purchasing a new headquarters facility in San Francisco, now reports that state authorities have given it the OK to make to buy the building and move.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Like Pleasanton, San Jose imposes two-tier pension plan for new employees

While Pleasanton's affects only firefighters, San Jose's action is more broad-sweeping
The San Jose City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will implement a second tier pension plan for new employees.

August 29, 2012 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Council ratifies new contract with firefighters' union

All city employees now contributing to their pension, health benefit plans
Firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department whose pension and benefit plans have long been fully paid by both cities will start contributing 6% of their wages toward those plans Saturday with their share rising to 9% next July 1

August 29, 2012 | 20 comments
Pleasanton Council ratifies new contract with firefighters' union

All city employees now contributing to their pension, health benefit plans
Firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department whose pension and benefit plans have long been fully paid by both cities will start contributing 6% of their wages toward those plans Saturday with their share rising to 9% next July 1

August 29, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Youth Commission to hold orientation workshop tonight

The Pleasanton Youth Commission will hold an orientation workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening, Aug. 29, in Conference Room 3 at 157 Main St.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for July 28-Aug. 6 and in San Ramon for Aug. 4-15.

August 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Oakland-based MTC, other agencies, get OK to move to San Francisco

State auditor finds MTC within its rights to use bridge tolls, other revenue to buy S.F building
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), am Oakland-based regional tax-supported agency which has been criticized for purchasing a new headquarters facility in San Francisco, said today that state authorities have given it the OK to make to buy the building and move.

August 28, 2012 | 4 comments
Woman sexually assaulted by police officer impersonator in Pleasanton

Police ask for the public's help in identifying suspect
The Pleasanton Police Department and allied agencies are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault and impersonation of a police officer. The incident was reported to police several weeks after it occurred.

August 28, 2012 | 19 comments
Country Joe McDonald will be performing at Firehouse Sept. 22

Will be paying tribute to Woody Guthrie at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. In celebration of Guthrie's 100th birthday and McDonald's 11th year of performing his signature tribute to the country icon, McDonald will open with "This Land is Your Land" and continue with Guthrie's famous Dust Bowl ballads, children's songs, country songs and union songs. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
It's back to school!

Crossing guard Melodie Soe had a busy morning at Highland Oaks Drive and Drywood Street as parents accompanied their children to Lydiksen Elementary for the first day of school yesterday.

August 28, 2012 | No comments yet
It's back to school day; police urge drivers, bicyclists to be extra cautious

Pleasanton and Dublin police are urging drivers to be extra cautious today as students in both cities start back to school.

August 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council meets tonight to consider firefighters' contract

The Pleasanton City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to consider and possibly ratify a new labor contract with firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The meeting will be held in the City Council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

August 28, 2012 | 8 comments
Petaluma Little Leaguers hailed as California's 'best'

Team arrives home after finishing in 3rd place in Little League World Series
The Petaluma National Little League team arrived back at San Francisco International Airport yesterday after earning their rank as the third-best Little League team in the world at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library seeks volunteers to help with Fall book sale that starts tomorrow

It's time for the huge Friends of the Pleasanton Library Book Sale from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The Friday night sale is for Friends only. Purchase memberships at the door for $10. To volunteer to help with the set-up, call Marilyn at 462-4395, or to sell at the event call Nancy at 462-4368. Visit www.friendsofthepleasantonlibrary.org.

September 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Crooked Jades coming to the Pleasanton Library Sept.9

Enjoy a free one-hour concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. One of the Bay Area's pre-eminent bluegrass bands, the Crooked Jades will be performing. This San Francisco quintet keeps true to their old-time string band heart, yet subtle, weird ways, they exaggerate the slightly crazed aura of the rural pre radio era music. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Pleasanton Library. Call 931-3405.

August 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley celebrates homecoming of 2 USA Women's Water Polo Olympians

Steffens sisters thank everyone for support in ceremony honoring their Gold medal victory
Two "hometown heroes" -- Olympians Jessica and Maggie Steffens of the USA Women's Water Polo team -- were welcomed back home to the Tri-Valley Saturday after the team won the gold at the London games earlier this month.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Deadline Sept. 5 for Amador Friends of Music golf tournament

Amador Friends of Music announced today that the deadline to register for the FORE Music Scramble Golf Tournament is on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The event will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10 at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle, Pleasanton. All proceeds from the event fo toward sending the Amador Marching Band and Colorguard to the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Band Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. Register online at www.amadormusic.org. Cost is $175. and includes green fees, cart, lunch, goodie bag and more.

August 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Golden State Warriors choose architect to design new sports complex in San Francisco

Team's lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland runs out in 2017
The Golden State Warriors on Sunday announced the architecture team chosen to design a new sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco for the team.

August 27, 2012 | 1 comment
Former IT manager at Kaiser Permanente pleads guilty to fraud scheme

Accused of defrauding health care company of $1.8 million in pay for supposed contract worker who did no work
A former information technology manager for Kaiser Permanente has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland to charges related to a scheme to defraud the health care company of $1.8 million in pay for a supposed contract worker who did no work.

August 26, 2012 | 17 comments
Same-sex marriage backers ask U.S. Supreme Court to not consider appeal

Argue that 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's overturn of Prop. 8 should stand
Supporters of same-sex marriage have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down California's ban on gay and lesbian weddings.

August 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Petaluma Little League team loses to Tennessee at championship contest

Team, first to represent California since 1991, almost made it to today's national title game
The Petaluma National Little League team lost the U.S. Little League Championship to Tennessee Saturday afternoon 24-16.

August 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Amador Valley, Foothill win pre-season openers ahead of opening day for schools today

Foothill routs Novato 52-9; Dons take Freedom 29-27
Amador Valley and Foothill high schools won their pre-season opening games Friday, giving fans a thumbs-up on an exciting sports season ahead in time for today's start of classes for the 2012-13 school year.

August 27, 2012 | 3 comments
Newly renovated Cal Bears Memorial Stadium ready for start of football season Saturday

Despite lawsuits, tree-sitters, $321 million project was completed in 21 months
University of California at Berkeley officials Friday proudly showed off their renovated football stadium, an event that Chancellor Robert Birgeneau hailed as, "A proud moment in the history of Cal."

August 25, 2012 | No comments yet
New law puts online registration in place, but Alameda County not yet ready

Registrar's office said it won't have system in place for this fall's eleciton
Registering to vote is catching up to the 21st century with new software to create an online registration system making its way to county election offices statewide, but not in Alameda County.

August 25, 2012 | 15 comments
Chris Bradley's jazz band performs tomorrow night in Sunol

Enjoy live jazz music from the 20s, 30s and 40s 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.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri Valley support group for all forms of arthritis meets tonight

Tri Valley Support Group for Fibromyalgia, Lupus and all forms of Arthritis meets from 6:30-8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Tri Valley Support, 3115 Finnian Way, Dublin. They are in need of volunteers to help. Call 875-0960.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Raley's closes 2 more stores as union talks continue over wages, benefits

Lucky's, Safeway also pushing for concessions as competition heats up against non-union markets
West Sacramento-based Raley's has announced that it will close its stores in Pittsburg and Woodland, adding to four stores the struggling supermarket chain has closed so far this year.
At the same time, the grocer said it is resuming negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers, where both sides have been locked in a lengthy stalemate over a new contract.

August 24, 2012 | 57 comments
Pleasanton schoool district revises plan for special education students

Change could mean fewer students receiving services outside the district
The Pleasanton school district decided Tuesday night to look at providing better services for special needs children -- and save itself some money in the bargain.

August 23, 2012 | 79 comments
Police investigate Kottinger Park sexual assault and robbery

Suspect apparently dropped hat at the scene
Pleasanton police are looking for help in capturing a man who sexually assaulted and robbed a local woman on Aug. 19.

August 23, 2012 | 4 comments
Craigslist scam has Pleasanton family traveling to Disneyland only to learn their passes were bogus

Also, reports of police arrests through Aug. 21
Online scams continue to disappoint those who pay money for tickets, passes only to find they're bogus.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
'Affordable housing' slips across U.S. as prices rise

Median home prices jump between 1st-2nd quarters
Strengthening house prices in metropolitan areas across the country contributed to slightly lower housing affordability in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released this week.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Chamber backing 'Healthy Habits Challenge'

Program encouraging everyone to live healthier, happier lives.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has launched a Healthy Habits Challenge in an effort to brand Pleasanton as one of the healthiest places to live, work and raise a family.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
City Council meets tonight to consider, possibly ratify new contract with firefighters' union

Still, critics want Pleasanton to move faster, more aggressively in cutting public workers' pension liabilities
The City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to consider and possibly ratify a new labor contract with firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

August 23, 2012 | 16 comments
Union Bank opens 2nd branch in Pleasanton

4 named to management team in new office next to Safeway
Union Bank opened its new branch this week in Pleasanton's Gateway Center next to Safeway.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Civil rights fights on display

Museum highlights state's struggles to keep people free
The Museum on Main's current exhibit makes it clear that the fight for freedom, although it has a long history in our state, is still ongoing.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Seminar on how to relax set for Pleasanton library tonight

Jane Malmgren, from Upward Path Hypnosis, will offer a free seminar at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Relaxed Focus is both a physical concept and a mental one -- a relaxed mind can maximize productivity. A relaxed muscle outperforms a tense muscle, and a relaxed mind out-performs a tense mind. For more information, call Jane at 510-828-0442.

August 29, 2012 | No comments yet
New contract with firefighters calls for hefty hike in pension contributions

Still, critics want Pleasanton to move faster, more aggressively in cutting public workers' pension liabilities
Firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department have agreed to start paying 9% of their benefit costs starting next July, but that's still not adequate for critics seeking greater reforms to Pleasanton's employee pension obligations.

August 22, 2012 | 11 comments
Unionized Castlewood workers ask City Council to support labor agency's rule to end lockout

Bid comes after NLRB judge says country club should rehire those it locked out, pay back wages, benefits
Union members, who said they are among those who were locked out of their jobs two years ago in a wage and benefit dispute at Castlewood Country Club, asked the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night to support their efforts to get their jobs back.

August 22, 2012 | 41 comments
Planning Commission to consider Hendrick Automotive Group bid tonight

The Pleasanton Planning Commission will meet tonight to consider an application from the Hendrick Automotive Group to build a new 6,250-square-foot building next to its current facilities to provide automobile detailing services. The building would be located at 3932 Old Santa Rita Road. The commission meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

August 22, 2012 | 2 comments
Petaluma's Little League team moves Cailfornia closer to Little League championship

Ball players throughout state cheer on state team as it defeats Connecticut in Williamsport 'World Series'
The Petaluma National Little League team took yet another step closer to winning the Little League World Series tournament Tuesday.

August 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Local residents excel at cool sport

Five Pleasanton residents participated in the 2012 Western Regional Waterski Championships held July 25-28 in Sacramento, and they all came home with wins. The event drew 400 skiers, ages 7-82.

August 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for July 20-31 and in San Ramon for July 27-Aug. 7.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Swalwell protests against Stark for Social Security benefits being paid to his children

Pleasanton school board member joins Democratic Congressional candidate in criticism of congressman
Dublin City Councilman and candidate for Congress Eric Swalwell said that if elected he will support closing a provision in the Social Security law that grants benefits to children of a parent eligible for Social Security, but still working and collecting a salary in excess of the earning cap.

August 21, 2012 | 11 comments
NLRB law judge finds Castlewood club wrong in locking out workers

Club could be liable for more than $3-million in back wages, benefits
Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson of the National Labor Relations Board has found that Castlewood Country Club has maintained an illegal lockout since August 10, 2010.

August 21, 2012 | 63 comments
Downtown soldiers parade cancelled; moved to quick drive on First Street to Livermore instead

Group will meet at Bernal/Valley, then head to Livermore via. First Street
Plans were changed suddenly today for a planned parade through downtown Pleasanton involving five active duty soldiers that have been awarded the Purple Heart or have been decorated for valor in Afghanistan or Iraq.

August 21, 2012 | 48 comments
Pleasanton City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight

The Pleasanton City Council consider housing site development standards at its public meeting tonight, with its focus on planned unit developments on some 75 acres of separate sites it recently rezoned for high-density housing. The meeting, which will start at 7 p.m., will be held in the Civic Center at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

August 21, 2012 | No comments yet
School board meets tonight

The Pleasanton school board meets tonight, first in a study session at 6 p.m., followed by the first regular meeting of the new school year at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the district's board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

August 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to discuss special education, ballot propositions tonight

'Study' session starts at 6 p.m.; 1st meeting of new school year starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Pleasanton school board returns from its summer break with a study session on special education set for 6 p.m. tonight, ahead of its regular meeting, which is set to start at 7:30 p.m. On the agenda for that meeting is a review of the state budget situation and discussion of the two propositions on the November ballot.

August 21, 2012 | 5 comments
Foothill football BBQ kickoff fundraiser tomorrow night at Senior Center

Join the fun at the Foothill Falcon's 2012 annual Football BBQ. Come meet the coaches and the senior players on this fun-filled event. This adult-only evening will feature a delicious dinner with no-host bar, live music by JamFunkShus, with dancing, silent auction, drawings and more. The event is from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. Tickets are $45. Visit www.foothillfalcons.org or email Linda Maes at fhsfootballkickoff2012@gmail.com.

August 22, 2012 | No comments yet
For tuesday 8/21: Scottish Gathering & Games

Caledonian Club of San Francisco is presenting its 147th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 8 a.m. Tickets at gate are $22 for adults; $27 for two days. Youths, seniors are $12; ages 11 and under, military, free.

August 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Children's Chorus wins two medals at World Choir games

New singers being accepted this month
The Tri-valley's own Cantabella Children's Chorus, conducted by its Honors Choir director Eileen Chang, was awarded two silver medals at the seventh World Choir Games, an international event, held July 4-14 in Cincinnati.

August 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Free concert tomorrow at Farmers Market in Dublin

Dublin holds an extensive farmers market from 4-8 p.m., every Thursday through Sept. at Emerald Glen Park, Central Parkway and Tassajara Rd., Dublin. Fresh locally grown produce, it features weekly special events, such as a free concert series, wine tastings, local entertainment, and children's games and activities.

August 22, 2012 | 1 comment
Thorne for Mayor campaign sponsoring tonight's Concerts in the Park

The Jerry Thorne for Mayor 2012 campaign will sponsor tonight's Concerts in the Park where Magic Moments, Hits of the 50s & 60s will be performing. Thorne and his campaign team will raffle off a $100 gift certificate for use at downtown businesses and a $100 gift certificate for the Spring Valley Golf course. The raffle tickets are free and can be obtained at the Thorne for Mayor campaign table at the concert. For more information, sign on to the Pleasanton website at www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 23, 2012 | 5 comments
Great books of Pleasanton meets tonight

The Great Books of Pleasanton book club meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday monthly at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. Call Sadie at 846-1658.

August 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Auditions for Valley Concert Chorale 2012-13 Season

Valley Concert Chorale, Tri-Valley's premier chorus, will hold auditions by appointments for its upcoming 2012-13 concert season on the following Mondays: Aug. 27 and Sept. 10. Auditions and rehearsals are held at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, Fourth and L streets, Livermore. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. For additional information call 866-4003 or visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org.

August 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Democrats holding $5 potluck Sunday in Dublin park

The TriValley Democratic Club will hold a barbecue potluck, white elephant sale and silent auction from 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, at Emerald Glen Park, Tassajara Road and Central Parkway, Dublin. Assembly members Joan Buchanan and Mary Hayashi, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Congressman Pete Stark and Congressional candidate Eric Swalwell will speak at the event. Cost is $5. Call Sharon Goldberg at 831-8355 or visit www.trivalleydems.com/Calendar.htm.

August 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Walk with a doc tomorrow

The nonprofit "Walk with a Doc" organization is offering a chance for the public to take a walk with a doctor for the opportunity to have questions answered. The walk is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at Pleasanton Sports Park. Put on comfortable walking shoes, bring the family and friends, and walk for your health. Call 225-0500 or email healthspringstaff@gmail.com.

August 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton football league to hold golf tournament in Sunol tomorrow

The Pleasanton Junior Football League will hold its first-ever "Classic Golf Tournament" Friday, Aug. 24 at Sunol Valley Golf Course. All registered participants will receive 18 holes of golf on the Cypress Course at Sunol, lunch and dinner. For more information and to register visit www.pjfl.com.

August 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Hwy. 84 in Sunol re-opened after injury accident blocks roadway

Westbound state Highway 84 west of Interstate Highway 680 in Sunol has reopened following a solo injury accident.

August 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton website dedicated to public art

The city of Pleasanton has more than 40 publicly and privately owned pieces of public art. Now, visitors can view these works online. The website includes information about each piece including its name, how it was acquired and its exact location within the city. For more information about Pleasanton's public art collection, or to learn how to become a sponsor of a future piece of artwork, call the Civic Arts Manager at (925) 931-5347. To view the art works currently online, go to www.publicartarchive.org/pleasanton.

August 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Roadwork to impact traffic in vicinity of Mohr Elementary School starting today

Ponderosa Homes will begin the reconstruction and realignment of Cameron Avenue between Martin Avenue and Palmer Drive today as part of the Lehman/Selway Property Development. The roadwork will last for a 10-week period. Construction will take place Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

August 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Last day for Goodguys 26th Flowmaster West Coast Nationals

Traffic in town is like the 1950s as restored, rebuilt cars cruise the streets
The Goodguys 26th Flowmaster West Coast Nationals ends its three-day run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds today.

August 18, 2012 | 4 comments
Galt woman killed in early morning accident Saturday at Bernal-I-680 interchange

22-year-old passenger dies when car crashes into ditch at northbound on-ramp
A 22-year-old woman was killed in a solo-vehicle accident early Saturday morning at a northbound Interstate Highway 680 on-ramp in Pleasanton, according to a California Highway Patrol officer and the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

August 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Dead crow found in Livermore tests positive for West Nile Virus

Good indicator that virus is being spread within the county, mosquito abatement expert says
The first bird in Alameda County to test positive for West Nile Virus this year was detected Friday morning, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District manager said.

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
First West Nile Virus-positive crow in Alameda County found in Livermore

'Tri-Valley area will be the focus of West Nile Virus infections this year'
The first bird in Alameda County to test positive for West Nile Virus this year was detected this morning, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District manager said.

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Till now, the premier divorce comedies have been to some degree mean-spirited. But screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have devised a kinder, gentler divorce comedy in "Celeste and Jesse Forever." -- PC

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'ParaNorman'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Norman sees dead people, but he doesn't tremble like Haley Joel Osment of "The Sixth Sense." Instead, the 11-year-old greets the deceased like old friends in directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler's stop-motion animated comedy. -- ST

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday, 9/13: Volunteer Orientation

The American Red Cross will be holding a volunteer orientation at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advanced sign-up required. To learn more or sign up, contact Tami at 408-577-2006 or email tambra.wethern@redcross.org.

August 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Cultivating student success

Las Positas College offers education plus other ingredients for a complete student life
Degi Haastrup knew for almost 10 years that he wanted to go to Las Positas College. Haastrup is a student from Nigeria, and his older sister attended LPC in the early 2000s then went on to study at UC Davis.

August 19, 2012 | 1 comment
Police log: Underage drinking, vandalism reported at teen party

Plus, other police reports through Aug. 14
One teen was arrested for vandalism and the owner of a home in the 6000 block of Kolb Ranch Road was cited for hosting a party with underage drinking just before midnight Aug. 8.

August 17, 2012 | 17 comments
Pleasanton school district appoints administrators, principals

Appointees move into positions for new school year
Retirements and resignations have led to the appointment of new administrators in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Freshmen registration starts at noon today at Foothill High, Tuesday at Amador Valley

Changes this school year include higher student-teacher ratio, staggered reading, transitional kindergarten
Freshmen registration at Pleasanton's high schools starts tomorrow as the district begins the process of opening schools for classes on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

August 17, 2012 | 15 comments
Regulatory process hampering recovery, home builder tells Congress

New reforms should not limit consumer financing options, says association chairman
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress in a hearing last month that an unwieldy federal regulatory process is hampering the housing and economic recovery.

August 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for July 6-17 and in San Ramon for July 14-25.

August 16, 2012 | No comments yet
DeMarcus launches campaign for election to City Council

Transportation consultant credited with bringing BART to Pleasanton
Transportation consultant Erlene DeMarcus launched her campaign for election to the Pleasanton City Council Wednesday, telling supporters at a campaign breakfast that she will seek common ground among all divergent groups in the city to keep Pleasanton fiscally sound with good schools, recreational facilities and housing that's affordable to teachers, police and firefighters and others.

August 16, 2012 | 23 comments
3 lawyers sue Chevron for 'gross negligence' in causing Aug. 6 refinery fire

Suit alleges company could have avoided fire with better maintenance
Three Bay Area attorneys filed a lawsuit against Chevron Wednesday, claiming the oil company was "grossly negligent" in its handling of maintenance leading up to the massive Aug. 6 fire at its Richmond refinery that sent thousands of local residents to hospitals.

August 16, 2012 | 9 comments
Bay Area real estate prices highest in nearly 4 years

Sales also up -- by 23% from same time a year ago, real estate information service reports
Bay Area home sales are continuing to rise, with the median sale price the highest it has been in nearly four years, according to a real estate report released Friday.

August 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Fighting problems with zucchini

Green Initiative works to improve 'food desert' in Oakland
"It is easier to get drunk than it is to find food." An Oakland resident stated this when observing the contrast in numbers between liquor stores and grocery outlets in his neighborhood.

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Tee off for seniors

Golf Classic offers chance to support affordable housing
Peggy Sanders, 78, with an income of $1,000 a month, has limited housing options. For several years, she lived in a senior complex in Castro Valley, which was near services but far from her daughter in San Ramon, plus the rent was going up every year.

August 19, 2012 | 2 comments
Is San Ramon pulling away from the Tri-Valley alliance?

City at center of debate about cooperation among 5 cities that have worked together for years
The city near the center of the Tri-Valley is at the center of a debate about cooperation among the five cities that have worked together for years -- Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

August 15, 2012 | 6 comments
Review: 'The Campaign'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring their boundary-pushing comedic sensibilities to the world of politics with this uneven chuckler.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
'Affordable housing' slips across U.S. as prices rise

Median home prices jump between 1st-2nd quarters
Strengthening house prices in metropolitan areas across the country contributed to slightly lower housing affordability in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released yesterday.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton-based DSRSD recognized for cost savings

California association praises agency for team effort in product purchases
The Dublin San Ramon Services District has received the "Organizational Excellence Award" from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA).

August 15, 2012 | 4 comments
Bollinger Canyon Road fire destroys structure, heavy machinery inside

Loss estimated at $200,000 in late afternoon blaze in rural San Ramon
A fire in a large commercial structure north of San Ramon used to store heavy machinery destroyed over $200,000 of the building's contents, a fire chief said.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Tennis fundraiser over Labor Day weekend for Valley Humane Society

The Ruby Hill Golf Club, Castlewood County Club and Livermore Valley Tennis Club are joining together to host a benefit tennis tournament for the Valley Humane Society over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3.. A doubles tournament with play at all levels will be the area's largest tennis tournament. There will be divisions for men, women, mixed doubles and juniors at all levels. 100% the of entry fees will go directly to the Valley Humane Society. For more information visit www.trivalleydoubleschampionships.com.

August 19, 2012 | 1 comment
The Tubes at Pleasanton Firehouse next month

By popular demand the Firehouse Arts Center will host a third visit of the rock group, The Tubes. "Fifteen years ahead of Madonna and light years ahead of politically correct," The Tubes band brings its irreverent, high energy rock and roll music back to town. There will be performances at 8 p.m., Sept. 7 and 8 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $38-$48. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

August 17, 2012 | No comments yet
COMMENTARY: No school board election in November for Pleasanton

School board president gives her views on lack of challengers
In a LinkedIn commentary posted Monday, Pleasanton school board president Joan Laursen lamented about the fact that there will be no school board election in November because no one challenged the three incumbents who are seeking re-election.

August 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Campaigns on for mayor, City Council, with no election for school board

With 3 seats open on school board, incumbents will automatically be re-seated for next 4 years
With the deadline now past for filing for municipal and school board elections in Pleasanton, two City Council members are vying for election as the city's mayor and four are seeking election to fill two seats that will be available on the council in the Nov. 6 election.

August 14, 2012 | 13 comments
Take a survey on your rainwater use

Ph.D. candidate Neeraja Havaligi is asking Pleasanton residents to take an online survey for her to use with her thesis on rainwater harvesting and re-use.

August 13, 2012 | 3 comments
Goodguys West Coast hot rod & custom car event heading to Fairgrounds next weekend

The west's largest hot rod & custom car event features over 3,000 vintage hot rods, custom cars and classics sprawled throughout the entire Pleasanton Fairgrounds. The event is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 24-Aug. 26 at the Alameda County Fair Grounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Plus vendor exhibits, arts & crafts fair, how-to seminars, live music, kids activities and more family fun! Cost $18 for adults, $6 for children ages 7-12. Call 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.

August 15, 2012 | 15 comments
Pentin files election papers to officially enter City Council race

Planning commission chairman to compete against 3 others in municipal election Nov. 6
Pleasanton businessman and city Planning Commission Chairman Jerry Pentin has filed the official papers in the City Clerk's office for election to the City Council in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Former Contra Costa County sheriff Warren Rupf dies

Retired last year after 45 years of service, 18 of those years as sheriff
Retired Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf died Thursday after a bout with leukemia, according to the sheriff's office.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Men's water polo team falls from the top, finishes 8th as games end in in London

10-9 loss to Australia bring team back home to Stanford after fifth consecutive loss
What started with a bang, ended with a whimper. That's how the 2012 London Olympic Games came to a close for the United States' men's water polo team.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Buchanan named chair of the State Assembly's education committee

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez makes organization changes 3 months before elections
State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) has been named chair of the assembly committee on education.

August 12, 2012 | No comments yet
A silver lining for American women's volleyball

Logan Tom's Olympic journey began in 2000, while she was a sophomore at Stanford. In fact, four days after the United States women's volleyball team finished fourth at the Sydney Olympic Games, Tom suited up and played for the Cardinal, leading the team with 17 kills, in a victory over California.

August 12, 2012 | 1 comment
2 killed in fiery collision on I-680 in San Ramon early Sunday

3-car crash also caused multiple injuries
Two people were killed Sunday in a three-car crash that sparked a car fire on Interstate Highway 680 in San Ramon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford grad wrestles within a few points of an Olympic medal

Matt Gentry settles for a 5th tie as a competitor for Canada with American Jordan Burroughs taking the gold
Stanford grad Matt Gentry wrestled within a few points of an Olympic medal Friday in the 74-kg freestyle competition at the 2012 London Games.

August 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Los Angeles man charged in scam against Danville resident

Police 'found the leads, followed them and took down the bad guy,' chief says
A Los Angeles man has been arrested in connection with a lottery scam carried out against a Danville resident, police said Friday.

August 11, 2012 | 4 comments
Review: 'Hope Springs'

(Three stars)
The master class in acting put on by Meryl Streep and the pitch-perfect Tommy Lee Jones is the big draw here. The movie's countercultural commitment to character and performance is enough to give "Hope" a try. -- PC

August 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Campaign'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring their boundary-pushing comedic sensibilities to the world of politics with this uneven chuckler. The strong cast and topical plot help make for a hilarious first hour. -- TH

August 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Lecture on building build self-esteem set for Monday at Pleasanton library

Pleasanton psychologist-author Dr. Joy Bodzioch shares practical tools for enjoying consistent inner peace, joy, & life fulfillment. The lecture is from 7:45-9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. An upbeat look at ways to build self-esteem & healthier relationships while reducing stress & anxiety. Increase your emotional, spiritual & relational wellness! Call 400-5744 or visit www.discoverjoyonline.com.

August 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Long-range planning under way for Pleasanton's 'last frontier'

1,000-acre site eyed for housing, businesses, recreation
The city's new East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force has started the process of determining how best to develop a 1,000-acre tract of land east of Valley Avenue along Stanley Boulevard, a largely empty parcel that is mostly out of sight to the general public.

August 10, 2012 | 15 comments
Americans win 4th straight Olympic gold medal as women's soccer team defeats Japan 2-1

U.S. women win all six games in London, coming from behind in two.
The U.S. women's soccer team left nothing to chance this time around. Carli Lloyd scored twice and the rest of the team stepped up to keep things in check as the Americans won their fourth straight Olympic gold medal Thursday with a 2-1 win over Japan.

August 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Teens teach others how to go (and save) green

Youth Energy Specialists help residents conserve power and water
This summer, while some teens were conserving their own energy by sleeping late or lounging on the couch, another group was helping others conserve energy by doing in-home visits. "We go to people's houses make their homes more energy efficient by installing CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and checking water pressure," said Hannah Fowler-Kimsey, a 16-year-old from Amador High School.

August 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Mercedes-Benzes stolen from dealership

Plus, other police reports through Aug. 7
Three cars worth more than $138,000 were stolen from Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton in the 5800 block of Owens Drive overnight Aug. 3, according to police reports.

August 10, 2012 | 12 comments
City passes, on public art piece

Committee wants an 'appropriate cultural design.'
Does anyone doubt that art is subjective? The School Board unanimously approved artwork comprising eight panels planned for district headquarters property last month but a city advisory committee decided the figures portrayed are not a proper representation of Pleasanton.

August 11, 2012 | 19 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for July 6-17 and in San Ramon for July 14-25.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales jump 19% in June

In June, most expensive home sold in Pleasanton for $3.25 million
East Bay luxury home sales jumped 19% in June and the median sale price edged higher as the high-end market continued to gain momentum.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' day in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley due to continued hot weather

Temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees, maybe higher today
With temperatures expected to approach 100 degrees today in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has declared Saturday a "Spare the Air" day.

August 9, 2012 | 3 comments
Discovery Shop to hold its semi-annual sale on Friday, Saturday

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop will have its Semi-annual 50% off Sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday Aug. 18 at The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1987 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. There will be store wide savings of half off in both the main store and the furniture and home store. Everything is half off including jewelry & furniture. Call 462-7374.

August 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley CAREs meeting tomorrow

Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs) monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. Its overarching mission is to promote peace, justice and a healthy environment. The next meeting is from 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, at Livermore Civic Center Library. Call 443-7148 or visit www.trivalleycares.org.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
American Red Cross volunteer orientation

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region will be holding volunteer orientations at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at the Pleasanton Blood Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advanced sign up required. Call Tami at 408-577-2006 or email tambra.wethern@redcross.org.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Luncheon for Widowed Men and Women Aug. 23

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join them for lunch at noon, Thursday, Aug. 23, at Chianti's Ristorante, 436 Main St., Pleasanton. Cost is your menu choice. RSVP to David by Monday, Aug. 20, at 833-7647.

August 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton activates Cooling Center for hot weather today

Beat the heat at the Pleasanton Senior Center
The city of Pleasanton has activated its public Cooling Center for those seeking relief from high temperatures as they rise past the century mark today.

August 8, 2012 | 3 comments
Farmers Market tonight in Dublin

Dublin holds an extensive farmers market from 4-8 p.m., every Thursday through Sept. at Emerald Glen Park, Central Parkway and Tassajara Rd., Dublin. Fresh locally grown produce, it features weekly special events, such as a free concert series, wine tastings, local entertainment, and children's games and activities.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Diabetes Classes

Free Diabetes Self-Management Classes! This 6 to 7 week series will teach you how to manage your diabetes with exercise, healthy eating (including the foods you love) and medications, and answer all your questions about living with diabetes. The class is from 5-7 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 16 through Sept. 27 at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin. Call 510-383-5185.

August 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Learn tips to staying fit tomorrow at Pleasanton Senior Center

Learn tips and tricks to staying fit and healthy. Pointers on building core strength, increasing balance and lowering your fall risk will be addressed. Join this fun and informative session. The class is from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and non-skid shoes. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Read It and Eat with author Gail Tsukiyama

Towne Center Books' next Read It and Eat luncheon will feature Gail Tsukiyama, author of "A Hundred Flowers." The event is at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Copies will be available Aug. 7. Reservations are required. Please call 846-8826 or reserve online at orders@townecenterbooks.com.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Concerts in the Park tonight

Pleasanton Downtown Association presents live concerts throughout the summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net

August 10, 2012 | 1 comment
Movie in the park, "The Adventures of TinTin"

You are invited to enjoy the free movie "The Adventures of Tintin" at dusk, Thursday, Aug. 16, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Based upon the internationally popular Belgian Tintin comic books by Herge. The film is rated PG. Please do not place blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Auditions start today for now for 47th season of 'WomenSing'

One of the East Bay's premier ensembles, now in its 47th season, WomenSing will hold auditions on August 14, August 22, and by appointment for experienced singers. All voice parts are welcome. Call 974-9169 or visit www.womensing.org for more information.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed in Livermore accident

May have lost control while traveling at high speed on eastbound Murrieta at Portola
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Livermore early yesterday, police said.

August 8, 2012 | 9 comments
U.S.women's water polo team meets Spain today to vie for gold medal

U.S.water polo team meets Spain today to vie for gold medal
Mountain View native Adam Krikorian almost made the mistake of the 2012 London Olympics. Thankfully, Stanford freshman Maggie Steffens and USC grad Kami Craig made it a moot point.

August 8, 2012 | 2 comments
Should SanRamon-based Chevron 'pack up and leave' Richmond?

Monday's refinery fire out, but community anger remains
There was not enough time during a two-hour town hall meeting in Richmond last night to address infuriated residents' concerns surrounding a fire at the local Chevron oil refinery Monday.

August 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton business delegation back from Cuba

Trip allowed for direct interaction with Cuban citizens, organizers say
A group of 33 representatives of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is back from Cuba, part of a "people-to-people" cultural experience that allowed direct interaction with Cuban citizens.

August 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High teacher takes vice principal's job at Foothill

Leslie Heller, a 14-year English teacher in the Pleasanton district, to join Falcons' administration next week
Leslie Heller an English instructor and chairwoman of the English Department at Amador Valley High School, has been selected as a new vice principal at Foothill High School.

August 8, 2012 | No comments yet
'Cash mob' will be in downtown Pleasanton starting at 6 p.m.tonight

New movement aimed at stimulating local economy
Pleasanton's first "Cash Mob" will take over downtown streets starting at 6 p.m. tonight as part of a new national movement to support local businesses and strengthen communities.

August 8, 2012 | 6 comments
Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' performing outdoors at Concannon Vineyard through Aug. 12

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival is presenting Shakespeare's "Hamlet" outdoors through Aug. 12 at Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore, in partial repertory with "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Tickets $25-$39. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.livermoreshakes.org.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Volunteers needed to help Bay Area homeless veterans

Caring citizens are invited to join in giving a "hand up" to our less fortunate men and women who have served honorably in military service. More than 1,000 volunteers with various sills and abilities are needed to support the operation of a "tent city" at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from Thursday, Sept. 13 through noon, Sunday, Sept. 16. All volunteers must register by Aug, 31 at www.eastbaystanddown.org/volreg/volunteer.php. Financial assistance is also greatly needed to support this huge endeavor and make a difference in the lives of so many Veterans who gave so much for themselves and for our Country. Checks may be sent to Diablo Valley Veterans Foundation EBSD, P.O. Box 2133, Danville, CA 94526.

August 10, 2012 | 8 comments
Ruckatan Latin Tribe set for Sept. 1 performance

The popular Alameda based world music group, Ruckatan Latin Tribe will be performing at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. The 7 band members, from three different continents, infuse their cultures and love of their roots into their music, a blend of Latin, reggae and rock sounds. Ticket are $15-$20. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

August 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Lions" Fall Restaurant and Shop Walk"

Pleasanton Lions Club Fundraiser. 1st annual "Fall Restaurant and Shop Walk" from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 in downtown Pleasanton. Limit of 400 passports. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The passport entitles the guest to sample delicious foods and beverages from 19 participating restaurants & businesses located in downtown Pleasanton. For more information contact Pam Grimes at 484-3524 or Donna DeVincenzi at 462-6525 or email pleasantonlionsclub@comcast.net.

August 13, 2012 | No comments yet
An evening with Sourdough Steve

Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Travel through the world of the 49ers with miner Sourdough Steve portrayed by Steve Johnson, Sourdough Steve recalls many rarely heard stories of mining life in the mid-1800s. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for members & seniors, and $3 for students/teachers with ID. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
'Aladdin Junior,' a performing arts show for children, on stage at Livermore High today, Sunday

"Aladdin Junior," a stage production produced by SmARTSunlimited, will be presented at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Livermore High School Performing Arts Theater at 600 Maple St.

August 7, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school superintendent cites state measures to promote contributions of Sikhs in California

Bay Area Sikhs see Wisconsin shootings as disturbing trend of violence against religious group
Pleasanton, School Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi has sent an advisory to teachers and staff that calls attention to the important contributions made by Sikh Americans to the history of California.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
USA women's soccer team headed for gold medal showdown today

Victory over Canada sets up rematch with Japan
Cal grad Alex Morgan scored in the second overtime period to lift the U.S. women's soccer team to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Canada in the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Monday.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Sentinels of Freedom gives 5 wounded vets chance to sail on historic schooner

'Great day of sailing for veterans, who never stop serving our nation,' organization's chairman says
As the sun came up very early over the San Francisco Bay last Saturday morning, a sleek 113 foot Sailing Schooner named Eros quietly slipped her moorings and raised her sails once again carrying a National Treasure aboard her historic decks.

August 7, 2012 | 6 comments
Missing Lathrop 1-year-old safe; Pleasanton police find car used in abduction

Girl reportedly taken by her father, who remains at large
An Amber Alert issued for a 1-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her father from her San Joaquin County home near Lathrop was canceled Monday night after she was located, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 7, 2012 | 15 comments
Richmond refinery fire largely contained; BART, bridge traffic back to normal

Air quality warnings lifted for those living in or passing through region
A large fire that blazed last night at Chevron's Richmond refinery compromised air quality and prompted a shelter-in-place warning that has since been lifted in the cities of Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo.

August 7, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton City Council meeting cancelled for tonight

The Pleasanton City Council has cancelled its regular meeting on the first Tuesday of the month that was set for tonight, Aug. 7. The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Pleasanton Civic Center.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Youth Orchestra to play classics at 8 p.m. tonight

Free admission at Livermore church to hear works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, others
The Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Gershwin, Holst, Vaughn Williams and Larsson and its 2012 concert starting at 8 p.m. tonight.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Sally Struthers at Firehouse Arts Center Aug. 18

All in the Family's Sally Struthers will regale the audience with songs, stories and laughter in a rare intimate evening of entertainment. The event is from 8-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $28-$38. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Foothill Cheer car wash tomorrow

Got dirt? Get your car squeaky clean when you drop by the Foothill Cheer Car Wash Fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Goodyear Tire, 2 California Ave., Pleasanton. Cars will be washed by Foothill Varsity, JV and Frosh cheer team members to raise funds for their 2012-13 program. Donations gratefully accepted. Visit www.facebook.com/FHSFalconCheer.

August 10, 2012 | No comments yet
KPIX confirms that Seattle weathercaster will replace Pleasanton's Roberta Gonzales as weekday anchor

Paul Deanno takes over Aug. 30 with Gonzales moving to weekends, 'field' assignments
KPIX, the CBS station in San Francisco, confirmed Tuesday that it is replacing Roberta Gonzales as its weeknight weather anchor with Paul Deanno, currently the No. 2 meteorologist (weathercaster) at Seattle's KOMO, also a CBS-affiliated station.

August 6, 2012 | 13 comments
New home construction at fastest pace in last 4 years

Single, multi-family housing starts rose 36.9% in the West last month
Nationwide housing production rose by 6.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000 units in June, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

August 6, 2012 | 4 comments
Occupancy rates improving at Hacienda business Park

New firms, additional housing replacing vacant offices, undeveloped sites
Pleasanton's Hacienda Business Park is reporting a significant improvements in its occupancy rates for the first half of 2012.

August 6, 2012 | 1 comment
Review: 'The Imposter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Atheists argue that most people's need to believe a comforting fantasy trumps rational thought. Maybe, maybe not, but the new documentary "The Imposter" showcases a monumental case of self-delusion. Or maybe not.

August 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Ruby Sparks'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Ruby Sparks" proves it's something special by being unafraid to follow its premise to a dark place, the dream turning into a nightmare. In a way, there's as much "Frankenstein" to the story as there is "The Purple Rose of Cairo." -- PC

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Imposter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Atheists argue that most people's need to believe a comforting fantasy trumps rational thought. Maybe, maybe not, but the new documentary "The Imposter" showcases a monumental case of self-delusion. Or maybe not. -- PC

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Computer classes 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 7, 2012 | No comments yet
For Wednesday 8/8: Women's 5K and Fitness Festival this Sunday

Fleet Feet Sports is hosting a Women's 5K Run/Walk and Fitness Festival by Health Unlimited on Sunday, Aug. 12. Entry includes T-shirt, chip timing, post-race refreshments including chocolate from OCHO Chocolates, and an entry into the drawing. For registration and information visit www.fleetfeetpleasanton.com

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' performing outdoors at Concannon Vineyard through Aug. 12

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival is presenting Shakespeare's "Hamlet" outdoors through Aug. 12 at Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore, in partial repertory with "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Tickets $25-$39. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.livermoreshakes.org.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasantonians 4 Peace to hold downtown vigil tonight

Pleasantonians 4 Peace is sponsoring a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton. We will reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor our veterans, and visualize ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful society. For more information contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495 or Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com. Visit www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org.

August 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Author visits Towne Center Books

Towne Center Books' next Read It and Eat luncheon will feature Gail Tsukiyama, author of "A Hundred Flowers." Copies will be available Aug. 7. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Reservations are required. Please call 846-8826 or reserve online at orders@townecenterbooks.com.

August 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Olympic torch bearer to talk about her experience at Pleasanton library today

Teen hopes to spark flame among younger kids
Sarah Williams, 19, a Pleasanton resident who was chosen to represent the U.S. by carrying an Olympic torch for the Summer Games, will offer an insider's look at the 2012 London Olympics at 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Pleasanton library.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Sizzling Saturdays are back in downtown Pleasanton starting tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Sizzling Saturdays are back in downtown Pleasanton. Stores and restaurants will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. every Saturday night in August and September with special offers from popular downtown shops and eateries. Downtown shoppers and diners also will enjoy live music and a children's entertainer on Main Street.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Friday first day of new BART pilot program for bicycles

Cyclists allowed to use trains during commute hours on Fridays as transit authorities test impact on commuter patrons
Bike riders had a little more freedom when using BART Friday.

August 3, 2012 | 3 comments
Lawsuits against city of Pleasanton not uncommon

Complaints can trigger internal investigations
Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller confirms there is an internal investigation into actions of a K-9 officer, but such investigations, which spring from claims filed with the city, are apparently not unusual. "There is an administrative investigation. I am conducting an investigation on allegations asserted in the claim," said Spiller, adding that he is prohibited from speaking about specifics of the investigation.

August 3, 2012 | 23 comments
Former Pleasanton mortgage firm being sued by clients

Owner also facing criminal charge in July 3 attack
A man accused of attacking his roommate at his mansion in unincorporated Livermore is now facing a civil case involving the company he ran in Pleasanton.

August 3, 2012 | 4 comments
Pooches pack Pleasanton for parade fun and more

The 1st Wednesday Street Party was for the dogs this week as pooches with their people crowded Lions Wayside Park to display costumes, tricks and fun events before parading up and down Main Street.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Cops nab would-be car burglar

Plus, other police news through July 31
A San Jose man was arrested in the early morning hours of July 29 by a Pleasanton police officer who spotted him wearing dark clothing and standing near a parked car on a bike without lights, police reports said.

August 3, 2012 | 3 comments
USF opens new Pleasanton campus

'Here you get the best of everything…a USF education and no fog,' university president says at celebration
City, civic and education leaders joined together Wednesday to officially open the University of San Francisco's new Pleasanton campus.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Job fairs planned for Paragon Outlets mall, scheduled to open Nov. 8

120 retailers, eateries to boost Tri-Valley as center for holiday shopping
Hiring fairs for Livermore's new Paragon Outlets mall will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue in Livermore, it was announced yesterday.

August 2, 2012 | 25 comments
'Sizzling Saturdays' back this week in downtown Pleasanton starting today

Entertainment, special offers to attract shoppers, diners
Sizzling Saturdays are back in downtown Pleasanton.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
More women to get health services under new law

As of Aug. 1, Affordable Care Act required all new private insurance plans to cover certain preventive services without co-payments
Access to women's health services expanded on Wednesday, Aug. 1, due to the federal Affordable Care Act. The guaranteed services are part of a package of preventative services in the act designed to help underserved populations avoid or reduce the impact of serious chronic diseases.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Fast & Furious races all day today in downtown Pleasanton

Criterium racing known for speed and intensity
Cycling, running and other healthy happenings will take over Pleasanton's Main Street and some side streets tomorrow when the second annual Fast & Furious Festival comes to town, sponsored by Safeway and Hill Physicians.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for June 27-July 9 and in San Ramon for July 7-17.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Crowds cheer Thorne at rally for his election as Pleasanton mayor

Candidate cites 40 years of business experience as essential to making sure city moves forward
City Councilman and candidate for mayor Jerry Thorne told more than 100 supporters at his recent fundraising reception that he will put his 40 years of business experience to work as mayor to bring fiscal sustainability and pension reform to Pleasanton.

August 1, 2012 | 24 comments
Prop. 8 sponsors appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to uphold state's same-sex marriage ban

Plea argues that that individual states should be allowed to define marriage
As promised, supporters of California's Proposition 8 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to uphold the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

July 31, 2012 | 6 comments
New and newly-promoted Pleasanton school leaders to be on hand at district's 1st Wednesday booth tonight

New assistant superintendent, clinical services director, 2 new principals ready to meet public
The Pleasanton Unified School District will give parents and students the opportunity to meet its new assistant superintendent, a newly promoted school psychologist and two new principals at its booth at 1st Wednesday tonight.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Juveniles arrested on suspicion of phone thefts on BART

BART looking for victims of cell phone thieves
Two juveniles suspected of "grab and go" thefts from unsuspecting customers on BART trains were arrested by San Francisco police officers July 18 and booked by BART police for robbing a BART passenger.

July 31, 2012 | 11 comments
Inner beauty pageant empowers teen

National Miss Teen Raven Delk works to raise girls' self-esteem
In a world filled with superficial physical beauty, Raven Delk strives to redefine the meaning of true beauty and what it means to be a pageant girl.

July 31, 2012 | 1 comment
Death sentence upheld for man convicted of killing Livermore nurse in 1986

State Supreme Court rejects appeals by Richard Tully, now 53, who was sentenced 10 years ago
The California Supreme Court in San Francisco Monday unanimously upheld the death sentence of an ex-Marine convicted of fatally stabbing a Livermore nurse in her home 26 years ago.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Cal State East Bay one of only 10 state colleges still accepting applications for next spring

Plus, only those with 'A.A. Degrees for Transfer' from community colleges can apply
California State University East Bay is one of just 10 campuses in the state university system that is accepting applications for spring 2013 admissions, the chancellor's office announced Monday.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
What happens when you can't pay your medical bills?

To fight back, your best bet is to be a well-informed consumer
It's no secret that health care costs have been spiraling out of control for years.

July 31, 2012 | 21 comments
Safeway's 2nd quarter profit dips but revenue jumps to $10.4 billion

Pleasanton-based grocer sees market gains in all food-related channels
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. has reported second-quarter profit fell to $121.7 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $146.0 million in the same quarter a year ago.

July 31, 2012 | 1 comment
Review: 'The Watch'

(Two stars)
Despite the amusing verbal riffs in "The Watch" (most of them from still-got-it motor-mouth Vince Vaughn) and expert delivery from all four leads, having its main characters both ways -- horrifying yet heroic -- ultimately sinks this scattershot exercise. -- PC

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Do you know the way to San Jose?

What do you really know about California's third largest city? San Jose is a destination with an exciting variety of attractions for all ages. The lecture is from 10:30-11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. Travel there in comfort and ease on the ACE Train. Learn about local train stations and traveling to San Jose on ACE Train. Call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

August 6, 2012 | No comments yet
School supply drive for foster kids

In an effort to help California's foster kids feel prepared and confident this school year, Sleep Train is hosting its annual School Supply Drive for Foster Kids through Sept. 9. Drop off needed supplies such as backpacks, pencils, paper, calculators and more at any Sleep Train store. Call 800-378-2337 or visit www.sleeptrain.com.

August 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Linens, crystal and china

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop has been saving beautiful hand laundered linens, crystal stemware, and gorgeous china. They will be on sale, at their Furniture and Home Store from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 3 and 4 at American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 1991 L Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. Featuring lovely vintage items; (depression glass) Fenton, Fostoria, Limoges and Lenox.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
USF will mark official opening of its new Pleasanton campus today

Night, weekend classes offer opportunities to complete bachelor's, Master's degree programs, earn teaching, nursing credentials
City and civic representatives with join educators at noon today to officially open the University of San Francisco's new Pleasanton campus.

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Former BART board member Erlene DeMarcus campaigning for Pleasanton City Council

Three now in race to win two open seats on council in Nov. 6 municipal election
Erlene DeMarcus, a former BART board member and long-time Pleasanton resident, has announced her campaign for Pleasanton City Council in the November 6 municipal election.

July 30, 2012 | 14 comments
Fast and Furious Festival coming Sunday in Pleasanton

5K walk/run starts at 8 a.m. with professional-level races throughout the day
The second annual Fast and Furious Festival will be held in downtown Pleasanton starting at 8 a.m. Sunday and is expected to draw several thousand participants and spectators to the city.

July 29, 2012 | 2 comments
'Plan Now: Caregiving Your Parent' program being broadcast on TV30's Channel 28 this week

30-minute-long show offers help for those caring for parent or ill spouse
How do you start planning when your elderly parents are in need of support/care? What resources are available? "Plan Now: Caregiving your Parent," produced by Tri-Valley Community TV, provides answers to help individuals plan for and navigate their way through the challenging task of caregiving their parent.

July 30, 2012 | 4 comments
For Thursday 8/9: Movie in the Park tonight

You are invited to enjoy the free movie "Hugo" at dusk, Thursday, Aug. 9, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. This is the astonishing adventure of a boy who lives in a Paris railway station with a secret left to him by his father. The film is rated PG. Please do not place blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

August 9, 2012 | No comments yet
'Wherever there's a Fight' exhibit opens this morning at Museum on Main

Learn about the stories of California's unsung heroes and heroines at the Museum on Main's new exhibit, "Wherever there's a Fight." The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 9, is based on Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi's book, "Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California." Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The museum, located at 603 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton, is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 462-2766.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity Consignment Sale

Back-to-school time is here and it's time for moms to clean out and cash in on their children's outgrown and unused clothing, toys and equipment and to have some fun & shop for all weather at significant savings. The event is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4; and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5, at The Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Building C, Pleasanton. Two adults only. Call 916-320-1127 or visit www.jbfsale.com.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Downtown Farmers Market in Pleasanton looks for good shopping weather tomorrow

Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Burton & Co. plays tonight at Pleasanton's downtown Concerts in the Park

The Pleasanton Downtown Association presents live concerts throughout the summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Jazzy Rhythm and Blues by Burton & Co. is tonight's (Aug. 3) feature with Latin/Reggae World Music by Rockatan Latin Tribe on tap for next Friday night, Aug. 10. For more information, sign on toe the PDA's website at www.pleasantondowntown.net.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Virtually Speaking Toastmasters meets tomorrow

Virtually Speaking Toastmasters club meets from noon-1 p.m. every Thursday at Electrical Reliability Services, 6900 Koll Center Pkwy., Suite 415, Pleasanton. Everyone is welcome to come see what a positive change Toastmasters can make in their confidence. Call 580-8660.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Amador chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets tomorrow

DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jose Maria Amador Chapter meets the first Saturday of the month. It is a social gathering and time to explore the history of our American roots. For meeting time and location, call Ann at 510-507-5509 or email anarciso@comcast.net.

August 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Creepy KOFY Movie Time Book Signing

Meet No Name and Balrok del Cavo, hosts of the TV show Creepy KOFY Movie Time, for the "World Premier" of The Creepy KOFY Movie Time Comic noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Heroes and Villains Comics, 264 Main St., Pleasanton. Meet the creators of the comic and show personalities during this very special event. LIVE 105 is broadcasting during the event. Call 399-5352 or visit www.heroesvillainscomics.com.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
'Cars 2 is feature film at tonight's Movies in the Park

You are invited to enjoy the free movie "Cars 2" at dusk, Thursday, Aug. 2, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. With star racecar Lighting McQueen and friendly tow truck Mater. The two Pixar buddies take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. The film is rated PG. Please do not place blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Computer classes for seniors tomorrow and Thursday at Pleasanton library

The Pleasanton Public Library is hosting Computer Classes for Seniors, including Beginning Internet, on the first Wednesdays and Thursdays of every month. Another course on Beginning E-mail is offered on the second Wednesdays and Thursdays of every month, with Open Practice on the third Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Advanced E-mail on the fourth Wednesdays and Thursdays. The classes meet in Adult Computer Area in the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Registration is required; call 931-3400.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
For Monday 7/30: Dublin senior Center Foundation meeting

The Dublin Senior Center Foundation meets at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511.

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Newcomers Club meets this Wednesday

Pleasanton Newcomers Club, which meets Wednesday, offers 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 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Safeway gets OK for gas station at its new Pleasanton store

9-pump, 18-hose fueling center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Safeway will add a three-bay, nine-pump self-service discount gasoline station to its new Lifestyle supermarket in Pleasanton.

July 27, 2012 | 23 comments
Tri-Valley Rotary Club hosting 'West Side Story' sing-along today

Rita Moreno offers personalized, autographed photo, CD of her music, movie DVD for club's silent auction
The Tri-Valley Rotary Club will hold its fourth sing-along fundraising event later today at a special showing of "West Side Story" at the Vine Theater in Livermore with proceeds going to support the organization's humanitarian efforts.

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
At last, Highway 84 expressway project begins

Thoroughfare that will eventually link I-580/I-680 could significantly reduce 'cut-through' commuter traffic in Pleasanton
Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman joined with other city, county and regional representatives last Thursday for the symbolic first shovels-full-of-dirt ceremony marking the long-awaited start the State Route 84 expressway that will eventually link I-580 to I-680 along the Isabel Avenue and Vallecitos Road corridor.

July 27, 2012 | 8 comments
COMMENTARY: Planning Pleasanton's 'last frontier'

New East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force will meet Thursday to start land use planning process
The 18-member East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force will hold its first meeting Thursday to begin a two-year planning process for Pleasanton's last frontier in terms of commercial, residential and recreational development.

July 27, 2012 | 5 comments
Three incumbents announce candidacy for school board seats

board seats Election could be cancelled if no challengers file by Aug. 10 deadline
All three incumbent Pleasanton school board members have confirmed they will seek reelection this fall as their terms expire, although only Valerie Arkin and Chris Grant so far have filed paperwork with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

July 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for June 24-28 and in San Ramon for June 29-July 10.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Record-low mortgage rates lead to jump in refinancing

Average rate for 30-year mortgages now at 3.74%
Mortgage applications increased 16.9% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's for the week ending July 13.

July 26, 2012 | 4 comments
Going for the gold tonight at the Olympics

Pat Nichols to skip Castlewood event to watch her daughter compete in 2012 Olympic Games in London
One month ago, Pat Nichols had planned to attend the Queen's Jubilee Celebration being presented by the Daughters of the British Empire at the Castlewood Country Club tonight.

July 27, 2012 | No comments yet
'Oklahoma!' now playing at the Bankhead is more than just 'OK'

Purty girls and dancing fellas bring high spirits to the stage
Tri-Valley Rep's production of "Oklahoma" at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore this afternoon and through Aug. 5 does exactly what entertainment is supposed to do: transport us to another world, in this case the Oklahoma territory in 1906 that was on the threshold of statehood.

July 27, 2012 | 1 comment
Police log: Internet frauds net more than $14,000 from residents

Plus, other police reports through July 24
Two Pleasanton residents reported being victims of Internet fraud last weekend, with one taken for more than $10,000 in fraudulent credit card charges.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Shadow Cliffs issues water warning

'Do not swallow water,' advises Park District
The beach at Shadow Cliffs has posted warning signs about the water quality but it's not bad enough to close the swimming area, which has been popular during the recent high temperatures.

July 26, 2012 | 2 comments
Bank crash

No charges filed in Sunday accident
A late-model BMW SUV apparently attempted to give the Bank of America a drive-through lane on Sunday, July 21. Police say the car jumped the curb and ran into the rear of the building; no cause has been determined, and no charges have been filed. Photo by Maria Popp

July 29, 2012 | 16 comments
Shadow Cliffs issues water warning

'Do not swallow water,' advises Park District
The beach at Shadow Cliffs has posted warning signs about the water quality but it's not bad enough to close the swimming area, which has been popular during the recent high temperatures.

July 26, 2012 | 5 comments
Amador Valley High band chosen for Fiesta Bowl

Summer fundraiser will help pay expenses to Arizona
Band members in Pleasanton high schools are known for their dedication, devoting hours to training during the school year and attending 12-hour practices in the summer.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Three incumbents announce candidacy for school board seats

board seats Election could be cancelled if no challengers file by Aug. 10 deadline
All three incumbent Pleasanton school board members have confirmed they will seek reelection this fall as their terms expire, although only Valerie Arkin and Chris Grant had filed paperwork with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters by press time Wednesday afternoon.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Drug and weapons charges dropped against Pleasanton man

Charges dismissed for 'lack of evidence,' says D.A
A Pleasanton man embroiled in a bitter custody battle has had criminal charges against him thrown out of court.A Pleasanton man embroiled in a bitter custody battle has had criminal charges against him thrown out of court.

July 26, 2012 | 34 comments
Court to reconsider law allowing DNA collection from criminal suspects

Measures requires samples whether individual ever charged or convicted
A federal appeals court in San Francisco agreed Wednesday to take another look at whether a California law requiring police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony is constitutional.

July 26, 2012 | 4 comments
Presenting perfect pairings

Pleasanton's Palm Event Center was the scene last week of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association's Taste of Terroir 2012 Pairing Competition.

July 29, 2012 | 1 comment
Sandia's 'lab-on-disk' could make medical tests faster, cheaper for patients

SpinDx technology offers quick blood work results with just a pin prick
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore have developed a lab-on-a-disk platform that they believe will be faster, less expensive and more versatile that similar medical diagnostic tools.

July 25, 2012 | No comments yet
New law requires drug makers to pay for Alameda County disposal program

Drug disposal program now costing county about $330,000 a year
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the nation's first ordinance requiring drug makers to pay for programs to dispose of expired and unused drugs..

July 25, 2012 | 13 comments
FUNdraiser for the Lymphoma Leukemia Society set for next Sunday

Tickets are available for the "FUNdraiser" for the Lymphoma Leukemia Society. Tommy Davidson from "In Living Color" will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Tommy T's Comedy Steakhouse, 5104 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton. Tickets are $25 each and will go towards finding a cure for blood cancers. To order tickets online, email Diann Robinson at friday_bowler@sbcglobal.net or Lin Teichman at linteichman@gmail.com. Tickets are limited, so order them today.

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Laptime for Toddlers at Pleasanton library today

The Pleasanton Public Library is offering "Laptime for Toddlers" today, July 30, with sessions at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 931-3400.

July 30, 2012 | No comments yet
USF opens new campus in Pleasanton

City, civic, education leaders to join in celebration program Tuesday
City and civic representatives with join educators next Tuesday to officially open the University of San Francisco's new Pleasanton campus.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
First Wednesday's 'Pooch Parade' in downtown Pleasanton Aug. 1

Find your dog a creative costume for this Wednesday's 15th Annual Pooch Parade, a highlight of the First Wednesday street fair Aug. 1. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on at Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First and Neal streets. Dog trick performances begin at 6:30 p.m., with the actual parade on Main Street starting at 7 p.m. Winners and raffle prize winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per category. All proceeds are given to the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For more information and to download a registration form, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org.

July 27, 2012 | No comments yet
CHP marks 10 years of Amber Alert system

Program credited with successfully reuniting 235 children with their families since it started in July 2002
A statewide emergency system designed to track down abducted children within hours of disappearing is marking 10 years in service this week.

July 25, 2012 | No comments yet
High schoolers don't always 'like' Facebook

Despite discontent, it can be hard to give up
Facebook has been a phenomenon since Mark Zuckerburg created it in his Harvard dorm room in 2004 and it spread like wildfire around the world, but some users are beginning to question its value.

July 25, 2012 | 5 comments
USA women's soccer will open 2012 Summer Games

'We really want to win the next game and go all the way to the final,' coach says
The U.S. Women's National Team begins its quest for the fourth Olympic gold medal in the program's history when it opens the 2012 London Olympics against France on Wednesday at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford names its new women's golf coach

Anne Walker has been named the new head coach of the Stanford women's golf team.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
TV30 airs show produced by 1st of its 2 summer TV camps

Sbranti talks about his job as mayor of Dublin
"Tri-Valley Youth View," a special program produced by middle and high school students at a unique summer camp teaching television broadcasting techniques, is now airing on TV30, the Tri-Valley's community broadcasting system.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Obama makes a stop in Oakland as part of Bay Area campaign swing

Protesters march in streets as president speaks, then make it an anti-police demonstration
President Barack Obama landed back in the Bay Area Monday to attend several fundraising events in the East Bay with about 100 demonstrators marching through downtown Oakland streets as he campaigned.

July 24, 2012 | 9 comments
'Wherever there's a Fight' exhibit opens this morning at Museum on Main

Learn about the stories of California's unsung heroes and heroines at the Museum on Main Street's brand new exhibit: "Wherever there's a Fight." The exhibit opens at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 25 at the Museum on Main Street, 603 Main St., Pleasanton. The exhibit is based on Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi's book "Wherever there's a fight: how runaway slaves, suffragists, immigrants, strikers and poets shaped civil liberties in California." Admission is free, donations are appreciated. The exhibit will be open from July 25-September 9. The museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. For questions call 462-2766.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Teen-improvised soap opera performs at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Firehouse Arts Center

Help create the characters and plot at the Creatures of Impulse's TriValley: The Series. Be a part of the interactive audience at their next performance at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. This is the only episodic teen improvised soap opera in the Bay Area, don't miss out! For more information contact Mark Duncanson at 931-4828 or mduncanson@cityofpleasanton.gov.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Last Thursday Film at the library today

Bring the kids for a movie, popcorn and fun! The Pleasanton Public Library will be hosting its last Thursday Film at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. The event is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Free admission tickets available 30 minutes before the show. For more information call 931-3400, ext. 8.

July 25, 2012 | No comments yet
U7/U8 Boys Soccer Clinic today

Ballistic United is offering a free U7/U8 soccer clinic from 4-5:15 Friday, July 27 at the Aquatic park (Amador Valley Community Park), 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Bring your boys to learn new tricks and techniques for the fall.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday 7/26: Pleasanton North Rotary Club meeting tomorrow

Come learn what it means to give "Service above Self." Attend the Pleasanton North Rotary Club at 12:15 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 27 at the Hilton Hotel, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. The club meets every Friday to discuss the importance of local and global service. For more information visit pnrrotary.org or call Larry Smalheiser at 413-3137.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Happy Birds coming to the Pleasanton Public Library today

Bring the kids for an afternoon of entertainment and fun! Featured on The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show, and Pet Star, Happy Birds is an animal show you don't want to miss. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave, Pleasanton. Free admission tickets are available at 1 p.m. at the library. The animals will be performing impersonations, opera, acrobatics and more! For questions call 931-3400, ext. 8.

July 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Three Pleasanton school board members to seek re-election to 4-year terms

Hintzke, Arkin file for re-election; Chris Grant expected to follow shortly
Pleasanton school board members Valerie Arkin and Jamie Yee Hintzke have filed for re-election to the board in the Nov. 6 election and a third member, Chris Grant, is expected to follow.

July 23, 2012 | 20 comments
Stanford names its new women's golf coach

Anne Walker has been named the new head coach of the Stanford women's golf team.

July 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Unemployment up in Bay Area, down slightly in state

The state's unemployment rate decreased slightly last month while many Bay Area counties saw slight spikes in unemployment numbers, according to Friday's report by California employment officials.

July 22, 2012 | 13 comments
Is Stoneridge Creek construction causing neighborhood problems?

Vermont Place homeowner asks city for help in curbing day-long noise
Construction is under way at the multi-million-dollar Stoneridge Creek retirement community on Pleasanton's far northeast side, but it's disrupting the residential neighborhood it borders and may be damaging homes.

July 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Scandal: State parks finds $54 million in its pocket

State parks director resigns, acting deputy director fired
Remember all that hullabaloo about closing all the state parks? "Nevermind," say state-park officials.

July 21, 2012 | 6 comments
Police identify body in brush at Dublin BART station

48-year-old Livermore woman dead in apparent jump
The Alameda County Coroner's Office has identified the woman whose body was found in the brush near the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station parking structure Thursday afternoon.

July 20, 2012 | 6 comments
Nebraska man sentenced in sexual abuse of 13-year old girl

Crossed state lines after meeting on line, snuck into her bedroom 'almost nightly'
A former Nebraska man was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life after being convicted in April for the ongoing sexual abuse of an underage Alameda County girl.

July 20, 2012 | 5 comments
State park finds $54 million in its pocket

State parks officials have a mountain of explaining to do -- as the park system reportedly had $54 million hidden in its coffers at the same time it was threatening to close down 70 parks due to lack of funds.

July 20, 2012 | 16 comments
Murder-suicide led to death of Pleasanton woman and her daughter

'We don't know what her state of mind was,' police say
Police say it's unlikely anyone will ever know what led a mother to shoot her daughter, then shoot herself at their Stacy Court home in the early evening hours of May 7.

July 20, 2012 | 27 comments
'Oklahoma' opens tonight at Livermore's Bankhead Theater

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration runs through Sunday, Aug. 5
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens its production of "Oklahoma," at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore tonight with the show running through Aug. 5.

July 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Dark Knight Rises'

(Four stars)
All the world's Gotham City in Christopher Nolan's ambitious Batman trilogy, which comes to an emphatic conclusion with "The Dark Knight Rises." The Cecil B. DeMille scale of the film delivers a whole lotta movie that says "epic" almost as much as "blockbuster." -- PC

July 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Mother shot daughter then self, police say

Daughter Ainsley Freeman, 13, was student at Hart Middle School.
The Pleasanton Police Department said this morning that in the May 7 shooting deaths of a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, investigators have determined that Amy Freeman-Burton shot and killed her daughter, Ainsley Freeman, and then shot and killed herself.

July 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Police identify body in brush at BART station

48-year-old Livermore woman dead in apparent jump
The Alameda County Coroner's Office has identified the woman whose body was found in the brush near the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station parking structure Thursday afternoon.

July 20, 2012 | 17 comments
New state law toughens penalties for copper thieves, buyers

'If no one wants to buy stolen copper, thieves will have no reason to steal it' -- State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
With copper thefts a growing problem in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill advanced by State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) that stiffens penalties for both buyer and sellers.

July 19, 2012 | 10 comments
Mt. Diablo beacon restoration bill signed into law

Save Mt. Diablo to partner with Parks Department
A local conservation group may now work to restore a nearly century-old beacon perched atop Mount Diablo after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday to speed its restoration.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Woman's body found in brush at BART station

A woman's body was found Thursday afternoon in the brush near the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station parking structure, a BART police lieutenant said.

July 19, 2012 | 11 comments
Police log: Forgeries take center stage over last week

Police are investigating several forgeries and have made an arrest in one that occurred in recent days.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Classes cut? Not for dedicated Harvest Park teacher

Formed nonprofit to offer programs for gifted students
Cuts that eliminated special summer school programs for gifted students weren't enough to stop Lynn Gatehouse, a teacher at Harvest Park Middle School.

July 19, 2012 | 20 comments
Sign up for bocce tournament

Sign up for the 4th Aunnual Community-wide Open Bocce Tournament hosted by the Buon Tempo Italian American Club. The entry deadline is Friday, August 3. The tournament will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 11 at the Adobe Park bocce courts, 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. All skill levels are welcome. The event is limited to twelve four-person teams. The entry fee is $40 per team. For entry forms or information, contact Ken Martin at cvbearhouse@gmail.com or (510)727-9296.

July 27, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday 8/9: Dublin famer's market today

For locally produced fresh produce and more, make a trip to the Dublin farmer's market tonight, from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday through September,at Emerald Glen Park located at Central Parkway and Tassajara Rd., Dublin. The market also features special events like wine tastings, concerts, local entertainment, and children's activities.

July 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin farmers market today

For locally produced fresh produce and more, make a trip to the Dublin farmer's market tonight, from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday through September,at Emerald Glen Park located at Central Parkway and Tassajara Rd., Dublin. The market also features special events like wine tastings, concerts, local entertainment, and children's activities.

August 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Students can improve speaking skills through weekday courses in Pleasanton Library

RSVP Speech meets every Monday through Mid-August, from 4-6 p.m. at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Elementary and middle schools students who are looking to improve their public speaking skills are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings. The meetings include lessons on basic public speaking skills, as well as one-on-one instruction.

July 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Join the walk around Mission Hills Park tomorrow

Join Mr. Pedometer for an hour long walk 'n' talk. The walk will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Mission Hills Park, 600 Junipero, Pleasanton. It is suggested that attendees wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring a water bottle.

July 19, 2012 | 1 comment
For Monday 7/23: Local author releases 'Treasure Map to Health and Healing'

Purchase a copy of 'Treasure Map to Health and Healing' today! San Ramon author Linda Ybarra, N.D., Ph.D., certified Holistic Health Practitioner, provides readers with simple steps for a healthier lifestyle. The book is available in bookstores nationwide or from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com. The book can also be purchased online at barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

July 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Find Waldo at local stores, win a prize

Look for Waldo today! In celebration of Waldo's 25th year, Towne Center Books is hosting a "Find Waldo in Pleasanton!" search. During the month of July, kids of all ages are encouraged to look for Waldo at twenty local businesses. "Find Waldo in Pleasanton!" search lists are available at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Those who collect 16 or more "I found Waldo" cards will be awarded a Waldo button and be entered in a raffle. Raffle drawings will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at Towne Center Books.

July 23, 2012 | No comments yet
'Pooch Parade at 7 p.m. tonight, PDA's popular annual dress-up dog show

This is the day to bring your dog to the 15th Annual Pooch Parade at the PDA's 1st Wednesday festivities in downtown Pleasanton. The dressed up dogs and their owners will be on show starting at 5:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First and Neal Streets. Dog trick performances begin at 6:30 p.m., with the the actual parade starting at 7 p.m. Winners and raffle prize winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per category. All proceeds are given to the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For more information and to download a registration form, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org.

July 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Services at 1 p.m. today for East Bay business couple killed in Utah plane crash

Peter and Mona Branagh were flying their single engine craft to Aspen when it struck mountainside
Memorial services will be held in Danville at 1 p.m. today for East Bay developer Peter Branagh and his wife Mona who were killed when the small plane they were flying crashed into a mountainside in southern Utah.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
NAR wants greater appraiser competency, accuracy

Strong, independent appraisals critical in housing market, Realtor tells Congress
Reporting property values more accurately is critical to improving market performance, reducing risk and strengthening the housing finance system, according to the National Association of Realtors.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon police seek help in jewelry store robbery, fatal shooting

Warrant issued for Michael Porter, 20, of Hayward as suspect
San Ramon Police have issued a warrant for the fourth suspect associated with the May 30 robbery of the Gold N Treasures store at 2550 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in which one suspect was fatally shot.

July 19, 2012 | 3 comments
San Ramon police seek help in jewelry store robbery, fatal shooting

Warrant issued for Michael Porter, 20, of Hayward as suspect
Police are asking for the public's help to locate a man who allegedly took part in an armed jewelry store robbery in San Ramon that led to the fatal shooting of one of the robbers, a police lieutenant said Wednesday.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
UC regents urge voters to pass Brown's tax plan or tuition will rise by $2,400

Nov. 6 ballot initiative would hike state sales tax, increase tax on higher income earners
The University of California Regents have voted to endorse the governor's tax plan, and contingent on its passing, to freeze next year's
undergraduate tuition costs, as well as put into place fee increases for professional programs system-wide.

July 19, 2012 | 18 comments
Brown signs $8-billion funding measure to start construction of high-speed rail system in California

Calls passage of SB 1029 'bold risk-taking' by supporters of controversial legislation
Gov. Jerry Brown was in downtown San Francisco Wednesday to sign an $8 billion funding measure to start construction on what is expected to be the country's fastest rail system.

July 19, 2012 | 19 comments
Deputy pleads not guilty to illegally accessing information

Court records show he forwarded six names to San Ramon attorney
An Alameda County Sheriff's deputy on administrative leave in connection with allegations of breaking into county buildings and illegally acquiring information pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Ryan Silcocks, 39, appeared in court with his attorney to enter pleas on two misdemeanor charges.

July 19, 2012 | 6 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for June 7-26 and in San Ramon for June 19-July 2.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Park District OKs plan for Pleasanton Ridge

The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously OK'd the new land use plan for the Pleasanton Ridge at its recent meeting after reviewing comments received at public meetings.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Brown to sign $8-billion high-speed rail bill today in San Francisco

Even with initial funding secured, California's embattled project faces major hurdles
Gov. Jerry Brown will be in San Francisco later today to sign the High-Speed Rail funding bill at one of the bullet train system's future stations. But the project has many hurdles to cross before high-speed rail in California becomes a reality.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Ceminsky chosen as new principal at Donlon Elementary in Pleasanton

Moves from vice principal post at Amador Valley High to succeed Amy Simione, who moved
Stephanie Ceminsky, who served as an assistant principal at Amador Valley High School this past school year, has been selected to be the new principal at Donlon Elementary School in Pleasanton.

July 18, 2012 | 4 comments
Pleasanton schedules meeting tonight on Touriga, Palomino drives traffic concerns

More speed 'humps,' speed controls urged for key Vintage Hills streets
Pleasanton traffic engineers will hold a public "Traffic Calming" meeting tonight to consider measures that could be taken to slow down or reduce traffic on two Vintage Hills thoroughfares.

July 18, 2012 | 21 comments
Pleasanton developer, wife, killed in small plane crash in Utah

Peter and Mona Branagh were flying their single engine craft to Aspen when it struck mountainside
Peter Branagh, an East Bay developer with extensive interests in Pleasanton's downtown and residential communities, was killed in a plane crash along with his wife Mona Sunday in southern Utah. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado Road in Danville.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Brown to sign $8-billion high-speed rail bill today in San Francisco

Measure provides funding to start construction of 130-mile stretch of track in Central Valley
Gov. Jerry Brown will be in San Francisco later today to sign the High-Speed Rail funding bill at one of the bullet train system's future stations. But the project has many hurdles to cross before high-speed rail in California becomes a reality.

July 18, 2012 | 11 comments
Blind Nurserock band performing tonight at Concerts in the Park

Bring family, friends, and a blanket to tonight's concert in the park from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Tonight's concert will feature modern and classic rock by Blind Nurse. For more information visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

July 19, 2012 | 3 comments
Blood donation center needs your help

Volunteer orientation tomorrow
Come learn what it takes to be a volunteer with the American Red Cross at their volunteer orientation at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20,at the Pleasanton Blood Center, 5556-B Springsdale Ave, Pleasanton. Participants will learn ways to greet, inform and thank blood donors. Advanced sign up is required. For more information or to sign up contact Tami at 408-577-2006 or tambra.wethern@redcross.org.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Bill Lockyer files for divorce from wife Nadia Lockyer

Shortly after, car she was driving runs off road in Hayward, striking light pole
California Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Davis Lockyer, his spokesman said Monday.

July 17, 2012 | 1 comment
Body found in Livermore hotel room

Death 'suspicious'
Police are looking into the death of a man whose body was found in a Livermore hotel room on Sunday morning, a police spokeswoman said. An employee of the Doubletree Hotel at 720 Las Flores Road found the man, believed to be a Livermore resident, in a first-floor room.

July 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Serena heads to Olympics after winning Bank of West title Sunday

Holds off Coco Vandeweghe in singles final at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium
Serena Williams used her veteran experience to win the 43rd WTA title of her career as she held off Coco Vandeweghe in the singles final in the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

July 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Foreign buyers see U.S. as good place for home ownership

California 2nd only to Florida in attracting foreigners
Due to low prices and the relative weakness of the dollar, international buyers continue to identify the U.S. as a desirable place to own property and make a profitable investment.

July 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Vandeweghe a fortunate finalist Saturday in Bank of the West Classic

'Lucky loser' advances to her first career final today at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.
Less than a week ago, Coco Vandweghe was a 'lucky loser' after falling in qualifying for the Bank of the West Classic, but then being added to the main draw when another player dropped out due to injury. Now she's a fortunate finalist.

July 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Critics of high-speed rail take their arguments to Sacramento

Even with initial funding secured, California's embattled project faces major hurdles
California's contentious drive to build a high-speed-rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles sped ahead last week, when state lawmakers approved funding for the first construction phase, faces new hurdles as critics go to Sacramento in new effort to block plan.

July 14, 2012 | 23 comments
Stanford's Gibbs to receive National College Player of the Year tennis award today

Won in straight sets in opening round of Bank of the West Classic before losing to Serena Williams
Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs will be honored today as the 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year in women's tennis as part of induction weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I.

July 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Wickmayer shocks Bartoli in quarterfinal upset at Bank of the West Classic

Fifth-seeded player now faces unseeded Coco Vandeweghe in the semifinals at Stanford today
The 2012 Bank of the West Classic will be assured of having at least one new finalist after Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium upset 2011 runner-up Marion Bartoli, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals on Friday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

July 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Regional transportation agency expands to 21 members

Alameda, Santa Clara counties now have greater role in determining how transportation decisions are made
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will gain two new members from San Jose and Oakland under the terms of Assembly Bill 57, signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, a commission spokesman said.

July 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Mall incidents in Pleasanton, Walnut Creek may be related

Young women steal purses at knifepoint
Police are investigating whether a robbery using a knife at the Broadway Plaza parking garage in Walnut Creek on Wednesday is related to an incident at Stoneridge Shopping Center last Friday when two teenage girls tried to grab a woman's purse and shopping bag.

July 13, 2012 | 24 comments
Burdette takes lead, but loses to Bartoli in Bank of the West Classic at Stanford

Bartoli wins 11 consecutive games to advance into quarterfinals today
Mallory Burdette took a quick lead on second-seeded and 10th-ranked Marion Bartoli in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center on Thursday night, but wound up losing, 7-5, 6-0.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Wells Fargo Bank to pay $175 million in discrimination charge settlement

Federal lawsuit accused bank of steering minorities to mortgages with higher fees, interest rates
The U.S. Department of Justice and Wells Fargo Bank Thursday announced a $175 million settlement of allegations that the bank discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers who obtained home mortgages between 2004 and 2009.

July 13, 2012 | 6 comments
Amador soccer star awarded BUSC scholarship

Dane Shaffar heads for Sonoma State
At 5 years old, Dane Shaffar ran onto the soccer field for the first time. Now, nearly 13 years later, the 2012 Amador Valley High School graduate is headed to play soccer at his dream school, Sonoma State University.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Intouchables'

(Two stars)
In "The Intouchables," a rich, stuffy, white man exposes a poor black man to the "finer things" in life; in turn, the black man teaches the white man how to loosen up and find love. With its brash humor and emotional generosity, "The Intouchables" has crowd-pleaser written all over it, but there's no mistaking the queasy racial implications. -- PC

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

(Four stars)
"Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub," voices the 6-year-old narrator who wants to record her story for posterity. The little girl has a big imagination. And so does writer-director Benh Zeitlin, whose stunningly original first feature unspools like a dreamlike fable. -- ST

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Thieves haul heavy appliances, inflatable soccer stadium from school's day camp

Also, other Pleasanton police reports through July 10
A day camp operating at the Stratford School in the 4500 block of Willow Road was hit twice in the last two weeks, with a thief or thieves making off with a $3,600 inflatable soccer stadium, which was stolen between 7 p.m. June 29 and 7 a.m. July 1.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
New flood insurance program benefits millions across U.S.

Realtors' group sees Congressional act buoying market
The National Association of Realtors thanked Congress last week for passing a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for June 5-8 and in San Ramon for June 13-20.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley television broadcasting 'Player of the Week' sports show

Programs cover awards, background on players given awards at Robert Livermore Community Center celebration
The second annual TV30 Tri-Valley sports "Player of the Week" awards event that honored outstanding high school athletes is currently airing on TV30.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Local candidates can start filing for council, school board elections today

4 already campaigning for municipal offices, so far none for school board
Candidates can start filing today for election as Pleasanton mayor as well as for Pleasanton City Council and school board positions.

July 12, 2012 | 2 comments
County Fair breaks attendance records for second year

Exhibitors, livestock sales increase
More than 534,000 attendees visited the fair, an 18 percent increase from 2011, and is the largest recorded attendance in history, according to Fair organizers. In 2009, the Alameda County Fair was recognized as the fastest growing of more than 3,000 fairs in North America; its previous attendance record was 452,747 set in 2011.

July 12, 2012 | 3 comments
Serena Williams defeats Stanford's reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs in 2nd round at Bank of the West Classic

Gibbs only laughs when she double-faults her first serve
The fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic at Taube Family Tennis Center.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air Day' today, third in row

Forecast indicates ozone pollution may reach unhealthy levels
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that Thursday will be another "Spare the Air" day.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Woman fights off would-be purse snatchers

Victim hit four or five times in face
A woman successfully fought off two teen girls who tried to grab her purse and a bag of items she was returning to Stoneridge Shopping Center at 2:57 p.m. July 6, according to a police report.

July 12, 2012 | 15 comments
Widowed men and women's luncheon on today

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join them for lunch at noon, Thursday, July 26 at Favorite Indian Restaurant, 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Dublin. Cost your menu choice and beverage. RSVP to David by Monday, July 23 at 833-7647.

July 17, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday 8/10: Free car seat safety check

Axis Community Health invites you to join them for a free car seat safety event to get your car seat checked or replaced at no cost to you. The event is from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 11 at Axis Community Health, 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Call or email by Aug. 3 to schedule an appointment or drop by the day of the event. Call 201-6082 or email ecordova@axishealth.org. Visit www.axishealth.org.

July 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Serena Williams next opponent for Nicole Gibbs

Takes first round in Bank of the West Classic at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center on Tuesday
Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs expects to be nervous. After all, she'll be playing her idol. And until now, her biggest thrill was serving as a ballgirl at a tennis exhibition in Cleveland.

July 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Vandeweghe gets lucky, good at Bank of the West Classic at Stanford

Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs could meet defending champ Serena Williams tomorrow
American Coco Vandeweghe knew she got lucky. And then she got good, turning a second chance into a second-round match at the Bank of the West Classic on Monday.

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air Day' declared for today, too

Agency says forecast indicates ozone pollution will reach unhealthy levels
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that Wednesday will be another "Spare the Air" day

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Credit repair, business lines of credit seminar set for tomorrow

Learn how you could have good credit in as little as 90 days. Plus learn about business lines of credit. The lecture is from 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at Hyatt Place, 4950 Hacienda Dr., Dublin. Get free eBook by going to www.SFBAI.com. The lecture is free but you must resister to attend. Call 510-491-4161 or visit www.creditlines.eventbrite.com.

July 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Homebuyers education class scheduled for Saturday

Interested in home ownership, but don't know where to begin. Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center has a class from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Regional Meeting Room, Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Classes teach participants how to prepare for home ownership, find homes, determine affordability, work with housing professionals, learn financial management and review credit worthiness, all before you buy. Cost is $30. Pre registration is required and available online at www.tvhoc.org.

July 16, 2012 | No comments yet
'Taste of Terroir' fundraiser at Palm Event Center tonight

The fundraiser event is from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at the Palm event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $85. Ticket price include a tasting of each of the 16 food and wine pairings, live music by Motel Sheets and a decadent dessert and cheese spread by US Food service and paired with Livermore Valley ports. There will also be a silent auction. Visit www.lvwine.org.

July 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Sleep Trains foster kids clothes drive

To help give foster kids the extra confidence that comes with a new T or jeans, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Clothing Drive. Drop off donations of new clothing in all sizes at any Sleep Train location. For more information on the nearest store, visit www.sleeptrain.com.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Local attorney pleads not guilty to possession of confidential information

Provided information for use in child custody cases
A San Ramon family law attorney has pleaded not guilty to a charge that she illegally received confidential information, while her alleged co-conspirator, an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy, has been given time to find a lawyer. Court documents state Lesley Anne Regina, 36, received an email containing privileged information then forwarded that to an unnamed person.

July 10, 2012 | 29 comments
It's 'Spare the Air Day' again in Bay Area

Don't use gasoline-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, or even hair spray, agency says
Bay Area residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce energy usage as part of today's Spare the Air Day, the Bay Area Air Quality District announced Monday.

July 10, 2012 | 3 comments
Extreme Pita opening here today

Crossroads Shopping Center location is restaurant's 9th in California
Extreme Pita will open its newest restaurant today at Crossroads Shopping Center at 4555 Hopyard Road. The new Pleasanton restaurant will be the chain's ninth in California.

July 9, 2012 | 6 comments
Ross Stores same-store sales up 7% in June

Sales increase 12% to $886 million for the 5 weeks ended June 30
Pleasanton-based Ross Stores, Inc. reported this week that sales increased 12% to $886 million for the five weeks ended June 30, up from $793 million for the five weeks ended July 2, 2011.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley CARE meets tomorrow in Livermore

Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs) will be holding its next meeting from 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at the Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Ave., Livermore. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the US nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on the Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. Call 443-7148.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Tribute JOEL band to perform at Firehouse Arts Center

JOEL performs Billy Joel's timeless repertoire with songs like "Big Shot" and "Only the Good Die Young." The performance is at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22 at The Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $15-$25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Molly Miller named publisher of The Recorder

California publication serves legal community, the largest in the U.S.
Molly Miller, formerly a research attorney and business executive, has been named vice president and publisher of The Recorder, a California journal that provides news, profiles and practical content about the business of law.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council meets tonight

The Pleasanton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to consider a bid from three Happy Valley property owners to tap into the city's water and sewer sevices. Happy Valley, located off Alisal Street, is unincorporated. The Council meeting will be held at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

July 12, 2012 | 2 comments
'Kabaret for Kids' scheduled for July 25

Musical Variety Show for Kids of all ages at the Firehouse Arts Center
Described as "always entertaining, always innovative, and always memorable," world renowned cabaret and theater star Samantha Samuels will perform her "Kabaret for Kids" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Samuel's musical variety show is recommended summer fun for kids 3-9 years old. The show will feature local talent from Diablo Theatre Company's Stars 2000, West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy and Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre. Admission is $8 for kids and $12 for adults.

July 10, 2012 | 1 comment
For Tuesday 07/10: "Kabaret for Kids"

Musical Variety Show for Kids of all ages at the Firehouse Arts Center
Described as "always entertaining, always innovative, and always memorable," world renowned cabaret and theater star Samantha Samuels will perform her "Kabaret for Kids" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Firehouse Arts Center. Samuel's musical variety show is recommended summer fun for kids 3-9 years old. The show will feature local talent from Diablo Theatre Company's Stars 2000, West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy and Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre. Admission is $8 for kids and $12 for adults.

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Volunteers needed for Pleasanton Library's Project Read

Share the gift of reading and writing - become a literacy tutor. Pleasanton Library's Project Read needs volunteer tutors to help adults with English skills. Training is from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Tutors must be at least 18, fluent in American English but not necessarily a native speaker, and be able to devote an hour or two weekly. Call 931-3405.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Mothers with a Purpose meets tonight

Mothers With a Purpose meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd., in Room C6, Pleasanton. To raise awareness of the epidemic use of prescription and illicit drugs in our community and to involve various members of the Bay Area in our fight. Our goal is to educate and provide resources to afflicted families and to ultimately address the root cause of addiction, so we can prevent other children from falling victim to drug and alcohol use, abuse, and addiction.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Tommy & The Four Speeds tonight at Concerts in the Park

Tommy & The Four Speeds, offering 1960s rock and roll music, will perform tonight at Concerts in the Park, a weekly Friday night event offered by the Pleasanton Downtown Association. Tonight's concert, which is sponsored by the Stoneridge Creek retirement community, starts at 7 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park, corner of Fist and Neal streets. In addition to the live music, the PDA and the Pleasanton Weekly, the summer-long sponsor of the concerts, offer prizes and fun for the whole family.

August 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber golf outing on Aug. 3 open to public

Start your weekend off right with the annual Chamber Golf Outing on Friday, August 3 at Callippe Preserve Golf Course. The event is open to the public so whether you're an individual golfer looking for a fun round of golf or a business interested in sponsoring a theme hole, the Chamber's golf outing is a great opportunity to network and get involved in the business community. Call the Chamber at 846-5858 for more information.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
The Hot Frittatas perform this Sunday

The Hot Frittatas, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, guitar and cello, will play their international cafe music -- Italian, French, Mexican, Brazilian -- at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The program is free and open to all. Call 931-4305.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Picnic and opera in a vineyard on Sunday

Enjoy a relaxed summer evening of classic opera and wine to benefit Livermore Valley Opera, in a relaxed setting among the vines from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Tickets $35. Bring your own picnic dinner or purchase artisan pizzas and salads from Soleil Wood Fired Pizza, as well as organically made Retzlaff wines. Guests will also be able to purchase songs from a "menu of arias" for the four renowned opera singers to perform. Call 960-9210 or visit www.livermorevalleyopera.com.

July 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Livermore Shakespeare Festival presenting 'Hamlet'

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare's "Hamlet" outdoors from July 12 through Aug. 12 at Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore, in partial repertory with "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Tickets $25-$39. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.livermoreshakes.org.

July 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated holding dinner, movie tomorrow

Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated is offering filmmaker Ray Griggs' documentary of two versions of the American dream in the movie, "I Want Your Money," at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore. Dinners are $22. For movie and dinner reservations, call Phyllis Couper at 462-4931 or email coupclan1962@pacbell.net. A reservation made is a reservation paid.

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Danville council chooses Newell Arnerich as town's new mayor

Succeeds Mayor Candace Andersen who is now on Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
At its Tuesday meeting, the Danville Town Council unanimously chose Vice-Mayor Newell Arnerich to serve as mayor and Councilmember Robert Storer to serve as Vice-Mayor.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Stanford tennis tournament's main draw continues today

First-round sessions again today in Bank of the West Classic
Even before Serena Williams takes the court at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center this week, there will be a lot of interesting tennis being played at the Bank of the West Classic.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Construction starts at Stoneridge Creek retirement community

Model home now open at Information Center
Building construction has begun on Phase I of Stoneridge, the new continuing care retirement community in Pleasanton.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Results of final stakes race Sunday at Alameda County Fair

Heading into Sunday's Everett Nevin Alameda County stakes – the final stakes race of the Alameda County Fair – the connections for Anytime Magic had two simple plans.

July 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Broken Sword wins $50,000 Juan Gonzalez stakes at Fairgrounds Saturday

Broken Sword wins the $50,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes Saturday at the Alameda County Fair. He ran the 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:03.27. Broken Sword is owned by Dedomenico, LLC, Hollendorfer or Toddard. His trainer is Jerry Hollendorfer. Photo by Marcel Langevin/Vassar Photography of Discovery Bay.

July 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Sunday, July 8

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Sunday, July 8.

July 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair July 7 stakes results

There had been a lot of steam around the track about Jerry Hollendorfer's 2-year-old filly Broken Sword, largely about the quality and ease of her workouts around the Pleasanton track.

July 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Pig assault lands man in jail

'Caused suffering and unnecessary cruelty to the pig'
A man's assault of a pig at the Alameda County Fair prompted some strong words from the judge in the Alameda County Superior Court on Stoneridge Drive on Friday. James Anthony Horn Jr., 22, was charged with public drunkenness after what Judge Hugh Walker described as "molesting a pig or harassing a pig."

July 6, 2012 | 1 comment
Former Pleasanton mortgage broker charged with aggravated assault

Firm closed after dozens of complaints to state
A former Pleasanton mortgage broker and professional party thrower is being held on a $130,000 bond after being charged with aggravated assault in a July 3 incident at his home, known as "The Mansion" in Livermore.

July 6, 2012 | 9 comments
For Thursday 7/26: Free movie 'The Muppets' at Amador Valley Park tongiht

You are invited to enjoy the free movie "The Muppets" at dusk, Thursday, July 26, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Featuring the legendary Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, along with some human friends in Amy Adams and Jason Segel. The film is rated PG. Please do not place blankets or chairs on the lawn area prior to 10 a.m.

July 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Movies in a Pleasanton park presents 'Puss In Boots' tonight

You are invited to enjoy the free movie "Puss In Boots" at dusk, Thursday, July 19, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Puss, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw, sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. The film is rated PG.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Movies in the park start Thursday with 'Kung Fu Panda'

The city of Pleasanton will show the movie "Kung Fu Panda 2" at a free outdoor event after sunset Thursday, July 12, at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave., Pleasanton. "Kung Fu Panda 2" is the sequel to the popular "Kung Fu Panda" film featuring loveable Po and friends with voices by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Gary Oldman. The movie is rated PG. Seating will be cordoned off in sections with blanket seating in the front, low-back chairs in the center, and camp chairs and other higher positioned seating in the rear to accommodate the best viewing.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
American Red Cross to hold volunteer orientations tomorrow

The American Red Cross will be holding volunteer orientations at 5 p.m., Friday, July 20 at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advanced sign up required. To sign up Call Tami at 408-577-2006 or email tambra.wethern@redcross.org.

July 18, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday 7/19: The Invisible War film

The film by Academy Award nominees is a nationwide effort to expose what happens to soldiers who are raped in the military and how the military further victimizes those who seek prosecution. Meet & greet potluck at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. A short discussion follows the film. This is not a political event. Suggested donation $3. Call 462-3459.

July 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Savages'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Oliver Stone, bless 'im, still believes in red-meat cinema. The proof is in "Savages," a hard-R crime drama that never treats the audience as juvenile. One of the points Stone goes after with his countercultural summer movie is the fatuity of big-screen hero myths. -- PC

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

(Three stars)
One of Marvel Comics' popular titles in the 1980s was "The Spectacular Spider-Man," and that adjective describes this film. Both familiar and fresh, it's a spectacle with enough thrills and humor to satisfy most fans. -- TH

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Tour a family farm

Pleasanton's Terra Bella Family Farm is offering a tour this Sunday and next to give folks a chance to walk through the fields and greenhouse, see the chickens and watch the bees, while learning about biodiversity and the farm's sustainable agricultural practices.

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Jockey killed in horse race at Alameda County Fair

Jorge Herrera, 33,, thrown from horse in final race of day
A 33-year-old jockey was thrown from his horse and killed in the final race of the day yesterday at the Alameda County Fair.

July 5, 2012 | 11 comments
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Friday, July 6

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Friday, July 6.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
The glories of Fair grub

Culinary journalist finds deep-fried adventure
Food write Deborah Grossman of Pleasanton went from an elegant restaurant in San Francisco one day to more humble food at the Alameda County Fair the next. Her conclusion? There is tasty -- and even some nutritious -- fare to be found at the Fair.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Sunol rancher is home on the range

Ranchers, conservation groups unite to act as stewards of the land
Rancher Tim Koopmann, whose projects earned him the 2011 California Leopold Conservation Award, recently led a tour of his 850 acres off the freeway just south of Pleasanton.

July 6, 2012 | 2 comments
Police log: Next door neighbor businesses burglarized

Two adjacent businesses in the 6000 block of West Las Positas Boulevard were burglarized when a thief or thieves broke into one store, then used a sledgehammer to get through the wall into the next store, according to police reports.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice grief support center offering one-on-one sessions

The Hope Hospice Grief Support Center offers up to 10 private 1-on-1 grief support sessions for individuals, couples and youth. Sessions are provided at no fee both to our hospice patient family members and to the bereaved in the community. Call to schedule an informational interview 829-8770. Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave. Suite 100, Dublin.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Painting Pleasanton purple for Relay for Life fundraiser July 21

Volunteers from American Cancer Society line Main Street with ribbons
A dozen or so volunteers from the American Cancer Society have taken to the streets to "paint the town purple" to raise awareness for the annual Relay For Life later this month.

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Foundation vacates headquarters on Stoneridge Drive

2011 audit shows red flags that should have alerted foundation's board
The doors to the Tri-Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) have been locked for more than a week now, and although the lights are on, most of the furniture is gone.

July 6, 2012 | 6 comments
Alameda County Fair July 4 Stakes results

Wednesday morning at the Daily Handicapping Seminar at the Alameda County Fair where he was a guest, jockey Russell Baze talked about how much fun it was to ride Bailouttheminister, his mount later in the day in the $75,000 Sam J. Whiting Handicap.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Bay Bridge eastbound traffic slowed to crawl this morning

Police occupy most lanes to investigate 2 a.m. shooting
All lanes of the eastbound lanes on the Bay Bridge are closed again this morning as officers continue to investigate a shooting incident there.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Thursday, July 5

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Thursday, July 5.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon says goodbye to Tri-Valley television viewers

City switches its community broadcasts to Contra Costa TV
Mayor Bill Clarkson and the San Ramon City Council said goodbye to Tri-Valley viewers last week in their final broadcast on Tri-Valley Community Television's Channel 29, urging their constituents to start watching their meetings on Contra Costa television (CCTV), the public broadcast system the council chose to join starting last Sunday.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Pleasanton's Independence Day celebration

19th annual event fills Lions Wayside Park on weather-perfect afternoon
Hundreds turned Wednesday for the Fourth of July picnic in Lions Wayside Community Park to listen to patriotic music played by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and to hear commentaries by local patriots.

July 4, 2012 | 6 comments
Crowds continue to fill Alameda County Fairgrounds

The Alameda County Fair continues to draw huge crowds during the July 4 holiday as the festival draws to a close this Sunday. Weather-perfect days with moderate temperatures are helping the fair exceed all attendance expectations with new records that were already set on opening day.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Sutter Health nurses stage one day strike at 7 hospitals

5th strike by Sutter nurses in the last 9 months in dispute over benefits
Several thousand Bay Area Sutter Health registered nurses at seven hospitals participated in a one-day strike Tuesday to highlight a contract dispute over nurse benefits that has spanned nearly a full year.

July 4, 2012 | 4 comments
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Wednesday, July 4

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Wednesday, July 4.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Today's Alameda County Fair horse racing Stakes Preview

The purse of the Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap was raised to $75,000 this year at the Alameda County Fair and as a result, the six-furlong sprint on Wednesday may be one of the best stakes the Fair has had in years.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Tuesday afternoon fire, power failure in Pleasanton blamed on bird

Wings touch two live wires, causing shorts, fire, overhead transformer failure
Electric power was cut to hundreds of residents in southwest Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon after a bird caused a series of transmission line shorts that led to a fire and a transformer loss.

July 3, 2012 | 11 comments
Strong gains for state's housing market

Sales at highest level in over 3 years, interest rates at historic lows
California's housing market continued to improve in May, with home prices posting solid gains for the third straight month and home sales well above last year's pace, the California Association of Realtors has reported.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Foreign buyers see U.S. as good place for home ownership

California 2nd only to Florida in attracting foreigners
Due to low prices and the relative weakness of the dollar, international buyers continue to identify the U.S. as a desirable place to own property and make a profitable investment.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for June 1-8 and in San Ramon for June 13-20.

July 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Teens! Sign up for 2012 Police Academy

Topics will range from K-9s to SWAT
The Pleasanton Police Department is accepting applications for its annual summer Teen Police Academy, a three-week program beginning July 10. This will be the 10th Teen Academy class the department has presented and it has a limited number of openings.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio launches campaign for Pleasanton mayor

Seeks to succeed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, who leaves the post this year because of term limits
City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio has launched her campaign for election to the mayor's post in Pleasanton, telling supporters that she has a long history of getting things done here with the strong, proactive leadership capabilities required to make decisions critical to the city's future.

July 3, 2012 | 12 comments
Fireworks fanatics

Different techniques used to make fireworks shows reasonably safe
For many Americans, Independence Day means relaxation. But for fireworks professional Dan Nitzan and his crew, the holiday means Department of Homeland Security background checks, sore backs and -- hopefully -- a job well done.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Sheriff's office searching for Livermore man missing since June 23

Family concerned since he disappeared from Doolan Road home
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in searching for a Livermore man who was last seen in June.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday July 13: Sleep Trains foster kids clothes drive

To help give foster kids the extra confidence that comes with a new T or jeans, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Clothing Drive. Drop off donations of new clothing in all sizes at any Sleep Train location. For more information on the nearest store, visit www.sleeptrain.com.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
M.O.M.'s reading time starts at 10 a.m. today

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to meet from 10-11 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Museum On Main, 603 Main St. Museum On Main introduces your preschooler to books and activities about the unique people, places, and events in our community. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

July 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Las Positas College holds preschool, toddler open house tomorrow

Not just a day care - a child development center. Brand new state of the art facility, outdoor play structures, hands on materials, low student to teacher ratios, integrated with Las Positas College Early Childhood Development Program. Visit the facility from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at Las Positas College Child Development Center, Building 2300, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore.

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Rabbit adoption program on Saturday

The event is at the East Bay SPCA from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at East Bay SPCA, Tri-Valley Adoption Center, 4651 Gleason Dr., Dublin. With adoptable bunnies from six different rescue groups from all over the Bay Area. Rabbit experts will be on hand. Bring your rabbit for a free nail trim, or to find him/her a bunny friend. Call 415-994-6876 or visit www.harvesthomesanctuary.org.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Free Shakespeare in the park: 'Henry V'

The city of Pleasanton presents the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's 30th season of Free Shakespeare in the Park with its production of "Henry V" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through July 15 at Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave. Admission is free; everyone is invited to bring blankets and picnic suppers to enjoy during the performance. For more information call 931-5340.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Purchase your tickets now for 'Oklahoma'

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is presenting Richard Rodgers lively musical, "Oklahoma," at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. Sundays from July 21-Aug. 5 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. No Friday performance on opening weekend. Call 462-2121 or visit www.trivalleyrep.org.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Cat Independece days

During Cat Independence Days, July 5-22, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) liberates all adult cats six months of age or older from their adoption fees. All standard adoption criteria apply. Call 256-1273 or visit www.arf.net/animal-programs/adoption/cat-independence-2012.php.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sets Team in Training meeting for Tuesday

Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and become a part of the TEAM that runs, walks, cycles and swims to save lives. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave., Pleasanton. With over 2,300 certified coaches they'll get you ready for a full or half marathon, century ride, or triathlon while you raise funds to beat cancer. Call 800-78-TRAIN or visit www.Teamintraining.org/sf.

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Elders abuse subject of lecture today at Pleasanton Senior Center

Take steps to protect yourself or loved one from elder abuse. Learn what elder abuse is and the laws that address it. Identify signs of financial, emotional, physical abuse and neglect. Review legal remedies available to abused elders and agencies that can help. The lecture is from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10 at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. Call 931-5365.

July 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Walk in Orloff Park tomorrow

No matter what the temperature at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, walkers will have it made in the shade as they enjoy the pathway meandering through L-shaped Orloff Park. Located at the corner of Santa Rita Rd. and Valley Ave., Pleasanton, the park (and curb-side parking) is best accessed via the next signal east of that intersection. Turn onto Kolln Street -- you can only turn one way at that signal -- and proceed until you see the park on your left. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers for early morning temperature and consider taking along drinking water. Those participating will be walking for an hour on paved, level paths. There is no restroom facility in this neighborhood park.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Drop in computer tutoring

Need help with downloading E-books from the library to your E-Reader, sending e-mail attachments, social networking, blogging, general internet questions. Classes are from 6-8 p.m., Thursdays at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Call Mary Luskin at 931-3400 ext. 7. The programs are free and open to all.

July 3, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair July 1 stakes results

About the only surprise in the $50,000 Alamedan Handicap on Sunday at the Alameda County Fair was that there was no surprise.

July 2, 2012 | No comments yet
Going to SFO? Look for goats

Herder supervising as animals chew away vegetation as jets pass by
Drivers passing near San Francisco International Airport over the next couple of weeks may see a herd of goats engaging in a bit of organic weed abatement.

July 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Last day for Alameda County Fair

100-year-old fair closes at 10 p.m.
The annual Alameda County Fair comes to a close today.

July 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Trimming Cheyenne for yesterday's sheep show at Fairgrounds

Members of the 4-H Club serving Castro Valley, San Leandro and Hayward groomed their sheep in advance of Sunday's show and judging at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

July 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Mutton bustin' at its best

Sheep riding—or Mutton Bustin' as it's called at the Alameda County Fair—pits kids younger than 6 and under 60 pounds against 175-punds ewes in a fast-moving attraction at the Fairgrounds. The riders don helmets and vests and hang on as long as they can once the starting gate opens. As this video shows, only a few make it much beyond the gate.

July 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Fare increases at BART, several other transit agencies

BART increase is about 1.4%, or about 5 cents for average fare
Commuters are finding that a number of Bay Area transit agencies have increased their fares.

July 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Sunday, July 1

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Sunday, July 1.

July 1, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair horse racing Stakes preview for Saturday

Jerry Hollendorfer will come into Saturday's Alameda County Fillies and Mares stakes with a loaded cadre of horses to go after the win in the $50,000 race that will cover 1- miles.

June 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Saturday, June 30

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Saturday, June 30.

June 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Octogenarian wins $2 million in lottery game

Puchased winning Scratchers game ticket at a Quik Stop in Hayward
An octogenarian from Alameda County went to a store in Hayward to pick up some milk and left a millionaire, California Lottery officials said
Friday.

June 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Colorful light at end of the tunnel for radiation detection

Livermore's Sandia Lab develops new technique that could make radiation detection more effective, less costly
A team of nanomaterials researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore has developed a new technique that could make radiation detection in cargo and baggage more effective and less costly for homeland security inspectors.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Isabel Road/Route 84 to be closed overnight starting at 10 p.m. tonight

Roadway work expected to be completed in time for scheduled reopening at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday)
Caltrans will close southbound and northbound State Route 84 (Isabel Road)in Livermore between Jack London Road and Stanley Boulevard or between Stanley and Concannon boulevards from 10 p.m.tonight until 8 a.m. tomorrow in order to install K-rail in preparation for construction.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Brown sending California firefighting assistance to Colorado today

2 modular airborne firefighting planes, 30 crewmembers heading to fire zones
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. is sending specialized firefighting aircraft and crews to Colorado today to help combat that state's devastating wildfires.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Ted'

(One star)
Let's say you're a TV mogul, and Universal Pictures hands you $65 million to make your first big-screen comedy. Would you squander the creative opportunity by recycling your TV material and spackling on R-rated jokes? Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") would, and did, with "Ted." -- PC

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'People Like Us'

(Three stars)
Solid writing and strong performances by leads Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks propel "People Like Us" from a maudlin drama to a memorable one. The character-driven story is a welcome respite from the barrage of visual effects slamming into theaters of late. -- TH

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Community Foundation closes its doors in Pleasanton

Desks, furniture removed, doors locked in office building next to Alameda County Superior Court
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation was packing up and locking its doors on Friday as the end of the month nears. Ron Hyde, who's been running the foundation since the dismissal of its president Dave Rice, said earlier this month that he expected the TVCF would have to break its lease and close by the end of June.

June 29, 2012 | 13 comments
Karla Brown to seek seat on Pleasanton City Council in November race

Kottinger Ranch homeowner, real estate broker making second bid for council seat
Karla Brown, a real estate broker associate and 20-year Pleasanton resident, announced Thursday that she will seek a seat on the City Council in the upcoming Nov. 6 municipal elections.

June 29, 2012 | 27 comments
Pleasanton man prepares to sue city over leaked confidential information

Two others face misdemeanor charges in case
A custody battle involving a Pleasanton man has led to criminal charges against an Alameda County deputy sheriff and a San Ramon attorney and an investigation involving a Pleasanton police officer.

June 28, 2012 | 39 comments
Readers Choice 2012

Pleasanton favorites, from bakeries to bouquets to bookstores
The tallies are in for the Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice 2012 contest with a total of 26,365 confirmed votes. Thanks for letting us know where you like to go for goods and services and what you like to do for rest and recreation.

June 28, 2012 | 1 comment
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for Thursday, June 28

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for Thursday, June 28.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Parents protest plan to bring back staggered reading

District will cut 45 minutes a day for grades 1-3
Parents upset with a change in schedules at elementary schools packed the Pleasanton school district's boardroom Tuesday night, telling staff members that the change was done too quickly and not given enough thought.

June 28, 2012 | 52 comments
Forty years in the first grade

Teacher retires after instructing generations of youngsters
Not many teachers get their room number retired, but not every teacher is Anita Sanchez, who was teaching at Fairlands Elementary before there was even a Fairlands, back when the school was in temporary quarters. "We were housed at the Catholic Church," Sanchez said. "I guess I was one of the originals."

July 1, 2012 | 3 comments
Free Diabetes self management class

This six to seven week series will teach you how to manage your diabetes with exercise, healthy eating (including the foods you love) and medications, and answer all your questions about living with diabetes. The class is from 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays, July 16 through Aug. 27, at Heritage Estates, 900 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore. Call 408-768-3763 or visit www.acphd.org.

July 2, 2012 | No comments yet
It's Farmers Market day in Pleasanton tomorrow

Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season's freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Luxury home sales soar

Pleasanton, Danville, Fremont lead list in May
The East Bay's luxury housing market turned in a stellar month in May as high-end property sales soared from the previous month and year ago levels, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a Bay Area provider of luxury real estate services.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for May 30-June 4 and in San Ramon for June 5-14.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Chocolate champion

Pleasanton teen wins blue ribbon at Fair for confection
Catherine Shearer, 19, of Pleasanton has won the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship at the Alameda County Fair for her Beethovenkugeln (Beethoven-KOOG-ell-in) a marzipan and cherry confection modeled after her favorite Austrian chocolates.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales soar in May

177 homes sold for more than $1 million last month in Alameda, Contra Costa counties
The East Bay's luxury housing market turned in a stellar month in May as high-end property sales soared from the previous month and year ago levels, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a Bay Area provider of luxury real estate services.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Pans on Fire opens larger store in Hopyard Village Shopping Center

Customer demand, popular cooking classes outgrew downtown space, owner Wyner says
Linda Wyner has moved her popular Pans on Fire store on Main Street to more spacious quarters in the Hopyard Village Shopping Center at Valley Avenue and Hopyard Road.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Safeway switches to reusable containers for shipping produce

Company eliminates use of more than 17 million pounds of corrugated boxes
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. has announced that it has switched to using reusable product containers rather than corrugated boxes to ship many types of produce from the farm fields.

June 27, 2012 | 5 comments
San Francisco looking out to Modesto to boost its water supply

Deal would add to city's sources that now include Hetch Hetchy, Tri-Valley aquifers
A part of San Francisco's future water supply that would be sourced from the Modesto area hangs in the balance as water district officials there consider concerns raised by local farmers about selling water to San Francisco.

June 27, 2012 | 3 comments
Tea with Laura Moriarty at 2 p.m. today

Enjoy a free tea with Laura Moriarty, author of "The Chaperone," which is set in New York City in 1922, and features a pair of unlikely companions -- wild Hollywood "It Girl" Louise Brooks and her conservative chaperone. The event is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Call 846-8826 or email info@townecenterbooks.com.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin community blood drive set for Thursday

Dublin's community blood drive will be held in conjunction with the American Red Cross on Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Present a Dublin Community Blood Drive coupon, flyer or poster when you donate and receive a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream, along with an entry to win other great prizes as listed at(www.redcrossblood.org/summerfun). Visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor and use Community Code "DublinCommunity" to locate the Dublin Community Blood Drive and schedule your appointment.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
'Mythbusters' to resume testing experiments after cannonball mishap

Video crew expected to return to Dublin later this summer
The popular television show "MythBusters" will resume filming occasional experiments at the Alameda County Sheriff's Training Center in Dublin following an unsuccessful cannonball experiment that damaged neighboring residences in December, sheriff's officials announced Tuesday.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Ewaste & shredding fundraiser tomorrow to support Livermore fireworks

The LARPD Foundation is hosting an Ewaste and shredding fundraiser from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at Rancho Las Positas Elementary School in Livermore to support the Livermore fireworks program set for July 4 on the campus of Las Positas College. Free to recycle: televisions, monitors, laptops, flat screens, cell phones, ink jet cartridges. $5 collection fee per item: CPU's, telephones, printers, copiers, DVD players, fax machines, VCR's, stereos, video games. Shredding $8 per banker box. This is a one day event. The school is located at 401 East Jack London Blvd. in Livermore.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday 6/28:Amador's 1972 40th reunion

All the details for Amador's 1972 40TH Reunion are at http://aplus-mediation-and-more.com/-amador-valley-class-reunion.html. Please read all information carefully. Golf begins at noon; dinner/dancing/drawings/fun begins at 6 p.m.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Interfaith community blood drive with American Red Cross today

Second annual event aims to collect more than twice as much blood as last year. Faith groups throughout the Bay Area are once again teaming with American Red Cross to help maintain the community's blood supply during the summer months. The blood drive is from noon-6 p.m., Monday, July 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. Call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code INTERFAITHCOMMUNITY to schedule an appointment.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday 6/29: Interfaith Community Blood Drive with American Red Cross

Second annual event aims to collect more than twice as much blood as last year. Faith groups throughout the Bay Area are once again teaming with American Red Cross to help maintain the community's blood supply during the summer months. The blood drive is from noon-6 p.m., Monday, July 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran, 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. Call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code INTERFAITHCOMMUNITY to schedule an appointment.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
For Wednesday 6/27: Tri-Valley YMCA Charity Poker Tournament

Play poker and raise money for the Tri-Valley YMCA! $100 donation buy in reserves your seat. The top 8 spots will win a prize. Seating limited to the first 48 players registered. The event is at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 22 at Tri-Valley YMCA, 693 Sierra Ln. Suite F, Dublin. Food and drinks are included. Generous donors include Eddie Papa's American Hangout, Moet-Hennessey and J Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Call 263-4444.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
2 arrested on assault charges at a Livermore Taco Bell

Victim taken to hospital with head injuries
Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon following an assault at a Livermore Taco Bell, which led to the arrest of two others who were allegedly
growing marijuana in their apartment, police said.

June 26, 2012 | 5 comments
Tonight's Concert in the Park features Celtic folk rock by Pladdohg

Pleasanton Downtown Association presents live concerts throughout the summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Enjoy Celtic Folk Rock by Pladdohg on June 29 then come back July 6 for Classic Rock Hits by The Aerodynes. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 29, 2012 | No comments yet
For Wednesday 6/27: Dublin Comminity Blood Drive

Join Dublin Community and the American red Cross from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, June 28 at the Dublin Library, Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. Help save lives by donating blood.

June 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Downtown Detectives follow clues to the past

Fun way for families to learn local history
Find out more about historic downtown Pleasanton by doing a little detective work. Just in time for summer, Museum on Main has begun a new family program, Downtown Detectives: Time Travelers, designed to introduce children 5 and older and adults to the history of Pleasanton's downtown.

June 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Lemonade Project: financial literacy for kids

The Lemonade Project is a student group from Amador Valley High School/California DECA that introduces elementary school students to financial literacy through interactive skits and discussions. The workshop is from 8-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 3 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Visit www.lemonadeproject.tk.

July 2, 2012 | 3 comments
Sunday's results at Alameda County Fair races

Fair open today; racing resumes Thursday
Sunday turned out to be a very successful day for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

June 25, 2012 | No comments yet
County fair parade draws hundreds to downtown Pleasanton

TV30 telecasts festivities for broadcasts during the week
Hundreds turned out along Main Street in downtown Pleasanton Saturday to watch the Alameda County Fair parade marking the first weekend of this year's fair.

June 24, 2012 | 9 comments
Independence Day fireworks planned on Las Positas College campus

Foundation for Livermore Area Parks & Recreation District sponsoring celebration
The Livermore Area Parks & Recreation District Foundation is sponsoring a return of fireworks in that city this year, with the celebration starting at 4 p.m. at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore.

June 25, 2012 | 8 comments
Trio attacks, shoots 20-year-old in Livermore

Young man found stumbling along Olivina Avenue
An apparently intoxicated 20-year-old was found stumbling along a Livermore street early Saturday morning with a gunshot wound and facial injuries,
Livermore police said.

June 24, 2012 | 3 comments
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for today, June 24

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for today, June 24.

June 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Saturday Stakes results/Sunday stakes preview at county fair horse racing

Long-time Pleasanton trainer Jeff Bonde was a guest Saturday morning at the Daily Handicapping seminar and when asked about Saturday's stakes race--the $50,000 California Wine Stakes--Bonde, who did not have a horse running didn't hesitate.

June 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Sand De Wind wins Saturday's race at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Sand De Wind won Saturday's Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup, Grade III, with a guarantee of $20,000, at the Alameda County Fair. (See Dennis Miller's Saturday's stakes story in adjoining column.) Photos for the Pleasanton Weekly by William G Vassar, Vassar Photography, Discovery Bay.

June 23, 2012 | No comments yet
River Kiss heads California Wine Stakes at Fairgrounds today

Race is a 6-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies
Saturday marks the debut of the $50,000 California Wine Stakes at the Alameda County Fair, a 6-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
First Wednesday's Street Fair is tonight--a week late

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's First Wednesday street fair is tonight. The event is being held on the second Wednesday of July because of the Independence Day holiday. The fair takes place from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Pleasanton. Finding Stella will be performing at the Beer & Wine garden Stage. For more information, contact the Pleasanton Downtown Association at 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

July 4, 2012 | 1 comment
Sneek preview of Repertory Theatre performance at Pleasanton Library Sunday

Wake up to 1962 Baltimore, where the only thing bigger than "The Corny Collins Show" is the big hair and big talent of our plus-size teens heroine, Tracy Turnbald. Join her as she follows her quest for love, stardom and social equality, all without mussing her hair. The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's actors present a sneak peek -- a scene and a song or two from the musical -- and a free dance lesson. The event is at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. The program is free and open to all. Call 931-3405.

July 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Tea with Laura Moriarty at 2 p.m. tomorrow

Enjoy a free tea with Laura Moriarty, author of "The Chaperone," which is set in New York City in 1922, and features a pair of unlikely companions -- wild Hollywood "It Girl" Louise Brooks and her conservative chaperone. The event is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Call 846-8826 or email info@townecenterbooks.com.

June 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High class of 1972 reunion set for July 7

The class of 1972 is having its 40th class reunion on July 7. Location and time to be announced shortly. They are also inviting the classes of 1971, 1973 and 1974 and are looking for other class members. Contact Nanci Johnson Lenoci at nlenoci@yahoo.com.

June 26, 2012 | No comments yet
Fourth of July picnic

Enjoy some old-fashioned family fun at Pleasanton's 14th annual community event, "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution," from noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal streets, Pleasanton. Music provided by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, plus enjoy "Dog and a drink for a dollar." Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Free American flags, temporary tattoos and handheld fans.

June 24, 2012 | No comments yet
For Thursday 6/28: The Cool Tones Big Band

Start your swinging 4th of July holiday with the Cool tones Big Band. Enjoy an hour of free music at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 1 at the Pleasaton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. The music is free and open to everyone. Call 931-3405.

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
'Fresh Works' art exhibit

Harrington Gallery will present its second annual "Fresh Works" exhibit through June 30 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. The exhibit will include an array of media - watercolor, oil, pastel, neon, sculpture and photography by accomplished San Francisco Bay Area artists. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays. Call 931-4849 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

June 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Donations for homeless

There will be a collection in Pleasanton for the Homeless Refuge on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., and St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Donations may be left in the vestibule of either church under the sign marked for the Homeless Refuge. Items they are looking for are socks, underwear, gently used summer clothing and personal items such as toothpaste.

June 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Summer wine stroll from 6-9 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is holding its 12th annual Summer Wine Stroll from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, June 28, in downtown Pleasanton, with more than 25 wineries. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by cash or check until June 27 at the Berry Patch, Studio Seven Arts, Towne Center Books, Clover Creek and the Rose Hotel. There are only 1,000 tickets available for this event. If not sold out, tickets can be purchased on the day of the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $35 (cash only) at the event, which starts at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. Call 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 26, 2012 | 3 comments
Review: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'

(Two stars)
In 21 days, an asteroid will vaporize the Earth: no more putting off that bucket list. That's the premise of "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Writer-director Lorene Scafaria has a strong starting point, though the road trip that follows is something of a ramble. -- PC

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Brave'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
There is something courageous about Pixar's latest animated offering. Of the 11 feature films Pixar has produced to date, 10 have focused on a male protagonist. "Brave" breaks the mold with its vivacious heroine and a plot that explores her relationship with her mother. -- TH

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Coldwell Banker associates earn top awards

Couple that focuses on relocations honored with Elite awards
Kathleen and Larry Waelde, sales associates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Pleasanton office, have earned the company's International President's Elite award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon the top Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
All eyes on the Weekly at Kay Huff's 'Ladies' Day at the Races'

Several hundred women joined Pleasanton's fun-loving Kay Huff Thursday for her annual "Ladies' Day at the Races," celebrating the first day of horseracing at the 2012 Alameda County Fair. It looks, though, as if many missed the first race as they spent their time reading editions of the Pleasanton Weekly that just happened to be at their seats. Fortunately, the paper's race tipster Dennis Miller was on hand to make sure their bets were well placed. (See Alameda County Fair story in adjoining column.)

June 22, 2012 | 2 comments
Danville woman cops plea for child endangerment

Left infant twins at Stoneridge Shopping Center to go shopping in February
The Danville woman who left her infant twins in her car to go shopping at the mall has taken a plea deal that would allow a misdemeanor charge to be dropped in two years.

June 22, 2012 | 17 comments
Police log: Pleasanton men busted in two drug cases

Plus, other police reports through June 19
Suspicious behavior led to drug sales arrests of two Pleasanton men in separate incidents, police reports said.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday 6/22: Concerts in the park tonight

Pleasanton Downtown Association presents live concerts throughout the summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Enjoy Eclectic Rock by The Crisis on June 22 then come back June 29, for Celtic Folk Rock by Pladdohg. Visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday 6/22: Valley Dance Theatre 'Ballets to Remember'

The program will include Ravel's famous Bolero, Prokofiev's children's classic Peter and the Wolf, and Aaron Copland's western-themed Rodeo. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students 17 and under. Call 373-6800 or visit www.bankheadtheater.org.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's Alameda County Fair racing picks for today, June 21

Dennis Miller, local horse racing writer and co-host of the daily handicapping seminar at the Alameda County Fair, offers his horse racing picks for today, June 21.

June 21, 2012 | No comments yet
2012 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice Winners

2012 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice Winners

June 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Community Foundation goes mum, hires PR firm

Board has met, no word on bankruptcy filing
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation may be $3 million in debt and looking at bankruptcy, but it's not too broke to hire a public relations firm that offers "crisis communications." The foundation is expected to go belly up by the end of the month, according to its board president and CEO Ron Hyde, who, "on advice of counsel," has stopped commenting to the press.

June 21, 2012 | 10 comments
School board majority votes to rehire workers, approve administrative contracts

Approves budget that includes deficit spending of $1.4 million
The Pleasanton school board wrapped up its work for the 2011-12 school year in a six-hour meeting Tuesday night that brought back some workers, renewed administrative contracts and approved a budget for the upcoming year.

June 21, 2012 | 35 comments
Congratulations to the second 'Find the Fair' logo ticket winner!

Congratulations to Barbara McCarrick, the winner of four Alameda County Fair tickets in the second week of the Find the Fair logo!

June 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Police Teen Academy

The academy is open to high school students of Pleasanton, ages 14-18. Students will learn about K-9, patrol procedures, crime scene investigation and more. Classes are from 2-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 through July 26 at the Pleasanton Police Station, 4833 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. There will also be a couple of evening classes for field trips and graduation. This is a free program. Call 931-5240 or email srevel-whitaker@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

June 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ending fiscal year in strong financial shape

Year-end review shows revenue up $40,000 in $89.7 million budget
Except for a few financial hiccups, the city of Pleasanton will close its fiscal year budget June 30 again in a strong position with the next 12 months projected to be even better.

June 20, 2012 | 23 comments
Re-employment benefits extended for former NUMMI workers, others

U.S. Labor Secretary offers $6 milion grant to help those directly affected by plant's closure two years ago
The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $6 million grant Tuesday to continue re-employment services for more than 4,800 workers in the Tri-Valley and other parts of the Bay Area who were directly affected by the closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. auto plant in Fremont two years ago.

June 20, 2012 | 7 comments
For Friday 6/22: A picnic and opera in a vineyard

Enjoy a relaxed summer evening of music and wine to benefit Livermore Valley Opera. It is an evening of classic opera in a relaxed, casual setting nestled among the vines from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at Retzlaff Vineyards, 1356 South Livermore Ave., Livermore. Tickets are $30 in advance through July 9 and $35 after July 9. It is a bring your own picnic dinner and guests can purchase the organically-made wines of Retzlaff Vineyards. Guests can also purchase artisan pizzas and salads from Soleil Wood Fired Pizza. For more information call 960-9210 or visit www.livermorevalleyopera.com.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for May 22-31 and in San Ramon for May 26-June 6.

June 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High featured today on Wikipedia.org

Online encyclopedia picks global topics at random for its English language daily postings
It won't last long, but if readers hurry to the Wikipedia.org website today they can find Amador Valley High School as the featured story for June 19.

June 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Police hope for information in two May death cases

Lab results awaited in one, looking for tip in second
Police are still waiting on information on two recent Pleasanton death cases.

June 19, 2012 | 5 comments
61-year-old woman found drowned at her home

Foul play not expected
Police don't expect to find foul play in the apparent drowning death of a Pleasanton woman on Sunday. The 61-year-old woman was found at her home in the 6000 block of Garner Court at about 5:30 p.m.

June 18, 2012 | 2 comments
Summer wine stroll in downtown Pleasanton June 28

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's 12th annual Summer Wine Stroll from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, June 28 in downtown, Pleasanton. Over 25 wineries from Livermore Valley and the East Bay Area will showcase their wines. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased till June 27 at the following locations Berry Patch, Studio Seven Arts, Towne Center Books, Clover Creek and The Rose Hotel and online at www.pdaevents.wufoo.com/forms/summer-wine-stroll-downtown-pleasanton/. Only cash or check will be accepted in the store locations. There are only 1,000 tickets available for this event. If not sold out, remaining tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $35 (cash only) at the event starting location Veteran's Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. Call 484-2199 or visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Hope For Crohn's triathlon set for Sunday

A dedicated group of volunteers, Crohn's patients' family and friends, and friends of Hope For Crohn's joining Rachel A. Bonner Hope for Crohn's® to raise awareness and find a cure for Crohn's disease. They join together and stand for no more Crohn's in the life of 500,000 Crohn's patients in America suffering from Crohn's disease. The event is Sunday, June 24. To donate or register online visit www.hopeforcrohns.org or call 1-855-722-4673.

June 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center Volunteer Program Orientation

Join a team of volunteers for an inspiring and rewarding experience in the arts. Positions include theater usher, will call window, and gallery desk. The program is at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28 at The Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Theater volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and gallery volunteers at least 21 years old. For more information or to RSVP please contact Volunteer Program at 931-4855 or email jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

June 19, 2012 | No comments yet
TVRT presents Oklahoma

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents: Oklahoma at Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from July 21 through Aug. 5 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 1st St., Livermore. Please note no Friday performance on opening weekend. Music by Richard Rodgers. For more information call 462-2121 or visit The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre website at www.trivalleyrep.org.

June 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Rotary's 19th annual downtown Spirit Run

An estimated $40,000 raised for Pleasanton high school scholarships
More than 1,300 runners turned out Sunday for the 19th annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

June 18, 2012 | 8 comments
Selling tourists on views of Mount Diablo

Campaign seeks to make Tri-Valley a tourist destination
The executive director of the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is moving aggressively and successfully in promoting the region. Grant Raeside told members of the Valley Real Estate Network that there's been a 6.5% increase in the occupancy rate of the Tri-Valley's 38 hotels with Danville's one hotel, the Best Western, leading the way at 85% occupancy.

June 18, 2012 | 1 comment
Bay Area median home prices, sales up in May

Homes selling for 7.5 percent more than they were a year ago
The median sale price for Bay Area homes rose for the second consecutive month in May -- up 7.5 percent from a year ago -- driven by a high number of sales and increased activity at the higher ends of the market, according to figures released Friday.

June 18, 2012 | 3 comments
Retired horse trainer, local stable owner to discuss his career

John Stoker, a retired thoroughbred race horse trainer, will discuss his experiences growing up in England on the Queen's Estate in Sandringham and trace his career from young jockey and trainer to stable manager and local stable owner at a lecture from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. For information, call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Rock of Ages'

(Two stars)
Musicals are something of an acquired taste, and "Rock of Ages" is more cheeseburger than lobster bisque. Although Tom Cruise's magnetic performance in itself almost makes the movie worth the price of admission. Almost. -- TH

June 15, 2012 | No comments yet
First Spare the Air Day of the season tomorrow

Saturday has been declared the first Spare the Air day of the summer season, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

June 15, 2012 | 6 comments
Read it and eat with Anita Amirrezvani at Pleasanton event Friday

Join Towne Center Books for a luncheon where welcoming Anita and featuring her newest book "Equal of the Sun" a compulsively readable and gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, intrigue, and love in the royal court of 16th-century Iran. Fans of the Tutors will enjoy the Persian Palace. Middle eastern cuisine will be served while discussing her latest book. Lunch and the book is $30, lunch only $15. The event is at 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 22 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Call 846-8826 or email orders@townecenterbooks.com.

June 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Crash in Sunol injures 3

Highway 84 closed for an hour in afternoon
Three people were injured in a head-on collision on state Highway 84 in Sunol on Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Historian, author Craig Smith at downtown Pleasanton book store today

Author Craig Smith draws upon military records, diary entries, personal interviews and his own extensive on-the-ground reporting to create a comprehensive picture of the hardships and brutalities faced by both sides of the conflict. Told in their own words, these six individuals share their captivating stories of perseverance, including their struggles in captivity and the small daily triumphs that gave them the hope to continue living. He will be discussing his latest book at 7 p.m., June 21 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. This is a free event but reservations are helpful 846-8826 or email orders@towncenter.com.

June 21, 2012 | 3 comments
Classes in Microsft Excel

The Pleasanton Library is offering Excel classes in June for intermediate level class. Gain skills for career advancement, learning formatting, advanced formulas, visual basic programming and more. Sign up for a one-time session on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at the library. Intermediate classes are on Tuesdays, June 19 and June 26. Registration is required call 931-3400 ext. 7. Classes are held at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.

June 19, 2012 | No comments yet
Red Cross schedules blood drive for tomorrow in Pleasanton

The American Red Cross will hold a public blood drive at Wells Fargo, 5000 Hopyard Drive, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, June 22 at the American Red Cross Bus, 5000 Hopyard Dr., Pleasanton. Use sponsor code WELSFARGOP when scheduling an appointment. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

June 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Public blood drive Tuesday at Sybase

The American Red Cross will hold a public blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Sybase Inc., American Red Cross Bus, One Sybase Dr., Dublin. Use sponsor code SYBASE when scheduling an appointment. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

June 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Retired horse trainer, local stable owner to discuss his career on Tuesday

John Stoker, a retired thoroughbred race horse trainer, will discuss his experiences growing up in England on the Queen's Estate in Sandringham and trace his career from young jockey and trainer to stable manager and local stable owner at a lecture from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. For information, call 931-5365 or visit www.pleasantonseniorcenter.org.

June 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair parade at 9:30 a.m. today on Main Street

Parade, Farmers Market will make for a busy day in downtown Pleasanton
The Alameda County Fair parade will start at 9:30 a.m. today on Main Street, moving from the Amador Valley High School parking lot south to Angela Street where it will turn toward its Fairgrounds destination.

June 15, 2012 | 5 comments
Art, critique & coffee every Friday in Vintage Hills

Artists gather each week to exchange ideas
Artists gather each Friday morning at Coffee Ali in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center to share their latest works for a gentle critique. They also hang themed exhibits on the wall each month for the enjoyment of coffee-drinking patrons.

June 26, 2012 | 2 comments
Volunteers sought to prepare care packages for troops

Blue Star Moms need many volunteers on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, to prepare and pack care packages for our troops. To volunteer, email beavolunteer@bluestarmoms.org with your name, day or days you can volunteer and how many people will be with you.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Growth rate indicates economic slowdown, says mortgage broker

Also reflected in employment report
A Pleasanton mortgage broker said this week that the downward revision of the first quarter economic growth rate to 1.9% is a real indication of an economic slowdown, which is also reflected in the disappointing employment report released last Friday.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for May 15-23 and in San Ramon for May 23-June 4.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Controlled burn at Camp Parks

Don't be alarmed by smoky skies next week. Camp Parks will be conducting its annual controlled burn from June 18-22 to reduce wildfire hazards in its training areas.

June 14, 2012 | 2 comments
Foundation leaves trail of unfulfilled promises

TVCF's website makes claims that never materialized
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation seems to have been offering more hype than help to the area. As reported earlier, the foundation is $3 million in debt and is likely to close by the end of this month. Further investigation shows claims on the TVCF website that are either exaggerations or falsehoods.

June 14, 2012 | 12 comments
PUSD brings back staggered reading programs

Policy will create smaller classes for young students
The Pleasanton school district is looking back to move ahead, re-instituting a policy of staggered starting times that it had in place 16 years ago. Meanwhile, parents are upset with what they say was little warning about the change in the schedule for kids in first through third grades next year.

June 14, 2012 | 8 comments
BART Transbay Tube open after hellish commute

Fire near West Oakland station closes tracks
BART announced at 3:44 p.m. that its West Oakland station is open for normal service, after the Transbay Tube was shut down Thursday morning because of a three-alarm fire at a construction site near the West Oakland station.

June 14, 2012 | 4 comments
Open water offers change of pace

Local swimmers compete at the 2012 Del Valle Open Water Festival
Swimmers entered Del Valle Reservoir's 67 degree water early both days last weekend for the annual Del Valle Open Water Festival hosted by the Tri-Valley Masters.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
No transbay BART service this morning: Multiple structure fire near West Oakland station closes tracks

No transbay BART service this morning: Multiple structure fire near West Oakland station closes tracks

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
No transbay BART service this morning

No transbay BART service this morning: Multiple structure fire near West Oakland station closes tracks

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
No transbay BART service this morning

Multiple structure fire near West Oakland station closes tracks
BART is expecting to have no transbay service between Oakland and San Francisco this morning due to a three-alarm fire involving multiple structures still burning near the West Oakland BART station this morning, officials said.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Family suing over missing ashes of Pleasanton company founder

Remains disappeared from marble mausoleum in Lafayette cemetery
A family is seeking justice more than a year after their son's remains were stolen from a mausoleum due to an alleged security breach at a Lafayette cemetery. The family of late Bay Area software entrepreneur Thomas Gonzales II built a marble mausoleum at Lafayette's Oakmont Cemetery to honor his memory, and were devastated when thieves made off with an urn containing his remains in January 2011.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Scammer bilks woman out of nearly $2,000

A con artist claiming to be the victim's grandson swindled a woman out of $1,900 last week, police reports said. The man said he was calling from Colombia, South America, and, posing as the victim's grandson, said he'd been in an accident that had broken his nose, damaged a vehicle and sent a friend to the hospital.

June 13, 2012 | 14 comments
Date set for trial of former head of CNET

Norman Wielsch accused of selling drugs, robbery, extortion
The cop in charge of Contra Costa County's anti-drug effort has a federal court date set for the drug charges against him. Norman Wielsch, former head of CCNET -- the Contra Costa Narcotic Enforcement Team -- faces a 17-count indictment that includes charges of extortion, robbery, conspiracy, possession with intent to sell and distribution of both methamphetamine and marijuana.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Concerts in the Park off to a rockin' start

Northern Static will perform rock hits from the '80s and '90s at this Friday's Concert in the Park. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, live concerts take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through the summer at Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal streets.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Celebrate the 237th year of the Army Thursday

Civilians and other community members who make the Army the strength of the Nation are invited to attend the Army's 237th birthday celebration. "America's Army: the Strength of the Nation" celebration will be at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Camp Parks Garrison Headquarters, 6th St., Building 620, Dublin. This year, the Army will celebrate the soldiers and family members that sacrifice for their country. For more information visit www.parks.army.mil or call 875-4650 or email pao.parks@us.army.mil.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Annual Rotary Spirit Run benefits scholarship program

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its 19th annual Father's Day Run at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 17, starting downtown at the Main Street Arch. This Father's Day community tradition will benefit the Pleasanton Rotary Club's Scholarship Program assisting local high school students. There is a race or walk event for every member of the family, including the 5K run or walk, the 10K run, and kids' challenges. Check-in and race-day registration open at 6:30 a.m. For more Spirit Run information or a registration form, call 209-795-7832 or visit www.active.com.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Band will light your fire with the sound, feel of the Doors

The Doors Legacy Band will recreate the late-'60s sound and feel of Jim Morrison's Doors in a vintage rock concert experience from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $16 to $24. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

June 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Time for an old-fashioned family tea party at Museum on Main

Children and family members are invited to an Old-Time Tea Party from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday June 16, at Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton. Families can create their own yummy (decaf) tea flavor, design a fan and learn the language of fans, make a fancy necklace to wear, and enjoy special treats. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org.

June 14, 2012 | 16 comments
American Red Cross to hold volunteer orientations

The American Red Cross will hold volunteer orientations at 5 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Participants will learn about ways to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advance registration is required. Call Tami at 408-577-2006 or email tambra@redcross.org.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Fundraiser tonight for Janet Liang

A fundraiser for Janet Liang is taking place today, June 13, from 5-8 p.m. at Sweet Tomatoes, 4501 Hopyard Road in Pleasanton. Fifteen percent of sales will go toward Janet's medical bills and expenses.

June 13, 2012 | 2 comments
Supervisors name Richard Valle to fill Nadia Lockyer's seat

2 switch their votes to end deadlock
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 yesterday to appoint former Union City Councilman Richard Valle to replace Nadia Lockyer, who resigned in April after only 15 months in office.

June 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Date set for trial of former head of CNET

Norman Wielsch accused of selling drugs, robbery, extortion
The cop in charge of Contra Costa County's anti-drug effort has a federal court date set for the drug charges against him. Norman Wielsch, former head of CCNET -- the Contra Costa Narcotic Enforcement Team -- faces a 17-count indictment that includes charges of extortion, robbery, conspiracy, possession with intent to sell and distribution of both methamphetamine and marijuana.

June 12, 2012 | 1 comment
Reopen the waterslides, urge residents

Engineers evaluating facility before seeking proposals
Pleasanton residents and officials pushed for the reopening of the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs in a joint meeting held midday Monday with city and East Bay Regional Park District representatives at the Vets Hall.

June 12, 2012 | 19 comments
Tim Hunt: Closed door bullet train deals

In a maneuver that is arrogant and desperate, Gov. Jerry Brown and supporters of the bullet train will try to tie judges' hands if they find in favor of opponents of the controversial project, says Tim Hunt in his latest blog.

June 12, 2012 | 13 comments
Congratulations to our first Find the Fair logo ticket winner!

Congratulations to Bill Bennett, the winner of four Alameda County Fair tickets in the first week of the Find the Fair logo!

June 12, 2012 | 3 comments
Attorney-turned-author to talk about new thriller

Attorney-turned-author Robert Dugoni will discuss his new book, "The Conviction," at 7 p.m. today at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. The book is a thriller about a father forced to take the law into his own hands to save his son. Dugoni will talk about making the drastic transition from attorney to author and how his legal background affects his writing. For information, call 846-8826.

June 17, 2012 | No comments yet
'Comet' lands behind Firehouse Arts Center

Sculpture unveiled in garden patio
With the help of the Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012, the Harrington Art Partnership has unveiled its latest contribution of artwork to the city of Pleasanton at the Firehouse Arts Center

June 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Block of ice falls from sky, hits roof of house

Leaves manhole-size crater in ceramic tiles
A basketball-size block of ice fell from the sky and hit the roof of a Fremont home at about 6 p.m. Sunday in Fremont. A woman who was home at the time heard the impact and felt the house shake, Fremont police Sgt. Jeff Campbell said.

June 11, 2012 | 6 comments
Tri-Valley Community Foundation in deep debt, looking to close

The Tri-Valley Community Foundation is more than $3 million in debt, and is looking to close and file liquidation bankruptcy by the end of June. It is also seeking criminal prosecution against its former president, David Rice.

June 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Community Foundation in deep debt, looking to close

Audit uncovers $3 million owed by charitable organization
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation is more than $3 million in debt, and is looking to close and file liquidation bankruptcy by the end of June. It is also seeking criminal prosecution against its former president, David Rice. "We owe probably $3 million-plus, everything included," said TVCF board Chairman Ron Hyde. "There's no 'there' there."

June 11, 2012 | 61 comments
Rock hits from '80s and '90s this week at Concerts in the Park

Northern Static will perform rock hits from the '80s and '90s at this Friday's Concert in the Park. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, live concerts take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through the summer at Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal streets. On June 22, The Crisis will perform "eclectic rock. For information, visit www.pleasantondowntown.net.

June 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Volunteers sought to prepare care packages for troops

Blue Star Moms need many volunteers on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, to prepare and pack care packages for our troops. To volunteer, email beavolunteer@bluestarmoms.org with your name, day or days you can volunteer and how many people will be with you.

June 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Special program Wednesday for cancer survivors, caregivers

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to a special evening and a dessert reception
to hear presentations on survivorship. The program will include Labyrinths - A Tool for Meditation, Wellness through Diet and Exercise and The Importance of Spirituality. The program will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 in the second floor ballroom at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, RSVP no later than June 8 at 734-3319 or email mprishti@valleycare.com.

June 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Hole-in-one makes history

Surprise ending at ValleyCare golf tournament
It was a win-win for Andrew Searcy at the 28th annual ValleyCare Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament on June 1. Not only was he golfing on behalf of a charitable cause, he was also the winner of the hole-in-one Lexus challenge, so departed the tournament as the owner of a brand new Lexus ES250.

June 11, 2012 | 3 comments
Everyone invited to celebrate the 237th year of the Army

Civilians and other community members who make the Army the strength of the Nation are invited to attend the Army's 237th birthday celebration. "America's Army: the Strength of the Nation" celebration will be at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Camp Parks Garrison Headquarters, 6th St., Building 620, Dublin. This year, the Army will celebrate the soldiers and family members that sacrifice for their country. For more information visit www.parks.army.mil or call 875-4650 or email pao.parks@us.army.mil.

June 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Celebrate summer break at program by author, songwriter

Children can celebrate the beginning of summer vacation with Barney Saltzberg at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Towne Center books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. Barney is an author, illustrator and songwriter of over 30 books for kids. His presentation includes music. This is a free event. For information, call 846-8826.

June 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Alameda, Contra Costa counties move toward shared agency communications

Interoperability would be key in major emergencies
The sheriff's offices of Alameda and Contra Costa counties has launched a new communications system that will allow officers and dispatchers from parts of both counties to better communicate.

June 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Quarter century for triathlon in Pleasanton

Four-part series takes place at Shadow Cliffs
The 25th annual Tri-for-Fun Triathlon Series kicks off this weekend with close to 1,000 triathletes expected Saturday to swim, run and bike the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore. The series includes three Tri-For-Fun triathlons throughout the summer then ends with the Tri-For-Real competition in September.

June 13, 2012 | 5 comments
Hundreds to compete in Rotary's 19th annual downtown Spirit Run early today

Popular family event raises money for Pleasanton high school scholarships
More than 1,300 runners are expected to be downtown early today for the 19th annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

June 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Weekend Adoptathon: free pets to good owners

Last year 2,312 adopters found furry friends to love
This is a great weekend to adopt a furry new family member -- for free. I't's the third annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon. Adoptions will be held at 80 locations throughout Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco counties, including Stoneridge Shopping Center,

June 9, 2012 | No comments yet
Appeals court upholds conviction of former BART police officer

Johannes Mehserle fails in bid to clear his name of felony record
A state appeals court in San Francisco has upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle in the killing of an unarmed passenger in 2009.

June 9, 2012 | 7 comments
Pleasantonians 4 Peace plan candlelight vigil Wednesday

Pleasantonians 4 Peace will hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton, to reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor the veterans who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of moving beyond the conflict to a more peaceful world. For more information, call Cathe Norman at 462-7495 or email Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com.

June 11, 2012 | 10 comments
Stand-up comic Brad Upton to perform at Firehouse Thursday

Brad Upton, known as one of the most polished, professional acts in stand-up comedy, will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $15. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

June 12, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Cliches, not characters, inhabit "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," a condescendingly simplistic comedy-drama that plays off of tensions between generations and political viewpoints. -- PC

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Writer-director Wes Anderson has faced criticism of his films being fussily repetitive. Though his new film "Moonrise Kingdom" is nothing if not fussy, it's his freshest, breeziest work since the high-water mark of 1998's "Rushmore." -- PC

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Park District to hold meeting on Ridge

East Bay Regional Park District is holding a meeting from from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Veteran's Memorial Building on Main Street to present the draft land use plan for Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and to receive feedback.

June 8, 2012 | 1 comment
Foothill, Amador Valley high school seniors graduate

2012 graduates ready to take on the world
Members of the Class of 2012 at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools received their diplomas at commencement exercises last night on the football fields at each of the schools.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Here's the Class of 2012 at Foothill, Amador Valley, Village, Horizon high schools

Here's the Class of 2012 at Foothill, Amador Valley, Village, Horizon high schools with a complete list of the students who were scheduled to graduate this week.

June 8, 2012 | 12 comments
Rockin' Blues by the Rooster's Teeth headlines Concerts in the Park tonight

Pleasanton Downtown Association presents live concerts throughout the summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets. Enjoy Rockin' Blues by the Rooster's Teeth on June 8, then come back June 15 for Eclectic Rock by The Crisis.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Goodguys hit by bad guys

Plus, other police reports through June 5
A classic car, a classic pickup truck and two Harley Davidson motorcycles were stolen while parked at or near the Goodguys car show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds last weekend.

June 8, 2012 | 4 comments
Luxury home sales up 27% in East Bay market

Pleasanton boasts 16 $1-million-plus sales in April
The East Bay's hot luxury housing market got even hotter in April with sales of high-end homes surging once again, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a Bay Area's provider of luxury real estate services.

June 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Union sues San Jose to block pension reform measure

Labor leaders say new law is unconstitutional by allowing city to ignore employee contracts
Union representatives announced Wednesday that they have filed lawsuits against the city of San Jose to contest the legality of pension reform Measure B, which voters passed with 70% approval Tuesday night, according to semi-final results.

June 7, 2012 | 15 comments
Pentin launches campaign for City Council seat

Endorses Thorne for mayor at crowded breakfast fundraiser
Pleasanton businessman and city Planning Commission Chairman Jerry Pentin launched his campaign this week for election to the City Council in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

June 7, 2012 | 22 comments
Spend an evening with Mark Twain tonight

Humorist is latest in museum lecture series
The Museum on Main is presenting Mark Twain at this month's Ed Kinney Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district, banking on furlough days, restores programs and jobs

Could see schools shut down four days, saving $1.8 million
The Pleasanton School District is apparently banking on furlough days to balance its budget for the upcoming school year.

June 7, 2012 | 36 comments
Police release sketches of woman found in trash can

Anyone recognizing her is asked to contact them
Drawings made by a sketch artist were released Wednesday as Pleasanton police try to determine the identity of the woman found in a trash can near Dublin Canyon Road in Pleasanton on May 24.

June 6, 2012 | 6 comments
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for May 14-18 and in San Ramon for May 15-25.

June 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Stark, Swalwell take top 2 spots in November's 15th District congressional race

Miley defeats challenger with 72% of vote to keep Alameda County supervisor's post
In the newly-aligned 15th Congressional District that covers all of Pleasanton, longtime Congressman Pete Stark advanced to November's general election in Tuesday's "top two" primary but is facing stiff competition from Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell in his bid to retain his seat.

June 6, 2012 | 33 comments
County board deadlocked on replacement for Nadia Lockyer

Possibility now that Gov. Brown will fill vacancy
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday on appointing a replacement for Nadia Lockyer, raising the possibility that it might be left up to Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the vacancy.

June 6, 2012 | 1 comment
Widowed Men and Women's Luncheon

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join them for lunch at noon, Thursday, June 14 at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton. Cost your menu choice. RSVP to David by Monday, June 11 at 833-7647.

June 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Vicki Lewis, Joan Ryan perform duets by some of the greats at Firehouse Sunday

Vicki Lewis and Joan Ryan perform duets by greats Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and more. The concert is from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 10, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $17-$27. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
2012 Summer Reading Game

Pleasanton Public Library unveils 2012 Summer Reading Game on Saturday, June 9 Summer Olympics Theme Kicks Off with Opening Day Torch Relay on Main Street in Downtown. The program kick off also features an Opening Day Torch Relay that begins at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. The free summer reading program, entitled Pleasanton Readers are Good Sports! continues through Aug. 4 and offers eight weeks full of free fun at the library that includes special summer entertainment, weekly movies, story times, and crafts. Call 931-3400.

June 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Free Trunk Show

Pat Speth brings 25 of her "Nickle Quilts" to the Amador Valley Quilt Guild from 1:30-4 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave., Pleasanton. Pat uses 5" squares to create quilts in 3 sizes. Please join them for this lively afternoon and the event is free. Call 510-209-1187 or visit www.amadorvalleyquilters.org.

June 6, 2012 | No comments yet
Sleep Train's New Clothing Drive for Foster Kids

To help give foster kids the extra confidence boost that comes with a new tee or jeans, Sleep Train is hosting its annual Clothing Drive. Drop off donations of new clothing in all sizes at any Sleep Train location. For more information on the nearest store, please visit www.sleeptrain.com.

June 6, 2012 | 2 comments
Help those in the military at breakfast fundraiser tomorrow in downtown Pleasanton park

The public is invited to attend a community event from 7-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 9, to support service men and women who are deployed overseas. The breakfast, to be held at at Delucchi Park, corner of Neal and First streets, is free to all. Volunteers will accept cash donations for care packages or, if you wish, drop off something specific that would be most welcome. The service men and women can use granola bars, jerky, gum, foot powder, nuts, mints, disposable razors, dark calf high socks, lifesavers, sun screen, red and black licorice and insect repellent (non-aersol). For more information, email adjutant@vfwpost6298.com.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
Lab, Livermore school team together for talk with astronauts on Space Station

Wednesday event to be kicked off by former astronaut now working at Livermore Lab
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District are teaming up to give students the opportunity to talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

June 5, 2012 | No comments yet
Costco to pay state $3.6 million to settle hazardous waste claims

Alameda County DA leads effort to investigate environmental damages
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced Monday that her office, together with 28 other California district attorneys, has filed and settled a civil law enforcement action against Costco Wholesale Corporation which requires the big box retailer to pay $3.6 million in civil penalties and costs.

June 5, 2012 | No comments yet
United Airlines ends 75 years of service in Oakland

In recent years, United only served 1.4% of travelers at Oakland airport
United Airlines ended 75 years of service at Oakland International Airport with a flight to Denver late Sunday morning.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
CSEA agreement could help restore programs

Tentative agreement would allow four furlough days
A tentative agreement between the school district and the California School Employees Association could help restore programs and jobs cut earlier in the year. The agreement, to be considered at tonight's school board meeting, would eliminate overtime and allow for up to four days of furloughs.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Snow White and the Huntsman" is something else. It's neither the kid-friendly take of 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" nor the two-month-old "Mirror Mirror," nor the R-rated horror version offered by 1997's "Snow White: A Tale of Terror." -- PC

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Ballots will look different in today's statewide primary

Top 2 winners in Pleasanton congressional district will compete again on Nov. 6
Voters going to the polls today in the California primary will find their ballots looking quite different from those in years' past.

June 4, 2012 | 9 comments
Major toll increases on Bay Area bridges July 1 for big-rigs, other vehicles with more than two axles

Multi-axle vehicles will pay $5 times the number of axles, up to $35
For motorists crossing Bay Area bridges in big-rigs, cars and trucks hauling trailers, and other vehicle combinations with more than two
axles, bridge tolls are going to cost more starting July 1.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
OPINION: Back to basics for TV30 as San Ramon exits

It's back to the basics for TV30, the Tri-Valley community television system that has been broadcasting here since 1976. Last week, the City Council of San Ramon voted 4-1 to quit funding the nonprofit and to move its community broadcasts to Contra Costa Television, a county-owned station in Martinez that broadcasts locally on Channel 27.

June 2, 2012 | 6 comments
Heartbreaking loss for Amador Valley girls at softball championships

1-0 score ends undefeated season for Lady Dons Friday night in Moraga
Amador's dreams of a perfect season and a possible No. 1 national ranking ended Friday night in the North Coast Section championship game when the Dons fell 1-0 to James Logan.

June 1, 2012 | 48 comments
Maddie's Fund Adoptathon at Valley Humane Society

Free adoptions to qualified homes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, June 9 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Find your new best friend!
To learn more, go to www.valleyhumane.org or
www.maddiesadoptathon.org.

June 7, 2012 | No comments yet
Reception Thursday for Lydiksen Elementary School's retiring principal Colleen Henry

A reception will be held from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Thursday for Lydiksen Elementary School's principal Colleen Henry, who is retiring. Come celebrate with her and share your memories at Lydiksen's library, 7700 Highland Oaks Dr., Pleasanton. Refreshments will be served. Call 413-4207.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
New Expressive Writing groups start today

Register for a new writing group being offered at the Pleasanton Senior Center beginning Thursday, June 7. The class will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. and will focus on the art of expression. You will learn by observing and critiquing each other's creations. No previous writing experience required. Six sessions will run June-August. For more information, call Amy at 931-5365.

June 4, 2012 | 1 comment
Pleasanton newcomers meeting on Wednesday

This 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.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Computer classes 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.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
2012 wildland fire season has begun

Park District says number of fires is 'abnormally high'
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the fire season officially began Monday, and the East Bay Regional Park District agrees.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Find the Fair logo and win free tickets and maybe a box at the races!

Free ticket offer ends with this Friday's Pleasanton Weekly edition
As you peruse last Friday's edition of the Pleasanton Weekly, look for the Alameda County Fair's 100th anniversary logo. It might be part of an ad? Or you might find it in a news story, photo, even as part of a columnist's 'heading?'

May 31, 2012 | 3 comments
Where's the money gone?

Audit turns up irregularities at Tri-Valley Community Foundation
The Tri-Valley Community Foundation is in rough financial waters, facing questions of poor financial management, misapplying donations, making promises it couldn't keep and ongoing overspending that's left the agency nearly $175,000 in debt. The foundation has ousted David Rice, who as president was the public face of the charity for years, after an audit showed money had been spent and promised without approval from its board.

May 31, 2012 | 20 comments
Seniors sign up for college sports

Bodnar to tee off for Sac State; Shohfi playing soccer at HNU
The Sacramento State women's golf team inked its first member of the 2011-12 recruiting class with the signing of Amador Valley senior Natalie Bodnar, it was announced by Director of Golf David Sutherland.

June 4, 2012 | 1 comment
Pleasanton woman to carry Olympic torch

Sarah Williams, 19, chosen as one of 22 Americans as torchbearers in advance of July 27 Olympics
Sarah Williams, 19, a Pleasanton resident who started the Creative Kindness blanket project that produced thousands of blankets for foster children, has been chosen by Coca Cola as one of 22 Americans who will carry an Olympic torch through the United Kingdom in advance of the Summer Olympics, which begin July 27 in London.

June 4, 2012 | 4 comments
A tribute to the music of Patsy Cline coming on Sunday

Vocalist Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band in a tribute to the music of country western legend Patsy Cline at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Joni Morris emulates Cline's sour-stirring voice and flamboyant nature, performing with the passion and personality that captivated Cline's fans. Morris has traveled nationally for the past fifteen years with her four piece band, After Midnight, and has appeared before enthusiastic audiences at colleges, festivals, dinner theaters, conventions, casinos, and private parties. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firhousearts.org.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Banholzer wins President's Club award at Mason-McDuffie

Prestigious honor goes only to top 10% producers in firm
Teri Banholzer of Pleasanton has been named to the prestigious Mason-McDuffie Mortgage's President's Club. The club recognizes the top 10% of mortgage producers across the entire firm.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for April 19-May 2 and in San Ramon for May 9-16.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Police log: Roseville man seized at Motel 6 on felony charges, found with 16-year-old girl

Plus, other police news through May 29
A routine check of cars at Motel 6 on May 25 led to multiple felonies for a Roseville man.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Goodguys' last day at Fairgrounds today

19th annual Summer Get-Together gives glimpse into cars of yesteryear
The Goodguys will end its two-day 19th annual Summer Get-Together at 4 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds where more than 2,500 classic American muscle cars and souped up hot rods are on display.

May 31, 2012 | 5 comments
Man dead in apparent jump from West Dublin BART parking garage yesterday

Falls to ground from top of structure on Dublin side of station
BART police are investigating an apparent suicide Wednesday morning at the West Dublin/Pleasanton station.

May 31, 2012 | 12 comments
Amador girls head to NCS softball championship for 5 p.m. game today

Lady Dons' defeat of Freedom High gives them shot at top spot in today's competition on St. Mary's campus in Moraga
The Amador Valley High girls softball team faces James Logan High in the North Coast Section championship at 5 p.m. today at St. Mary's College in Moraga.

May 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Acoustic rock duo Gypsy Soul at Firehouse Arts Center Saturday

Acoustic rock duo Gypsy Soul will bring its stirring and soulful sound at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Gypsy Soul has been chosen a "Top Pick/Critic's Choice in 60 Publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets $14-$22. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Legislation introduced to use PG&E fines to reduce utility bill for ratepayers

Seeks to keep fines from going into general fund so that they are only used to reduce upgrading costs
In an attempt to save PG&E ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 50 years, state Assemblyman Jerry Hill introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to use fines levied against the utility to reduce costs associated with upgrading its pipeline system.

May 30, 2012 | 1 comment
Livermore police investigating home-invasion robbery

2 who also own Bay Area casino bound, robbed in their Reginald Court home
Police are investigating an armed robbery at a home in Livermore early Tuesday morning.

May 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Special program set for cancer survivors on June 13

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to a special evening and a dessert reception
to hear presentations on survivorship. The program will include Labyrinths - A Tool for Meditation, Wellness through Diet and Exercise and The Importance of Spirituality. The program will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 in the second floor ballroom at Faz Restaurant, 5121 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, RSVP no later than June 8 at 734-3319 or email mprishti@valleycare.com.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
The Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012 to unveil another H.A.P.P.Y. sculpture

The Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012, partners in the Harrington Art Partnership, will unveil Pleasanton's newest sculpture "Comet" at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2 in the garden area of the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. The Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2012 is excited about being partners in bringing Public Art to Pleasanton, especially this inspiring art by Max de Moss. They encourage other organizations, businesses, and clubs to come forth with their support for "Comet" and other future public art. For more information about "Comet" call Gary or Nancy Harrington at 846-9757.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Free seminar on dealing with depression set for ValleyCare June 13

Please join them for a free education seminar where Dr. Michael Smith will discuss how to recognize depression and the best treatment options available. The class is from 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 at ValleyCare Medical Plaza, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd 2nd Floor Conference Room, Pleasanton. They invite you to register by calling their Health Information Line at 1-800-719-9111 or visit www.valleycare.com/educationseminars.

May 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Join local artists in Friday morning discussions at Vintage Hills shopping center

Local artists gather and share their latest work with coffee in hand when they meet on Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon each week. The meetings are held at Coffee Ali in the Vintage Hills shopping center at the Bernal avenue intersection with Concord Street and Vineyard Avenue. The artists also display their work in the coffee shop, changing them each month. The artists invited anyone interested n joining them to grab a cup of coffee and join in their discussions. For more information, call 510-543-4776 or visit www.web.mac.com/poetryoncanvas/Site/ACC__Art_News.html.

May 31, 2012 | 1 comment
Foothill Cheer car wash fundraiser tomorrow at Goodyear Tire

Kick off your summer vacation by getting your cars clean at the Foothill cheer car wash fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at Goodyear Tire, 2 California Blvd., Pleasanton. Cars will be washed by Foothill Varsity, JV and Frosh cheer teams. A donation of $10 per car is suggested, but larger donations will be gratefully accepted. Visit www.foothillfalcons.org.

June 8, 2012 | No comments yet
2 to perform duets of famous stars June 10 at Firehouse Arts Center

Vicki Lewis and Joan Ryan perform duets by greats Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and more. The concert is from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $17-$27. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Doors Legacy band to re-create late 60s sounds on June 16 at Firehouse Arts Centerperform

The Doors Legacy Band recreates the late-sixties sound and feel of Jim Morrison's Doors in a vintage rock concert experience. The event is from 8-10 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $16-$24. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 30, 2012 | 3 comments
Dumbarton Bridge re-opens 2 hours early

Closed since Friday, retrofitting work finished before 5 a.m. deadline
The Dumbarton Bridge re-opened two hours earlier than expected this morning following completion of seismic retrofitting work that necessitated closing the bridge over the holiday weekend.

May 29, 2012 | No comments yet
400 fill Pleasanton Senior Center gardens for Memorial Day ceremonies

Patriotic music, speeches pay tribute to veterans, those in uniform and those who sacrificed their lives for the country
More than 400 turned out Monday for Memorial Day observances at the outdoor gardens of the Pleasanton Senior Center on a weather-perfect day for music, commemorative speeches and a marching color guard.

May 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Memorial Day observances start at 11 a.m. today outside Pleasanton Senior Center

Annual program to be led by local posts of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Memorial Day observances will get under way at 11 a.m. this morning at the outdoor garden of the Pleasanton Senior Center.

May 28, 2012 | 1 comment
Grass fire comes close to homes along upper Bernal Avenue

Firefighters squelch blaze that was headed toward hillside homes on Amanda Place near St. Augustine Catholic Church
A grass fire in the hills above Amanda Place across Bernal from St. Augustine Catholic Church late Saturday was quickly extinguished but not before causing major concerns for residents on that short dead-end street off Bernal.

May 27, 2012 | 5 comments
New charges added to ex-Danville cop's involvement in setting up DUI arrests

'Stings' in 2010 now include federal wire fraud accusations
Former Danville police officer and Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy Stephen Tanabe pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to new charges stemming from his alleged involvement in setting up drunken driving arrests.

May 27, 2012 | No comments yet
Flags, medallions honor Pleasanton veterans

535 veterans buried at adjoining Pleasanton Pioneer, St. Augustine Catholic cemeteries
Pleasanton Scouts placed special bronze grave markers with flags on veterans' graves in the city's Pioneer cemetery and at the adjacent St. Augustine Catholic cemetery last Saturday as the three-day Memorial Day weekend got under way.yesterday.

May 27, 2012 | 5 comments
Review: 'Hysteria'

(Two stars)
The film "Hysteria," written by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer and directed by Tanya Wexler, opens with the legend "This story is based on true events," adding, "Really." Except that it isn't. Not really. -- PC

May 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Men in Black 3'

(Three stars)
An eclectic cast and stellar visual effects coalesce to make "Men in Black 3" a quintessential kernel of summer popcorn cinema. Although the uninspired screenplay dampers what could have been a top-notch sci-fi comedy, the film's excellent production team and pantheon of talented actors create an entertaining escapade. -- TH

May 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Visit the USS Hornet

Take the family to visit the USS Hornet, a restored aircraft carrier in Alameda. The USS Hornet served in WWII and recovered the Apollo 11 astronauts. Tour the bridge, hangar deck, engine room, navigation bridge, captain's bridge, primary flight control, and flight deck, or ride the flight simulator. The Honret is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $12 for military and students with ID; $6 for youth ages 5-17; and children 5 years and younger are free. Parking is free. The USS Hornet is located at Pier 3, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda. Call (510) 521-8448 or visit www.uss-hornet.org.

May 29, 2012 | No comments yet
Diablo singles dance club meets Wednesday

Diablo Singles Dance Club dances regularly the last Wednesday of the month from 7:30-10:30 p.m., at the Arts Education Building, corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. The cost is $7 for members and $9 for non-members. All are welcome. Call 837-2851.

May 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Auditions for Valley Concert Chorale 2013 season start tonight

Tri-Valley's premier chorus, will hold auditions by appointments for their upcoming 2013 concert season tonight. Auditions for the concert, scheduled for February 12, 2013, also will be held Aug. 27 and Sept. 10. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, 4th and L Streets, Livermore. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. For additional information call 866-4003 or visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org.

May 31, 2012 | No comments yet
Celebrity golf and tennis tournament

3rd annual "Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf & Tennis Tournament & Tribute Dinne," Monday, June 11 at the Diablo Country Club. Hosted by the Police & Fire: The Fallen Heroes, a 501c (3) nonprofit, the proceeds will benefit their Scholarship Fund for the children of fallen police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in California. For more information call 837-4221.

May 29, 2012 | No comments yet
As Congressional campaign heats up, Stark meets with Pleasanton supporters

Long-time congressman faces two challengers in June 5 California primary
Three candidates seeking nomination to the newly-created 15th Congressional District that covers Pleasanton are walking precinct and holding voter meetings in the coming week as the California primary on Tuesday, June 5 nears.

May 25, 2012 | 32 comments
Today's last chance to see historic WWII planes at Livermore Airport

Event follows Weekly's reporter's flight in advance of Memorial Day
Today's the last chance this year to see, smell, feel and walk through a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and a P-51 Mustang at the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour 2012, which will be at the Livermore Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

May 25, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police confirm body placed in trash can was a woman

Fingerprints net no identification
Police and the Alameda County Coroner's Office have so far been unable to identify the woman whose body was placed inside a 45-gallon trash can and left on the side of a Pleasanton road.

May 25, 2012 | 17 comments
Judge strikes down Defense of Marriage Act provision in state employees' case

Pension system must make long-term care insurance equally available to same-sex spouses, partners, federal court rules
A federal judge ruled in Oakland that the state's public-employee pension system must make long-term care insurance equally available to same-sex spouses and partners.

May 25, 2012 | 4 comments
Body found stuffed into trash can, left along Dublin Canyon Road

Police: 'Nothing like this has every happened here before'
A body was found stuffed into trash can this morning, according to Pleasanton police who are investigating the discovery. Police received a call to a 45-gallon plastic trash can that had been left along the side of the road on Dublin Canyon Road not far from Laurel Creek Drive at about 11 a.m.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Body found stuffed into trash can, left along Dublin Canyon Road

Police: 'Nothing like this has every happened here before'
A body was found stuffed into trash can this morning, according to Pleasanton police who are investigating the discovery. Police received a call to a 45-gallon plastic trash can that had been left along the side of the road on Dublin Canyon Road, not far from Laurel Creek Drive at about 11 a.m.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Body found stuffed into trash can, left along Dublin Canyon Road

Police: 'Nothing like this has ever happened here before'
A body was found stuffed into trash can this morning, according to Pleasanton police who are investigating the discovery.

May 24, 2012 | 13 comments
McNerney named legislator of the year by veterans service officers

Recognized for efforts to bring a new VA facility to area
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has been awarded the Motomu Nakasako Legislator of the Year Award by the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers.

May 30, 2012 | 12 comments
American Idol finalist to perform at the Firehouse Arts Center Thursday

American Idol Finalist Josh Gracin will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. A Michigan native who grew up listening to Rhythm & Blues and Motown, Gracin heard Garth Brooks on country radio, embraced the sound and never turned back. Tickets are $20-$30. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 28, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton library offering child sleep workshop on Wednesday

A workshop on children and sleeping will take place from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at the Pleasanton Public library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Topics to be discussed include sleep problems, how to avoid them and how to deal with them, and how to teach healthy habits from the beginning to avoid the stress of sleepless nights. Call 998-3242.

May 25, 2012 | No comments yet
'Fresh Works" art exhibit opens next Wednesday in Harrington Gallery

Harrington Gallery will present its second annual "Fresh Works" exhibit from May 30-June 30 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. A reception will take place from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the gallery. The exhibit will include an array of media - watercolor, oil, pastel, neon, sculpture and photography by accomplished San Francisco Bay Area artists. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays. Call 931-4849 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 25, 2012 | No comments yet
Author S.G. Browne will discuss his newest book tomorrow at Towne Center Books

S.G. Browne, author of "Fated and Breathers," will be discussing his newest book, "Lucky Bastard," at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. The book is about a man in San Francisco who makes his living stealing people's luck. Both men and woman will enjoy the book. Reservations are helpful for set up and food. Call 846-8826 or email orders@townecenterbooks.com.

May 28, 2012 | No comments yet
All-day celebration today to honor Golden Gate Bridge on its 75th anniversary

Fireworks, music, maritime displays all on tap for day of fun, events
Day-long events are planned for today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Swingin' Blue Stars at Firehouse today for Memorial Day weekend show

'Remember the USO -- A Memorial Day Tribute' will pay tribute to all who've served
The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet will once again bring the music of the 1940s to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center for the city's Memorial Day observances

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
HP's plan to cut 27,000 jobs will impact workforce here in Tri-Valley, other Bay Area, worldwide installations

Tech giant announces quarterly losses and restructuring plan
Palo Alto tech giant HP announced this weeky that it would cut 27,000 jobs -- or 8% of its global workforce -- by mid-2014, a move that the company said will impact its workforce from the Tri-Valley, across the Bay Area and at its worldwide installations.

May 24, 2012 | 3 comments
Dumbarton Bridge closed, will re-open at 5 a.m. tomorrow

Motorists urged to plan ahead for alternative routes as seismic work shuts all lanes
Caltrans officials are reminding commuters that the Dumbarton Bridge is closed to traffic today for a seismic retrofit project.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district hires Lodi district manager as its new assistant superintendent

Succeeds retiring Cindy Galbo at starting salary of $162,340, plus $3,450 in stipends
The Pleasanton school board has hired a former assistant superintendent at the Lodi school district to replace its Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Cindy Galbo, who retires at the end of June.

May 24, 2012 | 67 comments
Police make second sweep of high school campus using drug-sniffing dogs

No drugs found, although 16-year-old arrested for having a knife in his car parked at Amador Valley High
The second sweep of a high school by drug detection dogs was "pretty much a non-event," according to Amador Valley High School Principal Jim Hansen.

May 24, 2012 | 19 comments
Public reception today for 'Fresh Works' exhibit at Firehouse Arts Center

Harrington Gallery hosting its second annual open juried exhibit
The Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery is hosting its second annual open juried exhibit of Bay Area artists with a gallery reception scheduled for 1-3 p.m. this afternoon.

May 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Vacation, investment home sales at highest level since 2005

Investors 'swooping in' to take advantage of bargain home prices
Sales of investment and vacation homes jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Sales at a glance

Following are the home sales in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Sunol for April 11-20 and in San Ramon for May 2-10.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
USE MAY 31~For Thursday 5/24: Tri-Valley Bark for Life sign up now

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. The event is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at Sunol Community Park, at Main St. and Kilkare. Bring your best canine friend and join them for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. Visit www.relayforlife.org.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
5 candidates chosen for consideration as successor for former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer

Candidates will be interviewed by county board next Tuesday with decision set for June 5
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday selected five candidates to continue to the next round of the public appointment process to replace Nadia Lockyer, who resigned in April as County Supervisor for District 2.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
New arena planned to welcome 'San Francisco Warriors' in 2017

Warriors set to leave Oakland after 41 years as its hometown pro basketball team
Tri-Valley basketball fans of the Golden State Warriors will have to travel a bit farther starting in 2017 to see their favorite team play in a new arena in San Francisco, it was announced Tuesday.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Mothers with a Purpose meets tonight at 7 p.m.

Attendees of the Mothers With a Purpose group will be able to create their own agenda at an Open Talk meeting. The group meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at Foothill High School, 4375 Foothill Rd., Room C-6, Pleasanton. Visit www.motherswithapurpose.org.

May 24, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon art and wind festival opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, Monday

The San Ramon art and wind festival is a family friendly festival that features professional kite flying demonstrations, over 200 arts & crafts booths, entertainment on three stages, two large kids' activity areas, food booths and more. The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and Monday, May 27 and May 28, in San Ramon's Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. For additional information call 973-3200 or visit www.artandwind.com.

May 24, 2012 | 2 comments
Bishop Ranch to host free Wellness and Safety Fair on today

Health screenings, bone density tests, fruit smoothies to fill 2-1/2-hour event
Sunset Development will kick off its Bishop Ranch Wellness and Safety Fair today at the business park's No. 11 courtyard and parking lot.

June 4, 2012 | No comments yet
Task force to help determine future of former quarry land on Pleasanton's east side

City Council seeking members for study that could take at least a year
The Pleasanton City Council has voted to establish an East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force to guide elected officials and city staff in the development of a 1,000-acre area extending out from the intersection of Valley Avenue at Busch Road.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Registration under way for summer courses at Las Positas College

Claasses available for all age groups, including 'comic drawing' for youngsters
Registration is under way for summer community education classes at Las Positas College.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Conservancy hands out awards for best 'Uncorked Wine' in 2012 competition

Haggerty pays tribute to those who helped create South Livermore plan in 1993
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty has awarded the winners of Tri-Valley Conservancy's Third Annual Livermore Valley "Uncorked Wine" competition.

May 30, 2012 | No comments yet
Golden State Warriors consider move to San Francisco

Mayor says new arena would not be funded by taxpayer money
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Monday said that he is awaiting a decision from the Golden State Warriors following reports that the pro basketball team is considering a move from across the Bay in Oakland.

May 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Appeals court rejects disabled citizens' bid to obtain medical marijuana

Recognizing 'patients gravely ill,' judge rules federal law does not authorize drug's use
Four disabled Californians who want to use medical marijuana lost a bid to a federal appeals court in San Francisco Monday to seek a new path to carving out an exception to U.S. laws criminalizing the drug.

May 22, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board to look at restoring programs, new savings from union, management concessions

Management could see five unpaid furlough days and elimination of bonuses and stipends
At tonight's Pleasanton school board meeting, members will be looking at possible programs to restore, made possible by concessions from the teacher's union, donations from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, and possible new savings.

May 21, 2012 | 71 comments
4th annual Village High School pasta feed starts at 4 p.m.today

The 4th annual Village High School pasta feed starts at 4 p.m. today, May 24, with a menu that includes lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cookies and lemonade. Tickets are available at the door only at a cost of $8 for adults, and $6 for students, seniors and kids. The Pasta Feed is from 4-7 p.m. in the school's multipurpose room, 4645 Bernal Ave. Call 426-4260 for more information.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Auditions scheduled for Valley Concert Chorale's 2012-2013 season

The Tri-Valley's premier chorus, the Valley Concert Chorale, will hold auditions by appointments for its upcoming 2012-2013 concert season on the following dates: Monday, June 4, Monday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Sept. 10. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, located at Fourth and L Streets. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10. For additional information call 866-4003 or visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
AVHS Wellness committee hosts free presentation on the Dangers of Driving While Distracted

A free presentation for all students and parents on the dangers and consequences of distracted driving will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at Amador Valley High School. Attendees can expect interactive activities, video, a real story, and give-away items as part of the program to teach the realities of distracted driving and how to be safe whether you are the driver or the passenger. For more information visit www.impactteendrivers.org.

May 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Happy hour returns to Towne Center Books with S.G. Browne

The author of "Fated and Breathers" will be discussing his newest book "Lucky Bastard" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. The book is about a man in San Francisco who makes his living stealing people's luck. Both men and woman will enjoy the book. Reservations are helpful for set up and food. Call 846-8826 or email orders@townecenterbooks.com.

May 23, 2012 | No comments yet
Housing starts gain 2.6% nationally in April

West still lags due to restrictive lending conditions, report says
Nationwide housing production gained 2.6% from an upwardly revised pace in March to hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 717,000 units in April, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD.

May 21, 2012 | No comments yet
COMMENTARY: Keep the Tri-Valley coalition together

San Ramon considers opting out of TV30, iGATE, convention bureau financial support
Just as the coalition of Tri-Valley cities is enthusiastically backing a new marketing campaign by the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to attract more visitors to our region, we hear rumblings from some business and city leaders in San Ramon that they want out.

May 21, 2012 | 2 comments
High school sports face funding challenge

Budget crunch could put some athletics on chopping block
For years the biggest problem facing high school coaches in Pleasanton has been determining who will be the key players and how to beat opposing teams.

May 21, 2012 | 6 comments
50,000 join in festive Bay to Breakers race in sunny San Francisco

Ethiopian woman finishes seconds ahead of Kenyan man due to 'equalizer' rule
More than 50,000 runners and walkers took part in the 7.46 mile race, which began on Embarcadero just before 7 a.m. yesterday.

May 21, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Dictator'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Certainly in 2012, a brutal dictator qualifies as an easy target for comedy (that wasn't true in 1940, when Charlie Chaplin released "The Great Dictator," to which "The Dictator" implicitly nods). The premise sounds more promising than what star Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles deliver. -- PC

May 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Dictator'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Certainly in 2012, a brutal dictator qualifies as an easy target for comedy (that wasn't true in 1940, when Charlie Chaplin released "The Great Dictator," to which "The Dictator" implicitly nods). The premise sounds more promising than what star Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles deliver. -- PC

May 20, 2012 | No comments yet
Total number of jobs decreases in Alameda County, but so does unemployment rate

April's state rate drops to 10.5% from 11% in March, 11.8% a year ago
Bay Area jobless numbers dropped in April after a small uptick in March, part of a statewide and national trend, according to state employment officials.

May 19, 2012 | 4 comments
Review: 'The Dictator'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Certainly in 2012, a brutal dictator qualifies as an easy target for comedy (that wasn't true in 1940, when Charlie Chaplin released "The Great Dictator," to which "The Dictator" implicitly nods). The premise sounds more promising than what star Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles deliver. -- PC

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Bernie'

(Three stars)
From the "News of the Weird" file comes the new comedy "Bernie," a Texan tale of murder that opens with the promise "What You're Fixin' to See Is a True Story." And it is funny, in the manner of the fictionalized "To Die For" and the fictional "Fargo." -- PC

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
San Ramon lawyer arrested in Dublin hit-and-run death

Victim, also a San Ramon resident, pronounced dead at scene
A San Ramon man was arrested Thursday night in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist on last Tuesday in Dublin.

May 18, 2012 | 40 comments
San Ramon man arrested in hit-and-run that killed bicyclist in Dublin

Victim was visiting area from abroad, police report
A San Ramon man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a bicyclist in Dublin on Tuesday, police officials said today.

May 18, 2012 | 2 comments
Relay for Life looking for talent

The Pleasanton Relay for Life (July 21) is having a talent show for ages 11-18! Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, juggle, perform magic or have another talent? Only 12 spots available! Act should be for all ages & be less than 5 minutes. Applications due by June 15. For more information, call Larry at 650-773-1263.

May 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Look west just before sunset this afternoon to see solar eclipse

Maximum eclipse starts at 5:25, will be at its maximum at 6:32 p.m., astronomer says
With the Bay Area conveniently located on the West Coast, astronomical neophytes and curious minds will have an opportunity to view an annular eclipse of the sun later today.

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton park mugging solved with help of police dog

Plus, other police reports through May 14
A mugging at a park -- a rarity in Pleasanton -- was quickly solved with the help of a police dog, according to a police report.

May 18, 2012 | 13 comments
Angela Street arsonist gets one-year sentence

Psych evaluation recommended probation
The woman who set her home and herself on fire in a December 2008 arson at her East Angela Street home was sentenced Wednesday to a year in county jail but could be out in months.

May 17, 2012 | 2 comments
Hidden Gardens of the Valley fundraiser Sunday

Enjoy gardening? Looking for inspiration? Participate in the Hidden Gardens of the Valley garden tour in Pleasanton this weekend benefiting Valley Humane Society. The event is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 20. Advance ticket price is $35 and $40 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Alden Lane Nursery, Armstrong Garden Center, Serenity Stoneworks, Towne Center Books, Western Garden Nursery, and Valley Humane Society.
All proceeds benefit Valley Humane Society, a local non-profit organization. Questions, call VHS 426-8656.

May 18, 2012 | 7 comments
Raley's union in Bay Area votes to authorize strike

Local union's action comes day after new Walmart grocery approved for Pleasanton
Raley's employees in the Bay Area and part of the Central Valley voted Wednesday to authorize a strike against the grocery chain, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 said.

May 17, 2012 | 33 comments
Tri-Valley mayors' special TV30 broadcast being aired through tomorrow

A special one-hour edition of "Tri-Valley Mayor's Report," taped on location at The Bridges Golf Course in San Ramon, is being broadcast by TV30, the community television system, through tomorrow.

May 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Dublin bicyclist killed in hit-and-run collision

A man who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision while riding his bicycle in Dublin on Tuesday night has been identified by the
Alameda County coroner's bureau as Bo Hu.

May 17, 2012 | 2 comments
Legendary career ends for Stanford's Kenney

Stanford's Skip Kenney, one of the most respected coaches in the world of swimming, announced his retirement Wednesday following 33 years at the helm of the Cardinal program.

May 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Beginners class in Microsoft Excel starts at Pleasanton library tomorrow

The Pleasanton Library is offering two Excel classes in May and June one for beginners and one for intermediate level class. Gain skills for career advancement, learning formatting, advanced formulas, visual basic programming and more. Sign up for a one-time session on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at the library. Beginners class is on Tuesdays, May 22 or May 29 and Intermediate are on Tuesdays, June 19 and June 26. Registration is required call 931-3400 ext. 7. Classes are held at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.

May 21, 2012 | No comments yet
World-class performers at Livermore Valley Opera presentation Sunday

Internationally acclaimed tenor Eleazar Rodriguez will be joined by other world-class opera singers for an afternoon of passion-stirring music. The event is from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets are $20. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Pablo Cruise to perform tonight at Firehouse Arts Center

With three of the original band members, the Pablo Cruise group will perform new versions of hits such as "A Place in the Sun" and "Love Will Find A Way." The event is from 8-10 p.m. tonight, May 25, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets $38-$48. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.

May 22, 2012 | No comments yet
Free memory screening for seniors

Caring Solutions is sponsoring free memory assessment on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd. Call 556-4511 for a 30-minute appointment. Preregister by the Monday prior to reserve an appointment. Informational materials are available at the Senior Center.

May 21, 2012 | No comments yet
School board meeting tomorrow to discuss May revise, management salaries

The Pleasanton Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow to consider, among other issues, a report on the proposed state budget's "May revise" announced last week by Governor Brown. Also on the agenda is a discussion and possible action to approve the salary schedule and modifications for management and "confidential" employees.

May 21, 2012 | 2 comments
For Friday 5/18: Chris Bradley's jazz band

Enjoy live jazz music from the 20s, 30s and 40s 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.

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
Widowed men and women brunch/luncheon

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like to invite you to join them for brunch / luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at Pasta's Trattoria, 405 Main St., Pleasanton. Cost your menu choice and beverage. RSVP to Ruby by Thursday, May 17 at 462-9636.

May 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Lions Club sponsoring fundraiser in Livermore Monday

Amador Valley Lions Club presents a fundraiser from 6-9 p.m., Monday, May 21 at Demitris Taverna, 2235 First St., Livermore. Event starts at 6 p.m. with no host cocktails followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Live entertainment, silent auction, raffles all for local charities as well as Lions Sight Programs. Cost is $35. Call 443-8649.

May 18, 2012 | No comments yet
CACC Photography Class Exhibition

The public is invited to an exhibition of the Chinese American Cooperation Council photography class from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The class has 17 students and is taught by master teacher photographer Jianzhong Cai. For more information, call 931-3400 or email niumatters@gmail.com.

May 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Walmart gets Council's final OK for Pleasanton supermarket

4-1 vote ends six months of debate, rancorous public meetings
Walmart won the Pleasanton City Council's approval in a 4-1 vote Tuesday night to open one of its Neighborhood Market grocery stores in the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road.

May 16, 2012 | 38 comments
Peter Sagan repeats sprint to finish to take Stage 3 in 2012 Amgen Tour

16 pro cycling teams took part this year's in 8-stage race
Young Slovakian cycling sensation and overall 2012 Amgen Tour of California race leader Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale crossed first at the finish line in Livermore Tuesday, taking his third stage win of the 2012 race and making Amgen Tour of California history by winning three consecutive stages.

May 16, 2012 | 10 comments
Allegiant Air to launch non-stop service between Stockton-Honolulu-Maui in November

Introductory fares to be as low as $199 each way when weekly service starts
Allegiant Travel Co. will launch new nonstop air service between Stockton and Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii in November.

May 16, 2012 | 7 comments
Safeway board approves 21% increase in quarterly dividend

Pleasanton-based company had annual sales of $43.6 billion in 2011
Safeway Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend, reflecting a 21% increase from $0.145 per share to $0.175 per share on a quarterly basis.

May 16, 2012 | 5 comments
Town Hall meeting tonight on school district's Facilities Master Plan

The Pleasanton school district will hold a Town Hall meeting of the Facilities Master Plan process from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 in the Multipurpose Room at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave., Pleasanton. The public is invited. For more information, call 462-5500.

May 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Meet Mark Texeira - Marvel, DC Artist

Meet comic great - Mark Texeira. An amazing artist for Marvel, DC Comics, and more. He has worked on Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Vampirella, Conan, Thor, Black Panther, X-Men, and more.The event is from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, May 18 at Heroes & Villains Comics, 264 Main St., Pleasanton. Call 399-5352 or visit www.heroesvillainscomics.com.

May 17, 2012 | No comments yet
Walmart could get final OK for Pleasanton grocery store at tonight's City Council meeting

With all procedural delays used up, Sullivan likely to cast only vote against proposed supermarket at old Nob Hill site
Walmart could get the final OK it's been waiting for at tonight's Pleasanton City Council meeting when a vote will be taken on the retailer's bid to open one of its Neighborhood Markets at the site of the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road.

May 15, 2012 | 13 comments
Funeral services set for man found dead at Pleasanton Ridge

Body discovered in popular hiking and biking area
Funeral services are planned for this weekend for a Pleasanton man who was found hanged in Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park on May 4.

May 15, 2012 | 6 comments
Foothill High School burglarized

Principal's office hit
Pleasanton police are investigating an overnight break in at Foothill High School last week.

May 14, 2012 | 12 comments
Comedian Brad Upton to close out Firehouse Arts series June 16

Polished professional 'has mastered nearly impossible task of appealing to people from the ages of 18 to 80,' critic writes
Known as one of the most polished, professional acts in stand-up comedy, Brad Upton will close out the popular Comedy at the Firehouse Arts series for the 2011-2012 season on June 14.

May 14, 2012 | No comments yet
5,900 motorists in Bay Area cited for cell phone violations last month, CHP reports

State police issue 30,000 tickets statewide related to distracted driving
Cell phone calls, texts and other distractions on the road earned nearly 6,000 Bay Area motorists citations from the California Highway Patrol last month, the CHP announced Friday.

May 14, 2012 | 9 comments
Mother's Day kicks off with larger-than-life photos on outside walls of San Francisco public library

Massive Mother's Day card on exhibit through Memorial Day weekend
The main branch of the San Francisco Public Library has become a massive Mother's Day card with its exterior covered in photographs of local moms, midwives and women.

May 13, 2012 | No comments yet
Pleasanton toddler, 3, back home from hospital after being run over by car rolling out of driveway

Mother pulls son from under vehicle before front wheels reached him
A 3-year-old Pleasanton boy is back home with is parents, released from Stanford University Medical Center after being struck by a run-away car Friday that rolled over him on a Harvest Road sidewalk where he was walking with his mother.

May 12, 2012 | 1 comment
Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity consignment sale

JBF - Huge Kids Consignment Sale- hosted from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., May 19 & May 20 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Cost $2 for adults. Call 322-0523 or visit www.jbfsale.com.

May 15, 2012 | No comments yet
American Red Cross volunteer orientation on Friday

Volunteer orientation at 5 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton. Learn to greet, inform and thank the community's blood donors. Advanced sign up required. For more information call Tami at 408-577-2006 or email wethernt@usa.redcross.org.

May 16, 2012 | No comments yet
Llama from Llama Llama Red Pajamas here Friday

Llama will be at the store from 7-7:30 p.m., Friday, May 18 and from 11-11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 19 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton. The Llama Llama stories now include several board books and Llama Home with Mama. This is a free event. Email townecenterbooks@sbcglobal.net.

May 16, 2012 | No comments yet
20th Annual Northern California Spring RV show

The 20th Annual Northern California Spring RV show, which gets under way Friday, promises to bring together many dealers from all over the West to display their very latest models, accessories and services and put prospective buyers in touch with all the places and people to make the RV lifestyle the best it can be. The event is from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., May 18 through May 27 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Call 931-1890 or visit www.rvshow.net/index.html.

May 15, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Seven pensioners board a plane from England to India in this last-chance-at-love travelogue. I'd call it "Eat Gray Love," myself, but that's why I don't work in marketing. -- PC

May 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Review: 'Dark Shadows'

(Two stars)
The tried-and-true tandem of director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp is often a tantalizing proposition. But not every Burton/Depp offering is must-see cinema. "Dark Shadows" lands in the "underwhelming" category. -- TH

May 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Chicago's Deli raising money for Foothill High this week

Chicago's Metro Deli is holding a week long special to help raise money for sports programs at Foothill High School. The deli willl contribute 25% of all sales from today through next Sunday, May 20. The offer is good from 5-9 p.m. today through Friday and all day next Saturday and Sunday. Chicago's Metro Deli is located at 6003 West Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton, in the Lucky's supermarket center. For more information on the the fundraiser, go to www.foothillfalcons.org.

May 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Park district get active! Teen art contest

The East Bay Regional Park District invites creative teens to enter the District's first Get Active! Youth Art Contest, now through May 15. Create posters, rap, spoken word/poetry or video skits, showing how you get active in any East Bay public park. Ages 12-18. Visit www.getactivecontest.com.

May 14, 2012 | 1 comment
Widowed men and women happy hour

The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like to invite you to join them for Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 17 at the Sheraton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton. Cost your choice of food and or beverage. RSVP to Kathy by Tuesday, May 15 at 398-8005.

May 14, 2012 | No comments yet
Dumbarton Bridge to be closed Memorial Day weekend

Seismic work will close all 6 lanes from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Tuesday to holiday travel
The Dumbarton Bridge will be closed to traffic Memorial Day weekend to allow Caltrans and its contractor to significantly advance seismic
retrofit work on the bridge, according to bridge officials.

May 11, 2012 | No comments yet
BART awards $896-million contract for 410 new rail cars to Canada's Bombardier

McPartland, others wanted bid time extended to consider French firm that would supply cars 95% made in America
After a lengthy and testy hearing, the BART board has voted 6-2 to award a contract to build a fleet of new rail cars to Bombardier, a Canadian rail car manufacturer.

May 11, 2012 | 9 comments
Peter Sagan repeats sprint to finish to take Stage 2 in 2012 Amgen Tour

16 pro cycling teams taking part this year in 8-stage race
Young Slovakian cycling sensation and overall 2012 Amgen Tour of California race leader Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale crashed and punctured a tire on a wicked descent, but recovered to win Stage 2 of the race in Santa Cruz yesterday, his second consecutive stage in as many days.

May 11, 2012 | 1 comment
More tires reported slashed, this time along Valley Avenue

Plus, more police reports through May 8
Seven more set of tires were reported slashed, this time on Valley Avenue, according to police reports. The slashing occurred between 6:30 p.m. May 3 and 8 a.m. May 4, all in the 4300 block of Valley Avenue.

May 11, 2012 | 2 comments
Pleasanton bank robbed Wednesday afternoon

Suspect seen with accomplice driving onto westbound I-580
The US Bank branch office at 5870 Stoneridge Mall Road was robbed yesterday afternoon by a man who demanded money from the teller. No weapon was seen.

May 10, 2012 | 3 comments
Pleasanton school board reaches deal with teachers union, issues layoffs

Deal might help restore programs cut from 2012-13
The same night the Pleasanton School Board recognized May 9 as the "Day of the Teacher," it voted to lay off the equivalent of more than 55 full-time employees

May 10, 2012 | 22 comments
Out-of-the-park homer at Bernal Fields

Little League player, 11, hits over the left field fence, and then some
Brayden Mahdavi, 11, a player on Pleasanton Foothill Little League's AAA Red Sox team, hit a pitched ball 245 feet out of the Bernal Fields baseball park last week, becoming the first player to top the left field's 230-foot fence since the fields opened.

May 10, 2012 | 5 comments
For Thursday 5/10: Benefiting First Tee Tri-Valley

Two fundraising events will take place at the Pleasanton Golf Center 9-Hole, on Friday, May 11. First a lunch and golf beginning at 1 p.m. Then at 3 p.m., for the sixth year, Jetter Golf and The Hopyard are teaming up to host The Hopyard 3-stick at the Pleasanton Golf Center 9-Hole, to include golf, dinner, prizes and the "Water Tower Shootout." First Tee Tri-Valley helps youths become productive members of society through golf. Email thefirstteevdan@yahoo.com.

May 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Community mourns loss of 13-year-old skateboarder

'We will miss you Nathan Strube' friends post on dedicated Facebook page
The school community and friends of a 13-year-old Livermore boy who was killed in a skateboarding accident Tuesday afternoon are mourning the loss of the young teen at his middle school and on social media.

May 10, 2012 | 2 comments
Investigation continues in Pleasanton shooting deaths

Autopsies inconclusive; lab results pending in deaths of mother, daughter
The two victims in last Monday night's fatal shooting in Pleasanton were shot once in the head, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

May 9, 2012 | 28 comments
Investigation continues in shooting deaths

Autopsies inconclusive; lab results pending in deaths of mother and daughter
The two victims in Monday night's shooting in the 3200 block of Stacey Court were shot once in the head, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office. Preliminary results indicate that 13-year-old Ainsley Freeman did not shoot herself. The coroner's report said it was "unclear" whether 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton's wound was self inflicted.

May 9, 2012 | No comments yet
For Friday 5/11: Lawyers in the library

Members of the Alameda County Bar Association visit the Pleasanton Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month to give free 15 to 20 minute consultations, in a program co-sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association. Appointments are by lottery. Register from A5:30-5:45 p.m.; names will be selected at 5:50 p.m. and people must be present when names are drawn. Appointments begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Call 931-3400, ext. 7.

May 11, 2012 | No comments yet
Caregiver support group meets this afternoon

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. at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Get the support you deserve at the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Call 931-5389.

September 10, 2012 | No comments yet
Spring concert by Valley Concert Chorale set for tomorrow

"Of Springtime Sounds - Bugs Out" will be the spring concert featuring a unique soprano solo with clarinet and piano. The concert is at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; high school and college students are $10 with student ID. Advance tickets may be ordered by visiting www.valleyconcertchorale.org or by calling 866-4003.

May 10, 2012 | No comments yet
13-year-old skateboarder killed in Livermore accident last night

Victim apparently struck side of moving pickup on Lomitas Avenue
Nathan William Strube, 13, was killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Livermore Tuesday evening.

May 9, 2012 | 7 comments
Fun Run, flash dance raises $60,000 in donations for Walnut Grove Elementary School

2nd annual event keeps students in forefront of fundraising for their school
A surprise flash mob for Principal Jon Vranesh and a day of "Fun Runs" May 4 raised more than $60,000 in donations at Walnut Grove Elementary school in Pleasanton, it was reported Friday.

May 8, 2012 | 3 comments
Sullivan again blocks final vote on Walmart grocery store in Pleasanton

Procedural move at end of 3-hour public hearing postpones vote to May 15 City Council meeting
Pleasanton City Councilman Matt Sullivan single-handedly blocked a final vote Monday night on a measure that would have allowed Walmart to open one of its Neighborhood Markets at the site of the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road.

May 8, 2012 | 106 comments
Police seeking man who grabbed woman walking on Livermore trail

Incident occurs on Arroyo Road bike path
Police are looking for a suspect who grabbed and groped a woman walking on a bike path in Livermore last Sunday afternoon, police said.

May 8, 2012 | No comments yet
New information released about Monday night double homicide

Two guns found at home; autopsies set for today to determine if one or both weapons had been used
Two handguns have been recovered in a search of the home where a mother and daughter were shot to death Monday night.

May 8, 2012 | 51 comments
Two dead in Pleasanton shooting

A mother and daughter were fatally shot Monday evening. Pleasanton Police received a call around 6 p.m. about a homicide at 3532 Stacey Court. The Weekly will have more on