2014

Strong winds cut power, down trees in parts of Pleasanton, Livermore

PG&E working to restore power as freezing temperatures move in
The strong winds that whipped through the area Tuesday and early this morning downed trees and blocked some roadways in Pleasanton.

December 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Workshops scheduled tonight for 2015 Alameda County Artsfund grants

Between 35-45 arts organizations may be awarded grants
The Alameda County Arts Commission will present the first of three free grant information workshops about its 2015 ARTSFUND grants program starting at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Livermore Community Center.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Cyclist killed Saturday identified Berkeley high school vice principal

Herman Shum was slated to become principal of Napa high school
A 40-year-old bicyclist killed in a crash east of San Ramon on Saturday morning was the vice principal of a Berkeley high school and was slated to become principal of a school in Napa.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seize San Jose man in burglary at former Clorox center, 2nd in week

Five men now charged in the two burlgaries
Pleasanton police seized one man and are searching for another in connection with a break-in Monday at Pleasanton's former Clorox center on Johnson Drive, the second burglary there in less than a week.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Stolen car results in 3 arrests at Pleasanton's Larkspur Landing Hotel

Computers, embossing machine, narcotics, fake credit cards, stolen property found in hotel room
Three people were arrested Tuesday in the Larkspur Landing Hotel parking lot on Johnson Court on a variety of charges stemming from an identity-theft investigation.

December 31, 2014 | 3 comments
Public hearing tonight to ratify city's long-term housing plan

With state's approval, measure meets high density requirements through 2023
The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to consider final approval of its new Housing Element that incorporates land use changes for 70 acres of largely undeveloped properties throughout the city to allow high density apartments and homes.

December 31, 2014 | 11 comments
PG&E implementing plans for pending wind storm

With high-winds expected, customers urged to have a preparedness plan ready
With a major wind storm heading toward Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to high winds and snowfall in certain areas.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Sandia combustion research may lead to cleaner, more efficient engine, fuel designs

Breakthrough seen as benefit to auto manufacturers, oil and gas utilities
Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton student attends Nobel Week in Sweden

Amador Valley Junior one of 19 chosen out of 260 worldwide applicants
A Pleasanton high schooler was one of 19 students who had the opportunity to attend Nobel Week in Sweden earlier this month.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Amador Valley students offer free money-management program

Six-week program open to 6th through 8th grades
Amador's DECA club is hoping to bring awareness among local youth about the importance of saving and spending money wisely in the future by creating an organization called "Keeping the Balance" -- which aims to instill finance and money-management skills in students of all ages.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore Area park district offering outdoor programs in new year

Hikes, activities open to all in Tri-Valley
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering the following programs during the month of January.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' day for Pleasanton, Bay Area today

6th of season to ban wood burning indoors or outside
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for today

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Yours, mine and ours: Planning step-family finances

Adults 'feel a stronger sense of obligation to biological family members than to their step-kin.'
The Pew Research Center reports (http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/) that four in ten American adults have at least one step-relative, defined as a step-parent, a step-or-half sibling or a step-child, in their family.

December 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Dublin cyclist killed on Highland Road east of San Ramon

40-year-old hit by truck after falling onto roadway Saturday morning
The California Highway Patrol today released a few more details about a deadly crash Saturday morning between a truck and a bicyclist on a road in Contra Costa County, east of San Ramon.

December 28, 2014 | 16 comments
Winter 'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

No wood burning allowed throughout the day, BAAQMD officials rule
A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for today.

December 28, 2014 | 18 comments
News from around the Bay

Bay City News service reporting
A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Uber over the transportation network company's $1 "Safe Rides Fee" for UberX rides.

December 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Good news on the Weekly's Holiday Fund

The good news is that we have passed the $50,000 mark in contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2014 Holiday Fund.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Christmas Day burglary suspects arrested

Pleasanton police arrested four men yesterday who are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of of metal, electrical cabling and wiring from a local company.

December 26, 2014 | 14 comments
Police seize couple with stolen mail from Pleasanton, Livermore

S.F. pair spotted stealing packages from porches in neighborhoods
Livermore police arrested two people from San Francisco on Christmas Eve with a car full of stolen packages from a number of East Bay towns, including Pleasanton and Livermore.

December 25, 2014 | 7 comments
Merry Christmas from the Pleasanton Weekly

All of us at the Pleasanton Weekly wish you a joyous Merry Christmas. Have a happy holiday season.

December 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Livermore, 9 other movie houses showing 'The Interview' today

Armed guards will be posted at Pittburg theater during show
The Livermore 13 Cinemas and at least nine other theaters in the Bay Area and Monterey Bay regions plan to show the controversial comedy "The Interview" on Christmas Day since Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it would release the film despite an online group's threats to harm patrons.

December 25, 2014 | 3 comments
Cantabella Children's Chorus on TV30 today in Christmas broadcast

Tri-Valley television will air the award-winning Cantabella Children's Chorus special program in a marathon Christmas Day broadcast today.

December 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore home fire yesterday displaces 6 on South Q Street

No injuries as firefighters battle blaze that started in basement
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire Tuesday morning inside a one story, multi-unit residence in Livermore, fire officials said.

December 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley native, double-lung transplant recipient to appear in Rose Parade today

Monte Vista High School graduate will be on 'Donate Life California' float
Clare Dowling, a Tri-Valley native and dual-lung transplant recipient, is set to appear in the 126th annual Rose Parade this morning in Pasadena, standing as a symbol of the lives that can be saved by organ donation.

December 24, 2014 | 4 comments
Tri-Valley Sliders win Polar Bear Classic

Sunnyvale tourney crown marks team's fifth of fall
The Tri-Valley Sliders continued their autumn roll by winning the 16U December Polar Bear Classic Tournament in Sunnyvale, the local team's fifth championship of the season.

December 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks swim at winter nationals

The Pleasanton Seahawks sent six swimmers to the AT&T Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. on Dec. 3-6: Maxime Rooney, Moriah Simonds, Anna Parker, Christie Chong, Iris Brand and Katie Woods.

December 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD hockey squad earns silver medal

Team captures 2nd place at Special Olympics at Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) Special Olympics regional floor hockey team won the silver medal during the recent tournament at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

December 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Firehouse to kick off new year tonight with Elvis

Tribute show celebrates icon's 80th birthday
Elvis Presley will kick off the 2015 programming at the Firehouse Arts Center Saturday -- that is, Jim Anderson & The Rebels will be back by popular demand with their Early Elvis Tribute Show.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Home invasion robber sentenced to 12 years prison

Jakari Amani Bolden one of 4 seized in 2013 crime
An Oakland man involved in a Pleasanton home invasion robbery in August 2013 was sentenced to 12 years state prison on Dec. 3.

December 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Despite rainfalls, Pleasanton sticking to 25% cuts in water use

Reservoirs still depleted from long-term drought, city's water czar says
Don't look for any easing of Pleasanton's water restrictions anytime soon.

December 24, 2014 | 18 comments
Nominations for Chamber's Community Service awards due Jan. 16

Winners to be honored at 52nd annual event in March
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has set a Jan. 16 deadline for submitting nominations for its 52nd annual Community Service awards.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
'Little Rock Nine' member visits Harvest Park

450 listen to Melba Beals tell her story of helping to desegregate Arkansas school
One of the members of the "Little Rock Nine" who was involved in desegregating a high school in that Arkansas city 57 years ago told Harvest Park Middle School students about her experience last week.

December 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Wastewater treatment plant offering public chance to see operations

Reservations required for DSRSD tour Jan. 7
The wastewater treatment plant that serves Pleasanton and now provides recycled water is opening its doors for a public tour.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
TV30 'Lucky Fans' have chance to win $100 gift certificate

Sign up now for Christmas Eve drawing
Tri-Valley TV is offering viewers an opportunity to win free stuff by signing up to be a TV30 "Lucky Fan."

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Red Cross seeks blood donations today at Stoneridge Mall location

Winter months difficult time of year to collect enough blood, platelet to meet patient needs
The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to help hospital patients by giving one last gift -- a blood or platelet donation. It's a gift that doesn't cost a thing and can help save lives.

December 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Financial analyst talks about Medicare

Healthcare choices becoming bigger factor before retirement
If your 65th birthday is around the corner or you're anxious about Medicare, it's a good time to start focusing on your options.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Unemployment rates down across Bay Area in November

2/3rds of job growth in professional, scientific, technical services sectors
Unemployment rates across the Bay Area dropped in November, compared with a year ago, according to data released Friday from the state's Employment Development Department.

December 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Albertsons/Safeway to sell 168 stores in 8 states as part of merger agreement

Safeway to be delisted from the NYSE when merger takes place next month
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. and Boise-headquartered Albertsons announced Friday that they have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission, to sell 168 stores across eight states to four buyers.

December 20, 2014 | 2 comments
An early visit with Santa in Pleasanton

Family tradition for young and old continues at Christmas-time
Santa Claus is everywhere these days, but at some point most parents take their children for "the visit" -- a chance for a one-on-one with jolly old St. Nick.

December 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Ken Mano named Pleasanton Weekly's Man of the Year

'He's a man who just keeps on giving,' newspaper says
Meet Ken Mano, Pleasanton Weekly's "Man of the Year" for 2014.

December 19, 2014 | 8 comments
Arizona woman injured at Livermore outlets died Tuesday

Police asking for information regarding suspicious incident
A 61-year-old woman who was injured Dec. 9 in a suspicious incident at the Livermore Premium Outlets parking lot died Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

December 19, 2014 | 3 comments
Council votes to move forward on East Side development planning

Task force plan cut to 1,400 homes with no high-density apartments
Following through on their campaign pledges, newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted to approve a preliminary plan for development of roughly 400 acres of largely vacant land on the city's east side.

December 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Pedestrian killed in crash Wednesday on Stoneridge identified as Livermore resident

Motorist traveling eastbound was driving at speed limit at 8 p.m. when accident occurred
A pedestrian who was killed Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle has been identified as 24-year-old David Reardon of Livermore, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

December 18, 2014 | 26 comments
Council votes to move forward on East Side development planning

Task force plan cuts to 1,400 homes with no high-density apartments
Following through on their campaign pledges, newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council voted last night to approve a preliminary plan for development of roughly 400 acres of largely vacant land on the city's east side.

December 17, 2014 | 24 comments
Nurses at San Ramon Regional, other Tenet-owned hospitals voting on new 4-year contract

Agreement would grant 10% raises, have Tenet pay all medical insurance costs
Registered nurses at six Tenet Health hospitals from Northern to Southern California, including at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, are voting this week on a new four-year agreement with the hospital system that protects health coverage and provides for pension and economic gains.

December 18, 2014 | 5 comments
Missing Stoneridge Creek man found safe

Last seen at shopping center, failed to return home
Pleasanton police announced this afternoon that Rudy Johnson, who was reported missing late yesterday, has safely returned home.

December 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Housing starts in U.S. fall 1.6% in November

But western states see a 28.1% increase
Following an upwardly revised rate in October, housing starts in November slipped 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

December 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Preliminary plan for East side on Pleasanton Council's agenda tonight

Public hearing to consider task force's recommendations for 600-acre site
The Pleasanton City Council will get its first look at a preliminary plan for the future development of the city's east side tonight at its final meeting of 2014.

December 16, 2014 | 4 comments
Callippe Preserve Golf Course management wins top environmental award

CourseCo recognized for superior stewardship, environmental excellence
CourseCo, the San Francisco Bay Area-based golf management and development company which oversees Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, has been awarded an Environmental Leader in Golf Award (ELGA) for superior environmental stewardship at two Bay Area golf courses, including Callippe.

December 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Woman killed in Livermore crash last Wednesday identified

Local streets backed up for hours after CHP shut down freeway during Wednesday commute hour
A woman who was killed in a collision on I-580 in Livermore last week has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 36-year-old Erica Halter of Dublin.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
2 high school seniors win Community of Character $1,000 scholarships

Scholarships created to honor the memory of Juanita Haugen
Two high school seniors have been chosen as recipients of the 2015 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship by the Community of Character Coalition.

December 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility earns magazine's award

Achievement of fuel gain one of top 'Breakthroughs of Year'
Physics World, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility's (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 "Breakthroughs of the Year."

December 18, 2014 | 4 comments
Sister City Association seeks exchange students for summer in Mexico

Sophomore to seniors with 2 years of Spanish eligible for Tulancingo trip
The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is opening applications for its youth cultural exchange summer program next year.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Safeway declares quarterly dividend as Albertsons take-over nears completion

Cash dividend of 23-cents per share to be paid Jan. 2
Pleasanton-headquartered Safeway, Inc.s board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share, payable on Jan. 2 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 26.

December 15, 2014 | 8 comments
Pleasanton North Rotary Club to hold speech contest for high school students Jan. 2

Theme of this year's competition is 'Light Up Rotary'
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton North will hold its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest Friday Jan. 2 at its 12:15 p.m. meeting at Handles Gastropub in the Pleasanton Hotel on Main Street.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
TV30 airing Pleasanton Holiday parade, tree lighting tonight, Thursday

Festive parade included floats, marching bands, tree lighting and Santa
If you missed last week's Holiday parade in Pleasanton, TV30 taped the event and will broadcast it at 10:30 p.m. tonight and again at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Congregation Beth Emek hosting nutritional forum on diet, health tonight

'Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?' topic of public talk by UC San Francisco expert Robert Lustig
Pleasanton's Congregation Beth Emek will host an informational forum at 7:30 p.m. tonight during which author and nutrition expert Dr. Robert Lustig will discuss how the American diet impacts health.

December 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Recently termed-out Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan to seek State Senate seat

Special election expected soon to succeed DeSaulnier, who won Congressional seat Nov. 4
Former State Asemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) announced this week that she will seek a soon-to-be-vacated seat held by 7th District State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), vowing to run a "strictly positive campaign" in the yet-unscheduled special election.

December 13, 2014 | 6 comments
Jewish Chanukah festival starts at 6 p.m. tonight at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Chabad of Tri Valley hosting 10th Annual Chanukah Wonderland
Members of the Chabad of the Tri-Valley will mark the start of Chanukah from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight with its 10th Annual Chanukah Wonderland in the center court at Stoneridge Shopping Center, with the menorah lighting at 6:30 p.m.

December 13, 2014 | 3 comments
'My Son Pinocchio Jr.' at Amador Theater through Dec. 21

New musical retells familiar Disney story, including classic 'When You Wish Upon a Star'
"My Son Pinocchio Jr.," is now being presented at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton through Dec. 21 by the Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre.

December 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Make the most of this magical time for children

Fun is everywhere, and doesn't have to cost a lot
The important thing to most children is spending time together with their families. For an enjoyable evening in the days leading up to Christmas, bake something and afterward head out on foot or by car for an hour or two of looking at decorations.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's OutRageOus wins Tournament of Champions

Local U12 team finishes season at 13-2-2
The U12 Flight OutRageOus team finished its season with Pleasanton Rage by winning the recent Fremont Tournament of Champions, scoring in the closing seconds of overtime in the final match to clinch the title.

December 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Foothill alum looks to NFL after record-setting college career

Sean Mannion establishes new Pac-12 passing marks as Oregon State quarterback
Scan the list of all-time Pac-12 passing leaders, and it reads a lot like a who's who of some pretty good National Football League quarterbacks.

December 12, 2014 | 5 comments
Fatal crash on I-580 at Vasco Road snarls Pleasanton traffic

Local streets backed up for hours after CHP shuts down freeway during commute hours Wednesday
Pleasanton streets were clogged Wednesday night during commute hours as motorists in backed-up traffic on the I-680 and I-580 freeways cut through city streets in search of another way home.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Chick-fil-A coming to Pleasanton

Popular national restaurant gets City Council's OK
Chick-fil-A, a national chain known for its lineup of grilled chicken entrees, will open a Pleasanton restaurant in mid-2015 with both inside eating and drive-through service.

December 11, 2014 | 13 comments
Clorox scholarship applications open until March 2

Applicants must be a high school senior in PUSD
The Clorox Company Foundation is now seeking applicants for the Clorox Scholarships administered by the Marcus Foster Education Fund (MFEF).

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Brown names 2 to Alameda County Superior Court

Stevens, Wise fill vacancies on court
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Thomas E. Stevens and Noël Wise to judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court.

December 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

Sandia study suggests geologic storage could serve growing fuel cell electric vehicle market
A report by Sandia National Laboratories shows that large-scale storage of low-pressure, gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications offers several advantages over above-ground storage.

December 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police launch 'Hide It, Lock It' campaign to reduce thefts

Thefts from unlocked cars require $250,000 in police work annually
The Pleasanton Police Department is launching a new crime prevention campaign aimed at reducing the number of preventable property crimes in the city.

December 10, 2014 | 12 comments
Weather service issues hazardous weather warning for today

Flash flood, high wind warnings through 10 p.m. tonight
The National Weather Service is expecting hazardous weather conditions today, with the major storm heading into Pleasanton about noon.

December 10, 2014 | 2 comments
Laursen, Miller sworn in at Pleasanton school board meeting

In first action, Miller asks that calendar change be brought back for re-consideration
Newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton school board were sworn in Tuesday, with the board unanimously voting Trustee Valerie Arkin as board president and Trustee Chris Grant as vice-president for the 2015-16 term.

December 10, 2014 | 14 comments
Fremont Bank makes $5,000 grants to 18 charities

Tri-Valley recipients include Open Heart Kitchen, Tri-Valley Haven
Fremont Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Pleasanton's and the Bay Area's Fremont Bank, has chosen to support 18 local nonprofits that serve food or distribute food baskets year-round with financial grants to help them provide extra food and basic necessities to local low-income residents and families.

December 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Holiday safety tips from Pleasanton police

'While it's important to be safe year-round, it's especially important during holiday season,' police say
The Pleasanton Police Department is offering residents safety tips for this holiday season.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
New mortgages available again with just 3% down

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac launch programs to broaden pool of home buyers
The National Association of Home Builders yesterday commended government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for instituting new loan guidelines that will allow creditworthy borrowers to obtain mortgages with a down payment of 3%.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
IRS pension update: New limits for 2015

Taxpayers may be able to put more away next year
Is it ever too late to plan for retirement? No, as long as you're willing to be thrifty and extend your working years and be mindful of your individual and employer-based retirement savings options.

December 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Popular clothing brand CEO speaks to Foothill students

Neima Khaila spoke about entrepreneurship, his own journey to success
The Foothill High School DECA club gave students the opportunity to hear from the CEO and co-founder of the popular clothing brand Pink Dolphin.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Postal service adds extra Saturday/Sunday holiday services, but not in Pleasanton

'Sorry, we couldn't include all of our post offices,' spokesman says
The U.S. Postal Service says it "wants the season to be merry and bright for customers this year," but apparently not so much for Tri-Valley residents.

December 9, 2014 | 13 comments
12 stores offering Christmas discounts through Friday in downtown Pleasanton

Program aimed at encouraging Tri-Valley residents to shop local this holiday season.
The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) is sponsoring a discount of the day offer from one of 12 retailers through next Friday, Dec. 19.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Photos highlight crowds, floats, marchers at Saturday's Holiday Parade

Pleasanton's annual event draws near-record crowd on weather-perfect night
Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade drew near-record -- and possibly a record -- crowd Saturday as thousands lined Main Street to watch floats, bands, and scores of Scout and other organization groups pass by.

December 8, 2014 | 2 comments
It's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, flags should be flown at half-staff

President issues proclamation to honor our military, past and present
By Presidential Proclamation, all flags should be flown at half-staff today, December 7, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

December 7, 2014 | No comments yet
New Pleasanton school board to be sworn in at 7 p.m. tonight

But 'old' board to meet on sensitive issues in closed session first
Newly elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton school board will be sworn in during Tuesday's school board meeting.

December 6, 2014 | 22 comments
Common Core math workshop, instructional materials fair set for January

District encourages parents to save-the-date for fair
The Pleasanton school district is scheduled to host a Math Workshop and Instructional Materials Fair on Jan. 10.

December 11, 2014 | 13 comments
Dublin Senior Center to host holiday DancEscape social tomorrow

Plus, other holiday activities in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley
Festive crowds fill the streets and concert halls at this time of year, a favorite part of the season for many.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Vintage Hills receives $1,400 grant

Grant will be used for classroom stability balls
Vintage Hills Elementary School was awarded Tuesday a $1,400 grant from the KNBR Step Up to the Plate For Education grant program funded by Wells Fargo Bank.

December 5, 2014 | 4 comments
Foothill falls in football semis

Falcons' season ends with 10-7 loss to Pittsburg High
The Foothill Falcons varsity football playoff run ended with a 10-7 home loss at the hands of the Pittsburg High Pirates in the North Coast Section Division 1 semifinals last Saturday.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
FHS grad named college conference's top freshman

Pleasanton native Nick Goldstein earned California Pacific Conference Freshman of the Year honors after his first season of college soccer this semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University based in Prescott, Ariz.

December 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero: preservation for the ages

Beverly Lane (EBRPD director, historian, former Danville mayor) receives Life Achievement award
Beverly Lane has epitomized effective and meaningful public service in the Tri-Valley for more than 30 years, initially making her mark while sitting on the first Danville Town Council and then solidifying it while spending the past two decades on the regional park district board -- all the while helping to preserve local history through her research and published writings.

December 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Jennifer Hosterman spearheaded city achievements

Former Pleasanton mayor honored with Community Spirit award
Some of us thought that Jennifer Hosterman traveled a lot when she was Pleasanton's mayor, a post she left just two years ago when she was termed out of office after more than 10 years on the City Council, including eight as mayor.

December 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Holiday parade starts at 5 p.m. today, tree lighting follows

Rain expected to end mid-morning so floats, marching bands can lead Santa on Main Street
Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony will be held starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street. The centerpiece of this free event is a festive community-based parade with 69 entries, including the marching bands from both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools, other musical groups, Scouts, and of course, Santa at the end.

December 5, 2014 | 3 comments
All That Glitters: Decorated homes bring joy to all

Plan your tour with local website that's gone statewide
Piling the family into the car and heading out to enjoy Christmas displays is a holiday tradition. In 1999, Livermore resident Alex Dourov decided to give the outings a more focused approach.

December 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio says goodbye as City Council starts new term

'Let's get to work,' Thorne says after swearing-in ceremonies end
Newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council were sworn in Tuesday with Mayor Jerry Thorne wasting no time to say "Let's get to work" after brief opening remarks.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
City Council approves $16.5-million sports fields, woodland additons to Bernal Community Park

8 youth sports leagues vow to contribute $2 million toward project
With a financing agreement in place with Pleasanton's eight youth sports teams to help pay for the new sports fields and facilities they will use, the City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to build out another major phase of Bernal Community Park, a 318 acre tract of city-owned land that was given to the city of Pleasanton in 2000 by Greenbriar Homes.

December 4, 2014 | 15 comments
Housing affordability slightly lower in 3rd quarter

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City least affordable areas in U.S.
Firming home prices in markets across the country contributed to a slight dip in nationwide housing affordability in the third quarter of 2014.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Well-wishers fill Veterans Memorial Building for City Council reception

See page of photos from festive get-together
More than 100 well-wishers turned out Tuesday night for a festive reception for newly re-elected and elected members of the Pleasanton City Council and to thank Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio for her eight years of service as a councilwoman.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton, Dublin offering free sandbags during rainstorms

Residents also urged to clear leaves from street drains in neighborhoods
The cities of Pleasanton and Dublin are providing free sandbags to those concerned about flooding on their properties during the current heavy rains.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Oakland police arrest 169 protestors during 3-day Ferguson protests

350 officers respond to marches, street protests, looting
Oakland police arrested 169 protesters in the span of three days last week, more than any other police department in the country during nationwide protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen in August.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Santa's official local mailbox opens today

'Santa Station' accepts children's Christmas lists at Oakland postoffice
Santa's official local mailbox for children's Christmas lists will open today at Oakland's Main Post Office.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
High school seniors organize second 'citrus harvest'

Fruit to be donated to Open Heart Kitchen
During a casual walk to Raley's on Sunol Boulevard in February 2013, Foothill High student Justin Silliman and California High senior Chris Gilliam noticed a lot of lemons on the ground from a lemon tree on the corner of Junipero Street.

December 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Citizens' Police Academy enrollment begins Jan. 22

Application is available online, also at police headquarters
Enrollment for the 2015 Pleasanton Police Department Citizens' Police Academy begins Jan. 22 until April 30.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Today is deadline for gifts to police officers' foundation 'Giving Tree' program

Gift tags showing recipient's gender, age, specific need at police department's front desk
The Giving Tree, organized by the Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation (PPOCF), has come back to Pleasanton for the holiday season with donors asked to wrap the gift and drop the gift off at the police station no later than today, Dec. 14.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore police urge high school students to stop playing 'Assassin' game

Game has led to reports of armed suspects, reckless driving, suspicious persons, prowlers
Livermore police are asking high school students to refrain from playing the "Assassin" game, which police say has led to injuries, property damage and unnecessary expending of police resources.

December 3, 2014 | 11 comments
'Evening with Howard Hughes' to lead off 2015 Museum on Main presentations

Performance styles known as Chautauqua filled Firehouse Arts Center this year
Pleasanton's Museum on Main will start its fifth year of monthly lectures at the Firehouse Arts Center Jan .13 with "An Evening with Howard Hughes, one in a series of presentations portraying famous historical individuals that is part of the Ed Kinney Speaker Series for 2015.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
League of California Cities chooses Scotts Valley councilwoman as its new president

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne continues as head of League's East Bay division
Stephany Aguilar, a Scotts Valley councilwoman, has been elected president of the League of California Cities.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's new assemblywoman takes oath of office

Republican Baker vows to bring independent perspective, turns down pair of state perks
The Tri-Valley officially has its new Assemblywoman, with Catharine Baker (R-Pleasanton) taking the oath of office Monday in Sacramento.

December 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Catharine Baker to take oath of office today as 16th District Assemblywoman

Pleasanton Republican, lawyer defeated Dublin Democrat Sbranti Nov. 4
Assembly Member-Elect Catharine Baker (R-Pleasanton) will take the oath of office as the new representative for the 16th Assembly District in Sacramento at noon today at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

December 1, 2014 | 4 comments
Ceremony to install mayor, newly elected council members tonight

Work on a full agenda of issues to follow within minutes of taking oaths of office
Newly-elected and re-elected members of the Pleasanton City Council will be installed tonight with a full agenda to be considered minutes later.

December 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center filled for Community Band's holiday concert

Final 2014 performance features holiday-themed music from around the world
The Firehouse Arts Center was filled to capacity Sunday for the Pleasanton Community Concert Band's a free holiday concert, its final performance of 2014.

December 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton concert band holiday concert at 2 p.m. today

Annual concert to feature Christmas, other holiday-themed music from around the world
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will hold a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. today in the Firehouse Arts Center.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Applications now available for 100 PG&E college scholarships

Deadline is Feb. 9 for submitting requests for awards
Applications are now available for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) scholarships for college-bound high school students as well as current college students.

December 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County employees set new record for donations to food bank

'Workforce generous, creative, committed,' County Administrator says
Six Alameda County departments have been honored with awards for their winning entries in the county's 2nd annual Stone Soup Holiday Food Drive and Design Competition.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales soar 46% in October

18 Pleasanton homes top $1-million in October sales
The East Bay's luxury housing market remained red hot in October, with sales soaring more than 46% from a year ago and the median sale price jumping more than 13%.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Thoratec to make investor presentation today in New York City

Pleasanton-based company providing update at Jaffray Healthcare, Oppenheimer conferences
Executives of Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of device-based mechanical circulatory support heart therapies, will discuss the company's performance and future prospects at two investor conferences this month, with the first presentation today.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Spare the Air Alert continues through Thanksgiving Day

Wood burning banned indoors, outdoors through Thursday night
A Winter Spare the Air Alert will continue through Thanksgiving Day in Pleasanton and the Bay Area as the air quality is forecast to be unhealthy.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Local sister-brother duo net bronze at world championships

Siblings are most recent ClubSport Pleasanton players to bring home medals
Siblings Nikita and Vedant Chauhan, members of the ClubSport Pleasanton junior racquetball team, earned individual and team bronze medals at an international racquetball competition held last month in Colombia.

November 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Sliders earn another tournament title

Regional baseball team rolls through Ripon event
The Tri-Valley Sliders baseball club outscored opponents 40-4 and posted a no-hitter en route to taking home the recent 16U November Classic Baseball championship, the regional squad's fourth tournament win this fall.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Double Racing Festival returns to Pleasanton Sunday

Holiday-themed running event for all ages, benefits PPIE Foundation
The third annual Pleasanton Double Racing Festival is set for this Sunday, with the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation listed as the race beneficiary.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: He leapt to help his fellow man

Pleasanton resident Phil Scholz honored for his courageous final act
Phil Scholz was the kind of guy who always reached out to help others. So it was in character Jan. 20 at the train station in Santa Clara when Phil, a Pleasanton resident who had been commuting on ACE for seven years, rushed to help a man on the tracks. Video cameras recorded Phil dropping his backpack and lying on the platform, extending his arms to the man over the 4-foot drop.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: changing the paradigm

Role Model recipient Susan Houghton serves those older with developmental delays
Many know Susan Houghton from her days as the spokeswoman for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and later for Safeway. These days, however, she's even more widely known and appreciated as the founder with other parents of Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton-based nonprofit organization created for families of older children with developmental delays.

December 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Deck the Halls: All five senses enjoy the holiday season

Aim to create a warm, inviting feeling in your home
Preparing a home for the holidays involves all the senses -- sight, sounds, scents, taste and touch.

December 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Sixth annual 'Holiday Shorts' at Firehouse again tonight

Interactive holiday improv show performed by teens
"Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter's Tale," by Pleasanton's teen improv troupe Creatures of Impulse, is at the Firehouse Arts Center for its sixth season again tonight at 7:30 p.m.

December 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Black Friday shoppers: Here they come

Some stores open around the clock in selling frenzy
Black Friday is finally here, but the hype started weeks ago and both Stoneridge Shopping Center and the Premium Outlets in Livermore opened Thursday evening. And, that's saying nothing about the online sales that have been going on for days, if not weeks.

November 28, 2014 | 1 comment
Bangin' drums with Blue Devils

Pleasanton students join team in first-place finish at world championship
Pleasanton students that participate in music and the performing arts are able to add to that experience by being a part of the internationally recognized drum and bugle corps -- the Blue Devils B.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Trio arrested for conspiracy to steal Macy's merchandise

Women allegedly stole $2,797.22 worth of merchandise
Three Oakland women were arrested Nov. 19 for allegedly conspiring to steal more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from the Macy's Men store at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

November 28, 2014 | 3 comments
USE 12/2 after checking with Pleasanton ~ Water district reminds customers no sprinklers till March

DSRSD offers residents alternatives for irrigation
As the temperatures get cooler, days get shorter and many plants become dormant, the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) -- which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton and partners with the City of Pleasanton in producing recycled water -- reminds its customers to turn off their automatic sprinklers from December through March.

December 1, 2014 | No comments yet
San Ramon attorney changes plea for fatal hit-and-run crash in Dublin

Spencer Freeman Smith pleads guilty to charges
A San Ramon attorney, who was arrested in May 2012 for allegedly running down a bicyclist in Dublin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

November 26, 2014 | 3 comments
Smart financial moves for transitioning vets

Veterans face complicated financial picture due to multiple deployments, tough civilian economy,
The latest generation of veterans faces a particularly complicated financial picture, attributed to multiple deployments, a tough civilian economy, predatory lending threats at home and disability and health issues.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Start today with a walk before Thanksgiving dinner gets underway

Pleasanton's 'World Walk to Wellness' group hosting public walk at Mercer Sports Park
Pleasanton's "World Walk to Wellness" organization is sponsoring early morning strolls today through the Ken Mercer Sports Park to "rev up your metabolism with activity" before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner.

November 25, 2014 | 3 comments
PG&E provides 5 safety tips for Thanksgiving

Holiday presents unique demands on gas, electric systems
Pacific Gas and Electric Company today issued a 5-point reminder for households as they cook and enjoy Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2014 | 1 comment
'Spare the Air' alert in effect in Pleasanton today

Wood burning banned indoors, outdoors for full 24 hours
A "Spare the Air Alert" has been issued for today in the Bay Area, where the forecast is for unhealthy air.

November 25, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton launches new, expanded website with contemporary look

'Time for new look to incorporate the many new enhanced features available today,' city manager says
The city of Pleasanton has launched a newly designed website at cityofpleasantonca.gov.

November 25, 2014 | 11 comments
Zone 7 approves water exchange with Contra Costa Water District

Exchange agreement to help if drought continues in 2015
The board of directors of Zone 7 Water Agency, which supplies water to the city of Pleasanton, has approved an agreement that will allow water exchanges with the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD).

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Travel by Californians this week could reach highest level since 2007

5.6 million travelers represent 3.9% increase over last year
Thanksgiving week holiday travel for Californians could reach its highest level since 2007.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
County reports 45% turnout in Nov. 4 election

62% of voters sent ballots by mail
Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis said this week that 366,599 of the county's 814,009 registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 4 General Election, a 45.04% turnout.

November 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Enjoy 3 holiday events in Pleasanton starting today

Free Magical Holiday Evening starts at 4 p.m. downtown
Downtown Pleasanton rings in the holiday season with three events for children and adults on Main Street.

November 21, 2014 | 3 comments
2 robberies attempted at local pharmacies, 1 succeeds

Same robber believed to seek drugs at Bernal Ave. Safeway, Rosewood Drive Walmart
A lone robber attempted to hold up a pharmacy at a Safeway supermarket on Bernal Avenue without success Thursday but police believe the same man succeeded in stealing drugs a few minutes later from the pharmacy inside the Walmart store on Rosewood Drive.

November 21, 2014 | 4 comments
Season of sharing

Share your photos and stories
It is the season of sharing, so we are inviting you to share memories past and present. Send your Santa photos and tell us about a memorable holiday experience or tradition.

November 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Tip-A-Cop fundraiser tonight benefits Special Olympics

Event raises money to provide local Special Olympics athletes with free year round sports training, competition opportunities in 11 different sports
Pleasanton police won't be carrying handcuffs tonight -- instead, they'll be carrying trays, taking orders and raising money for the Special Olympics at Strizzi's.

November 21, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund now underway

Your donations are needed more than ever this year
The 2014 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund campaign is now underway, a time when we ask our readers to turn their thoughts to supporting local nonprofit agencies and services that care for those in need year-round.

November 21, 2014 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: All-time conductor

Barnes, who served 50 years as Livermore-Amador Symphony maestro, receives Arts & Culture award
For 50 years, maestro Arthur Barnes made the drive in five o'clock traffic from the Peninsula to the Tri-Valley to conduct the Livermore-Amador Symphony, bringing it into the 21st century as a renowned classical orchestra.

November 23, 2014 | 1 comment
Valley Real Estate Network holiday party, Dublin tree lightnig tonight

Plus, other upcoming holiday events
Festive crowds fill the streets and concert halls at this time of year, a favorite part of the season for many.

November 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Police chase ends in Livermore, 2 arrests

Livermore, Manteca residents arrested
Two men were arrested Wednesday morning after leading Pleasanton and Livermore police on a vehicle pursuit that ended at Yorkshire and Briarwood drives in Livermore.

November 20, 2014 | 4 comments
Woman arrested on suspicion of stabbing boyfriend

A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and domestic battery after Pleasanton police allege she stabbed her boyfriend this week.

November 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Council gives go-ahead to upgrade, expand Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery

Authorizes $170,000 to start major restoration project
A City Council that just a few years ago was reluctant to spend $1 to acquire the historic, but run-down cemetery on Sunol Boulevard voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend $4.5 million to upgrade and expand what is now called Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery.

November 19, 2014 | 1 comment
Council gives go-ahead to uprade, expand Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery

Authorizes $170,000 to start major restoration project
A City Council once reluctant to spend $1 to acquire the historic run-down cemetery on Sunol Boulevard voted unanimously last night to spend $4.5 million to upgrade and expand what is now called Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery.

November 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore Police Department posts holiday safety tips

Protect yourselves from the criminal 'Grinch' over next six weeks
The Livermore Police Department has posted safety tips for Tri-Valley residents to consider during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday season.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
PUSD board approves textbooks

4-1 vote finds instructional materials sufficient
The Pleasanton school board voted Tuesday to approve a certification of compliance declaring the sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials.

November 19, 2014 | 30 comments
ValleyCare 'members' OK merger with Stanford

Merger will provide 'best care possible, close to home,' CEO says
The ValleyCare Health System's corporate membership has overwhelmingly approved proposed bylaws and articles of incorporation changes enabling the affiliation process with Stanford Health Care to move forward, it was announced Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | 2 comments
2014 Fall Community Education Series wraps up tonight

Free presentation deals with parents' role in helping with students homework.
The city of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Parent Teacher Association Council will be hosting a free presentation tonight on parents' role in dealing with students homework.

November 19, 2014 | 1 comment
Alameda County Fair Board elects new president

Union City superintendent of public works has served on the board for 10 years
Richard Sealana, Union City's superintendent of public works, has been elected president of the Alameda County Fair Board.

November 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton cheer teams qualify for nationals with high rankings

Cheer teams compete at more regional competitions in upcoming months
Four Pleasanton school cheer teams have qualified to compete at a national cheerleading competition scheduled for the end of March 2015.

November 20, 2014 | 3 comments
Zone 7 awarded $3-million in grants for drought projects, conservation

State allocating $221-million statewide in expedited drought-relief funding
The Zone 7 Water Agency, which supplies water to the city of Pleasanton, will be awarded $3 million in grants for drought-relief projects and another $282,000 to increase its water conservation programs.

November 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Swalwell chosen as House Democratic regional whip

Local congressman to work on informing, mobilizing colleagues from NorCal, Hawaii, Pacific Islands
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) was selected by his Democratic colleagues Friday to become a regional whip for the upcoming 114th Congress.

November 17, 2014 | No comments yet
$4.5-million cemetery improvement plan goes to City Council tonight

Costs will be paid as new burial plots are sold
The Pleasanton City Council will consider a plan tonight to spend up to $4.5 million to upgrade and substantially improve the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard.

November 17, 2014 | 16 comments
BART schedules changes today for Pleasanton trains to Daly City

Passengers will need to transfer at 24th Street station today only
Schedule changes today for Dublin/Pleasanton trains will affect riders heading to Daly City.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Seahwawks weekend swim meet ends today at Aquatic Center

Junior Olympic meet attracting 800 swimmers, guests
The Pleasanton Seahawks swim team hosts its final day of a three-day Junior Olympic swim meet today at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
School board hearing on textbook sufficiency tonight

Board will consider approving certification of compliance for textbooks, instructional materials
The Pleasanton school board will hold the second public hearing on the sufficiency of textbooks, instructional materials and laboratory science equipment tonight.

November 16, 2014 | 6 comments
Oakland man arrested on suspicion of rape, robbery

Identified by DNA evidence, two female victims
Investigators arrested an Oakland man Friday on suspicion of assaulting and robbing two alleged prostitutes in separate incidents at Pleasanton hotels earlier this fall, according to a police spokesman.

November 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Vintage Hills students fight world hunger

15,000 bags of meals will be shipped to Haiti next week
Students from Vintage Hills Elementary helped fight world hunger Friday by partnering with Kids Against Hunger for a school-wide pack-out.

November 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Camp Parks to hold 5-10K Veterans Day runs today

Event honors Marine Capt. Sean Brock, who was killed in Iraq
Camp Parks in Dublin and the Sean Brock Foundation will hold a Veterans Day run today to benefit Army morale programs and the Sean Brock Foundation.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
AVHS boys water polo season ends at sections

Dons lose in first round; Falcons also fall in opener
The Amador Valley High boys' varsity water polo team wrapped up its season last week with an opening-round postseason loss to league rival Monte Vista High.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton baseball league opens registration for spring 2015

Open to players 4-18 who live in Foothill Little League boundaries
Pleasanton Foothill Little League has begun registration for all of its baseball divisions for the spring 2015 season.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks recognized at awards banquet

Honors included Outstanding Swimmer, Relay of the Year
Four Pleasanton Seahawks were honored as Outstanding Swimmers in their age groups at the annual Pacific Swimming Awards Banquet held last month in Milpitas. A Seahawks' relay team also won Relay of the Year.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Easing school registration

Pleasanton dad, developer of Future Fund application, wins Innovation award
From the comfort of their own home or even from their hotel room on a family vacation, some Pleasanton school parents were able to register their child online, make required school payments and donate money through a new application called "Future Fund" -- which was designed by Pleasanton parent, Darian Shimy.

November 14, 2014 | 12 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Fashion philanthropy

Alamo teen, director of nonprofit 1Closet, receives Rising Star award
Alamo teen Riley Glasson helps provide a sense of confidence and optimism for her peers through the organization she manages called 1Closet, which collects and donates gently used and new clothing to teenagers in need.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Talmud expert to talk about magic of ancient Babylonia at Beth Emek tonight

Author to speak on a world where spells were used in everyday life
Is there a difference between a prayer and a spell?

November 14, 2014 | 2 comments
Proposed S.F. law would force companies to provide 'predictable' schedules to part-time workers

Union leader says ordinance would be 'model for cities around the state'
San Francisco retail workers and their supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning to show their support for an ordinance that could provide part-time hourly employees at chain stores in the city with more predictable schedules and incomes.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Auto insurance fraud investigation nets 54 Bay Area arrests

Practice illegal, results in felony criminal charges, Alameda County DA O'Malley warns
A statewide investigation into auto insurance fraud resulted in the arrest of 54 people throughout the Bay Area, the state Department of
Insurance announced Wednesday.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Delightful 'Rain' onstage at the Firehouse

Singing and dancing galore in funny Hollywood tale of talkies
A fabulous cast is "Singin' in the Rain" at the Firehouse Arts Center through Nov. 23, presented by the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre. The show, directed by David Judson, opened last weekend to sold-out audiences familiar with the beloved 1952 movie.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Chick-fil-A planning Pleasanton restaurant

Planning Commission gives it OK, with City Council hearing Dec. 2
Chick-fil-A, a national restaurant chain known for its lineup of grilled chicken entrees, plans to open a restaurant with inside eating and drive-through service across from the Larkspur Hotel in a shopping center that also includes In-N-Out and Denny's restaurants.

November 13, 2014 | 62 comments
Dentist's Halloween buy-back program brings in 533 pounds of candy

Candy goes to military overseas, saving 'sugar bugs' on children's teeth here
Dentist Steven Nerad and his office staff have collected a total of 532.93 pounds of Halloween candy since Oct. 31, donations from parents and children to send to military men and women on active duty overseas in exchange for a $1 a pound from the Pleasanton pediatric dentist and orthodontist.

November 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Rosepointe homeowner back to Planning Commission tonight with second-story bid

Commission rejected request in August, but planning staff now OKs it
Rosepointe community homeowner George Schmidtt will be back before the Pleasanton Planning Commission tonight to again seek approval to add a second story to his house on Hamilton Way.

November 12, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Chamber holding Fall Business Mixer tonight at Fairgrounds

45 exhibitors to display, talk about their services
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will hold its Fall Business Tradeshow and Mixer from 5-7 p.m. today at the Palm Pavilion in the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

November 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Police searching for 2 missing people

Pleasanton police are searching for a missing Pleasanton woman and 11-year-old girl who are believed to be together.

November 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for opening of 'Innovate Pleasanton'

Business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs get started
Tri-Valley Capital opened its spacious new "Innovate Pleasanton" office this week in Hacienda Business Park at a reception for more than 100 city, civic and business leaders.

November 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Foothill cheerleaders host kids cheer camp

Space is limited, early registration encouraged
The Foothill High competition cheer team will be hosting a mini cheer camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

November 12, 2014 | No comments yet
MTC seeking comments on public transportation plan

Plan Bay Area to be adopted in 2017
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is seeking public review and comments on its Draft 2015 Public Participation Plan.

November 12, 2014 | 5 comments
Two sisters plead 'no contest' in Livermore child abuse case

Dublin woman is one of two sisters
Two sisters pleaded no contest Monday to one felony count each of willfully harming a child for binding babies with blankets during naptime at a Livermore child care facility.

November 12, 2014 | No comments yet
It's Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor those who serve our country

Schools, government offices closed, but stores, restaurants stay open
Schools, government offices and many businesses are closed today in observance of Veterans Day, a national holiday held to honor all veterans who are now serving and those who have served and those who have given their lives in armed conflicts.

November 11, 2014 | No comments yet
How long do I have to pay off my 401(k) loan after I leave my company?

Penalty for making a mistake can be costly
Good for you for asking this question ahead of time! The answer is somewhat complex and the penalty for making a mistake is very costly, so you'll want to make sure you pay off the loan properly.

November 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Donate a Thanksgiving meal to Tri-Valley families through tomorrow

Bag donations can be dropped off in Pleasanton
The Tri-Valley Open Heart Kitchen is asking the community to provide a Thanksgiving meal in a bag for its clients from now until Monday, Nov. 17.

November 11, 2014 | 4 comments
State's revenue for October hits $6 billion, beating estimates by 12.3%

But sales tax revenue falls short of estimates by $37.4 million, or 4.1%
Total revenues for October, the fourth month of Fiscal Year 2014-15, totaled $6.0 billion, coming in above Budget Act estimates by $662.2 million, or 12.3%, according to a report by State Controller John Chiang on Monday.

November 11, 2014 | 14 comments
4 seized at Pleasanton Marriott for series of regional crimes

By using stolen credit card, suspects tipped off hotel clerk at check-out
Four suspects accused of using a stolen credit card to pay for a room at the Marriott Hotel at 11950 Dublin Canyon Boulevard in Pleasanton were arrested Sunday by Pleasanton police.

November 10, 2014 | 12 comments
Baker wins Assembly race over Sbranti

Latest count gives her 51.7% lead over Sbranti's 48.3% in 16th District race
Republican Catharine Baker, a Pleasanton attorney, has been elected 16th District State Assemblywoman, serving a wide area of the East Bay that includes Pleasanton and Dublin, where she lives.

November 10, 2014 | 15 comments
Party time on election night quite different from earlier years

From guitar playing to hot bread with chili, many had home-spun flavor
There was a time when election night parties were sumptuous events for candidate supporters and even the reporters who covered the campaigns.

November 9, 2014 | 9 comments
Bowser moves up in school board race

Laursen, Miller still take lead
Incumbent Jeff Bowser has moved his way to third place in the Pleasanton school board race, as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.

November 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Dons win 25-23 over Falcons airing one last time tonight on TV30

Super Bowl 49er Guy McIntyre joins TV30 sports personalities on play-by play broadcast
A complete play-by-play of the thrilling football game Friday night where Amador Valley defeated favored Foothill High 25-23 will be broadcast one last time at 7 p.m. tonight on TV30.

November 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Only 24,000 votes yet to be counted in Alameda County

Another 47,045 ballots counted Saturday by Registrar of Voters office
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters office released updated election results late Saturday as staff members completed another full day of post-Election Day ballot counting from Tuesday's general election.

November 7, 2014 | 6 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Growing and giving

Alamo residents Heidi and Amelia Abramson, creators of The Bounty Garden, receive Environmental Stewardship award
Providing a sense of unity, a learning experience and service to the community are all components to be found at the core of The Bounty Garden created by mother-daughter duo Heidi and Amelia Abramson.

November 24, 2014 | No comments yet
'Singin' in the Rain' musical at 2 p.m. today, again next weekend at Pleasanton Firehouse

Live production of light-hearted Hollywood classic
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) has kicked off its fifth season at the Firehouse Arts Center with the Hollywood classic, and the performance continues at 2 p.m. today and on weekends through Nov. 23.

November 7, 2014 | No comments yet
'Prelude to Winter' launches holiday season at Lynnewood Methodist at 2 p.m. today

Women's barbershop concert offers 'something for everyone'
Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women's barbershop chorus and chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will present "Prelude to Winter," an afternoon of carols and holiday songs, at 2 p.m. today at Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Firefighters holding public ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today for retiring Chief Miguel

'Last roll call' event will honor head of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
A public "walk-off" ceremony honoring retiring Fire Chief Jim Miguel will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in front of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters at Bernal Avenue and Nevada Street in Pleasanton.

November 6, 2014 | 3 comments
Baker, Sbranti bids for State Assembly still too-close-to-call

Latest report shows Baker leading with 51.9% of votes cast
Despite convincing results in most election contests Tuesday, the victor in the 16th State Assembly District race is still uncertain.

November 5, 2014 | 11 comments
Transportation sales tax Measure BB passes

30-year 1% tax receives nearly 70% voter approval
Measure BB, the Alameda County transportation tax package, was approved by nearly 70% of voters Tuesday, ending several years of controversy over the length of the tax and its need.

November 5, 2014 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Mayor Thorne re-elected along with 2 candidates he supported

Councilwoman Narum re-elected, Arne Olson also gains Council seat
Mayor Jerry Thorne was re-elected to another two-year term yesterday, defeating his challenger Matt Morrison by a whopping 67% of the votes cast.

November 5, 2014 | 7 comments
Laursen, Miller take school board race

All four candidates receive more than 20% of votes cast
Incumbent Joan Laursen and challenger Mark Miller were elected Tuesday to the Pleasanton school board -- with Laursen leading the race with 6,612 votes or 28.86% of the votes cast, according to the unofficial election results posted by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.

November 5, 2014 | 25 comments
Fire destroys homes under construction at development near Safeway

Homes being built by Concord developer only partially completed
A raging fire early Monday destroyed several homes under construction in a new development just south of the Safeway Lifestyle supermarket on Valley Avenue near Bernal.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Bogus Pleasanton college founder gets 16 years in prison

Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 44, convicted on 31 counts of fraud
The founder and president of an online university based in Pleasanton has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for running a visa fraud scheme.

November 4, 2014 | 9 comments
PPIE raises $64,000 at fall fundraiser

Also, three local chefs win culinary competition
There were lots of winners at the "Toasts and Tastes of Fall" fundraising event held Oct. 17 by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Sandia to seek technique to improve photovoltaic efficiencies

Receives $1.2-million award from Energy Department's SunShot Initiative
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Firefighters extinguish Livermore apartment fire, save dogs, cats, snakes and more

Animals scared, but in good condition, battalion chief says.
A fire in a ground floor apartment in a two-story building at 1001 Murrieta Blvd. in Livermore Saturday was quickly extinguished by the Livermore–Pleasanton Fire Department.

November 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Stanford won't have time to smell the roses this year

Oregon's 45-16 Pac-12 victory Saturday ends Cardinal hopes.
It's official. The Stanford football team will not be returning to the Rose Bowl, or the Pac-12 championship game for that matter.

November 2, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police department adds 3 new officers

Gorman, Baggett, Cobler sworn in by Police Chief Dave Spiller
Three new officers -- Rick Gorman, Scott Baggett and Brandon Cobler -- have joined the Pleasanton Police Department with Police Chief Dave Spiller swearing them in at a formal "oath of office" ceremony.

November 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Women groped while walking on neighborhood streets

Incidents prompt walking/jogging warnings by Pleasanton police
Two groping incidents last Wednesday have Pleasanton police warning pedestrians to take precautionary measures when walking or jogging by paying close attention to others and having a companion or a leashed dog come along.

October 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police nab suspect in foot chase after Jack-in-the-Box robbery

Former employee seized after leaping counter, grabbing cash from safe
Courtney Dariko Townsel, 19, was arrested Thursday night in a foot chase by Pleasanton police after a man wearing a mask jumped the counter at the Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant at Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road, grabbing a cash box filled with money as he then fled.

October 31, 2014 | 4 comments
Pleasanton voting today at polling places throughout city

Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those who haven't already voted by mail
Votes cast today at polling places across Pleasanton will help determine some of the still too-close-to-call races for State Assembly, Pleasanton City Council and the Pleasanton school board.

October 31, 2014 | 39 comments
Halloween takes over downtown Pleasanton

Residents, visitors, business owners come together for Scavenger Hunt, Brew Crawl
Downtown Pleasanton was crowded with costumed residents of all ages last Saturday for the annual Scavenger Hunt and Brew Crawl in advance of Halloween.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Man convicted of 1984 murder of Foothill High freshman

'Got the verdict he deserved,' says victim's father
Steven Carlson was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for stabbing a 14-year-old Foothill High School classmate 44 times in 1984, when he was 16 years old.

October 30, 2014 | 4 comments
Vandalism at Walnut Grove causes safety, privacy concerns

School has new additions to address concerns
Some recent events involving minor vandalism to cars parked at Walnut Grove Elementary School have caused the school and Pleasanton school district to make some changes, said Walnut Grove Principal Jan Steed.

October 30, 2014 | 17 comments
Mayors, regional leaders celebrate completion of 1st phase of widened Highway 84

Major Tri-Valley throughway now 4-6 lanes from I-680 to Stanley Boulevard
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne joined other city, civic and regional leaders this week in officially marking the completion of the first phase of widening State Route 84 between the I-580 and I-680 freeways.

October 30, 2014 | 14 comments
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District lists November programs

'Autumn Leaves' walk, discussion at 11 a.m. today
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering special programs for the public this month.

November 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Board will revisit textbook, instructional materials sufficiency

Hart Middle School vice-principal appointed despite board member Arkin's objection
After holding a public hearing on the sufficiency of textbooks, instructional materials and laboratory science equipment Tuesday, the Pleasanton school board agreed to hold off on deciding on the issue until the next school board meeting.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton men arrested in connection with First St. stabbing

Victim has been released from hospital
Pleasanton police detectives have arrested two Pleasanton men in the investigation of a stabbing that occurred in the Pleasanton Plaza parking lot on Oct. 20.

October 28, 2014 | 3 comments
First of Common Core math parent forums scheduled for tonight

An opportunity for parents to get hands-on experience
The Pleasanton Unified School District is hosting two Common Core math parent forums in November with the first meeting set for tonight.

October 29, 2014 | 18 comments
California ranks 48th best (or 3rd worst) on business taxes

National tax group cites state's overly complex, burdensome, economically harmful tax codes
California has the 48th best (or third worst) tax climate in the U.S. according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this week by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police open 24-hour prescription drugs disposal site

Collection bin in police station's lobby available seven days a week
The Pleasanton Police Department and the city of Pleasanton, as well as the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), have opened a new pharmaceutical disposal site at the Pleasanton Police Department, 4833 Bernal Avenue.

October 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Mediocrity marks local streets and roads survey in Bay Area cities

Pavement quality average unchanged for 5th consecutive year, agency study shows
The quality of the pavement on the Bay Area's nearly 43,000 lane-miles of local streets and roads is stuck in "fair" condition, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon.

October 28, 2014 | 5 comments
Amador Valley High's marching band hosting a 'March-A-Thon'

Public events this week aimed at raising money for competitive season
The Amador Valley High School marching band and its 330 student members are hosting a March-A-Thon this week to raise funds for the band's 2014 competitive season.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
'Innovate Pleasanton' opens today in Hacienda Business Park

Offers business entrepreneurs space for developing and growing their ideas
Tri-Valley Capital will open its new "Innovate Pleasanton" office Thursday in Hacienda Business Park.

October 28, 2014 | 4 comments
Supermarket workers' union reaches agreement with Lucky, Save-Mart stores

Negotiations underway with unionized works at Raley's, Safeway
UFCW 8-Golden State, the union that represents supermarket workers in Northern and Central California, including Raley's and Safeway, has reached a tentative contract agreement with Save-Mart Supermarkets, a Modesto-headquartered company that also owns Luck Stores in Pleasanton.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab seminar at Las Positas College today to deal with explosives

Free public program to feature 2 veteran researchers, scientists
Two Livermore Lab scientists will discuss energetic materials and explosives Wednesday in the second of this year's annual Science and Engineering seminars at Las Positas College.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Deadline passes for campaign-related Letters to the Editor

The deadline passed at 5 p.m. Monday for submitting Letters to the Editor related to the November 2014 election campaign for publication in the Pleasanton Weekly print edition. The final publication date for campaign-related letters will be this Friday's paper.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Hearst Elementary teacher struck by vehicle Monday morning

Teacher did not suffer major injuries
A school resource teacher was struck Monday by a slow-moving vehicle in the crosswalk area near Hearst Elementary's multi-use building, Hearst Principal Elias Muniz said in a notice sent out Monday afternoon.

October 28, 2014 | 6 comments
Pleasanton closes 2013/14 fiscal year budget with optimism

Extra $2.8 million in property, sales tax revenues allow added funds to reduce pension obligations
The Pleasanton City Council has closed the books on its 2013/14 fiscal year operating budget, revising projections for the current year upward based on better-than-expected revenue.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Local entrepreneur to speak at Las Positas College Veterans Day program today

Army veteran Robert Morris to tell how drones in Afghanistan led to Livermore startup TerrAvion
Army veteran Robert Morris will discuss how flying drones over Afghanistan led him to launch his fast-growing Livermore startup TerrAvion in a Veterans Day talk today at Las Positas College.

November 10, 2014 | No comments yet
New-home sales edge up slightly in U.S.

But drop 8.9% in the West as housing recovery ebbs
Sales of newly built, single-family homes inched up 0.2% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest level in six years, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Meeting scheduled tonight on Alviso Adobe strategic plan

Public invited to offer views on further development of historic site
The city of Pleasanton will host a second community meeting tonight on the Alviso Adobe Strategic Plan.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Coldwell Banker named Habitat for Humanity champion

Agents, managers, staff volunteer 600 hours to win challenge
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, with offices in Pleasanton,has been named the winner of Habitat for Humanity's 2014 "Build It Challenge," honoring the company's local volunteer efforts for the community organization.

November 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police, schools observing Red Ribbon Week

Hearst Elementary school students running in 'Race Against Drugs' today
The Pleasanton Police Department and Pleasanton Unified School District are participating in Red Ribbon Week.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Goodguys Autumn Get-together closes today at Fairgrounds with tribute to veterans

Event features more than 2,500 candy-colored American vehicles and custom cars of all years, makes and models
California hot rodders and classic car aficiandos from all over the west are taking over the Alameda County Fairgrounds again today for one last fling before it's time to put the cars away for the winter.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
TV30 broadcasting new episode of 'Tri-Valley Youth'

Program represents work of students who attended system's summer camp
A new edition of Tri-Valley Youth View, a special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended TV30's Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30 and TV28.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Luncheon today to focus on Tri-Valley poverty

Hacienda Helping Hands report places poverty in Pleasanton at 8.3%
Concerns over poverty in the Tri-Valley will be discussed at a luncheon today sponsored by Hacienda Helping Hands, Kaiser Permanente, the East Bay Community Foundation and the East Bay Leadership Council.

October 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police arrest 2 in attempted catalytic converter theft

Alert resident spots man crawling under his Toyota, calls police
Pleasanton police made two arrests Saturday after one was spotted apparently trying to remove a catalytic converter from a car in an apartment complex near the Zone7 Arroyo pumping station.

October 26, 2014 | 11 comments
School board to hold public hearing tonight on instructional materials sufficiency

Open session meeting begins at 7 p.m.
The Pleasanton school board will discuss and hold a public hearing Tuesday on the sufficiency of textbooks, instructional materials, and availability of science laboratory equipment for science courses.

October 26, 2014 | 44 comments
7 injured as car plows into Dublin restaurant

Motorist trying to park at Los Pericos diner hits accelerator instead of brake
Seven people were injured in Dublin Thursday evening when a woman drove her car into a busy restaurant, according to police.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
3 good men gone within days of each other

Bill McCammon, Jerry Lemm laid to rest; David Mertes service today
Three well-known Tri-Valley leaders died within days of each other this month. They'll be long and well remembered for the good work they did.

October 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Suspected prostitutes arrested for robbery

Victim used backpage.com to solicit adult services
Two females and a male were arrested Wednesday after Pleasanton police responded to a possible robbery at Motel 6 on Hopyard Road.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Presenting Tri-Valley Heroes 2014

Our salute to community standouts who shine because of their actions, integrity, honor
The Pleasanton Weekly has presented eight awards to community members and organizations whose dedication to bettering our communities and the lives of local residents has helped make the Tri-Valley a wonderful place to live and work.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
A feline's playground in Pleasanton

Pleasanton Girl Scout builds cat-friendly attraction for Valley Humane Society
Pleasanton teen Nagisa Smalheiser tied her love for animals and crafting skills together to build a new feline attraction for a hometown no-kill shelter.

October 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Local international dance festival to be held today in Livermore

Event festival specifically geared towards new dancers
The Del Valle Folk Dancers of Livermore are hosting a free international dance festival specifically geared towards new dancers Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Livermore Veterans Hall, 522 South L St.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Lacrosse festival comes to Pleasanton today

Local boys, girls clubs join together to introduce new players to rising sport
Pleasanton Lacrosse Club and Pleasanton Pride Girls Lacrosse are teaming up for their inaugural joint New Player Fall Festival today at Hart Middle School Sunday.

October 24, 2014 | 2 comments
School board takes no action at special closed-door meeting

The Pleasanton school board did not take any action at Wednesday night's special closed board meeting.

October 23, 2014 | 19 comments
State calls Anthem Blue Cross small group policy rate increases 'excessive, unreasonable'

'120,000 could be affected' - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
In a blistering attack on Anthem Blue Cross, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Wednesday that the health insurer's average 9.8% premium increase on 120,000 members in small group health insurance policies is unreasonable.

October 26, 2014 | No comments yet
City of Pleasanton recognizes business anniversaries

Quality of life closely tied to city's economic vitality, of our business community, Economic Development Director says
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday recognized local companies for achieving 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of business in Pleasanton.

October 23, 2014 | 1 comment
School board candidate forum at Harvest Park

Candidates will address school district issues
Harvest Park Parent Teacher Association will be sponsoring a school board candidate forum tonight.

October 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber endorses Republican Baker for Assembly

Differences 'abundantly clear' in statements at Chamber's candidates' forum, PAC chairman says
Republican Catharine Baker has been endorsed for election to the 16th State Assembly by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Political Action Committee.

October 23, 2014 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade thrills hundreds in downtown Pleasanton

Area's largest salute to veterans includes marching bands, special tributes at Veterans Memorial Building
Hundreds filled Main Street sidewalks Sunday to watch hundreds more marching, riding and walking in Pleasanton's 18th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade.

October 23, 2014 | 3 comments
Dublin post office named for James Kohnen

Army veteran, teacher, community leader honored at ceremony
The Dublin Post Office was named Tuesday for the late James Kohnen, well-known public figure in Dublin and 30-year Army veteran who died May 29, 2012.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Capping 31-year career, Livermore-Pleasanton fire chief Miguel retiring

3rd chief since cities merged their fire departments in 1996
In an emotional farewell to the Pleasanton City Council last night, Fire Chief Jim Miguel announced that he will retire Nov. 7 as the head of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, capping a 31-year career in fire services including the last four in the top position here.

October 22, 2014 | 30 comments
U.S. housing starts top 1 million for 3rd time this year

Numbers show building returning to levels of early summer months
For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Zone 7 approves rate increase for wholesale water

Rate increases will be seen in 2015-16
Zone 7's Board of Directors approved Oct. 15 the rate increase for wholesale treated water, with a 3% increase for 2015 and again in 2016 to keep pace with inflation.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Today is last day to request Vote by Mail ballots

Voters can cast 'By Mail' ballots at Pleasanton City Clerk's office through election day
Today is the last date voters can request Vote by Mail ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-principal files lawsuit against Pleasanton school district

Lawsuit also names superintendent, deputy superintendent
Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh has filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Unified School District but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.

October 21, 2014 | 66 comments
School board calls special closed-door meeting tonight on Vranesh lawsuit

Public can comment on agenda items during opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
The Pleasanton school board has scheduled a special closed-door board meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight where it will discuss with legal counsel and possibly take action on the lawsuit filed by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh against the Pleasanton school district.

October 21, 2014 | 11 comments
Former principal files lawsuit against Pleasanton school district

Lawsuit also names superintendent, deputy superintendent
Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh has filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Unified School District but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Man stabbed in Pleasanton Plaza parking lot

Monday evening assault puts victim in hospital as police search for assailant
An unidentified man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed in the Pleasanton Plaza parking lot on First Street Monday night with police continuing to search for his assailant.

October 21, 2014 | 1 comment

October 21, 2014 | 7 comments
Livermore Lab researchers link proteins to drug side effects

Super computers produce reliable data outside laboratory setting for drug discovery
New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions, but the process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year.

October 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Construction starts on new $12-million Axis Community Health center

Pleasanton facility will double affordable health services in Tri-Valley
Construction has started on a new center for Axis Community Health that will double capacity for primary and mental health care in the Tri-Valley.

October 20, 2014 | 5 comments
Memorial service today for retired Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon

President of Alameda County Fair board was leader in numerous county services
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for Bill McCammon, retired Alameda County Fire Chief who died in his sleep Oct. 13. He was 61.

October 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Today is final day to register to vote on Nov. 4

Voter registration forms available in Pleasanton City Clerk's office
The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 4 General Election is today.

October 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Making Pioneer a livelier place

Cemetery upgrades focus on expansion, historical past, guided tours
The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission approved a long-range master plan last week that calls for expanding Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery to make it a better place to be buried and a more attractive place to visit.

October 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Art League honors Las Positas College student

Scholarship, merit awards also presented to local artists
The Pleasanton Art League (PAL) awarded a local college student with a scholarship during its annual exhibit reception last month.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Reggae is the way for Amador Valley grad

Musician co-produces documentary on Rastafari culture, works toward DVD release
Harrison Stafford was only 7 years old when he heard the distinctive one-drop rhythm of Bob Marley coming from his older brother's room. He was hooked.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Democrats holding public event today for local candidates they endorse

Sanwong for City Council, Laursen, Bowser for school board favored by Democratic Party
The Tri-Valley United Democratic Campaign organization will hold a public rally from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday for local candidates the Democratic Party is endorsing in the Nov. 4 election.

October 16, 2014 | 20 comments
Chamber endorses Laursen, Wright for election to Pleasanton school board

School district would benefit from infusion of fresh perspective, continuity that comes with experience
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Business and Community Political Action Committee has voted to endorse incumbent board member Joan Laursen and challenger Paige Wright for election to the Pleasanton school board.

October 16, 2014 | 19 comments
40th annual Foothill Band Review on today rain or shine

40th annual parade marching from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton
The 40th annual Foothill Band Review, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast, got underway at at 8:30 a.m. today for a full day of music festivities with middle and high school bands and concert groups from around the Bay Area participating.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Jon Vranesh back again at Tuesday night's school board meeting

Says district is paying him $95,000 a year 'to sit home and do nothing'
Former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh addressed the Pleasanton school board during the community comment session of Tuesday night's board meeting about his alleged charges and the district's lack of honesty and accountability.

October 15, 2014 | 93 comments
Fall festival a hit at Alviso Adobe

Kids get a kick out of 'milking' Fiona, the park's life-sized, fiberglass cow
Hundreds turned out for the recent Fall Festival at the Alviso Adobe Community Park with children, especially, having fun by joining in a number of activities designed just for them.

October 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Prosecutor: DNA connects man to 1984 murder of Foothill High student

DNA evidence leads investigators to former classmate's slaying 30 years ago
A prosecutor has told jurors that belatedly uncovered DNA evidence proves that a then-teenage boy murdered his 14-year-old high school classmate in Pleasanton 30 years ago.

October 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Halloween events tonight in downtown Pleasanton

Ghost walks, scavenger hunts, Brew Crawl set to go
Downtown Pleasanton comes alive for Halloween with three unique events expected to attract hundreds of adults and children to Main Street for a ghoulish good time.

October 15, 2014 | 2 comments
Volunteer reading tutors needed at Pleasanton elementary schools

Help students become confident readers, writers
The Pleasanton Unified School District is looking for adult reading volunteer tutors to help support kindergarten, first and second grade students who are struggling with literacy skills development.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Study shows regional differences in new home characteristics

Most expensive are also smallest in New England, builders say
A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders showed significant regional differences in new single-family home characteristics, ranging from price, design features, building materials and even financing.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Foothill football player named U.S. Army All-American

Isaiah Langley will represent the West at 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
A Foothill High School senior has been selected to join the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl team to represent the West.

October 14, 2014 | 7 comments
Do you need ID theft insurance or credit monitoring?

Pay a third party or do it yourself, just make sure it gets done
You'd have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there's a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

November 3, 2014 | 4 comments
Services Saturday for David Mertes, former head of state community college system

Livermore Rotarian also was once chairman of ValleyCare board
A Celebration of the Life of David Mertes will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Livermore Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Candidate endorsements in Friday's Pleasanton Weekly

Newspaper picks candidates it favors in Pleasanton city, school board, State Assembly, Congressional races
The Pleasanton Weekly in its Friday edition has endorsed candidates in key local, state, federal and school board offices that most closely affect local voters in the Nov. 4 General Election.

October 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Student enrollment, textbooks on tonight's school board agenda

Enrollment down 4 from year ago, new report shows
The Pleasanton school board is scheduled to hear a report Tuesday night on the school district's 2014-15 student enrollment.

October 12, 2014 | 5 comments
Former Tri-Valley golf pro gets 27 years for abusing boys he taught

Livermore more also admitted to trying to hire someone to kill victims
A former Tri-Valley golf instructor was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in state prison for sexually abusing three boys he was teaching and then trying to solicit someone to murder them.

October 10, 2014 | 3 comments
'Life After High School' topic of Parent Education Series at Pleasanton library tonight

Students will talk about challenges, solutions, with tips for best support
Pleasanton will host another in its 2014 Parent Education Series from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at the city's public library.

with "Choosing a Course: Life After High School" presented by Lisa Fairchild and Carol Satterlee from On the Edge of Coaching.

October 10, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Weekly publishes candidate endorsements

Names candidates to vote for in Pleasanton city, school board, State Assembly, Congressional races
Based on candidate forums the Pleasanton Weekly and Tri-Valley Community Television (TV30) have hosted, editorial staff interviews and extensive coverage of this year's candidates by its news staff, the Pleasanton Weekly today is making the following endorsements in key local, state, federal and school board offices that most closely affect Pleasanton in the Nov. 4 General Election.

October 10, 2014 | 20 comments
Course learning: Tri-Valley golfers reflect on life lessons of The First Tee

'Arguably the biggest stage a junior golfer can hope to play on,' high school junior says
Next time you're feeling cynical about the future of America's youth, take a drive over to the Pleasanton Golf Center, home to The First Tee of the Tri-Valley, and spend some time talking to the kids who are involved with the program.

October 10, 2014 | 2 comments
Real Estate Matters

Managing risk
The real estate industry faces many challenges. The industry is made up of agents from all walks of life and educational backgrounds that range from a high school diploma to graduate degrees from the world's best law and business schools.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Man seen taking photos of Hart students

Police have opened an investigation
Hart Middle School posted a safety notice on the school website Tuesday about an unknown white male seen taking pictures of students as they go to and from school.

October 9, 2014 | 13 comments
Renovation, expansion plans for 2 downtown parks gets City Council OK

Upgrades designed to create appealing gateway to downtown, Firehouse Arts Center
A proposed Master Plan that will enhance the amenities and appearance of Pleasanton's downtown Lions Wayside and Delucchi Parks was approved by the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday.

October 8, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Council creates task force to boost Alviso Adobe

Group will work to merge amenities with 2 new adjacent parks
The Pleasanton City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to appoint nine members to the Alviso Adobe Task Force, which is charged with developing vision and mission statements and a strategic plan for Alviso Adobe Community Park.

October 8, 2014 | 7 comments
Sotheby's International Realty to open Pleasanton office

Local firm to be headed by Andrew Greenwell
Venture Sotheby's International Realty will open its new office next March in the Pastime Plaza, a two-story office and restaurant building under construction at 511 Main St., where Pastime Pool used to be located.

October 8, 2014 | 2 comments
Starbucks 'Evening' to open in downtown Pleasanton

New concept store will serve alcohol after 4 p.m., stay open late
Starbucks will open one of its new stores this spring on Pleasanton's Main Street, offering not only its daily fare of teas, coffees and bakery goods, but also its evening alcohol and light bites menu.

October 8, 2014 | 47 comments
ValleyCare Foundation hosting wine release event tonight

Rubino winery produces 2012 Zinfandel for fundraising effort
The ValleyCare Charitable Foundation is hosting a Wine Release event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rubino Estates Winery, 1188 Vineyard Ave.,in Pleasanton.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Fire Expo in Pleasanton

Firefighters offer disaster preparedness, fire prevention advice
Hundreds turned out last weekend for the free Fire Safety Expo hosted by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department at its fire training tower on Busch Road.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber's Assembly candidates forum starts at 7:45 a.m. today

Baker, Sbranti to discuss issues at Pleasanton Doubletree Hilton Hotel
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates' forum this morning featuring the two candidates competing for election in the 16th State Assembly District.

October 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Popular oyster farm at Point Reyes to close Dec. 31

'We stood up for family farms, for sustainable food,' owners say on losing court battles
After a two-year legal battle to stay open, an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore announced Monday it has settled its case and
will close all of its operations by Dec. 31.

October 7, 2014 | 5 comments
Antique & Collectibles Faire in downtown Pleasanton today

400 dealers signed up to sell items at least 20 years
The Fall Antique & Collectibles Faire is returning to downtown Pleasanton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

October 7, 2014 | 6 comments
Accounting Today names Pleasanton CEO among 100 'Most Influential'

Doug Sleeter works with startups, top executives on software strategies
Doug Sleeter, CEO of Pleasanton-based Sleeter Group, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today. It was the sixth consecutive year he has received the recognition.

October 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton school district awarded $2.3 million grant

Grant aimed to enhance positive behavioral intervention, support for students
Pleasanton Unified School District is one of 71 schools in the nation whose School Climate Transformation Grant has been selected for funding, said an announcement released by the district Friday.

October 7, 2014 | 8 comments
Housing, growth, taxes, water dominate candidates' concerns in Pleasanton election

4 candidates vie for votes at Weekly, TV30 forum
Candidates for election to the Pleasanton City Council voiced their views on a wide-ranging number of issues from housing to a proposed transportation tax at a Candidates Forum hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly and Tri-Valley Community Television (TV30).

October 6, 2014 | 38 comments
Pleasanton commission set to approve new plan for city's Pioneer Cemetery

City staff says plan has been available for public review since Sept. 2
The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will consider approving a new master plan for the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery at its meeting tonight.

October 6, 2014 | 4 comments
Free Fall Festival at Alviso Adobe today

Seasonal event for families combines education, culture, fun
The city of Pleasanton will host a free Fall Festival at Alviso Adobe Community Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment
Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
ValleyCare hosting breast cancer symposium today at Palm Event Center

Free program designed for cancer survivors, caregivers, general public
ValleyCare Health System, along with Valley Medical Oncology Consultants, will present a free Breast Cancer Symposium from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palm Event Center on Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton.

October 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Gen. Chilton, former commander of U.S Strategic Command, named to Livermore Lab board

Retired astronaut commanded 3rd and final shuttle flight.Retired astronaut commanded 3rd and final shuttle flight.
Gen. Kevin Chilton (Ret.) has been named as an Independent Governor on the board of governors of Lawrence Livermore National Security, which manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Halie Loren and Trio play Firehouse tonight

Jazz/pop singer-songwriter at top of charts at home and abroad
Jazz/Pop singer-songwriter Halie Loren and her long-time backing trio hit the Firehouse Arts Center for one show at 8 p.m. tonight.

October 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Property tax bills in the mail, due starting Nov. 1

1st installemnt must be paid by Dec. 10 to avoid 10% penalty
More than 428,000 property tax bills for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 amounting to $3.06 billion have been mailed by Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector Donald R. White to all property owners of record in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Golf under the Stars tonight with Tri-Valley Rotarians

Fundraiser supports the First Tee program of the Tri-Valley
Tri-Valley Evening Rotary will host a fundraising golf tournament Saturday night, and keeping with the name of the club, it will be at night.

October 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Late mistake costs Stanford in 17-14 loss to the Irish

Cardinal take 14-10 lead with 3 minutes left to play, but can't hold on
Stanford gave up a late touchdown to drop a 17-14 nonconference football contest to host Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

October 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday night fire in Dublin kills dog, leaves family without home

Heavy smoke damage to 2-story home on Langmuir Court near Dublin High
A fire Friday night in a home in the 7500 block of Langmuir Court in Dublin killed a dog and forced a family of three to find other shelter because of heavy smoke damage.

October 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Details of Stanford/ValleyCare merger

Stanford to provide capital commitment of $50-million, guarantee $85 million revenue bonds
The proposed affiliation of Pleasanton-based ValleyCare Health System and Stanford Hospital and Clinics have become clearer with Stanford agreeing to maintain ValleyCare as an acute care hospital with an intensive care unit, obstetric services and an emergency department for at least five years.

October 3, 2014 | 7 comments
Arrest made for cocaine sales

A 45-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for alleged cocaine sales after police served a search warrant on a residence on Wenig Court, according to police.

October 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Ride 'em, lil cowboy in Livermore today

Tri-Valley Trailblazers bring 'Horse Faire' to Livermore
Round up your family and friends and head out to Robertson Park in Livermore from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to enjoy a day of everything horsey. It's the third annual free Horse Faire, presented by the Tri-Valley Trailblazers to benefit special needs equestrian programs and the East Bay Regional Park District Mounted Police.

October 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's school board candidates: A primer

Incumbents, challengers highlight their platforms ahead of November election
Voter information pamphlets have been mailed out to Pleasanton's 41,152 registered voters, followed by mail-in ballots for those opting to vote in the comfort of their own home instead of in person on Nov. 4.

October 3, 2014 | 35 comments
Another heat advisory for Pleasanton today

Temperatures to approach 100 degrees, weather forecasters say
Forecasted temperatures approaching 100 degrees in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley today have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for the region.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police introduce new social media platform

Website allows residents to communicate online
The Pleasanton Police Department has introduced its newest social media platform to communicate with residents.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Home prices rise as sales soften

Lower-than-expected interest rates allowing room for pricing growth
California home sales pulled back in August, reversing two months of increases, as the median home price rose from the previous month and year.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
California enacts statewide plastic bag ban, following lead in Alameda County

Statewide ban starts next July; opponents vow to repeal
California has become the first state to ban single-use plastic bags statewide.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board candidates forum on TV28 at 4 p.m. today

Calendar change, security highlight concerns of candidates
The recent Pleasanton schools calendar change, security on school campuses and teacher tenure are some of the issues talked about by Pleasanton school board candidates on a Tri-Valley Community Television 2014 Election Special that will be broadcast at 7 p.m. tonight on Channel 30.

October 1, 2014 | 30 comments
Volunteers sought for Pleasanton's holiday parade

Hometown Holiday celebration Dec. 6 to include downtown tree lighting
Volunteers are needed to help manage the city's annual holiday parade, scheduled this year for Dec. 6 on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
TV30 to broadcast Cal High's 45-21 win over Granada at 7 p.m. tonight

First of 6 Tri-Valley high school football games with play-by-play coverage
TV30 will air its play-by-play coverage of Friday night's game between California High at Granada High football game at 7 p.m. tonight.

September 30, 2014 | 1 comment
Hedge Funds? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Hedge Funds!

If CalPERS has figured this out, it's likely other large investors will follow, analyst says.
After CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the U.S., announced this month that they're selling all 30 hedge funds in their portfolio - about $4 billion--investors might be asking "Should I sell my hedge fund?" The short answer: Yes.

September 30, 2014 | No comments yet
How to Pay Less for a New Car

With research, you can save thousands of dollars, financial analyst says
Late last year, my wife and I were in the unenviable position of needing to shop for a new car, since the used car lease I'd assumed was about to expire.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Hearst principal named assessment coordinator in Pleasanton school district

Mike Kuhfal moving to district headquarters after 12 years as elementary school's principal
Mike Kuhfal, the longtime principal at Hearst Elementary School, has been appointed as the new coordinator of assessment in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

September 30, 2014 | 13 comments
New measure provides legal services to immigrant children

Bill provides help to unaccompanied minors coming here from Central America
Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to provide legal services to unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America.

October 4, 2014 | No comments yet
New law changes California's initiative process

Measure aimed at increasing public participation, providing better information to voters
New legislation governing the initiative process in California was signed into law Saturday by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

September 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Sample ballots in the mail to Pleasanton's 41,150 registered voters

Vote-by-mail balloting starts Oct. 8
Sample ballots and voter information pamphlets have been mailed to Pleasanton's 41,150 registered voters with mail-in ballots ready to be marked and sent to the Alameda County Registrar or dropped off at the City Clerk's office in the Pleasanton City Hall starting Oct. 8.

September 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Stanford, ValleyCare sign affiliation agreement

ValleyCare to become Stanford Health Care Subsidiary
Stanford Health Care and ValleyCare Health System jointly announced Friday that they have signed an affiliation agreement.

September 26, 2014 | 12 comments
San Ramon rejoins Tri-Valley federal lobbying effort

Clarkson opposes move, saying 'I'm not sure what's so great about this'
San Ramon will join the four Tri-Valley communities in utilizing a Virginia-based lobbying firm to help advocate for federal funding for regional projects.

September 26, 2014 | 2 comments
Hart vice principal accepts similar job on the Peninsula

Takes vice principal post at a San Carlos middle school starting Monday
Hart Middle School's vice principal Tom Domer has resigned to accept a similar position in the San Carlos School District, which is closer to his San Francisco home.

September 25, 2014 | 20 comments
East Bay luxury home sales, prices continue to rise

Sellers receiving average of 104% of their asking prices
Luxury home sales and the median sale price in the East Bay continued to rise last month with sales jumping more than 29% from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the Bay Area's leading provider of luxury real estate services.

September 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore agency agrees to complete Sycamore Grove Park trail system

2 natural surface loop trails, all-weather gravel-paved access road planned
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District board of directors has agreed to seek a financial grant to complete the trail system and improvements in upper Sycamore Grove Park.

September 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Controlled training' burn at Camp Parks again today

Residents should stay inside, keep doors, windows closed during burn exercises
The Alameda County Fire Department will be conducting controlled training burns at Camp Parks in Dublin from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

September 25, 2014 | 2 comments
'Talking to the animals' at Pleasanton Firehouse Theater through Oct. 5

Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presentation wows children
The classic stories about "the doctor who can talk with the animals" are now at the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts theater in musical form in "Doctor Dolittle Jr.," running through Oct 5.

September 26, 2014 | No comments yet
San Ramon Valley student enrollment now at 31,900

Highest spikes seen in middle, high schools
Student enrollment in San Ramon Valley schools has increased this school year compared to the last fall term, with the highest spikes seen in middle and high schools, according to data presented to the school board Tuesday.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Brew Crawl tickets go on sale today

Tickets go on sale today for the fourth annual Halloween Brew Crawl in downtown Pleasanton to be held Saturday evening, Oct. 25.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
'Need to know' information fair set for Dublin Senior Center today

Program designed for seniors, adult family members, caregivers
The city of Dublin, in cooperation with senior service professionals, will host a comprehensive "need to know" information fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dublin Senior Center.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
School board receives update on Common Core

Board also appoints elementary vice-principal, coordinator of assessment
The Pleasanton school board heard an update from district staff about the Common Core mathematics pathways and instructional material pilot process Tuesday night.

September 25, 2014 | 5 comments
Pleasanton snags top recognition on Money Magazine survey

High ranking follows national listing as No. 4 in survey of America's 50 Best Cities to Live
Just a week after Pleasanton was ranked No. 4 in a recent survey of America's 50 Best Cities to Live, two other national surveys have given the city similarly high marks.

September 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley water customers served by DSRSD cut summer water use by 30%

Per-person consumption was 107 gallons per day in District provides sewage treatment services for Pleasanton
Since the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) adopted mandatory water use restrictions May 5, its customers have used 30% less potable (drinking) water than in the same period last year.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PTA, League of Women Voters to host school board candidates forum tonight

Event is free, open to the public
Candidates for the Pleasanton school board will participate in a candidates forum Monday night, an event co-sponsored by the Pleasanton Parent Teacher Association Council and the League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley.

October 3, 2014 | 20 comments
Prosecutors file lewd-act charges against ex-Cal High coach

San Ramon man pleads not guilty to 20 felony counts, DA's Office says
Prosecutors have charged a former San Ramon high school wrestling coach and church youth group leader with 20 felony counts stemming from alleged lewd acts with minors.

September 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Mayor's Award goes to Scout leader, Special Olympics chairman Ken Mano

Trail-blazer in host of Tri-Valley activities wins coveted Pleasanton award
Ken Mano, a trail-blazer with Special Olympics, the Boy Scouts, and a host of Tri-Valley activities ranging from blood drives to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, was presented with the Mayor's Award by Mayor Jerry Thorne Friday night.

September 20, 2014 | 7 comments
Pleasanton Chamber PAC endorses Thorne for Mayor, Narum, Olson for City Council

Business & Community Political Action Committee cites public service, experience in choosing candidates
The Pleasanton Chamber's Political Action Committee Friday endorsed Mayor Jerry Thorne for re-election and Councilwoman Kathy Narum and former Planning Commissioner Arne Olson for election to the City Council.

September 20, 2014 | 38 comments
Albertsons, Safeway name leadership team for newly-merged company

Corporate offices to be in Pleasanton, Boise and Phoenix
AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. announced Friday the new senior leadership team and division leaders for the combined company that will take effect upon the closing of the proposed merger transaction, which is pending customary regulatory approvals.

September 20, 2014 | 10 comments
New law to reduce number of uninsured drivers on California's roads

Low-income motorists to benefit from affordable insurance options
More low-income Californians will now have the opportunity to purchase affordable automobile insurance.

September 24, 2014 | 6 comments
Holiday season job fair today at Livermore Premium Outlets

60 stores participating in effort to fill 400 jobs
More than 60 brand name stores will participate in a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Livermore Premium Outlets.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Common Core on Pleasanton school board's agenda tonight

Discussion to include new classroom methodologies, instructional materials
The Pleasanton school board will consider a report on the 2014-15 Common Core State Standards in mathematics at its meeting tonight.

September 21, 2014 | 30 comments
Pleasanton sophomores continue high exit exam rates

However, students in San Ramon Valley lead all Tri-Valley districts
Sophomores in Pleasanton high schools are continuing to excel in the English and math portions on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes nomination deadline today

Honor a person, group or organization that makes the Tri-Valley a great place to live and work
This is the last day to nominate candidates for our Tri-Valley Heroes a program, a salute to everyday heroes who deserve recognition but usually go unacknowledged.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton LIFE in Friday's Pleasanton Weekly, available online

Special report is complete primer on city we live in
Pleasanton LIFE, a special report on "Everything Pleasanton," appeared as an insert in the print edition of the Pleasanton Weekly Friday and is now available online.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Last day for Harvest Festival at Pleasanton Fairgrounds

Show features thousands of American handmade arts and crafts
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show ends its three-day run today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley water users outside Pleasanton cut usage by 30%

Dublin San Ramon Services District also to boost recycled water deliveries here
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) customers have used 30% less potable water than in the same period last year since the district adopted mandatory water use restrictions in May.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
The road to cleaner air

Commuter incentives, education and wood-burning ban among Spare the Air programs
Amid the statewide drought, there has been plenty of talk about water conservation. But the drought is not only creating a need for shorter showers and holding back on lawn-watering, it is also contributing to poor air quality.

September 22, 2014 | 4 comments
Fundraiser toay to benefit young burn victims

Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin a booster of Coaniquem Center for Burned Children
Supporters of the Coaniquem Center for Burned Children in South and Central America will hold a fundraising event Sunday to benefit the burn rehabilitation program.

September 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Local opera season opens tomorrow with 'Rigoletto'

'Although the plot saddens, the music thrills,' says music director
The Livermore Valley Opera opens its season Saturday with Verdi's opera masterpiece, "Rigoletto," at the Bankhead Theater.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Sliders earn baseball tourney crown

Regional team of high school standouts dominate wooden-bat competition
The Tri-Valley Sliders baseball club -- comprised of players from Amador Valley, Foothill and Livermore high schools -- won the All World 16U wooden-bat baseball tournament last weekend.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Road closures today in Dublin during "splatter" fireworks show

Police at corner of Central Parkway and Hacienda Drive to assist in redirecting traffic
Temporary road closures will be in place around Emerald Glen Park in Dublin from 7-10 p.m. tonight for the city's "splatter" fireworks show.

September 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton ranks #4 on national list of best U.S. cities

Survey cites city's excellent schools, low crime, high employment numbers
Pleasanton ranks No. 4 in a recent survey of America's 50 Best Cities to Live In conducted by 24/7 Wall Street, a nationally recognized online website targeting investors and the business community.

September 18, 2014 | 23 comments
Pleasanton PTA, League of Women Voters to host school board candidates forum

Event is free, open to the public
The candidates for the Pleasanton school board are set to participate in a candidates forum Oct. 6 co-sponsored by the Pleasanton Parent Teacher Association Council and the League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
PPIE fall fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m tonight at Castlewood Country Club,

$75-a-ticket event features culinary competition, silent auction
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation will be hosting its 11th annual "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" culinary competition and fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m tonight at Castlewood Country Club.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Governor signs "Pink Ribbon Plate" bill

License plate will help fund "Every Woman Counts" program
Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 49 that authorizes the creation of a Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness specialty license plate.

September 18, 2014 | 14 comments
Livermore charter school football players arrested on hazing charges

Held victim while shaving part of his head in boys' locker room
Two Livermore charter preparatory school football players have been arrested for hazing a young teammate by holding him down and shaving part of his head.
a police officer said.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
I-580 crash at Foothill Road causes 2 deaths late Tuesday

Speeding car clips SUV, bursts into flames after driving off freeway, hitting tree
A fatal crash off eastbound I-580 in Pleasanton Tuesday night claimed two lives and started a small brush fire.

September 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Don't be surprised by retiree healthcare costs

Average couple retiring at age 65 needs $220,000 just to cover health care costs
Retirement isn't cheap. Even though you're no longer drawing a paycheck, you still must pay for housing, food, utilities, transportation and healthcare, to name just a few expenses.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Construction starts on new courthouse, Alameda County building in Dublin

New facilities to replace Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive
Construction work has started on a new East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.

September 17, 2014 | 7 comments
T. J. Maxx parent hit with $2.7-million fine for dumping hazardous wastes

Stores routinely sent pollutants to dumpsters near local outlets, Alameda County D.A. says
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley, along with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced Tuesday that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Wills has ordered Massachusetts-based retailer The TJX Companies, Inc. to pay $2,777,500 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Swalwell bill would put a stop to penalties on online business critics

Measure would protect consumers who use Yelp, other social media to complain
A proposed bill introduced this week by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) would make it illegal for businesses to penalize customers who write negative reviews on Yelp or other online review sites.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
New cyclist safety law in effect

Motorists, cyclists have responsibilities to ensure everyone's safety, says CHP
The "Three Feet for Safety" law, which requires motorists to give at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the cyclist, went into effect Tuesday.

September 17, 2014 | 14 comments
Water, housing, cars on Pleasanton Council's agenda tonight

Recycled water project will reduce use of drinking water for parks irrigation
The Pleasanton City Council faces a crowded agenda tonight with water and housing again at the top of the list.

September 16, 2014 | 9 comments
PUSD ''livestreaming' TEDxLivermore conference today

Adults, high school students invited to attend Foothill High School event
The Pleasanton Unified School District is live-streaming the TEDxLivermore event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in Foothill High School's multipurpose room.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Free Fire Safety Expo today in Pleasanton

Children's obstacle course a highlight of family safety-focused event
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is holding a free Fire Safety Expo starting at 8 a.m. today at the Fire Training Tower located at 3333 Busch Road.

October 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton's 9th annual 'Drug Take Back' program set for tomorrow

Residents can dispose of unused prescription, over-the-counter drugs
The Pleasanton Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold the ninth annual Drug Take Back Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

September 15, 2014 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Heroes: Only one week left to nominate

Sponsors are still needed too!
There's only one week left to nominate an individual, group or organization for the Tri-Valley Heroes award. Find out more by watching Publisher Gina Channell-Allen's interview on "Conversations."

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
San Leandro man arrested on suspicion of auto theft

Pleasanton police nab suspect in field near Foothill Knolls Drive
A San Leandro man was arrested on suspicion of auto theft-related charges on Sept. 10.

September 16, 2014 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Council OKs move by Dublin's Stoneridge Chrysler to Staples Ranch auto mall

New showroom, service center will face I-580 at El Charro Road
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved plans by Dublin's Stoneridge Chrysler-Jeep dealership to relocate here and build a 32,000-square-foot showroom and service building on Staples Ranch.

September 15, 2014 | 6 comments
TRAFFIC ALERT: I-880 reopened after major crash at Marina Blvd.

Backups stretched for miles on I-880, I-238, I-580 freeways
Pleasanton commuters heading west on I-238 onto I-880 north can expect major delays this morning following a crash in the northbound lanes of I-880 involving a big-rig and at least 12 other vehicles. At least one car caught fire.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore golf pro pleads guilty to abusing boys he taught

Faces27 years in state prison at sentencing Oct. 9 in Pleasanton court
A Livermore golf instructor pleaded guilty Thursday to seven felony counts for sexually abusing three boys he was teaching and then trying to solicit someone to murder them.

September 12, 2014 | 4 comments
Air quality agency orders another 'Spare the Air' day

smoke coming into the region from the Smoke streaming in from Happy Camp wildfire polluting our air, officials say
A second straight Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area for Friday because of unhealthy ozone pollution levels expected in the
region, air quality officials said.

September 12, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton woman's retirement hobby turns into beautiful business

Dato makes tasty cake creations almost too pretty to eat
Pleasanton resident Remy Dato may be retired from her career as a principal scientist with Johnson & Johnson, but she certainly is not finished with her business endeavors.

September 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Firehouse kicks off season of world-class headliners

Bay Area is discovering what Pleasanton has to offer
The Firehouse Arts Center has kicked off its 2014-15 season, featuring Grammy and Tony Award winners, Broadway headliners, rock and jazz legends, and award-winning theater companies.

September 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Public invited to tour water treatment facility on tomorrow

Open to adults, teens, children (7+)
The public is invited to see how wastewater becomes recycled water at the Dublin San Ramon Services District's treatment plan in Pleasanton on Wednesday.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Chinese dance: Pleasanton studio's dancers performing Sunday at Chabot College

Studio promotes cultural heritage as it develops elegant, talented dancers
Dancers at the Xiaopei Chinese Dance Inc. studio in Pleasanton will perform at China Night at 3 p.m. Sunday at Chabot College in Hayward.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
BART board to hear tips today on avoiding strikes

One recommendation: Start contract talks earlier
A consultant who was hired by BART's board of directors to try to prevent strikes in the future will present her recommendations to the board at their meeting on Thursday.

September 11, 2014 | 7 comments
A day we remembered

Pleasanton's 9/11 ceremonies keep the tragedy of the day alive
Thursday, like Pearl Harbor and the Challenger disaster, was a day we remembered -- where we were, what we were doing, the terrible emotions we felt as terrorists destroyed the two World Trade Center towers, a part of the Pentagon and crashed United Airline Flight 93 into a field at Shanksville, Penn., killing the 40 passengers and crew aboard, including Tom Barnett, the chief financial officer of Thoratec in Pleasanton.

September 11, 2014 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Weekly, TV30 hosting Pleasanton candidates forums tonight

Separate forums for mayoral, council candidates free, open to public at Civic Center
The Pleasanton Weekly and TV30 will host two free and public forums for Pleasanton mayoral and City Council candidates starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

September 11, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton school board votes to continue modified lite calendar

Boardroom was filled to capacity with parents
The Pleasanton school board voted 3-2 Tuesday against the motion to rescind June's approval of the "modified lite" calendar for the 2015-16 school year.

September 10, 2014 | 110 comments
Library needs English, literacy tutors

Tutors work with ESL students who struggle with reading, writing
September is Literacy Awareness Month in California, and the Pleasanton Library Literacy Program is looking for more volunteer literacy tutors.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Buchanan hosting small business forum today

State, federal representatives to provide advice, resources
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan will host a free public meeting Wednesday in Dublin for small business owners as well as individuals interested in starting a business.

September 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Home builders praise Congress for reining in EPA

Water use limits proposal would have hurt housing industry, organization says
Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del., has commended members of Congress Tuesday for blocking a bill that would have given EPA sweeping controls over "the waters of the U.S."

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Sandra J. Wing Foundation's 'Party Palooza' now underway

Events raise funds to help cancer patients
The 6th annual "Party Palooza" will be held this month and next with nine events planned to raise money for the the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Red Cross launches online App for blood donors

Allows users to schedule blood donations, track donations
The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of donors' hands.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center hosting 'Senior Services Day' today

BART reps to sell Clipper tickets, park district amenities to be explained
Today is Senior Services Day at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

September 9, 2014 | 1 comment
9/11 Remembrance ceremony at 9:45 this morning in Pleasanton

Event. at Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters
The anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 will be observed in a brief ceremony starting at 9:45 a.m. today at the headquarters of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, 3560 Nevada St. at Bernal Avenue.

September 9, 2014 | 12 comments
Pleasanton's soccer season 2014 opens with parade on Main Street

Hundreds parade in colorful costumes in traditional start to BUSC, RAGE games
Hundreds of youngsters paraded down Main Street in Pleasanton Saturday to mark the opening day of games among the Ballistic United Soccer Club for boys and the Pleasanton RAGE for girls.

September 8, 2014 | 19 comments
Smoke advisory in Bay Area due to northern California wildfires

Anyone with breathing problems should stay indoors
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory to alert Bay Area residents to the potential for poor air quality due to Northern California wildfires through Monday.

September 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Local artist pledges to donate 100% of Harvest Festival sales to charity

Original Art and Craft show opens Sept. 19 for a three-day run at Fairgrounds
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival will welcome a new, local artist this year, one who has been committed to both art and community service for over six decades.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Jarrod Poston completes basic training at West Point

Plesanton cadet graduated from Valley Christian High School
Cadet Jarrod Bradley Poston, son of Mary and Bradley Poston of Pleasanton, successfully completed six weeks of basic training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

September 7, 2014 | 7 comments
Brian Copeland one-man show at Las Positas College today

'Brightest comedy mind I've seen in years' - Steve Allen
Brian Copeland will present two of his highly acclaimed one-man shows at Las Positas College, the first today and another on Oct. 1.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Lions Wayside, Delucchi parks plan on Parks & Rec agenda tonight

Meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Pleasanton Civic Center
The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will consider a plan for improving and enlarging Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks at its meeting tonight.

September 7, 2014 | 6 comments
Sage cafe opens today at Pleasanton Senior Center

Live entertainment, door prizes, give-aways on tap for festive luncheon
The Pleasanton Senior Center will host the Grand Opening of the Sage Café starting at 11:30 a.m. today.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police captain elected president of Hope Hospice board

3 others also elected officers to key board positions
The Hope Hospice Board of Directors has elected Pleasanton resident and police captain Craig Eicher as president, announced Thursday.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to take second look at calendar tonight

Action comes after parents, students ask trustees to revoke previous vote
The Pleasanton school board could possibly take action this evening to rescind June's adoption of the new 2015-16 school calendar.

September 8, 2014 | 40 comments
Oakland Raiders agree to $1.25-million settlement in suit by Raiderettes

90 cheerleaders to receive average of $6,000 for each season worked
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit that was filed by cheerleaders who alleged that the football team was violating state labor laws, including failing to pay the minimum wage.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Chevron to pay $278,000 to settle air quality violations at refinery

Pollutant leaks 'less than you're probably exposed to when you're gassing up your car,' agency says
Chevron has agreed to pay $278,000 to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for more than two-dozen air quality violations at its Richmond refinery between 2011 and 2013, air district officials announced Thursday.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
East Bay Stand Down ends today at Pleasanton Fairgrounds

Four-day event served homeless, needy and displaced veterans
The East Bay Stand Down, a four-day event for homeless, needy and displaced veterans, ends today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest 32-year-old in domestic violence incident on Francisco Street

Man allegedly battered, held gun to head of girlfriend at her home
Pleasanton Police Thursday arrested a 32-year-old man on charges of domestic violence against a woman in her home on Francisco Street.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Amador Valley students place in film festival Top 3

2nd annual film festival by San Jose State University
Three student teams from Amador Valley High School were chosen as the Top 3 winners in San Jose State University's Spring Green Ninja Festival.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Remembering Sept. 11

Pleasanton woman reflects on her escape from World Trade Center attacks that fateful day
"The air was extraordinarily crisp and clear, and the sky unusually blue when I emerged from the subway station on Sept. 11, 2001, and headed to my office building at 140 Broadway across from the World Trade Center," Pleasanton resident Nancy Lyness recalls.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Kids help cookbook writer with 'Tasty Treats'

Recipes include healthy snacks that children love
When cookbook maven Parisa Ambwani wanted to publish a volume of healthy recipes for children, "Enticing Tasty Treats," she had a team of consultants: Bay Area youngster, including her grandchildren who live in Pleasanton.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
PPIE raises record $330,000 during school registration

3rd consecutive year foundation saw increase in donations
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation raised $330,000 -- a record amount of donations -- during the launch of the 2015-16 Giving Fund Campaign.

September 4, 2014 | 3 comments
7-Eleven at Valero gas station gets planners OK, goes to Council

Commissioners support plan in 3-2 vote over neighborhood objections
The owners of the Valero service station at West Las Positas and Santa Rita Road won the Pleasanton Planning Commission's approval of their bid to convert a service bay into a new 7-Eleven convenience store, but just barely.

September 4, 2014 | 36 comments
Luxury home sales in East Bay jump 29%

33 homes sold for $1-million-plus in Pleasanton in July
Luxury home sales in the East Bay continued to climb in July with sales jumping 29% from a year ago.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Services at 1 p.m. today for Robert Warnick, former Public Works Director

Naval officer was active in community, Pleasanton Rotary Club
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. today for Robert Warnick, a Navy veteran and former public works director in Pleasanton, who died July 19 in Castro Valley with his wife, Sarah, and daughter Debra at his side. He was 82.

September 4, 2014 | 2 comments
Planners OK McKay's Taphouse on Main Street

View new business 'a great addition to downtown Pleasanton'
The Pleasanton Planning Commission, with the support of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, has approved a bid by Barbara and Josh McKay to open a beer and wine garden with food service in a picturesque two story building on lower Main Street.

September 4, 2014 | 20 comments
Sports Park renamed for the late Pleasanton Mayor Ken Mercer

New monument sign, party celebrate life of city's longest serving mayor
Friends of the late Mayor Ken Mercer turned out Tuesday to dedicate Pleasanton Sports Park in his name.

September 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Celebrate 'Green' at tonight's last 1st Wednesday street party

Live music to be featured throughout downtown
Celebrate Green in downtown Pleasanton tonight during the 1st Wednesday Street Party, the last one of the summer.

September 3, 2014 | 6 comments
Free bus rides for Pleasanton students through Sunday

Bus rides can be used to go to school, other Tri-Valley places
Pleasanton middle and high school students have the opportunity to receive free bus rides to school through next Sunday.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber to host candidates' forum this morning

7:30 a.m. event is free, open to the public
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates forum from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton.

September 3, 2014 | 4 comments
School board set to discuss school calendar again tomorrow

Seven parents, two students ask board to revoke vote
The Pleasanton school board tomorrow may reconsider the 2015-16 school calendar that was adopted in June after parents and students asked the board to revoke their vote at the August 19 board meeting.

September 3, 2014 | 36 comments
Sports Park dedication moved from 4 p.m. to 5 today

Mr. Mercer, who died Jan. 13, would have turned 72 today
Pleasanton Sports Park will be renamed for the late Mayor Ken Mercer at a ceremony at 5 p.m. today.

September 2, 2014 | 3 comments
Graffiti found at Foothill High over weekend

Pleasanton Pleasanton police investigating vulgar, racially charged graffit
Pleasanton police are investigating vulgar and racially charged graffiti that was found on the Foothill High School campus Monday.

September 2, 2014 | 18 comments
Pleasanton North Rotary holding its 'Starry Night' gala tonight

Dinner dance to be under the stars in Barone's Restaurant patio
The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will hold its annual fundraiser gala tonight, a benefit that helps fund local and international service projects the club supports.

September 2, 2014 | 1 comment
Livermore police arrest suspect in Sunday morning shooting

5 taken to hospital after altercation on South Q Street
Livermore police have arrested a suspect in an early Sunday morning shooting that sent five people to the hospital.

September 1, 2014 | 5 comments
Pesticide bills heads to Governor

Senator DeSaulnier's third attempt to regulate pesticide use
A bill requiring the safer use of pesticides in schools will be making its way to the Governor announced Thursday.

September 1, 2014 | 5 comments
BART launches new public safety app

Officials: Tool allows riders to more easily report crimes, suspicious activity
BART on Thursday morning lauched a new app available for Apple and Google Android devices that will enable riders to more easily report crimes and suspicious activities to transit police.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
High school football starts tonight

Amador Valley opens at home; Foothill plays at San Leandro
Friday Night Lights kick into full gear for Pleasanton high schools with Amador Valley High and Foothill High starting non-league football action tonight.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Local taekwon-do students bring home 18 medals

Pleasantonians compete in World Championships in Italy
A team of 20 black-belt students from Jue's Taekwon-Do studio in Pleasanton returned from this year's ITF World Taekwon-Do Championships last month having won a total of 18 medals.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Seahawks' busy season in pool

Pleasanton swimmers compete in top summer events
Swimmers from the Pleasanton Seahawks team competed in several championship events during the past month in the Bay Area, Southern California and Washington state.

September 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Moroccan adventure

Pans on Fire combines cooking and classic film
Nine cooking fans traveled to Morocco on a recent Saturday evening -- without leaving the kitchen at Pans on Fire on Hopyard Road. The participants learned how to make a three-course Moroccan meal, and while dinner was simmering and baking, they enjoyed the classic movie "Casablanca."

September 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Harvest Wine celebration on tap today only

33rd year for event in Livermore Valley wine country
Enjoy the fruit of the vines at the Harvest Wine Celebration, being held for the 33rd year today only in the Livermore Valley wine country.

August 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Labor Day weekend safety tips

Police Association offers tips to drivers
The Pleasanton Police Officers' Association, a labor union representing the Pleasanton Police Department, has put together safety tips for the Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Lowe's to pay $1.6 million in settlement for mislabeled building materials

Company must also pay $1.47 million in civil penalties, costs of investigation
Lowe's Home Centers was ordered to pay a $1.6 million settlement in a California consumer protection action for allegations that it was
selling building materials advertised with the wrong dimensions, the Marin County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

August 28, 2014 | 5 comments
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage expands

Adds 180 ZipRealty sales associates in acquisition
Pleasanton-based Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced this week that it has expanded its Bay Area operations with the addition of 180 independent sales associates from offices in the region.

August 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Public hearing tonight on city's long-term housing plan

After 2 years of public review, City Council expected to ratify 2015-2023 'Housing Element'
The city Council will hold a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. tonight to consider approving its new Housing Element, a part of the city's General Plan required by all California cities to show that they are meeting the statewide housing goal of "attaining decent housing and a suitable living environment for every California family."

August 27, 2014 | 23 comments
Traffic Alert: I-280 closed this weekend in San Francisco

Freeway between Highway 101/I-280 to South of Market neighborhood affected
Those traveling over to San Francisco and the Peninsula will find northbound I-280 closed today through Monday to allow Caltrans crews to replace hinges installed along the highway to strengthen the overpass in the event of more seismic activity.

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
California home sales and prices improve in July

But pace of price appreciation slows
California home sales in July posted higher for the second straight month, and while the statewide median home price rose from the previous month as well as a year ago, the pace of appreciation continued to slow.

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Beer, wine garden on tap before Planning Commission tonight

McKay's Taphouse would open in former Serenity Stoneworks building on south Main Street
A picturesque two story building on lower Main Street that was built in 1938 as an upscale family home is about to become a beer and wine bar, the latest of a long series of changed uses over the years.

August 27, 2014 | 33 comments
Earthquake update as of Tuesday morning

Wineries cleaning up damage, open for visitors this weekend
Inspections of Napa buildings damaged in Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake are about 75 percent complete as of Monday evening and a total of 70 buildings have now been declared uninhabitable, city officials said.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' bill signed into law

Phones sold after July 1, 2015 must have anti-theft technology
A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday should make smartphones a lot less vulnerable to prospective thieves in the Bay Area and beyond.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Gardens to hold candidates' forum at 6 p.m. tonight

2 mayoral, 4 City Council candidates to speak, answer questions
Pleasanton Gardens will hold its 12th biennial forum for Pleasanton mayoral and City Council candidates at 6 p.m. tonight.

August 26, 2014 | 3 comments
NEWS FLASH: Stock market reaches all-time high! Now what?

What to do? Turn off the TV
I'm not sure who makes more money on the stock market -- Wall Street or the media?

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Fremont Bank to mark 50th anniversary with Fairgrounds fireworks tonight

Celebration to feature employee band, KKIQ
Fremont Bank will light up the night sky tonight in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.

August 28, 2014 | 3 comments
Feinstein calls for earthquake 'Early-Warning System'

System essential to save lives, property, Senator says
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Monday called on the state and federal governments to partner with the private sector to build an integrated earthquake early-warning system to save lives and property.

August 25, 2014 | 10 comments
Hart Middle School faculty, staff surprise 14 children with new bikes

Gifts go to students from San Leandro
Hart Middle School teachers and staff in Pleasanton built and delivered 14 bicycles for children in the San Leandro Parks and Recreation program through a team-building activity held Thursday afternoon, two days before schools opened.

August 26, 2014 | 9 comments
New kosher wine ready for start of Jewish New Year

'Alef,' a Cabernet Sauvignon, released by Chabad of the Tri-Valley
A new kosher 2012 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon named "Alef" was released Sunday in time for the Jewish New Year, which begins this year at sundown on Sept. 24.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Final day for Scottish games at Fairgrounds

Annual 2-day event hosted by Caledonian Club of San Francisco
The 149th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, hosted by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, close their two-day event today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments
New murals for Valley View Elementary

'Graduating' 5th graders leave parting gift as 'Thank you' to school
Valley View Elementary School former fifth graders have presented the school with two murals painted on the playground's ball walls as a "thank you" for six years of instruction.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Earthquake update

Reports from around the area after Sunday's earthquake
About 35 percent of residential and commercial buildings in Napa have been inspected since a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near American Canyon early Sunday morning, Community Development Director Rick Tooker said during a news conference with other city officials Sunday evening.

August 25, 2014 | 3 comments
Cleanup work begins in Napa, wine country after Sunday's earthquake

Officials: expect small aftershocks during the next week
A 6.0 earthquake that centered near South Napa shook Bay Area residents in their beds early Sunday morning. U.S. Geological Survey officials said the earthquake is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake almost 25 years ago.

August 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Repairs underway following 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa area

Damages roads, buildings, thousands without power, but Go Pro Grand Prix still on
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area this morning, damaging buildings and roads and leaving tens of thousands without power

August 24, 2014 | 5 comments
San Ramon residents organize protest against Creekside Memorial Cemetery

Hundreds ban together to oppose burial ground development
More than 450 people participated in a hike last Saturday to protest against the Creekside Memorial Cemetery proposed for the Tassajara Valley.

August 22, 2014 | 15 comments
Livermore police investigating 2 sexual assault incidents

Teenager assaulted Sunday night, mother attacked in her Colusa Way home
Livermore police today are seeking a man who grabbed and sexually battered a 16 year old girl last Sunday and also a man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend on Tuesday.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Troubled schools: Parents seek answers on principal turnover, other concerns

As school starts, parents seek answers on principal turnover
School in Pleasanton starts Monday, and parents are busy buying back-to-school supplies and backpacks. But the district itself is still dealing with a bit of baggage from the previous school year that has yet to be packed away and forgotten.

August 21, 2014 | 52 comments
Kids Club, summer school share 2014 highlights at Pleasanton school board meeting

Parents, students ask board to revoke calendar vote
As summer comes to an end, the Pleasanton school board and community were able to see and hear highlights from the Kids Club and 2014 Summer School programs at Tuesday night's board meeting.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Bankruptcy court seeks jury trial for Community Foundation leaders

Some charities left without promised payments through mismanagement, trustees charged
An Alameda County bankruptcy court trustee is seeking a jury trial for the leaders of the now defunct Tri-Valley Community Foundation in an effort to collect $928,000 in appropriated funds that the foundation didn't have.

August 20, 2014 | 4 comments
Selig in farewell tour cites Oakland A's frustrations over stadium

'I didn't create the stadium or the controversy,' MLB commissioner says in parting
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that he understands the frustrations that Oakland A's fans have about the team's uncertain future.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seize 32-year-old after attack on Vineyard Avenue

Threatened 2 teens Monday afternoon who protected themselves with skateboards
Pleasanton police arrested a 32-year-old transient who was allegedly armed with a knife and threatened to stab two teens Tuesday afternoon.

August 20, 2014 | 17 comments
Pleasanton, Concord trail extension finished

EBRPD, elected officials, community members join together Tuesday to celebrate Iron Horse Trail extension
The East Bay Regional Park District held a dedication ceremony at Creekside Park Tuesday for the completion of the Iron Horse Trail extension from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.

August 20, 2014 | 5 comments
Last day for Goodguys' 28th annual Nationals at Fairgrounds

Show features 4,000 cars, attracting tens of thousands
The Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals, a three-day celebration of vintage American iron, is underway today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

August 20, 2014 | 1 comment
S.F. lawyer nominated for No. California federal court post

Court handles cases involving Tri-Valley
A former federal prosecutor and current law firm partner was nominated by President Barack Obama Monday to serve on the San Francisco-based U.S. District Court for Northern California, which handles cases involving Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley

August 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Slaughterhouse owners, employees charged for processing diseased cattle

Actions by Petaluma companyled to recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef in February
Two owners and two employees of the now-defunct Rancho Feeding Corporation slaughterhouse in Petaluma have been charged for allegedly fraudulently processing and distributing condemned and diseased cattle.

August 19, 2014 | No comments yet
State bill would allow cops to take guns away from 'troubled' owners

Firearms could be removed from 'people who are at risk for committing acts of violence'
East Bay elected officials and law enforcement leaders have rallied in support of a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people who are at risk for committing acts of violence.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Police department asks for community feedback

Survey responses will be gathered together, analyzed
The Pleasanton Police Department is asking community members to participate in a survey that will help the agency learn how to better serve residents, business owners and those who work in Pleasanton.

August 20, 2014 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Chamber honors Hired Hands Homecare

Family-owned firm celebrates 20th anniversary
Hired Hands Homecare, a family owned and operated caregiver for the elderly and disabled, celebrated its first anniversary in Pleasanton and 20th year in business last week with a reception sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Services this morning for Joyce Le Clair Scheidig, Pleasanton's first City Councilwoman

Served during major development years of 1974-1978
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday for Joyce Le Clair Scheidig, Pleasanton's first elected councilwoman, who died Aug. 9 at her home in Walnut Creek. She was 75 years old.

August 18, 2014 | 3 comments
School board set to approve consultant, realtor for possible elementary school sites

First school board meeting for the 2014-15 school year starts at 7 p.m. tonight
The Pleasanton school board has a packed agenda for tonight's meeting, which includes the approval of using Public Property Advisors to guide the district through the process of identifying and evaluating sites for possible elementary schools and potentially disposing of surplus property through sale, lease, or exchange.

August 16, 2014 | 20 comments
Water agencies ordered to enforce statewide restrictions

Pleasanton's mandate already exceeds rules that state now imposes
A state agency Thursday ordered local water agencies to enforce mandatory statewide water restrictions implemented because of California's
severe drought.

August 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Stanford seeks children who like milkshakes for obesity study

Those accepted will receive $100 for participating
Stanford University researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in their experiment -- by drinking chocolate milkshakes.

August 16, 2014 | No comments yet
'Shop for a Cause' today at Macy's in benefit for ValleyCare

25% discount passes now available for Aug. 23 charitable event
Macy's and ValleyCare Health System's charitable foundation are sponsoring their 9th annual national "Shop For A Cause" charity shopping event Saturday.

August 15, 2014 | 6 comments
3 private clubs hosting Labor Day weekend tennis tournament

Tri Valley Doubles Championships raises funds for 'no kill' animal shelters
In a collaborative effort, over Labor Day Weekend, Livermore Valley Tennis Club, Ruby Hill Golf Club and Castlewood Country Club will host what has become the Bay Area's largest amateur doubles tennis tournament.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Children's message: Save water

Art contest in office building promotes water conservation
Vera Revelli put out the call to young artists to use their imaginations and create art to remind adults to conserve water.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
The 'Good Guys' of Pleasanton

This weekend's Goodguys Get-Together is now global event
As tens of thousands of classic car enthusiasts head to Pleasanton for next weekend's 28th annual West Coast Nationals, Goodguys founders Gary and Marilyn Meadors reflect on how they started the event in their Alamo home in the winter of 1987.

August 16, 2014 | 18 comments
Buy a home for $78,600 - in Youngstown, Ohio

Bay Area leads country in highest home prices
Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter with national year-over-year price appreciation now at its slowest pace since 2012.

August 14, 2014 | 3 comments
New credit scoring could help home buyers

Borrowers won't be penalized for certain debts
The National Association of Realtors this week praised a decision by FICO, the Fair Isaac Corp. credit monitoring agency, that it will no longer penalize borrowers for certain debt-collection activities when calculating credit scores.

August 14, 2014 | 2 comments
What a mess on Monaco Court

Pavement work closes street without notice to residents
Homeowners on Monaco Court and neighboring streets were awakened last week by crews with large machines adding pavement slurry to their street and blocking traffic.

August 13, 2014 | 16 comments
EBMUD implements new watering restrictions

Agency says it won't fine violators, continues to ask for 10% voluntary water-use reduction
The San Ramon Valley's primary water provider told its customers Tuesday afternoon to comply with new statewide mandatory watering restrictions, but said it would not issue tickets or fines to users who ignore the recently adopted rules.

August 13, 2014 | 23 comments
Safeway sponsoring California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour

Benefit expected to raise $1 million for The Arthritis Foundation
Safeway's Pleasanton-based Northern California Division is a main sponsor of the The Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, an eight-day ride starting in San Francisco on Sept. 13 and ending in Los Angeles Sept. 20.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Back to school safety tips for today's opening day

Traffic increases during school year, police offer safety tips
With schools opening today, the Pleasanton Police Department is offering safety tips for getting students to school safely.

August 18, 2014 | 5 comments
3rd Tri for Fun coming to Shadow Cliffs today

Vineyard Avenue closures start at 7:30 a.m.
Nearly 600 triathletes with a wide range of experience are set to participate Saturday in the third of four triathlons in the 27th annual Tri for Fun triathlon series at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

August 13, 2014 | 2 comments
How to choose the best credit card...for you

What matters most is having card tailored to your lifestyle
A common question among financial consumers is "what's the best credit card?"

August 12, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton teen's documentary set to be screened in New York

Film focuses on Children of Deaf Adults
Incoming Amador Valley High School junior Jacob Baer's documentary has been selected to screen at the 2014 Varsity Brands All-American High School Film Festival from October 24-27 at the AMC Empire Theaters in New York City's Times Square.

August 12, 2014 | 7 comments
Register now for Dublin business forum

Boot Camp for Technology Entrepreneurs starts Sept. 9
The city of Dublin, in partnership with the Alameda County Small Business Development Center and the Tech Futures Group, will hold a 10-week series of startup technology workshops and events, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Dublin City Hall.

August 14, 2014 | No comments yet
4 now in race for Pleasanton City Council

2 vying for mayor's post as nomination period ends
Four candidates are now in the race for election to the Pleasanton City Council, along with two others seeking election as mayor.

August 11, 2014 | 12 comments
Power restored to 1,600 PG&E customers in Pleasanton

Sunday afternoon outage affected Muirwood, nearby neighborhoods
Power was restored yesterday afternoon to more than 1,600 PG&E customers in Pleasanton following an outage in which many people reporting hearing a loud noise in the area, a utility spokesman said.

August 11, 2014 | 7 comments
Area code changes for S.F., Marin County, but ours stays the same

Even local calls will require a 415 code for those in the area
Starting next February, San Francisco and Marin County residents will have to do something they've never done before: dial the numbers 4-1-5
when making a phone call.

August 11, 2014 | 3 comments
9 arrested in Dublin marijuana grow house

Action follows 3-week surveillance on 5400 block of Aspen Street
Police arrested nine people Wednesday in connection with a marijuana grow house operation in Dublin.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police department promotes 2 officers

New sergeants succeed veteran officers who are retiring
Two Pleasanton police veterans were promoted to the ranks of sergeants at a badge pinning and oath of office ceremony in the City Council chambers Wednesday.

August 8, 2014 | 4 comments
Builders find housing market improving among older buyers

55+ buyers have high expectations, find new construction meets their needs
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for buyers 55 years old and beyond was up year over year in the second quarter of 2014.

August 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Active shooter training in Pleasanton

Tri-Valley public safety agencies prepare for threat in Amador Valley High simulation
Mass casualty shootings such as at Isla Vista, Santa Barbara, Sandy Hook Elementary, a Colorado movie theater and Columbine High School have prompted law enforcement and fire services, like those in and around Pleasanton, to train together in order to prepare for an active shooter incident.

August 8, 2014 | 22 comments
Sunol racer opens up about winning X Games gold

Childhood hobby to pro career, Martinez works her way to first place
Sunol dirt-bike racer Kacy Martinez has been striving to make her mark in the world of action sports, and her hard work paid off in a big way earlier this year when she took home the gold in the women's EnduroCross event at Summer X Games in Austin, Texas.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Yoga with a twist at Shadow Cliffs

Stand-up paddleboard yoga challenges all levels of practitioners
How relaxing. Moving through various yoga poses all while taking deep, long breaths and staying present with my surroundings.

August 11, 2014 | 2 comments
New lease could be A's first step toward new stadium

Oakland mayor: 'Don't care where team moves just so it stays here'
The approval of a 10-year lease for the Oakland A's to remain playing at the O.co Coliseum marks a significant step toward keeping the team in Oakland over the long term, city, county and team officials said Wednesday.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Safeway launches campaign to help 'special needs' people

Donations benefit Easter Seals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Special Olympics
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have launched a campaign that will fund important programs that assist people with special needs.

August 7, 2014 | 7 comments
Consumer reporting agencies follow your moves

Specialty reports identify risks of doing business with you
By now, you've probably heard about the Big Three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), which monitor your financial history and issue credit reports and credit scores to potential lenders.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
IT manager, Pleasanton parent seeks election to school board

Two incumbents, two challengers in school board race
Pleasanton school parent and information technology manager Mark Miller is seeking his first year on the Pleasanton Unified school board in the Nov.4 general election.

August 6, 2014 | 26 comments
Pleasanton Council candidate Bowen now on the Nov. 4 ballot

2 others plan to file nomination papers tomorrow
George Bowen will file his nomination papers today making him an official candidate for the Pleasanton City Council on the Nov. 4 municipal election ballot.

August 5, 2014 | 2 comments
20 school district employees awarded PPIE education grants

Grant program has reached its 26th year
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Innovative Education Grant Program.

August 7, 2014 | 7 comments
Ready for Halloween?

PDA sets Oct. 25 for 4th annual Beer Crawl event
Ready for Halloween? The Pleasanton Downtown Association is and has set Sept. 8 as the deadline for businesses to apply to sponsor the event.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
San Ramon vice principal chosen as Alisal's new principal

Karen Johnson has taught at elementary, middle school levels
Pleasanton Unified School District has selected Karen Johnson as Alisal Elementary School's new principal.

August 6, 2014 | 1 comment
Lydiksen principal announced

Jake Berg has been a teacher, administrator in Pleasanton school district
The Pleasanton Unified School District announced Lydiksen Elementary School's new principal Tuesday as Jake Berg.

August 6, 2014 | 2 comments
Hacienda Helping Hands awards Axis $10,000

Grant to help pay for new Pleasanton health center opening next summer
Hacienda Helping Hands has awarded a $10,000 impact grant to Axis Community Health, a non-profit organization that provides affordable health services to Tri-Valley residents.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Former redevelopment funds to pay for affordable housing, homeless care

Alameda County benefits with $14 million for 'boomerang' program
After months of discussion, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to designate former redevelopment funds to build affordable homes and prevent homelessness.

August 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Thoratec to report on its growth at national meeting today

Pleasanton company is recognized leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart failure
Thoratec Corporation, a Pleasanton-based developer of mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, will be participating in the Canaccord Genuity 34th Annual Growth Conference today.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Bipartisan coalition supports school facilities bond on November ballot

State Assembly passed bill in June
Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan and Curt Hagman, along with many supporters from around the state, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday during a news conference to sign assembly bill 2235 to place a school facilities bond on the November 4 ballot.

August 5, 2014 | 7 comments
Emergency room closures Increase risk of death, study shows

Between 1999 and 2010, 48 emergency departments closed in California
Patients who were admitted to hospitals in the vicinity of a hospital that had closed its emergency department had a 5% greater odds of inpatient mortality than patients admitted to unaffected hospitals, according to a study by a UCSF doctor.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
2 new challengers for Pleasanton mayor, City Council

Competition heats up for municipal election in November
Two new challengers have entered the race for Pleasanton mayor and City Council.

August 4, 2014 | 31 comments
Congregation Beth Emek hosting open house today

Rabbi Larry Milder to lead tour of sanctuary
Pleasanton's Congregation Beth Emek will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon today for the public to learn about worship opportunities, our community and religious school.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Water agency board sworn into office

From left: Bill Stevens, Sarah Palmer, John Greci, Jim McGrail (Photo courtesy of Zone 7)
Zone 7 Water Agency's four board members were sworn into office at the July Board of Directors meeting -- newly elected board member Jim McGrail and three incumbent board members John Greci, Sarah Palmer and Bill Stevens.

August 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Water treatment plant receives award for outstanding performance

Zone 7 Water Agency's commitment to water quality recognized
Zone 7 Water Agency's Del Valle water treatment plant received a "Directors Award of Recognition" from the Partnership of Safe Water for 15 consecutive years.

August 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton to build $300,000 new dog park

2nd off-leash 2-acre run approved after years of petitioning
Spacious and often elaborate dog parks are the rage of many American cities, and now Pleasanton is about to join in.

August 5, 2014 | 39 comments
Lights, camera, action on Second Street

Family feature filmed at Pleasanton home for spring release
"Take one" was the movie producers call at the big yellow house on Second Street at Angela in Pleasanton recently, a home that served as the set of film "Gibby," a feature family movie.

August 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Not 'Friday nice' for commuters

I-580 snarled again; BART East station closed
Traffic was snarled Friday morning again on westbound I-580 heading into Livermore, and again because a big rig overturned on the freeway at Vasco Road.

August 1, 2014 | 2 comments
Suspicious package detonated at Pleasanton BART station at Hacienda

Unattended package deemed harmless; station reopens at 11 a.m. Friday
BART's Dublin/Pleasanton station has reopened after a suspicious package found on the platform was detonated and deemed harmless Friday morning, BART officials said.

August 1, 2014 | 10 comments
It's 'Spare the Air' day again in Pleasanton

Temperatures here could reach 97 degrees
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Friday in Pleasanton because of expected unhealthy pollution levels.

July 31, 2014 | 25 comments
David Haubert launches bid for election as Dublin mayor

Seeks to succeed Mayor Tim Sbranti, who is termed out this year
Dublin City Councilman and longtime school board member David Haubert has launched his campaign for election as Dublin mayor.

August 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County cited as national model for boosting economic development

Association of counties praises work here to create jobs. maintain healthy revenue base
Alameda County's unique efforts to stimulate growth in the local economy, including a collaboration with the private sector to boost East Bay business and help job-seekers, are drawing the attention of government leaders from around the country as they explore the roles counties play in regional economic development.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
ValleyCare's merger agreement with Stanford moving forward

ValleyCare board, corporate members approve plan to become Stanford's first branch hospital
Plans to merge ValleyCare Health System and its Pleasanton medical center into Stanford University health care system are proceeding on schedule although the final combination could take a number of months to complete.

July 30, 2014 | 4 comments
Oakland A's lease gets county board approval

Supervisors sign off on 10-year extension; deal goes to JPA next week
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an agreement to extend the Oakland Athletics' lease at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years.

July 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Tom Hall chosen as president of Pleasanton North Rotary Club

Danville businessman succeeds Frank Hanna at club's top post
Businessman Tom Hall has begun a one-year term as president of Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR).

July 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Large turnout for signing re-election papers for Mayor Jerry Thorne

So far, running unopposed with filing period set to close Aug. 8
More than 100 supporters of Mayor Jerry Thorne crowded into the home of Joyce and Bob Shapiro in Vintage Hills Tuesday night to sign Thorne's nomination papers as he seeks re-election on Nov. 4.

July 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Former Alisal principal to lead Livermore school

Quesinberry accepts position at Sunset Elementary School
Terri Quesinberry, whose departure as Alisal Elementary principal was announced last week, has been hired as the principal at Sunset Elementary School in Livermore.

July 29, 2014 | 33 comments
Pooch parade tonight in downtown Pleasanton

200 dogs to strut down Main Street during 1st Wednesday event
More than 200 dogs will strut down Main Street for the annual Pooch Parade during Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday Street Party tonight.

July 30, 2014 | 11 comments
Sunol residents, Girl Scouts build mini-library downtown

New Main Street addition invites community to 'take a book, leave a book'
Sunol residents and Girl Scouts Troop 32866 have built a small community library on the town's Main Street.

July 31, 2014 | 4 comments
Shadow Cliffs beaches open this weekend

Health department gives OK after latest E. coli tests, EBRPD says
Shadow Cliffs beaches are open again after nearly a week of closures due to high levels of E. coli bacteria.

July 29, 2014 | 5 comments
Bryman closes BioHealth College, other for-profit colleges

State agency assisting students as college files for bankruptcy
Bryman College Monday closed BioHealth College in San Jose and its other for-profit colleges in Hayward, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San
Jose, according to the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Banana spill on I-580 causing 3-hour backup into Pleasanton

CHP says left lanes could be closed through 8 a.m.
A big-rig crash on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore is causing serious traffic delays this morning, up to three hours as of 6:30 a.m.

July 28, 2014 | 3 comments
Safeway shareholders approve Albertsons merger

Pleasanton company to become part of Boise-based supermarket firm
In a move that could have far-reaching implications for Pleasanton, Safeway shareholders have voted to approve the acquisition of the Pleasanton-based supermarket chain by an affiliate of Albertsons, another national supermarket firm that has its corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

July 27, 2014 | 23 comments
BART awarded $17.4-million federal grant to better secure Transbay Tube

Swalwell, others lead congressional effort to win Homeland Security funding
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and a group of others in Congress have led a successful effort to obtain a $17.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security secure the Transbay BART Tube that connects the East Bay and San Francisco against a potential terrorist attack.

July 27, 2014 | No comments yet
New racketeering charges against suspended state Sen. Yee, others

Federal grand jury expands corruption, organized-crime indictment
A federal grand jury in San Francisco issued an expanded corruption and organized-crime indictment Friday that includes new racketeering charges against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown
association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and others.

July 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Lewd acts charges lead to arrest of Livermore soccer facility coach

Incident took place at Cabernet Indoor Sports
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child in Livermore.

July 26, 2014 | 4 comments
Students produce one-hour special of local interviews for TV30

6th summer Tri-Valley Community Television offers production camp
Tri-Valley Youth View, a one-hour special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended the TV30 Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30.

July 26, 2014 | 3 comments
Beaches still closed at Shadow Cliffs due to E. coli levels

Park district doesn't have expected re-opening date
Shadow Cliffs beaches have been closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria measurement.

July 25, 2014 | 6 comments
Great Bull Run, Tomato Royale at Fairgrounds today

It's Americana version of Spain's world-renowned running of the bulls
The Great Bull Run and Tomato Royale come to the Alameda County Fairgrounds today, but the events are not for the faint-hearted or those with coveted clothes.

July 25, 2014 | 12 comments
Spare the Air alert issued as Pleasanton heads for near 100-degrees today

High levels of ozone pollution expected throoughout Bay Area
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today with Pleasanton temperatures to near the triple-digit level with low winds.

July 25, 2014 | 4 comments
High levels of E. coli in Shadow Cliffs causes partial closure

East Bay Park Regional District expects closing to be temporary
The south beach of Shadow Cliffs Lake closed Wednesday afternoon due to an extremely high E. coli bacteria measurement, according to the East Bay Regional Park District website.

July 25, 2014 | 10 comments
Pros and cons for adopting a new pet

Seniors need to look at facts before taking plunge
When Gail Ruvalcaba met Puddles at the Valley Humane Society, she knew he was the purrfect pet for her. She was seeking to provide a good life -- and a good ending -- for a cat, and Puddles, although less than 2 years old, has a limited life expectancy.

July 26, 2014 | 3 comments
Seniors living well: Activities keep minds, bodies well-tuned

With new brain games, seniors can go online to improve cognitive skills
Once over the hill, we pick up speed -- so the joke goes. This may be so, but seniors today aim at slowing down the process, by eating right and exercising their brains as well as their bodies.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
What's in your house?

Inventory belongings -- you won't regret it
Tricia Hoekwater returned home from work one day in 2000 to find that her house had been robbed.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Don't let family stories disappear

Website captures memories, preserves your legacy
To record family photographs and the stories behind them, Bill Levesque has launched Timeshaker.com. Photos can be uploaded to the site, then other family members can pitch in with their memories and background information.

July 29, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Relay for Life takes steps forward in fight against cancer

Raises $83,508 to go toward research, patient resources
Pleasanton's annual Relay for Life event last weekend brought out 26 registered teams, 62 cancer survivors and 236 individual participants, equipped with walking shoes and water bottles to fight against cancer.

July 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Say No to unnecessary growth

Pleasanton residents have repeatedly shown overwhelming support for slow, balanced growth.

July 24, 2014 | 9 comments
Guest Opinion: City of Planned Progress: Fighting for local land use control

As your Mayor, I would like to provide you an informed perspective regarding the issue of growth, state-mandates and growth management.

July 24, 2014 | 8 comments
Principal quits job at Alisal Elementary School

Replacement being sought by Pleasanton school district
Alisal Elementary School principal Terri Quesinberry has resigned.

July 24, 2014 | 30 comments
3 now in race for Pleasanton City Council

Mayor Jerry Thorne still unopposed in seeking
Three candidates are now in the race to fill two available seats on the Pleasanton City Council in next November's municipal election.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Two Pleasanton school board seats up for grabs

Incumbents, challenger announce candidacy
Two Pleasanton Unified School District board seats are up for election this November, and both incumbents, plus one challenger, have declared their candidacy thus far.

July 23, 2014 | 80 comments
ValleyCare to hold annual meeting tonight

National, statewide health care trends among discussion topics
ValleyCare Health Systems board of directors will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the ValleyCare Medical Center cafeteria, 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Hilton takes the name DoubleTree

Major renovation underway at 292-room hotel
The Pleasanton Hilton Hotel has been renamed DoubleTree in a move by the hotels' parent company to increase the use of the DoubleTree name at its suburban facilities while keeping the Hilton name for its upscale hotels in larger cities.

July 23, 2014 | 6 comments
Low interest rates perk up California home sales

June sales up from May, but still down year-to-year
Lower interest rates and stabilizing home prices combined to boost home sales in June, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Foreign buyers claiming 14% of home sales in California

Now account for $92.2 billion in U.S. sales, up from $68.2 billion year ago
Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers to the U.S. to purchase properties and make real estate investments.

July 23, 2014 | 12 comments
Water restored to Pleasanton apartment complex

A main water pipe breakage resulted in the stop of the apartment complex's water supply
After four consecutive days without water, residents of Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments now have their water supply restored.

July 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Red Cross blood drive in Pleasanton tomorrow

Red Cross working to prevent summer shortage
To help prevent a summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross is holding blood drives throughout the Bay Area, including one tomorrow in Pleasanton.

July 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Shrieking sound keeps Pleasanton residents awake at night

Couple discover source of loud animal cries after three years of searching
Distressing, unnerving and strange sounds have roused Pleasanton resident Keli Martinez in the middle of the night for several years, but she said she and her family finally solved the mystery while walking the dog earlier this month.

July 22, 2014 | 25 comments
Tri-Valley Heroes

Honor an individual, group or organization that makes the Tri-Valley a great place to live, work
The Pleasanton Weekly is seeking nominations and sponsorships for the Tri-Valley Heroes awards program, our salute to the individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor.

July 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County earns 7 awards at national conference

Departments praised for technology, imaginative approaches in serving public
Thanks to its technology and imaginative approaches to addressing key challenges, Alameda County came away with seven Achievement Awards at the National Association of Counties (NACO) conference this month.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Ellie Mae makes Pleasanton its corporate headquarters

Company takes top floors at California Center
Ellie Mae, a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, announced Monday that it has signed a long-term lease for more than 100,000 square feet of office space that will be the site of its new corporate headquarters in Pleasanton.

July 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton apartment complex tenants without water for 4 days

Contractor could take up to another day to restore water to 300 units
Residents at Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments have been experiencing their own drought since Friday afternoon when the apartment's main high-pressure water pipe broke.

July 21, 2014 | 20 comments
Governor signs bill aimed at easing sexual assault victims' access to counseling

Law allows hospitals to call rape crisis center without going through police
A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday aims to ease the process for sexual assault victims to receive counseling services.

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
700 expected at Tri for Fun event today at Shadow Cliffs

Vehicular traffic on local roads, including Vineyard Avenue, to be restricted
Nearly 700 triathletes with a wide range of experience are set to participate starting at 5 a.m. today in the second of four triathlons in the 27th annual Tri for Fun triathlon series at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

July 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Theater adds 2nd show tonight after 'Comedy@Firehouse' sells out

Seats changed to 'cabaret' setting for nightclub atmosphere
Firehouse Arts Center has added a second show at 10 p.m. tonight after the 8 p.m. show sold out for Comedy @ Firehouse Presents: Rocky LaPorte of "Last Comic Standing" fame.

July 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Plein air exhibit at Harrington Gallery ends tomorrow

Exhibit showcases Jade Fon's works, as well as other artists'
This is the final week to view the current exhibit at the Harrington gallery, "Jade Fon Retrospective & Plein Air Painters," which closes tomorrow.

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
The New Christy Minstrels to perform in Livermore tonight

Folk group favorites coming to Bankhead Theater
The New Christy Minstrels will be performing at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Cuisine creations

A look inside Safeway Culinary Kitchens
In the Safeway Culinary Kitchens in Dublin, executive chef Jeff Anderson and his team explore new ways to bring food to the table and establish farm-to-table avenues for fresh products.

July 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Deadline today to apply for Livermore Lab awards program

2014 program provides $100,000 to support area's nonprofits, agencies
Friday is the deadline for applying for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's annual Community Gift Program for 2014 that benefits local and surrounding area nonprofit organizations.

August 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Downtown park renamed to honor Pleasanton Rotary clubs

Park at north end of Main Street bridge to become gateway to business district
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday agreed to spend $420,000 to improve a relatively obscure public park at the end of Main Street and to rename it Rotary Park in celebration of the 50th anniversary next May of the chartering of the first of Pleasanton's three Rotary clubs.

July 17, 2014 | 9 comments
Builder confidence keeps rising in West, U.S.

Western states register five-point gain, best in nation
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
New citizens' coalition seeks to halt high-density housing projects in Pleasanton

Protesters ask council to reverse one zoning change, stop planning for more
A group seeking to halt the construction of additional high density housing in Pleasanton asked the City council Tuesday night stop planning for more growth during shortfalls in water, school space and other infrastructure needs.

July 16, 2014 | 114 comments
Free workshop today on adapting landscape to drought conditions

Water expert to talk about climate-adapted alternatives
A water conservation expert will hold a free workshop for Pleasanton residents and business representatives from 10 a.m. to noon today on adapting landscape to drought conditions.

July 16, 2014 | 12 comments
Public invited to forum on Pioneer Cemetery's future tonight

Committee to review results of its 7-month study
A committee looking into ways to improve Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening to consider concepts and costs and to hear suggestions from the public.

July 16, 2014 | 23 comments
Report highlights Safeway's progress on environmental, lifestyle goals

Company hires 1,833 military veterans as part of career opportunity program
Pleasanton-based Safeway this week released its sixth annual sustainability report, called the "Heart of Safeway,"which highlights progress the company has made Safeway made in the areas of environmental sustainability, community impact and responsible business practices.

July 16, 2014 | 11 comments
Builders see immigration reform as way to add to workforce

Would give us 'the workers we need,' home builder organization says
An organization representing home builders this week praised Congressional efforts to develop an immigration policy that would help provide workers developers need in construction.

July 16, 2014 | 6 comments
Thorne pulls papers to seek re-election as mayor

Mayor's seat, two others on City Council to be filled in Nov. 4 municipal election
Mayor Jerry Thorne took out nomination papers Monday in his bid to seek re-election in the municipal election on Nov. 4.

July 15, 2014 | 19 comments
Firehouse features cabaret seating for July 27 performance

'Sing a Song of Sondheim' is tribute to the songs of Stephen Sondheim
The Firehouse Arts Center Theater will transform itself from traditional row-style seating into a cabaret/club setting Sunday, July 27, for "Sing a Song of Sondheim," a tribute to the songs of the iconic American musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

July 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday night sunset over Pleasanton

Sunset over Pleasanton Sunday evening as viewed from Bernal Avenue in this photo by Mike Sedlak.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore staging 'Tree Sweater Forest' benefit for Valley Humane Society

Knitters in Tri-Valley invited to display art on downtown trees
Thirty knitter spots have been booked just three days after the Livermore Commission for the Arts and Livermore Downtown announced their "Tree Sweater Forest" in the city's downtown.

July 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Firefighters battle blaze at Hopyard Road apartment complex

One apartment destroyed, others damaged in Friday night fire
A two-alarm fire destroyed a second-floor apartment and damaged at least one other Friday night in an eight-unit apartment complex at 1302 Hopyard Rd.

July 12, 2014 | 23 comments
Pleasanton seeks applicants for Teen Poet Laureates

Applications with writing samples due Aug. 1
Pleasanton is now accepting applications for two Teen Poet Laureates that will serve for 2014-15 school year.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
School board gives direction on 'discipline, release or dismissal' of employee

Special meeting held early Friday morning
The Pleasanton school board held a special board meeting Friday morning and gave direction to legal counsel on the discipline, release or dismissal of a public employee.

July 11, 2014 | 20 comments
17-day fair closes with attendance up 22%

Nearly half-million fair-goers crowd local Pleasanton retailers, restaurants
Searing heat with temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark for several days didn't stop the 475,762 visitors to this year's Alameda County Fair.

July 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Sales tax measure is back, and just might pass

Pleasanton's support may give plan 2/3rds majority vote it needs in November
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to place a transportation sales tax increase measure on the November ballot, a measure that failed by a faction of the two-thirds favorable votes it needed two years ago.

July 11, 2014 | 63 comments
East Bay luxury home sales soar more than 35% in May

High-end market remains strong heading for summer, report shows
Luxury home sales in the East Bay soared more than 35% in May as the high-end market remained strong heading into summer.

July 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Artist learns to embrace two cultures

Pleasanton makes dreams come true for searching teen
When Minnie Phan began to draw as a young child, she kept her sketches to herself. "It was something I did secretly, as an escape," she recalled.

July 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Relay for Life cancer fundraiser ends this morning in Pleasanton

24-hour walk called empowering, very motivational
Volunteerism, support, motivation and recreation are a few of the components found at the heart of Relay for Life, a 24-hour cancer fundraising walk that ends this morning at Pleasanton Middle School.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
'Taste Our Terroir' at local wineries today

Culinary fun includes cooking demonstrations, wine, music
Livermore Valley winegrowers are presenting their annual premier food and wine affair, Taste Our Terroir today, celebrating and educating wine lovers with a "taste of the land."

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Local athletes shine at Special Olympics event

Take home gold, silver medals at UC Davis competition
Ryan Butterly, Jennifer Thomas and Torren Pickett -- members of Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) team -- combined to take home two gold medals and five silvers at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games held June 27-29 at UC Davis.

July 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Outstanding Tri-Valley athletes honored

21 Pleasanton students receive awards at TV30 ceremony
Tri-Valley Community Television recognized more than four dozen local high school athletes for their accomplishments last season during a recent ceremony featuring local elected officials and guest speaker Dennis Brown, a retired defensive end from the San Francisco 49ers.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Kids Splash and Dash planned in Pleasanton today

Event aims to introduce youngster to multi-sport activities
The Tri-Valley Triathlon Club is set to hold the first installment of its third annual Kids Splash and Dash Series today at the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center in Pleasanton.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Special school board meeting set for 7:30 a.m. today

Action taken in closed session will be reported following the meeting
The Pleasanton school board is set to hold a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. today in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave, where they will consider "the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

July 10, 2014 | 15 comments
Settlement reached in claims against Pleasanton school district

2 employees awarded $245,000 each stemming from Walnut Grove allegations
Administrators of the joint powers authority that provides liability coverage to Pleasanton Unified School District has reached settlements in two claims filed by district employees alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment at the hands of former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh, district officials announced Wednesday.

July 9, 2014 | 75 comments
Valley Humane Society launches photo contest

'Is Spot Hot…Or Not?' theme of fundraiser
The Valley Humane Society has launched its first photo contest to show the lovability and worth of pets.

July 9, 2014 | 3 comments
Bernal Avenue on-off ramps at I-680 to be modified

Nighttime construction work will mean occasaional ramp closures through next February
Work will begin late Monday night, July 21, on major modifications to on and off ramps at the the Bernal Avenue interchange with I-680 to relieve rush hour backups.

July 9, 2014 | 19 comments
County supervisors place half-cent transportation tax measure back on ballot

Two-thirds favorable votes needed for approval in Nov. 4 balloting
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to place a transportation sales tax increase measure on the November ballot, a measure that failed by a small number of votes two years ago.

July 9, 2014 | 15 comments
Pleasanton Senior Center reopens after makeover

Interior, exterior renovations aim to reinvent popular facility
Major renovations and new amenities completed at the Pleasanton Senior Center were unveiled to the public this week.

July 9, 2014 | 20 comments
Hundreds join in neighborhood celebrations of 'National Night Out Against Crime'

31st annual event sponsored by Pleasanton Police Department
More than 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities including Pleasanton joined forces last night to celebrate the 31st annual "National Night Out."

July 9, 2014 | 8 comments
More details over Foster Farms fresh chicken recall

76% of those ill from Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak from California
Foster Farms announced last Thursday that a recall has been issued for over one million pounds of contaminated chicken products.

July 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Bernal Park sports fields, woodland projects to start next year

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Design work is nearing completion on a $16.5 million second phase at Pleasanton's Bernal Community Park with construction of new sports fields and a thickly landscaped area called Oak Woodland set to begin next year.

July 7, 2014 | 12 comments
Safeway recalls various chicken products

Some Foster Farms brands may be infected with Salmonella Heidelberg
In cooperation with the Foster Farms voluntary recall of products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, Safeway is voluntarily recalling a limited number of products made with chicken supplied by Foster Farms sold with "Use or Freeze By" dates ranging from March 17 through March 29, 2014.

July 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Oakland coliseum board OKs 10-year lease for A's

Proposal still needs approval of city council, county supervisors
In a dramatic last-minute deal, the board that manages the Oakland Coliseum voted 6-2 Thursday to approve a new 10-year lease for the Oakland A's.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for July 4

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Independence Day, July 4.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair ends today

Festivities, contests, horse racing bring 2014 fair to a close
The Alameda County Fair ends today with live Horse Racing at the Budweiser Grandstand and the Night Ranger concert at 8 p.m. in the Safeway Amphitheater.

July 4, 2014 | 10 comments
Museum presents "An Evening with Donner Party Survivor Margaret Breen" tonight

Event is a part of the Ed Kinney Speakers Series
"An Evening with Donner Party Survivor Margaret Breen" will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

July 7, 2014 | 5 comments
Dennis Miller's racing picks for July 3

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Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Thursday, July 3.

July 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Traditional Fourth in Pleasanton today

16th annual Picnic in the Park festivities start at noon in Lions Wayside Park
Don your red, white and blue finery -- and grab some chairs and blankets -- then head to Lions Wayside Park for the 16th annual Independence Day community picnic from noon to 1:30 p.m. today.

July 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Picnic while enjoying arias today at Retzlaff Vineyards

Summer evening of music and wine to benefit Livermore Valley Opera
Livermore Valley Opera singers will perform classic arias today at their 22nd annual operatic fundraiser at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore.

July 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Former campus supervisor at Livermore school charged with sexual abuse

Suspect worked at Livermore Valley Charter School on Sonoma Avenue
A former campus supervisor and karate teacher at a charter school in Livermore has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old student several years ago.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Rite Aid pays nearly $500,000 in pharmacy consultation lawsuit

Pleasanton drug store one of 582 in California suit
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced this week that the Office's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division, along with Riverside and San Diego District Attorneys' Offices and the California State Board of Pharmacy, has settled a $498,250 lawsuit against the owners of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain in California.

June 30, 2014 | 3 comments
New leaders picked for Mandarin-speaking LDS congregation

Church is part of Pleasanton California Stake
The Pleasanton California Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has appointed Alex Tang as the new president of its Dublin 2nd branch, a Chinese Mandarin-speaking congregation that meets at 8203 Village Parkway in Dublin.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for June 29

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Sunday, June 29

June 29, 2014 | No comments yet
County supervisors 'no shows' at Oakland A's lease extension meet

'Still outstanding issues,' one supervisor says
The board that oversees the sports facilities at the Oakland Coliseum site couldn't vote Friday on a proposal to extend the Oakland's A's lease because half the board was absent from the meeting.

June 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Legislators looking at California impact of Supreme Court ruling on abortion clinic protestors

Court voided Massachusetts's law that keeps protesters 35 feet away
After the U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that requires buffer zones around entrances to reproductive health clinics, Bay Area legislators and pro-choice advocates are looking into whether similar local laws will be impacted by the high court's decision.

July 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Livermore police arrest teen suspects in severe beating

Believed responsible for attacking early morning jogger
Two teens have been arrested in connection with a robbery and a severe physical assault in Livermore earlier this month, police said

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Lower excise tax rate on gasoline in effect today

California State Board of Equalization lowers tax by 3.5 cents
California's excise tax rate on gasoline has been reduced starting today to $0.36 per gallon from $0.395.

June 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for June 27

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 27.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
New vice principal hired to serve 2 middle schools in Pleasanton

School board also approves salary raises for teachers
The Pleasanton school board Thursday unanimously approved the appointment of a new vice-principal to serve both for Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools.

June 27, 2014 | 10 comments
2014 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice winners

Top vote-getters range across the Pleasanton spectrum
The balloting is wrapped up, the votes are counted and we're ready to reveal who Pleasanton Weekly readers chose as their favorite local restaurants, shops, services and more in the 2014 Readers Choice contest.

June 27, 2014 | 31 comments
Police training at Amador Valley

The public may hear loud bang noises
Pleasanton police will be participating in police training exercises today at Amador Valley High School. Residents in the area may hear loud bang noises.

June 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Downtown Association recognized for its commitments to city's center

Programs preserve their historic character, revitalize commercial district, organization says
The Pleasanton Downtown Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Arne Olson to seek City Council seat

Former Planning Commission is also retired bank executive
Arne Olson, a former Pleasanton Planning Commission who recently retired as an executive with Comerica Bank, announced Wednesday that he will seek election to the City Council in November.

June 25, 2014 | 17 comments
Governor signs bill to fund teacher's retirement system

Bill is included in 2014-15 state budget
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a State Assembly bill that will fund the teachers' retirement system through annual contributions of school districts, teachers and state government.

July 8, 2014 | 6 comments
Special Pleasanton school board meeting set for 8 a.m. today

Trustees expected to appoint a new vice principal in closed session
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday to appoint a new vice-principal.

June 25, 2014 | 9 comments
First county fair food competition selects ultimate fair snack

Nine food entries competed to be grand champion of food competition
Fair food favorites were uniquely recreated and chosen as finalists to compete at Alameda County Fair's first annual SNACKDOWN food competition held Tuesday afternoon.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board approves accountability plan

LCAP includes goals, actions to address state priorities
The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved of the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at its meeting last week.

June 25, 2014 | 6 comments
Free 'stuff' offered to TV30 lucky fans in July

Prizes range from concert tickets to gift cards
Tri-Valley television is offering viewers an opportunity to win free stuff by signing up to be a TV30 "Lucky Fan" in July.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
New-home sales in western states up 34% in May

Highest rate since May 2008
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 18.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units in May, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
WATER CRISIS: Hetch Hetchy now at less than 65% capacity

San Franciscans must cut water usage by 10%, Pleasanton by 25%
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission gave its mid-year water supply has announced that the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System storage is at less than 65% capacity.

July 2, 2014 | 22 comments
Fair's over so how about some horror camping at Fairgrounds tonight?

Interactive fright-fest has campers facing worst nightmares in complete darkness
An interactive, horror camping adventure is taking place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds starting at 8 p.m. tonight.

July 1, 2014 | 4 comments
1st Wednesday street party tonight as holiday entertainment begins

Independence Day picnic in the park starts at noon Friday
The 1st Wednesday Street Party gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight for three hours of shopping, dining and strolling through downtown's unique shops, restaurants and middle-of-Main Street booths set up to market their products and services.

June 23, 2014 | 8 comments
Pleasanton buckling down to achieve 25% cut in water consumption

City hires marketing firm, starts monitoring customers who fail to comply
Facing its most severe drought ever and a water shortage that could see taps turned off without cutbacks by residents and businesses, Pleasanton will start the summer months of July and August with dwindling water supplies.

June 23, 2014 | 47 comments
2014 Readers Choice Winners

The following have been selected by Pleasanton Weekly readers as the best in their categories.

June 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Safeway Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation raise $4.5 million to fight childhood hunger

Grateful to customers who heard our call to action, Safeway executive says
The Pleasanton-based Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) have raised more than $4.5 million since April in their support of Hunger Is, a joint charitable initiative designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in America.

July 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's free movies in the park series starts tonight

Films start at dusk at Amador Valley Community Park
Movie aficionados are invited to enjoy free movies during six summer-time Thursday evenings in Pleasanton's Amador Valley Community Park, starting tonight.

July 7, 2014 | 4 comments
JFK University offering Saturday Law School at Stoneridge Shopping Center today

Free legal education series open to public
JFK University law professors will discuss legal topics at a series of free Saturday events at Stoneridge Shopping Center starting today and running through Sept. 13.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Amaranth wins $50,000 Betamerica.com Oaks at Fairgrounds race

'I think she was having as much fun as I was' – Jockey Dennis Carr
Some days a job can be a grind and on others it can be a breeze. For a jockey, it's never easy controlling a race horse, but there are those occasions when it seems like a joy ride.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Huff's Ladies Day at the Races another success

More than 100 join in annual event with men competing across the aisle
Last Thursday's Kay's Ladies Day at the Races attracted more than 100 women as the annual event organized by Kay Huff continued for its 23rd year.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton library sponsoring 'Banana Slug String Band2 special children's programs today at Amador Theater

Free, rollicking, ecology-minded music program starts at 1 p.m.
The Pleasanton Public Library is sponsoring
the award winning children's music group Banana Slug String Band today, brings its rollicking, ecology-minded music to the Amador Theater.

June 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Make sure your family has a disaster plan

Emergency-planning ideas you may not have considered
Along with the start of the hurricane season in the east and the major droughts we are seeing in California and the west, it's also a good time to to make sure you're prepared for catastrophic events.

July 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Builder confidence in U.S. rises 4 points in June

Country's builders still facing strong headwinds, including limited availability of labor
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose four points in June to reach a level of 49 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

July 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Harvest Festival back at Fairgrounds in September

Show to feature thousands of handmade arts, crafts, specialty foods, more
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds Sept. 19-21 with a wide array of unique arts and crafts, entertainment, kids activities, live music, and specialty foods.

July 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Harvest Park students show their school spirit as classes end

Leadership teacher leads effort to demonstrate togetherness
What does geometry, leadership and passionate school spirit all have in common?

June 22, 2014 | 3 comments
Red Cross to hold blood drive here today

Pleasanton donations can be made at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
Blood donations typically decline during the summer months, especially around the Independence Day holiday.

July 1, 2014 | 2 comments
New Montessori School opens in Pleasanton

Summer program starts this month, fall classes in September
The Montessori School of Pleasanton has opened in a new facility at 3420 Cornerstone Ct.

July 2, 2014 | 10 comments
No-cost "Green House Calls" available for Pleasanton residents

Program provides materials, help on ways to conserve energy, water, waste
Pleasanton residents can receive a no-cost home efficiency assessment and installation of energy- and water-saving appliances.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice hosting free film, forum tonight on end-of-life issues

'Film inspires people to make their wishes known' Hospice CEO says
Hope Hospice will screen the documentary film "Consider the Conversation" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dublin City Council Chambers.

June 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Services today for Kaitlyn Mary Oefelein, 20

Mass at Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
Services will be held starting at 10 a.m. today at Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church for Kaitlyn Mary Oefelein, daughter of Lisa and Joseph Oefelein and a 2012 graduate of Amador Valley High School, who died June 17. She was 20 years old.

June 22, 2014 | 16 comments
Exciting first weekend at Alameda County Fair

Racing fans enjoy higher stakes races and promotional giveaways
Record attendance is expected for the fourth day of horse racing today as the Alameda County Fair partners with the Oak Tree Racing Association.
Horseracing events are included in the price of Fair admission.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for June 22

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's horse races at the Alameda County Fair for Sunday, June 22.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for June 21

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Saturday, June 21.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Dons finish high at state track meet

Individual performances follow Amador boys team success locally
Several Amador Valley High stars competed in individual event finals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships earlier this month, capping a season that also saw the Dons boys varsity team take first in local and regional year-end meets in May.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri Valley Aquatics star in Nevada meet

Two local swimmers take 1st overall in age groups
Nearly two-dozen Tri Valley Aquatics swimmers made the trek to Carson City, Nevada late last month for the annual Intermountain Classic meet.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Helping others better understand English

Pleasanton Reads Project volunteers describe working on adult literacy effort
They volunteer to give back to the community, but what they don't expect to gain from the experience are the friendships with the students they tutor through the Pleasanton Reads Project.

June 21, 2014 | 7 comments
'The Taming of the Shrew' under the stars back in Pleasanton tonight

Free Shakespeare in the Park provides good family entertainment
Hark! The Bard returns tonight for the annual Free Shakespeare in the Park, a tradition here for more than a decade.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
All-time rider

Pleasanton woman inducted into International Skateboarding Hall of Fame
It's been almost 50 years since Laura Turner DeMott -- then known as young Laurie Turner -- spent her afternoons taking the bus to the top of Berkeley's Grizzly Peak Boulevard then flying down the roads to improve her skills, but those memories have been particularly fresh this year.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for today, June 20

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 20.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for today, June 20

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 20.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for today, June 20

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 20.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Woman pleads not guilty to killing baby in Livermore

Plea entered in Pleasanton court Thursday
A San Jose woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge for the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old baby boy in a rural area near Livermore in April.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton reacts to teacher tenure ruling

No comment from Pleasanton teachers union
The Pleasanton community is beginning to offer its reactions to last week's court ruling that found California's teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws unconstitutional for violating rights to equal treatment and a free public education.

June 20, 2014 | 14 comments
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Opening Day June 19

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's start of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin CHP seeks information on felony hit and run collision

Collision resulted in major head injuries to 25-year-old female driver
California Highway Patrol from the Dublin area is seeking information on the driver and vehicle of a major injury hit and run collision on June 16, according to Dublin CHP.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
First annual county fair food competition at noon today

Twelve food entries compete for grand champion title
Food has always been a fair favorite at the Alameda County Fair -- from funnel cakes to corn dogs.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
2,000 turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

Dublin runner places first men's 10K; Walnut Creek resident wins women's 10K
Some 2,000 runners and their families turned out last Sunday for the 21st annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

June 18, 2014 | 5 comments
As County Fair opens, its new CEO talks about Pleasanton's big event

Favors more race dates at treasured, popular racetrack
Jerome Hoban has recently passed his first year as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alameda County Fair and Fairgrounds since replacing Rick Pickering who left in December of 2012.

June 18, 2014 | 7 comments
School board approves modified 'lite' calendar

Calendar discussion includes parent survey results, feedback from board, community
The Pleasanton school board approved the modified "lite" school calendar starting in 2015-16 following a two-hour report and discussion on calendar options Tuesday night.

June 18, 2014 | 170 comments
Hacienda sees new businesses, more expansion in Pleasanton

Business park benefitting from renewed strength in local economy
At the start of the third quarter of 2014, Hacienda business park is reporting strong tenant activity.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center closed for repairs

Popular center, lunch program will re-open July 8
The popular Pleasanton Senior Center is closed for a short period for routine maintenance, re-opening July 8 with its regularly scheduled programs.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Summer Wine Stroll set for tonight

Music, wines, taste of small bites offered at 25 locations
The Pleasanton Downtown Association's annual Summer Wine Stroll will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

July 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin post office may be named for Dr. Jim Kohnen

Swalwell wins 398-0 Congressional approval; measure goes to Senate, president next
A Congressional bill to name the U.S. Post Office in Dublin as the "James 'Jim' Kohnen Post Office" passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 398-0.

June 25, 2014 | 2 comments
Fireworks on sale today in Dublin

Can be used only in Dublin; banned at all times in Pleasanton
"Safe and Sane" fireworks are now on sale in Dublin.

June 30, 2014 | 15 comments
Livermore Lab, MIT researchers develop ultralight, ultra-stiff material

Materials can withstand load 160,000 times their own weight
Imagine a material with the same weight and density as aerogel -- a material so light it's called 'frozen smoke' -- but with 10,000 times more stiffness.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab's microbial detection study holds hope for treating soldiers' wounds

Detection process finds infections sometimes missed early on
A biological detection technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists can detect bacterial pathogens in the wounds of soldiers that have previously been missed by other technologies.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair underway in weather-perfect day for fair-goers, racing fans

Fair days are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays
The Alameda County Fair's 102nd year is underway with crowds streaming in to take advantage of fair specials and perfect weather for a day at the fair.

June 17, 2014 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Sports Park renamed for Ken Mercer

Move made despite 5-year "wait" period for honoring deceased civic leadersMove made despite 5-year "wait" period for honoring deceased civic leadersMove made despite 5-year "wait" period for honoring deceased civic leaders
Pleasanton Sports and Recreation Park, a main public sports complex that extends northeast of Hopyard Road along Parkside Drive, has been renamed "Ken Mercer Sports Park" to honor the city's longest-serving mayor, who died last January.

June 16, 2014 | 14 comments
Pleasanton police arrest Dublin man after car break-in

Officers retrieve woman's purse, stolen goods taken in earlier Fremont car burglary
Pleasanton police arrested Derrick Fields, 40, a Dublin resident, in the Four Points Sheraton Hotel courtyard Saturday on suspicion of possession of stolen property, thefts with prior convictions, and delaying or obstructing an officer.

June 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Calendar 'option' on Pleasanton school board's agenda tonight

Board's last meeting until August
The Pleasanton school board has a packed agenda for tonight's meeting, which includes: a discussion and vote for an "alternative academic calendar option", the approval of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and the approval of the 2014-15 budget.

June 16, 2014 | 61 comments
Rotary's Father's Day 'Spirit Run' races start at 8 a.m. today

Registration for downtown Pleasant event opens at 6:30 a.m.
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding its 21st Annual Father's Day Spirit Run today.

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Teacher dismissal bill heads to governor

State Legislature unanimously approves Buchanan/Padilla measure
A bill that would reform the dismissal appeal process for certificated employees is being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature after being passed unanimously by the State Assembly last Thursday.

June 15, 2014 | 13 comments
Group celebrates summer solstice at Pleasanton's Centennial Park

Hearty walkers start longest day of year at 5:42 a.m. sunrise
A hearty group of early morning risers joined together at 5:42 Saturday for the summer solstice traditionally held at Centennial Park on Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton.

June 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Sing out on Flag Day today in Pleasanton

Nationwide sing-along starts at 1 p.m. in Lions Wayside Park
Flag Day often slips by unnoticed, but not this year.

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center holding orientation tonight for artsy volunteers

Volunteers should know about building's history, art work
The Firehouse Arts Center is holding its annual preseason Volunteer Program Orientation from 7:30-9:30 p.m. this evening for theater ushers, ticket takers, greeters and gallery attendants.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton-based waste water treatment plant honored with good governance award

DSRSD recognized for public accountability, transparency
The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF, a non-profit organization that promotes good governance and best practices among California's special districts, has awarded Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) the "District Transparency Certificate of Excellence."

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
It's Graduation Day for Pleasanton's Class of 2014

Foothill, Amador Valley hold commencement excercises later today
Foothill and Amador Valley high schools will hold graduation ceremonies today for the Classes of 2014.

June 13, 2014 | 3 comments
Harringtons to conduct public art walk tomorrow

Walk to include library, senior center, southern downtown
The secrets of Centennial Park, with its unique design and "hidden" symbolism, will be revealed during this Saturday's Pleasanton Public Art Walk.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
New San Ramon City Center design debuts

Developers, architect give detailed presentation to City Council
Dozens filed in to a Dougherty Valley High School theater Tuesday night for the unveiling of the new San Ramon City Center design, gazing at a display of architectural graphics in the lobby and a slideshow image projected on the screen.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Bay Area nonprofit wins state teacher tenure lawsuit

Judge rules state's tenure laws unconstitutional
California's teacher tenure laws were declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, ruling on a lawsuit sponsored by Students Matter, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit group founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch.

June 11, 2014 | 27 comments
San Jose Repertory Theatre calls it quits, files for bankruptcy

51 employees out of work as 34-year-old nonprofit ceases operations
The San Jose Repertory Theatre announced Wednesday that it has ceased operation and plans to file for bankruptcy immediately.

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police provide safety tips for July 4

Fireworks show at Fairgrounds could attract 50,000
With the Alameda County Fair once again celebrating the Fourth of July with a fireworks show. Pleasanton police are offering a few safety tips for the night of the show.

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
U.S. commercial real estate market improving

Apartment rents could rise 4% this year, again in 2015, Realtors group says
The outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors is slightly improving across the country despite disappointing economic growth during the first quarter of 2014.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board set to vote on possible modified calendar tomorrow

Results of parent survey, school board vote will be tops on agenda for last meeting of school year
The Pleasanton school board is set to vote on the instructional calendar for the 2015-16 school year at a public meeting starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the district board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

June 11, 2014 | 25 comments
Alameda County Fair opens tomorrow

Lots of new fair additions to look forward to this year
The Alameda County Fair begins its 102nd year tomorrow with $1 admission and rides. The fair will run through July 6.

June 11, 2014 | 10 comments
Number of homes for sale, prices soar in Pleasanton

Strong demand driving prices up in all markets
Real estate markets in the East Bay seem to be defying Economics 101 as the supply of homes for sale and sales prices are both on the rise.

June 11, 2014 | 34 comments
Comcast adds new fiber network, communications services in Valley Business Park

Faster Internet speeds critical for the site's data intensive businesses
Comcast Business is expanding its advanced fiber network into the Valley Business Park off Valley Avenue in Pleasanton to provide manufacturing, biotech, educational and other businesses in the park with access to a comprehensive portfolio of advanced communications services.

June 11, 2014 | 1 comment
$469,000 lottery ticket winner yet to claim prize

Winning ticket bought in San Leandro liquore store a month ago
California Lottery officials said Monday they are still seeking a person who bought a ticket worth nearly $469,000 in San Leandro a month ago but has yet to claim their prize.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
17-year-old seized in connection with string of Livermore fires

Grass fire at Elm, H streets Monday leads to arrest
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Monday afternoon on suspicion of starting a string of recent fires in Livermore, police said.

June 10, 2014 | 6 comments
Hope Hospice to hold forum on end-of-life decisions June 26

'Have conversations when you're healthy enough to have them,' Hospice leaders say
The greatest gift you can give your family is to have open and honest conversations surrounding your wishes about medical treatments as your health declines.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Job search tips for new grads

Be persistent, tap all available resources
To the roughly 1.6 million college graduates in the class of 2014: You have my heartiest congratulations, and my sympathies.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Home prices at highest since 2007

California sales show largest gain in 3 years
Showing true signs of improvement, California's housing market continued to perform better than expected in April with both the median home price and home sales increasing month to month.

June 9, 2014 | 17 comments
Another Spare the Air day today

Temperatures to soar above 100 degrees in Pleasanton
As temperatures soar this week, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling a second consecutive Spare the Air Day for the region on Monday.

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
3 Foothill High seniors awarded scholarships by Pleasanton North Rotary

Awards recognize academic achievement, community work
Three college-bound students from Foothill High School have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North.

June 9, 2014 | 2 comments
Open field fire in southwest Pleasanton quickly extinguished Saturday

Smoke seen throughout area as firefighters battle blaze
A small grass fire in an open field on the southwest side of Pleasanton was quickly extinguished Saturday by firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and Cal Fire.

June 8, 2014 | 4 comments
Foothill High honors college-bound student athletes

Foothill High School has recognized its student-athletes set to move on to play college athletics as part of the school's second annual 'Signing Day' event.

June 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Local program seeks Pleasanton hosts for European students

Edu-Culture looks for families to take part in English language immersion program
Edu-Culture Immersion is looking for Pleasanton families to host European teens this summer as part of the English Language Immersion Program.

June 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Regional doctors offer summer safety tips

Emergency rooms treat heat victims as temperatures rise
A local emergency room doctor described a variety of common ailments seen during the summer, including fireworks injuries that often pop up around the Fourth of July.

June 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Damaged expansion joint found on westbound side of Carquinez Bridge

'No danger to traveling public,' Caltrans inspector says
Caltrans inspectors last month found a damaged seismic expansion joint showing signs of premature wear on the westbound side of the Carquinez Bridge, agency officials said Thursday.

June 6, 2014 | No comments yet
State Assembly passes school facilities bond

If also OKd by State Senate, $9 billion general obligation bond would go to voters for approval
The California State Assembly has passed a bill that will place a school facilities bond on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

June 6, 2014 | No comments yet
State Assembly bill woulld make kindergarten mandatory

Kindergarten not required in California, Assemblywoman points out
The California State Assembly has passed a bill that would make kindergarten attendance mandatory before first grade.

June 7, 2014 | 3 comments
Documents detail Walnut Grove principal's ouster

Events prior to Vranesh's removal, and his fate, remain unclear
Jon Vranesh left his office at Walnut Grove Elementary School so quietly on Oct. 25, 2013, that not even the people closest to him on staff knew he had been asked to leave.

June 5, 2014 | 175 comments
Ceremony for new art project to be held today at Foothill High

'Uncontained Potential' honors school's 40th anniversary,
A dedication ceremony for a 3-year collaborative art project designed by Foothill High School art teacher Nancy Scotto will be held at 2 p.m. today in room C6 at the school.

June 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Planners OK 2-story building to replace Pastime Pool

Developer agrees to build outdoor plaza for public events
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has given final approval to a developer's plan to tear down the 104-year-old Pastime Pool building at 511 Main St., replacing it with a two story commercial building that will have offices, a restaurant and possibly other retail businesses.

June 5, 2014 | 28 comments
Phone tracker app leads to San Ramon arrest

Police report four recent arrests in stolen-property cases
A San Ramon woman managed to track her stolen cellphone using a phone tracker app and helped lead officers to the alleged culprit over the weekend, police said Wednesday.

June 5, 2014 | 2 comments
McGrail, 3 incumbents elected to Zone 7 water board

Agency serves water needs of Tri-Valley cities
Three incumbents and one challenger were elected to the four seats contested in yesterday's Zone 7 water agency board of directors election.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore voters approve extending school parcel tax

$138 tax provides $4 million in annual funding for Livermore schools
In a vote that could serve as a bellwether for advocates of a school parcel tax in Pleasanton, Livermore voters yesterday approved Measure G, extending Livermore's $138 annual school parcel tax.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Measure AA, tax extension proposal, passes easily with 74.5% of favorable votes

Extends half-cent countywide sales tax for health programs to 2034
Pleasanton and Alameda County voters approved Measure AA yesterday, a countywide measure that extends a half-cent sales tax that provides funds to help the county's public health system and for community medical services for low-income and uninsured residents.

June 4, 2014 | 2 comments
Parents against proposed calendar modifications in Pleasanton schools

12 parents, one student speak during public comment session
The district's boardroom was standing-room only with parents eager to learn more and voice their opinions about the non-traditional calendar options at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

June 4, 2014 | 82 comments
Monroe, Foster in November run-off for County Superintendent of Schools post

Bowser finishes 3rd in bid to succeed retiring Superintendent Sheila Jordan
Karen Monroe, associate county superintendent and the only current Alameda County Office of Education employee in the race, topped the ballot but failed to capture more than 50% of the vote yesterday in the primary contest to become Alameda County's new Superintendent of Schools.

June 3, 2014 | 9 comments
Baker tops ballot in 16th Assembly District race

Democrat Swalwell, Republican Bussell on November congressional ballot
Republican attorney Catharine Baker topped the ballot in Tuesday's primary in the 16th State Assembly District winning 21,270 votes, or 36.5% of all votes cast in the assembly race.

June 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Testing officials reduce number of Amador Valley students needing to retake AP exams

Principal says number reduced from 587 to 409 tests needed to be retaken
The Educational Testing Service (ETS), a program that administers and scores tests for College Board, reduced the number of students retaking Advanced Placement exams Tuesday after its initial decision May 28 to invalidate 400 students' AP scores due to "seating irregularities.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Summertime! Let Concerts in the Park begin at 7 p.m. tonight

2014 season kicks off tomorrow with classic soul, Motown
Grab your blanket and put together a meal -- it's time for Concerts in the Park, Pleasanton's favorite picnicking and live music venue.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Voting appears light in most precincts today

Turnout soft even in hot 16th State Assembly district
Voting continued to be light most of the day in Pleasanton as precinct workers often sat idle for lack of voters.

June 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Win free Alameda County Fair tickets!

We're giving away 15 pairs of Alameda County Fair tickets! Answer a few questions and enter a drawing to win. Only one entry per email address and you must be 18 or older to enter. Submit the form by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Recipients will be notified June 16. They entry form is here.

June 4, 2014 | 3 comments
Common financial scams continue targeting seniors

Tips for protecting yourself from crooks that want your money
Rhonda*, a friend of mine in Pleasanton, called me to her home last month to discuss a troubling family matter.

June 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Financial advice for new fathers

Plot out financial roadmap to ensure future financial security
Each year when Father's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I wouldn't trade the experience of raising my two kids for the world.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
New Leaf Markets aids global vitamin program for needy

Project provides toddlers, new mothers, pregnant women with nutrients for good health
New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton is partnering with Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems to contribute daily vitamin donations to the Vitamin Angels program, a project that provides children under five, new mothers and pregnant women in need with nutrients they need for good health.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
TV30 giving away tickets to this month's Alameda County Fair

Fair opens June 18, closing July 6
TV30 is giving away two free tickets to the Alameda County Fair every day starting June 8 through June 18.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Valley Community Bank sold to Daly City's FNB Bancorp

Downtown Pleasanton bank to become part of $1 billion institution
Daly City-based FNB Bancorp is acquiring Valley Community Bank of Pleasanton in a deal that will create a $1 billion financial institution serving San Francisco, the Peninsula and now San Jose and the East Bay.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
School board set to further discuss new calendar options tonight

Meeting will include presentation of instructional calendar examples
The community will have another chance to provide feedback about the non-traditional calendar options at tonight's board meeting starting at 7 p.m in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

June 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Local teens talk about mental health

Pleasanton students among those awarded in awareness essay contest
Adults may remember high school as the best years of their lives, but this isn't the case for many teens. One wrote in this year's Mental Health Awareness Essay Contest that once he reached high school, "the pressure came crashing down."

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Undefeated Amador Valley High wins softball crown

Dons down Granada High 2-1 in sectional title game
The Amador Valley High varsity softball team capped an undefeated season with its second sectional crown in four years on Saturday following a 2-1 victory over Granada High in the title game at St. Mary's College.

June 3, 2014 | 4 comments
Forever and free

Stoneridge patrons were shopping for more than just clothing and housewares this weekend.

June 1, 2014 | 2 comments
Pedestrian struck, killed by ACE train at Santa Rita Road rail crossing Friday night

Police suspect possible suicide involving unidentified victim
A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train Friday evening at the Santa Rita Road rail crossing in Pleasanton.

May 30, 2014 | 5 comments
Amador Valley High students, parents upset over invalid AP test scores

Pleasanton tutoring organization filled with students for free exam preparation reviews
Students and parents say they're frustrated and outraged over College Board's decision Wednesday to invalidate about 400 students' Advanced Placement exam scores at Amador Valley High School due to reported "seating irregularities."

May 30, 2014 | 11 comments
Vote today in statewide primary

4 seeking chance to represent Pleasanton in State Assembly
It's Election Day in California's statewide primary with the focus especially on the State Assembly race as well as the direct election of Zone 7 board members and a new county superintendent of schools.

May 30, 2014 | 5 comments
DA: No criminal charges in BART officer's friendly fire death

Detective's decision deemed "an objectively reasonable response to this perceived threat"
No criminal charges will be filed in the fatal shooting of BART police Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Smith during a probation search at an apartment in Dublin in January, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said in a long-awaited report released Friday.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen sentenced to prison for cyclist's death

Foothill High grad pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter last month
A Pleasanton teen was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison for a crash in Pleasanton last June that killed a bicyclist and injured her husband.

May 30, 2014 | 9 comments
Council OKs $62.8 million senior housing redevelopment

New Kottinger Gardens complex to feature 185 units for low-income seniors
Work is expected to start next year on replacing the aging apartments at Pleasanton Gardens and Kottinger Place with a $62.8 million complex to be called Kottinger Gardens that will double the number of units available to Pleasanton's low-income seniors.

May 30, 2014 | 4 comments
County hikes property tax for county's hazardous waste disposal

Without additional funding,program be cut back dramatically, StopWaste spokesman says
Starting today, residents of Alameda County are now paying more to dispose of hazardous waste following adoption of a new fee structure by the county's waste management agency.

June 30, 2014 | 20 comments
400 students at Amador Valley High must retake AP tests due to 'irregularities'

Local tutoring center offers free reviews for students Sunday, Monday afternoon
Nearly 400 Amador Valley High School students will have to retake the Advanced Placement exams next week due to testing irregularities, according to the Pleasanton school district.

May 30, 2014 | 33 comments
ValleyCare to merge with Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Physicians' group to be integrated into Stanford's University Healthcare Alliance
ValleyCare Health System announced Thursday that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to affiliate with Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

May 29, 2014 | 21 comments
Top earners mainly account for higher wages in Bay Area

Average hourly wage here is $30.59 while national average is $22.33, report shows
Workers in the Bay Area earn on average 37 percent more per hour than the national average, mainly due to much higher salaries for top wage earners, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

May 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Some Pleasanton parents, students favor non-traditional calendar options

School board will vote June 3 on 2015-16 calendar
Parents and students voiced their opinions at Tuesday's school board meeting about the calendar options that could be adopted for the 2015-16 school year -- many being in favor of the non-traditional calendars.

May 29, 2014 | 36 comments
U.S. new-home sales rise 6.4% in April

Tight credit conditions impeding more robust recovery
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000 units in April, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

May 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Don't fall prey to medical identity theft

Besides high cost, medical ID theft can have deadly consequences
By now, most people know about the perils of identity theft, where someone steals your personal or financial account information and makes fraudulent charges or opens bogus accounts in your name.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
State Fund names Vernon Steiner new president, CEO

Pleasanton office provides workers' compensation insurance options
Vernon Steiner has been named president and chief executive officers of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, an organization with offices at 5880 Owens Drive in Pleasanton that provides California businesses with a stable option for their workers' compensation insurance.

May 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Amador Valley High School receives Civic Learning Award

Program is a big part of Amador Valley High School curriculum
Amador Valley High School received the Civic Learning Award of Merit Wednesday, presented by Superior Court Judge and former Pleasanton school board member Stephen Pulido.

May 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run set for June 15

Online registration available through June 11
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its 21st Annual Father's Day Spirit Run Sunday, June 15 with all events starting under the Main Street Arch in downtown Pleasanton.

May 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Forever families: Maddie's Fund Adoption Days this weekend

Organization works to find every adoptable pet a permanent home
Paul and Stacy Brunner first learned about Cookie when she was featured in the Pleasanton Weekly as a "special needs dog" looking for a home.

May 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Photos of Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance

Pleasanton Community Concert Band opened program with patriotic music
Here are photos from Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance where hundreds turned out for the annual tribute to veterans last Monday.

May 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Goodguys to honor Ford Mustang's 50th anniversary on last day of show today

Summer Get-Together at Pleasanton Fairgrounds
One of America's most iconic automobiles, the Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this spring and Goodguys will honor the car at its 21st Summer Get-Together, which closes today at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

May 27, 2014 | 7 comments
Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Three and a half stars
The best superhero movies in some way work against the grain. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," A loose adaptation of the beloved two-part comic book story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, does just that. With an outstanding cast and strong editing, the film is poignant and coherent.

May 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Hewlett-Packard to cut up to 50,000 jobs

Layoffs are higher than company previously projected
Palo Alto tech giant Hewlett-Packard Company announced on Thursday that it plans to lay off up to 50,000 employees as it strives to "re-engineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives," the company said in its second-quarter financial statement for the period ending April 30.

May 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Glenn 'Max' McGee accepts Palo Alto superintendent job

School board to finalize contract, appointment by mid-June
Glenn "Max" McGee, a long-time educator from Illinois to whom the Palo Alto school board officially offered the district superintendent position earlier today, told the Palo Alto Weekly Friday that he has accepted the offer.

May 24, 2014 | 3 comments
School board to discuss new calendar options tonight

Report will include staff survey results, community feedback
The Pleasanton school board will meet Tuesday night to hear a report on the non-traditional calendar for the 2015-16 school year in an open session at 7 p.m. in the school district's board room at 4665 Bernal Ave.

May 24, 2014 | 24 comments
Sexual attack in Livermore Park may be one in a series of similar incidents

Woman hiker groped, fondeled on bike path in Robertson Park
Livermore police said today that they're investigating whether a sexual battery on a woman who was walking in Robertson Park last Friday
evening is connected to a series of attacks that have happened to female walkers and joggers over the last seven years.

May 23, 2014 | 4 comments
County sheriff to no longer hold undocumented immigrants eligible for release

Stops complying with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office will no longer honor requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold suspected undocumented immigrants in jail who would otherwise be eligible for release, joining a growing wave of backlash against the controversial policy.

May 23, 2014 | 12 comments
Pleasanton to hold Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. today

Morning event to include patriotic music, tribute to veterans
Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. today in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 22, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Council OKs 3 multi-million-dollar corporate projects

Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue
The Pleasanton City Council approved three major business developments Tuesday that will cost millions of dollars to build, add millions more to the city's sales and property tax revenue and create a thousand or more jobs.

May 22, 2014 | 11 comments
Walnut Creek outlaws restaurants from using Styrofoam containers

Council also upholds earlier vote to ban plastic bags
Diners at Walnut Creek restaurants will soon stop carting home takeout meals and leftovers in Styrofoam containers or plastic bags.

May 22, 2014 | No comments yet
AC Transit's CFO pleads not guilty to church theft charges

Funds taken from Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland
AC Transit's chief financial officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony counts of grand theft for allegedly taking more than $500,000
from one of Oakland's largest and most prominent churches.

May 22, 2014 | 4 comments
Former Walnut Grove principal files claim against district

PUSD: Allegations not factual, some 'divorced from reality'
Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh, who was placed on administrative leave Oct. 25, has filed a formal claim against the Pleasanton Unified School District.

May 21, 2014 | 63 comments
Alameda County Fair announces concert lineup

Concerts to start at 8 p.m. nightly at fairgrounds Amphitheater
Representatives of the Alameda County Fair have announced the lineup for the 2014 "Big O Tires Concert Series."

May 22, 2014 | 4 comments
Zone 7 candidates on TV30 at 8 p.m.today

4 of 7 seeking election appear for broadcasts
Four of the seven candidates seeking re-election or election to the Zone 7 board of directors took the opportunity last week to appear for interviews on TV30, the Tri-Valley's community television system.

May 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Brentwood director of student services hired as new Walnut Grove principal

Succeeds Jon Vranesh, who was removed amid controversy last October
Jan Steed, who has served as the director of student services in the Brentwood Union School District, has been hired as new principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School in Pleasanton.

May 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Harvest Park student represents California, team places first in championship

Jeffery Li individually ranked No. 37 out of 228 competitors
A seventh grader at Harvest Park Middle School was a part of the California team that placed first at the MATHCOUNTS National Championship on May 9 in Orlando, Fla.

May 21, 2014 | 5 comments
4 honored with Community of Character awards

3 individuals, Lynnewood United Methodist Church chosen for community contributions
Three individuals and Lynnewood United Methodist Church have been honored as this year's recipients of the Juanita Haugen Community of Character award.

May 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Knox ends Alameda County candidacy after admitting she lives in Contra Costa County

Charged with felonies by investigators who claim fraud
Kathleen Knox , a candidate for Alameda County auditor-controller in the June 3 primary, has withdrawn from the race after pleading not guilty to six felony charges by District Attorney Nancy O'Malley that she doesn't live in the county.

May 19, 2014 | 3 comments
Renewables, other energy issues focus of Sandia, Norwegian collaboration

Alliance could bring new solutions to difficult energy problems
A decades-long partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable energy integration, electric grid modernization, gas technologies and algae-based biofuels, under an expanded agreement.

May 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Wente Vineyards celebrates National Chardonnay Day today

Nearly 80% of California Chardonnay grapes come from a Wente Vineyards clone
Livermore Valley's Wente Vineyards will celebrate National Chardonnay Day from 5:30-7:30 p.m today at the Cresta Blanca Event Center, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore.

May 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Dublin Farmers Market to feature 'Family Night' today

Children's events, Quarry Lane jazz band among special events
The city of Dublin will host "Family Night" from 4-8 p.m. today as part of its Farmers Market at Emerald Glen Park.

May 20, 2014 | 5 comments
Zone 7 candidates stress sustainability, conservation at pre-election forum

Candidate state positions, answer questions about future of water supplies
Sustainability, storage, water quality and quantity, conservation and water management were words used throughout a forum held last week by candidates for the Zone 7 board of directors in the upcoming June 3 election.

May 20, 2014 | 20 comments
California gas prices expected to dip this summer

Average gasoline prices now hovering above $4 a gallon
As the busy summer travel season approaches, motorists in California can expect to see a dip in gas prices, according to AAA Northern California's monthly gas survey.

May 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Foothill students rank high at DECA Career Development Conference

Nearly 16,000 students competed for international awards and scholarships
Foothill High School's DECA chapter members received high honors at the organization's 68th annual International Career Development Conference, held last week in Atlanta.

May 16, 2014 | 4 comments
Lydiksen principal appointed as director of curriculum

Mindy Bolar succeeding Jane Golden, who is retiring
Mindy Bolar, the principal of Lydiksen Elementary School, has been appointed the new director of curriculum in the Pleasanton school district.

May 16, 2014 | 6 comments
Olson, Pearce end 8 years on Pleasanton Planning Commission

Served during one of commission's most stressing periods
Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Arne Olson said goodbye to his fellow commissioners last night as he stepped down from eight years of service on the commission, a prestigious group that often serves as a stepping-stone to election to the City Council.

May 15, 2014 | 3 comments
1,000 homes withut power this morning in Livermore

Causes of outages under investigation, PG&E says
PG&E crews are working to repair a power outage that initially impacted more than a thousand customers in Livermore on Tuesday night, a PG&E
spokeswoman said.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Record-high 98 degrees expected here today

Third consecutive Spare the Air alert also declared for today
A third consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued for Pleasanton and the rest of the Bay Area for today as temperatures here could reach a record-high 98 degrees by 4 p.m.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Brentwood director of student services hired as new Walnut Grove principal

Appointment comes as union leader complains about teacher slanders
The Pleasanton school board announced the appointment of the new Walnut Grove Elementary principal as Jan Steed at Tuesday night's meeting.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Pilot makes emergency landing at Sandia Labs field

Briefly detained by Sandia security, then released
Livermore field Sunday afternoon was briefly detained by security at Sandia National
Laboratories but was later released, a laboratory spokesman said today.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board could name new Walnut Grove principal tonight

Appointment follows several months of interviews for post once held by Jon Vranesh
The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session starting at 5 p.m. tonight to consider approving the hiring of a new principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School.

May 13, 2014 | 45 comments
George W. Bush pays surprise visit to Stanford

In unannounced appearance, former president discusses 9/11, current issues
Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a little-noticed visitor to Stanford University last week.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin offers city facilities to cool off in today's 95-degree heat

Today another 'Spare the Air' day
In anticipation of the warm weather forecast through Thursday, the city of Dublin is welcoming anyone seeking relief from the high temperatures to relax at any of its air conditioned community facilities.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Earthquake, fire emergency preparedness class at 6 p.m. tonight

Learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes or fires
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will be providing a free Personal Emergency Preparedness class in the multipurpose room Hearst Elementary School, located at 5301 Case Avenue, from 6-8 p.m. this evening.

May 15, 2014 | 6 comments
Shapiros named to ValleyCare Charitable Foundation board

Pleasanton Weekly's 'Couple of the Year' sign on to another nonprofit
Bob and Joyce Shapiro, who have been recognized repeatedly for their charitable work in Pleasanton, have added another nonprofit to their public service list.

May 13, 2014 | 3 comments
Commission OKs renaming Sports Park for former Mayor Ken Mercer

Rotary Park new name for Main Street Garden
The Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a bid to rename the Pleasanton Sports and Recreation Community Park for the late Mayor Ken Mercer.

May 13, 2014 | 20 comments
Today is first Spare the Air day of 2014

Air quality expected to be unhealthy today due to high temperatures, low winds
The Bay Area Quality Management District is issuing a Spare the Air Alert for today.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Reward offered in Danville school graffiti investigation

Town, school district offer $1,000 for information leading to arrest of culprit(s)
The town of Danville and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for threatening graffiti near Charlotte Wood Middle School that led to increased police presence and decreased attendance at some Danville schools May 1.

May 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Few politicians push for election at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday

Swalwell, Sbranti, Corbett, Bowser only candidates to seek votes at popular event
Supporters of June 3 primary candidates Congressman Eric Swalwell and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti for State Assembly staffed one of few political booths at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday street party last week.

May 11, 2014 | 8 comments
Public art walk today in downtown Pleasanton

Nancy and Gary Harrington lead tour north of Neal Street
Public art contributors Nancy and Gary Harrington led a free public art walk in downtown Pleasanton today.

May 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley chorus to celebrate 50 years tonight at Pleasanton concert

Renowned composer will lead performance at Amador Theater
The Valley Concert Chorale will celebrate 50 years as the Tri-Valley's premier chorus with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton., is hosting a five-day choral festival this month, featuring the music of contemporary choral composer Morten Johannes Lauridsen.

May 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Foothill High School teen named Presidential Scholar

Annie Wu one of 3 state arts scholars chosen for award
Foothill High School senior flutist, Annie Wu, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, announced Monday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

May 9, 2014 | 4 comments
Few politicians push for election at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday

Swalwell, Sbranti, Bowser only candidates to seek votes at popular event
Supporters of June 3 primary candidates Congressman Eric Swalwell and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti for State Assembly staffed one of few political booths at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday street party this week.

May 8, 2014 | 71 comments
Castro Valley suspects face attempted murder charges in fight with deputies

3 in court today to answer charges
Three suspects have been charged with attempted murder for allegedly fighting with two Alameda County sheriff's deputies in Castro Valley on Saturday night after the deputies tried to break up a fight, prosecutors said.

May 8, 2014 | 6 comments
Dublin voters approve parcel tax extension by wide margin

Funds from Measure B will help maintain academic excellence, supporters said
Dublin voters have overwhelmingly approved extending a parcel tax for educational funding for another five years.

May 8, 2014 | 88 comments
Pleasanton households told to cut water usage by 25%

Penalties could be costly for those who don't comply
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted 4-0 to require all households and businesses in the city to reduce water consumption by 25% over their 2013 usage or face costly penalties if they fail to comply.

May 7, 2014 | 137 comments
Auditor-controller candidate pleads not guilty to six felonies

DA alleges candidate actually lives out of county, not in San Leandro
Alameda County auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six felony counts for allegedly lying in campaign papers about where she lives.

May 6, 2014 | 3 comments
Gala raises $125,000 for Las Positas College

Proceeds underwrite scholarships for deserving students
Las Positas College Foundation's 11th annual "Best of the Best" Gala, held at the college on April 26, raised $125,000 for the benefit of the school, it was announced this week.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
County fair to host 'Operation Write Home' booth for thanking troops

Fair-goers can write notes of gratitude, decorate coloring pages to be sent to soldiers
Operation Write Home, an organization that sends handmade blank cards to the armed forces, will have a booth at the Alameda County Fair for people to write notes of gratitude or decorate coloring pages for the troops.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council could require 25% cut in water usage tonight

Voluntary reduction of 20% a failure as consumption actually increases
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to require residents to cut their water usage by 25% over last year's consumption and possibly to impose severe cost penalties if they don't.

May 6, 2014 | 27 comments
Foothill High student shot, killed in baseball bat attack on police officer

Police respond to domestic violence dispute on Dublin Meadows Street
Dublin police said Monday that a domestic violence suspect who was fatally shot by an officer on Sunday night after he allegedly attacked the officer with a metal baseball bat had an extensive criminal history and had attacked a friend in a separate incident on Saturday.

May 5, 2014 | 4 comments
Sandia offering classes in cybersecurity

Program part of Lab's ' talent pipeline strategy'
In the rapidly changing world of cybersecurity, who better to learn from than the professionals who live in that world every day? High school students are getting just that opportunity through Sandia National Laboratories' Cyber Technologies Academy.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Motorist spots burglary in progress, calls Pleasanton police

Suspects were seen kicking in door at Diamond Court home
An alert citizen reported a residential burglary that occurred Monday, and now four suspects are in custody.

May 6, 2014 | 1 comment
Dublin hosting Mother's Day 'Spring Faire' starting at noon today

French-inspired event at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums
The city of Dublin will host its 3rd annual Spring Faire at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums starting at noon today, just in time for Mother's Day.

May 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Instructional technology coach wins Teacher of the Year

Lisa Highfill has been with the school district for 20 years
Lisa Highfill, Pleasanton school district's instructional technology coach, has been named the 2014-15 "Teacher of the Year."

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Auditor-controller candidate accused of lying about where she lives

Kathleen Knox, running for Alameda County post, now faces six felony charges
A candidate who says she wants to be Alameda County's next auditor-controller because the office needs to be reformed has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly lying in campaign papers about where she lives.

May 5, 2014 | 5 comments
Dublin to host 'Meet the Business Resources' today

Panel will offer advice on 'building a successful company'
To help residents obtain the right knowledge to build a successful company, the city of Dublin, in partnership with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the California Small Business Development Center, will gather a panel of experts together for a "Meet the Business Resources" event from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Dublin Library.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Workshop planned for nonprofits seeking grants

Las Positas College teaming with New York Foundation Center
The Las Positas College Cooperative Collection, in an arrangement with the Foundation Center of New York, will host a free intermediate-level workshop for nonprofit organizations seeking funds from foundations, corporations and grant-making public charities.

May 26, 2014 | 2 comments
Legislative Day for East Bay Realtors

Local group joins 2,100 professionals in Sacramento meetings
More than 100 Realtors and affiliate members of the Bay East Association of Realtors joined 2,100 real estate professionals from across the state in Sacramento last week as part of the California Association of Realtors' annual Legislative Day.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Peace Officers Association holding 'Run to Remember' event today

Provides assistance to families of law enforcement officers killed on duty
The California Peace Officers Association will hold its 6th annual Run to Remember starting at 7:30 a.m. today at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Support TV30 during 'One Day of Giving' today

Online benefit offers easy way to contribute to community TV
Those who appreciate local television programming on Channels 28, 29 and 30 have an opportunity today to contribute to the nonprofit Tri-Valley Community Television organization that provides it.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Foothill High student shot, killed in baseball attack on police officer

Police respond to domestic violence dispute on Dublin Meadows Street
Oscar Herrera, 18, a student at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, was shot and killed by a Dublin police officer late Sunday as he wielded a metal baseball bat at the officer.

was in Dublin Sunday evening after allegedly attacking an officer with a baseball bat, a police lieutenant said.

May 5, 2014 | 16 comments
Sheriff's deputies beaten in Castro Valley fight

Attacked while trying to break up Grove Way apartment
Two Alameda County sheriff's deputies were hospitalized after being beaten by three suspects while trying to break up a fight in Castro Valley late Saturday night.

May 5, 2014 | 2 comments
It's 1st Wednesday in downtown Pleasanton

Season's first event celebrates Cinco de Mayo
The 1st Wednesday street parties kick off their summer run starting at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton, celebrating the start of the popular event with a Cinco de Mayo theme.

May 4, 2014 | 9 comments
Small sinkhole slows traffic at Bernal and Old Bernal

Pleasanton officials expect road repairs to continue into Friday afternoon
Pleasanton police are advising motorists to avoid the intersection of Bernal and Old Bernal avenues this morning because of a small sinkhole in the area.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Spare the Air days, open burning ban are back with summer-like heat

Programs aimed at reducing fire risks, air pollution
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced a ban on open burning in parts of Alameda County yesterday at the same time the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced the start of the 2014 summer Spare the Air season.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Truck driver in Wednesday morning crash on Sunol grade identified

San Jose man, 58, suffered 'medical emergency' while driving cement truck
A cement truck driver who died Wednesday while driving on northbound I-680 on the Sunol grade has
been identified as Liboril Sanchez-Lopez, 58, of San Jose.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Prosecutors allege Tri-Valley golf pro facing child sex abuse counts plotted to kill victims

Livermore defendant now charged with solicitation of murder
An award-winning Livermore golf instructor who faces 75 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing three boys he had been teaching is now charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder them.

May 1, 2014 | 8 comments
Amador Valley, Foothill ranked highest in area among top 100 California high schools

Online publication looked at 19,400 high schools in making evaluations
Foothill and Amador Valley high schools in Pleasanton are among the top 100 best public schools in California, a U.S. News & World Report survey shows.

May 2, 2014 | 20 comments
Pleasanton elementary schools honored for excellence by state

5 recognized as 2014 California Distinguished Schools
Five elementary schools in Pleasanton were recognized Wednesday as 2014 California Distinguished Schools by State Superintendent of Public instruction Tom Torlakson.

May 2, 2014 | 7 comments
At last, better housing for Pleasanton's low-income seniors

Planners OK $62.8-million project for new Kottinger Gardens
For the low-income seniors living in Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens, there's better housing in the offing.

May 1, 2014 | 4 comments
Planners OK multi-million-dollar projects in Pleasanton

Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved two new development projects that will significantly expand the Lexus auto dealership on Rosewood Drive and will allow Workday to build a new six-story office center between Stoneridge Mall Road and the I-580 freeway.

May 1, 2014 | 10 comments
Bike to Work Day underway today in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley

Sponsors urge commuters to ride to work - or BART/ACE stations
Hacienda has teamed up with other sponsors of Bike to Work Day in Pleasanton and the rest of the Bay Area today by hosting special events to encourage commuters to bike to work locally or at least bike to BART and ACE train stations and bus stops.

April 30, 2014 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Realtor recalls 40 years of selling

Mike Riley is veteran agent with Coldwell Banker
Veteran Tri-Valley Realtor Mike Riley, who is celebrating 40 years in the real estate business this month, offers some sage advice to newcomers in the business: "Have a simple business plan and concentrate on the basics."

April 30, 2014 | 3 comments
Families say they were denied go-kart rides at Boomers because of faiths

Livermore amusement center claims safety was the issue
A Sikh family from Alameda and a Muslim family from Sunnyvale alleged Tuesday that they were barred from riding go-karts at a Livermore amusement park last summer because of their religious head attire.

May 1, 2014 | 20 comments
Woman in court today in stabbing death of baby near Livermore

Police find her holding lifeless child on Arroyo Road near Wente Vineyards
A San Jose woman was charged with murder today for the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old baby boy in a rural area near Livermore on Saturday.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
It's official! Foss is now Dublin's City Manager

Linda Smith also promoted as Pattillo retires
Chris Foss has assumed the position officially of City Manager of Dublin, with the corresponding appointment of Linda Smith as assistant city manager.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
4 to receive Community of Character awards at noon today

3 individuals, Lynnewood Methodist Church chosen for this year's award
Three individuals and Lynnewood United Methodist Church will be honored today as this year's recipients of the Juanita Haugen Community of Character award.

April 30, 2014 | 2 comments
State's high school graduation rate up for 4th year in row

Alameda County rate was 80.4%; Contra Costa County at 85.8%
California's high school graduation rate increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, according to data released Monday by the state's Department of Education.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Amador Valley 'We the People' team places 2nd in D.C.

Lincoln High of Portland takes top honors
After three riveting days of simulated congressional hearings on the U.S. Constitution in Washington, D.C., Lincoln High School from Portland, Oregon, placed first in the 27th Annual We the People National Finals Monday.

April 28, 2014 | 8 comments
2014 Alameda County Fair contest entry deadline May 21

Wide range of categories open to adults, youths
General entries for this summer's Alameda County Fair exhibits, contests and competitions are due on Wednesday, May 21. Some competitions are judged in advance and require earlier deadlines.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Friedland gets Senate OK to seat on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Court handles federal appeals of Pleasantoon, Tri-Valley cases
The Senate Monday confirmed the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein couldn't be happier.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center honors volunteers

'Commitment is truly amazing,' Councilwoman Narum says
Close to 200 volunteers have been honored for their more than 12,000 hours of service last year at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

April 29, 2014 | 3 comments
Civil War researcher to talk about West Coast involvement in Firehouse lecture tonight

Ernie Manzo says San Francisco Bay was important port during conflict
Civil War researcher, Ernie Manzo, will discuss the Civil War batteries and forts that surrounded the Bay Area in a presentation at the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. today.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
PPIE contributes $551,000 to benefit local schools

$80,000 comes from this month's Fun Run
Good news came to the school board this month in the form of a giant ceremonial check from Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

April 28, 2014 | 5 comments
School board reviews progress in implementing Common Core

High school graduating dates also announced
The Pleasanton school board reviewed new Common Core state standards last week and also technology for instruction that will be closely intertwined in local classrooms.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Fire at Zorn's Restaurant causes extensive damage

A kitchen fire caused an estimated $45,000 in damages to Zorn's Restaurant in the Hopyard Village Shopping Center at 3015 Hopyard Road Sunday afternoon.

April 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Other Woman'

One and a half stars
The women in "The Other Woman" get the equal opportunity, like the men in Judd Apatow movies, to behave like overgrown children, but the power they give their cheatin' man to occupy all their waking hours makes this comedy more sad than funny.

April 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Merger likely to keep ValleyCare afloat

'ValleyCare won't be able to go it alone,' new CEO says
ValleyCare Health System will likely merge with a larger hospital group in the near future to provide long-term financial stability and secure its position as Pleasanton's community hospital.

April 25, 2014 | 15 comments
Instagram app used in porn solicitation to Pleasanton students

Police investigating incidents from earlier this year
Pleasanton school officials are warning parents to monitor their children's social media use after learning that some students have been solicited by someone via social media to submit pornographic pictures of themselves.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Officials: Pleasanton students were solicited for pornographic pictures

Some local students reportedly received messages on Instagram asking them to send photos of themselves
Pleasanton police and school officials are advising parents to monitor their children's social media use and to discuss Internet safety after learning that some local students received messages asking them to send pornographic pictures of themselves through Instagram.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Turning the wheels

Wheelchair project aims to raise awareness, funds in Pleasanton schools
Students in Pleasanton and other parts of the Bay Area are learning valuable lessons about physical and mental disabilities through a burgeoning awareness program.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Voting closes at 6 a.m. tomorrow in Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest

Vote now in annual Pleasanton Weekly contest
The photos of the 10 finalists for the Pleasanton Weekly's Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest are posted today and readers can cast their votes at pleasantonweekly.com/two_of_a_kind

April 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Workbench Hardware celebrates downtown opening today

4th store in chain offers much more than hardware
Fred Nichandros will formally cut the ribbon at noon today to open his newest Workbench Hardware store in downtown Pleasanton.

April 25, 2014 | 2 comments
Alamo teen killed in I-680 crash identified

Margaret "Maggie" Daly was San Ramon Valley High School graduate
An 18-year-old San Ramon Valley High School graduate has been identified as the victim in a fatal car crash on Interstate Highway 680 in
Danville earlier this month, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said Thursday.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore police officer rescues woman as fire rages outside her home

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguishes backyard blaze in 5 minutes
A Livermore police office rescued an elderly woman from a burning house Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

April 24, 2014 | 3 comments
8th annual Drug Take-Back Saturday

Pleasanton, Dublin, Alameda County participating
Pleasanton and Dublin are joining Alameda County in a program Saturday that encourages the public to take unused prescription drugs to law enforcement agencies for safe disposal.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Oakland A's reject 10-year lease extension

Team: Coliseum Authority proposal 'did not address all of our issues'
The Oakland A's have rejected a proposal by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to extend their lease at the O.co Coliseum for 10 years, the baseball team said.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
A's reject offer to extend lease on Coliseum

Team owner has tried to move the A's to San Jose
The Oakland A's have rejected a proposal by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to extend their lease at the Oakland Coliseum for 10
years, the baseball team said.

May 1, 2014 | 7 comments
Gene's Fine Foods fundraiser benefits Valley Humane Society

Customers donate $1,700+ for animal-care nonprofit during weeklong fundraiser in April; store provides equal match
Shoppers at Gene's Fine Foods in Pleasanton donated more than $1,700 to benefit the Valley Humane Society from April 4-10 during the grocery store's two-year anniversary celebration.

April 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Transplant Donor Network honors hundreds here as organ, tissue donors

Area families recognized for giving life to others
Gifts that saved or improved the lives of others were honored April 19 in Pleasanton as the California Transplant Donor Network held its 20th "Donor Family Gathering," inviting more than 500 family and friends of organ and tissue donors.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
8th annual Drug Take-Back program underway today

Pleasanton, Dublin, Alameda County participating
Pleasanton and Dublin are joining Alameda County today in a program that gives the public a chance to take unused prescription drugs to law enforcement agencies for disposal.

April 22, 2014 | 4 comments
A new era in police vehicles rolls into Pleasanton

Fuel-saving Ford Interceptor SUVs replacing V8 gas guzzlers
The Pleasanton Police Department's marked patrol car fleet is transitioning to an entirely new era of police vehicles.

April 22, 2014 | 37 comments
Warriors may move to S.F.'s Mission Bay instead of waterfront

New arena would be built in time for 2018-2019 season
The Golden State Warriors' proposal to build an arena along San Francisco's waterfront has reportedly been dropped and the team has purchased a new piece of land in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood that will house the new arena.

April 22, 2014 | 2 comments
Alameda County seeking poll workers for June 3 primary

Poll workers earn between $110-$190, bilingual workers earn more
Alameda County is seeking poll workers to run the upcoming June 3 statewide primary election in Pleasanton and at other county polling places.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Sandia projects help TSA agents make security decisions at airports

'Human element just as important as the hardware,' researcher says
A recent Sandia National Laboratories study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer's thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening, findings that are helping the TSA improve the performance of its security officers.

April 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Why disability insurance Is critical

Financial analyst urged everyone to check coverage while you can
Most people understand why having life insurance is a good idea: Nobody wants to leave their survivors in a financial lurch if they were to die suddenly.

April 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Happy Easter from the Pleasanton Weekly

Happy Easter from the Pleasanton Weekly

April 20, 2014 | No comments yet
'Every 15 minutes' program stirs emotions at Foothill High

High school event aims at stopping DUI tragedies
Every 15 minutes someone in the country dies from an alcohol-related traffic accident, and Foothill High School students Olivia Hartjen and Marissa Khoury deserve our thanks for the work they've done over the past year or so to stop these tragedies, at least locally.

April 18, 2014 | 5 comments
Workshops promote clowning around

Veteran of the big top now loves to train others
Many children, at one point, dream of running away with the circus but they usually lose interest by the time they finish elementary school.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen accepts plea deal for fatal crash that killed Dublin bicyclist

Cody M. Hall pleads no contest to vehicular manslaughter, admits injuring second victim in June crash on Foothill Road
A Pleasanton teen has accepted a plea deal in the criminal case stemming from a high-speed crash on Foothill Road that killed a Dublin bicyclist last June.

April 17, 2014 | 48 comments
Reining in prom expenses

Finance expert gives tips for cutting costs
If you've got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be.

April 17, 2014 | 19 comments
Pleasanton launches new 'Mobile Citizen' app

Resdients can use smart phones to alert city staff to non-emergency problems
The city of Pleasanton has launched Mobile Citizen, a web-based application that allows users and residents to notify city staff about maintenance issues or problems that they might encounter.

April 21, 2014 | 11 comments
Dippin' Dots to open Pleasanton outlet Sunday in Stoneridge Mall

National frozen treat retailer known for its tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet
Dippin' Dots will open a Pleasanton store Sunday in the Stoneridge Shopping Center, offering a new way of enjying frozen treats with tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and flavored ice.

April 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Egg-drop assignment tests kindergartners' skills

Vintage Hills students show inventiveness, creative thinking, design talents
Vintage Hills Elementary School kindergartners, joined by dozens of their parents and supporters, took part in a class-wide egg drop assignment April 9.

April 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Humane Society cancels garden tour because of drought

Director still hopes participants will donate to organization
The Valley Humane Society has cancelled its annual Hidden Gardens of the Valley tour scheduled for later this spring because of current drought conditions.

April 16, 2014 | 7 comments
Plane loses power, lands in field instead of Livermore Airport

No injuries reported in landing 5 miles from airport
The pilot of a single-engine plane performed an emergency landing in a field near Livermore after the plane lost engine power late Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | No comments yet
AC Transit's CFO charged with stealing church funds

Allegedly took more than $500,000 over 6 years from Allen Temple Baptist Church
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit's chief financial officer has been charged with four felony counts of grand theft for allegedly taking more than
$500,000 over a six-year period from one of Oakland's largest and most prominent churches.

April 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Oakland, San Jose post offices to stay open late for tax filers

Pleasanton post office to close as usual at 5 p.m.
While post offices will not be keeping different hours on tax day, two post offices in the Bay Area are open late in case any late filers cannot
make it during regular retail hours today.

April 15, 2014 | No comments yet
IRS renews phone scam warning after receiving 20,000 complaints

'It's the largest scam of its kind.' Treasury Inspector General says
The IRS today renewed its warning last fall about a pervasive phone scam that continues to target people across the U.S.

April 14, 2014 | No comments yet
ValleyCare auxiliary exceeds 1.6-million hours in volunteer service

'Our volunteers are an invaluable resource," CEO Scott Gregerson says
Since their origination in 1958, even before Valley Memorial Hospital opened, the ValleyCare Auxiliary has given 1,6 million hours of volunteer time and has been responsible for raising more than $6 million to expand facilities, programs and services.

April 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Jack-in-the-Box worker stabbed, Dublin woman seized

Surveillance video, witnesses lead police to suspect's home
An employee at a Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant in Pleasanton was stabbed multiple times early Sunday by a woman customer.

April 14, 2014 | 6 comments
Hart Middle School open house tonight for engineering academy

New program to mesh with those in place at two Pleasanton high schools
Hart Middle School will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. today to give the public a preview of an engineering academy it will launch in the coming school year.

April 15, 2014 | 13 comments
Smarter balanced assessment tests underway in Pleasanton schools

Purpose is to 'test the test,' school superintendent says
The Pleasanton school district, along with other districts throughout the state, is participating in a field test of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program that will replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting System, also known as the STAR program.

April 15, 2014 | No comments yet
HEALTH ALERT: Locally harvested anchovies, sardines, crabs may be dangerous

Health officials find dangerous levels of domoic acid in the fish.
The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat anchovies or sardines caught in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties due to dangerous levels of domoic acid that have been detected in the fish.

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton planners OK CarMax Auto Superstore in Staples Ranch

Country's largest retailer of used cars will open at I-580, El Charro Road crossing
The Pleasanton Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve plans by CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side.

April 11, 2014 | 16 comments
BART managers get 3.7% raise, hire consultant to help them deal with unions

Raise percentages same as those given to end union strike last year
BART directors voted unanimously Thursday to give raises totaling about 3.7% this year to General Manager Grace Crunican and other top officials at the transit agency

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board reviews ethics, finances

Union leader asks board members to 'sit down at the table' to hear issues affecting district
Trustees became students at Tuesday night's meeting of the Pleasanton Unified School District board, with back-to-back workshops on ethics and finances.

April 10, 2014 | 18 comments
49ers announce Santa Clara game plans as some players face legal problems

Pre-season contest in mid-August will be against Denver Broncos
The San Francisco 49ers' first-ever home game at the planned $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium will be a preseason contest in mid-August against the
Denver Broncos.

April 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Northern California gas prices jump 14 cents over past month

The average price for a gallon of gas has gone up 14 cents in the past month, the American Automobile Association of Northern California announced Tuesday.

April 10, 2014 | 1 comment
State revenue totaled totaled $6.4 billion in March, state controller reports

But cash deficit rises to $16.7 billion,up from $15.2 billion at the end of March 2013.
State Controller John Chiang said Friday that revenues for March totaled $6.4 billion, surpassing estimates in the 2014-15 Governor's budget by $470.9 million, or 7.9%.

April 14, 2014 | 16 comments
Pleasanton real estate firm to celebrate grand opening today

Larger office viewed as benefit to agents, clients
Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty's Pleasanton Office will hold a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting event starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon.

April 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Illustrator wows with new view of 'Game of Thrones

Creates fan art sensation with Japanese-style reinterpretation of TV series
As "Game of Thrones" fans rejoice as the fourth season of the HBO series premieres, professional animator David Hollin has given them something to talk about with fan art that recasts pivotal scenes to feudal Japan.

April 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton nonprofit leader named to college post

Arnoldo Avalos to serve on state community college board
Arnoldo Avalos, the founder and chief executive officer of the Pleasanton-based Avalos Foundation, has been appointed to the California Community Colleges board of governors by Gov. Jerry Brown.

April 9, 2014 | 5 comments
Services at 10 a.m. today for Pleasanton Little League coach Brian Chinn

Coached youth sports here for more than 16 years
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. this morning for popular Little League baseball coach Brian Chinn, who died March 26. He was 57 years old.

April 9, 2014 | 1 comment
Giants back at AT&T Park today for S.F. opener

Rematch against D-Backs for 3-game series
The San Francisco Giants are opening their 15th season in AT&T Park today beginning with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

April 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Traveling abroad? Get 2 measles doses 28 days apart

Most measles cases here afflicting international travelers
Health officials are advising people planning international travel to take precautions against measles due to a high incidence of the disease in
California this year.

April 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Shoppers Alert: Walnut Creek doubles downtown parking rates

Meters now operating 7 days a week
Parking meter rates in downtown Walnut Creek jumped from $1 to $2 per hour Monday as the city also moved to a seven-day-a-week metering system
in an attempt to free up street parking downtown.

April 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Cash tolls on Golden Gate Bridge now at $7

FasTrak rate climbs to $6, carpoolers to pay $4
Motorists are paying one more dollar to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge after new toll rates went into effect Monday.

April 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board holding 'workshop' meeting tonight

Informal meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. at school district headquarters
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special workshop meeting starting with an opening ceremony at 6:15 p.m. tonight at school district headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

April 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Registration underway for Pleasanton's teen leadership program

Application deadline is April 18
Registration is now underway for Pleasanton-sponsored leadership training program for students who will be in high school starting next August.

April 8, 2014 | 2 comments
State returns $27.6 million in security deposits to 5,000 businesses

Eliminates automatic security requirement to obtain retailer's permit
The California Board of Equalization began returning approximately $27.6 million in cash deposits to more than 5,000 businesses in California and out-of-state this week.

April 8, 2014 | No comments yet
OPINION: PG&E's arrogance shows again

Utility wants to cut down thousands of trees, including 390 in Pleasanton
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agreed last week to hold off on implementing its plan to cut down hundreds of trees, including 390 along major thoroughfares in Pleasanton, as part of its robust effort to improve natural gas pipeline safety.

April 7, 2014 | 7 comments
Patelco names Susan Makris as Senior Vice President

Has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, employee development fields
Pleasanton-based Patelco Credit Union has hired Susan Makris as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

April 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Youth Commission to vote tonight on banning electronic cigarettes

Survey finds 60% of tobacco retailers in Pleasanton sell electronic cigarettes
The Pleasanton Youth Commission will consider a proposal at its meeting tonight to include
electronic cigarettes within the definition of "smoking," which would have the effect of banning them wherever tobacco smoking is not allowed.

April 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Commission to consider renaming Sports Park for Ken Mercer tonight

Parks & Rec must decide if 5-year 'waiting period' should be waived
The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet tonight to consider a proposal to rename the city's Sports Park for the late Mayor Ken Mercer.

April 7, 2014 | 10 comments
Fire department offering emergency response training in May

Must register early to join month-long program
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) will once again offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training on Wednesday evenings, starting May 7.

April 7, 2014 | 3 comments
Public art walk at 8:30 a.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Tour led by art contributors Nancy and Gary Harrington
Public art contributors Nancy and Gary Harrington will lead a free public art walk of the south end of downtown Pleasanton starting at 8:30 a.m. this morning.

April 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Races set for June primary election

Officials certify candidates for federal, state and local seats
With the election less than two months away, candidate lists are set for federal, state and local positions to be contested during the June 3 primary.

April 4, 2014 | 4 comments
Deadline at 6 a.m. tomorrow for Mother-Daughter Lookalike contest

Winners photos will be published in Pleasanton Weekly's May 9 edition
The deadline for submitting photos for this year's Pleasanton Weekly annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike contest is at 6 a.m. tomorrow, April 24.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Separate, 'discrete' trials planned for State Sen. Leland Yee, others, judge says

21 lawyers for 29 defendants gather in Federal Building courtroom
The trial judge presiding over the criminal case of suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 other defendants said at the first full-scale hearing on the case in federal court in San Francisco Friday that he expects it to be broken into several smaller trials.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Chamber recognizes 6 for community leadership

Awards ceremony fills Firehouse Arts Center
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has recognized individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrated excellence and community leadership in 2013.

April 4, 2014 | 1 comment
Lowe's agrees to pay $18 million for environmental violations

Agreement resolves civil enforcement action filed in Alameda County
A local judge has ordered North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Centers to pay $18 million in damages for environmental violations at stores in California, Bay Area prosecutors announced Wednesday.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
PG&E indicted on criminal charges for 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion

Penalty, fine could total $2.45-billion in after-tax fund.
PG&E Co. was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco Tuesday on 12 criminal charges of violating a U.S. pipeline safety law, including several counts specifically related to the fatal explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno in 2010.

April 2, 2014 | 14 comments
$425.3-million lottery winner plans to travel, start charity group

Bought winning ticket in Milpitas, but won't say where he lives
A man who won a $425.3-million Powerball jackpot from a
single-play ticket he bought in Milpitas six weeks ago claimed his prize in Sacramento Tuesday but won't say where he lives.

April 1, 2014 | 7 comments
William Goldstein begins work as new director of Livermore Lab

12th director since Lab was founded by UC Berkeley Cal in 1952
Physicist William Goldstein, a 29-year lab employee with extensive senior management experience, is the new director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory starting this week.

April 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Lecturer to talk about growing up under Mao in Friday forum

Lynnewood Methodist hosting 4 weekly book group discussions
Margaret Zhao will lead a book group at Lynnewood United Methodist Church starting Friday on her life story growing up in China under Chairman Mao.

May 18, 2014 | No comments yet
New home sales drop in February in stormy East and Northwest

Still, 2-month average is same as where 2013 left off
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 3.3% across the country to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Community leaders join Sunflower Hill board

Nonprofit works to provide residences for those with special needs
Six community leaders have been named to Sunflower Hill's first advisory board.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin Rotary hosting 'Top Chef' charity tomorrow

Annual event to be held in expanded Mercedes Benz showroom in Pleasanton
The Rotary Club of Dublin will host its popular "Top Chef" charity event again this year from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Dealership in Pleasanton.

April 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton to host free E-Waste collection days April 18-19

Event to be held at city's Operations Services Center
As one of its signature Earth Week events, the city of Pleasanton will host free E-Waste collection days on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at the City's Operations Services Center at 3333 Busch Road.

April 1, 2014 | 5 comments
Holocaust Remembrance Day at Beth Emek on April 27

Ruth Gasten to speak at Pleasanton congregation's Yom HaShoah event
On the night of November 9-10, 1938, Ruth Gasten of Livermore was only five years old when gangs of SS Storm Troupers smashed windows and buildings of Jewish families in the tiny German village of Nieder-Ohmenand and left fear and destruction in their wake.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin seeks volunteers for Pride Week celebration starting April 26

This year's theme is 'Coming Together, Building Community'
Volunteers are needed to help as Dublin prepares to celebrate its 30th year of "Dublin Pride," a week-long event taking place Saturday, April 26, through Saturday, May 3.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Brown urges Yee to resign State Senator post

San Francisco Democrat already suspended, but with pay
Gov. Jerry Brown has called on state Sen. Leland Yee, who faces federal corruption and gun trafficking charges, and two other senators to resign after the state Senate passed a resolution suspending all three.

March 30, 2014 | 5 comments
San Francisco hospital asks recent patients to get tested for HIV

Instruments used in exams did not go through final sterilization step
San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center recently advised dozens of patients to get tested for HIV and other infectious diseases after hospital officials learned some equipment was improperly sterilized.

March 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Teen decoys working with Pleasanton police find local stores won't sell them tobacco

Sting operation finds 40 tobacco retailers comply with law
Sometimes no news is good news and this is one of those stories.

March 30, 2014 | 11 comments
Armed robberies in Dublin, Livermore Wednesday night

Police searching for suspects in Shell gas station, Bank of America robberies
Police in Livermore and Dublin are searching for suspects after armed robberies Wednesday night at the Bank of America branch on Livermore's First Street and at a Shell gas station and hour later in Dublin.

March 28, 2014 | 6 comments
2nd installment of Alameda County property taxes due today

Penalty, delinquent tax fee added if deadline missed
The Alameda County tax collector's office has issued a reminder that the 2nd installment of the 2013-2014 Alameda County property tax that was due Feb. 1 must be paid and postmarked no later than midnight today, April 10.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Emmy Kasten new VP of Marketing at Visit Tri-Valley organization

Background includes broadcasting, publications, fashion
Emmy Kasten has joined Visit Tri-Valley in the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing.

March 30, 2014 | 1 comment
Park steward to talk tonight about coping with California's climate

Tuesday evening lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the Robert Livermore Community Center
Ranger Lewis Reed, steward of the Bodega Marine Reserve, will talk about California's climate and outdoor opportunities at a free public lecture tonight at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Affordable housing advocates holding 'Lobby Day' today

Teams plan on-site meetings with elected officials in Alameda, Contra Costa counties
Members of the East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO) and affordable housing advocates will meet with local elected officials today to discuss affordable housing opportunities in their communities.

April 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Zone 7 cuts all water flows into Pleasanton's arroyos

Ground water won't be replenished during cut-off
Expect to see the arroyos in Pleasanton drying up this month after the Zone 7 water agency shut off all releases to save limited supplies for delivery to customers.

March 28, 2014 | 34 comments
$100,000 Livermore apartment house fire injures tenant

Blaze in Murrieta Boulevard building destroys 2 upstairs units
One person was airlifted to a burn center for injuries sustained in a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Livermore Thursday morning, according to fire officials.

March 27, 2014 | No comments yet
State Sen. Leland Yee in court on fraud, drug running charges

Senate leader Steinberg urges Yee to resign
State Sen. Leland Yee was arraigned in U.S. District Court Wednesday on charges of weapons trafficking and scheming to defraud citizens as part of an indictment that includes allegations of drug running, money laundering, trafficking in stolen goods and murder for hire.

March 27, 2014 | 15 comments
Pleasanton school board honors Donlon's Ruth Highstreet

Administrative secretary becomes district's 1st Classified Employee of Year
Walk into the Donlon Elementary School office, and chances are that you will be greeted by the friendly smile of Ruth Highstreet, the school's administrative secretary since 2010.

March 27, 2014 | 6 comments
S.F. state senator Yee, 25 others seized in FBI raid

Charges include drug trafficking, murder for hire
Federal authorities have unsealed a criminal complaint in San Francisco today alleging charges including drug trafficking, gun running, money laundering and murder for hire against 26 people, including state Sen. Leland Yee.

March 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Thefts, vandalism top latest Pleasanton police arrest list

Police activities through March 23
Thefts, vandalism and alcohol and drug abuse highlighted Pleasanton police activities over a two-week period that ended last Sunday.

March 27, 2014 | 4 comments
177-unit, 4-story apartment complex OK'd across from Hart Middle School

Pentin opposes plan because tenants won't have access to Arroyo Mocho
The Pleasanton City Council has approved a developer's plan to build an apartment complex on West Las Positas Boulevard across from Hart Middle School with 177 units and buildings as high as four stories on the 6-acre site.

March 26, 2014 | 41 comments
Fireworks back at county fair on Independence Day

Fireworks follow nightly concerts, including July 4 this year
The Alameda County Fair will kick off June 18 with later hours and a nightly fireworks show after the fair's free concerts, to be held at 8 p.m. this year.

March 26, 2014 | 17 comments
Thorne honored for city, civic efforts on behalf of veterans

Pleasanton Military Families presents plaques, flags at City Hall ceremony
Members of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group have honored Mayor Jerry Thorne for his city and civic efforts in behalf of Pleasanton veterans and those now on active duty in Afghanistan.

March 25, 2014 | 5 comments
Clean Water Act expansion not right answer, builders say

Group warns that measure will 'delay or impede construction projects'
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act will increase the cost of new homes without a corresponding benefit to America's lakes, rivers and other water bodies, the National Association of Home Builders said this week.

March 25, 2014 | 6 comments
Prudential California Realty's Pearson Properties acquires local brokerage

New combine will have 28 office locations, 800 sales professionals
Prudential California Realty, a Pearson Properties company in San Ramon, has acquired another real estate agency with the same name that has offices in Pleasanton and the central valley.

March 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley University president convicted in visa fraud scheme

Prosecutors: Pleasanton-based online school was bogus, designed to take millions from prospective foreign students
The founder and president of an online university based in Pleasanton was taken into custody Monday after a federal court jury found her guilty of 35 counts for running a visa fraud scheme.

March 26, 2014 | 16 comments
Corbett bill grants Abbot's final wish

Allows Archimandrite to be buried on Castro Valley monastery's grounds
Special legislation initiated by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) will allow Archimandrite Theodor Micka, who has been the Abbot at the Holy Cross Monastery in Castro Valley since its founding, to be buried on the monastery's grounds.

March 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Goodguys car show ends today at Pleasanton fairgrounds

Clear skies predicted for close of 32nd All American Get-Together
The 32nd annual All American Get-Together by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opens at 8 a.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a two-day run.

March 25, 2014 | 9 comments
Safeway among 'World's Most Ethical Companies' for 4th time

Ethisphere Institute cites firm's commitment to superior business practices
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. has been named one of 2014's "Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute.

March 25, 2014 | 3 comments
TV30 launching 'Lucky Fan' contest today

Prizes include meals, tickets, gift cards
Tri-Valley Television is offering viewers an opportunity to win free items by signing up to be a TV30 "Lucky Fan."

March 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Sales taxes rising to 9% and higher in nearby cities

Alameda County stays at 8.75% for now
Buyers beware. Sales taxes are climbing by as much as 1% in eight California cities next Tuesday and are being extended at high rates in two others.

March 25, 2014 | 8 comments
City housing meeting tonight on Stanley Blvd. property

Property owners seeking to be part of city's rezoning plan
A community meeting will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss rezoning property on Stanley Boulevard across from homes on Reflections Drive for high density apartment buildings.

March 24, 2014 | 1 comment
BUSINESS NEWS: Finding happiness after selling your business

Too many would-be golf partners still working?
Three out of four business owners regretted their decision to sell their business just one year later, according to a study by PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

March 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab scientists to speak at Las Positas College at 6 p.m. tonight

Topic is 'Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done'
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists George R. Farquar and Elizabeth K. Wheeler will be the keynote speakers at the annual Science and Engineering Seminar Series at Las Positas College at 6 p.m. tonight.

March 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton group presenting ADHD program at 7 p.m. tonight

PTA Special Needs Committee hosting lecture at Hart Middle School
Is ADHD as common as some say it is? If so, what's the best way to help a child succeed?

March 23, 2014 | 1 comment
PPIE announces 14 student grants for innovative projects

Program 'empowers' recipients by supporting their ideas, dreams, director says
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced yesterday the winners of its Innovative Student Grant awards for 2013- 2014.

March 21, 2014 | 8 comments
REAL ESTATE: Luxury home sales jump nearly 40%,

Home in Blackhawk leads January sales $3,375,000
East Bay luxury home sales jumped nearly 40% in February as the high-end housing market continued its strong performance, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

March 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Traveler's Alert: SFO projects could delay departures this summer

San Francisco International Airport officials are gearing up for the upcoming four-month closure of two runways to work on federally mandated safety upgrades that will help stop a plane if it overshoots a landing.

March 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin dedicating new plaza at 9 a.m. today to honor city's 1st mayor

Pete Snyder persuaded BART board to build line to Dublin/Pleasanton
A new public plaza near the east Dublin/Pleasanton BART station will be dedicated at 9 a.m. this morning in honor of Pete Snyder, Dublin's first mayor who served from 1982-1986, and then again from 1990-1994.

March 21, 2014 | No comments yet
UCSF clinic's computers stolen with 9,000 patients' data

Theft was at Family Medicine Center on Sloat Blvd.
The University of California at San Francisco is notifying more than 9,000 people that their personal data has been compromised after desktop
computers were stolen from a clinic.

March 20, 2014 | 2 comments
Spring starts today, but where's the rain?

With dry season approaching, rainfall levels still dangerously low, hydrologist says
Today is the first day of spring, and the rainy season is quickly coming to a close and rainfall in the Bay Area has been far below normal for
this time of year, potentially setting up a long-term drought for California, a National Weather Service hydrologist said.

March 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Ragin' Cajun raises $100,000+ to benefit cancer patients

Fundraiser a financial success for Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation's sixth annual Ragin' Cajun fundraiser held earlier this month was "definitely our financial best Ragin' Cajun ever," said Sandra Wing, founder of the foundation and current board chair/president.

March 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Joint meeting brings city, schools closer together

City Council, school board share issues, accomplishments
The Pleasanton City Council and school board congratulated the city's two high school "We the People" teams Monday for attaining the top positions in the statewide competition last month.

March 19, 2014 | 9 comments
Bay Area prices on rise, led by fuel, food, housing

It's not just housing prices that are going up in the Bay Area, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Tuesday.

March 19, 2014 | 1 comment
CHP, Caltrans teaming up to get litter off roadways

'Don't Trash California' campaign kicks off on Bay Area roads
The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans will be out in force over the next few days on Bay Area roads to do a little "spring cleaning" and highlight the problem of litter on California's highways.

March 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade on TV30 final time today

Dublin's colorful St. Patrick's Day parade last Saturday will be shown on Tri-Valley Community Television's Channel 30 at 4 p.m. today.

March 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Cleantech Open Business briefing today at Sandia

Event at Sandia's Livermore Valley Open Campus to highlight clean technologies
Representatives from national labs, universities and business will gather for a Cleantech Open Business Briefing today at Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore Valley Open Campus.

March 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Wounded veterans to be honored here tonight

Event at Veterans Memorial Building to award grants
Five seriously injured veterans will be awarded grants tonight from proceeds raised at a benefit concert last October at Wente Vineyards.

March 18, 2014 | 6 comments
Thoratec issues heart device warning after 4 deaths

Pleasanton company says problems involve system controller
Thoratec Corporation of Pleasanton has initiated a voluntary worldwide Medical Device Correction in order to update its labeling and training materials for its HeartMate II) LVAS Pocket System Controller.

March 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board, City Council meet together tonight

Joint meeting will include look at future school enrollment
The Pleasanton school board and City Council will hold a joint meeting starting at 7 p.m. tonight in the school board's meeting room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

March 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Special musical services planned by local churches

Our Savior Lutheran, Lynnewood Methodist hosting performances
Two local churches will present special musical services in the coming weeks.

March 17, 2014 | No comments yet
New mortgage rules protect against risky loans

Lenders now required to make sure borrowers can repay mortgage over the long term
Good news for people shopping for a mortgage and for current homeowners facing foreclosure because they can no longer afford their home loan.

March 17, 2014 | 9 comments
Health fair at New Leaf Markets this weekend

Health practitioners, chefs, food purveyors on hand for consultations, demonstrations.
The annual health fair at New Leaf Community Markets today and tomorrow will feature a wide variety of educational opportunities.

March 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Lenten concert comes to Pleasanton at 7 p.m. tonight

Lynnewood United Methodist Church offering special concert in original German
Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH) will perform sacred music in the Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

April 3, 2014 | 5 comments
Dublin celebrates St. Patrick's Day again today

Ffestival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dublin Civic Center
The 31st annual city of Dublin St. Patrick's Day celebration continues today at the Dublin Civic
Center. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 15, 2014 | 6 comments
Mayors meet with federal leaders to promote local projects, cable television issues

Changes in cable subscriber fee uses wold help TV30
Mayors and a vice-mayor from four Tri-Valley cities were in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss local issues where federal funding might be available.

March 14, 2014 | No comments yet
IRS scam resurfaces in Pleasanton

Police have received multiple reports of the con
The Pleasanton Police Department is warning people that a popular scam has once again begun surfacing in the area.

March 14, 2014 | No comments yet
FBI says Pleasanton bombing suspect may be hiding in Hawaii

Linked to 2003 East Bay bombings
The FBI believes that a suspect in the three bombings in the East Bay more than a decade ago and linked to animal rights extremist groups may
be hiding out in Hawaii, an FBI spokesman said Wednesday.

March 13, 2014 | 8 comments
Struttin' their stuff starting at 8 a.m. today at Foothill

More than 100 performances on tap for today
The Foothill High School Band Boosters invite everyone to their annual Winter Guard, Percussion and Drum Major Competition to be held on the campus today.

March 13, 2014 | No comments yet
OPINION: Council makes right decision on east side planning

Task force's mission: Develop plan that everyone will like
The Pleasanton City Council's decision to continue the work of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan task force even after learning that its court- and state-imposed housing numbers have been satisfied was a good one.

March 13, 2014 | 23 comments
Livermore man nabbed at Pleasanton hotel in identity theft case

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through March 10
Police caught a lucky break March 5 when a call to a hotel led to the arrest of a Livermore man for multiple identity thefts.

March 13, 2014 | 2 comments
Two Pleasanton school employees refute investigation details

'Lies' by teachers not checked, the two claim
Two Pleasanton school employees are asking for a public apology from the school district, alleging their reputations were damaged by unsubstantiated claims made against them during the investigation surrounding former school principal Jon Vranesh.

March 12, 2014 | 165 comments
Pleasanton police seek driver in hit and run crash

Motorcyclist received 'significant injuries' in collision
Pleasanton police are asking for help in finding the driver of a truck involved in a hit and run that injured a motorcyclist late Tuesday afternoon.

March 12, 2014 | 9 comments
Groundbreaking today in Dublin for Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack

New Persimmon Place center will include Homegoods, more stores
Dublin officials will join business leaders today at a 10 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony for Persimmon Place, a new open-air retail center across from Hacienda Crossings that will include Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and Homegoods.

March 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Sandia pair honored for helping service members, families

Travis Air Force base gives commendations for assistance
Two members of Sandia National Laboratories' Military Support Committee in Livermore have been awarded a special commendation in recognition of their efforts to assist enlisted families in need at Travis Air Force base near Fairfield.

March 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Buchanan hosts education talk in Pleasanton

Residents, school officials had the chance to pick the brain of State Assemblywoman
Pleasanton residents and school officials had the chance to pick the brain of State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) on education issues last week.

March 12, 2014 | 4 comments
Concordia ensemble to perform at Livermore church tonight

Our Savior Lutheran to host Portland college vocalists
The Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble of Concordia University in Portland, Ore. will present a free concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore.

March 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton 'Brew Crawl' celebrates St. Patrick's Day tonight

Saturday event to offer variety of beer, glasses, tasting map
The third annual St. Patrick's Day Brew Crawl will be held in downtown Pleasanton tonight in celebration of the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

March 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Study: the downside of too much homework

Stanford researcher examines attitudes in 10 high-performing high schools
A survey of more than 4,000 students from ten high-performing high schools showed that excessive homework produces unhealthy levels of stress, sleep deprivation and related health problems as well as reduced social engagement, a Stanford researcher has found.

March 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Las Positas College to honor women military veterans today

College's Veterans First organization sponsoring program during Women's Military History Week
Las Positas College will honor women military veterans at 10 a.m.today in a special free public program during Women's Military History Week.

March 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Councilman Hart to seek mayor's post in Dublin

Current mayor Tim Sbranti is termed out, seeking 16th District State Assembly office
Dublin City Councilman Kevin Hart announced yesterday that he is a candidate for mayor of the city in municipal elections to be held Nov. 4.

March 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Nominations close today for 2014 Kohl's Cares scholarships

Pleasanton store part of national youth recognition program
There are only two days left for California residents to nominate young volunteers for the 2014 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.

March 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to consider pay hikes for employees tonight

Union, management workers would receive 1% increases starting in July
The Pleasanton School Board will consider pay increases for employees at its meeting tonight.

March 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Buchanan measure aimed at cutting chronic school truancies

Cost of truancy to Alameda, Contra Costa Counties is $80 million
State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-16th) has introduced legislation sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris to address chronic truancy in our schools.

March 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Income tax receipts for February exceed state's budget estimates by 46%

General Fund cash deficit totals $14.1 billion, down from $16.2 billion at end of February 2012
State Controller John Chiang released his monthly report Monday covering California's cash balance showing that revenues for the month of February totaled $5.6 billion, surpassing estimates in the 2014-15 governor's budget by $968.9 million, or 20.9%.

March 10, 2014 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley Masters to attract hundreds to Pleasanton

Championship swim meet set for March 28-30 at Dolores Bengtson aquatic center
The Tri-Valley Masters will host a three-day Pacific Masters Short Course Championships swim meet at Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center later this month.

March 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeks candidates for public service groups

Numerous opportunities for volunteer service listed
The city of Pleasanton is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on several city commissions and committees.

March 10, 2014 | No comments yet
All lanes open after big-rig fire on I-580 in Pleasanton

Traffic backed up for miles after 6 a.m. fire blocked westbound lanes
The California Highway Patrol has canceled a Sig-alert on westbound I-580 near Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton after a big-rig fire this morning, but not before westbound traffic backed up to the Altamont Pass.

March 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Shareholder rights attorneys questioning Safeway-Albertson's deal

Law firm says $36.15 merger consideration well below $46 price analysts set on Feb. 20
Shareholder rights attorneys are investigating the proposed acquisition of Safeway, Inc. by the private equity company Cerberus Capital Management.

March 10, 2014 | 2 comments
Don't forfeit past tax refunds

IRS says public forfeits $1 billion due in refunds
Does this sound familiar? A few years back your yearly earnings were pretty low so you figured you wouldn't owe any income tax. Thus, when April 15 rolled around the following year you didn't bother filing a tax return, knowing you wouldn't be penalized.

March 10, 2014 | 1 comment
Proposed 'Audrie's Law' to stiffen cyberbullying penalties

Named for Saratoga teen who hanged herself in 2012
A state senator on Friday announced the details of a bill designed to prevent cases like the suicide of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl who hanged herself after she was sexually assaulted at a party in Saratoga in 2012.

March 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Proposed 'Audrie's Law' to stiffen cyberbullying penalties

Named for Saratoga teen who hanged herself in 2012
A state senator on Friday announced the details of a bill designed to prevent cases like the suicide of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl who hanged herself after she was sexually assaulted at a party in Saratoga in 2012.

March 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Mayors in Washington to boost TV30 funding

Seek to change terms of cable subscriber funding
Mayors Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton, Tim Sbranti of Dublin and John Marchand of Livermore are in Washington, D.C. this week to push for federal support of efforts to allow cable television system fees to be used as needed for TV30, the Tri-Valley's community broadcast system.

March 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seize out-of-town felons in traffic stop

Plus, other recent police actions
A woman from Livermore and a man from Fremont face multiple felony counts after a Feb. 25 traffic stop near the intersection of Maywood Drive and Springdale Avenue, according to police reports.

March 8, 2014 | 2 comments
Hundreds of Disney workers laid off

Local job losses part of global staff cuts at Disney Interactive division
About 700 staff members at Disney Interactive, the company's video game and digital media division, lost their jobs Thursday as part of a global layoff, including dozens in Palo Alto.

March 8, 2014 | No comments yet
It's now Daylight time. Did you set your clock one hour ahead?

Good time to change batteries in smoke alarms, say fire personnel
Bay Area public safety officials are reminding residents to not only reset their clocks for daylight saving time, which began early this morning, but to also check smoke alarms and other emergency equipment.

March 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Details of agreement of Safeway-Albertsons merger

Safeway shareholders could receive $40 per share
Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and Albertsons announced Thursday a definitive agreement under which AB Acquisition LLC ("AB Acquisition") will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.

March 7, 2014 | 6 comments
San Jose, in bid for Oakland A's, appeals antitrust suit decision

Asks federal court to reinstate itds suit against Major League Baseball
Arguing that an antitrust exemption for Major League Baseball is "the product of a bygone era," the city of San Jose asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco Thursday to reinstate its antitrust lawsuit against the league.

March 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Walnut Creek OKs plastic bag ban although most markets in county don't

Joins Pleasanton, other Tri-Valley cities in requiring shoppers to pay for paper bags
Walnut Creek will be one of the next Bay Area cities to say goodbye to plastic bags, joining Pleasanton and other Tri-Valley cities which also ban the bags.

March 7, 2014 | 5 comments
Pleasanton-based Safeway merging with Boise-based Albertsons

City says it hopes new company will stay here, 'continue to be place of employment for our residents'
In a move that could have far-reaching implications for Pleasanton, Safeway Inc. and Albertsons announced a merger agreement for the two grocery chains yesterday under which the owner of Albertsons will buy all outstanding Safeway stock in a $9 billion deal.

March 7, 2014 | 54 comments
District attorneys reach $2.25 million settlement with Safeway

Money will go to California consumer protection agencies
Just as Safeway annuonced its merger with Albertsons, several Bay Area district attorneys said they had reached a $2.25 million settlement with Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. of a lawsuit that alleged the grocery chain sometimes charged customers more than its advertised and posted prices.

March 7, 2014 | 2 comments
Pleasanton man denies charges he attacked friend, stole car

Enters not guilty plea in San Mateo court on assault with deadly weapon claim
A Pleasanton man who allegedly used a rusted metal cylinder he found on the ground to smack his friend before stealing his car in San Mateo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges against him, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

March 6, 2014 | 1 comment
Survey finds stores offer plethora of unhealthy products for kids

Officials launch 'Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community' campaign
Public health agencies throughout the Bay Area and the state unveiled a new campaign Wednesday based on the idea that people are only as healthy as
the offerings at their nearest store.

March 6, 2014 | 18 comments
Dublin police holding community meeting tonight on recent home burglaries

Meeting follows Monday robbery in home on Cerreto Drive
The Dublin Police Department will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss recent burglaries following the robbery in a home in the 5100 block of Cerreto Drive.

March 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-symphony head on Pennsula charged with embezzlement

Hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from nonprofit's bank accounts
The former executive director of the Peninsula Symphony Association has been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the decades-old Los Altos community orchestra.

March 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Council votes to continue east side study

With state housing demands gone, more time will be taken for 'creative plan'
The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to continue the planning process for developing a mostly vacant 1,100-acre tract of land called East Pleasanton even though the need for additional housing there has gone away.

March 5, 2014 | 40 comments
Lenten services start today, Ash Wednesday for Christians

Lent lasts 40 days with Easter on Sunday, April 20
Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Lenten season, a 40-day period when Christians prepare for Easter, which this year falls on April 20.

March 5, 2014 | 1 comment
State's home sales improving

Spring home-buying season starts early
With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the California Association of Realtors reported yesterday.

March 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's planned East Side development may be scuttled

Study shows city has more than met state's high density housing requirements
A new report showing that Pleasanton has fulfilled its requirements to provide high density housing for at least the rest of the decade and possibly well beyond will be considered tonight by the Pleasanton City Council.

March 4, 2014 | 30 comments
State measure could allow 4-year degrees at community colleges

Senate bill would set up pilot program for B.A. degree
About 300 college students from San Jose boarded buses Monday and traveled to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to favor a bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees, a spokesman said.

March 4, 2014 | 11 comments
Report details importance of national parks to Bay Area

17 million visitors to nearby national parks in 2012 aided local economy
A study released Monday by the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service details the economic benefits the Bay Area's national parks have on the communities around them.

March 4, 2014 | 1 comment
Valley Concert Chorale celebrating 50th anniversary

anniversary3-chorus concert will be Bankhead's largest
The Valley Concert Chorale will highlight its 50th anniversary season at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 with a performance of Carl Orff's choral masterpiece Carmina Burana at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

March 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Armed men hold up Express Liquors on Pleasanton's First Street

Two men take cash, bolt in less than a minute
Pleasanton police are investigating an armed robbery Monday at Express Liquors in the 4300 block of First Street.

March 3, 2014 | 5 comments
Governor releases 2013 judicial appointment data

Appoints 161 judges in 2013 out of 1,345 applicants
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has released annual applicant and appointee data for the administration's judicial appointments.

March 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Drought conditions persist despite recent rain

Rain totals in Bay Area still well below normal, Weather Service says
Even with a few more days of scattered showers in the forecast this week, rain totals around the Bay Area are still well below normal, a National Weather Service forecaster said yesterday.

March 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Money-saving tips for seniors

10% here and 20% there can really add up, writer says
We all love a good bargain, no matter what our age. But if you're a senior citizen on a fixed income, finding discounted goods and services can mean the difference between making ends meet and going without.

March 3, 2014 | 15 comments
Governor Brown signs drought legislation

Measure to assist drought-affected communities, provide funding to better use water supplies
As California grapples with the driest period in its history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Friday signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies.

March 2, 2014 | 3 comments
Brown seeks re-election as governor

Democrat aims for unprecedented fourth term
Gov. Jerry Brown filed papers at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office in Oakland Friday to run for an unprecedented fourth term as California's leader.

March 1, 2014 | 16 comments
Livermore's Sandia employee contributions stay here

Most of 2013 'giving campaign' funds help Tri-Valley charities
Employees and retirees at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore donated $189,154 last year to the lab's Employee Caring Program with all of it being disbursed to designated nonprofit organizations at the donors' requests.

February 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Livermore's Sandia employee contributions stay here

Most of 2013 'giving campaign' funds help Tri-Valley charities
Employees and retirees at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore donated $189,154 last year to the lab's Employee Caring Program with all of it being disbursed to designated nonprofit organizations at the donors' requests.

February 28, 2014 | 4 comments
School board approves smaller classes for pre-kindergarten-3rd grade

Trustees also restore $2.9 in spending on jobs and programs
Smaller class sizes for early elementary school students were approved by the Pleasanton School Board on Tuesday night, drawing applause from about 20 supporters.

February 28, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Chamber hosting Community awards event tonight

6 awards to be presented at Firehouse Arts Center
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will recognize individuals, groups and businesses that have demonstrated excellence and community leadership during a special Community Service Award program tonight.

February 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton board's action leaves principal's status unclear

School trustees split 3-2 on vote to end Vranesh's administrative duties
The employment status of former Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranesh still isn't clear in spite of a 3-2 vote taken in closed session Tuesday night to apparently strip him of any administrative duties.

February 27, 2014 | 33 comments
GG Bridge board to vote today on phased-in toll increases

Tolls could rise to $8 by July 2018
The staff of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is recommending a gradual toll increase to as much as $8 on the bridge over the next four years.

February 27, 2014 | 11 comments
San Ramon council nixes Independence Day fireworks

Vote to continue smaller celebration featuring bands, tribute to veterans
Area residents will have to travel to some other neighboring city if they want to see a fireworks display this Fourth of July after the San Ramon City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 against bringing back aerial pyrotechnics to its community.

February 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Caller says he's grandson, Pleasanton scam victim sends money

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Feb. 24
A resident of the 2700 block of Vista Diablo Court lost $34,000 in a common scam, according to Pleasanton police reports.

February 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Sales of new homes rebound across U.S. in January

New-home sales up 11% in western states, data shows
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 9.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000 units last month from an upwardly revised pace of 427,000 units in December.

February 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Swalwell wants Superbowl moved out of Arizona if anti-gay bill is passed

Urges NFL to commit to move as incentive for governor to veto measure
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) called on the National Football League today to commit to moving the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona should Governor Jan Brewer sign a so-called anti-gay bill into law.

February 26, 2014 | 5 comments
Camp Connection 2014

What are the kids doing this summer?
What are the kids doing this summer? Now is the time to start figuring that out. Here is a list of local camps.

February 25, 2014 | No comments yet
DeSaulnier helps woman, grandson after Concord home invasion

2 tied up during robbery of home next door to DeSaulnier
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) helped rescue a woman and her grandson Sunday following an armed home invasion robbery next door to his home in in Concord.

February 25, 2014 | No comments yet
GG Bridge board set to vote on phased-in toll increases

Tolls could rise to $8 by July 2018
The staff of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is recommending a gradual $2 toll increase on the bridge over the next four years.

February 26, 2014 | 4 comments
Rare, polio-like virus striking Bay Area children

Doctors discuss cases at press conference Monday, stress rarity of the disease
A polio-like illness has stricken 25 children in California, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital officials announced Monday at a press conference.

February 25, 2014 | 2 comments
Weekly distributes $70,000 in Holiday Fund donations

10 organizations share in 2013 campaign contributions
The Pleasanton Weekly and its partner Silicon Valley Community Foundation have distributed $70,000 to 10 Tri-Valley nonprofits which were recipients of the Weekly's 2013 Holiday Fund.

February 25, 2014 | No comments yet
CarMax Auto Superstore coming to Pleasanton

Country's largest used car retailer to build in Staples Ranch
CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, plans to build a CarMax Auto Superstore on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side.

February 25, 2014 | 16 comments
East Bay luxury home sales jump 17% in January

Prices also up to median of $1,325,000
The East Bay's luxury housing market began the new year with a bang as sales in January were up sharply from a year ago and the median sale price rose as well, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

February 25, 2014 | 1 comment
School board to consider five plans to cut early elementary class sizes

Two new scenarios up for consideration
The Pleasanton School Board will look at two new scenarios for cutting class sizes for kindergarten through third grade at its meeting tonight.

February 25, 2014 | 6 comments
Foothill student group protests anti-gay laws in Russia

Hold rally to urge students to avoid watching Sochi ceremony
More than 20 Foothill High School students spent their lunch hour Friday in silent protest of anti-gay laws in Russia.

February 24, 2014 | 16 comments
Changes to be eyed in city's parks, recreation facilities tonight

City Council, Parks-Rec Commission holding joint meeting
The Pleasanton City Council and the Parks & Recreation Commission will hold a joint meeting tonight to consider updates to the comprehensive, city-wide Parks and Recreation Master
Plan.

February 24, 2014 | 5 comments
Workday to add 6-story building to Pleasanton complex

Architecturally-striking structure will be city's second tallest
Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building between its main campus and I-580.

February 24, 2014 | 22 comments
DA explains decision not to file charges in Middleton Place case

Investigation concludes injured man struck first; wife disagrees
Evidence indicates that the Pleasanton man found injured and unconscious outside his home on Middleton Place last September was the aggressor in the altercation, according to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

February 21, 2014 | 9 comments
Q&A: Alameda County DA, on Middleton Place fight case

Nancy O'Malley explains investigation, procedure, conclusions
In the wake of the announcement that the Alameda County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges in the case of a Pleasanton man injured outside his home, DA Nancy O'Malley discussed the investigation and her office's decision in a question-and-answer session with the Pleasanton Weekly.

February 21, 2014 | 59 comments
A's possible move to San Jose now a 'fast-track' court case

City claiming MLB 'illegally' blocking move to new stadium
The city of San Jose haas won its request to a federal appeals court in San Francisco for a fast-track handling of its lawsuit against Major League Baseball.

February 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda court rules Overstock.com guilty of false advertising

Internet firm ordered to pay $6.8 million in civil penalties
An Alameda County Superior Court judge has found internet retailer Overstock.com engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices
throughout California since 2006.

February 26, 2014 | 6 comments
S.F. supervisors want sugary drink tax on November ballot

Poll shows 67% of state's voting public supports tax
San Francisco supervisors who have proposed a sugary drink tax for the city's November ballot said they were encouraged by a statewide poll that found nearly 80% of Bay Area residents support
such a tax.

February 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Primrose school to open in Pleasanton today

School offers 'foundation for future learning' environment for pre-kindergarten children
Primrose School, part of a national independently-owned private school for pre-kindergarten children, will open its first California franchise in Pleasanton with a reception and open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

February 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Golf pro pleads not guilty to 75 felony sex counts

Three alleged victims, boys between 12 and 17 years old
A Livermore golf instructor pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually abused three boys he had been teaching. Andrew Nisbet, 32, faces a total of 75 felony counts. The alleged victims are boys between the ages of 12 and 17, according to Livermore police.

February 20, 2014 | No comments yet
State bill will provide $700 million for drought relief

Emergency legislation includes funds for food, housng
Gov. Jerry Brown and state Democratic leaders announced Wednesday emergency legislation providing $687.4 million in funding to support drought relief projects.

February 20, 2014 | 5 comments
MTA offers summer internship program

Available in Contra Costa County, program lets students earn while they learn
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is looking for summer interns seeking a career in transit.

February 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Oakland man seized with stolen goods by Pleasanton police

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Feb. 17
An early-morning car burglar was busted Monday, thanks to a call from a resident on Camino Brazos. The caller reported seeing someone taking property from inside of his parked vehicle.

February 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Local UPS driver saves Milfleur shopkeeper

'He kept saying, 'Do you want me to call somebody?''
A Pleasanton woman got an early Valentine gift: her life, thanks to the persistence of a UPS driver from San Ramon.

February 19, 2014 | 23 comments
March to Washington to fight 'Eve's curse'

Demonstration will focus on raising awareness of endometriosis, women's health
Stanford Hospital physician Camran Nezhat and a growing contingency of volunteers are organizing a march on Washington D.C. on March 13, which will highlight endometriosis, a gynecological disorder affecting an estimated 200 million women worldwide.

February 19, 2014 | No comments yet
At-risk Pleasanton runaway, 15, returns home

Youth had been missing since Sunday
Pleasanton police reported this evening that the "at risk" teenager missing earlier today has returned home.

February 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High wins state "We the People" competition

Team heads to Washington for April nationals for 13th time
Amador Valley High School has won the California state "We the People" competition, giving the school's current competition civics team a place at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

February 18, 2014 | 11 comments
Narum launches campaign for election to council

Seeks 4-year term in November race
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Kathy Narum launched her campaign for election to a full four-year term on the council at a crowded breakfast campaign in the Fairgrounds Pavilion, where she received a standing ovation from supporters.

February 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Roche announces launch of new HIV tests suitable for world-wide use

New test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis
Roche Laboratories in Pleasanton announced this week that is has received CE mark certification for its new dual-target HIV-1 drug test, allowing it to be sold in the European Union and those countries accepting CE Marked products.

February 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Alameda County ranks 4th in median income

Trails Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara in 2012 statewide report
The statewide median income for all 2012 individual tax returns was $35,910, an increase of 3.5% over 2011's median income amount, according to a report issued this week by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

February 18, 2014 | 6 comments
Oakland man seized with stolen goods by Pleasanton police

Resident spots him at 3:45 a.m., calls police
An Oakland man was arrested yesterday by Pleasanton police with stolen goods taken from cars parked on Fairfield and Ridgevale roads and Camino Brazos.

February 17, 2014 | 10 comments
Bay East Realtors honor 5 for 2013 achievements

Awards given to professionals for year's achievements
Five local real estate professionals have been honored by the Bay East Association of Realtors for their achievements in 2013.

February 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Court overturns restrictions on concealed weapons in California

Judicial panel's 2-1 decision stems from challenge to San Diego law
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down a San Diego law Thursday that restricted the concealed carry of firearms except in cases where an individual could prove they were in exceptional danger.

February 17, 2014 | 66 comments
Chinese New Year celebrations continue in S.F. today

'Year of Horse' festivities throughout Chinatown
San Francisco's two-week celebration of the Year of the Horse continues today with the Chinatown Community Street Fair.

February 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Two from San Jose arrested in Pleasanton pesticide theft

One current, one former Terminix employee arrested
Two men have been arrested for burglary in a months-long theft of pesticides from Terminix in Pleasanton.

February 14, 2014 | 3 comments
BART riders potentially exposed to measles

Infected UC Berkeley student rode trains Feb. 4-7
BART riders may have been exposed to measles by a UC Berkeley student who traveled on trains in Contra Costa and Alameda counties last week while infected with the disease.

February 14, 2014 | 16 comments
No fireworks in San Ramon for 2014 Independence Day

Parks & Community Services Commission votes down Old Ranch launch site
Plans to bring fireworks back to San Ramon for the Fourth of July were shot down by the city's Parks & Community Services Commission on Wednesday night.

February 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Malatesta new president of Pleasanton Downtown Association

Joins other new officers, board members at downtown event
Vic Malatesta, owner of Vic's All Star Kitchen on Main Street, was installed Tuesday as the new president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

February 13, 2014 | 2 comments
Van, drugs, cameras stolen in Pleaasanton break-in

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Feb. 10
A 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan and miscellaneous items were taken in a residential burglary and auto theft in Pleasanton sometime between 8 p.m Feb. 7 and 10:15 a.m Feb 8.

February 13, 2014 | No comments yet
School board eyes job restorations, smaller classes

Spending plan would bring back assistant principals, custodians
After years of paring down its budget, the Pleasanton School Board is considering bringing back some jobs permanently and restoring others for a year.

February 13, 2014 | 4 comments
Valentine's Day gifts for patients from Donlon students

Fifth grade project sends festive blankets to Children's Hospital
A group of young patients at Children's Hospital in Oakland celebrated Valentine's Day with warm, festive, decorated blankets made by students in the fifth grade at Pleasanton's Donlon Elementary School.

February 12, 2014 | 4 comments
Willie Brown now namesake of Bay Bridge western span

Controversial naming comes as engineers seek solutions to bridge leaks
Former San Francisco Mayor and state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown is now the namesake of the western span of the Bay Bridge following a
ceremony on Treasure Island Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | 17 comments
Court extends deadline for California prison reduction

State now has until February 2016 to lower adult prison population to 137.5%
A federal three-judge panel Monday gave Gov. Jerry Brown's administration a two-year extension of a deadline for reducing the number of inmates in the state's overcrowded prisons.

February 11, 2014 | 7 comments
Funding questions loom over high-speed rail's new plan

California High-Speed Rail Authority's new business plan struggles to find funding sources for first usable stretch of $68-billion line
Seeking to comply with a legislative requirement, the agency charged with building California's high-speed-rail system on Monday released an updated business plan that offers upgraded ridership projections, revised construction plans and very few answers on the critical question of how the system will be funded.

February 11, 2014 | 11 comments
Keep Valentine's Day balloons secure, PG&E urges

Floating metallic balloons can cause power outages, injuries
With Valentine's Day helium-filled metallic balloons the rage today, PG&E is urging celebrants to hold onto them or secure the balloons so that they don't float upwards and possibly hit overhead electric power lines.

February 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Granada-Livermore game on TV30 tonight

Play-by-play coverage of Friday night's game
The last basketball game of the season that TV30 will televise is the match-up airing tonight between Granada and Livermore high schools.

February 10, 2014 | 2 comments
School board to ponder restoring jobs, smaller classes

Will consider bringing back some permanently, one-time restorations for others
The Pleasanton school board will be looking at whether to permanently bring back some of the jobs it restored on a one-time basis last year and bringing back some other jobs at its meeting tonight.

February 11, 2014 | 8 comments
Pleasanton schools closed today

Most to observe Lincoln's birthday next Mnday
Pleasanton schools are closed today in honor of Lincoln's birthday and then again next Monday, Feb. 17, for Presidents' Day.

February 10, 2014 | 11 comments
Special beef cuts recalled by Petaluma producer

Products deemed unfit for consumption for human consumption
A Petaluma-based company recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of meat Saturday produced over the last year that may not have been adequately
inspected and could cause consumers to become seriously ill or even die, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

February 10, 2014 | 5 comments
Cristiano named honorary president of Pleasanton real estate firm

Head of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie cites her experience Head of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie cites her experience
Janet Cristiano has been named honorary president of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate.

February 10, 2014 | 2 comments
City's Parent Education series starts Feb. 26

'Raising Resilient Children' topic of 1st session
"Raising Resilient Children" will be the topic of the first of the 2014 series of a Parent Education series of seminars for parents on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

February 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Flood warning for North Bay counties

Parts of Marin County record 10 inches of rain
A few days of heavy rain have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch for the entire North Bay this afternoon, a forecaster said.

February 9, 2014 | No comments yet
City College of S.F. fighting loss of accreditation threat

Commission rejects bid to review revocation decision
A regional commission Friday rejected City College of San Francisco's request to review its decision to revoke the school's accreditation.

February 8, 2014 | No comments yet
202 statewide flu-related deaths; 30 in Bay Area

5 deaths reported in Alameda, Contra Costa counties
At least 30 people in the Bay Area have died from the flu this season and 202 are confirmed to have died statewide, according to figures released Saturday by the state Department of Public Health.

February 8, 2014 | No comments yet
No charges: 'Lack of sufficient evidence' in Lamont beating case

No charges will be filed against the teens involved in an altercation that left a Middleton Place man bleeding and unconscious outside his Pleasanton home last September. "The Alameda County District Attorney has chosen not to pursue criminal charges citing lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed," police said Friday.

February 7, 2014 | No comments yet
No charges in case of beaten man

DA cites 'lack of sufficient evidence;' police close investigation
No charges will be filed against the teens involved in an altercation that left a Middleton Place man bleeding and unconscious outside his Pleasanton home last September.

February 7, 2014 | 75 comments
Feit out as CEO at ValleyCare Health System

Staff learned Wednesday; interim chief executive named by hospital board
Marcy Feit, ValleyCare Health System's president and chief executive officer since 1997, quit her post suddenly Tuesday, it was announced Thursday.

February 6, 2014 | 29 comments
Teens: Want to visit Tulancingo?

Still time to hear about 2014 Youth exchange program
Learn about Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association's teen cultural exchange from 8-9 p.m. next Wednesday at a meeting for parents and students at the Pleasanton Library where the application and selection process will be explained.

February 6, 2014 | 1 comment
CVS Pharmacy fined nearly $700,000

Pharmacists failed to consult with patients on new or changed prescriptions
CVS Pharmacy, which operates 850 pharmacies in California, including two in Pleasanton, has been fined $658,500 for its pharmacists' failures to consult with patients on new or changed prescriptions as required by law.

February 6, 2014 | 11 comments
Parents quiz experts on new teaching and testing method

Common Core trial tests to be held in spring
Parents last week got a taste of what their kids will be learning in a new educational model known as Common Core State Standards.

February 6, 2014 | 6 comments
Truck, tools stolen from construction site

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions through Feb. 3
A truck and tools valued at nearly $58,000 were stolen from a construction site at the Stoneridge Creek retirement community in Pleasanton.

in a commercial burglary reported at about 8:22 a.m. Jan. 28. Among the lengthy list of items stolen were four sets of crimping tools valued at a total of $35,000. A chain on the front gate was cut to provide access to the thief or thieves.

February 6, 2014 | 4 comments
Amador DECA at state competition today

Scored several first place finishes at regionals
Fresh off their award-winning performances at the Northern California DECA District Conference, more than 100 Amador Valley High School students are bringing their skills to the statewide competition in Anaheim this weekend.

February 6, 2014 | 6 comments
Pleasanton declares water emergency due to statewide drought

Council asks public to cut water use by 20%
The Pleasanton City Council declared Stage 1 of water shortage planning at its meeting last night in response to Governor Jerry Brown's recent State of Emergency declaration regarding California's drought conditions.

February 5, 2014 | 59 comments
John Muir, San Ramon Medical to open health clinic in Pleasanton

Joint venture acquires building on Owens Drive
San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health have acquired a building with more than 92,000 square feet at 5860 Owens Drive that will hold the new Pleasanton Outpatient Center. The center is expected to open in early 2015.

February 4, 2014 | 4 comments
Spring comes to Pleasanton

Flowers, blossoms mark an early spring
It may be bitterly cold with snow and ice that just won't melt back east, but Pleasanton can boast an early spring as seen on this street view of a flowering crab and roses on Montevino Drive in upper Vintage Hills.

February 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Warriors delay timeline for new San Francisco arena

Team pushes proposed opening to at least 2018
The Golden State Warriors' plans to build an arena on the San Francisco waterfront by 2017 are being pushed back by at least a year, project organizers said Monday.

February 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Council meets tonight on Bernal Park improvements

$16-milion project could get underway this spring
The Pleasanton City Council starts out its February meetings tonight with a full agenda that includes consideration of a $16-million project to add more sports fields and an oak woodland area in Bernal Community Park.

February 4, 2014 | 7 comments
Kohl's of Pleasanton part of U.S. scholarship program

2 nominees from local store to participate
Kohl's Department Store in Pleasanton along with other Kohl's stores and the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities.

February 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Builder confidence in 55+ housing market at record high

Upper-age group now better able to downsize as housing market improves
Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for the fourth quarter of 2013 is up sharply, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index, released Monday.

February 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Campana Jazz Festival starts at 8 a.m. today

Bay Area school bands to offer 36 ensembles
The 39th annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held at Amador Valley High School from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today.

February 4, 2014 | 2 comments
Vigil marks 25th year since teen's disappearance

13-year-old Ilene Misheloff last seen in 1989
Some 100 people gathered last Thursday night to mark a somber date: the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff.

February 3, 2014 | No comments yet
AC Transit seeing boom in ridership

Transbay lines showing remarkable increases
For the second year in a row, AC Transit is experiencing a boom in ridership, with its Transbay lines showing particularly remarkable increases in passengers, including a 37.3% ridership jump on one line.

February 3, 2014 | 4 comments
Coach Costello inducted into Chabot College Athletics Hall of Fame

Pleasanton man makes an impact on basketball community
The reach and impact of longtime college basketball coach Tony Costello's stellar career continued to be felt on an evening filled with laughter, tears and heartfelt remembrances, when he was posthumously inducted into the Chabot College Athletics Hall of Fame.

January 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Registered sex offender seized for molesting 6-year-old

Livermore police arrest Sunnyvale man who served 8 years in prison
A Sunnyvale sex offender who served eight years in prison for sexual abuse of a child in 1989 has been arrested in Livermore for allegedly molesting a 6-year-old girl, a police spokesman said.

January 31, 2014 | 6 comments
Monte Vista High teacher to help kick off Lawrence Livermore Lab lecture series

Rodger Johnson to speak about exploring nature using computer simulation
A Monte Vista High teacher will help Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory welcome the return of its "Science on Saturday" lecture series this weekend.

February 1, 2014 | No comments yet
More toll lanes planned for I-680, this time north of Pleasanton

Dublin-Walnut Creek carpool lanes would open to solo drivers for a fee
State freeway planners want to convert the carpool lanes on I-680 between Dublin and Walnut Creek to toll lanes in an effort to keep traffic moving.

January 31, 2014 | 11 comments
On track: Sport teaches speed, strength, self-reliance

Track and field teaches many skills to athletes
Faster is better. Jorge Quero can't stress this enough. "For the high school athlete looking to play a collegiate sport, faster is always going to be better," explains Quero, who has been track and field coach at Foothill High for six years. "Baseball, football, basketball -- all of these sports want speed, but they don't teach their players how to get faster."

January 30, 2014 | 5 comments
AbGone dietary aid stops California sales, pays penalty

Alameda County District Atty. Nancy O'Malley wins ban order
Benjamin Suarez and his company, Ohio-based direct mail and Internet marketer Suarez Corporation Industries, Inc.(SCI), will no longer sell their dietary supplement AbGone in Alameda Cunty or anywhere else in California.

January 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Retired immigration judge to run for Congress

Republican Danville resident Tue Q. Phan seeks to fill George Miller's seat
A retired immigration judge from Danville has thrown his hat into the ring as a Republican candidate for the congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez).

January 30, 2014 | 37 comments
Thousands attend funeral of fallen BART officer

Family, friends, colleagues pay tribute to Det. Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Smith, who died after being accidentally shot by fellow detective in Dublin
BART police Det. Sgt. Thomas Smith Jr., who was killed in the line of duty last week, was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated officer who was devoted to his wife and their 6-year-old daughter.

January 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Jon Vranesh appointed 'itinerant principal'

New responsibilities unknown
Former Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranesh is not out of a job, but it remains unclear what he'll be doing in his new position.

January 30, 2014 | 43 comments
School board looks at locations for new elementaries

Members suggest bond measure may be needed
With the need for two new elementary schools and hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs to existing facilities, the Pleasanton school board is once again talking about a bond measure.

January 30, 2014 | 20 comments
Hacienda saw 3rd year of growth in 2013

New projects, construction activity underway in new year
Hacienda Business Park saw another year of continued overall vacancy reduction in 2013 with several new project approvals and construction activities underway.

January 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Kaiser Permanente earns top clinic-quality award

Clinical care receives 4-stars for multiple services, treatments
For the sixth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente is the only health plan in California to earn a four-star rating, the highest possible, for overall quality of care in the annual Healthcare Quality Report Card from California's Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA).

January 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Hundreds expected at funeral today for fallen BART officer

Police coming from across the country to pay respects
Hundreds of police officers are expected to attend the funeral of fallen BART police Sgt. Tommy Smith today along with family members, friends and supporters.

January 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Water agency asks for 10% voluntary cuts in water use

Brown asks remainder of state to cut use by 20%
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10% because of ongoing drought conditions in the region. The SFPUC provides water service to 2.6 million people in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The announcement follows Gov. Jerry Brown's proclamation of a drought state of emergency early last week.

January 28, 2014 | No comments yet
BART names officer involved in fatal shooting

Detective Michael Maes has 26 years in law enforcement
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey confirmed on Monday that Detective Michael Maes, a law enforcement veteran, was the officer who fatally shot Sgt. Tommy Smith in an apparent accident during a probation search in Dublin last Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Hockey fans alert: S.F. Bulls call it quits

Refunds available through Feb. 28 for ticketholders
The San Francisco Bulls professional hockey team, an upstart team that gained some popularity during last year's National Hockey League strike, called it quits Monday after no buyer was found.

January 27, 2014 | No comments yet
School board to consider new elementary schools tonight

Two schools may be necessary, according to demographers report
The Pleasanton School Board will once again look at possible new elementary school sites at its meeting tonight.to

January 28, 2014 | 6 comments
Historic preservation rules get Council's OK

Survey will determine which homes are 'historic'
The Pleasanton City Council wrapped up more than two years of public debate Tuesday night by approving a series of changes in policies and regulations to preserve the looks of historic homes in the city's downtown district.

January 27, 2014 | 2 comments
Equestrian Center owner named to Fair board

Chuck Moore joins 26-member Alameda County Fair board
Chuck Moore, owner of Pacific Coast Well & Pump and Graceland Equestrian Center in Castro Valley, has been appointed to the board of the Alameda County Fair.

January 27, 2014 | 2 comments
Pleasanton brush fire near I-680 homes quickly doused

Firefighters stop half-acre blaze in 45 minutes
Crews from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department quickly extinguished a grass fire near I-680 and Sunol Boulevard Sunday afternoon before it had the chance to spread to nearby homes.

January 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Police seize suspect for firing shots in downtown Pleasanton restaurant

Pleasanton man charged with shooting that injured Red Coats patron
Police arrested a 21-year-old Pleasanton man yesterday just hours after a lone gunman fired shots into the ceiling at Red Coats British Pub & Restaurant at 336 St. Mary St. shortly after midnight Sunday.

January 26, 2014 | 18 comments
500 turn out to remember former Mayor Ken Mercer

Tributes include his devotion to family, city of Pleasanton
A capacity crowd filled the Pleasanton Senior Center Saturday afternoon to hear family and friends of the late Mayor Ken Mercer praise his service on behalf of Pleasanton.

January 25, 2014 | No comments yet
3 more flu deaths in Bay Area as state total reaches 95

33 flu-related deaths in region as of Saturday
Three more flu-related deaths were recorded in Santa Clara County and Alameda County Saturday as state Department of Public Health officials
confirmed there have been 50 more influenza deaths in people under 65 throughout the state as of last week.

January 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Arby's robbed Thursday night

Employee ducks into back room as robber grabs cash
Arby's restaurant located at 5900 Owens Dr. was robbed Thursday night by a man who approached the counter and demanded money.

January 24, 2014 | 23 comments
Fallen BART sergeant killed by single shot to chest

Public viewing, funeral for Sgt. Tommy Smith scheduled for next week
An autopsy has determined that BART police Sgt. Tom "Tommy" Smith died from a single gunshot wound to his chest, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

January 24, 2014 | 15 comments
BART sergeant fatally wounded by colleague was 23-year department vet

Investigation into accidental shooting in Dublin could last weeks, authorities say
BART's police chief Wednesday remembered a sergeant who died after being shot by a colleague on Tuesday as a "great detective, husband, father and friend who touched many lives."

January 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: The Invisible Woman

Movie looks behind the curtain at the whispered-about mistress Dickens never publicly acknowledged.
History, they say, is written by the victors.

January 23, 2014 | 3 comments
Neighbor busted in home burglary

Used stolen items to decorate her home
Pleasanton police have arrested a local woman for burglarizing her neighbor's home after the victims spotted her wearing their clothes.

January 22, 2014 | 34 comments
S.F approves commuter buses, including those from Pleasanton

Google, Facebook, others shuttle workers to city jobs
A proposal to allow private commuter buses to use certain public bus stops in exchange for a fee was approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors despite protests by housing rights advocates and other opponents.

January 22, 2014 | 3 comments
Water outlook more positive for Tri-Valley

Service providers haven't declared drought, but urge conservation
With drought concerns at the forefront statewide after the governor's emergency proclamation last week, current water availability doesn't appear as dire locally as in other parts of California, according to San Ramon water-service providers.

January 22, 2014 | 7 comments
DeSaulnier gains early support for congressional bid

Danville's state senator receives endorsements from assemblywoman, ex-congresswoman Monday
State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) continues to receive political support early on in his congressional bid.

January 22, 2014 | 6 comments
Officer shot by partner was 20-year BART veteran

Tom Smith accidentally killed in Dublin probation search
BART's police chief confirmed today that the officer who died after he was accidentally shot by a colleague on Tuesday was Sgt. Tommy Smith, a 23-year veteran of the department.

January 21, 2014 | 13 comments
Hundreds turn out for Make a Difference Day

Hundreds turned out Saturday for the city's annual "Make a Difference Day" at the Pleasanton Library

January 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Council to vote tonight on Historic Preservation law

Aimed at preserving the looks of downtown homes
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to continue a public hearing a month ago on a proposed new law aimed at preserving the looks of downtown Pleasanton homes built before 1942.

January 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Remodeling market continues upward trend

NARI reports highest overall ratings on business conditions
The home remodeling business showed continued growth in the last quarter of 2013 with more work in the pipeline for this year, too, a trade association reported this week.

January 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Rotarians raise $4,400 for wheelchairs for Mexico's needy

Members pool their housewares for Amador parking lot sale
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton raised $4,400 Saturday at its city-wide "yard sale" held in the parking lot at Amador Valley High School.

January 21, 2014 | 16 comments
3 reasons to get started on education planning in 2014

Economics of higher education today are more complex than ever
Education planning for your children or grandchildren is one of the most important financial goals you could plan for in 2014.

January 21, 2014 | 4 comments
Jewelers Gallery joins buying group

'Will be international diamond broker for customers,' owners say
Jewelers Gallery in Pleasanton has joined the independent Jewelers Organization (IJO), an international Buying Group and educational organization of independent retail jewelers.

January 21, 2014 | No comments yet
New Leaf food drive raises $17,336

Pleasanton grocer's 1st year helps county food bank
Customers of New Leaf Community Markets, including Pleasanton's, donated a total of $17,336 for area food banks during November and December.

January 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Schools, government offices closed for King birthday holiday today

Tri-Valley Y to host breakfast to commemorate civil rights leader next Monday
Federal, state, regional and local government offices and public schools are closed today in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Perry's Liquor license suspended for underage sales in Pleasanton

5th violation in last 8 years, authorities say
A Pleasanton liquor store had its liquor license suspended
Thursday for selling alcohol to an underage person for the third time in three years, according to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

January 19, 2014 | 12 comments
Don't burn wood in fireplace as you watch the football playoffs

Another Winter Spare the Air alert issued again for today
Don't burn wood in that fireplace as you watch the football playoffs this afternoon or you could be in trouble.

January 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Brown declares drought emergency, urges conservation

UC's Napolitano says campuses will cut water use by 20%
Gov. Jerry Brown Friday proclaimed a drought state of emergency in what is expected to be the driest year on record in California.

January 17, 2014 | 11 comments
Trial date set for lawyer charged in Dublin hit-and-run death

Case moves forward after more than a year of delays
Nearly two years after being arrested for running down a bicyclist in Dublin, felony charges are moving forward for a San Ramon attorney.

January 17, 2014 | 21 comments
Fireworks plan sparks debate at San Ramon forum

Nearby residents fear crowds, fallout, fire
About 50 people turned out Wednesday night to speak out against a plan to bring fireworks back to San Ramon.

January 17, 2014 | 7 comments
Pleasanton agent named president of women's Realtor group

Swalwell, Buchanan join in installation festivities
Barbara Clemons, a veteran agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Pleasanton office, has been named president of the Southern Alameda County chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors (WCR) for 2014.

January 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Report: East Bay luxury home sales jump 43% in November

Danville boasts most qualifying sales with 31, firm says
The East Bay's luxury housing market continued its rally in November with high-end sales jumping 43.2 percent from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

January 16, 2014 | 2 comments
How to use your home to its full capacity

Follow the Neanderthals for better organization
Your home should support your life. Are you using your home to its full capacity?

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton agent named president of women's Realtor group

Swalwell, Buchanan join in installation festivities
Barbara Clemons, a veteran agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Pleasanton office, has been named president of the Southern Alameda County chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors (WCR) for 2014.

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
'New' Stoneridge Drive now 40 mph

Councilwoman objects to higher speed
The speed limit on the newly extended section of Stoneridge Drive has been raised to 40 mph despite objections from City Councilwoman Karla Brown who said it should stay at 35.

January 16, 2014 | 24 comments
Rotary 'garage' sale set for Amador parking today

Proceeds will go for wheelchairs for disabled
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold a city-wide "yard sale" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot at Amador Valley High School.

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
New courses coming to Pleasanton schools

Expanded focus on science and engineering
Pleasanton students can look forward to a host of new classes in the next school year.

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Still no decision on ousted principal

Union leader 'concerned about morale'
Supporters of former Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranesh weren't in attendance at the Pleasanton School Board meeting Tuesday night, but he was still on the minds of some.

January 16, 2014 | 28 comments
Family of beaten man offers thanks for donations

Pleasanton's David Lamont, 51, slowly recovering
The family of a man who was beaten and left unconscious on the street in front of his Middleton Place home is thanking those who provided donations during the Christmas season.

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
New sex abuse charges filed against golf pro

Ten new counts involve third boy; more victims expected
New charges involving an additional victim were filed Wednesday against an award-winning Livermore golf pro who is accused of sexually abusing boys he had been teaching.

January 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Chemicals stolen from Terminix

Plus, other police reports through Jan. 13
Police are investigating the theft of as much as $180,000 in extermination products in a case that dates from March to December of last year.

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Legislators kill BART strike ban proposal

3 Democrats vote against, 2 Republicans in favor
A bill that would have banned strikes by public transit employees, such as BART workers who walked off the job twice last year, has been killed by a state Senate committee.

January 16, 2014 | 25 comments
Memorial service at 1 p.m. today for former Mayor Ken Mercer

Longest-serving mayor served on Council 16 years
A memorial service for former Pleasanton Mayor Ken Mercer, 71, who died Tuesday, will be held at 1 p.m. this afternoon at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

January 14, 2014 | 48 comments
DeSaulnier announces run for Congress

Hopes to replace George Miller, who's retiring
It didn't take long for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to throw his hat in the ring for a bid to replace retiring Congressman George Miller.

January 14, 2014 | 11 comments
BART's largest union approves contract

Settlement ends 9 months of tense negotiations
Members of BART's largest labor union voted Monday to approve a contract agreement ending nine months of labor strife that included two short strikes that heavily impacted Bay Area commuters.

January 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Statewide flu-related deaths now total 45

3 confirmed flu deaths in Alameda County
California Department of Public Health officials said this weekend that there have been 45 confirmed influenza deaths statewide and 50 more suspected cases as of Jan. 11.

January 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman sentenced to prison for tax fraud

Fake refund scheme results in 27-month sentence
A Pleasanton woman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for a fake tax refund scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

January 14, 2014 | 2 comments
Ousted principal likely on school board agenda tonight

Vranesh remains on paid leave from Walnut Grove
The Pleasanton School Board will likely be discussing former Walnut Grove Elementary School Principal Jon Vranesh at its meeting tonight.

January 14, 2014 | 25 comments
Brown budget: More spending but fiscal restraint

Legislature to look at $155-billion plan
Vowing to keep the state on a path to long-term fiscal stability, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proposed a balanced budget that pays off more than $11 billion in debt and builds a lasting rainy day fund while continuing to invest in public schools and expand health care coverage for millions.

January 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Lone Survivor'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
One word you won't see used to describe "Lone Survivor," the fact-based movie about a FUBAR Navy SEALs operation: "contemplative."

January 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Outreach effort against human trafficking underway

Law requires postings anti-trafficking notices notices.
A public-awareness campaign was launched Friday that targets human trafficking by reaching out to potential victims through local businesses and facilities.

January 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Wyrick Chamber Players at Firehouse today

Group includes talented parents, two daughters
Wyrick Chamber Players, a well-known Bay Area classical music family, will perform together in a concert at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. today.

January 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Discarded Christmas trees to be picked up today

Garbage company's collection is free
Pleasanton Garbage Company will pick up discarded Christmas trees that have been placed curbside today free of charge.

January 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Group asks Congress to restore parks funding

National Park Service budget drops 13% in 3 years
An environmental advocacy group is calling on Congress to restore funding to national parks and released a report Thursday showing the impact the cuts have had on the visitor experience in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and other parks in California.

January 10, 2014 | No comments yet
4th flu-related death in Bay Area reported

One death so far among flu victims in Alameda County
A fourth flu-related death in the Bay Area has been reported.

January 10, 2014 | 2 comments
DeSaulnier announces legislative effort to end poverty

New caucus comes on 50th anniversary of Johnson's 'War on Poverty'
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty. Now, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) is firing some new shots in that old war.

January 9, 2014 | 5 comments
Fireworks could be returning to San Ramon

Team recommends Old Ranch Park to set off, but not watch fireworks
Are fireworks coming back to San Ramon? It's too soon to say for sure, but the city is taking the first steps toward restoring the show.

January 9, 2014 | 9 comments
How to use your home to its full capacity

Follow the Neanderthals for better organization
Your home should support your life. Are you using your home to its full capacity?

January 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Firms must pay to remove lead paint in older homes

Pleasanton homes built before 1978 affected
In a final ruling that could affect older homes in Pleasanton, a Superior Court judge in San Jose increased the amount that three large corporations must pay to eliminate lead paint from 3.5 million old homes in eight California counties as well as San Diego and Oakland to $1.15 billion.

January 9, 2014 | 3 comments
YMCA forum deals with Livermore sex abuse arrest

Experts advise parents to 'watch your children, and listen'
When parents of boys coached by Andrew Michael Nisbet heard he had been arrested and charged with sexually abusing young male golf students, they reacted with shock and fear. If crimes were indeed committed, it might be years before the extent of the abuse or number of victims is known, if ever. Nisbet, 31, of Livermore was charged Dec. 7 with 65 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing two boys whom he'd taught.

January 9, 2014 | 5 comments
Two arsons reported in one day

Plus, other police reports through Jan. 6
A San Francisco man was arrested for felony arson in recent days, while police investigate another arson that occurred the next day.

January 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Jerry Pentin named Vice Mayor of Pleasanton

3 on council affected by this year's municipal election
Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin has been named Vice Mayor of the city for 2014, succeeding Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio who held the post last year.

January 8, 2014 | 3 comments
S.F. to allow private commuter buses at Muni stops

Buses serving Pleasanton commuters included
San Francisco city and transit officials announced Monday a pilot program that will allow private commuter buses, including those from Pleasanton, to stop at certain Municipal Railway bus stops in exchange for a fee.

January 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Baskin-Robbins robber same as in other holdups?

Pleasanton police cite similarities in robberies
Pleasanton police say a Friday afternoon robbery attempt at Baskin-Robbins at 4001 Santa Rita Road was likely the work of the same man in two other recent robberies.

January 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police arrest 4 on mail theft charges

Police praise homeowner for spotting crime
Four East Bay men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing mail out of mailboxes from homes in as many as 13 Bay Area cities, and Pleasanton police praised a homeowner for spotting the theft and calling officers.

January 6, 2014 | 13 comments
Key union OKs new 4-year BART contract

SEIU Local to vote Jan. 13 to finalize agreement
Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers, approved a tentative four-year BART agreement on Friday night, according to union representatives.

January 4, 2014 | No comments yet
BART parking to cost $2 at Pleasanton stations

Increases start Jan. 27, earlier at other stations
Besides BART fare increases imposed New Year's Day, the cost to park at the two Dublin/Pleasanton BART stations will rise to $2 starting Monday, Jan. 27.

January 4, 2014 | 24 comments
Police: Man tries to rob Pleasanton Baskin-Robbins

Suspect reportedly on the run after shop employees thwart his robbery attempt
Pleasanton police are investigating a reported robbery attempt at Baskin-Robbins at 4001 Santa Rita Road early this afternoon.

January 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Judge blocks college's loss of accreditation until full hearing

Cites 'severe harm' if S.F.City College has to close
City College of San Francisco students and teachers were given a reprieve Friday when a Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the July 31 revocation of the college's accreditation.

January 3, 2014 | No comments yet
BART fares rise 5% as 2014 commuting gets underway

New price to pay for equipment, expansion
BART passengers started their first week of commuting in the new year with fares up an average of 5 %.

January 1, 2014 | 11 comments

2013

livermore lab seismologist to discuss earthquakes today at Las Positas College

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Rain possible next week to ease low water levels

Low rainfall levels setting records in Bay Area
Bay Area cities are setting the lowest levels of rainfall in recorded history this year as unusual conditions are blocking moisture from the Pacific Ocean, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

December 31, 2013 | 9 comments
S.F. City College accreditation ruling due this week

Unions seeking to revoke commission's action
A judge said Monday that he will make a ruling by the end of this week on whether to block a decision by a regional commission to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation effective next year or to reject the lawsuits brought against the commission.

December 31, 2013 | 2 comments
'Spare the Air' alert issued for New Year's Eve

Wood burning banned, but fireworks allowed, where legal
New Year's Eve will be another Winter Spare the Air day, so those planning to pop open a bottle of Champagne next to a roaring fire may have to settle for a few candles instead.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Cardinal, Michigan State today in Rose Bowl

With the Rose Bowl today, Stanford coach David Shaw has been fielding some of the same questions all week and Monday's final pregame press conference was no different.

December 31, 2013 | 2 comments
Four arrested in two auto theft cases

Plus, other police reports through Dec. 29
Four men have been arrested for auto theft in two separate cases, according to police reports.

December 31, 2013 | 2 comments
Museum speaker program starts tonight

Mark your calendars to meet Twain, Ford and Einstein
The 2014 Ed Kinney Speaker Series begins tonight with that quintessentially American humorist, Mark Twain.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday crime rises at Stoneridge mall

Five face embezzlement charges
Stoneridge Shopping Center was a hotbed of criminal activity in the days surrounding Christmas, with 10 arrests, pending charges against two more and fake $100 bills passed.

December 31, 2013 | 21 comments
Wyrick Chamber Players at Firehouse Jan. 12

Group includes talented parents, two daughters
Wyrick Chamber Players, a well-known Bay Area classical music family, will perform together in a concert at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

December 29, 2013 | 2 comments
AC Transit, bus drivers' union reach contract agreement

3-year contract averts strike that would have affected thousands
AC Transit management and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 (ATU), which represents the agency's bus operators and mechanics, have agreed to terms of a new labor contract for the 1,625 bus operators and mechanics.

December 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Verizon adds Pleasanton sites to improve service

Cell calls, downloading should be faster, clearer
The Verizon Wireless Network has added new 4G LTE cell sites along Vineyard Avenue, Isabel Avenue and Stanley Boulevard.

December 29, 2013 | 17 comments
Library offering free classes in Microsoft Excel 7

First class starts Wednesday for beginners
With Microsoft Excel now one of the hottest skills needed for job advancement, the Pleasanton Library is offering Excel classes in beginners and intermediate levels free of charge.

December 29, 2013 | 1 comment
4th grade class raises $511 for Shepherd's Gate

Students prepare parents' breakfast, for a fee
Before leaving for their holiday break, a fourth grade Lydiksen Elementary School Class, taught by Mrs. Donna May, chose to dedicate their year-end party to raise money for Shepherd's Gate in Livermore.

December 29, 2013 | 3 comments
AC Transit workers ratify contract with agency

Transit board to meet Jan. 8 to sign new agreement
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit workers ratified a tentative contract agreement Friday, averting a possible strike threatened after union votes
rejected two previous agreements earlier this year, AC Transit officials
said.

December 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Brown names new judge for Superior Court here

Ursula Jones Dickson was deputy district attorney
Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of a number of Bay Area superior court judges Friday, including a deputy district attorney to the Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton.

December 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Discarded Christmas trees to be picked up today

Garbage company's collection is free
Pleasanton Garbage Company will pick up discarded Christmas trees that have been placed curbside today free of charge.

December 29, 2013 | 4 comments
Going to ocean beaches today? Watch for swells

'Sneaker' waves, strong rip tides in forecast
Anyone planning to take a walk on the beach today should keep an eye on the surf, as a seasonal swell is forecast to hit Bay Area coastlines over the next couple of days.

December 26, 2013 | No comments yet
S.F. City College's accreditation in judge's hands

Enrollment drops by 30%; students 'leaving in droves'
Attorneys argued in a daylong hearing Thursday over whether a judge should block a decision made earlier this year by a regional commission to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco.

December 26, 2013 | No comments yet
'Sounds of Season' airing today on TV30

Tri-Valley Television will broadcast "Sounds of the Season today on TV30.

December 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Police seeking information on 2 business robberies

Hopyard Road, Pimlico Drive robber looks the same
Pleasanton police are looking for more information on two similar small business robberies that happened less than a week apart.

December 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Christians celebrating Christmas

Technology is changing how the Word is spread
Christian churches throughout the Valley are seeing filled pews and Sunday schools at Christmastime with some even taking seat reservations for families planning on attending popular children's services on Christmas Eve.

December 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Last day for a deductible gift to Holiday Fund

10 nonprofits on Pleasanton Weekly's 2013 campaign
With this the last day of 2013, we hope that those who haven't yet contributed will consider a year-end gift to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

December 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Vote on BART agreement due Thursday

BART board calls special meeting Jan. 2
Votes on an agreement that would end eight months of strife between BART and its labor unions probably won't be held until Thursday.

December 24, 2013 | No comments yet
No fireplace again today, government rules

Bay Area District bans wood burning Mnday
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that wood burning is banned in the region again today, making this the 22nd "Winter Spare the Air" day of the season.

December 24, 2013 | 34 comments
It's flashing yellow, can I turn?

New signal tests driver's comprehension, patience
The city of Pleasanton has changed the traffic light at Hopyard Road and Parkside Drive to a four-phase signal that motorists may have to figure out as they drive, based on the explanation given.

December 23, 2013 | 24 comments
Sandia kicks off Habitat for Humanity project

Lab's volunteers rebuild house for military veteran
Habitat for Humanity typically builds houses, but a Habitat event last month tore one down.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo retires

Led city successfully through recessionary years
Dublin City Manager Joni Pattillo retired as City Manager Friday, marking an end to 25 years of local government service.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Library's children program set for Friday

Made-to-order fairy tales by teen improv group
The city's Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Troupe hopes to engage and entertain young viewers with its upcoming series of five children's programs, "Made-to-Order Fairytales."

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Chamber seeking names for Community Service awards

Winners in 5 categories to be announced in March
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 51st annual Community Service awards.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton home damaged in fireplace blaze

Fireplace blaze burns through chimney lining
A house fire in Pleasanton left a family's home badly burned but nobody was hurt, firefighters said late Sunday.

December 23, 2013 | 15 comments
East Bay luxury home sales jump 43% in November

Pleasanton home tops list at $3.1 million
The East Bay's luxury housing market continued its rally in November with high-end sales jumping 43.2% from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

Season's 16th to ban wood burning in fireplaces
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for today, its 16th alert this season.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Union says tentative agreement reached with BART

Apparently paid medical leave issues settled
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 announced Friday that a tentative agreement on outstanding contract items had been reached with BART management.

December 21, 2013 | 4 comments
Unions, AC Transit reach tentative agreement

Bus drivers to keep working as votes gathered
AC Transit officials have reached a new tentative agreement with an employee union representing drivers and mechanics, forestalling a potential strike.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
County's jobless rate drops by 1 percent

Alameda, Contra Costa both at 6.8% in November
Unemployment rates continued to drop in California and in the Bay Area in November with Alameda County down 1% to 6.8%, according to state jobs data released Friday.

December 21, 2013 | 7 comments
State senator hosts annual holiday open house

Mark DeSaulnier supporters jooin in festivities
About 100 people turned out to State Senator Mark DeSaulnier's annual holiday open house Wednesday evening, taking advantage of the chance to speak with their elected representative, mingle with his staff and tour his Walnut Creek office.

December 20, 2013 | No comments yet
New BART board president seeks to ban strikes

Riders' 'Bill of Rights' would stop system shutdowns
Veteran BART Director Joel Keller began his term as the transit agency's board president with a bang Thursday by proposing a ballot measure supporting state legislation that would ban strikes by BART workers.

December 20, 2013 | 25 comments
School board finds 'merit' to complaints, will replace Walnut Grove principal

Allegation: Vranesh created a hostile work environment
In a marathon closed session that lasted more than seven hours, the Pleasanton School Board decided to replace Jon Vranesh as principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School.

December 19, 2013 | 22 comments
Police release sketch of home burglar

Might be involved in other city burglaries
Pleasanton police now have a sketch of a suspect in a Dec. 3 residential burglary.

December 19, 2013 | 12 comments
New Pleasanton website coming

Civica of Newport Beach hired to expand programs
The city of Pleasanton has hired a Newport Beach software firm to develop a new website to replace www.cityofpleasantonca.gov site in use since 2005.

December 19, 2013 | 5 comments
Vranesh removed as Walnut Grove principal

School Board finds "merit" to complaints against him; seeking a replacement
In a marathon closed session that lasted nearly eight hours, the Pleasanton school board decided to replace Jon Vranesh as principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School.

December 19, 2013 | 12 comments
Vranesh removed as principal of Walnut Grove Elementary

Board finds 'merit to complaints'
In a marathon closed session that lasted nearly eight hours, the Pleasanton School Board decided to replace Jon Vranesh and name a new principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School.

December 18, 2013 | 15 comments
YMCA hosting public forum on sexual abuse

Two-part series starts tonight at Dublin facility
The Tri-Valley YMCA will host a two-part community forum beginning tonight to provide a resource for parents in preventing and talking to their kids about sexual abuse.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Final 49ers game at Candlestick Park tonight

Team moving to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara
As the San Francisco 49ers' regular season winds down, many sports fans and longtime city residents are preparing their goodbyes to Candlestick Park, which hosts its final regular season game tomorrow night and is set to be demolished after more than five decades of use.

December 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Council approves efforts to cut speeds, traffic on Black Ave.

Street will be narrowed at crosswalks, aquatic center
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to start making major modification on Black Avenue to curb speeding and possibly reduce traffic volumes.

December 18, 2013 | 34 comments
'Spare the Air' in effect again today

Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy again Wednesday so another "Winter Spare the Air Alert" will continue tomorrow.

December 17, 2013 | 2 comments
Person on tracks stops BART trains

Service resumes after person taken into custody
Service is back to normal after a person on the BART tracks in Oakland stopped trains system-wide Tuesday morning.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
11 injured in explosion at Santa Rita Jail

One in critical condition after oven blast; cause remains unknown
An oven explosion in a kitchen at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Tuesday morning injured 11 people, one critically, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman said.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Council to consider $405,000 Black Ave. traffic calming project tonight

Speed hump, narrowing street at crosswalks among proposals
A proposal to reduce speeds and possibly traffic volumes on Black Avenue goes before the Pleasanton City Council tonight in response to scores of complaints from homeowners that "their street" has become a "throughway" and "raceway."

December 17, 2013 | 6 comments
Bay Area sees unprecedented 10th straight 'Winter Spare the Air' alert

Wood burning remains banned for all, except homes with no other heat source
A record 10th consecutive Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday (Dec. 17) by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, banning wood burning in the region.

December 17, 2013 | 5 comments
Free wireless now available on S.F.'s Market Street

Viewed as benefit to shoppers, diners, financial sector
Visitors to San Francisco's Market Street can now access free wireless Internet thanks to a public/private partnership set up by the city,
Mayor Ed Lee said Monday.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
FBI insists Pleasanton bomber will be caught

Disappeared in 2003, but numerous sightings abroad
An FBI expert on criminal behavior said Monday that an animal rights activist accused of planting bombs in Emeryville and Pleasanton in 2003 is likely living overseas but it is "inevitable" he will be caught.

December 17, 2013 | 4 comments
State urged to be more 'proactive' in refinery regulations

'Safety case' system might have prevented Chevron explosion
A federal safety board, in a report on last year's Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, has urged California to adopt a new, proactive approach to regulating refineries in the state.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
9th "Spare the Air" day called

Cold weather continues to trap pollution near ground
Another "Spare the Air" alert has been issued for the Bay Area today, banning fires and wood burning for the ninth straight day. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert -- its 13th since the district's Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1 -- because of an ongoing cold weather pattern that is trapping pollution close to the ground.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Wood-burning ban continues with 7th 'Spare the Air' day

A wood-burning ban in the Bay Area has extended to a full week after a seventh-straight "Winter Spare the Air" alert was issued for Saturday.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford admits 748 early applicants

Most spots in class of 2018 reserved for regular-decision applicants
Stanford University sent acceptance letters Friday to 748 high school students who sought admission to the class of 2018 under the university's early admission program.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Livermore man identified as victim of I-580 crash

Reed Whittaker died in 4-car accident Thursday
A driver who was killed in a four-car crash on Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore on Thursday has been identified as 29-year-old Reed Whittaker, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

December 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Planning commission OKs Ruby Hill right to govern home design

Denies bid by homeowners in dispute over newly-finished house
The Pleasanton Planning Commission Wednesday reaffirmed the city's longstanding agreement that gives the Ruby Hill Architectural Design Guidelines Committee municipal-like powers to handle its own development standards.

December 13, 2013 | 28 comments
BART fares to increase by 5.2% New Year's Day

Hikes to continue through 2020 to pay for new cars
BART riders will pay slightly higher train fares starting Jan. 1 to help pay for new train cars and other projects.

December 13, 2013 | 9 comments
Make-A-Wish Foundation hits goal for matching fund

Giants pitcher Matt Cain to match $50,000 raised
The executive director of the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, the organization behind the wildly successful "Batkid" event last month, has hit a $50,000 fundraising goal, triggering a matching donation from San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Driver in Thursday's fatal I-580 crash arrested

Freeway blocked 3 hours in fiery mid-day accident
A driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after allegedly causing a fiery four-car crash that killed one person on Interstate Highway 580 Thursday morning, a California Highway Patrol said.

December 13, 2013 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley golf pro charged with child sex abuse

Ex-Las Positas Golf Course instructor faces 65 felony counts
An award-winning Livermore golf pro has been charged with 65 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing two boys whom he'd been teaching, authorities said Tuesday.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford sells out its tickets for Rose Bowl game

Cardinal to play Michigan State in 100th bowl
For the second straight year, Stanford has sold through its allocation of tickets to the Rose Bowl game, the 100th such edition being held Jan. 1 against Michigan State.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Hurd named new SRVUSD board president

Board of Education also considers first interim 2013-14 financial report
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education has a new president, with members unanimously choosing Rachel Hurd for the post Tuesday.

December 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Harvest Park students nab global championship

Their app helps students learn chemistry basics
Two Harvest Park Middle School students are already at the top of their game.

December 12, 2013 | 5 comments
Special school board meet called for tonight

One issue agenda could focus on principal
The Pleasanton school board has called a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. tonight to discuss disciplining, dismissing or releasing an employee.

December 12, 2013 | 45 comments
Russell named as LPC president

Served as vice chancellor of Academic Affairs in state chancellor's office
Barry A. Russell has been tapped as the next president of Las Positas College.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday season bumps auto burglaries, frauds

Police offer suggestions to help cut crime
Auto break-ins and frauds are up, with nine reported vehicle burglaries and seven cases of fraud reported in recent days.

December 12, 2013 | 3 comments
Livermore golf pro charged with sexual abuse

Coached children at Las Positas Golf Course
An award-winning Livermore golf pro has been charged with 65 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing two boys who he had been teaching, authorities said Tuesday.

December 11, 2013 | 10 comments
Chabad of Tri-Valley expands in Pleasanton

Group gets OK to use Valley Business Park site
A Jewish group, the Chabad of the Tri-Valley, has won Pleasanton Planning Commission approval to expand its religious and related tutoring operations to a building at 1258 Quarry Lane in Valley Business Park.

December 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Ruby Hill conflict goes to city commission tonight

Owners battling changes ordered by gated community
The owners of a newly-built multi-million-dollar home in Ruby Hill will square off tonight before the Pleasanton Planning Commission with a Ruby Hill design committee that is demanding major architectural, design and construction changes to their house.

December 11, 2013 | 23 comments
Pleasanton holiday parade draws thousands

Main Street jammed despite near-record cold
Thousands turned out to watch Pleasanton's popular Hometown Holiday Parade Saturday night despite near-record cold temperatures and a heavy rainstorm that, fortunately, ended before the day began.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Rotary Club serves holiday dinners to 275 seniors

32nd annual event fills Pleasanton Senior Center
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton welcomed 275 seniors last Sunday to its 32nd annual free Christmas dinner at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Giants pitcher pledges $50,000 Make-A-Wish group

Foundation seeks funds to match donation
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has pledged a $50,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation after seeing the success of the organization's "Batkid" visit to San Francisco last month.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' day to remain in effect today

Violators can face fines of up to $500
Another Winter Spare the Air Day has been called again for today, prohibiting all wood burning in the Bay Area for another 24-hour period, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

December 9, 2013 | 11 comments
Give him a 49ers seat for Christmas

Candlestick Park seats on sale for $795 a pair
The San Francisco 49ers and city parks officials are selling seats from the soon-to-be-shuttered Candlestick Park as part of the 49ers' farewell
season at the stadium.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Board to discuss 'public employee' tonight

But no vote planned on principal's ouster
The Pleasanton school board may once again go into closed session at its meeting tonight to take up the issue surrounding ousted Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranesh.

December 10, 2013 | 40 comments
Livermore Lab part of today's Nobel Peace prize

Lab is one of 2 in U.S. in group being honored
When representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) step forward today to receive the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, they will do so in large measure because of the contributions from 21 scientific laboratories around the world, including two in the U.S.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford seniors set elevated standard in football

For Shayne Skov and his fellow seniors, it's been a long, interesting trip from recruiting trips to Rose Bowl redux. Stanford's 38-14 victory over Arizona State on Saturday put this group of seniors in rarefied air. The seniors may go down as the best class in Cardinal football victory.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford seniors set elevated standard in football

May go down as best class in Cardinal football
For Shayne Skov and his fellow seniors, it's been a long, interesting trip from recruiting trips to Rose Bowl redux. Stanford's 38-14 victory over Arizona State on Saturday put this group of seniors in rarefied air.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Wood burning in fireplaces banned again today

BAAQMD issues season's 6th 'Spare Air' day order
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its sixth Winter Spare the Air alert for today, banning all wood burning throughout the
region.

December 9, 2013 | 6 comments
PG&E unveils new San Ramon gas control center

Hub at Bishop Ranch puts company's gas monitoring and dispatch operations under same roof
PG&E debuted its new San Ramon gas control center Friday, showcasing the integrated technological system and centralized operational structure the company developed in the wake of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

December 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Merrill Newman returns home

Veteran, 85, declines to discuss his arrest, captivity in North Korea
Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto grandfather who had been detained by North Korean officials since Oct. 26, arrived home on Saturday morning.

December 8, 2013 | 4 comments
Black Bear Diner opens in Pleasanton

City's newest restaurant known for hefty servings
Black Bear Diner opened its newest California restaurant Monday in Pleasanton, offering its famous breakfast specials that fill the plate, and then some.

December 7, 2013 | 23 comments
Two banks robbed in Dublin

Bank of America, Chase branches hit in two days
Dublin police are asking for the public's help in finding a man with a "Brian Wilson"-style beard who robbed a bank in their city last Wednesday.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Fundraiser underway for beating victim

Family friend hopes to raise $20k for David Lamont's family
More than two months have passed since David Lamont was found unconscious outside his home after apparently being beaten in a noise dispute with teens parked on the quiet Pleasanton cul-de-sac where he and his family live. While police have identified the four on the scene at the time, no one has been charged. Meanwhile, a family friend has stepped up to help raise funds for Lamont, his wife and their daughters.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Taylor Dorsey, giving back with both hands

Winner, Heroes award for Rising Star
When life hands out lemons, nobody makes lemonade like Taylor Dorsey. Volunteer, student and exceptionally well-spoken young woman, it's almost impossible to guess that her path in life has been paved with difficulty. The 19-year-old Pleasanton native has been involved in numerous volunteer programs and is currently a student at University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, considering a career in special education.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Homework helper Hero: Neil Gupta, TeenMesh

Online site and developer win Tri-Valley Heroes award for Innovation
A trip to India, a desire to continue a program from there and some Internet know-how led to the creation of TeenMesh, a new international homework-helping league based in Danville. Creator Neil Gupta received a Heroes award for Innovation for creating TeenMesh.com, a free homework website that uses teen peers to help answer tough questions.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Farewell concert tonight for Amador ensemble

Heading to Chicago for midwest performance
The Amador Valley High School Wind Ensemble will perform in a farewell concert next week before heading off to Chicago, where members will play at one of the most prestigious venues in the country.

December 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Pleasanton parade, tree lighting at 5 p.m. today

Rain stops in time for festivities to start
Heavy showers overnight stopped this morning leading to a sunny, but cold Saturday and in time for Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony to start on schedule at 5 p.m. today on Main Street.

December 5, 2013 | 5 comments
School board awaits data on principal's ouster

Decision could come at tomorrow's meeting
More than five weeks ago, Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranesh was placed on paid administrative leave, but an anonymous source has confirmed to the Pleasanton Weekly that as of yet there are no written charges against him.

December 5, 2013 | 13 comments
Oil companies seeking facility upgrades, expansions

Environmental groups ask regulators to delay permits
Several oil companies around the Bay Area are proposing upgrades or additions to their facilities, but environmental advocates said Wednesday that the projects will endanger the public by enabling increased refining of dirtier crude oil.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Dublin police searching for bank robber

Suspect flees from Bank of America branch with cash
Dublin police are seeking the public's help in locating a male suspect who robbed the Bank of America branch at 4250 Dublin Blvd. Tuesday

December 5, 2013 | 9 comments
Black Friday deals lead to Black Friday steals

Plus, other police news through Dec. 3
Black Friday shopping became Black Friday shoplifting for some, with three thefts reported before 8 a.m.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Missing teen found in San Jose

last seen at 4 a.m. Dec. 1 with "three unknown male subjects
A missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe in San Jose.

December 4, 2013 | 6 comments
New women's Acapella singers to perform tonight

12-women group to sing at church Christmas event
Pleasanton's new all-female Acapella, barber shop-style (4-part harmony) singing group will perform tonight at Girls' Night Out Christmas party from 7-9 p.m. at Harvest Valley Christian Church.

December 4, 2013 | 7 comments
Pleasanton police searching for missing teen

Last seen with unidentified men around 4 a.m. Dec. 1
Pleasanton Police are asking for help finding a missing 13-year-old girl.

December 3, 2013 | 9 comments
Unions sue BART board over contract clause

Lawsuit claims board 'bound' by tentative agreement
BART's two biggest unions have filed a lawsuit claiming that the transit agency's directors acted unlawfully when they rejected a family medical leave provision that was part of a tentative agreement.

December 3, 2013 | 22 comments
Friday starts with 24 degrees in Pleasanton

Warmer tonight, but cold again for the weekend
Pleasanton residents should brace for continued freezing temperatures this morning as a frigid Canadian air mass continues its journey across much of the Western United States, according to the National Weather Service.

December 3, 2013 | 17 comments
Safeway exiting Chicago area market

Sells 11 of its Dominick's stores, more sales coming
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. announced Monday it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick's stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy's, Inc.

December 3, 2013 | 8 comments
Midnight Sunday deadline for sending Santa photos by next Sunday

Pleasanton Weekly to print selected photos Dec. 20
Are your children visiting Santa Claus? If you have a photo you'd like to share, send it to us to run in our Pleasanton Weekly print edition Dec. 20.

December 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Swalwell seeks federal funds for redevelopment agencies

Brown closed state's RDAs as illegal
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has introduced legislation that would use federal funds to replace much of California's Redevelopment Agency development obligations that were declared illegal by Gov. Jerry Brown.

December 2, 2013 | 11 comments
Mayor's daughter wed in Ireland

Keri Thorne marries David Peter Gough
Keri Elizabeth Thorne, daughter of Sandra and Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, and David Peter Gough were married recently in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Castelyons, County Cork, Ireland.

December 2, 2013 | No comments yet
'Wag Brigade' to help stressed-out SFO travelers

SPCA dogs will wear vests that read 'Pet me' identifying them as volunteers.
Stressed out travelers at San Francisco International Airport will soon have the opportunity for a little canine therapy while they are waiting
for their flights.

December 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Gaffney helps carry Cardinal to 10th win of year

Stanford defeats Notre Dame 27-20 in season final
Tyler Gaffney was turned loose on an unsuspecting Notre Dame defense yesterday and the Irish never had a chance.

December 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Black Friday? That's so yesterday

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday in Pleasanton
If you can't find a place to park today as you make your way around town to start your Christmas shopping, think positive.

November 29, 2013 | 8 comments
Symphony begins 51st season next Saturday

Director is responsible for funky Stanford band
Livermore-Amador Symphony (LAS) opens its 51st season with "Gems from the Past and Present" next Saturday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. This performance kicks off a yearlong festival honoring Dr. Arthur Barnes' 50th season as music director.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
DA: Shooter's spark caused Mount Diablo blaze

'This office will not be filing any criminal charges regarding the fire'
A spark from a stray bullet hitting a rock led to the fire that burned a swath across Mount Diablo, according to an investigation by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

November 28, 2013 | No comments yet
No decision, no new information on principal's ouster

30 come out in support of Vranesh before board closed session
The Pleasanton School Board took no action regarding ousted Walnut Grove Principal Jon Vranish on Tuesday night, despite a push for the board to say what led to his being placed on leave. Thirty people, including colleagues, parents of current and former students and friends attended the meeting. Ten spoke before the board went into closed session.

November 27, 2013 | 5 comments
Two cited for tobacco sales to minors

Clerks at Raley's, Hopyard Shell made underage sales
Two local stores have been cited for selling tobacco to minors in an decoy operation conducted by Pleasanton police and the Alameda County Public Health Department.

November 28, 2013 | 6 comments
Pleasanton in top 3% for charitable giving

Holiday Fund great way to start philanthropy
Philanthropy is often an integral part of an overall wealth plan because those who've been blessed find ways to make a positive impact in the world.

November 27, 2013 | 12 comments
Free Christmas concert today at Firehouse Center

Pleasanton Concert Band program starts at 2 p.m.
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present a concert of special Christmas music at 2 p.m. today in the downtown Firehouse Arts Center.

November 27, 2013 | No comments yet
City revenue beats expectation in fiscal 2012-13

Golf course bonds paid, ending 'construction, debt
The city of Pleasanton ended fiscal year 2012-13 more than $1 million over its projected municipal operating budget as sales and hotel taxes edged their way back from recession-year lows, the city's finance director Emily Wagner reported.

November 27, 2013 | 5 comments
Safeway launches holiday campaign to fight hunger

Pre-packed food bags available in stores
Safeway Inc. of Pleasanton has launched its "Help Us End Hunger" food drive in an effort to help people who rely on the assistance of food banks.

November 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Hacienda sees growth, business expansions

Growth will carry over into 2014, park manager says
Hacienda has seen a steady increase in occupancy over the last year and the park's tenants have been busy growing as well.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Thanksgivukkah a rare event

Jews to enjoy Thanksgiving with lights of menorah
It hasn't happened since 1918 and it's not scheduled to occur again until 2070.

November 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Another 'Spare the Air' alert for today

No wood burning allowed in fireplaces
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a "Winter Spare the Air" alert for today, the second and consecutive alert in the Bay Area.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Community television airing Foothill Band Review parade

39th annual parade showing on TV28 Mondays, Thursdays
Every year since 1974, on the fourth Saturday in October, the top high school bands in Northern California and Nevada have gathered in Pleasanton for the Foothill Band Review.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
School board to meet in special session tonight

Meeting about employee discipline or dismissal
The Pleasanton School Board will convene tonight in a special board meeting called to discuss -- and possibly vote on -- an employee discipline, dismissal or release.

November 26, 2013 | 48 comments
Hundreds downtown for festive holiday shopping

Local merchants get the jump on the season
Pleasanton's downtown came alive over the weekend with special holiday events ranging from "Earlier Than the Bird" special sales at 22 downtown merchants from 7 to 11 a.m. to afternoon and evening strolls complete with wine, beer, music and tasty samplings.

November 25, 2013 | 2 comments
Fewer planning to travel Thanksgiving weekend

Despite 4% decrease, 5 million still be on roads
Fewer Californians plan to travel this Thanksgiving, according to a survey released by the American Automobile Association's Northern
California chapter.

November 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Today is 1st 'Spare the Air' day of season

No wind, cold temperatures prompt ruling
The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued for today by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

November 25, 2013 | 13 comments
Holiday events in downtown Pleasanton today

From 7 a.m. to late tonight, downtown comes alive
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go, and especially in Pleasanton where downtown and Stoneridge Shopping Center merchants have been jumping the marketing gun for quite some time.

November 22, 2013 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Weekly presents 2013 Heroes awards

Individuals honored for civic contributons
The Pleasanton Weekly has presented its 2013 Tri-Valley Heroes awards to community, school and organization leaders for their civic contributions in the region.

November 22, 2013 | 1 comment
BART management nixes controversial contract clause

Unions to vote on contract without paid medical leave clause
BART directors voted 8-1 Thursday to approve a tentative contract agreement with its two largest unions, but without a controversial clause that they say was included by accident.

November 21, 2013 | 4 comments
Tip-a-Cop event tonight downtown

Police pitch in to raise funds for Special Olympics
Local lawmen will be out tonight serving meals at Strizzi's Restaurant downtown and asking for tips. It's not because the department is short on funds -- it's to raise money for local Special Olympics athletes.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Thorne launches bid for re-election as mayor

Cites housing accord as major accomplishment
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne has launched his bid for re-election.

November 21, 2013 | 10 comments
Bowser to run for county school superintendent

Promises accountability and transparency
Pleasanton School Board President Jeff Bowser will officially announce his run next week for a little-known elected position as Alameda County Superintendent of Schools. Bowser, elected to the Pleasanton School Board in 2010, said his aim as county superintendent would be to "return the county Office of Education to a service agency.

November 21, 2013 | 10 comments
Bomb threat leads to Pleasanton Walmart evacuation

Plus, other Pleasanton police actions since Nov. 18
A called-in bomb threat led to the evacuation of the Walmart store in Pleasanton last week, but nothing suspicious was found.

November 21, 2013 | 3 comments
Unsung no more

2013 Tri-Valley Heroes award recipients named
The Tri-Valley Heroes selection committee had a very difficult task selecting only one recipient per category.

November 20, 2013 | No comments yet
San Jose OKs 10% pay raises for its police force

City doing it in chunks to be back where they were
San Jose city and police union negotiators Tuesday signed a tentative agreement on a proposed labor contract granting officers a pay raise of 10.66 percent over a 2.5-year period, according to city officials.

November 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Thousands mourn loss of Family Foundation co-founder

Barry Taylor headed organization that helps youths
Barry Taylor, the co-founder of the Taylor Family Foundation, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 74 years old.

November 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Dublin offering stories for younger students tonight

Free storytelling in public library
Librarians and community volunteers will read and discuss stories for children 5 and older in a special program at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Dublin public library.

November 20, 2013 | No comments yet
11 cited for selling alcohol to minors in Pleasanton

Restaurants that sold alcohol face ABC sanctions as well
Employees at 11 restaurants have been given citations for selling alcohol to minors.

November 19, 2013 | 10 comments
Rain tapering off today, sunshine tomorrow

Temperatures to stay in mid-60s through weekend
Pleasanton's few days of rain should end today as sunshine returns to the Bay Area, although temperatures here are expected to stay in the mid-60s through the weekend.

November 18, 2013 | No comments yet
BART unions back at it over contract dispute

Call concerns 'height of incompetence'
Union officials slammed BART management Saturday, calling a move to scuttle a tentative contract deal and go back to the bargaining table over a disputed family leave policy the "height of incompetence."

November 17, 2013 | 69 comments
Stanford football loses control of Pac-12 title chase

Unranked USC defeats No. 4 Stanford 20-17
Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining to play to lift unranked USC past visiting No. 4 Stanford, 20-17, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest on Saturday.

November 17, 2013 | 4 comments
Repeat offender busted

Plus, other police actions through Nov. 11
A Castro Valley man remains in custody on burglary and bad check charges at local jewelry stores that totaled more than $74,000, including $35,000 at Cardinal Jewelers in the 3000 block of Hopyard Road.

November 17, 2013 | 2 comments
Millennials are coming! Are we ready?

Amenities here could lure new generation to city
Carole Rodoni, a renowned speaker on the economy and real estate who is often called the pundit of the Peninsula, brought her New Year's message to Tri-Valley Realtors last Friday with much to cheer about.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library celebrates 25th anniversary

Fundraiser provides more children's books
The Pleasanton Friends of the Library played host to the 25th anniversary celebration of the present library building Friday night with a silver anniversary event that was also a fundraiser to purchase more books for the children's library area.

November 15, 2013 | 3 comments
2013 Holiday Fund now underway

Donations needed more than ever this year
The 2013 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund campaign is now underway, a time when we ask our readers to turn their thoughts to supporting local nonprofit agencies and services that care for those in need year round.

November 15, 2013 | 2 comments
Cody Hall deemed 'potential threat to human life,' remains held without bail

Enters plea of not guilty to all charges
The young driver who ran down and killed a bicyclist on Foothill Road will remain in jail without bond after a judge ruled Thursday that the teen posed "a potential threat to human life."

November 14, 2013 | 81 comments
Blackhawk couple sue HOA, say kids can't play outside

Suit: Children barred from trick-or-treating
A Blackhawk couple has filed a federal lawsuit against their homeowners association, claiming their children aren't allowed to play or trick-or-treat in their own neighborhood.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
School board votes down pay increase for itself

Management employees will get pay hike and bonus
At a Pleasanton School Board meeting that gave raises to the district's top two employees and increases in step-and-column pay for management, board members battled over whether to vote themselves a $20-per month increase in their own pay.

November 14, 2013 | 13 comments
Parents push for principal's return

Board, district remain mum on what led to replacement
An email from School Board President Jeff Bowser did little to dissuade a group of advocates from attending Tuesday night's board meeting to lobby in favor of restoring Walnut Grove Elementary Principal Jon Vranesh to his post.

November 14, 2013 | 4 comments
Bowser to announce bid for county office

Kickoff event Nov. 25
Pleasanton School Board President Jeff Bowser will announce his candidacy for the office of Alameda County Superintendent of Schools at a kick-off event set for Nov. 25 in Hayward.

November 14, 2013 | 3 comments
Portland grocer acquires New Leaf Markets

Becomes wholly-owned subsidiary of New Season
New Leaf Community Markets, which has a store in Pleasanton's Vintage Hills shopping center, announced last week that it has been acquired by Portland-based New Seasons Market.

November 12, 2013 | 5 comments
Former Councilwoman Karin Mohr dies in fall

Served 16 years in era of significant growth
Karin Mohr, a Pleasanton City Councilwoman from 1980 to 1996, died Monday from injuries suffered in a fall. She was 74.

November 12, 2013 | 16 comments
International Games Day at Dublin Library today

Free program open to school-aged children, parents
School-aged children and their parents are invited to participate in International Games Day Saturday at the Dublin library.

November 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Lab researchers find tie in rain, global warming

Higher temperatures could make wet regions wetter
A new study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists shows that observed changes in global (ocean and land) precipitation are directly affected by human activities and cannot be explained by natural variability alone.

November 12, 2013 | 9 comments
Raises eyed tonight for Pleasanton school board

After-school program fees also could be hiked
The Pleasanton School Board will consider giving itself a raise at its meeting tonight.

November 12, 2013 | 20 comments
It's Veterans Day: Stores open, government closed

Tri-Valley schools, post offices, city halls shut
Today is a federal holiday observing Veterans Day. Fly the flag.

November 11, 2013 | 4 comments
Oldest vet observing Veterans Day at Arlington

Also celebrating at breakfast with Obama, Biden
Richard Overton, believed to be the oldest living U.S. military veteran at the age of 107, will celebrate Veterans Day at the White House.

November 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Pleasanton HOA firm sued for discrimination

Blackhawk couple say kids told not to play outdoors
A couple who say their children have been barred by their homeowner's association from playing or trick-or-treating in their own neighborhood have filed a federal lawsuit against the HOA's Pleasanton-based management company.

November 10, 2013 | 45 comments
Four charged in Pleasanton home invasion holdup

Police trace dropped cell phone to Oakland
A lucky break led to the arrest of four men in the August armed home invasion robbery of a man who returned to his Pleasanton home with a bag of cash he won at a Bay Area casino. That break? One of the men charged in the case allegedly dropped his cell phone at the scene of the armed robbery that netted more than $40,000.

November 8, 2013 | 7 comments
Buchanan to hold Thanksgiving open house

Residents invited to discuss legislative issues
California Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) is hosting a Thanksgiving open house at her San Ramon offices next Monday, Nov. 18.

November 10, 2013 | No comments yet
TV30 to air Foothill, Amador Valley game tonight

'Battle of Pleasanton' will air one last time
TV30 will broadcast its play-by-play coverage of last Friday night's football game between Foothill and Amador Valley high schools game one last time at 7 p.m. tonight.

November 8, 2013 | 2 comments
Interim principal named at Walnut Grove

Superintendent: 'I am not legally permitted to discuss any personnel issues'
An interim principal has stepped in at Walnut Grove Elementary School, although district officials aren't saying why.

November 8, 2013 | 1 comment
2 accidents tie up Pleasanton intersections

Rush-hour rollover traps driver on Sunol Boulevard
Pleasanton police pulled a driver out of his overturned vehicle on Sunol Boulevard during last night's evening rush hour.

November 7, 2013 | 12 comments
Suspect caught in Pleasanton home invasion robbery

Antioch police raid yields one arrest
One of the men suspected in the robbery of a Pleasanton man who won big at a Bay Area casino in August was captured Wednesday in Antioch.

November 7, 2013 | 11 comments
Purple pipes coming to Pleasanton

City agrees to start recycled water irrigation program
Four agencies that provide water services in the Tri-Valley signed agreements Wednesday enabling the city of Pleasanton to conduct the necessary environmental reviews to continue to develop a recycled water program.

November 7, 2013 | 10 comments
Goodguys back today for final show of year

Special events planned for veterans this weekend
A colorful weekend of American cars and patriotism ends today as the Goodguys stages its last event of the year at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Services at 1 p.m. today for JoAnn Koobatian

Tributes paid to Foothill High's choir director
A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Valley Community Church in Pleasanton for Foothill High School's choir director JoAnn Koobatian, who died Oct. 18. She was 46.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
A doozy of a match-up between Ducks and Cardinal

The Stanford football team will be facing its seventh Pac-12 Conference opponent on Thursday. It will be the fifth ranked opponent for the Cardinal. This one is a doozy, with the No. 2 and the No. 6 teams battling head to head in a turf war.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Interim principal named at Walnut Grove

Superintendent: 'I am not legally permitted to discuss any personnel issues'
An interim principal has stepped in at Walnut Grove Elementary School, although district officials aren't saying why.

November 7, 2013 | 6 comments
Clarkson, San Ramon ballot measures win

Terms of mayor, council extended by a year
San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson will serve another term and he'll get an extra year to serve.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Sachs, Hudson win seat on San Ramon City Council

Just over 500 votes separated top three candidates
San Ramon Planning Commissioner Harry Sachs won a seat on City Council and incumbent City Councilman Dave Hudson held on to his seat in a tight race for three top candidates.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council OKs senior housing redevelopment plan

New Kottinger Gardens complex will house 185 units for low-income seniors
The Pleasanton City Council last night approved an agreement with the MidPen Housing Corporation to tear down apartment complexes at Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens and replace them with new structures that will double the size with 185 units for low-income senior residents.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Amador Valley varsity girls advance to state golf finals

Results of Monday CIF NorCal championships in Ripon
Amador Valley 3rd, CIF NorCal Championships
Date of competition: Monday, November 4, 2013

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
LPFD Captain loses battle with cancer

Paul Chenkovich grew up in Pleasanton, joined department in 2000
A retired Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Captain has died after a three-year battle with cancer.

November 5, 2013 | 4 comments
Can Stanford's offense come back to life against Oregon?

Last time Ducks at Stanford, they won 53-30
Through five games this season, the Stanford football team went 5-0 and was racking up points with the best of them, averaging 39.2 points a game.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Going to the game? Expect major delays

Stanford-Oregon game a sellout crowd of 50,000
Palo Alto police are bracing for significant traffic delays on Thursday, when a sellout crowd of 50,000 football fans arrives at Stanford Stadium for a highly anticipated game, police announced today.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council OKs senior housing

New housing nearly doubles apartment units to 185
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved an agreement with the MidPen Housing Corporation to tear down apartment complexes at Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens and replace them with new structures that will double the size with 185 units for low-income senior residents.

November 5, 2013 | 4 comments
Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Creek now open

Ceremonies mark completion of long-awaited projects
Traffic on newly-opened Stoneridge Drive moved smoothly this week following a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Thorne that also included regional, county and Livermore leaders.

November 4, 2013 | 22 comments
Ask the Vet: Dogs are Sweet Enough Already

The Dangers of Chocolate & Xylitol
The holiday season is just around the corner. Soon streets will be flooded with trick-or-treaters, we'll be gathering together to gorge on turkey and stuffing, and before we know it we'll be counting down the New Year. This time of year can also be particularly hazardous to our pets.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Palo Alto teachers get 4% raise in tentative pact

Raise and bonus come atop 3% raise last year
Palo Alto teachers this year will get a 4% raise along with a onetime bonus of 2% under a tentative collective-bargaining agreement between the Palo Alto Unified School District and the Palo Alto Educators Association.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Daylight time ends; did you set your clocks back?

Mornings should be brighter for early risers
Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. this morning, marking the start of standard time that will last until March 9.

November 2, 2013 | No comments yet
BART unions approve 4-year contract

BART board to sign agreement at Nov. 21 meeting
A second BART union whose members walked off the job during two strikes this year has approved a tentative contract agreement with the transit agency's management.

November 2, 2013 | 29 comments
Good news for Pleasanton's low-income seniors

Rebuild of 2 aging units before Council Tuesday
There's good news for low-income seniors living in the aging Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens homes off Kottinger Drive.

November 1, 2013 | 5 comments
BUSINESS NEWS: Should you buy the Twitter IPO?

5 important considerations before taking the plunge
With Twitter's initial public offering (IPO), you might be wondering if you should buy some stock.

November 1, 2013 | 6 comments
Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Creek open today

New roadway connects Foothill Road to El Charro
City, civic and business and regional leaders from Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Alameda County will cut a ribbon at 10 a.m. today opening the extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road.

November 1, 2013 | 24 comments
Pleasanton's Veterans Day parade starts at 1 p.m.

Today's 17th annual event is Bay Area's largest
World War II Navy seaman Danny Soria will lead Pleasanton's 17th annual Veterans Day Parade on Main Street today, a parade that will honor all veterans and those on active duty in Afghanistan and at other global locations.

November 1, 2013 | 1 comment
Halloween a cultural shock for Russian immigrant

Ghosts and goblins now part of new life in America
When Irina Cross first immigrated to the United States, she was in for the cultural shock of her life: Halloween.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Happy Halloween

It's that time of year again, when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play and ingest an excess of sugar. Whatever your plans may be, there are more than enough ghostly adventures and spooky, fun things to do this Halloween.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley mayors optimistic about growth

Each city stepping up partnership efforts with businesses and residents
Partnerships -- with businesses, with residents and with each other -- were the common themes for all five city leaders at the Tri-Valley Mayors Summit, held Wednesday at Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted by firefighters

Third confirmed sighting this year
First it was geese descending on school playgrounds. Now it's a mountain lion, spotted near the city's Operations Center.

October 31, 2013 | 3 comments
Barry Bonds asks court to review conviction

'Obstruction' back-door way to convict witnesses
Home-run champion Barry Bonds has asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to take another look at his challenge to his 2011 obstruction-of-justice conviction for misleading a grand jury.

October 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Snowfall has resorts gearing up for ski season

10-20" fell on higher Tahoe region peaks Monday
Ski resorts in the Tahoe and Mammoth areas are gearing up for winter visitors after getting some snowfall the past couple of days.

October 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Affordable Care workshop at LPC today

Buchanan to talk about Health Benefit Exchange
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-16th) will host an Affordable Care Act information session from 5-7 p.m. today at Las Positas College.

October 29, 2013 | 4 comments
Pleasanton firm helps 2-year-old fight brain tumor

Retrofits to allow child to be treated at home
Employees at Service Champions, a Pleasanton heating and air conditioning company, spent last weekend installing a surgical grade filtration system in the home of Janice and Merlin Newton, whose 2-year-old daughter Delaney has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

October 29, 2013 | 4 comments
Children's play at LPC today this afternoon

The Las Positas College Children's Theater class will present "Invisible Treasure," an original fairytale, at 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Main Stage Theater in the Mertes Center of the Arts (Building 4000) on the LPC campus.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Mormons, Boy Scouts mark 100th year of alliance

Local church joining in multimedia event tonight
The Pleasanton stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) will join in a nationwide multi-media celebration today celebrating the church's 100th anniversary of its affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.

October 29, 2013 | 8 comments
Pleasanton boys create haunted house for charity

Raise $500 for Sunflower Hill
Pleasanton students Ryan Berry, a fifth grader at Lydiksen Elementary School, and Jack Berry a fourth grader and Evan Berry, a second grader, both at Vintage Hills Elementary, created a neighborhood Halloween Haunted House last Sunday to raise money for charity.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Strong winds leave Valley residents in the dark

Gusts topping 75 mph reported
Strong winds toppled trees across the Tri-Valley overnight and almost 700 people in Pleasanton without power Sunday morning.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
BART unions to vote today on proposed new contract

Leaders of 2 largest unions recommending approval
Members of BART's two biggest labor unions will vote today on a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract that the transit agency's management and union negotiators reached last week.

October 26, 2013 | 5 comments
Livermore man arrested on child porn charges

Home had 70 images of child porn, police say
A Livermore man was arrested this week on child pornography charges, police said.

October 26, 2013 | 6 comments
Pedestrian hit trying to cross I-580

Pickup truck swerves, but can't avoid accident
One lane of I-580 in Pleasanton was blocked Saturday after a truck hit a pedestrian who was reportedly attempting to cross the freeway, the CHP reported.

October 26, 2013 | 7 comments
TV30 to broadcast Foothill-Granada game tonight

Next Friday's Amador-Granada game to be on Nov. 2
Tri-Valley television will broadcast last night's game between Foothill and Granada high schools at starting at 7 p.m. tonight on Channel 30. Foothill won the game 31-21.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Halloween Brew Crawl tonight on Main Street

Beer and Boo! features of 3rd annual Pleasanton event
The third annual Halloween Brew Crawl, hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight.

October 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Inaugural Tri-Valley Photo Contest winners named

Judges selected Tom Cushing's "Genghis" as the first-place winner in the Adult / Pets & Animals category in the Tri-Valley Photo Contest. The photo contest was open to amateur photographers who competed in two divisions, adult and youth, in three categories.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Mothers with a Purpose: Remembering, raising awareness

Representatives will be at drug take back Saturday
Candles were lit and tears were shed during a candlelight vigil Thursday in Pleasanton. The third annual Candlelight Vigil was coordinated by Mothers with a Purpose to remember those lost to drug and alcohol related deaths and those suffering from the disease of addiction.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
350 join in PPIE's 'Toasts & Tastes of Fall' gala

10th culinary event raises funds for schools
Business leaders, chefs and city, civic and education organizations raised thousands of dollars for schools last Saturday at the 10th annual culinary competition hosted by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Services today, Nov. 9 for JoAnn Koobatian

Tributes paid to Foothill High's choir director
A private family service will be held today and then a public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 for Foothill High School's choir director JoAnn Koobatian, who died Oct. 18. She was 46.

October 25, 2013 | 9 comments
Pleasanton man shot in I-680 road rage incident

Police: Injuries 'serious but not life threatening'
Investigators are trying to locate a driver who shot a Pleasanton man in Fremont early this morning after a highway road-rage incident, a police spokeswoman said. "Two drivers engaged in some type of confrontation or road rage on Highway 680," police Officer Geneva Bosques said.

October 24, 2013 | 8 comments
It's rock & roll at Beth Emek installation

Guitar-playing Rabbi Milder leads festivities
Rabbi Laurence Milder was installed as spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton last weekend in a Shabbat service on Saturday presided over by Rabbi Avi Shulman of Fremont's Temple Beth Torah and then a special concert Sunday evening.

October 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Pleasanton says no to higher affordable housing fees

'Kicking can down the road,' Cook-Kallio says
With the local economy still recovering and competition increasing for large new retail and commercial investments, the Pleasanton City Council joined with the city's Housing Commission Tuesday to keep current low income housing fees that are charged to developers in place.

October 24, 2013 | 13 comments
Livermore police search for hit-run motorist

White GMC Sierra pickup truck involved in accident
Livermore police are asking for the public's help in locating a white GMC Sierra pickup truck that was involved in a hit and run collision Wednesday morning.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board approves management raises

OKs 1.1% salary hike, bonus of 1% of annual pay
Administrators at the Pleasanton School District will get raises that match those given to other employees earlier this year. No one spoke at a Pleasanton School Board public hearing about the raises, which include a 1.1% salary hike and a one-time bonus of 1% of annual pay.

October 24, 2013 | 17 comments
Parents push school board for class size cuts

3 options considered to reduce K-3 sizes
About 30 parents turned out at the Pleasanton school board on Tuesday night to push once again for smaller class sizes.

October 24, 2013 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Pleasanton Planning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The commission's next meeting and only meeting in November will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Brown seeks court order to prevent AC Transit strike

60-day 'cooling off' bid goes before judge today
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said yesterday that he will seek a cooling-off period in the labor dispute between AC Transit and its unions in Alameda County Superior Court.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Operator of BART train that killed 2 in training

Train was moving in automatic mode at 60-70 mph
The operator of a BART train that struck and killed two workers near the Walnut Creek station on Saturday was in training, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator has confirmed.

October 22, 2013 | 10 comments
Council, Housing Commission meet tonight on fees

Fees charged to developers could raise
The Pleasanton City Council will hold a joint meeting tonight with the city's Housing Commission to consider adjustments to fees paid by developers into the city's lower income housing fund.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
BART strike over! Trains back in service today

'Offer is more than we wanted to pay' - BART manager
Limited BART train service began about 6 a.m. today after unions and BART management reached an agreement to end the four-day old system-wide strike.

October 22, 2013 | 6 comments
Police searching for Comerica Bank robber

Man had handgun in Main Street branch robbery
Pleasanton police are searching for a man who held up Comerica Bank in the 600 block of Main Street Monday.

October 21, 2013 | 3 comments
School board meets tonight on class size cuts

Management raises also up for discussion
The Pleasanton School Board at its meeting tonight will consider three alternatives to reducing class sizes for early elementary school students over the next few years. No decision is set to be made tonight, but the board will hear about plans that would reduce class sizes either in the 2015-16 school year, the 2016-17 school year or in the 2018-19 year.

October 22, 2013 | 36 comments
Pleasanton's Halloween scavenger hunt today

Coincides with Foothill band review on Main Street
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is sponsoring a Halloween scavenger hunt for elementary school-age children from 10 a.m. to noon today during the Foothill band review on Main Street.

October 21, 2013 | No comments yet
BART unions submit new proposal to end strike

Offering 'some' flexibility on work rules
Officials with two striking BART unions said they had submitted a new proposal Sunday evening that would offer flexibility on some work rules
but retain others related to worker safety.

October 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Investigation under way into deaths of BART workers

NTSB seeking information on Saturday accident
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the deaths of two BART workers who were struck by a train during maintenance work on Saturday.

October 21, 2013 | No comments yet
NTSB to investigate BART workers' deaths on tracks

BART employee, contractor hit by train Saturday
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the deaths of two BART workers Saturday in a collision on the tracks.

October 20, 2013 | 19 comments
TV30 broadcasts Livermore-Amador game tomorrow

TV30 to cover game between Foothill-Granada Friday
Tri-Valley television will broadcast last Friday night's football game between Amador Valley and Livermore high schools at 8 p.m. Thursday on Channel 30. Amador won the game 10-7.

October 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Luxury home sales up 74% in East Bay

22 homes priced over $1 million sold in Pleasanton in August
The East Bay's luxury housing market continued its summer rally in August with sales soaring 74% from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Today's hot housing market to get even better in 2014

Economist projects sales, prices to continue upward trend
Buyers and sellers alike know that the California housing market has heated up, and now the California Association of Realtors projects that the trend will continue upward into 2014.

October 18, 2013 | 5 comments
Firefighters rescue man trapped in trench

No major injuries sustained in cave in
A worker is safe after being trapped when a trench collapsed on him Thursday afternoon.

October 18, 2013 | 7 comments
WHEELS, BART 'bridge' offering rides during strike

Details of service at Dublin/Pleasanton station
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, operator of the Wheels bus system, is providing its regular service in the Tri-Valley along with a newly added direct service from the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the Eastmont Transit Center in Oakland.

October 17, 2013 | 2 comments
BART statement on negotiations

Won't 'agree to something we can't afford'
In a memorandum to city and regional leaders, BART General Manager Grace Crunican expressed disappointment that negotiations failed.

October 17, 2013 | 3 comments
Work rules emerge as key issue in strike decision

Management wants to abuse, extort us, union says
Work rules for employees emerged as a key issue in BART contract negotiations that resulted in union leaders announcing that workers would go on strike last Friday.

October 17, 2013 | 36 comments
BART strike continuing with no negotiations planned

Bay Area Council: Strike costing $73 million a day
BART unions are continuing their strike into the second day today with no bargaining meetings scheduled between union leaders and BART management.

October 17, 2013 | 66 comments
Beware of telephone and email scams

Keep your personal information in your wallet, not someone else's
By far, the most common way of separating seniors from their money is through the telephone, in cons ranging from the grandparent scam to the Jamaican Lottery scam.

October 17, 2013 | 5 comments
Double check when getting an estimate

Don't be duped by those who might pick your pocket
Beyond large-scale thefts from seniors, they're being targeted by everyone from unscrupulous mechanics to contractors to people selling fraudulent health insurance policies.

October 20, 2013 | No comments yet
As senior population grows, so do frauds against them

Officials advise: when in doubt, speak out
American are getting older, and as they age, more and more are becoming targets of fraud.

October 20, 2013 | 12 comments
Teen driver leaves scene of single-vehicle crash

Father IDs driver as his son, refuses to say where he is
Pleasanton police are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle crash early Thursday on Ruby Hill Drive.

October 17, 2013 | 25 comments
BART trains keep running as Brown averts AC strike

Both services operating as negotiations continue
Federal mediators overseeing labor negotiations between BART management and union leaders announced for the second consecutive night that
BART trains would run this morning as talks continue, with Gov. Jerry Brown stepping in to avert an AC Transit strike.

October 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Council OKs study of east side development

EIR will look at plan for 2,279 housing units
The Pleasanton City Council agreed Tuesday to move forward on a plan to allow homes, apartment buildings, retail and commercial businesses, and a public elementary school to be part of a major land development on the city's east side.

October 17, 2013 | 23 comments
Send us your fall photos!

Is it a cool costume or an adorable kid enjoying a candy apple? Do you have a huge pumpkin, or is your pet one who likes to dress up? Share your photos with us!

October 16, 2013 | 2 comments
BART service continuing today

Negotiators still at bargaining table
BART service will be up and running today while negotiations continue between the transit agency's management and union leaders, a federal mediator overseeing the talks announced Tuesday night.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Nordstrom Rack to open in Dublin on 2015

Discounter will join Whole Foods in new center
Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. announced Tuesday that it will open one of its Nordstrom Rack discount stores in Dublin in the fall of 2015.

October 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Library to celebrate 25th anniversary

Fundraiser party will pay for more children's books
The Pleasanton Public Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary next month with an evening reception that will include a silent auction, prizes, food and music.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Woman hit in Pleasanton crosswalk accident dies

Flashing pavement lights had just been removed
One of two people hit in a Pleasanton crosswalk on Oct. 12 has died.

October 15, 2013 | 60 comments
Pleasanton's Halloween scavenger hunt Saturday

The Pleasanton Downtown Association will sponsor a Halloween scavenger hunt for elementary school-age children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The annual event will start in front of Towne Center Books, located at 555 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. Children are asked to come in costume and pick up instructions, a Halloween bag and their first clue at the starting location. Children will have to solve the clue in order to find the next location, where they will be given a small goodie or treat and their next clue. A total of 14 downtown businesses are participating. Parents will be given the key to help children find the treat locations. More information can be found at www.pleasantondowntown.net/events.php/

October 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Foothill's band review at football field today

50 high schools competing in 38th annual event
The Foothill High annual Band Review is over and schools from throughout Northern California are now competing on the school's football field in the annual field show.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Young Professionals meet today

The first meeting of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Chamber's offices at | 777 Peters Ave. Richard D. King, past president of Rotary International and the senior partner in the California law firm King, King & King, will be the program's speaker. Pleasanton Young Professionals is the new networking group for emerging and established young professionals and will hold regular meetings at the Chamber on the third Thursday of each month. Guests are welcome to attend one meeting at no charge. Those interested n joining the group can register at a meeting or by calling the Pleasanton Chamber at (925) 846-5858.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
PPIE hosting 'Toasts & Tastes' tonight

15 culinary teams competing at annual fundraiser
The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation will host its 10th annual "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" culinary competition and fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the California Center in Pleasanton.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab employees now on furlough

Workers at Sandia to start furloughs on Monday
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is closed today and Sandia National Laboratories will follow on Monday if the partial federal government shutdown continues.

October 14, 2013 | 8 comments
Firefighters Expo draws about 1,000

Event held as part of Fire Prevention Week