2015

New laws for 2016 now in effect for California drivers

Popular hoverboard riders now must be 16 or older
Several new driving laws came into effect in the new year aimed at improving safety for child passengers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Sierra snowpack above normal, but drought not over yet

More than 4 years of drought have left a water deficit that may be difficult to overcome, survey shows
The water content of Sierra Nevada snowpack is above normal levels, the California Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Boaters banned from 'safety zone' around Ferry Building during S.F. fireworks show tonight

Coast Guard patrolling area during New Year's Eve fireworks display
The U. S. Coast Guard is planning to establish a temporary safety zone around San Francisco's Ferry Plaza tonight for a New Year's Eve fireworks display.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin cop suffers broken leg in crash with fleeing car

Authorities: Driver of reportedly stolen car hit city motorcycle officer while trying to elude CHP
A Dublin police officer suffered a broken leg when a car fleeing California Highway Patrol officers hit his motorcycle Wednesday morning, a CHP spokesman said.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Year in Review 2015

Brought development plans, sports victories, drought adjustments and more
As we plunge into 2016, it is fun and informative to look back at 2015, to follow news stories and to see trends in our city.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Scout troop to pick up Christmas trees tomorrow morning

Boy Scout Troop 941 will use fees collected for scouting activities
Pleasanton Boy Scout Troop 941 will conduct its annual Christmas tree pickup service project and fundraiser tomorrow morning.

December 31, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Senior center closed today for one week of repairs, maintenance

Center will re-open Jan. 11
The Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard is closed today for one week of its regular annual maintenance and repairs.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Commuter Alert: BART fares increase 3.4% for 2016

Agency plans fare increase at start of every even-number year through 2020
BART passengers will pay more for a ride today with fares increased around 3.4% starting New Year's Day.

December 30, 2015 | 4 comments
Museum hosting Father Serra portrayal at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Los Angeles actor Bruce Buonauro to play now-sainted founder of the California Missions
Bruce Buonauro will portray the now-sainted Father Junipero Serra tonight in the new year's first "An Evening with..." Ed Kinney speaker series sponsored by Pleasanton's Museum on Main.

December 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Inklings to open on Main Street for coffee, tea, community meetings

Owner, Valley Community Church to make building available for public gatherings
Inklings, a name associated with a literary discussion group from the University of Oxford in the 1930s, will open in the next month or so as a similar type coffee and tea house at 530 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton.

December 30, 2015 | 32 comments
Funeral arrangements pending for Goodguys founder Gary Meadors

Passion-based idea blossomed into America's premier automotive event in Pleasanton
Gary Meadors, founder and chairman of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 76.

December 28, 2015 | 9 comments
House passes Swalwell's terrorism-tracking bill

Bipartisan legislation referred to Senate Intelligence Committee
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill co-sponsored by local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) that calls for greater oversight by Congress on how national intelligence officials track foreign fighters who travel to and from terrorist safe havens abroad.

December 29, 2015 | 4 comments
County launches Artsfund grants program for 2016

3 workshops this month with entry deadline March 1
A workshop will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Livermore Community Center to assist organizations in preparing grant applications for the 2016 ARTSFUND Grants Program, sponsored by the Alameda County Arts Commission.

December 30, 2015 | 1 comment
New-home sales rise 4.3% nationally in November

Western states lead the way with 20.5% of all sales for month
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 4.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 490,000 units in November.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Drones now banned in Shadow Cliffs, other East Bay Regional parks

Motorized craft pose safety threat, disruptive to park visitors, wildlife, district says
Motorized, remote-controlled aircraft -- or drones - are now banned in all parks under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District, including Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton.

December 29, 2015 | No comments yet
OPINION: EBAL somewhat overlooked in all-East Bay team awards

Many prep media writers have anti-EBAL bias
With the end of the football season comes time for the football awards.

December 28, 2015 | 1 comment
5 ways to be charitable on a budget

Making a difference in the world doesn't always require big bucks
If you've ever wondered if you can be charitable with only a few extra dollars in your wallet or a little bit of free time, the answer is yes. You just have to get a little creative.

December 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Oakland A'S World Series champion Dave Henderson dies at 57

Was American League All-Star with Oakland in 1991
Oakland A's World Series Champion Dave Henderson died yesterday, officials with the Oakland Athletics said.

December 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Website launched to help Alameda County residents prepare for El Nino rains

Alameda County officials have launched a website to help residents prepare for the forecasted rain this season in Alameda County.

December 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

December 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Rage girls donate handmade supplies to pets in need

Leadership service project benefits VHS
Pleasanton Rage U11 Orange and White team members joined together this fall to help kittens and cats in need by donating handmade blankets and catnip toys, plus other supplies, to Pleasanton-based Valley Humane Society.

December 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Special winter exhibit at Firehouse through Jan. 9

Featured work is 'Blue City' by Marie Pascal and 'Saxophone II' by Beichen Li
"Blue City" by Marie Pascal and "Saxophone II" by Beichen Li are two of their works in the public exhibition areas of the Firehouse Arts Center through Jan. 9.

December 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Technical difficulties

Multiple emails accidentally sent to some registered users
Our apologies to those loyal readers who received multiple emails yesterday. We meant to send one email prompting PleasantonWeekly.com registered users to reregister.

December 23, 2015 | 15 comments
'An Evening with Phoebe Hearst' kicks off annual program at Firehouse Jan. 5

Museum on Main announces 2016 lineup for popular speaker series
Author Karen Harris portraying local wealthy philanthropist Phoebe Hearst is set to usher in the new season of the Ed Kinney Speaker Series "An Evening With ..." next month at the Firehouse Arts Center on Jan. 5.

December 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Church pipe organs, organists produce the merriest of holiday sounds

Catholic community, Our Savor Lutheran still boast unique music of age-old pipe organs
Fresh off their jam-packed church concerts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, organists Ira Stein for the two churches in the Catholic Community of Pleasanton and Nicholas Mourlam at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore are continuing to play the very natural and beautiful music that only their pipe organs can provide.

December 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Costco signs letter of intent to acquire 40-acre Johnson Drive site in Pleasanton

Hearings likely to start in February for city's new economic development zone
With 22,000 members in Pleasanton, it's no surprise that Costco Wholesale wants to build a store here to relieve the overcrowded conditions it has at its stores in Livermore and Danville.

December 28, 2015 | 42 comments
State superintendent shares thoughts on Common Core, elimination of exit exam

50 attend San Ramon forum where Tom Torlakson spoke
State superintendent Tom Torlakson shared his vision for what the California's education system will strive for in 2016 at a recent forum in San Ramon, as well as a recap of goals achieved and lessons learned during 2015.

December 23, 2015 | 3 comments
California housing market loses momentum in November

Statewide sales below 400,000 mark for first time in 8 months
California existing home sales fell in November from both the previous month and year for the first time in nearly a year as low housing affordability extended into Southern California.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Planners OK 3-story retail center/apartment complex in downtown Pleasanton

New building on Spring Street will replace crumbling parking lot, old one story structure
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved a developer's plan to build a three-story commercial center and apartment complex at 273 Spring St. despite opposition from the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) that wants only retail businesses on the site.

December 22, 2015 | 29 comments
Region's water wholesaler feels pinch of meager flow of state water supply

Sign Tri-Valley isn't out of the drought yet
The Tri-Valley's potable water wholesaler was recently notified that it will only get 10% of the water it requested from a state source, prompting questions about how the area will secure water for the dry months.

December 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Hundreds help place holiday wreaths on veterans graves at Pioneer Cemetery

'Wreaths Across America' observed for first time in Pleasanton
Hundreds turned out last week to place wreaths on each of the 561 graves at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery as part of "Wreaths Across America," a national event that was observed in more than 1,000 locations in the U.S.

December 21, 2015 | 2 comments
Packages stolen off Ruby Hill porches found empty on undeveloped lot

Police warn residents to take steps to prevent package theft
A bundle of packages meant as holiday gifts and general deliveries for Ruby Hill residents were found last Saturday in an empty lot.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Hacienda receives Gold award for commuting benefits

Offering commuter benefits is a win-win situation, transit organization manager says
Pleasanton's Hacienda, one of the West's largest mixed use residential and business parks, has received the Gold Award in competition for "Best Workplaces for Commuters," a program sponsored by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR).

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Retired flight attendants deliver furry friends for Hope Hospice patients

Organization of former Pan Am workers provides 'touch of comfort' for thosse under hospice care
Members of the Oakland chapter of Pan Am World Wings International donated bags filled with new stuffed bears and other cuddly animals this week to those in care of Dublin-based Hope Hospice volunteers.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill student's law proposal wins assemblywoman's video contest

Team to join Baker for bill drafting, introduction at State Capitol
A Foothill High student was part of a team selected by YouTube voters as the winner of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's first-ever "There Ought To Be A Law" video contest, which challenged local teens to propose legislation that she should pursue in the Assembly.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill High girls ' basketball team faces Richmond's Salesian Pride today

Game follows Lady Falcons' sweep of 3 games earlier this month
The Foothill Varsity girls' basketball team faces Salesian High School's Pride today, going after one of the top teams in Northern California after sweeping three games earlier this month.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales jump more than 26% in November

18 homes in Pleasanton sell for over $1 million
East Bay luxury home sales jumped more than 26% last month from a year ago as the high-end market continued to roll.

December 28, 2015 | 1 comment
James Tong, ex-Pleasanton campaign contributor, Oak Grove housing backer guilty of fraud

Must serve 1 year probation, pay $650,000 fine, preserve 107 acres
James Tong, owner of Charter Properties and a long-time investor and contributor to political and land issue campaigns in Pleasanton, pleaded no contest Friday to one count of submitting fraudulent documentation related to protecting at-risk animal species.

December 19, 2015 | 23 comments
Magnitude 3.1 earthquake reported in San Ramon this morning

The U.S. Geological Survey this morning is reporting a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in San Ramon.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Wells Fargo Bank in Dublin robbed

Teller gives robber undisclosed amount of cash, man flees in black Honda
Dublin police are reporting that a man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 4400 Tassajara Road near Dublin Boulevard in Dublin Thursday afternoon.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police accepting applications for citizen's academy

Free academy focused on educating public on police practices
Pleasanton Police Department has opened enrollment for its 2016 Citizen's Academy.

December 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Sewer district selects new board president, vice president

DSRSD board also fills out committee appointments for 2016
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) board of directors Wednesday selected a new president and vice president for 2016.

December 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Attorney seeks to have murder charges dismissed in case of Kate Steinle killing

Defense argues fatal shooting of Pleasanton native was accidental
A Mexican national accused of fatally shooting a woman on San Francisco's Pier 14 over the summer is seeking to have murder charges filed against him dismissed on the grounds that the shooting was accidental.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district launches calendar survey

Survey to be available until Jan. 4
Pleasanton Unified School District has launched a public survey to garner opinions about how the district could best adjust its instructional calendar.

December 18, 2015 | 17 comments
John Sensiba: Man of the Year

He saved our hospital, leading ValleyCare through merger with Stanford Health
John Sensiba, managing partner of regional accounting firm Sensiba San Filippo LLP whose professional expertise helped rescue financially troubled ValleyCare Health System from bankruptcy, is the Pleasanton Weekly's Man of the Year for 2015.

December 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Foothill girls soccer in Tri-Valley Classic today, Saturday

Falcons coming off strong set of matches last week
The Foothill girls soccer team is ready for the Tri-Valley Classic this weekend, coming off a strong set of matches last week in which the Falcons came away with a 1-1 record for the effort.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Harvest Park club wins inaugural cricket tourney

San Ramon middle schooler named Player of the Tournament
The Harvest Park Middle School Cricket Club took first place in the first-ever Inter School Cricket Tournament played in Dublin over the past two weekends.

December 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton girl starts 'What if? fundraising campaign

Harvest Park student raising money for cancer research through soccer club project
A Harvest Park Middle School seventh-grader is looking to give back to children facing serious health concerns through an online fundraiser as part of a community service project through her Pleasanton Rage Soccer leadership group.

December 21, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton garbage rates now higher for 2016

More customers using smaller 35-gallon service, which has reduced company's revenue
The City Council has approved an across-the-board garbage rate "adjustment" of 3.87% starting Jan. 1 to meet rising costs being incurred by Pleasanton Garbage Services (PGS), the company that has an exclusive refuse collection and recycling franchise agreement.

December 31, 2015 | 12 comments
Pleasanton city attorney, librarian say farewell

Jonathan Lowell, Julie Farnsworth retiring after years of public service
Pleasanton City Attorney Jonathan Lowell and Librarian Julie Farnsworth are retiring this month, leaving the city in better shape as a result of their service.

December 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero: Lifetime Achievement

Tony Macchiano ... community volunteer extraordinaire
For a good, down-home barbecue, sign up for one of the next community fundraisers where Tony Macchiano is cooking. He's been at it for more than 45 years, delighting thousands with his mouth-watering steaks, ribs and chicken. His good work has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Pleasanton outreach programs.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Chevron's Fuel Your School challenge raises $41,000 for Pleasanton schools, $1 million across Tri-Valley

San Ramon-based company gave $1 for every eight or more gallons pumped in October
Chevron's school project fundraiser generated nearly $1 million for 1,102 classroom projects in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, nearly half of which focus on math and science instruction.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Heavy rain forecast for today with at least an inch in Pleasanton, East Bay

'It's mostly going to be a rain event,' Weather Service predicts for weekend
It's rained all night and will continue through much of the day with heavy rain at times across the Bay Area off and on through next Wednesday.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County opens online permit portal to ease permit applications

Spokesman says county is 'trying to demystify the process'
A new permit portal that opened online Wednesday should make it easier for Alameda County residents to apply for business licenses, permits, and undertake other regulated project

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Developer's plan for homes on Lund Ranch continued again

Pleasanton Council adjourns hearing to Jan. 5 after scaling back development
Bowing to threats of law suits or an expensive and time-consuming voter referendum, the City Council Tuesday night voted to adjourn a final public hearing on a proposed development on Lund Ranch to Jan. 5 when it will likely approve a scaled-back plan.

December 16, 2015 | 22 comments
Councilwoman Narum named Vice Mayor of Pleasanton

Nagler to move to full-member post on Planning Commission, succeeding Gina Paper, who resigned
City Councilwoman Kathy Narum was appointed Vice Mayor of Pleasanton Tuesday night by Mayor Jerry Thorne and others on the City Council.

December 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Ex-ABAG director pleads guilty to embezzlment charges

Embezzled proceeds intended for San Ramon's Windemere Ranch housing development
A former financial services director for the Association of Bay Area Governments has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to embezzling nearly $3.9 million from the agency, including money related to San Ramon's Windemere Ranch development.

December 23, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton school district hires county's education office spokesman as new PR office chief here

School board also OKs search firm to start recruiting for new superintendent
Pleasanton's school board has coordinated a game plan to start the process of looking for superintendent candidates while also hiring its new coordinator of communications.

December 16, 2015 | 6 comments
Drinking water safe despite toxic algae in Lake Del Valle, officials say

Lake to remain closed to swimmers, dogs
Water officials say the toxic algae blooms found in Lake Del Valle, which provides drinking water to parts of the Tri-Valley, won't threaten the area's drinking water.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board meets tonight to discuss audit, upcoming contract

Agency finds revenue declining due to water conservation during dought
The board of the Zone 7 Water Agency, a wholesale water provider for parts of the Tri-Valley, will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to hear a report of the district's audited finances over the past year.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Annual Sing-along 'Messiah' Sunday

The annual sing-along performance of Handel's "Messiah" is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Canyon Creek Church, 9015 South Gale Ranch Road, San Ramon.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
World's 10th largest container ship to make first arrival in Oakland today

New generation of megaships dwarf today's ocean-going vessels
The largest container ship to ever visit the U.S. will arrive at the Port of Oakland today in a trial run of the port's ability to handle a new generation of megaships.

December 31, 2015 | 1 comment
New outpatient center opens in Pleasanton

John Muir, San Ramon Regional in joint health care venture
John Muir Health and San Ramon Regional Medical Center opened their new jointly-operated Pleasanton Outpatient Center this week at 5860 Owens Drive.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Assemblywoman Baker hosting holiday open house at 6 p.m. tonight

Event also offers chance to donate to Toys for Tots programs
Pleasanton's Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) will host a holiday open house from 6-8 p.m. tonight at her district office in San Ramon.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley senior among top honorees in Siemens Competition finals

Student's team project wins $30,000 scholarship
An Amador Valley High senior took one of the top honors earlier this month at the final round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, a nationally known STEM event.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Special school board meeting tonight to hear about search for new superintendent

McPherson & Jacobson to update its nationwide effort to find candidates for Pleasanton post
Pleasanton's school board will hold a public meeting tonight to hear an update from a consulting firm it hired to search for a new superintendent.

December 15, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton names new director of water, utilities department

Kathleen Yurchak succeeds Daniel Smith as Operations Services chief
Kathleen Yurchak, formerly Pleasanton's Community Services Manager and for the last two years assistant director of operations, was named Monday to head that department, succeeding Daniel Smith, who retired.

December 14, 2015 | 12 comments
Pleasanton police welcome new officers, recognize promotions

Five promotions and five new employees honored at ceremony last week
Pleasanton police welcomed three new officers and two staff members and honored five officers who were promoted last week in a department ceremony.

December 15, 2015 | 2 comments
Holiday parades airing on Tri-Valley TV30

Festivities to be shown throughout holiday season
If you missed attending this season's holiday parades and tree lightings or want to enjoy them again, you can watch them on TV30.

December 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Don't let last-minute holiday rush today crush your budget

Last-minute tricks keep overspending to a minimum, financial adviser says
For all the planning we do during the holidays, the last couple of hours before the big parties and family gatherings starting tonight can trip up the best of budgets.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Downtown Holiday Storefront Decorating contest winners announced

Apparel & Co. earns title; two voters win $50 gift cards
Based on votes from visitors near and far, Apparel & Co., 647 Main Street, is the first Downtown Pleasanton business to win the Holiday Storefront Decorating contest.

December 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Wet roads, speed blamed for numerous accidents over weekend

Couple killed when car hydroplanes, careens off I-580 on Altamont Pass
Two parents died in a single-vehicle collision on I-580 Sunday morning east of Altamont in unincorporated Alameda County, one of several accidents over the weekend.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tully's Coffee to close after New Year's

Longtime patrons saddened; city officials say closure is opportunity for new patrons
Tully's Coffee in downtown Pleasanton is set to close after the holidays, a move that surprised some longtime patrons.

December 15, 2015 | 58 comments
State superintendent to host education forum in San Ramon Dec. 21

Talk to cover Common Core, state exit exam
California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson will be hosting an education forum in the Tri-Valley about the impact of state policies on local education.

December 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Hope Hospice names permanent CEO

Announcement comes after nonprofit's 35th anniversary celebration
Pleasanton resident Bob Boehm has been named the permanent CEO of Hope Hospice, with the nonprofit's Board of Directors voting to remove his interim tag, Hope Hospice officials said Monday.

December 11, 2015 | 2 comments
High school winter sports preview

Soccer, wrestling, basketball seasons underway for Falcons and Dons
As the splendor of fall gives way to the frigid nights of winter, it is time for the second season of high school sports -- the East Bay Athletic League winter season. Following are breakdowns of the winter varsity teams for Amador Valley and Foothill.

December 11, 2015 | 3 comments
Wreaths to be place on veterans graves at noon today at Pioneer Cemetery

Public invited to join as Pleasanton participates in 'Wreaths Across America' program
Today at noon, veterans, Scouts and civic leaders will place wreaths on each of the 561 graves at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery as part of a national tribute to veterans buried there. It's all part of "Wreaths Across America," a national event.

December 11, 2015 | 4 comments
Micaela Ochoa named deputy superintendent of Pleasanton schools, succeeding Luz Cazares

Board also approves other district management changes
Several new leaders will be stepping into their roles this week after Pleasanton's school board approved a new deputy superintendent of business services and other appointments Tuesday night.

December 10, 2015 | 1 comment
14 named to serve on key city committees, commissions

Volunteers will advise City Council on municipal issues
Fourteen volunteers have been appointed to serve on six Pleasanton committees and commissions that serve as advisory groups to the City Council.

December 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton halts penalty charges for excessive water users

Residents, businesses cutting 35% in water consumption compared to 2013 base
Penalties imposed on excessive water users in Pleasanton since last May have been lifted for the winter months after city-wide metering showed reductions far exceeding the mandatory 25% cutbacks.

December 9, 2015 | 5 comments
New bus route to link Marin County to some East Bay cities starting today

Pilot service will run for 9 months to determine ridership interest
Golden Gate Transit will launch a new pilot bus route linking several East Bay cities to Marin County today.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Teachers, parents, students asked to comment on potential Pleasanton school year calendar change

School board also elects Jamie Hintzke as its president for 2016, succeeding Valerie Arkin
The Pleasanton school board voted Tuesday night to move forward with a survey to see what the community thinks about changing the school year calendar.

December 9, 2015 | 10 comments
Foothill student among finalists in Baker's video contest

Online voting for winner open through Dec. 17
A Foothill High student is among the finalists in a contest in which State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) challenged high school students across her district to make a video proposing a bill idea to address a problem in California that requires a legislative solution.

December 9, 2015 | 2 comments
New downtown coffee shop planned for old Round Table Pizza site

Owner, Valley Community Church will make building available for public gatherings
The Pleasanton Planning Commission will consider a bid tonight by an individual affiliated with Valley Community Church to open a coffee and tea house in the former Round Table Pizza building on Main Street.

December 8, 2015 | 49 comments
Party City opens Rosewood Drive store in Pleasanton

Retailer is largest global supplier of decorated party goods by revenue
Party City has opened its new Pleasanton store at 4575 Rosewood Drive in a building in the Metro 580 Center vacated after Borders Bookstore closed its business.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
3 new retailers open at Stoneridge Shopping Center

New stores, along with Santa, arrive just in time for the holidays
Three retailers -- Men's Wearhouse, Ohana Bros. and SF Sports -- have opened stores in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Lake Del Valle closed to swimming due to toxic algae

People and especially dogs should stay out of the water
The East Bay Regional Park District has closed Lake Del Valle in Livermore for swimming due to a bloom of toxic blue-green algae.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
John Muir Health Foundation, philanthropic branch of John Muir Health, raises record $1.4 million at foundation benefit

Sold-out event sees 56% increase in financial support over last year
John Muir Health Foundation, the philanthropic branch of John Muir Health, raised a record $1.4 million at a recent fundraiser to benefit its comprehensive cancer services program.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight's Parks & Recreation Commission meeting canceled

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Commission for Thursday has been cancelled.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County teams up with Catholic Charities to battle child trafficking

Organizations working together to provide 'safe, secure' housing where victims can recover
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley joined Catholic Bishop Michael C. Barber and Chuck Fernandez, chief executive of Catholic Charities of the East Bay Tuesday on a new initiative to create homes for child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

December 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Santa comes early to Pleasanton

Thousands turned out last Saturday night to watch Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday celebration, including a two-hour parade followed by the lighting of the city's holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
S.F committee OKs 'roll-through' for cyclists at stop signs

'Idaho Bike Law' allows bicyclists to keep biking, but at maximum speed of 6 mph
An ordinance that would allow bicyclists to roll through stop signs while traveling at a maximum speed of 6 mph in San Francisco has been approved by the Land Use and Transportation Committee and will now go to the full board for approval where it will need eight votes to override the mayor's expected veto.

December 8, 2015 | 9 comments
Pleasanton police arrest Concord man on burglary charge in Muirwood area

Neighbor spots him climbing into Lemonwood Way home, calls police
Pleasanton police arrested a man described as a transient on suspicion of residential burglary Monday after a neighbor spotted him climbing through the rear window of a nearby home.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill's loss to De La Salle ends Falcons season, but is it fair?

2 inferior teams that didn't win their section advance
After holding De La Salle to its second lowest offensive output of the season, the Foothill football team saw its season end in a 35-0 loss to the Spartans in the North Coast Section Div. I finals.

December 8, 2015 | 38 comments
TV30 featuring Amador Valley Chamber Choir, Hart Middle school string orchestra

Program includes interviews with musical groups' leaders
"Your Schools," a program currently being broadcast on Tri-Valley Community Television stations TV28 and TV30, shows the Amador Valley High School Chamber Choir and Hart Middle School String Orchestra preparing for their holiday programs.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
San Ramon Canyon Creek Church hosting special Christmas concert tonight

Annual sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m
The annual sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Canyon Creek Church, 9015 South Gale Ranch Road, San Ramon. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

December 8, 2015 | 5 comments
Students hack away at educational Hour of Code

Pleasanton private school teaches JavaScript through fun programming event
Students at Stratford School's Pleasanton campus got an extra opportunity to practice their computer science skills this week when the private school participated in the "Hour of Code," an online educational computer science initiative.

December 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Jeff Bordes' 'New Orleans Christmas' at Firehouse Dec. 19

Classic Rock Christmas, "Golden Follies" this weekend
Pleasanton's own Trumpeter Jeff Bordes returns to the Firehouse Arts Center Dec. 19 with local musician Don Lewis joining in to make it like Mardi Gras in December.

December 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Cook-Kallio to run against Assemblywoman Baker in 2016 election

Says Baker's record in Sacramento 'does not match her lip service in the community'
Former Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio said Tuesday that she will seek the nomination for the 16th State Assembly seat in the state's June 7 primary.

December 7, 2015 | 49 comments
Residents recall Pearl Harbor day, 'A date which will live in infamy'

Reporter's story from 2007 helps us remember significance of Dec. 7
(Editor's note: Although we know of no observances today in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago, we are reprinting this story by reporter Jerri Long that appeared in the Pleasanton Weekly in 2007.)

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Williams-Sonoma founder Charles (Chuck) Williams dies at 100

Opened first Williams-Sonoma store off Sonoma's town square in 1956
The man who founded the Sonoma County-born business called Williams-Sonoma Inc. has died, the company announced Saturday.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's holiday parade kicks off at 5 p.m. today on Main Street

Tree lighting follows in front of Museum on Main
Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Celebration, the city's most festive event, starts with a parade at 5 p.m. today on Main Street with 77 entries and more than 2,800 participants and, of course, Santa at the end.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest trio after home break-ins off Hopyard

Two 18-year-olds, one 17-year-old charged
Pleasanton police arrested three San Jose teens in connection with break-ins at two Pleasanton homes Thursday morning.

December 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Slow down when driving near maintenance workers clearing leaves, city staff asks

Crews working in medians, along streets to remove leaves that plug storm drains, causing floods
Pleasanton city administrators have a plea for drivers this time of year: Please slow down near their workers.

December 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district paying $28,500 to search for new general manager

Annual salary range is $216,896-$271,988
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) is accepting candidates to be the district's new general manager after its former leader retired in November.

December 6, 2015 | 7 comments
Parade, festive lights, outdoor decorations -- it must be the holiday season

Elaborate home decorations, colorful downtown parade help spread holiday joy
If last week's turkey feasts and midnight-to-sunrise shopping sprees left you looking for ways to celebrate the holiday season with a little less impact on your wallet and waistline, consider continuing the countdown to Christmas this Saturday night at the Hometown Holiday Celebration in downtown Pleasanton.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Environmental Stewardship

Pleasanton's Youth Commission ... no smoking
Never underestimate the influence youths have in our community. Thanks to the recommendation of the Pleasanton Youth Commission, smoking is now banned in all Pleasanton parks, and Mayor Jerry Thorne was on a TV30 program this week suggesting that the ban might be extended to the city's downtown business district.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Help those in need through the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Contributions will be distributed to 12 nonprofits that serve local needs
A banner is stretched across Main Street today reminding everyone that the Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Holiday Fund campaign is underway.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Calendar change survey goes before school board tonight

Naming new board president and VP, hiring new coordinator and directors, and budget update also on agenda
Parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders may be able to have their say in how -- and whether -- Pleasanton's public schools should adjust their instructional calendar.

December 3, 2015 | 65 comments
Pleasanton Council OK's 48-home development on Lund Ranch II

Lawmakers vote to split development to ease impact on complaining neighborhoods
Despite threats of law suits and several demands to continue the public hearing for a fourth time, the City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to allow a developer to build 48 upscale homes in Pleasanton's southeast hills with access roads slicing through two heavily populated neighborhoods.

December 2, 2015 | 11 comments
Work continuing on Bernal Park expansion with opening set for May

$16.5-million project will add lighted sports fields, 'Grand Meadow'
Construction of the $16.5-million expansion of Bernal Community Park is proceeding on schedule with plans now to open the new sports fields and a "Grand Meadow" called Oak Woodland next May.

December 1, 2015 | 7 comments
Baker, Glazer discuss education issues at joint forum

Tri-Valley forum covers topics from UC system enrollment to district rainy day funds
The Tri-Valley's state legislators held an education forum this week to answer residents' burning questions about overcrowding at schools, Common Core and other frustrations.

December 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Free donation closet opens tonight in Pleasanton

At 'The Hanger,' free clothing ranges from suits to baby shoes
The Pleasanton Unified School District will hold a soft opening of its new donation closet, The Hangar, Thursday night for low-income residents to receive free clothing.

December 2, 2015 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Chamber accepting nominations for Community Service Awards

March event to recognize businesses, nonprofits, individuals in 5 categories
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 53rd Annual Community Service Awards program to be held in March.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
City Council to try again tonight to agree on Lund Ranch II development plan

Likely 2-2 tie vote on Nov. 19 could have killed project but for mayor's move to continue hearing
The City Council, hopelessly deadlocked two weeks ago over a developer's bid to build 50 homes in Pleasanton's southeast hills, will try again tonight to reach a majority decision on one of several plans.

December 1, 2015 | 9 comments
Foothill faces De La Salle at 7 p.m. tonight in NCS championship game

Falcons, Spartans meet in Dublin High stadium
Foothill High School's Falcons face De La Salle at 7 p.m. tonight in the NCS championship game to be played at Dublin High School.

December 1, 2015 | 3 comments
Livermore woman dies in San Ramon Valley police chase

DPD: Driver tried to flee police in car stolen from Dublin
A young Livermore woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a crash following a police pursuit that started in Danville and ended in San Ramon early Sunday morning, according to Danville police.

November 30, 2015 | 7 comments
Tracy Farms recalls diced onion/celery mix linked to E. Coli outbreak

E. coli found in a Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad
A Tracy, California farm is recalling packages of diced onion and celery after the blend was linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 19 people in seven states, federal officials announced today.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
High school football-airing all day today on TV30

'Football-A-Thon' showing 4 thrilling games played earlier this season
Experience all the excitement of local high school football today on TV30 with the station's sports team of Ian Bartholomew, George "Dr. B" Baljevich, and Tim Sbranti and the best games of the season

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
CHP ramps up efforts to reduce roadway deaths this Thanksgiving weekend

45 deaths occurred over same weekend in 2014
The California Highway Patrol has been cracking down on impaired and unrestrained drivers this Thanksgiving weekend by increasing its patrols.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Turkeys pardoned by President Obama named by Pleasanton students

Donlon 5th-graders won contest with name suggestions, Honest and Abe
The two turkeys chosen for this year's presidential pardon owe their unique names to a gaggle of Pleasanton students.

November 25, 2015 | 6 comments
It's here! Black Friday gives you chance to shop 'til you drop

Stoneridge Mall, other retailers open early to get a head start on busy shopping weekend
Today is Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year and a day when shoppers look for the best buys during the holidays and when retailers hope to make their most profits of the year, moving their ledger into black after months of red margins in a weak 2015.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Arlie Smith, for the children

Role Model recipient reflects on drive to raise money for Children's Hospital amid own battles with cancer, MS
Arlie Smith's face and smile are known to thousands throughout the San Ramon Valley, and now many of them in turn have helped his name become synonymous with a deep commitment to raising vital funds for children in need.

November 27, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Cub Scout Pack 944, Girl Scouts give 'thanks'

Proceeds from popcorn sales helping the homeless
Cub Scout Pack 944 gave "thanks" this holiday season by using some proceeds from popcorn sales to create care packages for homeless individuals.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Double play

Pleasanton twins who compete together say they improve together
Ryan Weiglein knows what one of his teammates is thinking with just a look, and he can predict whether the other player is confident or uncertain. He said it's as easy as reading his own face. Then again, he's talking about his identical twin brother, Dylan.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Community Concert Band at Firehouse today

Free Holiday Show from 2-3:15 p.m.
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will give its annual free Holiday Show from 2-3:15 p.m. today at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Tips for staying safe online, at stores on Black Friday

It's undeniable that Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, but there isn't always only goodwill and cheer behind the packages and bows. Law enforcement and security officials are reminding Pleasanton residents to use commonsense strategies to stay safe when they go out to shop or when they shop online.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Back from Paris in the nick of time

Realtor Jennifer Haus heads home just hours before terrorist attacks
When Pleasanton Realtor Jennifer Haus got off her Delta flight in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, she found 23 urgent messages on her cellphone, and with good reason.

November 26, 2015 | 8 comments
Kottinger Gardens gets final OK after 11 years of planning

185-unit, affordable-priced development to replace aging Kottinger Place, Pleasanton Gardens
The construction of the first phase of a new 185-unit, affordable-priced housing development for seniors will get underway in March, thanks to the final approval of the long-awaited project by the Pleasanton City Council.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Declining registration leads to merger of 2 Pleasanton Little league organizations

American, National join to become new Pleasanton Little League; Foothill stays separate
Pleasanton American Little League and Pleasanton National Little League have combined efforts to create a new, joint Pleasanton Little League starting in the upcoming season.

November 25, 2015 | 7 comments
East Bay parks to waive entry fee today on Black Friday

District officials hope to encourage residents to enjoy outdoors after Thanksgiving
By offering free admission at all of its 65 parks on Black Friday, the East Bay Regional Park District hopes to encourage locals to spend the busiest shopping day of the year outdoors.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday parade, tree lighting festivities start at 5 p.m. tomorrow on Main Street

Mayor to light the city's Holiday Tree outside Museum on Main after parade
Pleasanton's Hometown Holiday celebration, the city's most festive event, starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring music, floats, colorfully-dressed marching groups and, of course, Santa himself

November 24, 2015 | 6 comments
Livermore duplex catches fire for second time in 2 days

17 firefighters called to scene to put out smoldering attic fire
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that burned a Livermore duplex Friday night for the second time in two days.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill takes Freedom 45-14; Amador Valley falls to Antioch 58-21 in NCS quarters

Falcons head to Antioch for Saturday night showdown, spot in NCS finals
Isaiah Floyd has been a force throughout the football season for the Foothill Falcons, scoring touchdowns in bunches as the Falcons finished the regular season 10-0 and brought home the East Bay Athletic League title.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
'The Importance of Being Earnest' at Las Positas College theater tonight

Oscar Wilde's play continues Fridays, Saturdays through Dec. 12
For the first time in Las Positas College history, the Theater Arts department will stage a second main stage production in a single semester.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight's meeting of the Pleasanton Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trails Committee cancelled

Meeting will be re-scheduled for another date
The meeting of the Pleasanton Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trails Committee, scheduled for Monday night, has been cancelled.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Creek opens Creekview Health Center

Memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services offered to general public plus residents
CreekView, the latest addition to the Stoneridge Creek retirement community campus, is officially open.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales edge higher

Hope is for more properties to come on market after New Years
East Bay luxury home sales edged up 5.3% last month from a year ago but the median sale price trended lower.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County's unemployment rate now at 4.5%, below state's rate of 5.8%

State gains 2.1 million jobs since economic recovery began in February 2010
The number of workers without jobs in California decreased last month from the previous month and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased.

November 23, 2015 | 4 comments
Zone 7 general manager granted 15% raise

Regional water wholesaler's board votes 4-2 to approve pay bump
Zone 7 Water Agency's general manager was granted a 15% salary increase by the agency's Board of Directors at Wednesday's board meeting.

November 20, 2015 | 53 comments
Comedian discusses life story, identity with equal rights-focused students at Amador Valley

Author and stand-up comic discussed race, personal identity
Brian Copeland, a San Leandro-based comedian and author, took the stage at Amador Valley High on Thursday to discuss race, inequality and how to deal with being different.

November 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Suspects arrested in connection with Dublin bank robbery

Dublin police work with Modesto officers to seize 3 after chase
Police have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a bank robbery last week in Dublin.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Parole denied to last Chowchilla kidnapper still in prison

3 buried busload of Madera County school children, driver in Livermore quarry for ransom
A state Board of Parole Hearings panel has denied parole to the last of three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore for ransom.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 gains official control over well permitting, fee collection in region

Long-waived fees to be charged for new well projects
With groundwater protection becoming an increasingly important issue, Zone 7 Water Agency officially adopted a new county rule that gives the agency authority over permitting for new well drilling, maintenance and other situations.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Holiday Fund now underway

Give now to help others in our community
The 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 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton college student honored with Eagle Scout award

Ceremony held at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church for Copeland Green
Copeland Green from Boy Scout Troop 948, a 2014 graduate of Amador Valley High School and current mechanical engineering student at Colorado State University, received his Eagle Scout award at a special Court of Honor ceremony Sunday at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
'80s new wave sound comes to Tri-Valley tonight

A Flock of Seagulls new wave band at Bankhead
A Flock of Seagulls, the new wave band of the 1980s known for their bizarre haircuts as well as for their single "I Ran (So Far Away)," will perform at 8 p.m., Friday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Rising Star

Danville teen Christina Adams helps 50 in-need kids get new bikes
Fifty sixth-graders are riding around on their first bicycles after a determined Tri-Valley teen decided to make a difference.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Controlled burns in Livermore's Sycamore Grove Park end today

Action removes weeds, promotes growth of native plants, flowers, fire officials say
Firefighters are conducting controlled burns at Sycamore Grove Park near Livermore through Monday.

November 19, 2015 | 1 comment
No one injured after driver plows into Dublin Goodwill store

Driver mistook gas for brake pedal
A driver crashed into a Goodwill store in Dublin Wednesday afternoon, damaging the store but injuring no one.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Time to sign up for health insurance

Enrollment period ends Jan. 31
The Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges are now open for business, giving Americans who do not get coverage through work the opportunity to shop for policies that will take effect in 2016.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Services at 10 a.m. today for Amador Valley junior Jorge Barraza

Fatal pedestrian crash on First Street deemed an accident
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today for Jorge Barraza, a 17-year-old Amador Valley High School junior who died Nov. 15 after he was hit by a car on First Street and Abbie Street.

November 18, 2015 | 5 comments
City Council continues again a decision on Lund Ranch II development

3-1/2 hour hearing in standing-room-only council chamber fails to resolve dispute
The City Council, hopelessly deadlocked over a developer's bid to build 50 homes in Pleasanton's southeast hills after a 3-1/2 hour public hearing, voted unanimously Tuesday night to try again at its Dec. 1 meeting.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell bill aims to encourage college-student entrepreneurship

Legislation would create grant program to fund university business incubators
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced a new bill this month aimed at spurring young entrepreneurs by creating a competitive grant program to establish, expand or enhance business incubators at universities and colleges.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Services at 1 p.m. today for Anders Pederson

Realtor's son succumbs after donating kidney to his sister
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Augustine Catholic Church for Anders Pederson, who died Nov. 2 just over a week after surgery in which he donated a kidney to his sister Kelly.

November 18, 2015 | 10 comments
Nation's first USDA-certified organic fast food restaurant opens in Pleasanton

Food free of GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics
A restaurant that says it is the nation's first U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic fast food restaurant has opened in Pleasanton, serving only organic options from California.

November 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Kids work to defeat hunger by packing meals

Vintage Hills students packaged 13,000 food kits
Vintage Hills Elementary students recently packaged about 13,000 meals to send to hungry families.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Workshop tonight aims to make holiday season brighter for those in grief

Hope Hospice hosting seminar to help individuals manage grief
The joyous holiday season can serve as a painful reminder to some who have lost loved ones during the year. But there are ways to manage one's grief in order to get through the holidays.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Flags flying at half-staff to honor victims of Paris attacks

Pleasanton, Dublin following president's request
The cities of Pleasanton and Dublin are flying local government flags at half-staff through sunset tonight to honor the victims of the attacks which took place in Paris last week.

November 16, 2015 | 12 comments
EBAL competition shows Pleasanton high schools' strength

Amador Valley Competition Cheer qualifies for nationals in Anaheim next March
Ask anyone around the East Bay Athletic League what is the best prep football league in Northern California and to a person they will say the EBAL.

November 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Think twice about spending that bonus

Financial advisor warns bonus could change your tax, job situation
When is a bonus not a bonus? When you fail to think about what that extra income will mean to your overall finances.

December 12, 2015 | 6 comments
Harvest Park, Pleasanton Middle schools have new principals in district's administrators shuffle

Promotions prompt changes in leadership
Harvest Park and Pleasanton Middle schools have new school leaders as a result of Pleasanton school district administrative changes.

November 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Vacancies down, new construction ahead in Pleasanton's Hacienda community

Business park now home to 650 companies plus apartments, homes for 4,300 residents
Hacienda has seen an increase in occupancy over the year with a corresponding growth in tenant activity, a trend that is expected top continue into 2016.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen identified as victim in fatal pedestrian crash

Amador Valley student died Sunday evening; GoFundMe account in place for funeral expenses
The pedestrian who died after being hit by a car near downtown Pleasanton Sunday evening has been identified as 17-year-old Jorge Barraza, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

November 16, 2015 | 36 comments
Lund Ranch hearing back on Council's agenda for tonight

State commission gives OK for Councilman Jerry Pentin to participate, vote on issue
A public hearing that was twice postponed on a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 houses on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II will be held by the Pleasanton City Council tonight.

November 16, 2015 | 5 comments
Pedestrian dies after being hit by car on First at Abbie streets

Pleasanton police, firefighters try life-saving measures without success
A pedestrian was killed Sunday evening after being hit by a car on First Street at Abbie Street.

November 16, 2015 | 17 comments
Pleasanton police investigate Veterans Day groping incident

Authorities: Strange man grabs female jogger at Sports Park
Pleasanton police seek the public's help in identifying a man accused of groping a woman as she jogged at Ken Mercer Sports Park on Wednesday evening.

November 13, 2015 | 1 comment
College crunch time

Pleasanton students push through last weeks of application season for universities, colleges
If you see Pleasanton teenagers who look like they haven't slept in three days, they're likely seniors who are going through the gauntlet of college applications.

November 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Josh Burger, inspirational speaker

Pleasanton man beats the odds of rare disease, shares his story of perseverance and hope with others
Josh Burger wasn't expected to get much out of life. The disease that made it unlikely he would live past birth also limited his growth and movement. But 24 years later, he's a high school graduate, a local public speaker and an inspiration to children and adults in the Tri-Valley.

November 13, 2015 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Ellen Aguirre, raising guide dog puppies

Community Spirit recipient founds Tri-Valley chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind, still actively trains pups
When Ellen and Joe Aguirre turned off the freeway in San Rafael 22 years ago to check out Guide Dogs for the Blind, Ellen didn't know it would be a turning point in her life.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Council's action protects 88 homes as historic

Eases uncertainty for owners, city planners in dealing with major changes or expansions
The City Council's decision to amend the Pleasanton Municipal Code to identify historic homes creates more protections for many houses in the downtown area built before 1942 and eases the uncertainty both owners and city planners have had in dealing with major changes or expansions to these properties.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton youth basketball champions

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) seventh-grade boys basketball team went 3-0 to capture the championship in the St. Joachim CYO 7th-Grade National Tournament over Halloween weekend.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
3-dimensional quilting exhibit opens at Pleasanton Firehouse

Susan Else's 'Hard Times' show runs through Dec. 16
Susan Else's 3-dimensional fabric sculpture "Hard Times" is part of the Harrington Gallery's juried exhibition, "STRATA: Studio Art Quilt Associates," that opened this week and runs through Dec. 16.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill grad Brandon Crawford wins Gold Glove, Silver Slugger awards

Honored for prowess on defense and at the plate last season
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 graduate of Foothill High School, received his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards this week, honoring him for his prowess on defense and at the plate last season.

November 13, 2015 | 2 comments
Producing public art in Pleasanton

A new statue was unveiled outside the Pleasanton library on Bernal Avenue last week. The statue, "On the Count of Three," was a gift to the city from the Harrington Art Partnership.

November 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Photos with Santa due by noon today for Christmas publications

Pictures of pets with jolly old St. Nick also will be considered
Are your children (or fur-kids) visiting Santa Claus this year? Then share them with us at the Pleasanton Weekly.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
School board OKs contract with firm to search for new superintendent

Also Increases budget for wireless project, approves classified staff raises
Omaha-based search firm McPherson & Jacobson LLC was formally approved Tuesday night as the Pleasanton Unified School District's choice to run its superintendent search.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell calls for immigration enforcement reform

Congressman sends letter to DHS, requesting update
Months after the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has called for renewed reform to immigration enforcement.

November 11, 2015 | 16 comments
Foothill High gets bragging rights with a 35-7 win over Amador Valley

Falcons capture EBAL title with perfect 6-0 record
The Foothill High football team left little doubt as to who gets the bragging rights in Pleasanton this year with a 35-7 win over Amador Valley on Nov. 6.

November 10, 2015 | 17 comments
Pleasanton opens sandbag stations as rainy season starts

Free sandbags available to aid in flood prevention
With the city finally seeing some of that winter rain, Pleasanton officials have opened three sandbag stations in anticipation of more storms.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Turkey Burn to promote exercise before the feast

Free Thanksgiving day run to be held at Ken Mercer park
The first-ever Tri-Valley Turkey Burn free run is intended to be a family friendly event to get families exercising together before the Thanksgiving Day feast.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley gym class practices how to avoid abduction

Self-defense class credited with helping teens stay safe
About 30 teens in Dawn Silva's Lifetime Fitness physical education course at Amador Valley -- which includes lessons throughout the year on Zumba, yoga and pilates -- learned techniques to avoid and escape abduction and assault over the course of three weeks.

November 12, 2015 | No comments yet
District leaders' departures expected or exodus?

District officials reference promotions, life events while others point to previous administration
Several Pleasanton Unified School District leaders have left the district in the past six months, prompting questions from critics about the district's management.

November 9, 2015 | 1 comment
School board to vote tonight on hiring Omaha firm to search for new superintendent

Public meeting to also cover classified union agreement, more funding for wireless project
The Pleasanton school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to decide whether to approve a contract with an Omaha-based firm to search for a new district superintendent.

November 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit now being shown on Channels 29, 30

Mayors discuss 'Obstacles and Opportunities for the Regional Economy' on TV30 broadcast
The 2015 Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit, featuring the mayors of the five Tri-Valley municipalities, is now being broadcast on TV30, the area's community television station.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Housing markets continue to recover at modest pace

Market improving as economy strengthens, job creation continues
Markets in 79 of the approximately 360 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the third quarter of 2015.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Open Heart Kitchen seeks donations for upcoming holiday season

Anonymous donor to match each donated meal with another meal
Open Heart Kitchen (OHK), the only hot meal program in the Tri-Valley, is seeking funds that will be used to purchase frozen turkeys and fixings for families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Public workshop tonight on BART-to-Isabel plan

Livermore hosting meeting on land use options for new station neighborhood
The city of Livermore will hold a public workshop on from 7-9 p.m. tonight to discuss land use options for the new neighborhood near the proposed Isabel Avenue BART station along I-580.

November 8, 2015 | 9 comments
Commuter Alert: Helicopters hovering over Dumbarton Bridge today

PG&E using choppers in transmission towers upgrade
PG&E is warning drivers not to be alarmed if they see helicopters hovering above the Dumbarton Bridge today.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Vintage Hills ceremony to celebrate National Blue Ribbon Award today

335 schools nationally chosen for award
Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. today to celebrate the school's selection as a National Blue Ribbon School.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton coach, bystanders aided bicyclist in cardiac arrest

Martinez man recovering at home after collapsing near Foothill High
The high school softball coach drove down Foothill Road, thinking how she should have taken a more direct route to the interstate. Instead, her detour put her smack-dab in the middle of a medical emergency that, thanks to her and a legion of responders, stopped short of a tragedy.

November 8, 2015 | 10 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Arts connect people

William Doerlich presented with arts award for contribution to community
San Ramon's William Doerlich started piano lessons at age 4, next began to play the trumpet, and has been an arts enthusiast ever since.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes: Saving lawns, drinking water

Gallaghers presented with innovation award for prompting DSRSD's residential recycled water program
When Dan and Rosalie Gallagher came up with the idea for the Dublin San Ramon Services District to offer free recycled water to residents and businesses for landscaping, they were as concerned with saving the people in the Tri-Valley as they were with protecting the plants

November 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Mariachi makes musical arrival in Pleasanton

Free after-school program offers music lessons in Mexican tradition
A new musical program has arrived in Pleasanton, adding the sounds of the guitarron and vihuela to the school district's musical stylings.

November 5, 2015 | 4 comments
City Council gives go-ahead for Veterans' Memorial at Pioneer Cemetery

Seven flags, granite base will mark memorial on cemetery hilltop
A Pleasanton City Council that just a few years ago was reluctant to spend $1 to acquire the historic but rundown cemetery on Sunol Boulevard voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend up to $28,000 for the design of a Veterans' Memorial to be located at the cemetery.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Council gives go-ahead for Veterans Memorial at Pioneer Cemetery

Seven flags, granite base will mark memorial on cemetery hilltop
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 up to $28,000 for the Veterans' Memorial Design to be located at the cemetery.

November 5, 2015 | 4 comments
School board selects firm to run superintendent search, names new HR director

McPherson & Jacobson to be offered $28,000 district contract
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night chose a search firm to handle the recruitment, application and interview process of selecting a new district superintendent.

November 4, 2015 | 4 comments
Builders urge Congress to pass bills to ease regulatory burdens

Regulations now adding 25% to cost of new home in U.S.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is urging Congress to pass two bills that would help ease regulatory burdens and uncertainties facing home building firms and other small businesses.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
16 in Congress seek to cancel student loan debt for local lab employees

Workers at Livermore Lab, Sandia could be eligible
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has called on the Education Department to forgive the student loans of employees at Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

November 4, 2015 | 37 comments
Second preschool OK'd for Vintage Hills Shopping Center

GK joining Little Flowers Montessori with weekday, weekend programs
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved a bid by Genius Kids to open a second preschool and daycare facility in the Vintage Hills Shopping Center, which will be the school's second location in the city.

November 4, 2015 | 10 comments
Amador Valley High resumes classes after bomb threat

Threat emailed to school counselor; school deemed safe
A bomb threat was reported at Amador Valley High Tuesday morning but authorities found no evidence of explosives after searching the campus, according to school officials. This incident is the second bomb threat the school has had this semester.

November 3, 2015 | 5 comments
Starbucks wins city's OK for a stand-alone kiosk in Rose Pavilion

Coffee shop will serve only drive-up/walk-up customers with no inside seating
Starbucks, which just opened its new Starbucks Evening coffee house on Pleasanton's Main Street, won approval last week for a stand-alone kiosk in the Rosewood Pavilion at the northeast side of town.

November 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Patterson Pass Road, section of Tesla Road closed due to mudslides

Two roads east of Livermore have been closed because of mudslides in the area Monday.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
'McFarland, USA' coach to speak at local foster family agency fundraiser tonight

Agape Villages hosting third-annual Dinner/Auction at Pleasanton Marriott
San Ramon-based Agape Villages Foster Family Agency is holding its annual Dinner and Auction Event tonight with the real-life coach who inspired the film "McFarland, USA" set to deliver the keynote address at the fundraiser in Pleasanton.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
It's the big game: Foothill vs. Amador Valley tonight

EBAL championship assured, but how many banners will hang here?
Make no mistake about it, the East Bay Athletic League football championship banner will hang in Pleasanton this season, but what remains to be determined is how many banners will hang and where it/they will hang.

November 2, 2015 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Chamber hosting Tradeshow Mixer tonight

Event features 40 exhibits, chance for business contacts
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Business Tradeshow & Mixer from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Castlewood Country Club.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Council again postpones hearing on Lund Ranch

City awaiting decision by state commission on Councilman Jerry Pentin's eligibility to vote
A public hearing scheduled for tonight on a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 houses on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard has been postponed, at least for two more weeks.

November 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Goodguys show closes at 4 p.m. today at Fairgrounds

Autumn Get-together is last show of year for Goodguys
The final Goodguys Rod and Custom show of the year will close at 4 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

November 9, 2015 | 4 comments
Making holidays bright, and affordable

Keep holiday spending to 1.5% of your annual income
Already dreading what you'll spend this holiday season? It doesn't have to be that way.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Planners OK Starbucks drive-up kiosk at Rose Pavilion

Vintage Hills Center site also approved for daycare center, preschool
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved plans by Starbucks to build a drive-up/walk up-only coffee shop in the Rose Pavilion just off the I-580/Santa Rita Road interchange.

November 2, 2015 | 11 comments
World renowned pianist to perform at Las Positas College Nov. 10

Gustavo Romero's concert closes this year's College President's Speaker Series
Pianist Gustavo Romero will take center stage at the Mertes Center for the Arts at Las Positas College next week as this year's President's Speaker series ends.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Coalition offering free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need

Churches, community and other organizations planning sit-down dinneers with all the trimmings
For the fourth year, a coalition of churches, community and other organizations will provide Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in need.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill: 35, Amador Valley 7; game on TV30 tonight

Station's sports staff offers play-by-play report on crosstown thriller
Tri-Valley Television covered Friday night's game which Foothill High won 35-7 over Amador Valley, with the station's play-by-play coverage to be broadcast at 7 p.m. tonight.

November 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Hearst Elementary cancels Fall Festival, cites lack of volunteers

Event scheduled at same time as Friday night's football game between Foothill, Amador Valley high schools
Hearst Elementary School's Fall Festival has been canceled after the school was unable to find enough volunteers to run the event.

October 30, 2015 | 11 comments
Southbound 680 closed south of Pleasanton due to ethanol spill

Traffic on Interstate 680 south of Pleasanton is heavily delayed this morning after the southbound lanes of the interstate were closed due to an ethanol spill that occurred at approximately 10 a.m. today.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Southbound I-680 ethanol spill creates mid-morning traffic gridlock

Friday morning closure causes delays of 30+ minutes into South Bay
California Highway Patrol reopened Interstate 680 southbound just after 3 p.m. Friday after after a morning closure south of Pleasanton due to an ethanol spill.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Daylight time ends; Did you set your clocks back one hour?

Daylight Saving Time officially ended at 2 a.m. today.

October 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Rita Jail will no longer require inmate pregnancy tests

Tests will be voluntary for all Alameda County Jails
Women who are booked into Alameda County jails including Santa Rita Jail will no longer automatically be required to take pregnancy tests, as a result of a civil-rights-lawsuit settlement announced today.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools may face layoffs this spring

$3.7 million in one-time dollars haven't been renewed, prompting forewarning
The Pleasanton Unified School District may be facing layoffs since funding to extend one-time appointments haven't come through.

October 30, 2015 | 21 comments
Halloween treats: Pleasanton gets into the spooktacular spirit

Traditional costumes, creepy and ghoulish looks being favored tho year
Tomorrow night is Halloween, and neighborhoods from Ruby Hill to The Preserve will find their sidewalks filled with miniature ghosts and goblins running doorbell to doorbell, racing to fill their bags and plastic pumpkins with treats before mom and dad decide to head home and begin the time-honored tradition of raiding their kids' Halloween stash.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Harmony Fusion Chorus at Lynnewood United Methodist at 2 p.m. today

'Brown Bag Radio Hour' offer afternoon of popular songs
Ever have a song stuck in your head that you can't get rid of? And it's a song you're embarrassed to even admit liking?

November 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Student swing dance competition wraps up at Hart

Isabella Sanchez and Scott Drummond won first place
Students dance in an annual swing dance competition held at Hart Middle School from Oct. 12-23.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
'South Pacific' actors to discuss 'Inside the Show' after today's matinee

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre performance at Firehouse Arts Center through Nov. 22
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's sixth season is now underway at the Firehouse Arts Center with a sparkling new production of "South Pacific," the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical featuring classics such as "Younger Than Springtime" and "Some Enchanted Evening."

November 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Slamming pumpkins

Regional youth softball team visits Pleasanton senior facility to decorate with residents
The San Ramon Slammers, which draw young softball players from throughout the Tri-Valley, visited The Parkview Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Pleasanton last weekend to help the seniors with pumpkin decorating and other activities.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Callippe Preserve turns 10 today

Golf course celebrating occasion with shotgun golf outing, party
Pleasanton's Callippe Preserve Golf Course is set to celebrate its 10-year anniversary today, marking the occasion with a shotgun golf outing and party, including on-course food and beverages, an after-event cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and prizes.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Traffic advisory for this weekend's Seahawks swim meet

Expect congestion on Santa Rita Road, Black Avenue
Pleasanton city officials have issued a traffic advisory for Pleasanton Seahawks swim meet now underway at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, 4445 Black Ave.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Sister City Association launches 30th annual youth exchange program

Info sessions start Nov. 9; applications due March 15
The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is looking for 10th- and 11th-graders interested in participating in its 30th annual youth exchange program with Tulancingo, Mexico.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Moving soon? Keep costs under control, economist advises

Consider pros and cons in planning, making move
Even if you're only moving across town, it's likely to cost more than you think.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Oakland mayor: Thousands moving to city challenge resources

'We will grow from our roots, we are Oakland,' Libby Schaaf says in 1st State of City address
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pledged that she will work to make sure the city's recent growth will not come at the expense of long-term residents in her first State of the City address Wednesday evening.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air season starting soon, tougher restrictions in place

May order wood-burning fireplaces shuttered 3 days earlier than actual 'Spare' ban
The Winter Spare the Air season is starting soon, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials say it includes new restrictions this year.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Public meeting tonight to interview firms to search for Pleasanton school superintendent

School board chooses 4 out-of-town group to conduct search
The Pleasanton school board will hold a public meeting tonight
to interview four firms it has chosen as candidates for conducting a national search for a new superintendent.

October 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Assemblywoman starts 'There Ought to be a Law' contest

Baker asks high school students to propose legislation through videos
In an effort to engage Tri-Valley teenagers, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) has launched a video contest for high school students in her district to propose a bill idea to address a problem impacting California that they think requires a legislative solution.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley leaders unified on regional issues

5 cities share concerns, opportunities in year ahead
The leaders of the five communities comprising the greater Tri-Valley showed continued unity last week as they agreed to work together on pressing water conservation, transportation and affordable and workforce housing issues.

October 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton schools' director of technology services resigns for post in Union City

Chris Hobbs is among several resignations, retirements and temporary leaves in district administration
Pleasanton Unified School District's director of technology services is planning to leave the district to return to the New Haven Unified School District in Union City.

October 27, 2015 | 30 comments
Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade set for 1 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Area's largest salute to veterans paying tribute to K9s, 'Dogs that serve'
This year's Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade on Pleasanton's Main Street today is going to the dogs, literally.

October 28, 2015 | 7 comments
Santa Rita Road reopens after crash near AVHS

Collision closes road for about an hour; no injuries reported
Santa Rita Road reopened this afternoon after being closed in both directions for nearly an hour just outside Amador Valley High after two cars crashed there.

October 27, 2015 | 3 comments
Amador Valley student advances in Siemens competition

Sidharth Bommakanti selected as regional finalist
An Amador Valley High student has advanced to be a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, a nationally known STEM event.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Enrollment now open at new STEAM preschool in Pleasanton

4 open house sessions to be held this month ahead of Jan. 4 opening of technology preschool
Enrollment is now open at a science and technology preschool that will open in January at the site of the Pleasanton Unified School District headquarters.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Starbucks planning drive-through-only kiosk at Rose Pavilion

Daycare center, preschool also planned for Vintage Hills Shopping Center
Starbucks is planning to build a drive-through-only coffee shop in the Rose Pavilion just off the I-580/Santa Rita Road interchange.

October 27, 2015 | 18 comments
Suspect in Livermore fatal shooting tied to Fresno homicide

Police searching for Oakland man in connection with slaying at First Street CVS
A suspect in a fatal shooting Saturday evening in Livermore is also wanted in connection with a shooting inside a Fresno restaurant last month, according to police.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Museum on Main exhibit about 1970s opens today

8-track tapes, Jaws posters, even '70s' hair styles on display
The Museum on Main will open a new exhibit Wednesday featuring interactive displays, clothes including bell bottoms and plenty of boogie music from the 1970s.

October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Falcons, Dons pull off big wins as EBAL showdown nears

Amador plays host to Livermore Friday; Foothill has a bye
For the second straight week, both the Falcons and the Dons pulled off big wins Friday night.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
New-homes sales drop 11.5% in U.S

Consumers reacting to soft job numbers, builders say
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 11.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 468,000 units in September, a new report finds.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Special Veterans Day program at Las Positas College today

Public invited to free events featuring helicopter landing, talks by military historian, WWII veterans
Las Positas College will hold a special Veterans Day events today starting with a flyover of a Vietnam H2 Huey helicopter that will land in the parking lot in front of the Mertes Center on the campus between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore police seek Oakland man as suspect in Saturday night homicide

Shooting in Livermore CVS Pharmacy parking lot kills 1, injures another
Detectives obtained a warrant yesterday for the arrest of a West Oakland man they suspect to be connected to a Saturday night shooting in Livermore that killed one man and wounded another, according to police.

October 24, 2015 | 12 comments
Stanley Boulevard reopens after fluid-spill cleanup

The eastbound lanes of Stanley Boulevard at Valley Avenue reopened around 7 p.m. Friday after being closed for several hours while crews worked to clean up a hydraulic fluid spill, according to Pleasanton police.

October 23, 2015 | 21 comments
School board to discuss resuming adult education courses, interviewing firms for superintendent search

Tonight's public meeting to include update on instructional calendar change proposal
The Pleasanton Unified School District board will decide Tuesday whether to resume adult education courses and which firms to interview to facilitate its search for a permanent superintendent.

October 25, 2015 | 14 comments
41st annual Foothill Band parade starts at 8 a.m. today on Main Street

Largest of its kind on West Coast
The 41st annual Foothill Band Review, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast, will kick off at 8 a.m. today with a parade on Main Street with more than 60 middle and high school bands from throughout Northern California participating.

October 23, 2015 | 4 comments
Pleasanton earns business leaders' top rating

Survey shows 91% say city is excellent/good place for their operations
A new survey of business attitudes toward operating in Pleasanton showed that more than 90% of those queried find the city an excellent or good place to do business.

October 23, 2015 | 1 comment
'Dating Daisy' -- couple gives love one more chance

Foothill grad's feature film is a wrap, thanks to friends
Falling in love can be so easy -- and wonderful. But what if the timing is really, really bad? Screenwriter/director Neel Upadhye, a 2004 Foothill High grad, explores this idea in his film, "Dating Daisy," which will be screened for friends and family in Beverly Hills on Nov. 7.

November 6, 2015 | 1 comment
'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical' opens tomorrow in Livermore

Repertory Theatre production runs through Nov. 8 at Bankhead
Robert Louis Stevenson's story of Dr. Jekyll exploring his inner self and unleashing the evil Mr. Hyde has fascinated audiences since the novella was published in 1886, leading to adaptations for the stage and screen and a musical in the 1990s.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse at Pleasanton Firehouse agin today

2 shows on Halloween with many in audience wearing costumes
Creatures of Impulse have become creatures of terror as the teen improv troupe performs its sixth season at the Firehouse Arts Center with "Nightmare: A live improvised horror show" tonight and tomorrow.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's 'Afternoon in Old Havana' at 2 p.m. today in the Firehouse

Enjoy rich, high-energy Cuban music at its finest, with all the authentic rhythms including salsa, rumba, guaracha, son, boleros and son montuno with Heriberto "Tito" Gonzalez and his six-piece Cuban band at 2 p.m. Sunday.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Celebrate Halloween with a grave walk this morning

Learn about pioneers on visit to cemetery
What secrets to the past lie buried in Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery? Join world Walk to Wellness on Halloween morning Saturday to find out.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Middle schoolers star at cross country meet

300 compete in Tri-Valley Athletic League championship
More than 300 cross country runners from nine Tri-Valley middle schools took part in the Tri-Valley Athletic League Championship Meet last week at Pleasanton Middle School.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Honoring Tri-Valley Heroes 2015

The fourth annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards have been presented by Embarcadero Media's East Bay Division, which includes the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com, on Monday evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Bit of youthful culture at council meeting

Kyler Juarez, Frances Tang named Pleasanton's new teen poet laureates
Teenagers from Pleasanton's two high schools added a bit of youthful culture to last week's City Council meeting.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Alisal Elementary packages 11,708 meals for families in Haiti

Food to be sent through non-profit Kids Against Hunger
Alisal Elementary student Gavin Halter and Jalen Alami scoop vegetables into a Kids Against Hunger meal packet, which will be shipped to Haiti to feed families.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton resident jumps in car being stolen, hits culprit until he flees

Other Pleasanton police news through Oct. 14
An attempted car theft closed some streets in the Laurel Creek area last week after a homeowner started beating up a man who was trying to drive away with his car, according to Pleasanton police.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Water wholesaler raises rates for 2016-18

Zone 7 raises retailers' rates to $3.15 CCF, votes to videotape meetings
A Tri-Valley water wholesale board decided Wednesday to raise rates for retailers, a move that will likely mean an increase in ratepayers' water bills in 2016 and beyond.

October 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton school district's HR director moving to top post in Dublin system

Dublin district hires Mark McCoy as assistant superintendent of human resources
Pleasanton school district's director of human resources Mark McCoy has been hired as assistant superintendent in the Dublin school district, where he also will have charge of human resources.

October 22, 2015 | 9 comments
East Bay Regional Park District warns of possibly toxic algae

Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley
Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley has developed a bloom of blue-green algae that visitors should be cautious of, East Bay Regional Park District officials said Tuesday.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Councilman postpones hearing scheduled for tonight on Lund Ranch housing plan

City awaiting ruling by state commission if Councilman Pentin lives too close to affected area to participate in vote
A public hearing scheduled for tonight on a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 houses on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard has been postponed, at least for two more weeks.

October 20, 2015 | 9 comments
City Council holds hearing tomorrow night on Lund Ranch housing plan

Developer planning 50 homes on 195-acre site south of Sunol Boulevard
The Pleasanton City Council will hold a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday on a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 homes on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Google Expeditions taking Pleasanton students on virtual field trips

Mars, ocean and historic Pennsylvania among destinations for new immersive program
Vintage Hills Elementary and Pleasanton Middle School students are set to participate in a Google Expeditions program today where a Google team will provide virtual, immersive field trip simulations.

October 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Diwali celebration to shine light on Pleasanton schools' music program

Nov. 7 Indian holiday festival aims to raise money for district's band, orchestra
A celebration of the Indian holiday Diwali is coming to Pleasanton next month to raise money for the school district's band and orchestra programs.

October 20, 2015 | 6 comments
Neighborhood meeting planned for tonight on Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone

Public briefing targeted to residents of Highland Oaks/North Muirwood, Stoneridge and Val Vista
The city of Pleasanton will hold a neighborhood meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight in the Hart Middle School multipurpose room to discuss the proposed Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone.

October 19, 2015 | 5 comments
Teen leadership conference in Pleasanton today

City-sponsored conference costs $40, focuses on management skills
The city of Pleasanton is hosting a Teen Leadership Conference today to help high school students develop and test their leadership abilities.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill, Amador Valley pull off big wins

Keep alive East Bay Athletic League championship hopes
In arguably the biggest week of local prep football in some time, Amador Valley and Foothill high schools pulled off big wins, keeping alive East Bay Athletic League championship hopes.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Lawyer's hit-and-run conviction reduced to misdemeanor in Dublin fatality

Judge also allows Spencer Freeman Smith to delay jail time
An Alameda County judge decided to downgrade the felony conviction of a lawyer who admitted hitting and killing a man with his car in Dublin in 2012, reducing the felony hit-and-run count to a misdemeanor.

October 16, 2015 | 20 comments
Water wholesaler expected to raise rates at tonight's meeting

Zone 7, which sells water to Pleasanton, to vote on rate increase
Zone 7 Water Agency's Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to decide how much to raise wholesale water rates, a decision that will trickle down to affect the water bills of local residents and businesses.

October 16, 2015 | 2 comments
3.2 magnitude earthquake this morning in San Ramon

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake occurred near San Ramon this morning.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Sitting down with Steve Glazer

Tri-Valley's state senator discusses first months in Sacramento, legislative goals ahead
Steve Glazer is starting to settle into his new role in the State Senate after whirlwind special elections and a quick turnaround into an abbreviated term just over four months ago.

October 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley chef joining tomorrow's event to support nursing students in Africa

Gretta FoundationGretta Foundation provides nursing scholarships, midwifery programs
All About Wine promises to be a fun-filled fundraiser with great wine and culinary treats to match. But the evening is really all about helping the Gretta Foundation, which provides nursing scholarships and midwifery programs in sub-Saharan African countries with a dire need for medical personnel.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
National composition contest recognizes Pleasanton musician

Nathan Cheung can be seen performing his piano duet on YouTube
A spirited and intricate composition dubbed "Whirling Wombat Waltz" haas garnered recognition for Pleasanton college student Nathan Cheung, 23.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Firehouse presents special Fall Exhibit

Landscape art, large figurative works on display
In a special Fall Exhibit, the Harrington Gallery and Firehouse Arts Center are presenting two new installations in the public exhibition spaces through Dec. 5 -- works by oil landscape artist Ed Lucey and two large semi-figurative pieces created specifically for the Firehouse Grand Atrium by Jon Steven Walters.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
'Babadook' opens Firehouse thriller film series tonight

Australian-Canadian movie is story of a troubled widow
The Firehouse Theater Movie Nights kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight with "The Babadook."

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center hosting Holiday Craft Fair tomorrow

Holiday shopping season starting early with annual fundraiser
The holiday shopping season starts Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center as it hosts the annual Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Finding joy at Vintage Hills

Jayne embracing role as new principal of Blue Ribbon school
Every morning, Ann Jayne hits the road for the 50-minute drive in the dark toward Vintage Hills Elementary. And every morning, she said, she's excited to see her students and for the possibilities of the day ahead.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks win league awards

Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers, as well as a team coach, received awards at the Pacific Swimming annual league banquet last weekend in Milpitas.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Police Bulletin: Pair arrested in identity-theft case

Duo found with sack of USPS mail, post office keys, police say
Pleasanton police arrested two people on suspicion of identity theft and possession of burglary tools after they were allegedly found with the tools, a sack of U.S Postal Service mail and a ring of post office keys.

October 15, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police arrest pair after home break-in

Oakland men face charges of burglary, conspiracy
Police arrested two men on suspicion of breaking into a Pleasanton home Tuesday morning.

October 14, 2015 | 23 comments
School board discusses school funds, Wi-Fi expansion, enrollment demographics

PUSD board also approves new Pleasanton Middle School vice principal
Pleasanton's school board decided Tuesday to pursue a state waiver to forgive student absences during a fake bomb threat last month, which could cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars. The board also discussed a Wi-Fi upgrade, approved a new vice principal for Pleasanton Middle School and heard a presentation on district enrollment numbers and demographics, among other school business.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker's child-abuse prevention bill becomes law

Legislation requires state to create guidelines, best practices for local schools
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bipartisan bill co-authored by local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that requires the State Department of Education to establish guidelines and best practices for child-abuse prevention in schools and school programs.

October 14, 2015 | 4 comments
Builders applaud court ruling suspending EPA water rule

EPA rule would raise housing costs, add unnecessary regulatory burdens, builders' organization says
Local builders and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) this week commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for enacting a nationwide stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's final regulations that expanded the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Consul general presents Korean language materials to Pleasanton library

Dongman Han here for cultural festival
South Korean consul general Dongman Han presented a gift of new language materials Saturday during a cultural festival at the Pleasanton library.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Show your support for the freshmen

Foothill water polo beats Granada; mixed results for varsity football at Homecomings
The East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) has always been one of the top athletic leagues across the board in Northern California. The coaches are great, the athletes some of the elite in the region and parental support is pretty good as well -- in most cases.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Body found in Lake Del Valle confirmed to be missing Salesforce employee

San Francisco man went missing Oct. 2 on work trip
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has confirmed a body found in Lake Del Valle near Livermore on Wednesday morning was a Salesforce IT contractor who went missing during a work retreat earlier this month.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Bomb threat at Home Depot last night

Stores in Johnson Drive shopping center evacuated for 2 hours during search
The Home Depot store on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton was evacuated at 5:30 p.m. yesterday after a bomb threat was phoned in to a store representative.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
State bans tolls on Golden Gate Bridge for bikes, pedestrians

'Finally a bad idea is off the table,' legislator says
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday by two Bay Area assemblymen prohibiting sidewalk tolls for bicycles and pedestrians on the Golden Gate Bridge.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
School board to discuss recouping lost funds from bomb hoax, new wifi system at tonight's meeting

Public board meeting begins at 7 p.m.
The Pleasanton Unified school board will decide tonight how to recoup lost attendance dollars following a bomb threat hoax at Amador Valley last month.

October 11, 2015 | 11 comments
South Korean consul general at Pleasanton Library at 11 a.m. today

Dongman Han to make donation of Korean language materials during festival
South Korea's consul general for San Francisco is set to visit Pleasanton at 11 a.m. today to attend the Korean Cultural Festival at the public library.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
It's Unity Day in Pleasanton, wear orange

City recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month
Pleasanton city officials are recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month and asking residents to wear orange today, this year's Unity Day.

October 12, 2015 | 20 comments
Oakland, Castro Valley educators named county's 'Teachers of the Year'

Amador Valley High School teacher Tony Dennis among finalists
Teachers from Oakland and Castro Valley have been named as this year's Alameda County Teachers of the Year, beating out a Pleasanton educator for the honor.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
New survey of Pleasanton's historic homes goes to Planning Commission tonight

88 qualify for inclusion in prestigious California Register
A just-completed detailed survey of 201 older homes in Pleasanton's downtown district will be considered by the Pleasanton Planning Commission tonight with 88 qualifying for inclusion in the prestigious California Register of Historical Resources.

October 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Haunted side of Pleasanton comes to 'life' starting today

Discover the spooky spirits that call Main Street home
Discover the spooky spirits that call Main Street home in a two-hour Ghost Walk tour led by Museum on Main volunteers beginning today.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tony Furtado on stage at 7 p.m. tonight at Pleasanton Firehouse

Artist adept on banjo, cell-banjo, slide guitar, baritone ukulele
Pleasanton native and nationally celebrated artist Tony Furtado returns to the Tri-Valley for a special concert appearance with his trio at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center. Joining Furtado are current Grand National Fiddle Champion Luke Price, and Sam Howard (of Ruth Moody/Wailin' Jenny fame) on acoustic bass.

October 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Jazz harpist in concert at Firehouse tonight

Jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda has taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp, and now he is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday..

October 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Bay Area magician brings special show to Firehouse today, Saturday

Show includes acts by Houdini, tricks by little-known founders of modern magic
The first magic trick Alex Ramon remembers seeing was a simple sleight-of-hand act at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton when he was 7. There was elegance in the purity of the trick, making a card turn blue then change its face.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Muñiz moves up at Hearst

Principal steps into permanent role after 10 months as interim
When looking for Hearst Elementary principal Elias Muñiz Rodriguez around campus, you're as likely to find him in his office as on the playground playing four-square with students.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's water, sewer rates now up by 6.7%

Increase averages $10.73 per bimonthly billing period
Sewer and water bills costs were raised by an overall average of 6.7% last week, amounting to increase an average of $10.73 per bimonthly billing period for Pleasanton residents and businesses.

October 13, 2015 | 8 comments
Installation service at 2 p.m. today for new pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church

Congregation to welcome Heidi Hester, Evangelical Lutheran Church minister
An installation service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Rev. Heidi Hester as the new pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Popular LED light sculpture shining again on Bay Bridge

Display uses 25,000 white LED lights along 1.8-mile installation
The popular 1.8-mile-long LED light sculpture on the Bay Bridge known as The Bay Lights is shining again.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Middle School students encourage parents to stop car idling

Idling at school pick-up lines common, can create smog around schools
Students on the leadership council of Pleasanton Middle School shared information Wednesday afternoon with waiting parents on how letting a car idle in a parking lot can lead to poor air quality around a school, impacting vulnerable children and adults.

October 8, 2015 | 30 comments
Bikers, hikers closing Niles Canyon Road today

Alameda County Supervisors OK ban for 'Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll'
Following decades of public requests for improved recreational access to historic Niles Canyon in southern Alameda County, Alameda County leaders have agreed to close Niles Canyon Road to automobiles Sunday to allow hikers and bikers to travel the roadway to examine a proposal to build a new public trail through the canyon.

October 8, 2015 | 10 comments
Pleasanton schools spokeswoman resigns

Nicole Steward to take post at Milpitas Unified
Pleasanton Unified spokeswoman Nicole Steward resigned this week to take a job as Milpitas Unified School District's Family & Community Engagement Manager. Steward gave her two-week notice to the district on Monday.

October 7, 2015 | 10 comments
Sewer board fills board vacancy, selects interim general manager

Madelyne Misheloff to serve on board until 2016
The Dublin San Ramon Services District board filled two leadership roles this week by selecting a board member to fill an existing vacancy and appointing an interim general manager, who will step in when the current leader retires in November.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Body found in Lake Del Valle in Livermore believed to be missing Salesforce employee

Contractor missing after boat sunk in lake
A body found Wednesday morning in a lake near Livermore is believed to be a missing boater who crews have been searching for since Friday, an East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman said.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Council Oks rezoning Centerpointe church site for housing

Ponderosa will remove dirigible-shaped sprung structure, build 25 homes
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved a zoning change for Centerpointe Presbyterian Church's 6-acre site at Valley Avenue and Busch Road to allow construction of 25 new homes in addition to keeping the Montessori private school already on the site.

October 7, 2015 | 40 comments
Concord city attorney dies after jumping off parking garage

Mark Coon had held post since 2012
Concord City Attorney Mark Coon jumped from the third floor of a parking garage to his death Tuesday morning in Walnut Creek, police said.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill senior poster wins county Registrar of Voters contest

First-place prize awarded to Yasmine Nickle
A Foothill High junior's entry into a county Registrar of Voters poster contest won first place this week, earning her school $2,000.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 Tri-Valley Heroes recipients to be honored tonight

Annual program recognizes contributions that benefit our community, its residents
Awards to the recipients of the 2015 Tri-Valley Heroes awards will be presented tonight at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Pleasanton.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Air quality event highlights importance of avoiding car idling at schools

Event to be held at Pleasanton Middle School
Air quality experts will gather with students and school staff today to spread a simple message: Parents, turn off your engines.

October 7, 2015 | 13 comments
Walk to School month begins today; students encouraged to walk to campuses

Event has been a Pleasanton tradition for 15 years
Pleasanton schools will be kicking off Walk to School Month by asking students at Alisal, Mohr and Valley View elementary schools to walk to the campuses this morning.

October 7, 2015 | 4 comments
Walk to school days start tomorrow in Alameda County

More than 125 schools to participating in international program
Thousands of Alameda County students will walk or ride their bikes and scooters to school as part of a month-long program that starts tomorrow.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
TV30 to air high school football starting with Amador Valley vs. Cal High tonight

Station's sports staff covers Friday night games for Saturday broadcasts
Tri-Valley Television will broadcast four Friday night high school football games starting with the game between Amador Valley High and California High tomorrow.

October 11, 2015 | No comments yet
DSRSD to close Dublin residential fill station at end of month

Pleasanton fill station will remain open
Dublin San Ramon Services District will close its Dublin residential recycled water fill station on Oct. 30 as a cost-cutting measure as wetter weather approaches.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Harvest Park phones working again

Phones restored around 9 a.m. Tuesday
Harvest Park Middle School's phones were back up this morning after a day of technical difficulties with the phone system.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton making progress in recycled water project

10 miles of new purple pipes will deliver about 10 miles of a new purple pipeline that will deliver non-potable water for irrigation purposes to parks, Hacienda
The city of Pleasanton has completed a major milestone in its purple pipes project, which aims to bring approximately 450 million gallons of recycled water a year to three facilities throughout the city.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
SalesForce contractor still missing after Lake Del Valle accident

Boating capsizes during 'team-building' activity with co-workersin late Friday
A San Francisco man is still missing after a boat he was in capsized in Lake Del Valle on Friday evening.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Supreme Court turns down San Jose's challenge to baseball's antitrust exemption

City sought to clear way for Oakland A's to move there
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned down the city of San Jose's bid for revision of a 93-year-old doctrine that exempts professional baseball from antitrust laws.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters holding family-friendly event today on fire prevention

Free event will run from 8 a.m. to noon
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will a local Fire Prevention event Saturday to cap off a week of fire prevention awareness.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Harvest Park Middle School phones down this morning

No other schools affected, PUSD says
Harvest Park Middle School's phones aren't working this morning, according to school officials, who said parents should use email if they need to contact the school.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Houses or church site? Council to decide tonight

Ponderosa Homes seeking to rezone part of Centerpointe Presbyterian property for new homes
The Pleasanton City Council will decide at its meeting tonight whether to rezone a church site for new houses in the midst of a drought emergency.

October 5, 2015 | 24 comments
Sandia researchers win 'best paper' award from AIAA

Paper focuses on scramjet engines used for supersonic flight
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized Sandia National Laboratories researchers Joe Oefelein of Pleasanton and Guilhem Lacaze with a best paper award for their work on scramjet engine simulations.

October 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Union workers at Rite Aid reach tentative contract agreement

Pleasanton store employees among 8,000 affected by new contract
After nearly two years of collective bargaining, UFCW 8-Golden State and its UFCW allies in Southern California announced they have reached tentative contract agreements with the Rite Aid drug store chain in the northern and southern regions of the state, including Rite Aid's store in Pleasanton.

October 4, 2015 | No comments yet
S.F. survey shows families living in single-room apartments doubling

Units typically 8x10 feet in size with tenants sharing bathroom, kitchens
In San Francisco, whole families are increasingly living in apartments that were intended to house only one person, according to a new report released Friday by a group of community-based organizations.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Last day to see Blue Angels at San Francisco's waterfront

Fleet Week honoring those who serve in armed forces
The Navy's Blue Angels will be performing from 1-4 p.m today on San Francisco's waterfront as the 35th Annual Fleet Week come to an end.

October 3, 2015 | 3 comments
Driver inured after car crashes into Castro Valley eye clinic

Accident damages Primary Eyecare Optometrics building
A 55-year-old woman suffered major injuries Friday morning when she crashed her car into a Castro Valley eye clinic.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker's psychology license bill signed into law

Legislation makes licenses valid for 2 full years, instead of tying expiration to licensee's birthday
Gov. Jerry Brown this week approved a bill from local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) to make psychology licenses remain valid for two full years, replacing the existing process that tied license expiration to the holder's birthday.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor urges purchase of 'Pink Ribbon' license plates

New specialty plate supporting breast cancer screenings is result of bill by ex-Pleasanton representative
Gov. Jerry Brown ushered in Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday by urging residents to order the state's new "Pink Ribbon" specialty license plates, which support medical screenings for under-served women as a result of legislation authored by Pleasanton's former assemblywoman.

October 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Houses or church site? Council to decide tomorrow night

Ponderosa Homes seeking to rezone part of Centerpointe Presbyterian property for new homes
The Pleasanton City Council will decide at its meeting Tuesday night whether to rezone a church site for new houses in the midst of a drought emergency.

October 2, 2015 | 26 comments
Honors for heritage homes

Awards recognize houses that keep Pleasanton's historic character
Heritage homes are all about gracious living, says John Ribovich, co-chairman of the Pleasanton Heritage Association awards committee.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Juried Art League exhibit at Firehouse Arts Center through tomorrow

Features new works by approximately 75 member artists
Pleasanton Art League's sixth annual Members' Juried Exhibition is currently at the Firehouse Arts Center, running through tomorrow.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Jojo Moyes to speak at Amador Theater at 7 p.m. this evening

Bestselling author will discuss writing a sequel, making a movie
Author Jojo Moyes will speak at 7 p.m. today at the Amador Theater, one week after releasing her latest novel, "After You." It is a sequel to "Me Before You," a New York Times bestseller for 65 weeks that sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

October 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Guitar prodigy goes solo for Firehouse performance tonight

Grammy-nominated composer's concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
As part of his Julian Lage Solo Project, which explores the world of solo guitar work, the musician will present a rare solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school resource officers take campus safety messages to students

Police act as mentors, first line of defense in campus emergencies
Pleasanton Police Officer Marty Billdt looked from 13-year-old to 13-year-old, knowing his words would have to walk a fine line.

October 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Head of the Class: Butler boosts Harvest Park

Former PUSD vice principal steps into new role as interim principal
Starting her career in a district with fewer resources, new Harvest Park Middle School interim principal Jill Butler remembers spending time off work scouring used bookstores for reading material for her students.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 Amador Valley High graduate earning Girl Scouts' highest honor today

Annie Cai named one of 10 National Young Women of Distinction
Amador Valley High graduate Annie Cai is set to be honored in New York City today as one of 10 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest recognition bestowed by the Girl Scouts of the USA.

October 5, 2015 | 3 comments
Unauthorized Rolling Stones back at Firehouse again tonight

Show features dazzling presentation of Motown to Dylan at Firehouse Arts Center
Rudy Colombin's new iteration of the Unauthorized Rolling Stones is dazzling theater, paying reverence to the greatest acts of classic rock, from Zeppelin to Motown to Dylan, while still wrapped around a core of Rolling Stones hits.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador at Granada tonight for 7 p.m. game; Foothill in Danville to face San Ramon Valley

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill water polo teams notch key wins
The Foothill High varsity boys water polo team turned in a big effort, beating California 12-7 in an East Bay Athletic League match last week, while the girls team went 4-1 in the Sierra Shootout tournament and defeated Cal High in league action.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Rage U10 White complete trifecta

The Pleasanton Rage U10 White team won its third tournament in a row by taking home the title last weekend in the Ajax United Girls End of Summer Tournament in Modesto.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
San Ramon: Lawyer sentenced in case of fatal 2012 hit-and-run in Dublin

Spencer Freeman Smith will spend month in jail, 11 months under electronic monitoring
A San Ramon lawyer was sentenced last week to a year under surveillance after he pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a Chinese man with his brand-new Mercedes-Benz in 2012.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Sundance documentary on education at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Film shows how traditional education system creates learning gaps
The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton PTA Council will screen a new documentary on the shortcomings of the traditional American education system at Firehouse Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab agrees to $37-million settlement in claim by 129 laid-off employees

Workers filed suit after more than 1,000 terminated in 2008 workforce restructuring
The claims of 129 former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers who were laid off in 2008 have been resolved in a $37.25 million settlement in Alameda County Superior Court.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pinwheels for Peace

Mohr Elementary participates in international event symbolizing peace
Students at Mohr Elementary put homemade pinwheels into the ground by their school as part of International Peace Day last week.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Costco seen as potential buyer of Pleasanton development Zone site

Johnson Drive being rezoned for 35-acre development
Pleasanton planners moved a step closer last week to creating the city's first Economic Development Zone along I-680's Johnson Drive frontage road that could offer up to 35 acres of space suitable for a new hotel or, possibly, a new Costco retail store.

October 1, 2015 | 41 comments
County supervisors OK Urban Shield funding despite opposition

Pleasanton event draws criticism from group saying it increases militarization of police
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a funding increase for a regional security initiative despite opposition from speakers who alleged that the program is increasing the militarization of police.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Deadline at midnight tonight to apply for volunteer student sportscaster job at TV30

High school sophomore-senior-level volunteers eligible
Are you an aspiring TV broadcast reporter? Here is a way to gain some on camera experience.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Students star in TV30's 'Tri-Valley Youth View'

Program provides on-air interviewing, technical experience
A new edition of Tri-Valley Youth View, a one-hour special TV program produced by middle school and high school students who attended TV30's Summer Camp, is currently airing on Tri-Valley Television's channels 28 and 30 as well as on the station's website at www.tv30.org/

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
TV30 needs student sportscasters

High school sophomore-senior-level volunteers eligible
Are you an aspiring TV broadcast reporter? Here is a way to gain some on camera experience.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
TV30 offering show tickets to 'Lucky Fans'

Free chances for Firehouse, Bankhead performances through October
Tri-Valley television is offering viewers an opportunity to win free show tickets by signing up to be a TV30 "Lucky Fans."

October 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Chamber's China trip open to public

April 2-11 tour includes Beijing, other cities
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a nine-day tour of China next April at a cost of $2,199 per person (double occupancy that includes round trip airfare, all hotel accommodations and three meals a day.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County Teachers of the Year to be named today

Amador Valley High teacher among candidates vying for recognition
A Pleasanton teacher is among the educators vying for this year's Alameda County Teachers of the Year award that will the announced today in a Castro Valley ceremony.

October 1, 2015 | 5 comments
Applications open for Juanita Haugen scholarship awards

Program honors long time school board member, education leader
Applications are now open for $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in November in the name of Juanita Haugen, a long-time Pleasanton school board member and nationally-recognized education leader who died in 2007.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
IRS extends tax deadline for livestock sales during drought

Farmers can defer tax on gains from forced sales
Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting California, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Luxury home sales climb 9% in East Bay

Pleasanton sees 30 homes sold above $1-million mark in August
The East Bay's luxury housing market continued its strong performance in August with sales climbing more than 9% from a year ago.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Vintage Hills Elementary selected as National Blue Ribbon School

Award to be presented to Pleasanton school in November ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton has been selected for a prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award, an honor given based on student and teacher achievements.

September 29, 2015 | 8 comments
Law firm attacks Pleasanton Weekly on Twitter

News organization says nothing its blog stated was factually incorrect or defamatory
The Los Angeles law firm of Geragos & Geragos has taken to Twitter to call the Pleasanton Weekly a "journalistic disgrace" for failing to publish information contained in one of the firm's press releases.

September 29, 2015 | 46 comments
2 killed in 'brutal murder' in Castro Valley mobile home park

Relative found at scene now in custody
A man and a woman were killed and a relative taken into custody after what was described as a "brutal murder" at a mobile home park in Castro Valley Monday.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Teachers seeking community support for fundraiser, educational trip

Participants of trip will tour Havana, Cuba
Two Amador Valley High groups are looking for the community's support for academic and athletic projects.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Memorial service at 2 p.m. today for Kathy Baker, Livermore Lab executive

Lab's CFO died after car crashed into her workout class
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon for Katheryn "Kathy" Baker, chief financial officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who was killed Sept. 22 when a car crashed into a Livermore gym.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Alain Pinel Realtors expands its Pleasanton offices

Firm renovates, takes full control of 900 Main St. building
Alain Pinel Realtors has opened its new and expanded Pleasanton offices at 900 Main St., a two-story, 16,000-square-foot building built in 1999 and designed by renowned architect Peter Shutts.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab seismologist to discuss earthquakes today at Las Positas College

Arthur Rodgers talk a feature of college's Science, Engineering series
Arthur Rodgers, a seismologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will discuss earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Las Positas College.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Alain Pinel has opened its new and expanded Pleasanton offices on Main Street

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Patterson driver killed in I-680 crash at Stoneridge Drive

Car rear-ends water truck that had slowed in heavy traffic
A 44-year-old driver from Patterson was killed after rear-ending a water truck on southbound I-680 in Pleasanton Saturday morning.

September 26, 2015 | No comments yet
I-580 toll lanes opening delayed; I-680 projects on the way

$55-million project now due for completion after Christmas, New Year holidays
With jam-packed freeways an all-too-common roadblock for many drivers in the area, Pleasanton is on track to soon find itself nearly surrounded by one of regional traffic officials' go-to strategies for congestion relief.

September 25, 2015 | 15 comments
'Tales of Olympus Jr.' at Firehouse Arts Center closes today with 2 p.m. performance

Cast members of rollicking tale come from throughout Tri-Valley
The Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theater stages its final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday of its "Tales of Olympus Jr." at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

September 25, 2015 | 1 comment
From Air Force to art teacher

Art therapy sessions soothe patients, encourage confidence
Charles "Bud" Donaldson, 80, has been running art therapy classes at assisted living and healthcare facilities in Pleasanton and Livermore for about 11 years.

September 26, 2015 | 5 comments
Reception tonight for opening of century-old nails exhibit at the Firehouse Arts Center

Artist Gary Winter taps out Kolln Hardware, where square nails were discovered
A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday for the opening of Pleasanton Art League's autumn exhibit at the Firehouse Arts Center, which features nail art by Gary Winter, Gary Winter, locally renowned for his wood miniatures of historic buildings.

September 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Blues All-Star Revue concert at Firehouse tonight

Big cross-country blues blowout features California, Texas stars
California and Texas blues all-stars will meet up at the Firehouse Arts Center for a big cross-country blues blowout concert at 8 p.m., Saturday.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire victims say 'Thank you, Pleasanton'

Former mayor, councilwoman lead effort to deliver needed supplies to Valley, Butte relief centers
Thousands of pounds of food, clothing and household supplies are in the hands of hundreds of victims of the Valley and Butte fires this week thanks to former Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and former Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio.

September 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Play Bernal

Local sports clubs helping spur private funding for sports complex under construction at Bernal Community Park
My daughter grew up a swimmer. I don't know what it is about swimmers, but for some reason, they need to get up at the crack of dawn and I remember getting up then as well, driving my daughter to and from practice and thinking -- why in the world am I doing this at this hour when even the birds are still asleep?

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Growing within Fairlands

New principal Galletti hopes to empower educators, students
Shay Galletti realized she loved teaching when she was still a young student herself.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Missing teen girl returns home after police search

Media alerted of disappearance on Wednesday
A teen girl who was reported missing has been found.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
City honors Mike Fulford, landscape architect who died at age 62

Headed up projects throughout city for 30 years
Mike Fulford, who served as a landscape architect for the city of Pleasanton for 30 years, died Sept. 22, two days after his 62nd birthday.

September 24, 2015 | 13 comments
Police searching for teen missing from home

Teen girl last heard from last Sunday
Pleasanton police are searching for a teen girl who may have run away from home.

September 23, 2015 | 2 comments
Memorial service to be held today for Barbara Mertes

Former vice chancellor was driving force to establish Las Positas College
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday for Barbara F. Mertes, the driving force to establish Las Positas College in Livermore, who died Sept. 4. She was 85 years old.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
School board to hire consultant firm to aid superintendent search

Board also discusses standardized testing, adding more community members to committees
The Pleasanton Unified school board decided the district will hire a firm to conduct a search for its next superintendent, rather than doing the search process in-house.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district general manager Michalczyk to retire

Search begins in Western U.S. to find replacement
Dublin San Ramon Services District's general manager Bert Michalczyk announced Monday that he will retire in early November, ending his 36-year career.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Axis receives national awards for quality of services

Organization serves more that 14,000 Tri-Valley residents
Axis Community Health recently received not one, but two national quality awards from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

September 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Services pending for Livermore lab exec killed when car crashes into gym

80-year-old driver may have stepped on gas pedal instead of brake
Funeral services are being arranged for Katheryn "Kathy" Baker, chief financial officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who was killed Tuesday when a car crashed into ValleyCare's LifeStylesRx Livermore gym. She was 49 years old.

September 22, 2015 | 24 comments
PETA sues Whole Foods, alleging deception in animal welfare claims

Animal protection organization says grocery chain's rating system is misleading
An animal protection organization has sued Whole Foods Market Inc. in federal court in San Jose, accusing the natural foods grocery chain of deceiving customers in its claims of humane treatment of animals and poultry raised for meat.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Ex-Pleasanton principal Vranesh files challenge to OAH ruling against him

Petition argues charges made at Office of Administrative hearings were vague, not backed by evidence
Former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh filed a legal challenge last week to an administrative court's decision that the school district had valid reason to fire him.

September 21, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board to consider superintendent search process at tonight's meeting

Standardized testing, audit committee, new hires, student's compensation claim
The first glimpses of the process to select a permanent Pleasanton Unified School District superintendent are set to be revealed at tonight's school board meeting.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' day for Monday

9th alert of year caused by wildfires throughout California
A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for Monday due to hot weather, smoggy conditions and smoke from wildfires around the region.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Bay Area consumer prices jump 2.6%

Housing prices contributed to increase with costs rising 5.3%
Prices for consumer goods and services in the San Francisco Bay
Area rose 2.6% in the last 12 months ending in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Mayor's Award for 2015 goes to John Sensiba

City, civic leader led merger of ValleyCare into Stanford Health Care system
John Sensiba, managing partner of the Sensiba San Filippo accounting firm in Pleasanton and a well-known city and civic leader, was presented with the prestigious Mayor's Award for 2015 at a civic celebration Friday night at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course.

September 18, 2015 | 7 comments
Classes back in session this morning at Amador Valley High after Friday bomb scare

Police continue to investigate source of threatening email
Classes resumed this morning at Amador Valley High School after a bomb scare caused the campus to be evacuated Friday morning by a reported email bomb threat.

September 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Weekly website back online after cyber attack

Hacker's message used language associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous
The five online news sites of Embarcadero Media Group, including PleasantonWeekly.com, were hacked Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. but are now back online.

September 18, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton native awaiting lung transplant meets Taylor Swift

Foothill grad says best part was helping children with her disease
The petite blonde woman took a deep breath -- which was difficult because her lungs were failing a little more every day. Tiffany Rich was about to meet her idol.

September 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: What about the side effects?!

Work with your doctor to manage medications and unwanted byproducts
All medicines have side effects, said Mustafa Kazemi, a physician who deals in primary and pulmonary medicine as well as pulmonary intensive care at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Mixed results last week for Foothill Falcons, Amador Valley Dons

14 on Dons' cross country run personal best marks in the Monte Vista Invitational
It was a case of mixed results for the local football teams last week, as Foothill moved to 3-0 with a 55-34 win over Stagg of Stockton and Amador Valley dropped a 31-28 thriller at Freedom in Oakley.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Cougars shine at Special Olympics event

The Tri-Valley Cougars golf team brought home five medals from the Special Olympics regional competition held Aug. 31 at The Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Registration deadline today for Pleasanton Youth Basketball

City also looking for coaches, referees
The registration deadline is today for those interested in participating in this season's Pleasanton Youth Basketball league, which is open to boys and girls in first through 12th grades.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Water wholesaler could raise rates by 33%

Final decision on rate increase expected to be made Oct. 21 public meeting
Zone 7, which sells treated water to the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore as well as to the California Water Service and the Dublin San Ramon Services District, is looking at raising its wholesale rates because massive infrastructure needs and declining sales due to water conservation during the drought.

September 19, 2015 | 25 comments
Head of the Class: Bull takes reins at Donlon

New principal has deep roots in Pleasanton schools
Bull, 43, is Donlon's new principal, but the city resident is no stranger to Pleasanton Unified. He worked for the past 15 years at Amador Valley High teaching kids about history and its place in their lives

September 21, 2015 | 2 comments
Builder confidence in September at highest level since 2005

Single-family housing market makes 'solid progress,' though available lots, labor tight, builder's organization says
Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes continued its steady rise across the country in September with a one point increase to a level of 62 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton to host 'Transition Fair' today for young adults with developmental disabilities

Program seeks to bridge gap between high school and adult years
The city of Pleasanton is co-sponsoring a free Transition Information Night workshop from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for families of young adults with developmental disabilities.

October 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Sewer district to appoint board member to fill vacancy

New official will serve through 2016
The Dublin San Ramon Services District board has decided to appoint a representative to fill the open seat on the board.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Water experts honored for cooperation

Agencies share resources, personnel during lean times
Six Tri-Valley cities and water management agencies have been honored by a state commission for their ability to share resources related to water management.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
California home sales top 400,000 mark again in August

Mortgage rates dip with 30-year fixed averaging 3.91%
Following a hotter than usual summer of home sales, California's housing market cooled in August, but still posted higher year-over-year sales for the seventh straight month.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Classes starting Oct. 1 offer help for parents with difficult teens

'Parent Project' open to residents of Pleasanton, other cities for a fee
Pleasanton Unified is launching a parent-involvement course that will help adults intervene with difficult adolescents.

September 21, 2015 | 16 comments
ValleyCare nurse suing sheriff's department after attack

Lawsuit claims deputies should have protected her from the patient they brought to the hospital
A Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare nurse is suing the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, alleging deputies should have been guarding a man they brought to the hospital who tried to sexually assaulted her.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Allen's sea glass artistry at Harvest Festival's final day at Fairgrounds

Planning Commission chairwoman making 1st appearance as exhibitor
Nancy Allen, a jewelry artist, entrepreneur and also the chairwoman of the Pleasanton Planning Commission is featuring her first exhibit at the annual Harvest Festival, which ends its three-day run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. today.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Water experts talk diversifying water supply at city summit

More droughts likely, experts said
Members of local water agencies and economic boards gathered Tuesday morning to tackle a looming, difficult question: What can be done to weather the drought, given that the current approach isn't working?

September 15, 2015 | 11 comments
Thoratec warns heart device users to check battery expiration date

2 deaths reported when patients filed top switch system fast enough
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation has issued a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Correction Letter to all hospitals who have patients supported with its HeartMate II LVAS reminding them to monitor the expiration date of the the system's backup battery.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Airport holding open house today

Airport also celebrating 50th year at current location
The Livermore Airport will hold its 19th annual public open house Saturday and at the same time will celebrate the 50th anniversary at its current location.

October 1, 2015 | 2 comments
10 open enrollment mistakes to avoid

It's time to take a fresh look at plans, adviser says
How much time do you spend reviewing your benefits before open enrollment each year?

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Valley fire now at 40,000 acres, zero percent contained

The Valley Fire that started in Lake County Saturday has now burned an estimated 40,000 acres and is zero percent contained as of this morning.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Urban Shield protestors glad event has been moved from Oakland to Pleasanton

'Pleasanton happy to have so many law enforcement officers present,' sheriff's spokesman says to have them."
About 150 people gathered in front of the Alameda County sheriff's office near Lake Merritt in Oakland at Friday to protest the "Urban
Shield" law enforcement disaster training event, which is being hosted by the sheriff's office at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

September 13, 2015 | 21 comments
Pleasanton officials remember emergency personnel who died on 9/11

Local firefighters promise to never forget victims
Pleasanton firefighters, police and residents gathered Friday to salute the emergency workers and civilians who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 14 years ago.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
OPINION: Remembering 9/11

Most of us awoke Sept. 11, 2001, to the news that the United States was under attack by terrorists.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Drought action: Residents sacrifice, get creative to conserve water amid dry conditions

Residents sacrifice, get creative to conserve water amid dry conditions
Pleasanton resident Kate Swinehart faced a choice when the seemingly never-ending drought left little water to sustain her lawn: Let it die, replace it or find another way to get water.

September 11, 2015 | 10 comments
Local author chronicles 'Murder in Pleasanton'

Pleasanton native writes detailed narrative on Tina Faelz slaying
Joshua Suchon was in fifth grade at Donlon Elementary in April 1984 when Tina Faelz, 14, was stabbed to death on her way home from Foothill High School, her body found on a path students used as a shortcut to the Valley Trails neighborhood. Finally, in 2011, classmate Steve Carlson was arrested on suspicion of the murder.

September 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Lions Club holding Fall fundraiser on Main Street tonight

4th annual 'Restaurant and Shoppe Walk' helps club fund community activities
The Pleasanton Lions Club is hosting its fourth annual Fall Restaurant and Shoppe Walk fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. tonight on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton.

September 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Artist Charlotte Severin's 'Watercolors' exhibit now on display at Firehouse Arts Center

Large 'Watercolors on Yupo Paper' paintings on 26x40-inch sheets plus even larger frames
Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin's new one-person showing, "Watercolors on Yupo Paper," is at the Firehouse Arts Center now through Oct. 14.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: New column spotlights local youth sports

Foothill heads to Stagg; Amador Valley travels to Freedom
For 16 years, highlighting the exploits of prep athletes in the Tri-Valley was my life, and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.

September 11, 2015 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Seahawk shines at Junior Worlds

Pleasanton Seahawks standout Maxime Rooney won five medals for Team USA during the 2015 FINA Junior World Championships, held Aug. 25-30 in Singapore.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
'Brainstorm' author to speak at Amador Theater at 7 p.m. tonight

Talk will focus on book's title: 'The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain'
Best-selling author and teacher Daniel Siegel will discuss his popular book, "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain" in a presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Today marks 3rd straight 'Spare the Air' day

High temperatures, light winds combine to create unhealthy ozone levels
A third-straight Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area Thursday because of unhealthy air quality expected.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Scholarship fund established to memorialize Foothill senior

Matthew Maniti fund to provide college scholarships
In the wake of the death of Foothill High senior Matthew Maniti Aug. 30, members of the school's booster club have set up a college scholarship fund in his name.

September 10, 2015 | 3 comments
Soccer parade starts at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Pleasanton

Colorful parade kicks off fall season for girls, boy teams
Hundreds of young Pleasanton soccer players will parade down Main Street starting at 7:30 this morning, marking the starts of the fall season for girls and boys teams.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police department adds 2 new officers, promotes 2 others

Four fill vacancies on police force
The Pleasanton Police Department has added two new officers and promoted two others to higher ranks.

September 10, 2015 | 15 comments
Pleasanton students score high marks on new state standardized test

75% either met or exceeded levels set for Common Core
About 75% of district students who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the new state test meant to check if students are learning Common Core standards, either met or exceeded state standards, according to testing data released today.

September 10, 2015 | 28 comments
Councilwoman wants smoking banned in downtown Pleasanton, also in apartments

City staff to meet with property owners before recommending a plan
City Councilwoman Karla Brown wants to ban smoking in downtown Pleasanton and in all multi-family apartment and condominium complexes.

September 8, 2015 | 69 comments
School board approves staff changes, budget adjustments, preschool plan

PUSD board approves new Amador Valley vice principal, welcomes temporary assistant superintendent
The Pleasanton school board met Tuesday night to approve staff changes, discuss the district's budget, start the process of creating a science-and-technology preschool and approve fun field trips for sports and classes.

September 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton, Dublin offering 'cooling centers' to beat the heat

Temperatures expected to reach triple digits much of week
With late summer temperatures expected to climb into triple digits this week, the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin are making special arrangements for cooling centers where those without home air conditioners can find relief.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Patterson motorcyclist dies in Labor Day crash in Livermore

Man identified as Robert Cruz Sr.
A Patterson man died Monday after a collision in Livermore on Labor Day.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist in fatal collision in Livermore was Patterson resident

Accident occurred at Isabel Avenue, Concannon Boulevard Monday afternoon
The Alameda County coroner has identified a motorcyclist who died in a collision Monday afternoon in Livermore as Robert Cruz Sr., 67, of
Patterson.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
BART trains running under the Bay, but service off to a shaky start

Transbay Tube was closed for three days for maintenance
The BART system is recovering this morning from major systemwide delays.

September 8, 2015 | 1 comment
'Spare the Air' alert for today

Temperature in Pleasanton could reach 104 degrees today, 105 tomorrow
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for today because of a high-pressure system producing clear skies, light winds and high inland temperatures.

September 8, 2015 | 1 comment
TRAVELERS ALERT: I-880 southbound connector to I-238 closed

A highway connector in Hayward has been closed and will reopen sometime later this afternoon, following a traffic accident earlier this morning.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Enjoy Labor Day, but don't forget our troops still in harm's way

Move American Forward organization asks public to send care packages
Everyone loves taking the day off on Labor Day, enjoying the Pleasanton social life, firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or taking an end-of-summer trip to the beach.

September 6, 2015 | 9 comments
Governor signs Baker's veteran-assistance bill

New law focuses on increasing awareness about financial aid for post-service education
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill from local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that aims to better inform and assist veterans of the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve and the Naval Militia about financial aid opportunities available for their post-service education.

September 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Chevron donation program gives $1 million to area schools

Schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to receive money for projects
Chevron launched its annual school donation program last week to provide donations to schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to discuss budget, teacher approval tonight

Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at district headquarters
The Pleasanton Unified school board will meet tonight to discuss employee contract approval, field trip approval, the district's budget and other items.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Defendant to stand trial for murder in shooting death of Kate Steinle

Judge rules enough evidence for undocumented immigrant to face second-degree murder charge
A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Friday that an undocumented immigrant accused of shooting Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in July at San Francisco's Pier 14 will stand trial for murder.

September 4, 2015 | 5 comments
Court hearing continues today in shooting death of Kate Steinle

Undocumented immigrant charged with July 1 death of Pleasanton woman on San Francisco pier
A San Francisco Superior Court Judge has continued the preliminary hearing for the Pier 14 homicide suspect until today, at which point he is expected to make a decision as to whether the case will go to trial.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Scottish Games among highlights of Labor Day weekend events

34th annual Harvest Wine celebration, Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center anniversary also on tap for 3-day holiday
Thank goodness for Labor Day weekend -- a chance to pause and catch our breath after the frenzied rush of back-to-school and back-to-work with no vacation days in sight.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
An Evening with the Harringtons at Amadaor Theater tonight

Benefactors will discuss artworks in Pleasanton
The Museum on Main is presenting "An Evening with Gary and Nancy Harrington" at 7 p.m. tonight at the Amador Valley High School Theater where the Harringtons, benefactors of public art in Pleasanton, will discuss artworks in the community.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
BART Transbay Tube to San Francisco opens for commuters Tuesday

Regular service resumes on schedule
There is no BART train service between San Francisco and the East Bay again today with regular service starting again tomorrow in time for Tuesday's commuters.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Don reflects on playing baseball in Dominican Republic

Westcott joins Team USA for Latin American Baseball Classic
Amador Valley High junior Ryan Westcott suited up for Team USA with some of the country's best young baseball players to compete in an international tournament with peers from Canada, St. Croix and the Dominican Republic this summer.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Seahawks swim at international all-star meet

Six compete in North American Challenge Cup in SoCal
Six top Pleasanton Seahawks swam as part of the Pacific Swimming all-star team during the international North American Challenge Cup in La Jolla earlier this summer.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Darlingside to kick off Firehouse season tonight

Bluegrass, rock, classical strings, tight vocal arrangements all part of concert
Darlingside in Concert opens Season 6 for the Firehouse Arts Center tonight, with songs from its new album, "Birds Say."

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Chorale holding tryouts today for 2015-16 season

Concerts to include Bach, Bernstein, Copeland and more
Auditions will be held Monday for singers interested in being part of the Valley Concert Chorale's 2015-16 season.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Stray chicken keeps motorists swerving 0n Bay Bridge for 4 hours

CHP captures 'healthy, vibrant' bird, takes to Berkeley animal shelter
A stray chicken that startled drivers on the Bay Bridge Wednesday morning and was featured in countless jokes on social media has been taken to an Oakland animal shelter and might be reclaimed by its owner.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Passenger volume up 8.7% at Oakland International Airport

Tops 3-4% growth rate average for other U.S. airports
Oakland International Airport experienced a significant jump in ridership over the past year, according to the airport's annual passenger traffic report.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sept. 11 memorial events scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Pleasanton

Fire department to host remembrance event at Nevada Street headquarters
Organizations and municipalities across the Tri-Valley will hold Sept. 11 memorial events Friday to remember the the 14th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Police searching for naked man who followed woman on Aug. 20

2-week-old incident now has police' attention
Pleasanton police are reporting that they are now searching for a man who followed a woman in his car while apparently naked two weeks ago.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Students, parents urged to check 2 federal college tax credits

IRS posts information online as colleges open 2015-16 school year
California parents and students should check now to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits when they file their 2015 federal income tax returns.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
City library holding free high school prep workshop today

'Jumpstart' session to highlight college readiness
The Pleasanton Library is hosting a free high-school workshop this afternoon to help students get off to a good start this year.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Americans embracing 'smart' homes

'We've entered 'transformative' era, real estate executive says
A survey of U.S. adults by Coldwell Banker Real Estate t and CNET, an online source of consumer technology news, found that Americans are already embracing the smart home with 28% owning at least one smart home product and almost half of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) adopting the technology.

September 3, 2015 | 7 comments
Las Positas College's new 'President's' program starts today

Series of special events to include lectures, art, concerts
An art exhibit by Claudio Jimenez Quispe will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Las Positas College, launching a new program by college president Barry Russell to feature prominent artists, musicians and speakers.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Volunteers needed to help on Coastal Cleanup Day

One-day trash collection effort is Sept. 19
Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest annual volunteer event in the state, will take place Saturday, Sept. 19.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district board member elected to state sanitation board

Vonheeder-Leopold elected to board that advocates for wastewater agencies
Dublin San Ramon Services Director Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold has been elected to serve a three-year term on a state sanitation board.

September 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Bus riders alert: Berkeley student with measles rode on AC Transit bus

Measles virus highly contagious, can linger in air for up to 2 hours
A UC-Berkeley student with the measles rode on AC Transit bus and spent time on campus before being diagnosed, Berkeley Public Health officials said Monday.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
'Kate' Steinle family files claims against S.F., federal officials over her death

Arrest of undocumented immigrant for fatal shooting has spurred national debate on 'sanctuary city' policy
The family of a woman fatally shot on San Francisco's waterfront in July filed wrongful death claims Tuesday against San Francisco and federal officials.

September 1, 2015 | 16 comments
Congregation Beth Emek introduces new prayer book for Rosh Hashanah

Services held Sunday with Yom Kippur following at sundown Sept. 22
Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton introduced a new Reform Judaism prayer book at its Rosh Hashanah services.

September 1, 2015 | 2 comments
Dublin police participating in annual Prescription Drug Collection event today

Goal is to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs for destruction
Dublin Police will be participating, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, in this year's national prescription drug "Take-Back Initiative" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Dublin Civic Center 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin sponsoring Family Campout in its central park tomorrow, Sunday

Campout includes includes entertainment, dinner, breakfast
The city of Dublin is sponsoring a Family Campout this weekend at Emerald Glen Park.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police to conduct training exercise tonight at Stoneridge Mall

Emergency-responsse training will start once stores close
The Pleasanton Police Department will conduct an overnight training exercise starting at 9 p.m. tonight at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

August 31, 2015 | 2 comments
Winners and losers in Lund Ranch 50-home development approval

Planning Commission's approval of new road tests Measure PP hillside construction ban
There were winners and losers last week as the Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 homes on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard.

August 31, 2015 | 11 comments
Pleasanton seeks candidates to fill commission and committee vacancies

Six city groups have current openings
The city of Pleasanton is seeking applications to fill vacancies on a variety of commissions and committees.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Heading to SFO? All lanes of Hwy. 101 now open after overnight closure

PG&E makes emergency repairs after crash downs power lines across freeway
All lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in the Burlingame/Millbrae area have reopened this morning.

August 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Heading to SFO? Hwy. 101 closed in Burlingame

Truck crash knocks down high-voltage lines across all lanes of highway
Highway 101 remains blocked in both directions in Burlingame this morning due to downed power lines following a Friday night crash.

August 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore PD searching for missing 88-year-old woman

Filipino woman was last seen in the Springtown area of Livermore
Livermore police are asking for the public's help locating an 88-year-old woman who went missing today, police said.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Dual-enrollment program launches at Las Positas

Middle College will offer classes to students in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin districts
A dual-enrollment program has been launched by Las Positas College and Tri-Valley ROP to help students earn college credits and learn about college life while completing high school.

August 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Family of teen fatally shot by Pleasanton police officer files claim against department

Family attorneys say private autopsy contradicts police version of events; Coroner's autopsy and DA's investigation still pending
The family of a 19-year-old San Jose man who was fatally shot by a Pleasanton police officer last month has filed a wrongful death claim against the department and has requested the case be handed over to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation.

August 28, 2015 | 25 comments
Football returns tonight in Pleasanton

Amador opens at home against Heritage; Foothill hosts San Leandro
Amador Valley football coach Rick Sira and Foothill coach Matt Sweeney have been coaching at their respective schools for close to a combined 60 years, and there has been one constant throughout.

August 28, 2015 | 4 comments
Local boys win Babe Ruth World Series

Tri-Valley 13-year-old team takes national tournament title
The Tri-Valley all-stars finished their summer as the nation's best, winning the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series last weekend in Jamestown, N.Y.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
14-year-old all-stars finish 2nd in World Series

Tri-Valley team loses on walk-off in Arkansas title game
A fierce late-game comeback fell just short for the Tri-Valley all-stars, who lost an 8-7 heart-breaker to New Jersey in the championship game of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series last weekend in Pine Bluff, Ark.

August 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Seahawks swim in Hawaii

The Pleasanton Seahawks sent Sydney Lu, Daniella Hawkins, Calvin David, Caroline Eckel, Christina Tsai and Calvin Chui as local representatives on the 60-member Pacific Swimming team that took first place at the Western Zone All-Star Championship Swim Meet earlier this month in Hawaii.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Ukulele Band performing today at the Firehouse

Band incorporates solos, duets, trios, quartets in its performances
The lively little ukulele -- evocative of the Hawaiian islands and college kids in the 1920s -- will reach new heights locally when the Pleasanton Ukulele Band appears at the Firehouse Arts Center Sunday.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera to present 'Madama Butterfly' Sept. 26

Opera's 24th performance season to launch at Livermore's Bankhead Theater
Livermore Valley Opera begins its 24th performance season Sept. 26 at the Bankhead Theater with "Madam aButterfly," the first of two fully staged operas in the lineup.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police urge community to be aware of phone scams

Local grandma describes run-in with scammer claiming granddaughter needed bail money in Mexico
Pleasanton police encouraged residents to be aware of phone scams that typically ask someone to send money to help a loved one get out of jail.

August 29, 2015 | 8 comments
Water wholesaler discusses rates, transparency ruling

Zone 7 board discussed why raising wholesale rates might be necessary
The Zone 7 Water Agency board met Wednesday to discuss an ongoing study that will impact whether the agency changes its water rates, as well as a report from the Alameda County civil grand jury regarding a transparency debate.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district seeks comment on longterm goals

DSRSD honing in on alternative water sources in updated water supply goals
The Dublin San Ramon Services District is inviting the public to comment on the district's longterm water supply goals.

August 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Bullet that struck, killed Kate Steinle ricocheted off pier wall

Immigrant's attorney hopeful court will see shooting as 'accidental'
The single bullet that struck and killed a 32-year-old woman in broad daylight on San Francisco's waterfront last month appears to have ricocheted off a cement pier prior to hitting the victim, according to expert testimony provided Wednesday during the second day of the murder suspect's preliminary hearing.

August 27, 2015 | 21 comments
Shooter of Virginia TV news crew once worked at KPIX-TV

Earned degree in radio/TV broadcasting atSan Francisco State University
The man who shot and killed two former colleagues during a live broadcast in Virginia Wednesday morning started his TV journalism career in the Bay Area.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Court hearing continues today in shooting death of Kate Steinle

Undocumented immigrant charged with murder of Pleasanton July 1
A preliminary hearing will continue today before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan P. Conroy in the shooting death July 1 of former Pleasanton resident Kathryn "Kate" Steinle, 32, who was shot in broad daylight on a San Francisco waterfront pier.

August 26, 2015 | 3 comments
Final 1st Wednesday street party starts at 6 p.m. tonight

'Green Scene' environmental issues are focus as summertime event closes
Pleasanton's final 1st Wednesday of the summer tonight will focus on environmental issues with vendors offering information on energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and recycling.

August 26, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford/ValleyCare receives $43,000 from 'Bras for the Cause' walk

Funds to provide nursing help to cancer patients undergoing treatment
Donations totaling $43,000 from last Mother's Day "Bras for the Cause" walk have been given to the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation to be used for its Cancer Navigation Program.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton to hold free workshop tomorrow on making brown lawns beautiful

Drought-resistant landscaping, conservation to be topics of 10 a.m. workshop
A free "What to Do with That Brown Lawn" workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pleasanton Operations Services Center, 3333 Busch Road.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man dies while abalone diving off North Coast

Ocean was rough, local diver got separated from partner, authorities say
The body of a Pleasanton man who was diving for abalone off the Mendocino County coast last week has been recovered.

August 25, 2015 | 9 comments
New home sales in U.S. up 5.4% in July

Market should make additional gains this year, builders say
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000 units in July, according to newly released data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales up 28%

Sellers receiving average of 106% of asking prices
Luxury home sales in the East Bay climbed more than 28% in July from a year ago while the median sale priced edged lower.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Water agency to discuss water rates, transparency at special meeting today

Zone 7 to discuss rate study, grand jury recommendations
The Zone 7 Water Agency board will meet at 4 p.m. today to discuss an ongoing study that will impact whether the agency changes its water rates, as well as a report from the Alameda County civil grand jury regarding a transparency debate.

August 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Lund Ranch plan goes before Planning Commission tonight

Major issue concerns Measure PP terms governing hillside road extension
The Pleasanton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. tonight to consider a bid to build 50 upscale homes on the 194-acre Lund Ranch in the hills southwest of Sunol Boulevard near the I-680 exit.

August 25, 2015 | 7 comments
Apparent suicide at Embarcadero BART station in S.F. delays trains Monday afternoon

Trains back on schedule today after four-hour delays
A man hit by a BART train died at San Francisco's Embarcadero station this afternoon.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Legislation would allow school districts to store away more money for hard times

State senators Glazer, Hill among 18 legislators favoring move to designate up to 17% for 'rainy days'
Two state senators have introduced a bill that would allow state school districts to store away more money for difficult financial years than is currently allowed.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Tesla fire extinguished, all roads open

Crews mopped up five-day grass fire Sunday
Firefighters achieved full containment of the 2,700-acre, five day Tesla Fire east of Livermore Sunday.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Traffic safety tips as students head back to school

Dublin, Livermore police urge motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians to obey safety rules
With schools opening this week, the Livermore Police Department is urging everyone throughout the Tri-Valleywould like to read the following back to school traffic safety tips and share them with family, friend, and co-workers.

August 23, 2015 | 6 comments
Thoratec sale to Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical proceeding

$3.4-billion deal positions combined companies to grow 10% annually
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation, a leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart failure, announced this week that it is proceeding with the bid by St. Jude Medical Inc. to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.4 billion, or $63.50 per share.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker's veteran-assistance bill heads to governor

AB 1401 focuses on alerting vets to financial aid for post-service education
Gov. Jerry Brown is set to consider a bill from local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that aims to improve notification and assistance to certain military veterans about financial aid services available for collegiate education.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire east of Livermore 70% contained

Tesla and Corral Hollow roads should open today, Cal Fire says
A grass fire that has burned 2,500 acres in Alameda County east of Livermore is 70% contained this morning, according to Cal Fire.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Document details decision in Pleasanton school case against former principal

Panel: Jon Vranesh was 'properly dismissed'
Former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh was properly dismissed by the Pleasanton Unified School District due to "immoral conduct, dishonesty, evident unfitness for service and a persistent violation of and refusal to obey the school laws."

August 20, 2015 | 18 comments
Grid: New sport on fire

Local team to compete at fairgrounds Aug. 29
Ashley Beaver readied herself, her face focused, and lifted a 140-pound barbell over her head. She set the weights down for the slightest second and did it again, five times in all.

August 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Jim Hansen: Back on campus

Interim superintendent leads district through transition with start of school on Tuesday
Pleasanton's interim schools superintendent Jim Hansen admits he has a steep learning curve this year.

August 20, 2015 | 6 comments
Staying Dillon Strong

Event to raise money for boy fighting way back from collapse
The O'Leary family knows about gardening: It takes patience and nurturing for little seeds to grow to fruits and vegetables in their garden at home.

August 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Mads Men to perform '60s hits at Pleasanton Firehouse tonight

Show includes popular TV, movie themes, Top 10 hits
International star Mads Tolling and his Mads Tolling Quartet will perform their diverse and entertaining production of popular TV and movie themes at the Firehouse Arts Center Saturday.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Museum on Main's 'Wild West Evening' at Senior Center at 6 p.m. today

Public invited to 7th annual Western fundraiser
Gamblers and bandits and wild women -- oh my! Step back in time at Museum on Main's seventh annual fundraiser, "A Wild West Evening: Brothels, Bar Rooms & Bandits," from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Seahawks swimmer sets record time at 2015 Phillips 66 championships

Swim catapultes Maxime Rooney to 25th in world, No. 3 in U.S.
Pleasanton Seahawks swimmer Maxime Rooney blew away the field in the 200-meter freestyle with a new junior world-record time of 1:47.10 at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athlete brings home gold

Local teams also earn bronze medals at softball competition
Pleasanton resident Adam Pinney won a gold medal in the skills competition and two Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) softball teams earned bronze at the Special Olympics Northern California regional softball competition.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton golfers miss cut at USGA events

Maxoutopoulis (+4), Wang (+11) at US Women's Amateur; Woolsey (+10) at U.S. Amateur
Three young Pleasanton golfers teed it up against the best amateur players in the world earlier this month, but their hopes of making deep runs in their respective tournaments came to an end after missing the cut.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Police accuse Fremont woman of stealing personal info to buy items at Nordstrom

Already on probation for an identity theft conviction, charged with $24,000 in fraudulent purchases
After a two-month investigation into reported identity theft, a Fremont resident was arrested on suspicion of using others' Nordstrom account information to buy items and then return them for cash.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district board member resigns to pursue job within district

Benson first elected to Dublin San Ramon Services District board in 2010
Dublin San Ramon Services District board member Dawn Benson resigned from the board this week to apply for an employment position within the district, which provides wastewater services to Pleasanton.

August 21, 2015 | 9 comments
Livermore hosting National Senior Center Month events starting today

Theme is 'Celebrate Life at Your Senior Center'
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District has scheduled a series of special programs starting Wednesday to mark National Senior Center Month.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district reopens popular recycled water program to all residents

Program no longer restricted to Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon residents
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) has reopened its popular recycled water program to anyone who wishes to participate.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Tesla Road closed as grass fire continues to burn east of Livermore

25% of 2,500-acre fire contained as of early this morning
Due to the fire in Livermore, Tesla Road is closed to all traffic at the intersections of Greenville Road and Cross Road.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
OAH: Pleasanton Unified's decision to fire former principal Jon Vranesh was justified

Legal challenge between district, former principal ends on district's side
An administrative dispute judge has ruled that the Pleasanton Unified School District's decision to terminate former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh was valid.

August 19, 2015 | 37 comments
OAH: Pleasanton Unified's decision to fire Jon Vranesh was justified

Legal challenge between district, former principal ends on district's side
An administrative dispute judge has ruled that the Pleasanton Unified School District's decision to terminate former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh was valid.

August 19, 2015 | 7 comments
Grass fire east of Livermore spreads to 2,500 acres with only 5% containment.

Motocross park being evacuated on Corral Hollow Road
A fast-moving grass fire burning east of Livermore quickly grew to 2,500 acres Wednesday evening with only 5% containment.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
School board cancels special meeting on Vranesh case

OAH: Judge's decision issued, but involved parties and public not yet informed
The Pleasanton school board has canceled a special meeting previously scheduled for tonight to discuss details of an administrative hearing regarding the removal of former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh.

August 19, 2015 | 63 comments
A mayor's welcome to Pleasanton

Granddaughter on first trip to U.S.
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne received a visit at his City Hall office this week from his new granddaughter Eilís Madeleine Gough, whi is on her first trip to the U.S.

August 19, 2015 | 1 comment
BART opens locked bicycle parking inside San Francisco's Civic Center station

Access card, user verification costs $5, then 3 cents per hour to park
Bike parking in San Francisco has just become more secure with the grand opening of a locked bicycle parking station inside the Civic Center BART and Municipal Railway station.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board approves new principals, teachers, other contracts

With start of year ahead, board hears presentation on summer school successes, existing disparities
Two new elementary school principals are in place for the start of the school year next week after the Pleasanton school board approved all pending principal contracts Tuesday night.

August 19, 2015 | 12 comments
Planning Commission, Ponderosa tangle over 27-home rezoning bid

Chairwoman Allen calls builder's actions 'disappointing,' refuses to OK plan
Following an extraordinary public confrontation with executives of one of Pleasanton's largest homebuilders, the head of the city's Planning Commission last week refused to vote to allow Ponderosa Homes to construct 27 homes on a Centerpointe Presbyterian Church site the church needs to sell quickly in its effort to relocate.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Wheels offering 2-weeks of free rides for students

Special promotion starts Sept. 7, applies to all regular bus routes
Tri-Valley middle and high school students can ride free on all regularly-scheduled Wheels buses during a two-week promotional period starting Monday, Sept. 7.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Back-to-back events today, tomorrow at Dublin's Emerald Glen Park

Cheer team at Farmers' Market today, final 'Picnic Flix" on Friday
Thursday is "Community Night" starting at 4 p.m. at the Dublin Farmers' Market in Emerald Glen Park.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Builder confidence rises in August

Highest 'confidence level' reading since November 2005.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in August throughout the U.S. rose one point to a level of 61 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Hacienda-based businesses active in year's first half

Diageo offering free, public 'virtual tour' of famous Guinness Storehouse
Business growth, new product applications and a unique virtual tour opportunity for the public topped a list of business activities in recent months in Hacienda, a Pleasanton business park.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Pharmacist counseling failures to cost Walgreens $502,200

Alameda County D.A. teams with others in undercover investigations
Walgreens, which has a district office here and pharmacies in Pleasanton and Livermore, agreed to pay $502,200 in a settlement with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley over the failure of its pharmacists to properly counsel prescription customers.

August 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Teen Vogue's 4th annual back-to-school gala at Stoneridge Mall this afternoon

Event aimed at giving Pleasanton shoppers preview of latest styles as they head into new school year
Stoneridge Shopping Center will host Teen Vogue magazine's "Back-To-School" gala from 1-5 p.m today.

August 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Monday's earthquake ruptured water mains in East Bay

East Bay water district recommends keeping 1-2 gallons of water on hand for each person in the home
More than half a dozen water mains ruptured in the East Bay on Monday, mostly in and around the areas affected by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake Monday morning, according to the East Bay Municipal Water District.

August 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air day due to unhealthy levels of smog, smoke

Pollution from wildfires increased Saturday, Sunday
A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for today due to unhealthy levels of smog and smoke in the air, and residents are being advised both to limit their exposure to the unhealthy conditions and avoid making them worse.

August 17, 2015 | 4 comments
4.0-magnitude earthquake reported in Berkeley, Oakland areas

Lasted only few seconds, sounded like a tree limb cracking
A preliminary 4.0-magnitude earthquake has been reported near Piedmont this morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
School board to vote tonight on new administrators, other measures

New Donlon, Vintage Hills principals among agenda items before Pleasanton board
Two new principals are set to start at their respective elementary schools, as long as they are approved by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night.

August 14, 2015 | 8 comments
Planning Commission, Ponderosa tangle over 27-home rezoning bid

Chairwoman Allen calls builder's actions 'disappointing,' refuses to OK plan
Following an extraordinary public confrontation with executives of one of Pleasanton's largest homebuilders, the head of the city's Planning Commission Wednesday refused to vote to allow Ponderosa Homes to construct 27 homes on a Centerpointe Presbyterian Church site the church needs to sell quickly in its effort to relocate.

August 14, 2015 | 48 comments
Going green: Pleasanton's new bike lanes aim for safer, more cycle-friendly community

Councilman finds bicycling a tool for exercising, commuting, 'an invaluable part of everyday life'
For City Councilman Jerry Pentin, his bicycle is not just a tool for exercising or commuting; it is an invaluable part of his everyday life.

August 14, 2015 | 26 comments
Governor signs Baker's toll bridge open meetings bill

Law gives public 'right to know' what is discussed during the toll bridge program meetings
Assemblywoman Catharine B. Baker (R-San Ramon), whose district includes Pleasanton, announced this week that Gov. Jerry Brown signed her bill requiring the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC) to be subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act.

August 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association hosting barbecue today

Fundraiser helps fund student youth exchange, visits from Tulancingo delegates
The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association will host its annual barbecue fundraiser today at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Community college district board secretary receives Staff Member Award

Beverly 'Bev' Bailey has worked for district since 1975
Beverly "Bev" Bailey, secretary to the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees, was named the 2015 recipient of the Professional Board Staff Member Award for the Pacific Region of the Association of Community College Trustees.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters' union to collect for Muscular Dystrophy today, again Aug. 25

Fill the Boot campaign generates awareness, raises funds for national association
Local firefighters will be back at it today collecting money from passing drivers during the Fill the Boot campaign, aimed at generating awareness about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and raising funds for the cause.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Time to relax: Today is National Relaxation Day

Take Saturday off and breathe deeply again, Pleasanton massage therapist says
Some say the only time we take a deep breath is right when we are born -- after that, life and its stresses take over and we never breathe that deeply again.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Aesop's Fables coming to life today outside Pleasanton Senior Center

Free fun family show will be at Centennial Park
A traveling troupe known as Samuel Peaches' Peripatetic Players will roll into Pleasanton with its brightly painted gypsy caravan for a free performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park, next to the Senior Center.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Vibrant colors link two exhibits now at Firehouse Arts Center

Installations are a feast of color and light
Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center and Harrington Gallery public spaces are hosting two unique exhibits through the end of summer: the dense oils of William Rushton and the atmospheric landscapes of Victoria Veedell.

August 16, 2015 | No comments yet
New Harrington exhibit: 'Inside and Out'

Group of artists creates works together
Visitors to the Harrington Art Gallery for the next month will have the chance to view art created "Inside and Out" by a group of seven artists from the greater Bay Area who begin their works out of doors and complete them inside their studios.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Keep saving, says water czar Smith as he heads into retirement

Career in public water management spans 27 years
Daniel Smith, who has worked in the city's Operations Services Department for 15 years, including the last eight as its director, said goodbye in remarks to the Rotary Club of Pleasanton as he heads into retirement next week.

August 27, 2015 | 7 comments
Tri-Valley all-stars make Babe Ruth World Series

Local team opens national tournament Saturday
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team, comprised of players from Pleasanton and other nearby communities, is set to begin competing against some of the nation's best teams this Saturday in the World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks place 4th at Far Western Championships

48 local swimmers compete in San Jose meet
The Pleasanton Seahawks swim club posted a fourth-place finish as a team at the 2015 Speedo Far Western Championships earlier this summer in San Jose.

August 16, 2015 | No comments yet
State water department offering rebates on toilet, turf replacements

Program pays $100 for one toilet per household, $2 per square foot for lawns
California residents can now get rebates to help replace old, inefficient toilets and thirsty lawns with water-saving alternatives.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
San Francisco Premium Outlets opens expanded center, making it largest in California

Livermore police warn motorists to expect major traffic jams this weekend
San Francisco Premium Outlets opened its 185,000 square-foot expansion Thursday, making it the largest outlet center in California.

August 12, 2015 | 5 comments
Construction starts on purple pipes in Dublin

DSRSD adding recycled water pipes for irrigation to save drinking water during drought
The Dublin San Ramon Services District has begun construction on a system of purple pipes to bring reclaimed water to areas of western Dublin, hoping to alleviate some symptoms of a four-year drought.

August 12, 2015 | 5 comments
Safeway halts relationship with schools fundraiser

Safeway ends 16-year association with eScrip
Safeway has discontinued its association with a fundraising organization that provides donations to school, including the Pleasanton Unified School District.

August 12, 2015 | 33 comments
SUV drives off I-580, falls 25 feet to BART entrance below in Dublin

Two adults in Jeep taken to trauma center following crash; no pedestrians struck
Two women are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after their SUV drove off I-580 and landed on the sidewalk near the East Dublin-Pleasanton station Monday afternoon.

August 10, 2015 | 13 comments
Home builders want EPA to nix new water rule

'Absolutely scandalous' that EPA disregarded objections of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NAHB says
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately withdraw final regulations that would dramatically expand the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.

August 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Last day for Goodguys' 29th West Coast Nationals show at Fairgrounds

Show features 3,000 hot rods, classics, street rods, muscle cars
Today's the final day of the the Goodguys 29th West Coast Nationals hot rod and custom car show, which is at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a three-day run.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Tax tips for those facing college bills

IRS offers suggestions for education tax credits
If you, your spouse or a dependent are heading off to college in the fall, some of your costs may save you money at tax time.

August 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Housing markets continue to show improvement

Nationwide average now running at 92% of normal activity
Markets in 75 of the approximately 360 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the second quarter of 2015.

August 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Lynnewood Methodist to host Filipino service today

Music, liturgy will represent Filipino culture
Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton will feature a Filipino Christian worship this morning with a Filipino choir and an after church Filipino brunch.

August 12, 2015 | 1 comment
49ers release linebacker Aldon Smith after his arrest in Santa Clara

Charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, vandalism
The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith after his latest arrest on suspicion of DUI in Santa Clara on Thursday, team officials announced Friday.

August 8, 2015 | No comments yet
1st Wednesday draws thousands to downtown event, Pooch Parade

Pets, owners celebrate dog days of summer during Main Street strut
Thousands crowded downtown streets last week for the Pleasanton Downtown Association's 1st Wednesday Street Party with more than 100 dogs and their owners marching in the popular annual Pooch Parade.

August 6, 2015 | 6 comments
Pleasanton homeowners search for answers to sinking ground; city to step in

Residents want to know whether well pumping or drought is to blame
In recent years, cracks have continually appeared in the walls and foundations of at least two dozen homes in the same Pleasanton neighborhood.

August 7, 2015 | 27 comments
Splash of color: Local artists bring beauty to Pleasanton utility boxes

Local artists bring beauty to city streets
What once were dull, unnoticeable metal boxes located around Pleasanton are being transformed into colorful stations dedicated to showcasing the culture and history of the city, thanks to local artists and city leaders.

August 9, 2015 | 31 comments
Work underway on Pleasanton bridge repairs

$630,000 project will extend life of bridges
Maintenance crews are upgrading seven Pleasanton bridges, with the projects expected to last about three months.

August 7, 2015 | 9 comments
Student registrations now underway at Pleasanton public schools

What to bring, when to go to campus
Registrations are underway at all Pleasanton public schools with classes throughout the district opening next Tuesday.

August 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Local golfers qualify for today's U.S. Women's Amateur in Portland

Maxoutopoulis, Wang to compete against best women amateur golfers in U.S. Golf Association tournament
Pleasanton will be represented by two young women golfers at the U.S. Women's Amateur tournament, which starts Monday at Portland Golf Club in Oregon.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Rage U10 White soccer team wins back-to-back tourneys

Finishes tops in Rage Showcase, Mustang Stampede
The Pleasanton Rage U10 White soccer team earned first place in the Rage Showcase two weekends ago and at the Mustang Stampede tournament last weekend.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Amador cheering success

The Amador Valley High cheer program celebrates strong showings at UC Berkeley camp last month with trophies and a copy of the Pleasanton Weekly.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Purple pipes are coming to Pleasanton

City breaking ground on installing 10 miles of pipes to distribute service to more than 130 irrigation meters
We've all tried to predict the weather. But the fact is, even with all our technology and weather-predicting gadgets, we don't really know whether this drought in California, now in its fourth year, is the new normal or just another dry spell.

August 7, 2015 | 13 comments
ELF invasion in Pleasanton

Electric bike is good for you, good for environment -- and pretty darn cute
Jon Scudder, a retired Pleasanton resident who lives near downtown, was smitten when he saw a bright orange egg-shaped machine whiz by on Main Street. It was an ELF (electric, light and fun), a large, backward tricycle that can be powered by pedals or a rechargeable battery.

August 18, 2015 | 3 comments
Youth orchestra to present free concert tonight

Program to feature Gounoud, Bach, Grainger, local composition
The Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform its annual concert at 8 p.m. tonight at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, located on the corner of Fourth and South L streets.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center announces 2015-16 season

Sixth year brings concerts, plays, musicals, films
Grammy winners, rock 'n' roll legends, award-winning Bay Area theater productions, comedy hi-jinx, world music icons, a brand-new indie film series, cutting-edge music groups and No. 1 Billboard recording artists: The Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton has just announced its 2015-16 season lineup.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell introduces online job-search bill

Bipartisan WIRED Act eyes One-Stop Career Center website improvements
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes Pleasanton, joined two Republican colleagues last week to introduce a bill aimed at helping students, veterans, unemployed and underemployed people in their job search.

August 6, 2015 | 5 comments
Claims against Tri-Valley Community Foundation settled for $1.75 million

Former directors cleared of culpability as insurance covers obligations once pegged at $3.2 million
Claims totaling $3.2 million against the leaders of the now defunct Tri-Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) are likely to be settled for $1.75 million to be paid by left-over funds and an insurance policy that covered the organization's directors.Claims totaling $3.2 million against the leaders of the now defunct Tri-Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) are likely to be settled for $1.75 million to be paid by left-over funds and an insurance policy that covered the organization's directors.

August 6, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay cities aiding homeowners in adopting solar power

Workshops scheduled on program starting Aug. 20
Four East Bay cities are making it easier for homeowners to go solar through a new program called East Bay SunShares, according to Walnut Creek city officials.

August 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Homemade guns a growing problem in Northern California

Possible way for someone prohibited from buying firearms to circumvent background checks, authorities say
Homemade guns, similar to the ones assembled by a 21-year old
Lafayette man who killed a 19-year-old woman at her home in Walnut Creek last month, are becoming more common.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
I-680 toll express lanes construction set to start

Dublin firm given notice to proceed on project through San Ramon Valley
The project to bring toll express lanes to I-680 through the San Ramon Valley is expected to start construction this month, with completion estimated for late next year.

August 5, 2015 | 30 comments
National Night Out a time for residents, officers to connect

Police, other emergency workers attend block parties across Pleasanton Tuesday
Scores of police, firefighters and other emergency personnel attended dozens of neighborhood watch block parties across the city during the annual National Night Out Tuesday night.

August 5, 2015 | 1 comment
35 new stores opening Aug. 13 as San Francisco Premium Outlets expands

Outlet center at I-580/El Charro Road adding 185,000 square-feet
San Francisco Premium Outlets will open its new 185,000 square-foot addition Aug. 13 with 35 new stores next to its retail center at I-580 and El Charro Road.

August 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Drysdale Properties acquires San Jose brokerage

Bridges operations in East Bay, Peninsula
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, with offices in Pleasanton, has acquired Prudential California Realty (PCR), a 33-agent company based in San Jose.

August 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Community leaders featured on TV30's student production

'Tri-Valley Youth View' represents work of station's summer camp
Tri-Valley Youth View, a 30-minute special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended the TV30 Summer Camp, is currently airing on TV30 and on the station's website at tv30.org.

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Museum on Main opens 2 new exhibits

Displays feature Catholic Sisters in California, Amador High 1924-69
The Museum on Main opened two new exhibits Wednesday -- "Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in California" and "School Days: Amador High from 1924-1969" -- which will run until Oct. 11.

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Vacaville police arrest 2 from Pleasanton after carjacking while on test drive

Shane Woodcock, 37, Shawna McLemore, 33, seized after chase
Vacaville police arrested two Pleasanton residents after they
stole a car during a test-drive Friday evening.

August 1, 2015 | 10 comments
BART trains back on schedule as Transbay Tube reopens on schedule this morning

Weekend travelers face another shutdown over Labor Day weekend
The Transbay Tube reopened on schedule early this morning allowing BART service to resume between Oakland and San Francisco well ahead of today's traditionally heavy Monday commuter traffic.

August 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda Co.: 195-acre fire caused by workers dismantling windmill near Livermore

Fire required all three of fire district's engines
A fast-growing fire near Livermore was ultimately determined to have destroyed 195 acres of grass Thursday, according to East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jeff Burris.

August 1, 2015 | No comments yet
National Night Out coming to Pleasanton neighborhoods tonight

City Council members, city staff, police will visit local parties, street barbecues
Many Pleasanton neighborhoods will throw block parties, barbecues and other festivities across town tonight in celebration of National Night Out, a countrywide event aimed at crime prevention.

August 1, 2015 | 7 comments
Chevron to cut 500 jobs at corporate headquarters in San Ramon

Company planning to shed 1,500 jobs in $1-billion cost-saving effort
Roughly 500 people working out of Chevron's corporate offices in San Ramon will be losing their jobs.

August 3, 2015 | 21 comments
Sunday 'Funday' in downtown Pleasanton from 1-4 p.m. today

Event combines family-friendly entertainment with special retrailers, restaurant promotions
Sunday Fundays are making a debut Sunday in downtown Pleasanton

July 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Ruby Hill assistant pro wins NorCal PGA Professional Championship

Callippe Preserve instructor finishes 4th in tournament
David Solomon, assistant golf pro at Pleasanton's Ruby Hill Golf Club, took home the Northern California PGA Professional Championship earlier this month, shooting a tournament-best 4-under-par to earn a spot in next year's PGA Professional Championship in New York.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes nomination period opens

Sponsorship opportunities available for 4th annual awards program
Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.
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July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
$48,000 and counting for cancer fight

14 teams, 124 participants in 24-hour fundraiser
Pleasanton's Relay for Life brought out 14 teams, 124 fundraising participants and 69 individual walkers to join the fight against cancer and raise money for research and patient resources as part of the 24-hour fundraising event at Pleasanton Middle School earlier this month.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
125-acre grass fire near Livermore yesterday now extinguished

Fire off Vasco Road grew quickly because of wind, abundance of dry grass in area
A quickly-spreading grass fire outside of Livermore grew to 125 acres before it was contained Thursday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
New in Pleasanton: For seniors, moving can be a big adventure

Group provides safe, fun way to explore Pleasanton, surrounding areas
When seniors Sally and Bob Leuten moved to Pleasanton last year, they didn't wait for people to come knocking on their door. Instead they threw a welcoming party of their own.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Memoirs and more at Pleasanton Senior Center

Seniors enjoy seeing their 'Words in Bloom'
Everyone has a story to tell and sharing your memoirs as you write them helps you see if you left anything out, said writer Sharon McCracken, who facilitates the Words in Bloom writing class at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
'Defeat the Drought Water Expo' today in Dublin

Learn how to transform thirsty lawns into water-efficient gardens
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) is co-hosting a "Defeat the Drought Water Expo" from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Dublin Public Safety Complex on Clark Avenue.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Premier Rage team takes Pleasanton Showcase crown in penalty kicks

Premier U12 defeats Mustang Pride to win tournament
The Rage Premier U12 team won the Pleasanton Rage Showcase tournament last weekend, defeating the Mustang Pride in penalty kicks in the championship match.

August 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin Green Gators win Tri-Valley Swim championship

Ruby Hill, Dublin swimmers set 5 new league records at season-ending meet
The Dublin Green Gators won the Tri-Valley Swim League championship in Pleasanton last weekend, taking the top spot in the season-ending meet featuring eight teams and more than 950 swimmers from 4 to 18 years old.

August 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High diversity camp ends today with dance, music performance

Camp intended to foster cultural diversity
This year's Cheza Nami diversity camp will end its weeklong session into African art and music today with a student play at Amador Valley High School.

July 30, 2015 | 7 comments
U.S. Attorney for Northern California stepping down

Melinda Haag will leave post on Sept. 1
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of Northern California will leave her post on Sept. 1.

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Cooper new director of Las Positas College Foundation

Has 8 years experience as director of community college foundation in Sacramento
Kenneth G. Cooper, director of the Cosumnes River College Foundation in Sacramento for the last eight years, has been named executive director of the Las Positas College Foundation.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton All-Stars fall in Little League West Region semifinal

Just miss out on spot in World Series hosted by Livermore
The Northern California champion Pleasanton All-Star team lost in the semifinal round of the Intermediate 50/70 Baseball West Regional Tournament in Arizona this week, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the international 2015 Little League Intermediate World Series in Livermore.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Correction: Trinity Lutheran story removed because of inaccuracy

CORRECTION: This story has been removed because it was inaccurate. Trinity Lutheran has not named a new pastor. We regret the error.

July 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Home remodelers see more activity as severe weather ebbs

Gains tempered by labor shortages for work on remodeling projects
Remodeler confidence improved in the second quarter of 2015 as the country sprang back from the severe winter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Area park district offers public programs in August starting today

Water, history, mammals and snakes on summer fun agenda
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering a number of programs in August that are open to Livermore and Pleasanton residents.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus found in north Fremont

Alameda County increasing its surveillance and larval control efforts throughout the area
The Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District has received confirmation from the state of two West Nile virus positive groups of mosquitoes found July 22 in the northern part of Fremont.

July 29, 2015 | 10 comments
Another 'Spare the Air' day today

Bay Area residents have been asked to avoid driving alone again today during the second consecutive Spare the Air day.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
How we've been escaping the heat this week in Pleasanton

Public library, Senior Center, Aquatic Center serving as city cooling centers
Swimming, staying inside in air conditioned comfort, fans and even reading a book at the Pleasanton Library are great ways to keep cool today as temperatures stay hot, though much below the triple-digit levels we saw earlier this week.

July 29, 2015 | 6 comments
Firefighters extinguish grass fire at Camp Parks in Dublin

Smoke from 250-acre blaze visible along I-580, in Pleasanton
A 250-acre grass fire on the Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area that temporarily closed Tassajara Road in Dublin was contained yesterday afternoon.

July 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Defendant in Steinle killing faces new weapons charge

Lopez-Sanchez was in court this morning
San Francisco prosecutors Tuesday added a new weapons charge against a Mexican national accused of killing a 32-year-old Pleasanton native at Pier 14 earlier this month in a case that has brought national interest to the city's immigration policies.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Experts urge residents to protect homes during fire season

Brush fires common, but protection is simple, experts say
Wildfire season is in full force, with triple-digit temperatures drying out vulnerable wild grass and home landscaping.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 water rate study underway in advance of Aug. 26 meeting

Consultant to advise agency if current water rates are financially sustainable
The Zone 7 Water Agency is undertaking a rate study to determine whether the agency's current water rates are financially sustainable.

August 3, 2015 | 6 comments
Red Cross needs blood donors to meet July goals

2 Pleasanton churches holding public drives Thursday, Friday
Faith groups throughout the Bay Area have been teaming with the American Red Cross to help maintain the community blood supply during the summer months.

July 28, 2015 | 1 comment
1st Wednesday daws thousands to downtown event, Pooch Parade

Pets, owners celebrate dog days of summer during Main Street strut
Thousands crowded downtown streets Wednesday night for another 1st Wednesday Street Party with more than 100 dogs highlighting the event with a popular annual Pooch Parade.

July 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore splits city into 3 geographical policing areas

New command areas will improve relationships between police, residents they serve, police chief says
The Livermore Police Department has switched to an area policing policy, dividing the city into three geographic areas, each with its own policing team.

August 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Services this morning for Hayward police sergeant killed last Wednesday during traffic stop

Public invited to join in tributes to Sgt. Scott Lunger along procession route, at Oracle Arena
A memorial service will be held this morning for Hayward Police Sergeant Scott Lunger, who was shot and killed last Wednesday during an early morning traffic stop.

July 29, 2015 | 4 comments
Season's first 'Spare the Air' day called for today

Temperatures expected to climb into triple digits this week
As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare
the Air Day has been called for today.

July 28, 2015 | 8 comments
New officer joins Pleasanton Police Department

Officer Brian Johnston is Pleasanton native
The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed a Pleasanton native as its newest officer this month.

July 28, 2015 | 6 comments
UC Berkeley named best public college in U.S.

Stanford comes in 2nd behind Harvard as best private university
The University of California at Berkeley is the number one public university in the United States.

July 26, 2015 | 13 comments
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corp. acquired by Minnesota medical firm

St. Jude Medical paying $3.4 billion for leader of heart-assist devices
St. Jude Medical Inc. is set to acquire Pleasanton-based and HeartMate maker Thoratec Corp. in a transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion, or $63.50 per share.

July 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Council bans smoking in city parks

Callippe Preserve Golf Course exempted in ruling although smoking banned in clubhouse
The City Council Tuesday ordered a ban on smoking in all Pleasanton parks, agreeing with a recommendation of the city's Youth Commission that secondhand smoke poses a threat to others in the parks.

July 24, 2015 | 34 comments
Study claims Bay Area roads among some of worst in country

Claims 74% of roads in San Francisco-Oakland area in poor condition
The Bay Area has some of the worst roads in the country.

July 26, 2015 | 7 comments
SAP relocating regional office from visible corner in Dublin to San Ramon

Formerly Sybase, firm acquired by German software company in 2010
Software company SAP that occupies a highly visible building at Hacienda Drive and Dublin Boulevard is set to relocate its regional office from Dublin to San Ramon in 2017 after agreeing to lease 150,000 square feet of office space in Bishop Ranch's 2600 building.

July 27, 2015 | 6 comments
Applications available for Dublin's Leadership Academy

Seven week program starts in October
Applications are now being taken for "Inside Dublin," a seven-week program designed to provide community members first-hand information about municipal operations and community activities.

July 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Just moved? Here's how to get info in enrolling your child in PUSD classes, special programs

Enrollment is year-round; parents should contact schools regarding programs
If you've recently moved to Pleasanton -- or if you're a parent of a public school child -- you may be wondering how to enroll your student in school or special programs while schools are closed.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Pet predicament

Shelters struggle under the weight of an animal surplus
Pet shelters across the Tri-Valley are straining to find homes for cats and dogs amid a busy summer season.

July 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man throws out Giants' 1st pitch for organ donation awareness

Event comes almost five years to the day after his successful kidney transplant
Longtime Pleasanton resident Rafael Herrera tossed the opening pitch as the San Francisco Giants celebrated Donate Life Day on July 8 -- almost five years to the day since he received a successful transplant amid his battle with kidney failure.

July 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Livermore-Amador Symphony Association launches competition for young musicians

Winners will perform as soloists with the symphony Feb. 20
Applications for the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association's 43rd annual Competition for Young Musicians competition are now being accepted with a deadline of Sept. 27.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
LPFD Deputy Chief retires, praised for dedication to community

Joseph Rodondi, 51, caps 30-year career that started in San Bruno to in 1985
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Rodondi of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department retired Thursday after a ceremonial honor guard "walk-out" and ringing of the firehouse bells.

July 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Church members' cars broken into while they're away on mission trip

Fairgrounds fan fight, J.C. Penney shoplifting among other items in weekly Police Bulletin
Members of a Pleasanton church on an annual mission trip are returning to the unpleasant news that some of their cars were broken into while they were away.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Seahawks post strong showing at Junior Olympics

Pleasanton squad brings home 95 medals from San Jose meet
The Pleasanton Seahawks earned a strong performance at the 2015 Summer Long Course Junior Olympics in San Jose earlier this month, bring home 95 medals overall.

July 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador grad suits up for US Lacrosse

Jackie Gilbert joins national team for U19 championships in Scotland
Pleasanton native Jackie Gilbert is in Scotland this week as part of the United States women's under-19 national team competing in the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championships.

July 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council raises City Manager Fialho's salary by 5%

First raise since 2007 when city wages were frozen due to recession
Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho has been awarded a 5% salary increase, raising his annual pay to $206,877 from $197,026.

July 27, 2015 | 9 comments
Pleasanton water, sewer rates could increase this fall

City Council approves taking proposed changes for public review
The City Council voted Tuesday to start the public review process to consider increasing water and sewer rates.

July 22, 2015 | 33 comments
Scientists warn that Hayward Fault expected to produce much larger quake

'Any day now,' a U.S. Geological Survey scientist warns
The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday is expected to produce a major earthquake "any day now" and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist has warned.

July 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Flags in Pleasanton being flown at half-staff to honor service members killed in Chattanooga

President orders flags lowered until sunset today
All flags at Pleasanton city facilities are being flown at half-staff until sunset today in honor of service members killed last week in Chattanooga.

July 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Applications due July 31 for National Night Out neighborhood watch event

PPD officers will visit block parties to socialize with residents
National Night Out will be on Aug. 4, and Pleasanton Police has participated for 12 years.

July 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Visit Tri-Valley seats 2 new board members

Tourism group serves Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, Danville
Two new directors have been named to the board of Visit Tri-Valley, a destination marketing organization that promotes tourism in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville.

July 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Council expected to award near-$900,000 contract tonight as part of Bernal/I-680 project

Council meeting is only one this month
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to approve a near-$900,000 contract tonight for landscaping work and a gateway monument at the Bernal Avenue/I-680 interchange.

July 21, 2015 | 11 comments
Did you feel it? 4.0 magnitude earthquake felt here at 2:41 a.m.

Epicenter near Fremont, but felt in Pleasanton; delays on BART
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck an area near Fremont this
morning, and was felt by many in Pleasanton.

July 21, 2015 | 7 comments
State Supreme Court rules divorcing spouses must live apart to claim separate property

Decision affects Castro Valley couple who stayed in home together while they were estranged
The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco Monday that divorcing couples must live in separate residences in order to claim separate property.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Donlon Elementary parents, teachers say they want longevity in new principal

District vows to have new principal in place for 2015-16 school year
Some Donlon Elementary School parents, guardians and teachers met with district staff Monday and emphasized they wanted longevity with the school's next principal.

July 21, 2015 | 21 comments
Alameda County earns 14 achievement awards from national organization

'Programs leading the way in terms of innovative governance in the 21st Century,' Supervisor Haggerty says
Alameda County has been selected to receive 14 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties for a wide range of programs.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Housing starts rise nearly 10% across U.S.

New construction down 6% in western states, though building permits climbing
Led by a steep jump in apartment house construction, nationwide housing starts rose 9.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.174 million units in June.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Two brush fires extinguished Monday near I-680/Sunol Boulevard

Some homes evacuated in Happy Valley neighborhoods
Firefighters have two brush fires under control that broke out on a dry hill near southwest Pleasanton Monday mid-morning.

July 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Safeway recalls 3 Aspen Foods/Koch Poultry products due to Salmonella risks

Products were sold in frozen food sections in all Safeway, Safeway-affiliated stores throughout U.S
In cooperation with the Aspens Foods/Koch Poultry Company, Safeway is asking customers to not eat and return chicken products from this producer that have been sold in Safeway Kitchens.

July 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin lawyer one of two named to Alameda County Superior Court

Thomas Nixon, 56, filling vacancy created by retiring judge
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two lawyers to judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court.

July 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. for Deputy Fire Chief Rodondi who retires today

Culminating 30-year career including last 18 at LPFD
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Rodondi of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will retire this morning, culminating a 30-year career in the fire service. A public "walk out" ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. at the fire department's headquarters on Nevada Street at Bernal Avenue.

July 19, 2015 | 5 comments
Parent meeting at Donlon Elementary at 5:30 p.m. following principal's sudden resignation

School district leaders to brief public on principal selection process
A meeting will be held at Donlon Elementary School tonight to brief parents and student guardians on plans to replace principal Lynnette Chirrick, who announced Thursday that she has quit her position for a job at the city of Alameda's Unified School District.

July 17, 2015 | 16 comments
Attorneys for family of teen shot, killed by Pleasanton police accuse department of lying

Police response awaiting completion of Alameda County District Attorney's investigation
Attorneys for the family of a man shot and killed by police during a confrontation outside a Pleasanton auto dealership earlier this month have accused the city's police department of covering up the facts of the shooting.

July 17, 2015 | 47 comments
S.F.'s Sanctuary City policy questioned in wake of Pleasanton woman's death

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi seeks public hearing after shooting death of Kathryn Steinle July 1
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is urging San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors to hold a hearing on the city's Sanctuary City policy following a July 1 homicide allegedly committed by an undocumented, convicted felon.

July 17, 2015 | 2 comments
Getting to know Catharine Baker

Assemblywoman reflects on first months in office, priorities going forward
Local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker has been hitting the ground running since taking office eight months ago.

July 17, 2015 | 4 comments
'The King and I' at Bankhead in Livermore at 2 p.m. today

Director aims to be true to history -- and Rodgers and Hammerstein
The exotic court of 1862 Siam will be onstage through Aug. 2 with a show at 2 p.m. today when Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents "The King and I" in all its richly textured glory at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman heads to world championships in rowing in Bulgaria

Foothill grad was walk-on at USD, now among top young American rowers
Pleasanton resident Megan Goodman is heading to Bulgaria today as part of the United States rowing team competing in the Under 23 World Championships.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Local boy qualifies for national racquetball team

Julian Singh invited to Junior World Championships in November in Santo Domingo
Julian Singh of Pleasanton has qualified for the 2015 U.S. junior national racquetball team after earning the boys 14 and under doubles champion crown at the USA Racquetball National Junior Olympic Championships in Stockton this summer.

July 20, 2015 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Valley wins 4th straight meet

Swims past Rhonewood Sharks by almost 300 points
The Pleasanton Valley Swim Club notched its fourth consecutive win by defeating the Rhonewood Sharks 1085.5 to 709.5 during their meet last Saturday.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County Board of Education selects Knowles as new president

McDonald named vice president for 2015-16 school year
Trustee Aisha Knowles was appointed as president, and Trustee Eileen McDonald was appointed vice president of the board on Tuesday.

July 17, 2015 | 2 comments
Man killed in Isabel Avenue crash identified as Modesto resident

David Larry Wright, 65, died in early Wednesday morning crash
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has identified a man who died in an early morning crash Wednesday on Isabel Avenue (State Highway 84) near Ruby Hill in Pleasanton as 65-year-old Modesto resident David Larry Wright.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
A's catcher hosts benefit auction for School of Imagination

Stephen Vogt, wife aim to help Dublin program for special-needs children
Oakland Athletics All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt and his wife, Alyssa, are hosting an online benefit auction for special-needs children at the School of Imagination & Happy Talkers in Dublin.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
'Suspicious' grass fire extinguished as it nears homes in Kottinger Ranch

Flames contained after spreading up to homeowners' back fences
A grass fire on a Kottinger Ranch hillside was quickly contained Wednesday afternoon but not before worried residents away from the area rushed back to check on their homes, children and pets.

July 15, 2015 | 3 comments
Crash closes Isabel Avenue from Vineyard to Vallecitos

Road is expected to remain closed during evening commute
A major traffic crash on Isabel Avenue (State Highway 84) Wednesday morning snarled traffic and forced officials to close the road between Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton its junction with and Vallecitos Road in Livermore.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Leisure Sports donates $20,000 to Navy SEALS

Contribution aids families who have lost loved ones in specialized service
Leisure Sports, which owns and operates ClubSport Pleasanton and the Quad, has donated $20,000 to the Navy Seal Foundation to be used in its work in providing providing assistance for families who have lost loved ones in training or combat.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Debates, protests continuing on proposed 'Kate's Law'

Anti-immigration sentiments spurred by shooting death of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle July 1 on San Francisco pier
Dozens of protesters gathered in San Francisco Tuesday to identify solutions in response to anti-immigration sentiments spurred by the shooting death of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton, on July 1 on a San Francisco pier.

July 15, 2015 | 11 comments
TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound Isabel Ave. closed at Vineyard due to accident

Police are reporting a major traffic crash this
morning involving several vehicles on state Highway 84 in Livermore.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
State study finds texting while driving on the rise

Texting tickets up 35% so far this year
In a worrying trend, more California drivers are using their cell phones while driving this year than last, according to a study released this week by state officials.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Committee rejects bill requiring greater disclosures by building contractors

Measure drafted in response to Berkeley balcony collapse that killed 6 people
A state Assembly committee has voted down proposed state legislation, drafted in response to a balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley last month, that would require greater settlement disclosure by contractors.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
ECO Pass program provides 5-millionth free bus ride

'Milestone in longstanding public-private partnership,' program chief says
The ECO Pass program, which offers those who live or work in Hacienda free rides on Wheels buses, has just provided its five-millionth ride since it was started in 1989.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman arrested after fatal crash in San Lorenzo Monday night

Authorities allege 30-year-old was under influence of drugs when she hit parked car, killing other driver
A Pleasanton motorist was arrested Monday night for being under the influence of drugs after a crash in San Lorenzo that killed a Sunnyvale man.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Thoratec receives CE Mark approval for its HeartMate pump

Product meets requirements of European Community directives
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation has received approval to use the CE Mark on its HeartMate PHP acute cardiac assist device.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
College gala raises $133,000 for Las Positas students

Proceeds go for scholarships, project grants
Las Positas College's recent 12th Annual "Best of the Best" gala raised $133,000 for the benefit of the college campus community.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford Health Care opens new cancer center in San Jose

Center adds to Stanford's comprehensive cancer services
Stanford Health Care, which operates ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, opened its new Stanford Cancer Center South Bay Monday in San Jose.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Local leaders give Sunflower Hill garden a fresh start

Planted spaces provide vocational opportunities for those with special needs
State, regional and local leaders joined with Sunflower Hill managers last week in a "first harvest" ceremony at the nonprofit's Gardens at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore to plant crops for the needy.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Wheels holding community meeting tonight aimed at gaining views on bus service

'Wheels Forward' workshop meets at 6 p.m. in Pleasanton Senior Center
The operator of the Wheels bus system and the Tri-Valley Rapid will hold a community meeting from 6-8 p.m. this evening at the Pleasanton Senior Center to gain the public's views on how to improve service.

July 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Broadway musical's final performance tonight in outdoor amphitheater at Las Positas College

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' performs tonight through Sunday
Broadway's greatest farce closes out its in its four-day run tonight in Las Positas College's renovated outdoor amphitheater with the college's Theater Arts Department performing the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

July 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Interim vice principals chosen to fill vacancies at Pleasanton Middle School

O'Brien, Smith will join the school staff for a year
Two interim vice principals have been chosen to fill vacant positions for the coming 2015-16 school year at Pleasanton Middle School.

July 14, 2015 | 19 comments
Alamo-based RPM Mortgage to pay $19 million in federal order

Company says it accepts settlement with no admission of wrongdoing
Alamo-based residential mortgage lender RPM Mortgage, Inc. was ordered to pay a total of $19 million in consumer refunds and penalty fees after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found the company offered incentives to its loan officers to steer customers into costlier mortgages.

July 13, 2015 | 10 comments
Swalwell makes congressional visit to Lebanon, Turkey

Local representative meets with foreign leaders to address fight against ISIL
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, recently participated in a congressional visit to Lebanon and Turkey.

July 11, 2015 | No comments yet
911 call

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Memorial service highlights Kate Steinle's generosity, love

Pleasanton native's life celebrated by about 400 at Ruby Hill Winery
A memorial service remembering the life and legacy of Kate Steinle, a Pleasanton native who was killed in San Francisco last week while visiting Pier 14, saw about 400 friends and family members fill the Ruby Hill Winery's event hall Thursday afternoon.

July 9, 2015 | 4 comments
A new 'front door' for Sandia's California site

Center to 'deepen meaning, understanding, value of local laboratory,' Sandia leaders say
Sandia National Laboratories has broken ground on a new building that will enable consolidation of "front door" activities at its California site in Livermore.

July 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Sewer district recycling program scaled back due to excessive demand

New members to program must live in Pleasanton, Dublin or San Ramon
A program to provide recycled water for residential use in the Tri-Valley is being scaled back in the wake of its "overwhelming popularity."

July 10, 2015 | 14 comments
Thousands fill downtown parks to hear Motown hits by West Grand Boulevard

Summertime tradition continues with 7 more to go before end of popular Pleasanton summer event
Thousands filled downtown's Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks Friday night to hear the classic soul and Motown hits by West Grand Boulevard.

July 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton cyclist biking for a better world

College senior rides cross country to raise money for water projects
Cameron Vaughan pushed through the miles -- ignoring the cold that made his nose run or the rain that stung his eyes -- thinking of a little kid he doesn't know. Soon, he hopes, that child might be able to go to school instead of trudging across miles for survival.

July 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Local golf marathon raises $144,000 for Hope Hospice

25 golfers play 100 holes in one day in memory of late Castlewood pro
Some 25 golfers helped raise more than $144,000 for Hope Hospice by playing 100 holes in a one-day golf marathon at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course last month.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Relay for Life at Pleasanton Middle School all day today

Annual 24-hour cancer awareness walk, fundraiser includes new themed laps
Pleasanton's annual Relay for Life fundraising event returns today with new themed laps and traditional activities, including the luminaria and fight-back ceremonies at the Pleasanton Middle School track.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Taste our Terroir closes its four-day run today in Pleasanton

Chance to mingle with winemakers final feature of extravaganza
Taste our Terroir closes today with discussions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on what makes Livermore a unique region while tasting some of the Valley's best wines, costing $45 and the Cabernet Collective from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at McGrail Vineyards with blind tasting of six Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the Livermore Valley, light snacks and a chance to mingle with the winemakers, at a cost of $65.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
'Broadway Divas' at Firehouse at 2 p.m. today

Show offers lively cabaret tribute to Broadway classics
Musical theater veterans will take to the Firehouse Theater stage at 2 p.m. today, featuring songs from Broadway classics.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Bosters celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

High school sweethearts have known each other for 59 years
Pleasanton residents Carol and Jerry Boster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 19.

July 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Family demands apology following fatal shooting of teen by Pleasanton police

PPD: 19-year-old beat officer to the point officer feared for his life
The family of the 19-year-old who was fatally shot by Pleasanton police last weekend are demanding an apology after alleging the man's mother was handcuffed at gunpoint during a search at her San Jose home, according to the family's lawyers.

July 9, 2015 | 25 comments
Gun that killed Kate Steinle reportedly stolen from federal ranger

Taken from ranger's vehicle while he was on official travel in S.F.
The gun allegedly fired by an undocumented immigrant accused of killing a 32-year-old Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 last week was issued to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management law enforcement ranger and was previously stolen from his vehicle while on official government travel in San Francisco.

July 8, 2015 | 4 comments
Feinstein, S.F. police union say Kathryn Steinle killing was avoidable

Senator urges San Francisco to participate in U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Priority Enforcement Program
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and the San Francisco Police Officers Association have expressed their deep concern that 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle might still be alive if not for a convicted felon and undocumented immigrant, who was released from the San Francisco Sheriff's Department's custody instead of being returned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

July 8, 2015 | 7 comments
Man pleads not guilty to murder in Kate Steinle's death

DA says undocumented immigrant shot innocent victim at close range; defense contends shooting likely accidental
An undocumented immigrant accused of fatally shooting Pleasanton native Kate Steinle at a San Francisco pier last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder with malice aforethought, with his defense attorney arguing that the shooting was likely accidental.

July 7, 2015 | 12 comments
Pleasanton police say officer who shot 19-year-old acted 'in fear for his life'

Family of victim hires L.A. law firm, contending fatal shooting wasn't justified
Pleasanton police said the officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old early Sunday outside a downtown antique and classics car agency acted in self-defense during a struggle, "fearing for his life."

July 7, 2015 | 58 comments
Father of 19-year-old fatally shot early Sunday in Pleasanton says shooting wasn't justified

Family hires celebrity L.A. law firm to challenge police claims son provoked altercation
The family of the 19-year-old accused burglar who was killed by Pleasanton police last weekend has hired a celebrity attorney to conntend that the fatal shooting wasn't justified.

July 7, 2015 | 27 comments
Summer Wine Stroll starts at 5 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

Tickets available at 2 downtown Pleasanton locations, also online
The Pleasanton Downtown Association will hold its annual Summer Wine Stroll Saturday, a popular Tri-Valley event for more than a dozen years.

July 7, 2015 | 10 comments
Memorial service at 3 p.m. today in Pleasanton for Kate Steinle

Amador grad who was killed July 1 remembered by friends for living fearlessly, loving strongly
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Casa Real in Pleasanton for Kate Steinle, who died July 1 after she was shot while visiting San Francisco's Pier 14 after a dinner with her dad and family friend.

July 7, 2015 | 6 comments
Killing of Pleasanton native ignites debate over 'sanctuary' cities

Man arrested in shooting had been deported five times
The killing last week of a woman who grew up in Pleasanton has revived the debate over so-called "sanctuary" cities and whether they help or hinder public safety.

July 6, 2015 | 16 comments
Man on probation arrested in slaying of Amador Valley grad

Kathryn Steinle fatally shot as she walked with dad on San Francisco's Pier 14
A man accused of shooting and killing a 32-year-old Plesanton woman near the San Francisco Ferry Building last Wednesday had been deported five times for various felonies, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson reported.

July 6, 2015 | 11 comments
Local athletes combine for 10 medals at karate tourney

Five young students from Pleasanton-based Tri-Valley Karate earned 10 total medals at the Northern California Invitational Karate Tournament in Cupertino earlier this season.

July 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Suspected burglar fatally shot in chase outside Specialty Sales Classics

Pleasanton police encounter man while responding to burglar alarm at downtown agency
A man fleeing the showroom at Specialty Sales Classics auto sales at 2 a.m. Sunday was shot and killed by Pleasanton police who had responded to a burglar alarm at the dealership.

July 5, 2015 | 42 comments
Arabian Cup to draw field of 10 horses today at final races at Alameda County Fair

Race is second on 10-race, closing day card, with post time set for 2 p.m.
The $47,000 Sheikh Zayaed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup will draw a field of 10 horses Sunday for the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair closes today after 19-day run

Spectacular fireworks show draws record crowds for Independence Day festivities
It's the final day for the Alameda County Fair after a 19-day run that saw record-high crowds last night for a spectacular fireworks show.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks at Oak Tree races Saturday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Final Saturday of the 12-day race meet
A pair of stakes races highlight the Oak Tree at Pleasanton card for the final Saturday of the 12-day race meet.

July 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Sierra Club says new electric rates will cost majority more

State's 5-tiered system moves to 2 two tiers by Jan. 1, 2019
A San Francisco-based conservation group said a new electricity rate plan passed Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission will raise rates on majority of customers and make the air dirtier.

July 5, 2015 | 4 comments
Brush fire near Sunol Regional Wilderness extinguished

45-acre fire started Friday morning
A 45-acre brush fire that started Friday morning in Alameda County is now 100% contained.

July 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Downtown Livermore fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. tonight

Fireworks to be set off in 'low level' show from top of Railroad Avenue parking garage
A "low level" fireworks show will be held starting at 9:30 p.m. tonight from atop the downtown Livermore parking garage on Railroad Avenue.

July 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin swim center open today, rest of city facilities closed

City staff observing Independence Day holiday
All city of Dublin facilities will be closed today in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

July 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's picks for Friday's races at the Alameda County Fair

Final races of the year tomorrow
Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair today, July 3.

July 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Man on probation arrested in slaying of Amador Valley grad

Kathryn Steinle fatally shot as she walked with dad on San Francisco's Pier 14
Police have arrested a man on probation out of Texas who is accused of killing a 32-year-old Amador Valley High grad in broad daylight near the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday.

July 2, 2015 | 30 comments
Judge denies Pleasanton-based balcony builder's restraining order

Company failed to show it would suffer irreparable harm, hardships
A judge Thursday denied a bid by the Pleasanton-based company that built a Berkeley apartment complex where six people died earlier this month for a temporary restraining order to prevent prosecutors from testing the balcony and other evidence without company representatives being present.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Brush fire burning in Sunol regional wilderness

A 20-acre brush fire is burning in the Sunol Regional Wilderness
this morning.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Racing picks at Oak Tree races Thursday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Dennis Miller, intern Randy Olson wager themselves in Fair's final race days
This year we are having a unique challenge between Pleasanton Racing's publicist/handicapper Dennis Miller and this year's Oak Tree at Pleasanton intern Randy Olson.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Woman with ties to Pleasanton fatally shot in San Francisco

Amador Valley grad was walking with family on Pier 14, police say
San Francisco police have detained a "person of interest" in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday that took the life of an Amador Valley High grad on Pier 14 in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood.

July 2, 2015 | 17 comments
70,000 expected at Fair's spectacular fireworks show tonight

Oakland East Bay Symphony to provide music for Independence Day celebration
It's the closing weekend for the Alameda County Fair, with a wide range of features features that include the Junior Livestock auction, Demolition Derby, the last shows of the concert series and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.

July 2, 2015 | 4 comments
Annual Fourth of July festivities at Lions Wayside Park at noon today

Free public event features patriotic music, speeches
Pleasanton's annual Fourth of July concert and picnic at Lions Wayside Park on First Street will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. today.

July 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Picnic and opera in a vineyard

Fundraiser presents relaxed summer evening of music and wine
Music fans will be able to enjoy a picnic supper accompanied by more than birdsong. Opera is coming to the vineyards in a fundraiser for Livermore Valley Opera on Sunday, July 19.

July 7, 2015 | No comments yet
RADD Roadrunners earn Special Olympics medals

Local athletes compete in running, javelin events
Three members of Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) Roadrunners team combined to win seven medals at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games in Davis last weekend.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man named to Ducks Unlimited board

Hinman has been active duck hunter since 2003
Pleasanton resident Dave Hinman was elected to the Ducks Unlimited national board of directors during the nonprofit organization's annual convention in Milwaukee.

July 5, 2015 | 7 comments
Local athletes combine for 10 medals at karate tourney

Five young students from Pleasanton-based Tri-Valley Karate earned 10 total medals at the Northern California Invitational Karate Tournament in Cupertino earlier this season.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Local baseball team wins N.Y. tournament

The local Headfirst 10U Bercovich baseball team took home the division championship in the league's week-long Cooperstown N.Y. Tournament, finishing off its 8-1 tourney record with a 9-5 victory in the title game June 18.

July 3, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay landscaper recognized for work on Pleasanton residence

Award recognizes contractors for excellence in landscape installation, maintenance
A Martinez-based landscape contractor received a 2015 Beautification Award from the East Bay chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) for its work on a Pleasanton residence.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
United Airlines invests $30 million in Pleasanton-based bioenergy firm

Fulcrum BioEnergy transforms municipal solid waste into transportation fuels
United Airlines has invested $30 million in Pleasanton-based Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. with the option to directly participate in Fulcrum's waste-to-jet fuel plants across North America.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton streets, freeway restrictions in place for County Fair traffic today

Visitors to fireworks show could match city's 72,000 population
The city of Pleasanton has put in place a unique and highly-restricted traffic plan designed to coordinate a safe and efficient way for the more than 70,000 fairgoers expected to attend the Alameda County Fair and its fireworks show today.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor signs controversial vaccination bill

Requires most schoolchildren to be vaccinated for measles, other diseases
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a controversial bill eliminating personal belief exemptions from vaccination requirements for students attending California schools.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Red Cross asks for blood donations now to avoid summer shortage

O, A, and B negative donors especially needed in Northern California region
The American Red Cross is asking eligible blood and platelet donors to step up and donate now before they go on vacation to avoid a summer shortage.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker, colleagues introduce $6-billion transportation proposal

Aims to fix state infrastructure without raising taxes
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), whose district includes Pleasanton, joined Republican colleagues Monday to announce a transportation plan which aims at dedicating $6 billion in new funding to address the state's transportation needs without any new taxes or fees.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton-based balcony builder seeks restraining order against prosecutors

Company says it 'anticipates forthcoming litigation related to the accident'
The company that built a Berkeley apartment complex where six people died earlier this month when a balcony collapsed is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the Alameda County District Attorney's Office from testing evidence without company representatives being present.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Gov. Brown signs controversial vaccination bill

Requires schoolchildren to get shots for measles, other diseases
Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed a controversial bill eliminating personal belief exemptions from vaccination requirements for students attending California schools.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Golden Gate Bridge tolls raised by 25 cents Wednesday

Fee hike will help offset 5-year budget deficit, bridge district says
Toll rates at the Golden Gate Bridge were raised by 25 cents Wednesday morning.

June 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Treatment district opens new recycled water fill station in Dublin

7.6 million gallons distributed to more than 2,000 registered users so far this year
The Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, has opened its second residential recycled water fill station located at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex, 6363 Clark Ave.

June 30, 2015 | 15 comments
Pleasanton hires new Community Development director

Gerry Beaudin, Mountain View zoning administrator, starts July 27
Gerry Beaudin currently the zoning administrator for the city of Mountain View, has been hired as Pleasanton's new director of Community Development Director, succeeding Brian Dolan, who has been named Assistant City Manager.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Fair hosting 'Drop Zone' drive today to send 'care' packages to deployed troops serving in Middle East

Fair offering free admission to those who bring 2 'Request List' items
The Alameda County Fair will host a drive today by the local Blue Star Moms, a group that sends care packages to deployed U.S. Troops in the Middle East.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton offering free movies in the park starting July 9

Films scheduled Thursday nights at Amador Valley Community Park through Aug. 13
Pleasanton residents are invited to enjoy free movies during six Thursday evenings this summer, on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6 and 13.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
County supervisors approve $2.7 billion budget for new fiscal year

General fund budget up $71 million over current year
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to approve a $2.7 billion budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 that closes a $65 million funding gap without significant program reductions or staff layoffs.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Racing picks at Oak Tree races Sunday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Next races will be Thursday
This year we are having a unique challenge between Pleasanton Racing's publicist/handicapper Dennis Miller and this year's Oak Tree at Pleasanton intern Randy Olson.

June 28, 2015 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales up 22% in May

Region one of 'hottest housing markets in country,' real estate firm reports
The East Bay's luxury housing market closed out the spring home buying season on a roll with sales climbing more than 22% last month from a year ago.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
New York-based Kiehl¹s opens today in Stoneridge Shopping Center

Retailer uses botanical extracts as ingredients for its skin, hair products
Kiehl's, a New York-based skin and hair care retailer, will open its newest location at noon today in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

June 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

First post for Saturday's races is 1:15 p.m.
Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair Saturday, June 27.

June 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Judging at the Fair Snackdown

How I survived Kool-Aid pickles, pastrami pizza, PB&J cheesecake and 10 other delicacies
On the Grandstand stage of the Alameda County Fair, three judges and I faced off with platters of French fries bathed in peanut butter and jelly, pork belly bound in bacon and sour pickles soaked in tropical punch Kool-Aid.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor unveils revised approach to fix Delta water system

More than 80% of water delivered to Pleasanton is Sierra snowmelt conveyed through the Delta
Governor Jerry Brown and federal officials have announced a revised dual approach to securing water supply reliability and restoring ecosystem health in the Delta.

June 28, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 Readers Choice winners

2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton Winners

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
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June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Tesla Road grass fire destroys barn, vehicle Thursday night

Livermore area blaze burns 53 acres, damages home
A grass fire east of Livermore spread to 53 acres and destroyed several structures Thursday evening before it was fully contained, according to Cal Fire.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
BART police implement policy governing interactions with transgender individuals

Transgender Law Center calls move important first step in preventing harassment of people 'who are just trying to go about their day'
BART police have become one of the first police departments in the country to implement a specific policy governing interactions with transgender individuals.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell praises Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality

'Let the wedding bells ring across the land,' congressman says
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) Friday released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
County D.A. considering charges in fatal balcony collapse at Berkeley structure that Pleasanton firm built

Rotted support beam blamed in June 16 accident that killed 6
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said Thursday that involuntary manslaughter charges could result from a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse in downtown Berkeley June 16 that killed six people and injured seven others.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair today, June 26.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Tie a knot for veterans at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday tonight

Hope Hospice is asking the public to tie a knot for veterans tonight at Pleasanton's First Wednesday Street Party that starts at 6 p.m. on downtown streets.

July 1, 2015 | 2 comments
'Shakespeare in the Park' performance again tonight in Pleasanton

Families, friends encouraged to bring picnic suppers to enjoy performance
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" will be performed at 7:30 p.m.tonight at Amador Valley Community Park, another in a series by Free Shakespeare in the Park Production that will run Saturdays and Sundays through July 12 (except July 4) and also next Thursday, July 2.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton museum hosting talk on 1800s 'Little House' author tonight

Actress Judith Helton to have role of Laura Ingalls Wilder at Firehouse lecture
The Museum on Main in Pleasanton will welcome historical actress Judith Helton as the 1800s author of the "Little House" book series in "An Evening with Laura Ingalls Wilder" at the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. tonight.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
BART to shut down transbay service on weekends in August, September

Project involves replacing 932 ties, 1,200 feet of rail
All BART train service between San Francisco and the East Bay will be suspended during two upcoming weekends to allow for track repairs.

July 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Intruders party in Castlewood home, take vacationing owners' bacon, liquor, jewelry

Sheriff's deputies detaining juveniles after Castlewood party photos surface on social media
A Pleasanton family had an unwelcome surprise waiting for them Tuesday when they returned home from vacation to find their liquor cabinet raided, some personal items stolen and five pounds of bacon pilfered.

June 25, 2015 | 31 comments
Harvest Park interim principal announced

Jill Butler is currently PMS vice principal
The Pleasanton school district has appointed Pleasanton Middle School vice principal Jill Butler as the interim principal for Harvest Park Middle School effective July 1 -- replacing Ken Rocha, who was appointed director of education for the city's middle and high schools.

June 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Readers Choice winners

29,764 votes cast in newspaper's annual contest
With 29,764 confirmed votes in the 2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton contest, our loyal readers gave their input about which businesses, professionals and places are the best of the best in categories within beauty and style, epicure, health and fitness, home and vehicle, kids and pets, rest and recreation, and services.

June 26, 2015 | 22 comments
Update: Pleasanton care facility owner defends practice

Facilities ordered to pay $176K in unpaid back wages to live-in caregivers
The owner of a group of Pleasanton residential care facilities who was ordered to pay $176,000 in unpaid back wages to live-in caregivers this week said Wednesday that she had been following general industry practices and called for federal officials to do "more education rather than enforcement."

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist critically injured in crash with vehicle in Hacienda

Tuesday night accident closes Stoneridge/Chabot drives intersection for 4 hours
A motorcyclist was critically injured Tuesday night after crashing into a vehicle at the intersection of Stoneridge and Chabot drives.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Person dies on tracks at West Dublin/Pleasanton station

Station reopened after three-hour delay
One person died this morning after being found under a BART train at the West Dublin/Pleasanton station, which reopened late Wednesday morning after an Alameda County coroner's investigation.

June 24, 2015 | 1 comment
East Bay Realtors join Zillow in having access to all property listings

Properties for sale will now be on lists available on MLS, Zillow sites
The Bay East Association of Realtors and the Contra Costa Association of Realtors have jointly signed a listing distribution agreement with the Zillow Group that will give brokers the ability to market their clients' properties to the more than 140 million monthly unique users who visit Zillow Group's consumer brands, including Zillow and Trulia.

June 24, 2015 | 11 comments
Pleasanton school board discusses homework survey results

LCAP, budget approved during Tuesday's meeting
The Pleasanton school board heard a report on the 2015 homework survey results Tuesday night, the last meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

June 24, 2015 | 29 comments
Local care facilities ordered to pay over $100K in back wages to employees

Workers made as little as $6.71 an hour, say federal Labor Department officials
A group of Pleasanton residential care facilities have been ordered to pay employees more than $176,000 in back pay and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company that manages them had failed to pay them the federal minimum wage or legally required overtime.

June 24, 2015 | 8 comments
New home sales reach 7-year high across U.S.

Builders seeing motivated buyers, release of pent-up housing demand
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 2.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000 units in May, according to newly released data from the federal Housing & Urban Redevelopment agency (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore fire burns home, displaces occupant

Fire officials say cause of fire appears accidental
Firefighters extinguished a fire that burned a Livermore home Monday afternoon.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab teams up with CalCharge in fast-growing battery industry

Partnership seen as important to California's energy future
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has joined CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage technologies.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Thousands turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

Club earns record-high $50,000-plus to go for scholarships, wheelchairs
More than 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 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Retired Amador Valley High principal Hansen appointed interim superintendent

Search for permanent superintendent will begin in upcoming school year, says board president
During a special closed session meeting, the Pleasanton school board appointed Jim Hansen as the interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year, replacing outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who will become the new superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District effective July 1.

June 23, 2015 | 17 comments
Dublin's outdoor movie series starts tonight

'Dolphin Tale' leads of summer program in Emerald Glen Park
Dublin will open its summer outdoor movie series beginning at 7 p.m. tonight with the movie "Dolphin Tale" (PG).

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
35 new stores opening in August as Livermore's Outlet center expands

Now called San Francisco Premium Outlets, center is adding 185,000 square-feet
Livermore's outlet center at El Charro Road and I-580, now renamed San Francisco Premium Outlets, will open a new 185,000 square-foot addition Aug. 13, with 35 new stores coming to the new section before the Christmas holidays.

June 23, 2015 | 4 comments
'Safe and Sane' fireworks go on sale in Dublin starting Sunday

Sales benefit local non-profits, service organizations
"Safe and Sane" fireworks will go on sale in Dublin starting Sunday with sales kiosks in the central business districts staffed by nonprofit organizations.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
REACH names home for disabled for retiring 22-year board member

Norm Guest, another co-founder honored for work in helping adult needy
REACH, a Tri-Valley nonprofit that provides housing and other services for developmentally disabled adults, has dedicated one of its homes to Norm Guest for his many years of service to the organization.

June 23, 2015 | 1 comment
New Sandia director is first woman to lead a national security lab

Jill Hruby will head Sandia operations in Albuquerque, Livermore
Jill M. Hruby has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country's largest national lab with headquarters in Albuquerque and its major California lab in Livermore.

June 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to meet tonight to consider interim superintendent

Closed session begins at 6 p.m., won't be televised
The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. tonight to continue deliberating on naming an interim replacement for outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who three weeks ago announced her resignation effective July 1 when she will become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District.

June 22, 2015 | 7 comments
School board set to discuss homework survey results at its regular meeting tonight

District budget, LCAP also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board will hear a report on the 2015 homework survey results Tuesday night, the last meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
SummerHill switches to condos for its Pleasanton apartment project

Cuts plans for 177 rental units to 94 ownership condos
In a move that may indicate the Pleasanton rental housing market is becoming saturated, a developer has canceled plans for a controversial 177-unit, multistory complex on West Las Positas Boulevard, switching to a 94 ownership condominium development instead.

June 19, 2015 | 5 comments
Pleasanton company built Berkeley apartment complex where 6 died in balcony collapse

Segue Construction on Koll Center Parkway handled construction of Library Gardens 8 years ago
A Pleasanton-based construction company has been identified as the contractor of the Berkeley apartment complex where six people died following a balcony collapse last Tuesday.

June 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Pedestrian injured in downtown collision

Police say alcohol, drugs not a factor in crash
An elderly man was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a street in Pleasanton, according to police.

June 19, 2015 | 2 comments
Off and running: Oak Tree horse racing at the County Fair through July 5

Pleasanton was only place we felt that there could be a future," Oak Tree director says
Oak Tree Racing, now in its second year partnering with the Alameda County Fair and the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) on a 12-day meet during the fair, has always been considered an elite horse racing organization.

June 19, 2015 | 2 comments
Take Us Along: Great Wall

Pictured are Carly and Maggie on the MuTianYu section of the Great Wall, reading a December 2004 issue of the Pleasanton Weekly with their family on the cover.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
GUEST OPINION: Pressing 'Stop' on East Pleasanton

'Stopping the planning process for now is a good decision,' Mayor Thorne says
Timing matters in our personal lives, business, politics, and even city planning. The City Council recently voted to rescind placing an advisory measure on the ballot regarding East Pleasanton in favor of stopping the entire process.

July 7, 2015 | 5 comments
'Light at the Top of the Temple' on display today at Pleasanton's Firehouse

Part of Harrington Gallery 'Repurposed' exhibit
"Light at the Top of the Temple" by Jon Kerpel is part of the Harrington Gallery's new exhibit "Repurposed," which runs from today through July 22.

June 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen reaches Mount Shasta summit

'If you push yourself and try your hardest, you can achieve anything,' she says
Foothill High's Kylia Van Horn climbed to the summit of Northern California's Mount Shasta for the first time during the Memorial Day weekend.

June 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Pirates win PNLL AAA championship

The Pirates captured the Pleasanton National Little League AAA title on June 4, using strong pitching and solid defense to outlast the AAA Astros in the hard-fought title game at Ken Mercer Sports Park.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Horseracing analysts make their picks for today's races at Alameda County Fair

Horserace analysts Dennis Miller and Randy Olson take turns advising bettors on today's The Vet vs. The Kid Handicapping Challenge Oak Tree at Day 5 of the Alameda County Fair races.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton creates traffic plan for July 4 fireworks show

Bernal Avenue will be closed between First Street, Valley Avenue
With more than 70,000 expected to come to the fireworks show and other festivities at the Alameda County Fair July 4, Pleasanton police and traffic authorities are prepared with a plan to move vehicles and pedestrians in and out of the fairgrounds safely.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Accused drunk driver pleads not guilty to mother, baby murder charges

Police say Livermore man was driving at speeds up to 99 mph on Murrieta Boulevard before accident
A Livermore man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder for killing a mother and her baby in a crash last month while he was allegedly driving drunk and speeding.

June 17, 2015 | 18 comments
Federal court reviewing right to carry concealed guns issue in California counties

State law says those with 'good moral character' can obtain permits
Eleven judges of a federal appeals court heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday but did not indicate how they will rule on whether California counties can limit law-abiding citizens in carrying concealed guns.

June 17, 2015 | 4 comments
Fire department to celebrate its famous still-burning light bulb at 11 a.m. today

Saturday's event to mark its 1-million hours of service at Livermore station
A public celebration will be held in Livermore from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to mark what is possibly the most famous light bulb in the world, one that has been burning for more than 100 years.

June 17, 2015 | No comments yet
'Ladies Day at the Races' to mark 24th year today

Annual event open to racing aficionados, first time bettors
Kay Huff will hold her 24th annual "Ladies Day at the Races" starting at 12:30 p.m. today in Section F in the Alameda County Fair grandstand.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Some Peninsula residents ordered to cut water use by 30%

Pleasanton, other nearby cities holding at 25% for now
Businesses and residents in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and other parts of the south Peninsula, including portions of San Jose, and have been ordered to cut water consumption by 30% or face severe penalties. The reduction could be among the highest, if not the highest water conservation mandate in the state.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Court upholds right of cities to require affordable housing in new developments

Rules that developers of 20 or more units must make 15% available to those with low to moderate incomes
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in San Francisco Monday that cities have the right to require developers to make a portion of new units available as affordable housing.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Ceremony marks Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare merger

New medical system is region's market share leader
Hundreds turned out for this month's community ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the merger of ValleyCare Health System into the much larger Stanford Health Care organization.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker opposes Legislature's budget plan

Urges governor to reject 'reckless spending plan
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) voted no on the record-high budget that Assembly and Senate Democrats passed Monday.

June 15, 2015 | 6 comments
Zone 7 hikes its new fiscal year budget by $7.6 million

Agency says it needs more money due to less revenue as public cuts back water consumption
Zone 7 Water Agency's board of directors have approved a $124.2-million budget for the coming fiscal year, a $7.6 million increase over the current year.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Builder confidence hits yearly high in June

Highest reading across U.S. since September 2014
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in June rose five points to the highest reading since September 2014.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Local teen receives $4,000 scholarship

One of nine students awarded
A Pleasanton teen was awarded a scholarship from the ValleyCare Auxiliary, which gives scholarships to high school seniors planning to enter the health care field.

June 17, 2015 | 3 comments
Nuclear security contractor awards scholarships to 2 Livermore students

$5,000 grants given annually to engineering, science majors
Megan Kristovich and Katie Johnston, both graduates of Livermore High School, have been awarded $5,000 scholarships by National Security Technologies.

June 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Indiana man arrested for suspected Pleasanton robbery

Takes pack of gum after gas station employee persuades robber to leave
A 22-year-old transient from Indiana was arrested early Monday morning for suspected robbery at the Chevron gas station on Santa Rita Road.

June 16, 2015 | 6 comments
County's budget shortfall will cause cuts in health care, sheriff's office

Underfunded county social programs impacted by lingering recession
Alameda County administrator Susan Muranishi said Monday that a $65-million funding gap for the 2015/2016 fiscal year that starts July 1 will force reductions in several key areas of county programs.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
OPINION: Good times are back as city revenues soar past $106 million

Municipal revenue projected to increase by $6.1 million or 6% in coming fiscal year
Newly hired Pleasanton Finance Director Tina Olson just presented her first full-year municipal budget to the City Council, and it's a winner.

June 15, 2015 | 3 comments
Investigators release details from Livermore plane crash

Pilot killed in crash was Pleasanton resident
Investigators have released preliminary information about a fatal plane crash earlier this month outside of Livermore.

June 13, 2015 | No comments yet
School board appoints Dianne Howell as interim HR chief

Interim superintendent discussion continues June 22 at closed session meeting
The Pleasanton school board appointed Dianne Howell as the interim assistant superintendent of human resources, but did not name an interim replacement for outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi during its special board meeting Friday morning.

June 12, 2015 | 31 comments
BART directors approve $1.6-billion budget for year starting July 1

Budget will allow BART to put 30 more train cars in service during peak periods
BART directors voted Thursday to approve a $1.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year that they said is aimed at increasing train passenger capacity, improving station cleanliness and ensuring that more trains arrive on time.

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley repeats as softball champs

Dons battle through section tourney, win final 5-1
The Amador Valley Dons varsity softball team won its second straight sectional title last weekend, capping their postseason run with a 5-1 victory over Union City's James Logan High in the tournament final.

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Celebrating Giants' title with Pleasanton connection

Foothill grad/Giants SS Crawford meets with Pleasanton's congressman at White House event
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 graduate of Foothill High, met with Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) last week during the White House celebration honoring the Giants' 2014 World Series victory.

June 12, 2015 | 4 comments
People and pets connect at Stoneridge Creek

Canine residents considered a welcome part of life
When Paula Brown moved into Stoneridge Creek retirement community a year ago, she faced a good deal of downsizing. But no way would this include her Doberman, Jewel, who weighs about 75 pounds.

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Congratulations to the class of 2015

Pleasanton high schools graduate hundreds of seniors
More than 1,100 students graduated from Pleasanton's high schools this week. Horizon and Village high schools held their commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, while Foothill and Amador Valley high schools held their graduations Friday night.

June 12, 2015 | 1 comment
School board holding special meeting on superintendent, HR chief replacements

Board directs legal counsel to prepare, negotiate contracts for candidates
The school board is set to consider the appointments of interim replacements for Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi and assistant superintendent of Human Resources Bill Faraghan during a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. today in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

June 11, 2015 | 8 comments
Dublin police arrest man suspected of home invasion, robbery

Couple tied up, but wife wrestles free, calls 911
Police announced Tuesday the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in Dublin on Friday.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Good news for Ducks fans, students: Nonstop flights to Eugene

Alaska Airlines starting service from San Jose Nov. 5
Alaska Airlines has announced that it will launch nonstop service between Mineta San Jose International Airport and Eugene, Oregon, starting Nov.5.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
School board holds off naming interim superintendent, chief of Human Resources

School board directs legal counsel to prepare, negotiate contracts for candidates
The Pleasanton school board did not take any formal action Tuesday night on the appointments of interim replacements for Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi and assistant superintendent of Human Resources Bill Faraghan.

June 10, 2015 | 27 comments
Baker hosts open house at new district office

First-term assemblywoman moves to San Ramon's Bishop Ranch 6
Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) publicly welcomed the community to her new district office in San Ramon during an open house Tuesday evening.

June 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Alameda County Fair closed today; opens again Tuesday

Deep-Fried Wood Fired Pastrami Pizza wins 1st place in Fair's Snackdown competition
The Alameda County Fair is closed today to give the hundreds working there, including the race horses, a much-needed day off.

June 10, 2015 | 36 comments
Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run this morning on Main Street

More than 2,000 runners expected for Pleasanton's 22nd annual event
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding its 22nd annual Father's Day Spirit Run Sunday, with all events starting under the Main Street Arch in downtown Pleasanton.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
'What's Up' big band at Pleasanton Library at 2 p.m. today

Band to include swing era music, plus music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, others
A regional favorite, the "What's Up" big band, will offer a free performance starting at 2 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Public Library.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD welcomes two new hires

Animal services officer, police dispatcher join Pleasanton Police Department
The Pleasanton Police Department has announced two new appointments to its organization, animal services officer Frankie Blavet and police dispatcher Deann Fiance.

June 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore man gets 11 years for killing his 6-month-old son

Robert Daily III, construction worker with prior convictions, pleads no contest to 2013 murder charge,
A 29-year-old Livermore man who had been charged with murder for the death of his 6-month-old baby boy two years ago has pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in state prison, according to court records.

June 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Golden Eagle couple losing good views of Mt. Diablo

City Council OK's new house on adjacent lot that will block view
Candileigh and Gary Monzo will soon lose the majestic view they've had of Mount Diablo and adjacent hills since moving to their spacious home in the gated Golden Eagle Farm community in the 1990s.

June 8, 2015 | 15 comments
Council meets again tonight to consider controversial East Side land use plans

Planning process could be stopped until California's drought is over
The Pleasanton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight to take action on pending plans for developing 1,100 acres of the city's mostly vacant East Side.

June 10, 2015 | 7 comments
Assemblywoman Baker to host open house at new district office tonight

Meet-and-great event is free, open to public
Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) will host an open house in her new district office at San Ramon's Bishop Ranch starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

June 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Growing opportunities through Sunflower Hill

Sunflower Hill strives to help young adults with special needs gain independence
Opportunities to build skills and gain independence are not so easy or clear-cut for the families of adult children with special needs. Susan Houghton discovered this when her son, Robby, aged out of the California school system last year, at the age of 22.

June 4, 2015 | 6 comments
Pleasanton woman takes 4th in bocce world championships

'No one expected this, to be honest,' Bernardi says of her high finish
Pleasanton native Navina Bernardi returned home from the bocce world championships earlier this spring having surpassed even her own expectations with a fourth-place finish in her first-ever appearance in the tournament that features some of the best bocce players in the world.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Las Positas hires new basketball coach

Livermore's James Giacomazzi to take over men's program
Livermore resident James Giacomazzi has been named the new men's basketball coach at Las Positas College, taking the reins this summer as the third head coach in program history.

June 6, 2015 | No comments yet
School board to consider naming interim superintendent, new chief of Human Resources tonight

Ahmadi moving to Castro Valley school district; Faraghan retiring
The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon to consider appointing an interim replacement for Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who will leave July 1 to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District.

June 4, 2015 | 33 comments
PPIE announces 2015 'Innovative Education Grant' winners

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced Wednesday its 2015 Innovative Education grant recipients, awarding almost $40,000 to 19 educators from a variety of elementary, middle school and high schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Fialho adds title of Housing Authority director to his City Manager title

New responsibilities come as new complex for seniors nears construction
Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho has added a new title to his position with the city: Executive Director of the city's Housing Authority.

June 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Council to meet again June 16 to consider controversial East Side land use plans

Mayor scuttles plan to seek voters' views after county says special election would cost $500,000
The Pleasanton City Council will meet July 16 to take action on pending plans for developing 1,100 acres of the city's mostly vacant East Side.

June 3, 2015 | 8 comments
Registration for slow-pitch adult softball leagues now open

New this year is women's masters league for 35 and older
Registration for slow-pitch adult softball leagues in Pleasanton is now open.

June 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab's science program for 5th graders starts today

Identical sessions will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 12
"Fun With Science," an educational outreach program designed for children at the fifth grade level, will be offered free of charge on six Wednesdays starting today by the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

June 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker's 'Cancer Survivors Day' resolution passes off Assembly floor

Bill aims to bring awareness of challenges survivors face
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), whose district includes Pleasanton, announced Tuesday that her bill, that designates Sunday, June 7, 2015 as California Cancer Survivors Day, has passed off the Assembly Floor.

June 3, 2015 | No comments yet
School board set to discuss superintendent search at 6 p.m. tonight

Appointment of interim superintendent, assistant superintendent of human resources also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss and possibly take action to conduct a search for a replacement for Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who is resigning from the school district after accepting an offer to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District starting July 1.

June 3, 2015 | 19 comments
2-story restaurant OK'd for old Union Jack Pub site

Main Street lot boarded up since 2007
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has given final approval for the construction of a new two-story restaurant and commercial building downtown at 725 Main St., at the site where the Union Jack Pub was torn down in 2007.

June 2, 2015 | 26 comments
Pilot killed in plane crash Monday was Pleasanton resident

Michael Seal, 75, had just taken off from Livermore Airport
A pilot killed in a plane crash Monday night north of Livermore in unincorporated Alameda County has been identified as 75-year-old Michael Seal of Pleasanton.

June 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Widow of slain officer sues BART over husband's shooting death in Dublin

Sgt. Thomas Smith Jr. killed by fellow officer during house search
The widow of BART police Sgt. Thomas Smith Jr., of San Ramon, alleges in a federal lawsuit that the department repeatedly denied his requests for additional training or use of its SWAT team during high-risk searches before he was inadvertently shot dead by a colleague in a search in Dublin last year.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Raley's hires new chief operating officer

Keith Knopf led retail operations at Kohl's
Raley's has named Keith Knopf as Chief Operating Officer of its grocery chain, responsible for overseeing daily corporate operations, sales, merchandising as well as marketing and advertising.

June 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Castro Valley man arrested for suspected lewd acts at local daycare

Police say suspect, 22, abused teenage girl at Busy Bees, now Building Kidz preschool
An employee at a Pleasanton day care center was charged Monday with lewd and lascivious acts with a teen girl.

June 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Library to launch 'Destination Read' summer program today

Reading during summer months helps children avoid 'summer slide,' research shows
Don't be surprised when you walk into the Pleasanton public library Saturday and see the staff dressed for a trip.

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley ROP awarded $5.9 million for CTE

Grant awarded to 39 other California programs
The Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program (TV-ROP) was awarded $5.9 million for career technical education (CTE) after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson awarded $244 million in grants to 40 programs.

June 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Auto theft suspect arrested after car runs out of gas

Driver leads Pleasanton police on pursuit
A 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday evening after leading Pleasanton police officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the vehicle ran out of gas.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's school superintendent resigns, takes Castro Valley post

In surprise email sent late Thursday night, Parvin Ahmadi says she starts new job July 1
Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi is resigning from the school district after accepting an offer to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District starting July 1.

May 29, 2015 | 26 comments
San Ramon Regional, John Muir to start work on new health center in Pleasanton today

Pleasanton Outpatient Center will offer wide range of medical services at Owens Drive location
San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health will hold a ceremony at noon today to mark the start of major renovations of a building at 5860 Owens Drive in Pleasanton where their new jointly-operated Pleasanton Outpatient Center will be located

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Glazer sworn in as state senator in 7th District, which includes Pleasanton

Orinda Democrat wins by 9%; voter turnout 26.07%, per final totals
The Tri-Valley has a new state senator, with Orinda Democrat Steve Glazer taking the oath of office at the State Capitol on Thursday morning.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Final day for Goodguys 22nd Summer Get-Together at Fairgrounds

Display of custom bicycles joins hot rods, muscle cars for 2-day show
The Goodguys 22nd Summer Get-Together ends its two-day run Sunday at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in a show that's attracting thousands of hot rods, custom and classic car aficianados.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab breaks ground on $9.9 million supercomputing center

Facility to meet growing demand for high performance computing
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory broke ground Thursday on a modular and sustainable supercomputing facility that modernize Livermore's computing infrastructure and meet growing demand.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Health Fair at Firehouse Arts Center from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. today

Free admission, health screenings
The Tri-Valley Health Initiative, in conjunction with the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District, will host the 2015 Health Fair Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 1, 2015 | No comments yet
73-year-old man killed in mobile home fire identified

Blaze at 6539 Southfront Road burns 2 manufactured homes
A man who died in a burning mobile home in Livermore on Wednesday afternoon was identified yesterday as 73-year-old Vernon Sweeney.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man dies at Grand Canyon

Khushalbai F. Patel, 82, collapses near visitor center
An 82-year-old Pleasanton man died May 24 after collapsing near the Grand Canyon National Park visitor center.

May 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Flying on a B-24: A reporter's experience

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity aboard World War II bomber plane
I've always loved flying in airplanes, since I was a little girl. So when asked if I wanted to go on a flight in a World War II bomber plane, of course I couldn't turn down that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

May 29, 2015 | 11 comments
Hook & Ladder event today to benefit children who have suffered major burns

Run through Livermore vineyards begins at 8 a.m. on Arroyo Road
Run for fun, exercise and to help injured firefighters and burn victims at the seventh annual Hook & Ladder Run through the vineyards starting at 8 a.m. today.

June 1, 2015 | No comments yet
'Dancing Harp Strings' comes to Firehouse at 2 p.m. today

Young harpists to perform music of famous composers
"Dancing Harp Strings", a concert featuring the winners of Northern California's Yvonne La Mothe biannual harp competition, will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. Sunday.

June 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Museum hosts 'An Evening with FDR' at Pleasanton Firehouse tonight

Peter Small takes to stage as America's 32nd president
Pleasanton will play host to a discussion of one of America's most recognizable presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, at 7 p.m. tonight as part of the Museum on Main's recurring speaker series at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

June 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Humphrey earns Eagle Scout

Senior at Amador Valley High has earned 36 merit badges, Bronze Palm
Nicholas James Humphrey of Troop 941 in Pleasanton was presented his Eagle Scout Medal, the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, at an Eagle Court of Honor on April 25 in Pleasanton.

May 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Cupertino cancels July 4th fireworks because of drought

Fireworks still planned in Livermore, Pleasanton Fairgrounds
Cupertino city officials announced Wednesday that they have canceled a Fourth of July fireworks show this year due to concerns
surrounding the state drought.

May 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Livermore man dies in mobile home fire

Blaze at 6539 Southfront Road burns 2 manufactured homes
A man was found dead following a fire at a mobile home park in Livermore Wednesday afternoon.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Glazer takes oath of office as State Senator in 7th District

Elected to complete unexpired term of now-Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Steve Glazer was sworn in as the Tri-Valley's new state senator in a ceremony this morning in Sacramento.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Local teams earn top awards at Global Finals

Two of seven Pleasanton teams bring home top awards
Seven Pleasanton teams competed at the Destination Imagination Global Finals last weekend, with two of the teams bringing home top awards.

May 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton schools' graduation rate above California results

PUSD sees 95.7% high school grad rate in 2014, better than figures countywide (82.8%) and statewide (80.8%)
California's high school graduation rate increased in 2014 for the fifth year in a row, but it remained lower than results seen locally, according to data released April 28 by the state's Department of Education.

May 31, 2015 | 12 comments
Assemblywoman Baker holding community coffee in Livermore at 9-10:30 this morning

'Meet-and-greet' event starts at 9 a.m. at Robert Livermore center
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), whose district includes Pleasanton, will hold a community coffee event Saturday at the Robert Livermore Community Center.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Region's home prices rising faster than in rest of U.S.

Only area not seeing gains is New York City
Home prices in the Bay Area, including Alameda County, grew faster during the past year than prices in any other U.S. city surveyed, according to a report released Tuesday.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board receives updates on district programs, May Revision

Calendar committee also chosen during Tuesday's meeting
The Pleasanton school board received updates Tuesday night on a number of district programs, including Career Technical Education (CTE), Tri-Valley Regional Occupation, the District Technology Plan and Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Concert at 3 p.m. today to feature sacred, secular music

'Shine Like the Sun' musical at Our Savior Lutheran Church
"Shine Like the Sun," a free concert of light sacred and secular music, will be presented by the musicians of Our Savior Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 1385 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
New-home sales up 6.8% nationally, but down 2.3% in western states

Builders see continuing, gradual improvement in housing market
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 517,000 units in April, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Another 1st Wednesday Street Party this week

Event aims to promote economic vitality, hometown character of downtown Pleasanton
The Pleasanton Downtown Association will host the second 1st Wednesday Street Party of the year this week, featuring live music throughout the evening and 200 vendor booths displaying a wide assortment of services and merchandise.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell introduces 'Main Street Revival' bill

Legislation would let some small businesses defer payroll tax payment for first year
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) joined a Republican colleague last week in introducing a bill to allow certain small businesses to defer paying payroll taxes during their first year in operation.

May 27, 2015 | 8 comments
It's 1st Wednesday in Pleasanton's downtown tonight

Live music, local art, farmers' market among activities
Downtown Pleasanton's "Jump into Summer" themed 1st Wednesday Street Party kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight with live music, local art and a farmers market.

June 1, 2015 | 1 comment
U.S. Supreme Court action upholds county's 'take-back' drug ordinance

Law makes manufacturers responsible for unused medicines disposal costs
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday denying a bid by pharmaceutical associations to block enforcement of a Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance passed by Alameda County supervisors in 2012.

May 26, 2015 | 3 comments
Hundreds turn out for Memorial Day ceremonies in Pleasanton

Speakers include Mayor Thorne, Camp Parks commander Gerdes
One of the largest crowds ever turned out yesterday for Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day ceremony just outside the city's Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
San Francisco charity serves 4,000 meals to veterans, others

St. Anthony Foundation event held annually on Memorial Day
St. Anthony's Foundation in San Francisco opened its doors to thousands of people Monday, including veterans seeking a free warm meal.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
'Take Us Along' photo looks familiar -- kind of

Well, that seems familiar: Keith Barlow took the Pleasanton Weekly to its street counterpart, Pleasonton Road at Fort Bliss in Texas.

May 25, 2015 | 1 comment
San Mateo Bridge reopens to traffic after 2 days of road work

Both directions of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge are now open this morning after road crews finished repairs and maintenance on the bridge over the weekend.

May 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Pilot who died in small plane crash near Pleasanton identified

Andrew Morse, 66, of Lafayette, was way to Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has released the name of the pilot who was found dead in a plane crash Thursday morning in a hilly, rural area west of Pleasanton.

May 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Small plane crash near Pleasanton kills pilot

Plane flying out of Concord airport goes down in hills between Pleasanton, Castro Valley near Rowell Ranch Rodeo
A man is dead after a plane crashed in rural Alameda County Thursday morning. Investigators found the plane at about 8:30 a.m.

May 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Local students honored for math, science achievements

Mentorship opportunities key to Sandia recognition program
Sandia National Laboratories presented its annual math and science awards May 20 to 31 girls from Bay Area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential -- with three of the girls from Pleasanton schools.

May 23, 2015 | No comments yet
School board to discuss 'School Facility Fee Justification Study' tonight

District Technology Plan, Governor's May Revision, poll for possible parcel tax also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board is set to hear a report and possibly take action on the School Facility Fee Justification Study during its board meeting Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

May 25, 2015 | 3 comments
San Jose reaches 1 million in population

Now one of 10 most populated cities in U.S.
Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday show that San Jose's population has exceeded 1 million people, making the city the 10th in the country to reach that size.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Driver of car that killed mother, baby in Livermore charged with murder

Debris from crash also struck, injured 2 boys ages 6 and 7
An alleged drunk driver was charged with two counts of murder Thursday for the deaths of a mother and her baby in a crash in Livermore earlier this month.

May 22, 2015 | 4 comments
It's Memorial Day weekend

Fly the flag, honor our veterans
Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Seahawks standouts chosen for Select Camp

Miranda Heckman and Christopher Jhong of the Pleasanton Seahawks have been selected to attend the Zone Select Camp at Arizona State University on May 28-31 representing the Western Zone.

May 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Memorial Day ceremonies start at 10:30 this morning in Pleasanton

Fly the flag, honor our veterans
Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will start at 10:30 a.m. today in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri for Fun returns to Shadow Cliffs today

Annual triathlon series back for 28th year
Roughly 700 athletes of all experience levels are expected to be on hand Saturday for the first Tri for Fun triathlon event of the annual series put on by On Your Mark Events at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Young martial artist earns 2 medals

Stars at Northern California Western States Invitational Tournament
Six-year-old Neela Mandal, who trains at Tri-Valley Karate in Pleasanton, earned first- and second-place medals during the 2015 USANKF of Northern California Western States Invitational Tournament held late last month in Stockton.

May 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Departed loved ones are only a thought away, medium says

National tour includes Tommy T's in Pleasanton next Sunday
When Cindy Kaza is on stage, she isn't just in touch with her audience, she is also in touch with their departed loved ones.

May 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Old-style revue at Pleasanton's Firehouse at 2 p.m. today

The Swingin' Blue Stars of USS Hornet presenting 'Thanks for the Memories'
The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet will present "Thanks for the Memories," a Memorial Day weekend USO Revue, in their fifth annual appearance at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. today.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Neil Diamond tribute at Firehouse at 8 p.m. tonight

High-octane show to feature band's renditions of Diamond classics
The Firehouse Arts Center will host a concert by the Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond at 8 p.m.tonight.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Whole Foods opens to huge crowds in Dublin

A look inside the store ahead of opening shows market's environmental push
Crowds filled the sidewalks and part of the parking lot Wednesday for the grand opening of Whole Foods' 43rd Bay Area market in Dublin's new Persimmon Square.

May 20, 2015 | 24 comments
East Side's future will be decided by Pleasanton voters Nov. 3

After 3 hours of debate, Council calls for public balloting
In a surprise move, the Pleasanton City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday to skirt the multiple choices under consideration affecting the East Side planing process and ask voters to make the decision in a special advisory balloting on Nov. 3.

May 20, 2015 | 42 comments
Pleasanton schools celebrate Classified Employees Week, which ends today

District praises workers for critical services they provide
Pleasanton Unified School District has been recognizing its classified employees during Classified Employees Week, which ends Friday.

May 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Oak Tree horse racing returns to Alameda County Fair

Jockeys compete for $1.7 million in prize money
With $1.7 million in purses and six stakes races over a 12-day race meet, the Oak Tree Racing Association will be returning to the Alameda County Fair, beginning June 18 through July 5.

May 23, 2015 | 2 comments
Glazer finishes Election Night on top

Margin of 10,200+ ballots with voter turnout at 23.1%, per unofficial Tuesday results in State Senate contest
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer appears headed to the California State Senate after posting a nearly double-digit lead on Election Night in the special runoff election for the District 7 seat.

May 20, 2015 | 17 comments
Alameda County Fair announces new concert performer

Discount days, donation drive information also released
Alameda County Fair organizers have announced that the rock band Berlin will close out this summer's 17-act "Big O Tires Concert Series."

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford Health Care takes over ValleyCare

New signs go up after final documents signed
Stanford Health Care's acquisition of ValleyCare Health System was completed Monday with new signs identifying the new owner now in place, including at the medical center in Pleasanton.

May 19, 2015 | 6 comments
Harvest Park students recognized for academic excellence

School rated among top 10 in world in Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth search
Over 20 students from Harvest Park Middle School were honored as some of the brightest young people in the world at regional award ceremonies for academically advanced children, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

May 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Fuel-cell-powered cars go on display today at AC Transit headquarters

Transit agency hosting show for government, business leaders
Three fuel cell electric passenger vehicles will be on display from 1-5 p.m. today at the AC Transit headquarters in Oakland in a program arranged by Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development.

May 19, 2015 | 1 comment
City Council meets tonight to consider East Side planning process

Only 4 on council can vote to stop or continue development plan
The Pleasanton City Council tonight will vote on whether to continue planning possible development of the city's East Side or scuttle the planning work altogether.

May 19, 2015 | 17 comments
Stanford's name goes on ValleyCare Medical Center

Although there's been no official announcement, signs being posted at ValleyCare Medical Center show ValleyCare has a new name: Stanford Health Care.

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Protesters oppose East Side planning

200 jam city meeting, but don't like what they hear
Nearly 200 crowded into the Pleasanton City Council chamber two weeks ago to hear about proposed land-use plans for the city's East Side.

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Voters to elect new State Senator for District 7 today

Polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. in balloting for Susan Bonilla or Steve Glazer
Voters in Pleasanton and other parts of the East Bay are poised to decide their next state senator Tuesday, with Democrats Steve Glazer and Susan Bonilla squaring off in the special runoff election.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Repaving work causing delays on some Dublin streets

Most work in business districts will be done at night
Repaving work on several major Dublin streets is now underway, causing some traffic delays in the coming weeks.

May 21, 2015 | 1 comment
San Mateo-Hayward Bridge closed until 5 a.m. tomorrow

Caltrans crews resurfacing, treating deck structure
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge will reopen at 5 a.m. tomorrow, Memorial Day after being closed since Friday night for the second time this month as Caltrans crews continued to resurface and treat the deck structure, as well as perform maintenance repairs.

May 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Raley's continues long-term family ownership

Mike Teel becomes 3rd generation majority owner
Jim and Joyce Raley Teel have announced they will transfer majority ownership of Raley's supermarkets to their son, Michael Teel, the company's president and chief executive officer.

May 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Local students graduate with honors from SDSU

Four students from Amador Valley High
Five Tri-Valley students were recognized as honors graduates this past weekend at San Diego State University's graduation, with four of the students being Amador Valley High School alumni.

May 23, 2015 | No comments yet
DSRSD board to decide on drought management program tonight

Public encouraged to participate in discussion
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board of Directors is scheduled to meet tonight for its regular board meeting, during which they will be making decisions regarding drought regulations.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire investigators looking into cause of Sunday's grass fire along I-580

75 acres burned just off freeway near Altamont Pass
Fire crews contained a roughly 75-acre grass fire in the center divide of Interstate Highway 580 in Alameda County Sunday afternoon.

May 17, 2015 | 1 comment
BART to open 2 hours early today for Bay to Breakers race

BART is opening early this morning to serve riders traveling to the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco.

May 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Open house draws crowds to Pleasanton police event

Family-focused festivity gives public close look at city's law enforcement
Nearly 2,000 turned out Saturday for the Pleasanton Police Department's open house, a fun family event that offered residents a comprehensive overview of the city's services, programs and activities.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Police Department's open house

May 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Planning commission OK's new restaurant on Main Street

May 16, 2015 | No comments yet
School district helps meet city's booming tennis demands

Trial six-month "shared use" arrangement will open courts at Amador Valley High to public again
At long last, an agreement between the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton school district will allow the unlocking of tennis courts at Amador Valley High School to help meet surging demand by avid players for more courts.

May 16, 2015 | 4 comments
AVHS DECA triumphs at competition

Team brought home a third of California DECA's awards
Amador Valley High School's DECA team earned high honors at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

May 17, 2015 | 1 comment
UC freezes undergraduate tuition for in-state students for 2 years

Tuition will remain flat at $12,804, but climb to $38,750 for out-of-state students
University of California tuition for California residents will freeze for the next two years in exchange for increased state funding under an agreement between the university system and Gov. Jerry Brown.

May 31, 2015 | 5 comments
Tracy man seized on charge of shooting at Livermore cop

Woman accomplice also arrested on earlier incident
Livermore police have arrested a Tracy man who they say opened fire on an officer early Thursday morning.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Police department's public 'Open House' closes at 4 p.m. today

Department unveils first-ever 'brand' platform for the organization
The Pleasanton Police Department will hold a public open house starting at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. today where it will unveil its new "brand" platform for the organization.

May 15, 2015 | 6 comments
California metro areas continue to lead U.S. as offering least affordable housing

Sandusky, Ohio has lowest home prices, home builders report says
Lower interest rates and home prices contributed to a solid boost in housing affordability in the many parts of the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015, but not here in the Bay Area or other metropolitan areas of California.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Nonlead ammunition requirements for hunters start in some areas July 1

State Fish and Wildlife lands imposing new rules ahead of Legislature's deadline
Nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state starting July 1.

June 24, 2015 | 15 comments
Policing in Pleasanton

Chief Spiller discusses department's growth, goals for future
In a recent interview, Pleasanton police chief Dave Spiller reflected on his time in Pleasanton and talked about his goals moving forward, the current state of the department and changes on the horizon, including a new department brand and tomorrow's Open House.

May 15, 2015 | 9 comments
Livermore police searching for man who fired shots at officer this morning

Turns and fires at police while walking on Chestnut Street
Livermore police are searching for a suspect who fired shots at an officer early this morning.

May 14, 2015 | 16 comments
Pleasanton student with mild Tourette syndrome wins national speech contest

19 year-old takes top spot out of 70 competitors nationwide
A Las Positas College student is being praised for her victory at a national speech championship last month despite having a mild form of a neurological disorder.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
'Strings in Every Which Way' at Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. today

Chamber Players performing Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky
Pleasanton Chamber Players, an eclectic group of local professional musicians, will present a program dubbed "Strings in Every Which Way" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Ancient music comes to Pleasanton Library at 2 p.m. today

Guqin music dates back 3,000 years
Guqin music master Fei Wang will perform at the Pleasanton Library this Sunday, playing China's oldest string music, the plucked seven-string guqin, part of the zither family.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High makes a Beatles connection tonight

Talented string musicians will join in touring tribute
When the fabulous mop-topped foursome comes to the Bankhead Theater at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the renowned tribute band Abbey Road, they will be joined by four fab string musicians from Amador Valley High. School.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD Roadrunners take golds

The Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) Roadrunners track and field team had a strong showing at the Special Olympics Northern California competition at Amador Valley High earlier this month.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Seahawks soar at Moraga meet

The Pleasanton Seahawks posted dozens of top times and new personal bests while competing at the Speedo Far Western Championships meet held in Moraga last month.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador benefit today for earthquake victims in Nepal

'Run 4 Relief' event goal is $15,000
Amador Valley High School is hosting a benefit run Wednesday for victims of the earthquakes in Nepal.

May 13, 2015 | 1 comment
School board hears update on middle school laptop program

Laptops would be part of instruction starting in 6th grade next fall
District staff provided an update on the expansion of technology at the middle schools during Tuesday night's Pleasanton school board meeting.

May 13, 2015 | 1 comment
PPIE announces 'Giving Fund' results

Organization presents Pleasanton school district with check for $515,000
The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) has announced the results of the 2015-2016 Giving Fund Campaign, which culminated at the third annual Run for Education event on April 12.

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Local students in Knoxville for Destination Imagination finals today

11 Pleasanton students taking part in 'problem-solving' global competition
Two teams of Pleasanton students are in Knoxville, Tenn. for three days at the 2015 Destination Imagination Global Finals -- one of the largest creative-thinking and problem-solving competitions in the world.

May 17, 2015 | 3 comments
Foothill culinary team hosts pop-up restaurant tonight

ProStart chef team selling tickets online for $50
Foothill High School's first ProStart chef team will showcase its award-winning three-course meal at a special pop-up restaurant on the school's campus from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 project recognized in statewide competition

Award recognizes projects in water resources management
A unique pilot project that Zone 7 Water Agency, Pleasanton's wholesale water retailer, undertook to enhance a section of the Arroyo Mocho flood control channel in Livermore was a recent finalist in the Association of California Water Agencies' 2015 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Toyota receives LEED certification

Agency is 35th Toyota dealer to be certified
The Livermore Toyota dealership was honored last week with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the 35th Toyota dealer in the country to receive the award.

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Glazer, Bonilla joust over campaigning at BART

State Senate District 7 special election set for next Tueday
With the special election for State Senate District 7 just six days away, candidate Steve Glazer is accusing BART unions of illegally campaigning against him at BART workplaces while his opponent, Susan Bonilla, has accused Glazer of inappropriate campaign activities on BART platforms and property.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
It's Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day

Thousands expected to participate throughout Alameda County
It's Bike to Work and Bike to School Day with thousands in Pleasanton and throughout of Alameda County riding their bikes today where they can.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Hart Middle School named 'California Golden Ribbon School'

Award recognizes schools that have made gains in implementing academic content, performance standards
Hart Middle School has been named a 2015 California Golden Ribbon School.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Aedes aegypti mosquito found in Alameda County

Potential to transmit viruses, including dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya
The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been detected in an industrial area in Hayward by the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin Farmers' Market to celebrate 'Craft Beer Week' today

'Live Healthy Dublin' awards also to be announced at Emerald Glen Park event
In honor of "Craft Beer Week," there will be a special beer tasting at the Dublin Farmers' Market Thursday featuring four local breweries.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Happy Mothers Day from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly

This is the year's most popular holiday for dining out
Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine.[

May 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Weekly wins top honors in statewide contest

Nearly 4,000 entries in prestigious 2014 Better Newspaper Contest
The Pleasanton Weekly won prestigious first-place awards in four key categories among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category Saturday in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association's (CNPA) 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.

May 9, 2015 | 6 comments
School board set to discuss middle school laptop program tonight

Laptops would be part of instruction starting in 6th grade next fall
The Pleasanton school board is scheduled to receive an update on the expansion of technology at the middle schools during its board meeting Tuesday night.

May 11, 2015 | 22 comments
Pleasanton Chamber holding Spring Business Tradeshow tonight

35 vendors will feature their businesses, services at event open to public
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Spring Business Tradeshow and Mixer will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at the Ruby Hill Golf Club.

May 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Vranesh hearing ends

Ruling will be made within 30 days
The hearing in former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh's appeal of his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District concluded Thursday with closing arguments. The ruling for this case will be made at a later time.

May 8, 2015 | 7 comments
Meet the winners of our Mother's Day 'Look-Alike' contest

Families get involved as mothers and daughters enter competition
Looking like your mom is pretty cool. Just ask 12-year-old Kendall Harris. She and her mom Jennifer Lillard are winners of this year's Pleasanton Weekly Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest, chosen from among eight finalists by popular vote at www.PleasantonWeekly.com.

May 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Big Draw returns for third year today in downtown Pleasanton

Artists of every kind share their magic at popular festival
Downtown is center stage today as arts in every form converge for Pleasanton's third annual Big Draw arts festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 8, 2015 | 2 comments
Ireland's foremost tenor coming to Pleasanton at 3 p.m. today

Mother's Day concert taking place at Firehouse Arts Center
In a rare California appearance, Anthony Kearns, founding member of the Irish Tenors, will perform at the Firehouse Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday in a special Mother's Day concert.

May 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Oscar party to follow 'Music from the Silver Screen' this afternoon

Livermore event will raise funds for Valley Concert Chorale
Valley Concert Chorale will perform and host a special event of "Music from the Silver Screen and After Party" at First Presbyterian Church in Livermore Sunday as a fundraiser for its programs.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Nordstrom Rack now open in Dublin's new Persimmon Place center

Retailer's off-price store is 13th in Northern California, 178th in U.S.
Nordstrom Rack has opened its 35,000-square-foot store in the new Persimmon Place shopping center in Dublin, the first major retailer at the 173,410-square-foot open air shopping center.

May 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Council honors Rotary's 50 years of service in Pleasanton

Declares this as "Rotary Week' with proclamation
The Pleasanton City Council commended the city's three Rotary clubs Tuesday for their service to the community and named this as "Rotary Week" in honor of Rotary's 50th anniversary in the city.

May 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Vranesh: Pleasanton School District retaliated after he filed complaint

3rd and final week of hearings on Walnut Grove Elementary principal's termination underway
Former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh alleged during his testimony April 29 he was put on administrative leave in October 2013 from the Pleasanton Unified School District in retaliation for raising health and safety concerns at the school site.

May 6, 2015 | 31 comments
Alameda County Fair seeks contest entries

Entry deadline is May 20
The 2015 Alameda County Fair is looking for entries for its exhibits, contests and competitions this year.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Looking for ValleyCare Medical Center? Look up the address first

Hospital's familiar signs go down as Stanford prepares to take over
If you know someone searching for ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, make sure you give them the street address. They'll need it.

May 6, 2015 | 1 comment
No charges sought yet against man in alleged DUI fatal crash

Arraignment postponed until May 28
Alameda County prosecutors said yesterday they aren't yet filing charges against an alleged drunk driver who killed a mother and her baby in a crash in Livermore on Saturday night.

May 5, 2015 | 16 comments
6 high school teachers, coach win Crystal Apple Awards

12th annual program held at LDS church in Pleasanton
Crystal Apple Awards have been presented to six high school teachers and a long-time coach in a program recognizing them for making a significant impact on their students' lives.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Challenge Success leader to talk about raising healthy kids tonight

Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series hosting final program
The city of Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series will wrap up its school-year program Wednesday with a special presentation for parents entitled "A Healthy Approach to Extracurricular Activities."

May 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Arraignment set today for driver of car that killed Livermore mother, her 14-month-old daughter

Victims were struck when vehicle crashed through fence off Murrieta Boulevard
The driver involved in an alleged DUI crash that took the life of a woman and her baby when a car crashed into an apartment in Livermore Saturday evening will be arraigned today on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

May 5, 2015 | 4 comments
Tri-Valley teens set to compete at Irish dancing championships

Teens from Foothill, Venture, Dublin high schools
A Pleasanton high schooler, and two other Tri-Valley students, have qualified for the Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) World Open Irish Dancing Championships coming up in June.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
AC Transit wins national honors for safety

National group cites service as '"industry-leading, innovative'
AC Transit, which serves passengers at the two Pleasanton BART stations, has been honored as exemplary by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

May 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Nonprofits to get a dime for every re-used grocery bag at Pleasanton store

Last year, New Leaf Community Market's program donated $9,455 to Pleasanton nonprofits
A Pleasanton grocery store is asking its customers to vote online this month to determine the six local nonprofits that will be beneficiaries of campaign that contributes 10-cents for every reused grocery bag.

May 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Mannion drafted by St. Louis Rams

Foothill grad goes in 3rd round, 89th overall in NFL draft
Pleasanton native Sean Mannion, a star quarterback at Foothill High and Oregon State University, was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams last week.

May 5, 2015 | 3 comments
'All clear' given after Sunday's bomb threat at Amador Valley High School

Police, school district staff conduct 'hours-long' search based on emailed warning
Pleasanton police are investigating the origin of a bomb threat against Amador Valley High School that was sent by email to the school district Sunday.

May 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Livermore woman, 14-month-old baby killed in suspected DUI crash

Family outside at get-together when driver veers off Murrieta Blvd. into backyard
The driver involved in an alleged DUI crash that took the life of woman and her baby when a car crashed into an apartment in Livermore Saturday evening was at a wine festival prior to the crash and has already been released on bail, according to police.

May 3, 2015 | 26 comments
"The Sailor's Bible" concert at 10:30 a.m. today in Livermore

Church event ties together 3 biblical accounts of rescue at sea
The children of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore will present "The Sailor's Bible" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

May 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Mall hosting moms with special event today to celebrate Mother's Day

Called 'At Indulge,' program includes day of fun with evening focused on fashions
Stoneridge Shopping Center will hold special events from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday.

May 6, 2015 | No comments yet
2 reported sexual assaults in Livermore were hoaxes

Women recant charges they were attacked separately on Arroyo Trail
Two reported sexual assaults on the Arroyo Trail in Livermore last week were hoaxes, Livermore police said Friday.

May 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Police searching for missing boy

Believed to be hanging out with old friends in Pleasanton
Pleasanton police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing juvenile, who was reported missing in February from Apple Valley, located in San Bernardino County.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Another high-density apartment complex coming to Pleasanton

Vintage Village at Bernal/Stanley will have 4-story buildings, retail center
One of Pleasanton's busiest intersections -- Stanley Boulevard where Valley and Bernal avenues connect -- is about to get more traffic, a lot more.

May 1, 2015 | 39 comments
3rd-graders make the world a better place

Vintage Hills Elementary School teacher gives his class practical experience in observing Earth Day
Vintage Hills Elementary School teacher Adam Randall is giving his class of 25 third-graders practical experience in observing last month's Earth Day.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
1st Wednesday starts at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton

Concerts in the Park, wine stroll, July 4 celebration among other summertime happenings
Pleasanton's annual 1st Wednesday street parties are back, starting at 6 p.m.tonight.

May 1, 2015 | 14 comments
Pleasanton teen improv goes intergalactic again tonight at Firehouse Arts Center

Creatures of Impulse brings new twist to spring classic
Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's teen improv troupe, takes its art form out of this world tonight in the final performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center.

May 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Students' works on display at Senior Center starting today

Charlotte Severin celebrating 22 years of teaching art in Pleaanton
Students of Charlotte Severin's Art Made Easy classes will exhibit their creations at the Pleasanton Senior Center starting with a reception from 7-9 p.m. this evening.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Fresh Works art exhibit opens at Firehouse in downtown Pleasanton

Digital manipulation uses software filters, printed on an aluminum panel
Spiral 4, a digital manipulation using software filters and printed on an aluminum panel by Steffi Gross, is one of the offerings selected by Juror Philip Linhares for the Fresh Works V Exhibition now open through June 6 at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Museum lecture tonight to feature mountain man

Fur trader is replacement for Susan B. Anthony
James Armstead will portray the mountain man, explorer and fur trader James Beckwourth at the Museum on Main's "An Evening with ..." Ed Kinney Speaker Series Tuesday, a change from the previously scheduled performance by Suzan Gallerito who was scheduled to portray Susan B. Anthony at this event.

May 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Rugged Maniac coming to Fairgrounds

Event features 25-challenge obstacle course, on-site entertainment
An intense obstacle course, a raucous festival and thousands of revelers are headed to the Alameda County Fairgrounds later this month as part of a daylong event from obstacle race company Rugged Maniac.

May 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Public ceremony at 11:15 a.m. to dedicate downtown's Rotary Park today

14-foot-tall free-standing clock honors establishment of Rotary in Pleasanton 50 years ago
A small three-quarter-acre park, now known as Main Street Green Park and located at the corner of Vervais Avenue and Main Street at the Main Street bridge over the Arroyo del Valle, will be renamed and dedicated as Rotary Park in public ceremonies that start at 11;15 a.m. today.

April 30, 2015 | 2 comments
School board receives updates on district programs

Programs include Walnut Grove extended day care, culinary programs, Response to Intervention
The Pleasanton school board heard updates about a variety of programs offered within the Pleasanton Unified School District during its meeting Tuesday night.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Brown to help cities bolster water waste enforcement

Directs state agencies to streamline environmental review of local water supply projects
Governor Jerry Brown, meeting with mayors from across the state, said he will propose legislation to help local officials better enforce conservation requirements.

April 29, 2015 | 8 comments
Author to talk about living through tyranny this morning at Lynnewood Methodist

Mother's Day sermons will deal with life during Cultural Revolution in China
Pleasanton author Margaret Zhao will deliver the sermons at two Mother's Day services this morning at Lynnewood United Methodist Church on living through the Cultural Revolution in China.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
PUSD seeks applicants for calendar committee

Applications due May 6
The Pleasanton Unified School District is looking for parent applicants for its PUSD Calendar Advisory Committee -- made up of parents, staff and students.

April 30, 2015 | No comments yet
AVHS rocket team advances to next weekend's national finals

One of four San Francisco-area teams to qualify
A team of four Amador Valley High School students has qualified for the 2015 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) in The Pains, Va. next weekend.

April 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High's 'We the People' team finishes 6th in national finals

Amador among top 10 U.S. high schools in understanding constitutional principles
The "We the People" competition civics team from Amador Valley High School finished sixth in a field of 10 finalists at the 28th Annual We the People national finals in Alexandria, Virginia Monday.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
School board set to possibly approve new math courses tonight

Culinary program, Walnut Grove extended day care also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve the new 2015-16 mathematical courses that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards during its meeting tonight.

April 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Vranesh, others testify at former Pleasanton principal's dismissal hearing

Another hearing today, then again May 6-8
Earlier testimonies were refuted and the character of one witness was questioned during testimony Monday at former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Jon Vranesh's hearing to appeal his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District.

April 28, 2015 | 4 comments
Bike to Work Day

Premier bicycling event takes place May 14
Hacienda Owners Association is hosting a lunchtime commuter workshop at its office today, a one-hour interactive classroom course funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

April 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Thorne, Olson in Sacramento today for Legislative Action Day

City mayors, council members to focus on water policies, housing, transportation issues
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilman Arne Olson will be in Sacramento today to talk to legislators about transportation, public safety, economic development, housing and infrastructure and water policy issues.

April 28, 2015 | 1 comment
'Community Night' at Dublin Farmers' Market today

City representatives to discuss Summer Camp program
Thursday is "Community Night" at the Dublin Farmers' Market.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Final neighborhood meeting tonight on East Pleasanton Specific Plan

City Council to decide May 19 whether to continue planning process
A final neighborhood meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in the Pleasanton Civic Center for the public to comment on a draft Specific Plan on possible land uses on largely undeveloped land in east Pleasanton.

April 28, 2015 | 15 comments
Pleasanton school board, City Council holding joint meeting tonight

Two governing agencies to discuss issues of mutual interest
The Pleasanton City Council and Pleasanton Unified School District board of trustees will hold their annual joint meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss issues if mutual interest.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
News from around the Bay

Bay City News report for Monday, April 27
An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a 9-year-old boy in Discovery Bay Sunday morning was arrested Sunday afternoon, a sheriff's spokesman said.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Corinthian closes Heald College campuses across Bay area

16,000 students affected at 28 campuse.
The beleaguered for-profit college franchise, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced today that it was closing its remaining campuses on Monday, including several in the Bay Area.

April 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton LDS church to honor outstanding teachers tonight

Crystal Apple Awards go to selected faculty from high schools in Pleasanton, Dublin.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold its annual Crystal Apple awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday to recognize and honor outstanding educators from high schools in Pleasanton and Dublin.

April 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police nab suspects in South Bay robbery, kidnapping

Authorities allege Tri-Valley pair set up man in Cupertino through online ad
Police in Pleasanton helped identify two suspects accused of the robbery and kidnapping of a man who met the pair in Cupertino through an online advertisement earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

April 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Voting in Weekly's Readers Choice competition ends at 5 p.m. today

Vote for best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Pleasanton
It's time once again to cast your vote for the best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Pleasanton. The online ballot is available until 5 p.m. today.

April 24, 2015 | 4 comments
Pleasanton deals with the drought

City's water czar discusses local, state water reduction efforts
In a recent interview, Pleasanton's operations services director and the city's water czar Daniel Smith talked in-depth about what the city and its residents can do to continue saving more water, in light of a possibly longer drought and the new water reductions.

April 24, 2015 | 30 comments
Patriot Awards go to Dolores Bengtson, John Sensiba

Individuals honored at Museum on Main reception
This year's recipients of the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards are Dolores Bengtson and John Sensiba.

April 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Review: Firehouse 'Fiddler' wows audience on opening night

Tevye, entire cast give outstanding performances
Continuing a 50-year tradition, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" brought the audience to thunderous applause on opening night last Friday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Settlement recipients, third claim revealed in Vranesh hearing

Invasion of privacy, emotional distress included as reasons for $245,000 payouts
On Tuesday, the first day of the hearing in former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh's appeal of his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District, the identities of two district employees who received financial settlements were revealed, along with existence of a third settlement.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
New director named to Alameda County Fair board

Rose Johnson leads Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro
Rose Johnson, a Pleasanton resident and chief executive officer of the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro since 1991, has been selected to serve on the board of the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association.

April 23, 2015 | 4 comments
Pleasanton man arrested following Lydiksen Elementary School lock down

Wednesday's lock down lifted at 2 p.m.
A 27-year-old Pleasanton resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and making criminal threats, which caused Lydiksen Elementary School to be placed on lock down.

April 23, 2015 | 9 comments
Police briefly lock down Lydiksen Elementary

Man possibly armed with a knife spotted near campus
Pleasanton's Lydiksen Elementary School was put on lockdown briefly Wednesday afternoon as police searched for a potentially armed man.

April 22, 2015 | 1 comment
AVHS students win 'Honorable Mention' for Common Core film

Students awarded $250
A film documentary produced by three Amador Valley High School students has won "Honorable Mention" in the C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition.

April 23, 2015 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Council reinstates penalties for excess water users

Mandated 25% cuts based on 2013 billings, same as last year
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night reinstated stiff monetary penalties for businesses and residents who fail to reduce their water consumption by at least 25% 's water czar starting May 15 and through most of the year.

April 22, 2015 | 158 comments
Penalties for excess water use could be reinstated by City Council tonight

2013 billing cycles would continue as baseline
The Pleasanton City Council will be asked tonight to reinstate monetary penalties for businesses and residents whose use of water exceeds the mandated 25% reduction based on comparable water bills in 2013.

April 21, 2015 | 24 comments
Pleasanton school board to hold special meeting tonight on anticipated litigation

Personnel actions, superintendent's evaluation also on agenda for closed-door meeting
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to confer with legal counsel about anticipated litigation.

April 21, 2015 | 14 comments
Police, firefighters save woman from jumping off Livermore overpass

Rescue efforts have first responders holing woman from edge of roadway while fence is cut to bring everyone to safety
Livermore police and firefighters grabbed a woman who was hovering over a bridge 30 feet above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks Friday before she could jump or fall from her perch outside a protective fence.

April 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Regional park board votes to purchase key Mt. Diablo property

260-acres to help connect thousands of acres of open space, miles of trails, major wildlife corridors
The East Bay Regional Park District board has voted to buy a pristine, wooded 260-acre property on the eastern flank of Mt. Diablo that will ultimately help connect thousands of acres of open space, miles of trails, and major wildlife corridors in eastern Contra Costa County.

April 21, 2015 | No comments yet
San Mateo Bridge reopens in time for today's morning commuter traffic

Bridge closed over weekend for resurfacing, structural repairs
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge reopened to traffic shortly after 4 a.m. this morning after being closed for the weekend for resurfacing and structural work.

May 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Milfleur in downtown Pleasanton to host Sunflower Hill Day today

20% of proceeds will be donated to nonprofit that serves those with special needs
Milfleur, a home decor and gift shop in downtown Pleasanton, will host a special shopping day today to benefit a local non-profit organization, Sunflower Hill.

April 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Body found in Sunol Wilderness believed to be missing hiker

No sign of foul play, says Park District spokeswoman
A body found in the Sunol Regional Wilderness Thursday afternoon is believed to be a 70-year-old Palo Alto man who was reported missing after he never returned from a hike there on Wednesday.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Housing production edges up 2% in March

But gains are in the East, Midwest while the West drops 19%
Nationwide housing starts rose 2% to 926,000 units in March from an upwardly revised February reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 reminds Tri-Valley to 'stay the course' during drought

Prudent for community to continue to conserve, says Zone 7
Due to high levels of water conservation in Zone 7 Water Agency's customer service area, the community is already in a position of meeting California's first-ever mandated reduction in water use, according to agency officials.

April 16, 2015 | 3 comments
PPIE 'Run for Education' raises $96k

Almost 3,000 participants on race day
The third annual Pleasanton Run for Education, a fundraiser for the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, raised a record $96,000 that will benefit the PPIE Giving Fund.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Sarah's swimathon today to benefit Children's Hospital

Leukemia-free Pleasanton girl wants to give back to hospital for love, support, medical treatment she received
Sarah Banholzer and her friends are donning their bathing suits in Pleasanton Sunday for their second annual swimathon to benefit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

April 16, 2015 | 1 comment
'Fiddler' at Pleasanton Firehouse for 3 days this weekend

Nine-time Tony Award-winning musical rich in historical, ethnic detail
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is performing "Fiddler on the Roof" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 3 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 18, 2015 | No comments yet
No drought for local home sales

Spring market heats up despite scarce water supplies
With the spring home-selling season off to a robust start, California's drought appears to be having little impact on buyers and sellers who continue to close pricey deals with multiple offers.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Tony Dennis named 'Teacher of the Year' in Pleasanton school district

13 year Amador Valley High teacher heads Project Lead the Way
Tony Dennis has been named the Pleasanton Unified School District's 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.

April 16, 2015 | 4 comments
San Jose asks U.S. Supreme Court to overturn baseball league's antitrust exemption

Law causing 'ever-increasing harm to baseball fans,' city argues
An antitrust lawsuit filed by the city of San Jose against Major
League Baseball in 2013 began its expected final chapter last week with the city's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 18, 2015 | No comments yet
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Police aim to increase education, enforcement efforts
The month of April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Scholarships for Foothill High seniors available through today

Pleasanton North Rotary awarding 3 $1,000 scholarships
Each year Pleasanton North Rotary awards scholarships to Foothill High School graduating seniors, and this year's three $1000 scholarships will go to three active and involved seniors who have left a positive mark on the community.

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
STEAM preschool proposal approved by school board

Discussion of possible parcel tax postponed to another meeting
A proposal for a STEAM Preschool was unanimously approved by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during its board meeting.

April 15, 2015 | 19 comments
Pleasanton students shine at science, engineering competition

Students bring home high honors, special awards
Over 20 Pleasanton Unified School District students participated in the annual Synopsys Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair -- with seven students taking home high honors and five receiving "Honorable Mention" or a "Special Award."

April 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Services at noon today for George Farrell, 54, who died while riding bicycle

Pleasanton engineering department veteran suffers fatal heart attack one month short of retirement
Services will be held at noon today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for George Farrell, a 25-year employee in the city of Pleasanton engineering department, who suffered a fatal heart attack March 24 while riding his bike in Del Valle Park in Livermore.,

April 14, 2015 | 6 comments
School board to consider STEAM preschool tonight

Appreciations weeks, parcel tax poll, assistant director also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve district staff's proposal for a STEAM Preschool during tonight's board meeting.

April 14, 2015 | 14 comments
Hearings continue today for Vranesh, Pleasanton school district

Former Walnut Grove principal appealing his termination
Former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh is appealing his termination from the Pleasanton Unified School District at hearings now underway at the Office of Administrative Hearing in Oakland, 1515 Clay Street, Ste. 206.

April 13, 2015 | 29 comments
Workday expands into new offices in New York City

Triples office space for East Coast operations with move into Empire State building
Pleasanton-based Workday, Inc.is expanding its New York operations.

April 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Mason-McDuffie named one of top lending firms in U.S.

San Ramon firm has 21 branch offices in California
For the second year in a row, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. has been recognized by Mortgage Executive Magazine as one of the top 100 lending firms in the country.

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Albertson's management team takes control of Safeway

Boise-based firm's Miller named CEO of Pleasanton company
Bob Miller, current Executive Chairman of Albertson's, Inc., the new owner of Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc., has been appointed to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Safeway's former CEO Robert Edwards.

April 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Kathleen Kelly named interim General Manager at AC Transit

Assumes duties of David Armijo, who resigned, while agency searches for permanent replacementgency's chief executive officer on March 26.
The AC Transit Board of Directors has appointed Kathleen Kelly as the agency's Interim General Manager.

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Las Positas College Foundation 'Best of the Best' gala online auction now open

12th annual event to be held April 25
The 12th annual 'Best of the Best' Gala will be held April 25 at Las Positas College, hosted the school's Foundation as a celebration fundraising event that includes performances from talented students.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin Farmers' Market opens at 4 p.m. today

Market will be held every Thursday through Sept. 24
The Dublin Farmers' Market will open its fifth season today at Emerald Glen Park. The Market will run each Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. through Sept. 24.

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
4 Bay Area post offices to offer late hours today, Tax Day

But no extended hours for late tax filers in Tri-Valley
With more and more tax filers preparing and filing income tax returns online, Pleasanton's postoffice and all others in the Bay-Valley postal district will operate on a normal schedule today, Tax Day.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
PDA receives 2015 national Main Street accreditation

Award recognizes hard work of downtown organization, businesses, director says
The Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

April 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman headed to bocce world championships

Bernardi is one of three representing U.S. at event in Italy
Pleasanton native Navina Bernardi is preparing to don the American red, white and blue against women from across the globe later this month at the bocce world championships in Italy.

April 9, 2015 | 4 comments
Lady Cavaliers earn spot in nationals

Pleasanton team readies for High School Rugby Championships
The Pleasanton Lady Cavaliers rugby team is headed to the National High School Rugby Championships next month in Pittsburgh, Pa.

April 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Lyme disease: a real threat in the Tri-Valley

Diagnosis can be difficult as suffering hits muscles, joints and brain
Julie Posey Yorn was healthy and outgoing all her life, a two-time Miss Marin in her single days and later a finalist when she competed as Mrs. Pleasanton in the Mrs. California contest in 2004.

April 9, 2015 | 26 comments
Sue Savod's Lyme log

Tri-Valley woman chronicles battle against Lyme disease
My forearm muscles hurt, my right hip joint hurts, my swollen left knee hurts, I have brain fog -- I can't remember most names, and I have trouble with word retrieval. I can't wake up. I don't sleep well, and I can't make it through Costco without aching to get back home to my couch. Sometimes my eyes go out of focus. I get electrical zingers down my arms, and nerve pain that comes and goes. My neck is sore and crickity.

April 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police officer retires after 28 years

Tom Hansen: A significant asset to the organization, says police chief
After serving 28 years in law enforcement, all with the Pleasanton Police Department, Officer Tom Hansen retired on April 6.

April 9, 2015 | 4 comments
Suspected baby formula thieves arrested after high-speed chase

Both suspects arrested after being located by police K9
Pleasanton police arrested a man and woman early Wednesday morning on suspicion of theft-related charges after the man allegedly stole baby formula from the Safeway on Bernal Avenue.

April 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Student career fair set for April 30

Event is free, registration required
A "Career Discovery Fair," hosted by Pleasanton-based Career Track Plus, is set to take place on April 30 at the Robert Livermore Community Center from 6-8 p.m.

April 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton celebrating 'Library Week' with 3-day book sale next weekend

California Library Week starts today to highlight what public libraries offer
Today marks the start of California Library Week to highlight what public libraries offer.

April 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Plan to raise permit fees Ok'd for review by developers, others

Pleasanton lags behind other cities in collecting costs of services
The Pleasanton City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to explore an increase in development user fees to bring them into alignment with a General Plan policy of self-sustainment for such fees.

April 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare merger approved

2 hospital groups receive final OK from state's Attorney General
California Attorney General Kamala Harris Tuesday issued the final approval needed for Stanford Health Care to proceed with its acquisition of ValleyCare Health System and its medical center in Pleasanton.

April 8, 2015 | 13 comments
Las Positas College to celebrate 40th anniversary today

Opened in 1963 as extension center of Chabot College
Las Positas College will celebrate its 40th anniversary today.

April 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair announces new attractions

Beach Boys, War, Brian McKnight among concert series performers
Three new extreme sports attractions have been added to this year's Alameda County Fair activities, including monster trucks, demolition derby and extreme rodeo.

April 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton ValleyCare opens breast cancer boutique

Bras, camisoles, and compression garments among store items
ValleyCare Health Library of Pleasanton held the official grand opening of its new breast cancer boutique this week.

April 12, 2015 | No comments yet
1st Wednesday Street Parties start May 6 with more entertainment, wine garden

Local wineries to serve up award-winning varietals by the glass.
A new wine garden, more music and more involvement by local students are features of Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday Street Parties that return this year, starting on May 6.

April 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Council awards contracts for $16.2-million Bernal Park expansion

New sports fields, 'Grand Meadow' open space to be added to park
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday awarded construction agreements to start a $16.5-million expansion of Bernal Community Park that will include new sports fields and a "Grand Meadow" called Oak Woodland.

April 7, 2015 | 13 comments
Comcast expanding Ethernet service to Pleasanton Valley Business Park

$2-million fiber extension adds multi-gigabit high-speed fiber-based network
Comcast Business has announced an expansion of its multi-gigabit Ethernet service to business parks in Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont.

April 15, 2015 | 2 comments
'Run to Remember' registration open

Registration closes May 2, May 7
The California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) is inviting the public to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty by participating in the 7th annual "Run To Remember 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk" on May 9.

April 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Local teens collect 1,907 pounds of fruit through 'Backyard Harvest'

Teens donate fruit to OHK, Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry
A group of Foothill High School students have collected 1,907 pounds of fruit that they were able to donate to Open Heart Kitchen's Pleasanton and Livermore sites and Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry.

April 9, 2015 | 8 comments
Arson task force investigating 2nd fire at Livermore home

1st fire accidental, 2nd questionable, fire officials say
A fire in a single-family home in Livermore Saturday morning is being investigated as arson, fire officials said.

April 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Kitchen fire causes $20,000 in damages to Livermore home

Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguished a kitchen fire in a home in the 2700 block of Kennedy Street in Livermore Friday evening.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man gets 16 years for molesting student

Michael Schoop was Fremont schoolteacher at the time
A Pleasanton man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a second-grader in his classroom in the late 1990s, during which he was a schoolteacher in Fremont.

April 6, 2015 | 9 comments
Chowchilla kidnapper granted parole but remains in prison

One of 3 who kidnapped busload of schoolchildren in 1976, buried them in Livermore quarry
One of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore for ransom has been granted parole.

April 6, 2015 | 9 comments
Township Square opening draws hundreds

Development on Valley Avenue features unique brownstone architecture
Hundreds turned out for the official opening of Township Square, a new and unique community of two- and three-story brownstone-styled homes between Interstate 680 and Valley Avenue just south of the Gateway Center and Safeway supermarket on Bernal Avenue.

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
DSRSD responds to Governor's mandatory water cutback

Our community is already there, says DSRSD general manager
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a statewide mandatory water use reduction of 25% on Wednesday. DSRSD officials say the Tri-Valley is already there.

April 3, 2015 | 11 comments
Happy Passover, Happy Easter

Faiths celebrate special observances this weekend
Jews are celebrating the joyous holiday of Passover on the same weekend Christians are mourning the death of Jesus and then his resurrection more than 2,000 years ago today, Easter Sunday.

April 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton gymnasts score big at state championships

Four WCOGA teams win overall, local athletes earn All-Star berths
The boys of Pleasanton's West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy swept four team categories, racked up nearly two-dozen individual first-place finishes and earned spots on the regional All-Star team in the USGA NorCal State Boys Gymnastics Championships last month.

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Registrations open for YMCA's 'Fore the Kids' charity

April 23 annual golf tournament benefits Tri-Valley YMCA
Registration has begun for the eighth annual Fore the Kids charity golf tournament supporting the Tri-Valley YMCA.

April 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Agape Villages Jail N' Bail fundraiser returns to Tri-Valley

Annual event supports foster family agency
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency will gather some of the Tri-Valley's "most wanted" for its annual Jail N' Bail fundraising event in Pleasanton and San Ramon this month.

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Honey wine creates a buzz

Local man puts 'nectar of the gods' in Pleasanton markets
People accidentally discovered that wine can be made from honey at least 20,000 years ago, noted Ayele Solomon, founder of Honey Wine Company. Fast forward 20 millennia to 2009 when Solomon decided to become part of the saga and produce honey wine for the Bay Area.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Spend an evening with a Rebel soldier

Museum lecture will recognize end of Civil War
The Museum on Main will acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in "An Evening with A Rebel Soldier" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Contemporary traditional Celtic in Pleasanton at Firehouse Friday

Performance at 8 p.m.
Craicmore, which combines a deep respect for Celtic music and traditions with exploration of other world music styles, will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, April 10, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks star at Junior Olympics

Team members earn top-eight finishes, medals
The Pleasanton Seahawks competed at the Junior Olypmics event at the San Ramon Olympic Pool on March 20-22, with dozens of local swimmers posting high placements and taking home medals in their age groups.

April 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Spring orientation for Firehouse volunteer program at 6:30 p.m. today

Orientation attendance mandatory prior to volunteering
The Firehouse Arts Center, located at 4444 Railroad Ave., is set to hold its spring volunteer program orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today..

April 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor orders mandatory water cutback

State water board directed to implement mandatory 25% reduction statewide
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday an executive order for mandatory statewide water use reductions, the first-ever order in California's history, according to the governor's office.

April 1, 2015 | 30 comments
Woman arrested, two men under suspicion in identity theft case

Other police cases include residential burglary, drug-related arrest
An Oakland woman was arrested March 25 after a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle in the area of Calle Madras and Hansen Drive.

April 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Chamber makes Community Service Awards

Honors individuals, organizations, businesses for excellence, leadership
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has recognized individuals, groups and businesses for demonstrating excellence and community leadership.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Spotlighting Pleasanton poets laureate

Film screening, readings, open mic session set at Firehouse
The Pleasanton literary arts community is coming together next week to celebrate city poets laureate, past and present, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Amador Valley High's 'Every 15 Minutes' program continues today

Anti-DUI event includes partial closure of Del Valle Parkway this morning
The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Pleasanton Police Department will continue their "Every 15 Minutes" program at Amador Valley High School again today.

April 1, 2015 | 11 comments
Dublin fires destroy townhome, 4 homes under construction

No injuries reported in blazes
Alameda County firefighters responded to two different fires in Dublin, one Monday night and the most recent late Tuesday morning.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Counties finalize State Senate special primary results

Glazer, Bonilla remain in top spots; voter turnout just under 24%
Election officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties have finalized their results from this month's special primary for State Senate District 7, with the candidate placements remaining the same as reported in Election Night totals and voter turnout coming in a shade under 24% overall.

March 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton seeks teen poet laureates for 2015-16

Applications due Aug. 3
The City of Pleasanton is looking for applicants to be Pleasanton's Teen Poet Laureate for the 2015-16 academic year.

March 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton PTA seeks 'Excellence in Education' nominations

Due April 8 at 4 p.m.
The Pleasanton Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council is accepting nominations for the 25th annual Excellence in Education Awards.

March 29, 2015 | 11 comments
School district to host Common Core workshop

Opportunity for parents to learn more about Common Core
The Pleasanton Unified School District, along with the Alameda County Office of Education, is set to host a Common Core State Standards Workshop on April 25.

March 30, 2015 | 10 comments
Paly school board rep: 'The sorrows of young Palo Altans'

School system places too much stress on students
As I sit in my room staring at the list of colleges I've resolved to try to get into, trying to determine my odds of getting into each, I can't help but feel desolate.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
AVHS grad serves aboard USS New Orleans

Has made her a better person, says Colcol
A Pleasanton woman and Amador Valley High School graduate has been serving aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy's newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

March 29, 2015 | 2 comments
School board holds special board meeting tonight

The Pleasanton school board is set to hold a special board meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, where it will consider and possibly take action on "the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

March 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Bunny Bingo at the Veteran's Memorial tonight

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 in Pleasanton will hold a "Bunny Bingo," a fundraiser, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 301 Main St.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Last day for free E-Waste recycling at Pleasanton's Vintage Hills Center parking lot

Old TVs, computers, monitors, other unwanted electronics will be recycled
The public is invited to take unwanted electronic items to the parking lot at New Leaf Community Markets today for free recycling.

April 21, 2015 | 10 comments
Pleasanton Rotary Clubs celebrating 50 years of service here

When book publisher John C. Burkhardt accepted the charter for the new Rotary Club of Pleasanton in June 1965, he could not have imagined what Rotary would ultimately mean for his community.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Challenger teams open baseball season

Angels and Phillies take the field, joined by Dons varsity squad
The sky may have been overcast at times, but the smiles beamed brightly across the diamond when the Pleasanton Little League Challenger teams opened their seasons Sunday afternoon.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
AVHS freshman takes crown in international jiu-jitsu event

Pleasanton teen Gabriel Alviar, a freshman at Amador Valley High, took first-place in his division at the IBJJF Pan Kids Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Long Beach earlier this month.

March 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Mother-Daughter Lookalike photos due at 6 a.m. tomorrow

Pleasanton Weekly's contest popular with readers
Photos for the Pleasanton Weekly annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike contest are due by 6 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, April 9.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
'Easter Parade' in concert at Firehouse today

Irving Berlin's musical to be celebrated cabaret-style
The classic, "Easter Parade" will be celebrated Saturday with two performances -- at 2 and 7 p.m. -- at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

March 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Mushroom exhibit at Alviso Adobe

Photos explore their beauty, diversity, role in ecosystem
A new exhibit at Alviso Adobe Community Park explores the lives and environmental roles of fungi.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Mayor Thorne, DAR recognize essay winners

Good Citizen Award goes to Dublin student
Students from Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon were recognized by the Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at its annual Student Essay Awards Ceremony last month, held at Pleasant View Church of Christ in Pleasanton.

March 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Shakespeare abridged at Pleasanton Library this afternoon

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will present a special one-hour performance of "As You Like It" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasanton Library.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
WWII veteran turns 100 in Pleasanton

Served in Solomon Islands, then with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in battle of Manila
Lanthey Pepares, a veteran who served during World War II, celebrated his 100th birthday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton on March 15 with a group that included Rich Ghere, American Legion; Hal Strunk, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); Dave Ham, VFW; Pepares; Dave Caldwell, VFW; Wayne Thomas, VFW; and Larry Brumm, VFW.

March 30, 2015 | 7 comments
Best of Boston and Styx in Pleasanton tonight

Firehouse Arts Center program features Boston vocalist/guitarist David Victor
BOSTYX, featuring former Boston vocalist/guitarist David Victor, will perform the hits of powerhouse rock groups Boston and Styx, at 8 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Green fees to increase by $1 May 1 at Callippe

Fee hike will provide $55,156 in additional revenue for city-owned golf course
As the Callippe Preserve Golf Course is approaching its 10th year in operation and with the economy showing greater improvement, members of the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission decided earlier this month that it was time to raise green fees to help pay for increased course operating costs.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Driver outside his car injured when hit by another car on I-580

Accident occurrs near Vasco Road on-ramp at 6 a.m. today
All lanes of eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore have reopened after a man apparently got out of his car and was struck by another vehicle there, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police 3-year contract approved by City Council

Unanimous vote grants successive 3% raises through June 2017
The City Council voted 4-0 last night to accept a new three-year contract with the Pleasanton Police Officers' Association, granting 3% pay increases in each of the three years starting this year and through June 2017, when the contract will expire.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Fees to be hiked by $1 at Callippe golf course May 1

Pleasanton residents to pay $52 weekdays, $68 weekends
Fees for players at Callippe Preserve Golf Course will go up by a dollar across the board May 1.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Committee being created to look at Pleasanton schools 2017 calendar

School board seeks parents who are 'open minded' to help make decisions
The Pleasanton school board heard a report from district staff about the process and timeline for the 2016-17 calendar during Tuesday night's board meeting.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Proud grandparents

Mayor Jerry Thorne and his wife Sandra are in Lausanne, Switzerland to celebrate the birth of their first grandchild Eilís Madeleine Gough.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton JV cheer teams finish one-two at nationals

Foothill takes first, AVHS comes in second
Amador Valley and Foothill junior varsity cheer teams ranked high at last weekend's United Spirit Association (USA) High School Spirit Nationals in Anaheim -- with Foothill JV being named, once again, national champions.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
New home sales rise 7.8% in U.S. in February

'Great start to spring buying season,' home builder says
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 7.8% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000 units from an upwardly revised January reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Design veteran promoted to executive position at Ware Malcomb

Jim Terry joins Pleasanton office with responsibility for Northern California
Jim Terry has been promoted to Principal, Commercial Architecture in Ware Malcomb's Pleasanton office with responsibility for overseeing all of the firm's commercial architecture projects in Northern California.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore mayor in Washington on Tri-Valley water issues

Marchand part of 'Fly-In' delegation in Congressional meetings about drought-related topics
Livermore Mayor John Marchand represented the Tri-Valley at a meeting earlier this month with Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to discuss issues affecting water quality and infrastructure.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Bunny Hop Egg Hunt in downtown Pleasanton today

20 businesses participating in event for kids 10 and under
Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to participate in the Pleasanton Downtown Association's first Bunny Hop Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

March 29, 2015 | No comments yet
New leaders for local Mormon congregations

Pleasanton stake includes Dublin, has more than 2,100 members
New leaders have been chosen to guide the the Pleasanton stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill 'Senior Class Pasta Feed' tickets now on sale

Advance tickets available until April 16
Foothill High School's senior class will be hosting a "Pasta Feed" on April 18 to raise funds for its senior ball.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Attorney who had pled in death of cyclist withdraws his plea

Judge recuses himself in case
A San Francisco attorney who had pleaded no contest in a hit-and-run collision that killed a bicyclist in Dublin three years ago has withdrawn his plea after the judge who was scheduled to sentence him recused himself in the case.

March 26, 2015 | 6 comments
Fire destroys mobile home in Livermore

Blaze started in kitchen, home is total loss fire officials say
A fire Sunday destroyed a mobile home on Montecito Circle Livermore.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Debt and the deceased: How should spouses and heirs proceed?

It's a worrisome question for everyone
If your loved one died leaving significant debt behind, would you know what to do?

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Unemployment rates in Bay Area below state average

Alameda County rate stood at 5% at end of February
Unemployment rates in all Bay Area counties in February were below the state's average, with Alameda County ending the month with a 5% rate.

March 22, 2015 | 3 comments
School board to look at new calendar process tonight

Report includes timeline, calendar committee, meeting dates
The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss the process and timeline regarding the development of calendar options for the 2016-17 school year during its Tuesday night board meeting

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pedestrian hit by car Thursday afternoon

A pedestrian was severely injured Thursday afternoon after being hit by a car on Hansen Drive and Hopyard Road.

March 20, 2015 | 5 comments
Rabid bat found in Sunol, 4th this month in Alameda County

Public urged to call county's animal control services if bats spotted
A fourth bat found in Alameda County this month has tested positive for rabies, county health officials said Thursday.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire theme lights up Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center

Curator inspired to create interrelated exhibits
Two unique yet thematically related installations are on view at the Firehouse Arts Center public spaces through April 4.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Spring sports in full swing

Season underway for athletes at Amador Valley, Foothill
If you are a high school sports fan, there is no better time of year than spring to watch the talented lot of young athletes we have in Pleasanton.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador grad highlights problem that is widespread but unknown

Affliction means literally pulling one's hair out
Jillian Corsie, a 2005 Amador Valley High grad, was in middle school when she noticed that a good friend of hers didn't have any eyebrows or eyelashes. Her friend finally confided that she had an unquenchable desire to pull her hair out. The medical term is trichotillomania. Sufferers call themselves "trichsters" -- that is, if they go public and admit they have the compulsion.

March 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Bat tests positive for rabies in Sunol

Three bats test positive in Fremont earlier this month
A rabid bat found in Sunol last Saturday has tested positive for rabies and is now the fourth rabid bat found in Alameda County this month.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Suspicious person at aquatic center playground leads to identity theft arrest

Manteca man with stolen documents, credit cards is also registered sex offender
A Manteca man was arrested Wednesday after Pleasanton police responded to a report of a suspicious person and vehicle parked in the playground/picnic area of the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Park on Black Avenue.

March 20, 2015 | 15 comments
Buchanan concedes State Senate race, endorses Bonilla in runoff

Estimated 13,300 ballots still to be counted between counties in special primary
State Senate District 7 is poised for all-Democrat special runoff election this May between Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, with former Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan conceding her third-place finish Election Night despite thousands of ballots still to be counted in the special primary.

March 19, 2015 | 4 comments
Redwood Canyon is new name for Willow Park Golf Course

Picturesque 130-acre golf course is near Lake Chabot.
The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors has voted to rename the golf course at Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley to Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course.

March 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Alert citizen aids in arrest of prowling suspect in Pleasanton

Police surround area, located Sacramento man behind business
A 20-year-old Sacramento man was arrested Wednesday morning after an alert citizen noticed a suspicious person prowling near a residence in the 2100 block of Rheem Drive.

March 19, 2015 | 7 comments
Public invited to tour water treatment plant

Reservations are required for free tour
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, is inviting the public to see how wastewater becomes recycled water at a tour of its treatment plant on April 8.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
TEDxAmadorValleyHigh seeks speakers for September event

Applications due May 15
The TEDxAmadorValleyHigh committee is now looking for individuals to speak or perform at its TEDx event on Sept. 17.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Davis man, 24, arrested after high-speed pursuit through Pleasanton

Car chase started in Sonoma County
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were led on a high-speed car chase through Pleasanton and ending near the Los Altos Hills on Tuesday afternoon.

March 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Male suspect in Home Depot robbery arrested in Danville

Female suspect arrested last week in Fairfield
Danville police have made an arrest connected to the Home Depot robbery in Pleasanton earlier this month, nabbing transient Steven Proctor, 21, who is accused of driving the getaway car, a gold Lexus, that struck a Home Depot loss prevention agent in the store's parking lot during the robbery, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High's 'We the People' team holding fundraiser at 7 p.m. tonight

Donations needed to help pay cost of team's national finals trip to D.C.
Amador Valley High School's "We the People" team is hosting a fundraising event from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center to help pay the cost of its trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C. next month.

March 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police to get 3% raises in each of next 3 years

Contract proposal goes to City Council at special meeting next Tuesday
The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Police Officers' Association have accepted a new three-year contract, retroactive to last January, that offers 3% pay increases each year through May 31, 2017, when the agreement will expire.

March 18, 2015 | 43 comments
Glazer, Bonilla hold top spots in State Senate race

Stage set for May 19 runoff following Tuesday primary that drew 20.1% of voters
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer was the top vote-getter in the State Senate District 7 special primary yesterday but fell well short of the majority needed to win the seat outright, setting the stage for an all-Democrat runoff against second-place finisher Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla.

March 18, 2015 | 7 comments
Goodguys 33rd All American Get-Together ends today at Fairgrounds

3,000 classics, hot rods, muscle cars at Alameda County Fairgrounds for 2-day show
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association closes its 33rd All American Get-Together today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

March 21, 2015 | No comments yet
'Downtown Doggy Day' set for next Saturday in Pleasanton

Event is fun day for pets, owners, a fundraiser for Valley Humane Society
Stores and restaurants will hold a "Downtown Doggy Day" March 28 on Main Street and adjacent streets to raise money for the Valley Humane Society and to give dog owners a chance to enjoy the downtown with their pets.

March 18, 2015 | 8 comments
Nominations now open for TV30's 'Coach of the Year' award

Winner will be announced at station's athletic awards event May 28
Nominations are now being accepted for TV30's Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award.

March 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Lab and GE receive $540,000 to find ways to improve metal parts manufacturing

Focus will be on helping U.S. grow capabilities, strength in 3D printing
General Electric and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have received $540,000 to develop open source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing of metal parts.

March 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Raley's rolls out new environmentally-friendly food safety program

Program to save water, energy, shipping, labor
Raley's Supermarket on Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton is rolling out a new cleaning and sanitation program that will save water, lower energy consumption, save tons in shipping and reduce labor.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Home sales rally in East Bay

'Buyer confidence in home ownership is up,' Realtors' association president says
As the number of homes on the market continues to drop and purchase prices continue to increase, home sales are still strong throughout the East Bay.

March 17, 2015 | 2 comments
Sunflower Hill adds new board members, advisor

Organization seeks sustainable, special needs programming, residential options
Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton based non-profit seeking to create a residential community for individuals with special needs, has added four new board members and one new advisor to its organization.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
7 Pleasanton teachers awarded $150 stipend

Teachers chosen out of 150 Tri-Valley applicants
The California Retired Teacher Association (CalRTA) of the Tri-Valley awarded seven Pleasanton teachers a $150 stipend to be spent in the classroom for additional teaching material.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
White House science, technology expert takes Livermore Lab post

Patricia Falcone served in Office of Science, Technology Policy
Patricia Falcone, associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has been selected as deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Taxpayers face deadline to claim 2010 state refunds

Unclaimed refunds in Alameda County total $7,423,932, state tax agency reports
An estimated 1.2 million taxpayers who did not file a state tax return for 2010 face an April 15 deadline for claiming refunds, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced Monday.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin St. Pat's Day parade being re-broadcast on TV30

Parade being aired at multiple times through March 22
Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be broadcast on TV30 today will multiple showings through next Sunday, March 22.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab back in rocket development business

2 new $1.5 million contracts have Lab developing next generation of rocket propulsion
Two recent contracts worth nearly $1.5 million that have been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have brought the Laboratory back into the rocket development business.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
2 killed, several injured in multiple accidents, bus fire over weekend

Monday morning crash snarls traffic in southbound I-680 during rush hour
Traffic accidents snarled traffic and resulted in at two fatalities and several injuries on Bay Area roads today and over the weekend.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
COMMUTER ALERT: Southbound I-680 backed up for miles at Danville

Multi-vehicle collision has 3 lanes closed
About nine vehicles are involved in a collision on southbound I-680 in Danville this morning, with traffic backed up for several miles as of 7 a.m.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Is your teen ready for a summer job?

Jobs are a great opportunity for parents to encourage money management
For many teens, there's nothing more exciting than receiving the first paycheck from a summer job -- a sure-fire ticket to fun and freedom. It's also a great opportunity for parents to encourage proper money management.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
TRAVELERS ALERT: State Route 4 to close for 3 nights starting tonight from Tracy Boulevard to Byron Road

Bridge repair work to end Wednesday
State Route 4 from Tracy Boulevard to Byron Road will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Sunday and then each night through next Wednesday for bridge repair.

March 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeking candidates for various commissions, committees, task forces

Deadline is April 3 with applications available online
The city of Pleasanton is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on several city commissions and committees.

March 15, 2015 | 3 comments
DSRSD securing supplemental water supplies

Rates won't increase from water purchase, says DSRSD president
Water agencies in the East Bay and Sacramento Valley plan to voluntarily transfer 1,500 acre feet (AF) of water (488,776,500 gallons) this year into the East Bay to offset potential shortages due to the drought.

March 13, 2015 | 4 comments
San Ramon council supports creating new tourism district

City to break ties with Visit Tri-Valley as other cities consider their options
The San Ramon City Council gave its support Tuesday to developing a new San Ramon-focused tourism district and separating the city from its affiliation with Visit Tri-Valley.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Woman suspect in Home Depot robbery arrested in Fairfield

Police searching for accomplice who drove car that injured security officer
Detectives from the Pleasanton Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Ainslee Smith, 25, in Fairfield Tuesday, accusing her of being the woman identified in a Pleasanton Home Depot store video after several power tools were stolen.

March 12, 2015 | 10 comments
Amador Theater sinking

Repairs must be made in 5-10 years
The Amador Theater on the campus of Amador Valley High School is sinking and major foundation and other restoration work will be needed within the next five-to-10 years for it to continue as a performing arts facility in Pleasanton.

March 12, 2015 | 15 comments
State Senate special election today

Four Democrats vie to represent Pleasanton, rest of District 7
Today's special primary election is underway, with polls open until 8 p.m. in a four-way contest that could decide the new state senator for Pleasanton and the rest of State Senate District 7.

March 13, 2015 | 13 comments
Pleasanton RADD teams finish high in basketball tourney

Teams for developmentally disabled place 4th in division play
The Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) A and B teams took part in the Special Olympics Northern California regional basketball competition featuring 68 teams last weekend in Pleasanton.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
'Make a Difference' awards seeking nominations

Forms are due April 16
The Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and Community Advisory Committee (CAC) are looking for nominees for the "Make a Difference" awards.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Author to speak at Firehouse on future of Catholic church at noon today

Pulitzer Prize winner addresses 'wrongheadedness' of church over centuries
Prolific and controversial bestselling author Garry Wills will be at Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center at noon Wednesday to discuss his latest book, "The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis.

March 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Hits from the '90s take center stage Saturday

13th annual Youth Music Festival coming to Firehouse
Here come the '90s! The Firehouse Arts Center is hosting the 13th annual Youth Music Festival, which this year is featuring lots of music from the 1990s and cultural references galore, in performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

March 16, 2015 | 3 comments
School board discusses social media guidelines

Teachers urged to get parents' OK when using new media, web applications
The Pleasanton school board reviewed and provided feedback to staff about the school district's social media guidelines at Tuesday night's meeting.

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
5 in custody after high-speed chase ends in Pleasanton Monday night

Speeds reached between 80-100 mph, CHP says
San Jose police took five people into custody late Monday night after a high-speed chase on I-680.

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Big swim meet in Pleasanton ends today

500 swimmers, plus their families and friends, in town for the event
About 500 swimmers and their families and friends are in Pleasanton today, closing a two-day swim meet hosted by the Pleasanton Seahawks at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center.

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Fremont man identified as driver killed in Highway 84 crash

Fatal crash caused all lanes to close Monday night
The driver who was killed in a crash on state Highway 84 south of Pleasanton Monday was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau today as 61-year-old Jacky Lo of Fremont.

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill DECA hosts charity talent show today

Proceeds go to DECA team, Muscular Dystrophy Association
Foothill High School's DECA team is set to host "A Night in Hollywood: Charity Talent Show" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the school's multipurpose room.

March 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Linda Flagler honored as Pleasanton's 'Classified Employee of the Year'

Administrative secretary has been with school district for 20 years
Pleasanton Unified School District has named Linda Flagler as its 2015-16 Classified Employee of the Year.

March 11, 2015 | 2 comments
Sandia finds shared opportunities for natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell markets

Joint workshop deals with new ways of developing both fuels in tandem
Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, according to a new report by Sandia National Laboratories.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Council meets tonight to set project priorities for next 2 years

Bernal Community Park, dog park top list of multi-million-dollar projects
The Pleasanton City Council will meet tonight to consider spending priorities for the 2015/2016 budget years, including longer -term projects such as building a new public library and civic center.

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Craft beer and Luck Of Irish coming to downtown Pleasanton starting at 4:30 p.m. today

'Brew Crawl' features variety of beer, tasty bites at 29 locations
Downtown merchants and local breweries are coming together for a memorable night of beer tasting in an early celebration of St. Patrick's Day starting at 4:30 p.m. today.

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Holocaust survivor to talk about how she spied on Nazis

Marthe Cohn, now 95, helped Allies break through Seigfried line
Marthe Cohn, an author and Holocaust survivor, will talk about her experiences fleeing, fighting and living under Nazi rule during World War II at a lecture March 17 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

March 11, 2015 | 5 comments
Pleasanton teen eliminated from 'American Idol'

New opportunities open in modeling, acting for teen
Three weeks after her "American Idol" San Francisco audition, Pleasanton teen Maddy Hudson was cut Feb. 19 from the Fox TV singing competition after her House of Blues showcase performance.

March 10, 2015 | 4 comments
Congressmen to meet with commuters on ACE train this morning

Plan to board train at Lathrop/Manteca station for ride to Fremont
Congressmen Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and Jeff Denham (R-Modesto) will hold a rolling "roundtable meeting" with constituents today on ACE train #5 as it makes its way from the Lathrop/Manteca station to Fremont.

March 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Planning Commission meeting cancelled

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has cancelled its meeting scheduled for tonight, March 11.

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet
New Leaf Markets to kick off 2015 'Community Days' today

Store donating 5% of day's sales to Museum on Main
New Leaf Community Markets will hold its first Community Day of the year today with 5% of the day's sales going to Pleasanton's Museum on Main.

March 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Depot security officer knocked down by car as woman flees with power tools

Cameras capture images of vehicles in Pleasanton store parking lot
A Home Depot security officer was run down by the driver of a car in the Pleasanton store's parking lot Sunday night as he tried to detain a woman who had just stolen several power tools.

March 9, 2015 | 10 comments
Involving kids in family vacation planning

Trips can teach children great money lessons they'll need as adults
Family vacations produce memories for a lifetime, but they can also teach kids great money lessons they'll need as adults.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Father in car at Stoneridge Mall robbed with 2 children in back seat

Suspects tried carjacking vehicle, settle for taking man's personal effects
A father sitting in his parked car at Stoneridge Shopping Center with two young children in the back seat Saturday afternoon was robbed by two men who at first tried to carjack the vehicle.

March 8, 2015 | 12 comments
It's Daylight Saving Time - Did you set your clocks ahead one hour?

Good time to change batteries in smoke alarms, say fire personnel say
Daylight saving time started at 2 a.m. today, a time to spring ahead one hour and reset clocks.

March 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday

Good time to change batteries in smoke alarms, say fire personnel
Public safety officials are reminding residents to not only reset their clocks for daylight saving time, which begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, but to also check smoke alarms and other emergency equipment.

March 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to look at social media guidelines tonight

Teachers told to remember that blogs, wikis and podcasts are extensions of their classrooms
The Pleasanton school board will be reviewing and discussing Pleasanton schools social media guidelines during Tuesday night's meeting.

March 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Art League opening show at Museum on Main today

'Imagination Expressed 2015' is 9th joint exhibit at museum
"Imagination Expressed 2015," the ninth joint art exhibit by the Pleasanton Art League and Museum On Main, will be on display in the museum starting today.

March 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Las Positas: Our community's college

It's a campus students like
For those who have gone to small colleges for their degrees, Las Positas College measures up to the best of them in terms of academics, faculty and campus appeal.

March 6, 2015 | 5 comments
Hearst Castle historian to speak at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Victoria Kastner to talk about Pleasanton connection to the Hearst family at Museum on Main lecture
Hearst Castle historian Victoria Kastner will be the speaker at the Museum on Main's monthly Ed Kinney speaker series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Ruby Hill pro wins NorCal event crown

David Solomon takes home title at PGA Pro-Series 3 tournament
Ruby Hill Golf Club assistant golf professional David Solomon took home the title at the Northern California PGA Pro-Series 3 tournament last month in Daly City.

March 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Foothill guard ends career in exclusive club

Barrett cracks 1,000-point mark during senior season
Foothill High senior guard Emily Barrett finished her final season last week with nearly 1,200 career points after becoming the fourth female Falcon in the last 14 years to join the exclusive thousand-point club earlier in the season.

March 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teams wrap up season with losses at basketball tournament

Foothill, Amador Valley fall in North Coast Section Division 1 first rounds
The Amador Valley Dons and Foothill Falcons varsity boys basketball teams wrapped up their 2014-15 seasons with first-round losses in the North Coast Section Division 1 postseason tournament last week.

March 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Chorale to perform Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' this afternoon

Program will include works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo
The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating its 51st season, will perform the beautiful and moving Fauré "Requiem" along with other musical selections for its March concert today.

March 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Adventures in Narnia on Pleasanton stage tonight

Bay Area Children's Theatre production ends March 15 at Firehouse Arts Center
Youngsters explore the fictional realm of Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," a lively youth theater production presented by Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, playing March 6-15 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Art show at the Alviso Adobe today

Pleasanton Art League hosting reception, awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Art lovers or anyone looking to buy art might want to attend Pleasanton Art League's third annual Art Show at the Alviso Adobe today.

March 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Supervisors vote to ban skateboarding on Alameda County-owned property

But new law exempts county roads, alleys, sidewalks
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to ban skateboarding on all county property, which means that violators can be cited after the ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

March 5, 2015 | 5 comments
Better Homes and Gardens agents volunteering at Valley Humane Society today

Mission is to create brighter future for cats and dogs during company's 'Giving Day'
Agents from a Pleasanton real estate firm will be volunteering today at Valley Humane Society as part of their "Company Giving Day."

March 7, 2015 | 3 comments
Fire damages storage space at Wente Vineyards

Cause of fire still under investigation
A one-alarm fire damaged a storage unit at Wente Vineyards in unincorporated Livermore early Wednesday morning, a fire battalion chief said.

March 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeks artists for 'Project Paint Box'

Applications due April 3
The City of Pleasanton is currently looking for artists to share their creativity through Phase II of "Project Paint Box," a public art beautification program.

March 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Middle School cheerleaders bring home national title

'They rocked it' -- Cheer coach Jennifer Gatan
The Pleasanton Middle School cheer team won another championship title in competition at the United Spirit Association (USA) Jr. Nationals in Anaheim.

March 5, 2015 | 2 comments
Council OKs Asian-focused retail center on northeast side

Pacific Pearl will include supermarket, restaurants
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved the construction of a multi-million-dollar, Asian-focused retail and office center in Staples Ranch which will serve as a designated gateway to the city's northeast side.

March 4, 2015 | 14 comments
State increases water project allocation

While still below average year, agencies see this as significant improvement over 2014
The California Department of Water Resources notified Zone 7 Water Agency, which supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving Pleasanton residents, and other State Water Contractors that the 2015 allocation is being increased from 15% to 20%.

March 4, 2015 | 4 comments
Two men fatally shot in Livermore identified

Men killed near Altamont Creek, Winding Stream drives
Police yesterday released the names of two men who were shot to death in Livermore late Sunday afternoon in an apparent dispute over contraband.

March 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council to vote tonight on proposed Asian Gateway on east side

Pacific Pearl Center planned for Stoneridge Drive, El Charro Road
The Pleasanton City Council will consider a bid tonight by a Danville developer to build a 112,000-square-foot shopping center and office park in Staples Ranch with a focus on the Asian market.

March 3, 2015 | 8 comments
District attorney to talk about dangers of prescription drugs at Pleasanton forum

March 18 event is part of cityseries of education programs sponsored by city
The City of Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series continues on Wednesday, March 18 with a special presentation for parents and students entitled "What Every Parent Needs to Know: The Dangers of Prescription Drugs."

March 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Equality California endorses Joan Buchanan for State Senate

LGBT Civil Rights organization calls her 'one of our greatest champions in Sacramento'ion of business, labor and individual supporters.
Equality California has announced its sole endorsement of Joan Buchanan in her campaign for State Senate.

March 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton mayor, most on council endorse Glazer for State Senate

Glazer would make an outstanding state senator, Mayor Jerry Thorne says.
Candidate for State Senate Steve Glazer said Monday that he has secured endorsements from four out of the five members of the Pleasanton City Council.

March 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill PTO supports PTSA formation

If formed, organization would be affiliated with national PTA
Foothill High School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) voted in full support of establishing a Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) during its Feb. 18 meeting.

March 3, 2015 | 3 comments
Livermore police arrest suspect in Sunday's double homicide

2 men killed near Altamont Creek, Winding Stream drives
A suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in Livermore late Sunday afternoon was identified by police Monday as 28-year-old James Wears of Livermore.

March 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air season comes to a close

499 complaints called in about wood burning violators in Alameda County
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2014-2015 Winter Spare the Air season ended last Saturday with a total of 23 Winter Spare the Air Alerts issued.

March 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Yale Russian Chorus to perform in Livermore at 7 p.m. tonight

Sacred, Slavic music promises 'great evening,' Orthodox church choir leader says
When the Yale Russian Chorus reached out across the country to find interested audiences, St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Livermore responded.

March 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore police make arrest in Sunday's double murder

2 men killed near Altamont Creek, Winding Stream drives
Police arrested a man in his late 20s Sunday on suspicion that he shot two men to death in Livermore earlier in the day, police said.

March 2, 2015 | 1 comment
COMMUTER ALERT: State Highway 84 closed just east of Ruby Hill

The California Highway patrol reported at 6:40 a.m. this morning that Highway 84 is closed just east of Ruby Hill Boulevard.

March 2, 2015 | No comments yet
News from around the Bay for Monday, March 2

Reports from Bay City News cover 9-county region
The following reports were issued early Monday by Bay City News, the region's news service that serves the Pleasanton Weekly.

March 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Walmart makes $1,000 donation to new Senior Center nonprofit

The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center providing 'extras' at city-owned facility
Walmart has contributed $1,000 to The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center, a newly-founded charitable foundation, with the donation to be used to improve the services and enhance the center's popular Sage Café that caters to Pleasanton senior residents.

February 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Rotary Club 'garage now underway at Amador High parking lot

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to provide wheelchairs to the disabled
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding its second annual "Prime Pickin's Multi-Household Garage Sale" starting at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Amador Valley High School parking lot on Santa Rita Road.

February 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Superintendent's evaluation part of Pleasanton school board meeting this morning

Special meeting starts at 8 a.m. in Rose Hotel
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special board meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rose Hotel in downtown Pleasanton with one of its agenda items the evaluation of the work of Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.

February 27, 2015 | 31 comments
Pleasanton Weekly distributes $80,940 to 10 Holiday Fund beneficiaries

Community praised for contributions in year that was still 'economically stressful'
The Pleasanton Weekly distributed checks totaling $80,940 Thursday to 10 nonprofits that are beneficiaries of the newspaper's 2014 Holiday Fund campaign.

February 27, 2015 | 7 comments
Legislators propose ban on chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes at ball parks

New rules would also prohibit players, managers, coaches from chewing tobacco during games
Both California and San Francisco lawmakers have introduced legislation that could keep chewing tobacco out of baseball parks, including the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park.

February 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Clara County supervisor elected MTC chairman

Commission plans, finances, coordinate transportation in 9-county Bay Area.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese has been elected as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

February 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Smoke alarm credited with saving Livermore homeowner's life

Man awakes to find garage on fire, escapes through bedroom window
A smoke alarm awakened a sleeping homeowner in Livermore early Friday to a raging fire in the home's garage, giving him enough time to escape the blaze through a bedroom window and call 911.

February 28, 2015 | No comments yet
'The Spirit of the Old West'

Saga of Indians and settlers on vivid display at Blackhawk Museum
Jerry Fick's "The Spirit of the Old West," a permanent exhibit at the Blackhawk Museum, showcases the American westward expansion from the early 1700s through the early 1900s.

February 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Malatesta installed as president of PDA

Vic's All Star Kitchen owner takes office 2nd year in row
Downtown restaurant owner Vic Malatesta has been installed for a second year in a row as president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

February 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton panel explores building overnight tourism

Cultural tourism, marketing strategies among discussion topics
A panel discussion held last week in Pleasanton presented a look into how the city and the other Tri-Valley communities can better attract overnight tourism and extended visitor stays in the area.

February 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Whole Foods to open Dublin store in May

New market part of retail center that includes
A new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market will open May 20 in a new retail center under construction across Hacienda Drive from Hacienda Crossings at Dublin Boulevard.

February 26, 2015 | 22 comments
Thoratec to describe benefits of its advanced-stage heart devices to investors

Pleasanton-based company executives speaking at conferences in Orlando, Miami
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation will be participating in two upcoming investor conferences this month, starting with the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida today.

March 2, 2015 | No comments yet
PPIE announces 'Innovative Student Grant' awards

'Innovative Education Grant' application due March 5
Fourteen Pleasanton Unified School District students have been awarded a total of $5,002 in funding from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation for a variety of student-initiated projects.

February 26, 2015 | No comments yet
4 local Democratic Club Presidents support Joan Buchanan

Leaders praise her work as State Assemblywoman
Four Democratic Party clubs have endorsed Joan Buchanan's candidacy for the State Senate, with club presidents sending personal notes to constituents.

February 26, 2015 | 49 comments
School board approves 2015-16 calendar

Trustees direct staff to begin looking at new calendar change process
The Pleasanton school board approved the dates for the 2015-16 instructional calendar Tuesday evening, with a start date of Aug. 25 and end date of June 10, 2016.

February 25, 2015 | 24 comments
Livermore man convicted of murdering former friend

Jacob Kober facing 25 years to life in prison for death of Kenneth Ogden
A Livermore man has been convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his former friend in December 2012.

February 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton man arrested in vehicle theft

Arrest made after brief pursuit on San Ramon Valley Boulevard
Danville police officers arrested a Pleasanton man after a brief car chase Sunday evening, said Danville Lt. Allan Shields.

February 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Red Cross to hold Pleasanton blood drive today

Volunteers with blood types types O negative, A negative and B negative needed
The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive today in Pleasanton.

February 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Baker introduces legislation to prevent future BART strikes

'An elected official that follows through on her promises, how refreshing,' says Pleasanton Vice Mayor Brown
State Assemblywoman Catharine B. Baker (R-San Ramon) introduced legislation today that would prevent future strikes by unionized employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART).

February 24, 2015 | 7 comments
Camp Connection 2015

What are the kids doing this summer?
What are the kids doing this summer? Here's a list of great summer camps to choose from!

February 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Hart teacher named 'Behring Teacher Ambassador'

One of 24 teachers selected for award
A Hart Middle School teacher has been named a 2015-16 Behring Teacher Ambassador, announced by National History Day (NHD).

February 24, 2015 | 6 comments
How to avoid an online vacation rental scam

Thousands of complaints placed with Federal Trade Commission last year, analyst reports
Imagine renting a home on a beautiful beachfront from a trusted website, arriving to start your vacation and finding out you've been scammed?

February 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Amador beats Foothill 52-45 in crosstown basketball final

Dons booster writes action-packed report of Friday night game
The last league basketball game took place at Foothill High School Friday with the gym packed and the energy was high.

February 23, 2015 | 12 comments
Road to Anaheim

Pleasanton cheer teams prepare for national competition
Since the end of last summer, Pleasanton school cheer teams have been working hard to prepare for the national cheer competition in Anaheim. Practices, cheering at games, competing at regional cheer competitions -- all to prepare them for what is sometimes known as the "Super Bowl of Cheerleading."

February 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin's 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day celebration ends today

Festivities all day Sunday at Civic Center
Dublin's 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival closes today with festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dublin Civic Center on Dublin Boulevard.

February 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton HOA management leader elected to state board

More than 14 million Californians live in HOAs with 1,200 state laws affecting them, group says
John Cligny of the Association Management Co. in Pleasanton has been re-elected to the board of directors for the California Association of Community Managers, joining 13 other professionals from around the state who were elected to the board.

February 25, 2015 | 5 comments
School board to consider approval of 2015-16 calendar tonight

Classes will start Aug. 25 for school year that ends June 10, 2016
The Pleasanton school board will possibly be approving the instructional calendar for the 2015-16 school year during tonight's board meeting.

February 23, 2015 | No comments yet
2 arrested in connection with recent burglaries

Resident sees 'suspicious' men in neighborhood, calls San Ramon police
Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with burglaries in San Ramon.

February 20, 2015 | No comments yet
AC Transit using double-decker bus in 3-week pilot program

Free fares for all who board during trial run
AC Transit has launched a three-week pilot program in which it is using a 42-foot-long, double-decker bus on selected longer routes in its service area in 13 cities and surrounding areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

February 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Raiders, San Diego Chargers considering shared stadium in L.A. areain Southern California with the San Diego Chargers

Both teams say they have been working on new stadiums in home markets, 'so far unsuccessfully'
The Oakland Raiders on Thursday announced plans to share a stadium in Southern California with the San Diego Chargers if both NFL teams fail to find new stadium solutions in their hometowns.

February 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Gill named Pleasanton's Director of Human Resources, Labor Relations

Succeeds Julie Yuan-Miu, who is retiring
Debra Gill, Pleasanton's Human Resources manager since January, 2011, has been promoted to the new position of Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, effective next Monday, March 2.

February 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton planning chief named assistant city manager

Brian Dolan will succeed Steve Bocian, who retires next month
Brian Dolan, Pleasanton's Community Development Director in charge of the planning department for the past seven years, has been promoted to assistant City Manager, succeeding Steve Bocian, who will retire on March 27.

February 20, 2015 | 10 comments
Four decades of cutting with care

Pleasanton staple Cosmo's Barber Shop marks more than 40 years in business
Pleasanton barbershop owner Cosmo Panetta is celebrating more than 40 years in the business of making men, women, and children look and feel good with his clippers and kindness.

February 20, 2015 | 8 comments
Nature photographer to share her safari experience in program at Pleasanton Library tonight

Dianne Mao' photographs include those of migration across plains, Masai Riverwild
Nature photographer Dianne Mao will speak at the Pleasanton Library at 7 p.m. tonight about her summer 2014 trip to Kenya where she captured images from one of Africa's best-known safari destinations.

February 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Realtors rate home improvement costs, value

Replacement projects result in higher financial return than remodeling
Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. In a recent report, Realtors rated small and exterior projects that offer more value and give homeowners a better chance of recouping their costs.

February 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Suspected mail thieves lead police on car chase

Vehicle last seen heading northbound I-680 in southbound lanes
Pleasanton police officers were led on a car chase early Thursday morning after officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving through a residential neighborhood on Foothill Road, and the vehicle's occupants were allegedly reaching into mailboxes.

February 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Owner of Petaluma slaughterhouse that processed sick cattle pleads guilty

Offenses led to recall of beef in Pleasanton, other locations year ago
The co-owner of a Petaluma slaughterhouse that processed sick cattle for human consumption, some with eye cancer, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to a conspiracy charge.

February 26, 2015 | No comments yet
BART receives a $5 million grant to improve trackside safety

'We have high hopes for this project,' BART Board President Blalock says
BART has received a $5 million grant that will go towards a project aimed at improving employee safety along the system's tracks.

February 26, 2015 | No comments yet
January homes sales in Bay Area slowest since 2008

But January isn't really bellwether month when it comes to housing trends, agency says
Bay Area home sales dropped last month to their lowest level for a January in the last seven years, according to data released by the property information service CoreLogic DataQuick.

February 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Torres installed as new fire chief for Pleasanton, Livermore

Celebration shows cities working together in joint ventures
Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts said it all last week when he joined his Pleasanton counterpart Nelson Fialho in welcoming elected officials from both cities at the "pinning" and installation of Ruben Torres as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

February 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Mayor reports 2014 a very good year for Pleasanton; 2015 will be even better

Thorne's remarks on TV30 at 6 p.m. tonight
In his annual "State of the City" report, Mayor Jerry Thorne said 2014 was a very good year for Pleasanton, a year of planning, with the prospects for this year even better as those plans are put into place.

February 19, 2015 | 4 comments
Police department announces 2014 employee awards

Honors given to school resource officer, support services manager
The Pleasanton Police Department this week announced its 2014 "Officer of the Year" and "Professional Staff Member of the Year" recipients, a part of the department's longstanding annual recognition program for superior performance.

February 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police department welcomes 2 new officers

Competed for positions in a 'very challenging' selection process
Pleasanton Police Department is welcoming two new police officers to serve the Pleasanton community.

February 20, 2015 | 16 comments
Amador Valley High's DECA heads to state competition

Team brings home most awards of all schools at local comptition
Members of Amador Valley High School's DECA club excelled at California DECA'S Annual Northern California Career Development Conference (CDC) in San Ramon, advancing to the state competition to be held Feb. 28 to March 1 in Santa Clara.

February 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill PTO set to vote tonight on PTA affiliation

Only PTO members can vote, public welcome
Foothill High School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is set to vote tonight whether to become an official Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

February 18, 2015 | 4 comments
Make sure loved ones are prepared for their retirement years

Four in 10 U.S. adults caring for loved one with significant health issues
What if a sudden, debilitating illness, fraud or economic downturn affected your senior family member's retirement, estate or long-term care issues? Would you be prepared to take over?

February 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Council approves growth management ordinance

New regulation caps housing permits at 235 a year
The Pleasanton City Council will vote tonight on a growth management ordinance that will slow down residential building in the future.

February 17, 2015 | 22 comments
Ruben Torres to be sworn in today as new chief of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

2 p.m. ceremony will include traditional 'badge-pinning' of new chief
Former San Jose fire chief Ruben Torres will be sworn in as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department today.

February 17, 2015 | No comments yet
TV30 to broadcast Livermore-Granada high basketball game at 7 p.m. tonight

Granada defeats Livermore High 64-46 in final game covered by TV30 this season
TV30 will broadcast last night's basketball game between crosstown rivals Livermore and Granada high schools at 7 p.m. Saturday on its Comcast TV channel 30 and on AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.

February 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Builder 'confidence' falls in much of country due to harsh winter weather, but gains in western states

Solid job growth, affordable prices, low mortgage rates should boost growth everywhere in months ahead
Builder confidence across the country in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report released this week.

February 18, 2015 | 1 comment
'American Idol' contestant visits Pleasanton Middle

Pleasanton teen talked about anti-bullying, performed for students
Pleasanton's very own American Idol contestant Maddy Hudson visited Pleasanton Middle School Friday to spread her message about anti-bullying.

February 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Alert citizen aids in arrest of burglary suspect

Man has prior history of theft-related charges
A 41-year-old Dublin/Oakland man was arrested Thursday on burglary-related charges after an alert citizen reported a man acting suspiciously near several parked vehicles at 3015 Hopyard Road.

February 14, 2015 | No comments yet
BART board votes to continue legal efforts against protestors

Board also bans electronic cigarettes in station areas
A divided BART Board of Directors asked Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley Thursday to continue prosecuting 14 protesters who shut down the West Oakland BART station for several hours the day after Thanksgiving but asked her not to seek restitution from them.

February 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest 3 for I.D. thefts at Sheraton Hotel

Charged over $1,500 using fraudulent credit card information
Pleasanton police arrested three suspects yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel on 5990 Stoneridge Mall Road in connection with the use of fraudulent credit card information that hd resulted in over $1,500 dollars in charges.

February 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Today, it's all about heart

Pleasanton stores, shoppers and students geared up for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a pretty big deal here in Pleasanton.

February 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks shine at Winter Championship

Local swimmers post high finishes in range of events
The Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers earned a variety of high finishes and personal bests during the 2015 Zone 2 Winter Championship meet held Jan. 24-25 in Moraga, leading to 14 Seahawks being selected for the upcoming Zone 2 All-Star Meet.

February 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Share African culture at Pleasanton Library program this afternoon

Maasai songs, dance, storytelling part of 1 p.m. presentation
Experience the vitality of Africa as the Friends of the Sironka Maasai Dance Troupe perform at the Pleasanton Library at 1 p.m. today.

February 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Symphony to celebrate youth and romance at tonight's performance

'Young Love' will feature pianists who won regional competition
Livermore-Amador Symphony's next concert, "Young Love," will take place Saturday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore with works by Rossini, Prokofiev, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

February 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Pianist to perform Polish and Russian masterpieces tonight

'An Evening of Music' in Pleasanton will benefit Valley Concert Chorale
Valley Concert Chorale is offering "An Evening of Music with Pianist Daniel Glover" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave.

February 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Warm and fuzzy foster families

Something special in the works for volunteer's 50th birthday
Volunteers who foster kittens and puppies for Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton until they are ready for adoption might agree that they get their charges for the best part of their lives.

February 17, 2015 | 7 comments
Job fair for teens scheduled in March

Opportunity for summer employment
Pleasanton teens are invited to attend the "Tri-Valley Teen Job and Career Fair" at the Pleasanton Senior Center on March 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

February 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Students host public speaking contest, classes

Sign-ups for contest still open
RSVP Speech, an affiliate of Amador Valley's DECA club, provides free public speaking classes and will be hosting their second annual public speaking contest on March 7.

February 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to seek governor's post in 2018

Touts accomplishments of Gov. Brown, who will be termed out of office in 2018
Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he plans to run for governor in 2018.

February 12, 2015 | 20 comments
Livermore man who died in crash last Friday identified

Andrew Kling, 19, killed in accident on I-580 at Grant Line Road
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has identified a man who died Feb. 6 in a single-car crash near Interstate Highway 580 east of Livermore as 19-year-old Livermore resident Andrew David Kling.

February 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Cigarette cleanup Feb. 21 by Pleasanton youth group

Community service opportunity for high school students
The Public Policy Subcommittee of the Pleasanton Youth Commission will host "Cigarette Butt Cleanup" events next Saturday (Feb. 21), offering community service opportunities for local high school students.

February 12, 2015 | 6 comments
Thoratec reports 4th quarter revenue of $128 million

Year-end revenues were $477.6 million, down 5%
Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation, developer and manufacturer of device-based mechanical circulatory support heart therapies has reported revenues of $128 million for the its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014.

February 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Gasoline up 7 cents in past month

Average price now is $2.65/gallon in Northern California
The price of gasoline has gone up by 7 cents in the last month to
a statewide average of $2.65, the Northern California branch of the American Automobile Association announced Tuesday.

February 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board approves student achievement plans

PPIE donates $330,000 to instructional coaches, counselors
The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved the Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) as recommended by district staff Tuesday night.

February 11, 2015 | 3 comments
Fire department donates two out-of-service fire trucks to Tulancingo

Organizations pitch in to handle paperwork, transportation
Two fire-fighting vehicles that were about to be retired from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department fleet have been donated to Pleasanton's sister city Tulancingo, Mexico.

February 10, 2015 | 3 comments
Pleasanton school district ranks among Bay Area's best

Middle, high schools also receive high ratings in new report
The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has been ranked the third-best school district in the Bay Area, according to the 2015 Niche rankings -- a website that provides reviews and rankings on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

February 12, 2015 | 31 comments
O'Malley receives Irvine Foundation grant

County D.A. works to end sexual exploitation of children
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, recently named the county's "Citizen of the Year," was honored again this week at a Sacramento luncheon with the by the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

February 10, 2015 | No comments yet
State contacting one million income tax non-filers

Tax board using multiple data to find income records
If you didn't pay your California taxes in 2013, the state's the Franchise Tax Board is looking for you.

February 10, 2015 | 3 comments
IRS lists its 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams for 2015

Tthreatening phone calls from scam artists continuing across U.S., agency warns
The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams last week with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

February 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Tickets on sale for Pleasanton's 4th annual St. Patrick's Brew Crawl

Downtown merchants, local breweries joining together for festive 'go green' night on March 14
Tickets are now on sale for the fourth annual St. Patrick's Brew Crawl on March 14, a St. Patrick's Day event sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

February 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Chamber hosting 52nd annual Community Service Awards at Firehouse tonight

Event to honor individuals, organizations, businesses for excellence, leadership
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will recognize individuals, groups and businesses who have demonstrated excellence and community leadership in business, volunteer activities and achievement within the Pleasanton community tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Councilman Pentin, 2 others take seats on Wheels bus system board

Livermore, Dublin leaders also named to Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Pentin and two others have been appointed to the board of directors of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels bus system.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen advances to national science competition finals

Finalists selected from 300 semifinalists, more than 1,800 entrants
An Amador Valley student has been named a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) 2015, which recognizes young innovators in the United States who are creating technologies and solutions that aim to positively impact people's lives.

February 12, 2015 | 7 comments
Pleasanton man arrested after police standoff

58-year-old allegedly threatens officers while holing up in Antonini Way home
A Pleasanton man was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats following a police standoff Sunday evening.

February 9, 2015 | No comments yet
PUSD 'We The People' teams finish strong at state competition

Amador Valley headed to nationals after win; Foothill places third
The Amador Valley High and Foothill High "We The People" Competition Civics teams had strong showings at the state competition held Jan. 30-31 in Bakersfield, with the Dons taking the top spot in the event.

February 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Anthem data hack affects up to 80 million customers, employees

Cyber attack nets personal info such as names, addresses, medical ID and Social Security numbers
State agencies are investigating how a data breach affecting the personal information of as many as 80 million Anthem customers and employees happened and offering assistance for those affected.

February 6, 2015 | 2 comments
School board to discuss student achievement goals tonight

Restoring programs, new child nutrition services director, student recognitions also on agenda
During tonight's school board meeting, the Pleasanton school board will hear a report and possibly approve the 2014-15 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) -- which focuses on curriculum and instruction, the learning environment, and personal development.

February 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Man reported missing found safe

A 26-year-old man missing since Wednesday morning was found safe late Thursday afternoon, according to Pleasanton police.

February 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Wines & Valentines in Pleasanton tonight

8th annual Museum on Main fundraiser at Castlewood Country Club
The eighth annual Wines & Valentines winemaker's fundraiser to benefit the Museum on Main will be held at Castlewood Country Club at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

February 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Teatime for helping others

20th annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party tickets on sale
You don't have to be mad to attend the 20th annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Castlewood Country Club each spring; you just have to enjoy a good spread and a lively speaker -- and want to support the programs of Assistance League of Amador Valley.

February 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse to face-off at Firehouse tonight

Eighth season for Pleasanton's teen improv troupe
Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's 31-member teen improv troupe, is presenting Face-Off 2015 tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man charged with embezzling from Little League

Police: Ex-PALL president used money from league accounts to pay for family vacation
A former president of Pleasanton American Little League was arrested Thursday morning after police allege he stole more than $20,000 from the league's accounts, using some of the money to pay for a family trip to Southern California.

February 5, 2015 | 26 comments
Campana music festival returns to Amador Valley High campus today

40th annual jazz celebration; anniversary party to follow
The 40th annual Campana Jazz Festival is set for today at Amador Valley High School. The day-long event is named in honor of the late Jim Campana, AVHS music director from 1959-79.

February 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's economy: A very good year for City of Planned Progress

"Pleasanton continues to be well-positioned to sustain and grow its economic base," outgoing finance director says
Wrapping up her work as Pleasanton's finance director for the last 4-1/2 years, Emily Wagner has given an upbeat assessment of the municipal government's last fiscal year and an even more optimistic report on the year ahead.

February 5, 2015 | 10 comments
Pleasanton police search for missing adult

26-year-old man last seen at his home Wednesday morning
Pleasanton police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 26-year-old man last seen at his home Wednesday morning.

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Pleasanton

Children's dance troupe to mark occasion at Pleasanton Library on Sunday
Young dancers from Xiaopei Chinese Dance will perform their "healthy babies" dance at the Pleasanton Public Library at 2 p.m. this Sunday in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is Feb. 19.

February 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Museum hosts evening with Pleasanton historian tonight

Curator Ken MacLennan is author of new local history book
Ken MacLennan, Pleasanton historian and author of a new local history book will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. tonight at the Museum on Main's Ed Kinney "An Evening with..." at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill athletes sign letters of intent

Seven student-athletes commit to college programs across United States
In honor of National Signing Day, seven Foothill High student-athletes were recognized at a small ceremony Wednesday morning where they signed their letters of intent with colleges from all across the United States.

February 4, 2015 | 10 comments
Citizen of Year awards dinner airing on TV30

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley honored with 2015 award
TV30 is now broadcasting the "Citizen of the Year" awards dinner where Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley won the 2015 award.

February 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council approves new $2.45 million firefighters contract

Agreement provides 3% raises in each of next 4 years
It took just a few minutes Tuesday night for the Pleasanton City Council to ratify a new 3-1/2-year contract with unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department that provides 3% pay increases each year over the next four years.

February 3, 2015 | 11 comments
District releases tentative start, end dates for 2015-16 school year

Classes will start Aug. 25 for school year that ends June 10, 2016
The Pleasanton school district released an update regarding the 2015-16 instructional calendar on its website this week.

February 3, 2015 | 18 comments
Dublin chief to take regional communications post

Tom McCarthy has headed police force on county contract
Dublin Police Chief Tom McCarthy has announced plans to leave his post at the end of February to become the executive director of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA).

February 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Council to vote tonight on new $2.45 million firefighters contract

Agreement provides 3% raises in each of next 4 years
The Pleasanton City Council tonight is expected to ratify a new 3-1/2-year contract with unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department that provides 3% pay increases each year over the next four years.

February 3, 2015 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert issued for Tuesday, 23rd for season

High levels of air pollution detected in region
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday, meaning that burning wood or other solid fuels will be prohibited because of high levels of air pollution in the region.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Lone Republican bows out of State Senate race

Pleasanton political newcomer then endorses Glazer of the four Democrats left vying in special election
The only Republican candidate to qualify for the State Senate special election ballot announced Monday that she was dropping out of the race and endorsing Orinda Democrat Steve Glazer for next month's primary election.

February 2, 2015 | 6 comments
'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

23rd alert this season
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday, meaning that burning wood or other solid fuels will be prohibited because of high levels of air pollution in the region.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore park district offers specia programs in February

Programs open free to Pleasanton residents
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff is offering the following programs during the month of February.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Williams succeeds Roberts as chair of Tri-Valley Conservancy

Pleasanton businessman joins TVC board
Pleasanton businessman David E. Doyle will succeed former Planning Commissioner May Roberts on the board of the Tri-Valley Conservancy, a Livermore-based accredited non-profit land trust.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
IRS offers tips for filing 2014 returns

E-filers find the process is safe, accurate, and easier
The Internal Revenue Service is offering tips to make it easier than ever this year to file 2014 taxes.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
BUSC forms men's Amateur soccer team

Team will compete in NorCal Adult Premier League this year
Ballistic United Soccer Club alumni player and IFX Soccer owner Michael Carlson of Pleasanton, together with local soccer enthusiast Stephen Schlett, will lead BUSC's first ever men's Amateur team for the 2015 season.

February 2, 2015 | No comments yet
It's over! Safeway now owned by Boise-based Albertsons

Safeway stock no longer listed for trading on New York Stock Exchange
AB Acquisition LLC, the owner of Boise-based Albertsons, acquired Pleasanton-based Safeway Friday, with shares of the former Safeway, Inc. also delisted at the same time by the New York Stock Exchange.

January 31, 2015 | 17 comments
Pleasanton teen heads to 'Hollywood Week'

Episodes air Wednesday, Thursday
Pleasanton teen Maddy Hudson is headed to Hollywood Week after receiving, not one, but three golden tickets from American Idol judges during the San Francisco auditions aired Jan. 28.

January 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Oakland man arrested for commercial burglaries

Identification of suspect made possible by high-quality surveillance cameras
An Oakland man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary-related charges for three separate incidents.

January 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district offering 'Parent Project' classes

Program aims to empower parents, transform teens
The Pleasanton Unified School District will be presenting a 10-week Parent Project class for parents with 11-19 year olds.

February 1, 2015 | No comments yet
BART customer satisfaction drops

'High ridership, aging infrastructure stressing BART system,' BART general manager says
BART is looking to improve service after numbers from a recent survey revealed customer satisfaction with the transportation service has fallen.

February 3, 2015 | 9 comments
AAA offering free tows Super Bowl today

'Tipsy Tow' program open to everyone, including drivers not members of AAA
Drivers who drink while cheering on their team Super Bowl tonight can get a free tow home after the game.

January 31, 2015 | No comments yet
State faces 4th year of drought as snow pack in Sierra decreases in January

'Will definitely have impact on East Bay,' EBMUD says
Snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range has decreased in the month of January, fueling concerns that California may have to endure a
fourth consecutive year of drought, the Department of Water Resources reported yesterday.

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Bay Area delegation in Arizona to prep for hostng 2016 Super Bowl

Super Bowl host committee, few dozen public safety officials on trip to see Glendale handles crowds
A delegation from the Bay Area is in Arizona for the Super Bowl learning all they can in preparation for hosting the big game themselves at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara next year.

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
DSRSD hires new managers for engineering, administration

General manager: 'Executives bring valuable experience and insight todistrict'
Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, has hired two senior managers to oversee engineering and administration, filling openings created when three members of its management team retired in 2013.

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Understanding Common Core

Pleasanton school district implementing new state standards
As the first month of the new year ends, the Pleasanton school district is continuing to fully implement the new Common Core State Standards.

January 30, 2015 | 33 comments
Amador Theater resounds with dynamic two-piano concert

Tamriko Siprashvili, Temirzhan Yerzhanov delight fans with energetic classical pieces
The two classical pianists embraced the keyboards of the Steinway grands last Saturday night at the Amador Theater with a finely tuned fervor that brought out the nuances of the well-chosen program.

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Review: 'Les Mis' hits all the right notes

Audience responds with outbursts of applause, standing ovation
Haunting music performed to perfection. Comic relief delivered with verve. A good man rising above injustices done to him. Motherly and fatherly as well as romantic love. And throw in young men fighting for freedom in early 19th-century France.

February 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Repertory Theatre brings '50s to the Firehouse stage

'Forever Plaid' and 'The Taffetas' playing alternate dates, Jan. 30 to Feb. 15
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) continues its fifth season at the Firehouse Arts Center with a pairing of the classic 1950s musicals, "Forever Plaid" and "The Taffetas."

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton author pens allergen-conscious cookbook

Author tells how to cook for friends with food allergies
Pleasanton resident Christina Gray decided she needed to learn all she could about food allergies, and she spent the next few years working on creating tasty new recipes without allergens.

January 30, 2015 | 7 comments
Sign-ups underway for Pleasanton adult softball, bocce and more

The city of Pleasanton has announced ongoing registration for spring adult sports programs offered through its Community Services Department. Sign-ups are available for teams to compete in softball, bocce, volleyball and men's basketball -- or players can register as free agents.

February 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks swim at All-Star Meet

Pacific Swimming team finishes in 2nd place
Three Pleasanton Seahawks represented the Pacific Swimming association at the Pacific Coast All-Star Meet in Commerce (outside Los Angeles) earlier this month.

February 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill cheer teams rank high at SoCal competition

Varsity, JV squads earn trips to Best of the West event in March
Foothill High School's competition cheer teams placed in the top rankings the last weekend at the CheerPros State Championship in Southern California.

January 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen honored for NFL Punt, Pass and Kick performance

Harvest Park Middle School hosted a celebration last week for eighth-grader Collin Travasos, who competed earlier this month in the national finals of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick youth event. Representing the Oakland Raiders, Travasos finished fourth in the boys 12-13 age group.

February 3, 2015 | No comments yet
College district board names new trustee to replace Barbara Mertes

William Macedo, a Chabot College graduate, will fill Livermore post
William Macedo of Livermore has been appointed to the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board of trustees, taking the seat vacated by Barbara Mertes, who retired in December.

January 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley ROP, Las Positas College introduce 'middle college' program

Informational meeting scheduled for tonight
In collaboration with Las Positas College, the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program, Dublin and Livermore school districts -- Pleasanton school district is offering its current high school sophomores an opportunity to a receive a high school education while concurrently earning college credits.

February 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district loses ruling in Vranesh case

Judge orders PUSD to make 25+ people available for depositions
An attempt by the Pleasanton Unified School District to deny former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh a hearing into its allegations against him has been rejected and the district has been ordered to immediately make more than 25 individuals available for depositions.

January 28, 2015 | 47 comments
Hacienda manager installed as chairman of Pleasanton Chamber

Vows ambitious program in 2015 to boost business, city's appeal
James Paxson, general manager of Hacienda, was installed Tuesday as chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for 2015.

January 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Albertsons, Safeway receive clearance for proposed merger

Deal to be completed in 4 days; Safeway to be delisted from New York Stock Exchange
AB Acquisition LLC, which owns Boise-based Albertsons, and Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. have received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the companies' proposed merger, which was announced on March 6, 2014.

January 28, 2015 | 4 comments
Board discusses laptop program for Pleasanton middle schools

'We want to bring technology to all students,' district says
The Pleasanton school board heard a report from middle school principals at its meeting Tuesday night about a proposal to expand the traditional Laptop Program to all middle school students.

January 28, 2015 | 21 comments
Youth in Government Day applications due tomorrow

Participants will shadow City, school district staff
Pleasanton high school students still have time to apply to participate in the 2015 Youth in Government Day scheduled for Feb. 19.

January 28, 2015 | No comments yet
California housing market back to normal

Not so here where sales and price run-ups were seen throughout 2014
California's regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half.

February 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Dublin Council ends two months of debate, chooses Wehrenberg for vacant seat

Former planning commissioner will take position vacated when Haubert elected mayor last November
After nearly 15 hours of public and closed-door meetings over the last two months, the Dublin City Council Monday night voted 3-1 to appoint former planning commissioner Doreen Wehrenberg to fill Mayor David Haubert's vacated seat on the council.

January 27, 2015 | 9 comments
TRAVELERS ALERT: East coast snowstorm prompting cancellations at SFO

36 departures, 49 arrivals cancelled so far today
The snowstorm on the nation's east coast has prompted the cancellation of 36 departures and 49 arrivals so far today at San Francisco International Airport.

January 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Sandia's PR chief moving to U.C. post

Mike Janes has been media's lab contact for 13 years
Mike Janes, the public relations and communications officer at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, is leaving that post tomorrow to become the strategic communications director at the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Davis.

January 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Foothill DECA brings home awards from NorCal conference

53 members attended DECA conference
Members from Foothill High School's DECA club excelled at California DECA's Annual Northern California Career Development Conference in San Ramon -- bringing home a total of 125 awards.

January 27, 2015 | No comments yet
4 Democrats, 1 Republican enter State Senate race

Candidate nomination period ends ahead of March special primary election
The candidate list for the upcoming State Senate special election is set, with four Democrats and one Republican successfully filing nomination papers last week to qualify for the race to represent Pleasanton and the rest of the 7th State Senate District.

January 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Millennials seek smaller houses, but won't sacrifice details

Younger, first-time buyers demanding smaller, more affordable homes
As Millennials begin to enter the home buying market in larger numbers, homes will get a little smaller, laundry rooms will be essential and home technology will become increasingly prevalent.

January 28, 2015 | 5 comments
Interviews today for 5 seeking Las Positas College board seat

Selected candidate will fill position vacated by former Trustee Barbara Mertes
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board of trustees will interview five applicants today who are interested in filling the board seat vacated by former Trustee Barbara F. Mertes.

January 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board looks at 4 new high school courses tonight

The Pleasanton school board will be discussing the possibility of four new high school courses for the 2015-16 school year during tonight's school board meeting.

January 27, 2015 | 2 comments
East coast blizzard causing SFO, San Jose to cancel some flights

Travelers should call airlines as situation changing throughout Monday
Thirty-eight departures and 21 arrivals have been cancelled so far for today at San Francisco International Airport, an airport official said this morning.

January 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Air quality district orders 22nd wood burning ban of season for today

'Even little wood smoke in air will cause air pollution,' official says
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 22nd Winter Spare the Air Alert for today.

January 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab, Sandia partnering in cybersecurity consortium

$25 million grant connects labs with 13 black colleges in project
With a $25 million grant, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories will work with 13 historically black colleges and universities and the Charleston (S.C.) County school district as partners in a Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium to help solve pressing and challenging cybersecurity problems.

January 26, 2015 | No comments yet
IRS warns about phone scams, phishing as 2015 tax season gets underway

3,000 victims have paid over $14 million as a result of scams, IRS commissioner says
The IRS is kicking off the Dirty Dozen tax scams campaign for 2015 this week with pervasive phone scam and phishing the first of 12 alerts for taxpayers.

January 26, 2015 | 5 comments
Significant changes to the state's initiative process.

California League of Cities analyses new regulations as measure proposals considered for 2016 election.
New legislation signed into law last September made significant changes to the state's initiative process.

January 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda County offering no-cost tax preparation for low/moderate income taxpayers

Individuals, households whose 2014 income was $53,000 or less qualify
The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) is providing no cost IRS-certified tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers through April 15.

January 29, 2015 | 1 comment
ValleyCare auxiliary donates $250,000 for equipment upgrades

Volunteer group raises money primarily through sales at its Livermore Thrift Shop
The ValleyCare Auxiliary has given the ValleyCare Health System $250,000 as a donation to be used for hospital equipment upgrades.

January 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Zone 7 urges everyone to keep conserving water use

More rain, mountain snow needed to ease drought, agency says
Despite all that rain in December, serious drought conditions persist and Zone 7 urges everyone in its service area to continue to conserve.

January 23, 2015 | 7 comments
Pleasanton police see increase in daytime home burglaries

Typically occurring between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pleasanton police put out a warning Thursday through Nixle about an increase in daytime residential burglaries.

January 23, 2015 | 31 comments
Finding a fresh perspective with life coaches

People turning to them for help in defining goals, achieving them
When Caroline, 42, welcomed a woman into her home, courtesy of Airbnb, the two ended up having some good conversations. The guest noted all the decorative candles that Caroline had placed throughout her tasteful condo and suggested she light them for herself.

January 23, 2015 | 10 comments
Bonilla, Buchanan debate at State Senate candidate forum

Tri-Valley Democratic Club endorses Buchanan for upcoming special election
Two Democrats hoping to become the region's next state senator shared their views on key topics while making their cases to constituents in their party during a public forum Monday night in Dublin.

January 22, 2015 | 5 comments
Homeowners' surveillance leads to arrest in Pleasanton Meadows mail thefts

Calls help cops track down, nab 49-year-old suspect
A 46-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday as part of a Pleasanton police investigation into several thefts of mail from the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood.

January 22, 2015 | 7 comments
Pleasanton teen talks about 'American Idol' audition

Episode featuring local high school senior to air next week
A Pleasanton teen is set to appear on Fox television next week as part of her audition for the 14th season of "American Idol" in San Francisco.

January 23, 2015 | 13 comments
Pleasanton temporarily suspends drought billing penalties

December rainfall raised reservoir levels, but more is needed
In a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the Pleasanton City Council suspended the billing penalty component of the city's emergency drought mandate for a period of 90 days.

January 21, 2015 | 15 comments
Pleasanton Council gives thumbs up to new $2.45 million firefighters contract

Agreement, to be ratified Feb. 3, provides 3% raises in each of next 4 years
With the clock approaching 10 p.m. and only two men -- both firemen -- left in the room, the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday night tentatively approved a new 3-1/2-year contract with unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department that provides 3% pay increases each year over the next four years.

January 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton names new finance director

Pittsburg's chief financial officer to succeed Emily Wagner
Tina Olson has been named the new Finance Director for the city of Pleasanton, succeeding Emily Wagner, who is retiring but will stay on in a temporary position until Oct. 1 on special financial assignments.

January 21, 2015 | 6 comments
Foothill cheer teams rank high at SoCal competitions

Teams competed against more than 10 cheer teams
Foothill High School's competition cheer teams placed in the top ranking last weekend at the United Spirit Association (USA) regional competitions in Southern California.

January 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Police dispatcher retires after 32 years

Police chief: Her contributions, presence will be missed
Pleasanton police dispatcher Denise Lakner has retired after 32 years of service with the Pleasanton Police Department.

January 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters to get 3% raises in each of next 4 years

Contract proposal goes to City Council tonight
Unionized firefighters in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department are being offered 3% pay increases each year over the next four years in a new contract proposal that will be considered by the Pleasanton City Council tonight.

January 20, 2015 | 35 comments
Michelle Obama urges Pleasanton Council to listen to Obama's speech tonight

First Lady says president's talk will be about 'challenges you face'
Although the Pleasanton City Council has a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, President Obama's wife wants its members to be sure to tune in to her husband's 6 p.m. "State of the Union" address first.

January 20, 2015 | 35 comments
Sunflower Hill to host 'Special Needs' planning symposium Jan. 31

Forum will talk about benefits for those with disabilities
Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton based nonprofit organization for families and individuals with special needs, has scheduled its second annual financial planning symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday Jan. 31 at Las Positas College.

January 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Rotary holding spaghetti feed, family carnival at 4 p.m. today

Open to public, event supports youth programs, 4-H
Pleasanton North Rotary will offer a fun-filled afternoon and evening for parents and children from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at its third-annual Spaghetti Feed & Family Carnival at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St.

January 20, 2015 | No comments yet
New Leaf, customers donate poultry, cash to Alameda Food Bank

Customers donate $39,753 at cash registers to local food banks during store's annual holiday food drive
New Leaf Community Markets and partner Smart Chicken donated 695 pounds of chicken to the Alameda County Food Bank during the store's holiday food drive, held Nov. 4 to Dec. 31.

January 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Today is 'Day of giving blood' by blind and visually impaired

Blind community, others rallying together to add to local blood supply
The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired will join the American Red Cross in holding a one-day, special blood drive in Pleasanton today.

January 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Consider life without owning a car

Today, there are many options to conventional car ownership
Most baby boomers couldn't envision their early adult years without a car. However, times are changing and younger commuters are leading the way.

March 2, 2015 | 7 comments
Government offices, schools closed today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YMCA observance will be next Monday in Pleasanton
Schools and government offices will be closed today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Nanette Farag named Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Baker

5 others hired for key positions of Republican legislator's staff
State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Pleasanton) has filled key staff positions for both her Sacramento and district Offices.

January 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Nurses' union says settlement ends its dispute with Kaiser Permanente

18,000 RNs gain 'stronger patient care voice' at Kaiser hospitals, union leaders say
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United reported yesterday that it has agreed to a tentative contract for its 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics.

January 18, 2015 | No comments yet
YMCA breakfast to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this morning

2 community leaders, an organization to receive Y's 'Legacy' awards
Community leaders will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this morning at the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast hosted by the Tri-Valley YMCA.

January 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Kaiser mental health care workers strike for patient care

Only union among 30 at Kaiser unwilling to reach contract settlement, Kaiser spokesman says
About 200 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers marched Friday morning through Oakland to Kaiser's corporate headquarters to demand the company increase its staff of mental health workers.

January 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Granny Smith, Gala apples recalled due to Listeria

Caramel apples supplied by Bidart Bros. also part of recall
Granny smith and gala apples are being recalled nationwide after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing
facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

January 17, 2015 | 15 comments
20th 'Spare the Air' day alert of season issued for Saturday

3rd consecutive alert this week
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 20th winter spare the air alert of the season for today, Saturday.

January 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Swalwell to have Afghan interpreter as guest at tonight's 'State of the Union' address

Mohammad Usafi served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) will have as his guest at President Obama's "State of the Union" speech tonight an Afghan interpreter who served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

January 18, 2015 | 4 comments
Taylor Family Foundation celebrates 25 years of giving

Organization helps children, families who are in critical need
The Taylor Family Foundation, founded in 1990 by Barry and Elaine Taylor, is kicking off a year-long celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary and 15th year of camp.

January 16, 2015 | No comments yet
49ers defensive line coach promoted to head coach

Jim Tomsula previously was team's interim head coach for one game in 2010
The San Francisco 49ers choice to succeed former head coach Jim Harbaugh is the coach who immediately preceded him.

January 16, 2015 | No comments yet
California's housing market returning to normalcy

But Bay Area pauses while sales move higher in rest of state
California's regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half.

January 18, 2015 | No comments yet
MTC seeks to fill vacancies on advisory council

One open seat available for Alameda County candidate
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- the Bay Area's transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency -- is recruiting interested Bay Area residents to fill three vacancies on its Policy Advisory Council.

January 29, 2015 | No comments yet
O'Malley to be honored at TV30 gala tonight

Fundraiser part of ongoing events by broadcasting's 'Voice of the Valley'
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will be honored as "Citizen of the Year" Saturday at a dinner hosted by the Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation at Garre Vineyards in Livermore.

January 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Ballistic United U12 team wins State Cup

Local boys defeat San Ramon squad in final
The Ballistic United U12 Premier boys soccer team has won the Blue Division State Cup, capping its run with a 4-1 victory over San Ramon Azuri in the final played in Hayward.

January 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks shine at Winter Sectionals

Team takes 3rd, Morsilli named 'Coach of the Meet' at L.A. event
The Pleasanton Seahawks achieved a third place victory in the recent Speedo Champions Winter Sectionals meet in Los Angeles with two of its swimmers setting new records and coach Steve Morsilli earning Coach of the Meet honors.

January 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen reaches national Punt, Pass and Kick finals

Travasos places fourth in age group in annual NFL youth competition
Harvest Park Middle School eighth-grader Collin Travasos competed in the National Football League (NFL) Punt, Pass and Kick national finals last weekend in Washington state, earning a fourth-place finish in his age group.

January 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Thanks for giving to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Annual fundraising campaign nets $71,000+ in donations for 2014
Friday marked the close of the Pleasanton Weekly 2014 Holiday Fund, and it's also a time to say thank you to the 335 contributors whose donations totaled $71,410.

January 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Commuter Alert: Protests underway in Oakland, BART's Montgomery Street station

Organizers demanding BART drop charges against 'Black Friday 14'
Protests are underway this morning in Oakland and at BART's Montgomery Street station, affecting rapid transit service and also leading to jam-packed traffic on freeways heading into San Francisco.

January 15, 2015 | 4 comments
49ers defensive line coach promoted to head coach

Jim Tomsula previously was team's interim head coach for one game in 2010
The San Francisco 49ers choice to succeed former head coach Jim Harbaugh is the coach who immediately preceded him.

January 15, 2015 | No comments yet
18th winter 'Spare the Air' day alert issued for today

Unhealthy air from Central Valley may be contributing factor to current poor air quality
A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Thursday, banning wood burning for the 18th time this season.

January 15, 2015 | 1 comment
With flu season here, Stanford doctor talks about new strain

'I can't stress enough how important it is to get vaccinated,' she says
It's that time again when many Americans are ringing in the new year with a fever, sniffles and extreme fatigue – otherwise known as the flu.

January 15, 2015 | 5 comments
Four arrested in Pleasanton shooting

Police: Pair shot at, uninjured in incident at Kensington apartments
Pleasanton police arrested four people this week on suspicion of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy related to a shooting incident at The Kensington apartment complex on East Gate Way on Tuesday morning.

January 15, 2015 | 15 comments
Pleasanton school board rescinds modified lite calendar

2015-16 school year will follow the traditional calendar
The Pleasanton school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to revert back to the traditional calendar starting the 2015-16 school year.

January 14, 2015 | 102 comments
Public preview of proposed math instructional materials starts today

Materials are not available for check out
The Pleasanton school district will be having the proposed K-12 math instructional materials available for public preview starting today and remaining on display until Feb. 13.

January 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Governor schedules 7th Senate District special election

Primary set for March 17, special election to follow May 19
Gov. Jerry Brown has scheduled the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate vacancy for the 7th District, which includes Pleasanton.

January 14, 2015 | No comments yet
San Jose's fire chief moving to top fire department post here

Ruben Torres, with 29 years of experience, to head Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
Ruben Torres, currently the fire chief in San Jose, has been hired as chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, succeeding Jim Miguel, who retired.

January 13, 2015 | 37 comments
DSRSD, Pleasanton water customers cut water use in 2014

Response surpasses statewide goal of 20% reductions
Customers of Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD)responded effectively to the drought by using 24% less potable water in 2014 than in 2013, a reduction of 882.6 million gallons.

January 20, 2015 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' streak ends after 11 straight days

Burning still discouraged on Tuesday, but not mandatory
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking the public to voluntarily forego burning wood or other solid fuels on Tuesday, but it's not mandatory.

January 13, 2015 | 10 comments
10 Livermore Lab researchers named 2014 APS Fellows

Join the nearly 100 lab employees elected APS fellows.in last 30 years
Ten Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society.

January 15, 2015 | 1 comment
Pleasanton house fire causes about $200,000 in damages

Touriga Drive blaze starts in garage, spreads to roof
A house fire on Touriga Drive in Pleasanton Sunday caused about $200,000 in damage.

January 12, 2015 | 8 comments
Golden Gate Bridge reopens after weekend closure

Moveable concrete and metal barrier designed to prevent head-on collisions
The Golden Gate Bridge reopened Sunday evening more than six hours ahead of schedule after crews installed a moveable concrete and metal barrier.

January 12, 2015 | No comments yet
11th consecutive 'Spare the Air' day alert issued for today

No wood burning indoors or outdoors for 24 hours
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the 11th consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert for today.

January 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Police arrest 2 in Pleasanton, Richmond in walk-in bathtub scheme

Customers out tens of thousands of dollars
A father and daughter from Danville were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a 60-count criminal case involving walk-in bathtubs that were misrepresented to elderly victims, officials said.

January 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Volcanos partly explain global climate warmng 'hiatus,' Livermore Lab says

Could be responsible for the recent lull in temperature increases
The "warming hiatus" that has occurred over the last 15 years has been partly caused by small volcanic eruptions.

January 13, 2015 | No comments yet
O'Malley launches campaign to stop human trafficking

Billboards, bus shelter posters to raise public awareness of problem
Posters marking National Human Trafficking Awareness Month are being placed on billboards and in bus shelters throughout the Bay Area as part of a campaign launched by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley.

January 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Common Core math workshop, instructional materials fair today

Event will take place in the Harvest Park multipurpose room
The Pleasanton school district is scheduled to host a Common Core Math Workshop and Instructional Materials Fair today.

January 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board meets tonight for 3rd look at 2015-16 calendar

Board also to discuss in closed session lawsuit by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh
The Pleasanton school board will be taking another look at the previously-approved modified lite calendar during tonight's school board meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

January 10, 2015 | 48 comments
Carlson sentenced to 26 years in prison for 1984 Foothill High student murder

Tina Faelz killed while walking home from school April 5, 1984
Steven Carlson was sentenced at an intense and emotional hearing Friday to 26 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing a 14-year-old Foothill High School classmate 44 times in 1984, when he was 16 years old.

January 10, 2015 | 10 comments