2016

Pleasanton woman assaulted on Main Street early Friday

Woman wrestles attacker away, calls 911
A 43-year-old Pleasanton woman was assaulted just after midnight Friday as she was walking in the 300 block of Main Street in the downtown business district.

December 30, 2016 | 19 comments
Police investigating assault downtown

Woman reported being grabbed from behind while walking home
Pleasanton police are investigating an assault downtown in which a woman reported being grabbed from behind by an unknown man.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Year in Review: Into the sunset with 2016

Local elections, new park amenities, conflict over development and PUSD turnover among top headlines of past year
As Pleasanton debated whether to allow new homes at Lund Ranch or pave the way for a Costco on Johnson Drive, everyone welcomed the continuing progress of Bernal Community Park and a special memorial for veterans at Pioneer Cemetery. Drought water restrictions were eased, a new dog park opened, leaders were re-elected and the school district hired -- and later suspended -- its new superintendent. What a year!

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Spreading the joy of soccer to girls abroad

RAGE players, coach travel to South America to share love of the game
Not every girl has the means or the access to enjoy the sport of soccer.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: A New Year's celebration

Craig and Karla Garcia, along with friends Nile and Cindy Godfrey, rang in last New Year's at Barone's restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. They brought the Pleasanton Weekly along to celebrate, with dancing at the Pleasanton Hotel after dinner.

December 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's CarMax holding job fair today to fill 70 new positions

Recently-opened national retailer expanding its only Tri-Valley operation
CarMax, which is expanding its operations at 2750 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton, will hold a job fair Saturday to fill 70 new positions.

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
No action at special school board meeting Tuesday night

Board holds closed session for 2nd week in a row
The Pleasanton school board took no action after meeting for more than an hour in closed session Tuesday night to discuss unspecified employee discipline and anticipated litigation.

December 28, 2016 | 6 comments
TV30 to announce winners of its 'Lucky Fan' contest today

Gift certificates, Bankhead shows, Wente dining among prizes for those registered
Tri-Valley TV is offering viewers an opportunity to win free stuff by signing up to be a TV30 “Lucky Fan."

December 29, 2016 | No comments yet
New traffic safety laws for 2017 now in effect

New rules pertain to DUIs, cell phone use
The California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of new traffic laws pertaining to cell phone use, driving under the influence and child safety that took effect New Year;s Day.

December 28, 2016 | 27 comments
School board approves pay increase for substitute teachers

Struggle to hire continues, district says
Substitute teachers in PUSD schools will take home slightly larger paychecks beginning next month.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Police investigating theft of handgun, car

Items worth approximately $80,000 reported stolen from Pleasanton home
Pleasanton police are investigating a burglary in which $80,000 worth of items -- including a handgun -- were reportedly stolen from a residence.

December 28, 2016 | 8 comments
Genealogy expert to talk about War of 1812 at 7:30 p.m.tonight

Lecture at Congregation Beth Emek will focus on those affected by war
Kathryn Miller Marshall, considered an expert on the history of early California, will speak Monday on the War of 1812 and those affected by it.

December 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Environmental review docs released for controversial $15 billion Delta tunnel plan

Proposal still needs to be approved by state, federal regulators
Thousands of pages of environmental review documents were released last week on the controversial plan to build massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to transport water to Central and Southern California.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Two Pleasanton golf professionals win NorCal PGA awards

Jones earns Horton Smith Award; Faulkner is Private Merchandiser of the Year
Two Pleasanton golf professionals were singled out with top recognition among their peers earlier this month, taking home honors during the Northern California PGA's annual section awards.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Community college district seeks oversight committee applicants

Nominations due by 5 p.m. Jan. 20
Las Positas College and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District are seeking residents interested in becoming a member of the district's Measure A and B Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
30 evacuated from San Ramon Chinese restaurant that caught fire Christmas night

Fire closes Uncle Yu's in San Ramon, no relation to Livermore's popular restaurant with same name
Thirty customers were evacuated from a Chinese restaurant in San Ramon that caught fire Christmas night.

December 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Volunteers serving Christmas dinners to needy today

Dining room opens at 10 a.m. with Indiana University football team helping to serve dinner
Thousands of the needy will be served a Christmas dinner today at St. Anthony's dining room in San Francisco.

December 25, 2016 | No comments yet
New way for Graceway

City's oldest church embraces ECO, an evangelical, conservative Presbyterian denomination
The city's oldest church, newly renamed as Graceway, has been through several metamorphoses since it was founded almost a decade after the Civil War, and its leaders see this year as a time of another rebirth.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
New Year's Eve concert being promoted in Berkeley is a scam, district attorney says

Proceeds supposedly to benefit Alameda County Food Bank, but food bank knows nothing about it
A concert that's being promoted in Berkeley on New Year's Eve that supposedly will benefit the Alameda County Food Bank is a scam, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said.

December 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's recycled water fill station now closed

18-month construction project at sewage treatment plant to prevent public access
Tri-Valley residents who have participated in a program that has given away millions of gallons of recycled water are now out of luck.

December 23, 2016 | 4 comments
Honeywell wins $2.6 billion contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories

Key management changes likely at Livermore, Albuquerque labs
A subsidiary of Honeywell International will take over management of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore and its main operation in Albuquerque early next year after winning the $2.6 billion contract, beating out more than a dozen competitors.

December 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting 'Kiss-Off'comedy show at 8 p.m. tonight

Will Durst, his merry band of pranksters, performing for 24th year
Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters once again, for the 24th year, take their Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show extravaganza to the Bay Area's far-flung nooks and crannies -- also to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Christmas magic: Santa visits bring joy and wonder to the world

Local youngsters create family memories posing with Kris Kringle
Jolly ol' St. Nick brings out the kid in all of us, and watching children share their hopes and dreams with him can be a special time.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Brace for driving over the Bernal bridge later this month

Major repairs, new paint job will last 7 months, force one-way traffic at times
If you're one of the 10,000 motorists who cross the Bernal Avenue bridge over the Arroyo de la Laguna every day, brace yourself for some delays starting later this month when the bridge undergoes its first major repainting and repair work since it was built 75 years ago.

December 26, 2016 | 3 comments
Strong finishes for Foothill cheer

The Foothill High varsity and junior varsity cheer teams each took home first place -- in varsity show cheer novice and JV show cheer novice, respectively -- while group stunt Team 1 earned second place and group stunt Team 2 secured third place at the United Spirit Association regional competition at James Logan High School in Union City earlier this month.

December 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley cheer takes first place

The Amador Valley High stunt team won the varsity intermediate division during the United Spirit Association regional competition at James Logan High School in Union City earlier this month. The full varsity team also earned first place in its division -- intermediate varsity show cheer.

December 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Boy Scouts raising funds with Christmas tree pickup today

Project helps troop pay for camping equipment, summer camp, weekend outings
Pleasanton Boy Scouts from Troop 941 will pick up discarded Christmas trees Saturday as part of their annual new year's fundraiser.

December 24, 2016 | 1 comment
City recruiting for garden patch at Val Vista Community Park

Pleasanton parks officials are putting out a call to residents interested in cultivating plants and vegetables through the city's garden patch program at Val Vista Community Park, 7350 Johnson Drive.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
BART hikes fines for parking illegally at station lots

$35 fines go to $55 effective Jan. 2; permit space violators to face $75 fines
People caught parking illegally at BART lots around the Bay Area will face stiffer fines in the New Year, according to the transit system.

December 22, 2016 | 8 comments
Take Us Along: Above the North Pole

Plane piloted by Emirates First Officer Craig Jarmuz, 2000 graduate of Foothill High School
Anne Jarmuz brought the Pleasanton Weekly to the upper deck of the Emirates Airbus A380 on-board lounge while flying 38,000 feet above the North Pole from Dubai to San Francisco.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes earn floor hockey silver medals

Pinney takes home gold in skills competition
Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes performed strongly in their hometown earlier this month during the Special Olympics Northern California regional floor hockey competition at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

December 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Police department's trading card contest ends today

Collect them all, win rides and more from Pleaasanton police
Youngsters 18 and under can participate in the Pleasanton Police Department's trading card contest through today, New Year's Eve.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton buying $1.3-million new aerial fire-fighting truck

New truck to be housed in Santa Rita Road station
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department won approval Tuesday to purchase a $1.3 million new aerial fire-fighting truck with steering for both the front and rear wheels that will replace a similar older truck nearing the end of its service life.

December 22, 2016 | 2 comments
Council OKs purchase of San Francisco property for $4.2 million

3-acre parcel across from public library eyed as key in future downtown development
In a nearly-empty chamber and with only one objector, the City Council Tuesday agreed to spend $4.2-million to acquire a 3-acre vacant property that has been owned by the City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission since 1930.

December 21, 2016 | 11 comments
Pentin named vice mayor for 2017

Succeeds Councilwoman Kathy Narum in one-year appointment
Councilman Jerry Pentin was named the vice mayor of Pleasanton for 2017 Tuesday night, succeeding Councilwoman Kathy Narum who held the post this year.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton court commissioner charged with misconduct resigns

Lawyer for Taylor Culver, 70, says allegations 'unfounded, lack merit'
A veteran Alameda County Superior Court traffic commissioner assigned to the Pleasanton courthouse who was accused of mistreating defendants and making inappropriate comments to clerks has resigned.

December 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Swalwell meets with troops, diplomats during overseas trip

Local congressman joins House Intelligence Committee delegation
Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) returned last weekend from a congressional trip to Japan and South Korea as part of a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence delegation.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's 5 police chiefs since 1954 hold reunion

Early chiefs served long terms
With few chiefs in the history of Pleasanton's Police Department, a recent reunion of "top cops" made for a very special afternoon.

December 21, 2016 | 3 comments
Armed robbery reported at Stoneridge Mall

Pleasanton police are investigating after a woman reported being robbed at gunpoint outside the Stoneridge Shopping Center late Tuesday morning, according to a department spokesman.

December 20, 2016 | 14 comments
Pleasanton school district superintendent placed on administrative leave

Personnel matter being investigated, board says
Less than six months into his tenure, Pleasanton school district Superintendent Rick Rubino has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into an unspecified personnel matter.

December 20, 2016 | 40 comments
Fatal postal truck crash snarls freeway through Danville

Hours of delays southbound as crews work to pick up spilled packages
A Sacramento man died after crashing a delivery truck on Interstate 680 in Danville early Monday morning, with the wreck wreaking havoc on the morning commute through the San Ramon Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area today

Ban includes manufactured fire logs, pellets other solid fuel that is burned either indoors or outdoors
The Bay Area's air quality officials have issued another "spare the air" wood-burning ban for today.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Retired flight attendants deliver furry friends for Hope Hospice patients

Organization of former Pan Am workers provides 'touch of comfort' for those 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 20, 2016 | No comments yet
TV30 broadcasting season's parades, tree lighting

Marathon of events, entertainment to air Christmas Day
Tri-Valley Television is offering viewers a chance to view this season's holiday parades and tree lightings through the holiday season.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Luxury home sales surge 45% in East Bay in November

Pleasanton leads with sale of 5-bedroom, 5-bath, 8,300-square-foot home for $3,730,000
East Bay luxury home sales surged more than 45% last month from a year ago as the local market closed out the fall home-buying season on a roll, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the Bay Area's leading provider of luxury real estate services.

December 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Hacienda receives awards for commute benefits

Wins Annual Race to Excellence citations
Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation, singled out Hacienda in Pleasanton as one of 18 employers nationwide at the annual "Race to Excellence" virtual awards ceremony.

December 21, 2016 | No comments yet
McCaffrey opting not to play for Stanford in Sun Bowl hurts spirit of game

Last chance to have real brotherhood bond with teammates
Somewhat lost in the sports news of the last couple of weeks was the decision of Stanford football star Christian McCaffrey opting not to play for Stanford in the upcoming Sun Bowl.

December 21, 2016 | 10 comments
First winter 'Spare the Air' day alert issued for today

Illegal to burn wood in fireplaces, wood stoves, other devices
The first winter Spare the Air Alert in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for today.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire destroys Mason Street home in Pleasanton

Blaze starts in garage, causes $180,000 in damages
A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed a single-story, family home on Mason Street in Pleasanton Sunday afternoon, displacing a family of two adults and three children who were not at the home at the time.

December 18, 2016 | 2 comments
15-year old in critical condition after car hits him near Dougherty Valley High

Fatal crash this morning on I-580 east of Altamont
A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after a car hit him near Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon Saturday evening.

December 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Parents, educators celebrate Reflections winners

Pleasanton students' creativity recognized through annual arts program
Pleasanton educators and community members recognized the works of local young writers, artists and performers at two recent events.

December 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Castro Valley woman found dead after suspicious fire identified

Incident being investigated as homicide, arson
The Alameda County coroner's bureau has released the name of a Castro Valley woman found dead in a suspicious fire at her home last Tuesday.

December 17, 2016 | 3 comments
City Council meets tonight on spending $4.2 million to acquire 3.18-acre site across from library

Last piece of San Francisco-owned property could soon be ours
The City Council is expected to move forward tonight with a proposed purchase of a vacant 3.18-acre property across from the public library that the city of San Francisco has owned since the 1930s.

December 16, 2016 | 33 comments
Man of the Year: Army Major Doug Miller, a Pleasanton leader

'All activities, experiences miracles of life, and benefit of having been born in this great country,' Miller says
Most soldiers, when they return home from active duty, hang their uniforms in the closet and go back to school or civilian jobs. Some stay in the reserves; others join veterans organizations; still others make use of their military experience as volunteers in their communities and in company leadership positions. Doug Miller, our 2016 Man of the Year, an Army captain and helicopter pilot in Vietnam, has done all of that and keeps on serving.

December 16, 2016 | 14 comments
Family tradition carried on for three generations

Santa does all the work -- and parents are exhausted
The John and Tish Deus family practiced the same tradition each Christmas, which was handed down from his family: Santa would deliver the Christmas tree fully decorated, put up all the decorations and deliver all the presents, after the children went to bed Christmas Eve.

December 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Sandra J. Wing: A cancer patient's best friend

942 undergo treatments since she started nonprofit to help those with cancer
The language of cancer is grim: chemotherapy, radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, bone marrow transplant. Sandra J. Wing knows. She's been there. She's a dual cancer survivor who found therapy helped her on her cancer recovery journey and created the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation to aid others along their way

December 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Trader Joe's moving its Pleasanton store to Rosewood Pavilion early next year

Grocer will move into recently-vacated Fresh and Easy site
Trader Joe's plans to move its Pleasanton store now on Pimlico Drive to the space vacated when Fresh and Easy closed at 3903 Santa Rita Road in the Rose Pavilion shopping center.

December 16, 2016 | 20 comments
12.4 million Californians expected to travel over holiday period now underway

10.9 million will be on roads, 1 million on planes
The American Automobile Association's Northern California division has projected that more than 12.4 million state residents will celebrate the end-of- year festivities with an excursion out of town, representing a 1.8% increase from last year.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area freeway patrol joins Waze Connected citizens program

2-Way data share designed to ease congestion
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has entered into a data-sharing partnership between its Service Authority for Freeways (SAFE) unit and Waze (http://www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowd-sourced navigation app, in which MTC-SAFE's Bay Area Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) and Waze each will share information to provide the public with better traffic and roadway information.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin police out in force this holiday season

Tips for playing it safe during holidays
Dublin police are reminding the public to be extra cautious during this heavy holiday shopping period.

December 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Tassajara Road to re-open this afternoon

New culvert will allow more stable flow of water underneath roadway, stopping future deterioration
Tassajara Road in Dublin will re-open in time for the afternoon commute Friday.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Covered California insurance deadline extended to tonight

Increased demand prompts extension for Obamacare coverage
The deadline for people to sign up through Covered California for medical insurance coverage that kicks in Jan. 1 has been extended to late Saturday night.

December 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Oakland fire chief: No record found of inspections at Ghost Ship

Department report based on scouring records dating back to 2004
A thorough records check by the Oakland Fire Department has turned up no records of the department ever inspecting the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale district where 36 people were killed in a fire earlier this month, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said Tuesday.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
County supervisors OK preliminary financial terms for $1.3 billion Raiders stadium plan

Carson opposes plan because it could divert funds needed for services to the needy
A plan aimed at keeping the Raiders football team cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to approve a non-binding term sheet for a $1.3 billion stadium plan.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board trustees sworn in to new terms

Administrators also give bond program update at final meeting of 2016
In front of a packed audience of friends, relatives and other well-wishers, re-elected trustees Valerie Arkin and Jamie Hintzke and newly elected member Steve Maher were sworn in to new four-year terms Tuesday night.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
State's Electoral College members to vote today

All Democrats, electors expected to choose Clinton, Kaine
California's 55 Democratic members of the Electoral College will gather in Sacramento Monday to cast their votes for president and vice president.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sandia donates 725 books to Livermore's VA Hospital

Program spearheaded by Lab's Military Support Committee
Some 725 books donated by the employees of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore have been given to patients at the Veterans Administration's hospital in Livermore, as well as to VA hospitals in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Yuba City.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Police: Man arrested after driving in circles on Sports Park fields

'Large portions of turf' damaged, city to seek restitution, sergeant says
Pleasanton police arrested a Castro Valley man early Tuesday morning after they allege he damaged turf at Ken Mercer Sports Park by driving around on the wet sports fields in a pickup truck.

December 13, 2016 | 10 comments
Dublin seeks nominations for outstanding citizens, organizations awards

Deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Jan. 13.
The city of Dublin is accepting nominations for its the 2016 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Organization of the Year awards.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill girls’ soccer team opens home season with 9-1 win over Washington High

2 Amador Valley boys win spots on All-East Bay Athletic League water polo teams
The Foothill High girls' soccer team opened its home campaign by blasting Washington (Fremont) by a 9-1 final last Tuesday.

December 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board trustees to take oath of office tonight

Bond program update, substitute rate increase proposal also on meeting agenda
Re-elected Pleasanton school board members Valerie Arkin and Jamie Hintzke and newly-elected trustee Steve Maher will take the oath of office at 7 p.m. tonight.

December 13, 2016 | 4 comments
Livermore Lab campaign raises $3.8-million for charitable organizations

Donations include $1 million in matching funds from Lawrence Livermore National Security
Employees at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) have donated a record $3.8 million to charitable organizations.

December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Silicon Valley Community Foundation names chief donor experience officer

Foundation handles, processes Holiday Fund donations
Misti Sangani has been named chief donor experience and engagement officer for Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Work begins on extending recycled water pipes along Valley Avenue

Expect traffic delays during project that will allow recycled water irrigation services
Crews have started work to install recycled water pipes and irrigation services along Valley Avenue to Arroyo Del Valle.

December 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Carol Thompson retiring from Child Care Links

Viewed as driving force of nonprofit for last 35 years
Carol Thompson, executive director of Child Care Links and for over 35 years the driving force of the private, non-profit agency, will retire at year's end.

December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
Police warn of calls from person claiming to be a retired officer seeking donations

Pleasanton police are warning residents to be aware of phone calls from a person fraudulently claiming to be from the Pleasanton Police Department.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Secret meetings lead to $1.3 billion stadium plan to keep Raiders in Oakland

Oakland Council, Alameda County Board of Supervisors to vote on proposal tomorrow
After months of secret meetings, Oakland and Alameda County officials late Friday announced a plan to build a new $1.3 billion stadium aimed at keeping the Raiders football team in Oakland and stopping it from moving to Las Vegas.

December 11, 2016 | No comments yet
More rain expected for Pleasanton, Bay Area,overnight and through Saturday

More rain is headed to Pleasanton and other parts of the Bay Area overnight tonight and into
Saturday, with the greatest concentrations expected along the coastal mountains and in the North Bay, according to the National Weather Service.

December 9, 2016 | No comments yet
DSRSD board awards $15.1 million for recycled water plant improvements

Work to expand facility's production capacity by 70%
Work is scheduled to begin next month on an $18.2 million project being undertaken by Dublin San Ramon Services District and partnering agencies to meet the growing demand for recycled water in the Tri-Valley.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Home safety for the holidays

Pleasanton police offer security tips for business owners, residents
The Pleasanton Police Department is looking to team up with business owners and residents to cut down on thefts that dampen holiday spirits.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
It's time for winter sports

Previewing basketball, soccer, wrestling for Foothill and Amador Valley
There will be a different look to the East Bay Athletic League this season as Dublin and Dougherty Valley join the league. As the result of having 10 teams, the basketball and soccer leagues have been divided in two, five-school divisions.

December 9, 2016 | 2 comments
What a parade!

20,000 spectators, 74 units made this largest Hometown Holiday event ever
Kudos to Brian Dutchover and Michelle Dunaway for their year-long effort to make sure last Saturday's Holiday Parade was a success.

December 9, 2016 | 2 comments
Assemblywoman Baker hosting holiday open house at 6 p.m. tonight

Baker giving constituents time to share local concerns before start of new legislative session
Pleasanton's newly re-elected State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) is hosting a holiday open house for constituents throughout her 16th Assembly District on Tuesday at her district office in San Ramon.

December 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Oakland mayor promises measures to prevent future 'Ghost Ship' warehouse tragedies

With warehouse search completed, security perimeter to be downsized, streets re-opened
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Wednesday announced a series of measures her administration will take to try to prevent future tragedies such as the fire at a warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale district on Friday night that killed 36 people.

December 8, 2016 | 7 comments
Hayward caregiver, 25, arrested in fatal Castro Valley shooting

2nd homicide in Castro Valley in a week
A 25-year-old Hayward man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for the fatal shooting of another man in the unincorporated Alameda County
community of Castro Valley on Sunday morning.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
2 new courts approved for Pleasanton tennis complex

Council rejects $1-million proposal from Parks and Recreation Commission
The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to build two new courts at the Pleasanton Tennis Park at an estimated cost of $600,000, rejecting a recommendation by its Parks and Recreation Commission for a $1-million project.

December 7, 2016 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Council suspends annual rate increase on water bills

Urges those angry about increased bills to take complaints to Zone 7 board
Under fire from Pleasanton homeowners alarmed by rising water bills, the City Council Tuesday voted to suspend for one year the city's portion of the automatic Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase on water and sewer rates for 2017.

December 8, 2016 | 17 comments
Thorne, Brown, Pentin take oath of office as new terms begin on Pleasanton Council

Mayor starts 3rd 2-year term, 2 others to serve 4 more years
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and City Council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin were sworn in to their new terms in office Tuesday after winning re-election on Nov. 8.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
City ends 2015/16 fiscal year with $4.4 million surplus

Year-end budget report reflects healthy economy for Pleasanton, City Manager says
The Pleasanton City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday night to accept its 2015/16 fiscal year operating budget that shows a $4.4 million surplus.

December 7, 2016 | 9 comments
Dublin flying flags at half-staff today in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

All city of Dublin flags will be flown today at half-staff in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Oakland mayor reports history of complaints about "Ghost Ship" warehouse

36 bodies recovered; all but one identified
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Tuesday night that 30 years of records for the "Ghost Ship" warehouse at 1315 31st Ave., and a neighboring vacant lot at 1305 31st Ave., will be made public after a tragic fire that killed at least 36 people Friday night.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Robin Fahr named marketing chief at Visit Tri-Valley

Leaves TV30 post after 25 years
Robin Fahr, who for the last 25 years has been a news anchor and host/producer of "Conversations With Robin Fahr" at Tri-Valley Television (TV30), has been named Director of Marketing and Communications at Visit Tri-Valley.

December 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Swalwell named to party leadership post

Youngest co-chair of Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) was appointed last week to a key leadership post within his party, as Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives selected him to serve as co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

December 8, 2016 | 7 comments
Cold, wet weather expected this week in Pleasanton, Bay area

Chilliest temperatures lingering this morning.
Temperatures in Pleasanton and the Bay Area are expected to drop in the coming days followed by wet weather later in the week.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Flags flying at half-staff at county facilities in honor of victims of Oakland warehouse fire

'Entire community grieving over this unspeakable tragedy' -- County Supervisor Scott Haggerty
Flags are flying at half-staff at all Alameda County facilities in honor of the dozens of people who died in a warehouse fire in Oakland last Friday night.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
DSRSD hires new operations manager

Jeff Carson brought over from city of Hayward
Dublin San Ramon Services District has hired Jeff Carson, formerly with the city of Hayward, as its new operations manager.

December 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley wins all four matches in wrestling Duels

Monte Vista.goes undefeated in EBAL play, wins 3 NCS games, yet not considered for state playoffs
Amador Valley opened the wrestling season in style, winning all four matches in the Don Duels last Saturday.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Santa's waiting!

Santa's at Center Court in Stoneridge Mall through Christmas Eve
Santa Claus looks like he's taking a short rest in his chair at Stoneridge Shopping Center where he visits with children and sometimes their parents in Center Court.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Thousands turn out for parade, tree lighting in downtown Pleasanton

Holiday tree in front of Museum on Main will stay lighted through New Year's Day
Thousands lined Main Street sidewalks and outdoor eateries Saturday night for a festive holiday parade, followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony in front of the Museum on Main.

December 5, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay Park District warns of poisonous mushroom danger in parks

Toxic mushrooms can be found in any district park with oak trees, including in and near Pleasanton
The East Bay Regional Park District is warning residents to be extra vigilant outdoors because of poisonous mushrooms.

December 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Fundraiser in Pleasanton this morning for ill teen

Tri-Valley community coming together for Kayla Andrade
Kayla Andrade, 14, is the kind of person who's always quick to offer support be it a helping hand, a smile or a hug, according to her mother DeeDee Riley.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Parade opens holiday season at 5 p.m. today on Main Street

Santa comes to Pleasanton
Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony will be held starting at 5 p.m. today on Main Street.

December 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Remembering Pearl Harbor today, 75th anniversary of attack

Pleasanton changed as high schoolers went off to war, thousands came here for military services
Pleasanton's new and majestic Veterans Memorial atop the hill at Pioneer Cemetery was dedicated last month in time to be a symbol of remembrance as we observe the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday.

December 5, 2016 | 10 comments
Red Cross urges blood, platelet donations in Pleasanton this holiday season

Blood donors with type O, B negative and A negative blood needed
The American Red Cross is seeking eligible donors to contribute blood or platelets this holiday season, when donations can decline because of busy holiday schedules and travel plans while the need remains constant.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
'Sound of Music' for families opening today in Pleasanton

70-minute version aimed at introducing children to live musical theater
Pleasanton's youth theater company is presenting an adapted version of "The Sound of Music," one of a series of Broadway musicals shortened to about 70 minutes to introduce children to live musical theater while keeping their well-known songs and essence.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton contractor that built apartment balcony in deadly collapse could have license revoked

State board says Segue Construction 'willfully disregarded' construction plans, leading to deaths of 6 students
A state regulatory agency is seeking to revoke or suspend the license of a Pleasanton contractor that oversaw construction of the Berkeley apartment balcony that collapsed last year, killing six students and injuring seven more.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley golfers win PGA Jr. Championship

Las Positas ACE Junior Team dominates final in Arizona
Ten young golfers from the Las Positas ACE Junior Team have brought home the national title after controlling Team Georgia in the final match of the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf National Championship tournament in Arizona.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Fairgrounds horse track, stables closing for winter

Officials: Decision resulted from end of funding agreement with Golden Gate Fields
The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association has decided to close down its horse training operation for the winter beginning Dec. 26, leaving Tri-Valley owners and trainers without a local facility to practice and Pleasanton fairgrounds workers uncertain about their future employment.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Mayor, 2 Council members to be sworn in to new terms tonight

Then it's down to business with new tennis courts on agenda
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and City Council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin will be installed in their new terms in office at 7 p.m. tonight after winning re-election on Nov. 8.

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
'A Rocky Mountain Christmas' at Firehouse Arts Center today

Jim Curry will present his salute to John Denver at two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

December 1, 2016 | 1 comment
Tassajara Road will re-open Dec. 16 after paving delayed by November rain

Closure necessitated by replacement of failing drainage culvert near northern Dublin city limits
The opening of a portion of Tassajara Road in Dublin and Camino Tassajara Road in Contra Costa County that was closed in May for road improvements will now be delayed two weeks due to weat

December 2, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales rise 10% in October, but prices decline

Pleasanton saw 13 home sales above $1.5 million, 3rd highest in East Bay
Luxury home sales in the East Bay rose more than 10 percent last month from a year ago but the median sale price declined, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

December 1, 2016 | No comments yet
State appeals court clears key hurdle for Warriors move to San Francisco

Team expects to move in 2019
Plans for a Golden State Warriors arena in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco cleared a crucial hurdle Tuesday when a state appeals court upheld the environmental review and permits for the project.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Officials offer tips for safe holiday shopping

Strategies for in-person and online gift-buying
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Pleasanton Police Department is offering up tips for safe gift-hunting to prevent unwanted steals.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Enrollment open for Citizens' Police Academy

Classes begin Jan. 19
The Pleasanton Police Department is now accepting applications for its 25th Citizens' Academy, which will run from Jan. 19 through April 27.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
4 Foothill cheer squads going to nationals

Falcons earn 3 wins, 1 second-place finish at regionals
The four Foothill High School competition cheer teams secured spots in nationals next March as a result of their strong finishes in the USA Regional Competition in American Canyon on Nov. 13.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: NCS still stands for 'No Common Sense'

New football playoff format shows the more things change, the more they stay the same
I think over the years my two favorite sayings have been, "It is what it is" and "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Rotary Club's holiday luncheon for seniors set for today

35th annual event includes dinner, entertainment
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its annual holiday luncheon for seniors Friday at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

December 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Drive-by shooting in unincorporated Castro Valley kills home occupant

'Crime of this magnitude very uncommon in Castro Valley,' sheriff's deputy says
A man was murdered in a possible drive-by shooting in front of his home in unincorporated Castro Valley Monday evening, according to Alameda
County Sheriff's deputies.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
District attorney activates hate crime hotline

Hundreds of hateful incidents reported nationwide following election
The Alameda County District Attorney's office has activated a telephone hotline for reporting hate-related crimes.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Hacienda's Helping Hands awards grants to 4 nonprofit organizations

Helping Hands has distributed more than $150,000 to community service groups
Hacienda Helping Hands has awarded four grants to organizations providing local services.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Year-end tax moves that could save you money

You may need to make some tax moves before end of 2016, financial analyst says
The end of the year is approaching and between visiting friends and family and celebrating the holidays, your taxes may be the last thing on your mind.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Local effort underway to support Wreaths Across America program

Ggoal is to place live fir wreath at headstone of all 560 veterans buried at Pioneer Cemetery.
Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day.

December 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Dates extended for 2017 Alameda County Fair

Fair to run for 20 days with fall horse racing also returning
The Alameda County Fair will run 20 full days in 2017.

November 28, 2016 | 6 comments
Dublin to host its 33rd annual tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. today

Visitor from North Pole due to arrive as ceremony ends
The city of Dublin will celebrate the start of the holiday season with its traditional lighting of the tree at the Dublin Civic Center at 7 p.m. Thursday.

November 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Christmas concert at 7:30 tonight at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

Program to feature classical, Gospel and traditional holiday songs
A free public Christmas concert will be held tonight at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Pleasanton.

December 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore’s 140 year history now airing on TV30

2 city leaders bring to life pictorial presentation of Livermore’s pivotal place in Tri-Valley history
A television program commemorating the 140th anniversary of the city of Livermore is now being broadcast several times a week on TV30, the Tri-Valley's community television station.

November 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Hintzke secures final Pleasanton school board seat

Incumbent's victory confirmed with all ballots counted
With all votes counted, two-term incumbent Jamie Hintzke has solidified her re-election to the Pleasanton school board with a 144-vote victory over challenger Kathleen Ruegsegger for the final board seat, according to the final election update released by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley YMCA: Strengthening our communities

Local nonprofit among 10 beneficiaries of 2016 Holiday Fund
Colorful photos adorn the wall behind the front desk of the Tri-Valley YMCA's new Family Wellness Center in Pleasanton, catching patients' eyes as they walk into the waiting room.

November 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Council commendations honor community contributors

Michelle Michelotti-Gable praised for contribution of defibrillators in honor of late husband
Michelle Michelotti-Gable, daughter of former City Councilwoman Sharrell Michelotti, has won the commendation of the current council for her contribution of defibrillators to be placed in city parks.

November 24, 2016 | No comments yet
'Vineyards of the Valley' exhibit at Las Positas College

Reception tonight in Barbara Mertes Theater building
Las Positas College is exhibiting "Vineyards of the Valley," photographs by Virginia George, through Friday in the lobby of the Barbara Mertes Theater building with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

November 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Happy holidays at Hacienda

Continuing a decades-old tradition, holiday wreaths have been placed on the arches leading into the Hacienda community. Each year, Hacienda's distinctive wreaths are hung from the arches at Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive and at Hacienda Drive and I-580, and decorative accents are included in all four of Hacienda's feature intersections.

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society to hold 'Giving' campaign today

Organization relies on contributions for its funding
As part of the nationwide Giving Tuesday effort to focus attention on contributions to charities in the wake of commercial spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society is hoping to raise vital funds for local dogs and cats on Tuesday.

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay Parks waiving fees today, Black Friday

encourage the Encourages public to hit the trails, not the malls
The East Bay Regional Park District is waiving admission and parking fees for everyone on Black Friday.

November 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Lifetime Achievement, Danville's Mike Doyle

Outgoing Town Councilman reflects on 25-year tenure on dais
Change is in the air with the new year on the horizon, and Danville's town government certainly won't feel the same starting next month.

November 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Rising Star, supporting special needs youth

Blackhawk's Connor Bruce recognized for leadership in community
When Sports Illustrated named Connor Bruce its High School Athlete of the Month last April, it could easily have been assumed that the national magazine was simply recognizing the exceptional athletic ability the Blackhawk teen brought to every baseball game he caught for the Monte Vista Mustangs.

November 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Giants shortstop, Foothill grad Brandon Crawford gives back to local schools

Foothill, Vintage Hills among grant recipients
San Francisco Giants shortstop and Foothill High School graduate Brandon Crawford, along with Wells Fargo, recently awarded $13,500 in grants to three Tri-Valley schools as part of the KNBR Step Up to the Plate for Education program.

November 25, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Council moves forward on new library/civic center complex

Approves draft master plan, considers going to voters in 2018
The City Council has approved a draft master plan for a new Pleasanton Civic Center complex in Bernal Community Park which could go on the ballot in November 2018 for voter approval.

November 23, 2016 | 30 comments
Alisal students pack 16,000+ meal kits for those in need

Partnership with Kids Against Hunger benefits families in Haiti
Hundreds of students from Alisal Elementary School joined parent and nonprofit volunteers earlier this month to pack 16,200 meal kits for families in need in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley residents to lead national real estate organizations

Brown named president of National Association of Realtors; Souza president of Women's Council of Realtors
Local real estate professionals will lead two of the nation's most prominent and influential real estate trade associations in 2017.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Police seeking information on local stabbing

Victim found in Pleasanton with leg wound
Police are investigating after a young man was found with a stab wound in Pleasanton Sunday evening.

November 23, 2016 | No comments yet

November 23, 2016 | 5 comments
Pleasanton school district enrollment declines

Recently released data aligns with projection
Compared with the 2011-12 school year, student enrollment has declined in Pleasanton Unified School District from 14,873 children then to 14,768 this school year, according to data recently released by the district.

November 22, 2016 | 27 comments
It's Small Business Saturday today -- Shop locally!

Day designated for supporting 3,400 small businesses here
The Pleasanton City Council has proclaimed today as "Small Business Saturday," a day set aside as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both which feature big box retail and ecommerce operations.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Sav Mancieri elected to Hope Hospice Board of Directors

Serves as group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
Sav Mancieri, a group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, has been elected to Hope Hospice board of directors.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
General Election turnout largest ever in Alameda County

Votes must be certified by Dec. 8
Tim Dupuis, Alameda County Registrar, said this week that the General Election on Nov. 8 was the biggest ever in the county.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Amber Huk becomes first Foothill or EBAL girls player to win NCS Singles title

Makes history with 7-6, 6-4 win to bring home championship
Amber Huk entered the North Coast Tennis championships seeded fourth, but wasn't even the East Bay Athletic League champion, as that honor went to the top-seeded Kaitlyn Nguyen of Dougherty Valley.

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
BART to pay $3.1M to settle suit with family of slain local officer

Agency makes no admission of fault, changes training policies as part of deal, family's lawyer says
BART directors have agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by the family of BART police Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Smith, who was inadvertently shot dead by a colleague in a search of a suspect's home in Dublin in 2014.

November 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Rotary's 2nd annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn set for tomorrow morning

Thanksgiving Day program starts at 8 a.m., well before families sit down for turkey dinner
Thanksgiving means it's time to be thankful. What better way to spend your Thanksgiving morning than spending time with friends and family, getting outdoors and exercising, and supporting community youth programs.

November 20, 2016 | 1 comment
2016 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

10 nonprofits to share in this year's fund
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 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero: Pleasanton's Kaitlin Gallagher, Courage Award

Amador grad honored for battling through cancer with optimism and using her experience to help others
Kaitlin Gallagher, 21, a senior at San Francisco State University, grew up in Pleasanton, enveloped in the love of her family -- mom Luci, dad Kevin, sister Madison, now 19, and brother Timmy, now 14, plus both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

November 18, 2016 | 2 comments
Traffic calming fever in Pleasanton

More speed bumps, turn restrictions, electronic radar feedback signs coming as traffic increases
There's a new lexicon for traffic engineers in Pleasanton: It's traffic calming.

November 18, 2016 | 26 comments
Finally, we can get some rest

Whirlwind few weeks of special Pleasanton events end in time for Thanksgiving
For those who enjoy community festivities, band music and crowds, it's been a whirlwind few weeks in Pleasanton.

November 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley cheer squads headed to nationals

The Amador Valley cheer competition team won the Intermediate Small Division and the stunt group won its division at the USA Regional Competition in Tracy on Nov. 6.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill's Gallagher leads the way for local All-EBAL selections

Also: Season to remember for Amador Valley girls water polo
Foothill's 35-7 loss to California in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs last weekend brought the end of the season to high school football in Pleasanton, but the Falcons, along with several players from Amador Valley, were honored when the East Bay Athletic League awards were handed out.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Museum on Main announces 2017 speakers schedule

Attendance continues to grow for popular program
An evening with Booker T. Washington will lead off the 2017 schedule of speakers sponsored by the Museum on Main.

November 18, 2016 | No comments yet
UC, state colleges considering possible tuition hikes

First tuition increase in 6 years would likely amount to $300 or less
University of California students could end up paying higher tuition starting next year if regents approve an increase at their January meeting.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area airports seeing major increase with holiday travel now underway

Travel tips, amenities offered for Thanksgiving, Christmas travelers
The three Bay Area international airports in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose are seeing major increases in passengers traffic as Thanksgiving week travel continues.

November 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Police: Pleasanton boy approached by stranger in suspicious incident

Man tried to give child a ride Tuesday, police say
An 11-year-old boy was approached by a stranger while walking home Tuesday evening in what Pleasanton police are calling a suspicious incident.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Stolen vehicle suspect arrested after brief pursuit

Police say man drove the wrong way on I-580 to evade arrest
A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle into oncoming traffic in an attempt to evade law enforcement.

November 15, 2016 | 5 comments
Rotary Club to hold 35th annual holiday luncheon for seniors Dec. 9

Seniors 62+ eligible to sign up now at Pleasanton Senior Center
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton will hold its 35th annual holiday luncheon for seniors Dec. 9 at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Chick-fil-A's new Pleasanton restaurant now open

Fans camp out, car line up awaiting today's 6 a.m. opening
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., a family owned and privately held restaurant company, opened its first Tri-Valley eatery at 6 a.m. Thursday to hundreds who camped out overnight and others sitting in their cars to order from two drive-up windows.

November 15, 2016 | 2 comments
Las Positas College professor wins Fulbright Scholar grant

Catherine Eagan to teach American Studies in Croatia
Catherine Eagan, an English professor at Las Positas College, has been named a Fulbright Scholar with a grant enabling her to teach American Studies in Croatia.

November 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Community Concert Band presents a holiday concert at 2 p.m. today at Firehouse Arts Center

'Seasonal Variations' is theme of hour-long concert
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will perform at a holiday-themed concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

November 18, 2016 | 3 comments
City Council to review new Civic Center, library plans tonight

Multi-million-dollar complex would include new police station, community center
The City Council will review a task force recommendation tonight that it move forward with planning a multi-million-dollar new City Hall, civic center, public library and police station on a portion of Bernal Community Park.

November 15, 2016 | 6 comments
Hintzke widens lead in school board race

Incumbent has 209-vote edge over challenger Ruegsegger
Pleasanton school board incumbent and current board president Jamie Hintzke has taken a 209-vote edge over challenger Kathleen Ruegsegger in the race for the third seat, according to an election results update released by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters late Monday.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Veterans Memorial dedicated at Pioneer Cemetery in festive ceremony

Hundreds attend 2-1/2 hour event officially opening city-wide project
Hundreds turned out Saturday for the dedication of the new $320,000 Veterans Memorial at the top of Pioneer Cemetery.

November 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Low clouds causing 90-minute delays at SFO; fog blankets much of Bay Area

A dense fog advisory is in effect until later this morning in the
Bay Area with visibility reduced less than a quarter of a mile

November 14, 2016 | 1 comment
Stanford Children's hospital performs record 16 organ transplants in October

'Broadening our ability through telemedicine,' administrator says
Doctors at Stanford University's children's hospital performed 16 life-saving organ transplant surgeries in October, setting a new record for the center.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Updated election tally shows Hintzke ahead in school board race

Hintzke sits at 54 more votes than challenger Ruegsegger, who had 26-vote edge after polls closed
With more local ballots now counted, Pleasanton school board incumbent and current board president Jamie Hintzke stands 54 votes ahead of challenger Kathleen Ruegsegger in the race for the third and final school board seat up for election this fall.

November 12, 2016 | 3 comments
Voters approve local bond initiatives for schools, housing and BART

Measures I1, A1 and RR pass easily in Nov. 8 election
Three local bond measures supporting improved schools facilities, transit infrastructure and affordable housing passed easily in last Tuesday's election.

November 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police cars damaged during anti-Trump protest in Oakland

Department sending officers to Oakland again Thursday afternoon
Three unoccupied Pleasanton police cars were damaged during a presidential-election protest in Oakland on Wednesday evening, the department confirmed Thursday as it prepared to send another team of officers to Oakland.

November 10, 2016 | 31 comments
Livermore: Man arrested for allegedly killing his grandmother, stabbing mother

Suspect Tyler Haskell, 35, seized on Vasco Road Wednesday
A woman who allegedly was fatally stabbed by her grandson in Livermore on Wednesday night was identified by police today as 85-year-old Joan Lininger.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board awards contracts for architectural, construction firms

Some projects get underway during winter break, be completed by around end of holidays
The Pleasanton school board has awarded contracts for planned flooring and resurfacing projects as well as prospective Measure I1 bond project work after voters passed the district's $270 million facilities bond measure.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Veterans Memorial dedication ceremonies at 10:30 this morning at Pioneer Cemetery

Tribute to hundreds buried there
A new $320,000 Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the top of Pioneer Cemetery, marking the completion of a two-year project that has been a partnership between the city of Pleasanton and the city's two veterans organizations, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and American Legion Post 237.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Don Lewis, impacting music and lives

Pleasanton resident earns Arts and Culture award for contributions to musical world, community at-large
Growing up in Ohio in the 1940s and '50s, music was a constant presence in Don Lewis' everyday life. He fondly recalls how his elementary school teachers would lead the class in singing before settling down for a lesson, and how he would picture the performers as he listened to the Metropolitan Opera Company over the radio with his mother.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Cristina Hill, teaching technology to seniors

Innovation award recipient recognized for Girl Scouts Gold Award project, 'Seniors in Touch'
Technology has always been a part of life for 18 year-old Cristina Hill. As a member of the first generation who will never know life without a cellphone or Google, the recent California High School graduate has been figuring out how to take advantage of the wired life since she could talk.

November 15, 2016 | 1 comment
Head of the Class: Munsell reaches out at Harvest Park

New principal looks to make middle school fun
As a little girl growing up in San Lorenzo, Robin Munsell already had her sights set on becoming an educator, playing "school" instead of "house" with her Barbie dolls and writing down her intent to become a teacher in first grade.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
'P-Town Race' returns

Pleasanton artist Margene Rivara displays her stained glass creation, "P-Town Race," which is returning to town after her brother bought it in a competitive Sotheby's phone auction.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
4 students now Pleasanton's Teen Poet Laureates

New group follows tradition started in 2012
According to the free encyclopedia Wikipedia, the honor of being selected poet laureate dates back to the classical age of 1315 and the Italian Albertino Mussato. In modern times, the title is most often conferred by a poetry organization or a league or, most recently, by the Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Incumbent Mayor, Council members re-elected; Measure MM defeated

Maher joins Arkin on school board; Ruegsegger in slight lead over Hintzke as vote counting continues
Incumbents in the race for Pleasanton mayor and City Council were re-elected Tuesday in a spirited contest that also saw Measure MM rejected by a substantial plurality of voters who voters who appeared to favor opening a Costco Warehouse store in the city.

November 9, 2016 | 27 comments
Voters jam some Pleasanton precincts as polls close

Voters kept poll workers busy all day Tuesday, at times filling polling places with long lines waiting to vote

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to consider contracts for architectural, construction firms tonight

Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the meeting was moved due to Election Day
The Pleasanton school board will be asked to award contracts for planned flooring and resurfacing projects as well as prospective Measure I1 bond project work at its regular meeting Wednesday evening.

November 9, 2016 | 4 comments
Foothill earns Best Delegation at Model UN conference

Falcons also take home 31 individual awards from regional competition
Tri-Valley students took home multiple awards from the 26th annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference, held at Diablo Valley College last weekend.

November 9, 2016 | 2 comments
East Bay Parks waiving fees for veterans on holiday

District also halting fees for everyone on Black Friday
The East Bay Regional Park District is waiving admission and parking fees for military veterans today in honor of Veterans Day, and those same fees will be waived for everyone later in the month on Black Friday

November 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton holiday parade set for Saturday, Dec. 3

Floats, marching bands plus civic, city, business, community, youth groups participating
Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Celebration is scheduled for Saturday evening, Dec. 3.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill faces Cal High today after 15-0 win over Amador Valley

North Coast Section Division I playoffs start on California High field
The Foothill varsity football team closed out the regular season with a defensive gem, beating cross-town rival Amador Valley 15-0 in the East Bay Athletic League's final game last Friday.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Thousands turn out for Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade

Event dedicated to those who served during Vietnam War era
Thousands lined Main Street Sunday to watch the 20th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Changes to FAFSA make it easier to apply for student aid

Federal Student Aid submission period now open, 3 months earlier than in previous years.
Do you have a high school senior who is knee deep in the college admissions process?

November 9, 2016 | 2 comments
Driver who shot at another car at I-680-Hwy. 84 exit arrested

No one hurt as CHP chases suspect to Walnut Creek BART lot
California Highway Patrol officers arrested a 49-year-old man who led them on a pursuit after he allegedly shot at another vehicle during a
road rage incident on I-680 Saturday night at the Highway 84 exit.

November 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Record 19.4 million Californians registered to vote, up 1.2 million from 2012

More than 78% of eligible Californians now registered
A record 19.4 million Californians are registered to vote in today's general election, up from 18.2 million in 2012, according to the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
New funding plan in works for suicide deterrent on Golden Gate Bridge

Estimated cost was $76 million, but lowest bid came in at $120 million
There is a new funding plan for a proposed suicide deterrent barrier under the Golden Gate Bridge.

November 5, 2016 | No comments yet
It's back to Standard time; Did you set your clocks back one hour?

Also a good time to test home smoke detectors
Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. today, which means clocks should be set back one full hour.

November 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest 6 in separate alleged theft incidents

Stolen mail, vehicle recovered
Pleasanton police arrested six people and recovered a stolen car, mail and drugs in separate incidents that took place less than five hours apart overnight Thursday.

November 4, 2016 | 17 comments
We're not alone: Peninsula needs 60,000 more housing units

Economic reports cites strong job, population growth as reasons for shortfall
The San Francisco Bay Area's Peninsula region is short tens of thousands of housing units because of strong job and population growth over the last nine years, according to an economic report released Friday.

November 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber PAC supports Baker for 16th State Assembly seat

Rrecognized 'for delivering on her promise to bring a fresh perspective' to Sacramento
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's political action committee Thursday endorsed Catharine Baker for re-election to the 16th State Assembly District.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton orthodontist buys back 1,310 pounds of candy in annual Halloween event

Steven Nerad pays $1 a pound to kids, sends candy to troops overseas
Pleasanton orthodontist Steven Nerad collected 1,310 pounds of candy last week in his annual Halloween host his annual Halloween buy-back event.t.

November 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorsements

Here again are the election recommendations from the Pleasanton Weekly editorial board.

November 8, 2016 | 6 comments
Vote today!

Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; city, school board races lead local balloting
On Pleasanton ballots in today's General Election are candidates for president, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, State Senate and Assembly, Pleasanton school board, Pleasanton's mayoral post and City Council.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Melanie Sadek, making a difference

Community Spirit recipient recognized for dedication to animals in need, child and highway safety
Melanie Sadek has made two careers -- not to mention a world of difference in the Tri-Valley community -- out of her passion for helping some of the most vulnerable populations.

November 4, 2016 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero: Lars Ho-Tseung, supporting the children

'All my life I wanted to be part of the healthy development of kids,' Role Model recipient says
Pleasanton's Lars Ho-Tseung has always had a wide variety of interests. He played four high school sports, became a private pilot and is an avid fan of both tennis and golf. But for as long as he can remember, his real passion has been taking care of kids.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade at 1 p.m. today

20th annual event starts in front of Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street
Pleasanton's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298, the American Legion Post 237 and the Maj. Gen. William F. Dean Chapter of the Association of the United States Army are hosting the 20th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade starting at 1 p.m. Sunday on Main Street.

November 4, 2016 | 2 comments
Special autumn exhibits at Firehouse Arts Center

'Bridges', mixed media works on display in Harrington Gallery
"Bridges" by Belinda Lima is part of one of the two displays in the lobby and hallways of the Firehouse Arts Center as part of the Harrington Gallery's special art exhibits.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Hope 100 Golf Marathon

Event raises $64,000+ in memory of late Castlewood pro
Nineteen golfers gathered to help raise more than $64,000 for Hope Hospice by playing 100 holes in one day at Castlewood Country Club to honor the memory of late Castlewood golf professional Piper Wagner.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Budget woes force reduction in Superior Court clerk hours

Courthouses also to be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2
Budgetary woes are forcing Alameda County Superior Court officials to reduce court clerks' hours beginning in January.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
10 new retailers open at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Pleasanton mall adds to it regional holiday shopping appeal
Five new stores and five holiday "pop-up" shops have opened at Stoneridge Shopping Center in time for holiday shopping.

November 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Police bulletin: Reward offered for information on 'Baggy Pants Bandits'

Rollover crash, unlocked vehicle thefts also among police news
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people suspected of stealing tools from home improvement stores throughout the Bay Area, including in Pleasanton.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley mayors show solidarity on joint-city issues

Folks in Washington 'always impressed' to see 5 mayors together
The mayors of the greater Tri-Valley"Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon"credit their collaboration and cooperation for recent successes in regional improvements in transportation, air and water quality, housing and increased state and federal assistance for projects that are benefiting the area.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton’s $300,000 Cubby's dog park now open

Park named for city’s first K9 ‘officer’
Pleasanton's new $300,000 "Cubby's" dog park opened Saturday following a festive ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Thorne.

November 2, 2016 | 11 comments
Goodguys 27th Autumn Get-Together opens for final day at 8 a.m. at Fairgrounds

Horsepower, patriotism for Veterans Day weekend
The final Goodguys event in 2016 opens today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, ending a two-day run with a special tribute to those in the military during this Veterans Day weekend.

November 9, 2016 | No comments yet
New wood-burning rules in effect as winter 'Spare the Air' season starts

Wood-burning devices now banned in new homes, buildings being constructed in Bay Area
With the Winter Spare the Air season now underway, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is reminding residents in the region about new requirements that have been added to the district's wood burning rule.

November 2, 2016 | 13 comments
With a little help from their friends

Valley Humane Society seeks support for injured dog, cat
Pleasanton-based animal support nonprofit Valley Humane Society is sharing the tales of a pair of its injured pets in the hopes of generating support for the ongoing recovery of the young dog and cat.

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton orthodontist buying back kids' Halloween candy today

Steve Nerad also matching payout to 2 schools with most student contributors
Pleasanton orthodontist Steven Nerad will host his annual Halloween annual candy buy-back event from 2:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesday at his practice in Suite 107 at 1024 Serpentine Lane.

November 1, 2016 | 2 comments
Livermore church boutique today leads off holiday season

Food, pet portraits, works of artisans highlight day-long event
A Holiday Boutique, one of the first of the season, will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore.

November 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High hosts cross-town rival Foothill tonight in 'Battle of Pleasanton'

Game pits Falcon's football coach Sweeney against Dons' newcomer Jones
When Amador Valley and Foothill meet on the football field Friday, there is no need for added incentive for either team, as this is the game that can define a season.

November 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Deadline today to apply for Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship

Program recognize students with strong record of civic engagement
Today is the deadline for students to apply for a Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

November 13, 2016 | No comments yet
WARNING: S.F. Bay mussels contain toxin that can cause liver damage

Most samples tested below recommended limits for human consumption
San Francisco Bay mussels contain high levels of a toxin that can cause liver damage, according to a study announced by UC Santa Cruz.

November 1, 2016 | No comments yet
'My Fair Lady' at Pleasanton Firehouse at 2 p.m. today

Musical opens seventh theater season with local rendition
The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre has launched its seventh season with its production of "My Fair Lady" at downtown Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. with another performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.

November 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Services Nov. 12 for Dr. Gerald Severin, 82

Noted community leaders was first dermatologist in Livermore Valley
Dr. Gerald Severin, the first dermatologist to practice in the Livermore Valley, died last Thursday after a 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and metastatic cancer. He was 82.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Santa Claus arrives this morning at Stoneridge Shopping Center

The jolly old man leads off season of special events
Halloween just closed out the month of October, but stores throughout Pleasanton are already decorating for the Christmas holidays.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
How a little work could lead to over $1,000 in savings

How long would it take you to earn an extra $1,000?

November 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Positas College holding Veterans Day observance today

Army veteran Jim Zenner will be featured speakerUS Army Veteran Jim Zenner will be Featured Speaker
Army Veteran Jim Zenner will be the featured speaker for Las Positas College's annual Veterans Day observance at 10 a.m. today.

November 8, 2016 | No comments yet
TV30 to cover tonight's game between Foothill-Amador Valley

Game will begin airing at 7 p.m. Saturday with play-by-play coverage
TV30 will be at Amador Valley High School Friday to cover its game against cross-town rival Foothill High.

November 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill High issues guidelines for Halloween costumes

All costumes must follow the dress code policy
Halloween is a minimum class day at Foothill High School Monday where administrators also have issued six costume guidelines for those coming to class in Halloween attire.

October 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County Registrar's office open today for voting

Vote by mail ballots can be dropped off at Pleasanton City Hall box 24 hours a day
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will be open Sunday to allow voters to vote early for Tuesday's General Election.

October 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Rain expected today, chance of showers for Halloween

No rain yet in early morning hours as predicted
Widespread rain in the North Bay is expected to move south into
San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area this morning, National Weather Services officials said.

October 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Light amounts of rain expected in region today, tomorrow

Mainly light amounts of rain are expected across the Bay Area
today through Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

October 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley seniors enjoy 'Hairdo Day'

Nonprofit, Pleasanton businesses team up for free event
Several Tri-Valley seniors were treated to a free lunch and hair styling Friday thanks to Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley and local businesses.

October 29, 2016 | No comments yet
FPPC letter

The letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in response to the complaint filed by Matt Sullivan.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air season ends with record number of alerts

27 unhealthy air quality alerts issued this year, 2 more than previous record in 1996
The year's Spare the Air season in the Bay Area has ended with a record-breaking number of alerts, regional air quality officials said.

October 30, 2016 | No comments yet
4 Livermore Lab scientists selected as 2016 fellows of American Physical Society

Pleasanton scientist recognized for her trailblazing decade-long laser studies
Four Livermore National Laboratory scientists, including one from Pleasanton, have been selected as 2016 fellows of the American Physical Society.

October 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Dublin observing Red Ribbon Week

City, police promoting drug-free messages to the city's youth
Red ribbons dot the streets and school grounds in Dublin this week as the city observes the national focus on tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention programs and activities.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools closed today for staff meetings

Halloween Monday will be a 'minimum' day for students
All Pleasanton schools will be closed Friday for staff development.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
New Bernal Park sports fields, Oak Woodland open with flourish

Lighted sports fields, meandering trails part of $16 million complex
The latest Bernal Community Park expansion, a 54-acre, $16.5 million project that adds new lighted sports fields and a grand meadow and Oak Woodland, opened Saturday with hundreds at a colorful ceremony at the newly-named Stanford field.

October 28, 2016 | 13 comments
Museum on Main closed until Nov. 12 for interior painting

Will open briefly Nov. 9 for MoM's Reading Time event
The Museum on Main will close to the public temporarily starting Tuesday to allow for interior painting.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
It's not cheap to run for local office

Costs keep mounting for those seeking election to mayor's post, Pleasanton City Council
Each year the costs keep mounting for those seeking election to the mayor's post and the Pleasanton City Council.

October 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Zone 7 extends temporary drought surcharge

Board also OKs fixed rate amounts for retailers, direct customers
Tri-Valley residents will continue to see a temporary drought surcharge on their water bills as Zone 7 Water Agency's Board of Directors has approved the extension of the $0.57 per 100 cubic feet of water fee for another year.

October 27, 2016 | 22 comments
She's ready for Halloween

It was difficult to choose among hundreds of pumpkins at the Fairground pumpkin patch, but Hailey Morec, 8, a student at Walnut Grove Elementary School, chose this nicely-shaped pumpkin to carve and be the jack-o'-lantern in front of her home in the Birdland community Monday, Halloween night.

October 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Teachers rally in support of state, local school funding measures

Without this funding, teachers say Pleasanton schools could face 'devastating cuts'
Members from the Association of Pleasanton Teachers rallied at schools across the city Tuesday in support of California Proposition 55 and local school bond I1 that are on the Nov. 8 ballot.

October 26, 2016 | 14 comments
Justice Department announce plans for monitoring elections in Northern California

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kane to be on duty while polls are open Nov. 8
Officials in the U.S. Justice Department in Northern California have announced procedures for looking into any allegations of either voter intimidation or voter fraud that may arise in the Nov. 8 election.

October 30, 2016 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board adopts new curriculum for students with dyslexia

Adult ed, deferred maintenance also discussed at regular meeting Tuesday
Pleasanton school board trustees approved new curriculum for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

October 26, 2016 | 2 comments
DSRSD board awards contract for Pleasanton field operations center project

Renovation work to begin next month
Work will soon get underway on Dublin San Ramon Services District's new field operations center in Pleasanton, as the agency's Board of Directors recently awarded a contract for the planned improvements.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales declining

Sales of homes priced at $1.5 million and above drop 15% from year ago
East Bay luxury home sales declined in September and prices edged lower as the high-end market showed signs of cooling off from its red-hot pace earlier this year.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
San Ramon firm sells Pleasanton office building for $15.5M

Private SF investor purchases 'The Atrium' on Stoneridge Mall Road
San Ramon-based Meridian Property Co. recently sold its 74,000-square-foot, multi-tenant office building in Pleasanton known as "The Atrium" to a private investor for $15.5 million.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley youth band holding auditions today

East Bay Jazz gearing up for second season
Tri-Valley high school students are invited to audition for the East Bay Jazz High School All-Star Band's 2016-17 season from 6 to 9:15 p.m Thursday in Pleasanton.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Library to mark 28th year at Old Bernal Avenue location today

Scavenger hunt, slide show, anniversary cake to highlight celebration
The Pleasanton public library will celebrate 28 years at its 400 Old Bernal Avenue location Saturday.

November 15, 2016 | 2 comments
Foothill's win over Granada moves team to 4-4 overall, 3-2 in EBAL play

After suffering through a sluggish first half, the Foothill varsity football team rallied for a thrilling 22-21 win over Granada in East Bay Athletic League play last Friday night.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Rain gone for now, but major storm heading our way tomorrow

Heavy down pour could hit Tri-Valley through Friday morning
The light sprinkles seen in the Tri-Valley Monday are gone for now, but a major storm is due to arrive on Thursday and possibly over the weekend.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
School board meets tonight on adult ed, curriculum for students with dyslexia

Meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom after closed session
Adult and career education, deferred maintenance and curriculum for students with dyslexia are among the subjects Pleasanton school board members are expected to discuss at their regular meeting tonight.

October 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton man arrested for felony DUI

Early morning accident Sunday injured passenger, police say
A Pleasanton man has been arrested for felony DUI following a crash early Sunday morning, the second alleged DUI accident in a span of three days.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
7 Bay Area artists featured in new Harrington Gallery exhibit

Opening night reception at Firehousse Arts Gallery
The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center will open an invitational exhibit called "Urbanscapes" Nov. 3, a show that runs through Dec. 14 and features seven established Bay Area artists whose work evokes the grittier side of inner-city life.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
6th annual Halloween Brew Crawl set for tonight in downtown Pleasanton

Merchants, local breweries come together for night of beer tasting
The Pleasanton Downtown Association will hold its 6th annual Halloween Brew Crawl from 5 -8 p.m. Saturday when downtown merchants and local breweries come together for a night of beer tasting.

October 25, 2016 | No comments yet
League of California Cities names new executive director

4th director, first woman to serve League since it was founded in 1898
Carolyn Coleman, director of Federal Advocacy for the National League of Cities, has been named the new executive director of the League of California Cities.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice offers Medicare overview class today

Family caregivers invited to free program
Hope Hospice in the Tri-Valley will host a free seminar from 9:45 a.m. to noon Saturday on the federal health insurance plan for people 65 and over and those with disabilities.

November 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Charitable group Del Corazon donates $21,000 to Rotary's wheelchair fund

Donation matches club's fund for delivery of 280 wheelchairs to disabled in Peru
Del Corazon, a charitable group that raises money to assist the disabled, has donated $21,000 to the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, an amount that matches the $21,000 the club has already raised to purchase a container of 280 wheelchairs to deliver to Peru this year.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Today is last day to register to vote for Nov. 8 General Election

Multiple ways to register, but must do so before midnight today
Today is the last day for Bay Area residents and Californians in
general to register to vote for the Nov. 8 General Election.

October 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County to close most courthouses over Christmas holiday week

Only main courthouse in Oakland will be open, but for limited hours
Courthouses in Alameda County other than the Wiley W. Manuel
courthouse in Oakland will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

October 24, 2016 | 7 comments
'Good for the Soul' run/walk event now underway to honor Kate Steinle

Registration costs will benefit 2 organizations that help youths
A 5K and 10K marathon along with a "Kids' Challenge" is underway this morning in downtown Pleasanton in memory of Kate Steinle.

October 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Light rain starting today in the North Bay; major storm coming Thursday

Expect half an inch tonight, tomorrow; up to 2 inches possible Thursday through Friday.
A strong storm is possible on Thursday in the Bay Area in the
second of two rain systems forecasted for the week, according to the National Weather Service.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Unemployment rates in Bay Area below state average

Rate in six counties below 4%
The unemployment rate in all nine Bay Area counties was below the
state average in September, state employment officials announced Friday.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
New 4.5-mile-long bicycle, pedestrian path on eastern span of Bay Bridge now open

$98 million project is final segment of path linking Emeryville to Yerba Buena Island
Big changes came to the Bay Bridge over the weekend with the opening of new westbound on- and off-ramps at Treasure Island and the final segment of a bicycle and pedestrian path linking Emeryville to Yerba Buena Island.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Vineyard Avenue reopens several hours after suspected DUI crash

Roadway was shut down to repair power pole
Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton between Ruby Hill Boulevard and Machado Place has reopened in both directions following a Friday morning suspected DUI crash that damaged a power pole, according to Pleasanton police.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 youth essay contest offers shot at lifetime hunting license

Deadline Dec. 16 for submitting essay describing a past hunting experience
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Wildlife Officers Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual "Passing on the Tradition" essay contest for young hunters.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Deadline today to apply for Rotary Club grants to local nonprofits

Grants can range up to to thousand of dollars
Each year the Rotary Club of Pleasanton Foundation awards grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars to local nonprofits.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
DSRSD board votes to oppose Prop 53

Measure would mandate statewide vote on revenue bond projects over $2 billion
The Dublin San Ramon Services District board of has unanimously approved a resolution in opposition to Proposition 53, which would amend the California Constitution to require statewide voter approval of infrastructure projects funded with over $2 billion in revenue bonds.

October 23, 2016 | 3 comments
Hundreds attend Bollywood Night fundraiser for Tri-Valley youth cricket

Event supports Cricket for Cubs' efforts in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon
More than 800 supporters of the Tri-Valley's youth cricket movement recently filled the Harvest Park Middle School gym in Pleasanton for the Laser Dandiya and Bollywood Night fundraiser benefiting local sports not-for-profit organization Cricket for Cubs.

October 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: 108th birthday

Longtime Pleasanton residents Don and Frances Hewitt traveled to Sheffield, Ill., on Oct. 16 to celebrate the 108th birthday of Don's grandmother, Blanche Hewitt (shown in this Take Us Along reading up on the Pleasanton city election candidates in a recent Weekly).

October 24, 2016 | No comments yet
McKeever out at Open Heart Kitchen

Nonprofit's board appoints interim director while it searches for new leader
Linda McKeever, associated with Open Heart Kitchen almost since it was founded in 1995 and most recently its executive director, is no longer with the organization, but nobody seems to know why.

October 21, 2016 | 7 comments
Honoring Tri-Valley Heroes 2016

Standout citizens recognized for giving back to the community
Seven exceptional Tri-Valley residents have been honored by Embarcadero Media's East Bay Division, which includes the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly recommends Arkin, Hintzke, Ruegsegger for school board

Newspaper points to possible conflicts with 4th candidate Maher, whose 3 children work in district
The Pleasanton Weekly today endorsed incumbents Valerie Arkin and Jamie Hintzke for re-election to the school board in the Nov. 8 election and former school board member Kathleen Ruegsegger for election again.

October 21, 2016 | 18 comments
Pleasanton Police Capt. Eric Finn, 'everyone's friend,' retired Friday

Served 28 years as a police officer, 26 of those in Pleasanton
After 28 years of community service as a police officer, 26 of those with the Pleasanton Police Department, Capt. Eric Finn retired Friday.

October 21, 2016 | 10 comments
Foothill grads' new book aims to help women 'come back'

Sisters use their experiences to make recovery easier for others
Never be average. This is the message that sisters Sarah Rusca-Cline and Samantha Messersmith want to give other women, especially those who have suffered infidelity, a divorce or other soul-attacking trauma.

October 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rep reaches new 'Heights' at Bankhead Theater production

Lin-Manuel Miranda musical tells story of NYC community
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" this weekend -- a universal story taking place during three days in New York's vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood, where windows are always open and the rhythm of three generations of music can be heard.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Salute to The Kingston Trio in Pleasanton today

County Line Trio will lead a rousing, nostalgic trip back to the days when everyone exercised their vocal cords, tapped their toes and clapped along to the familiar refrains of all the great folk hits Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Holiday craft fair at Pleasanton Senior Center today

60 local artisans to offer wide array of handmade arts and crafts
For early-bird shoppers, the Pleasanton Senior Center will host a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m."4 p.m. Saturday.

October 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Connor connects at Walnut Grove

New principal enjoys fostering culture, partnerships
During class time, you're likely to find the principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School in his office, which is adorned with greeting cards, children's books and snapshots of his family and former classes.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays to meet today at Amador Valley High

PFLAG provides support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ
A new Tri-Valley chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will convene for its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Amador Valley High School library, 1155 Santa Rita Road.

October 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill High fundraiser set for Nov. 5

Online auction open through Sunday for event that costs $95 per person
The Foothill High School community is set to take part in the annual Falcon Royale fundraiser, with the nighttime gala scheduled for Nov. 5 and an online auction open through 7 p.m. Sunday.

October 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Luxury cinema, dining hub to anchor City Center Bishop Ranch

THE LOT set to open with rest of new complex in fall 2018, reps say
Bishop Ranch officials announced Monday that luxury movie theater and restaurant hub THE LOT is set to come to San Ramon in two years, agreeing to lease space at the planned City Center Bishop Ranch.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
2 westbound lanes on I-580 blocked at Hopyard after trucks crash

Two lanes on westbound I-580 near the Hopyard Road interchange are closed after two big rigs crashed into each other this morning.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley, after win over Dublin, faces Mustangs in Danville tonight

Foothill plays host to Granada after 35-0 to De La Salle
Facing a must-win situation, the Amador Valley football team renewed its long time rivalry with Dublin in style, posting a big 24-7 win over the Gaels laat Friday night.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Nevada governor signs bill aimed at luring Raiders to Las Vegas

Oakland mayor says she's still working to build new stadium here
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says she's still working to build a new football stadium for the Raiders in her city even though Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Monday that's aimed at luring the team to Las Vegas.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire destroys unoccupied Lund Ranch structure

Incident deemed suspicious by first responders
A fire that destroyed an old unoccupied house in Pleasanton Friday night has been deemed suspicious by Pleasanton police.

October 18, 2016 | 3 comments
TV30 to broadcast tonight's Granda vs. Dougherty Valley High game

TV30 sports staff will cover games over next two weekends
TV30 will broadcast two high school football games on Saturday nights at 7 p.m., including tonight's game between Granda vs. Dougherty Valley high schools.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Fundraiser today will benefit firefighters' foundation

Tasty barbecue plates for $5 contribution outside New Leaf Community Markets
Firefighters will be tending a fire over a grill outside New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton Saturday afternoon with all proceeds from $5 lunch plates going to the Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation.

October 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Stay warm, save energy, lower your utility bills

Identify ways to improve energy efficiency
Do you turn the thermostat a notch higher or put on an extra sweater when it gets cold?

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Prescription drug collection, document shredding offered in Dublin today

Program is part of national prescription drug 'Take-Back Initiative'
Dublin Police Services 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. Saturday at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, just off Dublin Boulevard.

October 18, 2016 | 6 comments
Rain over last 4 days exceeds all of month of October last year

175,000 PG&E customers impacted by electrical outages during storms
More than 99% of Bay Area power outages associated with this weekend's storm have been restored, a Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman said this morning.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Nevada Assembly OK's funding for new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas

Raiders owner Mark Davis backs plan for building new stadium in Vegas
The Nevada Assembly voted Friday to approve a bill to spend $750 million in public funds to help build a new football stadium in Las Vegas, aimed at luring the Oakland Raiders there.

October 15, 2016 | 5 comments
New Bay Bridge on-off ramps at Treasure Island open Saturday

$98-million project first began in January 2014
Drivers heading westbound on the Bay Bridge will now have new ramps to enter and exit Yerba Buena/Treasure Island starting Saturday.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Late start day today at Foothill High with PSATs on Wednesday

Students alerted by email over weekend on where to report for test
Students at Foothill High School will have a few minutes of extra sleep time today as the school moves up its usual late start day from Wednesday.

October 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Last days for can openers? Another brand moving to EZ-Open cans

Chicken of the Sea cans the can opener
Hitting supermarket shelves nationwide this week, seafood leader's new EZ-Open cans make classic tuna and salmon recipes easier than ever.

October 18, 2016 | 2 comments
Kaiser Permanente’s medicare health plan receives 5-Star rating for quality, service

2017 recognition comes from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
For the sixth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente's Medicare Health Plan in California has again received the highest overall rating for care quality and service, earning 5 out of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2017.

October 19, 2016 | 5 comments
Walnut Creek city manager resigning to take job with Pleasanton firm

Nordhoff joining government consultant group HdL Companies
Walnut Creek City Manager Ken Nordhoff has announced his intention to leave his position in January to start a new job at the Pleasanton office of HdL Companies, a firm that provides financial consulting services to local California governments.

October 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Today is deadline for late filers of 2015 tax returns

State estimates1.5-million taxpayers took advantage of state's 6-month filing extension
Monday is the deadline for filing personal income tax returns for 2015 to avoid penalties.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County property tax bills now in mail, 1st installment due by Dec. 10

430,000 residents on tax collector's rolls with record amount due of $3.47 billion
Alameda County property tax bills are being mailed this month to the more than 430,000 residents who are on the tax collector's rolls with the first installment due no later than Dec. 10.

October 17, 2016 | No comments yet
City Council appoints downtown Pleasanton planning task force

Members will update 2002 strategic plan, growth opportunities
The Pleasanton City Council has finalized its selection for three at-large representatives to serve on the Downtown Specific Plan Task Force.

October 14, 2016 | 4 comments
3,000 in Bay Area still in dark as second storm of weekend arrives

PG&E restores power to 124,872 Bay Area customers since storms started Thursday night
About 3,100 electric customers were without power Saturday night as the second storm of the weekend passed through the Bay Area.

October 13, 2016 | 2 comments
Meet Pleasanton's school board candidates

Two incumbents, two challengers make their cases to voters as election nears
Election Day for Pleasanton school board candidates is now just three weeks away.

October 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Amador Valley-Dublin high schools renew football rivalry tonight

Foothill football faces tough test at De La Salle
In the 1970s and '80s, the biggest rivalry for Amador Valley was not with Foothill, but rather Dublin.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Free opera at 11:30 a.m. today outside Museum on Main

Show in recognition of final weekend of Livermore Valley Opera exhibit
The Museum on Main and Livermore Valley Opera are joining forces to present a free opera performance in front of the downtown museum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to mark the final weekend of the museum's "25 Years of Music and Magic" LVO anniversary exhibit.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Symphony association seeks award applications from local high schoolers

Group recognizing students for contributions to school, community
The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association is accepting applications from Tri-Valley high school seniors through Oct. 24 as part of its annual award program.

October 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Capturing the Tri-Valley's beauty

Pleasanton residents shine in local nonprofit's photo contest
Pleasanton resident Janice Wei took home first place for her photo "Livermore Farm Land" in this year's Freeze Frame Photography Competition presented by Tri-Valley Conservancy, a local nonprofit that strives to protect open space for parks, farms, trails, ranches and wildlife habitat in the area.

October 13, 2016 | No comments yet
'All for Music' show raises $10,000+ for schools' Educational Enrichment (PSEE) Foundation

Performance event supports 5th-grade band and strings program
Local families, residents and businesses recently joined together to raise more than $10,000 for the Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment (PSEE) Foundation during a music show fundraiser at Pleasanton Middle School.

October 13, 2016 | 1 comment
'Life in Motion' marionette show at Firehouse again today

Performers to take audience on journey that celebrates the richness of life
The famous Cashore Marionettes are set to present their live performance "Life in Motion" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center.

October 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorses re-election of Mayor Thorne, City Council members Brown, Pentin

'Now is not the time to change what has been an effective council,' newspaper's editorial states
The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed the re-election of Mayor Jerry Thorne and City Council incumbents Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin.

October 14, 2016 | 17 comments
Opinion: Who wants Oakland to control our electric power?

Bruce Jensen and Tom Kelly probably regret that their first stop in promoting a county-run electric system to compete with PG&E was at last week's Pleasanton City Council meeting.

October 13, 2016 | 4 comments
Inmate killed in Santa Rita jail, newly-arrived cellmate is suspect

Victim from Union City was arrested last January on assault with deadly weapon charge
An inmate at the behavioral health housing unit at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who allegedly was killed by his cellmate on Tuesday was identified by sheriff's officials as 56-year-old Dat Thanh Luong of Union City.

October 12, 2016 | 3 comments
Lydiksen community welcomes 'sister school' guests

Chinese students, teachers visit Pleasanton
The Lydiksen Elementary School community bid farewell this week to 16 new friends who trekked thousands of miles to visit Pleasanton.

October 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board endorses Prop 55

Conflict of interest policy, state testing results, dyslexia curriculum among other topics
The Pleasanton school board threw its support behind California's Proposition 55 on Monday evening, unanimously approving a resolution in favor of the statewide ballot measure that would extend an income tax on wealthy Californians to fund education and health care programs.

October 12, 2016 | 2 comments
City manager calls citizens' coalition claims inaccurate, irresponsible

Former councilman Matt Sullivan leading group's inquiry into alleged 'secret' meeting between city, Costco
Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth (PCRG), an advocacy coalition, has filed complaints with both the state's Fair Political Practices Commission and the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury over what it claims were secret negotiations between city of Pleasanton and Costco, claims Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho insists "are simply not true."

October 12, 2016 | 85 comments
Rotary Club's 'Lights out' golf tourney re-scheduled to today

Players will be hitting 'Glow' balls at sunset
The Tri-Valley Rotary Club has re-scheduled its "Lights-Out" golf tournament to Saturday, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Pleasanton Fairways Golf Course.

October 11, 2016 | 1 comment
Nevada Legislature trying to lure Raiders to Vegas

State plans to spend $750 million in hotel tax money to help finance new football stadium for Oakland team
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday night that she remains
hopeful that the Raiders will stay in Oakland even as the Nevada state Legislature is considering a proposal to spend $750 million in hotel tax money to help finance a new stadium for the football team in Las Vegas.

October 11, 2016 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Concert Band presents its Fall Concert at 2 p.m. today

Composer Arthur Barnes to conduct his 'Monterey Bay Suite' at free Firehouse event
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will present its Fall concert starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Record 26th 'Spare the Air' alert called for today

Breaks record for number of alerts called in a year
Regional air quality officials called this year's 26th smog
alert for Saturday, breaking a record for the number of alerts called in a year.

October 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board meets tonight on Prop 55 endorsement, state testing results

Trustees meeting 1 day early because of Yom Kippur
Reviewing state standardized test results, supporting Proposition 55 and updating its conflict of interest policy are among the items up for discussion at the Pleasanton school board meeting Monday evening.

October 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Vote-by-mail balloting now underway

Meet the Pleasanton candidates here before you vote
With Sample ballots and voter information pamphlets mailed to Pleasanton's 42,701 registered voters, those registered to vote by mail can now send their ballots to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office or drop them off at the 24-hour vote-by-mail collection stand in front of Pleasanton City Hall.

October 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Diabetes ride focuses on healthy lifestyle

Bike, walk, volunteer or donate for Tour de Cure at Shadow Cliffs Oct. 23
When Pleasanton resident Addie Hosier participated in her first Tour de Cure to fight diabetes, two things became clear: She had to get in better shape -- and she needed a new bike.

October 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Positas College photo exhibit 'Rooted in Nature' now open

Showing open through Oct. 28 in school's Barbara Mertes Theater Gallery
Las Positas College is displaying photography by Barbara Nichols Reynolds and Lee Serles in a show titled "Rooted in Nature," in the Barbara Mertes Theater Gallery through Oct. 28.

October 10, 2016 | No comments yet
'Soulful Bayou Blues' at Firehouse tonight

Tickets are $30- $40 for Louisiana's Marc Broussard performance
Louisiana's Marc Broussard will perform his signature smoky rhythm and blues at 8 p.m. Friday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly recommends No on Measure MM

Also urges Yes on Pleasanton school bond, county affordable housing bond; No on BART bond
In an editorial, the Pleasanton Weekly has recommended that voters cast a No vote on Measure MM on the Nov. 8 ballot

October 7, 2016 | 103 comments
K-9 'Cubby' new name for city's dog park

Honors first Pleasanton Police Department on-duty K-9
We have a new dog park in Pleasanton, and Cubby's is its name.

October 7, 2016 | 8 comments
BART paying $300,000 to family of contractor struck, killed during labor strike

Highly-experienced engineer, renowned author, researcher one of 2 killed working on tracks
BART has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a wrongful death suit that was filed by the family of a contractor who was struck and killed by a train during a labor strike three years ago, the transit agency said.

October 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Increased water use statewide could lead to mandatory restrictions

State stopped requiring 25% water savings rate in June when conservation measures became voluntary
A recent dramatic drop in water conservation statewide could lead to a renewal of state-imposed mandatory water restrictions, according to California water officials.

October 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Teenager arrested after fight, stabbing at Pleasanton Taco Bell

Police find one juvenile injured in restaurant, seize another in nearby apartment complex
An unidentified juvenile was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly being involved in a fight with a peer that ended with both of them sustaining injuries, according to Pleasanton police.

October 6, 2016 | 8 comments
Zone 7 board OKs funding study for using recycled water as drinking water

Tri-Valley agencies commission research into treating wastewater for consumption
Tri-Valley water agencies are expected to kick off a nearly $1 million study later this month that will examine the feasibility of advanced water recycling for human consumption.

October 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district hosting community school tours

Residents invited to learn more about current facilities, upcoming bond measure
The Pleasanton school district is hosting community school tours to offer residents an overview of current facilities and answer questions about Measure I1, the $270 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

October 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley College and Career Fair returns tonight

Annual event happening at Foothill High School
Local students are encouraged to attend the annual Tri-Valley College and Career Fair, happening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Foothill High School small and large gymnasiums.

October 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Williams makes the move at Amador

New principal sets roots in Tri-Valley
Over the last decade, Mike Williams' career has taken him from the blacktops and gymnasiums where he taught children physical education to the principal's chair at Amador Valley High School all the while staying in the Bay Area, where he was born and raised.

October 7, 2016 | 5 comments
TV30 airing candidate interviews in Tri-Valley races

Candidates give their views on issues they will face in coming year
TV30 is now broadcasting interviews with candidates in Tri-Valley municipal and school board races.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council proclaims October as Bullying Prevention Month

Also urges everyone to wear orange Oct. 19 for citywide Unity Day
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday proclaimed October as National Bullying Prevention Month, and also proclaimed October 19 as a citywide Unity Day, asking everyone to wear orange in support of kindness and inclusion.

October 5, 2016 | 23 comments
3 Potato 4 opens at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Home of the original baked fries comes to Pleasanton
3 Potato 4, a new vegan, gluten free quick foods restaurant, is now open at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Former Livermore cop pleads not guilty in sexual exploitation scandal

Seven Bay Area law enforcement agencies involved in widespread investigations
Former Livermore police Officer Daniel Black pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five misdemeanor counts in connection with a sexual exploitation
scandal that has led to investigations of officers with at least seven Bay Area law enforcement agencies.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
I-580 in Pleasanton not among Bay Area's top 10 most congested freeways

Local hotspot drops to 17th in annual ranking; I-80/Hwy101 in SF tops list
An annual ranking of the most congested Bay Area freeway segments was released this week, and for the first time in recent years, Interstate 580 through Pleasanton was not among the top-10 list compiled by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

October 5, 2016 | 4 comments
Citizens' groups hosting Tri-Valley candidates forum tonight

'Tri-Valley at a Crossroads' theme of discussion at Firehouse Arts Center
Three citizens' advocacy groups from Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore will host a "Tri-Valley at a Crossroads" candidates' forum from 6-9 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

October 5, 2016 | 8 comments
Strong stretch for Foothill water polo teams

AVHS football hopes to rebound at Livermore; Foothill set for Homecoming Game
The Foothill High boys varsity water polo team is coming off a solid two weeks of performances, including a winning record in the always-tough Roddy Svendsen Shootout in Merced in mid-September.

October 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore police ask for help in finding bank robber

Holds gun on teller at US Bank on Second Street
Livermore police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a bank robbery on Saturday.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Restaurant group closes Elephant Bar in Dublin

One of 4 in 34-year-old chain closed over weekend, several remain open
The Chalak Mitra Group that took over the financially-ailing Elephant Bar casual-dining chain two years ago has closed the Dublin restaurant as part of a realignment of its restaurant businesses.

October 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton-based Association Management Company officer earns high-rise manager award

Specialty certificate goes to John Cligny, who has 25 years in the building industry
John Cligny, a community manager with Association Management Company, has earned a specialty certificate and designation in High Rise Community Management from the California Association of Community Managers.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Art Walk series concludes for the year on this morning

Free tour leaves at 9 a.m. from Pleasanton Civic Center parking lot
The final Second Saturday Public Art Walk of the year will take place this Saturday.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 'Water Year' ends as 5th consecutive dry year with low snowfall

60% of the state remains in severe or extreme drought, water officials say
California's 2016 water year ended Friday, marking a fifth consecutive dry year with low snowfall, officials from the Department of Water Resources said.

October 4, 2016 | 3 comments
Alameda County announces launch of pilot program for student transit passes

Livermore youth offered free or reduced price passes
The Alameda County Transportation Commission has launched a pilot program to provide transit passes to county middle and high school students to get to and from school, after-school programs and jobs, county officials
announced today.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Police chief Spiller promotes 4 Pleasanton officers

Ceremonies held in City Council chamber for special badge 'pinnings,' congratulations
Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller promoted four police officers in ceremonies held last week in the City Council chamber.

October 3, 2016 | 1 comment
TriValley Democratic Club announces endorsements in local contests

Pleasanton mayoral candidate, 3 seeking school board seats win Democrats' endorsements
The TriValley Democratic Club has announced a number of endorsements of candidates in the Nov. 8 General Election.

October 3, 2016 | 4 comments
New state law allows improves benefits for disabled military veterans who were discharged under 'other than honorable conditions'

Expands eligibility to these veterans for the state's property tax exemption
Governor Brown has signed a measure that expands eligibility for the state's property tax exemption to disabled military veterans who were discharged under "other than honorable conditions."

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
All K-14 education employees to receive up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave

School classified employees, community college faculty added to earlier benefit
Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will provide paid parental leave to all elementary, middle and high school employees, including classified employees and community college faculty.

October 3, 2016 | 1 comment
San Ramon City Council candidates air views at Chamber of Commerce forum

Contenders field questions on traffic, development
The four candidates vying for two seats on San Ramon's City Council aired their views on traffic congestion, a proposed housing development and other local issues at a public forum held Thursday evening.

October 1, 2016 | No comments yet
San Ramon City Council candidates air views at Chamber of Commerce forum

Contenders field questions on traffic, development
The four candidates vying for two seats on San Ramon's City Council aired their views on traffic congestion, a proposed housing development and other local issues at a public forum held Thursday evening.

October 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Governor signs legislation broadening restroom access laws

All single-user restrooms in any California business, government building or place of public accommodation must be accessible to all
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that is being considered the most inclusive restroom access law in the nation.

October 4, 2016 | 7 comments
Alameda County announces launch of pilot program for student transit passes

Livermore youth offered free or reduced price passes
The Alameda County Transportation Commission has launched a pilot program to provide transit passes to county middle and high school students to get to and from school, after-school programs and jobs, county officials
announced Friday.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill student accused of threatening fellow student on social media

Arrest made after high school's staff alerts police to online post
An unidentified Foothill High School student was arrested yesterday on suspicion of threatening a fellow student on social media.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire Department to host fire safety event for families today

Free fire safety program kicks off with pancake breakfast
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will host a free fire safety expo from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Laugh with 3 Blonde Moms in Pleasanton tonight

Standup comedy show at Firehouse Arts Center
3 Blonde Moms will bring their high energy, semi-scripted, PG-13 standup comedy show to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday riffing on being a mom, having a mom, kids, school, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and more.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
State of school facilities: 'Outdated and in some cases obsolete' new superintendent says

Outcome of Measure I1 will have lasting impact on Pleasanton schools
"Outdated and in some cases obsolete." That's how Pleasanton Unified School District Superintendent Rick Rubino summed up the state of the facilities that serve approximately 15,000 students and hundreds of teachers and staff.

September 30, 2016 | 13 comments
Pleasanton: 25th anniversary gala tonight to benefit REACH housing

$100 a ticket fundraising event at Castlewood Country Club will help needy
Pleasanton residents don't just talk about being inclusive -- they really are.

September 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Ghost Walk tours in Pleasanton are back tonight

Guides will lead annual walk along the haunted side of the city's downtown
Ghost Walk tours in Pleasanton are back just in time for Halloween.

October 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Interfaith group offering variety of spiritual practices

Gratitude Gathering 2016 set for Saturday in Livermore
Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley is hosting Gratitude Gathering 2016, a program to let participants experience ways gratitude is expressed in various faith traditions and other spiritual practices.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes for 2016 to be honored tonight

Awards go to those who made contributions to better our communities, their residents
Embarcadero Publishing's East Bay media -- the Pleasanton Weekly and Danville/San Ramon.com -- will honor the winners of its Tri-Valley Heroes awards for 2016 in a gala ceremony Monday night.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorses Swalwell, Glazer, Baker, Hosterman

Editorial board's endorsements carried in Friday's edition
The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed candidates for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly and the Bart Board of Directors that serve the interests of Pleasanton voters.

September 30, 2016 | 5 comments
Inklings: Turn of 20th century coffee house opens downtown

Valley Community Church pastor leads opening celebration with prayer
Inklings, a name associated with a literary discussion group from the University of Oxford in the 1930s, has opened its coffee and tea shop in downtown Pleasanton in a vacant building at 530 Main St. once occupied by Round Table Pizza.

September 30, 2016 | 10 comments
Classic film screening at Pleasanton Library tomorrow

1943's 'I Walk With a Zombie'
The Pleasanton Public Library is continuing its monthly "On the Islands" classic film series on Thursday with a screening of "I Walk With a Zombie," a 1943 horror film by director Jacques Tourneur and starring James Ellison, Frances Dee and Tom Conway.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Cricket for Cubs hosting Bollywood Night fundraiser tonight

Harvest Park Middle School event to raise funds, awareness about cricket in Tri-Valley
Youth cricket club Cricket for Cubs, a not-for-profit sports organization, is holding its Laser Dandiya and Bollywood Night event from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Harvest Park Middle School to raise funds and awareness about cricket in the Tri-Valley.

October 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Mussel inspections required for all watercraft at Shadow Cliffs

Inspection fees: $7 for motorized vessels, $3 for car-top, inflatable vessels
Starting Saturday, all watercraft wanting to launch into the water at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area will need to be inspected for quagga mussels as the East Bay Regional Park District is expanding its invasive mussel program to the Pleasanton park.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Library to feature program today on China's cultural revolution

Personal accounts, pictorial exhibit part of show
The Pleasanton Library will host a special program Sunday dealing with the China's Cultural Revolution that took place 50 years ago.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Jewish new year observances end tonight

Commuity greats year 5777 with services in Pleasanton
The Tri-Valley's Jewish community ushered in the Jewish New Year with special observances starting last Sunday night at Congregation Beth Emek and at the Chabad of the Tri Valley, both in Pleasanton.

September 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Missing man found dead at Laurel Creek

Blake Cochran found deceased after extensive search
The body of Blake Cochran, who was reported missing Sunday, was located Tuesday about a quarter of a mile from the Laurel Creek staging area parking lot in a remote area off of the marked walking path.

September 28, 2016 | 2 comments
Thorne, Pentin, Ritter win endorsements of Chamber, Realtors

Chamber also recommends Maher, Ruegsegger for Pleasanton school board
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and City Council candidates Jerry Pentin and Herb Ritter won the endorsements this week of the Bay East Association of Realtors and the political action arm of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

September 28, 2016 | 8 comments
Lynnewood United Methodist to celebrate 50th anniversary with special services today

Jubilee communion worship services at 9, 10:30 a.m.
Lynnewood United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two Jubilee communion worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board appoints new Harvest Park principal

Robin Munsell to start Monday
The Pleasanton school board appointed Robin Munsell the new Harvest Park Middle School principal Tuesday night, less than a week after the school head unexpectedly announced his resignation.

September 28, 2016 | 9 comments
Local Democratic Clubs hosting forum on state propositions, BART bond

Contra Costa transportation sales tax also on list for Danville discussion
Four area Democratic Clubs are holding a public forum this Thursday night for residents interested in learning more about the 17 state propositions, the $3.5 billion BART bond and the proposed Contra Costa County 0.5% transportation sales tax to be decided this November.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Dons football wins in comeback fashion

Also: Foothill volleyball claims Royal Classic crown
The sign of a good football team isn't necessarily how they perform when their best lineup is functioning, but rather how they deal with the inevitable adversity they face over the course of a season.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police offer new 'exchange zone' for safer transactions

Zone available now for private-party transactions, no appointment necessary
The Pleasanton Police Department has a new resource for residents that want to make safe in-person transactions.

September 28, 2016 | 2 comments
Air district issues 3rd straight 'Spare the Air' alert for today

No wood-burning ban in place or free public transportation offered
The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
State, federal bills inspired by Steinle case focus on how law enforcement stores guns

Governor signs new California law; congressman's proposal sent to committee
The shooting death of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in San Francisco last year by a gun stolen from a federal ranger's car has given rise to new state legislation and a recently introduced federal bill each aimed at stopping law enforcement firearms from getting into the wrong hands.

September 27, 2016 | 6 comments
DSRSD hires new administrative services manager

Agency also announces facility tour
Dublin San Ramon Services District has brought Carol Atwood on as its new administrative services manager.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Harvest Park principal appointment leads school board meeting agenda tonight

Rubino explains change Monday night at meeting not disclosed to media, general public
The Pleasanton school board will be asked to appoint a new principal for Harvest Park Middle School when it convenes for its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

September 27, 2016 | 4 comments
Livermore Lab researchers find earth, meteorites have different materials

Research has 'tremendous implications' for the fundamental understanding of Earth, scientists say
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found that, contrary to popular belief, the Earth is not comprised of the same material found in primitive meteorites (also known as chondrites).

October 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Mayor's Award goes to community leader Tanya Ludden

PTA president, nonprofit activist has run 9 political campaigns in Tri-Valley
Tanya Ludden, a longtime leader in the Parent Teachers Association who has also served as a board member for large community organizations including the Northern California Alzheimer Association and Valley Care Health Foundation, was presented with the Mayor's Award by Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne last Friday night.

September 26, 2016 | 3 comments
Brown signs mandatory CPR education bill into law

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday AB 1719, a law that requires hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction, along with Automated External Defibrillator awareness in high school health classes.

September 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Agency declares another 'Spare the Air' day for Monday

Alert is 24th this season
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as
light winds, heat and exhaust from vehicle traffic produce an unhealthy level of smog. The alert is the 24th this season.

September 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for today

Red flag warning in effect for North Bay mountains until this afternoon
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area as heat, light winds and automobile exhaust combine for an unhealthy level of smog.

September 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for last day of Autumn meet at Alameda County Fairgrounds

Here are the picks for horse racing Sunday, Oct. 2 on the final day of an autumn meet at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Record-high temperatures predicted for tomorrow through Monday

Thermometer could hit high 90s Sunday, 101 degrees on Monday
Record high temperatures for this time of year are possible in the Tri-Valley starting tomorrow and lasting at least through Monday when the thermometer could hit 101 degrees.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Heller takes helm at Hart

New principal has been with PUSD since 1999
Leslie Heller knew she wanted to be an educator from the time she was in elementary school, when she was prone to critiquing her teachers and pondering how she would handle a class full of students.

September 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center hosting family musical theater tonight

Adventure awaits at 'Phantom Tollbooth' on Pleasanton stage
Young singers and actors are onstage at the Firehouse Arts Center for their second weekend of performances in "The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.," a musical based on a children's fantasy adventure novel.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
A cappella chorus opens rehearsal tonight

Evening to welcome new singers of all ages
Harmony Fusion Chorus, an award-winning women's a cappella barbershop show chorus, will host a special open rehearsal night Monday to welcome new singers of all ages and backgrounds. The chorus was formerly Harmony Crossroads, based at Pleasanton Community Church.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Developer wins praise for 'under-developing' downtown Pleasanton lot

Todd Deutscher cuts number of allowable homes to 10, spares116-year-old house on the site
At a time when developers are eying every available site in Pleasanton to build larger and taller residences, Todd Deutscher of Catalyst Development Partners deserves credit for taking a different approach.

September 25, 2016 | 18 comments
Young Tri-Valley golfers headed to national championship

Pleasanton teen sinks birdie putt to clinch win for Las Positas team
Ten young golfers from the Las Positas ACE Junior Team won the Western Regional Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington on Sunday to earn a spot in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship in Arizona this November.

September 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Harvest Park Middle School principal abruptly resigns

District to recommend San Ramon administrator as replacement
Less than three months into his new role as Harvest Park Middle School principal, Ethan Cheever has announced his resignation effective next Friday, Sept. 30.

September 21, 2016 | 48 comments
Council imposes tough new restrictions on how Masons use their Hopyard Road lodge

Two-hour hearing ends years of complaints, even as Masons plan to move
The City Council imposed strict new regulations on Pleasanton Masons Tuesday after considering complaints from their Valley Trails neighbors of excessive noise and outdoor partying at their lodge on Hopyard Road.

September 21, 2016 | 4 comments
Candidates air their positions at Pleasanton Weekly forum

Constituents crowd into City Council chamber to hear candidates for mayor, Council
Candidates for Pleasanton's mayor and City Council positions sounded off last Monday at the Pleasanton Weekly's candidates' forum over issues facing the community and how they would prioritize those issues if elected on Nov. 8.

September 21, 2016 | 8 comments
Pleasanton couple donate trailer to fire recovery efforts

'They're doing some good work up there,' Lions Club member says
Pleasanton residents and local Lions Club members Rick and Joann Lydon recently donated their 36-foot travel trailer to a not-for-profit organization working to rebuild homes destroyed by wildfires the past two summers in Lake County.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Democrats oppose Measure MM anti-Costco bill on Nov. 8 ballot

Also urge voters to back 2 incumbents, retired principal in Pleasanton school board election
The Alameda County Democratic Party this week endorsed three candidates for the Pleasanton school board and recommended that voters vote no on Measure MM, which would restrict zoning on Johnson Drive to buildings no greater than 50,000 square feet.

September 21, 2016 | 27 comments
Pleasanton Police Department trading card program returns

Youths can enter to win prizes for playing
The Pleasanton Police Department has announced the return of the trading card program along with a new accompanying contest.

September 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin's Farmers' Market wrapping up 6th season this afternoon

Two bands to play while shoppers shop
The Dublin Farmers' Market will wrap up its sixth season today.

September 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Vegetation fire burns 20 acres in Pleasanton

Incident Sunday caused by heavy equipment
A fire consumed 20 acres of vegetation in Pleasanton Sunday afternoon before being extinguished.

September 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Council to consider curbs on Masons' partying even though they're selling building

Orthodox Jewish Chabad buying Hopyard Road lodge
Despite plans by the Pleasanton Masons to sell their lodge on Hopyard Road to the Chabad of the Tri-Valley, an orthodox Jewish organization, the City Council will proceed tonight to debate an appeal of a Planning Commission order that the Masons quiet down.

September 19, 2016 | 5 comments
Sign-ups underway for Tri-Valley Commerce Convention

Event seeks to help small business owners with growth, strategies
The Tri-Valley Small Business Commerce Convention (Commerce Con) will take place Oct. 4, an event that aims to provide business owners with information and access to resources to help build a successful company.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton’s Don Lewis wins Alameda County Arts Leadership award

One of eight recipients to be honored by county board Sept. 27
Don Lewis of Pleasanton, a music artist and synthesizer innovator, has won the prestigious 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership award.

September 19, 2016 | 4 comments
Las Positas College hosting talk tonight on business success for young adults

Stanford Management Company analyst to discuss 'Staying Ahead of Change: Think Big and Follow Through'
Las Positas College will host business leader Corban Bell Wednesday for a talk about success as part of its 4th Annual Business and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

September 19, 2016 | No comments yet
U.C. Berkeley financial aid advisor to discuss college funding at Pleasanton library today

Information on funding sources to be provided
“Funding Your College Education," a workshop geared toward high school students and their parents, will be the theme of a workshop Wednesday sponsored by the city of Pleasanton.

September 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Horse racing continues today at Alameda County Fairgrounds with a 1:15 p.m. post time

3-day Fall schedule also includes next weekend
Six days of live horse racing will continue today at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton Fall Meet at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Dublin planning commission OKs new multi-million-dollar Kaiser Permanente medical center

1.2 million-square-foot campus near I-580 to start construction this year with final phase due by 2040
The Dublin Planning Commission has voted unanimously to support Kaiser Permanente's proposed 1.2 million-square-foot specialty care medical campus next to I-580.

September 22, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay EDA to hold fall meeting in Dublin this morning

ABAG overview, BART bond measure among discussion topics
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance will hold its Fall meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. today at the Shannon Community Center in Dublin.

September 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Sandia researchers see breakthrough in economics of biofuel production

By cracking open lignin, scientists can extract valuable energy-producing chemicals
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories believe they now know how to crack open lignin, a breakthrough that could transform the economics of biofuel production.

September 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Coast Guard warns of strong swells, rip currents along ocean front today

Affected areas range from northwest-facing beaches from Sonoma County to the Monterey Bay
U.S. Coast Guard officials are urging Bay Area boaters and
beachgoers to take caution while along the coast today because of a forecast of strong swells.

September 18, 2016 | No comments yet
2nd straight 'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

A second straight Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay
Area for Sunday,.

September 18, 2016 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

But no wood-burning ban ordered despite Air Quality Management District alert
Bay Area air quality officials have issued a region-wide Spare the
Air alert for Saturday.

September 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin San Ramon Services District to close recycled water fill station

Pleasanton station on Johnson Drive will stay open as only free fill station
Dublin San Ramon Services District will permanently close its residential recycled water fill station in Dublin at the end of the month amid uncertainty over the program's future.

September 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Victim in fatal Hwy. 84 collision was Livermore resident

Jesus Galvez Castro, 27, apparently lost control of car
A man who died Thursday morning in a collision in Sunol was identified by the Alameda County coroner as Jesus Galvez Castro, 27, of Livermore.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Designated bike lanes to be extended throughout Pleasanton

Council approves plan to develop master plan for bicycle safety that will provide funds for project
The Pleasanton City Council voted this week to update the city's bicycle master plan to provide funding and strategies for making streets and pathways safer for cycling.

September 16, 2016 | 20 comments
Axis Community Health doubles capacity for health care to needy

'Patients can feel good just by being here'
Axis Community Health has opened its new $12 million health center in Pleasanton, a 24,000-square-foot complex on West Las Positas Boulevard that doubles service capacity for the more than 14,000 Tri-Valley low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals it serves each year.

September 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Meet the candidates tonight at Pleasanton Weekly candidates forum

2 mayoral candidates, 3 for City Council will share views, answer questions
Candidates for Pleasanton mayor and the City Council will face off tonight at a community forum being hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly. The forum comes none too soon.

September 16, 2016 | 40 comments
Dons football looking for back-to-back wins after shutout

Amador Valley plays Cal High tonight; Foothill hosts San Ramon Valley
It takes patience to build a sports program at any level or in any sport. And when a team comes out and loses its first two games, sometimes maintaining patience is a bit tougher.

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
New strides in breast health care

3-D imaging, relaxing atmosphere are latest for mammograms
Debra Babin, 57, is diligent about scheduling annual mammograms for herself. "My grandmother had breast cancer," said Babin, office manager for an energy efficiency company. "And my colleague was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 ... it reoccurred in 2013."

September 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Driver dies in 2-vehicle collision on Hwy. 84

27-year-old man killed after he loses control of car
A 27-year-old man died in a two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on Highway 84 just south of Pleasanton.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Prospective jurors in Alameda County to be summoned by postcards instead of letters

New system no in place will save county $50,000 a year
A new way to summon Alameda County residents to jury service started Friday.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
School board approves updated governance handbook, financial statements at meeting

Members also hear report on summer school
At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasanton school board approved a revised governance handbook and 2015-16 unaudited financial statements as expected.

September 15, 2016 | 5 comments
Driver arrested in fatal I-680 crash also has DUI case pending from June incident

Investigation ongoing for San Ramon freeway crash that killed toddler Friday
A Pleasanton woman accused of being intoxicated while causing the Interstate 680 crash that killed a 3-year-old boy in San Ramon last week was arrested roughly three months earlier in her hometown after police alleged she drove while under the influence with her young daughter in the car, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

September 14, 2016 | 11 comments
No argument filed against Pleasanton school bond

Measure I1 proponents make their case in ballot statement
Pleasanton voters will not be presented with a formal argument against the school district's bond measure when they cast their ballots.

September 14, 2016 | 9 comments
DSRSD asks residents to imagine life without water

Employee speaks out in video for nationwide campaign
A Dublin San Ramon Services District employee is lending her voice to a national effort aimed at making citizens more aware of America's vulnerable water infrastructure.

September 14, 2016 | 1 comment
Family of motorcyclist killed near Altamont Pass road sues over road condition

Death of Benjamin Moreno, 33, blamed on road's dangerous condition, negligence in maintenance
The family of a motorcyclist who died when he crashed in rural Alameda County east of Livermore last year is suing the county and the state transportation department, alleging unsafe road conditions led to his death.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
New Pleasanton website aids permit, zoning inquiries

Business owners can access sites online to check status
The city of Pleasanton has launched a new website that features two new, interactive online tools designed to make the permitting and zoning process easier to navigate.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Duo sought in counterfeit attempt

Pleasanton police asking for help identifying male suspect
Pleasanton police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly attempted to spend counterfeit money at a local restaurant recently.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Former Hart Middle School principal Steve Maher launches campaign for school board seat

Joins 3 others in seeking one of three open seats on Nov. 8 election ballot
Former Hart Middle School principal Steve Maher launched his campaign Sunday for election to the Pleasanton school board on Nov. 8.

September 13, 2016 | 17 comments
Candidates air their positions at Chamber of Commerce forum

All agree city is on a positive track going forward
Candidates for Pleasanton's mayor and City Council positions sparred Friday over several key election issues, with those already holding these offices vowing to continue the work they're doing and the one challenger saying he can do better.

September 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Several hundred turn out for 9/11 ceremony in Pleasanton

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department hosts 20-minute observance
Several hundred turned out Sunday morning for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2016 | 3 comments
Let the campaigns begin

Pleasanton mayoral, City Council candidates meet voters at Farmers Market
Candidates for mayor and three vying for election to the City Council took their campaigns to the Farmers Market Saturday, wooing voters with signs and literature and answering questions.

September 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Girls RAGE, boys BUSC players open soccer season with Main Street parade

Parade photos accompany this story
More than 2,000 players and coaches marched on Main Street Saturday in the 45th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade with hundreds more parents and friends cheering from the sidewalks.

September 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Norwegian Air expands service to Europe from Oakand

Two popular destinations for Bay Area travelers will be a little
easier to reach next year, Oakland International Airport officials announced Thursday.

September 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman arrested after crash that killed toddler

2 families, sheriff's office devastated by boy's death
Two families and the sheriff's office are devastated since a crash killed a 3-year-old boy Friday in San Ramon, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said Sunday.

September 11, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton school board to discuss updated governance handbook, summer school tonight

Approval of district's 2015-16 fiscal year financial statements also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board will receive a report on the 2016 summer school program and consider approving a revised governance handbook and unaudited financial statements at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

September 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Police: Teen returns home after being reported missing

An 17-year-old who was reported missing Thursday morning has returned home and is safe, Pleasanton police said on social media Friday afternoon.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Hundreds march, arrests made in protests at Urban Shield in Pleasanton

Law enforcement says emergency training, trade show is vital; protesters call it police militarization, war games
A total of 23 protesters were arrested Friday outside the "Urban Shield" event, the nation's largest first-responder exercise, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, a spokesman for the protesters said.

September 9, 2016 | 10 comments
Livermore police say one of their own involved in Oakland police sex scandal

Officer, under investigation in connection with the scandal since June 14, resigns
A day after Oakland officials announced that 12 officers would be disciplined in connection with an expansive sexual misconduct scandal, Livermore police announced Thursday that one of their officers has resigned because of the same scandal.

September 11, 2016 | No comments yet
At-risk Pleasanton teen missing since Thursday morning

Village High student last seen on Stoneridge Drive
An at-risk 17-year-old boy from Pleasanton has been missing since 7:50 a.m. Thursday, police said.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Museum on Main celebrates 25 years of Livermore Valley Opera

Exhibit showcases 25 years of music and magic
Looking for a blood-stained dagger? Check out the current exhibit at Museum on Main.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
'Romeo and Juliet' meets 'Star Wars' here at 5 p.m. today

Original show gets wacky with Peripatetic Players
Shakespeare will meet "Star Wars" right here in Pleasanton this Sunday, and everyone is invited.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Harvest Festival end 3-day run at Fairgrounds today

Former Pleasanton family takes over arts and crafts show
The Harvest Festival will end its 3-day show Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

September 13, 2016 | No comments yet
'Beauty of Light' shines in fall exhibit now at Firehouse Arts Center

75 members of Pleasanton Art League presenting artworks
No one appreciates the magic of light like an artist.

October 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Fusion Soccer celebrating 40th anniversary

Retired star Abby Wambach coming to Livermore for event tomorrow
Livermore's Fusion Soccer Club is set to commemorate its founding 40 years ago with an anniversary celebration tomorrow at Robertson Park.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Indian cultural event, fundraiser set for today

Dandiya and Bollywood Night to raise funds for local schools
Pleasanton residents can celebrate a significant Indian holiday through food, fashion and traditional dancing with a twist on Saturday.

September 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Injured pup found by Pleasanton police is on the mend

Lucy recovering at Valley Humane Society foster home
A puppy that a Pleasanton police officer found living off scraps from a local restaurant is recovering from malnourishment and a broken leg, according to officials.

September 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton making progress on recycled water, and it shows

There's a reason for coloring these pipes purple
Some homeowners, responding to emergency water curtailment orders over the past two years, have torn out their frontyards to make them look like their backyard rock gardens, often with picturesque results.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Thinking about becoming a caregiver? Start discussions early

Financial expert says to look at options before making commitment
Becoming a caregiver for an aging relative is a profound expression of love.

September 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley public urged to protect themselves against Gap fire pollutants

'Spare the Air' alert issued because of Siskiyou County fires
Tri-Valley residents may be affected today by smoke from the Gap Fire in Siskiyou County.

September 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Adult education classes moved off Lydiksen campus

Courses relocated to church after parents voiced concerns
Two adult English as a second language classes offered by the Pleasanton school district began meeting this week at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, getting underway late after the courses had to be relocated from Lydiksen Elementary School following parent concerns.

September 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Council OKs 3-story homes on downtown site, ground-floor offices

1895 house, heritage tree, other old buildings being removed
The Pleasanton City Council has approved a mixed-use housing and retail development at Old Bernal Avenue and Augustine Street that will require tearing down a small home built in 1895 and ripping out one of three heritage trees on the site.

September 7, 2016 | 20 comments
Police searching for 4 suspects involved in armed robbery in Dublin home

Followed occupants as they drove into home's garage
Police are searching for four suspects involved in an armed home invasion that occurred Sunday night in Dublin.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
ITT Tech closes campuses in 38 states, citing U.S. Education Department sanctions

40,000 students left without a school, including those at ITT campuses in Concord, Oakland
A company that operated vocational schools with two Bay Area locations has shut its doors.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Spare the Air Day alert issued for Wednesday

Bay Area residents are being encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation to work Wednesday because of a Spare the Air alert.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Cancer support nonprofit hosting Party Palooza fundraiser series

'Twilight Tasting,' 'Soups of the World' among events benefiting Sandra J. Wing Foundation
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is set to hold seven fundraisers during the next two months as part of the Party Palooza "mini event" series to support the nonprofit's efforts to help Tri-Valley cancer patients during their treatment.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Chamber hosting Pleasanton municipal election candidates forum at 7:30 a.m. today

Pleasanton Weekly hosting evening forum Sept. 19
Candidates for mayor and three vying for election to the City Council will participate in a "Meet the Candidates" forum hosted by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton.

September 6, 2016 | 13 comments
Foothill faces Monte Vista tonight as Falcons deal with 2 losses already as season starts

Amador facing Dougherty Valley Friday following 34-21 loss to Deer Valley
Believe it or not, there are problems with going undefeated in the regular season and hanging a banner for a league title. You become the target the following season for all the teams you beat.

September 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Positas College launches President's Series with concert tonight

Program also to feature NASA astronaut, accomplished organist
Las Positas College will kick off its 2016-17 President's Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a performance by Cascada de Flores at the Mertes Center for the Arts.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Girls RAGE, boys BUSC open soccer season with Main Street parade Saturday

2,000 players expected to don colorful team costumes for 45th annual season kick-off
The 45th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Pleasanton.

September 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton to hold ceremonies at 9 a.m. today to commemorate 15th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department hosting event at its headquarters
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will host a September 11th Remembrance in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 2001 attacks at 9 a.m. Sunday.

September 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Following Brock Turner's release, recall-campaign organizers rally; Swalwell speaks

Stanford students, Palo Alto mayor also speak out against Judge Aaron Persky
Local and national elected officials, Stanford University students, sexual-assault survivors, parents and others threw their support behind the official campaign to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky on Friday morning, speaking at a rally held across the jail from where Brock Turner had been released just hours before.

September 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton student injured during football game

Foothill High player airlifted to local hospital
A Foothill High School football player had to be airlifted to a local hospital Thursday evening after sustaining an injury during a game.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Court denies Pleasanton mayoral candidate's lawsuit against city clerk

Julie Testa's candidate statement won't be on Sample Ballot
Pleasanton mayoral candidate Julie Testa's candidate statement will not be placed on the Nov. 8 sample ballot after a court commissioner Thursday denied her motion to compel Pleasanton City Clerk Karen Diaz to file it.

September 1, 2016 | 6 comments
Scottish Games end today at Fairgrounds

Events filled with activities to entertain, educate patrons about Scottish culture
This holiday weekend often conjures up thoughts about savoring the end of summertime -- sneaking in that last trip to the lake or holding one more cookout before the more carefree, sunshine-filled days transition into the fall frenzy of back-to-school events and planning for the winter holidays.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Harvest Wine Celebration continues today

Winegrowers association fundraiser offers tastings, food, music
Local wineries are celebrating the 35th annual Harvest Wine Celebration today in the Livermore Valley.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Thriller novel set in Dublin

Author always remembered the Tri-Valley
When Chuck Wesson lands a high-paying job at a tech firm, his first assignment is to travel back east to demonstrate a communication device called the Crimson Shamrock. But when someone tries to steal it, then his flight is diverted, Chuck gets suspicious: His new employer is not what he seemed.

September 5, 2016 | No comments yet
'Everly Brothers Salute' at Pleasanton Firehouse tonight

The Bird Dogs will present "Everly Brothers Salute" with hits from the early days of rock 'n' roll days, such as "Wake Up, Little Susie" and "Bye Bye, Love," at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

September 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at softball competition

Teams take bronze; two players medal in skills event
Both Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) teams earned bronze medals last weekend during the Special Olympics Northern California regional softball competition at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Urban Shield expected to draw police, protestors to Pleasanton this weekend

First responder training exercise, trade show return to fairgrounds
A four-day event beginning at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Friday is expected to bring hundreds of first responders -- as well as protestors -- to Pleasanton.

September 5, 2016 | 10 comments
What a weekend for Pleasanton, Tri-Valley!

Scottish games, wine festival combine for 2 days of fun
What a weekend in Pleasanton.

September 2, 2016 | No comments yet
3 bond measures on Nov. 8 ballot will boost taxes paid by Pleasanton property owners

Bonds for schools, BART, county-wide affordable housing will impact every in city
There are three bond measures on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot that will add to Pleasanton property taxes.

September 4, 2016 | 9 comments
Appeals court upholds ban on gun sales to medical marijuana users

Justinces agree with ruling that people with medical marijuana cards are unlawful users of an illegal drug
A U.S. appeals court in San Francisco Wednesday upheld a federal policy that bans gun sales to people who use medical marijuana or possess
medical marijuana registration cards.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park closed due to toxic algae

Berkeley's Lake Anza, in Tilden Regional Park, has been closed due to the presence of toxic algae, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Mother, son arrested after man stabbed in Dublin home

Attack occurs on Brannigan Street near Fallon Middle School
Dublin police are investigating a stabbing that left a man in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

September 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Arguments for and against Measure MM initiative

Opponents, supporters give reasons for banning Costco on Johnson Drive
As the Alameda County Registrar's office marks the deadline Friday for submissions to be printed in voter information booklets for the Nov. 8 General Election, both sides of a ballot initiative meant to block Costco from building a membership store on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton have filed their statements.

September 1, 2016 | 77 comments
BART launching perks program for off-peak commutes

Goal is to shift enough riders to equal a 10-car train load
BART is launching a program offering cash rewards for riders who commute to work outside of the busiest hours.

August 31, 2016 | 7 comments
Suspect sought in counterfeit cash case

Police allege woman victimized downtown businesses
Pleasanton police are looking for a woman who allegedly purchased items from downtown businesses using counterfeit money.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Testa heads to court today over ballot statement dispute

Quick favorable court decision vital since Registrar closes ballot submissions on Friday
Pleasanton mayoral candidate Julie Testa is going to court Thursday in an effort to compel City Clerk Karen Diaz to file her candidate statement for the Nov. 8 sample election ballot that will be sent to voters Oct. 10.

August 30, 2016 | 7 comments
Councilwoman Karla Brown launches re-election campaign

Vows to stop ‘runaway growth, high density housing that the city is not required to build’
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Karla Brown has kicked off her campaign for re-election on Nov. 8 with a rally at the home of Kelly Cousins where more than 75 supporters lined up to sign Brown's petition for candidacy.

August 30, 2016 | 25 comments
Sign-ups underway for Tri-Valley Commerce Convention

October event seeks to help small business owners with growth, strategies
The Tri-Valley Small Business Commerce Convention is set to take place Oct. 4, with registration ongoing for the regional event that aims to provide owners with information and access to resources to help build a successful company.

August 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Sandia researchers focus on factors impacting climate change

Lab expects work to benefit geosciences, astrophysics, energy applications
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility are developing the understanding necessary to build cleaner combustion technologies that will in turn reduce climate impact.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore market sustains $300,000 in damages after Saturday fire

Firefighters extinguish blaze on Maple Street near downtown
A fire that broke out at a Livermore market early Saturday morning caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.

August 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Child cruelty charges filed against worker at Livermore charter school

School's vice principal, principal knew of incident, but never reported it
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has filed misdemeanor assault and battery and child cruelty charges against a Livermore preparatory academy worker for allegedly physically abusing a foreign exchange student in January.

August 27, 2016 | 3 comments
Man arrested in Pleasanton after high-speed pursuit

CHP: Late-night incident ends with fleeing driver found hiding in bushes
A San Jose man led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit through Pleasanton on Monday night before ultimately being apprehended, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 26, 2016 | 15 comments
Pleasanton Weekly to hold public forum Sept. 19 for mayoral, City Council candidates

Chamber of Commerce also sponsoring forum on Sept. 9
The Pleasanton Weekly will host a public forum on Monday, Sept. 19 in the Pleasanton City Council chamber for mayoral and council candidates.

August 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Back on the gridiron for Foothill, Amador

Falcons, Dons kick off their 2016 football seasons tonight
It is interesting to see the dynamics of the football programs at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.

August 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton students score higher in 2nd year of new state testing

Superintendent: 'An incredible accomplishment for our PUSD staff and students'
Pleasanton students overall performed better in the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), as did children across the state according to test results released Wednesday.

August 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Shepherd's Gate opening New Life Store today

Proceeds from sales support nonprofit's shelter for homeless or abused women, their children
Nonprofit Shepherd's Gate will open its newly relocated New Life Store at 9 a.m. Thursday in Livermore.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: A little mom-daughter bonding

This year's Amador Valley High competition cheer team spent last weekend in Twain Harte on a mother-daughter bonding trip.

August 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley grad joins the circus

Basketball player enjoys being part of 'greatest show on earth'
Evan Wiley, 26, thought he might have a career in basketball when he played point guard at Las Positas College and Chabot after graduating in 2008 from Amador Valley High School.

August 28, 2016 | 3 comments
Cabaret singer kicks off 7th Firehouse season Saturday

An evening with jazz and cabaret singer Ariana Savalas at 8 p.m. Saturday kicks off the seventh season of the Firehouse Arts Center.

August 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale seeking seasoned singers

Holding auditions for new exciting concerts
The Valley Concert Chorale is holding auditions next month for experienced singers who can sight-read and who enjoy exciting and challenging music. The chorale performs music that ranges from classical to contemporary and folk to jazz.

August 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Opinion: Let the campaigns begin

Candidates in place for the Pleasanton municipal and school board elections
With all candidates in place for the Pleasanton municipal and school board elections on Nov. 8, the campaigns are underway to win voters at the ballot box.

August 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Realtor associations announce upcoming mergers

Bay East to combine with NorCal Commercial, Alameda associations
Pleasanton-based Bay East Association of Realtors announced Tuesday it will be merging in the coming months with the Northern California Commercial Association of Realtors (NCCAR) and the Alameda Association of Realtors (AAOR).

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Mayoral candidate Julie Testa sues city clerk, county registrar after ballot statement rejected

Diaz says Testa's statement for printing with Sample Ballot filed after deadline
Pleasanton mayoral candidate Julie Testa is going to court to compel City Clerk Karen Diaz to file Testa's candidate statement for the Nov. 8 sample election ballot that will be sent to voters Oct. 10.

August 24, 2016 | 49 comments
'All gender' single-use restroom bill goes to governor

Businesses, government buildings would make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders
California businesses and state government buildings may be required to make single-occupancy restrooms available to all genders starting next year if a bill authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is signed into law.

August 24, 2016 | 10 comments
School board discusses governance handbook at regular meeting

District staff also recognized Tuesday evening
The Pleasanton school board will consider approving revisions to its handbook detailing its procedures, practices and responsibilities at its next meeting after discussing the publication in a workshop Tuesday night.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Watchdog group OKs Measure B, BB expenditures

Tax dollars spent in accordance with the intent of the two voter-approved measures, committee says
An independent watchdog committee (IWC) reported Tuesday that tax dollars from Measure B and Measure BB transportation funds were spent in accordance with the intent of the two voter-approved measures.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Goodguys show closes at 3 p.m. today at Fairgrounds

Acres of American-made-and-powered car on display
The Goodguys' 30th West Coast Nationals show will end its three-day run at 3 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley 14-year-olds win World Series

Back-to-back Babe Ruth national titles for most players on team
A group of Tri-Valley teen baseball all-stars were crowned 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series champions last week after a six-run, sixth-inning rally catapulted them to victory in the title game in Massachusetts.

August 24, 2016 | No comments yet
McKenzie leaving League of California Cities

National search underway for director's successor
Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities for the past 17 years, announced his retirement this week.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Former Foothill High student arrested for sexual battery, knife possession

Suspect allegedly grabbed female student during confrontation
Pleasanton police arrested a former Foothill High School student Monday afternoon for alleged sexual battery.

August 23, 2016 | 3 comments
Police arrest former student for sexual battery in Foothill High parking lot

Grab female student, tears her shorts before fleeing
Dong-Hoo Lee, 20, a former student at Foothill High School, was arrested by Pleasantn police Monday on charges that he accosted a female student in the school's parking lot.

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin pilots arts space grants program

Qualified groups can use city, high school faciities for 40 hours a week
Dublin is piloting a new Arts Space Grant program that will let non-profit arts organizations apply to use city facilities and the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education free of charge for up to 40 hours.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure laws

Nine-studentlawsuit, Vergara v. State of California, was filed against state officials in 2012
The California Supreme Court Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court initially found them to be unconstitutional.

August 23, 2016 | 9 comments
Park district kicks off renewable energy project at Shadow Cliffs

Solar carport system slated for completion in December
Park district officials, project representatives and politicians were on hand at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area Friday to celebrate the kickoff of a project that will have an impact far beyond the Pleasanton park's borders.

August 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Livermore victim in head-on crash identified

Vehicle crosses median on First Street in Livermore, hits victim's car
A driver who died in a head-on collision in Livermore on Monday
morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 72-year-old Leeann Tagliapietra of Dublin.

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Auction fundraiser to be held today at Camp Arroyo

The Taylor Family Foundation also supports music therapy program
The hills will be alive Sunday as three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb Mo performs at Camp Arroyo for the Taylor Family Foundation's 26th annual Day in the Park auction fundraiser.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Citizens' coalition seeks city correspondence on Costco issue

'Our trust in city hall is shaken,' former Councilman Sullivan states in records request
A coalition called Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth has requested records for correspondence between city officials and representatives of efforts to build a Costco membership store on Johnson Drive.

August 22, 2016 | 15 comments
Tri-Valley Youth View students broadcasting new show

TV30 showing programs produced during its 8th summer camp
Tri-Valley Youth View, a 30 minute special TV program produced by middle and high school students who attended one of the TV30's Summer Camps, is now airing on TV30 and on the station's website at tv30.org

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Girls RAGE, boys BUSC open soccer season with Main Street parade at 7:30 a.m. today

2,000 colorfully-dressed players expected on Main Street
The 45th annual Pleasanton Youth Soccer Kick-off Parade will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Pleasanton.

September 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Consumer warned against eating rock crabs, bivalve shellfish

Crabs from Half Moon Bay, shellfish and rock crabs from Monterey Bay contain dangerous levels of toxins
Officials with the California Department of Public Health have issued a warning to consumers to avoid eating rock crabs from Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs from Monterey Bay

August 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Two-alarm grass fire near I-580 in Livermore Thursday cuts power to nearby businesses

Flames spread fast, damaging two power poles with high voltage lines
Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm grass fire near I-580 in Livermore Thursday.

August 20, 2016 | No comments yet
School board to discuss governance handbook, winter water damage at tonight's meeting

Water pipe burst in January caused significant damage to classroom building
The Pleasanton school board will discuss updating the handbook detailing its procedures, practices and responsibilities at a meeting Tuesday night.

August 21, 2016 | 1 comment
FBI seeks 'Audi Bandit' in Pleasanton bank robbery

Unidentified man also tied to Livermore, Burlingame robberies
The FBI is seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of committing at least three Bay Area bank robberies, including one in Pleasanton this June.

August 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Man arrested for allegedly stealing car parts from Pleasanton dealership

Tracy resident booked into jail on suspicion of grand theft
A 30-year-old Tracy resident was arrested on suspicion of stealing car parts from CarMax in Pleasanton early Friday morning, according to a Pleasanton police spokesman.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
PPIE hires new executive director

Pleasanton resident Steve McCoy-Thompson picked to lead education nonprofit
The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation has brought on experienced nonprofit leader Steve McCoy-Thompson to serve as its new executive director, the local nonprofit announced Friday.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Second suspect arrested in Livermore shooting

Victim shot Aug. 2 on Arroyo Creek Trail
Police in Livermore have arrested a second suspect in connection with a shooting earlier this month.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' alert issued for today

Smoke from California wildfires affecting Pleasanton, Bay Area
An unhealthy level of air pollution forecast for the Bay Area
today prompted the Bay Area Air Quality District to issue this summer's 18th Spare the Air Alert.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice names new patient care chief

Nenette Hoffman responsible for managing all aspects of patient services
Local nonprofit Hope Hospice recently selected Nenette Hoffman as its new chief of patient care responsible for managing all aspects of its patient care services.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Child safety fair set in Dublin today

Assemblywoman Baker, Valley Children's Museum hosting event
The Dublin community, along with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) and the Valley Children's Museum, will host a child safety fair Saturday in conjunction with the unveiling of the new "Imagination Playground" at Emerald Glen Park.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeks literacy tutors

The Pleasanton Library's literacy program is recruiting prospective volunteers interested in helping fellow residents learn English or improve on their English language skills.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Haven opens art contest

Students invited to submit entries through Sept. 9
Local nonprofit Tri-Valley Haven is inviting area students to raise awareness about domestic violence by taking part in its annual art contest.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board picks new president, VP

Re-elected board members sworn in for new terms
Two longtime board members have been tapped to serve as the president and vice president of the Zone 7 Water Agency's Board of Directors.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Goodguys award winner credits success to Hot Wheels, Legos

Goodguys 30th West Coast Nationals set Aug 26-28 at Pleasanton fairgrounds
Dave Kindig, a car builder and designer, will be a featured attraction at the Goodguys 30th West Coast Nationals when the show opens Aug. 26 for a three-day weekend run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Study shows Nov. 8 initiative less beneficial to Johnson Drive than Costco

But strip of retail stores could hike property values, add more employees
The City Council has signed off on a multi-page independent analysis of the impacts of building a 148,000-square-foot Costco membership store on Johnson Drive versus allowing a strip of smaller stores up to 50,000 square feet as proposed in a voter initiative that will be on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

August 19, 2016 | 4 comments
Many seniors can only dream of a good night's sleep

Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare shows many arise at 4-5 a.m. 'which can be a problem'
We all know about wrinkles, gray hair and memory issues. But people may be surprised as the years go by to find changes in their sleep patterns.

August 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Keep moving to stay in shape -- from fingers to toes

How many calories do you burn in a rocking chair?
"How often do you exercise?" This question comes up every time a senior is face to face with a healthcare provider.

August 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Breast imaging accreditation for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare

Peer-review evaluations show that medical center has achieved high practice standards in imaging programs
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in Pleasanton has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

August 20, 2016 | No comments yet
2 with long history in Pleasanton school system join 2 incumbents in school board race

Grant bows out, opening 3 seats to be filled
Two candidates with a long history in the Pleasanton school system have joined the race for election to the school board on Nov. 8 where they will compete with two incumbents for the three seats on the board.

August 17, 2016 | 34 comments
Some East Bay BART riders could face delays due to repairs through October

Pleasanton line not affected by crews working between Hayward, Fremont
BART riders in the East Bay can expect some minor delays during the weekdays for the next three and a half weeks as crews make repairs to the tracks between Hayward and Fremont.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Darlene Wiese remembered as longtime youth sports supporter

She put smiles on all our faces, sportswriter recalls
If you grew up in Pleasanton during the 1970's and 80's and you played youth sports, you knew "Mrs. Wiese."

August 17, 2016 | 6 comments
Dublin's Fall/Winter Activity Guide now available

Features classes, activities for children, adults from September through February
The Fall/Winter edition of Dublin's Guide to fun is now available.

August 21, 2016 | No comments yet
School, city activist Julie Testa seeking election as Pleasanton mayor

Longtime critic of overcrowded schools to face Mayor Jerry Thorne on Nov. 8 ballot
Julie Testa, a former member of the city's Human Services Commission and a longtime advocate of measures to reduce school overcrowding, will seek election Nov. 8 as mayor of Pleasanton.

August 16, 2016 | 21 comments
Victim identified in fatal crash near Livermore

Accident occurred on I-580 Sunday
A 79-year-old woman who died after the minivan she was in went down an embankment off of I-580 near Livermore Sunday has been identified as Rosario Ordillas.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
DSRSD candidate nomination period extended through Wednesday

Board of directors president seeks shorter term
Although all incumbents filed their nomination papers in advance of Friday's deadline, Tri-Valley residents still have an extra few days to decide to run for a seat on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors.

August 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Planning Commission approves 93-home development, Sunflower Hill projects on Stanley

Reluctant decision now goes to City Council, but when is uncertain
The City Council will decide this fall whether to rezone a 15-acre commercial site on Stanley Boulevard for a 93-home development and an adjoining site to accommodate housing for autistic adults.

August 15, 2016 | 23 comments
Ruegsegger to seek election to Pleasanton school board

Served on board in 1990, has been executive assistant to superintendents in Pleasanton, Palo Alto
Former Pleasanton school board member Kathleen Ruegsegger, at one time an executive assistant to superintendents in both the Pleasanton and Palo Alto school districts, is seeking election on Nov. 8 to serve again on the Pleasanton board.

August 14, 2016 | 3 comments
Firefighters rescue trapped fawn off Longview Drive in Pleasanton

Deer trapped in fence for four hours
Firefighters in Pleasanton on Friday were able to help release a fawn that had gotten trapped in an iron fence in the upper Longview community west of Foothill Road.

August 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board to consider environmental planning contract at 7 p.m. meeting today

Employee recognition also on regular meeting agenda
The Zone 7 Board of Directors will meet in open session beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will consider awarding a contract for as-needed environmental planning, among other items of business.

August 13, 2016 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police seeking suspect with stolen credit cards

Man shown on video at Livermore 7-Eleven
Pleasanton police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect caught on camera using a stolen credit card.

August 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Grant won't seek re-election to Pleasanton school board

2 incumbents seeking re-election; filing for 3rd seat extended to Wednesday
Pleasanton school board member Chris Grant announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in November.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County sheriff's deputies arrest 10 at marijuana farm in rural Livermore

Firearms, cash also recovered at Mines Road site
Alameda County sheriff's deputies arrested 10 Thursday in the culmination of a long-term investigation into an illegal 200-acre outdoor marijuana cultivation operation in rural Livermore.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Hosterman seeking election to BART board

Will compete for District 5 seat against incumbent director John McPartland
Former Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman is seeking election to the BART board of directors for District 5 on Nov. 8.

August 12, 2016 | 9 comments
Macy's in negotiations to sell its flagship men's store in San Francisco's Union Square

Macy's plans to close about 100 full-line stores in U.S. starting early next year
Macy's representatives are in negotiations to sell their flagship men's store in San Francisco's Union Square, the company announced Thursday.

August 12, 2016 | 1 comment
New superintendent Rick Rubino ready to lead Pleasanton school district

Longtime educator spending early weeks here 'hitting the ground learning'
Pleasanton school leaders believe they have found their superintendent for the long haul in Rick Rubino.

August 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Crowd fills Laguna Oaks home to support Herb Ritter for council

Planning Commission chairman seeks election to council on Nov. 8
More than 150 supporters of Herb Ritter's bid to be elected to the Pleasanton City Council filled Cindy and Bob Gee's home on Lylewood Drive on Tuesday at the candidate's nomination signing party.

August 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton police, sheriff's office issue warning on jury duty scam

Someone claiming to be sheriff's lieutenant making phone calls seeking money
The Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office have issued warnings about a scam targeting county residents.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-Thon underway today at Jack London Square in Oakland

Fun family day includes arts and crafts, pet advice, microchipping
The annual East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-Thon is being held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jack London Square in Oakland.

August 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley grad earns Eagle Scout rank

Yash Prakash's service project brought storage system to Bay Area nonprofit
Pleasanton teen Yash Prakash received his Eagle Scout badge during a ceremony this month in recognition of earning the highest Boy Scouts rank.

August 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Youth art on display this evening at St. Elizabeth Seton center

PCAC partners with Y on summer arts education
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is joining with the Tri-Valley YMCA in a presentation tonight of work by youths who participated in their summer program to teach kids some fundamentals about creating art.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Summer's final Tri for Fun triathlon at Shadow Cliffs tomorrow

Entry fees range from $75-$80, $10 more if registering Saturday
Hundreds of experienced and novice triathletes are set to converge at Shadow Cliffs Saturday for the final Tri for Fun triathlon event of the season, with check-in and registration starting at 5 a.m. with the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m..

August 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Little League opens fall baseball registration

Youths can sign up through today for $125, or pay $150 later
Pleasanton Little League is recruiting young baseball players for its fall ball season, with registration now open through Aug. 30.

August 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council weighs expansion of plastic bag ban

Council could opt out of ban by Dec. 9 before county measure takes effect
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste) has asked the Pleasanton City Council to support its planned expansion of the ban on plastic bags to include all retail stores and restaurants.

August 14, 2016 | 13 comments
Contest opens to name Pleasanton's new dog park

Entries due by Aug. 31 for posting when park opens in October
Pleasanton will open its second dog park in October, an off-leash, fenced-in park on a two-acre site at the Lagoon Road/Bernal Avenue staging area of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail with separate runs and toys for large and small dogs.

August 15, 2016 | 10 comments
'New' Dougherty Road now open

Old Dougherty Road segment closing later in month, converting to public trail
A new, 1.5-mile stretch of Dougherty Road opened to drivers in San Ramon's Dougherty Valley Friday.

August 11, 2016 | 8 comments
'Spare the Air' day again today, 15th of summer season

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of excessive smog and smoke expected in
the region.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Congressman hosting town hall at 11 a.m. today in Sunol

Meeting at Sunol Glen School open to public
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) will hold a town hall meeting starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sunol in an to update constituents on recent activities in Congress and to listen to questions and concerns they want to share.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
PG&E recognizing 'Call Before You Dig Day'

Awareness campaign reminds all diggers to call 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines checked
PG&E will recognize "National 811-Call Before You Dig Day" today, hoping to raise awareness about the need for residents and contractors to call 8-1-1 to have critical underground utility lines marked before the start of any outdoor digging project.

August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Village High culinary building proposal put on hold

District abandons project after funding, bidding issues
With the new school year getting underway in Pleasanton on Monday, many families can expect to hear about the $270 million bond measure on the November ballot and the list of facilities improvements it could fund.
But there are likely some students, parents and staff district-wide disappointed that one proposal up for consideration looks unlikely to proceed anytime soon.

August 11, 2016 | 4 comments
City Council cancels contract to build 2 new tennis courts

Action comes after 200 fill council chamber to oppose current plan
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel a construction contract to build two new tennis courts in public park land near the Pleasanton Tennis complex at Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.

August 10, 2016 | 33 comments
School board approves contract amendments, recycled water resolution

Board approves hiring new director of elementary education
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday reviewed an updated fiscal year budget and approved recycled water for irrigation at a local school.

August 10, 2016 | 7 comments
Pleasanton police make arrest in June robbery

Oakland resident charged in purse-snatching
Pleasanton police have made an arrest in a robbery case from early June.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Downtown businesses burglarized over the weekend

Hair care, massage therapy products among items stolen
Several downtown Pleasanton businesses were broken into sometime between late Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, resulting in thousands of dollars of stolen property.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Suspect in custody identified in connection with Pleasanton store robbery last week

Threatened employees at 2 Verizon stores with pepper spray before fleeing with merchandise
A 16 year old Oakland youth currently being held at the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall has been identified by Pleasanton police as the suspect in the robbery July 30 of the Verizon store at 6070 Johnson Drive.

August 10, 2016 | No comments yet
5 p.m. today is deadline for candidates to file for elected offices

If an incumbent doesn't file for re-election, deadline for others for the post is Aug. 17
The nomination period for the Nov. 8 General Election will close at 5 p.m. Friday.

August 10, 2016 | 15 comments
Tri-Valley Heroes nomination period opens

Sponsorship opportunities available for 5th 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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August 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Little League Intermediate play World Series in Livermore

Danville team wins District 57's Tassajara Valley Little League competition
The Little League Intermediate World Series came and went through Livermore last week with the West (Hawaii) representative from the U.S. taking the championship by beating defending champion South Korea in the finals.

August 9, 2016 | No comments yet
10 cases of Zika reported in Alameda, up from one in March

Still, mosquitoes which transmit the virus have not established populations here
Alameda County health officials said 10 residents have contracted the Zika virus by traveling to areas where the disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.

August 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County supervisors change jail health care providers

Contract with new company to cost at least $100 million over three years
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Friday to award its jail health care services contract to a new company and end its relationship with Corizon Health Inc., which has been providing such services for 28 years.

August 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Arrest made in Livermore attempted murder

Police also looking for 'person of interest considered armed and dangerous
Livermore police arrested 18-year-old Fernando Cruz-Armento on suspicion of attempted homicide and are looking for 19-year-old Raul Alcala as a "person of interest," who is considered armed and dangerous.

August 5, 2016 | No comments yet
School board meets tonight on budget revisions, recycled water uses

Contract amendments among consent agenda items
Budget and contract revisions as well as a recycled water proposal are among the items on the Pleasanton school board's agenda for its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

August 7, 2016 | No comments yet
The Kate Steinle tragedy: A year after her death on Pier 14

What Pleasanton lost when she was killed; how her family has endured
For days, Brad Steinle spent his time sanding the black paint off his sister Kate's childhood dresser to its raw wood, the smell of sawdust thick in the July heat. Just weeks after his 32-year-old sister Kate Steinle was killed on San Francisco's crowded Pier 14 last year, there was something cathartic about stripping away the inky hue.

August 5, 2016 | 30 comments
Asian-American works on display at Harrington Gallery

'Transformation' celebrates 25 years of artists' evolution
Walk into the current exhibit at Pleasanton's Harrington Gallery slowly and allow your imagination to be captured by a 6-foot glass kimono with photo silk-screened images, held together with copper wire. This piece ties in with a nine-panel painting series by Lucy Liew.

August 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center's 7th season begins today

Diverse concerts and shows in 2016-17 lineup
Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center begins its seventh theater season Saturday with a lineup of legendary names, Bay Area theater productions, comedy, blues and jazz, and magic.

August 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill Little League's all-stars crowned NorCal champs

Majors division team sweeps through post-season undefeated
A group of all-stars from Pleasanton Foothill Little League's majors division capped off a 12-0 playoff run by winning the Northern California 10/11-year-old Little League Championship outside Redding last weekend, giving PFLL its first ever NorCal crown.

August 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: What is AMI and why do we need it in Pleasanton?

Automated metering is latest technology in evolution of water-metering infrastructure
Automated metering infrastructure (AMI) is the latest technology in the evolution of water-metering infrastructure. It will enable us to better manage our water, which we in Pleasanton and throughout the entire state have come to recognize as a precious resource.

August 5, 2016 | 13 comments
More parking in downtown Pleasanton? Think $12 million

Now city working on plan to better managing downtown parking
Ever try to park downtown for lunch and can't find a space?

August 7, 2016 | 26 comments
1st Wednesday draws 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 200 dogs highlighting the event with the popular annual Pooch Parade.

August 4, 2016 | 4 comments
Dublin/San Ramon district warns of illegal hydrant connections

No concern in Pleasanton which handles potable hydrants separately
The Dublin San Ramon Services District is asking residents to report a recurring problem that could jeopardize the drinking water supply.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Stratford appoints new elementary school principal

Private Pleasanton campus welcomes Maureen Christensen
Stratford School's Pleasanton campus has hired a Tri-Valley resident with more than 13 years of experience in education as its new elementary school principal.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Walk-through registrations continue today at Pleasanton schools

Parents need to bring email confirmations for each child to walk-through registration event
Walk-through registrations continue today at Pleasanton middle and high schools with all elementary schools also holding their respective walk-through events today.

August 4, 2016 | 25 comments
Man shot near Arroyo Creek in Livermore Tuesday

Two men being sought; victim in critical condition
A 25-year-old man was shot in the area of the
Arroyo Creek bike trail west of Holmes Street in Livermore Tuesday afternoon.

August 3, 2016 | No comments yet
County settles suit by women over dirty conditions at Santa Rita jail

4 women jailed after Oakland protests agree to $130,000 settlement
Alameda County officials have agreed to a $130,000 settlement for four women who sued the county for the unsanitary conditions they encountered at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in 2014 after they were arrested at a protest in Oakland.

August 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton celebrates National Night Out

Residents, first responders take part in annual event
Police officers, firefighters, local officials and residents came together for block parties around Pleasanton Tuesday night in honor of National Night Out.

August 3, 2016 | 2 comments
Glazer completes pushup challenge for veteran suicide awareness

Effort symbolizes statistic that 22 veterans die by suicide every day
Pleasanton's State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) recently wrapped up an exercise challenge in which he did 22 pushups per day to raise awareness about the suicide rate among military veterans and to emphasize the importance of supporting veterans' continued mental and physical health.

August 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley headed for another Babe Ruth World Series starting today

Most players on team won World Series title last year as 13-year-olds
The Tri-Valley all-stars have booked their spot in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series in Massachusetts this week, and for most of the boys, a tournament against the nation's best teen baseball players will be a familiar experience.

August 3, 2016 | 2 comments
Orchard Supply opening store in Pleasanton

Retailer taking over old Sport Chalet building in Metro 580 center
Orchard Supply Hardware will open a 40,000-square-foot store in the Metro 580 shopping center at 4555 Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton later this year.

August 3, 2016 | 32 comments
Foothill grad TJ Friedl signs with Cincinnati Reds

Outfielder has whirlwind free agency after missing MLB draft over eligibility confusion
A simple misunderstanding has turned into a financial gain and a professional baseball career for Foothill High graduate TJ Friedl.

August 3, 2016 | 2 comments
Livermore: Authorities release digital image of cold case homicide victim

Sheriff's office seeks public's help in identifying man whose torso was found in 1997
Alameda County sheriff's investigators are hoping the public can help them solve a 1997 homicide with the help of an image of the victim created with recent technology.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Rohovit retiring from police department today after 26 years of service

Lieutenant was one of first school resource officers
Pleasanton Police Lieutenant Scott Rohovit will retire Friday after 26 years of service.

September 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Community meeting scheduled tonight to explain new water metering system

$7-million Pleasanton project will provide online monitoring of water use
A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Veterans Memorial Building to explain and demonstrate the new automated water meters that will replace existing meters in Pleasanton homes and businesses starting this month.

August 2, 2016 | 2 comments
School board approves bond resolution for ballot

Measure would generate $270 million for facilities improvements
At a special meeting Saturday morning, the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution placing a $270 million general obligation bond on the ballot for the November election.

August 2, 2016 | 13 comments
Soberanes Fire spreads to 40,000 acres Sunday evening

Fire now about a mile south of Carmel Highlands
A Monterey County wildfire spread to 40,000 acres Sunday evening but firefighters increased containment to 18 percent, Cal Fire officials said.

August 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Civic leaders to cut ribbon on Korean War memorial today

2,250 Korean War veterans buried in San Francisco National Cemetery
U.S. and Korean leaders will cut the ribbon Monday morning on the Korean War Memorial just outside of the San Francisco National Cemetery,
organizers said.

August 1, 2016 | No comments yet
County survey records now available online

Public no longer has to drive to countyb offices to research document
A new online database for survey records and documents was released last week in Alameda County.

August 2, 2016 | No comments yet
School board votes to place $270-million bond measure on November ballot

Saturday's board meeting to be aired on Channel 28 at 10 a.m. Tuesday
The Pleasanton school board voted unanimously Saturday to place a $270-million general obligation bond measure on the ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election.

July 30, 2016 | 60 comments
5th consecutive 'Spare the Air' day issued for today

A fifth consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District for Friday because of continued unhealthy levels of ozone expected in the region.

July 29, 2016 | 7 comments
'Monterey Bay' revisits Steinbeck's Cannery Row during different eras

Novelist Lindsay Hatton to appear at Pleasanton author luncheon next week
For author Lindsay Hatton, her hometown of Monterey provides the perfect setting for a debut novel about a remarkable teenage girl and her connection to two iconic Central Coast attractions: Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

August 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Bottom line is laughs, in corporate world musical

Las Positas College presenting 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' this weekend
Hard-boiled 1950s businessmen are matching musical notes as well as wits this weekend while they battle their way up the corporate ladder, in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Las Positas College outdoor amphitheater.

July 29, 2016 | No comments yet
'Moonlight in Vines' event tonight to support Sunflower Hill

Organization seeks to build 'communities' for adults with special needs
A sell-out "Moonlight in the Vines" dinner and dance tonight at McGrail Vineyards is another step forward in Sunflower Hill's campaign to provide residential communities in the Tri-Valley for adults with special needs.

July 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Reader's Choice Hall of Fame directory

Pleasanton Weekly readers have voted for the following businesses for at least five consecutive years as the best in their categories.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
2016 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice winners

2016 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice winners

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
3rd consecutive Spare the Air alert issued for today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a third consecutive Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy ozone accumulation forecasted.

July 27, 2016 | 2 comments
$270-million bond measure goes before school board for vote tomorrow morning

Project list includes $35-million for new school
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday to vote on a resolution to place a $270-million general obligation bond on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

July 27, 2016 | 17 comments
Supporters jam Pentin's home to sign his Council re-election papers

Pleasanton businessman seeking second 4-year term
Supporters of Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Pentin's bid for re-election on Nov. 8 filled his Lone Oak Court home Monday to enjoy homemade desserts and to sign the required nominating papers.

July 27, 2016 | 1 comment
New traffic lights activated on Santa Rita in front of Amador Valley High's parking lot

Traffic-actuated signals designed to ease peak school hour congestion
Two new traffic lights have been turned on in front of Amador Valley High School's main student parking lot to improve safety for motorists entering and leaving the school.

July 27, 2016 | 14 comments
Little League World Series kicks off today in Livermore

Best Intermediate Division teams worldwide converge on Tri-Valley
For those that enjoy watching the excitement of the Little League World Series each summer, your opportunity to watch some of the best young baseball players in the world is not limited to watching them television or making the trip to Pennsylvania.

July 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Pooch parade in downtown Pleasanton tonight

200 dogs to strut down Main Street during 1st Wednesday event
More than 200 dogs will strut down Main Street for the 19th annual Pooch parade during the Pleasanton Downtown Association's 1st Wednesday Street Party tonight.

July 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air day today

The 10th Spare the Air alert of the summer season has been declared for Tuesday in the Bay Area because of unhealthy ozone accumulation.

July 26, 2016 | No comments yet
City Council to hold special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight on tennis park expansion

Mayor halts start of construction work as neighbors object to planned removal of 4 trees
The Pleasanton City Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. tonight to look again at plans to build two additional lighted tennis courts at the Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park.

July 25, 2016 | 79 comments
24 residents sworn in as U.S. citizens at Pleasanton Library

Families, officials gather for first naturalization ceremony in Pleasanton
They got to America through different means and for varying reasons. Many moved from India, others from nations like South Korea and the United Kingdom. But on Friday the 24 Pleasanton residents representing seven countries gathered at the Pleasanton Library with one common plan: to be sworn in as new United States citizens.

July 25, 2016 | 4 comments
Firefighters extinguish grass fire that closed Foothill Road early Monday

2-acre blaze stopped before spreading into Pleasanton Ridge
Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm brush fire in Pleasanton late Sunday night.

July 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Smoky skies from Soberanes fire in Monterey County causing 'Spare the Air' alert today

High temperatures to add to unhealthy air
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Pleasanton and the Bay Area today.

July 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab physicist wins American Physical Society award

Tammy Ma to receive award at society's annual meeting in San Jose Oct. 31
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has won the American Physical Society's 2016 award for outstanding early career contributions in plasma physics.

August 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Sewer district appoints new engineering services manager

Judy Zavadil, with district 9 years, now earns $202,296 plus benefits
The Dublin San Ramon Services District board of directors has appointed a new engineering services manager to fill the vacancy left by Dan McIntyre's promotion to general manager.

July 24, 2016 | 2 comments
Alameda County supervisors ban oil fracking

Move seen as compromise between activists, oil producer
Alameda County became the first Bay Area county to ban the controversial practice of fracking on Tuesday, reaching a compromise between environmental advocates and an existing oil producer in the Livermore area.

July 24, 2016 | 2 comments
Altamont landfill fire could keep burning for few more days

Heavy smoke visible for miles
Alameda County firefighters say a new fire at the Altamont Landfill is producing a large amount of smoke and could keep burning for a couple of days.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Growth in Hacienda matching Pleasanton's

Over 10 million square feet of existing, mixed-use spaces now occupied by 660 companies, 19,000 employees
Hacienda, the largest mixed-use development of its kind in Northern California, has just reported it achieved a solid first half in 2016, sharing in the current business boom in Pleasanton where Workday is building a new headquarters and two new car agencies have moved into Staples Ranch.

July 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive runs through today

Pleasanton joins neighbors in fight against hunger
Food drives are popular during the holidays, but people are hungry year-round.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Tony Furtado to bring his folk/rock to Livermore today

Amador grad performing in benefit for Rotary Music Scholarship Fund
Pleasanton native Tony Furtado will bring his gregarious interpretation of Americana and indie folk/rock to the stage at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore Saturday in a benefit for the Livermore Rotary Music Scholarship Fund.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks vie for Olympic berths

Five local swimmers compete, but miss out on Team USA spots
The Pleasanton Seahawks had five athletes compete at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb., earlier this summer, with all five swimming among the nation's best but each falling short of qualifying for the U.S. team.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Local racquetball players headed to World Championships

Trio win gold medals at junior nationals
Three young racquetball players who train at ClubSport Pleasanton have qualified to represent Team USA in the Junior World Championships in Mexico this fall.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police set for National Night Out

Register neighborhood block parties through July 29
The Pleasanton Police Department is set to once again participate in the National Night Out crime- and drug-prevention event taking place in communities across the country.

July 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's downtown Rotary honors high school scholarship winners Thursday

Graduates benefit from club's annual Father's Day Spirit Run
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has awarded $30,000 of college scholarships to nine students from Pleasanton's three high schools.

July 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Danville author's novel spotlights social struggles of women in Pakistan

'The Little Stepmother' follows 12-year-old adjusting after arranged marriage
Danville resident Lubna Jahangiri describes her recent novel, "The Little Stepmother: A Novel," as a story about triumph of the human spirit in Pakistan.

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Grass fire near Altamont Pass destroys home, outbuildings

Utility worker's vehicle may have set some grass on fire, fire chief says
Two structures were destroyed in a 5-acre grass fire Wednesday afternoon in an area off
Altamont Pass Road near the Altamont Landfill.

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Council puts anti-Costco initiative on Nov. 8 ballot

Thorne reveals he owns Costco stock, steps down from debate
The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot that would in effect ban Costco from building its proposed 148,000-square-foot membership store on Johnson Drive.

July 20, 2016 | 62 comments
Dublin police nab bank robber suspect on BART platform

Demands money at Bank of the West, flees on bicycle
A man was arrested on a BART station platform Tuesday morning after allegedly fleeing a bank robbery in Dublin on a bicycle, police said.

July 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Local congressman targets student debt

Swalwell co-authors bills on loan forgiveness, repayment plan updates
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) took aim at improving the debt situation for Americans working to repay federal student loans with two new bills he introduced with colleagues in Congress last week.

July 20, 2016 | 12 comments
Long Beach educator named chancellor of community college system

Eloy Oakley tapped to lead state's 113 two-year colleges, including Las Positas College
The California Community Colleges board of governors has selected Eloy Oakley as the new chancellor of the statewide two-year college system.

July 20, 2016 | 1 comment
Builder confidence holds firm in July

Housing market in place for continued slow, steady growth, survey shows
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July fell slightly from June, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

July 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Housing starts across the country rise 4.8% in June

Northeast up 46.3%, Western states up 17.4%
Nationwide housing starts rose 4.8% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

July 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Writer remembers Amador Valley star Danny Gabor, killed 20 years ago in plane crash

Also reports on Little League U-12 Blue team winning new league's first tournament title
This past Sunday morning, I woke up feeling a bit down as July 17 was the 20-year anniversary of the crash TWA Flight 800 that killed all 230 passengers, including Amador Valley graduate Danny Gabor.

July 19, 2016 | 9 comments
Large turnout for signing re-election papers for Mayor Jerry Thorne

So far, running unopposed with filing period set to close Aug. 12
More than 100 supporters of Mayor Jerry Thorne crowded into the home of Joyce and Bob Shapiro in Vintage Hills Monday night to sign Thorne's nomination papers as he seeks re-election on Nov. 8.

July 19, 2016 | 10 comments
Danville police pursuit ends with arrest in Pleasanton

Man fled after seen possibly casing gas station, DPD lieutenant says
Danville police arrested a Brentwood man after he allegedly led officers on a half-hour pursuit overnight Saturday that ended near downtown Pleasanton.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Donations helping veterans groups fund Pioneer Cemetery memorial

Weiss couple contributes $100,000, Harringtons pledge $40,000
The Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Committee has raised nearly $250,000 of the needed $390,000 to complete the veterans memorial now under construction at the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery.

July 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley YMCA expanding in Pleasanton

Nonprofit's admin offices here now, new Family Wellness Center to open this fall
Tri-Valley YMCA is expanding its services in Pleasanton, relocating its administrative offices here from Dublin and opening a new Family Wellness Center in the coming months.

July 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Council to decide tonight on Costco ban petition

Ban request could be placed on Nov. 8 ballot
The Pleasanton City Council will decide Tuesday on whether to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 General election ballot that would block a Costco membership store from being built on Johnson Drive.

July 18, 2016 | 62 comments
Sandra Way home in Livermore destroyed in Friday night fire

One resident, family dog escape; cat dies
Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguished a fire in a family home on Sandra Way Friday, but not before it destroyed much of the house and killed the family cat caught inside.

July 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Nonprofit believes every child deserves a birthday cake

Cake4Kids volunteers bake 1,800 cakes a year -- with love
The foster mom did what came naturally when her new child had a birthday: She baked her a chocolate cake. When the girl came home from school and saw the cake, she burst into tears, saying, "I've just never had a birthday cake."

July 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Flags to stay at half-staff in city buildings in honor of police victims in Baton Rouge

Flags to stay lowered until sunset Friday
Flags in Dublin and Pleasanton, already flying at half-staff in honor and remembrance of the Victims of the attack in Nice, France last Thursday, will continue being lowered as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers last Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

July 16, 2016 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert issued for today, but likely none for weekend

A third Spare the Air alert in as many days has been issued for Friday in the Bay Area.

July 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Memorial dedication set for Veterans Day weekend at Pioneer Cemetery

Granite platform, flags, bronze sculpture of kneeling soldier to honor veterans buried there
Work is underway on a $390,000 memorial at the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery that will pay tribute to the more than 500 veterans who are buried there.

July 15, 2016 | 4 comments
Relay for Life now underway at Pleasanton Middle School

Survivors, families joining in 24-hour walk fundraiser to support the fight against cancer
The Pleasanton community is honoring cancer survivors and their families today during the annual Relay for Life now underway on the Pleasanton Middle School athletic track.

July 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Summer Wine Stroll set for 5 p.m. today in downtown Pleasanton

If tickets still available, they will cost $45 at Firehouse Arts Center sales office
The Pleasanton Downtown Association's Summer Wine Stroll is set for 5-8 p.m. today, during which more than 30 downtown spots will become wine-tasting rooms.

July 15, 2016 | 3 comments
Registration period opens today for candidates for public offices

The period to nominate candidates for Pleasanton city offices in the November election begins on Monday morning and runs until Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

July 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Patsy Cline tribute at Pleasanton Firehouse Center today

Joni Morris, After Midnight Band to honori legendary country singer
Joni Morris and her After Midnight Band are returning to the Firehouse Arts Center with her hit show, "Joni Morris Presents: A Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline, the Queen of Country Music," honoring the legendary first female member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

July 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Four-day wine weekend opens today in Pleasanton

'Taste our Terroir' kicks off with food and wine pairing
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers' Association will begin four days of celebrating and sharing wine with its premier food and wine pairing event from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Casa Real in Pleasanton.

July 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire destroys Livermore business, called 'suspicious'

Firefighters battle blaze at Miller's Air Conditioning & Heating
Police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Livermore heating, ventilation and air conditioning business late Tuesday night.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Costco in Pleasanton? Voters likely will decide

City Council likely to call Tuesday for Nov. 8 public vote on initiative
Opponents of making land available for a 148,000-square-foot Costco membership store on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton have received certification from the Alameda County Registrar of their petition to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot to block the store from being built.

July 14, 2016 | 83 comments
Today is another 'Spare the Air' day

Hot, still weather combined with vehicle exhaust prompt decision
Unhealthy air conditions forecasted because of hot, still weather combining with vehicle exhaust have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District to issue a Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday.

July 13, 2016 | No comments yet
PPIE board names new president, searching for new executive director

With growth in fundraising less than 3.5%, organization focuses on new goals
The board of directors of Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation has named Stephen Hilton as its new president while also announcing that it is searching for a new executive director to replace Susan Hayes, whose contract expired June 30 and was not renewed.

July 13, 2016 | 5 comments
Officers in Livermore find cat shot with arrow

Police are asking for the public's help to find someone who shot a cat with an arrow last week in Livermore.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
County fair: Always a winner for Pleasanton

Special pig named
Despite several days of searing heat with temperatures hovering in the upper 90s, the Alameda County Fair closed out July 4 with a standing-room-only crowd for its annual fireworks spectacular. Attendance totaled 450,806, well over last year's 444,923 but still short of the record-high 534,577 set in 2012.

July 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Strengthened dollar curbing growth in U.S property sales to foreigners

1.3% decline over 2015 blamed on high prices here, waning economic growth abroad
Waning economic growth in many countries and higher home prices further enhanced by a strengthening U.S. dollar resulted in a slight decline in international sales dollar volume of U.S. property over the past year and a significant retreat in buying from non-resident foreigners.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Firefighter contain brush fire along Arroyo Mocho creek

Livermore blaze started Monday afternoon
Firefighters contained a brush fire in Livermore Monday afternoon, and stayed on-scene overnight to conduct a fire watch.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
High school football? Here it comes

Dublin, Dougherty high add to this year's rivalry
I know it's the middle of the summer, but is it ever too early to talk about the upcoming high school football season?

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Coroner's bureau IDs father, son who died after falling into Shadow Cliffs Lake

Men did not know how to swim, weren't wearing life jackets
A father and son from Hayward whose bodies were recovered Monday morning from a Pleasanton lake have been identified as 33-year-old Juan Estrada Estrada and 59-year-old Juan Estrada Espinoza, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

July 11, 2016 | 4 comments
School board signs off on project list for $270-million bond measure planned for Nov. 8 election

New bond would fund new elementary school, provide funds for new science labs
The Pleasanton school board has agreed to a list of priorities for placing a $270-million general obligation bond measure on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot that will include $35-million for a new elementary school.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Segments of Iron Horse Trail closed for repairs on weekdays

Trail to stay open on weekends
The East Bay Regional Park District is closing segments of the Iron Horse Regional Trail this summer for pavement maintenance and improvements.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
City flags at half-staff today in remembrance of Dallas officers

At president's orders, flags will stay lowered until sunset tonight
Flags in Dublin and Pleasanton are flying at half-staff in honor and remembrance of the slain and injured police officers in Dallas.

July 10, 2016 | No comments yet
City flags at half-staff in honor of slain, injured Dallas police

Flags will stay lowered until sunset Tuesday
Flags are flying at half-staff at all municipal buildings in Dublin and Pleasanton in honor and remembrance of the slain and injured police officers in Dallas.

July 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin driver arrested in connection with hit-and-run injury 17-year-old

Nicole Wieland, 26, also charged with vehicle theft after Vomac Road-Shannon Avenue collision
A Dublin driver has been arrested in connection with a
hit-and-run collision that injured a pedestrian.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Firefighters extinguish major grass fire near VA hospital

20 acres burn in fire caused by a tractor performing week abatement
Firefighters brought a blaze under control within two hours Thursday that broke out near the VA Hospital in Livermore.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police weigh confidentiality, transparency with body-worn cameras

Now required to turn on cameras whenever they interact with a member of the public.
Body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers have swept the country over the past few years, both as a method for police to authenticate their statements and to keep officers accountable.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
What's going on at PPIE?

Director out, doors closed, but PPIE board is saying nothing
What's going on at the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, better known as PPIE?

July 11, 2016 | 6 comments
Adobe to become more important as staging area to new Ridge trail

More parking, restrooms, one-way Old Foothill Road as through street part of plan
The Pleasanton City Council has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the East Bay Regional Park District to add a new trail to the Pleasanton Ridge, using the Alviso Adobe Community Park as its primary staging area.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
'Mary Poppins' alights on stage at 2 p.m. today in Livermore

Tri-Valley Rep presenting beloved nanny in delightful musical
The Banks household is in chaos. Mr. Banks worries about money. Mrs. Banks is concerned about her place in society. And the children are so naughty that it's not funny anymore. Enter Mary Poppins.

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton pianist to present free concert at 2 p.m. today in Livermore church

Classics plus Joplin make for relaxing afternoon
Pleasanton pianist Naren Krishna, a recent high school graduate, is presenting a free concert for the public, with pieces by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Joplin.

July 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m today at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Interfaith Community Blood Drive aims to collect more than 1,700 blood donations this month
A Pleasanton stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will join with more than 25 other Bay Area faith organizations today in an interfaith community blood drive to collect much-needed blood donations in what is the largest single blood collection effort for the Northern California Blood Services Region.

July 8, 2016 | No comments yet
School board to consider multi-million-dollar bond measure tonight

Proposed bond ranges from $312 million to $234 million
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting tonight to consider placing a multi-million-dollar bond measure on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot that would provide funds for projects throughout the district including, if necessary, the construction of a new elementary school.

July 7, 2016 | 11 comments
Downtown Rotary installs new president for 2016/17

Realtor Randy Brown succeeds CPA Janet Yarbrough in Castlewood ceremony
Randall Brown of PMZ Real Estate was installed last week as president of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton in a colorful celebration at Castlewood Country Club.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Hundreds attend vigil for UC Berkeley student killed in Dhaka terror attack

School opens Multicultural Community Center for those wanting to grieve
Friends of a 19-year-old University of California at Berkeley student who was among 20 people killed Friday during a terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, held back tears as they honored her memory during a vigil at the school Tuesday afternoon.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Mortgage applications decrease in latest bankers' survey

Interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages remain unchanged at 3.61%,
Mortgage applications decreased 2.6 % from one week earlier, according to a survey for the week ending June 24.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Supervisors approve $3 billion county budget for 2016-17

Board: Balanced budget builds reserves, closes funding gap without significant program cuts
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 billion budget for the new fiscal year that began Friday that includes modest funding increases to community service providers and expands resources for affordable housing.

July 6, 2016 | 3 comments
Flood insurance rates pose threat to businesses, homes

Put both small businesses and home ownership at risk, Realtors say
Flood insurance costs continue to put small businesses and home ownership at risk, but the National Association of Realtors this week told Congress that a range of solutions are on the horizon.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Free movies in Amador Valley Community Park start tonight in Pleasanton

Dublin's free movies in the park continue in Emerald Park Friday, July 22
Free movies outdoors are being offered in city parks starting tonight in Pleasanton and continuing Fridays in Dublin on July 22.

July 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Hundreds turn out for Independence Day picnic

18th annual event offers patriotic music, tribute to veterans
Hundreds turned out Monday for the 18th annual Fourth of July community picnic in Lions Wayside Park in downtown Pleasanton.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police welcome 2 new officers

Now undergoing 16-week field training process
Joshua Cerri and Nicole Evans were sworn in last week as new officers on the Pleasanton police force.

July 6, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton, Dublin City Council meetings cancelled for tonight

Both the Pleasanton and Dublin City Council meetings normally held on the first Tuesdays of every month have been cancelled for tonight.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill graduate TJ Friedl on USA Baseball Collegiate National Team playing in Taiwan

Recently capped incredible sophomore season, batting 401 at Univ. Nevada Reno
I have always been a firm believer that good things happen to good people and in the case of Foothill High graduate TJ Friedl, that has certainly been the case.

July 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Ricky Gonzalez, the jockey of Outside Nashville, wins Monday's second stakes race

Cruises home for the win by almost two lengths
Put a field of nine horses in a sprint stakes, on a track where front-end speed can be a huge advantage and you have a race of different strategies.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Julien Couton guides Llobo to win in $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes Sunday

For any jockey to win a stakes race, there needs to be a certain amount of calmness during the ride.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton racing picks for Monday, July 4

Here are the picks for horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Monday, July 4, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Danville readies for annual Fourth of July parade

Kiwanis Club leading downtown celebration Monday morning
More than 30,000 people are expected to arrive in central Danville on Monday morning for the annual Independence Day parade down the Hartz Avenue corridor.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Tribute at noon today for UC Berkeley student slain in Bangladesh

Tarashi Jain, 19, began studying at Berkeley in 2014
A memorial vigil will be held Tuesday to honor the life of a
UC Berkeley student, and others slain in a terrorist attack in Bangladesh Friday.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton Racing Picks Sunday, July 3

Here are the picks for horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Sunday, July 3, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

July 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton Racing Picks Saturday, July 2

Oak Tree at Pleasanton Racing Picks

Saturday, July 2

July 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Fireworks, parades celebrate Independence Day in Bay Area today

Popular San Francisco show start at 9 p.m. on waterfront
Festivals, fireworks and parades will light up eyes and skies in
the Bay Area in celebration of Independence Day today.

July 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin police find 500 pounds of illegal fireworks

Pinole, Sunnyvale men accused of selling fireworks on Intrnet
Police seized more than 500 pounds of illegal fireworks Wednesday
from two people who were selling them in Dublin through the internet.

July 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore officer now among Bay Area police being investigated for sexual misconduct

Teenage woman center of probe for online contacts
A Livermore police officer is now among a host of Bay Area law enforcement officers being investigated for possible sexual misconduct with a teenage woman whose online alias is Celeste Guap.

July 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Friday, July 1

July 1, 2016 | No comments yet
County board places $580-million affordable housing bond on November ballot

If approved by 2/3rds of voters, measure will provide funds for investing in low-priced homes
The county Board of Supervisors has voted to place a $580-million Affordable Housing bond on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot to prove funds for in investment in homes for first-time home buyers and low-income renters.

July 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Fireworks tonight close the 2016 Alameda County Fair

One last day for concerts, rides, food and fun
The Alameda County Fair ends its three-week run in Pleasanton today, closing with feature attractions such as the last show of the Big O Tires Concert Series, carnival rides, classic fair food, the Demolition Derby, the Red, White and Brewfest, Youth Livestock Auction and -- one of Pleasanton's favorite summertime events -- the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.

July 1, 2016 | 2 comments
A 'Red, White and Blue' First Wednesday today

Stereo Bounce to play today's hits and some oldies
July's First Wednesday Street Party downtown tonight will celebrate "Red, White and Blue" with live music, food trucks, vendor booths, kids' activities and a beer and wine garden.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Tulancingo students arrive in Pleasanton

Sister city association facilitates annual youth exchange program
Pleasanton is hosting five student delegates from its Mexican sister city, Tulancingo, through next weekend.

July 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Opera stars to perform in vineyards at 5 p.m. today

Supporters enjoy arias while picnicking in lovely settings
Picnicking at tables set in a vineyard while opera stars serenade? Does life get any better?

July 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse to present 'Tri-Valley High: The Series' starting tonight

Summer classic to take place at 7:30 p.m. over next four Wednesday evenings
Teen improv troupe Creatures of Impulse will present its sixth season of "Tri-Valley High: The Series" at 7:30 p.m .tonight in the Fairehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Farewell to Jim Hansen (again)

New superintendent Rick Rubino now in charge
The Pleasanton school district's interim superintendent, Jim Hansen, stepped back into retirement Thursday, clearing out his office for new superintendent Rick Rubino who started Friday.

July 1, 2016 | 3 comments
Oracle Pleasanton wins Alameda County 'Stopwaste' award

Company keeping 90% of discards out of landfill, up from 35% only few years ago
Oracle in Pleasanton has been recognized with a 2016 StopWaste Business Efficiency Award for Excellence in recycling and composting.

July 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Popular children's author at Pleasanton Library at 10 a.m. today

Author, illustrator Jon Agee to introduce his latest work, 'Lion Lessons'
Popular picture book author and illustrator Jon Agee will make a special summer visit to the Pleasanton Library at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

July 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Bernal Avenue being repaved between Foothill Road, Valley Avenue

Expect traffic delays as $856,000 project takes 8 weeks to complete
Work is now underway to resurface Bernal Avenue between Foothill Road and Valley Avenue.

July 12, 2016 | 7 comments
Assemblywoman Baker to honor Pleasanton veteran Gene Cota

Ceremony beng held at 5 p.m. today in Museum on Main
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) will honor Air Force veteran Eugene Cota as Veteran of the Year for the 16th Assembly District in a ceremony at 5 p.m. tonight in the Museum on Main in downtown Pleasanton.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Golden Gate Bridge. ferry, transit fares increased

Bridge tolls now $6.50 for FasTrak cars, $4.50 for carpool vehicles
Most tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge have been raised by 25 cents.

July 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Masons told to stop the partying, but they're moving anyhow

Orthodox Jewish Chabad of the Tri-Valley bidding to buy Hopyard Road building
Pleasanton Masons have been ordered by the city's Planning Commission to curb outside activities at their lodge on Hopyard Road after a group of neighboring Valley Trails home owners complained about excessive noise and parties.

June 30, 2016 | 14 comments
3 candidates vying for 2 Pleasanton Council seats in November election

Thorne also seeking re-election as mayor
Two incumbents and the chairman of the city Planning Commission have launched campaigns to win two open seats on the Pleasanton City Council Nov. 8.

June 30, 2016 | 19 comments
County board places $580-million affordable housing bond on November ballot

Measure would provide funds for investing in low-priced homes
The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to place a $580-million Affordable Housing bond on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot to provide funds for in investment in homes for first-time home buyers and low-income renters.

June 29, 2016 | 2 comments
Elections to have little impact on California housing market

But Realtors, home owners want candidates to address affordability issue
Presidential elections have historically had little or no negative impact on the California housing market, according to findings by the California Association of Realtors.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Existing-home sales up 1.8%, highest pace in 9 years

Sales in the West jump 5.4% in May
Existing-home sales across the U.S. sprang ahead in May to their highest pace in almost a decade, while the uptick in demand this spring amidst lagging supply levels pushed the median sales price to an all-time high.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Independence Day: A good time to look at financial independence

Greater financial freedom is good news for healthy households
It's never a bad time to consider life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but Independence Day offers us a special opportunity.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Raley's removing artificially-flavored private label brand sodas

Pleasanton store expects to be out-of-stock its own high-fructose corn syrup products by Aug. 1
Raley's supermarket in Pleasanton announced this week that it is discontinuing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavoring from its private label brand sodas including diet soda varieties.

July 12, 2016 | 9 comments
City, veterans organizations leaders join in groundbreaking for new Pioneer Cemetery memorial

Memorial dedication planned for Nov. 12 to coincide with Veterans Day
City and civic leaders joined veterans' organizations Monday to break ground on a $300,000 memorial at the top of the hill in Pioneer Cemetery.

June 28, 2016 | 2 comments
Today is another 'Spare the Air' day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday because of expected unhealthy air conditions in the
region.

June 28, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury housing market leveling off

156 luxury homes changed hands in May, down 10% from year ago
Luxury home sales in the East Bay took a breather in May, edging lower from year-ago levels although still surpassing the previous month's total.

June 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Phone call from Santa Anita helps jockey win $50,000 Oak Tree Handicap

Jockey Ricky Gonzalez rides Bronze Star for 1st place at Alameda County Fairgrounds
Jockey Ricky Gonzalez got simple instructions Saturday afternoon from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer before the $50,000 Oak Tree Handicap in the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet during the Alameda County Fair.

June 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton racing picks for Friday, July 1

Here are the picks for horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, July 1 by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Firefighters from Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department now battling Kern County fires

4 from here join Santa Clara, San Mateo county firefighters at Erskine Fire scene
Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department have joined others on a strike team consisting of 22 firefighters and five Office of
Emergency Services (OES) engines from around the Bay Area to battle the Erskine fire near Lake Isabella in Kern County.

June 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Passenger traffic surging at Oakland Airport

May was busiest month in last eight years
Passenger growth surged at the Oakland International Airport last month, giving the airport its busiest May in eight years, Port of Oakland officials said Friday.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center re-opens after week of repairs, maintenance

Paratransit tickets again available, Sage Cafe open.
The Pleasanton Senior Center re-opened today after being closed for a week for regular maintenance and repairs.

June 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton racing picks for today, June 25

Here are the picks for horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Saturday, June 25, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Community picnic to celebrate Independence Day starts at noon in downtown park

Event features concert, tribute to military veterans, salute to Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award winners
It's the Fourth of July and many in Pleasanton will celebrate with noon-day fund at Lions Wayside Park on First Street in downtown Pleasanton.

look forward to barbecues, a day by the pool and the Alameda County Fair's annual fireworks spectacular.

June 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton racing picks for today, June 24

Here are the picks for horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 24, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Hintzke to seek re-election to Pleasanton school board

2nd of 3 whose terms expire this year to put name on Nov. 8 ballot
Pleasanton school board member Jamie Hintzke has announced that she will seek re-election to a third term on Nov. 8.

June 24, 2016 | 11 comments
Real estate investors searching for 'Safe Havens' following Brexit decision

U.S home buyers can expect low interest rates for longer, plus a pause on interest rate hikes, researcher says
Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion, a U.S. real estate investment management firm, said Friday that while the overall impact of the UK's exit from the EU will take several months to become clear, uncertainty is sending sending investors rushing to safe havens, including U.S. Treasuries.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
DSRSD halts mandatory water-use restrictions

Pleasanton's recycled water provider opts for 10% voluntary reduction for its other Tri-Valley water customers
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to lift mandatory limits on water use for consumers, opting instead to implement a 10% voluntary conservation goal going forward.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
'Save Mount Diablo' named 16th State Assembly District's nonprofit of year

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker recognizes group during special ceremony in Sacramento
Local environmental preservation organization Save Mount Diablo was honored at the State Capitol Wednesday as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 16th State Assembly District.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Oak Tree at Pleasanton Racing Picks Thursday, June 23

Here are the picks for today's horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Thursday, June 23, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Get thee to 'The Winter's Tale' today

Free Shakespeare in the Park promises to be another fun-filled production
Oft and anon in Pleasanton -- meaning, every summer -- San Francisco Shakespeare Festival comes to Amador Valley Community Park Sunday to amuse young and old alike with high-spirited productions of the Bard's offerings.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Clydesdales appear today, LeAnn Rimes Sunday at Alameda County Fair

Fair features carnival rides, games and treats, exhibits every day except Monday
The Budweiser wagon and its famed Clydesdale horses and Dalmatian dog will appear today at the Alameda County Fair.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Campo di Bocce hosting 2016 Bocce championship through next Saturday

Free event features variety of competitions and divisions
Campo di Bocce in Livermore is hosting the U.S. Bocce Federation's 2016 Bocce Championships today through July 2.

June 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Stricken boy inspires nonprofit group

Dillon Strong Foundation to help families of ailing children
When Dillon O'Leary, 11, collapsed with a major brain hemorrhage just before walking onto a baseball field May 6, 2015, he was airlifted to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. As friends supported the family, they coalesced into a unit they dubbed Dillon Strong, fiercely determined to help the boy regain his health.

June 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Comedian DeKoven, others to take the Firehouse stage for cancer tonight

'Proud to giving people a fun night of laughs for their donations,' DeKoven says
"Stand Up Against Cancer!" begins at 8 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center, hosted by local comedian John DeKoven.

July 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Classic rock show to honor Pleasanton heroes

Nominations open through Wednesday
Is there a hometown hero you think should be honored for contributions to the community? The rock 'n' roll experience, "Rock Stars & Stripes," is bringing one special hero up on stage to celebrate his or her impact, at every performance across the country.

July 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin, Pleasanton moving forward on considering new big box stores despite opposition

IKEA holding public meeting tonight on plans to open its 3rd Bay Area store in Dublin
Representatives of IKEA will hold a community meeting starting at 7 p.m. tonight to provide details of a two-story, 377,000-square-foot furnishings store it plans to build on a vacant 27-acre site at Hacienda Drive and I-580 in Dublin, directly across from the Walmart center, Oracle and Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton.

June 24, 2016 | 30 comments
Bicyclist who died in Pleasanton crash Thursday identified as Gail Turner, 72

Turner was cycling south on Valley when struck by eastbound driver on Stanley
A bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle on Thursday morning at the intersection of Bernal and Valley avenues and Stanley Boulevard has been identified as 72-year-old Gail Turner.

June 23, 2016 | 21 comments
License plate recognition cameras coming to Danville

Council OKs new police program; full implementation expected by year's end
Danville is set to become the latest Bay Area community to utilize license plate reader technology after the Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a police department proposal to bring the cameras to more than a dozen street intersections and six police patrol cars.

June 23, 2016 | 1 comment
City Council adopts 2016/17 record-high $105-million budget

New budget includes $8.9 million, or 46% increase in capital improvement expenditures
The Pleasanton City Council approved a record-high $105-million budget for fiscal 2016/17 Tuesday that includes a 46% increase in estimated capital improvement expenditures over a year ago.

June 22, 2016 | 11 comments
Community meeting scheduled tonight to explain new water metering system

$7-million Pleasanton project will provide online monitoring of water use
Two community outreach meetings are planned to demonstrate the new automated water meters that will replace existing meters in Pleasanton homes and businesses starting in August.

June 22, 2016 | 4 comments
Mountain lion or bobcat sighted in Golden Eagle Estates neighborhood

Homeowner spots animal too close too close for comfort
Smita Nadgir sent this photo she snapped Tuesday morning near her home on Foothill Road of what she believed was a mountain lion roaming in her Golden Eagle Estates neighborhood in Pleasanton.

June 21, 2016 | 18 comments
Search of Dublin's Camp Parks turns up empty; reports of intruder unfounded

False reports cause 4-1/2 hour lockdown, 'shelter in place' warnings in widespread area
Reports of an intruder at the Camp Parks U.S. Army facility in Dublin on Tuesday morning were unfounded, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

June 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Housing market maintains momentum in May

Statewide median home price above $500,000 for second straight month
The statewide median home price continued to climb last month, staying above $500,000 for the second straight month as a strained housing supply continued to push prices higher.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Camp Parks on temporary lockdown

Camp Parks in Dublin is temporarily locked down while police agencies search the garrison area after an unconfirmed report of intruder; no one seen and no confirmed shots fired, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

June 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Segments of Iron Horse Trail temporarily closed for pavement maintenance

Trail will be open on weekends and on July 4
The East Bay Regional Park District has closed segments of the Iron Horse Regional Trail for pavement maintenance and improvements.

June 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. today for Veterans Memorial at Pioneer Cemetery

Memorial to completed in time for public dedication Saturday, Nov. 12 during Veterans Day weekend
The city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a brief groundbreaking ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial at Pioneer Cemetery at 1 p.m. today.

June 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert issued for today

Continued high temperatures, light winds combine with motor vehicle exhaust to create unhealthy ozone accumulation
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today in the Bay Area, the fourth such alert issued this month for unhealthy air conditions.

June 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Iron Horse Trail pavement project begins

$341,000 summertime effort aims to enhance conditions from Dublin to Alamo
Work is underway to improve pavement conditions on the Iron Horse Regional Trail north from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

June 21, 2016 | 6 comments
Patelco, Stanford gain naming rights for new Bernal sports complex

2 organizations donate $1-million-plus to Play Bernal fundraiser
Generous donations by Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto have given the two organizations naming rights for the new sports complex at Bernal Community Park set to open in October.

June 23, 2016 | 4 comments
Fireworks now on sale today in Dublin

Buy anytime, but use only in Dublin on July 4
"Safe and Sane" fireworks are now on sale in Dublin, one of the few cities in the Bay Area where such sales are allowed to be sold by local non-profit organizations.

June 21, 2016 | 3 comments
CHP arrests erratic driver in Pleasanton after chase, hit-and-run crashes

Motorists reported seeing vehicle traveling up to 100 mph in wrong direction on I-680
California Highway Patrol officers arrested a man in Pleasanton after he allegedly caused several hit-and-run crashes in Newark, Fremont and the Tri-Valley and drove the wrong way on I-680 on the Sunol Grade before being stopped on Sunol Boulevard last Saturday.

June 21, 2016 | 6 comments
Real estate expert gives advice on buying first home

First step should be taking a home buying class
Taking a qualified home buying class will do more than teach you how to get a mortgage or pull together a down payment. It will help you determine the amount of home you can afford without endangering other lifetime financial goals.

June 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Major traffic backup on I-680 following early morning crash

All lanes on southbound Interstate Highway 680 just north of Andrade Road near the Sunol Grade have reopened this morning.

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Sunday, June 19

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Sunday, June 19, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Without Baze, jockey Juan Hernandez picks up the winning mounts at Fairgrounds

Rides Uptown Twirl to win Saturday race by over two lengths
When Russell Baze, the all-time winningest jockey in North America, retired last week from riding, it meant the Northern California jockey colony was energized with the chance to pick up the mounts on some pretty good horses.

June 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Saturday, June 18

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Saturday, June 18, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Blue Star Moms hosting food drive for U.S. troops today at Fairgrounds

Fair opens for final days with fireworks on July 4
The Alameda County Fair will host a drive Wednesday benefiting the local Blue Star Moms, a group that sends care packages to deployed U.S. Troops in the Middle East.

June 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Dennis Miller's racing picks for June 17

Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair
Here are the picks for today's second day of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair for Friday, June 17, by racing expert Dennis Miller.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley water wholesaler eliminates mandatory water cutbacks

Voluntary 10% cutback replaces mandatory reduction
The Tri-Valley's water wholesaler decided to remove mandatory water conservation rules in light of a rainy winter season.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair: You can call me 'Big Al'

Pleasanton native embraces role as racing ambassador as horses hit the track for 2016 fair
Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1960s and '70s meant you were inevitably around the horse-racing industry.

June 17, 2016 | 1 comment
County considers $2.8 billion budget

Supervisors to hold public hearings on proposal
Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi is proposing a $2.8 billion budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 that would include modest funding increases to community service providers and expand resources for affordable housing.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton museum hosting talk at 7 p.m. tonight about internment camps

Japanese-American to describe his experiences during World War II
Author Tadashi Kishi will speak at the Museum on Main in downtown Pleasanton at 7 p.m. Thursday about his experiences being locked away in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

June 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting open house on new civic center/library plans today

Event being held from 10 a.m. to noon at Pleasanton Library
Pleasanton city representatives are hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to noon today to provide updates and solicit feedback from the public about proposals for a new Civic Center and library.

June 17, 2016 | 9 comments
Triathlon series kicks off 29th season at 5 a.m. today at Shadow Cliffs

Entry fee for the Tri For Fun is $75 (non-timed) and $80 (chip timed) in advance, $10 added for race-day registrants
Hundreds of experienced and novice triathletes are set to converge at Shadow Cliffs Saturday for the first Tri-for-Fun triathlon event of the season with check-in and registration starting at 5 a.m. Saturday and the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: 'Twiddle mitts' ease anxiety for dementia patients

Knitting group takes on project for neighbors at memory care home
A soft, knit rectangle. Some buttons or beads to fondle. Loose ribbons to quietly explore. "Memory mitts" bring comfort to residents of memory care units, and those at The Parkview in Pleasanton are the focus of a project just completed by the Pleasanton Senior Center's Friday Knitters Group.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Cantabella children's camps start today

Sessions offer music, movement, artistic expression
The Cantabella Children's Chorus is offering "Choral, Rhythm and Movement" summer camps in Pleasanton for five days starting today and for another five days starting next Monday in Livermore.

June 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man admits to failing to pay employment taxes while company CFO

Employed by Crossroads Home Health Care, Inc.
Pleasanton resident Muzaffar Hussain has pleaded guilty in federal court for failing to pay employment taxes while working as chief financial officer of Crossroads Home Health Care, Inc., according to prosecutors.

June 19, 2016 | 3 comments
Remembering dad on Father's Day at Sports Park

Ashley Olson, paralyzed in accident, manages online site that helps others with disabilities
Ashley Olson spent part of Father's Day at Ken Mercer Sports Park next to a memorial stone that bears her dad's name.

June 19, 2016 | 1 comment
FBI offers new reward for serial killer, rapist with Valley crimes

Man sought in dozens of cases across California from 1976-86
The FBI announced Wednesday a reward of up to $50,000 for the identity, arrest and conviction of a person suspected in 12 killings and 45 rapes in California, five of which occurred in this area in 1979.

June 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Ira Stein Trio at St. Augustine Catholic Church tonight

Performance includes improvisations on Bach chorales, original compositions
The Ira Stein Trio will play from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday night in a public concert at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton.

June 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Anti-Costco group files petitions for Nov. 8 vote to ban store on Johnson Drive

Count underway to determine if sufficient signatures on forms to force initiative
Opponents of a possible bid by Costco to build a new membership-only retail store on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton filed a petition with the City Clerk's office yesterday to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot that would ban stores that large from being built there.

June 15, 2016 | 82 comments
School board brings back all elementary, middle school librarians

Site technology specialists set to be reduced through layoffs
Pleasanton's school board chipped away at approved layoffs yet again last night, restoring more librarians whose jobs were scheduled to be cut.

June 15, 2016 | 11 comments

June 15, 2016 | 3 comments
Hart principal Terry Conde reassigned to Amador Valley High as VP

School district names new Harvest Park principal as other administrators also move
Hart Middle principal Terry Conde has been reassigned as a vice principal at Amador Valley High School, prompting a series of promotions and other administrative shuffling.

June 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Brock Turner juror to judge: 'Shame on you'

Juror sends letter saying, 'Justice has not been served'
"Absolutely shocked and appalled" -- that's the reaction of a juror in the Brock Turner sexual-assault case to the sentence handed down by Judge Aaron Persky on June 2. The male juror, speaking publicly for the first time, delivered a cutting letter to Persky on Saturday stating, "This punishment does not fit the crime."

June 14, 2016 | 7 comments
School board to discuss reductions, technology restructuring at tonight's meeting

Some library assistant jobs spared; not all positions restored
Pleasanton's school board will discuss ongoing layoffs Tuesday night as the board struggles to cobble together funding from other parts of the budget for the remaining positions.

June 14, 2016 | 14 comments
Dublin holding public meeting tonight to discuss IKEA building plans

Store at corner of Hacienda Drive, I-580 would open in 2018
Dublin representatives are holding an informational public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss plans by the IKEA home furniture store to build its third Bay Area store in Dublin.

June 13, 2016 | 6 comments
Arkin to seek re-election to Pleasanton school board

First of 3 whose terms expire this year to put name on Nov. 8 ballot
Pleasanton school board member Valerie Arkin announced Mpnday that she will seek re-election to a third term on Nov. 8.

June 14, 2016 | 15 comments
Flags flying at half staff to honor Orlando shooting victims

'Mark of respect for victims of act of hatred and terror perpetrated Sunday,' proclamation reads
The city of Pleasanton has lowered flags on all municipal buildings to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting until sunset tonight.

June 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Valley Avenue reopened after police chase ends in crash

Hayward transient arrested in stolen truck near Harvest Park Middle School
Pleasanton police briefly closed part of Valley Avenue Thursday afternoon after the driver of an allegedly stolen truck led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing into two other cars.

June 9, 2016 | 5 comments
Old Stanley Boulevard to closed for reconstruction

Major link from downtown Pleasanton to Stanley, First Street shut for 6 weeks.
Stanley Boulevard between First Street and Main Street in downtown Pleasanton was closed this morning to all traffic for up to six weeks for reconstruction.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
BART asking voters to OK $3.5 billion bond for system overhaul

Agency says proposal polled at 68% support, above voter-approval threshold
After years of focusing on system expansion, the BART Board of Directors is looking to completely rebuild the agency's aging infrastructure and voted unanimously Thursday to place a $3.5 billion bond on the November ballot to fund the effort.

June 10, 2016 | 23 comments
Congratulations to Pleasanton's Class of 2016

Amador Valley, Foothill high school seniors celebrate with colorful ceremonies today
More than 1,100 students graduated from Pleasanton Unified School District high schools Friday.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton couple heading to Italy for 14th bicycling tour

Stoneridge Creek residents will cycle nearly 300 miles across Italy
Passports. Toiletries. Clothes. Cycling shorts. Susie and Del Krause, 74 and 78, have a slightly different packing list from most folks their age headed to Europe.

June 12, 2016 | 2 comments
'Backyard Beauty' exhibit opens today in Harrington Gallery

Plants, grasses, insects inspire artists
Seven artists are displaying artwork inspired by insects, plant life and other bits of "Backyard Beauty," the title of the invitational exhibit opening Wednesday at the Harrington Gallery.

June 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Tribute to Bees Gees at Firehouse today

Concert called 'ultimate salute' to Bee Gees in their prime
A Tribute to the Bee Gees at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater has had another performance added, by popular demand, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

June 15, 2016 | No comments yet
City opens registration for adult softball leagues

Men's, women's and coed divisions available
Pleasanton is now accepting registration for the its 20-plus slow-pitch softball leagues.

June 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton cuts water conservation requirements to 10%

Eases 25% rule as conservation efforts succeed, recycled water comes online
Pleasanton's water conservation target has been reduced to 10% based on 2013 billings in response to newly adopted statewide water conservation standards.

June 9, 2016 | 8 comments
Alameda County Supervisor Miley dominates re-election bid

Four-term incumbent leads challenger Bryan Parker 61.78% to 37.55% in final tally
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley controlled Election Night in his bid to continue representing Pleasanton and the rest of District 4 on the Board of Supervisors.

June 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair opens today

Concerts, rides, entertainment, exotic food through closing day July 4
The Alameda County Fair opens Wednesday with new attractions, more special events and fair favorites ranging from horse racing to big name concerts and a fireworks spectacular on July 4 featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

June 12, 2016 | No comments yet
San Ramon: Police chief named as interim city manager

Gorton takes helm July 1; search for permanent replacement might wait until after November election
The San Ramon City Council looked within to find its short-term replacement for retiring City Manager Greg Rogers, voting Monday to appoint police chief Joe Gorton as the interim city manager effective July 1.

June 8, 2016 | 3 comments
Voters appear to approve 9-county Bay conservation measure

Will cost home owners $12 a year for 20 years
A regional ballot initiative proposing a parcel tax that would raise $500 million over 20 years to fund Bay conservation and flood protection projects appears to have been narrowly approved by voters in the nine-county Bay Area.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Incumbents win big in Zone 7 Water Agency board race

Figuers, Ramirez Holmes and Quigley secure seats
In the race for the Zone 7 Water Agency board of directors, incumbents Sandy Figuers, Angela Ramirez Holmes and Dick Quigley clinched the three available seats, securing their spots for another four years.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Voters approve $950 million bond measure for Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Swalwell, Glazer, Baker lead in votes to their re-election bids
Voters approved a new $950 million facilities bond measure for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Tuesday by a 64% margin.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
New voter count shows Measure K won by 625 votes, a 51.6% margin

Yes votes totaled 9928 vs. 9303 votes against 43-home Lund Ranch development plan
In an updated count announced Monday, the Alameda County Registrar's office reported that Pleasanton's Measure K was approved by voters June 7 by 625 voters, substantially more than the 254 votes reported earlier.

June 7, 2016 | 66 comments
Quick action avoids large fire in east Pleasanton

Firefighters extinguished one-acre blaze Tuesday
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire officials extinguished a small brush fire in east Pleasanton on Tuesday afternoon.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Baker honors Pleasanton tea shop as 'Small Business of the Year'

The English Rose & Gifts chosen by Assemblywoman for district honor
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) has recognized the English Rose Tea Room in downtown Pleasanton as the 16th Assembly District's "Small Business of the Year."

June 9, 2016 | 2 comments
Realtors like state's housing plan that Pleasanton opposes

Governor's bill would strip California cities of right for detailed review of developers' plans
The California Association of Realtors this week applauded a "build by right" proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and the League of California Cities oppose.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Waiting for voters

Precinct workers (from left) Julie Testa, Trudy Fabian, Sarah Kwak and Antonio Flores serve as volunteers at the city-owned old Pleasanton post office building at 157 Main St. today.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Hacienda awarded East Bay Leadership medal

Highest award given by regional council
Pleasanton's Hacienda business and residential community has been awarded the East Bay Leadership medal, the highest award given by the East Bay Leadership Council.

June 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Realtors like state's housing plan that Pleasanton opposes

Governor's bill would strip California cities of right for detailed review of developers' plans
The California Association of Realtors this week applauded a "build by right" proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and the League of California Cities oppose.

June 7, 2016 | 17 comments
California no longer on national Realtors choice list for millennial buyers

Less expensive home prices, rising job opportunities making other parts of U.S. more appealing
A flurry of financial obstacles and lifestyle choices are stalling the journey to homeownership for many young adults, but becoming a homeowner is currently more feasible in some less expensive metro areas with steady job growth and lower qualifying incomes needed to buy.

June 7, 2016 | 11 comments
CAR applauds Gov. Brown's 'build by right' proposal

Bill would exempt from detailed local government reviews developments already zoned and approved for housing
The California Association of Realtors this week applauded a "build by right" proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown that would create a voluntary permit streamlining approval process for developers to use.

June 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Graduation ceremonies this week for Pleasanton high school seniors

Village High students graduate tonight; Foothill, Amador Valley ceremonies Friday afternoon
About 1,100 Pleasanton high school students will graduate this week as eighth graders finish middle school to take their place as high school freshmen.

June 7, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton students win first in Destination Imagination competition

Team presents stirring rendition of civil rights struggle
A team of Hart Middle School students won first place in a recent Destination Imagination competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

June 7, 2016 | 2 comments
Amador Valley finishes season in top 5 in shot put, discus

Foothill girls' softball falls 1-0 to Freedom in extra innings in final
Nathan Esparza of Amador Valley High finished out a sensational season by placing in the top five in both the shot put and the discus at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis last Friday and Saturday.

June 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Tonight's meeting of Pleasanton Planning Commission cancelled

The meeting of the Pleasanton Planning Commission scheduled for June 8 has been canceled.

June 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Police: Man robs Pleasanton bank, leads officers on chase

Robber remains at-large; likely tied to Livermore bank robbery earlier in day
An unidentified man robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Pleasanton and eluded police during a brief car chase Friday morning, according to a police department spokesman.

June 3, 2016 | 4 comments
Amador Valley alumnus killed in crash

Sean Ketner, 25, died after pickup crashed into pole
A 25-year-old Pleasanton man died after his truck slammed into a pole on Stanley Boulevard early Sunday morning.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin names new Parks & Community Services director

James M. Rodems, Rancho Cordova parks/rec leader will fill vacant position Aug. 1
James M. Rodems, currently the district administrator of the Rancho Cordova Recreation and Parks District, has been hired as Dublin's new Parks and Community Services Director for Dublin.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert proclaimed for 2nd straight day

Hot weather, low winds expected to result in high levels of smog
A Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for Friday, the second straight day that an unhealthy amount of ozone accumulation is expected in the Bay Area, air quality officials said.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
TV30 offering free tickets to Alameda County Fair

Drawings will be held daily starting next Monday
TV30 will be giving away two tickets daily to "Lucky Fans" for admission to the Alameda County Fair, which opens June 15.

June 3, 2016 | 1 comment
Measure K dominates Pleasanton ballot in today's Primary

Alameda County supervisor, Zone 7 water board, State Assembly, State Senate among other races
Pleasanton voters have been casting their ballots on a myriad of issues and candidates in today's Primary election, ranging from candidates for president, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to State Senate and Assembly, judges, a $25 million annual San Francisco Bay parcel tax and a $950 million Las Positas College general obligation bond issue.

June 3, 2016 | 40 comments
Pleasanton Roots Festival set for tomorrow at Alviso Adobe Community Park

Program to feature presentations on city's historical time periods
Local residents are encouraged to get back to their roots Saturday during the city's first Pleasanton Roots Festival at Alviso Adobe Community Park.

June 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Finance workshop at 1 p.m. today for veterans in Pleasanton

Event features Elizabeth Fulgaro, certified financial coach
The Pleasanton Public Library is hosting a one-hour workshop Monday afternoon aimed at introducing military veterans to financial planning strategies.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Youth flag football league player evaluations set for tomorrow in Pleasanton

PJFL non-contact division focuses on fun, development, competition, safety
Registration is underway for the 2016 season of the Pleasanton Junior flag football league with player evaluations set for June 11 at Hart Middle School.

June 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Magic glasses

Colors amaze colorblind folks who don new spectacles
Farhan Sareshwala, a 23-year-old software developer from Pleasanton, didn't know he was colorblind until he was tested in school as a young teen.

June 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorsements for today's primary

These are the Pleasanton Weekly's endorsements for the June 7 primary.

June 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Local art groups open exhibit in Livermore

Pleasanton Art League joins in 'Feeling Good' presentation
An art exhibit titled "Feeling Good" is open through June 27 at the Bankhead Theater Gallery, with an artists' reception open to the public from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.

June 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Today is season's 1st 'Spare the air day'

High temperatures, low winds generating unhealthy ozone accumulation, air quality district says
The Bay Area's first Spare the Air smog alert for the year has been called for today.

June 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Chamber PAC endorses Ramirez Holmes for Zone 7 water board

Incumbent 'consistently demonstrated strong leadership where it counts,' BACPAC members say
The Pleasanton Chamber's Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) announced its endorsement yesterday of incumbent Angela Ramirez Holmes for re-election to the Zone 7 water agency board of directors in tomorrow's Primary election.

June 2, 2016 | 3 comments
Who let the goats out?

Sheriff deputies searching for owner of goats found near Dublin golf course
Who let the goats out?

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Alameda runner tops Rotary Spirit Run's 10K Sunday in just under 35 minutes

Main Street jammed as thousands turn out for early morning event
Thousands turned out early Sunday for the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's 23rd annual Father's Day Spirit Run.

June 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Today is last day for Goodguys summer get-together at Fairgrounds

2,500 hot rods, custom, classic cars on display
The 23rd annual Goodguys Summer Get-Together Summer Get-Together comes to a close today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Military home buyers purchase at younger ages, buy larger, more expensive homes

Survey evaluates military vs. civilian home buying trends
A survey by the National Association of Realtors showed that the share of young buyers in the military significantly outpaces those under 35 who are not in the military.

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin congressman appoints 5 teens to U.S. service academies

Swalwell honors five students, including two Pleasanton residents
Five Bay Area students, including two from Pleasanton, have been given appointments to the three leading U.S. military academies by Congressman Eric Swalwell.

will matriculate to national service academies after they were nominated for acceptance by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin).

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
PPIE donates another $52,000 for Pleasanton school programs, clubs

Grants will fund science programs, gardens, art education
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced it will donate another $52,000 to Pleasanton's school district, on top of about $570,000 it donated for next school year.

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting program today on elder abuse

Caregiver, Medicaid scams topics of free event in city's library
The city of Pleasanton and its police department will host a program at 1:30 p.m today to discuss elder abuse and what can be done to prevent it.

June 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill girls' softball team wins first 2 games of North Coast Section playoffs

Amador Valley track team advances to CIF state championships
The Foothill High girls' softball team won its first two games of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs by a combined 13-1 last week.

May 31, 2016 | 1 comment
Warriors win, face Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday at Oracle Arena

Game 1 of NBA finals to start at 6 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 last night to advance to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series that will start Thursday at Oracle Arena.

May 31, 2016 | No comments yet
County Fair doles out winemaker awards ahead of June 15 opening

170 medals given out of 228 entries, including 25 of them gold
The Alameda County Fair, which begins next month, has announced the top winners of its annual wine competitions.

May 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Tickets on sale for tonight's Warriors game

Exclusive presale for season ticket holders at 10 a.m.
For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors will host a Game 7 Monday night, in the hunt to become the NBA Western Conference Champions.

May 30, 2016 | No comments yet
County sets up ballot drop-off sites for today's Primary

Pleasanton's already in use in front of City Hall
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has set up specially-designed and secure drop-boxes in each of the county's 14 incorporated cities to accommodate voters who wish to drop off their Vote-By-Mail ballots in today's Primary election.

May 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Steinle family sues San Francisco, federal authorities, former sheriff

Pleasanton native Kate Steinle fatally shot last July
The family of Kate Steinle, a Pleasanton native who was shot and killed on San Francisco's Pier 14 last July, today filed a federal lawsuit against city and federal officials alleging that a series of policy failures and negligent acts led to her death.

May 27, 2016 | 4 comments
Planning Commission chairman Ritter to seek Pleasanton City Council seat

Plans to 'do all I can to preserve small town feel while driving positive change in Pleasanton'
Herb Ritter, chairman of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, announced Friday that he will seek a seat on the City Council in the community election Nov. 8.

May 31, 2016 | 7 comments
Kaitlin's cancer fight officially ends

Survivor now works for donations to find a cure, help sufferers
Every single person is affected by cancer, says survivor Kaitlin Gallagher, 20.

May 26, 2016 | 6 comments
Foothill alum hired to Portland volleyball staff

Betsy Sedlak joining university as assistant coach, recruiting coordinator
Former Foothill Falcons volleyball star Betsy Sedlak has been named a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Portland volleyball program.

May 26, 2016 | 1 comment
Columnist slows for the cone zone at CarMax opening

CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, opened its first Bay Area location in Pleasanton this month and asked me to demonstrate my car skills at its opening day ceremony.

May 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Registrar of Voters open next 2 weekends for voting

Staff also to be outside to assist voters in dropping off ballots
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will be open on the next two weekends to allow voters to cast their ballots in the June 7 Presidential Primary Election.

May 25, 2016 | No comments yet
School board spares 2 librarian jobs from layoffs, seeks funds to save others whose positions are on chopping block

Foothill band director Lydia Lim resigns; Leslie Heller named principal at Hart Middle School
Pleasanton's school district Tuesday scraped together enough money to fund another two library assistants, and the school board has instructed staff to comb through the finances again to search for more funding for staff whose positions are on the chopping block for layoffs.

May 25, 2016 | 9 comments
Vacation home sales retreat while investment sales leap

Median sales price of vacation, investment homes surges
Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second highest amount in nearly a decade, while investment purchases increased for the first time in five years.

May 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Strong wage growth, level home prices buoy California housing affordability

22 regions see improvement, with 8 Bay Area counties leading the way
Higher wages and lower seasonal home prices combined to push California housing affordability higher in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the previous quarter.

May 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Honoring Bravery

Reporter flies in World War II bomber ahead of traveling tour's Livermore visit
Ahead of the tour's stop in Livermore this weekend, I toured World War II B25 and B17 bombers -- aka the "Flying Fortress" -- and flew in a B24 bomber.

May 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton woman indicted for alleged visa fraud ring

One of 4 defendants accused of submitting 100 fraudulent H-1B visa applications,
A Pleasanton woman has been indicted along with three others on federal charges for allegedly participating in a scheme to commit worker visa fraud.

May 26, 2016 | 13 comments
Today's 1st Wednesday to celebrate summer Olympics

200 vendors, bands, events to make Main Street come alive
Live music, children's activities, food trucks, and an Olympic Day celebration are in store for this evening's 1st Wednesday Street Party in Pleasanton.

May 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill swim teams heading to state championship meet in Clovis

Harvest Park captures boys, girls 1,600 meter runs at Tri-Valley Meet of Champions
The Foothill High swim teams completed a successful season last week by sending a group of swimmers to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship in Clovis.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire department to conduct controlled training burn at Camp Parks today

Burns between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m will be in small, low fire intensity sections
The Alameda County Fire Department will be conducting a controlled training burn at Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m Thursday.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Pentin launching City Council re-election campaign this morning

Pleasanton businessman seeking second 4-year term
Supporters of re-electing Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin to a second term of office on Nov. 8 will hold a campaign fundraiser breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds' Palm Pavilion.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Memorial Day observance at 10:30 a.m. today outside Pleasanton Senior Center

Mayor, Camp Parks Garrison commander to be keynote speakers
Pleasanton will observe Memorial Day with an outdoor ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. this morning next to the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Middle shines at recent music competition

Symphonic band, jazz band and advanced orchestra won overall best band/orchestra
Pleasanton Middle School's music program hit high notes at a recent music Music in the Parks Festival at Milpitas High School.

May 24, 2016 | 3 comments
Water agency moves forward on $30 million water treatment enhancement

Zone 7 Water Board approves first step to add ozone filtration to Lake Del Valle plant
The Tri-Valley's water wholesaler is moving forward with a decades-long plan to add ozone technology to the area's primary water treatment plant, which could end up costing as much as $32.9 million.

May 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Bond discussion shows district security issues, technology aspirations

From fire alarms to security cameras, staff say district needs immediate updates
Pleasanton school district staff presented a surprising picture Saturday of isolated decay and troublesome security holes at some schools due to a lack of funding to update buildings.

May 24, 2016 | 11 comments
Not yet registered to vote? You still can through midnight tonight

County Registrar's staff to hold late hour sign-up outside Oakland courthouse
To mark the final hours of the voter registration period for the June 7 Presidential Primary election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office will be holding a special "Midnight Madness" voter registration drive from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday.

May 21, 2016 | No comments yet
School district expected to get more state funding for staff

May revised budget could affect previous decisions to lay off employees due to lack of funds
Pleasanton's school board is readying for a busy meeting Tuesday night.

May 22, 2016 | 3 comments
School board holding bond measure workshop at 9 a.m. today

Board to discuss facilities needs, process in special 3-hour public meeting
The Pleasanton school board will meet from 9 a.m. to noon today to discuss its plan to pursue a bond measure to fund schools facilities upgrades and construction needs.

May 20, 2016 | 2 comments
Recycled water-fill station to open June 1 in Dublin

Station is at Dublin's Public Safety Complex on Dublin Boulevard, Clark Avenue
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) will operate a second residential recycled water fill station starting June 1 at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex at 6363 Clark Ave. at the intersection with Dublin Boulevard.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Record-setting Hike for Hope

$106,000+ donated during Hope Hospice fundraiser this spring
Hope Hospice's Hike for Hope set a new fundraising record with more than $106,000 in cash and in-kind donations contributed during the nonprofit's sixth annual event held April 30 at Del Valle Regional Park.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse wrapping up 9th season at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. today at Firehouse Arts Center

Pleasanton teen improv troupe on stage with superhero musical
What if Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor were pitted in a love triangle, and they felt like singing about it? The big final battle between Batman and The Joker, but as an epic musical climax?

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Presenting joy and beauty of dance

Valley Dance Theatre's 'Spring Rep' highlights classical, contemporary ballet
Valley Dance Theatre celebrates the joy and beauty of ballet next weekend at its annual repertoire production, "Spring Rep."

May 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Rugged Maniac returns to fairgrounds today

Day-long festival makes its 2016 stop in Pleasanton at cost of $100 to participate
For the third year in a row, Pleasanton is set to play host to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the international Rugged Maniac tour makes its 2016 stop at the Alameda County Fairgrounds today.

May 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Workday earns praise, green light for new headquarters off I-580

Workday, a fast-growing software company, has won heaps of praise from the City Council along with a green light to start construction of its new six-story corporate headquarters building off Interstate 580.

May 27, 2016 | 5 comments
Man arrested in SF after Pleasanton shooting incident

Police: 33-year-old shot into ex-girlfriend's apartment Wednesday morning
Police officers are investigating an incident in which a San Francisco man is accused of shooting into his ex-girlfriend's Pleasanton apartment Wednesday morning before running from the scene, according to a Pleasanton Police Department spokesman.

May 18, 2016 | 4 comments
NYX Professional Makeup now open at Stoneridge Mall

Cosmetics retailer 'a fantastic addition to our mix of retailers, mall's marketing chief says
NYX Professional Makeup opened at Stoneridge Shopping Center Friday with grand opening festivities featuring more than 2,000 products that cater to the latest beauty trends.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools already set with rules around gender identity and bathrooms

Obama administration letter on subject to all public schools to have little impact on Pleasanton
Schools across the country are grappling with the Obama administration's request that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender that corresponds with their identity, but Pleasanton Unified School District's policies have long allowed students this choice.

May 26, 2016 | 51 comments
Sandia celebrates 60th anniversary in Livermore at 10 a.m. today

Public program at Bankhead to feature Lab, civic leaders
Administrators and employees of Sandia National Laboratories will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country's preeminent security facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a public program in the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Housing starts up 6.6% in April

Construction across U.S. strengthening
Nationwide housing starts rose 6.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million in April.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High team takes third in national rocketry competition

Team launched and landed small rocket carrying eggs during national event
An Amador Valley High School team earned third place in a national rocketry competition last weekend.

May 18, 2016 | 1 comment
New Civic Center complex, library proposed for Bernal Community Park

Multi-million-dollar complex would include new police station, community center
A Pleasanton task force has recommended building a multi-million-dollar Civic Center and public library on a 27-acre site in the Bernal Community Park between Bernal and Valley Avenues and alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

May 17, 2016 | 21 comments
San Ramon celebrates new City Hall

Two-story facility sits at heart of city at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road
Hundreds were on hand as San Ramon city officials unveiled the new City Hall with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.

May 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Zone 7 election special now airing in TV30

3 open seats to be filled in June 7 balloting
Candidates running for the Zone 7 board of directors on June 7 are now appearing in a one-hour non-partisan special produced by TV30.

May 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Axis opens $12-million health center in Pleasanton at 1 p.m. today

New 24,000 square foot health center doubles Axis' service capacity for low income, uninsured
Axis Community Health will hold a grand opening celebration for its new health center from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd.

May 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Before you vote, brush up on regional water board candidates

Zone 7 Water Agency elections to decide who influences prices, water reliability
The June 7 elections may be an important day for state and national seats, but locally, voters will decide who will have power over the finances and policy controlling the Tri-Valley's water.

May 17, 2016 | 6 comments
Celebration of Life event planned for June 7

'Survivorship: Life after Cancer' to feature motivational, educational speakers
Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to the 24th Annual Tri-Valley Celebration of Life program on Tuesday, June 7, at the Dublin Holiday Inn.

May 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Man who died Saturday morning I-580 ramp crash was Dublin resident

Michael Chapman, 65, apparently lost control of pickup truck, CHP officer says
A man who died Saturday morning in a solo-vehicle crash on a transition ramp from southbound Interstate Highway 680 to eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton has been identified as 64-year-old Dublin resident Michael Chapman.

May 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill boys' golf team captures 7th annual EBAL title

The Foothill boys' golf team will hang yet another East Bay Athletic League championship banner following a solid performance in the EBAL Tournament on last Monday at Roddy Ranch Golf Course.

May 16, 2016 | 1 comment
Southbound I-680 ramp to I-580 reopened after fatal crash

Truck crashed into a center divider on connector
A fatal truck crash closed the southbound I-680 connector to eastbound I-580 as well as the Hopyard Road off ramp Saturday morning.

May 14, 2016 | No comments yet
2 school board members appointed to policy roles in state schools board organization

Jamie Hintzke, Valerie Arkin appointed local delegates to California School Boards Association
Two members of the Pleasanton school board have been selected to serve on committees within the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

May 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High team in Washington, D.C., today for rocketry competition

Team must launch and land small rocket carrying eggs during national event
When teachers say "aim for the stars," a group of Amador Valley High School students seem to have taken it literally.

May 14, 2016 | No comments yet
BART board approves early five-year contract with employees

Deal gives workers 10.5% raise over term, prevents strikes until 2021
A five-year labor contract with BART's major unions was approved Thursday.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Foster care nonprofit Agape Villages helps support children in crisis

Organization helped place 160 children in foster homes last year
Being foster parents just made sense to Liz and Richard Messenger.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Beware: Tick time is here

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
It's that time of year again. Trees are blossoming, weather is warming, grasses are growing, and the Ixodes pacifica nymphs are questing for a blood meal. You won't even feel the bite as they most considerately inject an anesthetic first.

May 15, 2016 | 2 comments
Museum on Main presents 'Women in War' tonight

Panel of five to share their Vietnam experiences
The Museum on Main is hosting a panel of five local women who served during the Vietnam War to share their stories and experiences. They worked for Army Special Services, the Red Cross, the U.S. Embassy and in Vietnamese hospitals.

May 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Firehouse performance tonight to give glimpse of the Gypsy soul in Pleasanton

Music is mix of rich folk, jazz, pop and bluegrass
When Irish/French meets Italian/Ukrainian, you get Gypsy Soul -- a mix of rich folk, jazz, pop and touches of bluegrass that is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at Special Olympics events

Amador Valley hosts regional track and field, volleyball competitions
Hundreds of athletes filled the Amador Valley High stadium and gym as the Pleasanton school played host to this spring's Special Olympics Northern California track and field and volleyball regional competitions.

May 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen creates 'Art Cart for Healing' at Oakland Children's Hospital

Project for patients at UCSF Benioff earns Amador Valley High junior a Gold Award
Amador Valley High junior Audrey Morse recently received a Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of Northern California for her efforts to bring art supplies to young patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

May 16, 2016 | No comments yet
2 bond measures face Pleasanton voters June 7

Pleasanton voters will be asked to approve a $950 million bond measure June 7 for improvements to Las Positas and Chabot College campuses as well as a $25 million annual parcel tax for 20 years to pay for a San Francisco Bay clean water program.

May 19, 2016 | 5 comments
It's 'Bike to Work' day in Pleasanton

Join the hundreds of cycling commuters on this year's special day at energizer stations throughout town
Tune up those brakes and grab your helmet, the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day is today.

May 12, 2016 | 3 comments
21 more new homes approved for Pleasanton developments

16 to be built now, another 3 when Fairgrounds golf driving range closes
More housing is headed for Pleasanton with the City Council's approval of 19 new homes on Rose Avenue across from the Alameda County Fairgrounds and two more on a 3-acre lot on Dublin Canyon Road.

May 11, 2016 | 19 comments
School board approves superintendent contract, discusses layoffs

Fundraising saves some positions from layoffs, others still on chopping block
Pleasanton's school board approved a contract Tuesday night to confirm Rick Rubino as the district's new superintendent, officially ending the search for a new schools leader.

May 11, 2016 | 23 comments
Lund Ranch backers sizzle at GOP message to vote 'No'

County Republican Party urges a vote against Measure K
David Erlich, the new chairman of the Alameda County Republican Party, is facing strong criticism from fellow party members for an email he sent urging them to vote No on Measure K, a June 7 referendum on a Lund Ranch housing development planned in Pleasanton.

May 11, 2016 | 55 comments
Foothill senior named statewide Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brown is 'hardworking, compassionate, intelligent student who serves as a model for all students'
Foothill High's Sophia Brown has been honored as the state's female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2016.

May 11, 2016 | 1 comment
Concerts in the Park series starts June 3

Classic rock OTR band leads off 13 Friday night performances
The Pleasanton Downtown Association's popular Concert in the Park series will lead off the 13 Friday night performances June 3 with the classic rock band OTR in Lions Wayside Park on First Street.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Recycled water board selects new agency leader

Michael Tognolini chosen as DERWA authority manager
A regional governing board has appointed a new authority manager for the agency that oversees Tri-Valley's recycled water projects.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Education forum highlights district accomplishments, goals

Bond measure, diversity, Project Lead the Way among many aspects mentioned at district Education Summit
District leaders, school administrators and teachers gathered into a decorated multipurpose room at Harvest Park Middle last week to celebrate the district's accomplishments for the year.

May 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Hazmat crews clean up mercury spill in Livermore

Spill discovered in 900 block of I Street
Cleanup crews on Tuesday were able to remove approximately one cup of spilled mercury found covering a Livermore street Monday.

May 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Parents a no-show at Harvest Park principal meeting

Harvest Park searching for permanent principal
No parents attended a community forum last week at Harvest Park Middle that sought to gather parent and guardian opinions on the type of person who should be chosen as the school's next principal.

May 10, 2016 | 17 comments
PDA director elected president of state's Main Street Alliance

Main Street programs help achieve overall vitality of downtowns throughout state
Laura Olson, executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, has been elected president of the California Main Street Alliance, a statewide organization. Previously, she had served as vice president of the organization.

May 10, 2016 | 2 comments
New superintendent contract on school board docket tonight

Rick Rubino set to make $256,000 as Pleasanton schools leader
The contract for Pleasanton's new superintendent is set to be approved by the school board Tuesday night, capping the process of searching for a new schools leader.

May 7, 2016 | 1 comment
Director: San Ramon Golf Club in danger of closing

Days after pool shutdown, golf director says 18-hole course could be next after housing plan 'rebuffed'
The owners of San Ramon Golf Club are considering closing the 18-hole golf course in the south-central part of the city as a cost-cutting measure, according to the club's golf director.

May 6, 2016 | 18 comments
Congressman DeSaulnier reveals cancer diagnosis, continues re-election bid

'I feel fortunate that I had a positive response to this treatment,' he says
Danville's Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) announced Thursday that he has been battling leukemia since last year, saying he has responded well to treatment and he continues to eye re-election to a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 6, 2016 | 1 comment
Winners named in mother-daughter look-alike contest

Weekly staff chooses eight finalists for online voting
The votes are in, and the winners of this year's lookalike contest, by a landslide, are mother and daughter Kristine Cozzo and Katelynn Jensen, 15, a freshman at Foothill High.

May 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Valley Film Festival underway today in Livermore

Event features films, specialty lectures
Livermore specializes in science and technology -- and its Livermore Valley Film Festival this weekend takes up the theme.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Tribute to America's choral composers in Pleasanton today

Valley Concert Chorale joins with Cantabella Children's Chorus
The Valley Concert Chorale will share the music of America's great choral composers in performances titled "America: Of Thee We Sing" in Pleasanton Saturday and in Livermore Sunday.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Museum on Main presents Chevron historian tonight

Old photos, artwork to illustrate early landscape of company
Museum on Main will present Chevron historian John C. Harper for "An Evening with John C. Harper" at 7 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

May 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Mars vs. Venus at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Performances of off-Broadway hit comedy includes Saturday matinee
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" will be performed at 8 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center, with a 4 p.m. matinee this afternoon.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Middle schools remind parents of new vaccine requirement

Incoming seventh-graders cannot be exempt from immunizations
As families prepare for their children's summer vacation, Pleasanton middle school administrators are reminding parents that incoming seventh-graders next school year will need certain vaccines before the start of school.

May 6, 2016 | 9 comments
Tulancingo delegation visits Pleasanton

Sister city affiliation in its 33rd year
Pleasanton recently hosted 29 visitors from Tulancingo, Mexico as the sister city relationship between the two communities celebrates its 33rd year.

May 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Downtown vitality keeps getting better

PDA director Laura Olson talks about what's new in Pleasanton's central business district
Thousands jammed Main Street earlier this month for the season's inaugural First Wednesday street party.

May 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Housing markets continue to edge forward across U.S.

San Jose continues to lead list of major metros showing economic, housing improvement
Markets in 119 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the first quarter of 2016, with San Jose leading the list.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Builder confidence remains positive in 55+ housing market

Shortage of residential lots, skilled labor remain challenge for builders, organization says
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remained in positive territory for the first quarter of 2016.

May 11, 2016 | No comments yet
95 homes, special needs residences planned for Stanley Boulevard

Sunflower Hill community would be part of residential development
A plan to rezone a 15-acre commercial site on Stanley Boulevard for a 95-home development and an adjoining site to accommodate housing for adults with special needs is under consideration by the Pleasanton Planning Commission.

May 4, 2016 | 20 comments
Pleasanton city workers granted 3% raises annually for next 3 years

City Council signs agreement with employees' union
Pleasanton city workers were granted 3% raises on an annual basis for the next three years in a unanimous vote by the City Council Tuesday night in an agreement with the City Employees Association.

May 4, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton 'Teacher of Year' wants students to find joy in exercise

Terri Drain, an avid cyclist, works Common Core standards into everyday lessons
Terri Drain has been selected as the 2016 Pleasanton school district "Teacher of the Year" and will advance to the county competition in October.

May 4, 2016 | 3 comments
Realtors vote to support $1.3 billion affordable housing proposal

'Middle class workers should be able to afford to live in the communities they serve,' organization says
Directors of the California Association of Realtors have voted to support a $1.3 billion proposal by California Assembly members to create affordable housing programs.

May 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Police: Amador Park shooting 'targeted' two people

Pleasanton man booked on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon
Pleasanton police announced Tuesday that subsequent investigation into a shooting nearly two weeks ago at Amador Park revealed robbery was the motive for the incident originally classified as suspicious circumstances.

May 4, 2016 | 2 comments
Foothill High boys capture league tennis title for first time in school history

Team ends season by winning 10 matches in a row
The Foothill High boys tennis team defeated Amador Valley 7-2 last week to finish the East Bay Athletic League season, capturing the league title for the first time in school history.

May 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton electrician dies at work site in San Francisco

Cal/OSHA investigating after man found unresponsive Friday afternoon
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death of a Pleasanton electrician in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood last week, officials said Monday.

May 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Tassajara Road closed at Moller Creek until December

Traffic must use detours between Dublin, San Ramon/Danville due to culvert replacement
A portion of Tassajara Road in Dublin and Camino Tassajara Road in Contra Costa County is now closed due to a culvert replacement project and associated road improvements.

May 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Firefighters extinguish blaze atop Dublin high-rise apartment building

No injuries in fire at building in 5300 block of Iron Horse Parkway
Firefighters extinguished a 2-alarm fire burning on the rooftop of a five-story apartment building in Dublin early Saturday afternoon.

May 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly wins key awards in statewide "Better Newspapers" contest

'Best Editorial" goes to Publisher Gina Channell
The Pleasanton Weekly's staff was awarded key prizes for its features, sports and commentary articles in 2015 by the California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers contest Saturday.

May 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Public asked to rethink commute as 'Spare the Air' season resumes

People who take transit help reduce ozone pollution, clean air advocates say
Bay Area motorists are being asked to consider commuting alternatives this summer as the area's summer Spare the Air season started yesterday.

May 1, 2016 | 10 comments
Introducing your Hall of Fame

Voting opens for revamped Readers' Choice contest
Our readers once again have the chance to vote for their favorite local places to eat, shop and play with the start of our 11th annual Readers' Choice contest, which has a new look this year, including a redesigned logo and the launch of our Readers' Choice Hall of Fame.

April 29, 2016 | 5 comments
Congregation Beth Emek to hold Holocaust Remembrance Day presentation tonight

Stanford professor to describe her experience growing up in Germany in the 1970s
Congregation Beth Emek will host a Stanford University professor describing her experience growing up in Germany in the 1970s in a presentation Wednesday evening in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
First Wednesday street parties start at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton

Cinco de Mayo theme of summer-long event
The opening First Wednesday street party of the year starts at 6 p.m. tonight in downtown Pleasanton.

April 29, 2016 | 13 comments
Need a kitty fix? Check out this purrody

East Bay SPCA does takeoff on Adele's hit song, 'Hello'
Cue the kittens. Several darling little felines looking for homes through the East Bay SPCA were chosen to star in a video recently, a tweaked version of Adele's song, "Hello," presented as "Meow."

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Fresh Works returns to Firehouse today

Opening reception with artists starts at 1 p.m.
Fresh Works No. 6, a much anticipated annual juried exhibition of Greater Bay Area artists of all kinds, opens Saturday with a free opening reception with the artists from 1-3 p.m.

April 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Measure K referendum, Primary candidates fill voters' guide now in the mail

First day for early voting is May 9
When you receive your voter information pamphlet that was mailed out yesterday for the June 7 primary, take time to carefully read the arguments in favor and opposed to Measure K.

April 29, 2016 | 43 comments
Couple's courage in saving Jews in Nazi Germany topic of talk at 1 p.m. today at Livermore Library

Author Marty Brounstein speaking in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day
Marty Brounstein, a San Mateo consultant and author who has written a book that describes how a couple aided about two dozen Jews who were being hunted by Nazis during World War II, will discuss the effort in a talk in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Livermore Library Saturday.

April 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Drought over? EBMUD suspending water-waster penalties

Board votes to stop ordinance effective May 3 after wet winter
An ordinance that imposes fines on suspected water wasters in the San Ramon Valley and other parts of the East Bay as a reaction to the state's drought is being lifted, according to the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

April 27, 2016 | 9 comments
2 women struck, seriously injured Monday in Dublin

Pedestrians hit while walkng at Dublin Boulevard, Arnold Road
Two women were struck and seriously injured by a car in Dublin on Monday night.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Chain reaction collision kills Brentwood man on I-580, Hopyard Road

Six vehicles collide, 3 catch fire
California Highway Patrol officials said a 43-year-old Brentwood man died Wednesday morning on westbound I-580 at Hopyard Road when
six vehicles collided and three caught fire.

April 27, 2016 | 4 comments
Tom Serrano wins Mr. Amador contest

Program raises funds for palliative care center
Tom Serrano, a senior at Amador Valley High School, was voted "Mr Amador" Monday night in the school's annual student-run competition in the Amador Theater

April 27, 2016 | 13 comments
Stratford in Pleasanton welcomes new principal

Amina Saiyed draws on background in engineering, education in new role
Moving up to the boss's chair as the Stratford Pleasanton campus principal, Amina Saiyed knows the importance of encouraging creativity -- both for her students and her teachers.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
PPIE Run for Education raises $85,000 for public schools

Foundation fundraising expected to save a few positions from district layoffs
With its annual fundraising race complete, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation is calculating what it will be giving to Pleasanton schools, especially in light of upcoming layoffs.

April 27, 2016 | 1 comment
Police investigating series of catalytic converter thefts

Car owners returned to vehicles to find part sawn off
A spate of at least four catalytic converter thefts occurred in northwest Pleasanton last week, with owners left scratching their heads over the sawn-off parts.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Wheels to hold public hearing at 6 p.m. today on service changes

'Wheels Forward' project, soliciting comments on changes
The Wheels board of directors will hold a public hearing today to gather public comments on a service proposal that would bring major changes to the Tri-Valley's public transit system.

April 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Register now for TV30's summer camp

Program offers middle, high school students experience in studio production, broadcasting
Tri-Valley Television is offering students in middle and high schools again this summer an opportunity to learn about video production and broadcasting.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Cyclists, Rotary present grant to Sunflower Hill

Donation to be used for nonprofit's Spring planting season
The Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation and Cycling for a Cause have given a $1,000 grant to Sunflower Hill Gardens to purchase garden tools and other equipment needed for its Spring planting season.

April 26, 2016 | 2 comments
Personal finance gifts for the new graduates

Suggestion: Buy them a session (or more) with a money coach
College graduation season is upon us. How about a gift that will really mean something to a student in your life?

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
New home sales drop by 23.6% last month in western states

But rise by 18.5% in Midwest, by 1.5% nationally in March
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 1.5% in March nationally.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Mission San Jose, 9 other California high schools top magazine's annual list

Amador, Foothill rank among top 100 in U.S. News and World Report on best in state
Both of Pleasanton's comprehensive high schools received top rankings in the recent U.S. News and World Report's annual list of best American high schools.

April 26, 2016 | 8 comments
Win Alameda County Fair tickets

Answer a few questions to be part of drawing
The Pleasanton Weekly is giving away 20 pairs of tickets to the Alameda County Fair, which begins June 15.

April 25, 2016 | 2 comments
Fairgrounds adds 6 days of Fall horse racing after County Fair closes

California Horse Racing Board transfers race dates here from San Joaquin County's fair
For the first time, the Alameda County Fairgrounds will host a two-week Fall Meet in addition to its full horse-racing schedule held during the annual Fair.

April 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Falcons swimming teams lose to Granada, San Ramon Valley

Boys, girls varsity still finish with star performances
The Foothill swimming and diving teams may have fallen to Granada and San Ramon Valley, but the Falcons turned in some big performances in the two meets.

April 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police searching for suspect who fired gun in Amador Park

Find single shotgun shell casing, but no gunman
Officers conducted a search Friday evening at near Amador Park near the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center for a suspect who allegedly fired one round from a firearm.

April 24, 2016 | 1 comment
Hart parents want kind principal -- and one who will stay

Longevity, communication important themes during district forum
Thirteen parents and two students gathered in Hart Middle School's multipurpose room Thursday night to give district officials their thoughts on what type of principal the school needs next.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay Park District bans smoking, drones

Park board agrees to add single-track bike trails on Pleasanton Ridge
East Bay Regional Park District directors have voted to ban smoking and the use of drones in all parks under their jurisdiction.

April 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Gas line break closes First Street at Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton

Officials hope to have road open for evening commute

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
First Street at Vineyard Avenue reopened after gas line break repaired

Construction crew digs into underground gas line
A gas line break closed the intersection of First Street and Vineyard Avenue for several hours Thursday morning.

April 21, 2016 | 2 comments
City Council Oks new dog park near I-680 off ramp at Bernal

1.5-acre site will be Pleasanton's 2nd off-leash park to serve city's 26,800 dogs
Pleasanton's 26,800 dogs could have a better place to romp later this year thanks to City Council's unanimous decision to spend $600,000 to construct a new dog park near the Marilyn Kane Trail just off Bernal Avenue and West Lagoon Road.

April 21, 2016 | 16 comments
Cricket anyone?

Sport rapidly growing in popularity across Tri-Valley
If you've been around Pleasanton long enough, you have seen the evolution of youth sports.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Music, music, music at Del Valle

Two Day Town at Lake Del Valle has tunes from Bach to rock
A hamlet of music, color and camaraderie arose on the grassy slopes of Lake Del Valle today, and on Sunday night the 1,500 campers will leave it untouched, except in spirit.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Bob Butler, Margene Gerton Rivara to be honored tonight with Patriot awards

Ceremony at Museum on Main starts at 5:30 p.m.
If Pleasanton is the "City of Planned Progress," Bob Butler can be credited with helping to make it so through his decades of community service. At the same time, Margene Gerton Rivara would see a need and fill it, improving the city's arts and providing homes for seniors.

April 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Amador Valley Dons lose in hockey final

Grizzlies break open tight game with two goals in third period
The Amador Valley hockey team saw its playoff run come to an end with a 3-0 loss to California in the championship game in Dublin last Friday.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys continue run with wins at Bridges, Callippe

Softball, baseball, tennis also return to action after spring break
The Foothill boys golf team came back from spring break and picked up right where it left off, winning a pair of matches last week to move to 9-0 in East Bay Athletic League play.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
It's Earth Day today

Pleasanton gets into eco spirit with variety of cleanup activities
Pleasanton is joining the country on Earth Day today with environmentally conscious activities such as youth education, creek cleanups and a bicycle workshop scheduled in and around the city.

April 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Workday's new HQ bringing architectural style to city's corporate center

Multi-million-dollar, 6-story building plan goes to Pleasanton Council May 17 for final approval
Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, firmed up its plans last week before the Pleasanton Planning Commission to build a six-story glass and steel, architecturally striking building between its main campus and Interstate 580.

April 23, 2016 | 3 comments
Brimming with technology, Bay East serves region's real estate professionals

70-year-old association moves into corporate park headquarters
Bay East Association of Realtors, a professional trade association serving over 5,000 real estate professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, has just moved into a 17,000-square-foot office complex that it purchased in Bernal Corporate Park in Pleasanton.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Meeting on Hart Middle School's next principal to be held tonight

Principal Terry Conde being reassigned at end of current school year
Pleasanton school district leaders will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight for parents and guardians of Hart Middle School students to discuss the qualities they'd like to see in the school's next principal.

April 21, 2016 | 4 comments
Butte County school chief named new Pleasanton school superintendent

School board also names new Amador Valley High, Walnut Grove principals
Personnel movements dominated Tuesday night's school board meeting, with a new superintendent announced, two new principals appointed and some classified staff layoffs announced.

April 19, 2016 | 17 comments
Pleasanton school board meeting live now on Weekly's Facebook page

Jam-packed meeting available for viewing, comment for readers
Since tonight's school board meeting isn't being broadcast live on Tri-Valley Community Television, the Pleasanton Weekly is livestreaming the meeting on our Facebook page.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
P.E. teacher named Pleasanton's Teacher of the Year

Terri Drain teaches physical education at Vintage Hills elementary
The Pleasanton school district has named physical education teacher Terri Drain as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
West side dog park plan goes to City Council tonight

1.5-acre site is at Bernal Avenue, West Lagoon Road
Pleasanton's 26,800 dogs could have a better place to romp later this year if the City Council awards a $545,291 contract tonight to construct a new dog park near the Marilyn Kane Trail just off Bernal Avenue and West Lagoon Road.

April 19, 2016 | 16 comments
For employee of the year, being 'the glue' is a privilege

Harvest Park Middle School's Pauline Schroeder named Classified Employee of Year
Harvest Park Middle School's administrative secretary Pauline Schroeder has been named the 2016 California School Employees Association's Classified Employee of the Year.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
New officer joins Pleasanton police; dispatcher promoted

Pleasanton police officer, sergeant first father-son to serve concurrently
Pleasanton police gained a new officer recently, but he isn't a stranger to the department.

April 19, 2016 | No comments yet
New Leaf Markets holding customer voting for beneficiaries of its charity program

Store donates 10 cents for every reusable bag customers carry
Customers at Pleasanton's New Leaf Community Markets who participate in the market's reusable grocery bag program can vote this weekend for a beneficiary to receive monetary awards.

April 21, 2016 | 2 comments
Today's all-day fundraiser aims to bring in $1 million for East Bay nonprofits

Online-only effort for 502 regional nonprofits includes 29 in Pleasanton
The annual East Bay Gives fundraising blitz for 502 regional nonprofits will get underway online only today from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

May 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Sport Chalet closing its Pleasanton store

Gift cards, rewards certificates, store credits will be honored through April 29
Sport Chalet announced Saturday that it is closing all of its stores and has stopped selling goods online.

April 18, 2016 | 18 comments
Livermore police seeking woman who stole package off porch

Videotape shows her taking package, driving away in red compact car
Livermore Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a woman suspected for stealing a package off of a porch last week on Bluebell Drive.

April 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Wellness programs save employers $100 in health care costs per worker

Survey also gives tips on how to stay fit on a budget
It's true, good health really does save money.

April 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Police searching for man accused of kicking in real estate agency's window

Images posted on Pleasanton police's Facebook, Twitter pages
Police are searching for a man who appeared to have kicked in the window of a Pleasanton real estate agency earlier this month.

April 16, 2016 | 1 comment
BART facing $477-million budget deficit as passenger growth slows

System reaching capacity in Transbay Tube
As revenue growth slows, BART is facing the possibility of a $477 million budget deficit over the next 10 years, BART officials said Thursday.

April 15, 2016 | No comments yet
New way for Graceway

City's oldest church embraces ECO, an evangelical, conservative Presbyterian denomination
The city's oldest church, newly renamed as Graceway, has been through several metamorphoses since it was founded almost a decade after the Civil War, and its leaders see this year as a time of another rebirth.

April 15, 2016 | 1 comment
'Enchanted April' musical at Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. today

Story about love in Italy in 1920s here through May 8
"Enchanted April," a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim published in the early 1920s, now has been reborn as a musical -- and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is presenting the premier at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. today.

April 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Mr. Amador benefit show set for tonight at Amador Theater

10 boys competing for top honor with donations going to palliative care facility
The annual Mr. Amador show will be held at 5 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. tonight in the Amador Theater on the campus of Amador Valley High School.

April 20, 2016 | No comments yet
OPINION: Forum gives public a look at Johnson Drive rezoning

Proposed Costco, 2 hotels would bring annual tax revenue to city of $1.4-$1.7 million
A majority of Pleasanton City Council members wisely agreed Tuesday to pursue zoning changes that would allow a third Tri-Valley Costco membership store and two Marriott-flagged hotels to be built on a 22-acre site on Johnson Drive.

April 15, 2016 | 15 comments
Tri-Valley Haven holding 'Pace for Peace' fundraiser tomorrow

Event provides funds to help victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness
Tri-Valley Haven will hold its Spring "Pace for Peace" walk/run fundraiser in Livermore starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Friends of Pleasanton Library book sale ends today

Sunday special: All you can fit into a grocery bag for $7
The Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library will close its annual Spring Book Sale at the library today with a special deal: all you can fit into a grocery bag for $7.

April 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Lydiksen named California Gold Ribbon School

Schools in Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore also named
Lydiksen Elementary has been named a California Gold Ribbon School, one of 772 schools in the state to be given the honor.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sewer district's new chief eyes drought-proofing region

Dan McIntyre balancing water supply challenges, big dreams for district
When Dan McIntyre considers Dublin San Ramon Services District's (DSRSD) future, he dreams big.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Baby owls taken in by Pleasanton police after fall from nest

Young birds evaluated at Lindsay Wildlife hospital, later reunited with mother owl
The targets had flown the coop, but Officer Frankie Blavet was on their tails, a capture imminent. With heavy gloves at the ready, Blavet cornered them. She was expecting a fight.

April 14, 2016 | 4 comments
City leaders to continue rezoning efforts for a Costco store on Johnson Drive

Planning staff directed to start public hearings to create Johnson Drive Economic Development District
A majority of the members of the Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission have agreed to continue with plans to rezone a 40-acre site on Johnson Drive to accommodate a proposed Costco membership store and two hotels.

April 13, 2016 | 90 comments
Today is deadline for voting in Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest

Photos of 8 finalists now posted on Pleasanton Weekly's website
Today is the deadline for voting on your favorite Mother-Daughter Lookalike whose photos of the eight finalists are posted on the Pleasanton Weekly web site.

April 13, 2016 | 4 comments
Godi wins junior golf tour event

Foothill golfer tops division at Pumpkin Ridge outside Portland
Pleasanton teen Chase Godi used three birdies to propel him to a four-stroke victory in his age group in the Major Championship at Pumpkin Ridge hosted by the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in Oregon.

April 13, 2016 | No comments yet
New Pleasanton school superintendent to be announced tonight

Board also will name new principals for Amador Valley High, Walnut Grove Elementary schools
The Pleasanton school board plans to announce the district's new superintendent at its meeting tonight

April 12, 2016 | 6 comments
Foothill Road closed until 2 p.m. today for high school's 'Every 15 Minutes' program

Foothill High's event aims at stopping DUI tragedies
Foothill Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday between Muirwood and Oak Creek drives as juniors and seniors from Foothill and Village high schools watch the "Every 15 Minutes" event.

April 12, 2016 | 4 comments
Cinderella Classic cyclist injured in Dublin crash

Woman hit while crossing Dublin Boulevard during Saturday's event
One of the participants of an East Bay bicycling event on Saturday was struck by a vehicle in Dublin and suffered serious injuries.

April 12, 2016 | No comments yet
BART, unions reach tentative 5-year agreement to avert strikes

Contract would also give workers 10.5% pay raise over next four years
Heralding the tentative agreement as a turning point in BART labor relations, union leaders and management lauded a proposed worker contract that would stem the possibility of strikes for the next five years.

April 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Playing sports while growing up a benefit in all aspects of life, columnist says

Rewards from experiences in athletics can be great
Playing sports while growing up is far more beneficial than just the physical aspects gained from competing.

April 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Vineyard Avenue crash Sunday leaves two hospitalized, hundreds without power

PG&E: Electricity restored to all by Monday afternoon
Pleasanton police believe alcohol was the cause of a vehicle accident on Vineyard Avenue Sunday that put two women in intensive care.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
IRS offers tips for filing taxes that must be postmarked by today

6-month extensions for filing available, but taxes due must be paid by today
The Internal Revenue Service is offering a few tips to taxpayers with the deadline for filing 2015 tax returns today.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Five ways to save on an overseas trip

Analyze all possible expenses large and small before you leave.
My neighbors and I talked for weeks about their upcoming European vacation with their teenage kids.

April 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Cal State campuses, teachers union reach tentative agreement, avert strike

Strike over pay raises was to start April 13 at Cal State East Bay, other campuses
The California State University system and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement in contentious contract talks, averting a planned five-day strike later this month.

April 8, 2016 | No comments yet
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation hosting awards event April 23

7th annual awards program will honor doctors, organizations, survivor advocates
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation will hold its seventh annual awards event from 6 to 10 p.m. April 23 at Castlewood Country Club.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
BART shows off new 'Fleet of the Future' cars

Agency hopes replacement cars will start service by year's end
BART's new, more spacious cars are undergoing testing in the East Bay and agency officials hope to get the first of them on tracks by the end of this year.

April 7, 2016 | 9 comments
Pleasanton police warn of ongoing tax-related scams

Other police news: $15,000 home break-in, Legos stolen from after-school program
Pleasanton police are urging residents to be aware of ongoing scams and to take specific precautions when filing their tax returns this year.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill High alums, Amador Valley jazz musicians holding benefit concert tonight

Proceeds going for needed repairs of band, string instruments in elementary schools
Brothers Johnny and Alex Orenberg will join with the Amador Valley High School jazz band and its instructor Mark Aubel at 7:30 p.m. tonight for a music-filled benefit concert at the Firehouse Arts Center to raise money to support the arts in Pleasanton schools.

April 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Museum on Main features historian William "Charlie" Chin at Firehouse tonight

'Evening with Uncle Toisan' lecture focuses on Asian experience
The Museum on Main will feature writer, story teller, musician and historian William "Charlie" Chin for "An Evening with Uncle Toisan" at 7 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High grad named rugby All-American

Emily Roskopf earns honor as freshman at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University
Emily Roskopf of Pleasanton has earned All-American status in her freshman season playing for the Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University's women's rugby team.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Hart wrestlers shine at Tri-Valley tourney

Won 2 first-place trophies, other honors at Athletic League championship meets
The Hart Middle School wrestling teams won two first-place trophies and earned a handful of top finishes at the recent Tri-Valley Athletic League Championship tournament held in Pleasanton.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill boys continue strong season on the course

Both softball, baseball squads ready to ramp up for second half
The Foothill boys' golf team had another perfect week on the course to move to 7-0 thus far in the East Bay Athletic League season.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
ACE -- Serving the Valley and growing

Plans include extending service to Modesto in five years, to Sacramento by 2025
For a city bordered by crowded freeways and corporate centers here and in nearby San Ramon that draw tens of thousands of out-of-area employees, the Altamont Corridor Express -- or ACE train -- is a Pleasanton asset.

April 11, 2016 | 3 comments
County's District attorney, criminal courts moving to Dublin next year

$147.7 million East County Hall of Justice will replace Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley seemed quite neighborly last week when she asked local Realtors for their help in looking for suddenly deteriorating housing and weird traffic patterns.

April 8, 2016 | 9 comments
Police searching for culprits after mail thefts

Officers urging residents not to leave mail outside overnight
A series of mail thefts occurred between Sterling Greens Circle and Dolores Drive this weekend, prompting police to recommend safeguarding mailboxes.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Health Fair at Firehouse Arts Center today

City, school district, Axis hosting program on public health
A Tri-Valley Health Fair will be held in Pleasanton Saturday under the auspices of the Alameda County Social Services Agency.

April 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sewer district names general manager

Dan McIntyre appointed as DSRSD leader
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) has named Dan McIntyre as its new general manager, succeeding Bert Michalczyk after his retirement.

April 7, 2016 | No comments yet
New S.F. law requires employers to provide 6 weeks parental leave

Regional business advocacy group Bay Area Council supports measure
San Francisco supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to make the city the first in the country to require most employers to provide six weeks of fully paid parental leave to employees.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
President Obama to visit Bay Area tomorrow

Here to attend Democratic Party events
President Barack Obama will visit the San Francisco Bay Area Friday to attend fundraising events.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
State, county working to improve transportation

Opening last month of I-580 toll lanes may be best traffic relief for years
Representatives of several public transportation agencies said at a meeting last Thursday that while the I-580 express/toll lanes were completed and opened in record time, it will still be years before other major projects will be completed.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton temperatures to hit 82 degrees today, then soar to 89 degrees by mid-day Wednesday

Break in the hot weather starts Thursday with temperatures only in 60s for weekend
Temperatures in Pleasanton will pick up drastically today and tomorrow, but then cool down at the same pace starting Thursday.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin mayor calls public meeting for tonight over hike in burglaries

' Residents are scared and afraid for their safety,' Haubert says
Dublin Mayor David Haubert has scheduled a general Town Hall meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room at Amador Elementary School, 2100 East Cantara Drive.

April 5, 2016 | 5 comments
Family of teen fatally shot by Pleasanton PD officer sues city, department

Civil complaint demands jury trial to determine punitive damages after officer cleared of criminal charges
The parents of a 19-year-old man fatally shot by a Pleasanton police officer downtown last summer are suing the police department and the city for wrongful death, claiming action should have been taken to prevent the teen's death during the violent encounter with police.

April 5, 2016 | 72 comments
Raising fish brings science to life for Pleasanton Middle School students

Hatched trout released into Shadow Cliffs waters ahead of Spring break
Students at Pleasanton Middle School raised about 30 trout fish eggs from February to March, watching as they hatched and grew to be three centimeters long.

April 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Daniel Sodergren named City Attorney for Pleasanton

Moving here from Tracy where he held same position
Daniel Sodergren, City Attorney for the city of Tracy, where he has worked for the past 11 years, was hired today as the new City Attorney for Pleasanton.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
City Council, Planning Commission to discuss rezoning plans for Johnson Drive at 6:30 p.m. tonight

Proposed Economic Development Zone meeting to be held in Pleasanton Senor Center
The Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss the potential Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) being considered for a 40-acre site along Johnson Drive, between Stoneridge Drive and I-580.

April 4, 2016 | 20 comments
Leading business groups file lawsuit against Labor Department's 'union persuader' rule

National Association of Home Builders joins others in challenging union organizing measure
Two business organizations have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Labor Department to overturn its new "union persuader" rule.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Cognitive decline of older Americans affecting housing market

Baby Boomers represent new challenges for both borrowers and lenders, researcher says
A new report finds a strong correlation between the future housing market and the cognitive decline of older Americans.

April 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Las Positas College speech team wins second overall in international competition

Five students won first place in individual contests in Vienna, Austria
Las Positas College's speech team, the Talk Hawks, won second place at the International Forensics Association Tournament in Vienna, Austria, in mid-March.

April 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Leukemia survivor holding 3rd swimathon today to help other young patients

'Be Strong and Give Back Happiness Swimathon' at Pleasanton Valley Swim Club
A fundraiser promoted by 14-year-old leukemia survivor Sarah Banholzer will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasanton Valley Swim Club, 5014 Golden Road.

April 4, 2016 | 1 comment
New interim vice principal named at Amador Valley

John Whitney fills short-term role; principal recruitment continues
Retired Pleasanton Middle School principal John Whitney joined Amador Valley High's leadership team as an interim vice principal this week to assist while the high school transitions principals.

March 31, 2016 | 2 comments
Pleasanton school board expected to announce name of next superintendent April 19

Candidate interviews start next week
The Pleasanton school board will interview candidates for superintendent on April 12 and 13, the board members decided Tuesday.

April 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Spring concert by Pleasanton Community Concert Band set for today at Firehouse Arts Center

Free 'hodge-podge you might enjoy' starts at 2 p.m.
The Pleasanton Community Concert Band is set to perform an eclectic mix at its Spring Concert being held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 8, 2016 | 2 comments
Foothill wins three cheer national titles

Amador Valley varsity takes third, stunt squad second in Anaheim
Foothill cheerleaders completed a clean sweep at the United Spirit Association (USA) Spirit Nationals in Anaheim two weekends ago, with the varsity, stunt and junior varsity teams each winning a national championship.

March 31, 2016 | 1 comment
Make a healthy lifestyle a priority

Remember -- your body has to last a lifetime
You have one body in this life, so it only makes sense to take care of it. A healthy lifestyle should be a priority: eating a variety of the right foods, making time to exercise and incorporating it into your day and making sure you have the equipment you need, including practical clothes.

April 3, 2016 | 1 comment
'Positive Discipline' to be discussed at tonight's Tri-Valley Y program

Program one in series to help parents learn effective tools for parenting
The Tri-Valley YMCA will continue its parenting education series Tuesday evening with the topic "Positive Discipline and Effective Consequences."

April 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Rotarians give Marine a honeymoon he never had

Trip being provided by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North after members heard his service stories
Thanks to Jim Ott, an English teacher at Las Positas College who also heads the school's veterans' writing program, former Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Francisco Perez-Lopez and his wife Yeny will soon be traveling to Fiji for the honeymoon they never had.

March 31, 2016 | 3 comments
'Thrill Rides' to be shown at Firehouse tonight

Movie night series is sponsored by city of Pleasanton
The Pleasanton movie night series "Thrill Rides" continues with a romantic thriller, "The One I Love," at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Baseball returns to Bay Area with A's/Giants exhibition game today

Regular season begins Monday with A's in town, Giants in Milwaukee
Baseball is back, even before opening day on Monday.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas College District names new vice chancellor

Interim president of Berkeley City College to head Educational Services
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has appointed Krista Johns as its Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Student Success.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
'Remembering Our Fallen' exhibit at Las Positas College this week only

Memorial features 754 Californians lost since the War on Terror began September 11, 2001
Seven hundred and fifty-four California lives have been lost since the War on Terror began on September 11, 2001.

March 31, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton imposing excess water use penalties despite rain

Regulations in place until state declares drought is over
Despite heavy rains and a good winter snowpack in the mountains, Pleasanton plans to continue its drinking water restrictions and has now resumed excessive use penalties.

March 31, 2016 | 27 comments
Pleasanton changing speed limits on Laurel Creek Way, portion of Bernal Avenue

Changes come after review of current speeds, traffic volumes
Speed limits are being changed on Laurel Creek Way and a section of Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton at the recommendation of city traffic analysts.

March 30, 2016 | 7 comments
California law requiring teacher fees left in place by U.S. Supreme Court

4-4 split on high court resulted from the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month
A California law requiring non-union teachers to pay unions a fee for the unions' work in contract negotiations was left in place by a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber recognizes leaders in business, community

53rd annual Community Service awards presented March 23 at Firehouse
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce recognized a select group of business and community leaders at its 53rd Annual Community Service Awards celebration held last week in Firehouse Arts Center.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
Civic leader Dave Walden dies at age 69

Real estate advisor also led Pleasanton North Rotary, Chamber
Dave Walden, a well-known Pleasanton civic leader and real estate mortgage and sales training professional, died last Friday at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. He was 69.

March 29, 2016 | 18 comments
No charges to be filed in deadly balcony collapse

Balcony fell, killing six last year at Berkeley apartment complex built by Pleasanton firm
There will be no criminal charges filed for the deadly collapse of a balcony at a Berkeley apartment complex last year that killed six people and injured seven others, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
California home sales up 2.6% in February

Bay Area only region where homes are selling above original list prices
Moderating home price appreciation and improving housing inventory combined to spur California's housing market in February as existing home sales increased from both the previous month and year.

March 30, 2016 | No comments yet
To head off more dry years, water agencies explore toilet-to-tap

Agencies, cities tout method as helpful supplement if they can overcome "ick factor"
The cities of the Tri-Valley and their water agencies are searching for a way to avoid more punishing drought years. But one proposed method, while touted as a "drought-proof" water option, has to overcome the "ick factor" that affects public support.

March 31, 2016 | 10 comments
Pleasanton teen earns second place at regional Scripps spelling bee

Hart Middle School student Rohan Gupta hopes to help others learn the joy of vocabulary
A Hart Middle School student came in second place in the regional round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and now he plans to use that training to help others at his school.

March 30, 2016 | 5 comments
BART WiFi provider sues agency for breach of contract

Oakland firm claims BART cost it $7 million in cancelling 20-year agreement
A company contracted to provide BART passengers with wireless Internet is suing the transit agency for breach of contract, claiming BART cost it $7 million when BART pulled out of a 20-year deal in 2014.

March 30, 2016 | 1 comment
Livermore Rotary clubs donating downtown bandstand at Carnegie Park

Rotary Bandstand represents 5-year effort by club members, community volunteers
Rotary Club members in Livermore will present the city with their new Rotary Bandstand in Livermore's Carnegie Park April 14.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Hope Hospice elects new board officers

'Team brings valuable experiences, expertise to organization,' CEO says
Three Hope Hospice directors have been elected as officers on the
board.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Much in common for new football coaches at Amador Valley, Livermore high schools

Danny Jones, Ryan Partridge both graduated from Amador, played for Rick Sira
It's not often everything feels right in the world and with the uncertainty of the world in general, finding escapes, even in high school sports world can give us a little reprieve from the day-to-day fears of the world.

March 29, 2016 | 1 comment
School board to receive update on superintendent search tonight

Board to meet in closed session regarding search for new district leader
The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. today to be updated on the ongoing superintendent search.

March 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Fire causes evacuation of 21 tenants at Livermore apartment house

Firefighters extinguish early Sunday blaze at Chestnut Street complex
Twenty-one people were displaced after a triplex apartment building caught fire earlier Sunday morning in Livermore.

March 28, 2016 | 1 comment
'Bearded Bandit' arrested, likely tied to Pleasanton Wells Fargo robbery

Man accused of robbing at least 11 banks across Northern California
A man accused of being the serial bank robber dubbed the "Bearded Bandit," who is likely tied to a robbery of a Pleasanton bank last week, has been arrested in Brentwood.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Easter Lilies fill churches today as Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection

Easter is 'highest' season of church liturgy, busiest time of year for local florists
Thousands of Easter lilies will adorn the altars, sanctuaries and foyers of churches throughout Pleasanton today as Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection more than 2,000 years ago.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Local family saddles up

Online school gives kids flexibility to pursue their passion
When Melissa and Andre Wright gave horseback riding gear to their 6-year-old daughter Aaliyah for Christmas a few years ago, little did they know what they were starting.

March 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman testing skills on CMT athletic competition show tonight

Local CrossFit coach appears on 'Broken Skull Challenge'
A Pleasanton resident is set to appear on the Country Music Television (CMT) competition show "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" Sunday, vying against seven other all-around athletes for a chance to win $10,000.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Remember Groucho? Irreverent comedian of yesteryear coming to Firehouse today

Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante will recreate legendary comedian with face-paced 90 minutes of hilarity
Legendary comedian Frank Ferrante, described by the New York Times as "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx, is coming to Pleasanton with his "An Afternoon with Groucho" at 3 p.m., Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 2, 2016 | No comments yet
'Heart by Heart' concert at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Performance features original members of Heart and Rock and Roll Hall band
"Heart by Heart in Concert" at the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. tonight will feature original members of the band Heart and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Steve Fossen (bass) and Mike Derosier (drums) and the second incarnation of the iconic rock group.

April 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Ballistic United team defends futsal title

The Ballistic United Futsal U10 team successfully defended its title as U.S. Futsal Northwest Regional Champions earlier in the month.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Palma sets new Dons' record in shot put

Foothill swimming, golf earn early-season wins
Tori Palma of the Amador Valley girls track and field team is on her game early in the season, and she set a new team record with a shot put mark of 39 feet, 3.75 inches on March 12.

March 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Opinion: Protests increasing against local government decisions

Just as anti-Washington protests are increasing in this national political season, we're seeing some of the agitation locally.

March 28, 2016 | 5 comments
For spring break reading, 'Book of Lists' a winner

Publication ranks Workday as best place to work in the Bay Area
"Book of Lists" probably isn't on any teacher's reading list for spring break, which is too bad.

March 27, 2016 | No comments yet
BART facing criticism for paying bonuses to employees

Agency says bonuses part of labor contract signed after two strikes in 2013
BART is facing criticism for providing contractually required bonuses to employees, but the transit agency is arguing the bonuses are an important incentive for hard-working employees.

March 28, 2016 | 4 comments
Former ABAG official sentenced, fined $3.9 million in embezzlement case

ABAG is regional planning agency for nine Bay Area counties
A former finance official with the Association of Bay Area Governments has been sentenced in federal court in San Francisco to one year and one day in prison for a fraud in which he admitted embezzling nearly $3.9 million in bond funds.

March 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High parents share views on school's next principal

School needs 'approachable, technologically minded, financially savvy' leader, they say
Six parents attended a school district-sponsored forum last night to share their thoughts on the key attributes they'd like to see in the next principal at Amador Valley High School.

March 24, 2016 | 3 comments
Spring Street complex gets council's OK

New 3-story buildings to include commercial center, apartments
Despite opposition from the Pleasanton Downtown Association, developer James Knuppe has gained approval from the City Council to build a three-story commercial center and apartment complex at 273 Spring St.

March 24, 2016 | 12 comments
2 new traffic lights OK'd for Amador Valley High's parking lot on Santa Rita

Traffic-actuated signals designed to ease peak school hour congestion
Two new traffic lights will be installed this summer on Santa Rita Road in front of Amador Valley High School's main student parking lot to improve safety for motorists entering and leaving the school.

March 23, 2016 | 9 comments
Flags at half-staff in honor of Brussels victims through sunset today

'The American people stand with the people of Brussels,' president states in proclamation
Flags are flying at half-staff at all municipal buildings in Dublin and Pleasanton as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore police warn motorists not to leave unattended vehicles running

2 cars stolen Monday when drivers left them temporarily
The Livermore Police Department is reminding area residents that it is unwise and illegal to leave running vehicles unattended after two vehicle thefts occurred on Monday morning.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Polling firm: School district could aim for bond vote during November election

Measure could cost property owners $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation
Pleasanton's school district will start identifying what construction and renovation projects it most needs after a recent poll indicated there may be community support for a schools facilities bond measure.

March 23, 2016 | 23 comments
Sewer/wastewater district buys $4.9 million Pleasanton building for field operations

Commerce Circle site will replace facility at Camp Parks, which district must leave by Sept. 30
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) will be relocating its field operations center to a two-acre parcel in Pleasanton.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Tulancingo Sister City Association banned from touting exchange program in Pleasanton schools

Classroom recruitment was primary source of applicants with deadline today
The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is struggling to recruit high school students for its annual summer exchange program.

March 23, 2016 | 3 comments
Home sales fizzle across U.S. in February

Although sales in Western states declined, they were still higher than year ago
After increasing to the highest annual rate in six months, existing-home sales tumbled in February amidst unshakably low supply levels and steadfast price growth in several sections of the country.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley parents invited to forum tonight on principal search

A public forum will be held for Pleasanton Unified parents tonight to share what qualities they'd like considered when the district chooses Amador Valley High's next principal.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Judge: Danville must rescind 69-home project approval amid bike-safety review

Town won't appeal ruling, working to complete bicycle-impact study for proposed SummerHill Homes development
A Contra Costa County judge last week ruled the town of Danville must rescind its previous approval of a 69-home development on Magee Ranch and reconsider the project after conducting full public analysis of the potential bicycle-safety impacts of the developer's proposal.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Amid cracking foundations, city joins with residents to form panel to evaluate sinking soil

City agrees drought, not wells cause of problem
City of Pleasanton staff and several members of a disgruntled neighborhood will form a panel to look into the cause of soil shrinkage that is causing substantial damage to some Pleasanton homes.

March 22, 2016 | 13 comments
Pleasanton CEO Reena Gupta honored for achievements in her field

Magazine to highlight Gupta's company, accomplishments
A Pleasanton CEO will be honored as a leader in her field in an upcoming issue of Women of Distinction Magazine.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton high school clubs to hold fundraising gala for UNICEF today

Amador Valley and Foothill students participating in Amador Theater event
Pleasanton high school clubs will come together tonight for a fundraising gala to raise money for UNICEF.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Ex-Petaluma slaughterhouse employee guilty in sale of contaminated meat

Adulterated, misbranded, uninspected meat caught before heading to Bay Area markets
A federal judge sentenced a former employee of a Petaluma slaughterhouse Friday in San Francisco for his role in a scheme to distribute adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat.

March 22, 2016 | No comments yet
PG&E warns customers of bill scammers around Bay Area

Callers demand payments by credit cards for allegedly past due bills
Pacific Gas and Electric is alerting customers around the Bay Area to be aware of a recent telephone scam with callers demanding immediate
payment for alleged past due bills.

March 21, 2016 | 2 comments
Dublin in-store bank robber a suspect in other robberies

Multiple law enforcement agencies involved in Bay Area search for U.S. Bank branch robber
The suspect in a robbery at a bank branch inside a grocery store in Dublin last week likely is responsible for numerous other bank robberies
in the Bay Area and the Central Valley.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
One injured by attic fire Friday afternoon on Grapevine Drive

Residents heard smoke detector sounding intermittently for 'a couple of hours'
Two people were displaced and one suffered minor injuries in an attic fire at a home in the 600 block of Grapevine Drive Friday afternoon.

March 19, 2016 | No comments yet
School board to hear results of public poll on districtwide bond measure tonight

Enrollment projections, rehiring of 12 instructional coaches also on agenda
With the hope the community will be behind a schools facility bond measure, Pleasanton's school board will hear the results of a survey tonight that was taken to evaluate public opinion about a district-wide bond measure.

March 18, 2016 | 40 comments
Pleasanton police searching for Wells Fargo bank robber

Cash stolen from Pleasanton Gateway bank; culprit at large
Pleasanton police are searching for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank in the Pleasanton Gateway shopping plaza Thursday afternoon.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Homes sales increasing, but at slower rate

February sales up 0.3%, below average of 2.5% since 1988
Sales of new and existing homes in the Bay Area increased last month but at a rate well below average.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
'Festival of Colors' today to benefit eye care needs in India

Fairgrounds celebration a 'playful way to bring the community together,' volunteer organizer says
A colorful springtime celebration common in India will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Sunol school's fight to stay independent

Book by former superintendent chronicles events in 1965 that led to today's districts
The 1960s were heady times for educator Peter Corona when he became superintendent of Sunol Glen School District at the age of 32.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Furry friends find running mates

Animal shelter's Jog a Dog program credited with increasing adoptions
Several times a week, Jog a Dog volunteers take some of the shelter's dogs on long runs through a Dublin park to help them burn off energy, relax and socialize with other dogs.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Youth Music Festival at Firehouse at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. today

9 of Bay Area's best teen musicians performing in "True Fusion" at 2 concerts
"True Fusion," a youth music festival featuring nine of the Bay Area's best teen musicians, will hold two concerts Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

March 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton swimmer in NCAA Championships today

Chen running in University of Michigan sprint relays as a junior
Amador Valley graduate Jason Chen is taking part in the NCAA Division I Championships with his University of Michigan teammates today through Saturday in Atlanta.

March 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley hockey wins dramatic semifinal in shootout

Faces Cal High Grizzlies in championship game next month
The Amador Valley hockey team earned a spot in the championship game by beating the Dublin Gaels in a shootout Saturday night, with Jack Harker netting the go-ahead tally before Dons' goaltender Kevin Tieck secured the semifinal win by stopping Dublin's final shot.

March 18, 2016 | No comments yet
'War Comes Home: The Legacy' now at Museum on Main

Private correspondence details views from major U.S. conflicts
The new traveling exhibit at Museum on Main, "War Comes Home: The Legacy," highlights private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history.

March 21, 2016 | No comments yet
More than $90 million available to reduce air pollution

Funds being allocated by Bay Area Air Quality Management District
More than $90 million will be available from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in 2016 and 2017 for grant projects and programs to reduce air pollution in the Bay Area, district officials said Wednesday.

March 17, 2016 | No comments yet
AAA offering free tows to keep tipsy drivers off streets on St. Patrick's Day

Organization's Tipsy Tow Program available to anyone, even non-members
People celebrating St. Patrick's Day today in the Bay Area by drinking alcohol can avoid a DUI arrest by getting a free tow home with AAA's Tipsy Tow Program.

March 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Zone 7 postpones vote on local support for California WaterFix

Board decides to wait on final environmental report before taking action
Moved by pleas from constituents in a crowded meeting room, the Zone 7 Water Agency board Wednesday decided to postpone a vote on a resolution indicating local support for the California WaterFix until a final environmental report is complete.

March 17, 2016 | 6 comments
Pleasanton high school spring sports preview

Seasons underway for baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse and more
The East Bay Athletic League spring sports season is the busiest time of the year as nearly every inch of field, pool and gym seem to be taken every afternoon. Following is a breakdown of the Amador Valley and Foothill teams.

March 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Special Olympics basketball events in Pleasanton a slam-dunk

Young athletes shine in pair of competitions this month
The ninth-grader had spent the preceding weeks practicing, and she was ready to sink some baskets. Amy Huang, an Amador Valley High student, smiled as she readied for the start of the Northern California Special Olympics Basketball Competition on Tuesday. She had her eyes on the prize, and she said one thing was on her mind that day: "To win the game."

March 16, 2016 | No comments yet
IKEA submits plans for Dublin store at I-580, Hacienda Drive

Construction could begin as early as spring 2017
Bay Area residents could have three IKEA stores to choose from if plans submitted for a new Dublin location are approved.

March 16, 2016 | 30 comments
Zone 7 board to weigh supporting California WaterFix tonight

Vote would indicate support but wouldn't dedicate more funds yet
The Zone 7 Water Agency board will decide whether to give its sign of support for a $15 billion statewide water project at its meeting tonight.

March 16, 2016 | 2 comments
Clean water specialist recognized for work on recycled water fill stations

Stefanie Olson named WateReuse's 2015 'Staff Person of the Year'
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) clean water specialist Stefanie Olson was honored by the state's largest water recycling industry group this week as the 2015 Staff Person of the Year.

March 17, 2016 | 1 comment
Foothill team first in school's history to compete in We the People nationals

Competition to test students' constitutional knowledge
Foothill High's We the People team will advance to the national round of the civics competition after being selected as a "wild card" participant.

March 16, 2016 | 6 comments
Pleasanton's city, schools leaders gather to talk bond measure, library

District could seek $312 million bond at cost to property owners of taxpayers $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation
Pleasanton's school board and city council convened for their annual joint meeting Monday night to discuss the district's potential facilities bond measure, among other topics of common interest.

March 15, 2016 | 24 comments
PPIE to fund four instructional coaches' salaries in light of layoffs

School district coaches among dozens of employees affected by funding lag
A Pleasanton schools fundraising organization announced Monday it intends to allocate part of its annual giving fund for the salaries of four instructional coaches that would otherwise be laid off.

March 15, 2016 | 14 comments
Parks district honors Officer, Dispatcher of the Year

East Bay Regional Park District Police Department announces awards
The East Bay Regional Park District Police Department announced Officer Barry Lindsey as its 2016 Officer of the Year.

March 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Man pleads not guilty in death of Dublin resident

Damion Dupclay is scheduled to return to court on May 23 for a pretrial hearing
A West Oakland man pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of a Dublin man during an attempted robbery in downtown Oakland in November.

March 15, 2016 | 3 comments
Free heart screenings for anyone ages 12 to 25 until 3 p.m. today at Hart Middle School

EKG, echocardiogram exams available to check for heart issues
A free heart screening event for teens and young adults is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Hart Middle School by Via Heart Project, which offers free EKG and echocardiogram exams for anyone ages 12 to 25.

March 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Anti-Costco group seeks November initiative to block big box stores on Johnson Drive

Another signature-gathering effort gets underway in Pleasanton
Opponents of a possible bid by Costco to build a new membership-only retail store on Johnson Drive in Pleasanton will soon start gathering registered voter signatures to ban stores over 50,000 square feet from locating on the site.

March 14, 2016 | 118 comments
Man killed in Highway 84 crash near Pleasanton

A 22-year-old man died after a head-on crash on Highway 84 near Pleasanton on Friday night.

March 13, 2016 | No comments yet
As traffic increases, we all want it 'calmed'

Junipero Street, Independence Drive next in line for curbs on traffic
With several thousand new residents moving into new apartment complexes being built to comply with court- and state-mandated housing requirements, concerns over the adequacy of Pleasanton schools, water capacity and especially traffic are dominating local public discussions.

March 18, 2016 | 35 comments
Goodguys 34th All American Get-Together closes today at 4 p.m.

Fairgrounds show features 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will close its first show of 2016 at 4 p.m. today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

March 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council, school board to talk bond measure, new library in joint meeting tonight

Meeting to provide overview of issues for elected leaders
Pleasanton's school board and city council are set to convene for their annual joint meeting Monday to talk about issues that pertain to both leadership boards.

March 11, 2016 | 8 comments
Even if it rains, Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade starts at 9:30 a.m. today

Irish-founded city hosting early holiday celebration all weekend
Dublin is hosting its 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day celebration this weekend with its festive parade -- the second largest on the West Coast -- starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Dublin Boulevard and Village Parkway.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
High schools present 'Guys and Dolls' at Amador Theater tonight

Amador Valley, Foothill students team up to stage classic musical
Students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are bringing the award-winning musical comedy "Guys and Dolls" to the Amador Theater at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale concert at 3 p.m. today in Pleasanton

'Celebration and Remembrance' at Trinity Lutheran Church
The Valley Concert Chorale will perform choral masterpieces by renowned composers in a concert of "Celebration and Remembrance" at 3 p.m. today at Trinity Lutheran church in Pleasanton.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Shakespeare's comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at 2 p.m. today at Firehouse Arts Center

47 young cast members are from throughout the Tri-Valley
Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company, in partnership with the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT), is presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 2 p.m. today at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley grad's film 'Trichster' set for local screening tonight

Documentary by Pleasanton's Jillian Corsie tackles little-known crisis
"Trichster," the debut feature film of Pleasanton native Jillian Corsie, a 2005 Amador Valley High grad, will be featured at the Vine Theater in Livermore at 7 p.m. tonight with tickets available at the door.

March 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Photos due by 6 a.m. tomorrow for Weekly's annual Mother's Day Lookalike Contest

Winners will be posted online on April 15
With Mother's Day right around the corner, the Pleasanton Weekly is holding its annual Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest with the deadline for submitting photos at 6 a.m. Thursday.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
'Celebrate Women! 2016' at Las Positas College during March

Photography Department to hold awards presentation tomorrow
The Las Positas College photography department is hosting this month "Celebrate Women! 2016," a photographic art competition with paintings and etchings.

March 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Sandia National Laboratories' California site turns 60

Lab embarking on another decade as Tri-Valley center of innovation, engineering and employment
Sandia National Laboratories' California site is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month, continuing its major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

March 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund distributes $73,307 to 12 nonprofits

Funds will help nonprofits meet increased needs to serve community, publisher says
The Pleasanton Weekly distributed checks this week totaling $73,307.76 to 12 Tri-Valley nonprofits that were the beneficiaries of this newspaper's 2015 Holiday Fund.

March 11, 2016 | 1 comment
Flash flood warnings for North Bay today, heavy showers heading to Pleasanton

Friday will be mostly cloudy with chance of rain in morning
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for parts of the Bay Area in effect through Sunday afternoon.

March 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes win basketball medals

Local basketball players on Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) teams earned medals during the Special Olympics Northern California basketball competition hosted at three Pleasanton schools last weekend.

March 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Video series depicts connection between organ donors, recipient families

Donor Network West's 'Dear Donor' series shows impact of organ donation
San Ramon-based Donor Network West launched a new video series focusing on organ donation stories last week in Pleasanton while also announcing a new partnership with San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

March 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Proposed $5.8-million culinary center at Village High tied to school district bond measure

Construction wouldn't start until after November vote
Hopeful that a proposed bond measure will gain voter approval, the Pleasanton school board agreed Tuesday to commit $3.4 million of the new bond toward paying for a multi-purpose building at Village High School for district-wide culinary classes.

March 9, 2016 | 34 comments
Court rulings gives big boost to high-speed rail

Judge rejects lawsuit from Central Valley that sought to stop controversial project
California's high-speed rail system surged past a major legal obstacle this week when a Sacramento Superior Court judge tossed out a long-simmering lawsuit from the Central Valley.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
CarMax Auto Superstore opening in Staples Ranch in May

Country's largest used car retailer now hiring as buildings near completion
CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, will open its regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road in May.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
School board approves resignation of former Walnut Grove principal

Jan Steed quits after 2 months on new job
The Pleasanton school district's board of trustees accepted Tuesday the resignation of Jan Steed, former principal of Walnut Grove Elementary who was reassigned in January to a new district position as assistant director of adult/career technical education.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Flags at half-staff in honor of Nancy Reagan

Flags are flying at half-staff on all municipal buildings in Pleasanton and Dublin in honor of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

March 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Nominations open for Pleasanton Community of Character awards

Annual awards to be presented at luncheon May 18
Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Juanita Haugen Community of Character Award, a program that recognizes individuals who contribute their time to the community and nonprofits that consistently model high ethical and moral standards.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin authorities warn high school students against playing 'Assassin'

Students can engage in risky behaviors for sake of the game, police say
Dublin police and the Dublin school district are warning parents about the risks involved if any of their high school-age students participate in the "Assassin" game.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Delinquency rates on mortgage loans continue to decline

Strong property fundamentals, still-low interest rates likely to continue trend
Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2015.

March 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Mortgage applications down 4.8% for last week in February

Interest rate for jumbo loan drops to 3.75%
Mortgage applications decreased 4.8% for the week ending Feb. 26 from a week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the President's Day holiday.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Castro Valley child injured by hit-and-run driver

Police believe driver was in car stolen from Livermore auto
A car that struck a young boy walking with his grandmother in Castro Valley before the driver fled was stolen from a Livermore auto dealership earlier Monday morning, according to police.

March 8, 2016 | No comments yet
One dead after 2-car crash Tueday morning on I-580

Vehicles collide, slide down embankment near eastbound Grant Line Road exit
A man died Tuesday morning when his truck rear-ended another truck on I-580, causing both vehicles to go down an embankment east of Livermore.

March 8, 2016 | No comments yet
ACE train service resumes today after tracks cleared following derailment

Crews put one car back on tracks, haul another out of Alameda Creek
Service on ACE trains for Pleasanton commuters is expected to resume this morning after a mudslide toppled a train from the tracks in the Niles Canyon area south of the city Monday evening.

March 8, 2016 | 2 comments
Online petition pushes to keep Conde as Hart Middle School's principal

Principal to be reassigned due to personnel issue
An online petition urging the Pleasanton school district to stop the reassignment of Terry Conde from her role as principal of Hart Middle has drawn attention to her pending move.

March 8, 2016 | 4 comments
Hope Hospice names Tri-Valley doctor as its chief medical officer

Currently lead hospitalist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Dr. Michael Malek, the lead hospitalist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Dublin, has joined Hope Hospice as chief medical officer.

March 10, 2016 | 4 comments
Foothill girls defeat Carondelet 95-91 in swimming, diving

Falcons also swamp De La Salle swimmers at Concord meet
The Foothill varsity girls' swimming and diving team scored a big win last Tuesday, defeating Carondelet Catholic High School in Concord 95-91.

March 7, 2016 | 1 comment
SFO had highest growth rate of international travelers in U.S.last year

Airport served record 50 million passengers in 2015, a 9% increase
The San Francisco International Airport had the highest rate of growth of international passengers last year than any other airport in the country.

March 8, 2016 | No comments yet
BART to offer incentives to riders who shift travel time away from peak hours

Research over 6-month period will involve 25,000 people
BART officials this spring will be researching a way to reduce crowding on trains and offering small cash rewards to people who participate in the research.

March 9, 2016 | 3 comments
Baby sitter pleads not guilty in Livermore child abuse case

'Nothing I've seen indicates a felony was committed,' sitter's attorney says
A baby sitter accused of abusing a 13-month-old Livermore baby boy pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony child abuse charge.

March 7, 2016 | 4 comments
Pleasanton school board to accept ex-Walnut Grove Elementary's principal's resignation tonight

Jan Steed quits assistant director's position she took in January
The Pleasanton school district's board of trustees is set to accept tonight the resignation of Jan Steed, former principal of Walnut Grove Elementary who was reassigned in January to a new district position as assistant director of adult/career technical education.

March 6, 2016 | 12 comments
New-home construction dips across U.S.

Nationwide housing starts dropped 3.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.099 million units in January.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
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March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Middle School repeats as national champs

Hart cheer takes second; Harvest Park wins crown in separate event
The Pleasanton Middle School cheer squad won its second consecutive national title last weekend, capping an undefeated season by finishing ahead of crosstown competitors from Hart Middle School in the finals of the United Spirit Association (USA) Jr. Spirit Nationals.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Excitement grows with spring sports starting in Pleasanton

New Bernal fields soon to ease battle for precious field space
It is the busiest time of the year for local sports in Pleasanton, from the youth levels up through the high schools. From baseball to the ever-growing world of lacrosse. From softball to the rapidly rising sport of rugby.

March 4, 2016 | 5 comments
Dementia care expert to talk about challenges at Pleasanton Senior Center today

Dementia is a term that describes wide range of symptoms, author Laura Wayman says
Dementia care expert Laura Wayman will share her insights and practical advice at the Pleasanton Senior Center's Coffee and Conversation with the Experts at 10:30 a.m. this morning.

March 7, 2016 | No comments yet
New musical 'Lies in the Attic' at Dublin High this afternoon

Produced by Pleasanton resident Randy Haykin
"Lies in the Attic," a new musical that tells the tale of a father and son through a repertoire of Beatles songs, will play in Dublin Sunday afternoon, produced by Pleasanton resident Randy Haykin.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Magic and comedy at 8 p.m. at Firehouse tonight

Ryan Kane, named "Best Stage Magician in the Bay Area," will bring an Evening of Magic and Comedy to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. tonight.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's past poet laureate features photo exhibit at Livermore church

Sandra Harrison Kay's work on display through Easter
Sandra Harrison Kay sees hearts everywhere she looks -- in a pat of butter, for instance, and even on a dog's nose.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
'Italian Girl in Algiers' onstage next 2 weekends starting tomorrow

Metropolitan Opera's Bruce Donnell to direct Rossini's comedy in Livermore
Strong women who get what they want and pompous men who stand in their way is the basic premise of Gioachino Rossini's hilarious comedy, "The Italian Girl in Algiers." Livermore Valley Opera will present the comedy/tragedy for two weekends beginning March 12 in Livermore.

March 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Lifeguard, swim lesson instructor classes coming to aquatic center tomorrow

Participants need to have basic swimming skills
The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center is offering lifeguard and water safety instructor certification courses, starting Saturday.

March 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Dialogue on Johnson Drive economic zone

Rezoning proposal for 40-acre site intended to spur investment
It's been said that a conversation is an open dialogue as opposed to a monologue between two people. Having an open and transparent dialogue is a basic obligation of government, and one I take seriously.

March 4, 2016 | 12 comments
Police Bulletin: Equipment stolen from Foothill High baseball

Police also urge public to avoid using home addresses in social media posts
Foothill High's baseball team is down one pitching machine and three buckets of baseballs after someone cut through the school's chain-link fence and stole the practice items last week.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Murderous melodrama on Sunol Glen School stage next weekend

Sunol Repertory Theatre's fundraiser to be held through March 26
Ron Smith portrays a debonair actor, John Ruzinka plays a police sergeant and Lea Blevins is a frustrated director in Sunol Repertory Theatre's "Ax of Murder," a murder mystery that includes intrigue, suspicion and audience interaction.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Rain expected as early as today, heaviest amount on Saturday

Week's warm, dry weather giving way to showers with storms moving through area Sunday
Pleasanton and the Bay area are in for some wet
weather beginning today that may last through Monday.

March 3, 2016 | No comments yet
BART sets record in February for monthly weekday ridership

Busiest weekday was in 2012 for Giants World Series championship victory parade
BART set a record last month for average monthly weekday ridership.

March 3, 2016 | 3 comments
Livermore police arrest 20-year-old babysitter in child abuse case

Investigators say she advertised her care-taking services on Care.com website
Police in Livermore have arrested a 20-year-old babysitter in connection with a child abuse case.

March 3, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay Regional Park District board shuts down Chabot Gun Club

Problem of lead contamination 'is issue faced by all gun ranges,' district's general manager Doyle says
East Bay Regional Park District directors have voted unanimously to close the 53-year-old Chabot Gun Club near San Leandro and Castro Valley
because of extensive lead contamination.

March 3, 2016 | 9 comments
Referendum set for June 7 on Lund Ranch II development

Petitioners gain required signatures from 10% of Pleasanton voters in effort to overturn council's OK of project
The Pleasanton City Council has scheduled a referendum for June 7 to let voters decide if its approval Jan. 5 of a 43-home development on Lund Ranch should be overturned.

March 2, 2016 | 22 comments
California home sales take breather in January

As prices level, sellers adjust listing prices to meet buyers' expectations
Statewide home sales in California decreased in January on a year-over-year basis for the first time since August 2014 as a shortage of homes for sale and low housing affordability persist and volatile financial markets distract buyers.

March 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area News Group combines its newspapers into 2 publications

Oakland Tribune, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus to become weeklies
The Bay Area News Group has announced that it is combining its daily newspapers in the East Bay, Silicon Valley and on the Peninsula into two distinct publications -- the East Bay Times and The Mercury News.

March 1, 2016 | 1 comment
Water wholesaler board weighs California WaterFix involvement

Board to vote whether to give nod of support on March 16
A recent Zone 7 Water Agency study showed the area water wholesaler will be dependent on importing water to the region for the foreseeable future and emphasized the need for a renovated water delivery system.

March 2, 2016 | 4 comments
New director hired for Pleasanton Library

Heidi Murphy coming here from Los Gatos where she helped build town's new library
Heidi Murphy, the Library Director for Los Gatos, has been hired as Pleasanton's new Director of Library Services, succeeding Julie Farnsworth, who retired. She will assume her new role on April 4.

March 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Music teacher named a Pleasanton Middle band director

Jonathon Pedroni succeeds Lydia Lim, who is now Foothill High's band director
Jonathon Pedroni, a Pleasanton school district music teacher, will step in as Pleasanton Middle School's band director after one of the school's directors was promoted.

March 2, 2016 | 2 comments
Water agency says chance of Flint-type lead crisis in Tri-Valley is unlikely

Zone 7 Water Agency says local water is protected against lead leaching
With news of lead coursing through the drinking water system in Flint, Mich., a Tri-Valley regional water agency says local water is safe from such a crisis.

March 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Sira stepping away from 30 years of coaching at Amador Valley High

'Every kid that had a chance to play for Sira is a better person for having that opportunity'
To be a coach in this era at the high school level is nothing short of a can't win situation. No matter how your season turns out, someone is still going to be upset.

March 1, 2016 | 12 comments
Experts search for answers to Lake Del Valle's toxic algae problem

Tests show treated drinking water from lake reservoir is safe
While the recent El Nino storms have dissipated toxic algae in other East Bay lakes, Lake Del Valle remains closed to swimmers and dogs.

March 1, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Council to debate Lund Ranch referendum timetable tonight

County Registrar determines 4,422 voters signed petitions, 298 more than needed
The Pleasanton City Council will decide tonight how to proceed on its approval of a 43-home development on Lund Ranch II following a ruling that petitions to overrule that decision now force a voter referendum.

February 29, 2016 | 14 comments
UC Berkeley alerting 80,000 of computer attack

University will pay for year of free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance for those affected
Tens of thousands of current and former people affiliated with the UC Berkeley are being notified of a computer attack that poses a risk to their personal information.

February 27, 2016 | No comments yet
Obama nominates federal judge Lucy Koh to U.S. appeals court

Koh, of San Jose, worked as a partner in a Palo Alto law firm
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of San Jose was nominated by President Obama today to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

February 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab physicist selected for 2016 presidential award

Tammy Ma one of 106 chosen nationwide for her 'innovation and leadership'
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been selected for a 2016 presidential early career award for science and engineering.

March 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Judge considers tougher sentence for ex-local attorney who killed Dublin cyclist

'Mr. Smith has been given enormous opportunities and he hasn't complied with them,' judge says to defense's release request
A judge said Thursday that he will consider imposing a tougher sentence for an attorney and former San Ramon resident who killed a bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision in Dublin in 2012 if he concludes that the attorney misled him at sentencing hearings last year.

February 26, 2016 | 10 comments
Fitting wheelchairs for those in need inspires Pleasanton therapist

Holly Micheff makes trip to Thailand with Wheels for the World
The emotional work never let up in northern Thailand -- and neither did the heat and humidity -- as the volunteers fitted people with wheelchairs that would at last give them mobility, recalled Pleasanton native Holly Micheff.

February 26, 2016 | 1 comment
Enjoy preview of new opera at Pleasanton library at 2 p.m. today

Singers will perform selections from Rossini's famous opera
Whether or not you plan to attend Livermore Valley Opera's "The Italian Girl in Algiers" next month, you can soon enjoy some of the songs at the Pleasanton library today.

February 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Toe-tappin' 'Chicago' at Las Positas College continues next weekend

It's story of 2 jailed gals who vie for headlines, then join forces in search of fame
Two merry murderesses will continue to shake up the production at Las Positas College with its Theater Arts Department continuing its presentation of "Chicago -- the Musical" next weekend at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

March 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center exhibit by figurative painters opens today

Free public artists' reception at 7 p.m. tonight
Works by a quintet of prominent Bay Area figurative painters take center stage in the Harrington Gallery's next exhibition, "The Figure in Place," opening today.

March 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley High, Dublin High in hockey playoff at 8:15 p.m. tonight

Game will be at Dublin Iceland Rink
The Amador Valley High School hockey team will take on Dublin in the playoffs at the Dublin Iceland Rink at 8:15 .m. Saturday with the winner to advance to the championship game next weekend.

March 10, 2016 | 4 comments
New smartphone apps could cut your medical bills

Analyst says 'incredible range of options' coming with wearable health care options
What if your next doctor's visit could happen by smartphone from anywhere in the world? It could happen sooner than you think, says Nathaniel Sillin, who directs Visa's financial education programs.

February 26, 2016 | 1 comment
Hart Middle School principal to be reassigned, but school board mum on reason why

District, board leaders say they can't discuss Terry Conde's move because it's a 'personnel issue'
Hart Middle School principal Terry Conde will be reassigned to another position due to a personnel issue, school board president Jamie Hintzke confirmed Thursday.

February 25, 2016 | 74 comments
Federal court orders state to release confidential student information

Parents can ask to opt their children out of the release
Parents in school districts around the state recently received notice that confidential information on their students maintained by the California Department of Education is about to be released as part of a federal lawsuit.

February 25, 2016 | 4 comments
San Francisco now offering free condoms to middle school students

No parental consent needed, but 6th-8th graders must see school nurse first
The San Francisco Unified School District board voted unanimously on Tuesday to make condoms available to all middle school students.

February 25, 2016 | 3 comments
'State of the City' – Mayor says great year ahead

250 at Chamber luncheon for annual report on city's progress
With residents and businesses naming Pleasanton as an exceptional place to call home, Mayor Jerry Thorne Tuesday cited surveys and published reports to back up accomplishments of the past year that he said are making for an even greater year ahead.

February 24, 2016 | 3 comments
Third teen arrested in Stoneridge Mall robberies

Woman, teen girl robbed of purses, assaulted last weekend
Pleasanton police confirmed a third suspect has been arrested in connection with two robberies at Stoneridge Shopping Center this weekend.

February 24, 2016 | 3 comments
School district to let go dozens of permanent, temporary employees after state funding lags

District to send layoff notices in March for permanent staff affected
Several dozen school district employees will face reduced hours or will lose their jobs this summer after the state did not renew district funding that was fueling those positions.

February 24, 2016 | 15 comments
Protect trees against El Nino storms, arborists urge

Drought has weakened trees that could topple in strong gusts
With strong El Nino storms still on the horizon, local arborists recommend Pleasanton residents inspect their trees to protect them from tumbling down.

February 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore National Lab to hold rare career fair

'We have needs throughout our career spectrum,' Lab manager says
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will hold a job fair March 10 in hopes of filling 80 positions in the field of Information Technology, Environment Safety & Health, Management & Budget, and Human Resources.

February 24, 2016 | No comments yet
DA's investigation report clears officer in fatal July shooting

Document details findings in Pleasanton officer-involved shooting of teen.

February 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill boys complete EBAL basketball season with a 58-44 win against Amador Valley

Lady Falcons finish in second place in EBAL basketball
The Foothill High boys' basketball squad defeated San Ramon Valley and Amador last week to finish out its strong regular season campaign.

February 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police officer cleared of criminal charges in last summer's fatal shooting

DA's office completes final report into July incident at First Street classics car dealer
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has determined Pleasanton police officer Daniel Kunkel acted in lawful self defense when he shot and killed San Jose teen John Deming Jr. during an altercation in downtown Pleasanton last summer, and the officer will not face criminal charges, the Pleasanton Police Department announced late Monday afternoon.

February 22, 2016 | 84 comments
ValleyCare charitable foundation names executive director

Former director of annual giving at Harvard Medical School takes Livermore post
Shake Sulikyan, formerly the senior director of annual giving at Harvard Medical School in Boston, has been named executive director of the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

February 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to consider layoffs, Wi-Fi funding tonight

About 79 employees to be affected by reduced hours or layoffs
Pleasanton's school board will weigh Tuesday night whether to lay off dozens of school employees in light of reduced funding.

February 23, 2016 | 14 comments
2016 Summer Camps

February 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Suspects seized in weekend purse-snatching assaults at Stoneridge Mall

Juveniles arrested for robbing 2 women in mall parking lot
Pleasanton police, in conjunction with partnering agencies, have identified the primary suspects in two robbery cases at Stoneridge Shoppping Center over the weekend.

February 22, 2016 | 4 comments
Man who died in fiery crash near Pleasanton identified

David Garcia, of Berkeley, died on scene
A driver who died last week after his vehicle collided with another vehicle and caught fire near Pleasanton has been identified as 20-year-old David Garcia of Berkeley, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

February 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Community partnerships among goals of Danville mayor in her 'State of the Town' address

'You are the people that give us such a rich life in this area,' Karen Stepper tells Chamber audience
Maintaining a fiscally responsible town budget, combating property crimes, improving downtown parking conditions and encouraging community partnerships were among the main themes of Danville Mayor Karen Stepper's State of the Town address Thursday.

February 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Report: High-speed rail to launch in Silicon Valley

California High Speed Rail Authority's new plan calls for connecting region to Central Valley in first phase
California's high-speed rail system would make its debut in the Bay Area, with bullet trains whisking passengers between San Francisco and Bakersfield by as early as 2025, under a business plan that the California High Speed Rail Authority released Thursday.

February 22, 2016 | 5 comments
Girl, 17, hit, robbed in Stoneridge Mall parking lot

Assailants flee in older, silver Honda Pilot on Stoneridge Mall Road
A 17-year-old girl from Danville was wrestled to the ground and her purse grabbed by one of three assailants Saturday night in a Stoneridge Shopping Center parking lot near the PF Chang's Restaurant.

February 21, 2016 | 1 comment
Witness describes Livermore crash that killed woman, 14-month old girl

Brian Jones, 36, charged with two counts of murder for deaths
A woman described in court Friday the horror of watching as an allegedly drunk driver killed her cousin and her cousin's 14-month-old daughter before crashing into her apartment complex in Livermore last year.

February 21, 2016 | 7 comments
TV30 to cover tonight's Foothill-Amador Valley basketball game

'Battle of Pleasanton' game to be aired at 7 p.m. Saturday
The sixth and final high school basketball game to be broadcast this season on TV30 takes place tonight as the Amador Dons play host to the Foothill Falcons.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Fees to be charged on new Westbound I-580 Toll/Express lane starting today

Eastbound lanes opened Friday, completing $55 million project
Tolls will be charged on the new I-580 Toll/Express lane in the westbound direction starting at 5 a.m. Monday, following the beginning of tolls Friday on two eastbound lanes.

February 18, 2016 | 15 comments
Sacrificing for Success: College and careers

The reason low-income families work so hard to stay in Pleasanton
When Kevin thinks about his future, he thinks about how nice it will be when he's able to afford a place for his mom and siblings to live on their own.

February 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton writer pens poignant memoir about overcoming childhood abuse

'Less than Human' -- the author or his tormentors?
Pleasanton author Allen Long, 59, decided a few years ago that his natural writing form is the memoir. And, boy, does he have a lot of subject matter.

February 21, 2016 | 2 comments
Public workshop today on bicycle theft prevention

Program runs from 1-2 p.m. in Dublin Library
Bike East Bay, the city of Dublin and the Alameda County Transportation Commission are teaming up to offer a one-hour bicycle theft prevention workshop Saturday in Dublin.

February 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library hosting financial planning workshop for veterans tonight

Program features certified financial coach from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Pleasanton Library will host a free, small-group workshop at 7 p.m. Monday for post-9/11 military veterans to help them with better financial planning.

March 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Young competition winners featured at tomorrow's Livermore symphony

Amador Valley cellist, Dublin violinist take first-place in annual contest
"Color and Romance," Livermore-Amador Symphony's second concert of its 53rd season, will take place tomorrow at the Bankhead Theater with Lara Webber conducting.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Seascapes, landscapes fill Firehouse

The Harrington Gallery and Firehouse Arts Center are presenting works by Santa Clara artist Ryan Reynolds through March 26 with a series of small watercolors, including seascapes, in the hallway galleries and large-format landscapes in the Grand Atrium Lobby.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill cheerleaders win division crown

Dons squad takes second place; both schools ready for USA Nationals
The Foothill varsity and junior varsity cheer teams won division championships at the California Open at UC Davis on Feb. 7.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton girls win futsal soccer title

The Pleasanton Rage Orange 2 team won the San Ramon Futsal League under-11 girls championship earlier this month, taking down Mustang Soccer Chics in the title match 3-1.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Happy campers: Children learn independence, enjoy time on their own

Summer camps offer more than meets the eye. Although roasting a perfect marshmallow is a good skill to have, the most important thing learned at camp is independence.

February 22, 2016 | 1 comment
Inner city vs. aliens at Firehouse Wednesday

The Thrill Rides Movie Night Series continues with "Attack the Block" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
HUD sells 3.5-acre site for city-owned senior housing development

Work to get underway next month on long-awaited Kottinger Gardens project
The Pleasanton City Council has approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that releases the federal government's interest in the 50-unit Kottinger Place senior housing property at 240 Kottinger Drive, enabling the first phase of a new 185-unit, affordable-priced housing development for seniors to proceed on the 3.5-acre site.

February 25, 2016 | 1 comment
Sandia's algae raceway tests fuel for future

Facility helps bridge gap from lab to real world
It's not a freeway, but the new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories could someday lead to the fuel that powers your car on I-580.

February 19, 2016 | No comments yet
PleasantonWeekly.com launches 'pay meter'

After reading 25 stories each month, readers now have option of subscribing or making micro-payments
Frequent visitors to the PleasantonWeekly.com website will need to either become subscribing members to obtain full access to unlimited online content or purchase individual stories as they read them.

February 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Tickets available for 'State of the City' luncheon in Pleasanton next Wednesday

Mayor Jerry Thorne will review accomplishments, issues and efforts ahead
Tickets are still available for the annual "State of the City" luncheon meeting next Wednesday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pleasanton.

February 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Fatal crash closes Stanley Boulevard after car bursts into flames

A driver died after their car caught fire in a traffic collision on Stanley Boulevard just outside Pleasanton on Wednesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). See story.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Fatal crash closes Stanley Boulevard after car bursts into flames

Driver killed after making U-turn, slamming into another vehicle
A man was killed in a fiery collision on Stanley Boulevard near Shadow Cliffs Regional Park Wednesday afternoon when his car burst into flames after making a U-turn and slamming not another vehicle.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Injuries to boy hit by car in Dublin not considered life-threatening

12-year-old boy hit by car outside Dublin High School
A 12-year-old Wells Middle School student broke his arm in a couple of places when he was hit by and trapped underneath a car Wednesday morning outside of Dublin High School, a police captain said.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
New home construction drops by 3.8% nationwide

Dip is less than 1% in western states, 12.8% in Midwest
Nationwide housing starts dropped 3.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.099 million units in January.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore Lab part of new $3-million program to accelerate manufacturing processes

Livermore will lead program, partnering with Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge National laboratories
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be part of a new $3-million program in developing improved turbine blades for aircraft engines, reducing heat loss in electronics, waste reduction in paper manufacturing and improving fiberglass production.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Rain on its way today

Thunderstorms possible by late afternoon, weather bureau predicts
A Pacific storm system is expected to approach the Bay Area today, causing widespread rainfall throughout the region with heavy rain possible, especially along the coast.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Committee weighs Baker's bill to fund support for domestic violence victims

Law would allow Californians to make donations to programs via state tax returns
Proposed legislation from Pleasanton's Assemblywoman, Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), to create a new funding stream for domestic violence victim support programs remains before the State Senate after passing the Assembly unanimously late last month.

February 17, 2016 | 1 comment
New leaders named to East Bay Regional Park District board

District operates 65 parks, including Pleasanton Ridge, Shadow Cliffs
The East Bay Regional Park District board of directors has inducted new leaders for 2016. Leadership positions rotate annually.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
County Clerk-Recorder expands hours at Dublin office

'Significant step in offering greater convenience to customers,' says office-holder Manning
The Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's new satellite office in Dublin has expanded its hours to 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Realtors' association launches campaign to reach Millennials

Today's consumers don't always know what they don't know, organization says
Buying a home isn't as easy as clicking a few buttons and magically getting the home of your dreams, as the current real estate advertising landscape leads many to believe.

February 17, 2016 | No comments yet
Moderate commercial market expansion expected for rest of 2016

Property values, price gains seen surpassing 2007 peaks
Despite various global and domestic hurdles hindering economic growth, steady job gains and stable leasing demand should help keep commercial real estate activity expanding in 2016.

February 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Could nearby districts' superintendent searches affect Pleasanton's hunt for new leader?

Dublin, San Ramon districts also need to replace their superintendents who are resigning in June
With two other Tri-Valley school districts searching for a superintendent this spring, questions have been raised about whether those departures will affect Pleasanton school district's search for a new schools leader.

February 17, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton siblings raise 3,000 toys for kids in court

Family rallied Walnut Grove Elementary to collect toys for Alameda County dependency courts
Colin and his sister Taryn were the driving force behind a recent toy drive that raised more than 3,000 toys for children who visit Alameda County courthouses for custody hearings.

February 19, 2016 | 2 comments
Fundraising effort underway to pay surgery cost for injured 6-day old colt

Abandoned horse rescued after fall into Morrison Canyon
A Bay Area-wide fundraising effort is underway to pay the cost of surgery urgently need for a newborn and apparently abandoned baby horse found Sunday with a broken pelvis.

February 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton-based Voices in Harmony to perform 'Lies in the Attic' March 6

40-voice a cappella group will sing at Dublin High's Performing Arts Center.
"Lies in the Attic," a new musical co-created by award-winning a cappella group Voices in Harmony vocalists Randy Haykin and David Cowan, will perform March 6 at Dublin High School's Performing Arts Center.

February 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Princess Project to help teens obtain prom dresses ends today at Stoneridge Mall

Drop off dry-cleaned dresses on hangers at Guest Services on Mall's lower level
With the high school prom season on its way this spring, the Princess Project is partnering with Stoneridge Shopping Center through today to collect new or lightly used gowns and accessories for teens that otherwise can't afford them.

February 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill girls varsity in North Coast Section soccer playoffs

Send in Spring sports resulted for coming reports
The Foothill girls' varsity soccer team finished out the regular season with a 1-0 win over Amador Valley, giving the Falcons a season sweep of the Dons and sending the team into the North Coast Section playoffs with some momentum.

February 16, 2016 | 4 comments
Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at the Pleasanton Weekly.

February 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton high school seniors ordered to stop playing annual 'Assassin' game

Game banned due to potential for injury, alarm
Pleasanton police and the Pleasanton school district have urged high school students to quit playing a popular game on and off campus, citing risk of injury or alarm.

February 13, 2016 | 12 comments
San Ramon Valley Unified superintendent retiring, making for 3rd area school chief opening

School boards in Pleasanton, Dublin, now San Ramon searching for new superintendents
Superintendent Mary Shelton has announced she will retire from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District on June 30, capping a 32-year career in education, including the last four leading the valley's public school system.

February 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Jail time in play for lawyer convicted of 2012 fatal crash in Dublin

Ex-local attorney who killed cyclist given felony probation after failing drug test
An attorney who killed a bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision in Dublin in 2012 could face up to a year in county jail after a judge Thursday placed him back on felony probation, saying the attorney failed to live up to the terms of his probation and an agreement with the court by testing positive for cocaine.

February 12, 2016 | 1 comment
Thorne launches bid for re-election as mayor

Supporters applauded as he reviews achievements, again as he spells out agenda for next 2 years
With quick changes over recent weeks in the lineup of frontrunners in the presidential race, Mayor Jerry Thorne is taking no chances.

February 12, 2016 | 11 comments
I-580 express/toll lanes to offer congestion relief -- for a price

Solo drivers to pay $9 for full length in the eastbound direction, $13 westbound
Californians -- especially those in the East Bay -- will soon be joining midwestern and eastern states when it comes to high-price toll road fees.

February 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Castlettes golf group donates $4,000+ to Hope Hospice

Contribution honors memory of late Castlewood Country Club pro
Members of the Castlettes, a nine-hole ladies golf group at Pleasanton's Castlewood Country Club, presented a $4,085 check to Hope Hospice last week to help the nonprofit continue its work providing end-of-life care for Tri-Valley residents.

February 13, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton improv troupe's Face-Off 2016 starts tonight

3 performances through Saturday night at Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton's award-winning teen improv troupe, Creatures of Impulse, is presenting three performances, each with a different guest "opponent" troupe from throughout the Bay Area, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Love is in the air for Valentine's Day today.

Online dating has become a popular, modern approach
Love is in the air for Valentine's Day today.

February 12, 2016 | 2 comments
Sacrificing for Success: Survival strategies

How low-income Pleasanton school parents make ends meet
There's a cost that comes with living in a town with more yoga studios than food pantries.

February 15, 2016 | 17 comments
MLB players to join other Amador Valley High alumni in game against school's varsity today

St. Louis Cardinals player's high school jersey to be retired at noon game
Major league baseball players who once represented Amador Valley High will return to their alma mater for a friendly match during Saturday's alumni game.

February 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Amador Valley DECA scores 75 awards in managerial competition

Students tested in marketing, advertising, other areas
Amador Valley High's DECA program earned 75 awards in a recent managerial competition in San Ramon, including 14 first-place awards.

February 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area gasoline prices drop 30 cents since last month

Prices in Pleasanton nearing the $2.20 mark at some stations
Gas prices dropped 30 cents in one month in the Bay Area and may stay low despite a typical increase in prices in the spring, according to a report by the American Automobile Association.

February 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rotary to hold 'Grease' screening, sing-along tonight at Vine Theater

Fundraiser to include favorite songs, raffle
The Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore will present a sing along of the popular 1950s/60s movie musical "Grease" starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vine Theater on First Street in Livermore.

February 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Swalwell named vice chair of Democrats' steering committee

Local congressman also hires new communications director
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes Pleasanton, was appointed last week as vice chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the Democratic policy agenda and nominates Democratic members for committee assignments.

February 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Protestors urge Safeway to adopt 'cage-free' egg policy

Mercy for Animals group claims support from other grocers
A group of 30 protestors from a national organization called Mercy for Animals (MFA) lined Stoneridge Mall Road in front of Safeway headquarters Monday calling on the grocery chain to adopt follow others in adopting a "cage-free" merchandising policy.

February 11, 2016 | 11 comments
I-580 express/toll lanes to open later this month

Solo drivers will pay $9 eastbound, $13 westbound for full length of new lanes
A $55 million project to create express lanes expected to ease congestion along I-580 though Pleasanton and Livermore will be opened later this month, transportation officials said Tuesday.

February 10, 2016 | 21 comments
Pleasanton school board votes to change coming year schedule with classes to start Aug. 15

Board hires polling firm to measure public interest in new bond issue
After more than two years of contentious community debate, the Pleasanton school board voted last night to change the coming school year schedule with classes to start Aug. 15.

February 10, 2016 | 41 comments
Students write Valentine's Day cards to East Bay SPCA animals

Pets awaiting adoption getting cards from Vintage Hills Elementary students
Ahead of Valentine's Day tomorrow, Pleasanton students got a visit from an East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) ambassador dog.

February 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Happy New Year: School children learn about Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year classroom celebration teaches children about traditions
In Jayme Pekarske's kindergarten class at Vintage Hills Elementary, students learned all about the Chinese New Year and the various traditions that go along with the holiday.

February 10, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber to recognize leaders in business, community

53rd annual Community Service awards to be presented March 23 at Firehouse Arts Center
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce this week announced the names of business and community leaders who will be recognized at its 53rd Annual Community Service Awards celebration March 23.

February 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Cal State East Bay, other state colleges, face strike by faculty in April over contract issues

23 campuses would be affected by planned 5-day strike
If California State University doesn't reach a contract agreement with its faculty union by April, then 26,000 professors, librarians,
counselors and coaches across the 23 CSU campuses are planning a five-day strike.

February 9, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seize 4 San Jose males after chase for auto burglaries

First spotted during truck burglary on Junipero Street
Pleasanton police arrested four men from San Jose early Monday after they were spotted burglarizing a truck parked in the 200 block of Junipero Street.

February 9, 2016 | 1 comment
Foothill girls win twice to gain spot in NCS basketball playoffs

Falcon wrestlers pick up dual meet win, edging San Ramon Valley
The Foothill girls' basketball team went unbeaten last week, beating both California and Monte Vista.

February 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Spring comes to Pleasanton in time for Lincoln's birthday today

While midwest, east suffers with brutal cold temperatures, we're enjoying a warm weekend
While our friends in many midwestern and eastern states are still battling the snow and chills of winter, it's an early spring in Pleasanton.

February 8, 2016 | 1 comment
5th annual St. Patrick's Brew Crawl tickets now on sale

Event scheduled in downtown Pleasanton March 19
The fifth annual St. Patrick's Brew Crawl will return to downtown Pleasanton March 19, two days late but still in time for the full weekend of St. Patrick's entertainment across the region.

February 16, 2016 | No comments yet
Super Bowl 50 fans can purchase merchandise at 50% off

Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m today at 49ers Team Store at Levi's Stadium
Super Bowl 50 fans can purchase merchandise at 50% off starting today.

February 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Referendum backers file petitions with 6,086 signatures

If verified, petitions could force referendum on June ballot
Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch submitted petitions with 6,086 signatures Friday, well over the 4,124 -- or 10% of the city's registered voters -- needed to force a referendum.

February 8, 2016 | 41 comments
BART will spend $1.4 million to install cameras on all train cars

Agency will use operating budget funds, possibly federal grants to pay cost of project
BART technicians have begun installing additional security cameras to cover the interiors of all 669 of its train cars at a cost of $1.42 million.

February 8, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton police swear in Merced native as new officer

Officer Ricky Barcelo will start on patrol after training
Pleasanton Police Department inducted a new officer into its ranks this week.

February 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to vote tonight on 2016-17 calendar

Bond measure survey, superintendent search update also on board's agenda
Pleasanton's school board is set decide whether to change the district's instructional calendar and debate hiring a survey firm to gauge public interest in a possible bond measure during its meeting Tuesday night.

February 5, 2016 | 48 comments
Big events today could mean record BART ridership

Crowded trains tied to pre-game Super Bowl activities, other scheduled events
Big events in San Francisco and Oakland today could make for record-breaking ridership on BART.

February 5, 2016 | 2 comments
Lund Ranch referendum petitions due at 5 p.m. tonight

Opponents complain to City Council about signature gatherers' tactics
Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch have until 5 p.m. tonight to gain signatures from 10% of the city's registered voters -- 4,124 people -- and turn the petitions into city clerk Karen Diaz.

February 5, 2016 | 68 comments
Tales of a Tuskegee airman performance tonight in Pleasanton

'An Evening with Gen. Davis' portrayal starts at 7 p.m. in Firehouse Arts Center
The Museum on Main's resumes its speaker series for 2016 at 7 p.m.tonight with an interactive presentation by scholar James Armstead portraying Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the commander of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

February 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Repertory company presenting 'The Little Mermaid' through Feb. 14

Production is pulling out all the stops for special effects at Firehouse Theater
"The Little Mermaid" has arrived at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Local art exhibit explores texture and color

Joanna Crawshaw's abstract art, which explores texture and color, is being shown at Wente Vineyards in an exhibit that features a series of paintings she created for its small lot Artist Series.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Sister City group looking for Pleasanton students interested in summer exchange

Informational meeting set for Feb. 16
The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is recruiting students and families interested in taking part in the organization's annual summer exchange program with students from Mexico.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
From the heart: Students make cards for soldiers overseas

Hart Middle art teacher sends about 500 to 600 cards a year
Hart art teacher Jane Maker said her students make between 500 and 600 cards a year, which have a heartfelt message on one side and a drawing on the other, to send to servicemen and servicewomen in Afghanistan and Iraq.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks win division crown at Winter Sectionals

Rooney leads all boys with 4 new individual league records
On the strength of dominating relay performances, the Pleasanton Seahawks took first place in the large team division at the Speedo Champions Series CA/NV Winter Sectionals in Southern California.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
AVHS cheer team competes in Southern California

Team heads to California Open this weekend
Amador Valley High cheer team took its school spirit to the Regional USA competition in Yorba Linda in Orange County last month, finishing fourth in its division.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Council honors the late Jean Jones

House that she willed to city to be sold, but preserved historical designation
Actions by the Pleasanton City Council have wrapped up final affairs for Jean Jones, who died last year in her home at 309 Neal St. where she had lived since 1932 and wanted it preserved as a city historical site.

February 6, 2016 | 2 comments
Ever feel not wanted in downtown Pleasanton?

Developer frustrated in continuing bid to build retail, residential project off Main Street
Sometimes it's hard to build a few retail stores and apartments in downtown Pleasanton, even on a narrow, unpaved and empty lot a few feet from Main Street that has a history of failed businesses.

February 6, 2016 | 6 comments
PUSD opens donation closet, new media center at Village High

Closet, center opened in joint ribbon-cutting ceremony last week
As the ribbon was cut on Pleasanton Unified School District's new donation closet last week, Debra Miller cheered. The donation closet was more than a place for low-income residents to get free clothes, although that is a huge aspect. It's also a place where special-needs students like Miller's son can get ready for retail jobs one day.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Sacrificing for Success: Unseen struggles

The price some parents pay to keep their kids in Pleasanton schools
The average household income in Pleasanton was $145,000 in 2014, and the median single-family home was $732,000. Many believe everyone who lives in Pleasanton is as rich as those U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate or is on their way to becoming so.

February 5, 2016 | 27 comments
Pleasanton mayor, other East Bay leaders make demands of BART ahead of possible bond measure

State Sen, Glazer outlines concerns about BART's fiscal management
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and other East Bay leaders met last week to chart a course necessary for BART leaders to earn their backing ahead of a potential November ballot measure to fund the transit system.

February 6, 2016 | 4 comments
Metropolitan Opera star at Las Positas College tonight

Special fundraiser to feature Frederica von Stade
Opera fans only have to go to Las Positas College to enjoy "A Night at the Met."

February 4, 2016 | 1 comment
Referendum opponents complain to City Council about strong-arm tactics of signature gatherers

'What have we created here? asks former Councilwoman
Opponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Pleasanton's southeast hills complained vigorously Tuesday night about what they called strong-arm tactics by those seeking signatures to hold the referendum.

February 3, 2016 | 24 comments
California real estate economist to speak this morning in Pleasanton

Leslie Appleton Young to talk at Valley Real Estate Network meeting
Leslie Appleton Young, vice president and chief economist for the California Association of Realtors (CAR), will speak about prospects for the real estate industry at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the weekly meeting of the Valley Real Estate Network (VREN).

February 3, 2016 | 1 comment
Missing San Ramon 8-year-old found safe in Pleasanton

Non-verbal autistic boy located after 2 hour search
An 8-year-old non-verbal autistic boy was found safe in Pleasanton yesterday, two hours after being lost near Rancho San Ramon Community Park in San Ramon.

February 3, 2016 | 1 comment
Search firm hears from 253 in survey of what public wants in new school superintendent

Pleasanton school board holds brief meeting to hear results
In a brief public meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasanton school board heard an update on responses to a public survey about qualities the community would like to see in the next superintendent.

February 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Making phased retirement work for you

72% of pre-retirees over 50 want to keep working, but with more flexibility
Phased retirement is gaining steam. But before you sign on, it's important to understand how "phasing out" may affect your long-term finances.

February 5, 2016 | 1 comment
Local CPA chief installed as chairman of Pleasanton Chamber

Chamber honors board members, business leaders at Ruby Hill club luncheon
Matt DePretis, a Pleasanton business consultant and tax adviser, has been installed as this year's chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

February 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Library featuring '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten' today

Program aims to introduce children to reading at an early age
Local infants and toddlers will have an opportunity to hear hundreds of stories before they enter kindergarten through a national early-literacy program offered through the Pleasanton Library Saturday.

February 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Home sales in the West catapult 23.2% in December

Sales across U.S. snap back solidly over year ago
Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year.

February 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Rainbow over Main Street makes for spectacular photo

Del Prado couple find Pleasanton 'such a picturesque community'
As Pleasanton merchants and restaurant owners say, it pays to come downtown frequently.

February 3, 2016 | No comments yet
Lady Falcons tie for second in EBAL girls basketball

Early college sign-ups start Wednesday
The Foothill High girls' basketball team pulled into a tie for second in the East Bay Athletic League with a pair of wins last week.

February 1, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly turns 'Sweet 16'

First issue published Jan. 28, 2000
Last Friday marked the beginning of the Pleasanton Weekly's 17th year covering the local news, features, events, opinions and sports our readers crave.

February 1, 2016 | No comments yet
TV30 to cover tonight's Foothill vs. Monte Vista game

Tape delayed broadcast will start airing at 7 p.m. Saturday
TV30 will cover the boys varsity basketball game tonight between Foothill High School and Monte Vista.

February 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Registration opens for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education

Thousands expected to walk/run in April 17 event at Fairgrounds
Registration for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education is now open.

February 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Police seeking gunman who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive

Points semi-automatic type of pistol gun at employee at drive-up window
Police are seeking a suspect who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive near Hopyard Road at gunpoint Saturday night, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

February 1, 2016 | 12 comments
Girl Scouts kick off 'Cookie' sales in time for Super Bowl

Cookie sale is organization's largest fundraiser of the year
The Girl Scouts of Northern California kicked off their cookie season early this year in time for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

February 2, 2016 | 1 comment
Pleasanton market supplies 'Harvest of the Month' seasonal produce for education program at Gingerbread Preschool

New Leaf Community Markets provides fruits, vegetables to teachers, students
Every month, a bushel or crate of fresh, seasonal produce from New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton is delivered to Gingerbread Preschool on Black Avenue in support of the school's participation in the state's "Harvest of the Month" program.

January 29, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Police Department warns residents to not 'Be Like Bill'

Popular "Be Like Bill" meme sparks talk of security risks
The Pleasanton Police Department sent out a notification Jan. 27 on social media to not "Be Like Bill" and share your personal meme online due to security risks.

January 29, 2016 | 4 comments
I-580 Express lanes to open later this month

Even single driver cars can use new lanes for a fee
Drivers will now be able to ease through traffic as I-580 Express Lanes are set to open later this month.

January 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Backers of measure to stop Lund Ranch development face Friday deadline

Coalition must collect 4,124 signatures from registered voters to put referendum on June ballot
Backers of a proposed referendum to overturn the City Council's approval of a housing development on Lund Ranch will be at high-traffic locations this week in their final push to collect enough signatures from registered voters to put the measure on the June ballot.

January 27, 2016 | 44 comments
Valero gas station on Santa Rita Road robbed during mid-day business

Suspect pushes cashier, flees with cash register money
A suspect posing as a customer robbed a Valero gas station in Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon.

January 27, 2016 | 2 comments
School board moves forward with bond measure consideration

Community survey to be done by polling firm as first step in process
As a first step toward putting forward a bond measure for school funding, Pleasanton's school board voted to do a survey to gauge community support.

January 27, 2016 | 65 comments
California homes sales improving at start of new year

Realtors optimistic about 2016 housing market
Home sales in California last month continued to improve from a year ago with solid gains, positioning the market for a modest increase in home sales in 2016.

January 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Y honors 3 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award

Record crowd turns out for 16th annual fellowship breakfast
More than 200 supporters of the Tri-Valley YMCA filled the ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pleasanton last Monday to salute three Legacy Award winners and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 26, 2016 | 6 comments
School district to cut ribbon tonight on new media center, donation closet

Village High's center doubles as library, research area
The Pleasanton school district will cut the ribbon on its donation closet at 6:30 p.m.tonight, opening Village High School's first media center that will also serve as a donation center for "anyone who has a need."

January 28, 2016 | No comments yet
Local water board officials confirm re-election bids

3 Zone 7 Water Agency board members up for re-election in June
While many may be focusing on the presidential primaries in June, a local race is also set to take place during summer elections.

January 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Local girl scout troop collects coats for homeless

Fairlands Elementary girl scouts raised more than 500 winter coats
Fifth-grade Pleasanton Girl Scout Troop 31497 organized a coat drive for homeless individuals in Oakland over the holiday season.

January 26, 2016 | 1 comment
Foothill DECA takes top honors in managerial competition

Students take home 121 in three-day conference
Foothill's entrepreneur program, DECA, won high honors at a recent San Ramon career skills competition.

January 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Teenager killed after falling from car on I-680 in San Ramon

Hit by another car traveling behind
A teenage boy died when he apparently leapt out of a moving vehicle Friday night on I-680 in San Ramon.

January 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill varsity girls edge Amador in soccer, then lose to Livermore High

Foothill's varsity dance team wins 1st place trophy in Sacramento championship competition
Needing a win to get back on track, the Foothill varsity girls' soccer team got just that, edging rival Amador Valley 1-0 last Tuesday.

January 25, 2016 | 1 comment
PDA to host special events day before Super Bowl

Scavenger hunts planned for downtown for children, adults
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is sponsoring special events Feb. 6 in recognition of Super Bowl Sunday the following day.

January 26, 2016 | 3 comments
Hacienda ends 2015 with positive year of growth

Development now home to 650 companies,4,300 residents
Hacienda, the largest mixed-use development of its kind in Northern California, saw another year of continued growth in its business park last year.

January 26, 2016 | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales up 32% with Pleasanton home selling for $4.8 million

Median sale luxury homes last month edge up to $1,275,500
Luxury home sales in the East Bay closed out 2015 on a high note with sales climbing 32% in December from a year ago, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

January 28, 2016 | 1 comment
Today's Livermore Lab lecture series to focus on women in science

Identical presentations at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. in Livermore's Bankhead Theater
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture presentations return Saturday with the focus on woman in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

February 2, 2016 | No comments yet
New TV30 series features Tri-Valley advantages

Marshall Kamena hosts Visit Tri-Valley's Barbara Steinfeld
"About the Tri-Valley," TV 30's new series on people, events and organizations in the region, is now airing on Comcast TV Channel 30 and AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.

January 25, 2016 | No comments yet
Livermore police searching for porch package thief

Police release picture of woman suspected of taking goods
Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a woman who took a package off of a porch earlier this month in Livermore.

January 26, 2016 | No comments yet
Head-on collision on Hwy. 84 injured 2, tears truck in half

Wet road may have been factor in the collision
A head-on collision injured both drivers and split a pickup truck in half Saturday morning just east of I-680 on Highway 84.

January 23, 2016 | 1 comment
Benefit concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Lynnewood Methodist Church

Fundraiser proceeds will be will be donated to Open Heart Kitchen
Concert artists Jim and Jean Strathdee will perform at a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton.

January 22, 2016 | No comments yet
Slight uptick in statewide unemployment, but drops in some Bay Area counties

Alameda County unemployment drops to 4.3%
The state's overall unemployment rate increased slightly last month but many Bay Area counties showed improvement, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

January 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Opinions due today on school district's survey for new superintendent

District looking for input on qualities of new superintendent as search continues
The Pleasanton school district launched a survey this week so all residents can give their input on what qualities they'd like to see in the district's new superintendent with a deadline of today for submitting views.

January 22, 2016 | No comments yet
School board to consider asking public about bond measure at its meeting tonight

Governor's budget, new classes also on tap for school board meeting
Pleasanton's school board will discuss tonight whether to send out a community survey about considering a bond measure to fund infrastructure and other needs.

January 23, 2016 | 7 comments
Advocates pursuing rolling-stop bicycle OK despite S.F.'s mayors veto

S.F. police chief joins Mayor Ed Lee in opposing measure
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee followed through Tuesday on his pledge to veto an ordinance that would have allowed bicyclists to roll through stop signs when it was safe to do so.

January 21, 2016 | 10 comments
Pleasanton police seeking help in finding iPhone burglars

4 men steal 10 phones worth $7,400 from Apple store in Stoneridge Mall
Police are asking for help in finding four suspects who took 10 iPhones worth about $7,400 from an Apple store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton Wednesday.

January 21, 2016 | 13 comments
Pleasanton squeezing smokers out of their puffs

Council ruling prohibits smoking at special events downtown, other festivities
Smokers are gradually being squeezed out of their puffs in public places in Pleasanton by more rules aimed at encouraging them to abandon their habits or take their smokes into back alleys where they're still allowed.

January 25, 2016 | 18 comments
Readers sound off on possible Lund Ranch referendum

Proponents of referendum have until Feb. 5 to gather signatures needed
Letters, phone calls and Town Square postings on the Pleasanton Weekly's website have been coming fast and furiously since the City Council's decision on Jan. 5 to approve a 43-home development on Lund Ranch II.

January 21, 2016 | 64 comments
Staying Healthy: Winter workouts are important

When cold weather comes, don't stay frozen to the couch
When the winter weather hits and the daylight hours are shorter, the couch may beckon.

January 21, 2016 | No comments yet
A short meeting but lots of action at Pleasanton Council meeting

Downtown historic home, backyard lot rezoned for business, housing
In a super-short 48-minute-long meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasanton City Council rezoned downtown site for combined residential and commercial uses, heard an update on the city's continued water conservation efforts and still squeezed in 11 public comments, mostly about efforts to call for a referendum to overturn its recent approval of a housing development on Lund Ranch II.

January 20, 2016 | 17 comments
Man killed in Pleasanton shooting had no drugs in system

Coroner's autopsy shows no drugs, bullet wounds to face and abdomen
An Alameda County coroner's autopsy report of John Deming Jr. shows the 19-year-old did not have drugs in his system when he was shot and killed by a Pleasanton police officer in July.

January 20, 2016 | 18 comments
East Bay Realtors association installs new leaders

Alain Pinel Realtor Kim Ott elected 2016 president
Kim Ott of Alain Pinel Real Estate in Pleasanton has been installed as the 2016 president of the Bay East Association of Realtors at the group's annual meeting held at Casa Real Winery in Pleasanton.

January 20, 2016 | No comments yet
HOA management association wins 'elite' status

Pleasanton firm recognized for leadership in helping homeowner associations
Pleasanton-based Association Management Company has been named an accredited community management business by the California Association of Community Managers.

January 20, 2016 | No comments yet
Sewer district officials urge residents to keep conserving water

Drought isn't over, they say
Despite the recent rainfall, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) experts want Tri-Valley residents to remember to keep up with their water conservation.

January 21, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill girls beat Monte Vista in EBAL basketball league play, but lose to Carondelet

Falcons wrestlers battle Monte Vista down to last match before falling 45-36
In what appeared to be a daunting week of East Bay Athletic League girls' basketball, the Foothill varsity played some amazing basketball, beating Monte Vista and losing in overtime to Carondelet.

January 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Superintendent search firm to hold final Pleasanton forum tonight

Meetings offer public chance to offer opinions about qualities they'd like to see in school district's next leader
The Pleasanton school district's contracted superintendent search firm McPherson & Jacobson held four community meetings last week and will hold another one at 6 p.m. tonight to get various opinions about the qualities they'd like to see in the district's new leader.

January 19, 2016 | No comments yet
STEAM, the school district's science- and technology-focused preschool, opens in Pleasanton

City, civic leaders, teachers and school administrator turn out for opening celebration
City, civic and Pleasanton school district representatives, including teachers and administrators, celebrated the opening of STEAM, the district's science- and technology-focused preschool Friday.

January 16, 2016 | 12 comments
EBMUD fines 700 for wasting water in Contra Costa County

Former Safeway chief executive officer Steven Burd tops Alamo's list of violators
A list of more than 700 customers who have been fined for wasting water in Contra Costa County has been released by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

January 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area-wide parcel tax would cost Pleasanton home owners $12 a year

June 7 ballot measure sponsored by San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority
A Bay Area-wide measure on the June ballot that would impose a parcel tax over the next 20 years to raise funds for shoreline improvement projects is drawing broad support.

January 18, 2016 | 26 comments
3 regional agencies moving to new central office building in S.F.

MTC, ABAG, Bay Area Quality Management will share meeting space in city's South Beach neighborhood
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and two other regional agencies are moving this spring to a new home in San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood.

January 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Nominations for Chamber's Community Service awards due today

Winners to be honored at 53rd annual event in March
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has set today as the deadline for submitting nominations for its 53rd annual Community Service awards.

January 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Dublin Citizen, Young Citizen, and Organization of the Year Nominations Due today

Awards recognize individuals, groups who contributed to Dublin's quality of life in 2015
The deadline for nominations for the city of Dublin's 2015 Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Organization of the Year is at 5 p.m. Friday.

January 14, 2016 | No comments yet
Outlook 2016: Good times are back for Pleasanton

City revenues soar past $106 million, projected to increase by $6.1 million, or 6% this year
With the city's tax receipts projected to be at a record high this year and millions of dollars in new residential and commercial projects underway or planned, good times are back in 2016 for what should be a banner year for Pleasanton.

January 17, 2016 | 11 comments
Pleasanton woman directs theater magic in 'The Pirates of Penzance'

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre performance at Bankhead through Jan. 31
Director Misty Megia knew "The Pirates of Penzance" would be a winning show when Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre held tryouts a few months ago.

January 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools closed today in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

Hart Middle School teacher uses King's legacy to teach leadership, peace
Pleasanton schools are closed today in recognition of King's birthday.

January 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's annual Make a Difference Festival opens at 10 a.m. today

Annual festival event at Pleasanton Library offers opportunity to explore how everyone can help in community
More than two dozen nonprofit groups will set up booths in the community room of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for Pleasanton's annual Make a Difference for Day festival.

January 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Business, economic gains show Pleasanton has made full recovery from recent recession

Downtown vacancy rate drops to less than 5% as Main Street continues to attract retailers, restaurants
Events and actions over the last fiscal year show that Pleaasanton's economy has made a full recovery from the recent recession.

January 19, 2016 | 1 comment
Study: Most Americans want to own a home, but can't afford it

Uncertain economic future, stagnated wages keep renters from buying
Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home and a convincing majority still view home ownership as part of their "American dream." This was the finding in a new national consumer survey by the National Association of Realtors.

January 18, 2016 | No comments yet
Letters: Residents weigh in on Lund Ranch

Readers also comment on proposed referendum to overturn City Council's OK
In the wake of the Pleasanton City Council voting 3-1 to endorse a project to add 43 upscale homes to Lund Ranch in the city's southeast hills, Pleasanton residents on both sides of the debate shared their thoughts about the council's decision and a new referendum effort aiming to overturn it. The following are Letters to the Editor published in the Jan. 15 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly:

January 18, 2016 | 20 comments
12 nonprofits to benefit from $65,431. 2015 in donations to Holiday Fund

Annual Pleasanton Weekly campaign ends
With the close of the Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Holiday Fund, it's a time to say thank you to the 296 contributors whose donations totaled $65,431. Your contributions will be split among 12 beneficiaries with checks to be presented on March 3 at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

January 15, 2016 | No comments yet
Developer James Tong pleads guilty to violating Endangered Species Act

Agrees to pay $1 million to state, county, nonprofit wildlife agencies, provide 107-acre conservation easement
An East Bay real estate developer James Tong, 70,has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland to violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act by grading a Dublin development in a way that harmed the habitat of a threatened species.

January 14, 2016 | 6 comments
Women's college organizations sponsoring forum today on human trafficking in Bay Area

'Hidden in Plain Sight' discussion being held in Danville with $5 attendance fee
Two regional women's organizations are presenting a public forum on human trafficking today, bringing together law enforcement officials, trafficking-prevention advocates and a trafficking survivor to highlight a crime they all say is far too pervasive in the Bay Area.

January 20, 2016 | No comments yet
World audience for local miniatures

Artist hopes show will gain fans for petite paintings
Livermore artist Barbara Stanton goes small in her paintings but is about to go large in her audience. She will be the first American artist featured on the Australian television show "Colour in Your Life!" with host Graeme Stevenson.

January 24, 2016 | No comments yet
Jury acquits Livermore soccer coach in child molestation case

Defense attorney says police failed to conduct full investigation, interviews accusation
A Livermore youth soccer coach has been found not guilty after being accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl at a summer soccer camp.

January 14, 2016 | 2 comments
Pilot who died in plane crash was too low on approach, investigators report

Radios he was 'losing it' minute before radar contact is lost
A pilot who died when his small plane crashed in Alameda County last month was descending into Oakland International Airport but was having difficulty following the directions of air traffic controllers, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

January 19, 2016 | No comments yet
Dianne Howell named Pleasanton school district's assistant superintendent of HR

Tuesday public meeting included audit report, substitute teachers pay raise
Pleasanton's school board last night appointed Dianne Howell as permanent assistant superintendent of human resources Tuesday night, meaning nearly all of the district's management team is now in place.

January 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Amador Valley High principal resigning at end of school year

Tom Drescher to step down June 30, "pursuing new career options"
Amador Valley High principal Tom Drescher will be leaving the school to pursue another career opportunity at the end of this school year.

January 12, 2016 | 6 comments
Amador Valley boys' wrestling team rolls over Monte Vista 60-12

Foothill girls split pair of soccer games to keep Falcons season on course
The Amador Valley boys' wrestling team started their East Bay Athletic season off with a bang, rolling over Monte Vista 60-12 laast Wednesday.

January 12, 2016 | No comments yet
eBay Foundation awards Hope Hospice $10,000 for volunteer program

'Volunteers provide extra care to patients, families,' CEO says
Hope Hospice has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

January 12, 2016 | No comments yet
Bay Area rainful amounts so far fall short of last season

Weather Bureau says wet December 2014 reason for difference
It's hard to believe given the recent heavy rains, but the Weather Bureau reports that the amount of rain in the San Francisco Bay Area so far this winter is less than in the same period a year ago.

January 11, 2016 | No comments yet
Assembly committee votes down Baker's bill to prevent BART strikes

State Sen. Glazer to introduce his own strike-ban legislation 'in coming weeks'
Local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's initial attempt to halt future BART strikes in their tracks failed last week when Assembly Democrats voted down the first-term Republican's proposed legislation in a party-line committee vote.

January 8, 2016 | No comments yet
New principal prompts excitement, questions of leadership turnover from Walnut Grove parents

Chris Connor steps into role of interim principal after Jan Steed transferred to district-level job
Parents and guardians gathered into a Walnut Grove Elementary auditorium last week to hear about the school's future following an announcement earlier in the week that the school has another new principal.

January 8, 2016 | 5 comments
School board to discuss audit, teachers' union bargaining tonight

Pleasanton district HR chief could be named during 7 p.m. meeting
Pleasanton's school board will hear a report of a districtwide audit and may take comments on the teacher's union bargaining proposals as part of its regular public meeting tonight.

January 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Assemblywoman pushes for increased support for developmentally disabled

Baker delivers pro-funding petitions to governor, co-authors bill to raise state funds for services
Local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) joined several colleagues to deliver thousands of petitions to the governor advocating more funding for developmental disabilities services Tuesday, a day after the introduction of a bill she co-authored to revamp and enhance the state funding system.

January 8, 2016 | No comments yet
Weathering El Nino

Pleasanton and Tri-Valley agencies prep for intense winter storms
Amid much hopeful and anxious waiting, winter rains have come to Pleasanton. With more strong, howling winds and raging gales expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months, the inevitable question arises: Is Pleasanton ready for El Nino?

January 8, 2016 | No comments yet
World audience for local miniatures

Artist hopes show will gain fans for petite paintings
Tri-Valley artist Barbara Stanton goes small in her paintings but is about to go large in her audience. She will be the first American artist featured on the Australian television show "Colour in Your Life!" with host Graeme Stevenson.

January 8, 2016 | 1 comment
Celebrated pianists return to Pleasanton for concert tonight at Amador Theater

Performance will benefit Arts in the Schools program
Pleasanton concert pianist Tamriko Siprashvili, director and owner of Inspire Academy of Music and Arts, and Temirzhan Yerzhanov will return tonight to the Amador Theater to perform another two-piano concert to benefit the Arts in the Schools Program in Pleasanton.

January 18, 2016 | No comments yet
'California Dreaming' exhibit opens at Firehouse Arts Center

Exhibit featuring 21 professional South Bay artists runs through Feb. 20
The Allied Artists West "California Dreaming" exhibit has opened in the Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery, featuring 21 professional South Bay artists who interpret their themes in their own way, ranging from abstract to realism, conceptual to fantas, and everything in between.

January 8, 2016 | No comments yet
At last, world-renowned Sunrise Senior Living comes to Pleasanton

First applied for permit to open in Pleasanton in 1982
Sunrise Senior Living, now the fifth largest senior living provider in the U.S., is back and soon will start construction on a two-story assisted living facility at the southeast corner of Stoneridge Drive and Foothill Road.

January 12, 2016 | 2 comments
OPINION: Lund Ranch decision shows Measure PP works

What we see in hills around Pleasanton will stay the same for generations to come
The decision on Tuesday by the Pleasanton City Council to approve a 43-home development on Lund Ranch II shows that Measure PP works.

January 12, 2016 | 39 comments
Pleasanton school district to host parent workshop today on better supporting students

Program to cover anxiety, tests, special education issues
The Pleasanton school district will host a workshop for parents and guardians Saturday to assist them with strategies to help their children overcome barriers to their educational experience.

January 24, 2016 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Blackhawk Network adds prepaid card websites to its portfolio

'Fit extremely well with our digital solutions direction and vision,' company says
Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments network, has acquired GiftCards.com, LLC and OmniCard, LLC to its expanding ecommerce business.

January 21, 2016 | No comments yet
1st annual ValleyCare Foundation award goes to winery owner Michael Callahan

Local philanthropist has even created a wine called 'Philanthropy'
The ValleyCare Charitable Foundation board of directors has awarded Michael Callahan, owner of Rubino and Ruby Hill Vineyards, the first annual ValleyCare Charitable Foundation "Follow Your Dream Award."

January 7, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police chase down, capture suspected burglar of bike shop

Officer on patrol spots truck at store at 4:21 a.m., stops thieves in the store
A Vallejo man was arrested in connection with a break-in at a Pleasanton bike store early Wednesday.

January 6, 2016 | 3 comments
Council OK's developer's plan for 43 homes on Lund Ranch

Decision ends years of debate over major development on southeast side
The City Council closed out years of debate over building houses on Lund Ranch in the southeast hills of Pleasanton Tuesday night, approving the latest developer's plan for 43 upscale homes on the 194-acre site.

January 6, 2016 | 7 comments
Community meeting set for Wednesday to get opinions on school superintendent search

Firm looking for community's thoughts on qualities of a good schools leader
In order to determine what characteristics the community would like to see when picking Pleasanton Unified School District's new superintendent, the district will hold a final community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the school district's board room at 4665 Bernal Ave.

January 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Police investigating bottle explosion on Amador Valley High quad

Two students suffer minor injuries; no arrests made
Two Amador Valley High students sustained minor injuries after a glass bottle exploded in the school's quad Tuesday morning.

January 5, 2016 | 12 comments
Women's college organizations sponsoring forum on human trafficking in Bay Area

'Hidden in Plain Sight' discussion set for Jan. 21 in Danville with $5 attendance fee
Two regional women's organizations are presenting a public forum on human trafficking later this month, bringing together law enforcement officials, trafficking-prevention advocates and a trafficking survivor to highlight a crime they say is far too pervasive in the Bay Area.

January 7, 2016 | No comments yet
California officially opens state tax season

2015 returns due by April 18, three days beyond the traditional deadline
The state's Franchise Tax Board announced this week that it is now accepting 2015 state tax returns for a filing season that extends through April 18, three days beyond the traditional deadline because of a federal holiday.

January 6, 2016 | No comments yet
Another new principal for Walnut Grove Elementary

School leaders holding special meeting at school tonight to discuss change, other administrative moves
Pleasanton school district leaders will hold special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Walnut Grove Elementary School to answer questions about recent staff and administrative changes in the district, including naming another new principal at Walnut Grove.

January 5, 2016 | 23 comments
City Council could wind up years of Lund Ranch debates tonight

Public hearing continued from Dec. 15 after changes made to developer's plans
After bowing to threats of law suits or an expensive and time-consuming voter referendum, the City Council will re-open its Dec. 15 public hearing tonight where a possible final decision will be made on a proposed housing development on Lund Ranch in the hills in southwest Pleasanton.

January 5, 2016 | 1 comment
More rain, even thunderstorms likely all day, heavier storms tomorrow

For those heading to coastal areas, high surf advisory in effect from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday
Today will see rain in the morning with a slight chance of thunderstorms, and rain likely in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 50s and west winds will reach 10 to 20 miles per hour.

January 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Local scientists aid in discovery of 3 new elements

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory works with Russian researchers on project
A team of scientists in the Bay Area, working in concert with an international group of researchers, has officially discovered a trio of new elements, according to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

January 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Foothill varsity girls' basketball takes 3rd place at the West Coast Jamboree

Amador vs. Foothill teams meet again starting Jan. 19 with boys' soccer
The Foothill varsity girls' basketball team took third place at the West Coast Jamboree in the highly competitive Zircon division during the week of Dec. 28

January 5, 2016 | No comments yet
Sewer district audit shows clean finances, footprint of drought

DSRSD finances following appropriate rules
After undergoing an annual audit review, Dublin San Ramon Service District's finances recieved a clean bill of health. But another year of the four-year drought left its mark on DSRSD's financials.

January 5, 2016 | No comments yet
The Fed raises rates 0.25% -- What now?

Now is the time to review home mortgages to see if it makes sense to refinance
The Federal Open Market Committee ("the Fed") recently increased its target range for the federal funds rate to 1/4 to 1/2 percent.

January 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Give to the 2015 Holiday Fund to help others in our community

The 2015 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund is about to close.

January 2, 2016 | No comments yet
3 cats killed, firefighter injured in home fire in Livermore

Kitchen fire destroys half the house on Wimbledon Lane
A kitchen fire at a home in Livermore New Year's Day displaced a family of four.

January 2, 2016 | 4 comments
It's back: Agency orders 'Spare the Air' for today

'Just one burning fireplace can create unhealthy air for entire neighborhood,' agency says
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for the entire Bay Area for Saturday.

January 2, 2016 | No comments yet
First Bay Area baby of 2016 born at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley

Baby boy born right at the stroke of midnight
The countdown that ushered in the new year also led up to the birth of what appears to be the Bay Area's first baby of 2016.

January 2, 2016 | No comments yet
Rock out to Billy Joel at Firehouse Arts Center tonight

Kyle Martin, band to perform all the hits from Joel's timeless repertoire
"A Tribute to the Songs of Billy Joel" features Kyle Martin and his band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

January 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Pleasanton North Rotary hosting high school speech contest at noon today

Theme of this year's contest: 'Be a Gift to the World'
The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will host its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest at 12:15 p.m. Friday at Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St. in Pleasanton.

January 4, 2016 | No comments yet
Mendocino on display in Tri-Valley

Works by Pleasanton watercolorist Charlotte Severin are part of the exhibit "Mendocino Memories," this month at the Livermore Civic Center Library Gallery, featuring the works of Pleasanton and Livermore artists.

January 4, 2016 | No comments yet

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