2019

Valley Humane Society and Kent Winery team up to sell 'the bottle that benefits'

Also: Nonprofit extends 'Feline Freedom Days' promotion through July 31
A wine "bottle that benefits" the Valley Humane Society just hit shelves recently at eight Costco locations in Northern California. The animal-support nonprofit has also extended its "Feline Freedom Days" promotion through July 31.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton community development director leaving for city of Alameda position

Beaudin hired as Alameda's assistant city manager; last day here Aug. 9
Gerry Beaudin, the city of Pleasanton's community development director for the past four years, is stepping down to take a promotion as assistant city manager in Alameda.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Livermore mayoral candidate charged with threatening judge

Contra Costa DA alleges Laine made threats on Facebook to burn judge's home
A former Livermore mayoral candidate has been jailed after being charged last week with allegedly threatening to burn down the home of a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge.

July 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Giving back: Books for Camp Fire survivors

Endeavor has been life-changing, Pleasanton organizer says
When Melissa Gianotti saw her friends in Paradise lose everything in the Camp Fire last November, it started her thinking.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Legendary folk sound at Bankhead

The New Christy Minstrels return to the Bankhead Theater with their Grammy Award-winning folk music at 8 p.m. next Friday (July 26).

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
What's next for Castlewood?

Members, management exploring options to reinvigorate iconic country club
Castlewood Country Club members established they wanted the iconic club to remain independent into the future. Now selected members and Board of Directors are carefully working to develop the plan for remodeling the vintage clubhouse.

July 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Find a pet at annual Adopt-a-Thon

East Bay SPCA hosting fun family event for animal lovers
Cats and dogs and everything they need will be at Jack London Square in Oakland next weekend as the East Bay SPCA hosts its annual Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Fundraising BBQ for ill city employees, Rogers headed to 'Ninja' nationals, I-580 overnight closure

Also: Pleasanton Library hosting VA outreach team on Thursday
Two city unions are joining to put on a "Bingo, Bourbon & BBQ" fundraiser next month to benefit two city of Pleasanton employees battling rare cancers.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Time to Taste Our Terroir

Four days of events celebrate Livermore Valley wines
Taste Our Terroir Weekend (the Livermore Valley's premier food and wine affair) returns next week (July 25-28) to celebrate and educate wine lovers at nine events.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Local congressman again pushes bill inspired by Kate Steinle's death

DeSaulnier targeting gun storage standards for law enforcement
U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier has reintroduced proposed legislation aimed at stopping law enforcement firearms from getting into the wrong hands, inspired in part by the shooting death of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle.

July 17, 2019 | 23 comments
Pleasanton Library eliminates daily fines for overdue materials

Also: Council talks state legislation, city widening railroad corridor trail
The Pleasanton Public Library has eliminated daily fines for overdue items, with the City Council approving the shift to a model that city officials hope will focus more on materials recovery and positive interactions with users.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: Swim instructor arrested in child pornography investigation

18-year-old man accused of possessing, sharing illicit materials
A young man who worked as a swim instructor at The Wave in Dublin was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography, authorities said on Tuesday.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
4.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Tri-Valley

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake shook the Tri-Valley on Tuesday afternoon, centered 7.5 miles east of Blackhawk.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill field renovations cutting it close for football season

Construction schedule gives Falcons one day of wiggle room before first game
The Foothill High School football program, which has been fighting an uphill battle with participation numbers in recent years, now faces a big battle with dates.

July 16, 2019 | 19 comments
Land value growth sets record in Alameda County

Dublin scores biggest gains in assessed property values among Tri-Valley cities; Pleasanton and Livermore also up year-over-year
Land in Alameda County reached a gross value record this fiscal year of $321.5 billion, according to an annual local assessment roll of 518,600 taxable properties released last week by the Alameda County Assessor's Office.

July 16, 2019 | 6 comments
Tri-Valley native among victims in string of off-roading deaths at Oceano Dunes

Shawn Imlig killed in ATV crash June 22; police say other driver was drunk
A man who grew up in the Tri-Valley died in an ATV collision last month at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, a state-operated facility near Pismo Beach that has now seen six deaths in off-roading crashes since April.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley man pleads guilty to embezzling funds from disabled veterans

Prosecutors: Man siphoned money for self while acting as fiduciary in 2010-12
A San Ramon man has pleaded guilty to misappropriating and embezzling funds of disabled veterans during 2010-12, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teens jump fence at high-security nuclear research facility

FBI joins sheriff's office, GE Hitachi in responding to Sunol site after breach
Two teens from Pleasanton jumped a fence at a nuclear reactor in Sunol on Wednesday afternoon, an Alameda County Sheriff's Office sergeant said.

July 12, 2019 | 29 comments
Crews start construction on Amador Valley High parking lot project

PUSD: Still 'exploring options' for more parking solutions when students return next month
Construction has started onsite on the project to add a solar panel structure and reorient the Amador Valley High School student parking lot facing Santa Rita Road.

July 12, 2019 | 12 comments
Livermore homicide: Suspect still at-large, police seek 'potential witness' in case

Slain teen 'always had a smile on his face ... loved by everyone around him'
Livermore police are working to identify a "potential witness" to a local teen's murder on Monday night in the Peppertree Plaza Shopping Center.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Trivia in the Tri-Valley

Testing 'useless knowledge' skills makes for popular night out
Trivia group games at local bars offer a way for people to test how much "useless knowledge" they have, in competitive or non-competitive environments.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rep presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Amazing Biblical tale still going strong after 50 years
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is bringing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" back to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, opening next Saturday (July 20) and running through Aug. 4.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Orinda Library spotlighting Pleasanton artist-author

Book illustrations by Pleasanton artist and author Elaine Drew are on display at the Orinda Library Art Gallery now through July 31.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: 'Man on the Moon' exhibit at Bankhead

NASA photo display celebrates 50th anniversary of lunar landing
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing this summer with "Man on the Moon," an interactive art and photography exhibit, at the Bankhead Theater Gallery,

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Book store busy this summer

Check out the offerings at Main Street venue
Author visits and a Safari Party are on the schedule at Towne Center Books to help everyone have a fun and fulfilling summer.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Hendrick hosts grand opening gala for new Lexus sales, service building

Lexus of Pleasanton, a dealership that is part of the Hendrick Automotive Group, opened its new sales and service center at 4345 Rosewood Drive last month.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: County academies, DUSD election certified, Ninja warrior & Gender identity workshop

Pleasanton native and Foothill High alum Seth Rogers is set to make his second appearance on the athletic competition TV show "American Ninja Warrior" on Monday.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Cone with a Cop takes over Meadowlark Dairy

PPD officers serve ice cream and interact with community in fun environment
Bringing new meaning to the motto "to protect and to serve," the Pleasanton PD held its annual Cone with a Cop event in downtown Wednesday, taking the time to engage with residents over ice cream treats.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: 'Send-Off Concert' by Cantabella

Children's Chorus performing at festival in South Korea
Cantabella Children's Chorus is giving a free performance on Friday evening before flying off to South Korea to take part in the 2019 World Youth Choir Festival.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore A&E: Sklar Brothers, Bastille Day cabaret, Opera in the Vineyard

It's another busy weekend for the arts in Livermore, including the Sklar Brothers, a Bastille Day cabaret and another Opera in the Vineyard.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Commission advances downtown plan, urges city to focus more on parking

Comprehensive DSP package expected to come before council later in summer
The proposed new Downtown Specific Plan is on track to head to the City Council in the coming weeks, but the public debate continues to heat up.

July 10, 2019 | 10 comments
Tri-Valley legislators fill key staffing vacancies

Area council members among recent hires to administrative posts
Three East Bay locals have been selected to serve on top administrative posts of Tri-Valley legislators over the past several months, two of whom are city council members in the region.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Retro rules when Powerhouse Comic Con returns to Pleasanton

Original 'Captain Marvel' actor Jackson Bostwick will appear at third annual sci-fi, fantasy and comic event next weekend
Kids of all ages (and those who are still kids at heart) can count on an out-of-this-world experience at the third annual Powerhouse Comic Con this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Jeffrey Williams becomes Pleasanton's new Ambassadog

Fun-loving pooch to serve as city's canine representative for year
Pleasanton has welcomed a new Ambassadog for the 2019-20 term with Jeffrey, a nearly 3-1/2-year-old mixed breed dog who is a member of the local Williams family, taking the ceremonial green leash from the City Council.

July 9, 2019 | 5 comments
Livermore: Teen killed in shooting overnight, suspect on the loose

The Livermore Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a teenage boy Monday night near a fast-food restaurant in the Peppertree Plaza Shopping Center.

July 9, 2019 | 18 comments
Pleasanton Preps: RAGE squad posts strong results in women's soccer league

Also: Synchronized swimming gold, Higgins signs with Barca, Chabot football reunion in Dublin
The last day of June brought the end of the 2019 Pleasanton RAGE Women's Premier Soccer League in Sacramento against the California Storm. The RAGE squad's season record ended at a very respectful 3-3-2 against strong competition.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Swalwell ends presidential campaign, vows to seek re-election to Congress

Tri-Valley Congressman becomes first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of a crowded field
Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially ended his presidential bid on Monday after three months of campaigning, becoming the first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of the crowded field.

July 8, 2019 | 62 comments
County supervisors approve $3.5B budget

Officials: County benefits from strong local economy, but changes could lie ahead
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors have signed off on a $3.5 billion budget for the new fiscal year that began on July 1.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Firefighters quickly control brush fire caused by car crash on Altamont Pass

Follows containment of 100-acre Hollow Fire not far away day earlier
Firefighters contained a vegetation fire on Altamont Pass in far eastern Alameda County Saturday night to less than two acres, Cal Fire reported in social media.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E sets open houses on wildfire safety

Webinars also available for those unable to attend in person
A series of open house events on wildfire safety and emergency preparedness will be around the Bay Area in July and August by PG&E, with the meetings nearest the Tri-Valley set for this week in Oakland and Walnut Creek.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Officials urge earthquake prep on heels of SoCal temblors

County holding training in Dublin on minimizing non-structural quake damage
A community training session on "Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Dublin, plus state and federal officials recommend residents prepare with home supply kits.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley nonprofit produces thought-provoking TV ad on organ donation

Donor Network West's campaign presents viewers with 'a choice'
Donor Network West's new commercial, airing on television and streaming services in Northern and Central California, focuses on the people who die in need of a transplant to draw attention to the importance of organ donations.

July 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Two killed in fiery crash in Dublin

Driver was from Walnut Creek, passenger from Dublin in overnight wreck
Two men were killed in a fiery, solo-car crash on Fallon Road in Dublin during the early-morning hours on Independence Day, according to Dublin Police Services.

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Crews battle Hollow Fire near Alameda-San Joaquin counties’ border

Cal Fire officials said a vegetation fire southwest of Tracy is 50% contained Wednesday night.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD board supports lease-leaseback process at special meeting

District hopes alternative contract option will attract better bids for Lydiksen rebuild, other projects
The Pleasanton school board last week unanimously approved a construction project bidding process called a lease-leaseback, which they hope will give PUSD more leverage over selecting a contractor.

July 7, 2019 | 4 comments
'I Spy' fair closing weekend

Alameda County Fair winds down with final concerts, racing, rides and more
Spending a day at the fair is a longstanding tradition for many. Visitors and vendors alike bring their families and friends to the fairgrounds each summer for a fun and memorable way to kick off the season.

July 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Wente concerts bringing big names to Livermore Valley

Seal opens, Doobie Brothers close -- and plenty of hit-makers in between
Classic rock legends, country stars, Motown icons, modern favorites -- this year's Concerts at Wente Vineyards summer series is bringing the hits to Livermore wine country.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Cone with a Cop returning to downtown Pleasanton next week

Pleasanton PD officers meeting with residents at Meadowlark Dairy on July 10
Visitors to Meadowlark Dairy will get an extra treat Wednesday afternoon when Pleasanton police representatives will be on hand to help staff the downtown ice cream shop during the fourth annual Cone with a Cop event.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas board names Heredia new Area 4 trustee

Also: Las Positas College announces new academic VP as search continues for next president
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has appointed Maria Heredia as the new Area 4 rep on the Board of Trustees as well as Kristina Whalen as the new academic vice president at Las Positas College.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: New ValleyCare CEO arrives at perfect time for planning the health system's future

Rick Shumway arrived in the valley at a perfect time. The transition from the standalone health system to the Stanford Health System that took place in 2015 is finished and major investment in the ValleyCare system has been completed.

July 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Real Estate: Pleasanton loan officer wins national award

Zentner named in Top 1% by Mortgage Executive Magazine
Local loan officer Debi Zentner of Diversified Mortgage Group was recently awarded the Top 1% Mortgage Originations in America 2018 by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

July 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Recruitment underway for Hope 100 Golf Marathon

On heels of another successful golf fundraiser for local nonprofit
Hope Hospice is looking for energetic golfers looking to give back to a worthy cause through fundraising -- and a long day of golf -- at this year's Hope 100 Golf Marathon.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
A new holiday tree in downtown Pleasanton

Younger, 35-foot cedar replaces decades-old tree struck with root fungus
Crews recently planted a Deodar cedar outside the Museum on Main that will be used as the new centerpiece of the city of's holiday display downtown after the seven-story cedar that served as the city's holiday tree for health reasons.

July 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Police detective, parks worker named Employees of the Year

Annual Rotary recognition event cites service above self
A Pleasanton police officer and a parks department maintenance worker have been honored by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton for its "Service Above Self" awards.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Relay for Life raises over $100,000

Scores of participants across 25 teams and more than 200 volunteers supported the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Tri-Valley on June 22-23 at Granada High School in Livermore, helping raise over $100,000 in the process.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Ladies' Day at the Races

More than three-dozen women gathered last week at the Alameda County Fair racetrack for Kay Huff's 28th annual Ladies' Day at the Races.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Livermore's Vericool wins award, Survey for seniors & No Hook & Ladder Run

Local State Sen. Steve Glazer recently named Livermore-based Vericool as the recipient of the 7th Senatorial District's Small Business of the Year.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Feasibility report represents key milestone for Valley Link project

Board accepting public input on transit report through end of month
The release of the Valley Link feasibility report for public review last month marked a major milestone for the commuter light rail project that would directly connect BART to Livermore and the San Joaquin Valley.

July 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Why I'm leaving Pleasanton horse racing

Local industry has been my passion, but time is right to step away
Life is about making difficult choices and back in December I made a gut-wrenching one when I decided to step away from my role as the horse racing publicist in Pleasanton after the fair ends this Sunday.

July 2, 2019 | 11 comments
Public input sought for Chain of Lakes mining project

Company asks county to dig deeper, amend site's current reclamation plan
Tri-Valley residents are invited to add their voices to a subsequent environmental review process concerning possible changes in reclamation and mining activity in the unincorporated Chain of Lakes area.

July 2, 2019 | 8 comments
Pleasanton school board calls special meeting on lease-leaseback project options

Trustees will consider approving alternate bidding process for selecting contractors
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is wrapping up some unfinished business at a special meeting on Tuesday evening, discussing a new construction project bidding process.

July 1, 2019 | 6 comments
Pleasanton residents visit sister city of Tulancingo

PTSCA continues tradition of delegation to Mexico
Pleasanton recently sent a delegation of 25 representatives to spend a week in the Mexican state of Hidalgo to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association.

July 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton woman killed in Castro Valley murder-suicide

ACSO identifies estranged husband as shooter
A Pleasanton woman was killed by her estranged husband, who then turned the gun on himself, at the Castro Valley home of the man's mother last week, an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed on Monday.

July 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Law requiring release of police body cam footage within 45 days now in effect

A law requiring law enforcement agencies to release body camera footage within 45 days of a "critical incident" took effect on Monday, establishing the first statewide standards for the public release of such video recordings.

July 3, 2019 | 3 comments
PUSD surveying residents this summer about potential new $120M bond measure

Board also unanimously adopts annual district budget at meeting last week
PUSD plans to gauge the community's interest and support this summer with a poll concerning a potential new $120 million school facilities bond measure for the March 2020 primary election ballot.

June 30, 2019 | 33 comments
Pleasanton: Emphasizing the need for blood donations

Red Cross spreading message; interfaith blood drives also set this month
With the calendar turning to summer, organizations are working to draw attention to the need for blood donations to increase the supply locally and nationwide.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
East Bay Regional Park District opens community survey

Online questionnaire to evaluate future priorities
As the East Bay Regional Park District celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, the district seeks public input through a survey to help inform its future priorities.

July 2, 2019 | 3 comments
Measure E tax exemptions available for Dublin seniors and disabled residents

Homeowners over the age of 65 or on SSI may qualify for an exemption from the $96-per-parcel tax
Dublin homeowners who are over the age of 65 may apply for an exemption from paying the Measure E property tax that went into effect starting at the beginning of the month.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Bauer-Kahan pushes bill to prevent fatal food allergen exposures, inspired by Danville girl's death

'The Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Act' named in honor of 13-year-old who died from peanut allergy reaction
State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is seeking support for a bill that aims to limit deadly food allergen contaminations in restaurants and camps, inspired by a Danville girl who died after peanut exposure at summer camp.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse presents 'Tri-Valley High: The Series 2019'

Teen improv shows take to Firehouse stage on Wednesdays in July
"Tri-Valley High: The Series 2019" will consist of four shows that are completely unscripted and improvised, with each show's performance being based off of audience suggestions.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Bond oversight committee in Dublin now without quorum, needs new members

Four vacancies on DUSD's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
The Dublin Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee is seeking to fill four vacancies that leave the group without a quorum. The shortage made the normally seven-member group unable to vote at its Wednesday meeting.

June 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Blackhawk developer, philanthropist Ken Behring dies at 91

Billionaire remembered for transforming Tri-Valley, supporting Wheelchair Foundation and Smithsonian
Blackhawk developer Kenneth E. Behring, known for his worldwide philanthropy and booming business and development career that included helping transform the Tri-Valley, has died at 91 years old.

June 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Around Pleasanton: Kathy-to-Kayla deal keeps Gourmet Works open

Customers of Gourmet Works celebrated its sale last week at a "Hello-Goodbye" street party for the store's 20-year owner Kathy Starkey and its new owner and chocolate aficionado Kayla Mueller.

June 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin school board appoints Marken as superintendent for next two years

Interim coming out of retirement to provide stability until next permanent leader found
In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees voted to remove the interim tag from Dave Marken's title and appoint him as the new superintendent of Dublin Unified School District through the 2020-21 school year.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Old Stanley closure, Paratransit fees rise, 'Under the Rainbow' & Apply for teen poet laureate

Developers of The Homestead at Irby Ranch neighborhood will be conducting major roadwork on Old Stanley Boulevard between First Street/Stanley Boulevard and Promenade Way throughout July.

June 26, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD trustees appoint new Hart principal among flurry of admin moves

Also: Fairlands principal promoted; district says goodbye to Douglas, Ochoa in superintendent's cabinet
Harvest Park vice principal Caroline Fields was named the new principal of Hart Middle School at the PUSD board's final meeting until August.

June 26, 2019 | 13 comments
Livermore council passes flavored tobacco ban, new regulations

The Livermore City Council unanimously voted Monday night to ban the sales of all flavored tobacco products and electronic delivery devices citywide.

June 25, 2019 | 10 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Year-end honors continue for Foothill softball star May

Former Falcon Langley signs with Oakland Raiders
The honors keep rolling in for Foothill High softball player Nicole May as she was recently named to the All-USA High School Softball First Team, as put together by Fastpitch News.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD welcomes Bradley as newest officer

Son Taft Jr. pins badge on father during touching ceremony last week
The Pleasanton PD swore in its newest member, Officer Taft Bradley, during a ceremony at department headquarters last week that featured Bradley's 4-year-old son, Taft Jr., pinning the new PPD badge onto his father's uniform.

June 25, 2019 | 2 comments
Alameda County grand jury criticizes supervisors' handling of Urban Shield changes

'Mismanagement' results in shift of nearly $5 million from county
An Alameda County grand jury issued a report on Monday strongly criticizing the county Board of Supervisors for the way it handled the approval process of sweeping changes to the sheriff's controversial "Urban Shield" law enforcement t

June 24, 2019 | 6 comments
Sig-alert: Fire along 580 near east Livermore closes lanes

Two of four westbound lanes on 580 near Livermore are closed because of a wildfire on Interstate 580 at the eastern edge of Livermore's city limits.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Fire burns along I-580 near east Livermore

ACFD: Pickup truck wheel caused grassfire that was quickly contained but prompted lane closures
A fire burning along Interstate 580 at the eastern edge of Livermore's city limits closed all lanes of traffic and prompted the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig-alert.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Work starts off-site for Amador project; PUSD inks deal with church for parking

Gatetree Circle residents dismayed with drop-off/pick-up proposal
Amador Valley High School reached an agreement this week to use 32 parking spaces at Valley Community Church while a solar panel structure is built in the campus student parking lot.

June 26, 2019 | 22 comments
Zone 7 recognized for going 'above and beyond' to support military reserve members

Water agency nominated by Army Reservist employee for prestigious DOD award
Zone 7 Water Agency has been recognized by the Department of Defense for outstanding support of their military reserve service members in the workplace.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore City Council to discuss ban on flavored tobacco

New ordinance would introducing a 1,000-foot buffer zone between tobacco retailers and schools
The Livermore City Council on Monday night will consider the addition of a new ordinance to ban the sales of all flavored tobacco products and electronic delivery devices in the city.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Police spend several hours searching for source of gunshot

Police in Livermore are investigating a gunshot that may have been fired at officers responding to a report of shots fired at or near a Greenville Road storage yard, police said Sunday.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
New Hart principal among leadership moves set for PUSD board meeting

Also: Superintendent contract extension, Valley Community Church offers 32 parking spaces for Amador, district budget up for review
The Pleasanton school board's final meeting of the 2018-19 school year will cover lots of ground, including several new admin hires, possible approval of next year's district budget and a new temporary parking solution for Amador.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas names Pleasanton woman as newest vice chancellor

Board to interview candidates for Area 4 trustee at special meeting Thursday
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has hired Pleasanton resident Theresa Fleischer Rowland as their new vice chancellor of educational services and student success

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Downtown plan heads to commission, Meet Churchill & Donations for Tri-Valley Haven

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the draft update to the city's Downtown Specific Plan during its regular meeting on Wednesday.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Parents sue city, Pleasanton PD over son’s in-custody death last summer

Complaint alleges violent attack by police against man in mental health crisis, officers delaying medical aid
The family of Jacob Bauer, a local man who died at a hospital in Pleasanton police custody after a confrontation with officers outside Raley's last summer, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and police department.

June 20, 2019 | 105 comments
Picks for today’s horse races at fair

Pleasanton Weekly sports columnist Dennis Miller offered the following picks for the June 21 slate of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
DUSD Interim Superintendent Marken offers to stay on two more years

Marken's appointment would buy district more time to find new long-term leader, school board says
The DUSD Board of Trustees unanimously accepted an offer on Tuesday for Interim Superintendent Dave Marken, contingent on successful contract negotiations, to remain in his current position for two more years.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's 'Queen of Horse Racing'

Wasserman reflects on career, critical time for sport in California
Simply put, Jeanne Wasserman is the "Queen of Horse Racing" in Pleasanton. The director of racing at the fairgrounds, Wasserman is a true success story of producing results and thriving in what is largely a male-dominated profession.

June 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Shakespeare cometh to the Tri-Valley

Two companies putting their own twists on the Bard
Fans of William Shakespeare may rejoiceth as warm weather brings the Bard to two outdoor venues this summer.

June 21, 2019 | 5 comments
Students savor symphonic sounds

Orchestra volunteers give concerts at elementary schools
More than 1,800 students in kindergarten through fifth grade experienced the delights of a live symphony orchestra this spring when the Livermore-Amador Symphony performed at school assemblies.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley writers club honors teens for their works

Contest draws entries from nine local high schools
Eighteen students from nine Tri-Valley high schools were honored for their essays, poetry and short stories in a contest sponsored by the Tri-Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
View art, taste wine in Livermore

The Livermore Performing Arts Center is hosting "Art & Wine Intertwined" from 1:30-4:30 p.m., next Saturday (June 29) in the Bankhead Theater lobby.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
New pool record set in Pleasanton Valley's victory

Pleasanton Valley Club swimmer Laird Muise broke a 20-year-old Dolphins' pool record in the 9/10-year-old boys individual medley last weekend during his team's meet against Castlewood.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Picks for today's races at the fair

Pleasanton Weekly sports columnist Dennis Miller offered the following picks for the June 20 slate of horse racing at the Alameda County Fair.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
DSRSD undertakes largest capital improvement project in nearly 20 years

Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrades will increase site's primary treatment capacity by one third
Dublin San Ramon Services District has been making headway at the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Pleasanton on its largest capital improvement project in two decades.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man sentenced to 25 years for international sexual abuse of teenager

Stems from man targeting British girl in 2014; already convicted in UK
A Pleasanton man was sentenced in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday to more than 25 years in prison for enticing a 14-year-old British girl online, traveling to the United Kingdom to meet her and sexually abusing her in 2014.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council supports plan for redesigning downtown parking lot

Also: City's 125th anniversary, LGBTQ Pride proclamation, Gatetree Circle complaints
The Pleasanton City Council approved plans for redesigning and expanding the city's downtown parking lot on the old railroad corridor between Bernal Avenue and Abbie Street on Tuesday night.

June 19, 2019 | 18 comments
Pleasanton Downtown Association hires Cadrette as new executive director

In-house candidate to succeed departing Olson in August
The Pleasanton Downtown Association has announced a leadership change, with the Board of Directors appointing Tiffany Cadrette as the organization's new executive director, effective Aug. 5.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Library rebuild on track at Harvest Park

PUSD: Insurance will cover repairing damage caused by fire last summer
Work on rebuilding the fire-damaged library at Harvest Park Middle School is well underway and appears to be on track.

June 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: New art exhibit features Bay Area parks

California Art Club partners on 'Outdoor Treasures'
The Harrington Gallery opened a major exhibit last week, "Bay Area Parks: Outdoor Treasures," in partnership with the California Art Club San Francisco Chapter.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Swalwell gearing up for first presidential debate next week

Tri-Valley congressman among 20 Democrats taking stage over two days
Presidential hopeful and Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell has made the cut for the Democrats' first presidential debate and will look to have a breakout moment to distinguish himself in front of a national audience.

June 18, 2019 | 21 comments
Sister pop duo Aly & AJ among highlights of Alameda County Fair's second week

Pair to perform classic hits, new sounds at Saturday concert
Alameda County Fair-goers looking for an infusion of '80s-inspired synth-pop are in luck because the sister pop duo Aly & AJ are coming to the fairgrounds on Saturday, promising to bring "wall-to-wall music" with them.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: District needs to fix funding system for school sports

Extracurriculars are key in developing students into well-rounded adults
I believe being involved with after-school activities (be it athletics or others) is every bit as important as anything in the classroom. Book-smarts need to be combined with social development to have the well-rounded young adult.

June 18, 2019 | 9 comments
Feed Tri-Valley food drive aims to close local hunger gap

Community organizers and cities raised more than 4,000 pounds of donated food last year
The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore and community organizations are teaming up for the fourth annual Feed Tri-Valley food drive from July 7-21.

June 24, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton council to debate redesign of downtown parking lot

Also: City's 125th anniversary ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Month proclamation & new Ambassadog
The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss giving final direction on the plans for redesigning and expanding the city's downtown parking lot on the former railroad property between Bernal Avenue and Abbie Street on Tuesday night.

June 17, 2019 | 21 comments
Three Pleasanton brothers earn their Eagle Scout awards

John, Mark and Tim Lester are members of Pleasanton’s Troop 908
John, Mark and Tim Lester each earned their Eagle Scout award and will be honored together at a joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor in the coming weeks.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
BART board approves new fare hikes

Directors change tune to OK increases after initially disagreeing on rate proposal
The BART Board of Directors reversed course last week and approved three fare hikes following initial disagreement on fare increases.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
World Environment Day Celebration honors Pleasanton youth for 'dirty' deeds

Go Green Initiative launches intern program with city of Pleasanton and PUSD
Pleasanton youths committed to building a greener future were commemorated during the annual World Environment Day Celebration on June 6 at the Veterans Memorial Building.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: StarsDay showcases community musical and artistic talent

Open-mic music and art event at Bankhead Theater
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is launching StarsDay this summer to provide local artists with the opportunity to share their talents with the community. Any local musician, artist, or group can sign up to perform.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin High student lands prestigious internship with NASA

Mihika Sharma was one of 54 applicants nationwide chosen for the competitive two-week program in Austin, Texas
Mihika Sharma, a hard-working Dublin High School student, will accelerate her space science learning this summer after being selected to take part in a prestigious NASA internship.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance names co-founder Young as first president/CEO

Previously served as board chair prior to stepping into her new role
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance co-founder Kathy Young was recently appointed as the organization's first president and CEO.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Last cattle drive through downtown marks start of fair

Morning parade draws thousands as the county fair officially opens for the summer
Thousands of residents crowded into the downtown area to watch the popular Pleasanton cattle drive, which for the past two years has marked the start of the Alameda County Fair -- which is now open.

June 14, 2019 | 4 comments
Visit Tri-Valley debuts Caffeine Trail, brings back Ice Cream Trail

Inaugural Caffeine Trail in Tri-Valley; Ice Cream Trail donates to Big Dawgs Rescue
Visit Tri-Valley is hosting a Caffeine Trail and an Ice Cream Trail to encourage coffee and ice cream fanatics to explore the flavors of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
New Dublin high school to be reviewed this week at public workshop

District could break ground on building new campus as early as next spring
Dublin residents have an opportunity this week to review the latest developments on building a second comprehensive high school in east Dublin.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Celebrating Independence Day in Pleasanton

21st annual Fourth of July event set downtown on Thursday
With Independence Day drawing near, Pleasanton residents prime themselves for the celebration, including a free family-friendly concert and optional picnic from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

June 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Longtime county Supervisor Scott Haggerty won't seek re-election next year

Departure opens up Tri-Valley spot on county board; Fremont state legislator already announces bid for seat
Longtime Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty announced this week that he plans to retire after next year when his current term runs out in January 2021.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Bay Area Military Classic, Musicians for city production & Yoga Day in Livermore

The Bay Area Military Classic golf fundraiser tournament is coming to The Course at Wente Vineyards in Livermore later this month.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Del Valle drowning victim ID'd as local horse-racing jockey

Shawn Spikes Jr. was second man to die in Livermore reservoir within days
A man who drowned in Lake Del Valle Tuesday evening has been identified by Alameda County coroner's bureau as 23-year-old Shawn Spikes Jr. of San Francisco.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
2019 Alameda County Fair ready for Opening Day

18-day run of summer fun starts in Pleasanton
A hallmark of summer in Pleasanton every year, the Alameda County Fair is celebrating Opening Day this Friday with all sorts of familiar fan favorites taking over the fairgrounds -- all that after one prominent "last ride."

June 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Livermore airport welcomes national fly-in

Pilots and public to celebrate aviation -- and enjoy a drone show
The skies will brighten next weekend when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association holds one of its 2019 national fly-ins this Friday and Saturday at the Livermore Municipal Airport.

June 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Indian-Jewish laughs at Firehouse

Mahatma Moses' Comedy Caravan presents award-winning, clean and witty standup comedy in two shows featuring Indian-Jewish comic Mahatma Moses aka Samson Koletkar and friends on June 23.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Women singers! Check out Harmony Fusion Chorus

Potential a cappella members are invited to join in rehearsal
Calling all Tri-Valley women who like to join with others to sing a cappella. Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women's barbershop show chorus, will host a special open rehearsal night to welcome new singers on June 24.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Space films at Bankhead in Livermore

Family Fun Film Series returns for second year
The Family Fun Film Series returns for the second year to the Bankhead Theater with "Summer in Space," three films that reflect the human fascination with space and honor another anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Looking for art? East Bay Open Studios has you covered

Artists holding open studios next two weekends
Artist studios in the East Bay began holding open houses last weekend for art lovers to explore, and this weekend starts the turn for cities on the Interstate 680 corridor.

June 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Around Pleasanton: Oakland Temple set for rededication on Sunday

The newly renovated Oakland Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be rededicated and opened to members in three services this Sunday, Father's Day, following a month of public tours.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Quilt raffle benefits First Tee of Tri-Valley

The Pleasanton Fairway Ladies Golf Club raffled a quilt made by club member Geri Joyce to benefit the First Tee of the Tri-Valley.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Photos capture the beauty of Dublin

Dublin Pride Week adds photo contest highlighting nature
Pride in Dublin was shown in photos of its natural landscapes and wildlife that were entered into a new photography contest as part of the city's recent Dublin Pride Week activities presented by its Public Works Dept.

June 17, 2019 | 10 comments
Pleasanton North Rotarian Greenlee receives district award

Pleasanton resident Kevin Greenlee, a member of Pleasanton North Rotary, was honored last month by peers across Rotary District 5170 for his leadership in the district's International Youth Exchange Program.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
ACE Train service canceled due to gas leak

Altamont Commuter Express trains are not running today due to a gas leak near Livermore. The leak won't be fully repaired until this afternoon, ACE officials said, leading to the full cancellation for the day. Regular service is expected to return tomorrow.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
ACE train service canceled due to gas leak

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
ACE train service canceled due to gas leak

Expected to return to regular service Friday
Altamont Corridor Express trains are not running Thursday due to a gas leak near Livermore, according to officials.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
$27K in restitution ordered for man who hacked PleasantonWeekly.com

Hacker claims he committed the crime at the request of a convicted felon and former Menlo Park resident, Hiruy Amanuel
The 36-year-old man who hacked and temporarily shut down PleasantonWeekly.com and other Embarcadero Media websites nearly four years ago was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Body of missing boater recovered at Lake Del Valle

Second drowning in less than a week at Livermore reservoir, EBRPD says
Search teams have recovered the body of a young man who fell into the water Tuesday evening while boating at Lake Del Valle in unincorporated Alameda County south of Livermore, near where another man drowned last week.

June 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Onstage: Piano men tribute at Firehouse; 'American Idol' winner at Bankhead

Broadway "piano man" Kyle Martin brings his high-energy tribute to Pleasanton on June 22, the same night as "American Idol" Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze takes to the stage in Livermore.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Council ceremony to kick off Pleasanton's summer of 125th anniversary celebrations

City was officially incorporated June 18, 1894
Pleasanton is spending the summer celebrating the 125th anniversary of the city's incorporation, and the City Council is set to get the party started next Tuesday with a special recognition event during its regular meeting.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton native Butterfield named principal of Amador Valley High

Also: Board receives latest update on Amador parking lot solar project
Foothill High School vice principal Josh Butterfield is leaving the campus when the new school year starts to become the new principal at Amador Valley High.

June 12, 2019 | 18 comments
County installs new stop signs off Sunol Boulevard near Castlewood

Among key safety projects in works near freeway interchange
Alameda County officials have installed new stop signs to halt all drivers at the intersection where Sunol Boulevard splits off into Pleasanton-Sunol Road and Castlewood Drive just beyond the city limits.

June 11, 2019 | 9 comments
New DUSD Trustee Blackman ready to get to work after special election win

Decisive victory for district volunteer to serve remainder of vacant Area 4 term
Dublin Unified School District is one step closer to returning to a full Board of Trustees, with Gabrielle Blackman winning the open Trustee Area 4 seat by a large margin in a low turnout special election on June 4.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Another inmate dies at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin

Second inmate death there in a week; investigations ongoing
A man incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail died in his cell last week, marking the second inmate death within seven days and third since the start of the year reported at the Dublin jail.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Cesario, Collins out as athletic directors; reorganization is latest blow to high school sports

Restructured 'coordinator' positions at Amador, Foothill could harm other programs too
Dusty Collins at Foothill and Lou Cesario at Amador were big cheerleaders for the respective schools, supporting the programs without fail to make their respective programs successful. And now both are former athletic directors.

June 11, 2019 | 9 comments
Nonprofit agency Child Care Links rebranding in wake of acquisition

Mental health services will be expanded starting in July
Private nonprofit agency Child Care Links is rebranding to reflect its upcoming merger with the San Leandro-based Family Service Counseling and Community Resource Center. The two organizations are teaming up starting in July.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Museum on Main to close for renovations

Engaging new permanent exhibit opening Aug. 2
The Museum on Main is closing temporarily to the public beginning next Monday in order to renovate its permanent history gallery and to do some building upgrades.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Hart principal Heller moving to Village High School as VP

Heller is fourth PUSD principal to leave position since February
Hart Middle School principal Leslie Heller announced on Friday that she was recently named new vice principal of Village High School, where she will start serving in August.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
CalFresh benefits now available to SSI/SSP recipients

Alameda County launches public outreach effort to assist in signup
Residents in Alameda County who suffer from food insecurity may be eligible to receive some new assistance from the county this summer, now that a 40-year-old restriction on CalFresh benefits has been lifted.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Extra bus service could ease parking woes at Amador Valley High

Pleasanton school board will consider LAVTA contract at Tuesday's meeting
A contract for adding extra bus routes to temporarily help Amador Valley High School students get to class is up for consideration at this week's Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting.

June 9, 2019 | 22 comments
Hike for Hope raises $90,000

Over 600 hikers joined together for Hope at Del Valle Regional Park
The ninth annual Hike for Hope at Livermore's Del Valle Regional Park last month raised more than $90,000 for Hope Hospice and Home Health.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Wish Project -- comfort for the dying

When therapies end, a wish can still come true
Even with advances in medicine, death can become an impending reality, and Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare started the Wish Project last year to celebrate the patient's life and passions, while also easing the grief for others.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley's 24-hour Relay for Life

Cancer never sleeps -- and neither do fundraisers
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Tri-Valley on June 22-23 is a 24-hour event -- held round the clock to recognize that cancer never takes a break and neither can the fight against it.

June 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Staying Healthy: Reducing blood loss during surgery

Hospital's conservation efforts aim to protect patients' health, beliefs
For many people, blood and surgery may seem like they go together hand in hand, but at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, physicians realize that in some cases, significant blood loss is not a viable option for patients.

June 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: Public health officials urge vaccine awareness before international travel

Take a lot of pictures, leave the deadly diseases
With schools letting out for the summer, many Tri-Valley families will be heading to vacation destinations all across the world. But with world travel comes a certain amount of preparation.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: 'The Mirador View' offers insights into Tri-Valley economy

If you want an interesting snapshot of the Tri-Valley economy, check out "The Mirador View -- Perspectives on the Tri-Valley: The Intersection of Talent & Technology."

June 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Moving forward: New CEO plans for Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2.0 version

Following a workplace bullying and misconduct scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, its new president and CEO, Nicole Taylor of Menlo Park, says she's on a mission to bring the foundation into its 2.0 version.

June 6, 2019 | 2 comments
BART service restored through Transbay Tube after earlier closure

BART service has been restored through the Transbay Tube on Thursday afternoon following a gas line break in West Oakland, BART officials said.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin raises LGBTQ pride flag; council changes course after outcry

City leaders unanimously approve flying the rainbow flag over the Dublin Civic Center for Pride Month in June
The rainbow LGBTQ pride flag was raised at Dublin Civic Center on Tuesday night, shortly after the Dublin City Council unanimously voted to fly it for Pride Month in June.

June 5, 2019 | 22 comments
Livermore mayor urges public to reject downtown plan naysayers

Marchand touts benefits of improvements in State of the City remarks
Livermore Mayor John Marchand, in his State of the City address, called on the community to reject an effort underway that would undermine already-approved plans for multimillion-dollar improvements to the city's downtown.

June 5, 2019 | 11 comments
Pleasanton: Task force spurns council's input, pushes own downtown plan version

3-hour meeting wraps up 2-1/2 years of debate; public hearings begin June 26
A years-long effort to update the Downtown Specific Plan ended with a bit of a thud when the task force charged with spearheading the assignment voted 4-3 to reject the City Council's review an push its own draft plan instead

June 5, 2019 | 19 comments
Pleasanton native's college debt wiped clean by billionaire

Jonathan Epps had front row seat to history as Morehouse valedictorian
Amador alum Jonathan Epps was stunned last month when billionaire businessman Robert Smith promised to pay off all student debt for Epps and his fellow classmates at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta.

June 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Concerts in the Park return this Friday

Retroactive kicks off summer downtown series in 2019
Downtown Pleasanton's popular weekly summertime Concert in the Park series will be back at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks starting this Friday night, with Retroactive playing a range of pop songs from the 1960s through today.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Fair opens next week, DUSD election results, Livermore Rodeo & more

Also: Foothill alum advances on 'ANW,' Rally for Love, Rao in top 50 at National Spelling Bee & Dublin town square debate
The rumbling through downtown next Friday (June 14) will signal the start of the Alameda County Fair, with the final Opening Day Cattle Drive scheduled to get underway at 10:30 a.m.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Authorities identify Lodi man killed in Livermore crash

Driver slammed into big-rig stopped at red light on Isabel Avenue
A Lodi man was killed in an early-morning crash on Highway 84 in Livermore last week after his sedan plowed into the back of a big-rig stopped a red light, according to police.

June 4, 2019 | 3 comments
Pleasanton police seek applicants for Teen Academy

The Pleasanton Police Department is recruiting local high-schoolers interested in taking part in this summer's Pleasanton Police Teen Academy, a three-week program that begins next month.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
New Tri-Valley water polo club launches inaugural season

Registration open until June 25 to join Triton teams
Youth water polo players in and around Pleasanton now have a new league available to hone their skills, with the Triton Water Polo Club launching its opening season this spring based out of the Foothill High pool.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Softball remains most overlooked sport for athletic excellence

Foothill's undefeated title run very reminiscent of Amador's streak in 2014
For my money, the most overlooked sport for amazing performances is softball. Fortunately, every so often we get a reminder as to just how blessed we are to watch these high school athletes perform.

June 3, 2019 | 2 comments
Amador Valley High solar power structure building to start Monday

Officials develop plan for traffic circulation, still weighing ideas for replacement parking
During that time, more than 400 student parking spaces will be unavailable and only about 50 reserved for staff and faculty -- a prospect that doesn't thrill Amador families or neighbors around the school.

June 2, 2019 | 21 comments
Staying Healthy: New Kaiser medical complex advances Tri-Valley medical care

Provider's first 24-hour urgent care center in California among highlights of Dublin facility
Kaiser Permanente members in the Tri-Valley don't have to drive as far for health care needs since Kaiser's Medical Offices and Cancer Center complex in Dublin opened its doors last month.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Five historic Pleasanton homes to receive plaques

Festive recognition event at museum is open to all
Pleasanton Heritage Association is acknowledging owners of five historic homes in town who have made restorations while carefully preserving their features of yesteryear, at a public event being held at the Museum on Main on June 9.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
'Opera in the Vineyard' coming up

Livermore Valley Opera adds second outdoor event this summer
Livermore Valley Opera will present two of its popular "Opera in the Vineyard" events this summer, beginning with a special Father's Day edition, dubbed "Opera in the Vineyard No. 1," at Nella Terra Cellars in Sunol.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Las Positas College offering weekend of theater workshops

Bay Area pros to lead tech and acting classes
Professionals in theater and stage production will come to Las Positas College next weekend to offer workshops between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police warn of road-rage dangers

Pleasanton police officials tried to engage the community while warning about the dangers of road-rage incidents with a social media post earlier this month.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Realty ONE Group Today opening in Pleasanton

New office coming to downtown this week
Real estate firm Realty ONE Group is marking the grand opening of its brand new Pleasanton office, Realty ONE Group Today, next Friday in downtown.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Hart Middle School's popular music teacher retiring Friday

Dennis Aquilina, the band director at Hart Middle School, retires on Friday, ending a 24-year-long career as a music teacher in Pleasanton schools.

May 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Library celebrates history, reading through summer program

Festivities start Friday afternoon, continue throughout summer
The library is celebrating Pleasanton's 125th anniversary by announcing the theme for this year's children's summer reading program, “Reading Through the Years."

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Congratulations class of 2019

Seniors graduating from Pleasanton's three high schools
The crop of students graduating this year from Pleasanton Unified School District high schools will mark a major milestone in their lives as they transition into young adulthood.

May 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin voters pass Measure E

74.49% favor extending DUSD parcel tax
DUSD voters signed off on extending the $96-per-parcel tax for another nine years by passing Measure E in the May 7 mail-only special election, according to the final unofficial results update reported by county election officials.

May 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Visitor spending on rise in Alameda County

Officials highlight financial impact as part of Travel and Tourism Month
Alameda County marked another strong year for tourist spending in 2018, and Visit Tri-Valley leaders anticipate seeing similar positive scores when localized data is released in the weeks ahead.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Pancakes then Pack Out for troops

This year's event takes place this Saturday, a day that begins with a free breakfast (freshly made pancakes, sausage, donuts, bagels, fruit and yogurt) from 7:30-11 a.m. at Delucchi Park on First Street.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Concerts in the Park, PG&E wants rate hike & Meet Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's popular annual Concerts in the Park series returns starting next week for another summer for weekly Friday night entertainment.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs San Ramon man killed in Memorial Day crash

63-year-old Richard Adeokun was sole fatality in I-680 collision
A 63-year-old San Ramon man killed Monday in a car crash on northbound Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek has been identified as Richard Adeokun, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
ACSO: Santa Rita Jail inmate set for release dies of medical episode

A 40-year-old man who was scheduled for release from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin died in custody early Wednesday morning, according to an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Wine & Wags this Sunday in Livermore Valley

Dogs invited to join owners at wineries
Livermore Valley wineries are holding a Wine & Wags event Sunday, for the second year in a row.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Taste and culture collide at NorCal Night Market in Pleasanton

Asian-themed bazaar brings hundreds of food trucks and artists to fairgrounds
A celebration of community, diversity and a foodie's paradise could be found at the Alameda County Fairgrounds last weekend, when the NorCal Night Market returned to Pleasanton for its second year.

May 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Contenders ready for Dublin school board special election

Natarajan, Blackman square off for DUSD Trustee Area 4 seat next week
Voters may experience a case of deja vu next Tuesday when the two candidates for Dublin Unified School District Trustee Area 4 position face off with each other again: Gabrielle Blackman and Nini Natarajan.

May 29, 2019 | 4 comments
Pleasanton man accused in baseball bat attack on teen in San Carlos

34-year-old allegedly entered open garage and hit boy on head; motive unclear
A Pleasanton man was arrested in the Peninsula on Monday evening for allegedly hitting a teenager in the head with a baseball bat in an unprovoked attack on a stranger, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Castlewood moving forward with 'ADA+Remodel' upgrade plans

Decision comes after members vote down potential deal with Bay Club
The Castlewood Country Club, after members voted to reject a takeover by the Bay Club, is moving ahead with plans to remodel its clubhouse and pool area to enhance the facilities and bring them into compliance with ADA regulations.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
State Senate passes Glazer's higher education bond bill

Voters could be asked to authorize $8 billion bond sales in March 2020
Voters may get to decide for the first time in more than a decade whether to approve higher education bonds for California's public universities under a bill co-authored by local State Senator Steve Glazer.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Muscle car madness: Goodguys showcase back in Pleasanton this weekend

26th annual Summer Get-Together promises to be 'a car lover’s dream'
Muscle car madness is heading to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend when the Goodguys 26th Summer Get-Together returns, starting off the summer car show season with a bang.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: NCS championship caps perfect season for Foothill softball

Also: Ceremony honors all Falcon athletes bound for collegiate careers
The Foothill High girls softball team completed its incredible 28-0 season by winning the North Coast Section championship with a 2-0 win over Heritage on Saturday.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley spelling whizzes head to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Dublin teen aims to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish
The Tri-Valley's top spellers will compete this week at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, including this year's California Junior High Spelling Bee champion.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Amador Valley staff, parents complain to board about gym's condition

Also: PPIE donates record $711,000 to PUSD; Lydiksen rebuild price goes up
A group of parents and staff members came to voice their frustration about the condition of the Amador Valley High School gym at an otherwise ordinary Pleasanton school board meeting last week.

May 28, 2019 | 8 comments
Fire Chief Torres leaving LPFD for top spot in Santa Clara

Peters taking over as interim chief while cities work to find next leader
Fire Chief Ruben Torres is resigning from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department after agreeing to become the next leader of the Santa Clara Fire Department, LPFD officials announced on Friday.

May 24, 2019 | 6 comments
PPD: Prostitution sting nets eight arrests

Multi-agency undercover operation in response to community complaints
Seven prospective johns and one purported pimp were arrested at a local hotel this week in a multi-agency undercover operation aiming to curb prostitution, according to Pleasanton PD.

May 23, 2019 | 8 comments
Quilts of Valor: Foundation honors Army captain transferring from Camp Parks

Army Capt. Todd Hamilton was draped with the quilt he recently received courtesy of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which recognizes service members and veterans touched by war with a comforting and healing handmade quilt.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Three new restaurants come to Pacific Pearl

Insurance firm also opening office at Asian-focused shopping center
Pleasanton's Pacific Pearl is nearing full capacity, with property managers announcing three restaurants and one insurance company as the newest tenants of the Asian-American-themed shopping center on the east side of town.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Recruit firefighters graduate from LPFD Academy

Ten firefighters celebrated completing the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Recruit Academy during a graduation ceremony at Las Positas College.

May 23, 2019 | 1 comment
'Classical Contrasts' closing out Livermore-Amador Symphony season

Soloist Mok performing Beethoven to highlight concert at Bankhead
"Classical Contrasts," the season finale of Livermore-Amador Symphony's 65th regular season, will take place June 1 at Livermore's Bankhead Theater.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
DLUX Puppets presenting 'Peter Pan' in Livermore

Fun, imaginative tale for one show at Bankhead
DLUX Puppets returns to the Bankhead Theater this weekend with an exciting new family-fun production of "Peter Pan," featuring the signature hand-built puppets.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
'Jungle Book' reimagined in Livermore

The Oakland Ballet is bringing "Jangala," a creative fusion of contemporary ballet and south Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance, to the Tri-Valley this Tuesday at the Bankhead Theater.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Laying the foundation for Kottinger Gardens

This is the culmination of an 18-year effort to replace small and old units at Pleasanton Gardens with larger, accessible and energy efficient apartment homes.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: It's Memorial Day weekend, fly the flag

Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 11 a.m. Monday in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Workday opens its new office center in Pleasanton

2,200 employees start moving into city's tallest building
Workday opened its new six-story, architecturally striking corporate headquarters building on Stoneridge Mall Road last week with a preview tour for several hundred guests and welcoming remarks by co-founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri.

May 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Las Positas College set for commencement ceremony Saturday

Graduating class has nearly 1,300 students
Las Positas College is set to spotlight the hard work of the 1,282 students in this year's graduating class during the Livermore community college's annual commencement ceremony this weekend.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
School board appoints Mike O'Brien as new Vintage Hills principal

Trustees also select two new vice principals for Amador Valley High School
The school board appointed Pleasanton Middle School VP Mike O'Brien to be new principal at Vintage Hills Elementary School this week, while two other people will share vice principal duties at Amador Valley High.

May 22, 2019 | 16 comments
News Digest: Antiques Faire, Downtown task force meeting & Bird watching

Downtown Pleasanton is set to play host to the Spring Antiques & Collectibles Faire this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Blue Devils win two state championships

Only hockey league in California with multiple titles
It was another banner year for Tri-Valley Blue Devils ice hockey club, with two teams earning California state championships and another four advancing to the earlier Northern California tournament after strong regular seasons.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill breaks ground on affordable housing project for adults with special needs

'First-of-its-kind' complex on track to open next year outside downtown Pleasanton
Beaming faces filled the audience on an unseasonably rainy afternoon as nonprofit Sunflower Hill celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of its residential community for adults with special needs just outside downtown Pleasanton.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Art and Wind Festival to blow through San Ramon on Memorial Day weekend

Annual festival returns in a celebration of art, family and kites
An event that to many San Ramon residents has become synonymous with Memorial Day weekend, the annual Art and Wind Festival, is set to return, and organizers are looking to blow away attendees' already lofty expectations.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill alum testing his might on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Pleasanton native to compete in show's LA qualifier; episode airing Wednesday
Whether he realized it or not, Pleasanton's Seth Rogers has been training to become a ninja for his entire life.

May 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Suspects identified in recent vandalism strikes on Pleasanton Middle School

Fundraiser being planned to help pay for repairs to campus
Pleasanton Middle School officials have found the parties responsible for vandalizing the campus twice last week, following an internal investigation.

May 20, 2019 | 47 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons, Dons making deep runs on diamond at sections

Also: Amador boys tennis reaches NorCal semis
The Amador Valley and Foothill softball and baseball teams all won their first two games in the North Coast Section playoffs to advance to the semifinals.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Tennis courts off the table for Amador Valley High parking options

District mulling other ideas for temporary parking amid solar panel construction
A proposal to park hundreds of cars on the Amador Valley High tennis courts during construction of a solar panel structure in the school's front parking lot has been scrapped after tennis coaches and families roundly panned the plan.

May 20, 2019 | 14 comments
Local Realtors eye posts in statewide association

Pleasanton resident Branchini picked to become next CAR treasurer
Two active members of the Bay East Association of Realtors have their sights set on leadership positions in the California Association of Realtors for the coming years.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Spread Cheer with Beer' campaign nets $1,500 for Taylor Family Foundation

Visit Tri-Valley leaders recently marked the culmination of their "Spread Cheer with Beer" fundraising campaign by presenting a donation check worth $1,500 to the Taylor Family Foundation.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Hour of Code at Quarry Lane School

Middle-schoolers at the Quarry Lane School in Dublin recently participated in the Hour of Code, part of an international effort to introduce students to coding and computer sciences.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD board to discuss costs of Lydisken rebuild, Pleasanton Middle field rehab

Also: Presentations on PPIE donations, valedictorians, The Hanger and We the People teams
The Pleasanton school board is set to decide Tuesday night whether to add nearly $95,000 more to the final tally for designing the rebuild and modernization project at Lydiksen Elementary School.

May 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley exec arrested for allegedly hacking competitor

Choicelunch CFO out on bail, due in court this week
Taking the term food fight to a whole new level, an executive at the Danville-based Choicelunch, has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into a competitor's website, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Wings of Freedom celebrates 30th national tour with annual stop in Livermore

'Living, breathing' historic aviation exhibit returns for Memorial Day weekend
The annual Wings of Freedom Tour in Livermore encourages visitors to climb aboard the "living, breathing museum" for tours, flights and history lessons.

May 21, 2019 | 2 comments
Castlewood members vote against pursuing negotiations with Bay Club

Plans for future unconfirmed, though members supported extensive clubhouse remodel in March
Members of the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton rejected a proposal to negotiate a letter of intent for the Bay Club to take over ownership of the club and its two 18-hole golf courses.

May 16, 2019 | 7 comments
Foothill finishes strong at DECA Conference in Orlando

Students move to finals in several categories at annual career competition
Foothill High School's DECA team capped a prolific competition season with a strong finish several weeks ago at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Store employee robbed at gunpoint by three teenagers

Police seek public help in ID'ing robbers, release photos of suspects
Three teenagers robbed an employee at a Livermore ampm convenience store at gunpoint late Tuesday night, according to police.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Sheriff's deputy arrested on suspicion of DUI, assault in Livermore

An Alameda County sheriff's deputy was arrested in Livermore early in May on suspicion of drunk driving and assault, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

May 16, 2019 | 8 comments
Draw the line: District-based elections taking hold in Tri-Valley

How the California Voting Rights Act is overhauling Tri-Valley elections, and what it means for voters
Many local elections in the Tri-Valley are in the midst of a major makeover, and come 2020, voters in the area will find a variety of changes on their ballots as a result.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Elvis onstage in Pleasanton

"G.I. Blues: The Songs of Elvis Presley" will be a special Memorial Weekend concert at 7 p.m. this Sunday (May 26) at the Firehouse Arts Center.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
'Everyone Sang' at First Presbyterian

Choirs joining for jubilant performance in Livermore
The Mission Peak Chamber Singers are joining with the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir and the East Bay People's Choir for a grand celebration of the human spirit called "Everyone Sang."

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Spring ballet presenting timeless favorites in Livermore

'Swan Lake' and 'Rodeo' offer beauty paired with energy
Valley Dance Theatre will showcase the beauty of classical ballet as well as contemporary delights at its annual repertory production, "Spring Rep," next weekend at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Real Estate: Your home on stage

In right hands, rooms become light, bright and airy
When prospective buyers look at your home, remember this: There is no second chance to make a first impression.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosts Special Olympics events

The Amador Valley Athletic Boosters hosted the annual Special Olympics East Bay Track and Volleyball Tournaments last Saturday with 13 track teams and 10 volleyball squads.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Run to Remember, Adobe docent tours & Home improvement workshop

Police supporters are set to come in droves to Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton this weekend to honor and support those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
NorCal Night Market back in Pleasanton next weekend

Asian-themed bazaar returns to fairgrounds for a second year
A diverse variety of traditional Asian street foods that combine cultures and taste buds are hallmarks of the NorCal Night Market, which is set to return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a second year in a row next weekend.

May 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Studies show 12 wine-growing districts in Tri-Valley

Potential for vineyards exists as far as San Ramon Valley
Two scientific studies commissioned by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association show 12 identifiable growing districts within the 260,000-acre Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Serving displaced families in Northern Iraq

Learn more about AVHS alum's nonprofit at Inklings on May 23
She'd seen poverty, but nothing like the suffering she saw in the camp. "It turned my world upside down," she said. In retrospect, after working in Northern Iraq for the last year, by comparison were not that bad.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Local students win big in tobacco PSA contest

Top entries credited for helping discourage tobacco use in Alameda County
Tri-Valley students took home a number of awards last month in the annual Alameda County Tobacco Use Prevention Education Public Service Announcement contest, which aims to educate the about the dangers of tobacco and vaping.

May 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Overnight vandalism strikes Pleasanton Middle School

Campus also hit over the weekend by 'similar display of vandalism'
Someone vandalized Pleasanton Middle School overnight on Tuesday, causing damage to the campus including the school garden.

May 16, 2019 | 28 comments
Children's Chorus performing Saturday at Bankhead

'Portraits' concert celebrates music in everyday lives
Cantabella Children's Chorus is performing its spring concert, "Portraits," this Saturday, showing music in everyday lives, celebrating childhood, and leading the audience to visualize familiar portraits.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Paratransit overhaul? Pleasanton weighing options

City considers shifting ADA rides to LAVTA, refocusing senior service
Pleasanton is contemplating some major changes to its paratransit service, though city officials reiterate it's still early in the public consideration process and no final decisions have been made.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
The state of Dublin Unified School District

Marken: District on 'great trajectory' after year of uncertainty
Since taking the reins barely a month ago as interim superintendent of Dublin Unified School District, Dave Marken has already overseen a number of significant developments in a short period of time.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: City recognizes new commission, committee members

Planning, Parks and Rec, Human Services among the groups with new appointments
The city of Pleasanton has welcomed its newest slate of 18 city commissioners and committee members.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Record-setting PPIE Run for Education

Oakland A's mascot Stomper makes appearance at 7th annual fundraiser
The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation's seventh annual Run for Education last month set an event fundraising record with $113,000 net.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Recipients announced for Community of Character awards

Luncheon will honor residents for making a difference
From a photographer to a generous couple to a teen battling a rare disease, this year's Community of Character award winners exemplify the program's values of "Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honesty, Respect & Integrity."

May 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Tim Talk: Stoneridge Mall losing its luster for some

Stoneridge Shopping Center, a shopping mecca for generations of Livermore Valley residents, is losing its luster for some patrons.

May 14, 2019 | 13 comments
Valley Children's Museum hosting event to welcome new exhibit

Maker Space to encourage student creativity, STEM activities
After more than a year of development and construction, play-based learning will once return to the Tri-Valley when the Valley Children's Museum holds its grand reopening and reveals its new exhibit on Wednesday in Dublin.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Jury awards $2 billion from Monsanto to Livermore couple who developed cancer

Company appealing latest high-price verdict in another Roundup lawsuit
An Alameda County Superior Court jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion in damages from Monsanto Co. to a Livermore couple who claimed the company's Roundup weedkiller caused both of them to develop cancer.

May 13, 2019 | 15 comments
Danville: Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil on anniversary of Ben Curry's death

Family thanks community for support during 'an unbelievably difficult year'
On the anniversary of the on-campus drowning death of SRVHS freshman Ben Curry, hundreds of loved ones and supportive community members gathered in front of the Danville Library on Wednesday to hold a candlelight vigil...

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador volleyball, tennis teams win section titles

Foothill softball propelled into NCS tourney after winning EBAL playoffs
Amador Valley celebrated two boys team NCS championships last week, with the varsity tennis and varsity volleyball squads winning their sectional tournaments.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police: Tri-Valley arson suspect arrested after crashing into 7-Eleven gas pumps

Man accused of setting fire to vehicles, business amid police chase
A 34-year-old man suspected of setting three cars and a building on fire in Dublin was arrested early Friday after crashing into convenience store gas pumps in Livermore, authorities said.

May 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Tennis teams protest parking proposal at Amador Valley High

Coaches call using tennis courts as temporary parking lot 'insulting'
A concept to park several hundred cars on the Amador Valley High School tennis courts while a solar panel structure is built in the front parking lot during the start of the school year has sparked a backlash.

May 10, 2019 | 23 comments
Pleasanton school board mulls survey on potential new bond measure

Also: Board OKs final bell schedule changes, re-roofing contracts for several schools
A potential school facilities bond measure on next year's ballot generated a fair amount of discussion during the Pleasanton school board's regular meeting last week.

May 13, 2019 | 7 comments
Livermore hosting annual Street Fest

Downtown event to feature new wine and beer pop-ups
The Livermore Downtown Street Fest happening next weekend is old and it's new. Although this is the 28th year for the event, it is launching a new winery and brewery experience -- Pop Up Wine Lounges and Pop Up Tap Rooms are replacing

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Coming soon to fairgrounds: Hula dancers and reptiles

Alameda County Fairgrounds hosting exciting weekend events
The Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton will be busy the next two weekends with events for family fun and experiences.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Honoring Mexican culture in Livermore

Celebration to include music, dance, food and more
It's fiesta time! A free Hispanic Heritage Day Fiesta is being held from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday with mariachi music folk dance and songs by Grupo Folklorica Tlapalli at the Bankhead Theater Plaza on First Street in Livermore.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Human figures, abstract to realism

"Equilibrium" by Judith Kunzlé is part of the new exhibit in the Bankhead Gallery, "Go Figure," celebrating the spirit, style and emotion expressed in the human figure through the eyes of 26 artists, running through July 8.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber Players presenting Czech composers

Concert pieces rich with deep Slavic influences
The Pleasanton Chamber Players return to the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. next Sunday (May 19), with "Czech Mates," a program featuring classical chamber music from the Czech Republic.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair: 2019 will be 'Last Ride' for opening day cattle drive

Plus cultural pride days, new Mega Flip ride, concerts, fair favorites and more
With Pleasanton's annual summer showcase just a month away, Alameda County Fair officials have unveiled more about the 2019 event schedule, including announcing the fair will once again open with a cattle drive through downtown -- but for the last time.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Wonder Women: Presenting the special powers of mother and daughter lookalikes

Results from annual Mother's Day contest are in
The combination photo submitted to the contest by the Lillards shows Jennifer in 1981 in her Wonder Woman Underroos, a fashionable style of children's underwear at the time featuring characters from pop culture. When Katelyn picked out a Wonder Women swimsuit recently, Jennifer recalled her old photo and took a similar shot of her daughter.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Sheriff's office marks anniversary of 1988 murder with Tri-Valley ties

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently shined a spotlight on the 31st anniversary of the murder of young Maurice Hill, putting out a renewed call for information that could help investigators solve the cold-case homicide with Tri-Valley ties.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Look for negotiations to bring health benefits back to PUSD teachers

Haglund told a group of retired church men on Tax Day that the district's longtime policy of not paying any health benefits was going to have to change. He cited the district's challenges in recruiting and retaining employees, whether mid-managers or teachers. That's a key long-term issue.

May 9, 2019 | 4 comments
News Digest: Downtown Wine Stroll, Jail 'N Bail & Interfaith Iftar

Also: 'Marriage Night' at GraceWay, Registrar of voters presentation & Rotary supporting fire victims
Some 25 downtown locations will turn into tasting rooms this Saturday evening as the Pleasanton Downtown Association hosts its annual Wine Stroll.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
After getting a new heart, Pleasanton teen is giving back — with a heart-healthy cookbook

Justin Wang holds first book signing at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Last week, 16-year-old Justin Wang brought hope in the form of a healthy cookbook to patients and friends at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, where he lived for three months last year after receiving a heart transplant.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Measure E: Dublin school parcel tax renewal leading after Election Night

Next major results update expected from county on Friday afternoon
The Dublin Unified School District's Measure E parcel tax renewal was leading after Election Night, with early returns as of Tuesday night showing 74.43% approval for the ballot measure that requires support from two-thirds of voters.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council confirms Downtown Specific Plan policy direction

Task force set to finish final DSP draft with new input from council
Pleasanton City Council members have solidified formal policy direction in five key topic areas related to downtown land-use regulations, in most cases affirming votes made during their lengthy downtown debate last month but also changing course in two cases after reconsideration during two more hours of public discussion Tuesday night.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Board hires next principal of Pleasanton Middle School

San Ramon principal Joe Nguyen will take over in July after Jill Butler retires
The Pleasanton Unified School District welcomed Joe Nguyen as the next principal for Pleasanton Middle School at the start of the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night.

May 8, 2019 | 37 comments
PUSD finds potential parking fix for Amador Valley lot closure

Up to 300 students and staff could park on campus blacktop, tennis courts
The Pleasanton Unified School District is exploring a possible parking solution for Amador Valley High School while a solar panel structure is being installed in the front parking lot later this year.

May 8, 2019 | 24 comments
Longtime Chabot-Las Positas Trustee Dobie Gelles dies

Education leader served 20+ years on board representing Castro Valley
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is grieving the loss of longtime Trustee Donald "Dobie" Gelles, who died on May 2 of congestive heart failure. He was 80.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
PPD: Student hit by van near Harvest Park; driver comes forward after media report

No charges in hit-and-run case so far; investigation ongoing
Pleasanton police are investigating an incident during which a minivan driver left the scene after striking a Harvest Park Middle School eighth-grader who'd crossed into the street during pickup near the school last Friday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.

May 7, 2019 | 38 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Playoff season in full swing for Foothill, Amador Valley

Softball, tennis, volleyball, lacrosse and more all in action
The Foothill girls softball team finished the regular season at 22-0, capturing a pair of games last week to clinch the undefeated record, including ending the season with an 8-1 win over rival Amador Valley.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Remembering Mark Tierney, longtime Hart Middle School history teacher

Tri-Valley native 'will be remembered for the profound impact ... he has made'
Hart Middle School is mourning the loss of longtime history teacher Mark Tierney, who died on Friday surrounded by family at the age of 46, according to an obituary posted on the Weekly's Lasting Memories page.

May 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Amador Valley parking solutions, possible bond measure top packed PUSD agenda

Suicide prevention policy, bell schedule changes among other meeting items
The Pleasanton school board meeting agenda is packed with updates on a possible new bond measure, Amador Valley High School parking lot makeover, bell schedule changes and a suicide prevention policy

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Smoke alert: Fire training set at Camp Parks in Dublin this week

Still, don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 if unsure where smoke is coming from
Alameda County Fire Department firefighters are set to participate in live fire training at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin during the day Monday through Thursday this week, meaning smoke might be visible in the area during those days.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Zone 7 appoints Smith McDonald as new director; becomes lone Dublin resident on board

Public relations professional's term on dais runs through March 2020 election
The search for a new member of the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors has come to an end with the board unanimously appointing Dublin resident and public relations professional Michelle Smith McDonald to fill the seat that's been empty since early March.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Principal resigning from Vintage Hills following leave of absence

Vice principal Leslie Navarrette has been acting principal since early March
Following a recent leave of absence, Vintage Hills Elementary School principal Ann Jayne informed district officials this week that she is departing from her position for good at the end of the school year.

May 2, 2019 | 36 comments
PUSD using new 'robust system' to find next school leaders

Measure I1 projects, math pathways also topics at community meeting
The recruitment process to find Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School's next principals recently received an overhaul that leaves “a more robust system in place," Pleasanton Unified School District officials said during a lightly attended community meeting last Wednesday evening at Foothill High.

May 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Around Pleasanton: Downtown likely to dominate City Council meeting Tuesday

The Pleasanton City Council is set to continue its review Tuesday of a task force's recommendations for updating a specific plan for the city's core downtown district as well as the possibility of a new "town square" where the library and Civic Center now stand.

May 3, 2019 | 15 comments
Guest Opinion: Downtown patrons demand parking

The city of Pleasanton is poised to adopt a seriously flawed Downtown Specific Plan Update, which does not provide the public parking absolutely essential to maintain downtown vitality.

May 2, 2019 | 33 comments
Tri-Valley Conservancy: Protecting the lands

Nonprofit works to ensure fresh food, wildlife habitats, clean air, water -- and scenic beauty
Ah, the sheer beauty of the Tri-Valley. Open space, vineyards, parks, trails, ranches, wildlife habitats. Despite residents' deep connection to the land, it can disappear forever because of development if no one takes steps to preserve it. Enter Tri-Valley Conservancy.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Concert tribute to late Pleasanton teen

New Alan Hu Foundation opens to spread mental illness awareness
A new nonprofit group in town is dedicated to mental health awareness -- the Alan Hu Foundation -- and it will be introduced to the community through a special concert May 18 called "Bridge over Troubled Waters."

May 6, 2019 | 1 comment
'Art Made Easy' exhibit at Pleasanton Senior Center

Watercolor works on display all week
This week is the 26th annual "Art Made Easy Student Art Show," displaying works from classes taught by watercolor artist Charlotte Severin.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Standup hilarity at Bankhead

Four comedians -- Ronn Vigh, Johnny Cardinale, Jackie Flynn and Christina Walkinshaw -- will be at the Bankhead Theater next Friday (May 10) for a night of standup in "The Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition."

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Encore Players presenting 'Almost, Maine'

Visit the town where magical moments occur in a heartbeat
Encore Players invites Tri-Valley theatergoers to visit "Almost, Maine," a remote, mythical, almost-town where its people explore love and loss one cold, clear, slightly surreal night during the Northern Lights.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rep lines up next season

Four musicals, two venues for great performances
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre has announced its 36th season, with two shows at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton and another two at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Winery's Summer Ukulele Jam begins this weekend

Joy in the vineyards
Ukuleles be jammin' this summer at Charles R Vineyards, and anyone with a ukulele is welcome to participate.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Author Day inspires young writers at Mohr Elementary

2nd-graders see connection between schoolwork and being published
Authors young and old can use a little inspiration. To that end, volunteer Christina Gray put together the first Author Day at Mohr Elementary School last month. Six local published and non-published authors talked to students from the five second-grade classes about following their dreams.

May 5, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Swalwell qualifies for DNC debate, Bike to Work Day & Vintage Hills traffic meeting

Also: Livermore State of the City, 'Broadway Treasures' & County arts awards nominations
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2020, announced this week that he has qualified to participate in the Democratic National Committee's first presidential debate by breaking through the polling threshold in a third DNC-recognized poll.

May 1, 2019 | 4 comments
Pleasanton: City approves plan to redesign old Sears side of Stoneridge Mall

Owner wants to bring in movie theater, grocery store, health club, retail and more; construction timeline unclear
Stoneridge Shopping Center is on track to receive its first major renovation in nearly 15 years. The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week unanimously approved design plans from Simon Property Group to demolish the now-vacant Sears building and parking garage and replace them with a movie theater, grocery store, a lifestyle health club, an outdoor courtyard, and new retail and restaurants.

May 1, 2019 | 36 comments
Amador Valley finishes second in nation at We the People finals

Foothill also competes in D.C., marking consecutive years both PUSD schools qualified for nationals
Amador Valley High School is celebrating another strong performance at the We the People civics competition national finals in Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD awards Tessie Gonsalves as 2019 Teacher of the Year

Popular 8th-grade science teacher has called Harvest Park home for 2 decades
Theresa “Tessie" Gonsalves has called Harvest Park Middle School home for more than two decades. Her long-term commitment was recently recognized with PUSD's coveted Teacher of the Year Award.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Sheriff closing Oakland jail, moving inmates to Santa Rita in Dublin

Office cites budget shortfall, says there's room at Santa Rita to take on inmate increase
The Glen Dyer Jail in Oakland is expected to close in June because of budgetary concerns, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern announced last Friday.

April 30, 2019 | 3 comments
Report: Bay Area home sales in March slowest in 11 years

Median price drops for first time since 2012
Bay Area home sales in March were the slowest the region has seen in 11 years, according to new data released Monday by real estate research firm CoreLogic.

April 30, 2019 | 3 comments
Former Tri-Valley Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher dies

Legislator served Livermore, other areas for 12 years before joining Obama administration
Former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a centrist Democrat who represented the Tri-Valley in Congress for years and was known as a pioneering leader throughout her professional and political careers, died on Monday following a bout with pneumonia, according to a statement released by her family. She was 67.

April 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Remembering Tom Morrison, longtime TV30 commentator

Services set for May 15 for popular host of 'Mayor's Report'
Longtime TV30 commentator Tom Morrison died April 18 with his wife Kathy and family at his side, ending his long battle with cancer. He was 83.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
PPIE takes over elementary music fundraising as PSEE dissolves

Nonprofit considers endowment for fifth-grade music programs
In a move aimed at boosting support for music and art programs at local schools, the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) has taken over fundraising efforts once spearheaded by the Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (PSEE), which dissolved earlier month.

April 30, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys tennis caps undefeated regular season with EBAL title

Falcons' strong softball season continues, Dons coach Cesario earns 400th win
The Amador Valley High boys tennis team finished off a 24-0 regular season by winning the East Bay Athletic League title with a 6-3 win over rival Foothill last week.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: School board approves new contract with teachers, selects superintendent search firm

Also: Contract confirmed for Interim Superintendent Marken, ex-trustee Cunningham honored
Among the most significant was final consideration of a tentative labor contract between DUSD and the Dublin Teachers Association, an agreement that came after over a year of negotiations that reached a boiling point in March when the DTA threatened to strike if a resolution wasn't reached.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Board of Supervisors approve talks to sell county's Coliseum share to A's

Miley: 'The county has been moving to getting out of the sports business'
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to begin formal negotiations on a proposed deal in which the Oakland A's baseball team would buy the county's half ownership of the Coliseum complex for $85 million.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
BART board OKs policy governing use of license plate readers at station lots

Decision on system-wide implementation of camera technology still to come
The BART Board of Directors approved a policy Thursday to govern the installation and use of cameras that can capture images of vehicle license plates at the transit system's parking lots and garages.

April 28, 2019 | 3 comments
Measure I1: Fairlands marks start of new fencing project with school-wide celebration

$922,600 in bond funds also covers fence replacements at Mohr, Harvest Park
New 8-foot-tall black wrought-iron fencing being installed at Fairlands Elementary School will both enhance campus security and expand outdoor play areas for students, Pleasanton Unified School District officials said during a school-wide ceremony held on Friday to commemorate the occasion.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Food for thought: County employees raise 8 tons of food for Community Food Bank

Displays used canned items to send powerful messages about hunger in Alameda County
With its prominent pop culture references and incorporated commercial items, this year's Alameda County Stone Soup Food Drive and Design Competition could have been mistaken for an Andy Warhol art exhibit.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Workshop: 'Improving Communication Between Immigrant Parents, Americanized Teens'

Free parenting session in San Ramon aims to support immigrant families
As many parents can attest to, raising and communicating with a teenager is no simple task, and for immigrant parents caring for children growing up in the United States, these issues can become exasperated when communication and cultural conflicts collide.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley teen qualifies for USA Cricket national women’s team

Geetika Kodali among 14 athletes competing for USA in world cup qualifiers
A prospect from Cricket for Cubs and the San Ramon Cricket Association has made national headlines, and has her eye on international acclaim, after being named to the USA Cricket national women's team.

April 28, 2019 | 3 comments
Discard old, unused prescriptions at Livermore PD for Drug Takeback Day

Livermore police will collect pills at the free event but no liquids or needles
Livermore residents can safely dispose of their unused over the counter and prescription medications at a Drug Takeback Day event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livermore Police Department, 1110 S. Livermore Ave.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Fast-growing Dublin sizzling as Tri-Valley economic, family-friendly center

"Dublin is a vibrant, active community with excellent choices in housing, shopping and places to work. We have beautiful parks and open spaces, exceptional recreational opportunities, and outstanding neighborhoods," Haubert said in his two State of the City addresses last week. "We truly are blessed to live in such wonderful city. I know we are all proud to call Dublin home."

April 28, 2019 | 9 comments
Guest Opinion: Pleasanton chamber opposes expensive e-receipt mandate

If you asked 100 Californians if they want to give more of their personal information while eating at a restaurant or buying school supplies for their kids, what do you think the answer would be? A current law moving through the state legislature says the answer to that question should be "yes."

April 25, 2019 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Buying & Selling: Homebuyers gear up for more choices

'Pleasanton is still rocking and rolling' as market heats up in spring
As prices ease, buyers moved quickly. A home was on the market in Pleasanton an average of 17 days last March. That dropped to 15 this March. "Pleasanton is still rocking and rolling, buyers are coming in and homes are being sold," Allen said.

April 25, 2019 | 10 comments
Tri-Valley Realtor wins national award

Piper named top-producing agent for Better Homes and Gardens
Longtime Pleasanton Realtor Gina Piper, from Better Homes and Gardens Tri-Valley Realty, recently received recognition as the company's top-producing agent nationwide for total sales volume in 2018.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Japanese cultural weekend in Pleasanton

From Taiko to bonsai -- enjoy treasures of Japan
View the world from a fresh perspective at "Treasures of Japan," two days of demonstrations, performances and cultural activities at the Pleasanton Senior Center next weekend.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: 'Weird girl' writes book to purge past, help others

Tumor survivor also seeks understanding for those who are different
The title of Sierra Crislip's book, "Weird Girl with a Tumor," might sound a bit blunt. But the 23-year-old Dublin resident, who had a brain tumor removed when she was 8, wants to call it like she sees it.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
The Drifters: Iconic R&B at Bankhead

The Drifters, a group that came together in 1953 and has included five legendary lead singers, will perform its classic hits at 8 p.m. next Friday (May 3) at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Fine art exhibition at Firehouse

Fresh Works IX features new and emerging artists
The ninth annual Fresh Works juried exhibition opens this Saturday at the city's Harrington Gallery inside the Firehouse Arts Center, featuring both emerging and established artists who reside or work in the greater Bay Area.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Art honors Holocaust victims

Memorial exhibit based on photos from museum archives
A Holocaust Memorial Exhibit will be at the Bothwell Arts Center from Sunday to Tuesday, sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Chabad of the Tri-Valley.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Hands-on Innovation Fair in Livermore

Free event to feature interactive scientific displays and experiments
Imagination, art and technology will intersect at the third annual Innovation Fair next Saturday (May 4) to inspire young minds with more than 50 interactive scientific displays, visual art and technology experiments spread across the plaza and inside the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Veteran support at library, PUSD community meeting & Las Positas events

The Pleasanton Public Library is set to host the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Mobile Medical Outreach Team and the Alameda County veterans service officer on Monday to facilitate free examinations, consultations and referrals for veterans, as well as provide other information about VA resources.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: EBRPD selects new operator for Camp Arroyo as YMCA bows out

UCCR taking over year-round duties after YMCA East Bay continues pulling out of Tri-Valley
Camp Arroyo in Livermore will have a new operator starting June 1 after the East Bay Regional Park District picked Petaluma-based nonprofit United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR) as the next contractor to replace the YMCA of the East Bay.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Zone 7 poised to pick new director for empty seat next week

14 people have applied for former director Bill Stevens' vacant position
A total of 14 candidates applied for the empty position by Monday's deadline, according to Zone 7 spokesperson Alexandra Bradley, who said “our admin staff was overwhelmed" by the higher than usual number of applications.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
School district now includes all community members in annual survey

Residents can take school quality stakeholder survey online until May 8
Pleasanton Unified School District has expanded this year's school quality stakeholder survey to include more residents in “listening and engaging in conversations around how the district best serves students, staff and the community."

April 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball coach named state Coach of the Year

Also: Both tennis teams, Falcon softball continue to roll
Sometimes things just make sense when it comes to sports. Foothill High boys and girls volleyball coach Dusty Collins is being honored as the 2018-19 California Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association.

April 23, 2019 | 4 comments
Curry family to hold candlelight vigil on anniversary of son drowning in SRVHS pool

Community invited to remember Ben Curry at event on May 8 in Danville
It will soon be one year since 15-year-old Ben Curry drowned during class in the San Ramon Valley High School pool, and to remember his life and honor his memory, Curry's family is holding a candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of his death.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Ex-deputies to stand trial for alleged assaults on inmates at Santa Rita Jail

A judge last week ordered two former Alameda County sheriff's deputies to stand trial on multiple felony charges alleging that they directed inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin to spray feces and urine on other inmates that the deputies didn't like.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Principal moves: Interim leader appointed at Vintage Hills; records reveal more about Amador situation

Jayne out on leave for family emergency, marks 3rd principal shakeup this year
Another Pleasanton school principal has taken a leave of absence this year, with district officials confirming that Vintage Hills Elementary School principal Ann Jayne has been out of the office for weeks because of a family emergency.

April 24, 2019 | 36 comments
Livermore revisiting Isabel Neighborhood Plan in light of ValleyLink

City Council gives green light to update EIR
The Livermore City Council has unanimously agreed to revisit an 1,100-acre development zone that calls for the creation of some 4,095 new multi-family housing units, 2.1 million square feet of business and commercial development and three neighborhood parks along Isabel Avenue after tabling the discussion for almost a year amid the BART-to-Livermore uncertainty.

April 22, 2019 | 3 comments
Las Positas students sweep awards at state journalism convention

Won 16 awards last month in Sacramento, including General Excellence
Journalism students from Las Positas College swept more than a dozen trophies last month at the Journalism Association of Community College (JACC) state convention.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Marken takes reins as interim superintendent for Dublin Unified

Public records request reveals details of separation agreement with prior leader
Interim Superintendent Dave Marken has stepped in to provide leadership stability during a critical moment in Dublin Unified School District history -- and he knows it.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Zone 7 directors oppose governor's plan to tax drinking water

Board instead stands behind Senate Bill 669 to form Safe Drinking Water Trust
Taking a stand against Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed statewide drinking water tax, the Zone 7 Board of Directors unanimously voted to officially oppose the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

April 21, 2019 | 15 comments
What's that smell? Pipe replacement expected to stink up part of Pleasanton

DSRSD says work will take about a month, sends apologies for bad odor
Pleasanton may not smell so pleasant over the next month while crews work to replace a worn-out 405-foot-long foul air pipe at the Dublin San Ramon Services District's Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

April 21, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD seeks community feedback on Amador parking lot plans

400 parking spaces will be unavailable during six-month construction period
In anticipation of plans to build a new solar structure in the Amador Valley High School parking lot this summer, Pleasanton Unified School District issued an online survey to Amador parents last week and are asking for public input on the project.

April 18, 2019 | 18 comments
PUSD aims to curb vaping among students

Teachers ask for more time assessing students, Vintage Hills contract for new cafeteria tables approved
Calling vaping a “moving target" that needs to be shot down on local campuses, Pleasanton Unified School District staff urged the Board of Trustees to take action on the issue at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

April 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin voters deciding now on school parcel tax renewal in mail-only election

Residents can register to vote til April 30; ballots must be submitted by May 7
Dublin Unified School District voters have recently started casting their ballots in the mail-only special election on whether to renew the district's existing $96-per-parcel tax for another nine years.

April 17, 2019 | 3 comments
Foothill alum dies after being struck by car in Napa

Services set for next week to remember Erik Woodward
A 25-year-old Pleasanton native living in Napa died after being struck by an SUV while walking along Highway 29 on Saturday night.

April 17, 2019 | 2 comments
Happy Passover and Happy Easter

Jews celebrate start of Passover tonight; Christians observe Good Friday, Easter at weekend services
Churches and Jewish congregations are holding services in Pleasanton and throughout the Tri-Valley today, with Jews celebrating the joyous holiday of Passover and Christians mourning the death of Jesus and then, on Easter Sunday, marking his resurrection some 2,000 years ago.

April 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Camp Connection: Camp season quickly approaching

So many choices nearby for a summer of fun
Many years ago, my independent 8-year-old son went away to a week-long YMCA camp near Yosemite. My husband and I watched with mixed emotions as he gamely climbed aboard the bus, ready for adventure.

April 18, 2019 | 1 comment
World fusion sound with Quarteto Nuevo on Livermore stage

Quarteto Nuevo will perform world fusion sounds for the second event in the new "Bothwell Presents" series, which features smaller groups in a less structured setting, at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore.

April 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Spring choir and jazz concert at Las Positas College

Show to feature special guest star M-PACT
The Las Positas College Department of Music will present its Spring Vocal Concert featuring guest artist M-PACT at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (April 24) at the Las Positas College Main Stage, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Presenting! 'Smokey Joe's Café' in Pleasanton

Tri-Valley Rep at Firehouse with musical revue of legendary songs
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens "Smokey Joe's Café" at the Firehouse Arts Center next week, a musical theater revue of 40 of the greatest songs of the past century.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Will the city develop more parking downtown?

As downtown Pleasanton interests have pointed out, one striking omission in the plan so far is any commitment to public parking. Drive around downtown trying to find parking near lunch time, and you'll find virtually all of the lots are posted as private property with parking only for designated businesses and the threat of towing.

April 17, 2019 | 13 comments
News Digest: Vote for lookalikes, Wheels national awards & Workshop for new middle-schoolers

Visit the Weekly's website at www.PleasantonWeekly.com to vote for your favorite of the eight finalists in our Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest. Weekly staff narrowed the two dozen entries down to eight, which are posted online for our readers to pick the mother-daughter duo they think most closely resemble each other.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Council talks downtown, Chabad Center, state housing bills at jam-packed meeting

Trails Master Plan delay, National Victims’ Rights Week, 21-item consent calendar among other items
It was a whirlwind meeting for the Pleasanton City Council this week as city leaders, stakeholders and residents debated several big-ticket items over nearly six hours until the clock ticked past 12:30 a.m.

April 17, 2019 | 4 comments
Publisher's Note: Let your voice be heard in Readers' Choice 2019

Weekly's annual competition raises awareness, importance of local businesses
It's time once again to vote for your favorite spots to eat, drink, shop and play in Pleasanton. We have hundreds of Pleasanton places and businesses listed in dozens of categories on the online ballot.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
School board discussing district efforts to curb student vaping

Access periods at Harvest Park and Hart, sports injury treatment also on tap
Combating vaping among students in the Pleasanton Unified School District is the focal point of a presentation that district officials will give at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

April 15, 2019 | 12 comments
Pleasanton: Downtown planning, Chabad Center, housing bills lead crowded council agenda

Trails Master Plan Update, National Victims’ Rights Week, 21-item consent calendar also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council has a jam-packed agenda scheduled for Tuesday evening, with hot topics like the Downtown Specific Plan update, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life expansion and state housing legislation leading the docket.

April 15, 2019 | 1 comment
BART general manager announces retirement

Crunican stepping aside in July after eight years at helm
BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced last week that she will be leaving her job this summer after eight years leading the transit agency.

April 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Zone 7 breaks ground on $110 million treatment plant project

Patterson Pass capacity will double to 24 million gallons per day, officials say
Tri-Valley residents can expect better tasting and smelling water from the tap when the expansion and upgrades at the Zone 7 Water Agency Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant are completed.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Response to 'Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions?'

As President of the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA), I would like to respond to Jeb Bing's recent article titled “Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions?"

April 15, 2019 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Mannion signs with Minnesota Vikings

Plus, updates on local lacrosse, softball, tennis, hockey and more
Sean Mannion, the former Foothill High and Oregon State star quarterback, is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings after agreeing to a free agent contract with the team last week.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Swalwell holds presidential campaign rally in hometown at Dublin High

More than 1,000 residents attend local congressman's kickoff rally
After announcing his candidacy on the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Swalwell joined a deep field of Democrats who have thrown their hats into the ring, and in order to help grow his recognition, the 38-year-old Dublin native held a hometown rally to drum up support on Sunday.

April 14, 2019 | 48 comments
Dublin: Teachers, school district reach tentative deal to end tense contract negotiations

Ratification by union members, approval by school board still pending
After more than a year of contentious negotiations, contract talks between the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association appear close to concluding.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Students key in helping PUSD enact new recycling policy by Earth Day

Waste audits lead to separating recyclables, organics in PUSD lunch areas
Now, with everyone's help, district officials are set to meet their goal deadline of Earth Day for implementing their new integrated waste management policy in lunch areas district-wide.

April 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's priorities: City Council confirms work plan with top goals for next two years

Downtown, public safety, traffic circulation, housing, parking throughout list of 81 priorities
The Pleasanton City Council last month completed its biennial process of adopting a work plan of top priorities for the city to accomplish over the ensuing two years -- and in helping Pleasanton live up to its aforementioned motto, the public planning process saw more citizen and stakeholder input than ever before.

April 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Grad gives A-plus to Las Positas College

Science courses, transfer program worked great for her, Foothill alum says
But Kim emphasizes that her exciting academic career was launched at Las Positas College, which she attended from 2014-16.

April 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Musical soiree to benefit Livermore Valley Opera

Enjoy elegant evening of music and tasty treats
Sip champagne and enjoy opera stars in a beautiful private home at an Elegant Music Soiree to raise money for the Livermore Valley Opera.

April 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Bankhead shows: Folk legend Peter Yarrow, 'From Ragtime to Jazz' performing in Livermore

Two upcoming events at the Bankhead Theater will bring to life important periods in American musical history, including folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Stargazers hosting astronaut to reflect on space flight

James H. Newman speaking at special meeting in Livermore on Friday
The Tri-Valley Stargazers are hosting astronaut James H. Newman at their next meeting, Friday evening (April 19). Newman served on four NASA space shuttle missions, including the fourth Hubble servicing mission.

April 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: New report shows our rents among highest in country

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in Pleasanton, but across the entire Bay Area. Of the largest 10 cities that San Francisco-based Apartment List studies, eight have seen prices rise.

April 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Music for the young at the Firehouse

High School Music Collaboration doing two shows
The Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, a Los Angeles-based variety show featuring "kindie" music -- kid-friendly indie music -- will perform at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore-Amador Symphony playing 'Dramatic Dvorak'

Performance this weekend will feature cellist Evan Kahn
The Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 56th season with "Dramatic Dvorak," this Saturday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore with music director Lara Webber conducting.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Proposed new contract for unionized Pleasanton employees calls for 3% raises annually through 2022

If City Council approves on April 16, workers would also receive one-time bonus of $900
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to approve at its next meeting April 16 a new three-year contract with the Pleasanton City Employees Association Local 955 that will raise salaries by 3% retroactive to April 1, and then 3% again as of April 2020 and April 2021.

April 10, 2019 | 5 comments
News Digest: DUSD interim superintendent, Downtown egg hunt & Big swim meet

Also: Dublin State of the City, check out city art & Apply for Zone 7 seat
The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night appointed Dave Marken, Ed.D., to serve as interim superintendent until the district completes a likely nationwide search for its next permanent leader.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
City celebrating Earth Day with creek cleanup, pedal-powered smoothies, document shredding and more

Keeping planet healthy is mission of Saturday's environmental event
Learn how to help protect the planet while gaining new appreciation for it this weekend at the city of Pleasanton's Earth Day celebration.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
City, PUSD leaders on board with exploring shared maintenance facilities

Officials say studying possibility 'makes sense'
At an annual joint meeting on Monday night, Pleasanton city and school district officials agreed to further explore the prospect of sharing maintenance facilities at the city's Operations Services Center on Busch Road.

April 9, 2019 | 2 comments
Dublin receives award for Valor Crossing affordable veteran housing project

Complex provides housing option for military veterans in downtown Dublin
For its efforts to provide affordable housing to U.S. military veterans and their families, the city of Dublin has received an Award of Merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), in recognition of its Valor Crossing affordable housing complex for veterans.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
BART police work mandatory overtime to increase visibility, deter crime

BART police and staff will be working an extra day each week as mandatory overtime to discourage crime, transit agency officials said Monday.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball dominates Stampede tournament

Also: Falcon boys win Big O Classic; hockey season begins with busy weekend
One other annual event I've loved covering is the Livermore Stampede softball tournament that took place during spring break each year. It had the best teams not just in the North Coast Section, but all Northern California.

April 9, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD reps rally in Sacramento for full and fair funding in education

Students, educators and community members called upon the state to increase public education funding, and launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #FundCAEd.

April 11, 2019 | 4 comments
Ex-Dublin mayor Sbranti appointed to community college board

Other trustees unanimously pick longtime educator over five other candidates to represent Pleasanton
Former Dublin mayor and current Dublin High School athletic director Tim Sbranti will be returning to public office after being selected last week to fill the vacant Tri-Valley seat on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees.

April 8, 2019 | 3 comments
Swalwell announces candidacy for U.S. President

Tri-Valley Democrat launches White House bid with message of 'Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.'
Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially has his eye on the biggest seat in Washington, D.C., confirming Monday that he will be running for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President in 2020.

April 8, 2019 | 67 comments
Committee unveils Pleasanton's 2019 Ed Kinney Community Patriots

Sarah Banholzer, Jorge Victoria being honored at April 29 ceremony
Friends, acquaintances and family members are invited to a champagne reception 5:30-7 p.m. April 29 at Museum on Main to honor this year's recipients of the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards: Sarah Banholzer and Jorge Victoria.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Play to help man's best friend

Valley Humane Society launches Blackout Bingo to find homes for shelter dogs
Two very special dogs at the Valley Humane Society are searching for the perfect “furrever" family and community members can help by playing a simple game of Blackout Bingo.

April 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Staying Healthy: Justin's heart of gold

Pleasanton teen gains strength from heart transplant, sharing his story with others
Now 16, Justin Wang said he began writing not only as a way to cope with the challenges he was facing, but also as a way to inspire others going through difficulties of their own.

April 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Pleasanton author pens new cookbook on eating gluten-free from the Instant Pot

Cookbook offers 100 new tasty and nutritious recipes
Jane Bonacci of Pleasanton is a longtime food writer and recipe developer with a popular food blog at The Heritage Cook. When she needed to go gluten-free in 2012, her cooking took a turn in that direction.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Hike for Hope to benefit hospice

Event celebrates loved ones while raising funds
Gather family, friends and co-workers -- or come solo -- for Hope Hospice's ninth annual Hike for Hope taking place the morning of May 4 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

April 7, 2019 | 1 comment
The Super Parents: Exhibit highlights caring for children with special needs

Photos show constant care, crushing paperwork -- and deep love
Museum on Main has opened a new exhibit, featuring photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, chronicling the constant care provided by families for their children with chronic medical conditions.

April 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Staying Healthy: A boost for cancer patients

Two Maids & a Mop provides free house cleanings
Housework is always there to tackle, but when fighting cancer it can be overwhelming. To this end, Cleaning for a Reason, an international nonprofit group, was formed to partner with cleaning companies to provide free services for patients.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Disrupting dog food industry in Danville, electric outlet norms in Dublin

When it comes to disruptive companies innovating in the Tri-Valley, it's easy to think of technology firms or life science companies. How about firms breaking through in seemingly mundane areas such as dog food and electric outlets and switches?

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at hometown basketball regionals

Three local skills competitors earn gold; teams also medal
Pleasanton RADD athletes earned various medals last month when their hometown hosted the Special Olympics Northern California regional basketball competition.

April 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Karate martial artists earn medals at tournament

Athletes from Tri-Valley Karate in Pleasanton brought home 29 medals combined from the recent Tibon's 34th annual Karate Championships in Stockton.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Popular author presenting in Pleasanton

Towne Center Books welcomes Lisa See to introduce her latest novel, "Island of Sea Women," at its monthly Coffee and Conversation series, at 11 a.m. next Wednesday (April 10) at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave.

April 7, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Mother's Day contest deadline, Swalwell town hall & Bras for the Cause

Next Thursday (April 11) is the deadline to submit photographs for the Pleasanton Weekly's popular Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest, held each year in honor of Mother's Day.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Israeli dance troupe performing 'Currents' show at Bankhead

Internationally renowned Israeli dance troupe Mayumana, inspired by the historical battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla on their quest for world energy sources, is presenting its new show, "Currents," at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 at the Bankhead Theater.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
CityServe executive director Gloria Gregory taking sabbatical

Nonprofit preparing to expand reach within Tri-Valley
Gloria Gregory, who has served as CityServe of the Tri-Valley's executive director since the organization's founding 10 years ago, is stepping aside for a sabbatical in advance of the nonprofit gearing up to expand its efforts.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Iconic Livermore wine country restaurant moves away from fine dining

The Livermore Valley's iconic wine country restaurant is shifting its format after decades as a fine dining destination.

April 3, 2019 | 1 comment
All councils confirm support for Tri-Valley housing policy framework

Serves as basis for coordinated advocacy, community education around state legislative proposals
The Tri-Valley cities are ready to have their voices heard on state legislators' proposed solutions to the housing shortfall.

April 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Pleasanton: Characterz Cafe reveals hi-tech celebrity makeover

Chance pit stop, HGTV designer Frank Fontana breathe new life into local coffee shop
Whether it's a nifty new Batmobile, shiny costume redesign or adding a trusty sidekick, evolution is a part of any comic book character's trajectory. So the recent makeover at comic-themed Characterz Cafe and Coffee Roasterz on Sunol Boulevard was thematically appropriate.

April 3, 2019 | 2 comments
East Bay Parks offering 'Free Park Fridays'

Shadow Cliffs, Del Valle among no-cost admission sites
The East Bay Regional Park District is marking its 85th anniversary with free concerts and other events, and establishing "Free Park Fridays" through the end of the year.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
ACE rail launches mobile ticketing app

Commuters can now buy tickets on app, self-validate immediately
Tri-Valley residents who travel to the Silicon Valley via Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter trains can now purchase and manage their tickets through a new mobile app.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
City and PUSD consider striking a deal

Annual joint meeting Monday to focus on school facilities
Pleasanton city and school district leaders are set to examine sharing maintenance facilities and receive reports on Measure I1 bond projects like the planned Lydiksen Elementary School rebuild on Monday during the annual joint meeting between the City Council and Board of Trustees.

April 4, 2019 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball shuts out Amador Valley, Monte Vista

Both tennis teams continue strong play heading into spring break
The Foothill girls softball team kept its roll going with a pair of wins last week, beating Amador Valley and Monte Vista, both by shutout.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore City Council hears report on meeting housing demand

City closing in on seeing 2,700 new units required by 2022 under RHNA
The Livermore City Council last week considered its latest housing update report that includes anticipated construction of seven new residential complexes to help Livermore reach the roughly 1,500 new units required by 2022 under the regional housing needs allocation (RHNA).

April 1, 2019 | 2 comments
Bay Area home sales in February at 11-year low

More listings, improving mortgage rates could help put would-be buyers back on market
Over the course of February in the Bay Area, 4,354 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold, up nearly 13% from the previous month, but the year-over-year trajectory is trending downward.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Alameda County Superior Court expands public access, services

As part of their commitment to improving access to justice, Alameda County Superior Court officials recently opened a new self-help center at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Judge plans to issue injunction on sleep deprivation at Alameda County jails

Federal judge says 2:30 a.m. pill call, 4 a.m. breakfast could create unfair conditions
A federal judge announced in a ruling last week that he plans to issue a preliminary injunction requiring the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to take steps to reduce sleep deprivation of female inmates.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Man gets 25 years to life in murder of Dublin paramedic

Judge: 'Ambiguity' about who pulled trigger prevents sentence of life without parole
An Oakland man who was only 16 at the time has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for the shooting death of an off-duty Dublin paramedic in the Oakland hills six years ago.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin teachers march to protest DUSD's latest counteroffer in contract negotiations

Teachers say they are ready to strike
Tensions between the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association flared on Tuesday afternoon, when more than 500 union supporters calling for smaller classes, counseling and support services, and medical benefits marched from Dublin High School to the district offices.

March 31, 2019 | 4 comments
Longtime Valley View secretary going out on top as Classified Employee of the Year

Nancy Rae, retiring soon after 30+ years, earns district-wide distinction
Nancy Rae has been a staple fixture at Valley View Elementary School for nearly 34 years, greeting coworkers and students alike and putting a smile on their faces every morning.

April 1, 2019 | 2 comments
County health reports possible measles exposure at Livermore restaurant

Unvaccinated people, or those with weakened immune system, at Sauced on Saturday night advised to contact doctor immediately
Alameda County health officials are urging people who were at a Livermore restaurant Saturday night and are more at risk of contracting measles to get in touch with their doctor no later than Friday.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter recognizes student winners

Contests include citizenship, essays
The José Maria Amador chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is based in Pleasanton, recently recognized students for taking part in its three 2018-19 programs.

March 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill DECA team advances to international finals

Team swept 73 awards at this year's state event
More than a dozen students from Foothill High School are heading to Orlando, Fla., at the end of this month for the DECA International Career Development Conference.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Motorcycle community mourning Dublin designer, entrepreneur

Funeral services pending for Arlen Ness
Arlen Ness, an American motorcycle designer and entrepreneur best known for his custom motorcycles and related motorcycle supplies sold at his agency in Dublin, died in his home March 22, surrounded by his wife of 59 years, Beverly, and his family. He was 79.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
First Tee program allows Special Olympics golfers to hit links with confidence

'Their enjoyment -- loving every minute -- makes it so fulfilling'
Such is the case for the staff at the First Tee of the Tri-Valley when it comes to their Special Olympics golf program. Special Olympics is part of the local First Tee's Outreach Programs and is one of the more influential when it comes to the coaches involved.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Spy plane pilot, navigator to share experiences

Engaging speakers to tell war stories and more
Air Force pilot Brian Shul, one of the few elite to fly the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, will share his experiences at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore.

March 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Take a wild ride with Mr. Toad on Pleasanton stage

East Bay Children's Theatre presenting fun classic at Firehouse
Mr. Toad's wild ride is careening through Pleasanton next weekend when the East Bay Children's Theatre presents "The Great and Glorious Mr. Toad" at the Firehouse Arts Center in two performances, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on April 7.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Eagle Scout Award for Amador grad

Project was sturdy cart to hold marching band gear
Warren Zhang was presented with the Eagle Scout Award, the highest in the Scouting program, at a recent Eagle Court of Honor.

March 31, 2019 | 4 comments
Around Pleasanton: Major repairs needed at Amador Theater

Costly renovations, if approved, could make it a performing arts center
The Amador Theater, which has served as Pleasanton's principal and still largest performing arts facility for more than 80 years, needs work -- more than $1 million worth of work.

March 28, 2019 | 8 comments
Two special art exhibits at Bankhead in Livermore

On exhibit in the Founder's Room off the lobby of the Bankhead Theater in Livermore is "Shangri-La," 15 hand-painted Thangka from Tibet as well as "Wearable Art" at the Bankhead Gallery featuring the work of more than 20 local artists.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Lunch with author, Art competition & City's new PIO

Steven Rowley, author of "Lily and the Octopus," will be the guest at Towne Center Books' "Read It and Eat" event on April 5. Rowley will talk about his latest book, "The Editor," a funny poignant novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor (Jacqueline Kennedy) changes him forever as a writer and a son.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council ratifies new mobile home park agreement

Restricts rent increases on manufactured home sites to CPI index
The Pleasanton City Council has ratified a new rent stabilization agreement with the owners of Hacienda Mobile Home Park on Vineyard Avenue that allows annual increases of no more than 5% through December 2029, when the terms of the agreement expire.

March 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Vince Neil, Ashanti, Trace Adkins, Sheila E. among headliners for fair concerts

Gin Blossoms, WAR, Aly & AJ also on docket, plus tributes to Bruno Mars, KISS and Johnny Cash
This summer's Alameda County Fair concerts will include a little country, some rock 'n' roll and powerhouse performances every night. The fair runs June 14 to July 7 with the theme "I Spy Summer."

March 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Garden club offering 'tried-and-true' plants at annual sale

April 6 event has everything from roses to veggies to pots to grow them in
Pay for plants but the advice is free at the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club's annual plant sale being held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Amador Valley High School.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
School board OKs million-dollar makeover for Foothill sports field

More than half of project cost covered by donation from Boosters
A hefty donation will help give the aging athletic field at Foothill High School a much-needed makeover.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin school district abruptly parts ways with superintendent

Boozer out in mutual separation; latest blow to DUSD leadership stability
Leslie Boozer's tenure as Dublin Unified School District superintendent ended abruptly with little explanation Tuesday, with school board members announcing at their evening meeting that they and Boozer “mutually agreed to a separation."

March 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Principal departures: Board approves Solorzano's resignation, Butler's retirement

District set to start hiring process to find next leaders for both schools
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved the requests of two principals to step down at the end of the school year: Alberto Solorzano from Amador Valley High School and Jill Butler from Pleasanton Middle School.

March 27, 2019 | 4 comments
Around Pleasanton: Downtown planning -- Are developers now making the decisions?

A task force that's about to wind up its 2-1/2-year effort to recommend a new "vibrancy plan" for downtown Pleasanton appears to have changed course.

March 26, 2019 | 15 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill softball teams pick up wins

Also: Baseball, tennis, lacrosse and hockey athletes score victories
The Amador Valley girls softball team picked up a pair of wins last week, beating Livermore and Granada.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Appeals court upholds dismissal of Steinle parents’ negligence claim against city, sheriff

Suit still going forward against federal agency whose ranger’s gun was used in shooting
A federal appeals court Monday upheld the dismissal of a negligence claim against the city of San Francisco and former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi by the parents of Kate Steinle, the Pleasanton native killed by a bullet from a gun held by an undocumented immigrant in a case that captured national attention.

March 25, 2019 | 18 comments
Principal moves: Solorzano resigning from Amador, Butler retiring from Pleasanton MS

Budget planning, renovating Foothill field, Teacher of the Year also on tap for school board
Two Pleasanton Unified School District principals are stepping down at the end of the school year, according to public records included in the agenda packet for Tuesday night's school board meeting.

March 25, 2019 | 1 comment
Compass buys Alain Pinel Realtors in latest acquisition

Bay Area's largest real-estate firm? It's a New York startup
Compass, the venture-funded real-estate startup that launched its first office in the local market just over two years ago, became the Bay Area's largest residential brokerage firm this month after acquiring Tri-Valley powerhouse Alain Pinel Realtors for an undisclosed amount on March 9.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Santa Rita jail guards possibly exposed to fentanyl

Two guards at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin were taken to a hospital Sunday after possible exposure to fentanyl, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Cricket for Cubs holds tournament to welcome the spring

Eighth Tri-Valley Inter-School Cricket Tournament hosts 200 student-athletes
More than 200 young athletes from across the Tri-Valley gathered at five different locations in Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon this month, to participate in Cricket for Cubs eighth Tri-Valley Inter-School Cricket Tournament.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin Chamber of Commerce selects new President/CEO

Houston to lead city's business advocacy efforts
To lead in its efforts to promote and support the business community in its city, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce has selected longtime resident Inge Houston, to serve as its new President and CEO.

March 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Goodguys 37th All American Get-Together returns to Alameda County Fairgrounds

Annual car show marks the symbolic beginning of California's car show season
Saturday through Sunday, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will be bringing an eclectic collection of more than 3,000 candy colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and American made trucks, all at Pleasanton's Alameda County Fairgrounds.

March 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Two of a Kind: Mother-daughter lookalike contest

Mother's Day on May 12 is fast approaching, and the Pleasanton Weekly is again holding its popular Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest, with photos due by Thursday, April 11.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Zone 7 director Bill Stevens resigns, creating vacancy on board

Board will accept applications for residents interested in filling available seat
Zone 7 Water Agency is in need of a new official to serve on its Board of Directors, after longtime board member William 'Bill' Stevens announced his retirement after more than 20 years at the position.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Let's go to the park

Pleasanton offers plenty of outdoor activities as spring beckons
After one of the wettest Bay Area winters in recent memory, residents are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunnier weather of spring that has started to sneak through the clouds in recent days.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin school district makes new offer to teachers union

New offer includes 4% ongoing raise, one-time bonus of 1%
In an announcement released Wednesday, DUSD officials stated they have revised their original offer to an ongoing raise of 4% for all teachers and a one-time bonus of 1%, as well as an additional 0.5% salary increase for the district's longest serving teachers.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Swalwell reintroduces Journalist Protection Act

Bill would make harming reporters a federal crime
Last week U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell and two East Coast congressmen reintroduced a bill that would make certain attacks on news outlets a federal crime. The announcement came during Sunshine Week, an annual weeklong public campaign held this year from March 10 to 16, highlighting the importance of a transparent government and free media.

March 21, 2019 | 40 comments
Council halts plans for 90-home senior housing on Merritt property

Projects fails to generate votes to start building before 2021, if then
The Pleasanton City Council in effect has rejected a developer's bid to build a 90-home project for seniors 55 and older on the largely-vacant 45-acre Merritt property on Foothill Road.

March 21, 2019 | 23 comments
Woman involved in fatal DUI collision that took two lives surrenders to police

CHP say collision that killed Pleasanton resident was a 'preventable tragedy'
A woman surrendered on Wednesday afternoon on two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a collision on Altamont Pass Road in unincorporated Alameda County near Livermore last October that killed two people, including a Pleasanton resident, the California Highway Patrol said.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
MeToo movement merges with 'Vagina Monologues' production

Tri-Valley Haven production benefits sexual assault services
For more than 20 years, just the title of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues" has stoked both controversy and thoughtful discussion. But just like attitudes toward the show's title have changed, the same goes for the topics explored on stage each year at the Tri-Valley Haven theater production.

March 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Innovation Tri-Valley presents #GameChangers awards

Pleasanton's 10x Genomics, Lambda School among honorees
The Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group celebrated a diverse group of companies, firms that are operating on the cutting edge of their industries, at its 4th annual #GameChangers recognition event last week at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton City Council sets two-year work plan

Work plan prioritizes city's allocation of resources for 2019 through 2020
The Pleasanton City Council has established the path it wishes its city to follow over the next two years, and has unanimously approved a work plan setting city priorities for 2019 through 2020.

March 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Bay Area Jersey Mike’s locations to donate 100% of sales to California Firefighters

12 participating locations set to donate all sales made Wednesday
On March 27, 12 Bay Area Jersey Mike's locations -- including those in Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton -- will be donating 100% of the day's sales to the California State Firefighters' Association (CSFA) Historical Society, as a part of the company's ninth annual Month of Giving initiative.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional Medical Center names Wendy Sirivar Chief Nursing Officer

Sirivar to be tasked with managing hospital's nursing units
Sirivar will be tasked with overseeing the nursing population at San Ramon Regional, as well as the hospital's quality and infection control departments.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin teachers authorize strike if contract settlement not reached

Union: After 11 months of negotiations, two sides at 'impasse'
Dublin teachers have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike in the event that a contract settlement isn't reached with the Dublin Unified
School District, the teachers' union said.

March 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Dublin school board divided on how to fill latest vacancy

Cunningham’s seat to remain empty for foreseeable future
The Dublin Unified School District is still undecided on how to fill a vacancy left by former Board of Trustees member Dan Cunningham, who resigned unexpectedly three weeks into his third term earlier this month.

March 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Another packed agenda for the Pleasanton Council

Lawmakers set to name key priorities for city over next 2 years
The Pleasanton City Council will face a packed agenda Tuesday night as it meets to consider employee salary increases, a rent stability plan and its major priorities for the next two years.

March 18, 2019 | 10 comments
Power restored to 13,000 residents in Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon

Cause of hour long outage remains unknown
Approximately 13,000 PG&E customers in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon lost power for nearly an hour on Saturday night, before work crews were able to restore power.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Women shot, injured while riding in car on I-580

CHP say the second highway shooting in two days was non-life-threatening
A passenger in a car in Interstate Highway 580 was shot and injured Sunday evening in the second freeway shooting in the East Bay in two days, the California Highway Patrol said.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Bauer-Kahan and Glazer meet with constituents

Legislators discuss pressing issues, answer audience questions
Working with a new colleague can sometimes be difficult, but State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and legislative veteran State Senator Steve Glazer showed a united front at their joint Dublin Town Hall March 12, where they discussed the various issues affecting the Tri-Valley, as well as how they are working together to represent their constituents.

March 17, 2019 | 13 comments
Firing of former Walnut Grove principal upheld

Appellate court denies Vranesh's challenge, rules 2014 termination was valid
The Court of Appeal, First Appellate District Two, ruled this past week that the Pleasanton Unified School District was within its legal rights to terminate a former Walnut Grove Elementary School principal in 2014 when he was accused of sexual harassment.

March 17, 2019 | 3 comments
Haugen Award nominations now being accepted

Award recognizes Pleasanton residents who contribute to 'community of character'
Nominations for the 12th annual Juanita Haugen Community of Character Awards are now being accepted. Pleasanton citizens who give back to their community while modeling “high ethical and moral standards of behavior" will be awarded later this year by the Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Legislative update: Bauer-Kahan chairs Women's Reproductive Health Committee; Glazer bill takes aim at flavored tobacco

Local assemblywoman also sees bills on human trafficking, CalWORKs advance
The Tri-Valley's state lawmakers have seen original bills advance through committees at the State Capitol over the past few weeks, legislation mostly focused on public health and safety and higher education.

April 2, 2019 | 3 comments
Congressman Swalwell opens annual student art competition

Local high-schoolers invited to submit original artwork through April 19
Congressman Eric Swalwell is calling all high school art students in his district to show him their talents and enter into his 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Amazing Voyage: New Don Lewis album focuses on redemption

Songs seek to heal wounds of slavery, political chaos
Don Lewis, Pleasanton's much celebrated vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic engineer, is releasing a new album this month, one in a new format with deeply personal music that he hopes will help heal the wounds both of the country's long-festering slavery issues and the chaotic political moods now gripping the nation.

March 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Guest Opinion: What can Pleasanton do about climate change?

The world's leading scientists are calling on us to finally heed the warnings about the climate catastrophe that we're running full speed into: that we have a very few years to act decisively to prevent the worst impacts of climate change to current and future generations that imperil not just the human species, but all life on the planet.

March 18, 2019 | 48 comments
Pleasanton PD officers resuscitate man during drug overdose

Pleasanton Police Department officials are calling attention to what to do when someone is experiencing a drug overdose after local officers recently used Narcan to resuscitate a man near death after abusing drugs.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Community youth barn opens at fairgrounds in Pleasanton

Marissa Hunt Agricultural Education Center supports 4-H, FFA endeavors
Alameda County Fairgrounds officials and the local youth agriculture community joined together earlier this month to unveil the new Marissa Hunt Agricultural Education Center.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council makes two proclamations

The Pleasanton City Council shined a spotlight on a well-known veterans support organization and a lesser-known disease with separate proclamations earlier this month.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Rotary ups fight against polio

Flash campaign focuses on March and April
The Rotary Clubs in the Tri-Valley are having a "flash campaign" in March and April to eradicate the crippling disease worldwide once and for all.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Presenting 'Junie B. Jones JR' at the Firehouse

Youth musical full of fun and tomfoolery
A fun musical for kids and by kids opens at the Firehouse Arts Center next weekend -- "Junie B. Jones the Musical JR."

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
March and April are all about art

County designates two months to build community through the arts
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors recently recognized March as Art IS Education Month and April as Arts, Culture and Creativity Month.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Wild West acrobats at the Bankhead

Filled with breathtaking feats of agility and physical daring, Canadian-based contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize arrives in Livermore.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Conference to address art and business of writing

Author Robert Dugoni to speak on 'Finding your Perspective'
Robert Dugoni, winner of the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for fiction, will give the keynote speech at the Tri-Valley Writers Conference this month.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
American music fusion in Livermore

The Bumper Jacksons pay homage to our country's musical story, uniting an array of rich American traditions, from the streets of New Orleans to the Appalachian hollers, while expressing their own unique, playful style.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Rock with Hall of Famer at the Bankhead

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Felder, renowned as former lead guitarist of the Eagles, arrives at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (March 18) at the Bankhead Theater, touring ahead of the release of his new album, "American Rock 'N' Roll."

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Former assemblywoman co-hosting 'Mayors Report'

Tri-Valley Community Television has released its new episode of "Mayors Report" -- featuring a new co-host, former assemblywoman Catharine Baker.

March 13, 2019 | 2 comments
News Digest: St. Pat's Brew Crawl, Barrel Tasting Weekend & Bike safety workshops

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is holding its annual St. Patrick's Brew Crawl this Saturday evening.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Upcoming PPIE Run for Education features new attractions

A's mascot appearance caps event highlights
Thousands of community members are storming the streets of Pleasanton on April 14 for the annual Run for Education. The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE), which has organized the event for the past seven years to raise money for all 15 Pleasanton public schools, hopes to break the piggy bank and beat last year's final fundraising tally of more than $100,000.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional names Wendy Sirivar as new chief nursing officer

Sirivar to be tasked with managing hospital's nursing units
Sirivar will be tasked with overseeing the nursing population at San Ramon Regional, as well as the hospital's quality and infection control departments.

March 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council endorses priorities at packed workshop

Hundreds turn out for public input meeting; final vote due next week
The Pleasanton City Council is moving closer to confirming the city's next two-year work plan after a lengthy meeting filled with resident comments and council deliberations Tuesday night -- in what was the city's most well-attended priority-setting workshop to date.

March 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Unified eyes polling for feedback on potential new bond

Board set to decide soon on survey to gauge voter support for 2020 measure
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees deliberated Tuesday evening whether community members would support a new bond measure to extend the revenue stream currently supported previous bonds.

March 13, 2019 | 20 comments
Hart students sweep Bay Area cyber competition

CyberYoddha team wins in first time at regionals
A team of cyber-sleuths from Thomas Hart Middle School took first place recently at the Bay Area Regionals Cyber Competition (BARCC) in San Jose.

March 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Tim Talk: Castlewood members make first of two big decisions

Membership endorses facility upgrades by narrow margin; vote on Bay Club to follow
The future of the iconic Castlewood Country Club became a little bit clearer this month when the membership narrowly voted to proceed with remodeling the clubhouse and pool area.

March 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley, Foothill softball teams back in action

Plus: Highlights from the week in tennis, lacrosse, volleyball and hockey
The Amador Valley girls softball team had a tough run last week, including losses to a couple of perennial tough programs, while Foothill came away with an 8-2 win over San Marin.

March 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Community rallies behind Pleasanton city worker diagnosed with rare illness

GoFundMe campaign for Ben Jacobs has raised nearly $1,000 per day
Friends and family set up the fund to help cover medical expenses for Ben Jacobs, a utilities systems operator in the city's Operations Services Department who was diagnosed a couple of months ago with myelodysplastic syndrome.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
LLNL physicist, Pleasanton resident named Woman of the Year

Assemblywoman honors Ma for career achievements, commitment to science education
Pleasanton resident Tammy Ma, Ph.D., a leading experimental plasma physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been named Woman of the Year for State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's District 16.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council endorses Tri-Valley housing policy framework

Cities hope for stronger voice with coordinated effort, community education
Local leaders throughout the Tri-Valley have been carefully watching regional and state officials' legislative proposals to address the housing shortfall, and the five municipalities now have a plan in place for a coordinated response.

March 11, 2019 | 37 comments
Dublin: Jail inmate dies; cellmate arrested on suspicion of murder

Sudden violent attack kills 70-year-old charged with child sex abuse, ACSO says
A 70-year-old Santa Rita Jail inmate died early Sunday morning from injuries suffered in a beating, and the man's cellmate has been arrested in connection with the lethal assault inside a cell in the Dublin jail, an Alameda County Sheriff's sergeant said Sunday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to weigh new facilities bond measure

Ballot measure would provide $120M for needed unfunded projects, district says
A possible new bond measure on next year's election ballot will be explored when the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meets on Tuesday night.

March 10, 2019 | 63 comments
BART service returns to normal following unexplained systemwide shutdown

BART is resuming normal service systemwide after a computer glitch brought service to a halt earlier Saturday morning.

March 9, 2019 | No comments yet
SRVUSD, teachers union announce tentative agreement on contract to avert strike

SRVEA members to vote on ratification next week; school board to decide March 26
San Ramon Valley school district officials and teachers union representatives have reached tentative agreement on a new contract that would cap months of contentious negotiations and avert a potential strike.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
St. Patrick's Day: Dublin ready for a shamrockin' good time

No passport needed to enjoy Tri-Valley's annual Irish celebration
Come shamrock out this weekend to the sounds of bagpipes and traditional Irish pub tunes at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Longtime Amador Valley teacher nominated for LifeChanger award

Special education teacher Aimee Buckley up for national honor
An admired longtime teacher at Amador Valley High School was recently nominated for the 2018-19 national LifeChanger of the Year award, underscoring several decades of dedication and service for students in her special ed classes.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Water planning for the future

Zone 7 member to speak on managing drought and abundance
The public is invited to hear Zone 7 Water Agency Director Sarah Palmer speak on "California Water: Planning for the Future of Drought and Abundance," at 2 p.m. next Wednesday (March 13) at the Livermore Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., hosted by AAUW Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Masters of Soul performing in Livermore

The legendary Motown Era is coming to town when the Masters of Soul return to the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, at 8 p.m. March 15.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Relay for Life kicks off

Teams will spend 24 hours honoring cancer victims, raising funds
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Tri-Valley held its kickoff recently at the Livermore Elks Club with a potluck dinner.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Dancin' concert at the Vets Hall

Firehouse Arts Center is hosting a concert/dance party at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., with a ragtime blues band, the California Feetwarmers, known for its "horn-heavy rags, banjo stomps and happy trad jazz," close to original 1920s New Orleans.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Calling Tri-Valley women entrepreneurs

Networking group launches Tuesday with dynamic speaker
A committee of women entrepreneurs, headed by Upuia Ahkiong, is launching a networking group this week to energize and celebrate their sister business owners.

March 9, 2019 | No comments yet
STEAM workshops for fifth-grade girls

'Divas' to explore science, technology, engineering, art, math
Fifth-grade girls are invited to the AAUW STEAM Divas to expand their horizons in math and science being held March 23 at Junction Avenue K-8 School in Livermore.

March 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Illinois winters lead to Porky's opening on Hopyard

Thanks to the long and blustery winters in Chicago and northern Illinois (which I remember well), the Valenziano family moved west and will open their second Porky's Pizza Palace next week, this time in Pleasanton where they live.

March 7, 2019 | 3 comments
News Digest: We the People fundraiser, Holocaust bravery & Transit Fair

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell is set to be the keynote speaker at a joint fundraiser next Sunday (March 17) for Amador Valley and Foothill high schools' We The People competitive civics teams.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Meet next week with City Council, Supervisor Miley, Bauer-Kahan and Glazer

City, county, state elected officials holding separate input sessions in Tri-Valley
It's shaping up to be a busy week ahead for civic-minded Pleasanton residents interested in interacting with locally elected officials at the city, county and state levels.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Every 15 Minutes: Driving home the message

Realistic re-enactments offer sobering look at DUI incidents among youth
Every 15 Minutes is an anti-DUI program that consists of a realistically simulated car crash, where student actors and volunteer first responders re-enact the aftermath of a fatal collision resulting from a student driving while intoxicated, with the school's senior and junior class present to witness the event.

March 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Grammy winner coming to Bankhead

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn brings his easygoing style back to the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley forum to support nonprofit groups

Event to address overcoming the 'overhead barrier'
A special forum given by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) will address a problem encountered by nonprofit groups: resistance from donors to having their contributions go toward overhead.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Community petitions city for extra crossing guard at Vintage Hills Elementary

Intersection next to Vintage Hills poses safety risk, parents say
A group of parents and their children are petitioning Pleasanton city leaders for an additional crossing guard at Vintage Hills Elementary School, citing an intersection they say poses a threat to their children's safety.

March 6, 2019 | 25 comments
Commission endorses east side, housing policy, Merritt property for city's priority list

Also: Initial review of Stoneridge Mall renovations, supporting Trails Master Plan
The Pleasanton Planning Commission has recommended five land-use and planning topics for the city's two-year work plan, urging the City Council to feature those programs in the final list when confirmed in the weeks ahead.

March 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Student stabbed at Livermore High School

A male student at Livermore High School was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another student Tuesday afternoon, police said.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley natives joining Pleasanton Police Department

Officers Furphy, Kidd to begin patrol after field training
The Pleasanton Police Department has welcomed two Tri-Valley natives as the city's newest police officers: Kayla Furphy and Robert Kidd.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley girls lacrosse off to strong start

Also: Foothill baseball, softball post wins; Amador tennis, volleyball keep rolling
The Amador Valley varsity girls lacrosse team took a pair of games last week, first beating Acalanes 17-8 and then downing Granada 16-4.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore PD investigating body found near creek as suspicious death

Dead man discovered along trail next to Peary Way on Monday morning
Police said they are treating the death of a male who was found Monday on a dirt trail in Livermore as suspicious.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board OKs contract for Lydiksen rebuild with reduced scope

Also: Fencing projects coming at Fairlands, Mohr, Harvest Park
A series of security and remodel upgrades for several schools were approved at last week's Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting, including a new construction contract that will save taxpayers millions of dollars but with a reduced project scope.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin down to three school board members after Cunningham resigns

Board to decide soon how to fill new vacancy, with Area 4 special election already set for June 4
Dublin Unified School District Trustee Dan Cunningham abruptly resigned in the middle of his third term last week, leaving the Board of Trustees with two of its five seats vacant.

March 4, 2019 | 3 comments
New interim principal steps in at Amador Valley High School

Grewal takes temporary promotion; Solorzano's status remains unclear
Pleasanton Unified School District leaders appointed vice principal Nimarta Grewal to serve as interim principal at Amador Valley High School effective Monday.

March 4, 2019 | 6 comments
County supervisors vote to make sweeping changes to Urban Shield program

Law enforcement expo criticized as militaristic, xenophobic; sheriff backed training as vital
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 at the end of a five-hour meeting on last Tuesday to accept most of a committee's recommendations to make sweeping changes to its Urban Shield first-responder training exercise.

March 4, 2019 | 4 comments
Foothill earns California Distinguished School status

Fourth time school has received designation
For the fourth time in a quarter century, Foothill High School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School by the state Department of Education.

March 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Standing up to anxiety in the Tri-Valley

New foundation in son's memory aims to erase mental health stigma
As part of their family's campaign, Steve Nimmo and his daughter Samantha appeared last month at a screening of the documentary film "Angst" at the St. John Paul II Activity Center in Pleasanton, where they used time after the film to remind everyone that "it's OK to not be OK."

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Turning an active 95 deserves many birthday parties

Dan Ashton was feeling a bit "birthdayed out" on Monday afternoon. He'd officially celebrated his 95th birthday on Saturday in Pleasanton, but the celebrations had started a couple of weeks earlier with his family because that's when some could gather.

February 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Letter: Teacher integrity intact; clarifying misconceptions

Superintendent, school board president, union president submit joint statement
The strength and unparalleled success of the schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District continues to be driven by the high quality and long-standing commitments of our teachers, counselors, classified employees and administrators.

March 3, 2019 | 35 comments
Bay East Association of Realtors installs 2019 leadership team

Nancie Allen named board president
The Pleasanton-based Bay East Association of Realtors welcomed its 2019 leadership team with an installation ceremony last month.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton mayor delivers State of the City address

Thorne discusses downtown, housing, public projects, local economy during annual speech
Pleasanton experienced another year filled with accomplishments in 2018, and city leaders are poised for another year of highlights in 2019, Mayor Jerry Thorne said during his annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon.

February 28, 2019 | 15 comments
DLux Puppets presenting 'Alice in Wonderland'

Familiar tale teaches power of words, thought, feelings
A musical adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center performed by life-sized puppets, actors and a digitally projected set.

March 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale presenting 'Joyful Songs'

15-year-old virtuoso organist is featured artist
Valley Concert Chorale will be joined by organist virtuoso Dominic Pang, 15, a high school freshman, as it presents two concerts this weekend with diverse arrangements of "Joyful Songs that Dance."

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
From Jazz Combo to Big Band

Concert to showcase East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars
The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars will return to the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore at 7 p.m. next Saturday (March 9) under the leadership of director Spencer Sussman.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Guitar duo to benefit young musicians

Fretted Friend's Productions will present an intimate evening of solo acoustic guitar featuring recording artists Teja Gerken and Doug Young in a benefit concert for Livermore Rotary's Music Scholarship Fund.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Contest for youth to address climate change

Photos, videos may help agencies find the way forward
Young people ages 13-23 with a knack for photography and videography are invited to use their artistic abilities to answer the question, "What can you do to stop climate change?"

March 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Harringtons leading art walks in March, April

North and south outings to visit 36 public art works
Art patrons Nancy and Gary Harrington will lead two Saturday morning walks in the coming weeks to acquaint enthusiasts with public art works in Pleasanton.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: LPC honoring female veterans, Gem Faire next weekend & Valley Trails tot lot input

Las Positas College and its Veterans First Program are presenting their annual free event "Honoring Women Veterans" next Thursday (March 7) at the campus in Livermore.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Alameda County unveils Women's Hall of Fame class of 2019

Three Tri-Valley women, one local teen among new inductees
Local leaders are honoring 12 women and two teenagers from throughout the county later this month with induction into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame.

March 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance March 1, 2019

Home Sales Update March 1, 2019

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Alleged gunman in Danville murder dies by suicide in Illinois

Sypien reportedly shoots self in parents’ front yard with police closing in
The man accused of killing Danville resident John Moore at a business park on Fostoria Way on Sunday died by suicide on Wednesday afternoon soon after being spotted by authorities near his parents' house in Illinois.

February 27, 2019 | 1 comment
San Ramon Valley teachers voting on strike authorization

If approved, SRVEA leaders may call strike should negotiations fall apart
Labor negotiators for the San Ramon Valley teachers union are in the process of preparing for their response should bargaining talks with school district management break down, calling a vote requesting members to authorize the executive board to initiate a strike should negotiations fail.

February 27, 2019 | 17 comments
Livermore rancher charged with fratricide

ACSO: Man killed younger brother after family dispute turned to gun violence
A 54-year-old rancher from rural Livermore was charged with murder on Tuesday for the fatal shooting of his younger brother on Saturday night during what authorities said was a dispute over electricity.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Pastor of Catholic Community of Pleasanton dies after cancer battle

Services for Fr. Paul Minnihan set for next week at St. Augustine
Rev. Paul D. Minnihan, pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton for the past six years, died on Sunday after a recent battle with aggressive cancer. He was 52.

February 27, 2019 | 6 comments
PUSD board confirms dismissal of high school pole vault coach

District cites 'harassing' text messages to student-athlete; coach defends self, joined by supporters
The termination of a popular high school pole vault coach amid allegations of inappropriate critical text messages to a student-athlete overshadowed what was expected to be an otherwise routine evening of business for the Pleasanton school board on Tuesday.

February 27, 2019 | 17 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis all in action

Also: Two local martial artists qualify for national team
The Amador Valley girls basketball team saw their Cinderella run through the North Coast Section playoffs come to an end against top-seeded Carondelet in the semifinal round last week.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Amador to host anti-DUI campaign 'Every 15 Minutes'

Program strives to end DUI related incidents among young people
The Pleasanton Police Department -- in partnership with the Pleasanton unified School District -- wants to reduce the number of DUI related fatalities, particularly among young people, and intends to do so through its “Every 15-Minutes" anti-DUI campaign.

February 27, 2019 | 3 comments
New trustee sought to represent Pleasanton at Chabot-Las Positas

Applications available with board set to make appointment in spring
The search is on for a new person to serve as Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 5 trustee, a public position representing most of Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol on the Board of Trustees.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Driver gets two speeding tickets in 11 minutes

'That was an expensive 11 minutes,' CHP officer quips
A driver on Interstate 580 in the Tri-Valley managed to rack up about $1,000 in traffic fines Monday afternoon with two speeding tickets in 11 minutes, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

February 25, 2019 | 1 comment
Stoneridge Mall owners submit plans for new cinema, retail, health club at Sears site

Planning Commission holding workshop on proposal Wednesday night
Simon Property Group has unveiled its plans for redesigning the eastern edge of Stoneridge Shopping Center left vacant with the Sears store now closed.

February 25, 2019 | 20 comments
$110 million water treatment plant upgrades start next month

Work includes ozone disinfection, doubling facilities on site
More than a decade after the Zone 7 Water Agency started planning, the long-awaited expansion and upgrade of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant will finally get underway next month.

February 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Authorities identify victim, suspect from fatal shooting in Danville

Arrest warrant issued for Mark Allan Sypien in killing of 76-year-old commercial property owner
The man who was fatally shot in Danville on Sunday afternoon has been identified as 76-year-old John Moore, a local man who was found dead by police after sustaining gunshot wounds, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office.

February 25, 2019 | 1 comment
Fatal shooting reported in Danville

Man found dead near Fostoria Way business park; investigation ongoing
Police are investigating after a man was found dead from gunshot wounds in Danville on Sunday afternoon.

February 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Brother arrested, accused of fratricide in rural Livermore

ACSO: Dispute between brothers led to fatal shooting Saturday night
A suspect was arrested on suspicion of murdering his brother Saturday night in an unincorporated area of Livermore, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said.

February 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Campus projects up for approval at Pleasanton school board meeting

Dozen teaching layoffs, more budget prep, Next Generation Science Standards also on tap
A handful of improvement projects and upgrades for campuses throughout the Pleasanton Unified School District will be considered at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday evening.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Cal High alum, daughter of SRVUSD board president dies in car crash

Maddie Hurd remembered as passionate young woman who inspired others
Madeline "Maddie" Hurd, a 2015 California High School graduate and the daughter of San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education President Rachel Hurd, was in her senior year working toward a bachelor's degree in recreation at Western Washington University. She was 21 years old.

February 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Amador, Foothill teaming up on 'Cinderella' musical

25th annual tandem production enchanting audiences with updated twist
Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are celebrating a quarter century of creative collaboration next weekend with an epic stage production of the reimagined Broadway musical, "Cinderella."

March 1, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police report armed robbery on Bernal Avenue

Pedestrian pistol-whipped after robbers take laptop bag Thursday night
The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating a robbery near Bernal Community Park during which two armed people stole a pedestrian's laptop bag and pistol-whipped the victim before fleeing the area on Thursday night.

February 22, 2019 | 27 comments
Cincinnati hospital administrator hired as new Stanford-ValleyCare president/CEO

Shumway taking reins at Pleasanton medical center in May
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare officials announced Thursday that Cincinnati hospital executive Rick Shumway has been selected as the next president and CEO of the Tri-Valley health system.

February 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Pictures for People: The art of really seeing someone

Tri-Valley artist's project to raise money to help homeless
Using these talents, Thompson has embarked on Pictures for People, a project to get to know folks on the streets, capture their spirit in personal portraits, then sell the paintings to help provide them with services.

February 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Comedians onstage to benefit Harvest Park

Have a laugh, help a school
A night of laughter will benefit Harvest Park Middle School, as three comedians take the stage at the "Patriot Parent Social and Comedy Night" on March 5 at Tommy T's Comedy Club.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Hello, dolls! -- at Museum on Main

Historic collections yield extensive exhibit
Pleasanton's Museum on Main will display dolls from its collections in a new exhibit opening Wednesday titled "Tri-Valley of the Dolls."

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Lively Celtic fiddling in Livermore

The Bankhead Theater will welcome the return of master fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy in a lively celebration of the music of their Canadian roots, "Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond," at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday.

February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Presenting 'Barber of Seville' in all its glory

New pricing to help newcomers discover magic of opera
Livermore Valley Opera opens "The Barber of Seville," one of the most recognizable comedic operas of all time, on March 9 at the Bankhead Theater. The fully staged production with orchestra and subtitles will run for two weekends, directed by Rob Herriot.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
A cappella champs at Firehouse

Six Appeal, the 2018 International Professional a cappella champions, will be in concert at the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. March 2.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Calling talented teens for Pleasanton Open Mic Night

Sign-ups being accepted for March 8 event at Inklings
Teens are invited to sign up to showcase their talents at the Teen Open Mic Night taking place from 7-9 p.m. March 8 at Inklings Coffee & Tea, 530 Main St.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Love for the ages at Stoneridge Creek

Love was certainly in the air this Valentine's Day weekend at Stoneridge Creek, where more than 20 wedding gowns were on display as part of a Valentine's week exhibit at the senior-living community in Pleasanton.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Plan a party, help a charity

Tri-Valley-based Party In-Kindness (PIK) is changing the way groups can raise money for worthy charities by making it easy, fun and meaningful for donors.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Newsom downgrades Brown's pet projects

When Gavin Newsom was running for governor last year, he adopted "courage for a change" as his slogan.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay East Association honors best in local real estate for 2018

Realtor organization hands out annual awards at Inaugural Gala
The Bay East Association of Realtors recognized some of its most outstanding members for achievement during 2018.

February 24, 2019 | No comments yet
McMillan taking reins as MTC executive director

Former deputy to lead Bay Area transportation, regional planning efforts
Therese W. McMillan, a career public transportation official with strong Bay Area ties, is set to start her new role this week as executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Las Positas College Fire Academy receives new accreditation

Prospective firefighters to work toward state, federal certifications
The Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy recently earned new status as an accredited regional training program in the state fire training system, officials with the Livermore community college announced last week.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: State of the City on Tuesday, Teen job fair & Ragin' Cajun

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne is set to deliver his State of the City address during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pleasanton at the Club.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance February 15, 2019

Home Sales Update February 15, 2019

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin boy returns home after disappearing last week

A Dublin teenager who was missing for a week returned home safely this Tuesday, according to Dublin Police Services.

February 20, 2019 | 6 comments
Council postpones Chabad Center appeals hearing after both sides request delay

Also: State response to housing crisis, 4th-graders oppose plastic straws, students back 'Green New Deal'
In a session dominated by discourse on far-reaching topics like plastic pollution, climate change and state housing legislation, perhaps the most noticeable takeaway from the Pleasanton City Council meeting was the neighborhood dispute that wasn't discussed.

February 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Amador Valley High principal takes leave of absence

Ex-headman Williams steps in while Solorzano out
First-year Amador Valley High School principal Alberto Solorzano was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons on Wednesday, according to Pleasanton Unified School District officials.

February 20, 2019 | 25 comments
Pleasanton: South Bay boy wins Scripps Regional Spelling Bee

Rishik Gandhasri, a seventh-grader from San Jose, took the top spot last Sunday at the 2019 Scripps Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, held in Pleasanton's Amador Theater.

February 20, 2019 | 2 comments
2018 Alameda County Fair takes home industry awards

Marketing, sponsorships, new cultural program among first-place categories
Last year's Alameda County Fair recently earned more than 40 regional and international awards for innovation and excellence in competitions, agriculture and marketing during the annual summer showcase at the Pleasanton fairgrounds.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Teen mental health, social media link explored in upcoming education series

Tri-Valley sessions offer helpful tech tips for parents and youth
Outside influences like school, cellphones and social media are common burdens of modern adolescence. Tri-Valley parents can learn helpful tips for spotting and addressing these stressors in their children at an upcoming free event called "Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids."

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD receives high marks in Measure I1 audit

Auditors confirm district spending in line with voter-approved projects
The Pleasanton Unified School District received a clean bill of health for managing Measure I1 bond spending so far on various upgrades at its 15 campuses, a recent audit reports.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Underdog Dons off to strong start in NCS girls basketball tourney

Also: Nail-biters end postseason runs for Amador boys basketball, girls soccer
The Amador Valley varsity girls basketball team, the No. 12 seed in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs, pulled a pair of upsets last week to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Pleasanton council set to delay hearing on Chabad Center appeals

Also: State housing legislation, JDEDZ consultant costs and students to push ‘Green New Deal’
The Pleasanton City Council is expected to postpone its public hearing on project plans for the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after one of the appellants asked that the meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night be instead pushed out to next month.

February 18, 2019 | 7 comments
Del Valle Regional Park closed amid flooding concerns

Rainstorms lead East Bay Parks to shut access through at least March 3
Park officials have closed Del Valle Regional Park in southeastern Livermore for at least the next two weeks amid flooding concerns as rain continues to fall throughout the region.

February 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin police look for public's help in locating missing teen

14-year-old boy last seen by family on Tuesday
Police in Dublin are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teenager. Max Joseph Merrell, 14, was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
History comes alive at Fairlands 'African-American Living Museum'

First-person exhibit honors historical figures for Black History Month
The “African American Living Museum" at Fairlands Elementary last week highlighted some of the United States' most important African-American figures in U.S. history, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Lovin' guitars: Iconic instrument is a joy to hear, play and behold

Spotlighting Tri-Valley guitar scene ahead of new shows at Firehouse, Bankhead
Pick up a guitar. With your left fingers hold down a string or two. Strum with your right hand. Sound! Music? Magic. John Kibildis, owner of JAMS Music in Dublin, said his favorite instrument has always been the guitar.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Being prepared saves a life at Pleasanton Middle School

Team members at Pleasanton Middle School were reminded of the importance of being trained and prepared for life-or-death situations. That training helped assistant principal Mike O'Brien come to the aid of a choking student.

February 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Guest Opinion: Reflections on our Tri-Valley mayors' trip to Washington

In my role as Pleasanton's mayor, I recently traveled with the other Tri-Valley mayors for our annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I'm pleased to report that despite the government shutdown, we had a successful trip advocating for our region.

February 15, 2019 | 3 comments
TV30 again offering summer camp

Focus is on video, television production at studio
Students can get the edge in video production at this year's TV30 Summer Camp, being held for the 11th year.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Local 4-H members attend agri-science summit

Teens form action plan to cut down on waste, at D.C. event
For three dynamic days last month, local 4-H members -- Anika and Austin Nicolas of Pleasanton, Cara Rubin of Danville, and Liliana Wheeler of Livermore -- participated in workshops focused on precision agriculture, food and health, animal science, wildlife biology, biobased products and bioenergy.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Camp Connection: Adventures beckon

Explore what type of camp is best for your child
Summer is quickly approaching, which means a long vacation when schools let out. How can parents make these months stimulating, productive and fun?

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore-Amador Symphony presents 'Colorful Characters'

Concert to also feature winners of youth competition, including Amador junior
Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 56th regular season with "Colorful Characters" next Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Bankhead Theater, with music director Lara Webber conducting.

February 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Frolicking fundraiser for Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

Royal Jelly Jive concert benefits arts in the schools
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is presenting Royal Jelly Jive at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Firehouse Arts Center to raise money for art in the schools, a departure from classical music fundraising concerts in the past.

February 18, 2019 | 2 comments
Livermore: Pub show -- with beer

The Choir of Man is bringing its unique singing dancing pub show to the Bankhead Theater at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Music mash-up: Banda Magda performing at Firehouse

The high-energy, global music mash-up band known as Banda Magda hits the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. next Sunday (Feb. 24).

February 17, 2019 | No comments yet
'Fragments, Edges & Ambiguities' at Firehouse

New exhibit opening at Harrington Gallery
The next major art installation at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center, titled "Fragments, Edges & Ambiguities," will roam the boundaries between realistic and abstract with the works of five Bay Area artists.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Bubbles & Bacon, Count those birds, Swalwell named chair

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its inaugural Bubbles & Bacon event on and around Main Street next weekend.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Celebrating Lunar New Year at Vintage Hills Elementary

Parents joined together to create an authentic display of Asian culture and traditions at this month's Lunar New Year celebration at Vintage Hills Elementary School.

February 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton chamber announces Community Service Award winners

56th annual ceremony set for next month at Firehouse
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its 2019 Community Service Awards ahead of the award ceremony taking place next month at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore company fined for safety violations in fatal trench collapse

State alleges willful-serious actions before worker killed on project in Daly City
A Livermore-based business has been cited more than $242,000 for safety violations related to the death of a worker in the collapse of a trench in Daly City last July, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said Wednesday.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
EBRPD buys 160 acres to expand preserve between Dublin and Livermore

Board eyes public access, habitat protection for property in Doolan Canyon
The Tri-Valley's Doolan Canyon Regional Preserve has nearly 160 acres of new publicly owned open space, with EBRPD closing escrow on the nearly $1.3 million acquisition paid for largely by the district's Measure WW open space bond funds.

February 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Sandia Livermore continues growing

Lab plans to add 200 new employees during 2019
The welcome mat is out at Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore campus, where the lab is continuing a hiring binge.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Math placement program numbers show ups and downs for PUSD

Ninth-graders improve the most, sophomores' passage rates dwindle among district's results
The numbers are in from Pleasanton Unified School District's ninth-grade math placement program and are mostly satisfactory, but results show some areas for improvement.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Winning words will fly at upcoming Scripps Spelling Bee in Pleasanton

Local students among competitors at Bay Area regionals in Amador Theater
There's plenty of buzz swirling around the 2019 Scripps Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee competition on Sunday at the Amador Theater, the final hurdle before advancing to the national championship.

February 13, 2019 | 1 comment
City seeks residents for committee, commission seats

Applications due March 22; interviews with mayor to follow
Pleasanton city officials are looking for volunteers interested in serving the community on one of the city commissions and committees that oversee specific topic areas and make recommendations to the City Council.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill to face off again at nationals

Schools finish one-two at state to qualify for D.C. for second year in a row
An old-fashioned Pleasanton rivalry will play out on a national stage when students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools head to Washington, D.C. in April for the We the People national finals.

February 11, 2019 | 3 comments
Man dies in car crash in Dublin

Police: Medical emergency could have led to fatal crash on weekend
Dublin police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred near the center of town amid wintry conditions on Saturday afternoon.

February 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Both Amador basketball teams sweep season series from Foothill

Also: Golf Ball Drop fundraiser to benefit BUSC
The Amador Valley boys and girls varsity basketball teams completed their season sweeps of cross-town rival Foothill last week.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to review highs and lows of math placement results

Also: Measure I1 funds for furniture and HVAC upgrades, trustees to consider new Budget Subcommittee
Results from the ninth-grade math placement program will be up for discussion at Tuesday's Pleasanton school board meeting, where the trustees will receive an annual report and update from district staff.

February 11, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD transcripts: Investigator finds two impermissible alterations, no systemic problem

Superintendent confident in integrity of district's records despite isolated incidents
PUSD had two incidents of administrators improperly removing a course from a high school student transcript -- one inadvertent, one intentional, but both impermissible, according to the findings from the law firm investigating the integrity of district transcripts.

February 8, 2019 | 31 comments
PPD: Wells Fargo robbed, suspects escape after shooting at officer

Takeover-style robbery at Hopyard bank leads to gunfire with police, carjacking
Pleasanton police are still searching for the culprits behind a takeover-style robbery of the Wells Fargo on Hopyard Road that led to a police chase with shots fired at an officer and a carjacking before the robbers escaped town on Friday.

February 8, 2019 | 53 comments
Pleasanton: Honoring Whitney Houston at Firehouse

Oakland native Dee Dee Simon will perform "Whitney: One Moment In Time" at two shows this weekend at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Laughing at love: Chicago's Second City troupe coming to Bankhead

The Second City, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater, will share a lighthearted look at love on Valentine's Day weekend with "It's Not You, It's Me" at 8 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 15) at the Bankhead Theater.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Dancing 'Cheek to Cheek' for Valentine's Day

'Top Hat' kicks off 2019 Classic Film Series
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing on the big screen at the Bankhead Theater in "Top Hat," a romantic movie just in time for Valentine's Day, at 7 p.m. this Wednesday.

February 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Welcome Year of the Pig in Livermore

Lunar New Year celebration is family-friendly
Families are invited to a free Lunar New Year celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater. The event will celebrate the Year of the Pig in accordance with the Asian tradition that assigns animals to represent each of the 12 years in the Chinese zodiac.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Daniel Glover performing 'Evening of Music' at Livermore church

Pianist to play and analyze music by Liszt, American composers
Valley Concert Chorale pianist Daniel Glover will perform "An Evening of Music" to benefit the chorus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 16) at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Eagle Court for Foothill senior

Scout project replaced trees affected by drought
An Eagle Court of Honor will be held Sunday for Pleasanton teen Alexander Brandon Swenson-Lennox, who is a member of Troop 998, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6298, where he has served in leadership positions.

February 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Music accreditation for Chabot

Community college earns rare honor from national group
Chabot College's Music Department recently became the first California community college to receive accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the primary accrediting body for music schools across the nation.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Celebrate David Bowie at Bankhead

"A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour" is coming to the Bankhead Theater on Tuesday, with key alumni from his bands across the decades.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
DA O'Malley launches new anti-human-trafficking billboard campaign

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and Clear Channel Outdoor recently unveiled a public awareness campaign designed to heighten community awareness about human trafficking, mobilize the public and offer assistance to victims.

February 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Eye in the sky for security at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Stoneridge Shopping Center visitors may have noticed a new retractable security tower in the mall's parking lot in recent weeks.

February 12, 2019 | 11 comments
Around Pleasanton: Fundraiser supports police officer as costly cancer treatment shows promise

A sold-out fundraiser for cancer-stricken Pleasanton PD Officer Kyle Henricksen, a 10-year police department veteran, will be held this Saturday night amid reports that the 35-year-old is making progress in beating the disease.

February 7, 2019 | 5 comments
TV30 accepting nominations for Coach of the Year Award

Winner to be honored alongside Tri-Valley's top student-athletes
The nomination period has begun for student-athletes and families in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to recommend their favorite high school coach for TV30's annual Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award.

February 10, 2019 | 1 comment
News Digest: Downtown draft EIR out, 'Comedy of Errors' & New district director

The city of Pleasanton has released the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for its Downtown Specific Plan Update.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
City updates human services strategic plan, spotlights new Axis dental clinic

Council also hears from 4th-graders advocating straw ban, presents commendation for Bob's World
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday approved a comprehensive update to the city's Human Services Needs Assessment Strategic Plan, a document designed to guide city officials' decision-making in providing vital support for local residents in need.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
BART's new morning schedule starts Monday

First train now leaving Dublin-Pleasanton Station at 4:58 a.m. weekdays
Starting on Monday, BART riders will see changes in the weekday and Sunday schedules as contractors start work on the transit agency's $300 million-plus seismic retrofit of the Transbay Tube.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
City completes purchase of First Street property

Buildings expected to be torn down this year to allow future public use of site
The city of Pleasanton is now the owner of new downtown property, closing escrow last week on the $2 million purchase of a commercial parcel next to Lions Wayside Park and the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 5, 2019 | 9 comments
Livermore Lab's breakthrough advances 3D printing applications

Project with UC Berkeley scientists creates more efficient technology
"It looks like something you might find aboard the Starship Enterprise," said Jeremy Thomas, a spokesman for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Paris beckons at Valley Humane Society's Tails at Twilight gala

Annual event raises funds to help improve the lives of cats and dogs
Valley Humane Society is putting out a call to all animal lovers, and is looking for sponsors and donors to participate in its fifth annual “Tails at Twilight Gala" to help raise money for animals in need.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Let there be snow

Special sight as white appears around Tri-Valley
Weather conditions were just right overnight to bring white to hills and peaks around the Tri-Valley.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Best of pro sports on display with Crawford family tourney supporting Piscotty ALS fund

Also: Rage alums playing collegiate soccer honored on Letter of Intent Night
If there is one thing I love to see from our former high school athletes that move into the professional ranks, it is when they give back to charity events.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Secretive petition removes Natarajan from Dublin school board; special election to follow

Candidacy period now open for Trustee Area 4 residents to qualify for June 4 ballot
A group of Dublin voters successfully petitioned to cancel the school district's provisional appointment of Nini Natarajan to the Board of Trustees, setting the stage for a special election for Trustee Area 4 residents in June.

February 4, 2019 | 4 comments
DSRSD set to change election method

District-based elections to divide boundaries into five board areas
In order to give community members the opportunity to participate in the process of establishing the new voting method, the DSRSD will hold a series of public hearings over the next several months, with the first slated to occur on this Tuesday in San Ramon.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford-ValleyCare cancer program receives national recognition

Commission on Cancer awards hospital with three-year accreditation award
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare's cancer care services was recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer, a quality assessment program by the American College of Surgeons.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill DECA brings home dozens of awards as team heads to state competition

Students place well in career development showcase in San Ramon
Some 60 students from Foothill High School earned recognition at a business and career development conference in San Ramon last month, earning dozens of awards in an annual competition that sees hundreds of students compete from across the region.

February 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Bay Area bracing for weekend storm

Expect power outages, road closures, flooding amid heavy rain and wind
Bay Area residents can expect bracing winds, landslides and power outages as a nasty storm system drenches the region this weekend.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin man pleads guilty to securities fraud with Ross proprietary information

54-year-old admits using inside tips to make $3.5M in trading
A Dublin man has pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges involving insider trading using proprietary information from Tri-Valley-based Ross Stores Inc. to pull in about $3.5 million during 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley forum to explore art and business of writing

Early bird registration ends Feb. 10 for writers event in April
The Tri-Valley Writers Conference, a full-day event on the art and business of writing, will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 13, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Pleasanton.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore teens found new theater group

Center Stage East Bay will expand chances for young artists
Two Livermore High School seniors with a passion for theater have founded a new youth theater group called Center Stage East Bay, which is sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Meet aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman at Pleasanton performance

Tickets still available for Feb. 12 museum speaker
The Museum on Main will welcome aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman to Pleasanton on Feb. 12 with its monthly Ed Kinney Speaker Series held on Tuesdays.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Contest films focus on suicide prevention

Teens learn about mental health issues by producing videos
One day Mary arrived at high school early and got a phone call from her friend Annie, who said she loved her and had called to say goodbye. Then Annie hung up.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Book donations needed for Friends of Pleasanton Library

Giant sale at library scheduled for March 22-24
The Friends of the Pleasanton Library are asking folks to look through their books, CDs, DVDs and magazines and donate what they can to be sold at the next giant book sale, slated for March 22-24.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Russian ballet presents 'Don Quixote'

The Russian National Ballet is returning to the Bankhead Theater with its acclaimed production of "Don Quixote," the story of the final quest of Cervantes' famous nobleman.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Bio businesses booming: Life science companies (small and large) thriving in Pleasanton

Plus: National labs embrace private industry partners
Pleasanton has long been home to major bioscience campuses. What's changed in the last decade is life science startups have really flourished here.

January 31, 2019 | 3 comments
Tim Talk: Church opening at new site with fresh vision, name

After decades of being tucked in the back of a neighborhood, the 50-year-old Ridgeview Hope Church formally opens its new church on a main thoroughfare next Sunday (Feb. 10).

January 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton parenting forum set for this weekend

Bestselling author is keynote for third annual conference
Pleasanton city and education leaders are joining together to present their third annual parenting forum this weekend at Harvest Park Middle School.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: PUSD community meeting Tuesday & Crawford golf tourney benefits Piscotty ALS fund

Pleasanton Unified officials are set to host their next "Connecting with Our Community" meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 5), giving students, families and other residents the chance to offer feedback about the district and engage with the executive team.

January 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Welcoming Lunar New Year at Stoneridge Creek

More than 400 residents, families and team members at Stoneridge Creek senior living community celebrated at its fifth annual Lunar New Year festivities Saturday to welcome the Year of the Pig.

January 31, 2019 | No comments yet
City, school officials talk about state response to housing crisis

Future legislation expected to reduce local control, be more urban-centric
Pleasanton city officials led a presentation at the school board's regular meeting Tuesday evening to discuss state and local housing trends and what residents can expect in terms of growth mandates in the not-too-distant future.

February 1, 2019 | 23 comments
PUSD enlists law firm to investigate transcripts, grading practices

District received complaints of inconsistencies at high schools
A legal consultant is investigating allegations of inconsistent grading and transcript practices at Pleasanton Unified School District high schools.

January 30, 2019 | 27 comments
PUSD executive cabinet, trustees receiving compensation increases

Also: Assistant superintendent retiring, update on demographics and enrollment
Pay raises were approved for members of the Pleasanton Unified School District's leadership team on Tuesday night, when the Board of Trustees signed off on a 2.5% salary increase for executive cabinet members and a 5% bump for the board's own monthly stipend.

January 30, 2019 | 2 comments
PG&E officially files for bankruptcy, plans to continue operating

Company estimates more than $50 billion in liability from fatal NorCal wildfires
PG&E Co. told a federal bankruptcy court in its bankruptcy petition Tuesday that its estimated liability in the wake of devastating Northern California wildfires is more than $50 billion.

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin voters to decide renewal of school parcel tax

Board OKs mail-only May election on expiring $96 annual tax
Voters in the Dublin Unified School District will have a measure on the ballot for a mail-only special election May 7 -- deciding whether to renew the district's existing parcel tax measure for an additional nine years.

January 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Mannion set for Super Bowl with LA Rams

Also: Up and down week for high school basketball teams
Lost in the shuffle of the pre-Super Bowl hype of the starting quarterbacks is there is one more Bay Area signal caller (Foothill Falcons alum Sean Mannion) making the trip to the NFL's championship game.

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Ex-con gets 29 years to life for killing Dublin man in 2015

Man pleaded no contest to murder to avoid possible life sentence or death penalty
An ex-convict was sentenced Monday to 29 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a Dublin man during an attempted robbery in West Oakland in 2015.

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Police, school officials seek to deter students from playing 'Assassin'

Annual game results in false police calls, other dangerous situations
Pleasanton police and school district officials have issued a joint warning to students and their parents, requesting that they do not participate in the annual "Assassin" game played by many Foothill and Amador Valley high-schoolers around this time of year.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Coroner IDs man killed in I-580 crash east of Livermore

A man who died after his pickup truck collided with a big-rig on eastbound Interstate 580 in eastern Alameda County on Thursday morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's office as 59-year-old Tom Morgan of Concord.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton family appearing on 'Family Feud' next week

Team Miller's two-episode run set to air on Monday and Tuesday
Pleasanton fans of the game show "Family Feud" will have the opportunity to root for some hometown contestants next week, when the Miller family makes an appearance on the TV competition.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
School board talking enrollment, demographics with annual report review

Also: Pleasanton housing trends, and compensation increases for cabinet and trustees
Facts and figures to be discussed include the total increase of student population compared to last year, historical trends over the past five years and student enrollment broken down by ethnicity.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
CHP: Man dies in I-580 crash that caused morning gridlock east of Livermore

A man died Thursday morning after his pickup truck collided with a big-rig on eastbound Interstate 580 in eastern Alameda County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Los Angeles woman ID'd as driver killed when car plunged off I-580

A Los Angeles woman who died Wednesday afternoon when her car plunged off westbound Interstate 580 has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Police captain talks about recruitment efforts, 21st century leadership

Police chief Dave Spiller touted captain Larry Cox for recruitment efforts, 21st century leadership at a Rotary Club of Pleasanton meeting last week.

January 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Real Estate Preview: Home buying and selling will change during 2019

Buyers may have more time to shop; sellers may need to be more patient
Following years of stable market conditions, changes are coming for home buyers and sellers. Historically high sales prices typically attract the most attention in stories about real estate. Meanwhile, in Pleasanton, the number of homes for sale and the actual number of homes sold gets less notice because, during the last five years, those amounts haven't changed much.

January 27, 2019 | 3 comments
Staying Healthy: Pleasanton student-athlete works to get back on the field after cancer

Sports Performance Institute helps teen recover after brain tumor
When Joseph Andre was diagnosed with a large mass of medulloblastoma -- more commonly known as a brain tumor -- on his brain stem at 13 years old, he was forced to place his budding baseball career on hold while he underwent treatment.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Losing 75 pounds feels 'great', Tri-Valley teacher says

Facebook photo prompts lifestyle change for local mother
Lisa Vela, 49, wasn't bothered by gaining a few pounds each year -- until she saw a photo of herself posted by a friend on Facebook. "It was just sort of the last straw," she said. "I was not getting any younger, I knew this is it, my health is at risk. And I am a mother, I want to be here to take care of my kids."

January 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: Local teen publishes book on chronic fatigue syndrome

Guide for adolescents gives overview of little-understood disease
When Vidhima Shetty was brainstorming story ideas with the staff of the California High School newspaper a few years ago, she thought about a neighbor who had graduated from Cal High in 2012.

January 28, 2019 | 8 comments
Staying Healthy: Say shoo to the flu

East Bay health officials encourage vaccinations as virus infects state
As many readers can guess by the coughing and sneezing of their neighbors and sick days taken by their coworkers, Alameda County -- along with the rest of the country -- is deep in the throes of flu season.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Castlettes golf group raises funds for Hope Hospice

Members of the Castlettes, Castlewood Country Club's women's nine-hole golf group, presents a ceremonial donation check worth $5,000 to Hope Hospice at the nonprofit's headquarters in Dublin.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: Candlelight walk to mark 30th anniversary of Ilene Misheloff's disappearance

'Getting her back is what we live for ... The support is what keeps us going'
The Dublin community is set to come together next week to commemorate a somber anniversary. Wednesday will mark 30 years since Ilene Misheloff disappeared while walking home from middle school, a case that sent shockwaves through what was then a much smaller suburban city.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuxes & Tails gala supporting Tri-Valley Animal Rescue

Proceeds benefit nonprofit's lifesaving work with animals
The red carpet will be out in Pleasanton next month as Tri-Valley Animal Rescue is hosting a new benefit gala to raise funds for its ongoing animal-support efforts.

January 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Wines & Valentines to benefit Museum on Main

Castlewood gala features dinner, fast-paced auction
Love is in the air as Museum on Main prepares for its 12th annual Wines & Valentines fundraiser at Castlewood Country Club at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: State of the City tickets, Jurassic Tour & Lions Club crab feed

Registration is underway for Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne's State of the City address, being presented by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pleasanton at the Club on Feb. 26.

January 24, 2019 | 7 comments
CHP: Woman dies after car goes down ravine off I-580

Vehicle went off edge of freeway on Altamont Pass; cause still unclear
A woman died after a car went off of westbound Interstate 580 and down a ravine Wednesday afternoon in eastern Alameda County near the Altamont Pass, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Cities confirm new contract with LPFD firefighters

Local 1974 members to receive series of raises, cover more pension costs
Livermore-Pleasanton union firefighters have a new contract in place with the two cities, as both city councils have given final approval to a memorandum of understanding highlighted by four salary increases over the next 3-1/2 years, along with some union members covering an extra 0.5% of their pension costs starting in mid-2020.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Castlewood board recommends sale to Bay Club; member vote next month

Acquisition aims to address costly ADA concerns for country club
Members of the Pleasanton's Castlewood Country Club will be voting next month on whether to sell the club and its two golf courses to the Bay Club. Castlewood's Board of Directors recommended accepting the Bay Club's offer at the annual membership meeting last Saturday.

January 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton trustee steps down from Chabot-Las Positas board

Community college district plans to appoint Vecchiarelli's successor soon
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustee Carlo Vecchiarelli, a longtime Pleasanton resident, resigned from the Board of Trustees last week to retire from district service after more than 50 years, district leaders announced Tuesday.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Donor Network West sets new record for organ donations

Tri-Valley nonprofit also names new CEO to lead expansion into future
Donor Network West, a San Ramon-based organ and tissue recovery organization, is coming off a successful 2018, setting an internal record for the number of organ donations in a year. And the nonprofit will look to improve upon an established reputation of success with the selection of Janice F. Whaley as its new CEO.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley nonprofits provide aid to families affected by government shutdown

CalFresh benefits issued early; may be unavailable come March
As the federal government's longest partial shutdown in history continues, local nonprofits Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven have increased their services to help feed the thousands of Alameda County families affected by employment furloughs and the potential loss of government aid.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons win first round of crosstown basketball matchups

Also: Ballistic United recreation director retiring from soccer club
Round one of the Amador Valley-Foothill varsity basketball rivalry has gone to the Dons, on both the boys and girls sides of the ledger.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Women’s March sees hundreds take the streets of downtown Pleasanton

Hundreds march and attend rally in support of equality, inclusion
On the second anniversary of the 2017 international Women's March, hundreds of Tri-Valley residents gathered in Pleasanton to participate in the city's first Women's March, celebrating diversity, inclusion and the success of women locally and nationally.

January 19, 2019 | 58 comments
Bail reform law put on hold as referendum qualifies for 2020 ballot

Trade association challenges legislation that replaces cash bail system
A historic California law that would replace cash bail with a risk assessment system has been put on hold because a referendum challenging it qualified for the November 2020 ballot.

January 21, 2019 | 4 comments
State suspends downtown Livermore bar's liquor license

ABC alleges police response, sale to minors at The Venue
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Thursday it has suspended the license of a Livermore bar.

January 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Zone 7 earns Budget Excellence Award

Agency honored for 2018-19 financial document
The Zone 7 Water Agency was recently recognized for high-level municipal budgeting by peers in the public finance field.

January 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Local winegrowers look back at 2018

Association lauds members, installs new board
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association gathered recently to look back on the achievements of 2018 and recognize contributions from its members.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton set to reflect on impact of Martin Luther King Jr.

Annual fellowship breakfast set for Jan. 28
The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative is set to hold the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast later this month.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Hospital names new chief strategy officer

Yoo tasked with leading San Ramon Regional's growth, development
San Ramon Regional Medical Center announced last week the appointment of Pam Yoo as its new chief strategy officer.

January 20, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Veteran support event, Jewish music showcase & Help the homeless

The Pleasanton Public Library next Thursday (Jan. 24) will host an outreach event to help connect local military veterans to services available to them.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
'Imagination Expressed 2019' exhibit opens in Pleasanton

PAL, Museum on Main showcase talents of Tri-Valley artists
"There is something for everyone to enjoy at this show," said Christine Bourg, who is serving as exhibit co-chair. "Imagination Expressed 2019" is now open at the Museum on Main.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
'Mamma Mia!' opens this week at Firehouse

Upbeat show features ABBA hits and a charming tale
The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is opening the smash hit this weekend at the Firehouse Arts Center, with its ABBA '70s songs such as "Dancing Queen," "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and "Take a Chance on Me."

January 21, 2019 | 2 comments
Legendary jazz at Bankhead Theater

The Branford Marsalis Quartet bring their unrivaled spirit, expressive melodies and provocative jazz forms to the Bankhead Theater.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Grants for the arts in Alameda County

Commission holding workshop in Livermore
The Alameda County Arts Commission will be awarding 2019 "Artsfund Grants" for nonprofit organizations of between $1,000 and $2,500. The deadline to apply is March 1.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Hollywood Gala to benefit Bothwell

Arts Center offering sparkling star-studded night
Celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood while benefiting the arts in Livermore at a Saturday night fundraising gala at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Bothwell Arts Center.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
All-male comic ballet troupe coming to Bankhead

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Bankhead Theater, marking not just the first time the famous all-male comic dance troupe has appeared in Livermore, but its only stop in Northern California this season.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Looking ahead to a great 2019 for Chamber of Commerce

I am incredibly honored to be selected as the 2019 chair of the board for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, and I accept this role with excitement, humility and pride.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: A new downtown plan is coming, or is it?

A proposed new Pleasanton Downtown Specific Plan due to be voted on this year has run into headwinds.

January 17, 2019 | 23 comments
Livermore: Pedestrian dies after being hit at First and Portola

Collision remains under investigation; circumstances still unclear
Livermore police are continuing to investigate the circumstances around a pedestrian being fatally struck by a car near the intersection of First Street and Portola Avenue on Wednesday night, according to a department spokesman.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore man killed in Sonoma County car crash

CHP: Lost control on highway while driving too fast in heavy rain
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who died in a collision in unincorporated Sonoma County on Wednesday afternoon as Malachi Hussain, 25, of Livermore.

January 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Amador Valley students hosting ethical fashion show

Event aims to promote principled practices in clothing industry
Two Amador Valley High students striving to raise awareness about the positive aspects of ethical practices in the clothing industry are holding an ethical fashion show in the school's multipurpose room next week.

January 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Chabot-Las Positas names another interim chancellor, restarting recruitment process

Board appoints vice chancellor Gerhard to lead college district, for now
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District will soon have its third interim leader as the Board of Trustees has decided to restart the hiring process to find a permanent chancellor after not approving any applicant from the first round of recruitment.

January 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Defendant appeals gun conviction in Kate Steinle case

Appeal argues jury should have heard 'momentary possession' instruction
The undocumented Mexican citizen who was convicted of possessing the gun that killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 has appealed his conviction, claiming that the trial judge failed to give a key jury instruction.

January 16, 2019 | 18 comments
City Council endorses changes to Hacienda planning regulations

Comprehensive update focuses on development rules, design guidelines
The Pleasanton City Council gave its initial endorsement Tuesday to a series of changes proposed for the policy documents governing development in Hacienda Business Park.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
School board reviews funding sources for new campus on Donlon site

Also: New high school courses, retirement incentives, audio-visual pilot
As part of first steps toward building a second campus on the Donlon Elementary School property -- now referred to by district staff as "Elementary School No. 10" -- the Pleasanton school board has begun reviewing options for how it will it pay for the estimated $61.25 million project.

January 16, 2019 | 12 comments
Heavy rain, strong winds forecast in Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued warnings about flash floods and high winds in the Bay Area starting Wednesday morning as a major storm bears down on the region.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Club bids for Castlewood as members consider options

Country club working on plan to address clubhouse's costly ADA concerns
Members will consider options at the Pleasanton club's annual meeting on Jan. 19 when the Board of Directors and senior staff will lay out various scenarios and their costs for tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shortcomings of the clubhouse.

January 15, 2019 | 24 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Basketball season showing good and bad in prep sports

Let's teach the right lessons by spotlighting all results, regardless of outcome
In all my years covering high school sports, one of the things I enjoyed the most was watching the coaches work with the kids -- not just developing their skills in their sport, but how they developed as people.

January 15, 2019 | 4 comments
Sentencing delayed for Livermore man in vehicular manslaughter case

Attorney: Man was no-show for hearing because dad took family car out of town
The sentencing for a Livermore man who's been convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the death of a 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in his car in a crash in Oakland four years ago was postponed last week at the request of his attorney.

January 14, 2019 | 2 comments
PUSD leaders push for 'full and fair funding' for education

District, union reps seek public support in lobbying state officials
Leaders in the Pleasanton Unified School District have issued a joint letter asking for community members to join them in advocating for full and fair funding for public education and Pleasanton students.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E intends to file for bankruptcy

Announcement comes day after CEO resigns as utility faces financial uncertainty amid wildfire liability
San Francisco-based PG&E announced via a news release early Monday morning that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just one day after its CEO resigned, according to company officials.

January 14, 2019 | 10 comments
Church, SRVUSD settle suit with ex-Cal High coach's abuse victim for $1.5 million

Convicted abuser Kevin Lopez in midst of prison term for lewd acts with boys while wrestling coach, youth group leader
A sexual assault survivor is receiving more than $1.5 million combined from New Life Church of Alamo and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District as part of the settlement of legal complaints stemming from abuse committed by a former church youth group leader and California High School head wrestling coach, according to a statement from the young man's attorneys on Thursday.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Livermore motorcyclist killed on I-580 last weekend

CHP: 21-year-old was lane-splitting during downpour
A man who was killed last Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle while riding in heavy rain on Interstate 580 east of Livermore has been identified by the Alameda County coroner as 21-year-old Cristo Garcia of Livermore.

January 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Crab feed for Paws in Need

Fundraiser to include auction, games, drawings
Paws in Need is hosting a crab feed fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 2 -- a fun evening of clam chowder, fresh cracked Dungeness crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread and dessert -- to help save the life of a lovable pet and help animal overpopulation.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera offers glimpse 'Behind the Curtain'

Fundraiser includes dinner, look backstage, Mozart music
Livermore Valley Opera officials have subsequently informed the Weekly that the "Behind the Curtain" fundraiser has been canceled due to low ticket sales but will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Grammy winner Melissa Manchester performing at Bankhead

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, who soared to stardom in 1975 with her hit single "Midnight Blue," will be at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. next Friday (Jan. 18).

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Gypsy jazz: Django Shredders coming to Livermore

Young guitarists to explore music of Django Reinhardt
Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt took the world by storm with his gypsy jazz in the 1930-40s, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the last century. His life and times will be commemorated by the Django Shredders -- jazz guitarists Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez -- at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Bothwell Arts Center.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Scouting for Food

Local Boy Scouts in the Twin Valley District (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol) recently collected 32,027 pounds of food and 96 pallets of clothing donated through its Scouting for Food drive.

January 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Birthday coat drive

To celebrate her 60th birthday, Pleasanton resident Gretchen Kyle threw a birthday coat drive at Barone's Restaurant downtown in support of One Warm Coat, a nonprofit with chapters across the nation that donates coats to those in need. She helped collect more than 100 coats at the event on Dec. 16.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Zone 7 gives out flood preparation tips

Free sandbags available at public facilities
With the Tri-Valley continuing the rainy start to 2019, the Zone 7 Water Agency has released an advisory to help residents stay prepared for potential flooding amid wet weather.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD board reviewing options to pay for new school on Donlon site

Also: New classes up for debate, Haugen scholarship winners, 2017-18 audit
As part of moving forward with building a second campus on the Donlon Elementary School property, the Pleasanton school board is set Tuesday to discuss how the district will finance construction of the project.

January 13, 2019 | 2 comments
News Digest: Women's March, Workouts for Ofc. Henricksen & Cultural celebration

Women's rights advocates are set to participate in a Women's March in Pleasanton next weekend, joining hundreds of other similar events across the nation.

January 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Welcome to watercolors in Firehouse gallery

Exhibit draws renowned artists with variety of styles
The California Watercolor Association opens its annual National Exhibition at the Harrington Gallery on Friday, with a public reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton filmmaker collaborating to create look at life in San Francisco

Cornfield's 'Sign of the Times' among shorts forming 'Seven by Seven' feature
Enter filmmaker Scotty Cornfield of Pleasanton. The independent movie producer, who is also a former homicide detective, captured one of San Francisco's many stories -- a homeless man whose clever signs garner attention.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance January 11, 2019

Home Sales Update January 11, 2019

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
PPD identifies man who hit pedestrian; name not being released

Driver allegedly gave false identity, then snuck into nearby business
Pleasanton police said Wednesday they have identified the driver accused of giving false information after hitting a pedestrian with his pickup truck last month, but they aren't releasing the man's name publicly because he has not been arrested.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Glazer introduces bills aimed at improving college student progress

Effort would create new database, higher education accountability office
Local State Senator Steve Glazer is taking a crack at improving the performance of public universities in California, introducing a series of bills that would establish a database to monitor students habits as well as a state-run office to hold higher education systems accountable for their students' performances.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Police serve warrant at Pleasanton house in Belmont murder investigation

Three people detained on Blossom Court, but no arrests made in teen's slaying
Belmont police's investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenager in their city took them into Pleasanton on Tuesday afternoon.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Stopping theft in New York from Main Street in Pleasanton

The co-founder of Deep Sentinel was celebrating the success of the company's home security system in deterring a package theft from the porch of a customer in York, New York. Their system, now in the beta phase, was being monitored from the company's headquarters overlooking Main Street in the Kolln Hardware building in downtown Pleasanton.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Chicago tribute this weekend at Firehouse

Band fused rock, jazz, funk, soul into unique sound
"Chicago: The Tribute," eight professional musicians on one stage, will be at Firehouse Arts Center this weekend recreating that great sound with powerful horns, rich vocals and a rockin' rhythm section.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas board mulls chancellor options

District regroups after agenda snafu; final decision due next week
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is poised to have more clarity on the future of its chancellor vacancy next week, with the Board of Trustees set to again discuss how to proceed with recruitment after still not selecting a candidate as of its last meeting on Tuesday.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill on pace to break ground at Irby Ranch this spring

Nonprofit also announces new advancement director
Tri-Valley nonprofit Sunflower Hill is on track to begin construction on its new residential community for special needs adults just outside downtown Pleasanton in March.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Sheriff's office marks 40th anniversary of Dublin cold-case murder

Mother killed after surprising gunman who had tied up her kids
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently shined a spotlight on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Frances Rash at her home in Dublin, putting out a renewed call for information that could help investigators solve the cold-case homicide.

January 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD sergeant lauded for using Heimlich to save choking man at restaurant

Billdt receives special commendation for 'heroic and life-saving actions'
Police Chief Dave Spiller recently took the opportunity to publicly commend one of Pleasanton's finest, lauding Sgt. Marty Billdt for "heroic and life-saving actions" in helping an older man who was choking at a local restaurant.

January 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Basketball teams begin EBAL play

Also: Hart eighth-grade girls win TVAL championship
To compete for an East Bay Athletic League basketball title, you need to beat the teams you're supposed to beat and hold serve at home against the other title contenders. In Week 1 of the EBAL season, the Amador Valley boys basketball team checked both boxes.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Governor appoints five new Alameda County judges

Among series of East Bay appointments Brown made in lame-duck final month
During his last weeks as governor, Jerry Brown made dozens of appointments to various positions across the state, including selecting five new Alameda County Superior Court judges.

January 8, 2019 | 7 comments
Livermore PD looking for men who stole $20K in handbags from outlets store

Livermore police are looking for help in identifying two men accused of stealing more than $20,000 worth of handbags from a store at the San Francisco Premium Outlets last week.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore motorcyclist killed in I-580 crash

CHP: 21-year-old appeared to be ‘lane splitting’ when he was hit
A 21-year-old Livermore man died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle lost control on Interstate 580 a mile west of the Grant Line Road interchange in far eastern Alameda County, the California Highway Patrol said.

January 6, 2019 | 15 comments
Body found at Altamont Landfill identified; circumstances still unclear

Hayward woman hadn't been in contact with family for weeks
Authorities have confirmed the identity of a woman whose decomposing body was discovered New Year's Eve at a Waste Management landfill in unincorporated Alameda County east of Livermore, sheriff's officials said.

January 4, 2019 | 1 comment
PPD looking for driver who lied after hitting pedestrian with truck

Driver allegedly gave false identity, then snuck into nearby business
Pleasanton police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly struck a pedestrian on the corner of Tom Burnett Lane and Johnson Drive last month, and they have asked the community to come forward with any information relating to the case.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Upbeat year ahead for Pleasanton

Downtown, Costco, Workday, Stoneridge to lead changes
Corporate and retail growth, along with the city's financial stability, promise to make 2019 another banner year for Pleasanton.

January 3, 2019 | 20 comments
Tim Talk: New scrutiny for East Dublin residential proposals

When the new Dublin City Council gets down to business this month, you can expect a fresh look at all potential residential projects.

January 6, 2019 | 6 comments
Publisher's Note: On the impact of journalism in our community

There's no news flash here: Traditional news organizations are struggling financially and the first place many go to cut costs is the newsroom. This, in turn, is becoming costly to the public as this deficit leaves public agencies and local governments under-examined.

January 3, 2019 | 17 comments
Letter: Monet the cat settling in well

Melissa Adkins from Valley Humane Society shared an update on Monet, a cat whose tale of adoption by the Geiger family was profiled in the Dec. 14 Weekly story, "Stray tabby with special needs finds a new home."

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival set later this month

Dozens of nonprofits to present volunteer opportunities
'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. One way to improve your life is by discovering the joy of helping others, and Jan. 19 is the day in Pleasanton to explore the many ways you can volunteer.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rep presenting 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel in Paris
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre takes audiences to Paris this month with the musical, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel with songs from the 1996 Disney animated feature.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Resolution review: Suggestions to improve our lives surround us

Check out the checkout stand or browse the web: Everywhere, headlines shout out New Year's resolutions to drastically improve our lives in 2019.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Try the East Bay Trails Challenge

The new year brings a renewal of the East Bay Regional Park District's always popular Trails Challenge program, which is entering its 27th year.

January 3, 2019 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Traveling Artists display works

Works by 16 artists will be displayed in the Tri-Valley Traveling Artists exhibit opening this Saturday at the Livermore Civic Center Library Gallery.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Young Tri-Valley runners compete at nationals

After a season of training and running in two qualifying races, 18 members of the Mount Diablo Heat Junior Olympic Track & Cross-Country Club competed at the National Championship in Reno last month.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Check out museum's 'We Do!' exhibit

Final weekend for showing on Tri-Valley weddings
This weekend is the last chance to view the Museum on Main's exhibit highlighting local weddings from the mid-19th century to now.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Museum on Main announces 2019 historical speaker series lineup

Performances to include King Henry VIII, Eleanor Roosevelt, George Burns
The Museum on Main's popular speaker series is returning again this year, with a slate of performances dubbed "An Afternoon or Evening with ..." historical characters being held at the Firehouse Arts Center and the Amador Theater.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD schedules TK/K information sessions

Meetings this month for parents of incoming young students
With the calendar turning to 2019, Pleasanton Unified School District officials are aware that some parents are already getting prepared for sending their young children to school for the first time next fall.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
GLIFY raises funds for Paradise

Local high school students from the East Bay nonprofit Global Leadership Initiatives for Youth (GLIFY) donated $2,600 of fundraising proceeds to Paradise High School Learning Center in Chico Mall on Dec. 8, in the wake of the devastating wildfires.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin teen becomes troop's 100th Eagle Scout

Shipps created new picnic area for Presbyterian church
Dublin High School student Ryan Shipps was recently honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming the 100th member of Troop 905 to attain the Eagle Scout ranking.

January 7, 2019 | No comments yet
City updates 'Development Status' interactive map

Snapshot of ongoing and long-range projects throughout Pleasanton
The city's Community Development Department recently completed the latest update of the "Development Project Status" map on its main webpage, including the newest information on major projects going on around Pleasanto

January 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Alameda County seeks nominees for Women's Hall of Fame

The Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for candidates to be inducted among the class of 2019.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Body found at Altamont Landfill outside Livermore

Death considered suspicious; little revealed about victim
A body was found Monday afternoon at the Altamont Landfill north of Interstate 580 east of Livermore, and it is considered a suspicious death, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Monday night.

January 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area bridge tolls rise $1 as of New Year's Day

First of three increases approved when voters passed RM3 in June
Tolls on the seven, state-owned Bay Area bridges went up on Jan. 1, the first in a series of voter-approved increases to fund regional transportation infrastructure projects.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Woman thanks Tri-Valley first responders for helping save her life

Local student was struck in face by fallen beam while driving on I-580
Ward's life forever changed on Aug. 6, 2016 when, while riding on the freeway with her mother and sister to the San Francisco International Airport to catch a flight to Germany, their vehicle was involved in a near-fatal collision.

January 2, 2019 | 2 comments
LAVTA implements fare policy changes

No more paper transfers, new youth fare, Unlimited Day Passes among modifications
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority has made several changes to its fare policies, that passengers who use the region's public transportation services may have already realized have taken effect on the first of the year.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet

2018

High-energy showmen at Firehouse

"Collision of Rhythm: Sophisticated Funk" will rock the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday as Bronkar Lee and Aaron Williams rock the stage with a high-energy, high-impact show full of innovative musical feats, spontaneous audience interaction, and comic relief.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Brother of accused cop killer arrested in Livermore

Handful of people booked for aiding and abetting now-caught suspect
Authorities arrested a handful of people last Friday in connection with the shooting death of a Central California police officer, including the brother of the accused gunman who was arrested in Livermore.

December 31, 2018 | 14 comments
Pleasanton Preps: PJFL alum fulfilling dream of starring on Notre Dame's offensive line

Also: Piscottys teaching youth at Pleasanton winter baseball camp
Even though it was a tough end to the season for Notre Dame's football team last weekend, it was enjoyable to watch former Pleasanton Junior Football League player Aaron Banks start for the Fighting Irish as a sophomore.

December 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Authorities identify man killed on BART tracks near West Dublin-Pleasanton

Coroner had difficulty finding family to notify; BART PD classifies incident as 'unattended death'
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Friday confirmed the identity of the transient man who died after being hit by a BART train on the tracks between the Castro Valley and West Dublin-Pleasanton stations earlier this month.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Year in Review: Pleasanton 2018

Looking back at the Weekly's top stories from the last year
Before stepping into the new year, let's reflect on what has happened in Pleasanton during the last 12 months. Below is a month-by-month recounting of some stories shared in these pages.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
A touch of class for Hope Hospice

Members from Pan Am World Wings International's Oakland Chapter have again visited Hope Hospice in Dublin with bags overflowing with new stuffed bears and other plush animals to bring a touch of comfort to Hope Hospice patients during the holidays.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Plans finalized for nature pavilion at Shadow Cliffs

Groundbreaking set for April with designs approved, funding in place
The East Bay Regional Park District is moving forward with building a new outdoor interpretive pavilion at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton next year.

December 30, 2018 | 6 comments
News Digest: Chamber award nominees, Film project & DSRSD plant tour

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 56th annual Community Service Awards, with businesses, nonprofits or individuals eligible in the five categories: Business Philanthropy, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Service, Distinguished Individual Service and Green Business.

December 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's young chess standout

Sivavishnu Srinivasan, a kindergarten student at Fairlands Elementary School, took part in the 2018 CalChess Grade Level State Championship earlier this month and came away with a second-place trophy.

December 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Collaborative names Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship winners

Community of Character selects four high school seniors
The Community of Character Collaborative has chosen four high school seniors as recipients of the 2018 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship for reflecting compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity and self-discipline in their lives.

December 31, 2018 | 1 comment
AVHS marching band supports Paradise

The Amador Valley band, though, decided to turn the disappointing situation into an opportunity to lend a needed hand, and brought the food they had prepared for their trip up to Paradise, along with other needed donation items.

December 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Museum on Main to benefit from Holiday Fund donations

Among the 15 local nonprofits that will benefit from this year's Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, the Museum on Main is counting on its share of your contributions to meet its financial needs in 2019.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Is Donlon-lite really the solution?

Parent sounds off on PUSD's plan to split/expand on Donlon site
Here's the fundamental problem with the Dec. 18 vote to build a separate elementary school for fourth- and fifth-graders directly behind Donlon Elementary: no one actually wants it or can speak convincingly about why this will benefit the community and provide an excellent education for our kids. No one.

December 27, 2018 | 32 comments
Tri-Valley Blue Devils win Silver Stick tournament

Local hockey team headed to international round in Canada next month
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils 16 & Under, 2-Team took home the championship from the Silver Stick Pacific Regional Tournament in San Jose, and in the process earned a spot in the international stage at the finals in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada next month.

December 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Reunited at last: Livermore woman finds long-lost birth mom in Oklahoma

'It was just wonderful. I was nervous, but yet so excited I couldn't stand it'
Kelly Franco's path to find her birth mother has been a 52-year meandering and seemingly futile route. But this year, with the help of DNA testing service 23&Me, it finally became a reality.

December 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Bauer-Kahan takes oath of office

Assemblywoman's goals include transportation, environment, women's rights
The Tri-Valley's newest state legislator, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, has started her first term after being sworn into office during a ceremony in Sacramento earlier this month.

December 26, 2018 | 8 comments
Community college district's search for new chancellor stalls

Chabot-Las Positas board opts to restart process, then pulls about-face after meeting wasn't properly agendized
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District appears headed back to the drawing board in its search for a new permanent chancellor, although the situation is less clear now than it was early last week.

December 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Rage girls unite club to support Paradise players post-fire

Trio help raise donations, sponsor attendance at Women's National Team clinic
Three soccer players from the Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club showed what giving is all about recently. The trio decided to support Paradise relief efforts following the deadly and destructive Camp Fire.

December 26, 2018 | 2 comments
PPD: One injured in motorcycle crash at Stoneridge and Hacienda

Biker allegedly tried to flee officers in routine traffic stop
A motorcyclist was injured Sunday afternoon when, while speeding away from police, he slammed into the back of a car and was thrown from his bike, Pleasanton police said.

December 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Take Us Along: Back at Bob's World

Visiting the Bob's World decorative display is a holiday tradition for Shelley Casey and son Nathan. In fact, they were photographed at Bob's World 18 years ago when Nathan was just 2 years old -- a mother-and-son picture that appeared on the Pleasanton Weekly's cover on Dec. 22, 2000 during the newspaper's inaugural year.

December 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD notes Nixle notification changes

Text messages now only come for red alerts; all other advisories strictly email
Police officials announced changes to the Nixle notification system that affects the way residents receive messages from the Pleasanton Police Department, notably reducing the types of messages that can be sent via text message.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Creek expansion complete

Project includes 151 new homes, additional amenities
The expansion has added 12 villas (single-story homes), 56 Garden Terrace homes and 83 apartment homes, as well as a new fitness center, dining venue and an outdoor heated lagoon-style pool to the 50-acre complex in eastern Pleasanton that is already home to more than 750 seniors.

December 25, 2018 | 7 comments
Spread the cheer with Tri-Valley Beer Trail

Visit Tri-Valley promotion also raises money for kids in need
Now through Jan. 31, residents can visit participating breweries, taprooms and restaurants throughout the Tri-Valley and collect stamps on official Tri-Valley Beer Trail passports.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
State watchdog calls for prosecution of BART for 2016 campaign violations

Glazer among prominent critics of agency using public funds in Measure RR race
The Fair Political Practices Commission Thursday called for the state attorney general's office and Bay Area district attorneys to investigate and possibly prosecute BART for violating state laws to support its bond measure in 2016.

December 20, 2018 | 5 comments
SRPD K-9 Hector succumbs to cancer after one last trip through city

Department honors canine officer with procession
The Tri-Valley law enforcement community is mourning the loss of one of its own, as San Ramon Police Department K-9 officer Hector succumbed to cancer on Dec. 9 hours after an emotional final procession through the city.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Livermore's Vericool gives second chances

Livermore-based Vericool brings two goals to the marketplace: disrupting the thermal packaging industry, while providing people who have been incarcerated with a second chance.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Santa reflects on favorite moments at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Good St. Nick has come to town
There are many ways of marking the start of the holiday season -- from Christmas jingles on the radio, to star-studded displays in store-front windows.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Bring joy to the world by going caroling

Are you sitting around this weekend with extended family, shopping done, and wondering what to do next -- something besides eating and drinking? Consider Christmas caroling.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Alice, Queen of Hearts and more on Bankhead stage

DLUX Puppets are returning to the Bankhead Theater with their innovative musical adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" at 2 p.m. this Sunday (Dec. 30), a joyful theatrical experience for all ages.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Christmas tree pickup, Fire victim support & New board president

Pleasanton Boy Scouts Troop 941 is now accepting signups from residents who want the scouts to pick up their Christmas trees after the holidays.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday tea at Senior Center

Seniors enjoyed a festive Holiday Tea & Dessert at the Pleasanton Senior Center on Dec. 6, an event that featured musical performances, a holiday sing-along, and of course desserts and tea.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin man ID'd as victim in fatal crash

Mansoor Jan was driving passenger vehicle that collided with truck in Union City
A man who was killed in a collision between a passenger vehicle and a box truck in Union City early Tuesday morning was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau Wednesday as 37-year-old Mansoor Jan of Dublin.

December 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Live entertainment adds to fun of season in Pleasanton

Also: TV30 showing holiday parades and tree lightings
"Mary Poppins Jr.," Jeff Bordes' "Jazzy New Orleans Christmas," TV30 broadcasts of Tri-Valley holiday parades and Johnny Orenberg onstage are among the variety of holiday performance offerings on tap in the coming days.

December 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Man arrested in Texas for fatal shooting of San Ramon student

Fremont man accused of killing Damani Chadly in drug deal gone bad
A Fremont man has been arrested and charged with murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old California High School student Damani Chadly in a marijuana deal gone wrong in Fremont two weeks ago, police said Wednesday.

December 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council endorses proposed contract with firefighters union

LPFD personnel would get new raises, pay more into pensions
The Pleasanton City Council has voiced its support for a new contract with Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters highlighted by four salary increases over the next 3-1/2 years, along with some union members covering an extra 0.5% of their pension costs starting in mid-2020.

December 19, 2018 | No comments yet
School board votes to move ahead with new school on Donlon site

$61.25 million project will create two separate schools on same parcel
The Pleasanton Unified school board voted unanimously to move forward with building a second campus on the Donlon Elementary School property Tuesday night at the end of a nearly three-hour-long facilities workshop.

December 19, 2018 | 26 comments
Parent volunteer Natarajan appointed to Dublin school board

Newcomer to complete term for Area 4 seat after Giannini's resignation
The Dublin Unified School District welcomed its newest board trustee last week as Niranjana "Nini" Natarajan, a finance professional and parent volunteer, was appointed to fill the school board's vacancy for Trustee Area 4.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton again lauded as Bicycle Friendly Community

Bronze award recognizes city's efforts to improve conditions
The city of Pleasanton has retained its designation as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.

December 18, 2018 | 4 comments
PUSD board to debate new school on Donlon property

Estimated at $61.25M, proposal would split site among schools for TK-3 and 4-5
After months of planning and discussions, the Pleasanton Unified school board is expected to make a final decision on how to best address increasing enrollment in the northern part of the city, during a workshop Tuesday night.

December 17, 2018 | 6 comments
PPD: Suspicious object near mall deemed not dangerous

A suspicious object originally described as a potential pipe bomb near Stoneridge Shopping Center on Monday was determined not to be an explosive device, according to Pleasanton police.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest pair in package theft

Officers offer tips for safe deliveries during holiday season
Pleasanton police officials are urging people to take necessary precautions when expecting holiday deliveries in the wake of two alleged package thieves being nabbed on the south side of the city over the weekend.

December 17, 2018 | 13 comments
Livermore native appointed as fire chief for East Bay Parks

Aileen Theile had led Fire Department since March as acting chief
East Bay Regional Park District officials have removed the interim tag off Aileen Theile's title, promoting her to become the district's permanent fire chief.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Piscotty recognized for overcoming adversity in trying 2018 season

Amador alum continues to stand out for Oakland A's
Stephen Piscotty is a rock star. The Amador Valley High School product and current right-fielder for the Oakland Athletics seems to be everywhere this offseason.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP: One injured in freeway shooting near Bernal Avenue

Injury not considered life-threatening as shot fired from one car into another
One person was injured in a highway shooting Friday evening in Pleasanton, California Highway Patrol officials said.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Man sentenced to 28 years for home invasion robbery

DNA match from spit in sink vital in convicting man for 2013 crime
A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to 28 years in state prison for a home invasion robbery in Dublin five years ago that injured the victim in the case.

December 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs big-rig driver killed in I-580 crash in Dublin

Sacramento man crushed to death after big-rig rolled near Fallon ramp
A truck driver who was killed in a collision between two big-rigs on westbound Interstate 580 in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon has been identified by the Alameda County coroner as 32-year-old Henry Louis Rodriguez-Carrerasquillo of Sacramento.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
City installing new railing along sidewalk of concern on Foothill Road

Council discusses bicycle/pedestrian safety improvement plans
The Pleasanton City Council signed off on separate plans detailing desired improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians on Foothill Road and on Interstate 580 overpasses, but the public debate last week focused on one temporary safety measure soon to be installed near Foothill High School.

December 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Cal High senior ID'd as teen killed in Fremont shooting

A teenager who was fatally shot while he and another person were driving in Fremont last week has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 17-year-old Damani Chadly, who was a senior at California High School in San Ramon.

December 13, 2018 | 7 comments
Raises OK’d for PUSD classified staff, management

Also: Arkin appointed as board president, first interim budget, renegotiated contract with HKIT for high school portables
In line with the recently approved agreement with the teachers union, the approvals featured a 2.5% salary increase for members of the Classified School Employees Association, management/confidential employees, and for unrepresented classified employees. All raises are retroactive to July 1, 2018.

December 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Sales at a Glance Dec. 14, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 4, 2018

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Child Care Links: Making holidays brighter for those it serves

'We work every day ... to ensure that the youngest, most vulnerable residents in our county get the care and support they need'
Child Care Links, a private nonprofit agency that has served children in the Tri-Valley for more than 40 years, has now become a leading provider of a wide range of services and programs from providing food, clothing and baby diapers to needy families as well as helping them find child care.

December 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Looking for perfect holiday gift? Try new Tri-Valley books

'Voices of the Valley,' 'The American Lab' now on sale
If holiday book-giving isn't already a tradition among your family and friends, this might be the year to start. Visits to Towne Center Books on Main Street or book departments in stores can yield nice gifts -- for oneself or for others. The Museum on Main also sells unique gift items, including history books about Pleasanton.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton girl acting in national tour of 'Waitress the Musical'

Pleasanton resident Bridget Werner, 5, is playing the role of Lulu in the national tour of "Waitress the Musical" when it is at the Sacramento Community Center Theater later this month.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: The five

It's all about the five U.S. cities named Pleasanton and how the other four -- in Texas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska -- are celebrating the holidays.

December 13, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: Sister city events, Future Forum & New chancellor recruitment

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is hosting a traditional Christmas posada this Sunday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Traditions: Holidays mean special shows

Seasonal celebrations continue onstage around the Valley
Music! Movies! Celebrate the season with holiday offerings right here in the Tri-Valley.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Hour of Code at Foothill

A nationwide event that happens during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 3-9), Hour of Code aims to engage students in computer science, especially women and underrepresented minorities.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Testa, Narum, Thorne sworn in at Pleasanton council ceremony

Officials commend outgoing Councilman Olson for years of city service
The Pleasanton City Council celebrated a changing of the guard this week, as new Councilwoman Julie Testa was sworn into office alongside re-elected Councilwoman Kathy Narum and Mayor Jerry Thorne during a special council meeting.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
New school recommendation on table for PUSD

Staff looking to build new 4-5 school on Donlon site, turn existing building into TK-3
After months of surveys, community input meetings and multi-agency studies, Pleasanton Unified staff have settled on an official recommendation for dealing with enrollment growth in the northern part of the city, which was presented and discussed at Tuesday night's regular school board meeting.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Big-rig driver killed in crash on westbound I-580 in Dublin

A 32-year-old Sacramento man died in a collision between two big-rigs on westbound Interstate 580 in Dublin early Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 11, 2018 | 2 comments
PUSD receives high marks in California Dashboard update

See how individual schools scored in state indicator categories
The California Department of Education recently released updated performance ratings of the state's schools, and Pleasanton Unified School District overall saw high results in most categories, though the district's suspension rate still needs to be addressed, according to the report.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on another successful Amador Basketball Classic

Also: Amador girls soccer organizing 'flocking' fundraiser
The Amador Valley boys basketball team came through in a big way last weekend, taking the title of the 58th annual Amador Basketball Classic (ABC) that ran Dec. 6-8.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Testa, Narum, Thorne taking oath of office at special Pleasanton council meeting

Reception at library precedes swearing-in ceremony in council chambers
The Pleasanton City Council is ready to usher in a new era Tuesday evening, as first-time Councilwoman Julie Testa is set to be sworn into office alongside re-elected Councilwoman Kathy Narum and Mayor Jerry Thorne during a special council meeting.

December 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton recognized as top-10 place for job hunters in California

Nearby San Ramon ranks No. 1, Danville third, Livermore eighth
Pleasanton has been recognized as one of the biggest contributors to regional economic growth, having been declared the sixth best city in California for residents seeking a job.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Person killed by BART train on tracks between Castro Valley, West Dublin-Pleasanton

Trains now fully operational, after service suspended for some time, agency officials say
Late Monday morning, a BART train fatally struck a person between the Castro Valley and West Dublin-Pleasanton stations, according to the transit agency.

December 10, 2018 | 1 comment
Chabot-Las Positas chancellor finalists to take part in forums this week

District announces top three candidates, from Monterey, Portland, Tuscon
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has narrowed its search for a new chancellor to three finalists, all of whom are set to take part in open public forums on each of the district's two main campuses this week.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
How to fix Mission Hills slide

City holding public input meeting at Junipero Street park Saturday
Pleasanton city officials are asking residents of all ages for their input on how to renovate the popular big slide at Mission Hills Park.

December 10, 2018 | 7 comments
PUSD previewing north side enrollment solutions ahead of board workshop

Also: Raises for classified workers and management, board reorganization, budget update
The Pleasanton school board is set to hear a preview for and proposed recommendations to address over-enrollment issues in the northern part of the city at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

December 10, 2018 | 12 comments
Sheriff's office marks anniversaries of cold-case homicides near Pleasanton

45 years since two women discovered dead on Fallon Road in Dublin; 35 years since teen's body found in Sunol
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office last week called attention to somber anniversaries for a pair of decades-old, unsolved homicide cases near Pleasanton, with investigators also putting out a renewed call for information to help them solve the cold-case murders.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
East Bay Parks warns of toxic mushrooms amid rainy weather

District: Collecting mushrooms is illegal, dangerous
Given the rainy weather in the region the past couple of weeks, the East Bay Regional Park District is issuing its annual warning to avoid certain wild mushrooms that can be harmful or fatal to people and pets.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
BART board OKs 16% raise for police officers over four years

Officials: Higher wages needed to retain officers, bring pay closer to Bay Area police average
BART directors voted unanimously Thursday to approve a new four-year contract with the transit district's police officers that will give them a 16% pay raise over the next four years.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Exploring City Center Bishop Ranch

Tri-Valley's newest dining, retail and entertainment hub opens in time for holidays
San Ramon's long-awaited City Center Bishop Ranch is now open for business, and Tri-Valley residents have already eagerly begun to explore the community gathering space.

December 6, 2018 | 1 comment
The holidays are here: So many ways to eat, drink and be merry

We always remember to eat and drink during the holidays. But don't forget to be merry! This time of year brings stress -- good and bad -- so remember to live in the moment as the season unfolds.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Holiday Fund helps Cultural Arts Council help others

Pleasanton's Cultural Arts Council is one of 15 nonprofits that will benefit from the Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund campaign now underway. And deservedly so.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tips for selling your home during the holidays

Mild decorations, smart pricing, great curb appeal should be among priorities
Having your home on the market when most people would prefer to be curled up under a blanket in front of a fire can be daunting but worth the hassle.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Successful Turkey Burn in Pleasanton

Pleasanton North Rotary's fourth annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn family walk/run went off with a flourish on Thanksgiving morning -- despite days of uncertainty beforehand due to smoke lingering in Pleasanton from the destructive Camp Fire in Butte County.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
CityServe Prayer Breakfast supports community

CityServe of the Tri-Valley's sixth annual Prayer Breakfast drew 280 attendees and raised more than $15,500 for the local nonprofit on Nov. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pleasanton.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas College music showcases coming up

Holiday concert, theater performances at community college
Las Positas College performing arts students invite community members to celebrate the holiday season with two musical showcases.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Weekly in holiday parade

Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony went off without a hitch on Saturday despite the weather forecast putting the parade in doubt.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Lantern Light Festival at fairgrounds

Celebration of Chinese culture here through Jan. 20
A two-month-long celebration of Chinese culture is now underway at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, for the Lantern Light Festival's debut in Pleasanton.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Remembering Pearl Harbor, Wreaths Across Pleasanton & Bus ticket drive

The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, along with Save Mount Diablo, will be holding their annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Mount Diablo Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Friday on the 77th anniversary of the attacks.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Stray tabby with special needs finds a new home

Monet heads to Livermore for the holidays thanks to Valley Humane Society
The holidays came early for Monet, a special-needs tabby just adopted out from Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society.

December 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Dublin police arrest man accused of residential burglaries

Dublin police recently arrested a man in connection with several residential burglaries in the Wallis Ranch area, according to a department spokesman.

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
PPD holding 'Holiday Safety Presentation'

The Pleasanton Police Department is looking to help residents prepare for a happy and safe holiday season by sharing some important tips at its "Holiday Safety Presentation" next week.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Council signs off on city acquiring downtown property for $2 million-plus

Library office renovations, new Hansen Park playground also OK'd at Olson's final full council meeting
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday approved terms for the city to acquire a commercial parcel on First Street for up to $2.34 million.

December 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton parents host 'Angst' screening in son's memory

Nimmos want to spur conversation on anxiety, spread message that 'it's OK not to be OK'
'So that's why we're dedicated to preventing anyone from going through this. It's excruciating pain.'

December 5, 2018 | 4 comments
Gregerson stepping down as president of Stanford-ValleyCare

Search underway for successor to lead Tri-Valley health system
Scott Gregerson has announced that he will be resigning as president of Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in the new year, stepping away from his career to spend more time with his family.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Swalwell talks education, new Congress at Dublin town hall

Congressman previews policy priorities after midterms, birth of second child
In his first town hall meeting after the midterms, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell spoke at his alma mater of Dublin High School on Saturday morning, addressing current affairs both local and national and responding to concerns of his District 15 constituents.

December 3, 2018 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Piscotty among Oakland A's contingent presenting in Pleasanton

Also: Pair of EBAL volleyball stars sign with Loyola-Chicago
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Oakland Athletics to host a first-of-its-kind event in Pleasanton. "A Luncheon with the Oakland A's," featuring outfielder Stephen Piscotty, Chris Giles (chief operating officer) and David Rinetti (vice president, stadium operations) is set for next Tuesday (Dec. 11) at the Marriott Pleasanton.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
PDA finalizes lease for city building on Division Street

Downtown organization moving into PPIE's former home next week
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is moving its headquarters into a familiar, city-owned building just off Main Street.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
City looking to acquire downtown property for $2 million-plus

Foothill bicycle plan, I-580 overpasses also on tap for Olson's final meeting
The Pleasanton City Council will be asked Tuesday to formally sign off on terms for the city to acquire a commercial parcel on First Street for up to $2.34 million.

December 3, 2018 | 10 comments
Livermore PD officer resigns, accused of inappropriate sexual conduct

Officer's identity not revealed; DA's Office reviewing case
A Livermore police officer has resigned after being accused in October of inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman he had met after responding to a call at her home earlier this year, police said Friday.

November 30, 2018 | 3 comments
Dublin man sentenced to prison for armed robberies of pharmacies

36-year-old stole $32,000+ worth of prescription drugs during two-year spree
A Dublin man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for several armed robberies of San Francisco pharmacies, United States Attorney Alex G. Tse announced Thursday.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Accountability, priorities dominate PUSD community meeting

District staff present, answer questions on metrics and overarching district aims
Widespread accountability was the theme of the night at the second Pleasanton Unified School District community meeting of the year, from district staff accountability to holding state officials and the Pleasanton community itself likewise accountable when it comes to education.

November 30, 2018 | 27 comments
Tri-Valley: Musical voices celebrate the season

Cantabella Children's Chorus presenting winter concert
Holiday favorites and more are sure to delight audiences at the Cantabella Children's Chorus winter concert -- "Jubilate!" -- next weekend.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale presenting 'Christmas Treasures'

Annual holiday shows include audience sing-alongs
The Valley Concert Chorale will perform its annual holiday concerts of the greatest Christmas choruses and traditional audience sing-along this weekend in Pleasanton and Livermore.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Final year of Bob's World display in Pleasanton

'Santa Bob' Stanley getting ready for one last elaborate display after 30+ years
All good things must come to an end -- and this will be the last year for Bob Stanley's holiday lights extravaganza in Pleasanton. Dubbed Bob's World, it has delighted area residents each holiday season for more than 30 years.

December 3, 2018 | 9 comments
'Classic Rock Christmas' at Firehouse

December People are bringing their Classic Rock Christmas to the Firehouse Arts Center for two shows, at 8 p.m. next Friday (Dec. 7) and next Saturday (Dec. 8), fusing rock 'n' roll hits and well-loved Christmas carols into high energy performances.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
New touch for 'Nutcracker'

Special guest artist Maxwell Simoes will perform as Snow King and as Cavalier in Valley Dance Theater's "The Nutcracker," which opens next weekend at the Bankhead Theater.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton synagogues prepare for Hanukkah

Festival of Lights begins Sunday, local celebrations to include menorah lightings, parade, latkes and more
This Sunday marks the start of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, and preparations are underway at local synagogues and in the homes of Jewish families.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: ClubSport Pleasanton sold to The Bay Club

Pleasanton-based Leisure Sports, Inc., parent company of ClubSport, evolved into the next phase of its growth this month when it sold five clubs to The Bay Club.

November 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Letters: Zachary's Pizza update

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to friends and neighbors in our community to clarify the progress and evolution of our restaurant build-out planned at 337 Main St. downtown.

December 3, 2018 | 13 comments
Stanford-ValleyCare strives to become stroke care center

New TeleStroke Robot brings rapid stroke diagnosis
When it comes to treating a stroke, time is of the essence and mere minutes can mean the difference between recovery, disability or death.

December 6, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton art patrons push for new park

Venue would feature meandering paths with sculptures
Art patrons Gary and Nancy Harrington have yet another idea for Pleasanton: a Cultural Arts Park that will celebrate and embrace the city's diversity.

November 29, 2018 | 6 comments
Sales at a Glance Nov. 30, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 30, 2018

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Oakland A's announce ambitious plan for new ballpark

Proposal includes stadium at Howard Terminal, redevelopment of current Coliseum site
The Oakland A's announced an ambitious plan Wednesday to build a new baseball stadium at the Howard Terminal waterfront site north of Jack London Square and redevelop the existing Coliseum complex into a site that could include a large park, housing and businesses.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Swalwell town hall Saturday, City swearing-in delayed & Celtic Christmas

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), newly elected to a fourth term in Congress, is set to hold his final district town hall meeting of the year this Saturday in his hometown of Dublin.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill Model UN takes second at New York conference

Students debate climate change, Thai military coup and more at international competition
The Foothill High School Model United Nations team attended their first East Coast conference a few weeks ago -- and came away with a second-place title.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton set for holiday parade and tree lighting Saturday ... if weather holds

The Pleasanton community is ready for a familiar celebration to usher in the holiday season: the city's annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, set for Saturday evening downtown.

November 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Swalwells welcome baby daughter, Kathryn

Nicknamed 'Cricket,' couple's second child born Oct. 24 in D.C.
Pleasanton's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and wife Brittany celebrated the birth of their second child last month, a baby girl named Kathryn.

November 27, 2018 | 12 comments
Kirstin Litz receives Pleasanton Mayor's Award

Lifelong volunteer remains devoted to wealth of causes
Kirstin Litz, vice chair of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation board and an active volunteer for many other causes, has been honored as the recipient of this year's Pleasanton Mayor's Award.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Parents of teen who drowned in SRVHS pool sue school district, teacher

Civil complaint alleges PE teacher was looking at phone while students tread water
The family of 15-year-old Ben Curry, who drowned during class in the San Ramon Valley High School pool in early May, has officially filed a lawsuit against the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, claiming negligence and willful misconduct resulted in the freshman's death.

November 27, 2018 | 15 comments
Public meeting set for Zone 7’s Medeiros project revisions

Water agency scales back excavation work after neighbors voice concerns
After receiving feedback and concerns from local residents, Zone 7 Water Agency officials say they have scaled back the Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Parkway project -- and they urge community members to attend a public meeting on the revised design next week.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors support ending court admin fees

Board set for final vote on ordinance next week
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve an ordinance that eliminates administrative court fees for people who are convicted of crimes.

November 29, 2018 | 7 comments
BART launches new official app

Aims to help riders more precisely plan transit trips
BART announced last week a new app by the transit agency to help riders navigate their way around trains and stations.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons' football season comes to an end after smoke-delayed playoff game

Also: Amador girls win NCS cross-country championship
The North Coast Section Division I football brackets will show that Freedom beat Amador Valley 48-29 for an apparent easy playoff win last Saturday.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Family of man fatally shot by Danville police file claim against town

Attorneys allege officer unnecessarily used lethal force in wrongful death
The town of Danville has been presented with a wrongful-death claim by the family of Laudemer Arboleda, who was killed by a Danville police officer at the end of a short pursuit earlier this month.

November 25, 2018 | 8 comments
2018 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

15 nonprofits to benefit from this year's contributions
The Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund has launched with 15 nonprofits slated to benefit from this year's campaign.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Season of giving: Nonprofit wish lists to help everyone spread holiday spirit

Consider making a purchase for those in need while shopping in Pleasanton this weekend
We reached out to Tri-Valley nonprofits this month, and many have provided their wish lists for those residents who want to include them in their gift-giving. So the next time your shopping at you're favorite retailer, grocery store or small business here in Pleasanton, consider also making a purchase to help these nonprofits during the holidays.

November 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero, Lifetime Achievement: Livermore's Marshall Kamena

Former Livermore mayor, longtime TV30 advocate recognized as catalyst for positive change in the community
Former Livermore Mayor Dr. Marshall Kamena had been on the City Council only a short time when in 1976 a homeowner approached the council with a suggestion: "Some cities in Southern California were establishing local community television stations, how about Livermore?"

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Ruchir Baronia, family scare inspires invention

DVHS junior receives Innovation award for creating Rescuer app
This complementary relationship is evident in his latest Android app, Rescuer, which allows people to call for help using multi-sensory modes if they cannot reach their phone for some reason. The app, inspired by a family emergency, earned him the 2017 Congressional App Challenge award for Rep. Eric Swalwell's U.S. Congressional District 15.

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Eugene O'Neill Foundation, fostering the arts

Arts & Culture honor goes to nonprofit that supports Tao House, late playwright's homestead in Danville hills
The Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, keeps the arts alive at this Tri-Valley treasure. The playwright's former home in the Danville hills is maintained by the National Park Service, but the Eugene O'Neill Foundation is responsible for the artistic programming, run by volunteers enamored of O'Neill and his written word.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: School leaders facing dilemma as enrollment surges

Pleasanton schools have a challenge: Finding room for increasing enrollment that district leaders believe may continue.

November 25, 2018 | 19 comments
'Hues and Textures' in Harrington Gallery

"Nestled," a watercolor by Meghana Mitragotri, is part of the Pleasanton Art League's 10th annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and Demonstrations at the Harrington Gallery through Dec. 15.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday entertaining made easy

Expert helps simplify parties, put focus on guests
The goal of a holiday party, said party planner Nicole Macuil, is "getting to talk." Connecting is more important than fancy decorations. Macuil has tips for decorating for a holiday party to make your home look great and give yourself time to enjoy your guests.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Improv troupe offering Holiday Shorts

Creatures of Impulse to follow audience leads for fun-filled evening
Holiday Shorts 2018, "A Long Winter's Tale," will take place this week at the Firehouse Arts Center. First the teen troupe will follow audience suggestions for holiday-themed games scenes and fun. Next the audience will vote for which short scene should be expanded into an entire improvised play.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD holding job fair Saturday

The Pleasanton Unified School District is looking to hire substitute teachers and classified substitutes, and will host a job fair this Saturday to seek out applicants.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Inaugural Ice Cream Trail honored

The Ice Cream Trail also received recognitions, including a Hermes 2018 Gold Winner award and spots on Pop Sugar's list of "The 10 Best Food and Drink Trails to Explore in America" and Trips to Discover's "9 Best Food and Drink Trails in the United States."

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD holding another 'Connecting with Our Community' meeting

Locals invited to learn about district goals, talk to school leaders
The Pleasanton Unified School District invites locals to a "Connecting with Our Community" meeting, set for Tuesday evening at Alisal Elementary.

November 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Supporting mental health in PUSD

Social workers focus on preventative interventions, engaging diverse population
Mental health support services have been on the minds of Pleasanton Unified School District officials, particularly as student stress persists and remains a hot topic throughout the district.

November 20, 2018 | 16 comments
Another Winter Spare the Air Alert issued for Wednesday

Moderate air quality expected in the Bay Area on Thanksgiving Day
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday because the air quality is expected to remain unhealthy in parts of the East Bay even though shifting winds and rain are expected to improve conditions elsewhere in the region.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Local symphony to present 'Joy, Pathos, and Passion'

Program will open with Bernstein's lively 'Candide' overture
Livermore-Amador Symphony opens its 56th regular season with "Joy, Pathos, and Passion" at Livermore's Bankhead Theater at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 1. Conducted by music director Lara Webber, the concert will feature compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD recruiting for Citizens' Police Academy

Applications due Dec. 14 for annual program
The Pleasanton Police Department is looking for residents interested in learning more about the department by taking part in its annual Citizens' Police Academy.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Newcomer Johnson, incumbent Vonheeder-Leopold win DSRSD election

Pleasanton's sewer district sees first contested election in six years
The first contested Dublin San Ramon Services District election since 2012 proved to be a competitive contest, with incumbent Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold reclaiming her seat on the Board of Directors and newcomer Ann Marie Johnson finishing in the top spot in the election.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Sports teach students valuable life lessons

Also: Recap of fall signing day at Foothill
During the first two weeks of November, I announced North Coast Section and California Interscholastic Federation Northern California volleyball matches for the Foothill varsity girls team, and it was those matches that highlight what's great about high school athletics.

November 19, 2018 | 4 comments
Tri-Valley ROP wins statewide award

Middle College program honored for innovation, collaboration
The California School Board Association recently awarded the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (TVROP) a top educational honor in recognition of the success of Middle College High School at Las Positas College.

November 19, 2018 | 1 comment
PDA cancels Spirit & Sweater Stroll amid poor air quality

Refunds available through Wednesday, though tickets could be considered donation to organization
Pleasanton Downtown Association decided to cancel its annual fundraising Spirit & Sweater Stroll, originally scheduled for Saturday night, for safety reasons due to the unhealthy air quality persistent throughout the Bay Area.

November 17, 2018 | No comments yet
BART to study second transbay rail crossing

New line would include standard-gauge tracks and the wider BART tracks
BART directors received an update Thursday on early steps toward a second transbay BART crossing that could include both standard-gauge rail tracks and the wider BART tracks.

November 18, 2018 | 14 comments
Assembly election: Bauer-Kahan jumps ahead to 2,900-vote lead; Baker concedes

Orinda Democrat turns tables on Republican incumbent after losing big in June primary
Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has declared victory in the District 16 election after a concession call from Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker in the wake of the challenger leapfrogging the incumbent to take a 2,901-vote lead after a large results update by Contra Costa County officials Friday afternoon.

November 16, 2018 | 124 comments
Pleasanton: Alameda County closes all public schools Friday due to air quality

Spare the Air Days to continue through Tuesday next week
As air quality issues continue to persist around the Bay Area, the Alameda County Office of Education has decided that all county schools and district offices, including in Pleasanton, will be closed on Friday ahead of the Thanksgiving week break.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Assembly election: Incumbent Baker's lead down to 159 votes

Key results update due Friday as Contra Costa plans large tally release
Democrat challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan continues to close the gap on Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker in the race to represent Pleasanton and the rest of State Assembly District 16, with the incumbent's lead narrowed to 159 votes as of the latest update Thursday afternoon.

November 15, 2018 | 10 comments
Holiday happenings: Entertainment and celebrations abound in Tri-Valley

Whatever that means for you, be it warm food with family, treks to snowier regions or hours of feel-good Hallmark movies, there are many opportunities to celebrate right here. From Santa meet-and-greets to holiday parades and concerts to donation drives, check out what's happening in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Amazing young Tri-Valley innovators honored

Two Amador Valley High seniors were among 14 talented students honored at the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group's eighth annual Dreammakers and Risktakers event in October at the Palm Event Center.

November 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin police earn $70,000 grant for traffic safety efforts

Targeted enforcement, public education among programs to be funded
Dublin Police Services recently received a $70,000 government grant for a year-long traffic enforcement and public awareness program designed to educate residents on safe driving habits as well as deter people from violating traffic laws or engaging in unsafe behaviors while behind the wheel.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance Nov. 15, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Outcomes hold steady, California wildfires & Ugly sweater time

While the specific vote totals continue to fluctuate, the outcomes in the Pleasanton City Council election are holding just as steady as they did on Election Night, with incumbent Kathy Narum and challenger Julie Testa comfortably in the two winning positions.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Cricket for Cubs, bringing community together with sport

Community Spirit recipient hosting showcase international tournament here next week
Since humble beginnings three years ago with an inaugural youth tournament with 36 players, the Dublin-based nonprofit organization has expanded its reach to more than 300 kids competing on Tri-Valley cricket teams and over 4,000 other students introduced to the sport through its PE or after-school lessons in nearly two-dozen schools in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf marathon raises money for Hope Hospice

20 golfers play 100 holes on same day in show of support for nonprofit
The golfers each played 100 holes that day at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course as part of the annual Hope 100 Golf Marathon, a fundraiser for local nonprofit Hope Hospice that is designed as a strenuous outing to symbolize the challenges patients and families face at the end of life.

November 14, 2018 | 2 comments
UPDATE: Haubert, Josey elected in Dublin; second council seat still too close to call

Both incumbents re-elected to DUSD; Giannini abruptly resigns board post
While Mayor David Haubert won re-election comfortably and the two incumbents in the Dublin Unified school board race will serve another term, the City Council has two new representatives -- as was expected.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves salary increases for teachers union

Trustees also talk AP History materials, LCAP indicators, governance handbook
The Pleasanton Unified school board unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

November 14, 2018 | 11 comments
UPDATE: Newcomer Munro, incumbents Marchand, Woerner win Livermore city elections

Voters overwhelmingly defeat Measure U; re-elect Bueno and White, add Prusso to school board
Voters in Livermore cast ballots in favor of four long-familiar faces and two new candidates, as well as soundly defeated a union-backed initiative that would have seen the city charged with making sure health care costs did not exceed a new price limit.

November 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Stanford-ValleyCare recognized for patient safety

Hospital receives 'A' grade from national nonprofit
In recognition of its safety and care practices, Pleasanton's Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare has received an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group -- a national nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality -- in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade Report.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Remembering Jeff May, a pioneer for Pleasanton Lacrosse

'Kids who played for Jeff were better people for having played for him'
I was jolted this past weekend, learning of the death of Jeff May of Pleasanton, a youth sports coach in this town and someone that helped shape many a young man through athletics.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
School board considers approving new contract with teachers union

Also: AP History-Social Sciences materials, LCAP, facilities contracts
The Pleasanton Unified school board is set to hold a public hearing and consider approving a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers on Tuesday night.

November 12, 2018 | 5 comments
Water leak forces DSRSD to close its office

Break in underground line causes flooding in water utility's Dublin office
Flooding has forced the Dublin San Ramon Services District to close its office in Dublin for up to three months, district officials said today.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Community rallies to support Pleasanton PD officer battling cancer

Over $75,000 raised online in a week for Officer Henricksen and family as treatment begins
The community is joining together to provide support for Pleasanton police Officer Kyle Henricksen, who is undergoing treatment to fight an aggressive form of cancer.

November 12, 2018 | 1 comment
State Assembly race tightens; Baker’s lead shrinks to 627 votes

Alameda, Contra Costa officials still counting vote-by-mail, provisional, conditional ballots
The race to represent Pleasanton in the State Assembly has narrowed to a 0.4% lead for Republican incumbent Catharine Baker as Democrat challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has gained two percentage points since Election Night, as pending ballots continue to be processed in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

November 11, 2018 | 23 comments
PHOTO ALBUM: Veterans Day in Pleasanton

The Pleasanton community joined together last Sunday to honor military veterans downtown during the 22nd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade -- held as usual on the weekend before Veterans Day to allow local veterans and civic leaders to represent Pleasanton at other celebrations on the holiday itself.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Mothers Club: A network for moms to lean on

Club provides parenting support, social outlet, friendship
Entering motherhood is a daunting undertaking, no matter where you are. An experience that can be isolating, and marks a significant life change. That's where the Pleasanton Mothers Club comes in.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Doug Miller, Service to country and community

Role Model recipient is pillar in Pleasanton veteran support network
Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 -- and observed as a national holiday on Monday -- has special significance for retired Army Maj. Doug Miller, as it should.

November 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Meachelle Lum, Finding purpose in tragedy

Rising Star spearheads Lum AVM Organization to help mother's legacy live on
After Meachelle Lum's mother Megan died suddenly two years ago in the midst of the San Ramon teen's junior year at Dougherty Valley High School, her devastation was soon joined by a feeling of wanting to honor her mother's memory and turn tragedy into purpose.

November 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering General Pershing, 100 years later

Chautauqua scholar Doug Mishler, impersonating World War I Gen. John J. Pershing as the grand marshal in last Sunday's Veterans Day parade and later in a performance at the Veterans Memorial Building, brought back memories for me. Not of Gen. Pershing, who died in 1948, but of a movie about him that I was watching in a suburban Chicago hospital when my daughter Kerry was born.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Real Estate: It's the most wonderful time of the year ... to buy and sell

Despite reputation, November and December actually provide positive opportunities for real estate transactions
People tend to wait until spring to put their house on the market or start house-hunting, having heard November and December are lousy months to buy or sell a house. But the many benefits to buying or selling during the holiday months actually make it a perfect time.

November 11, 2018 | 3 comments
Livermore Valley chamber honors local businesses

#LivValBiz Awards event also features State of the Chamber address
The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce recently recognized some standout local businesses and representatives.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Holiday parade floats, cricket tournament, new county judge

It's that time of year again. The city is now accepting applications for entries and volunteers for its annual Hometown Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Celebration, which is set for the evening of Dec. 1 downtown.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD launches internships for adults with special needs

Eight-month program will help participants gain crucial skills, find employment
The Pleasanton Unified School District has launched a new internship program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and they will soon be seeking applicants to begin in the winter.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Erratic driver leads to police action near fairgrounds

PPD: Man was yelling ‘bizarre things,’ committed numerous code violations
An erratic and apparently unstable driver led to high levels of police activity near the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Wednesday morning, with details on the incident continuing to unravel.

November 7, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton: Incumbent Narum, challenger Testa win City Council seats

Baker leads tight race to reclaim Assembly seat, Swalwell earns another term in Congress
Incumbent Kathy Narum finished well ahead in her bid for re-election to the Pleasanton City Council while slow-growth candidate Julie Testa earned the second available council seat at the end of Election Night.

November 7, 2018 | 32 comments
Incumbents post solid night in Livermore, Dublin; Measure U soundly defeated

San Ramon and Danville races also spotlighted in Tri-Valley election roundup
Voters backed recognizable faces throughout the Tri-Valley during the general election, with every competing city incumbent scoring a victory on Election Night across Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Candy Buy Back

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry collects over 800 pounds for charities
The Alameda Pediatric Dentistry held their annual Halloween Candy Buy Back event on Nov. 1. Through the Buy Back, children were able to exchange their unopened trick or treating candy for cash -- $1 for every pound.

November 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Both girls volleyball teams advance to CIF State playoffs

Also: Foothill water polo makes deep postseason run, Falcon runner takes second at EBAL tourney
The Amador Valley and Foothill girls volleyball teams kept their seasons alive, with both teams advancing to the CIF State Division I playoffs.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Planning Commission OKs new Shengmeng tutoring center

Permits also given to Tri Valley Auto Service, LifeSafer of Northern California
The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a use permit for the Shengmeng Education Center on Owens Drive last month, tweaking the proposal slightly to try to address parking concerns from another learning center next door.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund Coupon

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
BART employee uses CPR to revive passenger at Dublin-Pleasanton station

'I was supposed to be there that day'
A BART car cleaner helped save a life last week at the Dublin-Pleasanton station, when he used CPR to help revive a passenger who stopped breathing on a train, authorities said.

November 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ rolls the die with style

Tri-Valley Rep kicks off residency at Firehouse with beloved musical comedy
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre kicked off its first performance as the Firehouse Arts Center's resident troupe on Saturday night with the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls" -- and they delivered.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Man dies in officer-involved shooting in Danville

DPD: Suspicious person drove at officer, who fired fatal shot in self-defense
A Newark man died after being shot by a Danville police officer at the end of a short pursuit near downtown on Saturday morning, according to authorities.

November 3, 2018 | No comments yet
SRVUSD formally apologizes for Ben Curry's death

Superintendent Schmitt also attempts to refute rumors; Curry family responds to statement
San Ramon Valley schools Superintendent Rick Schmitt publicly apologized on Friday for the on-campus death of San Ramon Valley High freshman Ben Curry, marking the first time district officials have issued a formal written apology district-wide since the freshman drowned in the school pool last school year.

November 2, 2018 | 5 comments
Spending soars on health care ballot measure

Each side raises millions to promote its position on Measure U in Livermore, Measure F in Palo Alto
The two sides in the battle over Measure F, which would cap how much Palo Alto medical practitioners can charge their patients, have collectively spent more than $7.3 million to spread their messages both here and in Livermore, where a similar measure is also going to the voters, according to campaign-finance documents.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man convicted of international sexual abuse of teenager

Federal jury: Telles used internet to 'entice' 14-year-old girl in England
A Pleasanton man has been convicted of online enticement and international sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in England he reportedly met online while playing Clash of Clans four years ago.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Oakland man convicted in second trial of murdering Dublin resident

Victim was shot during attempted carjacking while in town to pick up father
An Oakland man who was only 16 at the time was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for the shooting death of an off-duty paramedic from Dublin in the Oakland hills in 2013.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Former East Bay Parks union treasurer guilty of embezzlement

61-year-old faces up to 5 years in prison for diverting almost $500,000
A former treasurer of a union representing East Bay Regional Parks workers has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland to embezzling $490,338 from the organization.

November 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Vote by Tuesday

Pleasanton City Council election leads local balloting for midterm
It's time to submit that vote-by-mail ballot, or start planning when to visit the polls for in-person voting on Tuesday. Here's a reminder of what is at stake for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley in the general election.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Bryan Ware, Thinking outside the crayon box

Danville man receives Environmental Stewardship award for The Crayon Initiative
Clean up the planet and make kids happy: This is the mission of Danville resident Bryan Ware. It's a mission he has been able to carry out by saving toxic crayons from landfills and safely donating them to sick children in need all across the country with his locally based nonprofit, The Crayon Initiative.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Sarah Banholzer, Be strong and give back happiness

Courage award honors Pleasanton teen focused on giving to others amid her own cancer battle
Pleasanton teen Sarah Banholzer, our Tri-Valley Hero for Courage, celebrates milestones in her life that would give many pause. After completing 2-1/2 years of treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed at age 4, she had a party.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: LPC honoring veterans, Prayer Breakfast, 2019 fair dates & eco-friendly gardens

The Las Positas College Veterans First Program and LPC Student Veterans Organization are set to host the 12th annual Honoring Veterans Day event this week at the campus in Livermore.

November 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Supporting hurricane victims

Groups from Sunol Creek Memory Care and Montevideo Girl Scouts packed 1,944 meals at Kids Against Hunger to send to hurricane victims.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Young Professionals donate Charity on Tap funds

The event raised $8,200, all of which was donated to the Valley Veterans Foundation for college scholarship funds for Tri-Valley veterans and military personnel.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Local Daughters of American Revolution rededicate grave marker for namesake Amador

The Tri-Valley's José María Amador Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) rededicated a DAR marker on the grave of their namesake on Oct. 13 in Old St. Mary Cemetery in Gilroy.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Brenner takes over at Harvest Park

Middle school's new principal says she's here to stay
Whether she has acquired "it" or had it all along throughout her years in education, the quality has led her to her "dream job" in Pleasanton, she says.

October 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Tim Talk: Planning Commission rejects AT Dublin proposal

Proponents of AT Dublin, the mixed-use lifestyle retail center on Tassajara Road, took a big step toward quelling potential opposition by cutting a key deal with the Dublin Unified School District.

October 31, 2018 | 6 comments
Paws in Need to raise funds for pets with 19th annual Holiday Boutique

Proceeds will help cover medical costs for pets throughout Tri-Valley
The 19th annual Paws in Need Holiday Boutique in Livermore this weekend will look to raise funds for animals in need by selling a variety of items like animal-themed holiday gifts for people and pets, will all funds raised benefiting the nonprofit's animal medical programs.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Veterans parade downtown Sunday

Procession starts at 1 p.m. on Main; post-parade program follows at 2:15 p.m.
The Pleasanton community is set to join together this weekend to honor area military veterans during the 22nd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. this Sunday downtown.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Mountain lion that hid in bushes released into wild

Puma was found hunkered down near an office complex by Hopyard Road
A mountain lion that had been hunkered down near an office complex in Pleasanton on Monday was released into the wild early Tuesday morning, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.

October 30, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton synagogues commemorate Pittsburgh victims

Rabbi Resnick: ‘We can come together and we can lean on each other’
Jewish community members in Pleasanton are mourning the weekend shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and honoring the 11 worshipers who died there.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill, Amador volleyball post playoff wins

Dons head into NCS football playoffs as No. 6, traveling to Freedom
The Foothill and Amador Valley girls volleyball teams grabbed a pair of North Coast Section Division I playoff wins last week to move into a semifinal showdown on Halloween.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Mountain lion near Hopyard captured after four doses of tranquilizer

A mountain lion was captured Monday night in Pleasanton after it hunkered down for hours in some bushes and after four doses of tranquilizer were administered, police said.

October 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Livermore: New supercomputer to help national labs maintain nukes

"Sierra," described by U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials as the world's third fastest supercomputer, will soon be providing the nation's three nuclear security labs with their best nuclear weapon simulations yet.

November 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection with Dublin carjacking

Police: Suspect nabbed while trying to hide in Oakland
A 28-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of carjacking a woman at a Chevron gas station, police said.

October 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Afternoon I-680 commute toward Pleasanton ranks as 4th-worst in Bay Area

I-580 through Tri-Valley makes three appearances on most-congested list, but none worse than 14th
The Interstate 680 commute across the Sunol Grade ranked as the fourth-worst Bay Area commute in 2017 for the second year in a row, according to the annual most-congested list compiled by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

October 29, 2018 | 15 comments
LAVTA named California Transit Agency of the Year

Association recognizes Tri-Valley authority for refocused priorities, better connectivity, new projects
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), which operates Wheels and Rapid bus services in the Tri-Valley, has been honored for its accomplishments over the past year as the California Transit Agency of the Year for 2018.

October 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Former Tri-Valley priests accused of sexual misconduct

Eight area priests appear on law firm's list of allegations in Bay Area dioceses
Eight Catholic priests who served or lived in the Tri-Valley at some point years ago were identified in a recently released report by a Minnesota-based law firm listing the names of clergymen connected with Bay Area dioceses accused of sexual misconduct against children.

October 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Goodguys to salute veterans at Autumn Get-Together

Car show to feature thousands of vehicles from across the country
The show will feature over 2,500 American-made or -powered, candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks of all years for a two-day extravaganza, with a multitude of events and deals celebrating both active and retired members of the military.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sister of drowned teen criticizes SRVUSD at board meeting

San Ramon Valley residents call Ben Curry's death 'preventable'
As potential litigation involving the on-campus drowning of San Ramon Valley High School freshman Benjamin Curry looms, the boy's sister and several other residents, spoke at the school board meeting this week, to voice their displeasure at the conduct of the district in the aftermath of the teen's death.

October 25, 2018 | 2 comments
Honoring 2018 Tri-Valley Heroes

Community standouts recognized for contributions at annual award ceremony
Environmental stewards, innovators, artists and philanthropists alike were honored Monday during the seventh annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards ceremony, presented by the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Pleasanton spearheading recycling education effort

Pleasanton is playing a big role in encouraging recycling across America thanks to Jill Buck, who in 2002 wrote the Go Green Initiative that is now the largest and fastest growing comprehensive environmental education program in the country.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
PCAC awards for young artists

Day of performances ends with presentations
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council presented its annual awards in music and visual arts recently after a day of auditioning and viewing the art works of 44 talented high school students.

October 29, 2018 | No comments yet
City's newest mural: 'Live Well, Be Well'

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Arne Olson and City Councilman Jerry Pentin were joined by Kaiser Permanente staff and Gary and Nancy Harrington at the recent unveiling of "Live Well, Be Well," a new mural for Pleasanton's growing public art collection.

October 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Troubadour Estas Tonne at Bankhead

Master guitarist Estas Tonne is bringing his spiritual sounds and excitement to the Bankhead Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 on his first U.S. tour, "The Breath of Sound," which reflects a classical structure, the technique of Flamenco, roots of Gypsy, and characteristics of Latin and electronic soundscapes.

October 29, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 highlights church's history

Art historian talks about St. Michael's, now 100
St. Michael's Church in Livermore is not only historic, its century-old stained glass windows are works of art. The subject is explored in the latest episode of TV30's "About the Valley," which was filmed recently with host Dr. Marshall Kamena and guest art historian Barbara Mitchell.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Ghost stories downtown

Museum on Main's annual series brings alive Pleasanton's haunted past
If you're taking a stroll down Main Street, make sure to look up as you pass by Gay Nineties Pizza. You might catch a glimpse of the Lady in Blue, decked out in petticoats and a scandalous bodice, surveying the bustle of cars and pedestrians beneath her.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RAGE players pack meals for Florida

Pleasanton RAGE packed 21,600 meals that went straight to Florida to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, as part of a community service pack-out event last week between RAGE competitive teams and local nonprofit Kids Against Hunger.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley Community Church celebrates 50 years in Pleasanton

Anniversary service includes special candle-lighting, city commendation
Valley Community Church recently commemorated its 50th anniversary, with the congregation marking the occasion with a three-day celebration at the church just outside Pleasanton.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Party for the Pooches supports Valley Humane Society

The fifth annual Party for the Pooches raised more than $41,000 to support Pleasanton-based nonprofit Valley Humane Society.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Report: Job growth poised to slow

High housing costs among key factors
Job growth in most of California's urban areas -- including San Francisco, the South Bay and the East Bay -- will continue in 2019, but at a slower pace than in recent months, according to a Los Angeles-based economic research firm.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Pleasanton motorcyclist killed in Oct. 14 crash

A motorcyclist who died after he collided with a pickup truck on Altamont Pass Road near Livermore in unincorporated Alameda County earlier this month was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Thursday as 63-year-old Mark Nida of Pleasanton.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill Band Review set for Saturday

Nearly three dozen middle and high school bands are set to take to the streets of downtown Pleasanton this Saturday for the 44th annual Foothill High School Band Review.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Swingin' at Hart

Hart Middle School students twisted and twirled at the annual swing dancing competition, with the finale held this year Oct. 5. All seventh- and eighth-grade students at Hart learned the basics in P.E., and those who wanted to take the dance further could participate in the competition.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Axis: Covered CA open enrollment underway

Nonprofit making counselors available to help with questions, concerns
Open enrollment for Covered California health care plans has started, and Axis Community Health is offering assistance for those with questions or concerns.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Lame-duck Dublin council poised to make IKEA decision

Plus, thoughts on deceptively titled Proposition 6
The decision on the giant IKEA lifestyle retail center in Dublin likely will be made next month after the Nov. 6 election.

October 24, 2018 | 2 comments
Remembering Red Haas, city's Ambassadog

The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of the city's Ambassadog Red Haas, who died unexpectedly earlier this month just shy of his 13th birthday after a brief battle with aggressive cancer.

October 24, 2018 | 4 comments
School board discusses tentative agreement with teachers union

Series of recognitions, ‘Unity Day,’ Lydiksen project changing course
The Pleasanton Unified school board received a report on a tentative agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers bargaining unit at a four-hour-long meeting Tuesday night.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons, Falcons ready for gridiron showdown

Amador golf, Foothill volleyball win EBAL titles; Dons dominate Mt. Sac Invitational
On paper, Friday night's East Bay Athletic League finale between Amador Valley and Foothill looks like a major blowout. Well, not if you know the history of the Amador-Foothill rivalry.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's sergeant arraigned on criminal eavesdropping charges

Defense says actions were misunderstanding of law, not intent to violate law for nefarious purposes
An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant was arraigned last week on four felony charges for allegedly making illegal and secret recordings of juvenile suspects in an interview room in March.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 airing local 'Election Specials'

Pleasanton episode features all four City Council candidates
With Election Day two weeks away, TV30 is reminding voters in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to check out the station's nonpartisan "Election Specials," highlighting candidates in those communities' city and school board races.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
School board to consider tentative agreement with teachers union

Contract would include 2.5% salary increase, amends leaves of absence article
The Pleasanton school board is set to weigh approving a tentative agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers bargaining unit at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

October 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton family appearing on 'Family Feud'

Valladon clan's three-episode run airs starting Friday
Pleasanton residents will have the opportunity to root for a local family appearing on Season 20 of "Family Feud" this week, sharing in their triumphs, laughs and embarrassments.

October 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Council honors Pleasanton businesses for milestone anniversaries

Pleasanton Ready Mix leads the way, celebrating 50 years in operation
The City Council hosted a standing-room-only ceremony last week to recognize Pleasanton-based businesses -- large and small -- marking milestone anniversaries this year.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Man sentenced to 30 years to life for double-fatal DUI crash

Mother, baby killed when car plowed into apartment complex; defendant pursuing appeal alleging juror misconduct
A Livermore man was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life for killing a mother and her baby in a drunk-driving crash in Livermore in 2015.

October 21, 2018 | 18 comments
Zone 7 narrowly approves water rate hikes

Increase necessary for reserves, water reliability, agency says
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors approved new water rate increases for the next four years in a 4-3 vote at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
'Nightmare' comes to life at Firehouse

Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's award-winning teen improv troupe, is providing a "Nightmare" for audiences next week, gathering them around a "campfire" to follow their suggestions to create a dark and stormy night at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Mariachi de Mexico at Bankhead

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an ensemble of students from the Chicago's immigrant barrios, will be at the Bankhead Theater for one performance, at 7 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 27).

October 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Celebrate fall during Harvest Festival at fairgrounds

Shop, shop, shop for unique jewelry, ceramics and more
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival at the Alameda County Fairgrounds next weekend will blend Halloween fun, music and entertainment with a shopping bonanza of more than 24,000 handmade gifts. Indoor and outdoor booths will feature original art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, specialty foods, toys, decor and more.

October 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Halloween Fun Night at tennis center 'just grew and grew'

Tricks, treats, games galore next Friday night
What started out in 2005 as a fun Halloween-themed tennis party for a dozen young players has turned into an extravaganza of spooks, costumes, games and candy that draws hundreds -- the Pleasanton Halloween Fun Night.

October 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Roll of the dice: 'Guys and Dolls' onstage at Firehouse

Tri-Valley Rep performing musical Nov. 2-18
Nathan Detroit is setting up his craps game at the Firehouse Arts Center as Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens "Guys and Dolls" on Nov. 3 to run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Visiting the villains

Broadway Chorus explores dark side of entertainment
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus is going to explore the darker side of Broadway, movies, opera and Disney next week in "Villains of Stage and Screen."

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Bringing great burgers to downtown Pleasanton

When Todd Utikal and his wife celebrated life milestones at Skip Hinsley's Girasole restaurant, he never imagined that years later they would be business partners in downtown Pleasanton's newest restaurant.

October 18, 2018 | 18 comments
Unseasonable weather for Pleasanton real estate market

'Like in other communities, more inventory is cooling the market just a little'
The three most important things in real estate may be shifting from "location, location, location" to "season, season, season."

October 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Hope Hospice hires Hansen as new CEO

Health care exec succeeds Boehm, who retired last month
The Hope Hospice Board of Directors has welcomed back Bay Area health care executive Jennifer Hansen into the nonprofit's leadership team, this time as its new CEO.

October 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance October 19,2018

Home Sales Update October 19, 2018

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Historic homes: Stories etched into century-old houses, and the measures to preserve them

Learn more about two marquee Pleasanton homes, then and now
It's just one of dozens of historical homes scattered around Pleasanton, homes that are deemed to have historical and architectural significance in the ways their structures have been preserved. And they serve as a reminder of decades past, harkening back to horse-and-buggy days when the city was just emerging.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse comedy: Heartbreak and humor of divorce and dating

Anne Marie Scheffler shares insights of her "MILF Life Crisis" in a comedy show that explores the new kind of relationships she observed when newly divorced with kids, at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Clubhouse, downtown's newest restaurant, opens in Pleasanton Hotel

Ed Westmoreland was joined by an enthusiastic crowd Monday as he cut the ribbon and opened his new Clubhouse restaurant in the Pleasanton Hotel at 855 Main St.

October 17, 2018 | 12 comments
Pleasanton council endorses Valley Link

Also: Chabad hearing postponed, Arroyo Mocho Bridge debate, Bullying Prevention Month
The Pleasanton City Council threw its support Tuesday behind regional officials' initial concept of creating a commuter light rail system, dubbed Valley Link, to extend public transit service east between the Dublin-Pleasanton BART stop and the North Lathrop ACE Train station.

October 17, 2018 | 5 comments
Small plane crashes into fence at Livermore Airport

A small World War II-era plane ran off the runway and veered into a perimeter fence at the Livermore Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board set to vote on proposed water rate increases

Following multiple discussions, agency to consider staff recommendation at regular meeting Wednesday
After a series of public meetings on the subject, the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on proposed water rates for the upcoming four years at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

October 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton's Sears store to close amid company's bankruptcy

Stoneridge store to shutter by year's end; unclear how mall will replace it
On Monday shortly after announcing that their company was filing for chapter 11, Sears Holdings officials announced that Pleasanton's Sears in the Stoneridge Shopping Mall would be closing along with 141 other Sears and Kmart locations nationwide, before the year's end.

October 15, 2018 | 41 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum inducted into UC Davis Hall of Fame

Alma mater follows in Sedlak's footsteps with solid week on court
Betsy Sedlak, a graduate of Foothill High, was recently inducted into the University of California, Davis Hall of Fame following her incredible volleyball career.

October 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley native joins Pleasanton PD as newest officer

Skaggs grew up in San Ramon, transfers here from Campbell PD
Pleasanton Police Department and city officials welcomed San Ramon native Nickolas Skaggs as the department's newest police officer during a ceremony last week.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Council to talk Valley Link concept, Zone 7 rate hikes; Chabad hearing postponed

Business anniversary recognitions, Bullying Prevention Month also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss taking positions on the Valley Link commuter rail system and proposed rate increases from the Zone 7 Water Agency on Tuesday, but the hearing on the Chabad Center for Jewish Life -- the night's most-anticipated debate -- has been postponed.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Congressional hopeful Peters' candidate statement left out of Contra Costa voters guide

County officials admit error; Republican's statement redistributed in supplemental mailing
U.S. House of Representatives hopeful Rudy Peters (R-Livermore) saw his campaign hit a bump in the road late in this election season, when the Contra Costa County Elections Department failed to include his candidate statement in the original voters guide sent to San Ramon residents in Congressional District 15.

October 14, 2018 | 1 comment
The Pothole Report: Pleasanton recognized for quality road maintenance

City has 15th best-maintained roads in Bay Area, MTC says
A recent study of the 43,000 miles of road found in the Bay Area -- almost double the distance it takes to circumnavigate the globe-- has recognized Pleasanton as having some of the best maintained and highest quality streets in the region.

October 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Remembering Kristallnacht

German rabbi coming to Pleasanton to speak, 80 years after massacre
Eighty years ago, Nazis in Germany swept through the country on the night of Nov. 9 and attacked its Jewish citizens, vandalizing synagogues, businesses and homes, and killing nearly 100 people.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
County, jail guards sued for alleged assaults on inmate at Santa Rita

Criminal charges still pending against four current, former deputies
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office and four current and former deputies were sued Monday by a former jail inmate who alleges that the deputies allowed another inmate to spray him with urine and feces multiple times and then broke his arm.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
BART fined $1.3M for safety violations resulting in worker deaths in 2013

'These fatalities were totally preventable, says CPUC commissioner
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued a $1.3 million fine to BART for safety violations that led to the death of two workers who were struck by a train between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations in 2013.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
CPUC approves higher electricity fees for customers who buy from local program

Regulators argue exit-fee increases ensure departing customers pay fair share of utility companies' long-term costs
The California Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday approved a revised fee calculation that will result in higher charges to customers who choose to buy their electricity from local governments instead of investor-owned utilities.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Pleasanton firm Deep Sentinel prepares product launch

Pleasanton-based Deep Sentinel is breaking new ground in the home surveillance industry and, like many other innovative solutions, hopes to completely disrupt it.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Contra Costa officials break ground on new I-680 express lane north of Valley

Transportation officials in Contra Costa County held a groundbreaking ceremony last week on a $127 million project that will add 11 miles of a southbound carpool express lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek, a move they hope will shorten drive times along Interstate 680 by 10 to 15 minutes.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas awarded state grant to support veterans

College officials say $200,000 will go toward disabled student programs, new student orientation, more
The award comes after the college's Veterans First Program applied for a Veterans Resource Center state grant through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Harringtons set for final Pleasanton art walk of year

Free, two-hour tour includes public and private artwork in downtown
Nancy and Gary Harrington from the Harrington Art Partnership are hosting their final public art walk of 2018 this Saturday in the downtown area.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
General election 2018

Pleasanton voters to help decide regional offices, state propositions Nov. 6
While many eyes in the Bay Area will no doubt be glued to out-of-area contests, Pleasanton voters can have their voices heard on the range of representative positions and state propositions on their ballots. Offices such as State Assembly, Congress and California governor, and ballot issues like gas tax repeal, another water bond and veteran housing funding -- to name a few.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
South African storyteller performing at Pleasanton Library

South African-born musician and writer Toby Tobias will give an uplifting and engaging program from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Haugen scholarship deadline Nov. 12

The Community of Character Collaborative invites high school seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Remembering World War II

Milt Feldman, 94, and his wife Renee were special guests recently at the world premiere at Stoneridge Creek of a documentary featuring his experiences during World War II when he was a German POW, "A Soldier's Dream: The Milt Feldman Story."

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
ArtWalk in Livermore this weekend

Family celebration of visual, performing, cultural arts
ArtWalk, a community celebration of the arts, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Livermore this Saturday with hundreds of handmade and original works displayed by their artists, ranging from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, potter to jewelry and mixed media.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Classic film musicals at the Bankhead

Series proving popular with movie-goers
The Classic Film Musicals Series continues at the Bankhead Theater with MGM's "Showboat," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. The star-studded classic was released in 1951 with big dances and songs including "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol' Man River," with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Big band celebrates 40 years

Head to Yoshi's for cool night of jazz
From there, Eshelman's life has followed a rhythm built around music, to California and beyond and back again to keep the beat at colleges and to found Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band in 1978. A Pleasanton resident for 11 years, the trombonist/composer/teacher invites everyone to a gala concert at Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.

October 10, 2018 | 1 comment
Las Positas College presents 'Arcadia'

Comedy explores chaos and its underlying order
Las Positas College Department of Theater Arts will explore the nature of evidence and truth in the context of modern ideas about love, attraction, mathematics and physics in Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia." It will play at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 19-28 at the Black Box Theater in the Mertes Center for the Arts.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Solorzano making the rounds at Amador

New principal back at high school level after Tri-Valley trek
Alberto Solorzano's path to Amador Valley principal is full of "accidents," he said. Starting with his foray into teaching.

October 11, 2018 | 8 comments
Parents of teen who drowned on campus file claim with SRVUSD

Claim states the district did not do enough to ensure student safety
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been hit with a claim from the family of 15-year-old Benjamin Curry, who drowned in the San Ramon Valley High School pool in early May.

October 11, 2018 | 6 comments
News Digest: Zone 7 water rates, Starry Night, Jewelry fundraiser, Shepherd's Gate benefit

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to take its final vote on proposed water rate increases next Wednesday at the board's regular meeting, after much discussion at a series of public community meetings held since August.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
PPD marks Coffee with a Cop Day

The Pleasanton Police Department met with residents in a less-formal setting last week as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Council candidates find campaigning hard work, expensive

Narum has healthiest coffers at $13,722; Streng has spent most at $6,690
Win or lose, the candidates in the Nov. 6 municipal election -- incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Narum, Joseph Ledoux, Joe Streng and Julie Testa -- deserve credit for the hundreds of hours they're spending on the campaign trail.

October 11, 2018 | 1 comment
Officials break ground on Dublin-Pleasanton BART parking structure

New building on Dublin side expected to house 650-700 new parking spaces
In an effort to mitigate the traffic congestion and parking headaches that have plagued the area, local and regional leaders came together on Tuesday afternoon to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of a multi-platform parking garage for the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

October 10, 2018 | 26 comments
PUSD talks new bond potential

Possible tax rate extension would help fund crucial projects, staff say
The Pleasanton Unified School District board discussed next steps for financing of the Measure I1 facilities bond at its first regular meeting of October on Tuesday night, particularly honing in on the possibility of asking voters to pass another $124 million bond in 2020.

October 10, 2018 | 19 comments
Pleasanton walks and rides to school

PUSD joins in global campaign to encourage alternate transportation modes
And Pleasanton schools are joining in the celebration by hosting rotating events at sites district-wide on Wednesday mornings throughout the month, in order to encourage students to walk, ride or roll to school.

October 9, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD talks new CTE facilities at Foothill

Also: Bond financing, AVID updates, long-term debt, math placement
The Pleasanton Unified school board Tuesday night will consider approving applications for state grant money to be used for new Career Technical Education facilities at Foothill High School.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons poised for NCS playoffs while Falcons miss key players

Also: Both Foothill, Amador girls volleyball teams win matches
Seven weeks into the season, the teams are mirror opposites of each other. Amador Valley sits at 5-2 overall, while Foothill is at 2-5. Both teams are coming off losses, as the Dons fell 35-23 to Granada and Foothill lost 14-3 to California.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality advisory through Monday

Residents who can smell smoke should stay indoors, close doors and windows
Smoke from the large Branscomb Fire in Solano County has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare an air quality advisory throughout the Bay Area through Monday.

October 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley leaders meet to discuss traffic problems and solutions

2018 Tri-Valley Transportation Summit takes aim at congestion
Regional leaders gathered last week to discuss traffic congestion at the 2018 Transportation Solutions Summit in Pleasanton, and while many solutions were offered, leaders agreed the best way to tackle the issue was through continued collaboration between local municipalities.

October 9, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton students continue high performance in state assessment

Percentage of PUSD students at or exceeding California standards well above state average
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this past week the results from the 2017-18 state assessment, results showing that overall Pleasanton Unified students have continued their tradition of excellent performance.

October 7, 2018 | 6 comments
Valley Children's Museum, down but not out

Dublin grants organization more time to raise adequate funds
A permanent location for Dublin's Valley Children's Museum is still on its way to the Tri-Valley; it's just going to take a little longer than originally anticipated.

October 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Sig-alert: Lanes closed on south 680 at Bernal

Lanes are closed on South 680 at Bernal because of an overturned big-rig spilling 27 tons of dirt on roadway.

October 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sig-alert: Several lanes closed on South 680 at Bernal

Overturned big-rig spills 27 tons of dirt on roadway
Lanes are closed on South 680 at Bernal because of an overturned big-rig spilling 27 tons of dirt on roadway.

October 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales At A Glance October 5, 2018

Home Sales Update October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heritage Happenings help folks find family histories

Discover your roots at Genealogical Society's special programs at Pleasanton, Livermore libraries
Patrick Lofft started to wonder in college about the origins of his seemingly unique last name. He had to spell it for everyone; no one had heard of it.

October 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Photos sought for Bankhead exhibit

Show to explore 'Passageways, Boundaries, Transitions'
The Livermore Art Association (LAA) is calling for entries for a photography show it is sponsoring with the Bankhead Theater from Nov. 6 to Jan. 7.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
All about succulents: Expert to share worldwide varieties with garden club

Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club's October meeting will focus on "Succulent Tidbits from Around the World."

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
'Albert Einstein' to visit Pleasanton

Beth Emek presents renowned physicist Saturday
Albert Einstein will be at Congregation Beth Emek next weekend. Character actor Duffy Hudson will offer his true-to-life portrayal of the German-born theoretical physicist, exploring his personal life as well as his major scientific accomplishments, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

October 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Take part in Day of the Dead

Library offering exhibit space to honor loved ones
The Pleasanton Public Library is looking for 20 individuals or groups to pay homage to an ancestor by creating an "ofrenda" in his or her honor as part of a community celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Downtown Ghost Walk includes spooks

Museum on Main offers the spirit of Halloween season
Downtown Pleasanton has a haunted reputation, which is explored by Museum on Main each October as it leads tours to Main Street's most notorious sites.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Meet the Pleasanton candidates

Vote-by-mail balloting starts Monday; voter registration deadline is Oct. 22
There are two spots up for election on the Pleasanton City Council, and at least one is guaranteed to change hands after Councilman Arne Olson opted not to seek a second term. The mayoral seat also appears on the ballot, with Mayor Jerry Thorne as the only candidate listed after nobody filed to challenge him.

October 4, 2018 | 4 comments
Livermore: Filipino Barrio Fiesta welcomes all this Sunday

The third annual Filipino Barrio Fiesta takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Bankhead Theater Plaza, 2400 First St., in Livermore.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Piscotty bobblehead supports ALS research

A new, limited-edition Stephen Piscotty Oakland Athletics bobblehead has been released, with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit the GoFundMe created by A's Community Fund to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute in memory of Stephen's mother.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: IGNITE! 2.0, Diwali celebration, Dublin school site

The city's second annual IGNITE event showcasing innovative arts and technologies to light up the night will return next Saturday (Oct. 13) from 5-9 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center and surrounding streets.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley creek cleanup

Residents and officials across the Bay Area volunteered their time and energy on Sept. 15 for the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest statewide and international effort to clean trash and debris from beaches, bays, creeks, rivers and lakes.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Multiple projects coming up for Zone 7 Water Agency

Flood channel repairs, Medeiros Reach updates, Patterson Pass and more
And just as the district is preparing for the upcoming winter, they are also in the midst of repairs from previous years' storms, along with other projects on their radar.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Police warn of opioid overdoses after two recent teen deaths

Livermore police are warning residents about the dangers of opioids after two teenagers died in the city in recent days in what investigators believe were drug overdoses.

October 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Sheriff's sergeant charged with recording confidential attorney conversations

Arraignment of Alameda County deputy set for Oct. 17
An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant has been charged with four felonies for the alleged illegal and secret recordings of juvenile suspects in an interview room in March, prosecutors said Wednesday.

October 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Tim Talk: Crucial Dublin council race hits final month

For 25 years, the city of Dublin has followed a development path that was approved by the City Council and upheld by voters in 1993. That path has been aggressively called into question by candidates in the Nov. 8 City Council election.

October 3, 2018 | 3 comments
Council discusses early redesign concepts for Delucchi, Lions Wayside parks

Also: Second bike corral coming downtown, StopWaste presentation, new commissioners take oath of office
The Pleasanton City Council reviewed early layouts for proposed renovations of Delucchi and Lions Wayside parks on Tuesday, advancing three design concepts for further consideration by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

October 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Museum on Main dedicates Sandi Thorne Research Center

New space honors memory of former board member, mayor's wife
Downtown Pleasanton's Museum on Main commemorated its new research center in honor of one of its most devoted supporters, Sandra "Sandi" Thorne.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff: Suspect identified in 1985 Danville cold-case murder

Cutting-edge DNA technique used to ID man in rape/murder, but he died 21 years ago
Contra Costa County sheriff's detectives appear to have identified a suspect in the previously unsolved 1985 rape and murder of Danville resident Virginia Vincent.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pirates of Emerson back in town this month

Haunted theme park with a pirate twist held at fairgrounds throughout October
Shiver me timbers meets ghoulish horror this month in Pleasanton, as the Pirates of Emerson haunted theme park takes over six acres of the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigators mark anniversary of Sunol cold-case murder

Eddie Tse gunned down at gas station 23 years ago
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently shined a spotlight on the cold-case killing of Eddie Tse, putting out a renewed call for information to help its long-stalled investigation on the 23rd anniversary of the Sunol gas station attendant's murder.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunol: Coroner IDs man killed in motorcycle crash on I-680 last week

Investigators unsure why San Jose man's bike went down near Andrade Road
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the motorcyclist who died in a solo crash on Interstate 680 in Sunol last week as Michael Jankowsky, 59, of San Jose.

October 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Foothill High prom facing fundraising shortfalls

Admin looking into options to hold both Junior Prom and Senior Ball while remaining 'fiscally responsible,' principal says
Foothill High School's annual end-of-year dance extravaganzas for the junior and senior classes may see some changes in the spring due to fundraising shortfalls, according to a letter to the school community from principal Sebastian Bull last week.

October 2, 2018 | 82 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill water polo wins Pleasanton tournament

Also: Both volleyball teams post wins; cross-country Falcons star in Santa Rosa
The Foothill boys water polo team won the co-hosted Amador Valley/Foothill Tournament last weekend.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Announcing 2018 Tri-Valley Heroes

RSVP now for seventh annual awards ceremony, set for Oct. 22
The Tri-Valley Heroes panel of judges have selected the recipients for the 2018 awards, which are bestowed on citizens and organizations who are making contributions to better our communities and their residents.

October 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Steinle defendant's federal trial postponed until Supreme Court rules on double jeopardy case

The federal gun possession trial of the undocumented immigrant who possessed the gun that killed Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015 has been postponed for at least several months while a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a different case is awaited.

October 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Gov. Brown signs BART housing bill

Agency hopes to build 20,000 units by 2040; Tri-Valley leaders express disappointment
Joining the flurry of bills addressed by the governor in his last legislative actions on the job, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday allowing Bay Area Rapid Transit to build housing on or near its stations -- a measure that has garnered vehement push-back from Tri-Valley and some East Bay leaders.

October 1, 2018 | 27 comments
Pleasanton Middle School teacher takes part in selective national program

Orenberg says industrial-focused workshop in Massachusetts will have a 'transformational effect' on her classroom work
An eighth grade teacher at Pleasanton Middle School was one of 36 educators selected nation-wide to take part in a humanities-focused institute in Massachusetts this past summer.

October 1, 2018 | 4 comments
City Council approves development impact fee increases

New rate schedule takes effect Jan. 1; cumulative fees go up 18%-49%
The city of Pleasanton will be instituting a series of increases to its development impact fees as of the new year, the first overhaul of the city's fee schedule in two decades.

September 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Body of fisherman found in Delta-Mendota Canal

Autopsy pending to determine if Tracy man died before or after falling in water
The body of a 71-year-old Tracy fisherman was recovered Friday morning from the Delta-Mendota Canal about 15 miles downstream from a section of the canal in Livermore where he was believed to have fallen into the water, said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Conservancy working to connect 44-mile trail

Upcoming bridge will link together trail running through five parks from Livermore into Fremont
A continuous 44-mile regional trail will soon stretch through five parks from Livermore through to Fremont, as local nonprofit the Tri-Valley Conservancy has announced plans to construct a final missing bridge link connector next August.

October 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Report ranks Pleasanton as 7th 'Best Place to Raise Family' in California

Tri-Valley neighbors San Ramon, Dublin, Danville also rank in Top 10
In recognition of Tri-Valley communities' efforts to create a culture that fosters family growth and prosperity, Danville, Dublin, San Ramon and Pleasanton have all been recognized as four of the top 10 best places in California to raise a family, by a national credit and research company.

October 1, 2018 | 6 comments
Tim Talk: Dublin school trustees move ahead with new high school site

Dublin school trustees board voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase a site in east Dublin for a second comprehensive high school.

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD holding 'Coffee with a Cop' on Wednesday

Want a chance to get to know some of your Pleasanton police officers? The department is offering just that on Wednesday morning by taking part in National "Coffee with a Cop" Day.

September 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Ballistic United Soccer Club celebrating 50th anniversary

Continuity, community passion key to youth soccer club's success
While all youth sports organizations are fortunate to have people willing to take the time to run the respective leagues, with Ballistic it seems to go a step further. There's a genuine love for BUSC, and it's easy to see when talking with people involved.

September 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Former Pleasanton doctor uses poems to probe personalities

New book helps people understand themselves -- and others
Dr. Karen Van Zino has brought together her passions for poetry and the wisdom of the enneagram in her new book, "Midnight's All A Glimmer: Poetry, Personality and the Power to See," which she published in July. She will be doing a reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St.

September 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore Airport to display aircraft, vintage cars

Family day will include music, food and winetasting
The 22nd annual Livermore Airport Open House & Air Show will offer fun for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, with displays of aircraft and vintage cars, accompanied by music and the Food Truck Mafia with its gourmet food trucks.

October 1, 2018 | No comments yet
'A Taste of Africa' in Livermore

Celebration will showcase diverse, colorful culture
Cheza Nami Foundation will present the seventh annual "A Taste of Africa," an adventure into African culture, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 6) on the Bankhead Theater Plaza in downtown Livermore.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera presenting 'Abduction'

Farcical romance includes Mozart's most spectacular arias
Mozart fans, opera aficionados, theater and music lovers: Make your way to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore during the next two weekends to enjoy the drama and lighthearted comedy of "The Abduction from the Seraglio."

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Zeppelin USA show at Firehouse

Zeppelin USA is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center for two shows this weekend, at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pace for Peace this weekend

Registration is underway for Tri-Valley Haven's annual Pace for Peace fundraising walk/run, set for next Saturday morning (Oct. 6) through Livermore Valley wine country.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Transportation summit, 'Tri-Valley @ a Crossroads' & Dublin candidate forum

The Bay East Association of Realtors is hosting the 2018 Tri-Valley Transportation Solutions Summit next Wednesday featuring state, regional and local elected leaders to discuss current and future transportation issues.

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: City losing two good people Friday

Planning commissioner David Nagler, city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne moving back to Sacramento area
David Nagler, who stepped down last week as chair of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, and his wife Tracy Dunne, the city's public information officer, are moving to Carmichael, a suburb in the greater Sacramento area where they still own a home.

September 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Deputies resume search for missing fisherman in rural Livermore

Alameda County sheriff's deputies resumed their search today for a 71-year-old Tracy fisherman who is believed to have fallen into the Delta-Mendota Canal in a rural area near Livermore on Monday evening, a sheriff's spokesman said.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
San Ramon: Highway signs honor Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith

Segment of I-680 named for BART PD officer killed in line of duty
The state has renamed the stretch of Interstate 680 between Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads in San Ramon in honor of BART Police Det. Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Smith Jr., who was the first BART officer to die in the line of duty when he was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow detective while serving a search warrant in a Dublin arrestee's apartment in 2014.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies after I-680 crash near Sunol

A motorcyclist has died from injuries suffered in a solo crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 680 near Sunol, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Motorcyclist suffers major injuries after high-speed collision

A motorcyclist suffered major injuries after losing control of his motorcycle and colliding into a vehicle while riding at high speeds on state Highway 84 Tuesday afternoon, according to Livermore police.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD board discusses upcoming security fencing projects

Targeted construction start date of spring break at Fairlands, Mohr, Harvest Park
A presentation and discussion on security fencing at three Pleasanton Unified campuses dominated a relatively brief school board meeting Tuesday night.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Cycling 4 Vets

Rides, walk at LPC on Saturday to support local veterans organizations
The fourth annual Cycling 4 Veterans event returns to Las Positas College this weekend, and cyclists and walkers alike are invited to participate and support local veteran and active military organizations.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Flu season arrives in Alameda County

Public health officials urge residents to get annual flu vaccine, offer clinics
It's flu season and county public health officials are reminding Alameda County residents to get vaccinated, for their own health and well-being and for that of the entire community.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Tri-Valley Haven stands in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

We stand together with communities across the nation in supporting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Ms. Deborah Ramirez and all sexual assault survivors in their quest for a fair hearing as they share the truth.

September 25, 2018 | 215 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador varsity teams sweep De La Salle/Nike Invitational

Also: Falcons top Dons in girls volleyball, both water polo squads post wins
In a battle of North Coast Section powers, the Amador Valley girls and boys cross-country squads both finished in first place at the De La Salle/Nike Invitational on Sept. 15.

September 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Boy whose abduction prompted Amber Alert found safe in Dublin

A 6-year-old boy allegedly abducted from Modesto on Monday has been found safe in Dublin, Modesto police said Tuesday morning.

September 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 water rate increases on the horizon

Board vote on final option expected Oct. 17
Water bills are on many local residents' minds right now, as the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors nears its final decision on rate increases for the next several years.

September 24, 2018 | 2 comments
School board talking security fencing updates

Also: Textbook public hearing, Week of the Administrator, new Foothill doors
The Pleasanton school board is set to receive an update on the progress of security fencing projects currently being planned at Fairlands Elementary, Mohr Elementary and Harvest Park Middle School on Tuesday night.

September 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore city candidates debate issues at Weekly forum

Downtown plan, Measure U, traffic, homelessness among topics
The two mayoral candidates and four City Council hopefuls expressed their love of Livermore, and their plans for it if elected, during a public forum last week.

September 24, 2018 | 2 comments
LPFD: Houses spared from flames after car fire spreads to grass

Quick action by firefighters prevents potential damage
A vehicle fire on Interstate 580 between Santa Rita Road and El Charro Road on Sunday night spread to adjacent grass and to a nearby backyard fence, but was stopped short of threatening houses near the freeway, the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP to focus on child passenger safety this week

Two out of every three car seats are misused, feds say
Law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be working to ensure that children are riding safely in vehicles during Child Passenger Safety Week throughout this week.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Small vegetation fire burns near I-580

A small vegetation fire in the area of Airway Boulevard and Isabel Avenue in Livermore that was reported at 3:26 p.m. Friday was contained quickly and didn't cause any injuries or road closures, a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department spokesman said.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
PPIE funding Outdoor Ed buses

Nonprofit partnering with Black Tie Transportation to bring Pleasanton elementary students to camps
Last week, Valley View Elementary students kicked off Pleasanton Unified's annual Outdoor Education tradition by heading out to a camp in Loma Mar -- this time on buses funded completely by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

September 23, 2018 | 11 comments
Night Market back in Pleasanton

Country's 'largest night market event' taking over fairgrounds for second time
Round two of the NorCal Night Market is coming back to Pleasanton later this week, and the Asian-inspired event has over 100 vendors and artists set to take over the fairgrounds.

September 23, 2018 | 11 comments
News digest: Your Muslim Neighbor, AAUW Fall Kick Off & App Challenge

"Tri-Valley Muslims want their neighbors to know: Please don't fear us." That's the message behind the Muslim Community Center of the East Bay's luncheon and Your Muslim Neighbor events, to have the public step inside a mosque and to clear up misconceptions about the faith.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley interfaith community picnic this weekend

Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley is holding its sixth annual potluck picnic this Saturday in recognition of International Day of Peace.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes earn various medals at softball event

Pinney, Tracy bring home gold in skills competition
Pleasanton RADD athletes played well to garner a variety of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California softball competition last month in Walnut Creek.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Reflections with Pleasanton's Scott Adams

Dilbert creator talks comic's 30th anniversary, new business ventures and life as a Trump supporter in deep-blue Bay Area
Dressed casually for the summer heat and wearing shades, Scott Adams obviously doesn't mind less attention in the quaint downtown Pleasanton restaurant that he frequents for a tranquil meal during lunch.

September 20, 2018 | 33 comments
Pleasanton gallery presents 'Fibre Theatricks'

Exhibit features quilts and more in honor of new theater season
"Fibre Theatricks" opens at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center next week, a major juried installation that features professional artists from the international Studio Art Quilt Associates.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Three comediennes return to Bothwell to benefit theater

Funny ladies Regina Stoops, Margaret Zhao and Stacy Gustafson, plus Ashley Gustafson as emcee, will take the stage for a night of laughter in "One Night, Three Women, Too Funny" next Saturday (Sept. 29) to benefit the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Jazz at Firehouse: Music that sizzles

Slick nightclub meets hot gypsy jazz when the five world-class musicians known as Black Market Trust come to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 29).

September 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse: Celebrating 'First Lady of Song'

Cabaret chanteuse Amanda King will perform "The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald" at 2 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 30), sharing Fitzgerald's origins, inspiration and early music in a swingin' afternoon celebrating the legend.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Downtown Livermore debate heats up

The Friends of Livermore just made this fall's election season even more interesting. When the Livermore City Council approved the downtown plan this month, the group announced a referendum to overturn the decision.

September 20, 2018 | 4 comments
Night of comedy at Bankhead

Ten finalists from the 43nd annual San Francisco Comedy Club Competition will perform in the semifinal rounds at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. this Friday night.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Rhinestone legend: Glen Campbell tribute at Firehouse

Nashville singer Andrew Kahrs will perform "A Salute to the Songs and Career of Glen Campbell" in two shows at the Firehouse Arts Center -- at 8 p.m. this Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore mayor highlights local efforts in State of the City address

Marchand talks strong economy, housing, downtown and more at Town Hall
The city of Livermore is working together with its community and staff and getting things done, Livermore Mayor John Marchand said at the State of the City and Town Hall address earlier this month.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council candidates differ on key city issues at Weekly's forum

Questions raised on new Civic Center, downtown planning, water resources
The four candidates seeking election to two available seats on the Pleasanton City Council put their best feet forward at a public forum Monday, but not all were in step with the current council's agenda for the next four years.

September 19, 2018 | 82 comments
Council formally rescinds JDEDZ for more environmental analysis

Brown back in on vote, Thorne continues to recuse
The Pleasanton City Council has voted to cancel its previous Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone approvals and order more environmental review of the rezoning project that would lay the regulatory framework for bringing Costco, two hotels and other businesses to the 40-acre area near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

September 18, 2018 | 7 comments
Tri-Valley leaders oppose BART housing bill

Baker, Glazer and others say transit agency should not have development jurisdiction
Housing and traffic congestion are hot-button issues facing the Bay Area, but one proposed solution currently on the governor's desk has garnered significant opposition from leaders across the Tri-Valley and in other East Bay communities.

September 18, 2018 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Six wins for Foothill girls volleyball last week

Amador boys water polo posts strong showing at Roseville tournament
It was banner week for the Foothill girls volleyball team as the Falcons ran off a 6-1 mark during a busy last week.

September 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Assembly candidates air positions at Tri-Valley forum

Baker, Bauer-Kahan talk traffic, BART, teacher tenure and more
The race to represent Assembly District 16 kicked off the Pleasanton Weekly's election forum series Sunday night, as candidates Catharine Baker and Rebecca Bauer-Kahan met to debate policy and crucial issues in the region.

September 17, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton PD issues 20 citations to drivers in pedestrian crossing sting

Pedestrian Safety Month operation conducted at two key crosswalks
"Pedestrians Don't Have Armor." That's the headline of a recent social media post by the Pleasanton Police Department highlighting officers' recent sting operation targeting drivers who fail to legally yield to walkers in city crosswalks.

September 18, 2018 | 12 comments
Congressional App Challenge celebrates students' creativity in STEM

Competition sponsored by Swalwell hopes to promote interest in tech studies
Tri-Valley high school students with tech skills are being called on to create a software application for any platform to compete in the return of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's annual Congressional App Challenge.

September 18, 2018 | 1 comment
County allowing pop-up restaurants while it forms regulatory plan

Pop-ups must follow food safety laws, permit conditions of host locations
Alameda County officials said last week that they will temporarily stop shutting down pop-up restaurants, as long as they follow food safety laws, while county officials figure out a strategy for issuing permits for the restaurants.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
New data show slow Bay Area housing production

New data shows that Bay Area housing increased by only 14,900 new units in 2017, less than 30% of the number of new jobs in the region during the same period, according to data released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors' committee supports ending court fees for convicts

Haggerty: 'It's a no-brainer ... It's ridiculous we're causing these debts'
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee recommended Thursday that the full board approve the elimination of administrative court fees for people who are convicted of crimes.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
BART board approves new surveillance ordinance

Directors also sign off on Lake Merritt development at busy meeting
BART's Board of Directors approved a new ordinance governing oversight of surveillance technology as well as a new transit-oriented residential and commercial real estate development near the Lake Merritt Station during a busy meeting Thursday morning in Oakland.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Authorities ID man found dead near train tracks in Niles Canyon

Death investigated as homicide, but motive and suspect information unclear
A man whose body was found along railroads tracks in Niles Canyon in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol on Sunday afternoon was identified by the sheriff's office Friday as 26-year-old Max Lopez Balmes of Fremont.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves financial statements

Also: CSEA president moving to district position, Amador AP Spanish concerns, school climate survey
The school board approved Pleasanton Unified School District's unaudited actuals from the 2017-18 school year, the presentation of which dominated Wednesday night's meeting and was observed by a small group of silent but visible teachers.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf tourney raises $2,000 for TOPSoccer

The event raised approximately $2,000 for Fusion TOPSoccer, a Fusion SC program that provides soccer at no cost to Tri-Valley children with special needs.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf quilt giveaway to benefit First Tee of Tri-Valley

The Pleasanton Fairways Ladies Golf Club is raffling off a handmade quilt, entitled "Sugar Pines," to benefit the First Tee of the Tri-Valley and the PFLGC organizations.

September 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Family theater: 'Wonderland'

Take an exciting journey through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole in this delightfully re-imagined tale of "Wonderland" inspired by the novels of Lewis Carroll.

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Calling artistic teens

PCAC holding competition in music, visual arts
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is calling for teen musicians and visual artists to apply for this year's Youth Excellence in Arts Awards, also known as the YEA! Awards.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: PPIE gala, Taste of Pleasanton & Go Green Initiative

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation invites community members to a "Night of the Stars" gala on Oct. 12.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library's Bookleggers are back

City schedules new training sessions
The city of Pleasanton is presenting its annual training for new Booklegger volunteers, which aims to promote a lifelong love of books by reading to students.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
City celebrating 10th anniversary of Alviso Adobe Community Park

Music, hands-on activities, historical tidbits and more
Pleasanton city officials are inviting the community to join next weekend in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Alviso Adobe Community Park along Old Foothill Road.

September 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Weekly's Assembly candidate forum is Sunday

Pleasanton council debate follows Monday evening
The Pleasanton Weekly will co-host the first of its four candidate forums this weekend, a public discussion of issues between incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan at Congregation Beth Emek on Sunday evening.

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tens of thousands expected at Pleasanton pet adoption event

More than 2,000 adoptable animals will be hoping to find forever homes
Tens of thousands of people are expected at the eighth annual Bay Area Pet Fair this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

September 13, 2018 | 3 comments
Sales at a Glance Sept. 14, 2018

Home Sales Update

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Helping children heal with crayons

Danville's Crayon Initiative covers the country
Danville-based nonprofit The Crayon Initiative -- an organization that donates crayons to children's hospitals -- has only been operating for four years, but during that time has seen exponential growth and expects to hit major milestones this year.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Dog yoga helps office workers relax, destress

'Animals just have this way when you hold onto them or touch them of just slowing your heart rate down ... giving you that unconditional love'
A San Ramon company is bringing new meaning to downward facing dog, and is providing dog yoga and puppy cuddles to regional corporations for employee appreciation and health and wellness events in an attempt to destress corporate employees.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Affordable produce in the Tri-Valley

Local nonprofits seek to distribute fresh fruits, veggies to those in need
The site is the Axis Community Health food distribution program, which began seven months ago in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. It's the only food distribution site in Pleasanton, and has an emphasis on offering healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables, serving over 100 locals in need.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma

Pleasanton woman tackles challenging Iceland hike to help fund research
"I had six rib fractures. The disease leaches the calcium out of the body, it makes the bones brittle," she explained. "I also had a pelvic fracture and a humerus fracture."

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Man charged with making criminal threats against congressional candidate Peters

Castro Valley resident out on bail, set to enter plea in case next week
A man who reportedly threatened to kill Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Sunday has been charged with felony making criminal threats and misdemeanor exhibiting a deadly weapon and carrying a switchblade.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: East Bay Stand Down back in town

Event supporting homeless, at-risk vets now in 19th year
"I couldn't afford to take care of both households, so I was on the verge of homelessness, and worried about getting my family back together," he said.

September 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Around Pleasanton: Council candidates spar at forum, though they mostly agree on issues

It's almost certain that the next Pleasanton City Council, where two seats will be filled in the upcoming Nov. 6 election, will be much the same as what we have today.

September 12, 2018 | 8 comments
Girl dies days after being pulled from Castlewood pool

Community shaken after summer swim gone wrong
A young Pleasanton girl died in the hospital days after being pulled unresponsive from the Castlewood Country Club pool, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday morning.

September 12, 2018 | 6 comments
Man arrested for trying to stab congressional candidate Peters

Republican uninjured after fighting off man in unprovoked attack
A man has been arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges for allegedly trying to stab Livermore Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Sunday.

September 11, 2018 | 140 comments
More school climate talk for PUSD

Inaugural stakeholder survey results in, summer programs and more
Another school climate survey is up for discussion at this week's school board meeting Wednesday night, this one administered by the Pleasanton Unified School District itself.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton little leagues merging into one

Town hall for current, future members set for Sept. 24
Pleasanton's two little leagues plan to merge into one organization under the Pleasanton Little League name starting with the upcoming season, league officials announced this week.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador-Foothill join forces on fundraising car raffle

Also: Falcons volleyball, both water polo teams have up-and-down weeks
It's no secret that fundraising for high school sports is a battle for both Amador Valley and Foothill. The booster clubs at the respective schools are always searching for new ways to raise funds, and they may have just scored a touchdown with one idea this year.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Local water entities split on Prop 3 endorsement

DSRSD throws support behind water bond measure, Zone 7 abstains
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors recently chose not to endorse a proposed statewide water bond measure, five months after the Dublin San Ramon Services District board voted unanimously to support it.

September 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Judge scolds sheriff for secret recordings of inmates

But says public defender failed to show practice is widespread beyond recent juvenile case
A judge last Friday scolded the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for unlawfully recording conversations between suspects and their attorneys but denied Public Defender Brendon Woods' request for a standing order barring that practice.

September 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Judge orders sheriff's deputy to stand trial for Santa Rita Jail inmate assault

Correctional deputy accused of ordering attack on incarcerated man
A judge Friday ordered an Alameda County sheriff's deputy to stand trial on charges of assault by a public officer and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury for allegedly facilitating the assault of an inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin last October.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigators confirm man found by Niles Canyon train tracks died by homicide

Sheriff's office identifies victim as 26-year-old from Fremont; name not yet released
Detectives have now determined homicide to be the cause of death in the case of a man who was found deceased near railroad tracks in Niles Canyon on Sunday afternoon, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Cellphone distraction leads to Dublin Boulevard rollover crash

Only minor injuries after car smashes into roadside tree during morning commute
A driver escaped with just minor injuries after his car rolled and struck a tree along Dublin Boulevard early Monday morning, according to Dublin police.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD elementary, middle schools honored for behavior support systems

State coalition recognizes seven campuses for PBIS implementation
Seven elementary and middle schools in Pleasanton Unified have been honored by a state coalition for their implementation of a behavior support framework that promotes a positive and safe learning environment.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Girl 'fighting for life' after near-drowning in Castlewood pool

8-year-old pulled from pool after becoming unresponsive under water
An 8-year-old girl remains in critical condition Monday morning after being found unresponsive in a pool at Castlewood Country Club the day before, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Body found near train tracks in Niles Canyon

Death treated as homicide; injuries inconsistent with train strike
Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigators are treating the discovery of a man's body along railroad tracks in Niles Canyon Sunday as a "suspicious death," the sheriff's department said.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Tank falling from truck causes evacuation of Thermo Fisher buildings

LPFD: Hazmat response precautionary after liquid nitrogen spill
A liquid nitrogen tank falling from a truck prompted a precautionary evacuation of two buildings at Thermo Fisher Scientific offices in Pleasanton on Friday afternoon, according to a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department spokesman.

September 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Harmony Fusion Chorus welcomes newcomers

Open rehearsal to give singers chance to try the experience
The award-winning Harmony Fusion Chorus is hosting a special open rehearsal night to welcome new singers from all backgrounds and cultures.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Library book sale weekend of Sept. 21-23

Shop for bargains galore among thousands of books
The Friends of the Pleasanton Library will hold a weekend-long "Super Book and Media Sale" from Sept. 21-23 at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance holding second annual 'Stronger Together' summit

Free fest is chance to learn about important works
A gathering of nonprofit groups will give everyone the chance to learn more about their mission in a fun, informal setting.

September 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Korean War Ambassador of Peace award ceremony

Six Bay Area veterans received the Korean War Ambassador of Peace medal during a ceremony at Stoneridge Creek senior living community in Pleasanton on Aug. 23.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
A 'forkful' of the best downtown treats

Second annual event highlights culinary talents of Main Street and more
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is bringing back its Forkful event, a comprehensive culinary tour of downtown restaurants and dessert spots next weekend.

September 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Demolition underway for new Dublin police headquarters

Construction crews began demolition work last week at the site of the new Dublin Police Services headquarters, just down the road from the city's Civic Center.

September 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Coastal Cleanup Day in Livermore

Locals invited to help with arroyos next weekend
Tri-Valley residents are invited to take part in a statewide effort to help preserve coasts and watersheds this week by registering to clean up nearby creeks.

September 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Local author: Play like a girl? That's great!

Photo book updates meaning of negative phrase
As people asked what she would do with the photos, Adriane Costa began to mull over the idea of presenting her work in a book. She published "Play Like A Girl" in June, with 38 pages of girls of different ages and skill levels in a variety of activities.

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: 9/11 remembrance, Tri-Valley Heroes deadline & Spotorno project

Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and local first responders will commemorate the occasion with a tribute at all 10 Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department stations.

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Pleasanton business owner pushing through a huge challenge

Reuben Borg's thriving fencing business changed dramatically Aug. 17 when a fire destroyed the warehouse he was leasing near the Pleasanton transfer station.

September 6, 2018 | 24 comments
Sales at a Glance Sept. 7, 2017

Home Sales Update Sept. 7, 2018

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
LAVTA considering bus fare increases

Agency holding public hearings before expected October vote
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is proposing a series of fare increases beginning in 2019, and the agency is seeking community input.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Pleasanton woman killed after jumping from ambulance on freeway

Investigation continues into Labor Day morning fatality
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the woman who died after jumping from an ambulance during a psychiatric transport and running in front of a truck on the freeway Monday morning as 38-year-old Pleasanton resident Jasmine Johnson.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Congregation Beth Emek introduces cantor for Jewish High Holy Days

Cantor Davis to co-lead services with Rabbi Milder
Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton is set to welcome Cantor Adam Davis to serve as musical leader for the High Holy Days, which begin with Rosh Hashanah services this Sunday evening.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD's enrollment quandary

Officials exploring options to address rising student population on north side
For the Pleasanton Unified School District, this impact is especially felt in the northern part of the city, where data projections show enrollment trends to be on the rise.

September 6, 2018 | 32 comments
Tri-Valley local elections roundup

Contested races abound for nearby councils, school boards
Like their neighbors in Pleasanton, residents in other Tri-Valley cities will have city council elections to decide this fall -- plus, some contested mayoral and school board elections, too.

September 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton council reviews proposal for increasing development impact fees

City staff plans to present proposal to Pleasanton Chamber before final council decision Sept. 18
The Pleasanton City Council is one step closer to completing the first overhaul of city development impact fees in two decades after reviewing the main option on the table Tuesday night.

September 5, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Both football teams returning to winning ways

Also: Strong week for Amador Valley boys water polo
Football season is heating up as we move into the fourth week of the season -- and it's only the first week of September!

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD welcomes two new officers, promotes dispatcher

Both officers have military service background; new dispatch supervisor is Foothill alum
The Pleasanton Police Department recently introduced Christopher Kuhr and Kasey Levine as the city's newest police officers and recognized police dispatcher Lora Howell on her promotion to dispatch supervisor.

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to discuss proposed increases to development impact fees

Also: Commuter rail connecting to San Joaquin County, Constitution Week proclamation
The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to talk about revamping the development impact fees the city charges for new housing and commercial projects in Pleasanton.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman dies after jumping from ambulance, running at traffic on I-580/I-680 connector

She was on psychiatric hold after being detained by Pleasanton police earlier in morning
A woman died after jumping out of an ambulance and running in front of an oncoming truck on the I-580/I-680 interchange on Labor Day morning, several hours after being detained by Pleasanton police during a combative run-in with officers on Case Avenue, according to authorities.

September 3, 2018 | 10 comments
Scottish Games underway

One more day at Pleasanton fairgrounds for locals to see traditional music, strength contests and more
The Scottish Highland Gathering and Games have kicked off their weekend festivities at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. This is the 25th year that the games have been held in Pleasanton, and the weather seems to be holding up -- although temps are high, they are nowhere near the 110-degree weather that last year's Labor Day weekend bestowed upon the Tri-Valley.

September 1, 2018 | No comments yet
BJ Thomas starring at Livermore Valley arts fundraising gala

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host "Brilliance at the Bankhead" at 6 p.m. this Saturday featuring a performance by Grammy Hall of Fame legend BJ Thomas.

September 2, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Community Block Party, Haven art contest & Bike friendly survey

The city of Pleasanton is holding its inaugural Community Block Party next Friday (Sept. 7) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Amador Community Park on Black Avenue.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley leaders vow to solve mutual regional problems

Cities join at Mayors' Summit to voice concerns, solutions
The benefits of working together to solve the region's housing and transportation issues dominated this year's Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit recently held in San Ramon.

September 2, 2018 | 3 comments
Chen named Pleasanton's teen poet laureate

Amador Valley High senior Sandra Chen will serve the 2018-19 school year as the city of Pleasanton's teen poet laureate.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest tradition continues with Blessing of the Grapes

Clergy and winemakers gathered Aug. 21 at Murrieta's Well for the annual Blessing of the Grapes in Livermore.

September 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Military Families holding fundraising gala

Money will be used to mail packages to troops
Barone's Restaurant on St. John Street is hosting an evening of dinner and dancing to help Pleasanton Military Families pay for the hundreds of care packages it mails to deployed troops each year.

August 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Museum partners with Korean group for celebrations

Mom-toddler morning, family event to focus on Korean culture
Museum on Main is partnering with the Korean Parent Association to host a Mom's Reading Time on Sept. 12 and a Family Day on Sept. 15 with the theme, "Celebrate Community: Korea."

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Big and bold art display in Firehouse

"Altered Ego" by Lorraine Lawson, part of her Big and Bold portfolio, is among her works on display in the lobby, hallway and alcove galleries at the Firehouse Arts Center through Oct. 3.

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Southern Fried Chicks onstage in Livermore

Bankhead kicks off season with comedy
Three funny ladies known as the Southern Fried Chicks are bursting out of the hen house and arrive in Livermore this Saturday evening as part of their new "Cage-Free Comedy Tour." The multi-media show includes comedy, stories, music, singing and dancing.

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Calling all artists: Dublin accepting designs for utility boxes

Dublin invites qualified professional artists, or high school student artists working under the supervision of an art teacher or art professional, to submit designs for painting the city's utility boxes.

September 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Lighthouse Baptist Church honors first responders

Lighthouse Baptist Church in downtown Pleasanton held its annual First Responder Sunday on Aug. 19, which included Senior Pastor Bill Bryson presenting the First Responders High Honor Award to local California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Azevedo upon his retirement after 28 years of service.

September 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Eddie Papa's owner's dream coming true: A restaurant on Main Street

The prestigious and elegant Pleasanton Hotel is returning to the downtown dining scene. Ed Westmoreland, who owns Eddie Papa's restaurant on Hopyard Road, has pulled together 17 investors to bring back entertainment and fine dining at the hotel, which dates back to 1915.

August 30, 2018 | 25 comments
Firehouse Arts Center launching Season 9

Scheduling the variety of acts is a fascinating puzzle
Putting together the season is a "great fun puzzle," said Firehouse Theater supervisor and programmer Rob Vogt.

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales At A Glance Aug. 31, 2018

Home Sales Update Aug. 31, 2018

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Garbage blaze reported at Pleasanton Transfer Station

Cause of Monday night fire unknown
A large pile of garbage at the Pleasanton Transfer Station along Busch Road caught on fire late Monday night, though fire crews and garbage service personnel were able to contain the flames to the waste itself, according to fire officials.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Public Eye closing out Concerts in the Park

Friday night marks the final Concerts in the Park show of the season, with high-energy rock group Public Eye taking to the outdoor stage from 7-8:30 p.m. to close out the Pleasanton Downtown Association's 2018 summer series.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton extends temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

City adjusts original ordinance to allow employee expansion after passionate pleas from local massage industry
The Pleasanton City Council voted last week to extend the city's moratorium on new massage establishments in the downtown area for up to two years total, though city officials expect the permanent regulations to be resolved sooner than that.

August 29, 2018 | 8 comments
PUSD mulls school climate assessments

Also: Seven schools honored for PBIS, adjusted board meeting calendar
School climate talk took center stage at the Pleasanton Unified board meeting Tuesday night, the second one of the 2018-19 school year.

August 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore: Teens help family escape late-night fire that destroys home

Family and pets escape, with help from teenage passersby
When Patrick Tripp awoke in the middle of the night in his Livermore home two weeks ago, he thought it was strange to hear rain outside -- it had been a cloudless day in mid-summer.

August 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police investigating armed robbery attempt on Stoneridge Mall Road

Would-be robbers grab but don't steal backpack during Sunday night incident
Police are investigating a reported robbery attempt along Stoneridge Mall Road on Sunday night.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Downtown parade ushers in youth soccer season

Hundreds of families lined Main Street on the cool Saturday morning last weekend as Pleasanton's two youth soccer leagues -- RAGE for girls and BUSC for boys -- held their annual joint parade downtown to mark the beginning of their seasons.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Kids, be there for your parents when the time comes

On the court, Foothill girls volleyball opens season with three strong wins
Consider this a bit of a departure from my normal local sports column, but it's something that needs to be said directly to this generation of students.

August 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Mountain lion sightings near Kottinger Park prompt police advisory

No attacks reported in city limits this summer
Three reported sightings of a mountain lion in the neighborhood near Kottinger Community Park earlier this month led Pleasanton police to issue a safety advisory to residents in that part of town.

August 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Scottish Games returning to Pleasanton

Organizers expect much better weather for 25th anniversary
Brace yourself for the chords of bagpipers reverberating through town -- it's Labor Day weekend, which for Pleasanton residents is synonymous with the annual Scottish Highland Gathering and Games at the fairgrounds.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas training IT support professionals through Google initiative

New program aims to fill need of fast-growing industry
Livermore's Las Positas College is partnering with Google to train information-technology (IT) support professionals through a new certification program.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Man arrested after police chase starting in Pleasanton

Traffic stop attempt led to pursuit into Brentwood
A Brentwood man was arrested on suspicion of evading police after allegedly leading officers on a chase from Pleasanton to his hometown last week.

August 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified trustees talking school climate

Also: Contract approval for architectural firm as part of enrollment discussion, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic director-at-large
Following a densely packed first meeting of the school year, the Pleasanton Unified school board has a considerably lighter load on their plate Tuesday night, with the bulk of the regular meeting focusing on the results of a school climate survey from last year.

August 27, 2018 | 8 comments
Pleasanton PD officer cleared of criminal charges for 2017 fatal shooting

DA concludes lawful self-defense after man ran at officer with 'realistic looking BB pistol'
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has determined a Pleasanton police officer acted in lawful self-defense when he shot and killed a local man who advanced on police with what turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun in May 2017, and the officer will not face criminal charges, prosecutors revealed on Friday afternoon.

August 24, 2018 | 22 comments
Tri-Valley festival celebrates Eugene O'Neill

19th annual event coming to Danville -- and New Ross, Ireland
The 19th annual Eugene O'Neill Festival in Danville next month will celebrate the playwright who received the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as four Pulitzer Prizes for his work -- some of it written while he lived there from 1937-44.

August 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Singers! Chorale tryouts soon

Valley Concert Chorale announces new season
Valley Concert Chorale is holding tryouts Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, for this year's season entitled "Choral Treasure Chest."

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Contest for videos on special districts

High school, college students can win scholarships
County officials are hoping to raise awareness of special districts with a video contest for high school and college students. It calls for a 60-second video about a special district or special districts in Alameda County and the services they provide.

August 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Valley Dance Theatre alumna returns to teach

New instructor performed locally in feature roles
Valley Dance Theatre has announced that alumna Sara Persaud has joined its staff as a ballet instructor.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Museum hosts activist photographer

Learn more about work with migrant farm workers
Museum on Main will present a "Discussion with David Bacon," photographer, author and activist, at 5 p.m. Saturday night in conjunction with the current exhibit of his works, "In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte."

August 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Wine celebration on Labor Day weekend

Harvest event returns to individual Livermore Valley wineries
The Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration is back after being cancelled due to extreme heat last year for the first time in its 36-year history.

August 27, 2018 | 1 comment
It's high school football time

Foothill, Amador Valley seasons underway in new-look EBAL divisions
The two Pleasanton schools are back in action Friday night, with the Dons hosting Irvington and the Falcons on the road in Brentwood at Heritage. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

August 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Youth Basketball signups

City league looking for players, coaches, refs
Registration is underway for the city's recreational Pleasanton Youth Basketball (PYB) league, open to boys and girls of all skill levels from first through 12th grades.

August 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Developers tweak plans for Spotorno acreage in hopes for approval

A development group once rebuffed in its plan to build pricey homes along Alisal Street on a 31-acre site known as the Spotorno Flat thinks its new plan has a chance of being approved.

August 26, 2018 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Orchard Supply Hardware closing, along with all U.S. locations

Ten East Bay stores shutting down as brand goes out of business
After less than two years of operation at the Metro 580 shopping center, the Pleasanton Orchard Supply Hardware will be closing down along with all other OSH locations across the country.

August 23, 2018 | 11 comments
Charges filed against alleged Golden State Killer, including for San Ramon Valley cases

Four Contra Costa County felony kidnapping charges officially filed
District Attorney Diana Becton announced that Contra Costa County will officially file four felony kidnapping charges against accused East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo, two of which are for incidents that occurred in the San Ramon Valley.

August 22, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Weekly announces candidate forums

To feature incumbents, challengers for State Assembly and city posts for Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon
The Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com are partnering with other organizations to again hold public candidate forums so voters can hear directly from candidates for those positions.

August 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Chabot-Las Positas chancellor resigns

Jannett Jackson steps down after five years, board to begin search for interim
Jannett Jackson has officially resigned from her post as chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and the Board of Trustees will soon begin the search for her successor, aiming to have a new chancellor in place by spring 2019.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Council delays Chabad decision after last-minute compromise attempt

Two sides present surprise partial deal; city officials want more time to review
The Pleasanton City Council held off on deciding the operational fate of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after learning of an 11th-hour partial compromise between the Jewish organization and backyard neighbors concerned about potential noise.

August 22, 2018 | 16 comments
Livermore council district maps due out next week

City plans to transition to new election format for 2020
Livermore City Council held the second public hearing earlier this month for the city's new City Council districts, a necessary step forward in the transition from its current at-large elections system.

August 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Goodguys returning to Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend

32nd West Coast Nationals car show to feature over 3,000 vehicles
Pleasanton's longest running car show -- and one of the Bay Area's largest -- is back at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals celebrates the best the American automotive world has to offer.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
All Alameda County juvenile criminal cases under review

Public defender: Evidence of sheriff's deputies recording confidential attorney conversations
All criminal cases involving juveniles submitted this year in Alameda County are being reviewed after the county Public Defender's Office provided evidence that sheriff's deputies have been recording confidential conversations between juvenile suspects and their defense attorneys.

August 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Former Santa Rita inmate sues Alameda County for 'barbaric' treatment during birth

Suit against county, healthcare provider alleges Candace Steel was forced to 'give birth alone in a dirty, concrete cell'
A woman who says she gave birth in solitary confinement in the Santa Rita Jail last year has sued Alameda County and its health care provider for inmates.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
DSRSD: Recycled water plant expansion complete, residential fill station not reopening

New recycling capacity would allow for over 16 million gallons a day
The $18.8 million expansion of the Tri-Valley's largest water recycling plant is complete, allowing for millions of more gallons of nonpotable recycled water to flow through purple pipes for large-scale irrigation customers in the region.

August 21, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Preps: TV30 honors High School Athletic Award winners

Also: Castlewood members holding golf tourney to benefit niece, nephew
The new high school season is upon us, but before we start creating new stories, let's look back at the athletes honored last year by TV30's Outstanding High School Athletic Awards.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Swalwell 'considering' a presidential run

Dublin congressman waiting until after midterms, birth of second child
After some speculation in light of multiple Iowa appearances in recent months, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said Friday that he is "considering" a 2020 presidential run.

August 17, 2018 | 68 comments
LPFD controls warehouse fire on Busch Road

No injuries reported; building is total loss
Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters battled a blaze in a fencing company's warehouse on Busch Road early Friday morning.

August 17, 2018 | 2 comments
Changes to state's bail reform bill turn supporters into opponents

Revised bill sets stage for 'preventative detention' for even minor charges
Legislative wrangling has drastically changed California's bail reform proposal Senate Bill 10 in the last week, spurring co-sponsors to withdraw their support and instead actively oppose the legislation.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Public meetings set for upcoming Zone 7 water rates review

Meetings focusing on rates for 2019-22; also, stream management amendment, water delivery
The Zone 7 Water Agency is set to hold a series of public meetings regarding water rates, stream management and to educate locals on water delivery.

August 20, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Exhibit explores lives of migrant workers

Museum display is a reality check about the food we eat
The Museum on Main explores these questions in its new exhibit, which displays oral narratives of migrant workers beside the powerful images of photojournalist David Bacon. The exhibit is in both English and Spanish, titled "In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte."

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tea for British mystery writer in Pleasanton

Author to introduce latest in Royal Spyness series
Towne Center Books is hosting New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen at a Tea Party and Book Signing at 1 p.m. Thursday at Inklings Coffee & Tea, 530 Main St.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Judaism course for adults

Congregation Beth Emek offering 14-week overview
Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder will teach a 14-week "Introduction to Judaism" class at Congregation Beth Emek beginning Sept. 6.

August 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera announces new season

Two fully staged operas are works by Mozart and Rossini
Livermore Valley Opera opens its 27th season with Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio," the first of two fully staged operas at the Bankhead Theater. "Abduction" runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 7.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
'Taste Our Terroir' winners

Tri-Valley winegrowers note best pairings at annual event
The winners of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association's recent "Taste Our Terroir" gala were as follows.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Chabad: What's the fuss?

Council to rule Tuesday on appeals over restrictions on new Jewish Center
In what could be one of its longest, most intense meetings of the year, the Pleasanton City Council will be asked Tuesday to decide if the Chabad Jewish organization should have unrestricted use of its recently acquired property on Hopyard Road or be kept hemmed in as some of its backyard neighbors are demanding.

August 16, 2018 | 18 comments
Point-Counterpoint: Chabad land-use restrictions

Jewish organization, backyard neighbors explain why each appealed Planning Commission's decision
With the Pleasanton City Council set to decide land-use restrictions for the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road next week, the Weekly asked the separate appellants to explain the different reasons each appealed the Planning Commission's June 27 permit conditions.

August 16, 2018 | 3 comments
Tim Talk: Haglund's contract may portend difficult employee negotiations

Plus: Swalwell doesn't deny interest in future presidential run
Pleasanton school district trustees clearly value the leadership of Superintendent David Haglund.

August 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Sandia's Operation Backpack sets record

This marked the fifth year that Livermore-based Sandia employees rallied to collect backpacks filled with school supplies for children of local military families, and this year Operation Backpack set a new record with 202 backpacks donated to help the kids start their school year off right.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
New computers, courtesy of Pleasanton Lions

Local nonprofit Tri-Valley Haven recently received a $3,000 grant from the Pleasanton Lions Club to cover the costs of installing two new computers, which will help streamline the nonprofit's food delivery process for clients and actually creates more room for food storage since most paperwork is no longer necessary.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 airing latest 'Youth View'

Livermore mayor, Alameda County DA among interview subjects
"Tri-Valley Youth View," an hour-long TV special produced by middle and high school students who attended TV30 summer camps, is currently airing on TV30 and the station's website.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Sister city barbecue, Family Days at museum & Bail reform bill

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is holding its annual barbecue and social fundraiser this Saturday from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance Aug. 17, 2018

Home Sales Update Aug. 1, 2018

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Berkeley PD officer is final candidate for Pleasanton City Council

Ledoux competing against Narum, Streng, Testa with two seats up for election
The Pleasanton City Council election is set to feature four candidates vying for two seats this fall after local resident Joseph Ledoux joined the fray by filing candidacy papers on Wednesday.

August 15, 2018 | 25 comments
Blues and jazz at Bankhead

Blues-rock band Indigenous, featuring second generation bluesman Mato Nanji, will take The Bankhead Theater stage at 8 p.m. Friday night, joined by guitarist Chris Duarte and his "ferocious blues" style.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest Park library in recovery after fire

School systems up and running; first responders honored for actions
Cleanup and repairs continue after the fire that erupted in the Harvest Park Middle School library in early July, and the project to put in a temporary space is moving quickly forward, according to district staff.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
School overcrowding an urgent issue, PUSD staff say

Admin appointments, Measure I1 updates and more at school year's first meeting
Enrollment talk featured prominently at the three-hour-plus Pleasanton Unified School District board meeting Tuesday night, as trustees received the most updated enrollment data and confronted the district's rising student population at the dawn of the new school year.

August 15, 2018 | 34 comments
After student drowning, SRVUSD posting lifeguards at school pools, halting PE swimming

Attorney: Family supports lifeguard addition, still investigating why teen drowned undetected
In the first action announced since the drowning of 15-year-old freshman Benjamin Curry in the San Ramon Valley High School pool last spring, school district officials have hired lifeguards to work at school pools to enhance safety when students are in the pools, a program that began with the start of school Monday.

August 15, 2018 | 8 comments
Coroner IDs teen killed in rural crash outside Livermore

Mustang went off Mines Road, down steep hill
A young man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road in unincorporated Alameda County outside Livermore on Sunday morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 19-year-old Jon Gullette of Tracy.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley politicians oppose fuel efficiency standard rollbacks

Feds intend to revoke state authority to regulate emissions
In light of the Trump administration's recently proposed rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, Tri-Valley politicians on the state and national stage quickly declared their opposition and created plans to combat the federal government's proposals.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Football season begins amid head-scratching changes to EBAL

League split into two divisions based on prowess; Falcons in top Mountain, Dons in lower Valley
Believe it or not, we have arrived at the start of the high school football season as both Amador Valley and Foothill start their campaigns this Friday night. (Our 2018 football preview issue will run on next Friday.)

August 14, 2018 | 10 comments
Circus Vargas coming to fairgrounds

Pirate-themed shows happening Thursday through Sunday
Don't be surprised by the blue and yellow Big Top hoisted over the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend -- the circus is coming to town, with a piratical twist.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board to select president, VP

Also: Evaluating water supply, possibly take position on water bond measure
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to choose a president and vice president to serve for the upcoming year at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Election: Pleasanton mayor, school board unopposed; candidacy deadline extended for City Council

Narum, Streng, Testa confirmed for council ballot; nomination period open until Wednesday
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and school board members Joan Laursen and Mark Miller stood without any challengers in their re-election bids when the candidacy deadline expired Friday afternoon.

August 12, 2018 | 5 comments
Teen dies in crash outside Livermore

Mustang went off Mines Road, down steep hill in rural Tri-Valley
A 19-year-old Tracy resident died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road outside Livermore in rural Alameda County on Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Packed schedule for first PUSD board meeting of school year

Enrollment, bond updates, budget and Harvest Park library headlining the night
The Pleasanton school board is set for a busy meeting Tuesday night, with enrollment, Measure I1 bond updates, the district budget and an update on the Harvest Park Middle School library repairs on the agenda, among a handful of other items.

August 13, 2018 | 13 comments
BART board approves $20M in security upgrades

Nearly $15M going toward digitizing all security cameras, a 4-year project
Responding to the public outcry over safety raised by the killing of Nia Wilson and other recent crimes, BART's Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $20 million plan to expand the transit agency's network of digital cameras and install emergency call boxes on station platforms.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bail reform bill considered by California Legislature

Bay City News Service special project analyzes implications of Senate Bill 10
SB 10 leaves many details of risk assessment implementation to each county. The same score -- received through the same assessment -- could have different results depending on how a county implements the tool.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Four arrested in connection with Livermore armed robbery

LPD: People who robbed local T-Mobile store tied to Fresno gang
Four suspects were arrested Thursday in Livermore in connection with the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store.

August 10, 2018 | 5 comments
Water-wise landscaping workshop in Dublin

DSRSD and Zone 7 hosting class Aug. 18
Ecologically-minded locals looking to landscape are invited to a free "water-wise gardening" workshop in Dublin this weekend.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
County completes assessment roll, seeks applicants for appeals board

The Alameda County Assessor's Office recently released its 2018-19 local property assessment roll, announced at $300.1 billion, reflecting a $19.9 billion or 7.11% increase above last year's assessment roll.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bankhead: Musical matinee -- a cappella style

Two male vocal groups will take the Bankhead Theater stage for "an unrivaled and joyful musical performance" at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering Sandi Thorne

Pleasanton's First Lady -- Sandi Thorne, wife of the mayor -- will be laid to rest Friday after a remarkable 80 years of life that touched thousands of us along the way.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: Real estate buying and selling tips for seniors

Lifestyle needs, taxes, family among key considerations for older residents
Taxes, family and doorways are just some of the important factors senior homeowners and homebuyers need to consider before making a move or deciding to stay put.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Longtime bus driver retires after 40 years with LAVTA

Diane Farner witnessed change while helping people over four decades
And as a longtime staple in the Tri-Valley, Farner has seen plenty of transition, from bus technological developments to change with her passengers as she watched them grow from her bus-driving days within school districts, to her time with Wheels.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: New joint replacement procedures at San Ramon Regional

Innovative robot technology enables more personalized surgeries
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is now offering new cutting-edge technology for knee and hip replacement surgeries with the Mako robotic arm assisted surgery, which hospital staff say will greatly improve patient care.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: The poet of Stoneridge Creek

Retiree Marilyn Slade captures community life, humor in writing
Marilyn Slade calls herself an "Exaggerator-in-Chief." It all started in grade school, when she wrote about her first airplane flight for a class assignment, trying to capture the thrill and terror of the expedition. Her teacher liked the story, reading it aloud to the rest of the class.

August 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: Seniors and technology

Longevity Explorers talk ways to incorporate tech in their lives
In a progressively more automated world, technology can offer significant life enhancements. And for the senior community, a community growing due to increased longevity and other factors, technology can be a vital tool for empowerment and independent living.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Tips for caregivers

Senior living experts advise on how to cope
Caregivers: Care for yourself, too. That is the advice offered by Rita Altman, senior vice president of Sunrise Senior Living, which provides homes and care for seniors in Pleasanton and other locations.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Beware of scams

Exercise caution with phone calls, emails, strangers
Older folks are a vulnerable audience for unscrupulous contractors, financiers and other con artists, according to the National Council on Aging, and financial scams are considering the "crime of the 21st century."

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Traffic safety tips for back to school

PPD reminds drivers to be alert, patient, follow rules to keep kids safe
The new school year is just around the corner, with Pleasanton Unified's first day of classes this coming Monday.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Transient man convicted of sexually assaulting woman he met on BART

Meini Foster convicted for assaulting intoxicated woman departing from Dublin-Pleasanton
A transient man from San Francisco was convicted July 20 of two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of rape for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in San Leandro who he met at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

August 9, 2018 | 2 comments
Livermore outlets set to welcome new shops, kiosks

Pots and Pans, Fruitsy Smoothie among additions
Officials with the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore recently announced they will be adding four new shops to the shopping center.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Staying active in Pleasanton

Tennis, tai-chi, swimming and more: Residents stay fit and healthy with the activities Pleasanton has to offer
Pleasanton seniors choose many different arenas to move their muscles, from fitness classes at the local senior center to casual tennis matches with friends. Some exercise alone, while for others, community is critical to staying active.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
National Night Out in Pleasanton

PPD officials disperse to block parties throughout city, 20th year participating
Neighborhoods and police in Pleasanton joined thousands of other communities across the country in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Glitzy Golden Follies at Firehouse this weekend

The glamorous Golden Follies gals are bringing their glitz and sensational style to the Firehouse Arts Center again this year with "There's No Biz Like Show Biz!" in two shows, at 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigation continues into Pleasanton police in-custody death

Unanswered questions remain for investigators, family after incident last week
A multi-agency investigation continues into the death of a Pleasanton man who died at a local hospital while in police custody one week ago after allegedly acting erratically in a grocery store and then attacking officers who were trying to detain him.

August 8, 2018 | 18 comments
Stoneridge Mall welcoming new shops

Go Fish Poke, Zara, lululemon athletica among seven additions
The Stoneridge Shopping Center announced five new fashion spots and two new eateries coming to or expanding within the Pleasanton mall.

August 7, 2018 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcon Track Club stars compete at nationals

Also: Granada Little League takes second at World Series in Livermore
The Falcon Track Club recently returned from the U.S. Track and Field Association's National Junior Olympic Championship meet that was held in Greensboro, N.C. at the end of July.

August 7, 2018 | No comments yet
BART general manager announces $28M plan to boost safety and security

Board to weigh multi-faceted proposal at Thursday's meeting
In the wake of three recent homicides and other violent crimes on the BART system, BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced Monday that she's asking the transit district's board to approve a $28 million comprehensive safety and security plan.

August 7, 2018 | 8 comments
Coroner IDs Tri-Valley residents killed in SoCal plane crash

Cause of emergency that precipitated fatal crash remains under investigation
The five people who died in a plane crash in Southern California on Sunday afternoon after taking off from an airport in Concord have been identified as four Tri-Valley residents and a man from Los Angeles.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill honors city of Pleasanton with Rainmaker Award

Housing nonprofit lauds staff, officials for support of upcoming residential community
In its second year bestowing the award, Sunflower Hill has named the city of Pleasanton as recipient of the nonprofit's 2018 Rainmaker Award.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Local donation drive for students displaced in Carr Fire

Pleasanton residents collecting school supplies, clothes this weekend
This weekend, a group of Pleasanton residents will be collecting donations for those affected and displaced by the recent Carr Fire, which has wreaked havoc around Redding.

August 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Weekend Sunol fire completely contained

Cal Fire officials say fire burned about 30 acres in grasslands area
A fire near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County was 100 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Activists hold vigil for two people who died at or near Santa Rita Jail

Organizers blame jail for deaths; sheriff’s office calls allegations unfair
A vigil and rally for two people who recently died at or near the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was held in front of the jail Friday evening.

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Crews battle wilderness fire in Sunol over weekend

The Sunol Fire currently burning near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County is now 75% contained, according to Cal Fire. It has burned at least 30 acres but is no longer threatening structures.

August 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Sandra Roy Thorne, wife of Pleasanton mayor, passes away unexpectedly

City flags flown at half-staff in her honor
The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of Sandra "Sandi" Roy Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne's wife, who died unexpectedly early last Friday morning from complications during cancer treatment. She was 80.

August 3, 2018 | 13 comments
PPD investigating death of man in police custody

Pleasanton man died after resisting arrest near Pleasanton Raley's
Pleasanton Police have launched an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Jacob Bauer from Pleasanton, who died while in police custody Wednesday afternoon after resisting arrest, police said.

August 2, 2018 | 32 comments
99 years and counting for Meadowlark Dairy

How Meadowlark transformed from cow business to Pleasanton's go-to ice cream shop
A certain summertime favorite in Pleasanton is celebrating a milestone anniversary of providing the Tri-Valley with udderly delicious products.

August 2, 2018 | 10 comments
Pleasanton 9-year-old heads to college

Kairan Quazi plans to double-major in math/chemistry at LPC, skip high school
Kairan Quazi, one of Las Positas College's newer students, probably has a lot in common with his fellow, intellectually curious classmates. He loves to talk politics, he practically lights up when you mention gravitational forces and don't get him started on dystopian connections between George Orwell's "1984" and current events.

August 6, 2018 | 4 comments
Structures inspire art at Harrington Gallery

'Underpinnings' exhibit opens downtown Aug. 15
"Cities and Structure, Side 1" by Monika Meler, "Balboa Park" by Sarah Newton, and "Cascading Light" by Anne Subercaseaux (each shown at right) are part of "Underpinnings," an exhibit opening at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Camp Arroyo fundraiser to feature legendary band

28th annual Day in the Park helps enhance kids' lives
The Taylor Family Foundation is holding its 28th annual Day in the Park fundraiser Aug. 26 at Camp Arroyo with a legendary lineup of entertainment.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Parched trees in P-town

Enough water needed to keep away fungus, harmful beetles
People and pets aren't the only things wilting in the summer heat. High temps are tough on many plants.

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Gen. Pershing coming to town

WWI general to give insights, courtesy of museum
In recognition of the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the end of the Great War, the Museum on Main has invited Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing to share his experiences as commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
The state of the local real estate market

In Tri-Valley, home prices continue to climb well above pre-recession levels
David Stark, public affairs director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, has been very busy this year trying to tamp down what he describes as "a war against homeowners on the Alameda County's I-880 corridor."

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Chamber's community vision

When retiring Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Raty reflects on his most recent tenure here, he quickly points to the community vision that the chamber has developed.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Commission applicants, MTC exec retiring & Open Heart Kitchen fundraiser

The city of Pleasanton is seeking resident volunteers interested in serving on a city commission or committee starting later this summer.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Group criticizes release of woman in overnight hours before her death at BART

Family says Jessica St. Louis was warm, loving; 'no reason' to release her in the middle of the night
An advocacy group and family members of a 26-year-old Berkeley woman found dead at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station early Saturday morning are criticizing the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for releasing her from jail overnight, just hours before she was found dead.

August 1, 2018 | 7 comments
Pleasanton election candidates emerge

Streng, Testa eye council seats with Narum; mayor, PUSD incumbents file too
The November elections are starting to take shape as candidates have begun to emerge for local Pleasanton seats, with the initial filing deadline approaching next week.

July 31, 2018 | 39 comments
Livermore council puts health care initiative on November ballot

Also: City continues pursuing district-based council elections starting in 2020
The Livermore City Council voted unanimously last week to place an initiative proposing regulations on health care service costs in Livermore on the November ballot.

July 31, 2018 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Preps: PLL dominates tourney, Sbranti named new Dublin High AD

Fall sports season on the horizon
The Pleasanton Little League 10-year-old team swept the two divisions of the recently concluded Tassajara Valley Turf and Dirt tournament.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Regional authority supports light rail connecting Pleasanton and San Joaquin Valley

Feasibility study, environmental review set to begin on 'Valley Link' concept
Local leaders looking to help alleviate residents' daunting commute through the Tri-Valley are eyeing a new public transit option for the years ahead: a light rail system that links the burgeoning northern San Joaquin Valley over the Altamont Pass to BART in Pleasanton.

July 30, 2018 | 9 comments
City plans to cancel JDEDZ approvals, putting Costco on hold

Council would revisit project following supplemental environmental analysis
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider canceling its decision from last year to approve the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone in favor of more environmental and public review of the project, a move that would also indefinitely delay the new Costco store and hotels proposed to move into the JDEDZ area.

July 30, 2018 | 49 comments
Coroner IDs woman found dead at local BART station, suspects drug overdose

Officials say no signs of homicide or assault
A woman who was found dead at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station on Saturday morning shortly after she was released from Santa Rita Jail was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau Monday as 26-year-old Jessica St. Louis of Berkeley.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD vice principal taking helm at Livermore elementary school

Meunier moves to Smith, one of two new principals for LVJUSD
A middle and elementary school in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District will both see new principals this upcoming school year, which begins in a few weeks.

August 1, 2018 | 7 comments
Lake County inmates moved to Santa Rita Jail due to fire

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has accepted 286 inmates who had to be evacuated from Lake County, which has been devastated by a wildfire.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
LPFD: Construction crew may have caused small grass fire off I-680

A grass fire near the Interstate 680-Bernal Avenue interchange in Pleasanton on Saturday afternoon burned less than an acre and took firefighters from two departments about 45 minutes to put it out.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman found dead at Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

Investigation ongoing; 26-year-old had recent stint in Santa Rita Jail
A 26-year-old woman recently released from Santa Rita Jail was found dead at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station Saturday morning, BART officials said.

July 28, 2018 | 8 comments
Commission talks SideTrack Bar & Grill permit, neighbors' staircase dispute

Restaurant given extended alcohol hours; resident approved for new entry outside home
The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week granted longer alcohol-service hours to the under-construction SideTrack Bar and Grill downtown and then waded into a neighborhood dispute over a resident's request to build an outdoor staircase connecting to her house's second story.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman sentenced to six years in prison for fatal crash

Prosecutors: Ex-nurse was high on pills, marijuana at time of 2015 collision
A Pleasanton woman was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison for killing a Sunnyvale man in a crash in San Lorenzo in unincorporated Alameda County three years ago.

July 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Zone 7 releases maintenance project map

Agency aims to repair flood control channels damaged in winter storms
The Zone 7 Water Agency has released an interactive map identifying the progress and impacts of flood control channel maintenance going on this summer.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Hive minds

Local beekeepers continue to protect pollinators in face of national crisis
Scott Ball was concerned for his queen. Queen bee, that is. Her majesty was nowhere to be seen in the bottom layer of his hive, but worker honey bees were busily feeding a few other "queen cells" -- which could indicate they were preparing a few possible replacement queens, portending ill for the colony, which depends heavily on its sole egg-layer.

July 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Special 'Psychedelic Summer' at Bankhead

Livermore-based LunaFish & Friends will bring the psychedelic rock music of the late '60s and early '70s to the Bankhead Theater in a community concert, "Psychedelic Summer," at 8 p.m. next Friday (Aug. 3), featuring hits from such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton and Jefferson Airplane.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
'American Idol' stars onstage at Wente Vineyards

Calling all "American Idol" fans, or anyone who enjoys new talent. The "American Idol Live! 2018" tour will be at Wente Vineyards in Livermore on Tuesday, one of more than 40 stops showcasing this season's Top 7 finalists.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance July 27,2018

Home Sales Update July 27, 2018

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tribute to Satchmo at Firehouse

Jeff Bordes & Friends, featuring Rudy Parris, will celebrate the spirit of New Orleans in a big birthday bash saluting the one and only Satchmo in "A Birthday Tribute to Louis Armstrong" at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore moving forward with lease option for Las Positas Golf Course

Staff: New agreement would reduce financial liability for city
The Livermore City Council voted unanimously earlier this month to accept a golf course management company's proposal to pursue a full-lease agreement for the city-owned Las Positas Golf Course.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf tourney raises $102,000 for Hope Hospice

The Northern California Division of development firm Toll Brothers recently raised $102,188 for local nonprofit Hope Hospice during a golf benefit at Castlewood Country Club.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Valley captures 4th straight league title

Pleasanton Valley Swim Club swimmers won the Valley Swim League Championships for the fourth year in a row last weekend, smashing three league records in the process.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly recognized for coverage by ValleyCare

The Pleasanton Weekly received the President's Circle Corporate Partners program award earlier this month from the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosts Tulancingo teens; local student takes return visit to Mexico

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is in the middle of its 33rd annual summer exchange program, with four girls from Tulancingo recently returning home from their visit to the Tri-Valley.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: School registration, Mayors' Summit, Gem Faire & Lucky Fans

Online registration for the 2018-19 school year opens Wednesday for Pleasanton Unified School District students, both returning and new.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
That's a big snake

Danville zoologist Jungle James shares a boa constrictor with Cub Scouts at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area earlier this month during Twin Valley Scout Day Camp.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Golf anyone? Scott Raty is now available weekdays

Scott Raty will retire Aug. 15 as president and CEO of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, leaving behind a legacy of programs and accomplishments during his 16 years of chamber leadership.

July 31, 2018 | 2 comments
Zone 7: Public comments invited on two water-related projects

Initial environmental review available for Patterson Pass, state WaterFix project
The Zone 7 Water Agency has released initial environmental review documents for proposed upgrades to the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant, and community members can now submit feedback through Aug. 22.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Fife and drum corps harkens back to 1776

East Coast phenomenon also a presence in Tri-Valley
The 18 enthusiastic youths -- ages 9 to 14 -- bring their signature sound to Pleasanton parades and local events, regaling onlookers. But Giaimo had more in mind when he began the endeavor in 2010, when his own son and daughter were the right age.

July 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Police discuss Concerts in the Park presence

Department denies allegations of aggressive behavior from social media posters
Pleasanton police have made several changes to how they manage public safety and local regulations during the popular Concerts in the Park this summer, but they deny allegations of overly aggressive behavior by officers dispersing concert-goers after a recent show, according to the police sergeant overseeing special event management for the department.

July 24, 2018 | 5 comments
Swalwell bill aims to prevent U.S. president, family from profiting off foreign powers

Proposal would criminalize unauthorized benefits, expand rules to also include companies controlled by president or VP
The Tri-Valley's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), one of Congress's more vocal critics of President Donald Trump and many of the administration's international policies, has introduced a new bill to toughen federal regulations that aim to curb any U.S. president or vice president from receiving financial benefits from foreign powers.

July 24, 2018 | 81 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic players, leaders among latest 'Difference Makers'

Club to announce top three honorees in September ahead of 50th anniversary
The Ballistic United Soccer Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and in conjunction, Ballistic is honoring the top 50 "Difference Makers" in club history. The latest five honorees are:

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 asked to endorse new $8.8 billion water bond measure

Prop 3 would generate funds for projects statewide; directors postpone discussion
Zone 7 Water Agency directors heard a presentation on a proposed statewide water bond measure at last week's regular meeting, with the measure's proponent asking for their support the new proposal -- four years after California voters approved another multi-billion-dollar water bond.

July 24, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley grows as economic powerhouse rivaling some U.S. metro areas

New report cites key attributes helping region thrive, recommendations for maintaining success
The Tri-Valley is growing as an economic powerhouse that compares with the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. That's one of the many interesting findings in the new "Tri-Valley Rising 2018" report, an update to the first report done in 2014 by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

July 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Del Valle receives $5 million in new state budget

EBRPD: Sorely needed funding to support infrastructure, repairs
The Tri-Valley's Del Valle Regional Park will see an additional $5 million of funding in the recently approved state budget, after a bipartisan push by local elected officials.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Make-A-Wish brings sports car procession down Main Street

Ferraris, police deliver news of Disney World trip to 6-year-old diagnosed with leukemia
A line of sports cars flanked by two police vehicles blared down Main Street last Friday to deliver Elijah Flores with a message -- he's going to Disney World in October.

July 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore Lab's laser system sets new record

National Ignition Facility beats previous mark by 10%
Lawrence Livermore's National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently set a new record by firing 2.15 megajoules of energy into its target chamber - a 15% improvement over its design specification.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County receives $300K to provide legal aid in deportation cases

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle on Tuesday afternoon in Oakland announced $300,000 in funding for a program that provides legal representation for local immigrants facing deportation.

July 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Guns to art: Transformative exhibit now on display at Las Positas College

'Art of Peace' features art pieces using dismantled firearms
An art project seeking to engage residents throughout the community in critical thinking and analysis of gun violence is now open for public viewership at Las Positas College in Livermore.

July 25, 2018 | 10 comments
Livermore: 480-acre Grant Fire started by teen playing with fireworks

Investigators say the 480-acre Grant Fire, which started last Sunday near the Altamont Pass in unincorporated Alameda County was started by a teenager playing with "safe and sane" fireworks on the side of the road.

July 19, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: Tri-Valley Heroes, Immigration forum & Stargazing at Del Valle

The Pleasanton Weekly is continuing to solicit nominations for the seventh annual Tri-Valley Heroes program.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Hot election season expected in Dublin

The fall election season is shaping up to be an interesting one locally, particularly in Dublin where Dubliners United can be expected to mount a serious challenge to existing city policies.

July 22, 2018 | 5 comments
Comic Con returning to Pleasanton

'Aliens' reunion, cosplay, trivia and more at fairgrounds later this month
Make way for artists, actors and cosplay characters -- the East Bay's largest comic con event will take over the Alameda County Fairgrounds at the end of July.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
'A New Day -- The Songs of Doris Day'

Singer Tori Anna brings a cabaret-style tribute to Doris Day to the Firehouse Arts Center with her show, "A New Day -- the Songs of Doris Day," at 2 p.m. July 29, featuring Day's best-loved songs

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Legendary vocal group coming to Bankhead

The New Christy Minstrels are returning to the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m., this Friday (July 27), with their Grammy Award-winning folk music.

July 22, 2018 | No comments yet
'Red, White and Bothwell'

Bothwell Arts Center invites the public to meet its studio artists and enjoy a patriotic-themed open house, including fine artist Avianne, originally from South Africa, who will be celebrating becoming a United States citizen.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Where's Waldo? Fans can find him in Pleasanton this month

Towne Center Books is hosting a fun search throughout 25 Pleasanton businesses for Waldo, the iconic children's book character known for his red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed spectacles.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
300 adoptable animals gathering at annual Adopt-a-Thon

East Bay event is chance to find pets, dog sitters, other services
Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and rats will converge on Jack London Square this Saturday hoping to find happy homes, at the East Bay SPCA annual Adopt-a-thon.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Local writers club starts Book Launch Team

Tri-Valley Writers adds program to long list of supportive activities
It only takes one person to write a book, but it helps to have a team when launching it. To that end, in the early spring Tri-Valley Writers initiated a Book Launch Team program at the suggestion of member J.D. Lasica. He had a book coming out and knew that other members did, too.

July 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Welcoming Pacific Pearl

Asian-focused shopping center off El Charro set for grand opening Saturday
Pleasanton's locals can look forward this weekend to the ceremonial grand opening of Pacific Pearl, the new shopping center on the east side of the city designed with a focus on the region's Asian-American influences.

July 19, 2018 | 49 comments
City Council approves temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

City staff, task force to review options for future as part of Downtown Specific Plan update
The Pleasanton City Council voted Tuesday to immediately enact a temporary ban on new or expanded massage businesses in the downtown area, setting the stage for the issue to be decided through the city's ongoing Downtown Specific Plan update process.

July 18, 2018 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley congressional candidates meet with constituents

Swalwell speaks at forum in Pleasanton; Peters hosts campaign event at Livermore pub
Residents of the Tri-Valley and the rest of the 15th Congressional District got the opportunity to hear from both general election candidates during separate meet-and-greets last Saturday.

July 18, 2018 | 27 comments
Pleasanton police announce promotions, new officers

Department welcomes two lieutenants, two sergeants, three officers
The Pleasanton Police Department promoted four employees to new supervisor positions and singled out its three newest police officers during a special badge-pinning ceremony last week.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic United highlights more 'Difference Makers'

Also: Amador alumni earn water polo All-Academic honors
This year marks 50 years of existence for Pleasanton's Ballistic United Soccer Club, and the club is proudly celebrating the top 50 "Difference Makers" in the history of BUSC.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Patelco moving headquarters from Pleasanton to Dublin

CEO: Credit union has outgrown current leased space on Hopyard
Patelco Credit Union's headquarters has outgrown its space in Pleasanton and will soon be moving into a larger office building in Dublin that the firm recently purchased, according to company officials.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore council orders more study on local healthcare initiative

Proposal backed by Stanford Health union seeks to limit charges from hospitals
Healthcare workers, physicians and hospital representatives packed the Livermore City Council meeting hall last month to make competing comments on an initiative that would require local regulation of healthcare service costs.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Vegetation fire off Bernal contained

Residents may still see smoke from 'chimney' for a few days
A vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon just off Bernal Avenue and Interstate-680 has been contained, though nearby residents may still see smoke for a few days, fire officials say.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council to weigh temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

Proposal would punt issue instead to Downtown Specific Plan update process
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider an urgency ordinance Tuesday to temporarily ban new or expanded massage businesses in the downtown area and forward the matter to the Downtown Specific Plan Update Task Force for further review.

July 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Dublin resident dies in boating accident

Sheriff's office: Man water skiing on Delta drowns after trying to untangle tow line caught in propeller
A Dublin man was killed in a boating accident on the Delta last month, and supporters are working to raise funds to help his widow and two children.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
'Green the Bankhead' project underway

Conservation effort focuses on saving energy, reducing costs
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is enacting a new program called "Green the Bankhead" that aims to make the Bankhead Theater safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton chamber hires new president/CEO

Dublin resident Van Dorn taking over in August after run in Pleasant Hill
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that its Board of Directors has selected Steve Van Dorn as the organization's new president and CEO, effective next month.

July 13, 2018 | 5 comments
BART mulls early morning buses during three-year Transbay Tube project

Board workshop on option to delay trains' start one hour to 5 a.m. weekdays
BART's Board of Directors held an informational session Thursday on their plans to provide bus service for commuters crossing from the East Bay into San Francisco during a long-term, planned seismic retrofit of the Transbay Tube in preparation for the possibility of a major earthquake.

July 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in Pleasanton, Fremont

Man arrested in San Jose, admitted to multiple East Bay indecent exposure incidents
A 31-year-old transient who works as a car mechanic has been arrested in connection with a series of indecent exposure incidents in local jurisdictions, including Pleasanton, Fremont police said Friday.

July 13, 2018 | 14 comments
Report touts Bay Area as mega-powerful region facing challenges

Silicon Valley is an economic powerhouse, and some of the cogs that drive it are more functional than others, claims a new report recently released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Baker, Glazer to discuss newly acquired funds for Del Valle Regional Park

Bipartisan effort by Baker, Glazer secures $5 million
The over 4,000 acres of land in Del Valle Regional Park will be receiving some improvements, with funds courtesy of a bipartisan effort by two Tri-Valley politicians.

July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
New book explores history of Dublin

World War II saw a population explosion due to Navy bases
How did Dublin get its name? Local author-historian Steven Minniear said this is the question he gets most often. "There are lots of fun stories," he replied, although no hard and fast answer.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
'Radiance' exhibit in Blackhawk

"Venus" by guest artist Carol Tarzier is part of the new Alamo Danville Artists' Society exhibit, "Radiance," opening at the Blackhawk Gallery on Friday to run through Sept. 16.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Serving their community: K-9 units bring unique skill sets to Tri-Valley police

Dogs invaluable to departments in searches, apprehensions and emotional support
Police K-9 units across the Tri-Valley have been put in place to enable officers to protect the public with a diverse set of skills that would otherwise be unavailable.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Plant With Purpose families growing out of poverty

It's estimated that 800 million people suffer from hunger daily and 85% of them are subsistence farmers, living in rural areas of the world, totally dependent on their environment.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Alain Pinel Realtors opens new Livermore office

'Smart' office designed to provide tech, convenience to APR agents in top-tier market
Alain Pinel Realtors has opened a "smart" office in Livermore. The office at 2059 Third St. provides a working hub for mobile APR agents in and around Livermore, supplementing the firm's services at the main office in downtown Pleasanton.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Skateboarder suffers major injuries in collision with car

Toyota struck 18-year-old Sunday evening
A skateboarder suffered major injuries in a collision with a vehicle Sunday in Livermore, police said.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas recognized for career education

'Strong Workforce Stars' awards highlight programs helping students advance career prospects
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District recently had over two dozen programs recognized as "Strong Workforce Stars" this year.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board set for special meeting Thursday

Public presentation on agency activities; closed-session talks to focus on negotiations, litigation
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to hold a special meeting early Thursday afternoon to discuss the agency's priorities and debate in closed session about pending legal cases and labor negotiations.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Messy Donlon

Val Vista residents Audrey and Mark Purnell sent photos of the grounds at Donlon Elementary to the Pleasanton Unified Board of Trustees and the Weekly, noting the scraggly, unkempt appearance at the school this summer and expressing the concern that Donlon was getting ignored in terms of upkeep.

July 11, 2018 | 9 comments
So you want to run for public office in Pleasanton?

Candidacy filing period opens Monday for November election
Any resident interested in pursuing elected office this year is in luck because Pleasanton has several public service positions up for election this November and the application process begins next week.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
House heavily damaged in afternoon fire

Resident displaced after blaze on Heatherlark Circle
A fire caused serious damage to a house in central Pleasanton on Monday afternoon, leaving the lone resident displaced and a pet dog deceased, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

July 10, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: County Fair shows engaging families is key for future of horse racing

Short-sighted focus on millennials, high purses could hurt industry in long run
It was another successful meet, bringing new people out to the sport. As the racing publicist for the fair, I see first-hand the number of people that come to the races for the first time -- most of the time bringing their kids out to the races.

July 10, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD mourns noon supervisor who drowned in rescue attempt at coast

Principal calls Aarti Senthilvel kind and compassionate, says she's 'not surprised' by selfless act at beach
The Pleasanton woman who drowned last week while trying to save three children from the undertow at Cowell Ranch State Beach has been identified as a part-time employee in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

July 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Danville: Congressional challenger Fitzgerald is open Holocaust denier

Republican appearing on November ballot after 2nd-place finish in primary
John Fitzgerald, a Republican candidate vying to represent Danville and Alamo in Congress, has received national attention in recent days after reports by the New York Times and other news agencies revealed his history as a Holocaust denier.

July 9, 2018 | 10 comments
Crews battle wildfire around I-580 near Altamont

Both directions of freeway reopen after fire closure for hours overnight
Crews have fully contained the Grant Fire, which started Sunday and burned 640 acres near the Altamont Pass and Interstate 580 in unincorporated eastern Alameda County, Cal Fire officials said Monday morning.

July 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Man tied to indecent exposure incidents in Pleasanton, Fremont

Suspect at-large since June spotted nude outside local home Thursday night
Detectives believe a naked man captured on security camera outside a Pleasanton home this week is the same man wanted in connection with four previous indecent exposure incidents in Fremont.

July 7, 2018 | 5 comments
PPD: No foul play in death outside Starbucks

Man dies in car at Owens Drive coffee house
Pleasanton police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man inside a car parked at the new Starbucks on Owens Drive on Saturday morning.

July 7, 2018 | 1 comment
2018 Readers' Choice Winners Directory

2018 Readers' Choice Winners Directory

July 7, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves emergency repairs for Harvest Park library

Staff: Roof, infrastructure significantly impacted by fire last week
The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved a resolution allowing for emergency corrective repair at Harvest Park Middle School, at a special meeting Friday night set to address a fire that broke out in the school's library days earlier.

July 8, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council approves new garbage rates

Monthly bills to decrease for many residential, commercial customers
Residents and businesses in Pleasanton now have new garbage rates -- lower monthly costs, in many cases.

July 9, 2018 | 12 comments
Feed Tri-Valley drive underway

Three-week nonprofit program seeks to alleviate hunger in local communities
The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore have together again this year for the annual Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive, which will runs now through July 22.

July 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Republican candidate for Congress hosting meet-and-greet at Livermore pub

Peters wants to speak with local citizens about issues facing the Tri-Valley
Republican challenger Rudy Peters, who is running for Congress in the 15th congressional district against incumbent Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), is holding a meet-and-greet event at Eight Bridges Brewing, Inc. in Livermore. The event will last from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
'Shiver We Timbers!' show set in Pleasanton

Idiot String announces full schedule for 2018 summer touring production
A choose-your-own pirate adventure is coming to Pleasanton with “Shiver We Timbers!" serving as the theme of the program. The Pleasanton show will be performed next Sunday (July 22) at 5 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center on 4444 Railroad Ave.

July 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: No criminal charges for teen's drowning death in SRVHS pool

Detectives deem death accidental, find no criminal negligence
Danville police confirmed Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with death of San Ramon Valley High freshman Benjamin Curry, who drowned in the school's pool nearly two months ago.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton golf pro accused of sexually assaulting students

Local man taught for years at former Sunol golf center
A Pleasanton resident and longtime golf instructor in the East Bay has been charged with sexually abusing multiple girls under his tutelage, and investigators believe more victims could be out there, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office

July 5, 2018 | 1 comment
School board sets special meeting to address Harvest Park library fire

District seeks to initiate emergency corrective repairs at middle school
The Pleasanton school board is holding a special meeting Friday evening to address the fire that broke out at Harvest Park Middle School earlier this week.

July 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Las Positas College presents summer musical 'Evita'

Show runs Thursday through Sunday in Mertes Amphitheater
The heart-wrenching powerful musical “Evita" is coming to Las Positas this week. The play will take place at the outdoor Barbara F. Mertes Center Amphitheater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.


July 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Comedy champ comes to Firehouse Arts Center

Renowned comic Ellis Rodriguez performing in Pleasanton
Ellis Rodriguez, the San Francisco Comedy Champion for 2017, will be coming to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center next weekend.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ready for National Night Out

Register neighborhood block parties with PPD by this Friday for Aug. 7 event
Pleasanton will join communities throughout the Tri-Valley and the United States in celebrating National Night Out with neighborhood block parties on Aug. 7.

July 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Sales at a Glance July 6, 2018

Home Sales Update July 6, 2018

July 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Make-A-Wish grants art exploration road trip to Tri-Valley teen

Five-day journey took teen and family to art houses across the Bay
Ariana Dindzans, an 18-year-old California High School graduate, got to go on the trip of a lifetime when the Make-A-Wish Foundation sent her and her family on an excursion to art studios and museums across the Bay Area.

July 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest Park library damaged in overnight fire

LPFD: Cause of blaze unclear; school was closed, empty at time
The Harvest Park Middle School library sustained serious damage after a fire broke out in the building late Tuesday night, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

July 4, 2018 | 6 comments
'Little Mermaid' coming to Bankhead

Tri-Valley Rep presenting magical tale of life under the sea
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is taking its audience to a magical kingdom under the sea in its production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" that opens July 21 and runs through Aug. 5 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore teen heads to Cannes

Sarah Whalen's thriller screens at famed film festival
Sarah Whalen is all about the film world. But you won't find the Livermore 17-year-old assuming different character roles on-screen -- no, she prefers to be behind the camera.

July 9, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: DSRSD candidate filing, National Night Out & Opera in the Vineyard

The filing period for prospective candidates interested in serving on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors begins July 16, and will remain open through Aug. 10.

July 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Planners OK some relief for beleaguered Chabad center

Some slam city at hearing for singling out Jewish group with restrictions
The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week offered some regulatory relief to a beleaguered Jewish religious center, but not everybody was pleased.

July 4, 2018 | 20 comments
Planning Commission OKs two new hotels for Johnson Drive

5-story towers next to planned Costco on I-680 to have 231 rooms
The Pleasanton Planning Commission unanimously approved last week the construction of two new five-story-tall hotels on Johnson Drive, facing the I-680 freeway and next to a proposed new Costco membership store at that location.

July 5, 2018 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Bodybuilder leaves a legacy of achieving 'excellence against all odds'

Celebration of life for Allen Joe, who influenced martial arts great Bruce Lee
A Celebration of Life was held June 9 at Vic's All-Star Kitchen in Pleasanton for Allen Joe -- an East Bay man with a devoted family and connections that run deep in the martial arts community, including a long friendship with icon Bruce Lee.

July 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton bids another farewell to the Alameda County Fair

Last weekend will feature closing performances, cocktails and more
But it's not over! In the last few days of the fair, guests can still look forward to performances by Journey Revisited, Super Diamond and War as well as daily events such as pig races, Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, horse races, motocross performances, rides, shopping and more.

July 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Crash closes two of three lanes on eastbound Dumbarton Bridge

Lanes reopoened before 5 p.m.
A crash involving a truck hauling a trailer has closed two out of three eastbound lanes of state Highway 84 on the Dumbarton Bridge Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Dynamic duo departing the Tri-Valley

The Tri-Valley will lose a dynamic couple who moved here to be closer to family when they leave in August to chase their family to the Portland area.

July 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Congressman Swalwell coming to Pleasanton

'Expresso Yourself' to feature informal opportunity for constituents to speak with legislator
Tri-Valley residents will be able to meet with local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to talk about issues affecting them right now during an "Expresso Yourself" event with the congressman next week.

July 4, 2018 | 14 comments
County Fire spreads to over 70,000 acres

Over 2,000 fire personnel from across the state continue to battle flames
The County Fire burning in Yolo and Napa counties near Lake Berryessa has grown to 70,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
'Families Belong Together' rally in Pleasanton

Nearly 600 turn out to show support for family reunification
This past weekend, nearly 600 Tri-Valley residents turned out to Lions Wayside Park to show support for the reunification of immigrant families separated by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.

July 2, 2018 | 49 comments
Taste Our Terroir coming to Livermore

Tickets for food and wine extravaganza on sale
Foodies and wine enthusiasts alike get ready -- Taste Our Terroir returns to Livermore at the end of the month.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman who drowned at beach Sunday identified as Pleasanton resident

Aarti Senthilvel swept out by undertow while trying to save children, officials say
A woman who drowned Sunday evening at Cowell Ranch State Beach south of Half Moon Bay after going into the water to try to save children has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 47-year-old Pleasanton resident Aarti Senthilvel.

July 2, 2018 | 6 comments
Fire in Lake County chars 44,500 acres, sending smoke across Bay Area

People in smoky areas encouraged to find shelter
A smoke advisory issued for the Bay Area on Sunday because of smoke coming from the County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties remains in effect Monday, regional air quality officials said.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
15 acres burns in grass fire on former Sunol Golf Course Sunday

Smoke creates hazardous driving conditions Sunday afternoon
Smoke from a grass fire Sunday burned 15 acres of dry grass along Interstate 680 near the Andrade Road interchange near Sunol between Pleasanton and Fremont, and created hazardous driving conditions as
smoke rolled across the freeway.

July 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Tim Talk: The state's changing water landscape

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have declared a permanent state of drought in the Golden State.

June 29, 2018 | 4 comments
Livermore man sentenced to 10 years in prison for heroin distribution

A Livermore man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing heroin in Afganistan that was headed to the United States, acting United States Attorney Alex Tse announced Wednesday.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
'Families Belong Together' rally Saturday

Pleasanton event one of many across the country
Pleasanton is hosting a "Families Belong Together" rally this Saturday, joining hundreds of other communities across the nation to do so.

June 29, 2018 | 41 comments
Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO out following workplace complaints

Emmett Carson has been a towering figure in the global philanthropic world
Reeling from complaints of workplace harassment, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Wednesday that CEO Emmett Carson had stepped aside, effective immediately.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Heat advisory warning goes out for Friday, Saturday

Risk higher for wildfires, heat related illnesses
San Francisco Bay Area residents face increased danger from wildfires and heat-related illnesses Friday and Saturday as the weather gets hot and windier, according to the National Weather Service.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
The votes are in! Meet the 2018 Readers' Choice winners!

Meet your 2018 Readers' Choice winners and Hall of Fame honorees
The 2018 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice contest drew thousands of opinions as our devoted readers revealed which Pleasanton businesses, professionals and places are their favorites for arts and entertainment, food and drink, restaurants, retail and services.

June 28, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: More Ballistic United 'Difference Makers' named

Soccer club celebrates 50th year by honoring 50 who made a difference
This year celebrates 50 years of existence for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and the club is proudly celebrating the Top 50 Difference Makers in the history of BUSC.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Ed Kinney series, Waldo scavenger hunt & Zone 7 map

In the latest installation of Museum on Main's Ed Kinney Speaker Series, tickets are now on sale to spend the evening with three U.S. presidents on July 10.

June 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Folksinger coming to Firehouse

"John McCutcheon: Master Instrumentalist and Folksinger" will be onstage at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater.

June 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Hot wax creations on display through July 7

"Floating" and other encaustic paintings by local artist Claudette McDermott are being featured through July 7 at the hallway gallery of the Firehouse Arts Center. McDermott, who loves to paint and experiment with all forms of art, said she has been working most recently with encaustic hot wax, a combination of beeswax and Damar resin.

June 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Bay Area labor groups condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision

Non-union members no longer mandated to pay union fees
In a setback for unions, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote Wednesday struck down the use of mandatory fees for nonmembers of public worker unions to help pay for the costs of collective bargaining.

June 27, 2018 | 83 comments
New principal appointments at Amador, Harvest Park

Also: Employment extension for Haglund, multiple plan approvals
The Pleasanton school board unanimously appointed new principals at both Amador Valley High School and Harvest Park Middle School Tuesday night.

June 26, 2018 | 13 comments
Alameda Co.: Sheriff's detectives recovering after opioid exposure

An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant and detective are recovering after being exposed to a lethal dose of the potent opioid fentanyl while conducting a drug investigation in a motel room in unincorporated Hayward on Friday afternoon, a sheriff's spokesman said today.

June 26, 2018 | 3 comments
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