2019

News Digest: Halloween Brew Crawl, City of Livermore ransomware attack & Mood disorder seminar

Also: Dog show at fairgrounds, 'Angst' screening, Remembering nuclear workers, RAGE Kicks Cancer & more
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its annual Halloween Brew Crawl next Saturday (Oct. 26) from 5-8 p.m. at participating businesses in the heart of downtown.

October 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man killed in officer-involved shooting in Idaho

Police: 28-year-old was suspect in kidnappings, led law enforcement on freeway chase across multiple counties
A Pleasanton man identified as a suspect in two kidnappings died after being shot by law enforcement in southern Idaho while trying to flee from state police and county deputies during a high-speed chase on Oct. 15, police said.

October 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin Unified closer to acquisition of new high school site

Nov. 14 settlement conference could resolve price dispute between property owner and district
Plans for a new high school in Dublin are falling into place but the site of the future campus remains out of reach for the Dublin Unified School District.

October 17, 2019 | No comments yet
REACH for opportunities

Nonprofit acquires new properties in Livermore for adults with disabilities to live independently
Purchasing one house represents a major milestone for any organization focused on offering affordable, living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Tri-Valley REACH was able to buy two.

October 17, 2019 | 2 comments
Column: 2020 to bring balance to local real estate

'Pleasanton continues to be a really desirable area'
National and even international economic issues will influence real estate in Pleasanton during 2020 -- to a point.

October 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Strizzi's celebrates 30 years on Main Street

One of Pleasanton's home-grown restaurants is celebrating a milestone 30-year anniversary this month.

October 17, 2019 | 4 comments
Cash Cabin Sessions: Todd Snider, with special guest, at Bankhead

Swinging through on tour for his album, "Cash Cabin Sessions Vol. 3," singer/songwriter Todd Snider will be joined on the Bankhead Theater stage by special guest Ramblin' Jack Elliott for an evening of stories and songs this Friday.

October 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Danville: Crow Canyon Country Club restaurant red-tagged by health department

County health inspectors report finding cockroach infestation
The Vintage restaurant at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville was closed by Contra Costa County Health Services on Tuesday after health inspectors on an unannounced visit discovered a cockroach infestation.

October 16, 2019 | 3 comments
Remembering Pleasanton PD Officer Kyle Henricksen

36-year-old career officer, married father of four dies after yearlong battle with aggressive cancer
Kyle Henricksen, a Pleasanton PD officer whose battle with pancreatic cancer inspired support from throughout the community, died on Tuesday night surrounded by family. He was 36.

October 16, 2019 | 3 comments
Pleasanton's Floating Pumpkin Patch returns this weekend

Pleasanton's popular Floating Pumpkin Patch is set to make its return to the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center this Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

October 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Butterfield poised for success at Amador Valley

Charged with returning stability to Pleasanton's largest high school, native son ready for challenge
Josh Butterfield found the challenge he was looking for when he threw his hat in for the position of principal at Amador Valley High School earlier this year.

October 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin: Newsom vetoes jail release bill that may be re-crafted

Legislation inspired by death of woman shortly after 1:30 a.m. release from Santa Rita
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have stopped the release of California jail inmates during early-morning hours.

October 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Amador Valley lot reopens after five-month closure for solar panel project

Parking permits will be issued to seniors and juniors on lottery basis
The main Amador Valley High School parking lot reopened for business Tuesday, marking the end of a months-long waiting period for many neighbors, students and faculty while solar panel structures and a new parking layout were added.

October 15, 2019 | 18 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Arioto named to USA Softball's Olympics roster

Also: Ballistic United's Crow hired by California Youth Soccer Association
It was very exciting last week when I learned former Foothill superstar softball player Valerie Arioto was named to the United States Olympic Team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

October 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Actress Felicity Huffman reports to Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin

Former 'Desperate Housewives' star sentenced to 14 days for role in college admissions scandal
Dublin's low-security federal prison for women received a celebrity inmate on Tuesday, with actress Felicity Huffman reporting to serve her sentence for a conviction in the college admissions scandal.

October 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Gov. Newsom calls for PG&E to repay customers affected by shutoff

Wants for $100 for residential customers, $250 for small businesses
After last week's Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E that left more than 700,000 customers without power, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called on the utility to give a credit or rebate to affected residents and businesses.

October 15, 2019 | No comments yet
4.5-magnitude quake strikes near Walnut Creek

No injuries or serious damage reported
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area on Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

October 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Curry lawsuit: Teacher seeks dismissal of punitive damages

Becker tells his side of story in declaration; pool surveillance video kept private with motion pending
Documents filed earlier this month seal pool surveillance video from public and provide first statement made by Aaron Becker, the San Ramon Valley High teacher on duty when Ben Curry died during PE class last year.

October 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Valley Link timetable pushed out by three more years

Citing likely lower state funding, feasibility report now estimates opening date of 2027 at earliest
The Valley Link commuter light rail system aiming to directly connect BART to Livermore and the San Joaquin Valley likely won't see its first trains run until at least 2027, three years later than initially estimated.

October 14, 2019 | 8 comments
Governor vetoes local bill on Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area

'No evidence' of state mismanagement, Newsom declares in veto of AB 1086
Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's recent legislative winning streak came to an end last week when Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 1086, which would've permitted selling part of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

October 14, 2019 | 4 comments
PG&E defends implementing power shutoffs

Program affected 738,000 customers across Northern and Central California
PG&E officials defended their use of last week's public safety power shutoff and said as of 6 p.m. Saturday, all 738,000 customers in 34 counties who lost electric service as a result of the program had their power restored.

October 13, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E bondholders, wildfire victims submit rival restructuring plan

Alternative seeks 59% company share to bondholders, greatly reduce stake for shareholders
A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco cleared the way on Wednesday for a group of PG&E bondholders and wildfire victims to submit a rival financial restructuring plan to compete with the utility's own proposal.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
CPUC president calls PG&E's management of shutoffs 'absolutely unacceptable'

Batjer: 'This cannot be the new normal. We can't accept it as the new normal and we won't'
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday blasted PG&E amid the utility's Public Safety Power Shutoff, which affected more than 700,000 customers throughout the state.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
BART board considers changing to dynamic pricing for station parking

Would be agency's first parking policy update since 2013
The price of parking at BART stations may go up next year as part of a shift to variable pricing based on demand, district staff said during a presentation to the Board of Directors last week.

October 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Oakland man charged with killing Dublin High alum, girlfriend in robbery

Couple found fatally wounded in car that crashed into house Sept. 28
An Oakland man has been charged with special circumstances murder for allegedly fatally shooting a Dublin man and his girlfriend during a robbery in East Oakland last month.

October 11, 2019 | 2 comments
New air guidelines let Dublin USD breathe more easily

Among the first California public school districts to add air quality sensors
Dublin Unified School District is one of the first school districts in California to recently establish new air quality guidelines and install air quality sensors at several of its schools.

October 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Developer James Tong convicted of illegal contributions to Swalwell campaign

Congressman said he was unaware of scheme, testified against Tong at trial
An East Bay real estate developer has been found guilty of funneling tens of thousands of illegal contributions to the congressional campaigns of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).

October 10, 2019 | 105 comments
PG&E leaves Tri-Valley residents in the dark with power shutoff

Isolated areas in south Pleasanton, west San Ramon were without power
As its Public Safety Power Shutoffs affected parts of the Tri-Valley into Thursday, PG&E officials left residents in the dark in more ways than one.

October 10, 2019 | 6 comments
Wastewater recovery highlighted in DSRSD facility tour this week

Learn how wastewater is used to make electricity at Oct. 16 open house
The Dublin San Ramon Services District is opening its doors Wednesday morning for a public tour of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Pleasanton.

October 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore Pride to shine next weekend

First event will celebrate diversity in community
Live more, love more, Livermore. These words sum up a family friendly Livermore Pride event being held to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Livermore and honor the diversity of the community.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
'Viva MOMIX' on Livermore stage

Innovative dance illusionists MOMIX return to the Bankhead Theater next weekend with their trademark style -- illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
'Luna Mexicana' coming to Bankhead

Oakland Ballet production celebrates Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos -- Day of the Dead -- will be celebrated at the Bankhead Theater in the week ahead by Oakland Ballet in "Luna Mexicana" with spirited dances, lively music and colorful costumes.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Time for Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Fun family event features thousands of handmade arts and crafts
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds next weekend with more than 250 artisans showcasing their creations that include original art, jewelry, ceramics, woodturnings, clothing, photography & more.

October 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Shows continue in October

City hosting author interview, country singing duo, improv troupe
Pleasanton and the Firehouse Arts Center continue like a house afire to present lively and stimulating entertainment.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Mayor says 'I do!'

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and wife Kalee were married on Sept. 27, 2019, and friends and family celebrated with them two days later during a reception at the Pleasanton Hotel.

October 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Museum on Main takes look at 'Fears and Phobias'

Fun display designed for viewing before downtown Ghost Walks
What scares you? Museum on Main is presenting its annual "What Are You Afraid Of? A Look at Fears and Phobias" display as a nod to Halloween, opening on Wednesday.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Drones and more at Livermore Library

Upcoming events include comedian/author and gentle yoga
The Livermore Public Library continues its varied free offerings with a comedian and evening yoga, as well as drone courses for teens.

October 9, 2019 | No comments yet
All-abilities playground coming to Dublin

New amenities aim to ensure all kids can enjoy the park
Leaders in Dublin joined to shine the spotlight on work now underway to build a new playground suitable for children of all ability levels at Dublin Sports Grounds during a groundbreaking ceremony last week.

October 9, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Antiques Faire & Teachers of the Year

Also: Halloween Spirit Run, TRYathlon fundraiser, Hear from Sheriff Ahern & Las Positas journalism award
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses, superheroes and more out for its annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, set for next Saturday (Oct. 19).

October 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Council OKs subdividing Old Stanley site for three new houses

Also: Analyzing city's energy-efficiency, raises for city management and contract extension for Morgenroth
The Pleasanton City Council approved a group of friends' request to demolish a single-story house on Old Stanley Boulevard and subdivide their parcel for three larger houses last week.

October 9, 2019 | 4 comments
Around Pleasanton: Happy retirements to Vic and Rick

Rick's Picks, a popular retail store just a short walk south on Main Street, is closing soon, and Vic's All Star Kitchen, a restaurant that has anchored the south end of Main Street for the last 26 years, is seeking a buyer.

October 9, 2019 | 4 comments
The gentle giants of Mount Diablo

Great tarantula migration has begun, and these arachnids are looking for love
Many tarantulas populate Mount Diablo, and come the end of summer and into the beginning of the fall, these arachnids can commonly be seen scurrying around the mountain searching for a mate.

October 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Partial power shutoff confirmed in Pleasanton

PG&E confirms power shutoff in parts of south/west Pleasanton from ~1pm today to ~12p tomorrow. Affected areas: Foothill Rd (south of Bernal to Sunol area), Happy Valley, Sycamore and Callippe Golf Course areas, parts of Ruby Hill and possibly Vineyard Corridor area.

October 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Partial power shutoff confirmed for Pleasanton

Portions of south/west Pleasanton to be affected
PG&E and city officials confirmed the utility implemented Public Safety Power Shutoffs in parts of south/west Pleasanton late Wednesday night (Oct. 9) that will run through about noon Thursday (Oct. 10).

October 8, 2019 | 38 comments
Taylor Family Foundation appoints new CEO

Angie Carmignani to lead nonprofit into its fourth decade
The Taylor Family Foundation recently named executive director Angie Carmignani as the nonprofit's new CEO, tasking the longtime administrator with leading the Livermore-based organization into its fourth decade of operations.

October 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district seeks $12M from state for career technical facilities

Also: Amador Valley parking lot set to reopen next week after extended closure
A request to seek $12 million of state funding for new science classrooms and buildings at both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools was considered by the Pleasanton school board on Monday night.

October 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Governor signs three Bauer-Kahan bills

Legislation covers higher education, public works projects
Three bills authored by local Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) received support from Gov. Gavin Newsom over the past month, for a total of seven new state laws from the freshman legislator's office so far this year.

October 10, 2019 | 4 comments
Partnership dissolves for Sunflower Hill Livermore; nonprofit's Pleasanton project still on track

MidPen Housing plans to move forward with development for adults with special needs on First Street in Livermore
Local nonprofit Sunflower Hill and affordable housing developer MidPen Housing announced Monday their decision to "amicably end their partnership" to develop a residential community for adults with special needs in Livermore.

October 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Offshore wind prompts fire weather watch, possible PG&E shutoffs

Alameda County among those that could be impacted; decisions to follow
Strong, dry winds across large areas of Northern and Central California may prompt PG&E to turn off power across 30 counties Wednesday and Thursday.

October 7, 2019 | 12 comments
Pleasanton police, BART open joint substation on west side

Workday built new police center in BART garage as part of HQ expansion
The Pleasanton Police Department and BART Police Department marked the opening of their Joint Police Services Center at the West Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station last week.

October 7, 2019 | No comments yet
ACSO: Terminally ill inmate dies after becoming unresponsive at Santa Rita Jail

No foul play or suspicious circumstances suspected
A 66-year-old inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who was suffering from a terminal illness died at a hospital a short time after he was found unresponsive at a jail medical facility last week.

October 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill wins EBAL volleyball matches; split week for Amador

Also: Falcons take second at water polo tournament
The Foothill boys varsity water polo team went ahead to take second place at the Aptos Tournament last week. See those highlights, plus a recap of the week in volleyball, football and cross-country.

October 8, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E announces new alert system for Public Safety Power Shutoffs

People who have property in the Bay Area but don't live there can get alerts about PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs, even if they get their power from another utility, PG&E officials said Thursday.

October 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin police make arrest in residential break-in, sexual assault

A 24-year-old man suspected of breaking into a home late Thursday night and sexually assaulting a woman was found the next day in a local park and arrested, Dublin police said Saturday.

October 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Wings of Freedom plane involved in fatal crash

B-17 'Flying Fortress' came to Livermore Airport annually, crashed in Connecticut while on tour
A vintage World War II plane that visited the Bay Area, including Livermore, as part of the Wings of Freedom tour was involved in a fatal crash in Connecticut last week.

October 6, 2019 | No comments yet
1,000 bikes and counting for Del Valle school repair program

Students learn now to fix bicycles, donate them to kids in need
"What measures 20 inches, is hot pink and lime green, and has the word Trouble splashed across its frame? It's the 1,000th bike that was donated to a deserving community member, thanks to the work of students in the Del Valle program."

October 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Familiar face leads Fairlands

For new principal Heidi Deeringhoff, education is a calling
Heidi Deeringhoff has worn many hats in the realm of education: teacher, literacy coach, and now, the new principal at Fairlands Elementary School.

October 11, 2019 | No comments yet
JUUL's ongoing role in Livermore vaping referendum unclear

Company pulls out of similar campaign in SF; Livermore ordinance set for March ballot
The campaign to keep vaping products in the city of Livermore may be at risk of losing its biggest supporter with the announcement that JUUL Labs has officially ended its active support of San Francisco's Proposition C.

October 8, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD turning to state for career tech facilities funding

School board meeting moved to Monday night due to Yom Kippur
The Pleasanton school board's next meeting has been rescheduled for Monday night to accommodate those observing the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. The Oct. 7 meeting starts at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD boardroom.

October 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Before Pleasanton or Livermore ...

American Indian Center teaches about Tri-Valley's original inhabitants
A flurry of activity could be found at the Livermore American Indian Center leading up to the annual Children's Pow Wow, with volunteers getting regalia ready and working to help prepare for the celebration of Native American heritage.

October 3, 2019 | 7 comments
Foothill grad's party performance goes viral

Variation on Filipino traditional dance is set to Bay Area rap music
Beat, tap, tap. Beat, tap, tap. Dancers nimbly move between the bamboo poles to the rhythm as the poles are knocked against each other and slapped on the ground in the traditional folk dance of the Philippines called "tinikling."

October 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Mind-boggling magic at the Firehouse

The Firehouse Arts Center has been selected for its intimate setting to present world-renowned illusionist Alex Ramon in two performances of "IMpossible," his newest show featuring mind-boggling magic, illusions and mysteries.

October 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin Library presenting day of indie writers

Showcase includes resident and the story of her adventurous aunt
Eve Sprunt of Dublin, a member of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch, will be participating in her city's second annual Indie Author Day Celebration being held from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Dublin Public Library.

October 6, 2019 | No comments yet
ArtWalk in downtown Livermore next weekend

Event celebrates how arts bring community together
Livermore is holding its 18th annual ArtWalk turning downtown into an art district from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 12).

October 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Swearing off profanity

I don't advocate omitting profanity from our vocabulary. But I do think it's worth being mindful of how often we use "bad words" and what it says about our ability to take a breath, slow down, and teach our children to do the same.

October 7, 2019 | 2 comments
News Digest: Zone 7 open house, State of the District & A pirate haunting

Tri-Valley residents can learn about the journey that water takes to reach their tap at the Zone 7 Water Agency's first open house next Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 3, 2019 | 1 comment
'Women in Business' luncheon set this month in Pleasanton

City, Chamber event to also present Economic Driver Awards
As part of their collaborative effort to promote local business through innovation and entrepreneurship, the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce are presenting "Women in Business: An Economic Development Luncheon"

October 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Cultural events continue in Livermore

Saturday features Africa, Sunday the Philippines
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center continues its seven free community events this weekend, honoring Africa on Saturday and the Philippines on Sunday, at the Bankhead Theater Plaza.

October 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Owner wants to replace old Denny's with multi-tenant building

City Council due to review project soon after Planning Commission endorses
The owner of the Owens Drive property where the former Denny's restaurant building has sat vacant for years is proposing to redevelop the site with a larger commercial building to accommodate multiple tenants.

October 2, 2019 | 14 comments
Meet candidates for Dublin school board special election

Foothill VP Norrington, parent-volunteer Kuo facing off for Trustee Area 3 seat
A section of Dublin voters will choose between an active parent volunteer and an experienced educator when they pick the new Dublin Unified School District Area 3 trustee Nov. 5.

October 2, 2019 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Police Chief Spiller announces retirement

After 8+ years leading Pleasanton PD, Spiller stepping away next month
Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from the department next month after more than eight years at the helm.

October 1, 2019 | 7 comments
Two restaurants in Pleasanton Hotel abruptly close

Less than a year in, Clubhouse and Lily's cease operation earlier this week
The Clubhouse and Lily's Spirited Dining restaurants inside the Pleasanton Hotel both shuttered their doors without warning this week, less than a year after opening for business along Main Street.

October 1, 2019 | 66 comments
Stanford-ValleyCare recognized as primary stroke center

Hospital can now accept ambulances transporting stroke patients
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to provide the best care possible for patients suffering from strokes, receiving certification as a primary stroke center.

October 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football dominates Dougherty, Amador due back after bye

Also: Highlights from cross-country, volleyball, water polo
The Foothill football team kept its strong season intact, beating Dougherty Valley 55-0 last Friday, while Amador was on the bye. Plus, check out cross-country, volleyball and water polo highlights.

October 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin man, Daly City woman found fatally shot inside car that crashed into home

Incident reported in East Oakland over the weekend
A Dublin man and a Daly City woman were found fatally shot inside a car that crashed into a home in East Oakland on Saturday morning, police said.

September 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: O'Brien reflects on career arc that led him to Vintage Hills

New principal ditched Hollywood for classroom more than 20 years ago -- and has loved every moment of it
Years before taking over as the new principal at Vintage Hills Elementary School, longtime Pleasanton educator Mike O'Brien was on a different path -- a red carpet, more appropriately.

October 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton council to debate subdividing Old Stanley site for three new houses

Also: Analyzing city's energy-efficiency, raises for city management and Bullying Prevention Month
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider a homeowner's request to demolish their single-story house on Old Stanley Boulevard and subdivide the parcel for three larger houses on Tuesday night.

September 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: Jail inmate accused of brutally beating fellow inmate

Man loses right eye in unprovoked attack, ACSO says
An inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has been charged with felony mayhem and assault for allegedly beating a fellow inmate so brutally last month that the victim lost his right eye, according to court records.

September 29, 2019 | No comments yet
State Legislature passes bill inspired by Dublin jail inmate who died after late-night release

Woman died of drug overdose hours after 1:30 a.m. release
The California Legislature has approved a bill authored by State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that's designed to end what she says is the dangerous practice of county jails releasing people in the middle of the night.

October 1, 2019 | 7 comments
Family of man who died after incident at Santa Rita Jail files civil rights claim

Case of inmate's death led to jail lieutenant being placed on leave
The family of a 20-year-old man who died in June after he was arrested in Fremont and taken to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin filed a civil rights claim last month against Fremont police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: Bay Area home sales slip to nine-year low

Home sales in the Bay Area hit a nine-year low during the month of August, according to new data released last week by financial services firm CoreLogic.

September 30, 2019 | No comments yet
BART board adopts swing-style fare gates as preferred design

$150M replacement project aims to curtail fare evasion
The BART Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt swing-style barrier gates as the transit system's preferred design for new fare gates to replace their traditional wedge-shaped orange gates.

September 27, 2019 | 5 comments
Livermore: Author of 'Elderhood' to speak

Old age is a time rich in satisfying experiences, she says
Aronson says the final stage, which begins at age 60, now frequently lasts up to 40 years, and medical delivery for this stage needs to be reworked.

September 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Creating living soil: Garden club talk on sustainable soil health

Session set for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Alisal Elementary
The Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club is inviting everyone who loves gardening and wants to improve their soil through environmentally sound gardening practices to the next meeting.

October 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Food waste: A growing problem

Eden Garden shares lessons about wasting less food
Eden Garden, a half-acre organic garden where produce is grown for food banks, recently held an open house on its property at Crosswinds Church in Livermore to share lessons about how to stop food waste.

September 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Air show next weekend in Livermore

Day of family fun will include performances and flybys
The 23rd annual Livermore Airport Open House and Air Show will offer a day of fun for the family with a display of military, classic, homebuilt and aerobatic aircraft, vintage cars, music and local vendors on Oct. 5.

September 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: No decision is permanent with downtown Pleasanton

Resident reflects on city's Downtown Specific Plan update process
Pleasanton's downtown has a strong sense of historic preservation and distinctive architecture that makes our town unique. However, this core foundation has been weakened, as a result of the new Downtown Specific Plan.

September 30, 2019 | 6 comments
Around Pleasanton: Towne Center Books expanding into Livermore

The Livermore store only had "soft" opening last weekend. A grander opening and ribbon-cutting will be held later in October, according to Judy Wheeler, who also operates the original store in downtown Pleasanton.

September 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Time to IGNITE! Art meets innovation to light up the night in Pleasanton

Third annual festival returns to downtown on Oct. 5
Downtown Pleasanton will light up next Saturday evening with IGNITE!, the third annual extravaganza where art meets innovation.

September 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Quilt of Valor for Roger Schmidt

Karin Linforth of the Quilts of Valor Organization made a presentation Sept. 7 to Roger Schmidt of the Pleasanton American Legion Post No. 237, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 23 years.

September 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton ready for Walk to School Month

Schools' special events start next week
Public agencies in Pleasanton are partnering to present "Walk to School" events on Wednesdays throughout October in recognition of Walk to School Month.

September 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Announcing 2019 Tri-Valley Heroes

RSVP now for eighth annual awards ceremony, set for Oct. 21
The Tri-Valley Heroes panel of judges has selected the recipients for the 2019 awards, which are bestowed on residents and organizations who are making contributions to better our communities and their residents.

September 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Sing! Sing! Sing! Cantabella Children's Chorus helps youth find their voice

County honoring music educator Bee Chow for founding Tri-Valley program
Piano and voice teacher Bee Chow is being honored next Tuesday with a 2019 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award for founding the Cantabella Children's Chorus in 1992.

September 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Race to succeed Alameda County Supervisor Haggerty starting to heat up

Four candidates so far vying to win District 1 seat on county board
The race to replace retiring Tri-Valley Supervisor Scott Haggerty on the Board of Supervisors is beginning to take shape. Four people with a variety of elected office experience have already announced intent to run for District 1.

September 25, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: PPIE gala, Children's Pow Wow & School pool problems

Also: Visit Pleasanton mosque, Record-setting run on 'Ninja' & Junk and quilts at fairgrounds
Indulge in a decadent evening of Old Hollywood glamour at the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation's 15th annual Fall Gala on Oct. 11.

September 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Kaiser Permanente reaches tentative agreement with unions

Aiming to avert mass strike, four-year contract calls for 3% raises each year for California workers
A settlement has been reached between the Oakland-based health care provider Kaiser Permanente and a coalition of unions representing more than 80,000 Kaiser workers, the union and company both announced Wednesday.

September 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Fleeing suspect eludes Pleasanton police near Valley Trails

PPD: Wanted man in stolen vehicle spotted by officers in town, ditches car and escapes on foot
A man with outstanding felony warrants who was spotted in a stolen vehicle in Pleasanton evaded police near the Valley Trails neighborhood on Wednesday, according to Pleasanton PD.

September 25, 2019 | 36 comments
PUSD survey finds support for new bond measure 'hovers' at 55% among voters

Also: Cost increase for Foothill and Amador portables, science labs
Results from a recent survey gauging local voters about a potential new $150 million bond measure were presented at the Pleasanton school board meeting Tuesday.

September 25, 2019 | 13 comments
Bayou blues at the Firehouse

Marc Broussard will present "Soulful Bayou Blues" at 8 p.m. this Saturday night at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

September 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Nguyen takes reins at Pleasanton Middle School

New principal reflects on finding opportunity through education
Pleasanton Middle School's new principal Joe Nguyen said in a recent interview with the Weekly that "education is a family business" and was always at the forefront while growing up in the East Bay.

September 27, 2019 | 13 comments
San Ramon: Sunset Development proposes 4,500 housing units in Bishop Ranch

Public invited to open house to learn about project Sept. 26
Bishop Ranch officials have announced an ambitious plan to develop 4,500 multi-family housing units covering approximately 135 acres in the heart of the San Ramon business park.

September 24, 2019 | No comments yet
New faces at Pleasanton PD

Department welcomes four employees, plus promotes next sergeant
The Pleasanton Police Department held a special badge-pinning ceremony last week in honor of three new police officers, the department's new community service officer and the newest sergeant.

September 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball makes run in East County Tournament

Also: Strong start to water polo league play for Falcons despite pool issues
The Foothill varsity boys water polo team is currently 2-0 in EBAL play and 6-3 overall, despite having limited practice space for several weeks due to the breakdown of a pump at the school's pool.

September 24, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD: Board to review polling results on potential new bond measure

Also: Trustees will consider cost increases for new portables, science labs at Amador and Foothill
Results from a recent survey gauging local voters about a potential new $120 million bond measure is set to be presented at the Pleasanton school board meeting on Tuesday.

September 23, 2019 | 24 comments
Pleasanton PD officer receives Bronze Star for response in bank robbery with gunfire

Police also confirm arrests made, but specifics withheld as investigation still ongoing into February case
Pleasanton police Officer Brad Middleton was recently awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism from the department for his actions in the face of gunfire while responding to an armed robbery at a Hacienda bank last winter.

September 23, 2019 | 2 comments
BART board approves purchase of new headquarters

Officials say building’s $227M pricetag will save agency nearly same amount over 25-year period
The BART board recently approved moving the transit agency's headquarters to another building in Oakland because the cost of leasing the current space is increasing and BART will save money in the long run by buying a building.

September 23, 2019 | 6 comments
Police: Registered sex offender arrested after incident with girl at Pleasanton park

Allegedly convinced girl to leave with him, give cell number; no assault reported
A man registered as a sex offender with ties to Dublin was arrested on Saturday after an incident involving a girl at a local park two days earlier, according to Pleasanton police.

September 22, 2019 | 20 comments
Pleasanton: Therapists at Kaiser facility stage one-day strike

In other union dispute, Kaiser service workers promise 7-day strike nationwide in October
Mental health therapists at Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton staged a one-day strike on Tuesday, saying they are fighting for better patient care and better pay in order to retain employees.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Field of contenders for Las Positas College president narrowed to five finalists

Open forum Wednesday will give public chance to question top candidates
The pool of contenders looking to be the next Las Positas College president has narrowed to the top five contenders from around the state. The finalists will answer questions at an open forum at the college on Wednesday.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin city manager set to retire; top assistant picked as successor

Linda Smith poised to become fourth city manager in city history, pending successful contract talks
Dublin City Manager Chris Foss is retiring after 5-1/2 years as Dublin's top city administrator, and the City Council has selected assistant city manager Linda Smith as his successor.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Niles Canyon Railway offers trip back to region's train roots

Nonprofit volunteers, local dignitaries celebrate 150th anniversary of Transcontinental Railroad
All aboard! The Niles Canyon Railway gives Bay Area residents and visitors an opportunity to experience history first-hand just minutes south of Pleasanton on weekends throughout the year.

September 19, 2019 | 1 comment
'Convergences: Science, Technology & Art'

Harrington Gallery opens exhibit of artistic visions Sept. 28
The Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center is hosting a major installation titled "Convergences: Science, Technology, and Art" from Sept. 28 through Oct. 26.

September 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Livermore: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' opens next week

Opera transports audiences to courtly 19th century Russia
Tchaikovsky wrote opera? Yes, he did, and Livermore Valley Opera presents his most famous Russian opera, "Eugene Onegin," at the Bankhead Theater from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6.

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library programs popping up all over town

New locations help everyone to 'Discover, Connect, Share'
Pleasanton's popular library is taking yet more steps to help the community "Discover, Connect and Share."

September 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD teams earn softball bronze medals

Regional competition held in Walnut Creek
Pleasanton RADD athletes recently took home bronze medals from the Special Olympics 2019 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition.

September 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Olé! Family Day in downtown Pleasanton to celebrate Mexico

Museum on Main joins with sister-city group for fiesta
Piñatas, Mexican dances, paper flowers and more. Come to the front lawn of Museum on Main from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 28) as it celebrates community with the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association.

September 22, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Night Market back, Tango del Cielo at Firehouse & One last slide at Mission Hills

Also: Beer, Brats & Bingo at vets hall, Downtown Livermore fire and 'Where Art & Nature Meet' in Bankhead Gallery
The NorCal Night Market is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the third time this year, with the popular event inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia open in Pleasanton from Friday through Sunday.

September 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Concussions and youth

Stay current on traumatic brain injury for children and teens
Whether it occurs when a child falls on the playground unexpectedly or when the ball hits a player's head, the injury can be significant. Unlike medical professionals, athletic trainers and parents are really the first responders.

September 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council approves permit for new ax-throwing lounge

Also: City joining East Bay Community Energy, speed limit drop on Independence Drive
Pleasanton is poised to become home to the Tri-Valley's first ax-throwing lounge in the coming months after the City Council confirmed a conditional use permit for the new recreational game and bar venue to open in Valley Plaza.

September 18, 2019 | 10 comments
Suspect surrenders to Pleasanton PD after holing up for nearly a day

A 45-year-old man suspected of domestic violence was arrested without incident after holing up for nearly 20 hours in an apartment just blocks away from police headquarters earlier this week.

September 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area bill reaches governor's desk

AB 1086 would let state sell part of 3,100-acre Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area outside Livermore
A large swath of East Bay open space is one step closer to potential preservation after a bill from the Tri-Valley's state legislators was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk last Friday.

September 17, 2019 | 15 comments
Vintage Hills: Brazen burglary caught on camera leaves neighbors on edge

Police have been searching for pair of masked criminals since last Wednesday
Pleasanton police are following up on leads after a pair of masked criminals kicked in the front door of a local family's Vintage Hills home during an early morning break-in last week.

September 17, 2019 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill forgoes freshman football season due to low participation

Also: Up-and-down week for both varsity volleyball teams
In what may turn out to be a very realistic preview of what the future holds, Foothill High School has dropped its freshman football team due to a lack of players.

September 17, 2019 | 37 comments
Dublin High School unveils new Wellness Center for students

First-of-its-kind facility offers mental health counseling, adulting 101 classes and more
A new Wellness Center that opened at Dublin High School last week gives students a place that they can turn to on campus when life becomes overwhelming, whether in or outside of the classroom.

September 16, 2019 | 4 comments
Pleasanton council set for hearing on ax lounge permit

Joining East Bay Community Energy, closed-session negotiations also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is scheduled to host a public hearing Tuesday night on an ax-throwing lounge proposed to move in to a shopping center along Santa Rita Road.

September 16, 2019 | 5 comments
Jack-knifed big-rig snarls morning commute through Pleasanton

All lanes of northbound Interstate 680 have reopened near Fremont after a collision between two big-rigs Monday morning led to a fuel leak of more than 3,800 gallons of gasoline.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Popular Foothill High track coach becomes U.S. citizen after 16 years

Quero officially sworn in during special naturalization ceremony in his honor
A popular track coach at Foothill High School received a warm “welcome home" from the Pleasanton community when he was sworn in as a full-fledged U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony on campus Thursday.

September 15, 2019 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Library needs 'ambassadors' to visit schools

Training starts Tuesday for Booklegger program
The Pleasanton library is starting its annual Booklegger training series this Tuesday (Sept. 17) for those who wish to join the popular program to promote reading for fun and lifelong library use.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Decade later, South Korea man pleads guilty for role in $60M scam

Co-conspirator from Blackhawk convicted in 2010 for 'classic Ponzi scheme'
A South Korean citizen who was extradited 10 years after being charged in a $60 million investment fraud based in Pleasanton is due to be sentenced in federal court in Oakland Nov. 19 for his role in the scam.

September 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: A more inclusive cafeteria

Residents, district staff work to make schools food allergy friendly
The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a longtime staple of lunch for the American elementary school student. But what has been a tasty school snack for one student can mean a death sentence for another.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Drivers For Survivors

Nonprofit gives cancer patients rides to treatments -- and companionship
No cancer patient should have to worry about a ride to chemotherapy, believes Sherry Higgs, founder and executive director of Drivers For Survivors.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
New chapter for Stanford-ValleyCare's Urgent Care

Scout leads project to provide books for children, teens
Young patients at Stanford Health Care-Valley Care's Urgent Care may find their visits a little less stressful, thanks to Blake Kenney's Eagle Scout project.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Pace for Peace through wine country

Tri-Valley Haven fundraiser is fun outing for all
Join Pace for Peace on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a 5K/10K walk or run through the scenic Livermore Valley wine country to benefit Tri-Valley Haven.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton church honors first responders

Lighthouse Baptist Church in downtown Pleasanton held its annual First Responder Sunday on Aug. 18.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering my friend, Independent editor Janet Armantrout

A graveside service was held Aug. 31 in Corvallis, Ore., for my longtime professional journalism colleague Janet Armantrout, who died the week before at her home in Livermore. She was 77.

September 12, 2019 | 3 comments
Dublin historian to speak at Museum on Main

Talk will address: Just how did the town get its name?
Museum on Main in downtown Pleasanton is hosting Dublin historian Steve Minniear in a discussion about his newest book, "Dublin, California: A Brief History," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
What a save in Pleasanton Rage game

Goalie Katie Guerra lays out for a diving save to help preserve the shutout in what would become a 5-0 victory for Pleasanton Rage 05 ECNL over San Jose Earthquakes NPL last Sunday.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Everyone invited to interfaith picnic in Pleasanton

Barbecue/potluck to recognize International Peace Day
Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley will hold its seventh annual potluck picnic in recognition of International Peace Day, from 4-7 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 21).

September 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton: 'Red, White and You Gala' to benefit troops

Funds to pay for Pleasanton Military Families care packages
Dine and dance the night away with Pleasanton Military Families at this year's "Red, White and You Gala: An Evening Under the Stars," being held next Saturday (Sept. 21) at Barone's Restaurant.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Meet PUSD leaders, Tour Senior Center & Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll

Also: Women's right to vote, Forkful this weekend & Taste of Downtown Livermore
The Pleasanton Unified School District is hosting its first community meeting of the 2019-20 school year next Thursday (Sept. 19) at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Walnut Grove Elementary School, 1999 Harvest Road.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Lazarex gives cancer patients options

Danville foundation helps cancer patients find and pay for clinical trials
Founded in 2006, Lazarex helps cancer patients and their families by informing them about potential clinical trials that can benefit not only them but the scientific community, and helping patients financially.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
A&E weekend: Tribute to the Eagles at Firehouse, Big band magic at Bankhead

Also: Lunafest to feature women's films
This weekend Midnight Flyer appears at the Firehouse Arts Center to play tribute to the iconic American rock band, the Eagles.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Commission supports new houses on Stanley, redesign of 7-Eleven/Shell on Hopyard

Projects advanced to City Council with approval recommendation
The Pleasanton Planning Commission recently gave its endorsement to a pair of small-scale development projects that are due to head to the City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.

September 11, 2019 | 13 comments
PUSD: Students in intervention summer program see marked growth, improvement

Board also unanimously adopts PUSD 2018-19 unaudited actuals budget
Progress and updates from Pleasanton Unified School District's summer school programs were reviewed by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore voters to decide fate of city's attempted ban on flavored tobacco

Council schedules referendum for special election March 3
The Livermore City Council on Monday reluctantly certified the validity of the flavored tobacco ban referendum petition the sale of flavored tobacco and agreed to put the issue to a citywide vote on a special ballot in March.

September 10, 2019 | 4 comments
Police: Teens arrested in string of smash-and-grabs from Pleasanton cars

Three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of smashing the windows of at least a dozen cars and stealing items from inside around the same neighborhood just outside downtown Pleasanton last week, according to police.

September 10, 2019 | 44 comments
Amador alumnus rises to RoboSub semifinals in San Diego

Long-running robotics event put autonomous underwater vehicles through a gauntlet of challenges
Spending all summer in a pool doesn't sound like hard work but a Pleasanton native who helped design, build and program an underwater robot for a recent robotics competition proved otherwise.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Strong start to season for Foothill water polo

Also: Results for volleyball, tennis, cross-country and football
The Foothill Falcons varsity boys water polo team started the season off with a bang, beating Heritage at home 16-7 on Aug. 29 and then defeating Livermore 15-8 on Sept. 5.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
PPD: Girl on bicycle approached by prowler over the weekend

Suspect still at-large after incident near Vintage Hills
A driver followed an 11-year-old girl riding her bicycle and tried to lure her into his car near the Vintage Hills neighborhood midday on Saturday, according to Pleasanton police.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers sought for Tri-Valley cities

Nearly 43,000 lbs of garbage fished out of local waterways since 2017
Tri-Valley communities are seeking volunteers for the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day next Saturday (Sept. 21), the largest statewide effort to preserve coastlines and clean up local creeks.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD summer intervention programs under review this week

Board of Trustees will also hear update on annual district budget
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is set to hear updates on the district's recent summer school programs and unaudited financial statements at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

September 9, 2019 | 6 comments
Remembering longtime Pleasanton PD volunteer Annette Langer

'A beloved member, a dear friend and the kindest soul anyone could want to know,' chief says
The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of longtime police department volunteer and local author Annette Langer, who died in her home unexpectedly Sept. 3.

September 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Livermore CEO, Pleasanton doctor among those charged in alleged kickback scheme

Feds: Illicit home health referrals netted $115M in Medicare payments
Federal prosecutors in San Francisco on Thursday announced criminal charges against 28 people, including 13 doctors and a Livermore woman who led two home health care companies, in an alleged kickback scheme.

September 6, 2019 | 3 comments
Steinle defendant has state gun conviction thrown out, still faces federal charges

Appellate court: SF judge failed to instruct jurors on 'momentary possession'
An undocumented Mexican immigrant who held the gun that killed Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on an SF pier four years ago still faces two federal gun charges, though a California appeals court has overturned his state gun conviction.

September 6, 2019 | 11 comments
Former Foothill star, NFL prospect arrested in $1M cellphone robbery ring

DA alleges crime operation targeted delivery drivers in 10 counties
Authorities announced Thursday that 12 people, including a National Football League hopeful from Pleasanton, were charged in a widespread crime ring that targeted UPS and FedEx drivers delivering cellphones.

September 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: A new voice in Sacramento

Assemblywoman reflects on first months in office, goals for year ahead
First-term Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, in an interview ahead of the new floor session, said staying true to her constituents' priorities remains at the forefront of her decision-making in Sacramento.

September 5, 2019 | 16 comments
'Paint Pleasanton 2019' coming up

Art League invites artists to work 'en plein air'
All of Pleasanton will become an art studio Sept. 20-22 when artists armed with paints, acrylics and charcoal set up their easels in front of the city's historic and scenically beautiful sites.

September 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Dublin ending summer with 8th Splatter festival

Family-friendly event celebrates food, wine, art, music
Dublin is hosting Splatter, its end-of-summer festival, from noon to 8:30 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 14) for the eighth year at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Historic cross-country convoy coming through Livermore

This year's convoy, which will honor veterans across the country, will be in Livermore between 8 and 9 a.m., passing in front of the Duarte Garage and Lincoln Highway Museum on Portola Avenue.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Constitution Week in Pleasanton

The Jose Maria Amador-Pleasanton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a poster contest for Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, as well as setting up library displays in Pleasanton.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: History to come alive at Alviso Adobe

Fall Festival welcomes everyone to explore the past
Pleasanton's Alviso Adobe Community Park is hosting its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21, with hands-on activities, presentations and interactive demonstrations for all ages.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Swalwell holds town hall at Dougherty Valley High

Fourth-term congressman answers residents questions, talks current affairs
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) held a town hall meeting at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon on Aug. 21, where he answered questions presented by his District 15 constituents.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Proposed Hidden Canyon development, ACE Saturday service & Taste of Pleasanton

Livermore downtown referendum filed, VA mobile outreach & Time capsule
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is scheduled to hold an initial public workshop, an EIR scoping session, for the housing project on the Lester property on the edge of the city off Dublin Canyon Road next week.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit set next month in Pleasanton

'Companies here thrive financially and attract top talent as employees seek a higher quality of life away from Silicon Valley'
The Tri-Valley's flourishing life sciences companies will be the focus of the second annual Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit on Oct. 2 at Veeva Systems, 4280 Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton.

September 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Council delays environmental consultant contract for mall apartments project

City staff urges modifications to Simon's plans for 486 units at Stoneridge
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday held off on hiring an environmental consultant to review the proposal from Simon Property Group to build nearly 500 apartments and other amenities on land the company owns at the Stoneridge Mall.

September 4, 2019 | 44 comments
Five-year-old boy squeezes through Lydiksen fence during school

PUSD: Student did not leave campus; staff addresses gate problem
Lydiksen Elementary School is reviewing safety measures after a 5-year-old boy was able to slip through a chain-locked fence at the campus last week.

September 3, 2019 | 29 comments
Pleasanton: Kitten yoga, then adoptions

Lace is one of the kittens ready to join humans in doing the downward dog as Valley Humane Society partners with Stoneridge Shopping Center and Fabletics to present a kitten yoga class and pet adoption event this Sunday.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Alameda County Transportation Commission CEO Dao set to retire

Longtime leader leaving in December; search for successor underway
After more than three decades of public service and leadership, CEO/Executive Director Arthur Dao announced last week that he will retire at the end of the year from the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

September 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football wins first game on new field

Also: Local swimmer Heckman stars at nationals
The Foothill High football team finally got on its home field last Friday night, and the Falcons made the most of it, blasting Heritage 34-13 to move to 1-1 on the season.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Developer proposes 486 apartments at Stoneridge Mall property

Council considering EIR consultant for project; massage, downtown ordinances, Muslim Awareness Month also on agenda
Simon Property Group, owner of the majority of Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton, has filed an application to build nearly 500 apartments and associated amenities on a southeast portion of the mall site.

September 2, 2019 | 34 comments
Report: Bay Area home prices fall on year-over-year basis for third month

Bay Area median homes prices fell on a year-over-year basis for the third month in a row in July, according to research firm CoreLogic.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Flavored tobacco ban referendum on Livermore council agenda

Parents vow to fight attempt to overturn city ordinance at the polls
A referendum challenging Livermore's recent ban on the sale of flavored tobacco within the city limits is on the City Council's Sept. 9 meeting agenda.

September 1, 2019 | 4 comments
Livermore Lab welcomes Tri-Valley students to the machine

High-schoolers get introduction to manufacturing during free summer workshop
A group of Bay Area students buckled down over their summer break and partook in a three-day manufacturing workshop at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where they got a hands-on lesson in the world of manufacturing.

September 2, 2019 | 1 comment
New playground at Gingerbread Preschool

Gingerbread Preschool students, staff and supporters joined the Pleasanton City Council last week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Gingerbread's new play structure, donated by the Friends of Gingerbread.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Forkful downtown next month & Foothill VP running for Dublin school board

Also: Concussion lecture at the Bankhead & New gig for Catharine Baker
The PDA is presenting its third annual Forkful event, a comprehensive culinary tour of downtown restaurants and dessert spots, on the evening of Sept. 14.

August 29, 2019 | 6 comments
CityServe of the Tri-Valley names new CEO

Beitsch-Bahmani coming to Tri-Valley from Fremont-based nonprofit
CityServe of the Tri-Valley officials recently announced the hiring of Christine Beitsch-Bahmani as the local nonprofit's new CEO.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Blackman sworn in to Dublin school board

New Trustee Gabrielle Blackman officially joined the Dublin Unified School District's Board of Trustees after taking the oath of office during a brief ceremony Aug. 20.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club turning 35

Celebration to feature special gardening moments from past
Join members of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club as they take a walk down memory lane to celebrate their 35th anniversary.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
'Inspiration' exhibit at Blackhawk

"Black Walnut Turned Wood" by guest artist Jacques Blumer will be on display along with works by 38 members of the Alamo Danville Artists' Society at their new exhibit, "Inspiration," at Blackhawk Gallery, running Sept. 13 to Nov. 17.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Bankhead Theater, something for everyone

New season opens Sept. 7 with brilliant gala and concert
Cue the acrobats, the tenors and the comedians. The 2019-20 season at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore has something for everyone.

August 29, 2019 | 3 comments
Sitting down with the superintendent

Haglund reflects on PUSD projects, priorities for new school year and beyond
Superintendent David Haglund has juggled a number of changes so far at Pleasanton Unified School District in 2019 but is keeping one goal in focus for the new school year: simplify and improve what's already there.

August 29, 2019 | 18 comments
PPD: Suspicious suitcase secured along Hopyard Road

An abandoned suitcase emitting a strange sound along Hopyard Road in Pleasanton prompted a call to the bomb squad before the incident was rendered secure on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation ready for Party Palooza

'Sip, Shop, Golf, Paint, Eat and Drink' to support cancer patients
The stage is set for the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation's 11th annual Party Palooza fundraising drive of special events from now through December to support grants for Tri-Valley residents.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: City unions join in benefit to help cancer-stricken colleagues

Members of Pleasanton's police, firefighter and city employee unions joined together last Saturday for a fundraising barbecue benefit in support of two colleagues battling cancer.

August 28, 2019 | 1 comment
The Groove Doctors playing final Concert in the Park of summer on Friday

Another summer of Concerts in the Park will come to an end this Friday evening as The Groove Doctors take to the stage for the final show of the season.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Looking back on lively Pleasanton downtown debate

City Council poised for final adoption of DSP ordinances next week
Pleasanton's Downtown Specific Plan update cycle is coming to an end after more than two years of public debate that culminated in a lengthy public hearing last week in front of the City Council.

August 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Youth-driven, anti-vaping campaign backed by Pleasanton school board

Also: Private tutoring policy, Measure I1 bond sales, district energy audit
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday night that aims to snuff out flavored tobacco and e-cigarette use among students.

August 28, 2019 | 4 comments
Zone 7 board discusses Chain of Lakes mining expansion

Company offers water infrastructure, trail in plans asking for deeper mining
A recent presentation at the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors gave those who missed the deadline for the environmental review public comment period another chance to share their feedback on the Chain of Lakes mining project.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore downtown initiative set for November 2020 ballot; referendum looms

City Council hosts spirited debate as petitioners' actions take center stage
Voters in Livermore are poised to settle the debate over their city's Downtown Specific Plan in November 2020, after the City Council opted to place an initiative measure proposing an alternative redevelopment concept on the ballot.

August 27, 2019 | 6 comments
Livermore: Pedestrian fatality prompts call for safety improvements

Supporters speak to City Council, pursue petition on changes to East Avenue
The death of a Livermore woman killed trying to cross a street earlier this month has prompted family, friends and even total strangers to push city leaders to improve safety conditions along the notorious stretch of East Avenue.

August 27, 2019 | 8 comments
Pleasanton youth take aim at snuffing out teen vaping, tobacco use

Also: District issues $90M in Measure I1 bonds; Go Green recommendations
Pleasanton youth will ask for support of a resolution that discourages students from smoking at the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night.

August 26, 2019 | 13 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador football opens with strong win at Antioch

Tough loss for Foothill, but plenty to build upon for season ahead
The Dons opened the season last Friday with a 30-22 win over an always-strong Antioch program on the road. Next up is a tough Milpitas team and then the Dons close the non-league campaign with a game against traditional power Campo.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games back in Pleasanton for Labor Day weekend

Kilts, bagpipes, Heavy Event Championships, whisky tastings and more
Everything Scottish will be celebrated at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day weekend, but the weekend is not just for Scots, said Floyd Busby, spokesman for the Caledonian Club of San Francisco.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Firefighters contain fire outside Livermore house

Fire crews have contained a fire outside of a home in Livermore on Monday morning, according to fire officials.

August 26, 2019 | 2 comments
BART board to take up proposed anti-panhandling law

Director Allen targets solicitation as nuisance; ACLU argues free speech
BART will debate whether to ban panhandling in its stations and on its trains by the end of October.

September 1, 2019 | 4 comments
DA: Study says many guns used in Alameda County crimes aren’t registered

Only half of the guns used to commit crimes in Alameda County last year were registered in California and less than 10% were registered to the person who committed the crime, according to a new study released by DA Nancy O'Malley.

August 29, 2019 | 81 comments
One-cent regional sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

BART board hears report from advocacy groups on proposal
Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

August 25, 2019 | 10 comments
Pleasanton: City manager receives 12% raise, city attorney gets 8%

Council: Increases overdue, both men remain below Tri-Valley average
City Manager Nelson Fialho earned a 12% salary increase and city attorney Daniel Sodergren an 8% raise on Tuesday, with the council citing glowing performance reviews and a need to bring both employees' pay closer to market averages.

August 22, 2019 | 17 comments
Firehouse Arts Center kicking off 10th season in downtown Pleasanton

Lineup features tried and true favorites as well as new experiences
The Firehouse Arts Center is launching its Season 10 -- a lively combination of old favorites, new experiences, musicals and Pleasanton's own teen improv troupe.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley teen musician returns from European tour

Flutist is recipient of Pedrozzi Foundation scholarship
Livermore flutist David Davisson recently returned from a European tour with six other members of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

August 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Valley Concert Chorale announces 2019-20 season

'Celebrate the Splendors of Choral Beauty'
The Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley's premier chorus for 50 years, has announced its 2019-20 concert season, "Celebrate the Splendors of Choral Beauty," with three concert sets and the annual Sing-It-Yourself "Messiah."

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore Shakes has new venue for summer 2020

Bard changing vineyards after five years of Shakespeare-in-the-round at Wente
Livermore Shakespeare Festival is leaving Wente Vineyards after five years of performing Shakespeare-in-the-round outdoors at the winery.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
30 wineries join Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration

Labor Day weekend event in its 38th year
The Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration once more is set for Labor Day weekend, with 30 wineries participating, from noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday (Sept. 1).

August 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Around Pleasanton: Making the impossible possible with traffic

With the 2020s just four months away, Pleasanton city traffic leader Mike Tassano sees the coming decade much better for commuters and a relief for clogged roads around the city.

August 25, 2019 | 23 comments
News Digest: Livermore tobacco referendum clears hurdle, Friends of Pleasanton Library sale & Soccer parade downtown

Also: Open Heart Kitchen fundraiser, City commission openings, Harassment training & LAVTA award
County election officials have confirmed enough signatures were collected on the JUUL-backed referendum petition seeking to overturn Livermore's new city ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Downtown: Tickets on sale for popular Ghost Walk

Spirits of Pleasanton's past come alive at Museum on Main event
Ghost Walk -- the spooky jaunt down Main Street with guides to point out haunted sites -- has opened this year's ticket sales for the event that takes place right before Halloween.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Vice mayor calls for council review of ax-throwing lounge permit

Limitless Axes & Ales aims to open in Valley Plaza by end of year
The City Council will decide the fate of a proposed ax-throwing lounge after Vice Mayor Karla Brown called for a full council review of the Planning Commission's permit approval for the new recreational game venue and bar venue.

August 21, 2019 | 60 comments
Plane crashes after taking off from Livermore Municipal Airport

Pilot was sole person onboard during crash; condition unknown
A single-engine Cessna 120 crashed late Wednesday morning after taking off from Livermore Municipal Airport, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council endorses Downtown Specific Plan updates

Impassioned debate caps public hearing cycle; final ordinance adoption due next month
The City Council has signed off on updates to the Downtown Specific Plan and associated policy documents with city regulations and objectives for the business district and surrounding neighborhoods for now and into the future.

August 21, 2019 | 12 comments
Redfin reopens Tri-Valley offices after gun threat

Ex-employee's 'concerning remarks' shut down four Bay Area office
Real estate and brokerage company Redfin reopened their Dublin and Pleasanton offices last week, after an former employee made “concerning comments" about shooting other workers earlier this month.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ranked as 10th safest city in California to raise a child, 30th best in U.S.

Quality schools, high median income contribute to designation as a safe community for families
Achieving national recognition as one of the safest communities in the country, Pleasanton has been ranked as the 10th safest city in California to raise a child and the 30th in the U.S., in a study conducted by Safewise.

August 20, 2019 | 10 comments
Pleasanton Preps: GASIT golf funds support Matthew Yount Memorial Scholarship

Also: Football season starts Friday with Amador-Antioch, Foothill-San Leandro
Ultimately it was an easy decision as our group decided to present $25,000 to the Matthew Yount Memorial Scholarship.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council set for Downtown Specific Plan debate

12% raise proposed for city manager, PPIE 'Pillars' presentation also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is ready for what could be its last comprehensive public discussion on proposed updates to the city's Downtown Specific Plan on Tuesday night.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Amador Valley environmental club wins statewide recycling award

Students helped lead waste audit of all 15 PUSD campuses earlier this year
Budding environmentalists from the Amador Valley High School Local Leaders of the 21st Century Club were recently recognized for their good green deeds by receiving the prestigious Next Generation Recycler Award.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Watchdog group endorses spending of county Measures B/BB funds

I-680 express lanes, Highway 84 expansion among projects supported
The ACTC received a clean bill of health this month in an annual third-party audit that examined management of Measure B and Measure BB transportation sales tax funds during the fiscal year 2017-18.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Vaping sting: PPD cites retailers for selling tobacco products to underage decoy

Police hope four businesses learn lesson, retrain staff to avoid repeat offenses
Pleasanton police issued citations to four local businesses for allegedly selling vaping tobacco products to an underage decoy during a special enforcement operation that tested all licensed tobacco retailers in the city.

August 19, 2019 | 17 comments
Letter: What you don't read in Livermore's Independent

"Unfortunately, when you read The Independent, you get a very opinionated, biased and one-sided picture of the downtown development issues."

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Debunking the Central Park Plan petition in Livermore

Concerned resident urges petition-signers with second thoughts to pursue formal withdrawal process
Considering the huge need for affordable housing, I feel I must refute the Central Park Plan's recent ad, "Five Reasons to Sign the New Petition!", in order of listing (though not importance).

August 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Ax-throwing lounge approved in Pleasanton

With permit secured, Limitless hopes to open bar/game venue by end of year
The Tri-Valley could see its first ax-throwing lounge opening this winter after the Pleasanton Planning Commission signed off on a use permit for the new recreational game venue on Wednesday night.

August 16, 2019 | 24 comments
PUSD, Amador Valley ranked No. 1 in Alameda County, among state's best

Other Pleasanton schools place high in Niche.com rankings
Niche, known for methodically ranking and reviewing schools and school districts around the country, has issued top honors to Pleasanton Unified School District and several of its campuses.

August 18, 2019 | No comments yet
DSRSD facility passes winter storm testing

Rainfall simulation test ensures district is ready for rain
The Dublin San Ramon Services District Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility passed a recent heavy rainfall simulation test with flying colors, ensuring the site is ready for the rainy season.

August 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Hart's heart: Fast-acting residents aid runner suffering from cardiac arrest in Pleasanton

LPFD holds special ceremony to honor citizen heroes at Shadow Cliffs
While on a run on Stanley Boulevard outside of Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton in June, Albert Hart suffered sudden cardiac arrest just a week before his 28th wedding anniversary.

August 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Revival of Museum on Main

New technology helps bring Pleasanton's past to life
The new permanent exhibit is a collection of three-dimensional objects, images and archives along with several hands-on features. DeMersman had heard many folks say they must visit again -- soon.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Golden Follies: 'Trip the Light Fantastic!'

The Golden Follies return to the Firehouse Arts Center this weekend, with shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, featuring lavishly costumed, talented seniors with fast-tapping rhythms.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: JDEDZ comment deadline, Chain of Lakes mining & Tobacco referendum

Also: Swalwell town hall meeting, Day in the Park & Housing needs survey
Pleasanton city officials released the supplemental environmental analysis for the JDEDZ earlier this summer, and the deadline for public comment to be included in the document is Aug. 23.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Teen's mural 'unzips' arts center identity

Sierra Randel awarded Girl Scout Gold Award for project
Bothwell Arts Center is a beehive of activity, with art and dance classes, workshops, rehearsal space and productions, but on the outside it looked like just another ho-hum industrial building -- 'til Sierra Randel got her hands on it.

August 16, 2019 | 1 comment
High temps cancel PUSD after-school sports and gym classes

District decides to 'err on the side of safety' while heat advisory continues
Scorching summer temps this week have forced some Pleasanton Unified School District campuses to temporarily scale back or cancel gym classes and after-school sports programs.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council poised to debate Downtown Specific Plan next week

Draft could be signed off Tuesday; Testa out for living too close to DSP area
The Pleasanton City Council is set to hold what could be its final debate on proposed updates to the city's Downtown Specific Plan next week.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
PUSD to poll community this month on new bond measure

Board OKs contract to survey residents about proposed $120M facilities bond
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees took the next step toward pursuing a new $120 million school facilities bond measure at their first meeting of the new school year on Tuesday night.

August 14, 2019 | 5 comments
City: Historic downtown Pleasanton home demolished without permit

Officials livid as private project shirks process; work stops as site red-tagged
Pleasanton city leaders are lamenting the loss of a historic home on Second Street, which was allegedly torn down earlier this summer without a proper permit and in violation of city regulations to protect heritage resources.

August 13, 2019 | 63 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football to host home opener at Amador

Crosstown rival steps up in Falcons' hour of need; field renovations on track for Aug. 29 completion
"It really came down to being all about the kids," Amador coach Danny Jones said about Foothill playing at Amador. "We are just happy we were able to help."

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Local Kaiser Permanente workers endorse potential strike

Union, health care firm at odds in stalled bargaining talks
Some local Kaiser Permanente workers could be participating in the largest strike seen in the United States in decades this fall, with Tri-Valley union members among those so far to vote in favor of a strike if bargaining talks fail.

August 14, 2019 | 10 comments
Goodguys returning to fairgrounds next weekend

Pleasanton poised for final car show of summer
Get ready for the sounds of engines roaring and the smell rubber hitting pavement, because the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association is returning to Pleasanton on Aug. 23-25.

August 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Glazer announces re-election bid for State Senate

More than 50 local mayors, council members endorse Orinda Democrat
Giving himself plenty of time to campaign for his re-election, State Senator Steve Glazer announced on Monday that he would be seeking a second full term representing the people of California's 7th Senate District.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
'All hands on deck' for students' return to Amador Valley High

PUSD staff, community volunteers keep traffic running smoothly on first morning of school
On Monday, Pleasanton Unified School District staff and volunteers helped students safely find their way to class at Amador Valley High, where over 400 parking spaces are currently out of commission.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill student's painting 'Prayer' wins Congressional Art Competition

Two Tri-Valley students earn third-place awards in annual contest
The artistic talents of three Tri-Valley high school students were recently honored with top awards from their local congressmen, including first place for Foothill student Jiahua Liang.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin: Sheriff's lieutenant on leave pending probe into jail inmate death

'Concerns about the restraint method that was used'
An Alameda County sheriff's lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave following the death of a Santa Rita Jail inmate in June, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Haubert, Marchand among mayors to call for Senate action on gun safety laws

Coalition letter cites recent mass shootings
Two Tri-Valley mayors were among the more than 20 from the Bay Area and 250 nationwide who have signed a letter addressed to U.S. Senate leaders calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

August 12, 2019 | 68 comments
Response to fires near Sunol snarls morning commute in Pleasanton

Small brush fires quickly contained near I-680/Hwy 84 interchange
ACFD crews contained three separate fires near the junction of Interstate 680 and Highway 84 early Monday morning, but the aftermath of the fire response snarled traffic through Pleasanton during the morning commute.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Los Angeles man killed in crash at I-580/I-680 interchange

CHP: Sedan plowed into back of big-rig late Wednesday night
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the driver killed in a crash at the interchange of interstates 580 and 680 in Pleasanton late Wednesday night as Phillip Joseph Begin III, 46, of Los Angeles.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: School board to talk bond measures

New Harvest Park vice principal, Youth Clipper card program also on tap
The PUSD board's first meeting of the new school year will cover a range of topics including updates on the Measure I1 bond, a possible new bond measure and appointment of a Harvest Park Middle School vice principal.

August 11, 2019 | 6 comments
Group starts new petition to reverse city's plans for downtown Livermore

Opponents now pursing referendum in addition to their initiative on downtown
A local group opposed to a new boutique hotel planned in downtown Livermore are working to reverse the Livermore City Council's recent final approval of the plans and have organized a signature-gathering drive to do so.

August 13, 2019 | 11 comments
Firefighters control 248-acre vegetation fire in southeast Dublin

CalFire says Harte Fire spread at 'moderate to dangerous' pace, threatening two structures
Firefighters from the Alameda County Fire Department and CalFire's Santa Clara Unit successfully battled a vegetation fire on Friday, after the blaze stretched to 248 acres near Camino Loop at Twain Harte in Dublin.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Chabad Center damaged in overnight fire

Building largely intact but significant exterior damage; cause unknown with no sign of arson, per LPFD
The Chabad Center for Jewish Life caught fire overnight but remained largely intact Friday morning, with a quick response from local firefighters limiting the most significant damage to the exterior and roof of the synagogue.

August 9, 2019 | 12 comments
Seniors Series: Pleasanton Senior Center snapshot

Local seniors stay active with bocce, dominoes, theater, woodworking, yoga and more
The Pleasanton Senior Center is a place where older residents of all ages can gather to socialize, take classes, stay active and play games.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: County combats 'silent epidemic' of elder financial abuse

Social Services Agency launches 'Don't Worry Mom' ad campaign
The Alameda County Social Services Agency has been working to shine a spotlight on what officials call one of the most under-reported, fastest growing crimes in America: elder financial abuse.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: 'Hope' offers classes for dementia caregivers

Four-part series dedicated to sharing helpful information
Hope Hospice, which runs a 14-part family care giver education series the second Saturday of each month, also has a specialized four-part course that focuses on dementia.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Helping the Eagle land

Five Pleasanton residents remember their part in moon landing
A personal collection of photos and memorabilia from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was on display at Stoneridge Creek recently as five of its residents remembered their parts behind the scenes of the historic event.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Real estate tips for seniors

What older home owners, buyers and sellers should know moving forward
Equity, moving out of the area, and making homes safer and more livable top the list of home ownership issues for seniors.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: PPIE's Pillars program aims at raising record-high contributions for schools

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation will launch a citywide campaign later this month to generate increased business support for Pleasanton schools and school organizations.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
A&E Livermore: Jazz pianist, Laugh therapy and Woodstock weekend

Spotlighting Bankhead, Bothwell shows next weekend
The Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center will offer art and music events Aug. 17 that echo the Woodstock Festival's message of peace, love and community 50 years ago.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley pet rescues need help to 'Clear the Shelters'

Annual event on Saturday encourages adoption with reduced or waived fees
Tri-Valley animal shelters overflowing with felines are hopeful the fifth annual Clear the Shelters adoption drive this weekend will place plenty of rescues in new "forever homes."

August 12, 2019 | 1 comment
CHP: Driver killed in crash at freeway interchange in Pleasanton

Sedan plows into big-rig stopped on shoulder at I-580/I-680
A driver died after crashing into a big-rig stopped on the side of the freeway at the interchange of interstates 580 and 680 in Pleasanton late Wednesday night, according to the CHP.

August 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Police identify victim in Livermore homicide

Two transients had ongoing feud before shooting, LPD says
The man fatally shot in a Livermore shopping center parking lot early Wednesday morning has been identified as 31-year-old local transient Juan Manuel Elias, according to police.

August 8, 2019 | 5 comments
Pleasanton: Barbecue fundraiser for sister cities program

Everyone invited to join in the fun at PTSCA dinner dance
Want to travel somewhere off the tourist path? Consider a trip to Tulancingo, Mexico, with the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Man shot dead in Livermore; suspect caught in Elk Grove

30-year-old accused of killing fellow transient in parking lot
A man died after being shot in a shopping center parking lot in Livermore early Wednesday morning, marking the city's second homicide in less than a month.

August 7, 2019 | 4 comments
Firefighters save three kittens trapped in car engine compartment in Livermore

'Cat-astrophe averted' after successful rescue, ACFD says
A life-threatening situation for three young kittens in Livermore resolved with a happy ending last week when an Alameda County Fire Department crew successfully rescued the trio from being trapped in a car's engine compartment.

August 6, 2019 | 1 comment
PUSD: Fairlands, Mohr, Harvest Park bolster security with new fencing

$922,600 in Measure I1 funding was used for upgrades at all three schools
Three Pleasanton Unified School District campuses have fortified on-site security for the new school year with new 8-foot-tall fencing that was recently installed as part of a $922,600 fencing project funded by Measure I1 bond revenue.

August 7, 2019 | 59 comments
Rep. Swalwell hosting community forum on gun violence and domestic terrorism

District residents invited to share thoughts, concerns at Wednesday night event in Hayward
Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell is hosting a community forum on Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the city of Hayward to address ending gun violence and domestic terrorism.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Check out 'Tri-Valley Youth View'

First episode of student program airing on TV30
Tri-Valley residents can tune in to their public access station as student television crews from TV30's annual summer camp have debuted their one-hour episode, "Tri-Valley Youth View."

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: FTC Track Club athletes compete against nation's best

Also: Start of fall sports season on the horizon
Eight athletes from the Pleasanton-based FTC Track Club competed at the United States Track and Field Association (USTAF) National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships held in late July in Sacramento.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Feds: Pleasanton restaurant cited for violating overtime pay regulations

New Thai Bistro ordered to repay workers $172,862 in withheld wages
New Thai Bistro restaurant in Pleasanton must pay back more than $172,000 to workers after a federal investigation unearthed labor overtime violations going back nearly three years.

August 6, 2019 | 16 comments
Amador Valley High working ahead of expected traffic troubles

Parking shortage at start of new school year has families, neighbors on edge
With the first day of school now just a week away, PUSD staff are hastily finalizing plans to help Amador Valley High School students and staff get to campus smoothly while the main parking lot gets a makeover.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Truck fire spreads to power pole next to fairgrounds

LPFD: Firefighters' response impacted by safety concerns due to power lines
A truck was destroyed after catching fire on Rose Avenue right behind the Alameda County Fairgrounds race track and golf course, with the flames spreading to an adjacent electricity pole and threatening the high-power lines above.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Woman killed trying to cross East Avenue in Livermore

LPD: 26-year-old pedestrian outside of crosswalk when evening collision occurred
A Livermore woman died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross East Avenue outside of the crosswalk on Sunday evening, according to city police.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Community marks Pleasanton’s 125th anniversary

Photo album highlights downtown event
Thousands flocked to downtown Pleasanton throughout the 125th Anniversary Celebration on Friday. Here's a snapshot of the photos taken by Weekly freelance contributor Mike Sedlak.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Judge sentences Dublin man to 30 months for insider trading

Proprietary information from Ross Stores used to gain up to $8.2M from 2011-12
A Dublin man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for felony insider trading related to using proprietary information from Dublin-based Ross Stores Inc. to gain as much as $8.2 million during 2011 and 2012.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
State-of-the-art STEM building breaks ground at Dublin High

$31.5 million project will be entirely funded by Measures C and E
Dublin High School's new engineering and science building broke ground last week at a ceremony on campus marking the start of the long-awaited $31.5 million project.

August 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Gilroy mass shooting prompts increased security for 154th annual Scottish Games

Swords and daggers will still be OK this year for attendees wearing traditional Scottish Highland gear
In light of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting, organizers of the 154th annual Scottish Highland Games are taking no chances keeping crowds safe when the event returns this month to the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Playwright in the hills

Eugene O'Neill Festival this month includes 'Long Day's Journey into Night'
The 20th annual Eugene O'Neill Festival, which runs Aug. 24 to Sept. 29, is the perfect opportunity to explore Tao House and its grounds as well as the works of the famous playwright.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Nostalgic Niles: Historic train ride leads to museums next weekend

Niles Canyon Railway is joining with the Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Niles Depot Museum next weekend to present "Nostalgic Niles," a chance to learn more about the colorful past of this historic area.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
LVO: For first time, women will direct both of season's operas

Livermore Valley Opera announces 2019-20 lineup
Livermore Valley Opera has announced its 28th season for 2019-20, two fully staged operas directed for the first time by women.

August 2, 2019 | 1 comment
Bankhead: Celebrating the '60s with The Family Stone

The Family Stone will bring the sound and sense of the '60s to the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. this Saturday night.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
News Digest: Tri-Valley Heroes nominations, Watch the stars & ACTC's financials

The Pleasanton Weekly is continuing to solicit nominations for the eighth annual Tri-Valley Heroes program.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore PD announces $2,500 reward for help locating homicide suspect

21-year-old man accused of gunning down teen outside Taco Bell
The Livermore Police Department has announced a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Jorge Luis Tellez, the 21-year-old Livermore man accused of killing a local high-schooler during an argument outside a Taco Bell

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton turning 125

Anniversary celebration taking over downtown Friday
Downtown is set for the party of the century (plus a quarter). Pleasanton's 125th Anniversary Celebration -- in honor of the quasquicentennial of the city's incorporation -- will kick off at 3 p.m. this Friday.

July 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Six-figure grant pays for Las Positas' first 100% online certificate program

Offsite learning and better course access 'a priority' for the school
Las Positas College plans to create more opportunities for offsite learning by using a recent $177,187 grant to develop its first completely online certificate program and improve course access for students routinely facing challenges

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
School board names Deeringhoff as new Fairlands Elementary principal

Also: PUSD confirms deal with city for Foothill football to practice at Patelco
Fairlands Elementary School will have a new leader when the school year starts Aug. 12, but it will be one with a familiar face: former vice principal Heidi Deeringhoff.

July 31, 2019 | 4 comments
Rally backs Livermore's flavored tobacco ban as referendum petition looms

City supporters decry e-cig juggernaut JUUL pursuing petition to overturn ordinance
The city of Livermore has taken aim at teen vaping -- and might well find itself squaring off against the e-cigarette industry as a result.

July 30, 2019 | 11 comments
Bauer-Kahan scores triple legislative victory in Sacramento

Bills on food allergens, gun safety, criminal justice reform
Three bills written by Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week: legislation on gun safety, criminal justice reform and food allergens.

August 1, 2019 | 226 comments
Livermore: Downtown initiative validated; council orders analysis of alternative plan

City faces adopting 'Central Park Plan' or sending downtown debate to the ballot
The Livermore City Council certified the validity of a resident-submitted petition challenging the council's Downtown Specific Plan on Monday night, opening the door for city voters to possibly make the ultimate call.

July 31, 2019 | 7 comments
National Night Out set for next week

Annual event aims to prevent crime, foster police-community relationships
Pleasanton residents and police personnel, like communities throughout the Tri-Valley and the United States, will come together to celebrate National Night Out with neighborhood block parties on Aug. 6.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Judge upholds verdict against Monsanto but reduces damages

Local couple's award down to $86.7M in Roundup cancer case
An Alameda County Superior Court judge has upheld a jury's verdict that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused cancer in a Livermore couple but substantially reduced their damages from $2 billion to $86.7 million.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
BART board appoints deputy as next general manager

Bob Powers plans 'listening tour' soon to gather rider, employee input
The BART Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to hire deputy general manager Bob Powers to replace its recently retired general manager.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Possible temporary home at Patelco fields for Foothill Falcons football players

School board to consider agreement with city at special meeting Tuesday
The Pleasanton school board will consider a contract with the city to give Foothill High's football team temporary use of the Patelco sports fields during a special meeting on Tuesday at the PUSD headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

July 29, 2019 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football finds preseason practice field; start of season is another story

Also: Triton Water Polo finishes great summer with title
A big "well done" to both the city and PUSD for agreeing on something beneficial to a large group of Pleasanton student-athletes! But all is not shiny on the field replacement.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Key $7 million allocated for new parking garage at Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

Construction expected to begin next spring, opening scheduled for mid-2021
The effort to construct a new parking garage at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station took another step forward as the MTC announced the Tri-Valley project was among those to share in $9.3 million in funding from bridge toll revenue.

July 29, 2019 | 9 comments
Hillside fire burns 15 acres in Pleasanton

Firefighters halt quickly spreading blaze; cause still unknown
A vegetation fire burned about 15 acres on a Pleasanton hillside Saturday night but was quickly halted without injuries or damage to buildings.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Winners announced for wine pairings as Taste Our Terroir weekend continues

Livermore Valley's Taste Our Terroir Weekend started off strong yesterday with 700 attendees at Casa Real in Pleasanton for the sold-out opening event: the pairing competition.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Centennial Trail reopens to public after flood repairs are completed

Zone 7 infrastructure sustained $14 million in damage from past winter storms
A stretch of the Centennial Trail has reopened to the public after being temporarily closed for repairs to a damaged bank slide in a flood control channel overseen by Zone 7.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Construction begins on Livermore bridge to permanently link 44-mile trail

Sycamore Grove project spearheaded by Tri-Valley Conservancy
Local nonprofit Tri-Valley Conservancy hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week to mark the start of construction on a new bridge at Sycamore Grove Park that will permanently connect a 44-mile trail through five public parks.

August 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Livermore Lab Foundation hires first-ever executive director

Allen has 20+ years in grant-writing, project development
Danville resident Sally Allen has been selected as the first-ever executive director of the Livermore Lab Foundation, the nonprofit arm supporting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Celebrating Axis dental clinic

Tri-Valley nonprofit Axis Community Health recently welcomed local government officials, community organizations and grant supports to an open house in celebration of its new dental clinic at 7212 Regional St. in Dublin.

July 26, 2019 | 1 comment
News Digest: NorCal Night Market, Livermore World Series & Yellow alert at Shadow Cliffs

Also: Gem Faire returning, Go Green focus groups & Lions Club fundraiser
The NorCal Night Market is back at the fairgrounds for the second time this year, with the popular event inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia open in Pleasanton from this Friday through Sunday.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Valley Children's Museum 'maker space' a hit

Interactive learning is focus of new 'Over the Moon' exhibit in Dublin
A good way for a child to learn is not to tell them how to do something, but to teach them how to solve problems while using their imagination.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Rotary Club gives hand to scholars

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton awarded scholarships worth $10,000 to four Pleasanton students, who are now college juniors or seniors, based on financial need and interviews.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
BART to add bike straps to trains

BART passengers who bring their bicycles along for the ride will be getting some help to steady their bikes from new straps on train cars, according to the transit agency.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
'Hits of Boston and More' in Livermore

Vocalist/guitarist David Victor, formerly of the band Boston, together with four other lead vocalists will bring iconic rock hits to the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. next Friday.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Sunflower Hill making future brighter for autistic adults

Founder Susan Houghton receives nonprofit's 2019 Rainmaker Award
Sunflower Hill, a nonprofit organization determined to provide long-term sustainable housing and care for adults with developmental disabilities, raised $253,000 at its Moonlight in the Vines fundraiser earlier this month.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Garden Tips: Summer Touch-ups

What to do in your garden now to help it thrive all season
Weed, trim, harvest and fertilize your garden in the summer to keep plants beautiful and productive.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Legendary songs at the Firehouse

Theater and opera star Tielle Baker presents "How Lucky Can You Get?" -- songs and stories of the Kander & Ebb Musicals -- at 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Let the meeting begin: Livermore finally getting new council chamber

After 30 years, city will finally abandon aging, triple-wide trailer
Hundreds turned out this month to dedicate a $6 million complex that will house a new Livermore City Council chamber, meeting rooms and an Emergency Operations Center next to the city's Civic Center and Library on South Livermore Ave.

July 25, 2019 | 5 comments
Pleasanton man ID’d as driver killed in crash with ACE train

Authorities have identified the young man who died after colliding with an ACE train while apparently trying to drive around the crossing gate at a Livermore intersection on Monday morning.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: City launches Youth Theater Company

'Urinetown the Musical' onstage this weekend
Performances on local stages have been the culmination of programs offered by the newly launched Pleasanton Youth Theater Company, including one this weekend of the satire, "Urinetown the Musical."

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Summer signals annual city roadwork

$5.38M in projects include Bernal, Foothill, Sunol, neighborhood streets
Pleasanton city officials and contractors are poised this summer to move forward with key work in the city's annual street resurfacing and preventative maintenance program.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Tensions high as Livermore council endorses boutique hotel for downtown

Opponents pursue initiative for ballot to halt city's redevelopment plans
A hotly contested plan to build a three-story boutique hotel on the southeast corner of South Livermore and Railroad avenues in downtown Livermore generated intense debate at Monday night's Livermore City Council meeting.

July 23, 2019 | 21 comments
Appeals court upholds fee of $3.50 per page for Alameda County public records

An Alameda County fee of $3.50 per page for copies of public records such as birth certificates and real estate deeds was upheld by a state appeals court in San Francisco on Monday.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic United Soccer Club names McMillin as new president

'Goal of developing young men to meet their full potential through the beautiful game of soccer'
Taking over as president of a youth sports club as big and as well-known as the Ballistic United Soccer Club is certainly a daunting task.

July 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Las Positas College winery is selling the fruits of its labor

Campus Hill Winery receives license to hit the shelves
Tri-Valley residents can soon pop open a bottle of wine from students at Las Positas College, after the school's Campus Hill Winery was recently licensed to produce and sell the fermented fruits of their labor to the public

July 25, 2019 | 1 comment
Livermore man ID'd as motorcyclist killed in I-980 crash

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Interstate 980 late Friday night in Oakland has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 46-year-old Altif Vinson of Livermore.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Fatal crash involving ACE train

Livermore PD reports one fatality in crash between car and ACE Train earlier this morning in area of Junction Avenue and Old First Street. Driver of vehicle died at scene; no other injuries reported. Investigation continues; people advised to avoid area.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore: Man killed in collision between car, ACE train

LPD: Driver apparently tried to drive across tracks to beat oncoming train
A man died in a crash between a car and an ACE train after he apparently tried to drive across the tracks ahead of the oncoming train near downtown Livermore on Monday morning, according to LPD.

July 22, 2019 | 5 comments
Newly rebranded local nonprofit Hively plans fundraiser for next month

CEO: Agency's new name is 'the perfect combination of words'
Two longtime East Bay private nonprofit organizations that joined forces this year recently unveiled their new moniker and are hosting a plethora of upcoming local events and programs to celebrate and support their various causes.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
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: Remodeled locker rooms greet summer swimmers at aquatic center

Updates aim to refresh amenities while providing more convenience, privacy
The city of Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center has renovated its locker rooms, changing the style and configuration indoors and adding rinse showers outdoors just in time for the hot summer season.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen attends Children's Congress to lobby for diabetes funding

Amador senior joins fellow youth advocating federal officials on behalf of JDRF
The 10th-ever Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children's Congress took place earlier this month in Washington, D.C., with Pleasanton's own 17-year-old Jeremy May in attendance.

July 26, 2019 | 2 comments
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 | 4 comments
Giving back: Books for Camp Fire survivors

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

July 19, 2019 | 5 comments
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
Pleasanton: Local 'Daughter' attends D.C. gathering

Founded in 1890, DAR remains an active service organization
Cindi Newbold, of the Pleasanton Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was among thousands of members from across the country who attended its 128th Continental Congress.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley holistic chef publishes seventh book of recipes and inspiration

Food for the body, mind and spirit
Enlightened chef Parisa Z. Ambwani says her food philosophy goes beyond being tasty. She believes well-prepared delicious food made with the right ingredients is important to keep body, mind and spirit in a state of harmony.

July 23, 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 | 29 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 | 21 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 | 53 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 | 13 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 | 4 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
Dublin school board OKs plans for new high school

Also: Dublin High, Murray Elementary ready for upgrades; district buys land next to headquarters
Dublin Unified School District's growing student population will be accommodated by several major projects that were recently approved by the Dublin school board, including final site plans for the city's future new high school.

July 23, 2019 | 6 comments
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 | 63 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 | 2 comments
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 | 3 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 | 107 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 | 20 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 | 5 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 wa