It's a shame Livermore has to go up against Big Tobacco, with its deep pockets and dedicated spin doctors, in the city's effort to protect children.September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
New York City is more than 2,500 miles from Pleasanton, but it didn't seem that far away on Sept. 11, 2001. Just about everyone lost something that day. The feeling of safety, belief in the invincibility of the U.S. and trust in othersSeptember 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Ah, Labor Day. A three-day weekend full of barbecues and fun in the sun. The unofficial end of summer. But few people reflect on, or even know, the origin of the holiday ...August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Don't sign a petition before doing your research, knowing the consequences
August 20, 2019 |
Aggressive signature-gatherers are everywhere, and the most recent campaign is to get Livermore voters to sign a referendum petition to, according to one signature-gatherer, "get a bigger park downtown." But there's more to the story.
The 125th Anniversary Celebration will begin at 3 p.m. next Friday. Live music, family-friendly entertainment, a cornhole tournament with city staff and other fun activities will take place at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks.July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
We said a fond farewell to the 2019 Alameda County Fair earlier this month, with the 107th year seeing a spike in attendance, new cultural events and increased consumption of classic fair food.July 18, 2019 | 6 comments
Awards honor residents who 'make a better world'
July 2, 2019 |
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We are now accepting nominations online for the 2019 Tri-Valley Heroes awards in eight categories, open to all who live or work in the Tri-Valley communities
As we prepare for the final eight days of the 2019 Alameda County Fair, we should reflect on what the fair brings to Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
A downtown has an important and unique role in a community's economic and social development. Downtowns are historically the epicenter -- the heart -- of a community and the hub of commercial, cultural and civic activities.June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Many municipalities in the Tri-Valley are being forced to adopt district-based elections or risk being sued, which could result in costs of millions of dollars from a likely unwinnable case.May 26, 2019 | 8 comments
CNPA honors coverage of Ben Curry's death; awards also go to 'Around Pleasanton' columns, PUSD enrollment reporting, Chabad Center series
May 6, 2019 |
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The Pleasanton Weekly took home seven awards, including first place for online Coverage of Local Government, for stories throughout 2018 when the California News Publishers Association handed out its annual California Journalism Awards last Saturday in Long Beach.
Vigil to honor memory of teen who drowned in school pool; gov't agencies continue to deny public records requests
May 2, 2019 |
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Accountability speaks of integrity, honesty and transparency, which is sorely lacking in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in this case.
We recommend Yes on Dublin's Measure E. The annual tax of just $96 provides vital funding for Dublin students and school programs -- guaranteed revenue for DUSD that will be locally controlled over the next nine years, a time when federal and state education funding priorities could well change.April 24, 2019 | 1 comment
This banding together approach is unique to the Tri-Valley; we applaud our local councils for being pre-emptive, collaborative and creative in planning to combat this legislation that will give Sacramento control over land-use, with little or no input from the people we elected to represent our local interests.April 11, 2019 | 9 comments
We encourage our school district leaders to have a frank, public discussion with Amador students, parents and community members how about stability and transparency will be addressed.March 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Weekly distributes $68,416 to Tri-Valley nonprofits from annual fundraising drive
February 28, 2019 |
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Thank you to the 256 donors to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund. Your generous contributions allowed us to present at total of $68,416 to 15 deserving nonprofit beneficiaries last week at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.
Pleasanton city officials are working to draft their recommended list of city priorities for the next two years, and now is the time to offer your input to city leaders during this important planning process.February 7, 2019 | 21 comments
The leadership future of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has approached a critical juncture. As these conversations pick up again, we will be watching closely. We suggest you do too.January 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Even though the campaign will end next Tuesday, there's still time to contribute to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund.January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Fifteen local nonprofits will benefit from this year's Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund -- up three from a year ago. Yet contributions are falling behind.December 23, 2018 | No comments yet
The Tri-Valley community continues to mourn the death of Ben Curry, who drowned during PE class at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville on May 8. Curry's family and friends -- and the entire community -- are demanding answers they are owed.November 28, 2018 | 5 comments
Quality of life in a community like Pleasanton is closely tied to the local economy, which goes hand in hand with the health of the small businesses in our community.November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
The Tri-Valley is unique in that the five communities that comprise the region actually work together. Where oftentimes cities compete with their neighbors for resources and designations, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville partner to tackle issues that affect the region.November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Here again are the Pleasanton Weekly editorial board's election recommendations:November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Also: Vote for newcomer La for County Assessor, incumbent Wieskamp for East Bay Parks board
October 17, 2018 |
We reached our endorsement decisions for regional representative seats after meeting with the candidates or questioning them during a public forum.
Mayor Thorne, unopposed on ballot, also has our support for re-election
October 10, 2018 |
We think Narum and Streng are the right community leaders to guide the City of Planned Progress through the next four years.
Endorsements for Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville councils, plus No on Measure U
October 4, 2018 |
This is a vital local election season throughout the Tri-Valley. Accordingly, the Pleasanton Weekly editorial board is offering the following recommendations for the Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville council races as well as Livermore's health care cost initiative, Measure U.
Labor Day is a celebration of the men and women who contribute to the strength and prosperity of the country through work.August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton mayor, school board incumbents go unchallenged
August 23, 2018 |
We waited with bated breath for the candidacy filing deadline to see how many candidates would file to run for Pleasanton mayor, city council and school board, and who the challengers would be. We were a bit disappointed with the outcome
Unprecedented attacks on the media hit the very protectors of our democracy
August 16, 2018 |
In an effort to focus public attention on the dangers of the President Donald Trump's attacks, we join in an unprecedented coordinated expression of concern by newspapers across the country.
Costco remains committed to bringing new store to Pleasanton despite delay
August 12, 2018 |
The City Council reversing its decision from last year to approve the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone would be a smart move.
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and every four minutes someone dies of a stroke, according to a 2017 report by the American Heart Association.August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
We bid adieu earlier this month to the 2018 Alameda County Fair, another successful installment of Pleasanton's annual summertime showcase.July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
When Robin Munsell announced in May she was resigning her position as principal of Harvest Park Middle School after just under two years, the obvious question was why. And Munsell wasn't saying. So the Weekly asked PUSD for all public records pertaining to her exit.July 19, 2018 | 36 comments
This October we will name the seventh group of Tri-Valley Heroes, and it is a good opportunity to revisit why our staff launched this awards program in 2012.July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
The Trump administration's zero-tolerance for anyone crossing the border illegally has also become policy for a Jewish religious center's use of its backyard for outdoor activities in Pleasanton.July 5, 2018 | 15 comments
The Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a new Tri-Valley coalition that binds it even more closely with neighboring Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon.July 1, 2018 | 2 comments
After sitting down with four of the candidates and reviewing the records of all five, it is clear to us that the best leaders to serve Zone 7 for the next four years are three-term incumbent Sarah Palmer, retired Zone 7 engineer Dennis Gambs and Pleasanton resident Olivia Sanwong.May 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Contest raises awareness, importance of local businesses
April 19, 2018 |
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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
Make no mistake: This spring marks the most critical juncture for the BART to Livermore project, and the potential of bringing a BART rail extension to Isabel Avenue is very much up in the air. So make your voices heard.March 22, 2018 | 24 comments
Comments regarding last week's 'Pleasanton Preps' column indicates some confusion among readers
March 15, 2018 |
The Weekly's "Pleasanton Preps" columnist, Dennis Miller, wrote last week about a situation in which a set of parents did an investigation of Amador Valley High School girls varsity basketball coach Al Chavira, which led to his being placed on leave. Other team parents felt the "dirt" dug up was benign and requested the coach's reinstatement.
Congress, State Assembly, Governor, county seats, Zone 7 among races
February 22, 2018 |
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, voter turnout in the June primaries hit an all-time low in non-presidential primary year of 2014. Lack of interest and time constraints were the top two reasons given by registered voters who said they do not always vote.
Black History Month, which celebrates achievements and contributions of African-Americans in our nation's history, is commemorated around the country every February since President Gerald Ford made it official in 1976.February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Proposed housing community for special-needs adults is win-win for everyone
February 8, 2018 |
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The Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch residential community for adults with special needs just got one step closer to becoming a reality.
Longtime city leader recognized for 25 years in public service
January 25, 2018 |
Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton's city manager since 2004 -- and, at the time, was California's youngest municipal executive -- was honored last week by the City Council, and for good reason: He was just recognized by the International City/County Management Association for having served in local government for 25 years.
Annual donation campaign benefiting PPIE, other nonprofits runs until Jan. 12
January 4, 2018 |
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With students heading back to school next week after a two-week holiday break, it's a good time to remember to give to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which will benefit Pleasanton schools.
When Investigation Discovery (ID) television network wanted to do a documentary-style program about the 2008 murder of Pleasanton couple Ernest Scherer Jr. and Charlene Abendroth, they contacted the local newspaper.December 28, 2017 | 9 comments
It's holiday time in a bah humbug sort of year. Reasons for distress run the gamut -- from terrorism, violence and nuclear weapons to disrespect, distrust, divisiveness and discrimination to inequality and injustice. When there is equal outrage over a football player who takes a knee and someone who takes a life with impunity, something is wrong.December 24, 2017 | No comments yet
12 local nonprofits benefit from your contributions this holiday season
December 14, 2017 |
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This banner hanging across Main Street in front of the Museum on Main says it all. With Christmas fast approaching, it's also time to give to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.
Mexican man's acquittal on shooting charges leaves Pleasanton stunned
December 7, 2017 |
The acquittal last week of the person charged with killing Kate Steinle left many in Kate's hometown of Pleasanton feeling betrayed by the justice system and outraged.
Another ballot measure to stop Costco could cost taxpayers $250,000
November 25, 2017 |
If 4,374 signatures are collected, Pleasanton could be headed for a second citywide vote in less than a year concerning building of a Costco. This will further delay the project and cost Pleasanton taxpayers an estimated $250,000 for something that has, basically, been voted on: A Costco on Johnson Drive and the start of a thriving economic zone.
Tomorrow marks Small Business Saturday, so visit those shops around town
November 24, 2017 |
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Quality of life in a community is tied to the local economy, which is tied to the health of the small businesses in that community.
Gun ownership is a right in this country. A few recent incidents close to home prompt us to remind gun owners about the responsibility that comes with this right.November 2, 2017 | 44 comments
Here's more good news for Pleasanton as the city heads into another prosperous and productive new year. A new quality-of-life survey shows that those of us who live here, work here and go to Pleasanton schools are euphoric over our community, its resources, climate, location in the Bay Area and the economy.October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
With more potential users of the far-left lane and more drivers maneuvering toward that lane, there seems a real possibility of some level of traffic flow improvement, but not nearly to the extent realized with I-580.October 5, 2017 | 16 comments
Economic Vitality Committee set for (second) meeting on JDEDZ proposal
September 28, 2017 |
Given direction by the council on a few policy questions, city staff can move forward on a process that will take us through the end of the year and really get the project moving.
Special council meeting on agreement set for Monday evening
September 14, 2017 |
It's the right deal at the right time. The Pleasanton City Council should give its final endorsement to the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone roadwork financing agreement with Costco on Monday night.
Nominations in eight award categories due Sept. 18
September 3, 2017 |
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A hero is not defined by money or celebrity but by commitment to bettering the world and being a blessing to others.
In support of Sen. Glazer's call for removing symbols from public spaces
August 24, 2017 |
In the wake of the hate-fueled white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., our local State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) is renewing Senate Joint Resolution 15, which he originally presented last year calling on the U.S. Congress and the president to remove symbols honoring Confederate political and military leaders from federal public buildings and parks.
Monday marked the first day of Pleasanton school district's school year with new leadership, new bond money to fund needed facilities work, new principals and a new sense of optimism.August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
We're encouraged to hear that Nelly's taco truck owner Nelly Ramirez and representatives of Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery are working on a possible agreement that will allow both businesses to continue to thrive.July 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Races, concerts, carnival rides, contests and corn dogs among biggest draws
July 20, 2017 |
Despite an opening week with record-high temperatures, the Alameda County Fair closed out its extended 20-day run July 9 with total attendance of 463,783, a five-year high though still short of the record-setting 534,577 who squeezed through the gates in 2012.
Thank you, Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), for being the lone No vote on Senate Bill 649, which, in essence, usurps local government control of public right-of-ways and restricts their ability to collect rent for putting cell towers on public property.July 6, 2017 | 9 comments
Spotlight shines on Pleasanton fairgrounds for 20-day run
June 15, 2017 |
The Alameda County Fair opens Friday for an extended 20-day run. That's good news for the hundreds of thousands of fair-goers and horse-racing fans expected to be here this year and for Pleasanton businesses and nonprofits and even city taxpayers who benefit from this annual event.
City still negotiating with developers on cost-sharing for infrastructure improvements; council hearing no earlier than July
June 1, 2017 |
We are at a critical juncture with regard to the future of the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) on Pleasanton's northwest side.
Earlier public vetting of top candidate would promote transparency, rebuild trust
May 25, 2017 |
The school board was expected to select its top choice for the new superintendent this week -- PUSD's fifth leader since June 2015 -- after private interviews last week and closed-session discussions Monday and Tuesday. A visit to the candidate's current district and successful contract negotiations were still to come.
Project heads to City Council for approval Tuesday night
April 27, 2017 |
Members of the Pleasanton Planning Commission spent the first few minutes of their meeting earlier this month voicing approval of a multimillion-dollar 36-home development planned in the Valley Trails community, before then carrying on for the next four hours over plans by the developer to also build a public restroom in the neighboring Valley Trails Community Park free-of-charge.
Journalism is imperative to a healthy democracy, and it is important to groom the next generation of journalists.April 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Residents deserve to know more about why superintendent Rubino was fired
March 23, 2017 |
Ironically, Sunshine Week 2017 ended in Pleasanton last Friday with the school district seemingly doing its utmost to keep the public in the dark about the sudden and unexplained Jan. 6 firing of Rick Rubino, its superintendent of just over six months.
And we wouldn't be the same without him
March 2, 2017 |
Oftentimes the people who work behind the scenes at these nonprofits do so without fanfare. So it is with the man who has worked behind the scenes of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund for 16 campaigns -- until last week, when he was finally and formally thanked for being the driving force behind the Fund and behind the Pleasanton Weekly.
Pleasanton's thriving source of revenue does have a price, though, and drivers on Interstates 580 or 680 during rush hour can attest to that. More business and more employees equal more traffic.February 24, 2017 | 6 comments
This is the time for the large and diverse stakeholder group -- the residents who feel a strong connection and ownership of our downtown -- to make their desires known. Not in six months or a year. Not when recommendations are going to the City Council.February 16, 2017 | 5 comments
2016 Alameda County Fair wins top industry awards
February 9, 2017 |
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We are fortunate to have the Alameda County Fairgrounds right here in Pleasanton. There is something happening almost every week, from festivals and haunted houses, to Goodguys car shows and Scottish Games. These events bring in visitors from all over the state and country, not to mention the money these visitors spend while here.
The news media is under attack, on a national and local level. The Trump administration declared war on the press less than 48 hours after the inauguration, and the Pleasanton Weekly was also attacked last week, but in a more subtle mannerJanuary 27, 2017 | 53 comments
The Pleasanton school board had an opportunity to build back the trust of the public and prove to voters they made a good choice retaining two incumbents in the recent election.January 13, 2017 | 102 comments
Local news coverage is imperative to the health of a community. When the number of journalists locally and nationally was dwindling, San Ramon resident Rosalind "Roz" Rogoff saw this dearth of local news coverage and did something many couldn't -- or wouldn't.January 6, 2017 | 3 comments
Continued administrator instability undermines trust of school board
December 30, 2016 |
The new year will bring challenges, uncertainty and opportunity.
Saturday marks Christmas Eve for Christians and the start of Hanukkah for Jews. The concurrence of these two major holidays celebrated by two of the world's major religions has happened only four times in the last 100 years.December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
A July 29 editorial, "Costco and the Mayor" concerning Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne's voluntary recusal on City Council actions involving Costco and Johnson Drive referenced "a task force he appointed."November 1, 2016 | 47 comments
Among the myriad propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot is one we feel we should weigh in on.September 23, 2016 | 2 comments
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, first elected to the county board in 2000 and now also representing Pleasanton, is vying for reelection on June 7 against challenger Bryan Parker, a former Port of Oakland commissioner and former Oakland mayoral candidate.May 24, 2016 | 2 comments
Measure K on the June 7 ballot for Pleasanton voters affirms the action of the City Council last January in approving the latest developer's plan for 43 upscale homes on the 194-acre Lund Ranch II site in the southeast corner of the city.May 23, 2016 | 57 comments
In the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors election, we endorse incumbents Sandy Figuers and Angela Ramirez Holmes and challenger Eric Thiel.May 20, 2016 | 9 comments
State Senator Steve Glazer, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, a Republican, are seeking nomination in the June 7 primary for re-election in the General Election on Nov. 8.May 13, 2016 | 18 comments
City becomes 21st member of coalition
November 8, 2015 |
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By signing on to the Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition, the Pleasanton City Council is joining 20 other coalition members seeking to create a local sustainable solution to biosolids management.
Drive into downtown Pleasanton most Thursday and Friday nights or on Saturday and search for a parking space. Often it means parking a block away from your destination.October 15, 2015 | 30 comments
It has been almost three months since 19-year-old San Jose resident John Deming Jr. was shot and killed by Pleasanton Police Officer Daniel Kunkel outside an auto dealership in Pleasanton.October 2, 2015 | 17 comments
Old house is not developer 's problem, and shouldn't be
July 22, 2013 |
What on earth were the members of the Pleasanton Planning Commission thinking when they voted 4-0 to reject a bid by longtime local builder Ponderosa Homes to tear down the remnants of a run-down trailer park on (Old) Stanley Boulevard and replace it with 12 moderately-sized new homes?
Election leaves in place experienced council to handle challenges ahead
November 5, 2010 |
The re-election Tuesday of Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne leaves in place all five members of Pleasanton's governing board who have now been serving together for four years and will continue for two more.