Editorials

2021

Tell us how you really feel. No, seriously

Embracing the risk of 'be careful what you wish for,' we call on our Tri-Valley readers to submit those Letters to the Editor. Advancing productive, civil discourse demands it.

March 11, 2021 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund raises $88,215 for safety-net providers

We are grateful beyond words to report that readers stepped up to the challenge and raised $88,215.84 for the 2020-21 Holiday Fund campaign -- surpassing last year's total by more than $12,000.

February 25, 2021 | No comments yet
Final weekend to donate to the Holiday Fund

Thank you for supporting our safety-net service providers
Even with many people facing strained financial circumstances because of the pandemic, our readers stepped up their giving to the Pleasanton Weekly's annual Holiday Fund.

January 14, 2021 | No comments yet

2020

We appreciate your financial and emotional support

At the onset of this health crisis, we were humbled and grateful when hundreds of readers stepped up to help us by becoming subscribing members ... That lifted our spirits and words cannot express how thankful we are.

December 30, 2020 | No comments yet
Editorial -- Holiday Fund: Helping those devastated by pandemic and its impacts

This holiday season like no other in our history. So many of our neighbors are experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, health concerns and loss, and it is heartbreaking.

December 26, 2020 | No comments yet
Our election reflections

At the local level in the Tri-Valley, the 2020 election results certified at the beginning of this month brought a unique mix of change and continuity, depending on where (and how) you look ...

December 17, 2020 | 7 comments
Happy campaigning is over? So are we

Kind words and a bit of encouragement go a long way in these extremely difficult times. Let's remember that as these newly elected or re-elected officials step up to lead. And be good to one another.

November 5, 2020 | 11 comments
Vote Palajac, Swanson for Livermore park district

To effectively guide the district through an important and difficult period amid the pandemic and economic downturn, we urge Livermore voters to recognize the value of relevant experience and elect Jan Palajac and Stacey Swanson.

October 14, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Condes for Alameda County Superior Court judge

We view the attorney who finished first in March (with 41.18% of the vote at that time) as the best candidate to become the next Alameda County Superior Court judge, Elena Condes.

October 14, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote to re-elect Bauer-Kahan, Glazer, Swalwell

Legislative experience, actionable priorities and institutional knowledge are vital to address the challenges of 2021 and beyond. Vote to re-elect Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (Assembly), Steve Glazer (State Senate) and Eric Swalwell (Congress)

October 15, 2020 | 16 comments
Vote Mike Wallace for BART District 5

Pleasanton voters need to help elect a District 5 board representative focused on prudent fiscal decision-making while also committing to accomplish Tri-Valley priorities. That candidate is newcomer Mike Wallace.

October 12, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Pelham in DUSD Area 1, Utsumi in Trustee Area 4

This election offers some DUSD voters the chance to return true leadership stability and a unifying spirit to the Board of Trustees. Those candidates are Kristin Pelham in Area 1 and Michael Utsumi in Area 4.

October 11, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Guzmán, Strout for Livermore school board

Nov. 3 offers the opportunity for voters to welcome an influx of inspired new ideas and bring a necessary change in elected leadership to the LVJUSD board. Attributes embodied by newcomers Yanira Guzmán and Asa Strout.

October 10, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Hernandez for mayor, Qureshi and McCorriston for council in Dublin

Dublin City Council will experience a sea change after November with a new mayor and two new regular council members. To continue positive progress, vote Melissa Hernandez for mayor; Samir Qureshi and Michael McCorriston for council.

October 8, 2020 | No comments yet
Editorial -- David Haubert: The best experience, knowledge, temperament for County Supervisor

In other words, voters should take care in who they elect to this position. David Haubert is the best candidate to replace retiring Supervisor Scott Haggerty because he brings more governance experience and proven ability to lead.

October 6, 2020 | 12 comments
Vote Woerner for mayor, Kiick for City Council District 3 in Livermore

Also: Support for unchallenged incumbent Carling on District 4 ballot
This makes the voters' choices this fall all the more critical. We believe Bob Woerner for mayor and Brittni Kiick for City Council District 3 are the right candidates to lead the city through the immediate crises and beyond.

October 5, 2020 | 1 comment
Vote Maher, Mokashi, Wang for Pleasanton school board

It will take a well-rounded Board of Trustees with unique and fresh perspectives to guide Pleasanton Unified through the pandemic and beyond. Those representative voices are Steve Maher, Kelly Mokashi and Chong Wang.

October 1, 2020 | 4 comments
Vote Pentin for Pleasanton mayor, Allen and Balch for City Council

Their effective leadership experience will prove paramount for city's tough road ahead
In our view, the candidates who best embody those vital characteristics and are the right community leaders for the terms ahead are Jerry Pentin for mayor, and Nancy Allen and Jack Balch for council.

September 24, 2020 | 23 comments
Electing leaders takes an educated citizenry

Our editorial staff spends a considerable amount of time and resources helping Tri-Valley voters become that "educated citizenry." In addition to candidate profiles and other news coverage, we are hosting candidate forums this fall.

August 27, 2020 | 4 comments
Experiment aimed at improving tone and dialogue on our Town Square forum

Beginning Saturday, participation will be limited to registered users until after election
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, participation in PleasantonWeekly.com's popular Town Square reader forum will be limited to those who register on the site with their name and email address.

July 28, 2020 | 17 comments
Consider running for local elected office

As we've said before this time of year, contested elections are invaluable. They enhance the public discourse around vital local issues and better engage and educate the electorate.

July 23, 2020 | 4 comments
No trust in trustees, no unity in Dublin Unified

Unfortunately, with the current board -- which can graciously be described as a dysfunctional train wreck -- it will be extraordinarily difficult to find someone able to lead DUSD into the future who is actually willing to take it on.

July 2, 2020 | 23 comments
The time for the first community debate on policing in Pleasanton is now

Council majority's idea for 'action plan' precursor discussion is untenable, so why even try it?
This precursor meeting some time in July, where the council will apparently try to limit public comment to only the draft action plan, seems unnecessary in concept and untenable in practice. Just start the full conversation now.

June 25, 2020 | 30 comments
Message from the publisher

Why your support is needed, at this pivotal moment, to sustain local journalism
If readers who value journalism don't step up to support their local newspapers and their websites now, many will become additional victims of the coronavirus crisis.

March 19, 2020 | 10 comments
Thank you for supporting our community, neighbors

Thank you to the more than 250 donors to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2019-20 Holiday Fund. Your generous contributions allowed us to provide a total of $64,878 to 10 deserving nonprofit beneficiaries.

March 12, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote No on Measure C, child care sales tax marred by vague context

Just be direct with the voters about the tax measure you want them to adopt. That's not what we've seen here. Vote No on Measure C.

February 13, 2020 | 24 comments
County Supervisor -- Vote Miley for District 4, Haubert or Hernandez for District 1

Also: With runoffs certain, no final endorsement for state & federal legislative seats -- but leaning heavily toward 3 incumbents
Incumbent Supervisor Nate Miley is the clearcut best choice for Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 4, which includes Pleasanton and extends through communities to the west into parts of Oakland.

February 12, 2020 | 2 comments
Ramirez Holmes, Figuers, Quigley for Zone 7 board

Support also for Smith McDonald, who earned 2-year term unopposed
We prefer the strong record of service and Zone 7 experience exhibited by Ramirez Holmes, Figuers and Quigley.

February 6, 2020 | 4 comments
Vote Yes on Measure J, $290M school bond in Dublin

The $290 million Measure J bond is another vital funding source for Dublin Unified School District as it continues to address facility impacts of breathtaking enrollment growth over the past decade or so.

January 31, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Yes on Measure P in Livermore, in favor of city's hotel agreement

The city's hotel agreement calls for an appropriately sized facility in the best location to enhance the vitality of downtown. And more importantly, it is the first step in bringing the community's vision for redeveloping downtown.

January 30, 2020 | 8 comments
Vote Yes on Measure O, $9.5M school bond in Sunol

We support Measure O. The district, which hasn't seen a new bond measure since 1999, is desperately in need of facility upgrades that effectively can only be funded through a local bond issuance.

January 29, 2020 | No comments yet
Vote Yes on Measure M, for students and schools

The $323 million bond measure for PUSD, on the March primary election ballot as local Measure M, is vital for the short- and long-term future of district facilities -- and by direct extension, the success of Pleasanton's students.

January 23, 2020 | 92 comments
Steinle case -- A complete miscarriage of justice

And there's plenty of blame to go around, from top to bottom
With the news last week that a U.S. magistrate has dismissed the family's lawsuit against the federal government, the Kate Steinle case continues to be a disheartening display of injustice.

January 16, 2020 | 13 comments
Still time to contribute to Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Even though the campaign is winding down next Wednesday, there's still time to contribute to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2019-20 Holiday Fund.

January 9, 2020 | No comments yet

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