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2020

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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

2019

Did a bunny book really lead to Dublin superintendent's ouster?

After nearly 7 months, final batch of public records reveal little about Boozer's sudden departure back in March
It's difficult to believe that it took that long to find three documents. It's easier to believe it took that long to figure out how to hide a multitude of other documents via one of the plethora of exceptions to disclosure ...

December 5, 2019 | 4 comments
Be sure to 'Shop Small' in Pleasanton this season

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 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Dublin voters fail to turn out, again

Learn from DUSD residents' poor 2019 record. Get out and vote in every election
Public elections demand voter participation. Every vote matters is only relevant if every voter thinks every election matters. It's time for all of the Tri-Valley to always put their ballot where their mouth is.

November 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Let there be light (and power)

Thoughts on PG&E shutoffs, Amador parking lot & Livermore vaping referendum cancellation
Tens of thousands of Tri-Valley residents were without power during the weekend and into Monday because of a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

October 30, 2019 | 2 comments
Weekly among businesses marking milestone anniversaries

The city of Pleasanton recognized the Weekly and other businesses for their 20th year in operation with a plaque. Accepting ours were founding editor, Jeb Bing, and current editor, Jeremy Walsh.

October 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Livermore stands ready for vaping fight

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
Editorial -- 9/11: Never forget

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 others

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Labor Day origin a far cry from a fun day off

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
Livermore downtown referendum raises serious questions

Don't sign a petition before doing your research, knowing the consequences
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.

August 20, 2019 | 17 comments
Pleasanton ready for 125th Anniversary Celebration

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
Another successful County Fair in Pleasanton

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
Nomination period starts for 2019 Tri-Valley Heroes

Awards honor residents who 'make a better world'
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

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Keep, or start, the tradition of visiting our county fair

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
Crucial time for downtowns across Tri-Valley

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
District-based elections do not make sense here

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
Pleasanton Weekly wins statewide journalism prize for online Coverage of Local Government

CNPA honors coverage of Ben Curry's death; awards also go to 'Around Pleasanton' columns, PUSD enrollment reporting, Chabad Center series
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.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Remember Ben Curry

Vigil to honor memory of teen who drowned in school pool; gov't agencies continue to deny public records requests
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.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Vote Yes on Measure E, Dublin Unified's parcel tax renewal

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
Tri-Valley wisely teams up on housing legislation; state should listen

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
Amador Valley High School deserves stability

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
Thanks to our 2018 Holiday Fund donors

Weekly distributes $68,416 to Tri-Valley nonprofits from annual fundraising drive
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.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Share your thoughts on city priorities

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
Time to watch what's happening at Chabot-Las Positas

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
Holiday Fund needs your help as 2018 campaign nears end

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

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