News Digest: Comic Con is back in Pleasanton | Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit | City website refresh | October 8, 2021 | Pleasanton Weekly | |

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News - October 8, 2021

News Digest: Comic Con is back in Pleasanton | Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit | City website refresh

Also: Watch Dublin's State of the City & 'Astronomy Night' in Livermore

by By Pleasanton Weekly staff

Comic Con is back

Powerhouse Comic Con is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this Saturday with pop culture and comic entertainment for fans of all ages and a special nod to the 55th anniversary of Ultraman.

The special guest list includes actors Dore Kraus ("Ultraman: Towards the Future"), Linda Miller ("King Kong Escapes"), Carl Craig ("Destroy All Planets"), Kyle Pacek ("The Mandalorian" and "The Book of Boba Fett") and Charlotte Stewart ("Little House on the Prairie" and "Twin Peaks"), as well as comic book artists Walden Wong, Luis Rivera, Warren Montgomery and Lory De Vera.

The convention will also feature local artists, comic books, toy and anime vendors, celebrity panels, games, trick-or-treat, and a cosplay contest with a grand prize of $200, organizer said.

The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 9). Visit

Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit

The Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit is coming to Livermore later this month.

The annual event will this year bring together Tri-Valley mayors Karla Brown (Pleasanton), Melissa Hernandez (Dublin), Dave Hudson (San Ramon), Renee Morgan (Danville) and Bob Woerner (Livermore) to discuss major activities in their communities and the region at-large.

Organized by the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, the summit will be moderated by Guy Marzorati, reporter and producer for KQED, and held at Wente Vineyards on Arroyo Road in Livermore. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28. For ticket prices, visit

City website refresh

Livermore city officials recently unveiled a refreshed version of the city's official website -- via the same URL,

Designed to be more functional, intuitive and mobile-friendly, the project aimed to create a "crisp, modern look of the city's improved website offers visitors an easier way to access information," city officials said.

The city contracted with Granicus as the website host. The project also involved modernizing the subsites for the Livermore Public Library and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

"We're excited to offer this refreshed digital destination for all the latest news and events from the city. The work done by City staff in coordination with Granicus over the past few months had the customer in mind first and foremost," City Manager Marc Roberts said.

Explore the garden

"Berkeley's Unexplored Treasure: The UC Botanical Garden" will be the topic of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club at its online meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 14).

Guest speaker for the virtual tour will be Lewis Feldman, director of the UC Botanical Garden and professor of plant biology at UC Berkeley. Although the botanical garden is a short distance away, many Tri-Valley residents never have visited.

His talk will cover the history of the UC Botanical Garden; background on its special collection; its mission toward education, conservation and research; and future directions and goals of the garden.

As director of the UC Botanical Garden, Feldman's focus is on ensuring the plant collection is curated and well managed, which includes raising funds to maintain and update the facilities.

Club members will be provided with a link to the online presentation; prospective members can email [email protected] to receive the link.

Watch Dublin's State of the City

Dublin residents can view Mayor Melissa Hernandez's first State of the City address via Tri-Valley Community Television this month.

Hernandez, who was elected as mayor last November, delivered the annual city speech at a special event hosted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 22.

"The mayor provided details about the City's financial affairs, a recap of the city's efforts to help local businesses and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as information on current and future development projects, updates on future city parks and more," city officials said.

Video of the State of the City is airing periodically this month on TV30 and TV29. For air dates or streaming information, visit

'Astronomy Night'

The Livermore Public Library is hosting a free "Astronomy Night" next Thursday outside of the Civic Center Library.

"Attendees will have the chance to learn about astronomy with the Tri-Valley Stargazers and explore the night sky with telescopes," organizers said.

Additionally, the library is offering Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector telescopes for free check-out for use at home, part of the Library of Things program, which consists of nontraditional items such as musical instruments, sewing machines, games and robots. Telescopes can be reserved online or at the library main desk.

The "Astronomy Night" will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 14) outdoors at the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Ave. Go to


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