Sports

Scoreboard

Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Livermore 0, Mar 3, 2022
Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Granada 2, Mar 1, 2022
Girls Basketball:
Amador Valley 41, Granada 39, Feb 8, 2022
Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Dublin 21, Heritage (Brentwood) 6, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Livermore 20, Livingston 13, Aug 27, 2021
Boys Football:
Amador Valley 37, Milpitas 7, Aug 27, 2021

 
 
 
 
Sports Headlines

EBAL boys' basketball playoffs begin, coaches share reflections
The East Bay Athletic League boys' basketball playoffs started last night and end with the championship game on Saturday. Several EBAL coaches spoke to the Weekly about their reactions and reflections so far. Tuesday, 2:52 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys' soccer earns two tight wins last week
The Foothill boys' soccer team, who has battled throughout the season without getting many rewards, picked up a pair of wins last week. See that and more in this week's Pleasanton Preps... Tuesday, January 31, 3:17 PM

EBAL boys' hoops rundown: final week of regular play
As the final week of EBAL Boys' basketball begins, where do the teams stand? Who is likely to make it to the playoffs? Tuesday, January 31, 2:06 PM

Social media, sportsmanship and rule changes
A recent rule change to East Bay Athletic League brings questions about fairness, social media and athletic class. Tuesday, January 24, 2:22 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Remembering Clare Schmitt, a legend in local horse racing
We took another big hit this month when Clare Schmitt passed away. Clare and husband George became major owners in Northern California horse racing and could be found at the Pleasanton fairgrounds race track regularly. Tuesday, January 24, 12:03 PM

The Student Athlete Community Foundation: what it means to give back
Former Foothill and Amador Valley basketball players, Anirudh Murugesan (Foothill) and Jackson Cash (Amador), saw a lack of resources for youth. Together, the two founded a non-profit that aims to donate sports equipment to students. Tuesday, January 17, 1:44 PM | 1 comments

Pleasanton Preps: Meet the new class of Amador Athletic Hall of Fame
Five more members will be inducted into the Amador Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame next Thursday (Jan. 26) at halftime of the Amador basketball game. The inductees are... Tuesday, January 17, 3:18 PM

Pleasanton Preps: On city postponing adult softball seasons for cricket field construction
The reasoning? Several months ago, the Pleasanton City Council approved the construction of a much-needed cricket field at the Sports Park. The construction is set to begin in spring 2023 and may cause a hiccup in youth sports. So... Tuesday, December 27, 3:19 PM

Dougherty Valley junior takes on the weightlifting world
A 16-year old junior from Dougherty Valley High, Kimberly Wiese, is poised to compete in the 2028 Olympics following a rigorous and careful training regimen. In this week's edition of Big Picture, Wiese shares how her journey began. Tuesday, January 10, 11:23 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls get statement win over rival Amador Valley
The Foothill girls' varsity basketball team made a statement with a 62-30 win over crosstown rival Amador Valley. Catch up on that game -- plus Dennis remembers John Boruk, his old coworker growing up -- in his weekly Pleasanton Preps. Tuesday, January 10, 1:51 PM

Amador seniors will play D-1 college football
Brady Nassar and James Rothstein were teammates on the Amador Valley High varsity football team, and are heading off to play Division I college football. Tuesday, December 27, 2:30 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Big changes with boys' and girls' basketball as EBAL seasons begin
With the East Bay Athletic League basketball season launching this week, it speaks for me to update everyone on the changes with the boys' and girls' leagues. And there are some significant changes... Tuesday, January 3, 3:13 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys' basketball wins Dons City Classic
The Amador Valley boys' basketball team enjoyed a nice run at the Dons City Classic hosted by Arroyo, as Pleasanton's Dons won both their games and took the championship. See that, plus highlights from Foothill boys' soccer, here... Tuesday, December 20, 3:55 PM

City staff, residents celebrate new pickleball courts in Pleasanton
Over the last few years, pickleball has grown in popularity -- not just in the Tri-Valley, but across the country. Now, after months of construction, pickleball fans in Pleasanton have courts to play on in Muirwood Community Park. Monday, December 26, 6:02 AM

San Ramon Valley's journey to state championship game
The Wolves saw many hopes and dreams answered as the team advanced all the way to the CIF State 2A Championship game. And even though SRV fell 31-24 in overtime to Granite Hills of El Cajon, there certainly was no "what ifs" this year. Tuesday, December 20, 12:22 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Dons earn consolation titles at recent tournaments
The Amador Valley girls' basketball team has started the season off solidly, going out to a 5-2 record and capturing the consolation titles at the Washington and Windsor tournaments. Wednesday, December 14, 5:05 AM

Where does the future of high school sports stand?
In this week's edition of the Big Picture, Dennis Miller examines the near future of high school sports in the Tri-Valley and beyond. How much long will high school athletics go on? Tuesday, December 13, 1:33 PM

Pleasanton RAGE among six NorCal clubs to join women's semi-pro soccer league
A women's semi-professional soccer league announced this month that six expansion teams in the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California will join the league starting in its 2023 season. Sunday, December 11, 9:50 PM

Get on the Bus: Helping kids experience the joys of soccer
Pleasanton resident Tim Ryerson, GM of Ballistic United, founded "Get on the Bus" to give children who might not be able to the chance to play soccer while also learning valuable life skills. Thursday, December 1, 5:11 PM

Dublin High making strides in female wrestling
The East Bay Athletic League school, Dublin High, has noticeably taken the lead in incorporating females wrestling. Yet, performing in the male-dominated sport has had it's challenges for many Tri-Valley athletes. Tuesday, November 29, 12:49 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on 2022 football seasons for Amador and Foothill
The 2022 East Bay Athletic League football season ended with some positive achievements from both Amador Valley and Foothill. The contrast is looking to next year: The Dons have a lot more reasons to be excited than the Falcons... Tuesday, November 29, 12:09 PM | 1 comments

How will the upcoming North Coast Section realignment impact teams?
The North Coast Section is set to host an early December meeting about realignment for its current leagues, with the East Bay Athletic League expected to be impacted. Transportation issues emerge as one of the top considerations. Monday, October 31, 4:02 PM | 1 comments

Foothill stadium ADA upgrades underway
Making it easy for the visiting teams' fans to access the east side of the complex makes it nicer for both sides. No longer will the Foothill side of the stadium need to accommodate fans of both sides, it allows the fans to be... Tuesday, October 11, 9:38 AM

Hey ref! Fans' bad behavior, harassment causes shortage of officials
Words like funding, equipment, field space and coaching are thrown around regularly when it comes to local sports. But there is one phrase seldom mentioned that is the most crucial -- officials or rather, the lack of officials. Wednesday, September 28, 8:37 PM | 2 comments

Pleasanton council OKs location for new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park
Cricket players in Pleasanton will soon be able to compete and practice on a new field set to be constructed at Ken Mercer Sports Park following the City Council's decision on the location last week. Friday, September 16, 8:47 PM

 
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Foothill boys' soccer team, who has battled throughout the season without getting many rewards, picked up a pair of wins last week. See that and more in this week's Pleasanton Preps...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 31, 3:17 PM
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                                            [headline] => EBAL boys' hoops rundown: final week of regular play
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                                            [front_paragraph] => As the final week of EBAL Boys' basketball begins, where do the teams stand? Who is likely to make it to the playoffs? 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 31, 2:06 PM
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                                            [headline] => Social media, sportsmanship and rule changes
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                                            [front_paragraph] => A recent rule change to East Bay Athletic League brings questions about fairness, social media and athletic class. 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 24, 2:22 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Clare Schmitt is shown here with husband George at the Del Mar race track, one of the places where they ran their horses. A longtime leader in horse racing in Pleasanton, Clare died on Jan. 10, 2023 at age 77. (Photo courtesy Schmitt family)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Remembering Clare Schmitt, a legend in local horse racing
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                                            [front_paragraph] => We took another big hit this month when Clare Schmitt passed away. Clare and husband George became major owners in Northern California horse racing and could be found at the Pleasanton fairgrounds race track regularly.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 24, 12:03 PM
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                                            [headline] => The Student Athlete Community Foundation: what it means to give back
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Former Foothill and Amador Valley basketball players, Anirudh Murugesan (Foothill) and Jackson Cash (Amador), saw a lack of resources for youth. Together, the two founded a non-profit that aims to donate sports equipment to students. 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 17, 1:44 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The undefeated 2014 Amador Valley softball team is among the new class of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. 
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Meet the new class of Amador Athletic Hall of Fame
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Five more members will be inducted into the Amador Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame next Thursday (Jan. 26) at halftime of the Amador basketball game. The inductees are...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 17, 3:18 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Construction on a new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park is having a ripple effect on adult league softball next spring and summer. (File photo by Jeremy Walsh)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: On city postponing adult softball seasons for cricket field construction
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The reasoning? Several months ago, the Pleasanton City Council approved the construction of a much-needed cricket field at the Sports Park. The construction is set to begin in spring 2023 and may cause a hiccup in youth sports. So...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, December 27, 3:19 PM
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                                            [headline] => Dougherty Valley junior takes on the weightlifting world
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                                            [front_paragraph] => A 16-year old junior from Dougherty Valley High, Kimberly Wiese, is poised to compete in the 2028 Olympics following a rigorous and careful training regimen. In this week's edition of Big Picture, Wiese shares how her journey began. 
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls get statement win over rival Amador Valley
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Foothill girls' varsity basketball team made a statement with a 62-30 win over crosstown rival Amador Valley. Catch up on that game -- plus Dennis remembers John Boruk, his old coworker growing up -- in his weekly Pleasanton Preps.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 10, 1:51 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Brady Nassar in action against Granada this season. Nassar signed a Letter of Intent to play football at San Diego State next season. (Courtesy of John Nassar)
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                                            [headline] => Amador seniors will play D-1 college football
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Brady Nassar and James Rothstein were teammates on the Amador Valley High varsity football team, and are heading off to play Division I college football.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, December 27, 2:30 PM
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                                                    [caption] => As the EBAL basketball seasons start, there are key structural changes for both the boys' and girls' sides of the league. (File photo by Bob Bronzan)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Big changes with boys' and girls' basketball as EBAL seasons begin
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                                            [front_paragraph] => With the East Bay Athletic League basketball season launching this week, it speaks for me to update everyone on the changes with the boys' and girls' leagues. And there are some significant changes...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, January 3, 3:13 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys' basketball wins Dons City Classic
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Amador Valley boys' basketball team enjoyed a nice run at the Dons City Classic hosted by Arroyo, as Pleasanton's Dons won both their games and took the championship. See that, plus highlights from Foothill boys' soccer, here...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, December 20, 3:55 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown plays a round of pickleball alongside members of the Tri-Valley Pickleball Club to demonstrate the new courts at Muirwood Community Park. (Photo by Christian Trujano)
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                                            [headline] => City staff, residents celebrate new pickleball courts in Pleasanton
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Over the last few years, pickleball has grown in popularity -- not just in the Tri-Valley, but across the country. Now, after months of construction, pickleball fans in Pleasanton have courts to play on in Muirwood Community Park.
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                                            [date] => Monday, December 26, 6:02 AM
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                                            [headline] => San Ramon Valley's journey to state championship game
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Wolves saw many hopes and dreams answered as the team advanced all the way to the CIF State 2A Championship game. And even though SRV fell 31-24 in overtime to Granite Hills of El Cajon, there certainly was no "what ifs" this year.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, December 20, 12:22 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The Amador Valley girls' team after their consolation championship win over Petaluma in the Windsor tournament. (Photo by Kerri Leomiti)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Dons earn consolation titles at recent tournaments
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Amador Valley girls' basketball team has started the season off solidly, going out to a 5-2 record and capturing the consolation titles at the Washington and Windsor tournaments.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, December 14, 5:05 AM
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                                            [headline] => Where does the future of high school sports stand?
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                                            [front_paragraph] => In this week's edition of the Big Picture, Dennis Miller examines the near future of high school sports in the Tri-Valley and beyond. How much long will high school athletics go on? 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, December 13, 1:33 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton RAGE among six NorCal clubs to join women's semi-pro soccer league
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                                            [front_paragraph] => A women's semi-professional soccer league announced this month that six expansion teams in the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California will join the league starting in its 2023 season.
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                                            [date] => Sunday, December 11, 9:50 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The Ballistic United/Get On The Bus team competed in the recent League America Festival. Pleasanton resident Tim Ryerson, GM of Ballistic United, founded “Get on the Bus” to give children who might not be able to the
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                                            [headline] => Get on the Bus
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Pleasanton resident Tim Ryerson, GM of Ballistic United, founded "Get on the Bus" to give children who might not be able to the chance to play soccer while also learning valuable life skills. 
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                                            [date] => Thursday, December 1, 5:11 PM
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                                            [headline] => Dublin High making strides in female wrestling
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The East Bay Athletic League school, Dublin High, has noticeably taken the lead in incorporating females wrestling. Yet, performing in the male-dominated sport has had it's challenges for many Tri-Valley athletes. 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, November 29, 12:49 PM
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                                                    [caption] => An effective stiff-arm for the Falcon runner to ward off a Vintage defender. (Photo by Bruce Baesemann)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on 2022 football seasons for Amador and Foothill
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The 2022 East Bay Athletic League football season ended with some positive achievements from both Amador Valley and Foothill. The contrast is looking to next year: The Dons have a lot more reasons to be excited than the Falcons...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, November 29, 12:09 PM
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                                            [headline] => How will the upcoming North Coast Section realignment impact teams?
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The North Coast Section is set to host an early December meeting about realignment for its current leagues, with the East Bay Athletic League expected to be impacted. Transportation issues emerge as one of the top considerations. 
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                                            [date] => Monday, October 31, 4:02 PM
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                                            [headline] => Foothill stadium ADA upgrades underway
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Making it easy for the visiting teams' fans to access the east side of the complex makes it nicer for both sides. No longer will the Foothill side of the stadium need to accommodate fans of both sides, it allows the fans to be...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, October 11, 9:38 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Finding officials for high school games is becoming difficult. Bad behavior and harassment by parents and other fans are cited as the reason. (Courtesy of Bruce Baesemann)
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                                            [headline] => Hey ref! Fans' bad behavior, harassment causes shortage of officials
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Words like funding, equipment, field space and coaching are thrown around regularly when it comes to local sports. But there is one phrase seldom mentioned that is the most crucial -- officials or rather, the lack of officials.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, September 28, 8:37 PM
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                                                    [caption] => An attached photo of the three proposed options for a cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park. Option 2 was approved by City Council on Sept. 6. (Image courtesy City of Pleasanton)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton council OKs location for new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Cricket players in Pleasanton will soon be able to compete and practice on a new field set to be constructed at Ken Mercer Sports Park following the City Council's decision on the location last week.
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                                            [date] => Friday, September 16, 8:47 PM
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