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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ValleyCare to hold annual meeting tonight

ValleyCare Health Systems board of directors will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the ValleyCare Medical Center cafeteria, 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County earns 7 awards at national conference

Thanks to its technology and imaginative approaches to addressing key challenges, Alameda County came away with seven Achievement Awards at the National Association of Counties (NACO) conference this month.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | No comments yet
Foreign buyers claiming 14% of home sales in California

Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers to the U.S. to purchase properties and make real estate investments.

Wednesday, 7:19 AM | 12 comments
Pleasanton Hilton takes the name DoubleTree

The Pleasanton Hilton Hotel has been renamed DoubleTree in a move by the hotels' parent company to increase the use of the DoubleTree name at its suburban facilities while keeping the Hilton name for its upscale hotels in larger cities.

Wednesday, 7:18 AM | 2 comments
Water restored to Pleasanton apartment complex

After four consecutive days without water, residents of Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments now have their water supply restored.

Wednesday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Cross blood drive in Pleasanton Saturday

To help prevent a summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross is holding blood drives throughout the Bay Area, including one Saturday in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Ellie Mae makes Pleasanton its corporate headquarters

Ellie Mae, a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, announced Monday that it has signed a long-term lease for more than 100,000 square feet of office space that will be the site of its new corporate headquarters in Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heroes

The Pleasanton Weekly is seeking nominations and sponsorships for the Tri-Valley Heroes awards program, our salute to the individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Shrieking sound keeps Pleasanton residents awake at night

Distressing, unnerving and strange sounds have roused Pleasanton resident Keli Martinez in the middle of the night for several years, but she said she and her family finally solved the mystery while walking the dog earlier this month.

Tuesday, 7:24 AM | 22 comments

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pleasanton apartment complex tenants without water for 4 days

Residents at Pleasanton's Springhouse Apartments have been experiencing their own drought since Friday afternoon when the apartment's main high-pressure water pipe broke.

Monday, 4:25 PM | 18 comments
'Taste Our Terroir' at local wineries this weekend

Livermore Valley winegrowers are ready to present their annual premier food and wine affair, Taste Our Terroir Thursday through Sunday, celebrating and educating wine lovers with a "taste of the land."

Monday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Builder confidence keeps rising in West, U.S.

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Monday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
The New Christy Minstrels to perform in Livermore tomorrow

The New Christy Minstrels will be performing at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 7:30 p.m. tomoorrow.

Monday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Plein air exhibit at Harrington Gallery ends Saturday

This is the final week to view the current exhibit at the Harrington gallery, "Jade Fon Retrospective & Plein Air Painters," which closes Saturday.

Monday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet
Governor signs bill aimed at easing sexual assault victims' access to counseling

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday aims to ease the process for sexual assault victims to receive counseling services.

Monday, 7:28 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 18, 2014

Picnic while enjoying arias today at Retzlaff Vineyards

Livermore Valley Opera singers will perform classic arias today at their 22nd annual operatic fundraiser at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore.

Friday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
Cuisine creations

In the Safeway Culinary Kitchens in Dublin, executive chef Jeff Anderson and his team explore new ways to bring food to the table and establish farm-to-table avenues for fresh products.

Friday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Theater adds 2nd show tonight after 'Comedy@Firehouse' sells out

Firehouse Arts Center has added a second show at 10 p.m. tonight after the 8 p.m. show sold out for Comedy @ Firehouse Presents: Rocky LaPorte of "Last Comic Standing" fame.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet
700 expected at Tri for Fun event today at Shadow Cliffs

Nearly 700 triathletes with a wide range of experience are set to participate starting at 5 a.m. today in the second of four triathlons in the 27th annual Tri for Fun triathlon series at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Downtown park renamed to honor Pleasanton Rotary clubs

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday agreed to spend $420,000 to improve a relatively obscure public park at the end of Main Street and to rename it Rotary Park in celebration of the 50th anniversary next May of the chartering of the first of Pleasanton's three Rotary clubs.

Thursday, 7:48 AM | 9 comments

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New citizens' coalition seeks to halt high-density housing projects in Pleasanton

A group seeking to halt the construction of additional high density housing in Pleasanton asked the City council Tuesday night stop planning for more growth during shortfalls in water, school space and other infrastructure needs.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 114 comments
Livermore staging 'Tree Sweater Forest' benefit for Valley Humane Society

Thirty knitter spots have been booked just three days after the Livermore Commission for the Arts and Livermore Downtown announced their "Tree Sweater Forest" in the city's downtown.

Wednesday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Builders see immigration reform as way to add to workforce

An organization representing home builders this week praised Congressional efforts to develop an immigration policy that would help provide workers developers need in construction.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | 6 comments
Public invited to forum on Pioneer Cemetery's future tonight

A committee looking into ways to improve Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening to consider concepts and costs and to hear suggestions from the public.

Wednesday, 7:23 AM | 17 comments
Free workshop today on adapting landscape to drought conditions

A water conservation expert will hold a free workshop for Pleasanton residents and business representatives from 10 a.m. to noon today on adapting landscape to drought conditions.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 12 comments
Report highlights Safeway's progress on environmental, lifestyle goals

Pleasanton-based Safeway this week released its sixth annual sustainability report, called the "Heart of Safeway,"which highlights progress the company has made Safeway made in the areas of environmental sustainability, community impact and responsible business practices.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thorne pulls papers to seek re-election as mayor

Mayor Jerry Thorne took out nomination papers Monday in his bid to seek re-election in the municipal election on Nov. 4.

Tuesday, 7:55 AM | 19 comments
Pleasanton Harvest Festival back at Fairgrounds in September

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds Sept. 19-21 with a wide array of unique arts and crafts, entertainment, kids activities, live music, and specialty foods.

Tuesday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Firehouse features cabaret seating for July 27 performance

The Firehouse Arts Center Theater will transform itself from traditional row-style seating into a cabaret/club setting Sunday, July 27, for "Sing a Song of Sondheim," a tribute to the songs of the iconic American musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim.

Tuesday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday night sunset over Pleasanton

Sunset over Pleasanton Sunday evening as viewed from Bernal Avenue in this photo by Mike Sedlak.

Monday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet
Kids Splash and Dash planned in Pleasanton today

The Tri-Valley Triathlon Club is set to hold the first installment of its third annual Kids Splash and Dash Series today at the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center in Pleasanton.

Monday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Outstanding Tri-Valley athletes honored

Tri-Valley Community Television recognized more than four dozen local high school athletes for their accomplishments last season during a recent ceremony featuring local elected officials and guest speaker Dennis Brown, a retired defensive end from the San Francisco 49ers.

Sunday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Relay for Life cancer fundraiser ends this morning in Pleasanton

Volunteerism, support, motivation and recreation are a few of the components found at the heart of Relay for Life, a 24-hour cancer fundraising walk that ends this morning at Pleasanton Middle School.

Sunday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeks applicants for Teen Poet Laureates

Pleasanton is now accepting applications for two Teen Poet Laureates that will serve for 2014-15 school year.

Sunday, 7:56 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Firefighters battle blaze at Hopyard Road apartment complex

A two-alarm fire destroyed a second-floor apartment and damaged at least one other Friday night in an eight-unit apartment complex at 1302 Hopyard Rd.

Saturday, 8:07 AM | 22 comments
Artist learns to embrace two cultures

When Minnie Phan began to draw as a young child, she kept her sketches to herself. "It was something I did secretly, as an escape," she recalled.

Saturday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 11, 2014

School board gives direction on 'discipline, release or dismissal' of employee

The Pleasanton school board held a special board meeting Friday morning and gave direction to legal counsel on the discipline, release or dismissal of a public employee.

Friday, 11:38 AM | 15 comments
17-day fair closes with attendance up 22%

Searing heat with temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark for several days didn't stop the 475,762 visitors to this year's Alameda County Fair.

Friday, 7:59 AM | 1 comment
Sales tax measure is back, and just might pass

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to place a transportation sales tax increase measure on the November ballot, a measure that failed by a faction of the two-thirds favorable votes it needed two years ago.

Friday, 7:47 AM | 62 comments
Local athletes shine at Special Olympics event

Ryan Butterly, Jennifer Thomas and Torren Pickett -- members of Pleasanton's Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD) team -- combined to take home two gold medals and five silvers at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games held June 27-29 at UC Davis.

Friday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales soar more than 35% in May

Luxury home sales in the East Bay soared more than 35% in May as the high-end market remained strong heading into summer.

Friday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Special school board meeting set for 7:30 a.m. today

The Pleasanton school board is set to hold a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. today in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave, where they will consider "the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

Thursday, 11:31 AM | 15 comments

Tough new rules on water are necessary
By Tim Hunt | 10 comments | 1,075 views

Circumstances without Pomp
By Roz Rogoff | 3 comments | 896 views

‘Much Ado’ or is it Adios for ObamaCare?
By Tom Cushing | 0 comments | 73 views