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Monday, March 2, 2015

Pleasanton mayor, most on council endorse Glazer for State Senate

Candidate for State Senate Steve Glazer said Monday that he has secured endorsements from four out of the five members of the Pleasanton City Council.

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Yale Russian Chorus to perform in Livermore Saturday

When the Yale Russian Chorus reached out across the country to find interested audiences, St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Livermore responded.

Monday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet
Consider life without owning a car

Most baby boomers couldn't envision their early adult years without a car. However, times are changing and younger commuters are leading the way.

Monday, 7:58 AM | 3 comments
Thoratec to describe benefits of its advanced-stage heart devices to investors

Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation will be participating in two upcoming investor conferences this month, starting with the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference on Wednesday.

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News from around the Bay for Monday, March 2

The following reports were issued early Monday by Bay City News, the region's news service that serves the Pleasanton Weekly.

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Livermore police make arrest in Sunday's double murder

Police arrested a man in his late 20s Sunday on suspicion that he shot two men to death in Livermore earlier in the day, police said.

Monday, 6:53 AM | 1 comment
COMMUTER ALERT: State Highway 84 closed just east of Ruby Hill

The California Highway patrol reported at 6:40 a.m. this morning that Highway 84 is closed just east of Ruby Hill Boulevard.

Monday, 6:47 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Walmart makes $1,000 donation to new Senior Center nonprofit

Walmart has contributed $1,000 to The Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center, a newly-founded charitable foundation, with the donation to be used to improve the services and enhance the center's popular Sage Café that caters to Pleasanton senior residents.

Saturday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Smoke alarm credited with saving Livermore homeowner's life

A smoke alarm awakened a sleeping homeowner in Livermore early Friday to a raging fire in the home's garage, giving him enough time to escape the blaze through a bedroom window and call 911.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rotary Club 'garage now underway at Amador High parking lot

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is holding its second annual "Prime Pickin's Multi-Household Garage Sale" starting at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Amador Valley High School parking lot on Santa Rita Road.

Friday, 8:22 PM | No comments yet
Superintendent's evaluation part of Pleasanton school board meeting this morning

The Pleasanton school board will hold a special board meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rose Hotel in downtown Pleasanton with one of its agenda items the evaluation of the work of Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.

Friday, 1:50 PM | 21 comments
Pleasanton Weekly distributes $80,940 to 10 Holiday Fund beneficiaries

The Pleasanton Weekly distributed checks totaling $80,940 Thursday to 10 nonprofits that are beneficiaries of the newspaper's 2014 Holiday Fund campaign.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 3 comments
Legislators propose ban on chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes at ball parks

Both California and San Francisco lawmakers have introduced legislation that could keep chewing tobacco out of baseball parks, including the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Santa Clara County supervisor elected MTC chairman

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese has been elected as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Friday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Road to Anaheim

Since the end of last summer, Pleasanton school cheer teams have been working hard to prepare for the national cheer competition in Anaheim. Practices, cheering at games, competing at regional cheer competitions -- all to prepare them for what is sometimes known as the "Super Bowl of Cheerleading."

Friday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton panel explores building overnight tourism

A panel discussion held last week in Pleasanton presented a look into how the city and the other Tri-Valley communities can better attract overnight tourism and extended visitor stays in the area.

Friday, 7:07 AM | 2 comments
Malatesta installed as president of PDA

Downtown restaurant owner Vic Malatesta has been installed for a second year in a row as president of the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

Friday, 7:07 AM | 2 comments
'The Spirit of the Old West'

Jerry Fick's "The Spirit of the Old West," a permanent exhibit at the Blackhawk Museum, showcases the American westward expansion from the early 1700s through the early 1900s.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

BART receives a $5 million grant to improve trackside safety

BART has received a $5 million grant that will go towards a project aimed at improving employee safety along the system's tracks.

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Owner of Petaluma slaughterhouse that processed sick cattle pleads guilty

The co-owner of a Petaluma slaughterhouse that processed sick cattle for human consumption, some with eye cancer, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to a conspiracy charge.

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4 local Democratic Club Presidents support Joan Buchanan

Four Democratic Party clubs have endorsed Joan Buchanan's candidacy for the State Senate, with club presidents sending personal notes to constituents.

Thursday, 7:45 AM | 26 comments
PPIE announces 'Innovative Student Grant' awards

Fourteen Pleasanton Unified School District students have been awarded a total of $5,002 in funding from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation for a variety of student-initiated projects.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | No comments yet
Whole Foods to open Dublin store in May

A new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market will open May 20 in a new retail center under construction across Hacienda Drive from Hacienda Crossings at Dublin Boulevard.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | 13 comments

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

January homes sales in Bay Area slowest since 2008

Bay Area home sales dropped last month to their lowest level for a January in the last seven years, according to data released by the property information service CoreLogic DataQuick.

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Pleasanton man arrested in vehicle theft

Danville police officers arrested a Pleasanton man after a brief car chase Sunday evening, said Danville Lt. Allan Shields.

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Pleasanton HOA management leader elected to state board

John Cligny of the Association Management Co. in Pleasanton has been re-elected to the board of directors for the California Association of Community Managers, joining 13 other professionals from around the state who were elected to the board.

Wednesday, 7:47 AM | 1 comment
Red Cross to hold Tri-Valley blood drives this month

All throughout March, the American Red Cross will be recognizing the country's everyday heroes for its Red Cross Month.

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | No comments yet
Livermore man convicted of murdering former friend

A Livermore man has been convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his former friend in December 2012.

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | 1 comment
School board approves 2015-16 calendar

The Pleasanton school board approved the dates for the 2015-16 instructional calendar Tuesday evening, with a start date of Aug. 25 and end date of June 10, 2016.

Wednesday, 7:43 AM | 24 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baker introduces legislation to prevent future BART strikes

State Assemblywoman Catharine B. Baker (R-San Ramon) introduced legislation today that would prevent future strikes by unionized employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART).

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | 7 comments
Pleasanton Chamber hosting 52nd annual Community Service Awards March 25

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will recognize individuals, groups and businesses who have demonstrated excellence and community leadership in business, volunteer activities and achievement within the Pleasanton community on Wednesday, March 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Tuesday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet
Job fair for teens scheduled in March

Pleasanton teens are invited to attend the "Tri-Valley Teen Job and Career Fair" at the Pleasanton Senior Center on March 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

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Dublin planning 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day celebration

Get out your kilt and put on your green to commemorate St. Patrick's Day with the city of Dublin at its 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 13-15.

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Hart teacher named 'Behring Teacher Ambassador'

A Hart Middle School teacher has been named a 2015-16 Behring Teacher Ambassador, announced by National History Day (NHD).

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | 5 comments

Monday, February 23, 2015

Camp Connection 2015

What are the kids doing this summer? Here's a list of great summer camps to choose from!

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Nature photographer to share her safari experience in program at Pleasanton Library tonight

Nature photographer Dianne Mao will speak at the Pleasanton Library at 7 p.m. tonight about her summer 2014 trip to Kenya where she captured images from one of Africa's best-known safari destinations.

Monday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
School board to consider approval of 2015-16 calendar tonight

The Pleasanton school board will possibly be approving the instructional calendar for the 2015-16 school year during tonight's board meeting.

Monday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
Amador beats Foothill 52-45 in crosstown basketball final

The last league basketball game took place at Foothill High School Friday with the gym packed and the energy was high.

Monday, 7:44 AM | 12 comments
Gill named Pleasanton's Director of Human Resources, Labor Relations

Debra Gill, Pleasanton's Human Resources manager since January, 2011, has been promoted to the new position of Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, effective next Monday, March 2.

Monday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet
How to avoid an online vacation rental scam

Imagine renting a home on a beautiful beachfront from a trusted website, arriving to start your vacation and finding out you've been scammed?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

2 arrested in connection with recent burglaries

Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with burglaries in San Ramon.

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AC Transit using double-decker bus in 3-week pilot program

AC Transit has launched a three-week pilot program in which it is using a 42-foot-long, double-decker bus on selected longer routes in its service area in 13 cities and surrounding areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Friday, 8:53 AM | 2 comments
Raiders, San Diego Chargers considering shared stadium in L.A. areain Southern California with the San Diego Chargers

The Oakland Raiders on Thursday announced plans to share a stadium in Southern California with the San Diego Chargers if both NFL teams fail to find new stadium solutions in their hometowns.

Friday, 8:44 AM | 2 comments
Pleasanton planning chief named assistant city manager

Brian Dolan, Pleasanton's Community Development Director in charge of the planning department for the past seven years, has been promoted to assistant City Manager, succeeding Steve Bocian, who will retire on March 27.

Friday, 7:49 AM | 10 comments
Pleasanton police department welcomes 2 new officers

Pleasanton Police Department is welcoming two new police officers to serve the Pleasanton community.

Friday, 7:36 AM | 16 comments
Suspected mail thieves lead police on car chase

Pleasanton police officers were led on a car chase early Thursday morning after officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving through a residential neighborhood on Foothill Road, and the vehicle's occupants were allegedly reaching into mailboxes.

Friday, 7:34 AM | 1 comment
Four decades of cutting with care

Pleasanton barbershop owner Cosmo Panetta is celebrating more than 40 years in the business of making men, women, and children look and feel good with his clippers and kindness.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 8 comments

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Torres installed as new fire chief for Pleasanton, Livermore

Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts said it all last week when he joined his Pleasanton counterpart Nelson Fialho in welcoming elected officials from both cities at the "pinning" and installation of Ruben Torres as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Thursday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Mayor reports 2014 a very good year for Pleasanton; 2015 will be even better

In his annual "State of the City" report, Mayor Jerry Thorne said 2014 was a very good year for Pleasanton, a year of planning, with the prospects for this year even better as those plans are put into place.

Thursday, 7:42 AM | 3 comments
Police department announces 2014 employee awards

The Pleasanton Police Department this week announced its 2014 "Officer of the Year" and "Professional Staff Member of the Year" recipients, a part of the department's longstanding annual recognition program for superior performance.

Thursday, 7:32 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Creatures of Impulse to face-off at Firehouse tonight

Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's 31-member teen improv troupe, is presenting Face-Off 2015 tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Wednesday, 7:45 AM | No comments yet
Builder 'confidence' falls in much of country due to harsh winter weather, but gains in western states

Builder confidence across the country in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report released this week.

Wednesday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet
TV30 to broadcast Livermore-Granada high basketball game at 7 p.m. tonight

TV30 will broadcast last night's basketball game between crosstown rivals Livermore and Granada high schools at 7 p.m. Saturday on its Comcast TV channel 30 and on AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.AT&T U-verse via Channel 99.

Wednesday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Make sure loved ones are prepared for their retirement years

What if a sudden, debilitating illness, fraud or economic downturn affected your senior family member's retirement, estate or long-term care issues? Would you be prepared to take over?

Wednesday, 7:12 AM | No comments yet
Foothill PTO set to vote tonight on PTA affiliation

Foothill High School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is set to vote tonight whether to become an official Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 4 comments
Amador Valley High's DECA heads to state competition

Members of Amador Valley High School's DECA club excelled at California DECA'S Annual Northern California Career Development Conference (CDC) in San Ramon, advancing to the state competition to be held Feb. 28 to March 1 in Santa Clara.

Wednesday, 7:10 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Council approves growth management ordinance

The Pleasanton City Council will vote tonight on a growth management ordinance that will slow down residential building in the future.

Tuesday, 7:54 AM | 18 comments
Ruben Torres to be sworn in today as new chief of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

Former San Jose fire chief Ruben Torres will be sworn in as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department today.

Tuesday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet
Warm and fuzzy foster families

Volunteers who foster kittens and puppies for Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton until they are ready for adoption might agree that they get their charges for the best part of their lives.

Tuesday, 7:26 AM | 5 comments
Symphony to celebrate youth and romance at tonight's performance

Livermore-Amador Symphony's next concert, "Young Love," will take place Saturday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore with works by Rossini, Prokofiev, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

Tuesday, 7:23 AM | No comments yet

Baker bill targets BART strikes
By Tim Hunt | 2 comments | 1,282 views

The House of Representatives performs history’s first repeat hara-kiri
By Tom Cushing | 10 comments | 1,138 views

Net Neutrality a win or loss for open Internet and First Amendment?
By Gina Channell-Allen | 2 comments | 486 views