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Friday, September 4, 2015

Defendant to stand trial for murder in shooting death of Kate Steinle

A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled today that an undocumented immigrant accused of shooting Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in July at San Francisco's Pier 14 will stand trial for murder.

Friday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment
Seahawks swim at international all-star meet

Six top Pleasanton Seahawks swam as part of the Pacific Swimming all-star team during the international North American Challenge Cup in La Jolla earlier this summer.

Friday, 8:15 AM | No comments yet
Don reflects on playing baseball in Dominican Republic

Amador Valley High junior Ryan Westcott suited up for Team USA with some of the country's best young baseball players to compete in an international tournament with peers from Canada, St. Croix and the Dominican Republic this summer.

Friday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet
Court hearing continues today in shooting death of Kate Steinle

A San Francisco Superior Court Judge has continued the preliminary hearing for the Pier 14 homicide suspect until today, at which point he is expected to make a decision as to whether the case will go to trial.

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Darlingside to kick off Firehouse season tomorrow night

Darlingside in Concert opens Season 6 for the Firehouse Arts Center tomorrow night, with songs from its new album, "Birds Say."

Thursday, 5:40 PM | No comments yet
BART Transbay Tube to San Francisco closed this weekend

There will be no BART train service between San Francisco and the East Bay this holiday weekend, with officials closing the Transbay Tube to repair a key section of track near the tube.

Thursday, 5:37 PM | No comments yet
An Evening with the Harringtons at Amadaor Theater Tuesday

The Museum on Main is presenting "An Evening with Gary and Nancy Harrington" this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Amador Valley High School Theater where the Harringtons, benefactors of public art in Pleasanton, will discuss artworks in the community.

Thursday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
Scottish Games among highlights of Labor Day weekend events

Thank goodness for Labor Day weekend -- a chance to pause and catch our breath after the frenzied rush of back-to-school and back-to-work with no vacation days in sight.

Thursday, 5:31 PM | No comments yet
Stray chicken keeps motorists swerving 0n Bay Bridge for 4 hours

A stray chicken that startled drivers on the Bay Bridge Wednesday morning and was featured in countless jokes on social media has been taken to an Oakland animal shelter and might be reclaimed by its owner.

Thursday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
Passenger volume up 8.7% at Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport experienced a significant jump in ridership over the past year, according to the airport's annual passenger traffic report.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
Americans embracing 'smart' homes

A survey of U.S. adults by Coldwell Banker Real Estate t and CNET, an online source of consumer technology news, found that Americans are already embracing the smart home with 28% owning at least one smart home product and almost half of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) adopting the technology.

Thursday, 7:32 AM | 4 comments
Police searching for naked man who followed woman on Aug. 20

Pleasanton police are reporting that they are now searching for a man who followed a woman in his car while apparently naked two weeks ago.

Thursday, 7:30 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sewer district board member elected to state sanitation board

Dublin San Ramon Services Director Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold has been elected to serve a three-year term on a state sanitation board.

Wednesday, 7:01 AM | 1 comment
Livermore hosting National Senior Center Month events starting Wednesday

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District has scheduled a series of special programs starting Wednesday to mark National Senior Center Month.

Wednesday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
City library holding free high school prep workshop today

The Pleasanton Library is hosting a free high-school workshop this afternoon to help students get off to a good start this year.

Wednesday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet
Students, parents urged to check 2 federal college tax credits

California parents and students should check now to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits when they file their 2015 federal income tax returns.

Wednesday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Volunteers needed to help on Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest annual volunteer event in the state, will take place Saturday, Sept. 19.

Tuesday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
Bus riders alert: Berkeley student with measles rode on AC Transit bus

A UC-Berkeley student with the measles rode on AC Transit bus and spent time on campus before being diagnosed, Berkeley Public Health officials said Monday.

Tuesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet
'Kate' Steinle family files claims against S.F., federal officials over her death

The family of a woman fatally shot on San Francisco's waterfront in July filed wrongful death claims Tuesday against San Francisco and federal officials.

Tuesday, 7:33 AM | 16 comments
State water department offering rebates on toilet, turf replacements

California residents can now get rebates to help replace old, inefficient toilets and thirsty lawns with water-saving alternatives.

Tuesday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
Congregation Beth Emek to use new prayer book for Rosh Hashanah

Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton will introduce a new Reform Judaism prayer book at its Rosh Hashanah services Sept. 13.

Tuesday, 6:45 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pleasanton police to conduct training exercise tonight at Stoneridge Mall

The Pleasanton Police Department will conduct an overnight training exercise starting at 9 p.m. tonight at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Monday, 11:48 AM | 2 comments
Winners and losers in Lund Ranch 50-home development approval

There were winners and losers last week as the Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 homes on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard.

Monday, 9:03 AM | 5 comments
Pleasanton seeks candidates to fill commission and committee vacancies

The city of Pleasanton is seeking applications to fill vacancies on a variety of commissions and committees.

Monday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Heading to SFO? All lanes of Hwy. 101 now open after overnight closure

All lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in the Burlingame/Millbrae area have reopened this morning.

Sunday, 8:04 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Heading to SFO? Hwy. 101 closed in Burlingame

Highway 101 remains blocked in both directions in Burlingame this morning due to downed power lines following a Friday night crash.

Saturday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet
Sewer district seeks comment on longterm goals

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is inviting the public to comment on the district's longterm water supply goals.

Saturday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet
Dual-enrollment program launches at Las Positas

A dual-enrollment program has been launched by Las Positas College and Tri-Valley ROP to help students earn college credits and learn about college life while completing high school.

Saturday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police urge community to be aware of phone scams

Pleasanton police encouraged residents to be aware of phone scams that typically ask someone to send money to help a loved one get out of jail.

Saturday, 8:18 AM | 6 comments

Friday, August 28, 2015

Livermore PD searching for missing 88-year-old woman

Livermore police are asking for the public's help locating an 88-year-old woman who went missing today, police said.

Friday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks swim in Hawaii

The Pleasanton Seahawks sent Sydney Lu, Daniella Hawkins, Calvin David, Caroline Eckel, Christina Tsai and Calvin Chui as local representatives on the 60-member Pacific Swimming team that took first place at the Western Zone All-Star Championship Swim Meet earlier this month in Hawaii.

Friday, 7:10 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Ukulele Band performing today at the Firehouse

The lively little ukulele -- evocative of the Hawaiian islands and college kids in the 1920s -- will reach new heights locally when the Pleasanton Ukulele Band appears at the Firehouse Arts Center Sunday.

Friday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet
Water wholesaler discusses rates, transparency ruling

The Zone 7 Water Agency board met Wednesday to discuss an ongoing study that will impact whether the agency changes its water rates, as well as a report from the Alameda County civil grand jury regarding a transparency debate.

Friday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet
14-year-old all-stars finish 2nd in World Series

A fierce late-game comeback fell just short for the Tri-Valley all-stars, who lost an 8-7 heart-breaker to New Jersey in the championship game of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series last weekend in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Friday, 7:04 AM | 1 comment
Local boys win Babe Ruth World Series

The Tri-Valley all-stars finished their summer as the nation's best, winning the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series last weekend in Jamestown, N.Y.

Friday, 7:04 AM | No comments yet
Football returns tonight in Pleasanton

Amador Valley football coach Rick Sira and Foothill coach Matt Sweeney have been coaching at their respective schools for close to a combined 60 years, and there has been one constant throughout.

Friday, 7:03 AM | 4 comments
Family of teen fatally shot by Pleasanton police officer files claim against department

The family of a 19-year-old San Jose man who was fatally shot by a Pleasanton police officer last month has filed a wrongful death claim against the department and has requested the case be handed over to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation.

Friday, 7:03 AM | 25 comments

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bullet that struck, killed Kate Steinle ricocheted off pier wall

The single bullet that struck and killed a 32-year-old woman in broad daylight on San Francisco's waterfront last month appears to have ricocheted off a cement pier prior to hitting the victim, according to expert testimony provided Wednesday during the second day of the murder suspect's preliminary hearing.

Thursday, 10:46 AM | 13 comments
Shooter of Virginia TV news crew once worked at KPIX-TV

The man who shot and killed two former colleagues during a live broadcast in Virginia Wednesday morning started his TV journalism career in the Bay Area.

Thursday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet
Keep saving, says water czar Smith as he heads into retirement

Daniel Smith, who has worked in the city's Operations Services Department for 15 years, including the last eight as its director, said goodbye in remarks to the Rotary Club of Pleasanton as he heads into retirement next week.

Thursday, 7:29 AM | 7 comments
Pharmacist counseling failures to cost Walgreens $502,200

Walgreens, which has a district office here and pharmacies in Pleasanton and Livermore, agreed to pay $502,200 in a settlement with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley over the failure of its pharmacists to properly counsel prescription customers.

Thursday, 7:13 AM | 1 comment
Thoratec sale to Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical proceeding

Pleasanton-based Thoratec Corporation, a leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart failure, announced this week that it is proceeding with the bid by St. Jude Medical Inc. to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.4 billion, or $63.50 per share.

Thursday, 7:12 AM | No comments yet
New home sales in U.S. up 5.4% in July

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000 units in July, according to newly released data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Thursday, 7:11 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Court hearing continues today in shooting death of Kate Steinle

A preliminary hearing will continue today before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan P. Conroy in the shooting death July 1 of former Pleasanton resident Kathryn "Kate" Steinle, 32, who was shot in broad daylight on a San Francisco waterfront pier.

Wednesday, 7:55 AM | 3 comments
East Bay luxury home sales up 28%

Luxury home sales in the East Bay climbed more than 28% in July from a year ago while the median sale priced edged lower.

Wednesday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Stanford/ValleyCare receives $43,000 from 'Bras for the Cause' walk

Donations totaling $43,000 from last Mother's Day "Bras for the Cause" walk have been given to the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation to be used for its Cancer Navigation Program.

Wednesday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Water agency to discuss water rates, transparency at special meeting today

The Zone 7 Water Agency board will meet at 4 p.m. today to discuss an ongoing study that will impact whether the agency changes its water rates, as well as a report from the Alameda County civil grand jury regarding a transparency debate.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 2 comments
Final 1st Wednesday street party starts at 6 p.m. tonight

Pleasanton's final 1st Wednesday of the summer tonight will focus on environmental issues with vendors offering information on energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and recycling.

Wednesday, 7:07 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pleasanton man dies while abalone diving off North Coast

The body of a Pleasanton man who was diving for abalone off the Mendocino County coast last week has been recovered.

Tuesday, 1:29 PM | 9 comments
Lund Ranch plan goes before Planning Commission tonight

The Pleasanton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. tonight to consider a bid to build 50 upscale homes on the 194-acre Lund Ranch in the hills southwest of Sunol Boulevard near the I-680 exit.

Tuesday, 8:04 AM | 7 comments
Teen Vogue's 4th annual back-to-school gala at Stoneridge Mall this afternoon

Stoneridge Shopping Center will host Teen Vogue magazine's "Back-To-School" gala from 1-5 p.m today.

Tuesday, 6:29 AM | No comments yet
Museum on Main's 'Wild West Evening' at Senior Center at 6 p.m. today

Gamblers and bandits and wild women -- oh my! Step back in time at Museum on Main's seventh annual fundraiser, "A Wild West Evening: Brothels, Bar Rooms & Bandits," from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

Tuesday, 6:08 AM | 2 comments
Wheels offering 2-weeks of free rides for students

Tri-Valley middle and high school students can ride free on all regularly-scheduled Wheels buses during a two-week promotional period starting Monday, Sept. 7.

Tuesday, 5:58 AM | No comments yet
Legislation would allow school districts to store away more money for hard times

Two state senators have introduced a bill that would allow state school districts to store away more money for difficult financial years than is currently allowed.

Tuesday, 5:57 AM | No comments yet

Monday, August 24, 2015

Apparent suicide at Embarcadero BART station in S.F. delays trains Monday afternoon

A man hit by a BART train died at San Francisco's Embarcadero station this afternoon.

Monday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Staying Dillon Strong

The O'Leary family knows about gardening: It takes patience and nurturing for little seeds to grow to fruits and vegetables in their garden at home.

Sunday, 1:33 PM | 1 comment
BART opens locked bicycle parking inside San Francisco's Civic Center station

Bike parking in San Francisco has just become more secure with the grand opening of a locked bicycle parking station inside the Civic Center BART and Municipal Railway station.

Sunday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Sewer district reopens popular recycled water program to all residents

The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) has reopened its popular recycled water program to anyone who wishes to participate.

Sunday, 7:24 AM | No comments yet
Traffic safety tips as students head back to school

With schools opening this week, the Livermore Police Department is urging everyone throughout the Tri-Valleywould like to read the following back to school traffic safety tips and share them with family, friend, and co-workers.

Sunday, 7:16 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tesla fire extinguished, all roads open

Firefighters achieved full containment of the 2,700-acre, five day Tesla Fire east of Livermore Sunday.

Saturday, 8:10 PM | No comments yet
Builder confidence rises in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in August throughout the U.S. rose one point to a level of 61 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Saturday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Baker's veteran-assistance bill heads to governor

Gov. Jerry Brown is set to consider a bill from local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that aims to improve notification and assistance to certain military veterans about financial aid services available for collegiate education.

Saturday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet

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