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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kaitlin's cancer fight officially ends

Every single person is affected by cancer, says survivor Kaitlin Gallagher, 20.

Thursday, 6:41 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools already set with rules around gender identity and bathrooms

Schools across the country are grappling with the Obama administration's request that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender that corresponds with their identity, but Pleasanton Unified School District's policies have long allowed students this choice.

Thursday, 6:40 AM | 4 comments
Pleasanton woman indicted for alleged visa fraud ring

A Pleasanton woman has been indicted along with three others on federal charges for allegedly participating in a scheme to commit worker visa fraud.

Thursday, 6:39 AM | 2 comments
Columnist slows for the cone zone at CarMax opening

CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, opened its first Bay Area location in Pleasanton this month and asked me to demonstrate my car skills at its opening day ceremony.

Thursday, 6:36 AM | No comments yet
Foothill alum hired to Portland volleyball staff

Former Foothill Falcons volleyball star Betsy Sedlak has been named a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Portland volleyball program.

Thursday, 6:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Honoring Bravery

Ahead of the tour's stop in Livermore this weekend, I toured World War II B25 and B17 bombers -- aka the "Flying Fortress" -- and flew in a B24 bomber.

Wednesday, 6:59 AM | No comments yet
Strong wage growth, level home prices buoy California housing affordability

Higher wages and lower seasonal home prices combined to push California housing affordability higher in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the previous quarter.

Wednesday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet
School board spares 2 librarian jobs from layoffs, seeks funds to save others whose positions are on chopping block

Pleasanton's school district Tuesday scraped together enough money to fund another two library assistants, and the school board has instructed staff to comb through the finances again to search for more funding for staff whose positions are on the chopping block for layoffs.

Wednesday, 6:57 AM | 7 comments
Registrar of Voters open next 2 weekends for voting

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will be open on the next two weekends to allow voters to cast their ballots in the June 7 Presidential Primary Election.

Wednesday, 6:41 AM | No comments yet
Memorial Day observance at Pleasanton Senior Center Monday

Pleasanton will observe Memorial Day Monday with an outdoor ceremony starting at 11 a.m. next to the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

Wednesday, 6:20 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Editorial: Vote to re-elect Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley on June 7

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, first elected to the county board in 2000 and now also representing Pleasanton, is vying for reelection on June 7 against challenger Bryan Parker, a former Port of Oakland commissioner and former Oakland mayoral candidate.

Tuesday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
Water agency moves forward on $30 million water treatment enhancement

The Tri-Valley's water wholesaler is moving forward with a decades-long plan to add ozone technology to the area's primary water treatment plant, which could end up costing as much as $32.9 million.

Tuesday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet
Bond discussion shows district security issues, technology aspirations

Pleasanton school district staff presented a surprising picture Saturday of isolated decay and troublesome security holes at some schools due to a lack of funding to update buildings.

Tuesday, 7:24 AM | 11 comments
Pleasanton Middle shines at recent music competition

Pleasanton Middle School's music program hit high notes at a recent music Music in the Parks Festival at Milpitas High School.

Tuesday, 7:23 AM | 3 comments
Pentin launching City Council re-election campaign this morning

Supporters of re-electing Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin to a second term of office on Nov. 8 will hold a campaign fundraiser breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds' Palm Pavilion.

Tuesday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Fire department to conduct controlled training burn at Camp Parks today

The Alameda County Fire Department will be conducting a controlled training burn at Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m Thursday.

Tuesday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Foothill swim teams heading to state championship meet in Clovis

The Foothill High swim teams completed a successful season last week by sending a group of swimmers to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship in Clovis.

Tuesday, 7:11 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 23, 2016

Editorial: Vote Yes on Measure K

Measure K on the June 7 ballot for Pleasanton voters affirms the action of the City Council last January in approving the latest developer's plan for 43 upscale homes on the 194-acre Lund Ranch II site in the southeast corner of the city.

Monday, 8:11 AM | 44 comments

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Presenting joy and beauty of dance

Valley Dance Theatre celebrates the joy and beauty of ballet next weekend at its annual repertoire production, "Spring Rep."

Sunday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet
School district expected to get more state funding for staff

Pleasanton's school board is readying for a busy meeting Tuesday night.

Sunday, 7:04 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Not yet registered to vote? You still can through midnight tonight

To mark the final hours of the voter registration period for the June 7 Presidential Primary election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office will be holding a special "Midnight Madness" voter registration drive from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday.

Saturday, 6:51 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 20, 2016

School board holding bond measure workshop at 9 a.m. today

The Pleasanton school board will meet from 9 a.m. to noon today to discuss its plan to pursue a bond measure to fund schools facilities upgrades and construction needs.

Friday, 11:39 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Figuers, Ramirez Holmes and Thiel for Zone 7 board

In the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors election, we endorse incumbents Sandy Figuers and Angela Ramirez Holmes and challenger Eric Thiel.

Friday, 7:57 AM | 8 comments
Rugged Maniac returns to fairgrounds today

For the third year in a row, Pleasanton is set to play host to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the international Rugged Maniac tour makes its 2016 stop at the Alameda County Fairgrounds today.

Friday, 7:55 AM | No comments yet
Creatures of Impulse wrapping up 9th season at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. today at Firehouse Arts Center

What if Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor were pitted in a love triangle, and they felt like singing about it? The big final battle between Batman and The Joker, but as an epic musical climax?

Friday, 7:49 AM | No comments yet
Record-setting Hike for Hope

Hope Hospice's Hike for Hope set a new fundraising record with more than $106,000 in cash and in-kind donations contributed during the nonprofit's sixth annual event held April 30 at Del Valle Regional Park.

Friday, 7:44 AM | No comments yet
Recycled water-fill station to open June 1 in Dublin

The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) will operate a second residential recycled water fill station starting June 1 at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex at 6363 Clark Ave. at the intersection with Dublin Boulevard.

Friday, 7:43 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2 bond measures face Pleasanton voters June 7

Pleasanton voters will be asked to approve a $950 million bond measure June 7 for improvements to Las Positas and Chabot College campuses as well as a $25 million annual parcel tax for 20 years to pay for a San Francisco Bay clean water program.

Thursday, 8:24 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Man arrested in SF after Pleasanton shooting incident

Police officers are investigating an incident in which a San Francisco man is accused of shooting into his ex-girlfriend's Pleasanton apartment Wednesday morning before running from the scene, according to a Pleasanton Police Department spokesman.

Wednesday, 12:13 PM | 4 comments
Museum on Main presents 'Women in War' tonight

The Museum on Main is hosting a panel of five local women who served during the Vietnam War to share their stories and experiences. They worked for Army Special Services, the Red Cross, the U.S. Embassy and in Vietnamese hospitals.

Wednesday, 7:23 AM | No comments yet
Amador Valley High team takes third in national rocketry competition

An Amador Valley High School team earned third place in a national rocketry competition last weekend.

Wednesday, 7:21 AM | 1 comment
Housing starts up 6.6% in April

Nationwide housing starts rose 6.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million in April.

Wednesday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet
Sandia celebrates 60th anniversary in Livermore at 10 a.m. today

Administrators and employees of Sandia National Laboratories will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country's preeminent security facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a public program in the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore.

Wednesday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
NYX Professional Makeup now open at Stoneridge Mall

NYX Professional Makeup opened at Stoneridge Shopping Center Friday with grand opening festivities featuring more than 2,000 products that cater to the latest beauty trends.

Wednesday, 7:18 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Civic Center complex, library proposed for Bernal Community Park

A Pleasanton task force has recommended building a multi-million-dollar Civic Center and public library on a 27-acre site in the Bernal Community Park between Bernal and Valley Avenues and alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Tuesday, 8:57 AM | 21 comments
San Ramon celebrates new City Hall

Hundreds were on hand as San Ramon city officials unveiled the new City Hall with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Celebration of Life event planned for June 7

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to the 24th Annual Tri-Valley Celebration of Life program on Tuesday, June 7, at the Dublin Holiday Inn.

Tuesday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet
Axis opens $12-million health center in Pleasanton at 1 p.m. today

Axis Community Health will hold a grand opening celebration for its new health center from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd.

Tuesday, 7:19 AM | 3 comments
Zone 7 election special now airing in TV30

Candidates running for the Zone 7 board of directors on June 7 are now appearing in a one-hour non-partisan special produced by TV30.

Tuesday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
Before you vote, brush up on regional water board candidates

The June 7 elections may be an important day for state and national seats, but locally, voters will decide who will have power over the finances and policy controlling the Tri-Valley's water.

Tuesday, 7:18 AM | 6 comments

Monday, May 16, 2016

Man who died Saturday morning I-580 ramp crash was Dublin resident

A man who died Saturday morning in a solo-vehicle crash on a transition ramp from southbound Interstate Highway 680 to eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton has been identified as 64-year-old Dublin resident Michael Chapman.

Monday, 8:54 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen creates 'Art Cart for Healing' at Oakland Children's Hospital

Amador Valley High junior Audrey Morse recently received a Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of Northern California for her efforts to bring art supplies to young patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Monday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet
2 school board members appointed to policy roles in state schools board organization

Two members of the Pleasanton school board have been selected to serve on committees within the California School Boards Association (CSBA).

Monday, 8:04 AM | No comments yet
Foothill boys' golf team captures 7th annual EBAL title

The Foothill boys' golf team will hang yet another East Bay Athletic League championship banner following a solid performance in the EBAL Tournament on last Monday at Roddy Ranch Golf Course.

Monday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beware: Tick time is here

It's that time of year again. Trees are blossoming, weather is warming, grasses are growing, and the Ixodes pacifica nymphs are questing for a blood meal. You won't even feel the bite as they most considerately inject an anesthetic first.

Sunday, 7:22 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Southbound I-680 ramp to I-580 reopened after fatal crash

A fatal truck crash closed the southbound I-680 connector to eastbound I-580 as well as the Hopyard Road off ramp Saturday morning.

Saturday, 9:59 PM | No comments yet
Downtown vitality keeps getting better

Thousands jammed Main Street earlier this month for the season's inaugural First Wednesday street party.

Saturday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Amador Valley High team in Washington, D.C., today for rocketry competition

When teachers say "aim for the stars," a group of Amador Valley High School students seem to have taken it literally.

Saturday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 13, 2016

Editorial: Vote for Glazer for State Senate, Baker for Assembly

State Senator Steve Glazer, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, a Republican, are seeking nomination in the June 7 primary for re-election in the General Election on Nov. 8.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 18 comments
Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at Special Olympics events

Hundreds of athletes filled the Amador Valley High stadium and gym as the Pleasanton school played host to this spring's Special Olympics Northern California track and field and volleyball regional competitions.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Firehouse performance tonight to give glimpse of the Gypsy soul in Pleasanton

When Irish/French meets Italian/Ukrainian, you get Gypsy Soul -- a mix of rich folk, jazz, pop and touches of bluegrass that is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Friday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Foster care nonprofit Agape Villages helps support children in crisis

Being foster parents just made sense to Liz and Richard Messenger.

Friday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet
BART board approves early five-year contract with employees

A five-year labor contract with BART's major unions was approved Thursday.

Friday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet

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