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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge to increase tolls by 25 cents Wednesday

Toll rates at the Golden Gate Bridge will increase by 25 cents tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, 7:05 AM | 3 comments
Treatment district opens new recycled water fill station in Dublin

The Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton, opened its second residential recycled water fill station located at the city of Dublin's Public Safety Complex, 6363 Clark Ave.

Tuesday, 6:48 AM | 12 comments

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleasanton hires new Community Development director

Gerry Beaudin currently the zoning administrator for the city of Mountain View, has been hired as Pleasanton's new director of Community Development Director, succeeding Brian Dolan, who has been named Assistant City Manager.

Monday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Fairgoers give more than 11 tons of food at county Fair's 'Feed the Need' event

Alameda County Fair's annual "Feed the Need" Food Drive last week brought in more than 11 tons of food, much of which has already been distributed to needy residents by the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Monday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton offering free movies in the park starting July 9

Pleasanton residents are invited to enjoy free movies during six Thursday evenings this summer, on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6 and 13.

Monday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve $2.7 billion budget for new fiscal year

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to approve a $2.7 billion budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 that closes a $65 million funding gap without significant program reductions or staff layoffs.

Monday, 6:38 AM | No comments yet
BART police implement policy governing interactions with transgender individuals

BART police have become one of the first police departments in the country to implement a specific policy governing interactions with transgender individuals.

Monday, 6:19 AM | No comments yet
East Bay luxury home sales up 22% in May

The East Bay's luxury housing market closed out the spring home buying season on a roll with sales climbing more than 22% last month from a year ago.

Monday, 6:19 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Racing picks at Oak Tree races Sunday at Alameda County Fairgrounds

This year we are having a unique challenge between Pleasanton Racing's publicist/handicapper Dennis Miller and this year's Oak Tree at Pleasanton intern Randy Olson.

Sunday, 3:04 PM | No comments yet
New York-based Kiehlıs opens tomorrow in Stoneridge Shopping Center

Kiehl's, a New York-based skin and hair care retailer, will open its newest location at noon tomorrow in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Sunday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet
Governor unveils revised approach to fix Delta water system

Governor Jerry Brown and federal officials have announced a revised dual approach to securing water supply reliability and restoring ecosystem health in the Delta.

Sunday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair Saturday, June 27.

Saturday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Judging at the Fair Snackdown

On the Grandstand stage of the Alameda County Fair, three judges and I faced off with platters of French fries bathed in peanut butter and jelly, pork belly bound in bacon and sour pickles soaked in tropical punch Kool-Aid.

Friday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
2015 Readers Choice winners

2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton Winners

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Friday, 9:50 AM | No comments yet
Tesla Road grass fire destroys barn, vehicle Thursday night

A grass fire east of Livermore spread to 53 acres and destroyed several structures Thursday evening before it was fully contained, according to Cal Fire.

Friday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
County D.A. considering charges in fatal balcony collapse at Berkeley structure that Pleasanton firm built

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said Thursday that involuntary manslaughter charges could result from a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse in downtown Berkeley June 16 that killed six people and injured seven others.

Friday, 9:22 AM | No comments yet
Swalwell praises Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) Friday released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Friday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Readers Choice winners

With 29,764 confirmed votes in the 2015 Readers Choice Pleasanton contest, our loyal readers gave their input about which businesses, professionals and places are the best of the best in categories within beauty and style, epicure, health and fitness, home and vehicle, kids and pets, rest and recreation, and services.

Friday, 7:46 AM | 17 comments
Dennis Miller's racing picks for Oak Tree horse racing today at Alameda County Fair

Here are the picks for the horse races at the Alameda County Fair today, June 26.

Friday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, June 25, 2015

'Shakespeare in the Park' performance again tonight in Pleasanton

William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" will be performed at 7:30 p.m.tonight at Amador Valley Community Park, another in a series by Free Shakespeare in the Park Production that will run Saturdays and Sundays through July 12 (except July 4) and also next Thursday, July 2.

Thursday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Lab teams up with CalCharge in fast-growing battery industry

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has joined CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage technologies.

Thursday, 7:27 AM | No comments yet
Motorcyclist critically injured in crash with vehicle in Hacienda

A motorcyclist was critically injured Tuesday night after crashing into a vehicle at the intersection of Stoneridge and Chabot drives.

Thursday, 7:26 AM | No comments yet
Update: Pleasanton care facility owner defends practice

The owner of a group of Pleasanton residential care facilities who was ordered to pay $176,000 in unpaid back wages to live-in caregivers this week said Wednesday that she had been following general industry practices and called for federal officials to do "more education rather than enforcement."

Thursday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Harvest Park interim principal announced

The Pleasanton school district has appointed Pleasanton Middle School vice principal Jill Butler as the interim principal for Harvest Park Middle School effective July 1 -- replacing Ken Rocha, who was appointed director of education for the city's middle and high schools.

Thursday, 7:15 AM | 1 comment
Intruders party in Castlewood home, take vacationing owners' bacon, liquor, jewelry

A Pleasanton family had an unwelcome surprise waiting for them Tuesday when they returned home from vacation to find their liquor cabinet raided, some personal items stolen and five pounds of bacon pilfered.

Thursday, 7:13 AM | 31 comments

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Person dies on tracks at West Dublin/Pleasanton station

One person died this morning after being found under a BART train at the West Dublin/Pleasanton station, which reopened late Wednesday morning after an Alameda County coroner's investigation.

Wednesday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
East Bay Realtors join Zillow in having access to all property listings

The Bay East Association of Realtors and the Contra Costa Association of Realtors have jointly signed a listing distribution agreement with the Zillow Group that will give brokers the ability to market their clients' properties to the more than 140 million monthly unique users who visit Zillow Group's consumer brands, including Zillow and Trulia.

Wednesday, 6:48 AM | 10 comments
Livermore fire burns home, displaces occupant

Firefighters extinguished a fire that burned a Livermore home Monday afternoon.

Wednesday, 6:20 AM | No comments yet
Nonlead ammunition requirements for hunters start in some areas July 1

Nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state starting July 1.

Wednesday, 6:17 AM | 15 comments
Local care facilities ordered to pay over $100K in back wages to employees

A group of Pleasanton residential care facilities have been ordered to pay employees more than $176,000 in back pay and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company that manages them had failed to pay them the federal minimum wage or legally required overtime.

Wednesday, 6:15 AM | 8 comments
New home sales reach 7-year high across U.S.

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 2.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000 units in May, according to newly released data from the federal Housing & Urban Redevelopment agency (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Wednesday, 6:09 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board discusses homework survey results

The Pleasanton school board heard a report on the 2015 homework survey results Tuesday night, the last meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

Wednesday, 6:08 AM | 29 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thousands turn out for Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run

More than 2,000 runners and their families turned out last Sunday for the 21st annual Father's Day Spirit Run, an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet
New Sandia director is first woman to lead a national security lab

Jill M. Hruby has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country's largest national lab with headquarters in Albuquerque and its major California lab in Livermore.

Tuesday, 6:15 AM | No comments yet
REACH names home for disabled for retiring 22-year board member

REACH, a Tri-Valley nonprofit that provides housing and other services for developmentally disabled adults, has dedicated one of its homes to Norm Guest for his many years of service to the organization.

Tuesday, 6:14 AM | 1 comment
35 new stores opening in August as Livermore's Outlet center expands

Livermore's outlet center at El Charro Road and I-580, now renamed San Francisco Premium Outlets, will open a new 185,000 square-foot addition Aug. 13, with 35 new stores coming to the new section before the Christmas holidays.

Tuesday, 6:13 AM | No comments yet
Retired Amador Valley High principal Hansen appointed interim superintendent

During a special closed session meeting, the Pleasanton school board appointed Jim Hansen as the interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year, replacing outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who will become the new superintendent of Castro Valley Unified School District effective July 1.

Tuesday, 6:12 AM | 17 comments

Monday, June 22, 2015

'Safe and Sane' fireworks go on sale in Dublin starting Sunday

"Safe and Sane" fireworks will go on sale in Dublin starting Sunday with sales kiosks in the central business districts staffed by nonprofit organizations.

Monday, 5:29 PM | No comments yet
Dublin's outdoor movie series starts tonight

Dublin will open its summer outdoor movie series beginning at 7 p.m. tonight with the movie "Dolphin Tale" (PG).

Monday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton creates traffic plan for July 4 fireworks show

With more than 70,000 expected to come to the fireworks show and other festivities at the Alameda County Fair July 4, Pleasanton police and traffic authorities are prepared with a plan to move vehicles and pedestrians in and out of the fairgrounds safely.

Monday, 7:35 AM | No comments yet
Pirates win PNLL AAA championship

The Pirates captured the Pleasanton National Little League AAA title on June 4, using strong pitching and solid defense to outlast the AAA Astros in the hard-fought title game at Ken Mercer Sports Park.

Monday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
School board set to discuss homework survey results at its regular meeting tonight

The Pleasanton school board will hear a report on the 2015 homework survey results Tuesday night, the last meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

Monday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to meet tonight to consider interim superintendent

The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. tonight to continue deliberating on naming an interim replacement for outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who three weeks ago announced her resignation effective July 1 when she will become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District.

Monday, 7:17 AM | 7 comments

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pleasanton teen reaches Mount Shasta summit

Foothill High's Kylia Van Horn climbed to the summit of Northern California's Mount Shasta for the first time during the Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
'Light at the Top of the Temple' on display today at Pleasanton's Firehouse

"Light at the Top of the Temple" by Jon Kerpel is part of the Harrington Gallery's new exhibit "Repurposed," which runs from today through July 22.

Saturday, 3:44 PM | No comments yet

Friday, June 19, 2015

SummerHill switches to condos for its Pleasanton apartment project

In a move that may indicate the Pleasanton rental housing market is becoming saturated, a developer has canceled plans for a controversial 177-unit, multistory complex on West Las Positas Boulevard, switching to a 94 ownership condominium development instead.

Friday, 7:56 AM | 5 comments
Off and running: Oak Tree horse racing at the County Fair through July 5

Oak Tree Racing, now in its second year partnering with the Alameda County Fair and the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) on a 12-day meet during the fair, has always been considered an elite horse racing organization.

Friday, 7:35 AM | 1 comment
Pedestrian injured in downtown collision

An elderly man was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a street in Pleasanton, according to police.

Friday, 7:34 AM | 2 comments
Pleasanton company built Berkeley apartment complex where 6 died in balcony collapse

A Pleasanton-based construction company has been identified as the contractor of the Berkeley apartment complex where six people died following a balcony collapse last Tuesday.

Friday, 7:33 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Horseracing analysts make their picks for today's races at Alameda County Fair

Horserace analysts Dennis Miller and Randy Olson take turns advising bettors on today's The Vet vs. The Kid Handicapping Challenge Oak Tree at Day 5 of the Alameda County Fair races.

Thursday, 7:25 AM | No comments yet

Interesting choice by Pleasanton school trustees
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 483 views

The Heart of the Constitution
By Tom Cushing | 7 comments | 419 views

Bidding my Maverick Bye-Bye
By Roz Rogoff | 6 comments | 296 views