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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tri-Valley Rotary to hold 'Grease' screening, sing-along at Vine Theater

The Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore will present a sing along of the popular 1950s/60s movie musical "Grease" starting at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday (Feb. 18) at the Vine Theater on First Street in Livermore.

Thursday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Swalwell named vice chair of Democrats' steering committee

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes Pleasanton, was appointed last week as vice chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the Democratic policy agenda and nominates Democratic members for committee assignments.

Thursday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area gasoline prices drop 30 cents since last month

Gas prices dropped 30 cents in one month in the Bay Area and may stay low despite a typical increase in prices in the spring, according to a report by the American Automobile Association.

Thursday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Library featuring '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten' Saturday

Local infants and toddlers will have an opportunity to hear hundreds of stories before they enter kindergarten through a national early-literacy program offered through the Pleasanton Library Saturday.

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Pleasanton Chamber to recognize leaders in business, community

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce this week announced the names of business and community leaders who will be recognized at its 53rd Annual Community Service Awards celebration March 23.

Thursday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Protestors urge Safeway to adopt 'cage-free' egg policy

A group of 30 protestors from a national organization called Mercy for Animals (MFA) lined Stoneridge Mall Road in front of Safeway headquarters Monday calling on the grocery chain to adopt follow others in adopting a "cage-free" merchandising policy.

Thursday, 7:12 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I-580 express/toll lanes to open later this month

A $55 million project to create express lanes expected to ease congestion along I-580 though Pleasanton and Livermore will be opened later this month, transportation officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, 7:56 AM | 14 comments
Happy New Year: School children learn about Year of the Monkey

In Jayme Pekarske's kindergarten class at Vintage Hills Elementary, students learned all about the Chinese New Year and the various traditions that go along with the holiday.

Wednesday, 7:18 AM | No comments yet
Puppy Love: Students write Valentine's Day cards to East Bay SPCA animals

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Pleasanton students got a visit from an East Bay SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) ambassador dog. Students returned the warm fuzzies by writing Valentine's Day cards to the animals awaiting adoption at the organization's shelters.

Wednesday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board votes to change coming year schedule with classes to start Aug. 15

After more than two years of contentious community debate, the Pleasanton school board voted last night to change the coming school year schedule with classes to start Aug. 15.

Wednesday, 7:16 AM | 33 comments

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cal State East Bay, other state colleges, face strike by faculty in April over contract issues

If California State University doesn't reach a contract agreement with its faculty union by April, then 26,000 professors, librarians,
counselors and coaches across the 23 CSU campuses are planning a five-day strike.

Tuesday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seize 4 San Jose males after chase for auto burglaries

Pleasanton police arrested four men from San Jose early Monday after they were spotted burglarizing a truck parked in the 200 block of Junipero Street.

Tuesday, 7:03 AM | 1 comment

Monday, February 8, 2016

Foothill girls win twice to gain spot in NCS basketball playoffs

The Foothill girls' basketball team went unbeaten last week, beating both California and Monte Vista.

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Spring comes to Pleasanton in time for Lincoln's birthday

While our friends in many midwestern and eastern states are still battling the snow and chills of winter, it's an early spring in Pleasanton.

Monday, 3:58 PM | 1 comment
Super Bowl 50 fans can purchase merchandise at 50% off

Super Bowl 50 fans can purchase merchandise at 50% off starting today.

Monday, 7:23 AM | 1 comment
BART will spend $1.4 million to install cameras on all train cars

BART technicians have begun installing additional security cameras to cover the interiors of all 669 of its train cars at a cost of $1.42 million.

Monday, 6:59 AM | 1 comment
Referendum backers file petitions with 6,086 signatures

Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch submitted petitions with 6,086 signatures Friday, well over the 4,124 -- or 10% of the city's registered voters -- needed to force a referendum.

Monday, 6:56 AM | 44 comments

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ever feel not wanted in downtown Pleasanton?

Sometimes it's hard to build a few retail stores and apartments in downtown Pleasanton, even on a narrow, unpaved and empty lot a few feet from Main Street that has a history of failed businesses.

Saturday, 9:10 AM | 6 comments
Pleasanton Council honors the late Jean Jones

Actions by the Pleasanton City Council have wrapped up final affairs for Jean Jones, who died last year in her home at 309 Neal St. where she had lived since 1932 and wanted it preserved as a city historical site.

Saturday, 9:06 AM | 2 comments
Pleasanton mayor, other East Bay leaders make demands of BART ahead of possible bond measure

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and other East Bay leaders met last week to chart a course necessary for BART leaders to earn their backing ahead of a potential November ballot measure to fund the transit system.

Saturday, 8:55 AM | 3 comments
Tales of a Tuskegee airman performance tonight in Pleasanton

The Museum on Main's resumes its speaker series for 2016 at 7 p.m.tonight with an interactive presentation by scholar James Armstead portraying Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the commander of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

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Pleasanton police swear in Merced native as new officer

Pleasanton Police Department inducted a new officer into its ranks this week.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Pleasanton school board to vote tonight on 2016-17 calendar

Pleasanton's school board is set decide whether to change the district's instructional calendar and debate hiring a survey firm to gauge public interest in a possible bond measure during its meeting Tuesday night.

Friday, 2:33 PM | 47 comments
Big events today could mean record BART ridership

Big events in San Francisco and Oakland today could make for record-breaking ridership on BART.

Friday, 8:16 AM | 2 comments
Lund Ranch referendum petitions due at 5 p.m. tonight

Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch have until 5 p.m. tonight to gain signatures from 10% of the city's registered voters -- 4,124 people -- and turn the petitions into city clerk Karen Diaz.

Friday, 7:39 AM | 68 comments
Local art exhibit explores texture and color

Joanna Crawshaw's abstract art, which explores texture and color, is being shown at Wente Vineyards in an exhibit that features a series of paintings she created for its small lot Artist Series.

Friday, 7:21 AM | No comments yet
Home sales in the West catapult 23.2% in December

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year.

Friday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
Making phased retirement work for you

Phased retirement is gaining steam. But before you sign on, it's important to understand how "phasing out" may affect your long-term finances.

Friday, 7:18 AM | 1 comment
AVHS cheer team competes in Southern California

Amador Valley High cheer team took its school spirit to the Regional USA competition in Yorba Linda in Orange County last month, finishing fourth in its division.

Friday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet
PUSD opens donation closet, new media center at Village High

As the ribbon was cut on Pleasanton Unified School District's new donation closet last week, Debra Miller cheered. The donation closet was more than a place for low-income residents to get free clothes, although that is a huge aspect. It's also a place where special-needs students like Miller's son can get ready for retail jobs one day.

Friday, 7:16 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Seahawks win division crown at Winter Sectionals

On the strength of dominating relay performances, the Pleasanton Seahawks took first place in the large team division at the Speedo Champions Series CA/NV Winter Sectionals in Southern California.

Friday, 7:15 AM | No comments yet
From the heart: Students make cards for soldiers overseas

Hart art teacher Jane Maker said her students make between 500 and 600 cards a year, which have a heartfelt message on one side and a drawing on the other, to send to servicemen and servicewomen in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Sister City group looking for Pleasanton students interested in summer exchange

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is recruiting students and families interested in taking part in the organization's annual summer exchange program with students from Mexico.

Friday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Repertory company presenting 'The Little Mermaid' through Feb. 14

"The Little Mermaid" has arrived at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Friday, 7:13 AM | No comments yet
Sacrificing for Success: Unseen struggles

The average household income in Pleasanton was $145,000 in 2014, and the median single-family home was $732,000. Many believe everyone who lives in Pleasanton is as rich as those U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate or is on their way to becoming so.

Friday, 7:12 AM | 27 comments

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Metropolitan Opera star at Las Positas College tonight

Opera fans only have to go to Las Positas College to enjoy "A Night at the Met."

Thursday, 6:48 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Referendum opponents complain to City Council about strong-arm tactics of signature gatherers

Opponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Pleasanton's southeast hills complained vigorously Tuesday night about what they called strong-arm tactics by those seeking signatures to hold the referendum.

Wednesday, 8:50 AM | 24 comments
California real estate economist to speak this morning in Pleasanton

Leslie Appleton Young, vice president and chief economist for the California Association of Realtors (CAR), will speak about prospects for the real estate industry at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the weekly meeting of the Valley Real Estate Network (VREN).

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment
Rainbow over Main Street makes for spectacular photo

As Pleasanton merchants and restaurant owners say, it pays to come downtown frequently.

Wednesday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Missing San Ramon 8-year-old found safe in Pleasanton

An 8-year-old non-verbal autistic boy was found safe in Pleasanton yesterday, two hours after being lost near Rancho San Ramon Community Park in San Ramon.

Wednesday, 7:11 AM | 1 comment
Local CPA chief installed as chairman of Pleasanton Chamber

Matt DePretis, a Pleasanton business consultant and tax adviser, has been installed as this year's chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, 7:03 AM | No comments yet
Search firm hears from 253 in survey of what public wants in new school superintendent

In a brief public meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasanton school board heard an update on responses to a public survey about qualities the community would like to see in the next superintendent.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Today's Livermore Lab lecture series to focus on women in science

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's popular lecture presentations return Saturday with the focus on woman in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tuesday, 6:44 AM | No comments yet
Girl Scouts kick off 'Cookie' sales in time for Super Bowl

The Girl Scouts of Northern California kicked off their cookie season early this year in time for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

Tuesday, 6:42 AM | 1 comment
Registration opens for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education

Registration for the 2016 Pleasanton Run for Education is now open.

Tuesday, 6:31 AM | No comments yet
TV30 to cover tonight's Foothill vs. Monte Vista game

TV30 will cover the boys varsity basketball game tonight between Foothill High School and Monte Vista.

Tuesday, 6:31 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pleasanton Weekly turns 'Sweet 16'

Last Friday marked the beginning of the Pleasanton Weekly's 17th year covering the local news, features, events, opinions and sports our readers crave.

Monday, 1:22 PM | No comments yet
Lady Falcons tie for second in EBAL girls basketball

The Foothill High girls' basketball team pulled into a tie for second in the East Bay Athletic League with a pair of wins last week.

Monday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Police seeking gunman who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive

Police are seeking a suspect who robbed Arby's restaurant on Owens Drive near Hopyard Road at gunpoint Saturday night, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Monday, 7:24 AM | 12 comments

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pleasanton Police Department warns residents to not 'Be Like Bill'

The Pleasanton Police Department sent out a notification Jan. 27 on social media to not "Be Like Bill" and share your personal meme online due to security risks.

Friday, 7:04 AM | 4 comments
Pleasanton market supplies 'Harvest of the Month' seasonal produce for education program at Gingerbread Preschool

Every month, a bushel or crate of fresh, seasonal produce from New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton is delivered to Gingerbread Preschool on Black Avenue in support of the school's participation in the state's "Harvest of the Month" program.

Friday, 7:03 AM | No comments yet

Obama's Executive Order on Gun Control
By Roz Rogoff | 5 comments | 760 views

L.A. court decision has San Ramon ties with national implications
By Tim Hunt | 3 comments | 515 views

Colleges You Ought to Know
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 422 views