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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Popular LED light sculpture shining again on Bay Bridge

The popular 1.8-mile-long LED light sculpture on the Bay Bridge known as The Bay Lights is shining again.

Thursday, 8:17 AM | No comments yet
IRS extends tax deadline for livestock sales during drought

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting California, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales.

Thursday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet
Sewer board fills board vacancy, selects interim general manager

The Dublin San Ramon Services District board filled two leadership roles this week by selecting a board member to fill an existing vacancy and appointing an interim general manager, who will step in when the current leader retires in November.

Thursday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet
Bikers, hikers closing Niles Canyon Road on Sunday

Following decades of public requests for improved recreational access to historic Niles Canyon in southern Alameda County, Alameda County leaders have agreed to close Niles Canyon Road to automobiles Sunday to allow hikers and bikers to travel the roadway to examine a proposal to build a new public trail through the canyon.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Middle School students encourage parents to stop car idling

Students on the leadership council of Pleasanton Middle School shared information Wednesday afternoon with waiting parents on how letting a car idle in a parking lot can lead to poor air quality around a school, impacting vulnerable children and adults.

Thursday, 7:37 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pleasanton schools spokeswoman resigns

Pleasanton Unified spokeswoman Nicole Steward resigned this week to take a job as Milpitas Unified School District's Family & Community Engagement Manager. Steward gave her two-week notice to the district on Monday.

Wednesday, 5:11 PM | 5 comments
Body found in Lake Del Valle in Livermore believed to be missing Salesforce employee

A body found Wednesday morning in a lake near Livermore is believed to be a missing boater who crews have been searching for since Friday, an East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman said.

Wednesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Council Oks rezoning Centerpointe church site for housing

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved a zoning change for Centerpointe Presbyterian Church's 6-acre site at Valley Avenue and Busch Road to allow construction of 25 new homes in addition to keeping the Montessori private school already on the site.

Wednesday, 7:54 AM | 21 comments
Foothill senior poster wins county Registrar of Voters contest

A Foothill High junior's entry into a county Registrar of Voters poster contest won first place this week, earning her school $2,000.

Wednesday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet
Unauthorized Rolling Stones come to town tomorrow

Rudy Colombin's new iteration of the Unauthorized Rolling Stones is dazzling theater, paying reverence to the greatest acts of classic rock, from Zeppelin to Motown to Dylan, while still wrapped around a core of Rolling Stones hits.

Wednesday, 7:08 AM | No comments yet
Walk to School month begins today; students encouraged to walk to campuses

Pleasanton schools will be kicking off Walk to School Month by asking students at Alisal, Mohr and Valley View elementary schools to walk to the campuses this morning.

Wednesday, 7:06 AM | 4 comments
Air quality event highlights importance of avoiding car idling at schools

Air quality experts will gather with students and school staff today to spread a simple message: Parents, turn off your engines.

Wednesday, 7:04 AM | 4 comments
2015 Tri-Valley Heroes recipients named

The recipients of the 2015 Tri-Valley Heroes awards have been selected. In its fourth year, the program seeks to honor community members and organizations whose dedication to bettering our communities and the lives of local residents has helped make the Tri-Valley a wonderful place to live and work.

Wednesday, 7:02 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Concord city attorney dies after jumping off parking garage

Concord City Attorney Mark Coon jumped from the third floor of a parking garage to his death Tuesday morning in Walnut Creek, police said.

Tuesday, 11:07 PM | No comments yet
Walk to school days start tomorrow in Alameda County

Thousands of Alameda County students will walk or ride their bikes and scooters to school as part of a month-long program that starts tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12:42 PM | 1 comment
Harvest Park phones working again

Harvest Park Middle School's phones were back up this morning after a day of technical difficulties with the phone system.

Tuesday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton making progress in recycled water project

The city of Pleasanton has completed a major milestone in its purple pipes project, which aims to bring approximately 450 million gallons of recycled water a year to three facilities throughout the city.

Tuesday, 8:38 AM | 1 comment
SalesForce contractor still missing after Lake Del Valle accident

A San Francisco man is still missing after a boat he was in capsized in Lake Del Valle on Friday evening.

Tuesday, 8:22 AM | No comments yet
Supreme Court turns down San Jose's challenge to baseball's antitrust exemption

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned down the city of San Jose's bid for revision of a 93-year-old doctrine that exempts professional baseball from antitrust laws.

Tuesday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
S.F. survey shows families living in single-room apartments doubling

In San Francisco, whole families are increasingly living in apartments that were intended to house only one person, according to a new report released Friday by a group of community-based organizations.

Tuesday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet
Applications open for Juanita Haugen scholarship awards

Applications are now open for $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in November in the name of Juanita Haugen, a long-time Pleasanton school board member and nationally-recognized education leader who died in 2007.

Tuesday, 7:18 AM | No comments yet
Firefighters holding family-friendly event Saturday on fire prevention

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will a local Fire Prevention event Saturday to cap off a week of fire prevention awareness.

Tuesday, 7:17 AM | No comments yet

Monday, October 5, 2015

Harvest Park Middle School phones down this morning

Harvest Park Middle School's phones aren't working this morning, according to school officials, who said parents should use email if they need to contact the school.

Monday, 10:20 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton to host 'Transition Fair' today for young adults with developmental disabilities

The city of Pleasanton is co-sponsoring a free Transition Information Night workshop from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for families of young adults with developmental disabilities.

Monday, 7:00 AM | 1 comment
Livermore Lab agrees to $37-million settlement in claim by 129 laid-off employees

The claims of 129 former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers who were laid off in 2008 have been resolved in a $37.25 million settlement in Alameda County Superior Court.

Monday, 6:33 AM | No comments yet
2015 Amador Valley High graduate earning Girl Scouts' highest honor today

Amador Valley High graduate Annie Cai is set to be honored in New York City today as one of 10 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest recognition bestowed by the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Monday, 6:32 AM | 3 comments
Head of the Class: Butler boosts Harvest Park

Starting her career in a district with fewer resources, new Harvest Park Middle School interim principal Jill Butler remembers spending time off work scouring used bookstores for reading material for her students.

Monday, 6:25 AM | No comments yet
Houses or church site? Council to decide tonight

The Pleasanton City Council will decide at its meeting tonight whether to rezone a church site for new houses in the midst of a drought emergency.

Monday, 6:24 AM | 23 comments

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sandia researchers win 'best paper' award from AIAA

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized Sandia National Laboratories researchers Joe Oefelein of Pleasanton and Guilhem Lacaze with a best paper award for their work on scramjet engine simulations.

Sunday, 7:34 PM | No comments yet
Union workers at Rite Aid reach tentative contract agreement

After nearly two years of collective bargaining, UFCW 8-Golden State and its UFCW allies in Southern California announced they have reached tentative contract agreements with the Rite Aid drug store chain in the northern and southern regions of the state, including Rite Aid's store in Pleasanton.

Sunday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
TV30 offering show tickets to 'Lucky Fans'

Tri-Valley television is offering viewers an opportunity to win free show tickets by signing up to be a TV30 "Lucky Fans."

Sunday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Baker's psychology license bill signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown this week approved a bill from local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) to make psychology licenses remain valid for two full years, replacing the existing process that tied license expiration to the holder's birthday.

Saturday, 9:53 AM | No comments yet
Governor urges purchase of 'Pink Ribbon' license plates

Gov. Jerry Brown ushered in Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday by urging residents to order the state's new "Pink Ribbon" specialty license plates, which support medical screenings for under-served women as a result of legislation authored by Pleasanton's former assemblywoman.

Saturday, 9:49 AM | No comments yet
35th annual Fleet Week at San Francisco's waterfront through next Monday

San Francisco's waterfront is buzzing with action this week with the 35th Annual Fleet Week now underway.

Saturday, 9:32 AM | 2 comments

Friday, October 2, 2015

Driver inured after car crashes into Castro Valley eye clinic

A 55-year-old woman suffered major injuries Friday morning when she crashed her car into a Castro Valley eye clinic.

Friday, 5:38 PM | No comments yet
Amador at Granada tonight for 7 p.m. game; Foothill in Danville to face San Ramon Valley

The Foothill High varsity boys water polo team turned in a big effort, beating California 12-7 in an East Bay Athletic League match last week, while the girls team went 4-1 in the Sierra Shootout tournament and defeated Cal High in league action.

Friday, 8:01 AM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Lawyer sentenced in case of fatal 2012 hit-and-run in Dublin

A San Ramon lawyer was sentenced last week to a year under surveillance after he pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a Chinese man with his brand-new Mercedes-Benz in 2012.

Friday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Rage U10 White complete trifecta

The Pleasanton Rage U10 White team won its third tournament in a row by taking home the title last weekend in the Ajax United Girls End of Summer Tournament in Modesto.

Friday, 7:57 AM | No comments yet
Guitar prodigy goes solo for Firehouse performance tonight

As part of his Julian Lage Solo Project, which explores the world of solo guitar work, the musician will present a rare solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Friday, 7:50 AM | No comments yet
Honors for heritage homes

Heritage homes are all about gracious living, says John Ribovich, co-chairman of the Pleasanton Heritage Association awards committee.

Friday, 7:40 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school resource officers take campus safety messages to students

Pleasanton Police Officer Marty Billdt looked from 13-year-old to 13-year-old, knowing his words would have to walk a fine line.

Friday, 7:38 AM | 2 comments
Jojo Moyes to speak at Amador Theater at 7 p.m. this evening

Author Jojo Moyes will speak at 7 p.m. today at the Amador Theater, one week after releasing her latest novel, "After You." It is a sequel to "Me Before You," a New York Times bestseller for 65 weeks that sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

Friday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Editorial: Pleasanton Police Department's unwarranted silence unacceptable

It has been almost three months since 19-year-old San Jose resident John Deming Jr. was shot and killed by Pleasanton Police Officer Daniel Kunkel outside an auto dealership in Pleasanton.

Friday, 7:27 AM | 17 comments
Houses or church site? Council to decide tomorrow night

The Pleasanton City Council will decide at its meeting Tuesday night whether to rezone a church site for new houses in the midst of a drought emergency.

Friday, 7:24 AM | 26 comments

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Livermore Airport holding open house today

The Livermore Airport will hold its 19th annual public open house Saturday and at the same time will celebrate the 50th anniversary at its current location.

Thursday, 7:48 AM | 1 comment
Blues All-Star Revue concert at Firehouse tonight

California and Texas blues all-stars will meet up at the Firehouse Arts Center for a big cross-country blues blowout concert at 8 p.m., Saturday.

Thursday, 7:18 AM | No comments yet
Luxury home sales climb 9% in East Bay

The East Bay's luxury housing market continued its strong performance in August with sales climbing more than 9% from a year ago.

Thursday, 7:14 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County Teachers of the Year to be named today

A Pleasanton teacher is among the educators vying for this year's Alameda County Teachers of the Year award that will the announced today in a Castro Valley ceremony.

Thursday, 7:11 AM | 4 comments
Chamber's China trip open to public

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a nine-day tour of China next April at a cost of $2,199 per person (double occupancy that includes round trip airfare, all hotel accommodations and three meals a day.

Thursday, 7:07 AM | No comments yet
County supervisors OK Urban Shield funding despite opposition

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a funding increase for a regional security initiative despite opposition from speakers who alleged that the program is increasing the militarization of police.

Thursday, 7:06 AM | No comments yet
Pinwheels for Peace

Students at Mohr Elementary put homemade pinwheels into the ground by their school as part of International Peace Day last week.

Thursday, 7:05 AM | No comments yet
Costco seen as potential buyer of Pleasanton development Zone site

Pleasanton planners moved a step closer last week to creating the city's first Economic Development Zone along I-680's Johnson Drive frontage road that could offer up to 35 acres of space suitable for a new hotel or, possibly, a new Costco retail store.

Thursday, 7:04 AM | 36 comments

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Deadline at midnight tonight to apply for volunteer student sportscaster job at TV30

Are you an aspiring TV broadcast reporter? Here is a way to gain some on camera experience.

Tuesday, 5:55 PM | No comments yet
Students star in TV30's 'Tri-Valley Youth View'

A new edition of Tri-Valley Youth View, a one-hour special TV program produced by middle school and high school students who attended TV30's Summer Camp, is currently airing on Tri-Valley Television's channels 28 and 30 as well as on the station's website at

Tuesday, 5:38 PM | No comments yet
TV30 needs student sportscasters

Are you an aspiring TV broadcast reporter? Here is a way to gain some on camera experience.

Tuesday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
Vintage Hills Elementary selected as National Blue Ribbon School

Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton has been selected for a prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award, an honor given based on student and teacher achievements.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | 7 comments
Law firm attacks Pleasanton Weekly on Twitter

The Los Angeles law firm of Geragos & Geragos has taken to Twitter to call the Pleasanton Weekly a "journalistic disgrace" for failing to publish information contained in one of the firm's press releases.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | 46 comments
2 killed in 'brutal murder' in Castro Valley mobile home park

A man and a woman were killed and a relative taken into custody after what was described as a "brutal murder" at a mobile home park in Castro Valley Monday.

Tuesday, 8:11 AM | No comments yet
Artist Charlotte Severin's 'Watercolors' exhibit now on display at Firehouse Arts Center

Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin's new one-person showing, "Watercolors on Yupo Paper," is at the Firehouse Arts Center now through Oct. 14.

Tuesday, 7:59 AM | No comments yet
PETA sues Whole Foods, alleging deception in animal welfare claims

An animal protection organization has sued Whole Foods Market Inc. in federal court in San Jose, accusing the natural foods grocery chain of deceiving customers in its claims of humane treatment of animals and poultry raised for meat.

Tuesday, 7:52 AM | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Growing within Fairlands

Shay Galletti realized she loved teaching when she was still a young student herself.

Tuesday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet
Teachers seeking community support for fundraiser, educational trip

Two Amador Valley High groups are looking for the community's support for academic and athletic projects.

Tuesday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet

Monday, September 28, 2015

Memorial service at 2 p.m. today for Kathy Baker, Livermore Lab executive

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon for Katheryn "Kathy" Baker, chief financial officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who was killed Sept. 22 when a car crashed into a Livermore gym.

Monday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Alain Pinel Realtors expands its Pleasanton offices

Alain Pinel Realtors has opened its new and expanded Pleasanton offices at 900 Main St., a two-story, 16,000-square-foot building built in 1999 and designed by renowned architect Peter Shutts.

Monday, 10:36 AM | No comments yet
10 open enrollment mistakes to avoid

How much time do you spend reviewing your benefits before open enrollment each year?

Monday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet
Livermore Lab seismologist to discuss earthquakes today at Las Positas College

Arthur Rodgers, a seismologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will discuss earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Las Positas College.

Monday, 7:07 AM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Play Bernal

My daughter grew up a swimmer. I don't know what it is about swimmers, but for some reason, they need to get up at the crack of dawn and I remember getting up then as well, driving my daughter to and from practice and thinking -- why in the world am I doing this at this hour when even the birds are still asleep?

Monday, 6:27 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alain Pinel has opened its new and expanded Pleasanton offices on Main Street

Sunday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Patterson driver killed in I-680 crash at Stoneridge Drive

A 44-year-old driver from Patterson was killed after rear-ending a water truck on southbound I-680 in Pleasanton Saturday morning.

Saturday, 9:28 PM | No comments yet
Reception tonight for opening of century-old nails exhibit at the Firehouse Arts Center

A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday for the opening of Pleasanton Art League's autumn exhibit at the Firehouse Arts Center, which features nail art by Gary Winter, Gary Winter, locally renowned for his wood miniatures of historic buildings.

Saturday, 7:12 AM | 2 comments
From Air Force to art teacher

Charles "Bud" Donaldson, 80, has been running art therapy classes at assisted living and healthcare facilities in Pleasanton and Livermore for about 11 years.

Saturday, 7:09 AM | 5 comments

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dublin police participating in annual Prescription Drug Collection event today

Dublin Police will be participating, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, in this year's national prescription drug "Take-Back Initiative" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Dublin Civic Center 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.

Friday, 7:31 AM | No comments yet
Builder confidence in September at highest level since 2005

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes continued its steady rise across the country in September with a one point increase to a level of 62 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Friday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet
Fire victims say 'Thank you, Pleasanton'

Thousands of pounds of food, clothing and household supplies are in the hands of hundreds of victims of the Valley and Butte fires this week thanks to former Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and former Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio.

Friday, 7:13 AM | 1 comment
'Tales of Olympus Jr.' at Firehouse Arts Center closes today with 2 p.m. performance

The Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theater stages its final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday of its "Tales of Olympus Jr." at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

Friday, 7:05 AM | 1 comment
I-580 toll lanes opening delayed; I-680 projects on the way

With jam-packed freeways an all-too-common roadblock for many drivers in the area, Pleasanton is on track to soon find itself nearly surrounded by one of regional traffic officials' go-to strategies for congestion relief.

Friday, 6:58 AM | 15 comments

Editorial: Pleasanton Police Department's unwarranted silence unacceptable
By Gina Channell-Allen | 18 comments | 1,439 views

The Cleric and the clerk*
By Tom Cushing | 14 comments | 571 views

The Arts and Critical Thinking
By Roz Rogoff | 7 comments | 421 views