Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 4, 2011

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The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) is reopening Station No. 10 at 330 Airway Blvd. in Livermore, after it was closed July 1 due to budget reductions in the city of Livermore.

"The temporary closure was designed to control costs, while providing city and Fire Department officials an opportunity to evaluate the most effective service model with available funding," said Fire Chief Jim Miguel.

The station will be reopened by redistributing the current 16 personnel in Livermore. Prior to last July, Livermore had 18 personnel.

California's Arbor Day is a week this year, March 7-14. National Arbor Day is observed the last Friday in April but several states, including California, observe the holiday at a time best suited for planting tree since this is the traditional way to celebrate.

It's important to plant the right tree in the right place and choose the type of tree according to its desired function, advises the Arbor Day Foundation. Main functions are shade, beauty, as windbreaks or to delineate boundaries. To find out which trees grow best in this area, go to www.arborday.org/treeinfo or contact a local nursery.

< pstyle:indexhead>Housing Element workshops

The city of Pleasanton will host three community workshops in March to report progress on the Housing Element Update and to receive public input regarding sites being considered for rezoning to accommodate new housing.

The first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at Fairlands Elementary School, 4151 W. Las Positas Blvd. The second meeting is at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. The third meeting is at 7 p.m., Monday, March 14, at Lydiksen Elementary School, 7700 Highland Oaks Drive.

All three meetings will have the same agenda. For more details, visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us and click on "Housing Element Task Force," or call Planning Manager Janice Stern at 931-5606.

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