Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 26, 2011

News digest

Firefighters spent about seven hours battling a 200-acre grass fire east of Livermore on Tuesday, according to Cal Fire officials.

The fire started at 12:13 p.m. near the intersection of Patterson Pass Road and Cross Road and was under control by 7:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford. Twelve engines, two bulldozers, two helicopters and two inmate hand crews battled the blaze throughout the afternoon.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and no structures were threatened, Crawford said.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow will launch the grand opening celebration for Domus, the kitchen and home accessories store at 652 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. Officials from the city, the Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasanton Downtown Association will participate with owner Margaret Smith in the ribbon-cutting.

The free event will also feature product and cooking demonstrations, drawings for prizes every 15 minutes, ice cream and cupcakes, and face painting for kids, until 2 p.m.

Domus returned to Pleasanton this summer after closing its Los Gatos store. Call 485-0501.

BART is proposing to adjust senior, disabled and youth fares downward and is moving customers from red and green tickets to discounted Clipper cards. The Clipper card gives a discount at the fare gate rather than when customers purchase tickets.

The proposal calls for adjusting the discount to at least the current 62.5%. Because of rounding, the discount could be higher. For example, if the full one-way fare for a trip is $1.75, the discounted fare is 65.6 cents but the fare charged would be 65 cents so the actual discount would be 62.9%. In no case would the discount be less than 62.5% and it may be as high as 64.9%.

BART is asking for feedback: Fill out a comment card at its stations; call (510) 464-7134; or email at


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