Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 30, 2011

News digest

O! Christmas tree, your time is over.

Boy Scout Troop 941 and Venture Crew 940 are holding their annual Christmas Tree Pickup fundraiser next Saturday for all Pleasanton addresses. Registration for the pickup ends Jan. 5. Go to http://tree-pickup.troop941.org or call 399-1377.

Although donations are not required, suggested amounts are $5 for trees 6 feet and under; $10 for larger trees; and an addition $10 for flocked trees. Funds raised by the project are used to pay for camping equipment and scouting activities such as summer camp and weekend outings.

Stands should be removed from trees, which must be in the driveway or at the curb by 8 a.m. Jan. 7, although sometimes it takes all day to finish the job, reported chairman Joe Hartley, and sometimes also part of the next day.

Two thousand trees are picked up every year, with 60 boys doing the work along with 50 parents and adult volunteers.

Beginning Sunday, Vasco Road will be a double-fine zone along a 19-mile stretch between I-580 in Livermore and Walnut Boulevard in Brentwood. Traffic fines will be doubled, with the California Highway Patrol providing primary enforcement.

The designation of Vasco Road as a Safety Enhancement-Double Fine Zone is a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 348, sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The special double-fine zone designation will be effective from Jan. 1, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2017. Crews from Alameda County Public Works Agency have already installed the Double Fine Zone traffic signs along Vasco Road.

The story last week, "Foothill teacher was busted in drug sale stakeout," was apparently in error when it said that Stephanie Deffner was dismissed from her position at Foothill High School, although the school board did place an unnamed teacher on an extended leave of absence, according to Bill Faraghan, the school district's Human Resources Director. That action, taken in a closed session of the board meeting, was believed to involve Deffner although Faraghan and board members were not allowed to discuss a personnel matter nor could they identify the individual.

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