News digestThe Pleasanton Weekly has launched a membership drive for its readers to Support Local Journalism. They are being asked through letters, ads and online to make donations of at least $5 per month, which will pay for a portion of the costs of operating the Weekly and PleasantonWeekly.com.
Those who donate money receive member privileges, including a "Support Local Journalism" bumper sticker, invitations to members-only events, and a choice of a coffee mug, T-shirt or shopping bag.
Until recently the Weekly has been able to rely completely on advertising by local businesses to sustain its journalistic work. But that business model has been undermined by the prolonged recession and by a shift in advertising to the Internet.
To become a member, go to www.SupportLocalJournalism.org/Pleasanton; or call the office at 600-0840.
Past classes of Leadership Pleasanton have set a standard for giving back to the community, and the class that just graduated is following in their footsteps. Leadership Pleasanton's 2011class has voted to take spend $500 of the money it raised to purchase a seat in the Firehouse Arts Theater, which will have a plaque that reads "Gifted from the Leadership Pleasanton Class of 2011."
The $500 check was presented May 4. The class also gave $1,600 for scholarships to future classes.
Leadership Pleasanton is a nine-month series of daylong classes, usually held the first Wednesday of each month, to learn what goes on behind the scenes with classes that include local government, the school district, transportation and the Police Department.
The next Leadership Pleasanton begins in September. Contact Kate D'Or at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce at 846-5858, ext. 203.
BART trains are getting more crowded, especially in the peak commute hours, announced BART officials, which they see as an indication the economy is rebounding, more people have jobs to go to, and they're choosing public transit as an alternative to high gas prices.
On Sunday, BART will open early and add trains for 100th Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco, which has a start time of 7 a.m.