News digestOutdoor concerts to begin
Concerts in the Park begin next Friday with Magic Moments playing music from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
The free summer concerts are presented by the Pleasanton Downtown Association and sponsored by local businesses. The 2011 lineup will include a variety of music from rock, big band, blues and country to '50s and '60s oldies, soul, Motown and Latin Rock.
The concerts will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Fridays, June 3-Sept. 2, at Lions Wayside Park, at the corner of First and Neal streets. Blankets or chairs may be placed on the lawn to hold spots only on the day of the concert, and no plastic tarps or rocks to hold down blankets are allowed.
Pleasanton cigarette stores are apparently doing better when it comes to stopping minors from buying tobacco products.
A sting last month netted five retailers that sold to an underage undercover decoy sent in by police. A similar sting May 23 yielded only one charge. Mission Pipe Shop in the 4000 block of Santa Rita Road sold to the decoy, according to a news release; the clerk in that store was issued a citation.
People who sell tobacco products to a minor can be a cited with misdemeanor offense or be subject to civil action. Fines for a first offense begin at $200. During the sting, police also checked retailers to see that signs were posted noting that sales to minors are prohibited and checked to see that all the stores visited had valid tobacco retail licenses.
Transbay tube repairs
BART's Transbay Tube is undergoing maintenance and repair work this weekend and next on the cables that provide power to the track, and BART anticipates 20-40-minute delays for Pleasanton trains in both directions.
During the hours that work is being done, trains originating and ending in Pleasanton will not travel through the Tube so passengers will need to transfer to other trains at the 12th Street Station in Oakland. Work is being done this three-day weekend as follows:
May 28: Work starts after last train Friday and ends at 7:30 a.m.
May 29: Work starts after last train Saturday and ends at 2:30 p.m.
May 30: Work starts after last train Sunday and ends at 2:30 pm