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Monday, August 2, 2021

Kaiser Permanente to require all employees to get COVID vaccine by Sept. 30

Kaiser Permanente officials announced Monday that the health care provider will mandate all of its employees nationwide get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September.

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Livermore Reads chooses book on autism

The 16th annual Livermore Reads Together will dig into 'The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism,' a New York Times bestseller. 'We aim to put a spotlight on autism awareness,' a library rep said.

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Pleasanton: City's affordable housing waitlist for seniors now open

Applications are now being accepted for one-bedroom units through Kottinger Gardens Phase 1 in Pleasanton.

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Indoor mask mandates are back in Bay Area as COVID cases surge

Seven Bay Area counties announced Monday that residents will be required to wear masks in nearly all indoor settings, marking the first major step in reversing a statewide rollback of public health restrictions in June.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Dublin Unified solidifies new superintendent's cabinet

Dublin Unified School District welcomed three key new hires during a special Board of Trustees meeting late last month, and a fourth is expected to come on board in the days ahead.

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Oakland: Coliseum Authority approves non-binding financial plan for WNBA at arena

A group of Oaklanders dribbled closer Friday to their dream of bringing a WNBA franchise to their city. The idea is part of a larger effort by Ray Bobbitt to revitalize the area around the Coliseum complex.

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Tri-Valley students reflect on Holocaust through writing, artwork

Artwork and writing by Tri-Valley youth that illustrate the importance of remembering and learning about the Holocaust is now on display at the Pleasanton Library.

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Superintendents: Kids should begin school year in classrooms

School superintendents in Alameda County and five other counties along with the city of Berkeley jointly announced their support Friday for full in-person classes for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year.

Sunday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
PPIC poll finds two-thirds of California residents concerned about water supply, wildfires

Nearly two-thirds of state residents are concerned about the water supply in their region and the increase of wildfires and drought due to climate change, according to polling data released by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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New state law prohibits law enforcement from posting mugshots on social media

Police departments across California will no longer be able to splash mugshots over social media following a big arrest under a new state law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Altamont Pass brush fire snarls traffic on I-580

Interstate 580 through the Altamont Pass in Alameda County was snarled in both directions late Saturday afternoon following a brush fire that burned close to the freeway.

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'Is something around the corner?' Small businesses reopen to find new challenges

California's economy is no longer at its nadir. But small businesses are still working to get back to normal, and are struggling with hiring, child care for their workers and uncertainty of future outbreaks.

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Forever chemicals: California unveils health goals for contaminated drinking water

California has taken the first big step toward regulating "forever chemicals." Its proposed goals, which aim to make cancer risk negligible, are lower than federal guidelines for drinking water.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Driver charged with felony manslaughter for May crash that killed teacher from San Ramon

An Antioch man has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a daytime crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads that killed San Ramon resident and teacher Susan Guinee in May.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

How California plans to deter costly special education disputes

The threatened deluge of post-pandemic special education litigation may be averted -- or at least minimized -- by a new initiative in California encouraging parents and schools to resolve disputes before heading to court.

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Valley Views: Movie theaters, where wrinkles loom large

I found it invigorating to see actresses I had watched for decades advancing into their mature lives alongside me. But the wrinkles! I've been enjoying movies on small screens at home so to see those lovely faces magnified was a shock.

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Tri-Valley youth hold forum on future of campus police officers

Tri-Valley youth led a virtual community forum last week to discuss police presence on local school campuses and the future role of school resource officers (SROs).

Thursday, 11:27 PM | 4 comments
New 'Livermore Valley Made' initiative aims to increase visibility for local artists, creatives

Livermore Downtown Inc. is launching a new business assistance program called 'Livermore Valley Made' geared toward artists, makers and creatives to promote up-and-coming small businesses in Livermore.

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Pleasanton community steps up to support missing runner's family

Pleasanton residents, businesses and officials continue to offer their help and support to friends and relatives of a man who disappeared earlier this month at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

Thursday, 4:44 PM | 2 comments
Tri-Valley REACH celebrating 30th anniversary

For the past three decades, Tri-Valley REACH has worked to support the community by providing housing opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities so they can pursue independent living.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Pleasanton: Family extends $25,000 reward in Sydney West case in honor of her birthday

The family of former Pleasanton resident Sydney 'Syd' West, the college student who has been missing since last being seen in San Francisco last September, has extended the $25,000 reward in the case in honor of her 20th birthday.

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Livermore: 'Kinky Boots' screening at Bankhead

Bankhead Theater and the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre are co-presenting a screening of "Kinky Boots" at 8 p.m. this Friday (July 30).

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Pleasanton Unified seals deal with classified union

Pleasanton Unified School District signed off on an agreement at a special Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday that gives classified employees a one-time cash infusion on top of salary and medical benefit contribution increases.

Wednesday, 2:10 PM | No comments yet
New CDC advice: Most vaccinated Californians should wear masks indoors

Under the CDC's new mask recommendations, vaccinated people in 45 California counties -- all of its most populous areas -- are advised to wear masks in public indoor places.

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Livermore council accepts all 10 Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee recommendations

Livermore City Council agreed to move forward with a list of 10 recommendations presented by the city's Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee during its regular meeting Monday.

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Livermore: Lab workers strike amid contract negotiations

Trade workers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began a three-day strike Tuesday after their workplace allegedly required on-call hours without negotiations.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Livermore police confirm cause of May fatal fire

The Livermore Police Department has completed its investigation into the fatal house fire on Westminster Way from May.

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Pleasanton Planning Commission to debate mandating more 'active' business uses along Main Street

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to consider proposed modifications to the Downtown Specific Plan on Wednesday, including requiring more "active" businesses in ground-floor units on Main Street.

Tuesday, 5:19 PM | 8 comments
Guest Opinion: Please reject Main Street retail mandate

Main Street cannot support the kind and quantity of retail the planners are proposing to require. The building spaces are too small, the parking is far away and there are not enough customers to support that much retail downtown.

Tuesday, 3:45 PM | 4 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Fairgrounds takes advantage of bad situation to create Pleasanton Equestrian Center

Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Hoban and his team at the fairgrounds deserve major props for the project that promises exciting, regularly scheduled events that promote the beauty that is equestrian competition.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Quest Science Center to host Tri-Valley Innovation Fair at fairgrounds

This year's Tri-Valley Innovation Fair is set to be held by the Quest Science Center at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in September, the nonprofit recently announced.

Monday, 10:10 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified, classified union reach tentative agreement

Pleasanton Unified School District is expected to finalize a recent agreement with unionized classified workers at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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State employees, health care workers must show proof of vaccination

Amid climbing numbers of hospitalizations and a test positivity rate of 80% for the COVID-19 delta variant, state employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination, state officials announced Monday.

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Volunteers needed for Culinary Angels

Culinary Angels volunteers Michelle Bradley and Nafisa Lillie show off the colorful and healthy results of the kitchen skills they use to help prepare nutritious meals at no cost for those undergoing chemotherapy or serious illness.

Monday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
PG&E expands resources for customers affected by planned power outages

PG&E is expanding its resources for customers at risk of being affected by planned power outages as California's wildfire season rages on. Public Safety Power Shutoffs are part of PG&E's efforts to prevent wildfires that could happen.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pleasanton: Chabad closes day camp for summer after COVID-19 cases among attendees

Chabad of the Tri-Valley has canceled its summer day camp for the rest of the season after five youth attending the camp tested positive for COVID-19. No other cases had been confirmed to date, including among staff or volunteers.

Sunday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Advocacy group sues East Bay Parks over feral cat abatement policy

A cat advocacy group filed a lawsuit last week against the East Bay Regional Park District for a controversial policy allowing feral and abandoned cats to be killed or relocated to help protect endangered animal species at EBRPD parks.

Sunday, 4:50 PM | 2 comments
One millionth Alameda County resident receives COVID-19 vaccine

One million Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or two-thirds of the county population, public health officials said Friday.

Sunday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Livermore council to hear final update from Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee

The Livermore City Council is set to receive the final report and recommendations from the city's Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee and citizen working group on Monday evening.

Sunday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
BART reports being ahead of schedule on bond-funded infrastructure projects

More than one-quarter of the infrastructure projects on which BART is working with Measure RR funding have now been completed, exceeding the agency's timeline projections from when the measure went before voters in 2016.

Sunday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
Harrington Gallery open with new exhibit

The Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center is open for business with 'Women Artists Show and Tell' now on display. An opening reception will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday (July 31).

Sunday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet
Swalwell's newest bills address pandemic response, homicide victims' families

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) recently introduced a bill that aims to give more rights to families of homicide victims as well as two other bills with the goal to better prepare the federal government to handle pandemics.

Sunday, 3:54 PM | 1 comment

Friday, July 23, 2021

Livermore removes totem pole from Centennial Park for 'maintenance evaluation'

The city of Livermore shared a social media post Thursday informing the community that a maintenance evaluation required the removal of a well-known local art landmark.

Friday, 3:39 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Contra Costa among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy

As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.

Thursday, 10:39 PM | 5 comments
Valley Views: Newcomers and old-timers

The Pleasanton Newcomers club, originally designed for folks who had recently found their way to our lovely burg, changed its rules to let members continue past the previously mandated three years, plus began to welcome everyone.

Thursday, 10:35 PM | No comments yet
NFL assistant coach Greg Knapp dies from injuries sustained in San Ramon traffic collision

New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died on Thursday from injuries sustained five days earlier in San Ramon when a vehicle and his bicycle collided while traveling on Dougherty Road. He was 58.

Thursday, 3:37 PM | 3 comments
California rugged

A mention of the Diablo Range in the Tri-Valley is likely to draw the response: 'What range? Do you mean Mount Diablo?' The range runs from the Carquinez Strait south through 12 counties for a total of 150 miles to the Antelope Valley.

Thursday, 2:14 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Korean War armistice anniversary | TV30 episode on Livermore Lab COVID-19 response | Tri-Valley Haven donations

The groups will honor and recognize the sacrifice of American forces during and after the Korean War during a special event, 'The Unforgotten War for Peace,' this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Vintage Hills Shopping Center in Pleasanton.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tri-Valley Conservancy names Antrim as new executive director

The Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) has appointed Laura Antrim as its new executive director, following the recent retirement of Laura Mercier.

Wednesday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Family claims child with autism abused at school, still seeks answers 2 years later

A Livermore family has been on a journey for more than two years trying to find out how mysterious burn marks ended up on their son's back in 2019.

Wednesday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Four Tri-Valley projects earn federal funding

Four local initiatives have been granted federal funding, including two Livermore-based projects, an Iron Horse Trail bridge design in San Ramon and the mental health urgent care services pilot program in the south Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley police ready for National Night Out

Tri-Valley police departments are preparing for National Night Out, an annual community event promoting safety and unity, that will take place Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, 12:02 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council allows pop-up parklets to remain downtown through December

Pleasanton City Council members voted to extend downtown's outdoor parklet program through the end of the year during its regular meeting on Tuesday, where they also directed staff to design plans for potentially permanent parklets.

Wednesday, 10:53 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton: Museum ready for 2021 Family Days

After the Museum on Main temporarily paused Family Days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular community education program is returning this weekend on the museum lawn in downtown Pleasanton.

Wednesday, 2:49 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

San Ramon: Cyclist hospitalized after collision ID'd as New York Jets assistant coach

Family and police have confirmed the cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a vehicle on Dougherty Road over the weekend was Greg Knapp, a longtime assistant coach in the NFL currently working for the New York Jets.

Tuesday, 5:48 PM | No comments yet
Judge orders Danville police officer to stand trial for manslaughter in on-duty shooting

Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall will stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the 2018 shooting death of Laudemer Arboleda, but a judge threw out a charge of assault with a semi-automatic weapon for lack of proof Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:49 PM | 13 comments
Pleasanton: StopWaste executive Sommer retires after 30 years with agency

After three decades of public service, Pleasanton resident and StopWaste Executive Director Wendy Sommer stepped down from her longtime leadership role this month. Her deputy Timothy Burroughs was selected as the new lead executive.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Friedl starring for Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate

For 2013 Foothill High graduate T.J. Friedl, he has faced his fair share of adversity and has persevered -- now holding a spot and playing well for the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.

Tuesday, 2:55 PM | 1 comment

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