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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Presenting! 'Smokey Joe's Café' in Pleasanton

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens "Smokey Joe's Café" at the Firehouse Arts Center next week, a musical theater revue of 40 of the greatest songs of the past century.

Thursday, 6:27 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Vote for lookalikes, Wheels national awards & Workshop for new middle-schoolers

Visit the Weekly's website at to vote for your favorite of the eight finalists in our Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest. Weekly staff narrowed the two dozen entries down to eight, which are posted online for our readers to pick the mother-daughter duo they think most closely resemble each other.

Thursday, 6:27 PM | No comments yet
Camp Connection: Camp season quickly approaching

Many years ago, my independent 8-year-old son went away to a week-long YMCA camp near Yosemite. My husband and I watched with mixed emotions as he gamely climbed aboard the bus, ready for adventure.

Thursday, 6:26 PM | No comments yet
PUSD seeks community feedback on Amador parking lot plans

In anticipation of plans to build a new solar structure in the Amador Valley High School parking lot this summer, Pleasanton Unified School District issued an online survey this week and are asking for public input on the project.

Thursday, 3:25 PM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

PUSD aims to curb vaping among students

Calling vaping a “moving target" that needs to be shot down on local campuses, Pleasanton Unified School District staff urged the Board of Trustees to take action on the issue at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Wednesday, 10:22 PM | No comments yet
Dublin voters deciding now on school parcel tax renewal in mail-only election

Dublin Unified School District voters have recently started casting their ballots in the mail-only special election on whether to renew the district's existing $96-per-parcel tax for another nine years.

Wednesday, 5:47 PM | No comments yet
Foothill alum dies after being struck by car in Napa

A 25-year-old Pleasanton native living in Napa died after being struck by an SUV while walking along Highway 29 on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 4:04 PM | No comments yet
Spring choir and jazz concert at Las Positas College

The Las Positas College Department of Music will present its Spring Vocal Concert featuring guest artist M-PACT at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (April 24) at the Las Positas College Main Stage, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.

Wednesday, 12:58 PM | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Will the city develop more parking downtown?

As downtown Pleasanton interests have pointed out, one striking omission in the plan so far is any commitment to public parking. Drive around downtown trying to find parking near lunch time, and you'll find virtually all of the lots are posted as private property with parking only for designated businesses and the threat of towing.

Wednesday, 12:49 PM | 6 comments
Council talks downtown, Chabad Center, state housing bills at jam-packed meeting

It was a whirlwind meeting for the Pleasanton City Council this week as city leaders, stakeholders and residents debated several big-ticket items over nearly six hours until the clock ticked past 12:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 2:32 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Zone 7 breaks ground on $110 million treatment plant project

Tri-Valley residents can expect better tasting and smelling water from the tap when the expansion and upgrades at the Zone 7 Water Agency Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant are completed.

Tuesday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Dublin receives award for Valor Crossing affordable veteran housing project

For its efforts to provide affordable housing to U.S. military veterans and their families, the city of Dublin has received an Award of Merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), in recognition of its Valor Crossing affordable housing complex for veterans.

Tuesday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
Publisher's Note: Let your voice be heard in Readers' Choice 2019

It's time once again to vote for your favorite spots to eat, drink, shop and play in Pleasanton. We have hundreds of Pleasanton places and businesses listed in dozens of categories on the online ballot.

Tuesday, 2:44 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Mannion signs with Minnesota Vikings

Sean Mannion, the former Foothill High and Oregon State star quarterback, is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings after agreeing to a free agent contract with the team last week.

Tuesday, 1:14 PM | No comments yet

Monday, April 15, 2019

School board discussing district efforts to curb student vaping

Combating vaping among students in the Pleasanton Unified School District is the focal point of a presentation that district officials will give at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Monday, 10:59 PM | 12 comments
Pleasanton: Downtown planning, Chabad Center, housing bills lead crowded council agenda

The Pleasanton City Council has a jam-packed agenda scheduled for Tuesday evening, with hot topics like the Downtown Specific Plan update, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life expansion and state housing legislation leading the docket.

Monday, 5:46 PM | 1 comment
BART general manager announces retirement

BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced last week that she will be leaving her job this summer after eight years leading the transit agency.

Monday, 3:33 PM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Response to 'Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions?'

As President of the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA), I would like to respond to Jeb Bing's recent article titled “Downtown Planning: Are developers now making the decisions?"

Monday, 2:06 PM | 11 comments

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Swalwell holds presidential campaign rally in hometown at Dublin High

After announcing his candidacy on the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Swalwell joined a deep field of Democrats who have thrown their hats into the ring, and in order to help grow his recognition, the 38-year-old Dublin native held a hometown rally to drum up support on Sunday.

Sunday, 10:26 PM | 32 comments
Musical soiree to benefit Livermore Valley Opera

Sip champagne and enjoy opera stars in a beautiful private home at an Elegant Music Soiree to raise money for the Livermore Valley Opera.

Sunday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Grad gives A-plus to Las Positas College

But Kim emphasizes that her exciting academic career was launched at Las Positas College, which she attended from 2014-16.

Sunday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Stargazers hosting astronaut to reflect on space flight

The Tri-Valley Stargazers are hosting astronaut James H. Newman at their next meeting, Friday evening (April 19). Newman served on four NASA space shuttle missions, including the fourth Hubble servicing mission.

Sunday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet

Friday, April 12, 2019

Dublin: Teachers, school district reach tentative deal to end tense contract negotiations

After more than a year of contentious negotiations, contract talks between the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association appear close to concluding.

Friday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pleasanton's priorities: City Council confirms work plan with top goals for next two years

The Pleasanton City Council last month completed its biennial process of adopting a work plan of top priorities for the city to accomplish over the ensuing two years -- and in helping Pleasanton live up to its aforementioned motto, the public planning process saw more citizen and stakeholder input than ever before.

Thursday, 5:02 PM | 5 comments
Bankhead shows: Folk legend Peter Yarrow, 'From Ragtime to Jazz' performing in Livermore

Two upcoming events at the Bankhead Theater will bring to life important periods in American musical history, including folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary.

Thursday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: New report shows our rents among highest in country

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in Pleasanton, but across the entire Bay Area. Of the largest 10 cities that San Francisco-based Apartment List studies, eight have seen prices rise.

Thursday, 4:16 PM | 5 comments
Editorial: Tri-Valley wisely teams up on housing legislation; state should listen

This banding together approach is unique to the Tri-Valley; we applaud our local councils for being pre-emptive, collaborative and creative in planning to combat this legislation that will give Sacramento control over land-use, with little or no input from the people we elected to represent our local interests.

Thursday, 4:12 PM | 9 comments
PUSD reps rally in Sacramento for full and fair funding in education

Students, educators and community members called upon the state to increase public education funding, and launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #FundCAEd.

Thursday, 4:10 PM | 4 comments

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Music for the young at the Firehouse

The Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, a Los Angeles-based variety show featuring "kindie" music -- kid-friendly indie music -- will perform at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Wednesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
Livermore-Amador Symphony playing 'Dramatic Dvorak'

The Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 56th season with "Dramatic Dvorak," this Saturday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore with music director Lara Webber conducting.

Wednesday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Proposed new contract for unionized Pleasanton employees calls for 3% raises annually through 2022

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to approve at its next meeting April 16 a new three-year contract with the Pleasanton City Employees Association Local 955 that will raise salaries by 3% retroactive to April 1, and then 3% again as of April 2020 and April 2021.

Wednesday, 3:55 PM | 5 comments
City celebrating Earth Day with creek cleanup, pedal-powered smoothies, document shredding and more

Learn how to help protect the planet while gaining new appreciation for it this weekend at the city of Pleasanton's Earth Day celebration.

Wednesday, 3:36 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: DUSD interim superintendent, Downtown egg hunt & Big swim meet

The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night appointed Dave Marken, Ed.D., to serve as interim superintendent until the district completes a likely nationwide search for its next permanent leader.

Wednesday, 2:44 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

City, PUSD leaders on board with exploring shared maintenance facilities

At an annual joint meeting on Monday night, Pleasanton city and school district officials agreed to further explore the prospect of sharing maintenance facilities at the city's Operations Services Center on Busch Road.

Tuesday, 9:51 PM | 2 comments
Bay Area home sales in February at 11-year low

Over the course of February in the Bay Area, 4,354 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold, up nearly 13% from the previous month, but the year-over-year trajectory is trending downward.

Tuesday, 3:18 PM | No comments yet
BART police work mandatory overtime to increase visibility, deter crime

BART police and staff will be working an extra day each week as mandatory overtime to discourage crime, transit agency officials said Monday.

Tuesday, 1:07 PM | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Disrupting dog food industry in Danville, electric outlet norms in Dublin

When it comes to disruptive companies innovating in the Tri-Valley, it's easy to think of technology firms or life science companies. How about firms breaking through in seemingly mundane areas such as dog food and electric outlets and switches?

Tuesday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball dominates Stampede tournament

One other annual event I've loved covering is the Livermore Stampede softball tournament that took place during spring break each year. It had the best teams not just in the North Coast Section, but all Northern California.

Tuesday, 12:29 PM | 1 comment

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ex-Dublin mayor Sbranti appointed to community college board

Former Dublin mayor and current Dublin High School athletic director Tim Sbranti will be returning to public office after being selected last week to fill the vacant Tri-Valley seat on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees.

Monday, 5:33 PM | 3 comments
Swalwell announces candidacy for U.S. President

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially has his eye on the biggest seat in Washington, D.C., confirming Monday that he will be running for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President in 2020.

Monday, 5:11 PM | 67 comments
Tri-Valley Karate martial artists earn medals at tournament

Athletes from Tri-Valley Karate in Pleasanton brought home 29 medals combined from the recent Tibon's 34th annual Karate Championships in Stockton.

Monday, 2:18 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Pleasanton author pens new cookbook on eating gluten-free from the Instant Pot

Jane Bonacci of Pleasanton is a longtime food writer and recipe developer with a popular food blog at The Heritage Cook. When she needed to go gluten-free in 2012, her cooking took a turn in that direction.

Monday, 2:18 PM | No comments yet
Committee unveils Pleasanton's 2019 Ed Kinney Community Patriots

Friends, acquaintances and family members are invited to a champagne reception 5:30-7 p.m. April 29 at Museum on Main to honor this year's recipients of the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards: Sarah Banholzer and Jorge Victoria.

Monday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Staying Healthy: Hike for Hope to benefit hospice

Gather family, friends and co-workers -- or come solo -- for Hope Hospice's ninth annual Hike for Hope taking place the morning of May 4 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

Sunday, 6:48 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton RADD athletes shine at hometown basketball regionals

Pleasanton RADD athletes earned various medals last month when their hometown hosted the Special Olympics Northern California regional basketball competition.

Sunday, 6:48 PM | No comments yet
Popular author presenting in Pleasanton

Towne Center Books welcomes Lisa See to introduce her latest novel, "Island of Sea Women," at its monthly Coffee and Conversation series, at 11 a.m. next Wednesday (April 10) at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave.

Sunday, 6:48 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Justin's heart of gold

Now 16, Justin Wang said he began writing not only as a way to cope with the challenges he was facing, but also as a way to inspire others going through difficulties of their own.

Sunday, 6:47 PM | No comments yet

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Pleasanton Readers' Choice ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Pleasanton Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 20th. Stay tuned for the results in the June 28th issue of the Pleasanton Weekly.