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Monday, May 25, 2020

Livermore police investigating suspicious death at hotel

The Livermore Police Department has deemed a 24-year-old man's death as suspicious after he was discovered unresponsive in a hotel room on the north side of the city on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, 5:24 PM | No comments yet
Governor announces statewide COVID-19 contact tracing campaign

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign for the state's COVID-19 case investigation program.

Monday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Back to Business: Memorial Day live-stream focusing on reopening Livermore

Livermore Downtown Inc. is hosting a special online event Monday evening bringing community stakeholders together to discuss plans for reopening Livermore.

Sunday, 9:51 PM | 2 comments
Head-on collision leaves several injured on Highway 84

Several people were injured Sunday night in a head-on collision involving two vehicles on Highway 84 in Niles Canyon east of Fremont, the California Highway Patrol said.

Sunday, 9:31 PM | No comments yet
Air quality district issues year's first Spare the Air Alert for Memorial Day

The first Spare the Air Alert of the year has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, with light winds, high temperatures and vehicle exhaust forecast to make air quality unhealthy.

Sunday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Asian Americans bear brunt of blame for COVID-19

As some people blame the rise of coronavirus on China, where it originated, the FBI has warned about a possible rise in hate crimes against Asians in the United States. Businesses owned by Asian Americans are being vandalized.

Sunday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
Relief fund announced for East Bay artists affected by pandemic

A new $625,000 relief fund has been launched for artists and art workers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open through June 5 at 5 p.m.

Sunday, 3:33 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Alameda County Superior Court to reopen court functions remotely

Alameda County Superior Court announced Wednesday it will resume or expand several court functions remotely beginning June 1.

Saturday, 5:04 PM | No comments yet
ACT/SAT tests no longer required for admission to UC schools

Required standardized testing has been suspended until at least fall 2024 for all freshman applicants to the University of California, university officials announced Thursday.

Saturday, 5:04 PM | 2 comments
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group talks business during pandemic

While the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent economic downturn have severely stressed the capacity for businesses to operate, a group of local industry leaders have not shied away from the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Saturday, 1:11 PM | No comments yet
Road to reopening Pleasanton schools remains unclear

What the upcoming school year will look like was the lingering question at an online meeting of the Pleasanton school board on Thursday that stretched until the stroke of midnight.

Saturday, 12:05 PM | 12 comments

Friday, May 22, 2020

Fiscal forecast will prompt PUSD to 'make significant changes'

A special online study session of the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. will cover a review and discussion of Gov. Newsom's May budget revision and forecasted reduction in K-12 funding.

Friday, 6:18 PM | 2 comments
Police: Four local juveniles facing murder charge in Butler slaying

Four teenage boys from the Tri-Valley were arrested Friday on warrants for murder and kidnapping during a robbery in connection with the fatal stabbing of Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler last month, police said.

Friday, 12:26 PM | 29 comments

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pleasanton: Residents deliver piles of PPE for frontline workers

Personal protective equipment donations are arguably the most trending form of charity in the Tri-Valley, and Pleasanton resident Winnie Liu and her neighbors might be some of the biggest local influencers right now.

Thursday, 10:41 PM | 1 comment
Dublin Unified honors its most exceptional employees of 2020

Dublin Unified School District recently celebrated its most outstanding faculty and staff members of the year, recognizing those serving more than 12,900 students at all levels of learning from preschool through adult education.

Thursday, 10:16 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Specialty's Café gives away cookies as farewell

Pleasanton-based chain Specialty's Café and Bakery closed its doors this week, but before the business bid its final farewell, it offered one last treat to its customers Thursday at its warehouse in Redwood City.

Thursday, 4:52 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: This, too, shall be a memory

In years to come we will be sharing memories with the next generation of how we lived, loved and survived during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

Thursday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD selects Toronto's top administrator as superintendent finalist

The SRVUSD Board of Education has identified Toronto director of education John Malloy, Ed.D., as its preferred candidate to succeed retiring Superintendent Rick Schmitt, pending final approval at a board meeting.

Thursday, 2:58 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Domestic violence, theft, burglary reports lead Pleasanton police call logs

The Pleasanton Police Department made the following information available in its online police blotter for April 25 to May 15.

Wednesday, 9:13 PM | 18 comments
Pleasanton police welcome three new officers

The Pleasanton Police Department announced three new officers have joined the city's police force: Officers Justin Dabill, Rogelio Gonzalez-Reyes and Nicole Olah.

Wednesday, 5:48 PM | 15 comments
Swalwell launches political action committee targeting key election races for Democrats

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) has announced the launch of a political action committee that aims to register new voters and win 10 key races around the country.

Wednesday, 5:15 PM | 99 comments
Bauer-Kahan bill aims to close the 'digital divide' in California schools

A bill authored by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan aiming to close the "digital divide" among California students moved out of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation with unanimous bipartisan support on Monday.

Wednesday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Special downtown display honors this year's high school grads

The Pleasanton community rallied around early Wednesday morning (with social distancing) to celebrate and honor this year's crop of graduating high school seniors with a special surprise.

Wednesday, 12:54 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hope Hospice hosting town halls on grief, senior care and end-of-life planning

Hope Hospice is organizing a series of educational live webinars during the next three weeks featuring its in-house experts discussing issues around end-of-life planning, understanding grief issues and caring for the elderly.

Tuesday, 9:03 PM | 5 comments
Pleasanton school board looking at scenarios for eventually reopening campuses

Three possible options for Pleasanton students learning in the upcoming year will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its online meeting on Thursday night, starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | 50 comments
Z-Cares invites people to spread joy and share 'What Makes Me Happy'

The Pleasanton-based Z-Cares Foundation has gone nationwide recently in its mission to help teens and families cope with anxiety and the stigma of mental health issues, launching its "What Makes Me Happy" campaign this month.

Tuesday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Child nutrition specialist Henninger wins PUSD Classified Employee of the Year

Child nutrition specialist Donna Henninger recently won the 2020 Pleasanton Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year Award.

Tuesday, 2:42 PM | 3 comments
Caltrans to plant native trees under agreement for Niles Canyon project

An agreement reached between Caltrans and community activists will result in the planting of additional native riparian trees and the removal of invasive plant growth along Alameda Creek in Niles Canyon.

Tuesday, 1:00 PM | No comments yet

Monday, May 18, 2020

Federal officials give green light again to self-driving shuttles in Dublin

Passengers could be closer to boarding autonomous vehicles in Dublin after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lifted a temporary suspension on members of the public riding in them last week.

Monday, 9:30 PM | No comments yet
Las Positas College postpones 30th annual commencement ceremony

Las Positas College in Livermore has postponed its 30th annual commencement ceremony until at least fall as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 9:20 PM | No comments yet
Lawsuit threat looms as Pleasanton council prepares to approve anti-vaping ordinance

Pleasanton City Council members are set to consider final adoption of a sweeping ordinance that includes banning the sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products Tuesday night -- but they will do so while facing threat of a lawsuit.

Monday, 6:18 PM | 5 comments
Letter: Let’s temporarily close Main Street for our businesses and community

"Now is the perfect time to temporarily close Main Street to traffic in a thoughtful way so we can bring more consumers downtown to support our businesses. Let's do this Pleasanton!"

Monday, 6:04 PM | 34 comments
PUSD Trustee Valerie Arkin running for Pleasanton City Council this fall

Pleasanton Unified School District Trustee Valerie Arkin announced Monday that she will seek election to the Pleasanton City Council in November with her school board term expiring this year.

Monday, 4:43 PM | 13 comments
Water quality: DSRSD aims to help local businesses safely reopen

With some businesses preparing to reopen or expand operations when the Alameda County health order is lifted, the Dublin San Ramon Services District wants to ensure that employers and their staff do so safely.

Monday, 3:10 PM | No comments yet
Retired Tri-Valley educators chose four students for scholarships

The Tri-Valley Retired Educators' Scholarship Fund has awarded $2,500 each to four Tri-Valley students planning to become educators.

Monday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
CSU chancellor explains decision to keep most fall classes online

Timothy P. White, chancellor of the 23-campus California State University system since 2012, was supposed to be celebrating his imminent retirement right now, not dealing with the many academic and financial problems raised by COVID-19

Monday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County eases restrictions for retail, other industries in latest health order

Six Bay Area jurisdictions slightly relaxed the region's COVID-19 coronavirus shelter-in-place order Monday, allowing multiple industries to resume operations and retail businesses to offer storefront pick-up.

Monday, 11:21 AM | 38 comments

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pleasanton: Residents without symptoms can now get COVID-19 test at fairgrounds

The COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton will start its fourth week on Monday by opening the service up to asymptomatic residents for the first time, officials said.

Sunday, 2:19 PM | 16 comments
Pleasanton: Museum on Main presenting 'A Great Frontier Odyssey'

The Museum on Main's first virtual exhibit is open, showing the American West in 1873-74 as portrayed by artists hired by Harper's Weekly.

Sunday, 11:53 AM | No comments yet
PG&E appeals probation conditions, says they would harm public safety

PG&E is appealing strict new probation conditions imposed by a federal judge in San Francisco, arguing that the judge's order is illegal, unreasonable and a risk to public safety.

Sunday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Alameda County Superior Court to take reservations for some remote hearings

Starting Monday, Alameda County Superior Court will resume accepting reservations for remote hearings on civil, family and probate motions.

Sunday, 11:41 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Chamber Chairman Randy Brown launches bid for Pleasanton City Council

Local real estate professional Randy Brown, who is serving this year as chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has announced his candidacy for City Council in the November election.

Saturday, 4:35 PM | 24 comments
Downtown rally urges officials to 'reopen Livermore' amid COVID-19 restrictions

Dozens of people turned out downtown on Saturday morning to rally in support of their desire to have restrictions on businesses and residents amid the coronavirus pandemic lifted in Livermore.

Saturday, 3:44 PM | 61 comments
Specialty's Café & Bakery, headquartered in Pleasanton, going out of business

Specialty's Cafe & Bakery, a restaurant brand headquartered in Pleasanton and operating more than 50 locations in three states, announced on Friday that they will be closing for good in the days ahead.

Saturday, 2:44 PM | 9 comments

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dublin: Firefighters put out garbage fire at Fallon Middle School

Alameda County Fire Department firefighters set out a load of garbage on fire in the Fallon Middle School parking lot in Dublin on Friday.

Friday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
East Bay Parks issues rattlesnake advisory warning for park visitors

With spring weather arriving, East Bay Regional Park District officials have observed the re-emergence of snakes -- most notably rattlesnakes -- and have issued a rattlesnake safety advisory for park visitors.

Friday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley music educators take private lessons to the internet

Online music lessons are better than none, say teachers, and right now we all need the healing joy that music brings to the heart and soul.

Friday, 8:22 AM | 5 comments
One month later: Investigation continues into killing of Pleasanton teen Jackson Butler

Friday marks one month since 19-year-old Jackson Butler was stabbed to death during an altercation in a Pleasanton hotel parking lot -- and there are still many questions left unanswered.

Friday, 12:36 AM | 29 comments

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Foothill instructor Hill named PUSD's Teacher of the Year

Longtime Foothill High biomedical teacher Josh Hill was presented with the 2020 Pleasanton Unified School District Teacher of the Year Award during a virtual meeting of the Board of Trustees last week.

Thursday, 6:31 PM | No comments yet
Newsom proposes deep education, health care cuts in revised state budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised state budget proposal Thursday, with deep cuts in education and health care funding as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 3:59 PM | No comments yet
Sweet Tomatoes permanently closing all restaurants, including Hopyard location

The Sweet Tomatoes restaurant on Hopyard Road in Pleasanton has shuttered for good after corporate officials announced last week that all Sweet Tomatoes locations nationwide, won't reopen again after temporary COVID-19 closures.

Thursday, 3:41 PM | 35 comments
Rare inflammatory disease, possibly tied to COVID-19, emerges in children

In what is now thought to be the first reported case of its kind, an infant with Kawasaki disease also tested positive in March for COVID-19 -- suggesting a possible link between the two illnesses.

Thursday, 1:27 PM | 8 comments
Livermore: 'Ask a Scientist' breaks down physics, planetary defense and more for students

A collaborative effort with Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and the Livermore Lab Foundation gives local middle and high school students the opportunity to expand their science know-how.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Driver seriously injured in fiery, head-on crash on Highway 84 in Sunol

A man sustained major injuries after his car slammed head on into a big-rig on Highway 84 in Sunol on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Wednesday, 10:08 PM | No comments yet
Dublin seventh-grader wins county spelling bee, qualifies for state championship

As one might expect from a spelling bee champion, Wells Middle School student Aanya Joshi is not short for words when it comes to describing her recent qualifying victory for the California State Junior High Spelling Bee Championship.

Wednesday, 5:05 PM | 2 comments
Supervisors OK plan to hire hundreds more Santa Rita Jail guards, mental health staff

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a request from Sheriff Greg Ahern to spend $318 million over three years to add guards and mental health staffers to the Santa Rita Jail.

Wednesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Councilman Carling recovering after being hit by car while cycling downtown

Livermore City Councilman Bob Carling said he hurt his hip, but was OK otherwise, after being knocked off his bicycle by a car while riding on the edge of downtown on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 11:49 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Livermore Downtown Farmers Market is reopening on Sunday

The Livermore Downtown Farmers Market will reopen on Sunday (May 17) with strict guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene practices.

Tuesday, 6:19 PM | No comments yet
Dublin leaders approve emergency microloans for small businesses

A new emergency microloan program to support small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic was passed by the Dublin City Council last week.

Tuesday, 6:10 PM | 1 comment
Tri-Valley virtual student film festivals offer cinematic escape

Two digital film festivals will showcase the cinematic talents of Tri-Valley students when the Dublin High School Film Festival and PUSD Digital Film Festival premiere online this month.

Tuesday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
Big plans to expand preschool in California put on hold due to coronavirus

Gov. Gavin Newsom's big plans for expanding child care and preschool have hit a big roadblock -- the coronavirus.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | 1 comment
Facebook emergency grant aids local journalists during COVID-19 crisis

Embarcadero Media has received a $100,000 emergency grant to sustain its work during the coronavirus pandemic and help accelerate expansion of digital publishing.

Tuesday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Planning Commissioner Jack Balch running for Pleasanton City Council

Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Jack Balch on Tuesday launched his campaign for one of the two seats coming open on the City Council in the November election.

Tuesday, 3:47 PM | 16 comments
Big plans to expand preschool in California put on hold due to coronavirus

Gov. Gavin Newsom's big plans for expanding child care and preschool have hit a big roadblock -- the coronavirus.

Tuesday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
City reviewing Las Positas College plan to move training center to Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to consider a request from Las Positas College to relocate its Economic Development and Contract Education operations from Dublin to an office building in Pleasanton near BART.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | 1 comment

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