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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Chabad Center's 'attractive and contemporary' redesign draws city praise

A local synagogue's much-awaited remodel plans were praised by worshippers, neighbors and city officials alike before being unanimously approved at the Pleasanton Planning Commission's regular meeting last week.

Tuesday, 7:34 PM | 1 comment
Firehouse Arts Center reopening May 1

The Firehouse Arts Center has announced that it will reopen its doors to the public on May 1, along with the facility's Harrington Art Gallery and its 10th "Fresh Works" exhibit.

Tuesday, 6:14 PM | No comments yet
Dublin Pride Week kicks off this weekend

Dublin Pride Week (which promotes volunteerism and environmental awareness) begins on Saturday morning when groups of volunteers will clear litter from parks and schools. Creek and trail cleanups will take place at the same time.

Tuesday, 5:33 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton sets community outreach session on planned all-abilities playground

Pleasanton city officials are hosting a community outreach virtual meeting on Thursday to solicit resident feedback about the design and features to be included in the future all-abilities playground at Ken Mercer Sports Park.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Trucker charged with manslaughter for crash that killed three Livermore teens

The Alameda County DA's Office charged a Florida truck driver last week with three felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash in Livermore that killed three teenagers days before Christmas.

Tuesday, 12:06 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton grocery store admits to price-gouging early in pandemic

Pleasanton grocery market Apna Bazar pleaded guilty on Monday to two misdemeanor counts of price-gouging for significant markups of dry goods and produce during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, prosecutors said.

Tuesday, 8:52 AM | 1 comment

Monday, April 19, 2021

Dublin council to decide whether to spend $10M on affordable housing project

The Dublin City Council on Tuesday is set to consider a proposal to build a 308-unit project near the West Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station that the city says would be considered 100% affordable housing.

Monday, 1:01 PM | 5 comments
Help for Her

California High junior Saee Patil took advantage of last week's spring break to hold a fundraiser for her project, Help for Her, which provides feminine hygiene products for women in need.

Monday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Stanford-ValleyCare shutters LifeStyleRx gym, plans new medical services in its place

Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare permanently shut down its LifeStyleRx fitness center in Livermore earlier this month after 17 years, citing financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, 11:46 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton council could establish new voluntary campaign finance limits

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to follow up on a discussion from last month and vote on setting voluntary campaign contribution and expenditure limits for city elective office candidates at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 18, 2021

State updates worship service guidance, lifts mandatory capacity caps

California public health officials updated the state's guidance for places of worship and cultural ceremonies last Monday, removing capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Sunday, 9:04 PM | No comments yet
Leaders from all 9 Bay Area counties announce plan to reduce homelessness by 75% by 2024

Local and state leaders, housing experts, businesses and social justice advocates from all nine Bay Area counties have united to create a Regional Action Plan that aims to house 75% of the area's homeless population by 2024.

Sunday, 8:59 PM | No comments yet
MTC launches Clipper card mobile app, Apple Wallet compatibility

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission launched a mobile Clipper card app last week and made the transit-fare payment system available on iPhone and Apple Watch via Apple Pay.

Sunday, 8:50 PM | No comments yet
CPUC slams PG&E over vegetation management efforts

Already under fire for its vegetation management practices by the federal judge presiding over its criminal probation proceedings, PG&E got slammed Thursday by another one of its overseers.

Sunday, 8:50 PM | No comments yet
Overnight closures coming to Highway 84 in Sunol

Construction work will close Highway 84 -- also known as Niles Canyon Road -- in Sunol in Alameda County between Palomares Road and Main Street in both directions overnight from Sunday through April 24 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Sunday, 8:49 PM | No comments yet
Livermore council poised to adopt Asian solidarity resolution

The Livermore City Council directed staff last Monday to draft a resolution expressing the city's solidarity with the Asian community amid the uptick in anti-Asian violence and discrimination in the Bay Area, nationally and abroad.

Sunday, 6:17 PM | No comments yet
Three vacancies need filling on Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee

There are three vacancies on the Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee, which advises the LAVTA Board of Directors on accessibility issues for senior and disabled passengers.

Sunday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Z-Cares encourages more dialogue around mental health

A little more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit Z-Cares is presenting a new challenge for the Tri-Valley community to take up during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

Sunday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Sunol Visitor Center reopens with limited capacity, program hours

A year after COVID-19 brought many things to a halt, the Sunol Visitor Center is now open to the public with limited capacity and resumed programming earlier this month.

Sunday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Dublin High's new science building opens for learning

Dublin High School ceremonially opened the doors to its new engineering and science building on Thursday, marking completion on one of Dublin Unified School District's marquee construction projects in recent years.

Sunday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet

Friday, April 16, 2021

Garden club hosting naturalist Dan Hinkley

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club is partnering with the California Horticultural Society to present Dan Hinkley as its monthly speaker, at 6:30 p.m. Monday (April 19) via Zoom and open to the public.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton seeks teen poet laureate

Pleasanton is accepting applications for a 2021-22 teen poet laureate through April 30.

Friday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
'Tri-Valley Sports Wrap' debuts on TV30

With high school sports now back in action after the pandemic hiatus, 'Tri-Valley Sports Final Sports Wrap' with host Tim Sbranti is now airing on TV30. The show highlights local team and athlete accomplishments.

Friday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Feds: SF daycare employee charged with child pornography, previously worked in Livermore

Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Wednesday against a San Francisco daycare worker for possession of child pornography. The 26-year-old man previously worked at a child care facility in Livermore, the FBI said.

Thursday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police welcome newest dispatcher

The Pleasanton Police Department recently held a swearing-in ceremony for the city's newest police dispatcher, Michelle Pineda.

Thursday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Dublin Unified to reopen five days a week this fall

Dublin Unified School District will reopen schools full-time, five days a week, starting in the new academic year this August, Interim Superintendent Daniel Moirao announced at a Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night.

Thursday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
2021 Administrators of the Year winners include eight from Tri-Valley

Eight Tri-Valley employees were among those recently honored as the 2021 Administrators of the Year for the Association of California School Administrators Region 6, which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Thursday, 4:39 PM | No comments yet
Camp Connection: Pandemic pushes many Tri-Valley summer programs to the great outdoors

With many people still unvaccinated for COVID-19, Tri-Valley organizations are taking extra precautions and offering both virtual and in-person activities to make sure everyone has a fun and safe summer -- no matter their comfort level

Thursday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
What a Week: Earth Week 2021

I try to be aware of what steps I can take to help 'the world around me' as often as I can. I'm not perfect. Nobody is. But what I strive to do is to become better informed and to limit preventable lapses or mistakes.

Thursday, 3:22 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Alameda County Fair returning this year, shifting to October

After canceling in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Alameda County Fair is coming back in 2021 but has been rescheduled for the fall instead of the usual summer dates due to COVID-19 vaccine and food distribution efforts now onsite.

Thursday, 12:56 PM | 4 comments

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Pleasanton: VFW post to commemorate Bataan Death March

Pleasanton VFW Post 6298 will commemorate the 79th anniversary of the 1942 Bataan Death March this Saturday with veterans and friends hiking 26.2 miles through the Tri-Valley in honor of those who suffered and died.

Wednesday, 5:45 PM | No comments yet
Live entertainment returning to Bankhead Theater

As county restrictions ease, the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore is planning a series of early concerts for 44 patrons at distanced tables in its courtyard. The intimate shows will feature a comedy opener followed by live music.

Wednesday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Downtown Association executive director stepping down

Executive Director Tiffany Cadrette is leaving the Pleasanton Downtown Association next month after accepting a marketing position with the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where she worked earlier in her career.

Wednesday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Da Boccery: Local restaurateurs bringing bocce back to Livermore

Livermore will again have a space that offers food, drink and bocce as the owners of Sauced BBQ and Plucked Chicken have announced plans to open Da Boccery, a new entertainment and restaurant venue at the former site of Campo di Bocce.

Wednesday, 5:07 PM | 1 comment
Opinion | Nate Miley: Getting vaccinated is a community responsibility

As supervisor of a district heavily impacted by COVID, I am deeply concerned that despite overwhelming evidence of vaccine safety and efficacy there remains a debate around the value of getting vaccinated. It is our responsibility.

Wednesday, 5:02 PM | 23 comments
BART expecting to resume late-night service, add more trains later this year

BART will re-expand its train schedules later this year, offering more frequent trips and later service as riders are expected to return to public transit as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, agency officials said Thursday.

Wednesday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD launches online portal for residents to track police activity

Pleasanton residents can now monitor and break down police activity throughout the city using a newly launched website that provides real time information.

Wednesday, 4:35 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

San Ramon: Resident group sues city over Costco gas station approval

A collection of residents have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Ramon over its approval of a 32-pump Costco gas station near the Danville border, arguing that the project should be more thoroughly reviewed...

Tuesday, 11:08 PM | 20 comments
Pleasanton couple shaken after armed robbery, praise police for 'job well done' in quick investigation

A Pleasanton couple are recovering and searching for answers after they were robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight outside of their house on Saturday.

Tuesday, 8:06 PM | 14 comments
Pleasanton: Planning Commission nixes all-housing plan for Barone's Restaurant property

Backing the sentiments of many residents, the Pleasanton Planning Commission recently told the owners of Barone's Restaurant that plans to redevelop the downtown site must include commercial space and cannot be entirely residential.

Tuesday, 4:17 PM | 2 comments
Greek Orthodox Church plans, Chabad Center makeover on commission agenda

The Pleasanton Planning Commission will review a planned makeover for a local worship center and an application to construct a new church at the west end of the city during the regular meeting on Wednesday, starting 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador gymnast overcomes wrist injury in final meet

The only problem was that Mia Reeve had a heavy brace on her wrist due to a bone and cartilage injury. But with one meet left in her gymnastics career, Reeve approached training with a mission.

Tuesday, 1:39 PM | No comments yet
Alameda, Contra Costa counties pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

At least eight Bay Area counties paused administrations Tuesday of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six people out of millions of recipients across the country developed blood clots less than two weeks after the shot.

Tuesday, 12:12 PM | 1 comment

Monday, April 12, 2021

Staying Healthy: Avoid processed foods, Livermore cookbook author says

Cookbook author and blogger Michelle Smith says the best thing we can do for our health is eat foods that have minimal processing and are dense in nutrients. 'We started cleaning up our diet just because we wanted a better way...'

Monday, 10:52 PM | 1 comment
Alameda County extends COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and up

Alameda County has opened COVID-19 vaccine availability to all residents age 16-plus, the fourth Bay Area county to do so ahead of the state's April 15 deadline.

Monday, 3:49 PM | No comments yet
Teens arrested after armed robbery at Pleasanton house

Three teenagers were arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Pleasanton home on Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Monday, 1:11 PM | 10 comments
Readers' Choice is back!

After a one-year hiatus, the Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice contest is returning. Voting in the 2021 competition begins April 19.

Monday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Alameda County judge stops Bad Boys Bail Bonds from collecting debts from bail co-signors

An Alameda County Superior Court judge Thursday barred Bad Boys Bail Bonds from trying to collect debts from bail bond co-signors who were not given proper notice under California's Unfair Competition Law.

Sunday, 5:51 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Victim loses thousands via Smart TV scam

A person lost thousands of dollars recently when scammers exploited the person through the person's Smart TV, Danville police said Friday.

Sunday, 5:43 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scams demanding ransoms

Such scams happen more frequently than the public realizes, according to the sheriff's office, which encourages anyone who receives such a call to contact their local law enforcement agency for help.

Sunday, 5:37 PM | No comments yet
University of California advises of personal information at risk after cyberattack

Staff & students at the University of California at Berkeley and other UC campuses statewide are being advised to take immediate steps to protect their personal information, including credit and identity theft monitoring in the wake...

Sunday, 5:31 PM | No comments yet
Vaccine passports in California? Answers to your questions

California has no plans to administer a passport. But the state is sending mixed messages to businesses about the need to verify that people at large events are vaccinated.

Sunday, 4:54 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: 'Finding Wellness' for seniors

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley has stepped up its 'Finding Wellness' presentations during the last year, adapting everything for the internet while catering to a population not always able to go online.

Sunday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Domestic abuse services adapt to pandemic

Sheltering in place and limiting contact with others has been a necessity to prevent COVID-19, but these conditions have inadvertently also created potentially dangerous situations for residents living in abusive environments.

Sunday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet

Friday, April 9, 2021

Danville: Ex-Athenian teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault of former student

A former teacher and track coach at The Athenian School in Danville has pleaded guilty to two counts related to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old former student and will now be required to register as a sex offender.

Friday, 1:15 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Applications for affordable housing waiting list now open

Applicants that meet the maximum income and household size criteria can now apply for affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom units at the Park Hacienda Apartments in north Pleasanton.

Thursday, 9:47 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Hike for Hope returning for socially distanced event

Hope Hospice has revived its annual Hike for Hope program after canceling the event last year due to the coronavirus crisis, and registration is open for residents who want to enjoy the outdoors while supporting a cause.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: 50 states in 50 days

Freedom. That's what Ralph Hughes and his biking buddies are looking forward to as they take off mid-May, mostly on Harleys, to travel all 50 states in 50 days.

Thursday, 4:37 PM | 1 comment
Tassajara Hills pipeline project in Dublin slated for late summer

DSRSD is preparing to construct an underground pipeline at the northern end of Dublin this summer, ensuring that about 300 homes in the area have backup service in case of an emergency.

Thursday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley students excel in virtual academic competitions

The pandemic didn't deter a number of Tri-Valley students from advancing to the state level in several recent countywide annual academic competitions, including Alameda County History Day.

Thursday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Feeling 'safe', 'relief' post-vaccination

As a sense of normalcy begins to return to the Tri-Valley amid California's rigorous COVID-19 vaccination rollout, many fully vaccinated people are resuming activities they haven't done in over a year like...

Thursday, 10:56 AM | 9 comments

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