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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tim Talk: Strizzi's celebrates 30 years on Main Street

One of Pleasanton's home-grown restaurants is celebrating a milestone 30-year anniversary this month.

Thursday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
REACH for opportunities

Purchasing one house represents a major milestone for any organization focused on offering affordable, living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Tri-Valley REACH was able to buy two.

Thursday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Remembering Pleasanton PD Officer Kyle Henricksen

Kyle Henricksen, a Pleasanton PD officer whose battle with pancreatic cancer inspired support from throughout the community, died on Tuesday night surrounded by family. He was 36.

Wednesday, 6:06 PM | 2 comments
Danville: Crow Canyon Country Club restaurant red-tagged by health department

The Vintage restaurant at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville was closed by Contra Costa County Health Services on Tuesday after health inspectors on an unannounced visit discovered a cockroach infestation.

Wednesday, 5:00 PM | 2 comments
Take Us Along: Mayor says 'I do!'

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and wife Kalee were married on Sept. 27, 2019, and friends and family celebrated with them two days later during a reception at the Pleasanton Hotel.

Wednesday, 1:04 PM | 1 comment
New air guidelines let Dublin USD breathe more easily

Dublin Unified School District is one of the first school districts in California to recently establish new air quality guidelines and install air quality sensors at several of its schools.

Wednesday, 1:04 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Floating Pumpkin Patch returns this weekend

Pleasanton's popular Floating Pumpkin Patch is set to make its return to the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center this Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Wednesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gov. Newsom calls for PG&E to repay customers affected by shutoff

After last week's Public Safety Power Shutoff by PG&E that left more than 700,000 customers without power, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday called on the utility to give a credit or rebate to affected residents and businesses.

Tuesday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
BART board considers changing to dynamic pricing for station parking

The price of parking at BART stations may go up next year as part of a shift to variable pricing based on demand, district staff said during a presentation to the Board of Directors last week.

Tuesday, 2:18 PM | 7 comments
Dublin: Newsom vetoes jail release bill that may be re-crafted

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have stopped the release of California jail inmates during early-morning hours.

Tuesday, 2:01 PM | No comments yet
Amador Valley lot reopens after five-month closure for solar panel project

The main Amador Valley High School parking lot reopened for business Tuesday, marking the end of a months-long waiting period for many neighbors, students and faculty while solar panel structures and a new parking layout were added.

Tuesday, 1:45 PM | 10 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Arioto named to USA Softball's Olympics roster

It was very exciting last week when I learned former Foothill superstar softball player Valerie Arioto was named to the United States Olympic Team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Tuesday, 12:35 PM | No comments yet
Actress Felicity Huffman reports to Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin

Dublin's low-security federal prison for women received a celebrity inmate on Tuesday, with actress Felicity Huffman reporting to serve her sentence for a conviction in the college admissions scandal.

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4.5-magnitude quake strikes near Walnut Creek

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area on Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Curry lawsuit: Teacher seeks dismissal of punitive damages

Documents filed earlier this month seal pool surveillance video from public and provide first statement made by Aaron Becker, the San Ramon Valley High teacher on duty when Ben Curry died during PE class last year.

Monday, 9:00 PM | 3 comments
Governor vetoes local bill on Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area

Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's recent legislative winning streak came to an end last week when Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 1086, which would've permitted selling part of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

Monday, 8:48 PM | 4 comments
Wastewater recovery highlighted in DSRSD facility tour this week

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is opening its doors Wednesday morning for a public tour of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Pleasanton.

Monday, 8:34 PM | No comments yet
Valley Link timetable pushed out by three more years

The Valley Link commuter light rail system aiming to directly connect BART to Livermore and the San Joaquin Valley likely won't see its first trains run until at least 2027, three years later than initially estimated.

Monday, 5:20 PM | 8 comments

Sunday, October 13, 2019

PG&E defends implementing power shutoffs

PG&E officials defended their use of last week's public safety power shutoff and said as of 6 p.m. Saturday, all 738,000 customers in 34 counties who lost electric service as a result of the program had their power restored.

Sunday, 8:02 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 11, 2019

Head of the Class: Familiar face leads Fairlands

Heidi Deeringhoff has worn many hats in the realm of education: teacher, literacy coach, and now, the new principal at Fairlands Elementary School.

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'Luna Mexicana' coming to Bankhead

Dia de los Muertos -- Day of the Dead -- will be celebrated at the Bankhead Theater in the week ahead by Oakland Ballet in "Luna Mexicana" with spirited dances, lively music and colorful costumes.

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Pleasanton: Shows continue in October

Pleasanton and the Firehouse Arts Center continue like a house afire to present lively and stimulating entertainment.

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Museum on Main takes look at 'Fears and Phobias'

What scares you? Museum on Main is presenting its annual "What Are You Afraid Of? A Look at Fears and Phobias" display as a nod to Halloween, opening on Wednesday.

Friday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
'Viva MOMIX' on Livermore stage

Innovative dance illusionists MOMIX return to the Bankhead Theater next weekend with their trademark style -- illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness.

Friday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Pride to shine next weekend

Live more, love more, Livermore. These words sum up a family friendly Livermore Pride event being held to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Livermore and honor the diversity of the community.

Friday, 4:49 PM | No comments yet
PG&E bondholders, wildfire victims submit rival restructuring plan

A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco cleared the way on Wednesday for a group of PG&E bondholders and wildfire victims to submit a rival financial restructuring plan to compete with the utility's own proposal.

Friday, 12:16 PM | No comments yet
CPUC president calls PG&E's management of shutoffs 'absolutely unacceptable'

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday blasted PG&E amid the utility's Public Safety Power Shutoff, which affected more than 700,000 customers throughout the state.

Friday, 12:12 PM | No comments yet
Oakland man charged with killing Dublin High alum, girlfriend in robbery

An Oakland man has been charged with special circumstances murder for allegedly fatally shooting a Dublin man and his girlfriend during a robbery in East Oakland last month.

Friday, 11:57 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Developer James Tong convicted of illegal contributions to Swalwell campaign

An East Bay real estate developer has been found guilty of funneling tens of thousands of illegal contributions to the congressional campaigns of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).

Thursday, 4:46 PM | 87 comments
Taylor Family Foundation appoints new CEO

The Taylor Family Foundation recently named executive director Angie Carmignani as the nonprofit's new CEO, tasking the longtime administrator with leading the Livermore-based organization into its fourth decade of operations.

Thursday, 2:11 PM | No comments yet
Governor signs three Bauer-Kahan bills

Three bills authored by local Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) received support from Gov. Gavin Newsom over the past month, for a total of seven new state laws from the freshman legislator's office so far this year.

Thursday, 2:10 PM | 4 comments
The gentle giants of Mount Diablo

Many tarantulas populate Mount Diablo, and come the end of summer and into the beginning of the fall, these arachnids can commonly be seen scurrying around the mountain searching for a mate.

Thursday, 2:09 PM | 1 comment
PG&E leaves Tri-Valley residents in the dark with power shutoff

As its Public Safety Power Shutoffs affected parts of the Tri-Valley into Thursday, PG&E officials left residents in the dark in more ways than one.

Thursday, 12:49 PM | 6 comments

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

News Digest: Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Antiques Faire & Teachers of the Year

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is calling all little ghouls, witches, princesses, superheroes and more out for its annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, set for next Saturday (Oct. 19).

Wednesday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Happy retirements to Vic and Rick

Rick's Picks, a popular retail store just a short walk south on Main Street, is closing soon, and Vic's All Star Kitchen, a restaurant that has anchored the south end of Main Street for the last 26 years, is seeking a buyer.

Wednesday, 3:54 PM | 4 comments
Drones and more at Livermore Library

The Livermore Public Library continues its varied free offerings with a comedian and evening yoga, as well as drone courses for teens.

Wednesday, 3:19 PM | No comments yet
All-abilities playground coming to Dublin

Leaders in Dublin joined to shine the spotlight on work now underway to build a new playground suitable for children of all ability levels at Dublin Sports Grounds during a groundbreaking ceremony last week.

Wednesday, 3:13 PM | No comments yet
Council OKs subdividing Old Stanley site for three new houses

The Pleasanton City Council approved a group of friends' request to demolish a single-story house on Old Stanley Boulevard and subdivide their parcel for three larger houses last week.

Wednesday, 3:04 PM | 4 comments
Partial power shutoff confirmed in Pleasanton

PG&E confirms power shutoff in parts of south/west Pleasanton from ~1pm today to ~12p tomorrow. Affected areas: Foothill Rd (south of Bernal to Sunol area), Happy Valley, Sycamore and Callippe Golf Course areas, parts of Ruby Hill and possibly Vineyard Corridor area.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

JUUL's ongoing role in Livermore vaping referendum unclear

The campaign to keep vaping products in the city of Livermore may be at risk of losing its biggest supporter with the announcement that JUUL Labs has officially ended its active support of San Francisco's Proposition C.

Tuesday, 5:36 PM | 1 comment
ArtWalk in downtown Livermore next weekend

Livermore is holding its 18th annual ArtWalk turning downtown into an art district from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 12).

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill wins EBAL volleyball matches; split week for Amador

The Foothill boys varsity water polo team went ahead to take second place at the Aptos Tournament last week. See those highlights, plus a recap of the week in volleyball, football and cross-country.

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school district seeks $12M from state for career technical facilities

A request to seek $12 million of state funding for new science classrooms and buildings at both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools was considered by the Pleasanton school board on Monday night.

Tuesday, 5:34 PM | No comments yet
Partial power shutoff confirmed for Pleasanton

PG&E and city officials confirmed the utility implemented Public Safety Power Shutoffs in parts of south/west Pleasanton late Wednesday night (Oct. 9) that will run through about noon Thursday (Oct. 10).

Tuesday, 4:04 PM | 38 comments

Monday, October 7, 2019

Partnership dissolves for Sunflower Hill Livermore; nonprofit's Pleasanton project still on track

Local nonprofit Sunflower Hill and affordable housing developer MidPen Housing announced Monday their decision to "amicably end their partnership" to develop a residential community for adults with special needs in Livermore.

Monday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Offshore wind prompts fire weather watch, possible PG&E shutoffs

Strong, dry winds across large areas of Northern and Central California may prompt PG&E to turn off power across 30 counties Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday, 3:03 PM | 12 comments
Mind-boggling magic at the Firehouse

The Firehouse Arts Center has been selected for its intimate setting to present world-renowned illusionist Alex Ramon in two performances of "IMpossible," his newest show featuring mind-boggling magic, illusions and mysteries.

Monday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
ACSO: Terminally ill inmate dies after becoming unresponsive at Santa Rita Jail

A 66-year-old inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who was suffering from a terminal illness died at a hospital a short time after he was found unresponsive at a jail medical facility last week.

Monday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Swearing off profanity

I don't advocate omitting profanity from our vocabulary. But I do think it's worth being mindful of how often we use "bad words" and what it says about our ability to take a breath, slow down, and teach our children to do the same.

Monday, 2:56 PM | 2 comments
1,000 bikes and counting for Del Valle school repair program

"What measures 20 inches, is hot pink and lime green, and has the word Trouble splashed across its frame? It's the 1,000th bike that was donated to a deserving community member, thanks to the work of students in the Del Valle program."

Monday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police, BART open joint substation on west side

The Pleasanton Police Department and BART Police Department marked the opening of their Joint Police Services Center at the West Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station last week.

Monday, 2:00 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Wings of Freedom plane involved in fatal crash

A vintage World War II plane that visited the Bay Area, including Livermore, as part of the Wings of Freedom tour was involved in a fatal crash in Connecticut last week.

Sunday, 9:32 PM | No comments yet
PG&E announces new alert system for Public Safety Power Shutoffs

People who have property in the Bay Area but don't live there can get alerts about PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs, even if they get their power from another utility, PG&E officials said Thursday.

Sunday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Dublin Library presenting day of indie writers

Eve Sprunt of Dublin, a member of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch, will be participating in her city's second annual Indie Author Day Celebration being held from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Dublin Public Library.

Sunday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Dublin police make arrest in residential break-in, sexual assault

A 24-year-old man suspected of breaking into a home late Thursday night and sexually assaulting a woman was found the next day in a local park and arrested, Dublin police said Saturday.

Sunday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 4, 2019

PUSD turning to state for career tech facilities funding

The Pleasanton school board's next meeting has been rescheduled for Monday night to accommodate those observing the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. The Oct. 7 meeting starts at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD boardroom.

Friday, 2:23 PM | No comments yet
Head of the Class: O'Brien reflects on career arc that led him to Vintage Hills

Years before taking over as the new principal at Vintage Hills Elementary School, longtime Pleasanton educator Mike O'Brien was on a different path -- a red carpet, more appropriately.

Friday, 2:08 PM | 1 comment

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