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Monday, September 18, 2017

City Council OKs roadwork financing agreement with Costco

The Pleasanton City Council has given its formal endorsement to a plan for funding key roadwork around where Costco wants to add its third Tri-Valley warehouse store, a highly visible spot near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

Monday, 10:43 PM | 5 comments
Pleasanton RADD athletes bring home gold

Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes returned from the Special Olympics Northern California softball regional competition last month with four gold medals and one team bronze.

Monday, 1:34 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to hear update on paratransit analysis

The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive an update Tuesday on an ongoing study to evaluate public transportation services for adults with disabilities and seniors in the Tri-Valley.

Monday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Officials encourage residents to be ready for emergency

From Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and wildfires in the western United States, recent disasters are serving as a reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness.

Monday, 1:22 PM | No comments yet
PUSD seeking feedback on novels from students, alumni

Pleasanton Unified School District is looking for input from current students and alumni on novels that middle and high school teachers are considering for classroom instruction.

Monday, 12:21 PM | No comments yet
Sunol: Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-680

A motorcyclist died after crashing into the center divider on Interstate 680 near Sunol on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, 12:10 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 17, 2017

PPD: Gas station cleared after report of suspicious device

Authorities closed off a Pleasanton gas station for several hours on Saturday while investigating a suspicious item that the local bomb squad eventually determined was a harmless anti-theft device.

Sunday, 10:12 PM | 2 comments
A cappella adventure at St. Augustine

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is hosting Chanticleer, known around the world for its seamless blend of 12 male vocalists, at its St. Augustine campus, 3999 Bernal Ave., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

Sunday, 10:00 PM | No comments yet
Zone 7 board OKs new program, more project funding in wake of creek erosion

In the wake of significant erosion in Pleasanton's Verona Reach neighborhood earlier this year, Zone 7 Water Agency has started a new program offering administrative support to private landowners who could use help with flood protection-related projects.

Sunday, 9:59 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton man lends voice to prostate cancer initiative

Just over a decade ago, Allen Larson went to the doctor for his physical and learned through a blood test that he had prostate cancer. What made the diagnosis all the more frightening was that Larson, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, was only 41 with his first child's birth a month away.

Sunday, 8:13 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Children's theater presents 'James and the Giant Peach Jr.'

Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company is partnering with Bay Area Children's Theatre to open their 2017-18 season with Roald Dahl's popular children's tale, "James and the Giant Peach."

Thursday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Cultivating community: Val Vista Park gardeners enjoy growing, sharing produce

"Fall is here!" It's a few days after Labor Day and Patti Joki is taking in the signs of autumn evident around the community garden at Val Vista Community Park.

Thursday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Council should endorse JDEDZ roadwork financing deal with Costco

It's the right deal at the right time. The Pleasanton City Council should give its final endorsement to the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone roadwork financing agreement with Costco on Monday night.

Thursday, 2:17 PM | 10 comments
Woman displaced by garage fire in Dublin

A woman was displaced from her home after a fire broke out in the garage Wednesday evening in Dublin, according to Alameda County fire officials.

Thursday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton residents pack 59,000+ meals for hurricane relief

Some 240 local residents young and old gathered at the Kids Against Hunger facility in Pleasanton last weekend to support fellow Americans in need in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey -- to the tune of over 59,000 meals.

Thursday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area Pet Fair comes to Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend

The Bay Area Pet Fair is coming to the Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend for those looking to adopt or who just want to check out more than 1,500 animals and enjoy related activities.

Thursday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet
Traffic snarled after deadly crash on I-580 west of Pleasanton

All lanes of westbound Interstate 580 have reopened Thursday afternoon after a pair of big-rig collisions that turned fatal and blocked traffic for nearly 10 hours near Castro Valley in unincorporated Alameda County.

Thursday, 10:36 AM | 10 comments

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stage set for decision on city-Costco roadwork financing deal

The Pleasanton City Council is set to give final direction Monday to city staff on an agreement with Costco for how to pay for $21.47 million in roadwork necessary to accommodate the proposed Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), which is expected to include the wholesale retail giant's third membership store in the Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, 3:04 PM | 24 comments
Opinion: Time to defeat a bad bill on bridge tolls

It is unusual to see a federal official weigh in on actions being taken in Sacramento, but Congressman Mark DeSaulnier felt compelled to do exactly that as the State Legislature considers a bill to raise Bay Area bridge fares during the final week of its session for 2017.

Wednesday, 2:42 PM | 2 comments
Museum on Main offering Taste Africa Family Day

The Museum on Main Street is holding a Celebrate Community Family Day this Saturday, partnering with the Cheza Nami Foundation to bring Taste Africa to its front lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Deputies arrest man accused of beating pit bull puppy

A 9-month-old pit bull is in serious condition and set to undergo surgery after she was beaten Monday, according to Alameda County sheriff's officials.

Wednesday, 1:44 PM | 12 comments
Retired judge selected to serve as Contra Costa's interim DA

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint recently retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton to serve as interim district attorney, making her the first woman and first African-American to hold the position in the county.

Wednesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Commission to review proposed six-home subdivision on Foothill Road

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to hold a workshop Wednesday to discuss a landowner's proposal to split their Foothill Road parcel into six lots with new houses.

Wednesday, 8:24 AM | 14 comments
School board discusses PUSD properties, new school at facilities workshop

Splitting grades K-5 between Donlon Elementary and a new school on the property and finding a parcel near Hart for a new elementary school were among the ideas generated by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during a study session on current and future district facilities.

Wednesday, 5:12 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pleasanton developer accused of illegal donations to Swalwell campaign

A prominent East Bay developer and Pleasanton resident was arraigned Monday on federal allegations he made illegal campaign finance donations to current U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's congressional campaign in 2012 and 2013.

Tuesday, 4:54 PM | 25 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons start water polo seasons out with strong wins

The Foothill varsity water polo teams opened their seasons with impressive wins last week, with the boys averaging 15 goals in their first two games and the girls overcoming an early four-goal deficit against Livermore.

Tuesday, 3:53 PM | 2 comments
Valley Humane Society celebrating 30 years

Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society is marking its 30th anniversary with a birthday bash for humans and animals alike next week

Tuesday, 1:13 PM | No comments yet

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hooked on books? Check out Friends of Pleasanton Library sale

Looking for that next novel to read? Don't miss the Friends of the Pleasanton Library book sale the weekend of Sept. 22-24.

Monday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Sworn in: 28 Pleasanton residents become U.S. citizens

Twenty-eight Pleasanton residents representing nine countries, including Canada, Iran and India, were sworn in as United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Pleasanton Library Monday.

Monday, 4:37 PM | 3 comments
Chabad of Tri-Valley buys masonic lodge on Hopyard Road

The Chabad of the Tri-Valley completed its $2.5 million purchase of the former Pleasanton Masonic Lodge on Hopyard Road last week, giving the Jewish organization its first dedicated, permanent home in Pleasanton since beginning services in the founders' living room more than a decade ago.

Monday, 4:22 PM | 1 comment
Study session on PUSD facilities set for Tuesday evening

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will hold a study session on current and future district facilities beginning at 7 p.m., with a separate agenda for regular business starting in open session at 6 p.m.

Monday, 2:47 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Harrington Gallery: Portraits express places

Harrington Art Gallery is presenting a special art exhibit, "The Faces of Oakland," with Bay Area urban landscape and portrait artist Michael Manente through Oct. 7.

Sunday, 6:56 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton police, firefighters free dog trapped in vent

Emergency personnel helped a local dog escape a jam -- literally -- earlier this month after the small dog found itself trapped in a vent in its house.

Sunday, 6:53 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 8, 2017

PPD: Baby formula theft leads to discovery of drug sales operation

After catching two shoplifters in the act, undercover detectives uncovered an apparent heroin sales operation Tuesday evening, according to Pleasanton police.

Friday, 5:14 PM | 13 comments
LPFD stations mark 9/11 anniversary

Monday is the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department marked the occasion with brief remembrance ceremonies at each of its 10 fire stations.

Friday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 7, 2017

County recruiting for Youth Leadership Academy

Alameda County is accepting applications for 2017 Youth Leadership Academy, a free educational program for local 11th- and 12th-grade students interested in learning about local government, developing leadership skills and networking with peers from throughout the county.

Thursday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Oakland PD officer arrested on suspicion of DUI on freeway in Pleasanton

An Oakland police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest on Interstate 580 in the Pleasanton area late Wednesday night, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 3:18 PM | 6 comments
Around Pleasanton: State housing push revives need for East Side planning

Two years ago, the City Council halted the planning of development on Pleasanton's largely empty 400-acre East Side. Given the state's current determination to force more housing on cities, it might be time to restart that effort so that Pleasanton is ahead of the pack before state mandates hit us again.

Thursday, 2:13 PM | 10 comments
Your Muslim Neighbor: Pleasanton mosque reaches out to dispel misconceptions, engage community

The "Your Muslim Neighbor" panels at the Pleasanton mosque aim to debunk misconceptions about Islam and to allow nearby fellow residents to get to know the local Muslim community.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | 7 comments
Point-Counterpoint: Johnson Drive EDZ roadwork financing deal

With the Pleasanton City Council set to give final direction on the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) road infrastructure financing term sheet with Costco on Sept. 18, former two-term City Councilman Matt Sullivan and current City Manager Nelson Fialho each approached the Weekly about sharing his perspective on the deal in a Guest Opinion this week.

Thursday, 1:28 PM | 13 comments
One of two escaped federal inmates spotted in rural Livermore

Alameda County sheriff's officials have released additional photos of one of the two women who walked away from a minimum-security prison camp in Dublin on Monday evening.

Thursday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Marshals seek women who walked away from Dublin prison camp

Federal authorities are looking for two women who walked away from a minimum-security prison camp in Dublin on Monday evening.

Wednesday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale holding tryouts

The Valley Concert Chorale, a lyrical part of the Tri-Valley for more than 50 years, is scheduling audition appointments for its 2017-18 season.

Wednesday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
Fall horse racing returning to fairgrounds later this month

Live horse racing is coming back to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the second fall in a row, with Oak Tree at Pleasanton hosting seven days of racing with $850,000 in prize money, including a $75,000 stakes race.

Wednesday, 2:59 PM | No comments yet
BART awarded $8.8M for security projects

BART officials will be getting nearly $9 million for two security projects meant to protect the system against potential threats, according to an announcement last week.

Wednesday, 2:51 PM | No comments yet
Community celebrates new turf field at Amador Stadium

Pleasanton students, educators, city and school district leaders and community members turned out at Amador Valley High School last Friday night for the ribbon cutting of the new turf field at Amador Stadium, a renovation project paid for fully through community contributions.

Wednesday, 1:01 PM | 2 comments
Ride along with LPFD first-responder unit

Pleasanton Weekly summer photography intern Daniel Kim followed Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters on typical afternoon earlier this summer. Here are some of our favorite photos from his ridealong.

Wednesday, 12:27 PM | No comments yet
Council approves Junipero-Independence traffic calming plan

The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal backed by city staff and neighborhood residents to help alleviate traffic safety concerns along Junipero Street and Independence Drive.

Wednesday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

State housing push revives need for East Side planning
By Jeb Bing | 3 comments | 365 views


Nominations due by Sept. 18

Pleasanton Weekly and are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

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