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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Environmental group sues Caltrans over Niles Canyon project

A local environmental group is suing Caltrans over a bridge replacement project in Niles Canyon, east of Fremont, alleging that construction work would damage the habitat for threatened steelhead trout, Alameda whipsnakes and red-legged frogs.

Sunday, 12:32 PM | No comments yet

Friday, November 17, 2017

Commission OKs plans for Pleasanton's newest Starbucks

Pleasanton is on track to see an 11th Starbucks come to town after the Planning Commission this month signed off on a proposal to convert the former Arby's fast-food restaurant on Owens Drive into a drive-thru coffeehouse.

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Pleasanton Costco debate at center of another referendum effort

Pleasanton could be headed for a second citywide vote regarding city officials' effort to rezone land near the I-580/I-680 interchange to accommodate new development including a Costco store, two new hotels and other retail spots.

Friday, 2:46 PM | 31 comments
Jurors now allowed to consider 1st-degree murder verdict in Steinle trial

Jurors in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14, which is set to go to closing arguments on Monday, will be allowed to consider a first-degree murder verdict following a judge's decision this week.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday happenings in Tri-Valley

The holidays are here again and with them come a bevy of events and traditions that people often look forward to all year. While many families have their own time-honored customs, there are also lots of holiday happenings in and around Pleasanton.

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Pleasanton police investigating robbery attempt at mall

The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating after a group of people tried to rob a jewelry store in the Stoneridge Shopping Center earlier this week.

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Tri-Valley Hero: Barbara Proctor, giving back to others

"Volunteering is really a gift you give yourself." That's something you'll often hear Pleasanton volunteer extraordinaire Barbara Proctor say.

Thursday, 4:57 PM | No comments yet
A foot forward for youth at Tri-Valley Turkey Burn

Next week is a time for giving thanks, and you're sure to see plenty of thankfulness at the Tri-Valley Turkey Burn, a 5K/10K walk/run held on Thanksgiving Day morning at Pleasanton's Ken Mercer Sports Park.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

18-day Alameda County Fair in '18

With the cold nights starting to feed into colder days, the Alameda County Fair is giving people a reason to look ahead to warmer times on the horizon.

Wednesday, 9:18 PM | 2 comments
Church celebrates 60 years

More than 100 church members and friends helped the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore mark its 60th anniversary during a celebration gala at the church on North Vasco Road.

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County court closures for the holidays

Most Alameda County courthouses will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2018 as a cost-reducing measure, court officials said.

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Spirit and Sweater Stroll arrives downtown Saturday

Time to get ugly -- with ugly sweaters that is. The Pleasanton Downtown Association's Spirit and Sweater Stroll is set for Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, 1:16 PM | 5 comments
Cricket showcase: Tri-Valley ready to host national youth tournament

Some of the country's top young cricketers will converge on the Tri-Valley starting this weekend as the area plays host to three divisions of the National Youth Cricket Tournament.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | 16 comments
School board OKs teacher raises, new collective bargaining agreement

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night approved a new collective bargaining agreement between PUSD and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.

Wednesday, 1:19 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family suing city of Dublin over boy's injuries at The Wave Waterpark

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the family of a 10-year-old boy who was injured when he went down a water slide operated by the city of Dublin in May.

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Livermore man convicted of 2nd-degree murder for drunk-driving deaths

A 38-year-old Livermore man has been convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for killing a mother and her toddler in a drunk-driving crash in Livermore in 2015.

Tuesday, 1:07 PM | 14 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons, Dons dominate first round of football playoffs

It was a successful opening round of the North Coast Section Division I football playoffs for the local teams, as Amador Valley and Foothill both rolled to wins.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

PDA discontinues 1st Wednesdays

This summer marked the last year for 1st Wednesday Street Parties, with the Pleasanton Downtown Association announcing Monday the annual event series will be discontinued after 20 years.

Monday, 4:16 PM | 7 comments
Prosecution witness in Steinle trial blocked from returning to stand

A key prosecution witness who defense attorneys have accused of credibility issues was prevented by a judge's ruling from returning to the stand Monday in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 in 2015.

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School board to consider new agreement between district, teachers union

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will be asked to approve a new collective bargaining agreement between PUSD and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers that includes a 2% raise for this year and a 1% bonus.

Monday, 2:44 PM | 3 comments
City Council honors milestone business anniversaries

It was standing-room-only in the city council chamber last week as Pleasanton city officials shined a spotlight on local business.

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Around Pleasanton: Lockdown at Las Positas; it's not always possible

My 19-year-old granddaughter Bailey Little was one of hundreds of students on campus Oct. 4 at Las Positas College when an emergency alert sounded out of fear that a gunman was at the school.

Monday, 11:50 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tri-Valley Hero: Jasmine Steele, life-saving information

A slew of close-to-home experiences served as the inspiration for Steele's "Allergy Blast" app, for which she won last year's Congressional App Challenge for California's 11th District.

Sunday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
'Second Assault': Pleasanton native revisits scene of her sexual attack for new film

Pleasanton native and filmmaker Jillian Corsie is going public with her "deepest, darkest secret": Twelve years ago when she was a college freshman, barely 18, she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in her dorm.

Sunday, 5:21 PM | 4 comments

Friday, November 10, 2017

Remembering Arlie: Well-known Danville Costco greeter dies

Arlie Smith, a longtime and popular greeter at the Danville Costco, died early Tuesday morning after years of battling multiple sclerosis and cancer. He was 48.

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Pleasanton woman on mission to document veterans' stories

One by one, Kate Kelly is getting to know the veterans in her Stoneridge Creek senior community as she records their stories and their unique part in history.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Activists express concerns about conditions for jail inmates

Inmate rights activists told an Alameda County Board of Supervisors committee Thursday that they're concerned about the conditions at the county's two jails, the Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland and the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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Defense rests in Steinle murder trial

Defense attorneys rested their case Thursday in the trial of the man charged with shooting and killing Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 after presenting testimony from a translator who brought into question parts of the interrogation conducted by police.

Thursday, 7:45 PM | 3 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Jill Buck, keeping it green

It all started with a mom on a mission. In 2002, Jill Buck was raising her young children in Pleasanton and serving as a parent-teacher association president when she became disheartened over a lack of environmental education resources at Walnut Grove Elementary where her older daughter was attending school.

Thursday, 3:42 PM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: How to deal with new state housing laws

By streamlining the approval process for development applications, encouraging sustainable housing districts through zoning incentive payments, increasing and enforcing housing element requirements, placing a bond on next year's ballot for more veteran and affordable housing funding, and making it easier for homeowners to construct second or accessory dwelling units, every city will be impacted.

Thursday, 1:28 PM | 45 comments
Veterans Day in Pleasanton

This weekend marks a time for special recognition of men and women who served in the United States military, with government agencies, schools and other institutions honoring Veterans Day on Friday ahead of the official holiday date on Saturday.

Thursday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
Exhibiting 'Out Loud' at Harrington Gallery

Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center is featuring Oakland artist Lorrie Fink's exhibit of botanic-inspired colorful oil abstracts, "Out Loud," now through Dec. 16.

Thursday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Defense firearms expert testifies in support of accidental shooting in Steinle trial

A firearms expert Wednesday testified in support of defense arguments that Kate Steinle was killed on San Francisco's Pier 14 accidentally, describing unintentional firearms discharges as "all too common."

Wednesday, 6:27 PM | No comments yet
Goodguys set for fall finale car show at Pleasanton fairgrounds

Pleasanton is hosting Goodguys' final Bay Area car show of the year when the association's Autumn Get-Together brings more than 2,500 classic cars, customs and hot rods, plus a wide range of other activities, to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend.

Wednesday, 2:44 PM | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Bull moves to Foothill

To his friends, Sebastian Bull was the one you'd least expect to become an educator. "It's fun to prove them wrong," the new Foothill High principal added with a laugh.

Wednesday, 2:26 PM | 4 comments
New BART trains flunk safety inspection, making Thanksgiving rollout uncertain

New BART train cars flunked a safety inspection by a state regulatory agency Friday, casting doubt on whether the new 775-car fleet will be providing passenger service by Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, 2:21 PM | No comments yet
Soccer Sisters: Livermore team offers support to peers from Santa Rosa

A group of Tri-Valley girls joined with their parents and the local community last month in the hopes of lifting the spirits of fellow young soccer players facing the aftermath of the devastating North Bay wildfires.

Wednesday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Former Pleasanton school board member Gunson dies in Utah

Clark Gunson, a Pleasanton school board member who served for 15 years, including during school district unification, died on Oct. 31 at the age of 76.

Wednesday, 1:09 PM | 2 comments
City Council advances Johnson Drive EDZ proposal toward final approval

The City Council has moved the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) proposal toward completion, putting Pleasanton that much closer to seeing a Costco, two hotels and other new commercial operations on their way to town near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

Wednesday, 6:54 AM | 38 comments

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Foothill Model UN team takes second at local conference

Foothill High students came away with the second highest award last weekend at the 27th annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference.

Tuesday, 5:49 PM | No comments yet
Hope 100 Golf Marathon

A group of 29 golfers spent perhaps their longest day on the course last month -- all in support of a worthy cause close to their hearts.

Tuesday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball making postseason run

The Foothill girls volleyball team stormed into the North Coast Section semifinals with a pair of wins last week.

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Dublin names new police chief

The city of Dublin has named Commander Garrett Holmes of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office its new police chief, effective Dec. 15.

Tuesday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
Meetings on Highway 84 widening set for later this month

Caltrans and the Alameda County Transportation Commission will hold three public meetings in the Tri-Valley later this month to discuss proposed Highway 84 widening and improvements to the Highway 84/Interstate 680 interchange.

Tuesday, 2:09 PM | 5 comments
'Coffee with a Cop' at Stoneridge Mall next weekend

The Pleasanton Police Department and Stoneridge Shopping Center are teaming up to offer a "Coffee with a Cop" event at the mall next weekend.

Tuesday, 7:38 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 6, 2017

A spectacular Socktober

From Oct. 4-20 Fairlands Elementary students collected socks as part of a donation drive in its second year at the school.

Monday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Council to discuss final Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone proposal

The Pleasanton City Council is set for public consideration the city's final Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone proposal on Tuesday.

Monday, 2:50 PM | 12 comments
Alameda County names new Health Care Services director

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced last month that Colleen Chawla was unanimously appointed as director of the county's Health Care Services Agency.

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Lockdown at Las Positas; it’s not always possible
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