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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Amador Valley High principal takes leave of absence

First-year Amador Valley High School principal Alberto Solorzano was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons on Wednesday, according to Pleasanton Unified School District officials.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TV30 again offering summer camp

Students can get the edge in video production at this year's TV30 Summer Camp, being held for the 11th year.

Tuesday, 10:40 PM | No comments yet
2018 Alameda County Fair takes home industry awards

Last year's Alameda County Fair recently earned more than 40 regional and international awards for innovation and excellence in competitions, agriculture and marketing during the annual summer showcase at the Pleasanton fairgrounds.

Tuesday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
PUSD receives high marks in Measure I1 audit

The Pleasanton Unified School District received a clean bill of health for managing Measure I1 bond spending so far on various upgrades at its 15 campuses, a recent audit reports.

Tuesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
'Fragments, Edges & Ambiguities' at Firehouse

The next major art installation at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center, titled "Fragments, Edges & Ambiguities," will roam the boundaries between realistic and abstract with the works of five Bay Area artists.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Underdog Dons off to strong start in NCS girls basketball tourney

The Amador Valley varsity girls basketball team, the No. 12 seed in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs, pulled a pair of upsets last week to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

Tuesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 18, 2019

UPDATE: Pleasanton council set to delay hearing on Chabad Center appeals

The Pleasanton City Council is expected to postpone its public hearing on project plans for the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after one of the appellants asked that the meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night be instead pushed out to next month.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 3 comments
History comes alive at Fairlands 'African-American Living Museum'

The ÔÇťAfrican American Living Museum" at Fairlands Elementary last week highlighted some of the United States' most important African-American figures in U.S. history, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.

Monday, 12:44 PM | No comments yet
Camp Connection: Adventures beckon

Summer is quickly approaching, which means a long vacation when schools let out. How can parents make these months stimulating, productive and fun?

Monday, 12:28 PM | No comments yet
Frolicking fundraiser for Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is presenting Royal Jelly Jive at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Firehouse Arts Center to raise money for art in the schools, a departure from classical music fundraising concerts in the past.

Monday, 12:27 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Celebrating Lunar New Year at Vintage Hills Elementary

Parents joined together to create an authentic display of Asian culture and traditions at this month's Lunar New Year celebration at Vintage Hills Elementary School.

Sunday, 8:42 PM | No comments yet
Music mash-up: Banda Magda performing at Firehouse

The high-energy, global music mash-up band known as Banda Magda hits the Firehouse Arts Center at 7 p.m. next Sunday (Feb. 24).

Sunday, 8:41 PM | No comments yet
Livermore-Amador Symphony presents 'Colorful Characters'

Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 56th regular season with "Colorful Characters" next Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Bankhead Theater, with music director Lara Webber conducting.

Sunday, 8:41 PM | No comments yet

Friday, February 15, 2019

Del Valle Regional Park closed amid flooding concerns

Park officials have closed Del Valle Regional Park in southeastern Livermore for at least the next two weeks amid flooding concerns as rain continues to fall throughout the region.

Friday, 5:07 PM | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Reflections on our Tri-Valley mayors' trip to Washington

In my role as Pleasanton's mayor, I recently traveled with the other Tri-Valley mayors for our annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I'm pleased to report that despite the government shutdown, we had a successful trip advocating for our region.

Friday, 4:21 PM | 1 comment
Dublin police look for public's help in locating missing teen

Police in Dublin are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing teenager. Max Joseph Merrell, 14, was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

Friday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Local 4-H members attend agri-science summit

For three dynamic days last month, local 4-H members -- Anika and Austin Nicolas of Pleasanton, Cara Rubin of Danville, and Liliana Wheeler of Livermore -- participated in workshops focused on precision agriculture, food and health, animal science, wildlife biology, biobased products and bioenergy.

Thursday, 5:06 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Pub show -- with beer

The Choir of Man is bringing its unique singing dancing pub show to the Bankhead Theater at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

Thursday, 5:05 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: Bubbles & Bacon, Count those birds, Swalwell named chair

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting its inaugural Bubbles & Bacon event on and around Main Street next weekend.

Thursday, 12:55 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton chamber announces Community Service Award winners

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its 2019 Community Service Awards ahead of the award ceremony taking place next month at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Thursday, 12:55 PM | No comments yet
Lovin' guitars: Iconic instrument is a joy to hear, play and behold

Pick up a guitar. With your left fingers hold down a string or two. Strum with your right hand. Sound! Music? Magic. John Kibildis, owner of JAMS Music in Dublin, said his favorite instrument has always been the guitar.

Thursday, 12:54 PM | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Being prepared saves a life at Pleasanton Middle School

Team members at Pleasanton Middle School were reminded of the importance of being trained and prepared for life-or-death situations. That training helped assistant principal Mike O'Brien come to the aid of a choking student.

Thursday, 11:59 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Livermore company fined for safety violations in fatal trench collapse

A Livermore-based business has been cited more than $242,000 for safety violations related to the death of a worker in the collapse of a trench in Daly City last July, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:34 PM | No comments yet
EBRPD buys 160 acres to expand preserve between Dublin and Livermore

The Tri-Valley's Doolan Canyon Regional Preserve has nearly 160 acres of new publicly owned open space, with EBRPD closing escrow on the nearly $1.3 million acquisition paid for largely by the district's Measure WW open space bond funds.

Wednesday, 2:37 PM | 3 comments
Sandia Livermore continues growing

The welcome mat is out at Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore campus, where the lab is continuing a hiring binge.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
City seeks residents for committee, commission seats

Pleasanton city officials are looking for volunteers interested in serving the community on one of the city commissions and committees that oversee specific topic areas and make recommendations to the City Council.

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Winning words will fly at upcoming Scripps Spelling Bee in Pleasanton

There's plenty of buzz swirling around the 2019 Scripps Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee competition on Sunday at the Amador Theater, the final hurdle before advancing to the national championship.

Wednesday, 11:25 AM | 1 comment
Math placement program numbers show ups and downs for PUSD

The numbers are in from Pleasanton Unified School District's ninth-grade math placement program and are mostly satisfactory, but results show some areas for improvement.

Wednesday, 7:09 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Daniel Glover performing 'Evening of Music' at Livermore church

Valley Concert Chorale pianist Daniel Glover will perform "An Evening of Music" to benefit the chorus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 16) at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.

Tuesday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Laughing at love: Chicago's Second City troupe coming to Bankhead

The Second City, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater, will share a lighthearted look at love on Valentine's Day weekend with "It's Not You, It's Me" at 8 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 15) at the Bankhead Theater.

Tuesday, 1:31 PM | No comments yet
Eye in the sky for security at Stoneridge Shopping Center

Stoneridge Shopping Center visitors may have noticed a new retractable security tower in the mall's parking lot in recent weeks.

Tuesday, 12:18 PM | 8 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Both Amador basketball teams sweep season series from Foothill

The Amador Valley boys and girls varsity basketball teams completed their season sweeps of cross-town rival Foothill last week.

Tuesday, 12:18 PM | No comments yet

Monday, February 11, 2019

We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill to face off again at nationals

An old-fashioned Pleasanton rivalry will play out on a national stage when students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools head to Washington, D.C. in April for the We the People national finals.

Monday, 4:27 PM | 1 comment
Man dies in car crash in Dublin

Dublin police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred near the center of town amid wintry conditions on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, 3:12 PM | 1 comment
DA O'Malley launches new anti-human-trafficking billboard campaign

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and Clear Channel Outdoor recently unveiled a public awareness campaign designed to heighten community awareness about human trafficking, mobilize the public and offer assistance to victims.

Monday, 1:10 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Honoring Whitney Houston at Firehouse

Oakland native Dee Dee Simon will perform "Whitney: One Moment In Time" at two shows this weekend at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Monday, 1:06 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Dancing 'Cheek to Cheek' for Valentine's Day

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing on the big screen at the Bankhead Theater in "Top Hat," a romantic movie just in time for Valentine's Day, at 7 p.m. this Wednesday.

Monday, 1:06 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board to review highs and lows of math placement results

Results from the ninth-grade math placement program will be up for discussion at Tuesday's Pleasanton school board meeting, where the trustees will receive an annual report and update from district staff.

Monday, 12:38 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Music accreditation for Chabot

Chabot College's Music Department recently became the first California community college to receive accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the primary accrediting body for music schools across the nation.

Sunday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
Livermore: Celebrate David Bowie at Bankhead

"A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour" is coming to the Bankhead Theater on Tuesday, with key alumni from his bands across the decades.

Sunday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
TV30 accepting nominations for Coach of the Year Award

The nomination period has begun for student-athletes and families in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to recommend their favorite high school coach for TV30's annual Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award.

Sunday, 12:38 PM | 1 comment

Friday, February 8, 2019

PUSD transcripts: Investigator finds two impermissible alterations, no systemic problem

PUSD had two incidents of administrators improperly removing a course from a high school student transcript -- one inadvertent, one intentional, but both impermissible, according to the findings from the law firm investigating the integrity of district transcripts.

Friday, 8:03 PM | 31 comments
PPD: Wells Fargo robbed, suspects escape after shooting at officer

Pleasanton police are still searching for the culprits behind a takeover-style robbery of the Wells Fargo on Hopyard Road that led to a police chase with shots fired at an officer and a carjacking before the robbers escaped town on Friday.

Friday, 12:48 PM | 53 comments

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Eagle Court for Foothill senior

An Eagle Court of Honor will be held Sunday for Pleasanton teen Alexander Brandon Swenson-Lennox, who is a member of Troop 998, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6298, where he has served in leadership positions.

Thursday, 1:59 PM | 2 comments
Welcome Year of the Pig in Livermore

Families are invited to a free Lunar New Year celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater. The event will celebrate the Year of the Pig in accordance with the Asian tradition that assigns animals to represent each of the 12 years in the Chinese zodiac.

Thursday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Share your thoughts on city priorities

Pleasanton city officials are working to draft their recommended list of city priorities for the next two years, and now is the time to offer your input to city leaders during this important planning process.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | 21 comments
Around Pleasanton: Fundraiser supports police officer as costly cancer treatment shows promise

A sold-out fundraiser for cancer-stricken Pleasanton PD Officer Kyle Henricksen, a 10-year police department veteran, will be held this Saturday night amid reports that the 35-year-old is making progress in beating the disease.

Thursday, 1:44 PM | 5 comments
News Digest: Downtown draft EIR out, 'Comedy of Errors' & New district director

The city of Pleasanton has released the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for its Downtown Specific Plan Update.

Thursday, 1:38 PM | No comments yet

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