If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 <![CDATA[Livermore candidates for mayor, council tackle city's pivotal issues at Weekly forum]]> Livermore's mayor and City Council candidates discussed a myriad of issues impacting the city, including the pandemic, police reform, homelessness, transportation and downtown redevelopment, during separate online forums last week.]]> <![CDATA[Little Miss Everything: New book series spotlights Black role models for kids]]> Former San Ramon resident and entrepreneur Vona Hill recently launched "Little Miss Everything," the first installment of her new children's book series by the same name.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Livermore police Officer Maximiliano 'Max' Messina]]> The Livermore Police Department bid a somber farewell to one of their own last week during a memorial procession and service for Officer Maximiliano "Max" Messina, who died on Sept. 10 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 47.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Amador alum Breed recounts marathon swim from Santa Cruz to Monterey]]> Talk to former Amador Valley High and UC Berkeley swimmer Catherine Breed about her open water, marathon swims and she will tell you three or four times, "I'm not crazy, honestly."]]> <![CDATA[Dublin: Councilman Arun Goel makes a run for mayor's seat]]> After four years on the dais, Dublin City Councilman Arun Goel is looking to be promoted as the city's next mayor in the Nov. 3 mayoral election.]]> <![CDATA[Human Services Commissioner Shawn Costello campaigning again for Dublin City Council]]> Dublin Human Services Commissioner Shawn Costello is taking another shot at leadership, competing in the City Council election on Nov. 3, just two years after a 15th consecutive attempt.]]> <![CDATA[LAVTA to resume Wheels bus fare collection later this week]]> The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will resume collecting fares for all Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride paratransit services, starting on Thursday (Oct. 1).]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Wholesale food supplier sets up community fridges and more in new giving campaign]]> As restaurants struggle to adapt and observe pandemic protocols, one Bay Area food supplier has emerged as an app with a conscience. Cheetah is a wholesale food supplier with a warehouse in Pleasanton...]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley Haven holding Virtual Pace for Peace in October]]> Tri-Valley Haven is holding a Virtual Pace for Peace from Oct. 17-31, for supporters to walk or run 5K or 10K in support of local survivors of domestic violence.]]> <![CDATA[Valley Link receives $400 million in Measure BB funds]]> The Valley Link rail project now has nearly a third of funds needed to build out the planned regional transit system, after the Alameda County Transportation Commission agreed to reallocate $400 million in Measure BB funding.]]> <![CDATA[Parent, former teacher Yanira Guzmán running for LVJUSD board]]> Former Tri-Valley teacher and parent volunteer Yanira Guzmán is looking to achieve a variety of education priorities while also enhancing community representation on the Livermore school board this fall. ]]> <![CDATA[Community advocate, parent Asa Strout seeks seat on Livermore school board]]> Livermore native and parent Asa Strout is prioritizing improved communication and collaboration between the community and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District in his bid for school board this fall.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Pleasanton man injured in knife fight in San Bruno]]> San Bruno police are investigating a fight between two men earlier this month that left both of them with knife wounds.]]> <![CDATA[First of three O'Neill plays premieres next weekend]]> Bitter, haunted, meticulous, courageous, inscrutable, contrarian. These words were used by cast members of Eugene O'Neill's early one-act plays when asked to sum up their characters in a single word...]]> <![CDATA[Dublin: Virtual groundbreaking planned for new Emerald High School]]> Dublin Unified School District is set to commemorate the start of construction on the future Emerald High School with a virtual groundbreaking ceremony this Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD planning pilot program to reopen schools for students with specific needs]]> Pleasanton Unified School District is planning a small cohort supervision pilot program for priority groups of students, tentatively scheduled to launch in mid-October]]> <![CDATA[California sees steep drop in reports of child abuse since school campuses closed]]> No group in California reports more suspected cases of child abuse than teachers. And with teachers no longer seeing students in-person every day in most parts, advocates say thousands of cases of child abuse may be going unreported.]]> <![CDATA[BART board amends budget amid changes caused by COVID-19]]> BART would have finished fiscal year 2020 facing a budget deficit of some $120 million were it not for federal funding help during the novel coronavirus pandemic, agency officials said Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Nail salons cleared to reopen in Alameda County]]> Nail salons, many faced with going out of business because of the inability to open regularly under health rules, can open in Alameda County for indoor operations, public health officials said Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[Heat wave, dry winds prompt Red Flag warning this weekend]]> High temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s are expected to blanket the Bay Area this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning amid concern of new wildfires. ]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Newsom signs executive order phasing out sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035]]> Citing the threat of vehicle emissions spurring climate change-induced crises on the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.]]> <![CDATA[SRVUSD Board of Education candidates debate ahead of Nov. 3 election]]> Candidates for the SRVUSD squared off during an online election forum Wednesday evening, taking time to debate over the policies and practices they believe will best serve district students.]]> <![CDATA[Heat, risk of fires, rip currents to pose danger in Bay Area this weekend]]> Weather will pose a danger to Bay Area residents starting Friday with a higher risk for rip currents at beaches and increased wildfire risk starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[I'm here! I'm 1! I'm 2!]]> When Valerie Carlson Pressley read to her young children, she noticed their excitement for books about babies and toddlers their own age. She wanted to buy books to highlight their milestones but couldn't find any. So she set out to...]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Vote Pentin for Pleasanton mayor, Allen and Balch for City Council]]> In our view, the candidates who best embody those vital characteristics and are the right community leaders for the terms ahead are Jerry Pentin for mayor, and Nancy Allen and Jack Balch for council.]]> <![CDATA[News Digest: Pleasanton police meeting set, LVJUSD candidate forum (in-person) & Climate Action Plan 2.0 survey]]> The Pleasanton City Council is scheduled to host its next online community meeting on policing in Pleasanton next Thursday (Oct. 1) at 6:30 p.m., focusing on a revised implementation plan for key strategies for 21st century policing.]]> <![CDATA[Meet the 2020 Readers' Choice Hall of Fame]]> We will forego this year's Readers' Choice contest due to COVID, but we're going to recognize our 2020 Hall of Fame honorees. The Hall of Fame is comprised of Readers' Choice winners who have won their category five consecutive times.]]> <![CDATA[Concerns, opposition mount over North Livermore Valley solar projects]]> Livermore residents and others are raising concerns and opposition to two solar projects in the planning stages north of the city.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD set to finalize distance learning plan]]> Pleasanton Unified School District officials will take a closer look at their state-mandated Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) and hear an update on school opening at the Board of Trustees online meeting Thursday night, starting 7 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore winegrowers donate $85,000 for school meals]]> The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation presented a check last week worth $85,000 to LVJUSD to support the district's programs that offer meals to all youth in Livermore.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County supervisors set cap on fees for food-delivery services]]> Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed a temporary ordinance that caps the fees charged to restaurants by food-delivery services such as Uber Eats and Grubhub.]]> <![CDATA[Valley Views: Hopes for global health]]> The story of fighting polio is inspiring because it is the tale of global cooperation, which one can only hope will take place against COVID-19.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: City recruiting for commission, committee volunteers]]> Pleasanton city officials are searching for residents interested in volunteering on one of handful of city commissions or advisory boards.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton school board candidates debate]]> The candidates vying for PUSD Board of Trustees detailed their plans for leading local schools through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, managing district finances and addressing other relevant issues during an online forum Monday.]]> <![CDATA[12-year-old killed in crash on I-580 in Livermore]]> A boy that died in a collision Monday in Livermore was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Carlos Alberto Garcia of Manteca in San Joaquin County.]]> <![CDATA[PLAY Foundation donates to local schools]]> The Promoting Leadership in Aspiring Youth (PLAY) Foundation Tri-Valley, which creates an environment for students to help other students and local nonprofits, raised $7,500 through its annual fundraising campaign.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore: East Bay Parks reopening Del Valle Regional Park]]> After closing a number of its locations and services due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the East Bay Regional Parks District has announced that it will be reopening some facilities, including Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.]]> <![CDATA[DUSD board candidates debate future of Dublin schools at Weekly forum]]> Candidates in the running for the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Board of Trustees participated in an online forum last week to share their views about issues impacting Dublin schools.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton council majority passes on mask enforcement discussion]]> Another attempt to formally agendize face mask enforcement amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a future council action item fell short at last week's Pleasanton City Council meeting.]]> <![CDATA[COVID-19: Alameda County upgraded to red tier under state blueprint]]> Alameda County advanced out of the purple tier and into the red tier in the state's COVID-19 blueprint on Tuesday, but county health officials said no new reopenings will occur yet. ]]> <![CDATA[State stops accepting unemployment claims for 2 weeks to address backlog]]> Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state Economic Development Department will stop accepting new unemployment insurance applications for two weeks to determine how to reduce the state's vast backlog of claims. ]]> <![CDATA['Paint Pleasanton 2020' to exhibit online]]> "Paint Pleasanton," the annual art happening when the entire city becomes an art studio, will take place Sept. 21-27, but this year works created earlier may be entered into the show.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County launches new age-friendly website for seniors]]> Seniors in Alameda County can find local services, resources and information to stay engaged and active in their communities through the newly launched "Age-Friendly County" website.]]> <![CDATA[Danville: Former Athenian School teacher charged with sexual assault of a minor]]> A former teacher and track coach at the Athenian School in Danville has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting an unidentified girl nearly seven years ago, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD, city holding annual joint meeting on Tuesday night]]> For the first time, the Pleasanton City Council and Pleasanton Unified School District trustees will hold their annual joint meeting virtually, starting Tuesday night at 6 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley educators named 2020 Teacher of the Year]]> Three Tri-Valley educators were recently recognized by the Alameda County Office of Education as the 2020 Teachers of the Year in their respective school districts.]]> <![CDATA[Looking back at first day of school in Livermore]]> Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District students and teachers started their new school year under remote learning conditions in the final week of August. District officials shared a variety of photos from opening week...]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton's regional housing allocation may double in next cycle]]> The numbers aren't finalized yet, but Pleasanton may need to plan for about 4,800 housing units over the next decade and a half -- a 2.3-fold increase from previous estimates -- according to city staff.]]> <![CDATA[Wine trolleys to run again in Livermore after 6-month shutdown]]> Livermore's wine trolleys will again hit the streets starting in early October after being parked for six months, the owner of Livermore Wine Trolley said Thursday. ]]> <![CDATA[California ballot measure to lift ban on affirmative action widely opposed by surveyed voters]]> A survey by the Public Policy Institute of California of likely voters found that 31% of voters said they would vote for Proposition 16 while 47% said they oppose the measure and 22% have not decided.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore city candidate forum set for Tuesday evening]]> The two candidates for mayor of Livermore and both candidates for Livermore City Council District 3 are scheduled to participate in an online forum from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22).]]> <![CDATA[Pandemic melody]]> A conversation with saxophonist Solomon Alber is like listening to jazz. He riffs on various topics but always returns to the main theme -- how he and other musicians are handling the pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Planning Commission alternate Dawn Plants seeks spot on Dublin City Council]]> With roots in Dublin stretching back 40 years, longtime local Dawn Plants said she's running in the Nov. 3 Dublin City Council election to ensure the community comes first in planning its future.]]> <![CDATA[Local Rotary clubs support COVID-19 response]]> Area 4 Rotary clubs have worked together to obtain a $96,850 Rotary International Global Grant to assist the community health care response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Alameda County.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Military Families preparing for pack-out]]> Pleasanton Military Families volunteers were out at the downtown farmers' market last weekend raising funds for the nonprofit's November care package pack-out benefiting military personnel abroad.]]> <![CDATA[News Digest: Elementary waiver update, Livermore small business grants & Foothill alum advances in international video contest]]> The deadline for local school districts to apply for a waiver from the Alameda County Public Health Department to allow some elementary level students (TK-6) to return, and Pleasanton Unified School District is weighing its options.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrating Dublin Pride Week (for next five weeks)]]> Dublin Pride Week, the city's annual weeklong series of events promoting volunteerism and environmental awareness, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus the event will run for five weeks, kicking off Saturday...]]> <![CDATA[Meet the Pleasanton city candidates]]> Pleasanton has one of the largest and most diverse fields of candidates in city history for a 2020 general election that will usher in a sea change for the City Council dais.]]> <![CDATA[Sherry Hu wants to bring 'pragmatic' solutions to Dublin City Council]]> Dublin City Council candidate Sherry Hu wants to make her community "grow smart and sustainable" by approaching issues with a "pragmatic" mindset, should she win one of two open council seats in the Nov. 3 general election.]]> <![CDATA[DUSD Trustee Catherine Kuo running unopposed on Area 3 ballot]]> First-year incumbent Catherine Kuo is running uncontested in the Nov. 3 general election for Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. ]]> <![CDATA[Election spotlight: Livermore Area Recreation and Park District]]> The LARPD board has two seats up for grabs come Nov. 3 for the five-member elected board that serves as the legislative body that governs the parks district, instituting policy and providing overall guidance to the district staff.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: City deploying robot cleaners in its facilities]]> The city of Pleasanton is introducing a new line of defense and protection for its facilities in the fight against COVID-19 -- robot cleaners.]]> <![CDATA[Staying Healthy: Two healthy recipes to try]]> Christina Gray, Pleasanton photographer, author and real estate professional, also has made it her mission in life to develop healthy recipes and share them with others...]]> <![CDATA[Nine candidates strive to separate themselves in crowded Dublin City Council contest]]> The nine candidates for Dublin City Council sounded off during an online forum hosted by the Pleasanton Weekly last week, where each individual attempted to distinguish themselves amid a crowded field of competitors.]]>