PleasantonWeekly.com https://pleasantonweekly.com If it is local and useful, it is on PleasantonWeekly.com. en-us Copyright 2020 PleasantonWeekly.com PleasantonWeekly.com https://PleasantonWeekly.com/art/top_logo.png https://pleasantonweekly.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Candidacy period for local elections opens Monday]]> Tri-Valley public agencies are getting ready for the local election cycle, with the candidacy nomination period opening on Monday for any local resident interested in running for an available office. ]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County added to state's COVID-19 monitoring list]]> Alameda County now finds itself on the state of California's "county monitoring list" due to a high rate of COVID-19 cases during the past two weeks, which is considered to be a sign of elevated disease transmission.]]> <![CDATA[State guidance bans outdoor dining in Alameda County, but Tri-Valley cities proceeding as is absent new health order]]> The state of California's latest COVID-19 guidance effectively prohibits outdoor dining in Alameda County, but the three Tri-Valley cities are not changing plans already set for their jurisdictions this weekend. ]]> <![CDATA[Cities extend COVID-19 public testing site at Pleasanton fairgrounds]]> The regional COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore will continue operating through August, Pleasanton city officials announced Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Crews contain 300-acre brush fire along freeway near Altamont Pass]]> A brush fire that burned 300 acres overnight along Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass was fully contained, Alameda County fire officials said about 9:30 a.m. Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Supply limits prompt DSRSD to revise recycled water policy]]> With wastewater being reused for irrigation during the hot summer months, the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors revised its recycled water policy to address supply limits at its July 7 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore adjusts weekend street closures downtown for outdoor dining, retail]]> The city of Livermore will be closing parts of First Street and K Street this weekend, July 11 and 12, to expand the outdoor dining area in downtown. <br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Critter Camp searching for virtual campers]]> Valley Humane Society's Critter Camp, a children's educational program focused on working with animals, is now virtual and looking for campers. For the first time, there are no locational bounds for whom can attend Critter Camp.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Zoomers to Boomers helps at-risk folks stay safe]]> Some teens who want to help are grocery shopping for at-risk seniors and others who are advised to stay home to avoid the coronavirus.]]> <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: Police unions' power wanes, but how about teachers?]]> Fundamentally, the political clout that police unions have wielded in California for decades is no different from what other public employee unions have done.]]> <![CDATA[Valley Views: Pleasanton cafe owner keeps smiling despite her loss]]> One month after her husband died, Theary Chem is carrying on the family business, Bagel Café on Main Street near Stanley. I heard about how much people enjoyed visiting the place -- for the fresh food but also for interactions...]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff releases case update, identifies suspect in fatal shooting of Danville doctor]]> An Oroville man fatally shot a Danville doctor who was four-wheeling with his son not long after shooting two strangers nearby in "a random act of violence"during the holiday weekend, a NorCal sheriff said in a case update this week]]> <![CDATA[Local student earns national award for environmental activism]]> 17-year-old Shreya Chaudhuri has a mission -- to fight climate change. With the determination to make a difference, she founded the nonprofit that spreads environmental literacy on climate change to youth. ]]> <![CDATA[Dublin City Council plans special meeting on policing this week]]> The Dublin City Council will hold a special online study session on policing and services in the community on Thursday night, starting 7 p.m.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[Chamber of Commerce cancels two major events: Golf Outing and Trade Show Mixer]]> The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has officially canceled the annual Golf Outing and the Trade Show Mixer events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin school board appoints Daniel Moirao as acting superintendent]]> Dublin Unified approved the contract for new acting superintendent Dr. Daniel Moirao in a unanimous vote Tuesday evening. ]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Police Chief Harris is retiring next month]]> After a career spanning 30 years in law enforcement, Livermore Police Chief Michael Harris announced on Wednesday that he plans to retire next month. ]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area victims' attorney seeks to oust legendary Pleasanton swim coach]]> An attorney representing several sexual abuse victims in a lawsuit has demanded the removal of Pleasanton Seahawks coach Steve Morsilli from USA Swimming for allegedly failing to report abuse complaints made against another coach.]]> <![CDATA[Police arrest ex-president of Livermore Little League for embezzlement]]> A former president of Livermore Little League has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $22,000 from the youth league's coffers, according to Livermore police.]]> <![CDATA[BART board approves $2.4B budget]]> The BART Board of Directors voted 7-2 late last month to approve the agency's $2.42 billion budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley student creates winning design for new California license plate on mental health]]> A student at Dougherty Valley High School designed the winning entry for California’s "Mental Health Awareness License Plate Competition." ]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Lab Director Bill Goldstein announces retirement]]> Bill Goldstein announced Tuesday that he will be retiring as the director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, effective upon the selection of a successor.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: High school football leaders reflect on uncertainty of 2020 season]]> After talking with football players from Amador and Foothill, it was impressive to see the way the students are handling the uncertainty. Jayden Payne at Foothill and Josh Heverly at Amador are seniors at their respective teams...]]> <![CDATA[Livermore man's drunk-driving murder convictions overturned on appeal]]> A Livermore man sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing a woman and her child in a drunk-driving crash five years ago recently won an appeal of his convictions due to an improper juror dismissal.]]> <![CDATA[Head start programs expanding in Tri-Valley]]> The Community Association for Preschool Education is joining forces with preschool provider Kidango to expand child care services for low-income families in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore. ]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley doctor shot, killed while off-roading in Sierra County]]> A Tri-Valley doctor died after being shot while off-roading with his teenage son in a rural area in Sierra County during the holiday weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Driver dies after crashing off Mount Diablo roadway]]> A Danville woman died on Independence Day after her SUV went off Summit Road while coming down Mount Diablo and fell hundreds of feet, authorities said.]]> <![CDATA[Glazer bill would raise fines on short-term rentals]]> A bill by State Sen. Steve Glazer's (D-Orinda) designed to discourage short-term rentals for the purpose of hosting rowdy and unsafe house parties made it through the Senate last month.]]> <![CDATA[Swalwell reintroduces bill to help small businesses during COVID-19]]> A federal bill that would help certain small businesses that have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic by letting them defer payment on their first year of payroll taxes was reintroduced last week by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.]]> <![CDATA[Filing period for DSRSD Board of Directors opening soon]]> Prospective candidates considering running for one of three seats on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors this fall can file their papers starting July 13 through Aug. 7.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Scout makes face shields for front-line workers]]> These days, Pleasanton's Kai Gottschalk is living up to the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America -- "Do a good turn daily" -- by using his own 3-D printer to make face shields for health care providers.]]> <![CDATA[PG&E moving headquarters to Oakland; San Ramon office to close by 2025]]> After 115 years of having its headquarters in San Francisco, PG&E announced last month it will move to Oakland beginning in 2022. PG&E also plans to close down its San Ramon satellite office in 2025.]]> <![CDATA[Crews knock down 108-acre wildfire in Sunol]]> A vegetation fire broke out near the Sunol Regional Wilderness and grew to an estimated 108 acres until crews stopped its forward progress on Saturday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area officials urge residents to stay safe, stay home on Fourth of July]]> With Fourth of July fireworks shows and parades being canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, Bay Area officials are asking residents around the region to safely celebrate at home during the holiday weekend. ]]> <![CDATA['Mask up, Pleasanton' -- City Council video urges face coverings amid COVID-19]]> Pleasanton city officials are urging residents to wear face masks in public after a week of halted reopenings and an increase of COVID-19 cases locally and countywide.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Tri-Valley man dies in 'tragic' family accident in Pennsylvania]]> A Danville man died after being accidentally hit by a car driven by his brother at a park in eastern Pennsylvania last weekend, according to police.]]> <![CDATA[Tri-Valley Haven's Juneteenth display]]> Tri-Valley Haven commemorated Juneteenth with a special display at outside its community building in Livermore, inviting people to leave a sign describing what they celebrate about diversity and what they can do to help end racism.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County Fair holds 2020 competitions -- online]]> The Alameda County Fair was canceled this year due to the coronavirus but its beloved competitions were still held, garnering more than 4,000 entries in categories from stitching to baked bread to fine arts.]]> <![CDATA[2020 Summer Games (at home) for Tri-Valley Special Olympics athletes]]> Tri-Valley Special Olympics athletes, like their peers across Northern California, spent much of June training for and competing in their favorite sports from home as part of a reimagined event that was broadcast online this week.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: No trust in trustees, no unity in Dublin Unified]]> Unfortunately, with the current board -- which can graciously be described as a dysfunctional train wreck -- it will be extraordinarily difficult to find someone able to lead DUSD into the future who is actually willing to take it on.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore grass fire causes delay for I-580 motorists]]> A grass fire that broke out on the south side of Interstate 580 in Livermore on Thursday morning is impacting motorists traveling east through the area.]]> <![CDATA[Young Tri-Valley writers recognized]]> To encourage the endeavors of young writers, each year the Tri-Valley Writers, the local branch of the California Writers Club, holds a contest that includes nonfiction, poetry and short stories.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton: Public information hard to come by in juveniles' case in Butler homicide]]> The Weekly tried unsuccessfully during the past week to receive a status update on the criminal case against four teenage boys charged with murdering Pleasanton native Jackson Reese Butler due to the defendants' juvenile status.]]> <![CDATA[Horse racing weekend at Pleasanton track]]> Live horse racing continues this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, with a regular racing slate scheduled for Friday and Sunday, and special stakes races on Saturday for the Fourth of July.]]> <![CDATA[Dublin school board reverses course, approves agreement with teachers' union]]> The Dublin Unified Board of Trustees has approved a tentative contract agreement with the Dublin Teachers Association for the upcoming school year, following a particularly tense week in the school community.]]> <![CDATA[DMV office in Pleasanton closed for repairs; temporary location opening at mall]]> The California DMV field office at 6300 W. Las Positas Blvd. closed last week for renovations, an estimated two-month-long project to include roof, furniture and HVAC replacement. A temporary office is opening at Stoneridge Mall.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Fourth of July picnic won't be held this year]]> Pleasanton's Fourth of July celebration held at Lions Wayside Park is canceled this year due to the pandemic, said W. Ron Sutton, founder of Make A Difference for Pleasanton, which hosts the annual noontime event.]]> <![CDATA[MTC allocates $46.8M for Valley Link project]]> An infusion of $46.8 million in funding to prepare for the Valley Link project's next stage was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission last month.]]> <![CDATA[The social distancing summer]]> With the coronavirus pandemic still ever-present, officials at the Alameda County Fairgrounds have pivoted from hosting their usual summer activities to ones that provide residents with safer, spread-out entertainment.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Lab to expand current facility with supercomputer upgrades]]> Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has broken ground on its Exascale Computing Facility modernization project to provide advanced supercomputer services through expansion on the campus.]]> <![CDATA[Report finds Zone 7 drinking water exceeded standards in 2019]]> Tri-Valley residents might be happy to know the quality of their drinking water met, and often exceeded, all state and federal standards last year, according to the 2019 Annual Consumer Confidence Report for the Zone 7 Water Agency.]]> <![CDATA[Las Positas College prepares for hybrid learning next semester]]> Las Positas College in Livermore will be offering online classes in the upcoming semester combined with some in-person services because of COVID-19 safety guidelines.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore school district schedules candidate workshop]]> An informal workshop on the role and responsibilities of public service for potential candidates seeking two open seats on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education will be held in person next week.]]> <![CDATA[PUSD to rely on state deferrals for fiscal relief]]> Pleasanton Unified School District will be able to avert cuts to programs like special education and career and technical education through state deferrals but must contend with both repayment and an uncertain financial future.]]> <![CDATA[Glazer calls for more protections for those vulnerable to COVID-19]]> Local State Sen. Steve Glazer on Monday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to do more to protect seniors and medically vulnerable people during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.]]> <![CDATA[Museum on Main cancels remaining talks for 2020]]> The Museum on Main announced last week that it is postponing the remaining 2020 Ed Kinney Speaker Series, after each of the last four monthly performances were closed one by one.]]> <![CDATA[Pleasanton Preps: Amador alum Partridge accepts assistant coach post at Ferris State]]> Some learn and nurture their coaching style as a high school coach then move on to coaching in college, hoping to learn from an established collegiate coach. Such is the case for 2002 Amador Valley High graduate Ryan Partridge.]]> <![CDATA[Golden State Killer: Man pleads guilty to slew of murders, rapes -- including San Ramon Valley crimes]]> The man known as the "Golden State Killer" pleaded guilty Monday to 13 murders, 13 kidnappings and dozens of other crimes, some in the Bay Area including the San Ramon Valley.]]> <![CDATA[19 cases of COVID-19, including one death, at Livermore veterans facility]]> One resident has died from COVID-19 complications, and there have been 18 other confirmed cases of the virus among residents and employees, at a military veteran care facility in Livermore, VA officials confirmed on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for the 2020 wildfire season]]> With the upcoming fire season, fire department officials in the Tri-Valley area are notifying residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of wildfires.]]> <![CDATA[Livermore Farmers' Market selects new manager, slated to reopen July 9]]> Livermore Downtown Inc. has officially reached agreement with a new manager for its farmers' market, selecting Foragers Market to lead operations and put the twice-weekly market in position to return next week. ]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County delays reopening timeline indefinitely]]> The Alameda County Public Health Department announced Monday that it will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been on track to return in July, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda County Public Health delays reopening timeline indefinitely]]> ACPHD will postpone indefinitely its reopening timeline for businesses that had been on track to return in July, citing the need to better contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid recent upticks in local cases and hospitalizations.]]>