2007

Braving the cold to walk

Inaugural Walk to Wellness draws dozens
Chilly conditions didn't stop dozens from walking for wellness New Year's Eve at the Pleasanton Sports Park. Mr. Pedometer was on hand to teach about the 10,000 steps a day program at the inaugural Walk to Wellness event.

December 31, 2007 | No comments yet
BART fares, service increase effective Jan. 1

Riders to pay 10 to 30 cents more per ride
BART encourages New Year's Eve celebrants to take advantage of the "New Year's Eve Flash Pass," which is good for unlimited rides on BART throughout the holiday evening. To use, riders simply flash the pass to the BART station agent and pass through the swing gate.

December 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Looking back at 2007

The Pleasanton Weekly gives the A-Z events of the year
The Veterans Memorial Building reopened in November of 2007, just in time for Veteran's Day. The building underwent a $4.5-million renovation that displaced VFW Post 6298, American Legion Post 237 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Read about this and other memorable events in 2007 in this week's edition of The Pleasanton Weekly.

December 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Robert "Bob" Armknecht, 70

Mr. Armknecht was managing partner for Pleasanton Plastics for over 30 years
Robert "Bob" Armknecht died Dec. 19 at the age of 70.
Mr. Armknecht was born April 4, 1937 in San Francisco. He grew up in San Lorenzo and made his home in Pleasanton for the past 34 years.

December 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Roger McLain remembered for civic service

Former City Councilman won Mayor's Award, Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award
F. Roger McLain, a former Pleasanton City Councilman and active volunteer, died Dec. 18 in Danville. He was 77.

He and his family moved to Pleasanton in 1966. He started on the Housing Authority board in 1968 and served as chair and vice-chair. He then moved to the Planning Commission and finally was appointed to the City Council to fill a vacancy left by the incumbent's election to the State Assembly.

December 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Christmas carols on Main Street

Middle school musicians add to downtown festivities
A group of middle school band members, led by band director Jason Borris, played Christmas carols for downtown shoppers and nighttime coffee drinkers in the hours before Christmas, starting at the plaza in front of Tully's and High Tech Burrito before moving on to other parts of Pleasanton.

December 25, 2007 | No comments yet
Hosterman cites accomplishments in year-end message

Reports nearly $6 million heading our way in federal appropriations
In a year-end message to Pleasanton residents, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman cites the city government's accomplishments in 2007 and prospects for the coming year.

December 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Builder scuttles $10-million waterpark at Shadow Cliffs

Costs doubled as illness, investors flight force delays
Plans for a multi-million-dollar California Splash waterpark that could have attracted tens of thousands of water enthusiasts to Pleasanton each summer have been scuttled, the Pleasanton Weekly has learned.

December 21, 2007 | 23 comments
Former councilman, Lions Club member Roger McLain dies

Pleasanton man dedicated his time to many varied and worthy causes
Former councilman and Lions Club member Roger McLain died Tuesday at a rest home. He was 77 years old.

Mr. McLain was born Sept. 2, 1930. He was a longtime resident of Pleasanton, a former city councilman and was actively involved in the Lions Club.

December 20, 2007 | 2 comments
Hosterman has appealed Planning Commission's hawk ruling

City Clerk will have to schedule appeal to be heard before City Council within 40 days
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman is appealing the Planning Commission's decision to deny an application to house her hawk in a backyard enclosure.
She filed the appeal Tuesday, according to the city clerk's office, after the commission's action at its Dec. 12 meeting.

December 20, 2007 | 1 comment
Oak Grove developers file lawsuit to block referendum

Lins claim signature gatherers didn't follow proper protocol
Taiwan-based property owners Jennifer and Frederic Lin have filed a law suit in Alameda County Superior Court against opponents of their plan to build 51 estate homes in the Kottinger Hills.

December 20, 2007 | 27 comments
Stockton man arrested in Safeway assault

18-year-old charged for hitting manager with skateboard
Horacio Walls, an 18-year-old Stockton resident, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly striking a Pleasanton Safeway manager with a skateboard. Walls and four other young men reportedly tried to videotape themselves skateboarding through the Safeway at 1701 Santa Rita Road around 9 p.m. Dec. 8.

December 19, 2007 | 3 comments
School board stalls on parcel tax

Superintendent said bleak forecast for state budget could be a deciding factor
The school board decided last week to push pause on a parcel tax, saying they are unsure if they will go forward with including it on the November 2008 ballot.

December 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Decking the streets

Light shows, animated decorations fill Pleasanton yards
The decorators are at it again this year providing holiday displays even better than the years before. This year's decorations include synchronized light shows and real snow. Check out the Dec. 21 issue of the Pleasanton Weekly for a map highlighting several local holiday decor hot spots.

December 14, 2007 | 8 comments
Man arrested for Village High threat

20-year-old Cy Jamerson of San Francisco also faces firearm, drug charges
Pleasanton police arrested 20-year-old Cy Jamerson of San Francisco on Thursday on two felony charges involving a death threat at Village High School. Police identified the motives of the threat, but aren't releasing that information at this time.

December 13, 2007 | 11 comments
Hosterman hawk permit denied by Planning Commission

Commissioners 'cry foul' over permit being lopped into same category as fowls
In a sharply divisive move, the Planning Commission decided in a 3-2 vote to deny Mayor Jennifer Hosterman's application for a permit to house her hawk in a backyard enclosure.

December 13, 2007 | 94 comments
Skateboarders reportedly go for joyride in Safeway store

Police said youths, ages 16 to 20, videotaped incident, one struck store manager with skateboard
A group of young men rode through a local Safeway on their skateboards and one struck the store manager on the way out last Friday, according to police.

December 12, 2007 | 12 comments
Artists advance to county-level competition

Annual Reflections contest garners 290 participants
More than 250 students in seven district schools participated in the annual PTA Reflections Art program. Using the theme "I can make a difference by..."

December 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Earthquakes strike near Santa Clara County

Apparently no impacts felt here
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 struck at about 12:04 a.m. today near Pinnacles
National Monument just south of Santa Clara County.

December 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Charities count on Holiday Fund help to meet growing needs in 2008

Donations top $85,000 in closing weeks of $150,000 campaign
Contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 5th annual Holiday Fund hit the $85,000 mark today with just a few weeks to go to reach this year's goal of $150,000.

December 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Power outage turns out lights for 3,300

Outage reported at 1 a.m., turned back on for most by 2 a.m., rest by 8 a.m.
A power outage in the early morning hours today left approximately 3,300 residents without electricity, according to a spokesman for PG&E.

December 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Home Depot loses bid for 2nd Pleasanton store

Studies show local businesses could lose 16% of revenue if big box store built
Home Depot lost its two-year-long bid Tuesday to build a second home improvement store in southeast Pleasanton as part of a major 200,000-square-foot retail development at Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard, across from McDonald's.

December 5, 2007 | 5 comments
County registrar begins count of anti-Oak Grove petition signatures

Must certify that at least 3,672 are currently registered voters in Pleasanton
David Macdonald, Alameda County's Registrar of Voters, has assigned aides to start the process of counting the 5,266 signatures filed last week by a group seeking to overturn the City Council's approval of a housng project in the Kottinger hills.

December 5, 2007 | 19 comments
2007 Holiday Fund is under way

Give now to help others in our community
Eight nonprofits have been selected as this year's recipients of the fifth annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, the community-wide campaign that provides needed funding for vital local nonprofits.

December 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Clock is ticking on group's effort to block Oak Grove housing, open space project

Petitons with 3,672 signatures must be at City Clerk's office by 5 p.m. Thursday
Opponents of a City Council-approved plan to allow the construction of 51 estate homes on the hilltop above Kottinger Ranch and Vintage Hills will be making a final dash today to make sure they have enough signatures to force a vote on a referendum to overturn that decision.

December 4, 2007 | 5 comments
Mainsail Partners Acquires Togo's From Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Sale could boost promotion of local franchise eateries
Mainsail Partners, a private equity firm located in San Francisco, today announced the acquisition of Togo's Eateries, the master franchisor of a leading fast casual sandwich chain in the Tri-Valley.

December 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Reward offered for attempted murder suspect

Man wanted for shooting 59-year-old Pleasanton man
A $2,500 reward is being offered for an attempted murder suspect that reportedly shot a 59-year-old Pleasanton man Nov. 1. The suspect is described as approximately 25 years old, 5-foot 8-inches to 5-foot 10-inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds and wearing a dark jacket and dark colored skull cap.

December 3, 2007 | No comments yet
A jolly good time

Hometown Holiday Parade attracts hundreds to downtown
Click here for a few snapshots of the Hometown Holiday Parade. Photos by Jay Flachsbarth.

December 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Hanukkah celebrations continue

Modern twists help send ancient message
This year, Legos are a part of spreading the message of Hanukkah in Pleasanton. Standing 9-feet tall in the middle of Stoneridge Shopping Center, the Lego menorah is just one way to celebrate the eight-day festival of lights.

December 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Time change for children's book event

Sunday's author visit will be at 2 p.m.
Walter Mayes and Valerie Lewis, authors of "Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide," will share the newest and best children's books in an entertaining event on Sunday.

November 30, 2007 | No comments yet
Santa comes to town

Annual Hometown Holiday celebration hits Main Street at 5:30 p.m.
Holiday decorations are in full swing all over town which means the annual Hometown Holiday celebration is near. Festivities hit Main Street tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

November 30, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Village High, district office lockdown called off at 11 a.m.

School received anonymous threat alluding to a shooting
The lockdown of Village High School and the Pleasanton Unified School District offices was called off at 11:05 a.m. after a campus search led police to believe there was no credible threat, according to district spokeswoman Myla Grasso.

November 30, 2007 | 12 comments
Fire department receives electric cart

Cart, equipped with emergency supplies, will tool around county fair, street fairs and other downtown events
A customized golf cart was added to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department fleet this week. But don't expect to see any firefighters hitting the golf course in it.

November 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Mural in time

Video of artist Gary Winter painting downtown scene online now
Video of local artist Gary Winter painting the mural that now graces the side of Strizzi's restaurant on Main Street is up on YouTube.com. His son compiled shots of the progress, turning the months-long project into a minute and 16 seconds.

November 27, 2007 | 8 comments
Police find car thief suspect hiding in garbage bag

2 seized after afternoon vehicle theft on Main Street
A man who allegedly stole a vehicle then ran away when officers approached him was found hiding inside a plastic trash can Friday in Pleasanton, Sgt. Pat Walsh said today.

November 26, 2007 | 4 comments
Air Quality District urges public to 'Spare the Air' tonight

Calm weather pattern could raise risk of of bad air quality
For the second time this season, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is calling on Bay Area residents to Spare the Air tonight and refrain from lighting a fire or using any other wood burning appliances.

November 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Presbyterians bid farewell to Mirador church

Congregation moving to temporary quarters until new church is finished
After more than four decades at its Mirador Drive location, the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church held its final services at that sanctuary
Sunday, moving to a temporary facility until its new multi-million-dollar church complex is completed in the Ironwood community.

November 25, 2007 | No comments yet
State's drunk driving arrests down for this year's Thanksgiving holiday period

207 arrested in Bay Area for DUIs, nearly 1,500 statewide
Nearly 1,500 drivers statewide were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol this Thanksgiving weekend, 207 of which were in the Bay Area, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Les Bishop said today.

November 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Fire investigators search for cause of Happy Valley home fire

2nd floor destroyed in early morning blaze
Fire investigators continued to search for the cause of a two-alarm fire today that burned around 80 percent of a 2,000-square foot home in Pleasanton Wednesday and sent the owner to the hospital with significant injuries.

November 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Thousands jam Pleasanton stores over 4-day holiday weekend

Crowded aisles, lines at cash registers bode well for properous Christmas shopping season
Thousands of shoppers filled the Stoneridge Shopping Center, other retail centers and downtown shops and restaurants over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with merchants hoping the Christmas gift buying frenzy will continue.

November 23, 2007 | No comments yet
McKewon court hearing rescheduled for Jan. 9

19-year-old faces gross vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI charges
Judge Hugh Walker granted the driver involved in a head-on collision that killed 19-year-old Laurel Williams a continuation this morning, scheduling her next hearing for Jan. 9.

November 20, 2007 | 81 comments
Resident robbed at gunpoint in mall parking lot

Two suspects wanted for allegedly taking woman's purse, shopping bag
Around 8 p.m. Monday night a female Pleasanton resident was robbed at gunpoint while walking to her car in the Stoneridge Shopping Center parking lot, according to police.

November 20, 2007 | 11 comments
'Abused by Priests' group urges church to reverse local parish appointmernt

But diocese backs Rev. Greene as Pleasanton Catholic Community's new leader
A priest who allegedly committed an indecent act in front of an Oakland police officer at a park frequented by children shouldn't be appointed parish priest for the Catholic Communities of Pleasanton, a sexual abuse victims group said Friday.

November 18, 2007 | 73 comments
Driver re-arrested for Oct. 20 rear-end crash on Owens Drive

Tests showed man 3-times over alcohol level limit, police report
Pleasanton police have arrested a 53-year-old man on a felony drunk driving charge following an October crash that seriously injured a 9-year-old girl.

November 18, 2007 | 9 comments
Indian gaming compact changes qualify for February ballot

State random sampling verification differs from requirements for local initiative
Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a referendum Friday for the February 5, 2008, Presidential Primary Election ballot that involves changes to the state's gaming compact with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians. The certification method differs significantly from those required for a local initiative currently being sought.

November 18, 2007 | No comments yet
A birthday for the history books

Oldest Pleasanton man celebrates turning ripe age of103
Orville Nightingale, Pleasanton's oldest living man, recently celebrated his 103rd birthday with daughter Marilyn and grandsons Shane and Ryan at Ridgeview Commons, where he was one of the first residents to move in when the senior apartment complex first opened.

November 15, 2007 | 3 comments
Church leaders support 'redeemed' priest; others want him out

Local Catholics speak out on designated leader's 1999 indecent behavior arrest
Church leaders are speaking out in support of a newly-designated parish leader for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton after members of a nationally-affiliated group protested his appointment because of an arrest for indecent exposure eight years ago.

November 15, 2007 | 219 comments
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Pleasanton gears up for the holidays
Today is Thanksgiving, which means the bevy of holiday activities that extends through Christmas and New Year's is under way.

November 15, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: 21-year-old Brentwood man arrested for providing alcohol

Alcohol was served at party where girls were before fatal collision that killed Laurel Williams
A 21-year-old Brentwood man is facing charges of purchasing and knowingly supplying alcohol to Laurel Williams before she was killed in a car accident on Foothill Road.
The arrest of Paul Stonebarger was made by Pleasanton police on Monday night. He was taken into custody and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

November 13, 2007 | 12 comments
Brentwood man arrested as suspect in providing 19-year-old driver liquor

Girl jailed in fatal crash that followed all-night party where alcohol was served
A 21-year-old Brentwood man was arrested Monday for allegedly providing the alcohol a 19-year-old woman drank before she was involved in a fatal collision in Pleasanton, police have announced.

November 13, 2007 | 14 comments
Making movies

Tri-Valley is the backdrop for thriller film
Pleasanton is no stranger to filmmaking and homegrown talent. One of America's first movie stars Mary Pickford starred in "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," which was filmed here. It will also be the backdrop for another film made by a local crew.

November 12, 2007 | No comments yet
McKewon's bail set by judge at $250,000

Family, friends of both 19-year-old girls fill seats at arraignment
It was a scene riddled with emotion this morning as the arraignment for Katie McKewon was held.
Friends and family members of Laurel Williams, who was killed in a car accident Oct. 20, came to the hearing wearing white T-shirts with a picture of Williams wearing a green dress, blowing a kiss to the camera.

November 9, 2007 | 67 comments
UPDATE: 19-year-old driver arrested in fatal Foothill Drive crash

Police: blood alcohol of Katie McKewon three times legal limit, charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI charges
Katie McKewon, the 19-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang that was involved in a head-on collision that killed her friend Laurel Williams, also 19, was arrested in Berkeley last night, according to police.

November 8, 2007 | 321 comments
Ayala seeks reversal of council's 4-1 OK for Oak Grove project

Opponents launch referendum effort to overturn decision
The City Council voted 4-1 to give final approval to the Oak Grove project Tuesday, which will allow the landowners to build 51 estate homes in the hills atop Kottinger Ranch as part of an agreement for them to give nearly 500 adjacent acres to the city of Pleasanton for trails and other public amenities.

November 7, 2007 | 23 comments
Goodguys concert recognizes wounded Iraq vets

Country music performance is Saturday featuring 12 wounded vets from Walter Reed hospital
The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association is known to all for their gigantic car shows held four times a year at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. But they will add a twist to the car show this weekend (the Goodguys 18th Autumn Get-Together) with a country music concert that benefits wounded Iraq War veterans.

November 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Hosterman gives Mayor's Award to Friends of Kottinger Creek

Grassroots organization earns wide applause at Monday night dinner for $1.3-million project
The prestigious Mayor's Award for 2007 was given Monday night to Friends of Kottinger Creek, a nonprofit, grassroots committee that persevered in gaining approval by the City Council for a $1.3-million project to restore Kottinger Creek.

November 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Crime sketch released in attempted car jacking

Police hope drawing will lead to identifying suspect
The Pleasanton Police Department has released a sketch of the suspect believed to have shot a man as he was coming home in his garage.

The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night on Paragon Circle in Laguna Oaks.

November 5, 2007 | 3 comments
Foothill, Amador Valley look forward to cross-town rivalry game this Friday

2 schools play each other in 2007 season finale
Amador Valley and Foothill high schools will face off in their annual cross-town football match at 7 p.m. Friday on the Foothill field.

November 4, 2007 | 3 comments
Spectators cheer vets, supporters in Pleasanton Veterans Day parade

Coast Guard leads in public salutes to five military branches
A crowd estimated at well over 1,000 cheered marchers and truckloads of veterans and others Sunday at the 11th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade in downtown Pleasanton.

The parade stretched the full length of Main Street as more than 60 units lined up to march and ride in this largest veterans parade in the Bay Area.

November 4, 2007 | 4 comments
IRS warns of California Wildfire email scams

Beware of what looks like solicitation from IRS and U.S. government for contributions
Disasters such as the wildfires in Southern California that affected a large number of people often bring out the kindness in others through monetary donations.
They also bring out scam artists who wish to capitalize on people's sympathy for victims.

November 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Turn the clocks back one hour on Saturday night/Sunday morning

Daylight Saving Time is ending
Residents will need to turn back the time on alarm clocks, watches and possibly cell phones one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning the time will go back one hour.

November 2, 2007 | No comments yet
59-year-old man shot in attempted car jacking

Man was coming home, getting out of garage when suspect approached him with shotgun in hand
A 59-year-old Pleasanton man was shot after he refused to give a gunman his car keys, according to police.
The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. last night on Paragon Circle in Laguna Oaks, where the man was coming home and getting out of his car in the garage.

November 2, 2007 | 8 comments
School district plans town hall meeting Saturday to address teen deaths

Pleasanton Unified joining with Unite for Life, Hope Hospice, Axis Community Health
A town hall meeting addressing recent allegedly intentional teen deaths is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Amador Valley High School library. The Pleasanton Unified School District joins with Unite for Life, Hope Hospice and Axis Community Health to provide suicide prevention resources.

November 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Jill Buck's Go Green Initiative hosts Earth Summit

Public encouraged to attend event to spread 'green' message
The Go Green Initiative, begun by Pleasanton resident Jill Buck, will host the third annual Earth Summit in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday.

November 1, 2007 | No comments yet
New details emerge about Foothill crash

'Large container of vodka found in car,' 19-year-old girls were dropped at their car in Dublin
New details are coming out about a car crash that killed 19-year-old Laurel Williams, a 2006 Foothill High School graduate.

November 1, 2007 | 37 comments
Pleasanton resident named to new city PR position

Joanne Hall worked in similar role for city of Oakland
Joanne Hall has been named the community relations manager/public information officer for the city of Pleasanton.

October 31, 2007 | 1 comment
Memorial service for Billy Russell is Thursday

Family and friends will gather at Valley Community Church at 4 p.m.
Friends and family of William "Billy" Richard Russell, who died Monday, are welcome to attend a memorial service tomorrow, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton.

October 31, 2007 | No comments yet
5.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Bay Area

Moderate quake not reported to have done much damage, just knock items off shelves
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook the entire Bay Area region last night at 8:04 p.m. The quake, considered moderate, was along the Calaveras fault, which stretches from Hollister up to Danville.

October 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Water rate to increase by 8 percent

Additional charge due to Delta water
You'll see a couple dollars tacked on to your next water bill after a local water wholesaler recently approved a rate increase.

October 30, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Person killed by train was Amador student

Second death of a high school student in less than a week
The teen killed by a train early this morning is being identified as a junior at Amador Valley High School, pending a coronor's official report. The death is said to have been intentional, according to police.

October 29, 2007 | 52 comments
Granite Bay High wins Sweepstakes award at Foothill Band Review

Annual parade, field show, largest in state, attract hundreds
Main Street in Pleasanton was filled with the sounds of music last Saturday as 50 marching bands from high schools and middle schools throughout the area passed under the Pleasanton arch.

October 27, 2007 | No comments yet
School district warns parents about recent staph infection case

Middle school student had skin infection, was cleared to come back to school
Some parents who have children attending Harvest Park Middle School are a little on edge after a letter went home yesterday notifying them that a student recently had a staph infection.

October 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Village High student commits suicide

Police say family was aware of 'medical issues'
A 16-year-old student at Village High School committed suicide Wednesday evening, according to the school district.

October 26, 2007 | 75 comments
Sixth-grader in stable condition after being struck by car

Girl suffers broken leg in what PMS principal calls an accident
A sixth grader at Pleasanton Middle School was struck by a car while crossing Case Avenue after being dropped off for school Friday morning. She reportedly broke her leg and was quickly transported to Children's Hospital Oakland by way of ambulance.

October 26, 2007 | 12 comments
Ayala gets OK to move forward

Proposed initiative could trim affordable, other housing plans
City Attorney Michael Roush certified an initiative measure Wednesday that allows former Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Kay Ayala to move forward on seeking voter approval to reduce the number of housing units left to build under the city's voter-mandated housing cap of 29,000 units.

October 25, 2007 | No comments yet
Alcohol believed to be a factor in Foothill Drive crash

19-year-old female passenger killed, driver released from hospital
Police are looking into the likely possibility that alcohol was the cause of a car accident last Saturday that killed a 19-year-old woman.
Laurel Alice Williams, a 2006 Foothill High School graduate, was killed when the Ford Mustang she was riding in, traveling southbound on Foothill Road near Highland Oaks Drive, careened out of control and collided head-on with a Mercedes SUV going northbound, according to police.

October 25, 2007 | 95 comments
City presents 'Monster Mayhem'

Haunted house tours run Thursday and Friday
Prepare to be spooked as the city presents 'Monster Mayhem,' a haunted house open Thursday and Friday night.

October 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Blood needed for 2 different causes

Event Saturday for 5-year-old girl; others can donate to help local supply in wake of SoCal wildfires
Pleasanton residents are asked to donate blood for two very different causes, both of which are in desperate need.

October 24, 2007 | No comments yet
On the Fast Track

Pleasanton Business Expo a huge draw
More than 70 businesses participated in the Pleasanton Business Expo held by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and City of Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Oct. 23. See photos from the event.

October 24, 2007 | 3 comments
Union City man arrested for trying to steal car here

Koll Center janitor spots suspect breaking into vehicle
Pleasanton police officers arrested a homeless man Monday after witnessing him attempt to steal a car, police said Tuesday.

October 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Memorials slated for 19-year-old woman killed in car crash

Laurel Alice Williams was a 2006 graduate of Foothill High School
A visitation for Laurel Alice Williams, 19, who was killed Saturday in a car accident, will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton, 4167 First St., for family and friends. A vigil will be held later that evening at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, where Ms. Williams was a parishioner.

October 23, 2007 | 13 comments
Car thief caught in the act

Union City man arrested Monday in Koll Center parking lot
Spencer Thomas Finch, a 31-year-old transient from Union City, was arrested Monday night after being caught attempting to steal a truck, according to police.

October 23, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Livermore-Pleasanton Fire sends 13 to Southern California

Fire officials helping fight blazes in northern San Diego
After a conference call between Alameda County fire chiefs, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department has agreed to send an additional four firefigthers to Southern California to battle multiple blazes that are spreading rapidly due to gale force Santa Ana winds.

October 22, 2007 | No comments yet
2 weekend accidents leave one dead, three critically injured

Alcohol the factor in one, may be a possibility in the other
Two accidents that occurred over the weekend have left one dead and three critically injured.

October 22, 2007 | 5 comments
The mayor and her hawk: A saga

Chasing Ariel across the Livermore Lab grounds
Much has been said recently about Mayor Jennifer Hosterman's redtail hawk, a raptor she has been nursing back to health after it was found wounded near the Oakland Airport.

October 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Callippe golf course trail partially closed

Portion of trail between 18th green and Happy Valley Road closed due to weather
Beginning today, a portion of the dirt trail at Callippe Preserve Golf Course, between the 18th green and Happy Valley Road (near the Serenity residential development) will be closed due to effects from recent rain.

October 18, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Police say Vintage Hills incident may be mix-up

Investigation into case of female stranger attempting to pick up 9-year-old girl continues
After interviewing multiple witnesses, police are saying now there's not much evidence to support what other media outlets have been calling an attempted kidnapping that occurred last Friday near Vintage Hills Elementary School.

October 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Salvation Army driver arrested for bank heist

Pleasanton police trace suspecet to Oakland charity
A Salvation Army delivery driver has been arrested in connection with the Sept. 28 robbery of a Washington Mutual bank in Pleasanton.

October 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Charity worker nabbed for Pleasanton bank robbery

Suspect allegedly used Salvation Army delivery truck as getaway vehicle
Pleasanton police have arrested a suspect in the robbery of a local Washington Mutual bank branch.

Masala James, 39, of San Leandro, was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Monday in connection with a Sept. 28 robbery at the Washinton Mutual on Stoneridge Mall Road, according to Sgt. Jim Knox. The damning evidence was the getaway vehicle the suspect used--a Salvation Army delivery truck.

October 16, 2007 | 4 comments
Torrico, Hosterman plan 'open house' public meetings Thursday

Both available to discuss city, state issues
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and State Assemblyman Alberto Torrico (D-Newark) will hold a joint public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasanton Senior Center to discuss current events affecting the city of Pleasanton and the state.

No formal presentations are planned, with the meetings open to anyone who comes during the evening schedule. No appointments are necessary.

October 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Meeting on Home Depot is Wednesday

Community invited to attend, ask any questions they may have
The second in a series of public forums on the much talked-about Home Depot proposal is planned to be held on Wednesday.
The city's Planning Department will host the forum with the community to share the updated information and data they have gathered about the project.

October 16, 2007 | 10 comments
Ribbon cutting Thursday for Kottinger Creek

Public invited to attend ceremony for $1.3-million restoration
The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday for the Kottinger Creek in Kottinger Ranch.

Located along Kottinger Drive, the creek was restored for $1.3 million, converted from a drainage ditch into a streambed with a meandering pathway.

October 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Local nonprofit helping Afghanistan

Young girls now in new school, families have health care in clinic built by World Transformation Center
A local nonprofit organization that was organized following the 9/11 terrorists attacks in the U.S. will soon open a medical clinic it built and is now equipping in the western Afghanistan city of Hewat.

October 16, 2007 | 2 comments
Weapon threat puts Amador on temporary lockdown

Police search revealed no evidence to support the rumor
Amador Valley High School was on lockdown for about 45 minutes Monday morning as police responded to a weapon threat, according to the Pleasanton Unified School District.

October 15, 2007 | 17 comments
Woman allegedly tried to coerce Vintage Hills student into car

9-year-old girl refused; police still looking for woman
A 9-year-old Vintage Hills Elementary student was approached by a woman who allegedly told the girl to get into her car at about 3 p.m. Friday, according to Pleasanton police. The girl refused and was picked up shortly after by her mother.

October 15, 2007 | 5 comments
Gov. Schwarzenegger approves bill prohibiting phthalates in toys

Bans manufacture, distribution, sale of products for children under 3
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a legislative bill prohibiting the use of phthalates in toys and childcare products.

October 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seek woman who told girl to get in the car

Girl refuses so woman drives off just as girl's mother drives up
Pleasanton police are seeking information leading to the whereabouts of a woman who may have tried to abduct a nine-year-old girl near a Pleasanton elementary school Friday afternoon.

October 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Sunny this weekend, but more showers expected Tuesday, Wednesday

Umbrellas were aplenty in downtown Pleasanton around midday today as showers doused the city, leaving minor flooding and puddles.

October 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Remembering Irene Pons

Oldest living Amador graduate, Pleasanton native dies at 97
When Irene Pons began high school at Amador Valley, it was called Amador Valley Joint Union High School. It was 1923, one year after the school first opened. When the school celebrated its 80th birthday in 2002, she was on hand, invited to the special occasion because of her extensive history.

October 12, 2007 | 1 comment
School district won't appeal test score decision

Officials say time, effort to be focused instead on student achievement
The Pleasanton Unified School District will not appeal the state's decision to invalidate Pleasanton Middle School's test scores, according to Myla Grasso. Coming to the decision earlier this week, officials said they would like to focus the time and resources on the students, not an appeals process.

October 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for festive Antique Faire Sunday

'Magical Holiday Evening' next on Nov. 16
Hundreds turned out yesterday for a festive antique faire downtown in near perfect autumn weather.

October 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Safeway teams with St. Joseph's Medical Center to expand mammography exams for poor, uninsured

Town Hall meeting for Pleasanton employees announces Safeway Foundation grant
Pleasanton-based Safeway, Inc. is partnering with St. Joseph's Medical Center to provide free breast cancer screenings in 22 California counties as part of Safeway's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in October.

October 8, 2007 | No comments yet
500 join vets, officials for re-dedication of Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Building

Federal, state, city officials join VFW, American Legion in reopening restored Main Street landmark
More than 500 filled seats and stood along Main Street sidewalks Sunday to salute veterans and the re-dedication of the Veterans Memorial Building, a Pleasanton downtown landmark.

October 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Falcons defeat Lincoln-Stockton 21-14

Thursday game starts Homecoming festivities that ends with dance Saturday night at Foothill
Foothill High started Homecoming weekend early by winning a game against Lincoln High of Stockton and then campus activities, including a dance Saturday night, to celebrate Homecoming.

Although eyed as a "breather" after Foothill lost to California High 31-7 a week earlier, Lincoln scored early and led the Falcons 14-7 going into the third quarter.

October 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Homecoming victory at Amador Valley as Dons defeat Livermore 38-13

Amador defense grounds Cowboys' running game
Amador Valley overcame a league-opener loss a week ago to march to a 38-13 win Friday night over Livermore High. The victory came one week after Amador Valley lost to San Ramon Valley 23-13 and Livermore beat Benicia 30-14.

October 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds expected in downtown Livermore this week for Bankhead Theater gala

Art stroll, special performances to show off new arts, theater, community events thrust
From flyers throughout downtown Livermore to continued special events during the week, hundreds are expected to join in festivities all along First Street this week, cultimating with food, music and special performances Saturday at the newly-opened Bankhead Theater.

October 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Bicyclist seriously injured after collision with truck

56-year-old man has eight broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken teeth, face lacerations
A bicyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by a pickup truck traveling eastbound on Stoneridge Drive, according to police.

October 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Land of the free, home of the brave

Walnut Grove students learn what it was like being immigrants coming through Ellis Island
Some 90 fourth- and fifth-graders experienced what it was like to be an immigrant coming to the United States in the early part of the 20th century Thursday.

October 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador faces Livermore Cowboys at homecoming game tonight

Dons coming off 23-13 loss to SRV's strong passing attack last week
It's homecoming at Amador Valley High School tonight where the Dons (3-1) will face a lively Livermore High (3-1) at 7 p.m. The game comes one week after Amador Valley lost to San Ramon Valley 23-13 and Livermore beat Benicia 30-14.

October 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Council OKs homes atop Kottinger Hills – Again!

4-1 vote, referendum threats mirror 1992 action
Ending four years of community meetings, public hearings and countless land use, geotechnical and architectural studies, the City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to allow the construction of 51 super-large estate homes in the Kottinger Hills in exchange for the gift of nearly 500 acres of public open space, hiking and equestrian trails and other amenities.

October 3, 2007 | 15 comments
Chlorine spill causes traffic snarl

traffic on Interstate 680, 580 in Pleasanton backed up for nearly four hours
If you were traveling to work on either interstates 580 or 680 Wednesday morning, you were probably dealing with the fallout from an early morning accident that left chlorine on the roadway and snarled traffic for miles.

October 3, 2007 | 3 comments
UPDATE: Oak Grove project approved 4-1

Project includes 51 custom homes, gift of 496 hilltop acres to city for parks, trails
For those who have been following a developer's bid to build homes high above Kottinger Ranch and Vintage Hills, the final debate of the two-year-long process has come to an end.

October 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Bank near mall robbed Friday

Man made gun threats, though no weapon was seen
Around 1:12 p.m. Friday a man reportedly robbed a Washington Mutual Bank on Stoneridge Mall Road. Police said the man threatened to use a gun, although no weapon was seen.

September 28, 2007 | 3 comments
Teen killed in I-680 crash near Sunol Boulevard

Speeding the alleged cause in accident, investigation ongoing over 14-year-old San Leandro girl's death
An early Friday morning crash on Interstate 680 Friday, just south of Bernal Avenue, has claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl.

September 28, 2007 | 31 comments
Right on target

Hundreds shoot 'em up for charity
Hundreds participate in the sixth annual HomeAid Trap Shoot fundraiser, held at the Livermore-Pleasanton Rod & Gun Club in Livermore. The event raises money to fund construction of shelters for the homeless throughout the Bay Area.

September 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Support for the Firehouse

Guest gather to learn about future cultural arts center plans
Guests gathered at the Pleasanton Hotel Monday for a glass of wine and a glimpse of plans for a future cultural arts center.

September 25, 2007 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Play by Play report on Amador Frosh vs. Bear Creek

Amador Freshmen roll to 44-0 win with 350 rushing yards
The AV Freshmen scored six touchdowns in 18 first-half plays and rolled to a 44-0 win over an overmatched Bear Creek squad last week.

September 24, 2007 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Amador faces San Ramon Valley Friday in league opener

Game follows Don's crushing of Stockton's Bear Creek High 61-12
The Amador Valley Dons, fresh on the heels of their 61-12 last week over the Bear Creek Bruins of Stockton, take on San Ramon Valley High in Danville starting at 7 p.m. next Friday.

September 23, 2007 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Foothill heads to San Ramon Friday for EBAL league opener

Falcons readying for game against tough California High
The Foothill Falcons head to San Ramon Friday to play the California High Grizzlies at 7 p.m. in San Ramon.
The game follows Foothill's 31-0 clobbering of the Skyline High Titans of Oakland last Friday afternoon.

September 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Catholics to break ground Sept. 30 on new youth center

Bishop of Oakland to join in ceremony for $4.8-million gymnasium
The Catholic Community of Pleasanton will join in a groundbreaking next Sunday, Sept. 30, for its long-sought $4.8-million activity center at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, which will add needed space for Catholic Youth Organization programs and others.

September 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill faces Skyline High at 3:30 p.m. today in Oakland

Game follows Falcons' win over Berkeley 30-7
The Foothill High varsity football team takes on the Skyline High Titans at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at Skyline's Oakland campus.

September 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Thinking pink for a cause

Seventh, eighth-graders raise money for breast cancer research
Junior high school students were "thinking pink" when they set up a bake sale on the corner of Valley Avenue and Paseo Santa Cruz recently.

September 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Dons face Bear Creek at early 4 p.m. game here tonight

Contest comes after Vuoto grabs 4 touchdown passes in win last Friday over Hayward
With Stockton's Bear Creek High School on tap for an early 4 p.m. game this afternoon, the Amador Valley Dons hope to repeat last Friday's win over Hayward High, their second victory of the 2007 season.

September 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Euphoria over interest rate cut may be over as bond prices fall

Pleasanton analyst sees sinking dollar is major concern for market
The Federal Reserve's half-a-percentage point cut in the discount rate Tuesday could have a positive impact on the local housing market, but it's likely to take nine to 12 months to see significant changes in the economy.

September 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Main Street business busted for alleged prostitution

Undercover officer arrested massage parlor owner after receiving reported sexual advance
Tranquility Health Center on 739-E Main St. was closed in July after an undercover prostitution operation revealed illicit acts performed by employees, police reported this week.

Sgt. Barry Mickleburgh of the special investigations unit said an undercover officer made an appointment at the center on July 27.

September 19, 2007 | 21 comments
Water rates to be discussed at tonight's meeting

Proposed increase is 8 percent
Interested in a possible increase on your water bill every month? You may want to attend a meeting tonight that will discuss a proposed increase in the water rate for 2008 of 8 percent.

September 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Agencies join to form East Bay communications system

Network, with 30 participating cities signed on, expected to improve communications in emergencies
Area officials have formed what they believe will be a better communication system in the event of an emergency or natural disaster such as the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Oakland fire.

September 17, 2007 | No comments yet
1,200 pounds of trash removed from Pleasanton creeks

Shopping carts, tires, a couch and recyclable material also found in creekbeds
Saturday was a productive day for volunteers who helped cleanup Pleasanton water channels.
In total, crews removed 1,285 pounds of trash, 109 pounds of recyclable material, 30 tires, a couch and four shopping carts from the arroyos, according to Boni Brewer, a spokeswoman for Zone 7 Water Agency.

September 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Towne Center Book hosts popular teacher, coach and now author Skip Mohatt

Crowd jams bookstore for book signing, chance to hear how he managed handicap
Book fans of retired Amador Valley high School teacher Everett "Skip" Mohatt crowded into the Towne Center Book Store Sunday to buy just-off-the-press copies of Mohatt's newest book, "Beyond Ceiling," and to hear the popular teacher describe his latest work.

September 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Sports Briefs

Packers battled to a 6-6 tie with the Chargers
The Packers battled to a 6-6 tie with the Chargers in Advanced Pleasanton Junior Football League play last Saturday. The Chargers scored first on a busted play going 55 yards down the Packers two in the second quarter.

September 15, 2007 | No comments yet
AVHS frosh football season revs up

The Dons pummel Liberty High in a 35-0 win
Part of being a good football team is taking advantage of mistakes and after the Sept. 6 Liberty High game, it seems that the Amador Valley High School freshmen team is well on the way. They took advantage of three Liberty High fumbles, numerous Liberty penalties and three very short punts to roll to a 35-0 win. Although many Dons made big plays, three of the scoring drives were capped with passes from Patrick Gibbons to Carson Ewanich.

September 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Safeway shows off new solar panels as Dublin supermarket takes lead in renewable energy

McNerney praises Safeway for taking lead in environmental, renewable energy efforts
Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. showed off its new rooftop solar panels Thursday that are now providing up to 48 percent of the electrical power needed at its Dublin Boulevard store in central Dublin.

September 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Congressmen McNerney, Stark plan health care forum here today

Public invited to 2 p.m. event in Pleasanton Civic Center
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), fresh from a series of presentations to local groups just two weeks ago in Pleasanton and other parts of his 11th Congressional District, will join Congressman Pete Stark (D-San Lorenzo) today (Saturday) in a public forum to talk about health care.

September 12, 2007 | No comments yet
City Planning Director Iserson, still battling leukemia, steps aside for less demanding role

Veteran planner names Special Projects Manager as search starts for new director
Jerry Iserson, 55, the city's planning director since November 2004, has been given a new position as special projects manager to reduce the late night meetings and stress he has faced continuously since returning to work in May from a medical leave for aggressive treatment of hairy cell leukemia.

September 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Artist hard at work on Mohr ball wall

Two-sided mural represents school's cultural diversity
If you've walked the campus of Mohr Elementary School lately, you've noticed a bright, colorful mural taking shape on the playground's ball wall. And if you've been there during the late afternoon and early evening, you may have seen the artist responsible for it.

September 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Local broker aids in real estate scam arrest

Hayward man allegedly made similar propositions to other area realtors, investors
Police arrested Roger Dungan Buack of Hayward last Wednesday in a real estate scam akin to a junk email loan requests. Buack, who turned 63 today, allegedly posed as a potential homebuyer to Pleasanton real estate broker Dave Cunningham.

September 10, 2007 | 2 comments
Near-record crowd closes 2007 Concert in the Park series

Hundreds dance stage-front and even on stage to rock n' roll music of Public Eye
A near-record crowd of more than 3,000 music fans jammed Lions Wayside Park and much of Delucchi Park across Neal Street to hear and dance to the music of Public Eye, a high energy rock band and one of the favorites of Pleasanton.

September 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Shadow Cliffs to get water replenishment from local cement company

Cemex to provide water to lake at recreation area from its water holding ponds
Under a new deal with a local cement plant, the lake at Shadow Cliffs will be periodically replenished with water.

September 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Air district warns people about smoke exposure from fires

Residents asked to pay attention to health advisories, minimize outdoor exposure
Elevated levels of smoke in the air caused by two raging wildfires in different parts of Northern California has the Bay Area Air Quality Management District warning people to heed caution when outdoors.

September 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Footage catches alleged video surveillance business burglars

Three of four suspects arrested, Jason McHugh of Alamo is wanted by police
Four burglary suspects were caught with help from the very items they were stealing: equipment from a video surveillance store.

Vigilant Video and Darim, two businesses located at 4511 Willow Road, notified police of a break-in Aug. 26 where a large volume of computer and electronic equipment valued at $50,000 was missing.

September 6, 2007 | 1 comment
Crowds fill downtown for final 1st Wednesday

Tommy & the 4 Speeds woos hundreds as band comes together for special performance
Nearly 2,000 filled Main Street and side streets Sept. 5 for the last First Wednesday street party of 2007, with many crowding into the Round Table Pizza parking lot to hear Tommy & the 4 Speeds, clearly a highlight of their evening.

September 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Brush fire near Danville snuffed out

Wildfire blackens 10 acres in the Tassajara Valley
The scent of smoke in the air around town isn't just a figment of your imagination. A brush fire broke out this morning in Danville but has recently been extinguished, according to news reports.

September 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Court ruling called 'a big blow' to local water supply

Zone 7 warns that residents may face mandatory cutbacks in the future
A recent court ruling has spread a wave of concern for the local region's water supply. The ruling, made by a U.S. federal court judge last Friday, could lead to up to one-third less water being pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to cities in the Bay Area such as Pleasanton.

September 5, 2007 | 1 comment
Man stabbed at his home by uninvited guest

Dublin man arrested for assault with a deadly weapon
A 22-year-old Pleasanton man is recovering, listed in stable condition, after sustaining three stab wounds Saturday at his house party, according to police. Brian Turner, a 20-year-old Dublin resident, was arrested for allegedly stabbing Rohit Pathak three times after refusing to leave.

September 4, 2007 | 7 comments
Bay Bridge open after contractor beats span replacement schedule

Cars are now crossing bridge with only usual rush hour traffic delays
Pleasanton commuters who cross the Bay to San Francisco will have only the usual rush hour backups after the Bay Bridge reopened last Monday with its new span in place.

September 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill High, Pleasanton school district now in top 10 nationwide

Results from API, state exit exam show students continue in streak of excellence
Foothill High School jumped 52 points in the California's Academic Performance Index (API) scores, released Friday, putting it above Amador Valley High and among the top high schools in unified districts nationwide.

August 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Police search for suspects in armed robbery at nail salon

Police say woman took customer's purse, $400 in cash and business checks
Police yesterday continued to look for a heavy-set woman who robbed a nail salon Friday morning.

August 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Safeway planning 65,000-sq.-ft. Whole Foods-type supermarket here

Prototype store, 7 office buildings shown in plans circulating in City Hall
Safeway may build a new 65,000-square-foot prototype supermarket in Pleasanton, designed to compete with the Whole Foods Market chain of stores that are attracting an increasing number of shoppers looking for healthy foods.

August 30, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Middle School's API scores invalidated

School district surprised by California Department of Education action, may appeal
Staff gathered at Pleasanton Middle School Thursday to discuss the withholding of the school's Academic Performance Index (API) scores after the California Department of Education (CDE) said the results were compromised.

August 30, 2007 | 8 comments
12,000 expected to attend Harvest Wine Celebration

Event features tasting from 36 wineries, live music, commemorative wine glass
Approximately 12,000 wine lovers will venture to the Livermore Valley wine country this Labor Day weekend to sample from up to 36 different local wineries.

The always-popular Harvest Wine Celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

August 29, 2007 | No comments yet
City extends pool hours again today because of the heat

Aquatic Center will stay open until 8 p.m., tonight
With temperatures expected to stay in the high 90s again today, Sunday afternoon hours at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center have been extended from 5:30 to 8 p.m. However, the pool's fees will still apply.

August 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Wednesday a Spare the Air day

Local transit agencies offering free rides to reduce pollution
In an effort to reduce pollution, local transportation organizations are offering free rides on Wednesday.
Such agencies as ACE Train and Wheels will allow people to ride on trains and buses for free until 1 p.m.

August 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Bay Bridge now closed through 5 a.m. Tuesday

Closure over long Labor Day weekend scheduled to complete seismic work on bridge
Heading to San Francisco this weekend? You'll need to take a different route or avoid going all together. That's because the Bay Bridge was closed down to all traffic Friday night and will stay closed in both directions through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

August 28, 2007 | 1 comment
Fans crowd Lions Wayside Park for 'legend' music of Magic Moments

Events continue through Labor Day weekend with concerts ending Sept. 7
At least 2,000 fans enjoyed the music of Magic Moments Friday night, a Pleasanton group dedicated to playing the legend sounds and memories of the live performances of "rock and roll" from years gone by. The concert at Lions Wayside Park by this popular foursome was part of the summertime series of Concerts in the Park and marked the start of a special week of downtown music that starts next Friday.

August 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Alleged high school drug dealer arrested again

Paul White, 29, faces additional charges including possession of child pornography
Paul Harold White, who was arrested earlier this month for furnishing drugs to high school students, has been arrested again.

The latest arrest was made Thursday afternoon at his home in the 3200 block of West Las Positas Boulevard.

August 24, 2007 | 7 comments
Red Cross needs blood

Critical shortage leads to call for blood donations
The Red Cross is asking the public to donate blood because the organization is in a critical shortage.

August 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Today is last day to vote in Best of Pleasanton

Residents encouraged to choose their favorites in a number of categories
Today, Aug. 24, is the last day to make your vote count for the annual Best of Pleasanton.

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August 24, 2007 | 5 comments
Bouchard quits Chamber's top post after 10 years

President, CEO says 'It's time to move on'
Dave Bouchard, president of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years, resigned yesterday to pursue other management level positions.

August 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Red shirts gain council's attention in mobile home hearing

Owners seek city's support to force land owner to make improvements
Dressed in red shirts and blouses, residents of the Hacienda Mobilehome Park on Vineyard Avenue showed unified support Tuesday for a city ordinance that would require the park owner to repair safety hazards and upgrade the facility.

August 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Tri-For-Fun celebrates 20 years

Saturday's event at Shadow Cliffs drew more than 1,000 competitors
Over 1,000 triathlon competitors gathered early Saturday morning at Shadow Cliffs to compete in the 20th annual Tri-For-Fun. Touted as the longest running East Bay triathlon series, it all began with a group of 28 friends.

August 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Goodguys West Coast Nationals revs up at fairgrounds this weekend

More than 3,000 cars to go on display
Get your car in gear because the Goodguys 21st West Coast Nationals will arrive at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this Friday, continuing through Sunday.

August 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds dance to Latin beat of La Ventana at Concert in the Park

'Band to see live' draws 3,000 fans to downtown Pleasanton music series
Nearly 3,000 fans of the Latin beat filled Lions Wayside Park and much of Delucchi Park across Neal Street Friday night to dance, clap or just sit back on hundreds of blankets to enjoy the music of La Ventana and its unique brand of salsa rock.

August 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Alleged drug dealer to teens faces additional charges

Pleasanton resident Paul White out of jail, goes to court in September
A Pleasanton man arrested for selling drugs to teenagers was handed five additional charges today for allegedly furnishing narcotics to minors on five occasions, according to police. A child endangerment charge was also added as police continue to investigate.

August 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen arrested for residential burglary

Police said suspect wanted letter from resident's teenage daughter
A 16-year-old Pleasanton boy was bitten by a police dog and then arrested Tuesday night after a botched residential burglary, according to police. The burlgary occured in the 4600 block of Lakewood Street. The suspect told police that he was trying to steal a letter that he believed the resident's teenage daughter had.

August 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Women, men to don bras for breast cancer walk

Tri-Valley SOCKs hosts
Hundreds of women and men will toss aside their modesty and don glitzy, self-decorated bras all in the name of a cure for breast cancer.

August 15, 2007 | 2 comments
City manager comments on Weekly's editorial on asphalt plant, PR position costs

Core vision aimed at providing timely, accurate information, Fialho says
In a 525-word commentary emailed to the Pleasanton Weekly, City Manager Nelson Fialho took exception to an Aug. 10 editorial in this newspaper that said taxpayers would pay $500,000 to move an asphalt plant away from Vineyard Avenue neighborhoods, and that a Public Information Officer is a vital position needed by the city government.

August 14, 2007 | 6 comments
Tri-Valley Rotary hosts free family BBQ at vet hospital Saturday

Annual event honors Livermore Veterans Hospital residents
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, friends and family members of vets are invited to attend a barbeque honoring local veterans at the VA Hospital in Livermore.

August 14, 2007 | No comments yet
No Hooters in downtown Pleasanton, though sign said so

Weekend banner posted on Kolln Building fence was work of prankster
Anyone downtown over the weekend probably did a double-take when they saw a sign on the fence of the old Kolln Hardware Store that is now being renovated. In very authentic company logo, the sign advertised Hooters as a new restaurant coming to town.

August 13, 2007 | 5 comments
Finding Stella draws 3,000 to its repeat concert in downtown Pleasanton

Hundreds dance to vibrant music of singer/songwriter Chris Snyder and her band
Crowds continued to fill Lions Wayside Park and much of adjacent Delucchi Park Friday night to listen and dance to the music of the popular Finding Stella rock and pop group.

August 12, 2007 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Power outage affecting 1,200 has been restored

Electricity went out at about 1:45 p.m., turned back on an hour later
About 1,200 PG&E customers were without power for about an hour Friday afternoon in northern Pleasanton, according to the utility.

August 10, 2007 | 2 comments
Mutts march on Main

Over 150 dogs strut their stuff to help Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers
A sea of dogs of all shapes and sizes, breeds and colors sauntered along Main Street Aug. 1 as a part of the 10th annual Pooch Parade. The event, which includes a raffle and contests for creative costume and best trick dog, is the only fundraiser for the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. The club seeks to raise awareness for guide dogs and the need for puppy raisers.

August 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton youths capture silver and bronze medals in Hershey's finals

In the last junior track meet of the season Pleasanton Heat runners Theodore Carter, 13, and Sahit Menon, 10, competed at the all-expenses paid invitational Hershey North American National Finals at Hershey, Penn. Aug. 2-5.

August 10, 2007 | No comments yet
A real McCoy joins Foothill staff

Middle school science teacher Mark McCoy to start school year, pending board approval
Mark McCoy started as a student teacher at Foothill High School and is coming back to serve as the new vice principal, pending board approval Aug. 21. He taught science for 10 years at Pleasanton Middle School.

McCoy's experience as an administrator includes two years as an administrative designee at PMS and spent this summer as a vice principal for the school district's summer school program.

August 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Dublin/Pleasanton BART station sees closures this weekend

Crews working on new station will need to access rails
Construction crews working on a new west Dublin/Pleasanton BART station need a train-free track to continue their work. To accommodate that, there will be temporary closures at the following times: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19.

August 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Accounting error to blame for missing vials of chicken pox vaccine

After investigation, Kaiser ruled out theft or foul play
Two hundred vials of chicken pox vaccines reported missing July 20 was a false alarm, according to Lt. Darrin Davis of the Pleasanton Police Department who said it was an accounting error.

August 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Water line breaks on Sunol Blvd.

Proximity to PG&E transmission line complicates repairs
A water line located on Sunol Boulevard near the Pleasanton Senior Center broke early Tuesday morning, causing traffic congestion and leaving the Senior Center without water service for several hours.

August 8, 2007 | No comments yet
High-tech mannequin a crash test dummy for medical professionals

SimMan talks, breathes and has a pulse, is used to practice with real-life scenarios
Twenty-six-year-old Michael Reynolds is in a dire situation. He's experiencing a severe shortness of breath and his inhaler isn't helping.

August 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Fence taken down at renovated Veterans Memorial Building

$4.8-million project restores 1933 structure built for $38,000
The temporary construction fencing will be removed at noon today from the sidewalks adjacent to the newly-renovated Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street as work to restore this 74-year-old structure nears an end.

August 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Woman suffers broken rib, has been released from hospital

A Daly City grandmother was injured when 51-year-old driver lost control
A 58-year-old grandmother of Daly City was released from the hospital and suffered one or two broken ribs, according to police, after being pinned between two cars in a parking lot on Peters Avenue, behind Bank of America. The collision happened around 10:20 a.m. Saturday.

August 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Nearly 3,000 jam downtown parks for biggest concert crowd ever

Popular Tommy & the 4 Speeds has fans dancing, cheering in Friday night music series
A new record was set by concert-goers this weekend as an estimated 3,000 fans filled Lions Wayside and Delucchi community parks Friday night to hear Pleasanton's popular Tommy & the 4 Speeds.

August 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Downtown businessman saves old pulpit evicted from historic Pleasanton church

Platform served for hundreds of sermon dating back to 1930s or earlier
Downtown frame shop owner John Gregory rescued the historic church pulpit off the outside walks of Lighthouse Baptist Church Saturday, moving it inside a backroom in his studio to restore and preserve it for future generations.

August 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Best of Pleasanton voting underway!

Cast your ballot for the best places to eat, shop and do business
Balloting for Best of Pleasanton will run through Aug. 24! Vote now!
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August 3, 2007 | 6 comments
Pleasanton man arrested for providing drugs to high school students

Police seized methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy from 28-year-old man's home
After about a two-month investigation, officers from the special investigation unit of the Pleasanton Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man Thursday for allegedly providing drugs to Amador Valley High School students. Two handguns were also taken from the man's residence in the 3200 block of West Las Positas Boulevard.

August 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Phantom 12c girls softball team strikes gold

Team scores 57-5 over six teams to nab first place
Wrapping up the summer tournament season, the Pleasanton Phantom Rose 12c girls softball team struck gold in the Sierra foothills. Playing in the AMA Lightning tournament in Angels Camp the Phantom girls dug down deep to out score their opponents 57-5 over six games to take first place.

August 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Kottinger Creek open

The fences protecting the newly planted vegetation will come down Wednesday
Fences protecting newly-planted vegetation at Kottinger Creek Park were taken down this morning, officially completing the seven-year restoration project started by the grassroots organization Friends of Kottinger Creek.

July 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Home Depot meeting to gather questions turns into comment session

Concerns over traffic, closure of Johnson Drive store brought up
City officials held a meeting last week regarding a controversial proposal for a second Home Depot in Pleasanton. The purpose was to gather questions the public had about the project, but much of the meeting consisted of comments from people wanting to air their concerns and dislikes of the plans.

July 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police officer charged

Kenneth Baxter was arrested June 14 after a 9-hour SWAT standoff
Officer Kenneth Baxter, a 38-year-old resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, was charged last week with a felony for threatening an officer.

July 31, 2007 | 13 comments
Business Briefs

Blockbuster and Aloha Island stores close, Alberstons to become Lucky supermarket
In business briefs, the Sunol Boulevard Blockbuster has closed, the Aloha Island Trading Company also has plans to shut its doors and the Pleasanton Albertsons will soon become a Lucky supermarket.

July 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Man robs woman at mall, later tries to carjack another woman

Hayward man arrested after alleged crime spree that began in Campbell and ended in Pleasanton
Shortly after a woman was robbed by force at Stoneridge Shopping Center Sunday morning, a man was arrested following an attempted carjacking on Sunol Boulevard, according to Pleasanton police.

July 30, 2007 | 1 comment
Crowds jam downtown parks to enjoy Houserockers rock and roll concert

Fans of Tommy & the 4 Speeds could break concert attendance records next Friday
More than 1,500 music fans filled Lions Wayside and much of the adjacent Delucchi community parks on First Street Friday to enjoy the music of the Houserockers, a rock and roll band that had concert-goers dancing and tapping their feet for more than 90 minutes of almost-non-stop band rocking.

July 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Record crowd expected for tonight's Concert in the Park

Popular 'Houserockers' are back on stage with rock and roll music
Another record crowd is expected for tonight's "Houserockers" rock and roll band at Concerts in the Park, a weekly summertime event sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park at First and Neal streets.

July 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Over 300 swimmers expected at Del Valle Saturday

The 9th annual Aqua Challenge is comprised of three courses of various distances
More than 300 participants are expected to swim at the 9th annual Aqua Challenge at Lake Del Valle, 7000 Del Valle Road (off Mines Road), Livermore this Saturday. The competition includes a 2-mile, 1-mile and half-mile distance events, set to start with latter at 8:30 a.m.

July 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Heat headed to National Junior Olympic Finals

Track and field runners wrap up competition on Saturday
Several local area runners have qualified for the United States Track & Field Association Junior Olympic National Finals this week, to be held at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. Sac) in Los Angeles, from July 25-29. Members of the Pleasanton Heat track and running club qualified last week in Fresno for the prestigious six-day national event, by placing in the top three finishers in Region 14, one of 15 regions across the country.

July 26, 2007 | No comments yet
ID theft workshop tells how to not become a victim

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi hosts seminar in wake of recent grocery store scams
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi held an identity theft workshop last week after a recent credit card scam at two San Lorenzo Albertsons grocery stores. The workshop, held July 20 at the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County Offices in Pleasanton, was attended by approximately 100 people who were told by a panel of experts how to protect themselves and their credit from identity theft, a crime that's consistently been on the rise.

July 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Home Depot information session scheduled for Thursday night

6:30 p.m. meeting to include discussion about proposed home improvement store at Valley/Bernal intersection
Those interested in a discussion on the proposed Home Depot project are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Council Chambers, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

July 25, 2007 | No comments yet
18-year-old Pleasanton man arrested in teen beating case

Richard Christopher Cordova charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism
Richard Christopher Cordova, an 18-year-old Pleasanton resident, is in Santa Rita Jail after he was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism, police announced. The district attorney also pressed felony vandalism charges against Michael Daniel Page, an 18-year-old resident of Menifee, Calif., near Temecula.

July 24, 2007 | 15 comments
Free electronics recycling Wednesday

Universal Waste Management hosts event at Bishop Ranch Business Park
Universal Waste Management, Inc. is hosting a free electronics recycling Wednesday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bishop Ranch Business Park, 2613 Camino Ramon, San Ramon. California residents and businesses are welcomed and there is no limit.

July 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Lanes shifted along Interstate 580

New lane configuration to remain until new BART station is completed in 2009
For those who travel along Interstate 580 in the morning, the commute will be a little different beginning Wednesday morning as construction work on a new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station moves into its next phase.

July 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Alameda County agrees to sell downtown transportation corridor to Pleasanton

City, county won't say, but negotiations may have lowered $6-million price tag set last January
Pleasanton and Alameda County have reached an agreement that will allow the city to acquire the 10-acre transportation corridor that slices through downtown Pleasanton, ending an 18-year effort by the city to gain control of the old train route needed for parking, pedestrian pathways and building easements.

July 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Hendrick executive warns that Staples Ranch initiative could kill new auto mall for Pleasanton

City could lose revenue from auto sales if new site is annexed into Livermore
An executive of the Hendrick Automotive Group of Pleasanton has warned that initiatives currently being advanced by a group opposed to a development agreement for the 124-acre Staples Ranch property could mean that Hendrick would build its planned new automobile mall outside of Pleasanton.

July 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Autopsy reveals no foul play in infant death

Coroner said 4-month-old baby boy's death is consistent with SIDS
Pleasanton police ruled out suspicious activity Monday morning in the death of a 4-month-old Pleasanton boy after the coroner's autopsy said the death was consistent with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

July 23, 2007 | No comments yet
New Harry Potter book flies off the shelves at downtown bookstore

Fans brave cool temperatures to await midnight sale of 7th in popular series
More than 100 ardent fans of the Harry Potter series of books waited patiently for several hours late last Friday before Towne Center Books started distributing prepaid copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the newest novel, at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

July 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Wine strollers fill downtown stores for taste of best of 2007 wines

Event gives retailers chance to greet customers, show off new merchandise, services
The Pleasanton Downtown Association's popular Summer Wine Stroll was a sell-out event with 1,000 tickets sold to enthusiastic strollers who walked downtown streets to taste the best of 2007 wines at local retailers and service shops.

July 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Picking up the pieces

Lecture helps seniors organize photos collected over a lifetime
At 76 years old, Claire Iglesias has amassed piles of photos and memorabilia from her life--so much that the prospect of organizing it all seems a bit overwhelming.

July 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Injured teen home from hospital

Investigation into party brawl to wrap up next week
The 17-year-old Foothill High School senior who suffered a fractured skull after being badly beaten at a house party July 2 is now home from the hospital, according to police.

July 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Livermore fire burns 8 acres

Fire department contained blaze within 30 minutes
Vegetation on the edge of the Wente Winery property on Collier Canyon Road in Livermore, about a half mile away from the Las Positas College entrance, caught fire Wednesday afternoon. The Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department's fast response allowed crews to control the blaze within 30 minutes.

July 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Valley Avenue underpass opens

New roadway provides cross-town alternative to croweded Bernal Avenue
The gate reading "Road Closed" has been lifted and the new $5.3-million Valley Avenue underpass is open, offering motorists another crosstown thoroughfare that is expected to relieve traffic on crowded Bernal Avenue.

. Although few cars used the roadway after the opening, it is expected to alleviate city traffic.

July 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Council OKs plan to bring 4-rink ice skating, hockey arena to Staples Ranch

Negotiations to start immediately with Shark's subsidiary that would build, operate facility
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward on planning a 17-acre community park on Staples Ranch that could include an 8-acre ice skating and ice hockey arena proposed by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks.

July 18, 2007 | 7 comments
Weekly wins key California newspaper award

Publishers' group cites business cover story 2nd best in state
The Pleasanton Weekly has won the second place award for business reporting in 2006 in the annual, state-wide "Better Newspaper Contest," conducted by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

July 17, 2007 | No comments yet
ValleyCare, UCSF join forces

New partnership to bring children's, women's health specialists to Tri-Valley
ValleyCare Health System announced July 9 a new partnership with the University of California, San Francisco that would provide specialized pediatric and perinatal care to the Tri-Valley.

July 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Valley Ave. underpass opens Thursday

Traffic lights to be turned on Tuesday at Case Avenue crossing
The city's new $5.3-million underpass that will connect a newly-extended Valley Avenue to Sunol Boulevard at Junipero Street will open to traffic Thursday morning, ending a three-month wait while flood control pumps were added to control unexpected ground water seepage.

July 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Historic Union Jack bar comes tumbling down

New restaurant to replace 1880s business, building
One of Pleasanton's oldest and last of the city's famed and sometimes notorious downtown bars gave way last weekend to the wrecker's scoop to make way for a more refined restaurant.

July 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Governor visits Safeway health center in Pleasanton

Tour follows talk at AT&T in San Ramon on health care reform
Calling the state's health care system "unacceptable and unsustainable," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told hundreds who gathered for his visit to San Ramon Thursday that he needs the Bay Area's support for reforms.
After his appearance at the AT&T offices in Bishop Ranch, Schwarzenegger headed over to the Tri-Valley to take a tour of the Safeway Health and Wellness Center in Pleasanton.

July 12, 2007 | 2 comments
Foothill senior still recovering after beating

Police say one arrest made in teen house party gone awry
A 17-year-old Foothill High School senior who suffered serious head trauma after being "viciously attacked" by several people July 2 is no longer in critical condition, according to Pleasanton Police Sgt. James Knox.

July 11, 2007 | 10 comments
Start your paddles!

6-man crews will compete at Shadow Cliffs for the Summer Sprint Regatta Series championship
The Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association will host the Summer Sprint Regatta Series championship at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area July 28.

July 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Councilman Thorne blasts 'elitists' over efforts to block Staples Ranch, Stoneridge Drive projects

Warns that county could move 124-acre site to Livermore if Pleasanton's open space initiative proceeds
Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Thorne has issued a special "Alert," predicting dire consequences for the city and taxpayers if a proposed initiative affecting development plans for Staples Ranch proceeds.

July 11, 2007 | 3 comments
Sullivan calls Staples initiative change 'potential compromise'

Urges City Council to pursue opportunity to resolve conflict
In a letter to the Pleasanton Weekly, published in the July 13 edition, City Councilman Matt Sullivan commends the authors of the Pleasanton Eastern Gateway Initiative for their revised plan.

July 9, 2007 | 3 comments
New initiative OKs auto mall on Staples, but little else

Greenbelt advocates want open space buffer between Pleasanton, Livermore
Proponents of a Greenbelt Initiative that would restrict Pleasanton's planned commercial and residential development of the 124-acre Staples Ranch site east of the city have filed a new measure that would allow an auto mall on the site, but no other businesses or homes.

July 9, 2007 | 2 comments
Calling all Pleasanton photographers!

Contest will have winner's photo featured in a Weekly publication
Pleasanton amateur photographers: the Pleasanton Weekly is holding a photo contest! We are looking for photos that represent Pleasanton and its residents. Photos should be taken in Pleasanton with identifiable Pleasanton landmarks or background. The best photos will include people--but no more than three--be colorful, focused and not too busy.

July 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Take a break from the heat--swim free tonight

City's aquatic center waives fees to help public cool off during heat wave
To help the public cope with high temperatures, the city of Pleasanton is opening the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue to swimmers of all ages again tonight free of charge.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
83-year-old woman crashes car into salon

Police call it an accident, not age-related driving
An 83-year-old woman was driving to a hair appointment at Lil's Salon at 1807 Santa Rita Road when her foot slipped from the brake pedal to the accelerator, Traffic Officer Glen Cornell said. The accident occurred around 7:25 Thursday morning and there were no reported injuries. The estimated damage to the vehicle was around $12,000 to $15,000.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds join in Independence Day festivities in Pleasanton

9th annual event includes speeches, patriotic music, family picnics
A crowd estimated at more than 500 turned out in near-record heat Wednesday for the 9th annual Fourth of July community picnic in Lions Wayside Park.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Dublin/Pleasanton BART schedules altered during construction

Changes will remain until 2009, when the new station is scheduled to be completed
Starting July 12, BART will slightly adjust train departures and arrivals at the Dublin/Pleasanton station as a result of construction of the new West Dublin/Pleasanton station, according to its Web site.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
9 DUI arrests made during saturation patrols

21 field sobriety tests given from May 24 to June 29
The Pleasanton Police Department conducted 13 DUI saturation patrols from May 24 to June 29 as a part of the 2006-07 Traffic Safety and DUI Enforcement Grant. The patrols were dedicated to DUI enforcement in order to raise public awareness and reduce the number of traffic collisions related to drinking and driving.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill senior still recovering after beating

Police say one arrest made in teen house party gone awry
A 17-year-old Foothill High School senior who suffered serious head trauma after being "viciously attacked" by several people July 2 is no longer in critical condition, according to Pleasanton Police Sgt. James Knox.

July 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Wiggle, waggle! Splish, splash!

Casey, a Springer Spaniel, owned by Joseph and Bobby Lasica, gets a good scrub from volunteers Taylor Terhume and Alyssa Demariti at Valley Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Dog Wash Saturday.

July 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Police, fire departments crack down on fireworks

Zero tolerance policy can mean fines, jail time since all pyrotechnics are prohibited
Residents may want to rethink any Independence Day plans that involve personal use of fireworks. The Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department held a press conference Thursday morning, reminding residents that fireworks are prohibited and that the police and fire departments will have a zero tolerance policy this holiday season.

June 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Celebrating the Fourth of July

Local events keep the patriotic spirit alive
Cookouts, fireworks and parades will abound throughout the Bay Area next Wednesday in celebration of Independence Day. Although Pleasanton residents won't find a fireworks display within city limits, they will find other celebrations, namely the annual Fourth of July picnic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First and Neal streets.

June 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Oak Grove project turned down

In split vote, Planning Commission decides against certifying environmental report
In a split vote and after some contentious testimony, the Planning Commission turned down the Oak Grove housing and open space project.

June 28, 2007 | No comments yet
A day at the races

Crowds gather for first day of horse racing at county fair
The Alameda County Fair had a large crowd come out for free senior day, and the first day of horse racing on Wednesday.

June 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Scout's honor

Several local scouts honored with eagle, gold star awards
Mike Arndt, Vijay Kripalani, Matt Kwan, Rishi Kripalani, Kyle Williamson and Jonathan Portman,
all from Pleasanton Troop 948, will receive their Eagle Badges at a Court of Honor Ceremony held June 23 at Congregation Beth Emek.

June 27, 2007 | No comments yet
More than 400 firefighters training at Camp Parks

Training lasts through Wednesday, preparing firefighters for live fire situations
While hundreds of firefighters from across Northern California are battling the massive blaze that broke out Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, more than 400 firefighters from seven counties are training locally in case a situation like that happens here.

June 26, 2007 | No comments yet
With inches to spare, the inflatable Jockey clears the Arch

Parade crowds cheer as rope holders squeeze caricature under
All eyes were on the two-story-tall Jockey blowup character as he was walked down Main Street Saturday in the annual Alameda County Fair opening day parade.

June 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Downtown parade marks opening of 95th annual County Fair

Marchers, floats, horses fill Main Street in hour-long procession
Hundreds turned out Saturday morning for the hour-long Alameda County Fair parade on Main Street in Pleasanton, marking the opening of the 95th annual County Fair.

June 23, 2007 | No comments yet
1,500 jam downtown park for Night Fever dance band

Friday night Concerts-in-the-Park drawing record crowds
Crowds filled Lions Wayside Park Friday night to hear, cheer and dance to the high energy, nine-piece dance band Night Fever. The band is a Bay Area favorite, performing regularly at local wineries and night clubs, drawing huge crowds wherever it plays.

June 23, 2007 | No comments yet
23 firefighter recruits graduate

Members of XAL Academy to become entry-level firefighters
Twenty-three area recruit firefighters will graduate tonight in a special ceremony. Earlier today, they participated in Family Day festivities where they demonstrated some of what they learned. Photos by Harry Arruda.

June 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Oak Grove project continued to June 27

Issue of liability with emergency access road through Grey Eagle Estates lingers
The long-awaited, highly anticipated Oak Grove project will be heard next Wednesday after it was continued by the Planning Commission June 13 due to lingering liability issues.

June 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Domestic dispute led to 9-hour SWAT standoff

Neighbors evacuated from houses for 6 hours early Thursday morning
Residents in the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood were evacuated out of their homes early Thursday morning as a suspect in an alleged domestic dispute case refused to leave his home and threatened police. Pleasanton police and a SWAT team were called in for negotiations that lasted nine hours.

June 22, 2007 | 5 comments
Portion of Pleasanton Canal Trail closed

Improvements to be made by Zone 7 Water Agency trhough June 27
From today through next Wednesday, June 27, a portion of the Pleasanton Canal Trail between Haleakala Court and Alamo Canal will be closed for road improvements by Zone 7 Water Agency.

June 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Council avoids sanction call on commission chairwoman

McGovern calls mayor's concerns over Anne Fox a 'witch hunt'
The City Council decided against taking action against Planning Commission Chairwoman Anne Fox Tuesday, although Mayor Jennifer Hosterman said she is "uncomfortable" with Fox's work on the commission and questions whether she should stay there.

June 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Are you ready for summer?

LPFD encourages fire safety after a dry rainfall year
Thursday marks the official start of summer and the temperatures aren't the only thing expected to rise.

The Livermore-Pleasanton Police Department (LPFD) said last winter's low rainfall totals means this summer's fire danger is heightened. Photos by Joe Zummo.

June 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Everything is coming up roses for Pleasanton's new budget

Satisfaction survey also shows local residents like where they live
Everything is coming up roses for Pleasanton with a city budget that shows favorable revenue for at least the next 10 years and a new voter survey that reports everyone is happy with where they live and the quality of life they're living

June 20, 2007 | No comments yet
23 area firefighters to graduate Friday

Recruits have gone through 16 weeks of rigorous training
Twenty-three area recruit firefighters will graduate in a special ceremony and participate in Family Day festivities Friday.

June 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Educators honored for enriching the learning experience

Pleasanton PTA takes over Excellence in Education awards
About 200 people gathered to honor educators at the Excellence in Education awards June 6, including School Board President Jim Ott, Trustees Pat Kernan and Steve Brozosky, Councilman Jerry Thorne, principals, students, past winners and administrators.

June 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley has No. 2 worst congestion in Bay Area for second year in a row

Afternoon drive from Interstate 680/580 junction to El Charro ranks second in top 10
There is some truth to the complaints many Tri-Valley residents make about traffic, especially when they're idling in their cars along Interstate 580 around 5 o'clock on weekdays.

June 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Hayward runner wins Rotary's Spirit Run 10K

More than 1,000 turn out for Father's Day benefit on Main Street
Ivan Medina, 20, of Hayward won the Rotary Club's 10K Spirit Run race Sunday as a record high number of runners filled Main Street for 10K, 5K and Kids' Challenge events for those over 80 to younger than 8.

June 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill names new principal

Current Vice Principal John Dwyer to take over the reigns
Foothill High School officials didn't have to look far to find a replacement for Principal Kevin Johnson, who departed at the end of the school year to work for the school district. Vice Principal John Dwyer will fill the post, pending the school board's approval at the June 26 regular meeting.

June 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Delta pumping to increase to 75% of normal this week

Local water supplier began receiving deliveries over the weekend
Pumping at the Harvey O. Banks facility near Tracy will increase to 75 percent of normal levels this week, the state Department of Water Resources announced.

June 18, 2007 | No comments yet
After 18 years, popular Pleasanton crossing guard steps away

School board, parents honor Sherrill Hamilton for protecting thousands
After 18-1/2 years on the job, the last 16 at the same corner, school crossing guard Sherrill Hamilton has turned in her special stop sign and fluorescent yellow jacket for the comforts of retirement with her husband Roy, who retired from United Parcel Service 10 years ago.

June 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Thousands turn out in blistering heat to applaud graduates at Foothill, Amador Valley commencement programs

Class of 2007, largest ever for both schools, earn diplomas in colorful Fairgrounds Amphitheater exercises
Parents, other family members and friends filled the Fairgrounds amphitheater and an overflow hall Friday to watch more than a thousand seniors graduate from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.

June 16, 2007 | No comments yet
BART OKs cutting nonstop connection from Pleasanton to SFO

Reconfigurement of trains part of BART's $627 million fiscal budget
The board of directors for BART on Thursday approved a $627 million budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Included in the approval was a plan to eliminate the connection of the Dublin-Pleasanton line all the way to San Francisco Airport.

June 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Summer reading program kicks off Saturday

Starting Saturday, the Pleasanton Public Library is going back in time as it kicks off its annual summer reading program, this year titled "Quest of the Summer Knights," drawing on a medieval fantasy theme.

June 15, 2007 | No comments yet
School year's end may mean summer studies or graduation DVDs

Classes begin June 20; DVD order forms due June 22
Graduates at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools can order their graduation DVD by June 22 for $20. For those still studying hard this summer, classes begin June 20 at Hart Middle School.

June 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Police run with Special Olympics torch

Officers raise funds, awareness for Special Olympics
Last week Pleasanton police joined in the Law Enforcement Torch Run with every carrying officer earning the right to be "guardian of the flame" by raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

June 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Jones, Gibbs complete 565-mile ride to L.A. in AIDS/LifeCycle bicycle fundraiser

Take time at finish line to read story about their trip in Pleasanton Weekly
Pleasanton Housing Commission member Joe Jones (left) and businessman Rob Gibbs read the Pleasanton Weekly story about their AIDS/LifeCycle ride after completing the 565-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

June 13, 2007 | 2 comments
Water officials expect to make decision on Delta pumps Friday

Currently, state Department of Water Resources is allowing 4-5 percent of normal water pumping levels
State water officials expect to make a decision Friday on whether to allow increased levels of Delta water pumping from the Tracy area.

June 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Looking for the Weekly? Try the arroyo

Rotarians fish trashed newsstand out of creek during their cleanup campaign
We get hundreds of photos from our readers who take the Pleasanton Weekly along on their vacation and business trips around the world, but never one of a Weekly newsstand. At least not until last week when these members of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton (Downtown) fished it out of the Arroyo del Valle near the Main Street Bridge.

June 12, 2007 | No comments yet
BART planning to eliminate non-stop Pleasanton line connection to SFO

Decision will be made Thursday; plans call for enhanced train service from higher ridership areas
The board of directors for BART will decide Thursday whether to approve a plan that would eliminate the connection of the Dublin-Pleasanton line all the way to San Francisco Airport.

June 11, 2007 | 3 comments
Livermore Rodeo ropes in big crowds

Two-day event featured bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping
Thousands gathered both Saturday and Sunday for the 89th annual Livermore Rodeo--a tradition in the Tri-Valley and one of Livermore's largest events.

June 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Hopyard bank robbed Saturday morning

Without a weapon, the suspect took off with $3,000 to $4,000
A lone suspect robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 4767 Hopyard Road around 10:24 a.m. Saturday. According to police, the suspect approached a teller with a note that demanded cash and said "this is a robbery." No weapon was seen.

June 11, 2007 | No comments yet
CoolTones attract hundreds to downtown music series

Concerts in Park again make Friday night even more fun in Pleasanton
The CoolTones Big Band returned to Lions Wayside Park Friday night to the cheers and applause of hundreds who turned out for the second in a series of summertime Concerts in the Park.

The event, hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association and sponsored by the Pleasanton Weekly, saw the park jammed with music lovers who also enjoyed a wide range of beverages and picnic foods during their 1-1/2-hour music fest.

June 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Limited pumping of Delta water to resume Sunday

Zone 7 Water Agency asking residents to conserve 10 percent of normal water usage
The state Department of Water Resources announced today that they will resume limited pumping of water from the Delta beginning Sunday.

Zone 7 Water Agency officials are asking Pleasanton residents to conserve 10 percent of their normal usage to help the agency make up for water it's been drawing from emergency reserves.

June 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Big band and swing tonight

People come out early to lay their blankets for Concerts in the Park
Pleasanton residents didn't waste any time getting ready for tonight's Concerts in the Park series, which begins at 7 p.m.

June 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Sobriety checkpoint tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Drivers licenses will also be checked at DUI inflicted roadway
Pleasanton Police will be holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at a roadway with established DUI problems. Drivers licenses will also be checked.

June 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Class of 2007

Graduates bid adieu
Pop quizzes, sports games and the prom--these and many other things are an iconic part of high school, no matter the year. The Class of 2007, comprised of 1,181 students from Foothill, Amador Valley and Village high schools, are about to say goodbye to these memories--and maybe even Pleasanton--to explore the world of college.

June 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Summer session still open at Las Positas College

8-week session begins June 11, 6-week session begins June 18
Summer session registration is still open at Las Positas College in Livermore. The eight-week session begins June 11 and the six-week session begins June 18.

June 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Thousands jam Main Street for First Wednesday party

Families, strollers, even dogs fill downtown for PDA summer event
Thousands turned out for the second in a series of 2007 First Wednesday street parties last night, a summer-fun event sponsored by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

June 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Downtown Shell station closes due to rising rents

Shell Owner says drop in profits couldn't keep pace with higher costs
One of Pleasanton's longest serving gasoline and full service stations has closed, the victim of rising rents in a prestigious corner location and profits inadequate to meet the increasing financial demands.

June 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Public invited to talk to Matt Sullivan on Main Street tonight

Councilman sets up own booth at First Wednesday event
Councilman Matt Sullivan will have a booth at tonight's First Wednesday street party, and will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. to talk to constituents. His booth will be in the 400 block of Main Street, between Angela and Neal. Sullivan is encouraging the public to stop by to ask questions or discuss any issues before the
City Council.

June 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Police run with Special Olympics torch Wednesday

At 12:30, the group will run from Shadow Cliffs Recreational Center to Dublin/Pleasanton BART
The Pleasanton Police Department will be participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run June 6 from 12:30 to 1:30. They will start at the Shadow Cliffs Recreational Center on Stanley Boulevard to the BART station on Owens Drive.

June 5, 2007 | No comments yet
12-year-old finishes Alcatraz triathlon with flying colors

Youngest race entrant given a piece of "the rock"
Just days before 12-year-old Nicholas Paulson was about to participate in Sunday's Accenture Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, he was crossing his fingers that he would finish the race.

June 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Teen driving to be discussed Thursday at town hall meeting

Pleasanton police host an education effort to emphasize safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's statistics have motivated Pleasanton police to hold a town hall meeting Thursday night at Amador Valley High School to emphasize safe teen driving. Data shows 5,000 to 6,000 teens, age 15 to 19, die annually in U.S. traffic collisions.

June 5, 2007 | 4 comments
Mayor continues "mobile" office hours

Hosterman will be on hand to speak to residents from 6 to 9 p.m.
Continuing her "mobile" office hours, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Wednesday street party.

June 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton water supplier forced to tap into emergency reserves

Groundwater, local storage being used by Zone 7 to get water to Pleasanton residents in wake of Delta pump shutdown
Zone 7 Water Agency has for the past five days been tapping into its emergency water supply after it was announced that the pumps supplying Pleasanton with water from the Delta were shut down.

June 4, 2007 | 1 comment
Families come out for children's festival

Little ones sail paper boats, get their faces painted
A number of families came out Sunday afternoon to the Pleasanton Senior Center to partake in the Children's Art Festival.

Hosted by the city of Pleasanton Civic Arts, the festival was held at Centennial Park, beside the senior center. View our slideshow. Photos by Harry Arruda.

June 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Cyclists take to the streets

16th annual Dash for Cash race in Hacienda Business Park
Cyclists participated Saturday in the 16th annual Dash for Cash Criterium, presented by the International Christian Cycling Club & Guardian Security Agency. The event was held in the Hacienda Business Park and consisted of a series of closed course races called "Criterium Races," which required that a portion of four streets in the business park to be closed.
Photo by Jay Flachsbarth.

June 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Which movie theaters stack up?

Three more screens to be added to new Livermore Cinemas by end of the month
Summer is here and that can only mean one thing: Blockbuster movie time. Highly anticipated movies like "Spider-Man 3," "Shrek The Third" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" (trilogies are big this year) have already been released and there's still more to come.

June 1, 2007 | 2 comments
12-year-old Pleasanton boy competing in Escape From Alcatraz

Annual triathlon considered brutal and intense race
When more than 1,800 people hit the pavement, climb onto their road bikes and enter the chilly, treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay this Sunday, 12-year-old Nicholas Paulson will be among them.

June 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Titans games this weekend moved to Granada

Scheduling conflicts move the basketball team to Livemore
Due to scheduling issues, the Tri-Valley Titans of the International Basketball League has moved this weekend's games to Granada High School, 400 Wall St., Livermore.

June 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Danville boy is the w-i-n-n-e-r!

Evan O'Dorney spells 'serrefine' to win
Danville resident Evan O'Dorney, 13, emerged the champion from the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C., yesterday after correctly spelled "serrefine." It was his third appearance at the finals.

June 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Homerun readers get a visit from A's coach

Relief pitching coach reads, signs hats
Relief pitching coach Brad Fischer visited second, third and fourth graders at Hearst Elementary School last Tuesday as a part of the ball club's Homerun Reading program.

May 31, 2007 | No comments yet
12-year-old Pleasanton boy competing in Escape From Alcatraz

Annual triathlon considered brutal and intense race
When more than 1,800 people hit the pavement, climb onto their road bikes and enter the chilly, treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay this Sunday, 12-year-old Nicholas Paulson will be among them.

May 31, 2007 | No comments yet
Gather your blankets for Friday night

Summer Concerts in the Park series returns, opening with youth bands
Friday night, youth bands will take to the stage at Lions Wayside Community Park in what will be the first of this summer's Concerts in the Park series, hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association and sponsored by the Pleasanton Weekly.

May 31, 2007 | No comments yet
WWII vintage bombers thrill crowds in 3-day Livermore Airport visit

Hundreds stand in lines to look inside vintage plane, go for a ride
Restored World War II bombers thrilled several thousand school children, parents and even some old enough to remember the early 1940s aircraft during their three-day touch down at Livermore Airport.

May 29, 2007 | No comments yet
High gas prices affecting small businesses, consumers

Congressman McNerney speaks about price gouging and supply limitations
With his business situated on the corner of Hopyard Road and Owens Drive near a Shell and a Chevron station, David Hejazi is constantly reminded of inflated gas prices.

May 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds turn out for Memorial Day ceremonies at historic cemetery

McNerney, Hosterman praise veterans for their risks, sacrifices to keep country free
Calling this "a very difficult time for our country," Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) nevertheless praised soldiers serving in the Middle East and other parts of the world and their families in brief remarks that he gave Monday at Memorial Day ceremonies in the Pleasanton Memorial Gardens cemetery.

May 29, 2007 | No comments yet
McNerney will be at Vic's this Friday

Next in Congress at Your Corner location
Congressman Jerry McNerney's next Congress at your Corner session will be held this Friday at Vic's All Star Kitchen, 201-A Main St.

May 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Memorial Day service to be held today at cemetery

Pleasanton Memorial Gardens will salute fallen soldiers
Taps, a salute to fallen soldiers, the placing of a wreath and speeches by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Congressman Jerry McNerney and a rear admiral are among the activities planned this morning for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Pleasanton Memorial Gardens.

May 28, 2007 | No comments yet
WWII vintage bombers fly into Livermore Airport for Memorial Day Weekend show

Restored planes provide public a rare glimpse of vital aircraft used to defeat Nazi Germany
Restored World War II bombers will be at the Livermore Airport today for Memorial Day weekend for public viewing. The airplanes, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell, are part of a Wings of Freedom Tour sponsored by the Collings Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history" events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation.

May 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Volunteers ship hundreds of care packages to local soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan

Pleasanton LDS church Memorial Day program attracts over 1,000 volunteers
Community care packages including personal care necessities and letters and photos from home are on the way to more than 700 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan thanks to the Blue Star Moms and a spirited campaign sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints in Pleasanton.

May 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Volunteers still needed for Saturday care package campaign for local soldiers

More than 1,000 in Iraq, Afghanistan to benefit from Pleasanton church effort
The public is invited to join in a community-wide service project Saturday, May 26, to make and send care packages to troops from Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The packages cost $8 to mail plus a $5 donation.

May 25, 2007 | No comments yet
Poetic Pleasanton

School librarian named new Poet Laureate
Alisal Elementary School Librarian Martha Meltzer was at home watching "Grey's Anatomy" when she got the call telling her she has been chosen as Pleasanton's new Poet Laureate. Needless to say, she was happy she picked up the phone.

May 25, 2007 | No comments yet
WiFi service to begin operation next month

Service is free, available to anyone visiting downtown area
It's taken a few months longer than anticipated, but Pleasanton's free wireless Internet service will begin operating next month, according to the company that designed the network.

May 25, 2007 | No comments yet
22-year-old Pleasanton man dies in motorcycle crash

Nick Sellick remembered for his love of thrills, friends and family
Nick Sellick lived for thrills. Whether it was wakeboarding, off-roading or cruising in his motorcycle, the 22-year-old loved the adrenaline rush. He and his longtime friends, known as the inseparable Four Musketeers, enjoyed several trips often filled with these fear-inducing activities.

May 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Hosterman, 3 council members say Staples Ranch petition is bad for Pleasanton

'Divisive and waste of resources' -- Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio
Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and two City Council members are vigorously opposing a proposed ballot initiative by the head of the city's Planning Commission as "irresponsible" and "weak and misguided." A third council member, Matt Sullivan, said he hopes a compromise can be pursued to resolve the issue.

May 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police buckle down on seatbelt enforcement

Officers join national 'Click it or Ticket' campaign Monday
The increase of car accident deaths caused by not wearing a seatbelt is why Pleasanton Police is joining other state and local law enforcement agencies from May 21 to June 3 to aggressively enforce the seatbelt law with the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

May 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton could lose $millions in Staples Ranch grab

Two efforts under way to deny commercial benefits to city
Pleasanton stands to lose millions of dollars annually in future tax revenue it's been counting on if either of two initiatives under way to stop commercial development of the unincorporated 124-acre Staple Ranch or to have the land annexed into Livermore succeed.

May 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Carden West celebrates spring with concert

Art show, auction next up on the school's activity agenda
Nueve! Pre-Kingergarten students at Carden West perform Contando de Espanol, showing that they can count in Spanish as well as English. Families gathered at the school Friday morning to watch the little ones sing to celebrate spring.

May 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Apartments proposed near new Pleasanton BART station

Planning commissioners review initial design, concept and make suggestions
They call it TOD--transit-oriented development, and if built, it would be the first of its kind in Pleasanton.
Windstar Communities is proposing to build a 350-unit apartment complex near the new BART station on 7 acres north of Stoneridge Mall Road.

May 18, 2007 | No comments yet
Middle School wins top awards at Disneyland

Jazz band, wind ensemble, string orchestra and chorus all take home honors
If Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth, the amusement park worked its magic on Harvest Park Middle School when it recently received top awards there.

May 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Emergency loans offered in wake of drought conditions

Congressman McNerney announces low-interest loans for farmers
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) announced that low-interest emergency loans will be available to those affected by drought conditions, higher than normal temperatures and prolonged freezing temperatures.

May 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Two injured in 3-car accident on Sunol

A van exiting the freeway struck a car after drifting through an intersection
A three-car accident at 10:20 a.m. Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital and caused a portion of Sunol Boulevard at Interstate 680 to be closed. CHP expected the scene to be cleared around 11:45 a.m.

May 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Check, please

County cities gather in eastern Pleasanton for regular truck inspection
Drivers along Stanley Boulevard near the eastern border where Pleasanton meets Livermore may have wondered what law enforcement authorities were up to for three hours Wednesday morning.

May 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill's Linda Gullick named 'Teacher of Year'

Former nurse has been health teacher here since 1999
Linda Gullick, a health teacher at Foothill High School since 1999, has been selected as the Pleasanton school district's "Teacher of the Year for 2007-08.

May 16, 2007 | No comments yet
2nd Home Depot gets Pleasanton OK

Council votes 4-1 to allow major gateway center at Valley/Bernal
Home Depot won a year-long bid Tuesday to build a second home improvement store in southeast Pleasanton as part of a major 200,000-square-foot retail development at Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard, across from McDonald's.

May 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Publicity 101

Local communications professionals learn how to get their news to the Pleasanton Weekly
A dozen communications professionals attended a seminar Monday night at the Pleasanton Weekly offices on Sunol Boulevard to learn how to get news to the newspaper in an effective way.

Called Publicity 101, attendees heard from Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly and president and publisher of its sister newspaper, the Danville Weekly.

May 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Fire season under way, early this year

Officials predict possible severe season due to lack of rain, dry vegetation
Area fire chiefs are sounding the alarm that fire season is under way much earlier than normal due to low rainfall totals and resulting dry vegetation.

May 14, 2007 | No comments yet
New Home Depot goes to council Tuesday

Store would anchor retail center at Bernal-Stanley
Fresh on the heels of back-to-back public hearings that filled the City Council chambers, another packed meeting is expected Tuesday when the council considers a plan by Home Depot to build a second Pleasanton store at Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard.

May 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Tea party

Tri-Valley Rotary takes senior women to high tea at Pleasanton Hotel
The tea was flowing at the Pleasanton Hotel Friday afternoon, two days before Mother's Day.
The Tri-Valley Rotary Club took 14 local senior women to the historic hotel for tea and dessert as part of their senior outreach program.

May 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Mural taking shape

Pleasanton scene beginning to unfold on Main Street's latest art piece
Local artist Gary Winter (in yellow), poses with members of the Pleasanton Downtown Association at the First Wednesday street party last week. Winter plans to paint a mural detailing Pleasanton's historic landscape over the next six weeks or so. The mural will be painted on the north side of Strizzi's restaurant on Main Street. Melanie James from Mel's Makin' Memories! will be updating her Web site www.melsmakinmemories.com with Winter's progress. The mural committee encourages residents and schools to visit Winter when he's painting.

May 11, 2007 | No comments yet
'Tis the season for garage sales

Toys, jewelry, even an old guitar snapped up by buyers
It's garage sale season again, the time of year when householders carry what they can no longer use to their driveway to sell to passersby.

May 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Brozosky makes five

Jim Ott named president, Chris Grant named clerk
Steve Brozosky was officially sworn in as a school board trustee at Tuesday night's regular meeting, making it the first complete board in months. The board also voted Jim Ott president and Chris Grant clerk.

May 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Battalion chief has fought his last fire

Glen Haendel retires from Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department after 31 years of service
There were no tears to be had last Thursday at Glen Haendel's retirement ceremony, just smiles and a few barbs traded.

May 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Armed robbery at P.F. Chang's

Two suspects allegedly pistol whip manager at 1:45 a.m. this morning
Pleasanton police were called to P.F. Chang's China Bistro at Stoneridge Shopping Center at 1:45 Monday morning on reports of a robbery.

May 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Gardens galore

300 attend garden tour benefitting Valley Humane Society
The weather couldn't have been more perfect to spotlight the flora and fauna at 10 different Pleasanton homes Sunday.
Homeowners participated in a garden tour which benefitted Valley Humane Society. An estimated 300 people attended the tour, where participants were given guides with maps to the different home locations.

May 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Valley underpass to open this summer

Public works crews to install backup pumps for flood control
The city's new $5.3-million underpass that will connect a newly extended Valley Avenue to Sunol Boulevard at Junipero Street is all finished and ready to open.

May 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Walnut Grove holds first time spring art festival

One third of the students submitted works for 'Springtime in Pleasanton'
In an effort to encourage creativity, parents of Walnut Grove Elementary School students organized the first ever spring art festival, called "Springtime in Pleasanton," May 1. Instead of competing in the annual Reflections art contest, the school chose to hold the festival, which garnered one third of the schools students instead of a handful that participates in the competition.

May 4, 2007 | No comments yet
First Wednesday draws hundreds

Concerts will be held every month through September except July
Blustery winds Wednesday night didn't deter hundreds from turning out for the First Wednesday street fair of the year.

May 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Drive extension gets council's conditional OK

Lawmakers rule that regional traffic problems must be fixed first
In a move that many in Pleasanton would have found incredulous just a few weeks ago, the City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to keep the long-proposed extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore in the city's new General Plan.

May 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Rain of purple in downtown

Purple ribbons in honor of cancer victims, survivors
Joining with approximately 5,000 other cities across the United States, Main Street in downtown Pleasanton has been "painted purple" for the first time by the local Relay for Life team.

May 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill principal named to key Pleasanton school district post

Kevin Johnson promoted to director of pupil services; succeeds Rich Puppione
Foothill High School Principal Kevin Johnson announced yesterday that he plans to take over the role of Senior Director of Pupil Services after Rich Puppione retires July 31. Pending approval by the school board May 8. Johnson will start at the beginning of the new school year, meaning the district must now search for a new principal.

May 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Schwarzenegger says damaged I-80 connectors to open in 7-10 days

Meanwhile, many Pleasanton commuters go back to their cars
With construction crews working around the clock, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that the damaged Interstate 80 to Interstate 880 connector in the MacArthur Maze would be fully open to traffic within 7 to 10 days.

May 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador's civics team places second in nationwide championship on Constitution, Bill of Rights

School looses out to Denver East High, but tops 48 other states and D.C.
Amador Valley High School's competition civics team won the second place award Monday in Washington D.C., at the national “We the People..." competition. It was the second consecutive year that Amador topped all other championship teams from all other states but one, including the District of Columbia.

April 30, 2007 | No comments yet
'Ask the Doctor' live on Wednesday

Specialists on eye surgery, health will field questions on TV30
Laser eye surgery and eye health is the topic for "Ask the Doctor" live on TV30 from 7 to 8 Wednesday night.

April 30, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton commuters jam BART lot to avoid collapsed I-580 freeway near Bay Bridge

Schwarzenegger says state will pay for ‘free ride’ day on all public transit
Pleasanton commuters started arriving early this morning to find a space in the BART parking lot as hundreds left their cars here to avoid the expected traffic crunch returning home tonight after the collapse of a key eastbound I-580 connector just east of the Bay Bridge.

April 30, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador's civics team chosen one of top 10 high school groups in nation

Seniors brace for Monday's championship contest before panels of constitutional, Bill of Rights experts in Washington
Amador Valley High School's competition civics team was judged one of the 10 best in the country today after competing against more than 1,200 high school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia over the last two days of intense testifying on constitutional issues. The team is coached by Brian Ladd, a social studies teacher for the last 17 years and last year's teacher of the Year.

April 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Freeway explosion stymies I-580 commute to, from San Francisco

Pleasanton drivers can expect massive delays, detours for months
Pleasanton commuters who drive to work on I-580 and across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco or beyond could encounter major difficulties Monday morning and even greater delays returning home following an explosion on the roadway near the bridge that has demolished a section of eastbound 580.

April 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador's civics team in Washington for 'We the People' competition

California champs seek another win in national program on Constitution, Bill of Rights
The "We the People" team from Amador Valley High School is in Washington today preparing for a series of presentations before panels of judges and others on the Constitution, Bill of Rights and other actions by the country's founding fathers and how they relate to modern-day America.

April 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Council expected to make decision on Stoneridge Drive Tuesday

Decision would be whether to keep road extension in city's General Plan
Opponents and supporters of a longstanding and controversial city plan to extend Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore squared off verbally before a joint meeting of the Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission last Tuesday. The near-five-hour-long meeting ended much the way it started, with both sides holding to their positions.

April 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Haven's Candlelight March honors Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Participants in Friday's event could win an iPod
Tri-Valley Haven invites the community to join in the annual Candlelight March at 7 p.m. Friday, beginning at the Lizzie Fountain in Livermore. Participans will also be able to enter a drawing for a free iPod Nano.

April 26, 2007 | No comments yet
As diversity grows, Passport event expands

Third annual multicultural event comes to the fairgrounds Saturday
In its third year, the "Passport to Pleasanton" celebrates the variety of cultures represented in the city from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

April 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Steve Brozosky appointed to school board

Former city councilman, mayoral candidate will replace the late Juanita Haugen's seat.
After interviewing four candidates, the school board whittled down the group to Steve Brozosky and Clark Gunson before selecting Brozosky to fill in the seat left empty with the death of school board president Juanita Haugen. The former councilman and mayoral candidate has committed to preserve the democratic process by agreeing to not run in the November 2008 election.

April 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Fake crash awakens students to a startlingly real message

'Every 15 Minutes' program simulated a deadly car crash on Del Valle Parkway
Emergency vehicles were rushed to a crash site at the entrance of Amador Valley High School on Del Valle Parkway around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The crash was a staged part of the "Every 15 Minutes" anti-DUI program, which derives its name from the frequency at which a person is killed in an alcohol or drug related collision in the United States. It is designed to teach young adults about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

April 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Minor delays Wednesday at Dublin/Pleasanton BART station

Day-long operational test could cause 3 to 4-minute delays
BART will conduct a one-day operational test at the Dublin/Pleasanton station Wednesday that may cause minor delays. The test will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day until the end of service.

April 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Today's 'Every 15' mock crash to show dangers of DUI

Simulation will require partial Del Valle Parkway closure
In its sixth year, the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Pleasanton Police Department will join to bring the anti-DUI program, "Every 15 Minutes," to Amador Valley High School tomorrow. A mock fatal traffic collision will take place on Del Valle Parkway around 11 a.m.

April 23, 2007 | No comments yet
City again postpones hearing on Oak Grove housing, open space development

Planners scratch Wednesday discussion; may try again May 23
A public hearing scheduled for Wednesday night on plans for 51 custom-built homes and the dedication of nearly 500 acres of rolling green hills above Kottinger Ranch and Vintage Hills has been postponed for the third time in the last two months by the Pleasanton Planning Commission.

April 23, 2007 | No comments yet
School flexes muscles to revise city ordinance

World School of Massage seeks to allow students to hold practice clinics
On a recent Monday morning, World School of Massage instructor Heatherly Stanky demonstrated the techniques of Swedish vibrational deep tissue massage to a dozen students, using one as a model. It's the last class before they go on to become massage therapists.

April 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Presbyterians break ground for new $7-10-million church

Temporary structure to be ready by year’s end
Parishioners of Pleasanton's oldest church, Pleasanton Presbyterian joined in a special outdoor service Sunday to break ground for their new $7-$10-million church and classroom buildings at the corner of Busch Road and Valley Avenue.

April 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Teens raise money, awareness for Darfur

A national effort started by two Massachusetts students continues at Amador and Foothill
As the genocide in Darfur is slowly receiving national attention, Pleasanton high school students have been quick to take action. Foothill High School students have joined more than 1,800 high schools in the national Dollars for Darfur challenge.

April 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton church mourns for Virginia Tech victims

Valley Community Church members say prayers, ring bell tower 32 times at noon
While bells tolled and a moment of silence was held earlier Friday in Virginia to remember the 32 victims killed at Virginia Tech, one Pleasanton church decided to also hold a remembrance ceremony.

April 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Gigantic garage sale Saturday

Local couple, in keeping with the tradition in the Stoneridge neighborhood, celebrate 10 years and more than 70 participating homes
This isn't your grandmother's garage sale. Touted as one of the biggest, if not the biggest garage sales in the Tri-Valley, the Stoneridge Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held starting bright and early Saturday morning.

April 19, 2007 | No comments yet
E-waste collection event this weekend at fairgrounds

Drop off your unwanted computers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players
An e-waste collection will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday for residents at the Alameda County Fairgrounds off Bernal and Valley avenues.
Sponsored by the City of Pleasanton, residents will be able to drop off unwanted televisions, computer monitors and other e-waste at no charge.

April 18, 2007 | No comments yet
City Council OKs bypass road recommendation

Happy Valley residents walk away happy; Sycamore Heights, Bridle Creek residents upset
A recommendation to realign a bypass road for the public to reach Callippe Preserve Golf Course in southeastern Pleasanton was given the OK in a 5-0 vote by the City Council Tuesday night.
The decision didn't come easy, however.

April 18, 2007 | No comments yet
A wet stride

Pleasanton runners return from Boston Marathon
Despite incessant rain and chilly temperatures during the race, Pleasanton runners completed the Boston Marathon Monday and are now back home.

April 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Residents sound off on Staples Ranch project

Comments made on environmental concerns for development at Planning Commission meeting
Residents voiced their environment-related concerns for a project to include a senior care community, auto mall and community park, citing traffic, noise and visual impacts.

April 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Slithering snakes, oh my!

Alisal Elementary students celebrate Earth Week festivities
Everything from a cat to worms to insects to lizards to snakes were on display for oohing and aahing students at lunchtime Monday at Alisal Elementary School.

April 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Gun threats in Pleasanton lead to 5-hour standoff in Oakland

Woman arrested for brandishing a firearm, criminal threats, stalking, evading
A 32-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after gun threats in Pleasanton led to a five-hour standoff in Oakland, according to police. The woman, Luciara Avila of Oakland, threatened to kill a female newspaper carrier from San Pablo who was her former partner, police said.

April 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Fairgrounds event not residents' cup of tea

Noise blaring from event Easter Sunday riles up neighborhood
A Persian music festival held at the fairgrounds Easter Sunday wasn't music to resident's ears. The blaring noise has caused an uproar among those living in the surrounding neighborhood.

April 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Mail call

Postal Service warns pet owners about dog bites
It all happened in a matter of seconds. Before Nanette Antonio knew it, she was on her way to Kaiser for treatment.
The attacker was a Labrador-pit bull mix.

April 13, 2007 | No comments yet
1st Peet's Coffee & Tea coming to town

Coffee shop to replace vacant drive-through bank
Pleasanton residents will soon have yet another place to get their caffeine fix. Peet's Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee roaster and marketer, said it will build its first coffeehouse in Pleasanton in the Hopyard Village Shopping Center at the corner of Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.

April 12, 2007 | No comments yet
Lawmakers take helicopter tour of congested traffic areas

McNerney, Tauscher host transportation summit with local, federal officials
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-Walnut Creek) spent Wednesday focusing on the transportation needs of Northern California by taking a helicopter tour of congestion areas. They were joined by Chairman Peter DeFazio, who heads the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which is the panel charged with making spending decisions for the nation's roadways.

April 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Staples Ranch environmental report discussion Wednesday night

Public encouraged to voice comments on project, report
A scoping session on the Staples Ranch project in the northeastern part of the city will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

April 10, 2007 | No comments yet
McNerney will be at Pleasanton BART station Wednesday

Part of his Congress At Your Corner series, congressman will be on hand to talk with residents about issues and concerns
Congressman Jerry McNerney, (D-Pleasanton), will hold another session of his Congress At Your Corner series from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

April 10, 2007 | No comments yet
Mural, mural on the wall

Local artist Gary Winter to paint pastoral vista on north side of Strizzi's restaurant
An 18-foot by 54-foot pastoral vista depicting the agricultural landscape of Pleasanton's past will soon grace the north side of Strizzi's restaurant downtown for all to admire.

April 9, 2007 | No comments yet
All boarded up

Vandalism promts city to board up smashed windows at historic fire station downtown
City workers spent Wednesday afternoon boarding up the window frames on the historic downtown fire station after a vandal broke into the building last Friday, shattering windows and causing other damage inside.

April 6, 2007 | No comments yet
$230,000 raised from Ruby Hill Giving Thanks Charity Ball

Funds split between Hope Hospice, Open Heart Kitchen and ValleyCare Medical Center
A total of $230,000 was raised from the Ruby Hill Giving Thanks Charity Ball, held March 3 at the Palm Event Center.
The announcement was made Thursday at a check presentation at Wells Fargo Bank on Hopyard Road for the three benefiting charities: Hope Hospice, Open Heart Kitchen and ValleyCare Medical Center.

April 5, 2007 | No comments yet
What's with the flag?

Pleasanton resident calls himself the
Amid a mix of jeers and cheers from passing cars, Pleasanton resident Joe Onate, dubbing himself the "Lonestar Liberal," waves the French flag Monday at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.

Onate said he was waving the flag to take a stance against the Iraq war, specifically to show his support for the bill Congress recently sent to President Bush setting a timetable for Iraq.

April 4, 2007 | 7 comments
Update: Sex offender arrested after visiting an elementary school

Duran had been frequenting Pleasanton open houses, acting suspiciously
Daniel Duran, a registered sex offender who recently posed as a potential homebuyer and frightened several women in Pleasanton, was arrested by Morgan Hill and San Jose Wednesday morning at 10:40 a.m., according to Morgan Hill Cmdr. David Swing. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest for a violation of 626.81(a) PC " Registered Sex Offender on School Grounds without Lawful Business.

April 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Mayor to hold "mobile" office hours

Hosterman to be at farmers' market this Saturday
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman will hold a series of "mobile" office hours beginning this month. She will be at the farmers' market from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

April 4, 2007 | No comments yet
Marijuana on City Council agenda tonight

Police chief, city attorney recommending ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries, citing armed robberies, burglaries, vagrancy and illegal sale of drug as concerns
At tonight's City Council meeting, the city will be asked to draft an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in town.

April 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Torrico safe surrender legislation passes

Bill extends state's Safe Surrender Baby law from 72 hours to 30 days
By an 8-2 vote, a bill put forward by 20th District Assemblyman Alberto Torrico regarding the safe surrender of babies, was passed last Tuesday in the state Assembly Judiciary Committee.

April 2, 2007 | No comments yet
It’s time for the Easter Bunny

Hundreds turn out for first egg hunt of season
Several hundred children and their parents turned out Sunday for the 14th annual Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt in Val Vista Community Park.

The event was sponsored by Realtors Dave and Sue Flashberger, whose Flashberger Group is affiliated with Keller Williams Real Estate.

April 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton outvoted by Dublin and Livermore on Triangle Committee decision

Group's recommendation details traffic improvements to Interstates 580, 680 and State Route 84
Members of the Triangle Committee formed to address the region's traffic congestion voted on a final action plan last Tuesday, ending the group's two-year effort. But not everyone was happy with the end result.

March 30, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds in town for big Pleasanton swim meet

Pleasanton Seahawks play host to nearly 150 teams through Sunday
The Far Westerns swim meet took its first few strokes Thursday at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, attracting 147 swim teams from as far away as Colorado and Idaho.

March 29, 2007 | No comments yet
Authorities still on lookout for mountain lions

Two more mountain lion sightings were reported Thursday morning, one in Vintage Hills and one in Ruby Hill. Police and Fish & Game are currently out in the area searching for the wildcat.

March 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Sewage scare at Foothill

A backed up pipe damages uniforms, part of the band room
Last Saturday at Foothill High School a sewer line backed up, causing "gray water" from a small sink in a custodial closet to lightly flood the area, which is used as a storage room for the school's band, and a small part of the band room.

March 28, 2007 | No comments yet
School board opts to appoint new member

Juanita Haugen’s replacement to be seated May 18
At the regular meeting Tuesday night, the school board unanimously chose to appoint Juanita Haugen's replacement rather than hold a special election. No restrictions or stipulations, such as promising not to run in the next election, were placed on the applicants, as the board said they would take each applicant's conditional terms on a case-by-case basis throughout the appointing process.

March 28, 2007 | No comments yet
Community to discuss teen health issues tonight

Local experts will speak about adolescent alcohol abuse
A town hall meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss Pleasanton teen involvement in drinking, drug and tobacco use. The meeting is in response to statistics shown in the 2005 California Healthy Kids Survey.

March 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Sex offender alert

Man's behavior as a prospective homebuyer makes women nervous
The Pleasanton Police Department issued a notice about a registered sex offender behaving suspiciously in Pleasanton. Daniel Duran, a 41-year-old San Jose resident, has been frequenting various Pleasanton real estate offices and open homes, posing as a potential homebuyer.

March 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Hundreds pay their respects to school leader Juanita Haugen

Speakers praise her work as community, national leader in education
More than 600 friends of former Pleasanton school board president Juanita Haugen joined her family Saturday in a vibrant, music-filled memorial service to the nationally-known education leader, who died March 5.

March 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Gearing up for Goodguys

Thousands of can't-miss classic cars roll into town this weekend
One of the two indoor showrooms for wooden cars, "woodies," was filling up a hall at the county fairgrounds Friday around noon. These and about 3,500 more prize classics and hot rods are part of the Goodguys' 25th All-American Get-Together this weekend.

March 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Local vet hospitals, clinics receiving calls after pet food recall

A massive nationwide recall of pet foods sold in major grocery chains such as Safeway and Raley's as well as Wal-Mart and PetSmart has resulted in a flood of calls to local veterinarian hospitals and animal clinics.

March 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Services at 1 p.m. today for school leader Juanita Haugen

Speakers to include educators from community, state, national organizations
For those planning to attend the 1 p.m. memorial funeral at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church today for former school board president Juanita Haugen, her family urges patience and extra time to reach the church.

March 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador Valley Health Fair

Community invited to fair on Thursday
The annual Health Quest fair will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 in Amador Valley High School's large gym. The general public is invited to connect with local health professionals and organizations.

March 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Five cars burglarized on Owens Drive

Windows smashed to take electronics, clothing
On Wednesday, March 21, five cars parked in the 5000 block of Owens Drive were burglarized, according to Officer Penelope Tamm of the Pleasanton Police Department.

March 22, 2007 | No comments yet
City workshop on Stoneridge Drive extension traffic study cancelled

Meeting slated for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., will be rescheduled in next two weeks
A workshop between the City Council and Planning Commission scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday has been cancelled, according to deputy city clerk Karen Gonzales.

March 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Congressman McNerney to stump in Pleasanton Saturday

Listening tour for veterans and military families held at Pleasanton Library
U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (R, Pleasanton) is holding two listening tour events with veterans and military families in Pleasanton and Stockton on Saturday, March 24.

March 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Gearheads descend on fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday

Goodguys All American Get-Together celebrates its silver anniversary
The group is not nearly as old as the classic cars it showcases, but Northern California's oldest automobile festival is celebrating a milestone--its 25th anniversary. The Pleasanton-based Goodguys Rod and Custom Association will host the 25th annual Goodguys All American Get-Together Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds.

March 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Settling in

Valley Humane Society hosts open house for its volunteers at Nevada Street facility
Volunteers were invited last weekend by Valley Humane Society to tour its new facilities on Nevada Street at an open house. Photos by Jay Flachsbarth.

March 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Public invited to comment on Staples Ranch proposal

Plans include expansive senior care community, auto mall
City planners will host a meeting Wednesday night to receive comments and feedback from the public on the city's plans for development on the Staples Ranch property.

March 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Toddler in stable condition after 2nd story fall

Pleasanton boy lost balance, fell 12 feet out of an open window
A toddler who fell from a second story apartment window is reported to be in intensive but stable condition, according to Pleasanton police.

March 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Cycling for civics

School board trustee Jim Ott (left) and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jerry Pentin recently returned from a 7 1/2-hour, 105-mile bike trek through Death Valley March 3 to raise money for Amador Valley High School's "We the People..." civics team.

March 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Documentary screening on homeless war veterans

Las Positas College’s Journalism Club to show film, hold panel discussion
The Las Positas College Journalism Club will screen a documentary at 6:30 p.m. Monday about homeless war veterans called “When I Came Home." The showing is free and open to the public.

March 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Neighbors ask council to reject Trinity Lutheran expansion plan

Claim larger church will add to traffic, child safety woes
A group of 26 neighbors of Trinity Lutheran Church at Del Valle Parkway and Hopyard and Golden roads will ask the City Council tonight to overturn a decision by the Planning Commission last January that approved a $2 million expansion plan that they claim would add more traffic on their streets.

March 17, 2007 | No comments yet
Sobriety checkpoint Saturday in Pleasanton

Police to set up DUI trailer along Stanley Boulevard east of Shadow Cliffs
In observance of the St. Patrick's Day holiday revelry, Pleasanton police will set up a DUI checkpoint Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

March 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Get your green on

Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival starts tomorrow
St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow and living up to its namesake, Dublin is hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day Festival complete with carnival rides, crafts, entertainment, parades, a "fun-run" and a pancake breakfast.


The festivities start early with registration for the annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk opening at 6:45 a.m. at Dublin Sports Grounds parking lot.

March 16, 2007 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted near Valley View Elementary

Pleasanton parks employee discovered wildcat Wednesday afternoon in Kottinger Park
A mountain lion sighting just over the fence from Valley View Elementary School Wednesday afternoon has school officials and residents who live nearby on alert.

March 15, 2007 | No comments yet
McNerney water bill heads to Senate

Healthy Community Water Supply Act taps funding for alternative water supplies
A bill sponsored by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) that would authorize $125 million in funding for projects to increase the water supply is now being read in the Senate.

March 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Coins for cats, dollars for dogs

Fifth-graders do their part to help Valley Humane Society
When Valley View Elementary fifth-grader Kaitlyn Glover heard animals being cared for by the Valley Humane Society would be moved into a temporary facility while awaiting a more permanent one in a few years, she wanted to help fund the endeavor.
So, "Coins for Cats" and "Dollars for Dogs" was born.

March 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill High presents 18th multicultural week

Schedule includes a fashion show, food fair and guest speaker
Foothill High School's multicultural week is in its 18th year. This year's event, beginning March 12, continues to highlight cultural diversity with activities organized by students.

March 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Now you can watch the Pleasanton council, even on vacation

New Webcast makes home, office computers local 'watch'-dogs
For the thousands of those who work in the private and public sectors in Pleasanton and yearn for a chance to see local government in action, that opportunity has arrived.

March 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Funeral services set for schoool board president Juanita Haugen

Episcopal rector will lead March 24 memorial at St. Elizabeth Seton
Funeral services for Pleasanton school board president Juanita Haugen, who died March 5 at age 69, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton.

March 9, 2007 | No comments yet
Foothill students make prom possible

Dress, accessory donations needed by March 16
As if finding the perfect date weren't hard enough, many teens in the East Bay find it hard to afford the teenage rite of passage that is prom. That's why students from Foothill High School's leadership class have teamed up with Prom Possible to give students the opportunity to enjoy the special night without worrying.

March 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Man finds burglar in his Golden Road home

19-year-old suspect flees, but caught minutes later nearby
A Pleasanton resident returning to his Golden Road home Monday afternoon was surprised to find a burglar inside.

March 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Switch your clocks an hour forward Sunday

Daylight Savings starts three weeks early this year, some concerned about computer and electronic glitches
For the first time, the nation will spring forward three weeks early. Usually, we would be switching our clocks an hour forward around the beginning of April, but instead will observe the time change at 2 a.m. this Sunday.

March 6, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton schools remember board president Juanita Haugen

Nationally known, she brought prestige, advanced curriculum to Pleasanton
Flags are flying at half staff at all Pleasanton schools this week in honor of Juanita Haugen, president of the Pleasanton school board, who died Monday. She was 69.

March 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador wins mock trial

Team to represent Alameda County at state competition
Students from the Mock Trial Honors Club at Amador Valley High School took first place in the Alameda County section of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) National Mock Trial Competition March 1. Having defeated Granada High School, Amador Valley advances to represent Alameda County in the State Competition to be held March 23 through 25 in Oakland.

March 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Passage to Indonesia

Amador student serves as ambassador on three-week excursion
Michael Kim is a junior at Foothill High School taking four AP classes, is on the varsity dive team, started Organization of Peace to promote global issue activism among Pleasanton youth, and salsa dances. And yet, he somehow managed to squeeze in a three-week trip to Indonesia recently.

March 5, 2007 | No comments yet
Come put yourself into Melanie's paintings

Pleasanton artist exhibit can be seen this weekend in gallery on Main Street
An exhibit of Pleasanton artist Melanie Lacki's paintings will be on display today through March 18 at Studio7 Fine Arts gallery at 400 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. Lacki, a nationally-known artist, has more than 50 of her paintings on exhibit at the special show.

March 3, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador Valley Community Park reopens

13-acre park now has better irrigation, grading and grass
After nine months of construction, the Amador Valley Community Park on Santa Rita Road is complete.
Even though the fields are officially open, continued rainy weather may lead to closures for all city parks.


March 2, 2007 | No comments yet
Upset with Bank of America

Pleasanton resident Audrey DeHart, 77, protests in front of the Bank of America in downtown Wednesday.
A self-described activist and a former paralegal, DeHart said she's fed up with the bank, with whom she used to have an account, because it recently began issuing credit cards to illegal immigrants and others without a Social Security number.

March 1, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton pumps charging $3 a gallon

Gas prices rising in California; 43 cents higher than national average
Gas prices here locally are on the rise again. While prices nationwide have remained flat, filling up in California has gotten more expensive in the last few weeks.

February 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Assemblywoman Hayashi hosting town hall meeting in Pleasanton

Subject to be about health care, public is encouraged to attend
Eighteenth District Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Castro Valley) will host a health care town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at ValleyCare Health System, 5555 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton.

February 27, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Albertson's to change name within next nine months

Modesto-based grocery chain Save Mart completes sale of Northern California Albertson's stores
The Pleasanton Albertson's store on West Las Positas Boulevard will change names within the next nine months. Modesto-based grocery chain Save Mart announced Friday that the sale to acquire Albertson's LLC Northern California Division has been finalized.

February 26, 2007 | No comments yet
Four-hand piano with a hometown touch

Annual concert, music academy make Anderson and Siprashivili a musical institution
If there's one thing Pleasanton residents can count on it's Mark Anderson and Tamriko Siprashivili. And tickets are still available for their concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd.

February 24, 2007 | No comments yet
Melanie Lacki watercolor exhibit now on display

Studio 7 Fine Arts shows the work through March 18
Watercolor art by Melanie Lacki will be shown at Studio 7 Fine Arts, on Main and West Angela streets, through March 18.

February 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Sheraton celebrates grand opening

Renovated hotel near Stoneridge Mall boasts VIP clubhouse level, new gym, pool area
The new Sheraton Pleasanton hotel celebrated its official grand opening with style and flair Thursday night. The Hollywood-themed affair featured champagne, hors d'oeuvres, even a Marilyn Monroe impersonator.

February 23, 2007 | No comments yet
Flu causes significant drop in school attendance

District estimates 60 percent increase in absences
With reports of decreasing attendance, the flu bug is the likely culprit and is making its rounds across the valley and in the Pleasanton United School District

February 22, 2007 | No comments yet
Suspect in Castlewood standoff also being charged for theft

Police discover Chancellor had
The suspect in a SWAT standoff in the Castlewood neighborhood in southwest Pleasanton may only be facing a second strike, according to San Ramon police.

February 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Four promoted in Pleasanton Police Department

Eicher, Elerick advance to lieutenants, Leonardo, Ridgers named sergeants
New Police Chief Michael Fraser announced the promotions of Sergeants Craig Eicher and Michael Elerick to the rank of lieutenant and Officers Joseph Leonardo and Leigh Ridgers to the rank of sergeant, effective Saturday.

February 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Bowing to public pressure, council nixes Iraq War forum plan

Hosterman calls proposal too divisive, says 'It's time to move on'
Bowing to public pressure, the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday scuttled plans to host, sponsor or even get involved in a community forum on the war on Iraq, a long-sought proposal of Councilman Matt Sullivan with the support of Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.

February 21, 2007 | No comments yet
Developer sidelines bid for 2nd Home Depot, Longs Drugs

Plans to wait out controversy over extending Stoneridge to Livermore
Regency Center managers Tuesday withdrew "for the time being" their application to build a 200,000-square-foot Pleasanton Gateway retail center at the intersection of Bernal Avenue, Stanley Boulevard and Valley Avenue, across from McDonald's. The development would include a new home Depot and Long Drugs, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop and other smaller retailers.

February 21, 2007 | No comments yet
2nd Home Depot on hold for Pleasanton

This 15-year-old Home Depot store on Johnson Drive will remain as the only one in Pleasanton after developers withdrew their bid indefinitely to build a second one as part of a major retail complex at Stanley Boulevard and Bernal Avenue on the city's southeast side. City officials said they were told Regency Centers wanted to await further traffic studies before proceeding.

February 20, 2007 | No comments yet
Home Depot scuttles bid for 2nd store in Pleasanton—at least for now

Surprise move comes just hours before several hundred planned to protest before City Council
Home Depot officials without explanation abruptly pulled their application to build a second store in Pleasanton from the City Council's agenda tonight, just hours before several hundred protestors were expected to pack the council chamber to object to the project.

February 20, 2007 | No comments yet
City manager says council should drop plans to directly host Iraq War forum

Report on Tuesday will suggest asking others to handle public discussion
Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho is recommending that the City Council abandon its plan to host a public discussion on the war in Iraq and let other organizations do it, instead, or drop the idea altogether.

February 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Council could OK new Home Depot Tuesday

Firm says 2nd store needed to handle Pleasanton growth
Home Depot could receive final approval Tuesday from the Pleasanton City Council to construct a multi-million-dollar home improvement center and retail center on a 16-acre site at the southeast corner of Stanley Boulevard and Bernal Avenue, across from McDonald's.

February 19, 2007 | No comments yet
A 2nd Home Depot for Pleasanton?

Another Home Depot, larger and with softer architectural designs than this one on Johnson Drive, is planned for Pleasanton Gateway, a new multi-million-dollar retail center proposed for a vacant 16-acre site at Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard in southeast Pleasanton. This store, shown as it opened Sunday, was built in the early 1990s to handle $45 million in annual sales. It now has over $60 million in sales, which is why the company says it needs a second store here. (See story in adjoining column.)

February 19, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador tops in state's "We the People" competition

Team faces intense preparation for national contest April 28
Amador Valley High School's Competition Civics team will start meeting again after the President's Day holiday to prepare for the national “We the People" competition in April following its selection as California's No. 1 team at state finals a week ago.

February 16, 2007 | No comments yet
District attorney clears Hosterman of email abuse charges

Investigation showed insufficient evidence that mayor violated state law
Alameda County's Deputy District Attorney Trevor White has ruled that emails sent by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman on city-owned computers during her re-election bid last year did not violate state laws governing the use of government-owned equipment and services.

February 16, 2007 | No comments yet
DARE program needs parent volunteers

Spring program runs for three weeks starting Feb. 28
The Pleasanton Police Department is offering its Spring D.A.R.E. Parent Program starting Feb. 28 for three consecutive weeks. The program is intended for parents of children currently in the D.A.R.E. program as well as other interested adults.

February 15, 2007 | No comments yet
McNerney, colleagues send letter urging more state funding for Bay Area transportation projects

U.S. Representatives specifically mention Interstate 580 as a top priority
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-Walnut Creek), along with fellow congressional representatives George Miller (D-Concord) and Pete Stark (D-Fremont), sent a letter to the California Transportation Commission this week, urging more funds for local Bay Area transportation projects.

February 15, 2007 | No comments yet
Cops serve Chili's patrons for charity

Off-duty Pleasanton police officers acted as waiters and waitresses at Chili's on Hopyard Road Feb. 8. The tips they garnered went directly to the Tri-Valley Special Olypmics athletes. Photo courtesty Pleasanton Police Department.

February 14, 2007 | No comments yet
Chris Grant takes seat on school board

Succeeds Steve Pulido, who is now a Superior Court judge
Kaiser Permanente executive Chris Grant takes the oath of office as a new Pleasanton school board member from Superior Court Judge Steven Pulido at the start of the school board meeting Tuesday night. Grant, who is vice president of corporate development and investments for Kaiser, was chosen from among seven applicants for an appointment to the board by the other members. He succeeds Pulido, last year's school board president, who resigned to accept an appointment to the Superior Court by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

February 13, 2007 | No comments yet
200 join newly-elected U.S. Rep. McNerney in opening Pleasanton office

Crowds brave rainstorm to congratulate city's first-ever congressman
More than 200 well-wishers braved a driving rainstorm Saturday to join Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) at an "open house," celebrating the official opening of the 11th Congressional District office at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Drive, across from the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

February 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Memorial Building construction moving along

Despite the recent rainy weather, construction crews still manage to make progress on the Memorial Building renovation Tuesday on Main Street.

February 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Transportation agency seeking public input on plans

Plan focuses on transportation needs of region's low-income, elderly and disabled
The Metropolitan Transporation Commission will hold a meeting open to the public tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA), 1362 Rutan Court, Ste. 100, in Livermore.

February 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Gymnastics team takes 2nd at Clovis meet

Pleasanton gymnasts have good showing
Pleasanton athletes from the California Gymnastics Academy in Livermore were top finishers who helped each level earn second place at the Clovis Classic Meet Saturday.

February 13, 2007 | No comments yet
Case Avenue vehicles hit by crime over the weekend

Surrounding areas also plagued by home, commercial burlgaries
Windows were broken in order to gain entry into vehicles, a commercial building and a home in the southern part of the city.

February 12, 2007 | No comments yet
800 jam Pleasanton's downtown for wine stroll

31 stores open for popular nighttime tasting, hors’deurves
More than 800 revelers filled downtown Thursday night in the Pleasanton Downtown Association's first wine stroll of the year.

February 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Wine stroll

February 9, 2007 | No comments yet

Claudia Hess welcomes wine strollers to her Worthington West Art Gallery on Main Street during the Pleasanton Downtown Association's winter event Thursday night.

February 9, 2007 | No comments yet
26 come forward to appeal Trinity Lutheran church approval

Appellants say plans would increase traffic, decrease safety in their neighborhood
A day before the deadline passed to file an appeal for the Trinity Lutheran Church project, 26 residents who live in the surrounding neighborhood have put forward their request to do so.

February 11, 2007 | No comments yet
District applies for community day school

Program would meet need ot continuation high school students
To address the needs of students enrolled at Village High School, the continuation high school in town, the Pleasanton Unified School District plans to submit an application for a community day school. With more ninth-graders enrolled than ever before, the district seeks to add the program which would increase educational hours and provide alternative learning methods and extra support for struggling students.

February 11, 2007 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly launches interactive online edition

Town Square gives readers a public forum
The Pleasanton Weekly is launching today a new, lively, interactive online edition that will provide regular updates of news and features as well as an opportunity for readers to publish their own news, share opinions and engage in dialogue on local issues.

February 8, 2007 | No comments yet
SWAT standoff in Castlewood neighborhood ends peacefully

San Ramon man led police on chase to home on Bunker Lane
A parolee who led police on a high speed car chase from his apartment in San Ramon to a standoff at a home in the Castlewood neighborhood of Pleasanton Wednesday could now be facing life in prison.

February 8, 2007 | No comments yet
City Council thrashed by constituents against Iraq War debate

Pleasanton lawmakers should stick to local issues, speakers argue
Opponents of a proposed plan to hold a public forum in Pleasanton about the merits of the war in Iraq have verbally thrashed the City Council, asking that it stop the effort.

February 7, 2007 | No comments yet
$40K worth of ecstasy seized in Pleasanton

Police investigation that began in June 2006 lands largest ecstasy bust in city history
Pleasanton police joined with the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force (ACNTF) to investigate ecstasy drug sales in Pleasanton high schools. Police seized nearly 4,000 ecstasy pills Feb. 2, with an estimated street value of $40,000, according to Sgt. Barry Mickleburgh of the Pleasanton Police Department.

February 8, 2007 | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional Medical Center elects medical staff officers

Critz re-elected Chief of medical staff
The medical staff of San Ramon Regional Medical Center has elected officers for 2007, choosing Dr. Carl H. Critz as Chief of the Medical Staff once again.

February 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Amador grad wins coveted George C. Marshall Award

Army ROTC student to attend national security conference in Virginia in April
When Matthew Macniak offered to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test that anyone wanting to join the military is required to take, he never imagined it would lead him into a career in the Army.

After all, the now 22-year-old candidly admits he was just trying to get out of school for four hours.

February 8, 2007 | No comments yet
Las Positas student named All-American

38-year-old Marcia Tafarel is first All-American in women’s sports at college
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has named Marcia Tafarel as a First Team All-American player

February 7, 2007 | No comments yet
Enrollment opens for Spring 2007 Citizens' Police Academy

14-session program starts March 8
Enrollment is now open for the spring 2007 session of the Pleasanton Police Department Citizens' Police Academy.

February 7, 2007 | No comments yet
McNerney opens Pleasanton district office

Congressman invites 11th District constituents to join him
U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) held an open house in his new Pleasanton district office Saturday.

February 7, 2007 | No comments yet

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Nominations due by Sept. 17

Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com 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.

Nomination form