2018

Man arrested after committing series of crimes in Pleasanton

35-year-old from Santa Cruz County arrested for vandalism, burglary, arson, more
Local police arrested a 35-year-old from Santa Cruz County over the weekend after he committed a series of crimes in the city of Pleasanton Friday morning.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Fatality causes major delays on BART's Fremont line

A fatality on the Fremont line near the Lake Merritt station is continuing to cause major delays, though limited service is now in place, BART spokespeople said.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Voters approve creating BART inspector general position

Proposal from Glazer was part of Regional Measure 3
While most voters know the passage of Regional Measure 3 means Bay Area bridges will see $3 in toll increases during the coming years, the initiative's victory on Election Day also establishes a new inspector general position to serve as an independent watchdog for BART -- an effort spearheaded by local State Senator Steve Glazer.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
City budget revenues rising, more capital projects on the way

Assessed valuation of Pleasanton properties increased by $1.1B in past year
City budget revenues are estimated to go up more than $4.5 million next fiscal year, mainly on the strength of rising property tax receipts helped largely by the assessed valuation of Pleasanton properties increasing by over $1 billion in the past year.

June 15, 2018 | 4 comments
News digest: Jill Duerig's new gig, blood donations & DSRSD digester

Jill Duerig, who stepped down in April as general manager of the Zone 7 Water Agency for retirement, has taken a position as interim executive director of the newly created Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority (DCA).

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Legacy at Livermore development moves forward

Downtown project includes 222 apartments, retail space
Livermore City Council moved forward with the Legacy at Livermore project, approving the project's development agreement between the Legacy Partners firm and the city.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Get the scoop: Ice cream trail coming to the Tri-Valley

Locations in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville participating
The trail involves ice cream shops from Pleasanton and Livermore up through Dublin and then Danville. Its objective is for players to visit at least five of the 16 participating shops -- for every five shops visited, the trail's sponsor Visit Tri-Valley will donate $5 to local nonprofit the Valley Humane Society.

June 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Hiking -- a Deus family tradition

Murietta Falls stands out in Father's Day memories
Pleasanton resident John Deus and his son Tom began a tradition years ago to enjoy hikes together every Father's Day, sometimes even backpacking the entire weekend.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda Co.: Childcare measure falls just short of two-thirds majority

Measure A vote just shy of necessary percentage
Supporters of an Alameda County measure that would have raised funds to expand access to childcare and preschool for low- and middle-income families said today that it fell just short of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass.

June 15, 2018 | 5 comments
Alameda Co.: Administrator proposes $3.1B budget for new fiscal year

Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi is proposing a $3.1 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD seeks community feedback on addressing capacity issues

District-released survey open until July 13
The Pleasanton Unified School District has released a survey open to all community members to share input on how the district can address increased enrollment numbers in the northern part of the city.

June 13, 2018 | 10 comments
Alameda County Fair: Summer showcase begins 18-day run in Pleasanton

Cattle drive, Wild West events, Blue Öyster Cult & normal fair favorites among highlights of opening weekend
No need to worry about that rumbling near downtown Pleasanton on Friday morning. Those are the sounds and sights of cowboys and cowgirls herding steer to and from the fairgrounds via Main Street in the second annual cattle drive to usher in opening day of the 2018 Alameda County Fair.

June 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Shawn Colvin coming to Bankhead

Singer best known for Grammy-winning hit 'Sunny Came Home'
Known for her Grammy Award-winning single "Sunny Came Home," folk-pop songstress Shawn Colvin will bring her unique storytelling style to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 7:30 p.m. June 21.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Museum on Main offering Family Days

Fun learning experiences for kids, parents, grandparents
Museum on Main staff and volunteers invite families for a free afternoon of hands-on fun on the museum lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month beginning this weekend and continuing through September.

June 13, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves standard raise, extra bonus for superintendent

Also: Appointments of special ed director and Foothill VP, LCAP and budget hearings
The Pleasanton Unified school board approved a contract amendment for Superintendent David Haglund Tuesday night that retroactively increased his annual salary and awarded him an extra $10,000 bonus after completing his first year with the district.

June 13, 2018 | 13 comments
Swalwell introduces Duty to Report Act

Congressman: Legislation would protect U.S. elections from foreign interference
Last week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation that would require federal candidates to report receiving any private, significant information about opponents from a foreign power.

June 15, 2018 | 37 comments
Doctor dies in crash after large tree falls onto I-680

CHP: Investigators don't yet know why tree fell
A woman killed when a tree fell onto northbound Interstate 680 on Monday in Danville has been identified as Lyudmila Beyzer, a doctor of 15 years at John Muir Health.

June 11, 2018 | 3 comments
Stoneridge Shopping Center hires new marketing director

Also: JCPenney launches new sports shop, salon concept at mall
Stoneridge Shopping Center has named Lafayette resident Amanda Fernandez as its new director of marketing and business development, bringing more than 10 years of marketing experience for retail, hospitality and food industries to the Pleasanton mall.

June 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton grads among Swalwell's nominees to U.S. service academies

Six students selected for academics, leadership, extra-curriculars, more
Two recent Pleasanton high school graduates were among six students nominated this year by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to attend U.S. service academies.

June 11, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Former Foothill football players surprise coach Sweeney

Also: Registration underway for Pleasanton Junior Football League
In keeping with the theme of paying homage to former athletes or coaches that I covered in my 26 years as a local sports writer in the Tri-Valley, let's talk about former Foothill football coach Matt Sweeney.

June 12, 2018 | 1 comment
BART: Robberies and violent crime down, assaults and arrests on the rise

Robberies and violent crimes are down so far this year on BART, but aggravated assaults and felony arrests are both up, according to data released by BART officials last month.

June 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunol: Coroner identifies girl killed in I-680 crash

Charges unlikely against apparently distracted driver, CHP says
A girl who was killed in a collision on Interstate 680 near Sunol early Friday morning was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Monday as 9-year-old Alma Aguilar Alvarez of San Pablo.

June 11, 2018 | 1 comment
City working to update Trails Master Plan

Community hike next Wednesday part of public input process
City officials and consultants are continuing their efforts to modernize the city's Trails Master Plan, the policy document that outlines objectives and strategies for Pleasanton's entire public trail system.

June 13, 2018 | 3 comments
City Council OKs $28 million trust investment to address rising pension costs

Officials: Fund offers higher returns, more local control than other options
The Pleasanton City Council last week signed off on investing $28 million in a trust account to help raise additional funds to offset rising employee pension costs, a move city leaders see as leaving Pleasanton better positioned for the years and decades down the line when higher pension bills come due.

June 11, 2018 | 2 comments
School board considering standard raise, extra bonus for PUSD superintendent

Also: Budget talks, local accountability plan, solar installations bid
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider approving a contract amendment for Superintendent David Haglund on Tuesday that would retroactively increase his annual salary and award him an extra $10,000 bonus after completing his first year with the district.

June 10, 2018 | 18 comments
Coroner IDs motorcyclist killed on Altamont Pass Road

CHP: SUV driver turned into path of motorcycle Wednesday morning
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified 41-year-old Adrian Avalos of San Lorenzo as the man killed when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV on Altamont Pass Road east of Livermore on Wednesday morning.

June 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair opens Friday

Cattle drive through downtown kicking off summer showcase
Downtown Pleasanton will be thrown back to its old west beginnings this Friday as the second annual cattle drive is set to rumble through Main Street to mark opening day of the 2018 Alameda County Fair.

June 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Child dies in crash on I-680 in Sunol

Driver apparently failed to notice traffic slowing for Caltrans lane closure
The California Highway Patrol on Friday morning is reporting a 9-year-old girl was killed in a vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 680 in Sunol.

June 8, 2018 | 7 comments
Congratulations class of 2018

Pleasanton seniors graduate from city's three high schools
It's that time of year again, when students across the city conclude their high school chapters amid great fanfare and celebration. More than 1,500 seniors graduated from Pleasanton Unified School District high schools last week.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Traveling the world: Pleasanton family recalls adventures they wrap up journey

'I would like more families to realize that this is possible'
The Gillette family -- mom Audrey, dad Bryan, and sons Colin, 11, and Decker, 9 -- were on safari with a guide midway through their yearlong travel adventure, parked on the savanna in Botswana.

June 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Lunch with author Gail Honeyman

New book explores loneliness with a captivating character
Towne Center Books is hosting a luncheon with author Gail Honeyman, to begin at 11:30 a.m. next Friday (June 15) at Inklings Coffee & Tea, 530 Main St.

June 11, 2018 | No comments yet
'DogShow: For the Love of Dogs'

New Harrington Gallery exhibit opens with reception Thursday
The Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center opens its next major curated exhibit, "DogShow: For the Love of Dogs," with an artists' reception open to the public from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

June 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Arts gathering features acrylic artist

Acrylic artist Anna Edwards will be featured at the general meeting of the Livermore Art Association and Pleasanton Art League, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore. The meeting is free and open to the public.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Better Than Ezra at Bankhead

Known for the 1995 hit "Good," Better Than Ezra brings its fresh and accessible alt-rock sound to the Bankhead Theater for a single performance at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, kicking off a summer of music at the Bankhead.

June 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton DECA students place at international conference

34 students at Foothill, Amador qualified for April competition in Georgia
DECA students from both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools placed at the business organization's international career development conference near the end of April.

June 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Rotary set for final Father's Day Spirit Run

Club switching to Halloween fundraiser for 2019
If the Pleasanton Rotary Club's Spirit Run is part of your Father's Day experience, put June 17 on your calendar. It will be the FINAL (as the posters emphasize it in red) Rotary run on Father's Day.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Jail 'N Bail benefits Agape Villages Foster Family Agency

Local "jailbirds" gathered at Blue Agave Club in downtown Pleasanton to raise money for Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, a nonprofit that places foster children in homes throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

June 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Museum presents American philosopher Thoreau

Actor continues speaker series Tuesday
Museum on Main welcomes America's mid-19th century apostle of the wilderness, social critic and political dissenter when historian and Chautauqua actor Kevin Radaker presents "An Afternoon with Henry David Thoreau" at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

June 10, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Livermore Rodeo, Candidate workshop and Lucky Fans giveaway

The local cowpoke community is celebrating a milestone event this weekend as the 100th annual Livermore Rodeo rides into Livermore Valley Stadium at Robertson Park this Saturday and Sunday.

June 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Hacker guilty on all counts in attack on Pleasanton Weekly website

Federal jury convicts Ross Colby on Wednesday in San Jose
A federal jury on Wednesday, June 6, convicted former San Francisco resident Ross M. Colby of two felonies and three misdemeanors relating to computer hacking that preceded the Sept. 17, 2015, take-down of PleasantonWeekly.com and four other websites of parent company Embarcadero Media.

June 7, 2018 | 3 comments
Coroner determines SRVHS student's drowning was accidental

Danville police have yet to complete their investigation
Contra Costa County coroner's officials have ruled the drowning death of freshman Benjamin Curry in the San Ramon Valley High School pool on May 8 was accidental, according to a copy of the coroner's report obtained by DanvilleSanRamon.com.

June 6, 2018 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley continues exploring potable water reuse

Pleasanton joins local agencies in pursuing more analysis for potential regional system
Tri-Valley water agencies recently reviewed results of a feasibility study on the prospect of bringing a potable water reuse system online to supplement the region's water supply, liking what they've seen so far and asking for more research on potential project options.

June 6, 2018 | 27 comments
Chabot-Las Positas chancellor's contract not renewed

College district board vote appears to set stage for new leader in July 2019
The Board of Trustees for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District voted last month not to renew the current chancellor's contract beyond its expiration in June 2019.

June 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Both challengers, two incumbents win election to Zone 7 board

Measure A sales tax falls short; Swalwell, Baker, O’Malley easily ahead; Regional Measure 3 poised to pass
The Zone 7 Water Agency will see two new faces on its Board of Directors, as both challengers finished in the top four vote count as of the semi-official Election Night totals released just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

June 5, 2018 | 9 comments
Pleasanton: One year passes since fatal police shooting; DA's investigation still ongoing

Man was killed after pointing replica handgun at officers amid family dispute
May 20 marked the one-year anniversary of a fatal officer-involved shooting (OIS) in Pleasanton, and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office investigation remains ongoing with no estimated timeframe for when it will be completed.

June 5, 2018 | 51 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley beats Foothill for NCS softball crown

Also: Looking back at career of former Dons soccer coach Mike Geib
The Amador Valley girls softball team claimed the North Coast Section softball championship with a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Foothill on Saturday.

June 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to consider $28M trust investment to address pension costs

Also: Midyear budget update, Elder Abuse Awareness Month, union negotiations
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday is set to discuss signing off on investing $28 million in a trust account to help raise additional funds to offset rising employee pension costs.

June 4, 2018 | 9 comments
Coroner IDs man killed while standing on Interstate 580 near Santa Rita

21-year-old woman faces DUI for initial crash; no charges yet for fatality
Authorities have released the name of the man killed while standing on Interstate 580 after a crash around midnight Saturday, as well as identified the young Pleasanton woman arrested in connection with the initial wreck that precipitated the fatal pedestrian collision.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Roommate: Alleged hacker said he was paid to attack news site

Defendant's friend thought it was just a boastful claim
Alleged PleasantonWeekly.com hacker Ross M. Colby told a housemate that he had hacked a news website for pay, according to testimony in San Jose federal court on Friday.

June 3, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP: Man fatally struck while standing on I-580 near Santa Rita

Occupants got out of car after initial crash, passenger subsequently hit by SUV
A man died on Interstate 580 near Pleasanton early Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while standing on the freeway in the immediate aftermath of another crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 2, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police arrest 11 in prostitution sting

Undercover operation took place at local hotel; all arrestees booked at Santa Rita Jail
Pleasanton police arrested 11 people Thursday during an undercover prostitution sting operation at a local hotel.

June 1, 2018 | 22 comments
Second day of hacking trial focuses on FBI probe

Defense attempts to discredit FBI work while prosecution tries to connect Ross Colby to the crime
The defense attorney for Ross M. Colby, who is charged with hacking Embarcadero Media websites on Sept. 17, 2015, attempted to show flaws in the FBI's investigation during the second day of his trial on Thursday.

June 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Rooms of Hope builds 'retreat room' for teen battling brain cancer

Local nonprofit strives to surround children suffering from life-threatening illnesses 'with beauty'
When 17-year-old Peyton Reilly was diagnosed with brain cancer last November, her life dramatically changed, as did that of her family. Constantly being shuffled back and forth between her home in Pleasanton and the hospital, she couldn't go to school and she couldn't work out: two things difficult for her to forego.

June 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Bundling joy for new mothers

Local churches gather supplies for needy moms at Axis
Motherhood is often a daunting and emotional journey in many ways, but it can be especially scary when resources are scarce.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Local Rotarians aid in effort to eradicate polio worldwide

Pleasanton, other Rotary Clubs in district, to add $1 million to international campaign
Rotary clubs around the world, including the three clubs in Pleasanton, are pushing ahead in their decades-long campaign to end polio globally.

June 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Firefighters giving back

10th annual Hook and Ladder Run set next weekend
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters remain focused on helping residents in need -- on and off the clock. Their commitment is particularly highlighted each year with their Hook and Ladder Run.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Army association supports active duty soldiers

When Johnathan Woodman returned home to Livermore last November after nine years of active duty in the Air Force, he faced tough times.

June 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Vote Tuesday for primary election 2018

Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. around Pleasanton
Election Day is almost here. Though in actuality, many Alameda County voters have already cast their ballots, with vote-by-mail balloting underway for nearly a month and early voting in-person at the Registrar of Voters' Office offered as well.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Awards honor Pleasanton's past

Association recognizes homeowners who maintain historic integrity when remodeling
The Pleasanton Heritage Association is acknowledging residents who have restored six of downtown's cherished homes of yesteryear while carefully preserving their historic features.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Workforce Week at Workday

The Workday Foundation recently held its annual Workforce Week, the Pleasanton-based company's largest global volunteer initiative that aims to help job seekers in underserved communities develop technical skills so they can find well-paying and longer-lasting employment.

June 4, 2018 | 1 comment
City opens Harding Park

35th neighborhood park serves new apartment complexes
About a dozen city officials were on-hand last month to dedicate Pleasanton's newest public neighborhood park, Harding Park.

June 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Fairgrounds breaks ground on new community youth barn

Facility to offer amenities for junior livestock raisers, plus classroom and meeting space
County officials and local agriculture enthusiasts recently gathered for a ceremonial "barn raising" event for the new community youth barn under construction at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

June 5, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: High school graduations, teen poets laureate, Feed Tri-Valley

Graduation ceremonies at Pleasanton's two comprehensive high schools are happening Friday night.

May 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Wildfires that burned 500 acres at county line near containment

A series of seven wind-driven wildfires burning along the Alameda-Contra Costa county line has burned an estimated 500 acres but is 80% contained Thursday morning, according to Cal Fire.

May 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Accused Pleasanton Weekly hacker allegedly intended economic damage

Opening trial day focused on the breadth of destruction and key evidence
The 2015 hack on the Pleasanton Weekly website and parent company Embarcadero Media appeared designed to inflict significant financial damage on the news group, according to testimony in federal court Tuesday.

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
PPIE raises record-high funding for local schools

Money will go toward intervention specialists, librarian hours and more
This year, the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) raised a record-high $644,000 for local schools.

May 30, 2018 | 8 comments
YMCA school daycare contracts canceled months after citation at Fairlands

State found violations at all three Y program sites since 2015
Five months after the Tri-Valley YMCA daycare program at Fairlands Elementary was cited for a Type A violation by state regulators, the Pleasanton Unified School District terminated its contract agreements with the Y for operating after-school and summer programs at three district elementary schools.

May 29, 2018 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Softball teams start strong in NCS playoffs

Foothill honors athletes moving on to college careers
The Amador Valley girls softball team opened North Coast Section play with a pair of wins last week, while crosstown Foothill also posted a win in the second round after opening with a bye.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
25th annual Goodguys Summer Get-Together returns this weekend

Car show at Pleasanton fairgrounds features 'Muscle Car Madness'
The Alameda County Fairgrounds will host the car show that features over 2,500 American made or powered hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, trick trucks, late models and more.

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Trial of alleged Pleasanton Weekly website hacker to begin

Man faces five federal counts in 2015 attack on Embarcadero Media websites
The jury trial of a San Francisco man accused of executing a damaging hacking attack of PleasantonWeekly.com and four other Embarcadero Media websites will begin on Tuesday in San Jose federal court.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Van plunges into canal off I-680; occupants sustain only minor injuries

CHP: Cause of morning crash remains unclear
A minivan plunged into a canal after veering off Interstate 680 on Monday morning, but its eight occupants survived with minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol said.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: The Wave reopening this weekend; slide adjusted after boy injured last year

Emerald Plunge slide closed for year after incident on water park's opening weekend
Settings on a Dublin waterslide have been adjusted and the slide will reopen Saturday after it was closed last year when a boy was injured on it, city officials said Thursday.

May 25, 2018 | No comments yet
BART votes down Livermore extension; regional authority could take lead on project

Livermore mayor calls BART decision ‘a lost opportunity for the region’
The BART Board of Directors narrowly voted against building a full BART extension to Livermore, but by also not selecting a preferred project alternative Thursday night, the board left the door open for the new Tri-Valley regional rail authority to take the lead on the proposed project.

May 25, 2018 | 20 comments
'Ansel's Apprentice' works on display

Museum on Main exhibiting photos and artifacts
In January 1965, an ardent 28-year-old photographer named John Newstrom called upon the legendary Ansel Adams before enrolling in one of his workshops.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Ageless aviation: Seniors take to the skies in open cockpit

Foundation offers special flights to Stoneridge Creek residents
But Baer was thrilled to celebrate his 80th birthday recently by taking to the skies again, this time in a Boeing Stearman biplane, the aircraft used to train military aviators in the 1940s.

May 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Bankhead: 'Bang! Bang!' artistry revisits the Roaring '20s

Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique will bring "Bang! Bang!" -- a combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance -- to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 7:30 p.m. June 5.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Swingin' Blue Stars to salute veterans

The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet are bringing their annual Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans to the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. this Sunday.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Wiest honored as Eagle Scout

Pleasanton native Kevin Wiest was honored recently at the Veterans Memorial Building for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts' highest honor.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Symphony to finish season with crash of symbols -- and cymbals

'Romantic Expressions' from Berlioz to Elgar to Tchaikovsky
The finale of Livermore-Amador Symphony's 55th regular season will be "Romantic Expressions" at 8 p.m. June 2 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

May 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Wine & Wags -- a perfect pairing

Wineries partnering with animal rescues for a day with the dogs
Livermore Valley wineries are hosting a day for friendly dogs and their wine-loving owners at their first Wine & Wags event from 12-4:30 p.m. this Sunday (June 3).

May 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Vintage aircraft open for tours and flights

Wings of Freedom Tour in Livermore for Memorial Day weekend
The Wings of Freedom Tour will be flying its vintage aircraft into Livermore airport this weekend for tours and flights from Sunday through Tuesday.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Gun violence awareness takes center stage

'Natural Shocks' combines art, storytelling and activism
A small but engaged audience gathered last month at Inklings to hear Pleasanton Shakespearean actress Deborah Lagin give a staged reading of "Natural Shocks," a passionate script addressing the problem of gun violence.

May 29, 2018 | 26 comments
30 delegates from Mexico visit Pleasanton

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association celebrated its 35th anniversary last month when 30 association members from Tulancingo visited Pleasanton.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley projects receive state, federal grants

List includes Livermore Transit Center, BART to Livermore planning
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) recently announced that it was awarded a $440,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration for capital improvements at the Livermore Transit Center.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Retroactive to kick off Concerts in the Park

Friday evening shows return downtown this week
Pleasanton's popular weekly summertime Concert in the Park series will be back at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks starting this Friday, with Retroactive kicking things off and playing a range of pop songs from the 1960s through today.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Harrison Street duplex, Sunol express lanes & Celebration of Life

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved a resident's proposal to a two-story, duplex apartment building to the back part of a 0.17-acre residential lot at 4722 Harrison St., located just off West Angela Street between central downtown and the fairgrounds.

May 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Community of Character Awards

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative honored the four winners of the 2018 Juanita Haugen Awards during a luncheon at the Veterans Memorial Building on Tuesday afternoon.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Memorial Day 2018: From somber observances to weekend of fun

Pleasanton ceremony set 10:30 a.m. Monday at Senior Center
Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are among the best places to spend this Memorial Day weekend. Pleasanton will observe Memorial Day with an outdoor ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday next to the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

May 24, 2018 | 2 comments
Principal, VP departing Amador Valley High

Williams headed to district office, Hurtado accepts principal role in Dublin
Amador Valley High School will see some leadership changes next year. Principal Michael Williams was promoted to the district office and vice principal Mario Hurtado is moving to a principal post in Dublin.

May 23, 2018 | 11 comments
Foothill: Threatening graffiti found in bathroom deemed not credible

Situation comes one week after similar incident at Pleasanton Middle School
Graffiti mentioning a possible threat found in a Foothill High School bathroom Wednesday morning but was later determined to be not credible and instead an apparent joke, according to principal Sebastian Bull.

May 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: July 4 fireworks halted at fair, this time for good

Other fairgrounds news includes upscale hotel project, Youth Barn
The popular and long-traditional Independence Day fireworks show at the Alameda County Fair has been canceled, and this time it's probably for good.

May 23, 2018 | 44 comments
Springtown residents voice disappointment, concerns over duck pond removal

Lack of water source forces pond's removal, relocation of geese and turtles
Springtown residents bring concerns to Livermore City Council about removal of duck ponds on closed golf course.

May 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Transit-oriented neighborhood planned around Isabel BART station

Plan dependent on BART directors' vote Thursday
The Isabel Neighborhood Specific Plan, a transit-oriented neighborhood in the area surrounding the proposed BART extension to Isabel Avenue, is dependent on a vote by BART directors Thursday.

May 23, 2018 | 4 comments
PUSD highlights students, programs at final 2017-18 board meeting

Also: Amador principal moving to district office, PPIE donation, roof replacement contract and more
The Pleasanton school board wrapped up its last regular meeting of the school year with a flurry of recognitions and presentations Tuesday night.

May 23, 2018 | 9 comments
Foothill VP to become principal at Sacramento middle school

Baker: After four years in Pleasanton, it will be 'hard to leave'
Marcel Baker has announced that he will be leaving his post as vice principal of Foothill High School to take a middle school principalship in Sacramento.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley hospice pioneer Dr. Peter Wong dies at 74

Physician also known for contributions to cancer treatment, palliative care
Dr. Peter P. Wong, an early founder of Hope Hospice and a pioneer in the Bay Area in the medical fields of cancer treatment, hospice services and palliative care, died peacefully April 16, according to family. He was 74.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Art and Wind Festival returning to San Ramon

20,000 attendees expected at two-day event
The free festival at San Ramon's Central Park will feature fine arts, crafts, specialty food vendors, three entertainment stages headlining international music, children's puppet shows and of course, kites.

May 23, 2018 | 1 comment
Local Korean War veteran honored by San Francisco Consulate

Stoneridge Creek resident receives Ambassador for Peace Medal
U.S. Army veteran Dan Rodriguez, who now lives in Pleasanton, became one of those honored service members earlier this month when he was presented with the Korean War Ambassador for Peace Medal during a ceremony at his Stoneridge Creek senior community.

May 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Strong showings for RADD teams at regionals

Amador hosts Special Olympics track, volleyball competitions
Pleasanton RADD athletes earned a variety of medals earlier this month during the Special Olympics Northern California's Regional Spring Games at Amador Valley High School.

May 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: First Tee provides comfort for grieving former Amador golfer

Also: Foothill softball repeats as EBAL playoff champs
Life has come full circle for former Amador Valley golfer Natalie Baylock when it comes to the First Tee of the Tri-Valley.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Danville man killed after car crashes into pond off Crow Canyon Road

Dive team faced difficult conditions at scene overnight
Danville resident Keith Leung, 34, died after his Tesla Model S vehicle was found in a pond off of Crow Canyon Road just outside San Ramon on Sunday night. Leung worked as an engineer in Bay Point and as an active member of the Danville Community Band.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton educators, staff honored for impacting students' lives

PTA Council singles out 20 district employees at annual ceremony
Twenty Pleasanton Unified teachers and staff were honored earlier this month as this year's Excellence in Education Award Winners.

May 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Kottinger Gardens ceremony marks Phase 1 opening, Phase 2 groundbreaking

Affordable housing complex for seniors under development just outside downtown
Approximately 100 community members attended the ceremony Wednesday to recognize the new housing project that has been under construction just outside downtown Pleasanton since March 2016. Once Phase 2 is complete, Kottinger Gardens will add 185 new low-income housing units for seniors.

May 21, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD: Graffiti threat at Pleasanton Middle School found to be not credible

Principal encourages parents to speak to children about reporting suspicious activity, not joking about potential threats
Pleasanton Middle School saw increased police presence on campus last week due to threatening graffiti discovered in a bathroom, but nothing happened, district officials say.

May 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Another Facilities Master Plan update for school board

Also: End-of-year recognitions, director appointments and more
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider another update to the Measure I1 Facilities Master Plan on Tuesday night.

May 21, 2018 | 4 comments
Zone 7 board opts to leave McGrail's seat vacant until election

Also: Approves contracts for flood control facilities repairs, environmental services
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors commemorated late director Jim McGrail, who died last month after a recent illness, with an official moment of silence at Wednesday night's meeting, and then formally decided to leave his board seat vacant for the remainder of his unexpired term next month.

May 20, 2018 | No comments yet
The bird counter at Shadow Cliffs

To citizen scientist Bill Rose, bird colony data is a 'gauge on how healthy the Bay Area is'
Unseen by many a Pleasanton resident, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is home to a burgeoning civilization: a waterbird colony. And there you'll often find citizen scientist Bill Rose.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Former Livermore police officer publishes children's book

Author seeks to change perceptions of police, inspire kids to become leaders
That's the main purpose of his new children's book, "Officer M.N.O.P. and Me." To dispel misconceptions about police officers and educate youth.

May 20, 2018 | No comments yet
'An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony'

Scholar/actress to shed light on suffragette's early years
Museum on Main welcomes historical actress Miriam Reed as the famous suffragette in "An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony" at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Juanita Haugen Award recipients announced

Luncheon to honor giving back to the community -- and the world
Recipients of this year's Community of Character Juanita Haugen Awards have been named for exhibiting these values, and the three individuals and one nonprofit organization will be honored at a luncheon Tuesday.

May 17, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore: Benefit to feature music for dancing

Chorale continues season with special performance
Valley Concert Chorale is holding a special benefit show Sunday, and it challenges the audience to sit still during the performance.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Journey through history of nation's music

Cantabella Children's Chorus presents 'America the Beautiful'
Music director Eileen Chang will lead Cantabella Children's Chorus through an American journey of music from 1850 to the present at its spring concert, "America the Beautiful," this weekend.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
BodyTraffic -- contemporary dance

The innovative contemporary dance company BodyTraffic will perform cutting edge works by four leading choreographers at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 8 p.m. Saturday.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Dublin agencies partner for new school site

The Dublin City Council has partnered with the Dublin Unified School District to start to address school overcrowding on the east side of the city.

May 20, 2018 | 8 comments
British blues at Firehouse

The James Hunter Six will perform original blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll sets with vocals and guitar chops both gritty and beautiful at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater in Pleasanton.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Lynnewood celebrating new gateway

The Lynnewood community will celebrate the completion with a public dedication ceremony this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the church courtyard.

May 17, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: PUSD summer courses, Zone 7 election special, Livermore Street Fest

For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance May 18, 2018

Home Sales Update May 18, 2018

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Amador senior named state champion for National History Day competition

Sandra Chen will now move on to nationals in Maryland for her paper
A senior from Amador Valley High School was named a state champion in the National History Day 2018 state competition and will now move on to nationals.

May 21, 2018 | No comments yet
City holding developer fee workshop

Officials seek public input on updating outdated impact fees
Pleasanton city officials are hosting a public workshop Thursday evening to receive feedback from residents as part of the city's effort to update the development impact fees charged for new housing and commercial projects in Pleasanton.

May 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly endorsements for June primary

No on Measure A, RM3; vote for incumbents, plus Wilk for auditor-controller
It's election time once again, and although these midterm primary campaigns haven't generated as much intrigue as we'd see in a presidential election year, there are nonetheless a handful of important topics on the ballot for Tri-Valley voters this June.

May 16, 2018 | 7 comments
Council backs Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

Modern two-story building coming to back part of Santa Rita Road property
The Pleasanton City Council threw its support behind plans from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its apprentice training facility on Santa Rita Road on Tuesday night.

May 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Castlewood could consider selling Valley Course for new housing

Leaders mull options to address clubhouse's costly ADA concerns; sale to private firm also on table
Members of the Castlewood Country Club are facing some difficult decisions this summer. General Manager John Vest said Castlewood staff and the Board of Directors are exploring all options to address costly ADA-compliance concerns with the Castlewood clubhouse.

May 15, 2018 | 28 comments
PUSD schools join others in Bike to School Day

Event intended to spur healthier, more environmentally friendly commutes
Schools in Pleasanton Unified School District joined others across the Bay Area in Bike to School Day on May 10.

May 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Ash tree falls into Christesen's sign in downtown Pleasanton

City officials: Root failure 'uncommon' with this tree type
Overnight or early Tuesday morning, a city-owned Modesto ash tree fell onto the sign above Christesen's western apparel shop in downtown Pleasanton.

May 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Zone 7 talking $2.8M contract for flood control facilities repairs

Also: Board vacancy options, potable water reuse, vegetation services contracts
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to consider approving a contract to repair the agency's flood control facilities Wednesday night.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore council likes mixed-use Legacy development concept

City to negotiate agreement with Foster City developer on downtown project
The Livermore City Council supported moving the proposed Legacy at Livermore project forward by authorizing staff to begin negotiating a development agreement.

May 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball ends regular season on 7-game winning streak

Amador hockey wins title; Foothill volleyball, tennis make playoff runs
The Foothill softball team extended its winning streak to seven games with victories over Livermore and Amador Valley last week.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Council to debate Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

Also: Trails Master Plan, potable reuse water study, JDEDZ transportation fee
The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to discuss a proposal from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its training facility on Santa Rita Road.

May 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Retired Zone 7 general manager dies at 86

Mun Mar led agency through drought, architect of Chain of Lakes project
Mun Mar, who served as general manager of the Zone 7 Water Agency for 33 years until retiring in 1990, died May 6 at the age of 86.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD launches inaugural stakeholder survey

Parents, staff, students asked to provide feedback on district and school support
As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, parents, guardians, students and staff are asked to participate in the Pleasanton school district's inaugural "stakeholder survey."

May 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Harvest Park principal announces resignation

Robin Munsell stepping down, district to begin searching for replacement hire
Robin Munsell, principal of Harvest Park Middle School, announced last week that she would be resigning from her post at the end of the school year.

May 13, 2018 | 64 comments
Sunflower Hill names first executive director

Nehls to lead development of housing projects, oversee vocational sites
Nonprofit leader Edie Nehls has been hired as the first-ever executive director of Sunflower Hill, a Tri-Valley organization focused on residential and vocational opportunities for local adults with special needs.

May 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Council election: Olson won't seek re-election, Narum running for second term

Vice mayor's decision guarantees one new council member in November
The Pleasanton City Council will have at least one new member this fall, with Vice Mayor Arne Olson confirming Friday he will not seek a second term in the November general election.

May 13, 2018 | 2 comments
PUSD to continue superintendent performance evaluation

Closed session meeting Monday night, Haglund nears one year in district
The Pleasanton school board is set to continue the performance evaluation for Superintendent David Haglund at a closed session meeting Monday night.

May 11, 2018 | 15 comments
Pleasanton PD looking for smash-and-grab thief

Video of suspect posted on department's Facebook page
Pleasanton police are searching for a man who allegedly cased a local liquor store before stealing from a car in the parking lot earlier this month.

May 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Man pleads guilty for stabbing woman left for dead on Livermore road

Attorney: ‘He is committed to accepting responsibility for his friend's death'
In an unusual move, a Modesto man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to a murder charge for the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Tracy woman in unincorporated Livermore in February, prosecutors said.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Amador student places third in Swalwell's Congressional Art Competition

Cal High sophomore wins for painting 'Look me in the Face'
Third-place finalist Shangxi Wu, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, placed with his pastel painting, “Old Man in Costume."

May 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Helping out in Puerto Rico

Pleasanton volunteer among first to witness devastation after Hurricane Maria
Bill Caldwell remembers the laments of Hurricane Maria survivors bemoaning their losses as "todo, todo, todo" -- "everything, everything, everything."

May 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Bankhead: Celebrate dance -- and spring

Dance company showcases classical and contemporary styles
Valley Dance Theatre will celebrate the beauty of dance around the world with its annual repertoire production, "Spring Rep," at the Bankhead Theater on May 26-27. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Pleasanton Community Band.

May 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Improv going 'Totally Tubular'

Creatures of Impulse to present series of high-energy shows
Pleasanton's teen improv troupe -- Creatures of Impulse -- continues to outdo its own performances at the Firehouse Arts Center.

May 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest winners

Readers say Lisa and Kate Cole resemble each other the most of 2018 finalists
Lisa and Kate Cole are the ultimate mother-daughter duo. "My mom is one of my best friends," said Kate, 18. "We're really close," agreed mom Lisa.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering Sgt. Joe Rose, 29-year police veteran

Department also commemorates former therapy K-9 Gandalf II
The Pleasanton community, along with a large number of first responders, paid tribute this week to retired Pleasanton police Sgt. Joseph Rose, a World War II and Korean War veteran who died April 30.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Walnut Grove: Kids helping babies

A fifth-grade class at Walnut Grove Elementary School recently donated clothing, accessories and money for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Senior Support laments loss of funding for free screenings

Director: Federal budget cuts threaten future of preventative health program
The Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is scrambling to save its free preventative health screenings after recently being informed that federal funding administered through Alameda County won't be available for the local program anymore due to federal budget cuts, according to the Pleasanton nonprofit's executive director.

May 16, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: PUSD capacity meetings, Jail 'N Bail fundraiser & Run to Remember

Parents and community members are invited to attend two meetings in coming weeks surrounding student enrollment and capacity issues in Pleasanton Unified School District.

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance May 11, 2018

Home Sales Update May 11, 2018

May 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Commission delays decision on Chabad Center for Jewish Life

City urges compromise as neighbors bemoan new plans for once-problematic Masonic Lodge site
The Chabad of the Tri-Valley's quest to host expanded religious services, a preschool and outdoor activities at its new Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road will have to wait at least another month.

May 9, 2018 | 41 comments
Coroner identifies teen who drowned in San Ramon Valley High pool

Police investigation continues into death of 15-year-old Benjamin Curry
The San Ramon Valley High School freshman who drowned in the school's pool Tuesday has been identified as 15-year-old Benjamin Curry of Danville by the Contra Costa County coroner's office.

May 9, 2018 | 2 comments
Lydiksen's Simpelo named PUSD Teacher of the Year

First-grade teacher recognized for innovation, coding, professionalism
To Arlene Simpelo, "innovation" isn't just an educational buzz word to throw around. It's something to constantly embed in the classroom, thread into the curriculum. In Simpelo's case, innovation means teaching her first-grade Lydiksen Elementary School students how to code.

May 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton school board approves Chromebooks purchase

Also: AVHS block schedule, YMCA contracts, network upgrades
After a few hours of discussion, the Pleasanton school board approved the purchase of 7,000 new Dell Chromebooks for students in grades 4-12 Tuesday night.

May 9, 2018 | 15 comments
San Ramon Valley High student drowns in school pool

Danville police investigating 15-year-old boy's death
A San Ramon Valley High School freshman died after being found unresponsive in the school's pool on Tuesday afternoon, according to Danville police.

May 8, 2018 | 3 comments
Stoneridge Mall welcoming new, renovated stores

Francesca's reopening later this month; Zara coming before winter holidays
Spanish-based fashion retailer Zara is coming to Stoneridge Shopping Center later this year in time for the winter holiday shopping season, while three existing stores will have opened newly renovated spots in the Pleasanton mall by the end of this month.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Youth cricket tournament

Pleasanton teams compete against Dublin, San Ramon squads
The Tri-Valley once again played host to a showcase of the best young cricketers in the area, with Dublin and San Ramon squads coming away with the top awards in the Inter-School Cricket Tournament.

May 9, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Strong week for Amador softball and hockey, Foothill lacrosse

Looking back on Foothill career of Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford
The Amador Valley girls softball team kept rolling, posting convincing wins over Livermore and Granada last week.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD seeks applicants for Teen Police Academy

Free summer program offers high-schoolers an insider's look at department
The Pleasanton Police Department is recruiting local high-schoolers interested in taking part in this summer's Teen Police Academy, a three week program that begins June 12.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Students honored for completing PUSD's college-career prep program

18 foster, kinship seniors graduated from high school program
School and community leaders gathered at Foothill High School last week to honor foster and kinship students who completed the district's college-career preparation and readiness program.

May 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Red proclaimed as Pleasanton's new Ambassadog

Retriever-chow mix to serve as city's ceremonial canine representative for year
Pleasanton has crowned a new Ambassadog for 2018 with Red, a 12-year-old golden retriever-chow chow mix who is part of the local Haas family, taking the ceremonial leash from Mayor Jerry Thorne last week.

May 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Dublin man sentenced to prison for tax fraud

Prosecutors: False tax returns cost IRS more than $1.4M
A 61-year-old Dublin man was sentenced to 16 months in prison for filing false corporate tax returns with the IRS, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Alex Tse.

May 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Retired Foothill secretary Gretchen Piscotty dies after battling ALS

Piscotty's story gained national attention after son Stephen was traded to Oakland A's to be closer to mom
Gretchen Piscotty, a longtime Pleasanton resident and former Foothill High School attendance secretary, died Sunday night after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was 55.

May 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Zone 7 breaks ground on new ozonation project

Longtime plan comes to fruition at Del Valle Water Treatment Plant
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors marked the groundbreaking of the agency's much-anticipated ozonation project Wednesday afternoon.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
School board to consider buying 7,000 Chromebooks

Lengthy closed session, YMCA agreement termination, Amador network upgrades also on schedule
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider purchasing 7,000 new Dell Chromebooks for students in grades 4-12 at Tuesday night's meeting.

May 6, 2018 | 58 comments
Pleasanton woman convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter for 2015 fatal crash

Ex-nurse high on drugs when she hit driver pulled over with flat tire
A Pleasanton woman has been found guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for killing a Sunnyvale man in a crash in San Lorenzo in unincorporated Alameda County three years ago, prosecutors said.

May 3, 2018 | 1 comment
'Dancing with the Tri-Valley Stars'

Councilwoman Brown joining in fun competition at Bankhead Theater
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Karla Brown leads a varied life. Last week she was negotiating a new garbage contract for the city. And on May 12, she will be swirling across the Bankhead Theater stage in "Dancing with the Tri-Valley Stars."

May 3, 2018 | 3 comments
Best of the Best comedy at Bankhead

Bengt Washburn -- who has been described as ditzy, original, intelligent and truly hilarious -- will be one of four top comics in a Best of the Best showcase at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. May 11.

May 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Amador Valley musicians hit high note at Carnegie Hall

Wind Ensemble invited to perform on legendary stage
Sophomore Joseph Nazareno recalled performing on his tuba recently with Amador Valley High School's Wind Ensemble. "So many emotions were running through my head," he said.

May 6, 2018 | 1 comment
Memorial hike at Del Valle raises spirits -- and funds

Hope Hospice event celebrates departed loved ones
Friends, families, co-workers and solo hikers are invited to Hope Hospice's eighth annual Hike for Hope on May 19 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Onstage with 'Rock of Ages'

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre opened its production of "Rock of Ages" at the Firehouse Arts Center last Saturday, which will continue through May 12.

May 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Primary election 2018

Congress, Assembly, DA, childcare tax measure among key local issues
Of course all elections are decided by those who vote, but citizens who choose to participate seem to carry more significance in midterm elections and primaries -- when voter turnout is typically low, especially in a non-presidential year like 2018. The last time around, in June 2014, the Registrar of Voters' Office reported that only 25.77% of registered Alameda County voters cast a ballot.

May 3, 2018 | 11 comments
Palmer, Gambs, Sanwong for Zone 7 Board of Directors

After sitting down with four of the candidates and reviewing the records of all five, it is clear to us that the best leaders to serve Zone 7 for the next four years are three-term incumbent Sarah Palmer, retired Zone 7 engineer Dennis Gambs and Pleasanton resident Olivia Sanwong.

May 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Tim Talk: Watch your wallet when voting in June primary

Check out your voter's guide for the June 5 statewide primary that came in the mail this week, and then grab your wallet. The politicians, at the county, regional and statewide level, all want more of your money.

May 6, 2018 | 3 comments
News Digest: Bernal Community Farm, Wine Stroll & Street resurfacing

The Pleasanton City Council approved the draft master plan for bringing a community farm to sections of the Bernal property Tuesday night.

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance May 4, 2018

May 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Blue Devils win state hockey championship

Local squad tops Bay Area rival 4-2 in final
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils 14-and-under (14U) A team took home the California Hockey Association state championship last month.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County Superior Court creates new domestic violence department

New court to open June 4 in Hayward
Alameda County Superior Court officials announced Tuesday that they are creating their first dedicated domestic violence courtroom.

May 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore winery owner, Zone 7 director Jim McGrail dies

Services set for early next week, with reception at McGrail Vineyards & Winery
Jim McGrail, a well-known vineyard owner, local attorney and board member for the Zone 7 Water Agency, died on Sunday at his home in Livermore after battling a recent illness.

May 2, 2018 | No comments yet
County moving closer to building new BART parking garage in Dublin

Baker helps secure $20M in state funds for project; construction expected to start in fall
Alameda County, with the support of state and local officials, is working toward constructing a new parking garage at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station to help alleviate crowded conditions and a parking pass waitlist of cars that would stretch nearly nine miles.

May 1, 2018 | 8 comments
We the People: Foothill, Amador teams each make top four at nationals

Falcons take second, Dons finish fourth in D.C. weekend competition
The competitive civics teams from Foothill and Amador Valley high schools each placed among the top four teams in the country at the national We the People competition in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

May 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Raty retiring as Pleasanton Chamber CEO

Board taps search committee to find next leader
Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Scott Raty announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of July to cap a 31-year career in the field, including more than a decade leading his hometown chamber.

May 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys tennis captures another EBAL title

Reflecting on softball career of Falcons' star Val Arioto
The Foothill boys tennis team won its second East Bay Athletic League title in three years by defeating Dougherty Valley and Amador Valley last week.

May 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center celebrating 25 years

Milestone marked by open house showcase, live entertainment
The Pleasanton Senior Center is celebrating its quarter-century anniversary this weekend with an open house for the community.

May 2, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police name new captain, sergeant

Cox, Shuffield promoted to fill vacancies in-house
The Pleasanton police have recognized the promotions of two sworn supervisors with more than 25 years of experience with the department.

May 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Bike to Work Day set for Thursday

Pleasanton encourages bicycling commutes with others in Bay
This Thursday, the city of Pleasanton is joining other Bay Area communities in encouraging commuters to exchange four wheels for two -- with free food and swag incentives.

May 6, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council to discuss draft Bernal Community Farm Master Plan

Also: Updating developer fees, Mental Health Month, new commissioners' oath
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider endorsing the draft master plan for bringing a community farm to sections of the Bernal property Tuesday night.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton school board trustees Laursen, Miller announce re-election bids

Two incumbents highlight leadership in Measure I1 decisions in joint statement
Pleasanton school board members Joan Laursen and Mark Miller have announced their intent to seek re-election this November.

April 30, 2018 | 6 comments
Livermore: 22-year-old arrested after allegedly stealing car from dealership

Man taken into custody after brief struggle, according to police
Officers arrested a man after he allegedly stole a car from a Livermore dealership Saturday afternoon.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man identified as driver killed in I-680 crash

66-year-old's car went off freeway between Stoneridge Drive ramps
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the man killed in a crash along Interstate 680 between the Stoneridge Drive on- and off-ramps late Sunday morning as Pleasanton resident Clifton Noel Wood.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP: Fatal crash on Stoneridge Drive ramp

Car went down embankment, landed on roof
A driver died after his vehicle crashed off Interstate 680 between the Stoneridge Drive on- and off-ramps in Pleasanton late Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society seeking donations to save bulldog

Young Beatrice is victim of neglect, needs $10,000 for medical treatment
Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society is seeking community support to help save Beatrice, a 2-year-old English bulldog mix who has been the victim of extraordinary neglect.

April 27, 2018 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley survivor recognized for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Henry Drejer endured five years in different concentration camps
Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Catharine Baker met with Polish-born Holocaust survivor Henry Drejer and his family at his home in The Reutlinger senior living community Monday morning to present him with a plaque recognizing his life.

April 27, 2018 | 4 comments
Around Pleasanton: New Asian-focused shopping center set for summer opening

The new, 112,000-square-foot Pacific Pearl shopping center on the southwest corner of El Charro Road and Stoneridge Drive won't officially open until July, but already its 85°C Bakery Cafe and other eateries are winning rave reviews.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Homebuying tips for million-dollar market

Financial stewardship, find good Realtor, balance needs v. wants among keys
As Pleasanton enters the third year of home sales prices in the million-dollar range, real estate professionals have offered tips for potential buyers that focus on preparation, teamwork, agility and patience.

May 2, 2018 | 2 comments
'Rev. DoWrong' screening at McKay's

Public invited to tale of urban evangelist starring Pleasanton actor
The public is invited to a celebrity screening of "Reverend DoWrong Ain't Right" at 7 p.m. this Thursday at McKay's Taphouse and Garden, 252 Main St.

April 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Music teachers giving concert

Celebrating 30 years together in Alameda County
Tri-Valley music teachers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Alameda County East Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California with a concert at Las Positas College this Saturday evening.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Traditional Korean storytelling in Livermore this weekend

Professional storyteller Seung Ah Kim will bring the magic of traditional stories and folktales of her native Korea to the Bothwell Arts Center from 4-5 p.m. Sunday.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
'Fresh Works VIII' opens Saturday

Harrington Gallery exhibit draws artists from throughout state
"Fresh Works VIII Open Juried Fine Arts Exhibition" opens Saturday at the Harrington Gallery, with 73 works by 63 different artists working in a variety of media.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Indy book shops applaud their individuality

Bookstores offering special buys and activities Saturday
Towne Center Books on Main Street is joining the national celebration of the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday. More than 500 independent bookstores in 48 states are hosting parties.

April 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Community Patriots: Awards for making a difference

Reception Monday to honor Herb Ritter and the Harringtons
This year's recipients of the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award -- Herb Ritter and Nancy and Gary Harrington -- will be honored at a champagne reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at Museum on Main.

April 26, 2018 | 2 comments
'Art Made Easy' celebrates 25 years

Artists reception to include feting restored mural
Charlotte Severin's city-sponsored watercolor class, "Art Made Easy," is celebrating its 25th year with its annual exhibit that opens with a reception from 7-9 p.m. on Monday at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

April 29, 2018 | 1 comment
'Essential Figures' on display at Bothwell

Livermore Arts holding 10th annual exhibit
The Livermore Art Association and the Bothwell Arts Center are holding their 10th annual "Essential Figure Art Exhibition" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday through Sunday with a reception and awards presentation from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, with awards announced around 2 p.m.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin Pride Week coming up

Annual week promotes helping neighbors -- and the world
Dublin is showing its pride during the next week in its annual series of events to promote volunteering and environmental awareness.

April 27, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Landscaping workshop, Student board members & Senior health fair

The city of Pleasanton and Zone 7 Water Agency are partnering on a free landscaping workshop this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Pleasanton Public Library, located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.

April 26, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD offering summer enrichment courses for all ages

Classes include video production, music, science, more
For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

May 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Authorities identify suspect in serial killer, rapist case with Tri-Valley crimes

72-year-old arrestee is former NorCal cop, has been living at Citrus Heights
DeAngelo allegedly committed 51 rapes and 12 murders across 10 different California counties between 1976 and 1986. Between 1978 and 1979, the Golden State Killer struck in Concord, San Ramon, San Jose, Danville, Fremont and Walnut Creek. Three rapes occurred in Danville and two more occurred in San Ramon.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 election preview

Three incumbents, two challengers vying for four seats on water board
As the June 5 statewide primary election draws nearer, five Tri-Valley residents and water enthusiasts are gearing up to compete for four seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors.

April 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Chabad of the Tri-Valley celebrates Torah Scroll dedication

More than 400 members of the local Jewish community recently joined local dignitaries and two-dozen rabbis from across Northern California to commemorate the completion of the new Torah Scroll at the Chabad of the Tri-Valley's Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
School board, council discuss housing and student enrollment in Pleasanton

Annual joint meeting focuses on projections, uncertainty on housing front
Housing and enrollment talk dominated the annual joint meeting of the Pleasanton City Council and Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees on Monday night.

April 25, 2018 | 3 comments
City opens new Old Vineyard Trail

Neighborhood trail available for pedestrian, cyclists, equestrians; eventually to connect to Shadow Cliffs
The long-planned Old Vineyard Trail has reached a major milestone, with the nearly mile-long middle segment now open for public use on the northeastern side of Pleasanton.

April 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police arrest teen for stabbing in drug deal gone bad

Unidentified 17-year-old facing charges of attempted murder, robbery
Pleasanton police on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old boy for allegedly stabbing a man near Ken Mercer Sports Park over the weekend in an apparent drug deal gone bad.

April 24, 2018 | 3 comments
A 'Day of Hope' in Pleasanton

Community event to connect local service organizations with families in need
A Convoy of Hope is coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this week. It's one of over a dozen such events taking place around the country this year, with the goal of connecting local community service organizations with low-income families and individuals through a day of assistance.

April 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: SWAT team arrests robbery suspect after standoff

Police tried negotiations, 'chemical agents' before storming home where suspect was holed up
Livermore police took a suspect into custody after a home invasion robbery and standoff Tuesday afternoon.

April 24, 2018 | 1 comment
What happened in China?

Dublin Mayor David Haubert visit to China, signing of document raises questions
Dublin Mayor David Haubert was in China in late March with Menlo Park Councilmember Kirsten Keith and Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel and the three attended a "signing ceremony." Haubert reportedly signed a document on behalf of Keith and Siegel that might have solidified a business deal for former Mountain View councilmember Mike Kasperzak, CEO of HIM Holdings, and the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador softball continues to roll

Also: Badminton stars headed to Brazil, remembering Dan Gabor
The machine that is Amador Valley softball -- and star pitcher Danielle Williams -- kept rolling along as the Dons dumped Monte Vista 4-0 in East Bay Athletic League play last week.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Lydiksen Elementary celebrates 50 years

Principal: Important to acknowledge milestones, reflect on educational advancements
Lydiksen Elementary School marked five decades of educating young minds last Friday with a 50th birthday extravaganza.

April 24, 2018 | 1 comment
President Russell retires from Las Positas College

VP Bennie named interim president; board to look for permanent successor in fall
The Las Positas College community bid farewell to president Barry Russell, Ph.D. last week, with the longtime community college administrator announcing his retirement after five years at the helm of the Livermore campus.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Two juveniles arrested on suspicion of burglary, auto theft

Police credit resident who called in tip
Two juvenile males were arrested Sunday on suspicion of burglarizing a home in Livermore, according to police.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley Community Foundation exec resigns after reports of misconduct

Former employees allege an environment of fear and intimidation
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's second-in-command has resigned amid allegations she sexually harassed and abused co-workers, the nonprofit organization announced last week.

April 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: City settles lawsuit over 2015 fatal police shooting for $285,000

City admits no fault and continues to deny allegations, says resolution made for financial reasons
The city of Pleasanton has settled the federal lawsuit filed by the family of a young San Jose man who was shot and killed by a Pleasanton police officer during an altercation after police found the 19-year-old man damaging a downtown car dealership nearly three years ago.

April 20, 2018 | 31 comments
'Every 15 Minutes' takes place at Foothill

PUSD, police department collaborate for annual anti-DUI program
Last week, Pleasanton Unified joined forces with the Pleasanton Police Department for their annual "Every 15 Minutes" program, this year held at Foothill High School.

April 20, 2018 | 2 comments
Council appoints new commissioners, urges stronger meeting attendance

Only 16 commission/committee members had zero absences in 2017; 3 meetings canceled due to no-shows for quorum
The Pleasanton City Council confirmed 20 appointments to city commissions and committees last week but also cautioned the new members -- and current ones -- that full participation is expected, after deeming last year's meeting attendance less-than-stellar overall.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
City council, school board joining for annual special meeting

Emphasis on housing developments, enrollment projections
Pleasanton's city council and school board are set to join Monday night for their annual combined meeting, with facilities, development and enrollment projections at the center of the conversation this time around.

April 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Board approves new bell schedules at Foothill, Harvest Park

Schools to implement access period during school days in 2018-19
The Pleasanton school board on Tuesday unanimously approved new bell schedules at Foothill High School and Harvest Park Middle School for next school year.

April 18, 2018 | 3 comments
Bracing for the big one: Report describes damage if large quake strikes East Bay

Coalition outlines how 7.0 earthquake along Hayward Fault could kill hundreds
If an earthquake larger than the 6.9-magnitude 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck directly below the city of Oakland on the Hayward Fault line late this afternoon, what kind of havoc would it wreak?

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County receives 'F' in annual air quality report

Bay Area air quality among worst in the nation, lung association says
The Bay Area has some of the worst air quality in the nation but numbers have gradually improved over the last few years, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday.

April 19, 2018 | 4 comments
Valley Children's Museum

Mobile learning center's long road to permanent home hits critical juncture
After nearly 20 years of moving from location to location, the Valley Children's Museum is looking to leave its nomadic ways behind and establish a permanent, non-mobile home in Dublin.

April 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Children's Theatre offering new camp

Intensive two-week program ends with musical at Bankhead
Bay Area Children's Theatre, which partners with the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company for its youth productions, is holding a two-week intensive musical theater camp this summer at Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore for the first time.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse: Michael Wartella in concert

Broadway star and cabaret singer Michael Wartella brings his band to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. this Saturday, fresh off a run on Broadway where he originated the character of Mike Teavee in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and performed at Studio 54.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton teen pianist to perform solo

Youth symphony orchestra featuring two concerto competition winners
Pianist Elizabeth Gurevich, a senior at Amador Valley High School, will be one of two featured soloists in the Young People's Symphony Orchestra spring concert in Berkeley on Saturday night, along with cellist Christopher Lu, a freshman at Dublin High. They are two of the six winners of the 2017-18 Concerto Competition.

April 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Garden tour focuses on native plants

Homeowners share how to develop inviting natural habitats
The joy of native plants used in personal gardens will be celebrated May 6 in the annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour.

April 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Film Fest to benefit Tri-Valley Haven

Nine short films focus on women
The third annual Lunafest, a film festival hosted by Tri-Valley Haven at Vine Cinema in Livermore, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Cultural identity and faith displayed in Harrington Gallery lobby

The Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center has two complex, large-format paintings by Brazilian-American artist Talita Suassuna on display through May 9 in the Grand Atrium Lobby.

April 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Amador students performing classic English comedy

Amador Valley High drama students will explore "The Importance of Being Earnest" in their production of the Oscar Wilde classic this week in the school's multipurpose room.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Tri-Valley's first venture capital fund set to close

The closing of the Tri-Valley's first home-grown venture capital fund is imminent. Tri-Valley Ventures, founded by six partners including Greg Hitchan and Don Garman, publicly launched the fund last December with a goal of $10 million.

April 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Vote in Readers' Choice 2018

Contest raises awareness, importance of local businesses
It's time once again to vote for your favorite spots to eat, drink, shop and play in Pleasanton. We have hundreds of Pleasanton places and businesses listed in dozens of categories on the online ballot

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Earth Day in Pleasanton, Vote on lookalikes and 'Art & Wine Intertwined'

The city of Pleasanton is commemorating Earth Day on Sunday with a daylong celebration at the Civic Center complex at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

April 19, 2018 | No comments yet
'Rock of Ages' on Firehouse stage

Pacific Coast Rep to deliver energetic tribute to classic rock
Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre will be rockin' the Firehouse Arts Center with its latest production, "Rock of Ages," opening this Saturday and running through May 13.

April 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Council supports JDEDZ fee rates; Brown recuses for owning Costco stock

Fee schedule represents council's final major policy decision related to JDEDZ
Council members all agreed that staff-recommended fee structure, due to return for final approval next month, was the best option -- but their discussion occurred with one fewer member than expected after Councilwoman Karla Brown's surprise recusal, announcing she owns Costco stock in a retirement fund.

April 17, 2018 | 4 comments
TV30 offering two summer camp sessions for teens

Thinking of a career in TV production?
Community station TV30 is offering its Tri-Valley TV Summer Camp again this summer, a chance for middle and high school students to learn about video and TV production.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Downtown parklet damaged in hit-and-run

Seating area removed after crash; driver remains at-large
The city's pilot program to try out a parklet downtown came to an early end this month thanks to a hit-and-run driver.

April 17, 2018 | 35 comments
Pleasanton council to discuss setting JDEDZ transportation fee rates

Also: Public grant funding for nonprofits, sustainable water supplies policy, Fair Housing Month
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider signing off on the rate structure for the new transportation fee that would be charged to developers who build on land near the I-580/I-680 interchange rezoned last year to become Pleasanton's newest commercial center anchored by Costco, two hotels and other businesses.

April 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Weekly earns high marks in statewide contest

Finalist in General Excellence for first time; judges single out 'Your Muslim Neighbor' feature
The Pleasanton Weekly earned two awards and four more recognitions for its coverage during 2017 when the California News Publishers Association handed out its annual California Journalism Awards last Saturday in Sonoma.

April 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill baseball shuts out Amador in crosstown showdown

Also: Dons hockey honors Canadian junior team struck by tragedy
The Foothill baseball team took the first crosstown battle of the season, beating Amador Valley 2-0 last week.

April 17, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors support selling share of Oakland Coliseum site

Board hopes move will help keep A's in Oakland
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors said it has formally moved to negotiate the sale of its share of the Oakland Coliseum complex to the city of Oakland.

April 16, 2018 | 6 comments
Dublin High sophomore creates bus-tracking app

Through coding, Liam O’Flynn says, ‘everybody has the ability to solve everyday problems’
Anyone who has taken a school bus -- or any bus for that matter -- is well-acquainted with the unpredictable schedules of the transportation mode.

April 17, 2018 | 1 comment
School board to debate new bell schedules at two sites

Foothill, Harvest Park staff hope to reduce student stress through access period
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider approving pilot proposals for new bell schedules at two district schools Tuesday night.

April 16, 2018 | 8 comments
PUSD groundskeeper among county Classified Employee of the Year winners

Juan Castro Jr.: 'Anything I get into, it's for the long haul'
Juan Castro Jr. likes to say he's part of the furniture at Pleasanton Unified. After all, the 48-year-old groundskeeper has been in the district for 40 years altogether -- both as an employee and as a student.

April 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Sister cities celebrate 35 years of friendship

Pleasanton welcomes Tulancingo delegation next week
Pleasanton will host a delegation of 30 representatives from its sister city Tulancingo, Mexico next week to mark the 35th year of friendship between the two communities.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton artist's joyride continues

Positive attitude finds expression in portraits, motorcycles and jewelry
To see the delicate designs on her jewelry, you might not guess that Holly Ellsworth-Rose dreams of riding a Harley-Davidson through the Black Hills of Dakota.

April 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Towne Center hosting Abbi Waxman

Author to discuss writing 'Other People's Houses'
Waxman, who was born in England but now lives in Los Angeles with her three daughters, three dogs, three cats and "one very patient husband," is appearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Towne Center Books to discuss and sign her latest novel, "Other People's Houses."

April 15, 2018 | No comments yet
U.S. Air Force brass ensemble to perform at Bothwell

Free concert is part of Livermore arts community outreach
The Travis Brass, one of the ensembles of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, will offer a free concert at the Bothwell Arts Center at 7 p.m. April 23, presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

April 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Unique trio coming to St. Augustine

Pianist and composer Ira Stein is bringing his trio back for a concert on April 28 at 8 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera presents 'Three Decembers'

Frederica von Stade to star in role created for her
Livermore Valley Opera will present mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in Jake Heggie's "Three Decembers" in a starring role created just for her, at the Bankhead Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 3 p.m. April 29.

April 15, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: California Listens at library, Road repairs, Searching for family

The Pleasanton Public Library has been chosen to host "California Listens: A Digital Storytelling Workshop," a statewide project that allows residents to share their stories about life in the Golden State.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Bankhead: Calling Led Zeppelin fans

Classic Albums Live will perform Led Zeppelin's iconic second album in its entirety, including such legendary hits as "Whole Lotta Love," "Heartbreaker," "Moby Dick" and "Bring It On Home," starting at 8 p.m. April 21 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore.

April 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore council OKs Republic Square map

Project to bring new retail, entertainment hub near outlets
The Livermore City Council approved the final map and improvement plans for Republic Square last week, a necessary step in the process to develop the land that included approving the construction of a new road and installment of a traffic signal for new commercial center.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Battling breast cancer with Bras for the Cause

Spirited 5K Saturday evening walk scheduled for April 28
Tri-Valley SOCKs' 13th annual Bras for the Cause will take place April 28, an energetic evening of high-spirited women walking through Pleasanton's downtown wearing various versions of brassieres outside their clothing.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: After 30 years, Livermore council will have '21st century' chamber

Construction has started on a new $6 million Livermore City Council meeting hall next to the city's civic center and library at Pacific and South Livermore avenues.

April 12, 2018 | No comments yet
School board talks overcrowding solutions

Staff to begin engaging community on K-8 options in north Pleasanton
It was a full house at the Pleasanton Unified special workshop Tuesday night, as trustees and staff talked over how to best address overcrowding in Northern Pleasanton schools.

April 11, 2018 | 68 comments
Inmate who died by suicide had just been arrested in Livermore carjacking

37-year-old faced slew of allegations for car theft at gunpoint, police chase
An inmate who apparently died by suicide at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Sunday afternoon had just been arrested days earlier for allegedly carjacking a woman at gunpoint in Livermore and leading officers on a high-speed chase, authorities said.

April 10, 2018 | 13 comments
Changes announced for Livermore outlets

Parking program, store openings, new assistant GM and more
Management at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore unveiled a new parking program, introduced a new assistant general manager and revealed several store openings and renovations among a series of recent changes at the retail complex off Interstate 580.

April 10, 2018 | 5 comments
Police issue 200+ citations during traffic enforcement operation on Highway 84

Targeted effort comes one month after another fatal crash on Isabel
Some speeding drivers on Highway 84/Isabel Avenue in the Tri-Valley got a surprise last week -- increased enforcement by several police agencies who combined to issue more than 200 citations for driving infractions during one morning commute.

April 10, 2018 | 37 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill baseball takes Big O Classic title

Also: Amador basketball star Mia Fisher kicks off 'top athletes' retrospective
Even with the schools out for spring break last week, local teams were still hard at work participating in tournament play.

April 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff: Inmate dies in apparent suicide at Dublin jail

37-year-old's identity being withheld until family is notified
A preliminary investigation indicates that a 37-year-old man inmate who died in his cell at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Sunday afternoon died by suicide, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

April 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Man arrested after carjacking at gunpoint, police chase

37-year-old faces slew of allegations in connection with multiple incidents
A woman was carjacked at gunpoint in Livermore and officers captured the suspect after a high-speed chase Wednesday, police announced over the weekend.

April 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Local DECA students to compete at international conference

Falcons, Dons named state finalists, advance to Georgia event
DECA students from both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools competed at the State Career Development Conference early March, with 34 moving on to the international conference later this month.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
School board focusing on capacity issues, solutions in special workshop

Measure I1 bond fund issuance, Energy Expenditure Plan also on tap
The Pleasanton school board is set to collectively discuss facilities planning, enrollment and new K-8 program options during a workshop Tuesday evening.

April 9, 2018 | 11 comments
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance forum focuses on fundraising with new tax laws

'Thriving in the New Philanthropy Era' set for Thursday in Livermore
With the federal tax reform legislation of late last year placing new restrictions on the charitable donation deduction, a coalition of local nonprofits is hosting a forum to help charity organizations in the Tri-Valley prepare for what to expect this year and beyond.

April 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Police probe carjacking on Stoneridge Mall Road

Car later found in Livermore; thief remains on the lam
Pleasanton police are investigating a carjacking that occurred near Stoneridge Shopping Center late Thursday morning.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 sells water revenue bonds to fund projects

$71.4 million bond proceeds will go to ozonation projects, restructure debt from old water storage program
Officials from the Zone 7 Water Agency recently announced the successful sale of water revenue bonds that would generate $71.4 million to be used for the agency's upcoming ozone filtration projects and to refinance the debt from a water storage program approved over 10 years ago.

April 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Livermore: Small plane tips forward onto nose after landing

No injuries reported in Thursday incident at airport
A small private airplane sustained minor damage when it ran off the runway and tipped forward onto its nose after landing in Livermore on Thursday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
AVHS brings back advanced language classes previously on chopping block

AP Spanish 5, Honors French 5 reinstated after students speak to school board
Amador Valley High School administrators have decided to reinstate two additional advanced language sections, after seven students showed up to a recent school board meeting to oppose their removal from the course offerings list.

April 5, 2018 | 4 comments
Staying Healthy: Local company connects fitness enthusiasts with proper meals

Pleasanton entrepreneur gaining national attention for Garnysh venture
Pleasanton entrepreneur Meeta Vengapally -- founder of Garnysh, a platform connecting athletes and fitness fans with meals that fit their training -- says the inspiration for her company came from her own life.

April 11, 2018 | No comments yet
PPIE Run for Education: More than just a morning stroll

Community event raises big bucks for Pleasanton schools
On your mark, get set -- Run for Education. Or stroll. Or just turn out for a great community event, hosted by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) to benefit all 15 schools in the district, with more than 14,500 students.

April 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Ticked off

Weekly freelance photographer Mike Sedlak caught this little guy crawling behind his right earlobe after hiking near Callippe Preserve Golf Course last week.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sarah's swimathon to benefit hospital

Teen continues to 'give back happiness' despite challenges
Sarah Banholzer, 16, who began treatment for leukemia before she was old enough to attend school, is holding her fifth annual Be Strong and Give Back Happiness Swimathon on April 22 to benefit the hospital that treated her.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Dublin IKEA info session, Mother's Day contest deadline, Religion Chat

Developers proposing to build an IKEA store as part of a new retail complex in Dublin are holding an informational meeting to gather resident input this weekend.

April 5, 2018 | No comments yet
'Welcome to the '60s!'

Local choruses swing back in time for spring concert
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus and Broadway Chorus Kids will present two performances of "Welcome to the '60s!" -- musical numbers including from "West Side Story," The Beatles, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

April 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Wine-tasting to help protect the land in Livermore

Event is chance to compare taste buds with the pros
Tri-Valley Conservancy is offering wine enthusiasts a chance to have their wine-tasting dreams come true at Livermore Valley Uncorked on Thursday. The event will have unlimited wine-tasting with hors d'oeuvres and a chance to meet winemakers and growers -- all to benefit the organization's land programs.

April 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Art League works on display at downtown museum

Artists giving demonstrations and free art classes
Artworks by members of the Pleasanton Art League will be on display at the Museum on Main in "Imagination Expressed 2018," through May 20.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Pickup basketball players jump in to save teammate's life

Fire district: 'The need will always exist for citizen heroes'
When Harold Ng's heart stopped beating on a San Ramon basketball court, that could have been the end for the 67-year-old engineer.

April 6, 2018 | 3 comments
Foothill students connect with company leaders for 'speed interviews'

DECA, PPIE sponsor career prep event with Google, Workday and more
Over 100 Foothill students recently practiced their interviewing skills during a special speed interview program with volunteers from Oracle, Workday and other locally based companies.

April 9, 2018 | 3 comments
San Ramon Regional Medical Center names new CEO

Ann Lucena to take reins as hospital leader later this month
San Ramon Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Ann Lucena as its new CEO to lead all hospital operations starting April 23.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Three Pleasanton elementary schools honored by state

Fairlands, Hearst, Lydiksen all recognized for improvements in academic content, performance
Three Pleasanton elementary schools have been named as 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Parks Commissioner Thalblum appointed to City Council

Army veteran, ex-Rotary president selected as short-term successor to late Councilman Biddle
The Dublin City Council voted unanimously Monday night to name Parks and Community Services Commission member Janine Thalblum as the city's newest council member, filling the seat left vacant earlier this year upon the death of Vice Mayor Don Biddle.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Another strong week for Amador softball

Also: Highlights for baseball, tennis, lacrosse and wrestling
The Amador Valley girls softball team kept its winning ways going last week, as the Dons came away with a pair of victories.

April 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas College hosting job fair

40+ employers set to participate in free event next Wednesday
Job seekers of all ages can meet with more than 40 employers looking for workers in the area when Las Positas College hosts its job fair next week.

April 4, 2018 | No comments yet
School board considers potential K-8 models

Staff highlights dual language immersion, IB program at hour-long workshop
The Pleasanton school board started talking over possible kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) pathways to be implemented on the north side of the city during a workshop last week that sparked much dialogue and excitement from trustees.

April 2, 2018 | 11 comments
Pleasanton students win awards in county contests

Amador Valley, Hart Middle School place in mock trial, history competitions
Pleasanton students were honored for their work in two Alameda County contests that took place in recent weeks.

April 1, 2018 | No comments yet
BART arrests, electronics thefts jumped in 2017

Fare evasion incidents also increase; car, bike thefts down
Electronics thefts on BART jumped 52% last year despite a 40% increase in arrests compared to 2016, the transit agency reported.

April 2, 2018 | 6 comments
County supervisors vote to fund Urban Shield for only one more year

Training exercise returning to Pleasanton fairgrounds in September; board calls for revisions to format in future years
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at the end of a contentious hearing last week to fund the sheriff's office's controversial "Urban Shield" first-responder training exercise this year but not in future years in its current format.

April 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay Area planning commission seeks input on 2018 Public Participation Plan

Comments due to MTC by May 7
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is asking Bay Area residents to review and comment on the "Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan," which highlights opportunities for residents to engage in the commission's work.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Services set for Terri Carlson, Milfleur owner

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 15 for Terri Carlson, a longtime Pleasanton businesswoman and owner of Milfleur, a unique home decor and antiques store at 200 Ray St. in downtown.

March 30, 2018 | 8 comments
Raising eagles: Pleasanton pilot shares love of flying with young people

'We have a severe pilot shortage in the United States ... This program kind of helps fill the need for pilots'
Bob Leuten, 74, remembers looking up at the sky when he was a boy in Ohio. "I saw a single-engine airplane and said, 'Look at that! Mom! Dad! Look at that!'" he recalled.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Full STEAM ahead: Innovation Fair celebrates 'Arts in Technology'

NASA scientist, virtual reality innovator, Wente winemaker among speakers
Families are invited to Livermore's second Innovation Fair on April 14, aimed at sparking the imagination by showing the many ways art and technology intersect in the world around us. The event is free but preregistration is encouraged, which includes being entered into free drawings.

April 4, 2018 | 3 comments
Enter your best at the Alameda County Fair

Share anything you grow, create or collect; deadline is April 25
Display your talents, collections and hobbies at the Alameda County Fair this year, taking place June 15 to July 8. Crafty folks and hobbyists are encouraged to enter their best work in any of the fair's youth or adult competitions. Deadline for entries is April 25.

March 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Applications open for AAUW education grants

The local chapter of American Association of University Women is urging young women from the Tri-Valley to apply for its $1,000-$2,000 grants to further their education. AAUW's Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin Local Scholarship Foundation gave three grants last year to college women.

April 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Local symphony explores human spirit and natural world

Musical journey goes from Ives to Korngold to Beethoven
Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 55th regular season with "The Human Spirit and the Natural World" on April 14 at Livermore's Bankhead Theater.

April 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Clergy talk about significance of Easter

Christians are commemorating the death of Jesus Christ on Friday and will celebrate His resurrection Sunday with festive services at churches throughout the Tri-Valley on Easter Day. Here's how some of our local clergy views Easter.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Hart students share thoughts on gun reform

8th-graders send letters to the editor after class assignment
At Hart Middle School, some eighth-grade students were challenged by their teacher to take part in the conversation and one of the assignment options was to write a local newspaper to describe their stand and proposal for safety and the Second Amendment.

March 29, 2018 | 26 comments
Grow your garden at club's annual plant sale

Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club sale offers plants produced by members -- plus plenty of free advice
Does your green thumb need a little help? Mark April 7 on the calendar for a chance to jumpstart your garden. On that day, local gardening gurus will share their bounty at the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club's annual Plant Sale, held in the parking lot of Amador Valley High School.

March 29, 2018 | 1 comment
March for Our Lives

Hundreds of Tri-Valley students and adults took part in a local March for Our Lives event in Livermore on Saturday morning as part of a teen-organized national campaign targeting gun reform.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Pace for Peace, New chief of staff, Wheels Accessible Committee

Tri-Valley Haven's annual Pace for Peace 5K/10K walk/run is set to take place through Livermore wine country next weekend.

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance March 30, 2018

Home Sales Update March 30, 2018

March 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Youth in Government Day in Pleasanton

Dozens of students from Amador Valley, Foothill and Village high schools got a behind-the-scenes look at local government on Tuesday as part of the annual Youth in Government Day.

March 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore woman bequeaths house, antique shop to Hope Hospice

Nonprofit forming Henri's House Committee to determine best uses for sites
Hope Hospice recently announced receiving a house and antique store site near downtown Livermore by bequest, and the local nonprofit plans to work with its supporters and the community in the months ahead to determine how best to utilize the North L Street parcels.

March 28, 2018 | No comments yet
No injuries reported in house fire near Stoneridge Mall

Damage extent still being determined; homeowners escape with two dogs
Firefighters and police officials responded early Wednesday afternoon to a house fire in a residential area across the street from Stoneridge Shopping Center.

March 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton community welcomes home Army Spc. Garrett Matthews

Crowds gave Army Spc. Garrett Matthews a rousing welcome home from service in Iraq on Saturday in front of his parents' home on Eilene Drive in Pleasanton.

March 28, 2018 | 5 comments
School board debates Facilities Master Plan budget allocations

Also: Legal firm’s contract cap raised, classified employees recognized, board policies updated
A discussion on the district's Facilities Master Plan dominated Tuesday night's 2-1/2-hour school board meeting, during which trustees expressed some wariness of fund allocations and priorities on school projects.

March 28, 2018 | 7 comments
Ruby Hill house fire heavily damages bathroom

LPFD firefighter sustains minor injuries in response to Forenza Court fire
A house fire in the northwest part of Ruby Hill caused significant damage to a bathroom and hallway and led to minor injuries for one firefighter working to control the flames and smoke Monday night, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

March 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Holi festival returns to fairgrounds this weekend

Colorful Indian celebration marks ceremonial beginning of spring
A colorful springtime celebration common in India is coming back to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Saturday.

March 27, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys volleyball wins six times during strong week

Also: Pleasanton Panthers wrestling title, Amador softball and tennis with routs over Dublin
The Foothill boys volleyball team rolled to a 6-1 record last week, winning a pair of East Bay Athletic League matches, as well as finishing second in the East County Invitational.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner identifies Dublin man killed in Bollinger Canyon crash

Cause of nighttime wreck remains under investigation
The Contra Costa County Coroner's Division has identified the man killed after crashing his car into a tree along Bollinger Canyon Road on Thursday night as Dublin resident James Sutter.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
School board talking updates to variety of PUSD policies

Contract increase for legal firm, Facilities Master Plan, K-8 program workshop also on tap
The Pleasanton school board is set Tuesday to review proposed updates to board policies and administrative regulations covering a range of topics such as volunteering, sports, grades and graduation requirements.

March 26, 2018 | 20 comments
Oakland A's seek to purchase Coliseum site from city, Alameda County

Team proposes to pay off $135M in debt owed by public agencies
The Oakland A's on Sunday sent a letter to Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City Council expressing the team's desire to assume control of the Oakland Coliseum complex in exchange for paying more than $135 million in debt currently owed by the city and Alameda County at the site.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD basketball players win gold

Teams, individuals collect medals in hometown competition
Pleasanton RADD athletes earned gold and silver medals earlier this month when their hometown hosted the Special Olympics Northern California basketball competition.

March 26, 2018 | 1 comment
City officials ready for environmental review of Downtown Specific Plan update

Planning Commission, task force meetings to focus on EIR scope and content
Pleasanton city officials are holding two public meetings this week to solicit feedback about what topics to study in their environmental impact report being prepared as part of updating the city's Downtown Specific Plan.

March 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Foothill: Quick response finds no danger after student joke about threat

Even jesting about threat 'can impact the sense of safety and educational environment,' principal says
School and police officials found themselves investigating a potential threat at Foothill High School on Thursday morning that was ultimately determined to have been a joking comment between students.

March 23, 2018 | 2 comments
City Council approves new contract with Pleasanton Garbage

Also: Noise regulations for leaf blowers, second Bernal Bridge feasibility study, police union pensions
Reduced collection costs, new services like free bulky item pickup and electronic recycling, and establishing a more modern rate structure were among the key provisions lauded by city officials from the new contract the City Council approved with Pleasanton Garbage Service this week.

March 23, 2018 | 10 comments
Zone 7 appoints Santa Clarita water official as new general manager

Valerie Pryor voted in unanimously; some concerns raised over termination clause
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors hired Santa Clarita water official Valerie Pryor as the agency's new general manager Wednesday night.

March 22, 2018 | 5 comments
A day at the park: Pleasanton seeing plenty of parks and trails projects in 2018

Castleridge Trailhead opening, new Harding Park, self-guided bike tours & more
With the wet and cloudy skies of recent weeks set to soon give way to sunnier, warmer weather with the dawn of spring, many people are ready to take advantage and get back to enjoying the great outdoors.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Mother's Day contest, March for Our Lives, Candidate list updates

Mother's Day on May 13 is fast approaching, and the Pleasanton Weekly is again holding its popular Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest, with photos due by Thursday, April 12.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Unity holding peace concert Sunday

Guest musician Todd Glacy to lead meditation
Unity of Tri-Valley is inviting everyone to its Peace Concert & Sacred Gong Meditation at noon this Sunday. Musician and singer Todd Glacy, a life coach and drum circle facilitator, will be the guest musician at the service before the event, then lead the concert and meditation that begins at noon.

March 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Spend evening with Florence Nightingale

Museum speaker series presents founder of modern nursing
Tickets are still available for Museum on Main's Ed Kinney Speaker Series, "An Evening with Florence Nightingale" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Amador Theater.

March 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Visionary guitarist coming to the Firehouse

Kaki King, composer, guitarist, visionary and music iconoclast, will present her innovative multimedia show, "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body," redefining the role of the solo instrumental artist through mind-expanding live projections, at 8 p.m. this Saturday (March 31) at the Firehouse Arts Center.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Looking for good in Pleasanton

State-by-state search for uplifting stories brings woman to California
A young woman on a cross-country journey to collect stories of good deeds will be visiting Pleasanton this week. Mary Latham is traveling state to state, staying with strangers, to compile inspiring tales and photos to weave into a book to donate to hospital waiting rooms.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Juanita Haugen Awards committee seeks nominations

Looking for persons of good character
The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative is seeking nominations for the 11th annual Juanita Haugen Community of Character Awards, which were established in 2008 to recognize residents who model high moral standards of behavior and are dedicated volunteers in the community.

March 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Author J.A. Jance in Livermore

The Livermore Library will present New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance at 7 p.m. Monday. She will discuss and sign her new thriller, "Duel to the Death," which went on sale earlier this week. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

March 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Wealth of parks bring extra value to Pleasanton real estate

Strollers, dogs and sports: Pleasanton homeowners (and buyers) love their parks
Parks, as much as schools and jobs, are a perk for Pleasanton homeowners and home buyers. "People like a place to go. They want a place to gather, they want a place to walk the dog, push the strollers, for their kids to play sports. All of that has a huge impact on what people do when they're looking for a home," Pleasanton-based Realtor Tracey Esling said.

March 25, 2018 | 3 comments
Full BART to Livermore is the best option

Make no mistake: This spring marks the most critical juncture for the BART to Livermore project, and the potential of bringing a BART rail extension to Isabel Avenue is very much up in the air. So make your voices heard.

March 22, 2018 | 24 comments
'Magic Shadows' at the Bankhead

A finalist on season eight of "America's Got Talent," shadow dance company Catapult Entertainment will bring its imaginative art form to the Bankhead Theater with "Magic Shadows," a show by five female and three male dancers who create and project silhouettes in a combination of shadow dance, storytelling and living sculpture.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Time to help Milfleur's Terri Carlson

Terri Carlson, owner of Milfleur in downtown Pleasanton, suffered a stroke March 12, the second but the most severe of two strokes she's had. Although doctors speculate that she could face many months of rehabilitation, she recovered more quickly before. Let's hope she'll do so again.

March 21, 2018 | 2 comments
Goodguys set for 36th All American Get-Together

Auto showcase taking over fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday
The Alameda County Fairgrounds are ready to be taken over by classic car and hot rod fanatics this weekend as the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association's 36th All American Get-Together returns to Pleasanton.

March 21, 2018 | 1 comment
City Council picks Tri-Valley Rep as new Firehouse theater company

Move to replace Pacific Coast Rep follows lengthy discussion with passionate pleas from both troupes
The Firehouse Arts Center will have a new resident theater company starting in the summer after the Pleasanton City Council approved of switching to Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre as the lead theatrical producer at the city-owned downtown entertainment venue.

March 21, 2018 | No comments yet
We the People: Amador Valley, Foothill teams gearing up for nationals

Pleasanton rivals training, raising funds ahead of DC trip to compete for civics crown
For the first time ever, both We the People competitive civics teams from Pleasanton's rival high schools are headed to nationals in Washington, D.C.

March 21, 2018 | 5 comments
Baker honors local educator as district Woman of the Year

Assemblywoman: Charlene Sigman 'has changed the lives of many children and families'
Pleasanton resident and School of Imagination and Happy Talkers founder Charlene Sigman has been selected by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) as Woman of the Year for the 16th Assembly District.

March 20, 2018 | 1 comment
Zone 7 board to consider hiring new general manager

Santa Clarita official tapped as top candidate to replace retiring Jill Duerig
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to consider a proposed contract with the top candidate recommended to become the agency's new general manager Wednesday night.

March 20, 2018 | 2 comments
Coroner IDs young woman killed in Highway 84 crash

20-year-old from Stockton died in head-on crash in Livermore on Friday morning
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the young woman killed in a head-on collision on Highway 84 in Livermore on Friday morning as Stockton resident Abigail Garcia.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill mourning loss of one of their own

On the field, Amador girls lacrosse controls game against Carondelet
Often we get too caught up in the pettiness of daily life to step back, take a breath and put things in the proper perspective. Such was the case last week when the Foothill High community lost one of their own when Scott Kienhofer passed away after a battle with cancer.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Police identify suspect in Chevron store robbery

PPD: Same man arrested for Dublin 7-Eleven holdup
Pleasanton police on Monday confirmed that a man arrested in connection with a Dublin robbery earlier this month is also their suspect for a robbery at the Chevron convenience store on Hopyard Road last month.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Commission OKs redesign plans for Fire Station No. 3

Also: Carpenters Training Center receives initial endorsement
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department's Station No. 3 is on track for a complete overhaul starting in the months ahead after the Pleasanton Planning Commission last week approved design plans for reconstructing the decades-old fire station on Santa Rita Road.

March 19, 2018 | 5 comments
City Council to consider replacing Firehouse theater troupe

New contract with Pleasanton Garbage, police officers' pensions, Foothill 'We the People' medals also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to debate switching to Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre as the city's lead theatrical production company for the Firehouse Arts Center on Tuesday night.

March 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Young woman killed in crash on Highway 84

LPD: Driver wasn't wearing seatbelt, thrown from car in head-on collision
A 20-year-old woman who wasn't wearing her seatbelt died in a collision Friday morning in Livermore, police said.

March 18, 2018 | No comments yet
State could be heading for dry year in 2018

Bay Area rainfall, Sierra snowpack down; no immediate threat of drought
Much less rainfall than normal has fallen in the last five months in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while there is no immediate danger of drought, the area and the state could see a dry year in 2018, weather experts said Friday.

March 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Judge schedules early trial on civil rights lawsuit by pregnant Santa Rita Jail inmates

Women claim they were mistreated; county denies allegations
A federal judge in San Francisco Thursday set a fast-track schedule with a jury trial as soon as June on a civil rights lawsuit in which pregnant Alameda County jail inmates claim they are mistreated.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Singing something different

Mission Peak Chamber Singers to perform
A madrigal by Bach -- no, not Johannes, but his alleged son, P.D.Q. -- sets the stage for a side-splitting evening of songs as the Mission Peak Chamber Singers present, "And Now for Something Completely Different."

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Jane Austen onstage at Bankhead

New York company to present 'Sense and Sensibility'
Aquila Theatre of New York is bringing its signature style to Jane Austen's classic romantic tale of two very different sisters' uneven path to love in "Sense and Sensibility" at a single performance at 7:30 p.m this Thursday at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

March 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Local Rotarians collecting to end polio

Only three countries had cases in 2017
Tri-Valley Rotarians are holding an End Polio Now campaign during March and April to collect donations to end the paralyzing disease throughout the world.

March 18, 2018 | 1 comment
'The Music Man Jr.' coming to Pleasanton

Children's production set for two-weekend run at Firehouse
Seventy-six trombones will march cross the stage at the Firehouse Arts Center, from March 16-25, when "The Music Man Jr." is presented by Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company in partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre.

March 15, 2018 | 1 comment
Jazz at Inklings on Friday

The Pleasanton Jazz Society, shown in November at Inklings playing Gershwin's "Summertime" with Guido Fazio on tenor sax, Matt Finders on bass, Kelly Fasman on drums and James Hall on keyboard, is giving another concert at 7 p.m. this Friday (March 23) at the same venue on Main Street.

March 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Friends of Library offering great buys this weekend

Boost your book collection
The library will have deals galore at its spring book and media sale this weekend, given by Friends of the Pleasanton Library.

March 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Telling the difference between news stories and opinions

Comments regarding last week's 'Pleasanton Preps' column indicates some confusion among readers
The Weekly's "Pleasanton Preps" columnist, Dennis Miller, wrote last week about a situation in which a set of parents did an investigation of Amador Valley High School girls varsity basketball coach Al Chavira, which led to his being placed on leave. Other team parents felt the "dirt" dug up was benign and requested the coach's reinstatement.

March 15, 2018 | 4 comments
Well-attended music fundraiser supports Pleasanton schools

PLAY Music Group organizes concert, instrument 'petting zoo'
Local nonprofit PLAY's fundraising concert raised more than $10,000 in cash and goods for PPIE, with more than 350 people filling the Harvest Park Middle School multipurpose room for the March 4 event.

March 18, 2018 | No comments yet
LAVTA unveils new-look Wheels buses

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority has begun rolling out 18 new buses into service on Wheels routes throughout the Tri-Valley -- buses built locally, at the Gillig manufacturing facility in Livermore.

March 25, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: BART to Livermore, Get your passport, St. Pat's Brew Crawl

With the BART Board of Directors soon to select a preferred Livermore extension option, the Pleasanton City Council voted last week to endorse its top choice: conventional BART rail down the Interstate 580 median to a new station near the Isabel Avenue intersection.

March 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Coaches for the ages

Amador's Cesario and Foothill's Scavone remain devoted to their programs
Lou Cesario at Amador and Angelo Scavone at Foothill are two of the longest-tenured coaches in Pleasanton, both bringing a passion to the sport and to their teams.

March 15, 2018 | 4 comments
Emerald Isle next door

Dublin celebrating St. Patrick's Day weekend with Irish music, food and fun
Put on your green and make a visit to Dublin this weekend -- Dublin, California, that is -- for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Chorale presenting 'The Eternal Rose'

Concert of 'most moving and inspiring' pieces ever written
The Valley Concert Chorale is continuing its Season of Roses with a collection of moving choral pieces in its March concert, "The Eternal Rose," at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton students rally for gun reform on National School Walkout Day

At Foothill, about half the student body takes part
About 1,000 Foothill students joined others around the Tri-Valley and the country in walking out of class Wednesday morning to support gun reform and to commemorate the victims of the Parkland school shooting.

March 14, 2018 | 139 comments
School board talks future enrollment projections

Students oppose foreign language class cuts, CSEA employee of the year
The Pleasanton school board received and talked over the annual demographer's report and seven-year enrollment projections Tuesday night.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 awards $44M in contracts for ozonation project

Also: Federal help for erosion projects, new GM recruitment, New York trip
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved three contracts worth just over $44 million with outside firms for the ozone filtration project at the Del Valle Water Treatment Plant.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Man arrested in Dublin robbery linked to other crimes in area

27-year-old Concord resident arrested after hold-up at Dublin 7-Eleven
Local authorities arrested a Concord man last week on suspicion of robbing a Dublin convenience store, and they believe the 27-year-old could be tied to other hold-ups in the area.

March 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Remembering Foothill senior Scott Kienhofer

The Foothill High School community is mourning the death of senior Scott Kienhofer, who died Sunday after battling cancer.

March 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador pitcher Williams throws perfect game

Also: Foothill track and field, girls soccer awards, Hart cheer wins national title
Amador Valley softball pitcher Danielle Williams threw a perfect game in the Dons' 5-0 victory over College Park last Saturday, one of two wins for Amador that day.

March 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Work beginning on new Dublin police headquarters

$21.5 million project bringing DPS to Public Safety Complex on Clark Avenue
Dublin officials are set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony next week for the city's new police headquarters, just down the road from the Dublin Civic Center.

March 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Local candidate list for June primary rounding into shape

Swalwell, Baker, O'Malley facing challengers; Zone 7 candidacy deadline extended
Last Friday marked the initial deadline for candidates hoping to win election to various positions on the June 5 primary ballot for Pleasanton.

March 12, 2018 | 5 comments
School board to discuss student enrollment projections

Lydiksen rebuild design, budget update, Classified Employee of the Year also on tap Tuesday
The Pleasanton school board is set to review and consider the fall 2017 demographers' report Tuesday night.

March 12, 2018 | 4 comments
Alameda County Fair announces 2018 concert lineup

Summer showcase also featuring downtown cattle drive, horse racing, new Sky Ride and more
Classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult, 38 Special and War, country music stars LeAnn Rimes and Clay Walker, hit-makers Shaggy and Sir Mix-a-Lot and Bay Area products En Vogue and Smash Mouth are all set to bring their talents to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton this summer.

March 11, 2018 | 2 comments
Alameda County gets highest possible credit rating

One of two California counties to earn coveted 'triple-triple' designation
Standard and Poor's Global Ratings recently announced that it has upgraded Alameda County's credit to the highest-possible AAA rating, county officials said earlier this month.

March 27, 2018 | No comments yet
BART board approves 39 proposals to strengthen police oversight

Dozens of recommendations were recently approved by the BART Board of Directors to improve the BART Citizen Oversight Model for BART police, officials with the agency said Friday.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Man accused of firing gun, threatening Livermore PD officers

Incident occurred Friday evening on College Avenue
Police in Livermore on Friday arrested a man for allegedly firing a gun and threatening officers.

March 11, 2018 | No comments yet
National Guard aviators training coming to Dublin

Training to focus on civilian-military coordination, residents near Camp Parks might experience extra noise and traffic
National Guard aviation units from western and southwestern states are coming to Dublin for the next few weeks for their annual training in conjunction with nearby civilian agencies.

March 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Heritage Film Project focuses on Pleasanton POW

Horrors of war forged Milt Feldman into a man of peace
Milt Feldman, now approaching 94, is revisiting the fraught events of his World War II experience in a trailer for a documentary being created by the Heritage Film Project, which filmed at his Pleasanton home in January.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Get your game on in Livermore

Library hosting night of board games for ages 20-39
The Livermore Public Library is hosting a board game night at Eight Bridges Brewing as part of its 20s & 30s Programs, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. The program is free and no registration is required.

March 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley View: Art lesson follows the masters

Grant provides supplies to recreate famous paintings
The second-grade students in Celeste Nava's dual immersion class at Valley View Elementary School were busy recently recreating artistic masterpieces. The art materials were awarded to the class as part of a Donorschools.org grant, "Spectacular STEM Art!"

March 11, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton watercolorist set for art demonstration

Severin to share techniques on yupo paper
Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin will share her joy and expertise with yupo paper at Monday's meeting of Pleasanton Art League/Livermore Art Association. The gathering is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Building, 4455 Black Ave.

March 11, 2018 | 1 comment
Local rabbi's 'Acoustic Blessings' debut concert set for Sunday

Rabbi Larry Milder, who has earned a national following among fans of new Jewish music for his whimsical ballads and flat-picking guitar style, will debut his album "Acoustic Blessings" at a CD Release Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, where he is rabbi.

March 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Baker & Glazer: Together again on issues

Tri-Valley state legislators hold well-attended bipartisan town hall at Foothill
It's been said that as California goes, so goes the country. If that's true and based on last week's 15th town hall by State Senator Steve Glazer, a Democrat, and Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, there's hope that the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and the president will yet see eye-to-eye on some bipartisan legislation.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting Senior Transit Fair

Free informational event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
The city of Pleasanton is holding its annual Senior Transit Fair this Friday (March 16) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center at 5353 Sunol Blvd.

March 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Harringtons hosting first Public Art Walk of season

Nancy and Gary Harrington are again hosting their Public Art Walk series, with this year's event kicking off this Saturday with an informative walk along downtown.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Castlewood murders: 10 years later

Reflecting on the 2008 slayings that shook Pleasanton to its core
The news that at least one person had been murdered at a home in Castlewood sent shockwaves through the Pleasanton community when it broke the morning of March 14, 2008.

March 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Sales at a Glance March 9, 2018

Home Sales Update March 9, 2018

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Autonomous vehicles now being tested on San Ramon streets

Shuttles at Bishop Ranch to solve 'first and last mile problem,' connect residents to BART
Officials and members of the media gathered at San Ramon Bishop Ranch Tuesday morning for a historical moment -- the state's first testing of shared autonomous vehicles on public streets.

March 7, 2018 | No comments yet
High schools presenting 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

Amador Valley, Foothill collaborate for annual musical
Pleasanton high school actors and musicians are donning flappers' caps and rosining their bows for their annual musical extravaganza, this year taking on the 1920s-set classic of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

March 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton students protesting gun violence with fundraising, National School Walkout Day

Also: Gun reform rally taking place Friday in San Ramon
Foothill sophomores got together over the weekend to make posters and t-shirts to help spread awareness about gun control issues, along with raising $2,600 to support victims of the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting, in which 17 people were killed.

March 7, 2018 | 66 comments
School board discusses math pathways, non-PUSD courses

Staff: Conversations still in early phases, seeking input and engagement
The Pleasanton school board waded into murky waters Monday night as trustees and staff talked over math pathways and policies surrounding non-district courses during a three-hour-long public workshop.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD seeks help to locate man missing since last month

Pleasanton police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who went missing last month.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
A time of transition for restaurants in downtown Pleasanton

Handles, Dean's Cafe close while Zachary's Pizza, Wild One, SideTrack and more are on their way in
Looking to grab a bite to eat downtown? The options are changing. Downtown is going through a time of transition restaurant-wise, for positive and negative reasons.

March 6, 2018 | 35 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Sad situation with Amador Valley girls basketball

Coach's suspension questioned by parents, leaves Dons at odds
What started as a promising season ended in shambles, with second-year Dons coach Al Chavira suspended thanks to one pair of disgruntled parents.

March 6, 2018 | 48 comments
Remembering former Alameda County Sheriff Charles Plummer

Career lawman served as police chief in Berkeley and Hayward before 20-year run as sheriff
Former Alameda County Sheriff Charles C. "Charley" Plummer died at his home in Hayward early Sunday evening at the age of 87, according to sheriff's officials.

March 6, 2018 | 2 comments
Convicted killer charged with murders of two women in Fremont in 1986

Defendant already serving prison term for 1989 homicide conviction
A 57-year-old man who is already in state prison for a 1989 murder has been charged with the murders of two young women in Fremont in 1986, police said Monday.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to hear update on BART to Livermore

Midyear budget changes, Emergency Operations Plan update also on tap
Pleasanton City Council members are set to receive an update Tuesday on the BART to Livermore project and consider whether to offer their support to a traditional BART rail extension down the Interstate 580 corridor rather than the other alternatives on the table.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Commission talks residential lot improvements around downtown

Planners hold workshop for two-unit apartment project, deny appeals of proposed home additions
The Pleasanton Planning Commission discussed three residential improvement projects proposed for the outskirts of downtown last week.

March 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Manteca man killed in early-morning crash in Livermore

Police: 20-year-old's vehicle drove of Patterson Pass Road, struck tree
A young Manteca man died in a crash on Patterson Pass Road east of South Vasco Road in Livermore early Friday morning, according to police.

March 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Math pathways, non-PUSD courses to lead special board meeting

Study session set for 6 p.m. Monday at district headquarters
The Pleasanton school board is set to talk about student math pathways and non-district courses at a special meeting Monday evening.

March 2, 2018 | 33 comments
Tri-Valley residents among new superior court judges

Governor makes dozens of state appointments last week
A family law specialist from Livermore, a court commissioner from San Ramon and a Navy veteran and attorney from Piedmont have been named as the newest Alameda County Superior Court judges.

March 4, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors say they still support Urban Shield

Board members share some critics' concerns but continue to back training event
Alameda County supervisors said on Tuesday that they continue to support the sheriff's office's Urban Shield first-responder training exercise that has taken place in Pleasanton despite strong opposition by a large group of activists who came to their meeting.

March 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Suspect eludes CHP in chase that ran through Tri-Valley

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers pursued a suspect from Merced to Oakland, including on the freeway through the Tri-Valley, on Wednesday night but the suspect ultimately got away and is still at large, a CHP spokesman said.

March 1, 2018 | 6 comments
The power of pen pals

After 40 years of corresponding, Pleasanton woman finally meets NY friend
"Dear Diana." "Dear Nichelle." So began a correspondence in the 1970s between two little girls on opposite coasts, launching a long distance friendship that spanned four decades until they finally met face to face last year.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley woman returns from deep sea exploration

Local museum educator served as liaison between researchers and global audience
Jen Runyan missed studying the ocean. She had her fill of the life sciences in her position as a museum educator at the Lawrence Hall of Science, but the science center nestled in the Berkeley hills didn't offer so many opportunities for marine biology, her focus in school.

March 4, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore Valley Opera presenting Verdi's 'A Masked Ball'

Italian favorite is one of opera's most gripping tales
A tragic love triangle and a sinister conspiracy -- mixed with jealousy, betrayal, guilt and forgiveness -- describes Verdi's "A Masked Ball," the March production of the Livermore Valley Opera at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore from March 10-18.

March 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Enjoy jazzy evening with All Stars

Teens chosen to perform outside school setting
The East Bay Jazz High School All Stars are appearing at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore for a single performance at 7 p.m. this Sunday. Tickets are $10.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
'Get Your Funny On' for a good cause

Show Tuesday night benefits Pleasanton Middle School
Everyone is invited to a night of laughter, "Get Your Funny On," at Tommy T's Comedy Club at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to benefit Pleasanton Middle School. Tickets are $20; a table for eight is $120. A two-item minimum purchase is required.

March 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Fortune, mystery, mayhem (and love?!) on Sunol stage

Who owns the tickets? Who gets the millions? Grare Davis and Victorian King Bowman perform as lovely lotto ladies in Sunol Repertory Theatre's "One in a Million," coming to the Sunol stage throughout this month.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay Area Corporate Games postponed

Athletic showcase was to come to Tri-Valley later this month
A Tri-Valley event set to feature Bay Area employees competing against each other while representing their companies has been postponed indefinitely, organizers announced this week.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
12 nonprofits receive $79,192 in Holiday Fund donations

Rotary Club hosts luncheon for Pleasanton Weekly's program
The Pleasanton Weekly distributed Holiday Fund checks totaling $79,192 to 12 beneficiaries last week at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

March 1, 2018 | 7 comments
Alameda County announces Women's Hall of Fame class of 2018

Pleasanton women among 13 inductees to be honored this month
Local leaders are recognizing 12 women and one teenager from throughout the county later this month with induction into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Family Fort Night set in Livermore

The Livermore Public Library will host a Family Fort Night from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

March 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Gem Faire back at fairgrounds

Three-day run in Pleasanton begins Friday
The Gem Faire is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this weekend. Arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the world will be onsite with a large selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and more.

March 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Local students recognized for winning DAR essay contest

Standouts hail from Lydiksen, Dublin, San Ramon
The Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently honored students across the Tri-Valley who stood out in the group's annual student essay contest.

March 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance March 2, 2018

Home Sales Update March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Fundraiser: PLAY for PPIE at Harvest Park

Sunday event features concert, 'music petting zoo'
PLAY (short for Promote Leadership for Aspiring Youth) is spearheading the third annual Music Showcase Concert on Sunday at Harvest Park Middle School to raise funds for the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Quidditch regionals coming to Dublin

'Harry Potter' inspired sport drawing teams from across western U.S.
US Quidditch and Visit Tri-Valley are bringing the 2018 West Regional Championship to Fallon Sports Park in Dublin this Saturday and Sunday.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
'It Must Be Pinocchio!'

Fun family musical at Firehouse on Sunday
Pinocchio, the beloved little puppet created and brought to life by kindly Italian woodworker Geppetto, will take the stage in Pleasanton this Sunday.

February 28, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council confirms roadwork financing deal with Costco

Also: Sunflower Hill, 'Project Paint Box,' police equipment, I-680/Sunol Boulevard
The Pleasanton City Council last week approved a formal agreement with Costco that finalizes the broad term sheet council members endorsed last year outlining how to pay for road improvements around the Johnson Drive site the wholesale retail giant is eyeing for its third Tri-Valley warehouse store.

February 28, 2018 | 4 comments
School board talks Lydiksen rebuild’s initial design

Enrollment data, MAP approval, recognitions among other topics
The Pleasanton school board reviewed the conceptual design for the Lydiksen Elementary modernization project Tuesday night, a design that district officials said was created in collaboration with the school community and faculty.

February 28, 2018 | 8 comments
Danville hosting special meeting of Tri-Valley councils

Four councils to talk Washington D.C. trip, parks bond, legislative update
The Danville Town Council is set to host the city councils of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton for a special meeting Wednesday night.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Both boys tennis teams start season off strong

Also: Foothill baseball opens with win, TV30 seeks Coach of the Year nominees
The Amador Valley boys tennis team kept their early season success going by taking the title at the James Logan tournament last week.

February 27, 2018 | No comments yet
LPFD recruiting residents for emergency response training

CERT classes start April 30; pre-registration required
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is looking for residents interested in receiving emergency preparedness training through its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

March 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest teen for months-old driveway robbery

New interviews, subsequent investigation lead to identification of suspect
Pleasanton police investigators announced last week that an Oakland teen has been arrested in connection with an incident from December in which a woman was attacked and robbed in her driveway on Chardonnay Drive.

February 27, 2018 | 7 comments
Snow dusts mountain peaks around Tri-Valley

Mount Diablo, Mission Peak among Bay Area sites to see snow
The National Weather Service reported snow in several mountain areas of the Bay Area on Tuesday, including dustings on Mount Diablo, Mission Peak, Mount Umunhum, Mount Hamilton and Mount Fremont.

February 27, 2018 | 1 comment
City seeks volunteers for commission, committee seats

Applications due March 20, with interviews to follow
Pleasanton city officials are looking for residents interested in serving the community on one of the city commissions and committees that oversee specific topic areas and make recommendations to the City Council.

February 28, 2018 | 1 comment
School board to review initial design for Lydiksen rebuild

Also: Vote on MAP system, CSBA delegates, public employee appointments
The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss the conceptual design for the Lydiksen Elementary School modernization project Tuesday night.

February 26, 2018 | 9 comments
Public funeral set Thursday for Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle

Celebration of life at local church followed by reception at Shannon Community Center
The Dublin community will remember the life and achievements of Vice Mayor Don Biddle during public funeral services scheduled for this Thursday morning.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley golf teacher arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse

Police allege assault of student occurred over past three years
A well-known golf instructor in the Tri-Valley area has been arrested on suspicion of the ongoing sexual assault of a minor, Dublin police said Friday.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Building a bridge: Tri-Valley Asian Association hopes to help local immigrants raise their voices

New nonprofit celebrates grand-opening in Pleasanton last month
Sylvia Tian wants to be a "bridge" for new Asian immigrants in Pleasanton. To build a platform for them to become active community members and have their voices heard.

February 22, 2018 | 8 comments
Don't tune out; turn out for the June 5 primary

Congress, State Assembly, Governor, county seats, Zone 7 among races
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, voter turnout in the June primaries hit an all-time low in non-presidential primary year of 2014. Lack of interest and time constraints were the top two reasons given by registered voters who said they do not always vote.

February 22, 2018 | 11 comments
'Untamed Australia' presentation at Livermore Library

Journalist-writer-photographer April Orcutt will present a slideshow about the untamed Northern Territory of Australia, at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Livermore's Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

February 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Senior Center celebrates Friends Tree

Speaker explores how to use wisdom of older adults
More than 125 seniors gathered at the Pleasanton Senior Center recently to celebrate the anniversary of the Friends Tree tribute program.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
YoungArts Foundation tags three Pleasanton teens

Program nurtures accomplished artists in many fields
Three Pleasanton high school students have been named by the National YoungArts Foundation as emerging artists.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Art of Peace: New project turns dismantled firearms into 'beacons of light'

DA O'Malley partnering with nonprofit on program
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, in partnership with the Robby Poblete Foundation, has announced a project entitled "The Art of Peace -- Alameda County."

February 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore: Upcoming film fest features Sammy Davis Jr.

Trailblazing entertainer faced controversial challenges
The newly released documentary film, "Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me," will be shown at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Vine Cinema & Alehouse in Livermore as part of the 23rd annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival.

March 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton author's new book focuses on 'Making Love Last'

'Hold on! Another stage is coming,' Laura Taggart says to young married couples
Taggart has been a marriage therapist for 30 years, but their story made her sad, she remembered, because she'd noticed a rise in troubled young marriages during the previous five years. Also, the current statistic is that one-third of couples divorce before their 10th anniversary.

February 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley set for teen job fair

March 3 event runs from 1-4 p.m. at Pleasanton Senior Center
The Pleasanton Senior Center is set to host the annual Teen Job & Career Fair this weekend.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Backpacking the globe

The Swenson family checked in this month from a beach in the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean near equator, four months into their trip around the world. Holding the Sept. 29, 2017 Pleasanton Weekly (in which their story was featured on the cover) are William and Jess Swenson with children (from left) Ezra, Vesper and Theo.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Baker, Glazer hosting town hall at Foothill High School

Pleasanton meeting Tuesday part of legislators' bipartisan series
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) and State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) are coming to Pleasanton this week as part of their joint town hall tour.

February 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle dies after brief illness

Served 9+ years on City Council, preceded by 12 years on school board
Dublin Vice Mayor Don Biddle, who was serving in his 10th year on the Dublin City Council, died late Wednesday night after battling a brief illness. He was 80.

February 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Sales at a Glance February 23, 2018

February 22, 2018 | No comments yet
'In a New World'

Amador junior advances in oratorical contest with heartfelt speech on citizenship
"I became an American citizen last Wednesday." Those were the opening words of Robin Hwang's speech that won the annual American Legion Post 237 oratorical contest held last month in Pleasanton.

February 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Thorne launches bid for re-election as mayor

Early campaign kick-off as Thorne eyes final term in November election
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne launched his campaign for re-election to a fourth and final term as mayor at a sold-out fundraising breakfast last week at the Alameda County Fairgrounds' Palm Pavilion.

February 21, 2018 | 4 comments
DA O'Malley announces plans to dismiss old marijuana convictions

Office identifies 5,900 case eligible for reconsideration after legalization vote
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced this week that her office plans to dismiss nearly 6,000 old marijuana cases in the wake of a new state law that legalizes the possession and recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older.

February 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton council discusses impacts of recent state housing legislation

Short-term effects seem minimal, but that will change during next RHNA cycle, officials say
The Pleasanton City Council received a recap from city staff this week about the probable local impacts of the so-called "housing package," a group of state legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall to address housing availability and affordability across California.

February 21, 2018 | 24 comments
Lady Blue Devils capture gold, silver medals in San Jose

10U team wins another title; 12U squad earns hard-fought second place
The Lady Blue Devils -- the Tri-Valley's all-girls ice hockey club -- competed in several age groups at MLK Girls/Women's Ice Hockey Tournament in San Jose and returned home with one championship title and a silver medal.

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
City OKs partial street closure to curtail cut-through traffic

Change coming this summer to stop drivers turning from Dublin Canyon into The Preserve
Drivers soon won't be allowed to turn from Dublin Canyon Road onto Laurel Creek Drive after the Pleasanton City Council this month voted in favor of the move after hearing complaints from residents in The Preserve about speeding commuters cutting through their neighborhood.

February 20, 2018 | 31 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys shock Dublin to win EBAL basketball title

Dons hosting James Logan on Tuesday night in NCS tournament opener
What a week it was for the Amador Valley boys basketball team. The Dons followed a Senior Night victory over rival Foothill with two playoff wins, including the EBAL championship game Saturday at top-seeded Dublin.

February 19, 2018 | 3 comments
New Glazer bills take on state pensions, renter support, pet safety

Local senator introduces variety of proposed legislation last week
Tri-Valley State Senator Steve Glazer introduced three bills last week aimed at addressing issues on the minds of people across the state: public pensions, rental costs and pet safety.

February 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to talk impacts of recent state housing legislation

Also: 2016-17 city audit, Costco financing agreement, final Sunflower Hill approval
The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive a recap from city staff Tuesday about the local impacts of the so-called "housing package," a group of state legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall to address housing availability and affordability across California.

February 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Capt. Bretzing retiring from Pleasanton PD

Career policeman rose to second-in-command during 26-year tenure in Pleasanton
The Pleasanton Police Department is getting ready to say goodbye to one of its longest-tenured members, Capt. Jeff Bretzing, who is retiring from the department on Friday.

February 19, 2018 | 4 comments
City, Costco opponents make first court appearance in lawsuit

Two sides due back in court in April after routine conference Wednesday
Last week marked the first court appearance in the lawsuit challenging the city's environmental clearances for its new Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), a rezoning that paves the way for Costco, two hotels and other businesses to potentially be developed near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

February 18, 2018 | 58 comments
PUSD: Foothill searched after threat that was actually tied to Bakersfield school

Tip about threatening Snapchat post really applied to different Foothill High
Pleasanton's Foothill High School was searched by police and cleared of danger Friday morning after a phone call alerting authorities to a threatening social media post was soon determined to have actually pertained to a different Foothill High School.

February 16, 2018 | 4 comments
Chamber announces Community Service Award winners

55th annual ceremony taking place March 28 at Firehouse
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has announced this year's recipients of its annual Community Service Awards ahead of the award ceremony taking place next month.

February 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Planning Commission approves new car wash on Stanley Boulevard

Business uses hybrid model with automated exterior wash, customers vacuuming own interior
A new car wash is on its way into town after the Pleasanton Planning Commission on Wednesday signed off on a proposal from Surf-Thru Express Car Wash to build its first Bay Area station at a long-vacant property along Stanley Boulevard.

February 16, 2018 | 12 comments
Editorial - Black History Month: Knowledge is imperative to creating inclusive society

Black History Month, which celebrates achievements and contributions of African-Americans in our nation's history, is commemorated around the country every February since President Gerald Ford made it official in 1976.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Local AAUW steers girls toward STEM careers

Programs introduce middle-schoolers to scientific possibilities
Girls! You, too, can thrive in science, technology, engineering and math. The local branch of the American Association of University Women does not just speak this message; its members are passionately involved in three programs each year to encourage and nurture young females in these areas.

February 15, 2018 | 2 comments
Interpretive pavilion planned for Shadow Cliffs

Harringtons donating $200,000, some in matching funds
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area -- the 266-acre park on Stanley Boulevard in east Pleasanton -- just keeps getting better. Water enthusiasts enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and beaches at the 80-acre lake. The park's variety of trails are frequented by hikers, bikers and horses.

February 20, 2018 | 11 comments
Museum holding discussions on photo exhibit

Lectures explore 'Black and White in Black and White'
The Museum on Main is holding two "Discussion with ..." lectures relating to its current exhibit, "Black and White in Black and White."

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosting Improv Face-Off 2018

Bay Area teen improv teams will compete against Pleasanton's own Creatures of Impulse in this pro-wrestling-themed run of shows, which has five performances, five different bouts, and an interactive format that gives the audience a chance to win prizes, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 18, 2018 | No comments yet
U.S. Navy Band coming to Bankhead

No tickets left for free show but wait list is available
The Navy is coming to Livermore, one of 12 cities in three states to host a performance by the U.S. Navy Band during its 2018 tour.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Four-star Manilow tribute at Firehouse

"This One's for You: The Songs of Barry Manilow," a cabaret tribute to the pop legend, will be presented by music and theater veterans Kyle Martin, Tielle Baker, Nikita Burshteyn and Andrea J. Love at a special matinee concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

February 19, 2018 | No comments yet
MTC releases Bay Area planning survey

Submit input online through Feb. 23
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released an online survey to get input from the public, partner agencies and others as the commission prepares its next Public Participation Plan.

February 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Cal High: Removal of anthem from pep rally sparks controversy, national attention

Leadership class cites racially charged (unsung) third verse for decision
San Ramon's California High School has been cast into the national spotlight in the past week after a decision by the school's student leadership class to not play the national anthem during last month's pep rally.

February 14, 2018 | 34 comments
Livermore: Pair arraigned for stabbing of 19-year-old woman found on Tesla Road

Some of victim's family members yell at defendants during court hearing
A 19-year-old man and 25-year-old woman from Modesto were arraigned Wednesday on a murder charge for the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Tracy woman in unincorporated Livermore early Monday morning.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Man acquitted in Steinle killing pleads not guilty to federal gun charges

Remains in federal custody without bail
An undocumented Mexican immigrant who was acquitted of state charges of murdering Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to two federal gun charges.

February 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Sandia donates $25,000 to Valley Children's Museum

Funds to help update exhibit space, STEM-themed curriculum
Sandia National Laboratories has donated $25,000 to the Valley Children's Museum in Dublin, a grant made possible through Sandia's gifts and grants program.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD sets public input sessions on Facilities Master Plan update

First meeting is Thursday night in Foothill High library
The Pleasanton school district has three public input meetings coming up to garner resident feedback for its Facilities Master Plan update, which will include Measure I1 bond project prioritization and funding allocation.

February 14, 2018 | 3 comments
Amador, Foothill headed to 'We the People' national finals

First time both teams advance out of state round in same year
The competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are heading to Washington, D.C. in April, representing California for the "We the People" national finals.

February 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton school board considers new assessment system

MAP model would lighten teacher workload, create more effective ‘adaptive’ structure, officials say
A possible new assessment model was the main item of the night for the Pleasanton school board at a sparsely attended meeting Tuesday.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman arraigned on murder charges for double-fatal crash on Stanley

26-year-old holds off on entering plea; prosecutors say she had past DUI convictions
A Livermore woman was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a crash near Livermore last November that claimed the lives of a Village High School student and a 25-year-old woman.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Victim, suspects identified in fatal stabbing outside Livermore

19-year-old's dying words led to couple being arrested in Modesto
A 19-year-old Tracy woman found with fatal stab wounds early Monday morning in unincorporated Livermore in eastern Alameda County has been identified by sheriff's deputies as Lizette Andrea Cuesta.

February 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton mayor delivers 2018 State of the City address

Thorne talks housing, transportation, downtown, local economy and more
2017 was filled with achievements throughout Pleasanton, and city leaders are positioning themselves for another year of highlights in 2018, Mayor Jerry Thorne said during his State of the City address Tuesday afternoon.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill hires Haubner as new football coach

Economics teacher, former Falcons assistant ready to fill big shoes left behind by Sweeney
When replacing an iconic coach at any level or sport, continuity can be of the utmost importance. It looks like the Falcons have done just that with the hiring of Foothill teacher Greg Haubner to guide the football program that Sweeney built.

February 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton school board talking new student assessment model

Also: Call for more school funding, elementary ed specs, copier replacement
The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss a new student assessment model to be possibly implemented in local schools Tuesday night.

February 12, 2018 | 9 comments
Man accused of recording customer inside Pleasanton store fitting room

Arrestee allegedly found with footage of victim
A 45-year-old San Lorenzo man was arrested at Stoneridge Shopping Center for allegedly hiding a camera inside a store fitting room and recording a woman trying on clothes inside.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Services set for Pleasanton native, decorated ACFD dispatcher

Giordano battled rare cancer for 4+ years
Family, friends and colleagues will remember Genevieve Giordano, an Amador Valley High School graduate and emergency call dispatcher in the area, during a memorial service at Cedar Grove Community Church in Livermore this weekend.

February 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Zone 7 board candidates can file running papers starting this week

Four seats up for election during June primary
Candidates hoping to win one of four seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors up for election this June can begin filing nomination papers this Tuesday.

February 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Woman dies after being found stabbed on Tesla Road

19-year-old's dying words help identify alleged assailants
Two teens have been arrested in Modesto in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Tracy woman who was found stabbed on Tesla Road in rural unincorporated Livermore in eastern Alameda County early Monday morning, a sheriff's spokesman said.

February 12, 2018 | 4 comments
Fairlands Elementary commemorates Black History Month with 'living museum'

Fifth-graders take on roles of famous African-Americans
Thurgood Marshall, Barack and Michelle Obama, Willie Mays and Oprah Winfrey all made appearances in Pleasanton on Thursday morning, as fifth-graders at Fairlands Elementary School assumed the roles of famous African-Americans for a "living museum" in honor of Black History Month.

February 11, 2018 | 4 comments
Driver charged with murder for crash that killed Pleasanton teen, Livermore woman

CHP: Arrest Thursday follows 'extensive investigation' into November wreck
A Livermore woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated stemming from the late-night rollover crash just outside Pleasanton on Thanksgiving eve that killed two people, including a Village High School student.

February 8, 2018 | 16 comments
Unity of Tri-Valley welcomes new minister

Rev. Chapman joins Dublin church after serving at Unity of San Leandro
Unity of Tri-Valley in Dublin has announced the hiring of a new senior minister, Rev. Dinah Chapman, who will start in her position this Sunday.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
LPFD fire captain earns Bronze Star Medal

Capt. Atkinson honored for service while deployed as Green Beret in Afghanistan
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Capt. Ken Atkinson was recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service and dedication as a U.S. Army Green Beret deployed in Afghanistan last year.

February 8, 2018 | 3 comments
My Valentine: Pleasanton couple's love spans 60 years, 5 states and 435 kids

'We've been through ups and downs ... but we always had family and we had each other'
To Pleasanton's Deana and David Mitchell, love isn't a passing emotion or a fleeting thought. "It's something you depend on, something you grow into," Deana said. "It's not a fly-by-night thing. It's something everlasting."

February 8, 2018 | 1 comment
Symphony: 'Wild Water and Wonder'

Three young competition winners part of concert program
Livermore-Amador Symphony continues its 55th regular season with "Wild Water and Wonder" on Feb. 24 at the Bankhead Theater, with music director Lara Webber conducting. The concert will feature Ottorino Respighi's "Fountains of Rome" and Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes."

February 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Honoring Chinese New Year

Children's book author to speak about 'The Red Lantern'
As the Chinese Year of the Dog begins, Towne Center Books on Main Street and the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center are presenting free events with author and artist Irma Grant this weekend.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Beatles vs. Rolling Stones in Livermore

Legendary bands bring their 'showdown' to the Bankhead
Which band was better -- the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The two legendary bands will engage in an onstage musical "showdown" at the Bankhead Theater on Feb. 21, courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction-The International Rolling Stones Show.

February 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Celtgrass: We Banjo 3 coming to Firehouse

We Banjo 3 will return to the Firehouse Arts Center from Galway, Ireland, for two performances as part of its "Earth & Sky" tour this weekend, at 8 p.m. Feb. 17, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 18, joined by Scottish band Talisk.

February 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Jump and jive: California Feetwarmers performing at the Firehouse

Travel back to 1920s New Orleans with the Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers as its seven members jump and jive to ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, with horn-heavy rags, banjo stomps and happy traditional jazz.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Castlettes raise funds for Hope Hospice

Golf group lauds nonprofit for compassionate services
The Castlettes -- the Castlewood Country Club women's nine-hole golf group -- recently presented a ceremonial donation check to local nonprofit Hope Hospice for $5,700, funds raised as part of the Castlettes' annual charity holiday luncheon.

February 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair wins industry awards

2017 fair takes home 38 regional, international honors
The Alameda County Fair was recently awarded top honors for innovation and excellence in a variety of competitive categories from two industry associations for its efforts and accomplishments during 2017.

February 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bankhead hosting discussion on state's water situation

Speaker is UC Berkeley professor, heads Water Security & Sustainability Initiative
Livermore's Bankhead Theater is set to host a presentation this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by Roger Bales from the University of California at Merced, discussing what was learned from the 2011-15 drought and what steps need to be taken to secure the state's water future.

February 12, 2018 | No comments yet
LAVTA changes schedules for buses serving local BART stations

One-minute adjustment coincides with BART service changes, agency says
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is implementing schedule adjustments to most Wheels and Rapid bus routes effective Monday morning.

February 9, 2018 | No comments yet
A bright day for Sunflower Hill

Proposed housing community for special-needs adults is win-win for everyone
The Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch residential community for adults with special needs just got one step closer to becoming a reality.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Local veteran, 96, has reason to be proud

Army veteran Manuel Moreno, now 96, has reason to be proud. He served 21 years in the Infantry and the Military Police, receiving two Purple Hearts in World War II. Then, he served another 21 years on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's security detail.

February 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance February 9, 2018

Home Sales Update February 9, 2018

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
San Ramon: 10 new retail, dining tenants coming to City Center

List includes Equinox, Ramen Hiroshi, West Elm, Fieldwork Brewing
Ten new lifestyle and dining tenants have officially have signed leases to be among the inaugural tenants at San Ramon's City Center Bishop Ranch, set to open later this year.

February 7, 2018 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley mayors return from summit in DC with optimism

Extending BART to ACE, helping homeless veterans among key topics in meetings with federal officials
The Tri-Valley's five mayors recently traveled to the nation's capital to advocate for regional priorities with federal officials and receive insights from their peers from across the country as part of the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton volunteers pack 50,000 meals for families in need

Pack-out downtown organized by Kids Against Hunger
Some 400 volunteers showed up to Inklings in downtown Pleasanton last week to participate in a meal-packing event for the Pleasanton-based nonprofit Kids Against Hunger Bay Area.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Get married at county office in Dublin on Valentine's Day

Registration open to wed on holiday; must sign up by Tuesday
The Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office is again taking reservations this year for couples who want to get married on Valentine's Day.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Swalwell introduces bill to protect journalists from physical harm

Local congressman decries 'toxic atmosphere' created by Trump administration
Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation on Monday that would make certain attacks on news reporters a federal crime.

February 7, 2018 | 35 comments
City Council approves Sunflower Hill plans, plus financial support

'It's important that with this project we know that our underserved community is no longer invisible,' Pentin says
Sunflower Hill could be in position to begin building Pleasanton's first-ever residential community for adults with special needs by the end of the year after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the design plans and signed off on almost $9.4 million in financial support for the project.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Mayor Thorne reaches settlement with FPPC over Costco stock disclosure

Agrees to pay $100 fine with state agency finding no intent to conceal or conflict of interest
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne has acknowledged failing to formally inform state regulators about selling his Costco stock in 2016, an admission that comes as part of a proposed settlement agreement with the Fair Political Practices Commission up for final approval next week.

February 6, 2018 | 8 comments
Couple at center of San Ramon Valley human trafficking ring found guilty

Man receives life sentence; woman gets suspended 20-year term with judge deeming she was victim too
A couple has been convicted and sentenced for operating a large-scale sex trafficking ring centered in the San Ramon Valley, two and a half years after their initial arrests.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls remain well-positioned in EBAL soccer race

Also: Tri-Valley Aquatics relays win, Amador boys reach NCS soccer playoffs
The Foothill High girls soccer team started its final stretch of the regular season with a pair of ties last week.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Council to consider approving Sunflower Hill project with financial support

Closing off one entrance to Laurel Creek Drive for traffic calming also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to debate whether to endorse the design for Sunflower Hill's proposed residential community for adults with special needs and sign off on millions of dollars in public financial support for the project Tuesday night.

February 5, 2018 | 4 comments
Monte Vista grad Ertz scores Super Bowl-winning touchdown for Eagles

Philadelphia beats New England 41-33 to capture first Super Bowl title
Monte Vista High School alum Zach Ertz has forever etched himself in Philadelphia sports history, catching the game-deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl championship Sunday night.

February 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Brentwood native joins Pleasanton Police Department

Garcia most recently worked as police officer in Piedmont
The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed its newest officer last month when Officer Joseph Garcia was sworn in by Police Chief Dave Spiller.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Glazer proposal on rainwater capture systems headed to statewide vote

Constitutional amendment would prevent a new system from triggering property reassessment
With the water supply still on many minds across California, local State Senator Steve Glazer has authored a proposal that will be taken to statewide voters in June aimed at providing a tax incentive for people who install a rainwater recycling system on their property.

February 2, 2018 | 9 comments
Teen-run nonprofit seeking donations, volunteers for prom attire giveaway

Items contributed to 1Closet to be given to teens in need at March event
Tri-Valley teen-run nonprofit 1Closet is now hosting a donation drive for prom attire, to be distributed for free to teenagers in need, according to the organizers.

February 4, 2018 | No comments yet
All that jazz: Young musician performs with trio at Inklings each month

'I like seeing people listening to the music, I like the ability to improvise'
James Hall, 13, loves to tinkle the ivories. The young Pleasanton resident is all about jazz, and he prefers electronic keyboards over pianos.

February 1, 2018 | 3 comments
Chorale fundraiser presents concert pianist

Daniel Glover to play masterpieces by French composers
Valley Concert Chorale's fundraiser this month will offer "A Tribute to French Composers," performed by concert pianist Daniel Glover, who has been the group's accompanist since 1998.

February 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Club hosting talk on water-wise gardening

Mediterranean climate plants expert to speak next Thursday
California's drought may officially be over, but most homeowners know it is essential to continue conserving water, particularly on landscaping. One way to do this is to use plants suited to a Mediterranean climate, per the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club.

February 1, 2018 | No comments yet
'Golden Strings' coming to Bankhead

Pacific Chamber Orchestra to play Mendelssohn, Barber, Elgar, Richard Strauss
Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Lawrence Kohl, will present "Golden Strings" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

February 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley artist featured in galleries nationwide

Watercolorist focuses on Mount Diablo
Tri-Valley watercolorist Robin Purcell's landscape paintings have been selected by four prestigious art organizations for their juried exhibits across the country.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
UNCLE Credit Union announces one merger, planning another

'Expanded services' cited as reason for acquiring Stockton Community Federal
Livermore-based UNCLE Credit Union recently announced that it has taken over one Stockton-based credit union and is considering merging with another.

February 1, 2018 | 2 comments
Rally for Love in Livermore

Everyone welcome to come and connect
The second annual Rally for Love will be held this weekend to celebrate the vibrant diversity in the Tri-Valley, and show solidarity with those who feel vulnerable.

February 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Tickets still available to 'meet' Eugene O'Neill

Museum speaker series presenting portrayal of famed playwright, wife
The name Eugene O'Neill is synonymous with the American theater, and the Tri-Valley.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Triptych special in Firehouse lobby

The large-scale triptych "Imperial Woodpecker" -- 6 feet by 12 feet -- by Korean-American artist Sarah Lee, a resident of Dublin, will be on exhibit at Harrington Gallery Grand Atrium Lobby of the Firehouse Arts Center now through March 10.

February 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Teens honored for leading Wreaths Across Pleasanton

The Pleasanton City Council and veteran leaders recognized high school sophomores Julia Borchers (The Athenian School) and Kyla Harris (Amador Valley High) for their leadership in Wreaths Across Pleasanton.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Supporters walk to remember Ilene Misheloff

Disappeared as 13-year-old after being let out of school in 1989
Dozens turned out in Dublin on Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil and community walk to honor Ilene Misheloff, a 13-year-old Dublin girl who disappeared while walking home after school in 1989.

February 1, 2018 | 2 comments
Hope Hospice continues Living with Dementia series this weekend

Topic of session is 'Understanding Behavior as Communication'
Hope Hospice is holding a class this weekend as part of its Living with Dementia series entitled "Understanding Behavior as Communication," a session geared toward promoting meaningful connections between people with dementia and their care providers.

February 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, speaking in Livermore

Holocaust survivor warns: 'Don't just be accepting'
Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank and a Holocaust survivor, is speaking at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. She will describe the events surrounding the diary's writing, discovery and publication, which was 70 years ago.

February 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Bay East honors best in local real estate with year-end awards

McKereghan named Realtor of the Year; Fracisco lauded for distinguished service
The Pleasanton-based Bay East Association of Realtors recognized the best of the best in local real estate in handing out its 2017 awards during its Inaugural Gala last month.

February 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Acquiescence to corruption - Crony capitalism and Costco's big payday

Formal councilman sounds off on proposed JDEDZ transportation fee credits
"The city of Pleasanton is picking our pockets and paying large corporations for the honor of coming to town and is not being honest with us about it," says former councilman Matt Sullivan in this week's Guest Opinion.

February 2, 2018 | 42 comments
Sales at a Glance February 1, 2018

Home Sales Update February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Wines & Valentines to benefit Museum on Main

Fundraiser features three-course dinner at Castlewood Country Club
Love is in the air as Museum on Main prepares for its 11th annual Wines & Valentines fundraiser at Castlewood Country Club, beginning at 6 p.m., next Friday (Feb. 9).

January 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Comedy onstage for Foothill High

Laugh with three ladies about daily trials and tribulations
Laugh it up for a good cause. A performance of three comediennes -- "One Night, Three Women, Too Funny!" -- at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Pleasanton on Tuesday will be held to benefit Foothill High School.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 airing high school basketball games

Foothill girls, both boys teams to be highlighted in EBAL matchups
Tri-Valley Community Television is set to continue its tradition of broadcasting local basketball games starting this weekend with the Foothill Falcons hosting the Dublin Gaels in varsity girls action.

January 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Science on Saturday returning to Tri-Valley

'Biomolecular Action Movies' kicking off lab's lecture series
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is bringing back its Science on Saturday lecture series this month, with presentations geared toward middle and high school students highlighting work taking place at the laboratory under the series' theme "Marvelous Machines."

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 completes bank stabilization project for creek off Foothill Road

Work initiated after erosion threatened Verona Reach homes last winter
Roughly three months and $4.55 million later, Zone 7 Water Agency has completed a bank stabilization project in the 7800 block of Foothill Road where homes were threatened by significant erosion last winter.

January 31, 2018 | 9 comments
Residents voice concerns to school board about proposed math program changes

Senior cabinet raises, bond-funded laptop purchase also part of Tuesday meeting
A group of parents and students packed Tuesday's school board meeting to express concerns about potential changes to the district's math offerings.

January 31, 2018 | 100 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls soccer tops rival Amador during busy week

Spring sports season on horizon; remember to send in those results
The Foothill girls soccer team traveled across Pleasanton last week to take on rival Amador Valley and came away with a 3-1 win.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Police, school officials warn students not to play 'Assassin' game

Unsanctioned annual event involves teens tracking each other down across town with Nerf guns
It's that time of year when some Pleasanton high-schoolers take part in "Assassin" contests -- games that can have dangerous unintended consequences when played in the community, according to Pleasanton police and school district officials.

January 29, 2018 | 7 comments
Me gusta leer: Valley View hosts Spanish book fair to spread joy of reading

'I want kids to enjoy reading,' PTA president says
Sitting on tables throughout the room, the books varied in size and subject. There were graphic novels, chapter books and quicker reads on topics like sports and animals. There were texts based on children's movies like "Coco." And there were particularly popular titles like "Matilda" and "Captain Underpants" -- all en español.

February 1, 2018 | 5 comments
BART board mulls variable parking rates, automated license plate readers

Directors debate merits of proposals; no final vote taken
BART's Board of Directors mulled options for managing the parking facilities available at stations throughout the system during its regularly scheduled meeting last week in Oakland.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Planning Commission endorses Sunflower Hill housing project

Also: Lighthouse Baptist School relocating to Hacienda, new city planning manager
The Pleasanton City Council is poised to consider the proposed Sunflower Hill residential community for adults with special needs next month after the Planning Commission unanimously supported the project application last week.

January 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Man robs bank near Stoneridge Mall

Police working to find culprit, who walked out with unspecified cash
Pleasanton police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed Chase Bank across from Stoneridge Shopping Center on Friday morning.

January 26, 2018 | No comments yet
School board to consider raises for senior cabinet members

Bond-funded laptop purchase, food scrap recycling policy also on Tuesday meeting agenda
Proposed raises for senior cabinet members, another bond-funded laptop purchase and an integrated waste management policy are among the agenda items for the Pleasanton school board's meeting Tuesday night.

January 26, 2018 | 5 comments
Toll hike measure to fund transportation projects placed on June ballot

Voters to decide on Regional Measure 3 bridge toll increases to pay for work throughout Bay Area
Pleasanton voters will have their say on proposed Bay Area bridge toll hikes after the Bay Area Toll Authority on Wednesday approved of putting a resolution on the June 5 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties that would increase tolls to fund traffic congestion relief projects throughout the region, including in the Tri-Valley.

January 25, 2018 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Weekly publisher named San Ramon chamber board chair

Channell also oversees sister publication DanvilleSanRamon.com
The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce recently appointed 18 members to its 2018 Board of Directors.

January 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance January 26, 2018

Home Sales Update January 26, 2018

January 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Kudos to City Manager Nelson Fialho

Longtime city leader recognized for 25 years in public service
Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton's city manager since 2004 -- and, at the time, was California's youngest municipal executive -- was honored last week by the City Council, and for good reason: He was just recognized by the International City/County Management Association for having served in local government for 25 years.

January 25, 2018 | 7 comments
Around Pleasanton: Tri-Valley pays tribute to Dr. King

PUSD superintendent gives keynote speech at annual Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of the Tri-Valley community that packed the ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel last Monday for the 18th annual breakfast honoring the slain civil rights leader.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton 2018 real estate preview

New tax laws, interest rates could complicate Pleasanton real estate this year
The fundamentals of the Pleasanton real estate market will remain unchanged, but new federal tax laws could influence buyer behavior during 2018.

January 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay East Association of Realtors installs new leadership

Castro Valley's Ambrose named 2018 president; Allen selected as president-elect
The Pleasanton-based Bay East Association of Realtors started the new year by recognizing the local and regional real estate professionals who are serving as the trade association's leadership team for this year during a ceremony at Casa Real Winery earlier this month.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Photos to 'Celebrate Women!'

Entries can compete or be displayed to honor someone special
The annual "Celebrate Women!" photo exhibit will be held for the first time at the Livermore Public Library, from March 1-31.

January 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Star-cross'd lovers coming to Pleasanton

Condensed 'Romeo and Juliet' will be at library
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is on tour, taking an abridged version of "Romeo and Juliet" to venues around the state, including Pleasanton. Each performance is composed from Shakespeare's text and edited to include the key conflicts, themes and characters from the play.

January 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Read It & Eat with Benjamin Ludwig

Debut novel tells of autistic girl's struggle to return to her mom
Towne Center Books is presenting Benjamin Ludwig, author of "Ginny Moon," at a Read It & Eat event next Thursday at the shop, 555 Main St.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Blue Devils win big out of state

HS squad takes Chicago tourney; 12U team victorious in Colorado
Two Tri-Valley Blue Devils hockey teams traveled out of state over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend and returned home with the tournament titles.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Inaugural Tri-Valley Tech Connect job fair arrives next week

Feb. 6 event aims to connect local companies with prospective workers
The inaugural Tri-Valley Tech Connect, a regional job fair for established technology and bio-tech companies to recruit, network and engage in professional development, is set to arrive in Pleasanton next week.

January 30, 2018 | No comments yet
DSRSD holding Citizens Water Academy

Sign up through March 1 for crash course in DSRSD operations
The Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), Pleasanton's sewer service provider, is offering a three-week crash course to residents on the district's operations.

January 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Sister city association recruiting for annual summer student exchange

Info sessions set at chamber offices in February
The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association has informational sessions set in the coming weeks for students and families interested in participating in the nonprofit's annual summer exchange program.

January 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Livermore man recognized for 100th blood donation

Red Cross calls for contributions during National Blood Donor Month
Thirty years ago, Thomas Petty was a young employee at Chevron when he heard about a blood drive the company was hosting and encouraging its workers to participate in.

January 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley teacher reflects on life-saving skin grafts

Donor Network West sees record-high in donors in 2017
For Amanda Cerro, the timestamp of 10:38 p.m. on June 28, 2015 will forever be etched into her memory. It was a moment that changed her life.

January 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Students overloaded and underprepared

Second annual Parenting Forum to focus on youth stress
Across the country, kids are busy, stressed and sleep deprived. Between homework, tests and extracurriculars -- not to mention college applications for high schoolers -- students are "super busy both in and out of school," says Denise Pope, Ph.D.

January 25, 2018 | 7 comments
City's community services director Andrade-Wax stepping down

Library director to pull double-duty as acting leader with departments merging
The city of Pleasanton's Community Services and Library Services departments are poised to merge this summer with the upcoming departure of community services director Susan Andrade-Wax.

January 24, 2018 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: Flu season in full swing at local, national level

Officials encourage residents to get vaccinated
Fever. Achy muscles. Feeling weak. These are telltale signs of the flu, which is rampant throughout the country this winter including here in California.

January 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill DECA brings home dozens of awards from career development competition

Students now preparing for state conference in spring
A team of Foothill High students in the school's entrepreneur program DECA collectively earned 157 awards at a competition in San Ramon earlier this month.

January 25, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys basketball tops Foothill with second-half surge

Also: Foothill cheer titles, Falcons' Baxter nets 1,000th point
It is always an exciting time when the boys basketball teams from Amador Valley and Foothill meet up, and it was business as usual when the two locked horns last week at Foothill.

January 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Glazer, Baker join for discussion on state pension debt

Full house for first installation of 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series
The 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series, hosted by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) and State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), kicked off with a full house in San Ramon on Monday night, as locals turned out for a discussion on pension reform.

January 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Grammy winner, Pleasanton resident Edwin Hawkins dies at 74

Bay Area gospel singer best known for hit 'Oh Happy Day'
Edwin Hawkins, a four-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer best known for the 1969 hit "Oh Happy Day," died at his home in Pleasanton last week after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

January 23, 2018 | 5 comments
City Council supports methodology for JDEDZ transportation fee

Funds from developers would be used to pay off city's debt to Costco for fronting roadwork money
The City Council last week signed off on an initial concept for establishing a new transportation fee to charge developers who build on land near the I-580/I-680 interchange newly rezoned to become Pleasanton's newest commercial center anchored by Costco and two hotels, plus other businesses.

January 22, 2018 | 9 comments
New BART train picks up first passengers

Modern 10-car trains running in peak commute hours
BART took the first passengers on its new train cars last Friday as 10 of them went into service at Oakland's MacArthur station.

January 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Teens arrested in drive-by purse theft at Hacienda Crossings

Police: High-schooler reached through window of moving car to grab girl's purse
Three Antioch teenagers were arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing another teen's purse without even stopping their car during the previous weekend at the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, according to a Dublin police spokesman.

January 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Deputy pleads not guilty to facilitating inmate assault at Dublin jail

Authorities allege he urged gang members to attack fellow inmate
An Alameda County sheriff's deputy was arraigned Friday on two counts of assault for allegedly encouraging six gang members to attack a fellow inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who the deputy had quarreled with.

January 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman takes plea deal, sentenced for DUI crash that killed toddler

Seven-year prison term, but she could serve only half that with good behavior
A Pleasanton woman with previous intoxication-fueled run-ins with law enforcement was sentenced to seven years in state prison Friday after accepting a plea agreement for causing the fatal DUI crash that killed a toddler on Interstate 680 in San Ramon a year and a half ago.

January 19, 2018 | 28 comments
Glazer, Baker talking pension reform at joint appearance Monday night

California pension liabilities to kick off legislators' Bipartisan Speaker Series
The Tri-Valley's Democrat state senator and Republican assemblywoman are set to kick off their 2018 Bipartisan Speaker Series with a discussion on pension reform Monday evening in San Ramon.

January 19, 2018 | 26 comments
Two new courts open at Tennis Park

Ribbon-cutting marks completion of years-long effort to bring court count to 12
Pleasanton officials and tennis enthusiasts celebrated the grand opening of two new lighted courts at the city's Tennis and Community Park last week.

January 23, 2018 | 7 comments
Tri-Valley among targets of 'Lucky Lotto Bandits'

San Jose police identify suspects in more than 30 burglaries
San Jose police said Thursday that suspects arrested at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield last month are linked to more than 30 gas station and convenience store burglaries in the Bay and Sacramento areas, including in Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
County sheriff’s deputy formally charged with assault for inmate attack

Allegedly told other inmates to beat victim up, ‘make it look like he fell in the shower’
An Alameda County sheriff's deputy was charged Thursday with assault by a public officer and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury for allegedly facilitating the an assault of an inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in October, prosecutors said.

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
'Black and White in Black and White' coming to Museum on Main

Upcoming exhibit depicts 'dignity, hope and diversity in America'
The Museum on Main is shining a spotlight on race relations in America at the turn of the 20th century by hosting a traveling exhibit beginning next week, "Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in America."

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Time for new collaboration between city, school district

Pleasanton school trustees wisely are carefully considering how to spend the $270 million bond issue that voters passed in November 2016.

January 21, 2018 | 13 comments
Timing is key in upcoming play 'Noises Off'

'Over-the-top comedy' takes us behind scenes at theater
Slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines. Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre continues its season with a show about a delightfully dysfunctional touring theater troupe in Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," which opens Jan. 27 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

January 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Coach Sweeney getting well-deserved break after devoted career

Also: Foothill boys soccer shuts out Amador Valley 2-0
When I talked with Foothill football coach Matt Sweeney shortly after he told his players he was stepping down after 31 years of coaching, my first thought was "good for you."

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
East Bay Parks warns of poisonous mushrooms

Officials: Residents should keep selves, dogs away from toxic growths
The East Bay Regional Park District is urging Bay Area residents not to collect or consume mushrooms in East Bay parks, as the region is home to two of the most toxic mushrooms in the world.

January 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Bay Area Corporate Games coming to Tri-Valley

Registration underway for athletic competition set for March
Registration is now open for the Bay Area Corporate Games, coming to Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore in March through a partnership between Visit Tri-Valley and Corporate Games USA.

February 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police arrest local man two days after standoff

55-year-old surrenders without further incident, booked in jail on arrest warrant
Police officers detained a Pleasanton man on an arrest warrant on Thursday morning at the house where he had holed up and refused to surrender to police after fleeing a traffic stop two days earlier, according to a department spokeswoman.

January 18, 2018 | 5 comments
Workshop set on helping young adults with special needs transition after high school

Collaborative info session set for Tuesday evening
Local agencies are partnering to host a free "Transition Information Night" on Tuesday for families of Tri-Valley young adults with developmental disabilities, a workshop focused on bridging the gap between high school and adulthood.

January 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Head-on collision closes Highway 84 south of Pleasanton

Both directions reopen around noon after two-hour shutdown
A serious head-on crash near Sunol caused emergency responders to close Highway 84 for two hours on Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Teens arrested in home burglary that prompted Vintage Hills Elementary lockdown

Police closed school as precaution while final suspect hid in neighborhood
Pleasanton police arrested three San Jose teens Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into a house near Vintage Hills Elementary School, with the campus being locked down for more than an hour while officers searched for the final suspect.

January 18, 2018 | 27 comments
Sales at a Glance January 19, 2018

Homes Sales Update January 19, 2018

January 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill girls to play in fundraiser powderpuff game Monday

Proceeds from event to support sexual misconduct prevention program
Around 50 girls are expected to converge on Foothill High School's football field Monday night to play a game for a cause.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund raises $70,000+

12 Tri-Valley nonprofits to benefit from local donations
The Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund campaign ended last Friday with 289 contributors donating $70,167, an amount that will be split among 12 beneficiaries.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
City releases online survey for Trails Master Plan update

Public meeting set for Thursday night; survey open through Monday
City officials are looking for input from residents about the public trails system in Pleasanton via a brief online survey available through Monday.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's deputy arrested for allegedly facilitating inmate assault at Santa Rita

Incident took place at Dublin jail in October, according to officials
A correctional deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of facilitating the assault of an inmate at Santa Rita Jail in October, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

January 17, 2018 | 2 comments
School board OKs employee raises

Lydiksen furniture proposal, Matt Sweeney recognition also part of Tuesday meeting
The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved raises for classified and management/confidential employees at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

January 17, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council reaffirms support of Owens Drive lane reduction

Staff says traffic flow remains smooth, though commuters still complain of delays outside BART station
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday again declared its support for the one-lane configuration along a stretch of Owens Drive near the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station that has drawn the ire of some residents and commuters for more than a year.

January 16, 2018 | 46 comments
Shepherd's Gate welcomes new CEO

Patterson joins family-support nonprofit after years at Cityteam
Livermore-based Christian nonprofit Shepherd's Gate announced this week that Carol Patterson has been hired as its new chief executive officer.

January 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Man holed up in home causes police to close Old Stanley for three hours

Pleasanton PD pursuing arrest warrant after deeming no threat to community
Pleasanton police blocked off Old Stanley Boulevard for about three hours Tuesday afternoon while working to negotiate with a local man who barricaded himself in a family house just outside downtown after fleeing from a traffic stop.

January 16, 2018 | 45 comments
City Council to revisit Owens Drive lane reduction

Also: Proposed methodology for JDEDZ transportation fee
The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive an update Tuesday on traffic circulation along a stretch of Owens Drive near the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station where a lane reduction drew the ire of some residents and commuters last year.

January 15, 2018 | 8 comments
PPD: Livermore man arrested on suspicion of attempted matricide

Incident occurred in Stanford-ValleyCare parking lot Monday morning
A Livermore man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly severely assaulting his mother in the parking lot of a Pleasanton hospital on Monday morning.

January 15, 2018 | 6 comments
Dublin: Health officials investigating death of Kolb Elementary student

Initial probe indicates no exposure to school; counselors on campus this week
The death of a student in the Dublin Unified School District is being investigated by the Alameda County Public Health Department, health officials told the school district Friday.

January 14, 2018 | 6 comments
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare invests in germ-zapping robots

New technology added to help hospital cleaning
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare is enlisting the aid of two germ-zapping robots to help keep the hospital clean.

January 21, 2018 | 2 comments
Baker introduces resolution urging feds to protect California coast from oil drilling

Local assemblywoman cites negative impacts on environment, state economy
President Donald Trump's administration has received a range of opposition to its proposal this month to open federal waters, including those near California, to new offshore oil drilling operations.

January 12, 2018 | No comments yet
School board to consider employee raises

Lydiksen furniture proposal, audit report also on Tuesday's agenda
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider raises for classified and management/confidential employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

January 12, 2018 | 27 comments
Pleasanton police work to make sure residents keep dogs on leash

Department holds special enforcement effort at Ken Mercer Sports Park
Reports of dogs roaming without a leash in public parks are on the rise in Pleasanton, and the police department is working to remind residents of the important safety -- and legal -- reasons to keep their canine companions leashed when out in the city.

January 12, 2018 | 34 comments
Pleasanton police remind residents of city marijuana rules

Recreational use by adults 21+ allowed under state law; no commercial operations in city
With recreational marijuana businesses allowed in California as of Jan. 1, the Pleasanton Police Department issued an advisory last week reminding residents what they can and can't do with marijuana under state law and city regulations.

January 15, 2018 | 14 comments
Livermore man suspected in death of fellow inmate at Folsom prison

Kober already serving 80 to life for killing former friend at golf course in 2012
A man who's serving a term of 80 years to life for murdering a former friend on a Livermore golf course in 2012 is among two inmates accused of slaying a fellow inmate at the Folsom state prison, California Department of Corrections officials said Thursday.

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Work ongoing to add parking, storage at Pioneer Cemetery

City's $350,000 project expected to wrap up in March
Construction is underway on a short-term project that aims to bring more parking spaces and a new maintenance storage area to the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery.

January 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton 2018: Soaring to new highs

Another year of records in city revenue, property valuations, household income, housing prices
New records set last year continue to soar unabated in Pleasanton as 2018 gets underway. Starting the new year, Pleasanton saw a 3.9% growth rate over last year with a current population estimated at 82,270.

January 11, 2018 | 13 comments
'En plein air' exhibits come to the Firehouse

Painting expeditions in the Sierra mountains, watercolors from Jade Fon enthusiasts on display
Thirteen years ago, two friends from Moraga trekked to the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains with camping gear on their backs and paintbrushes in hand.

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast set for next week

Community of Character Collaborative now hosting annual event
The 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast is set for later this month, with a new host for the event.

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Tamriko onstage in Winter Classical Concert

Pianist, guitarist teaming up to benefit Pleasanton schools
Pleasanton's own Tamriko Siprashvili on piano and Ian Rowe on guitar will take listeners on a journey from baroque music to the romantic works of Italian and Spanish composers at the fourth annual Winter Classical Concert to support arts in the schools, on Jan. 27.

January 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Acoustic bluegrass show at Firehouse

The Special Consensus -- perhaps better known as Special C -- will bring their special brand of acoustic bluegrass music to the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton this Friday (Jan. 19) at 8 p.m.

January 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: New state housing requirements could affect Pleasanton

Changes could mean time to restart East Side planning to get ahead of pack
Housing -- and the need for more of it -- has become a top political and economic issue in California, and Pleasanton could be a target for state mandates once again.

January 17, 2018 | 5 comments
Public input sessions set for county's Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan update

Provide your thoughts at open house in Livermore on Thursday
The Alameda County Public Works Agency is hosting three public input sessions as part of the effort to update its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan within its jurisdiction, including unincorporated Pleasanton and Sunol.

January 11, 2018 | 2 comments
East Bay Parks hosting Youth Job Fair in Livermore

Set for Jan. 20 at Robert Livermore Community Center
The East Bay Regional Park District is holding one of its two Youth Job Fair events this month in Livermore, set for this Saturday (Jan. 20).

January 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance January 2018

Home Sales Update January 2018

January 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Who benefits from proposed costly redevelopment of Civic Center site?

Pleasanton residents should consider carefully the proposed changes to our current Civic Center site, the home of our city hall, library and police station. Benefits to our community are few and at too high a cost in both dollars ($200 million plus public subsidies) and negative impacts (housing, water, school overcrowding, traffic).

January 10, 2018 | 23 comments
Choral groups holding auditions

Try out for Valley Concert Chorale, Harmony Fusion Chorus
Two chorale groups with strong Tri-Valley ties are recruiting for new singers later this month.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
PFLL hosting T-Ball open house

Follows makeup evaluations for older divisions
Pleasanton Foothill Little League is set to hold its first-ever T-Ball open house this Saturday to bring young kids and their parents together to learn more about participating in youth baseball's starter division.

January 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Local teen soccer star signs with San Jose Earthquakes

Also: Split week for Foothill boys basketball, Amador wrestling takes third
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Pleasanton teenage defender Jacob Akanyirige to a "homegrown player" contract.

January 10, 2018 | 2 comments
New whooping cough case reported at Foothill

Reports of pertussis started in fall
As Pleasanton Unified School District classes resumed from winter break this week, some Foothill High School parents were notified of a new reported case of pertussis, or whooping cough.

January 10, 2018 | 17 comments
Museum announces new Eugene O'Neill performance

Tickets also still available for Coretta Scott King event
The Museum on Main has announced that the topic of its February installment of the "An Afternoon or Evening with ..." Ed Kinney Speaker Series has been switched to a presentation on playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife Carlotta Monterey.

January 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Fleeing man eludes police after crash ends brief chase

31-year-old from Fremont remains at-large
Pleasanton police are looking for a Fremont man after he allegedly ran away from officers after crashing his car into a fallen tree amid a brief pursuit early Tuesday morning.

January 9, 2018 | 9 comments
Sweeney steps down as Foothill High football coach

Time was right to retire from gridiron sidelines, longtime coach says
Saying it was just time, Foothill High School football coach Matt Sweeney stepped down Tuesday after 31 years of coaching on the gridiron.

January 9, 2018 | 11 comments
Board expresses interest in K-8 school to address north Pleasanton overcrowding

Trustees discuss size ranges, new elementary school at facilities workshop
At a special Saturday morning school board meeting, trustees directed district staff not to move forward with planning for a new standalone elementary school, but rather explore options that include adding a K-5 program to an existing middle school.

January 8, 2018 | 43 comments
Steinle defendant appears in court on federal charges

Arraignment delayed; defense slams new charges as politically motivated
An undocumented Mexican immigrant who was acquitted of murder for the 2015 fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier made his first appearance in federal court Monday on related gun possession charges.

January 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Council checks in on Downtown Specific Plan update process

Discussion focuses on early plan for how to redevelop Civic Center site
This month marks one year since city officials, business representatives and residents started work toward updating Pleasanton's Downtown Specific Plan, to bring the 15-year-old guiding document more up to date with modern priorities and future goals for downtown.

January 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Cyclist dies in crash near Livermore

CHP: No witnesses to incident on South Flynn Road
A cyclist died when she crashed her bike Sunday morning in unincorporated Alameda County east of Livermore, California Highway Patrol officials said.

January 7, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton police arrest man accused of driving into officer

Hayward resident facing assault, weapons, stolen property allegations
Pleasanton police announced Friday night they arrested a Hayward man whom they allege ran down a local police officer with his car while fleeing a residential burglary scene earlier this week.

January 6, 2018 | 4 comments
Main Street water pipe replacement set to begin this week

Work on first segment expected to last through March; Santa Rita portion to pick up in spring
Residents and visitors coming to downtown Pleasanton will soon notice construction work on the north end of Main Street as crews begin to replace a decades-old, cast-iron water main with modern pipes.

January 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Man acquitted in Steinle killing sentenced to time-served for weapon charge

Garcia Zarate headed for federal custody, poised for arraignment new counts
The man who was acquitted of murder charges in the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday, but received credit for full time served, for his conviction on a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

January 5, 2018 | 9 comments
Female inmates allege mistreatment at Santa Rita Jail

Lawsuit filed Thursday against sheriff's office, county
Six current and former female inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin filed suit in federal court in Oakland Thursday alleging that Alameda County sheriff's deputies mistreated them and in some cases coerced them to have abortions.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Make a Difference in the new year

Event next weekend presents 34 local volunteer opportunities
If your New Year's resolution is to volunteer more, you are in luck. Local volunteer opportunities can be explored all under one roof at the Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, in the community room at the library. "Get Connected and Stay Connected" is the theme of the day.

January 4, 2018 | 1 comment
East Bay Parks holding 25th annual Trails Challenge

Good opportunity for those who resolved to exercise more in 2018
If you have resolved to hike more in 2018, check out East Bay Regional Park District's 25th annual Trails Challenge. It runs now through Dec. 1 for participants to earn a free commemorative pin for completing a minimum of 26.2 miles of trails or by hiking five trails.

January 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera hosting inaugural sing-along

Enthusiasts to share evening of wine, passion and song
Choral singers are invited to attend Livermore Valley Opera's first-ever opera sing-along for an evening of wine and opera, directed by Maestri Ofer dal Lal and chorus master Bruce Olstad.

January 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Make this the week you help schools through Holiday Fund

Annual donation campaign benefiting PPIE, other nonprofits runs until Jan. 12
With students heading back to school next week after a two-week holiday break, it's a good time to remember to give to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which will benefit Pleasanton schools.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunrise Senior Living arrives in Pleasanton

Long-awaited opening comes just in time for NorCal fire victims
It's been almost three months since Sunrise of Pleasanton opened its doors -- and more than three decades since the senior housing company first eyed a new facility here.

January 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Stuffed animals bring holiday cheer to Hope Hospice patients

Members from Pan Am World Wings International's Oakland Chapter once again visited Hope Hospice in Dublin with bags overflowing with new stuffed bears and other cuddly animals to bring a touch of comfort to Hope Hospice patients during the holiday season.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Opening reception for plein air exhibitions downtown

"Gold & Granite" by Kevin Courter is among the artworks on display in the "Plein Air Paintings of the High Sierras" exhibition at the Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery this week through Feb. 17.

January 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Fleetwood Mac hits at Firehouse

Cover group Fleetwood Mask is set to perform the best of Fleetwood Mac -- from favorites like "Rhiannon," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Lovin' Fun" to early gems that hearken back to their early days as a British blues band -- this weekend at the Firehouse Arts Center in downtown Pleasanton.

January 8, 2018 | No comments yet
County commission offering local arts grants

ARTSFUND program open to nonprofits in arts across Alameda County
The Alameda County Arts Commission is accepting applications for its 2018 ARTSFUND Grants Program, offering contributions of $1,000 to $2,500 each to county-based nonprofits.

January 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Earthquake rattles East Bay

4.4-magnitude temblor centered near Claremont Hotel in Berkeley
An earthquake that struck the East Bay early Thursday morning had a magnitude of 4.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Burglary suspect hits officer with car while fleeing scene

Search is on for man accused of breaking into Montevino Drive home
A Pleasanton police officer was hospitalized after being run down by a sedan driven by a man accused of ransacking a nearby home Wednesday evening, according to a department spokesperson.

January 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Frustration grows in Dublin

New high school debate prompts recall efforts
Frustration levels are running high for some Dublin residents, driven by over-crowded schools that they believe are exacerbated by continuing residential growth.

January 3, 2018 | 5 comments
County: LAFCo set to consider municipal service review report

Commission also recruiting for new public member
The Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is set to meet in Dublin next week to talk about its report that evaluates all Alameda County cities' ability to serve current and future residents and recommends updates to their spheres of influence.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill weighs changes to bell schedule

School to send out survey this month before considering formal proposal
A later start time? An "access" period? Adding brunch to the day? These are among the ideas the Foothill High community is weighing as school officials explore whether to formally propose changes to the bell schedule next school year.

January 3, 2018 | 32 comments
Pleasanton company acquires ParaGard contraceptive for $1.1B

Firm: Move rounds out CooperSurgical's portfolio in women's and family health
The Cooper Companies Inc., a firm headquartered in Pleasanton, recently announced it completed its proposed purchase of the assets and global rights and business of the ParaGard contraceptive device from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for approximately $1.1 billion.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Feel-good story in Piscotty's bittersweet homecoming

Also: Foothill girls basketball wins West Coast Jamboree
It is during the holiday season that the importance of family is celebrated and cherished. For the Piscotty family of Pleasanton, the best Christmas gift came 11 days early when Stephen Piscotty was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the hometown team Oakland Athletics.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP advises drivers of new traffic safety laws for 2018

Marijuana use, pedestrian signals, seat belts among topics
Cannabis consumption on the road is a key priority for California Highway Patrol officials as they remind drivers of new laws surrounding traffic safety statewide that took effect as of Monday.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
New BART rules to deter fare evasion now in effect

Riders must be ready to show proof of payment or face citations, fines
BART's ordinance that passed in October took effect Monday to deter fare evasion by requiring proof of payment inside paid areas of stations and on-board trains.

January 3, 2018 | No comments yet
BART fares go up 2.7% in new year

Officials handing out free Clipper cards at Dublin-Pleasanton next Monday
Fares increased for BART riders in the new year, with everyone paying 2.7% more than in 2017, according to the transit agency.

January 1, 2018 | 12 comments
Two new Realtors join J. Rockcliff

Local office also partners with myTheo platform
J. Rockcliff Realtors announced this fall that two experienced Tri-Valley Realtors have joined the firm's Pleasanton office.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Local hockey team wins San Jose tourney

Overtime goal in championship books Blue Devils' ticket to finals in Michigan
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils 14-and-under A team earned a spot to compete in Port Huron, Mich. this month by winning the 2017 International SilverStick Regional Tournament in San Jose.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley beer passport supports nonprofit Sunflower Hill

$20 donation to local nonprofit for every five passport stamps along Beer Trail
Spread Cheer With Beer, Visit Tri-Valley's seasonal beer trail passport, has returned and now through Jan. 31, people who use the passport to visit at least five participating vendors can help raise funds for local nonprofit Sunflower Hill.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Lions set for annual crab feed

Signups begin for popular fundraiser coming Jan. 20
Registration is underway for the Pleasanton Lions Club's annual crab feed fundraiser, set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Rep presenting '1776, the Musical'

Unconventional show brings American history to vivid life
Take a romp through our country's founding, as Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre brings John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to the stage in "1776, the Musical." The show hit Broadway in 1969, winning three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, to prove that we can tap our toes through a history lesson.

January 1, 2018 | No comments yet
School district expands adult and career education offerings

More ESL courses on tap, plus classes on health care, Mandarin, crocheting
With the start of the new year come new offerings from PUSD's Adult and Career Education Department as it gears up for the spring semester.

January 2, 2018 | 2 comments
Foothill junior receives Girl Scouts Gold Award

Singhal's project brought 'Medical Occupations Career Night' to Kaiser Oakland
Pleasanton resident Aanya Singhal, a junior at Foothill High, recently received a Gold Award -- the highest honor presented by the Girl Scouts -- in recognition of her project creating the inaugural "Medical Occupations Career Night" at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Oakland.

January 2, 2018 | No comments yet

2017

DSRSD: Refinancing bonds will save $9.8M in future debt

Officials: Move comes just before Jan. 1, when new tax law prohibits such refunding
The Dublin San Ramon Services District's recent debt refunding will save the district nearly $10 million over the next few decades, officials said.

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance December 2017

Sales at a Glance

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Sales at a Glance December 2017

Homes Sales at a Glance December 2017

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance December 2017

Home Sales Update December 2017

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Sales At a Glance December 2017

December Home Sales Update

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
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Homes Sales Update Dec. 2017

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Real Estate Homes Sales Dec. 2017

Home sales Update

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Real Estate Homes Sales Dec. 2017

Home sales Update

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Blackhawk man pleads guilty to killing wife with hammer

Surprise admission in court came weeks before trial was set to start
A Blackhawk man charged with brutally killing his wife in their home last year pleaded guilty earlier this week to committing the crime, changing his plea weeks before his trial was set to start -- and making what attorneys on both sides described as an unexpected apology in court.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Farewell to 2017: A look back at the year's news in Pleasanton

Continued Costco debate, new PUSD superintendent, rain damage, new development among highlights
A proposed Costco with diehard opponents, a(nother) new superintendent of schools, too much rain, too much heat. Excellent young athletes. The aftermath of untimely deaths.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
The value of community journalism

When Investigation Discovery (ID) television network wanted to do a documentary-style program about the 2008 murder of Pleasanton couple Ernest Scherer Jr. and Charlene Abendroth, they contacted the local newspaper.

December 28, 2017 | 9 comments
Around Pleasanton: Good news on the Weekly's Holiday Fund

Sunday deadline to qualify for 2017 taxes; donation drive open through Jan. 12
The good news is that as of Christmas Day, we have passed the $55,000 mark in contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

December 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Stoneridge Creek expansion nearly complete

Final phase features new homes, amenities, landscaping
The Stoneridge Creek senior living community is close to seeing its full vision come to fruition, with construction moving toward completion on the final phase that will bring more than 150 new homes along with added indoor and outdoor amenities.

December 27, 2017 | 5 comments
County: Consider paying property taxes before Jan. 1

Because new tax regulations take effect in 2018
Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Henry Levy reminded taxpayers, especially residential homeowners, to consider paying the second installment of their property taxes for the 2017-18 fiscal year by this weekend.

December 27, 2017 | 28 comments
200+ young cricketers compete in Tri-Valley event

Inter-school tourney fields high school division for first time
Youth cricket players from Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon took part in the fifth Cricket for Cubs Inter-school Tournament earlier this month as the international sport continues to grow in popularity in the Tri-Valley.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD facilities workshop set for Saturday

Weekend board meeting to focus on enrollment, bond projects
The Pleasanton school board has scheduled a special meeting for this weekend to discuss school facilities.

December 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Zone 7 recruiting for new general manager

Application deadline set for Jan. 8
Zone 7 Water Agency has begun the process of searching for its next general manager with the goal of making a hire by March.

December 27, 2017 | 4 comments
City plans to retain Pleasanton Garbage as solid waste hauler

Council OKs going out to bid for new company to process recyclables, organics
The city of Pleasanton appears poised to continue its decades-long relationship with Pleasanton Garbage Service after the City Council last week endorsed the early framework for a new franchise agreement to allow the local company to remain as the city's solid waste service provider.

December 26, 2017 | 12 comments
State officials discuss rules, fees for cannabis businesses at county summit

Supervisor Miley helps spearhead event in Oakland last week
With Monday set as the start date for legal sales of recreational marijuana in California, dozens of current and potential cannabis entrepreneurs came to a summit in Oakland last week to hear state officials explain the rules they must follow and the fees they must pay.

December 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Amador wrestling places second at Healdsburg tournament

Also: Foothill girls soccer posts strong showing at Tri-Valley Classic
The Amador Valley wrestling team took second in the Drew Esquivel Memorial Duals in Healdsburg earlier this month.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Bank and Heritage Bank of Commerce announce merger

Transaction valued at $31.6 million
Tri-Valley Bank announced Thursday that it would be merging into Heritage Bank of Commerce.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Authorities identify pedestrian killed on Hacienda Drive

29-year-old was struck by car Wednesday night
A pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a car on Hacienda Drive on Wednesday night has been identified as 29-year-old Vincent Whitley, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau.

December 24, 2017 | 7 comments
Pleasanton police lieutenant presented with 2017 Trail Blazer Award

Munayer: 'I'm deeply honored to receive this recognition'
The California Peace Officers Association recently presented Pleasanton Police Department Lt. Maria Munayer with the 2017 Trail Blazer Award.

December 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Whooping cough cases reported at Foothill

PUSD notifies parents of children who may have been exposed
Pleasanton Unified School District has notified some Foothill High School parents whose children may have been exposed to pertussis, or whooping cough, in recent weeks.

December 22, 2017 | 1 comment
Pedestrian killed on Hacienda Drive

Coroner waiting to release identity of victim
A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Hacienda Drive on Wednesday night, Pleasanton police said Thursday.

December 21, 2017 | 12 comments
Here comes Santa Claus: Visiting St. Nick is a Tri-Valley tradition

Sitting with Santa can mean laughter ... or tears
Whether a child is thrilled to meet Santa or bursts into tears at the proximity of the portly red-clad stranger, it is an experience to savor and recall with affection over the years. When the Pleasanton Weekly asked for Santa photos, several of you responded with oldies but goodies.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: 'Tis the weekend for record crowds at Stoneridge Mall

Tomorrow, the last Saturday before Christmas, is projected to be the busiest shopping day of the year with many shoppers heading out to make last-minute purchases before the holiday.

December 22, 2017 | No comments yet
In this season of giving, joy and peace

It's holiday time in a bah humbug sort of year. Reasons for distress run the gamut -- from terrorism, violence and nuclear weapons to disrespect, distrust, divisiveness and discrimination to inequality and injustice. When there is equal outrage over a football player who takes a knee and someone who takes a life with impunity, something is wrong.

December 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley hockey squad qualifies for international finals

Strong team effort seals regional title against host San Jose
The Tri-Valley Blue Devils 14-and-under B team clinched a spot in the International SilverStick Finals in Canada next month by winning its division at the 2017 Pacific Regional Tournament in San Jose.

December 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Kiss off the year with comedy at the Firehouse

Will Durst and crew return to Pleasanton for 25th year of political satire
Once again Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters will be in Pleasanton while touring theaters of the greater Bay Area with their 25th annual Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Comedy Show. The PG-13 performance begins at 8 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 27) at the Firehouse Arts Center.

December 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Assemblywoman Baker announces staffing changes

Garcia named legislative director; Akin becomes new scheduler
Local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) made two recent staffing changes for her office in Sacramento.

December 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Comments sought for draft Tri-Valley hazard mitigation plan

Pleasanton teaming with Dublin, Livermore, DSRSD on regional preparation
Pleasanton officials, along with those in Dublin and Livermore, are working to gather public input on the region's draft Tri-Valley Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

December 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Ballot measure seeks to curb health care costs

Workers file petitions in Pleasanton, other cities with Stanford Health presence
Pleasanton voters may have a chance next year to put a cap on how much Stanford Health and other health care providers can charge patients for medical care under a ballot initiative being advanced by the health care workers union.

December 20, 2017 | 11 comments
Pleasanton RADD teams earn medals in floor hockey

Pinney wins gold in skills event at Special Olympics regional competition
Pleasanton hosted more than 300 of the state's top Special Olympics floor hockey players earlier this month, and the hometown competitors walked away from the Alameda County Fairgrounds with medals.

December 20, 2017 | 1 comment
PUSD gets high marks from state

California School Dashboard accountability data released
The Pleasanton Unified School District has met the highest performance level on three of four reported state indicators of success, according to 2016-17 data recently released by the California Department of Education.

December 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Council reviews options for confronting unfunded pension liabilities

City staff, committee set to present recommendations early in new year
The Pleasanton City Council held a wide-ranging discussion Tuesday night about the city's growing pension costs, including strategies for trying to pay down some of the estimated $160 million in unfunded liabilities associated with city employee pensions.

December 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Police arrest driver after standoff near Stoneridge Mall

Allegedly intoxicated driver locked self in car with knife after traffic stop
Pleasanton police announced late Tuesday night they had taken a female driver into custody after she locked herself in her car at knifepoint for more than three hours after being pulled over by officers for suspicion of DUI.

December 19, 2017 | 7 comments
TV30 to air slate of holiday events

Broadcasts set to run through Christmas Day
Through Christmas Day, Tri-Valley Community Television will be broadcasting local holiday events that took place earlier in the month for those who missed out or just want to relive the festivities.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls soccer jumps to No. 9 ranking in state

Also a strong week on the pitch for Foothill girls
The Amador Valley girls soccer team rolled to three wins last week, moving to 8-0 on the season and climbing up to a No. 9 ranking in California.

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance

Oct. 23 to 27, 2017
Sales at a Glance for Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, October, 2017

December 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Local teens arrested for flare gun shootings in San Ramon

Police: DA's Office to review case Tuesday
Four local teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shooting flare guns into multiple houses in San Ramon over the weekend.

December 18, 2017 | 6 comments
County officials seek nominees for Women's Hall of Fame

Nominations due Jan. 22 for 25th annual awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame, which in 2018 will celebrate its 25th year of women making a difference in the community, county officials said.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Carpenters Training Center expansion sent back to drawing board

Also: Commission OKs tutoring facility, Lund Ranch II street names, new chairman
The Pleasanton Planning Commission indicated support for a proposed expansion of the Carpenters Training Center on Santa Rita Road but referred the project back to city planning staff and the applicant last week to address concerns with parking, landscaping and other components.

December 18, 2017 | No comments yet
CHP: Man dies after jumping from I-680 freeway ramp

Struck by two cars on I-580 connector; fatality being treated as apparent suicide
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a man who reportedly jumped from the shoulder of a freeway connector Friday night in Dublin as an apparent suicide.

December 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Council reviewing options to confront unfunded pension liabilities

Also: Garbage franchise agreement, downtown planning update, new vice mayor
The Pleasanton City Council is set for a wide-ranging discussion Tuesday night about how to address the city's growing unfunded pension liabilities.

December 18, 2017 | 25 comments
Fatal crash on I-580/I-680 interchange Friday night

No further details released on incident
The California Highway Patrol reported at least one person died in a crash on the freeway connector from southbound Interstate 680 to westbound I-580 in Dublin on Friday night.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Red flag fire warning issued for this weekend

Winds forecast to be high for East Bay hills through 10 a.m. Sunday
Breezy conditions and low humidity readings have led to very elevated fire weather concerns in the Bay Area, with a red flag warning in effect from Friday night to Sunday morning, weather officials said.

December 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Amador grad Piscotty traded to Oakland Athletics

Move allows third-year OF to be closer to mom battling ALS
Pleasanton native and Major League Baseball player Stephen Piscotty is returning to the Bay Area, professionally, after the St. Louis Cardinals traded the outfielder to the Oakland Athletics in return for two prospects Thursday.

December 14, 2017 | 3 comments
Amador senior selected for annual U.S. Senate Youth Program

Hawkins serves as ASB vice president, tutor, Spanish-language translator
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday named high school students from Pleasanton and Berkeley to represent California in the 56th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program.

December 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton police trying to ID man who broke into convenience store

Investigators release video footage of crime
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who burglarized a convenience store in Pleasanton on Friday.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Steinle defendant seeks new trial on firearm possession conviction

Defense argues faulty jury instructions by judge during original trial
Defense attorneys today filed a motion for a new trial for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man acquitted of murder last month in the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015.

December 14, 2017 | 4 comments
Falcon rises: Michael Smith's long road back to the court after horrific leg injury

'Every time (bad) thoughts came into my head, I kept telling myself not to think that and to stay positive,' Foothill senior recalls
"When I first realized I was hurt, I felt my ankle was just dangling there," recalled Smith, now a senior at Foothill. "I thought it might be a high-ankle sprain. Then when I found out I needed surgery, my heart dropped."

December 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Holiday Traditions: The wonderful world of Widmer

Pleasanton family's Christmas lights display attracts thousands of visitors each season
Every night during the month of December, barring inclement weather, the Widmers' home at 3671 Chelsea Court -- where they've resided since moving to Pleasanton in 1979 -- becomes a spectacle of lights, sights and sound. The front yard and backyard transform into Widmer World, a Christmas display on a grand scale.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Register to have Pleasanton Boy Scouts recycle your Christmas tree

Signups open through Jan. 2; pickup day is Jan. 6
Pleasanton Boy Scouts Troop 941 is now accepting signups from residents who want the scouts pick up their Christmas trees after the holidays.

December 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Give to the 2017 Holiday Fund

12 local nonprofits benefit from your contributions this holiday season
This banner hanging across Main Street in front of the Museum on Main says it all. With Christmas fast approaching, it's also time to give to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

December 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley team wins league's first girls hockey title

10-and-under Lady Blue Devils take SoCal championship in shootout
One of the Tri-Valley's youngest all-girls hockey teams has earned a place in Lady Blue Devils history by bringing home the program's first-ever tournament championship.

December 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Bomb squad gives all clear outside Alameda County courthouse

Fire bombing, suspicious backpack reported at scene
Sheriff's deputies have a suspect in custody after an early morning fire bombing and a suspicious backpack reported at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse led to a bomb squad callout Wednesday morning.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Second phase of Kottinger Gardens senior housing project begins

Pleasanton Gardens site ownership transferred to city
The nonprofit behind Pleasanton Gardens, an affordable senior housing complex near downtown, has formally transferred ownership of the property to the city, paving the way for the start of Phase 2 of the new Kottinger Gardens project.

December 13, 2017 | 19 comments
Pleasanton: City sued over approvals related to proposed Costco site

Filed by citizens group that failed to collect enough signatures for referendum
The city of Pleasanton now faces a lawsuit -- but not a referendum petition -- in the effort to overturn the City Council's recent approvals that paved the way for a new commercial center near the I-580/I-680 interchange expected to be anchored by Costco, two hotels and other businesses.

December 13, 2017 | 124 comments
'Gambling With Death': Castlewood murders profiled on TV show ahead of 10th anniversary

ID series 'Married with Secrets' spotlights son's slaying of prominent parents
One of the most infamous crimes in Pleasanton history has been revisited in a television program with the 10th anniversary of the double murder on the horizon.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Local authorities share tips to help prevent holiday package thefts

Pleasanton police, county sheriff's deputies post advisories on social media
With the holidays in full swing, local law enforcement officials are reminding residents to watch out for Grinches looking to steal packages.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police looking for suspects in driveway assault

Incident occurred on Chardonnay Drive
The Pleasanton Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding three suspects whom they allege recently assaulted a woman in her driveway last week.

December 12, 2017 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador wrestling places second at Bay Area tournament

Soccer: Foothill boys win Winter Classic, Amador girls continue undefeated start
The Amador Valley High School wrestling team had a great day last Saturday, taking second place at the 32-team Bay Area Wrestling Tournament.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
SF Mayor Ed Lee dies unexpectedly overnight

Board of Supervisors president becomes acting mayor
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning in San Francisco, according to city officials.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Mark Miller elected new school board president

First interim budget, appointments part of final regular meeting of 2017
The Pleasanton school board elected Mark Miller as their new president and Valerie Arkin vice president at their last regular meeting of 2017 on Monday evening.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford-ValleyCare names new chief medical officer

Dr. Svec brings six years experience with Stanford Health system
A doctor with nearly six years of experience in internal medicine and hospital medicine within the Stanford Health Care system has been appointed to the newly created position of chief medical officer for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

December 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Program collects bus tickets for homeless in Tri-Valley

Giving the gift of a bus ride for the holidays
Winter can be an especially difficult time for homeless residents. Though many nonprofits, churches and other organizations stand ready to provide food, warm clothes, shelter and other support to these people in need during the holiday season, traveling to and from these locations can be tough during the cold, wet weeks of winter.

December 11, 2017 | 1 comment
City Council OKs budget report, allocates $6.5M surplus

Also: Downtown assessment, Highway 84 widening, new fire engines
The city's general fund finished the 2016-17 fiscal year with a nearly $6.5 million surplus due to higher revenues and lower expenditures than originally estimated, according to the year-end budget report presented to the Pleasanton City Council last week.

December 11, 2017 | 6 comments
Council approves mapping of southeast hills in line with Measure PP

Methodology to be used in all areas of city where hillside mapping is desired
The Pleasanton City Council has endorsed mapping of the city's so-called southeast hills in accordance with Measure PP and affirmed city staff's methodology as the required process for reviewing other project areas subject to the 2008 voter-approved initiative to limit new development on hillsides.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
School board expected to appoint new president, vice president Monday

First interim budget, capital funds report also on regular meeting agenda
The Pleasanton school board is set to elect a new president and vice president at their last regular meeting of 2017 on Monday evening.

December 8, 2017 | 7 comments
Livermore: 3-alarm warehouse fire causes more than $100,000 in damages

No reports of injuries
A three-alarm fire Friday morning caused damages totaling more than $100,000 to a warehouse in an industrial part of Livermore, a deputy chief with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department said.

December 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Meeting Tuesday on potential county child care sales tax measure

Officials: Listening tour stop aims to share information, receive feedback
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is hosting a public information session on Tuesday night at the Pleasanton Senior Center for residents to learn more about the county's initiative to improve child care and early education, as well as support for providers.

December 8, 2017 | 8 comments
Merry musical mayhem at Amador Theater

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," family musical theater performed by local youths, opens Friday at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Chamber of Commerce seeks nominees for annual Community Service Awards

Recommendations due Jan. 19 ahead of March award show
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 55th annual Community Service Awards, set to be handed out in March.

December 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Lynnewood chancel choir performs at Carnegie Hall

And brings us to the show for a Take Us Along
Pleasanton's Lynnewood United Methodist Church chancel choir was one of two groups to represent California during a 240-choir performance at Carnegie Hall in New York last month. And the group brought their Pleasanton Weekly along for a Take Us Along feature.

December 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Museum on Main announces speaker series lineup for 2018

Public invited to spend time with 'famous guests'
Museum on Main tickets are on sale to the general public for the 2018 Ed Kinney Speaker Series, "An Afternoon or Evening with ..."

December 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Traveling artists' works on display in Livermore

Exhibit featuring Tri-Valley artists runs until Dec. 30
The Tri-Valley Traveling Artists Exhibit on display at the Livermore Civic Center Library Gallery through Dec. 30 includes Charlotte Severin's watercolors of Happy Isles Bridge in Yosemite and Noyo Harbor near Fort Bragg; Helene Roylance's painting of the Mendocino headlands; and photography by Justin Trent.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Steinle verdict -- Let's channel our frustration

Mexican man's acquittal on shooting charges leaves Pleasanton stunned
The acquittal last week of the person charged with killing Kate Steinle left many in Kate's hometown of Pleasanton feeling betrayed by the justice system and outraged.

December 7, 2017 | 47 comments
Around Pleasanton: Holiday Fund donations help 14,000 gain health care

Axis among 12 nonprofit recipients of 2017 fundraising campaign
Axis Community Health -- the Tri-Valley's sole provider of medical and mental health services for individuals and families who have a low income or who are uninsured -- is one of 12 nonprofit organizations that will benefit from contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

December 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Hanukkah fare: Stories behind foods intrinsic to the Jewish Festival of Lights

Oil plays central role in treats commonly consumed during eight-day celebration
At the heart of the Hanukkah holiday, perhaps, is oil. Oil that has come to symbolize for the Jewish people light in the midst of darkness, faith that endures in the face of adversity. And it is oil that lives on in the foods commonly consumed over the eight days of the Hanukkah celebration.

December 7, 2017 | 4 comments
Golden Follies at Firehouse this weekend

"A Very 'Follies' Holiday 2017!" takes the stage at the Firehouse Arts Center this weekend at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Museum on Main looks at sports in America

Local information added to exhibit traveling the country
This week Museum on Main opened a traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," that captures the heroics, heartbreaks and high-fives that punctuate the experience of sports in America.

December 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council finalizes rezoning for proposed Costco site

Referendum proponents have until next week to collect signatures for pending petition
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday completed the process of creating a new economic development zone on Johnson Drive near the I-580/I-680 interchange that city leaders hope will become home to Pleasanton's newest commercial center anchored by Costco, two hotels and other businesses.

December 5, 2017 | 32 comments
Swalwell talks tax bill, national security and more at town hall

Full house at Cal High for representative's last event of 2017
It was a packed house in the cafeteria at San Ramon's California High School Saturday morning, where local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) held his last town hall of the year.

December 6, 2017 | 27 comments
DA: 'The responsibility is mine' for any failures in Steinle case

Gascon defends work of his prosecutors amid furor over acquittal
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon on Tuesday defended the work of prosecutors following last week's acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle, and said the blame for any failure in the case should rest with him.

December 5, 2017 | 3 comments
Venture capitalist Tim Draper speaks at Amador

Silicon Valley billionaire hosted by school's investment club
Amador Valley High recently hosted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper at an event created by the school's investment club.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunol: Sheriff's office commemorates cold-case homicide victim's death

Investigators seek any new info on teen's death as 34th anniversary passes
Last Saturday marked the 34th anniversary of the day Fremont teen Kellie Jean Poppleton was found dead in Sunol, and Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigators put out a renewed call for information to help them solve the cold-case homicide.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
San Ramon among champions at youth cricket tourney

Tri-Valley hosts inaugural young cricketer showcase
Some of America's best young cricket players gathered in the Tri-Valley in the days before Thanksgiving to compete in the inaugural Pleasanton-San Ramon-Dublin national youth cricket tournament.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls soccer notches three wins in first week

Also: Tournament success for Amador boys basketball, Foothill cheer
The Amador Valley girls varsity soccer team opened the season with three wins last week.

December 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Senior Support shines spotlight on alcohol abuse

Program offers free outpatient treatment for older adults
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley officials are urging local seniors struggling with alcohol-use disorders to seek help this holiday season.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council to consider final rezoning for new Costco site

Mapping southeast hills under Measure PP, final budget report also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to weigh adopting an ordinance Tuesday to rezone land near the I-580/I-680 interchange to accommodate a Costco store, two hotels and other new commercial operations there -- all while a citizens group is working to collect signatures for a petition to overturn earlier council approvals related to the project.

December 4, 2017 | 5 comments
Four selected as Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship recipients

Students to be recognized at luncheon in May
Four Pleasanton high school seniors have been selected as recipients of the 2017 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

December 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Man arrested on suspicion of battery on BART train operator

Train operator uninjured, according to police
A Berkeley man was arrested early Sunday morning at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station on suspicion of battery on a BART train operator, police said.

December 4, 2017 | 8 comments
‘Kids, drugs and alcohol’ workshop set

Discussion to include current substance use trends
Current substance use trends among youth " particularly e-cigarettes and vaping " will be discussed and parents will be given suggestions on how to talk with their children about these subjects.

December 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Hometown Holiday parade, tree lighting Saturday

Pleasanton ready for annual holiday celebration
With the calendar turning to December, a familiar celebration is right around the corner as Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to return to downtown Saturday evening.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Trump, ICE official deplore Steinle verdict

Garcia Zarate sentencing hearing set for Dec. 14
President Donald Trump and a top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official have deplored Thursday's not guilty verdict returned for the undocumented immigrant charged with Kate Steinle's fatal shooting and called for stricter immigration policies.

November 30, 2017 | 51 comments
Second passenger in Stanley Boulevard crash dies

Alexis Garcia succumbed to injuries Wednesday
A second victim has been pronounced dead from her injuries in a crash near Livermore in unincorporated Alameda County last week, county coroner officials said Thursday.

November 30, 2017 | 9 comments
San Ramon: Bah Humbug run/walk coming up Saturday

Costumes encouraged at annual holiday event
San Ramon Parks & Community Services is gearing up for the annual Bah Humbug run/walk this Saturday.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Giving Tree program returns to PPD

Gifts being collected through Dec. 10
With the holiday season in full swing, the Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation is once again holding its annual Giving Tree program.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Enrollment opens for PPD Citizens' Academy

Classes start Jan. 18
The Pleasanton Police Department has opened enrollment for the 26th annual Citizens' Academy running Jan. 18 through April 26.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Skyfall win in soccer shootout

Team clinches California Cup tournament
The U19 Pleasanton Rage Skyfall clinched the California Cup tournament with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory in the title game last month in Fremont.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Foothill Little League set for player evaluations

Older division tryouts running all weekend
Pleasanton Foothill Little League is scheduled to hold evaluations this weekend for all players within league boundaries interested in playing in Majors, AAA and AA, plus Intermediate and Juniors.

November 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Winter sports are upon us

Also: Foothill cheer team takes first place at regional competition
It's time for the winter sports to begin and that means if you are a parent of a soccer player, it's also time to break out the winter coats, stocking caps and gloves! You might want to throw in a blanket and maybe some handwarmers!

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Santa Rita inmate found dead in cell from apparent suicide

Man's identity being withheld pending notification of family
An inmate at the Santa Rita jail in Dublin was found dead early Wednesday in his cell, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's office.

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Swalwell holding last town hall of year Saturday

Citizen groups holding articles of impeachment rally before event
Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) will host his last town hall of the year this Saturday in San Ramon, an event that will be preceded by a rally urging Swalwell to support articles of impeachment recently introduced against President Donald Trump.

November 28, 2017 | 9 comments
Valley Humane coordinator wins national award

Emily Taylor honored for 'her commitment to teaching empathy and compassion'
The education coordinator at Valley Humane Society has been selected by a national animal education nonprofit as its 2017 Humane Educator of the Year.

November 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Livermore: Man killed in single-car crash early Saturday

Driver struck a traffic signal pole, according to police
A 33-year-old San Jose man was killed when the car he was driving went off the road and struck a traffic signal pole in Livermore early Saturday morning, police said.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
$107 million contract awarded for I-680 northbound express lane

Construction anticipated to start early next year
Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC), in conjunction with Caltrans, has awarded a $107 million contract for the construction of the Interstate 680 Sunol Northbound Express Lane project.

November 27, 2017 | 13 comments
Police: Missing Pleasanton teen found safe

Pleasanton police said late Sunday night that a local teenage girl reported as missing had been found safe.

November 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Village High School student killed in suspected DUI crash

Driver released from jail as investigators work to complete report
A Pleasanton teenager was killed and several passengers were injured in a suspected DUI crash on Stanley Boulevard last week.

November 26, 2017 | 4 comments
Don’t sign that petition until you research

Another ballot measure to stop Costco could cost taxpayers $250,000
If 4,374 signatures are collected, Pleasanton could be headed for a second citywide vote in less than a year concerning building of a Costco. This will further delay the project and cost Pleasanton taxpayers an estimated $250,000 for something that has, basically, been voted on: A Costco on Johnson Drive and the start of a thriving economic zone.

November 25, 2017 | 76 comments
DirecTV to pay $9.5M to settle hazardous waste case by DA O’Malley

Prosecutors allege illegal disposal of batteries, electronic devices, aerosols
DirecTV has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that its California facilities unlawfully disposed of large volumes of hazardous waste, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday.

November 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police seek info on youth following crash

Juvenile on bike collides with car, police say
Police are looking for a youth who was involved in a collision with a vehicle Wednesday evening in Pleasanton, police said.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen killed in crash on Stanley Boulevard

Vehicle carrying five people rolls several times just after midnight
A 16-year-old girl died in a solo car crash in unincorporated Alameda County outside Pleasanton late Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

November 23, 2017 | 2 comments
Activist groups ask county supervisors to audit sheriff's budget

Contend budget keeps rising despite decline in jail population
About two dozen speakers from several activist groups asked the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to conduct an audit of the sheriff's office, saying that's budget has increased at the same time that the county's jail population has decreased.

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

12 nonprofits to benefit from this year's contributions
The Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund launches today with 12 nonprofits slated to benefit from this year's campaign.

November 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Lifetime Achievement, Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson

Civic leader's devotion to outdoors leaving lasting impact on Tri-Valley
Dolores Bengtson estimates she has led more than 5,000 people on hikes, beginning in the late '70s. "I always hoped it gives them an appreciation of the outdoors and the natural world that will stay with them," she said.

November 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Foothill's Maddy Wang, making an impact

Rising Star recipient raises support for those in need
A Foothill High School sophomore, Wang has given her time to a variety of volunteer efforts that have brightened the lives of people -- and pets -- young and old, as well as raised funds and awareness for Bay Area residents fighting to survive in the face of medical hardship.

November 26, 2017 | No comments yet
'Shop small' -- Keep jobs, dollars and decisions local

Tomorrow marks Small Business Saturday, so visit those shops around town
Quality of life in a community is tied to the local economy, which is tied to the health of the small businesses in that community.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: It's Black Friday. Carols anyone?

Today is Black Friday -- or it's supposed to be -- the traditional day after Thanksgiving when shoppers look for the best buys. But this year, "pre" and "early" Black Friday sales started long ago.

November 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton tennis team takes second place at nationals

Local mixed-doubles squad shines in Alabama
A group of local tennis players represented Pleasanton well earlier this month as they were crowned runner-up at the USTA League 18 and Over 8.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships in Mobile, Ala.

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
East Bay Parks waiving fees for 'Green Friday'

Effort encourages residents to enjoy great outdoors after Thanksgiving
The East Bay Regional Park District is again trying to turn this Friday from black to green by offering free park entrance district-wide the day after Thanksgiving for its "Green Friday."

November 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Jurors begin deliberations in Steinle shooting trial

Group to break for Thanksgiving if verdict not yet reached
Following the completion of closing arguments Tuesday morning, jurors began deliberating in the trial of the man charged with fatally shooting Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 more than two years ago.

November 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Holiday Stars: A holiday 'Sleigh Ride'

Recollections from high school orchestra
School orchestra can be all-consuming throughout the year, but during the holidays, it takes on a whole new dimension, with extra rehearsals and performances galore.

December 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday Stars: A classic rock Christmas

December People to play two benefit shows next month
What do you get when you have "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" in the style of ZZ Top? Or a version of "White Christmas" that's strongly reminiscent of "White Wedding"?

November 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Personal injury lawsuit filed against PUSD

Complaint alleges 'dangerous condition' caused man to fall at Foothill High
A personal injury lawsuit has been filed against Pleasanton Unified School District claiming the condition outside Foothill High School's multipurpose room caused a man to fall and injure himself earlier this year.

November 20, 2017 | 22 comments
Foothill senior earns Eagle Scout rank

Berry's project added garden wash station at Dublin Heritage Center
Pleasanton teen Ryan Berry was recently recognized with an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony for achieving the highest rank in the Boy Scouts program.

November 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Foothill alum Brandon Crawford wins third straight Gold Glove

Giants player honored as top defensive shortstop in National League
San Francisco Giants shortstop and Foothill High School alum Brandon Crawford received his third consecutive Gold Glove award earlier this month in recognition of his skill on defense last season.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
PPD searches for man accused of watching woman in bathroom

Pleasanton police are looking for help identifying an older man who allegedly went into a women's restroom at a local office building and looked over the top of a bathroom stall where a woman was using the facilities.

November 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Vic's all-star run on Foothill chain gang ends after 33 years

Also: Falcons' water polo awards, both football teams lose in playoffs
Unknown to many, Vic Malatesta's been giving to the local sports community far beyond the walls of his eatery. For the last 33 years, he has been part of the chain gang at Foothill home football games.

November 21, 2017 | 2 comments
New BART trains unlikely to be in service by Thanksgiving

Company can fix problem, but needs time to complete work
There's good news and bad news on BART's new 775-car fleet: The manufacturer has a fix for problems that surfaced during a test run, but it's highly unlikely any of the trains will be in service by Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Environmental group sues Caltrans over Niles Canyon project

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

November 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission OKs plans for Pleasanton's newest Starbucks

Plus: Stoneridge Mall agreement extension, new Valley Trails street names
Pleasanton is on track to see an 11th Starbucks come to town after the Planning Commission this month signed off on a proposal to convert the former Arby's fast-food restaurant on Owens Drive into a drive-thru coffeehouse.

November 17, 2017 | 21 comments
Pleasanton Costco debate at center of another referendum effort

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

November 17, 2017 | 31 comments
Jurors now allowed to consider 1st-degree murder verdict in Steinle trial

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

November 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Pleasanton police investigating robbery attempt at mall

Sergeant: Culprits tried to smash glass display cases at jewelry store
The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating after a group of people tried to rob a jewelry store in the Stoneridge Shopping Center earlier this week.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
A foot forward for youth at Tri-Valley Turkey Burn

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

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Community Spirit, spearheading San Ramon 150

Gary Alpert, Heidi Kenniston-Lee co-chaired volunteer effort to celebrate San Ramon's 150th birthday
In summer of 2016, about 20 San Ramon leaders gathered together to brainstorm ways to celebrate San Ramon's 150th anniversary of existence one year later. It was a monumental milestone for the city, and leadership would be a hefty commitment.

November 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Barbara Proctor, giving back to others

Role Model Award recipient fills her week with volunteer endeavors
"Volunteering is really a gift you give yourself." That's something you'll often hear Pleasanton volunteer extraordinaire Barbara Proctor say.

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Church celebrates 60 years

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

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Holiday happenings in Tri-Valley

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

November 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County court closures for the holidays

Dublin courthouse among those with limited services
Most Alameda County courthouses will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2018 as a cost-reducing measure, court officials said.

November 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Cricket showcase: Tri-Valley ready to host national youth tournament

Games run Sunday to Wednesday in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon
Some of the country's top young cricketers will converge on the Tri-Valley starting this weekend as the area plays host to three divisions of the National Youth Cricket Tournament.

November 15, 2017 | 18 comments
School board OKs teacher raises, new collective bargaining agreement

Lydiksen architect contract also approved at Tuesday meeting
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night approved a new collective bargaining agreement between PUSD and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.

November 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Family suing city of Dublin over boy's injuries at The Wave Waterpark

10-year-old hurt going down slide on opening day; city seeks amicable settlement
A lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the family of a 10-year-old boy who was injured when he went down a water slide operated by the city of Dublin in May.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore man convicted of 2nd-degree murder for drunk-driving deaths

Defense counsel argues verdict 'has no integrity' due to juror misconduct
A 38-year-old Livermore man has been convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for killing a mother and her toddler in a drunk-driving crash in Livermore in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons, Dons dominate first round of football playoffs

Also: Foothill student-athletes sign on with colleges
It was a successful opening round of the North Coast Section Division I football playoffs for the local teams, as Amador Valley and Foothill both rolled to wins.

November 14, 2017 | No comments yet
PDA discontinues 1st Wednesdays

Spending next year creating new summer showcase for 2019
This summer marked the last year for 1st Wednesday Street Parties, with the Pleasanton Downtown Association announcing Monday the annual event series will be discontinued after 20 years.

November 13, 2017 | 8 comments
Prosecution witness in Steinle trial blocked from returning to stand

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

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to consider new agreement between district, teachers union

Lydiksen architect contract, instructional materials review also on tap
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will be asked to approve a new collective bargaining agreement between PUSD and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers that includes a 2% raise for this year and a 1% bonus.

November 13, 2017 | 3 comments
City Council honors milestone business anniversaries

Small Business Saturday proclamation also part of recognition event
It was standing-room-only in the city council chamber last week as Pleasanton city officials shined a spotlight on local business.

November 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Remembering Arlie: Well-known Danville Costco greeter dies

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

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Activists express concerns about conditions for jail inmates

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

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Defense rests in Steinle murder trial

Rebuttal witnesses due next week; closing arguments set for Nov. 20
Defense attorneys rested their case Thursday in the trial of the man charged with shooting and killing Pleasanton native Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 after presenting testimony from a translator who brought into question parts of the interrogation conducted by police.

November 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Veterans Day in Pleasanton

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

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman on mission to document veterans' stories

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

November 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Jill Buck, keeping it green

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

November 9, 2017 | 1 comment
Defense firearms expert testifies in support of accidental shooting in Steinle trial

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

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Jasmine Steele, life-saving information

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

November 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Exhibiting 'Out Loud' at Harrington Gallery

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

November 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: How to deal with new state housing laws

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

November 9, 2017 | 46 comments
Around Pleasanton: Lockdown at Las Positas; it's not always possible

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

November 13, 2017 | 4 comments
'Second Assault': Pleasanton native revisits scene of her sexual attack for new film

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

November 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Spirit and Sweater Stroll arrives downtown Saturday

PDA urges residents to bust out those ugly holiday sweaters for occasion
Time to get ugly -- with ugly sweaters that is. The Pleasanton Downtown Association's Spirit and Sweater Stroll is set for Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

November 15, 2017 | 5 comments
18-day Alameda County Fair in '18

Fair officials release next year's event dates
With the cold nights starting to feed into colder days, the Alameda County Fair is giving people a reason to look ahead to warmer times on the horizon.

November 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Goodguys set for fall finale car show at Pleasanton fairgrounds

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

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Bull moves to Foothill

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

November 8, 2017 | 4 comments
New BART trains flunk safety inspection, making Thanksgiving rollout uncertain

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

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Soccer Sisters: Livermore team offers support to peers from Santa Rosa

Community bands together to give special gifts to those affected by fires
A group of Tri-Valley girls joined with their parents and the local community last month in the hopes of lifting the spirits of fellow young soccer players facing the aftermath of the devastating North Bay wildfires.

November 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Former Pleasanton school board member Gunson dies in Utah

Served as trustee for 15 years, helped with district's unification
Clark Gunson, a Pleasanton school board member who served for 15 years, including during school district unification, died on Oct. 31 at the age of 76.

November 8, 2017 | 2 comments
Foothill Model UN team takes second at local conference

Student 'delegates' gather at DVC to talk global issues
Foothill High students came away with the second highest award last weekend at the 27th annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council advances Johnson Drive EDZ proposal toward final approval

Plan set for formal adoption Dec. 5 provides framework for bringing Costco, hotels, more retail near freeway junction
The City Council has moved the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) proposal toward completion, putting Pleasanton that much closer to seeing a Costco, two hotels and other new commercial operations on their way to town near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

November 8, 2017 | 38 comments
Hope 100 Golf Marathon

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

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball making postseason run

Also: Dons, Falcons open football playoffs this weekend
The Foothill girls volleyball team stormed into the North Coast Section semifinals with a pair of wins last week.

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Dublin names new police chief

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

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Meetings on Highway 84 widening set for later this month

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

November 7, 2017 | 5 comments
A spectacular Socktober

Students donate nearly 3,400 pairs of socks to The Hanger
From Oct. 4-20 Fairlands Elementary students collected socks as part of a donation drive in its second year at the school.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen arrested in connection with assault at Dublin High

Police: Suspect says incident was impetus for bomb threat
Dublin police arrested a 15-year-old Dublin High School student in connection with an assault of another student that occurred at the school in October, police said Friday.

November 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Pleasanton orthodontist buys back 650+ pounds of Halloween candy

Local kids' treats will instead be sent to military members overseas
Pleasanton orthodontist and dentist Steven Nerad's annual Halloween candy buy-back event netted more than 650 pounds worth of candy from local children in exchange for cold hard cash -- and the knowledge their treats would be shipped overseas for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.

November 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Council to discuss final Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone proposal

City manager raise, business anniversary recognition also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set for public consideration the city's final Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone proposal on Tuesday.

November 6, 2017 | 12 comments
Ex-student arrested for reported bomb threat at Dublin High

Police: 20-year-old was upset with investigation into assault against current student
A 20-year-old former Dublin High School student has been arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up the school on Thursday because she was upset about how the school investigated a recent assault on a current female student, police said Friday.

November 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Prosecution rests in Steinle murder trial

Defense set to begin presenting evidence next week
Prosecutors concluded their case Thursday in the trial of the man charged with the 2015 fatal shooting of Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 with testimony from the medical examiner who conducted her autopsy.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police welcome new K-9 to force

Officer Martens and Matsjo now patrolling local streets
The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed a new K-9 to the force last week. Officer Tim Martens and Matsjo (pronounced Macho) began patrolling Pleasanton streets as a K-9 team Monday after completing their five-week basic training course.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
No explosives found at Dublin High after bomb threat

All events at school canceled for day
Normal traffic resumed in the area around Dublin High after officers responding to a bomb threat found no explosives at the school, police reported on social media shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.

November 2, 2017 | 9 comments
Meet Meals on Wheels

Vital program brings nutritious food, social interaction to homebound Pleasanton seniors
Tucked away in dozens of Pleasanton neighborhoods are neatly kept homes where older men and women live but seldom leave. Confined to their properties for any number of reasons, these homebound -- and often overlooked -- residents cannot travel to restaurants or grocery stores to buy even the minimal amount of food they need to remain healthy.

November 2, 2017 | 3 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Bob Coomber blazes a trail

'Once (I) got started, it's almost like the possibilities were endless,' Courage Award winner says
Bob Coomber does not think of himself as courageous. The 30-year Livermore resident and recently elected City Council member considers the way he goes about his life "just me being me."

November 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Gary Winter, acknowledge your heart

Pleasanton artisan receives annual Arts & Culture Award
Gary Winter has his work in more Pleasanton homes than any other artist. He is the creator of the town's miniatures -- landmark buildings, businesses and homes, and the beloved Main Street arch.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
What we need is more gun control

Gun ownership is a right in this country. A few recent incidents close to home prompt us to remind gun owners about the responsibility that comes with this right.

November 2, 2017 | 44 comments
'Coffee with a Cop' at Stoneridge Mall next weekend

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

November 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda County names new Health Care Services director

Chawla joining agency from San Francisco Department of Public Health
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced last month that Colleen Chawla was unanimously appointed as director of the county's Health Care Services Agency.

November 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Museum on Main presents colonel discussing World War I

Talk will include historical events, stories and artifacts
Museum on Main is hosting "A Discussion with … Historian Col. Fred Rutledge" at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the museum, 603 Main St. Col. Fred Rutledge is a member of the California Military Heritage Command and is on the California World War One Centennial Committee.

November 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Jurors see Steinle defendant’s interrogation video in court

The man on trial in the 2015 fatal shooting of Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 gave conflicting and sometimes false answers in an interview with police after the incident, in which he seemed to confess to the shooting at one moment and then contradict himself the next.

November 2, 2017 | No comments yet
PPD awarded grant for traffic enforcement, crash prevention

Department receives $66,800 from state
The Pleasanton Police Department has been awarded a grant for a year-long special enforcement and awareness program geared at preventing traffic-related injuries and deaths.

November 1, 2017 | 6 comments
Marching on Main to honor veterans

Annual Vets Day parade, ceremony to spotlight service of medics
More than 100 organizations led by Pleasanton motorcycle police will parade down Main Street beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday for the 21st year in honor of Veterans Day the following week.

November 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Party for the pooches

Annual gala raises more than $26,000 for Valley Humane
The fourth annual Party for the Pooches, a fundraiser for Valley Humane Society, drew nearly 200 guests to the home of Gina Piper and Shawn Farrell earlier this fall.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Alert issued for contaminated salads shipped to Trader Joe's stores

Tainted food could cause serious infection
Contaminated salads were shipped to some Trader Joe's stores in California and could cause health problems, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Firearms expert testifies for prosecution in Steinle trial as defense argues for accidental shooting

The gun used in the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 in 2015 was in good condition and probably wouldn't fire unless the trigger was pulled, a police firearms expert testified Tuesday.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Wanted man arrested after being seen on Village High campus

Quick resolution avoids lockdown, city and school officials say
A 21-year-old former Pleasanton Unified School District student with outstanding warrants was arrested on Monday after running from police after being spotted on the Village High School campus that morning, school and police officials said Tuesday.

October 31, 2017 | 2 comments
PPD: Man accused of stealing from unsecured cars

31-year-old from SF spotted casing parked cars in neighborhood near mall
Pleasanton police arrested a man last week for allegedly taking items from two unsecured vehicles parked in a neighborhood just south of Stoneridge Shopping Center.

October 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons, Dons ready for gridiron showdown

Also: Foothill water polo teams end regular season on high notes
It is time for the football game the players will remember for years to come as Amador Valley makes the trip across town to take on Foothill Friday night in their East Bay Athletic League finale.

October 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Stoneridge appoints new mall manager

Osip has 15 years experience in retail industry
Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton has hired a new general manager.

October 31, 2017 | 2 comments
Witness testifies on bullet ricochet in Steinle murder trial

A bullet that struck Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 ricocheted off the ground first but appeared to have traveled in a straight line from where the man charged in her death was sitting to where she stood, a prosecution witness testified Monday.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley teens named regional finalists for STEM competition

Foundation set to award $500,000 in scholarships
Two Tri-Valley teens have been named to this year's class of regional finalists for the Siemens Competition, a national contest in math, science and technology.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Crowds turn out for Foothill Band Review

43rd annual event held Saturday
Residents and visitors lined downtown Pleasanton streets Saturday morning to watch a parade of 35 middle and high school bands as part of the 43rd annual Foothill Band Review.

November 1, 2017 | 2 comments
Planning Commission likes early plans for Sunflower Hill housing complex

Also: Mapping southeast hills under Measure PP, reconstructing KFC
The Pleasanton Planning Commission gave an initial endorsement last week to a proposal for a new residential community for adults with special needs just outside downtown.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
City commission seeks feedback on homelessness in Pleasanton

Workshop Wednesday is first in series of meetings through January
The Pleasanton Human Services Commission is looking for public input on homelessness this Wednesday as part of a new workshop series designed to engage residents and local service agencies on vital topics for the community.

October 31, 2017 | 19 comments
43rd annual Foothill Band Review happening Saturday

Parade downtown starts at 9 a.m.
The Foothill High School marching band and colorguard will lead a parade of 35 middle and high school bands down Main Street Saturday morning as part of the all-day Band Review.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Total Wine & More comes to Rose Pavilion

Wine and beer retailer celebrating arrival with grand-opening weekend
A new Total Wine & More shop officially opened in Pleasanton on Thursday morning, kicking off its arrival with a grand-opening weekend.

October 26, 2017 | 4 comments
BLM ranger testifies on theft of gun used in Steinle shooting

Off duty ranger left weapon in backpack under seat
Jurors witnessed a series of tense exchanges between attorneys in San Francisco Superior Court Thursday as a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger whose stolen gun was used in the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle at Pier 14 two years ago took the stand.

October 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Honoring 2017 Tri-Valley Heroes

Residents lauded for positive impact on community around them
Nine Tri-Valley residents have been recognized for their outstanding actions, achievements and strength of character as recipients of this year's Tri-Valley Heroes awards, presented by Embarcadero Media's East Bay Division, which includes the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com.

October 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Winery gala to preserve local lands

Tri-Valley Conservancy holding 'Jeans and Jewels: A Night in Old Havana'
The party is planned for one fun evening but it will really last forever. Tri-Valley Conservancy's "Jeans and Jewels: A Night in Old Havana," taking place Nov. 3, will help preserve parks, vineyards, trails, farms, ranches and orchards in the area.

October 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Survey shows we like Pleasanton

Here's more good news for Pleasanton as the city heads into another prosperous and productive new year. A new quality-of-life survey shows that those of us who live here, work here and go to Pleasanton schools are euphoric over our community, its resources, climate, location in the Bay Area and the economy.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Chief Spiller talks crime, other police issues

Police Chief Dave Spiller has been making the rounds lately to talk up Pleasanton, and with good reason.

October 29, 2017 | 10 comments
Thank-you letters

The Weekly received several thank-you letters in recent weeks. Take a look at the appreciation local nonprofits offered for the community support shown for their fundraising efforts.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
All about the art: New book highlights public artwork in town

'Pleasanton's Public Art' is full of information and anecdotes
Pleasanton has many works of public art, realistic and symbolic -- and art benefactors Nancy and Gary Harrington have devoted the last three years to getting their stories down on paper. Their book, "Pleasanton's Public Art," is now completed and for sale at Museum on Main.

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Thank you, Charlie Brown and Linus

Grown family enjoys Halloween special in a new way
Last Oct. 31, I finally succeeded in convincing the two of our three grownup kids who were around and my husband to sit down with me and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" -- just for old times' sake. If our eldest had been here, instead of working on his Ph.D. in New York, I'm sure he would have joined us as well.

October 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale announces 2017-18 offerings

Sing-it-yourself 'Messiah' launches 'Season of Roses'
The Valley Concert Chorale has announced its 2017-18 concert season, entitled "A Season of Roses." This year's offerings include three concert sets and the annual holiday traditional sing-it-yourself "Messiah."

October 30, 2017 | No comments yet
'Art as a Spiritual Metaphor' at Harrington Gallery

Six Bay Area artists address the spiritual in art, using mythology, mandalas, Biblical narrative, and calligraphy in their diverse expressions, at an exhibit from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16 in the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 29, 2017 | 1 comment
Committee getting ready for holiday parade

Deadline to sign up is Nov. 22
Applications are now being accepted for entrants and volunteers for the city's annual Hometown Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Celebration set for Dec. 2 on Main Street.

November 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Community meeting set on downtown changes

City seeks resident input Wednesday on Downtown Specific Plan update process
Pleasanton's Downtown Specific Plan Task Force is holding a community meeting on Wednesday at the library to get more resident input on ideas being looked at to improve the downtown corridor moving forward.

October 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Slurry sealing underway on city streets

Part of annual road maintenance program in Pleasanton
The city has been moving on to the next phase of its annual street resurfacing program to maintain and improve streets across Pleasanton.

October 26, 2017 | 1 comment
Día de los Muertos performance in Pleasanton

Oakland Ballet to visit Amador Theater
This Friday, Pleasanton Unified School District will welcome back the Oakland Ballet Company to the Amador Theater at 6:30 p.m. to perform Graham Lustig's "Luna Mexicana," a family-friendly celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Governor signs series of Baker bills

BART to ACE, protecting crime victims, firearms warning among legislation
Among the 859 bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown over recent weeks were a variety of new laws authored or co-authored by local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker on topics including BART to ACE, protections for vulnerable victims and firearms warnings.

October 25, 2017 | 29 comments
Santa Rita inmate on life support after suicide attempt Monday night

Unidentified man was in jail on child molestation charges
An inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin who was recently arrested on child molestation charges is on life support after he attempted suicide inside his cell on Monday night, Alameda County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
School board vote on architect for Lydiksen rebuild delayed

Contract slated to come back to Nov. 14 meeting after rates left out
A $1.33 million contract for an architect for the planned Lydiksen Elementary rebuild will be brought back to the Pleasanton school board's next regular meeting after administrators pulled the item from Tuesday's agenda because the hourly rates were not included.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Steinle trial: Witnesses place defendant at shooting scene

Prosecution continues to build case with Pier 14 bystanders
Witnesses Tuesday described Jose Ines Garcia Zarate staring at people and laughing at Pier 14 more than two years ago shortly before Pleasanton native Kathryn “Kate" Steinle was fatally shot and said they saw him leaving the scene immediately afterward, as testimony continued in his trial in San Francisco Superior Court on a murder charge.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD earns strong credit ratings ahead of first bond issuance

Officials: Eliminating need for $3.2M in cuts shows dedication to financial stability
Pleasanton Unified School District received positive news on its credit ratings this month ahead of issuing its first series of Measure I1 general obligation bonds, with Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Analytics giving the district high ratings of Aa2 and AAA, respectively.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Vintage Hills principal kisses a pig

Jayne puckers up after annual fundraising goal met
Vintage Hills Elementary principal Ann Jayne had to follow through this week on a promise she previously made to her students -- to kiss a pig in front of the whole school, since the parent-teacher association Fun Run surpassed its fundraising goal.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Jackson scores six TDs for Falcons in blowout over Wildcats

Plus updates on girls volleyball, boys water polo, adult tennis
The Foothill Falcons varsity football team moved to 5-3 with a 48-0 win over Dougherty Valley last week on the strength of six touchdowns by Jake Jackson.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
PPD: Village High student arrested for bringing gun to school

No shots, threats or injuries reported in Monday morning incident
A Village High School student was arrested after Pleasanton police allegedly found them in possession of a loaded handgun at the campus Monday morning.

October 24, 2017 | 39 comments
Jurors hear opening statements in Steinle murder trial

Prosecutor says defendant intentionally fired gun; defense argues shot was accidental ricochet
The trial of a man charged with the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kathryn “Kate" Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 will come down to the question of whether he pulled the trigger on purpose and what he was aiming at rather than his immigration status.

October 23, 2017 | 9 comments
School board to consider architect for Lydiksen Elementary rebuild

CAASPP results, science standards also on Tuesday meeting agenda
Fresh off the heels of a special workshop on governance Thursday, the Pleasanton school board Tuesday is set to consider awarding a $1.33 million contract for an architect for the planned Lydiksen Elementary rebuild.

October 23, 2017 | 11 comments
Pleasanton PD swears in two new officers

Tri-Valley men to begin solo patrols in city after 16-week field training
The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed its newest officers when Bay Area natives Austin Eckardt and Daniel Efting took their oaths of office last week.

October 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Say no to drugs: Pleasanton schools, police participating in Red Ribbon Week

Nationwide awareness effort promotes drug-free lifestyle
The Pleasanton Police Department and Pleasanton Unified School District are joining forces all this week to encourage students to stay away from drugs as part of the annual Red Ribbon Week.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore PD: Officers shoot woman who drove at them

Police allege woman failed to yield when spotted in stolen car
Officers shot a woman they say drove at them, striking two patrol cars, in Livermore Saturday night, sending her to the hospital, police said Sunday morning.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD board, superintendent talk self goals, policies at workshop

Governance handbook revisions, new superintendent evaluation process among outcomes
Pleasanton's five school board members and first-year Superintendent David Haglund spent hours Thursday evening discussing what they all expect of each other in working together as an effective governance team leading the Pleasanton Unified School District.

October 20, 2017 | 7 comments
Inmates at Dublin jail set to restart hunger strike this weekend

Protests center on inmate classification system at some Bay Area jails
A Bay Area inmate advocacy group announced Thursday that inmates in Santa Clara and Alameda county jails will restart a hunger strike -- that started and was paused in October 2016 -- this Sunday.

October 20, 2017 | 4 comments
County sheriff's deputies plead not guilty to inmate mistreatment charges

Four accused of allowing inmate to throw feces onto others at Dublin jail
Three current Alameda County sheriff's deputies and one former deputy pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that they mistreated inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Opening statements in Steinle trial set for Monday

Jury selection complete in murder case that's spurred national debate on Sanctuary City policies
Opening statements will begin Monday in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle as she walked on San Francisco's Pier 14 in 2015.

October 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Zone 7 board approves new water rates, moves ozonation project forward

Residents raise concerns about scope, cost of water treatment project
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors approved an initial environmental review document for a Del Valle ozone filtration project and the agency's 2018 water rates during a three-hour meeting Wednesday night.

October 19, 2017 | 10 comments
Be sure to stop by '42nd Street'

Pacific Coast Rep celebrates the magic of musical theater with season opener
Cue the dancers. The new season for Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre kicks off next week with the Tony Award-winning musical, "42nd Street," at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Gates working to make Donlon 'feel like home'

New principal comes from family of educators
Janet Gates, who most recently worked as a vice principal at Lydiksen Elementary for three years, replaced Sebastian Bull after he was appointed principal of Foothill High. She is Donlon's seventh principal since 2009.

October 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Harvest Fest returns to town

Show moves to Halloween weekend at fairgrounds
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival is back at the Alameda County fairgrounds from Friday to Sunday this weekend, this year coordinating its dates with Halloween and including a pumpkin patch and KidZone with Halloween-themed arts and crafts.

October 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Low-cost heart screenings for kids available in Pleasanton next weekend

Gable Heart Beats partnering with Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club on event
Gable Heart Beats is partnering with Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club and Tri-Valley Basketball to offer free and discounted heart screenings, which include an EKG and an echocardiogram, to all youths ages 5 and older.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ready for Unity Day

Awareness campaign focuses on anti-bullying, kindness, inclusion
Pleasanton is set to join other parts of the country on Wednesday in marking the annual Unity Day, an effort to raise awareness about the harmful effects of bullying and to promote kindness and inclusion.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Downtown set for Halloween Brew Crawl

Runs 5-8 p.m. Saturday; costumes encouraged
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is looking to help adults get in on the Halloween fun next weekend, hosting its annual Halloween Brew Crawl on Oct. 28.

October 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Teen improv troupe presents scare-fest

Creatures of Impulse bringing improvised 'Ghost Stories' to Firehouse
Creatures of Impulse, the Bay Area's award-winning teen improv troupe based in Pleasanton, opens its eighth season at the Firehouse Arts Center with "Ghost Stories," promising new twists on its ever-popular Halloween-inspired fall classic.

October 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Raises approved for city management, police officers

3.5% pay bump for PPOA members this year, managers to get 3% uptick
The Pleasanton City Council has signed off on compensation increases and adjustments to benefits for city management employees and police officers.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Carnival Saturday to honor Gingerbread Preschool's 50th anniversary

Council recognizes longtime city program with special commendation Tuesday
The city of Pleasanton's Gingerbread Preschool is set to mark its golden anniversary with a free community carnival complete with games, live entertainment, food and more this Saturday.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Firehouse: The Phantom returns

Franc D'Ambrosio will perform his show, "Broadway," celebrating music from "The Great White Way," at a special matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
School board set for governance workshop

PUSD governance handbook, strategic goals among key topics Thursday
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is set for a special meeting Thursday evening to conduct a workshop on key issues related to how it governs.

October 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board to discuss ozone filtration projects, new water rates

Residents lambaste proposed ozone plants in emails to board, Weekly
The Zone 7 board is set to consider moving forward with new ozonation projects and approving water rates for calendar year 2018 during its public meeting Wednesday night.

October 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Rotary reaches out on World Polio Day

30 years of worldwide eradication efforts of getting results
Rotary members in Pleasanton and throughout the Tri-Valley are among the millions reaching out on World Polio Day next Tuesday to raise awareness and support ending polio, a disease that is preventable with a vaccine but still threatens children in parts of the world.

October 18, 2017 | 1 comment
The Hanger: PUSD program honored with Dreammakers and Risktakers award

School board recognizes students, staff from vocational skills classroom, donation center at Village High
The school board last week took time to recognize the Hanger, a PUSD program that just earned a Dreammakers and Risktakers award from Innovation Tri-Valley.

October 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Dublin grass fire causes brief evacuations

Firefighters fully contain 118-acre blaze around 12:30 a.m.
A vegetation fire that had prompted evacuations in Dublin on Tuesday was fully contained as of early Wednesday morning, Alameda County fire officials said.

October 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Services planned for Dr. Bill James, former Pleasanton schools superintendent

Longtime educator led PUSD for 13 years, helped pass two school bonds
A memorial service for Dr. Bill James, former long-serving superintendent of Pleasanton schools who died earlier this month, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Palm Pavilion at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

October 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls star at Modesto water polo tournament

Amador alum earns spot on SDSU's all-time soccer squad
The Foothill High School girls water polo team competed in the Western States Tournament last weekend in Modesto, finishing with a 4-1 mark.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Local responders supporting fight against North Bay fires

Officer: People have been 'awesome, very supportive and thankful'
Officers from the Pleasanton Police Department are among the many out-of-area first responders supporting the communities affected by the fires that have ravaged the North Bay since last week.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to consider approving raises for city management, police union

Also: Community satisfaction survey results, Gingerbread Preschool honor
The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss signing off on compensation increases and benefits changes for city management employees -- with some of the adjustments similar to key provisions of a new contract with the police union also scheduled for final approval Tuesday.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Veteran leader Doug Miller receives 2017 Mayor's Award

Retired serviceman active with veterans groups, led committee to bring Veterans Memorial to Pioneer Cemetery
Doug Miller, a retired Army major and leader in the veteran community, has been honored as the recipient of this year's Pleasanton Mayor's Award.

October 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Local schools remain open as smoky skies persist in Valley

North Bay fires rage on, local responders join control and support efforts
Air quality remains poor throughout the Tri-Valley due to smoke from the extreme wildfires burning through Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, and a health advisory, spare the air alert and red flag warning remained in effect Thursday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Planning Commission endorses city's Johnson Drive EDZ proposal

City Council set for November review of plans for site eyed by Costco, hotels
The Planning Commission gave its support Wednesday to the city's proposal aimed at creating Pleasanton's newest commercial center on Johnson Drive, expected to be anchored by Costco, two hotels and new retail spots.

October 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Poor air quality continues locally amid destructive fires in North Bay

PUSD schools to remain open Thursday
The air quality in the Tri-Valley, like the rest of the Bay Area, remains in very unhealthy conditions with smoke inundating the region's air basin from massive deadly wildfires raging in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
40 years on the front lines of crisis

Tri-Valley Haven devoted to residents affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness
Now celebrating its 40th year, Tri-Valley Haven offers a multitude of services, including a 24-hour crisis line, individual and group counseling sessions, two shelters, a food pantry serving 1,700 families experiencing poverty, a thrift store, and programs at nearby jails and at local middle and high schools.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: More housing without additional schools is not 'planned progress'

There is significantly more housing development in Pleasanton's future with a lack of infrastructure to support it. We will be burdened with more traffic, demands on our water supply and overcrowding at our schools. Our community should care.

October 12, 2017 | 46 comments
Around Pleasanton: 10th-year tribute to Laurel Williams set for Friday

Observance set to start at 2 p.m. at Moller Park
It has been 10 years since Laurel Williams was killed in a horrific car crash on Foothill Road, and her mother Kathy Pace-Williams hopes friends and family will join her next Friday, Oct. 20, for one last public tribute to her "fallen angel."

October 15, 2017 | 8 comments
Helping horses: Feedbags sewn into shopping totes

Community project supports Horses Healing Hearts
"Love is in the bag," says Pleasanton resident Gretchen Kyle -- love for horses and everyone who has come forward to help with her project.

October 16, 2017 | 1 comment
'Bullets over Broadway' coming to Tri-Valley stage

Tri-Valley Rep opens madcap tale at Bankhead next week
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is bringing the Roaring '20s back to life at the Bankhead Theater this week with showgirls and gangsters in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 madcap film, "Bullets over Broadway."

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Firehouse: Whimsy, cities, space robots

Johnny Botts displays upbeat, fanciful works
A whimsical new fine art installation by Bay Area artist Johnny Botts opened Thursday at the Firehouse Arts Center. Botts is known in California and beyond for his fanciful works featuring space robots, popular global destinations, and a healthy dose of humor.

October 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Puppets performing 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Firehouse

DLUX Puppets are bringing "Alice in Wonderland" to the Firehouse Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

October 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Rugged Maniac back for second 2017 run at fairgrounds

50-foot water slide, warped walls, fire jumps among 25 obstacles
Pleasanton is set to play host for the second time this year to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the Rugged Maniac tour returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Time to apply for Haugen scholarships

Community of Character Collaborative continues outreach
The Community of Character Collaborative invites high school seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

October 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Symphony awards for music students

Application deadline is Oct. 23
The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association is inviting students who have made significant contributions to school and community musical activities during their high school years to apply for its annual $400 awards.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Halloween Scavenger Hunt set in downtown

Downtown Pleasanton is hosting a scavenger hunt for all the little ghouls, witches, princesses and superheroes this weekend in honor of Halloween.

October 16, 2017 | No comments yet
School board approves $31,000 Measure I1 project

Appointments, Red Ribbon Week resolution also part of Tuesday meeting
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night authorized expending $31,000 in Measure I1 bond funds toward an AT&T fiber upgrade project.

October 10, 2017 | 4 comments
Planning Commission to review Johnson Drive EDZ proposal

City staff urges commissioners to recommend project approval to council
The Pleasanton Planning Commission on Wednesday is set to discuss a city proposal for rezoning parcels on Johnson Drive that would set the stage for how to bring Costco, hotels and other new commercial uses to land just off Interstate 680.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
County: Property tax bills in the mail

Must pay first installment by Dec. 11 to avoid delinquency penalty
Pleasanton residents are among the property owners throughout Alameda County starting to receive their property tax bills for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

October 11, 2017 | 7 comments
Pleasanton man launches third-party bid for Congress

St. John aims to unseat Democrat Swalwell as an Independent
A Pleasanton resident with a professional background in marketing for the medical industry has announced he is running to represent the Tri-Valley and the rest of the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

October 10, 2017 | 25 comments
Pleasanton Preps: High school sports can still provide that needed escape

Foothill football beats Granada; Amador Valley runs into SRV buzzsaw
There are a lot of things that have threatened the last pure vestige of sports, but for the most part, high school athletics still do provide the escape from the darkness -- if only for a little bit.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
A life-saving reunion

Local senior visits PPD officer who helped resuscitate him
Viktor Glukhovskyy was a healthy 78-year-old Pleasanton resident who walked five miles a day with his wife. But after breakfast one day in late August, without warning, he fell unconscious, having suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

October 10, 2017 | 3 comments
Alameda, Oakland educators named county Teachers of the Year

Pleasanton's Hurtado falls just outside county's Top 2 for 2017
A teacher from Alameda Unified and an educator from Oakland Unified last week were named county Teachers of the Year, a distinction that means they will now compete for the statewide award that will be handed out later this month.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police recognize recently retired dispatcher

Linda Reynolds spent nearly 35 years with department
The Pleasanton Police Department is recognizing a dispatcher who recently retired after nearly 35 years of service.

October 9, 2017 | 3 comments
Poor air quality in Tri-Valley from fires in Napa, Sonoma counties

Tens of thousands of acres burned so far in multiple wildfires
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory as a result of multiple fires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
From Liuxia to Lydiksen: Pleasanton school welcomes visiting Chinese students, teachers

Community sees 'sister school' guests for second consecutive year
For the second year in a row, Lydiksen Elementary last week hosted students and teachers from Liuxia Primary School in Hangzhou, China.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly changes policy on naming people who are arrested

Publisher: With internet, reports of arrests linger for years
Concerned about the lasting impact that online search engines have on the lives of individuals arrested for crimes, the Pleasanton Weekly is implementing new policies.

October 8, 2017 | 12 comments
Small grass fire breaks out at Camp Parks

Firefighters were battling an approximately 5-acre vegetation fire that started just after 3 p.m. Friday at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to consider next Measure I1 project Tuesday night

Deferred maintenance contract, Red Ribbon Week resolution also on agenda
After authorizing the purchase of Macbooks and external DVD drives for teachers at their last meeting, the school board Tuesday night will be asked to approve another bond-funded expenditure.

October 6, 2017 | No comments yet
LPFD set for Fire Safety Expo this weekend

'Every Second Counts -- Plan 2 Ways Out!' is theme for Fire Prevention Week
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is holding its annual Fire Safety Expo on Saturday morning, giving residents a chance to check out emergency equipment first-hand and meet with firefighters in person while learning more about fire prevention in the process.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Zone 7 general manager announces retirement

Jill Duerig to leave water agency early next year
Jill Duerig, who has served as the general manager of Zone 7 Water Agency for over a decade, will retire early next year.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Danville police release surveillance videos of suspect in Walgreens robbery

Armed man stole prescription drugs last month, officials say
Police have released surveillance videos of a suspect who robbed a Walgreens store in Danville last month.

October 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: A family-owned Pleasanton institution closes its doors

Looking back at the long, lasting impact of Custom Care Pharmacy
A Pleasanton institution closed last week when pharmacist Mike Clauser shuttered Custom Care Pharmacy on First Street.

October 5, 2017 | 3 comments
Inaugural city extravaganza this week combines art and innovation

Pleasanton's new IGNITE! showcase set for Saturday
An exciting evening is in store for anyone who ventures near the Firehouse Arts Center this Saturday night as art meets innovation with IGNITE! The free city-sponsored extravaganza will kick off at 5 p.m. Oct. 14 with the exhilaration of the Eden Aoba Taiko Japanese Drum Group.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore ArtWalk set for this weekend

New cultural events added to annual showcase
More than 150 artists will be on hand to interact with visitors as ArtWalk returns to downtown Livermore for its 16th year, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m this Saturday, sponsored by Bothwell Arts Center.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Filmmaker Chris Brown at Las Positas

Amador Valley grad will show movie, talk about its making
Independent filmmaker Chris Brown, a 1986 graduate of Amador Valley High, will be at Las Positas College this week to show his film, "The Other Kids," and talk about its creation.

October 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Large photos exhibit 'beautiful chaos'

Long exposure technique highlights innovation
A series of six very large format photographic works is on display in the Harrington Gallery's downstairs hallway space through Oct. 21, in conjunction with this weekend's Ignite! Art + Innovation happening Saturday evening.

October 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Ventriloquist, comedian, magician (all in one) headed to Firehouse

"Godzilla Theater" ventriloquist, comedian and magician Kevin Johnson will take to the stage at the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 13) with his show for all ages.

October 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Work starting on Sunol Quiet Zone

Changes to crossings will allow train horn restrictions all day
County and regional transit officials are gearing up for the start of construction this month on rail crossing improvements needed to implement the planned Sunol Quiet Zone.

October 9, 2017 | 6 comments
PPIE set for Night of the Stars gala

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) is hosting its 13th annual fall gala this Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

October 8, 2017 | No comments yet
BART to Livermore

Local leaders work to keep eastward expansion on track
BART to Livermore -- the comprehensive transit project that's been on the tip of Tri-Valley residents' tongues for decades -- received a boost of energy this summer.

October 5, 2017 | 11 comments
Head of the Class: Villaseñor settling in at Valley View

New principal draws inspiration from upbringing
Soraya Villaseñor was not planning on education as a profession.

October 4, 2017 | 1 comment
TV30 set to air Foothill football game

Gridiron coverage continuing with two Amador tilts
Tri-Valley Community Television is set to carry on its tradition of covering local high school football games starting this week when the Foothill Falcons travel to Granada for the Matadors' homecoming game.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Reported weapon at Las Positas turns out to be Nerf gun

Police response prompts hour-long lockdown at Livermore campus
An emergency alert Wednesday morning at Las Positas College, causing the Livermore campus to go on an hour-long lockdown, turned out to be a false alarm, just a student who brought a colorful Nerf gun to school, police said.

October 4, 2017 | 12 comments
Pleasanton council gives initial support to new police raises

Contract also includes increased pension, medical contributions by union members
The Pleasanton City Council spoke highly Tuesday about a proposed new labor agreement with the police union, a deal highlighted by wage increases for city police officers and sergeants in each of the next three years.

October 3, 2017 | 10 comments
Local officials raise awareness of 'Day Without Water'

Annual event happening Oct. 12
Local officials are raising awareness of a campaign that emphasizes the importance of water and related infrastructure.

October 3, 2017 | 2 comments
Two Cal High alums killed in Vegas shooting

Friends and family: Etcheber, Cohen will be sorely missed
Two California High School alumni were among those killed in Sunday night's mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

October 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls host annual Falcon Invitational

Strong showings for Foothill boys water polo, both football teams, Castlewood junior golfers
The Foothill girls water polo team hosted the third annual Falcon Invitational this past weekend and played well despite posting a 1-2 record.

October 3, 2017 | No comments yet
New raises lead proposed contract between city, police union

Yellowstone Court home addition, swearing in new commissioners also on tap for council
The Pleasanton City Council is set for its first public review of a proposed labor contract between the city and the Pleasanton Police Officers Association that would see union members receive salary increases each of the next three years.

October 2, 2017 | 8 comments
Amador Valley High named National Blue Ribbon School

Winners to be recognized at ceremony in November
Amador Valley High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 25 schools in the state to receive the honor.

September 29, 2017 | 16 comments
PUSD students score higher in math, stay consistent in English state testing

Superintendent: 'We are proud to see strong student results for another year'
More PUSD students are meeting or exceeding mathematics standards tested as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), according to statewide results released Wednesday.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Announcing the 2017 Tri-Valley Heroes

RSVP now for award presentation ceremony set Oct. 23
Nine individuals have been named "Tri-Valley Heroes" in the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com's sixth annual awards program, which recognizes residents who are making contributions to better our communities and their residents.

October 2, 2017 | 1 comment
Inmates who escaped from Dublin minimum security prison arrested in Mexico

Women disappeared on Sept. 4
Two women who escaped from a federal minimum security facility in Dublin earlier this month have been arrested in Mexico, U.S. Marshals Service officials reported Thursday.

September 28, 2017 | 1 comment
Backpacking the globe: Family of five sets out for worldwide adventure

Follow local Swensons via vlog when yearlong trek begins in China soon
The Swenson family of five will soon don their backpacks and take off for Beijing, the first stop in a year-long quest to make the entire world their home, their classroom -- their adventure.

September 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Garden club pennies grow into trees

Contributions go toward planting forests in California national parks
A penny for your thoughts? How about a penny to plant a new tree? One cent was the cost of a seedling in 1941 when garden clubs, service organizations and individuals began to collect pennies to make donations in increments of $68 for 6,800 new trees to be planted at a time over 10 acres

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
'Afrofuturism' on display in Harrington Gallery

Colorful acrylic paintings in downtown through Oct. 14
Sacramento artist Delgreta Brown is featured in a series of vibrant acrylic works on the theme of "Afrofuturism," currently on display in the upstairs alcove gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center's Harrington Gallery. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Taste of Africa Festival this Saturday.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore air show this weekend

Wine tasting will be among many options for food and drink
The 21st annual Livermore Airport Open House and Air Show will offer a full day of fun this Saturday for the whole family with a display of aircraft, vintage cars, music, local vendors and an array of food options as well as wine tasting.

October 4, 2017 | No comments yet
New exhibit explores Tri-Valley's part in World War I

'Over There and Over Here' in midst of split run at Museum on Main
The Museum on Main is marking the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I with its newest exhibit, "Over There and Over Here: The Valley and the First World War."

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Country great coming to Firehouse

Lacy J. Dalton, one of the great all-time country performers, will give a special matinee concert at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Trader Joe's opens expanded store in Rose Pavilion

Grocer gets more square footage in new store near former site on Pimlico
I was one of the early-bird customers at 8 a.m. last Friday as Trader Joe's opened its new 13,000-square-foot grocery store in the Rose Pavilion, joining scores of other shoppers dashing in after a festive ribbon-cutting.

September 28, 2017 | 4 comments
Pleasanton church honors first responders

Lighthouse Baptist Church on Neal Street downtown recently held a service to honor all local first responders.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda LAFCo seeks input on Cities Municipal Services Review draft report

Comments due Oct. 20; adoption expected this winter
The Alameda Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) is looking for public comment and review on its draft Cities Municipal Services Review report.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Museum gearing up for Ghost Walk

Tours sell out quickly for last two weekends in October
As dark falls at the end of October, spooky spirits will emerge downtown as Museum on Main holds its Ghost Walks, two-hour guided tours that visit the most haunted sites on Main Street.

September 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Local Realtor named national Good Neighbor Awards finalist

Mony Nop Foundation lauded for helping kids achieve their goals
Livermore-based Realtor Mony Nop has been selected among 10 real estate professionals across the United States as a finalist for Realtor Magazine's 2017 Good Neighbor Awards in recognition of their positive impacts and volunteer work in their communities.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Streetside memorial honors late cyclist

Plaque added amid new safety improvements at Stanley-Valley-Bernal
The city recently installed a plaque in remembrance of Gail Turner at the intersection where the 72-year-old Pleasanton cyclist was killed after a vehicle struck her as she rode across the street on June 23, 2016.

September 27, 2017 | 4 comments
I-680 express lanes opening next week

Officials hope toll lanes will ease congestion; new petition argues they'll actually cause more gridlock
After over two years of construction, the opening date for San Ramon Valley's Interstate 680 express lanes are officially scheduled to open Oct. 9.

October 2, 2017 | No comments yet
School board OKs bond-funded laptop purchase

Enrollment projections, dyslexia also discussed at Tuesday meeting
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night unanimously approved the first contract for a capital project using Measure I1 bond funds, authorizing the purchase of 450 Macbooks and 132 external DVD drives for K-8 teachers and instructional staff.

September 27, 2017 | 33 comments
Dandiya and Bollywood Night set for Oct. 7

Event raises funds for school music and enrichment programs
For the third consecutive year, Partners in Community Development and Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation are co-hosting Dandiya and Bollywood Night, taking place next Saturday Oct. 7 from 5-10 p.m. at Pleasanton Middle School.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Friends close in on running every street in Pleasanton

Fellow residents invited on final leg through downtown Sunday
By Sunday, residents Sarah Holtzclaw and Betty Taylor will have accomplished the feat of running every street in town, racking up 360 miles over 20 months in doing so.

September 27, 2017 | 1 comment
Two Democrats announce campaigns to unseat Assemblywoman Baker

Walnut Creek veteran, Orinda attorney running for District 16 spot
An attorney from Orinda and an Army veteran from Walnut Creek have recently announced that they plan to run against incumbent Catharine Baker to represent the Tri-Valley and the rest of District 16 in the State Assembly.

September 26, 2017 | 14 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls water polo starts EBAL play off with thrilling comeback

Also: Falcons' Dotson named to All-American Water Polo list
In thrilling fashion, the Amador Valley Dons girls water polo opened their East Bay Athletic League season with a come from behind, 12-10 overtime victory against Livermore.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Banned Books Week arrives in Pleasanton

Amador Valley students take part in video promoting annual event
Sunday marked the start of Banned Books Week, an annual event launched in 1982 in response to a national increase in the number of challenges to books in schools and libraries.

September 26, 2017 | 2 comments
Judge allows police confession in Steinle killing to be admitted as evidence

Defense can't show jailhouse TV interview in which man said shooting Pleasanton native was accidental
A confession made to police by the defendant in the fatal shooting of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle will be admitted into evidence, but jurors will not be allowed to hear another statement he made to a TV news station in which he describes the shooting as an accident, a San Francisco judge ruled Monday.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Valley Humane Society celebrates 30 years

Pets and people alike helped Valley Humane Society celebrate during its 30th birthday bash last week in Pleasanton.

September 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley to host National Youth Cricket tourneys this fall

Annual Cricket for Cubs celebratory fundraiser draws hundreds
As participation in cricket continues to grow in the Tri-Valley, the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon are set to host the National Youth Cricket tournaments for the U13 and U15 age groups Nov. 19-22.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Photos capture splendor of Tri-Valley's open space

Conservancy's annual contest opens everyone's eyes
A lovely landscape simply titled "Tree" by Anna Rouse of Livermore captured first place at this year's Tri-Valley Conservancy's Freeze Frame photography contest, which awards prizes to photographers who capture the area's open spaces with their unique perspectives.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
SAP, local dignitaries celebrate new regional office in San Ramon

Sales academy among features at company's new Bishop Ranch home
Officials, executives, students and local dignitaries gathered at San Ramon's Bishop Ranch Business Park to celebrate the opening of software corporation SAP's new office at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
DA's Office announces new justice restoration project

Aims to give young adult offenders 'pathway to a better life,' O'Malley says
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley has announced that she is leading a partnership of county agencies, community groups and other resources to try to provide successful outcomes for young adults who are on felony probation or who've been charged with certain felonies.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to compare enrollment projections to actual turnouts

Teacher laptops, summer school report also on Tuesday's agenda
A comparison of enrollment projections to actual numbers, a bond-funded laptop purchase proposal and a report on the 2017 summer school program are among the items on the Pleasanton school board's agenda for their regular meeting Tuesday night.

September 22, 2017 | 30 comments
26th Ladies Day at the Races

Fall racing gives group 2nd chance to carry on annual tradition
More than five-dozen women took in Oak Tree at Pleasanton fall horse racing last week to mark Kay Huff's 26th annual Ladies Day at the Races.

September 27, 2017 | No comments yet
County officials reopen Palomares Road after lengthy repair work

Crews spent 7+ months fixing hazards after heavy winter rains
A frequently traveled road in Alameda County that's been closed since mid-February for stabilization work was reopened at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, county Public Works Agency officials said.

September 22, 2017 | 2 comments
Out of the Darkness: Survivor says removing stigma, igniting discussion are keys to suicide prevention

Pleasanton teen's life remembered during annual awareness walk in Oakland
"I know it won't bring Tricia back, but you can help me save someone else," Kathy Martin wrote of her late daughter when seeking donations for the awareness walk. "This is an awful disease and people don't know where to turn to for help."

September 21, 2017 | 3 comments
Opera season opens with 'Don Pasquale'

Donizetti's comic classic is reset in the Wild West
This week Livermore Valley Opera opens its 26th season with Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale" -- but this production is set in the American Wild West in the late 1800s.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Tickets on sale for concert to benefit arts in Pleasanton schools

Renowned pianist pairing with guitarist for special show
Tickets are on sale for the annual performance of pianist Tamriko Siprashvili to raise funds for arts in the schools sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Fun run in Livermore -- costumes optional

Rotary event to raise funds for community projects
Livermore Rotary is hosting its third annual Community Spirit Fun Run on Oct. 29, a "spooktacular" event that begins and ends at downtown Livermore's Carnegie Park Rotary Bandstand.

October 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Heart by Heart coming to Firehouse

Original Heart band members Steve Fossen (bass) and Mike Derosier (drums) are part of the second incarnation of the iconic Hall of Fame rock group, appearing in two shows at the Firehouse Arts Center, at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.

September 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Library hosting mobile medical clinic for veterans on Thursday

Special outreach for Vietnam, Middle East vets as new benefits are available
The city and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care system are teaming up with Veterans Connect @ the Library to offer free examinations, resources, consultations and referrals to military veterans this week.

September 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Fall Festival set this Saturday at Alviso Adobe Park

Music, animal display, crafts, food, activities and more
Alviso Adobe Community Park is set to hold its fourth annual Fall Festival this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city park at 3465 Old Foothill Road

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
City seeks volunteers for library's Booklegger program

Training starts next week
The city of Pleasanton is looking for volunteers for its Booklegger library program, which promotes reading for fun and lifelong library use to local children.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Alamo man dies after skydiving accident near Lodi

FAA: Investigation focuses on parachute packing
An Alamo man died Friday from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident near the Lodi Airport the day before, officials confirmed.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
County recognizes Pleasanton arts leader

Kenya native started foundation to explore African culture
Pleasanton resident Catherine Ndungu-Case is one of eight county residents being recognized for their achievements impacting the arts community at next week's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland. They are recipients of the 2017 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards, representing each county district.

September 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Racist graffiti posted on school district truck in Castro Valley

Incident being investigated as a hate crime, according to sheriff's officials
Alameda County sheriff's officials said they are investigating the posting of racist graffiti on a school district truck in unincorporated Castro Valley as a hate crime.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Westbound I-580 cleared after big rig acetone spill

Incident blocked roadway for hours Wednesday
Westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Pleasanton has fully reopened after acetone spilled from a big rig Wednesday morning, partially blocking the roadway for hours.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Most inmate arraignments moving from Dublin back to Oakland

North County felony arraignments won't be held at new courthouse by jail
Alameda County court officials announced Tuesday that starting next Monday in-custody arraignments of inmates from the northern part of the county will again be held in Oakland instead of at the county's new courthouse in Dublin.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
State Senate approves Glazer bill on school districts' rainy day reserves

Legislation would loosen restrictions established in 2014
Legislation co-authored by local State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) that would loosen restrictions on school districts' rainy day reserves has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown following unanimous approval from the State Senate.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley paratransit study moving forward

Council also hears update on regional highway projects, approves commission appointments
Work is progressing on a study to evaluate paratransit services in the Tri-Valley and consultants are on track to release recommendations for improvements early next year, according to a project update presented to the Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday night.

September 19, 2017 | 2 comments
Vegetation fire on Livermore lab property fully contained

Firefighters responded shortly before 2 p.m.
Alameda County firefighters are battling a 40-acre vegetation fire at a test facility owned by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the Alameda County border near Tracy.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police release photos of card theft suspects

Investigators seek info on separate incidents from last month
The Pleasanton Police Department in recent days released photographs on social media showing people who allegedly used cards stolen from Pleasanton to make purchases elsewhere in the Bay Area.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Report: I-580 in Pleasanton continues to see less congestion than in past

Local segment falls further in annual ranking of worst Bay Area commutes
For the second year in a row, Interstate 580 through Pleasanton did not make the top 10 list of most congested Bay Area freeway segments, according to an annual ranking compiled by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

September 19, 2017 | 21 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill volleyball dominates East County Invitational

Plus: Strong weeks for Falcons girls water polo, Dons cross country
The Foothill girls volleyball team had a great run last week, racking up a perfect 8-0 mark including a sweep through the East County Invitational.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
EBRPD names new fire chief

Richard Seal spent last 25 years in San Jose
Richard "Rick" Seal, who's been with the San Jose Fire Department for 25 years, has been named the new fire chief of the East Bay Regional Park District, park district officials said.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton, Dublin residents among plaintiffs in BART lawsuit over mob attacks

BART attorney: 'There's no legal precedent for this lawsuit to go forward'
Six BART passengers who were beaten, threatened or robbed by mobs of young people in three separate incidents in March and April filed a lawsuit late last week against the transit agency, accusing it of failing to protect its passengers.

September 19, 2017 | 10 comments
Authorities identify victim of fatal Sunol motorcycle crash

Fremont man hit center divider on I-680
A motorcyclist who died Monday morning after a crash on Interstate Highway 680 in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol has been identified by the county coroner's bureau this morning as 22-year-old Fremont man Eric Rich.

September 19, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council OKs roadwork financing agreement with Costco

City poised to continue public vetting of full Johnson Drive EDZ proposal, with eye on final vote before 2018
The Pleasanton City Council has given its formal endorsement to a plan for funding key roadwork around where Costco wants to add its third Tri-Valley warehouse store, a highly visible spot near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

September 18, 2017 | 22 comments
Pleasanton QA firm acquires Bay Area crowd-testing company

'We now have multiple ways of working with our customers to bring them value'
QASource, a leading quality assurance service provider for the software industry with its headquarters in downtown Pleasanton, recently announced the purchase of MyCrowd QA, a three-year-old San Francisco crowd-testing company.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to hear update on paratransit analysis

Regional transportation projects, commission appointments, city manager evaluation also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to receive an update Tuesday on an ongoing study to evaluate public transportation services for adults with disabilities and seniors in the Tri-Valley.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunol: Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-680

Bike hit center divider, according to CHP
A motorcyclist died after crashing into the center divider on Interstate 680 near Sunol on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD seeking feedback on novels from students, alumni

Online survey closes Friday
Pleasanton Unified School District is looking for input from current students and alumni on novels that middle and high school teachers are considering for classroom instruction.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
PPD: Gas station cleared after report of suspicious device

Unknown item turned out to be anti-theft device
Authorities closed off a Pleasanton gas station for several hours on Saturday while investigating a suspicious item that the local bomb squad eventually determined was a harmless anti-theft device.

September 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Zone 7 board OKs new program, more project funding in wake of creek erosion

Crews working to finish Foothill Road bank stabilization before rainy season
In the wake of significant erosion in Pleasanton's Verona Reach neighborhood earlier this year, Zone 7 Water Agency has started a new program offering administrative support to private landowners who could use help with flood protection-related projects.

September 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Woman displaced by garage fire in Dublin

Incident caused by electrical problems, according to fire officials
A woman was displaced from her home after a fire broke out in the garage Wednesday evening in Dublin, according to Alameda County fire officials.

September 14, 2017 | 2 comments
Cultivating community: Val Vista Park gardeners enjoy growing, sharing produce

Resident plots at city park now filled with fresh fall veggies
"Fall is here!" It's a few days after Labor Day and Patti Joki is taking in the signs of autumn evident around the community garden at Val Vista Community Park.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man lends voice to prostate cancer initiative

Survivor Allen Larson speaking out for 'Many vs. Cancer'
Just over a decade ago, Allen Larson went to the doctor for his physical and learned through a blood test that he had prostate cancer. What made the diagnosis all the more frightening was that Larson, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, was only 41 with his first child's birth a month away.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton residents pack 59,000+ meals for hurricane relief

Kids Against Hunger event supports Texas in time of need
Some 240 local residents young and old gathered at the Kids Against Hunger facility in Pleasanton last weekend to support fellow Americans in need in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey -- to the tune of over 59,000 meals.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Officials encourage residents to be ready for emergency

September marks National Preparedness Month
From Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and wildfires in the western United States, recent disasters are serving as a reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Children's theater presents 'James and the Giant Peach Jr.'

Partnership brings popular tale to Firehouse stage
Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company is partnering with Bay Area Children's Theatre to open their 2017-18 season with Roald Dahl's popular children's tale, "James and the Giant Peach."

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
African art displayed at Harrington Gallery

"Soul Searching: The Spirit of Africa and the Diaspora Expressed by Contemporary Bay Area Artists" is on display at Firehouse Arts Center Harrington Gallery through Oct. 14, with works including fiber art, masks and sculpture, painting and mixed-media.

September 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes bring home gold

Both softball teams, skills competition stars earn medals
Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes returned from the Special Olympics Northern California softball regional competition last month with four gold medals and one team bronze.

September 18, 2017 | No comments yet
LAVTA buses pass inspection

For the 14th consecutive year, the California Highway Patrol has inspected the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority bus system and found no safety violations, according to a press release from LAVTA.

September 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Bay Area Pet Fair comes to Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend

The Bay Area Pet Fair is coming to the Pleasanton fairgrounds this weekend for those looking to adopt or who just want to check out more than 1,500 animals and enjoy related activities.

September 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Traffic snarled after deadly crash on I-580 west of Pleasanton

Big-rig driver died in chain-reaction collision near Eden Canyon Road
All lanes of westbound Interstate 580 have reopened Thursday afternoon after a pair of big-rig collisions that turned fatal and blocked traffic for nearly 10 hours near Castro Valley in unincorporated Alameda County.

September 14, 2017 | 10 comments
Stage set for decision on city-Costco roadwork financing deal

City Council set for special meeting on proposal Monday night
The Pleasanton City Council is set to give final direction Monday to city staff on an agreement with Costco for how to pay for $21.47 million in roadwork necessary to accommodate the proposed Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ), which is expected to include the wholesale retail giant's third membership store in the Tri-Valley.

September 13, 2017 | 24 comments
Opinion: Time to defeat a bad bill on bridge tolls

SB 595 could see area bridge fees jump to $8 or $9
It is unusual to see a federal official weigh in on actions being taken in Sacramento, but Congressman Mark DeSaulnier felt compelled to do exactly that as the State Legislature considers a bill to raise Bay Area bridge fares during the final week of its session for 2017.

September 13, 2017 | 2 comments
Museum on Main offering Taste Africa Family Day

Special event Saturday on front lawn on Main Street
The Museum on Main Street is holding a Celebrate Community Family Day this Saturday, partnering with the Cheza Nami Foundation to bring Taste Africa to its front lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Dublin: Deputies arrest man accused of beating pit bull puppy

Dog scheduled to undergo surgery to fix broken jaw
A 9-month-old pit bull is in serious condition and set to undergo surgery after she was beaten Monday, according to Alameda County sheriff's officials.

September 13, 2017 | 12 comments
Retired judge selected to serve as Contra Costa's interim DA

Diana Becton to complete disgraced ex-DA's unexpired term
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint recently retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton to serve as interim district attorney, making her the first woman and first African-American to hold the position in the county.

September 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission to review proposed six-home subdivision on Foothill Road

City planning staff raises concern about number of lots, environmental impacts
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to hold a workshop Wednesday to discuss a landowner's proposal to split their Foothill Road parcel into six lots with new houses.

September 13, 2017 | 14 comments
School board discusses PUSD properties, new school at facilities workshop

Administrators to bring recommendations to second study session
Splitting grades K-5 between Donlon Elementary and a new school on the property and finding a parcel near Hart for a new elementary school were among the ideas generated by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during a study session on current and future district facilities.

September 13, 2017 | 5 comments
Pleasanton developer accused of illegal donations to Swalwell campaign

Second federal prosecution of James Tong in recent years
A prominent East Bay developer and Pleasanton resident was arraigned Monday on federal allegations he made illegal campaign finance donations to current U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's congressional campaign in 2012 and 2013.

September 12, 2017 | 25 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons start water polo seasons out with strong wins

Boys sweep Heritage and Livermore; girls overcome early 4-goal deficit
The Foothill varsity water polo teams opened their seasons with impressive wins last week, with the boys averaging 15 goals in their first two games and the girls overcoming an early four-goal deficit against Livermore.

September 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Chabad of Tri-Valley buys masonic lodge on Hopyard Road

Sale closes ahead of Jewish New Year next week
The Chabad of the Tri-Valley completed its $2.5 million purchase of the former Pleasanton Masonic Lodge on Hopyard Road last week, giving the Jewish organization its first dedicated, permanent home in Pleasanton since beginning services in the founders' living room more than a decade ago.

September 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Sworn in: 28 Pleasanton residents become U.S. citizens

Naturalization ceremony held at Pleasanton Library
Twenty-eight Pleasanton residents representing nine countries, including Canada, Iran and India, were sworn in as United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Pleasanton Library Monday.

September 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Study session on PUSD facilities set for Tuesday evening

Amador Stadium field dedication, assistant superintendent contract on 6 p.m. agenda
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will hold a study session on current and future district facilities beginning at 7 p.m., with a separate agenda for regular business starting in open session at 6 p.m.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
PPD: Baby formula theft leads to discovery of drug sales operation

Plainclothes officers originally spot pair shoplifting from Safeway
After catching two shoplifters in the act, undercover detectives uncovered an apparent heroin sales operation Tuesday evening, according to Pleasanton police.

September 8, 2017 | 13 comments
Pleasanton police, firefighters free dog trapped in vent

Officer credits neighbor who heard Lucy's yelps for help
Emergency personnel helped a local dog escape a jam -- literally -- earlier this month after the small dog found itself trapped in a vent in its house.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
LPFD stations mark 9/11 anniversary

Brief morning ceremonies here; large evening remembrance set in Danville
Monday is the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department marked the occasion with brief remembrance ceremonies at each of its 10 fire stations.

September 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Oakland PD officer arrested on suspicion of DUI on freeway in Pleasanton

Now out of custody after posting bail for two misdemeanor counts
An Oakland police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest on Interstate 580 in the Pleasanton area late Wednesday night, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 7, 2017 | 6 comments
County recruiting for Youth Leadership Academy

Registration deadline is Sept. 15
Alameda County is accepting applications for 2017 Youth Leadership Academy, a free educational program for local 11th- and 12th-grade students interested in learning about local government, developing leadership skills and networking with peers from throughout the county.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Cyclists, pedestrians to be given morning of sole access to Niles Canyon Road

Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll set for Sept. 30
Alameda County and regional agency officials are working together later this month to once again open a portion of Niles Canyon Road to full access by hikers, runners and bicyclists only.

September 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Hooked on books? Check out Friends of Pleasanton Library sale

Semiannual book sale Sept. 22-24 benefits library programs
Looking for that next novel to read? Don't miss the Friends of the Pleasanton Library book sale the weekend of Sept. 22-24.

September 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Harrington Gallery: Portraits express places

Harrington Art Gallery is presenting a special art exhibit, "The Faces of Oakland," with Bay Area urban landscape and portrait artist Michael Manente through Oct. 7.

September 10, 2017 | No comments yet
A cappella adventure at St. Augustine

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is hosting Chanticleer, known around the world for its seamless blend of 12 male vocalists, at its St. Augustine campus, 3999 Bernal Ave., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

September 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: State housing push revives need for East Side planning

Two years ago, the City Council halted the planning of development on Pleasanton's largely empty 400-acre East Side. Given the state's current determination to force more housing on cities, it might be time to restart that effort so that Pleasanton is ahead of the pack before state mandates hit us again.

September 7, 2017 | 10 comments
Point-Counterpoint: Johnson Drive EDZ roadwork financing deal

Ex-Councilman Sullivan, City Manager Fialho share differing viewpoints on proposal
With the Pleasanton City Council set to give final direction on the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (JDEDZ) road infrastructure financing term sheet with Costco on Sept. 18, former two-term City Councilman Matt Sullivan and current City Manager Nelson Fialho each approached the Weekly about sharing his perspective on the deal in a Guest Opinion this week.

September 7, 2017 | 70 comments
Valley Humane Society celebrating 30 years

Local nonprofit works to improve lives of animals, people
Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society is marking its 30th anniversary with a birthday bash for humans and animals alike next week

September 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Your Muslim Neighbor: Pleasanton mosque reaches out to dispel misconceptions, engage community

Next open panel talk set for Sept. 30 at Muslim Community Center
The "Your Muslim Neighbor" panels at the Pleasanton mosque aim to debunk misconceptions about Islam and to allow nearby fellow residents to get to know the local Muslim community.

September 7, 2017 | 8 comments
One of two escaped federal inmates spotted in rural Livermore

Pair walked away from Dublin prison camp Monday
Alameda County sheriff's officials have released additional photos of one of the two women who walked away from a minimum-security prison camp in Dublin on Monday evening.

September 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Marshals seek women who walked away from Dublin prison camp

Inmates were serving time on federal narcotics charges
Federal authorities are looking for two women who walked away from a minimum-security prison camp in Dublin on Monday evening.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Fall horse racing returning to fairgrounds later this month

Special events added to seven-day meet starting Sept. 21
Live horse racing is coming back to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the second fall in a row, with Oak Tree at Pleasanton hosting seven days of racing with $850,000 in prize money, including a $75,000 stakes race.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Community celebrates new turf field at Amador Stadium

Nearly $900,000 project funded entirely through donations
Pleasanton students, educators, city and school district leaders and community members turned out at Amador Valley High School last Friday night for the ribbon cutting of the new turf field at Amador Stadium, a renovation project paid for fully through community contributions.

September 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Council approves Junipero-Independence traffic calming plan

Small cell wireless systems in Hacienda, new smoking restrictions, police union talks also take place
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal backed by city staff and neighborhood residents to help alleviate traffic safety concerns along Junipero Street and Independence Drive.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Attorney: Nomad 'Mule' released from jail after no charges filed

69-year-old traveler was arrested last week on suspicion of trespassing, obstructing officers
The California nomad known as "Mule" was released from the Santa Rita Jail last Friday, with no charges filed before his arraignment was scheduled to take place.

September 5, 2017 | 4 comments
Alameda County sheriff's deputies formally charged with inmate mistreatment

Four appear in court, defer entering pleas to allegations
Three current Alameda County sheriff's deputies and one former deputy were arraigned Tuesday on charges including assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice for their roles in the alleged mistreatment of inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

September 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Manteca teen killed in I-680 crash near Sunol

CHP unsure what caused 19-year-old to lose control near Andrade Road
A young woman who died in a crash Monday night on Interstate 680 in unincorporated Alameda County has been identified by the county coroner's bureau as 19-year-old Isabelle Munoz of Manteca.

September 5, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic United hires events director ahead of new soccer season

BUSC, Pleasanton RAGE ready for kick-off parade Saturday morning
The news comes as the BUSC boys soccer league along with the girls' Pleasanton RAGE program are set for their annual joint parade through downtown this Saturday morning to mark the beginning of the new youth soccer season.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Two vehicles burglarized at local BART station

Incidents occur Sunday in parking lot on Owens Drive
Two vehicles were burglarized while parked outside the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station on the Pleasanton side on Sunday, police said.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Council to debate Junipero-Independence traffic calming plan

Small cell wireless systems in Hacienda, confirming new smoking restrictions, police union talks also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider endorsing a city proposal aimed at alleviating traffic safety concerns in neighborhoods around Junipero Street and Independence Drive on Tuesday evening.

September 4, 2017 | 13 comments
Pleasanton PD investigating armed robbery attempt

Unknown man tried to steal necklace at gunpoint, sergeant says
Pleasanton police are looking for information about the whereabouts of a man who allegedly tried to rob two female residents at gunpoint in a local apartment complex during the holiday weekend.

September 4, 2017 | 3 comments
Current, former Alameda County sheriff’s deputies arrested for alleged misconduct

Officials accuse four jail workers of mistreating inmates at Santa Rita
Alameda County sheriff's officials said three current deputies and one former deputy were arrested Thursday for allegedly mistreating inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

September 3, 2017 | 8 comments
State AG warns of sham charities for Hurricane Harvey victims

‘Unfortunately, some are ... starting fake charities to line their own pockets’
Californians should be careful when donating money to charities purporting to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the state's attorney general said last week.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
CHP: Officers pull trapped DUI driver from overturned car that sparked fire

Early-morning crash occurred off I-580 near North Flynn Road
An allegedly drunk driver was treated at a trauma center for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening after his car went off the road on Interstate 580 in Livermore, overturned and started a brush fire early Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 3, 2017 | 2 comments
BART awarded $8.8M for security projects

Aim to protect Transbay Tube, create Critical Asset Patrol Team
BART officials will be getting nearly $9 million for two security projects meant to protect the system against potential threats, according to an announcement last week.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Castro Valley man, accused of killing sheriff’s deputy, dies from injuries

Follows shootout, chase in Sacramento area
The Castro Valley man suspected in the shooting death of a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy at a Sacramento-area motel died of his injuries Saturday, sheriff's officials said.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Helping Houston: Mohr Elementary School students pack meals for hurricane victims

On Thursday Mohr Elementary School students spent the morning packing 12,744 meals to send to families in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

September 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Harvest Wine Celebration canceled due to high heat

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association announced Thursday afternoon the Harvest Wine Celebration events planned for Sunday and Monday have been canceled due to high heat forecast for the holiday weekend. All tickets will be refunded.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
California nomad 'Mule' jailed after arrest in Castro Valley

69-year-old at Santa Rita awaiting arraignment
The nomadic man known as "Mule," who passed through the Tri-Valley this week, was arrested Wednesday night in Castro Valley on suspicion of trespassing and obstructing law enforcement.

August 31, 2017 | 9 comments
Near record-breaking temperatures expected this weekend

City activates cooling centers, PUSD cancels outdoor activities
With triple-digit temperatures forecast for the Tri-Valley this holiday weekend, the city of Pleasanton is activating two cooling centers for residents seeking respite from the heat.

August 31, 2017 | 2 comments
Castro Valley man identified as suspect in fatal shooting of Sacramento deputy

CHP investigators also injured Wednesday
A Castro Valley resident was identified Thursday as the suspect in the shooting death of a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy during an investigation at a Sacramento-area motel Wednesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Everything Scottish at Pleasanton fairgrounds

Actor McTavish is special guest at annual Highland Gathering and Games
From bagpipes to caber tossing to high-hopping Irish dancing, the 152nd Scottish Highland Gathering and Games this holiday weekend will have something for everyone.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Ride along with LPFD first-responder unit

Pleasanton Weekly summer photography intern Daniel Kim followed Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department firefighters on typical afternoon earlier this summer. Here are some of our favorite photos from his ridealong.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
A cappella women welcome new singers

Harmony Fusion Chorus holding open rehearsal Sept. 18
Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women's a cappella barbershop show chorus, will host a special open rehearsal night Sept. 18 to welcome new singers of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale holding tryouts

All-volunteer, nonprofit choir sings all genres
The Valley Concert Chorale, a lyrical part of the Tri-Valley for more than 50 years, is scheduling audition appointments for its 2017-18 season.

September 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Comedy cabaret at the Firehouse

Sandy and Richard Riccardi are bringing a party to the Firehouse Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 with their hit comedy and cabaret show of current content and toe-tapping piano and vocals.

September 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Park district seeks docents for Tri-Valley programs

Training sessions begin Sept. 19 at Sunol Wilderness
The East Bay Regional Park District is recruiting residents interested in becoming docents at the Tri-Valley, primarily to help lead lessons with school programs at parks here.

August 31, 2017 | No comments yet
San Ramon Valley I-680 express lanes now expected to open in October

MTC: Firm date dependent on pending software test conclusion
The upcoming Interstate 680 express lanes are now set to open in October, with the exact opening date pending the conclusion of a software test set to finish mid-September.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Harvest Wine Celebration canceled due to high heat

All tickets to be refunded, according to winegrowers association
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association announced Thursday afternoon the Harvest Wine Celebration events planned for Sunday and Monday have been canceled due to high heat forecast for the holiday weekend. All tickets will be refunded.

August 31, 2017 | 5 comments
County activates disaster fund to support Texas communities ravaged by storm

Cash donations accepted; county employees can also contribute leave time
Alameda County officials announced Wednesday they have reactivated the disaster relief fund to enable the county's employees and residents to voluntarily donate funds to support the recovery effort needed to rebuild communities throughout major parts of Texas and to help the thousands of people suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Sandia's strongest Operation Backpack donation effort

Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore campus collected 209 backpacks filled with school supplies -- worth just under $11,000 in all -- and donated them to children of local military families at Camp Parks in Dublin and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield through the company's Operation Backpack.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Sampling that 'perfect forkful' downtown

New PDA event aims to showcase downtown restaurants
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is holding a new event this weekend designed to highlight the culinary talents of downtown restaurants and dessert spots.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Oversight committee signs off on Measures B, BB tax spending

15th year in a row Alameda CTC receives clean audit from third-party group
The Alameda County Transportation Commission spent Measure B and Measure BB sales tax revenue in accordance with the intent of the voter-approved ballot measures during the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the county's Independent Watchdog Committee.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Local LDS Stake welcomes new leaders

Black becomes president of congregations in Pleasanton, Dublin
The Pleasanton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change in leadership this week, with a new president and counselors now in place.

August 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Fundraiser set Sunday for Pleasanton native fighting cancer

All proceeds will support ACFD 9-1-1 dispatcher Genevieve Giordano
This Sunday evening the Sunshine Saloon in Pleasanton is set to host a fundraiser dinner and raffle, with all proceeds going to a Pleasanton native and Alameda County Fire Department 9-1-1 dispatcher battling cancer.

August 30, 2017 | 5 comments
Pleasanton council offers early support to roadwork financing deal with Costco

Poised to give final direction on proposed term sheet Sept. 18
A majority of the Pleasanton City Council gave initial support to a financing deal with Costco to fund $21.47 million in road improvements around Johnson Drive on Tuesday, though most members asked city staff to fine-tune the proposal before returning for further consideration next month.

August 30, 2017 | 12 comments
PUSD adult and career education starts fall semester

Citizenship, health care classes among new offerings
Pleasanton Unified School District's Adult and Career Education Department started their fall semester last week, with several new classes set to begin next month.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
California nomad: 'Mule' treks through Tri-Valley

Man roams with mule spreading message, living simple life
The Tri-Valley has been graced with a visit from California's very own nomad this week, as he treks down to San Diego for his winter migration with a recognizable travel companion.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton's Hoffman graduates West Point

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Joseph M. "Mac" Hoffman, a Pleasanton native and De La Salle High School alum, graduated from the United States Military Academy this spring, finishing in the top 100 of his class academically en route to earning a Bachelor of Science in systems engineering.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Tri-Valley all-stars win third straight World Series title

Plus: Tough opening week for Pleasanton starting quarterbacks
Tri-Valley Babe Ruth has a long tradition of excellence on the baseball field stretching close to three decades, but this year's 15-year-old all-star team accomplished something that had never been done before in the entire 66-year history of Babe Ruth baseball.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Registration underway for Pleasanton Youth Basketball

City seeks players, coaches, referees for 2017-18 season
Pleasanton recreation officials have put out a call to kids and teens across the city who would be interested in playing in this year's Pleasanton Youth Basketball league.

September 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Benicia native joins Pleasanton police as newest officer

Charles Hendrickson took oath earlier this month
Pleasanton police officials have welcomed Charles Hendrickson as the department's newest officer, a Benicia native hired earlier this month following a highly competitive recruitment process.

August 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Pleasanton council set to discuss Johnson Drive EDZ roadwork financing plan

Public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to focus on tentative deal with Costco
The Pleasanton City Council is set to talk Tuesday evening about a tentative agreement reached by city staff and Costco officials about how to fund nearly $21.5 million in road infrastructure improvements around the Johnson Drive site eyed by the wholesale retail giant for a new membership store.

August 28, 2017 | 15 comments
Inmate charged with murder for cellmate’s death at Santa Rita Jail

Previously undisclosed killing occurred last month
An inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has been charged with murder for the death of his cellmate last month, prosecutors said.

August 26, 2017 | No comments yet
State high court upholds most of death penalty initiative

But justices rule five-year deadline is not mandatory
The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld most of a voter initiative intended to speed up death penalty appeals, but said a five-year deadline for resolving appeals is an advisory and not mandatory.

August 29, 2017 | No comments yet
President signs Swalwell's bipartisan bill to speed up DNA testing

Congressman: Pleasanton-based IntegenX Inc. is global leader in Rapid DNA technology
President Donald Trump has signed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell that's aimed at helping law enforcement agencies perform real-time DNA testing to speed up justice.

August 28, 2017 | 2 comments
Game on! Amador Valley, Foothill set to open football season

Dons play De La Salle, Falcons welcome San Leandro in season openers
All the offseason work -- be it weightlifting, summer passing league or year-round conditioning -- comes to fruition Friday night as the 2017 high school football season begins for both Amador Valley and Foothill.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Local leaders applaud PPIE, new school superintendent

Haglund meets community at nonprofit's reception downtown
PPIE -- the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation -- has become a vital organization for raising funds and public appreciation for local schools, and its work is growing under the leadership of executive director Steve McCoy-Thompson.

August 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Worldwide #CamilleStrong boosts recovery for Dublin woman

Camille Chabot graduates Cal Poly on time despite Stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma
Camille Chabot, 22, credits the community with helping her beat cancer not once but twice as she endured the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant -- and tenaciously pursued her degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

August 28, 2017 | 3 comments
Livermore Valley wine country offers annual toast

Weekend celebration starts at Las Positas, continues at wineries
For the past 35 years, people from the Bay Area and beyond have gathered in Livermore Valley wine country over Labor Day weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines. This year's Harvest Wine Celebration will bring enthusiasts to a new location -- the Las Positas College sports field -- for an afternoon of wine, food, art and live music.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen music program auditions this week

Collaborative offers chances to perform and more
Tryouts are being held this week for Pleasanton's High School Music Collaborative (HSMC), which is starting its second season. The city-run program is aimed at skilled musicians and vocalists of all genres, who will work together to create music, produce concerts, perform and learn to teach younger performers.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
'Sisters' act opens Firehouse season

"An Evening with T Sisters," the sassy sister folk band from Oakland, will open Season Eight at the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2.

August 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Weekly honored for Rotary scholarship contribution

The Pleasanton Weekly was honored last week for its Gold Level sponsorship of Rotary's Father's Day Spirit Run, an annual event that this year raised more than $40,000 for high school scholarships.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Public Eye closing out Concerts in the Park

Public Eye is set to perform at the summer's final Concerts in the Park show this Friday night, playing their high-energy rock from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of First and Neal streets.

August 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Sister City Association holding annual barbecue fundraiser

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is hosting its annual barbecue fundraiser from 5:30-11 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Public meeting set Tuesday on BART to Livermore

Officials seek input on draft EIR for BART extension
BART officials are holding a public meeting in Dublin on Tuesday to receive feedback on the draft environmental impact report studying the BART to Livermore extension.

August 27, 2017 | 3 comments
Traffic, housing major issues for Tri-Valley mayors

Cities face similar challenging concerns, leaders say at annual Mayors' Summit
Traffic, transportation and housing dominated the discussion by the five area mayors at last week's 2017 Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit, held at the Shannon Community Center in Dublin.

August 23, 2017 | 3 comments
4-acre fire contained near Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A 4-acre fire near the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was quickly contained this afternoon, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

August 23, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD updates enrollment figures, cites error

Initial report had indicated large increase in student population
Pleasanton Unified School District officials have released revised enrollment figures for this school year, saying a previous public report mistakenly indicated a large increase in the student population when there has actually been a slight drop.

August 23, 2017 | 4 comments
School board speaks out against discrimination in wake of Charlottesville violence

Bond study session, 'Thiel Tuesday' also discussed at meeting
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night reemphasized PUSD's commitment to nondiscrimination in light of deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. earlier this month.

August 23, 2017 | 17 comments
Planning Commission to revisit 2nd-floor addition for Valley Trails house

Plus, code changes to allow new small cell wireless systems in Hacienda
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to review an updated proposal from a Valley Trails' couple who want to redesign the second floor of their house to add more bedrooms and other amenities.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Firefighters battle grass fire at Camp Parks

Blaze reached 200 acres amid windy conditions before crews stopped progress
Firefighters took on a vegetation fire that broke out at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Local QB standout Bart Houston in camp with Pittsburgh Steelers

Former PJFL, De La Salle star battling for backup role in Steel City
As the prep football season kicks off Friday night, it's another season of local football players beginning their dream of playing college football, as well as hopefully making it into the National Football League. It's a pipe dream for the majority, but it has become a reality for a precious few from this area.

August 22, 2017 | 3 comments
City staff, Costco reach tentative plan to fund Johnson Drive EDZ roadwork

Council to review term sheet proposal next week; final consideration to follow Sept. 18
Pleasanton city staff and Costco officials have agreed to terms on a tentative proposal for how to fund roadway improvements around the Johnson Drive site eyed for the warehouse membership store, a deal that is scheduled to head the City Council for review next week and final consideration at a separate meeting next month.

August 22, 2017 | 102 comments
Solar eclipse 2017: Pleasanton watches in amazement

Adults, kids alike flock outside to gaze at sky as moon passes in front of sun
Across the Tri-Valley, thousands of residents donned special glasses and used other makeshift viewing devices to see the much-anticipated solar eclipse Monday morning.

August 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Police arrest pair accused of car break-ins on Alvord Way

Call from resident led to officers finding arrestees hiding in neighborhood, sergeant says
Pleasanton police arrested a man and woman from the East Bay on suspicion of breaking into cars and possessing stolen property on Alvord Way early Monday morning after allegedly finding him pretending to sleep in a stolen vehicle and her trying to hide behind a car in a driveway.

August 21, 2017 | 12 comments
School board to talk nondiscrimination 'in light of recent events in our nation'

Preschool funding grant, contracts for special education services also on tap
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night is set to discuss PUSD's commitment to nondiscrimination "in light of recent events in our nation," district staff wrote in the regular meeting packet.

August 21, 2017 | 5 comments
Pleasanton police arrest trio after car chase

Incident began with men trying to break into cars at ClubSport, police say
Three men who allegedly tried to burglarize cars in a Pleasanton fitness club parking lot tried to flee but were quickly caught early Sunday morning, according to police.

August 20, 2017 | 9 comments
Livermore police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting

Four officers fire shots at armed man in incident at local mobile home park, police say
Livermore police identified an armed man and the four officers involved in the fatal shooting of the gunman at a local mobile home park Wednesday night.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore PD praises public for helping find missing senior citizen

81-year-old reunited with family after whereabouts unknown Friday afternoon
Police Saturday praised a Livermore community member and social media for helping to locate an 81-year-old woman who went missing Friday.

August 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Fire damages historic tasting room in Sunol

Flames broke out in attic during wedding reception; cause unconfirmed
A fire Friday evening caused significant damage to the historic tasting room of a Sunol winery, according to Alameda County Fire Department officials.

August 20, 2017 | 1 comment
County seeks input on bike, pedestrian conditions in unincorporated Pleasanton

Foothill Road, Castlewood Drive, Vineyard Avenue among key areas
Alameda County officials are currently soliciting feedback from residents about bicycle and pedestrian improvements on key roadways in the county's jurisdiction, including unincorporated Pleasanton.

August 18, 2017 | 11 comments
Mayor: The rage of intolerance is not welcome here

'Pleasanton defines itself as a community of character ... we take pride in honoring those traits,' Thorne says in Guest Opinion
A legacy is defined in moments over time. And what guides me (and most of us), whether in public service or our private lives, is the legacy we leave behind.

August 19, 2017 | 28 comments
School board set for Saturday facilities tour

Special meeting beginning at district HQ at 8 a.m.
The Pleasanton school board has called a special meeting for Saturday morning for board members to take a tour of district facilities.

August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Police investigating armed robberies at Hopyard Road stores

Unidentified man stole money from Shell station, 7-Eleven at knife-point
Pleasanton police released suspect photographs Thursday as part of their ongoing investigation into armed robberies of neighboring businesses on Hopyard Road late last month.

August 17, 2017 | 3 comments
Camp Arroyo fundraiser this weekend

The Taylor Family Foundation hosts annual Day in the Park
Musician, filmmaker and humanitarian Michael Franti is performing at the Taylor Family Foundation's 27th annual Day in the Park auction fundraiser Sunday at Camp Arroyo in Livermore.

August 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Haglund at the helm: New superintendent looks to bring stability to PUSD

'I have been absolutely blown away with the level of support the community has for this school system'
David Haglund is all settled in his new office -- but don't expect him to call it that. The new Pleasanton Unified School District superintendent refers to the space as his classroom rather than his office, and he stands while working because "teachers stand all day long ... it keeps them connected."

August 17, 2017 | 5 comments
Lady laughs: Comediennes performing in Tri-Valley arts center fundraiser

Zhao, Stoops, Gustafson find humor in everyday life
Life is a funny thing, comedienne Margaret Zhao observes. Things that are uncomfortable, embarrassing or even disastrous when they happen often become humorous in hindsight.

August 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Goodguys' West Coast Nationals car show set for this weekend

Bringing hot rods, hearty times to Pleasanton fairgrounds
The 31st West Coast Nationals, one of the longest running events on the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association schedule, is set to gather over 3,000 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks from all over the country for a three-day celebration of the American hot rod at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend.

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Fatal officer-involved shooting in Livermore

Police: Armed man set fire to house, approached officers with shotgun
Police in Livermore shot and killed an armed person who started a fire inside a house Wednesday night, according to police.

August 17, 2017 | 4 comments
Former employees file whistleblower lawsuit against air district

Pair claim they were fired for refusing to illegally destroy BAAQMD documents
Two former employees of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit claiming they were fired after refusing to participate in the illegal destruction of documents critical to monitoring air quality and enforcing regulations, their attorneys said Wednesday

August 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore man killed in forklift accident served as local church pastor

35-year-old was working for local landscaping company when he died at Lafayette worksite
A Livermore man who died while operating a forklift Monday afternoon at a construction site in Lafayette worked for a landscaping supply company and served as a local church pastor.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Wheels bus urges students to 'Try Transit'

Free rides to middle-, high-schoolers run Monday through Sept. 1
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is once again offering its Try Transit to School promotion next week, enabling Tri-Valley middle and high school students to ride free system-wide.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen honored for creating Pleasanton's new library card artwork

Council also appoints new literary arts ambassador, teen poet laureates
Pleasanton library cards have a fresh new design thanks to Foothill High School freshman Afreen Shameem. The 14-year-old received a special commendation from the City Council on Tuesday night in honor of her achievement.

August 16, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Local Hoots perform well at Connie Mack World Series

Also: Pleasanton residents reach podium at water skiing tournament
The Danville Hoots baseball team -- made up of high school players from Amador Valley, De La Salle, Granada, San Ramon Valley, Livermore, Dublin and Dougherty Valley, to name a few -- were one of 17 teams to qualify for the recent Connie Mack World Series.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Total solar eclipse happening Monday

Pleasanton Library holding viewing event
Millions of people will have their eyes on the sky Monday as a total solar eclipse takes place. In the Tri-Valley, residents will witness a partial solar eclipse as the moon will obscure approximately 75% of the sun at the maximum eclipse point, according to NASA.

August 16, 2017 | 9 comments
Livermore man killed while operating forklift at worksite

Cal/OSHA: Cause of construction accident in Lafayette under investigation
A man who died as he was operating a forklift Monday afternoon in Lafayette was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as Edwin Gomez-Zarate of Livermore.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council tweaks proposal for smoking restrictions at apartments

Medical marijuana smoking, with doctor's note, would be allowed only in designated area at complexes
The Pleasanton City Council took another step Tuesday toward establishing new stringent smoking regulations for rental apartment complexes across the city.

August 15, 2017 | 5 comments
County sheriff's spokesman apologizes for accidental retweet of white nationalist video

'It was a mistake … I'm not very savvy with Twitter,' sergeant says
An Alameda County sheriff's spokesman apologized Tuesday morning for what he said was an accidental retweet Monday night of a video posted by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

August 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley set to 'Clear the Shelters'

Pet adoption fees being waived as part of annual event Saturday
Tri-Valley animal shelters will join nearly 700 across the country Saturday in hosting Clear the Shelters, a pet adoption drive in its third year.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton pays respects to fallen Marine

Pleasanton police officers, firefighters and residents saluted as the motorcade carrying the body of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lenin Priego Zurita traveled down Interstate 580 back to his hometown of Tracy on Thursday.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to consider confirming new smoking restrictions for apartments

New library card design, first-ever literary arts ambassador, Hopyard-Owens intersection improvements also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to consider final approval of a proposed ordinance to implement stringent smoking regulations for rental apartments across the city.

August 14, 2017 | 5 comments
Weekly opens 2017 Tri-Valley Heroes nomination period

Sponsorship opportunities available for 6th annual awards program
The 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.

August 16, 2017 | No comments yet
Car burglary reported Sunday at Pleasanton BART station

Backpack containing laptop stolen, according to police
Burglars broke into vehicles at two BART stations in the East Bay on Sunday, according to police with the transit agency.

August 14, 2017 | 4 comments
Man hospitalized after fire at home in Castro Valley

Blaze contained to upstairs bedroom
A man was hospitalized with smoke inhalation and minor burn injuries after a house fire in Castro Valley on Sunday night, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman said.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Police: Local homeless man beaten in unprovoked attack

Young men shot transient with BB gun, hit him with hockey stick
Pleasanton police are searching for three young men allegedly involved in an unprovoked attack on a local homeless man Friday night in which the transient was shot several times with a BB gun and beat with a hockey stick.

August 14, 2017 | 8 comments
PG&E, Dublin celebrate opening of new Center for Gas Safety and Innovation

New space will allow company to advance testing and operations
A new PG&E facility in the Tri-Valley held its grand opening Friday morning, with much fanfare and many dignitaries present. The 25,000-square-foot Center for Gas Safety and Innovation in Dublin is the second of three new centers for the company.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission urges more design work on proposed small subdivision downtown

Infill project wants to touch up existing street-front houses, add two-story homes behind
Pleasanton planning commissioners indicated support Wednesday for the concept of subdividing three neighboring Augustine Street parcels into six residential lots but said more work needed to be done to bring the development proposal more in line with their design goals for that part of downtown.

August 11, 2017 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: Kottinger Gardens, rooted in Pleasanton

City, MidPen partner on affordable senior housing development on edge of downtown
Bordering an expanse of green grass that makes up Kottinger Village Park, the new homes sit side by side, painted in earth tones and adorned with decorations. Years in the making, the Kottinger Gardens affordable senior housing project is now toward the end of its first phase.

August 10, 2017 | 3 comments
Seniors Series: A day at the Pleasanton Senior Center

Pleasanton Weekly photo intern Daniel Kim spent part of a day this summer at the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard capturing the myriad of activities offered at this popular destination for local seniors. See some of our favorite photos from that trip to the Senior Center.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Through his lens

Pleasanton man has passion for photographing wildlife
For decades Ray Rychnovsky has enjoyed photographing scenery and wildlife he encounters on travels to different spots around the world, from Central America to Alaska.

August 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Honor Flight takes veterans to 'their' monuments in D.C.

World War II vets find camaraderie in three-day excursions
As a salute to veterans of World War II, a nonprofit group called Honor Flight hosts visits to the monuments in Washington, D.C., erected in their honor. The organization, including a Bay Area chapter, leads all-expense-paid trips for the veterans several times a year and provides individual volunteer escorts if needed.

August 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Wheels for Meals Ride coming up

Fundraiser to support local nonprofit
The eighth annual Wheels for Meals Ride is soon approaching, and cyclists of all ages are invited to participate in the event as a team or as an individual.

August 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill hands out inaugural Rainmaker Awards

Officials honored at nonprofit's Moonlight in the Vines
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Kathy Narum, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the city of Livermore were recently recognized as the inaugural recipients of nonprofit Sunflower Hill's new Rainmaker Awards.

August 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Rotary: Doing good in Pleasanton

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton has awarded 12 Pleasanton high school students scholarships totaling $31,950, with another $3,000 in scholarship funding given to three students by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North.

August 11, 2017 | No comments yet
LAVTA announces bus route changes

New schedule effective Saturday
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is set to implement service and schedule adjustments to most Wheels and Rapid routes effective Saturday.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
DSRSD: Bacteria found in Dublin water; retesting shows water safe to drink

District also warns of odor in central Dublin due to pipeline construction work
The Dublin San Ramon Services District discovered bacteria in several Dublin water samples taken around town last week, though after flushing and re-testing officials found the water to be clean and safe to drink the next day.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
School board OKs first round of Measure I1 bond sales

New elementary school, budget revise also discussed at Tuesday meeting
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night unanimously authorized the first issuance and sale of Measure I1 bonds, a move that will allow the school district to start work on a number of projects this academic year.

August 9, 2017 | 11 comments
Alameda County earns innovation honor for STEP-UP program

Also among eight county efforts to take home Achievement Awards
Alameda County has been recognized at the national level for its program that aims to help female survivors rebuild their lives in the wake of crises such as sexual assault or domestic violence.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission to discuss small subdivision on edge of downtown

Chrysler dealership parking lot, church after-school program also on tap
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to talk Wednesday about a request to split three residential lots into six parcels, while adding three new houses, on Augustine Street on the edge of downtown.

August 8, 2017 | 5 comments
Defendant in Steinle slaying to stand trial under birth name

Jury selection scheduled to start in two weeks in San Francisco
The man accused of fatally shooting Pleasanton native Kate Steinle as she walked on San Francisco's Pier 14 with her father two years ago is set to go on trial as soon as later this month -- but he will do so under a different name than was previously reported.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Tri-Valley Babe Ruth all-stars headed to World Series

Local boys climb out of elimination bracket to win regional in Tahoe
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars went to the great vacation destination of Lake Tahoe, but it was all business for the local boys as they brought home the title of the Pacific Southwest Regional Championships.

August 8, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to consider initial round of Measure I1 bond sales

Report on district property, 45-day budget revise also on tap Tuesday
The first issuance and sale of Measure I1 bonds, a report on PUSD property and a budget update are among the items on the agenda for the Pleasanton school board's first meeting of the 2017-18 school year Tuesday.

August 7, 2017 | 4 comments
Governor signs Baker's bill to streamline IHSS application process

Legislation aims to have more counties accept electronic filings
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed into law a bill by local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) that offers more ways for home-bound residents to apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) benefits, including submitting their documents via computer.

August 7, 2017 | 5 comments
Authorities ID man killed in weekend crash on Altamont Pass

A 22-year-old Walnut Creek man has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as the victim who died in a crash on eastbound Interstate 580 in the area of the Altamont Pass on Saturday morning.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man named GM of Oakland country club

Richardson takes helm at Sequoyah after long stint at Sunol Valley
Officials at Oakland's Sequoyah Country Club have tapped Pleasanton resident Bryan Richardson to lead the century-old club through a key stage of its evolution.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Teen driver arrested after major-injury crash on Foothill Road

Police allege 18-year-old blew through red light while high on marijuana
An Oakland teen was arrested on suspicion of serious DUI after police allege he caused a crash in northern Pleasanton that sent three people, including himself, to the hospital with major injuries Thursday evening.

August 4, 2017 | No comments yet
1st Wednesdays end with a bark

Annual Pooch Parade brings hundreds of pups, pet owners to downtown
This week marked the end of the 1st Wednesdays series this summer in Pleasanton. The theme of the event was Pooch Parade -- as the name entails, it was a celebration and amalgamation of dogs and their owners.

August 3, 2017 | 8 comments
Downtown mural comes back to life

Team of artists revive city's first public art
The 50-year-old mural that was Pleasanton's first piece of public art has just had its brightness restored, thanks to a bevy of artists who worked mornings to avoid the summer heat.

August 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Art League on exhibit

Annual show includes free art demonstrations
Members of the Pleasanton Art League are holding their eighth annual fall juried exhibit at the Harrington Art Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center through Sept. 2.

August 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera announces upcoming season

Company to stage three first-time operas
Livermore Valley Opera recently announced that its 26th season will feature three first-time operas at the Bankhead Theater.

August 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Simon & Garfunkel tribute at Firehouse

AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli will perform two concerts recreating the memories and magic of "The Music of Simon & Garfunkel" at Firehouse Arts Center Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

August 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Cutting down on cut-through traffic

City looks to ease conditions in Junipero-Independence neighborhoods
After its staff worked with the neighborhood, the Pleasanton City Council will have the opportunity to use traffic calming methods to divert cut-through traffic back onto main thoroughfares on the south side of town.

August 6, 2017 | 31 comments
Downtown Pleasanton: Then and Now

Museum on Main offers glimpse into changes over past century-plus
Downtown Pleasanton 150 years ago was by no means the same as it looks during a stroll down Main Street in the 21st century. But even so, remnants of the small-town life and local culture are still seen in the historic monuments and buildings scattered throughout the corridor today.

August 3, 2017 | 4 comments
CHP: Body of transient man found near I-580 ramp in Pleasanton

A body found in Pleasanton near an on-ramp to eastbound Interstate Highway 580 was that of a 76-year-old transient man, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 3, 2017 | 12 comments
Congressman holding town halls Saturday

Swalwell meeting constituents at Granada High at 10 a.m.
Local Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) is hosting two public town hall meetings in his district this Saturday, including one in the Tri-Valley.

August 2, 2017 | 18 comments
Building firm acquires Irby Ranch housing site

Project includes 87 homes, two parks; adjacent Sunflower Hill complex in design phase
National residential developer Meritage Homes has purchased the Irby Ranch subdivision site, property on the edge of downtown approved for a new 87-house neighborhood adjacent to a parcel set aside for a planned housing complex for adults with special needs.

August 2, 2017 | 8 comments
No criminal charges for car crash that killed Pleasanton teacher

Police find no evidence of criminal negligence by driver in fatal collision
It appears there will be no criminal charges stemming from the violent car crash on the north end of town that killed Pleasanton Middle School teacher Carla Boerman during spring break earlier this year.

August 2, 2017 | 11 comments
Pleasanton activates cooling center

Senior Center dedicated to help people cool off noon to 9 p.m.
With temperatures crossing into triple digits this week, city officials have activated the cooling center at the Pleasanton Senior Center this Wednesday and Thursday to provide a respite for residents seeking relief from the high heat.

August 2, 2017 | No comments yet
City recruiting for commission, committee seats

Applications due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15
Pleasanton city officials are seeking local residents interested in applying for available seats on seven city commissions and committees.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
PUSD online registration opens Wednesday

School walk-through events start Monday
Back to school preparations are in full swing for thousands of families around Pleasanton as PUSD gets ready to open online registration for new and returning students.

August 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Local track-and-field standouts compete at nationals

Also: Pleasanton high schools get ready for start of fall sports season
Four local youth track-and-field athletes qualified this summer for the U.S. Track and Field National Championships, with three competing at the event in Lawrence, Kan., late last month.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford-ValleyCare begins concussion baseline testing on teen football players

Exams on Livermore high-schoolers to serve as comparison in event of injury
With the fall football season on the horizon, high school players in Livermore public schools have started taking part in a new concussion baseline testing program for youth offered by Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, hospital officials said last week.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Dublin: Veteran’s discipline appears to have paid off with lottery win

$1.2 million winning ticket purchased at bowling alley
A man is $1.2 million richer since winning the California Lottery's "Set for Life Scratchers" game with a ticket he bought in Dublin, lottery officials said Thursday.

July 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon

Incident occurred at Walnut Creek BART station
BART police on Thursday responded to two assault with a deadly weapon incidents at separate BART stations.

July 28, 2017 | 6 comments
Federal agent to testify in Kate Steinle murder trial

Testimony will center on stolen gun used in shooting
A federal agent will testify in the upcoming murder trial of the man charged in the 2015 death of Kate Steinle about the stolen weapon that was used in her shooting, officials said in court Friday.

July 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Court is in session: New Dublin courthouse aims to improve efficiency, reduce costs

$147M facility on Gleason Drive offers more space for Tri-Valley courts, close proximity to jail, plus new county offices
After 20 years, $147 million and touch-and-go construction progress, Dublin's new East County Hall of Justice is finally open for business. "It's beautiful," said Alameda County Superior Court Presiding Judge Morris Jacobson. "It's a very good facility."

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Amador grad in classical-fusion duo

Duo Lémonart show at Firehouse set for Aug. 6
Montreal's Duo Lémonart -- guitarist Gabriel Hotier and violinist Julia Reddy -- will bring fresh arrangements of their modern classical-fusion ensemble to the Firehouse Arts Center Theater at 2 p.m. Aug. 6.

August 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Zydeco concert to benefit fifth-grade music in Pleasanton

Instrumental program costs $150,000 per year
When Pleasanton resident Alex Watson was looking for a worthy cause, his love of music inspired him. Months later, his efforts are coming to fruition -- a concert by Black Cat Carrier & the Ro' Doggs at the Firehouse Arts Center next week to benefit the fifth-grade instrumental music program in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Spotlighting Firehouse Arts Center's 2017-18 lineup

'Season of firsts' offering everything from concerts to theater to comedy
Legendary names and award-winning productions are all headed to the Firehouse Arts Center for the 2017-18 season, its eighth. Firehouse supervisor Rob Vogt said it is a "season of firsts" for the theater.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering Korea

Editor emeritus, Army vet reflects on first look at Korean War Veterans Memorial
I'm just back from a one-week trip to Washington, D.C. For me, it was a chance to revisit K Street and the Capitol where I worked in the 1970s and '80s, as well as to drive by my old neighborhood where we lived in Fairfax Station, Va.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Golf tourney raises $93,000+ for Hope Hospice

Inaugural Toll Brothers fundraiser more than triples initial goal
Tri-Valley nonprofit Hope Hospice recently received $93,747 thanks to an inaugural golf tournament fundraiser organized by home developer Toll Brothers Northern California Division.

July 30, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Valley Dolphins repeat as league champs

PVC swimmers shatter three records at final meet
The Pleasanton Valley Club Dolphins captured their third straight Valley Swim League championship meet title last weekend, breaking three league records in the process.

July 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Red Cross faces blood donation shortage

Contribution days set in Pleasanton
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations after experiencing a 30% drop in donation appointments in July despite facing a growing need.

July 31, 2017 | 1 comment
Pooch Parade returns next week

Downtown set for final 1st Wednesday Street Party of summer
Downtown Pleasanton is going to the dogs -- literally -- next week when the 20th annual Pooch Parade trots down Main Street to close out this year's 1st Wednesday Street Parties series.

July 27, 2017 | 7 comments
Nelly's taco truck offered new home at winery after being forced from longtime spot

After being forced to relocate from where it had been operating for nearly two decades, Nelly's taco truck has now been offered a new home not far from its original location on Vineyard Avenue.

July 27, 2017 | 3 comments
Debating Pleasanton's accessibility standards

Council wants to review city rules, inspired by disabled resident's apartment
The Pleasanton City Council is set to have a discussion in the coming months about the city's standards for making new developments accessible to physically disabled residents.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
TV30 airing new episode of 'Tri-Valley Youth View'

Program produced as part of annual summer camp
"Tri-Valley Youth View," an hour-long television program produced by middle and high school students, is now airing on TV30 and available through the station's website.

July 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Aces ready to represent Tri-Valley in World Series

Livermore hosts Little League Intermediate Division showcase starting Sunday
Getting to any level of Little League World Series action takes a special group of players and coaches. To make it to three straight is an incredible accomplishment.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Some new BART cars expected to be in service by September

Operator: Updated cars like upgrading from Model T to Tesla
New BART cars are expected to start carrying passengers in late September following final testing this summer, BART officials said Monday.

July 26, 2017 | 3 comments
Pleasanton woman killed in rollover on Niles Canyon Road

Police: Fatal crash occurred after 59-year-old sped from scene of earlier collision
A 59-year-old Pleasanton woman was killed in a rollover crash on Niles Canyon Road in Fremont on Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission to review proposed redesign of Carpenters Training Facility

Calls for new 2-story building, plus outdoor training area and pad for offices
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set for a workshop Wednesday to review the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California's proposal to redesign its training facility on Santa Rita Road.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
East Bay Parks board OKs electric bike pilot program on Iron Horse Trail

Among three regional trails selected for yearlong study
The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors voted earlier this month to allow electric bikes on the Iron Horse Regional Trail and two other district trails as part of a one-year pilot program.

July 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Deadly crash closes Niles Canyon Road

Commuters urged to avoid northbound I-680 from South Bay
A fatal car crash this afternoon has forced the closure of Niles Canyon Road from Interstate 680 to Mission Boulevard in Fremont for several hours, police said.

July 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton poised for annual road maintenance

$6.18M project includes dozens of neighborhood streets, Old Vineyard trail
Pleasanton city officials are ready to move forward with their annual street resurfacing and preventative maintenance program later this summer after the City Council last week approved contracts and other items related to the estimated $6.18 million project.

July 24, 2017 | 11 comments
Police investigating string of car break-ins in Livermore, Brentwood

Four suspects remain at large
A car reported to be connected with a string of vehicle burglaries in Livermore early Friday was reported stolen from a Hampton Inn in Brentwood later that morning.

July 24, 2017 | 1 comment
Livermore: Historic train depot moved, rehabilitation started

$3 million project aims to restore depot to condition of decades ago
Livermore's historic train depot was moved early last Sunday morning to the city's transit center, where it will be rehabilitated to federal historic standards, a consultant for the city said Monday.

July 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Commemorating 60 years

Local children contribute artwork to Zone 7 anniversary calendar
Zone 7 Water Agency has produced a free 18-month calendar to commemorate their 60th anniversary while also promoting water awareness.

July 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Zone 7 board elects new president, vice president

Livermore residents named to top posts
The Zone 7 Water Agency board of directors on Wednesday elected a new president and vice president for fiscal year 2017-18.

July 21, 2017 | No comments yet
Man suspected of stealing high-end bicycle from Pleasanton store

Police release photos of alleged incident at Mike's Bikes
Pleasanton police on Friday released photos of a man who allegedly stole a bicycle worth $8,400 from a shop in town last month.

July 21, 2017 | 17 comments
Delta photos central to upcoming Museum on Main event

'Discussion with ... photographer Rich Turner' set for Saturday
Museum on Main is hosting photographer Rich Turner for its next "Discussion with...," at 4 p.m. Aug. 5.

July 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Amador grad is Next Generation jazz man

Solomon Alber performing in prestigious Monterey festival band
Solomon Alber, 18, is looking forward to a jazzy life. The tenor saxophonist was one of 20 teens nationwide chosen by Monterey Jazz Festival for its 2017 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured New York and Canada in late June and will perform in the 60th annual Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept. 17.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
'Classical Broadway' at the Firehouse

Baritone Hadleigh Adams, an opera star with a passion for musical theater, celebrates the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and more at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Applications available for Alameda County Citizens Academy

Deadline to apply is Aug. 4 for six-session program starting in September
County officials are accepting applications for residents interested in learning more about how the county government works while increasing their civic engagement as part of the Alameda County Citizens Academy.

July 24, 2017 | No comments yet
TV30 airing High School Athletic Awards

Show available on local access TV, plus online and DVD
Tri-Valley Community Television has begun broadcasting its seventh annual Outstanding High School Athletic Awards on TV30 and TV28.

July 20, 2017 | No comments yet
'Golden Follies 2017!' at the Firehouse

The sizzling Senior Sensations will heat up the stage with their trademark Vegas-style costumes and lively choreography for two shows this weekend, both at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

July 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Farmers' Market: Fresh food, family, friends and fun

Saturday morning showcase celebrating 25th year downtown
On a Saturday morning in downtown Pleasanton, West Angela Street is often filled with the musical stylings of local singers, scattered exclamations of "It's so nice to see you!" as old friends reunite and most importantly, the smells, colors and flavors of the freshest produce and artisanal goods that the Bay Area has to offer.

July 20, 2017 | 3 comments
Junipero-Independence traffic calming draft plan set for community review Monday

Public meeting from 6-7 p.m. in city council chamber
Pleasanton city officials are scheduled to hold a community meeting Monday evening to receive public input on the draft calming program for Junipero Street and Independence Drive.

July 19, 2017 | 13 comments
Winemakers presenting 'Taste Our Terroir' this weekend

Annual event features samplings, special meals and more
Livermore Valley's annual wine extravaganza, "Taste our Terroir," is set to kick off Thursday night with a food and wine pairing gala and continues through this weekend with experiences featuring winemakers and those who love their products.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton company acquired by equity firm

Sabah International focused in fire detection, security services
Private equity firm Huron Capital announced Tuesday that its Bay Area company Sciens Building Solutions has acquired Pleasanton-based Sabah International Inc.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council approves Alviso Adobe Community Park Implementation Plan

Action steps seek to boost interest in historic park off Foothill Road
The Pleasanton City Council unanimously endorsed the Alviso Adobe Community Park Implementation Plan on Tuesday night, outlining a series of efforts designed to increase interest in and usage of the historic city park on Old Foothill Road.

July 18, 2017 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Tri-Valley Babe Ruth squad wins third straight NorCal title

Local teen all-stars now headed to South Lake Tahoe for shot at World Series
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars won their third consecutive Northern California championship in Palo Alto last week.

July 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Local food truck forced to move from longtime spot, relocates across street

Nelly's moves to other side of Vineyard Avenue after traffic complaints
A food truck that has operated on Vineyard Avenue since the 1990s was recently forced to relocate -- albeit not far from its original location -- after Pleasanton city officials determined the business was creating traffic problems.

July 18, 2017 | 27 comments
Bras for the Cause raises $160,000 for breast cancer support

Checks recently presented to four local nonprofits
The 12th annual Bras for the Cause 8K breast cancer walk that occurred in downtown Pleasanton in late spring raised a total of $160,000, which was recently disbursed to four local breast cancer charities, organizers announced last week.

July 18, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council to review Alviso Adobe Community Park Implementation Plan

15-item consent calendar, closed-session discussions also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider signing off on the proposed Alviso Adobe Community Park Implementation Plan on Tuesday evening.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton church hosting suicide prevention, awareness workshops

Dual event Aug. 1 geared toward teens, parents of middle- and high-schoolers
Next month, St. Augustine Church & Hall in Pleasanton will host suicide prevention and awareness workshops for teens and parents.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Commission delays decision on Valley Trails home's 2nd-floor addition

Homeowners want new bedrooms upstairs; neighbors object to proposal
The Pleasanton Planning Commission discussed a dispute between Valley Trails neighbors over one family's proposal to redesign the second story of their house last week before ultimately sending the proposal back to city staff for further modifications.

July 17, 2017 | 5 comments
TNT gives explosive performance at Concerts in the Park

Thousands enjoy Friday night show by last-minute new band
This 'n' That performed a plethora of genres at Lions Wayside Park on Friday evening as the headline act in the Pleasanton Concerts in the Park series.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
I-680 express lanes set to open in early fall north of Pleasanton

'We're doing this for mobility,' MTC rep says of $45M project
Express lanes on the Interstate 680 just north of Pleasanton are nearing completion, scheduled to open in early fall, though a hard date has not yet been specified.

July 14, 2017 | 10 comments
County board expands program for mentally ill on the streets

Supervisor Chan: 'It's another way to get people into the mental health system'
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 last week to expand to fully implement a pilot program that allows for the involuntary treatment of mentally ill people who aren't receiving mental health services.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Going green: Livermore lab honored for reducing paper use

Among five federal Bay Area facilities singled out in Green Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week recognized five federal agencies for "going green" at their Bay Area facilities, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for cutting paper usage in half.

July 16, 2017 | No comments yet
County Board of Education elects new president, vice president

Tri-Valley representative Yvonne Cerrato takes No. 2 leadership spot
The Alameda County Board of Education has selected a new president and vice president for the 2017-18 school year, including naming the Tri-Valley's board member to a leadership post.

July 16, 2017 | 5 comments
Woman accused of using stolen credit cards in Pleasanton arrested in Nevada

Arrest comes month after PPD released photos of suspect leaving Walmart with illicit goods
Pleasanton police said Thursday that a woman accused of using stolen credit cards at Walmart in Pleasanton two months ago has been arrested in Nevada.

July 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Livermore: '4 Wheel Bob' blazes a trail

Longtime resident, new City Councilman Bob Coomber is subject of documentary
Bob Coomber was walking on a beach at Lake Almanor in 1989 when, as he puts it, "my left leg just kind of blew up."

July 13, 2017 | 3 comments
Around Pleasanton: Feeding the hungry in Alameda County

Community Food Bank serves 116,000 people each month
The face of hunger has changed in America and Katherine Avila, food drive coordinator for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, is speaking out on the need to do something about it.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Henna for teens set at Pleasanton Library

Workshop on Thursday limited to first 25 participants
The Pleasanton Public Library is holding a free workshop for teens this Thursday to introduce them to Henna art.

July 17, 2017 | No comments yet
Local symphony announces 45th Competition for Young Musicians

Applications period runs Sept. 1-10
The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association will be accepting applications Sept. 1-10 for its 45th Competition for Young Musicians.

July 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Keeping cool in the Tri-Valley

Residents look to the water to beat the summer heat
For the true, time-tested way to escape the heat, look to the water. Tri-Valley residents have many different options at their disposal, from parks with water features to large-scale aquatic centers to beaches.

July 13, 2017 | No comments yet
Swalwell again targets student loan debt

Series of bills focuses on forgiveness, repayment process, tax deductions
Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell continues to set his sights on student loan debt, spending a week earlier this summer reintroducing four bills designed to tackle different aspects of what the Dublin Democrat refers to as "a $1.3 trillion crisis" impacting the lives of millions of Americans.

July 12, 2017 | 30 comments
Wildlife officer recognized for Dublin Ranch investigation work

CDFW's Nicole Kozicki receives prestigious award
A California Department of Fish and Wildlife employee is being recognized nationally for her efforts to protect endangered species on a Dublin property.

July 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Union claims high infection rates in Stanford Hospital dispute

Allegations focus on Palo Alto medical campus, don't include Stanford-ValleyCare
Members of the health workers union serving Stanford Hospital claim the high hospital-acquired infection rates are because of inadequate staffing and training, the group said during a press conference on Tuesday.

July 11, 2017 | 2 comments
Commission to debate Valley Trails neighbors' dispute over 2nd-floor addition

Proposed window facing backyard next door at center of homeowners' appeal
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to wade into a disagreement between Valley Trails neighbors over one family's proposal for a second-story addition to their house.

July 11, 2017 | 13 comments
Senior Center set for maintenance closure

Routine repairs taking place July 24-28
The Pleasanton Senior Center is set for a week-long closure toward the end of the month to allow for routine maintenance at the oft-used city facility on Sunol Boulevard.

July 11, 2017 | 1 comment
LPFD sends resources to Southern California wildfires

Firefighters have also tackled local incidents in recent days
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department this week has sent five firefighters to help battle wildfires in the southern part of the state.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Summer is critical time for high school athletes

Putting in extra work over break can really pay off in the end
Summer. The best time of the year for the high school student -- well, all students. Gone at least for a while are the pressures of studying and homework. For a lot of kids, it also means sleeping in and enjoying the time off from school.

July 11, 2017 | 4 comments
County supervisors approve $3.17B budget

Cost reductions among strategies used to address $100M+ funding gap
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has approved a $3.17 billion budget for the new fiscal year that began on July 1 that closes a $108.5 million funding gap without having to significantly reduce county programs or staff.

July 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore: Gas line repairs underway, shelter-in-place order lifted

Northfront Road remains closed
A 4-inch gas line was breached Monday morning in Livermore, prompting a shelter-in-place order at a few businesses and a school, according to police and a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department battalion chief.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore's Goddu named Veteran of the Year

Assemblywoman Baker singles out local Marine Corps sergeant
Local Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) recently recognized Livermore veteran Destiny Goddu as the Veteran of the Year for her 16th Assembly District.

July 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Bill to extend alcohol sales hours advances in state legislature

Glazer among those to back 'LOCAL Act' in State Senate
A bill that would allow local communities across California to extend alcohol sales hours past 2 a.m. is one step closer to becoming law.

July 10, 2017 | 21 comments
Man charged in double-fatal Concord crash arrested previous weekend in Pleasanton

Accused of threatening workers at Stoneridge Mall store days before collision
A man charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two boys on Highway 4 in Concord last week was arrested six days earlier in Pleasanton after allegedly threatening workers at Nordstrom in the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

July 7, 2017 | 7 comments
'Jazz in July' continuing at Livermore Library

Charged Particles featuring Tod Dickow set for tribute concert Sunday
Jazz trio Charged Particles is set to perform with special guest saxophonist Tod Dickow at the Livermore Library on Sunday afternoon as part of the library's "Jazz in July" series.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Livermore: Fire destroys old barn, damages vegetation

No injuries reported from afternoon incident
A fire in Livermore Thursday afternoon destroyed an old barn and damaged 5 acres of vegetation, including some vineyards, but there weren't any injuries, a fire spokesman said.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Young Alamo sisters publish children's book

Monte Vista junior, Los Cerros 7th-grader poke fun at idioms in new book
Many grandparents wouldn't want to be immortalized on the cover of a children's book riding a tandem bicycle in a chicken suit -- but after all, CiCi and Sienna Cowing's grandpa has lost his marbles. At least, that's what the title of their published book says.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Off to see the wizard: Classic tale to close out Tri-Valley Rep's season

Amador Valley senior stars as Dorothy in local 'Wizard of Oz' production
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is set to close out its 33rd season with a classic -- "The Wizard of Oz," with performances at the Bankhead Theater all month long starting July 15.

July 10, 2017 | No comments yet
Feed Tri-Valley food drive kicking off

Residents can donate through July 23
After nearly 4,000 pounds of food were donated to local pantries last July, the Feed Tri-Valley food drive is set to kick off its second year Monday.

July 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Venue change for 'An Evening with George Washington'

High demand also moves two other performances to Amador Theater
The Museum on Main has announced a venue change for next week's "An Evening with George Washington" installment of its Ed Kinney Speaker Series because of a high demand for tickets.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Officials seek feedback on new Tri-Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan

Online survey now available
Pleasanton along with Dublin, Livermore and other local agencies are seeking public feedback as part of creating a Tri-Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan to better coordinate and streamline emergency preparedness efforts.

July 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Summer Wine Stroll returning to Pleasanton

Annual PDA event to take over downtown next Saturday evening
More than two-dozen downtown businesses will turn into temporary tasting rooms one evening next weekend as the Pleasanton Downtown Association presents its annual Summer Wine Stroll.

July 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair closing weekend

Annual summer showcase wrapping up 20-day run now through Sunday
Pleasanton's annual summertime spectacle is celebrating its final three days of the season, giving residents and visitors one more weekend to take in the carnival favorites, tasty treats, marquee shows and other attractions that define the Alameda County Fair.

July 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Zone 7 initiates eminent domain, hit with new claim in Verona Reach creek erosion

'We never quit living the nightmare,' homeowner says
The Tri-Valley may be in the midst of dry summer months, but issues resulting from the record rainy season still linger.

July 5, 2017 | 12 comments
Pleasanton RADD pair win Special Olympics gold

Butterly, Pinney combine for six Summer Games medals in all
Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athlete Ryan Butterly won three gold medals and teammate Adam Pinney earned one gold and two bronze during last month's Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games at UC Davis.

July 5, 2017 | 1 comment
Sunflower Hill named Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblywoman Baker honors Tri-Valley organization at State Capitol
Tri-Valley nonprofit Sunflower Hill has been recognized at the state level for its efforts to provide vocational, educational and residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the region.

July 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Seven arrested after fair fight

Sergeant: July 4th still 'a success ... despite some small incidents'
Authorities arrested seven juveniles after a fight in the carnival midway area of the Alameda County Fair early Fourth of July evening, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

July 5, 2017 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill QB Wooldridge signs with Fresno State

With college pick set, Falcon ready to focus on senior season in Pleasanton
High school is supposed to be -- and in many cases, it is -- the time of your life. But if you are a high-level athlete, times can be stressful while you wait to decide your athletic future. Such was the case for Foothill quarterback Ben Wooldridge.

July 4, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton's weather expert throws out Oakland A's first pitch

Roberta Gonzales ushers in game for sixth time
Pleasanton's Roberta Gonzales, known throughout the Bay Area as a weather anchor and reporter for KPIX 5 TV and KCBS Radio, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Oakland Athletics home game.

July 3, 2017 | 1 comment
Addressing taste, odor changes in Pleasanton drinking water

New Zone 7 processes include addition of ozone to treatment plants, algal bloom reduction
During the early summer weeks, some Pleasanton residents have noticed distinct changes in both the smell and taste of their drinking water -- caused by algae blooms in the source water of Zone 7 Water Agency, the Tri-Valley's water retailer, according to local officials.

July 3, 2017 | 7 comments
Registration now open for National Night Out block parties

Annual event aims to raise crime awareness, promote police-community partnerships
Pleasanton police are again encouraging residents to be among the millions nationwide taking part in the annual National Night Out event scheduled for later this summer.

July 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Home burn permits suspended in rural unincorporated county areas

Officials cite increased fire danger in State Responsibility Areas
Starting Monday, Cal Fire is suspending permits for outdoor residential burning in rural, unincorporated areas in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties, the agency said this weekend.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
2017 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice Winners

These businesses were voted as winners of the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Readers' Choice contest by readers.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Local teens take the stage for 'Tri-Valley High: The Series'

Creatures of Impulse production returns for its seventh season
School may be out for summer, but class is back in session at Tri-Valley High.

July 4, 2017 | No comments yet
BART finishes installing security cameras on all of its cars

$1.4M project follows criticism of agency using decoy cameras on some trains
BART officials have completed installing security cameras in all of their train cars at a cost of $1.42 million, with the money coming from the transit agency's operating budget.

June 30, 2017 | No comments yet
County's public defender criticizes plan to hold most arraignments in Dublin

Judge argues move will save money and time, improve efficiency
Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods on Thursday criticized the plan by the county's top judge to hold all in-custody arraignments of inmates at the county's new courthouse in Dublin instead of having most of them in Oakland, which is the current practice.

June 29, 2017 | 22 comments
Kate's Law: House passes immigration bill inspired by shooting death of Kate Steinle

Pleasanton's congressman among 24 Democrats to support Republican-sponsored legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed "Kate's Law," a bill inspired by the 2015 shooting death of Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle on a San Francisco pier by an oft-deported undocumented immigrant with a history of criminal convictions.

June 29, 2017 | 9 comments
'And they're off!' Fair track announcer is rising star in horse racing

Chris Griffin on the call for Oak Tree meets at Pleasanton fairgrounds
That Chris Griffin is the track announcer for the two Oak Tree at Pleasanton horse racing meets is not a surprise. But the journey that Griffin took to reach his current level is not your traditional route, even though he was exposed to the sport early in life.

June 29, 2017 | 2 comments
Opera in the Vineyard again this month

Enjoy music, a picnic dinner and wine among the vines
Opera fans have one more chance to enjoy Opera in the Vineyard this summer, a relaxed evening of music and wine to benefit Livermore Valley Opera's 25th anniversary season. The event has been an annual sellout so this year another event was added, which will be from 5-8 p.m. July 16 at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Shakespeare at Wente

Festival offering 'Midsummer Night,' 'Cyrano'
Livermore Shakespeare Festival is presenting two plays during its 2017 summer season: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on some evenings now through July 16; and Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac," adapted and directed by Lisa A. Tromovitch, from July 13-30.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Chamber of Commerce holding annual golf tournament

Callippe Preserve hosting Golf Outing on Aug. 4
Registration is underway for players and sponsors to participate in the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's annual Golf Outing fundraising tournament on Aug. 4 at Callippe Preserve Golf Course.

July 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ready to celebrate Independence Day

Community picnic, concert at Lions Wayside Park on Tuesday afternoon
The Pleasanton community is set to gather together at Lions Wayside Park on Tuesday for an afternoon of family-friendly music, food and fun during Pleasanton's 19th annual Fourth of July celebration.

June 30, 2017 | 1 comment
1st Wednesday focusing on public safety appreciation

"Salute to Public Safety" is the theme for this week's 1st Wednesday Street Party hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.

July 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Warriors GM Bob Myers honored at alma mater in Danville

Forward Draymond Green also takes part in NBA Awards press conference
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers found himself at a familiar place Wednesday afternoon in Danville -- and with familiar company and a familiar award.

June 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda County presiding judge defends having arraignments in Dublin

Judge says plan will save time, money; public defender argues more defendants forced to stay in jail longer
Alameda County Superior Court's presiding judge Wednesday defended his much-criticized plan to hold all in-custody arraignments of inmates at the new courthouse in Dublin instead of having most of them in Oakland.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
All-Pleasanton final at Hayward softball tournament

Both Pleasanton Girls Softball League Phantom 12U "C" teams advanced to the title game at the NorCal Association Championship fast pitch softball tournament in Hayward last weekend.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
'Hamlet' 'to be' in Pleasanton this weekend

Join the celebration! 35 years of Free Shakespeare in the Park
Something may be rotten in Denmark but all is well in Pleasanton as San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's "Hamlet" opens its three-week run Sunday at Amador Valley Community Park. This is the 35th year for the annual Free Shakespeare in the Park productions.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Fremont police reopen 1989 missing woman case due to potential new evidence

Investigators think Sheri Lynn Muhleman was murdered, but body never found
Fremont police said Wednesday that potential new evidence has led them to reopen the case of a woman who went missing in 1989 when she was 25 years old.

June 28, 2017 | No comments yet
School board waits on first sale of Measure I1 facilities bonds

Trustees approve budget, LCAP, compensation increases Tuesday
The school board Tuesday night reviewed financing documents for the $70 million initial Measure I1 bond series but held off on approving the first sale of bonds.

June 28, 2017 | 3 comments
New Dublin courthouse now open

$147 million project includes five stories of courts, adjoining county offices
The new Dublin courthouse opened for business this week, with its first cases heard on Tuesday. The Alameda East County Hall of Justice has been a few decades in the making, and will help to consolidate courtrooms countywide.

June 27, 2017 | 3 comments
Planning Commission to debate new parking lot for Chrysler dealership

Work session Wednesday to provide initial input on proposal for auto mall site
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to review a proposal to bring a new, 201-stall parking lot just south of the Stoneridge Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership.

June 27, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley lacrosse star is a true role model

Colorado-bound Grozier racks up awards for work on and off the field
Sadie Grozier, who recently graduated from Amador, is one of the more accomplished athletes -- lacrosse or any other sport -- to come out of Pleasanton.

June 27, 2017 | 3 comments
Man convicted of murder for 2015 Livermore shooting

Jury deadlocks on second murder count
A man was convicted Monday of one count of first-degree murder for a shooting in Livermore two years ago that left two men dead, but after nearly four days of deliberations, jurors deadlocked on a second murder count.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Fourth of July fireworks in the Tri-Valley

Big shows set in Pleasanton, Livermore; fireworks being sold in Dublin
Whether it's a vibrant fireworks spectacular or an intimate fireworks lighting at a local park, the Tri-Valley provides plenty of opportunities for residents to gather for fireworks and celebration this Fourth of July.

June 27, 2017 | 2 comments
City moving forward with new outdoor seating area, bike corral downtown

Amenities replacing parking spaces for the next year in test run on West Angela
Downtown Pleasanton is set to receive two new public amenities in the place of three roadside parking spots, at least in the short term, near the corner of West Angela and Main streets next month.

June 26, 2017 | 37 comments
Best. Snacks. Ever: Snackdown Fryday takes center stage at fair

Doritos corn on the cob wins annual fun-food competition
Snackdown Fryday at the Alameda County Fair last week drew a variety of creative food concoctions, but the Doritos corn on the cob took the cake.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Board to consider holding off on first Measure I1 bond sale until August

Compensation increases for board and interim superintendent, new budget and LCAP also on agenda
A discussion on the first issuance of Measure I1 bonds, consideration of the proposed PUSD budget and LCAP, and possible compensation increases for trustees and the interim superintendent are among the items on the school board's agenda for its meeting Tuesday.

June 23, 2017 | 5 comments
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Pleasanton

Council approves proclamation to raise awareness of under-reported crime
In an effort to help ensure Pleasanton's oldest residents live safely and securely, the City Council on Tuesday presented a proclamation declaring this as Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

June 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police serve ice cream to community at 'Cone with a Cop'

Residents come to Meadowlark Dairy to meet officers, and cool off
Pleasanton police officers served ice cream and chatted with the local community as part of their "Cone with a Cop" event downtown Friday afternoon.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton creates new literary arts ambassador position

City accepting applications through July 14
The city's civic arts program is recruiting candidates for its new honorary post: Pleasanton literary arts ambassador.

June 23, 2017 | No comments yet
BART board OKs sanctuary policy, fare increase; repeals 'seat hog' ordinance

Directors also approve youth rider discount, surcharge for paper tickets
BART's Board of Directors at its meeting in Oakland on Thursday morning passed a sanctuary resolution declaring the agency's commitment to being a secure and inclusive transit system for all passengers regardless of demographic or immigration status.

June 22, 2017 | 17 comments
County hires new human resources director

SJ official takes over for Alameda County next week
San Jose human resources official Joseph Angelo is set to take the helm as Alameda County's new human resource services director next week.

June 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda County DA's Office promotes gun safety campaign

Story of teen killed in gun accident used to remind families of safe handling
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the distraught father of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a gun accident said Wednesday that the beginning of summer is a good time to remind parents to talk to their children about gun safety.

June 22, 2017 | 7 comments
Special art exhibit at Harrington Gallery

"Converging Colour No. 1, 2016" by Angela Johal and "Swizzle" by Holly Savas are among the works of the two artists on display at the Harrington Gallery through July 15 in conjunction with the "Along The Lines" installation.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Sports shorts

PVC Dolphins win again, Pleasanton softball champs, Tri-Valley Karate stars
The Pleasanton Valley Club swim team dominated the Livermore Valley Tennis Club swimmers last Saturday, notching a 1,038 to 765 victory amid scorching conditions.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Service next week for longtime Amador teacher

Eric Thiel died from medical issue one day after retirement
Family, friends and others who loved longtime Pleasanton teacher Eric Thiel will gather to remember him at a memorial service in town Thursday (June 29).

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Alamo man inducted into Vietnam veterans' 'In Memory' program

Hal Bailey honored posthumously in D.C. for his Army service
A late Alamo resident last weekend joined the ranks of over 2,800 Vietnam veterans who have been honored for their service as part of the nonprofit "In Memory" program.

June 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Opening day of fair horse racing canceled because of heat

Alameda County Fair still running as scheduled through weekend
And they're off ... almost. Oak Tree at Pleasanton will wait an extra day before kicking off horse racing at the 2017 Alameda County Fair, with officials postponing opening race day until Friday because of high heat forecast for Pleasanton on Thursday.

June 21, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton: 'Strum & Spirits' set with former Boston guitarist

David Victor shows folks social way to learn guitar
New guitar players can get lessons at two "learn and sip" events at the Firehouse Arts Center, with the first one at 7:30 p.m. next week.

June 21, 2017 | No comments yet
School board expected to approve budget, LCAP on Tuesday

Projections show need for $3.2 million in cuts by 2020
The Pleasanton school board is expected to approve the district's 2017-18 budget at its meeting Tuesday, two weeks after concerns were raised about PUSD's fiscal outlook during the first reading of the budget.

June 21, 2017 | 11 comments
Council eyes new smoking restrictions for apartment complexes next year

Ordinance would ban smoking in units, on balconies, within common areas
Apartments around Pleasanton are on track to face more stringent smoking rules after the City Council gave initial support to an ordinance establishing the new restrictions Tuesday.

June 21, 2017 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Preps: PJFL works to grow interest in youth football

Partnership with NFL Flag, new 'Varsity' division among league's strategies
Football has become America's pastime. But while the popularity of the sport is huge, participation, especially at the youth levels, has taken a hit. Registration for the Pleasanton Junior Football League (PJFL) has been down the last few years.

June 20, 2017 | No comments yet
Shadow Cliffs welcomes new solar carport system

Project part of East Bay Parks energy-efficiency effort
The East Bay Regional Park District celebrated a major district-wide energy efficiency project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for the new solar carport system at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.

June 20, 2017 | 12 comments
Pleasanton woman charged with murder for fatal collision appears in court

Records: 42-year-old has prior DUI conviction, ongoing case in Alameda County
A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving appeared in court Monday afternoon to face a murder charge for the death of a 73-year-old man in a suspected DUI collision last month.

June 19, 2017 | 8 comments
Pleasanton police officers carry Special Olympics torch

Law enforcement torch run comes through Pleasanton
Pleasanton Police Department officers Qais Habib, Ken White, Brad Palmquist and Matt Kroutil took part in a leg of the Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run as it passed through town Monday.

June 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Senior Center serving as city's main cooling center during heat wave

Open 12-9 p.m. through Thursday to help people escape blazing temps
As triple-digit temperatures persist throughout the Tri-Valley, Pleasanton city officials on Monday activated their public cooling center at the Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.

June 19, 2017 | No comments yet
Water, water everywhere

Water filled part of the ADP Pleasanton parking lot off Hopyard Road on Saturday afternoon after a pickup truck struck a hydrant there, causing water to shoot up skyward and flow across the private lot.

June 19, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council to consider new smoking restrictions for apartment complexes

Civic center/library survey results, public parklet/bike corral pilot program also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to talk Tuesday night about a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in most places at apartment complexes, including inside individual units, on balconies and within common areas.

June 19, 2017 | 18 comments
Alameda County unemployment at 3.3%

Most of Bay Area well below statewide rate of 4.7%
Four San Francisco Bay Area counties had unemployment rates below 3 percent last month and four more had unemployment rates between 3 and 4 percent, including Alameda County, according to the California Employment Development Department.

June 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Ruby Hill hotel, event center a no-go for Planning Commission

Residents also shout down property owner's proposal
It appears to be back to the drawing board for a landowner proposing to bring a 42-room lodging facility and a three-story, amenity-filled activity center to their property on Ruby Hill Boulevard.

June 20, 2017 | 11 comments
Cattle drive downtown ushers in start of Alameda County Fair

Steer spectacle draws huge turnout for morning parade
Thousands of residents crowded in and around downtown Pleasanton on Friday morning to watch as dozens of steers were herded down Main Street to mark the start of the Alameda County Fair at the nearby fairgrounds.

June 16, 2017 | 4 comments
Pleasanton woman charged with murder for fatal collision

Police: Driver was intoxicated when she hit man standing on side of Highway 84
A Pleasanton woman has been charged with murder for the death of a 73-year-old man in a suspected DUI collision in Livermore three weeks ago, police said Thursday.

June 15, 2017 | 17 comments
School board approves initial Measure I1 bond project list

Trustees to consider first issuance of bonds June 27
The Pleasanton school board is slated to consider authorizing the issuance and sale of Measure I1 bonds at its June 27 meeting after approving a project list for the first series of bonds this week.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton auto repair shop donates reliable car to local grandmother

PT Cruiser given away as part of new 'Wheels of Prosper' program
Livermore grandmother Donna Kreutzberg said she's excited not to worry about her car breaking down anymore. Her mind was eased last week when she received the first car donation from California Collision's new "Wheels of Prosper" program.

June 18, 2017 | 2 comments
Competitions galore at Alameda County Fair

Residents show off interesting talents, hobbies in exhibition hall displays
The Alameda County Fair is opening in Pleasanton on Friday, offering its familiar array of carnival rides, horse races, fireworks and concerts.

June 15, 2017 | 3 comments
RIP, Cabo: Pleasanton canine volunteer touched the hearts of many

Yellow Lab served as therapy dog throughout Tri-Valley
As the purple balloons lifted slowly into the sky at Smith Elementary School in Livermore last week, the children called out. "Bye, Cabo!" "Bye, Cabo!"

June 15, 2017 | 1 comment
Firehouse offers Summer Show Series

From a cappella in drag to opera to folk rock
This coming weekend the Firehouse Arts Center kicks off its 2017 Summer Show Series, with a variety of mood-lifting, toe-tapping concerts and productions.

June 18, 2017 | No comments yet
Oakland man ID'd as motorcyclist killed in I-580 crash in Livermore

CHP: Rider went across lanes suddenly before losing control, hitting truck and other motorcycle
A motorcyclist who was killed in a collision on eastbound Interstate 580 in Livermore last weekend was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau Thursday as 54-year-old Douglas Bobbitt of Oakland.

June 15, 2017 | No comments yet
Contra Costa district attorney resigns after pleading no contest to perjury

Peterson steps down after being hit with criminal charges for campaign spending scandal
Contra Costa County's embattled District Attorney Mark Peterson resigned Wednesday and pleaded no contest to a single charge of perjury amid the fallout from a political misconduct scandal that's plagued him for months.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
'Along the Lines' art display opening at Harrington Gallery

Young artists' class in conjunction with exhibit June 22
"Skin Deep" by Howard Hersh; "SF Sunflower" by Mel Prest; and "Painting" by Jeff Snell are part of the new installation, "Along the Lines," at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center, opening Friday and running through July 15.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Health officials warn of salmonella risks linked to backyard poultry

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning to residents about the risk of salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
DSRSD board to vote on sewer rate increase

Hike wouldn't impact Pleasanton ratepayers
The Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors on Tuesday is scheduled to consider a proposed five-year wastewater rate increase that would take effect July 1 for customers in Dublin and south San Ramon.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
School board appoints David Haglund as next PUSD superintendent

New principal also selected for Donlon Elementary
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night unanimously approved a three-year employment contract between PUSD and Santa Ana schools administrator David Haglund as the district's next superintendent.

June 14, 2017 | 6 comments
Planning Commission to debate proposed Ruby Hill hotel

City staff, neighbors, HOA cite concerns going into public workshop
The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set to hold a study session Wednesday evening to review a landowner's proposal to bring a 42-room hotel and an amenity-filled event center to their property just outside the northern entrance to Ruby Hill.

June 13, 2017 | 18 comments
City Council talks Costco-related transportation project during CIP review

Four-year capital improvement plan returns for approval next week
As the Pleasanton City Council studied the staff-recommended capital improvement program (CIP) for the next four years, some of the discussion last week focused on a long-planned freeway project likely needed sooner if Costco comes to Johnson Drive as proposed.

June 13, 2017 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons win NCS softball championship

Young Foothill squad overcomes early deficit to earn 6-2 victory in finals
Entering a season, it's hard to imagine a team as young as the Foothill softball team rising to the top of the North Coast Section, but that's just what happened with the Falcons this spring.

June 13, 2017 | 3 comments
PVC Dolphins start season off with convincing victory

The Pleasanton Valley Club opened its swim season last Saturday with a 1,127-650 win over the Sunset Cabana Club swim team.

June 13, 2017 | 1 comment
Rising pension costs dominate City Council's budget review

Final budget adoption scheduled for next week
The city of Pleasanton remains in sound fiscal condition with general fund revenues projected to keep rising during the next two fiscal years, but more than $15 million worth of new pension costs due in the years ahead could impact that stability going forward, according to the city's latest budget report.

June 12, 2017 | 2 comments
Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-580 in Livermore

Second motorcycle driver sustains major injuries in three-vehicle wreck
A motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 580 in Livermore this weekend in a crash involving two motorcycles and a pickup truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 11, 2017 | 6 comments
School board to consider hiring new superintendent Tuesday

Initial Measure I1 projects proposal, first reading of budget also on agenda
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night will consider approving the employment contract between PUSD and Santa Ana schools administrator David Haglund as the district's next superintendent.

June 9, 2017 | 38 comments
Author Sarah Dessen coming to Pleasanton Library this week

Bestselling young adult author, Sarah Dessen, will be at the Pleasanton Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to promote her 13th novel, "Once and for All," which Towne Center Books will be selling at the free event.

June 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton author spotlights social media savvy

'#GetSocialSmart' teaches businesses how to effectively use tech tools
Pleasanton resident Katie Lance was already in marketing, working mainly with real estate agents, when social media exploded -- and she immediately grasped the impact.

June 14, 2017 | 1 comment
Special symphony event at Blackhawk museum

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres or seating onstage surrounded by musicians
California Symphony supporters are about to be surrounded by sound -- and classic autos -- a celebration of the orchestra's 30th anniversary at the Blackhawk Auto Museum this week.

June 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Special elementary school concerts: 'Peter and the Wolf'

Symphony introduces students to orchestra through Prokofiev classic
Livermore-Amador Symphony brought a full orchestra to two elementary schools in Pleasanton in April, reaching more than 900 students in one day.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Concert to raise money for Pleasanton choir's trip to Carnegie Hall

The Chancel Choir of Lynnewood United Methodist Church is taking the stage at Carnegie Hall in November, and Pleasanton residents can hear why at a concert this weekend to raise funds for the trip.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Visiting gospel singers performing in Pleasanton

Oakland interfaith choir to perform at St. Augustine
The Catholic Community of Pleasanton is hosting the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir this week, whose "mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music."

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton councilwoman named LAVTA board chair

Brown to prioritize keeping new hybrid buses full, on-time
Pleasanton City Councilwoman Karla Brown will serve the next year as chair of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors, which oversees operation of the Wheels and Rapid bus services.

June 11, 2017 | No comments yet
Alameda County Fair opens Friday

Cattle drive downtown kicks off opening day
The Alameda County Fair is set to open its extended 2017 run this week, ushering in the opening day with a cattle drive and other cowpoke activities on Main Street from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday as part of Western Weekend at the fair.

June 12, 2017 | 4 comments
Pleasanton delegation visits Tulancingo

Five-day trip part of longtime sister city relationship
A delegation of Pleasanton residents as part of the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association recently traveled to the Mexican sister city for a semi-annual exchange visit, interacting with local officials and checking out sites in and around Tulancingo.

June 14, 2017 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Ready for Rotary's 24th annual Father's Day Spirit Run

Registration ongoing for fundraising event supporting scholarships, projects
Please join me and my fellow Rotarians in registering today or during the coming week for the 24th annual Father's Day Spirit Run to be held next Sunday, June 18, in downtown Pleasanton.

June 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Pleasanton Weekly gets it wrong on Costco

Former city councilman sounds off on recent Weekly editorial
The Pleasanton Weekly has always had a difficult time reporting the facts, but your June 2 editorial, "Voters want a Costco, so let's move forward," was stunning in its misrepresentation of events and a shameless attempt to promote the project.

June 8, 2017 | 82 comments
An American classic: Pleasanton restaurateur wins James Beard Award

Miguel Jara owns famed La Taqueria in SF's Mission district
Some have called him "The General." Others, "The King of Tacos." But now, Pleasanton resident Miguel Jara has a new moniker -- James Beard Award winner.

June 8, 2017 | 15 comments
Ex-employee files racial discrimination suit against Pleasanton construction company

'No one should be treated this way in America in the year 2017,' says plaintiff
A former project manager for a Pleasanton construction company filed a lawsuit against the company and its owners today accusing them of racial discrimination and harassment and subjecting her to unwanted racial commentary and differential treatment.

June 8, 2017 | 12 comments
City seeks feedback on paratransit survey

Online questionnaire closes June 15, part of wide-ranging review process
Pleasanton and Tri-Valley transit officials are looking for community input on ways to improve paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities in the area.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police release mobile app

New offering allows residents to submit tips, get alerts
The Pleasanton Police Department is now offering a mobile app that allows residents to submit crime tips, get alerts and access other important information.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
City Council adopts Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update

West Las Positas Boulevard, Santa Rita Road are top two priorities
Pleasanton now has a new set of strategies to guide future improvements to the city's bike and pedestrian network.

June 7, 2017 | 9 comments
School board to discuss superintendent finalist's contract Wednesday

Special closed-session meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Pleasanton school board will hold a special closed-session meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the proposed contract for David Haglund, the Santa Ana schools administrator selected as the finalist for PUSD's superintendent vacancy.

June 6, 2017 | 3 comments
Harvest Park wins cricket tournament

Immadi earns Best Player, Surapaneni co-Best Fielder
A team from Pleasanton's Harvest Park won the middle school division in the inter-school youth cricket tournament hosted by Cricket for Cubs throughout the Tri-Valley last month.

June 6, 2017 | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: AVHS alum Steiner takes home equestrian championship

Rage U17 team qualifies for Champions League playoffs in Illinois
Katie Steiner has been riding horses since she was 8 years old, and the hard work recently paid off when Steiner won the Cacchione Cup, an event sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police still accepting applications for Teen Academy

Annual summer program starts June 13
Adolescents who want to learn more about local law enforcement can get a behind-the-scenes look through the Pleasanton Police Department's annual summer Teen Police Academy, which starts next Tuesday.

June 6, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man shot after allegedly trying to run over ranch owner

55-year-old on sheriff's hold at hospital with non-life-threatening wounds
A pickup truck driver from Pleasanton accused of trying to run down a ranch owner in unincorporated Alameda County far outside Livermore Sunday was shot by the rancher, sheriff's officials said.

June 6, 2017 | 4 comments
Pleasanton: Workday employees support tech job-seekers in Workforce Week

Workers at Workday's Pleasanton headquarters last month took part in the software company's global volunteer initiative Workforce Week, an effort aimed to prepare people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels with resources they would need to pursue technology careers.

June 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to review proposed budget, capital improvement plan

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update, police union talks also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday is set to discuss the two-year city budget and four-year plan for improvement projects recommended by city staff.

June 5, 2017 | 6 comments
Longtime Amador teacher Eric Thiel dies

Science instructor had just retired after 38-year career
Eric Thiel, a science teacher at Amador Valley High School who had been with the Pleasanton school district since 1985, died on Saturday, just a day after retiring after a nearly four-decade career in education.

June 5, 2017 | 9 comments
Police report vehicle theft problem in Livermore

Officials urge caution as 2016 trend continues so far this year
Stolen vehicles continue to be a problem for the city of Livermore, with nearly 300 stolen last year alone, and police are urging the public to take steps to minimize the risk of becoming auto theft victims, police said.

June 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Police: Man arrested with burglary tools, shotgun at Dublin park

25-year-old from Salida booked into jail
Police patrolling a park in Dublin on Thursday arrested a man they found with burglary tools and a sawed-off shotgun in his duffel bag, city officials said.

June 4, 2017 | 3 comments
PUSD representatives visiting superintendent finalist's district

Closed-session visit Monday follows Friday meeting in Santa Ana
Pleasanton school board members, district administrators and union representatives were set to meet in closed session Friday and Monday in Santa Ana to interview community members and colleagues about schools administrator David Haglund, Ed.D., the finalist for PUSD's superintendent vacancy.

June 2, 2017 | 11 comments
Staying Healthy: Recipes feature time-honored ingredients for nutrition

Tri-Valley author analyzes herbs and teas in latest cookbook
As the creator of more than 900 recipes, Tri-Valley resident Parisa Z. Ambwani obviously loves to cook. But her kitchen skills go beyond satisfying meals and tasty treats. She undertakes to provide nutrition via fresh ingredients and seasonings, served with a dose of philosophy.

June 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Staying Healthy: Sandra J. Wing Foundation celebrates 1,000th grant

Danville woman reflects on receiving nonprofit's support for cancer treatment
When Danville resident Minay Bowers received the call to come back to the doctor's office for additional testing after a suspicious-looking mammogram result, she thought she could skip it. Ignorance is bliss, after all.

June 4, 2017 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Donation to help launch new youth concussion baseline program

Stanford-ValleyCare benefits from Gander estate gift
Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare is starting a new effort to complete baseline-testing for youth to help better study concussions thanks to a financial contribution from the estate of former Tri-Valley resident and longtime ValleyCare volunteer Phyllis Hardon Gander.

June 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Hike for Hope sets record with $107,000+

Annual Del Valle fundraiser supports Hope Hospice
The seventh annual Hike for Hope last month raised more than $107,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support Tri-Valley nonprofit Hope Hospice, making it the highest-grossing installment to date.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Guard children against sun exposure

Protect delicate skin, keep kids hydrated, watch out for heat exhaustion
The risk for skin damage and skin cancer is directly related to the cumulative sun exposure a person experiences throughout his or her lifetime and the risks are additive over time. So, during summertime, while the rays are at their strongest and most dangerous, parents must be even more vigilant about sun protection.

June 6, 2017 | 2 comments
Congratulations class of 2017

Pleasanton seniors set to graduate from city's three high schools
Commence the celebration! Hundreds of seniors graduate from the Pleasanton Unified School District's three high schools this week.

June 1, 2017 | 1 comment
Safe Kids Day at fairgrounds Saturday

Officials giving away free booster seats, bike helmets
The fairgrounds' Lot 8 is set to host a children safety event this weekend during which 500 booster seats and 500 bicycle helmets will be given away in an effort to raise awareness about preventable injuries for Safe Kids Day.

June 7, 2017 | No comments yet
1st Wednesdays back this week

"Jump into Summer" is the theme for the next Pleasanton Downtown Association 1st Wednesday Street Party, set for this Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. downtown.

June 5, 2017 | No comments yet
Levy sworn in as county's new treasurer-tax collector

Longtime accountant filling unexpired term of retired official
Berkeley resident and self-employed accountant Henry C. Levy took the reins last week as Alameda County's new treasurer-tax collector.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Zone 7 purchases administrative building for $9 million

'It's going to save us a bundle,' board president says
Zone 7 Water Agency has purchased the administrative office building in Livermore that it currently occupies, a move officials say will save millions of dollars.

June 2, 2017 | No comments yet
Dublin man accused of fraud in Ross Stores insider trading

Faces eight counts for allegedly taking in millions worth of illegal profits
A Dublin financial analyst was arrested and brought to federal court in Oakland on Wednesday on charges of an insider trading securities fraud that allegedly generated $8.2 million in illegal profits.

June 1, 2017 | No comments yet
Local legislators urge state to look at selling recreation area expansion site

Baker, Glazer argue Livermore-area project has grown too expensive
The Tri-Valley's state legislators have joined together in a bipartisan effort to urge state officials to work with local stakeholders to consider selling land set aside for the Tesla property expansion of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area outside Livermore.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library gearing up for busy summer

Reading by Design, literacy lessons, Paws to Read among programs set for June and July
Summer is usually a bustling time for the Pleasanton Public Library, and this year expects to be no different.

May 31, 2017 | No comments yet
Goodguys set for 'muscle car madness' this weekend

AutoCross shootout, Camaro 50th anniversary among highlights for 24th Summer Get-Together
Get ready for "muscle car madness" at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Goodguys 24th Summer Get-Together arrives Saturday and Sunday featuring more than 2,500 American-made or -powered hot rods, customs, classics, street rods and of course, muscle cars.

May 31, 2017 | 4 comments
Santa Ana administrator identified as PUSD superintendent finalist

Visit to David Haglund's district, contract negotiations still pending
The Pleasanton Unified School District announced late Wednesday afternoon that Santa Ana schools administrator David Haglund, Ed.D., is the school board's pick as the finalist for the district's superintendent vacancy.

May 31, 2017 | 29 comments
Brace for Bernal Bridge rehab work

Project with consistent lane closure runs next Monday through August
Pleasanton city officials say residents and commuters should prepare for long delays on western Bernal Avenue starting Monday and continuing through August as crews reduce the roadway to a single lane while conducting maintenance and repairs on the Bernal Bridge.

May 30, 2017 | 1 comment
Construction set to begin on new Tennis Park courts

Council OKs contracts for two lighted courts in new part of park after protests last summer
Construction is expected to start in the coming weeks on two new lighted tennis courts at Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park after the City Council recently signed off on more than $900,000 in contracts to move the project forward.

June 1, 2017 | 4 comments
Tracy man dies in Memorial Day crash in Livermore

Driver had stopped on Interstate 580, CHP says
A 21-year-old Tracy man died in a crash on eastbound Interstate 580 in Livermore early Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

May 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Livermore man dies from injuries sustained in suspected DUI collision

Pleasanton woman arrested following incident on Highway 84 Friday
A 73-year-old Livermore man died over the holiday weekend from injuries sustained in an alleged DUI collision involving a driver from Pleasanton on Friday morning, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

May 30, 2017 | 19 comments
Pleasanton Preps: TV30 honors area's top high school athletes

Foothill swimmers David, Cooper bring home state titles
I was very happy to attend the TV30 Outstanding High School Athletic Awards banquet last week, where local high school athletes were honored.

May 30, 2017 | 3 comments
CHP: Fatal crash occurs on I-580 in Livermore

At least one person died in a vehicle collision on eastbound Interstate 580 just west of First Street in Livermore during the early-morning hours of Memorial Day, according to the California Highway Patrol.

May 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Boy ejected from slide at new Dublin water park

Multiple rides closed during opening weekend
On opening day Saturday, a water park in Dublin closed a thrill slide after a boy was ejected from it, a city official said Sunday. The boy appeared shocked, according to Dublin assistant city manager Linda Smith.

May 28, 2017 | 16 comments
Pleasanton woman accused of DUI in pedestrian collision

Police: Man standing by vehicle on side of Highway 84 struck by SUV
A 73-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a suspected DUI collision involving a Pleasanton driver Friday morning in Livermore, police said.

May 26, 2017 | No comments yet
PPIE announces $523,000 allocation for next school year

Foundation also refocusing efforts through 'community pivot'
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education will contribute $523,000 to the Pleasanton Unified School District next school year, the foundation recently announced.

May 29, 2017 | 7 comments
Memorial Day in Pleasanton

Annual ceremony scheduled for Monday at Senior Center
Pleasanton will continue America's decades-old tradition of honoring men and women who died while serving in the nation's armed forces when it hosts the city's annual Memorial Day ceremony this Monday morning outside the Pleasanton Senior Center.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Military hero lives an 'Unbreakable' life

Pleasanton chamber hosting retired Navy SEAL, author at event next month
Retired Senior Chief Thom Shea, a 23-year Navy SEAL, is unbreakable. During a distinguished military career, Shea served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal.

May 28, 2017 | No comments yet
Concerts in the Park are back

Friday night series returns this week with Retroactive
Pleasanton's popular weekly summertime Concert in the Park series will be back at Lions Wayside and Delucchi parks starting this Friday with Retroactive taking the stage and playing a range of pop songs from the 1960s through today.

May 30, 2017 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Weekly earns 7 statewide awards

Parent company's CEO installed as CNPA's 2017 president
The Pleasanton Weekly took home seven first- or second-place awards among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category Saturday in the annual California News Publishers Association's (CNPA) 2016 Better Newspaper Contest.

May 25, 2017 | 2 comments
Leaving a legacy at Vintage Hills

San Francisco Giants shortstop and Pleasanton native Brandon Crawford is among those who have bought and personalized bricks for the Vintage Hills Elementary legacy patio project over the last two years.

May 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Stanford-ValleyCare hires new medical director

Chan to lead occupational health services clinic
Bay Area native Dr. Wesley P. Chan has been hired as the new medical director of occupational health services for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

May 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton family bonds with 'The 12-Year-Old Trip'

Tradition leaves lasting impression on all
When Steve McCoy-Thompson was growing up in Pasadena, his father decided that he would take a trip alone with each of his three children in turn, the year they turned 12.

June 12, 2017 | No comments yet
Chorus celebrates 25 years with world premiere

Concerts to feature training choirs, competition level
Cantabella Children's Chorus is celebrating 25 seasons with its upcoming silver anniversary jubilee concerts, "Shall We Gather by the River," at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Museum on Main starting new lectures

'Discussion with Artist Tom Killion' kicks off series Saturday
Museum on Main is launching a new lecture series in June entitled "A Discussion with ..." Throughout the year, the museum will invite artists, local historians and community members to share their stories and experiences about a broad range of topics.

May 29, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: USO Revue for Memorial Day

The Firehouse Arts Center Theater welcomes back the Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet for their seventh annual Memorial Day Weekend USO Variety Show Revue at 2 p.m. this Sunday.

May 25, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man throws out first pitch at Oakland A's game

'I thought about all of the pitchers who have pitched off that mound'
Longtime Pleasanton resident Norman Pacheco experienced a thrill earlier this month that only a few baseball fans have the chance to enjoy.

May 24, 2017 | 6 comments
Apartment fire displaces family in Dublin

Cause deemed accidental; no injuries reported
Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm blaze at an apartment in Dublin on Wednesday morning, but the fire still displaced a family of four, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman said.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Rugged Maniac course returning to fairgrounds Saturday

50-foot water slide, warped walls, fire jumps among 25 obstacles
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is set to again play host to an intense, athletically demanding obstacle course, along with thousands of revelers in a day-long festival, as the Rugged Maniac tour stops in town this Saturday.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
Man indicted for cyberattack on PleasantonWeekly.com appears in court

Ross Colby is accused of multiple charges in July 2015 hack
A San Francisco man accused of a cyberattack on PleasantonWeekly.com and other websites owned by Embarcadero Media appeared in federal court in San Jose on May 24.

May 24, 2017 | 2 comments
Hook and Ladder Run set for next weekend

Annual event benefits Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation
The Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation is gearing up to host its ninth annual Hook and Ladder Run next weekend at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, with proceeds benefiting the Tri-Valley nonprofit.

May 24, 2017 | No comments yet
School board appoints next principals for Foothill, Valley View

Donlon’s Sebastian Bull: 'Foothill is going to be an awesome opportunity'
The Pleasanton school board announced two principal appointments at the start of their meeting Tuesday night.

May 24, 2017 | 11 comments
Repaving work set on Hopyard Road segment this week

Major delays expected Thursday and Friday
Roadwork crews are scheduled to be out in full force on Hopyard Road between Black Avenue and Arroyo del Valle this week for the final phase of repaving work on that stretch of roadway, according to city officials.

May 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Pleasanton woman pleads not guilty to charges for crash that killed toddler

40-year-old remains in custody with bail set at $3 million
A Pleasanton woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony driving under the influence in connection with a crash that killed a 3-year-old last September.

May 23, 2017 | 12 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcons set for NCS softball playoffs after beating Dons for league title

Also: Amador Valley boys volleyball wins NCS championship
To Foothill softball coach Matt Sweeney, his team's matchup with Amador Valley for the East Bay Athletic League playoff championship was simple.

May 23, 2017 | No comments yet
School board to discuss principal appointments, budget

Reports on PPIE, career technical education also on Tuesday's agenda
Potential principal appointments, a budget update and a report from PPIE are among the items on the school board's agenda for their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

May 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Pleasanton police identify man shot, killed by officer Saturday

58-year-old allegedly pointed replica handgun at officer
Law enforcement officials Monday identified Shannon Edward Estill, 58, as the man who was shot and killed by a Pleasanton police officer after allegedly pointing a replica handgun at police during a family dispute on Burgundy Drive Saturday morning.

May 22, 2017 | 16 comments
Pleasanton woman turns self in to face charges for crash that killed toddler

Bail set at $3 million for Yarenit Malihan
A Pleasanton woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a crash that killed a toddler on Interstate 680 in San Ramon last September, law enforcement officials confirmed Monday.

May 22, 2017 | No comments yet
Arrest warrant issued for Pleasanton woman in I-680 crash that killed toddler

Charges come after more than eight months of investigation
Authorities announced Friday afternoon they've obtained an arrest warrant for a Pleasanton woman in connection with the crash that killed a toddler on Interstate 680 in San Ramon last September.

May 21, 2017 | 4 comments