2018

Coroner IDs big-rig driver killed in I-580 crash in Dublin

Sacramento man crushed to death after big-rig rolled near Fallon ramp
A truck driver who was killed in a collision between two big-rigs on westbound Interstate 580 in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon has been identified by the Alameda County coroner as 32-year-old Henry Louis Rodriguez-Carrerasquillo of Sacramento.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
City installing new railing along sidewalk of concern on Foothill Road

Council discusses bicycle/pedestrian safety improvement plans
The Pleasanton City Council signed off on separate plans detailing desired improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians on Foothill Road and on Interstate 580 overpasses, but the public debate last week focused on one temporary safety measure soon to be installed near Foothill High School.

December 13, 2018 | 2 comments
Cal High senior ID'd as teen killed in Fremont shooting

'An impressive artist and welcoming person ... also an outstanding student, musician and friend'
A teenager who was fatally shot while he and another person were driving in Fremont last week has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 17-year-old Damani "Elijah" Chadly, who was a senior at California High School in San Ramon.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Raises OK’d for PUSD classified staff, management

Also: Arkin appointed as board president, first interim budget, renegotiated contract with HKIT for high school portables
In line with the recently approved agreement with the teachers union, the approvals featured a 2.5% salary increase for members of the Classified School Employees Association, management/confidential employees, and for unrepresented classified employees. All raises are retroactive to July 1, 2018.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance Dec. 14, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 4, 2018

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Child Care Links: Making holidays brighter for those it serves

'We work every day ... to ensure that the youngest, most vulnerable residents in our county get the care and support they need'
Child Care Links, a private nonprofit agency that has served children in the Tri-Valley for more than 40 years, has now become a leading provider of a wide range of services and programs from providing food, clothing and baby diapers to needy families as well as helping them find child care.

December 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton girl acting in national tour of 'Waitress the Musical'

Pleasanton resident Bridget Werner, 5, is playing the role of Lulu in the national tour of "Waitress the Musical" when it is at the Sacramento Community Center Theater later this month.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: The five

It's all about the five U.S. cities named Pleasanton and how the other four -- in Texas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska -- are celebrating the holidays.

December 13, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: Sister city events, Future Forum & New chancellor recruitment

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is hosting a traditional Christmas posada this Sunday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Traditions: Holidays mean special shows

Seasonal celebrations continue onstage around the Valley
Music! Movies! Celebrate the season with holiday offerings right here in the Tri-Valley.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Hour of Code at Foothill

A nationwide event that happens during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 3-9), Hour of Code aims to engage students in computer science, especially women and underrepresented minorities.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Testa, Narum, Thorne sworn in at Pleasanton council ceremony

Officials commend outgoing Councilman Olson for years of city service
The Pleasanton City Council celebrated a changing of the guard this week, as new Councilwoman Julie Testa was sworn into office alongside re-elected Councilwoman Kathy Narum and Mayor Jerry Thorne during a special council meeting.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
New school recommendation on table for PUSD

Staff looking to build new 4-5 school on Donlon site, turn existing building into TK-3
After months of surveys, community input meetings and multi-agency studies, Pleasanton Unified staff have settled on an official recommendation for dealing with enrollment growth in the northern part of the city, which was presented and discussed at Tuesday night's regular school board meeting.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Big-rig driver killed in crash on westbound I-580 in Dublin

A 32-year-old Sacramento man died in a collision between two big-rigs on westbound Interstate 580 in Dublin early Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 11, 2018 | 2 comments
PUSD receives high marks in California Dashboard update

See how individual schools scored in state indicator categories
The California Department of Education recently released updated performance ratings of the state's schools, and Pleasanton Unified School District overall saw high results in most categories, though the district's suspension rate still needs to be addressed, according to the report.

December 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on another successful Amador Basketball Classic

Also: Amador girls soccer organizing 'flocking' fundraiser
The Amador Valley boys basketball team came through in a big way last weekend, taking the title of the 58th annual Amador Basketball Classic (ABC) that ran Dec. 6-8.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Testa, Narum, Thorne taking oath of office at special Pleasanton council meeting

Reception at library precedes swearing-in ceremony in council chambers
The Pleasanton City Council is ready to usher in a new era Tuesday evening, as first-time Councilwoman Julie Testa is set to be sworn into office alongside re-elected Councilwoman Kathy Narum and Mayor Jerry Thorne during a special council meeting.

December 10, 2018 | 3 comments
Person killed by BART train on tracks between Castro Valley, West Dublin-Pleasanton

Trains now fully operational, after service suspended for some time, agency officials say
Late Monday morning, a BART train fatally struck a person between the Castro Valley and West Dublin-Pleasanton stations, according to the transit agency.

December 10, 2018 | 1 comment
Chabot-Las Positas chancellor finalists to take part in forums this week

District announces top three candidates, from Monterey, Portland, Tuscon
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has narrowed its search for a new chancellor to three finalists, all of whom are set to take part in open public forums on each of the district's two main campuses this week.

December 10, 2018 | No comments yet
How to fix Mission Hills slide

City holding public input meeting at Junipero Street park Saturday
Pleasanton city officials are asking residents of all ages for their input on how to renovate the popular big slide at Mission Hills Park.

December 10, 2018 | 6 comments
PUSD previewing north side enrollment solutions ahead of board workshop

Also: Raises for classified workers and management, board reorganization, budget update
The Pleasanton school board is set to hear a preview for and proposed recommendations to address over-enrollment issues in the northern part of the city at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

December 10, 2018 | 12 comments
Sheriff's office marks anniversaries of cold-case homicides near Pleasanton

45 years since two women discovered dead on Fallon Road in Dublin; 35 years since teen's body found in Sunol
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office last week called attention to somber anniversaries for a pair of decades-old, unsolved homicide cases near Pleasanton, with investigators also putting out a renewed call for information to help them solve the cold-case murders.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
BART board OKs 16% raise for police officers over four years

Officials: Higher wages needed to retain officers, bring pay closer to Bay Area police average
BART directors voted unanimously Thursday to approve a new four-year contract with the transit district's police officers that will give them a 16% pay raise over the next four years.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Exploring City Center Bishop Ranch

Tri-Valley's newest dining, retail and entertainment hub opens in time for holidays
San Ramon's long-awaited City Center Bishop Ranch is now open for business, and Tri-Valley residents have already eagerly begun to explore the community gathering space.

December 6, 2018 | 1 comment
The holidays are here: So many ways to eat, drink and be merry

We always remember to eat and drink during the holidays. But don't forget to be merry! This time of year brings stress -- good and bad -- so remember to live in the moment as the season unfolds.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Holiday Fund helps Cultural Arts Council help others

Pleasanton's Cultural Arts Council is one of 15 nonprofits that will benefit from the Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund campaign now underway. And deservedly so.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tips for selling your home during the holidays

Mild decorations, smart pricing, great curb appeal should be among priorities
Having your home on the market when most people would prefer to be curled up under a blanket in front of a fire can be daunting but worth the hassle.

December 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Successful Turkey Burn in Pleasanton

Pleasanton North Rotary's fourth annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn family walk/run went off with a flourish on Thanksgiving morning -- despite days of uncertainty beforehand due to smoke lingering in Pleasanton from the destructive Camp Fire in Butte County.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
CityServe Prayer Breakfast supports community

CityServe of the Tri-Valley's sixth annual Prayer Breakfast drew 280 attendees and raised more than $15,500 for the local nonprofit on Nov. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pleasanton.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas College music showcases coming up

Holiday concert, theater performances at community college
Las Positas College performing arts students invite community members to celebrate the holiday season with two musical showcases.

December 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Take Us Along: Weekly in holiday parade

Pleasanton's annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony went off without a hitch on Saturday despite the weather forecast putting the parade in doubt.

December 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Lantern Light Festival at fairgrounds

Celebration of Chinese culture here through Jan. 20
A two-month-long celebration of Chinese culture is now underway at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, for the Lantern Light Festival's debut in Pleasanton.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Remembering Pearl Harbor, Wreaths Across Pleasanton & Bus ticket drive

The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, along with Save Mount Diablo, will be holding their annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Mount Diablo Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Friday on the 77th anniversary of the attacks.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Stray tabby with special needs finds a new home

Monet heads to Livermore for the holidays thanks to Valley Humane Society
The holidays came early for Monet, a special-needs tabby just adopted out from Pleasanton's Valley Humane Society.

December 7, 2018 | 2 comments
Dublin police arrest man accused of residential burglaries

Dublin police recently arrested a man in connection with several residential burglaries in the Wallis Ranch area, according to a department spokesman.

December 7, 2018 | No comments yet
PPD holding 'Holiday Safety Presentation'

The Pleasanton Police Department is looking to help residents prepare for a happy and safe holiday season by sharing some important tips at its "Holiday Safety Presentation" next week.

December 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Council signs off on city acquiring downtown property for $2 million-plus

Library office renovations, new Hansen Park playground also OK'd at Olson's final full council meeting
The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday approved terms for the city to acquire a commercial parcel on First Street for up to $2.34 million.

December 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton parents host 'Angst' screening in son's memory

Nimmos want to spur conversation on anxiety, spread message that 'it's OK not to be OK'
'So that's why we're dedicated to preventing anyone from going through this. It's excruciating pain.'

December 5, 2018 | 4 comments
Gregerson stepping down as president of Stanford-ValleyCare

Search underway for successor to lead Tri-Valley health system
Scott Gregerson has announced that he will be resigning as president of Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in the new year, stepping away from his career to spend more time with his family.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Swalwell talks education, new Congress at Dublin town hall

Congressman previews policy priorities after midterms, birth of second child
In his first town hall meeting after the midterms, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell spoke at his alma mater of Dublin High School on Saturday morning, addressing current affairs both local and national and responding to concerns of his District 15 constituents.

December 3, 2018 | 8 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Piscotty among Oakland A's contingent presenting in Pleasanton

Also: Pair of EBAL volleyball stars sign with Loyola-Chicago
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Oakland Athletics to host a first-of-its-kind event in Pleasanton. "A Luncheon with the Oakland A's," featuring outfielder Stephen Piscotty, Chris Giles (chief operating officer) and David Rinetti (vice president, stadium operations) is set for next Tuesday (Dec. 11) at the Marriott Pleasanton.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
PDA finalizes lease for city building on Division Street

Downtown organization moving into PPIE's former home next week
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is moving its headquarters into a familiar, city-owned building just off Main Street.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
City looking to acquire downtown property for $2 million-plus

Foothill bicycle plan, I-580 overpasses also on tap for Olson's final meeting
The Pleasanton City Council will be asked Tuesday to formally sign off on terms for the city to acquire a commercial parcel on First Street for up to $2.34 million.

December 3, 2018 | 10 comments
Livermore PD officer resigns, accused of inappropriate sexual conduct

Officer's identity not revealed; DA's Office reviewing case
A Livermore police officer has resigned after being accused in October of inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman he had met after responding to a call at her home earlier this year, police said Friday.

November 30, 2018 | 3 comments
Dublin man sentenced to prison for armed robberies of pharmacies

36-year-old stole $32,000+ worth of prescription drugs during two-year spree
A Dublin man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for several armed robberies of San Francisco pharmacies, United States Attorney Alex G. Tse announced Thursday.

November 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Accountability, priorities dominate PUSD community meeting

District staff present, answer questions on metrics and overarching district aims
Widespread accountability was the theme of the night at the second Pleasanton Unified School District community meeting of the year, from district staff accountability to holding state officials and the Pleasanton community itself likewise accountable when it comes to education.

November 30, 2018 | 27 comments
Tri-Valley: Musical voices celebrate the season

Cantabella Children's Chorus presenting winter concert
Holiday favorites and more are sure to delight audiences at the Cantabella Children's Chorus winter concert -- "Jubilate!" -- next weekend.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley Concert Chorale presenting 'Christmas Treasures'

Annual holiday shows include audience sing-alongs
The Valley Concert Chorale will perform its annual holiday concerts of the greatest Christmas choruses and traditional audience sing-along this weekend in Pleasanton and Livermore.

December 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Final year of Bob's World display in Pleasanton

'Santa Bob' Stanley getting ready for one last elaborate display after 30+ years
All good things must come to an end -- and this will be the last year for Bob Stanley's holiday lights extravaganza in Pleasanton. Dubbed Bob's World, it has delighted area residents each holiday season for more than 30 years.

December 3, 2018 | 9 comments
'Classic Rock Christmas' at Firehouse

December People are bringing their Classic Rock Christmas to the Firehouse Arts Center for two shows, at 8 p.m. next Friday (Dec. 7) and next Saturday (Dec. 8), fusing rock 'n' roll hits and well-loved Christmas carols into high energy performances.

December 2, 2018 | No comments yet
New touch for 'Nutcracker'

Special guest artist Maxwell Simoes will perform as Snow King and as Cavalier in Valley Dance Theater's "The Nutcracker," which opens next weekend at the Bankhead Theater.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton synagogues prepare for Hanukkah

Festival of Lights begins Sunday, local celebrations to include menorah lightings, parade, latkes and more
This Sunday marks the start of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, and preparations are underway at local synagogues and in the homes of Jewish families.

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: ClubSport Pleasanton sold to The Bay Club

Pleasanton-based Leisure Sports, Inc., parent company of ClubSport, evolved into the next phase of its growth this month when it sold five clubs to The Bay Club.

November 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Letters: Zachary's Pizza update

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to friends and neighbors in our community to clarify the progress and evolution of our restaurant build-out planned at 337 Main St. downtown.

December 3, 2018 | 13 comments
Stanford-ValleyCare strives to become stroke care center

New TeleStroke Robot brings rapid stroke diagnosis
When it comes to treating a stroke, time is of the essence and mere minutes can mean the difference between recovery, disability or death.

December 6, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton art patrons push for new park

Venue would feature meandering paths with sculptures
Art patrons Gary and Nancy Harrington have yet another idea for Pleasanton: a Cultural Arts Park that will celebrate and embrace the city's diversity.

November 29, 2018 | 6 comments
Sales at a Glance Nov. 30, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 30, 2018

November 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Oakland A's announce ambitious plan for new ballpark

Proposal includes stadium at Howard Terminal, redevelopment of current Coliseum site
The Oakland A's announced an ambitious plan Wednesday to build a new baseball stadium at the Howard Terminal waterfront site north of Jack London Square and redevelop the existing Coliseum complex into a site that could include a large park, housing and businesses.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Swalwell town hall Saturday, City swearing-in delayed & Celtic Christmas

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), newly elected to a fourth term in Congress, is set to hold his final district town hall meeting of the year this Saturday in his hometown of Dublin.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill Model UN takes second at New York conference

Students debate climate change, Thai military coup and more at international competition
The Foothill High School Model United Nations team attended their first East Coast conference a few weeks ago -- and came away with a second-place title.

November 28, 2018 | No comments yet
School district, sheriff's office stonewalling unacceptable

The Tri-Valley community continues to mourn the death of Ben Curry, who drowned during PE class at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville on May 8. Curry's family and friends -- and the entire community -- are demanding answers they are owed.

November 28, 2018 | 5 comments
Pleasanton set for holiday parade and tree lighting Saturday ... if weather holds

The Pleasanton community is ready for a familiar celebration to usher in the holiday season: the city's annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, set for Saturday evening downtown.

November 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Swalwells welcome baby daughter, Kathryn

Nicknamed 'Cricket,' couple's second child born Oct. 24 in D.C.
Pleasanton's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and wife Brittany celebrated the birth of their second child last month, a baby girl named Kathryn.

November 27, 2018 | 11 comments
Kirstin Litz receives Pleasanton Mayor's Award

Lifelong volunteer remains devoted to wealth of causes
Kirstin Litz, vice chair of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation board and an active volunteer for many other causes, has been honored as the recipient of this year's Pleasanton Mayor's Award.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Parents of teen who drowned in SRVHS pool sue school district, teacher

Civil complaint alleges PE teacher was looking at phone while students tread water
The family of 15-year-old Ben Curry, who drowned during class in the San Ramon Valley High School pool in early May, has officially filed a lawsuit against the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, claiming negligence and willful misconduct resulted in the freshman's death.

November 27, 2018 | 15 comments
Public meeting set for Zone 7’s Medeiros project revisions

Water agency scales back excavation work after neighbors voice concerns
After receiving feedback and concerns from local residents, Zone 7 Water Agency officials say they have scaled back the Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Parkway project -- and they urge community members to attend a public meeting on the revised design next week.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors support ending court admin fees

Board set for final vote on ordinance next week
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve an ordinance that eliminates administrative court fees for people who are convicted of crimes.

November 29, 2018 | 7 comments
BART launches new official app

Aims to help riders more precisely plan transit trips
BART announced last week a new app by the transit agency to help riders navigate their way around trains and stations.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons' football season comes to an end after smoke-delayed playoff game

Also: Amador girls win NCS cross-country championship
The North Coast Section Division I football brackets will show that Freedom beat Amador Valley 48-29 for an apparent easy playoff win last Saturday.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Family of man fatally shot by Danville police file claim against town

Attorneys allege officer unnecessarily used lethal force in wrongful death
The town of Danville has been presented with a wrongful-death claim by the family of Laudemer Arboleda, who was killed by a Danville police officer at the end of a short pursuit earlier this month.

November 25, 2018 | 8 comments
2018 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

15 nonprofits to benefit from this year's contributions
The Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund has launched with 15 nonprofits slated to benefit from this year's campaign.

November 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Season of giving: Nonprofit wish lists to help everyone spread holiday spirit

Consider making a purchase for those in need while shopping in Pleasanton this weekend
We reached out to Tri-Valley nonprofits this month, and many have provided their wish lists for those residents who want to include them in their gift-giving. So the next time your shopping at you're favorite retailer, grocery store or small business here in Pleasanton, consider also making a purchase to help these nonprofits during the holidays.

November 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley Hero, Lifetime Achievement: Livermore's Marshall Kamena

Former Livermore mayor, longtime TV30 advocate recognized as catalyst for positive change in the community
Former Livermore Mayor Dr. Marshall Kamena had been on the City Council only a short time when in 1976 a homeowner approached the council with a suggestion: "Some cities in Southern California were establishing local community television stations, how about Livermore?"

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Ruchir Baronia, family scare inspires invention

DVHS junior receives Innovation award for creating Rescuer app
This complementary relationship is evident in his latest Android app, Rescuer, which allows people to call for help using multi-sensory modes if they cannot reach their phone for some reason. The app, inspired by a family emergency, earned him the 2017 Congressional App Challenge award for Rep. Eric Swalwell's U.S. Congressional District 15.

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Eugene O'Neill Foundation, fostering the arts

Arts & Culture honor goes to nonprofit that supports Tao House, late playwright's homestead in Danville hills
The Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, keeps the arts alive at this Tri-Valley treasure. The playwright's former home in the Danville hills is maintained by the National Park Service, but the Eugene O'Neill Foundation is responsible for the artistic programming, run by volunteers enamored of O'Neill and his written word.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: School leaders facing dilemma as enrollment surges

Pleasanton schools have a challenge: Finding room for increasing enrollment that district leaders believe may continue.

November 25, 2018 | 19 comments
With holiday buying season upon us, be sure to 'Shop Small' in Pleasanton

Quality of life in a community like Pleasanton is closely tied to the local economy, which goes hand in hand with the health of the small businesses in our community.

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
'Hues and Textures' in Harrington Gallery

"Nestled," a watercolor by Meghana Mitragotri, is part of the Pleasanton Art League's 10th annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and Demonstrations at the Harrington Gallery through Dec. 15.

November 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday entertaining made easy

Expert helps simplify parties, put focus on guests
The goal of a holiday party, said party planner Nicole Macuil, is "getting to talk." Connecting is more important than fancy decorations. Macuil has tips for decorating for a holiday party to make your home look great and give yourself time to enjoy your guests.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Improv troupe offering Holiday Shorts

Creatures of Impulse to follow audience leads for fun-filled evening
Holiday Shorts 2018, "A Long Winter's Tale," will take place this week at the Firehouse Arts Center. First the teen troupe will follow audience suggestions for holiday-themed games scenes and fun. Next the audience will vote for which short scene should be expanded into an entire improvised play.

November 25, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD holding job fair Saturday

The Pleasanton Unified School District is looking to hire substitute teachers and classified substitutes, and will host a job fair this Saturday to seek out applicants.

November 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Inaugural Ice Cream Trail honored

The Ice Cream Trail also received recognitions, including a Hermes 2018 Gold Winner award and spots on Pop Sugar's list of "The 10 Best Food and Drink Trails to Explore in America" and Trips to Discover's "9 Best Food and Drink Trails in the United States."

November 22, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD holding another 'Connecting with Our Community' meeting

Locals invited to learn about district goals, talk to school leaders
The Pleasanton Unified School District invites locals to a "Connecting with Our Community" meeting, set for Tuesday evening at Alisal Elementary.

November 26, 2018 | 4 comments
Supporting mental health in PUSD

Social workers focus on preventative interventions, engaging diverse population
Mental health support services have been on the minds of Pleasanton Unified School District officials, particularly as student stress persists and remains a hot topic throughout the district.

November 20, 2018 | 16 comments
Another Winter Spare the Air Alert issued for Wednesday

Moderate air quality expected in the Bay Area on Thanksgiving Day
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday because the air quality is expected to remain unhealthy in parts of the East Bay even though shifting winds and rain are expected to improve conditions elsewhere in the region.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Local symphony to present 'Joy, Pathos, and Passion'

Program will open with Bernstein's lively 'Candide' overture
Livermore-Amador Symphony opens its 56th regular season with "Joy, Pathos, and Passion" at Livermore's Bankhead Theater at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 1. Conducted by music director Lara Webber, the concert will feature compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD recruiting for Citizens' Police Academy

Applications due Dec. 14 for annual program
The Pleasanton Police Department is looking for residents interested in learning more about the department by taking part in its annual Citizens' Police Academy.

November 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Newcomer Johnson, incumbent Vonheeder-Leopold win DSRSD election

Pleasanton's sewer district sees first contested election in six years
The first contested Dublin San Ramon Services District election since 2012 proved to be a competitive contest, with incumbent Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold reclaiming her seat on the Board of Directors and newcomer Ann Marie Johnson finishing in the top spot in the election.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Sports teach students valuable life lessons

Also: Recap of fall signing day at Foothill
During the first two weeks of November, I announced North Coast Section and California Interscholastic Federation Northern California volleyball matches for the Foothill varsity girls team, and it was those matches that highlight what's great about high school athletics.

November 19, 2018 | 4 comments
Tri-Valley ROP wins statewide award

Middle College program honored for innovation, collaboration
The California School Board Association recently awarded the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (TVROP) a top educational honor in recognition of the success of Middle College High School at Las Positas College.

November 19, 2018 | 1 comment
PDA cancels Spirit & Sweater Stroll amid poor air quality

Refunds available through Wednesday, though tickets could be considered donation to organization
Pleasanton Downtown Association decided to cancel its annual fundraising Spirit & Sweater Stroll, originally scheduled for Saturday night, for safety reasons due to the unhealthy air quality persistent throughout the Bay Area.

November 17, 2018 | No comments yet
BART to study second transbay rail crossing

New line would include standard-gauge tracks and the wider BART tracks
BART directors received an update Thursday on early steps toward a second transbay BART crossing that could include both standard-gauge rail tracks and the wider BART tracks.

November 18, 2018 | 14 comments
Assembly election: Bauer-Kahan jumps ahead to 2,900-vote lead; Baker concedes

Orinda Democrat turns tables on Republican incumbent after losing big in June primary
Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has declared victory in the District 16 election after a concession call from Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker in the wake of the challenger leapfrogging the incumbent to take a 2,901-vote lead after a large results update by Contra Costa County officials Friday afternoon.

November 16, 2018 | 124 comments
Pleasanton: Alameda County closes all public schools Friday due to air quality

Spare the Air Days to continue through Tuesday next week
As air quality issues continue to persist around the Bay Area, the Alameda County Office of Education has decided that all county schools and district offices, including in Pleasanton, will be closed on Friday ahead of the Thanksgiving week break.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Assembly election: Incumbent Baker's lead down to 159 votes

Key results update due Friday as Contra Costa plans large tally release
Democrat challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan continues to close the gap on Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker in the race to represent Pleasanton and the rest of State Assembly District 16, with the incumbent's lead narrowed to 159 votes as of the latest update Thursday afternoon.

November 15, 2018 | 10 comments
Holiday happenings: Entertainment and celebrations abound in Tri-Valley

Whatever that means for you, be it warm food with family, treks to snowier regions or hours of feel-good Hallmark movies, there are many opportunities to celebrate right here. From Santa meet-and-greets to holiday parades and concerts to donation drives, check out what's happening in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Amazing young Tri-Valley innovators honored

Two Amador Valley High seniors were among 14 talented students honored at the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group's eighth annual Dreammakers and Risktakers event in October at the Palm Event Center.

November 18, 2018 | No comments yet
New chamber alliance will benefit entire region

The Tri-Valley is unique in that the five communities that comprise the region actually work together. Where oftentimes cities compete with their neighbors for resources and designations, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville partner to tackle issues that affect the region.

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin police earn $70,000 grant for traffic safety efforts

Targeted enforcement, public education among programs to be funded
Dublin Police Services recently received a $70,000 government grant for a year-long traffic enforcement and public awareness program designed to educate residents on safe driving habits as well as deter people from violating traffic laws or engaging in unsafe behaviors while behind the wheel.

November 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance Nov. 15, 2018

Home Sales Update Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Outcomes hold steady, California wildfires & Ugly sweater time

While the specific vote totals continue to fluctuate, the outcomes in the Pleasanton City Council election are holding just as steady as they did on Election Night, with incumbent Kathy Narum and challenger Julie Testa comfortably in the two winning positions.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Cricket for Cubs, bringing community together with sport

Community Spirit recipient hosting showcase international tournament here next week
Since humble beginnings three years ago with an inaugural youth tournament with 36 players, the Dublin-based nonprofit organization has expanded its reach to more than 300 kids competing on Tri-Valley cricket teams and over 4,000 other students introduced to the sport through its PE or after-school lessons in nearly two-dozen schools in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf marathon raises money for Hope Hospice

20 golfers play 100 holes on same day in show of support for nonprofit
The golfers each played 100 holes that day at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course as part of the annual Hope 100 Golf Marathon, a fundraiser for local nonprofit Hope Hospice that is designed as a strenuous outing to symbolize the challenges patients and families face at the end of life.

November 14, 2018 | 2 comments
UPDATE: Haubert, Josey elected in Dublin; second council seat still too close to call

Both incumbents re-elected to DUSD; Giannini abruptly resigns board post
While Mayor David Haubert won re-election comfortably and the two incumbents in the Dublin Unified school board race will serve another term, the City Council has two new representatives -- as was expected.

November 14, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves salary increases for teachers union

Trustees also talk AP History materials, LCAP indicators, governance handbook
The Pleasanton Unified school board unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

November 14, 2018 | 11 comments
UPDATE: Newcomer Munro, incumbents Marchand, Woerner win Livermore city elections

Voters overwhelmingly defeat Measure U; re-elect Bueno and White, add Prusso to school board
Voters in Livermore cast ballots in favor of four long-familiar faces and two new candidates, as well as soundly defeated a union-backed initiative that would have seen the city charged with making sure health care costs did not exceed a new price limit.

November 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Stanford-ValleyCare recognized for patient safety

Hospital receives 'A' grade from national nonprofit
In recognition of its safety and care practices, Pleasanton's Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare has received an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group -- a national nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality -- in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade Report.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Remembering Jeff May, a pioneer for Pleasanton Lacrosse

'Kids who played for Jeff were better people for having played for him'
I was jolted this past weekend, learning of the death of Jeff May of Pleasanton, a youth sports coach in this town and someone that helped shape many a young man through athletics.

November 13, 2018 | No comments yet
School board considers approving new contract with teachers union

Also: AP History-Social Sciences materials, LCAP, facilities contracts
The Pleasanton Unified school board is set to hold a public hearing and consider approving a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers on Tuesday night.

November 12, 2018 | 5 comments
Water leak forces DSRSD to close its office

Break in underground line causes flooding in water utility's Dublin office
Flooding has forced the Dublin San Ramon Services District to close its office in Dublin for up to three months, district officials said today.

November 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Community rallies to support Pleasanton PD officer battling cancer

Over $75,000 raised online in a week for Officer Henricksen and family as treatment begins
The community is joining together to provide support for Pleasanton police Officer Kyle Henricksen, who is undergoing treatment to fight an aggressive form of cancer.

November 12, 2018 | 1 comment
State Assembly race tightens; Baker’s lead shrinks to 627 votes

Alameda, Contra Costa officials still counting vote-by-mail, provisional, conditional ballots
The race to represent Pleasanton in the State Assembly has narrowed to a 0.4% lead for Republican incumbent Catharine Baker as Democrat challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has gained two percentage points since Election Night, as pending ballots continue to be processed in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

November 11, 2018 | 23 comments
PHOTO ALBUM: Veterans Day in Pleasanton

The Pleasanton community joined together last Sunday to honor military veterans downtown during the 22nd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade -- held as usual on the weekend before Veterans Day to allow local veterans and civic leaders to represent Pleasanton at other celebrations on the holiday itself.

November 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Mothers Club: A network for moms to lean on

Club provides parenting support, social outlet, friendship
Entering motherhood is a daunting undertaking, no matter where you are. An experience that can be isolating, and marks a significant life change. That's where the Pleasanton Mothers Club comes in.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Doug Miller, Service to country and community

Role Model recipient is pillar in Pleasanton veteran support network
Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 -- and observed as a national holiday on Monday -- has special significance for retired Army Maj. Doug Miller, as it should.

November 8, 2018 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Hero: Meachelle Lum, Finding purpose in tragedy

Rising Star spearheads Lum AVM Organization to help mother's legacy live on
After Meachelle Lum's mother Megan died suddenly two years ago in the midst of the San Ramon teen's junior year at Dougherty Valley High School, her devastation was soon joined by a feeling of wanting to honor her mother's memory and turn tragedy into purpose.

November 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Remembering General Pershing, 100 years later

Chautauqua scholar Doug Mishler, impersonating World War I Gen. John J. Pershing as the grand marshal in last Sunday's Veterans Day parade and later in a performance at the Veterans Memorial Building, brought back memories for me. Not of Gen. Pershing, who died in 1948, but of a movie about him that I was watching in a suburban Chicago hospital when my daughter Kerry was born.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Real Estate: It's the most wonderful time of the year ... to buy and sell

Despite reputation, November and December actually provide positive opportunities for real estate transactions
People tend to wait until spring to put their house on the market or start house-hunting, having heard November and December are lousy months to buy or sell a house. But the many benefits to buying or selling during the holiday months actually make it a perfect time.

November 11, 2018 | 4 comments
Livermore Valley chamber honors local businesses

#LivValBiz Awards event also features State of the Chamber address
The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce recently recognized some standout local businesses and representatives.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Holiday parade floats, cricket tournament, new county judge

It's that time of year again. The city is now accepting applications for entries and volunteers for its annual Hometown Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Celebration, which is set for the evening of Dec. 1 downtown.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD launches internships for adults with special needs

Eight-month program will help participants gain crucial skills, find employment
The Pleasanton Unified School District has launched a new internship program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and they will soon be seeking applicants to begin in the winter.

November 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Erratic driver leads to police action near fairgrounds

PPD: Man was yelling ‘bizarre things,’ committed numerous code violations
An erratic and apparently unstable driver led to high levels of police activity near the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Wednesday morning, with details on the incident continuing to unravel.

November 7, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton: Incumbent Narum, challenger Testa win City Council seats

Baker leads tight race to reclaim Assembly seat, Swalwell earns another term in Congress
Incumbent Kathy Narum finished well ahead in her bid for re-election to the Pleasanton City Council while slow-growth candidate Julie Testa earned the second available council seat at the end of Election Night.

November 7, 2018 | 32 comments
Incumbents post solid night in Livermore, Dublin; Measure U soundly defeated

San Ramon and Danville races also spotlighted in Tri-Valley election roundup
Voters backed recognizable faces throughout the Tri-Valley during the general election, with every competing city incumbent scoring a victory on Election Night across Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Candy Buy Back

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry collects over 800 pounds for charities
The Alameda Pediatric Dentistry held their annual Halloween Candy Buy Back event on Nov. 1. Through the Buy Back, children were able to exchange their unopened trick or treating candy for cash -- $1 for every pound.

November 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Both girls volleyball teams advance to CIF State playoffs

Also: Foothill water polo makes deep postseason run, Falcon runner takes second at EBAL tourney
The Amador Valley and Foothill girls volleyball teams kept their seasons alive, with both teams advancing to the CIF State Division I playoffs.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Planning Commission OKs new Shengmeng tutoring center

Permits also given to Tri Valley Auto Service, LifeSafer of Northern California
The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved a use permit for the Shengmeng Education Center on Owens Drive last month, tweaking the proposal slightly to try to address parking concerns from another learning center next door.

November 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund Coupon

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
BART employee uses CPR to revive passenger at Dublin-Pleasanton station

'I was supposed to be there that day'
A BART car cleaner helped save a life last week at the Dublin-Pleasanton station, when he used CPR to help revive a passenger who stopped breathing on a train, authorities said.

November 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ rolls the die with style

Tri-Valley Rep kicks off residency at Firehouse with beloved musical comedy
The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre kicked off its first performance as the Firehouse Arts Center's resident troupe on Saturday night with the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls" -- and they delivered.

November 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Man dies in officer-involved shooting in Danville

DPD: Suspicious person drove at officer, who fired fatal shot in self-defense
A Newark man died after being shot by a Danville police officer at the end of a short pursuit near downtown on Saturday morning, according to authorities.

November 3, 2018 | No comments yet
SRVUSD formally apologizes for Ben Curry's death

Superintendent Schmitt also attempts to refute rumors; Curry family responds to statement
San Ramon Valley schools Superintendent Rick Schmitt publicly apologized on Friday for the on-campus death of San Ramon Valley High freshman Ben Curry, marking the first time district officials have issued a formal written apology district-wide since the freshman drowned in the school pool last school year.

November 2, 2018 | 5 comments
Spending soars on health care ballot measure

Each side raises millions to promote its position on Measure U in Livermore, Measure F in Palo Alto
The two sides in the battle over Measure F, which would cap how much Palo Alto medical practitioners can charge their patients, have collectively spent more than $7.3 million to spread their messages both here and in Livermore, where a similar measure is also going to the voters, according to campaign-finance documents.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton man convicted of international sexual abuse of teenager

Federal jury: Telles used internet to 'entice' 14-year-old girl in England
A Pleasanton man has been convicted of online enticement and international sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in England he reportedly met online while playing Clash of Clans four years ago.

November 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Oakland man convicted in second trial of murdering Dublin resident

Victim was shot during attempted carjacking while in town to pick up father
An Oakland man who was only 16 at the time was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for the shooting death of an off-duty paramedic from Dublin in the Oakland hills in 2013.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Former East Bay Parks union treasurer guilty of embezzlement

61-year-old faces up to 5 years in prison for diverting almost $500,000
A former treasurer of a union representing East Bay Regional Parks workers has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland to embezzling $490,338 from the organization.

November 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Vote by Tuesday

Pleasanton City Council election leads local balloting for midterm
It's time to submit that vote-by-mail ballot, or start planning when to visit the polls for in-person voting on Tuesday. Here's a reminder of what is at stake for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley in the general election.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Bryan Ware, Thinking outside the crayon box

Danville man receives Environmental Stewardship award for The Crayon Initiative
Clean up the planet and make kids happy: This is the mission of Danville resident Bryan Ware. It's a mission he has been able to carry out by saving toxic crayons from landfills and safely donating them to sick children in need all across the country with his locally based nonprofit, The Crayon Initiative.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Hero: Sarah Banholzer, Be strong and give back happiness

Courage award honors Pleasanton teen focused on giving to others amid her own cancer battle
Pleasanton teen Sarah Banholzer, our Tri-Valley Hero for Courage, celebrates milestones in her life that would give many pause. After completing 2-1/2 years of treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed at age 4, she had a party.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly endorsements recap

Here again are the Pleasanton Weekly editorial board's election recommendations:

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: LPC honoring veterans, Prayer Breakfast, 2019 fair dates & eco-friendly gardens

The Las Positas College Veterans First Program and LPC Student Veterans Organization are set to host the 12th annual Honoring Veterans Day event this week at the campus in Livermore.

November 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Supporting hurricane victims

Groups from Sunol Creek Memory Care and Montevideo Girl Scouts packed 1,944 meals at Kids Against Hunger to send to hurricane victims.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Young Professionals donate Charity on Tap funds

The event raised $8,200, all of which was donated to the Valley Veterans Foundation for college scholarship funds for Tri-Valley veterans and military personnel.

November 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Local Daughters of American Revolution rededicate grave marker for namesake Amador

The Tri-Valley's José María Amador Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) rededicated a DAR marker on the grave of their namesake on Oct. 13 in Old St. Mary Cemetery in Gilroy.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Brenner takes over at Harvest Park

Middle school's new principal says she's here to stay
Whether she has acquired "it" or had it all along throughout her years in education, the quality has led her to her "dream job" in Pleasanton, she says.

October 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Tim Talk: Planning Commission rejects AT Dublin proposal

Proponents of AT Dublin, the mixed-use lifestyle retail center on Tassajara Road, took a big step toward quelling potential opposition by cutting a key deal with the Dublin Unified School District.

October 31, 2018 | 6 comments
Paws in Need to raise funds for pets with 19th annual Holiday Boutique

Proceeds will help cover medical costs for pets throughout Tri-Valley
The 19th annual Paws in Need Holiday Boutique in Livermore this weekend will look to raise funds for animals in need by selling a variety of items like animal-themed holiday gifts for people and pets, will all funds raised benefiting the nonprofit's animal medical programs.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Veterans parade downtown Sunday

Procession starts at 1 p.m. on Main; post-parade program follows at 2:15 p.m.
The Pleasanton community is set to join together this weekend to honor area military veterans during the 22nd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. this Sunday downtown.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Mountain lion that hid in bushes released into wild

Puma was found hunkered down near an office complex by Hopyard Road
A mountain lion that had been hunkered down near an office complex in Pleasanton on Monday was released into the wild early Tuesday morning, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.

October 30, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton synagogues commemorate Pittsburgh victims

Rabbi Resnick: ‘We can come together and we can lean on each other’
Jewish community members in Pleasanton are mourning the weekend shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and honoring the 11 worshipers who died there.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill, Amador volleyball post playoff wins

Dons head into NCS football playoffs as No. 6, traveling to Freedom
The Foothill and Amador Valley girls volleyball teams grabbed a pair of North Coast Section Division I playoff wins last week to move into a semifinal showdown on Halloween.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Mountain lion near Hopyard captured after four doses of tranquilizer

A mountain lion was captured Monday night in Pleasanton after it hunkered down for hours in some bushes and after four doses of tranquilizer were administered, police said.

October 29, 2018 | 5 comments
Livermore: New supercomputer to help national labs maintain nukes

"Sierra," described by U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory officials as the world's third fastest supercomputer, will soon be providing the nation's three nuclear security labs with their best nuclear weapon simulations yet.

November 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection with Dublin carjacking

Police: Suspect nabbed while trying to hide in Oakland
A 28-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of carjacking a woman at a Chevron gas station, police said.

October 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Afternoon I-680 commute toward Pleasanton ranks as 4th-worst in Bay Area

I-580 through Tri-Valley makes three appearances on most-congested list, but none worse than 14th
The Interstate 680 commute across the Sunol Grade ranked as the fourth-worst Bay Area commute in 2017 for the second year in a row, according to the annual most-congested list compiled by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

October 29, 2018 | 15 comments
LAVTA named California Transit Agency of the Year

Association recognizes Tri-Valley authority for refocused priorities, better connectivity, new projects
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), which operates Wheels and Rapid bus services in the Tri-Valley, has been honored for its accomplishments over the past year as the California Transit Agency of the Year for 2018.

October 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Former Tri-Valley priests accused of sexual misconduct

Eight area priests appear on law firm's list of allegations in Bay Area dioceses
Eight Catholic priests who served or lived in the Tri-Valley at some point years ago were identified in a recently released report by a Minnesota-based law firm listing the names of clergymen connected with Bay Area dioceses accused of sexual misconduct against children.

October 26, 2018 | 2 comments
Goodguys to salute veterans at Autumn Get-Together

Car show to feature thousands of vehicles from across the country
The show will feature over 2,500 American-made or -powered, candy-colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks of all years for a two-day extravaganza, with a multitude of events and deals celebrating both active and retired members of the military.

November 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sister of drowned teen criticizes SRVUSD at board meeting

San Ramon Valley residents call Ben Curry's death 'preventable'
As potential litigation involving the on-campus drowning of San Ramon Valley High School freshman Benjamin Curry looms, the boy's sister and several other residents, spoke at the school board meeting this week, to voice their displeasure at the conduct of the district in the aftermath of the teen's death.

October 25, 2018 | 2 comments
Honoring 2018 Tri-Valley Heroes

Community standouts recognized for contributions at annual award ceremony
Environmental stewards, innovators, artists and philanthropists alike were honored Monday during the seventh annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards ceremony, presented by the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Pleasanton spearheading recycling education effort

Pleasanton is playing a big role in encouraging recycling across America thanks to Jill Buck, who in 2002 wrote the Go Green Initiative that is now the largest and fastest growing comprehensive environmental education program in the country.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
PCAC awards for young artists

Day of performances ends with presentations
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council presented its annual awards in music and visual arts recently after a day of auditioning and viewing the art works of 44 talented high school students.

October 29, 2018 | No comments yet
City's newest mural: 'Live Well, Be Well'

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Arne Olson and City Councilman Jerry Pentin were joined by Kaiser Permanente staff and Gary and Nancy Harrington at the recent unveiling of "Live Well, Be Well," a new mural for Pleasanton's growing public art collection.

October 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Troubadour Estas Tonne at Bankhead

Master guitarist Estas Tonne is bringing his spiritual sounds and excitement to the Bankhead Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 on his first U.S. tour, "The Breath of Sound," which reflects a classical structure, the technique of Flamenco, roots of Gypsy, and characteristics of Latin and electronic soundscapes.

October 29, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 highlights church's history

Art historian talks about St. Michael's, now 100
St. Michael's Church in Livermore is not only historic, its century-old stained glass windows are works of art. The subject is explored in the latest episode of TV30's "About the Valley," which was filmed recently with host Dr. Marshall Kamena and guest art historian Barbara Mitchell.

October 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Ghost stories downtown

Museum on Main's annual series brings alive Pleasanton's haunted past
If you're taking a stroll down Main Street, make sure to look up as you pass by Gay Nineties Pizza. You might catch a glimpse of the Lady in Blue, decked out in petticoats and a scandalous bodice, surveying the bustle of cars and pedestrians beneath her.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RAGE players pack meals for Florida

Pleasanton RAGE packed 21,600 meals that went straight to Florida to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, as part of a community service pack-out event last week between RAGE competitive teams and local nonprofit Kids Against Hunger.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Valley Community Church celebrates 50 years in Pleasanton

Anniversary service includes special candle-lighting, city commendation
Valley Community Church recently commemorated its 50th anniversary, with the congregation marking the occasion with a three-day celebration at the church just outside Pleasanton.

October 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Party for the Pooches supports Valley Humane Society

The fifth annual Party for the Pooches raised more than $41,000 to support Pleasanton-based nonprofit Valley Humane Society.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Report: Job growth poised to slow

High housing costs among key factors
Job growth in most of California's urban areas -- including San Francisco, the South Bay and the East Bay -- will continue in 2019, but at a slower pace than in recent months, according to a Los Angeles-based economic research firm.

October 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Pleasanton motorcyclist killed in Oct. 14 crash

A motorcyclist who died after he collided with a pickup truck on Altamont Pass Road near Livermore in unincorporated Alameda County earlier this month was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau on Thursday as 63-year-old Mark Nida of Pleasanton.

October 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Foothill Band Review set for Saturday

Nearly three dozen middle and high school bands are set to take to the streets of downtown Pleasanton this Saturday for the 44th annual Foothill High School Band Review.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Swingin' at Hart

Hart Middle School students twisted and twirled at the annual swing dancing competition, with the finale held this year Oct. 5. All seventh- and eighth-grade students at Hart learned the basics in P.E., and those who wanted to take the dance further could participate in the competition.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Axis: Covered CA open enrollment underway

Nonprofit making counselors available to help with questions, concerns
Open enrollment for Covered California health care plans has started, and Axis Community Health is offering assistance for those with questions or concerns.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Lame-duck Dublin council poised to make IKEA decision

Plus, thoughts on deceptively titled Proposition 6
The decision on the giant IKEA lifestyle retail center in Dublin likely will be made next month after the Nov. 6 election.

October 24, 2018 | 2 comments
Remembering Red Haas, city's Ambassadog

The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of the city's Ambassadog Red Haas, who died unexpectedly earlier this month just shy of his 13th birthday after a brief battle with aggressive cancer.

October 24, 2018 | 4 comments
School board discusses tentative agreement with teachers union

Series of recognitions, ‘Unity Day,’ Lydiksen project changing course
The Pleasanton Unified school board received a report on a tentative agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers bargaining unit at a four-hour-long meeting Tuesday night.

October 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons, Falcons ready for gridiron showdown

Amador golf, Foothill volleyball win EBAL titles; Dons dominate Mt. Sac Invitational
On paper, Friday night's East Bay Athletic League finale between Amador Valley and Foothill looks like a major blowout. Well, not if you know the history of the Amador-Foothill rivalry.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff's sergeant arraigned on criminal eavesdropping charges

Defense says actions were misunderstanding of law, not intent to violate law for nefarious purposes
An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant was arraigned last week on four felony charges for allegedly making illegal and secret recordings of juvenile suspects in an interview room in March.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 airing local 'Election Specials'

Pleasanton episode features all four City Council candidates
With Election Day two weeks away, TV30 is reminding voters in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to check out the station's nonpartisan "Election Specials," highlighting candidates in those communities' city and school board races.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
School board to consider tentative agreement with teachers union

Contract would include 2.5% salary increase, amends leaves of absence article
The Pleasanton school board is set to weigh approving a tentative agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers bargaining unit at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

October 22, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton family appearing on 'Family Feud'

Valladon clan's three-episode run airs starting Friday
Pleasanton residents will have the opportunity to root for a local family appearing on Season 20 of "Family Feud" this week, sharing in their triumphs, laughs and embarrassments.

October 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Council honors Pleasanton businesses for milestone anniversaries

Pleasanton Ready Mix leads the way, celebrating 50 years in operation
The City Council hosted a standing-room-only ceremony last week to recognize Pleasanton-based businesses -- large and small -- marking milestone anniversaries this year.

October 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Man sentenced to 30 years to life for double-fatal DUI crash

Mother, baby killed when car plowed into apartment complex; defendant pursuing appeal alleging juror misconduct
A Livermore man was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life for killing a mother and her baby in a drunk-driving crash in Livermore in 2015.

October 21, 2018 | 18 comments
Zone 7 narrowly approves water rate hikes

Increase necessary for reserves, water reliability, agency says
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors approved new water rate increases for the next four years in a 4-3 vote at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

October 19, 2018 | No comments yet
'Nightmare' comes to life at Firehouse

Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's award-winning teen improv troupe, is providing a "Nightmare" for audiences next week, gathering them around a "campfire" to follow their suggestions to create a dark and stormy night at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Mariachi de Mexico at Bankhead

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an ensemble of students from the Chicago's immigrant barrios, will be at the Bankhead Theater for one performance, at 7 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 27).

October 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Celebrate fall during Harvest Festival at fairgrounds

Shop, shop, shop for unique jewelry, ceramics and more
The Pleasanton Harvest Festival at the Alameda County Fairgrounds next weekend will blend Halloween fun, music and entertainment with a shopping bonanza of more than 24,000 handmade gifts. Indoor and outdoor booths will feature original art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, specialty foods, toys, decor and more.

October 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Halloween Fun Night at tennis center 'just grew and grew'

Tricks, treats, games galore next Friday night
What started out in 2005 as a fun Halloween-themed tennis party for a dozen young players has turned into an extravaganza of spooks, costumes, games and candy that draws hundreds -- the Pleasanton Halloween Fun Night.

October 18, 2018 | 1 comment
Roll of the dice: 'Guys and Dolls' onstage at Firehouse

Tri-Valley Rep performing musical Nov. 2-18
Nathan Detroit is setting up his craps game at the Firehouse Arts Center as Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens "Guys and Dolls" on Nov. 3 to run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18.

October 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Visiting the villains

Broadway Chorus explores dark side of entertainment
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus is going to explore the darker side of Broadway, movies, opera and Disney next week in "Villains of Stage and Screen."

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Bringing great burgers to downtown Pleasanton

When Todd Utikal and his wife celebrated life milestones at Skip Hinsley's Girasole restaurant, he never imagined that years later they would be business partners in downtown Pleasanton's newest restaurant.

October 18, 2018 | 18 comments
Unseasonable weather for Pleasanton real estate market

'Like in other communities, more inventory is cooling the market just a little'
The three most important things in real estate may be shifting from "location, location, location" to "season, season, season."

October 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Hope Hospice hires Hansen as new CEO

Health care exec succeeds Boehm, who retired last month
The Hope Hospice Board of Directors has welcomed back Bay Area health care executive Jennifer Hansen into the nonprofit's leadership team, this time as its new CEO.

October 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance October 19,2018

Home Sales Update October 19, 2018

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Historic homes: Stories etched into century-old houses, and the measures to preserve them

Learn more about two marquee Pleasanton homes, then and now
It's just one of dozens of historical homes scattered around Pleasanton, homes that are deemed to have historical and architectural significance in the ways their structures have been preserved. And they serve as a reminder of decades past, harkening back to horse-and-buggy days when the city was just emerging.

October 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse comedy: Heartbreak and humor of divorce and dating

Anne Marie Scheffler shares insights of her "MILF Life Crisis" in a comedy show that explores the new kind of relationships she observed when newly divorced with kids, at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Firehouse Arts Center.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Clubhouse, downtown's newest restaurant, opens in Pleasanton Hotel

Ed Westmoreland was joined by an enthusiastic crowd Monday as he cut the ribbon and opened his new Clubhouse restaurant in the Pleasanton Hotel at 855 Main St.

October 17, 2018 | 12 comments
Re-elect Baker for Assembly, Swalwell for Congress

Also: Vote for newcomer La for County Assessor, incumbent Wieskamp for East Bay Parks board
We reached our endorsement decisions for regional representative seats after meeting with the candidates or questioning them during a public forum.

October 17, 2018 | 105 comments
Pleasanton council endorses Valley Link

Also: Chabad hearing postponed, Arroyo Mocho Bridge debate, Bullying Prevention Month
The Pleasanton City Council threw its support Tuesday behind regional officials' initial concept of creating a commuter light rail system, dubbed Valley Link, to extend public transit service east between the Dublin-Pleasanton BART stop and the North Lathrop ACE Train station.

October 17, 2018 | 5 comments
Small plane crashes into fence at Livermore Airport

A small World War II-era plane ran off the runway and veered into a perimeter fence at the Livermore Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board set to vote on proposed water rate increases

Following multiple discussions, agency to consider staff recommendation at regular meeting Wednesday
After a series of public meetings on the subject, the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on proposed water rates for the upcoming four years at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

October 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton's Sears store to close amid company's bankruptcy

Stoneridge store to shutter by year's end; unclear how mall will replace it
On Monday shortly after announcing that their company was filing for chapter 11, Sears Holdings officials announced that Pleasanton's Sears in the Stoneridge Shopping Mall would be closing along with 141 other Sears and Kmart locations nationwide, before the year's end.

October 15, 2018 | 41 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum inducted into UC Davis Hall of Fame

Alma mater follows in Sedlak's footsteps with solid week on court
Betsy Sedlak, a graduate of Foothill High, was recently inducted into the University of California, Davis Hall of Fame following her incredible volleyball career.

October 16, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley native joins Pleasanton PD as newest officer

Skaggs grew up in San Ramon, transfers here from Campbell PD
Pleasanton Police Department and city officials welcomed San Ramon native Nickolas Skaggs as the department's newest police officer during a ceremony last week.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Council to talk Valley Link concept, Zone 7 rate hikes; Chabad hearing postponed

Business anniversary recognitions, Bullying Prevention Month also on tap
The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss taking positions on the Valley Link commuter rail system and proposed rate increases from the Zone 7 Water Agency on Tuesday, but the hearing on the Chabad Center for Jewish Life -- the night's most-anticipated debate -- has been postponed.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Congressional hopeful Peters' candidate statement left out of Contra Costa voters guide

County officials admit error; Republican's statement redistributed in supplemental mailing
U.S. House of Representatives hopeful Rudy Peters (R-Livermore) saw his campaign hit a bump in the road late in this election season, when the Contra Costa County Elections Department failed to include his candidate statement in the original voters guide sent to San Ramon residents in Congressional District 15.

October 14, 2018 | 1 comment
The Pothole Report: Pleasanton recognized for quality road maintenance

City has 15th best-maintained roads in Bay Area, MTC says
A recent study of the 43,000 miles of road found in the Bay Area -- almost double the distance it takes to circumnavigate the globe-- has recognized Pleasanton as having some of the best maintained and highest quality streets in the region.

October 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Remembering Kristallnacht

German rabbi coming to Pleasanton to speak, 80 years after massacre
Eighty years ago, Nazis in Germany swept through the country on the night of Nov. 9 and attacked its Jewish citizens, vandalizing synagogues, businesses and homes, and killing nearly 100 people.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
County, jail guards sued for alleged assaults on inmate at Santa Rita

Criminal charges still pending against four current, former deputies
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office and four current and former deputies were sued Monday by a former jail inmate who alleges that the deputies allowed another inmate to spray him with urine and feces multiple times and then broke his arm.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
BART fined $1.3M for safety violations resulting in worker deaths in 2013

'These fatalities were totally preventable, says CPUC commissioner
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued a $1.3 million fine to BART for safety violations that led to the death of two workers who were struck by a train between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations in 2013.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
CPUC approves higher electricity fees for customers who buy from local program

Regulators argue exit-fee increases ensure departing customers pay fair share of utility companies' long-term costs
The California Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday approved a revised fee calculation that will result in higher charges to customers who choose to buy their electricity from local governments instead of investor-owned utilities.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Pleasanton firm Deep Sentinel prepares product launch

Pleasanton-based Deep Sentinel is breaking new ground in the home surveillance industry and, like many other innovative solutions, hopes to completely disrupt it.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Contra Costa officials break ground on new I-680 express lane north of Valley

Transportation officials in Contra Costa County held a groundbreaking ceremony last week on a $127 million project that will add 11 miles of a southbound carpool express lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek, a move they hope will shorten drive times along Interstate 680 by 10 to 15 minutes.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas awarded state grant to support veterans

College officials say $200,000 will go toward disabled student programs, new student orientation, more
The award comes after the college's Veterans First Program applied for a Veterans Resource Center state grant through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

October 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Harringtons set for final Pleasanton art walk of year

Free, two-hour tour includes public and private artwork in downtown
Nancy and Gary Harrington from the Harrington Art Partnership are hosting their final public art walk of 2018 this Saturday in the downtown area.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
General election 2018

Pleasanton voters to help decide regional offices, state propositions Nov. 6
While many eyes in the Bay Area will no doubt be glued to out-of-area contests, Pleasanton voters can have their voices heard on the range of representative positions and state propositions on their ballots. Offices such as State Assembly, Congress and California governor, and ballot issues like gas tax repeal, another water bond and veteran housing funding -- to name a few.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
South African storyteller performing at Pleasanton Library

South African-born musician and writer Toby Tobias will give an uplifting and engaging program from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Haugen scholarship deadline Nov. 12

The Community of Character Collaborative invites high school seniors in Pleasanton to apply for the annual Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship.

October 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Remembering World War II

Milt Feldman, 94, and his wife Renee were special guests recently at the world premiere at Stoneridge Creek of a documentary featuring his experiences during World War II when he was a German POW, "A Soldier's Dream: The Milt Feldman Story."

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
ArtWalk in Livermore this weekend

Family celebration of visual, performing, cultural arts
ArtWalk, a community celebration of the arts, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Livermore this Saturday with hundreds of handmade and original works displayed by their artists, ranging from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, potter to jewelry and mixed media.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Classic film musicals at the Bankhead

Series proving popular with movie-goers
The Classic Film Musicals Series continues at the Bankhead Theater with MGM's "Showboat," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. The star-studded classic was released in 1951 with big dances and songs including "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol' Man River," with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner.

October 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Big band celebrates 40 years

Head to Yoshi's for cool night of jazz
From there, Eshelman's life has followed a rhythm built around music, to California and beyond and back again to keep the beat at colleges and to found Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band in 1978. A Pleasanton resident for 11 years, the trombonist/composer/teacher invites everyone to a gala concert at Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.

October 10, 2018 | 1 comment
Las Positas College presents 'Arcadia'

Comedy explores chaos and its underlying order
Las Positas College Department of Theater Arts will explore the nature of evidence and truth in the context of modern ideas about love, attraction, mathematics and physics in Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia." It will play at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 19-28 at the Black Box Theater in the Mertes Center for the Arts.

October 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Head of the Class: Solorzano making the rounds at Amador

New principal back at high school level after Tri-Valley trek
Alberto Solorzano's path to Amador Valley principal is full of "accidents," he said. Starting with his foray into teaching.

October 11, 2018 | 8 comments
Parents of teen who drowned on campus file claim with SRVUSD

Claim states the district did not do enough to ensure student safety
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been hit with a claim from the family of 15-year-old Benjamin Curry, who drowned in the San Ramon Valley High School pool in early May.

October 11, 2018 | 6 comments
News Digest: Zone 7 water rates, Starry Night, Jewelry fundraiser, Shepherd's Gate benefit

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is scheduled to take its final vote on proposed water rate increases next Wednesday at the board's regular meeting, after much discussion at a series of public community meetings held since August.

October 12, 2018 | No comments yet
PPD marks Coffee with a Cop Day

The Pleasanton Police Department met with residents in a less-formal setting last week as part of National Coffee with a Cop Day.

October 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Council candidates find campaigning hard work, expensive

Narum has healthiest coffers at $13,722; Streng has spent most at $6,690
Win or lose, the candidates in the Nov. 6 municipal election -- incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Narum, Joseph Ledoux, Joe Streng and Julie Testa -- deserve credit for the hundreds of hours they're spending on the campaign trail.

October 11, 2018 | 1 comment
Vote Narum, Streng for Pleasanton City Council

Mayor Thorne, unopposed on ballot, also has our support for re-election
We think Narum and Streng are the right community leaders to guide the City of Planned Progress through the next four years.

October 10, 2018 | 64 comments
Officials break ground on Dublin-Pleasanton BART parking structure

New building on Dublin side expected to house 650-700 new parking spaces
In an effort to mitigate the traffic congestion and parking headaches that have plagued the area, local and regional leaders came together on Tuesday afternoon to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of a multi-platform parking garage for the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

October 10, 2018 | 26 comments
PUSD talks new bond potential

Possible tax rate extension would help fund crucial projects, staff say
The Pleasanton Unified School District board discussed next steps for financing of the Measure I1 facilities bond at its first regular meeting of October on Tuesday night, particularly honing in on the possibility of asking voters to pass another $124 million bond in 2020.

October 10, 2018 | 19 comments
Pleasanton walks and rides to school

PUSD joins in global campaign to encourage alternate transportation modes
And Pleasanton schools are joining in the celebration by hosting rotating events at sites district-wide on Wednesday mornings throughout the month, in order to encourage students to walk, ride or roll to school.

October 9, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD talks new CTE facilities at Foothill

Also: Bond financing, AVID updates, long-term debt, math placement
The Pleasanton Unified school board Tuesday night will consider approving applications for state grant money to be used for new Career Technical Education facilities at Foothill High School.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Dons poised for NCS playoffs while Falcons miss key players

Also: Both Foothill, Amador girls volleyball teams win matches
Seven weeks into the season, the teams are mirror opposites of each other. Amador Valley sits at 5-2 overall, while Foothill is at 2-5. Both teams are coming off losses, as the Dons fell 35-23 to Granada and Foothill lost 14-3 to California.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Air quality advisory through Monday

Residents who can smell smoke should stay indoors, close doors and windows
Smoke from the large Branscomb Fire in Solano County has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare an air quality advisory throughout the Bay Area through Monday.

October 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley leaders meet to discuss traffic problems and solutions

2018 Tri-Valley Transportation Summit takes aim at congestion
Regional leaders gathered last week to discuss traffic congestion at the 2018 Transportation Solutions Summit in Pleasanton, and while many solutions were offered, leaders agreed the best way to tackle the issue was through continued collaboration between local municipalities.

October 9, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton students continue high performance in state assessment

Percentage of PUSD students at or exceeding California standards well above state average
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this past week the results from the 2017-18 state assessment, results showing that overall Pleasanton Unified students have continued their tradition of excellent performance.

October 7, 2018 | 6 comments
Valley Children's Museum, down but not out

Dublin grants organization more time to raise adequate funds
A permanent location for Dublin's Valley Children's Museum is still on its way to the Tri-Valley; it's just going to take a little longer than originally anticipated.

October 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Sig-alert: Lanes closed on south 680 at Bernal

Lanes are closed on South 680 at Bernal because of an overturned big-rig spilling 27 tons of dirt on roadway.

October 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sig-alert: Several lanes closed on South 680 at Bernal

Overturned big-rig spills 27 tons of dirt on roadway
Lanes are closed on South 680 at Bernal because of an overturned big-rig spilling 27 tons of dirt on roadway.

October 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales At A Glance October 5, 2018

Home Sales Update October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Heritage Happenings help folks find family histories

Discover your roots at Genealogical Society's special programs at Pleasanton, Livermore libraries
Patrick Lofft started to wonder in college about the origins of his seemingly unique last name. He had to spell it for everyone; no one had heard of it.

October 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Photos sought for Bankhead exhibit

Show to explore 'Passageways, Boundaries, Transitions'
The Livermore Art Association (LAA) is calling for entries for a photography show it is sponsoring with the Bankhead Theater from Nov. 6 to Jan. 7.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
All about succulents: Expert to share worldwide varieties with garden club

Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club's October meeting will focus on "Succulent Tidbits from Around the World."

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
'Albert Einstein' to visit Pleasanton

Beth Emek presents renowned physicist Saturday
Albert Einstein will be at Congregation Beth Emek next weekend. Character actor Duffy Hudson will offer his true-to-life portrayal of the German-born theoretical physicist, exploring his personal life as well as his major scientific accomplishments, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

October 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Take part in Day of the Dead

Library offering exhibit space to honor loved ones
The Pleasanton Public Library is looking for 20 individuals or groups to pay homage to an ancestor by creating an "ofrenda" in his or her honor as part of a community celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

October 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Downtown Ghost Walk includes spooks

Museum on Main offers the spirit of Halloween season
Downtown Pleasanton has a haunted reputation, which is explored by Museum on Main each October as it leads tours to Main Street's most notorious sites.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Meet the Pleasanton candidates

Vote-by-mail balloting starts Monday; voter registration deadline is Oct. 22
There are two spots up for election on the Pleasanton City Council, and at least one is guaranteed to change hands after Councilman Arne Olson opted not to seek a second term. The mayoral seat also appears on the ballot, with Mayor Jerry Thorne as the only candidate listed after nobody filed to challenge him.

October 4, 2018 | 4 comments
Livermore: Filipino Barrio Fiesta welcomes all this Sunday

The third annual Filipino Barrio Fiesta takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Bankhead Theater Plaza, 2400 First St., in Livermore.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley municipal election recommendations

Endorsements for Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville councils, plus No on Measure U
This is a vital local election season throughout the Tri-Valley. Accordingly, the Pleasanton Weekly editorial board is offering the following recommendations for the Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville council races as well as Livermore's health care cost initiative, Measure U.

October 4, 2018 | 3 comments
Piscotty bobblehead supports ALS research

A new, limited-edition Stephen Piscotty Oakland Athletics bobblehead has been released, with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit the GoFundMe created by A's Community Fund to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute in memory of Stephen's mother.

October 9, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: IGNITE! 2.0, Diwali celebration, Dublin school site

The city's second annual IGNITE event showcasing innovative arts and technologies to light up the night will return next Saturday (Oct. 13) from 5-9 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center and surrounding streets.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley creek cleanup

Residents and officials across the Bay Area volunteered their time and energy on Sept. 15 for the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest statewide and international effort to clean trash and debris from beaches, bays, creeks, rivers and lakes.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Multiple projects coming up for Zone 7 Water Agency

Flood channel repairs, Medeiros Reach updates, Patterson Pass and more
And just as the district is preparing for the upcoming winter, they are also in the midst of repairs from previous years' storms, along with other projects on their radar.

October 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Police warn of opioid overdoses after two recent teen deaths

Livermore police are warning residents about the dangers of opioids after two teenagers died in the city in recent days in what investigators believe were drug overdoses.

October 3, 2018 | 1 comment
Sheriff's sergeant charged with recording confidential attorney conversations

Arraignment of Alameda County deputy set for Oct. 17
An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant has been charged with four felonies for the alleged illegal and secret recordings of juvenile suspects in an interview room in March, prosecutors said Wednesday.

October 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Tim Talk: Crucial Dublin council race hits final month

For 25 years, the city of Dublin has followed a development path that was approved by the City Council and upheld by voters in 1993. That path has been aggressively called into question by candidates in the Nov. 8 City Council election.

October 3, 2018 | 3 comments
Council discusses early redesign concepts for Delucchi, Lions Wayside parks

Also: Second bike corral coming downtown, StopWaste presentation, new commissioners take oath of office
The Pleasanton City Council reviewed early layouts for proposed renovations of Delucchi and Lions Wayside parks on Tuesday, advancing three design concepts for further consideration by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

October 3, 2018 | 2 comments
Museum on Main dedicates Sandi Thorne Research Center

New space honors memory of former board member, mayor's wife
Downtown Pleasanton's Museum on Main commemorated its new research center in honor of one of its most devoted supporters, Sandra "Sandi" Thorne.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Sheriff: Suspect identified in 1985 Danville cold-case murder

Cutting-edge DNA technique used to ID man in rape/murder, but he died 21 years ago
Contra Costa County sheriff's detectives appear to have identified a suspect in the previously unsolved 1985 rape and murder of Danville resident Virginia Vincent.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pirates of Emerson back in town this month

Haunted theme park with a pirate twist held at fairgrounds throughout October
Shiver me timbers meets ghoulish horror this month in Pleasanton, as the Pirates of Emerson haunted theme park takes over six acres of the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigators mark anniversary of Sunol cold-case murder

Eddie Tse gunned down at gas station 23 years ago
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently shined a spotlight on the cold-case killing of Eddie Tse, putting out a renewed call for information to help its long-stalled investigation on the 23rd anniversary of the Sunol gas station attendant's murder.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunol: Coroner IDs man killed in motorcycle crash on I-680 last week

Investigators unsure why San Jose man's bike went down near Andrade Road
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the motorcyclist who died in a solo crash on Interstate 680 in Sunol last week as Michael Jankowsky, 59, of San Jose.

October 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Foothill High prom facing fundraising shortfalls

Admin looking into options to hold both Junior Prom and Senior Ball while remaining 'fiscally responsible,' principal says
Foothill High School's annual end-of-year dance extravaganzas for the junior and senior classes may see some changes in the spring due to fundraising shortfalls, according to a letter to the school community from principal Sebastian Bull last week.

October 2, 2018 | 82 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill water polo wins Pleasanton tournament

Also: Both volleyball teams post wins; cross-country Falcons star in Santa Rosa
The Foothill boys water polo team won the co-hosted Amador Valley/Foothill Tournament last weekend.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Announcing 2018 Tri-Valley Heroes

RSVP now for seventh annual awards ceremony, set for Oct. 22
The Tri-Valley Heroes panel of judges have selected the recipients for the 2018 awards, which are bestowed on citizens and organizations who are making contributions to better our communities and their residents.

October 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Steinle defendant's federal trial postponed until Supreme Court rules on double jeopardy case

The federal gun possession trial of the undocumented immigrant who possessed the gun that killed Pleasanton native Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015 has been postponed for at least several months while a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a different case is awaited.

October 1, 2018 | 1 comment
Gov. Brown signs BART housing bill

Agency hopes to build 20,000 units by 2040; Tri-Valley leaders express disappointment
Joining the flurry of bills addressed by the governor in his last legislative actions on the job, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday allowing Bay Area Rapid Transit to build housing on or near its stations -- a measure that has garnered vehement push-back from Tri-Valley and some East Bay leaders.

October 1, 2018 | 27 comments
Pleasanton Middle School teacher takes part in selective national program

Orenberg says industrial-focused workshop in Massachusetts will have a 'transformational effect' on her classroom work
An eighth grade teacher at Pleasanton Middle School was one of 36 educators selected nation-wide to take part in a humanities-focused institute in Massachusetts this past summer.

October 1, 2018 | 4 comments
City Council approves development impact fee increases

New rate schedule takes effect Jan. 1; cumulative fees go up 18%-49%
The city of Pleasanton will be instituting a series of increases to its development impact fees as of the new year, the first overhaul of the city's fee schedule in two decades.

September 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Body of fisherman found in Delta-Mendota Canal

Autopsy pending to determine if Tracy man died before or after falling in water
The body of a 71-year-old Tracy fisherman was recovered Friday morning from the Delta-Mendota Canal about 15 miles downstream from a section of the canal in Livermore where he was believed to have fallen into the water, said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Conservancy working to connect 44-mile trail

Upcoming bridge will link together trail running through five parks from Livermore into Fremont
A continuous 44-mile regional trail will soon stretch through five parks from Livermore through to Fremont, as local nonprofit the Tri-Valley Conservancy has announced plans to construct a final missing bridge link connector next August.

October 1, 2018 | No comments yet
Report ranks Pleasanton as 7th 'Best Place to Raise Family' in California

Tri-Valley neighbors San Ramon, Dublin, Danville also rank in Top 10
In recognition of Tri-Valley communities' efforts to create a culture that fosters family growth and prosperity, Danville, Dublin, San Ramon and Pleasanton have all been recognized as four of the top 10 best places in California to raise a family, by a national credit and research company.

October 1, 2018 | 6 comments
Tim Talk: Dublin school trustees move ahead with new high school site

Dublin school trustees board voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase a site in east Dublin for a second comprehensive high school.

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD holding 'Coffee with a Cop' on Wednesday

Want a chance to get to know some of your Pleasanton police officers? The department is offering just that on Wednesday morning by taking part in National "Coffee with a Cop" Day.

September 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Ballistic United Soccer Club celebrating 50th anniversary

Continuity, community passion key to youth soccer club's success
While all youth sports organizations are fortunate to have people willing to take the time to run the respective leagues, with Ballistic it seems to go a step further. There's a genuine love for BUSC, and it's easy to see when talking with people involved.

September 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Former Pleasanton doctor uses poems to probe personalities

New book helps people understand themselves -- and others
Dr. Karen Van Zino has brought together her passions for poetry and the wisdom of the enneagram in her new book, "Midnight's All A Glimmer: Poetry, Personality and the Power to See," which she published in July. She will be doing a reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St.

September 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore Airport to display aircraft, vintage cars

Family day will include music, food and winetasting
The 22nd annual Livermore Airport Open House & Air Show will offer fun for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, with displays of aircraft and vintage cars, accompanied by music and the Food Truck Mafia with its gourmet food trucks.

October 1, 2018 | No comments yet
'A Taste of Africa' in Livermore

Celebration will showcase diverse, colorful culture
Cheza Nami Foundation will present the seventh annual "A Taste of Africa," an adventure into African culture, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 6) on the Bankhead Theater Plaza in downtown Livermore.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera presenting 'Abduction'

Farcical romance includes Mozart's most spectacular arias
Mozart fans, opera aficionados, theater and music lovers: Make your way to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore during the next two weekends to enjoy the drama and lighthearted comedy of "The Abduction from the Seraglio."

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Zeppelin USA show at Firehouse

Zeppelin USA is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center for two shows this weekend, at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

October 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pace for Peace this weekend

Registration is underway for Tri-Valley Haven's annual Pace for Peace fundraising walk/run, set for next Saturday morning (Oct. 6) through Livermore Valley wine country.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: Transportation summit, 'Tri-Valley @ a Crossroads' & Dublin candidate forum

The Bay East Association of Realtors is hosting the 2018 Tri-Valley Transportation Solutions Summit next Wednesday featuring state, regional and local elected leaders to discuss current and future transportation issues.

September 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: City losing two good people Friday

Planning commissioner David Nagler, city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne moving back to Sacramento area
David Nagler, who stepped down last week as chair of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, and his wife Tracy Dunne, the city's public information officer, are moving to Carmichael, a suburb in the greater Sacramento area where they still own a home.

September 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Deputies resume search for missing fisherman in rural Livermore

Alameda County sheriff's deputies resumed their search today for a 71-year-old Tracy fisherman who is believed to have fallen into the Delta-Mendota Canal in a rural area near Livermore on Monday evening, a sheriff's spokesman said.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
San Ramon: Highway signs honor Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith

Segment of I-680 named for BART PD officer killed in line of duty
The state has renamed the stretch of Interstate 680 between Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads in San Ramon in honor of BART Police Det. Sgt. Thomas "Tommy" Smith Jr., who was the first BART officer to die in the line of duty when he was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow detective while serving a search warrant in a Dublin arrestee's apartment in 2014.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies after I-680 crash near Sunol

A motorcyclist has died from injuries suffered in a solo crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 680 near Sunol, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Motorcyclist suffers major injuries after high-speed collision

A motorcyclist suffered major injuries after losing control of his motorcycle and colliding into a vehicle while riding at high speeds on state Highway 84 Tuesday afternoon, according to Livermore police.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD board discusses upcoming security fencing projects

Targeted construction start date of spring break at Fairlands, Mohr, Harvest Park
A presentation and discussion on security fencing at three Pleasanton Unified campuses dominated a relatively brief school board meeting Tuesday night.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Cycling 4 Vets

Rides, walk at LPC on Saturday to support local veterans organizations
The fourth annual Cycling 4 Veterans event returns to Las Positas College this weekend, and cyclists and walkers alike are invited to participate and support local veteran and active military organizations.

September 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Flu season arrives in Alameda County

Public health officials urge residents to get annual flu vaccine, offer clinics
It's flu season and county public health officials are reminding Alameda County residents to get vaccinated, for their own health and well-being and for that of the entire community.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Tri-Valley Haven stands in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

We stand together with communities across the nation in supporting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Ms. Deborah Ramirez and all sexual assault survivors in their quest for a fair hearing as they share the truth.

September 25, 2018 | 215 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Amador varsity teams sweep De La Salle/Nike Invitational

Also: Falcons top Dons in girls volleyball, both water polo squads post wins
In a battle of North Coast Section powers, the Amador Valley girls and boys cross-country squads both finished in first place at the De La Salle/Nike Invitational on Sept. 15.

September 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Boy whose abduction prompted Amber Alert found safe in Dublin

A 6-year-old boy allegedly abducted from Modesto on Monday has been found safe in Dublin, Modesto police said Tuesday morning.

September 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 water rate increases on the horizon

Board vote on final option expected Oct. 17
Water bills are on many local residents' minds right now, as the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors nears its final decision on rate increases for the next several years.

September 24, 2018 | 2 comments
School board talking security fencing updates

Also: Textbook public hearing, Week of the Administrator, new Foothill doors
The Pleasanton school board is set to receive an update on the progress of security fencing projects currently being planned at Fairlands Elementary, Mohr Elementary and Harvest Park Middle School on Tuesday night.

September 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore city candidates debate issues at Weekly forum

Downtown plan, Measure U, traffic, homelessness among topics
The two mayoral candidates and four City Council hopefuls expressed their love of Livermore, and their plans for it if elected, during a public forum last week.

September 24, 2018 | 2 comments
LPFD: Houses spared from flames after car fire spreads to grass

Quick action by firefighters prevents potential damage
A vehicle fire on Interstate 580 between Santa Rita Road and El Charro Road on Sunday night spread to adjacent grass and to a nearby backyard fence, but was stopped short of threatening houses near the freeway, the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
CHP to focus on child passenger safety this week

Two out of every three car seats are misused, feds say
Law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be working to ensure that children are riding safely in vehicles during Child Passenger Safety Week throughout this week.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Small vegetation fire burns near I-580

A small vegetation fire in the area of Airway Boulevard and Isabel Avenue in Livermore that was reported at 3:26 p.m. Friday was contained quickly and didn't cause any injuries or road closures, a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department spokesman said.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
PPIE funding Outdoor Ed buses

Nonprofit partnering with Black Tie Transportation to bring Pleasanton elementary students to camps
Last week, Valley View Elementary students kicked off Pleasanton Unified's annual Outdoor Education tradition by heading out to a camp in Loma Mar -- this time on buses funded completely by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

September 23, 2018 | 11 comments
Night Market back in Pleasanton

Country's 'largest night market event' taking over fairgrounds for second time
Round two of the NorCal Night Market is coming back to Pleasanton later this week, and the Asian-inspired event has over 100 vendors and artists set to take over the fairgrounds.

September 23, 2018 | 11 comments
News digest: Your Muslim Neighbor, AAUW Fall Kick Off & App Challenge

"Tri-Valley Muslims want their neighbors to know: Please don't fear us." That's the message behind the Muslim Community Center of the East Bay's luncheon and Your Muslim Neighbor events, to have the public step inside a mosque and to clear up misconceptions about the faith.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley interfaith community picnic this weekend

Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley is holding its sixth annual potluck picnic this Saturday in recognition of International Day of Peace.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton RADD athletes earn various medals at softball event

Pinney, Tracy bring home gold in skills competition
Pleasanton RADD athletes played well to garner a variety of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California softball competition last month in Walnut Creek.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Reflections with Pleasanton's Scott Adams

Dilbert creator talks comic's 30th anniversary, new business ventures and life as a Trump supporter in deep-blue Bay Area
Dressed casually for the summer heat and wearing shades, Scott Adams obviously doesn't mind less attention in the quaint downtown Pleasanton restaurant that he frequents for a tranquil meal during lunch.

September 20, 2018 | 33 comments
Pleasanton gallery presents 'Fibre Theatricks'

Exhibit features quilts and more in honor of new theater season
"Fibre Theatricks" opens at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center next week, a major juried installation that features professional artists from the international Studio Art Quilt Associates.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Three comediennes return to Bothwell to benefit theater

Funny ladies Regina Stoops, Margaret Zhao and Stacy Gustafson, plus Ashley Gustafson as emcee, will take the stage for a night of laughter in "One Night, Three Women, Too Funny" next Saturday (Sept. 29) to benefit the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.

September 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Jazz at Firehouse: Music that sizzles

Slick nightclub meets hot gypsy jazz when the five world-class musicians known as Black Market Trust come to the Firehouse Arts Center at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 29).

September 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse: Celebrating 'First Lady of Song'

Cabaret chanteuse Amanda King will perform "The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald" at 2 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 30), sharing Fitzgerald's origins, inspiration and early music in a swingin' afternoon celebrating the legend.

September 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Downtown Livermore debate heats up

The Friends of Livermore just made this fall's election season even more interesting. When the Livermore City Council approved the downtown plan this month, the group announced a referendum to overturn the decision.

September 20, 2018 | 4 comments
Night of comedy at Bankhead

Ten finalists from the 43nd annual San Francisco Comedy Club Competition will perform in the semifinal rounds at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. this Friday night.

September 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Rhinestone legend: Glen Campbell tribute at Firehouse

Nashville singer Andrew Kahrs will perform "A Salute to the Songs and Career of Glen Campbell" in two shows at the Firehouse Arts Center -- at 8 p.m. this Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore mayor highlights local efforts in State of the City address

Marchand talks strong economy, housing, downtown and more at Town Hall
The city of Livermore is working together with its community and staff and getting things done, Livermore Mayor John Marchand said at the State of the City and Town Hall address earlier this month.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council candidates differ on key city issues at Weekly's forum

Questions raised on new Civic Center, downtown planning, water resources
The four candidates seeking election to two available seats on the Pleasanton City Council put their best feet forward at a public forum Monday, but not all were in step with the current council's agenda for the next four years.

September 19, 2018 | 82 comments
Council formally rescinds JDEDZ for more environmental analysis

Brown back in on vote, Thorne continues to recuse
The Pleasanton City Council has voted to cancel its previous Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone approvals and order more environmental review of the rezoning project that would lay the regulatory framework for bringing Costco, two hotels and other businesses to the 40-acre area near the I-580/I-680 interchange.

September 18, 2018 | 7 comments
Tri-Valley leaders oppose BART housing bill

Baker, Glazer and others say transit agency should not have development jurisdiction
Housing and traffic congestion are hot-button issues facing the Bay Area, but one proposed solution currently on the governor's desk has garnered significant opposition from leaders across the Tri-Valley and in other East Bay communities.

September 18, 2018 | 11 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Six wins for Foothill girls volleyball last week

Amador boys water polo posts strong showing at Roseville tournament
It was banner week for the Foothill girls volleyball team as the Falcons ran off a 6-1 mark during a busy last week.

September 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Assembly candidates air positions at Tri-Valley forum

Baker, Bauer-Kahan talk traffic, BART, teacher tenure and more
The race to represent Assembly District 16 kicked off the Pleasanton Weekly's election forum series Sunday night, as candidates Catharine Baker and Rebecca Bauer-Kahan met to debate policy and crucial issues in the region.

September 17, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton PD issues 20 citations to drivers in pedestrian crossing sting

Pedestrian Safety Month operation conducted at two key crosswalks
"Pedestrians Don't Have Armor." That's the headline of a recent social media post by the Pleasanton Police Department highlighting officers' recent sting operation targeting drivers who fail to legally yield to walkers in city crosswalks.

September 18, 2018 | 12 comments
Congressional App Challenge celebrates students' creativity in STEM

Competition sponsored by Swalwell hopes to promote interest in tech studies
Tri-Valley high school students with tech skills are being called on to create a software application for any platform to compete in the return of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell's annual Congressional App Challenge.

September 18, 2018 | 1 comment
County allowing pop-up restaurants while it forms regulatory plan

Pop-ups must follow food safety laws, permit conditions of host locations
Alameda County officials said last week that they will temporarily stop shutting down pop-up restaurants, as long as they follow food safety laws, while county officials figure out a strategy for issuing permits for the restaurants.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
New data show slow Bay Area housing production

New data shows that Bay Area housing increased by only 14,900 new units in 2017, less than 30% of the number of new jobs in the region during the same period, according to data released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

October 4, 2018 | No comments yet
County supervisors' committee supports ending court fees for convicts

Haggerty: 'It's a no-brainer ... It's ridiculous we're causing these debts'
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee recommended Thursday that the full board approve the elimination of administrative court fees for people who are convicted of crimes.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
BART board approves new surveillance ordinance

Directors also sign off on Lake Merritt development at busy meeting
BART's Board of Directors approved a new ordinance governing oversight of surveillance technology as well as a new transit-oriented residential and commercial real estate development near the Lake Merritt Station during a busy meeting Thursday morning in Oakland.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Authorities ID man found dead near train tracks in Niles Canyon

Death investigated as homicide, but motive and suspect information unclear
A man whose body was found along railroads tracks in Niles Canyon in unincorporated Alameda County near Sunol on Sunday afternoon was identified by the sheriff's office Friday as 26-year-old Max Lopez Balmes of Fremont.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves financial statements

Also: CSEA president moving to district position, Amador AP Spanish concerns, school climate survey
The school board approved Pleasanton Unified School District's unaudited actuals from the 2017-18 school year, the presentation of which dominated Wednesday night's meeting and was observed by a small group of silent but visible teachers.

September 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf tourney raises $2,000 for TOPSoccer

The event raised approximately $2,000 for Fusion TOPSoccer, a Fusion SC program that provides soccer at no cost to Tri-Valley children with special needs.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf quilt giveaway to benefit First Tee of Tri-Valley

The Pleasanton Fairways Ladies Golf Club is raffling off a handmade quilt, entitled "Sugar Pines," to benefit the First Tee of the Tri-Valley and the PFLGC organizations.

September 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Family theater: 'Wonderland'

Take an exciting journey through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole in this delightfully re-imagined tale of "Wonderland" inspired by the novels of Lewis Carroll.

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Calling artistic teens

PCAC holding competition in music, visual arts
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council is calling for teen musicians and visual artists to apply for this year's Youth Excellence in Arts Awards, also known as the YEA! Awards.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
News digest: PPIE gala, Taste of Pleasanton & Go Green Initiative

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation invites community members to a "Night of the Stars" gala on Oct. 12.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Library's Bookleggers are back

City schedules new training sessions
The city of Pleasanton is presenting its annual training for new Booklegger volunteers, which aims to promote a lifelong love of books by reading to students.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
City celebrating 10th anniversary of Alviso Adobe Community Park

Music, hands-on activities, historical tidbits and more
Pleasanton city officials are inviting the community to join next weekend in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Alviso Adobe Community Park along Old Foothill Road.

September 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Weekly's Assembly candidate forum is Sunday

Pleasanton council debate follows Monday evening
The Pleasanton Weekly will co-host the first of its four candidate forums this weekend, a public discussion of issues between incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan at Congregation Beth Emek on Sunday evening.

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Tens of thousands expected at Pleasanton pet adoption event

More than 2,000 adoptable animals will be hoping to find forever homes
Tens of thousands of people are expected at the eighth annual Bay Area Pet Fair this weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

September 13, 2018 | 3 comments
Sales at a Glance Sept. 14, 2018

Home Sales Update

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Helping children heal with crayons

Danville's Crayon Initiative covers the country
Danville-based nonprofit The Crayon Initiative -- an organization that donates crayons to children's hospitals -- has only been operating for four years, but during that time has seen exponential growth and expects to hit major milestones this year.

September 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Dog yoga helps office workers relax, destress

'Animals just have this way when you hold onto them or touch them of just slowing your heart rate down ... giving you that unconditional love'
A San Ramon company is bringing new meaning to downward facing dog, and is providing dog yoga and puppy cuddles to regional corporations for employee appreciation and health and wellness events in an attempt to destress corporate employees.

September 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Affordable produce in the Tri-Valley

Local nonprofits seek to distribute fresh fruits, veggies to those in need
The site is the Axis Community Health food distribution program, which began seven months ago in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. It's the only food distribution site in Pleasanton, and has an emphasis on offering healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables, serving over 100 locals in need.

September 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma

Pleasanton woman tackles challenging Iceland hike to help fund research
"I had six rib fractures. The disease leaches the calcium out of the body, it makes the bones brittle," she explained. "I also had a pelvic fracture and a humerus fracture."

September 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Man charged with making criminal threats against congressional candidate Peters

Castro Valley resident out on bail, set to enter plea in case next week
A man who reportedly threatened to kill Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Sunday has been charged with felony making criminal threats and misdemeanor exhibiting a deadly weapon and carrying a switchblade.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: East Bay Stand Down back in town

Event supporting homeless, at-risk vets now in 19th year
"I couldn't afford to take care of both households, so I was on the verge of homelessness, and worried about getting my family back together," he said.

September 12, 2018 | 2 comments
Around Pleasanton: Council candidates spar at forum, though they mostly agree on issues

It's almost certain that the next Pleasanton City Council, where two seats will be filled in the upcoming Nov. 6 election, will be much the same as what we have today.

September 12, 2018 | 8 comments
Girl dies days after being pulled from Castlewood pool

Community shaken after summer swim gone wrong
A young Pleasanton girl died in the hospital days after being pulled unresponsive from the Castlewood Country Club pool, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday morning.

September 12, 2018 | 6 comments
Man arrested for trying to stab congressional candidate Peters

Republican uninjured after fighting off man in unprovoked attack
A man has been arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges for allegedly trying to stab Livermore Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Sunday.

September 11, 2018 | 140 comments
More school climate talk for PUSD

Inaugural stakeholder survey results in, summer programs and more
Another school climate survey is up for discussion at this week's school board meeting Wednesday night, this one administered by the Pleasanton Unified School District itself.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton little leagues merging into one

Town hall for current, future members set for Sept. 24
Pleasanton's two little leagues plan to merge into one organization under the Pleasanton Little League name starting with the upcoming season, league officials announced this week.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador-Foothill join forces on fundraising car raffle

Also: Falcons volleyball, both water polo teams have up-and-down weeks
It's no secret that fundraising for high school sports is a battle for both Amador Valley and Foothill. The booster clubs at the respective schools are always searching for new ways to raise funds, and they may have just scored a touchdown with one idea this year.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Local water entities split on Prop 3 endorsement

DSRSD throws support behind water bond measure, Zone 7 abstains
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors recently chose not to endorse a proposed statewide water bond measure, five months after the Dublin San Ramon Services District board voted unanimously to support it.

September 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Judge scolds sheriff for secret recordings of inmates

But says public defender failed to show practice is widespread beyond recent juvenile case
A judge last Friday scolded the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for unlawfully recording conversations between suspects and their attorneys but denied Public Defender Brendon Woods' request for a standing order barring that practice.

September 12, 2018 | 1 comment
Judge orders sheriff's deputy to stand trial for Santa Rita Jail inmate assault

Correctional deputy accused of ordering attack on incarcerated man
A judge Friday ordered an Alameda County sheriff's deputy to stand trial on charges of assault by a public officer and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury for allegedly facilitating the assault of an inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin last October.

September 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigators confirm man found by Niles Canyon train tracks died by homicide

Sheriff's office identifies victim as 26-year-old from Fremont; name not yet released
Detectives have now determined homicide to be the cause of death in the case of a man who was found deceased near railroad tracks in Niles Canyon on Sunday afternoon, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: Cellphone distraction leads to Dublin Boulevard rollover crash

Only minor injuries after car smashes into roadside tree during morning commute
A driver escaped with just minor injuries after his car rolled and struck a tree along Dublin Boulevard early Monday morning, according to Dublin police.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD elementary, middle schools honored for behavior support systems

State coalition recognizes seven campuses for PBIS implementation
Seven elementary and middle schools in Pleasanton Unified have been honored by a state coalition for their implementation of a behavior support framework that promotes a positive and safe learning environment.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Girl 'fighting for life' after near-drowning in Castlewood pool

8-year-old pulled from pool after becoming unresponsive under water
An 8-year-old girl remains in critical condition Monday morning after being found unresponsive in a pool at Castlewood Country Club the day before, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Body found near train tracks in Niles Canyon

Death treated as homicide; injuries inconsistent with train strike
Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigators are treating the discovery of a man's body along railroad tracks in Niles Canyon Sunday as a "suspicious death," the sheriff's department said.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Tank falling from truck causes evacuation of Thermo Fisher buildings

LPFD: Hazmat response precautionary after liquid nitrogen spill
A liquid nitrogen tank falling from a truck prompted a precautionary evacuation of two buildings at Thermo Fisher Scientific offices in Pleasanton on Friday afternoon, according to a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department spokesman.

September 7, 2018 | No comments yet
Harmony Fusion Chorus welcomes newcomers

Open rehearsal to give singers chance to try the experience
The award-winning Harmony Fusion Chorus is hosting a special open rehearsal night to welcome new singers from all backgrounds and cultures.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Library book sale weekend of Sept. 21-23

Shop for bargains galore among thousands of books
The Friends of the Pleasanton Library will hold a weekend-long "Super Book and Media Sale" from Sept. 21-23 at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave.

September 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance holding second annual 'Stronger Together' summit

Free fest is chance to learn about important works
A gathering of nonprofit groups will give everyone the chance to learn more about their mission in a fun, informal setting.

September 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Korean War Ambassador of Peace award ceremony

Six Bay Area veterans received the Korean War Ambassador of Peace medal during a ceremony at Stoneridge Creek senior living community in Pleasanton on Aug. 23.

September 10, 2018 | No comments yet
A 'forkful' of the best downtown treats

Second annual event highlights culinary talents of Main Street and more
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is bringing back its Forkful event, a comprehensive culinary tour of downtown restaurants and dessert spots next weekend.

September 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Demolition underway for new Dublin police headquarters

Construction crews began demolition work last week at the site of the new Dublin Police Services headquarters, just down the road from the city's Civic Center.

September 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Coastal Cleanup Day in Livermore

Locals invited to help with arroyos next weekend
Tri-Valley residents are invited to take part in a statewide effort to help preserve coasts and watersheds this week by registering to clean up nearby creeks.

September 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Local author: Play like a girl? That's great!

Photo book updates meaning of negative phrase
As people asked what she would do with the photos, Adriane Costa began to mull over the idea of presenting her work in a book. She published "Play Like A Girl" in June, with 38 pages of girls of different ages and skill levels in a variety of activities.

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: 9/11 remembrance, Tri-Valley Heroes deadline & Spotorno project

Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and local first responders will commemorate the occasion with a tribute at all 10 Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department stations.

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Pleasanton business owner pushing through a huge challenge

Reuben Borg's thriving fencing business changed dramatically Aug. 17 when a fire destroyed the warehouse he was leasing near the Pleasanton transfer station.

September 6, 2018 | 24 comments
Sales at a Glance Sept. 7, 2017

Home Sales Update Sept. 7, 2018

September 6, 2018 | No comments yet
LAVTA considering bus fare increases

Agency holding public hearings before expected October vote
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is proposing a series of fare increases beginning in 2019, and the agency is seeking community input.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Coroner IDs Pleasanton woman killed after jumping from ambulance on freeway

Investigation continues into Labor Day morning fatality
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau has identified the woman who died after jumping from an ambulance during a psychiatric transport and running in front of a truck on the freeway Monday morning as 38-year-old Pleasanton resident Jasmine Johnson.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Congregation Beth Emek introduces cantor for Jewish High Holy Days

Cantor Davis to co-lead services with Rabbi Milder
Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton is set to welcome Cantor Adam Davis to serve as musical leader for the High Holy Days, which begin with Rosh Hashanah services this Sunday evening.

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD's enrollment quandary

Officials exploring options to address rising student population on north side
For the Pleasanton Unified School District, this impact is especially felt in the northern part of the city, where data projections show enrollment trends to be on the rise.

September 6, 2018 | 32 comments
Tri-Valley local elections roundup

Contested races abound for nearby councils, school boards
Like their neighbors in Pleasanton, residents in other Tri-Valley cities will have city council elections to decide this fall -- plus, some contested mayoral and school board elections, too.

September 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton council reviews proposal for increasing development impact fees

City staff plans to present proposal to Pleasanton Chamber before final council decision Sept. 18
The Pleasanton City Council is one step closer to completing the first overhaul of city development impact fees in two decades after reviewing the main option on the table Tuesday night.

September 5, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Both football teams returning to winning ways

Also: Strong week for Amador Valley boys water polo
Football season is heating up as we move into the fourth week of the season -- and it's only the first week of September!

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton PD welcomes two new officers, promotes dispatcher

Both officers have military service background; new dispatch supervisor is Foothill alum
The Pleasanton Police Department recently introduced Christopher Kuhr and Kasey Levine as the city's newest police officers and recognized police dispatcher Lora Howell on her promotion to dispatch supervisor.

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton council to discuss proposed increases to development impact fees

Also: Commuter rail connecting to San Joaquin County, Constitution Week proclamation
The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to talk about revamping the development impact fees the city charges for new housing and commercial projects in Pleasanton.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman dies after jumping from ambulance, running at traffic on I-580/I-680 connector

She was on psychiatric hold after being detained by Pleasanton police earlier in morning
A woman died after jumping out of an ambulance and running in front of an oncoming truck on the I-580/I-680 interchange on Labor Day morning, several hours after being detained by Pleasanton police during a combative run-in with officers on Case Avenue, according to authorities.

September 3, 2018 | 10 comments
Scottish Games underway

One more day at Pleasanton fairgrounds for locals to see traditional music, strength contests and more
The Scottish Highland Gathering and Games have kicked off their weekend festivities at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. This is the 25th year that the games have been held in Pleasanton, and the weather seems to be holding up -- although temps are high, they are nowhere near the 110-degree weather that last year's Labor Day weekend bestowed upon the Tri-Valley.

September 1, 2018 | No comments yet
BJ Thomas starring at Livermore Valley arts fundraising gala

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host "Brilliance at the Bankhead" at 6 p.m. this Saturday featuring a performance by Grammy Hall of Fame legend BJ Thomas.

September 2, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Community Block Party, Haven art contest & Bike friendly survey

The city of Pleasanton is holding its inaugural Community Block Party next Friday (Sept. 7) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Amador Community Park on Black Avenue.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley leaders vow to solve mutual regional problems

Cities join at Mayors' Summit to voice concerns, solutions
The benefits of working together to solve the region's housing and transportation issues dominated this year's Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit recently held in San Ramon.

September 2, 2018 | 3 comments
Chen named Pleasanton's teen poet laureate

Amador Valley High senior Sandra Chen will serve the 2018-19 school year as the city of Pleasanton's teen poet laureate.

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest tradition continues with Blessing of the Grapes

Clergy and winemakers gathered Aug. 21 at Murrieta's Well for the annual Blessing of the Grapes in Livermore.

September 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Military Families holding fundraising gala

Money will be used to mail packages to troops
Barone's Restaurant on St. John Street is hosting an evening of dinner and dancing to help Pleasanton Military Families pay for the hundreds of care packages it mails to deployed troops each year.

August 30, 2018 | 1 comment
Museum partners with Korean group for celebrations

Mom-toddler morning, family event to focus on Korean culture
Museum on Main is partnering with the Korean Parent Association to host a Mom's Reading Time on Sept. 12 and a Family Day on Sept. 15 with the theme, "Celebrate Community: Korea."

September 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Big and bold art display in Firehouse

"Altered Ego" by Lorraine Lawson, part of her Big and Bold portfolio, is among her works on display in the lobby, hallway and alcove galleries at the Firehouse Arts Center through Oct. 3.

September 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Southern Fried Chicks onstage in Livermore

Bankhead kicks off season with comedy
Three funny ladies known as the Southern Fried Chicks are bursting out of the hen house and arrive in Livermore this Saturday evening as part of their new "Cage-Free Comedy Tour." The multi-media show includes comedy, stories, music, singing and dancing.

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Calling all artists: Dublin accepting designs for utility boxes

Dublin invites qualified professional artists, or high school student artists working under the supervision of an art teacher or art professional, to submit designs for painting the city's utility boxes.

September 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Lighthouse Baptist Church honors first responders

Lighthouse Baptist Church in downtown Pleasanton held its annual First Responder Sunday on Aug. 19, which included Senior Pastor Bill Bryson presenting the First Responders High Honor Award to local California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Azevedo upon his retirement after 28 years of service.

September 2, 2018 | 1 comment
Eddie Papa's owner's dream coming true: A restaurant on Main Street

The prestigious and elegant Pleasanton Hotel is returning to the downtown dining scene. Ed Westmoreland, who owns Eddie Papa's restaurant on Hopyard Road, has pulled together 17 investors to bring back entertainment and fine dining at the hotel, which dates back to 1915.

August 30, 2018 | 25 comments
Celebrate, Tri-Valley is fastest-growing job market in Bay Area

Labor Day is a celebration of the men and women who contribute to the strength and prosperity of the country through work.

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Firehouse Arts Center launching Season 9

Scheduling the variety of acts is a fascinating puzzle
Putting together the season is a "great fun puzzle," said Firehouse Theater supervisor and programmer Rob Vogt.

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales At A Glance Aug. 31, 2018

Home Sales Update Aug. 31, 2018

August 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Garbage blaze reported at Pleasanton Transfer Station

Cause of Monday night fire unknown
A large pile of garbage at the Pleasanton Transfer Station along Busch Road caught on fire late Monday night, though fire crews and garbage service personnel were able to contain the flames to the waste itself, according to fire officials.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Public Eye closing out Concerts in the Park

Friday night marks the final Concerts in the Park show of the season, with high-energy rock group Public Eye taking to the outdoor stage from 7-8:30 p.m. to close out the Pleasanton Downtown Association's 2018 summer series.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton extends temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

City adjusts original ordinance to allow employee expansion after passionate pleas from local massage industry
The Pleasanton City Council voted last week to extend the city's moratorium on new massage establishments in the downtown area for up to two years total, though city officials expect the permanent regulations to be resolved sooner than that.

August 29, 2018 | 8 comments
PUSD mulls school climate assessments

Also: Seven schools honored for PBIS, adjusted board meeting calendar
School climate talk took center stage at the Pleasanton Unified board meeting Tuesday night, the second one of the 2018-19 school year.

August 29, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore: Teens help family escape late-night fire that destroys home

Family and pets escape, with help from teenage passersby
When Patrick Tripp awoke in the middle of the night in his Livermore home two weeks ago, he thought it was strange to hear rain outside -- it had been a cloudless day in mid-summer.

August 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton police investigating armed robbery attempt on Stoneridge Mall Road

Would-be robbers grab but don't steal backpack during Sunday night incident
Police are investigating a reported robbery attempt along Stoneridge Mall Road on Sunday night.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Downtown parade ushers in youth soccer season

Hundreds of families lined Main Street on the cool Saturday morning last weekend as Pleasanton's two youth soccer leagues -- RAGE for girls and BUSC for boys -- held their annual joint parade downtown to mark the beginning of their seasons.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Kids, be there for your parents when the time comes

On the court, Foothill girls volleyball opens season with three strong wins
Consider this a bit of a departure from my normal local sports column, but it's something that needs to be said directly to this generation of students.

August 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Mountain lion sightings near Kottinger Park prompt police advisory

No attacks reported in city limits this summer
Three reported sightings of a mountain lion in the neighborhood near Kottinger Community Park earlier this month led Pleasanton police to issue a safety advisory to residents in that part of town.

August 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Scottish Games returning to Pleasanton

Organizers expect much better weather for 25th anniversary
Brace yourself for the chords of bagpipers reverberating through town -- it's Labor Day weekend, which for Pleasanton residents is synonymous with the annual Scottish Highland Gathering and Games at the fairgrounds.

August 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Las Positas training IT support professionals through Google initiative

New program aims to fill need of fast-growing industry
Livermore's Las Positas College is partnering with Google to train information-technology (IT) support professionals through a new certification program.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Man arrested after police chase starting in Pleasanton

Traffic stop attempt led to pursuit into Brentwood
A Brentwood man was arrested on suspicion of evading police after allegedly leading officers on a chase from Pleasanton to his hometown last week.

August 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Unified trustees talking school climate

Also: Contract approval for architectural firm as part of enrollment discussion, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic director-at-large
Following a densely packed first meeting of the school year, the Pleasanton Unified school board has a considerably lighter load on their plate Tuesday night, with the bulk of the regular meeting focusing on the results of a school climate survey from last year.

August 27, 2018 | 8 comments
Pleasanton PD officer cleared of criminal charges for 2017 fatal shooting

DA concludes lawful self-defense after man ran at officer with 'realistic looking BB pistol'
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has determined a Pleasanton police officer acted in lawful self-defense when he shot and killed a local man who advanced on police with what turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun in May 2017, and the officer will not face criminal charges, prosecutors revealed on Friday afternoon.

August 24, 2018 | 22 comments
Tri-Valley festival celebrates Eugene O'Neill

19th annual event coming to Danville -- and New Ross, Ireland
The 19th annual Eugene O'Neill Festival in Danville next month will celebrate the playwright who received the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as four Pulitzer Prizes for his work -- some of it written while he lived there from 1937-44.

August 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Singers! Chorale tryouts soon

Valley Concert Chorale announces new season
Valley Concert Chorale is holding tryouts Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, for this year's season entitled "Choral Treasure Chest."

September 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Contest for videos on special districts

High school, college students can win scholarships
County officials are hoping to raise awareness of special districts with a video contest for high school and college students. It calls for a 60-second video about a special district or special districts in Alameda County and the services they provide.

August 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Valley Dance Theatre alumna returns to teach

New instructor performed locally in feature roles
Valley Dance Theatre has announced that alumna Sara Persaud has joined its staff as a ballet instructor.

August 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Museum hosts activist photographer

Learn more about work with migrant farm workers
Museum on Main will present a "Discussion with David Bacon," photographer, author and activist, at 5 p.m. Saturday night in conjunction with the current exhibit of his works, "In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte."

August 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Wine celebration on Labor Day weekend

Harvest event returns to individual Livermore Valley wineries
The Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration is back after being cancelled due to extreme heat last year for the first time in its 36-year history.

August 27, 2018 | 1 comment
It's high school football time

Foothill, Amador Valley seasons underway in new-look EBAL divisions
The two Pleasanton schools are back in action Friday night, with the Dons hosting Irvington and the Falcons on the road in Brentwood at Heritage. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

August 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton Youth Basketball signups

City league looking for players, coaches, refs
Registration is underway for the city's recreational Pleasanton Youth Basketball (PYB) league, open to boys and girls of all skill levels from first through 12th grades.

August 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Where were all the Pleasanton candidates?

Pleasanton mayor, school board incumbents go unchallenged
We waited with bated breath for the candidacy filing deadline to see how many candidates would file to run for Pleasanton mayor, city council and school board, and who the challengers would be. We were a bit disappointed with the outcome

August 23, 2018 | 4 comments
Around Pleasanton: Developers tweak plans for Spotorno acreage in hopes for approval

A development group once rebuffed in its plan to build pricey homes along Alisal Street on a 31-acre site known as the Spotorno Flat thinks its new plan has a chance of being approved.

August 26, 2018 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Orchard Supply Hardware closing, along with all U.S. locations

Ten East Bay stores shutting down as brand goes out of business
After less than two years of operation at the Metro 580 shopping center, the Pleasanton Orchard Supply Hardware will be closing down along with all other OSH locations across the country.

August 23, 2018 | 11 comments
Charges filed against alleged Golden State Killer, including for San Ramon Valley cases

Four Contra Costa County felony kidnapping charges officially filed
District Attorney Diana Becton announced that Contra Costa County will officially file four felony kidnapping charges against accused East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo, two of which are for incidents that occurred in the San Ramon Valley.

August 22, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton Weekly announces candidate forums

To feature incumbents, challengers for State Assembly and city posts for Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon
The Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com are partnering with other organizations to again hold public candidate forums so voters can hear directly from candidates for those positions.

August 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Chabot-Las Positas chancellor resigns

Jannett Jackson steps down after five years, board to begin search for interim
Jannett Jackson has officially resigned from her post as chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and the Board of Trustees will soon begin the search for her successor, aiming to have a new chancellor in place by spring 2019.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Council delays Chabad decision after last-minute compromise attempt

Two sides present surprise partial deal; city officials want more time to review
The Pleasanton City Council held off on deciding the operational fate of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after learning of an 11th-hour partial compromise between the Jewish organization and backyard neighbors concerned about potential noise.

August 22, 2018 | 16 comments
Livermore council district maps due out next week

City plans to transition to new election format for 2020
Livermore City Council held the second public hearing earlier this month for the city's new City Council districts, a necessary step forward in the transition from its current at-large elections system.

August 22, 2018 | 2 comments
Goodguys returning to Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend

32nd West Coast Nationals car show to feature over 3,000 vehicles
Pleasanton's longest running car show -- and one of the Bay Area's largest -- is back at the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend as the Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals celebrates the best the American automotive world has to offer.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
All Alameda County juvenile criminal cases under review

Public defender: Evidence of sheriff's deputies recording confidential attorney conversations
All criminal cases involving juveniles submitted this year in Alameda County are being reviewed after the county Public Defender's Office provided evidence that sheriff's deputies have been recording confidential conversations between juvenile suspects and their defense attorneys.

August 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Former Santa Rita inmate sues Alameda County for 'barbaric' treatment during birth

Suit against county, healthcare provider alleges Candace Steel was forced to 'give birth alone in a dirty, concrete cell'
A woman who says she gave birth in solitary confinement in the Santa Rita Jail last year has sued Alameda County and its health care provider for inmates.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
DSRSD: Recycled water plant expansion complete, residential fill station not reopening

New recycling capacity would allow for over 16 million gallons a day
The $18.8 million expansion of the Tri-Valley's largest water recycling plant is complete, allowing for millions of more gallons of nonpotable recycled water to flow through purple pipes for large-scale irrigation customers in the region.

August 21, 2018 | 4 comments
Pleasanton Preps: TV30 honors High School Athletic Award winners

Also: Castlewood members holding golf tourney to benefit niece, nephew
The new high school season is upon us, but before we start creating new stories, let's look back at the athletes honored last year by TV30's Outstanding High School Athletic Awards.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Swalwell 'considering' a presidential run

Dublin congressman waiting until after midterms, birth of second child
After some speculation in light of multiple Iowa appearances in recent months, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said Friday that he is "considering" a 2020 presidential run.

August 17, 2018 | 68 comments
LPFD controls warehouse fire on Busch Road

No injuries reported; building is total loss
Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters battled a blaze in a fencing company's warehouse on Busch Road early Friday morning.

August 17, 2018 | 2 comments
Changes to state's bail reform bill turn supporters into opponents

Revised bill sets stage for 'preventative detention' for even minor charges
Legislative wrangling has drastically changed California's bail reform proposal Senate Bill 10 in the last week, spurring co-sponsors to withdraw their support and instead actively oppose the legislation.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Public meetings set for upcoming Zone 7 water rates review

Meetings focusing on rates for 2019-22; also, stream management amendment, water delivery
The Zone 7 Water Agency is set to hold a series of public meetings regarding water rates, stream management and to educate locals on water delivery.

August 20, 2018 | 2 comments
Pleasanton: Exhibit explores lives of migrant workers

Museum display is a reality check about the food we eat
The Museum on Main explores these questions in its new exhibit, which displays oral narratives of migrant workers beside the powerful images of photojournalist David Bacon. The exhibit is in both English and Spanish, titled "In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte."

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tea for British mystery writer in Pleasanton

Author to introduce latest in Royal Spyness series
Towne Center Books is hosting New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen at a Tea Party and Book Signing at 1 p.m. Thursday at Inklings Coffee & Tea, 530 Main St.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Judaism course for adults

Congregation Beth Emek offering 14-week overview
Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder will teach a 14-week "Introduction to Judaism" class at Congregation Beth Emek beginning Sept. 6.

August 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore Valley Opera announces new season

Two fully staged operas are works by Mozart and Rossini
Livermore Valley Opera opens its 27th season with Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio," the first of two fully staged operas at the Bankhead Theater. "Abduction" runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 7.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
'Taste Our Terroir' winners

Tri-Valley winegrowers note best pairings at annual event
The winners of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association's recent "Taste Our Terroir" gala were as follows.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Chabad: What's the fuss?

Council to rule Tuesday on appeals over restrictions on new Jewish Center
In what could be one of its longest, most intense meetings of the year, the Pleasanton City Council will be asked Tuesday to decide if the Chabad Jewish organization should have unrestricted use of its recently acquired property on Hopyard Road or be kept hemmed in as some of its backyard neighbors are demanding.

August 16, 2018 | 18 comments
Point-Counterpoint: Chabad land-use restrictions

Jewish organization, backyard neighbors explain why each appealed Planning Commission's decision
With the Pleasanton City Council set to decide land-use restrictions for the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road next week, the Weekly asked the separate appellants to explain the different reasons each appealed the Planning Commission's June 27 permit conditions.

August 16, 2018 | 3 comments
Tim Talk: Haglund's contract may portend difficult employee negotiations

Plus: Swalwell doesn't deny interest in future presidential run
Pleasanton school district trustees clearly value the leadership of Superintendent David Haglund.

August 19, 2018 | 1 comment
Sandia's Operation Backpack sets record

This marked the fifth year that Livermore-based Sandia employees rallied to collect backpacks filled with school supplies for children of local military families, and this year Operation Backpack set a new record with 202 backpacks donated to help the kids start their school year off right.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
New computers, courtesy of Pleasanton Lions

Local nonprofit Tri-Valley Haven recently received a $3,000 grant from the Pleasanton Lions Club to cover the costs of installing two new computers, which will help streamline the nonprofit's food delivery process for clients and actually creates more room for food storage since most paperwork is no longer necessary.

August 22, 2018 | No comments yet
TV30 airing latest 'Youth View'

Livermore mayor, Alameda County DA among interview subjects
"Tri-Valley Youth View," an hour-long TV special produced by middle and high school students who attended TV30 summer camps, is currently airing on TV30 and the station's website.

August 21, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Sister city barbecue, Family Days at museum & Bail reform bill

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is holding its annual barbecue and social fundraiser this Saturday from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Your friend, not enemy

Unprecedented attacks on the media hit the very protectors of our democracy
In an effort to focus public attention on the dangers of the President Donald Trump's attacks, we join in an unprecedented coordinated expression of concern by newspapers across the country.

August 16, 2018 | 83 comments
Sales at a Glance Aug. 17, 2018

Home Sales Update Aug. 1, 2018

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Berkeley PD officer is final candidate for Pleasanton City Council

Ledoux competing against Narum, Streng, Testa with two seats up for election
The Pleasanton City Council election is set to feature four candidates vying for two seats this fall after local resident Joseph Ledoux joined the fray by filing candidacy papers on Wednesday.

August 15, 2018 | 25 comments
Blues and jazz at Bankhead

Blues-rock band Indigenous, featuring second generation bluesman Mato Nanji, will take The Bankhead Theater stage at 8 p.m. Friday night, joined by guitarist Chris Duarte and his "ferocious blues" style.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest Park library in recovery after fire

School systems up and running; first responders honored for actions
Cleanup and repairs continue after the fire that erupted in the Harvest Park Middle School library in early July, and the project to put in a temporary space is moving quickly forward, according to district staff.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
School overcrowding an urgent issue, PUSD staff say

Admin appointments, Measure I1 updates and more at school year's first meeting
Enrollment talk featured prominently at the three-hour-plus Pleasanton Unified School District board meeting Tuesday night, as trustees received the most updated enrollment data and confronted the district's rising student population at the dawn of the new school year.

August 15, 2018 | 34 comments
After student drowning, SRVUSD posting lifeguards at school pools, halting PE swimming

Attorney: Family supports lifeguard addition, still investigating why teen drowned undetected
In the first action announced since the drowning of 15-year-old freshman Benjamin Curry in the San Ramon Valley High School pool last spring, school district officials have hired lifeguards to work at school pools to enhance safety when students are in the pools, a program that began with the start of school Monday.

August 15, 2018 | 8 comments
Coroner IDs teen killed in rural crash outside Livermore

Mustang went off Mines Road, down steep hill
A young man who died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road in unincorporated Alameda County outside Livermore on Sunday morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 19-year-old Jon Gullette of Tracy.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Tri-Valley politicians oppose fuel efficiency standard rollbacks

Feds intend to revoke state authority to regulate emissions
In light of the Trump administration's recently proposed rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, Tri-Valley politicians on the state and national stage quickly declared their opposition and created plans to combat the federal government's proposals.

August 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Football season begins amid head-scratching changes to EBAL

League split into two divisions based on prowess; Falcons in top Mountain, Dons in lower Valley
Believe it or not, we have arrived at the start of the high school football season as both Amador Valley and Foothill start their campaigns this Friday night. (Our 2018 football preview issue will run on next Friday.)

August 14, 2018 | 10 comments
Circus Vargas coming to fairgrounds

Pirate-themed shows happening Thursday through Sunday
Don't be surprised by the blue and yellow Big Top hoisted over the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend -- the circus is coming to town, with a piratical twist.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board to select president, VP

Also: Evaluating water supply, possibly take position on water bond measure
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to choose a president and vice president to serve for the upcoming year at their regular meeting Wednesday night.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Election: Pleasanton mayor, school board unopposed; candidacy deadline extended for City Council

Narum, Streng, Testa confirmed for council ballot; nomination period open until Wednesday
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and school board members Joan Laursen and Mark Miller stood without any challengers in their re-election bids when the candidacy deadline expired Friday afternoon.

August 12, 2018 | 5 comments
Teen dies in crash outside Livermore

Mustang went off Mines Road, down steep hill in rural Tri-Valley
A 19-year-old Tracy resident died in a solo-vehicle crash on Mines Road outside Livermore in rural Alameda County on Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Packed schedule for first PUSD board meeting of school year

Enrollment, bond updates, budget and Harvest Park library headlining the night
The Pleasanton school board is set for a busy meeting Tuesday night, with enrollment, Measure I1 bond updates, the district budget and an update on the Harvest Park Middle School library repairs on the agenda, among a handful of other items.

August 13, 2018 | 13 comments
BART board approves $20M in security upgrades

Nearly $15M going toward digitizing all security cameras, a 4-year project
Responding to the public outcry over safety raised by the killing of Nia Wilson and other recent crimes, BART's Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $20 million plan to expand the transit agency's network of digital cameras and install emergency call boxes on station platforms.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bail reform bill considered by California Legislature

Bay City News Service special project analyzes implications of Senate Bill 10
SB 10 leaves many details of risk assessment implementation to each county. The same score -- received through the same assessment -- could have different results depending on how a county implements the tool.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Four arrested in connection with Livermore armed robbery

LPD: People who robbed local T-Mobile store tied to Fresno gang
Four suspects were arrested Thursday in Livermore in connection with the armed robbery of a T-Mobile store.

August 10, 2018 | 5 comments
Water-wise landscaping workshop in Dublin

DSRSD and Zone 7 hosting class Aug. 18
Ecologically-minded locals looking to landscape are invited to a free "water-wise gardening" workshop in Dublin this weekend.

August 14, 2018 | No comments yet
County completes assessment roll, seeks applicants for appeals board

The Alameda County Assessor's Office recently released its 2018-19 local property assessment roll, announced at $300.1 billion, reflecting a $19.9 billion or 7.11% increase above last year's assessment roll.

August 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Bankhead: Musical matinee -- a cappella style

Two male vocal groups will take the Bankhead Theater stage for "an unrivaled and joyful musical performance" at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Revisiting JDEDZ now is city's best option, given circumstances

Costco remains committed to bringing new store to Pleasanton despite delay
The City Council reversing its decision from last year to approve the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone would be a smart move.

August 12, 2018 | 26 comments
Around Pleasanton: Remembering Sandi Thorne

Pleasanton's First Lady -- Sandi Thorne, wife of the mayor -- will be laid to rest Friday after a remarkable 80 years of life that touched thousands of us along the way.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: Real estate buying and selling tips for seniors

Lifestyle needs, taxes, family among key considerations for older residents
Taxes, family and doorways are just some of the important factors senior homeowners and homebuyers need to consider before making a move or deciding to stay put.

August 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Longtime bus driver retires after 40 years with LAVTA

Diane Farner witnessed change while helping people over four decades
And as a longtime staple in the Tri-Valley, Farner has seen plenty of transition, from bus technological developments to change with her passengers as she watched them grow from her bus-driving days within school districts, to her time with Wheels.

August 14, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: New joint replacement procedures at San Ramon Regional

Innovative robot technology enables more personalized surgeries
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is now offering new cutting-edge technology for knee and hip replacement surgeries with the Mako robotic arm assisted surgery, which hospital staff say will greatly improve patient care.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: The poet of Stoneridge Creek

Retiree Marilyn Slade captures community life, humor in writing
Marilyn Slade calls herself an "Exaggerator-in-Chief." It all started in grade school, when she wrote about her first airplane flight for a class assignment, trying to capture the thrill and terror of the expedition. Her teacher liked the story, reading it aloud to the rest of the class.

August 13, 2018 | 1 comment
Seniors Series: Seniors and technology

Longevity Explorers talk ways to incorporate tech in their lives
In a progressively more automated world, technology can offer significant life enhancements. And for the senior community, a community growing due to increased longevity and other factors, technology can be a vital tool for empowerment and independent living.

August 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Tips for caregivers

Senior living experts advise on how to cope
Caregivers: Care for yourself, too. That is the advice offered by Rita Altman, senior vice president of Sunrise Senior Living, which provides homes and care for seniors in Pleasanton and other locations.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Beware of scams

Exercise caution with phone calls, emails, strangers
Older folks are a vulnerable audience for unscrupulous contractors, financiers and other con artists, according to the National Council on Aging, and financial scams are considering the "crime of the 21st century."

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Traffic safety tips for back to school

PPD reminds drivers to be alert, patient, follow rules to keep kids safe
The new school year is just around the corner, with Pleasanton Unified's first day of classes this coming Monday.

August 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Transient man convicted of sexually assaulting woman he met on BART

Meini Foster convicted for assaulting intoxicated woman departing from Dublin-Pleasanton
A transient man from San Francisco was convicted July 20 of two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of rape for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in San Leandro who he met at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

August 9, 2018 | 2 comments
Livermore outlets set to welcome new shops, kiosks

Pots and Pans, Fruitsy Smoothie among additions
Officials with the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore recently announced they will be adding four new shops to the shopping center.

August 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Seniors Series: Staying active in Pleasanton

Tennis, tai-chi, swimming and more: Residents stay fit and healthy with the activities Pleasanton has to offer
Pleasanton seniors choose many different arenas to move their muscles, from fitness classes at the local senior center to casual tennis matches with friends. Some exercise alone, while for others, community is critical to staying active.

August 9, 2018 | 1 comment
National Night Out in Pleasanton

PPD officials disperse to block parties throughout city, 20th year participating
Neighborhoods and police in Pleasanton joined thousands of other communities across the country in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Glitzy Golden Follies at Firehouse this weekend

The glamorous Golden Follies gals are bringing their glitz and sensational style to the Firehouse Arts Center again this year with "There's No Biz Like Show Biz!" in two shows, at 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Investigation continues into Pleasanton police in-custody death

Unanswered questions remain for investigators, family after incident last week
A multi-agency investigation continues into the death of a Pleasanton man who died at a local hospital while in police custody one week ago after allegedly acting erratically in a grocery store and then attacking officers who were trying to detain him.

August 8, 2018 | 18 comments
Stoneridge Mall welcoming new shops

Go Fish Poke, Zara, lululemon athletica among seven additions
The Stoneridge Shopping Center announced five new fashion spots and two new eateries coming to or expanding within the Pleasanton mall.

August 7, 2018 | 9 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Falcon Track Club stars compete at nationals

Also: Granada Little League takes second at World Series in Livermore
The Falcon Track Club recently returned from the U.S. Track and Field Association's National Junior Olympic Championship meet that was held in Greensboro, N.C. at the end of July.

August 7, 2018 | No comments yet
BART general manager announces $28M plan to boost safety and security

Board to weigh multi-faceted proposal at Thursday's meeting
In the wake of three recent homicides and other violent crimes on the BART system, BART General Manager Grace Crunican announced Monday that she's asking the transit district's board to approve a $28 million comprehensive safety and security plan.

August 7, 2018 | 8 comments
Coroner IDs Tri-Valley residents killed in SoCal plane crash

Cause of emergency that precipitated fatal crash remains under investigation
The five people who died in a plane crash in Southern California on Sunday afternoon after taking off from an airport in Concord have been identified as four Tri-Valley residents and a man from Los Angeles.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Sunflower Hill honors city of Pleasanton with Rainmaker Award

Housing nonprofit lauds staff, officials for support of upcoming residential community
In its second year bestowing the award, Sunflower Hill has named the city of Pleasanton as recipient of the nonprofit's 2018 Rainmaker Award.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Local donation drive for students displaced in Carr Fire

Pleasanton residents collecting school supplies, clothes this weekend
This weekend, a group of Pleasanton residents will be collecting donations for those affected and displaced by the recent Carr Fire, which has wreaked havoc around Redding.

August 7, 2018 | 1 comment
Weekend Sunol fire completely contained

Cal Fire officials say fire burned about 30 acres in grasslands area
A fire near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County was 100 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Activists hold vigil for two people who died at or near Santa Rita Jail

Organizers blame jail for deaths; sheriff’s office calls allegations unfair
A vigil and rally for two people who recently died at or near the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was held in front of the jail Friday evening.

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Crews battle wilderness fire in Sunol over weekend

The Sunol Fire currently burning near the Sunol Regional Wilderness in unincorporated Alameda County is now 75% contained, according to Cal Fire. It has burned at least 30 acres but is no longer threatening structures.

August 5, 2018 | 1 comment
Sandra Roy Thorne, wife of Pleasanton mayor, passes away unexpectedly

City flags flown at half-staff in her honor
The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of Sandra "Sandi" Roy Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne's wife, who died unexpectedly early last Friday morning from complications during cancer treatment. She was 80.

August 3, 2018 | 13 comments
PPD investigating death of man in police custody

Pleasanton man died after resisting arrest near Pleasanton Raley's
Pleasanton Police have launched an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Jacob Bauer from Pleasanton, who died while in police custody Wednesday afternoon after resisting arrest, police said.

August 2, 2018 | 32 comments
99 years and counting for Meadowlark Dairy

How Meadowlark transformed from cow business to Pleasanton's go-to ice cream shop
A certain summertime favorite in Pleasanton is celebrating a milestone anniversary of providing the Tri-Valley with udderly delicious products.

August 2, 2018 | 10 comments
Pleasanton 9-year-old heads to college

Kairan Quazi plans to double-major in math/chemistry at LPC, skip high school
Kairan Quazi, one of Las Positas College's newer students, probably has a lot in common with his fellow, intellectually curious classmates. He loves to talk politics, he practically lights up when you mention gravitational forces and don't get him started on dystopian connections between George Orwell's "1984" and current events.

August 6, 2018 | 4 comments
Structures inspire art at Harrington Gallery

'Underpinnings' exhibit opens downtown Aug. 15
"Cities and Structure, Side 1" by Monika Meler, "Balboa Park" by Sarah Newton, and "Cascading Light" by Anne Subercaseaux (each shown at right) are part of "Underpinnings," an exhibit opening at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Camp Arroyo fundraiser to feature legendary band

28th annual Day in the Park helps enhance kids' lives
The Taylor Family Foundation is holding its 28th annual Day in the Park fundraiser Aug. 26 at Camp Arroyo with a legendary lineup of entertainment.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Parched trees in P-town

Enough water needed to keep away fungus, harmful beetles
People and pets aren't the only things wilting in the summer heat. High temps are tough on many plants.

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Gen. Pershing coming to town

WWI general to give insights, courtesy of museum
In recognition of the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the end of the Great War, the Museum on Main has invited Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing to share his experiences as commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
The state of the local real estate market

In Tri-Valley, home prices continue to climb well above pre-recession levels
David Stark, public affairs director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, has been very busy this year trying to tamp down what he describes as "a war against homeowners on the Alameda County's I-880 corridor."

August 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Chamber's community vision

When retiring Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Raty reflects on his most recent tenure here, he quickly points to the community vision that the chamber has developed.

August 8, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Commission applicants, MTC exec retiring & Open Heart Kitchen fundraiser

The city of Pleasanton is seeking resident volunteers interested in serving on a city commission or committee starting later this summer.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Campaign will fund much-needed stroke care program

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and every four minutes someone dies of a stroke, according to a 2017 report by the American Heart Association.

August 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Dublin: Group criticizes release of woman in overnight hours before her death at BART

Family says Jessica St. Louis was warm, loving; 'no reason' to release her in the middle of the night
An advocacy group and family members of a 26-year-old Berkeley woman found dead at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station early Saturday morning are criticizing the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for releasing her from jail overnight, just hours before she was found dead.

August 1, 2018 | 7 comments
Pleasanton election candidates emerge

Streng, Testa eye council seats with Narum; mayor, PUSD incumbents file too
The November elections are starting to take shape as candidates have begun to emerge for local Pleasanton seats, with the initial filing deadline approaching next week.

July 31, 2018 | 39 comments
Livermore council puts health care initiative on November ballot

Also: City continues pursuing district-based council elections starting in 2020
The Livermore City Council voted unanimously last week to place an initiative proposing regulations on health care service costs in Livermore on the November ballot.

July 31, 2018 | 5 comments
Pleasanton Preps: PLL dominates tourney, Sbranti named new Dublin High AD

Fall sports season on the horizon
The Pleasanton Little League 10-year-old team swept the two divisions of the recently concluded Tassajara Valley Turf and Dirt tournament.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Regional authority supports light rail connecting Pleasanton and San Joaquin Valley

Feasibility study, environmental review set to begin on 'Valley Link' concept
Local leaders looking to help alleviate residents' daunting commute through the Tri-Valley are eyeing a new public transit option for the years ahead: a light rail system that links the burgeoning northern San Joaquin Valley over the Altamont Pass to BART in Pleasanton.

July 30, 2018 | 9 comments
City plans to cancel JDEDZ approvals, putting Costco on hold

Council would revisit project following supplemental environmental analysis
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider canceling its decision from last year to approve the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone in favor of more environmental and public review of the project, a move that would also indefinitely delay the new Costco store and hotels proposed to move into the JDEDZ area.

July 30, 2018 | 49 comments
Coroner IDs woman found dead at local BART station, suspects drug overdose

Officials say no signs of homicide or assault
A woman who was found dead at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station on Saturday morning shortly after she was released from Santa Rita Jail was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau Monday as 26-year-old Jessica St. Louis of Berkeley.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
PUSD vice principal taking helm at Livermore elementary school

Meunier moves to Smith, one of two new principals for LVJUSD
A middle and elementary school in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District will both see new principals this upcoming school year, which begins in a few weeks.

August 1, 2018 | 7 comments
Lake County inmates moved to Santa Rita Jail due to fire

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has accepted 286 inmates who had to be evacuated from Lake County, which has been devastated by a wildfire.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
LPFD: Construction crew may have caused small grass fire off I-680

A grass fire near the Interstate 680-Bernal Avenue interchange in Pleasanton on Saturday afternoon burned less than an acre and took firefighters from two departments about 45 minutes to put it out.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman found dead at Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

Investigation ongoing; 26-year-old had recent stint in Santa Rita Jail
A 26-year-old woman recently released from Santa Rita Jail was found dead at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART station Saturday morning, BART officials said.

July 28, 2018 | 8 comments
Commission talks SideTrack Bar & Grill permit, neighbors' staircase dispute

Restaurant given extended alcohol hours; resident approved for new entry outside home
The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week granted longer alcohol-service hours to the under-construction SideTrack Bar and Grill downtown and then waded into a neighborhood dispute over a resident's request to build an outdoor staircase connecting to her house's second story.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton woman sentenced to six years in prison for fatal crash

Prosecutors: Ex-nurse was high on pills, marijuana at time of 2015 collision
A Pleasanton woman was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison for killing a Sunnyvale man in a crash in San Lorenzo in unincorporated Alameda County three years ago.

July 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Zone 7 releases maintenance project map

Agency aims to repair flood control channels damaged in winter storms
The Zone 7 Water Agency has released an interactive map identifying the progress and impacts of flood control channel maintenance going on this summer.

August 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Hive minds

Local beekeepers continue to protect pollinators in face of national crisis
Scott Ball was concerned for his queen. Queen bee, that is. Her majesty was nowhere to be seen in the bottom layer of his hive, but worker honey bees were busily feeding a few other "queen cells" -- which could indicate they were preparing a few possible replacement queens, portending ill for the colony, which depends heavily on its sole egg-layer.

July 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Special 'Psychedelic Summer' at Bankhead

Livermore-based LunaFish & Friends will bring the psychedelic rock music of the late '60s and early '70s to the Bankhead Theater in a community concert, "Psychedelic Summer," at 8 p.m. next Friday (Aug. 3), featuring hits from such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton and Jefferson Airplane.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
'American Idol' stars onstage at Wente Vineyards

Calling all "American Idol" fans, or anyone who enjoys new talent. The "American Idol Live! 2018" tour will be at Wente Vineyards in Livermore on Tuesday, one of more than 40 stops showcasing this season's Top 7 finalists.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Sales at a Glance July 27,2018

Home Sales Update July 27, 2018

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Tribute to Satchmo at Firehouse

Jeff Bordes & Friends, featuring Rudy Parris, will celebrate the spirit of New Orleans in a big birthday bash saluting the one and only Satchmo in "A Birthday Tribute to Louis Armstrong" at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Firehouse Arts Center.

July 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore moving forward with lease option for Las Positas Golf Course

Staff: New agreement would reduce financial liability for city
The Livermore City Council voted unanimously earlier this month to accept a golf course management company's proposal to pursue a full-lease agreement for the city-owned Las Positas Golf Course.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Golf tourney raises $102,000 for Hope Hospice

The Northern California Division of development firm Toll Brothers recently raised $102,188 for local nonprofit Hope Hospice during a golf benefit at Castlewood Country Club.

July 30, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Valley captures 4th straight league title

Pleasanton Valley Swim Club swimmers won the Valley Swim League Championships for the fourth year in a row last weekend, smashing three league records in the process.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Weekly recognized for coverage by ValleyCare

The Pleasanton Weekly received the President's Circle Corporate Partners program award earlier this month from the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton hosts Tulancingo teens; local student takes return visit to Mexico

The Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association is in the middle of its 33rd annual summer exchange program, with four girls from Tulancingo recently returning home from their visit to the Tri-Valley.

August 1, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: School registration, Mayors' Summit, Gem Faire & Lucky Fans

Online registration for the 2018-19 school year opens Wednesday for Pleasanton Unified School District students, both returning and new.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
That's a big snake

Danville zoologist Jungle James shares a boa constrictor with Cub Scouts at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area earlier this month during Twin Valley Scout Day Camp.

July 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Golf anyone? Scott Raty is now available weekdays

Scott Raty will retire Aug. 15 as president and CEO of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, leaving behind a legacy of programs and accomplishments during his 16 years of chamber leadership.

July 31, 2018 | 2 comments
Looking back on another fun-filled Alameda County Fair

We bid adieu earlier this month to the 2018 Alameda County Fair, another successful installment of Pleasanton's annual summertime showcase.

July 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7: Public comments invited on two water-related projects

Initial environmental review available for Patterson Pass, state WaterFix project
The Zone 7 Water Agency has released initial environmental review documents for proposed upgrades to the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant, and community members can now submit feedback through Aug. 22.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Fife and drum corps harkens back to 1776

East Coast phenomenon also a presence in Tri-Valley
The 18 enthusiastic youths -- ages 9 to 14 -- bring their signature sound to Pleasanton parades and local events, regaling onlookers. But Giaimo had more in mind when he began the endeavor in 2010, when his own son and daughter were the right age.

July 25, 2018 | 1 comment
Police discuss Concerts in the Park presence

Department denies allegations of aggressive behavior from social media posters
Pleasanton police have made several changes to how they manage public safety and local regulations during the popular Concerts in the Park this summer, but they deny allegations of overly aggressive behavior by officers dispersing concert-goers after a recent show, according to the police sergeant overseeing special event management for the department.

July 24, 2018 | 5 comments
Swalwell bill aims to prevent U.S. president, family from profiting off foreign powers

Proposal would criminalize unauthorized benefits, expand rules to also include companies controlled by president or VP
The Tri-Valley's U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), one of Congress's more vocal critics of President Donald Trump and many of the administration's international policies, has introduced a new bill to toughen federal regulations that aim to curb any U.S. president or vice president from receiving financial benefits from foreign powers.

July 24, 2018 | 81 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic players, leaders among latest 'Difference Makers'

Club to announce top three honorees in September ahead of 50th anniversary
The Ballistic United Soccer Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and in conjunction, Ballistic is honoring the top 50 "Difference Makers" in club history. The latest five honorees are:

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 asked to endorse new $8.8 billion water bond measure

Prop 3 would generate funds for projects statewide; directors postpone discussion
Zone 7 Water Agency directors heard a presentation on a proposed statewide water bond measure at last week's regular meeting, with the measure's proponent asking for their support the new proposal -- four years after California voters approved another multi-billion-dollar water bond.

July 24, 2018 | 1 comment
Tri-Valley grows as economic powerhouse rivaling some U.S. metro areas

New report cites key attributes helping region thrive, recommendations for maintaining success
The Tri-Valley is growing as an economic powerhouse that compares with the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. That's one of the many interesting findings in the new "Tri-Valley Rising 2018" report, an update to the first report done in 2014 by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

July 23, 2018 | 2 comments
Del Valle receives $5 million in new state budget

EBRPD: Sorely needed funding to support infrastructure, repairs
The Tri-Valley's Del Valle Regional Park will see an additional $5 million of funding in the recently approved state budget, after a bipartisan push by local elected officials.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Make-A-Wish brings sports car procession down Main Street

Ferraris, police deliver news of Disney World trip to 6-year-old diagnosed with leukemia
A line of sports cars flanked by two police vehicles blared down Main Street last Friday to deliver Elijah Flores with a message -- he's going to Disney World in October.

July 22, 2018 | 1 comment
Livermore Lab's laser system sets new record

National Ignition Facility beats previous mark by 10%
Lawrence Livermore's National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently set a new record by firing 2.15 megajoules of energy into its target chamber - a 15% improvement over its design specification.

August 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County receives $300K to provide legal aid in deportation cases

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle on Tuesday afternoon in Oakland announced $300,000 in funding for a program that provides legal representation for local immigrants facing deportation.

July 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Guns to art: Transformative exhibit now on display at Las Positas College

'Art of Peace' features art pieces using dismantled firearms
An art project seeking to engage residents throughout the community in critical thinking and analysis of gun violence is now open for public viewership at Las Positas College in Livermore.

July 25, 2018 | 10 comments
Livermore: 480-acre Grant Fire started by teen playing with fireworks

Investigators say the 480-acre Grant Fire, which started last Sunday near the Altamont Pass in unincorporated Alameda County was started by a teenager playing with "safe and sane" fireworks on the side of the road.

July 19, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: Tri-Valley Heroes, Immigration forum & Stargazing at Del Valle

The Pleasanton Weekly is continuing to solicit nominations for the seventh annual Tri-Valley Heroes program.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Hot election season expected in Dublin

The fall election season is shaping up to be an interesting one locally, particularly in Dublin where Dubliners United can be expected to mount a serious challenge to existing city policies.

July 22, 2018 | 5 comments
Comic Con returning to Pleasanton

'Aliens' reunion, cosplay, trivia and more at fairgrounds later this month
Make way for artists, actors and cosplay characters -- the East Bay's largest comic con event will take over the Alameda County Fairgrounds at the end of July.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
'A New Day -- The Songs of Doris Day'

Singer Tori Anna brings a cabaret-style tribute to Doris Day to the Firehouse Arts Center with her show, "A New Day -- the Songs of Doris Day," at 2 p.m. July 29, featuring Day's best-loved songs

July 24, 2018 | No comments yet
Legendary vocal group coming to Bankhead

The New Christy Minstrels are returning to the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m., this Friday (July 27), with their Grammy Award-winning folk music.

July 22, 2018 | No comments yet
'Red, White and Bothwell'

Bothwell Arts Center invites the public to meet its studio artists and enjoy a patriotic-themed open house, including fine artist Avianne, originally from South Africa, who will be celebrating becoming a United States citizen.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Where's Waldo? Fans can find him in Pleasanton this month

Towne Center Books is hosting a fun search throughout 25 Pleasanton businesses for Waldo, the iconic children's book character known for his red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed spectacles.

July 19, 2018 | No comments yet
300 adoptable animals gathering at annual Adopt-a-Thon

East Bay event is chance to find pets, dog sitters, other services
Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and rats will converge on Jack London Square this Saturday hoping to find happy homes, at the East Bay SPCA annual Adopt-a-thon.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Local writers club starts Book Launch Team

Tri-Valley Writers adds program to long list of supportive activities
It only takes one person to write a book, but it helps to have a team when launching it. To that end, in the early spring Tri-Valley Writers initiated a Book Launch Team program at the suggestion of member J.D. Lasica. He had a book coming out and knew that other members did, too.

July 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Documents reveal little about Harvest Park principal resignation

When Robin Munsell announced in May she was resigning her position as principal of Harvest Park Middle School after just under two years, the obvious question was why. And Munsell wasn't saying. So the Weekly asked PUSD for all public records pertaining to her exit.

July 19, 2018 | 36 comments
Welcoming Pacific Pearl

Asian-focused shopping center off El Charro set for grand opening Saturday
Pleasanton's locals can look forward this weekend to the ceremonial grand opening of Pacific Pearl, the new shopping center on the east side of the city designed with a focus on the region's Asian-American influences.

July 19, 2018 | 49 comments
Nominate 2018 Tri-Valley Heroes

This October we will name the seventh group of Tri-Valley Heroes, and it is a good opportunity to revisit why our staff launched this awards program in 2012.

July 23, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council approves temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

City staff, task force to review options for future as part of Downtown Specific Plan update
The Pleasanton City Council voted Tuesday to immediately enact a temporary ban on new or expanded massage businesses in the downtown area, setting the stage for the issue to be decided through the city's ongoing Downtown Specific Plan update process.

July 18, 2018 | 5 comments
Tri-Valley congressional candidates meet with constituents

Swalwell speaks at forum in Pleasanton; Peters hosts campaign event at Livermore pub
Residents of the Tri-Valley and the rest of the 15th Congressional District got the opportunity to hear from both general election candidates during separate meet-and-greets last Saturday.

July 18, 2018 | 27 comments
Pleasanton police announce promotions, new officers

Department welcomes two lieutenants, two sergeants, three officers
The Pleasanton Police Department promoted four employees to new supervisor positions and singled out its three newest police officers during a special badge-pinning ceremony last week.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic United highlights more 'Difference Makers'

Also: Amador alumni earn water polo All-Academic honors
This year marks 50 years of existence for Pleasanton's Ballistic United Soccer Club, and the club is proudly celebrating the top 50 "Difference Makers" in the history of BUSC.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Patelco moving headquarters from Pleasanton to Dublin

CEO: Credit union has outgrown current leased space on Hopyard
Patelco Credit Union's headquarters has outgrown its space in Pleasanton and will soon be moving into a larger office building in Dublin that the firm recently purchased, according to company officials.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore council orders more study on local healthcare initiative

Proposal backed by Stanford Health union seeks to limit charges from hospitals
Healthcare workers, physicians and hospital representatives packed the Livermore City Council meeting hall last month to make competing comments on an initiative that would require local regulation of healthcare service costs.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Vegetation fire off Bernal contained

Residents may still see smoke from 'chimney' for a few days
A vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon just off Bernal Avenue and Interstate-680 has been contained, though nearby residents may still see smoke for a few days, fire officials say.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council to weigh temporary ban on new massage businesses downtown

Proposal would punt issue instead to Downtown Specific Plan update process
The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider an urgency ordinance Tuesday to temporarily ban new or expanded massage businesses in the downtown area and forward the matter to the Downtown Specific Plan Update Task Force for further review.

July 16, 2018 | 2 comments
Dublin resident dies in boating accident

Sheriff's office: Man water skiing on Delta drowns after trying to untangle tow line caught in propeller
A Dublin man was killed in a boating accident on the Delta last month, and supporters are working to raise funds to help his widow and two children.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
'Green the Bankhead' project underway

Conservation effort focuses on saving energy, reducing costs
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is enacting a new program called "Green the Bankhead" that aims to make the Bankhead Theater safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly.

July 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton chamber hires new president/CEO

Dublin resident Van Dorn taking over in August after run in Pleasant Hill
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that its Board of Directors has selected Steve Van Dorn as the organization's new president and CEO, effective next month.

July 13, 2018 | 5 comments
BART mulls early morning buses during three-year Transbay Tube project

Board workshop on option to delay trains' start one hour to 5 a.m. weekdays
BART's Board of Directors held an informational session Thursday on their plans to provide bus service for commuters crossing from the East Bay into San Francisco during a long-term, planned seismic retrofit of the Transbay Tube in preparation for the possibility of a major earthquake.

July 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in Pleasanton, Fremont

Man arrested in San Jose, admitted to multiple East Bay indecent exposure incidents
A 31-year-old transient who works as a car mechanic has been arrested in connection with a series of indecent exposure incidents in local jurisdictions, including Pleasanton, Fremont police said Friday.

July 13, 2018 | 14 comments
Report touts Bay Area as mega-powerful region facing challenges

Silicon Valley is an economic powerhouse, and some of the cogs that drive it are more functional than others, claims a new report recently released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Baker, Glazer to discuss newly acquired funds for Del Valle Regional Park

Bipartisan effort by Baker, Glazer secures $5 million
The over 4,000 acres of land in Del Valle Regional Park will be receiving some improvements, with funds courtesy of a bipartisan effort by two Tri-Valley politicians.

July 13, 2018 | No comments yet
New book explores history of Dublin

World War II saw a population explosion due to Navy bases
How did Dublin get its name? Local author-historian Steven Minniear said this is the question he gets most often. "There are lots of fun stories," he replied, although no hard and fast answer.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
'Radiance' exhibit in Blackhawk

"Venus" by guest artist Carol Tarzier is part of the new Alamo Danville Artists' Society exhibit, "Radiance," opening at the Blackhawk Gallery on Friday to run through Sept. 16.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Serving their community: K-9 units bring unique skill sets to Tri-Valley police

Dogs invaluable to departments in searches, apprehensions and emotional support
Police K-9 units across the Tri-Valley have been put in place to enable officers to protect the public with a diverse set of skills that would otherwise be unavailable.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Around Pleasanton: Plant With Purpose families growing out of poverty

It's estimated that 800 million people suffer from hunger daily and 85% of them are subsistence farmers, living in rural areas of the world, totally dependent on their environment.

July 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Alain Pinel Realtors opens new Livermore office

'Smart' office designed to provide tech, convenience to APR agents in top-tier market
Alain Pinel Realtors has opened a "smart" office in Livermore. The office at 2059 Third St. provides a working hub for mobile APR agents in and around Livermore, supplementing the firm's services at the main office in downtown Pleasanton.

July 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore: Skateboarder suffers major injuries in collision with car

Toyota struck 18-year-old Sunday evening
A skateboarder suffered major injuries in a collision with a vehicle Sunday in Livermore, police said.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Chabot-Las Positas recognized for career education

'Strong Workforce Stars' awards highlight programs helping students advance career prospects
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District recently had over two dozen programs recognized as "Strong Workforce Stars" this year.

July 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 board set for special meeting Thursday

Public presentation on agency activities; closed-session talks to focus on negotiations, litigation
The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to hold a special meeting early Thursday afternoon to discuss the agency's priorities and debate in closed session about pending legal cases and labor negotiations.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Messy Donlon

Val Vista residents Audrey and Mark Purnell sent photos of the grounds at Donlon Elementary to the Pleasanton Unified Board of Trustees and the Weekly, noting the scraggly, unkempt appearance at the school this summer and expressing the concern that Donlon was getting ignored in terms of upkeep.

July 11, 2018 | 9 comments
So you want to run for public office in Pleasanton?

Candidacy filing period opens Monday for November election
Any resident interested in pursuing elected office this year is in luck because Pleasanton has several public service positions up for election this November and the application process begins next week.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
House heavily damaged in afternoon fire

Resident displaced after blaze on Heatherlark Circle
A fire caused serious damage to a house in central Pleasanton on Monday afternoon, leaving the lone resident displaced and a pet dog deceased, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

July 10, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: County Fair shows engaging families is key for future of horse racing

Short-sighted focus on millennials, high purses could hurt industry in long run
It was another successful meet, bringing new people out to the sport. As the racing publicist for the fair, I see first-hand the number of people that come to the races for the first time -- most of the time bringing their kids out to the races.

July 10, 2018 | 1 comment
PUSD mourns noon supervisor who drowned in rescue attempt at coast

Principal calls Aarti Senthilvel kind and compassionate, says she's 'not surprised' by selfless act at beach
The Pleasanton woman who drowned last week while trying to save three children from the undertow at Cowell Ranch State Beach has been identified as a part-time employee in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

July 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Danville: Congressional challenger Fitzgerald is open Holocaust denier

Republican appearing on November ballot after 2nd-place finish in primary
John Fitzgerald, a Republican candidate vying to represent Danville and Alamo in Congress, has received national attention in recent days after reports by the New York Times and other news agencies revealed his history as a Holocaust denier.

July 9, 2018 | 10 comments
Crews battle wildfire around I-580 near Altamont

Both directions of freeway reopen after fire closure for hours overnight
Crews have fully contained the Grant Fire, which started Sunday and burned 640 acres near the Altamont Pass and Interstate 580 in unincorporated eastern Alameda County, Cal Fire officials said Monday morning.

July 8, 2018 | No comments yet
Man tied to indecent exposure incidents in Pleasanton, Fremont

Suspect at-large since June spotted nude outside local home Thursday night
Detectives believe a naked man captured on security camera outside a Pleasanton home this week is the same man wanted in connection with four previous indecent exposure incidents in Fremont.

July 7, 2018 | 5 comments
PPD: No foul play in death outside Starbucks

Man dies in car at Owens Drive coffee house
Pleasanton police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man inside a car parked at the new Starbucks on Owens Drive on Saturday morning.

July 7, 2018 | 1 comment
2018 Readers' Choice Winners Directory

2018 Readers' Choice Winners Directory

July 7, 2018 | No comments yet
School board approves emergency repairs for Harvest Park library

Staff: Roof, infrastructure significantly impacted by fire last week
The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved a resolution allowing for emergency corrective repair at Harvest Park Middle School, at a special meeting Friday night set to address a fire that broke out in the school's library days earlier.

July 8, 2018 | No comments yet
City Council approves new garbage rates

Monthly bills to decrease for many residential, commercial customers
Residents and businesses in Pleasanton now have new garbage rates -- lower monthly costs, in many cases.

July 9, 2018 | 12 comments
Feed Tri-Valley drive underway

Three-week nonprofit program seeks to alleviate hunger in local communities
The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore have together again this year for the annual Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive, which will runs now through July 22.

July 9, 2018 | No comments yet
Republican candidate for Congress hosting meet-and-greet at Livermore pub

Peters wants to speak with local citizens about issues facing the Tri-Valley
Republican challenger Rudy Peters, who is running for Congress in the 15th congressional district against incumbent Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), is holding a meet-and-greet event at Eight Bridges Brewing, Inc. in Livermore. The event will last from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
'Shiver We Timbers!' show set in Pleasanton

Idiot String announces full schedule for 2018 summer touring production
A choose-your-own pirate adventure is coming to Pleasanton with “Shiver We Timbers!" serving as the theme of the program. The Pleasanton show will be performed next Sunday (July 22) at 5 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center on 4444 Railroad Ave.

July 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Police: No criminal charges for teen's drowning death in SRVHS pool

Detectives deem death accidental, find no criminal negligence
Danville police confirmed Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with death of San Ramon Valley High freshman Benjamin Curry, who drowned in the school's pool nearly two months ago.

July 6, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton golf pro accused of sexually assaulting students

Local man taught for years at former Sunol golf center
A Pleasanton resident and longtime golf instructor in the East Bay has been charged with sexually abusing multiple girls under his tutelage, and investigators believe more victims could be out there, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office

July 5, 2018 | 1 comment
School board sets special meeting to address Harvest Park library fire

District seeks to initiate emergency corrective repairs at middle school
The Pleasanton school board is holding a special meeting Friday evening to address the fire that broke out at Harvest Park Middle School earlier this week.

July 5, 2018 | 2 comments
Las Positas College presents summer musical 'Evita'

Show runs Thursday through Sunday in Mertes Amphitheater
The heart-wrenching powerful musical “Evita" is coming to Las Positas this week. The play will take place at the outdoor Barbara F. Mertes Center Amphitheater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.


July 10, 2018 | No comments yet
Comedy champ comes to Firehouse Arts Center

Renowned comic Ellis Rodriguez performing in Pleasanton
Ellis Rodriguez, the San Francisco Comedy Champion for 2017, will be coming to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center next weekend.

July 12, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton ready for National Night Out

Register neighborhood block parties with PPD by this Friday for Aug. 7 event
Pleasanton will join communities throughout the Tri-Valley and the United States in celebrating National Night Out with neighborhood block parties on Aug. 7.

July 23, 2018 | 3 comments
Sales at a Glance July 6, 2018

Home Sales Update July 6, 2018

July 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Make-A-Wish grants art exploration road trip to Tri-Valley teen

Five-day journey took teen and family to art houses across the Bay
Ariana Dindzans, an 18-year-old California High School graduate, got to go on the trip of a lifetime when the Make-A-Wish Foundation sent her and her family on an excursion to art studios and museums across the Bay Area.

July 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Harvest Park library damaged in overnight fire

LPFD: Cause of blaze unclear; school was closed, empty at time
The Harvest Park Middle School library sustained serious damage after a fire broke out in the building late Tuesday night, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

July 4, 2018 | 6 comments
'Little Mermaid' coming to Bankhead

Tri-Valley Rep presenting magical tale of life under the sea
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is taking its audience to a magical kingdom under the sea in its production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" that opens July 21 and runs through Aug. 5 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

July 11, 2018 | No comments yet
Livermore teen heads to Cannes

Sarah Whalen's thriller screens at famed film festival
Sarah Whalen is all about the film world. But you won't find the Livermore 17-year-old assuming different character roles on-screen -- no, she prefers to be behind the camera.

July 9, 2018 | 1 comment
News Digest: DSRSD candidate filing, National Night Out & Opera in the Vineyard

The filing period for prospective candidates interested in serving on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors begins July 16, and will remain open through Aug. 10.

July 5, 2018 | No comments yet
Planners OK some relief for beleaguered Chabad center

Some slam city at hearing for singling out Jewish group with restrictions
The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week offered some regulatory relief to a beleaguered Jewish religious center, but not everybody was pleased.

July 4, 2018 | 20 comments
Planning Commission OKs two new hotels for Johnson Drive

5-story towers next to planned Costco on I-680 to have 231 rooms
The Pleasanton Planning Commission unanimously approved last week the construction of two new five-story-tall hotels on Johnson Drive, facing the I-680 freeway and next to a proposed new Costco membership store at that location.

July 5, 2018 | 16 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Bodybuilder leaves a legacy of achieving 'excellence against all odds'

Celebration of life for Allen Joe, who influenced martial arts great Bruce Lee
A Celebration of Life was held June 9 at Vic's All-Star Kitchen in Pleasanton for Allen Joe -- an East Bay man with a devoted family and connections that run deep in the martial arts community, including a long friendship with icon Bruce Lee.

July 3, 2018 | 1 comment
'Zero tolerance' for daycare's noise comes to Pleasanton

The Trump administration's zero-tolerance for anyone crossing the border illegally has also become policy for a Jewish religious center's use of its backyard for outdoor activities in Pleasanton.

July 5, 2018 | 15 comments
Pleasanton bids another farewell to the Alameda County Fair

Last weekend will feature closing performances, cocktails and more
But it's not over! In the last few days of the fair, guests can still look forward to performances by Journey Revisited, Super Diamond and War as well as daily events such as pig races, Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, horse races, motocross performances, rides, shopping and more.

July 5, 2018 | 3 comments
Crash closes two of three lanes on eastbound Dumbarton Bridge

Lanes reopoened before 5 p.m.
A crash involving a truck hauling a trailer has closed two out of three eastbound lanes of state Highway 84 on the Dumbarton Bridge Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
Tim Talk: Dynamic duo departing the Tri-Valley

The Tri-Valley will lose a dynamic couple who moved here to be closer to family when they leave in August to chase their family to the Portland area.

July 4, 2018 | No comments yet
Congressman Swalwell coming to Pleasanton

'Expresso Yourself' to feature informal opportunity for constituents to speak with legislator
Tri-Valley residents will be able to meet with local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to talk about issues affecting them right now during an "Expresso Yourself" event with the congressman next week.

July 4, 2018 | 14 comments
County Fire spreads to over 70,000 acres

Over 2,000 fire personnel from across the state continue to battle flames
The County Fire burning in Yolo and Napa counties near Lake Berryessa has grown to 70,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

July 3, 2018 | No comments yet
'Families Belong Together' rally in Pleasanton

Nearly 600 turn out to show support for family reunification
This past weekend, nearly 600 Tri-Valley residents turned out to Lions Wayside Park to show support for the reunification of immigrant families separated by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.

July 2, 2018 | 49 comments
Taste Our Terroir coming to Livermore

Tickets for food and wine extravaganza on sale
Foodies and wine enthusiasts alike get ready -- Taste Our Terroir returns to Livermore at the end of the month.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
Woman who drowned at beach Sunday identified as Pleasanton resident

Aarti Senthilvel swept out by undertow while trying to save children, officials say
A woman who drowned Sunday evening at Cowell Ranch State Beach south of Half Moon Bay after going into the water to try to save children has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 47-year-old Pleasanton resident Aarti Senthilvel.

July 2, 2018 | 6 comments
Fire in Lake County chars 44,500 acres, sending smoke across Bay Area

People in smoky areas encouraged to find shelter
A smoke advisory issued for the Bay Area on Sunday because of smoke coming from the County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties remains in effect Monday, regional air quality officials said.

July 2, 2018 | No comments yet
15 acres burns in grass fire on former Sunol Golf Course Sunday

Smoke creates hazardous driving conditions Sunday afternoon
Smoke from a grass fire Sunday burned 15 acres of dry grass along Interstate 680 near the Andrade Road interchange near Sunol between Pleasanton and Fremont, and created hazardous driving conditions as
smoke rolled across the freeway.

July 1, 2018 | 1 comment
New coalition unites Pleasanton, four other cities

The Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a new Tri-Valley coalition that binds it even more closely with neighboring Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon.

July 1, 2018 | 2 comments
Tim Talk: The state's changing water landscape

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have declared a permanent state of drought in the Golden State.

June 29, 2018 | 4 comments
Livermore man sentenced to 10 years in prison for heroin distribution

A Livermore man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing heroin in Afganistan that was headed to the United States, acting United States Attorney Alex Tse announced Wednesday.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
'Families Belong Together' rally Saturday

Pleasanton event one of many across the country
Pleasanton is hosting a "Families Belong Together" rally this Saturday, joining hundreds of other communities across the nation to do so.

June 29, 2018 | 41 comments
Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO out following workplace complaints

Emmett Carson has been a towering figure in the global philanthropic world
Reeling from complaints of workplace harassment, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Wednesday that CEO Emmett Carson had stepped aside, effective immediately.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Heat advisory warning goes out for Friday, Saturday

Risk higher for wildfires, heat related illnesses
San Francisco Bay Area residents face increased danger from wildfires and heat-related illnesses Friday and Saturday as the weather gets hot and windier, according to the National Weather Service.

June 28, 2018 | No comments yet
The votes are in! Meet the 2018 Readers' Choice winners!

Meet your 2018 Readers' Choice winners and Hall of Fame honorees
The 2018 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice contest drew thousands of opinions as our devoted readers revealed which Pleasanton businesses, professionals and places are their favorites for arts and entertainment, food and drink, restaurants, retail and services.

June 28, 2018 | 6 comments
Pleasanton Preps: More Ballistic United 'Difference Makers' named

Soccer club celebrates 50th year by honoring 50 who made a difference
This year celebrates 50 years of existence for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and the club is proudly celebrating the Top 50 Difference Makers in the history of BUSC.

June 29, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Ed Kinney series, Waldo scavenger hunt & Zone 7 map

In the latest installation of Museum on Main's Ed Kinney Speaker Series, tickets are now on sale to spend the evening with three U.S. presidents on July 10.

June 28, 2018 | 1 comment
Folksinger coming to Firehouse

"John McCutcheon: Master Instrumentalist and Folksinger" will be onstage at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater.

June 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Hot wax creations on display through July 7

"Floating" and other encaustic paintings by local artist Claudette McDermott are being featured through July 7 at the hallway gallery of the Firehouse Arts Center. McDermott, who loves to paint and experiment with all forms of art, said she has been working most recently with encaustic hot wax, a combination of beeswax and Damar resin.

June 27, 2018 | 1 comment
Bay Area labor groups condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision

Non-union members no longer mandated to pay union fees
In a setback for unions, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote Wednesday struck down the use of mandatory fees for nonmembers of public worker unions to help pay for the costs of collective bargaining.

June 27, 2018 | 83 comments
New principal appointments at Amador, Harvest Park

Also: Employment extension for Haglund, multiple plan approvals
The Pleasanton school board unanimously appointed new principals at both Amador Valley High School and Harvest Park Middle School Tuesday night.

June 26, 2018 | 13 comments
Alameda Co.: Sheriff's detectives recovering after opioid exposure

An Alameda County sheriff's sergeant and detective are recovering after being exposed to a lethal dose of the potent opioid fentanyl while conducting a drug investigation in a motel room in unincorporated Hayward on Friday afternoon, a sheriff's spokesman said today.

June 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Alameda Co.: Motorcyclist killed on I-580 Friday identified

Coroner's bureau identifies motorcyclist as Oakdale 25-year-old
A lane-splitting motorcyclist who died after he was ejected from his bike on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in unincorporated Alameda County on Friday afternoon has been identified by the county coroner's bureau as 25-year-old Cody Krimm of Oakdale.

June 26, 2018 | 8 comments
City library agrees to accept high school student IDs at check-out

Council also signs off on filing dates, fees for local election on Nov. 6
The Pleasanton City Council has agreed to expand a pilot program to allow all high school students to use their identification cards when checking out books and other materials from the city's public library.

June 26, 2018 | 1 comment
Pleasanton native serves in Navy strike fighter squadron

Foothill grad carries on family's military legacy working as aviation electrician's mate
After graduating from Foothill High School in 2014, Pleasanton native Jean-Philippe Pasteur now spends his days helping to fly one of the U.S. Navy's most advanced warplanes.

June 25, 2018 | 5 comments
Local BART station celebrates first autonomous vehicle

Test vehicle to solve 'first and last mile' commuter problems
Last Friday, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority celebrated the launch of its shared autonomous vehicle test project at the East Dublin BART station.

June 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Pleasanton’s 20th annual Fourth of July celebration

Festivities begin at noon
This Independence Day, community members are invited to celebrate the birth of our nation at a free, family-friendly concert in Lions Wayside Park.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
School board considers principal appointments for Amador, Harvest Park

ALSO: New employment contract for Haglund, budget, LCAP
The Pleasanton school board is set to consider a series of appointments at the Tuesday night meeting.

June 24, 2018 | 12 comments
'The Boys of Summer' performing at fair

Eagles tribute band taking stage at Alameda County Fair on Saturday
Tribute band "The Boys of Summer" are bringing the sounds of rock legends The Eagles to the Alameda County Fair this weekend.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
News Digest: Dinner with Haglund, Patterson Pass workshop, 'Flame of Hope'

Registration is now open for the "Dinner with the Superintendent" event, scheduled to take place Aug. 25.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Racing & Tasting returns to the Alameda County Fair

Three craft beer, wine and craft cocktail events highlight horse racing
Racing and Tasting will return to the Alameda County Fair this Saturday, offering participants the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of live horse racing up close.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County: District Attorney warns about phony callers demanding cash

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is warning people about a scam in which people who claim to be from their office are calling people and demanding cash.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Honor for 'Hollyhocks': AAUW chooses Severin artwork

AAUW chooses Severin artwork for notecards
Pleasanton's Charlotte Severin is one of six artists nationwide to have a painting chosen for a set of notecards to raise money for the American Association of University Women.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Three author events at Towne Center Books in July

Coffee and conversation, luncheon events coming to Towne Center Books
Towne Center Books has three special
author events scheduled in July.

June 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Shakespeare comedy onstage at park

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' opens with preview June 30
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at parks this summer, kicking off in Pleasanton with a preview June 30 and ending July 15.

June 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Jockeying for position

Infighting between NorCal horse-racing organizations exemplifies problems plaguing the industry nationwide
Life in the world of horse racing in Northern California has been anything but smooth over the course of the last few years.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
A triathlon comes to Shadow Cliffs

Event to feature Olympic, sprint distances
A triathlon will be coming to Shadow Cliffs Recreation Area in Pleasanton this Sunday.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County: Officials say opioid overdose deaths dropped by half in 2017

Officials with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency said recently-released data reveal that the number of opioid overdose deaths decreased by nearly 50 percent in 2017.

June 22, 2018 | 2 comments
High heat, dangerous fire conditions expected this weekend

First weekend of summer brings the heat
Dry air and dangerous heat are forecast for this weekend, raising the risk for wildfires, officials with the National Weather Service said.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Alameda County: Officials seek to raise awareness about financial abuse of elders

Alameda County officials said they're leading a regional effort to raise public awareness about financial abuse of elders, especially as rising housing costs are intensifying pressures on them.

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Home Sales at a Glance June 15 and 22, 2018

Home Sales Update June 15 and 22, 2018

June 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Ballistic United celebrates 50 years by honoring 'Difference Makers'

First five names released
This year celebrates 50 years of existence for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and the club is proudly celebrating the Top 50 Difference Makers in the history of BUSC.

June 20, 2018 | No comments yet
'Homage to Hungary'

Pleasanton Chamber Players at Firehouse with dynamic program
The Pleasanton Chamber Players return to the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday with the theme "Homage to Hungary."

June 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Generous donation benefits symphony

Bequest is testament to Fankhausers' support of the arts
The Livermore-Amador Symphony recently received a large bequest from the Fankhauser Trust, thanks to the generosity of Livermore residents Henrietta "Henri" and Chester "Chet" Fankhauser.

June 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 to revise Arroyo Mocho project

Water agency says revisions come after listening to community feedback
After an extended period of community input, the Zone 7 Water Agency will be revising the Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Parkway Project.

June 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Zone 7 recognizes Greci for 24 years of service

Also: Budget up for approval, commendation for GM
Editor's note: As of noon Wednesday, the Zone 7 Water Agency has canceled the commendation previously scheduled for director John Greci.

June 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Tri-Valley Relay for Life this weekend in Dublin

24-hour fundraising extravaganza will feature live entertainment, food booths and more
The annual Tri-Valley Relay for Life event will be held at Dublin High School this Saturday, starting in the morning and carrying on through the night.

June 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Alain Pinel Realtors opens new Livermore office

‘Smart’ office designed to provide tech, convenience to APR agents in top tier market
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) has opened a "smart" office in Livermore, where the 28-year-old brokerage continues to rank number one in market share. The office provides a working hub for mobile APR agents in and around Livermore.

June 19, 2018 | No comments yet
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 | 6 comments
Special Olympics 'Flame of Hope' passes through Alameda County

Torch carried by local law enforcement officers
The Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Alameda County Monday morning on its way to U.C. Davis for the regional 2018 Summer Games, beginning this Friday.

June 19, 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 | 27 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 | 1 comment
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 | 18 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 | 13 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 | 52 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 | 2 comments
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 | 13 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 | 21 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 | No comments yet
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 | 4 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 | 5 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 | 11 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 | No comments yet
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

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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

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'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

December 29, 2017 | No comments yet
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