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
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
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
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
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
'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
What we need is more gun control

Gun ownership is a right in this country. A few recent incidents close to home prompt us to remind gun owners about the responsibility that comes with this right.

November 2, 2017 | 44 comments
Survey shows we like Pleasanton

Here's more good news for Pleasanton as the city heads into another prosperous and productive new year. A new quality-of-life survey shows that those of us who live here, work here and go to Pleasanton schools are euphoric over our community, its resources, climate, location in the Bay Area and the economy.

October 26, 2017 | No comments yet
Express lanes are not a silver bullet for I-680, but should help

With more potential users of the far-left lane and more drivers maneuvering toward that lane, there seems a real possibility of some level of traffic flow improvement, but not nearly to the extent realized with I-580.

October 5, 2017 | 16 comments
Process works -- let's move forward and move on

Economic Vitality Committee set for (second) meeting on JDEDZ proposal
Given direction by the council on a few policy questions, city staff can move forward on a process that will take us through the end of the year and really get the project moving.

September 28, 2017 | 6 comments
Council should endorse JDEDZ roadwork financing deal with Costco

Special council meeting on agreement set for Monday evening
It's the right deal at the right time. The Pleasanton City Council should give its final endorsement to the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone roadwork financing agreement with Costco on Monday night.

September 14, 2017 | 10 comments
Seeking Tri-Valley's everyday heroes

Nominations in eight award categories due Sept. 18
A hero is not defined by money or celebrity but by commitment to bettering the world and being a blessing to others.

September 3, 2017 | No comments yet
Stop commemorating the Confederacy

In support of Sen. Glazer's call for removing symbols from public spaces
In the wake of the hate-fueled white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., our local State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) is renewing Senate Joint Resolution 15, which he originally presented last year calling on the U.S. Congress and the president to remove symbols honoring Confederate political and military leaders from federal public buildings and parks.

August 24, 2017 | 19 comments
New year, new start, new optimism for PUSD

Monday marked the first day of Pleasanton school district's school year with new leadership, new bond money to fund needed facilities work, new principals and a new sense of optimism.

August 17, 2017 | 1 comment
Tacos, anyone?

We're encouraged to hear that Nelly's taco truck owner Nelly Ramirez and representatives of Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery are working on a possible agreement that will allow both businesses to continue to thrive.

July 27, 2017 | 2 comments
Fair attracts nearly half-a-million to Pleasanton

Races, concerts, carnival rides, contests and corn dogs among biggest draws
Despite an opening week with record-high temperatures, the Alameda County Fair closed out its extended 20-day run July 9 with total attendance of 463,783, a five-year high though still short of the record-setting 534,577 who squeezed through the gates in 2012.

July 20, 2017 | 1 comment
Wireless facility bill will circumvent local control

Thank you, Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), for being the lone No vote on Senate Bill 649, which, in essence, usurps local government control of public right-of-ways and restricts their ability to collect rent for putting cell towers on public property.

July 6, 2017 | 9 comments
County fair, a Pleasanton tradition

Spotlight shines on Pleasanton fairgrounds for 20-day run
The Alameda County Fair opens Friday for an extended 20-day run. That's good news for the hundreds of thousands of fair-goers and horse-racing fans expected to be here this year and for Pleasanton businesses and nonprofits and even city taxpayers who benefit from this annual event.

June 15, 2017 | 2 comments
Voters want a Costco, so let's move forward

City still negotiating with developers on cost-sharing for infrastructure improvements; council hearing no earlier than July
We are at a critical juncture with regard to the future of the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) on Pleasanton's northwest side.

June 1, 2017 | 49 comments
PUSD should reveal superintendent finalist before appointment

Earlier public vetting of top candidate would promote transparency, rebuild trust
The school board was expected to select its top choice for the new superintendent this week -- PUSD's fifth leader since June 2015 -- after private interviews last week and closed-session discussions Monday and Tuesday. A visit to the candidate's current district and successful contract negotiations were still to come.

May 25, 2017 | 47 comments
Cheers for new Valley Trails housing, park plans

Project heads to City Council for approval Tuesday night
Members of the Pleasanton Planning Commission spent the first few minutes of their meeting earlier this month voicing approval of a multimillion-dollar 36-home development planned in the Valley Trails community, before then carrying on for the next four hours over plans by the developer to also build a public restroom in the neighboring Valley Trails Community Park free-of-charge.

April 27, 2017 | 9 comments
Journalism - the next generation

Journalism is imperative to a healthy democracy, and it is important to groom the next generation of journalists.

April 13, 2017 | 3 comments
PUSD must shine a little light, start rebuilding trust

Residents deserve to know more about why superintendent Rubino was fired
Ironically, Sunshine Week 2017 ended in Pleasanton last Friday with the school district seemingly doing its utmost to keep the public in the dark about the sudden and unexplained Jan. 6 firing of Rick Rubino, its superintendent of just over six months.

March 23, 2017 | 53 comments
For he's a jolly good fellow ...

And we wouldn't be the same without him
Oftentimes the people who work behind the scenes at these nonprofits do so without fanfare. So it is with the man who has worked behind the scenes of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund for 16 campaigns -- until last week, when he was finally and formally thanked for being the driving force behind the Fund and behind the Pleasanton Weekly.

March 2, 2017 | 4 comments
Working together to keep the Tri-Valley on track

Pleasanton's thriving source of revenue does have a price, though, and drivers on Interstates 580 or 680 during rush hour can attest to that. More business and more employees equal more traffic.

February 24, 2017 | 6 comments
Now is the time to share your thoughts on downtown planning

This is the time for the large and diverse stakeholder group -- the residents who feel a strong connection and ownership of our downtown -- to make their desires known. Not in six months or a year. Not when recommendations are going to the City Council.

February 16, 2017 | 5 comments
Having county fairgrounds here is good for Pleasanton

2016 Alameda County Fair wins top industry awards
We are fortunate to have the Alameda County Fairgrounds right here in Pleasanton. There is something happening almost every week, from festivals and haunted houses, to Goodguys car shows and Scottish Games. These events bring in visitors from all over the state and country, not to mention the money these visitors spend while here.

February 9, 2017 | No comments yet
Pressing for answers, media comes under attack

The news media is under attack, on a national and local level. The Trump administration declared war on the press less than 48 hours after the inauguration, and the Pleasanton Weekly was also attacked last week, but in a more subtle manner

January 27, 2017 | 53 comments
From troubled to trainwreck for Pleasanton school district

The Pleasanton school board had an opportunity to build back the trust of the public and prove to voters they made a good choice retaining two incumbents in the recent election.

January 13, 2017 | 102 comments
Hats off to citizen (turned) journalist

Local news coverage is imperative to the health of a community. When the number of journalists locally and nationally was dwindling, San Ramon resident Rosalind "Roz" Rogoff saw this dearth of local news coverage and did something many couldn't -- or wouldn't.

January 6, 2017 | 3 comments


Here we go again with PUSD

Continued administrator instability undermines trust of school board
The new year will bring challenges, uncertainty and opportunity.

December 30, 2016 | 5 comments
Don't let humbug trump holiday happiness

Saturday marks Christmas Eve for Christians and the start of Hanukkah for Jews. The concurrence of these two major holidays celebrated by two of the world's major religions has happened only four times in the last 100 years.

December 23, 2016 | No comments yet
Correction to 'Costco and the Mayor' editorial

A July 29 editorial, "Costco and the Mayor" concerning Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne's voluntary recusal on City Council actions involving Costco and Johnson Drive referenced "a task force he appointed."

November 1, 2016 | 47 comments
Yes on Prop 54 to lift the veil of secrecy

Among the myriad propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot is one we feel we should weigh in on.

September 23, 2016 | 2 comments
Vote to re-elect Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley on June 7

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, first elected to the county board in 2000 and now also representing Pleasanton, is vying for reelection on June 7 against challenger Bryan Parker, a former Port of Oakland commissioner and former Oakland mayoral candidate.

May 24, 2016 | 2 comments
Vote Yes on Measure K

Measure K on the June 7 ballot for Pleasanton voters affirms the action of the City Council last January in approving the latest developer's plan for 43 upscale homes on the 194-acre Lund Ranch II site in the southeast corner of the city.

May 23, 2016 | 57 comments
Figuers, Ramirez Holmes and Thiel for Zone 7 board

In the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors election, we endorse incumbents Sandy Figuers and Angela Ramirez Holmes and challenger Eric Thiel.

May 20, 2016 | 9 comments
Vote for Glazer for State Senate, Baker for Assembly

State Senator Steve Glazer, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, a Republican, are seeking nomination in the June 7 primary for re-election in the General Election on Nov. 8.

May 13, 2016 | 18 comments

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