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News - March 2, 2012

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Volunteer referees and medical personnel -- certified nurses, doctors or EMTs -- are needed for the Special Olympics basketball tournament being hosted March 17-18 by Amador Valley High School for the ninth year. Games will take place at Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools as well as the high school.

To volunteer, contact Special Olympics Coordinator Ken Mano at 846-4381 in the evenings or email

Amador Valley will host the Special Olympics volleyball tournament and track meet on May 19. Volunteers will be registered for this event in April.

BART is holding public meetings to get input about a proposed fare increase in July, as well as to find out if Clipper cards are convenient to purchase. The fare increase will help to replace aging trains, a long-range project expected to total $3 billion. Most of the funding will come from local, regional, state and federal governments, with BART contributing about 25%.

As part of Clipper, a regional payment system for public transportation, BART's discounted fares for seniors and youths are automatically deducted as they board. BART wants to make sure that the cards are readily available in the communities it serves; cards are at various transportation service centers.

The meetings will be held March 6 in Oakland; March 12, Concord; March 14, San Francisco; March 15, Daly City; and March 19, Richmond. Or an online survey at can be used to give input.

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is holding a free presentation for businesses and building owners to learn more about PG&E's switch to a Time Variable Pricing rate beginning Nov. 1 on non-residential accounts. Topics will include rate changes, energy assessments and monitoring, solar options, quality maintenance and incentive programs, city rebates and other commercial energy programs.

The meeting will be held from 8-10 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 301 Main St. in Pleasanton. RSVPs required. Go to


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