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News - March 22, 2013

News digest

Candidate forum

The Pleasanton Weekly is hosting a free, public forum from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, for candidates running for the vacant seat on the Pleasanton City Council. The four candidates are Mark Hamilton, David Miller, Kathy Narum and Olivia Sanwong.

The forum will take place at the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave., and doors will open at 6 p.m. Moderators will be publisher Gina Channell-Allen and editor Jeb Bing. Those attending can fill out cards to ask questions of individual or all candidates. Questions also can be emailed to

The forum will be videotaped for later broadcast on Channel 29 and at

The council vacancy occurred when Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected mayor in November. This election will be mail-in balloting only, with ballots due no later than 5 p.m. May 7 at the Alameda County Registrar's office.

BART tests bikes

Bicyclists have been allowed to ride on trains all day this week, including commuting hours, in BART's second "bikes on board" pilot program.

The program is a test of how bicyclists can integrate with commuters, according to BART officials. In the first pilot program, on each Friday of August last year, the trial was limited because Fridays have the lightest commute plus August is traditionally a lighter commuter month, officials said.

Other changes made from the first to the second pilot programs included the rule that no bikes were allowed on any of the first three cars on a train during heavy commute hours.

Feedback from the public will help determine results from the pilot program and ways to improve it in the future.

'Madness' cancelled

"March Madness," a fundraising party for the TV30 Foundation, has been cancelled. It was scheduled for tonight in the John Madden Sports Center at Goal Line Productions in Pleasanton. The eight big screens were each to air different college basketball games, as attendees enjoyed food and beverages.

Marshall Kamena, president of the TV30 Foundation, said a new fundraiser will be scheduled shortly.