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Recent News

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pleasanton: Patient criteria change for COVID-19 regional testing site at fairgrounds

The COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will be introducing new criteria to determine residents eligible to receive the assessment, effective Monday morning.

Sunday, 9:01 PM | No comments yet
Crews contain 5-acre brush fire in Pleasanton

A brush fire in the 9400 block of Blessing Drive in Pleasanton has been completely contained after burning just over five acres, Cal Fire said Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 8:20 PM | No comments yet
Alameda County supervisors send new sales tax proposal to November ballot

Alameda County residents will decide in November whether they want to pay an additional half-cent on top of the current 9.25% sales tax in the county.

Sunday, 8:08 PM | No comments yet
Bobcat Bridge at Sycamore Grove Park reopens for use

Though originally slated to take several weeks, repairs on the Bobcat Bridge at Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore were recently completed in just several days.

Sunday, 7:05 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Applicants sought for unscheduled Planning Commission vacancy

The Dublin Planning Commission has an unscheduled vacancy after Planning Commissioner Scott Mittan resigned last month, and is seeking a replacement with a term expiring in December 2022.

Sunday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 31, 2020

Candidate lists for Tri-Valley local elections start to shape up

The candidate lists for local elections in the Tri-Valley are beginning to come into view with one week left before the candidacy nomination deadline, including crowded contests developing for Pleasanton city and school ballots.

Friday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Prosecutors allege Alameda County sheriff's technician smuggled meth to jail inmate

An Alameda County Sheriff's Office technician was charged this week with multiple felony counts for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine and a cellphone to an inmate currently in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for a murder case.

Friday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pleasanton hair salon protests to reopen

Workers from a Pleasanton hair salon were among a small group of hair stylists and salon owners who protested to reopen their businesses at the Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland last week.

Thursday, 5:07 PM | 8 comments
MADD sponsoring painting event

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Northern California is holding an evening for supporters to take paintbrushes in hand and follow an instructor to create their own individual works of art.

Thursday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Amador student makes 3D-printed face shields

Austin Chen is distributing face shields as part of the Pleasanton teen's effort to create face shields for health care workers, seniors and other residents using 3D-printing technology.

Thursday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Take Us Along (home edition)

This summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Weekly invites you to pose with your newspaper at home, around town or if you take a day trip. Here's the collection we got this month...

Thursday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
County Board of Education welcomes two new trustees, appoints president

The Alameda County Board of Education underwent some recent reorganization after appointing Trustee Aisha Knowles, who represents western Dublin on the county Board of Education, as president of the board earlier this month.

Thursday, 4:25 PM | No comments yet
Mountains, markets and new friends

When the Frey family left Pleasanton for two years of teaching and attending school in Kazakhstan, they didn't know they would have to factor in a coronavirus...

Thursday, 2:59 PM | 3 comments
Former Pleasanton police chief Spiller named interim in Menlo Park

Former Pleasanton police chief David Spiller will come out of retirement to take over as Menlo Park interim chief Friday. He replaces Chief Dave Bertini who announced his resignation in the middle of a council meeting on police reform.

Thursday, 12:02 PM | 21 comments

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Amador Valley alum spearheads project focused on improving hockey players

SportVue, an independent tech startup focused on sports equipment, has launched a new product called HockeyVue, which trains players to remain focused on the puck and game action.

Wednesday, 10:49 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: East Bay SPCA gets grant to help senior dogs

Senior dogs have something to wag their tails about this summer: The Grey Muzzle Organization has announced that East Bay SPCA has won a grant to help at-risk older dogs.

Wednesday, 10:48 PM | No comments yet
News Digest: City Permit Center appointments, TV30 news shows, LARPD meeting time change & Downtown grants

TV30 is airing the latest episode of the news interview program "Supervisor's Report," featuring host Catharine Baker (remotely) interviewing local Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley along with special guest Dr. Nicholas Moss.

Wednesday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton HVAC company acquired by Georgia firm

Service Champions North, a leading Bay Area HVAC service company based in Pleasanton with multiple offices in Northern California, was recently acquired by nationwide firm Wrench Group, LLC.

Wednesday, 6:29 PM | No comments yet
Face mask incident involving campaigners causes stir at farmers' market

People campaigning for a local congressional candidate caused a stir by not wearing face masks at the Pleasanton Farmers' Market earlier this month.

Wednesday, 5:57 PM | 25 comments
DUSD Board Trustee Amy Miller will not seek re-election

The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees will have at least one new member after the November general election, with Trustee Amy Miller announcing that she will not seek re-election.

Wednesday, 1:24 PM | 4 comments

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trustee Jamie Yee running to retain seat on Pleasanton school board

Pleasanton Unified School District Trustee Jamie Yee is the second incumbent to seek another four-year term on the school board, running for one of three open seats in the Nov. 3 election.

Tuesday, 10:41 PM | 15 comments
Dublin Unified honors retiring staff members

Dublin Unified School District recently honored nearly 70 staff members for their long-term commitment to the district and its students.

Tuesday, 10:27 PM | No comments yet
Livermore winery replacing blend as part of #endSupremacy initiative

Nottingham Cellars in Livermore is discontinuing its flagship red blend, Supremacy, upon deciding that the name is insensitive to the Black community. The winemaking team is working to develop a successor product.

Tuesday, 4:03 PM | 16 comments
Editorial: Experiment aimed at improving tone and dialogue on our Town Square forum

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, participation in PleasantonWeekly.com's popular Town Square reader forum will be limited to those who register on the site with their name and email address.

Tuesday, 2:20 PM | 17 comments
Brush fire shuts down part of Highway 84

Motorists in the Tri-Valley area are being warned to avoid Highway 84 after a brush fire broke out just off of Niles Canyon Road in rural Alameda County earlier Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:05 PM | No comments yet
Agitators vandalize county courthouse, police department in Oakland

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf chastised people who attended a protest over the weekend for vandalizing a police station and attempting to set the René C. Davidson Courthouse on fire.

Tuesday, 11:59 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Youth sports leagues show resolve while searching for path forward

I have been impressed with the resolve most of the youth sports groups have shown throughout the pandemic. Some have been able to run camps following strict social distancing guidelines.

Tuesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 27, 2020

Livermore school district proclaims success for remote-learning programs during summer

After completing the summer school session for K-12, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has declared success for its remote-learning model.

Monday, 8:43 PM | No comments yet
'We need you.' Tri-Valley female students recognized for STEM achievements

The Sandia Women's Connection Math and Science Awards honored 26 female high-schoolers, including a handful from the Tri-Valley, for their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Monday, 8:33 PM | No comments yet
Sen. Glazer calls for a second lockdown for most of California

Tri-Valley State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) is leaning on Gov. Gavin Newsom to enact another shelter-in-place policy for most parts of California until the COVID-19 virus is under control.

Monday, 8:19 PM | 16 comments
Swalwell to co-chair newly formed Critical Materials Caucus

Tri-Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) announced the formation of a new Critical Materials Caucus and introduced legislation for student loan forgiveness this month.

Monday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
Livermore mayor zooms in on city's COVID-19 response during virtual State of the City speech

"This is different than I ever imagined," Livermore Mayor John Marchand said after removing his face mask to deliver his final State of the City address, remotely via the video conferencing platform Zoom last week.

Monday, 3:25 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Tri-Valley man elected to NorCal PGA Hall of Fame

Al Krueger, retired golf professional from Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, is being inducted into the Northern California Section of the PGA of America (NCPGA) Hall of Fame.

Sunday, 6:56 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Second Alameda County sheriff's employee dies of COVID-19

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed over the weekend that technician Valerie Leon had become the second employee of the department to die from COVID-19 complications.

Saturday, 5:11 PM | 3 comments

Friday, July 24, 2020

Parent volunteer, high-tech worker Chong Wang running for Pleasanton school board

Chong Wang is the latest local resident to seek one of three open seats on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

Friday, 4:27 PM | 17 comments
Hope Hospice hosting webinar on 'Five Wishes' medical treatment document

Hope Hospice in Dublin will be presenting a free webinar about "Five Wishes," a document that helps communicate a person's choices about levels of life-sustaining medical treatment in the event of incapacitation or possible death.

Friday, 1:28 PM | No comments yet
County sheriff's deputy, Tri-Valley native Oscar Rocha dies from COVID-19

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is mourning Deputy Oscar Rocha, a nearly 25-year department veteran from Danville who died on Thursday evening from complications caused by COVID-19.

Friday, 12:52 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Former Pleasanton banker appointed to lead California Pollution Control Financing Authority

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma recently appointed former Pleasanton banker Nancee Robles as executive director of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority.

Thursday, 5:26 PM | 1 comment
Dublin student launches podcast to address mental health issues amid pandemic

Ever since schools were shut down in mid-March as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19, students in the Tri-Valley and across the nation and globe have been left in a state of uncertainty.

Thursday, 5:25 PM | No comments yet
BART board told COVID-19 resurgence is hurting budget further

BART officials told the agency's Board of Directors on Thursday that the Bay Area's COVID-19 coronavirus resurgence has BART already falling behind on its revenue projections for fiscal year 2021, which began July 1.

Thursday, 5:22 PM | 14 comments
Four Foothill girls share passion for the arts

Late last year, four Foothill High freshmen realized they wanted to help younger students express themselves through writing and drawing.

Thursday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Setting goals, tracking accomplishments

Here we are, heading into Week 545 of sheltering in place. How are you feeling? I mean emotionally. If you are running a fever, have no sense of taste, and your joints ache, that is another grim subject.

Thursday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Consider running for local elected office

As we've said before this time of year, contested elections are invaluable. They enhance the public discourse around vital local issues and better engage and educate the electorate.

Thursday, 2:53 PM | 4 comments

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Trustee Steve Maher making another bid for Pleasanton school board

Pleasanton Unified School District Board President Steve Maher is taking another swing at four more years of leadership and running again for one of three available board seats in the Nov. 3 election.

Wednesday, 10:18 PM | 15 comments
Museum on Main opens 'Water/Ways' exhibit

Pleasanton's Museum on Main is presenting its second virtual exhibit, "Water/Ways," which was developed by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.

Wednesday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
'It's the wave of the future': More home showings go virtual

As COVID-19 continues to impact every aspect of life, local real estate professionals have had to change how they show homes. Technology now allows potential buyers to see homes virtually.

Wednesday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Weekly moderating Alameda County supervisor candidate forum on Aug. 17

The two candidates for Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1 on the November ballot, Dublin Mayor David Haubert and Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon, will take part in an election forum moderated by the Weekly next month.

Wednesday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Self-driving cars hit the Tri-Valley pavement

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority recently started non-passenger testing on its shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) project.

Wednesday, 2:52 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Mental health matters take center stage in city's policing discussion

Nearly 100 residents weighed in about the overall performance and service of the Pleasanton Police Department at a virtual community listening session on Tuesday night, following a recent spate of public discussions on policing.

Wednesday, 12:23 PM | 39 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

PG&E sues San Ramon Valley Fire over safety procedures

An ongoing dispute between PG&E and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District over fire safety procedures has escalated, with PG&E filing a lawsuit seeking to overturn restrictions on its work procedures.

Tuesday, 10:25 PM | No comments yet
Latest Tri-Valley coronavirus update

In today's roundup of local COVID-19 news: Livermore becomes Tri-Valley epicenter, new outbreak at Santa Rita Jail, outdoor haircuts could be on horizon and more...

Tuesday, 7:35 PM | No comments yet
Livermore Reads Together selects John Lewis' 'March' trilogy for 2021 program

City officials announced the 15th annual Livermore Reads Together community literacy program will feature the "March" trilogy by late Congressman John Lewis, the American civil rights leader and longtime legislator who died last week.

Tuesday, 5:56 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce holding virtual trade show

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual trade show promoting members of its "Circle of Influence" now through July 31.

Tuesday, 5:28 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: Johnny the steer takes top honors at fair

Hailey Maggy, although only 9, is experienced with livestock. A member of Abbie 4-H Club, she raised Johnny, who was named Supreme Champion Market Beef last week at the Alameda County Fair's virtual Livestock Show and Auction.

Tuesday, 5:20 PM | 3 comments
PPD: Burglar arrested in 'The Case of the Open Garage'

Pleasanton police arrested a man for allegedly burglarizing several homes, including three with open garage doors, earlier this month.

Tuesday, 2:48 PM | No comments yet