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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Election preview: Zone 7 Board of Directors

As the drought continues to squeeze the water supply, Tri-Valley residents will cast important ballots for the future of local water reliability with four seats up for grabs on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors.

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Walnut Creek council extends outdoor dining program; permanent policy to be considered next month

The Walnut Creek City Council unanimously voted last week to extend its pandemic-era outdoor dining program into the summer while city officials continue developing a permanent program.

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Contra Costa County homelessness jumps nearly 35% since 2019

There are nearly 35% more homeless people in Contra Costa County than three years ago, according to an annual survey of homelessness, which officials say underscores a severe shortage of affordable housing and impacts of the pandemic.

Sunday, 5:25 PM | 1 comment
Blues artist Chris Cain performing at Village Theatre

Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery is hosting longtime blues Chris Cain for an evening performance later this week.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Election preview: Andrews, Kramer battle for Contra Costa County assessor seat

Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer is facing a challenge to his seat for the first time since 2010, by political newcomer Floy Andrews, following allegations of misconduct in his office in recent years.

Friday, 4:55 AM | 1 comment
Mirza appointed to head HR for San Ramon Regional Medical Center

The San Ramon Regional Medical Center has announced Hassan Mirza as the hospital's next chief human resources officer.

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Walnut Creek approves ordinance prohibiting single-use utensils, condiments unless requested by customer

Single-use utensils, food accessories and condiment packets will only be provided to those who request them in Walnut Creek, after city officials approved an ordinance Tuesday intended to reduce waste.

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California spent millions to boost COVID vaccination rates of Medi-Cal members — but they lag even more

Gaps in COVID vaccination rates among the state's Medi-Cal population persist. Five Medi-Cal plans still have vaccination rates under 50%.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Measure G puts future of vehicle abatement program in county voters' hands

Amid a county election season with a number of hotly contested races, at least one item on the ballot in the upcoming primary election presents as a matter of relatively routine business that hasn't spurred local controversy.

Thursday, 4:36 AM | 2 comments
County DA announces murder charge in Walnut Creek man's death

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has charged a homeless man in Concord with murder for allegedly intentionally firing a handgun that killed a Walnut Creek resident.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dublin council approves East Ranch project as developer amends plans via state law

A large housing development rejected earlier this year after facing a referendum petition is now back on the horizon in Dublin following the council's approval of an amendment to the project that will bind it to state housing laws...

Wednesday, 9:37 PM | No comments yet
Community Briefs: Mount Diablo beacon lighting | CCCCD indoor mask mandate | 'Breaking Bad' actors in Pleasanton

The historic beacon at the summit of Mount Diablo is set to light up this Memorial Day, following the passage of a proclamation by the Danville Town Council earlier in the year.

Wednesday, 9:36 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley student wins state Spelling Bee

Shradha Rachamreddy from Dublin's Quarry Lane School has been crowned champion of the 2022 California State Spelling Bee. The 12-year-old will now head to the national competition starting next weekend.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Contra Costa County records first case of West Nile virus this year

West Nile virus is back in Contra Costa County. The first case of the year was found recently in a dead American crow, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District.

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Intuit agrees to pay $141M for upselling TurboTax services to low-income taxpayers

Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams and state Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a $141 million nationwide settlement of litigation with Intuit over the company's TurboTax Free File service.

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BART to launch pilot program for rider pass compatible with all Bay Area transit agencies

BART plans to launch a pilot program later this year to test the viability of a global transit pass compatible with every public transit agency in the nine-county Bay Area.

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Bay Area schools see families leave cities, flock to suburbs like Dublin

The city's building boom following the Great Recession resulted in the Dublin Unified tripling its number of students since 2000 -- the only Bay Area district to do so while the region as a whole saw a 3.7% increase from 2000 to 2019.

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SRVUSD to discuss path to expanded learning opportunities, universal TK

San Ramon Valley school trustees are set to vote Tuesday on a plan for expanded, and ultimately universal, transitional kindergarten opportunities and an expanded learning opportunities program for students through sixth grade.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Danville council to consider Tri-Valley transportation fee

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss and vote on adopting a change in fees established by the Tri-Valley Transportation Council on Tuesday evening, following a morning study session on the 2022-23 fiscal year budget.

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San Ramon: Council, Planning Commission to discuss Housing Element draft update

The San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission are set Tuesday to discuss plans for the city's next steps in residential development in the wake of state mandates necessitating an increase in housing sites.

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Danville mayor condemns racist display near Blackhawk

Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich released a statement Monday, condemning the group of masked people who on Saturday held up signs at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara, saying things like 'White Lives Matter' and...

Monday, 4:14 PM | 26 comments
Four in the running for Contra Costa County clerk-recorder

Contra Costa County voters will have their choice of candidates for their next clerk-recorder with a range of backgrounds and experiences, with four clamoring for the historically overlooked elected position.

Monday, 12:45 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 15, 2022

County supervisors increase immigrant health care funds, delay other decisions

The Board of Supervisors tackled part of the 2022-23 budget Tuesday, unanimously approving $5.4 million more than staff initially recommended for Contra Costa CARES, but delaying decisions on how to use $59 million in leftover...

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Bay Area health officers urge return to masking, other COVID precautions amid latest surge

Health officials in 11 counties urged residents across the greater Bay Area Friday to once again take COVID-19 precautions like masking as cases and hospitalizations rise across the region.

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How bad is water use in California? March is the worst so far, up 19%

Ignoring urgent pleas from water officials, Californians used substantially more water after a record-dry three months gripped the state.

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California's $100 billion surplus: What to know about Newsom's spending plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom reveals his revised May budget, including his inflation relief plan and spending priorities on education, the environment and more.

Sunday, 1:10 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Remembering 'Dr. B' George Baljevich, a legend in Tri-Valley local sports

George Baljevich -- "Dr. B" -- was such an iconic figure in Pleasanton that locally he was every bit as well-known as John Madden. So, writing about Dr. B, who passed away at the age of 84 on May 12 was a daunting task.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

What a Week: Building a solution to cycle of homelessness in Tri-Valley

Finding ways to overcome the relentless cycle of homelessness is among the most daunting problems in society. But there is an example of hope coming more into view in Livermore, and it could provide more than just a drop in the bucket.

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Sunol Rep returns with familiar melodrama

The Sunol Repertory Theatre is back onstage for two weekends in May, reprising the melodrama it prepared to perform before the Bay Area first shut down two years ago -- 'The Treasure of Shiver River'.

Thursday, 11:10 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve funding for 34 new deputies for sheriff's office

The county Board of Supervisors approved part of the 2022-23 budget Tuesday, including allocating money for the sheriff's office to add 34 new positions -- 29 deputies and five sergeants to supervise them.

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SRVUSD reverses course, keeps Slip schedules for kindergarten students

Officials at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have reinstated a popular scheduling system for kindergarten students that aims to foster smaller class sizes and more personalized learning experiences for young students.

Thursday, 11:05 PM | 1 comment
A lasting impact

In the hearts of many in Tulancingo, late Pleasanton resident Bob Athenour now truly has a permanent presence in the community of his hometown's sister city in Mexico -- a life-size bronze sculpture of him sitting on a park bench.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

EBMUD customers to see 8% drought surcharge starting July 1

Facing down a second consecutive dry year, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board decided this week to impose an 8% drought surcharge that customers will see on bills starting July 1.

Wednesday, 9:39 PM | 1 comment
Community Briefs: Housing site suggestions in Danville | 'Women of the Gold Rush' | Roadway safety plan input | 'Access to Excellence' at SRVUSD

The town of Danville has announced the results of a community engagement effort aimed at bringing the town's residents into the process of identifying potential new housing sites to help plan for 2,241 new housing units under RHNA.

Wednesday, 3:39 PM | No comments yet
Hively opens new Family Resource Center in Dublin

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month in Dublin to commemorate the opening of the Hively Family Resource Center, designed as a one-stop shop for families to obtain all the basic necessities they need all under one roof.

Wednesday, 3:35 PM | No comments yet
Stanford resident physicians vote to join union

Doctors who are resident and fellow physicians at Stanford Health Care have voted to join a union by a wide margin, the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR-SEIU) said in a press statement last week.

Wednesday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Federal judge finds ADA plaintiff's testimony 'not credible,' dismisses suit against Peninsula restaurant

A federal judge has found that a disabled plaintiff's testimony was "not credible" and dismissed his suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act after he sued a Redwood City restaurant over the accessibility of its outdoor dining.

Tuesday, 9:17 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley diver Garman dominates field at sections

Amador Valley junior diver Scott Garman is making a mockery of both the East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section diving competitions. See that plus postseason results in volleyball, lacrosse and track/field in Pleasanton Preps.

Tuesday, 9:15 PM | No comments yet
Danville looking for student artists for Community Pianos project

The town of Danville is seeking middle and high school students from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to submit original designs for the re-painting of the Danville Community Pianos project for this summer.

Tuesday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet

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