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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Castlewood members celebrate clubhouse reopening

Hundreds of members of The Club at Castlewood flocked to the hillside venue to celebrate the reopening of its clubhouse earlier this month. Judging by the wide smiles at the evening reopening event, they were delighted with the result.

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Air district announces $5M in grants available to build electric vehicle charging stations

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced a $5 million grant program to fund the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the Bay Area.

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State grants money to local agencies, including Contra Costa Health, to crack down on illegal tobacco sales to minors

Cities, counties, school districts and law enforcement agencies across the state, including Contra Costa Health Services, will soon receive their share of state funding to crack down on the illegal sale of tobacco to minors.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Passenger killed in head-on crash on Thanksgiving Day

A passenger died on Thanksgiving afternoon after the driver of the car allegedly tried to pass slower traffic but crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle in unincorporated Tri-Valley.

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Holiday Happenings 2022

The winter holiday season is officially upon us. Here's our review of the events calendar in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville now through New Year's weekend...

Friday, 5:53 AM | 3 comments
County sheriff's office says phone scammers threaten arrest to get money

CCCSO is warning people about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's office, saying there's a warrant for their arrest and they will be arrested unless they pay them money.

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EBRPD gets $3 million for Thurgood Marshall Park

The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors last week unanimously voted to accept $3 million from the state to build the first staging area and visitor center in Concord for the new Thurgood Marshall Regional Park.

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DUSD incumbents Cherrier, Kuo secure new terms

The two contested seats for the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees, areas 3 and 5, are among the elections with confirmed outcomes, as incumbents William Kuo and Dan Cherrier each won by a comfortable 2:1 margin.

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What a Week: Pleasanton's new city manager making his mark

Beaudin just received unanimous support from the City Council (who admittedly tread carefully that night) to revamp the city's longstanding process for identifying and prioritizing public projects, programs and policies initiatives.

Friday, 4:32 AM | No comments yet
Looking toward the future: ACE trains going to 100% renewable diesel

The Altamont Corridor Express announced last week that its trains will now run on 100% renewable diesel fuel, making it the first commuter rail service in Northern California to make the switch.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Danville: The Crayon Initiative appoints new executive director

The Crayon Initiative, a Danville-based nonprofit organization that supplies crayons to children's hospitals throughout the country, has a new leader at the helm as of this fall.

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Community Briefs: Literacy grant | Tree lighting in San Ramon | Clairdee and the Ken French Trio | Santa's Mailbox

The county's Office of Education is the recipient of a $9.8 million grant from the state department of education aimed at increasing literacy rates and opportunities as part of a statewide project. See more in Community Briefs...

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Nearly $300M in relief funding needed to balance BART budget, officials say

BART finished the 2021-22 fiscal year with a balanced budget due in large part to federal relief funding and more sales tax revenue than expected, budget officials with the transit agency said last week.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Cal High student seeks to encourage equity in STEM

When Sayam De's family moved across the country from New York to San Ramon, he found himself immersed in a heavily tech influenced world in which STEM opportunities appeared to abound.

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Pleasanton Preps: Lots to be thankful for this year

Thanksgiving can be so much in so many ways to different people. I like to take time each year to give thanks for my family and the things around me in my daily life and jobs. This year, the list is longer and for that I am thankful.

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Dublin: Union alleges district policy 'suppressing' teacher voices

Educators employed within the Dublin Unified School District spoke out at a recent school board meeting against a district policy they see as 'suppressing' teachers' voices.

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Zone 7 adopts 5.5% annual water rate increases through 2026

Pleasanton is set to see a 5.5% rise in the annual rates for wholesale water services from the Zone 7 Water Agency for each of the next four years after its Board of Directors voted 5-2 to approve the price increase last week.

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Police: Man dies in apparent self-defense shooting in Dublin

Dublin police confirmed on Tuesday that a man died from gunshot injuries apparently fired in self defense amid a domestic dispute that turned violent at an apartment complex two days earlier.

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San Ramon council to discuss right-of-way changes on Bollinger Canyon Road

The San Ramon City Council is set to consider yielding parts of the city's right-of-way alongside Bollinger Canyon Road in a measure that would address longstanding fencing irregularities between private property and public land.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Green Friday celebrations being held across East Bay parks

On the heels of Thanksgiving, many East Bay residents will be heading outdoors to take part in an emerging initiative to promote recreational activity and environmental awareness on Friday.

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Open Heart Kitchen names Bost as new executive director

Tri-Valley nonprofit Open Heart Kitchen will have a new executive director at the start of the new year, with John Bost set to take over the role from current Executive Director Heather Greaux, who will be transitioning to CFO.

Monday, 10:54 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: CHP honors fallen colleague on 15th anniversary of his death on duty

Officers with the California Highway Patrol in the Tri-Valley gathered last week to recognize a solemn anniversary alongside surviving family members of one of their own who died on duty 15 years ago.

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Dublin voters choose Josey, Qaadri for two at-large City Council seats

Dublin Vice Mayor Jean Josey and Planning Commission alternate member Kashef Qaadri have secured the first and second seats for the City Council, beating out former planning commissioner Lynna Do in the general election.

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

SRVUSD celebrates four National Blue Ribbon School awards

Four schools at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have formally received their awards for a national designation aimed at recognizing high-performing schools as exemplars for education across the country.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

County DA determines 2021 fatal police shooting was justified

The county DA's office on Friday released a report concluding that the fatal shooting of a man by Pittsburg police at an apartment complex last year was justified and the officers involved will not face criminal charges.

Saturday, 10:24 PM | 13 comments
Flu, COVID, RSV transmission increasing 'in every category' in state

Transmission of the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus is increasing statewide simultaneously and could lead to overwhelmed hospitals this winter, one of the state's top health officials said last week.

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Charges filed against unlicensed landscape contractor working in Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office last week announced felony and misdemeanor charges filed against an unlicensed contractor for allegedly defrauding multiple victims in the county, including in Walnut Creek.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

2022 Holiday Fund now underway

This week marks the start of the 21st annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, when our news organization asks the community to consider donating to support eight Tri-Valley nonprofit beneficiaries this holiday season.

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Sheriff's office inundated with concealed weapon permit requests

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office says it has been inundated with requests for concealed carry weapon permits since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York state's restrictions requiring applicants to give...

Friday, 5:35 AM | 2 comments
Contra Costa County offering 4 at-home COVID tests for free via mail-order program

County residents can now receive four free at-home COVID-19 test kits through a mail-order program. The test kits will ship to residents' homes within five to seven business days, according to Contra Costa Health Services.

Friday, 5:22 AM | No comments yet
Around the Valley: Influencing elections

A close look at San Ramon's 2022 candidate campaign finance filings set off alarm bells for me. It appears special interests and outside money are creeping in to influence local elections while drowning out the voice of the residents.

Friday, 5:06 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, November 17, 2022

vanZee pulls ahead to healthy lead in latest election count for SRVUSD Area 1

More than a week after the election, the race for SRVUSD Area 1 has flipped again, with current leader Jesse vanZee now at the widest margin yet in the San Ramon Valley's closest contest this fall.

Thursday, 4:32 PM | 7 comments

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Turkey Burn revels in expressions of thanks

Since premiering at Pleasanton's Ken Mercer Sports Park in 2015, the Tri-Valley Turkey Burn Family Fun Run has played multiple roles for its participants, its Rotary club organizer and the region as a whole.

Wednesday, 10:59 PM | No comments yet
Lighting of the Old Oak Tree to kick off holiday season in Danville

A longtime tradition characterizing the holiday season in Danville is set to return to a landmark of the historic downtown area, with this year's Lighting of the Old Oak Tree set for Nov. 25.

Wednesday, 10:33 PM | No comments yet
Save Mount Diablo eyes purchase of portion of 'Missing Mile'

A small but crucial piece of land adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park that has been eyed by Save Mount Diablo for decades as part of what's been dubbed the 'Missing Mile' could be the nonprofit's newest purchase next year.

Wednesday, 10:29 PM | No comments yet
Space tomatoes and yogurt bags: NASA scientists are sending experiments to space that will enable longer future missions

Space tomatoes and portable diagnostic kits are just a sample of the innovations that will join Friday's SpaceX commercial resupply mission.

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California commission overhauls rooftop solar proposal

The CPUC's scaled-back plan eliminates consumer fees. The original was abandoned after criticism from the governor and solar advocates that it could hurt the transition to renewable energy.

Wednesday, 10:11 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Coroner IDs woman killed after series of crashes in San Ramon over the weekend

Authorities on Tuesday confirmed the identity of the driver who died after her sedan was involved in four separate crashes in quick succession on the freeway in San Ramon early Saturday morning.

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Community Briefs: Sandbag stations | Senior fraud workshop | 'The History of Canyon' | Lady K and the Kings of Swing

San Ramon officials have announced three sandbag locations aimed at helping residents prepare for wet weather as winter comes closer. Read about that and more in our Community Briefs.

Tuesday, 8:14 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls' volleyball makes run to NorCal tourney

The young Foothill High girls' volleyball team advanced to the CIF NorCal tournament for the second straight year before seeing their season ended by Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills.

Tuesday, 8:00 PM | No comments yet
Pacific Chamber Orchestra set for three 'Messiah' shows

Pacific Chamber Orchestra is continuing its holiday season tradition by performing a concert centered on 'the sublime melodies, uplifting messages and sheer beauty' of George Frideric Handel's 'Messiah' the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, 8:00 PM | No comments yet

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