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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Zone 7 opens PFAS water treatment facility

The Zone 7 Water Agency recently unveiled its new state-of-the-art water treatment facility on Sept. 13, which will use an ion exchange treatment process to remove PFAS chemicals from the Stoneridge groundwater well in Pleasanton.

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Community Briefs: State of the School District | Bullying prevention workshop | Open space survey | Youth Council input

Officials with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have announced an upcoming State of the School District discussion in collaboration with the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and local chambers of commerce.

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What a Week: Silent film festival spotlights Pleasanton's place in early days of cinema

The headline did its job, grabbing my attention right away: 'Pleasanton in the Movies'. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum regularly screens films from the early days of American cinema, particularly those shot in the Bay Area...

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Final suspect in Heller Jewelers robbery now in custody

A joint operation by SRPD along with the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force and the Oakland Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms bureau this week yielded the arrest of the fifth and final outstanding suspect in a prominent jewelry heist...

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Paying public educators

Tri-Valley teachers have said they are feeling the financial burdens of high cost-of-living in the Bay Area -- and that without appropriate compensation packages, they will either be forced to move districts or leave the industry.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

California condors sighted near Mount Diablo, Morgan Territory, Round Valley

Preservation group Save Mount Diablo said in a statement Monday they've tracked the paths of six California condors soaring through the skies above Round Valley and Morgan Territory regional preserves, even near the Mt. Diablo summit.

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Fire chief urges supes to consider San Ramon Valley Fire dispatch center as county backup

The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Con Fire last week in which the agency's chief made the case for using Measure X funds to support the SRVFPD communications center and adopt it as a backup for calls countywide.

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Symphony seeks applicants for high school awards, youth music competition

The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association invites young, talented Tri-Valley musicians to participate in two upcoming music competitions. The organization is also holding its POPS on the Green event for families Saturday afternoon.

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2024 state ballot battle to determine if voters can pass school parcel taxes by majority vote

A late-session strategy by Democrats in the California Legislature to sabotage a tax-limitation initiative may determine whether citizen groups can propose a school parcel tax requiring only a majority of voters to pass.

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Pleasanton Preps: Underdog Falcons top Dons 12-7 in rivalry football game

Quite simply, it's why they play the games. I thought Amador Valley was the much stronger team, but when this rivalry comes to be each year in Pleasanton, anything can and often does happen. Friday's final: Foothill 12, Amador 7.

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DUSD: Emerald High School construction delayed three months, but project saves $49M in costs

Dublin Unified leaders recently revealed that Phase 1 of the Emerald High School construction has been delayed by several months, meaning students will begin attending classes onsite at the start of the next school year...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Oktoberfest coming back to Forest Home Farms

Organizers with the San Ramon Historic Foundation are preparing for the return of Oktoberfest festivities this year, with advance tickets for a German lunch available for just a few more days.

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Overnight work scheduled in San Ramon for Iron Horse Trail overcrossing

Overnight work impacting Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon is scheduled through the current week as construction continues on the city's Iron Horse Regional Trail overcrossing project.

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San Ramon Valley High School honors Hall of Fame inductees

San Ramon Valley High School Boosters Club recently celebrated its new selections for its athletic Hall of Fame. The school held dinner and a ceremony Sept. 21 to celebrate the graduates.

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Saying they want a seat at the table, DanvilleSanRamon journalists join effort to form a new, company-wide union

Newsroom employees at Embarcadero Media announced that they are forming a union on Tuesday. The proposed Embarcadero Community News Guild includes reporters, visual journalists and designers at

Tuesday, 4:25 PM | 1 comment

Monday, September 25, 2023

San Ramon council to debate police department additions

The San Ramon City Council is set to consider five new full-time employees for the city's police department following an overview of the organized retail prevention grant program that SRPD was recently awarded $5.6 million through.

Monday, 10:28 PM | No comments yet
County begins next phase of Crow Canyon Road improvement project

Drivers on Crow Canyon Road are advised to brace themselves for lane closures and other disruptions on the portion of road between East Castro Valley Boulevard and the Contra Costa-Alameda county line starting this week, as part of...

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Expert compares Antioch police behavior toward Black suspects to lynching

A race studies expert this month compared text messages among Antioch police about Black murder suspects to the racist animalization and encouragement of violence typical of lynchings going back to the era of slavery.

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Contra Costa County recognizes two educators as Teachers of the Year

Two teachers from the Mount Diablo Unified School District and the Liberty Union High School District have been named Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year, county officials announced last week.

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Monte Vista student appointed to county Board of Education

The Contra Costa County Board of Education saw its first-ever student members join the body's meeting this month, one of whom is a Monte Vista High School senior.

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Can this plan fix California's insurance crisis? What you need to know

A week after negotiations to rescue California's floundering home insurance market stalled out in the Legislature, the state's top insurance regulator put out his own rescue plan that effectively amounts to a trade for major insurers.

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More mosquitoes, birds test positive for West Nile virus around county, including Danville

The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District on Friday warned of more mosquitoes and birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus around the county, including in Danville.

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Tri-Valley woman sets age-record for Tahoe swim

While Pleasanton's Stoneridge Creek retirement community offers its residents a range of fitness opportunities, its facilities might not be the first that come to mind as the daily training grounds for record-setting swimmers...

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Friday, September 22, 2023

What a Week: Time for election fun

'It's the most wonderful time of the year,' echoes sarcastically in my mind these days. No, not because Costco is already in full Christmas mode weeks before Halloween even hits. That's right, election season is here ...

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Glazer honors St. Vincent de Paul as 2023 Nonprofit of the Year

State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) selected St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County as the 2023 Nonprofit of the Year for his senate district., which includes the Tri-Valley.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Community Briefs: SRVHS homecoming parade | Dr. Edwards speaking in Dublin | Walk-and-talk with Rep. DeSaulnier

Students, staff, and alumni of San Ramon Valley High School, plus the Danville community and staff, are preparing to celebrate the school's football team on Friday. Read about that and more in our Community Briefs...

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Pleasanton Senior Center celebrating big anniversary

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Pleasanton Senior Center will hold several events throughout the month. The center offers a variety of recreational, physical and artistic programs to keep Tri-Valley seniors active...

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Stone Valley science teacher earns Fulbright grant

Longtime Stone Valley Middle School teacher Teresa Butler-Doran is preparing to leave her familiar stomping grounds for an international trip and research project that she anticipates could lead to new strategies for her class...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

John Muir Health announces new cancer care facility after record donation from Behring Foundation

Officials with John Muir Health have unveiled a planned expansion to the health care organization's Walnut Creek facilities, following a hefty donation from the Behring Global Education Foundation.

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County supervisors endorse ordinance requiring gun owners to lock them up

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring gun owners in unincorporated areas to lock up their firearms.

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Danville woman sentenced for embezzling $1.7M from Men's Wearhouse, parent company

A woman from Danville was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison for embezzling over $1.7 million from Men's Wearhouse and its parent company Tailored Brands, federal prosecutors said this week.

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Amador celebrates 100 years

Amador Valley High alumni and current students joined community leaders and others in marking the school's centennial with a series of special events from Sept. 14-16. Enjoy these photos from our freelancer Chuck Deckert...

Wednesday, 5:24 PM | No comments yet
Iron Horse Trail overcrossing installation postponed in Dublin

The planned closure of Dublin Boulevard for the installation of a new Iron Horse Regional Trail overcrossing was delayed earlier this month as a result of loose fasteners and a new date for the project work has not been scheduled.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

San Ramon hires new deputy city manager

Officials with the city of San Ramon have announced Scott Koll as their selection for deputy city manager, several months after former position holder Steven Spedowfski was selected as city manager.

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County health official says COVID cases rising, new mask order coming

COVID-19 cases are again rising in Contra Costa County as it and other Bay Area counties are issuing a new masking order that applies to workers at "high-risk" health care facilities.

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Alamo: Traffic delays expected due to tree trimming

Minor traffic delays started Tuesday along a roadway in Alamo due to tree trimming and removal operations, according to Contra Costa County officials.

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls' volleyball wins Bay Area Classic

The Foothill High girls' volleyball team kept crushing it last week, taking a pair of East Bay Athletic League matches as well as winning the Bay Area Classic. See that plus the new Amador Hall of Fame class in our Pleasanton Preps.

Tuesday, 10:19 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon hospital quietly changes CEO for second time as acquisition decision looms

San Ramon Regional Medical Center has a new interim CEO for the second time in less than a year, all while the FTC continues to review the proposal for John Muir Health to fully acquire the hospital from its current majority owner.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | 1 comment

Monday, September 18, 2023

The learning recovery that wasn't: Missed opportunities and the ongoing cost of COVID

The second yearly report by a national education research organization examining the impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 education offered that sobering outlook while highlighting some notable state and local efforts nationwide.

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Planning Commission to discuss San Ramon General Plan update

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to review the latest draft of the update to the city's General Plan, along with its associated environmental impact report, on Tuesday night.

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Danville council to consider reinstating downtown employee parking fee

The Danville Town Council is set to vote on the return of the town's downtown employee parking program and associated fees starting in 2024, nearly four years after the program was paused in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Monday, 4:29 PM | 1 comment
San Ramon police get $5.6M grant to fight organized retail theft

The San Ramon Police Department has received more than $5.6 million in a state grant to battle organized retail theft. Police said that with the rise in organized retail thefts in recent years, there's an urgent need for...

Monday, 3:42 PM | 14 comments

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Kaiser Permanente union members authorize strike if contract talks fail

A Kaiser Permanente union representing tens of thousands of California health care workers said Thursday that its members will strike if the two sides can't reach a contract agreement by the end of the month.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Shows to go on at Danville's Auburn Lounge, for now

Danville's Auburn Lounge is set to proceed with their planned events for the rest of the year, with the owners successfully appealing a previous town decision to deny the necessary permit requests amid noise complaints...

Saturday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet
Dublin school board rejects call to investigate if staff ignored its direction on grading practices

Dublin Unified trustees last week narrowly decided against initiating an investigation into leadership staff to see if they have been fully implementing the board's directive earlier this summer to halt any standards-based grading.

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Up-and-coming local leaders recognized at State of the Tri-Valley

A number of young leaders and influencers from across the region gathered in San Ramon this month to have their present work and future potential acknowledged in the inaugural 'Tri-Valley 20 Under 40ish' list.

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