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Friday, June 18, 2021

Spare the Air alert issued for Friday, Saturday as heat wave lingers

A Spare the Air alert will be in effect on Friday and Saturday due to excessive heat and low winds that will combine with vehicle exhaust to create unhealthy levels of smog. A flex alert will also be in effect on Friday from 6-9 p.m.

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New Cal/OSHA rules allow fully vaccinated workers to forego masks

Fully vaccinated workers will no longer be required to wear a mask regardless of whether their co-workers are unvaccinated following new guidance from the state's workplace safety agency.

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Tri-Valley celebrating Pride 2021

After a long and often difficult year that has isolated and separated community members due to the pandemic, LGBTQ+ Pride Month has offered local residents the opportunity to celebrate, while also organizing for the future.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Contentious EBRPD feral cat policy may be mitigated by actions of animal shelters

Feral cats may still be killed as a last resort to help protect endangered species of animals in the EBRPD, but a partnership with animal shelters may make the killings a thing of the past, according to shelter leaders.

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'Totally Trains' exhibit returning to Museum of the San Ramon Valley

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley has announced that for its first show of the summer it will be reintroducing its local favorite 'Totally Trains' exhibit, which is returning to the downtown Danville museum for the ninth year.

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State introduces expenses-paid vacation packages as latest COVID-19 vaccine incentive

State officials introduced another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program Monday, offering six expenses-paid vacations throughout the state, including in San Francisco.

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What a Week: Goodbye, Mr. Thorne

The city's most-recent former mayor, Jerry Thorne, has sold his longtime house and is moving soon to Arizona. I caught up with Thorne to reflect on his years of life and service in Pleasanton ahead of a 'bittersweet' departure.

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Becoming Bob Ross

When late TV artist Bob Ross suddenly appeared in a Mountain Dew commercial this spring painting one of his iconic scenes, viewers were taken aback. He's actually portrayed by (a transformed) Bryan Mazzarello, who is from Pleasanton.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

County Connection reopens to pre-pandemic capacity levels

With pandemic restrictions loosening in California, County Connection has transitioned to pre-pandemic physical distancing and capacity requirements for public transit, effective Wednesday.

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Livermore couple open downtown bakery in honor of their late daughter

Aimee and Bryan first launched Wingen Bakery from their home last year so they could be full-time caretakers to their infant daughter, Waylynn, who had been diagnosed with a terminal genetic disorder called Zellweger syndrome.

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Author to speak on crafting characters and plot

Author Susanne Lakin will show writers how to map a character's transformation, at a free Tri-Valley Writers Zoom meeting at 2 p.m. this Saturday (June 19).

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County offering mobile vaccine clinics for local businesses, organizations

Contra Costa County businesses and organizations can request a visit from a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic if a group of at least five people want a vaccine dose, county officials announced Monday.

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Danville: Contra Costa Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to 2018 shooting of Laudemer Arboleda

Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy Andrew Hall pleaded not guilty for the on-duty killing of a man, with Hall's attorneys stating that the shooting was done in self-defense while the family claims it was unjustified.

Wednesday, 4:54 PM | 2 comments

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Investigation continues into fatal collision in Dublin; victim identified

Dublin police are still working to determine what caused the fatal collision between a pedestrian and a pickup truck on Dublin Boulevard last week, a department spokesman said. The coroner's bureau has identified the victim as...

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As California reopens, 6 things you need to know about COVID-19

Around 1,000 Californians are still newly infected every day, hospitalizations have hit a new low, people of color remain at high risk and almost half of eligible people aren't fully vaccinated.

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Heat advisory issued for much of Bay Area

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory and an excessive heat warning for much of the Bay Area beginning Wednesday, with temperatures expected in the 90s and 100s.

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EBMUD to hold talks on drought, fire prevention

The provider of water and wastewater service in the East Bay is holding a series of virtual talks starting Wednesday about the drought and fire prevention, agency officials said.

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Danville: Season finale of Liz Grant and Friends comedy series on Friday

Local comedy show Liz Grant and Friends is hosting its season finale at the Town Green in Danville this Friday (June 18) 7:30 p.m., with comic Dan St. Paul headlining.

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Pleasanton Preps: Amador's LaHa reflects on teeing it up at U.S. Women's Open

For Jaclyn LaHa, an incoming junior and star golfer for the Dons, she can add one twist to her summer story none of her classmates can boast of -- playing in the U.S. Women's Open, teeing it up among the world's best at Olympic Club.

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Dougherty Valley's Wilson named county Teacher of the Year finalist

Michelle Wilson, an English teacher at San Ramon's Dougherty Valley High School, has been recognized as one of four finalists in the 2021-22 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year program.

Tuesday, 12:12 PM | No comments yet
BART approves $2.44B budget with revenue and spending increases, projected ridership rebound

The BART Board of Directors approved a $2.44 billion budget Thursday, with board members expressing optimism about the agency's potential to rebound as the pandemic recedes.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Tri-Valley Writers recognize teen contest winners

Students from 13 high schools participated in the Tri-Valley Writers' 10th annual High School Writing Contest this year. Winners received cash awards, and the first-place writing will be published in the club's next anthology.

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'Kidchella' returning to Danville for in-person concerts

Summer music for kids will return to Danville on Wednesday, when the town's kid-centric summer reading and music festival 'Kidchella' returns for live, in-person shows.

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Walnut Creek: Man believed to be homeless found dead in encampment near I-680

A 53-year-old man was found dead in a homeless encampment on state property between northbound Interstate 680 and the BART tracks in Walnut Creek on Sunday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Monday, 3:38 PM | 1 comment
SRVUSD board to review first draft of Strategic Plan document

The goals and priorities for the SRVUSR will be reviewed during the Board of Education's regular meeting on Tuesday, where district staff will present board members with the first draft of its Strategic Plan document.

Monday, 2:09 PM | 2 comments
Danville: Council to debate the future of outdoor dining in downtown

As businesses in California are set to return to pre-pandemic operations on June 15, the Danville Town Council plans to discuss the future for outdoor dining in the downtown area during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 2:07 PM | 3 comments

Sunday, June 13, 2021

County supervisors hear warnings from emergency officials about fire season

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard a report from local emergency service officials saying we should expect to not only see fires, but power outages, bone dry vegetation, smoky skies and wells drying up.

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Dublin: Inmates allowed to challenge inadequate medical care at Santa Rita Jail

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco refused last week to dismiss inmate claims that medical care at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin is so inadequate that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Kaiser begins COVID-19 vaccine trials for children ages 5-11

Kaiser Permanente officials announced Tuesday that they are expanding COVID-19 vaccine trials to include children ages 5-11 in Oakland, Santa Clara and Sacramento.

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Livestock, companion pets need to be included in wildfire evacuation plans

With fire season underway, animal rescue groups recommend that Bay Area residents include their furry friends in household emergency drills and evacuation plans.

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VTA investigation of gunman's personnel history reveals no indication of violent behavior

Could we have predicted that Sam Cassidy, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employee who killed nine of his co-workers before turning the gun on himself, would have committed such a crime? Right now, the answer is: no.

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Cal/OSHA backtracks on revised COVID workplace rules, could approve new rules this week

Cal/OSHA has backtracked on its recently revised workplace safety guidelines that would have required workers to continue wearing a mask in some situations even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Take Us Along: Seeing the country up close

Ralph Hughes, featured in the Valley Views column April 9 as he and his biking friends planned a trip to visit all 50 states in 50 days, is right on schedule, along with the Pleasanton Weekly.

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Aspiring theater students invited to hone craft at Eugene O'Neill Foundation summer Studio Retreat

For creative young minds seeking an outlet this summer, high school theater students are invited to exercise some creative freedom and hone their craft at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's Studio Retreat in Danville.

Sunday, 12:48 PM | No comments yet
Museum presenting on the history of the Danville train depot

The last train passed through the Danville station in 1978, but the building is still very much alive and well. The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is inviting residents to learn about the history of the depot in a webinar this week.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

County DA joins in $400,000 settlement with MoviePass executives over business practices

A $400,000 settlement was reached last month between executives of now-defunct MoviePass and prosecutors in four counties, according to Contra Costa County prosecutors.

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State to officially align with CDC masking guidance as part of June 15 reopening

One of California's top public health officials confirmed Wednesday that the state will align with federal face masking guidance when the state's tiered reopening system is lifted next week.

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California's big reopening: What changes — and what doesn't — on June 15?

Gov. Gavin Newsom promised business as usual, but there could be exceptions to everyday life returning to normal. Here are questions and answers to clear up confusion.

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Swalwell secures $20M in federal funding for Valley Link design

Local officials said the $20 million specified in the federal 'Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021' would help make Valley Link a national model of environmental sustainability.

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Valley Views: Alamo, prehistory to now

I poured over a new book, 'Historic Tales of Alamo, California' by Beverly Lane with Sharon Burke, which answered questions I'd had since buying a house off Livorna Road in 1981. For instance, where did the name Livorna Road come from?

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Teen with Pleasanton ties killed in Hawaii stabbing

A Bay Area teenager with ties to Pleasanton died last week after being stabbed during a late-night confrontation in Hawaii, according to local authorities in Honolulu.

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When is the Newsom recall election? Maybe sooner than you think

The date of California's recall election still is not set, but voters may decide the governor's fate closer to Labor Day than November.

Wednesday, 5:54 PM | 2 comments
EBMUD approves 4% rate hikes, $800M for infrastructure in 2-year budget

The East Bay Municipal Utility District this week approved a two-year, $2.25 billion budget, which includes 4% water rate hikes this year and next year.

Wednesday, 3:37 PM | 2 comments
County supes strengthen fireworks ordinance as fire danger increases

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday strengthened its fireworks ordinance as California slides into what's expected to be one of its most dangerous fire seasons on record.

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Danville custodian named California State Classified School Employee of the Year

John Baldwin Elementary School's lead custodian Dan Luu has been named as a California State Classified School Employee of the Year by the California Department of Education, an honor earned after 15 years of service at the school.

Wednesday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Danville students take second and third in DeSaulnier's Congressional Art Competition

Danville high school students Menglin Cai and Kaitlyn Yasumura received runner-up and second runner-up honors, respectively, in the Congressional Art Competition of California's 11th District.

Tuesday, 6:17 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley man's new book is plea for better patient care

If Allen Long learned one thing from working as a certified nursing assistant at an inner-city 'safety net' hospital, it was to get high-quality health insurance and only to go to highly rated health care facilities.

Tuesday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
County remains in orange tier as vaccine rates are relatively high, but so are case numbers

With a week to go until the state likely lifts most COVID-19 public mask mandates, Contra Costa County residents seem ready, having received about 1.3 million vaccine doses.

Tuesday, 5:00 PM | 1 comment
Dublin woman charged with embezzling from construction firm

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has charged two people in separate cases of embezzlement, including a Dublin woman accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from the San Jose construction firm she worked for.

Tuesday, 2:00 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Back in the saddle for live horse racing at fairgrounds

Live horse racing returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, and I will back in the saddle as well, co-hosting the Daily Handicapping Seminars for the meet that runs from next Friday (June 18) until July 18.

Tuesday, 1:59 PM | No comments yet

Monday, June 7, 2021

San Ramon: Council to review city's financial situation for 2021-22 fiscal year

The San Ramon City Council plans to review the city's financial situation during its regular meeting on Tuesday and will consider endorsing an operating and capital budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Monday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
EBMUD board to consider water, wastewater rate hikes

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 8% rate increase for tap water and wastewater service over the next two years.

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Danville: Townwide Bicycle Master Plan geared toward creating more bike-friendly community

Cycling in Danville is set to be the main topic of conversation during the Town Council's study session on Tuesday morning when town staff will review the draft Townwide Bicycle Master Plan.

Monday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Pedestrian dies in collision with vehicle on Dublin Boulevard

A local man was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross Dublin Boulevard on foot on Monday morning, according to city police.

Monday, 3:57 PM | 5 comments
As Danville ramps up Housing Element process, Planning Commission to hear update on public outreach website

The Danville Planning Commission has a special meeting Tuesday to review the status of the town's new public outreach website, recently launched to help gauge community's opinions on certain pressing issues, starting with housing.

Monday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet

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