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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Contra Costa County Supervisors beef up commercial tenant rent, eviction protections

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday enacted new protections for commercial rental tenants who can prove financial hardship directly tied to COVID-19-related causes.

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Contra Costa County moves out of state's most restrictive COVID-19 tier

Contra Costa County moved out of the state's most restrictive coronavirus reopening tier Tuesday, allowing some businesses like gyms and restaurants to resume operating indoors with limited capacities.

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San Ramon Council candidates talk 'defunding police,' COVID-19 crisis

Candidates vying to represent their community on the San Ramon City Council met during an online forum on Thursday, taking the time to debate the finer points of civic governance and sharing their vision for the future of the city.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Valley Link receives $400 million in Alameda County funding

The Valley Link rail project now has nearly a third of funds needed to build out the planned regional transit system, after the Alameda County Transportation Commission agreed to reallocate $400 million in Measure BB funding.

Monday, 10:40 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon mayoral candidates differentiate themselves at virtual forum

The race to lead San Ramon as the next mayor saw candidates trying to set themselves apart during an online forum last week as they debated the finer points of local issues in their efforts to win voters.

Monday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD board to discuss school reopening plan during special meeting

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education is set to convene for a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, during which time district officials will discuss plans for reopening schools.

Monday, 3:13 PM | No comments yet
Danville council to review Hartz Avenue street closures

The Danville Town Council plans to meet for a special meeting on Tuesday to receive a verbal report on the status of downtown street closures for temporary outdoor restaurant seating.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

BART board amends budget amid changes caused by COVID-19

BART would have finished fiscal year 2020 facing a budget deficit of some $120 million were it not for federal funding help during the novel coronavirus pandemic, agency officials said Thursday.

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California sees steep drop in reports of child abuse since school campuses closed

No group in California reports more suspected cases of child abuse than teachers. And with teachers no longer seeing students in-person every day in most parts, advocates say thousands of cases of child abuse may be going unreported.

Sunday, 11:17 AM | 1 comment
Contra Costa County health order seeks increased testing by private health plans

Private health care providers operating within Contra Costa County must now provide timely COVID-19 tests to essential workers, those with symptoms and those exposed to the virus, according to a new health order released Thursday.

Sunday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
First of three O'Neill plays premieres next weekend

Bitter, haunted, meticulous, courageous, inscrutable, contrarian. These words were used by cast members of Eugene O'Neill's early one-act plays when asked to sum up their characters in a single word...

Sunday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet
Sheriff's office investigating after inmate dies in hospital

Authorities have opened an investigation into the death Thursday of Levele Williams, an inmate at the Martinez Detention Facility, Contra Costa County sheriff's officials said Friday.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Heat wave, dry winds prompt Red Flag warning this weekend

High temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s are expected to blanket the Bay Area this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning amid concern of new wildfires.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

SRVUSD Board of Education candidates debate ahead of Nov. 3 election

Candidates for the SRVUSD squared off during an online election forum Wednesday evening, taking time to debate over the policies and practices they believe will best serve district students.

Friday, 5:11 PM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dozens of San Ramon Valley students qualify for National Merit Scholarship Program finals

In a resounding recognition of local students' dedication to academics, 60 senior students in the San Ramon Valley have been announced as semifinalists for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thursday, 10:31 PM | No comments yet
I'm here! I'm 1! I'm 2!

When Valerie Carlson Pressley read to her young children, she noticed their excitement for books about babies and toddlers their own age. She wanted to buy books to highlight their milestones but couldn't find any. So she set out to...

Thursday, 4:19 PM | No comments yet
Heat, risk of fires, rip currents to pose danger in Bay Area this weekend

Weather will pose a danger to Bay Area residents starting Friday with a higher risk for rip currents at beaches and increased wildfire risk starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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County plans to turn motel into permanent homeless support hub

Contra Costa County plans to turn a 174-room motel in Pittsburg into a permanent support hub to help homeless residents transition into supportive housing, county officials said last week.

Thursday, 1:34 PM | No comments yet
Community college district enters negotiations with chancellor finalist Reece

Contra Costa Community College District officials will negotiate with Bryan Reece, Ph.D., a former president of Norco College in Riverside County, to become the next chancellor of the Martinez-based college district.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Valley Views: Hopes for global health

The story of fighting polio is inspiring because it is the tale of global cooperation, which one can only hope will take place against COVID-19.

Wednesday, 10:44 PM | No comments yet
Gov. Newsom signs executive order phasing out sale of gas-powered passenger cars by 2035

Citing the threat of vehicle emissions spurring climate change-induced crises on the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

Wednesday, 10:39 PM | No comments yet
Museum of the San Ramon Valley to host virtual exhibit on 'California's First People'

Set to be presented virtually to help stem the spread of the pandemic, California's First People tells the story of the Indigenous Peoples who called the San Ramon Valley home beginning around 5,000 years ago.

Wednesday, 4:30 PM | No comments yet
CCTV to air 'Election Preview' for Danville Town Council and other local elections

Contra Costa Television is offering residents the opportunity to learn about candidates running for local office this fall through a series of special 'Election Previews' starting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:26 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors extend eviction, rent increase moratorium

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended protections for residential tenants who can show they are missing rent payments due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Health officials recommend against trick-or-treating, Halloween parties

With the COVID-19 pandemic remaining a public health threat, Contra Costa County health officials are advising against the usual Halloween traditions (trick-or-treating, haunted houses, big parties) to minimize the risk of spread.

Tuesday, 10:33 PM | No comments yet
COVID-19: Contra Costa could move into state's red tier next week

More indoor businesses, including movie theaters, gyms and restaurant dining rooms, may be able to reopen in Contra Costa County as soon as next week, should COVID-19 case trends continue, the county's health officer said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10:30 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County supervisors approve commitment to climate-friendly measures

A resolution committing Contra Costa County government leaders to prepare for shifting from a fossil fuels-based economy to a greener one, and to promote various measures to help fight climate change, was unanimously approved Tuesday.

Tuesday, 3:08 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Fourth annual Culture in the Community Celebration going virtual

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, San Ramon's annual Culture in the Community Celebration is going virtual this year and residents are invited to share their culture by submitting homemade videos for the event.

Tuesday, 1:42 PM | 1 comment

Monday, September 21, 2020

Walnut Creek: Family says settlement in Miles Hall case to further foundation work

The mother and father of Miles Hall, the 23-year-old man shot and killed in June 2019 by Walnut Creek police, said they plan to use money from a $4 million lawsuit settlement to fund the work of a foundation named for their son.

Monday, 9:47 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors mull extending rent, eviction protections

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on whether, and how, to extend protections for residential tenants who can show they are missing rent payments through financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

Monday, 9:42 PM | 1 comment
State stops accepting unemployment claims for 2 weeks to address backlog

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state Economic Development Department will stop accepting new unemployment insurance applications for two weeks to determine how to reduce the state's vast backlog of claims.

Monday, 9:38 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Former Athenian School teacher charged with sexual assault of a minor

A former teacher and track coach at the Athenian School in Danville has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting an unidentified girl nearly seven years ago, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

Monday, 2:39 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Commission to debate removal of two protected trees for residential project

The Danville Planning Commissions is set to review a minor subdivision and tree removal project on Lawrence Road during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 12:25 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon council to review proposed Crow Canyon Specific Plan updates

The San Ramon City Council is set Tuesday to begin its review of proposed updates to the Crow Canyon Specific Plan, which aims to invigorate the mixed-use community that includes prosperous commercial, light industrial and residential.

Monday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 20, 2020

California ballot measure to lift ban on affirmative action widely opposed by surveyed voters

A survey by the Public Policy Institute of California of likely voters found that 31% of voters said they would vote for Proposition 16 while 47% said they oppose the measure and 22% have not decided.

Sunday, 5:31 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek: $4M civil rights settlement approved in fatal police shooting

A $4 million settlement was approved Friday in a civil rights case involving the death of Miles Hall in Walnut Creek in June of last year, city officials announced.

Sunday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
County officials urge residents to take precautions against West Nile virus

Contra Costa County officials have urged residents to take precautions against West Nile virus after two sentinel chickens and three more dead birds recently tested positive for the virus.

Sunday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Six candidates vie for three seats on Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board of Directors

The Central San Board of Directors is one of the special districts is set to appear on San Ramon Valley voters' ballots during the Nov. 3 election, with six candidates vying for three at-large seats on the sewer board.

Sunday, 4:48 PM | 1 comment
San Ramon city candidate forum set for Thursday

The San Ramon city candidates are debating in an online forum from 6-9 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24) organized by and the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Contra Costa supervisors approve $3.6B budget for 2020-21

Almost three months later than the annual county budget is usually adopted, the Board of Supervisors have approved a $3.6 billion 2020-2021 budget that county officials say will likely require yet more adjustments thanks to COVID-19.

Thursday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County officials developing order to require more COVID-19 testing

Saying some health providers are not providing their share of COVID-19 tests, Contra Costa County's health officer and one county supervisor said a health order mandating more testing by providers is in order, and in the works.

Thursday, 4:19 PM | No comments yet
Tech engineer Nasser Mirzai seeks to bring fresh perspective to Danville Town Council

Technology engineer Nasser Mirzai is campaigning to join the Danville Town Council, running on a platform to reinvigorate what he sees as stale leadership with a fresh perspective.

Thursday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet
Commuters advised to expect delays on Danville Boulevard due to roadwork

The Contra Costa County Public Works Department will be conducting roadwork along Danville Boulevard through Alamo starting on Monday (Sept. 21), and commuters are advised to expect possible delays.

Thursday, 4:05 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

SRVUSD online candidate forum set for Sept. 23

Candidates for San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees are participating in an online forum Sept. 23, presented by the in partnership with San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs.

Wednesday, 10:51 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Two healthy recipes to try

Christina Gray, Pleasanton photographer, author and real estate professional, also has made it her mission in life to develop healthy recipes and share them with others...

Wednesday, 10:42 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on 9/11 and that first football game back at Monte Vista

Last week was the 19th anniversary of 9/11, and every year the memories of the terrorist attacks on the United States tear me apart inside.

Wednesday, 4:40 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon residents can learn about local election at Friday Mayor's Breakfast

With less than 50 days until the Nov. 3 election, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson is inviting residents to an informative and casual discussion on the local election during his Mayor's Breakfast Friday.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa Community College District names finalist for chancellor position

The Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board has named veteran administrator Brian Reece as the finalist for its next chancellor and is asking residents to participate in the final selection process.

Wednesday, 2:28 PM | No comments yet

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