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Thursday, December 8, 2022

What a Week: Reflecting on Tri-Valley city election outcomes

Our editorial team can finally exhale after the all-consuming local political season. I can't turn the page, though, without writing some final reflections on the outcomes that stood out from the city elections in the Tri-Valley ...

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Dublin police set to honor deputy killed in the line of duty 24 years ago

Dublin Police Services this weekend will recognize a somber anniversary with a memorial tree lighting in honor of John Monego, an Alameda County sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty in Dublin in 1998.

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Former Dublin women's prison warden convicted of sex-related crimes

The former warden of a women's prison in Dublin was convicted Thursday of crimes involving sexually abusive conduct against three inmates and of lying to federal agents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Driver dies in wreck at I-580/I-680 interchange in Dublin

A man was killed after crashing his car at the interchange of interstates 580 and 680 in Dublin early Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Community Briefs: County education office's annual report out | 'Santa on a Fire Truck' | Symphonic concert | Library book sale

The Contra Costa County Office of Education's annual report is now available for the public to review. Read about that and more in our latest Community Briefs...

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Connelly wins county clerk-recorder's seat

Kristin Connelly, winner of the competitive race for Contra Costa County clerk-recorder that led to a runoff in last month's election, is set to take the helm of the often overlooked yet critical office at the start of the new year.

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Pleasanton Preps: Getting ready for coverage of winter sports

The fall season is now in the past, and it is full steam ahead into the winter season. That means it is time to start submitting results from the teams at Amador Valley and Foothill for basketball, soccer and wrestling.

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Zone 7 Director Sanwong submits resignation in order to serve on East Bay Parks board

Zone 7 Water Agency Director Olivia Sanwong will be stepping down from her position on the agency's governing board later this month so she can start her new role on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors.

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Close vote as county supervisors approve sale of cannabis, vaping products in unincorporated areas

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 to pass an ordinance allowing the sale and delivery of non-flavored cannabis and vaping products in unincorporated county areas.

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Future of BART dependent on increased public funding, officials say

Cutting BART service enough to shore up its projected nine-figure annual deficits in the coming years would result in a "death spiral" for the transit agency, officials said last week.

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Dublin High planning to celebrate holiday season and community

Dublin High School will be hosting its second annual holiday tree lighting ceremony this Wednesday evening. The event is free to attend and will include the placement and lighting of over 3,000 lights on a 70-foot redwood tree.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

By the numbers: California's mild 2022 wildfire season

Moderate weather and well-timed rainstorms in much of California combined to curb the acreage and structures burned.

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Monday, December 5, 2022

San Ramon Planning Commission to consider approving Trumark Townhomes project

San Ramon planning commissioners are set Tuesday to discuss whether to approve a proposed townhome project on Deerwood Drive. And later, they will hold the city's first study session on Chevron Park redevelopment.

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NNSA seeks public input on environmental impact statement for Livermore Lab

The National Nuclear Security Administration is set to hold public hearings this week for input on a draft document evaluating potential environmental impacts associated with the operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Walnut Creek council to finalize rules and fees for permanent outdoor dining

The Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday is set to finalize details of its outdoor dining policy to implement the new permanent policy it passed in June.

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BART approves fare grace period for brief trips that begin, end at same station

BART's governing board voted unanimously last week to grant a short-term grace period for the system's fare for trips that begin and end at the same station.

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Supervisors to consider allowing cannabis sales in county areas

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to consider an ordinance allowing the sale and delivery of non-flavored cannabis vaping products.

Monday, 3:30 PM | 1 comment

Sunday, December 4, 2022

2.9-magnitude earthquake shakes San Ramon Valley

The San Ramon Valley was shaken by a small earthquake late Saturday afternoon, centered 3.1 miles north-northeast of Diablo, near Danville.

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Cozy up with these 7 children's books emphasizing empathy, overcoming differences

In a season that celebrates peace on earth, now is the best time to share lessons about empathy, overcoming differences and working together. Some of the best children's books published in 2022 touch on these topics.

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'Shawn's Boat' fundraiser, honoring late Danville native, more than halfway to goal

More than four months after the death of a Danville-born woman who was hit by a truck while bicycling to work in Washington D.C., friends, family and former rowing teammates are continuing efforts to memorialize the late 40-year-old.

Sunday, 3:43 PM | 1 comment

Friday, December 2, 2022

Bay Area air district offering buy-back program for older, high-polluting vehicles

Bay Area residents with a vehicle made before 1999 can receive up to $1,200 as part of a buy-back program to improve local air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced.

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Dublin police identify man killed in apparent self-defense shooting

Dublin Police Services identified Kenneth Krainski as the decedent in a domestic disturbance in Dublin last month that escalated into his shooting death, with police continuing to believe that the shooting was in self-defense.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Around the Valley: Questionable actions

Questionable actions at recent municipal meetings might have gone unnoticed if not for astute and curious readers.

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Get on the Bus

Pleasanton resident Tim Ryerson, GM of Ballistic United, founded "Get on the Bus" to give children who might not be able to the chance to play soccer while also learning valuable life skills.

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Community Briefs: Advisory committee openings | 'The First Man' discussion | Holiday on the Farm

The city of San Ramon is seeking applicants for seats on five advisory committees through Dec. 9. Read about that and more in our Community Briefs...

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DSRSD incumbents Johnson and Goel secure board seats and share election reflections

Dublin San Ramon Services District incumbents Ann Marie Johnson and Arun Goel have secured seats on the agency's board this election season.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Danville to name new mayor during installation ceremony next week

The Town of Danvile's next mayor is set to be sworn in at the town's upcoming Mayor's Installation and Community Awards ceremony.

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John Mercurio to replace Beverly Lane on EBRPD board

The lone candidate in a non-competitive race to replace the longtime director at the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) representing the ward that encompasses the San Ramon Valley is officially set to take the seat.

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'Holidays in the Valley' returns to Danville museum

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley's long-beloved annual holiday exhibit has returned this year, with the current display of historical and present-day holiday marvels now open to the public.

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County supervisors approve controversial Seven Hills Ranch development

After hearing from at least 50 speakers spanning about six hours, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the Spieker Senior Development residential care facility in unincorporated Walnut Creek.

Wednesday, 12:00 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

County coroner's inquest finds Oakland woman died by accident in car crash

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said that a coroner's jury found 29-year-old Naya Jackson of Oakland died because of an accident in a car crash that occurred amid a police pursuit in June.

Tuesday, 1:42 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on 2022 football seasons for Amador and Foothill

The 2022 East Bay Athletic League football season ended with some positive achievements from both Amador Valley and Foothill. The contrast is looking to next year: The Dons have a lot more reasons to be excited than the Falcons...

Tuesday, 12:20 PM | No comments yet
Coroner IDs woman killed in Thanksgiving Day car crash outside Livermore

Authorities have confirmed the identity of the Fremont woman who died in a head-on collision on rural Altamont Pass Road in unincorporated Livermore on Thanksgiving afternoon.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Pearl Harbor Day beacon lighting returns to Mount Diablo

The beacon that has sat atop Mount Diablo since its installation before World War II is set to be illuminated next week in remembrance of the start of the United States' involvement in the war.

Monday, 6:40 PM | 2 comments
County supervisors to take up much-debated Seven Hills Ranch development

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide whether a developer can transform 30 acres of mostly open space that's nearly surrounded by the city of Walnut Creek, near Heather Farm Park.

Monday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Caltrans to begin overnight shutdowns for parts of I-680 in Tri-Valley

Caltrans is scheduled to close a portion of northbound Interstate 680 overnight beginning in December as part of a major improvement project starting from the I-680/Highway 84 junction to the Sunol Boulevard exit.

Monday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
About-face: Why Newsom relented, released $1 billion despite lackluster local homeless plans

Two weeks after withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, the governor is now yielding.

Monday, 12:27 PM | 1 comment

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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