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Monday, September 27, 2021

Preliminary agreement approved for better mental health care at Santa Rita Jail

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins preliminarily approved a settlement in a federal class action lawsuit against Alameda County over mental health care at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and at any other Alameda County jail.

Monday, 9:11 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon council to talk pension expense reductions at special meeting

San Ramon council members are set to consider recommendations from staff regarding strategies to potentially reduce expenses for city employee pensions during a special meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Planning Commission set for study session on housing outreach

Following months of effort aimed at involving the local community in decisions about how to address housing challenges facing the town, planning commissioners in Danville are set to discuss what these efforts have looked like and...

Monday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Traffic trends in Tri-Valley give officials cause for concern

A rash of traffic collisions in the Tri-Valley this year between pedestrians and motorists, including a handful of fatalities, has local law enforcement and other officials reminding residents to take extra care on roadways lately.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Con Fire expected to annex East Contra Costa Fire Protection District

The Contra Costa Fire Protection District will annex the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, both districts announced last week. Move must be taken to Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission for formal approval.

Sunday, 2:27 PM | No comments yet
County DA declines to file charges against Richmond police in 2019 fatal shooting

No charges will be brought against three Richmond police officers who shot and killed a man in 2019, after an investigation by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office found that they acted lawfully.

Sunday, 2:27 PM | No comments yet
Sinkhole prompted warning for drivers in Alamo

Drivers were urged to avoid the area near the intersection of Valley Oaks Drive and Stone Valley Road in unincorporated Alamo on Friday evening due to a sinkhole, Contra Costa County emergency officials said.

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State officials announce plans to roll out COVID vaccine boosters after full federal approval

State officials announced their plan Thursday to roll out COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to eligible residents once they are fully approved by the federal government.

Sunday, 12:46 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek: Three charged with fraud in workers' compensation scheme

The former owners of two Bay Area painting companies were arraigned last Monday in an Oakland court on fraud charges filed by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the California Department of Insurance.

Sunday, 12:26 PM | 2 comments
Wells Middle School principal will return on Monday

A Dublin middle school principal who was placed on administrative leave last week will be back to work on Monday, Dublin Unified School District officials have confirmed.

Sunday, 12:06 PM | 1 comment
Livermore news site to launch next month

Embarcadero Media Group, parent company of the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com, is launching a community news site in the Tri-Valley: LivermoreVine.com.

Sunday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Who's dying in California from COVID-19?

California's COVID-19 deaths are skewing younger, with the average age dropping seven years in September. Death rates are increasing for most racial groups, particularly Latinos.

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As California's drought deepens, water use drops only 1.8%

Next year's cuts in water supply could go even deeper as severe drought grips nearly 90% of California. Residents of the North Coast and Bay Area conserved more than Southern Californians did.

Sunday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Tri-Valley man recognized by 49ers for community service

Pleasanton's Dave Moirao was honored by the SF 49ers as this year's recipient of the organization's Community Quarterback Award, which recognizes volunteers who show leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering the Bay Area.

Sunday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Staying Healthy: Work-life harmony as a 'three-legged stool'

A study in selflessness, Reena Gupta's work has centered on helping others, and her personal life has been deeply affected by a strongly communal household and close family ties. However, Gupta does not advocate self-abdication.

Thursday, 10:36 PM | 1 comment
Valley Views -- Dateline Berlin: On my journey to visit grandkids abroad ... during a pandemic

Of my nine visits to Berlin since my son Pepe moved here in late 1999, this was by far the most challenging journey. Bottom line: I do not recommend international travel during a pandemic. I can only describe the trek as Kafka-esque.

Thursday, 10:34 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area water district officials discuss how they're weathering drought

Officials from four of the Bay Area's largest water districts said that water storage and supply projects, conservation and political action will be required to get the region through the next few years if 'grim' drought persists.

Thursday, 10:22 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon again pushes out debate over 404-unit City Village residential project

Rather than moving the application for an ambitious housing project forward this week, as anticipated, the San Ramon Planning Commission opted to extend public hearings for the proposed 404-unit City Village development into next month

Thursday, 6:30 PM | No comments yet
No criminal charges pursued in San Ramon crash that killed NFL coach Greg Knapp

Contra Costa County prosecutors this week declined to pursue criminal charges against the driver of the vehicle that struck cyclist Greg Knapp, an NFL assistant coach who died after the collision in San Ramon in July.

Thursday, 5:41 PM | 5 comments

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Power restored after turkey causes 3-hour outage affecting thousands in San Ramon Valley

Power was restored to roughly 3,300 PG&E customers in Danville and San Ramon on Wednesday morning after a three-hour outage apparently caused by a turkey.

Wednesday, 4:29 PM | 2 comments
New businesses debuting at City Center Bishop Ranch

Curry Up Now, once a humble food truck on the Peninsula, has expanded to locations as far and wide as New Jersey and Georgia since its origins. However, the popular Bay Area chain hadn't made it to the Tri-Valley area -- until now.

Wednesday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
County health officials implore people to get COVID-19 vaccine

Contra Costa County health officials on Tuesday used their regular COVID-19 briefing time before the Board of Supervisors to implore -- sometimes emotionally -- people to get vaccinated.

Wednesday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa supervisors decline to extend COVID-19 eviction moratorium

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors decided not to extend its temporary prohibition on certain evictions of residential and small-business commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 2:41 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Dublin: Three arrested for spree of robberies, purse snatches that targeted Asian women

A yearlong, multijurisdictional investigation involving a group that targeted victims of Asian descent in four counties including in Dublin has culminated with three arrests, according to police and prosecutors.

Tuesday, 5:20 PM | No comments yet
Community Briefs: DeSaulnier town hall on new energy economy | Street closures for homecoming parade in Danville | Senior variety show performers sought

Rep. DeSaulnier is set to hold a town hall addressing the new energy economy this week. Also, Street closures for homecoming parade in Danville | Senior variety show auditions in Danville & SRVUSD National Merit semifinalists.

Tuesday, 5:17 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game

Perhaps the most important life lesson learned from high school sports is also the one missing the most: accountability. Amador football coach Danny Jones saw this missing from some freshman football players and acted decisively...

Tuesday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Officials announce concert lineup for Alameda County Fair in October

Pleasanton is gearing up for the return of the Alameda County Fair from Oct. 22-31, after nearly a year and a half of COVID-19-related closures, and fair organizers have now announced the outdoor concert lineup.

Tuesday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Staying Healthy: Keeping students in classrooms

With a month in school, the four Tri-Valley school districts are diligently working to keep students on campus by limiting transmission of COVID-19, but it hasn't been easy for the districts, students or parents.

Tuesday, 2:22 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa health order requiring vaccination proof for gyms, indoor dining takes effect Wednesday

Starting Wednesday in Contra Costa County, patrons of restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test.

Tuesday, 11:45 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 20, 2021

San Ramon: Planning Commission to consider advancing City Village housing project to council

San Ramon Planning Commissioners will consider endorsing the proposed City Village residential development in Bishop Ranch on Tuesday evening. They will also hold study sessions for two separate townhome complex proposals.

Monday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Council to hear Danville PD report, weigh upgrades to police and town infrastructure

Police Chief Allan Shields is set to present the department's quarterly report to the Danville Town Council during the next regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

Monday, 4:31 PM | No comments yet
California recall: The 2022 campaign starts now

Gov. Gavin Newsom's robust defeat of the recall gives him a head start in the 2022 gubernatorial election.

Monday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
Manslaughter trial starts for Deputy Andrew Hall in on-duty shooting death of Laudemer Arboleda in Danville

The trial for Andrew Hall, a Danville police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death three years ago of Laudemer Arboleda, began Monday in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Monday, 3:57 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors to consider extending eviction moratorium

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider adopting a new urgency ordinance extending a temporary prohibition on certain evictions of residential and small-business commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, 3:35 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sutter Health settles Medicare false claims civil case for $90M

Sutter Health has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a civil lawsuit that alleged the company had overcharged a federal Medicare program.

Sunday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa DA concludes officers acted lawfully in man's death in 2019

Five law enforcement officers acted lawfully in 2019 when a man died in their custody at a homeless shelter, according to a report from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

Sunday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
Offshore winds bring Red Flag Warning for East Bay hills and valleys

Dry offshore winds late Sunday are expected to quickly eliminate any moisture left from recent light rains, prompting forecasters to issue a Red Flag Warning for the Bay Area's parched hills.

Sunday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
FDA advisory panel declines to support widespread COVID-19 vaccine boosters

An FDA advisory panel voted Friday to endorse COVID-19 booster shots for high-risk demographics such as those age 65 and older but declined to support offering booster vaccine doses to all eligible U.S. residents.

Sunday, 5:32 PM | No comments yet
Local DAR contest in honor of Constitution Week

In recognition of Constitution Week, the local Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the National Society DAR poster contest at the Tri-Valley level.

Sunday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
And the winner in the California recall is? None of the above

While Larry Elder clearly led all replacement candidates in the California recall election, he finished far behind none of the above. Millions left that question blank -- exactly what Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats wanted.

Sunday, 2:24 PM | No comments yet
Newsom signs housing bills that reform single-family zoning

Having survived the recall attempt, the governor has signed two bold housing bills, including one that would reform zoning by allowing up to four dwellings on parcels currently designated for a single home.

Sunday, 2:20 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Valley Fire extends fee waiver for small businesses

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District's Board of Directors recently voted to extend its fee waiver of annual operating permits for small businesses for an additional year.

Sunday, 2:18 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 17, 2021

San Ramon: Man found guilty of killing Cal High student in 2018

A jury convicted a Fremont man Wednesday of second-degree murder for the killing of a San Ramon high school student in 2018, Alameda County prosecutors said Thursday.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

BART offering half-priced fares for people using Clipper in September

BART is offering half-off fares for people using Clipper through all of September, according to the transit agency.

Thursday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
County updates youth sports health guidance to align with state recommendations, requirements

Contra Costa Health Services updated its health guidance for youth sports and activities on Sept. 2, aligning the county with the state's public health guidelines for the 2021-22 school year.

Thursday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
Out of time: California legislators won't extend eviction ban

The California eviction moratorium is scheduled to end after Sept. 30, but legislators aren't planning to extend the protections for renters.

Thursday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
Dining in the Tri-Valley

From family-run eateries to multiple-location restaurants, here's a snapshot of Tri-Valley dining and drink venues that thrived, transformed and opened in the area amid the health pandemic...

Thursday, 8:28 PM | No comments yet
Man sentenced for home robbery in case with Livermore ties

A judge sentenced a Richmond man last week to 27 years in state prison for a first-degree residential robbery in Brentwood that occurred five days before he was arrested for casing a Rite Aid in Livermore, prosecutors said.

Thursday, 8:26 PM | No comments yet
What a Week: Who do you represent? PUSD ponders area-based elections

Pleasanton Unified has tapped the brakes to slow down its consideration of an in-house proposal to shift Board of Trustees elections from at-large to area-based. The debate (and just how authentic is it?) very much intrigues me...

Thursday, 8:26 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Danville continues seeking community input in housing workshop series

Danville town officials will host the next of their Housing Element 101 Workshops this weekend, prior to presenting an appeal outlining challenges facing the community in light of a state mandate to accommodate additional housing.

Wednesday, 5:42 PM | No comments yet
Glazer among lawmakers targeting reforms to California's recall process

After beating back an effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democratic lawmakers began to set the stage Wednesday for reforming what they see as a deeply flawed recall process, with the goal of bringing a measure to voters in 2022.

Wednesday, 4:44 PM | 1 comment
Judge wants to know if PG&E fiddled while Dixie burned

Even as the Dixie Fire continues to burn, a federal judge in San Francisco is seeking to determine what role, if any, PG&E played in starting it...

Wednesday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Splatter festival celebrating community, end of summer in Dublin

Dublin's end-of-summer festival, Splatter, is returning to Emerald Glen Park this Saturday as the community marks the change of season with a celebration that offers a little bit of everything for the whole family.

Wednesday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
CoCo college district chancellor placed on admin leave

The Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board voted last night to place second-year Chancellor Bryan Reece on paid administrative leave because of undisclosed personnel matters. Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, executive vice chancellor of education and technology has been named acting chancellor.

Wednesday, 9:10 AM | No comments yet
Community college district board puts Chancellor Reece on paid admin leave for 'personnel matters'

The Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board voted Tuesday night to place second-year Chancellor Bryan Reece on paid administrative leave because of undisclosed personnel matters.

Wednesday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet

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