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Friday, March 5, 2021

State settles teens' lawsuit, allowing high school athletes to resume indoor competitions

High school athletes will soon be able to resume indoor sports competitions if their county's COVID-19 case rates are below 14 per 100,000, holding them to the same rules as college athletes.

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Newsom signs $6.6B school reopening legislative package

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders celebrated the signing Friday of a $6.6 billion legislative package intended to support the statewide reopening of grades K-6 by the end of the month and grades 7-12 in early April.

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State allows stadiums, entertainment venues and amusement parks to reopen at limited capacities

For the first time in roughly a year, Bay Area residents will be able to attend outdoor sporting and entertainment events and amusement parks, state officials announced Friday.

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SRVUSD intends to open in-person learning full time in the fall

The SRVUSD board has announced its intention to return schools to in-person instruction full time for the fall 2021 semester, issuing staff directions to plan for students to be back at their campuses for the 2021-22 school year.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Livermore Valley Opera presenting 'Triple Treat'

Livermore Valley Opera is again offering an operatic extravaganza with a series of free online concerts on LVOpera Channel on YouTube. 'Triple Treat 2021' will feature professional opera singers performing in three concerts...

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Charges filed against company owner over worker's death at San Ramon job site

The owner of a Concord-based landscaping company was charged this week with two felonies in connection with the death of an employee at a worksite in San Ramon nearly three years ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Youngest students return as Pleasanton Unified reopens for in-person learning

Pleasanton Unified School District reopened its doors for pre-K through second grade on Thursday morning, almost one week to the year since students were sent home for remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Comedy in Place with Liz Grant and Friends brings virtual laughs to Danville

Comedians will once again be bringing their signature styles to Danville viewers, when Comedy in Place with Liz Grant and Friends returns next weekend.

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What a Week: New voice to lead East Bay Parks

New leadership is coming to the East Bay Regional Park District, and she's a heavy hitter from Bay Area city government administration: Sabrina Landreth, the former city administrator for Oakland.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Pleasanton: Fair food favorites returning with outdoor dining this month

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is showcasing many of the popular foods synonymous with the annual summer fair at a special event running this month in Pleasanton.

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BART revenue, ridership likely to lag behind pre-pandemic levels for most of the decade

BART budget officials said last week that they do not expect the agency's operating revenue to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024 at the earliest, with growth not expected until late in the 2020s.

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Culinary Angels expands into San Ramon Valley

Tri-Valley nonprofit Culinary Angels is growing its effort to supply nutritious (and delicious) meals to help sustain the health of local patients facing cancer or other serious medical conditions.

Wednesday, 10:23 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon nurse appearing on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

DeShae Alcorn, RN, BSN, who works as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, is appearing on the upcoming episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" set to air this Sunday (March 7).

Wednesday, 6:01 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County approves eminent domain for Alamo traffic circle at dangerous intersection

Alamo got closer to getting a traffic roundabout for a dangerous intersection on Tuesday, when the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a deal to acquire the necessary land through eminent domain.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Governor, State Legislature reach $2B deal for schools to reopen by March 31

California lawmakers are expected to pass a new bill Thursday that would push -- though not require -- school districts across the state to resume in-person instruction.

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California's new COVID-19 vaccine system underway

All California counties started playing by the same rulebook on Monday, when Blue Shield takes over the distribution of vaccines in the state.

Tuesday, 4:32 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County expected to enter red tier in 2-3 weeks as COVID cases decline

Public health officials told the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Tuesday they're making enough progress against COVID-19 to say the county will likely emerge from the state's most restrictive purple tier within 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday, 3:41 PM | 2 comments
Danville: Mayor Morgan to meet with residents virtually for new monthly series

For Danville residents seeking an outlet of information on the latest happenings in and around their town, Mayor Renee Morgan is poised to launch a new monthly livestream broadcast called 'Town Talks' this week.

Tuesday, 3:07 PM | No comments yet
County implements neighborhood fire protection program

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced last week the implementation of a program to help neighborhood groups within its district protect their communities from devastating wildfires.

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SRVUSD: Board to strategize for 2021 fall semester, graduation plans

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District plans to review its efforts to return students to in-person learning during a special meeting on Wednesday...

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Monday, March 1, 2021

County working to acquire land for Alamo traffic roundabout

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will start the process of acquiring the property to transform a dangerously busy Alamo intersection into a traffic roundabout safer for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.

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SRVUSD board holding 'strategic direction workshop'

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education plans to meet for a special meeting at noon Tuesday to discuss the first phase of its 'strategic direction workshop.'

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San Ramon: Planning Commission to discuss 2020 General Plan annual report

The overall design and future development goals of San Ramon will be reviewed at length during the San Ramon Planning Commission's regular meeting on Tuesday, where officials will review the city's 2020 General Plan annual report.

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Danville: Council to hear reports from regional committees, fire district

The Danville Town Council is scheduled to review a series of reports from local and regional agencies during its regular meeting on Tuesday, and residents are invited to view the meeting online.

Monday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Recall debate continues as petitions hit streets targeting three SRVUSD board members

The debate on the attempted removal of three Board of Education members over school reopenings has kicked into gear in the SRVUSD, with recall petitioners beginning to collect signatures throughout the affected trustee areas.

Monday, 1:31 PM | 4 comments

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Oakland: Draft environmental report released for A's waterfront ballpark plan

Another step was taken Friday toward the construction of a new waterfront Oakland Athletics ballpark and adjacent development including a stadium seating 35,000 fans and housing, office, and retail space.

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Contra Costa County's deputy health officer selected for high post in state Health Equity Office

A deputy health officer with Contra Costa County was recently appointed to the California Department of Public Health's Office of Health Equity, Contra Costa Health Services said Friday.

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Pleasanton Preps: Remembering my friend, Scott Kinney

This is one of those things that sets the Kinney family apart. They decided not to hide from the moment. They wanted the truth to be told after Scott's death -- to help others.

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Local Daughters of the American Revolution holds annual awards ceremony on Zoom

The Pleasanton-based Jose Maria Amador chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual student awards ceremony Feb. 13 via Zoom to recognize 13 students who took part in its 2020 programs.

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Sunflower Hill advances on new Lafayette housing project

Building on the success of its recent residential community in Pleasanton, Tri-Valley nonprofit Sunflower Hill last week announced that its second affordable housing complex for adults with special needs has been OK'd in Lafayette.

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'But the poets still write...'

Much has been lost this last year, although some things have continued. As nationally renowned Tri-Valley poet Connie Post puts it in 'COVID 19 Shelter in Place'...

Sunday, 3:51 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Who gets a California stimulus check? When?

California will send out roughly 5.7 million Golden State Stimulus payments of $600 to residents struggling during the pandemic. For most recipients, the funds could come in as soon as a month.

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Valley Views: Gotta be ghosts at O'Neill home

If you have never been to playwright Eugene O'Neill's home in the west hills of Danville, it should be at the top of your list of things to do after the pandemic. Meanwhile, its newest online offering is 'The Ghosts of Tao House.'

Thursday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: Holiday Fund raises $88,215 for safety-net providers

We are grateful beyond words to report that readers stepped up to the challenge and raised $88,215.84 for the 2020-21 Holiday Fund campaign -- surpassing last year's total by more than $12,000.

Thursday, 5:00 PM | No comments yet
Central San welcomes Alamo man as new director of operations

Alamo resident Steve McDonald has been named the new director of operations at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San), the sewer provider that serves most of the San Ramon Valley.

Thursday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional names registered nurse as 2020 Employee of the Year

In recognition of exemplary performance over the past year, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has named nurse Sumy Mathews as the Employee of the Year for 2020.

Thursday, 4:22 PM | 1 comment
San Ramon seeks community input for new Walking District Master Plan

The city of San Ramon has embarked on a process to develop a new Walking District Master Plan for the city's core area, and residents are invited to share their thoughts during a webinar next Wednesday.

Thursday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Artists sought for San Ramon Social Justice Collective public art exhibit

Seeking to actively encourage a dialogue on racial-equity through art, the San Ramon Social Justice Collective is seeking local artists to submit their original work for its summer public art series 'Breathing Free Together.'

Wednesday, 9:59 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton: East Bay Holocaust Education Center aims to honor, enlighten

The newly formed East Bay Holocaust Education Center (EBHEC) in Pleasanton is using creative programs and outlets to teach Tri-Valley residents about the history and lessons from the Holocaust, as well as honor its victims.

Wednesday, 9:56 PM | No comments yet
Taste Tri-Valley

After months of closures and reduced business due to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of local Tri-Valley restaurants have come together to participate in the region's first-ever 'Taste Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.'

Wednesday, 5:29 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon residents invited to submit virtual readings for World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is approaching and San Ramon's own Poet Laureate, Jenyth Jo, is inviting aspiring and established local poets alike to recognize the day by submitting a virtual reading of a poem.

Wednesday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa Community College District receives accreditation along with official warning

The Contra Costa Community College District has been notified it will continue to be fully accredited. However, the accreditation comes with an official word of warning for recent conduct committed by the district.

Wednesday, 2:52 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dublin: Families, teachers rally to continue upgrades on elementary schools

Dublin Unified School District parents, teachers and students rallied on Tuesday to urge the Board of Trustees to continue with facilities upgrades on two elementary schools, in the face of a $184 million budget shortfall.

Tuesday, 10:37 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier hosting virtual town hall on 'Solving America's Gun Problem'

Local U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) is reaching out to talk with his constituents about gun violence in America and has invited residents to view his 125th town hall event, entitled 'Solving America's Gun Problem.'

Tuesday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Cal High wins fourth consecutive Contra Costa County Mock Trial competition

Students at California High School in San Ramon have once again defended their school's title as champions during Contra Costa County's 40th annual Mock Trial competition.

Tuesday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Film Club welcomes new members

The San Ramon Arts Foundation invites everyone to join its Film Club, a virtual series with everyone watching the movies on their own and then joining co-hosts Dave Owens and Patrick Gutierrez for a discussion.

Tuesday, 1:54 PM | No comments yet

Monday, February 22, 2021

Dog dies in residential fire in Dublin

An apartment unit was seriously damaged after catching fire in Dublin on Monday morning, displacing a family and killing their pet dog, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

Monday, 9:55 PM | No comments yet
Dial 9-8-8: Bauer-Kahan introduces new bill addressing mental health emergency calls

Californians reporting a mental health crisis would be connected with trained counselors instead of police dispatch through a new hotline under proposed legislation introduced last week by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

Monday, 4:28 PM | 1 comment
San Ramon: Council, commission to discuss regional housing count, new Bishop Ranch project

The San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission are set to consider an update on the upcoming regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) cycle during a special joint meeting Tuesday evening.

Monday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Planning Commission to review Montair HOA appeal

The Danville Planning Commission is set Tuesday to debate an appeal challenging a residential project that would reduce a lot area in western Danville from 63,880 square feet down to 44,037 square feet.

Monday, 3:39 PM | 6 comments

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Walnut Creek: Officials give Toyota initial green light on housing plan

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously decided to move forward with Toyota Walnut Creek to explore rezoning six acres north of Ygnacio Valley Blvd into mixed-use buildings with multiple floors of housing or hotel over auto facilities.

Sunday, 1:11 PM | No comments yet
SRVFPD helps vaccinate thousands, opens mobile COVID-19 inoculation clinic

First responders from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District have been acting as frontline workers in helping East Bay residents receive coronavirus vaccines, and over the past several months have helped vaccinate thousands...

Sunday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Council to interview candidates for parks commission

The San Ramon City Council plans to gather for a special meeting on Monday, where city officials will interview applicants and potentially pick an appointee to serve on the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission.

Sunday, 12:30 PM | No comments yet
State to reserve 10% of vaccine shipments for teachers as school reopening debate continues

California will begin reserving 10% of its weekly coronavirus vaccine shipments for the state's educators in an effort to resume in-person classes across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

Sunday, 12:24 PM | No comments yet

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