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Friday, February 22, 2019

County Supervisor Burgis going in for heart surgery

Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis, whose district includes parts of the San Ramon Valley, has announced that she will be going in for open heart surgery on Monday.

Friday, 5:57 PM | No comments yet
Cal High alum, daughter of school board president dies in car crash

Madeline "Maddie" Hurd, a 2015 California High School graduate and the daughter of San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education President Rachel Hurd, was in her senior year working toward a bachelor's degree in recreation at Western Washington University. She was 21 years old.

Friday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD board selects preferred map for district-based elections

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is well on its way to changing its election method from at-large to district-based voting, as the school board has officially selected a preferred map to guide future elections, pending approval by the Contra Costa County Board of Education.

Friday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 21, 2019

San Ramon: Clarkson talks open space preservation, looming challenges at State of the City

San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson met with residents on Wednesday afternoon to give his annual State of the City address, where he described the challenges facing his city, the achievements it has earned and its plans for the future.

Thursday, 4:17 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: City Center hosting first Community Block Party

City Center Bishop Ranch is slated to launch a new tradition on Saturday, when it will hold its first-ever Community Block Party open to all.

Thursday, 4:13 PM | No comments yet
Pictures for People: The art of really seeing someone

Using these talents, Thompson has embarked on Pictures for People, a project to get to know folks on the streets, capture their spirit in personal portraits, then sell the paintings to help provide them with services.

Thursday, 3:34 PM | No comments yet
Around Town: Plan a party, help a charity

Alamo-based Party In-Kindness (PIK) is changing the way groups can raise money for worthy charities by making it easy, fun and meaningful for donors.

Thursday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

School board to consider selecting preferred trustee-area maps

San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials are set to hold a public hearing on the planned conversion of trustee elections to district-based on Thursday, where they will discuss potentially choosing a preferred boundary map which would then be reviewed by the Contra Costa County Committee on School District Organization.

Wednesday, 10:18 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Clarkson to discuss open space preservation at Mayor's Breakfast

This month, Clarkson will discuss an issue that is a hot topic to many residents in San Ramon and review the city's efforts in open space preservation.

Wednesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD in line for $1.1 million state grant to support low-performing students

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is taking advantage of some one-time funding from Sacramento, with the school board approving a funding plan Tuesday for the Low Performing Student Block Grant to help support students who are struggling in its schools.

Wednesday, 4:46 PM | 2 comments
Amador Valley High principal takes leave of absence

First-year Amador Valley High School principal Alberto Solorzano was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons on Wednesday, according to Pleasanton Unified School District officials.

Wednesday, 3:00 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

San Ramon: Mayor Clarkson set to deliver State of the City address

San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson is gearing up for his annual State of the City address on Wednesday, where he will review the various accomplishments the city has achieved and the challenges it has faced over the past year, while also looking ahead to what lies in store for San Ramon.

Tuesday, 5:48 PM | No comments yet
Sandia Livermore continues growing

The welcome mat is out at Sandia National Laboratories' Livermore campus, where the lab is continuing a hiring binge.

Tuesday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
Danville set to acquire new property to house town offices, police department

While escrow is not expected to close until the later part of 2019, according to Town Manager Joe Calabrigo, the current building owners have accepted the town's purchase offer of $12.75 million.

Tuesday, 4:16 PM | 1 comment
County receives national award for class to improve voting access

Efforts to improve voter accessibility in Contra Costa County were recognized with a national award.

Tuesday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet

Monday, February 18, 2019

SRVUSD board to talk budget, opioid awareness, parcel tax oversight

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to host a series of presentations Tuesday evening, with topics including the district's budget, prescription drug awareness and AP Honor Roll success.

Monday, 12:19 PM | 2 comments
San Ramon Planning Commission to discuss updating telecom ordinance

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to review its telecommunications ordinance Tuesday night, and at the request of city staff, debate amending it to allow the installation of “small cell wireless facilities" to be placed upon city owned light standards and utility poles.

Monday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Camp Connection: Adventures beckon

Summer is quickly approaching, which means a long vacation when schools let out. How can parents make these months stimulating, productive and fun?

Monday, 11:22 AM | No comments yet
Danville council to review sewage regulations

Danville Town Council members are set to discuss the town's health regulations as it pertains to local and countywide sewage collection and disposal methods Tuesday night.

Monday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 17, 2019

'San Ramon Voyager' takes to the high seas

San Ramon has taken to the high seas -- symbolically -- as Chevron Corp.'s new crude oil tanker, the "San Ramon Voyager," has begun transporting oil on behalf of the locally headquartered company, primarily between the Arabian Gulf and the United States.

Sunday, 8:32 PM | 1 comment
Cal High football receives $1,000 from sports photo contest

Bella Vista Elementary School teacher Dwight Pratt has secured a $1,000 grand prize for California High School's football program, doing so by submitting the winning photo to T-Mobile's High School Sports Photo Contest.

Sunday, 8:25 PM | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: Reflections on our Tri-Valley mayors' trip to Washington

In my role as Pleasanton's mayor, I recently traveled with the other Tri-Valley mayors for our annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I'm pleased to report that despite the government shutdown, we had a successful trip advocating for our region.

Sunday, 8:22 PM | No comments yet

Friday, February 15, 2019

San Ramon Valley teachers rally in support of union negotiators

Hundreds of teachers from the San Ramon Valley Education Association donned their red union colors and gathered at Dougherty Valley High School Friday afternoon, to show support for their collective bargaining team and rally support for the union.

Friday, 3:50 PM | 4 comments

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Residents needed to serve on San Ramon city advisory boards

The city of San Ramon is searching for residents to volunteer on various advisory boards in need of new members and help advise the City Council on the pressing issues affecting the community.

Thursday, 10:20 PM | No comments yet
Local 4-H members attend agri-science summit

For three dynamic days last month, local 4-H members -- Anika and Austin Nicolas of Pleasanton, Cara Rubin of Danville, and Liliana Wheeler of Livermore -- participated in workshops focused on precision agriculture, food and health, animal science, wildlife biology, biobased products and bioenergy.

Thursday, 10:17 PM | No comments yet
Lovin' guitars: Iconic instrument is a joy to hear, play and behold

Pick up a guitar. With your left fingers hold down a string or two. Strum with your right hand. Sound! Music? Magic. John Kibildis, owner of JAMS Music in Dublin, said his favorite instrument has always been the guitar.

Thursday, 5:16 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon still skeptical while moving forward with district-based elections

At the council's regular meeting on Tuesday night, residents and council members alike were divide over supporting or opposing the creation of districts, although the majority acknowledged that the transition was inevitable.

Thursday, 1:25 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Livermore company fined for safety violations in fatal trench collapse

A Livermore-based business has been cited more than $242,000 for safety violations related to the death of a worker in the collapse of a trench in Daly City last July, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4:38 PM | 1 comment
San Ramon: Craig Stevens sworn in as permanent police chief

After several months of having a temporary appointment, the city of San Ramon has selected local police veteran Craig Stevens to serve as the city's fourth police chief to lead the San Ramon Police Department on a permanent basis.

Wednesday, 4:27 PM | No comments yet
EBRPD buys 160 acres to expand preserve south of San Ramon

The Tri-Valley's Doolan Canyon Regional Preserve has nearly 160 acres of new publicly owned open space, with EBRPD closing escrow on the nearly $1.3 million acquisition paid for largely by the district's Measure WW open space bond funds.

Wednesday, 2:53 PM | 1 comment
County supervisors extend deadline for cannabis business applicants

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to extend the application timeline for entrepreneurs seeking land-use permits for cannabis-based businesses like retail storefronts, commercial grows and manufacturing operations.

Wednesday, 12:22 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

San Ramon brings residents to far away lands with 'Friday Foreign Film Series'

The city of San Ramon is giving residents the opportunity to experience new settings, appreciate thought-provoking stories and soak up some culture from around the world as its "Friday Foreign Film Series" continues this month.

Tuesday, 4:55 PM | No comments yet
Nominations open for local special education 'Bright Lights Awards'

Promoted by the SRVUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee, the Bright Lights Awards are designed to recognize teachers, administrators and district partners go above and beyond to engage, educate and empower students receiving special education services.

Tuesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD set to hold another public meeting on district election maps

As the San Ramon Valley Unified School District continues the process of overhauling its election system, district officials will be holding their fourth public hearing Thursday morning in seeking community input on potential trustee areas maps for district-based elections.

Tuesday, 3:59 PM | No comments yet

Monday, February 11, 2019

Man dies in car crash in Dublin

Dublin police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred near the center of town amid wintry conditions on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, 3:15 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon council set to discuss overhaul of local election system

District-based elections will be the main topic of conversation at the San Ramon City Council's regular meeting Tuesday evening, and city officials are encouraging residents to attend the meeting to learn about upcoming changes to local elections and participate in the process.

Monday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Tuesday meetings to review Bay Area housing crisis, new daycare permit

Danville town leaders will be holding two meetings to discuss issues facing the town on Tuesday, including the local and state housing situations and a proposed daycare center inside a house in southeast Danville.

Monday, 1:23 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors could approve cannabis business process

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors is set to decide Tuesday whether to approve a selection process for a set number of commercial cannabis permits for unincorporated areas of the county.

Monday, 9:15 AM | No comments yet
Mount Diablo plane crash victim identified

The pilot who died in Friday night's single-engine plane crash on Mount Diablo has been identified on a Facebook tribute page and via other sources as 49-year-old Chris de Bar of Granite Bay, near Roseville.

Monday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 10, 2019

County judge rules in favor of police records release; unions likely to appeal

A Contra Costa County Superior Court judge on Friday blocked a move by officers with five county police departments and the sheriff's office to resist the potential release of pre-2019 records of officer shootings and potential misconduct.

Sunday, 4:21 PM | 4 comments
Pilot killed in plane crash on Mount Diablo

The pilot of a small plane that took off from Hayward Executive Airport is dead after that plane crashed and burned on Mount Diablo on Friday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Saturday.

Sunday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Community volunteers needed for Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission

Applications are due Feb. 22 for the commission, which is tasked with advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues related to sustainability such as the implementation of the county's Climate Action Plan, achieving equity and fairness for sustainability programs, and engaging with the community.

Sunday, 4:11 PM | No comments yet
Negotiations between SRVUSD, teachers stall as SRVEA declares impasse

Labor negotiations between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and local teachers have hit a snag, with union negotiators from the San Ramon Valley Education Association declaring that bargaining talks have reached an impasse.

Sunday, 4:09 PM | 10 comments

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