The author and attorney Barry Fadem has called for the U.S. to implement a National Popular Vote. It presents an alternative to the current Electoral College vote as we look at the future of elections. We’re glad California is already one of the 15 states — along with the District of Columbi…

Last week, the Bay Area’s transportation planners – those with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) – unveiled Link21, a project they call a “transformational rail improvement program that would connect BART and regional…

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The Independent congratulates the three recipients of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Awards: Nate Miley, Ruth Gasten and Denel McMahan.

In December, we at The Independent urged our elected officials to prioritize educators in the early phases of vaccinations after first responders. Since then, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ironed out the time table form distribution.

Renowned for its beauty, its panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains, its abundant wildlife and pristine vegetation, the undeveloped 3,100-acre Tesla Park site outside of Livermore remains one of Alameda County’s most irreplaceable gems.

As new leaders step into office and we say goodbye to 2020, it’s time to reflect on those who served in the years leading up to this transition of elected officials.

With the recent announcement of CA Notify, a new COVID-19 tracking application, it’s natural to be a little skeptical about adding this type of technology to your phone.

Parents with children enrolled in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District classes recently called for a return to campuses, but the reality is that local administrators are controlled by county and state regulations.

Last week, an Axios report that took a year to complete revealed that China’s Ministry of State Security — its intelligence operation — sent a female spy to the United States to infiltrate the offices of politicians it deemed on the rise. One of those politicians included Tri-Valley Congress…

As the Tri-Valley enters its first week of the county stay-at-home orders, businesses and individuals throughout the region must prepare for weeks of restrictions similar to orders issued in March.

The Independent supports the decision of Save North Livermore Valley, Friends of Livermore, and Friends of Open Space and Vineyards to file an appeal to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors regarding the Aramis solar project.

The Independent commends Las Positas College for providing pathways to college for some of the inmates at the Women’s Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin.

School districts across the state are under tremendous pressure. They’re charged with keeping pace with constantly evolving information as health officials provide ongoing updates. They’re striving to balance the need for following safety mandates and the demand from many parents to return t…

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday this week that about 70% of the state’s counties have now fallen into the Purple Tier, representing a widespread transmission risk, which ultimately pairs with tighter restrictions.

In our Tri-Valley community, transportation and commuting are some of our central concerns. With travelers sitting in cars for two or more hours each way every day, the strain on our roadways, emergency services, air pollution and overall quality of life have been significant.

Our planet faces a grave challenge in the coming years as we deal with the consequences of rapid warming. How will we respond?

Among the many decisions facing Tri-Valley voters on the November ballot is choosing who should replace long-time Judge Carol Brosnahan, who has served on the Alameda County Superior Court bench for more than 40 years.

In the race for the 15th congressional district, Rep. Eric Swalwall runs against Allison Hayden in this year’s general election. The Independent stands behind its previous primary election endorsement of Swalwell. He embodies political ideals that we support: integrity, insistence on the rul…

While The Independent didn’t endorse Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) Board Trustee Jamie Yee in this election, that is not a reflection of her accomplishments as a leader for an award-winning school district. She was deemed an advocate for children with special needs — someone with…

The Independent endorses Brittni Kiick for the Livermore City Council’s District 3 seat. Kiick’s stance on creating equity within the community and cultivating a stronger sense of inclusion are in line with our newspaper’s values. Her involvement in the city showcases her ability to tackle a…