Officials in charge of making sure we have clean drinking water have worked hard to ensure that supply meets the demand in drought years. We commend them for this invaluable work.

One of the essential questions facing the Biden Administration is how to combat the devastation of climate change. Effects are clearly visible in 2021. As average world temperatures climb, ice sheets are shrinking, oceans are rising at an accelerating pace, and storms and wildfires are growi…

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In 1963, a young, aspiring journalist with barely a penny to her name raised funds from investors she met by chance, and founded the Livermore Independent.

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American power companies have an interesting history. In the 1960s and ’70s, commercial groups like PG&E or Southern California Edison could factor in the cost of construction as a billable item and pass that expense along to their customers. This ultimately led utility companies to reap…

With drought conditions on the horizon, homeowners and municipalities should consider transforming property swathed in bright green grass into landscapes better suited for native pollinators and the dry California heat.

Executive Director Laura Mercier’s work for the Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) has had a deep impact on the preservation of land in the region during her tenure.

The debate over solar projects like Aramis and Sunwalker shows the concerns of many environmentalists who believe that covering hundreds of acres of ag land will harm federally listed species, destroy dwindling open space and negatively impact the local environment. Proponents of these proje…

While they make up a small portion of our communities, parks offer an enhanced quality of life to families young and old. Now we’re seeing municipalities rethink the way such parks can serve the population.

The Independent joins those in the Tri-Valley and throughout the nation who are denouncing the violence the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has experienced. While events over the last year have highlighted the civil rights conversation, it’s important to acknowledge that…

Since the killing of George Floyd last year, communities across the nation have recognized the need to re-evaluate policing practices. In turn, this has led to a greater focus on addressing mental health issues. The conversation continues to be timely, as the Coronavirus has only exacerbated…

Before the Nov. 3 election last year, David Haubert supported the development of a solar policy before approval of the Aramis and Sunwalker projects. He also stated his concern regarding the impact of the Aramis project on the ecosystem at the proposed site in North Livermore, along Cayetano Creek.

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The appeals hearing for the Aramis Solar Energy Generation and Storage project will take place next Thursday, March 4. We hope the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will consider the information that has come up since the East County Board of Zoning Adjustments (EBZA) approved the Aramis e…

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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.