The return of the Alameda County Fair marks more than the reopening of a shuttered entertainment center. Throughout the pandemic, the Alameda County Fairgrounds team pulled the plug on over 300 regular events to respond to the unique emergencies of 2020. From COVID-19 testing and feeding hun…

The recent listening session that took place between the parents of Jacob Bauer — a 38-year-old man who died in police custody while experiencing a mental health crisis — and Pleasanton Chief David Swing was one step in the direction of accountability.

The decision of lawmakers this week to protect Tesla Park in perpetuity was a triumph for environmentalists fighting to protect the 3,100-acre park from off-road vehicles. The agreement removes the land — ripe with biotic zones, vulnerable species and culturally and historically significant …

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With Livermore’s vaccination rates far behind not only Dublin and Pleasanton, but also most communities in the county, city officials are working to address two problems: understanding who has yet to be vaccinated and why they haven’t.

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It is no surprise that the world is warming. Surface temperatures have been inching steadily upwards at least since the 1970s, with the 10 warmest years on record occurring since 2005. Higher thermometer readings are one sign of warming, but they tell only a little of the story.

The City of Dublin will soon hear community input on the SCS Property land — undeveloped property bounded by Tassajara Road, Interstate 580, Brannigan Street and Gleason Drive.

Last week, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the gymnastics competition in Tokyo came with disappointment, but it also made us proud. Citing her own well-being, Biles brought much-needed attention to the discussion of mental health.

With the Delta variant sweeping through the nation and Alameda County health officials asking residents to once again mask up when indoors, the Pleasanton City Council made the right move to aid businesses by extending the pop-up program.

What do pizza delivery boxes, waterproof mascara, Scotchgard, nonstick pans and microwavable popcorn bags all have in common?

With Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s AB 1512 gaining support from the National Resources and Water Committee, environmentalists concerned with protecting Tesla Park from off-road vehicles saw another victory last week. This preservation bill will now make its way to the Appropriations Co…

Natural disasters claim victims each year. While scenes of water spilling onto roadways or homes with rooftops torn off make the nightly news, another force of nature is responsible for more deaths.

When it comes to housing, it appears that the Dublin City Council is righting the ship. Long known in the Tri-Valley as a hub of unmitigated market-rate growth, we’re now seeing new efforts at a planning level to bring more diverse housing opportunities into the city.

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.

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.