Standing at the corner of South Livermore Avenue and First Street, the building The Independent calls home has now served the City of Livermore for 100 years. The downtown area has certainly changed in its lifetime, but the granite-faced structure’s historical beauty continues to shine.

The Dublin City Council's recent approval of the East Ranch development project's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is creating a wedge within the community. The Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) and residents have expressed outspoken concern on the wisdom of implementing a 30-year-old o…

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The Tri-Valley recently lost two significant community members: NFL Hall of Famer John Madden of Pleasanton and former Livermore Mayor Dr. John Shirley. Their incredible lives saw their names etched onto our local buildings and hearts.

After a modified Christmas season in 2020, with COVID in full bloom and families isolated from the traditional celebrations, this year’s return of simple pleasures of lighted displays, downtown parades and a cautious return to gatherings have been well-met and well-deserved.

Three Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF) announced its launch in October this year and immediately hit the ground running. The nonprofit has partnered with similar organizations for services, training and overall guidance. Already, 3VCF has received significant financial commitments from Al…

In addition to county efforts to capture carbon from the atmosphere, cities and residents can do their part to implement practices to reduce harmful emissions.

With a focus on community building, the team members at Goodness Village are not simply removing homeless people from the creek encampment. They are helping those who were previously unhoused for many decades as they process their past traumas, learn healthier coping mechanisms and learn to …

Alameda County lost a true public servant and community stalwart last week with the untimely passing of County Supervisor Wilma Chan.

As rainwater soaks the thirsty earth and residents throughout the Tri-Valley search for their lost umbrellas, don’t be tempted to sing “rain, rain, go away." Record rainfall makes it easy to believe the drought, at last, is over, but our reservoirs paint a different picture.

While Livermore has seen a higher population of homelessness than its neighbors to the west, the community in recent years put forth a tremendous effort to help — and house — those in need. Thanks to many volunteers, elected officials, police officers and nonprofit agencies that collaborated…

As work on Alameda County’s solar policy remains underway, Supervisors David Haubert and Nate Miley’s consideration of a solar project moratorium is appropriate.

The Tri-Valley community’s generosity recently raised $50,000 for programs that have helped to empower over 600,000 individuals in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The event hosted at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore further aimed to raise awareness about issues impacting youth in Africa.

By December, Alameda County must adopt final district maps. The public’s input on how the redistricting process should go will be critical. As mandated every 10 years alongside the completion of the U.S. Census, local and regional governments must undergo a redistricting process. Elected off…

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 …

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.