Marilyn and Jerry Russell, a Livermore couple, recently put 5,200 acres of rangeland into the California Rangeland Trust, protecting it in perpetuity against commercial development. The land, the Sagehorn-Russell ranch, is some 200 miles north of the Tri-Valley, but the Russell’s magnanimous…

Homeless numbers are increasing according to data gathered by volunteers on Jan. 31 throughout Alameda County.

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Responding to public concern, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors approved calling for an immediate ban on glyphosate use in picnic areas, with full elimination in all developed park areas by the end of 2020.

Libraries throughout the country have moved away from charging fines for overdue materials. Last week the Livermore and Pleasanton Public Libraries joined the trend.

There are those who accuse the publisher of The Independent of controlling what is printed in the newspaper.

We applaud the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District on its Rangers Reading Outreach Program. The program attempts to connect with all members of the community, particularly families who live in Livermore, but have not been to Sycamore Grove Park for various reasons.

The new Livermore City Council Chamber has been named for Dr. John Shirley. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Shirley took place last Saturday.

July has been designated as the nation's official Park and Recreation Month.

Kudos to the Livermore City Council for moving forward with an ordinance to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including electronic devices and any fluids that can be used to deliver nicotine in an aerosolized or vaporized form.

It is exciting to watch the Livermore Lab Foundation move ahead as it fulfills its promise to provide opportunities to support research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Created nearly two years ago, the Foundation has supported a wide range of educational programs at the Laboratory…

Rally for Love represents a gathering of people who share a vision of the community as a place of tolerance — leading to acceptance, leading to friendship, and yes, leading to love. That was the description provided by one of the attendees at the event.

People, not just politicians, should heed Catharine Baker's advice to Las Positas College graduates.

At its meeting last Tuesday, the Dublin City Council voted unanimously to fly the rainbow flag for 30 days in recognition of LGBTQ pride month, which began June 1st. In a show of support, the council hoisted the flag immediately after the vote was taken. On Tuesday, the council reversed its …

Save The Hill Group filed the notice of a lawsuit on May 22. The lawsuit would force an environmental review of the Garaventa Hills development. The next day, earth moving equipment appeared on the hill where the development would be built and began performing excavation and ground disturbin…

At its last meeting, the Dublin City Council voted 3-2 against flying a rainbow flag for a day to support LGBT pride month, which begins June 1. They will be reconsidering their vote at their upcoming June 4th meeting.

Recently released tourism numbers show the importance of the industry. Visit California's latest economic impact report showed visitor spending reached $4.3 billion and supported 30,700 jobs, a 4 percent boost from last year, equivalent to a $153 million increase in Alameda County.

On Monday, the official ribbon cuttings for Dublin Kaiser, and Workday in Pleasanton took place. Today, the groundbreaking for Sunflower Hill be held. All are important facilities.

Following the violence at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, Rabbi Laurence Milder from Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton noted that in the last three months, terrorism has been directed toward Muslims, Christians and Jews in places of worship around the world. Milder responded to the acts by…

Partners for Change seeks volunteers to boost its new collaboration with CAPE Head Start. They are needed to work with a number of families in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin with children attending pre-school at CAPE (Community Association for Preschool Education).

We are pleased that the Dublin Unified School District avoided a strike by reaching an agreement with the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA). Discussions spanned more than a year.

Earth Day officially takes place on April 22 each year.