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…

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In the race for Alameda County District 1 Supervisor, The Independent endorses Vinnie Bacon. We believe his values around smart growth, solar utilities that don’t destroy open space in the county, and support for affordable housing while protecting the Urban Growth Boundary are in line with …

In their bid for mayor, Livermore Vice-mayor Bob Woerner and Mony Nop bring unique personal stories for voters to consider.

The Independent also endorses current Vice Mayor Arun Goel, whose history with the council in Dublin has given him a firsthand perspective on the issues the city needs addressed. We appreciate his stance that over-development has interfered with the city’s ability to address homelessness, he…

In the General Election this November, The Independent endorses current Councilmember Karla Brown. Brown’s values of maintaining slow growth in compliance with state mandates to meet housing demands in job-rich communities make her a champion for both open space and affordable housing. In ad…

Our nation saw observed a Day of Remembrance last Friday, Sept. 11, the federally recognized national day of service, which was originally founded by nonprofit MyGoodDeed. MyGoodDeed’s mission is to “turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good.” The website further writes, “We remember, h…

The residents of Pleasanton had to contend with a loss this week — the historic eucalyptus tree situated in the city’s Lions Wayside Park. While no one wanted to down the massive icon, which was believed to be about 150 years old, test results confirming the presence of an incurable disease …

California is still on fire. Across the state, 1.7 million acres have burned, killing seven people and destroying or damaging over 3,000 structures. The largest of those fires — the SCU Lightning Complex — is right here in our own backyard. It saw a number of Livermore residents along Mines …

Sen. Steve Glazer’s recent call for Gov. Gavin Newsom to reinstate a shelter-in-place order might seem extreme. With businesses hurting, unemployment rates through the roof and the general mental health of the community at stake, his opinion on the topic wasn’t met with strong favor.

When school boards in the Tri-Valley voted to reopen with 100% remote learning, parent reactions ranged from disappointed, angry and stressed to relieved and supportive.

With two proposals on the table for a large utility-scaled solar development that would sprawl over 800 acres in the open space north of Livermore, the hesitancy and point-blank disapproval is reasonable.

A few weeks ago, as of July 9, Alameda County reported 6,887 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 140 deaths. This week, the case count shot up to 8,932 and deaths rose to 161. That’s roughly a 30% increase in cases and a 15% increase in deaths.

Santa Rita jail is unacceptably dangerous for both staff and inmates. A chronic and severe staffing shortage is implicated in allegations of inhumane treatment of inmates struggling with mental illness, in-custody suicides and other preventable deaths.