Behr Paint Company recently unveiled its new color of the year for 2020: a soft moss green called Back to Nature that is likely to show up on showroom kitchen cabinetry.

Rebuttal arguments have been filed with the city clerk’s office by the City Council and a citizens’ group on a referendum of the Development Agreement between the City of Livermore and a hotel developer to build in the city’s downtown core.

The City of Dublin has received a prestigious 2019 Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities for Excellence in City-Business Relations for its Valor Crossing housing development. The award was presented to the City of Dublin at the regularly scheduled Nov. 5 City Council meeting.

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The Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) board of trustees will be back up to its full complement of five members, now that voters have chosen Catherine Kuo in Trustee Area 3.

The Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), Richard Valle, who also serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, announced that Tess Lengyel will be the new Executive Director for Alameda CTC. The announcement comes following a national search to fill the p…

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The Dublin City Council unanimously committed the city to the creation of a pedestrian friendly, new-look downtown, for which the public has shown high approval ratings in workshops and surveys.

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For supporters of the Tri-Valley Conservancy, last week’s “Jeans and Jewels” dinner was an opportunity to reflect on the group’s 25 years of success — and a promise to keep pushing to preserve open space and agricultural land.

The Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), Richard Valle, who also serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, announced that Tess Lengyel will be the new Executive Director for Alameda CTC. The announcement comes following a national search to fill the p…

Linda Smith, who will assume the role of Dublin City Manager upon Chris Foss’ retirement at the end of 2019, has announced the appointment of Colleen Tribby, current City of Dublin Administrative Services Director, to be the next Assistant City Manager, effective December 31, 2019.

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Voters will fill four Zone 7 Water Agency board seats in the March 3 ballot. Zone 7 elections occur in even-numbered years, at the state’s primary election time. In the past, those elections have occurred in June. But in 2020, the state’s presidential primary will be held March 3.

Livermore will soon get two additional baseball fields at Robert Livermore Park. The unanimous vote by the LARPD Board of Directors on Oct. 30 will bring the park’s number of Little League fields to four.

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The City of Pleasanton announces the appointment of Captain Craig Eicher as interim police chief effective Nov. 15, 2019, following the retirement of longstanding Police Chief Dave Spiller.

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Arguments for and against a referendum of the Development Agreement between the City of Livermore and a hotel developer to build in the city’s downtown core have been filed with the city clerk’s office.

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The Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) board of trustees will be back up to its full complement of five members, now that voters have chosen Catherine Kuo in Trustee Area 3.

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After providing expert guidance and personalized travel service to the Livermore community for 40 years, Travel Bug Owner Debbie Peck has decided to retire.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) headlined a fundraising reception on Sunday night for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) at the Pleasanton home of businessman Joe Johal. More than 250 people attended the event.

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A team of 8th graders hailing from three different Livermore schools are preparing for the First Lego Robotics competition being held at Quarry Lane School in Dublin this weekend.

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The Livermore Police Department received a $60,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

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On Oct. 29, the Pleasanton Downtown Association (PDA) announced it has joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition and that it will, together with American Express, support this year’s Small Business Saturday celebration, which takes place on Nov. 30. Small Business Saturday is a day dedica…

Young Republican voters are as concerned about climate change as their Democratic counterparts. That was the message given by Alexander Posner, founder and president of Students for Carbon Dividends, on the Tri-Valley Citizens Climate Lobby’s October video.

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan could not believe the huge number of bills she would be reviewing in the State Assembly after being elected to represent the 16th district, encompassing the Tri-Valley and LaMorinda. At a Community Town Hall meeting Oct. 23 in Pleasanton, she noted that most of her bills …

Firefighters worked through the weekend to keep a vegetation fire on Mines Road southeast of Livermore from spreading to nearby homes and woodlands.

Cutbacks in state transportation funding have led to pushing back the projected opening date for Valley Link to 2027, instead of 2024.

Altamont Creek Elementary School Science Specialist Fenna Gatty donned her white lab coat and opened her classroom door for her third grade budding scientists and engineers. They filed into the room and sat on the carpet in “presentation mode” with their legs crossed and hands in laps. As th…

On Oct. 29, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to add "mutton busting" to the list of prohibited events in the county rodeo ordinance. Mutton busting is a rodeo event where young children ride on the backs of sheep – a ride that may last only seconds as the sheep try to tos…

The Pleasanton school board reviewed updated projections of costs and revenue for a proposed bond measure to go on the March 2020 ballot, but will wait until its next meeting to determine how big the total bond amount will be sized.

The number of non-traditional students continues to increase as working adults look to gain valuable educational experience and those who skipped college after high school seek to increase their ability to earn. Recent high school graduates also often need to put their education on the backb…


Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) has announced that Executive Director Scott Kenison will be leaving the organization in March 2020, according to a press release.

Animoto, symbaloo, scratch, spark and dash are terms that may not sound familiar to the average adult, but to elementary students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), these are common tools used in their classrooms whenever they are learning with technology.


Livermore’s first Pride event brought almost 1,000 people of all ages to the four- hour celebration at the Shea Plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater.

The Dublin City Council has approved what city officials say is the Tri-Valley’s first five-star hotel, to be built to a height of five stories by Westin.

Voters will decide early next year whether to approve or reject an agreement between the city and a private developer to build a hotel next to the Bankhead Theater on the east side of Livermore Avenue.

Neither Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory nor the Livermore campus of Sandia National Laboratories suffered power outages last week, the two labs reported.

On July 22, the Livermore K9 Foundation donated to the Livermore Police Department a check for $10,248 for the purchase of their newest K9: Drax, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois who is partnered with Officer Rob Leiva. Drax and Officer Leiva recently completed K9 training and are now working o…

The Livermore High School Premier Quartet greeted guests with classical music as they entered the gymnasium at Granada High School for the annual Reclassification Ceremony held on October 8.

On Oct. 12, Attorney Tony Bothwell told the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that "the government must be required to protect whistleblowers [who] have the courage to disclose practices that harm workers, the public, and the nation." Defending a nuclear weapons lab…

We are moving toward a computer-augmented world with clean energy from the sun, self-driving cars, major breakthroughs in medicine and few, if any, famines. That’s the view of Robert Reichenthal, an optimistic futurist who spoke to a Livermore audience last week.

At their Oct. 9 meeting, the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority Board approved the Project Feasibility Report for Valley Link, a rail service envisioned to conveniently connect San Joaquin Valley communities and Livermore with the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, includin…

Since its inception in 2017, the Go Green Initiative’s Summer Internship program continues to train high school and college level students in marketable career skills while learning the importance of sustainability.

The City of Livermore is still tallying the cost of rebuilding its communications infrastructure following a disruptive ransomware attack that shut down phones, email and computers at city hall last month.

The upcoming retirement of Pleasanton Police Chief Dave Spiller means the city is tasked with finding a new chief to lead the department and maintain the low crime rate. City Manager Nelson Fialho will announce an interim chief in the next few weeks.

As the days shorten and the weather cools, the flu season approaches. Medical experts, locally and nationally, strongly advise people to get their flu shots.

Former White House counsel John Dean didn’t mince words when comparing his former boss, Richard Nixon, with Donald Trump. “I think that this president is going to make Richard Nixon look like a choir boy” said Dean, a key figure in the Watergate coverup that brought down Nixon’s presidency in 1974.

A potential rise in the price of untreated water for agriculture next year could hurt small vineyards in the South Livermore Valley Specific Plan, and in turn affect the area’s wine tourism, said Sandy Figuers, Zone 7 Water Agency’s board president.

We are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution that will produce rapid and momentous changes to our society and economy, according to a technology leader who will speak next Thursday at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.


After 17 years of service to the City of Pleasanton, Police Chief Dave Spiller has announced his retirement, effective November 14. Chief Spiller began his career with the Pleasanton Police Department in 2002 as a lieutenant and was appointed captain in 2003. In 2011 Spiller was selected to …

A referendum effort from a citizens’ group seeking to overturn a Livermore City Council agreement with a hotel developer gathered well over the number of signatures required to put the question before voters on a future ballot.

A brush fire reported around 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, burned 14 acres near the N. Livermore Avenue exit on the north side of Interstate 580. Crews responding included the Alameda County Fire Department, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Cal Fire and Camp Parks Fire.

Tourists to the Tri-Valley spent more in 2018 than they did the previous year; 51 tour operators in China selling the Tri-Valley produced just under 7,300 room nights and generated about $2.38 million in media coverage.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) recently introduced the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act to help the United States develop the technical expertise and production capabilities to assure a long-term, secure and sustainable supply of energy critical elements (ECEs).

As the Tri-Valley continues its ascendancy as a technology and innovation powerhouse, Lenny Mendonca, the Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor, served as the keynote speaker at the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group luncheon on Sept. 23, inspiring new ideas about housing, inclu…

The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) celebrated its 5th anniversary by hosting a dinner at the Blue Agave Club in Pleasanton on Sept. 12. Billed as the “Power of Mission” dinner, the event honored TVNPA for its role in bringing Bay Area nonprofits together to collaborate, share resource…