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Two Tri-Valley law enforcement agencies reported COVID-19 diagnoses last week, one involving a Livermore police officer now recovering at home and the other prompting concern for the inmate population at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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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The Valley’s three school boards each met last week on an emergency basis to declare that certain construction projects are so important they must continue for the needs of their districts to be met.

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Educators throughout the Tri-Valley are working to improve distance learning programs, plan for graduation requirements, and keep services open for students in need.

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Executives from Safeway supermarkets and Rite Aid pharmacies said last week that their efforts to keep store shelves stocked, improve delivery and curbside options and make sure employees and customers stay safe continue to improve as they work to deal with changes in how they operate during…

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Cloth face masks may provide some added protection against Covid-19 for those who must leave their homes for essential activities, but they are not a substitute for social distancing and frequent hand washing, according to California public health officials.

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More than 30 homeless people in the Tri-Valley have been placed in hotel rooms over the past three weeks, and dozens more are awaiting placement as soon as funding and rooms become available.

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The semi-annual California Climate Credit will be applied to Pacific Gas and Electric residential bills during the April billing cycle, just as many customers’ energy usage is going up because of the statewide stay-at-home order to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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Colleen Chawla, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, will join U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for a live Facebook question-and-answer session to update 15th congressional district residents about the Covid-19 outbreak at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 9.

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Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton-based nonprofit that provides vocational and life skills programs for adults with developmental disabilities, is offering daily online activities for its program participants and members of the community during the statewide stay-at-home order because of Covid-19.

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Three seniors from Livermore High School were honored recently by the Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.

The winners of Livermore’s Fourth Annual Science Poetry Contest were announced this week by the city’s poet laureate, Cynthia Patton. A celebration of Livermore’s scientific heritage, the contest had four divisions: youth (K-5th grade), middle school, high school, and adult. Winning poems in…


When Louise Salas was born in 1919, Woodrow Wilson was president. That was a long time ago. Earlier this month, the Colorado native, now a resident of The Vineyards Healthcare Center in Livermore, celebrated her 101st birthday with cupcakes and best wishes from her friends at the nursing car…


The Shelter in Place edict in Alameda County has been extended to May 3. The rules have been tightened to better fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19 by combining artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and supercomputing in an effort to discover new antibodies and pharmaceutical drugs to combat the disease.

Final certified results from the March 3 primary election show a tight race for the top two November candidate slots for 1st District county supervisor, and success for only one of three Valley school bonds.

An undisclosed number of staff members at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin were sent home for a 14-day quarantine last week after a nurse tested positive for coronavirus at the facility.

Dr. Grace M. Lee, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, will join Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for a question-and-answer session on Facebook at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 2.

Six Pleasanton police officers used reasonable force to subdue a 38-year-old man who died following a violent struggle in 2018, and will not face criminal charges, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said.

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California's superior courts for 60 days.

With one week of homeschooling under their belts, Tri-Valley families are reporting both successes and struggles as they brace for the uncertain future.

For residents who wish to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, Dublin parks remain open. However, the City of Dublin will be closing all playgrounds until further notice in order to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

Dr. Stephen Lockhart, chief medical officer for Sutter Health, will join Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for a live Facebook town hall at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 26, to discuss the next steps for combatting COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

State Senator Steve Glazer has held six telephone town halls since March 10 on the coronavirus epidemic and the impact it is having on residents of California’s 17th Senate District, which includes Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore. Assembly members Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, 16th Assembly District…


With family and volunteers no longer allowed to visit because of the statewide stay-at-home order, the elderly residents at Quail Garden decided to express their feelings with signs posted outside the assisted-living facility in downtown Livermore.

While in graduate school, I was involved with some interesting research that examined students’ reactions to media coverage on the potential threat of a disease pandemic such as coronavirus. The study showed several interesting findings, including high rates of worry that family members woul…


Shelter at Home for many means more time together, but for some it means home alone without the usual everyday contact with the world. What have people done to keep busy at home or even have fun? How have they learned or felt obligated to better communicate?


Amador Valley’s competition civics team recently placed first at state in the “We the People” competition. While the path to nationals is unclear, given the ongoing pandemic, the group of seniors reflected on their experience as they looked to the future.

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is urging residents to continue supporting local businesses, despite the many closures and the statewide stay-at-home order during the coronavirus epidemic.


Women veteran honorees described their experiences in the service and returning to life in the real world at the 8th Annual Honoring Women Veterans luncheon at Las Positas College on March 11. Scholarships were also awarded to women veterans who excelled in their college studies.


With COVID-19 coronavirus spreading from personal contact throughout the Bay Area, public and private schools in the Valley have barred students from attending classes and cancelled all student activities on campuses.

The Alameda County Superior Court has shut down its operations to meet a Health Department’s sweeping order for residents to “shelter in place” to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


Pleasanton Pedalers, a cycling club of retired seniors from throughout the region, is calling on Caltrans to make a busy intersection in Livermore safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Among the usual spring events that have been cancelled due to fear of spreading COVID-19 are (clockwise from top left) the Valley Spokesman Cinderella Bike Ride, Bankhead Theater events, Dublin Easter Eggstravaganza, Livermore Half Marathon, Pleasanton Run for Education, and the Alameda Coun…

Real estate agents are being forced to adapt their open house strategies to address the current COVID-19 crisis and quickly changing government restrictions on what is allowed.

Four candidates seeking to become Alameda County’s new 1st District Supervisor remained in a tight race as the county continued to count ballots Tuesday. County officials anticipate counting to last another week or two.


The Valley is bracing as Covid-19, the coronavirus, continues to spread across the country. Of particular concern, California is now seeing an increase in people diagnosed with the respiratory virus that first swept through southern China at the start of the year.

The Livermore City Council on Monday created a narrow exemption to the city’s tough new tobacco control ordinance, lifting a ban on the retail sales of certain types of flavored tobacco that are considered premium tobacco products.

Infections from Covid-19 virus, also known as SARS-CoV2, have now overcome those of seasonal flu virus epidemics, though the actual number of infected individuals and death rates per 1,000 people infected has yet to be determined. The symptoms for mild cases of Covid-19 are very similar to I…

By a 2-to-1 ratio, voters approved a ballot initiative to uphold a deal between the city and a private developer to construct and operate a hotel in downtown Livermore.


David L. Swing, police chief at Morgan Hill, California, since 2011, has been named police chief for Pleasanton. The city announced Swing’s appointment Monday, after a competitive selection and recruitment process. He will begin his new duties on April 13.


Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has just announced that effective immediately all performances at the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center have been cancelled through the end of March 2020. Executive Director Chris Carter stated, “In light of the latest information and guideline…

Long term solutions to the homeless problem in the Tri-Valley were discussed by a panel at a meeting moderated by Livermore City Council member and sociologist Patricia Munro. The March 3 discussion was held at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton.

California is currently thought to be the most progressive of all the states in the U.S. That certainly was not the case when it came to giving women the right to vote.

Former atomic workers with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lab, and Sandia National Laboratories will have three opportunities this month to learn about possible financial compensation medical benefits through the federal Energy Employees Occupat…

The $9 million upgrade to the Pleasanton schools communication and computer systems, due to begin soon, will include the ability to pinpoint the location of vaping high school students.

Livermore celebrated the grand opening last month of Chestnut Square Senior Housing, the first phase in the city’s vision of transforming an underutilized site along Chestnut Street into an inter-generational community with easy access to public transportation and community amenities, both o…

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Wendy Rouse, associate professor of history at San Jose State University, will give a presentation on the women’s suffrage movement at the Livermore Civic Center Library on Sunday, March 8.

Pleasanton’s Community Education Series will host a panel discussion about the truths and myths of vaping at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

The Tri-Valley Citizens Climate Lobby met with Roger Aines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Energy Program Chief Scientist, on Feb. 27 to learn about California’s efforts to reduce CO2 levels in the state by 2045.

A group of residents is suing the City of Livermore and a developer of the recently-approved Livermore Wine Country Inn, arguing the project violates state planning, zoning, and environmental laws.

Local elected offices at stake in the March 3 presidential primary election included two Alameda County Board of Supervisors seats; three seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency board; three school district bond measures; one state senate seat, one assembly seat, and one race for U.S. Congress. The…

A nationally known defense expert from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey will discuss the U.S. military’s capabilities and priorities next week in a talk at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

Livermore voters Tuesday, in early results, were overwhelmingly in favor of a measure to uphold 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.

California Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan will host a community forum on gun safety from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at the Windermere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon, California.


A dozen sophomores from the Green Engineering Academy at Livermore High School visited Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore last month to get a look at applied science in action.


The quiet large multipurpose room at Fairlands Elementary School in Pleasanton was ringed with desks containing pictures and books. Suddenly the doors opened and 33 students from Kelly Lack’s fifth grade class filed in to take their places, each representing the person they had chosen for Bl…

The sale of all flavored tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and related equipment that could provide nicotine will soon be banned for sale in Pleasanton following a city council decision on Feb.18.

Jimmy Boland Jr., a graduate of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy, has joined the Pleasanton Police Department. Boland is a graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord, California, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacram…

Almost two years to the day after groundbreaking, the $15 million Dublin Public Safety Complex celebrated its grand opening on Feb 22. Over 150 attendees of all ages were present for the festivities, which began with the presentation of the colors by the Dublin police and fire cadets, follow…

A long-time Republican activist is challenging District 16 Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, the Democratic incumbent who was elected to the seat in 2018. The district serves residents in Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Saranap, …

Zone 7 Water Agency directors authorized hiring a consultant for a one-year study to evaluate where a pipeline connecting two lakes owned by the agency can be routed to provide drought relief. The action kicked off the first financial commitment to getting a pipeline project started.

The first Military Appreciation Night honored local veterans and family members at the Las Positas College Physical Education Complex on Feb. 12.

State Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, is facing two challengers in the March 3 primary, fellow Democrat Marisol Rubio of San Ramon, and Republican Julie Mobley of Danville, as he seeks reelection to a second full term representing the 7th Senate District.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers and biologists have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures in three-dimensions, a significant advancement in the realistic modeling of the human brain outside of the body.

Stanford Health Care–ValleyCare has received a five-star rating from Hospital Compare, performing above the national average among 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals in the safety of care, readmission, and patient experience measurements.

Visit Tri-Valley, the destination-marketing organization for the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville, has been awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program’s seal by Destinations International in recognition of the nonprofit’s commitment to excellence and meeting …