The City Council spent a good chunk of Monday’s marathon meeting lambasting backers of a citizen’s referendum that is scheduled to go before voters on March 3.

A package of bills introduced in Sacramento by Sen. Steve Glazer, who represents the Tri-Valley, would require improved battery backup at cell towers during PG&E’s planned power outages.The bills also would require PG&E to have more battery packs available to people who need them to …

Weeks after police arrested the owner of two Livermore massage parlors, alleging Chinese immigrants were forced to work as prostitutes, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office unveiled a campaign to get the public to join in the fight against human trafficking.

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.

A package of bills introduced in Sacramento by Sen. Steve Glazer, who represents the Tri-Valley, would require improved battery backup at cell towers during PG&E’s planned power outages.The bills also would require PG&E to have more battery packs available to people who need them to …

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Growth and whether to alter County Measure D, which involves the county’s urban growth boundary, were the main topics debated by the four candidates running for the open 1st District seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Local antinuclear activists have joined colleagues at the national level to criticize the National Nuclear Security Administration as it makes plans to sharply increase its capacity for manufacturing the plutonium cores of nuclear weapons, commonly called pits.

The City Council voted Monday to uphold development entitlements for the Livermore Valley Wine Country Inn, a 30-room boutique hotel and restaurant planned for the southwest corner of Hansen and Arroyo Road. But the approval is subject to additional conditions aimed at reducing the commercia…

City approvals for a proposed hotel catering to South Livermore Valley Wine Country visitors are being challenged by a group of residents concerned the project could harm the nature and quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods.

Local water agencies are moving ahead on a study of alternatives that could bring more water to the Tri-Valley to keep up with population growth. Part of the study would include educating water customers about the alternatives and their costs.

Property owners who illegally demolish or alter historic buildings in Pleasanton could face substantial monetary fines and see long-term development restrictions imposed on their land under changes to the city’s historic preservation ordinance.


Tom Gioconda, who stepped down as deputy director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in November, was given the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Gold Award at a Washington ceremony late last month.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Denise Hinkel has been elected vice chair of the plasma physics division of the American Physical Society, the first step in a four-year leadership commitment with the national scientific organization.


Chanukah was commemorated in Livermore by more than 60 people with the lighting of a 9-foot-tall menorah in front of the Bankhead Theater. “Chanukah Under The Stars,” celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, has become an annual event for people of all ages. The Dec. 28 fete marked the eve…

Women being treated with chemotherapy for non-metastatic breast cancer are less likely to survive if they have too much fatty tissue, according to a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente medical scientists.

Natural gas heaters, ranges, water heaters, fireplaces and other appliances may no longer be allowed in new homes and commercial buildings in Dublin. The city is considering requiring all new construction to rely only on “carbon-free” electricity and 100% renewable power sources, such as sol…

Tracy Farhad, who for the last 14 years served as Executive Director at the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, has been named the new CEO of Visit Tri-Valley. Farhad takes over the position from Barbara Steinfeld, who announced her retirement in October, effective January 6.

Livermore’s new $8.1 million Civic Center Meeting Hall is still within budget, but nearly a year behind schedule. The city is contemplating declaring the general contractor in default and suing the building’s architect, if necessary, to deliver a completed building.

The health care settlement agreement between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees and the University of California was filed in Alameda County Superior Court last Friday, signaling a transition from litigation to administration.


Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful, but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of …


Even before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, children were running, spinning, jumping and screaming with joy at the new May Nissen playground. The theme of story-telling and fairy tales was accented by towering, brightly colored flower-shaped shade structures and winding paths. The playground ha…

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) received an updated credit rating from Standard and Poors, moving from an ‘A+’ to ‘AA-’, with a stable outlook, as it closes out another successful calendar year.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing that the permissible burn season for stubble fires within the Bay Area closes on Tuesday, December 31. Under Air District policy, permissive burn days will not be declared when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $1 million for research on insect-caused vineyard pathogens through the Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) grant program. The program is designed to reduce the use of chemical insecticides. The BIFS project will…

Nearly a decade after they first sued to regain University of California health care, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees have reached an $84.5 million settlement that provides a range of benefits: reimbursement for those who lost financially, support for future medical premium p…

The second annual survey of parents, staff and students in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) showed some strengths and also areas for improvement. Patrick Gannon, the district’s coordinator of communication and community relations, discussed the survey results at the board’s Dec.…

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is suing the nation’s largest e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., alleging the San Francisco-based company’s marketing strategy deceptively targeted its minor students, in violation of federal racketeering laws.

The two articles of impeachment that were brought forth against President Donald Trump are justified because the president is “on a constitutional crime spree,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, the Democratic incumbent in the 15th Congressional District, which includes the Tri-Valley.

Bob Coomber has faced some challenges in his life – he’s had Type 1 diabetes since his teens, and a resulting shattered leg put him in a wheelchair, and, oh, his recent efforts to hike across the Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada by wheelchair.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels Bus system and Dial-A-Ride paratransit service in the Tri-Valley, is seeking applications for alternates to serve on the Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee (TAAC). Members on the TAAC represent the cities of …

Zone 7 Director Sarah Palmer lost her bid to become the next statewide vice-president of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), but said it was a good learning experience.

Livermore students and residents gathered at Las Positas College, and later in front of City Hall, as part of the Dec. 6 “Fridays For Future” campaign, urging leaders of all countries to recognize and do something about climate change.

A week after the Livermore became the second city in the nation to approve a ban on the sale of vaping products at retail stores, Juul Labs Inc. formed a committee to defeat the law.

You tell your friends, relatives, doctors, pharmacists, “I never get the flu and have never gotten the shots. Why should I start now? The flu shots don’t protect me at a high enough percentage level to get the shot.” The answer can be found in statistics cited from the U.S. Centers for Disea…

The Dublin City Council authorized a study of a proposal from Valley Christian Center (VCC) to construct a three-story residential care home on Inspiration Drive and Dublin Boulevard in the hilly western portion of the city.

Partners for Change Tri-Valley (PFCTV) has hired Annie Corbett, Ph.D., M.B.A., to lead the four- year-old Tri-Valley non-profit. Interested members of the community can meet Dr. Corbett and talk about PFCTV's mission and results at Asbury United Methodist Church, January 11, 2020 from 9am-11am.

Sandia National Laboratories named James Peery of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as director starting Jan. 1. He will replace Stephen Younger, who is retiring.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center announced that Chris Carter has been selected to serve as Executive Director, taking the reins in February.

Anyone curious about how to get health care coverage during the open enrollment window through Covered California can attend a meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Axis Health Center, 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton.

Most of us in the Tri-Valley have cars or use buses to get to doctor and dentist appointments, shopping and other services. What happens to those who don’t have, or can’t afford, what many consider their easily attainable every day transportation? In Livermore, Jacky Poulson decided to start…

Pleasanton residents will be able to choose cleaner power sources for their electric sockets in 2021, as the city joins East Bay Community Energy (EBCE).

The Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) board voted 4-0 to put a $290 million bond on the March 3 primary election ballot to meet future school needs for repairs and new schools in a district that is still growing.

“I was taught that a community is only as good as it treats its most vulnerable citizens. I was alarmed that a crucial program would be discontinued due to a lack of funding”, observed Jeff Katz, personally involved with helping senior citizens through the Senior Support Program of the Tri-V…

Nominations are being accepted for the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, honoring extraordinary women making a difference in the community. Honorees will be celebrated at the 27th Annual Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in early spring 2020, co-hosted by th…

One recent afternoon, two businesses that bookended a strip mall at the Southwest corner of Rincon Avenue and Pine Street brought steady buzz of customers in and out. In between them sat a sea of asphalt, stucco and eerie quiet.

Michael Tree has been recognized as the state’s top transit executive for 2019 by the California Transit Association. Tree is Executive Director of both the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) and Valley Link, which was formed in 2018.

Climate change is a cultural issue and necessitates changing our values and beliefs. That was the message from Andrew Hoffman, a professor of sustainable enterprise at the University of Michigan. Hoffman spoke via video at the Tri-Valley Citizen’s Climate Lobby during their November meeting.

State legislation banning specific tobacco products has stalled. The federal ban is now in limbo. However, local actions to restrict cigarette sales and vaping products have passed in Livermore, Fremont, San Leandro, Alameda, Richmond, and the city and county of San Francisco.

The highest paid city employee in Livermore will see his annual cash compensation increase by more than $16,000 and the second highest paid employee will bring home nearly $15,000 more in pay during the next 12 months.

Fishing enthusiasts take note! East Bay Regional Park District is planting some 500 pounds of lightning trout this week in each of four nearby lakes: Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs in the Livermore-Pleasanton area, as well as Quarry Lakes in Fremont and Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.

Scott Kenison, Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC), gave his final annual report to the Livermore City Council at the Nov. 25 meeting. Kenison will be leaving the organization in February. Kenison arrived in late 2014 as the organization was coming out of a …

Ben Santer, senior climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, spoke earlier this month in Madison, Wisc. to the annual meeting of Sigma Xi, the national scientific society. Santer gave the talk after winning the society’s annual William Proctor Award, joining such past scie…

More than 300 area residents attended the local non-profit organization’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Jeans & Jewels fundraiser on Friday, November 8. Guests “Rocked the Ranch” with delicious food, drinks, live music and a DF, and line dancing. The generous and dedicated supporters r…


Hundreds of Amador Valley High School staff and parents gathered on the morning of Nov. 21 to “sprinkle happiness” on students before the Thanksgiving Break. The Amador community lined Santa Rita Rd. and Black Ave. in Pleasanton, holding signs of positivity and wearing bright colors to greet…

Pleasanton Unified School District voters will be asked to authorize bond sales up to $323 million for school improvements in the March 3, 2020 election.

The charitable foundation supporting a newly-certified stroke program at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare announced a fundraising effort in which donations will be matched dollar for dollar by two local families that had life threatening experiences with stroke.


After years of work and millions in renovations, AC Hotel Pleasanton, formerly Sheraton Pleasanton, is now open for business.


Dyrell Foster, a veteran Southern California community college administrator, said this week that he is “looking forward to really hitting the ground running,” when he takes over in February as president of Las Positas College in Livermore.

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.