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PLEASANTON — In a meeting with over 200 participants, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce hosted Mayor Karla Brown’s first State of the City address on Tuesday, March 9.

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Alameda County — With the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 (WHPA) introduced in the House, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) recently visited an Alameda County Planned Parenthood facility to show support for women’s reproductive rights and advocate for the legislation.

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Pleasanton Police Department (PPD) officers discovered one adult male and one adult female deceased inside a vehicle after reporting to the area of Pimlico Drive near the I-580 sound wall, Saturday, Sept. 18.

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Following The Independent's report last week that a deal had been reached to preserve Tesla Park, a state budget bill with provisions to protect the 3,100-acre site near Livermore from use as an off-road vehicle site passed the state legislature and was sent to the governor.

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LIVERMORE — In a unanimous decision this week, the city council approved resolutions that could establish the Livermore Valley Wine Heritage District (LVWHD) — expected to generate $693,000 in its first year to support local winemakers.

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PLEASANTON — With water rates going up in the city, residents might be inclined to get out the shower buckets to avoid wasting too much water.

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Alameda County — The organizations responsible for providing emergency ambulance service in Alameda County all appear to agree on one thing — emergency medical service (EMS) response times in the county are increasing.

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Alameda County — A candidate to become Alameda County’s top prosecutor has accused District Attorney (DA) Nancy O’Malley and her staff of violating campaign practices by using government email accounts when they ran against each other four years ago.

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Alameda County — Two Alameda County supervisors on Monday floated the idea of placing a moratorium on building new solar energy projects until the county can develop policies to address issues including their size, purpose and location.

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REGIONAL — State lawmakers reached a deal Monday to protect the 3,100-acre Tesla Park site near Livermore from use as an off-road vehicle recreation area, bringing an apparent end to years of controversy over preserving the land, Tri-Valley State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s office said.

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A detour on the Iron Horse Trail between Dougherty Road and the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station will likely be in place at least through next September to accommodate construction for three different projects.

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PLEASANTON — The city recently began installing a large filtration device to capture trash floating through Pleasanton's storm drain system to prevent it from making its way to the San Francisco Bay.

Reshma Singh, Laurence Berkeley National Laboratory program director, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Parks in Dublin on Aug. 19. Officials celebrated the construction of the first of 10 nodes of a Resilient Replicable Modular Microgrid (R2M2), a backup solar power generator …

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Alameda County — One of two bills aimed at improving the availability of affordable housing was narrowly passed by the state assembly this week.

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The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation in Pleasanton is recruiting volunteers to check on local cancer patients, by phone and e-mail, and answer questions about the nonprofit’s services.

Dublin is seeking input from residents and local organizations as it updates its Americans with Disabilities (ADA) self-evaluation and tradition plan.

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Tonya Higby’s husband, Doug, knew exactly what to look for July 29. That morning, a neighbor stopped him as he prepared to leave for work to tell him he’d seen someone suspicious about 4 a.m. near his Ford sport utility vehicle.

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LIVERMORE — Recognizing that the City of Livermore has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the county, city officials have formulated a seven-step plan to both encourage residents to get vaccinated and to provide residents the opportunity to do so.

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Alameda County — A United Nations report last week warned that a warming Earth is moving steadily toward climate disaster, with effects that are being felt now and that will get worse in the future — much worse, unless we make deep cuts to our emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Madison Tropp and her mother, Colette, work on a word puzzle at a Free Little Library on Diamond Court in Livermore, Aug. 7. In celebration of Global Day of Unplugging, Little Free Libraries of Livermore hosted a Hunt for Gnomes that will continue through Aug. 15. Livermore Councilmember Rob…

Wente Family Estates, the longest continuously family-owned and -operated winery in the United States, will soon expand its operations by moving into a new warehouse facility at 7701 Las Positas Road, in Livermore.

Along with Dublin’s renovation of Pioneer Cemetery, the city is offering the public an opportunity to memorialize loved ones at the historic graveyards with pavers, tree plaques, and granite benches and boulders designed to hold cremated remains.

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Livermore’s two national laboratories held a ribbon-cutting last week for a new office building and conference annex for their Livermore Valley Open Campus, where industrial representatives join forces with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories staff to stimulate partnerships i…

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To honor the struggle for women’s suffrage, Tri-Valley Haven, a Livermore-based nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness, is inviting members of the community to decorate T-shirts based on the theme, “What Freedom Means to Me.”

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Don Lewis, an electronic music inventor, entertains the crowd during Quest Science Center’s third Science@Stockmen's Park, Aug. 7. The theme was “Science of Music.” Participants learned how sound is created. (Photo – Doug Jorgensen) 

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SPARC Theater, sponsored by the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, will present “Life is a Cabernet” outdoors at the Darcie Kent Vineyards, 7000 Tesla Road in Livermore, today through Sunday, Aug. 15, and again next week, from Aug. 19-22.

The Valley Humane Society (VHS) announced plans this week to open a community veterinary surgery center in Pleasanton early next year.

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Parents, students and staff at Donlon Elementary School in Pleasanton gather outside the school, waiting for the first day of school to begin. Students in the Pleasanton Unified School District returned to campuses yesterday, Aug. 11. (Photos – Doug Jorgensen)

Alameda County — Angela Ramirez Holmes has been chosen as the new president of the Zone 7 Water Agency board of directors. She was unanimously voted in during the board’s July 21, annual reorganization meeting.

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Alameda County — A pair of Senate bills, SB 9 and SB 10, currently moving through the California legislature, aim to relieve the affordable-housing crisis. If passed, they could bring dramatic changes to neighborhoods across the state.

Operation September Freedom (OSF) a national effort by non-profit Dream Flights to honor more than 1,000 World War II veterans with free Dream Flights in six restored Boeing Stearman biplanes, is landing in Livermore to honor these members of the Greatest Generation.

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Seventeen U.S. national laboratories – including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) – have agreed to support name-change requests from researchers on previous published scientific papers.

The Real Estate Alliance of Livermore (REAL) and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District are sponsoring a “Brighter Days” fundraiser now through Thursday, Aug. 19, to support mental health resources and training.

Cultura y Bienestar, a mental health program focused on the Latino community in Alameda County, will sponsor a community COVID-19 vaccination outreach effort from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 14, in the parking lot of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way in Livermore.

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LIVERMORE — A former Livermore woman has surrounded herself with family and friends while awaiting word on the whereabouts of her husband, who vanished following a trip to the bank Aug. 2 in Sonora, a small community near Yosemite.