Quest, the future science center to be located in Stockmen’s Park in downtown Livermore, continues to move forward. The Quest Board of Directors last week posted a banner announcing the location of the science center’s future home, off Railroad Avenue near Blacksmith Square.

An official notice has been mailed to thousands of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees affected by the recent University of California health care settlement agreement, including a detailed questionnaire that must be answered to ensure future benefits.

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.

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.

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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.

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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…

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.

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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…

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…

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.

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.

Police have arrested the owner of two Livermore massage parlors, where they allege Chinese immigrants believing they had come to the United States to live the American dream were forced to work as prostitutes to pay off debt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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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.