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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

Alameda County District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty will leave office this year at the end of a 24-year, six-term career. From an app on his phone, he will quickly cite the days, hours, and minutes remaining on his term and jokes, “But who’s counting?” But then he is also quick to note that …


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.


Flour coats the empty shelves of area grocery stores as residents prepare to shelter in place. But while the demand for cashiers remains high, other locals businesses are scaling back and bracing for the worst as the streets clear.


Alameda County, along with Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties have all issued a “shelter in place” order to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the Bay Area, and to prevent hospitals and health clinics from being overwhelmed.

The Small Business Association is accepting applications for disaster assistance loans up to $2 million to help businesses overcome a temporary loss of income because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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…

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.

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…

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 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.

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.

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.