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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Diablo Valley College lauded for equity in recent awards

Two of the Contra Costa Community College District's three schools (Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College) are among the recent recipients of recognition from a statewide organization aimed at promoting equity for students.

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Tri-Valley man wins cash, vacation on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Pleasanton resident Rodman Martin earned nearly $30,000 in cash and prizes and narrowly missed out on solving the final puzzle for the night's big prize on a recent episode of 'Wheel of Fortune.'

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California reports first case of suspected monkeypox

The first suspected case of monkeypox in California, a viral infection that causes respiratory symptoms and scarring skin lesions, is under investigation in Sacramento County, state health officials said Tuesday.

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County launching four 'test to treat' sites to increase access to COVID medication

Contra Costa County is opening four COVID-19 testing sites this week that will also make prescription medication available for those who test positive, the county said Wednesday.

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Dublin woman faces felonies for allegedly selling fake designer products en masse

A Dublin woman was charged last week after being arrested in a sting operation for allegedly selling counterfeit designer merchandise -- to the tune of thousands of dollars a month.

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Community Briefs: 'Town Talks' on transportation | Sustainability Awards nominations | Open Space Advisory Committee seats

Mayor Newell Arnerich is set to discuss the future of transportation in Danville, including new and future plans and technology, in the 'Town Talks' series next week. See that and more in our Community Briefs.

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill wins EBAL baseball title for first time in 34 years

Foothill has always put out baseball teams of high quality, but an outright East Bay Athletic League title had eluded the Falcons since 1988. Not any longer. They knocked off De La Salle 4-1 in the EBAL Championship Game on May 13.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Contra Costa health officials say COVID-19 is on the rise again

Contra Costa County health officials told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that COVID-19 numbers are on the rise.

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'Let's go fly a kite!' Art and Wind Festival returns this weekend

After a two-year hiatus, San Ramon's free Art and Wind Festival returns to Central Park this Memorial Day weekend.

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Crews contain 91.2-acre fire in Tassajara Valley

A fire that ignited in the vicinity of Highland Road and Camino Tassajara in Contra Costa County was contained after reaching 91.2 acres on Monday afternoon. The cause remains under investigation.

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County supervisors to consider large affordable housing project

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 384-unit residential development on seven acres in unincorporated Bay Point.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

San Ramon: Council poised to adopt revised Tri-Valley development transportation fee

The San Ramon City Council is set to consider adopting a change in fees established by the Tri-Valley Transportation Council on Tuesday. Also, an increased loan for Aspen Wood project would bring total to more than $11 million...

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Danville council to continue draft budget review

The Danville Town Council is set for a third study session on the town's draft operating budget and capital improvement program (CIP) for the upcoming fiscal year Tuesday morning.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Election preview: Zone 7 Board of Directors

As the drought continues to squeeze the water supply, Tri-Valley residents will cast important ballots for the future of local water reliability with four seats up for grabs on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors.

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Walnut Creek council extends outdoor dining program; permanent policy to be considered next month

The Walnut Creek City Council unanimously voted last week to extend its pandemic-era outdoor dining program into the summer while city officials continue developing a permanent program.

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Contra Costa County homelessness jumps nearly 35% since 2019

There are nearly 35% more homeless people in Contra Costa County than three years ago, according to an annual survey of homelessness, which officials say underscores a severe shortage of affordable housing and impacts of the pandemic.

Sunday, 5:25 PM | 1 comment
Blues artist Chris Cain performing at Village Theatre

Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery is hosting longtime blues musician Chris Cain for an evening performance later this week.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Election preview: Andrews, Kramer battle for Contra Costa County assessor seat

Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer is facing a challenge to his seat for the first time since 2010, by political newcomer Floy Andrews, following allegations of misconduct in his office in recent years.

Friday, 4:55 AM | 1 comment
Mirza appointed to head HR for San Ramon Regional Medical Center

The San Ramon Regional Medical Center has announced Hassan Mirza as the hospital's next chief human resources officer.

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Walnut Creek approves ordinance prohibiting single-use utensils, condiments unless requested by customer

Single-use utensils, food accessories and condiment packets will only be provided to those who request them in Walnut Creek, after city officials approved an ordinance Tuesday intended to reduce waste.

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California spent millions to boost COVID vaccination rates of Medi-Cal members — but they lag even more

Gaps in COVID vaccination rates among the state's Medi-Cal population persist. Five Medi-Cal plans still have vaccination rates under 50%.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Measure G puts future of vehicle abatement program in county voters' hands

Amid a county election season with a number of hotly contested races, at least one item on the ballot in the upcoming primary election presents as a matter of relatively routine business that hasn't spurred local controversy.

Thursday, 4:36 AM | 2 comments
County DA announces murder charge in Walnut Creek man's death

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has charged a homeless man in Concord with murder for allegedly intentionally firing a handgun that killed a Walnut Creek resident.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dublin council approves East Ranch project as developer amends plans via state law

A large housing development rejected earlier this year after facing a referendum petition is now back on the horizon in Dublin following the council's approval of an amendment to the project that will bind it to state housing laws...

Wednesday, 9:37 PM | No comments yet
Community Briefs: Mount Diablo beacon lighting | CCCCD indoor mask mandate | 'Breaking Bad' actors in Pleasanton

The historic beacon at the summit of Mount Diablo is set to light up this Memorial Day, following the passage of a proclamation by the Danville Town Council earlier in the year.

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Tri-Valley student wins state Spelling Bee

Shradha Rachamreddy from Dublin's Quarry Lane School has been crowned champion of the 2022 California State Spelling Bee. The 12-year-old will now head to the national competition starting next weekend.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Contra Costa County records first case of West Nile virus this year

West Nile virus is back in Contra Costa County. The first case of the year was found recently in a dead American crow, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District.

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Intuit agrees to pay $141M for upselling TurboTax services to low-income taxpayers

Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams and state Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a $141 million nationwide settlement of litigation with Intuit over the company's TurboTax Free File service.

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BART to launch pilot program for rider pass compatible with all Bay Area transit agencies

BART plans to launch a pilot program later this year to test the viability of a global transit pass compatible with every public transit agency in the nine-county Bay Area.

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Bay Area schools see families leave cities, flock to suburbs like Dublin

The city's building boom following the Great Recession resulted in the Dublin Unified tripling its number of students since 2000 -- the only Bay Area district to do so while the region as a whole saw a 3.7% increase from 2000 to 2019.

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SRVUSD to discuss path to expanded learning opportunities, universal TK

San Ramon Valley school trustees are set to vote Tuesday on a plan for expanded, and ultimately universal, transitional kindergarten opportunities and an expanded learning opportunities program for students through sixth grade.

Tuesday, 2:28 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 16, 2022

Danville council to consider Tri-Valley transportation fee

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss and vote on adopting a change in fees established by the Tri-Valley Transportation Council on Tuesday evening, following a morning study session on the 2022-23 fiscal year budget.

Monday, 6:00 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Council, Planning Commission to discuss Housing Element draft update

The San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission are set Tuesday to discuss plans for the city's next steps in residential development in the wake of state mandates necessitating an increase in housing sites.

Monday, 5:51 PM | No comments yet
Danville mayor condemns racist display near Blackhawk

Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich released a statement Monday, condemning the group of masked people who on Saturday held up signs at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara, saying things like 'White Lives Matter' and...

Monday, 4:14 PM | 29 comments
Four in the running for Contra Costa County clerk-recorder

Contra Costa County voters will have their choice of candidates for their next clerk-recorder with a range of backgrounds and experiences, with four clamoring for the historically overlooked elected position.

Monday, 12:45 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 15, 2022

County supervisors increase immigrant health care funds, delay other decisions

The Board of Supervisors tackled part of the 2022-23 budget Tuesday, unanimously approving $5.4 million more than staff initially recommended for Contra Costa CARES, but delaying decisions on how to use $59 million in leftover...

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Bay Area health officers urge return to masking, other COVID precautions amid latest surge

Health officials in 11 counties urged residents across the greater Bay Area Friday to once again take COVID-19 precautions like masking as cases and hospitalizations rise across the region.

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How bad is water use in California? March is the worst so far, up 19%

Ignoring urgent pleas from water officials, Californians used substantially more water after a record-dry three months gripped the state.

Sunday, 1:17 PM | No comments yet
California's $100 billion surplus: What to know about Newsom's spending plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom reveals his revised May budget, including his inflation relief plan and spending priorities on education, the environment and more.

Sunday, 1:10 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Remembering 'Dr. B' George Baljevich, a legend in Tri-Valley local sports

George Baljevich -- "Dr. B" -- was such an iconic figure in Pleasanton that locally he was every bit as well-known as John Madden. So, writing about Dr. B, who passed away at the age of 84 on May 12 was a daunting task.

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