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Thursday, November 26, 2020

San Ramon: Neighbor named new president of SummerHill Homes

San Ramon's SummerHill Homes has new leadership with the announcement that Chris Neighbor has been promoted to the position of president of SummerHill Homes.

Thursday, 9:13 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley reimagines holiday shopping for 2020

Holiday shopping around the Tri-Valley looks much different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowd-drawing traditions are transitioning to curbside pickups and health-conscious experiences.

Thursday, 9:10 PM | No comments yet
Holiday Happenings 2020

Celebrate the holiday season at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon as the lifestyle center lights up with festive community activities and sparkling decorations. See that event, and many others, on the docket across the Tri-Valley.

Thursday, 9:09 PM | No comments yet
On the road again

Neither flat tires nor mangled bikes nor pandemic can keep the Gagnon family from loading up their RV to travel cross country to revel in the glory of its national parks.

Thursday, 9:09 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Resilience important for these holidays

Here I am healthy and with much to be thankful for, so I expected to enjoy this Thanksgiving, too, even if my only "gathering" was a short visit to my daughter's backyard to share, physically distanced, my traditional homemade pie.

Thursday, 9:06 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pleasanton Preps: Decision to postpone high school sports again makes me 'as mad as hell'

With high school sports, at least the kids had Dec. 7 as the carrot to point their hopes toward. Now that is gone and who knows when they will have another hope to cling to, if one even arises. So, where do we direct our anger?

Tuesday, 4:54 PM | 3 comments
San Ramon cancels 2020 Bah Humbug! 5K and Kid's Dash amid coronavirus surge

In light of the recent spike in coronavirus cases throughout the country, the city of San Ramon has officially canceled its annual Bah Humbug! 5K and Kid's Dash.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Cal High wins top honors at Contra Costa County Model UN Conference

The student delegation from California High School in San Ramon took top honors during the 30th annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations Conference, which this year was held virtually this year.

Tuesday, 4:16 PM | 2 comments
CSU faculty, administrators at odds over ethnic studies requirement

California State University took another step last Tuesday toward requiring students to take an ethnic studies class as part of their lower-division coursework, a move that would also have significant implications for the state's...

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BART board OKs incentivizing early retirements to address budget woes

The BART Board of Directors voted Thursday to forge ahead with an incentivized retirement program intended to help mend the agency's ailing financial outlook due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Passing on the memories

Selling the old family home is hard -- especially when it is a stunning Victorian on Second Street in Pleasanton -- but it helps when the buyer is the young family across the street...

Tuesday, 4:12 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County halts new hemp grows while regulations are created

The county Board of Supervisors has approved a 45-day moratorium on new hemp planting as regulations governing location and cultivation of industrial hemp are considered.

Tuesday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet

Monday, November 23, 2020

Castlewood rebrands as The Club at Castlewood ahead of extensive remodel

Pleasanton's historic Castlewood Country Club now has a new name to herald its $16 million remodeling and upgrading project that will launch next spring. It is now called The Club at Castlewood.

Monday, 8:40 PM | No comments yet
Local J. Rockcliff acquired by Silicon Valley brokerage

J. Rockcliff Realtors, with offices in Pleasanton, Danville and a number of other East Bay communities, was recently acquired by Sereno Group.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon council to consider expanding Crow Canyon Specific Plan boundary area

In its continued efforts to revitalize the business community in northwest San Ramon, the San Ramon City Council is set to review plans for updating and expanding the Crow Canyon Specific Plan boundary area on Tuesday.

Monday, 1:48 PM | No comments yet
Dublin again ranks as best conditioned roads in entire Bay Area

The average overall state of the Bay Area's local roadways has held steady over the past five years and is described as "fair" in a report released Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Monday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet
Two-story self-storage facility proposed near downtown Danville

The Danville Planning Commission is set to review plans for a new 17,000-square-foot, two-story self-storage building near downtown during a special meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Motorcyclist dies in crash with bicycle on San Ramon Valley Boulevard

A Danville man died after his motorcycle crashed into a downed bicycle on San Ramon Valley Boulevard on the south side of town on Sunday afternoon, according to Danville police.

Sunday, 5:08 PM | 1 comment

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Foundation gives $1.6M to community groups easing hardships of COVID-19 in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County community groups responding to needs ranging from food to shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic have received $1.6 million in grants from the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, in partnership with the SVCF.

Saturday, 9:26 PM | No comments yet
Rare badger spotted, caught on camera east of Mount Diablo

A rare badger sighting was recorded by members of an East Bay environmentalist group earlier this month as they were walking along a rural road between Antioch and Mt. Diablo.

Saturday, 9:25 PM | No comments yet
Public advocates seek $166M penalty against PG&E over power shutoff notifications in 2019

A $166 million penalty against PG&E is being sought by advocates for ratepayers for failures related to three 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Saturday, 9:22 PM | No comments yet
County sheriff, DA investigate jail death after inmate fight

A 30-year-old Contra Costa Jail inmate died Tuesday afternoon at the Martinez jail, about 24 hours after having been in a fight with fellow inmates at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond and subsequently treated for injuries

Saturday, 9:11 PM | No comments yet
Alamo: Increased coyote sightings have residents near Las Trampas fear for pets

Contra Costa County residents near the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness in Alamo, Walnut Creek and Lafayette say there's been an uptick in coyote sightings in 2020 -- and in missing cats ...

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Walnut Creek: Old DMV office could make way for apartment complex

Walnut Creek has lost its state Department of Motor Vehicles field office downtown, and now the North Broadway property may end up housing new apartments.

Saturday, 4:43 PM | No comments yet

Friday, November 20, 2020

Perkins projected to win fifth term on San Ramon council; Gómez concedes

San Ramon City Councilman Scott Perkins has narrowly won his bid for a fifth term on the San Ramon City Council with his lone opponent, public health professional Luz Gómez, calling to congratulate him on Friday.

Friday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD: More than half of families choose to remain with remote learning over in-person

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the SRVUSD has stated that its plans to reopen in-person learning on Jan. 5 remain in effect. However, more than half of district families have a preference for maintaining remote learning.

Friday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Danville residents invited to take a shopping vow: 'I Pledge to Support Local'

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, the town of Danville has launched the "I Pledge to Support Local" grassroots campaign to encourage residents to support local businesses.

Thursday, 5:02 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Commission discusses Costco gas station, tables decision to Dec. 15

After nearly four hours of discussion, the San Ramon Planning Commission elected to table its decision on a 32-pump Costco gas station until Dec. 15, directing staff to collect more information on traffic and neighborhood impacts.

Thursday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
2020 Holiday Fund campaign now underway

This marks the beginning of the 2020-21 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, a fundraising campaign that will provide vital financial assistance to six core Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

Thursday, 3:49 PM | No comments yet
Governor implements nightly curfew for non-essential activities in Contra Costa County

The order is for counties in the purple or most-restrictive tier, including Contra Costa County, in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan and will order all non-essential work and gatherings to stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Thursday, 3:22 PM | 4 comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Students invited to participate in monthly Street Smarts Traffic Safety Contest

The San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program has continued its monthly virtual contest series and local elementary and middle school students are invited to participate.

Wednesday, 10:19 PM | No comments yet
Deadline extended for artists in residence in Danville

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Travis Bogard Artist in Residence Program from the Eugene O'Neill Foundation has been extended to Nov. 30.

Wednesday, 10:17 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley nonprofit food providers adapt to help supply holiday meals

Nonprofit groups that traditionally provide large in-person meals during the holidays have been forced to find creative ways to help feed families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 10:16 PM | No comments yet
Danville seeks volunteers for several commission positions

For residents in Danville interested in serving their community while learning about the inner workings of civic governance, the town is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on one of several town commissions seeking new members.

Wednesday, 2:33 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Deaf Ladies of Pleasanton helping firefighters

The Deaf Ladies of Pleasanton decided to raise money by selling their succulents, and a one-day sale earned more than $900 for the California Fire Foundation to support firefighters' families. They are collecting money through Dec. 1.

Wednesday, 2:24 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa DA readies to investigate anticipated health restriction violation complaints

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has set up a task force to educate merchants and others about the rules, and to investigate complaints if needed.

Wednesday, 2:24 PM | 4 comments

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

County supervisors create, fund rental assistance program

More than $4.29 million in CARES Act funds will be given over to an emergency rental assistance program for tenant/landlord counseling and related legal services and costs, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Danville: Annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree ceremony goes virtual for 2020

The town of Danville's popular Lighting of the Old Oak Tree ceremony will take place virtually this year, as town officials pivot to continue the time-honored tradition while still respecting the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 4:23 PM | No comments yet
Officials: Keep holiday get-togethers small, short, stable and safe

While Thanksgiving is typically a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other's company, Bay Area health officials are imploring residents to celebrate responsibly and help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, 3:36 PM | No comments yet
Glazer backs audit efforts of BART inspector general

Tri-Valley State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) recently shared his support for BART's first inspector general mission to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the regional public transit agency.

Tuesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Alamo man dies in motorcycle crash on Bay Bridge

A motorcyclist from Alamo crashed and died Monday afternoon on the Bay Bridge, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Tuesday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 16, 2020

San Ramon Planning Commission to again debate proposed Costco gas station

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider approving plans Tuesday for a new 32-pump Costco gas station which, if approved, would be affiliated with the warehouse store located across the street within Danville town limits.

Monday, 4:16 PM | 4 comments
Danville council to review 2019-20 audited financial report

The Danville Town Council is set to review the town's financial situation and consider accepting the fiscal year 2019-20 audited comprehensive annual financial report on Tuesday evening.

Monday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD board to discuss reopening schools for in-person learning

Reopening schools for in-person learning will be the main topic of conversation during the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education's regular meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County moving to COVID purple tier on Tuesday

Contra Costa and Alameda are among counties moved to purple tier as governor pulls "emergency brake" on reopening plans. "We are seeing (COVID-19) community spread broadly," Newsom says. Read full coverage on our website.

Monday, 1:25 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa, Alameda among counties moved to purple tier as governor pulls 'emergency brake' on reopening plans

Most of the Bay Area's counties will move into more-restrictive reopening tiers this week as the state attempts to extinguish its current rise in new coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

Monday, 1:24 PM | 1 comment

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