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Sunday, August 1, 2021

2.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Mount Diablo

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10:38 p.m. Saturday in the Black Hills, about 6.3 miles east of Danville and just south of Mount Diablo.

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Tri-Valley youth hold forum on future of campus police officers

Tri-Valley youth recently led a virtual community forum to discuss police presence on local school campuses and the future role of school resource officers (SROs).

Sunday, 10:52 AM | No comments yet
PPIC poll finds two-thirds of California residents concerned about water supply, wildfires

Nearly two-thirds of state residents are concerned about the water supply in their region and the increase of wildfires and drought due to climate change, according to polling data released by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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New state law prohibits law enforcement from posting mugshots on social media

Police departments across California will no longer be able to splash mugshots over social media following a big arrest under a new state law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.

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Superintendents: Kids should begin school year in classrooms

School superintendents in Contra Costa County and five others along with the city of Berkeley jointly announced their support Friday for full in-person classes for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year.

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Walnut Creek keeps outdoor dining program through 2021, considers permanent extension

Walnut Creek officials are considering whether to keep outdoor dining parklets a permanent fixture of the city after extending the city's outdoor dining program through the end of the year.

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Forever chemicals: California unveils health goals for contaminated drinking water

California has taken the first big step toward regulating "forever chemicals." Its proposed goals, which aim to make cancer risk negligible, are lower than federal guidelines for drinking water.

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'Is something around the corner?' Small businesses reopen to find new challenges

California's economy is no longer at its nadir. But small businesses are still working to get back to normal, and are struggling with hiring, child care for their workers and uncertainty of future outbreaks.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Driver charged with felony manslaughter for May crash that killed teacher from San Ramon

An Antioch man has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a daytime crash at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads that killed San Ramon resident and teacher Susan Guinee in May.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

DA declines to prosecute Contra Costa deputies in 2018 in-custody death

No charges will be filed against two Contra Costa County sheriff deputies for the in-custody death of an Oakley man in 2018, according to a report released Wednesday by the county District Attorney's Office.

Thursday, 11:59 PM | No comments yet
How California plans to deter costly special education disputes

The threatened deluge of post-pandemic special education litigation may be averted -- or at least minimized -- by a new initiative in California encouraging parents and schools to resolve disputes before heading to court.

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Livermore: Lab workers strike amid contract negotiations

Trade workers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began a three-day strike Tuesday after their workplace allegedly required on-call hours without negotiations.

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Valley Views: Movie theaters, where wrinkles loom large

I found it invigorating to see actresses I had watched for decades advancing into their mature lives alongside me. But the wrinkles! I've been enjoying movies on small screens at home so to see those lovely faces magnified was a shock.

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Pleasanton community steps up to support missing runner's family

Pleasanton residents, businesses and officials continue to offer their help and support to friends and relatives of a man who disappeared earlier this month at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

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Tri-Valley REACH celebrating 30th anniversary

For the past three decades, Tri-Valley REACH has worked to support the community by providing housing opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities so they can pursue independent living.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Contra Costa supervisors leave ban on vaping sales in place

Contra Costa County's ban on the sale and delivery of electronic smoking devices and cannabis e-liquids will remain in place, the board of supervisors decided Tuesday.

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Pleasanton: Family extends $25,000 reward in Sydney West case in honor of her birthday

The family of former Pleasanton resident Sydney 'Syd' West, the college student who has been missing since last being seen in San Francisco last September, has extended the $25,000 reward in the case in honor of her 20th birthday.

Wednesday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional to host blood drive amid national shortage

Amid a severe national shortage in available blood for hospitals, San Ramon Regional Medical Center is hosting a blood drive and is seeking residents to help donate and help save a life.

Wednesday, 8:27 PM | 1 comment
Contra Costa DA's Office is 1 of 9 in state participating in resentencing pilot program

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is one of nine counties around the state participating in a resentencing pilot program funded by a budget bill Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law, prosecutors said last week.

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New CDC advice: Most vaccinated Californians should wear masks indoors

Under the CDC's new mask recommendations, vaccinated people in 45 California counties -- all of its most populous areas -- are advised to wear masks in public indoor places.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

County supervisors lift hemp moratorium, create ordinance

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday lifted its moratorium on industrial hemp cultivation and created an ordinance that establishes a permitting process and cultivation standards.

Tuesday, 10:55 PM | No comments yet
Danville mayor to discuss digital fraud during 'Town Talks' presentation

Danville Mayor Renee Morgan plans to once again meet virtually with residents for her monthly 'Town Talks' series, with next week's topic discussing how residents can combat digital fraud.

Tuesday, 10:50 PM | No comments yet
New cases in detention facilities as supes consider vaccine mandate for county employees

COVID-19 is resurging in Contra Costa County, thanks to the delta variant and about 20% of the county's population over 12 remaining unvaccinated, health officials told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
PG&E expands resources for customers affected by planned power outages

PG&E is expanding its resources for customers at risk of being affected by planned power outages as California's wildfire season rages on. Public Safety Power Shutoffs are part of PG&E's efforts to prevent wildfires that could happen.

Tuesday, 2:44 PM | 1 comment
Pleasanton Preps: Fairgrounds takes advantage of bad situation to create Pleasanton Equestrian Center

Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Hoban and his team at the fairgrounds deserve major props for the project that promises exciting, regularly scheduled events that promote the beauty that is equestrian competition.

Tuesday, 10:54 AM | No comments yet

Monday, July 26, 2021

County board to take fresh look at ban on vaping products

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will take another look at its 2019 ban on the sale of vaping products that haven't been reviewed by the FDA, cannabis vaping products and flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas.

Monday, 5:18 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Council set to hear update on TRAFFIX program

The San Ramon City Council is set to discuss safe transportation for local school students when officials present an annual update on the Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency TRAFFIX program on Tuesday.

Monday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek council supports special permits for micro-houses

The Walnut Creek City Council wants to proceed with at least one six-home development of micro-houses through a special permitting process instead of creating a new zoning designation, to give the concept a test drive.

Monday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
State employees, health care workers must show proof of vaccination

Amid climbing numbers of hospitalizations and a test positivity rate of 80% for the COVID-19 delta variant, state employees and health care workers must show proof of vaccination, state officials announced Monday.

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Contra Costa supervisors to debate hemp growing rules

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide whether to create an ordinance requiring industrial hemp growers in unincorporated areas to obtain permits from the county, and to establish cultivation standards.

Monday, 9:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Advocacy group sues East Bay Parks over feral cat abatement policy

A cat advocacy group filed a lawsuit last week against the East Bay Regional Park District for a controversial policy allowing feral and abandoned cats to be killed or relocated to help protect endangered animal species at EBRPD parks.

Sunday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Danville celebrating with annual Harry Potter Birthday Bash

The town of Danville is ready to celebrate its annual Harry Potter Birthday Bash, inviting Harry Potter enthusiasts and residents alike to have a fun time on the literary character's birthday this Saturday (July 31).

Sunday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
BART reports being ahead of schedule on bond-funded infrastructure projects

More than one-quarter of the infrastructure projects on which BART is working with Measure RR funding have now been completed, exceeding the agency's timeline projections from when the measure went before voters in 2016.

Sunday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Swalwell's newest bills address pandemic response, homicide victims' families

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) recently introduced a bill that aims to give more rights to families of homicide victims as well as two other bills with the goal to better prepare the federal government to handle pandemics.

Sunday, 4:01 PM | 3 comments
Danville Senior Center presenting 'Buzz Sessions'

The Danville Senior Center has announced the return of its popular free lecture series "Buzz Sessions," which will once again be offered for in-person visitors.

Sunday, 3:49 PM | No comments yet

Friday, July 23, 2021

Southbound I-680 express lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek to begin toll operations Aug. 20

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has announced that an express lane along an 11-mile stretch of southbound Interstate 680 from Martinez through Walnut Creek will begin charging tolls next month.

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San Ramon announces new temporary public art program

The city of San Ramon is looking for artists for their new temporary public art program, 'Upcycle Your HeART Out: Coming Out of COVID-Signs of Hope.'

Friday, 2:00 PM | No comments yet
Attempt to recall three SRVUSD board members fails to advance

An effort to unseat three members of the SRVUSD Board of Education has failed after a parent group seeking to launch a recall election did not turn in a petition with an adequate number of signatures from voters before the deadline.

Friday, 12:38 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Sheriff's office to talk immigration enforcement at TRUTH Act forum

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office plans to review its immigration enforcement actions during its annual TRUTH Act Virtual Community Forum next Tuesday (July 27).

Thursday, 10:29 PM | No comments yet
Valley Views: Newcomers and old-timers

The Pleasanton Newcomers Club, originally designed for folks who had recently found their way to our lovely burg, changed its rules to let members continue past the previously mandated three years, plus began to welcome everyone.

Thursday, 10:22 PM | No comments yet
NFL assistant coach Greg Knapp dies from injuries sustained in San Ramon traffic collision

New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died on Thursday from injuries sustained five days earlier in San Ramon when a vehicle and his bicycle collided while traveling on Dougherty Road. He was 58.

Thursday, 3:36 PM | 1 comment
Contra Costa among 3 Bay Area counties urging employers to implement vaccination policy

As the Bay Area experiences an increased rate of COVID-19 cases, particularly among the unvaccinated population, three county health officers urged employers on Thursday to consider implementing a vaccination mandate in the workplace.

Thursday, 2:55 PM | No comments yet
California rugged

A mention of the Diablo Range in the Tri-Valley is likely to draw the response: 'What range? Do you mean Mount Diablo?' The range runs from the Carquinez Strait south through 12 counties for a total of 150 miles to the Antelope Valley.

Thursday, 2:16 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

San Ramon Regional Medical Center recognized for pandemic services

After more than a year of severe trials and tribulations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has been honored by the local communities it serves for its exemplary pandemic services...

Wednesday, 4:47 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek selects San Leandro PD captain Knox as next police chief

Walnut Creek has hired San Leandro police Capt. Jamie Knox to be its new police chief, the city announced last week. He will begin his duties Monday, taking the reins from WCPD's interim top cop Dan Pratt, the former San Ramon chief.

Wednesday, 3:42 PM | No comments yet
Save Mount Diablo reaches $15M mark for 'Forever Wild Capital Campaign'

Local environmental conservation group Save Mount Diablo recently completed what it called the largest and most consequential fundraising effort in its 50-year history, garnering enough funds to secure 1,681 acres of land.

Wednesday, 3:40 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley police ready for National Night Out

Tri-Valley police departments are preparing for National Night Out, an annual community event promoting safety and unity, that will take place Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
Four Tri-Valley projects earn federal funding

Four local initiatives have been granted federal funding, including two Livermore-based projects, an Iron Horse Trail bridge design in San Ramon and the mental health urgent care services pilot program in the south Tri-Valley.

Wednesday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet
East Bay Parks receives $13.5M from state for forest management, wildfire prevention

The East Bay Regional Park District received $13.5 million from the state last week to improve its ability to fight wildfires and remove fuels like dead and dying trees, district officials said Thursday.

Wednesday, 2:30 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

San Ramon: Cyclist hospitalized after collision ID'd as New York Jets assistant coach

Family and police have confirmed the cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a vehicle on Dougherty Road over the weekend was Greg Knapp, a longtime assistant coach in the NFL currently working for the New York Jets.

Tuesday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Judge orders Danville police officer to stand trial for manslaughter in on-duty shooting

Danville Police Officer Andrew Hall will stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the 2018 shooting death of Laudemer Arboleda, but a judge threw out a charge of assault with a semi-automatic weapon for lack of proof Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:48 PM | 15 comments
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Friedl starring for Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate

For 2013 Foothill High graduate T.J. Friedl, he has faced his fair share of adversity and has persevered -- now holding a spot and playing well for the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.

Tuesday, 4:03 PM | No comments yet

Monday, July 19, 2021

Man arrested after van catches fire at end of police pursuit from Pleasanton to San Ramon

A Tri-Valley man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after allegedly leading Pleasanton police on a chase that ended when his van caught fire shortly after driving over a spike strip in San Ramon.

Monday, 2:58 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek: Council to see proposal for low-income micro-houses

The Walnut Creek City Council will hear from the city's homeless task force and the founder of a housing nonprofit about bringing a small 'village' of micro-houses to Grace Presbyterian Church, just outside Rossmoor.

Monday, 2:13 PM | No comments yet
Dublin council to decide on signage for new Cambria Hotel project

Dublin City Council members will revisit the Cambria Hotel project on Tuesday, likely approving a new monument sign to the city's southwest entrance. They are also expected to formally rezone the area where Emerald High will be built.

Monday, 1:46 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Day care center for 200+ children up for review by Planning Commission

A new 13,545-square-foot day care facility with a capacity for up to 224 children is set to be debated Tuesday evening by the San Ramon Planning Commission.

Monday, 1:14 PM | 1 comment
Danville council to talk town finances and pandemic recovery

The Town Council is scheduled to review Danville's financial situation during its public meeting on Tuesday, where staff from Chandler Asset Management will provide an update on the town's quarterly investment report.

Monday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
More than $7B in rent, utility relief now available for Californians

More than $7 billion is now available for California residents behind on their rent and utility payments after state officials approved the funding in recent days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.

Monday, 12:02 PM | No comments yet
Connected Horse enriches lives of dementia patients

This is where Connected Horse comes in. The program brings people newly diagnosed with dementia together in nature with horses, along with their care partners, benefiting all of them.

Monday, 12:01 PM | No comments yet
Red flag warning canceled as weather conditions improve

The thunderstorms anticipated Monday in the Bay Area are now unlikely to show up at all. As a result, the National Weather Service canceled the red flag warning.

Monday, 6:49 AM | No comments yet

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