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Monday, April 6, 2020

Danville council set to accept Measure Y results at special meeting

The Danville Town Council is set to hold a remote special meeting Tuesday to give the town an update on the spread of the novel coronavirus and to accept election results submitted by the Contra Costa County elections.

Monday, 4:48 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa Health Services now reporting COVID-19 infection data per city/town

As of Monday morning, Contra Costa Health Services has confirmed 13 positive coronavirus cases in Alamo, 19 in Danville and 23 in San Ramon.

Monday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
County supervisors approve emergency worker hiring category

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a "temporary emergency worker" classification to make it easier to hire workers needed in the midst of the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
CHP says open freeways aren't a license to speed

The COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency may be keeping most motorists off the Bay Area freeways, but the California Highway Patrol says those wide-open lanes are not a license to speed.

Monday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
San Ramon: County sets up center to accept donations for protective supplies

Contra Costa County has set up a center this week to accept community donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by health care providers around the county.

Monday, 11:10 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, April 5, 2020

New website to help people with jobs affected by COVID-19

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the launch of an online resource website that he said will help people whose income has been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
Election certified: Danville voters pass Measure Y to allow Magee Preserve development

Danville residents have officially signed off on the Magee Preserve residential project, passing Measure Y by a narrow but decisive margin, according to newly certified election results.

Sunday, 5:51 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 4, 2020

County issues mass isolation and quarantine order for confirmed COVID-19 cases

A mass isolation and quarantine order for residents with novel coronavirus and their close contacts was issued Friday by Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano.

Saturday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
County won't use Martinez high school as 'alternate care site' amid COVID-19

Alhambra High School in Martinez will no longer be considered as an "alternate care site" for treatment of some patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Martinez schools superintendent said Thursday in a community message.

Saturday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
State's snowpack still below average despite wet March

While California's snowpack in March was in better condition than it was in February, the month's precipitation was not enough to offset the state's dry winter, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Saturday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 3, 2020

Danville residents encouraged to participate in community-wide art competition

The town of Danville is inviting residents to participate in a community-wide art competition and show essential service workers how much they are appreciated by the community and that "Danville's Got Heart."

Friday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
Rakestraw Books makes reading recommendations for 47th anniversary

Danville's Rakestraw Books celebrated its 47th birthday last week, and while staff had to refrain from throwing a big celebration, they did take the opportunity to provide a list of recommended reading for book lovers to enjoy.

Friday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Bauer-Kahan organizes online forum on parenting during COVID-19 crisis

In order to help parents and their children grapple with the isolation brought on by the county's shelter-in-place order, State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is inviting residents to a conversation on parenting during COVID-19.

Friday, 1:51 PM | No comments yet
County reports coronavirus outbreak at senior care facility in Orinda

A residential senior center in Contra Costa County is the site of a novel coronavirus outbreak that has infected 27 people, county officials said Friday.

Friday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Children's online 'playborhood' to help keep kids' minds active

To help keep kids occupied during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, the Bay Area Children's Theatre has launched an online "playborhood," theatre executives said Monday.

Thursday, 7:48 PM | No comments yet
Health officials urge residents to cover nose, mouth when outside

Bay Area health officials on Thursday recommended that residents use a cloth to cover their nose and mouth when leaving their homes to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Thursday, 7:47 PM | No comments yet
Top San Ramon officials joining Clarkson for virtual Mayor's Breakfast

San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson is continuing his monthly Mayor's Breakfast program, but in an online-only format, bringing together five top officials from the San Ramon Valley to discuss the novel coronavirus crisis Friday morning.

Thursday, 3:28 PM | No comments yet
Dublin: Coyote believed to have bitten young girl is fatally shot

A coyote that's believed to have attacked and bitten a 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon was located and fatally shot with a rifle early Thursday morning, state officials said.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Danville man killed in I-580 crash in Pleasanton

A man who was killed in a single-car collision on Interstate 580 in Pleasanton on Tuesday was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 68-year-old Sentaws Sentaws of Danville.

Thursday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Coroner IDs motorcyclist killed on freeway in Danville

The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identity of a Concord man who died Sunday after crashing his motorcycle and possibly being hit by another vehicle on Interstate 680 in Danville.

Thursday, 1:44 PM | No comments yet
SRVUSD Superintendent Schmitt retiring at end of school year

Superintendent Rick Schmitt announced publicly Thursday that he will retire at the end of the school year in June after four years at the helm of the SRVUSD and 40 years in education overall.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | 12 comments
Coyote bites 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park

A coyote bit a 5-year-old girl in Dublin Hills Regional Park on Wednesday, according to East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.

Thursday, 3:06 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New stimulus-related loan program could aid small business

Two low-interest loan programs that are among the myriad measures in last week's $2.2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Wednesday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Census Day arrives in Contra Costa County

It's Census Day in the United States, which means it is time for residents to stop putting off filling out their Census form and make sure that everyone counts.

Wednesday, 1:30 PM | No comments yet
Local high-risk residents hunker down during shelter-in-place order

While many residents feel increased stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19, those feelings have been heightened for residents with family members who have pre-existing auto-immune issues.

Wednesday, 1:02 PM | 1 comment
Status update on Bay Area COVID-19 developments

The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, 12:18 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County budget faces big challenges beyond COVID-19

Contra Costa County's 2020-2021 budget is balanced "at this moment," the county administrator said, but COVID-19 coronavirus-related expenses and other future obligations make for a less rosy future forecast.

Wednesday, 12:03 PM | No comments yet
School campuses may remain closed through end of school year

SRVUSD officials are preparing for a potential elongated absence of students from the classroom after State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that students may not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the year.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

County plans two more 'alternative' treatment sites ahead of expected coronavirus surge

County health officials said Tuesday "alternative care sites" to provide medical treatment ahead of an anticipated surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases will open next week in Antioch and Richmond, joining sites in Martinez & Pittsburg.

Tuesday, 8:54 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Weekly earns nine awards in statewide contest

The Pleasanton Weekly took home nine awards among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category in the California News Publishers Association's 2019 California Journalism Awards.

Tuesday, 8:34 PM | No comments yet
Tri-Valley residents creating homemade masks amid national shortage

Amid a shortage of medical-grade face masks felt by institutions and communities throughout the country, some Tri-Valley residents are stepping up to help improve the local stock for personal use by producing homemade masks.

Tuesday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier 'showing progress,' in critical but stable condition in hospital

U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier is "showing progress" during his third week battling serious pneumonia in the hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition, his sons said in a statement on the Tri-Valley congressman's birthday.

Tuesday, 4:35 PM | No comments yet
Pet owners urged to plan for care of pets in case of hospitalization

Animal shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties have urged pet owners to develop an emergency plan in the event they are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus and cannot care for their pets.

Tuesday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
PG&E won't pay $4M Camp Fire fine from $13.5B wildfire victims' fund

PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5 billion trust to compensate wildfire victims.

Tuesday, 2:37 PM | 1 comment
Governor announces statewide hotline for seniors to access services

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a statewide hotline Tuesday to help the state's 5.3 million residents older than 65 connect with state and local services during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 2:37 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Regional honors 2019 Employee of the Year

San Ramon Regional Medical Center recently awarded its 2019 Employee of the Year honor to social worker Emma Haag.

Tuesday, 1:55 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area shelter order extended through May 3 with new restrictions, clarifications

Health officers in several Bay Area counties and cities on Tuesday extended a shelter-in-place order through May 3 to try to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the region

Tuesday, 12:29 PM | No comments yet

Monday, March 30, 2020

Remote town halls: Glazer sets small business conference call; Swalwell hosting medical specialist

Sen. Steve Glazer and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell are hosting separate remote town hall meetings to discuss and inform local residents about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this week.

Monday, 9:28 PM | No comments yet
Governor announces program to expand state's number of health care workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide program Monday to expand the number of active health care workers as hospitals and medical centers face overwhelming numbers of novel coronavirus patients.

Monday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
DSRSD welcomes aboard new assistant general manager Jan Lee

The Dublin San Ramon Services District recently brought Jan Lee on board as the new assistant general manager. In part, Lee is tasked with expanding DSRSD's variety of water supply.

Monday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Pandemic forcing addicts to seek help by phone, online

If you are an addict struggling with sobriety how do you reach out for help in the face of today's virus environment of "social distancing" and "stay in place" isolation?

Monday, 3:59 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area shelter-in-place order to be extended until at least May 1

Seven jurisdictions in the Bay Area plan to extend the current shelter-in-place order due to the novel coronavirus pandemic until at least May 1.

Monday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet
Reading recommendations for armchair escape during COVID-19 shelter order

The shelter-in-place order has inspired many to reach for an escape through reading. Fight the cabin fever and take flight with your imagination this week, as we travel to various places and points in history with these books...

Monday, 1:02 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Valley High student wins county poetry competition

From a competitive field of students representing fourteen high schools throughout Contra Costa County, San Ramon Valley High School senior Grace Gilroy has won first place in the county's 2020 "Poetry Out Loud" competition.

Monday, 1:02 PM | 1 comment
Looking for a new home activity? Start keeping a journal

Try something new during these strange times. Consider journaling: This writing can be good for body and soul, whether one is already adept at the written word or uses it only to compile grocery lists.

Monday, 12:34 PM | 1 comment
SRVUSD will not offer meal pickup services on Monday

San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials have said that they will not be offering food service pickup Monday at any of their three usual locations.

Monday, 11:15 AM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County reports 175 cases, three deaths from coronavirus

As of Sunday afternoon, Contra Costa County had reported 175 confirmed novel coronavirus cases and three deaths from COVID-19, according to the Contra Costa Health Services website.

Monday, 12:01 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fatal crash reported Sunday night on I-680 in Danville

A motorcycle rider died from injuries sustained after losing control and going down on Interstate 680 in Danville, where he was then possibly hit by an approaching vehicle on Sunday night, according to the CHP.

Sunday, 9:59 PM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 28, 2020

District: Three people at San Ramon schools are presumptive positive for coronavirus

Three individuals with ties to different San Ramon schools recently reported testing positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), though the results still need to be confirmed by county health officials, SRVUSD officials said.

Saturday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet

Friday, March 27, 2020

Community college district halts chancellor search process amid COVID-19

The Contra Costa Community College District's Governing Board has hit the pause button on the search process for the district's next leader, delaying the chancellor recruitment effort for a month due to the novel coronavirus crisis.

Friday, 3:08 PM | No comments yet
As county readies for coronavirus surge, Martinez school being prepped for hospital use

Parts of Alhambra High School in Martinez are being prepared to serve as an alternative care site to treat patients with "less complicated" medical needs as the county gears up for a surge of COVID-19 coronavirus soon.

Friday, 1:16 PM | No comments yet
Livermore High senior wins Rotary speech contest

Zoey Bost, a senior at Livermore High School, was awarded top honors at the Rotary speech contest in Pleasanton earlier this month. The competition also saw participants from San Ramon.

Friday, 1:09 PM | No comments yet
Spreading cheer: Christmas lights back up amid coronavirus

So, McDermott took on another project. She decided to join in a burgeoning effort to boost community morale by putting up Christmas lights where they could be spotted by neighbors.

Friday, 1:07 PM | No comments yet
Message from our publisher: An appeal for your support of good journalism

Local newspapers all over the country face similar or worse challenges, and scores have had to shut down. We are determined to not let that happen here.

Friday, 1:05 PM | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Crow Canyon Road west of San Ramon

A 44-year-old man died in a solo motorcycle crash in Castro Valley in unincorporated Alameda County late Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, 12:03 PM | 4 comments

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Valley Views: Working from home is different now

I have been working from home for six years now, and let me first state the obvious: there are many positives to WFH. But from the outset, I saw the downside as well.

Thursday, 3:21 PM | No comments yet
Kaiser Permanente scuttles plan for $900M office tower in Oakland

Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday that it is scuttling its $900 million plan for a new headquarters complex in Oakland.

Thursday, 3:01 PM | No comments yet
County reminds residents about applying for WIC benefits

Contra Costa County announced Wednesday that residents eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children can still apply for benefits during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, 2:40 PM | No comments yet
Danville teen organizes TikTok prom; 'Good Morning America' takes notice

In response to her prom being abruptly canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, San Ramon Valley High School junior Natalie Reese took to the internet and started her own virtual TikTok prom and is encouraging others to join.

Thursday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
County: Clerk/Elections Office to shift services online for duration of shelter order

Effective March 23 and through the duration of the county's shelter-in-place order, the Clerk-Recorder/Elections Department will be temporarily closed to the public in order to help protect residents from the spread COVID-19.

Thursday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Danville: Reutlinger Community's affiliation with Eskaton authorized by state

The Reutlinger Community, a Jewish retirement community in Danville, recently announced that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra officially authorized its affiliation with the Eskaton network.

Thursday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

East Bay Parks announces new closures to limit crowds amid coronavirus

New closures of East Bay Regional Park District areas were announced Wednesday to limit overcrowding and help keep the public and park staff safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 11:05 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon police dispatchers to now inquire about flu-like symptoms with callers

In a post made on the social media site Nextdoor, police said that now whenever a resident connects with 9-1-1 or the department's non-emergency number (973-2779), local dispatchers will inquire about flu-like symptoms.

Wednesday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
Coronavirus focus of upcoming Swalwell virtual town hall

Tri-Valley Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) is hosting a Facebook Live town hall on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for constituents in the 15th Congressional District this Thursday.

Wednesday, 4:58 PM | No comments yet
Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center seeks youth advocates for writing contests, grant opportunity

In its continued efforts to promote the development of aspiring young civic leaders, the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center is providing opportunities for future leaders to have their work showcased and financially supported.

Wednesday, 4:29 PM | No comments yet
Keeping the beat at 80

Even as he has aged, Sun hasn't missed a beat and he enjoys ballroom dancing. He especially likes Latin dancing, which he teaches twice a month at Stoneridge Creek. He also volunteered to hold classes for five years at senior centers.

Wednesday, 4:04 PM | No comments yet
Danville three-peats as safest community in California

For the third consecutive year, the town of Danville has been recognized for its efforts to cultivate a safe community, earning the designation as the safest community in California...

Wednesday, 2:11 PM | 4 comments
Coroner IDs San Ramon man killed in crash on I-680

The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identity of a man who died after his car crashed into a guardrail and rolled over along southbound Interstate 680 in San Ramon on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1:52 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon Valley school closures extended through May 1

San Ramon Valley school closures and student dismissals will be extended through May 1, regional officials announced Wednesday. The decision is part of a "unified approac"' to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wednesday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

County plans to set up temporary hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

Contra Costa County is working on setting up a temporary "remote hospital" location to expand the county's medical treatment capability in expectation of a surge of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases, health officials said Tuesday.

Tuesday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Sheriff's helicopter crew rescues young hiker in Walnut Creek

A young hiker was injured Saturday after a fall on a trail in the Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek.

Tuesday, 4:37 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa among counties ordering labs to report more data from COVID-19 tests

Seven Bay Area governments Tuesday ordered all commercial and academic medical labs to begin expanding the kind of data they report from tests involving the novel coronavirus.

Tuesday, 4:32 PM | No comments yet
Chief justice suspends jury trials statewide for 60 days

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Monday evening ordered all jury trials in the state superior courts suspended for 60 days in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
Alamo: Man dies after striking power line while cutting trees

A Bay Point man was killed in Alamo last week when he struck an electrified power line while cutting trees, according to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

Tuesday, 4:09 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier's sons give update on his health status, thank community for support

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier's sons have released a statement providing a new update on the Tri-Valley congressman's health status amid a difficult battle with pneumonia -- and also thanking the community for "the outpouring of support."

Tuesday, 3:22 PM | 4 comments
Danville: Choicelunch switches gears to become drive-thru grocery pickup service

In order to help provide the community with an essential service and keep the company operating, Danville-based Choicelunch has pivoted toward offering a drive-thru grocery pickup service for residents.

Tuesday, 2:35 PM | No comments yet
Contra Costa County DA warns against price gouging during COVID-19 outbreak

The Contra Costa County DA's Office has issued a stern reminder to all residents and retailers within the region that price gouging is illegal while the community is under a state of emergency from the emergence of COVID-19.

Tuesday, 2:24 PM | No comments yet
County tax collector offers to cancel late penalty for property tax payments

The property tax deadline is still set for April 10. Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell V. Watts says he is incapable of pushing back the deadline due to state law, but he plans to offer relief where he can.

Tuesday, 2:16 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon man killed in I-680 crash

A man died Tuesday morning after his vehicle crashed through a guardrail along southbound Interstate 680 in San Ramon and rolled over, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 11:12 AM | No comments yet

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