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Thursday, June 8, 2023

County says no lingering threat in soil samples after November refinery release

Contra Costa Health said Thursday a toxicologist determined that Martinez Refinery Company's release of spent catalyst in November didn't increase public health risks from exposure of hazardous materials in nearby soil.

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Antisemitic callers criticize Walnut Creek City Council

In what seemed to be a coordinated effort, multiple people called into the public comment portion of Tuesday night's Walnut Creek City Council meeting to spout antisemitic propaganda at the council.

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Boy in stable condition after apparent rattlesnake bite on Mount Diablo trail

A 7-year-old boy was in stable condition as he was helicoptered to a hospital Wednesday after apparently being bitten by a rattlesnake on a trail at Mt. Diablo State Park, a state park ranger said.

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Second local teen faces federal charge related to fentanyl overdose death in Dublin

A Dublin woman faces a criminal charge after authorities allege she sold illicit fentanyl pills believed to be the cause of a fatal overdose last summer -- the same investigation that resulted in an indictment against an Alamo teen...

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What a Week: Goodbye, Eddie Papa's

Like many, I was stunned seeing the news shared on social media a few weeks ago: Eddie Papa's, a true staple of the Pleasanton cuisine scene, is closing. As I would soon learn, the move is bittersweet but not a surprise, if you knew...

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Two elementary school principals resign from SRVUSD

SRVUSD is seeking to fill three high-level campus administration positions this summer, including two elementary school principals, following resignations that were accepted at the most recent Board of Education meeting.

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BART board to debate new parking pricing policy

BART's Board of Directors will consider approving a new parking pricing policy Thursday, updating the allowed price ranges for BART's parking spaces and allows inflation adjustment of the range over time.

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Child airlifted to hospital after snake bite on Mount Diablo trail

A 7-year-old child was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after being bitten by a snake on a trail at Mt. Diablo State Park, authorities said.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Southbound I-680 to fully close this weekend between Pleasanton and Sunol

The extensive roadwork on Interstate 680 through Pleasanton just continues. Caltrans is scheduled to close all southbound lanes from just south of the Sunol Boulevard exit to Koopman Road in Sunol from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.

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Police: Man dies by suicide in gun range at Dublin store

Dublin police confirmed that a man died after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the shooting range at an outdoor recreation equipment store in the city on Tuesday evening.

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San Ramon students make finals of Scripps National Spelling Bee

San Ramon Valley students were among the more than 200 competitors at the Scripps National Spelling Bee last week, with all three sponsored by a local Rotary Club advancing to the final round of the prestigious competition.

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Livermore readies for rodeo this weekend

The annual Livermore Rodeo is back in action with a lineup of festivities leading up to the main events this weekend. While the rodeo is officially set to take place Saturday and Sunday (June 10-11), activities such as...

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County supervisor, air district ask feds to apply refinery fines to local health programs

Local officials sent a letter last Friday to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking that at least 40% of the $27.5 million in fines levied against Tesoro Refining in 2023 be used for health initiatives in Contra Costa County.

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Overcrowded county animal shelter offers free adoptions this month

Contra Costa Animal Services says its shelter is at maximum capacity, so all adoptions are free during the month of June.

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Simons named Big West Co-Field Player of the Year

EBAL alumni had quite the season in Big West conference baseball this year. Leading the way was Cal State Northridge's Jakob Simons, a 2018 Foothill graduate, who was named the Co-Field Player of the Year...

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Monday, June 5, 2023

SRVUSD board to consider contract for new executive cabinet member

The SRVUSD Board of Education is set to vote on a contract for its new assistant superintendent of human resources, plus discuss next year's budget, contract renewals for cabinet members and a step raise for Superintendent Malloy.

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Contra Costa County DA's academy teaches public how criminal justice system works

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton is inviting residents to learn how her office works this fall in the 2023 Fall Community Academy. The program is open to any adult county resident; applications due by June 30.

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Danville council to vote on $38.8M budget for upcoming year

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss and consider approving a proposed operating budget and capital improvement funding for the upcoming fiscal year at its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

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San Ramon Planning Commission to discuss new Westside Drive housing concept

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set Tuesday to review conceptual stages of a potential residential development on a property on Westside Drive purchased by the Northern California Laborers union decades ago.

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Summer Cabaret Series coming to Firehouse

The Firehouse Arts Center will be filled with the music of Linda Ronstadt, Eagles and Barbra Streisand as tribute acts take center stage in the Summer Cabaret Series all month long.

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Hike for Hope raises over $150,000

Nearly 850 people turned out to support Tri-Valley nonprofit Hope Hospice at its annual Hike for Hope fundraiser at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore on May 6. In the face of rainy spring weather, hikers helped raise $153,000...

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Contra Costa County coroner's jury rules death of jail inmate was natural

A coroner's jury found that a 31-year-old jail inmate died of natural causes, Sheriff David Livingston said Friday. Pence was jailed at the Martinez Detention Facility after being arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor spousal abuse...

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New study to look at fare evasion on BART system

BART has a fare evasion problem. Solutions, or at least the data to inform them, are being collected as part of a study announced by BART's Office of the Independent Police Auditor and a nonprofit that did a previous report...

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Major injuries in fiery crash after police chase driver who ran red light in Danville

A car fleeing from police after running a red light in Danville collided with another vehicle, rolled over and caught fire, leaving the driver with major injuries over the weekend, authorities said.

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Policymakers: Public transit will go over 'fiscal cliff' without more state dollars

As the upcoming state budget deadline looms over California, state policymakers warned Gov. Gavin Newsom that his ambitious climate targets will crumble without adequate funding for public transportation.

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SRVUSD prepares to celebrate class of 2023

Graduating high school seniors of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District attended their final day of classes Thursday and are now preparing to finalize and celebrate the end of their studies at the district...

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What a Week: 'A dream come true' for Valley Humane Society

Pet support nonprofit Valley Humane Society celebrated a truly monumental accomplishment earlier this spring -- the ceremonial grand-opening of its Phil Scholz Veterinary Surgery Center in downtown Pleasanton.

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Editorial: Code of conduct the right idea prompted for the wrong reasons

The creation of 'Norms and Code of Conduct' could have been a positive turn for the Pleasanton City Council. But it was only an attempt to further restrict one member from sharing opinions that don't align with the majority.

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Rock history on display at the Bankhead

Tri-Valley residents can explore the history, technique and technology behind the rise and continued popularity of rock music over the past century, with an exhibit aimed at highlighting the evolution of the electric guitar...

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Wine country faces inflection point

Livermore Valley wine country stands at a crossroads. Whether the current adjustments will result in a vibrant wine country will play out over the next 20 years. For now, key leaders seem committed to moving that way...

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

New vendors coming to San Ramon Farmers Market

Shoppers at the year-round San Ramon Farmers Market are set to have several new offerings starting this season, with three new vendors recently announced as the latest additions to the roster.

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Sheriff sets public inquest into January death at county jail

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston will hold an inquest Friday into the Jan. 3 death of 31-year-old Brian Love Pence Jr., of Antioch, who died while jailed at Martinez Detention Facility.

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EBAL collects state track medals; Monte Vista runner shines in high school finale

This past weekend, the EBAL had several athletes reach the medal stand at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Cate Peters, runner of Monte Vista, reflected on her athletic past and future in this week's Big Picture.

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Tri-Valley mom gives up her career for a life in cancer advocacy

Tri-Valley resident Misha Mehta recently traveled to Washington, D.C. on two separate occasions to advocate for more action toward finding different treatments for childhood brain cancer, which took the life of her son in 2021.

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Warriors GM Bob Myers, a Monte Vista alum, leaving team after season

Golden State Warriors President of Basketball Operations / General Manager Bob Myers, a native of Danville, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down after 12 years with the NBA team he grew up rooting for.

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Suspect in Livermore teen's 2019 murder extradited from Mexico

A 25-year-old man who was on the lam for nearly four years has been transported from Mexico and taken into custody at the Santa Rita Jail in connection with the shooting death of Livermore High student Emanuel Moseby, police confirmed.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Pleasanton Preps: Reflecting on big bounceback season for Amador Valley varsity baseball

Before the season started, I wrote that the Dons had too much talent and too strong of a coaching staff to be bad for a second straight campaign. And there they were at the end of this regular season standing on top of their division.

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Tri-Valley native drowns during weekend outing in Butte County

Family and friends are mourning the sudden death of a young man from Livermore who drowned during an outing on the Feather River in the Chico area over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters at the Bankhead

Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and his band The Boxmasters are coming to the Bankhead Theater this Saturday (June 3) for an eclectic rock concert.

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Summer movie preview: Blockbusters and Barbie rule the screen

Let's face facts: Barbie seems more at home in a movie theater in July. Although some prestige pictures trickle out as counter-programming, summer remains primarily the province of blockbuster cinema and franchise sequels.

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Dublin man faces felony allegations of misusing computer database of health care company

A Dublin man is facing federal felony charges of improperly accessing a former work computer system and changing its data. The 47-year-old pleaded not guilty in an Oakland federal courtroom last Friday, according to court records.

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Dublin: DA charges two sheriff's deputies with records coverup in jail suicide

Two Alameda County sheriff's deputies are accused of falsifying records in connection with a suicide at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in 2021. Felony charges were filed against the pair, District Attorney Pamela Price said Friday...

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Highland Road work to continue into June

Drivers navigating between the outskirts of the San Ramon Valley and northwestern Livermore are set to see a detour during daytime hours as crews continue roadwork on Highland Road through next month.

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San Ramon council, commission to discuss updates to city's General Plan

The San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission are holding a joint meeting on Tuesday to discuss proposed updates to the city's General Plan and the process for formalizing an update to the plan for its next cycle.

Monday, 5:27 PM | No comments yet
DeSaulnier named as finalist for Democracy Awards

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), whose district includes the San Ramon Valley, has been selected as a finalist for an award seeking to track and recognize the successes of congressional offices throughout the country.

Monday, 5:35 AM | No comments yet
Feds investigating November spent-catalyst release at refinery in Contra Costa County

A spokesman for the Martinez Refining Company confirmed Saturday that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a November release at the refinery that showered the surrounding community in the dust-like substance.

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Paula Poundstone to headline at the Bankhead

Comedian and podcast host Paula Poundstone returns to the Bankhead stage this June 10. In a discussion with the Weekly, she explored her personal inspirations, favorite aspects of touring and her experience as a comedian.

Monday, 5:21 AM | No comments yet
Man drowns in Lake Del Valle in Livermore

A man died in Lake Del Valle in Livermore after entering the water to retrieve an oar that fell from his family's boat and being unable to resurface on Saturday afternoon, according to East Bay Regional Park District.

Monday, 5:20 AM | No comments yet
Another Dublin federal prison employee indicted for sex abuse of female inmates

A former federal corrections officer accused of sexually abusing inmates at a women's prison in Dublin recently made his first court appearance after a grand jury indicted him on 12 counts, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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