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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Bay Area water agencies form joint powers authority

Taking a 'critical step' toward becoming a regional water source, Bay Area jurisdictions overseeing the future expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir filed the necessary agreements to form a joint powers authority (JPA) this month.

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Alameda County Fair opens this weekend in Pleasanton

The Alameda County Fair is returning to Pleasanton this Friday through Halloween, offering a reimagined yet familiar event this fall after the typically summer showcase was put on hold amid the pandemic.

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Newsom declares statewide drought emergency

Gov. Newsom has expanded the California drought emergency from 50 counties to statewide. He didn't order mandatory water conservation, but authorized regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks.

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Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame

The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of...

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Air district announces $433,000 settlement for violations at Contra Costa County refinery

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District last week announced a settlement with Shell Oil Products US, which has agreed to pay $433,000 to settle violations at its former refinery in Martinez.

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Danville: Defense rests in Andrew Hall manslaughter case, closing arguments set for Thursday

After deciding not to call Andrew Hall to testify, the defense rested Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of the Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy assigned to the Danville Police Department.

Wednesday, 6:52 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Guest Opinion: Zone 7 encourages Tri-Valley to step up water conservation efforts

Much work remains for all Californians in seeing our state through this historic drought. Conservation is an important component, and Zone 7 is optimistic that the Tri-Valley residents will heed the call in the remaining months of 2021

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San Ramon: Discussions on 404-unit City Village proposal head to council

As San Ramon planning commissioners continue discussions on various aspects of a proposed 404-unit City Village housing project, the City Council is set to consider some details that the commission previously voted to move forward.

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Community Briefs: Fallfest in Danville | Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt | Drug Takeback Day

Danville's annual Fallfest is set this weekend, offering seasonal celebrations, activities and treats for all ages. Also, Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt in San Ramon, Prescription Drug Takeback Day sites in Danville and Alamo, and more...

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Hope 100 Golf Marathon sets fundraising record

Returning after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, this year's Hope 100 Golf Marathon last month raised a record amount ($155,217) for Tri-Valley nonprofit Hope Hospice.

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Scary Art Show in Dublin

Dublin Arts Collective and the F. CO. Gallery held an opening Thursday night for their Scary Art Show, the first of the kind to be held in Dublin, which runs through the end of October.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

San Ramon commission set to move forward with 404-unit City Village deliberations

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set Tuesday to resume discussions on an ambitious residential project that could single-handedly move the city forward by leaps and bounds toward meeting state mandates for additional housing.

Monday, 10:19 PM | 1 comment
Danville council to hear report on town investment portfolio

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss town finances, as a major order of business, in its next regular meeting this Tuesday. Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation, legislative update are also on the agenda.

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State officials encourage flu shots as flu season begins in earnest

State public health officials urged residents this week to get a flu vaccine, especially if they are part of a high-risk group such as those age 65 and older.

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BART to require all employees get vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 13

All BART employees and contractors will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or prove their full vaccination status by mid-December under a policy the agency's board adopted Thursday.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Danville man among four arrested in catalytic converter theft ring

Police in Fairfield arrested a Danville man and three others suspected to be involved in a catalytic converter theft ring, after a chase last week into Napa County.

Sunday, 3:02 PM | 1 comment
County recognizes Dublin Arts Collective founder

The Alameda County Arts Commission recognized six individuals, including Dublin resident Vanessa Thomas, for their achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and county residents at the Board of Supervisors' meeting.

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State sues to stop Contra Costa companies dumping, releasing toxic chemicals

The California attorney general has filed a civil suit against major chemical companies to stop them dumping and releasing toxic materials from a chemical manufacturing plant near Pittsburg.

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Dublin: Eco-Hero urges youth to enter her film fest

Dublin resident Romal Mitr, a junior at Quarry Lane, believes in the power of film as passionately as she cares about the environment and so is holding a film festival, 'Earth Unfiltered: Bay Area's Environmental Youth Film Festival.'

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law

Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began enacting bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.

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Are immigrants getting left out of California's rent relief?

Non-English speaking immigrants face some of the biggest hurdles to receiving California rent relief. Advocates say informal leases, lack of technology access and language barriers are getting in the way.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Moderna booster for vulnerable groups

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine as a booster shot against COVID-19 on Thursday, paving the way for possible approval.

Saturday, 12:12 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek: Man fatally struck after walking into roadway after crash

A 54-year-old man died after crashing his vehicle into a soundwall and then apparently walking into the roadway of a main thoroughfare in Walnut Creek where a vehicle struck him Friday morning, a city spokeswoman said.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Pleasanton teachers union votes 'overwhelmingly' to authorize strike

After months of tense labor negotiations, members of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers 'overwhelmingly' authorized a strike in internal balloting last week, leadership for the teachers union announced on Thursday.

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What a Week: Remembering Bob Butler, former Pleasanton mayor and councilman

Many with long ties to the Pleasanton community are mourning after the recent death of former mayor and councilmember Bob Butler. He was a central figure during crucial times in the city's evolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Danville: Mental health response among town's allocations for federal funding

The Danville Town Council voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution determining how to commit federal funds awarded to the town, intended to help recoup economic blows sustained during the pandemic.

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Contra Costa County announces partial lifting of indoor mask requirements for small settings

Contra Costa County announced Thursday that it will partially lift its indoor mask requirements Nov. 1 for small, fully vaccinated settings.

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Contra Costa County supervisors add to Measure X wish list

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the Measure X initial assessment, but asked for more specifications before allocating $20,000 for a formally written report.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

County Office of Education gets $5 from state to improve literacy

Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey announced the county Office of Education (CCCOE) has been awarded a grant of $5 million over three years to build school capacity to support students struggling with reading...

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Danville invites 'partnership and collaboration' via small business grants

Small business owners in Danville now have one more opportunity to deepen relationships with each other and the community, with funding from the town's business promotion grant program.

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Blackhawk Museum presenting British Motor Show

The All British Motor Show is returning Sunday (Oct. 17) hosted by the Blackhawk Museum, with a live DJ, drawings and awards for all marque classes. Spectators are free to the event, with runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 5:23 PM | No comments yet
County health officials say indoor mask mandates for vaccinated residents could be gone by New Year's

If Contra Costa County stays on track in its fight against COVID-19, residents may be able to celebrate New Year's Eve without masks indoors if they're fully vaccinated.

Wednesday, 4:06 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Newsom's vetoes: Why did the governor block California bills?

Gov. Gavin Newsom had his reasons for blocking California bills passed by the Legislature: cost, duplication and some politics. Overall, he signed 770 bills into law and vetoed 66, or about 8%.

Tuesday, 10:48 PM | No comments yet
CCCCD board to consider lesser pay raise for embattled chancellor

First-year Chancellor Bryan Reece faces a pay raise lower than called for in his contract if he achieved minimum expectations at the next regular meeting of the Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 7:57 PM | 2 comments
Briefs: Culture in the Community fest in San Ramon | 'Walk n Roll' poster contest | Learn history of Mount Diablo

As travel becomes increasingly expensive and difficult in the pandemic era, San Ramon residents will have the opportunity to explore a range of cultures from around the world for free, in the comfort of their own city this weekend.

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Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial'

Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.'

Tuesday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
New poll finds 71% of Bay Area residents think quality of life has declined

Bay Area residents grappling with the high cost of living, growing homelessness and high taxes say the quality of life has sunk in recent years, with a record number looking to leave the region altogether, according to a new survey.

Tuesday, 3:08 PM | No comments yet

Monday, October 11, 2021

County supervisors to hear report from Measure X board on prioritizing spending

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will receive its first report back from its Measure X community advisory board on Tuesday, concerning recommendations on how the county should spend its expected windfall of sales tax money.

Monday, 9:54 PM | No comments yet
San Ramon: Council to consider moving VR arcade forward after resident's appeal

San Ramon's City Center Bishop Ranch could be one step closer to housing a new virtual reality gaming center, depending on the outcome of a city appeal hearing on Tuesday night.

Monday, 4:41 PM | No comments yet
Walnut Creek council says it will expand recreational cannabis rules in city

The Walnut Creek City Council said it wants to allow recreational adult-use cannabis sales, at least as far as delivery goes, but will hold off until next year before taking up the issue of storefront sales within city limits.

Monday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
New election boundary process gets underway at DSRSD

Dublin San Ramon Services District kicked off the process for drawing up new election division boundaries with the first of three public meetings last Tuesday night.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Walnut Creek council will explore options after complaints about anti-abortion protesters

The Walnut Creek City Council will explore creating a buffer zone between patients and protesters around Planned Parenthood after hearing at least a half dozen complaints about escalating aggressiveness outside the medical facility.

Sunday, 9:14 PM | 1 comment
Red Flag warning issued for area due to gusty winds

Forecasters issued a Red Flag warning for Sunday night into Tuesday evening, when gusty north winds and dry conditions are in store for the Bay Area.

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County supervisors to likely declare COVID-19 misinformation its own health crisis

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will likely officially declare misinformation concerning COVID-19 a public health crisis in itself.

Sunday, 6:34 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, October 9, 2021

CCCCD: Chancellor faced allegation of bid-rigging ahead of administrative leave

Details of the underlying investigation remain confidential, but an email complaint that was circulated to district leaders and others several months ago sheds some light on controversy around Chancellor Reece earlier this year.

Saturday, 8:09 PM | No comments yet

Friday, October 8, 2021

Guest Opinion: To protect youth from COVID-19, San Ramon must take action on e-cigarette epidemic

While often seen as a problem of far away, the youth e-cigarette epidemic still rages locally. It is time for the San Ramon City Council to take a proactive public health stance on vape products.

Friday, 6:30 PM | No comments yet

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