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    PLEASANTON – San Ramon Valley coach Aaron Becker challenged his team at practice for the entire week. The eighth-ranked Wolves responded in resounding fashion Friday night with a 42-0 rout at No. 20 Foothill to close out the non-league portion of the schedule. “We treated this like a playoff game and showed everybody what we can do,” said running back Za’Darion Nardi, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior who found the end zone three times. SRV (4-1) prevailed in its previous two games against Las Lomas and at Antioch by less than a touchdown, with those results preceded by a 21-14 loss at Central Catholic. With five upcoming games in the rugged East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division, the Wolves seemed intent to build momentum on the gridiron. “We hadn’t really played a full, complete game yet in our eyes and they did tonight,” Becker said. “They started well and they finished well.” Quarterback Jack Quigley, a three-year starter, sparked the offense in the first half by completing his first nine passes for 121 yards and...
    SAN RAMON (BCN/CBS SF) — Police in San Ramon on Wednesday afternoon said people should avoid Bollinger Canyon Road north of Crow Canyon Road until at least 5:30 p.m. due to a vegetation fire. The road is closed at 18800 Bollinger Canyon Road, police said in an alert shortly after 4:15 p.m. Fire units were at the scene. San Ramon Valley Fire tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that the forward progress of the vegetation fire had been stopped. Firefighters are onscene of a Vegetation Fire in the 18500 block of Bollinger Canyon Road. Forward progress ???? has been stopped. pic.twitter.com/ifDz8QJoCe — San Ramon Valley Fire (@srvfire) September 29, 2021  
    MODESTO — For San Ramon Valley, time will tell if it was worth it Thursday night to play on short rest, take a long bus ride and kick off in 100-degree heat. The Wolves lost to Central Catholic-Modesto 21-14 in a contest they could have, and maybe should have won. They had a 46-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter called back because of a holding penalty. They turned the ball over at the Central Catholic 6 in the final minute of the first half when a Raider defender stripped the SRV receiver of the ball. However, a video clearly showed the SRV player was down before he lost the ball. A field goal to end the first half and seven points if that fourth-quarter touchdown wasn’t called back, and SRV quite possibly wins. “We had our good moments tonight,” SRV coach Aaron Becker said, “but we had enough other moments that cost us the game.” PREP FOOTBALL WEEK 3 COVERAGE Preview: Week 3’s top matchups, schedule Passing the eye test: Can St....
    DANVILLE — On the 14th play of Bishop O’Dowd’s game-opening drive Friday night, San Ramon Valley defensive end Tyler Hoffman charged around the edge to sack quarterback Michael Dixon, ending the series. A couple of plays later, Tanner Salisbury caught a pass over the middle from Jack Quigley, then found another gear, sprinting to the end zone for a 96-yard touchdown. On a night of big plays for the home team, Hoffman and Salisbury were in the middle of the action, leading San Ramon Valley to a 34-7 victory. Hoffman finished with four sacks, including two on O’Dowd’s first possession. Salisbury, back at the Danville school after spending last year with national power Mater Dei-Santa Ana, caught two touchdown passes. “Happy to have him back, that’s for sure,” coach Aaron Becker said. Both teams had season openers called off last week because of poor air quality from the wildfires and started Friday’s game about a half-hour late after paramedics were called to treat a spectator in the home bleachers. O’Dowd, ranked 12th by...
    DANVILLE — A two-alarm fire damaged a house and burned nearby vegetation Tuesday, authorities said. Shortly after 1:50 p.m., San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District firefighters responded to reports of flames near the yard of a single-family hillside home in the 200 block of Valle Vista Drive. Firefighters responded aboard multiple engines and at least three trucks with two battalion chiefs to find fire burning a home under conditions including 90-degree weather and relative humidities in the low twenties. A battalion chief called for assistance from CalFire resources but later canceled that request. There were no initial reports of any injuries. A damage estimate or reports of displacement were not immediately available. Check back for updates. Structure Fire, 285 VALLE VISTA, DANVILLE (7/27/2021 1:51:27 PM) https://t.co/vnmfaQGIZ6 — San Ramon Valley FPD (@srvfpd) July 27, 2021 Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
    LIVERMORE (BCN) – Six weeks after Tri-Valley water agencies asked residents to voluntarily cut their water consumption by 10 percent, they are now asking for a further voluntary cut of 15 percent. The request follows an executive order issued last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent from their 2020 levels. READ MORE: Man Battered With Own Guitar At Berkeley Homeless Encampment In Hate Crime Attack The water agencies serve the Tri-Valley area, including Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Livermore. “Because outdoor irrigation is 60-70 percent of an average homeowner’s water use, the easiest way to reduce overall water use is to irrigate when the outdoor temperature is cooler (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) and to reduce the length of time and frequency of your irrigation,” said Dan McIntyre, general manager of the Dublin San Ramon Services District. “A little change can make a big difference.” READ MORE: Marin County Launches Project to Identify, Rectify Historically Racist Policies Officials urge homeowners without landscapes to irrigate to only run dishwashers...
    CONCORD — John Cristiano wasn’t even supposed to be here. Less than a week earlier, the San Ramon Valley girls varsity basketball coach had been hospitalized with a heart attack. Yet, against doctors’ orders, there he was Thursday night, with a courtside view to watch his Wolves outlast Carondelet, 56-48, in a battle of unbeaten teams, for a third consecutive East Bay Athletic League championship. “We were doing this for pops,” said Joe Cristiano, his son and one of three assistant coaches who took on extra duties after receiving the devastating news this week. “The doctor told him to step away from basketball. Of course, he had to show up. … We kept things as normal as possible, but there’s no replacing my dad. It felt really good to get a win for him.” The Wolves and Cougars traded leads throughout the first half, until junior Allison Stern sent up a heave from beyond half court as the buzzer sounded to pull even heading into intermission. Junior Natalie Pasco sank another 3-pointer for the opening score of...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. Below, you’ll find the best of Wednesday’s high school action in boys and girls basketball. For baseball, softball and girls soccer, click here. Boys basketball (#1) Campolindo 62, (#8) Clayton Valley Charter 33 Returning from COVID-19 contact tracing, Campolindo looked as sharp as ever Wednesday night as the Cougars cruised over Clayton Valley to remain unbeaten at 11-0 (4-0). Senior Emmanuel Callas led Campo with 21 points, while sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Read Shayna Rubin’s full report on the game here. MORE: See more photos from Campolindo-Clayton Valley (#2) Archbishop Mitty 70, St. Francis 43 Mitty’s seniors were sent off in style, with a 27-point victory over St. Francis in their final regular-season home game. The Monarchs travel to St. Francis on Friday to wrap up their season. On Wednesday, Mitty led throughout but used margins of 14-5 in the second quarter and 22-10 in the fourth to pull away. Seniors Nigel Burris (20 points) and Michael Mitchell (10 points)...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. Here’s the best of Friday’s action in boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball: Baseball No. 5 Palo Alto 10, No. 11 Mountain View 0 It was a double-win for Palo Alto on Friday. The Vikings were among the most outspoken teams after their league’s Board of Managers, in an emergency meeting two weeks ago, reaffirmed its decision to not participate in this spring’s Central Coast Section playoffs. Friday, in another emergency meeting, the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Board of Managers reversed its vote about the time Palo Alto was cooling off one of the section’s hottest pitchers. Facing Mountain View’s Gabe Barrett, Palo Alto, playing at home, pushed across a run in the second, two more in the third and six in the fourth to put away the SCVAL De Anza Division game. Barrett had allowed one earned run in four starts (26 innings) that included a 17-strikeout no-hitter against Wilcox two weeks ago. But it wasn’t the senior’s day Friday...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Following authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds, health officials in Contra Costa County announced mobile vaccination clinics at several middle and high schools starting next week. The clinics, which are operated by Contra Costa Health Services and Kaiser Permanente, are scheduled to begin May 18. Clinics will rotate among campuses and return for second dose appointments. READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland Police Identify Two People Fatally Shot in Recent Surge of Homicides “To make every school as safe as possible from COVID-19, it is critical that our campus communities have easy access to vaccine and health information,” said Contra Costa County Superintendent Lynn Mackey. “Every student who receives a vaccine is a hero, who protects not only themselves, but their family, teachers and friends.” Campus clinics will welcome anyone eligible for the shots, including students from other schools, families and community members. Patients under 18 will need consent from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. Clinics are scheduled to operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The goal is to help...
    Contra Costa County will open COVID-19 vaccination sites at designated middle and high school campuses, offering doses to all eligible recipients, health officials announced Friday. The free clinics will be open for several days at a number of schools around the county, some of them in communities that have been slower to receive vaccine doses, such as Antioch and Concord. Contra Costa County residents age 12 and older can now receive the vaccine, with or without an appointment, at a clinic, though those younger than 18 will need to get permission from their guardians. “To make every school as safe as possible from COVID-19, it is critical that our campus communities have easy access to vaccine and health information,” Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County’s superintendent of schools, said in the announcement. “Every student who receives a vaccine is a hero, who protects not only themselves, but their family, teachers and friends.” A full list of dates and school sites is below: May 18-22: Antioch Middle, Concord High May 25-May 29: Edna Hill Middle (Brentwood), Pinole Valley High (Pinole), Pittsburg High,...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup for Monday’s games in boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. Let’s get to it. Boys basketball (#1) Bishop O’Dowd 60, (#9) De La Salle 52 (OT) Top-ranked Bishop O’Dowd needed overtime to pick up its first marquee win of the shortened season but was able to edge De La Salle to bounce back from back-to-back losses. Senior Jarin Edwards led all scorers with 17 points and was the key in the extra period, scoring half of the Dragons’ 12 points in overtime. Cameron Brown (13) and Taj Phillips (11) also scored in double figures for the Dragons but star senior Marsalis Roberson and sophomore Jalen Lewis were limited to eight points apiece. Junior Chris Bunch led De La Salle with 16 points, while seniors Alonzo Washington and Joe Buhlman-Anders also contributed double figures. After an even first half, O’Dowd opened a six-point edge entering the final period but the Spartans were able to claw back and force overtime. Edwards’ six points...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup for Friday’s games in baseball, softball and basketball. Baseball No. 4 Palo Alto 10, No. 14 Los Altos 0 Palo Alto parents have been among the most vocal since the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s Board of Managers voted to uphold the decision to skip the section playoffs this spring. Friday, one day after the vote, the school’s baseball team showed again that it’d be a postseason contender if given the opportunity to participate. Henry Bolte had three hits and knocked in three runs and Zander Darby homered and scored three runs to lead Palo Alto, playing on the road, to a victory that completed a two-game sweep of Los Altos in SCVAL De Anza Division play. Ritter Amsbaugh and Ryan Harvey combined for the shutout. Amsbaugh struck out seven in four innings, and Harvey allowed a hit and a walk over three innings. Palo Alto (8-2) plays at home Monday against Homestead. Los Altos (4-4) visits Leland today....
    Points have been difficult to come by for Clayton Valley Charter during this unusual football season in the spring. Not once in five games have the Ugly Eagles managed to score more than three touchdowns. But CVC has played stout defense, and once again the players on that side of the ball made short rations stand up in a 17-14 victory over San Ramon Valley on Saturday night in Danville. The Ugly Eagles are 4-1, their only blemish being a 24-13 loss to Monterey Trail-Elk Grove. They’ve compiled that record while scoring 91 points. The defense has given up 83. “It’s what has held us in games,” Eagles’ coach Tim Murphy said. “We’ve been good about not giving up big plays, and those guys play smart.” The defense has been led all season by seniors Dylan “Tank” Seeley and Lukas Linkhart. “Two outstanding linebackers who are able to lead our defense,” Murphy said. Against fifth-ranked San Ramon Valley (3-2), the No. 10 Eagles fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter when Wolves quarterback Jack Quigley...
    Top matchups No. 6 Los Gatos (3-0) at No. 12 Wilcox (3-0), Thursday, 7 p.m.: The matchup of the week in the Bay Area could determine the champion of the Santa Clara Athletic League’s De Anza Division. No. 6 Los Gatos and No. 12 Wilcox have had similarly dominant starts to the season: The Wildcats have outscored their first three opponents 156-30, compared to a 150-42 margin for the Chargers of Wilcox. Both teams feature powerful rushing attacks that have averaged more than 10 yards per carry through their first three games. The Chargers’ option offense features four players with at least 10 carries and 100 yards through their first three games, led by junior Luther Glenn, who’s rushed 29 times for 324 yards; Wilcox has attempted only 11 passes all season. Senior Adam Garwood has led the way for Los Gatos, reaching the end zone 10 times in three games while totaling 467 yards on 34 carries. Wilcox had won just two of the teams’ previous 15 matchups prior to 2016, but the Chargers have taken the past...
    Given where things stood a few months ago when a high school football season this academic year looked like a long shot at best, a handful of games are better than none. But with only two weeks left for most teams, it’s impossible not to wonder what might have been for those that have separated from the pack. Pittsburg, Serra, Los Gatos, James Logan — and, of course, De La Salle — had another impressive weekend. On back-to-back days, Pittsburg and Serra ran the same flea-flicker on the first play, both resulting in touchdowns. Pittsburg led Liberty 49-0 at halftime, Serra held a 42-7 advantage over St. Francis at the break. Los Gatos scored 35 points in the first quarter of its blowout of Mountain View. James Logan had no problem against injury-plagued Moreau Catholic. And De La Salle opened the weekend with a running-clock win over Jesuit-Carmichael, getting three touchdowns from Nico Torrez, a kid who hit a triple for the school’s baseball team earlier in the day. When will that...
    Ranked teams No. 7 San Ramon Valley 31, No. 23 California 24: Things looked bleak for San Ramon Valley as the final minutes ticked off the clock Saturday night. The host Wolves trailed by seven against California, which has been a pleasant surprise this season in the East Bay Athletic League under new coach Dan Calcagno. Then San Ramon Valley struck quickly, scoring twice in the final two minutes to pull out a 31-24 victory. A 16-yard fade route from quarterback Jack Quigley to tight end J.P. Murphy tied the score at 24, then after the Wolves got the ball back on a California fumble, Quigley hit Za’Darion Nardi from 10 yards out for the winning score with about 30 seconds remaining. San Ramon Valley coach Aaron Becker was kind of unfazed by what he witnessed, recounting some of the close games the Wolves have been involved in over the last three seasons. But he said games are even wilder in this abbreviated spring campaign. “A lot of what you’re seeing, all the close games, there has not been as much time as...
    DANVILLE (KPIX) — Students and teachers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District on Monday returned to the classroom for the first time in a year. Campus was a bit more crowded at Monte Vista High School as students said goodbye to hybrid learning and hello to full-time, in-classroom sessions four days a week. READ MORE: Concord Police Officer Saves Life Of Toddler Suffering Fentanyl Poisoning For the students and staff in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Monday was be one step closer to pre-pandemic life. 30% of the student body — about 10,000 students total — were expected to return to classrooms after opting in for full-time, in-person learning. “We planned for this day back in October and we made all of our schedule changes in January. All we had to do was move more desks back in over the weekend,” said district superintendent John Malloy. “So we’re ready. We are as close to normal as we can be.” “I’m just excited to be in the classroom and get to be on campus, because I’m a...
    It wasn’t 2016 close. Not by a long shot. But for a little while in the first half Saturday night, the De La Salle Spartans hadn’t pulled away from San Ramon Valley. Eventually, they did. Dorian Hale, nearing the end of a storied varsity career, went over 4,000 passing yards while leading De La Salle to a 49-6 rout of the Wolves. The score was 14-6 in the second quarter before De La Salle, the Bay Area News Group’s top-ranked team, took command. Since the Spartans survived a 28-27 scare at San Ramon Valley in 2016, they have beaten the Wolves 49-14, 48-14, 52-0 and now 49-6. DLS coach Justin Alumbaugh, while acknowledging “the same cast of characters” for gaining yards and scoring points, commended his offensive line for a job well done. “Those guys were really good,” Alumbaugh said. “It’s a good group. They’re just blocking really well. They’re pass blocking well. They’re run blocking well. I am not real effusive with praise, but our offensive line, they’re making me happy.” ...
    DANVILLE — San Ramon Valley used three fourth-quarter interceptions to seal a 31-23 win over Bishop O’Dowd in a non-league contest Saturday night. On the game’s final play, San Ramon Valley senior J.P. Murphy came down with the game-ending interception. O’Dowd quarterback Jesse Madden let go of a heave, his 44th pass attempt of the game, but it sailed into the hands of San Ramon Valley’s star tight end, who was playing prevent defense. San Ramon Valley took its first lead on the first play of the game and did not trail all night. The Wolves were able to capitalize on their big plays, and as coach Aaron Becker evaluated, “did just enough to win.” Za’darion Nardi took the opening handoff 80 yards for a touchdown to put San Ramon Valley up 7-0. Bishop O’Dowd answered the following quarter but did not score again until the game’s final two minutes. On a fourth down midway through the second quarter, Madden scrambled and threw across his body, connecting with senior receiver Harrison Jenkins for 32 yards...
    Week 1: High school football results EBAL Valley Saturday Livermore 14, Foothill 13 Peninsula Bay Friday Half Moon Bay 19, Burlingame 12 Peninsula Ocean Friday Capuchino 35, San Mateo 14 Non-league Friday Campolindo 27, Freedom 23 Sacred Heart Prep 49, Aragon 12 Saturday Clayton Valley Charter 20, Inderkum 15 California 63, Dublin 33 Heritage 46, Granada 6 Acalanes 33, Monte Vista 27 De La Salle 35, St. Mary’s-Stockton 27 San Ramon Valley 35, Las Lomas 28 How the Bay Area News Group Top 25 fared No. 1 De La Salle (1-0) Beat St. Mary’s-Stockton 35-27 No. 2 Pittsburg (0-0) Did not play No. 3 Serra (0-0) Did not play No. 4 Valley Christian (0-0) Did not play No. 5 Cardinal Newman (0-0) Did not play No. 6 Clayton Valley Charter (1-0) Beat Inderkum-Sacramento 20-15 No. 7 Monte Vista (0-1) Lost to Acalanes 33-27 No. 8...
    In a matchup between top-20 teams, San Ramon Valley scored in the final minute Saturday night to defeat Las Lomas 35-28. Jack Quigley’s 25-yard pass to Caden Ridley with 52 seconds left was the decisive play as the eighth-ranked Wolves, playing for the first time since November 2019, opened the long-delayed season with a road victory in Walnut Creek.  No. 18 Las Lomas had rallied from 14 points behind to tie the score. Dimond Loosli’s 30-yard pass to Lance Heinan with 7:18 left made it 28-28. The Knights had pulled to within 28-21 when Jermaine Land scored on a 2-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter. Za’Darion Nardi’s 5-yard touchdown run had given San Ramon Valley a two-touchdown advantage late in the third quarter. Las Lomas is scheduled to visit Acalanes, a winner over short-handed Monte Vista on Saturday night, next Saturday.  San Ramon Valley is scheduled to be at home next Saturday against Bishop O’Dowd. — Darren Sabedra No. 6 Clayton Valley Charter 20, Inderkum 15 Star running back Omari Taylor scored his second touchdown of the night in...
    DANVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- Danville police are on the scene of a shooting that has prompted the closure of Sycamore Valley Road between Brookside and San Ramon Valley Boulevard.The shooting happened at Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Dept. says.Police are warning people to avoid the area.No further information was provided.Stay with ABC7 News for updates on this developing story. ALERT: Sycamore Valley Road is closed between Brookside and San Ramon Valley Boulevard due to police activity. Avoid the area. Will update as more information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/nkkGUh7Z7x— Town of Danville, CA (@DanvilleINFO) March 11, 2021
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Mar. 4, 20216:25 p.m.San Ramon Valley School District plans to return to full-time in-person classes this FallThe San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) Board of Education announced Thursday night that it plans to return to full-time in-person instruction in fall 2021. In...
    DANVILLE (CBS SF) — A 52-year-old Danville resident died Sunday when he crashed after striking a bicycle and rider that fell into his path, Danville police said. The motorcyclist was traveling south on San Ramon Valley Boulevard near the intersection of Fountain Springs Drive about 12:30 p.m. when a rider in the southbound bicycle lane lost control and fell into the traffic lane. The motorcycle struck the bicycle and crashed, leaving the rider with serious injuries. San Ramon Valley Blvd at Fountain Springs Dr. (Google Street View) Paramedics from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District responded but the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending notification of family. The bicycle rider was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Police closed San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Fountain Springs Drive and Elworthy Ranch Road for a time. The collision is under investigation by Danville police and no charges have been filed. © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News. All Rights Reserved. This material...
    DANVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- Faculty at San Ramon Valley High School greeted students with cheers Tuesday morning as they headed into class for the first time since March. Parents say their kids seemed equally excited about returning to in-person learning."I just dropped off my daughter Hailey and she was so cooperative. I don't think I have seen her as cooperative in like 6 or 7 months. She brushed her teeth, did her hair, got dressed, ate breakfast, got a snack. I was like- it's like Christmas morning! It was great," said parent Brooke Wollesen, whose daughter has Down Syndrome. She says distance learning has been a struggle."There wasn't a whole lot of learning going on at home. It was really really tough. I might go do something nice for myself today," she said.RELATED: Newsom considering curfew as CA COVID-19 cases spike, 40 counties move to more restrictive tiersKermie Lopez-Stafford said she was elated to drop off her 6-year-old twin boys, who have not had the patience for distance learning."No way that they could sit still. I even got them the...
    DANVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Ramon Valley High School students held a sit-in outside of San Ramon Valley Unified's district office Monday asking that learning return to the classroom now that Contra Costa County moved to the red tier.About a dozen and a half students showed up for the sit-in organized by students.REOPENING SCHOOLS: 2 of the largest Bay Area districts agree on distance learning this fall"It's way harder to learn on a computer screen. I can't ask a question as easily, I can't go (and speak to teachers) after class as easily, I can't see my counselor as easily I have to set up all these meetings," said Jacob Ludwig, a senior at San Ramon Valley High School.Several cars driving by honked at the small group seeming to show support of the students' demonstraiton.They were holding signs with the message "back to school now" and "back to campus."At one point the superintendent of SRVUSD came out to listen and speak to the students.RELATED: Some experts, parents say benefits of in-person learning outweigh COVID-19 riskEMBED More News Videos While Bay...
    SAN RAMON — When Bill Clarkson moved to San Ramon in 1978, he’d look out from his home and see open space. He’d walk by barbed-wire fences and cows. And Bishop Ranch was just a huge open field of nearly 600 acres. In the intervening years, he’s seen tremendous growth and change in San Ramon — with Bishop Ranch being the city’s big economic driver — but also demographically. San Ramon has undergone a transformation from a predominately white suburb to one where minorities are now the majority. Clarkson said a dramatic shift occurred between 2000 and 2002 — with the influx of new residents, many of whom were South Asians who created a critical mass. The Asian immigrants, who initially came to Silicon Valley’s growing tech industry, were attracted to San Ramon’s excellent schools, safe environment, and relative affordability — especially in comparison to Silicon Valley real estate prices. “It became a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Clarkson, who was first elected as mayor in 2011 and is stepping down. The only major drawback, Clarkson said, was the commute to Silicon...
    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District cited and fined PG&E over failing to provide advance notice of its operations in the district, an incident district officials say is part of a larger pattern of nondisclosure from the beleaguered utility provider. “The District has zero confidence that PG&E will do the right thing from a public safety standpoint without proper regulation and oversight,” Board President Don Parker said in a statement. The district fined PG&E $1,000 for deploying two safety and infrastructure teams within the district without providing advance notice, a violation of the district’s safety ordinance. PG&E had sent its crews, used for fire prevention and suppression activities, to respond to a transformer explosion on May 15. But without giving prior notice to the district, PG&E violated the district’s Safety Ordinance No. 35, adopted last October to require PG&E to notify the district when deploying safety and infrastructure crews and when performing “hot” work on power lines in high risk areas. “The least they can do from a public safety standpoint is let us know ahead of time where...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — An ongoing dispute between PG&E and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District over fire safety procedures has escalated, with PG&E filing a lawsuit seeking to overturn restrictions on its work procedures. The lawsuit, due to be heard in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Thursday, asked the court to invalidate Ordinance 35, which prohibits PG&E and any other electric utility from performing non-emergency electrical work — or any electrical work during periods of high fire danger — within district boundaries without 48 hours’ prior notice to the district. The ordinance also prohibits PG&E from deploying a “safety and infrastructure team” without notice, and it allows the district to fine the utility and recover costs for overseeing the company’s electrical utility work after each violation. In its lawsuit, PG&E claims the ordinance exceeds the Fire Protection District’s regulatory authority, infringing on jurisdiction that belongs to the California Public Utilities Commission. “These requirements interfere with PG&E’s ability to respond flexibly to changing conditions in order to protect public safety,” the company said in its complaint....
    SAN RAMON (KPIX) – Schools across the Bay Area are facing tough decisions about how to offer classes during the pandemic and one of the most contested was in the San Ramon area. Tuesday was decision day for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. School officials had to decide what going back to school was going to look like. “This is one of the toughest decisions we will ever have to deal with,” said board member Rachel Hurd at the virtual public meeting. The board was grappling with whether to continue remote learning, send kids back to campus 5 days a week, or create a hybrid system split between in-class and at-home learning. “Kara” is an emergency room nurse and mother of young twin girls living in the district. She doesn’t see how at-home schooling could possibly work. “I don’t think being at home with parents that aren’t educated and taught how to do that…I don’t think we can basically replicate that model in our homes,” she said. But the purpose of keeping kids out the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thousands of high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area will graduate this year without the pomp and circumstance of traditional graduation ceremonies due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. During these extraordinary times, ABC7 wants to honor the Class of 2020 and celebrate their accomplishments.#GRADSON7: Here's how you can submit photos, be featuredWith #GradsOn7, ABC7 is committed to saluting as many Bay Area high school seniors as possible by showcasing their pictures on our broadcast and digital platforms starting in May and running through the graduation season.This week, we are honoring students from The Branson School, Dougherty Valley High School, John Swett High School and Alameda Science and Tech Institute. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!Take a look at all the submissions to our #GradsOn7 Student Spotlight project here.
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