Tri-Valley Cuisine Scene: Danville's Domenico's owner finds suffering of youth pays off

"When I was a kid, I resented working in my dad's deli, but now I'm so glad I did," Joe Giacomini says. "It taught me so much about food. But it wasn't until I was about 28 that something sparked in me, and I realized I really loved to cook, and running a restaurant like this was what I wanted to do." 
Dan Honda
Jaclyn Thach will play with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in their winter concert Feb. 21 at the San Leandro High School Performing Arts Center.  
"A family from Martinez bought the restaurant," proprietor Danny Basso said, "but everything -- the staff, the menu and the décor -- will remain the same." Danny's father, Dick Basso, and Mick Schlesinger originally opened The Brass Door in 1955.  
24-Hour Fitness staff members are credited for their immediate response and lifesaving assistance. Deputy Chief of Operations Lon Phares, a 25-year veteran of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District says, the staff members "did a great job" of activating the 911 system, requesting the help of any emergency personnel who may have been in the gym, directing them to the specific treadmill area and having their Automated External Defibrillator (AED) ready for firefighters.  
A. Stear/Valley Humane Society
Valley Humane SocietyRedefine your notion of a lap cat with Coretta, an adorable 3-year-old gray-flecked feline. Given the chance, she will be more than happy to make your lap her permanent home!  
Circles for Change is part of a nonprofit, community-based network of programs throughout the United States. The new Livermore chapter will operate under the auspices of Asbury United Methodist Church for now, although the organization is not faith-based.  
Doug Duran
It's a puzzle to merchants and residents why the center, located in a residential neighborhood at the gateway to the city's thriving wine country, has fallen into disrepair with faded peeling paint, cracked asphalt and empty storefronts.  
The district will poll voters to see if the Nov. 8 ballot is worth a fresh attempt. The last school bond measure approved in Pleasanton was the $70 million Measure B approved in 1997. Two Pleasanton school parcel tax measures -- in 2009 and 2011 -- lost at the polls.  
Through Feb. 14 "Good People" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Role Players Ensemble presents "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire about the story of Margie Walsh, who hits bottom after losing her job and facing eviction.  
Get campaign transparency law on ballotA recent Times editorial was an excellent description of the measures needed to cast a bright light on the murky world of campaign finance so that voters will know the wealthy special interests that are controlling our elections, whether they be corporations,  
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7