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They're dangerous if left standing and expensive to remove, experts note. Water conservation efforts are part of the problem, but trees can be sustained without much.  
Courtesy of Nicole Ludwig
Judge to rule on whether Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez should face a murder trial in slaying at Pier 14 in San Francisco.  
An abalone diver whose body was recovered last weekend is at least the seventh person to die while hunting for abalone off the Northern California coast this year.  
Scoop, based in San Francisco, has partnered with large local employers such as Workday, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Roche, Gap, ValleyCare Health and the city of Pleasanton to encourage their employees to sign up.  
San Quentin is a pleasure resort for criminals, screamed the headline in the San Francisco Call on Oct. 20, 1897.The story contended that the climate at the state prison was "delightful, surroundings agreeable and there is little hard work to interfere with the comfort of the convicts.  
San Quentin is a pleasure resort for criminals, screamed the headline in the San Francisco Call on Oct. 20, 1897.The story contended that the climate at San Quentin was "delightful, surroundings agreeable and there is little hard work to interfere with the comfort of the convicts.  
We have started an East Bay preps sports page on Facebook  
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The bullet that killed Kate Steinle on Pier 14 last month had apparently ricocheted off "a very hard surface" before hitting her in the back, a firearms expert said Wednesday morning.  
Courtesy of the Deming family
PLEASANTON: The family of John Deming Jr., 19, of San Jose, who was fatally shot last month by a Pleasanton police officer during an alleged burglary at a custom auto dealership, filed a claim Wednesday against the city and the police department alleging police attempted to "cover up their unlawful conduct following the homicide" and stating that an examination by an independent pathologist contradicts police accounts that the man -- who was unarmed -- was shot at close range while brutally assaulting the officer.  
Karl Mondon
Police testify that Lopez-Sanchez confessed to shooting after San Francisco police sergeant lied to him during interrogation, claiming investigators had five witnesses and DNA evidence tying him to killing of Kate Steinle on city pier.  
A meal at downtown Danville's Lotsa Pasta is less like dinner out than a home-cooked meal at a good friend's house, and that's the way owner Tom Lembo likes it.  
To submit an item to the What's Happening calendar, email to request a form. Put "What's Happening" in the subject line.  
Youth sports: West Coast Soccer, Pleasant Seahawks Swimming  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Mark Shiraki of the Nisei league and the 565 Scratch trios had a 277-781 and a 290-792 sets in his leagues.  
Development and water now concern residents less than crime, a survey concludes.  
Through -- Sept. 12 Inside and Out: Plein Air and Studio Works -- Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This exhibit features recent works by seven Bay Area artists who paint together for inspiration and challenge.  
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton will bring "X," the 24th and newest book featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the popular "alphabet series" to a gathering of avid mystery readers at Towne Center Books.  
The ninth annual performances at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center presented by the city of San Ramon Parks & Community Services Department demonstrates local audiences' preference for classic traditions. A sprinkle of zest arrives in a portion of the offerings, but for the most part, city staff say people come to the San Ramon theater to see tried-and-true, dynamic performers in an intimate venue.  
Lion hunter's claim deserves audacity prizeMr. Jeff Stanley, the Great White Hunter, has unwittingly provided a simple solution for ending the world's hunger problem while justifying the killing of Cecil the lion (Aug.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DanvilleThursday, Aug. 13 AUTO BURGLARY -- 7:09 a.m. Theft from a vehicle, 300 block of Borel Lane.  
Accomplishments2015 Davidson Fellow announced: The Davidson Institute of Talent Development has announced the 2015 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees is Augustine Chemparathy, of San Ramon.  
Al's Hair Design in Pleasanton is closing after more than two decades. But fear not -- Lopez will still cut hair just around the block, where he will rent a cutting station at an existing business.  
Valley Humane SocietySecure the lampshades, because Christa is a party animal! Lively and playful, this medium-haired brown tabby will be the life of your home.  
School teachers will get a 3.8 percent pay increase this year, and interim school Superintendent Jim Hansen will be paid $220,000 to hold the post for a year.  
A San Francisco judge is set to hear evidence in a shooting death at a local pier that became a flashpoint in the national immigration debate because federal authorities had requested city officials keep the suspect locked up.  
Dan Honda
The 29th annual Good Guys West Coast Nationals hits the Alameda County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday featuring a swap meet, food, live entertainment, dozens of different vendors, and over 3,000 customs, rods, classics, muscle cars and trucks.  
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Since 2013, social media users have helped turned U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a prolific Tweeter himself, into a verb: "Swalwelling."  
Pleasanton school district decision is upheld to fire Jon Vranesh for creating hostile work environment against women  
Contractors soon will start installing 10 miles of purple pipes to deliver highly treated effluent to irrigate landscaping in the Hacienda Business Park, the Ken Mercer Sports Park and the Pleasanton Tennis and Community Park.  
Amy Moellering
"It may be considered senior living, but no one here is old," said Plant Operations Director Ty Kaufman, and that certainly seemed to be true when I visited. Activity surrounded us, with buses waiting out front for the day's excursion, families dining on the patio, a lecture in one conference room and a yoga class in another.