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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 Planning Commission denies a proposal to build 115 residential units, a four-story hotel and a large amount of retail space in Dublin.  
Two San Jose men and two juveniles were arrested Monday, after alert citizens helped police point the way to all four after a succession of auto burglaries, police said.  
Pleasanton woman bequeaths her house and all her property to the city of Pleasanton; city this past week formally accepted, though didn't honor, her desire to make the Queen Anne-style house a museum. But her amazingly well-preserved photos, legal documents and other everyday items will find loving homes.  
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.  
Pleasanton Unified School District board votes 4-0 to begin and end classes a week earlier with new school year calendar.  
Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group
An 80-year-old woman who slammed her white Mercedes-Benz SUV into a health club, killing a Livermore Lab executive and injuring six others, won't face criminal charges.  
Alameda County Sheriff's Department
A Super Bowl sting by agencies across the Bay Area results in multiple arrests and recovery of seven juveniles, including a developmentally disabled teenager in Castro Valley.  
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.  
"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. 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!  
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,  
AccomplishmentsNicholas R. Ranelli made the dean's list for fall 2015 at The University of Colorado, Boulder, College of Arts and Sciences. Ranelli is a 2012 graduate of Monte Vista High in Danville and is pursuing a degree in integrative physiology with a minor in business.  
The Pleasanton Library is taking part in the national early literacy campaign "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," which encourages parents to read that number of books to their children in advance of their first school year.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DanvilleThursday, Jan. 28 AUTO BURGLARY -- 10:47 a.m. Theft from a vehicle, 10 block of Laurel Drive.  
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  
Earl Anthony's Dublin BowlBowlers of the Week: Peter Hagin of the Dublin Majors scratch league shot a perfect 300 game on the way to a 752 set. David Henderson of the Monday Night Trip league had a 200 game and a 520 set, 124 pins over average.  
Mitche Benson, Seth Cobb, Rachel Murphy and Regan Wiedenfeld are stars of the week  
Opponents of Lund Ranch II subdivision turn in petitions aimed at forcing ballot measure in June or November  
A 19-year-old Pleasanton man was arrested Thursday night after planting what appeared to be a pipe bomb in a person's vehicle in Discovery Bay, police said.  
Mike Porto, a longtime planning consultant for Dublin, earned millions overseeing Dublin's building boom by billing hours that border on impossible.  
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
Bay Area Air Quality Management District plans open house on measures to reduce greenhouse gases and toxic air contaminants from Bay Area.  
Winter is the creative force behind a unique piece of artwork that uses about 5,000 nails hammered into a slab of redwood to depict Pleasanton's iconic Kolln Building.  
Starting this week, the Tri-Valley Herald and Valley Journal weekly editions for Tri-Valley Times readers will be published on Fridays.  
Courtesy of the Mincks Family
Their minister shared the advice that although a man may think he knows his bride, she'll change many times over the years. Earl Minck disagrees. "Ileana was a marvelous woman when I fell in love with her, and she still is marvelous. I fall in love with her every day."  
Courtesy of Fasso family
In 2007, the Fasso family lost their beloved Max, a black German shepherd. He was 15 years old. After months of mourning, Julie Fasso began occasionally checking the local SPCA website for a new dog. "I was drawn to Zack's picture every time I saw it. He just looked so happy," Julie said.