Maintenance workers finalize labor contract
Maintenance workers are the latest group of city employees to increase their pension contributions while regaining a merit pay system and lost furlough days.
The City Council finalized a deal Aug. 13 with the union, which represents 47 city maintenance workers. It reinstates a merit pay system that was suspended three years ago but on a smaller scale of 0 to 5 percent salary increases instead of 0 to 7 percent.
The 2013-14 agreement also restores a week of work days lost to furloughs two years ago and requires pension contributions from employees totaling 4 percent of their salaries, 2 percent higher than in years past.
City officials said the same deal was reached with all other city employee groups earlier this year, except for the police officers' association, which is still in negotiations. A deal on their contract could be reached next month, according to the city manager.
-- Ashly McGlone, Staff
San Ramon Creek plans will be heard at forum
Plans for environmental restoration of San Ramon Creek through San Ramon, Danville and Alamo will be discussed in a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Danville town offices conference room, 510 La Gonda Ave.
Friends of San Ramon Creek, a new grass roots organization, invites the public to attend. Pollution and flood control experts will discuss creek management and protection. Environmental managers will discuss ways the public can get involved in creek protection, cleanup and educational activities.
Some 54 square miles of land from Walnut Creek, Las Trampas Ridge and Mount Diablo drain into San Ramon Creek, which flows into the Walnut Creek channel leading into Suisun Bay.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Area Challengers to be in Little League series
Tri-Valley baseball players will be among those competing during the Little League World Series celebration and games in Williamsport, Penn.
Fifteen players and three coaches from Little League District 57's Challenger league will take part in an exhibition game Saturday at 1:30 a.m. PDT. The team of special needs children will compete against a Chicago-area team, said Frank Elliott, coach of a Danville Challenger team, who will take part in the game.
District 57 has nine Challenger teams with 150 players, said Elliott. The game will be shown live online at ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app. There are more than 30,000 Challenger Little League players.
-- Kelly Gust, Staff