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2008-09-19 12:00:26

By Eric Louie LIVERMORE -- The Livermore teachers union rallied at school district offices Wednesday afternoon over what have been contentious contract negotiations on pay and benefits. The two sides, which have had a third-party mediator since declaring an impasse in January, appear far from settling the issue. Union leaders said about 400 people rallied, including members of the California School Employees Association and the Service Employees International Union. "We're probably one...

2008-09-05 15:00:25

By Donna M. Perry JAY - The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday to increase substitute teacher pay by $5 a day, effective immediately. The new rate is $55 a day for a substitute with no college degree, $60 for a two-plus-year degree, and $65 for a bachelor's degree. Superintendent Robert Wall told the board the pay rate likely had not been raised in more than 10 years. It is important to get good substitutes, he said, and he expected the increase to help. Other school...

2008-09-05 06:00:17

By Eric Louie The number of Tri-Valley schools failing to meet federal student achievement requirements is holding steady, but several have fallen further behind this year, according to the state Accountability Progress Report released Thursday. Although scores are higher for all districts, they have not risen for all schools. Twelve Tri-Valley schools failed to meet federal requirements. The report is based on the results of both the California High School Exit Exam and state...

2008-09-04 12:00:10

By Amy Moellering Fifth-grader Aubrey Krieger has been interested in science ever since she started a rock collection as a toddler. Her mother, Lainie, says Aubrey quickly moved on to mixing kitchen concoctions and science experiments. "My husband and I don't know where she gets this as neither of us shares that interest." Thankfully, when Aubrey was in first grade at Valley View Elementary in Pleasanton, Spectrum of Science offered after-school science programs. Aubrey has attended...

2008-08-29 06:00:39

By Margot Abbott VALLEY TIMES I HOPE YOU ENJOYED and are enjoying the real-life drama of the Olympics and the two conventions. Speechifying is an old, old American art form that has taken it on the chin in recent times. I've always been interested in good speech makers, just from a theatrical point of view, and must admit I get pretty disgusted with politicians who aren't any good at it. Seems like a must-have talent! I know it's too early to mention Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," but...

2008-08-19 03:00:34

By Sheble, Nicholas A new machine can detect explosive, chemical, and biological agents all at the same time. A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers proved a three-in-one machine, or "universal point detection system," can work, said George Farquar, a postdoctoral fellow and physical chemist at the Lab's Glenn T Seaborg Institute. The machine could help clear airplane passengers and screen baggage. The team uses a mass spectrometry system to detect the...

2008-08-15 06:00:35

In the past eight weeks 29 homeowners in Livermore and Pleasanton have installed solar electric systems through industry leading solar solutions provider REC Solar. In June the company launched a special community program to encourage residents of the community to invest in renewable energy by offering deep discounts on solar electric systems. In fact, demand for the REC Solar program has been so strong, with over 160 kW already sold, that REC Solar has decided to extend the program until...

2008-08-01 06:00:22

By Denis Cuff Construction will proceed with a loop trail at lower elevations on the steep hill, he added. Brushy Peak, located near the border of Contra Costa and Alameda counties, plays a role in Native American creation stories as the site of the first land in a world covered with water.

2008-07-14 12:00:39

By Pat Craig, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jul. 14--Wild laughter launched Livermore Shakespeare Festival's opening night in its plush new digs at Concannon Vineyards. The company demonstrated an eagerness to bite the Bard that feeds it by starting the new season with the American debut of an updated version of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's spoof, "The Complete Works of William Shakespere (abridged) (revised)." "(Abridged)" was reworked by the show's original authors, Adam Long,...

2008-07-10 09:00:56

By Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 10--Livermore Shakespeare Festival, fresh in new digs in the Livermore Valley wine country, doubles its summer offerings this year with two comic plays -- Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and the frenetic "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)." Both shows play in repertory until the beginning of August on the grounds of historic Concannon Vineyards, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore. A centerpiece for the...