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News Digest: Disaster planning in Tri-Valley | Safe disposal event in Pleasanton | Mayor Hudson back in San Ramon

Also: Dublin police Neighborhood Watch meeting on Tuesday
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Disaster planning

The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, along with Dublin San Ramon Services District, have released the draft update of the Tri-Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan and are encouraging public review and comments to consultant firm Planning Partners through the deadline this Monday (May 22).

"The Hazard Mitigation Plan is one of the tools in emergency management that identifies hazards and looks for ways to minimize, reduce, or eliminate that hazard's risk to a planning area," Dublin city officials said. "FEMA requires jurisdictions to analyze natural hazards such as earthquakes, wildfire and floods. Jurisdictions may choose to include other hazards of interest (e.g., cyberterrorism, hazmat)."

The document, an update to the 2018 plan required every five years, is on track to be presented to the local agencies' governing bodies for final consideration in September. It will then be forwarded to state and federal agencies for approval.

To view the draft, visit

Safe disposal event

To support locals in a spring cleaning mode who also have an eye toward the environment, StopWaste is hosting a free household hazardous waste safe disposal event for Alameda County residents this Sunday (May 21) at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., crews will be accepting materials such as pesticides, batteries, light bulbs, paints, electronics and small appliances, propane tanks, old medications, oil and other car fluids, cleaning products, fire extinguishers, sharps containers and propane tanks.

The event is open to county homeowners and renters only; no business materials. Participants must register for a drop-off time window. Learn more at

Mayor Hudson back

The mayor of San Ramon was back at the dais at last week's City Council meeting following a 3-1/2-month absence brought on by a medical emergency earlier this year.

Mayor Dave Hudson returned in person at the San Ramon City Council meeting on May 9, taking the reins from Vice Mayor Mark Armstrong who had led council meetings during Hudson's leave.

It was Hudson's first time joining the four councilmembers since Interim City Manager Steven Spedowfski confirmed Hudson's indefinite absence on Jan. 30, following a stroke that occurred shortly after his return from a trip to Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Dublin police Neighborhood Watch meeting

Dublin Police Services is shining a light on crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs during a community meeting next week.

"Neighborhood Watch aims to bring together the community's interests in crime deterrence, volunteerism, and neighborhood preparedness," city police said.

"Neighborhood Watch is a 'team' approach in which residents work with each other, with city staff, and with Police Services to reduce crime in Dublin. When neighbors organize, the opportunity for crime is drastically reduced."

The event is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday (May 23) in the Community Room at The Wave at 4201 Central Pkwy. To learn more, visit

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