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News Digest: PUSD forum schedule update | Eviction town hall | State of the Tri-Valley coming up

Also: MTC exec retiring & LARPD commission opening

Forum updates

The Pleasanton Weekly's forum for Pleasanton Unified School District candidates has been rescheduled to Oct. 4 for logistical reasons. The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the PUSD boardrooms at 4665 Bernal Ave., with livestreaming available and a videorecording available after the fact.

Scheduled to take part are candidates Urvi Shah and Laurie Walker for the contested PUSD Trustee Area 2 seat. Justin Brown, who was the only candidate to file for Area 5, will also participate in the forum. Christine Lutz, who qualified for the Area 2 ballot but subsequently bowed out of the campaign, will not attend.

Additionally, the forum for Dublin Unified School District candidates originally set for Oct. 6 has been canceled due to lack of candidate participation.

The next forum moderated by the Weekly will be for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (seven of nine candidates for three at-large seats) on Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the district boardroom at 685C E. Jack London Blvd.

Eviction town hall

Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, whose district includes much of the Tri-Valley, is hosting an online town hall on the county's eviction moratorium on Monday (Sept. 26) from 5:30-7 p.m.

Haubert, who has been a proponent of amending or lifting the county's moratorium at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, asks landlords before the meeting to send data about their rent losses to his office: "How much money have you lost as a result of the county eviction moratorium? Send us your loss."

To learn more, call 925-551-6995 or email

MTC exec retiring

Therese McMillan, executive director of regional planning agencies Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments, this week announced her retirement effective Jan. 31.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the Commission and the ABAG Executive Board members, my wonderful staff, our numerous regional partners, and most importantly, the people of the Bay Area," McMillan said. The agencies plan to launch recruitment for her successor soon.

State of the Tri-Valley

The San Francisco Business Times and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group's 2022 State of the Tri-Valley is scheduled to be held later this month and feature a presentation with business leader, author and Tri-Valley resident James D. White about his recent book "Anti-Racist Leadership: How to Transform Corporate Culture in a Race-Conscious World".

"White is best known for taking the helm of what was a regional smoothie franchise and turning it into the global lifestyle brand, Jamba Inc.," organizer said while also acknowledging White's work as board chair for the Honest Company and as executive chair for Pleasanton startup Air Protein.

The State of the Tri-Valley will be held on Sept. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Roundhouse Market and Conference Center, Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.

The event will also feature panel discussions and a networking reception. Visit

LARPD recruitment

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors is seeking applicants for a four-year volunteer position on the district's Personnel Commission.

The commission advises the elected board on district personal policies as well as "provides guidance as to the personnel related trends in the employment marketplace, hears appeals of disciplinary actions, and makes recommendations to the board," officials said.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Call human resources office Michelle Kleman at 925-373-5705.