Review • The DA’s Office determines that Pleasanton Police Officer Daniel Kunkel acted in lawful self-defense when he shot and killed 19-year-old John Deming Jr. during an altercation in downtown Pleasanton last summer at Specialty Sales Classics car dealership on First Street. • Hart Middle School principal Terry Conde to be reassigned due to unspecified personnel issue, school board says.
March JULIA REIS
Rick Rubino started as Pleasanton school district superintendent in July, only to be placed on administrative leave less than six months later because of an undisclosed personnel matter.
• Pleasanton Seahawks take first place in the large team division at the Speedo Champions Series CA/NV Winter Sectionals, held at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, one of four sectionals held across the country.
Five Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers represented the Tri-Valley well at the US Olympic Swim Trials, held in Nebraska June 26 to July 3. From left: Swimmers Miranda Heckman, Chris Jhong, Christie Chong, Maxime Rooney and Moriah Simonds with coaches Steve Morsilli and Caitlin Denise.
• Foothill High’s entrepreneur program, DECA, earns six first-place awards, four second-place awards and seven third-place awards at a career skills competition held at the Northern California Career Development Conference in San Ramon. • School district opens a new donation closet, the Hangar, on the Village High campus for low-income residents to get free clothes, and where special-needs students can learn job skills in retail. At the same time, Village High opens its first media center, including a library and a dedicated area for students to do online research.
low-income residents in Pleasanton who sacrifice to keep their children in the Pleasanton school district. • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory lectures for middle and high school students return with the focus on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, highlighting cutting-edge science presented by leading lab researchers joined by high school science teachers.
• City Council agrees to schedule a referendum for June 7 to let voters decide if its approval Jan. 5 of a 43-home development on Lund Ranch should be overturned after Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ Office determines that petitioners opposed to the development obtained enough signatures from registered voters. • Amador Valley High football coach Rick Sira announces he is stepping away after 30 years of coaching after already retiring as an administrator at the school.
• After more than two years of contentious community debate, the school board votes to shift the schedule for the coming school year to start classes Aug. 15, a week earlier than the district’s traditional start date. This puts first semester finals before winter break.
• Pleasanton Weekly distributes checks totaling $73,307.76 to 12 Tri-Valley nonprofits that were the beneficiaries of its 2015 Holiday Fund.
• Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council’s approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch submit petitions to the city with 6,086 signatures, well above the 4,124 — or 10% of the city’s registered voters — needed to force a referendum.
• The Pleasanton Middle School cheer squad wins its second consecutive national title by finishing ahead of crosstown competitors from Hart Middle School in the finals of the United Spirit Association (USA) Jr. Spirit Nationals.
• Thirty protestors from a national organization called Mercy for Animals (MFA) line Stoneridge Mall Road in front of Safeway headquarters calling on the grocery chain to adopt a “cagefree” merchandising policy.
• Foothill cheerleaders make a clean sweep at the United Spirit Association (USA) Spirit Nationals in Anaheim with the varsity, stunt and junior varsity teams each winning a national championship.
• Colin Lambert, 8, and his sister Taryn collect more than 3,900 toys at their schools, Walnut Grove Elementary and Harvest Park Middle, for children who visit Alameda County courthouses for custody hearings, hoping they will make them feel less sad and lonely.
April • Heidi Murphy, library director for Los Gatos who is an Amador Valley High grad, is See YEAR IN REVIEW on Page 14
February • The Pleasanton Downtown Association hosts a “Super Scavenger Hunt” on Feb. 6 in recognition of the next day’s Super Bowl 50 being played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. • Business consultant and tax adviser Matt DePretis is installed as this year’s chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce during a sold-out luncheon at Ruby Hill Golf Club. • Pleasanton Weekly publishes “Sacrificing for Success,” a three-part series about
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Artist’s rendering shows proposed homes on Lund Ranch II from existing neighborhood on Lund Ranch Road, a debate that dominated the June primary election locally, when Pleasanton voters narrowly approved Measure K allowing the development to proceed. Pleasanton Weekly • December 30, 2016 • Page 13