Pleasanton Construction Contract Awarded for New Dog Park


PLEASANTON (BCN) — The Pleasanton City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to award a construction contract for a new off-leash dog park.The park will be located in the northwest corner of the 318-acre city-owned Bernal Property along the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail near Bernal Avenue and Foothill Road and will have roughly 1.5 acres of fenced dog play area and will include a place for smaller dogs and a separate larger space for bigger dogs, city officials said.Both areas will have dog drinking fountains, shade structures, seating, trees, trash receptacles and dog waste stations. The large dog areawill also have some agility structures including a seesaw, hoops and a jumping stand, according to the city.The park will be landscaped with drought-tolerant plants. The existing Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail parking lot will also be expanded from 13 to 25 spaces.City staff recommended the contract be awarded to Danville-based Cleary Bros. Landscape Inc. for the base bid amount of $545,291.The city received four construction bids for the dog park, city officials said. The total construction cost is estimated to be around $600,000.City officials said $400,000 has been set aside for the project in Pleasanton’s Capital Improvement Program budget, and Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Nancy Allen, an avid dog walker, donated $7,350.The remaining $192,650 will be appropriated from the city’s In-Lieu Park Dedication Reserve Fund, city officials said.Construction is slated to begin in May and the park is scheduled to open later in the year.

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California drought and drainage bills could collide on Capitol Hill

The politics of California water is becoming three-dimensional chess in Congress as lawmakers balance competing anti-drought ideas with a proposed San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage settlement that’s going to get bigger.In a fresh gambit, a key House subcommittee on Wednesday approved controversial California water provisions that would steer more water to farmers. Soon, some of these same farmers will be seeking additional legislation to settle a long-running drainage dispute.While the California drought and drainage proposals are distinct, they involve many of the same lawmakers, incite similar regional tensions and in the end could become entangled in each other’s fate.“A lot of dots begin to connect here,” Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, said Wednesday.The initial moves involve California provisions folded into an 82-page bill that funds federal energy and water programs for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives energy and water appropriations subcommittee unanimously approved the $37.4 billion package Wednesday.The California provisions modify proposals that have previously failed in Congress over the past four years. They include mandated pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and a freeze on an ambitious San Joaquin River restoration program.“It moves the ball in the right direction,” said Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I wish it would have happened last December, (but) we’re going to take every opportunity possible.”Valadao wrote the original House bills from which the California provisions were taken.

Source: California drought and drainage bills could collide on Capitol Hill | The Sacramento Bee

Common Interest Management Services partners with St. Mary’s Baseball to sponsor baseball clinic for the Lafayette Little League

For the second year in row, Common Interest Management Services partnered with St. Mary’s Baseball to sponsor a baseball clinic for 100 Lafayette Little Leaguers (LLL) ages 7-12 years old.  Wearing their team colors, boys and girls from the league worked with college players on a wide variety of skills including pitching, throwing, catching and hitting.  “It is a great to see the excitement and awe of the little league players as they learn from these talented college athletes.  The smiles all around tell the story,” said Mike Archer, CEO, Common Interest.  Mike added, “we want to thank Dan Ventrelle, the LLL Commissioner, and Coach Valenzuela for his team’s support and generosity.  It is one of those great events that creates a life-long memory.”

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El Niño Has Helped Fill California’s Biggest Reservoir

Californians, say hello to an old friend. After four years of drought, the state’s largest reservoir is again a reservoir instead of a mudpit.Lake Shasta, located in the northern half of the state, was down to just 29 percent of normal storage capacity as recently as December. But one of the strongest El Niño’s on record has helped steer rain to the reservoir as well as much of the rest of northern California. The result is a sight not seen in quite some time: Lake Shasta is at 109 percent of its historical capacity for this time of year, the first time that’s happened in three years.

Source: El Niño Has Helped Fill California’s Biggest Reservoir | Climate Central