February 1, 2015

Assemblywoman Bonilla Appointed to the State Allocation Board



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014

January 28, 2015                                                                     Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov



Assemblywoman Bonilla Appointed to the State Allocation Board



SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has been appointed by Speaker Toni G. Atkins to the State Allocation Board (SAB). 


“I am honored to be appointed to the State Allocation Board,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “This board, comprised of leaders in education finance, will help craft policies and regulation to ensure the fair and efficient implementation of our state’s funding for school facility construction.”


The SAB includes the Director of Finance, the Director of the Department of General Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, three members of the Senate, three members of the Assembly, and one Governor Appointee. 


The ten board members convene every month to apportion the remaining voter-approved California school construction bonds, as well as administer the School Facility Program and the Emergency Repair Program.  In addition, the SAB addresses all policy issues brought forward from school districts statewide and is responsible for hearing and acting upon any school appeals.   


Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.


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Livermore Shakes’ Lisa Tromovitch named President of International Organization

January 28, 2015
Contact: Katie Marcel, Managing Director
(925) 443-BARD (2273)

Livermore Shakes’ Lisa Tromovitch named President of 

International Organization


Livermore, California – Shakespeare’s Associates’, producers of Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Lisa A. Tromovitch was named President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). STA is an international forum for theaters primarily involved with the production of the works of Shakespeare. The 25th annual STA conference was held in early January in San Francisco and gathered 125 representatives from Shakespeare theaters from all over the world.

Tromovitch states: “STA members have given me so much over the years since I joined in 1998, as founder of Maine Shakespeare Festival, that this opportunity to give to the organization in a substantial way is very welcome. I’ve often called the STA conference ‘my MFA in artistic direction’. The STA founders literally put their arms around my shoulders and counseled me on everything from play selection to legal issues about how to run a company. It was at STA that I learned in depth about Canadian scholar Neil Freeman’s work with early texts. It is his texts that we use at LSF every year.”

Shakespeare’s Associates will produce “Sonnet Cafe”, a romantic evening of wine, chocolate and poems of passion at The City of Dublin’s Heritage Park “Sunday School Barn” Black Box Theater at 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, CA 94568 on February 13, 14 and 15th. Tickets available at LivermoreShakes.org. Livermore Shakespeare Festival will be held at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room July 2 through August 2, 2015. Tickets will be available at LivermoreShakes.org or by calling (925) 443-BARD starting in March of 2015.


Assemblywoman Bonilla Introduces Bill to Support and Retain More Teachers



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014

January 20, 2015                                                                                                 Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov


Assemblywoman Bonilla Introduces Bill to Support and Retain More Teachers 


SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) recently introduced legislation to ensure beginning teachers have access to teacher induction programs and do not have to pay out of their own pockets to participate.  Induction programs are designed to provide a strong support structure for new teachers and help them transition to becoming high-quality, career educators.  


“Induction programs are instrumental in the development and retention of recently credentialed teachers,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “The entire burden of identifying, accessing, and financing a quality induction program is now being placed on many new teachers.  The additional barriers are making it extremely difficult for some to receive the training necessary for their career development.” 


Beginning teachers are required to complete an induction program within their first five years of teaching in order to earn a full credential.  Previously, the Teacher Credentialing Block Grant funded induction programs across the state, but since the shift to the Local Control Funding Formula, the funding of induction programs is now determined locally by school districts.  As a result, some school districts have dismantled their induction programs, while others are now charging teachers up to $5,000 to complete induction.  Assemblywoman Bonilla’s bill, AB 141, would address this issue by requiring schools to provide an induction program, while also prohibiting them from charging a fee for participation.


“We have seen a sharp decline in the issuance of new teacher credentials,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “AB 141 will improve teacher recruitment and retention by removing further financial burdens and keeping high quality induction programs accessible for all beginning teachers.” 


Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.


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January 14, 2015



Contact: Paul Seville

Telephone: --5573

E-mail: prsevilla@livermore.lib.ca.us




The free kick-off event for the Livermore Reads Together program takes place on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, located at 1188 S Livermore Avenue. The program, Livermore Valley Wine Country: Past, Present, and Future, features a panel of wine experts who will speak on a variety of topics related to the wine industry in the Livermore Valley. No reservations are needed to attend, however space is limited so plan to arrive early! 

The event emcee is Norman Petermeier, owner and winemaker at Villa per Dué and oenologist for the Ruby Hill and Rubino Estates wineries.  Mr. Petermeier is also on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Vineyards and the Tri-Valley Conservancy. The panel of wine experts is comprised of David Everett, the Director of Viticulture and Winery Technology at Las Positas College, who will address the history of Livermore Valley wine country; Mark Clarin, the winemaker at McGrail Vineyards, who will present an introduction to wine making; Sudsy Torbeck, Sommelier, who will lead the wine tasting; and Chris Chandler, the Livermore Winegrowers Association Executive Director who will present an overview of theLivermore Valley wine country.   This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Livermore Library and Friends of the Vineyard. 

Livermore Reads Together (LRT) is an annual community-wide reading program that occurs each February.  This 9th annual LRT program features Peter Mayle’s delightful book, A Good Year, as voted on by the Livermore community last July.  In addition to reading the book, the Library encourages everyone to also participate in the free LRT events for children, teens, and adults.  LRT aims to boost community engagement with literature through reading and discussion.  Throughout the month of February 2015, the library will host a series of great programs related to France (the setting for the book “A Good Year”) and wine!

 Livermore Reads Together 2015is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.  For more information, call (925) 373-5500 or check the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net .

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Governor Continues Investment in Broadband Infrastructure Upgrades



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014

January 9, 2014                                                                       Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov



Governor Continues Investment in Broadband Infrastructure Upgrades 



SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the following statement today on Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2015-2016 fiscal year:


“Today the Governor’s budget proposal included $100 million in one-time funding for further investment in broadband infrastructure upgrades at California public schools.


The proposal builds upon last year’s investment of $27 million which will upgrade internet speeds at 227 schools, serving more than 60,000 students, which currently have no or inadequate internet connections. An additional $100 million would be a significant step forward to ensuring students and educators throughout the state are equipped with the learning tools needed to prepare for today’s global economy which is increasingly dependent on technology.  


I commend the Governor for his continued commitment to addressing this important issue.  I am optimistic that working together, we can ensure that every student in California has access to a world class, 21st Century education.” 


“I want to thank Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla for her leadership in helping to secure critical funding for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant, which brought important attention to the issue, and I am pleased to see the Governor proposed another $100 million in his budget,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “This funding will go a long way in giving students access to technology, which will prepare them for college and careers.”


Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.


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Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County 2015 Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Marshall Kamena, President,
Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation
N ancy O’Mal l e y, Al ame da Coun ty 2015  Ci ti z e n  of the  Year Awards Dinner

LIVERMORE, CA – (January 6, 2015) – The Lions Club of Livermore has selected
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to be the “2015 Alameda County Outstanding Citizen
Of The Year”. She joins early recipient, Earl Warren, the District Attorney in 1926. He ultimately became an unprecedented
three-term Governor of California and Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. Others include US
Senate Majority Leader Bill Knowland (1948), University of California President Clark Kerr (1960),
Herbert York, the first director of Lawrence Radiation Laboratories (1956), Thomas Caldecott of
Caldecott Tunnel fame (1938), Chester Stanley (1954), after whom Stanley Blvd is named, and many
other luminaries. These folks have been part of a process honoring Alameda County outstanding
leaders each year since 1926.

The Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation and the Dublin Partners in Education Foundation have
joined with the Lions Club to present the affair. They are assisting past recipient, Alameda County
District 1 Supervisor, Scott Haggerty, in providing leadership and fiduciary consistency to the
U.S. Congressman Eric M. Swalwell, Jr., will be a principal speaker to honor O’Malley. The  new
Bella Rosa Event Center of the award-winning Garré Vineyard & Winery at 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore,
is the venue. A specialty chef-designed dinner of New York steak and Grilled Salmon Morel has been
selected. The event starts at 5:30 pm. on Saturday, January 24th. Tickets are on sale  now  and
may  be  purchased  by  using  the  following   web address: http://coty.tri-valleytv.org or by
calling Dr. Marshall Kamena at 925.784.3448.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Nancy E. O’Malley as District Attorney of Alameda
County on September 18, 2009. She was sworn in as the County’s first female elected District
Attorney on January 3, 2011.

Ms. O’Malley has been an attorney in the District Attorney’s office since 1984, and had held the
position of Chief Assistant District Attorney since 1999. During her career in the office, Ms.
O’Malley has served in many supervisory roles. She was the head of the Sexual Assault Unit, the
leader of a Felony Trial Team as well as the Felony Preliminary Hearing Unit.  Additionally, she
was the  assistant  team  leader  of  the  Law  and  Motion  Department,  and  an
Assistant Branch Head of the DA’s Office at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

Nancy O’Malley was the President of the California Women Lawyers. In 2004, Ms. O’Malley was
inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, Justice Category. In 1998, she was honored
by the California Senate with the “Woman of the Year” award. It was granted for her leadership in
ending Violence Against Women and for her legislative contributions. Under Ms. O’Malley’s
leadership and vision, Alameda County opened the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a one-stop
shop for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse. The ACFJC is a
model throughout the nation.




December 15, 2014



Contact: Breanna Bishop

Phone: (925) 423-9802

E-mail: bishop33@llnl.gov






LIVERMORE, California – Physics World, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top 10 “Breakthroughs of the Year.”


Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel — has long been considered the “holy grail” of inertial confinement fusion science. Before achieving ignition, a key step along the path is to have “fuel gains” greater than unity, where the energy generated through fusion reactions exceeds the amount of energy deposited into the fusion fuel and alpha-particle self-heating of the fusing region.


NIF – the world’s largest and most energetic laser – was the first facility to ever reach the milestone of achieving fuel gains greater than 1 with significant levels of alpha-heating. In a paper published in the Feb. 12 online issue of the journal Nature, scientists detailed a series of experiments conducted on NIF which showed an order of magnitude improvement in yield performance over past experiments.


“Creating the conditions for sustained nuclear fusion to occur in the laboratory has proven notoriously challenging, but persevering is essential because success could lead to safe and clean sources of energy,” said Hamish Johnston, editor of physicsworld.com. “By obtaining a fuel gain of greater than one, the team working at the National Ignition Facility has taken an important step towards realizing fusion energy.”


The Physics World editorial team recognized the achievements from 2014 in a range of topics from nuclear physics to nanotechnology. The top 10 breakthroughs were selected using the following criteria: fundamental importance of research; significant advance in knowledge; strong connection between theory and experiment; and general interest to all physicists.


Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (www.llnl.gov) provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.


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For more information https://www.llnl.gov/news/physics-world-names-national-ignition-facility-fuel-gain-top-10-breakthrough-year

Mark Triska, SIOR, of Colliers International has earned the designation of Executive Vice President

Mark Triska, SIOR, of Colliers International has earned

the designation of Executive Vice President



MarkTriska_SquareNovember 25, 2014, Pleasanton, CA – Colliers International is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Triska, SIOR to Executive Vice President. Mark has been with the company for twenty-five years and has achieved sales and leasing performance goals to reach this pinnacle title within the national organization.

Mark’s emphasis on building relationships with his clients to fully understand their needs ensures their benefit from his vast experience. Working the San Francisco East Bay area since 1989, Mark specializes in the brokerage of Industrial, R&D, Office, Land and Investment properties.  Please join us in congratulating him on this deserved recognition.

Mark can be reached by calling 925-227-6210 or visit www.colliers.com/mark.triska


About Colliers International

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world.

For the latest news from Colliers International, visit colliers.com/us/news or follow us on Twitter: @ColliersIntl


13th Annual ArtWalk Livermore

13th Annual ArtWalk Livermore

Sat, Oct 11, 11:00am-5:00pm, Livermore

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, downtown Livermore will once again be filled with art lovers enjoying a day of art, music and shopping.
ArtWalk is a different sort of festival, as the streets are kept open and the works of over 150 artists are set-up throughout the downtown in and around parks, sidewalks, galleries, wine bars, restaurants, shops and the Bankhead Theater. This allows visitors and the local community to experience all that Livermore’s wine country downtown has to offer with art as the theme for the day. Parking is free.
Art works range from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media, handmade bags, ceramic garden art and jewelry, with subject matter from floral to figurative and much more.

The 2014 art banners that were hung as street art were, in many visitors’ opinion, the best overall ArtWalk Art Banner show so far.  On ArtWalk day, Visitors to the Livermore Valley Plaza can examine them up close and place bids at the Art Banner Silent Auction until 4:30.


Select “songwriters, minstrels and balladeers” will perform free concerts all day, also at the Plaza. The lineup and background on these fine musicians is available on www.valleysingout.com, the all-volunteer company that has produced music events for ArtWalk for many years.



Special art destination offerings include the reception for Connections III, an exhibition of art works by alumni of CSUEB at the Bankhead Theater, open studios at the popular Firehouse Art Studios and Bothwell’s Downtown Art Studios, and a community CD art display at Panama Red.

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ArtWalk also provides free space for the Empty Bowl Project, part of a worldwide effort to help feed the hungry, with well over 100 ceramic bowls created and sold by local teens to help support Open Heart Kitchen; the high school and district-wide art show; and an annual exhibit from the Disabled Veteran’s Painting Program, a year-round, all-volunteer art program led by Charles “Bud” Donaldson. ArtWalk also provides discounted booth space to worthy nonprofits such as Shakespeare’s Associates and Ruraq Maki, Hands that Create, a group dedicated to raising funds for women in third-world countries by selling their handmade wares.


Maps for the event will be available online in early October. Our 2014 website galleries are available at www.bothwellartscenter.org and www.artwalklivermore.com.


Contact:               Linda Ryan, Bothwell Arts Center Manager, lryan@livermoreperformingarts.org

925-337-0567 (not for publication)


Nancy Mueller, LVPAC Marketing Director, nmueller@livermoreperformingarts.org


Photos attached:  Steel sculpture and Jewelry by Designs by Diana, ArtWalk’s 2014 Kickstarter Donor Star

ArtWalk art banners by Erika Richert (Stephen Hawkings) and Jami Butler, a Downtown Art Studios artist

Linda Ryan
Bothwell Arts Center Manager
Space to Create & Inspire

We Are Hiring – Membership & Communication Manager

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Job Title: Membership & Communications Manager

Position Summary: The Membership & Communications Manager is a key position with the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce team. This person is responsible for all functions of the membership department including the recruitment of new members, retention of existing members and the management of the Membership Development Team and Chamber Ambassadors. Other responsibilities include managing communication, marketing, and event planning pertaining to membership development and retention.

Essential Responsibilities:

- Create and implement new membership sales and membership retention – meeting monthly goals.
- Management of outside sales team members.
- Maintain member relationships and providing superior customer service.
- Create new opportunities with businesses and community leaders to grow participation in the Livermore Valley Chamber.
- Facilitate meetings and networking opportunities with business, city, state and county officials.
- Schedule ribbon cutting ceremonies with Chamber Members.
- Execution of community outreach efforts via social media, print, email, online and newspaper communication outlets – including e-newsletter.
- Manage communications and marketing.
- Assist CEO and office staff with events as requested.
- Manage and coordinate Chamber Ambassadors for various events.
- Manage Chamber blog.
- Assist with front office duties – visitor information, member assistance.
- Respond to requests from members and general public.

Qualifications and Skills:

- Excellent management, public speaking, writing and interpersonal skills.
- Team player with excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Able to apply strategic and creative thinking, while being persistent, motivated and energetic.
- Solid organizational skills – flexible and able to work independently.
- Must be able to multitask, follow directions, learn new tasks and information, concentrate, process information quickly, plan ahead, recognize and solve problems.
- Must utilize good judgement under a variety of circumstances and recognize the need for confidentiality of information.
- Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite and social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
- Able to learn and utilize additional software: Chamberware and Constant Contact.
- Manage membership database using Chamberware.
- Must be able to attend Chamber and other organized events outside of regular working hours.

To apply: Send a letter of introduction and resume to: dkaye@innovationtrivalley.org

Job Location: 2157 First Street – Livermore, CA 94550 [Downtown]