December 23, 2014



December 15, 2014



Contact: Breanna Bishop

Phone: (925) 423-9802







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 “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 ( 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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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


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 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, 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 and


Contact:               Linda Ryan, Bothwell Arts Center Manager,

925-337-0567 (not for publication)


Nancy Mueller, LVPAC Marketing Director,


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:

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

Avenue Q Comes to the Bankhead, Livermore

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre Presents:

Avenue Q

October 18 – November 2

Rated R

Performances are 8pm Fri/Sat and 2pm Sun 

at the Bankhead Theater.

*No Friday Performance Opening Weekend.

Directed by John Maio, Choreography by Julia Etzel, Vocal/Musical Direction by Greg Zema,

General Manager/Producer: Kathleen Breedveld

Music & Lyrics by: Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Book by: John Du Prez
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.


Our fantastic cast - Brian: Scott J. DiLorenzo, Christmas Eve: Vicki Victoria, Gary Coleman: Mia Sagan, Kate Monster: Jennifer Stark, Lucy the Slut: Wendy Amador, Nicky: Mario Rappa, Princeton: Sean McGrory, Rod: Kevin Hammond, Trekkie: David Leon, Bad Idea Bears: Sam Leeper, Abby Peterson, Mrs. Thistletwat, Newcomer: Eve McElheney Tieck, Ricky: Britt Jensky, Ensemble: Britt Jensky, Sam Leeper, Abby Peterson, Eve McElheney Tieck


For tickets – visit the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA or call 925-373-6800, Tuesday thru Friday, noon to 6pm, Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., or visit online:

Visit for more information.

TVRT is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. 

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StopWaste Helps CITY Businesses Go Green

StopWaste Helps CITY Businesses Manage Their Energy and Go Green

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Starting in September 2014 through December 2014, CITY businesses have the opportunity to receive help to learn how to reduce energy usage while saving money.

As part of a limited-term program run by StopWaste, CITY businesses are eligible to receive the following energy-reducing services provided by energy consultant QUEST at no cost to the business owner:

  • On-site assessment of your businesses top energy concerns and next steps
  • Creation of business energy benchmarks with EPA’s Portfolio Manager, enabling business owners to track energy usage, compare their output with other similar buildings and monitor their energy saving progress
  • Guidance in complying with California State Law AB 1103, the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program
  • Access to an energy-efficiency consultant to help businesses locate PG&E rebates and services
  • Support to complete the required checklist for the Alameda County Green Business Program

This service is brought to CITY businesses as a partnership between StopWaste, PG&E and the cities of Alameda County – the countywide initiative is aimed at helping communities reach their climate action goals by reducing overall energy usage. Taking advantage of this free service is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase environmental leadership and reduce costs on business operations.

To sign up to receive assistance, or for additional information, please visit or email



September 19, 2014




Theresa De La Vega, Economic Development Specialist (925) 960-4049



Livermore, CA – More than sixty brand name stores are participating at the upcoming job fair on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10am-3:00pm at the Livermore Premium Outlets, located at 2774 Livermore Outlets Drive.  Participating employers are looking to fill over 400 full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions.  Positions include store managers, assistant managers, sales associates, stockroom, custodial staff, and others.

The job fair is a joint collaborative effort of several organizations in the region including the City of Livermore, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, Eastbay Works, Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center, and the American Job Centers of California, among others. “Livermore Premium Outlets is very appreciative that these organizations are so supportive in bringing job seekers to our location to assist our merchants in their search for quality staff,” stated Dave Ackerman, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Livermore Premium Outlets.

The job fair is free and open to the public. Interested applicants are encouraged to carpool or take public transit, dress in work attire, wear comfortable shoes, bring multiple copies of their resumes, be ready for interviews, and have a positive attitude.  No registration is required for applicants to attend this job fair.

For questions or more information, contact Theresa De La Vega at (925) 960-4049 or visit the City of Livermore’s website at

About the City of Livermore

Incorporated in 1876, the City of Livermore ( is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area.  With just over 83,000 residents, Livermore’s heritage is an eclectic blend of wine-making, cattle ranching and agriculture, cultural arts, and cutting edge technology.  The city’s renowned reputation in science, technology and innovation is showcased at Sandia National Laboratories and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which has been internationally recognized for its work in discovering Element 116 on the Periodic Table – Livermorium.  The Livermore Premium Outlets on Interstate-580 and the city’s award-winning downtown provide a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

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Livermore, California Goes Live with Accela Civic Platform to Modernize Land Management



SAN RAMON, Calif.–()–Accela, the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government, today announced that the City of Livermore is now live with Accela Land Management solutions on the Accela Civic Platform. Modernizing the city’s ability to engage with citizens, the Accela solution replaced a legacy client-server system.

“The City of Livermore is always looking for ways to continually improve service to the community”

Serving nearly 85,000 residents on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, the City of Livermore is home to rapid high-tech and residential expansion. Accela Land Management will streamline the city’s planning and zoning, permitting and inspection, and code enforcement. The solutions make it easy to govern land use and community development activities and to move from plan consideration to certificate of occupancy faster, which enables Livermore to save time for citizens and agency staff, increase productivity and better serve its growing populace.

Accela Land Management is a core solution on the Civic Platform, which provides the foundation for creating the two-way flow of data that makes engagement possible and helps to build the bridge between agencies and citizens. The Civic Platform streamlines critical agency functions like land and asset management, licensing, legislative management, resource and recreation management, right of way management, and public health and safety.

“The City of Livermore is always looking for ways to continually improve service to the community,” said Neal Snedecor, Information Technology Manager for the City of Livermore. “Accela is helping us achieve our goals, which include speeding up processes, reducing office foot traffic and making our employees more efficient through access to information in the field.”

The Livermore deployment of the Accela Civic Platform also includes:

  • Accela Citizen Access: Enables citizens, building contractors and tradespeople to search for, submit and pay for permit applications.
  • Accela Mobile Office: Designed specifically for field use and leveraging the latest in mapping technology, Mobile Office will help agency staff create inspections, investigations and code enforcement cases from the field.
  • Accela GIS: Provides agency staff with an easy way to interact with GIS data through integration with their Esri or Internet maps.

“We applaud the City of Livermore’s upgrade to Accela Land Management,” said Maury Blackman, Accela president and CEO. “We’re proud to provide the city with the solutions it needs to streamline its civic processes, deliver improved services to citizens and build a better community.”

About Accela

At Accela, we believe that engagement makes all the difference. We’re ushering in a new era where democracy thrives when government works directly with the people, coming to citizens on their terms through mobile devices, social media and networks, and open data. By streamlining critical agency functions like land and asset management, licensing, legislative management, recreation and resource management, right of way management and public health and safety, the Accela Civic Platform bridges the gap between agencies and citizens. We help build better communities by powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for agencies of all sizes.

Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Melbourne and Dubai. For more information,



Media Contact:
Accela, Inc.
Erica Harvill, 925-605-8178

Shape Up Fitness Challenge

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Tuff Girl Fitness exist to empower people to define and reach their personal goals by living healthier, more productive lifestyles. We achieve this through coaching of  health, wellness, weight loss, and the most effective and efficient exercises to reach their goals. With that said, we came up with a BRAND NEW CHALLENGE- the Shape Up Fitness Challenge!

Tuff Girl is the most innovative and creative gym in the Tri-Valley! Our Shape Up Fitness Challenge is designed to transform people in the spirit of cooperation, camaraderie, friendship and accountability. We want to help YOU anyway we can!

Accept this challenge if you want to:

•        Learn new exercises to build muscle and lose fat

•        Be challenged past your comfort zone

•        Get out of your exercise rut

•         Be a weekend warrior

•        Experience a fun workout with your friends- no mud involved J

•        Workout with Livermore’s TUFFest Trainer

•        Get freebies and win prizes



Challenge Dates:

Saturday, September 20th  7am- 12pm

Sunday, October 5th 7am- 12pm

Sunday, October 26th  7am- 12pm


Shape Up Challenge Classes:

7:00am-7:30am    Total Body Blast Boot Camp

7:45am – 8:15am   Butts and Guts

8:30am-9:00am      Ultimate Conditioning

9:15am- 9:45am     The After Burn

10:00am- 10:30am  Kettlebell Fit

10:45am-11:15am  Power Circuit

11:30am-12:00pm  Nutrition 101


Class Descriptions:

Total Body Blast Boot Camp: Transform your shape and go from not to HOT with our 30-minute workout designed to shape, tone, and tighten and help create an overall epic body transformation.

Butts and Guts: Combining exercises to tone and shape your butt and abs/core

Ultimate Conditioning: It’s the next level of training. Your muscular strength and endurance will be tested when combined with cardiovascular movement. Weights, bars, box jumps, and wall balls will be used. A total body workout that is challenging and feels like you’re training one-on-one with a private trainer. Great for all levels of fitness!

The After Burn:  H.I.I.T- High intensity interval training class where you’ll perform a series of H.I.I.T  techniques combined with brief recovery periods to provide a total body workout with maximum results and fantastic “after-burn” effect where you’ll burn calories up to 36 hours after

Kettlebell Fit: Kettlebells create a more efficient and effective workout than many other forms of training out there. You’ll be using dumbbells and kettlebells in this class to build muscular strength and endurance and core strength.

Power Circuit: Hit every muscle group and work your core as you burn calories transitioning through stations of different fitness equipment including BOSU® , TRX,  Lebert Equalizers, Wall Balls, Body Bars, Kettlebells, Slam Balls, and MUCH MORE!

Nutrition 101:  Here is what we’ll talk about during the class:
How many calories to consume
Protein, Carbs and Fat
Keys to Daily Meal Success
How to Increase Your Metabolism
Meal and Snack ideas
Triggers: Mindless Eating, Emotional Eating and Bad Habits
Sugar Intake and what sugars to stay away from
The importance of  Food and Exercise Records


Each challenge date is $25 for 7 classes- what a deal! There will be snacks and beverages provided during the challenge. You can attend all 7 classes or only some of the classes- it’s up to you!  Each challenge date will have different workouts so come to 1 challenge for $25 or all 3 for $75. But, if you bring 2 friends with you then you will get your registration for FREE! AND if you attend all 3 dates you will be put into a drawing to win 6 months of classes for FREE!

EACH challenge date will have a raffle to win a free month of classes for all who attend.

In addition, each attendee will receive a FREE goody bag with local discounts and freebies from local businesses.

These challenge are co-ed so bring your significant others as well!

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THIS CHALLENGE? There are a limited number of spots per date so sign up TODAY!


Saturday, September 20th    7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here:

Sunday, October 5th     7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here:

Sunday, October 26th   7am- 12pm

Sign Up Here:



Coach Erica

 I believe that everyone has the right to live a happy and healthy life


Erica Martin, CPT, CF-L1
Tuff Girl Fitness/Tuff Girl Boot Camp
Personal Training/Small Group Training
1108 E. Stanley Blvd. Livermore, Ca 94551-3122

Assistance League Sponsors Book Drive

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Assistance League Sponsors Book Drive


Assistance League® of Amador Valley is holding a children’s book drive in support of Make a Difference Day, October 25, a national day of community service.

New books for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are being collected now through October at Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street in Pleasanton. They will be presented in conjunction with its signature program, Operation School Bell® whereby students in need in the Tri-Valley area are provided school clothing and shoes.

This national endeavor is an extension of each of the 120 chapters’ daily work to help the less fortunate with nearly 250,000 students receiving support towards improved literacy just last year.

While this one day in October is Make a Difference Day, the real story is that Assistance League makes a difference every day in communities across the country.

For more information, go to, and