March 3, 2015







The Port of Oakland (the Port) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ’s) from qualified teams of consultants for providing “on-call” construction management services. These services are for assisting the Engineering Division in the implementation of various current and future construction projects at various Port facilities. The Port intends to enter into up to three contracts with Construction Management Consultants (CM Consultants) to assist the Engineering Division, but the Port reserves the right not to enter into any consultant agreements depending on the schedule and funding. The combined total compensation for all contracts will not exceed $3,000,000 over the three-year term of the contracts.


Proposal Due Date:  3/26/2015

Proposal Due Time:  3:00 p.m.

Non-Mandatory Pre Proposal Conference Date:  03/11/2015

Pre Proposal Conference Time:  9:30 a.m.

Pre Proposal Conference Location:  Board Room, 2nd Floor

Port of Oakland Building

530 Water Street

Oakland, California


The Port has posted this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in digital format on a hosting website that can be accessed via the “Current RFP’s/RFQ’s:  Port of Oakland Engineering Department” link at the following URL:


Qualified consultants submitting SOQ’s (Proposers) should carefully review the requirements of this RFQ to ensure that they meet all of the stated requirements.


RFP Contract Person:

  Joe Trapp
Port of Oakland
Engineering Services
530 Water St
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel:(510) 627-1323
Fax:(510) 444-5381

Bonilla Authors Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Support Renewable and Sustainable Alternative Energy

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

February 24, 2015                                                         


Bonilla Authors Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Support Renewable and Sustainable Alternative Energy


SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation today, which will allocate a percentage of cap and trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas.  Once amended, Assembly Bill 577, will ensure that a specified amount of cap and trade revenue will be used towards the development of infrastructure and purification technology for biogas.     


“California pays billions of dollars annually to import natural gas when there are large quantities of renewable energy here in our own state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “AB 577 will not only help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but most importantly it increases investments in biogas development, which will diversify our state’s gas production and decrease our reliance on natural gas.”  


With the natural gas sector now under the regulation of the cap and trade program, producers and suppliers must limit their GHG emissions or purchase carbon credits or offsets.  AB 577 takes advantage of this new revenue by reinvesting it back into the gas sector.  Allocating cap and trade proceeds will allow local businesses to build the infrastructure necessary to collect and purify biogas, an abundant alternative energy source.  In effect, this measure protects the state from natural gas supply problems and fluctuating costs, while also keeping energy jobs in California.  


The state could produce almost 300 billion cubic feet of renewable gas per year, just from organic waste. This renewable biogas, derived from food processing, livestock, agriculture, yard waste, or collected from landfills, could be used to power upwards of two million homes or generate 2.5 billion gallons of clean, ultra-low carbon transportation fuels.     


“As a state, it is critical that we think of innovative, efficient, and long-term solutions to global warming, and not just the next carbon emissions limit,” continued Bonilla.  “This bill creates investment and support for a sustainable alternative plan that will produce safe, cost-effective, and reliable energy.”


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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February 20, 2015


Contact: Carrie Martin

Phone: (925) 424-4175







LIVERMORE, Calif., – Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), the entity that manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, has donated $40,000 to local school districts in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.


The checks were donated during an installment of LLNL’s Science on Saturday lecture series at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore.


Just before the Science on Saturday presentation “Green Power: Making Electricity out of Thin Air,” LLNL Deputy Director Tom Gioconda presented $10,000 checks totaling $40,000 to the school districts of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Tracy.


“The Laboratory is a strong proponent of science, technology, engineering and math education for students at all stages of learning, from K-12 all the way to the postdoc level,” Gioconda said. “Laboratory employees and LLNS have a long history of giving generously to the community. We hope this contribution will help the school districts inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”


LLNS, the Laboratory and its employees donate more than $3.5 million each year to charitable and educational causes throughout the region.




LLNS manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. LLNS is comprised of: Bechtel, the largest project management contractor in the United States; University of California, the world’s largest public research institution; BWX Technologies and Washington Division of URS Corporation, the top two DOE nuclear facilities contractors; and Battelle, a global leader in science and technology and technology commercialization. The team also includes Texas A&M University, which provides programs in homeland security and national security.


More information




The public is invited to join Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group for a breakfast forum examining the Tri-Valley’s fast-emergence as a new technology and innovation powerhouse in the Bay Area. 

Event DetailsThe Tri-Valley Rising in the 21st Century breakfast forum will take place on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:00 am at The Grafton Station Merchants Club, 4080 Grafton Street, 2nd Floor, Dublin. The event is free to attend. However, registration is required by February 18th, 2015 at

Tri-Valley OverviewThe Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Vice President Tracey Grose will present top findings from its recently released report on the Tri-Valley’s vital role in the Bay Area economy, including its surging growth in technology-related jobs and bustling economic activity as a major corridor for Bay Area ports.  Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman will discuss how improved transportation infrastructure for the Tri-Valley is critical to maximizing and supporting future economic growth, livability, and competitiveness for the Bay Area as a whole. 

A panel featuring top business and community leaders from the Tri-Valley including Innovation Tri-Valley Chair John Sensiba , representatives from both Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Topcon and Shea Homes will address trends, issues, and challenges in the Tri-Valley.

About Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV)

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is a collaborative group of industry leaders who are building a robust ecology of innovation in California’s Tri-Valley.  By bringing together companies, non-profits, and regional thought leaders deeply involved in innovation, ITV is improving the business climate of the region, spurring job growth, and expanding the vibrant Tri-Valley community. For more information, please visit

Congressman Eric Swalwell Visits Junction K-8 School




February 17, 2015


              Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

685 East Jack London Boulevard, Livermore, CA 94551

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers,




Congressman Eric Swalwell Visits Junction K-8 School

On Thursday, February 19, Congressman Eric Swalwell will visit Junction K-8 School in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) as part of his signature In Your Shoes events. Congressman Swalwell regularly works alongside East Bay residents to better understand the needs of his constituents. He has “worked” as a paramedic, a baker, an organic farmer, and now, a paraeducator. He will shadow a special education aide and see firsthand the demands of the work.“I’m looking forward to working with a paraeducator with LVJUSD.  School districts across the nation face teacher shortages coupled with the rising number of children with disabilities and other special needs.  Working in the shoes of a paraeducator will give me an understanding of this challenging and dynamic role and guide how my office can support paraeducators and the children in their classrooms” says Swalwell. Details of event as follows:

Date:                      Thursday, February 19, 2015


Time:                     10:00am


Location:             Junction K-8 School

298 Junction Avenue, Livermore
Junction Avenue K-8 students and staff would enjoy local media coverage of this event. If you would like to attend

this event, please check in at the school office. For more information about this event, please contact Gregg Elliott at or call the school office at (925) 606-4720.



Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon, (925) 454-1139

Donizetti’s Opera Lucia di Lammermoor Opens March 14 at Bankhead


Livermore Valley Opera



Media Contact:

Heidi Massie



Photos attached



February 15, 2015



Donizetti’s Opera Lucia di Lammermoor Opens March 14 at Bankhead


LIVERMORE, CALIF. — The Tri-Valley’s own professional opera company, the Livermore Valley Opera, presents Donizetti’s dramatic and tragic story of love that turns into death with arias that launched the careers of opera’s most famous divas.  LVO offers four performances over two weekends. Details are as follows:


Lucia di Lammermoor
March 14, 2015; 7:30pm, opening night
March 15, 2015; 2pm
March 21, 2015; 7:30pm
March 22, 2015; 2pm
Opening Night Gala celebration dinner at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, 4:30pm. Separate ticket purchase.


Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic story that serves as a protest against deceitful tactics and a practice of forced marriage that is unfortunately still current in some parts of the world. Lucia is a beautiful young woman deeply in love with a young man from a family hated by her villainous brother.  Her brother forces her into a political marriage for his own benefit, using deceit, lies, and forgery. 


Written and performed in Italian, the opera is loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott‘s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. In a feud between the Scottish families of Ravenswood and Lammermoor, Enrico (Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor) has gained the upper hand over Edgardo (Edgar of Ravenswood), killing his kinsmen and taking over his estates. By the time of the opera’s action, however, Enrico’s fortunes have begun to wane. In political disfavor, he stakes all on uniting his family with that of Arturo (Lord Arthur Bucklaw), whom he means to force his sister, Lucia (Lucy Ashton), to marry.


Although the tale ends in tragedy for everyone, Donizetti’s not-to-be-missed music is among the most glorious in opera and its “Mad Scene” has been a dramatic and vocal vehicle for making stars of sopranos like Maria Callas and Dame Joan Sutherland.  “Lucia” is most known for “Chi mi frena in tal momento”, performed by a sextet, is the opera’s most recognized melody which has been featured in many films.


Tenor Christopher Bengochea, an LVO favorite, (Carmen 2013; Madama Butterfly 2011), will perform the role of Edgardo alongside soprano Erin Sanzero as Lucia.  Another LVO favorite and charismatic performer is baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez as Enrico (Roméo et Juliette, 2011; Pagliacci & Cavaleria Rusticana, 2009).


“Donizetti’s extravagant and beautiful music will transport you to a world of brooding power, spectacular emotion and vocal pyrotechnics,” says Artistic Director and Music Conductor Alexander Katsman.


Opera Week Special Events


Opening Night Gala at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard
Gala ticket includes wine donated by one of Livermore’s newest wineries Dante Robere Vineyards, appetizers and dinner at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, followed by a dessert reception in the Bankhead Theater lobby. The welcome reception of wine and appetizers begins at 4:00 pm and seating at 5:00 pm at Uncle Yu’s, conveniently located one-half block from the theater. Guests will have a chance to meet the Stage Director Candace Evans and Alexander Katsman, LVO’s Artistic Director and Music Conductor.


Gala Tickets are $85, and are available through Bankhead Theater box office. Raffle tickets will be sold during the Gala for a chance to win a Neiman Marcus of Walnut Creek gift certificate.  Proceeds from the evening allow LVO to continue its mission of bringing quality opera to the Tri-Valley and beyond.


Ice Cream & Opera
Sunday matinees of Livermore Valley Opera productions offer an extra tasty treat with ice cream for all at intermission.   Ice cream for this event is generously donated by Safeway.


Pre-opera talk; artist reception
Included in the ticket price are pre-opera talks providing insights to the featured opera, held one hour prior to curtain.


LVO’s traditional artist reception is held in the lobby immediately following each performance.


Performance & Box Office Location:
Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550
Bankhead Ticket Office: 925-373-6800


Ticket Pricing
Adults $39-$84. Students 18 years and younger $10 off on all days, all seating sections. Student ID required.  Opening night Gala tickets are a separate ticket purchase of $85.


OperaLIVE! event at local library

Continuing with its commitment of making opera more accessible to the community, Livermore Valley Opera will showcase talented opera singers who will appear in Lucia di Lammermoor in a  free OperaLIVE! event in the Tri-Valley.  Details are as follows:


Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m.

Livermore Library

1188 S. Livermore Ave

Sponsored by Friends of the Livermore Library


Artistic Talents


Christopher Bengochea is a prize winning international opera tenor who has been heralded as having “power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of ‘natural sound.’ He performed the title role in Idomeneo to enormous success. Jason Victor Serinus of Opera News says: “Tenor Christopher Bengochea’s dark-hued (voice)…conquered virtually every vocal hurdle Mozart set out for Idomeneo … Bengochea’s performance was exceptional.” Other engagements included Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine for Opera Orchestra of New York and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème.  Christopher had been a Resident Artist of Opera San José, 2005-2008, where he performed Rodolfo in La bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, Tigulio Festival Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara.


Soprano Erin Sanzero (Lucia) makes her role debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Livermore Valley Opera. Her recent performance in Gregory Spear’s Paul’s Case at the Prototype Festival in New York City was declared one of the top 10 musical events of 2014 by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.  Anne Midgette of The Washington Post praised her “…assured high soprano” in UrbanArias’ production of John Musto and William Bolcom’s comic double bill Bastianello and Lucrezia. Ms. Sanzero made her LA Opera debut as Emmie in Albert Herring conducted by James Conlon, and as a member of the Young Artist Apprentice Program, she appeared in the same production at the Santa Fe Opera under Sir Andrew Davis. She has also appeared with Washington Concert Opera, under the baton of Antony Walker in Adriana Lecouvreuer, and completed a workshop of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters with subsequent performances at Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia. Recent engagements include:   a premiere of Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass, as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with Virginia Opera, and in a role debut as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  Ms. Sanzero has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as the Mario Lanza Foundation. Last year she was the district winner and a finalist for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Roberto Perlas Gomez, baritone, with over eighty roles to his credit,  has performed extensively throughout the United States. He has performed supporting roles with Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has done multiple leading roles with most of the regional companies in California. As an Opera San Jose resident artist, Mr. Gomez performed lead roles in Carmen, La Traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and created the role of the Drosselmeier in the premiere of The Tale of the Nutcracker. He has further performed what has become his signature role of Figaro with Nevada Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Accorde Opera in Mexico, Sacramento Opera, and Opera Idaho.


Conductor Alexander Katsman

Mr. Katsman is the Artistic and Music Director for Livermore Valley Opera. An alumnus of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Mr. Katsman received his M.M. from St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory and his B.M. cum laude from Mussorgsky College of Music in St.Petersburg, Russia. Since his arrival in the United States, Alexander has been sought after as a conductor and collaborative pianist. He conducted for Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Martinez Opera, Bayshore Lyric Opera, Berkeley West Edge Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera, Solo Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Diablo Light Opera, Opera Academy of California, Peninsula Teen Opera and also at Cal State University East Bay and Diablo Valley College. His conducting credits include over 60 opera, operetta, and musical theater productions, among them are “Don Giovanni,” “La Traviata,” “Un ballo in maschera,” “Madama Butterfly,” “La Bohème,” “Der Rosenkavalier,” and “Faust.”


Stage Director Candace Evans

Candace Evans is a director and choreographer known for the clarity of her story telling; praised by Opera News for her “flawless sense of timing.” Through the interplay of music, movement and text, she brings stories to life and audiences to their feet. With a career of directing and choreographing over ninety operas, musicals, plays, and ballets, Ms. Evans is known for her collaborative spirit. Her work has been acclaimed internationally and her new production of Akhnaten has been selected by Philip Glass to be released as a definitive DVD.


Ms. Evans was trained as an opera singer, danced with the Wisconsin Ballet Company, and toured the world as a stage actor; a combination which gives her a most unique ability to understand the disciplines essential to artistic success. She focuses on clear and supportive communication with singers toward the integration of their voice, mind and bodies to release a performance of true emotional and physical freedom.


About LVO
Livermore Valley Opera was founded in 1992, and presents fully-staged operas at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater in the spring and fall. This new theater features excellent lines of sight and acoustics, helping the opera to attract talented singers and stage directors for their performances.

In 2011, the company was granted full status as a Professional Company Member of Opera America, the national organization dedicated to this unique art form. LVO combines the talents of professional musicians, stage directors, principal singers, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of volunteers filling such critical roles as board members, chorus, stage crew, and set builders to reach our artistic goals.

Livermore Valley Opera is a regional opera company and a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable arts organization. For more information, visit




Heidi Massie
Communications Consultant

Valley Concert Chorale to Perform Gabriel Fauré Requiem


Valley Concert Chorale

News Release


Media Contact Only:

Heidi Massie

VCC Publicity Manager

(925) 519-5158


Photos attached



February 15, 2015


Valley Concert Chorale to Perform Gabriel Fauré Requiem


Livermore, Calif. – The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating its 51st season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, will perform the beautiful and moving Fauré Requiem among other musical selection for its March concerts. 


Saturday, March 14, 7:30pm

Trinity Lutheran Church,

1225 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton


Sunday, March 15, 3:00pm

First Presbyterian Church

2020 Fifth Street, Livermore (at 4th and L streets)


“One of the great masterworks of all time, Gabriel Faure’s ever popular, serene and peaceful Requiem is an elegant, graceful, and tender composition,” says Artistic Director and Conductor John Emory Bush.   “It is filled with lovely sounds that strive to bring comfort and promise.” 


A short requiem lasting 35 minutes, is written for orchestra, organ, mixed chorus and two soloists, soprano and baritone, and performed in Latin. It consists of seven movements, the most famous of which is the central soprano ariaPie Jesu.


Fauré’s Requiemhas been described as a contemplative work that offers clear and simple textures, drawing the listener into the magic and mystical power of music. This Requiem is filled with beautiful melodies that capture the proper mood of the text making it a favorite among choral singers.


Also featured is the music of acclaimed Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s which has been performed in over 30 countries. At age 36, this rising star is one of today’s “hottest”
choral composers.  Recordings of his music have hit the top of the charts including that of
Billboard and Gramaphone. Described by American Record Guide, his “plush and ecstatic music is irresistible”.  He is described as “one of those young composers who writes choral music in an approachable idiom.”


Adds Bush, “I can’t imagine any music lover not being enchanted with this music.”

Inspired by film music, his works are lush, warm and exuberant. The Chorale will be joined by string quartet and piano for Gjeilo’s
Luminous Nights of the Soul, The Ground and Serenity across the Vast Eternal Sky


Also accompanying the Chorale for the March concerts is organist Jerome Lenk and pianist Daniel Glover.


Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  High school and college students $10 with valid student ID. Children are free.  Advance tickets may be ordered by visiting the Chorale’s website at, or by calling the Chorale’s information number at (925) 866-4003 to order tickets


More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at, or by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.


About Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is in its 51st season as the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus.  Under the direction of John Emory Bush, the Chorale has offered a variety of musical performances to serve the diverse musical tastes of its audiences. 


Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing our passion and joy in live performance.  We are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in our Tri-Valley community.


The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, and donations.


About the Director

John Emory Bush has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Valley Concert Chorale since 1998.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also trained as a pianist, organist and harpist. He was Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale for eighteen seasons and Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas from 2000-2010.  Mr. Bush is Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas.  For the past twelve years, Mr. Bush has divided his time between the Bay Area and Dallas, contributing to both musical communities.


Heidi Massie

Vintage 99 Label Names Gary Cane Vice President

Vintage 99 Label Names Gary Cane Vice President

Santa Rosa, California—February 2, 2015—Vintage 99 Label Mfg., Inc., names Gary Cane as Vice President of Operations at Santa Rosa plant


After a successful year as Director of Northern California Operations of V99 North, Vintage 99 Label Mfg., Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Cane as Vice President of Northern Californian Operations.  Mr. Cane will assume complete responsibility of Vintage 99’s Santa Rosa location and will assist Vintage 99 Label Mfg., Inc. President, Kathleen Gonzales, in continuing their journey on the road to growth in their new home of Sonoma County.

Mr. Cane brings with him forty years of printing experience; where he has worn many hats in the industry from Press Operator to General Manager. His accomplishments in Santa Rosa have enabled the Livermore-based company to fulfill their long-time goal of cultivating their roots in one of the world’s most notable wine growing regions.  Within his year and a half employment with Vintage 99, Gary has not only been an asset to ensuring the plant’s efficiency in manufacturing a high quality product, but has also solidified relationships with numerous new clients while substantially increasing the company’s total earning capacity.   “He is one of the greatest assets Vintage 99 has had the honor of acquiring and  is undoubtedly a most commanding fixture in assuring that our goals are not only met but surpassed”, says President Kathleen Gonzales. 

Press Contacts:

Brian Lloyd

Vintage 99 Label Mfg., Inc.


Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Hosts its Annual Transitional Kindergarten registration Fair




February 12, 2015


              Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

685 East Jack London Boulevard, Livermore, CA 94551

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers,





Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Hosts its Annual

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration Fair


The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) will host its 5th Annual Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten Fair February 26th, 3:00pm-7:00pm and February 27th, 2:00pm-6:00pm, in the Crest Blanca Room at the Robert Livermore Community Center.


All LVJUSD elementary and K-8 schools will be represented at the Fair. An administrator and staff from each school site will be on hand to welcome parents, answer questions and help direct parents through the registration process for Fall of 2015.


In addition to completing the registration, parents can also speak with LVJUSD nurses about immunizations, allergies and other health concerns; Campus Catering regarding the lunch program; and representatives of the Special Education Department.  Parents will also learn about additional resources available to them such as: Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD) before and after school day care programs; the Livermore Library; AXIS Community Health Services; and Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE).



Thursday, February 26th, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, February 27th, 2:00pm-6:00pm

(parents need only attend one day)



Robert Livermore Community Center

4444 East Avenue, Livermore

Cresta Blanca Room



More information can be found at:



Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon, (925) 454-1139

Director of Student Services Scott Vernoy, (9

Lara Bill Will Allow Children to Attend School where Live-in Working Parents Reside


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

February 11, 2014      


CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014,


Lara Bill Will Allow Children to Attend School where Live-in Working Parents Reside

SB 200 will clarify that children of live-in employees such as caregivers, nannies, housekeepers and gardeners, can attend local schools where their parents live and work a majority of the work week

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today introduced a bill to allow children to attend school where their live-in working parents reside. SB 200 would update California’s school residency laws to ensure that live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids, and gardeners, whose children live at their place of employment, are able to attend school in the district in which they work if they reside there for at least three days of the week.

“Many workers are required to live part or full-time with their employers to fulfill their duties while caring for others,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “It is simply wrong to believe that certain workers are okay to hire for service-jobs but not okay for their children to attend local schools. This bill will keep families together and provide a fair shot for children of live-in workers to attend school conveniently where their parents work.”

“I am proud to stand with my colleague, Senator Lara, to support parents in enrolling their children in the school district in which they live and work for the majority of the school week,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord), the principal co-author of the bill. “This bill will ensure equal educational access for children under these circumstances, with the intent of reducing the number of intimidating and demeaning investigative practices.” 

In November 2014, reports came out of a second grade child of a full-time nanny who was kicked out of her school after the district hired a private investigator. The investigator determined that despite the girl, named Vivian, living and residing in the district five days a week, where her mother worked, she was not a resident and they proceeded to kick her out of school.

Despite the district’s ability to grant the child residency due to her mother’s employment, the district initially refused to let the child continue attending school. The district’s decision put the family in a difficult situation, where the child would have to be separated from her mother or the mother would have to quit her job. After community outrage, the district reversed its decision, but required the employer to become a legal guardian of the child.

 “It is in a child’s best interest to reside with their parent, and attend school where the parent resides, when the parent resides in an employer’s home,” said Miriam Storch, the employer of Vivian’s mother Maria. “In Vivian’s case, her mother is a single parent so there is nowhere else for Vivian to go. This situation is not unique to Orinda and I applaud the Senator for addressing this critical issue.”

This is not an isolated problem. Across the state caregivers, nannies, and other workers whose jobs require them to stay overnight are faced with challenges over where their children can go to school. Districts across the state handle these issues differently.

For these workers, the nature of their employment effects far more than their commute. They should have the option to keep their family together and keep their children with them during the work week.

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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