May 25, 2015

Livermore High School Hosts 2015 ‘Ag Day’ – An Agricultural Adventure for All District Third Grade Students

Livermore High School Hosts 2015 ‘Ag Day’ – An Agricultural Adventure for All District Third Grade Students


Livermore, CA – On Thursday May 7, Livermore High School hosted the annual Agricultural Adventure for Third grade students from around the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.  Livermore High School is the only high school in Alameda County with an active Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter! The Agriculture Adventure day featured numerous agricultural exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Demonstrations included sheep shearing, hoof trimming and honey bee production. Exhibits included: olive oil production, Livermore history and large and small farm animals. Students had the opportunity to participate in hand-on activities including bee condo building, dummy calf roping and seed planting.


“It was a great event“ Says Principal Alberto Solorzano of Livermore High School. “One of the goats got out of the pen, everyone was running around trying to catch this goat, and one of FFA rancher students came over and lassoed the goat, no problem, she was standing maybe 20 feet away and lassoed the goat on her first try. That was the moment of the day.”


Additional Contacts:

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

Livermore High School Principal Alberto Solorzano, (925) 606-4812

Communications and Community Engagement Consultant Sam Tobis, (925) 724-9078

Tri Valley Learning Corporation purchases 80,000 SF in Livermore



Contacts: John Hone
Colliers International 925-227-6239

Tri Valley Learning Corporation purchases 80,000 SF in Livermore

May 14, 2015, Livermore, CA – John Hone of Colliers International, represented Tri Valley Learning
Corporation (‘TVLC’) in their recent purchase of an 80,000 square foot class A, office building at
3090 Independence Drive, Livermore for an undisclosed amount. The seller, Balch Enterprises was
represented by Lee & Associates. TVLC operate charter schools in Livermore, Stockton and San Diego.
“This is the final piece of the puzzle for the Livermore Charter School, having previously
purchased the adjacent sixteen-building office park for its Kindergarten through 8th grade school
in 2012”, stated John Hone.

This recent purchase has been in the works for several years and will house high school students
from the K-8 campus as well as International students. The land between the two campuses is
intended for sport field use.

“Our latest recession provided opportunities for non-profits like TVLC to enter into the commercial
real estate market as traditional
investors and users were frozen out by the severe lending restrictions of banks and other lenders.
This latest transaction’s success reflects the ambition and progressive thinking of TVLC under the
leadership of CEO, Bill Batchelor.” John Hone adds, “This sale is the latest of several significant
transactions in West Livermore that have reduced vacancy there to under 10%”.

John Hone, VP of Colliers International represents east bay property owners and businesses in
leasing and sale assignments., (925) 227-6239.

Tri Valley Learning Corporation: Since 2005, TVLC has been providing all families seeking
high quality education in the Tri-Valley area and throughout California, a sought-after alternative
to the low-performing schools in local districts.

TVLC will use innovation in education research, to design, create and operate world-class,
exemplary charter schools that encourage and enable every student to reach his or her full
potential as a scholar, a citizen and a life-long learner.

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.

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Port of Oakland




Bidders are encouraged to attend the pre-bid meeting.

 The work of this annual contract consists generally of furnishing all labor, materials, equipment, traffic control,
and incidentals necessary for inspecting and cleaning sanitary sewer lines and manholes
as described in the Contract Documents.

 To bid this work, the bidder shall possess a valid California Class a OR Class C-42 contractor’s license.
Joint ventures must secure a joint venture license prior to award of this Contract.

A Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting is scheduled as follows: 

9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Port of Oakland Board Room, 2nd Floor 530 Water Street Oakland, California

Bid Due Date:  Wednesday, May 27, 2014Bid Due Time:  2:00 p.m. 


Bidders may obtain the Bidding Documents (Project Manual) for this project on line at the Port of

Oakland website at

Detailed instructions on downloading the Bidding Documents are available at the following web


Any Addenda modifying the project Manual will be posted at the same location. 

Granada Students Win Public Service Announcement Contest




May 4, 2015


              Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

685 East Jack London Boulevard, Livermore, CA 94551

CONTACT: Kelly Bowers,




Granada Students Win Public Service Announcement Contest


Five Granada High School Students will be honored by the Alameda County office of Education at the Public Service Announcement Contest Awards Ceremony. The following students will be honored for their submissions to the fourth annual Anti-Tobacco Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest: “You’ll Regret that E-Cigarette.”


Student Name(s) Category PSA Title
Brian Cuy


“Vaping out your children”
Angela Rodriquez


Alexis Clappen


“Mind Control”
Sarah Wenzel


“Monopoly Edition e-cigs”
Raymond Borden


“Nicotine is Nicotine”


The awards Ceremony will take place at the Alameda County Office of Education:


Monday, May 4

5:30 – 7:00 pm


Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)

313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544




Additional Contacts:

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

Communications and Community Engagement Consultant Sam Tobis, (925) 724

Bonilla Bill Cracking Down on Hash Oil Producers Approved by Public Safety Committee



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

April 28, 2015                                                               


Bonilla Bill Cracking Down on Hash Oil Producers Approved by Public Safety Committee


SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to address the rise in hash oil lab explosions in her district and across the state.  Assembly Bill 849, which ensures that defendants are held liable for damage caused when a drug lab explodes, regardless of whether the damage is caused by a resulting fire or the explosion itself, was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee this afternoon.


“Hash oil production is a lucrative business that is becoming increasingly popular statewide,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “It is not only harmful to producers and users, but the process of manufacturing hash oil is endangering whole communities, and the subsequent explosions are property owners’ worst nightmare.”


Hash oil is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extracted from the marijuana plant using butane or other chemical solvents.  The process is extremely hazardous, with estimates from Contra Costa County averaging approximately two household hash oil lab explosions per month. 


AB 849 ensures that hash oil lab explosions are prosecuted and offenders are punished for the full extent of the damage they perpetrate.  Current law requires that fire damages a structure in order for a defendant to be prosecuted for a drug lab explosion.  If a fire does not cause damage to property, then the charges are considered vandalism, which carries a much lower penalty.  AB 849 addresses this loophole so that the punishment reflects the damage to property, as well as the heightened threat to public safety.     


“AB 849 recognizes the serious public safety danger posed by offenders who recklessly manufacture hash oil,” said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.  “These individuals put lives at risk and property in jeopardy every time they engage in this process.  This bill ensures these offenders are punished commensurate with the injuries inflicted and damage caused.”


AB 849, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and supported by Firefighters, Sheriffs, and Police Officers statewide, will be heard next in Assembly Appropriations Committee. 


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.


Emerging Artists: Advanced High School Art Show at the Bankhead Theater

Media invitation:


Emerging Artists: Advanced High School Art Show at the

Bankhead Theater, Opening Reception May 13


The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce “Emerging Artists” an exhibit of visual art featuring works by students from the four District High schools; Granada High School, Livermore High School, Del Valle Continuation School and Vineyard Alternative High School.


Opening Reception

(FREE and Open to the Public!)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

4 – 6 pm

Bankhead Theater Lobby

2400 First Street, Livermore CA



“Emerging Artists” is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and LVJUSD.

This exciting new exhibition will provide students

a chance to showcase their work in a new way; 


“We show work regularly at the High School…” says “Laura Thournir, Art Teacher at Granada High School, “…even if the students are in an art class and know they have talent, it’s a different kind of gratification to have your art viewed by people who might not even know you, it’s a wonderful thing, that sense of gratification and pride.” The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media including acrylic, pencil, charcoal, watercolor and photography.  The exhibit will be open from May 5 – June 2 and will be on view for patrons who attend any performance or event at the Bankhead Theater. The exhibit will be open to the public at the opening reception on Wednesday May 13.



Additional Contacts:

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

Del Valle Continuation High School Art Teacher Lela Witherspoon (925) 606-4709

Granada High School Art Teacher, Laura Thournir,

Livermore High School Art Teacher, Marion Borst, 606-4812 ex.2360

Vineyard High School Principal, Sheryl Howser, (925) 606-7175

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center , Anne Giancola, (925) 477-2787

Bonilla Bills Modernizing Education and Expanding Opportunity for All Students Pass with Bipartisan Support

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

April 13, 2015                                                               


Bonilla Bills Modernizing Education and Expanding Opportunity for All Students Pass with Bipartisan Support


SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) had two prominent bills approved by their respective policy committees last week. 


AB 631, which establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calls for the allocation of $1 billion from the State General Fund for educational resources, teacher support and the integration of technology into the classroom, was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.  


“As the economy continues improving, we must continue our efforts to enhance our students’ educational environment to ensure their success and the success of our state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “I am grateful that my colleagues share the vision of investing in our students and teachers to provide greater opportunity for all Californians.”


AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, was approved last Tuesday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee without a single “no” vote.  This bill reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant and links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant recipient attending a University of California or California State University.


“Restoring the Cal Grant program has been one of my highest legislative priorities,” Bonilla continued.  “I am grateful for the support from students, parents and faculty to secure equal opportunity for everyone pursuing higher education. I thank my colleagues for joining me to restore one of the most vital programs offered by the State of California.”


Both AB 631 and AB 831 will be heard next in Assembly Appropriations Committee.


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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Tri Valley Small Business Assistance Series – Starts May 12th with Small Business Fair in Livermore

April 13, 2015



Lori Taylor (925) 833-6650
Theresa De La Vega (925) 960-4049
Pamela Ott (925) 931-5040

Tri-Valley Cities and Chambers of Commerce Announce Small Business Series

Tri-Valley, CA—The cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and their respective Chambers of
Commerce join the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host the
Tri-Valley Small Business Series from May to November 2015. The series is designed to connect the
region’s small businesses with local resources and to celebrate the important role that small
business plays in the region.

The Tri-Valley region is full of aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for the skills to turn
their ideas into reality and small business owners that have already opened for business. In a
recent report, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reported the Tri-Valley’s business base is
primarily composed of very small firms, and that those same small businesses have accounted for a
growing percentage of jobs in the Bay Area since 2000. By working together, the Tri-Valley Cities
and chambers are able to provide valuable, high-quality programming that addresses the specific
needs of new and growing local businesses toward sustaining the region’s outstanding business

The series will kick off with a proclamation of “Small Business Week” by each City Council during
National Small Business Week, designated from May 4-8, 2015. Dublin and Pleasanton will present the
proclamation on May 5, and Livermore on May 11.
Small businesses create two-thirds of the nation’s net new private sector jobs in the United States
according to federal SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet. Over the past eight years, that has
translated to more than eight million jobs that have been created through the small business

Each of the three cities and their partner Chamber of Commerce has scheduled an event that is open
to all small businesses in the Tri-Valley, the first of which is a Small Business Resource Fair on
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center in

Pleasanton will host a “Tech Talk” event in July, followed by a “Meet the Lenders” event in Dublin
in October. Information and registration about each event is available at The events were designed to provide ideas and information that
support small businesses and start-ups throughout the Tri-Valley region.

The series will culminate with “Small Business Saturday” on November 28, 2015, a campaign founded
by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy,
and preserve neighborhoods around the nation during the busiest shopping season of the year. Each
of the partners promotes these efforts to encourage residents to support local small businesses,
both on that day and throughout the year.



Livermore Shakes and Wente Vineyards revitalize Shakespeare in the Vineyard

April 9, 2015
Contact: Katie Marcel, Managing Director
(925) 443-BARD (2273)

 Livermore Shakes and Wente Vineyards revitalize Shakespeare in the Vineyard

Livermore – In As You Like It, Shakespeare’s heroine, Rosalind, begs “I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.” False vows aside, Livermore Shakespeare Festival producers and the team at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room promise plenty of wine, love, laughs and culinary fare at the 2015 Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
, adapted by Jon Jory, will be staged at the winery’s Tesla Road location, and while this is the company’s 13th season, it is the inaugural season at the Wente Vineyards location. Producing Artistic Director Lisa A. Tromovitch has revitalized the outdoor Shakespeare format by producing the shows at Wente in the round. “Staging Shakespeare in the round is a challenge that excites directors and audiences. Livermore Shakes is known for interacting freely with the audience, including them in the world of the play. Being ‘in the round’ will enhance the sense of patrons being a part of the playwright’s story. Everyone is closer to the action. I am excited to bring this sense of intimacy to our performances.”

Of course, the quintessential “Shakespeare in the Vineyard” experience will feature top quality theater set against the backdrop of the wine country sunset. Wente Vineyards will provide the  setting for the shows this summer at the Estate Winery & Tasting Room on Tesla Road. The grounds feature beautifully landscaped lawns and picnic tables, two different pre-show dining experiences and two indoor tasting rooms as well as an outdoor bar for wine and bottle purchases to be enjoyed while watching the performances. Guests can choose a pre-show buffet in the Estate Barrel room for a distinctly original dining experience. The buffet menu will feature seasonal fare and can be purchased as an add-on when pre-purchasing show tickets. For a more casual dining experience, Wente Vineyards will feature a snack food booth with wood-fired pizzetas, antipasto, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Snack food is sold a la carte and is available for purchase after 6pm on the grounds before the performances. The Estate Tasting Room and the newly opened The Winemakers Studio will be open for tastings until start of show and open during the show for purchases.

As You Like It and Sense and Sensibility will be performed on the grounds of Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting room at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore. For dates and detailed information visit  Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are day-dependent, with discounts for seniors, students and educators. Family Nights will be held on Thursday, July 2 (Sense and Sensibility) and Thursday, July 16th (As You Like It) with  $5 youth tickets (under 18).  For tickets call (925) 443-BARD or visit



LVJUSD Hosts “Principal for a Day”

District Hosts Community and Business

Leaders for Annual ‘Principal for a Day’ Event


On February 20, 2015 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District hosted 18 community and business leaders for the annual Principal for a Day event. The theme of this year’s event, Contribute and Thrive, focused on volunteerism and philanthropy as well as student success and achievement. Participating organizations included Sandia National Laboratory, Kaiser Permanente, Alameda County Office of Education, Livermore Police Department, Cisco Systems, Eastbay Community Foundation, The City of Livermore, and many more.  Participants began the day at one of the District’s 17 School Sites and spent the morning shadowing the site Principal. Following the morning at the School Site, guests gathered at the District Office for a buffet lunch prepared by students in the District’s Culinary Academy.


This Mission of Livermore Valley Joint unified School District is that each student will graduate with the skills needed to Contribute and Thrive in a changing world. It is through partnerships with community and business leaders that the District is able to achieve this goal and continue to provide high quality programs and services to students and families in Livermore


Additional Contacts:

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

Superintendent Kelly Bowers,