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Pleasanton joins national ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities

League of American Bicyclists recognizes city for efforts to add trails, improve safety 
The all-volunteer organization aims to lift spirits and make the holiday season just a little jollier for thousands of poor and often neglected area residents.  
 
PLEASANTON -- The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual community service awards for individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups.  
 
Find out how many gallons of water have been treated to irrigate lawns and gardens.  
 
An agreement to build a Portola Avenue park near Isabel Road was also approved.  
 
A 29-year-old Livermore resident is in critical but stable condition after he was shot in East Palo Alto early Friday morning, police said.  
 
A 61-year-old Arizona woman found with a major head injury in a parking lot at the Livermore Premium Outlets last week has died, but police are still trying to figure out how the woman was injured.  
 
The hiring of Scott Kenison, most recently chief operating officer for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., comes at a time of transition. The center recently finalized an agreement with the City of Livermore, Alameda County and the Bank of New York Mellon to retire the $22 million debt on the 500-seat downtown Bankhead Theater.  
 
Erica Halter, 36, of Dublin, died after a pickup truck rear-ended a Jeep Cherokee on Dec. 10 just east of Vasco Road on Interstate 580.  
 
Anonymous Santa's Secret Service has been helping needy for 55 years