Livermore: New program guides the needy out of poverty

Circles for Change is part of a nonprofit, community-based network of programs throughout the United States. The new Livermore chapter will operate under the auspices of Asbury United Methodist Church for now, although the organization is not faith-based. 
It's a puzzle to merchants and residents why the center, located in a residential neighborhood at the gateway to the city's thriving wine country, has fallen into disrepair with faded peeling paint, cracked asphalt and empty storefronts.  
 
The district will poll voters to see if the Nov. 8 ballot is worth a fresh attempt. The last school bond measure approved in Pleasanton was the $70 million Measure B approved in 1997. Two Pleasanton school parcel tax measures -- in 2009 and 2011 -- lost at the polls.  
 
Through Feb. 14 "Good People" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Role Players Ensemble presents "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire about the story of Margie Walsh, who hits bottom after losing her job and facing eviction.  
 
"When I was a kid, I resented working in my dad's deli, but now I'm so glad I did," Joe Giacomini says. "It taught me so much about food. But it wasn't until I was about 28 that something sparked in me, and I realized I really loved to cook, and running a restaurant like this was what I wanted to do."  
 
Get campaign transparency law on ballotA recent Times editorial was an excellent description of the measures needed to cast a bright light on the murky world of campaign finance so that voters will know the wealthy special interests that are controlling our elections, whether they be corporations,  
 
The Pleasanton Library is taking part in the national early literacy campaign "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," which encourages parents to read that number of books to their children in advance of their first school year.  
 
Valley Humane SocietyRedefine your notion of a lap cat with Coretta, an adorable 3-year-old gray-flecked feline. Given the chance, she will be more than happy to make your lap her permanent home!  
 
Jaclyn Thach will play with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in their winter concert Feb. 21 at the San Leandro High School Performing Arts Center.  
 
Fremont approves pedestrian-bicycle bridge between Warm Springs BART station and a new planned "innovation district" with 4,000 homes, elementary school and office space; Hayward mulls the end of June municipal elections.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7