DUBLIN

Garbage rate increase takes effect Monday

Residents will pay 4.1 percent higher garbage rates, about 80 cents more per household, as of Monday.

The City Council unanimously approved the increase in May for Amador Valley Industries, which holds a 10-year franchise through 2020 to collect trash within the city. The increase boosts the basic residential rate from $19.51 to $20.31 per month.

Despite the increase, Dublin's trash rates are lower than rates in Pleasanton and San Ramon.

-- Denis Cuff Staff

DUBLIN

Summer concert series will start on Sunday

Starting this Sunday, the city is offering a new series of free music concerts at Emerald Glen Park on summer Sunday evenings.

The 5 p.m. concerts include:

-- Sunday: Cocktail Monkees, a rock, pop and disco group.

-- July 21: Jukebox Heroes, which plays music geared for dance floors.

-- Aug. 18: Finding Stella, which plays classic rock and pop.

Music fans are invited to bring blankets and picnics to the "Shamrock'n Sunday" concerts, or buy food from vendors at the park, at 4201 Central Parkway.

Dogs are not welcome at the concerts, city officials say. For more information, call 925-556-4500.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

LIVERMORE

Administrator changes throughout schools

The Livermore school district has announced the appointments of an assistant director of special education, a principal and three vice principals. They take their new roles Monday.

Vicki Phillips, vice principal at Junction K-8 School for the past five years, will become the district's assistant director of special education. Phillips has worked for the district for 10 years and has a master's degree in educational leadership from Saint Mary's College. She will be replaced at Junction Avenue by Dayna Taylor, who has served the past two years as an assistant principal at California High School in San Ramon.

P.J. Daley, a vice principal at Granada High School for three years, will take over as principal at Altamont Creek Elementary School, replacing Stephan Bering, who will move to Southern California. Beth Cutter, currently at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, will step in for Daley at Granada. And, Erik Taylor, who has been a teacher on special assignment in the district office, will become Christensen Middle School's vice principal, replacing James Yeager, who has accepted a similar position in Lafayette.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Danville

Get informed Thursday on Affordable Care Act

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club will present a speaker on how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in California in a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

Don Wetter, the community and government relations manager for Kaiser Permanente's Diablo Area, will discuss key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with emphasis on Covered California and changes are occurring in the health care industry as a result of the act.

The event will be at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. The public may attend for free. There is a dinner option for those interested. The dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. and costs $25. Dinner reservations must be made. Call Jim Donnelly at 925-570-9289.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff