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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Opens July 20 at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater

July 15, 2019

LIVERMORE, CA–Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows the preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

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Congressman Eric Swalwell (Dublin High Class of ’99) Concludes 2020 Presidential Bid

July 8, 2019

In mid-April 2019 – a week after he announced his candidacy for president, Eric Swalwell held a campaign rally at his alma mater, Dublin High School. Three months later, Rep. Swalwell elected to announce his withdrawal from the race down the street at the IBEW hall. Currently in his fourth term serving the CA 15th district, the last three months have been a whirlwind. Accompanied by his wife, Brittany and two children, the family has traversed the country on numerous occasions.

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He qualified and participated in the initial Democratic Party debate. Alas he stated, “So being honest with ourselves, we had to look at how much money we were raising and where we were in the polls.” This is what ultimately led to his decision to step out of the race. However, he was able to give voice to some of his most passionate efforts including finding a solution for student debt, advocating for renewable energy jobs and the creation of an assault weapon buy-back program. In fact, he received acknowledgement from Vice President Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Bernie Sanders that they would all support this plan. He accentuated this point by saying that “We must demonstrate that we love our children more than we love guns.” Read more…

Meet Dublin’s New Superintendent – Dr. Dave Marken – Confirmed for a Two Year Term

July 2, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–On June 25th, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees convened for their last public meeting of the month. As opposed to typically non-urgent items, the Board met in an electric environment to resolve two critically important issues. At stake was the responsibility of ratifying the contract to transpose Dr. Dave Marken from an interim role of Superintendent to a confirmed role. The elevation was contingent upon affirming his employment contract to one that would extend through Spring 2021.

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The other significant issue was the awarding of the construction contract to Midstate Construction Corporation of Petaluma, CA. Also, at stake was the debate between limiting the structure to two stories or expanding it to three stories. After a lively discussion, a motion was made to accept the original vision of a three-story Engineering & Science building that will include 16 classroom spaces and a HUB to support student learning.

While this all sounds rather simple, the ability to get to both outcomes was fairly complex. In the matter of an employment agreement, Dr. Marken agreed to extract himself from retirement to accept this opportunity. This all came after the search firm Hazard Young Attea Associates (HYA) went through an exhaustive process of interviewing all local stake holders in order to solicit feedback on a desired profile. The somewhat ambitious timeline offered by HYA meant that qualified candidates would be produced by August 2019. The result of this FTE hire seems to suggest that Dr. Marken was the most desirable individual to guide DUSD immediately and for some fixed term. Objectively, he has been able to nurture relationships throughout the district and has helped to foster peace with the Dublin Teachers Association with the successful agreement to a two-year labor contract. Read more…

Dublin Volunteers Staff July 4th Firework Booths Across the City

June 30, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–You know July 4th is around the corner when fireworks booths start popping up in parking lots across Dublin. As one of the only Tri-Valley cities that allows fireworks to be celebrated in courts and street corners sales are always brisk. The firework booths are staffed by local volunteers in support of a diverse set of charitable organizations. Below are the location of this year’s booths. You can meet volunteers from each of the booths in our special fireworks booths Bulletin story (read more…). Use of fireworks is limited by the City of Dublin’s safe and sane fireworks regulations.

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Locations of fireworks booths

This year there are thirteen fireworks booths open through July 4th at locations across Dublin: Read more…

Critical School Board Votes Tuesday: New High School and Engineering & Science Buildings

June 24, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–If you are parent of a student in Dublin’s public school system, or a local taxpayer interested in education issues, make sure to attend tomorrow’s School Board meeting (Tuesday June 25, 6pm, 7471 Larkdale Avenue). Trustee and Superintendent turnover at the Dublin Unified School District has risked the timely approval of two important projects. Key items up for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting

  • Action item: “Approve Contract Award for Construction of the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building and Phase 1B Interim Housing Project”
  • Action item: “Approve Site Plan Concept and Educational Program for a Future Comprehensive High School”

The District staff and educators recommend both proposals proceed. If either of these votes fails to pass overcrowding at Dublin High School, and infrastructure capacity issues impacting Engineering & Design Academy and Biomedical Academy students, will continue unmitigated. The District is already unable to serve all of the science and engineering needs due to a lack of physical capacity – a failure to move forward will result in more students being turned away from popular STEM programs. Read more…

Dublin Area 4 Voters Elect Gabrielle Blackman as New School Board Member

June 5, 2019

dsc_1850Dublin, CA – Dublin Area 4 residents voted in the June 4 Special Election and selected Ms. Gabrielle Blackman as their representative to the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. Ms. Blackman will serve the remainder of former Trustee, Joe Giannini’s, four-year term which ends in December 2020. Trustee Giannini resigned his position on October 22, 2018.

While results are currently unofficial, available information shows 69.4 percent (488 votes) of Area 4 voters selecting Ms. Blackman. A specific date for Ms. Blackman to join the Board has not been confirmed, but will likely be in July or later after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters has certified the election results. Read more…

Dublin High School Junior Mihika Sharma Lands Internship at University of Texas to Analyze NASA Earth Science Data

May 28, 2019

Dublin, CA, May 23, 2019 – Dublin High School Junior, Mihika Sharma, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Ms. Sharma will work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats, Lunar Exploration, and analysis of images from the International Space Station. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium selects students who will increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through earth and space education.

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“Working at NASA has always been a dream of mine,” said Ms. Sharma. “I’m very excited to work alongside the people who are doing what I hope to one day do. This internship will not only provide me the exposure to real world problems that NASA is trying to solve, but also help me explore further my interest in processing large data into meaningful information.”

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