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Kari Byron Returns Tonight in Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project”

December 9, 2016

Dublin, California fans of Kari Byron and MythBusters are in luck as Kari re-unites with Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara (aka “The Build Team”) for Netflix’s new series “The White Rabbit Project“, streaming starting today. The program looks at history’s greatest inventions, heists and more and from the producers of MythBusters.

Back in 2012 Kari Byron and MythBusters co-host Adam Savage headlined the Dublin High School Engineering and Design Academy Open House during Engineering Week 2012. Over 50 episodes of MythBusters were filmed in an around Dublin and according to Byron “Sooner or later we seem to find the right place. You know, we are very, very lucky to film in the Bay Area because we have just such a wealth of things to pull from, and Dublin in particular. The bomb range has made it possible for us to do so many things that we couldn’t do anywhere else.” (source)


Kari Byron speaking at Dublin High School in 2012

Since then Byron and MythBusters parted ways, and Byron went on to host Thrill Factor (with Tory Belleci), Head Rush, Punkin Chunkin, and LDRS (that’s Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships). According to Deadline, in the White Rabbit Project Kari, Grant and Tory “head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well Googled themes.”

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Dublin High Cross Country Varsity Boys Sail Into the History Books After Strong Finish at State Championships

December 4, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–On November 26, the Dublin High School Cross Country team made history at the California Interscholastic State Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno. Their 4th place finish in the Division II race was the highest ever for a DHS team, and an NCS team (after Petaluma’s 2nd place in 2007). The incredible and historic season, which culminated with this 4th place finish, moved Dublin Cross Country’s state ranking from 56th at the beginning of the season to a remarkable 11th. Senior Anirudh Surapaneni led the team with an exceptional performance, placing 6th with a time of 15:26; he was supported by teammates Gaurav Phanse (27th – 15:53), Adrian Schroeder (28th – 15:53), Loic Scomparin (30th – 15:54), Hunter Lampi (115th – 16:34), Christopher Middleton-Pearson (132nd – 16:49), and Kyle Morrison (154th – 16:59).


I recently had the chance to sit down with one of the most successful cross country teams in the history of Dublin High School, to get to know more about how they came to achieve this kind of success, and what they’ve learnt from this experience and from each other.

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Dublin Students and Rotary Club Partner to Build Bicycles for Needy Children

December 2, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–While there weren’t any reindeer sightings and no snow visible on the ground, there was a bit of holiday magic occurring on the campus of Valley High School on Thursday. For an afternoon, the Rotary Club of Dublin joined forces with students at VHS in an effort to brighten Christmas for a number of deserving local students.

In its second year, the annual “Bike Build” occurred at both Valley and Dublin High School. The mission is to acquire and assemble bikes for some in our community that could truly benefit from this generous program.


Dublin Rotarian Ron Mazur explained to us that this idea was not originated locally. Instead, in the spirit of cooperation, the concept was shared by another Rotary chapter in Visalia. This program in southern CA had existed for many years and they had successfully donated hundreds of bikes to deserving families. As the bicycles are manufactured in China by Micargi, they are shipped to the U.S. via a port near Los Angeles. So, the only challenge was to have them transported up north. And, in another gesture of corporate responsibility, Micargi continues to provide these donated rides at manufacturer’s cost.

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What the 2016 Election Means to a Dublin Millennial [Opinion]

November 11, 2016

NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2016 2:30 am EST–I called my parents in California, with my heart in my stomach, and asked, “What do we do now? My job? This country? How did we let this happen?” A fury of emotions pouring over me; fear, pain, defeat. “We don’t know, there are tears here too.” I quickly realized that the people who I naturally sought comfort from, the adults who I always thought knew the right answer to everything, were asking the same questions and had the same shock of feelings I had. The people whose protection I sought, I realized, couldn’t protect me in this moment. This was when true fear set in.img_5862

The past 48 hours have been grueling for me, and many (but not all) of us across the country. From excitement, to feeling like a ton of bricks had been placed on our chest, to crying next to my coworkers as we watched a New York favorite, Secretary Hillary Clinton, give her concession speech. New York City fell eerily silent yesterday as we went on with our lives wondering, “What now? Who do we blame? I am angry and hurt and want to yell at someone.” Those thoughts soon turned into Facebook rants which turned into protests that broke out throughout the country yesterday evening.

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Congressman Eric Swalwell on the Millennial Vote, FBI Letters and Dublin’s Transformation

November 7, 2016

DUBLIN, CA– met up with Congressman Eric Swalwell last night during a campaign event at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl. Congressman Swalwell, a Dublin native and Dublin High School Class of 1999 graduate, aka “Snapchat king of Congress“, took a few minutes in-between frames to share his thoughts on the millennial vote, the recent FBI letters on Secretary Clinton’s email server and Dublin’s dramatic transformation over the past decade. For first time voters this has been an unprecedented election cycle. What positives can you pull out of this cycle so that first time voters are not completely disillusioned?

Congressman Eric Swalwell: “First time voters have to believe that they can make a difference, and that the issues they care about are going to have a voice through the candidates they support. With our campaign, if you want to see student loan debt reduced, if you want to see college made more affordable, if you want to see an economy that has jobs for all of us, you should probably vote. And speaking to millennials, use #probablyvote on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, and then tag someone with your issue and ask about their issues. It’s important that millennials engage in this election and that their voices are heard. We’ve had Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed from the Vampire Diaries tweet on #probablyvote as well as ‘millennial soul’ Barbra Streisand to build momentum.”


Congressman Eric Swalwell at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, CA Social media has been a powerful tool for communicating ideas, but has also been criticized for promoting ‘slackerism’. For students coming out of this election wanting to get more involved what steps can they take beyond social media?

Congressman Swalwell: “I go with ‘think, tweet, act’. We can all think about what we care about, and it’s easy to tweet about what we care about, the hard part is acting which starts with voting, helping register others to vote or getting involved with community events.

“I believe young people are going to show up in record numbers because we are the largest, most diverse, best educated generation America has ever known, and we feel a responsibility to not let the most divisive, most bigoted candidate for President that our country has ever seen have any chance of walking into the Oval Office.” What do you take away from the past week and and half, bookended by the two letters from the FBI regarding Secretary Clinton’s email server?

Congressman Swalwell: “It’s the ups and downs of the 24-7 news cycle. It was only eleven days ago that Director Comey said the FBI was re-opening the investigation because of new emails. As a former prosecutor I understand that if you tell Congress you will let them know if new information is found, and then you find new information, that you are in a vice. If Director Comey hadn’t disclosed the new information and Secretary Clinton won, her Presidency would be delegitimized because Republicans would say he did everything in his power to protect her; but if he did disclose it, then folks would say he’s trying to influence the election. Most prosecutors that I know, and as I was trained, would, out of an abundance of caution, always disclose rather than withhold.

“I’m happy the FBI was able to close the investigation before Election Day. The worse-case scenario would have been if people had gone to the polls with a cloud of confusion hanging over their heads about what was going to happen with Secretary Clinton. It’s all cleared up and except for some early voters no-one can say they are going to the polls on Tuesday without all the information about who these candidates are.” You are here today at Dublin Bowl in your hometown. What does Dublin, California mean to you?

Congressman Swalwell: “Dublin Bowl is practically a second home. It’s around the corner from where I grew up when I was attending Dublin High School. It was the only place I was allowed to be after curfew on the weekend for midnight bowling.

Growing up here I played competitive soccer in San Ramon and playing in a neighboring city you get to find out what people really think of where you live and at the time Dublin was known as ‘Scrubland’. I heard Danville, Pleasanton and San Ramon kids all call us ‘Scrubland’. But because of the leadership and hard work of our civic leaders over the past fifteen years we have some of the best schools, the best police and fire, an amazing Senior Center, a swim center and some of the best athletic fields and even a Whole Foods. Whole Foods, I guess, being the right of passage for any desirable city. No one calls us Scrubland anymore.

“There are growth challenges right now but we’re a long way from where we were when I was growing up in Dublin, when only a third of the kids went on to a four year college, when we had the highest unemployment rate in the Tri-Valley and when we had the highest vacancy rate for office buildings in the area. Dublin is now one of the most desirable places in the whole Bay Area to live.”


“My Fair Lady” Opens Tonight with Civility and Poise at the Firehouse Arts Center

November 5, 2016

PLEASANTON, CA–For the past few years I’ve had the privilege of getting a sneak peak at Pacific Coast Repertory Theater productions during dress rehearsals. Earlier this week I sat in on My Fair Lady, opening tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center, and Tri-Valley theatergoers are in for a real treat in this commoner to sophisticate classic based on  George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. The Lerner / Loewe musical features timeless numbers including “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “Get Me to the Church On Time” and many more. The production builds on the strength of its leads – Josselyn O’Neill as “Eliza Doolittle” and Edward Hightower as “Professor Higgins” – both are gifted with superb vocals (and clearly having a ton of fun in their respective roles).


Bay Area actress Josselyn O’Neill was last been seen on the PCRT stage in Enchanted April. Ms. O’Neill holds a BA in both Music and Theatre from Chapman University, from which she went on to perform with Shakespeare Orange County and Disney California Adventure, and has been seen in Center REP‘s A Christmas Carol. Edward Hightower holds a BFA in Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and was seen most recently as “Lord Farquaad” in Shrek at Woodminster and as “Clown 2” in The 39 Steps at San Jose Stage. A very talented group of professional and regional actors complete the cast and ensemble. As is always the case, PCRT brings the intimate Firehouse Arts Center to life with outstanding sets which, in this production, bring the musicians on stage.

Award-winning director Daren A.C. Carollo explains that My Fair Lady is often referred to as a flawless musical, due largely to a book based on Pygmalion. However, the story is often lost to the grand and memorable score and the outsized character of Professor Higgins created by Rex Harrison (in the Broadway original, which also starred Julie Andrews as Eliza). His vision for the show is to return focus to the original tale of Pygmalion and the themes of respect and equality. The intimate setting of the Firehouse Arts Center is the perfect space to accomplish this goal and audiences will be swept away by both the story and the music of My Fair Lady. Carollo is supported by Musical Director Brett Strader, Choreographer Christina Lazo, Scenic Designer Pat Brandon, and Lighting Designer Mike Oesch.


The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a momentous hit, setting a record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals.


My Fair Lady runs from November 5 through November 20, 2016: Friday, 11/18 at 8pm; Saturdays, 11/5 & 11/12 & 11/19 at 8pm; Saturday matinees, 11/12 & 11/19 at 2pm; and Sunday matinees 11/6 & 11/13 & 11/20 at 2pm.

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Dublin Unified School District Trustee Candidates Offer Closing Campaign Statements

November 4, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–On October 5th, 2016 helped to create an environment where all prospective candidates for School Board Trustee could participate in a debate forum. The event was hosted at the DUSD Board Room. The platform was provided to the public and was recorded for the website. Clearly, the purpose was for all engaged voters to hear from each candidate as there are no less than four positions in play. Specifically, there are three positions available for the full/four-year term and one position in the “short”/two year term.


The Dublin Unified School District has experienced unprecedented growth in academic achievement over the past ten years under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke. Dr. Hanke recently retired from his role earlier this spring and his successor is Dr. Leslie Boozer. Much of the cause of concern for residents/families is centered in what can be characterized as rampant residential housing development in all areas of the city. This enrollment growth is associated with direct impacts upon all school sites within the District. While the physical evidence of this development is easy visible in areas that extend to east of Fallon Road, there are also newly completed or planned housing developments that are present west of San Ramon Road.

The thesis of this piece is not to assign responsibility/ownership for these developments or past decisions. Rather, it is an opportunity for the current and incumbent candidates to make their closing case and to offer their visions for the future. We decided to ask just two questions and we listed their responses that mirror the order provided in the official County of Alameda Voter Information Pamphlet. The questions are first posed to those vying for the “long seat” (four years) and then the “short seat” (two years).

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