This Week in San Ramon: Feb. 28 to March 5

Here's a list of our top stories from the past week.

School overcrowding: Rapid enrollment growth at Dougherty Valley schools .

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District's Board of Trustees will on Tuesday hear a presentation about different ways to cope with overcrowded campuses in the master-planned community.

One bright spot: Kindergarten enrollment isn't as high as the district expected, so at least in the 2011-12 school year, there should be enough room of three of the four Dougherty Valley elementary schools. Quail Run still needs more portable classrooms, though, the district says.

Case closed – and won: put on by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

That means, the group of Cal High students will travel to SoCal for the state competition.

Coffee talk: Ever try roasting your own coffee beans at home? Our green living columnist says it's not that hard. All you need are the beans, a skillet, a whisk, a metal steamer basket and 15 minutes. to read more.

Jobless rate rises: After San Ramon gained jobs in December, it lost some of its labor force in January, . Last month, the city clocked a 4.7 percent unemployment rate – still about half that of the county.

Back in season: That open-air store that's older than the city's incorporation – Windmill Farms – .

And they're open every day of the week through December if you want to swing by for some seasonal produce.

General plan: The blueprint for all future planning in San Ramon – the proposed General Plan 2030 – will be up for consideration at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Planning Commissioners OK'd approved changes to the plan for City Council's consideration. Some residents are upset because they said city leaders are rushing it through.

Others worry that it will too similar to Measure W – a general plan update that voters defeated on the ballot last fall, one that would have expanded the city's urban growth boundary into the Tassajara Valley and the west side of San Ramon.

The draft up for consideration Tuesday does not include any boundary changes. For a little background, .

Behind schedule, over budget: One phase of a recycled water pipeline project that should have taken only a few to six months to finish turned into a two-year ordeal that's hundreds of thousands of dollars over budget.

As the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Project moves into Danville, some residents and city leaders are a little wary. to read more.

If we missed anything, or if you want to let us know about upcoming events or share a news tip, zap an e-mail to jenniferw@patch.com.


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